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“After Lombok, we’ll be going to West Sumbawa.”
Hooray!! I had never been to any part of Sumbawa Island, so the news from the producer felt like I just won a lottery.
Wait. Producer? What producer?
Well, Vindhya and I signed with this production house as talents for a travel video, as a campaign for an online marketplace. Our task was only to travel with the video crew, got made up by the make-up artist slash fashion stylist, and semi acting as instructed by the director. No shit! That would be the best job in the world!
Except for one thing: We didn’t have spare time to explore the destinations ourselves, as we would like it.
The shoot took 6 days and we had to move between at least 12 shooting locations, in all of which we had to stand by for shooting. Only 3 of the locations were in Sumbawa: Kenawa Island, Mantar Village and Whales & Waves Resort, all located in West Sumbawa. Kenawa is an island only 20 minute boat ride from Poto Tano port, known for the unique landscape. Mantar Village is known as the ‘land above the clouds’. While Whales & Waves Resort is a tranquil setting located in Taliwang district, a high-end resort mostly visited by surfers.
So if you asked if I was satisfied with my visit to Sumbawa, obviously I wasn’t. There is still so much of it I’ve hat to see. Nevertheless, I’m always excited with my first time in a beautiful destination, in a fun job situation with fun people, that I can’t just keep the photos to myself.
Here is the final video, and here are some pictures from the trip, taken by me and others in the group.