Now is the Best Time

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I talked with a cousin last night and he shared that he was advised to buy gold coins now because its price is projected to hit $2,200 in the near future. This can be attributed to the annual increase on demand on gold in the market. Moreover, mining companies are now starting to explore untouched deposits as well as old ones using the latest technology. My cousin was told that now is the best time to invest on gold because its price has dropped due to recession. However, the gold rush is not yet over as the future of gold investment is looking bright.

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US Gold Bureau

Man has always been fascinated by gold for ages – from the ancient Egyptians’ to the present time because of its power to change one’s life and preserve wealth.  And according to financial gurus, the best time to buy gold coins is now. It is considered as the best investment since gold’s value rarely depreciates. Moreover, worldwide demand for metal products now exceeds annual production. If you are looking into venturing into this gold coin investment, consider United States Gold Bureau where you can buy gold, silver and other precious metals and coin which can be immediately delivered to you. US Gold Bureau can even arrange for you a safe and convenient storage of your purchase at a trusted bank or depository. When it comes to gold investment, you can never go wrong with the US Gold Bureau.

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Pres. Aquino’s Inaugural Speech (Filipino and English Versions)

I was able to watch the inauguration of RP’s 15 president right before we left for the mall. I was not able to see the whole program though, just the portion when Pres. Aquino was sworn into office and when he delivered his speech. Hopefully, he will deliver and he can only do that if we all work together towards a better Philippines.

Anyway, the inaugural speech can be read HERE, both in Filipino and in it's English translation.

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Monsters of Steel

We were at the mall this afternoon and by the gadgets area, we saw these scary-looking monsters:
1 They’re made of steel and what can I say? They’re absolutely, marvelously crafted! They look so real and yeah, scary! We saw one kid who was too afraid of going near them. I wonder how my daughter would react when she sees these.

This is one reason why I like SM Clark. They have displays of awesome things like these. They have more and I will share those with you soon.

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Student Life + Med Talk

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Two of our nursing graduates are now taking up medicine in a school in Manila. They are some of the most brilliant in their batch, not only in academics but in extra curricular activities as well. I was able to chat with one of them early today and we had a blast remembering the past, mostly activities that we attended together like an inter-school meet, our student leadership trainings and lastly, our screening session for the school paper’s editorial board for this school year.

It was fun reminiscing and it made me miss him and the rest of the guys more. He also told me that he is doing well in his classes. It’s a good timing that we talked this morning because I was about to write something about spirometer which I have no idea about. He explained that it is the device used to conduct spirometry which is the common process to measure the amount and speed of air that is inhaled and exhaled. Now that is enlightening!

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EXCITED.

I am excited for tomorrow not only because our country’s 15th President will be sworn in into office but more importantly, someone is coming home despite the hassle just to watch a movie with me! I am talking about what else, Eclipse!

So being a holiday tomorrow, my husband is coming home from Makati tonight. Excited, excited, EXCITED!

 


That’s tomorrow and I am so there!

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Faucet Problem

While taking a bath last weekend, I accidently broke the faucet at our bathroom. The water flowed nonstop and there was nothing left to do but panic! It’s a good thing it was a weekend and my husband was around. He is a trying hard handyman so off he went and got the needed tools. He was able to repair what was broken but we were left wondering why the bathroom faucets are attached to plastic pipes. It’s a good thing that other than the bathroom faucets, other faucets look durable. For the kitchen, we have a Moen kitchen faucet which is sturdy and it looks like this:

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My Friend Named Tracy

I was skimming through a friend’s blog last night and I can’t help but ogle at her layouts. She has been scrapping nonstop and I am very much amazed at her pages. And other than scrapbooking, she also bakes and cooks. Now I envy her three times!

We talked last night and as usual, we exchanged notes about shops that are currently holding sales this week, wrinkle cream reviews we have read and just how life has been for us and our families We also discussed the possibility of meeting a fellow scrapbooker/ designer based in Dubai who will be coming home soon. Hopefully, it will happen! I can’t wait to meet them.

Anyway, see more of Tracy’s photos, layouts and recipes HERE.

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On Beaches and Losing Weight

Monday, June 28, 2010

My girl friends are planning a Boracay getaway some time next year along with our respective families. Hopefully, we get to book a flight so that the three of us can go. It is going to be exciting!

And since it is going to be a beach outing, I need to trim down as early as now in order to fit into my swimsuit. Obviously, I need a concrete diet plan. It may involve fda approved diet pills, diet drinks, regular exercise and others. But I need a plan. It’s almost a month since we got here and the weighing scale is not showing any weight changes when I weigh myself. Losing weight is on my list of to-dos, remember?

