# 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 169 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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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# DAY 143 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

It’s happening! We officially started building last Monday! There are people walking around Villa Nangka measuring things, moving things and doing building things. I couldn’t be happier!

It was a long way just to get to this point and we still have a long way to go, but for now the most important thing is that we are moving. I would like to say again how incredible thankful we are for all the support we received from the moment the earthquake happened till today. We couldn’t have don’t it without all of you!

Please never underestimate the power of sending your loved ones or a total stranger a simple message as “I believe in you” or “I’m thinking of you”. For us, this were the messages that gave us the strength en the energy to get up every morning to rebuild our dream.

What would we do without our dreams?

We live in a world that keeps saying that dreams are just that, dreams, fantasies that will never come true. What a bullshit! What would we do without our dreams?

When you think of a big goal or dream that you want to achieve, it’s natural to think of all of the obstacles that will come your way. The problem is far too often we allow these obstacles to become so big in our minds that it inhibits us from moving forward.

Goals are part of our life. They can be as small as “I will drink eight glasses of water a day” or big like “I will start my own business in two months”. They give us purpose and they become guiding idea in our daily life.

The power of visualization

The more detailed you visualize your goals, better the chance you’ll have to achieve it. By that, I mean not only the end result but the obstacles and sacrifices that come along the way. Picture how you are going to feel and what you will do once your goal has been reached. The more vivid and real you get, the stronger effect it will have. Have you ever heard about a successful entrepreneur who did not believe in himself or his vision? Neither did I. If you don’t believe in what you visualize, chances are that you are not going to achieve your goals.

So…. Do you have a dream? Good. Now whisper it. Repeat it softly. Let it roll lightly off your tongue, then catch it in your palms. Keep it warm. Now throw your dream. Throw it high into the sky. Throw it with the strength of your heartbeat. And let me know what happens.

Love Rose

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# DAY 131 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Ready to Jump!

And suddenly there they are: tears, perfectly round tears. It starts with just a few drops but quickly it feels like monsoon season. It’s February and we still didn’t start rebuilding our dream.

What do you do when you are ready to jump but someone holds you back? I know from the start that project CINLOC would have delays, every building project in the world does, but we are already two months behind schedule and I don’t have much patience left. The days are passing by and it just feels like nothing is happening. Of course this is not completely true, a lot of things are happening behind the scenes, we just didn’t start building yet.

Delays, delays, delays…

Drawings were late, calculations had to be redone, models went missing and we figured out along the way that the contractor that was supposed to build the new Villa Nangka could not be trusted and we decided to search for another contractor.

We went to Bali to and found a very experienced company specialized in bamboo. They will come and visit us today to discuss our plans and see the building site. Fingers crossed we can come to an agreement and we can finally start!

Where does time go?

I will be the first to admit that it’s hard to have patience in a world that moves so very quickly, where time passes in the blink of an eye. We live in a fast paced world. Everything is in constant motion, and everything is changing. On the one hand you can’t rush timing, and on the other hand, you see that time is slipping away from you and feel as though you can barely hold on. But where does it go?

It’s hard to process that time will not stop for us. It will not stand still for you, for me, or for anyone. It will never be on our terms. And so, it’s up to us to make the most of the time we have. We have to decide where we will choose to spend our energy, and what we will stop worrying about. We have to accept that we will never fully understand life’s timing, even though we are and will forever remain at its mercy. And still through all of this, somehow we must make way for patience. I can tell you, it’s not an easy job!

What it means to have patience

Patience means remembering that although time keeps ticking, the best things in life have always been, and are still, worth waiting for. And that good things really are coming to those who wait. I know that when we look back in a few years that it really doesn’t matter if we re-opened Villa Nangka in June or August but in this moment it feels like it will make all the difference! I’m done with looking at the rubble and the mess. I want to see builders walking around, I want to see the stones that will make the new walls, and I want to see the bamboo that will create new stunning roofs we designed.

But I’m slowly learning that things that didn’t work out will eventually work out. Nothing remains the same forever. I won’t always be stuck in a rut. I won’t always feel lost. I won’t always be lonely.My tears will dry.

I’m slowly learning that life is not supposed to be easy and it’s not always supposed to add up but somehow it works out. Somehow it pieces itself back together after falling apart. Somehow it makes sense after driving you completely insane.

Love Rose

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# DAY 120 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Digital Love Letter

Ask me to define my love for you and I’ll say its captured in every beautiful memory of our past, detailed out in the vivid visions of our dreams and future plans, but most of all it’s right now, in the moment where everything I’ve ever wanted in my life is sitting right in front of me and smiling.

Love Rose

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# DAY 118 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Indonesian birthday tradition

Today our lovely Jack is turning 25! Of course we had to celebrate this special event with some traditional birthday love and a birthday cake. When it’s your birthday in Indonesia the change is pretty big that your friends or your family will smash a raw egg on your head and immediately afterwards cover you in flower. It might seem like a bit of a harsh tradition, but after it happened to me for the first time and I was riding my bike home it all started to make sense; the fact that I was covered in flour brought joy to everyone in the village as they could all see that it was my birthday.

