Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2013

Being enthusiasts of aircrafts, my husband and son wouldn’t want to miss it for the world to see the LIMA 2013 static aircrafts and air show held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) and therefore they forced themselves (while dragging me along) through the MASSIVE traffic jam. We had to park far away outside the airport area and walked about 15 minutes to MIEC under the scorching hot weather.

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But it was all worth it; we were very happy to be surrounded by aircrafts! Let’s take a look at the pictures (please wait while they load and please use the left and right arrow to navigate):

 The air show summed up all the happiness!

SU-27P & SU-27UB (Russian Air Force)
Russian Knights SU-27P /SU-27UB (Russian Air Force)

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Spectators taking pictures.

About LIMA 2013

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2013 is the 12th edition of LIMA exhibition series held at  the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC), one of the largest and most prestigious exhibition and convention venues in northern Malaysia. It is strategically located at the centre of Langkawi Island and 30 minutes away from all major hotels, resorts and Kuah town. MIEC has been home to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition since opening her doors in mid 1995. It boasts a built up space of 22,050 square meters and a further 49,400 square meters of outdoor display area.

The exhibition hall caters to large and heavy exhibits through its triple volume ceiling and convenient purpose designed access. It’s location adjacent to the Langkawi International Airport makes it suitable for aircraft display and eases logistics planning. MIEC also provides international standard ancillary facilities such as banquet and seminar rooms, offices and business centre. Langkawi Island is an hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur and is also connected to the main land via regular ferry service. [Source: http://www.lima.com.my]

It was held last 26 – 30 March 2013 and opened to public the last two days.

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Flying on the inaugural Boeing’s 7500th 737 with Malindo Air

I was super excited when Malindo Air dropped me an e-mail inviting me for their inaugural media flight from KL to Kuching. Double excited when my blog buddy and BFF, LadjJava was invited as well. This inaugural flight was unique as we were on board Boeing’s 7500th 737! The first 737 was was delivered to Lufthansa in 1967. This new 737 is fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior that brings in the new modern designed interior similar to the Boeing 787 with LED lighting, larger pivoting overhead bins and a greater feeling of spaciousness.

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7500th Boeing 737 (9M-LNF).

The flight was even more unique as there were only 50 invited guests and media (13 being bloggers) and the rest were paying passengers. It was great seeing all the people (some who had no idea) enjoying the experience.

For your information, Malindo Air is a joint venture airline between Lion Air of Indonesia and the National Aerospace and Defense Industries (NADI) of Malaysia and the airline name takes after the two countries in the partnership (Malaysia & Indonesia). Hence the name Malindo Air. Malindo Air currently flies to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

The flight was awesome. Seated in the Economy Class, I got to enjoy the in-flight entertainment. Something that I didn’t get on board Air Asia during my Hong Kong trip last month. One thing missing is the earphones, though.  I normally carry earphones but lately I have been travelling without one because the earphones’ jack on my laptop is not working. Perhaps earphones is something that will be provided for free soon.

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Personal TV for everyone. Yay!

USB-portThere’s also USB Port. (Soon, there will be Internet connection, something that we social media freaks are looking forward to! )

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view2Views from my window seat.

Other than that, Economy Class passenger enjoys up to 15kg free hold luggage, light snacks (sandwich and mineral water) and plush leather seats with 32″ seat pitch. Comparison to other airlines: AirAsia’s 29″, AirAsia X 32″ and MAS 34″. (*Thanks to Sedunia Travel for the comparison info.)

As for Business Class, service comes with 45 inches legroom, delicious meals and 30kg free bag allowance, allowing passenger to travel in absolute comfort.

The flight to Kuching took about one and a half hour and when it was time to descent, I was about to sleep (haha!) but anyway the touch down was very smooth and guess what? We had a water cannon salute upon arrival!

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Some had no clue that it was water cannon and thought it was raining!

All the invited guests and media were escorted to Media Room, VIP Terminal, Kuching International Airport for a press conference and welcoming ceremony. We were welcomed by YBhg Dato’ Rashid Khan (Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board). Also present during the conference was Mr Chandran Rama Muthy (Chief Executive Officer of Malindo Air) and YB Datuk Amar Haji Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg (Honorable Minister of Housing and Minister of Tourism Sarawak).

