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ISSUE 89

 

WE TAKE LOMBOK TO THE WORLD AGAIN!

Welcome to The Lombok Guide – Lombok’s complete tourism paper and your guide to the best that the island has to offer. The Lombok Guide is published on Lombok every two weeks and contains valuable information for all visitors to our magical island.

There’s much excitement in The Lombok Guide office as we release this year’s edition of our popular annual full colour magazine. The Lombok Guide 2011 Magazine contains 120 pages of useful information about Lombok and magnificent photos of our island in all its stunning natural glory.
5000 copies of our magazine will be distributed over the next month to international travel agents throughout Europe and the UK, Japan, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand and more. Copies are also distributed at international and national trade fairs throughout the year.

TLG 2011 Magazines are available at Garuda Airlines sales offices world-wide, Qantas, Silk Air, Merpati and Trans Nusa airlines, as well as major hotels and selected travel agencies in Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and other national capitals. If you are planning a holiday to Lombok soon, ask your travel agent for a copy!

To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on http://www.thelombokguide.com/distribution.html or visit www.thelombokguide.com and discover the magic of Lombok for yourself… like thousands of others, you’ll be enchanted!

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DOWN-DOWNS IN DUDUK ATAS…

Lombok Hashers lend a helping hand

©2011 Contributed by Mark Heyward

Some people describe “Hashers” as drinkers with a running problem. This may not be far from the truth!
Established in 1985, Lombok Hash House Harriers is the island’s leading fitness organisation, with more than 300 active members and a twice-weekly turnout of more than 100. As well as running – and partaking in the odd ‘down-down’ drink after a run – the Hashers of Lombok recently helped to provide clean water to an isolated village in the hills above Senggigi.

Hashing originated in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British Paper Chase or ‘Hare and Hounds’. The aim was to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend.

The name ‘Hash House Harriers’ came from the Selangor Club Annex, where the men were billeted, known as the ‘Hash House’ for its notoriously monotonous food. Now there are now almost two thousand Hash Clubs spread throughout the world, even including two clubs in Antarctica.

Here in Lombok, runs are held on Mondays and Fridays at different locations. You don’t have to be a keen runner to take part; this is a mixed, family-type hash. Many children participate and many more people walk the routes, rather than run. There is no pressure, other than to enjoy yourself.

Hash runs take the runners to places they would not otherwise get to see. As Walter, the venerable linchpin of Lombok Hash, says: “It’s a great way to see the countryside, meet Lombok’s indigenous people, keep fit and make friends.”

But, inevitably, on their runs Hashers come face to face with the poverty of the isolated villages they pass through. On the hills of West Lombok, the runners found they were passing many local folk on the narrow tracks lugging buckets and plastic containers of water up the steep hill.

The chore, especially in the dry season, has always been a part of life’s daily rhythm for the people of Duduk Atas, (a small village on the top of the hill in Senggigi), where there is no permanent water supply.

It was this that inspired the Hashers to donate funds to build a water collection and storage facility for the village of Duduk Atas. Working with the Rotary Club of Lombok the Lombok Hash House Harriers recently constructed a reservoir, which stores rainwater collected off the roof of the local school in the isolated village.

Rotary has been helping out this community for many years now”, explained Mark Heyward, a member of the Rotary Club of Lombok. “We recently helped them to build two new classrooms for the school but we had insufficient funds to complete the project and build a facility to collect and store fresh water. This is where the Hashers came to the party!”

There is an irony in all this. Visitors to Indonesia are accustomed to the signs in hotel bathrooms warning: ‘Don’t drink the water’ but here in Lombok we enjoy some of Indonesia’s cleanest town water. When one international visitor took a sample of tap water home with him and had it tested by the water authority in Perth, Western Australia, the results were surprising. The quality of Lombok’s water was reportedly judged to be better than that in Perth! The Government water supplier, PDAM, is aiming to declare the water supply in Lombok as fit for drinking in the coming year.

The irony is that the great majority of people in Lombok do not have access to town water. People living in villages use water from wells, bores or streams for drinking, cooking, washing and often toileting. Untreated water and inadequate sanitation cause diseases and illness such as diarrhoea, intestinal worms, pneumonia and trachoma. Infant mortality in Lombok and Sumbawa is five times that of Bali.

Here are the facts: Lombok has a population of over three million people living in 443 villages. According to government statistics, just 9% of drinking water comes from PDAM. The remaining 60% is from wells, 14% from road tankers, and 17% from springs and rivers.

Over half the villages have no toilets. Sewage is treated in septic tanks but a large amount of human waste is dumped in rivers and on land. Most toilets and septic tanks are built too close to wells, allowing contaminated ground water to seep through and as a result, 80% of wells have pathogens (bacteria). Boiling the water before use is one solution but the wood for fires is expensive and the practice results in deforestation.

