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ISSUE 244

 

BEST IN LOMBOK

Getting around Lombok is easy by car or motorbike and you can hire these in all the main tourism areas, with an International Drivers License. The roads are generally in good condition and traffic is light. Alternatively, hire a car and driver for exploring or take part in the tours and day trips offered by the many tour agencies on the island.

BEACHES
The whole island is surrounded by fantastic unspoilt beaches, most with crystal clear waters and clean white sand fringed by coconut palms. Drive just north of Senggigi to Malimbu or Nipah and enjoy deserted beaches with fine snorkelling and swimming.

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Die-hard runners and masochistic athletes are preparing to do battle with our mighty volcano, Mt Rinjani, in the “Rinjani 100” to be held in Lombok this month.

Formerly the “Rinjani Ultra”, Rinjani 100 is an all new series of races. In addition to the classic route and famously brutal trail from Senaru to Segara Anak Lake to the majestic summit of Rinjani, racers will also get to experience new tracks across the many Sembalun hills, presenting breathtaking views that make all the breathless steps worth it!

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MINI MART STORES EXPAND TO LOMBOK

Mini Mart – one of Bali’s leading convenience store chains – has branched out to Lombok, with the first two stores opening on the island in April 2017.

The first Lombok store to open is in Jl Sriwijaya in Mataram, while the second store opened in Senggigi three weeks ago.

Operated by local company, PT. Global Retailindo Pratama, Mini Mart provides 24-hour one-stop convenience shopping with a range of daily needs.

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KUTA BEACHFRONT DEVELOPMENT

Visitors to Kuta on Lombok’s south coast will notice that most of the beachfront has been fenced off with metal sheeting while construction work takes place.

The move is part of the Mandalika development project to revitalise the south coast, with the Kuta beachfront slated for a modern revamp.

The beachfront ‘revitalisation’ was officially inaugurated on 27 January this year by 123 delegates involved in the Mandalika project, including the Minister of State Enterprises, the Deputy Governor of NTB and other local government officials and directors of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), who are in charge of the Mandalika development.

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LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPGRADE PLANS

The state-owned airport authority, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) has released large-scale plans to upgrade Lombok International Airport over the next two years.

Lombok’s international airport commenced operating in October 2011 but is already unable to handle the number of passengers using the airport annually.

Lombok International Airport (LIA) management said that the number of passengers and planes to Lombok has increased in recent years.

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GRANDPA'S IRS AUDIT
 
The IRS decides to audit grandpa and summons him to the IRS office.

The IRS auditor was not surprised when grandpa showed up with his attorney.

“Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling,” the auditor said, “I’m not sure the IRS finds that believable.”

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ASMARA 20TH ANNIVERSARY!

More than a hundred people – many of them long time expats – turned up to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Asmara Restaurant in Senggigi on 14 April.

Guests enjoyed free draught Bintang, a hilarious impromptu pantomime, and fabulous music by Ary Juliant & Friends and The Exile Drummers as they danced the night away at Senggigi’s most well-loved restaurant.

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