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  • Japan trade deficit quadruples on-year in March to $14 b: Government

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    April 21, 2014 8:41 AM[TOKYO] Japan's trade deficit quadrupled on-year in March to US$14 billion as a weak yen pushed up post-Fukushima energy bills and other import costs, government data showed Monday.
  • Japan March exports rise 1.8% y-o-y: MOF

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    April 21, 2014 8:16 AM[TOKYO] Japan's exports rose 1.8 per cent in March from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, suggesting that sluggish external demand could put a drag on the economy already hit by the April 1 sales tax hike.
  • South Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:26 pm
    April 21, 2014 6:26 AM[JINDO] Panic-stricken and fumbling for a response, the crew of a South Korean ferry dithered over the evacuation of passengers in the crucial final moments before it sank, a transcript released Sunday revealed, as divers began retrieving bodies from the vessel.
  • China allows gold imports via Beijing, sources say, amid reserves buying talk

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    April 21, 2014 6:23 AM[SINGAPORE] China has begun allowing gold imports through its capital Beijing, sources familiar with the matter said, in a move that would help keep purchases by the world's top bullion buyer discreet at a time when it might be boosting official reserves.
  • A tough sell: insurance against a China financial crisis

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    April 21, 2014 6:17 AM[SINGAPORE] Selling insurance against a financial crisis should not be difficult, five years after the last one nearly wrecked the global economy.
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  • A life turned around

    Pradip Kumar Sikdar
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    By:  Tan Tam Mei TNP PHOTO: LATASHNI GOBI NATHAN He used to procure girls for prostitution rings in places like Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Today, Mr Jeremiah Tan Siak Meng has turned his life completely around.
  • Ah Boys tread the boards

    Pradip Kumar Sikdar
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    By:  Jocelyn Lee PHOTO: FLY ENTERTAINMENT The Ah Boys were a hit on the big screen, because of director Jack Neo's phenomenally successful Ah Boys To Men movies. But now that there is a musical spin-off, can the actors cut it live on stage?
  • 'I couldn't stand seeing him in that state'

    Pradip Kumar Sikdar
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    By:  Ronald Loh TNP PHOTO: JEREMY LONG Two weeks ago, the state coroner found lapses in an army unit’s management of a mentally-ill soldier who died.
  • Ending the spiral of trouble

    Pradip Kumar Sikdar
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    By:  Koh Hui Theng TNP PHOTO: LATASHNI GOBI NATHAN It is easy to forget that James is still only a teenager. When you check his record with the police, it looks as if James (not his real name) was a hardened criminal.
  • Aw-some night at Star Awards

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    By:  Jocelyn Lee TNP PHOTO: Jeremy Long Actress Jeanette Aw was the biggest winner at the annual Star Awards Show 1 on Sunday night.
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  • Spies. Spies everywhere

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:16 am
    Kopitiam auntie: "Teh si kosong peng ah?" Me: "Teh si kosong." Auntie: "Not having it cold ah? Your mother scold, right?" Me: "Ya lor."
  • Baby Jubilee Gifts for you?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    These are the shortlisted Baby Jubilee Gifts from which 5 will be picked. Where is the $50,000 note that can double as a baby shawl? Apparently you can vote on what babies born in the year of Singapore's Jubilee will get as a keepsake. If you and your spouse get to work now, still got time to make a Jubilee baby leh. Go, go, go! Another great Baby Jubilee gift idea: your choice of primary school. That would be like hitting the Big Sweep. Actually if you read the item names out loud, they sound like SAF unit Open Mobilization Code Words. "The following units are required to report to your…
  • Madam Chairwoman…

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Are these exercises or office seduction techniques? [via @mystifize]
  • the mrbrown show: the STB deleted video remade as thriller

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    YouTube link: Honey, look! The Winter Soldier! What if the infamous Singapore Tourism Board virally bad video for the Philippines market, was really a thriller? Original STB video here:
  • There are domestic flights in Singapore now?

