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Lombok is riding the crest of a wave at the moment and this month we celebrate that fact. We are always eager to showcase the road less travelled and all those hidden escapes that make Lombok so special but this month we take to the water for a whole new perspective. There is a distinctly nautical theme this issue as we highlight yachting and sailing in Lombok and take a close look at the upcoming Marina del Ray development taking shape at Gili Gede. Especially for fashionistas, this month we hopped aboard the Adelaar to bring you an exclusive, and extra glamorous, nautical themed fashion shoot. Coming from an entirely different viewpoint, there is also an insightful profile of Lombok fishermen whose livelihoods are inextricably linked with the sea. As always My Lombok celebrates the unsung heroes making a huge difference in local life. Our ‘giving back’ feature article this month looks at the valuable work of Ibu Ellena in East Lombok, helping local villagers escape the cycle of poverty by showing how simple measures can hugely improve health, well being and education. Additionally we cover a sponsored pizza afternoon led by Maurizio at Lotus Bayview restaurant in Senggigi, for the children of Yayasan Peduli Anak orphanage learning how to make the perfect pizza.
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News This Monthâ€™s News Snippets from around the Region
Culture The Life of a Fisherman in Lombok
The Principle of Eating Water-Rich Food
Health & Leisure Sailing Lombok
Food Lalu Ridwan: Executive Chef at Puri Mas Boutique Resorts & Spa
Destination Gili Gede
Up Close Peter Cranfield and Ibu Ace Robin
Giving Back Ibu Ellena Rachmawati
Beautiful, Health-Giving Dragons
Luxury Living The Studio
Event Peduli Anak Children Learn How to Make Pizza at Lotus Bayview Restaurant
This monthâ€™s news snippets
Looking for Borneo This beautiful new coffee table book, Looking for Borneo, combines the talent of three unique people. The author, Mark Heyward takes you on a fascinating journey crossing Kalimantan from east to west. From tales of life in a longhouse, to an adventurous trip on the Mahakam River, with plenty of misadventures thrown in along the way, this book combines mystical travel tales of Borneo, with artwork. The book has 166 pages of stunning images by master class photographer, David Metcalf which brings each story to life with dramatic river images, wildlife shots, forest moods and beautiful portrait shots of the Dayak people. Woven throughout the story, Khan Wilsonâ€™s illustrative artwork adds bold colour and vibrancy to each chapter as it leads you down a path of adventure and entertainment. These three committed artists are supporting three education and cultural projects from the sales of the book to; Darung Tingang Dayak Dance Studio, Palangkaraya, Ransel Buku, Palangkaraya an educational programme serving 160 poor villages and Pelangi School Scholarship Program, Ubud, Bali. Looking for Borneo Mark Heyward, David Metcalf and Khan Wilson Creatavision Publishing ISBN 978-0-9923736-1-0 Hardback 166 full colour pages, bonus music CD Limited edition Price: Rp 585,000 ($48)
Available in Periplus, Books & Beyond, Ganesha Bookshop, Bungalow Living, Canggu, Bali. Available in Senggigi, Lombok at Taman Bakery and Asmara Collection Giftshop Available direct from the publisher www.creatavisionpublishing.com
from around the region
Kuta’s Pipe Dream Villas Resort Complex — first stage 100% sold! Everyone who lives in Lombok is well aware of how building and development projects on the island can take a frustratingly long time from start to completion. The early stages are filled with excitement and hype, optimism, advertising, and requests for investment, but after breaking ground, projects are often hampered by setbacks, bureaucracy, underestimated costs, the need for more investment, and the leisurely pace of the Indonesian construction workers. Not so for the Pipe Dream Villas Resort complex in Kuta, Lombok. My Lombok is delighted to report that this is a company that has really proved its worth and achieved something. The first stage of this development is already 100% percent sold and the second stage is now under construction, offering purchasers a great investment opportunity with the chance to secure their own retirement villa, holiday home, or rental property with full management when vacant. Located just 400m from Kuta Beach, Pipe Dream Villas Resort complex is the island’s first and only ‘ready to live in’ luxury villa enclave. The 2-&-3-bedroom villas are available in five different designs, ranging from apartment-style to secluded pool-villas. Each property has been cleverly designed enabling it to be divided into two villas to facilitate double lettings, or for owners to rent out one half and live in the other. We’re impressed!
