My Lombok issue 50

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to the latest feature packed issue of My Lombok! It marks a special milestone for us – it’s our 50th issue! For nearly six years we’ve been giving you the lowdown on all the latest happenings, news and introducing the most inspiring people of Lombok and this special issue brings you more of the same good stuff. Lombok’s first international school Nusa Alam has also celebrated a big milestone – their 20th Anniversary. We are also looking forward to Lombok’s big cultural happening in February, the Bau Nyale Festival. Read on to learn more. We’ve spread our wings further than ever for our latest staycation option for you, all the way to Sumba and the exquisite Lelewatu. Just as unique is Villa Kotak, an innovative Lombok abode built out of containers. Last month was a busy one for all kind of events across Lombok. Check out the details of the SIWA Fun Run, the Kampung Market in Cafe Kampung, Selong Belanak, and Mahamaya’s latest donation to Endri Foundation. This month’s expat interview profiles PT Gemela International, the only firm on Lombok to have their own water drill. There is also a look at the valuable community based social impact activities from Sasak Warriors. Looking to stay trim or keep the kids engaged and active in Lombok? Then head to Selong Selo Resort and Residences, which has just launched a cool new Kids club, plus a well-equipped fitness centre. Get all the details inside. Just for foodies, we have a revealing interview with Chef Andrew from Wah Resort on Gili Trawangan and profile the fine dining at Lombok Lodges’s Flavors restaurant. Look no further than here for the ultimate Valentine’s Day dinner.

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Activity Bau Nyale Festival

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Activity 6 Reasons to VIsit West Lombok

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Activity Selo Fit and Club Coconut

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Helping Hands Sasak Warriors

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Profile PT Gemela International

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Education Sekolah Nusa Alam

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Through A Lens 50 Issues of My Lombok EAT

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Chef Interview Andrew of Wah Resort, Gili Trawangan

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Superfood Honey

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Restaurant Review Flavors STAY

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Luxury Living Villa Kotak

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Hotel Review Lelewatu Resort Sumba

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Social Kampung Market


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Guazzetto

Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Luciano

Sinfonia

Prawns Carpaccio

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Bau Nyale Festival

Selo Fit

Sasak Warriors

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BAU NYALE FESTIVAL

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his month Lombok’s famed sea worm festival is back with a bang – and a new location. The 2020 edition of ‘Bau Nyale’ takes place on February 14-15 but has been shifted eastwards slightly from the usual location of Seger Beach to Tanjung Aan Beach. This is due to work taking place for the 2021 MotoGP circuit at Mandalika. Bau Nyale is a cultural (and intriguing natural) phenomenon unique to Lombok which has grown to become not only Lombok’s biggest public gathering but also an Indonesian icon. It’s been attracting international travellers for some years now. According to local tourism officials, last year’s event saw a 20% jump in visitor numbers compared to the previous year. Unsurprisingly, hotels, villas and homestays sell out fast – book now or you might just miss out. It is one of those quirky cultural rituals that Indonesia seems to specialise in, shrouded in a legend passed down through countless generations. So what is the story? For the uninitiated, here is a brief Bau Nyale 101: The Bau Nyale legend revolves around the story of the Princess Mandalika. The princess was so pretty, she unwittingly caused friction and intense rivalry between several princes from various clans from all over Lombok, who were all keen for her hand in marriage. She realised that once she eventually picked a suitor it would inevitably lead to a war started by the rejected suitors. Fearful of impending bloodshed whoever she chose, she instead sacrificed herself for the good of her people, and threw herself into the ocean. Many villagers tried in vain to rescue her but instead only found sea worms in their thousands, known as ‘Nyale.’

The annual appearance of the sea worms was and still is considered a symbolic reincarnation of the princess. Legend has it, the princess vowed to return once every year to watch over her subjects. It evolved into what is now the Bau Nyale legend and its annual courtship and fertility ritual. The actual coming of the sea worms is determined by the lunar cycle after a full moon as thousands upon thousands of the small slithery critters come ashore. This is when locals wade into the shallows armed with nets and buckets to capture the worms. It is a ritualistic celebration and a good ‘harvest’ of worm augers well for the year ahead. Although they are symbolic, the worms also have many practical uses. They are added to a variety of soups and savoury snacks to be eaten, used as a natural fertilizer in farming, as an ingredient for traditional medicine and even as an aphrodisiac. The Bau Nyale ritual revolves around the catching of the sea worms but there is much more to the event than that. It now serves as a platform for showcasing Sasak culture covering food, art, music, drama and more. This includes stick fighting, a mini food festival, dramatic re-enactments of Sasak legends, the ‘Putri Mandalika’ beauty pageant, puppet shows and ritual courtship displays. It’s all great fun to both watch and participate in. It’s a captivating window into traditional art forms still practised in Lombok today and the ideal opportunity for curious travellers to mix with fun loving locals.

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FROM SECRET ISLANDS TO THE AMAZING ECOBRICKS PROJECT

6 Reasons to Visit West Lombok Gemtrack is a team of passionate travellers who are on a mission of making slow & sustainable travel accessible to travellers around the world. They have put together an extensive Slow & Sustainable Travel Guide to Lombok, filled with handpicked travel gems illuminating a joyous trail through Lombok. This guide is an amalgamation of the best travel advice from a noteworthy band of travellers!

1. Kayaking around Gili Gede with Hula Hoop

You can download Gemtrack’s Slow and Sustainable Travel Guide to Lombok on their website www. gemtracktravel.com for FREE!

If you tell the Hula Hoop family you’re a Gemtracker, you can even use these kayaks for free for half a day when staying at Hula Hoop Bungalows!

Each month, the Gemtrack Team will be putting together some tips and tricks for MyLombok Mag to help you have the best and most ethical time in Lombok. This month they will spill the beans on some of the most unique experiences West Lombok has to offer.

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ravellers coming to West Lombok typically make a beeline for Sengiggi, the most popular beach strip in this part of the island. While the area is prone to mass tourism and has endured the big resort boom, there is so much more to it outside of luxurious, cookie cutter experiences. Rather than skipping this part of Lombok, we encourage you to dig deeper and explore the untouched, authentic aspects. From the wild jungles of Gunung Sari to the Secret Gilis, there is much to see and do!

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The secret Gili islands consist of tiny specks of land, surrounded by piercing blue water. One of them is Gili Gede, where you will find Hula Hoop Bungalows! From here you can paddle to your beach of choice, explore the waters around the island and enjoy the beautiful scenery from your kayak. During the sunset hours the skies are ablaze with colour!

2. A camping trip to Gili Kedis The Gili islands are also great for day- and camping trips! Yang Nomads is a locally owned company that specializes in trips to Gili Kedis. Once a week, Julian, the friendly and curious soul behind Yang Nomads, gets a group of adventurous travellers together to hop on a boat and set sail to a picturesque little white sand island, encircled by the pristine blue ocean. It might just be the classic combination of wonderful people, the awe of nature and a bonus addition of a cold beer (or bottle of rice wine) that does the trick. Julian wants to make sure that everyone who joins one of his trips goes home with beautiful and shareable memories. Armed with a camera and drone, Julian, a true jack of all trades, creates breathtaking images of the trip to the magical islands.


