Sunday, August 13, 2017

La Mer The Eye Balm Intense


Undeniably, eyes are the windows of the soul. Of course. I absolutely agree. A phrase/proverb which I believe has already been repeated donkey times, over and over by beauty bloggers. Have you, on the other hand, in your slightest moment, given a thought on the revelation of your eyes to your soul in this current era of borderless social media? Have you? You should. Look around and you will know what I mean. Kids as young as three year old are already wearing glasses, thanks to parents who willingly occupy their hyper, fidgety and precious darlings with, either a smart phone, Ipad or tablet. I better not speak so soon. I am no better. Easier I suppose speaking about others, not realising we can't scrub the dirt on our own back. But one thing is certain. All of us work by staring at laptop daily. Whether we belong to an organisation or we work for ourselves. Tech era is definitely gonna stay forever, we also just refuse to leave social media alone. Yes, count me in. I have yet to be crowned as a social media queen because many have already snatched the crown. Social media is actually a killer for me, but because of blogging, I laptop, I handphone and I social media, though, I have cut down on being a superwoman on every other social media. Otherwise, I will die faster. I will. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chayo Restaurant & Cafe - SS6, Kelana Jaya (Selangor)


Getting my other half-half out of the house can utterly rip my blood pressure. Husbands? Tell me about it. Work, sleep, football, entertaining clients, and back to the same square. Work primarily. I am not saying its wrong. I know money adds the biggest value to marriage, of course we women are hailing more than a comfortable life. We want to be seen in Mercedes or BMW, we also want big beautiful house(s) and at least one brilliant hyper cannot keep quiet for a minute kid so that we can impress our so called social media "friends". But, for practical women like me, if work is all on the man's mind, how about our quality love marriage? You tell me please. I am really lost. Can anyone help me out here or you women in the same boat? What shall we do ladies? Shall we propaganda such behind close door unspoken marriage reality?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Melaka - Portuguese Settlement (Restaurant De Costa's 8)


Lemme speak a tiny bit on Portuguese Settlement. Those I think I am familiar with instead of taking the easy way out by cutting and pasting, obviously in academic terms we call it “plagiarism”. Plagiarism indeed is a rampant madness attitude even among the self-proclaimed top-notch bloggers, all in the name of fanning for popularity, fame, likes and followers. The best part of it all is that people actually fall for copied crab stuffs instead of believing those who share their sincere, genuine and honest real-time experiences. Wish I can shame those copycats who evidently have not the mastered the art of copying, sadly though. Sad isn't? I should mill them through "Plagiarism" software.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dr.WU Instant Whitening Capsule Mask With Vitamin C


Doctor who? Dr.WU. Who again please? Dr.WU is apparently Taiwan's No 1 clinical skincare brand, derived from the founder's name. No.1 brand? Wow! Speak about climbing the beauty elevator for conquering the beauty market share and then positioning our brand as the best among the rest, consequently, claiming the number one status? Of course, who ever said branding is not important. It is everything, mind you. Brand building in the beauty world ultimately is the key for brand recognition, as in other industries as well, including for us bloggers for spotting the top spot in the blogging scenario.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ming Kee Bak Kut Teh - PJ Old Town


This day will go down as another unforgettable day in my life. It will forever be one of the days I can’t forget for the rest of my life. As it is, I am still coming to terms with dad slipping off within minutes to heaven almost two years ago (more at Nasi Minyak), on this day, when I received a call from my bestie’s family, I felt as though my worst fear is gonna come true. Remember, my 30 over years different race and religion friendship I already told you at Kepong Heng Bak Kut Teh & Restoran Meng Kee Klang Road? Tragic! Utterly shattering day. My heart pumped so fast upon hearing that my bestie had earlier collapsed at the medical center and is now in critical care unit. Still, instead of breaking down and crying, honestly everyone, I put up a brave front. I told her sista I will there soonest possible. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nami Island & Petite France - Korea (Day 4)


