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!

Day 163 of building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

# DAY 169 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Teaching the next generation about conservation

# DAY 163 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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18 weeks pregnant

# DAY 149 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

# DAY 143 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Ready to Jump!

# DAY 131 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Digital Love Letter

# DAY 120 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Indonesian birthday tradition

# DAY 118 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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 ...
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Our mission to protect the ocean

# 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. 〰️ We dropped and viewed closed to ...
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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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