THE PRINCIPLE OF EATING WATER-RICH FOOD Water is the key to life — the miracle elixir that can sustain us even if we never drink anything else. The human body is composed of about 60 – 65% water and it requires more water for nearly all of its functions. If we don't consume enough fluids, we can't effectively flush our kidneys or liver, and the colon can't move the bowels properly. This means that the body retains the unhealthy toxins that it has taken in and these will be reabsorbed into the bloodstream and thus circulated to every organ. Water is required for digesting and eliminating everything. Therefore, to prevent dehydration and to keep our bodies functioning normally, we need an ongoing supply of fluids throughout each day. For many years now, the health authorities have been recommending that we drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which equals about two litres. Yet, despite this seemingly ubiquitous message — which has certainly been taken up by the bottled water companies to generate more profit — there is no evidence to support it. First of all, most of our water isn't that great. Whether it comes out of a tap or out of a bottle, the chances are it contains chlorine, fluoride, minerals, and other toxic substances. Only natural spring, artesian well or glacier water comes close to the ‘healthy water’ criterion. Secondly, no matter what kind of water we drink, we can't cleanse the system by drowning it. The amount of water we drink should be dictated by thirst. Thirdly, we don't need to rely solely on what we drink to stay hydrated because water comes from more than just fluids, it is
a major component of many foods. In fact, what we eat can provide around 20 percent of our total water requirement. All we have to do is eat foods that are rich in water. The consumption of hydrating water-rich food is essential not only for flushing waste and toxins out of the body but also for preventing tiredness and fatigue. Fruits and vegetables that are high in water content add volume but minimal calories, promoting a feeling of fullness while also contributing to a nutrient-packed diet full of enzymes, essential minerals, natural sugars, amino acids and vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. Many fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, lettuce, cabbage, courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes, spinach, rocket and watercress, apples, oranges, pineapples, cantaloupes and watermelons, young coconuts, strawberries and pomeloes are 90 percent, or more, water by weight. Whole-wheat bread is about 33 percent water, a roasted chicken breast is 65 percent water, baked salmon is 62 percent, and even cheese contains around 40 percent water. Beans, rice, and pasta act like a sponge when cooked, which is why a cup of boiled red kidney beans is 77 percent water. Try eating more water-rich foods, especially healthgiving fruits and vegetables, and you'll feel more energised in just 10 days; you’ll see plumper, brighter skin in four weeks; and you’ll have a leaner, more hydrated body after 10 weeks.
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GILI GEDE In search of a tropical island escape teaming with spectacular reefs and abundant soft white sand? Then Southwest Lombok’s so-called ‘secret Gilis’ fit the bill perfectly. A dozen sparkling small islands dot Sekotong Bay like sundrenched stepping stones, some of which are uninhabited. If you don’t quite want to do the castaway thing, then Gili Gede is the go-to place. Gili Gede — appropriately translated as ‘big island,’ is the largest of the ‘secret Gilis’ and follows the tried and trusted Lombok formula of palm-dappled, white sand beaches gently lapped by turquoise waters. Its larger size actually works in its favour — offering something a little different from the norm with a scenic, hilly interior and village lifestyle to supplement the laid back beachfront vibe. Gede is a long thin strip of land with varied terrain, including two salt water lakes, and measures about
4 km at its longest point. It’s a leisurely five hour stroll around the coastline with numerous secluded beaches to stop and contemplate the ocean views. Tourism is still very much in its infancy in this corner of Lombok and it seems so far removed from the more developed Gilis of the northwest. Yet that’s not to say that all you get to do in Gili Gede is splash around on the reefs or swingi nonchalantly in a hammock all day long. It is large enough to offer a variety of activities such as a lazy trek into the hills of the interior for great views across to the other islands, or exploring several small village communities dotted around which are mostly unspoilt by the trappings of modern life. In fact the majority of islanders make a living from the sea, either fishing or as skilled boat builders. Everything is fairly well spread out with just a handful of places to stay, such as the long-time favourite Secret Island Resort, Via Vacare and Madak Belo Guesthouse.
Of course, Gede really comes alive in the water. The secret Gilis offer top-notch snorkeling and the first thing scuba divers notice after taking the plunge, is how complete and pristine the reefs are here in the southwest. Some exposed areas have strong currents but generally it’s a great spot to learn the basics, while seasoned divers can go deep in the more challenging spots. Between the various dive spots, there is a little bit of something for everyone - a huge variety of hard and soft corals, mantas, reef sharks and lots of small sea critters. The waters are great for messing about in kayaks too. With neighbouring islands just a short hop away, it’s not too taxing to paddle from one dreamy, idyllic small island to another. While the pace of life is in keeping with a
quintessential tropical island well off the radar, its days of anonymity are probably numbered with big changes now taking place. This hitherto isolated corner of Lombok has been opened up and now getting to Gede is as simply as hopping on a boat direct from South Bali. This has been fueled by the new Marina Del Ray development at the southern tip of Gili Gede. In much the same way as Medana in Lombok’s north, it will likely be a catalyst for investment, catering to affluent yachters, and develop into a busy hub for marine tourism. it’s an ideal spot to make the most of that too with Lombok’s best sport-fishing within easy reach alongside one of the world’s best offshore surf breaks at Desert Point.