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Sometimes, you may get tired of trying to get a cab or squeezing into a train. For those moments, there is the Silkair MI8870 flight from Changi Airport to Paya Lebar Airbase. Enjoy onboard service that is legendary, as you take the fastest route between two destinations in Singapore. Just make sure you eat fast. It's only a 9km flight. Sure, it may take longer to check in and wait for your flight than to actually take a bus to Paya Lebar, but Changi airport has better aircon. Now you can truly say, with pride, when friends ask you how you came to Paya Lebar, "Oh, I flew here from Changi."…
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  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition « Blog |
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Diablo III Reaper of Souls PC/Mac Game Exclusive In-Game Content Diablo III Spectral Hound Minion & Aesthetic Artifacts World of Warcraft: Treasure Goblin Pet Starcraft II: Crusader Portraits & Malthael Decals Behind The Scenes DVD and Blu-Ray Two-Disc Set The Art of Reaper of Souls Reaper of Souls Soundtrack on CD
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    20 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Fantasy and science fiction writer Kate Elliott. I'm interested in writing, reading, culture, history, social media, outrigger canoe paddling, schnauzers, and science fiction and fantasy in all its forms. That's just for starters. In truth, my interests are multitude. I welcome questions. I have a lot of questions, myself.
  • Multimedia Project on Potong Pasir - My Kind of Town | Alvinology
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Multimedia Project on Potong Pasir – My Kind of Town Apr 21, 2014 alvinology featured , interesting websites , Singapore heartland , web video 0 I grew up in Potong Pasir, having lived there for over two decades. I am proud to have been a part of Potong Pasir and have written about the town on several occasions. My parents still live there and I visit the town frequently. The small town of Potong Pasir has always been closely identified with Chiam See Tong , Member of Parliament for Potong Pasir from 1984 to 2011. Just like how Lee Kuan Yew has shaped Singapore, Chiam See Tong has shaped…
  • My 100 Days Slimming Challenge: Day 11 to Day 60
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    My 100 Days Slimming Challenge: Day 11 to Day 60 21 April 2014 0 comments My 100 Days Slimming Challenge – I can still indulge on these delectable treats You must be wondering why did I put a food picture on the top of a slimming article? When the fact is those are just some of the things I savoured during the course of my 60 days diet. But you should always avoid processed food and tibits. I am a happy person as I still get to enjoy the sweet indulgence of ice cream and Peking Duck. But these are consumed in moderation. I do have these delicious treats in all my meals. I only have it like…
  • Singapore Airlines Partners Chic Outlet Shopping
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Chic Outlet Shopping is located in cultural and historic regions in London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan/Bologna, Brussels/Antwerp/Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich. In May this year, a new Chic Outlet Shopping opens in Suzhou China. There is an iOS and Android app that allows you to explore, search and navigate through all nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. Interactive maps of each of the nine shopping villages lets you plan and pinpoint your location when you are in the village.
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  • Blogs, Flickr and Facebook Pages!!

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    For those that have this blog as a 'favourite' or perhaps a 'follower'. It is rare that I post on this particular blog now due to living in Australia. So please read the 'new blogs' and become  a follower of them too!One is titled TASTY FUN and is about cooking fun and or recipes, usually fairly easy or low cost to prepare and make!The other blog is about LIVING IN REGIONAL VICTORIA, and the places we go or the things we see and do in the region where we now live. On this blog you will also find many Military Postings in the lead up to the commemoration of the Great War of 1914 -…

    13 Mar 2014 | 10:46 pm
     ..... here is my recipe for Bailey's Irish Cream ...... well, it's not really MY recipe. My brother Phil made 4 litre's of this when we visited him (Perth, West Australia) in 2002. Have no idea who told him I liked the stuff .... but suffice to say we just had to drink it while we were there .... well we did, didn't we?Gotta tell you it was D E L I C I O U S ..... absolutely!!So I do actually call it:PHIL'S BAILEYS IRISH CREAM450 ml cream1 cup whiskey ..... this is debatable, I use more!8 tsp sugar2 tsp coffee (instant)5 cups fresh milk 4 large scoops of ice cream .... what? only…
  • RANI - a tailor in Tekka Market

    13 Nov 2013 | 1:44 pm
    shop number 02 - 56 at Tekka Marketand her name isRANIThis is mainly for my Singapore friends as they keep asking what tailor I use and where is she located.  I came across this lady in Little India when I had some Indonesian Batik that I needed made up for the National Day Reception and since then I have given her many pieces of fabric or alterations to be done .....I have been happy with everything she has done for me. Some things have been a little too large or too short etc after I have taken them home and tried them on, most times she alters those at no cost. But the rest of the…
  • a magical dinner on Halong Bay

