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I’ve been hearing about the famous fruit shakes at the Jonah’s. This fruit shake and snack bar is located at Station 1. There are claims that a visit to Jonah’s Fruitshake is one of the must-dos when in Boracay. Our energy was drained from the morning water activities and we were starving.

We flagged a tricycle from the main road to go to Jonah’s. We just need to say “Jonah’s” to the driver. The locals definitely know where it is located. The traveling time was around 10-15 minutes, slightly longer because of the traffic. Most of the tables were occupied by dining-in customers. We were lucky to get our seats without waiting. There were people came for take-out too.  Yea, Jonah’s is that popular…

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The entrance from the beach front

Full-house

Looking at their menu, they have many kinds of fruit shake. As I could not decide, I asked the staff about their best seller. She recommended Choco Banana Peanut Shake and Mango Banana Fruit Shake. So we ordered both. Besides the shakes, we also ordered a must-eat local delicacy, Crispy Pata, a deep fried knuckles served with a soy-vinegar dip.

For dine-in, the fruit shakes will be served in tall and wide glasses. As for take-out, it will be served in plastic bottles. Ours were served in plastic bottles, I guess they ran out of glasses.

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Choco Banana Peanut Shake (middle) and Mango Banana Shake (right and left)

Honestly, I was disappointed with their choco banana peanut shake. I could not taste any chocolate, but peanut. It tasted funny to me. As for the mango banana, it tasted more banana, not so much mango. But their Crispy Pata was so yummy! Served with rice and vinegar, the skin was sinfully crunchy but the meat was tender. Say NO to diet.

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata, super yummy!

While enjoying our food, I became aware that most people ordered the Mango Shake. Still curious about how Jonah’s got its reputation, I was tempted to try their mango shake and so we did. The mango shake tasted much better than what we had. If I were to come back to Jonah’s, I would order the mango shake instead.

We went back to Jonah’s on the next day. But we did not order the shake on our second visit. We came to try other local delicacies: the satay BBQ, burger and the spring roll.

Pork intestine and pork meat (Left), Burger

Pork intestine and pork meat (Left), Burger

Spring Roll

Spring Roll (Lumpia Shanghai)

There were a few choices of the satay: pork meat, sausages, pork intestines, pork liver, pork skin, and chicken. I tried the pork meat and the intestines They were pretty good. I don’t recommend to order the burger though. I could only taste the bun, not the meat. See how tiny the meat is haha…. It reminded me of the side-street burger that I used to buy when I was a kid.

The spring roll or also called Lumpia Shanghai, was good. The difference between the normal spring roll is the stuffing. Filipino spring roll is stuffed with minced meat. Usually it is served with a sweet sour dipping sauce.

Most Filipino dishes contain pork meat as the main ingredients. But, for Muslims who plan to visit Philippines, not to worry, there are dishes with chicken, beef or seafood.

Back to Jonah’s… Overall, I had a good experience dining in Jonah’s. They serve a variety of shakes, from fruit based or milk based. If you prefer fresh and fruity or a mango lover, I’d recommend their mango shake. Not only that, as it is dubbed as “The Best Fruitshake in the Island”, one should pay a visit to this one of the most visited snack houses while in Boracay.

 

Address:
Boracay Station 1
Balabag Boracay Island, Malay
Aklan Philippines

The 6 hours journey to reach Boracay Island left us starving so we wanted to reward ourselves with some decent meal: SEAFOOD TIME!!

The seafood market is located at D’Talipapa, at Station 2. It was only 10 minutes walk from our guesthouse. To reach D’Talipapa from the White Beach, we had to enter an small alley. Just around the corner of the alley, there was a Korean restaurant called “Taste of the Moon”. But it’s always better to ask around the locals. They know best.

D’Talipapa is a complex where the tourists to shop for the fresh seafood and souvenirs. As for the locals, it is a good place to find cheaper groceries, fruits or vegetables.

