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Sunset at Katamaran Resort

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PEARL OF TRAWANGAN... A Gili T Favourite!

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Choosing the right accommodation on Gili Trawangan is not easy – there are so many options, from backpacker rooms to luxury villas with private pools – the choices are endless.

Pearl of Trawangan 2But if your holiday wish list includes a comfortable air conditioned room with all the mod cons, resort facilities such as swimming pool and quality dining, and direct access to a beautiful beach; the choices become slimmer.

One of our favourites that ticks all the boxes for a perfect island holiday is Pearl of Trawangan Resort.

Located just south of Sentral – the busiest area on Gili T – Pearl of Trawangan enjoys a privileged position with 150m beachfront on one of the best beaches on the island.

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All the restaurants, bars and shopping are within easy walking distance but the noise and bustle are just far enough away to ensure the resort is a peaceful oasis.

Pool View Room BalconyThe range of room choices at Pearl of Trawangan is impressive and – with the launch of the new Pool View Rooms – the resort really does have something for everyone.

The Pool View Rooms are located in a two-storey wing between the restaurant and the swimming pool, and are less than one minute from the beach.

As the name suggests, the Pool View Rooms feature large terraces and balconies overlooking the resort pool and gardens. 

The spacious air conditioned interiors are designed for guest’s comfort with quality beds and linens, ample storage space, a reading corner and a long Suar wood desk (for when you must work). Natural stone, timber and touches of bamboo create a relaxed ambience. 

Pool View Room

The modern and clean bathroom offers cool separate air conditioning, hot fresh water rain showers and complimentary guest amenities.  

Terraces and balconies provide outdoor living space and are furnished with a table and chairs for in room dining, as well as comfortable sun lounges.

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Ground floor rooms are just steps from the resort pool and waterfall, while the upper rooms offer lovely views with ocean glimpses. 

The Pool View Rooms are perfect for couples and small families who want modern accommodation with easy access to the beach and all Gili T has to offer, as well as a comfortable room in which to spend some time relaxing in private.

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All rooms at Pearl of Trawangan feature this attention to detail and are designed to suit individual guests’ needs.

From the entry level Teak Cottages, constructed entirely from teak wood and featuring all modern amenities, to the luxurious Private Pool Villas with their spacious living areas and sparkling private pools, guests are sure to find a room type that fits their needs.

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Facilities at the resort are equally superb. The resort’s flagship restaurant, Pearl Beach Lounge, is a well-known landmark, with its beautiful curved roof and stylish bamboo design.

As well as being environmentally friendly and in harmony with the island vibe, it really is one of the most attractive buildings on Gili T. Spacious and airy, the restaurant offers fabulous views from its upstairs area and easy access to the beach across the road.

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Pearl of Trawangan 7The restaurant, bar and lounge have the reputation for being among the best on Gili T. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all day dining, Pearl Beach Lounge specialises in fresh and modern cuisine.

There is a large selection of creative dishes available including an on-trend tapas menu, as well as organic and gluten free choices. Fresh juices, delicious mocktails and a fabulous selection of cocktails complete the choices.

Those staying at the resort have the choice of two swimming pools. One is located near the Lumbung Suites and has a built in whirlpool, while the main lagoon pool features a fabulous waterfall, spacious deck with  sun lounges and a swim up bar.

The magnificent beachfront at the resort, with its views across to Gili Meno, Gili Air and the Lombok mainland, provides plenty of space for relaxing on the shaded sun lounges, reading a book and taking a dip in the ocean.n outstanding beachfront location and a fabulous restaurant, Pearl of Trawangan deserves its position as one of the top resorts on Gili T.

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MEKAKI MARATHON 2018

Mekaki Marathon

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2017, the Mekaki Marathon will be held again this year, on Sunday, 7 October 2018.

The West Lombok Government in collaboration with Archipelago Strategic Solution (ArchiSS) initiated the event to introduce the public to the beauty of Mekaki Beach in Sekotong through a tourist-themed sports event under the name of Mekaki Marathon.

