The {Other} Interestings #7

A brief digression followed by eight articles for your weekend reads.

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Happy Sunday! I hope you’re excited for Christmas! Although my family and I don’t celebrate it, we enjoy immersing ourselves in the spirit of Christmas. We put up our Christmas tree, enjoy baked goods, stay in and watch whatever that’s on TV. Nothing too exciting but spending time together is what matters the most.

This year, we won’t be able to do a proper Christmas celebration as we’ll be moving. Lots of cleaning, packing and unpacking. Not my favorite part of moving but at least once that’s all done, we can enjoy living in a clean and beautiful space.

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Nevertheless, I’ve been slowly getting into the Christmas celebration mood by visiting Christmas markets and watching Christmas-y movies on Netflix. While others tend to choose movies that are family friendly (with happy endings of course), I like to go for something that’s unpredictable. Yesterday, I decided on Hector. The story follows a homeless Scotsman’s journey to London, where Hector spends his Christmas in a shelter. On his way there, Hector attempts to reconnect with the family he left behind for 15 years. This short film won’t leave you feeling bubbly but it’ll make you reflect on a number of things, among them include:

  • If you have a place to live, a family and friends, you’re incredibly lucky. You don’t need more.
  • Everyone has their own struggles to deal with. The truth is, sometimes they’re in such a messed up state that they just don’t know what to do. If they made a bad choice, be the bigger person and forgive.
  • Kindness never hurt no one. Do what you can to help those in need, whether it’s volunteering, donating money or clothes. Instead of spending money on things you want (but don’t need), spend them on people who need it to stay alive.

Are there any Christmas movies you’ve watched that strike a chord in your heart? What did you learn from it? I’d love some recommendations from you!

Before November comes to a close, I want to share some articles I came across while clearing out my ridiculously long list of bookmarked sites.

  1. I believe both men and women struggle with being assertive at work. Believe it or not, it’s a skill that everyone can learn to strengthen! Here’s how.
  2. At some point we’ve seen fashion designers merge art into their collection. This article by Fashion Revolution explores a humanitarian turned designer and photographer’s desire to create pieces that allow her to share the culture, identity, history, architecture and nature from her country.
  3. Something to feast your eyes on! Check out British-Liberian artist’s unconventional work, which fuses 24- karat gold, digital enhancement and age old gilding techniques to create art that’s truly captivating.
  4. What motivates employees more: Rewards or Punishment?
  5. A few weeks ago, I came across the phrase archival fashion but I don’t have a firm grasps on what it means. Learn all about it here.
  6. How to be fashionable and reduce environmental impact at the same time? The Nu Wardrobe is the answer to your question.
  7. Looking for a pair of eco-friendly sneakers? Here are some brands you need to know right now.
  8. In this interview with Eugenie Kelly, Gritty Pretty discovers the future of beauty from the Deputy Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia.

 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I’ll see you here again soon!

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The {Other} Interestings #6

It’s been awhile since I shared some links with you peeps. Here are the lucky 8!

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going great! Today I’d like to share with you a couple of links to some interesting reads. As I was writing this, I realized that they’re mostly fashion and health related, so if you’re not a fan perhaps skip this one?

1.This isn’t news, technology is everywhere. But what I didn’t know was fashion empires running hackathons to inspire innovation. Find out why Conde Nast is doing it.

2. Curious about what sort of careers would be common in fashion 5 years from now? One of them probably has a 3D printer at home too.

3. If you like good quality shoes and you wish you have the power to design them, this site is for you. You’re welcome.

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Photo by Lee Aik Soon on Unsplash

4. City boys and gals, learn more about how you could protect your skin with Into The Gloss!

5. I’ve heard of returnable bras but returnable underwear?

6. Remember all those uncomfortable nights you’ve endured, is it because you’re lactose intolerant or is it an allergic reaction to milk? Self.com investigates.

7. When I was an undergraduate, I had fun analyzing advertisements and discovering its underlying meanings. Jonathan Jones from the Guardian uncovered something distant and dark in the recent fashion campaigns.

8. Just signed up for a marathon but you have no idea how to train for it? Fear not, realbuzz got you rookies covered with these 5 tips.