For more information about the Marina del Ray project visit lombokmarinadelray.com
PETER CRANFIELD AND IBU ACE ROBIN
A PIONEERING COUPLE Peter Cranfield and Ibu Ace Robin, founders of Nusa Alam International School and Medana Bay Marina, are two long-term residents of Lombok, who have truly given back to the island that they have chosen to call home. Peter was destined for life as an expat long before he came to Lombok. A British national, born and brought up in Pakistan until the age of eight, he was educated in England while his parents ran a cattle ranch in the Nigerian highlands bordering Cameroun. He later qualified as a mining engineer and worked in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, before returning to Indonesia to Central Kalimantan. Ibu Ace, from Bandung, Java, was also employed in the mining and mineral exploration industry, and the couple met through mutual friends in Jakarta in 1987. Two years later, they got married in Bandung and moved directly to Thailand where Peter was running an exploration unit of an Australian company with forays into Burma and Vietnam. They returned to Indonesia in 1990 and settled in Lombok, where Ace opened Global
Export Services with Gil Carroll from NZ, whilst Peter commuted to Vietnam on a mining job in the north near Halong Bay. Gil returned home in mid-1992 after a severe car accident and Peter joined in the business, packing and exporting Lombok pottery for the Lombok Pottery Centre — an NZ aid project. This grew quickly into sourcing and exporting all manner of handicrafts from Lombok in container loads through Surabaya to clients around the world. In 2006, Global Export Services was awarded the ‘Primaniyarta’ Indonesia Export Award for small and medium exporters, which Ibu Ace proudly received from President SBY at a ceremony in Jakarta. Meanwhile, in the late 90s, the couple’s two children, Adam born in 1992 and Soraya born in 1994, were attending local schools in Lombok. Peter takes up the story, “We soon saw the need for a better standard of education and while other expats on the island also saw the need, no one was prepared to invest time and money to make it happen. Through our friends, Jane and Peter King (Headmaster of the Newmont
School, first on Lombok, and later on Sumbawa) we were introduced to Mark Heyward, a fellow Tasmanian to Peter King, and an educationalist who was keen to relocate to Lombok from Bogor. After fruitlessly searching for suitable rental premises, Ace located the core building in Montong and persuaded friends of ours (Keith & Asri Mitchell) to buy it and lease it back to us as a school. Mark and Sopantini arranged text books and interviewed teachers whilst Ace formed the Yayasan and handled all the Government paperwork. I handled the building modifications and renovations and built the playground equipment and organised the supply of locally made junior size furniture.” Nusa Alam School opened on Monday 17th January 2000, which was also the first day of the three-day politically motivated burning and looting that occurred immediately after Lebaran Ketupat. “Following this incident we had just five students in January”, recalls Ace, “but we have persevered to this day. Our own two children attended the school for seven years until they left for high school in Perth, Western Australia (since SNA had no senior school in those days). In Perth they adapted quickly and have both followed degree courses at the University of Western Australia. They remember their days at SNA with great fondness.” Peter and Ace’s story didn’t stop at the school. They had also long seen the need for a marina in Lombok. “We used to own land in the south, near Teluk Sepi within the Sekotong area, but in those days the infrastructure was non-existent and we realised that sailors favoured the north coast route.” Peter and Ace remember coming across the site in Teluk Dalam in 2005, “Some fibreglass boats were being built and we saw the potential of the naturally well protected and deep bay. We secured an option on the property in 2006, and conducted a survey of marinas in Singapore, Johore, Langkawi, Phuket and Sabah to see what was required and what was on offer. We went ahead with the purchase in 2007.”
In the meantime, Ace had to learn lots about the procedure to obtain a licence from national Government in Jakarta. The first step was a detailed bathymetric survey of the whole bay and finally planning permission was granted in August 2009 — just in time to host Sail Indonesia with a simple wooden jetty, a floating dinghy dock and an ablutions block for the sailors. Peter continues, “After providing many drawings, an environmental impact study and local permissions, the construction licence was granted in January 2011. We immediately began building the hotel and the meeting hall for local business and placed orders for the first stage floating berths. There were mishaps on the way and while the hotel and meeting hall were completed in 2011, the floating jetty became operational only in 2012. We have now hosted Sail Indonesia for six consecutive years and the number of private boats visiting Indonesian waters and Medana Bay Marina, slowly but surely are increasing.” The couple still plan to continue the development of the marina to provide an all-weather boat sanctuary, and a boat yard thus opening a new business and working area for the village, and then finally a resort to complement the marina. Asked what they love most about Lombok, Peter and Ace are unanimous in their response, “We have established firm roots in Lombok, not only physically, but also spiritually amongst the varied peoples and communities through a combination of our handicraft contacts, the school and the marina development involving many local people in its construction and operation. A combination of the coastline, farming country and amazing Mount Rinjani amounts to a beautiful scene. We’re very happy here, living beside the beach in Montong in a house we built in 1998.
Ibu Ellena Rachmawati For people like Ibu Ellena Rachmawati, seeing changes take shape for the better through innovation and hard work is reward enough. However her tenacity and determination to make a difference in rural East Lombok has not gone unnoticed. She has deservedly been awarded an Ashoka fellowship in recognition of almost 15 years of valuable community outreach work in East Lombok. Ashoka is a global organization that invests in worthy social entrepreneurs and individuals who have developed innovative and practical ideas to make a difference in deprived communities. Ibu Ellena works in East Lombok communities rarely visited by tourists and so there is very limited money to make capital investment improvements for villages. Her approach differs from most fund-raising charity work in that the most effective way is not to throw money at a problem but to change mindsets on a oneto-one basis. She raises concerns on health, sanitation and clean water supply and empowers villagers themselves to leverage their own resources to make a change. She established the NGO Yayasan Masyarakat Peduli (YMP) in 2000 and currently works with 47 villages in the area through the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme. YMP works by empowering people on a personal level to see in practical terms how even small changes can make a huge difference in the health, wellbeing and education of local people. It is a simple ‘change from within’ concept and Ibu Ellena’s way is patient and time-consuming, but markedly more effective and longer lasting than simply raising funds for a worthwhile cause. YMP’s eight field staff work in the villages building trust and
helping with education, training village facilitators, and motivating individuals to continue the good work. YMP’s ultimate goal is for villages to take control of their future. “I believe it’s better to have one village properly trained rather than have many villages only partially trained,” said Ibu Ellena “In fact, now YMP can be extra proud because there are many more than just one village properly trained and qualified to be independent.” “The important thing is that it is not the end of the programme but the beginning of independence,” Ibu Ellena explained. Uniquely, YMP has set up a network of women’s groups one in each village — to perform educational song and dance, and train others in various practical skills such as building toilets, in order to generate income. Educating by example is at the heart of YMP’s work to effect change through simple measures such as increased hand washing with soap, processing household garbage, and effective storage of drinking water. Ibu Ellena’s simple philosophy to effect change on a personal level requires a slow, patient process but has proved inspirational for villagers who themselves are inspiring their peers. She has shown that qualities such as natural leadership, passion and determination cost nothing but the end result can be priceless in terms of better health, education and community pride.
