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Hunting Halal Foods When Travelling in Lombok Island

Lombok is one of gorgeous islands in Indonesia which has attracted tourists all over the world. The raw beauty of the island has captivated many hearts. There are many gili or small islands amongst the main islands which can make you feel like having a private vacation on a secret island. However, it is not the only reason why Lombok is one of the most visited travel destination in Indonesia. Lombok has promoted halal tourism for years to provide safe and comfortable trip for Muslim travelers all over the world. Thus, it is easy to find halal foods when travelling to Lombok.

Authentic local halal foods to try when travelling to Lombok

If you are food lovers and cannot just travel without hunting down the local delicacies first then Lombok is the right destination to visit. There are authentic local dishes you can try while enjoying the beauty served by the nature. Besides, these dishes have halal label which can make Muslim travelers feel at ease enjoying their meals during their trip. Here are some of authentic local delicacies which are also halal, you can find when travelling in Lombok Island, Indonesia:

  • Ayam Taliwang is of course in the first place when it comes to Lombok’s signature cuisine. This is a spicy grilled chicken originally comes from Karang Taliwang Village in Lombok. It is made of chicken half cooked on the grill then removed and dipped in marinade of cooking oil and spicy sauce. The sauce itself is made of garlic, chili, and shrimp paste. It is then grilled again once the marinade sets. It is usually served with Plecing, Lombok salad made of boiled spinach or morning glory with tomato sauce and Sambal Beberuk. It is not a complete mission if you travel to Lombok without trying this authentic dish.
  • Babalung is next recommended local dish when you visit Lombok. It is usually served during celebration or parties. However, you can also order this dish in traditional dines or even five-star hotel in Lombok. It is dish with ribs as main star. This is soup based dish made of cow or goat ribs originally. The ribs are usually traditionally seasoned with various spices and herbs to make it taste and smell heavenly delicious. It is usually served with plain rice, a slice of lemon, and chops of chili pepper.
  • Satay Rembiga is Lombok’s version of skewer. Satay means skewer in Indonesian which has been one of the most iconic foods. Every region in Indonesia has different version of Satay. Lombok’s version is Satay Rembiga, which is made of seasoned grilled meat and served with rice. The taste is spicy and sweet. This dish originally comes from Rembiga Village in Selaparang, Lombok.
  • Ayam Balap Puyuh is Lombok’s authentic cuisine with chicken as the main star. It is originated from Puyung Village. This dish is a combination of rice, fried chicken, spicy shredded chicken, vegetables, fried soya bean, as well as fried seasoned grated coconut and chili paste. This is served on a banana leaf most of the times.
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How to Survive Travelling with Food Allergies

Travelling can be fun but it also opens many possible things including trigger your food allergies. There is high chance that you most likely have no idea what ingredients in your food served during your trip. Those who have food allergies often choose to stay at home to stay safe. Well, travelling is an option and everyone has the right to do it or not. However, food allergies shouldn’t limit or reduce happiness coming from travelling especially if it is what you like to do. What you need to do is not stop travelling but find a way to stay safe doing it even with your food allergies as your companion.

How to Survive Travelling with Food Allergies

Surviving food allergies while travelling

Many travelers who also have food allergies have proved that they can have fun during travelling and stay safe. Travelling with food allergies is not to be underestimated but it doesn’t mean you have to be so stress to think about it. Here are tips to survive from food allergies while travelling:

–        Make a research before going to your destination is the right thing to do. You can use apps on your phone to help you find safe things to eat or locate restaurants serving food for people with allergies.

–        Be more prepared before travelling. Some travelers may love spontaneous travel. However, it is not for travelers with food allergies. You should prepare everything you need related to your food allergies such as medication, first-aid kit, etc. Make sure to stock them in your bag before travelling so you can easily reach them in emergency.

–        If you are going to travel with friends, work mates, or families, make sure they are informed about your food allergies in advance. Therefore, it can prevent from unnecessary mishaps such as bringing you foods containing things that can trigger your allergies. Informing the will not make you look weak. Instead, they can help you just in case your allergies hit you during your trip.