Any thoughts? Feel free to drop me a comment and enjoy the rest of your week!

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What’s [Unusually] Hot? #072017

Lately, Australians are loving the Harry Potter costumes while the U.S. and U.K. citizens have fountain pens and tumble dryers on their minds. What else is in the top 10 list for these 3 countries?

Hello lovely people! August is here and Spring is fast approaching. I have a feeling that my running shoes will hit the roads more often in the following weeks!

The last time I wrote up a trend report was three months ago and I thought it’s about time to discover what consumers are loving lately.

Australia

1. Harry Potter Costumes

Coincidentally, my friends are I are planning to do a Harry Potter marathon soon. Should we be wearing the costumes while we’re at it? Maybe. 

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Source: The Sun

2. Discontinued iPods 

My brother found one on the street years ago and I still have mine kept away in a box somewhere in my hometown. I wonder how much I’ll get back if I sell them now…

3. Rick & Morty Merchandise

Not a fan (I can’t stand Morty’s voice) but my boyfriend loves this series. 

4. Air plants

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Source: Pinterest

5. Google Home

An air freshener-looking assistant anyone? Hey Google, play me Atomic Blonde’s soundtrack. Oh and put that on repeat until I tell you otherwise. 

6. Seiko 5

An oldie from 1963 is making a comeback. I actually quite like the design.

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7. Magnetic Eyelashes

For those of you who struggle with glue, magnets could be your friend. 

8. Vinyl Records

If you use vinyl records to decorate your bedroom wall, it’s time to take them down.

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Source: Analog Jazz

9. Bose headphones

10. Wedding dresses

What type of dress do you like? Long sleeve, sheer and unconventional designs are my go-to.

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Source: Praise Wedding

United States

1. Fountain Pen

2. Polaris Slingshot

I have no idea these exist but they sure look cool.

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Source: Ultimate Motorcycling

3. MacBook

4. OMEGA Speedmaster

“The Omega Speedmaster wasn’t the first watch in space, but the first worn on the moon, on the wrist of Buzz Aldrin on July 21st 1969. Neil Armstrong had left his Speedmaster in the Lunar Module as a back-up for the onboard timekeeping system.” Ablogtowatch.com

5. JBL

6. Pinball machine

7. Brandy Melville

This brand is an interesting one. It doesn’t have an ABOUT US section and most of its Instagram posts only have #brandyusa in the caption. Despite that, Brandy Melville has a strong following of 3.9m and I bet they are stylish young women who enjoys everyday life and live in basics.

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Rose Bodysuit $28
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Robbie Dress $38

8. Pencil case

When I was in primary school, all I wanted was to change up my pencil case and school bag every once in a while. Of course my mum would tell me I don’t need them. Can anyone relate?

9. Vintage Pyrex

I’m pretty sure my future kitchen would look something like this…

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10. Star Wars Black Series

United Kingdom

1. Tumble Dryer

Top on the list! How unusual.

2. Board games

3. Philips One Blade

4. Fleetwood Mac

I checked this band out on Spotify and realized I’ve heard Everywhere over the radio when I was younger.

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5. Miitopia

“Miitopia starts off with a familiar story: A heroic Mii is called upon by the citizens of the vast kingdom to save the land. With a party of three other Miis, the character journeys from town to town, battling enemies, unlocking treasure chests and taking down bosses throughout their quest.”

6. Star Wars bobble head

7. Passchendaele

For those of you who aren’t clued-up, here’s a summary of the Third Battle of Ypres (July 31 – November 6, 1917). 

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Soldiers during the First World War’s battle of Passchendaele. Credit: PA

When the British commander Sir Douglas Haig received a warning about a German blockade, he decided to lead his men into the Belgian coast to destroy the German submarine bases there. Days into the attack, Ypres suffered the heaviest rain for 30 years causing tanks to immobilize, rifles to clog up and turn shelters into swamps. As if things couldn’t get worst, the constant shelling during the war smashed the drainage systems, leading to the deaths of countless men and animals as they drown in the quagmire. 

