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Follow here our journey of building a small boutique on a small tropical island in Indonesia.

two steps back, one step forward

# DAY 245 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Sometimes in life you need to take two steps back. But sometimes when I take two steps back, I feel like a failure. I feel like I’ve let myself down. I feel like project CINLOC will never be finished. But in these moments, I try to tell myself: Dear Rose, ...
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30 weeks pregnant on a tropical island

# DAY 236 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Every four weeks I go up a bra size…it’s worth being pregnant just for the breasts. Pregnancy is also a lot of other things. It is the gift of life. It is a miracle. It is exciting…to create a life. To carry that life within your body for nine months ...
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Farm life on a tropical island

# DAY 232 OF PROJECT CINLOC

This morning our beloved and crazy chicken Alice passed away. Alice walked into Villa Nangka around three years ago. And decided to stay. Alice was not just an ordinary chicken. She was blind on one eye and we all thought she was immortal. She disappeared for a little bit after ...
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International marine research center in Indonesia

# DAY 229 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Slowly but steady the new headquarters of the Gili Shark Conservation Project is rising. It’s my dream that one day, this beautiful bamboo building will be an international marine research center that host researchers, scientist and oceans lovers from all over the world. A place in the heart of our ...
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Bamboo kitchen design made by Asali Bali

# DAY 223 OF PROJECT CINLOC

With proud we present you the new kitchen of the new Villa Nangka! Can’t wait for the day this places is filled again with the love and laughter of our boys and our guests. Love Rose P.s. A big thank you to Monokromo for making this stunning design and to ...
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To all the people who find Mother's Day hard to celebrate, this is for you

# DAY 222 OF PROJECT CINLOC

In more than 50 countries people are celebrating Mother’s Day today. Many people might claim that it has now become far too commercialized and yet another chance for retailers to try and sell us flowers, cards, and gifts that we don’t necessarily need, but for me, this day is something ...
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Getting To The Gili Islands In Indonesia

# DAY 219 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Blue skies on the Gili Islands

# DAY 217 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Beautiful blue sky on the Gili Islands

# DAY 210 OF PROJECT CINLOC

For others this might be just an empty wall, for us, this is the starting place of our love, hope and dreams.✨💛 Love Rose Feel free to share  ...
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White sandy beach Gili Islands

#DAY 207 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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