–        Learn local language of your destination before. At least, you can learn simple words related to your food allergies such as what allergy is in the local language or what cashew in the local language is. Therefore, you can be more aware of what you are going to eat in your destination. You can also write a card saying about your food allergies in local language and show it to the server to inform the about your condition.

–        It is safer to bring your own snacks if you don’t want to deal with unknown snacks during your trip. Thus, you don’t have to wander around searching for snacks if your flight is delayed. Being ignorant of things you eat will only lead you to suffer.

–        It is highly advised to reach out to your airline in advance and let them informed about your food allergies. By speaking up, you can prevent from unnecessary mishaps. Airlines now are more versed in handling passengers with food allergies so you don’t hesitate to tell them about your condition.

 

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Surviving Safe Komodo Trip with School-Age Sized Kids

Komodo trip is no longer hidden gems amongst the most adventurous earth explorer. As this UNESCO’s protected site is enlisted on the New 7 Wonders of the World, Komodo National Park soon become Indonesia’s next Bali and now it attracts tourists of all ages. Today, lots of families are excited to take their children to see the raw and enchanting land of Komodo. With so much things to explore, Komodo will never be a bore in the eyes of young kids!

As much interesting as it seems, however, Komodo has never enlisted as true child-friendly destination, if not at all. Accommodation might have evolved, but the prehistoric Komodo dragons don’t. The rough terrains at surrounding islands stay the same (a relieve!) and that means a challenging adventure for both you and your kids.

Surviving Safe Komodo Trip with School-Age Sized Kids

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So before you go, here are few preparation to ensure a safe and equally exciting Komodo trip with your kiddos.

Sounding First

Do try sounding to your kids days or even weeks before departing. They might get overtly excited to finally be able to see the real, living “dragons” with their own eyes, but they need to exhibit certain behaviours while exploring the dragon’s lair. Do talk to them what they can and cannot do during a dragon hunting (e.g; touching the dragons, getting way too close, wandering off from parents’ watch, standing on the tip of the boat, etc). Let them know how fascinating the dragons are and how dangerous they are in the same time.

Most Komodo trip will likely involve multiple day sailing with liveaboard boats. If you are travelling with liveaboard, give your kids a picture of how living in liveaboard looks like and what they should not do in the boat.

Encourage Curiosity, Discourage Lone Exploration

Lone exploration might make kids feel like embarking on their little Indiana Jones expedition, especially in places as raw as Komodo. Jagged island with stone mountain, high rising palm lontar trees, and thick bushes, Komodo’s landscape is giving off thick Jurassic-like vibes that will make any kids lost in adventure. While it’s good to stimulate children’s curiosity, creativity, and overall mental abilities, it’s important to stress this strict rule to kids: never wander in Komodo Island without adults and always ask parents’ permission before doing anything. As a good predator as they are, Komodo’s camouflage skills is very impressive and they are known to ambush their prey from a perfectly hidden spot. 

Do Exercise with Your Kids; Stroller is Not Recommended

Komodo National Park is a rough terrain. The islands are naturally left wild—dusty, rocky, and wavy—with no paved paths. Strollers are practically useless, they can snap in a split of second in such terrain. Tell your kids that they’ll need to walk a long way and do a lot of hike during their trip in Komodo, and they can’t use the stroller given of the condition. Before going to Komodo, spare some time with your kids to do exercise together and train their muscles (and yours, too).

While it’s time for land exploration, prepare to go as light as possible; only carry the most essential needs and leave less necessary things in the boat. You gonna need your hands and shoulder to carry them along, eventually.

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Snacking Healthy on the Go: Yummy Without Feeling Guilty!

It seemed to be a predicament I’ve always found myself in—getting hungry in the midst of a walk through the buzzing city of faraway lands, or a rumbling stomach in the midst of feeling the sand on my toes. Flocking to the nearest convenience store in search for some bread and maybe some potato chips is highly tempting. But this has gone far too often and seriously, I needed to take a grip and do something about this craving. Of course the obvious answer is bringing a snack on my own. But what are the options that I’d actually enjoy?

