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    StateTrooper lives a few hours further down South. Just got power back up a few hours ago. We did far better than many of many did in the city. The center of the quake was across from where our farm is located on Dinagat Island. No word yet how the township around our farm or my wife's family are at this time. The blackout caught us both with our phones on the charger before they had charged from the day's use. Wednesday I discovered that I had received death threats posted to me on my Facebook account. Thursday we were making calls to report the threats and I was actually sending emails to the PNP investigators.The city judge who was just assassinated was the judge who had presided over the trial until he retired last year. Two days later a city prosecutor was gun down at his home here in the city and last I heard he had been transferred to Cebu and was in serious condition. The Surigao City Vice Mayor Atty. Casurra has been receiving death threats and now I receive threats that mentioned also my wife and three PNP investigators who were involved in this murder case. I had just finished sending emails to two of the investigators and was talking with a Linc member online when the big shake hit and almost instantaneously the power went off. There was little to no damage to the house but there was structural damage to several columns inside the facility but no collapse. We will later have to build forms and add new rebar and re-pour an outer casing on a few columns as well as several perhaps up to six new heavy columns butted up against the outside wall. These will be up against the old columns which will strengthen the old inner columns. This should avoid a structural collapse if we are hit with another quake of this intensity. This will be far easier and cheaper than tearing down walls and 2 story columns and then rebuilding the structure. All the saltwater tanks we just built all did quite well so work will resume once the workers can resume. We had hoped to have them back on the job site in the next couple of weeks, but there is now a far more pressing need for these workers in the city. So it could now be months before the project starts here again. It will all be play-by-ear for a while here but I am not complaining. Tis what makes life interesting on the big island of Mindanao here in the land of the never-ending Summer. Smile, adapt, adjust and just keep moving forward as if it is no 'biggie dah'. Besides one should only worry about that which one can master and not dwell or stress on that which is beyond one's ability to control. And thank you for those member who had thought of me and worried for me and my family, it is greatly appreciated.
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    Some advice (if needed), 1. Depending on the CC there are no fees and a darn good exchange rate (for me its Capital One) and accepted at most major stores and finer restaurants. Best to give your CC company a heads up on your travel. 2. All you should need to exchange at the airport is about $20 usd (p950 +/-), just be sure to get p100's, p50's & p20's (unless you aren't staying in Cebu city the 1st night). 3. Money changers are hit or miss. Raintree Mall & Ayala (Rustans) are the best I have found (download a currency exchange app if possible to ensure you are getting a decent shake). 4. I suggest getting a travel health insurance policy. Most are under $50 and will give you some peace of mind. Better to be safe than stuck in a hospital for a dumb reason with no way to pay a soaring bill. 5. The Philippines has awesome snacks, bringing your own is fine but best to try local stuff too. 6. If taking a woman out to a nice/fancy restaurant, don't be surprised if she orders the most expensive thing and doesn't like it. They almost have zero clue what they are doing but have heard the item mentioned in a movie or by a friend. IMHO its best to let her pick the restaurants so she will e happy. If you go local most malls have Mang Inasal or Kuya J, you will both be happy with the choices. 7. Bottled water is everywhere, even while sitting a stop lights. Typically p10-p12 but maybe p15-p20 for a kano. 8. Tipping isn't standard and not expected but if you received service worthy of a tip feel free, just remember 15% isn't the norm. 9. When exiting arrivals you can walk out doors and go to the right. Take a yellow metered (make sure you ask) taxi or keep walking right for the white taxis. Double check they are metered, I've never had an issue. 10. Anything currency under p500 is a rarity. Hold onto it like it was your last. Every place you go try to get them to break p500 & p1000 notes. If going to the province you will need it. Also no taxi will ever have change ........... EVER!! Good luck
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    An expat married to pinay On his death bed Expat: darling promise me one thing Pinay: anything honey Expat: when i die i want all of my money to be burried with me in my casket Pinay: yes honey i promise When the expat died The pinay friends asked her did you really put all of his money On the casket Her reply Yes ofcourse thats what he wanted I write him a check
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    Doesn't seem too far off the mark to me , 19+k peso to the square metre depending on quality of finish to build with the land included , It would cost you that much to build alone without land in a sought after location ...26 square metres is not a lot of room though, You need to be boots on the ground to be making permanent decisions like this...