During the press conference, Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said that Malindo Air’s next destination is Miri and India in June. It also aims for direct flights from Borneo to China and Hong Kong by early 2014. On expansion plans, he said right now the idea is to make Malaysia a transit hub for tourists coming in with Lion Air and also from the Malindo Air network.

Malindo Air is expected to have 12 units of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft by year-end.

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I am happy to be part of the inaugural flight as it was much more than just a flight. As a budget traveller, paying low fares but still benefiting from in-flight services without hidden extra costs is something that I look for.

Thank you Malindo Air for being not just low cost!

Summary
Who? Malindo Air – Not Just Low Cost
What? Currently fly to Kuching (4X daily)  and Kota Kinabalu (3X daily)
How much? RM78 to Kuching and RM108 (Promo price until 15 May 2013. Online booking)

Promo price
Photo: Malindo Air.

 

 

 

 

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7 things to do in Langkawi

I got the chance to revisit Langkawi last holiday after more than 20 years. It was spontaneous. Although I have a lot of work to be done t home, the idea of travelling never fails to get me excited. My husband told me in the morning (few weeks back) about wanting to go to Langkawi and next thing I knew I was packing and we left for Langkawi in the night on a road trip up to Kuala Kedah. Later it was ferry from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi. We rented a car and stayed in a room a bit off Kuah town as hotels were full due to the LIMA 2013 event.

In Langkawi, we managed to drive around (with the help of Garmin) and visited some great places in Langkawi. Below is a list of 7 things that my family and I managed to do in Langkawi and please feel free to use this list if you are looking for ideas of where to go with your family. I wanted to add LIMA 2013 to the list but as the event is held every two years, I think it is better that I write about it separately.

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1Explore and learn about aquatic animals at Underwater World Langkawi | UnderWater World (UWL) is a multi award-winning tourist attraction located in Pantai Cenang, a popular beach to the south of Langkawi Island. UWL houses a large collection of over 4000 aquatic lives. Various animals, birds and inhabitants of the sub-Antarctic, Temperate and Tropical Rainforest regions are also on display here. More than 100 species of seashells from various parts of the world are grouped together in a unique display. The exhibits provide an opportunity for visitors and particularly nature lovers, to study and examine them in a comfortable and unique environment.

The concept and theme of UWL are geared towards knowledge, education and entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and the inseparable bond between man and nature. So it is good to take your kids here and let them explore and learn about aquatic animals as well as other animals.

Admission fee: RM28 for adult; RM18 for children.
Operating hours: 10am to 6pm on normal days; 9.30pm to 6.30pm on School /public holidays.
Address : Underwater World Langkawi, Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Website: http://www.underwaterworldlangkawi.com.my

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Appreciate the diversity of various arts at Galeria Perdana | Galeria Perdana is located in Kilim, on the north-eastern part of Langkawi and it showcases a huge collection of friendship souvenirs of Tun Dr. Mahathir and his wife.  According to Tun, the  the souvenirs are not his personal belongings because they belong to the Government and the people of Malaysia. Thanks to Tun, the galleria was built in 2003 and we now have the opportunity to appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of various arts and culture portrayed here.

Admission fee: RM3 for adult; RM1 for children.
Operating hours: 10am to 5pm on normal days; 9pm to 6pm on School /public holidays. It is close on every Monday.
Address: Galeria Perdana, Kilim, Mukim Air Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Tel: 04-9591863/2214/1498


3Take a boat trip around Kilim Karst GeoPark
| The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park (KKGP) is situated not far from Galeria Perdana.  KKGP features a magnificent landscape of limestone hills with a multitude of pinnacles of varying shapes and sizes. It encompasses three river basins, namely Kilim, Air Hangat and Kisap. Also included in the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park are the islands of Pulau Langgun and Pulau Tanjung Dendang. There is an extensive cave system within the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Among the caves found here include Gua Tok Jangkit, Gua Teluk Dedap, Gua Cerita, Gua Teluk Udang, Gua Siam, Gua Buaya, Gua Tanjung Dendang, and the most important, Gua Kelawar. There are several package you can take around this park. Prices ranges from RM250 to 500. We took the cheapest one and got to visit Gua Kelawar, Fish Farm, Andaman Sea Tour and Eagle Watching.

