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***This is not a sponsored post.
All photos are mine. Credit properly, thanks. ^^
*complete menu available at the bottom of  this post*

The last time I wrote a foodie review was a long time ago.
Frankly, this review is not really planned.
What made me change my mind?
The establishment itself.
It is worth my time.

My eldest sister and her husband was the one who discovered the place first.
Last night, I went here to eat dinner with my two sisters.
The name of the restaurant is “Geni’s Cafe”/”Geni’s Fusion Cuisine”.
Location: Salem Complex, Domestic Road, Ninoy Aquino Airport Area, Pasay City
(Across NAIA Terminal 4, near Shakeys)

On their menu, you can find a brief background about the entrepreneur behind the cafe.

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YES, she’s a former flight attendant!!
(My dream job :>) ❤

Moving on…

Let’s get physical!

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This is the cafe from outside.
With what  you can see from the photo, it looks like any other establishment here in Manila.
Nothing really special or catchy.
Having studied Marketing for 3 years, the power of Advertising should never be overlooked.
Though their servers say that they are full especially during lunch time, I suggest that they work on their branding a bit more.

As soon as you get in, look to your left and you’ll see this..

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Across it is this:

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Just a small showcase with three samples of fondant cakes that you can order from them.

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Apart from the cafe being well lit, one thing I admire about the cafe is the color scheme!

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The colors they used to design the place go very well with each other.
Here is a closer look at their table.

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And now the best part.. the FOOD.
As you may have noticed in their name, they serve fusion cuisine.
It means that they don’t serve just one type of food – talk about flexibility!
*check out the bottom of this post for their complete menu*

For the appetizer, they served us Honey Brown Bread with butter – 5☆

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OF ALL THE PLACES I’VE TRIED THAT HAS BREAD FORTHEIR APPETIZER, THIS IS MY FAVORITE.
I don’t know how they did it but even though the bread wasn’t newly baked, the texture of the bread was perfect.
It had a crunch that makes you want to eat and eat and eat the bread.
To add to this, the butter that comes with it is not tasteless!
Rather than the ordinary butter served at restaurants, theirs seem to have a rich taste in it.
Without a doubt, I gave their appetizer 5★.

Now for the main entrees..

Baked Salmon – 5☆

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I don’t have anything negative to say about this dish. For me, it seems like it was delivered straight from heaven! 😛

On a more serious note..
Though you may not be able to identify it, the salmon is actually coated with mashed potato.
The salmon was perfectly cooked.
It is  tender but not too tender that it feels undercooked.
The sprinkled paprika or chili powder (I’m not sure) gives the dish a hint of spiciness that complements the cream-based sauce very well.
For those on a diet, I highly recommend this!
Just ask the server to have the sauce separated so you can control the portion of the sauce.

Red Chicken Curry – 3☆

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As you can see from the photo above, the sauce of this dish is not that opaque.
It is a bit thin for my liking.
As with the chicken pieces, it is cooked evenly.
The meat is tender and when you bite it, you can see from the meat that the sauce has penetrated the inside which makes it flavorful.
Since this is mainly an Indian dish, it was a bit spicy.
The base of the sauce is cream and for me, it lacked a bit of the “oomph” factor.
On the flip side, my sister liked their eggplant so much.

Beef Masala – 4.5☆

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Beef is one type of meat which is hard to cook.
If it is undercooked, it is tough – like your chewing rubber.
When overcooked, it’ll feel like your eating chicken flakes.
BUT.. this dish?
It seems like they had  zero problem in cooking the meat!
If you look closely at the dish, you will see that there are a lot of different herbs & spices in it!
They are generous with the ingredients they added to this dish and because of that, it became really flavorful.
One thing I noticed though is that because it is a bit too flavorful, it is best eaten with rice.
So for those who try to stay away from carbohydrates, I suggest you pick another dish.
Nevertheless, this dish is delicious and worth a try!
Few carbs wouldn’t hurt.

Sweets it is!

