REACTION: MISS COLOMBIA IS THE NEW MISS UNIVERSE… UHM

I don’t know but this is my face as of today, (as well as all other gays). main-qimg-89e1cf7e507049ade6fff630e2a9e18e We all know that Miss Colombia won the 63rd Miss Universe and I know most people created a buzz because first and foremost, Miss Philippines, MJ LOSTimosa did not even reach Top 5. (BOOOOOO!) Because the judges thought Miss Netherlands was more deserving… (Hey, Manny Pacquiao, you only have one job) Anyway, before anything else, upon laying eyes on Miss Jamaica: I knew there was something about her smile and this underlying charm which I was a hundred percent sure she’ll win, because those are the reason why Miss Angola and Miss USA won in the first place, three and two years ago respectively (because we all know Q&A do not even weigh in with the final result because if that’s so; there could’ve been other else deserving.) And there she was sweeping us with those amazing poses and really enchanting look that added up with her boycut hair that makes us want to hug and kiss her because she seems so approachable and friendly. But then when the awards happened, she was called 4th and I was like: dios mio

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Besides MJ LOSTimosa, (biased included), Miss Jamaica is the most deserving to win. From her charm to her answers, I think she’s a fantastic Miss Universe. Did you hear the loud ‘BOOs’? But then, Miss Colombia is the new Miss Universe… and, we got nothing to do but to hope that she’ll do her duties well and promote love and peace in the whole world, and most importantly, become the role model for women out there who lost their way because of Miley Cyrus.

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SINULOG 2K15: THE NIGHTLIFE EXPERIENCE | #PRITITIT

It’s 2015 baby! And when January comes, we know it’s PRITITIT!!!!

Sinulog is at its best when it comes to religious masses, walk and fluvial parades and street parties that rocks Cebu in a day. But nothing beats street party at night in the country than in a Sinulog Festival. It all starts with LifeDance 2015.

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But before anything else, two days before the Sinulog Festival happened: I went to the annual LifeDance EDM party which for me kickstarted the entire nightlife celebration. It was held at Sugbo Grounds, SRP… behind Kasadya Sa SRP.

The party hurt my soles from hours of just standing and casually jumping up and down to hail the heart-thumping bass, and also the party deafens my ears from the booming, supersonic sounds, but nevertheless it was dope all because of the sophisticated, Coachella-ish like stage, and awesome sound system, plus the DJ’s like VINAI and Borgeous which was one of the reasons why I attended this event, and they did not disappoint me… it wouldn’t be that awesome if not for them.

So, here’s the video I’ve made in our LifeDance attendance.

Congrats again, LifeDance.

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My partner and I planned to go out early so we could attend to some daytime events and see the parade as well, but because of the intense heat in the Sinulog morning and afternoon; my lazy bone advised me to go out in the evening instead. I’ve already documented the Sinulog Festival in the morning last year anyway, which you can read HERE.

Sinulog nightlife street party is known in the entire Philippines for being one of the most hyped parties in the country.

And although I’ve tried partying in the evening before; this year’s Sinulog party is quite different because I did what every typical Sinulog partygoers have been doing: it’s jumping from one street party to another, get tipsy and most of all get head-to-toe wet!

Here’s the video I’ve made in our nightlife Sinulog experience… it was awesome!

Overall, Sinulog 2015 was a blast!

See you all next year!

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CARNIVAL FUN AT KASADYA SA SRP [PHOTOS]

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Filipinos are always fond of carnivals even on the onset of foreigners bringing it to the country but as time passes by, this type of business did not flourish that much because new style of fun inside super malls became the replacement that are somewhat comparable to the ones outside and sometimes console and online games are preferred by the youth.

That’s why we only see these vessels of joy mostly on special occasions like fiestas in a certain place or if you’re rich, you could hire them for a day for your carnival themed debut party .

But then, two years ago, I’ve heard this Kasadya at SRP (South Road Properties) which has all these carnival rides making it an overnight hit.

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Kasadya in the English language means ‘Fun’ and luckily, I visited this spot on the third of January 2015 since I haven’t had the chance to do so last year because they’re only available starting October or November up to February of next year.

