# DAY 219 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Getting To The Gili Islands In Indonesia

When I called the Dutch embassy to ask what paperwork we needed to arrange for our little girl, they couldn’t give me a straight answer. The scenario Dutch girl living together with a German guy without being married, in Indonesia, and expecting a baby was not a standard scenario.

After some calls back and forward they gave us a list with all the paperwork we needed to arrange so our little Sunny would be able to get a Dutch passport, a German passport, an Indonesian residence permit, and Andreas would be officially her legal father.

As everyone knows, getting something done at an ‘official authority’ always sounds really easy but always ends up being a complete nightmare. But luckily we don’t give up easily and after ‘just’ 2.5 months we got all the required documents and an appointment at the German embassy in Jakarta.

We made a plan and booked the flights

We would take the afternoon boat from Gili Air to Bali, book a hotel close to the airport, take the first flight to Jakarta on the next day, visit the embassy, have lunch and fly back to Lombok in the afternoon. Sounds like a pretty good plan right? But as most of you know by now, nothing in our lives ever goes according to plan and this time was no exception.

It was 1 PM in the afternoon when I ask my Sunshine: “Do you know where our passports are because they are not in the safe?”. And while I’m asking the question I suddenly know the answer. Our passports are at the immigration office as we are in the process of extending our residence permits.

The last boat to Bali leaves at 3pm and our passport are at the immigration office in Lombok. We look at each other and start smiling. We really thought we had everything sorted this time and were prepared for a smooth and easy journey to Jakarta. We start doing what we do best; working as a team, and making the best out of a crazy situation. In these moments I’m so proud of us.

It’s been almost five years

Almost five whole years walking beside this beautiful man. Since I’m together with him, my heart has never stopped with singing. It always is whispering a soothing melody to me. A song only I can hear. My special song. We have come a long way since then.

While I cancel the boat to Bali, Andreas is calling our lawyer and explains the situation. At first, she says it’s impossible to get our passports on such short notice back but after explaining the importance of the situation she says she will try. But we need to be quick. It’s Ramadan and the immigration office is closing at 3 PM.  I check the time, we have a bit over an hour left.

It almost seems impossible to make it but as we don’t believe in impossible we decided to try.

In less than five minutes our bags are packed and another five minutes later we are sitting in a private speedboat on our way to Lombok. Our driver is already waiting on the other side. We explain to him we have less than one hour left to make it to Mataram and that on the way we also need to stop at our lawyer’s office. He start smiling and nod his head, he always likes a challenge.

Miraculously, we manage to be at 2.50PM at the doorstep of the immigration office. It looks like we are actually going to make it. But suddenly we get stopped. I look confused at the security guy, not understanding what’s wrong. We are both respected the dress code and made sure our legs and arms are covered, and I’m even wearing a head scarf.

The rules have changed, again

He’s pointing at our feet and explains in Bahasa Indonesia that the rules have changed. (for all of you who never been in Indonesia, they love to change the rules here. Every time when you think you get the system, a new rule will be added to the game). What do we do now? We only have 10 minutes left and I really wouldn’t know where we could buy some proper shoes around here.

An older man walks up to me and takes off his shoes. “You can borrow my shoes sister, no problem”. I look at his sandals, they definitely fit the category ‘most ugliest sandals you’ve ever seen’ but as I don’t really have another choice I gratefully accept his offer. My Sunshine borrows the shoes of our driver and with just five minutes left on the clock, we enter the immigration office. We made it. Life is never boring here!

Love Rose

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# DAY 217 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Blue skies on the Gili Islands

Work in progress. The roof of the kitchen is almost done! Every day we are getting one step close to the finish line. I strongly believe that it’s not the quest to achieve one perfect goal that makes you better, it’s the skills you develop from doing a volume of work.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.

When you think about your goals, don’t just consider the outcome you want.

Focus on the repetitions that lead to that place. Focus on the piles of work that come before the success. The goal is just an event — something that you can’t totally control or predict. But the repetitions are what can make the event happen. If you ignore the outcomes and focus only on the repetitions, you’ll still get results. If you ignore the goals and build habits instead, the outcomes will be there anyway.

#lovethework, #behappy #makeprogress

Love Rose

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# DAY 210 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Beautiful blue sky on the Gili Islands

For others this might be just an empty wall, for us, this is the starting place of our love, hope and dreams.✨💛

Love Rose

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#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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