8. Golf clubs iron set

9. Adidas NMD_XR1

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10. Huel

Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food ​that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the European Union’s “Daily Recommended Amounts” of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals​. Huel is 100% vegan (better for the environment and animals), super convenient, high in protein (148g per 2000 calories) and fibre (35g), contains just 4.6 grams of sugar per 2000 calories (no added sugar), requires minimal packaging and has a shelf-life of 12 months (so zero food waste).

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Source: Foodbev Media

If you want to try this, I recommend that you do some research and listen to what others have to say before you commit. 

 

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The {Other} Interestings #5

I collected these articles for June but I missed the deadline so let’s just pretend I found them this month. I hope you find these interesting. Happy reading!

Happy Friday! How’s your day going? I hope all is well with you.

The week before this was pretty hectic for me. After my internship ended at Fusion Retail Brands, I spent approximately 1.5 hours travelling between the CBD and Chadstone for a 4 day styling course with Style With Cindy. During these four days, I had 5.45 AM starts and I usually reach home at 7 PM. I know some form of exercise will make me feel better but I need to fit in dinner, shower and some me-time (very important!) before 10 PM so I ended up not exercising for 4 days.

It definitely wasn’t a big deal but the lack of exercise made me feel really lethargic.

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The day after I finished the course, I finally have time to clean my studio, run errands, meet a friend, exercise and prepare lunch for the week. And before you know it, it’s time to sleep and go back to work the next day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that I signed up for the course. I’m glad that when the public transport failed me, Uber was there to save me. I’m glad that during those four days I made new friends, challenged myself and had a really good time. The only thing I didn’t enjoy at all was contracting tonsillitis. Two weeks of severe sore throat, blocked nose and mild headaches weren’t pleasant at all. Now you know why you haven’t seen a post for this segment in awhile.

If you’re new here (hello!), The {Other} Interestings is a segment where I gather a collection of articles that I think are helpful, thought provoking or just downright fascinating to share with the community. Without further ado, let’s dive in shall we?

  1. Have you ever wondered why inequality still largely exists in this era? According to research, this might be one of the reasons.
  2. Don’t sweat it when you make mistakes. Susie Moore explains how dropping the ball could benefit you.
  3. The idea of someone chasing and buying the newest make up products baffles me. I mean, mine last me for years (some I had for way too long) and where do they store their “old” products?? That said, this behavior is starting to dwindle as the latest makeup trend is not buying more makeup.  (Surprised? Me too.)
  4. Did you know that your life experiences could land you a job?
  5. Everyone is always trying to do more with the Time that they have. So how do you work more margin into your life? Find out here.
  6. I love jewelry and what makes me really happy is seeing more brands taking the initiative to direct their proceeds to help those in need. If you haven’t already, perhaps consider supporting brands such as Kicheko Goods.

 

7. If you’re (or were) a Marketing student, you’ll know that there are many factors that need to be taken into account before launching a campaign. Unfortunately, not all marketers can predict how consumers would react.

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Source: Retail Gazette

8. There’s panic in the world of retail as an increasing number of stores ceased operation in Australia. But Japanese brand Uniqlo is unlikely to be one of the victims. Smart Company explains why.

9. Attention all female yogis! Have you ever wondered if it’s safe for you to do inversions when you’re having your period?

10. “We need to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition to a more circular system by increasing the volume of textiles collected, reused and recycled by 2020,” says Eva Kruse, president and chief executive of the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA).” -Business of Fashion

That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy the rest of your Friday and stay tuned for more!

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What’s [Unusually] Hot? #052017

In this new monthly series, I explore trends beyond the industries I’m familiar with.

One day while I was home alone browsing through fashion blogs, I had an idea to put together a WHAT’S HOT post every month. I thought it would be beneficial as I’ll be able to stay on top of trends that stem from the industries I’m interested in (i.e. beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle).

I still think it’s a good idea as I’m writing this until it occurred to me that I do catch up with trends when I’m on social media. I guess I was just having one of those I-don’t-think-I-know-enough moments…

Then I thought to myself: wouldn’t it be interesting to discover the trends outside the industries I’m familiar with? Hence, I’ve decided to start the What’s [Unusually] Hot series. Every month, I’ll seek out things that are trending or topics that are currently being discussed in different countries.