Admission Fee: Based on package ranging from RM250 to RM500. Please view my slideshow for a picture of the package.
Address: Pengkalan Sungai Kilim, Mukim Air Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Telephone: 04-9592323

4Ride up to observation deck atop Mount Machinchang on Langkawi Cable Car | The base station is conveniently located inside Oriental Village. The ride  on the cable car will be an exhilarating experience as you will be able to observe the unique geological formations of the Mount Machincang range at close range . You will also enjoy dramatic views of the deep chasms, overhangs cliff walls, isolated pinnacles and some caves as well as observe at close range the unique flora on the ridges and the forested valley. Such nature monuments are seldom seen anywhere else in this combination except in Langkawi.

Since you are in Oriental Village, do take the chance to explore the village as it provides more than 50 activity & adventure; F&B outlets; souvenir & retail stores; galleries and spas, the Oriental Village offers a quality day-out of fun, adventure, shopping and gastronomic delights at one location!

Admission Fee: Adult RM30. Children RM20
Address: Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Telephone: 04-959 4225/1225

5Take picture-perfect family holiday photos at Dataran Lang | Dataran Lang (or Eagle Square) is located near the entry point of Langkawi; the jetty. Dataran Lang features a gigantic sculpture of an eagle measuring at 12-meter tall. In the vicinity of Dataran Lang, there are is a beautiful miniature fountains, terraces and bridges, making it the ideal place for those picture-perfect photos. The square is a good place to watch ferries ply across the harbour but plan a trip here early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its least intense.

Admission fee: FREE
Address: Kuah Jetty, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah. Opening hours: 24 hours daily

6Stroll and play along Pantai Kok beach | The beach here is quieter and more secluded than Pantai Cenang and it fronts a beautiful bay surrounded by limestone hills and verdant jungle. It is lined with a modern marina with a string of shops, bars and restaurants, petrol station, bank and post office. There is an area where you can park your car and let your kids play with sands and simply a dip. When the tide is low, the place is crowded with Pacific Reef Egret which are looking for food. This is also an opportunity for shutter-bug parents. There’s a mobile food trader who sells drinks and food such as Mee Rebus and Laksa should you feel hungry or thirsty.

Address: Jalan Telok Burau, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah. The beach area is located just after The Danna Langkawi Resort.

7Shop and dine at Jalan Pantai Cenang | Pantai Cenang is a haven for tourist shopping at the entire beach road is lined with shops and stalls on both sides. These shops sell mostly souvenirs in the form of fashion accessories, beads, handicrafts and merchandise but there are also many convenience stores. There is also a duty-free shop here. As for food, there are huge variety of international and local food, you pick your choice.

Address: Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.

 

 

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Art & Places: The Wave, KL

I was looking for some information about Whale and Dolphins sculpture when Niza told me it might be Abdul Multhalib’s work. I went google-ing his name and came across Arcawam’s blog article about local sculptures in Malaysia where it features Abdul Multhalib. Thanks to the writer/sculptor, Rosli Zakaria, I managed to get information about who sculpted Whale and Dolphins.

So later, I became interested in finding more information about Abdul Multhalib and his works. From his website, I found out that some of his works are displayed here in KL and jotted down the list on my phone. Last weekend I made that effort (it’s not like I have to take cheap flights to get there, it was just a 20 minutes drive) with my son to go and find one of his outdoor sculptures named The Wave, situated at Wisma Selangor Dredging. But of course, this won’t be the only only as I’ll be making the hunt for his other sculptures when time permits.

Abdul Multhalib Musa is known for his ‘fluid metal sculptures’ which seem to have been effortlessly carved out of metal. He has been granted numerous international awards and residencies in recognition of the works that he has done. An architect by training, Abdul Muthalib chose to be a sculptor and artist because he loves art more and according to him, he would be doing art and art related stuff, even if he was working as an architect. Using his knowledge in architecture, he created a one-of-a-kind style in his work. This is to bridge the highly technical aspect in architectural work and abstract representation of form more commonly associated to art.

Now let’s take a look at The Wave.

The Wave by Abdul Multhalib Musa.
The Wave.

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My son,Yassin, in front of The Wave.