Over the last six years, the Rotary Club of Lombok has worked to address this issue, building toilets, conducting hygiene and sanitation education in schools and installing low-tech bio-sand filters in villages to purify the water.

Around 1,000 water filters have now been installed in villages around Lombok. Some 40 toilets have also been installed by Rotary and two more blocks are under construction.

Now, working together, the Lombok Hash House Harriers (LHHH) and The Rotary Club of Mataram, Lombok are making a difference to the lives of people in Duduk Atas. Where in the past the villagers relied on water carried up the long hill (mainly by women and children), they now have their own local supply to see them through at least part of the dry season.

So – are you looking for a chance to expand your network, make friends and do something useful to help the local community?

The Rotary Club of Lombok usually meets on Wednesdays, 5.00 pm, at The Office Bar and Restaurant in Senggigi. Meetings are not too formal; a social event as well as an opportunity to organise service programs in Lombok. If you would like to know more, contact Club Secretary, Lily Heyder on 081339599154. 

Lombok Hash House Harrier runs are held from 3.45 pm on Mondays and Fridays. If you would like to join a run, the latest location information is available from Senggigi Abadi Supermarket. Locations may change at short notice, so visitors are advised to check first by calling (0370) 632550; (0370) 624804; (0370) 6646606; or 081907456300.

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WHAT'S HOT!

• After their wedding was watched by an estimated 2 billion people, there has been a frenzy of speculation about where Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend their honeymoon. The couple’s destination has been a closely guarded secret and officials have said they will not be revealing the location of the honeymoon. The secrecy sparked a nationwide guessing game with alleged sightings of the couple from the Isles of Scilly to North East Scotland.
British newspapers are tipping the top choices as Jordan, where the Middleton family lived when Kate was a child, Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef (where William visited last month), the Caribbean island of Mustique, where the Middleton family regularly holiday, the couple’s beloved Kenya (scene of their engagement), and Scotland where they met at university.
The Daily Mail revealed the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to honeymoon in a £4,000-a-night villa on an island in the Indian Ocean. The couple are expected to spend ten days there and are due to fly out by private jet in mid-May before being taken by helicopter from the mainland to the tropical retreat.
The Mail reported “It’s one of the most incredible places you will ever visit and Kate will have the time of her life. It’s everything you could want from a honeymoon destination and more – beautiful beaches, tropical seas and complete privacy”, adding that “The resort, which is surrounded by coconut groves, offers almost complete isolation. Its white sand beaches are bathed by crystal-clear turquoise waters and are a sanctuary for sea turtles. Only a handful of luxury villas are dotted across the island.”

We at The Lombok Guide think the description fits Amanwana Resort on Moyo Island, off the coast of Sumbawa (and just east of Lombok). The resort is a favourite hideaway for celebrities and is the sanctuary where Princess Diana escaped from the paparazzi in 1993. Could the world’s most popular newly-weds be headed our way.

ROYAL WEDDING IN KERANDANGAN!

Lombok did not escape "wedding fever" when Brit personality, Nadine, hosted the Royal Wedding Party
in Kerandangan, complete with the televised wedding on the big screen, tiaras and an English buffet.

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PERTH TO BALI YACHT RACE A SUCCESS!

The Fremantle Sailing Club has celebrated the return of their marathon 1440 nautical mile yacht race and rally to Bali, after a 14 year hiatus, with the “Visit Indonesia Fremantle - Bali 2011” yacht race.

A five-year event partnership with the Indonesian Government’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has made the return possible, and marks the 30th anniversary of the event.

Fremantle to Bali 2011 consisted of two races: an ocean rally which commenced on 23 April and a yacht race on 26 April 2011.

Until now, the Race record was held by WA yachting legend and event patron, Rolly Tasker, who crossed the finish line at Benoa, Bali in the record time of six days, 15 hours and 39 minutes in his yacht, “Siska”.

The rally fleet sailed in a non-competitive format, making one to two stops along the West Australian coastline before crossing into Indonesian waters. The first yacht crossed the finish line at Benoa Harbour on the evening of 2 May, after two days of battling extremely light weather conditions which slowed the vessels to around 3 knots.

Alan Brierty’s yacht, “Limit” claimed line honours and shattered Rolly Tasker’s 30 year old record for the race, finishing in a little over six days and five hours

The start of the race in Fremantle, saw big crowds cheering the racing yachts from Fremantle as they set sail, with many other yachts and small craft gathering in the harbour to see them on their way. Over 100 sailors competed in the race, with many family and friends expected to join them in Bali when they crossed the finish line.

To celebrate the event’s return in style, the Fremantle Sailing Club invited the public along to send off the adventurous crews and enjoy a Balinese themed “Meet Indonesia Bazaar” on Saturday, 23 April. Music and delicious Balinese-inspired cuisine was available throughout the day.

