#DAY 207 OF PROJECT CINLOC

White sandy beach Gili Islands

Although everything is happening according to plan, I can’t help it that on some days I wake up slightly panicked. A thousand questions shoot through my head like falling stars; will we finish the building on time? Will people like the design of the new Villa Nangka? Will we be able to create the same magical vibe in our little paradise as before the earthquake? When would be the right time to move to Bali so I’m close to a hospital? Which hospital is the best in Bali? Would my Sunshine be able to come with me when I move to Bali or will we be separated?

A tiny nuclear bomb goes off in the corner of my head. I take a deep breath and remind myself that everything will work out. It always does. I tell myself to have faith. For me, faith is an admittance that neither I nor any other human being or entity is completely in control of all the things that go on around me.

My faith has never failed me

Our world is comprised of so many unknowns, obstacles, phases of rejection, acceptance, and criticism. There are far too many things that are left unknown and taken to chance. Things that are broken and flawed. There’s considerable suffering, pain, and self-doubt. But the good news? It’s only temporary. Because if there is anything that is certain in this constantly evolving world, it’s that having a little faith will get you through it all. Having a little faith will open that door for your comeback.

My faith has never failed me. In the scorecard of life, I may have lost more than I’ve won in all the things that I’ve attempted. But I have always felt like a victor when challenges have come to pass. Because even when I have lost something I worked hard for, and suffered through, and believed in my heart of hearts that I would get, I have found that what was prepared for me was something much greater than I could have imagined. Faith has allowed me to see things clearly, even on the days that I wake up with a head full of shooting stars.

Love Rose

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# DAY 205 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Building a bamboo house in Indonesia

The bamboo crew arrived from Bali and started with making our new kitchen! Watch this space and discover how bamboo can be combined in all shapes and patterns to create a stunning collection of luxurious ceilings, stairs and railings. The prow-like curve of a roofline, the visible strength of a beam, the graceful swoop of a railing, every detail will be a reminder of Nature’s possibilities.

Although a lot of things will change compared to the old Villa Nangka, there is one thing that will stay exactly the same: Villa Nangka will be a place where you will immediately feel at home and were we – together with our wonderful staff – will make sure your stay will be a memorable and unforgettable one!

Love Rose

p.s. We will reopen our doors on the 1st of August 2019 and we can’t wait to meet you then!

# DAY 200 OF PROJECT CINLOC

25 weeks pregnant in Bali

Everything grows rounder and weirder and I stand here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.

Love Rose

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# DAY 197 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Day 197 of building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

I’ve got something really exciting to share with you! Last weekend our research team went to Singapore to attend the International SeaKeepers Society Award Diner. A very special evening where over 220 people with a mix of nationalities made up of diplomatic corps members, leaders from commercial companies, scientists, and individuals came together in the name of conservation.

Part of the dinner was the presentation of The International SeaKeepers Society Asia Achievement Award. And guess what? We won the award! Here are some words from the director Gail Tay:

“The award was given to the Gili Shark Conservation Project in recognition of their exemplary work and direct role in conservation management. We commend the vision and teams passion to improve the protection of sharks found around the Gili Islands, and to create a legacy of conservation around the islands. The unique program of the Gili Shark Conservation Project allows people from all over the world to experience and learn about sharks first hand while making a real difference with their data collection efforts. The dedication and integration into the local community are evident in the initiative of their Plastic Free Paradise Campaign.”

As you can imagine, these words made me completely speechless. It’s amazing when you get the recognition for the hard work you do and it definitely motivates me to work even harder. When we started the Gili Shark Conservation Project, we didn’t have all the knowledge neither did we have years of experience. All we had was an intention, a lot of energy and the desire to be part of the solution.

If you have a dream, I encourage you to fight for it

It’s all about not giving up. It’s not about how many times you get rejected or fall down or beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave. And you keep going.
Last but not least I would like to thank some amazing people. We wouldn’t be where we are today without their support. A big thank you to:

✨ our friends and family for their endless support, for listening to our (sometimes crazy) ideas, for sharing our posts, for celebrating our victories and for reminding us of the importance of our work on the days we wanted to give up.

✨ our amazing staff for their commitment, their dedication and their endless energy to protect our beloved ocean. You guys really make the difference and we couldn’t be more proud to have you on our side.

✨ my friend and business partner Sander Buis (owner of Oceans5Dive Resort) for making his resources available to us. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to conduct our research.

✨ And last but definitely not least: thank you to all the amazing people from all over the world that joined our research team over the years. You made it possible that we can keep continue to protect what we love.