And oh, if the plans push through, a few more beach/ swimming escapades are planned this year.

Yeah, I need to lose weight. Badly. And soon.

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Bahamas All Inclusive: A Vacation You Will Never Forget

Looking for a nice place to spend a break for rest and recreation? Consider a Bahamas all inclusive getaway. It will be an experience that you will not forget. The Bahamas is said to be a piece of heaven with its 700 tiny islands. In one of those islands is the Island of New Providence. It is where Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach are located.

In the Bahamas resorts, varied activities can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of interest. Love the water? Enjoy sailing and boating. Sailing ships, small sailboats, motorboats and jet skis are available for rentals. One can also engage in diving, snorkeling or even riding a submarine. Outfitters and charter captains are also ready to assist you if you enjoy fishing. A visit to cultural attractions is also a must if you are in the Bahamas. See for yourself the famous center of the Bahamian Government – the Parliament Square in downtown Nassau. Visit the Paradise Island and see the Versailles Gardens with its grand statues, fountains, French Cloisters and elegant terraces. If you are feeling lucky, why not try your luck in the casinos. Feeling festive?

Book in any of the Bahamas all inclusive resorts towards the end of December and beginning of January to experience an annual celebration called Junkano. Its name is believed to have originated from the name John Canoe, an African freedom fighter. Do not miss the chance to witness and participate in a colorful and jovial Junkano parade. Whatever your interest may be, there are countless ways to relax and enjoy the Bahamas.

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Health Care

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between our union and the university management last year was the provision of the latter of group insurance benefits to its workforce for three years. This is the period covered by the CBA. 

To facilitate efficient implementation, the management immediately contacted some reputable companies for group health insurance rates. When a one company was finally picked, a representative was invited to orient us about health insurance benefits that we could enjoy. As soon as our application forms were processed and approved, some colleagues and their family members were able to enjoy the health insurance benefits, even it was during our Christmas break.

I admire companies and employers that invest on the health care of their workforce. Human resource is a company’s best asset that is why management should be committed to the health of its employees. However, it is also necessary to consider the success of one’s business. Thus, one must be mindful of which health insurance company provides greater coverage while helping control cost. It’s a good thing that technology has provided us with easier access to information like Netquote group health quote to find out which health insurance company provides the best solutions to our needs.

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AC by Jay’s Comfort Team

Because our bedroom has only one window, it can get very humid during the day and even some nights. I have been thinking of investing on an air conditioning unit but I still need to scout for a reliable company that sells, installs and maintains air conditioners. If we are based in Phoenix, Arizona, this should not be a concern. My problem would be solved by a company called Air Conditioning by Jay's Comfort Team which is a premier company that sells, installs and repairs air conditioners phoenix area.

Since 1983, AC by Jay’s Comfort Team has served over 30,000 phoenix air conditioning installation and repairs for homes and businesses. Their top priority is quality customer care, thus they offer the fastest response time in the areas where they serve. Air Conditioning by Jay’s Comfort Team is one of the fastest growing company in its field but it offers its clients the best quality without hurting the budget. Indeed, one can never go wrong when choosing AC by Jay’s Comfort Team for installing and maintenance of air conditioning phoenix area. Other useful services that AC by Jay’s Comfort Team offers includes system replacement, system designs, comfort system accessories and more.

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A Gift for Him

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Father’s Day came and went but I have not bought anything for the father of my kid. We were at the mall last weekend but I can’t seem to find the perfect gift for him. There were nice mens ties that I saw but I know he won’t use them. A saw a bag which I know he’ll definitely like but it was way too expensive. I am unemployed right now, remember? But I can absolutely save up for it. His birthday is coming up and I have two more weeks to find ways to afford that bag. I know I can!

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The Story of My Recent Allergy Attack

It’s the middle of the week and I have been slacking on blogging. Blame it on my allergies triggered by eating a bite, OK, five bites or maybe more, of Max’s Fried Chicken last Sunday. Yeah, blame the chicken. Haha! We had a Father’s Day lunch at SM Clark and I already ordered kare-kare and lechon kawali. I should’ve been contented with what was for me but no, I reached for some chicken bits and come night time, rashes began to appear on my arms and the areas around my lips. Until now, I have the rashes though it’s beginning to be healed. I’ve been taking medicines but the downside is that I get too sleepy during the day even if the meds aren’t supposed to make me drowsy. Oh well.