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3. Snorkelling at Gili Nanggu Soft sand, crystal clear water, colourful reefs and blue skies - a trip to the secret Gilis will have you marvel at nature. The biggest of the 3 islands is Gili Nanggu. The snorkeling around Gili Nanggu is incredible - diverse marine life swims around the colourful coral reef. You’ll see hundreds and hundreds of schools of fish! Feel Lombok organizes day trips to Gili Nanggu and offers a complete package with pick-up, a boat trip, a lunch at a local warung and more. If you tell Hannah & Dayat that you’re a Gemtracker, they will offer you 5% discount on their trips

4. Roadtrippin’ Senggigi with Feel Lombok Hannah and Dayat from Feel Lombok are ready to challenge some of the most spectacular views you’ve seen in South East Asia on their road trip along the northern coastal roads in Sengiggi. There are vast coconut plantations, long and winding roads with cliff drops, and soft volcanic sand beaches. Immerse yourself in nature and meet amazing people along the way. If you tell Hannah & Dayat that you’re a Gemtracker, they will offer you 5% discount on their trips

5. A romantic dinner at Gili Asahan Eco Lodge Gili Asahan is a serene eco lodge on Gili Asahan: one of the secret Gili islands. Their philosophy is to be one with their environment; to leave as little traces as possible. This is a place where you wake up to the sounds of the waves crashing into the shore and the gentle sea breeze makes you come alive. And what could make for a more romantic evening with your partner than a candlelit dinner under the stars with your feet in the sand? Upon request, Gili Asahan can organise this for you! We think this setting looks like a dream.

6. The Ecobricks project Trash collection and recycling is a big challenge in Lombok; education in villages is lacking and support from the government is minimal. By using the Ecobricks technology and implementing a trade system in local villages, the Trash Rebel project, which is led by Ruby Kramer, have mobilized

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the people of Gunung Sari to collect plastic and create Ecobricks. The Ecobricks can be used as building blocks for a new school. Besides recycling plastic, Trash Rebel educates and motivates people to reduce their plastic use. If you would like to hear more about Ecobricks, we’ve made a little documentary about the project that you can watch on our website: www.gemtracktravel.com/stories


www.gemtracktravel.com info@gemtracktravel.com gemtracktravel

Author: Aishwarya Shah, Rosa Hudepohl

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ACTIVITY

New Fitness and FamilyOrientated Amenities Taking Selong Selo to Greater Heights

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or sleek, stylish residential resort living in South Lombok, Selong Selo has undoubtedly raised the bar. Since opening it has morphed into a multi-faceted lifestyle haven with a chic hilltop bar and restaurant, taking full advantage of those jaw-dropping vistas over Selong Belanak. Still, it is not one to rest on its laurels. It has continued expanding with new amenities including a luxury spa and upcoming beach club and here is a sneak peek at a couple of Selong Selo’s newest additions:

Selo Fit It’s great to jog along the beach or burn off the carbs with a bike ride in the hills. Yet the searing midday heat and short heavy downpours in winter can easily disrupt the best laid fitness plans. The cool air conditioning at Selong Selo's newly launched Selo Fit gym is just the solution. Spread over two floors, the gym features top notch cardio and resistance equipment, free weights, benches and more. There are towels, Wi-Fi and a water fountain. Bright and airy and flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass, every workout comes with a scenic view. There is also a rooftop terrace that functions as an open air workout space for group and training camps exercises. With even more captivating wraparound views, it’s an inspiring spot for yoga and meditation. Selo Fit is surrounded by verdant lawns perfect for freestyle workouts, HIIT fitness sessions or customised circuit training. The resort is planning Selo Fit Retreats in the near future for complete mind and body renewal through high intensity fitness, balanced nutrition, surfing and more. In fact, the diverse array of facilities and open air spaces offer tons of options for fitness coaches to design their own retreats, from luxury wellness, yoga, fitness or small corporate gatherings.

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Club Coconut It’s easy to forget amid the sleek styling and luxe ambience that Selong Selo is incredibly family friendly. There is no denying its credentials as a lifestyle playground for grownups, and now parents can enjoy it even more with a host of kid-pleasing activities at newly opened Club Coconut. You’ll get even more ‘me time’ to savour a poolside cocktail or two in the knowledge the little ones are having a ball. Dedicated kids clubs are a rare commodity in Lombok and Club Coconut takes its duty of care seriously with a refreshing new concept. It has been designed to introduce kids aged 4-12 to the natural environment and nurtures sustainability and community practices in a fun, intuitive way. The club features a movie room, indoor and outdoor play areas, an arts and crafts corner and a play house built from recycled materials. To follow is also a sandpit and climbing net. Activity programs are rooted in sustainable practices that give kids both a physical and intellectual workout. Virtually everything has a local flavour with comprehensive arts, crafts and culture activities, exposing them to nature, authentic food, and conservation. Imbibe the richness of traditional sasak with more traditional activities like kids cooking classes, creative arts, plus learning about ocean conversation; all a hotbed of creativity to spark the imagination. There is also a program of typical fun activities such as soccer, kid’s boot camp, and outdoor movie screenings.

+628123682314 www.selongselo.com selongselo

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HELPTING HANDS

SASAK WARRIORS Sasak Warriors is the name given to an initiative run by Rinjani Dawn Adventures, a locally run trekking and tour company based in Senaru. Following the 2018 earthquakes its focus has been small building projects within the community.

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orth Lombok was hit particularly hard by the earthquakes that rocked the island in 2018. Senaru, a small village that serves as an entranceway to Mount Rinjani was no exception- roughly 80% of buildings were irreparably damaged or destroyed, including houses, schools and Mosques. As well as losing their homes many local people lost their incomes, the local economy being heavily dependent on tourism and Mount Rinjani trekking. In the wake of the earthquakes Rinjani Dawn Adventures re-deployed its modest resources to earthquake relief. Using mountain guides and volunteers, they worked with the Kudus (village chief) to assist with the distribution of aid. “Many of the water pipes that run-down the mountain to Senaru were broken” explains Saefudin Zohri, RDA manager and leader of the Sasak Warriors team. “One of the first things we did was convert our vehicle into a water truck”. Lashing water tanks to the back of the Grand Max, Saefudin (or “Aef as he’s affectionately known) drove 10km down the hill to get much-needed water from an irrigation channel. “Many people in the village were lacking water, so we had to make this trip 10-12 times a day”. The truck also frequently served as a community ambulance, taking sick villagers to the closest hospital in Tanjung (50km’s away). Angus, the owner of Rinjani Dawn Adventures, explains how things evolved from there. “The first major project we did was building a logistics and aid post that could be used by the village for the safe storage and distribution of aid. This involved pulling down the walls of a damaged shop, and rebuilding using wood and lightweight materials. We raised money by reaching-out to past customers, family and friends, and were blown away by the generosity of people from around the world. After we completed the aid post we focused on providing food, water filters, and building materials. By this time Aef had managed to recruit 26 volunteers, so we thought we’d give the group a name,