Red Velvet Cheesecake – 3.5☆

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The first thing I noticed?
The generous serving size.
With this slice, one to three people can actually share!
If you try and have a taste of all the layers together, the flavor just explodes in your mouth.
The cake base complements the cheesecake so well.
Since I am not a fan of too (“too” is subjective)  sweet desserts, I’d prefer the dessert to have more red velvet cake.
But then again.. we ordered a cheesecake so it is a bit expected that the cheesecake part of the dessert should be the main base. 😛

Blueberry Cheesecake – 3.0☆

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It could’ve been better.
Sorry for the straight forward remark but I honestly am a big fan of blueberry cheesecakes.
Don’t get me wrong..
The dish was yummy but there is something – I’m not sure what – that is lacking.
Compared to the red velvet cheeecake, this is creamier.
Also, the dessert has strong flavors which makes the blueberry and the cheesecake fight for the attention of the one eating.
A softer crust would make the dessert better in my opinion.

Below is a picture of me with my two sisters before eating our dessert ^^

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All in all, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that you try eating here.
Definitely a hole-in-the-wall.
One for the books!

—wanderrwithmee
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Rating:
Ambiance – 5/5
Servers – 5/5
Price – 4.5/5
Food – 4/5
Satisfaction – 9/10
Recommend: Definitely YES.

Here is their menu:

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P.S. I saw in one of their posters that they have lunch sets as well. 😛 

Again, please please credit properly. All photos above are mine.

***This is not a sponsored post.


February 14, 2014

Warning: This is, by all means, a fan girl post.

First, I wanna greet all of you a happy valentines day!

I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did.

Contrary to what you might be thinking right now..

No, I don’t have a date.

I didn’t even go out of the house today!

Barely got out of bed too.

What made me enjoy it?

Simple..

I was de-stressed today.

Thought about nothing else but making myself feel comfortable.

I missed my bed because I haven’t been home much lately and I made it a point that I spent more time on the bed than out of it today.

I read, watched TV and just slept.

Before valentines day ended also, I read something online which made me squeal in excitement!

I couldn’t believe the texts that I have received first but then it was confirmed through the online website of Bench/ – a clothing line here in the Philippines.

Korean heartthrob LEE MIN HO is coming back to Manila this March!!!

For what event, that I’m still not sure.

I shall give you an update if they release the details already.

I think this meeting will be somewhat like the fan meet also.

I surely hope that there will be a meet and greet opportunity again!!

For now though, I will save money just to be sure that I’ll not be missing that opportunity.

My valentines day couldn’t get any better than this!

Thoughts? 🙂

—wanderrwithmee


And now I’m back to Manila!

Back to reality.

Back to controlled eating schedules.

And supposedly, back to exercising.

Why and where did I go?

Check two of the posts before this post to find out!

Going back..

During the past two days, I was succumbed to binge eating.

Now that I am off my short getaway mode self, I am not doing much and I can control my eating schedule.

Luckily, I didn’t feel hungry throughout the day.

I ate breakfast as soon as I wake up and had oatmeal two hours after even though I didn’t feel hungry.

Why?

Because when I’m hungry, I eat a lot.

Since I ate oatmeal, it is only now (8PM) that I feel like eating again.

So here I am eating my dinner slowly while typing.

I know a lot of people, especially moms, hate it when their children do something else while eating but I have to.

I eat fast and that is one of the reasons why I don’t feel full right away.

It is best to eat slowly because you’ll give your stomach the time to process the food and for your brain to register that you are already full.

During the past days I was really into getting in shape.

I am not blaming the getaway for not being able to exercise!

It is just that I wasn’t able to last night because I was really really tired and today, it slipped my mind.

Exercise was supposed to be before bath and before dinner but before I remembered, I already took a bath.

I promise to exercise tomorrow though!

need want to get in shape for myself.

Thoughts?

—wanderrwithmee


It has been almost three weeks since my last update.

The past month was really toxic and I’ve been preparing for so many things at the same time which includes the successful My Everything Global Tour of Lee Min Ho here in Manila.

I think to complete every fan girl’s experience, it is a MUST to attend your ultimate bias’ concert if he’s a singer or a fan meet if he or she is not.

But of course, attending both will be better.

Luckily for me, I got to attend both and scored a meet & greet also!