For more information about YMP, visit www.ympntb.org or Ashtoka at www.ashtoka.org.
The Life of a Fisherman in Lombok
The Sasak and Bugis coastal settlements, some dating back as far as 4,000 years, hug the Lombok coastline and many traditional small fishing villages can be found in between mountain regions and fertile alluvial plains. The local people of Lombok, known as “Sasak”, share a few insights into life in a fishing village with our writer, Stephanie Brookes.
I talked with Pak Riffah, a local fisherman about life in the village, “I go out fishing every day, just like my father and my grandfather. We have been in this village for many generations. A long time ago the Bugis people from Sulawesi settled here, but now we are mixed with the local Sasak people,” he continued. “I come from a big extended family and some of my family are lobster farmers. It is very good money and a small baby lobster sells in the market for around Rp17000. My cousin is a seaweed farmer and my other cousin earns his living breeding fish. Me, I love the sea and every day I am out there fishing with my crew. I use a ngerakat (net) to catch fish.” Riffah explained he catches white snapper, tongkol, cakalang, octopus, shark and manta ray. He either sells his haul at the morning fish market in the main town or, if his catch is small, he will sell at the local fish market. A fleet of boats head out very early, at around 4.30am and the night-run leaves at around 8.00pm. Riffah told me on the night-run he stays out for the whole night and comes back at daybreak, hopefully with a full catch.
When the boats come back, the women greet the men with buckets, baskets and containers of all shapes and sizes. Some of the fish are spread out on huge drying trays and are then salted. When a haul of octopus comes in, these are strung up on drying racks. Along with their fish duties, the women seem to be cooking all day and food preparation is a never-ending task. The children possibly get the best deal of all — they are constantly playing at the waters edge, swimming or engaged in a game of football, which seems to be in constant motion. Laughter constantly permeates the air as the little ones make up games and keep themselves busy with nature at their doorstep. Life in a traditional Lombok fishing village is full of bustling daily activity and presents a colourful scene as spider-like outriggers stack up closely to one another, like rows of dominoes gracing the shores in vibrant hues. Twice a day, bronzed fishermen push these simple wooden crafts into the water and disappear for up to eight hours at a time. Hopefully, they will return home with a healthy haul of fish.
After I had watched the early morning crew heave-ho and crash through the surf-break, I found my way back to the main street, passing many small lanes with fragrant aromas beckoning me to discover more. I sauntered past blackened pots of bubbling corn, steamy fragrant rice, hot spicy fish stew, tiny steamed eggs bobbing on the surface of hot yellow curries and then stopped for a strong black coffee served with a welcoming smile. Some of the villages in Southern Lombok have found an alternative income stream to supplement their fishing revenue. Traditional fishing is the mainstay for most of these villages and has been in existence for many generations, however, since the early 1970s a surfing industry has grown and for some villages this brings in a healthy second income. The surfing crowd that flows in from all corners of the world come seeking the challenging waves to ride. They stay in small guesthouses, eat at the local warungs and keep the boat owners busy with daily trips out to the main surf breaks that cut some mean action in Lombok. Some of the more established villages have active volunteer English teaching programmes in place and foreigners are happy to give up the odd surfing day to try their hand at chanting nursery rhymes, teaching â€˜days of the weekâ€™ and inspiring the children with English instructional games. A typical Sasak fishing village consists of tightly knit clusters of wooden houses and most of the cooking is done over an open fire. A gentle pace of life matches the calm waters of the bay and is a great example of how tourism can exist on a small scale, with low impact, allowing it to blend softly into village life.
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LALU RIDWAN EXECUTIVE CHEF AT PURI MAS BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA
Hailing from Lombok Tengah, Lalu Ridwan studied at PPLP Tourism Academy in Mataram, and trained to become a cook at Aditya Hotel in Singaraja - Bali, followed by another hotel on Gili Air. He started as a kitchen helper, and then worked his way up through the ranks in the kitchens of some of the best hotels in Lombok, including Sheraton Senggigi, The Oberoi Lombok — as the Indonesian Chef responsible for all the food for the President and VIPs visiting the hotel, and Novotel Kuta, as well as doing an 8-month stint on a European cruise ship before becoming Executive Chef at Puri Mas where he has been for the last nine years. He divides his time between the beautiful, contrasting, beach-front and junglevalley locations of Puri Mas Beach Resort and Puri Mas Spa Resort at Mangsit. What is the one dish you love and remember from your mother’s kitchen? Sayur Asam Pedas — originally from Lombok Tengah. I like the flavour of the tamarind and it is spicy!