Let me explain (for my stubborn friends who think I am equally stubborn): I was not aware that I am allergic to chicken. The previous attacks were triggered by dried fish. Friday night, I ate one piece of fried chicken courtesy of my mother in-law and there was no itchiness and rashes. So… it’s Max’s Fried Chicken’s fault.

End of story.

:D

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A Bahamas All Inclusive Getaway: An Experience You Will Never Forget

Looking for a nice place to spend a break for rest and recreation? Consider a Bahamas all inclusive getaway. It will be an experience that you will not forget. The Bahamas is said to be a piece of heaven with its 700 tiny islands. In one of those islands is the Island of New Providence. It is where Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach are located.

In the Bahamas resorts, varied activities can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of interest. Love the water? Enjoy sailing and boating. Sailing ships, small sailboats, motorboats and jet skis are available for rentals. One can also engage in diving, snorkeling or even riding a submarine. Outfitters and charter captains are also ready to assist you if you enjoy fishing. A visit to cultural attractions is also a must if you are in the Bahamas. See for yourself the famous center of the Bahamian Government – the Parliament Square in downtown Nassau. Visit the Paradise Island and see the Versailles Gardens with its grand statues, fountains, French Cloisters and elegant terraces. If you are feeling lucky, why not try your luck in the casinos. Feeling festive? Book in any of the Bahamas all inclusive resorts towards the end of December and beginning of January to experience an annual celebration called Junkano. Its name is believed to have originated from the name John Canoe, an African freedom fighter. Do not miss the chance to witness and participate in a colorful and jovial Junkano parade. Whatever your interest may be, there are countless ways to relax and enjoy the Bahamas.

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Preparing for SAT

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A family friend arrived last month and we had a blast spending time with her before we left. Her kids were too young when they left the country and now, her youngest son is busy with his sat prep. He will be one of the 2,000,000 college hopefuls who will be taking the SAT this year. I learned that SAT is used in the US to assess the readiness of a person for college and it was first administered in 1901. I hope that our friend’s son will pass with flying colors and I know he will because he is a determined and smart kid.

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To Be the Best Mom

Last Tuesday, I arrived late at DD’s school. They were sent home at around 2:50 PM and yet, no thanks to the heavy traffic, I arrived 10 minutes late. I found my girl misty-eyed. Good thing I was not chastised for what I did. But I felt so guilty that when she asked for snacks, I bought her what she requested: three pieces of donuts. I even gave in and bought her a pack of play money. Is it just me or that’s what guilty parents do? Haha!

I am guilty of that crime. If it is a crime. I sometimes think that my inadequacies as a parent can be compensated by material things that I provide for my kid. But I know that those can never ever replace my love, my affection, my care, attention and even my presence in her life. Being a mom, the best mom that I can be to my daughter, is a daily struggle. I am grateful that God has blessed me with moms of varied ages, from whom I learn how to be the best mom, from whom I gather strength, wisdom and inspiration to be the best mother that I can be to my daughter.

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A Better Investment

A banker called me up today because a problem arose concerning one of my savings account with their bank. It seemed that the money transfer that I did was relatively unsuccessful because it was a dollar account and upon transfer, the amount was converted into the local currency. I inquired about the possible solution to address the problem and he said that they can convert it into dollar but not into the exact amount that I transferred. It was my first time to do such transaction and I am somewhat disappointed. I now think that it is best to buy gold coins instead of merely keeping my money in the bank. Unlike paper money, gold’s value rarely depreciates, thus it is considered to be a good investment.

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My Pupil and My Schedule

Here’s a photo of my daughter during her first day of class at her new school last week:
She look so tall wearing that uniform! But what I love most are those cheeky cheeks! It means she is somehow gaining some weight, thanks to grandma’s cooking.

Anyway, she has been adjusting to her new school and so am I. We usually wake up at around 5 AM and are on our way to school at around 6. Once she gets inside the school premises, I proceed to the church (which is just beside their school) and attend the morning Mass. Afterwards, I go home. Or sometimes, I treat myself with some “me” time and have my breakfast at the nearby Chowking. I did that yesterday and afterwards, I (bravely) walked the streets of Angeles City and went to the market to buy fresh fruits. I felt accomplished upon coming home! That was so courageous of me. LOL!

But this morning was slightly different. Wanting to do something with my weight, I brisk walked around the village after the Mass before finally going home. It was a refreshing experience which I hope to do regularly.

So there. I am still trying to find the best things to do with my time now that I am a full-time mom and wife. Hopefully, my schedule will be fixed by next week. I think I need to write my schedule down so as not to miss anything.