Mekaki Beach, or Pantai Mekaki, is a stunningly beautiful and undeveloped beach on the far southwest coast (south of Pelangan).

The first event in 2017 attracted around 2000 international and domestic participants and this year’s Marathon is expected to be much larger.

Mekaki Marathon Routes

Race registration is now open until 31 September 2018 (or until the ticket quota is exhausted).

Mekaki Marathon 2018 is an international event organised by DnD Sport Race Management. Registration is open in a number of categories, namely Full Marathon (42K) Open and National, Half Marathon (21K), 10K and 5K.

The Full Marathon is a gruelling run over the hills bordering the south coast and travels along the beautiful beaches in Sekotong through to Tawun Harbour, where runners make a u-turn and repeat the course in reverse. Those last hills in the 42km race are killers!

Runners with less stamina can still compete in the challenging 5km (to Bukit Pandang and return) and 10km (to Pelangan and return) courses.

Information and progress of the Mekaki Marathon 2018 can be accessed via Facebook at www.facebook.com/mekakimarathon, as well via Instagram and Twitter: @MekakiMarathon. www.mekakimarathonofficial.com


 

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If you haven’t experienced a “Tour around Italy” dinner at Qunci Villas yet, you really are missing out on some of the best Italian food you will ever taste outside of Italy!

Tour around Italy dinners are held every Friday night at Quah Restaurant in the resort and feature a 5-course degustation menu with the best Italian fare from different regions in Italy each week.

On Friday, 27 July enjoy a delicious 5-course dinner featuring dishes from Sardinia and Cagliari.

On the following Friday, 3 August, sample the best dishes from Sicily and Palermo.

The dinners start at 7.30pm and are exceptional value at just Rp 540,000++ per person, or choose to accompany the meal with specially selected wines for each course for Rp 990,000++ inclusive. See page 32 for details.

The Chandi Boutique Resort & Spa in Batu Layar offers great value BBQ Buffet Dinners twice a week at its beautiful Meru Restaurant overlooking the beach.

Available every Wednesday and Saturday night from 7pm, the BBQ features a delicious selection of meats and seafood, with salads and accompaniments, all for just Rp 290,000++ pp.

Meru also offers full bar service with cold beers, cocktails and a good selection of wines, and there is live acoustic music every Wednesday and Saturday. The restaurant has fabulous views of Bali’s Agung volcano, especially at sunset – get there early for cocktails before dinner! See page 7.

Looking for reasonably priced accommodation near the beach for a family or group of friends? Look no further than the Holiday Houses at Sempiak Villas!

Lovely Sempiak Villas on Selong Belanak Beach needs no introduction as one of the premier places to stay on the south coast but few people know about theSempiak Holiday Houses – which are a separate entity to Sempiak Villas but are on the same property and have access to the same wonderful facilities such as Laut Biru Restaurant, Camplung Beach Club and, of course, the beach!

The houses are set in a lovely garden compound surrounding a swimming pool just for the Holiday Houses guests. Here you will find one three-storey house with four bedrooms (Villa Kemos), a separate house with two bedrooms (Villa Kidung), and two one-bedroom suites (Koru and Kelana).

Rates are surprisingly reasonable, with the suites starting from just Rp 800,000++ per night including breakfast at Laut Biru Restaurant on the beachfront.

Whether you’re a family of four or a group of fifteen, the Holiday Houses are a great option for a beach vacation! See page 65.

Don’t miss the next Cellar Party at Square Restaurant in Senggigi on Friday, 3 August.

Held on the first Friday of every month the Cellar Party features three and a half hours of free-flow imported red and white wines, together with a delicious buffet including sushi, tapas, pasta, roast meats, salads and desserts.

The Cellar Party starts at 7pm and costs just Rp 450,000 per person (inclusive) for a night of wining and dining.