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“Sasak Warriors”. Many people from Senaru and Bayan still follow the Sasak traditions of old-they are proud of their ancestral heritage and the community they hold dear. This is one of the reasons we named our initiative “Sasak Warriors” – to ensure it resonated with the community. Mt Rinjani’s summit and lake routes were closed in 2019 due to damaged trails and fear of further after-shocks. Although this was a massive blow to trekking organisers, we were able to offer some adventurous packages that proved popular with the reduced numbers of tourists coming to the island. We launched the “I Love Lombok” & “Lombok Explorer” packages, that proved popular with customers and kept our guides busy. As we’d already committed to a couple Sasak Warriors projects, we decided to use trekking profit to finance these. 2019 was a year to take stock and re-group, but we’re hoping 2020 will be busier, especially as Mt Rinjani’s summit will re-open in April. ***

Rinjani Dawn Adventures hopes to grow its Sasak Warriors initiative this year, and will be focusing on a kindergarten school project that is in the initial planning stages. Should you wish to find out more about Sasak Warriors, please visit the Rinjani Dawn Adventures website & social media channels.

www.rinjanidawnadventures.com @rinjanidawnadventures


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PT GEMELA INTERNATIONAL / NTB DRILLING SERVICES

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EMELA International was established in 2001, and is a family business, currently owned and operated by Paul Lupton and Nani Wati, who are based in Kuta Lombok. Paul Lupton, spoke recently with My Lombok about the business and the various projects that are making a difference in Lombok. What first brought you to Lombok? I first came to Lombok in 1988. I was with four friends and, like many others, we came for the surfing. Three of us are still living here. In 1998, I was married to my wife Nani, and now we have two boys, Tobi 20 and Rizki 18. Can you tell us more about GEMELA International / NTB Drilling Services? GEMELA International started in 2001. It is a licensed construction company. We specialise in civil works – mainly earthmoving, rock breaking, rock works and concreting. We are also involved in subdivision construction and road construction. We are still expanding. In 2017, we purchased and imported a Dando 4000 Multi Purpose Drilling Rig from England, to add to our fleet of excavators, rock breakers, bulldozers, drum compactors, tip trucks and concrete trucks. What kinds of projects do you have in Lombok? We work with most of Lombok’s developers, in one capacity or another. As well as the larger development companies, we continuously meet and work with newer, and smaller private developers and investors. A lot of our work is involved with drilling water wells, all over Lombok, for private and commercial clients. You seem passionate about well drilling. Can you tell us more? Yes, I am passionate about our water well drilling service, but my real passion is for protecting our water supplies. Water is such a valuable resource in Lombok but in too

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many projects – both big and small – operators have not approached their water system design correctly, and the result is that water and money are continually wasted, year after year. Those responsible for large, and even small, projects need to remember just where they are. Lombok – particularly in East and South Lombok – has extremely dry regions and a very short rainfall season. Investors and developers must take on the responsibility for their projects, and make sure they are sensibly and sustainably planned and executed. Gardens should be suitably designed to survive for long periods of dry weather, without the need for constant watering. Projects should allow for maximum rainwater capture, and incorporate intelligent design for water fittings. People should be looking into grey water recycling systems and, of course, always thinking about the most sensible use of water, also excess water injection into the water table. For every well drilled to extract water, businesses should also be drilling at least one well to re-inject water back into the ground. Excess rain water that cannot be collected, recycled grey and sewage water put back into the ground using injection wells is basically replacing the resource you are using, even increasing it. Any business that replaces more of a natural resource than it is using is sustainable and that is what we need moving forward. Do you have any advice for someone who, for example, wanted to drill a bore well? Just because the water is there now it doesn't mean it always will be. The population is growing, climate changing and more pollution. It's important that owners, or potential owners, of bore wells understand that any bore well that is drilled and used for commercial purposes must have the correct permits from the government. This applies to hotels, rental villas, restaurants and a range of other commercial businesses. This allows the government to monitor and manage the water resource.


It's essential to conduct a proper geo-electrical survey prior to drilling. Then, after drilling, there needs to be a geophysical survey. This makes sure the physical properties of the geologic material and the borehole fluids are fully understood before the casing and screens are installed. Every well is different. Before a filtration system is installed, the water should be laboratory tested, so the filter can be custom designed to often generic or no filters are used. A bore well should be used to top up any shortfall of collected rainwater and recycled grey water. It shouldn't be considered as an endless resource, because it isn't. Another real concern for us as a company that finds people clean water is how many villa's and hotels are putting raw sewage into the ground. I am so often disappointed by investors that have absolutely no respect for the environment doing that. Thankfully the government are passing more attention to this problem now. Finally, what would you say sets your company apart? The first thing is that we own and operate our own equipment. It is new and always well maintained. There are no 'middle men' or brokers, and we don't bring in rented equipment and workers with no expertise.

Then there is our efficiency; our drilling rig is one of a kind in Lombok. We have worked on many wells, and can drill one up to 150m deep in 5 to 7 days and completing the well start to finish. We also guarantee our wells will have water. We have a 100% success rate in striking water. We are also excited to have a new rig on order that will drill to 350m in 7 days. A really important thing is our local focus. We are from Lombok, and our employees are from Lombok. We work in Lombok and we care about what happens here. For example, with other businesses and community groups, we have been involved in projects to repair and save coastal roads suffering from ocean tide damage, drilling wells for communities with no water. We have been doing business here for almost 20 years, and that means we bring a lot of experience to the projects we are involved in.

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SEKOLAH NUSA ALAM

Twenty years of international standard schooling in Lombok

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t is the twentieth anniversary of Sekolah Nusa Alam. The school opened its doors for the first time on January 17th 2000. It was established by well-known members of Lombok’s Indonesian and international community: Ace Robin, Sopantini, Peter Cranfield and Mark Heyward. On the very first day there were only six students. Since then, Sekolah Nusa Alam has grown into a well-established international school. It has been providing international standard schooling to the children of Lombok for twenty years. ‘The aim is to provide an international-standard education for the children of Indonesian and expatriate families in Lombok,’ explained Dra Enny Asmororini, the Kepala Sekolah. ‘We have children from many backgrounds; Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. We have many nationalities at our school; Koreans, Australians, Dutch, Danish, British, and Indonesians of all sorts: Tionghoa, Javanese, Sasak and Balinese. Families from all over. The beautiful thing is that the children all get along together. Even the different ages mix together: it’s like a big family.’