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The Fourth R

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Most of us are aware of the 3 Rs in education, which are Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic. But are you aware that in addition to these is the fourth R which is Art? It is said that art educates the mind, the emotions and the senses. Truly, art plays an important role in the holistic formation of a person. Thus, many elementary and high schools have integrated art education in their respective curriculums.

Gone were the days when art materials, art ideas and activities are limited. The Internet provides a vast resources for art teachers. One of these useful websites is AMACO.com. At AMACO/Brent, selling of art materials for classroom ceramics isn’t their only priority. Art education takes the front seat as it also offers free art lesson plans where one can learn and teach how to create an animal sculpture with AMACO’s ceramic clay and gloss glazes, glaze decoration and more. AMACO/Brent’s online shop offers art materials which are safe and of good quality. Take note that AMACO kilns last up to 30 years, that is why they are ideal for schools that offer ceramic art education. Moreover, Brent wheels, which is the most popular potter’s wheels in the market is offered with a 10-year warranty.

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Consolidating your Bills

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Facing a number of hefty loan payments, as opposed to one consolidated loan, only compounds the interest and anxiety that are inevitably affixed to the experience of paying your bills. When you have multiple bills to which your paycheck is being distributed at different stores, companies, banks, and other services, the interest rates continue to advance and the minimum monthly payments get higher and higher. Bill consolidation serves as a valuable respite to the mounting debt that many debtors face. But what does it really mean to consolidate your bills?

To consolidate your bills means that one singular loan incorporates the totality of your debt. One monthly payment, one due date, and one loan allows you to focus on the sum of your debt at once. Instead of fielding calls from a host of debt collectors and engaging in the dizzying process of keeping up with payment dates, consolidating all of your bills into one loan is a practical solution to the aggravating undertaking of paying multiple bills at different times and to different sources. Most bill payers worry about their credit score and history and this is a reasonable concern. But every bill consolidation service is different and accounts for varying issues with your credit and that's what credit counselors are for.

Specialists in credit counseling and loan consolidations are your resource to ask the difficult questions and get the answers you need about your individual circumstances and options. Today, people explore their options in home equity loans, refinancing one or more of their vehicles, or getting a customized debt consolidation plan from a credit professional as efficient ways to approach their bill consolidation options. Tap into your resources and seek the help that is readily available. Consolidating your bills today can bring you one step closer to managing your debt once and for all.

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Free Adobe Lightroom Presets

Looking for free Adobe Lightroom presets? Here are some of the nicest that I discovered recently from Presets Heaven. Take a look at the original photo:
And when used with the free Adobe Lightroom presets:
2Download them here.

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How Do Sentinel Flavor Tabs Work?

Sentinel tabs are one of the most commonly used forms of parasite control for pets, and they're most commonly for your canine. The tablet is meant to be taken once per month, and it works more effectively than many other more expensive and complicated methods such as injections and progressive treatments. Not only is Sentinel for dogs effective in getting rid of fleas, it prevents fleas, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and ascarids. How is it that a simple tablet, taken once per month, can effectively prevent these things more than other more complicated treatments?

The parasite control for Sentintel works in two major ways. The first is the use of milbemycin oxime, which is sold separately by Novartis Animal Health, the manufacturer of Sentinel, as the drug "Interceptor." Milbemyrcin oxime has almost no major side effects in normal doses, and it is able to completely eliminate fleas and worms with basic treatment.

The second is the use of the drug lufenuron. Lufenuron is an active ingredient in many different canine medications designed for the prevention of worms. The reason it is so effective in eliminating fleas and worms is that it is not technically a drug, but a pesticide. It makes an impact by functioning as an inhibitor. The inhibiting effect of lufenuron actually prevents fleas and worms from developing fully, and entirely prevents them from reproducing.

These drugs are potent enough and function under a natural time release, so a once per month dose effectively gains all the desired results. While it may seem that a month of dosage would be potent enough to create risks for your dog, side effects of the combined drugs are minor. They may include loss of appetite or changes in mood in animals that are basically healthy, but always be sure to contact your veterinarian prior to starting any treatment.

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Finding the Right Course

Friday, June 11, 2010

One of the many things that I miss from working at my first office is the enrollment of new students. I’ve witnessed their eagerness and excitement to start a new chapter of their young lives at the university. However, a handful of them are not prepared for the changes that take place once they are in the university, much more for the life they have to live once they become university students. Some are not even sure that the course that they have enrolled in is what they really like. If they did research college degrees beforehand, this won’t be a problem. So to help them make the right decision, we offer them career counseling, among and implement career guidance programs to help them find the course that best fits them.