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    If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive. I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you. Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. I'm great at multi-tasking -- I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once . If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame. Take my advice — I'm not using it. My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met . Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were. Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Ever stop to think and forget to start again? Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking. He who laughs last thinks slowest. Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly? Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type. I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep. If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie? Money is the root of all wealth. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
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    That is the best way to be. Pretending will only get you girls who are pretending too. BTW, if you find yourself with a girl who is not as advertised (or who suddenly is very needy with all kinds of personal and family problems she wants to lay on you), don't be afraid to throw her back and find somebody else. Good Filipinas (who will treat you right) is not something in short supply in the Philippines. Sometimes you have to get through the riff-raff first though. Be sure that you look in the right places to find the good ones rather than the users.
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    .Prostate Examination! An old guy goes to his doctor for his physical and gets sent to the Urologist as a precaution . When he gets there, he discovers the Urologist is a very pretty female doctor . The female doctor says ,"I'm going to check your prostate today, but this new procedure is a little different from what you are probably used to. I want you to lie on your right side, bend your knees, while I check your prostate. Take a deep breath and say , '99'. The old guy obeys and says, "99". The doctor says , "Great", now turn over on your left side and again, while I repeat the check. Take a deep breath and say , '99". Again, the old guy says, '99'." The doctor said, "Very good". Now then, I want you to lie on your back with your knees raised slightly. I'm going to check your prostate with this hand, and with the other hand I'm going to hold on to your penis to keep it out of the way. Now take a deep breath and say, '99'. The old guy begins, "One... two.... three."
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    Dayum did this thread get hijacked... Anyway...getting ready for breakfast then heading to the pier1 for the Super Cat ferry, and Bohol for the Chocolate Hills full day tour. Honeymoon schmoneymoon... I'm having fun in the Philippines... Attitude is everything!
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    Back at the Pier they just left from... Sent from my SM-T817V using Tapatalk
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    Having fun so far, all is good, experiencing the food, cab rides (OMG), walking to the mall is like playing a real life game of frogger, the woman is pretty damn awesome, meet the Linc member and his GF... Off to the province tomorrow, possibly the falls and white beach. Glad I came..
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    This may apply to other countries also, but at least it works well here in Oz... A previous Oz Liberal (right) government was faced with a flood of asylum seekers entering by boat via Indonesia. Most had flown to Malaysia then to Indonesia where they paid big dollars to people smuggles. The then PM Howard introduced a 'push back' solution.. arrive in Australia and we will send you to a detention centre and you will not be eligible to settle here. The illegal boat arrivals stopped completely. He introduced a 'Temporary protection visa' to allow genuine refugees to stay but only until their country was safe to return. In 2007 the ALP (Left) won government and these deterent 'push' factors were dropped. The new soft regulations caused a 'pull' factor and everyone with the dollars was on the boats to Oz. Over 50,000 of them and sadly 1200+ *drowned on the way. (*Sort of fecked up the warm and fuzzy jerk off the left was enjoying!) In 2013 the Liberals (right) won back government and PM Abbott, as promised, stopped the boats. He did this by removing the pull factors and strictly applying the push factors. Illegals will NEVER settle in Oz. They are sent to Pacific Islands for evaluation as to their status and if not legit they get sent back to whence they came. We now have no boat arrivals! Eradicate 'pull' factors and strictly apply push factors can stop illegals. One 'Pull' factor that I wish Oz would adopt is to STOP handing out full citizenship to immigrants. Instead offer a 'revocable citizenship' , and only to those who can also retain their original citizenship from their country of origin. This revocable citizenship should offer all the same benefits to them and any offspring, that other citizens enjoy except that it only exists while the holder maintains their original and they don't violate any of a list of serious crimes. In other words you and your family are gifted with all the rights and facilities to enjoy, but you or any offspring feck up (in a serious way) and we cancel your citizenship and you're our of here! Cheers, Attila Pete
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    I'm all for catching bad guys, but I have to observe that the UK must have a REALLY low crime rate if a guy can make #7 on the country's top ten most wanted fraudsters - - for netting 20,000 pounds. He also must be really good at budgeting if he can "live a luxurious lifestyle in the Philippines" on that amount.