When did you first become interested in food? In 1991, when I finished school, I decided to become a chef because there were so many restaurants in Senggigi and I knew it would be a good career choice. What is your inspiration for cooking? It’s the colours of the food. I am inspired by all the colours of the ingredients and it makes me want to cook. Describe your style of cooking. Traditional Indonesian cooking. Do you work at both the Puri Mas properties? Yes, I work at both and I go between the two. I have 14 staff in total between the two kitchens. Tell us about your concept for your menu at Puri Mas? The menu is Western, traditional Indonesian, Arabic, Indian and Asian.
What is your favourite dish to cook? Steak — I love to cook steak because of all the juices. What are your favourite ingredients to cook with? All fresh ingredients — I love to cook with anything fresh. What do you love most about your profession? I have a real passion for cooking — I love to cook. Even when I am at home I cook. What is the biggest challenge in your job? Managing the staff — you always have easy staff and difficult staff, no one is the same. Any tips for budding chefs in your kitchen? Always ask if you do not know how to do something.
Describe a typical day at Puri Mas. I arrive at work at 9 am and make sure the breakfast is being cooked properly. I then do stock taking, and I order the ingredients. I also go between the two resorts to control the kitchens. The evenings are my busiest time where I am in the kitchen cooking, and I normally get home around 11 pm. What are your ‘must have’ cooking ingredients, and why? Onion, garlic and chilli — you need at least one of these ingredients in every dish you cook. What kitchen tool could you not do without? My knives. What is your idea of a great meal or dining experience? The food, it must be good. When at home, what do you like to eat? I like to eat and cook tempe, tahu and sambal olek. Are you an adventurous eater? Are there any foods you won’t eat or even try? I will eat anything but pork. If you hadn’t become a chef, what would you be doing right now? I’d most probably be in the furniture business. What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to ride my bicycle.
Ikan Bakar Madu Suranadi INGREDIENTS • 1 kg Whole Baby Snapper • 3 tbsp Lime Juice • 2 tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce • 100 gr Butter • 6 tbsp Honey • 7 gr Shallot
• 4 gr Garlic • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds • 4 pcs Kaffir Lime Leaves • 3 gr Galangal • 4 pcs Candle Nuts • 1 Bunch Bok Choy
METHOD 1. Saute shallot’s, garlic, coriander seeds, galangal and candle nuts. 2. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth to make a paste. 3. Using a sauce pan, heat the butter then add the paste, honey, sweet soy sauce, kaffir lime leaves. 4. Clean the fish, take out the bones and marinade with lime juice and the paste. Leave for 30min. 5. Grill the fish browning it, then put in the oven for 20 minutes.
ACCOMPANIMENTS OR SIDE DISHES Serve with steamed rice and sauted vegetables
What do you like most about Lombok and why? Everything. It is my home, I was born here.
DRAGONS It doesn’t get much more exotic than a hot-pink super fruit, and it doesn’t get much more legendary than one named after dragons. The dragon fruit, also known as the pitaya, is a stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense colour and shape. In fact, it’s possible that you may not want to eat it just because it looks so pretty in your fruit bowl. The plant is actually a type of climbing cactus, with a flower reminiscent of an explosion of flame, and a succulent stem providing a fascinating fruit with the appearance of a brilliant pink rosebud. Indigenous to Central and Southern America, the dragon fruit has been brought to Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam. The fruit comes in three colours: two have pink skin but with different coloured flesh (one white and the other red — and you cannot tell from the outside which is which), while another type is yellow with white flesh. All have the beginnings of overlaid leaves, similar to a globe artichoke, and an abundance of small, black, edible seeds, which draw comparisons to the texture of a kiwi fruit, while the taste is often described as being somewhere between a kiwi, a pear, and a watermelon. The overall shape resembles a dragon, hence the name. Another reason for its preciousness is that the dazzling, ornate dragon-fruit-flower only lives for one night. Sometimes called the moonflower, this heady night bloom is pollinated by moths and bats, only to wither in strong sunlight. Although the flower dies, the cactus bears fruit about six times a year. Dragon fruit is delicate in flavour and best enjoyed fresh and right out of the skin. The fruits
have a long shelf life if kept chilled, and the flavour is more intense when it is cold. The mellow taste and the lovely speckled flesh of both the pink and white varieties make it perfect for adding to salads, pastries, drinks, smoothies, sherbets, sorbets and preserves. So what about the health benefits? Dragon fruit is low in calories and contains a good proportion of protein, lots of dietary fibre (with almost 1g of fibre per 100g of the fresh dragon fruit), carotene, niacin and 80 percent water. It has zero complex carbohydrates, so foods can more easily be broken down in the body, helped by Vitamin B1 (thiamin) B2, and B3, which likewise facilitate carbohydrate metabolism. The dietary fibre and an oil in the seed will aid digestion and cleanse any toxic ingredients, thus assisting in the prevention of colon cancer. The fruit offers a surprising number of phytonutrients: rich in antioxidants it contains Vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), and calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, as well as phosphorus and iron for healthy blood and tissue formation. The phytochemical captin, used as a medication to treat heart problems, is present in the fruit itself, while the seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), which fight bad cholesterol and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Lycopene, responsible for the red colour in dragon fruit, is linked with a lower prostate cancer risk. The fruit is proven to reduce blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels, and boost the immune system, decrease the irritation of joints, prevent respiratory problems such as asthma, and promote the fast healing of bruises and wounds.