Although this place is far away from where I live; I dedicated my time and effort just to experience again the typical carnival feeling in the Philippines.

And yep, it did not fail me.

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This is really what a Filipino carnival looks like: damp and mushy roads, quite rotten feel, and most especially somewhat unsafe and dangerous rides… BUT that’s why these carnivals are frequented by us because of the underlying fear and excitement that are all mixed at the same time.

There is no entrance fee here, but the rides usually are at P50.00 and some for P25.00.

The ride that everyone’s talking about was the Galactic, and upon watching it afar: I already have decided not to try… I mean, that ride was hell crazy! You would step on a platform while standing on one side and holding on to dear life and you’ll rotate 360 degrees for gazillions of times… plus they’ll try to lift the ride vertically.

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I remember my cousins doing the experience, while my partner and I were watching everyone screaming at the top of their lungs: we suddenly noticed a guy was vomiting on the ride. Luckily for everyone else, he was holding a plastic bag and kudos to him, he still managed to blurt it out in the bag while being rotated and rotated. I could only imagine if one didn’t bring a bag with them.

Next, we tried a calm and rejuvenating ride: Cable Car. Although it was just short and simple: it was already enough for me since I have fear of heights, and even it’s just like fifty feet from the ground; I still feel like it’s too high… everything’s too high when you’re acrophobic. But here, you can see the beauty of the entire Kasadya, especially at night where flickering lights surround the vicinity just like stars, as well as the economically growing Cebu City from afar.

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Also, we got the chance to try the rollercoaster ride that is so unsafe: it adds to the excitement and hype we’re feeling. But in the end, it was still worth the try. I tried using GoPro here, and it’s really nice watching it as a look back while me screaming like a girl. Just make sure you hold on tight to your cameras, guys.

I got bruises on my knee riding their bump cars as our last ride at Kasadya. The rink was small: just like the typical Bump Car rink at SM, but still, it was all fun for three minutes especially when you know how to manipulate the car.

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If you’re hungry and needed to pig out with your friends or family; no worries because there are A LOT of food stands from burgers to barbecues as the main foods to try just outside the carnival.

We were a bit apprehensive in the first place to come here and try because we don’t know if there are taxis around since we all know that SRP doesn’t have public jeepneys running around, and only a few taxi’s that are empty that passes by as well. But I was surprised there were a lot of it on that Saturday evening waiting for us just outside. And I also heard there’s a Kaohsiung bus (I don’t know if that’s the right spelling) that is free of charge and will take you from Kasadya to Cebu City Hall.

And of course, GrabTaxi is already there, although the internet sucks around Kasadya.

It’s always good especially when you’re on your Coachella (kuno) outfits plus camera that will turn this sleazy carnival set-up into western style sophistication. All you have to add is a filter.

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But the experience of the typical Filipino carnival is always worth it especially when you’re with your friends or loved ones.

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DEAD END RESTAURANT | CAFÉ OLD CUL DE SAC RESTAURANT [PHOTOS]

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Would you believe if I say there’s a restaurant inside Sto. Nino village in Banilad? Although it’s been there for quite some time now; the restaurant located at the cul de sac (dead end in layman’s term) of Maya St., Sto. Nino village, Banilad, Cebu City perhaps called Café Old Cul De Sac because of the obvious reason.

The restaurant needed to be Foursquared for everyone to realize that a European-esque, specifically Italian themed restaurant is present in that commonly known prestigious village.

The place speaks for itself as the entrance is a true reminiscent of an Italian eatery as well as the inside of it.

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The Faux fireplace amazed me with its three dimensional animated fire that is installed in an embossed true to life base of the chimney.

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An outdoor seating is within the romantic courtyard with function rooms on the other side of the main restaurant that’s good for receptions and celebrations. When I checked Foursquare, I realized that there were events that were held in their close to this Spanish/Italian sophistication restaurant.

The ambiance is cozy and relaxing. You can’t help but feel at home (because it is really a house converted into restaurant).

