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Matsusarap!

29 Dec

One of my mother’s friends recommended this restaurant in Osaka. It’s called “M” or Matsusakagyu Yakiniku. Must-visit daw when in Osaka. So dito pa lang sa Manila, nagpa-reserve na kami, table for five. Thanks to their online reservation. And thanks also to Dante for booking πŸ˜€ I believe they only have seven tables.

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So we made it to our 6pm reservation. Hehe! Di kami naligaw. Yes, thanks again to our tour guide, Dante πŸ˜‚ Β Well, at first when we got there, litong lito sila kung sino ba kami?! We said reservation under “Cantada” (my maiden name). Wala daw. Baka daw we’re reserved in another branch. But no, sure si Mother na ito yung branch πŸ˜‚ Medyo ninerbyos ako kasi OMG, gutom na kami πŸ˜‚
But anyway, to make the long story short, the reservation was under “Dizon”. LOL.

So according to Kuni, the owner slash chef slash taga-explain ng menu slash new friend ni Dante on Facebook, this was their bestseller, the Matsusaka Beef DX Platter πŸ˜€

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So there it was… A plate full of perfectly sliced raw meat 😍

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Look at that marbled meat… They say it’s even better than wagyu beef.

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So Kuni helped us out πŸ˜€ he started by spreading this block of what seemed to be like butter but was actually fat πŸ˜‚ OMG and my dad thought that it was some kind of appetizer πŸ˜‚ he almost ate it! Hahahahaha! Buti na lang, he asked me first what it was and I’m like “I have no idea!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

We also ordered some garlic rice to go with our beef platter. Soooo good!

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It also came with some mushrooms, veggies and corn. Damien loves corn πŸ˜€

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So there it was… Soft, tasty, melts-in-your-mouth beefy goodness. Oh my. Β If beef were marshmallows, this would be it. Hahaha! Labo?! πŸ˜‚ But you’ll know exactly what I mean.

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We all had a great time here in M.  Definitely a must when in Osaka 😍 Winner siya!

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Thank you, Kuni, for accommodating us! See you again soon for sure πŸ˜‰πŸ™ Hopefully no more confusion with reservation names πŸ˜‚ LOL!

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We went to the branch called M Hanare at the 2/F Daruma Building, Namba, Chuo-Ku, Osaka City.Β  Make sure you go to the right branch.Β  LOL!

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Fried Chicken House

4 Nov

Get ready for all my #missingOsaka posts.Β  Haha!Β  I so miss Japan and being with my family!Β  Cannot wait for the next trip.Β  Luckily, we all got a 5-year visa!Β  Hooray!Β  So we’re already planning our next trip.Β  Haha!

We enjoyed Osaka so much.Β  Food trip siya talaga.Β  I really didn’t shop much but eat… oh yes.Β  You can enter any restaurant here and for sure masarap yung food!Β  So yes, we entered this restaurant because we saw pictures of one of our favorites… Karaage!!! Also lots of pics of chickens on their walls.

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Everything in their menu was Japanese and no one really spoke in English, so I apologize I don’t know what this restaurant is called nor the exact address.Β  Haha!Β  I am so useless sorry.Β  Haha!

Thankfully all their menus always have photos which is a lifesaver!Β  So I got my favorite, the katsu chicken with curry of course.Β  Hehe… It was 824 Yen which is around Php 321.00.Β  Not bad at all!!!

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I am also so glad that Damien loves Japanese food as well.Β  It’s not hard to feed him here.Β  Unlike when we were in Hongkong, all he ate was fried rice.Β  LOL!

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Photo muna with my parents πŸ™‚

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Hungry na! LOL!

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Dante’s order came first.Β  Karaage!Β  So good!!! And their dipping sauce was perfect with the chicken πŸ™‚

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And here’s my order, chicken katsu curry!Β  LOVE.

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My parents got the chicken with egg over rice dish πŸ™‚Β  My friend, Isabel, said it’s called Oyako-don.Β  “Oya” means parent and “ko” means child… So the chicken is the parent? and the egg is the child? LOL.

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There was no kiddie meal in this restaurant but Damien got his favorite… Chicken Tonkatsu πŸ™‚

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That one last breath before I devour my meal.Β  Hahaha! Bumebwelo lang πŸ™‚

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Yeyyyy!Β  Eat up, Little Bee! πŸ™‚

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Obviously enjoying his meal πŸ™‚Β  Thank you, Osaka, for keeping my son well fed with your awesome Tonkatsus! πŸ™‚Β  More Osaka food posts to come! πŸ™‚

Have a great Wednesday, my friends! πŸ™‚

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When In Baguio, You Rose Bowl!

2 Aug

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Here’s another late post during my Baguio birthday weekend πŸ™‚Β  This was our first meal when we arrived in Baguio and we were HUNGRY.Β  What better way to celebrate four to five hours on the road with a big hearty meal in Rose Bowl πŸ™‚

It was my first time to eat here as far as I can remember.Β  Apparently, Rose Bowl has been open since 1945!Β  Wow!Β  Classic na pala to… πŸ™‚

And so our meal begins.Β  I needed my century egg fix.