Souvenir shops at D'Talipapa

Souvenir shops at D’Talipapa

In D’Talipapa, we need to do ‘a little seafood shopping’ at the seafood market. The concept is pretty similar as Noryangjin Market in Korea, customers to buy the fresh seafood and have them cooked in nearby restaurants. Around the seafood market, there are dozens of restaurant just beside the market that accept the cooking service. The price for the cooking service is varied depends on how you preferred the seafood to be prepared.

Fortunately, the restaurant staff who served us was very helpful and friendly. Not only he helped us to pick the fresh seafood, he gave us hints for the best price to bargain too. Generally, you can bargain down the price by between 30% to 50%. We were starving and excited to have our seafood ready. Three of us wanted to have different kind of seafood, but crabs are a must. So we had crabs, jumbo prawns, squid and white clams. Yummy!

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Fresh seafood at the market

Fresh seafood at the market

Seafood feast!

Seafood feast!

The seafood was awesome! D’Talipapa is definitely one place that you should not miss when you’re visiting Boracay.

Price List for Seafood that we had (all based on 1/2 kg):

  • Jumbo prawn – 350PHP
  • Squid – 150PHP
  • Crab – 300PHP
  • White clams – 100PHP

I found my another favourite bistro!

I’m sure most of you, tourists or not tourists have heard about Marina Bay Sands. Up till today, it is claimed as the most spectacular hotel with its infinity pool and and breathtaking views. The Shoppes is homes for high-end brands and good food.

Just at one end of the Shoppes building, you can find this Singapore French-inspired concept bistro called Au Chocolat. It is divided into 2 sections, the retail store with its wide selection of sweets, chocolates and candy and the dining bistro. Since the concept is French-inspired, the whole store is decorated in a French-ambience interior.

The interior of the bistro

The interior of the dining bistro

Dessert sections where a lot of cakes are display.

Dessert sections where a lot of cakes are displayed.

I’ve been to this bistro more than once, but only recently had the idea to put it up here. What is unique here is that most of their dishes is infused with chocolate.

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One of the best Truffle Fries in Singapore ($15)

Their Truffle Fries is a must to order. It is actually one of the best truffle fries in Singapore. (PS Cafe finally found a strong competitor). Served with mayonnaise and BBQ dips, the fries seasoned with truffle sea salts and drizzled with white truffle oil. Love its generous serving too 🙂

Au Chocolate Benedict ($18)

Au Chocolate Benedict ($18)

Their Benedict is pretty different. It is still perfectly poached eggs atop bacon, spinach, tomatoes, but served on top of English muffin. Then hollandaise sauce infused with red wine and dark chocolate is poured on top of it. Yummy!

Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns ($25)

Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns ($25)

In their menu, the Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns is one of the Chef’s recommendation. I should be disagree on this. Despite of the presentation looks appetising, the pasta was bland. But I appreciated their generous serving of fat and crunchy prawns.

Their Au Chocolate Mocha Pork Ribs are served with coleslaw and fries. The ribs are perfectly roasted and coated with the combination of dark chocolate and coffee sauce! It gives a distinctive taste compared to regular ribs which normally marinated in BBQ sauce. Au Chocolate’s one is sweeter with a hint of coffee.

Au Chocolate Mocha Pork Rib

Au Chocolate Mocha Pork Rib ($35)

Another menu that I think worth to try is the Duck Confit. The duck thigh is pan-roasted and served with potato mash, vegetables and top with a tangy chocolate orange sauce. What I love the most is the juicy and soft duck meat inside, but crispy outside. The potato mash is also not too creamy, moist, perfectly mashed.

