Personal health, PH360 – Knowing more about our own health as we are all unique individuals

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There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to clothes, much less our health.

Introducing Personal Health 360, where we can make our health personal. ph360.me makes our health accessible to ourselves – our personal body profile and lifestyle preferences will reveal everything from the foods likely to increase our metabolism, to the environments and careers most conducive to our wellbeing.

PH360 will suggest changes for the way we think, eat, play, live, work and love based on our unique phenotypic and epigenetic makeup.

SGVegan_You Plus Your Genes

SGVegan_You Plus Your Genes

SGVegan_Matt Riemann

SGVegan_Matt Riemann

Dr Matt Riemann, who holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in applied human sciences and is a lecturer and clinical educator at Griffith University and the University of Queensland in Australia, is an internationally recognised speaker, author and social entrepreneur in the fields of personalised health and future medicine. He delivers a message of uniqueness, that we all have different genes, environments and lifestyles and as such need to eat, move, love, live and play accordingly.

Riemann was diagnosed with a terminal illness some 9 years ago, has spent the past decade gathering an international team of collaborators who are leading scientists, researchers, medical doctors and health professionals with expertise in the fields of anthropometry, endocrinology, molecular biology, epigenetics, phenotypology, nutrigenomics and neuroscience, to tackle this seemingly impossible task.

He recently addressed the United Nations on personalised health, has been invited as a health advisor to the US Army, and in March 2015, delivered a TED talk in Los Angeles on the concept of applied epigenetics and the controlling of one’s own future. Riemann, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness some 9 years ago, has spent the past decade gathering an international team of collaborators who are leading scientists, researchers, medical doctors and health professionals with expertise in the fields of anthropometry, endocrinology, molecular biology, epigenetics, phenotypology, nutrigenomics and neuroscience, to tackle this seemingly impossible task.

And last year in 2014, Riemann launched the world’s first personalised health tool, PH360, based on gene expression, combining concepts of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and conventional medicine to produce a platform with the ability to predict the exact foods, fitness, environments and lifestyle – or epigenetic factors – to make intuitive decisions for one to stay healthy and avoid disease.

SGVegan_How It Works Infographic

SGVegan_How It Works Infographic

This is the 1st time PH360 is launched in Asia by Riemann, where he gets to share more about PH360 through The Future of Health.

There are 2 events, one in the afternoon for the general public (anyone interested in topic but do not have any medical/nutritional qualifications) and the evening are for people who are generally aware about health matters, including health care professionals.

Afternoon session
The Evolution of Health, 20 May 2015, 2.30-5.30pm
http://personalhealthevents.com/conference/singapore/

Evening session
The Future of Health, 20 May 2015, 6.30-9.30pm
http://futurehealthevents.com/conference/singapore/

The ticket price to attend is USD97.  But, Catalyst Health Asia has specially arranged for every participant to also receive a PH360 token worth USD197* (only in Asia!) so they get to try the assessment for themselves. This is worth much more than the ticket price of USD97. (*T&C apply).

Participants are also encouraged to bring a laptop/tablet to participate.

Both the events will be held at M2 Academy, located within Orchard Gateway, that is opposite Somerset MRT. Here’s the map.

So what are you waiting for? If you have an interest in yours or a loved one’s health, register now. I will be attending the evening event so see you all! :)

New Vegan Option at The Soup Spoon: Chap Chye Stew

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Latest news, there is a full (new!) vegan option at The Soup Spoon. Here’s a quick shoutout to those who might be interested. I have not tried it yet but it does look and sound more delicious. Please share any feedback! :)

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Chap Chye Stew

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Chap Chye Stew

[The Fitness Grocer] GoLo with the Go Lo Spreads

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Hi everybody!

Sorry I’ve been away from blogging for a while now. Been caught up with work and life…I’m not going to come up with excuses for the lack of posts since mid-Feb. I will, compensate by sharing with you all an exclusive discount for a vegan Nutella-like spread on The Fitness Grocer.

The Fitness Grocer is an online retailer based in Singapore, started by student athletes who are now taking the business full stream onwards, with the dream to ensure that active and busy people have a convenient, healthy and nutritional source of ready-to-eat food and snacks.

I had previously tried their Vegan Subway-like cookies, that are packed full of protein. Known as The Complete Cookie® under Lenny and Larry’s brand. I was told that The Fitness Grocer is the first in Singapore to retail this cookies range. So why not ditch the Subway cookie and get this delicious huge all-natural cookie instead? Suitable for everybody and not just vegans.