Complete strangers stopped me in the street and started to sing happy birthday to me. Which is super nice of course but I never really know what to do with myself when people sing happy birthday to me. Am I supposed to smile while everybody sings? Or do I modestly laugh? Do I make eye contact with people individually, or glance by all of them? Would it be corny if I did that little orchestra conductor thing? Is the singing over with yet? No, no it’s not. It’s only just beginning. If somebody out there can provide me with proper etiquette for handling oneself during the singing of Happy Birthday, I would really appreciate it.

I love Indonesian traditions !

And although it made feel a bit awkward and weird in the beginning, over the years I really started to love this Indonesian birthday tradition. And so do my boys!  The more eggs and the more flower the better. Somehow instead of only Jack, we all ended up completely covered in raw eggs and flower and we all had to take a long shower before we could go back to work.

 In English we say “Happy Birthday” but in Indonesia the greeting, “Selamat Ulang Tahun” translates to, “Happy Repeated Year!”. I never thought much about the difference in specificity between the two greetings – one emphasizing a single day, the other emphasizing the end, or beginning, of an entire year – until I discovered that many of my local friends don’t know their birthdays.

It’s just a number…

They told me that they are part of a generation whose parents were illiterate and thus could not record the date of their birth. They explained that in these cases, the Indonesian government just chooses the 31st of December or the 1st of January as the birthday for all official documents. I suppose that if a birthday is just the mark of another year, repeated, any date would do. After all, it’s really just a number,

Love Rose

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# DAY 110 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Our mission to protect the ocean

I just finished reading the technical report of the Gili Shark Conservation Project and I’m so incredible proud of the things we’ve archived in 2018. We spent on average 2 hours day underwater every day and collected an extensive volume of underwater data.

〰️ We dropped and viewed closed to 70 Baited Remote Underwater Videos (BRUV) to estimate and compare the relative abundance of sharks inside and outside marine protected areas.

〰️ We found two dead sharks and brought them back to Villa Nangka for further study (this was the first time in my life there was a dead shark lying on my kitchen table).

〰️ We did more than 250 survey dives to identify indicator species and to assess the health of the reefs around the Gilis.

〰️ We identified and named more than 170 turtles and 11 white tip sharks around the Gili Islands. Let’s make sure we coexist with them and respect their environment!

〰️ We wrote a report about the impact of the earthquake on the reef and published two scientific papers.

〰️ We removed more than 1239 pieces / 86 kg of rubbish from our adopted dive site Meno Slope.

〰️ We were invited to the Our Oceans Conference in Bali.

〰️ We collaborated with ZMT (Centre of Tropical Marine Research in Germany) on a social-ecological system analysis examining scuba dive tourism on the Gili Islands.

〰️ Inspired on the amazing documentary ‘Chasing Corals’ we started our own underwater time-lapse project.

〰️ And we did weekly conservation classes where we’ve taught the kids about plastics, marine life, and how to make a difference! Our Club Harapan at the local primary school has now 97 members!

Why I became a shark advocate

If you would have told me 10 years ago I would become a shark advocate and set up a conservation project on a tropical island I would have never ever believed you. When we started our project I didn’t had the knowledge neither did I have the experience. All we had was an intention, a lot of energy and the desire to be part of the solution. I didn’t want to stand on the sideline anymore and watch how other people try to solve a problem which we are all responsible for.

Think about it. We know more about the surface of our moon than we know about our oceans. In a world where everything is overshared, overexposed, and overused, the ocean is our last frontier, where fascinating new discoveries are happening every day.

Its my dream to take my children diving one day but I’m scared there will be nothing to see for them anymore.

According to a study by the World Economic Forum, there will be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, and if things go on business as usual, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? Did you ever try to picture yourself swimming between tons of plastic? Or imagined an ocean without any fish?
Its my dream to take my children diving one day but I’m scared there will be nothing to see for them anymore.

We are all in this together and – now more than ever – is the time to act and become part of the solution. Don’t know where to start? Start small and make the pledge to not use single use plastic for the whole of 2019.

Love Rose

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DAY 107 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Day 107 of building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

These days we are counting two things: the days of project CINLOC and the weeks of my pregnancy. If it would be a competition project CINLOC would be definitely on the winning hand. But the funny things is that both ‘projects’ have the same due date: 1 August 2019.

So far this is what I learned about being pregnant: You need to pee 5 times a night. Everything tastes like rotting seaweed. Your boobs inflate like Kim Kardashian lips. You can really, really smell things (who knew the world was so full of smells?) Your fatigue is sometimes overwhelming you can’t think anymore (turns out growing a tiny human being takes a lot of energy). The baby glow thing really exist. Nausea is the worst (whoever named it “morning sickness” was a real idiot because it lasts all day, every day and it is the most all-consuming, terrible feeling). Your boyfriend turns into a real gentleman. Every day you discover at least 10 new things you didn’t know about having a baby but for some weird reason everyone around you does.

And this is what I learned about building a new boutique hotel on a tropical island so far :

You need to let go of the old to design something new. Designing your own tiles is a lot of fun! Things take a lot longer than planned. You don’t have to agree on everything, agree to disagree works as well. Taking a building down takes almost the same time as building one. If you wait for things to be perfect to take a chance, then you’ll be waiting forever. Sometimes the beauty of trying is that, even if all the odds are against you, it can still turn into something beautiful. Finding a reliable and honest contractor in Indonesia is very difficult. Seeing your dream slowly come back to live is an amazing feeling.

I can’t wait to see the development of these two magical projects over the next months. Keep you posted!

Love Rose

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