Sekolah Nusa Alam is a ‘community-based school'. It was established and funded by the community. At the beginning, the school faced major challenges due to civil unrest in Lombok. ‘Riots broke out on the day we opened!’ Ibu Enny explained. ‘By the end of the day most of our families had left the island.’ But with persistence and hard work, the founders continued to develop the school. After twenty years, the school’s achievements are clear. In 2018, the school relocated from the original site in Montong to a brand-new facility at Grand Natura, Jalan Terusan Bung Hatta, Mataram.

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‘We were outgrowing the original school buildings,’ explained Dr Heyward, Head of the Board of Trustees. ‘We received an offer from PT Varindo Lombok Inti to build a new school in Mataram. In July 2018, we moved and began classes in the wonderful new facility. In August, along with everyone else, we were hit by the earthquakes. It is a testimony to the strength of the school community and its leadership that we not only survived – but we thrived!’

Sekolah Nusa Alam is accredited by the Government of Indonesia and has an 'A' rating at every level: TK, SD, SMP and SMA. It is also the only SPK (Satuan Pendikan Kerjasama) school in Lombok, meaning it is the only school licensed to teach both the national curriculum and an international curriculum. Sekolah Nusa Alam is also the only school on the island that is licensed to teach the Cambridge International Curriculum, ranging from early childhood to secondary levels, and is an Accredited Testing Centre for Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in Year 10. ‘ Sekolah Nusa Alam is unique in Lombok,’ explained the school principal, Katherine Krom. ‘Our children are both happy and successful throughout their journey from play group through to Year 12. The school offers the academically-stimulating International Cambridge Curriculum delivered in English. We provide support for Indonesian children to be able to learn in English. Learning in an English language environment, the children pick it up very quickly. The Cambridge program is widely recognised and accepted at universities throughout the world. Sekolah Nusa Alam has earned a reputation for excellence over the last eighteen years. Graduates have gone on to overseas universities, including in the UK, Australia, and America, and to domestic universities. Some have started to build their distinguished careers.’


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Plans are now underway to open a technical school, to meet Lombok’s growing need for high-class training in languages (English, Mandarin, Arabic), tourism and hospitality.

collaborative, they have a good mindset and, especially, they have mastery of the English language: they can speak, read and write properly.’

Current and former parents, teachers, students and board members gathered together at an event to celebrate the 20 th Anniversary of the school. Addressing an audience of children, teachers, parents and visiting officials, Dr Heyward said ‘Sekolah Nusa Alam is a community – it is the strength of that community, children, teachers and parents that makes us strong. When everyone helps each other and works together that we can achieve our dreams.’

‘Aziz is now doing a double degree in accountancy at UGM. Azka has just completed her exchange program in Poland and Belgium,’ Ibu Tari added.

Ibu Tari, a parent, whose children were enrolled at the school from pre-school up until senior-secondary class, commented. ‘My children have grown and developed into independent, responsible, and respectful young people,’ she said. ‘They have a good attitude and show tolerance towards others, regardless of background. They are

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‘Enrolments are now open for the new school year, commencing July 2020,’ said the Principal. ‘Spaces are still available in most classes. Sekolah Nusa Alam welcomes children at any age, from pre-school to senior-secondary.’ Perumahan Grand Natura, Jl. Terusan Bung Hatta, Karang Baru, Mataram, Lombok +62370-647-510 nusaalam@yahoo.com www.nusaalam.sch.id


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CHEF ANDREW OF WAH RESORT, GILI TRAWANGAN

Haute Cuisine on Request

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ndrew is Indonesian-born, from Malang. After experiencing haute cuisine and learning from some of the best chefs available, he is now a chef at Wah Resort on Gili Trawangan, where he is always keen to expand his skills even further. He puts them to good use, and offers guests a range of styles, on request, but always with a focus on quality local ingredients. Tell us about your career and some of the places you have worked. I had been living in Australia and for about 5 years I worked in some of the top restaurants in Melbourne, under chefs like Joseph Vargetto, Ian Alexander, and Juliana Landrivon. To learn from Juliana Landrivon was the best experience for me; she is one of the best chefs in Melbourne of her era (1990s). I learned a lot about classy French cuisine and how to use expensive ingredients – such as foie gras, truffles and caviar – and treat them with respect.

After I left Melbourne, I worked in Bali under Kieran Moreland and Maxie Millian at the Merah Putih and Sangsaka Bali restaurants. What brought you to Wah Resort? I had my own place, called Stagiaire – a fine dining restaurant, specialising in French cuisine. One day the owner of the Wah Resort on Gili Trawangan visited my place and was impressed with our dishes. He asked me if I would be his chef consultant, to help set up his restaurant, create the menu and train his staff. How would you define your style of cooking? So far my cooking style has been modern French cuisine, but since I have come back to Indonesia I've started to learn ways to take Indonesian dishes to the next level. With my background in French cuisine, I've been able to combine French cooking techniques with local Indonesian ingredients and flavours.

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Tell us about the concept for your menu at Wah Resort. It is not always haute cuisine, but I will keep it at a higher level than other restaurants in Gili. Ours is probably the only restaurant that can serve semi fine dining quality food to customers who request it for a special occasion. On normal days, we serve bistro style food with high quality ingredients and the right flavours; I have found out it is sometimes hard to find good food in Gili Trawangan. Which dish do you most like to cook? I enjoy cooking anything that involves a combination of molecular and modern techniques of cooking. Which do you think are the guests' favourites? So far the feedback from our guests shows they love our scallops, lobsters, and our fish of the day. We change the fish and the garnishes daily. Do you have particular ingredients you really like to cook with? I like to use venison, quail, pigeon, and any kind of fish. Which is your 'must have' kitchen gadget? A really sharp knife. It is essential, since we use it in almost every cooking task. Describe your typical working day. Mostly I'm either in the office, doing some development work on the recipes and the menu, or going into the kitchen to do quality control, and run the meal service. I also pass on new knowledge to my brigade, and show them how to execute things. What is the biggest challenge? Myself. Sometimes I need to beat my own ego and just serve good food to our customers. Not everyone loves haute cuisine or fine dining, so I need to suppress my ego, and lower the level. It sounds easy to do, but for me it isn't.

What do you like most about your job? I always like to find new ingredients, especially in Gili, where we have a lot of fish. I figure out how to use new fishes every day; it's all part of increasing my knowledge and experience. What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to snorkel and just chill‌. What foods do you really love to eat? Anything you would never eat? A dish I love, and remember from my childhood, is nasi goreng – I could eat it every day. I really don't like petai (a type of green bean) and jengkol (a very strong smelling legume) Other than creating great food, what would you say are the most important qualities that make a successful chef? It's important to be humble, have good attitude, and never think that you are the best. There are no successful chefs who got there by thinking they were the best. If you hadn't become a chef, what do you think you would be doing right now? Maybe I would just do what my parents do. Any tips for budding chefs? I would say: work hard, be disciplined, always put your head down, do more listening than talking, and accept criticism, because it builds you. The most important thing is not to be arrogant when you succeed. As far I know, people might be really smart, but if they are arrogant they just don't go anywhere; they get stuck because they think they are already the best. Do you have a favourite celebrity chef? No, not a celebrity chef, but I do have a favourite chef, and her cooking has influenced me a lot. It's my own 'Master Chef', Juliana Landrivon, from Doric House. She was the person who was really patient enough to drag out all of my potential, so I could be who I am today.