    6 Feb 2013 | 3:29 pm
    The last night of our 3D2N cruise of Halong Bay (on board the Dragons Pearl 3) we were told that we would be having a BBQ on the beach ..... now this sounded pretty good to us, so we watched for this 'beach' as we sailed around the many 'islands' of Halong Bay .....Once we anchored I couldn't see any beach where we could possibly have our BBQ, but had faith in the crew that they knew where we were and where our dinner would be!It was dark ..... very, very dark.We were out in the middle of Halong Bay and could not see any lights at all ... anywhere.Most of us were sitting around chatting until…
  • the life of Ernie Roberts [1914 - 1943]

    26 Oct 2012 | 5:08 pm
    Today - 27th October 2012 - is the 69th anniversary of the death of Ernest Lister ROBERTS who was killed in action on 27 Oct 1943 in New Guinea.I have documented his military life throughout the second world war on my "Living in Regional Victoria" blog and all three blog posts related to him are below:Ernie in the Middle EastErnie on his way to New GuineaThe Last Post for ErnieLest We all our loyal followersplease note:since March 2012 most of the newer blog posts are now at:LIVING IN REGIONAL VICTORIAJohn and I have repatriated to Australia and now living in a small rural village…
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  • Bloggers: 6 Free Editing Tools For Better Writing
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Issa Mirandilla, who writes about freelancing, writing, marketing, careers, personal finance and other business-related topics. Give her a nudge on Twitter or visit her website here. After hours of researching facts and figures, organizing your notes like crazy, and hammering away at your keyboard, you’re finally done with your killer blog post. Congratulations for making it that far. Not all blog post ideas get turned into working drafts. Now, all you have to do is edit. That might take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending…
  • Of Edges And Sharp Corners – 20 Cool Geometric Art Pieces

    Nancy Young
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Geometric shapes are widely used in graphic design these days. You can find them on items like t-shirts to coasters. It’s one of the big trends that is hard to define, encompassing complex and large-scale patterns as well as simple shapes. An ordinary triangle or a circle can totally change a photograph or illustration giving it new mystery, depth and meaning. Here, we’ve put together 20 clever art pieces showing how circles, squares, rectangles and triangles can create stunning alternatives of what we don’t normally see in art. In the list, we feature creative business cards,…
  • A Look Into: Google’s New & Improved Official Camera App

    Nels Dzyre
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    For any smartphone user, no matter which mobile OS you are on, the camera app is one of the more oft-used apps. Many of us opt for third-party camera apps because they are more solidly built than what the stock apps have to offer. But now, Android users may want to reconsider trying out the new and improved Google camera app, just released in the Play Store. If you cannot download the app via Play Store, download the APK file directly here. It’s better, sleekier and has a few pretty cool feaures you would want to try out, like Lens Blur and Photo Sphere. And better yet the official…
  • How to Create Post Draft In Jekyll

    Thoriq Firdaus
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    In the previous post, we have shown you how to install Jekyll and publish your first post with it. If you have followed it, you can see that creating a post is a breeze; we simply create a new Markdown file, save it within the /_posts folder, and it will show up in the blog immediately. That, however, could be a problem if you have put your blog online. Your post may have unfinished sentences, contain errors, and a few other things that should not be seen by your readers. That’s why we usually create a draft first before pressing the Publish button. So, in this post, we will show you…
  • Input Dominant Color From Image To Background With AdaptiveBackgrounds.js
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When showcasing something on the Web, some developers often find a hard time deciding which backgrounds is most suitable for use. A good combination of the background with the right content can affect the user experience substantially. For some designers, they prefer to use some of the dominant colors inside the content itself – AdaptiveBackgrounds.js can do that for you automatically. AdaptiveBackgrounds.js is a free jQuery plugin that helps you easily adapt the most dominating color in your content as part of the background. It was built on top of RGBaster, made by the same developer.
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  • Cynthia #02, Colorful #02

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
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  • Ballet shoes print T-shirt with floral shorts

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Cute ballet shoes print T-shirt with flora shorts for girls S$36.90
  • University Textbooks

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    1. Thomas’ Calculus Weir, Hass, Giordano 11th International Edition $25 2. Industrial Organization Pepall, Richards, Norman 4th Edition $30 3. Macroeconomics Abel, Bernanke, Croushore 6th Edition $25 4. The Interpersonal Communication Book Joseph A DeVito 13th Edition (Photocopy) $5 5. Investments Bodie, Kane, marcus 8th Edition $35 6. Linear Algebra I Ma, Tan, Ng 3rd Edition $5
  • 7 Reasons Why Women Love to Shop