Love Rose

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# DAY 196 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Day 196 of building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

What defines us is how we rise after falling. I’m standing next to the swimming pool in Villa Nangka. I’ve been standing on this exact same spot when I made a picture of our beautiful house when we just bought our little paradise. I’ve been standing here when they demolished our house after the earthquake. And today I’m standing here to see how the walls of our new house are rising. Life is a beautiful journey

Love Rose

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# DAY 191 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Villa Nangka - The Perfect Place To Stay O n Gili Air

We are officially taking bookings again from the 1st of August of 2019! Come and share your holiday in paradise with us!

The New Villa Nangka

We hired a great team of architects and together we designed the New Villa Nangka. Imagine spacious relaxing rooms with a modern and sophisticated design, natural surfaces and earthy tones. All villas will be overlooking the 11 meter swimming pool and are surrounded by a lovely tropical garden.

We will use natural materials combined with astonishing design to create a place of uttermost peace that is nothing like you have ever seen before. When staying in the new Villa Nangka you will discover how bamboo can be combined in all shapes and patterns to create a stunning collection of luxurious ceilings, stairs and railings. The prow-like curve of a roof line, the visible strength of a beam, the graceful swoop of a railing, every detail is a reminder of Nature’s possibilities.

One Thing Will Stay Exactly The Same

We are sure you will be impressed by the size of our new villas. They will be light and airy, beautifully finished with modern twist in mind. But there is one thing that will stay exactly the same: Villa Nangka will be a place where you will immediately feel at home and where we – together with our wonderful staff – will make sure your stay will be a memorable and unforgettable one!

Love Rose

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Day 163 of building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

We received our first booking request! Not from a friend or a family member, but from a real person that we’ve never met before. After I’ve read the email three times to make sure I understood it right, I get up and do a little I-am-so-happy-I-can’t-stop-moving-dance. Another small step in the right direction.

If everything goes according to plan we will finish building in June 2019. But we all know that nothing ever goes according to plan, so we decided to only take bookings from the 1st of August and onwards. (If you would like to stay with us in our little paradise? Just follow this link or send us a message at info@villanangkagiliair.com.

Counting down, while living in the moment

We finished with the foundation of the kitchen and by the beginning of next week, the foundation of the new headquarters of the Gili Shark Conservation Project will be done. Our contractor in Bali already started to prepare all the bamboo so once it’s here they can immediately start with putting everything together.

It’s so exciting to see our dream slowly getting back to life and I really can’t wait to welcome our first guests again. But I try to keep living in the moment. I’ve learned that happiness is not a future event circled on the calendar. Happiness is a state of being, the peace and joy in the moment. And the current moment is all there is.

Love Rose

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# DAY 163 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Teaching the next generation about conservation

When we bought our little piece of paradise on Gili Air we wanted more than just owing a little boutique hotel. We wanted to use this opportunity to give something back to this island that gave so much to us.

I believe that each and every one of us has a responsibility to help children explore the nature around them, to find out about environments far away, to understand and embrace the need to care about and for it all. It’s often been said during the climate change debate that action needs to be taken now, in order to help the next generation adapt and survive.

I couldn’t agree more! I’ve seen the change in the behavior of the children that join our conservation classes. From the boy that runs around in the village picking up plastic bottles to the girl who proudly tells the cashier at the supermarket she doesn’t need a plastic bag because she got a tote bag from us.

Pay It Forward

Children are born curious. They are interested and excited to know about the natural world and what happens in it. Using their natural curiosity and love of animals is a great way to teach kids about conservation.

If kids don’t feel connected to their environment, they won’t have a desire to protect it. That why we took the children on a little field expedition last weekend; snorkeling at Han’s Reef. We showed them how lucky they are to live on an island which is surround by beautiful tropical reefs. And what they can do to protect it, so future generations will also be able to enjoy incredible wild animals like sea turtles and sharks.

We only have one Earth, and if we don’t take care of it, terrible things will happen. Use the curiosity of the children to give them the tools to protect it.

Love Rose

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# DAY 149 OF PROJECT CINLOC

18 weeks pregnant

I’m now part of a secret group that knows the truth about one the best hidden secrets in the world: that glowing woman who lovingly rubs her belly as she flawlessly glides around her home and effortlessly completes day-to-day tasks? Yeah, she doesn’t exist.

But luckily the first trimester is over and I’m finally enjoy eating something else than toast with peanut butter. When I think back to the moment I first found out I was pregnant, I was overcome with emotion and overwhelmed with an intense feeling of love. In that moment upon finding out that you’re pregnant, everything changes in an instant moment. I became a mother, my sunshine became a father, a life is in the earliest stages of creation, and all is set in stone.

My body is doing something incredible and for that I can’t help but think of my own mama and every other mother that has ever experienced creating life. We really are superheroes. We really do it all. And we kick ass while doing so.

Love Rose

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