His fan meet was held here in Manila last year dated November 16 of 2012 and two days after, a hand shake meet & greet was held.

His My Everything Global Tour stop in Manila was just last Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Words cannot express how much every Minoz – what the fans of Lee Min Ho are called – enjoyed the concert.

Every penny was worth it!

He was worth all the effort every single person there exerted just to see him.

Until now, I’ve read from their forum that they still couldn’t get over the concert (and him).

He is the most down to earth international star they know and the love he has for his fans can be felt by them personally.

He has this certain charm that one cannot resist.

Personally, I saved up for a VIP seat just to see him for the third time.

No regrets. AT ALL.

Because the atmosphere was so lively, I didn’t have time to focus the camera so for the quality of the photos, forgive me just this once. 😛

(Some pictures are not mine and were grabbed from my fellow Minoz and other news websites)

Lee Min Ho arrived in NAIA1 around 11PM, July 4, 2013.

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scratching his head

scratching his head

with Mr. Ben Chan

with Mr. Ben Chan

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his tongue out habit!

his tongue out habit!

ribbon cutting

ribbon cutting

smiling oppa

smiling oppa

He ate at Aracama this night at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig –near Bench Tower.

The next day was his concert!

people lining up to get into the MOA Arena

people lining up to get into the MOA Arena

in my seat while waiting for the concert to start

in my seat while waiting for the concert to start

oppa singing My Everything

oppa singing My Everything

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cutie pie!!

kare-kare was his answer. cutie picture!!

his favorite Line icon

his favorite Line icon

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after drinking water!

after drinking water!

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gwiyomi attempt!

gwiyomi attempt!

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melted.

melted.

what my fellow Minoz feel. hahaha. my best moment is yet to come!

what my fellow Minoz feel. hahaha. my best moment is yet to come!

before exiting

before exiting

saying bye

saying bye

the final bow

the final bow

the aftermath

the aftermath

after the concert

after the concert

where he ate after the concert :)

where he ate after the concert 🙂

after eating

after eating

His stay here was really really memorable for all the Minoz.

We know him even better now and we feel his love even more.

Every one is wishing for a part 3 visit here in Manila.

I hope next time when he comes here, even for just vacation, I get to see him and hopefully be in the same island as him.

Palawan? Boracay? Anywhere with him is fine!!

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THE SOFTEST PAIR OF HANDS ANY GUY CAN EVER HAVE.

Before heading back to South Korea, he had dinner with his Bench family.

Here are some of the photos they took.

dinner at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati with his Bench family

dinner at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati with his Bench family

Now he’s back in South Korea.

His life is like a movie!

Look at the way he carries himself.

All the photographs of him are magazine cover ready!!

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His July 8 update..

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HOW CAN SOMEONE BE THIS ADORABLE WHILE TASTING MANGO JUICE!!

HOW CAN SOMEONE BE THIS ADORABLE WHILE TASTING MANGO JUICE!!

Wow! Just look at how many people lined up early just to see him!

Concert starts at 8PM and even though the sun was shining so bright, they didn’t care.

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My conclusion?

THE WHOLE PHILIPPINES LOVES HIM.

He is someone who is loved by all not only because of his looks but also because of his personality.

That is it for now.

Till next time!

—wanderrwithmee


Just yesterday, I posted about Lee Min Ho going back to Manila for his album tour concert.

And today, unsurprisingly, I am posting about him again!

His album is entitled “My Everything”.

And he really is… my everything.

Hahahaha.

Okay enough of that.

It is confirmed by everyone including Manila Concert Scene and Wilbros Live, the event organizer, that he will be coming back to Manila for his one night only concert.

It will be on July 6 of 2013!!

When he first came here because of Bench/, it was held at Smart Araneta Coliseum. (Blogged about it before here)

This time, it will at the MOA Arena!

Lucky me because it is closer to my house which means I have one less reason for me not to make it.

Not that I will not make it if it is farther.

I will do everything I can to attend!

All I have to do as of now is to save up for the concert tickets.

I actually have no idea yet as how much it will cost but I’d really be glad if I’ll be able to afford the VVIP tickets and meet & greet passes if possible (if ever there is)!