Or you can choose the ‘buffet only’ option for just Rp 200,000 net per person... excellent value for a delicious meal and a great night out at one of Senggigi’s best dining venues! See advert on page 3.

 
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ANNA’S GIFT SHOP...
A Treasure Trove in Senggigi!

Contemporary lampsAnna’s Gift Shop, located in the Galeria Shops just 20m north of Santosa Villas & Resort on the main street in Senggigi, is a little treasure trove of gifts and unique collectibles.

At the moment, the store is bursting at the seams with all sorts of interesting items, whether you are shopping for gifts, a souvenir from Lombok or something special for yourself.

Delightful Hand Painted StatueThe store carries an especially large range of jewellery – from beautiful and authentic Lombok pearls, to fine silver and semi precious stones, as well as trendy and stylish costume jewellery.

It’s also a good place to stock up on selected Lombok pottery, sarongs and genuine ikat (handwoven fabrics) and wooden crafts, all at reasonable prices and without the need to haggle.

Especially attractive are the hand-painted wooden statues and masks created by the shop’s owner, Dianne. She has taken the traditional wooden statues so well-known in Lombok and given them a new lease of life with stunning contemporary designs and colours.

Dianne uses only top quality Mahogany wood to ensure that the statues won’t split or warp when exported to different countries and climates.

She then hand-paints eye-catching designs on the statues, using imported acrylics that have a strong pigment and fine finish, keeping the colours vibrant and alive for years to come.

Quality Silver JewelleryEach creation is unique and individual. The contemporary artworks have already caught the attention of European collectors, who have snapped up the one-off pieces and commissioned more; they are now exported all over the world!

In addition to these delightful art pieces, Anna’s Gift Shop also sells contemporary and traditional artwork, glazed bowls and home decorator pieces, and attractive contemporary lamps.

Best of all, the prices are so reasonable it’s impossible to resist picking up something from this treasure-trove of gifts and collectibles!

 
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AUTORE PEARL FARM… Showcasing Lombok Pearls

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Lombok is famous for its pearls and the island is often referred to as “Pearl Island”, attracting buyers from all over Indonesia and the rest of the world to purchase these beautiful and precious “gems of the sea”.

One of the first things visitors to Lombok notice is the sellers on the streets and the beach offering strings of pearls for sale at prices that seem too cheap to be believed.

Many people assume they must be fake copies, but this is usually not so. The pearls for sale on the streets are real; however, they are not quality gems and, rather than being Lombok pearls, are mostly cheap stock imported from China by astute Chinese traders who live in Lombok.

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True Lombok pearls are a different matter altogether and, while sizes and quality vary, there are some very nice pearls to be purchased here and bargains to be had for those who know how to identify a quality pearl.

Lombok is fortunate to have one internationally renowned pearl trader based on the island. The AUTORE Group is one of the largest South Sea pearl companies in the world and has pearl farms in Lombok, Sumbawa (the island to the east of Lombok) and West Java, in addition to their main operations in Australia.

Founded in 1991, AUTORE is famous for quality, innovation, uniqueness and style. The company distributes South Sea pearls to the world’s most prestigious jewellery houses and AUTORE jewellery is worn by celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, Diane Keaton and more.

pearlsAUTORE operate a unique visitors’ centre and showroom at their pearl farm located in the calm bay of Teluk Nara on Lombok’s west coast.

Perched over the waters of the bay, the AUTORE showroom has views of the dramatic Rinjani mountain range on the mainland, and to the east, over the buoys of the pearl farm to the three Gili Islands floating in the sparkling sea just minutes away.

Guests visiting the AUTORE Pearl Farm have the opportunity to discover how the rare and beautiful South Sea pearls are produced in Lombok, with knowledgeable guides explaining the intricate processes of modern cultured pearl farming – from how the oysters are seeded, the growing process, harvesting and grading the pearls, through to the end result – the stunning pearls on display in their showroom.