Lenny and Larry_The Complete Cookie Info

 *Psssst. I just checked their website and there is special deal if you buy a box of it. My personal favourites are: Double Chocolate, Pumpkin and Oatmeal Raisin!*

Now the main purpose of this post is to share about The Fitness Grocer’s latest offerings, which, if you are already following me on Instagram (check out my latest Instagram posts featuring my baking conquests on the top right column of the page) and Facebook, you would have been aware that I announced the news about the vegan Nutella-like spread in early February. So for the latest happenings, do follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook!

Back to the vegan Nutella-like spread, why do I call it Nutella-like? It is known officially as the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread.

Well, because, at first taste, after having not eaten Nutella for many years (at least 6 years since I went vegan), it reminds me of Nutella, so much. I went to heaven there with every bite. However, if I just eat it out of the bottle (not kept in the fridge), I feel as if there is an oily texture as the spread is quite watery. I made sure I kept it in the fridge, although the bottle said not keep refrigerated for the best taste. But do note that if left out in the open on warm toasted bread, the spread does turn watery. I ensured that I ate it all up immediately right after spreading it on my bread. Yum.

The Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is unlike the creamy-ness of Nutella but yet its still Nutella-like in the taste. Hence my mind remembers it as the vegan Nutella-like spread. A plus point is that the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is so much healthier, because its SUGAR FREE! ohmygosh.

And how much sugar is there in Nutella? Here’s a visual comparison:

SGVegan_Chocolate Spreads Sugar Comparison Visual

As seen, the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is so much healthier, especially in terms of the sugar level. No cows are hurt in the process too. Woohoo!

A look at the ingredients explains how the sweetness is achieved with Pure Joy added in the ingredients! :D

SGVegan_Go Lo Ingredients

SGVegan_Go Lo Ingredients List

As you can see, the other spread from the Go Lo Foods brand that I sampled is the Go Lo Almond Butter.

Initial taste-wise, I was not as drawn to the Go Lo Almond Butter as compared to their Dark Hazelnut Spread initially simply because it tasted different. Like the kind of I-am-not-used-to-this-taste kind of weirdness. But as time went by, I found myself preferring the Go Lo Almond Butter over the Dark Hazelnut Spread.

Well, I must admit I didn’t know what Go Lo Foods meant on the bottle “60% more protein than JUSTIN’S”, since the first brand that popped in my mind is the Skippy brand! Haha, I know its so irrelevant as Skippy is a peanut butter spread, and not an Almond Spread. Ohmans.

But anyway, the Go Lo Almond Butter contains pea and hemp proteins in them. And its so good I must say. The taste and texture of it once spread on bread is heavenly. So smooth. It has come to be my long time favourite out of the two.

For more variety, I spread each slice of my toasted bread with the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread and the Go Lo Almond Butter. Then I paste the slices (one Dark Hazelnut, one Almond Butter) together. Super yum max.

SGVegan_Go Lo

SGVegan_Go Lo

The Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is currently retailing at S$16.90 on The Fitness Grocer while the Go Lo Almond Butter is currently retailing at S$18.90. If you get both in a Go Lo Bundle, its only S$34.90!

So here’s the special deal I mentioned right at the beginning. Simply type in the code “AMANDAGOLO” when checking out. SGVegan readers get to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount :)

Do click on any of the links to get to The Fitness Grocer website. The code is valid till end April, so that means not many days left! :)

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s date at a restaurant without burning a hole in your wallet?

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Look no further!

SGVegan_SUFOOD

SUFOOD does not want you to burn a hole in your pocket.

While many restaurants take this opportunity to charge higher, SUFOOD is offering their usual 8-course set meal at the same price of SGD29.80++ (10% service charge and 7% GST) per person.

Like what they say, true love doesn’t change. Hence there is no change in their prices.

Plus!

Each table gets to bring back a complimentary set of ceramic lovebirds (salt and pepper) shakers if they dine in on 13 & 14 February 2015.

SGVegan_SUFOOD Valentine 2015

SGVegan_SUFOOD Valentine 2015

Quickly, contact +65 6333 5338 to make your reservations now.

PS: There is a new vegan option on the menu, which is the Primavera Spaghetti. Personally, my favorites are the Mediterranean Vegetable Skewers and Baked Potato Al Funghi. Check out the complete menu here.

