# DAY 9 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Building a new hotel on a tropical island

The roof of the headquarters of our beloved Gili Shark Conservation Project is now completely gone. I have so much respect for our boys and our workers. Demolishing a building like this is not easy, especially not if you have to do it in this extreme heat. It’s a very interesting process to watch and every day I’m learning something new.

Looking back at the last two months, I’ve been learning a lot. About natural disasters, construction sides, demolishing teams, crowdfunding campaigns, humanity and last but definitely not least about myself. The earthquake thought me to be a person that is not afraid of being vulnerable. To be someone who’s brave enough to ask for help to carry the weight of the world with me.

To be a person who is not ashamed of being broken. Someone who admits and accepts that she needs time to heal and that’s okay. And most important of all: the earthquake thought me to embrace the sadness and the agony of being broken. To let all the emotions in and accept that these emotions are also a part of my life. My crazy beautiful life.

Love Rose

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# DAY 7 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Re-usable bottles in Indonesia

I love projects! I especially love to start new projects. There is just something magical about creating something new out of nothing. Today it’s one year ago that we – together with our amazing team – started our Plastic Free Paradise Project.

It was my dream to create a campaign that would focus on maintaining the beauty of our home, & implement sustainable solutions for the development of the Gili Air. I wanted to give something back to the island that gave so much to me and create a plastic free paradise for the generations to come.

Plastic Free Paradise Campaign

Our #PlasticFreeParadise campaign is a wholehearted project that we’re keep building up with new ideas. I firmly believe that all these little differences put together will lead us to a better life quality, better environment and better future.

I am honored to be able to help the next generation and to be able to make a little difference in this world. Never underestimate the small gesture, the small act, the small initiative. Remember little by little a little becomes a lot!

Curious what our PlasticFreeParadise campaign is all about and what we achieved in one year? Read more about it here.  Can’t wait to see what the upcoming year will bring!

Love Rose

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#DAY 6 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Pink flamingo swimming in the pool

And another roof gone! Now we have three beautiful destroyed villas with no roofs and a pink flamingo in the pool. To be honest I’ve seen better days but… I’ve also seen worse. I might not have everything I want, but I do have all I need. My life is far from perfect, but I feel blessed.From here it can only get better.

Love Rose

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# DAY 5 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Girl signing a contract

Big things are happening! A design can be so simple but that’s what makes it so complicate. Today we said yes to a proposal of an architect. Together with her team she will help us to design the new Villa Nangka. Very scary and exciting at the same time. Can’t wait to share the first sketches with you in 2 weeks’ time.

Love Rose

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# DAY 4 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Villa Nangka is Tripadvisor number 1

I woke up this morning with and saw the following notification on my phone: “Congratulations Villa Nangka, you are number 1 on Tripadvisor!” I can’t believe it. The situation is so complete surreal, I can’t stop laughing. Our little paradise that is completely destroyed is now – according to Tripadvisor – the most beautiful place on Gili Air. Life keeps surprising me every day!

One of the things that I learned in the last years is the importance of reviews. They can literally make or break your business. And I guess you know yourself as well how helpful reviews can be when planning a trip. Therefore I would like to ask you: if you ever stayed in our little paradise, please take a minute to leave us a review.

It will probably be one of the last reviews for a long, long time, but it will still be incredible helpful. With your help we can keep our rating up, while we work hard to rebuild our paradise

Step by step

Today is the first day of a new month. The first day of the last quarter of the year. Another day where a bit of the old Villa Nangka will disappear and we are creating space for the New Villa Nangka. As all our villa’s (expect our traditional bungalow) are total loss the first step of project CINLOC is to take all the buildings down. The Pool Villa is already gone and we are half way with taking down our house. Hopefully in 4 weeks are buildings will be gone and we can really start rebuilding our dream.

Love Rose

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# DAY 3 OF PROJECT CINLOC

The word Love on a Wall

My heart stopped beating for a second when I heard the news yesterday; a 7.7 earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It doesn’t only hit me because it happened in Indonesia, it hits me because I understand now what the word earthquake means. I can picture it in my head. I can feel it in my veins. Whenever I read about an earthquake before the 5th of August I felt sad but that’s it. Now everything is different. I experienced how a 7.0 earthquake feels and its more than terrifying.

My heart, my thoughts and my love are with the people of Sulawesi. And while I’m typing this I look up and I see that the roof of our house is completely gone. My eye get drawn to the word ‘LOVE’ written on one of the walls and I think by myself: even when this wall be gone soon, true love never dies, it only gets stronger with time.

Love Rose

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# DAY 2 OF PROJECT CINLOC

A daily blog about building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

Let’s embrace the journey, one step at a time. A couple of days ago we started to demolish our house. Our boys and the workers are moving quickly and the roof is almost completely gone. I admire them for their courage. Although it’s not an easy job they are smiling and joking all day.

I’m so grateful that we are surrounded by our boys. Their cheerfulness is contagious. And they always try to make me smile when they see I’m sad (even on the days where I try to hide it from them).