Dark chocolate

Apples and Pears

These fruits last longer compared to say, banana. Bringing the food who is the best way to ensure it will last throughout the day—they could even last through 4 days or more without refrigeration. If you have time and willing to prepare your snacks for ease of eating though, you can chop your fruits into thick slices and keep them inside an airtight container. These fruits are great source of carbohydrate that will energize you throughout your travel. And most importantly, they’re delicious!

Dark chocolate

Not just any chocolate. Most of over the counter chocolates you can find are filled with just sugar. Ideally, pick one with cocoa content above 85%. These babies are hella delicious and filling. Just two bars of 100 gr dark chocolate can last you from breakfast to lunch, probably beyond.

Dried fruits

Raisins stay at the top of my favorite for dried fruits. You can find plenty of these at home or at the local supermarket or cake ingredients stores at your destination. Dried blackberry, dried blueberries, cherries, cantaloupe, you name it! Another popular option for dried fruit is dates. Thick and sweet and one piece is larger than the other options listed above. Yum!

Granola bars

Sounds very millennial-esque. But these bars are gaining popularity with the millennials not without a reason! Chock-full with nutrients and a very quick snack for people on the go, these bars are deemed super efficient. Grains are high in fiber. And granola bars are often combined with dried fruits for flavoring. However it’s noteworthy that many granola bars out there are nothing more than a “glorified candybar” as TIME.com noted. Make sure to pay attention to the labels. Take note of the sugar content! And protein powders is superficial, and may not provide you with the whole range of energy you may need.

Greek Yogurt

This one is a bit tricky as you may need some form of refrigeration if you want it to last. However, it’s generally fine if you simply need something to last you from breakfast to lunch, for instance. You can also get an ice gel pack and keep them inside a thermal container. Greek yogurt is known to have more nutrient content compared to the regular yogurt. It’s so much more dense and has much less liquid compared to the regular yogurt. It’s chock-full with proteins and the good bacteria for your healthy probiotic intake that benefit your digestive system. It’s also a highly versatile snack that can be enjoyed with the fruits or bread, or virtually anything you decide to bring with you!

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How to Make Reservations for Tourists Interested in Broadway Shows

The Broadway theater is undoubtedly an iconic New York experience. The visitors to the Theater District in Manhattan is always packed with tourists. The experience may cross your mind when you’re visiting the metropolitan. Or perhaps you’re attending all the way across the country or even across the globe in order to attend a Broadway play. The theater that had been operating for hundreds of years is known to attract millions of tourists every year, a number that kept on increasing annually.

For those who are not exactly familiar with Broadway or plays in general, you may find it a bit surprising that tickets can be reserved well ahead of time. You can even reserve months in advance before the show. This is especially true for the most popular shows that go on all-year long. So how do you reserve tickets for Broadway shows while you’re traveling to New York?

How to Make Reservations for Tourists Interested in Broadway Shows

What’s your reason to see Broadway?

Do you want to see specific actors? Do you like a particular title? Or perhaps you just happen to be in town and think why not go to a Broadway? Whatever your reasons, it’s important to check first. If you simply go to the theater without any prior research, you may find yourself disappointed because of the title or the actors you’re going to see is not performing at that day. The easiest way to find out is by going to the Broadway official website for the information that you’re looking for. The website would have the updated information about the current actors and the current titles playing in Broadway.

Book the ticket

The most straightforward way to obtain a Broadway ticket is by going to the Broadway official website and pick your dates. Some websites offer discounted tickets such as TDF and playbill, however, not all titles would have some kind of discounts. The most popular Broadway shows like Wicked, for example, generally have sold-out seats and would likely not have such discounts. Pick your seats. Unlike in cinema, seats prices can vary greatly.

For popular shows, the best seats are usually sold out months in advance.

Don’t buy from ticket scalpers

Plan your trip to the Broadway in advance so that you don’t have to be desperate and look for tickets from the ticket scalpers. This is especially important if you want to obtain hard to get tickets or plays that needed to be booked far in advance. Tickets in the Orchestra seating is going to cost more. It’s going to set you back $20 – $50 compared to the mezzanine seating. If budget is not your issue, then by any means book from the official website and splurge on one of the front rows of the Orchestra seatings. Bringing a group of people of 15 or more would also give you a discount.

