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ISSUE 245

 

Now that the government has blocked off the beachfront in Kuta with a long unsightly metal fence obstructing any beach views while construction work takes place, there is nowhere to sit and have a drink while watching the magical Kuta sunsets.

The perfect solution is to head around to the Novotel Lombok Resort and find a spot on the beautiful beachfront there!

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RAMADAN... the Fasting Month Begins

It’s almost that time of the year again, when Muslims around the world will be participating in their annual fast.

The month of Ramadan – locally known as ‘Bulan Puasa’ – begins on Friday, 26 May this year and many people across Indonesia will be fasting for the following month.

What does this mean if you are planning a visit to Lombok during Ramadan?

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ANZAC DAY AT LA CHILL

The Dawn Service on ANZAC Day has become a special tradition in Senggigi, held every year on 25 April.

This year, La Chill Bar hosted the Dawn Service which included an address by Malcolm Sinclair, flag-raising by Nusa Alam students and one minute’s silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the war.

The simple commemorative ceremony was followed by a sausage sizzle breakfast, where old and young alike reflected on the meaning of the day.

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A little kid with his dad at an open-air market is clutching a coin. Suddenly, he starts choking and turning blue in the face. His dad realises the boy has swallowed the coin and starts panicking, shouting for help.

A well dressed, attractive, but serious looking woman in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar in the market reading her newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee.

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REMEMBERING LOMBOK’S WAR HISTORY

ANZAC Day takes place every year on 25 April. The term ‘ANZAC’ stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’.

Each year, Australians and New Zealanders living in Lombok hold a Dawn Service to remember and honour the men and women who served in wars to defend a way of life; and especially those who gave their lives in the fight.

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LOMBOK’S ICONIC LUMBUNG

Lombok’s unique ‘Lumbung’ architecture, with its distinctive rounded and arched roof, has become one of the most recognisable symbols of the island.

The word Lumbung, in the indigenous Sasak language, generally refers to a ‘rice barn’ – the thatched roofed building where sheaves of harvested rice are stored for future use.

Newly harvested and properly dried sheaves of rice will last up to a year in these barns.

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