I am very much ecstatic and all my sleepiness has gone in an instant!

A shout-out to the event organizers:

If you need an additional blogger for Lee Min Ho’s press-con or anything related to him, feel free to contact me and I will do it without hesitation! Feel free to do so okay? Thank you!!

And that is what you call a shameless shout-out.

Much love,

wanderrwithmee


I SWEAR THIS TIME IT IS FOR REAL!
You can check the hints dropped by Manila Concert Scene!!
I swear, I am so ecstatic ♡
Will I be able to sleep tonight??
:”>
This just motivated me to really push through with my plan..
Being a better me.
It feels great to have an inspiration as it motivates you and gives you that extra push.
All I can say is that I am thankful to him for inspiring so many people out there and making them happy.
진짜 사랑해요 민호오빠!! ♥

– – – wanderrwithmee


I know this post is long over due but..
Better late than never right? ^^

Branch : Mu Noodle Bar, Glorietta Mall, Makati City

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First, the basics!
When we asked our server what their best selling drink is, with no hesitation, he said “Honey Lemon Tea”.
And so we ordered it.
Here it is..

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It is – without a doubt – an authentic tea.
It was super yummy and worth trying!!
When I get a chance to eat here again, I’ll never pass on this one.

Second, the food.

Beef Fried Rice!

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It was so flavourful and yummy.
Though it is slightly too eggy – my own word for too much egg – for me^o^
It is quite similar to chinese fried rice.
I think it’ll be better if they add more beef to it.
Not that it lacks beef but I think it should taste more beefy than eggy since it is beef fried rice.
I wonder how their egg fried rice will taste like.

Red Lamb Curry
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It is not spicy. At all.
I’m not sure if it is just me but whenever I see the word curry, almost always, it has a hint of spice in it.
Nevertheless, the lamb taste was really evident.
Not the flavoring kind but because the lamb was really really fresh.
It just had some bones and there was a bit of a bitter after taste.
My sister who studied culinary arts said it was probably because the herb in the dish was slightly cooked more than usual which gives that after taste.

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It was really delicious.
It tastes better when served when the cheese just melted – then no salted egg or less.
Don’t get me wrong.. I am a fan of salted eggs but I don’t think too much is necessary for this dish.
The crust complemented the dish well.
Bonus: the bean sprouts were imported
Though if you’re dining alone or just with another person, the dish might overwhelm you if you are not a big fan of oysters – big oysters.
But if you are with a group, feel free to share it and eat it while it’s hot.

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Next, their house specialty.

Beef Noodle Soup -miso stock- thin noodles plus extra egg!
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For this dish, you can tweak it a little bit by choosing your soup base and the width of your noodles.
It was served sizzling hot which was great.
The pasta was perfectly al dente.
You can really taste the beef.
For the egg, it was soft boiled perfectly!
The yolk was oozing.
You can get around 5 small bowls from it – for sharing.
Eat it while it is hot.
When not hot, we found it a bit salty.

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Last but not the least, the staff.

The service was really great.
They present themselves with a smiling face all the time.
Also, they know the menu really well.
Because it was our first visit, we had a lot of questions but our server was able to answer every single question!
Their excellent ambiance was just a bonus.

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That is it for now!

– – – wanderrwithmee
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Rating:
Ambiance –  5/5
Servers –  5/5
Price –  4/5
Food – 3.5/5
Satisfaction –  7.5/10
Recommend : Sure!

PS: I heard their original branch offers so much more. 🙂


For my first review, I’m going to feature Cafe De Seoul which recently opened beside my university.

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As their page says..

Cafe De Seoul is a benchmark of Korean style cafe that offers hot and cold beverages, gourmet products, sandwiches, cakes & pastries.

It is positioned to bring coffee and food influenced by Korean tradition and taste.

The concepts of Cafe De Seoul is based on three simple strategies; Quality Products & Services, Seoul Culture and Trendy & Modern architectural design to bring comfort and feel-good ambiance to it’s customers.

And I must admit that I witnessed all of these myself in just a span of the 10 minutes I was in there.