You may also get even better seats known as “House seats” usually reserved for the producers or the actors of the shows and they’re commonly the best seats you can get in the theater. It’s unfortunately not sold through the official websites and often it’s not sold at all. You needed to go to the theater directly with no guarantee of getting the seats, as it is put on sale a few hours before the show commence. But if you’re determined to get it, it may be worth a try.

 

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Komodo Liveaboard Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard Before

Komodo liveaboard sits in the top of the list for any traveler who wish to make a trip to Komodo. Made to cater traveler’s need for exploring the foreign frontier, these schooners is a perfect cross between vessel and a floating resort. Following Indonesian traditional phinisi, most of the boats are made entirely from wood, presenting Indonesian ancient charm in the past for an authentic sailing experience, but not without being equipped with creature comforts.

Liveaboard boats are designed for people to live aboard the ship. These boats are large enough to have a number of built-in cabins, kitchen, diver area, diving and water sport equipments storage, and spacious communal room for a get-together place. This way, travelers have the possibilities of exploring Komodo’s pretty little islands and plentiful dive sites without having go back and forth from Labuan Bajo. Taken that you need the liveaboard for your journey, there are few things you need to know about the boats. Do take notes to ensure a smooth sailing preparation.

Komodo Liveaboard Facts You Probably Haven't Heard Before

Some Komodo Liveaboard are not operating during the monsoon season

While the monsoon season rapidly approaching Labuan Bajo, most of the liveaboard boats are already take their last trip of the year. The hardest rainfall happens between December to February. During these times, the sea would swell and the weather would generally be too dangerous to sail. Most liveaboard operator are taking a rest—only larger boats that take the risks. Generally, you will be advised to wait until March, when the sun shines again and the sea has getting calmer than before.

Most Liveaboard don’t cover travel insurance

Almost all liveaboard operator in Labuan Bajo doesn’t have travel insurance included in the package. This is almost guaranteed in Komodo budget liveaboard. You need to be responsible to yourself and have your own travel insurance anywhere you go. Though liveaboard trips are generally safe, it’s better to be protected on your independent travel insurance in case something went wrong.

Standard Liveaboard usually cater to 8 – 20 people

Komodo liveaboard boats are generally not a mega ship. They normally cater between 8 to 20 people just for a single trip. This ensure an intimacy settings between passengers and quality services from the crew—no one is left behind.

Beside that, Komodo waters is not really suitable for bigger cruise. The coral under the water is protected and the straits between islands are sometimes too narrow to pass on. With standard liveaboard size, they need to keep the passengers small to make sure everyone has decent cabin and space to stay in.

You can rent the whole liveaboard alone

Though most of the boat in Labuan Bajo are sold for open-trip kind of trip, there are some Komodo liveaboard that can be rented as a whole when you need extra privacy. Private occasion as family trip, honeymoon, and bachelor party are perfect excuses to launch a journey without outsider disturbance and get really disconnected in the frontier Komodo with only the closest person to you.

Itineraries can be pre-made or tailored

When you walk to Komodo boat operator offices, chances are they have itinerary ready in hand. Some operators have it fixed—it’s either you take it or leave it, but some allows you to tailor your own itineraries, especially when you rent a private Komodo boat. A flexible trip like this offers you a chance to pick up only the most interesting destination around Komodo to visit. You can leave out the ones that either not interesting or require a specific skills you don’t have (e.g: deep water diving licence).

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Why You Choose Off Season Travel

Travelling is supposed to be fun and relaxing. If you get more stressed while or after travelling then what’s the point of it? There are many places around the world you can explore to satisfy your desire of adventure. However, there are also some places where those have become everyone’s favourite.

Choose the off season travel

As the result, you will be stuck in a crowd of tourists and won’t be able to really enjoy the vibe of travelling especially when it comes to the peak season. Holiday is when everyone is willing to go out to popular tourist attractions.

As the result, the rates of accommodation, ticket plane, as well as others is rising to the point where you need to readjust your finance to suit your need of a wonderful travel.