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Tuna Tataki, Greek Salad, Lime Aioli & Vincotto

Ingredients

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• 80gr tuna lion • sesame seeds (white & black) • 3 cherry tomatoes (diced small) • 10gr feta cheese • ¼ cucumber seeded (diced small) • 10gr red onion (diced small) • 3 pitted olives (diced small) • lime and olive oil dressing • balsamic vinegar • 100gr mayonnaise (homemade or instant) • garlic purée • salt & pepper

1. Mix the cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber, red onion and olives in a bowl and dress with the lime dressing and salt. 2. To make the vincotto, reduce the balsamic vinegar to a syrup consistency. 3. Season the tuna loin with salt and pepper and then sear the tuna using a pan on a medium to high heat for 2 minutes on each side, making sure the tuna is still rare. 4. When cooked roll in the sesame seed mix. 5. Cut the tuna into thin slices and then plate it.

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Crusted Wagyu, Lobster Tempura, Cauliflower Purée, Pomme Gallette & Bordelaise Ingredients

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• 100gr wagyu tokusen marble 7+ • 50ml bordeaux red wine • 200ml reduced veal stock • 150ml milk • 250gr butter • 1 sprig of thyme, rosemary & sage • 2 garlic cloves • 1 shallot • croutons (blended) • 4 potatoes (peeled) • 1 breaded lobster tail • salt & pepper

1. Preheat the oven & fryer to 180°C. 2. Slice the potatoes thinly and lay them on the baking tray in 3 to 5 layers. 3. Melt 150gr of butter in a saucepan, add the seasoning and a pinch of thyme & garlic. Then pour it onto the potatoes making sure it is evenly coated. 4. Bake for 40 minutes covered with alumunium foil. Then remove the foil & bake it for a further 20 mins and set aside. Once cooled down cut it into rectangle shapes. 5. Boil the cauliflower in the milk until soft, and then blend with the butter and add seasoning. 6. For the wagyu season with salt & pepper then place it on the grill for about 2 minutes on each side. Put the crouton crumbs on top of the wagyu to give a crunchy texture on it. 7. Fry the lobster until golden brown and place in the oven to make sure it is cooked thoroughly. 8. To make the sauce sauté the chopped shallots and garlic then deglaze them with red wine and reduce it to half. 9. Once it is reduced add the veal stock and stir until it thickens. Add a spoon of butter to the sauce. 10. Plate the wagyu and lobster with the side dishes.

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What's The Buzz On Bee Products?

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ave you heard the hum on bee products lately? It might be difficult sometimes to find basic facts, and accurate information about their properties. Whether or not they're claimed to be health foods or medical marvels, they are on the list of the latest 'super foods' and worth a closer look. Honey The first and obvious 'bee bonus' is honey. It's popular, delicious and is a long-time favourite. The big question, though, is one that's been around for years: Is honey a healthier alternative to sugar? The answer is: 'It depends'. And it depends, mainly, on how much you use. Honey is essentially a sweet food. It contains up to 80% sugar, in the form of fructose and glucose, which are monosaccharides, or simple sugars – the most basic component of human nutrition. They are the sugars most rapidly and easily absorbed into the bloodstream. There is no fibre or fat in honey. Apart from very small traces of protein, vitamins and minerals (approximately 2%), the remainder (approximately 18%) is water. So, basically, honey is sugar. Too much sugar in the diet will always be a problem. As a sweetener, honey is more attractive to many, in terms of taste, and can also be eaten more easily alone – on toast, on cereals and even added to already-sweet foods like ice cream and cake. The temptation to eat more honey essentially means more sugar consumption. Not a great idea. You might be aware of claims that honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. There is some evidence honey can help in cases of minor infections. In 2010, researchers at the

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Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam found that certain types of honey contained a protein, which they named defensin-1. It is part of the honeybee's immune system, and is the basis of honey's potential antibacterial properties. According to studies done in 2017, a specific type of honey – Manuka honey – was shown to be effective against a particular type of bacteria responsible for diarrhoea and colitis. Scientists see the future possible value of honey in the fight against bacterial infection. There is absolutely no suggestion at the moment, however, that it might be able to replace antibiotics. To ease secondary symptoms of infection – such as a raw, sore throat – honey is an effective soothing agent, taken on a spoon, or as a drink, mixed with warm water and lemon juice. Honey might also be useful to ease symptoms of reflux. Because it forms a lining on the stomach and oesophagus, it can reduce the back flow of acid that causes heartburn and inflammation. In the end, the best thing of all is that honey just tastes good. The flavour differences you notice among your favourite types, are simply because of the particular species of flowers the bees visited to collect the nectar. The verdict: If you use it wisely and sparingly, as you should any high-sugar food, honey gets a tick. Bee pollen Pollen is an important food for the bees but it's also catching on as food for people too. And although its popularity is increasing, the studies on its health benefits are still inconclusive.


Bee pollen is one of the substances that bees spend so much of their time looking for. As they go from flower to flower they collect it and carry it, usually on their legs back to the hive. Pollen is high in protein and used in the hive to feed to developing larvae and to the Queen Bee. It is different from nectar, a sweet, high-energy carbohydrate compound, which bees also collect and store in the honeycomb, in order to feed the adult worker bees. Nectar is the substance that becomes honey. Beekeepers have found ways to remove pollen from hives, and it is now available as a food product for human consumption, in the form of crunchy yellow granules. As with honey, the nutritional content of pollen depends on the flowers the bees visit, and their location. Its composition varies widely, but it can be up to 50% protein. The rest is made up of simple sugars and some vitamins and minerals.

Do you really want to eat bee pollen? Unless there are problems with bee sting, honey or pollenrelated allergies, there seem to be no specific dangers in consuming it. Three things to consider, however: 1. Many people have concerns about the ways in which the pollen is harvested from the hive, particularly where the bee community is harmed in the process. 2. It should be noted that pollen is the only protein source for developing young bees, and removing it is yet another threat to the existence of bee colonies in many parts of the world. 3. It's a fact that human beings can find their protein elsewhere. The Verdict: perhaps we should leave the pollen for the bees, and just enjoy the honey (in moderation, of course).

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t’s that time of year when restaurants go to town to create a special atmosphere. The festive season is always a great excuse to dress up, head to a romantic beachfront eatery and dive into fine cuisine. Of course gastronomy is not restricted to just the Christmas holidays, and there is a burgeoning scene in Lombok for epicurean eats. For me the cosier the better, and a trip to the Lombok Lodge fits the bill perfectly. Their new fine dining haven is called Flavors and ticks all the right boxes if you are really serious about top-notch beachfront dining.