According to Abdul Multhalib, The Wave reflects the eminent presence of Selangor Dredging Berhad (SDB) over the years, creating a wave in the market that has been sustained since being established in the 1960s. The overall undulating element of the sculpture evokes a strong presence that is responsible in creating this continuous flowing motion. This is the intangible yet prominent force that the SDB exudes to its surrounding environment.

The mound at the base of the sculpture creates an illusion that the sculpture is rising from the earth. This relates thematically to the history of SDB, beginning as a company that is literally, down to earth. The earth and the mound acts as a firm foundation and rising from this is the artwork, a steel sculpture design that reflects a modern and contemporary style of living. This is in line with the current focus of SDB to promote a better quality lifestyle for the Malaysian public. The sculpture conveys a new direction towards strength and innovation as SDB seeks to build lifelong relationships by being caring and respectful towards their stakeholders, the people and the environment.”

The Wave was completed in 2006 and was made from mild steel tube. It stands at 2.2m high with 4.8m length x 5.5m width. This work gave rise to another similar work of his; ‘Swell‘.

If you are interested to see The Wave, do visit Wisma Selangor Dredging, just opposite Angkasa Raya building at Jalan Ampang, very near to KLCC.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my gratitude to Abdul Multhalib for taking the time to reply my e-mail regarding this particular work of his. Please do check out his works here: ((())) and Inchek Multhalib’s FB.

Reference:
http://www.multhalib.com
Abdul Multhalib himself (through e-mail conversation)

 

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Art & Places: Whale and Dolphins Sculpture, KLCC Park

This Whale and Dolphins have always been intriguing to me. My son loves them and I bet other kids love them too!

whale01My son (right) and his cousin Idham admiring Whale and Dolphins.

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Whale up-close.

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Dolphins.

Whale and Dolphins were created by Australian sculptor, John Underwood in 1997. This multi-layered sculpture consists of a 6 meter high whale and two 2.5 metre dolphins. The concept reminds me of three dimensional topography charts.

One might be wondering why whale and dolphins? As a mother to a kid whose fascination with these animals is humongous, I think I know why Underwood built these animals here. Whale and dolphin can only be found in certain part of the world but certainly not in Malaysia. He is bringing these animals to the local kids in the form of art. This is to let kids appreciate both the animal and art. This sculpture will spark questions of where the animals came from, the taxonomy, the ecology, the evolution, anything there is to know about them. It is our duty to educate our kids about these animals and maybe someday we can take our kids to see the real ones around the world.

Bring your kids here to enjoy the shallow swimming pool while admiring great public art. Location: KLCC Park near Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. View map.

 

Some reference are from: Arcawam

 

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Autoshow @ Putrajaya

The only time I saw fancy colorful cars was when I watched The Cars movie. Remember when the truck was sleepy and McQueen was sleeping safe and sound inside, there was a group of cars with loud music and fire coming out from the exhaust?

Well, I saw real ones today. My family and I was attending a wedding at Perbadanan Putrajaya hall when we saw an autoshow at Precint 3 Boulevard. We stopped by as my son wants to see the cars up-close. He was very excited!

Here are some of the pictures I captured during the autoshow.

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Yassin and his dad with their favourite Bumblebee.

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Whoaaa… fire-spitting exhaust!

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Hellooooo Kitty!

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This shows how the owner loves Hello Kitty so much.

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Bambush.

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Chun Li.

 More on my Instagram or sidebar mini gallery later!

 

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7 parks and gardens to visit with kids in KL

Parks and gardens can be magical places for kids. They offer kids the chance to be close to nature, to smell the fresh air, to enjoy the beautiful colors and best of all to just be themselves; run, jump and run some more!   I have some favourite parks and gardens in Kuala Lumpur (KL) that I have visited and below is a list of 7 parks and gardens that I like you to visit with your kids. A trip to the parks and gardens can open up a whole new world of nature appreciation.

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Perdana Botanical Gardens.

1Perdana Botanical Gardens | Perdana Botanical Gardens has always been my top favourite spot with family. Sits on a sprawling 101 hectares of land right in the heart of the city, the 133 year-old park gives visitors the ambiance of being in a tropical rainforest. It has been the most popular public recreational park in Kuala Lumpur.