PPS: A lot of restaurants are fully booked for the 14th. Before SUFOOD gets fully booked, I suggest you quickly pick up the phone and call them now to make your reservation! :)

Here’s the press release:

SGVegan_SUFOOD Valentine 2015

SGVegan_SUFOOD Valentine 2015 Press Release

[Vines and Roots] Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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As part of an exclusive group of talented beauty and lifestyle bloggers to test and review a series of green products from Vines and Roots, SGVegan was sent the 2nd star product from Vines and Roots hair care range: Africa Organics’ Shampoos and Conditioners.

SGVegan_Africa Organics Ecocert

SGVegan_Africa Organics Ecocert

As my hair tends to be on the dry side, I was recommended to give the Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner for dry and stressed/treated hair from the Africa Organics Range.

Received in office:

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner

According to Vines and Roots, there is an important fact to note when one switches one’s hair care routine from commercial chemical based shampoos and conditioners to natural and organic hair care products.

There will be a “detox” adjustment period where one’s hair may feel stiff and less-than-beautiful for a period of time as commercial hair products usually contains silicone derivatives and other synthetic products that artificially coat the hair with plastic or protein polymers to make it look and feel undamaged.

And when one’s hair is more damaged, it is more porous, and it will absorb all the synthetic and plastic polymers and gum coating agents easily, giving the impression that one’s hair is actually healthy when it is not.

Vines and Roots reply?

Your hair will need to be gently cleansed of all this toxic build up to enable it to receive moisture and protein, just like the scalp will need to be freed of any residue build up and balanced.

For the first two or three washes the hair may seem dry and more tangled. However, if you follow your shampoo with a natural/organic hair conditioner, this should be lessened and your hair will normally settle down into good condition quickly.

Depending on how much you have processed your hair in the past, the adjustment period can range from a few days to a few weeks, to completely restore your hair’s natural beauty.

SGVegan_Africa Organics Approach

SGVegan_Africa Organics Approach

Unlike other commercial shampoos, Africa Organics’ hair care range does not contain harsh sulfates, phthalates and silicones, but instead a cocktail of potent wild-harvested African plants.

Exposed to some of the most brutal and harsh conditions (i.e extreme temperatures, water shortage followed by floods), wild-harvested African plants create exceptional coping mechanisms resulting in a higher potency of activity than a controlled and cultivated environment.

So I guess this means that the Baobab superfood will be good for my dry hair, giving it the shine it deserves?

Here’s a picture of the Baobab fruit in the African landscape:

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Superfood

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Superfood

How about its benefits?

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Features and Benefits

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Features and Benefits

Well, it sounds like the benefits are amazing so I’ll definitely give it a go.

But let’s first have a look at the ingredients:

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo Ingredients

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo Ingredients

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Conditioner Ingredients

SGVegan_Africa Organics Baobab Conditioner Ingredients

So what’s my take after trying out Africa Organics’ Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner?

Upon squeezing out Africa Organics’ Baobab Shampoo, I noticed a delicious fruity dessert scent, which makes me really hungry.

I noticed that it does not lather up as much, and as such, I need to use use slightly more of the Baobao shampoo to ensure that it manages to wash and lather my full head, even though my hair is short. The boyfriend, whose hair is even shorter, loved the scent of the shampoo and I caught him using my shampoo as the scent is just too hard to resist! For him, the Baobab shampoo lathers up really well for his short hair without the need to use as much shampoo as myself.

After my first wash with Africa Organics’ Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner, my hair felt soft and smooth, and it seems more volumised too. My hair texture felt so good that I did not feel the need to shampoo and condition daily if I do not perspire. Once every other day works well for me as I tend to have dry skin and so do not get greasy that easily.

After about hair a month’s use of Africa Organics’ Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner, I noticed that my scalp tends to be cleaner and less greasy. Hair texture wise though, I do not see a major difference visually but I believe my hair is healthier as it does not break/fall off as easily. I’m definitely continuing the use of Africa Organics’ Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner.

If you are interested and would really love to start your eco-friendly journey, making the switch towards greener beauty, Vines and Roots has a special offer now for you!

SGVegan_Vines and Roots Special Online Promo

SGVegan_Vines and Roots Special Online Promo

Click on the picture above to head to Vines and Roots online store to make your order now! Alternatively, you can click on this link too.

Both Africa Organics’ Baobab Shampoo and Conditioner are currently retailing at SGD23 each. You get to enjoy 10% off storewide and free delivery if you order more than SGD79 if you key in this promo code STARBLOGGER. So why not grab their Soothing Body Oil with Lavender and Neroli which I had previously covered in my other review here too? ;)

Remember, this 10% storewide discount ends 28 February 2015.