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    You know it: women love to shop! There is just something about shopping that makes women happy. If you still don’t understand, you can find the top seven reasons below! 1. It is Like a Treasure Hunt Finding that perfect dress to go with a favorite pair of shoes means long hours spent at many different types of stores, trying on different combinations, until just the right one is found. 2. It is a Bonding Time How many times do you see a group of women out shopping together at your local mall? When a woman goes shopping with her best friend, or with a group of her favorite girl…
  • 5 Sex Toys You Need To Be a Sexual Magnet

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    You can meet your perfect woman at the bar, coffee shop or library. You only get one chance to make a sexual first impression. Impress her, stimulate her, and make her wonder where you have been all this time. Pheromones Women like – and dislike – all kinds of cologne. The only way to make sure you don’t ruin your chances of getting some female attention with your scent is to skip your cologne and go right for the pheromone spray. Why impress her nose when you can chemically connect right to her brain? Pheromones are nature’s shortcut. Penis Enlarger Once you have her home and…
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    A Sakura Story

  • Kim's Surprise Bday

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    A few weekends ago we joined some friends at the American Club to celebrate our friend Kim's birthday.  It was a surprise party and amazingly we were all able to arrive at the Club without getting spotted by Kim.  She was (as far as I could tell) completely surprised to find us all hiding out in the private dinning room. The lucky girl had not 1 but 3 birthday cakes.  Without our family around it really helps to be surrounded by wonderful friends on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Kim's Bday from Lynn Wood on Vimeo.
  • Sailing to St. John's island

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    Friends of ours recently purchased a beautiful catamaran and asked us to join them for a day trip to St. John's island which is located about 30 min south of Singapore via boat.St. John's island can also be accessed by a public ferry. There are several picnic areas and some beautiful beaches, but no restaurants or shops.The island was first used as a quarantine holding area for cholera stricken immigrants back in 1874. As the years went by, St John's island was also used for various other functions:  - As a penal settlement site to hold political detainees - A drug rehabilitation…
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Table Mountain holds such a very special place in my heart as it is the spot Kingsley chose to propose to me on Jan 3, 2006.  The day he proposed we did an EPIC hike up the mountain and right before we reached the top Kingsley pulled out the ring and the rest is history! This time around we took the cable car up to the top to watch the sunset.  We had about an hour to walk around before watching the sunset and in that time we actually saw a young couple get engaged.   It was very sweet! The sunset from Table Mountain is one of the most beautiful sunsets I have…
  • Cape Town - Porterville XC Paragliding

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Porterville is a area located a few hours outside of (155km) Cape Town to the Northeast at the base of the Olifant River Mountains. This is a part of the country where there are BIG thermals which makes it an ideal place to fly XC (cross-country).  We joined our friends Ian and May for a weekend in Porterville so the boys could do some big air paragliding.View from launch out over the valleyWe rented a quaint little house for the weekend that was a five minute drive from the launch site.  The house was tucked away in the mountains and was so remote and quiet it felt like we were on…
  • Cape Town - Accommodation

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:08 am
    Our first few nights were spent at Hedge House a quaint, attractive, high quality B&B tucked away in the beautiful suburb of Newlands.  Judy was a lovely host and couldn't have been more helpful.  The breakfasts each morning were amazing. Fresh fruit salad, homemade yogurt and eggs (perfectly cooked) with bacon and tomatoes. Another highlight of our stay at the Hedgehouse was playing with Chox the OCD dog.  He brought us a tennis ball the minute we walked through the gate which we happily threw a few times for him. He then followed us to our room and sat for hours at…
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  • A note on traveling solo

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    I walked out of Tai Cheong Bakery in Central, Hong Kong, holding a bag of egg tarts, the best I have ever eaten. Taking the escalator up to the Central Mid Levels walkway, I walked from one end of the walkway to the other end, slowly munching on my egg tarts and experiencing the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system. All 800 meters of it. It’s moments like this that makes my decision to travel solo worth every penny. I had the freedom to do what I want, when I want and how I wanted to do it. My little “walkway egg tarts adventure” may not make much sense to…
  • The story of the Open

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:38 pm
      I looked up from where I was, trying to shut out the massive noise around me. Hands on my knees, trying to control my breathing, with saliva dripping out of me. I was ready to throw in the towel. I badly wanted this to be over. Taking in the scene around me when I looked up, I smiled. Yes, I smiled. There was a Commonwealth Games weightlifting athlete shouting at me to pick up the bar. My buddies were counting down my rest time. They too, were screaming at me to pick up the bar. At that moment, I felt important. This was my performance. To give up was to let them, myself down.  The…
  • How I’m making CrossFit sustainable for myself