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    Sometimes it is better to NOT lay down the law, and just see what they do naturally. If they know there are consequences, it is more likely they will be guarded and less likely they will act in a way that they normally might. You need to realize that the biggest draw for foreigners in the Philippines is that Filipinas are looking for security in a mate. Most Filipinos don't offer them security (Filipinas often end up supporting the Filipino rather than the other way around). Part of what she considers security is in helping when she really needs it (and her family is part of her). However, the good ones won't ask (and in fact will try to insulate you from those who might want to take). Shyness is a fairly common trait in Filipinas. If she isn't shy early on about asking for help for every little thing, then you might want to look deeper into her motives. If you want to see a person's true nature, let them feel safe (unguarded).
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    A newlywed couple moves into their new house. One day the husband comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, you know, in the upstairs bathroom one of the pipes is leaking, could you fix it?" The husband says, "What do I look like, Mr. Plumber?" A few days go by, and he comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, the car won't start. I think it needs a new battery. Could you change it for me?" He says: "What do I look like, Mr. Goodwrench?" Another few days go by, and it's raining pretty hard. The wife finds a leak in the roof. She says, "Honey, there's a leak on the roof! Can you please fix it?" He says, "What do I look like, Bob Vila?" The next day the husband comes home, and the roof is fixed. So is the plumbing and the car. He asks his wife what happened. "Oh, I had a handyman come in and fix them," she says. "Great! How much is that going to cost me?" he snarls. Wife says: "Nothing." He said he'd do it for free if I either baked him a cake or slept with him." "Uh, well, what kind of cake did you make?" asks the husband. "What do I look like," she says, "Betty Crocker?" ============================================================================== A Catholic Priest and a Rabbi are at a wedding. The priest sees an altar boy, and says, "man I'd really like to screw him." The Rabbi responds by saying, "out of what?" ============================================================================== A man walks into the bar waving his gun around yelling, "I have 45 calibre Colt 1911 with a seven round magazine plus one in the chamber and I want to know who's been sleeping with my wife!" A voice from the back of the room called out, "You're gonna need more ammo!" ============================================================================== An elderly lady phoned her telephone company to report that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang. The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring. Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found: 1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chain and collar. 2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose. 3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called. 4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground. 5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring. Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning..
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    THIS IS FUNNY! This happened 30 years ago. Only those of us over 50 would recognise the people in the front row. https://www.youtube.com/embed/ n6mbW-jMtrY?rel=0
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    i need to put my 5 peso into this... We had a house build by a well know builder and as most properties its only as good as the sub contractors who do the work,,, Once our house was built it went thru a 3 year phase of small problems... Plumbing that did not drain correct... Wires that were not big enough to handle the load ... tiles that lifted .. paint that peeled ... door that leaked AC ... AC that was too big for some areas and to small for others... so its redo ,,, redo ,,, redo like a used car ... it took 3 years to fine tune everything ... that is why already built to me is better then not built yet... another note was the extras.. houses here come stripped 4 walls and its expected you will finish the unit .. they make it seem like that is a good thing .. finished to YOUR style but reality is they save money ...