Let us embark on this journey to #HealthyHair! :)

Crystal Maiden’s CNY 2015 Promo: Organic Diamond Dermabrasion Facial, Jamu Tummy and Anti-Cellulite treatment

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Here’s an upcoming Chinese New Year promotion by Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals, located in Orchard.

I’ve been with them for over a year and seen great results in my skin (photo below) which I’ve shared in a blog post in October 2014 here.

SGVegan_Less than a year

My skin looks much brighter! ^_^v

In addition, unlike any other dodgy facial salons who just hard sell persuade you into signing up for packages or buy products which you don’t need, Crystal Maiden is not the kind of salon to do that.

I have had many readers who have tried the trials with Crystal Maiden. Majority of them chose to sign up for a package on their own accord after their paid trial as SGVegan readers enjoy a 5% discount off treatments and products. :) And they have been very pleased and enjoy their sessions at Crystal Maiden.

Why do they sign up?

Well, one thing that differentiates Crystal Maiden from the run-of-the-mill salons is that they offer a more holistic care. There is no pressure to sign up, treatments are done very professionally, and the staff even share with you relevant tips on how to stay healthy, especially during the Jamu tummy treatment. :)

Click on the links to read more about my facial experience and intensive jamu tummy treatment.

So here’s the upcoming deal SGVegan has specially secured for you, valid till end March 2015. :)

Diamond Dermabrasion Organic Facial @ $88
– Deep Cleanse
– Diamond dermabrasion to remove dead skin cells
– Extraction (Blackheads, Pimples)
– Choice of Chlorophyll Oxy serum or Anti Sebum Serum
– Face, Head and Shoulder massage to relax
– Customized Facial Masque (Choice of Anti Aging, Purifying, Whitening, Hydrating)
-Natural Crystal Massage for healing and Firming

Intensive Jamu Tummy @ $88
– Vibrotrim (10mins) to breakdown stubborn fats
– Manual Massage for detox (this is Oh-So-Good)
– Tummy masque to expel, wind burn fats, detox
– Wrap to bind the tummy into shape
– Infra Thermal Machine to improve circulation, metabolism and Fat burning

SGVegan_Orange peel, symbolic for cellulite skin

Anti Cellulite treatment @ $88
– Vibrotrim (30mins) on thighs to break fats
– Anti cellulite Masque
– Wrap

To get an additional 10% discount, simply get 2 or more treatments! I highly recommend both the organic facial and jamu tummy treatment. You won’t regret it.

SMS 90922807 for your appointment now. Don’t forget to quote SGVegan for your special rates. I had a look at the schedule and slots are going fast! Especially before the CNY (19-20 Feb). Take note that this CNY promo is till end of March (31 March 2015).

Orchard outlet:
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23 Singapore 238841
Tel: 90922807 (SMS) or call 6735 4540

https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMaidenSkin

[Giveaway] Handmade Heroes – 100% all natural, vegan and cruelty free skincare in Singapore

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Hello there SGVegan readers!

We’re now reaching the end of January. Hope all of you have been well, healthy and happy. Here’s wishing you all a belated Happy New Year and may everyone of you have a prosperous healthy year ahead! :)

As the title of this blog post goes, I’m conducting a giveaway for the new year, courtesy of Handmade Heroes. There will be 2 prizes up for grabs, so read on!

Handmade Heroes is a local homegrown brand founded by Lynsey and launched in December 2014. As a firm believer of natural ingredients, a plant based vegan for 2 years and a self-proclaimed modern day hippie, Handmade Heroes embodies everything Lynsey stands for.

As the name goes, all the products retailing on Handmade Heroes are all handmade by Lynsey. Everything is vegan, cruelty free, 100% all natural with no parabens, preservatives or synthetic chemicals used. All the packaging used are BPA-free. Even the ingredients contained in Handmade Heroes products follow the EWG (Environmental Working Group) ratings. Read their FAQ here.

So in mid-December last year before I headed to India, Lynsey sent me a package of goodies to review, and 2 prizes as giveaway for you readers. Keep scrolling down for more info!

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes delivery

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes delivery

I love how simple yet elegant the delivery was. Inside, there was even a handwritten card personally written by Lynsey. How could one not love Handmade Heroes? Such small gestures really makes one feel happy and blessed to receive this wonderful bag of goodies!