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Their offers vary from fish, pork, beef, and pasta to salads and sumptuous deserts that has a price range of P120.00-P400.00.

Try their Osso Buco, which is a crowd favorite. Although a steep price of P340.00 may be in question at first glance, but this famous beef Milanese dish which literally means ‘hole in the bone’ is one true delicious offer that I can’t help but take a bite over and over again even if it’s my partner’s order. The veal of the calf is so soft and tasty, feels like the heavens offered it to humans to get a taste of what it’s like in paradise. It doesn’t just come with the rice and the Osso Buco itself, also with a homemade ice cream that’s really delectable.

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Try their pasta offers, for mine, I ordered Spaghetti Bolognese for P160.00 and it was just a fine dish to try since I’m a huge fan of pastas.

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Their Rhapsody in Blue for P230.00 is a sumptuous meal, and that’s together with their homemade ice cream as well.

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They have this soda mixed with fruit syrup offers that are seemingly acquired taste. We ordered Mary Ellen shake for P130.00, Granny Smith Apple Coke for P60.00 and Berry Sprite for P60.00.

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Check out Café Old Cul De Sac!

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RATING – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2014… ELIMINATION STYLE

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I love elimination style of anything because it narrows down to the best of the best in the end. And 2014 has already wrapped up and I’ve watched 62 movies out of hundreds.

This time I want a different style of reviewing, I want to include the process of elimination I’ve made in choosing the top 10 movies this year. Of course, it’ll be clear to everyone that most of the films I’ve seen this year are more like publicly known rather than those award winning acclaimed movies, which probably have greater story to some I’ve chosen. But let’s not ignore the fact that these movies that I’ve chosen are famous and box office hit for a reason.

There’ll be four parts in this review, and I’ll explain each below.

PART I:

In this part, I list down all the 62 films I’ve seen and got rid of those intolerable, or to be direct, totally HIDEOUS movies that are the fails of 2014.

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For me, I guess the worst film I’ve seen would be ‘THE HUNGOVER GAMES’. I can’t even put on words on how bad it was: it even was worse than 2013’s ‘THIS IS THE END’, you have this comedy that’s trying hard to make a good spoof but it went from bad comedy to painful comedy.

And I think I would like to mention ‘SPIDER-MAN 2’ as well as one of the WORST films of 2014. I never really fancied the reboot because Toby McGuire’s version was ten times way better that this one which has a dysfunctional storyline, cast and villains and the Part 2 is worst in its much anticipation from an extravagant worldwide promotion.

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‘STEP UP: ALL IN’ was another fail. Whatever happened to this awesome and cool dance film? It went down with its really cheesy storyline and cheap dialogues and dance showdowns.

PART II:

After filtering the films and taken away those I can’t tolerate; in this part, I already took away those movies that I CAN tolerate, or those we call the so-so films: not good but not bad either.

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The film ‘UNDER THE SKIN’ is a complicated, artistic and has a life reality innuendo with it that sometimes borderline ridiculous and genius, but somehow I missed the point. Everybody’s ranting about how great this film was and their grand eureka moment in questioning things about life, but it did made me feel confused a bit, although I had my assumptions on what the point really is, but I’m not that sure.

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The horror films ‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES’, ‘OCULUS’, and ‘ANNABELLE’ were for me just right but not that splendid especially on Annabelle which is really daunting but not as daunting as ‘THE CONJURING’. The story missed the mark here with Annabelle.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies as well is the film I have tolerated in 2014. It’s not really good, especially when you look at the three movies holistically, but it’s not bad as well since the last parts always are usually (if not tolerable) good (e.g. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2).

Disney movies such as ‘MALEFICENT’ and ‘BIG HERO 6’ are for me quite childish for my taste and are mediocre compared to the past renditions of twisted ‘SNOW WHITE’ story and the like. And as for the latter: ‘FROZEN’ which has been part of ‘BIG HERO 6’s promotion.

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PART III:

Here on the third part, I rated the films on the scale of 1 to 10 (sounds like Baymax hehe), lowest to highest respectively, and the basis will always be the first film on top which is 300: Rise of an Empire. For whatever score I gave to that film, the score of the next film on the list will be compared to it, so on.