In the showroom, precious loose pearls and striking jewellery are displayed in illuminated cases. Some are set in white, yellow or rose gold, others feature pearls combined with precious stones such as sapphires and rubies. Contemporary designs combine pearls with striking coloured gemstones such as pink tourmaline, topaz, amethyst and other gems.

autore 2All are crafted in Australia and feature the distinctive and unique designs for which AUTORE is famous. The precious pearls glow with a life of their own… making these a beautiful gift for that special someone, or a lasting memento of a visit to Lombok.

After your tour, relax with a refreshing drink at the small café within the visitors centre and enjoy the views and sea breezes.

The Pearl Farm Tour consistently receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and is a fascinating and highly recommended tour for visitors to Lombok.

The visitors centre is just offshore at Teluk Nara harbour, only 25 minutes north of Senggigi, and can be easily reached by car or taxi from Senggigi, or by boat from any of the Gilis.

Alternatively, ask your hotel or tour agency to organise a visit for you.

A Pearl Farm Tour makes for an enjoyable day trip driving along the beautiful west coast beaches, to discover the magic of Lombok pearls combined with the unique craftsmanship of AUTORE.

 
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LIVING ASIA BEACH CLEANUP!

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In both Bali and Lombok, it’s a struggle every year to keep the beaches, rivers and oceans clean.

Unfortunately, many villages don’t have rubbish collection or waste management facilities and the simple solution for those communities is to throw their waste into dry riverbeds. When the rains come, all that rubbish is washed down into the sea and eventually carried by the waves onto our beaches.

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Living Asia Resort – located on one of the longest and most beautiful beaches on the West Coast – works hard to keep the beach free of rubbish.

We joined the staff and General Manager, Evan Burns, together with the Village Head of Lendang Luar and some of the resort’s guests, at their beach cleanup on Saturday, 7 July.

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The beautiful beach at Lendang Luar is around 1.5 km long and the team didn’t just cleanup in front of their resort, but worked from one end of the beach to the other!

In just an hour or so, the group had collected around 40 large black garbage bags full of plastic packages, rubber sandals, Pop Mie containers, plastic straws and plastic water cups, and other general rubbish from the beach.

Living Asia Resort carries out cleanups every month around their local village in Lendang Luar, 7 km north of Senggigi, as part of their contribution to the community.

They always invite their guests and business associates to join in the activities. While the beach is a focal point, cleanups sometimes focus on the roadside or vacant land around the resort.

“The monthly cleanups are great for team building, as well as keeping fit and doing outdoor activities together,” GM Evan told us. “It makes everyone feel good to keep our local area looking beautiful”.

 
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MEET LIVING ASIA RESORT’S NEW GM!

Evan Burns

Evan Burns was appointed as General Manager of Living Asia Resort and Spa in Lombok earlier this year.

Living Asia Resort and Spa is part of Living Asia Resorts, which manage The Chandi Boutique Resort and Spa in Batu Layar and the soon to be opened Chandila Resort and Spa in Lendang Luar.

Originally hailing from Gippsland in Victoria, Australia, Evan began his career working in hotels in Melbourne, Sydney and Fiji. For the past 6 years, Evan has lived in Indonesia, working at resorts in Jakarta, Bali and now Lombok.

Evan’s passion has always been the hospitality industry. He decided to move to Lombok to manage Living Asia as he wanted to be part of a destination on the move.

“I see a lot of potential for the future in Lombok – the beautiful beaches, the activities, and the very good mix of culture with an untouched environment,” he told us. “I’m excited to not only grow our resorts but be part of the growth of Lombok as a destination that people will enjoy.”