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Damien only eats fried chicken at Chinese restaurants.Β  The servings are huge!

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And my all time favorite in any Chinese restaurant, my sweet and sour pork.Β  Loved their version of this.

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I’m not a vegetable girl… (I know, I should eat veggies!) but Dante loves his vegetables so he ordered a plate full of green stuff.Β  Chopsuey.Β  Okay, okay, it was pretty good! Fine, I’ll have some veggies.

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And of course a bowl of fried rice!Β  Oh yeah! πŸ™‚Β  Definitely a rice girl.

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This was such a great welcome meal!Β  Haha! Big servings and really good comfort food! πŸ™‚

Welcome to Baguio indeed!!!

Find Rose Bowl at 88 Upper, Gen. Luna Rd, Baguio, 2600, Philippines πŸ™‚

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An Afternoon of Bibimbap, Street Shopping and Poop Bread in Seoul

3 Apr
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Isabel, enjoying the freezing cold weather πŸ™‚

After our very hectic morning at the Secret Garden in Korea, (that would be in a whole new different post…Hehe!) we were excited to head out to lunch! Starving and tired from hill climbing, we chose the nearest Korean resto we could find πŸ™‚ Luckily, we entered this resto that served Bibimbap!Β  Just exactly what I wanted at that moment… RICE! HAHA! πŸ™‚

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Meals in Korea are quite affordable πŸ™‚Β  This Bibimbap was about P300 per dish.Β  Here it is pre-mixed.

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Here it is, mixed and ready to be devoured.

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It also comes with a side of pork.Β  YUMMERS!

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Enjoying lunch with my besties, Dom and Clauds! πŸ™‚Β  They have Coca-cola that’s half the size of a regular can.Β  Love it πŸ™‚

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Before our trip, my friends would research on places to go to in Korea.Β  When they described Insadong-gil to me, I knew I would love it there…Β  Insadong-gil is the main road that leads to more alleys with specialty shops, art galleries and coffee places.

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It was like a flea market with antique goods.

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Traditional Korean delicacies…

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Hats, hats, hats…

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Socks, socks and more cute socks…

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Meet my friends… the Shoperones πŸ™‚Β  Always on the lookout for cute stuff πŸ™‚

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Ice Cream, anyone? πŸ™‚

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Traditional Korean costumes for kids πŸ™‚Β  How cute is this?!

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It was just cuteness overload left and right.

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I love how traditional meets modern in this outfit πŸ™‚

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So many art supplies stores here.

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And winter clothing…

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Nice postcards and lots of stickers and posters of Korean actors.Β  Haha!

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Chimes…

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Was very tempted to buy this Kitty bag.Β  But the eyes are kinda freaky… πŸ™‚

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So happy there were lots of toys here!Β  Was able to get Damien some robots as promised.

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Snacking on some chicken with a nice sour and spicy sauce πŸ™‚

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I enjoyed this very much.Β  It also had sticky rice balls.

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This was really good, too.Β  Thanks for sharing this with me, Isabel.Β  It’s an empanada with Japchae inside.Β  So yummy!!!

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We also just had to try their POOP Bread πŸ™‚ yes, a pastry shaped as poop!Β  For some reason they are fascinated by this.Β  Haha! Well, I can totally relate because my son loves talking about poop as well.Β  LOL! πŸ™‚

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People were lining up for this so it must be good.

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It reminded me of pancakes shaped as poop… Haha!

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Oh Damien would have loved this.Β  Haha!Β  He even has a story about a poopoo island.Β  LOL! πŸ™‚

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It was quite yummy, I must say… and I loved the warm brown bean filling… πŸ™‚

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Poop snackin’ with my friend, Claudette πŸ™‚

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And that ends my little tour on Insadong-Gil… Hope you enjoyed that stroll with me at one of my favorite spots in Seoul πŸ™‚

Have a blessed Holy Week, my friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee in Queens Park… Gangnam Style!

19 Feb

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I am still so high from our recent trip to Seoul, Korea.Β  I was with my best friends from high school and we all have never been to Korea πŸ™‚Β  So it was so great to explore a new country with my oldest friends πŸ™‚ This wasn’t really part of our itinerary but ever since the song “Gangnam Style” became so popular, we’ve always wondered… what exactly is in Gangnam??? πŸ™‚

So we took the train to Gangnam.Β  Dominique was the assigned “trainer”, our train leader.Β  LOL!

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So after three stops here, change trains, two stops there… (I think…) we were in sunny but damn cold Gangnam! πŸ™‚Β  I think it was about -15 degrees at that time.Β  All I remembered was that my ears were in pain.Β  It kinda felt like the pain I get sometimes in the airplane!