To include all of the trends is not only tedious but will make you zone out faster than when you’re in a lecture. Therefore, what you read here has been selectively chosen by me.

Note: The following trends appear in no particular order.

 

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1. Gakken Kits

Gakken Holdings was established in Japan during the 1940s. Its initial focus was on publishing educational books and magazines but it soon expanded to include the development of teaching materials and tools for preschools, kindergartens and high schools during the 1970s.

Edison Wax Candle Cylinder Phonograph Kit

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Edo-Style Clock Kit

The Pinhole Planetarium Kit

I’ve never heard of this company before but my God, these are cool! I miss those days when children and adults would look forward to hands-on projects during their free time instead of being smitten to an electronic device.

2. Chandeliers

Things I admire or would get when I own a house…

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Zaha Hadid’s almost aquatic LED chandelier
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3. Fidget toys

4. Levi’s

Strangely enough I don’t own a pair of Levi’s jeans. These are the styles I hope to get my hands on in the future.

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5. Baby Groot

I squeal whenever Baby Groot appears on screen. I can understand why sales has spiked for this little one.

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6. Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil by Angela Stanton

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7. The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher de Bellaigue

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8. The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer by Leigh Erin Connealy

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9. Canon T6 EOS Rebel DSLR Camera

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10. Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

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11. XJW Mini Remote Control

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It may look like a clothes hook but it’s actually a hidden spy camera which allows you to see what’s happening when you’re not at home or at the office.

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U.S.

12. French election

13. Alien: Covenant

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14. Princess Diana

15. 13 Reasons Why Season 2 

Australia

16. Masterchef Australia 2017

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17. MotoGP

18. NAPLAN

Malaysia

19. Liverpool

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20. Cabotage policy 

U.K.

21. Banksy

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I hope you enjoyed the first of What’s [Unusually] Hot series. Catch you soon!

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The {Other} Interestings #4

A new month means a new list of things for you to explore.

Happy Monday! If you’re feeling the blues, feel better by getting into the right mindset. For me, it has been helpful to think of Monday as a fresh start to the week. I write out my weekly goals to give myself some form of plan and believe it or not, it usually makes me feel motivated to start the week strong.

We’re heading into mid-2017 very soon. That said, how are you doing with your goals? Are you accomplishing them or have you fallen off the bandwagon? If you’re in the latter category, don’t fret. Find a quiet place, sit down, make yourself a beverage of your choice and review the goals that you’ve made.

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Start off by identifying the things that made you lose track of your goals. Is it because you now have more important priorities? Or maybe you’re in the process of moving? Whatever it is, realize that life is ever-changing. So don’t be afraid to make changes to your goals when necessary.

You probably already know that goals are more achievable when they’re realistic and small. So how do you adapt goals to your current situation and make them realistic and small at the same time? Through trial and error, I find that the following method works best for me (I still go off-track sometimes, so you’re definitely not alone!).

  1. At the end of each month, I set aside time to review the goals I’ve set for myself in the previous month. [This allows you to tweak your goals based on your current situation]
  2. On a new page, I write down goals that I have or have not achieved. Depending on how important the goals are, I either set fewer or the same amount of goals for the month ahead. [This ensures that you create a realistic amount of goals and help keep you on the right track]
  3. I break down my “major” goals into 5 – 6 smaller weekly goals. [Achievable? Yes. Motivating? Very!]
  4. At the end of each week, I tick off goals I’ve achieved and take note of those I’ve started but need more time to finish.
  5. I then create another list of weekly goals until a new month comes around.

I personally think it’s important to set aside time to review or rethink your goals. Creating goals help you improve and become better. Imagine life without challenges or positive change. Last year, I made the mistake of setting a long list of goals at the start of the year. I eventually lost track of them and ended up feeling disappointed over my lack of achievements.