Participating Rally yachts departed the club mid morning and set off under the starter’s cannon and a brisk wind from the North Mole at noon.

The larger racing yachts then set off three days later, crossing the North Mole at 12 noon on Easter Monday, 26 April.

A well-earned celebration and awards presentation was held at Sanur Beach Hotel on 10 May for all participants completing the race.

The re-commencement of this international yachting event has raised the hopes that Lombok will soon be included as a yachting destination. Similar events in the past have included Lombok as the main destination for sailors keen to explore the islands east of Bali.

In May 1990 and May 1993, Challenge Bank sponsored the Fremantle to Lombok Ocean Classic followed by the Fremantle to Lombok Yacht Race in May 1997, with major sponsors Sempati Air and Sheraton Resort, Lombok. At that time, Senggigi Bay looked magnificent with twenty yachts in the bay in front of the Sheraton.

Ace Robin, MD of Medana Bay Marina, who was at the Fremantle Sailing Club for the start of the race this year, hopes that in the future Lombok can once again host the arrival of the yachts. She is working closely with Bali Marina and Royal Bali Yacht Club to attract the yachts to visit Lombok as part of these events.

Medana Bay Marina is a safe harbour located in North Lombok and has successfully hosted boats competing in Sail Indonesia events for the past two years. MBM has moorings and facilities for the visiting yachts, and can now arrange CIQP (Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Port Entry) on site for foreign boats coming directly to Lombok.

Some of the cruisers from the race this year expect to call in to Medana Bay Marina to relax in the tranquil waters and enjoy the attractions that Lombok has to offer.

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LOCAL SCENE

TOGA PARTY @ CAFÉ ALBERTO

Togas, tiaras and togetherness as Rahmi and Guiseppe celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary at Café Alberto on 28 April 2011

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MR FIXER

(Tongue-in-cheek answers to your personal building problems)

QUESTION: Inspired by the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, my fiancé and I have decided to get married in the tropical surroundings of the beautiful holiday island of Lombok. Do you have any advice to give us before we make the final arrangements?

MR FIXER: Always get married in the morning. That way, if it all goes wrong, you have not wasted the whole day.

QUESTION: Smoking! It’s a filthy disgusting habit and somebody should put a stop to it! As a non smoker, I hate it when I get home after a night out at the Happy Café (where you can get your sinuses cleared for free, by the way), or the Marina night club (where the girls are so friendly, they say hello and wave at you and invite you back to their place for a good time) and your clothes smell like an old ashtray. Yuck!

My best friend, Bruce, is a smoker. He didn’t used to be, but how can you resist when fags are so cheap here in Lombok? He smokes one after the other, often lighting one with the butt end of the last one. Sometimes he even lights one up and forgets he has one going and then lights another. It must be a nerves thing with him; the girls are so sexy and he feels so inadequate. 

Bruce and I are medical students taking a year out. Just recently, he has even developed a smoker’s cough. First thing every morning, he has a French breakfast (a cup of coffee and 2 cigarettes) and coughs for ten minutes. I keep telling him that one day he will cough his lungs up. Just to scare him into stopping, I am thinking of getting some intestines to put by his bed for when he wakes up in the morning, so I can tell him that he has done just that. Do you think this is a good idea? What shall I do? 

MR FIXER: Anything is worth a try. I tried doing the same thing with my friend, George, who is a “world class” smoker. It didn’t work. He just stuffed them back in again.

QUESTION: I have been a smoker for over 40 years. I have smoked everything from Russian, American roasted, French, and even Turkish; they are the worst. They are so bad, I nearly gave up. Here in Lombok, fags are so cheap, giving up is doubly difficult. I recently overheard a restaurant owner boasting that he was smoking eels and cheeses.   Are they available in the local market?

MR FIXER: If they are, I wouldn’t bother. Eels are notoriously difficult to light. 

QUESTION: I came to Lombok on a golfing holiday and booked into a nice hotel near the Kosaido golf course. I must say the new road is quite something! On the first day, I decided to have a few practice shots off the first tee and hit a huge drive up the fairway.  However, it veered badly off centre and disappeared into the trees.
Ten minutes later, a course official caught up with me on the fourth green and told me that my first ball was a bit of a disaster. Apparently, it had flown through the trees and hit the windscreen of a passing motorist. It had shattered the glass and caused the driver to swerve into the Captain’s new 4 x 4 and dent the side door. At the same time, another vehicle coming the other way had to stop abruptly, causing the bicycle behind to crash into the back of his car. The bicycle was loaded with 36 dozen eggs, which were left broken all across the road. The bicycle rider was taken to hospital with cuts to his forehead. What shall I do?

MR FIXER: It sounds like you are trying to hook the shot. Try not to bend your arm so much next time.

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