It was a beautiful day but just too cold to walk outside too long.Β  So we, the islanders, headed towards our destination, hands in our pockets, our scarves covering our entire heads and our legs walking as fast as we can to keep us warm.Β  Haha!

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We didn’t enter the Galleria but it reminded me so much of Harrod’s in London.

I absolutely love trees without leaves.

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Queens Park was just about three blocks away from the train station where we came from and I never felt this happy to enter a heated room.Β  Haha!Β  The sunlight was not enough to keep us warm.

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Queens Park is a bakery and cafe.

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So many goodies you can take home.

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All the cakes looked so delicious.

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Finally we were at our table for five.

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The cafe was quite big and spacious.

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Lots of natural light coming in πŸ™‚

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My friends and I were actually craving for some breakfast food after all the kimchi and bibimbap πŸ™‚ HeheΒ  So we shared an order of Eggs Benedict.Β  Soooo yummy!!! The caramelized onions were delish.

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Claudette ordered some ice cream. Look at that beauty!Β  It never really melted.Β  Haha!Β  It was that cold.Β  LOL!

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And Isabel ordered some cheesecake with fresh fruits.Β  So refreshing to look at and eat πŸ™‚

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Mike had a slice of this awesome cake!Β  It had some chocolate, banana and mocha cake in one slice! OMG.Β  Sorry, I ate most of it! Haha!

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And finally, of course, my cup of love πŸ™‚Β  Gangnam love πŸ™‚

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This was probably our most expensive meal throughout our trip!Β  Haha!Β  Just to give you an idea… The coffee was about 10,000 won which is around P400, the Eggs Benedict was 20,000 won, about P800.Β  LOL!!!Β  But it was worth it πŸ™‚Β  At least now I can say, I had brunch Gangnam style! πŸ™‚

We missed our other friends, Angela, Ria and Kris! πŸ™‚Β  You’ll see more of them in my other posts about Korea, a whole lot more to come!

Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone!!! Here’s to more adventures πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

What Every Bookstore Needs: A Bakery

1 Dec

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Page One in City Super, Harbour City, has been newly renovated into a beautiful bookstore and concept store!Β  I just wanted to spend the whole afternoon here!Β  Aside from books and magazines, they also have super pretty notebooks, organizers, tote bags, pens… all the things I need in my life πŸ™‚

And then this place… Rose Bakery, Page One’s Cafe.Β  I LOVE IT HERE πŸ™‚Β  All bookstores must come with a cafe! Hehe!

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Couldn’t choose which cake to eat…

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Decided to get coconut and lime cake πŸ™‚Β  So yummy!Β  I love coconut and lime together πŸ™‚

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I love the simple presentation of my brewed coffee πŸ™‚

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A cup of coffee… the best thing in the world.

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While spacing out in the Rose Bakery, I was admiring my new rings from Urban Outfitters.Β  Hehehe…Β  And of course, my engagement and wedding rings on my ring finger πŸ™‚Β  Haha!

(Please excuse my wrinkly fingers… Hehe!)

Happy that Urban Outfitters is finally in Hongkong! πŸ™‚

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Even Damien loved it here πŸ™‚

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Anyway, if you’re in Hongkong, visit the new Page One and have a slice of cake for me, please! πŸ™‚

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Two Words: Dim Sum

30 Nov

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Who does not love Dim Sum?! πŸ™‚Β  When in Hongkong, I need to have my dimsum fix and we found one of our favorite places through our Hongkie friend, Charlie!Β  Thanks, Charlie! πŸ™‚

Thanks for taking us here to Metropol Restaurant πŸ™‚

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Uyyyy, may wifi! πŸ™‚Β  Checking emails na si Sir…

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Meanwhile, I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the food…Β  I SEE PORK BUNS.

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They also have an open kitchen at the center of the restaurant.

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Some veggies?Β  Hmmm… maybe later.

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My parents’ favorite, congee πŸ™‚Β  You can choose any two of these toppings.

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Dim Sum for everyone!!!

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Barbecued pork, of course… my favorite πŸ™‚

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Congee for my mom and dad.

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Asado siopao!

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Dante’s favorite sticky rice… Machang πŸ™‚

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Another one of my favorites and a must, taro puffs.

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Crispy spring rolls πŸ™‚

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Dumplings! Chinese version of my favorite Japanese gyoza πŸ™‚

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Out of all the dimsum and food on the table, Damien chooses to eat his favorite dish… PLAIN RICE.Β  LOL! πŸ™‚

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This was what Damien had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Β  This OR French Fries.

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My dad enjoying his meal.Β  Hahaha! πŸ™‚

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Still checking email…

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Good thing we were early because the place was packed when we were about to leave.

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Damien with Wata and Toto πŸ™‚

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We had no more room for dessert but they looked delicious.

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This was the view from the restaurant. Can you see the tents of the protesters?

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Love this place! I will always eat here when in Hongkong πŸ™‚

Metropol is located at theΒ  4/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, AdmiraltyΒ  πŸ™‚

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