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ISSUE 237

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR ON LOMBOK... Celebrating Diversity!

Chinese New Year is on Saturday, 28 January this year and the Chinese community in Lombok will be celebrating our ethnic diversity as we bid goodbye to the Year of the Fire Monkey.

Both Lombok and Bali are popular destinations for thousands of tourists from mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore who travel during the Lunar New Year holiday.

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LOMBOK’S NEW PUBLIC BUS SERVICE

Lombok now has its first public bus transport system – “Metro Trans Mataram”.

A total of 25 buses are now in service, operated by Damri Corporation (which already provides airport shuttle bus services in Lombok).

The comfortable, bright blue, air conditioned buses carry around 50 passengers and currently operate four routes around the cities. Service starts at 6.00am until 3.40pm, with fares costing just Rp 4,000 one way.

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The Lombok government has confirmed that the annual Bau Nyale Festival will be held on 16 - 17 February, 2017.

The Bau Nyale Festival is one of Lombok’s most popular festivals and focuses on the centuries old tradition of catching the nyale (a type of sea worm that only surfaces once a year).

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2017 INDONESIAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The Indonesian government has announce the official public holidays for 2017. In total, there will be 15 national holidays and four Cuti Bersama (shared holidays).

Of the 15 national holidays, three fall on weekends: Chinese New Year falls on a Saturday, while New Year's Day and the first day of Hari Raya Idul Fitri fall on Sundays.

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PAINTED ARMCHAIRS… The Chinese Cemetery

Most visitors travelling to Senggigi will notice the large Chinese cemetery on the left side of the road a couple of kilometres north of Ampenan.

Kuburan Cina Bintaro (Bintaro Chinese Cemetery) spreads over a vast area and is filled with huge rounded and mounded Chinese graves, many of which are beautifully decorated and painted in bright colours.

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DAMRI SHUTTLE AT LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

It’s good to see efforts being made to create a better atmosphere at Lombok International Airport, although the airport authority still has a long way to go to present a truly ‘international’ image, particularly in controlling the mess of annoying touts and tour operators waiting just outside the main doors.

However, the arrivals area is looking more organised and we are pleased to see the introduction of a designated area for DAMRI, the bus transport system at the airport.

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE TEACHERS VISIT KUTA KIDS

Children from SD1 primary school in Kuta received a special visit from teachers of the Slovenian dance group, ‘KD Qulenium’, on 6 January.

Teachers Katja Kušar, Ana Romih and Urska Medved visited the school and gave the children of Year 4 a lesson in modern dance. The children were taught to explore orientation space, voice, colours and movement to encourage them to develop their imagination and creativity, and to express themselves through their bodies.

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