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.
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.
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.
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.