300: Rise of an Empire – 7

Divergent – 9

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 10

Neighbors – 6

Godzilla – 6

X-Men: Days of Future Past – 8

A Million Ways to Die in the West – 6

22 Jump Street – 8

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 8

Hercules – 8

Lucy – 7

Guardians of the Galaxy – 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 8

What If – 7

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – 7

The Maze Runner – 9

Gone Girl – 10

Horns – 8

Interstellar – 9

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – 9

The Interview – 8

The Grand Budapest Hotel – 8

Snowpiercer – 10

PART IV:

And finally, here I have the list of The Top 10 Films of 2014.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. Gone Girl
  5. Divergent
  6. Interstellar
  7. The Maze Runner
  8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
  9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

When you ask me what’s the best film in 2014, I would say ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER’… although ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ is quite a bombshell last year, so I ended up rambling on what really is the top one. But since these two MARVEL films are on the same universe, but if we base it content-wise, I think CapAm wins the game… box office-wise and by winning the hearts of millions of people: Guardians wins. But I’ll go with content.

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‘SNOWPIERCER’ is a huge superstar film in 2014 which awed me to the extreme. It’s very unique, very compelling and the awesome anecdote of reality surprised me especially in dealing with the cynicism in societal hierarchy.

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‘GONE GIRL’ and ‘INTERSTELLAR’ are no-brainers upon including them to the list… I mean, we have David Fincher and Christopher Nolan here… what could go wrong?

Dystopian films ‘THE MAZE RUNNER’ and ‘THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY’ are in as well because of their really emotionally charged, rotten future conundrum  that somehow reached from the screen to the hearts of the people.

‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’ are in my 9th although I consider it as the greatest X-MEN film ever. And last but not the least is ‘DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’ which was emotional, heartwarming, and just really good.

In a nutshell, 2014 is jam-packed of beautiful and amazing films. My list of top 10 is considered the best of the best, but those films I rated are already a good-watch in that sense like, ’22 JUMP STREET’, ‘HORNS’, ‘THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL’, ‘THE INTERVIEW’, ‘WHAT IF’ and many others.

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And that’s it for 2014. Did I miss a movie? How about you, what were your favorites last year?

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BEST OF 2014

Last year, I’ve chosen the spots that are worthy of the attention and deserves the title for the best of the best in the Queen City of the South. I’ve considered the restaurants, coffee houses, pizza houses and many others that I’ve been, blogged and rated this year and there are quite plenty to choose from.

We’ve found ourselves battling over some of the categories because there are a lot of spots that are really deserving.

So, below, the categories and then the best of this year as well as last year, and let’s start first with the specials.

SPECIAL – FUN PLACE: PIZZA REPUBLIC

Last Year: Trick Art Cebu

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I was in the battle to which where I could place Pizza Republic because I really find this spot to be a crowd pleaser. It’s also jam packed with customers almost every day, and their offers are really good.

From personally choosing your own style of pizza, to their friendly staff and finally in their really cool place; I could say this spot deserves to be noticed by everyone in town.

READ MORE FROM PIZZA REPUBLIC HERE

SPECIAL – THE JUNCTION: LA VIE PARISIENNE

Last Year: La Vie Parisienne

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This for me is a winner, and as you can see, it’s already for two consecutive years. It never cease to surprise people with their place upgrades, and I always loved the fact that they try so hard to make the place a nostalgia of Paris, and it’s really that good. Their purple lighted trees to their humungous domes; it will always be one of the best.

READ MORE FROM LA VIE PARISIENNE HERE

SPECIAL – HOT BOITE: CIRCA 1900

Last Year: Lantaw sa Busay

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Probably the sassiest, sexiest and classiest restaurant I’ve been to. Socialites from all over Cebu emerges through its doors and be served with high end offers.