Bye bye Jeju Island, here we come Nami Island. Breakfast, bags packed, off to the airport and by the time we arrived in Seoul, timing was just right for lunch. Hunger of course had already called. I definitely need my lunch meal because I am not the piggy-pig kind of buffet breakfast person. In fact, I think I have told you before, I don’t take breakfast. But when I travel, I do keep my tummy warm by filling in some food to fuel energy for all the walking during sightseeing. On this day, after just tadbit of breakfast at about 8.00am, I naturally yearned for a fulfilling meal once we arrived in this tiny Korean restaurant. But the sight of Korean steamboat again, again?, almost killed me on the spot even before tucking in. Oh-god! Is there no other food in Korea except steamboat and hot-pot? Unbelievable. Either, as I have already said, its steamboat or hotplate, or none other, or is it like this when you travel in a tour? I don’t know. Rather puzzling actually. Did we dare ask the pain in the butt tour guide? Nope. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Flawless Face Wash


If you think Korea, Japan, Taiwan or even US are the super power think-tanker beauty leaders, how about then you make it a point in finding out what has and is brewing in India’s skin care market? (La Mer UV Fluid, Missha Moisturiser & Annie's Brightening Mask). Aplenty tremendous vast advancement mind you. I particularly admire how India has set itself apart from crowding the beauty market segment. Not to say they don't have their fair share of sexual harassment, bullying and crime scandals as in Malaysia, I am specifically referring to their handcrafted and organic skin care products. Made and marketed by not only the big players, but also small cottage beauty industries. Name the products, they have it. Scrubs, masks, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and the list goes on. Amazing right? I believe so.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Melaka - Jonker Walk (Part 1)


Not many friends can be your great, maybe not even accommodating travel companions. Why go so far, sometimes, even our love broadest band width can also be tested when we travel together. I personally know of courting couples who broke up after their first love travel because something snapped somewhere. Anyway, nothing is shocking anymore. Love is fragile, relationship is equally a turmoil and travelling with family members is the other to tolerating all sorts of bizarre characters, speak about money which is never sunny, if not for all, but for some who prefer to travel at our expense. Tell me all about it please? That’s why, remember I told you why I am standing tall with my principle of travelling alone (Travelling Solo When You Are Married). 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Naughty Nuri's (Subang SS15 Courtyard)


Now, how should I start this review on Naughty Nuri’s? Anyone like to help me out? Anyone out there have anything to say please? Okay, maybe, I should start by mentioning that most of you would have had a delightful dining experience in Naughty Nuri’s. Albeit assumingly, you may have stood in the queue before being ushered into their modern-traditional, slightly dim and adorn with sarong and bamboo fittings Indonesian ambiance. Queuing most probably can be avoided if you have made prior reservation. We on the other hand took it for granted. Considering that its the long Hari Raya holiday weekend, we thought we should be able to secure a table. How wrong we were. No, definitely was not the case. Thankfully, queue moved quite fast, additionally, we didn’t mind seating at the bar area. Of course, it would have been nice if we had the option for dining at the bamboo swing enclosed table. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

NY Steak Shack - Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya


New York! New York! Yes. New York is definitely on my bucket or pail travel list. Anytime, I’m like anytime gamed for flagging a long dotted line, stretching all the way from Malaysia to New York. Ultimately, New York I know will be my picture Instagram perfect. Of course. Easier said than done I suppose, unless and until I have sashed enough money in my bank account, New York can only be on my mind. That’s okay. No big deal. After all, life isn’t about having it all at one go at the snap of our fingers. Money obviously of course is the game plan for our travel gram, till then, we shall not complain, we shall save and for the time being, we can potentially check out eateries that showcases New York food on our Malaysian ground. Then again, to tell you the truth, I am not really into those fancy-willy huge portion Western food. Food for me is the typical spicy, tangy and salty Malaysian call. Bang! For instantly waking up my food senses (Kayra Kerala Cuisine & Restaurant Meng Kee Old Klang Road).

