The execution of the islamist fundamentalists responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people could face further delays. There is no time limit in which a convict must submit a request for a presidential pardon. The way the law currently stands it can easily be manipulated and further delays to the death sentences being carried out could occur.
Located only 35 kilometres to the east of Bali, the island of Lombok has long had a reputation for being the uncommercialised version of Indonesia’s best known tourism destination. However while Lombok proudly hangs on to its Lombok – Primitive slogan, the primitive nature of its people, one primarily motivated by greed, dishonesty and jealousy, […]
Government officers at Mataram‚Äôs immigration office are systematically skimming hundreds of millions of rupiah every day in tips or ‚Äúuang terima kasih‚Äù (thank you money) with the issuing of passports for Indonesians travelling to work overseas.
Animal conservation is not something usually associated with Asian countries. However the forward looking views of a Lombok veterinarian almost five years ago has seen the turtle population around the northwest gilis (island in Bhasa Indonesia) of Air, Meno and Trawangan increase to the levels they are now. Over the years Dr Gde Sudiana, head […]
Every year divers from all round the world head to Indonesia to explore the pristine waters surrounding the 16,000 islands forming the Indonesian archipelago. While the island resort of Bali plays host to many of these tourists, along with Sumatra and Sumbawa, the three islands off the North-West tip of Lombok, Gili Air, Meno and […]
Visitors to Indonesia in the month following the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan might be forgiven for thinking the whole country has gone marriage crazy. These thoughts are only half incorrect as following the fasting month, in which Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking, as well as emotional actions such as open signs […]
One of the southern most islands of the Indonesian archipelago is Sumba, or Sandalwood island. A member of the Lesser Sunda group of islands South of Flores and Sumbawa in the past its prime exports were slaves, horses, sandalwood and Ikat, hand dyed weavings, which it exported to the main Indonesian island of Java. These […]
While many find Lombok a pleasingly sedate change to the commercialism of Bali, the smaller Gili‚Äôs located off Lombok‚Äôs coast are also garnering an increasing number of foreign and local tourists. Whereas once the island‚Äôs visitors primarily comprised backpackers on worldly expeditions, today the island attracts a broad cross-section of visitors lured by the islands sandy beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving and deep cyan blue waters.
To most people the notion of a tropical island conjures up images of sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, small clusters of bungalows nestled amongst towering coconut tree‚Äôs swaying in the wind and small alcoves where it is possible to spend time with someone special free of interruption. Gili Meno is a great place to go ‚Äúif you want to imitate Blue Lagoon, Swiss Family Robinson (sans tree-house) or Robinson Caruso.