Duck Confit ($28)

Duck Confit ($28)

Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue

Most diners and chocolate lovers go for the Au Chocolat Tower Cake ($18) (a huge six layers of moist chocolate cake served with a vanilla gelato). But I skipped that because I wanted something not too sweet and refreshing. So I gave their Lemon Meringue Pie a try. 
The Lemon Meringue was pretty good. It’s not too sweet but not too sour. Topped with a bouncy and soft cream, with a tangy lemon fragrance, it’s a good option for non-chocolate lovers.
Au Chocolat makes me wanting to return to try their other menus. Not only that, it is a great place for families with kids or groups of friends to hang out for decent dining experience or just simply for desserts. 
Where to find:
2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
#01-03 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688 7227
*It is located above the skating rink*
Opening Hours: 
Daily 10AM to 11PM (Last order at 10.30PM)

 

At the corner of Amoy Street, there is this authentic Vietnamese restaurant “Pho99“. It serves authentic Vietnamese delight such as Pho, Vietnamese spring rolls to Vietnamese drip coffee.

The shop maybe small and low-profile looking, but it gets very crowded during lunch time. If one gets too late to come here, be prepared to join the queue of mostly working associates who work around the area.

My friend ordered the soupy Pho with beef. It comes with a generous serving of rice noodle and beef. Delicious but tastes very authentic.

Pho with beef ($8.50_

Pho with beef ($8.50_

Singapore weather is already hot. So no hot soupy meal for me. Besides, I have tried Pho before, so I wanted to try something different this time. I decided to try on their Bun Thit Nuong, a cold rice vermicelli mixed with fresh vegetables and you can choose to top it with grilled/bbq pork chop or fried spring rolls. Spring rolls sound good to me. And it comes with a sweet sauce for dipping too…

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Bun Thit Nuong with Spring Roll ($9)

Although it is a very simple, it is a popular noodle dish in Vietnam. It is light, low fat and a healthier option. The ingredients are fresh and the spring roll is very crunchy, stuffed with prawn, pork, black fungus, bean and yam. 

Their portion of meal is quite big. Both my friend and I could not finish the whole bowls. But we are very satisfied with both taste and portion.

As there are still limited options for authentic Vietnamese food in Singapore, Pho 99 can be one of your options whenever you crave for authentic Vietnamese delight. Simple but yet a healthier option.

Where to find:
Pho 99 Vietnamese Delights
57/58 Amoy Street
Telok Ayer Conservation Area

Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10AM – 9PM
Sat-Sun: 10AM – 8PM

Let’s go local for a while!

Walking around at Orchard or Somerset and have a sudden crave for burger or chicken wings? Another western restaurant that can satisfy your crave just recently opened. Burger VS Wings + Bar, this restaurant is located at Orchard Central level 11.

Burger VS Wings + Bar serves a variety of decent burgers and chicken wings. And if you are a heavy eater and think that one serving is not enough for you, they have an add-on buffet deal with every main course order (for lunch: $4.90++ and for dinner: $7.90++). The buffet variety includes macaroni, salad, grilled vegetables to desserts such as cakes and ice cream. 

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Although we did not take the buffet deal, what we ordered was more than enough for two. We shared their most popular speciality burger Tyson Peanut Butter Burger ($21.90). We could not leave out their chicken wings of course. Curious how their spiciness level, we dared ourselves to order Hot Buffalo Wings ($15.80) with the spiciness level of “Suicide”. Too bad that their burgers does not come with fries. Could not leave out having burger without its best companion, we added on a serving of Garlic & Parsley Fries ($3.80).  

Tyson Peanut Butter Burger

See the generous peanut butter spread on the patty?

See the generous peanut butter spread on the patty?

Does peanut butter go well with meat patty? Yes, first time hearing it, I found it weird too. Surprisingly, after taking my first bite, it tastes alright. The combination of both peanut butter and chewy patty creates a unique after-taste. Really something new and unique.

Hot Buffalo Wings "Suicide"

Hot Buffalo Wings “Suicide”

Garlic & Parsley Fries

Garlic & Parsley Fries

As for buffalo chicken wing, the ‘suicide’ level is really spicy. I myself confident to say that I’m good at eating spicy. But the spiciness bites and we couldn’t finish the portion. The wings comes with 2 dips: sweet mustard and bbq sauce. I heard the ‘medium’ level is quite spicy too. So for those who are not good in eating spicy, forget about ordering the ‘medium’ and ‘suicide’.