Take your kids here and learn the name of plants, trees and flowers with them. Walk (or ride on bicycle) on the trail with them and get that sweat out. Look up and see different kind of birds. Enjoy the train ride around the gardens with them. Let them be themselves at the playground. Visit the waterfall and get to see fish and insects. The activities and things to see here are endless. Visiting hours: Mondays to Sundays, 7am to 8pm. View map.

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KLCC Park.

2KLCC Park | The beautiful park is inspired by the talented Brazilian master of gardens, the late Roberto Burle Marx. Spread over 50-acres, here you can find combination of trees, shrubs, structures of cement, stones and wood as well as various water features not to mention elements of shapes. About 1900 indigenous trees and 66 species of palms have been planted at the park to encourage bio-diversity. Part of the park is also designed as haven for birds and other local faunas.

The main attraction for kids here are the playgrounds and children’s pool area. There are also public amenities such as shelters, benches, rest areas, drinking fountains, public toilets as well as 1.3 km jogging track encircling the park. The children’s playground opens everyday from 7am to 10pm and as for the children’s pool, it opens from 10am – 7.30pm during weekdays and 10am – 9.30pm during weekend and public holiday. It closes for maintenance on Monday. Please take note that only kids below 12 are allowed to use the play structures. Eating, drinking and smoking are also not allowed here else the guards will blow off their whistle. View map.

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KL Forest Eco Park.

3KL Forest Eco Park | KL Forest Eco Park is one of the oldest permanent forest reserve in the country.  It covers an area of approximately 11 hectares and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. It was gazetted in 1906 and was formerly known as Bucket Weld Forest Reserve. In 1934, it was gazetted as a Wildlife Reserve and Bird Sanctuary. In 1950, a pristine section of about 5 hectares was gazetted as a Virgin Jungle Reserve.

KL Forest Eco Park functions as a Green Lung as well as a recreational area for city dwellers. Here you and your kids can see and learn names of the rich variety of flora that flourishes within the forest includes rare herbs, creepers, ferns, climbers and giant bamboo grasses. Visiting hours: 7.00am to 6.00pm daily including weekends and public holidays.  View map.

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4Titiwangsa Park | Titiwangsa Park is a recreational park for family with a large lake as its main attraction. This 95 hectares park offers aquatic activities like boating and canoeing, two playgrounds areas for children, a remote control car track, horseback riding, football field, badminton court, tennis court, squash court, jogging tracks, cycling area, pavilion, food stalls, a stadium and golf-course. Visiting hours: Mondays to Sundays, 7am to 10pm. View map.

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Butterfly Park.

5Butterfly Park | Butterfly Park is the largest butterfly garden in the world spanning over 80,000 sq ft of landscaped garden with over 5,000 live butterflies, exotic plants, butterfly-host plants and ferns. Contributing to Butterfly Park’s beautiful landscape is a uniquely designed hydro-pond built with a limestone path right in the centre. Other attractions here are Japanese koi fish, fresh water turtles, live insects and an insect museum where you and your kids can learn names of insect and butterfly species. There is also a nursery and breeding area for the butterflies as well as a souvenir shop near the exit selling local handicrafts, fridge magnets, t-shirts, caps, bags, framed butterflies and many more. Visiting hours: Mondays to Sundays, 7am to 10pm. View map.

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Permaisuri Lake Garden.

6Permaisuri Lake Garden | Taman Tasik Permaisuri is a recreational park that boasts a synthetic jogging track, reflexology walking path, topiary gardens, floral arch trellises, children’s playground, gazebos,man-made island, a variety of jogging routes, ornamental fountains, a 7-tiered flower terrace, a tropical flowers garden and a herb garden.

Nestled between the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur City Center and the many highways that serve this area, this park has a large catchment of residents staying around Cheras, Ampang, Bukit Jalil and adjacent neighborhoods. Visiting hours: Mondays to Sundays, 7am to 8pm. View map.

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7Science Wonderland | Located at National Science Center at Bukit Kiara, Science Wonderland is an educational park that encompasses all aspects of science, technology, innovation and nature. The wonderland consists of Focal Point, Activity Arena, Waterplaza, Interactive Zone, Subterranean Journey, Garden of Nature, Pocket Garden, Herb Garden, Aquatic Life and Pre-Historic Garden. Visiting hours: Mondays to Sundays, 9am to 5pm. View map.

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