Reasons why off season travel is better

It is not easy to have time and go to any places to travel freely. That is why when the holiday season comes most people like to use it to the fullest to travel to popular places. However, travelling in off season is really worth it.

You might as well start considering this after understanding the reasons why off season travel is much better in many ways:

  • Travelling during off seasons means you can book cheaper flights. Since the demand is not at the peak, the rate will be at normal. There is also low possibility for you to get less option about the flight class you want to buy. If you are budget traveler, this is a great benefit to get since you can save your budget from excessive expense.
  • Low seasons leads to cheaper accommodation as well. The rates will be reduced significantly during off season that you will have many options on your hands. In travel budget, accommodation is one of the major expenses. Thus, having cheaper accommodation will help you to save your budget and use your spare money for other things.
  • Travelling during low season is also safer since the rates of criminal will be lower. When the number of tourists increased, the number of potential crimes such as pickpocket, thieves, etc. will be increasing as well. It is easy to lose your wallet in the crowd of tourist. It also will be harder if you travel with kids during peak season. You need to stay alert in watching your kids since they have more potential to get lost. In the end, you won’t really be able to relax during your travel at all.
  • Travelling during low season also means you will be more comfortable since the situation is more peaceful and serene. Travelling during peak season means you will have longer queue so you will lose your time to really enjoy the place. Travelling during off season also means you can really enjoy the tourist attraction to the fullest. You can relax and let your guard down for a while to really appreciate the view in front of your eyes. You can also learn more about the culture since you have time.
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Prestigious Stay at the Luxury Villas Seminyak

It seems like there’s no end for making the unforgettable travel stories in Bali. People are keep on visiting and enjoy what they are possible to get. Of all the things you can take your trip to the next level, staying in a luxury villas at Seminyak can be part of experiencing your travel at its best. Bali is great for many of the attractions and destinations you have in mind, but you have to ensure that you are also get the best accommodation to make your trip furthermore.

When you are staying in a luxury villas Seminyak, you are possible to get yourself anywhere. It is like a centre where you have flexibility to go to your desire spots or places in Bali.

Luxury villas Seminyak is for those who need more privacy. I know that you are also have a choice for a luxury hotel room, but it can’t match the privacy. I am really sure that even the level of 5 stars hotel can’t beat the villa.

Prestigious stay at the luxury villas Seminyak Bali

You can even swim naked if that will be the thing you want, just make sure that you haven’t ordered services before so there will only be you and your partner if there will be one.

Staying in a luxury villas at Seminyak is the prestigious thing you can give for yourself. You could have experienced it at least once in your life. You have left your city and fly far away to Bali, there should at least one thing you can makes as the gift for yourself.

The luxury private pool villas at Seminyak sounds great to me as the gift I am talking about. Give yourself a chance for an impressive temporary stay!

Anyway, I keep on talking about the Seminyak since the first. It is the incredible location—a village in Bali situated at the coastline. If you are in Bali and stay at the luxury villas Seminyak, you are probably get yourself to the beach in only 2 minutes by walk.

Even if you can’t dream of the beachfront villa in Bali especially at Seminyak village, you can still feel the tropical beach vibe since the distance is so close to the shore.

One and my main villas recommendation that you can rent in Seminyak is what the Hu’u Villas Bali provided as shown on above image. There are various type of villas you can rent from the 1 bedroom loft up to the 13 bedrooms villa since one of the villa’s concept is the interconnected villas. Means that you can even join the 1 and 2 bedrooms villa to get the 3 bedrooms villa, even though it also provided the 3 bedroom penthouse.

But if you need more than 3 such as 4, 5, 6,7 up to 13 bedrooms villa, then I think that there will be no other villas in Bali with the similar concept. So you will not only stay in luxury, but this unique concept may also the new thing for many of us to experience.

One of the main travel goals is to experience the most of the destination you are heading and stay in an impressively luxury villas Seminyak can be part of it.