I love the fries! The fries comes with a strong taste of garlic and parsley. Next time, I’ll try the cheese fries.

 For those who are indecisive in choosing which burger or wings to go to, you can have their B.W.B Mini Burger Sampler ($20.50)  and their Sampler Trio Wings ($18). The Burger Sampler includes Wagyu Beef Black Burger, B.W.B Classic Heavyweight Burger and Pumpkin Crispy Rice Cake Burger Benedict. Their Sample Trio Wings includes Cajun Barbecue Wings, Sexy Flambé Jambalaya Wingsin and Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll.

I can say that Burger VS Wings + Bar serves one of the best burger in town. I will come back here again to try their other variety of burgers and wings, of course!

 

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Level 11-03/04, Somerset, Singapore 238896

How to go there: 
Take MRT to Somerset (red line) and take exit 313. The 313 building is connected to Orchard Central building. Take lift to level 11.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30AM – 10PM

cat1For cat lovers travelling to Seoul, this place is a must to visit for you 🙂

Seoul has a lot of quirky and unique cafes, each with their own speciality. One of the unique cafes in Seoul is dog cafes and cat cafes. There are a few of cat and dog cafes spread around the capital. But only a few outstanding ones.

One of the cleanest cat cafe I’ve been to is located in Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s busiest shopping places. The cafe is located in the top level of one the shop houses and it makes a perfect place to getaway from the hustle-bustle in the street below.

Look out for this Garfield cat! He was dancing Psy's Gentleman with another mascot...

Look out for this Garfield cat! He was dancing Psy’s Gentleman with another mascot here…

Don’t worry not to be able to find the place, because the cafe’s mascot, Garfield the Cat, will be walking around on the main street of Myeongdong. He will show give away the leaflets with map details.

Before entering the cafe, you need to take off your shoes and change into slippers. To sit down in the cafe, you pay a small admission fee that includes any hot or cold beverage of your choice. But you can stay as long at the cafe as you’d like. There are a few rules how to handle the cats too.

This cat is welcoming the guests at the counter

This cat is welcoming the guests at the counter

The cats here are clean and don’t smell. Almost most of them are adorable cats. But they are not as active as dogs. Most of them will only approach you if buy cat treats. Most of the cats when I came were sleeping, so what we did not interact much with them.

Snacking time!

Sleeping…

and sleeping…

The cats here wear cute cat collars and most of them are made by the staff here. The cats even have their own special toilet. Different from the dogs in the dog cafe which can just anywhere produce their waste, the cats knows the right place to do their business.

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If you are a feline, this Cat Café is a must to go to. Overall, it is really quite a nice and clean cafe for relaxing, especially when you want to take a break from the busy shopping activity in Myeongdong.

Admission: 8,000KRW for entrance and a drink.

How to go there: 

Take subway to Myeongdong Station (Line 4, blue line) and get off at exit #6. You will see Uniqlo just right in front of the stairway exit and turn left from the exit. Walk straight towards the BSX shop and turn right. The cafe is on one of shophouses on the right side (you’ll see the banner)

miss0Do you know what is dosirak? In Korea, dosirak is a lunch box meal, something that Korean children take to school some decades ago.

One famous dosirak cafe is Miss Lee Cafe. The cafe is actually where Yong Hwa and Seohyun couple from e ‘We Got Married’ Korean reality TV programme, shot one of their lunch dates. There are a Myeongdong and Insadong outlets, and I visited the outlet in Insadong.

The cafe is situated just at the gate of the art streetnear the Anguk subway station. The cafe is located on the second floor in the shophouse on the corner. Upon entering the cafe, you will be welcomed by some photos of celebrity visits here.

