Blogs

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

Re-usable bottles in Indonesia

# DAY 7 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Pink flamingo swimming in the pool

#DAY 6 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Girl signing a contract

# DAY 5 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Villa Nangka is Tripadvisor number 1

# DAY 4 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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The word Love on a Wall

# DAY 3 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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

# DAY 2 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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a daily blog about building a new hotel on Gili Air

# DAY 1 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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A new beginning

# DAY 50 AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

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 ...
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Trauma healing classes on Gili Air

# DAY 47 AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

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 ...
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The boat is removing trash from Gili Air

# DAY 45 AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

From the time I was a child, I wanted to do everything all on my own. “I’ll do it,” was my constant refrain, pushing away helping hands and generous offers with my young, eager fingers. But here’s the thing about looking at life in this light: the illusion of complete ...
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