The 2016 trekking season started on 1 April and this month Dian Cahyadi, co-owner of The Lombok Guide, climbed Mt Rinjani for his annual clean-up of the volcano.
Dian and friends climb Rinjani every year at the beginning of the trekking season to check on conditions on the volcano and spend a week collecting rubbish on the trails and talking to trekkers about waste management… as well as enjoying their time on the volcano they love, of course!
As we reported in issue 216 (published 4 April 2016), Indonesia now offers “Visa Free” status to citizens from 169 countries, including Australia.
A visa is still needed to enter Indonesia but, rather than having pay $35 for the visa, tourists from these countries now receive a visa automatically on entry, free of charge. The free visa is valid for 30 days only, with no extensions.
To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, ACE Hardware stores across Indonesia will hold two blood donor drives (in April and September 2016) with the aim of collecting 20,000 bags of blood for the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI).
ACE Hardware at the Epicentrum Mall held their first National Blood Donor Day on Sunday, 24 April with hundreds of people participating. ACE provided facilities for PMI staff, as well as snacks and souvenirs for donors.