 
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LOMBOK TOURISM CAMPUS READY TO OPEN

New Polytech

Construction of Phase I of the new Polytechnic Tourism Campus of Lombok is nearing completion and will begin operating at the beginning of the new academic year, in July 2018

The Polytechnic Tourism Campus (Poltekpar) is located in Puyung Village, near Praya in Central Lombok

The new college dedicated to tourism and hospitality studies has been under construction since 2016. Phase 1 of the project comprises lecture theatres and includes 42 rooms. Capacity for each room is limited to 32 students.

Construction of phase II of what is billed as “the grandest campus in Lombok” will be commenced mid-2018 with a budget of Rp 120 billion.
Phase II of the development consists of the construction of rectorate buildings and laboratory (practical studies) buildings.

When completed, Polterkpar Lombok will be a huge modern campus spread across 20 hectares. Plans include lecture theatres, a large auditorium, separate labs set up for restaurant and hotel practices, administration buildings, an indoor sports centre, and student accommodation.

The total budget for construction of the campus is Rp 1.2 trillion (approx US $83 million).

The tourism and hospitality college is being constructed under the directive of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism (Kemenpar). There are currently five similar colleges across the country: STP Bandung, STP Nusa Dua Bali, Akpar Medan, Poltekpar Makassar, and Poltekpar Palembang.

Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, has been instrumental in providing support and funding for the new campus in Lombok, which is intended to train local people for the tourism and hospitality sectors to meet the growing needs of Lombok’s tourism industry.

The Minister conveyed the message that the development and management of Polterkpar Lombok must be better than the Nusa Dua Tourism School, which has been the benchmark of vocational education in Indonesia to date.
Enrollment for the 2018 year is now complete with 240 new students selected from around 900 applicants.

Around 460 students currently studying at the old Lombok Tourism Polytechnic campus will move into the new buildings this month, where they will join the new intake, bringing the total number of students at the college to around 700.

In addition to studying core subjects such as hospitality management, the college offers diploma courses in four main categories: Usaha Perjalanan Wisata (Tour Agent), Divisi Kamar (Housekeeping/Room Division), Tata Hidang (Food and Beverage Service), Seni Kuliner (Culinary Arts).

 
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REEF SAFE SUN CREAM AND SUN BLOCK MADE IN LOMBOK!

TLSeaAcross the world, more and more countries are campaigning against and banning non reef safe suntan products because the chemicals they use wash off, causing enormous damage to coral reefs, as well as being shown to be harmful to us.

Oxybenzone, a common chemical found in sunscreens, is toxic to the algae that live within corals; it stunts their growth, preventing them from performing vital functions and promotes viral infections within corals, which leads to bleaching.

It is estimated that up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen is deposited in the world’s oceans each year.

In addition to causing harm to the environment, the affect of sunscreens on humans is only now under the microscope. Sunscreens commonly include ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers” to help the product adhere to skin. As a result, many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk and urine samples.

Oxybenzone or benzophenones are one of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens today. In addition to causing allergic reactions in some people, benzophenones in suntan lotions have been shown to generate cell-damaging free radicals when exposed to sunlight.

Numerous recent studies into cell damage caused by benzophenones in sunscreens have shown that the chemical creates a cell damaging reaction when the sunscreen penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin.

Sunscreens also may contain titanium dioxide, an ingredient that physically blocks harmful UV rays by reflecting them away from the skin. These chemically inert nano particles, while helpful in minimizing sun exposure, cause respiratory cancer in rats and genetic damage in mice. 

According to Dr Robert Schiestl, a leading UCLA professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, radiation oncology and environmental health sciences, nano particles do not absorb through the skin, but they may be inhaled, particularly when using a spray-on sunscreen. Choose a lotion or cream based sunscreen to avoid potential exposure to nano particles.

Time to change!
 
The Lombok Collection, in association with Lombok-based “Origin Natural Body Care”, are pleased to launch their new natural and reef safe water-resistant sun tan cream called TLSEA and their reef safe waterproof sun block called SURF FACE. 

The products are proudly made right here in Lombok!