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Transportation to Get Around Indonesia

When it comes to the most desired travel destination in Asia, Indonesia is one of them. This country is home to more than 18,000 islands with divergent cultures. It is easy to feel like you are teleporting to a different place when you visit Indonesia. It is such a fun challenge to visit one place to another. There are many interesting places to visit when you travel to Indonesia. You can go to the most modern part of the country to the rawest one. You can visit Indonesia to have a romantic honeymoon or adventurous travel. Besides, access to Indonesia is easy that you won’t find any problem to get there.

Option of transportation to get around Indonesia

For travelers around the world, visiting Indonesia is not a trouble at all. Any type of transportation is available to accommodate you conveniently. Here are transportation options available for your journey to and while in Indonesia to be more enjoyable:

  • Air Transportation in Indonesia is relatively inexpensive. Therefore, Indonesia is one of the desired travel destinations by budget travelers or backpackers. You can also opt for Garuda Indonesia and choose economy class with the best service that seems so far from the word ‘economy’. Popular airports that the travelers can fly to are Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, and Juanda International Airport in Surabaya.
  • Trains are also available in Indonesia so you can get around with ease and convenience. For example, you can travel through main islands in Java by riding java’s extensive railway network. There are different classes available to choose such as Executive or Business. You can go from Jakarta to Surabaya, and even cross to Bali by riding train combined with ferry ride.
  • Bus is also available and one of the cheapest public transportations you can take to get around Indonesia. It offers more departure times than the train. It is also the most popular land transportation. Besides, there are tourist attractions which can only be reached by bus. You can book a bus trip directly at the station on the day of your departure. However, there are also few online outlets which allow you to book a trip online.
  • Ferry is also one of the most common transportation in Indonesia especially when Indonesia is home to thousands islands connected mainly by passenger boat. You can book a cheap eat in order to across Indonesia’s vast archipelago. If your destination is long, it may take days to cross from port to port.
  • There are also other transportations you can take while exploring around Indonesia. For near destinations, you can take taxi or angkot (Indonesian public transportation). Other options include becak (three-wheeled traditional transportation), ojek (motorcycle), or delman (traditional transportation similar to horse-carriage).

Getting around indonesia is not difficult since there are various options of transportation you can use according to your convenience. It is recommended to keep your belonging within your eye-sight to preent from pick-pocketing while you are in Indonesian public transportation.

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The Best Bali Diving Spots Where You Should Go

If you have a hobby of diving, why not visit Bali? Try family diving trips or solo diving? But why are there still many people thinking a lot of diving isn’t for children? The security guarantee factor is indeed a problem that is feared by parents. But there is the best solution for those of you who want to try family diving trips. Now children can get diving training with family. The minimum age for children is 12 years or more. You will definitely enjoy a diving training experience with children.

Bali Diving Spots

No need to worry because there are many experienced instructors who will help. Before you enjoy the sight of the popular and amazing Bali diving spots, make sure you have a diving certificate. There are many rows of dive centers in Bali that can help you explore the underwater, whether you are a beginner or professional divers. Even professionals need a lot of training because they realize that a lot must be learned and known.

For beginners, after completing a diving course, they will be certified as divers immediately. But it is not immediately you can dive wherever you want. You have to do the stages of exploring Bali diving spots for beginners. What is meant is where you will not find underwater with dangerous currents.

Perfect Bali Diving Spots For Beginners

If you have passed training, look for a dive package for beginners. This will make it easier for you to find the best Bali diving spots for you. The dive center has safe dive spots for beginners. Tanjung Benoa is one of Bali diving spots that are perfect for beginners. The fact is not only the best for beginners but also has amazing underwater scenery.

Don’t try to find Bali diving spots without a professional guide. This will greatly endanger your safety. You should avoid guides who are not certified and inexperienced. Taking a dive package at the dive center might be a little more expensive, but the safety of your diving will be guaranteed.

Remarkable Bali Diving Spots For Professional

For you, professional divers don’t need to worry. There are many choices of Bali diving spots that you can explore. Amed, Tulamben, Nusa Penida, Lembongan, Menjangan Island and many of the best dive spots for professional divers. Diving in Bali is a favorite of world divers. There are many opportunities for diving because Bali has a friendly climate throughout the year. Make sure you plan to be able to make fun and successful dives.

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