Project CINLOC

What is Project CINLOC?

My Sunshine and I literally met under the big Nangka tree of a property called Villa Nangka on Gili Air. One year after we met we had the opportunity to buy this amazing place and we started our big adventure. On the 5th of August 2018 a 7.0 earthquake hit Lombok and the Gili islands and our little paradise got completely destroyed. 

A few weeks after the earthquake we stumbled upon the word CINLOC. We figured out that 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. We looked at each other and immediately agreed that this is the perfect project name for (re)building our little boutique hotel on Gili Air. 

We hope to re-open the doors of Villa Nangka in July 2019. See you at the finish line!

Our mission to protect the ocean

# DAY 110 OF PROJECT CINLOC

# DAY 110 OF PROJECT CINLOC 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. 〰️ ...
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Day 107 of building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

DAY 107 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Two girls and a kangaroo on Magnetic Island

# DAY 100 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I can’t believe today is day 100 of project CINLOC! So far it’s been a pretty crazy ride and we didn’t even start building yet. Turns out that designing a new boutique hotel takes a lot more time than we imagined. Bu as we (hopefully) get this opportunity only once ...
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My first ultra sound in Indonesia

# DAY 81 OF PROJECT CINLOC

There it is. A heartbeat! A very strong heartbeat that sounds a bit like a techno song. With tears in my eyes I look at the screen. I never knew I could love someone who I’ve never met, so much. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and I squeeze myself ...
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Stunning sunset in Indonesia

# DAY 76 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I’ve got something really exciting to share with you: Wendy (a super cool Dutch Magazine) asked me if I would be interested to share our Project CINLOC adventures with their readers and…. of course I said yes! When I started writing daily updates after the earthquake I could have never ...
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A Very Good Reason To Visit Wonderful Gili Air

# DAY 70 OF PROJECT CINLOC

My skin is tanned and my smile is bright. But my chest is heavy and it feels like a whale is sitting on top of my heart. Even in the sunshine my mind is sometimes still full of thunder. They say silent people tend to have the loudest minds. This ...
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Soil test Gili Islands - Indonesia

# DAY 65 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I learned another thing today; before you start building a house you need to hire a special company. This special company will send over some nice guys with some very special equipment to dig a very expensive hole.They will take a few samples, hang around a bit, have a coffee ...
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Girl on a swing on a tropical island

DAY 62 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Tomorrow it’s the first of December. The last month of the year is waiting around the corner. And I’m more than ready! You see, this year has been nothing than easy for me. This year has been anything but a walk in the park. It’s been challenging. There’s been obstacle ...
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An open love letter to my parents

# DAY 56 OF PROJECT CINLOC

My least favorite day of the year is the day that I need to say goodbye to the people that I love the most. After spending 3.5 wonderful weeks with my parents my least favorite day has come. Dear Papa & Mama, Thank you for flying across the world to ...
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Building a new boutique hotel on the Gili Islands

# DAY 52 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Hundred and two days passed since the earthquake. It’s pretty scary to know how quickly time flies. I stumbled upon this quote a few weeks ago: Wherever you go, there you are. So simple. So profound. It means that no matter where you wander, no matter what’s on your mind, ...
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