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It is a special café which serves very delicious lunch box Kimchi rice. Inside the dosirak, there are kimchi, rice, egg, spam and seaweed. The proper way to eat dosirak is to mix all the ingredients together by shaking it. It’s really fun! Just close the lid tightly and shake the box well so when the lid opened the kimchi mixed with the rice. The ingredients maybe simple, but it’s flavourful and very Korean.

The cafe also serves traditional Korean sweets made of sugar, rice, nuts and perilla seeds. Taste similar like Indonesian snacks “kue manco” so I love it!

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Shake that Dosirak!

The cafe is filled with notes and most of the notes are hang on the tree in the centre of the room. Visitors can leave a note and hang it there as a remembrance.

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To be honest, the price for a simple dosirak menu is a pretty pricey. But the cafe left us a fun experience. So if you are a first timer coming to Korea and want to experience eating Korean lunch box, you have to come to this cafe. Ready and shake that dosirak!

Website: http://www.missleecafe.com

How to go there:

Take subway to Anguk Station (Line 3, orange line) and take exit #6. From the exit, walk straight and you will reach Insadong main gate. You will see a convenience store GS25. The cafe is on the 2nd level.

Kongbul at Hongdae

Kongbul at Hongdae

My first time dining at Kongbul 콩불 was at Hongdae outlet with my mom and my brother. After walking around Idea almost the whole afternoon, we were starving. Since our next destination was Hongdae, we decided to have our late lunch there.

Kongbul 콩불 is franchise restaurant and has many other outlets across Seoul. Initially I had no idea about what food they serve here. But the menu pictures outside attracted me. The idea of a huge platter of meat and lots of veggies sizzled together on a pan was so tempting.

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We walked into the restaurant. Since it was not a lunch nor dinner hour, there were only 2 other guests besides us. After choosing our seats, I went to the counter to order. From the menu, they basically served only one type of dish with different choices of toppings.

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From the menu here, there are 2 types; with / without squid (ojingo 오징어). There are sets for 2 with options of toppings of noodle, cheese, fried rice and bacon and drink. We ordered for Kongbul Set A (without squid and bacon). And because there are 3 of us, we have to add extra a la carte for one person.

Other side dish such as fried rice 볶음밥 (2,000KRW), udon noodle (1,500KRW), rice (1,000KRW) are available. They also serve soju 소준, beer 맥주, raspberry wine bokbunja 복분자, plum wine maehwasu 매화수, coke 콜라, cider/sprite 사이다, calpis 쿨피스, etc…

Before cooked

Before cooked

Finally it's ready!

Finally it’s ready!

They brought out a huge pan of uncooked food onto our table, which had an integrated stove. Now we have to wait till the meat and the veggie was cooked. Despite of having the integrated stove on out table, the staff would do the cooking for us.

After 10-15 minutes, finally the food were cooked! It was so good! I’m personally a fan of bean sprouts. Although it may be a simple meal only with pork meat and bean sprouts, it is cooked in a teppanyaki-style. Just slightly before the meat and veggie was cooked, the udon noodles went in.

For those who can’t eat spicy, unfortunately this is not a good option for you. This delicious dish is spicy. Even for me, who love spicy food, admit that this is spicy. The drink that came with the set was our saviour for the meal. It could really cool down out the hot taste of red chilli paste gochujang 고추장. 

Last but not least, when we were already almost full, the staff went back to our table and throw in the rice with more red chilli paste gochujang 고추장. If you eat enough of Korean dish you will encounter that some dish mix rice only towards the end of the meal. This is what they called fried rice or 볶음밥.

The serving maybe intended for 3 people, but I’m pretty sure 2 serving is enough for 3. However, it is pretty much a steal at ₩15,000 🙂

 

How to go there:

Take subway to Hongik University station 홍대 (line 2, green line) and take exit #9. Turn left to the street and keep walking towards the Aritaum cosmetic shop. Before you reach the Aritaum, turn right and walk along the restaurant streets. The restaurant is on the left hand side, located just a few shops before Gong Cha bubble tea shop.