DRAGON FRUIT SHAKE • 1 dragon fruit, peeled • 2 tangerines, peeled and segmented • 1 lime, juiced • 4 leaves fresh basil • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 1 cup sparkling mineral water, chilled • 1 cup crushed ice Cut two 1cm-thick slices from the peeled dragon fruit to use as a garnish; set aside. Place the remaining dragon fruit into a blender along with the tangerine segments, lime juice, basil, brown sugar, and sparkling water. Puree until smooth. Stir in the crushed ice, and pour into glasses. Garnish with the reserved dragon fruit slices to serve. Relish the taste!
DRAGON FRUIT ANTI-AGEING FACE MASK Take half a dragon fruit and make a smooth paste out of it. Mix with one tablespoon of yogurt and apply to the face and neck. Wait for 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
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Peduli Anak children learn how to make pizza at Lotus Bayview Restaurant The children from Lombok’s Peduli Anak foundation were recently invited by Lotus Bayview Restaurant, Senggigi, to learn how to make pizza with Italian Chef, Maurizio. The event was attended by 20 children and the staff from Peduli Anak, and also by the Head of the Department of Social Welfare and Population of West Nusa Tenggara Province, Drs. Baharudin, M.Pd and Advisor to the Minister of Social Affairs, Makmur Sunusi, Ph.D. Many of the youngsters had never tasted pizza before, and didn’t even know what it was, but they really enjoyed learning how to make it and tasting it for the first time. The pizzas were served to the government officials, who said they were “Absolutely delicious.” It was an unforgettable experience for the kids, some of whom now claim pizza to be their favourite food. Peduli Anak Foundation is an independent NGO with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged children and to protect their rights by providing shelter, education, medical support, family care and legal aid.
ASTROLOGY — NOVEMBER 2014
horoscopeofthemonth Aries (March 21–April 19) You have a certain reputation for being a bad boy or girl, Ram. And it is well deserved, but never more as it will be this month. You are tempted to kick the boss in the shins, figuratively or literally, and you can’t keep your hands to yourself. Rein in your excesses, dear Aries, or you will get your hands slapped for your misbehavior. Think before you speak. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Those of your sign is known for your enjoyment of sensual pleasures. This month with spicy Venus in the sign opposite your sign, you seek them out. Coupled with the planet of sexual desire, Mars, you are running hot. Even those you in committed relationships look for more spice in the night. The catch is you need to wrap up important work before you can play. Do so. Gemini (May 21–June 20) An old flame could reappear out-of-the-blue this month providing a source of forbidden temptation. Communications with romantic partners, current or past, feels to you like destiny is calling. Your best course of action is to roll with the punches, but try to see situations and people for what they really are. This is not easy, and requires discipline and discretion from you. Cancer (June 21–July 22) Someone lures you into their web with sweet kisses and promises to care for you. Problem is this person wants to control every part of your life. You love how hot things are between the sheets, but it surprises you how often this person comes and goes as they wish. You deserve better than this, dear Crab. Stand up for yourself, and assert your right to be treated well.
Leo (July 23–August 22) You feel pressured by those in charge to perform. Either you had a review where your faults, (yes, you do have them) are painfully detailed, or a serious talk with the boss. If there is anything that Leo hates is not being appreciated for your fine qualities. Take heart. The push redouble your efforts is able the companies need for profit and not because of fault in you. Virgo (August 23–September 22) Unexpected and clandestine communications brings an old love into the picture. Your secret naughty side revels in this forbidden activity, even when you know it is wrong. There are reasons you ex caused you to look for the next love of your life. Keep this in mind before you make a misstep. The person who has stood by you through thick and thin deserves your attention. Libra (September 23–October 22) Upsets in the home puts you off your game. Of all the zodiac signs, you have a need for harmony, especially in your shelter from the storms of life. The need for reorganizing things becomes painfully clear, or a source of contention with a loved one. Make sure things are picked up off the floor and cords are safely out of high traffic areas. Be safe, not sorry. Scorpio (October 23–November 21) There is a little known dysfunction particular to Scorpios. Called Scorpioitus, it is the insistent need to hide out in your bat cafe, save from the vagaries of other humans. With four planets in your sign, you are hit especially hard this month with the next to gather strength in solitude. Too bad for you then, that others demand quality face time from you. Suck it up.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21) The Archer has a talent for finding a good time, but this month the good times finds you. But there is something called ‘too much of a good thing’ and you might find yourself suffering for your sins. Everything in moderation, Sag! You can be lucky too in a big and unexpected way. Even if you don’t usually buy lottery tickets, do so this month. Capricorn (December 22–January 19) Mars, the planet of action in your sign, gives you the energy that you’ve been lacking the past few months. While unexpected things keep popping up, demanding your attention, you can handles these situations easily and more. Use this time productively by attending to issues of a long-standing nature. You can find the answers that have eluded you. Aquarius (January 20–February 18) When Venus moves into the friendly sign of Sagittarius at the end of this month, new opportunities open up for love and money. Sagittarius is the sign of ‘big things.” If you want a new job with a big salary go for it. If you want to hit on that hottie that gives you sexy dreams do it. But one thing is for sure. Good things do not come to those that wait. Go after what you want now! Pisces (February 19–March 20) Arcane Pisces has no end to you mystical and mysterious persona. But this month, consider your superpowers amped up. Venus in the harmonious sign of Scorpio wraps you with extra heapings of sex appeal. Mars in the friendly sign of Capricorn gives you the vision line up your sites for the next conquest. November promises to be a very amorous month!