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    This Blind Jack Russell Has His Own Guide Dog And The Inseparable Pair Need A New Home. Glenn, the completely blind Jack Russell, goes everywhere with his best friend and permanent guide Buzz, the Staffordshire bull terrier. Rossparry.co.uk / Ceri Oakes The pair were rescued from a sea tunnel in Hartlepool last month and are currently being cared for by the Stray Aid rescue centre in Coxhoe, County Durham. Rossparry.co.uk / Ceri Oakes Stray Aid said Buzz, 9, acts as a guide dog for Glenn, 10, and the centre wants to rehome the pair together so they can “live out their lives peacefully with as little change as possible”. Sue Bielby told the BBC the dogs are inseparable and become upset when kept apart. “Buzz acts as Glenn’s eyes and it’s as simple as that,” she told the broadcaster. “Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz, and if they were separated even for a few minutes they both bark and become distressed, so they would need to have a loving home together.” Rossparry.co.uk / Ceri Oakes Buzz helps Glenn find his bed and food, even pushing him toward the right bowl if he’s eating from the wrong one, the Daily Mail quoted Stay Aid supervisor Diane Humphrey as saying. Rossparry.co.uk / Ceri Oakes The centre has said it will only consider rehousing the best friends together. http://www.thingsaboutdogs.com/article-49-this-blind-jack-russell-has-his-own-guide-dog-and-the-inseparable-pair-need-a-new-home-.html
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    Something I used to do was, I would give a new girlfriend a Php 500 note to pay for something cheap. I would see if she would bring back the change, or if she would keep it.
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    Tiny update...... Inlaws still in hospital. FIL went to dental person today to look at repairing the broken off gnashers. 2Go are giving those in hospital an allowance of 700 Php per day, per person for incidental expenses. Very fair as it contributes to visitors parking costs, water etc etc. Plus the hospital provides meals for "watchers" in addition to patient meals. So not all bad. More interestingly, wife had a press con for an upcoming event. Obviously reps from various papers and TV are in attendance. Conversation got around to parents being in hospital as a result of the Supercat incident. One of the reporters said "its not out there but apparently the Captain fell asleep" Hence entering the Mactan chanel at cruising speed instead of throttling down. Who knows if it is true.....but it certainly ties in with the pic of the crumpled in bow posted earlier. That was not a bump, more of a full speed ramming!!
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    Is it just me or is it that every store that sells this type of product looks like Grandpa's Gas Station from the 1960s trying to sell crap. It is just thrown all over the place.
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    Unless you will be the driver, I would seriously consider buying a Toyota Alphard instead. You wouldn’t notice it if you are driving it in the US but in the Philippines where the road surfaces are yet to be desired, the use of the “rigid rear axle” such as the leaf-spring system on those Hi-Aces are very uncomfortable to ride in the back (it got some advantages if you were going off-road). I made a bad choice buying one of those when I first came to the Philippines and I had to sell it in less than a year. Please do yourself a favor and test drive both Hi-Ace (or Super Grandia) and Alphard, particularly as a backseat passenger — you will be glad you did. Of course, Alphards are more expensive but there is a reason. In Japan or elsewhere, there are options for those with rigid rear axles and rear independent suspension for Hi-Aces but they do not offer them in the Philippines. A similar vehicle with a better rear suspension is a Honda Odyssey but not as good as the Alphard as they use a torsion bar rear suspension… better than the leaf-spring though… but I would prefer Alphards 6-speed AT over those sluggish CVT's... If you drive long distance in the Philippines, as we did between NCR and Albay, NCR and Cebu, etc. I would really suggest you compare/test drive with different rear suspension systems...
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    Just out of curiosity. What other shaped wheels are available ?
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    You are asking someone who obviously should not be working on a motor bike to understand you. Not going to happen in any language.
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    Tequila, you seem to be enjoying your Philippines adventure and your girl. Thanks for posting about it.
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    There is NOTHING more important in a relationship than trust, ever. Please read my previous post again.
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    The guyvwith the glasses in the 2nd pic is my FIL. Lost 3 teeth, gash to head requiring stitches and general bruising. MIL also suffered general cuts and bruising. Actually with him in hospital as i write this on Sun night. He is disgusted in his words with the crews reaction immediatley after the incident. Total lack of concern for passengers, lack of assistance and lack of information. Far more than 4 in hospital than reported but i guess 2Go doesn't want to admit that.
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    More fun in the Philippines...met part of the family, enjoyed my first jeepney and trike rides (not meant for my size), learned about Filipino family culture, been eating more and more Phil food w/o getting sick. Had my first crap and shower in a Phil out side bathroom? Endured and enjoyed the 3 hour bus ride into the province, and more. The woman rocks, passed the multiple peso tests, paid for all but one taxi along with pay for the bus... And she simply kicks ass! More upon my return
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    Looks like a dishonorable discharge... [media] [media]
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    Is it your money she is going to pay with, or hers? If it is yours, you may want to put on the brakes a bit until YOU see it.