I’ve tried several times to imagine how Villa Nangka would look like if our house would be completely gone but I just can’t picture it. But they say sometimes the best thing you can do is not to think, not wonder, not imagine, and not obsess. Just breathe and have faith everything will work out for the best. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Love Rose

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# DAY 1 OF PROJECT CINLOC

a daily blog about building a new hotel on Gili Air

If it happens on social media it’s really happening! With proud I introduce you to the team of project CINLOC*.

At the moment everything looks like a big fat mess, and yeah, it often feels like things might crash and burn at any moment. But I realized there’s a hidden beauty in the ugly duckling phase; I need to accept that the messy beginning phase of project CINLOC is necessary (or even mandatory). Every project I did in my life started out with a hideous mess of disjointed ideas, thoughts, sketches, and assumptions and I guess project CINLOC will not be any different.

As soon as I realized this I’m able to look at it from a completely different angle. Now I can embrace the ugly phase, and I’m trying to use it to my advantage to create without criticism or judgment.

The start of a big project likes this means making changes quickly and without hesitation. It means throwing away hours of work that no longer serve the greater good of our project. And it wasn’t until I made the big shift in how I defined the success of project CINLOC that I began to understand and embrace that my ugly ducklings could quickly become majestic and powerful mallards!

Love Rose

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# DAY 50 AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

A new beginning

Today it’s exactly 50 days ago that a 7.0 devastating earthquake hit Lombok and the Gili Islands. Fifty days where I felt every emotion that a person can possible feel. Fifty days where I was confronted by a million questions that pushed me to find important answers. Fifty days filled with love from my family, friends and complete strangers.

You were there when I was at my absolute worst and needed someone to pick me up off the floor where I’ve been laying because I’ve felt like I couldn’t get up on my own. I’ve never experienced a love as big as in the last fifty days. A love that is so powerful and true that you can’t escape it. Thank you for everyone that reached out to us. Sometimes one little message is all you need to put your one foot in front of the other.

Sometimes endings force you to find new beginnings

The last fifty days has also been a slow and painful process of saying a bittersweet goodbye. Every day that passes by another piece of the Old Villa Nangka disappears. But it’s okay, I accepted what happened and right now I’m breathing in the hope for tomorrow. Today is day #50 and I can feel that today is the perfect day to turn the page and start writing the chapter of the New Villa Nangka. Because with every ending, something new comes along. And with every great ending, comes an even greater beginning.

Let me introduce to you project CINLOC

We are had a meeting with an architect from Jakarta to discuss the future of Villa Nangka. At one point she asked me: “Where did you and your Sunshine meet each other?” I pointed out the big Nangka tree in the middle of our property and said with a smile on my face: “We met right here.” She started laughing and said: “CINLOC!” I looked at her confused as I never heard of this word before. She started to explain it: “The word ‘Cinta’ means love in Bahasa Indonesia and the word ‘Locasi’ means location. When you put these two words together you get ‘Cinloc’ which literally means ‘love on location’.” I immediately fell in love with this words and we decided to call the rebuilding of our little paradise project CINLOC.

Join us on our journey

Today I draw a line. Instead of counting the days after the earthquake I will start counting the days of project CINLOC. Every day that passes by we are one step closer of reopening Villa Nangka. I invite you to join us on our journey. It will be a long process that requires perseverance, strength of character, and most of all: heart. To know that we are not alone and we have you cheering for us until we reach the finish line of this marathon is priceless. It’s time to leave behind what we know and believe something even better will be waiting for us. And although that ‘something’ is not entirely clear at this point I’m sure we are going to achieve it.

Love Rose

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# DAY 47 AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

Trauma healing classes on Gili Air

In the past four weeks we have been visiting the school every Saturday. We focus on trauma healing and natural disaster education to the children of our Club Harapan. We sang their favorite songs, did different relaxation / breathing exercises and danced like no one was watching. Furthermore we organized a hugging contest, made drawings with them of their beautiful island and spent time on positive self-talk (“you are so brave & strong, you are a true earthquake hero”).

The kids are very happy to go back to school. Which doesn’t surprise me. It’s much more fun playing with your friends than sitting at ‘home’. I would say 95% of them are in very good spirits however 5% of them is still much traumatized.

Do what you love most

And while I watch the children laugh and play I wonder: when did we decide that it was OK to put up with things that don’t make us insanely happy? Since when did it become acceptable to just settle? Children spend their days doing what they love most, and they do it with passion. They play their hearts out on the soccer field and in the playground. They spend their time with the people they truly love. A child does not waste their time on things that don’t make them feel truly happy inside. They find those specific things or people who really make their hearts skip, and they love that with all their might. I can learn so much from them.

Welcome back to school celebration

We asked the structural engineer that we hired to check the buildings from Villa Nangka to check the school as well. His opinion was quickly formed and exactly what we are hoping for: “There are a few minor cracks but the classrooms are safe.” Unfortunately, our activities are still inside in a tent as the children are too scared of being inside a classroom. To let them feel that their school is a fun and safe place we needed to do something. We started planning our “Welcome Back to School Celebration”. An event from students, by students, and for the students.

Kids are naturally inclined to do what’s fun. Sometimes as adults life gets a little hectic and we take ourselves way too seriously. Let go and remember that life is meant to enjoy. It is meant to love and it is our lifelong goal to be as happy as we possibly can.

Love Rose

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