First time to Lombok – part 1

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This is the first time I write my blog post in English. I just want to make my English better. I wrote this post after see two of my friends write blog post in English few minute before I write this post. Thanks to Saichu and Ary Pratiwi that motivated me by their blog post.

In this post you you will find bad sentences and wrong grammar. Or maybe you will read a Bahasa Indonesia sentence structure that just translate to English word by word. I will really happy if you give correction in comment form. 🙂

People said practice make better result, so here the short story about my first time travelling to Lombok island.

Lombok island located east side of Bali Island. Google maps said it’s about 132 Km from Denpasar to Mataram (main city in Lombok). And need about five hours driving car include a ferry.

Even Lombok it’s not too far from Bali, I never go to Lombok before. Until last month on 18 August 2014 I went for the first time to Lombok by airplane. The flight just take about 25 minutes from take off at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali to landing at Lombok International airport in Praya regency. I went to Lombok with Wahya and three Balai Diklat Industri (BDI) Denpasar staff. Wahya will be instructor or trainer on an three days workshop held by BDI, and I will help him as an assistant. The workshop is about internet marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO) for small business actor in Lombok.

Our flight is using Garuda Indonesia and arrive at 5.45pm in Lombok airport. In the airport the hotel staff already waiting to pick up us to the hotel Lombok Garden in Mataram. It’s take 45 minutes to the hotel. A long the way, the driver (i forget the driver name) give us some introduction about Lombok and the development. The driver told us that the land price around the airport already raise to 150 million rupiah per are (are is 10x10meter). Before the airport build the land price around 50 million rupiah per are. The Lombok International Airport in Praya regency is new airport in Lombok operated since October 2011. The old one located in the Mataram city already closed.

The driver also told us that the airport really crowded by the family of TKI (TKI is Indonesian Labour that working overseas?). He told that 1 TKI can pickup by 5 to 10 family member. They use the moment also as a family picnic/vacation. I think that will be a lot of romantic moment in the airport. Specially when they meet again with their lovely family member that already miss or not see for few months or years.

to be continued
*one bad thing is photos from this journey is accidentally deleted when my phone crash after back to Bali. 🙁

One thought on “First time to Lombok – part 1

  1. It’s great Gus….., just a little advice. Because your story happens in the past, it would be better if you wrote in past-tense in your sentences.
    I hope the following suggested changes help:

    First time to Lombok – part 1
    This is the first time I write my blog post in English. I just want to improve my English. I wrote this post after seeing two of my friends write blog posts in English a few minutes beforehand. Thanks to Saichu and Ary Pratiwi, who motivated me by their blog posts.

    In this post you you will find bad sentences and wrong grammar. Or maybe you will read a Bahasa Indonesia sentence structure that just translates to English word for word. I will be really happy if you can give corrections in the comment form. 🙂

    People say practice makes perfect, so here is the short story about the first time I travelled to Lombok Island.

    Lombok Island is located to the east of Bali Island. Google maps says it’s about 132 Km from Denpasar to Mataram (the main city of Lombok). It takes about five hours driving a car, which includes the ferry.

    Even though Lombok is not too far from Bali, I had never been to Lombok before. Until last month on 18 August 2014 I went for the first time to Lombok by airplane. The flight just takes about 25 minutes from take-off at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali to landing at Lombok International airport in Praya Regency. I went to Lombok with Wahya and three Balai Diklat Industri (BDI) Denpasar staff. Wahya was going to be an instructor or trainer for a three-day workshop held by BDI, and I was to help him as an assistant. The workshop was about internet marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO) for Small Business operators in Lombok.

    We flew Garuda Indonesia and arrived at 5.45pm at Lombok Airport. The hotel staff were already waiting at the airport to take us to the Lombok Garden Hotel in Mataram. It took 45 minutes to get to the hotel. Along the way, the driver (I forget the driver’s name,) gave us an introduction about Lombok and development on the island. The driver told us that the land price around the airport had already risen to 150 million rupiah per are. (An are is 10x10meters.) Before the airport was built, the land price had been around 50 million rupiah per are. The Lombok International Airport in Praya Regency is a new airport in Lombok and has been in operation since October 2011. The old one located in Mataram city has now been closed.

    The driver also told us that the airport is often over-crowded by the families of TKI. (TKI are Indonesian labourers that work overseas.) He said that 1 TKI can be picked up by 5 to 10 family members. They use the moment also as a family picnic/vacation. I think there must be a lot of romantic moments in the airport, especially when loved ones meet again at the airport after having been separated for several few months or even years.

    to be continued…
    *one bad thing is that the photos from this journey were accidentally deleted when my phone crashed after arriving back to Bali. 🙁

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