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

La Mer Blanc De La Mer - The SPF 50 UV Protective Fluid PA+++ 50ml /1.7oz


La Mer! The world renowned sensational brand which definitely will drill a huge hole in the pockets of the average/below average Malaysians like me. Yes, undeniably it will. Honestly beauties, I didn't buy this La Mer Blanc De La Mer SPF 50 UV Protective Fluid. I thought I might as well make myself very clear before I am crowned as the envy queen by my social media silent sly enemies or so called sincere friends. By making myself clear way ahead, I hope leeches will stop crawling on my nerves by sending secret messages to indirectly force me to buy their products. Look, I have nothing against friends who want to make it big in direct selling or multi level marketing, these no names mentioned friends by right should lift their heavy butts to work their way till the tip of at least  Mount Kinabalu. Right? 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jeju Island (Part 2) - Korea (Day 3)


No two ways about it. Unquestionably, travelling in a tour requires discipline. Yes please. There is no such a thing as you wish in a clearly listed tour. Obviously, you can’t follow your own travelling heart by wondering as you please. Instead, it is about abiding to the unspoken travelling rules. Otherwise, you will be billed as a nuisance by the tour guide and tour buddies. So sorry everyone, if you can’t pay attention to the tour guide on safety rules and time limit, you better ditch the idea of tour travelling (Sapporo/Hokkaido). I know better. I can strongly vouch because experiences speaks louder than words. In Jeju Island, it had to be the same agenda in the morning. Waking up by 7.00am, sometimes even earlier, showering of course is your choice, followed by breakfast and most to most by 9pm, sometimes you have to pack if we are not returning to the same hotel. Also, do try to empty your bowels instead of restlessly interrupting while on the way for sightseeing (Istanbul Turkey, Pretoria South Africa & Colombo Sri Lanka).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul - Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall


Anything with Penang sells. Not as in Penang itself, I can’t comment if people in other states of Malaysia will speak highly about Penang food, but we at the heart of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor die-die get carried with eateries that features Penang food. Including even those from the anywhere and everywhere hawker stalls. I of course have Penang tripped. Sightseeing primarily is my call, sightseeing must also be tagged alongside food porn, food orgasm, food splendor and food glory. Basically, known as "dine with nava-k" in nava-k’s laywoman’s terms. Otherwise, such a shame for branding myself as a foodie delight, food enthusiast or adventurous foodie. Oh-yes, Penang undeniably is a food haven. But proclaiming that it is an all-rounder winner potentially can in return bring shame to my food senses (Penang Thaipusam to Alor Setar Kedah). Regardless, I must generously award high distinction and credit to let’s say 70% of Penang food. Why not? Why should we deprive praising those who have not compromised on the incredibly memory lane food terrains of their ancestors authentic traditional dishes?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Alor Setar - Kedah (Nava-K's One Day Postcard)


Being married to someone who is married to his or her job is not all that rosy and sunshiny. I know. Ask me and I'll willingly spill all of it. Its sincerely really a tough call for me. Irregular working hours, sometimes work calls for during the weekends and public holidays, and at the end of the day, no matter how late it is, I have to listen to his ups and downs. More importantly, I have to take care of myself, especially when he is away (Sungkai Perak & Pork Dickson). Then again, this workaholism does throw in some happy perks every once a while and if your life-time soulmate’s job involves inbound/outbound travelling, you might as well try your luck by piggy backing him, her and it (Chitose & Hokkaido).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sephora Pearl Perfecting & Brightening Sleeping Mask


Everything is competitive these days. Career is competitive, business is competitive, love is competitive, husband is competitive, wife is competitive and kids’ multilevel talent marketed by parents utmostly is a sharp edge. You name it, it’s a ball juggling competitive world we are in. We might as well include tv competition shows and I’m sure you will agree that social media obviously is the disastrous road for within our friends back stabbers? The other I must mention is the competitive virtual beauty blogging world. Real beauties, fake beauties, sincere beauties, disguised beauties and beauty by beauty apps. Bingo! So, tell me please. What else is new? Nothing much I actually presumed until I found out at Sephora (Sephora Rouge Lip Tint) that sleeping mask is the waking-up call for “my fair lady” competitive beauty loop amongst  the Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese women. Hip-Hip-Hooray! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cinnamon's - Gamuda Walk (Kota Kemuning) Shah Alam


