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NEWS

ISSUE 255

 

KEMANGI… Elegant Dining in Kuta

It seems restaurants and cafés are popping up almost monthly in Kuta these days. The latest to add to the south coast dining scene is Kemangi Bar and Kitchen – the southern sister of the highly successful Square Restaurant in Senggigi.

The purpose-built restaurant exudes elegance, from the river rock water feature in front to the lavish use of stone and polished wood inside. Soaring cathedral ceilings wash the main dining area in light, creating a bright and airy ambience and providing space for exclusive mezzanine seating overlooking the main dining area.

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Construction of the new Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet in Senggigi is going ahead quickly, with the grand opening expected within the next month.

This will mark the first opening of a major fast food chain in Senggigi.

The new KFC is located on Jl Raya Senggigi (Main Street Senggigi) next to Paragon and opposite Aruna Senggigi.

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GOVT PLANS NEW DOCKS FOR ALL THREE GILIS

The North Lombok government has announced plans to build new docks on Gili Air, Meno and Trawangan over the next two years.

The local government has already submitted a proposal for a new dock on Gili Air to facilitate the number of boats arriving and departing the island daily.

Funds are being sought from the Ministry of Development of Disadvantaged Areas and Transmigration. The total development budget of the pier is Rp 7 billion (approx US $526,000).

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LOMBOK LEARNING VILLAGE

Education opportunities in Lombok are always a priority for families living on the island. Parents are naturally concerned about the quality of education received at local schools and whether this is enough to set their children up for the future.

Fortunately, Lombok does have a few private schools and a new alternative – Lombok Learning Village – opened its doors to students at the beginning of August this year.

Lombok Learning Village is located in the village of Tanah Embet, around half-way between Senggigi and Ampenan. The quiet village location provides a peaceful and natural environment for learning, away from distractions.

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SENGGIGI FESTIVAL 2017

It seems that the Lombok tourism department has virtually abandoned the once popular Senggigi Festival.

This year’s offering was conveniently combined with the department’s Closing Ceremony for the month-long Pesona Lombok Sumbawa programme, which saw a series of poorly organised and publicised events held throughout Lombok and Sumbawa during August and September.

The Opening Ceremony for the Senggigi Festival was held on vacant land near the beach at Kampung Duduk – too far from Senggigi for tourists to find easily.

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SENGGIGI SUNSET JAZZ 2017

The Senggigi Sunset Jazz Festival held on 22 and 23 September was without doubt the best music event of the year in Lombok!

Hundreds of people gathered on Senggigi Beach over the two nights to watch a fabulous line-up of musicians perform on two stages set up on the beachfront.

Top international and national bands kept the crowds entertained with an exciting array of music from Syaharani & Queenfireworks, Yuri Yunita, Norma Jean (USA), Cellomano (Venezuala), Tesla Manaf, Ary Juliant, Pelita Harapan Jazz Oriented, Richard Hutapea Project, Suara Mantra, Norma Jean (USA), and many more.

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SEKOTONG WATER CONTAMINATED BY MERCURY

The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has carried out water testing in Sekotong, Southwest Lombok, and found mercury contamination from years of illegal gold-mining activities in the area.

The PMI found that both surface water and ground water in wells was contaminated with mercury and advised that water in the area is not safe for use.

The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) distributed clean water to four villages in Sekotong this month.

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A man and his friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course.

One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course.

He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes and bows down in prayer.

His friend says, “Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen. You truly are a kind man.”

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