It is helmed by talented chef Wayan Jiwa Raga who cut his culinary teeth at the Oberoi and Mozaic Restaurant, Bali. The North Coast ocean scenery at Lombok Lodge is an obvious lure for diners but the food itself hits a high mark few can match in Lombok. Flavors has created a distinctive ensemble of dining experiences far beyond the usual open air restaurant concept. There are just a handful of tables overlooking the pool and beach but there are a number of dining styles to suit any mood. It ranges from carefree social dining, a beach BBQ under the stars or how about a private table on the jetty overlooking the sea. Tables in immaculate white linens are spread out on the breezy terrace, while more intimate dining can be arranged by the water’s edge. Fine international and Asian Cuisine is presented with a touch of arty flair at Flavors. Rolling set menus feature classic dishes like rare black pepper tuna, beef tenderloin, roasted Peking duck and more. There are themed menus covering the gamut of classic Indonesian, BBQ, Italian and pan-Asian, as well as a few lesser known specialty dishes from each. New for 2020 is the lavish 6-course Lombok Lobster signature menu – an undeniable treat to impress your significant other.

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Flavors also organises special celebration menu packages for weddings, birthdays or any personal milestone complete with a celebratory bottle of bubbly, canapés and even pyrotechnics. There are also special festive spreads throughout the year to mark Christmas, New Year, and Valentine’s Day. An impeccable dining experience means a well paired selection of wines and Flavors boasts one of Lombok’s most comprehensive assortments of white, red, rose and bubbles. Although it nestles on the edge of tranquil northern Lombok at Medana Bay, Flavors can organise pickup and transport from the Gili Islands and Sengiggi area so there really is no excuse not to pamper the palate.

Jl. Pantai Medana (near Oberoi Hotel) Desa Medana, Tanjung, Lombok, NTB, Indonesia +62 851 0062 2926 reservation@thelomboklodge.com www.flavorslombok.com flavorslombok

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Villa lifestyle experience that thinks outside the box

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hen I heard about the Villa Kotak concept I literally couldn’t ‘contain’ myself. Another upcoming small villa retreat in Selong Balanak is embracing modular style living and giving it a refreshing new spin. With a container concept, it’s only natural to expect a clinical minimalist interior without much character but Villa Kotak completely debunks those preconceptions. It is an artfully crafted smart villa that really feels like a cosy home. Amid the splashy interiors and artwork, you’ll soon forget you are staying in an old shipping container. The villa forms a L-shape using 40-foot and 20-foot containers linked by a covered open air space. This forms the villa’s main social hub – a spacious dining and outdoor living space. There is a compelling contrast between the whitewashed and corrugated container walls and the furnishings in vibrant red and orange hues. There is ample space to sink into the sofa with a cool cocktail and a good book, and enjoy intimate dining. The open fronted aspect ensures cool breezes and you are just steps away from a refreshing dip in the pool. The lounge area is fringed by the two bedrooms which are accessed on either side through sliding glass doors. The bedrooms are incredibly cosy and each has its own unique personality with colourful furnishings and wall art. An ideal quiet haven for an afternoon snooze. It also boasts a spacious open air bathroom set around natural stonework. As well as a spa-inspired bedroom, the main 40-foot container also features an integrated living room and

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fully featured all-steel kitchen. There is an ingenious use of space, texture and colour in the living room that really gives it a homely ambience. There are virtually no outward signs you are sitting inside a shipping container. There are more autumnal shades of red, orange and brown, a comfy sofa and an eclectic blend of art adorning the walls. It’s a delicious fusion of modern and retro style. Villa Kotak sits in a compact enclosure with an inviting swimming pool beside a lush green lawn. It is just a leisurely 600-metre stroll to the famed arc of white sand at Selong Balanak. On-site services include a daily bakery breakfast, a private car-for-hire, while spa treatments and yoga sessions can be arranged. The symmetrical design of ‘cargotecture’ really optimises the available space. While container living isn’t exactly new, even in Selong Balanak, this is one of the few that has got the open plan, integrated villa lifestyle down to a fine art. Yes, it really is a holiday home that thinks outside the box. Enjoy a stay at Villa Kotak and you are doing your bit for the environment. This is arguably the ultimate in upcycled living and they are earthquake resistant too. Villa Kotak officially opens in May 2020.

Selong Belanak, West Praya, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83572 www.villakotak.com

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L E L E W AT U R E S O R T S U M B A A luxury cliff top haven showcasing Sumba’s mystical traditions

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Head-to-toe luxury pampering takes place in the serene Maraga Spa with a range of unique spa treatments. The design as well as the treatment menu is inspired by Sumbanese fabric of life, making full use of nourishing, natural ingredients such as coconut and cloves. In addition there is a fitness centre, horse riding trail and games room. As a deluxe boutique resort, Lelewatu champions Sumba’s pristine ecosystem with a program of sustainable practises, from waste water recycling, locally sourced materials and food, and incorporating natural ventilation air flow within the buildings’ designs.

Jl. Lelewatu No. 168, Wanokaka, Sumba Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur 87272, Indonesia +62 811 3960 6060 (Reservation) +62 361 233 708 (Bali Office) reservation@lelewatu.com info@lelewatu.com www.lelewatu.com lelewaturesortsumba

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‘Kampung Market’, Selong Belanak The first ‘Kampung Market’ took place on the 11th January at Kampung Café in Selong Belanak. Many local businesses were present selling eco-friendly products, veggies and much more. The event was a great success and the next ‘Kampung Market’ will be on the 15th February, 14th March and 11th April. Hope to see you there!

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Mahamaya, Gili Meno Supports Endri’s Foundation Mahamaya donated funds to Endri’s Foundation and with these funds they are able to support the volunteers who help the old, poor and disabled people around Lombok. Endri’s Foundation are very grateful for the support. If you would like to donate or help support Endri’s Foundation please contact +6281238444803, or visit Facebook page (ENDR’s Foundation), or website at www.endrifoundation.or.id.

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First SIWA Sprint Takes Place in South Lombok Sunday 24th November, marked the start for South Lombok's first full-blown running festival the SIWA Sprint. The event consisted of a 5k Fun Run and a more strenuous 10k Trail Run. Participants came from all over the local area and broader Asia region. They got to enjoy a breathtaking running course through the Prabu and Kuta hills on what proved to be an epic day running and the first SIWA SPRINT event of its kind. The event also marked the unveiling of the SIWA by developer Lombok Property Group, a boutique collection of luxury villas and an awe-inspiring restaurant, club and bar boasting some of the best views in Lombok and the world! The full-day festival included a runner's brunch, live music, a pool party, family entertainment, giveaways and cash prizes.

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chinesezodiac The Chinese New Year will be on 25th January – The Year of The Metal Rat ‘Gong Xi Fat Choy’

Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) The rat is a charmer and not slow to make the most of any favorable opportunity. Rats do well in real estate, public relations, and advertising. Rats are sociable, dealing easily with people from all backgrounds, and they certainly enjoy the good life. They have sharp wits and even sharper tongues. The Rat’s element is water and the color black.

Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) The talented, artistic Dragons are the real showoffs of the Chinese Zodiac. They are always popular and they easily influence those around them. Dragons are determined, successful, and enthusiastic. Dragons usually find successful careers in the performing or creative arts, or in politics. Their element is earth, their color gold.

Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) The strong, conservative Ox is born to lead. Oxen don’t suffer fools gladly, are slow to change their opinions and do well in military careers or other careers where leadership is required. The Ox is loyal and patient and sooner or later, will make his or her mark in life. The Ox’s element is earth, the color is golden yellow.

Snake (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) Snakes are the most enticing creatures in the Chinese Zodiac — they have much in common with the sign of Scorpio in western astrology. Snakes are alluring and highly intelligent, and are often found in academic or scientific careers. But their great physical attraction also makes them renowned actors and entertainers. The Snake’s element is fire, the color is red.

Tiger 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 The tiger is a courageous and noble soul, but also highly sensitive and quick to take offence. Tigers are likely to leap in where less hot-headed animals would fear to tread, and they can be very hard to control. They need a career where they can be boss, or strike out on their own with no one to give them orders. The tiger’s element is wood, and the color green. Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) The elegant, peace-loving rabbit is the soul of tact and would never dream of deliberately hurting anyone. The rabbit would prefer a simple white lie to an outright truth which could ruin a moment or damage a friendship. Rabbits are considered very lucky and do well in careers that bring out their people skills, such as law, acting, or diplomacy. The Rabbit’s element is Wood, and the color green.

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Horse (1930,1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) The hard working, confident horse puts its shoulder to even the most difficult task without complaint. Horses are justifiably proud of their elegance and strength, and while they may tend to parade their egos, they also love company and make stimulating friends. The horse does well in sports, the military and politics. The element of the horse is fire, the color red. Goat (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) The goat is very agile and loves to climb, but tends to worry a lot. They can be charming company, but at other times they will tend to bring their friends down by complaining and imagining the worst. Goats can find success in the caring professions, where they can worry for profit, or avoid the ulcers altogether by dropping out. The goat’s element is earth, the color yellow.

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Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) The clever, witty monkey is never short of friends. Always the life of the party, the monkey has a paw on the pulse of life and senses trends long before anyone else. So they find success in the media, advertising, and design. The monkey can also be very tricky and needs to guard against a tendency to take advantage of slower types. The Monkey’s element is metal, and the color white. Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) No one crows louder than the proud rooster, but few have more to crow about. The rooster is a shrewd, sharp, confident operator, who dreams big and looks to the stars. Roosters strut proudly and so choose careers where they can show off and reach impossible goals, such as the entertainment industry, or a business idea that breaks barriers and travels world wide. The element of the rooster is metal, and the color is white. Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) The faithful dog will always be there for family and friends. The dog takes setbacks philosophically, and find comfort in familiar, homely things. But there is a streak of adventure in the dog’s soul that will see them running with the wind on occasion. The dog will also attack when it feels a loved one is threatened, so remember the wise advice and let sleeping dogs lie. Dogs do well in professions based on caring for others, such as teaching and nursing. The dog’s element is earth, the color is yellow. Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) The honorable and scrupulous pig is one of the easiest signs of the Chinese Zodiac to get along with. But they are easily shocked, and also easily gulled into schemes cooked by some of the less scrupulous signs. The Pig has a creative side which should be nurtured, and will often find fulfillment, if not success, in the arts. The element of the pig is water, the color black.


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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.

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Gili Islands A trio of tiny tropical islands off the northwest coast, known simply as ‘the Gilis’ are the go-to 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. 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.

The Southwest 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. 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.


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THE DIRECTORY EAT Senggigi and the West Coast Cafe Alberto +62 370 693 039 / 693 313 www.cafealberto.com La Chill +62 370 693 925 www.lachillbar.com Lotus Bayview +62 370 693 758 www.lotus-restaurants.com/lotusbayview Quah Restaurant +62 370 693 800 www.quncivillas.com Quali Restaurant +62 370 693 800 www.quncivillas.com SENJA Lounge & Dine +62 370 693 333 www.sheratonsenggigi.com/senja Square Restaurant & Lounge +62 370 664 4888 www.squarelombok.com Temptations +62 812 3948 3982 The Kliff +62 370 6197 888 www.katamaranresort.com The Ballroom Restaurant +62 370 693 831 www.purimas-lombok.com The Taman +62 370 693 842 www.the-taman.com Warung Plaza Senggigi +62 878 6561 6688

Kuta and South Lombok Aura Lounge & Bar +62 812 3682 3141 www.selongselo.com/aura

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El Bazar Cafe & Restaurant +62 819 9911 3026 Horizon at Ashtari +62 811 3884 838 www.ashtarilombok.com KRNK Restaurant +62 823 4017 9854 Nugget’s Corner +62 878 6546 1505 Spice Market +62 370 6153 333 www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0571novotel-lombok-resort-and-villas

Scallywags Beach Club +62 878 6584 7309 www.scallywagsresort.com/beach-club

Wagwan Spa +62 370 614 5301 www.wagwanspa.com

The Mexican Kitchen Gili Air +62 877 6550 3931

Gili Air

Gili Meno

H20 Yoga and Meditation +62 877 6103 8836 www.h2oyogaandmeditation.com

Karma Reef Beach Resort +62 370 630 981 www.karmagroup.com/karma-beach

Gili Meno

Mahamaya Restaurant & Bar +62 888 715 5828 www.mahamaya.co

Karma Sea Spa +62 370 630 982 www.karmaspas.com

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Adeng-Adeng Beach Restaurant & Bar +62 818 0534 1019

Retail Senggigi and West Coast

Kayu Cafe +62 878 6239 1308

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Asmara Collection, Lombok +62 370 693 619

Spas and Wellness Senggigi

Sasaku +62 899 1000 031

Divine Wax & Nail Bar +62 370 698112

Kuta and South Coast

Malibu Beach Club +62 370 619 5251 www.malibuclubgili.com Pearl Beach Lounge +62 81 337 156 999 www.pearlbeachlounge.com Scallywags Seafood Bar & Grill +62 819 17432086 www.scallywagsresort.com/bar-grill The Banyan Tree +62 878 6239 1308 Pituq Cafe +62 812 3677 5161 The Roast House +62 896 1027 3326 www.giliroasthouse.com

The Laguna Beach Spa +62 370 693 333 www.starwoodhotels.com Puri Mas Spa +62 370 693 831 www.purimas-lombok.com Qambodja Spa +62 370 693 800 www.quncivillas.com Verve Beach Spa +62 812 4640 0246