Honestly foodies,
I still can’t get over and done with the “Bamboo Beriyani” I devoured into at Cinnamon’s Kota Kemuning recently. Honest to goodness, it’s been ages I think I’ve had such a mouthwatering delicious Beriyani. Not the same. Not the same commercial Beriyani from anywhere and everywhere, nope, this biriyani by far is simply the best. Wow-Pow! Hang-on, hang-on, hang-in there for the time being. More to Bamboo Beriyani will be unveiled later, right now, walk with me into Cinnamon’s, located on the first floor of Gamuda Walk, because I’ve got other things I must tell you as well.   

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Penang - Thaipusam (Nava-K's Spiritual And Religious Journey)


Some friends I believe are really peculiar. Perhaps I should also label them as weirdos. Wanna know why? No, no, I am in no way referring to the fake social media friends, but my most to most 5 to 10 closest friends whom I thought knew me at the back of their hands. How wrong. When I told a few of them that I will be fulfilling my spiritual and religious vows at Waterfall Temple/Balathandayuthapani Temple for Thaipusam, they burst out in laughter. Why? Seriously, I didn't know what were they tickled about? Do I look like a misfit? Not as far as I know. Despite asking over and over again, none actually could spill a concrete reason. I of course was agitated. Then again, it can't be my fault if friends judge me wrongly. Maybe because I am modern and outgoing, I can’t be religious, is it? Whatever, I've come to a point  I care too hoots how people perceive me. My life, my choices, my happiness and my relationship with god.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sephora Rouge Lip Tint (Fushia 05 & Mulberry 10)


(Sephora Rouge Lip Tint Mulberry 10)

Yes or no? Beauty is perfection? Yes or no? Beauty box is all in one. Silky smooth hair, hour glass shape, porcelain complexion and designer brands? Any opinion anyone? Please, please, I don’t want to hear about the disillusioned social media bountifulness. Can we get real and speak about our down to earth 50’s beauty? How about I now answer on behalf of those who are blurred by “what you see on social media is absolutely what you get in real life”. Sure, by all means, go ahead and fall high over heels with beauty videos that promotes multi-color-multi-product contouring, layering, coloring, shading, styling and what not. Basically, it is your choice, I won’t discourage you either. Always your choice. Right?    

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jeju Island (Part 1) - Korea (Day 2)


First half day of sightseeing in Seoul (Korea Day I - Incheon to Seoul), we returned to Incheon airport for our domestic flight to Jeju Island. Spilling over await in the long queue among the hundreds during this supposedly off peak season in Korea, who do you expect to see travelling throughout the year, except mostly “Made In China” Chinese. Malaysians too I think are seriously taking their globetrotting lifestyle "Up In The Air", in fact, even those born with a dented wooden spoon in their mouth are joining forces in trip-travelling all the time. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Bedouin Arabian Cuisine - Taman Tun Dr Ismail (Kuala Lumpur)


Nava-K’s day out in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. Indeed, a well money-well spent day for hard knocking-rocking the reality of wealth success. First stop was lunch at Kayra Kerala Cusine, next coffee and vadai at Aunty Manju’s and then few hours of gossiping pleasure at the friend’s house. I think we spoke about multiple topics simultaneously, ranging from inbound/outbound travelling (Icheon To Korea & Port Dickson) to politics, of course the central topic had to be social media. Social Media! Yes. Who is adjusting beauty with beauty apps (Deesse's Elujuda Hair Oil), comparing our looks to the supposedly young dollings, who has swap bedtime partners with who and bitching frustratingly on why we should like our people's post because ours is not liked in return. Well, you can't blame us. Everyone including the young as five year old or even animals have already been brainwashed uprooted towards embracing social media forces. "Like me, follow me, I want to be world sensational by garnering huge followers and likes", and some infant "You-Tubers" are such a pain in the butt for constantly sending messages to follow them. Havoc! Siva-Siva. Nava-Nava. Speak about social media. Can’t get enough right? I know. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Deesse's Elujuda (MO) Mellow Oil For Natural Color Design Hair Treatment - 4.1 oz