READ MORE FROM CIRCA 1900 HERE

BEST COFFEE/TEA HOUSE: COFFEE PRINCE

Last Year: Café Noriter

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Actually, Coffee Prince and Café Tiala had a fair fight with this category because Café Tiala has this very cute and unique ambiance, away from the typical Korean coffee houses in town plus their offers are good as well, while Coffee Prince has really, really good offers and service as well.

But then, it all boils down to which is the best, and for me, Coffee Prince tops everything because they have unique food offers that others don’t have and it’s a surprise for me being tired of the same old, same offers from other Korean coffee houses.

READ MORE FROM COFFEE PRINCE HERE

…and then…

BEST RESTAURANT: CAFÉ GEORG

Last Year: Kuya J

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Finally, the best restaurant for me is Café Georg. Why? Although it’s been for some time already, but their food, service and place still makes me fall in love. You have to give it a try.

READ MORE FROM CAFÉ GEORGE HERE

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DIY: CHOCOLATE BOWL DESSERT

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I’ve been loving DIYs lately and my next project was of an easy dessert called Chocolate Bowl. Fans and users of Pinterest know about this since it’s been featured a lot and it has been one fancy treat for all of us to try, so I did my research and well: I realized that people who did this DIY are usually Americans because they have complete tools such as the tray, wax paper, and microwave. In addition, chocolates in the US are cheap compared here in the Philippines, so chances are of doing this project is that budget-wise and tools-wise; it seems hard… BUT it’s not impossible.

I’ll be honest, when I started this DIY, I don’t have all the tools. But it did not stop me. These are the things and ingredients you need.

 

FOR THE COMPLETE STUFF:

 

  • 2 big Tango chocolates (If you like you can have any chocolate you want as long as it’s pure chocolate)
  • Balloons
  • Wax paper
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Fruits (for this, I had 1 apple, grapes, strawberry or any fruit you want)
  • Cream or Ice Cream
  • Pretzels
  • Oil (any cooking oil)

 

FOR THE NOT COMPLETE (YOU CAN USE):

  • 2 big Tango chocolates (SM Supermarket)
  • Balloons (Hannah’s)
  • Foil
  • Rice cooker
  • Steamer tray
  • Refrigerator
  • Fruits
  • Yogurt (Strawberry)
  • Pretzels (SM Supermarket)
  • Marshmallow
  • Oil (any cooking oil)

 

Preparations:

  1. Make sure you have your balloons washed up. Then, blow up the balloon.
  1. Wipe the balloon with a small amount of oil especially in the bottom top part of it.
  1. Chop your fruits, do not elongate. Much better if it’s in small squares.

 

Instructions:

 

  1. If you have microwave, just place the chocolates in a bowl and let it melt into liquid form. If not, you have to put a cup or two in the rice cooker to boil and place the steamer tray on top of it and then the bowl of Tango chocolate on top. Why? Because chocolate in direct heat might burn it that’s why we have to play safe and it’s good because it’s not that hot when you put the balloon right after, unlike when it’s microwaved, the heat burns your tongue. So, do this as long as everything is melted.
  1. From the microwave, let the heat of the chocolate subside. From the steamer tray, put it down the table.
  1. Get one balloon and then dip the tip into the chocolate. Don’t worry if not equal on the sides.

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  1. Place it directly onto the tray with foil on it.

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  1. Put inside the fridge and leave it for about 15 minutes for it to completely harden.
  1. If you want a thicker bowl, do the same process of #3-#5 as many times as you want. And then, in the fun part, POP the balloon!!!!!!!!!! (Get the excess balloons inside right after)

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  1. After, Garnish your bowl with chopped fruits then put cream, ice cream or yogurt.

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  1. If you have strawberries, the better. Chop it and put on top of the cream, ice cream or yogurt. If not, use marshmallows!
  1. Put two pretzels in X position to finish.
  1. Eat well, including chocolate bowl. *Warning* Do not repeat this part on your Chinese.

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Well, there you have it. I made it on Christmas morning and it was really fine because it was a bit cloudy and cold and it was perfect.

This just goes to show that you can’t be stopped even if you have incomplete tools at home. I mean, you could put this online right after, to make others jealous of your project. You can do it! Cheers!

Don’t forget to share this to your friends!

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