Their address: Unit 12, 2/F One Archer’s Place Bldg, Manila, Philippines – click here for directions 🙂

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It was a Saturday when I needed to get something from school.

Because I’ve been seeing the facade of this cafe for weeks already when I transfer from one building to another because of my classes and because it looks so attractive from the outside, I decided to finally take a peek.

Originally, my sister and I was just supposed to take a peek inside because we have other errands to run that day but everything was just so appealing to the eye that we just had to buy something.

First Strategy: Quality Products & Services

Since we don’t have much time, we opted for a Banoffee Pie which costs PhP 115.00 (~USD 2.8/KRW 3,000)

From Wikipedia: Banoffee pie (also spelled banoffi, or banoffy) is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also includechocolate, coffee or both.

Its name is a portmanteau constructed from the words “banana” and “toffee”

Below is the image of the banoffee pie :>  (sorry for the quality and angle because we were in a moving car)

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Visually appealing? CHECK!

Taste? 100/100!! (Usually it is only over 10 but I’ll make an exception for this^^)

I am honestly not a fan of too much sweet stuff and I don’t like pies that much but because my sister wanted it, we ordered this.

It was soooooooooooooooo good that no words are enough to describe how good it is.

My sister is a graduate of Culinary Arts and she regularly bakes and buys sweets so I decided to ask her the more detailed review for this.

Compared to the other banoffee pies that she has tried, this was different.

The cream alone has a unique taste to it unlike other creams which usually doesn’t have a flavor.

The bananas in it were chunks even though from the outside it looks like it only has mashed bananas.

Because of the banana chunks, every bite you’ll take will be much more sumptuous.

The base was flavorful even without the cream! (Which is very rare.)

The dulce de leche was just right in amount and in level of sweetness.

The drizzled syrup on the top also blended well into the whole pie.

It is definitely a must try!!

Second Strategy: Seoul Culture

I am fond of researching about different cultures especially that of Korea.

Seoulites or even just Koreans in general are known to be coffee lovers who loves cutesy and homey cafes.

Also, their love for technology is evident. This cafe reflects all that.

Technology:

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the large flat screen wall-mounted TV but below you’ll be able to see a portion of it with the tumblers and mug collections they have for sale. (*click the pictures for enlarged images)

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Coffee lovers:

For the coffee loving part, they even have this drip coffee machine/apparatus which produces their Dutch Coffee for hours!

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The small bottles on the left side are filled with the concentrated Dutch Coffee.

Because of the mirror and the light, I couldn’t capture the price of it. Sorry!

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These are some books they have which you can borrow during your stay there.

The cafe itself has a very “feel at home” feel to it.

I (again) failed to take pictures of the wall decorations they have around the cafe but there is this area where you can write down notes on post-its and post it on the wall for everybody to see. They also have an area wherein you can clip your pictures during your visit of the wall.

Third Strategy: Trendy & Modern architectural design

Seoul Culture is trendy and modern in itself.

What I’ve said from the second strategy is also applicable here.

As you can see, their menu is shown on the TV screens.

Also, the font of their “Departure” and “Arrival” area signifies the digital age that we have today.

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The two farthest TV screens are for their advertisements.

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From their entrance to their decorations, you can see how modern and trendy their cafe is.

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Look past beyond the people here and you will see the frames on the leftmost part.

There are also stools there and cocktail tables. In the middle of those tables are Samsung Galaxy tablets!!

(When we went there though, they were turned off. Maybe you need to ask the manager to open it ^^)

How modern can this cafe get! 🙂

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Because of the lack of time, we weren’t able to try other food or drinks but I’m sure that we’ll definitely be back here.

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I badly want to taste their patbingsu because the first patbingsu I tasted was really good and it was also from a korean store.

Their waffles on the menu were also enticing and the drinks were really very colorful.

That’s it for my first review and I hope you check them out!

—wanderrwithmee

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Rating:
Banoffee Pie – 10/10
Ambiance –  5/5
Servers –  5/5 (very friendly)
Price –  4/5
Satisfaction –  9/10 (Because we still haven’t tried much)
Recommend : Definite yes!!


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