After trying out the Handmade Heroes products I was sent, here are some of my thoughts.

First up, Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai

The name really caught my eye when I was browsing the website. Butt Kickin? Oh yeah, I would love to kick my cellulite away!! Go away fats!! Shooo~~

Upon opening the bottle, I noticed the texture was quite watery and I had to give it a stir. It was a bit messy after the shower as the bathroom floor was covered with coffee bits.

Inspiration struck me, and I placed my bottle of Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai into the fridge. When I took it out of the fridge, I liked the drier texture. Even after leaving it outside in Singapore’s humidity for the next few weeks, the drier texture did not return to the initial watery texture when I first opened the bottle. Take a look at the before/after pics below!

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Butt Kickin' Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub - Cinnamon Chai

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai

And what does it look like when used on the body? Although the texture looks rough, the Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai contains fine bits of organic rice as seen by the white bits…

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Butt Kickin' Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub - Cinnamon Chai on hands

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai on hands

My thoughts about Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai?

Personally, I love the coffee scent as its smells really awesome. After trying on my body, I prefer to use it on the problematic cellulite areas such as my thighs, butt and tummy in the hopes that prolong use would butt kick the cellulite away! Also, I believe it would be awesome for the feet as it leaves a moisturised layer on my skin, though not that greasy. However for my body, I preferred to use the other scrub, which is Handmade Heroes: Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint.

So what makes this other Handmade Heroes: Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint my preferred scrub for the rest of my body?

First, see the before/after pic of the bottle when kept in the fridge:

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub - Christmas Mint

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint

Notice the drier texture after keeping it in the fridge? I prefer it this way, rather than slopping the watery scrub over my body. Guess its just my preference. So keep it in the fridge if you prefer like me to have a drier texture. Do note that the texture remains, it does not “melt” even after you leave it out for a long time after taking it out of the fridge.

And this is how it looks on my hands:

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub - Christmas Mint on hands

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint on hands

So why do I love this Handmade Heroes: Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint scrub?

Well, its smoother in texture compared to the Butt Kickin’ Coffee Scrub. But what makes this scrub stand out from all the other scrubs I have ever used is the fact that while using this scrub in the hot shower, I love the smell. Nice mint scent, reminds me of Christmas and of snow. Then when I come out from the shower, and after drying myself, that went the mint tingle starts. Its a nice pleasing and cool sensation. You have to try it out yourself, this is a great product! Just don’t get too excited and use too much of the scrub in the shower as you’ll end up probably having to wear a sweater! ;)

Overall, I really love the ideology behind Handmade Heroes and it is evident on the products:

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes logos on product

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes logos on product

On a sidenote, this is the nicest lip tint I’ve ever used. It does not taste weird and the color is just nice to give some life to my lips on those dull-looking days! I feel safe even if I were to consume the lip tint accidentally. Handmade Heroes states on their website that the Iron Oxide and Boron Nitride contained in the lip tints are naturally occurring with a low EWG hazard rating of 2 and 0 respectively.  Read their FAQ here.

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes All Natural

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes All Natural

So what are you waiting for?

Valentine’s day is coming up and I would love to giveaway 2 gift sets that Handmade Heroes had put together for you. Ladies, here’s something for you to pamper yourselves. Men, here’s a little something for you to give the special someone in your life – be it your mum, sister or partner! :)

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Body/Valentine's Gift Set

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Body/Valentine’s Gift Set worth SGD39.90

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Lip Gift Set

SGVegan_Handmade Heroes Lip Gift Set worth SGD29.90

So how do you win the Handmade Heroes Body/Valentine’s Gift Set (Set 1) or Handmade Heroes Lip Gift Set (Set 2)?

  1. Leave a comment below telling me which set (Set 1 or 2) you would like to win.
  2. Why would you want to win this set?

This Handmade Heroes giveaway will close on 5th February 2015, 10pm.

Both winners will be separately contacted via email. A new winner will be drawn if there is no reply within 24 hours. Prizes must be collected in person at Clementi MRT @ 5pm on 7 Feb 2015. Only enter this draw if you are able to make it for the prize collection.

Otherwise, you can head straight to Handmade Heroes website here to order the gift sets or other products such as their new Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo for that special someone. I really love how the wooden container at the base of the gift sets can be re-used. Its very beautifully carved.

All the best and stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways! Remember to subscribe to SGVegan at the top right hand corner of this page with your email address to receive the latest news. :)

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