    8 Jan 2014 | 6:26 am
    The very real possibility of getting injured in training is something that has been nagging at me coming in to 2014. As I arrive at the box everyday, I wonder to myself: “Is CrossFit sustainable” The answer to that, is yes, CrossFit is sustainable. The community and getting in to kick-ass shape is what makes CrossFit fun for me. However the only caveat is that I have the discipline to incorporate active recovery in to my training. . Sometimes we think more training is good, but that’s not true. Less training is sometimes good as well. After all, muscles grow when you are out…
  • My 2013 in a nutshell: “Overcoming challenges and obstacles”

    19 Dec 2013 | 1:56 am
    I don’t want 2013 to end. You may think that I have had a great year after making that statement. Well, it couldn’t be further from the truth. 2013 has been a year where I found myself being forced to deal with challenges and obstacles thrown at me from all directions. It almost broke me, but I refused to give up, which is what makes this year memorable for me. But I know 2014 will be much more exciting. Let’s start with my first challenge: Entering the workforce I graduated this year with a Diploma in Mass Communication, looking to enter the media industry and gain some…
  • #SinCity2013 musings

    11 Dec 2013 | 9:32 pm
    I fell really sick after #SinCity2013 ended, so in my downtime, I decided to break down the event on my own. So here it goes. When Melanie and I sat down to plan for Sin City Invitationals about 3 months ago with full support from our coach, Uncle Sam, we didn’t have much resources to work with. All we had were three main goals: 1) For the Invitationals to be as stripped down as possible. Not flashy like the 2013 CrossFit Games. But like the 2007 CrossFit Games, which was held on a ranch in Aromas, California. 2) The focus will be on the athletes. We knew that given how strong and tight…
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    Little Green Dot

  • {diy} Deep Conditioning Yoghurt & Honey Hair Mask

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Dry, brittle. Puffs up in humidity. Frizzes out if you brush it. If this is your hair, I have just the thing for you! This anti-frizz treatment will  be your new favorite! Most hair treatments recipes are based on oil, but if you use too much, you end up looking like a grease ball for days. This mask is made with three ingredients that will leave your hair looking better than ever! All I ask is that you try it and let me know what you think!! Yoghurt: full of protein, it offers nourishment that our hair needs to grow strong and healthy. It also has moisturising properties which make it a…
  • Many Ways to Use Dish Soap

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I have a super practical tip for you today, inspired by a friend who I recently helped. She’s a new mom, just moved into a new house and wanted to learn some simple green cleaning recipes. My advice to her was this: Whatever you’re cleaning – always start the job with the most simple ingredients. Sure, there may be times you’ll need specialty cleaners, but most things can be tackled with really basic ingredients. A great example of this is dish soap – we keep it by our kitchen sink, we wash our dishes with it – but did you know that you can use it all around…
  • From This to That – Smoothies & Facials

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    One of my favorite ways to simplify my life is by getting the most out of the things that I already have! Picture this – you wake up in the morning and blend up a super healthy green shake. Instead of throwing away the peels, you save them for the evening. When you come home, you’ve had a busy day and want to relax. Take out those peels, and give youself a lovely 15 minute steam treatment. You breathe in the orange essential oils, you feel good and you get a quality facial too! Orange essential oils found in orange peels are a great astringent for the skin. With the steam, it…
  • Refrigerator Tips

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    I’ve tried a ton of different organization tips – and my current system is the best that I’ve ever managed. Recently my schedule went on overdrive and I saw myself skimping on my meals - the fresh salads, green shakes and juicing… Here’s what I did:  I took an afternoon to organize my fridge to work better for me, to make it easier for me to eat better. I set up a system that would be easy to maintain, to help me plan my grocery shopping and make home-cooking  manageable. That way, even if my brain says just eat cereal, my fridge says how about a green shake…
  • 14 Healthy Ideas For Meals on the Go!

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    We all know what it’s like when we’re busy and hungry – we tend to make bad choices! And then, we just end up feeling annoyed with ourselves! It’s crazy. We need a good plan.  That’s why I put together this list of quick meals for on the go. This is for all of us who want a healthy meal on the ready, to help us keep up the energy and feeling good! 1. Frozen Soup – freeze a big batch of soup in muffin trays. Great for the office, pack  a portion in a container – it will defrost throughout the day and just heat it up for a healthy lunch! 2. Quinoa…
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