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A Breezes Resorts’ All Inclusive Vacation: What You Rightfully Deserve

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Have you been working so hard and feel that you deserve a grand vacation? Try an all inclusive vacation at any of the five Breezes Resorts destinations – Jamaica, Bahamas, Brazil, Curacao, or Panama. All inclusive vacations mean that the fees for everything during your stay are already paid in advance. This will ensure you full enjoyment and relaxation because you won’t be worrying about any bill after enjoying the spa or dining out. Speaking of spa, you can indulge and pamper yourself in any of the spas of located at the Breezes’ all inclusive resorts. These spas are considered homes spa treatments, products and facials which are made of the finest ingredients from the plant and sea world. On the other hand, let the master chefs satisfy your appetite with the delectable cuisines and continental menus from breakfast to dinner. Also try the in-room dining and their award-winning bartenders’ concoctions. Try water sports if you are the adventurous type and unwind in the evening by visiting any piano bar or disco. Pay a visit to various cultural attractions and get to know more about the history of the place. Feel like splurging? There are various shops and boutiques where you can find items for yourself or gifts for loved ones you left at home. There are also casinos where you can play and try your luck. It doesn’t matter what your idea of fun and relaxation is. There is always something for everyone at any of the all inclusive vacations at Breezes Resorts.

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My Sunday Morning

Sunday, June 6, 2010

We attended the 8AM Mass at the Carmelite church in Angeles City. However, we were late so we had to stand at the back! Anyway, after the Mass, off we went to Nepo Mart to buy Filipino delicacies. It made me miss Mark and Ted (two of my four brothers in-law) because the former is the one who is fond of buying those food while Ted is my partner in consuming them. This time, my partner in crime is Dud, another brother in-law.

We also went to a mall to buy ink refills for the printer, some sticker papers and scotch tape dispenser. We were there so early that the maintenance personnel were still cleaning up the place which was littered mostly with flyers on hgh pills. After 30 minutes of waiting the shops opened and we’ve finally bought the items we needed so off we went. We were home at around 11 AM and boy, I was starving!

Anyway, I am looking forward to restful afternoon and evening. Tomorrow, I will be preparing DD’s school stuff and uniform. Classes for her will begin on Wednesday.

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Another Question Meme

1. It's 2AM and you are not home. You are more than likely: Davao City, vacationing.
2. What's the last thing you spent more than $100 on? DD’s enrollment.
3. What do your bank checks look like? They look like checks!
4. Where did the shirt you are currently wearing come from? The mall.
5. Name something that will be on your Christmas wish list: A new laptop.
6. What color is your toothbrush? White and blue.
7. Name something you collect and tell us about it. Memories, photographs, fonts, digital scrapbooking kits. I am a scrapbooker! 
8. Last restaurant you ate at. Who were you with? How was it? At the mall. Razon’s is the name and I was with DH and DD. It was OK.
9. Who was the last person you bought a birthday card for? DH I think. Last year.
10. What is your worst bad habit? Procrastinating and overeating. At least, I can rely on weight loss supplements for the latter but there’s no cure for the former!
11. Name a magazine you subscribe to? None.
12. Your favorite pizza toppings? Cheese and lots of meat.
13. Whose number were you looking up the last time you used a phone book? My favorite cafe.
14. Other than family, who is the person that you love most? My friends, of course!
15. What is the last thing you cooked? Rice? LOL! I can’t remember!
16. Name something you wouldn't want to buy used? Undies?
17. Which shoe do you put on first? Right.
18. What is the last thing you remember losing? That thing where I place DD’s hair accessories. I am still missing it until now.
19. What is the ugliest piece of furniture in your house? I do not know.
20. Last thing you bought and ended up returning? Can’t remember.
21. What perfume/cologne do you wear? If none, why? VS, B&B, D&G, Esprit.
22. Your favorite board game? Scrabble?
23. What was the last board game you played? Scrabble (on iPod. Teehee!)
24. Where did your vehicle come from? From where it is supposed to come from!
25. If a movie was made about your life what would the theme song be? “My Way”. Haha!
26. You're sad, who can cheer you up easily? My gay friends.
27. What was the color of the bridesmaid dresses of the last wedding you went to? I can’t remember!
28. What house cleaning chore do you hate to do the most? Ironing of clothes.
29. What is your favorite way to eat chicken? Just eat it.
30. It is your birthday. You hope the cake is? Yummy, of course!

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