Matcha Spa +62 823 3905 0182 Nalua Surf Shop +62 819 0796 9162

Gili T Casa Vintage +62 819 1724 3808

Health & Leisure / Recreation Senggigi and West Coast

Kuta and South Lombok

Pirates’ Bay Cruising +62 821 4500 3903 www.piratesbaycruising.com

Ashtari Yoga +62 812 3892 0735 m.facebook.com/AshtariYoga

Scuba Froggy +62 370 693 901 www.scubafroggy.com

Novotel Beachside Yoga +62 812 3892 0735

Sire & Tanjung

Gili Air Coffee & Thyme +62 853 3879 4046 Mowie's +62 878 6423 1384 www.mowiesgiliair.com

Gili T Pachamama Organic Cafe +62 878 6415 2100 www.pachamamagiliair.com

Azure Spa at Pesona Resort +62 823 3910 4881

Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club +62 370 640 137


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Other

Ashtari Cooking Class +62 812 3608 0862 www.ashtarilombok.com

Rinjani Country Club Golf Course +62 828 9703 0270 www.lombok-golf.com

The Playground +62 811 3907 501 www.lombokplayground.com

Weddings

What Sup? Lombok +62 878 6597 8701 www.whatsuplombok.com

Sekotong DiveZone +62 819 0785 2073 www.divezone-lombok.com

White Sand Weddings www.whitesandweddingslombok.com

STAY Hotels Senggigi and West Coast The Chandi Boutique Resort & Spa +62 370 692198 www.the-chandi.com

Gili T Freedive Gili +62 858 5718 7170 www.freedivegili.com Gili Cooking Classes +62 877 6324 8215 www.gilicookingclasses.com Gili Golf +62 821 4501 6419 Manta Dive +62 370 614 3649 www.manta-dive.com Scallywag Divers +62 877 6586 7517

Gili Air Gili Cooking Classes +62 878 2157 0188 Oceans5 +62 813 3877 7144 www.oceans5dive.com

Jeeva Klui +62 370 693 035 www.jeevaklui.com Kebun Villas & Resort +62 370 692 999 www.kebunresort.com

Sudamala Suites, Lombok +62 370 693 111 www.sudamalaresorts.com

Kuta and South Lombok Origin Lombok +62 370 615 8550 www.originlombok.com Kies Villas +62 878 6553 4450 www.kiesvillaslombok.com Novotel +62 370 615 3333 www.novotel.com Selong Selo Residences +62 813 3779 1400 www.selongselo.com

Sekotong Cocotinos +62 819 0797 2401 www.cocotinos-sekotong.com

Gili T Kila Senggigi +62 370 693210 www.aerowisatahotels.com/hotel/ kila-senggigi-beach-lombok Living Asia Resort & Spa +62 370 693 519 www.livingasiaresort.com The Oberoi Lombok +62 370 613 8444 www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-inlombok Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa +62 370 693 831 www.purimas-lombok.com

Aston Sunset Beach Resort +62 370 633 686 www.aston-international.com/eng/ hotel-detail/244/aston-sunset-beachresort---gili-trawangan Pondok Santi Estate +62 819 0705 7504 www.pondoksanti.com

Property Amber Lombok Beach Resort www.amber-lombok.com Kuta Heights Development +62 821 4587 5594 +62 817 6673 983 www.kutaheightslombok.com Lombok Eco Developments +62 817 713 708 www.lombokecodevelopments.com Lombok Property & Investment +62 819 0797 4075 www.lp-i.co NAGAINDO +62 813 5332 9501 www.naga-indo.com Private Sanctuary +62 821 4741 9919 www.private-sanctuary.com Reef Property Lombok +62 852 3801 4269 Tate Developments +62 818 0376 0677 www.tatedevelopments.com

Charity Endri's Foundation www.endrifoundation.or.id Face This www.facethis.org

Pearl of Trawangan +62 813 3715 6999 www.pearloftrawangan.com

Gili Eco Trust +62 813 3960 0553 www.giliecotrust.com

Gili Meno

John Fawcett Foundation www.balieye.org

Qunci Villas +62 370 693 800

Karma Reef Beach Resort +62 370 630 981 www.karmagroup.com/karma-beach

The Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort +62 370 693 333 www.sheraton.com/senggigi

Mahamaya, Gili Meno +62 370 637 616 www.mahamaya.com

Lombokcare +62 370 6194201

Gili Meno Amber Yoga Retreat & Spa +62 822 3759 6677

Pelita Foundation Lombok www.pelitafoundationlombok.org

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Ambulance Phone: 0370 623 489 Emergency call: 119 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

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Jolie Sourire Dental Care Mataram Mall Jl. Pejanggik, Mataram Phone: 0370 668 1797

CAR RENTAL COMPANIES Lombok Rent Car Jl. Raya Senggigi Km 12, Senggigi Phone: 0370 667 7887

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

FREIGHT/COURIER COMPANIES Tiki Jl. Anyelir No. 1, Mataram Phone: 0370 633 014 DHL Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto No.53G, Mataram Phone: 0370 639 400

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 Kompleks Grand Natura, Jl. Bung Hatta Phone: 0370 647 510 AIRLINE SALES OFFICES AirAsia Lombok International Airport Garuda Indonesia Jl. Majapahit No. 2, Ampenan phone: 0370 642303/649100 Lion Air Jl. Sriwijaya No.81, Mataram Phone: 0370 629 111 TransNusa Jl. Panca Usaha No.28, Mataram Phone: 0370 624 555

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 Brazil Jl. Raya Legian No.186, Kuta Phone: 0361 757 775 Czech Republic Jalan Pengembak No.17, Sanur Phone: 0361 286 465

Denmark Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai–Pemogan No. 852, Denpasar Phone: 0361 821 6979 France Jl.Mertasari Gg. II No.8, Sanur Phone: 0361 285 485 Germany Jl. Pantai Karang No.17, Sanur Phone: 0361 288 535 Italy Lotus Enterprise Building Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Phone: 0361 701 005 India Jl. Raya Puputan No.42, Renon, Denpasar Phone: 0361 241 987 Japan Jl. Raya Puputan No.170, Renon, Denpasar Phone: 0361 227 628 Mexico Jl.Prof. Moh. Yamin No.1, Renon, Denpasar Phone: 0361 223 266 Netherlands Jl.Raya Kuta No.127, Kuta Phone: 0361 761 502 Norway Segara Village Hotel Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur Phone: 0361 282 223 Russia Bali Kencana Resort II Block Cendrawasih No.18, Ungasan Phone: 0361 279 1560 Spain Kompleks Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2, No. 1 Jl.Patih Jelantik, Kuta Phone: 0361 769 286 Sweden & Finland Jl. Segara Ayu No.2, Sanur Phone: 0361 282 223 Switzerland Kompleks Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No.12 Jl. Patih Jelantik, Kuta Phone: 0361 751 735 United Kingdom Jl. Tirta Nadi No.20, Sanur Phone: 0361 270 601 United States of America Jl. Hayam Wuruk No.188, Denpasar Phone: 0361 233 605


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