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And a good south wind sprung up behind; The albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners' hollo! In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud, It perched for vespers nine; Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white, Glimmered the white moon-shine." "God save thee, ancient mariner! From the fiends, that plague thee thus! â€“ Why lookst thou so?" "With my crossbow I shot the albatross. (I.18-20)
This is Lombok! Lombok’s time is here and now, having finally stepped out of Bali’s shadow, showcasing to the world its unique mix of adventure, pristine natural scenery and captivating art and culture. A new airport, international yacht marina and improved roads have made travel to and within Lombok much easier, but it is its untamed natural beauty and traditional charm that captivates. It is an adventure-seeker’s paradise, home to world-class scuba diving, surfing and mountain climbing yet travellers looking for a cosmopolitan beach lifestyle and luxury creature comforts will not be short of options. Experience the best of Lombok with these recommended highlights and hidden gems:
Senggigi and The West Coast Senggigi, just a short drive from the island capital Mataram is Lombok’s premier beach resort, extending along a series of sweeping bays. The main beach strip is fringed by a wide expanse of sand framed nightly by spectacular ocean sunsets. It is a fairly spread out beach town that rarely feels overcrowded yet there is a broad variety of places to stay, eat and socialise. There is a vibrant expat community here with lots of opportunity for sports and leisure, business networking and searching out those hard to find imported goods. Senggigi is the best place to arrange days out and guided trips to other parts of Lombok. The beach road then winds its way north to upmarket Mangsit, dotted with hip boutique hotels and villas among some of west Lombok’s most captivating scenery. In all, the Senggigi area stretches for almost 10 km along the west coast, and away from the main tourist centre, comprises numerous palm fringed beaches dotted with colourful fishing boats.
A trio of tiny tropical islands off the northwest coast, known simply as ‘the Gilis’ are the goto place for laid-back island life and the simple pleasures of sun, sea and superb scuba diving. Each of these three islands has its own distinctive atmosphere; the smallest is Gili Meno, a peaceful tropical island haven with few distractions other than deserted white sand beaches and a couple of chilled out beach bars. Legendary ‘party island’ Gili Trawangan is largest and most cosmopolitan of the Gili Islands with no shortage of swanky boutique villas, diverse dining and plenty of action after dark. Gili Air, located closest to the Lombok mainland, sits somewhere in the middle of these two extremes and has the most authentic local atmosphere. The enduring appeal of the Gili Islands is the refreshing absence of any motorised transport making for a pleasant alternative to Bali’s congested beach resorts. Scuba diving is still the main draw and it is one of Asia’s top spots to learn the basics and get qualified. For landlubbers, there are few better places to get horizontal on a tropical beach and soak up the unique island vibe.
Lombok’s ruggedly beautiful southwest peninsular is largely unexplored by visitors but is now getting serious recognition with the discovery of superb offshore scuba diving and miles of deserted beaches. The main gateway is Sekotong Bay, located just south of Lombok’s main ferry port Lembar and is the jumping off point for Lombok’s ‘Secret Gilis.’ These small offshore islands feature pristine coral reefs and idyllic tropical beaches for a real castaway experience. Heading south, the coastal road winds its way past tiny fishing communities and secluded bays all the way to the tip of the peninsular where the legendary surf breaks of Bangko Bangko (Desert Point) are found — rated among the best in the world.
Kuta and South Lombok Like its namesake in Bali, Kuta Lombok is synonymous with world-class waves but thankfully without the hassle of 24/7 traffic and infuriating beach hawkers. In fact, Lombok’s south coast surf breaks are more than a match for the best in Bali, and savvy surfers are heading here to enjoy miles of uncrowded, adrenaline-fuelled waves. Kuta, invitingly close to Lombok’s new international airport, is the main tourist hub yet remains a fairly tranquil tropical haven favoured by both surfers and adventurous families. It makes for a great base for exploring the rugged southern coastline dotted with numerous breathtaking beaches. Scenic highlights include up-andcoming Tanjung A’an, Gerupak and isolated Ekas Bay.