First thing first please. Did any of you beautiful followers of “beauty with nava-k” read my previous review on Revlon Uniq One All In One Hair Treatment? Admit it if you didn't, that's okay with me. After all, honestly is no longer the best policy in this corrupted beauty world we knowingly or unknowingly are vacuum sucked by the so called "famed" beauty gurus and bloggers. If not all, some, sadly are indirectly beauty coating the sponsored products they receive, or, maybe, I'm just saying, perhaps we ourselves love the disillusioned beauty apps world. I however personally believe that lying in our 50’s is such a brutal beauty shame, our beauty philosophy on the other hand must be ageing gracefully by realistically maintaining our complexion (L'Occitane UV Shield SPF50 & Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara) and shape (How To Stay In Shape) instead of competing against the young social media dolls (Garnier Night Restore Cream).  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Korea Day 1 - Incheon to Seoul


Another solo trip of mine in an arranged tour (Istanbul Turkey & Dubai) alongside 14 people I had no clue whosoever they are, Korea was the said destination. Now, to all the adventurous wise cracks who are right now reading this "Korea Here I Come" venture of mine, will you please stop wondering why I didn't backpack or travel on my own. Of course I sincerely appreciate your advise, but let me tell you that I have already before hand done my homework. What I found out is that the ordinary Koreans on the streets really can't speak English, so obviously, I am going to have one hack of a time communication with them should the need arise. Definitely it is bound to happen, holding on to a map and trying to pick up Korean language there and then may show the way, especially on "Amazing Race", but in reality, many travel bloggers don't actually tell you what can go wrong due to language barrier. Additionally, compared to 8 years ago when I had bags of energy, my overall well-being is not the same anymore (Penang - The Pearl Of The Orient).  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Aunty Manju's Home Of Banana Leaf Lunch - Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur



Money sickness is apparently the major struggle sickness these days. Are you now asking me what this nava-k’s whole theory of money sickness is about? My pleasure. Allow me to pour the whole bucket of it. Money sickness basically means working our butt in-out for sustaining our lifestyle, money sickness is also interpreted as falling sick mentally and physically when we don’t have enough money. Really, I can pretty much understand why. Making ends meet I suppose is easier said than done, especially in the city where people judge you by the car you drive, the house you live, your grandest wedding and your whiz kids millions of talents. Basically again, money is akin the broadband router to social status and when you can’t keep up with the “Kardashians”, money sickness sucks massively.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sungkai - Perak, Malaysia (Overnight Excursion)


Have you realise how stressful life is these days? Indeed, I won’t deny. I am of course not at all talking about the headline grabbing glamorous social media life many are living, I am certainly referring to life behind the fast lane which bounces big balls of fire. Let’s call the big hard balls as the challengers, especially in the city, what matters most undisputedly is money. Money! No money, sorry to say everyone, we are doomed ding-dong-bell because in front of each step we take, money is the leader. Money may be sunny in a rich man world, nevertheless, money does not fall from the sky though some people I know are under the impression that by praying daily, god will throw money down. Unfortunately though, the reality is otherwise. Slogging non-stop for your career or business is the ringtone for proud-pride status and tagging with it is naturally stress.    

Monday, May 15, 2017

Kayra Kerala Cuisine - Taman Tun Dr Ismail (Kuala Lumpur)


When the main stream media propositionally sensationalize and positively blow flying high up big soap bubbles on restaurants, I bet most of us tend to get carried away with it. Okay, I’m not any better. I make it a point to read most of the printed media food reviews and then, I’m akin on roller blades in wanting to try out the restaurants too. If I am not mistaken, a year back I read about Kayra Taman Tun and from there on, this Kerala restaurant has been sashed in my spilling over pending list of food venture. But as usual, what I look forward to and where I actually end up is the ball juggling game of my life. Instead of heading to Kayra in between the year, I actually ended up at the real-deal-real-time Kerala (Kerala Day 4 & 5) where I truly indulged in their highly spoken about cuisine. Thumbs up. Kerala food won my heart big time. Fresh water/sea catch, freshly grounded spices and generously loaded with fresh coconut milk and coconut oil. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Garnier Light Complete Multi Action Night Restore Cream (New)