It’s not a cartoon or a super heroes name. The SuperDog here stands for hotdog. And Solbin is the owner of the hotdog shop. Solbin had created his own recipe and for me, his is the best hotdog in Seoul.

Although Seoul is the capital of Korea where lots of foreigners coming to the town, most burgers or hotdogs has been modified to be Koreanish. It’s difficult to find a good hotdog in Seoul. But Solbin‘s succeeded.

Solbin‘s hotdog business started off by selling hotdogs in a cart 2 years ago in Apgujeong Rodeo Street. But slowly, his cart was upgraded into a small shop. It was a bit tricky to find his shop and I was lucky to spot it by accident at one corner of the Rodeo Street alley. But nevertheless, his stall is very eye-catching, fiery-red painted and decorated with light-bulbs.

Apgujeong Rodeo Street

Solbin's eye-catching stall

Solbin’s eye-catching stall

Despite of its location at Korea’s luxury fashion street, don’t expect you will sit down on a fancy restaurant or cafe. What is more surprising is that his hotdogs are popular amongst celebrities. He even claimed that he is a close friends with some. Well, the stall proves it… Signatures from many celebrities were up on his walls. I even spotted Super Junior-M Henry‘s signature and polaroid.

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Solbin is very friendly and generous to his guests, Koreans or other nationalities. His English might be limited, but he will try his best to converse with the basics. His most special menu is the bacon wrapped dogs with Korean style coleslaw, chilli sauce, ketchup, creamy cheese, and chopped onions. Very tasty and flavourful!

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Solbin, posing with his hotdog. Notice the celebrities’ signatures on the wall…

Bacon wrapped dog with generous cheese, chopped onions and chilli

Since Apgujeong has a lot of fancy bars and drinking pubs, hotdog is a good fast food option for late night snacking. That’s why Solbin gets his recognition from his regular customers. He opens in the evening to provide late night snacks for drinking masses. So don’t bother to go in the afternoon.

Whenever you are in Apgujeong or Rodeo Street, don’t miss your chance to try out this freaking good Solbin’s Superdog!

 

Facebook: Solbin’s Superdog FB or www.facebook.com/Solbinsuperdog

sam0The area around Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace connects a few unique places that worth of visit. From Buckhon Hanok Village to InsadongSamcheongdong is another street that famous for its numerous art galleries, shops and restaurants and is an appeal to artistic types.

The houses in Samcheongdong is unique because of their architecture is a combination of both Hanok (Korean traditional houses) and modern houses. The cafes are decorated in cute and cozy ways so the visitors can enjoy delicious food with beautiful views.

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There are a few famous street food here too. The famous one is hotteok 호떡. Previously I’ve mentioned about hotteok 호떡. in my post about Insadong, which is a variety of filled Korean pancake, and is a popular street food of Korea. It is quite easy to spot the stall, because there will be a staff marketing along the street and most of the time, there will be people queuing buying the snack. Another famous street snack here is the chicken skewer (did not take any photos of it).

Japchae Hotteok 잡채 호떡

Japchae Hotteok 잡채 호떡

The stores have different operating hours but most open around 11AM and close at 9PM. My friend bought me to one good cafe here. The cafe name is Huidong-a Oemada 희동아 엄마다. The cafe specialises in cakes made with ddeok (Korean rice cake). They also offer patbingsu (sweet ice flakes topped with fruit and red bean paste). The cafe is located quite inside, but they put their signage on the main street.

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Samcheongdong very quiet and less commercial than other notable shopping districts, but that’s what make me fall in love with the place. Strolling through the street makes me forget the noise and very mind-relaxing. The street towards the end of Samcheongdong will bring you to Bukchon Hanok Village. 

How to go there:

Take subway to Anguk Station (Line 3, orange line) and exit #1. Walk straight until you see there is a street on your right side. The street all along is Samcheondong.

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