I’ve been adopting the above method in 2017 (with frequent revisions of course) and I find that it has helped me get more done in a week. However, I recommend that you take my advice with a grain of salt and do what’s best for you. Anyway, enough about goals. It’s been awhile since I shared interesting/ informative articles with you so I thought I’d do that today:

  • Remember I talked about challenging yourself? If you’re in your 20s and you’re considering a career change, this one‘s for you.
  • Do you get goosebumps when you listen to the soundtrack of LOTR, Interstellar or La-La Land? I do. But what are goosebumps and what is their purpose? Find out here.
  • Those interested in skincare and beauty would’ve heard of Glossier. Maybe it’s time to give these underrated beauty brands a chance?
  • One of my weaknesses is taking too much time to work on something and I usually don’t stop working until my bed time. I’m not proud of that but I’m trying to change. Interested in being a productive ninja? You’re welcome.
  • Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about personal branding. Here’s something useful if you’re attempting to put yourself out there.
  • Reading the world news can be disheartening, but what if you can share the love and contribute to others in some way?
  • Here’s something fun for you quiz lovers. Click here to find out how you’d react to expectations.
  • When something as classic and stylish as the women’s shirt is deconstructed, what would it look like?
  • Science + beauty = Microfluidics
  • History of fashion is always interesting. Here’s one on ruffles.

And that is all I have for you at the moment. I hope you enjoyed reading them!

 

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The {Other} Interestings #3

It’s been awhile but here are some interesting/informational links for your mid-day reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re still making positive changes and working towards your 2017 resolutions. If you’ve been off track, I encourage you to set aside some time to reflect on it. Is it because the goals you set are too ambitious? Or is it because you’ve underestimated how busy you’ll be at the start of 2017?

Whatever the reasons, know that this doesn’t indicate uselessness or failure. Take a step back, spend time exploring what works for you, make mistakes and repeat. The key thing to remember here is that you’re a unique individual and only certain methods or steps allow you to achieve growth and success.

So get to know yourself and you do you! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Don’t follow everything you see online to a T. They are only there for reference or inspiration.
  • Don’t follow your friends’ or family’s advises if they don’t work for you. Listen with an open mind but only take what works for you.
  • Celebrities aren’t always right.
  • Keep exploring and be consistent. A good way to do this is by writing notes in your journal or in your electronic device so you have a reference to look back on. This enables you to assess your situation and make adjustments when needed.
  • Learn to be patient. This is probably the most important thing to take note of. Without patience, you’ll be more likely to abandon your goals before any positive change can take place. Without patience, it’s unlikely that you’d experience satisfaction and growth.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve joined the bullet journaling crew. It not only allows me to express my creativity, but it also makes me look at the big picture and stick with the goals I set for myself.

I decided to give bullet journaling a go after watching Rachel Nguyen’s video. While I did follow most of her methods, I included a monthly review section just because I feel that it helps me realize what needs to be improved on. In January, I managed to hit most goals but I also need to work on incorporating 3-4 running sessions per week, focus on job applications and decluttering my studio.

Anyway, time for the good stuff! I’ve rounded up some fascinating/informational links for your hump day reading pleasure:

  1. It’s no surprise that the information provided by the media remains highly influential. Just be careful about the quality of health advises provided by health and lifestyle magazines. In this case, Dolly beats the rest.
  2. Whether you realize this or not, Instagram is changing the way we eat and what we eat as well.
  3. I really like this series of photographs by Chris Crisman. These working women are kicking ass in their respective jobs.
  4.  Bachelor parties are the best right? I bet men enjoy them very much. According to Broadly, there’s more to them and they don’t always bring good memories.
  5. This one is for you girls who are obsessed with advent calendars. I really think they should be available all year round!
  6. What factors do you think will influence your shopping decisions? Find out here.
  7. If you’re a recent graduate and you don’t have connections with experts in the field you’re interested in, try cold calling and ask for an informational interview.
  8. Don’t know why your legs turn into jelly every time you walk past a pastry store? It all comes down to a series of chemical reactions known as the Maillard reactions.
  9. This great article by Darling gave me some insights on how to find the 25th hour in my day. Very inspiring!
  10. Learn more about how the collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Rubicon can help improve food sustainability and save water in the future.

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Before I sign off, I want you remind you to seize the day and make it yours. Take care!

 

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