TLSEA is a natural sun tan cream giving UVA/UVB protection, with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30. It uses non nano zinc oxide and contains NO oxybenzone and NO palm oil.

Surf FaceSURF FACE is a natural sun block, SPF50, providing UVA/UVB protection using the same ingredients, with the addition of beeswax to make it waterproof and therefore ideal for divers, surfers, and swimmers.

Both products come in a reusable/refillable tin and over the coming months there will be refill stations set up across the north and south Gili islands and Lombok.

With all natural ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, carrot seed oil, vanilla essential oil, olive oil, beeswax, natural preservatives, non nano zinc oxide plus Shea Butter and Illipe Butter, both products contain a multitude of vitamins which are all amazing for your skin.

Shea butter is so rich in Vitamin A that it can be called Vitamin A cream all on its own! However it also contains Vitamins E, K and F.

Illipe Butter has been made for centuries by the Dayak Tribes of Kalimantan from the nut of the rare Shorea Stenoptera tree. It was traditionally used for therapeutic (healing) and cosmetic purposes.

Illipe Butter is an excellent and long lasting moisturizer that softens skin and is absorbed into the epidermis quite readily, giving it a coating almost like an SPF to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays.

Due to its high fatty acid content and vitamin profile, Illipe brings many health benefits to the skin, hair and scalp, and is one of the most sought after plant butters in the world.

Each year millions of hectares of Indonesia’s rain forests are lost to unsustainable palm oil plantations – rain forests that host an enormous amount of biodiversity and variety of life.

Your purchase helps the Dayak peopleBy purchasing this product you are supporting the livelihood of the Dayak Tribes, as well as helping them to fight to protect the rain forest of Borneo and the Illipe Butter that comes from the Shorea Stenoptera tree.

These two natural sunscreen products are now available from The Lombok Collection for wholesale purchase, in packs of ten 100ml tins neatly presented in a recycled wooden pallet display stand.

We encourage local businesses to support this home-grown product and stock these 100% reef safe sunscreens as part of your environmentally responsible product range.

And to go one step further and not only say “NO!” to using palm oil products but to actively support the Dayak Tribes of Kalimantan, whose livelihoods are most affected by the deforestation in Borneo and the growth of palm oil plantations.

To order please contact The Lombok Collection on 0813 3986 0771 or email: info@thelombokcollection.com

 
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Take Some Time Out

BEST DIVORCE LETTER EVER!

Dear wife,
I’m writing this letter to tell you that I’m leaving you forever.
I’ve been a good man to you for seven years and I have nothing to show for it.

These last two weeks have been hell! Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today and that was the last straw!

Last week you came home and didn’t even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favourite meal and even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers.

You ate in 2 minutes and went straight to sleep after watching all your soaps. You don’t tell me you love me anymore; you don’t want sex or anything that connects us as husband and wife.

Either you’re cheating on me or you don’t love me anymore; whatever the case, I’m gone!

Your EX-husband

PS. Don’t try to find me. Your SISTER and I are moving to Florida together. Have a good life!


Dear Ex-husband,
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter!

It’s true you and I have been married for seven years, although ‘a good man’ is a far cry from what you’ve been.

I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining and griping. Too bad that doesn’t really work!

I DID notice when you got a haircut last week but my first thought was that you looked like a girl. Since my mother raised me to not say anything if you can’t say something nice, I didn’t comment.

And when you cooked my favourite meal, you must have confused me with MY SISTER because I stopped eating pork seven years ago.

About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 price tag was still on them and I prayed it was just a coincidence that my sister had borrowed $50 from me that morning.

After all this, I still loved you and thought we could work it out. So when I won the lotto for $10 million, I quit my job and bought us two tickets to the Caribbean.

But when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason, I guess.

I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted. My lawyer says that the letter you wrote ensures you won’t get a dime from me. So take care!

Signed,
Your ex-wife, rich as hell and free!

PS. I don’t know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carl. Hope that’s not a problem!

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