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    It really did not take long, we have been in longer events. I was sitting at the computer and my wife was sitting to the bed's edge internet texting on her phone. Being here in Surigao we often will feel the ground a jiggle and at different magnitudes. I was once riding back from Jane's Lodge after a visit to Harry Doyle on a dark drizzly night when to suddenly felt like I literally had a front tire blowout as the front suspension on the bike seemed to sluggishly sway repeatedly to the left and to the right. Once I stopped and inspected the bike I saw no faults (pardon the pun) I simply proceeded home only to be told by my nieces it had been a sizable earthquake. Once while living in the city one earthquake was violent enough for us to quickly evacuate to the street. I can only describe what for several minutes where the earth beneath our feet felt as if we were standing on top of a water bed.That one was a bit unsettling as it was an odd experience as it informs your brain that you not in control. I once saw a film where a Hollywood scout group were filming possible location for a movie project from above in an airplane. What they caught was footage on the very epicenter of a quake at the moment of the event. I can only describe the the earth below them as being not unlike a pebble being dropped in a still pond and to watch the rings of ripples ever expanding. The earth was literally rolling as the rings expanded outwards from the center, and did so repeatedly as each ring followed. See the earth under feet does not shake, rather it violently lifts and suddenly drops as the waves pass under your feet. It is this that causes the shaking sensation and causes the damage. This quake here hit fast a violently as anything on shelves or tabletops moved or fell. Having a rather large 2-story hollow block structure so close to the back of the house hastened our exit out of the house. It hit and my wife and I simply stared at each others eyes, as we were both trying to process the severity and length of the experience. We quickly knew to take flight. The lights all went dark and the lap top provided the only light source which allowed us to stay orientated as we made our way to the front door. The city is a few kilometers inland from where we are presently living and from the photos and videos one can see the damage. This video was taken by a friend of mine and posted it to his Facebook account, so I downloaded it and uploaded it to YouTube so it could be viewed by all the members as not all members have Facebook accounts. .
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    Brother, if that is all it takes for you to give up being with the single most beautiful women in the world, you might wanna rethink your retirement plan. These are nothing like American women, nothing like European women. They are truly special.
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    of course getting those brakes maintained regularly costs money..and you cant run a carrier company providing budget trips with expensive brake jobs! . Condolences to the families of the lost and prayers for the injured. Its traumatic . and it didnt need to happen.
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    its not treating them like children, its a test to see if they are basically honest...I do it and so do a lot of folks I know. You would be suprised at how many "forget" to give you the change
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    I believe that. You value no opinion that isn't your own. You put down every member whose opinion differs from your own. You have bought into a high-risk system that the developers here push, and that is just fine for you. However, not everybody buys into that philosophy. It doesn't take much intelligence to know that the longer the period is between paying and possession, and the higher the amount paid, the higher the risk to the buyer. That isn't just true in the Philippines. It is true anywhere in the world. Just because something is commonly done in the Philippines does NOT make it a smart thing to do. Again I have to ask ... with so many existing properties for sale (condos, town homes and houses) pretty much anywhere you might want to live in the Philippines, why would anybody assume additional risk? With an existing property, you can inspect the property before deciding to purchase, and you possess the property immediately after the purchase. That isn't possible when purchasing property that doesn't even exist yet. With the Philippines known as one of the highest fraud countries in the world, there is already a lot of built-in risk with buying anything here. A competent lawyer who specializes in real estate can help mitigate your risks, but they can't do anything to help you if you have purchased "on-plan" with a developer here, since you have already signed all of the developer's forms that relieve them of any responsibility if things go south during or after construction.
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    Subject: Fastest Ship the World has ever Seen Published on Jan 10, 2017 “This is certainly the fastest ship in the world,” said Incat managing director Kim Clifford. “Of course there's a few speed boats that could surpass 58 knots, but nothing that could carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars, and with an enormous duty-free shop on board.” The Fastest Ship the World has ever seen
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