Calling all ladies in my age group of 50’s. Where are you ladies? Can you hear me? Thank you for echoing. How about we start by interacting a bit instead of the standard norm of me talking and you listening? Can? Thank you again. Question time please. What do you think of a night cream, do you think it should stand or sit on our dressing table? If you are asking me, honestly, so far I’ve only used just one and only night cream for my 52 year old skin (L'oreal White Perfect Night Cream). That too been quite a while. But I know that night cream is a quintessential beauty keeper once we hit the 50's road (Indian Fashion Trends For Ladies In Their 50's). Common sense I think in return will tell that day cream and night cream are formulated differently. Obviously for different purposes right? Of course. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Port Dickson - Negeri Sembilan Getaway (Day 2)


Port Dickson (Part 1) Sightseeing. What an experience. Pheww! Walking non-stop, climbing up and down, sweating like a dog in the blistering sun and I think for the first time in my entire life, I actually literally begged for water. Frankly speaking, when I returned to the hotel after the few hours of touring Port Dickson, I was not only dazed in tiredness, I also felt as though my legs are going to automatically fall apart. No doubt, going from one place to the other was a treasured experience in further strengthening my backbone for bravely exploring places on my own, yet, I still had a tiny element of fear inside me. The fear I can’t let go despite having travelled to near (Penang) and far away places (Hilton Niseko Village Hokkaido & Pretoria South Africa), mainly fear of being mugged, robbed, accidentally losing my phone or handbag, or collapsing out of sheer exhaustion. Among these, the worst is fearing the fear of uncontrollable heart beat due anxiety and nervousness (My Fifties). 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Restoran Meng Kee - Old Klang Road (Kuala Lumpur)


I agree. I must actually. It is true humans as well as animals are living longer than ever. I do get the picture and I also get to see the pictures of healthily fluffy, furry, fiery or "all-in-one" hyper active dogs and cats daily on social media. Sure, animals shouldn't be denied "Stylo-Mylo" grooming at pet salons, simultaneously, dogs, cats and snakes must lovingly be fed with healthy home cooked food. Better be. Otherwise, animal rights activists will haunt down the pet lovers. Nevertheless, going by the love book of nava-k, just wondering whether the same is applicable to outwardly human inwardly animal human and 100% human-people. Happily or sadly though, millions of likes are for eating out more often, for eating-pampering on social media and for stress which is tail-gating akin the vrooming car drivers also due to constantly laptop staring-up at work and home, and looking down at hand-phone socializing web. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara (Blackest Black)


Hello Ladies,
Holding on to our beauty fort I know is rather mind blocking and blogging. Especially in our 50’s (My Fifties - I Call The Shots) when we have to ball-bearing-balance many things at one go. Working, immediate family, external family, housework and the list goes on (Menopause - My Blood Story). We may have also assumed that once our children grow up and spread their wings, we can rest back by enjoying our own little pleasures. Unfortunately though, I bet there's no end to being there for them no matter how small or big buffaloes they have turned out to be. Sometimes, it is really puzzling with children these days. Money is never enough even when they draw a big fat salary, thus, hand-outs from us will indirectly be hinted, their love as well as marriage problems will spill over to our love-nest and and the dilemma is whether we should baby sit our grandchildren.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan Getaway (Day 1)


Ages ago, in fact I can’t even clearly recall when my last trip to Port Dickson was. Let me think. Okay, vaguely 32 years old ago. Gosh! When I was 20 years old. That’s been ages, isn’t it? Really. Not that I didn’t initiate another Port Dickson holiday, but you know how confusing lady fairs are? One minute they agree, next minute they want their unruly-uncontrollable kids to tag along, later, slowly igniting the anger fire by pointing fingers who should drive and you also somehow sense that you may end up being the banker. Mayday! Mayday! Port Dickson zipped up. No more friends forever holidays I have already decided in my early forties (Travelling Solo When You Are Married).
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