Mount Rinjani For an alternative to surf, scuba and sandy beaches, a trek up the immense Rinjani volcano is hard to beat. At over 3,700 meters, this is Indonesia’s second highest volcano and makes for challenging 3–4 day trek but the views are definitely worth all the effort. The mountain dominates much of north Lombok and the caldera alone covers a mind-boggling 50 square kilometres. Most climbers only go as far as the crater rim which offers vertigo-inducing views down into the volcanic lake but the extra effort to get to the summit will be rewarded with views as far as Java and eastwards across to the island of Sumbawa. If this all sounds too arduous for comfort, the mountain’s foothills offer a wealth of leisurely hiking opportunities. Head to Senaru village for easy-going walks through remote weaving villages and dense jungle to uncover a succession of scenic waterfalls.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS Ambulance Phone: 0370 623 489 Emergency call: 118 Fire Brigade Phone: 0370 672 013 Emergency call: 113 Lombok Police Jl. Gajah Mada No7, Ampenan Phone: 0370 693 110 Emergency call: 110 Tourist Police Senggigi Jl. Raya Senggigi km 1 Phone: 0370 632 733 HOSPITALS Harapan Keluarga Jl. Ahmad Yani, Selagalas Phone: 0370 617 7000/617 7009 Risa Sentra Medika Jl. Pejanggik No.115, Cakranegara Phone: 0370 625 560 New Mataram Public Hospital Jl. Bung Karno No.1, Mataram Phone: 0370 645 045 Mataram Public Hospital Jl. Pejanggik No.6, Mataram Phone: 0370 623 498 Siti Fajar Moslem Hospital Jl. Panca Warga, Mataram Phone: 0370 623 498 Anthonius Catholic Hospital Jl. Koperasi, Ampenan Phone: 0370 621 397 Police Hospital Jl. Langko No.54, Ampenan Phone: 0370 633 701 Army Hospital Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto No.11, Mataram Phone: 0370 621 420 Central Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Jen Basuki Rachmat, Praya Phone: 0370 654 007 East Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Prof M. Yamin No.55, Selong Phone: 0376 216 80 HEALTH CLINICS Biomedika Clinic Jl. Bung Karno No.143, Mataram Phone: 0370 645 137 Medika Husada Clinic Jl. Raya Senggigi Phone: 0370 664 480 Sengiggi Beach Hotel Clinic Phone: 0370 693 210 Klinik Prodia Jalan Pejanggik No.107, Mataram Phone: 0370 635 010
Hotel Villa Ombak Clinic Gili Trawangan Phone: 0370 642 336 Jolie Sourire Dental Care Mataram Mall Jl. Pejanggik, Mataram Phone: 0370 668 1797 PHARMACIES Guardian Pharmacy Mataram Mall Jl. Pejanggik, Mataram Phone: 0370 629 921 Kimia Farma Jl. Sriwijaya No.295, Mataram Phone: 0370 633 211 Jl. Pejanggik No.48, Mataram Phone: 0370 638 502 Jl. Catur Warga, Mataram Phone: 0370 634 774 Jl. M. Yamin No.155 Selong, East Lombok Phone: 0376 220 51 TAXI Bluebird Taxis Phone: 0370 627 000 Express Taxis Phone: 0370 635 968 Narmada Trans Taxi Phone: 0370 702 5333 IMMIGRATION OFFICE Department of Immigration Jl. Udayana, Mataram Phone: 0370 632 520 POST OFFICES Central Post Office Jl. Sriwijaya, Mataram Phone: 0370 632 645 Jl. Langko, Ampenan Phone: 0370 631 642 Jl. Raya Senggigi Phone: 0370 693 711 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS Nusa Alam Jl. Pantai Meninting Phone: 0370 647 514 AIRLINE SALES OFFICES Silk Air Lombok Raya Hotel Jl. Panca Usaha No.11, Mataram Phone: 0370 628 254 Garuda Indonesia Jl. Majapahit No. 2, Ampenan phone: 0370 642303/649100
Lion Air Jl. Sriwijaya No.81, Mataram Phone: 0370 629 111 Merpati Nusantara Airlines Jl. Pejanggik No.69, Mataram Phone: 0370 636 745 TransNusa Jl. Panca Usaha No.28, Mataram Phone: 0370 624 555 CAR RENTAL COMPANIES Lombok Rent Car Jl. Raya Senggigi Km 12, Senggigi Phone: 0370 667 7887 FREIGHT/COURIER COMPANIES Tiki Jl. Anyelir No. 1, Mataram Phone: 0370 633 014 DHL Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto No.53G, Mataram Phone: 0370 639 400 PUBLIC UTILITIES Electricity (PLN) Jl. Langko No. 25, Ampenan Phone: 0370 632 182 Jl. Raya Sengiggi Phone: 0370 693 535 Water (PDAM) Jl. Pendidikan No.29, Mataram Phone: 0370 632 510 Jl. Raya Sengiggi Phone: 0370 693 886 CHURCH SERVICES Bethany Mataram Church Jl. I Gusti Ketut Jelantik Gosa No.23, Mataram Phone: 0370 625 956 HKBP Mataram Church Jl. Gili Air No.4, Mataram Phone: 0370 632 924 Kristen Tuhan Church Jl. Ekas No.47, Mataram Phone: 0370 621 811 Masehi Advent H7 Church Jl. Kom L Yos Sudarso No.16, Mataram Phone: 0370 638 500 Pantekosta Church Jl. Pariwisata No.4, Mataram Phone: 0370 631 219 Katholik Church Jl. Majapahit No.10, Mataram Phone: 0370 634 397 CONSULATES IN BALI Australia (Also consular service for Canada and New Zealand nationals) Jalan Tantular No. 32, Renon, Denpasar Phone: 0361 241 118
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