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Pita Pan @ Marina Bay Sands

Pita Pan at Marina Bay Sands
Pita Pan at Marina Bay Sands

Rachel and I had lunch at Pita Pan after a visit to the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Pita Pan is a vegetarian restaurant serving homemade Pita Breads, Falafels, Middle Eastern Salads and other Mediterranean dishes.

Via their website:

The restaurant is the brainchild of chef and restauranteer, Mrs Reena Pushkarna and her son, Mr Kunal Pushkarna. Mrs Reena personally taught the all-Singaporean team of cooks the fundamentals of Middle Eastern cuisine and sent them to understudy in various kitchens in Israel. Pita Pan’s menu boasts modernized versions of all-vegetarian dishes from Mrs Reena’s personal vault of recipes.

I am not a big fan of vegetarian or extremely healthy food. Most of the time, taste is compromised and I am more of a foodie than a health nut (which explains my thick waistline).

I enjoyed my meal at Pita Pan though. The many sauces they offer were really rich and flavorful, compensating for the plain tasting pita bread and dough staples.

The restaurant’s Red Shakshuka comes highly recommended. This is the first time I am trying this tomato dish. The presentation in a sizzling hot pan looks awesome and very delicious, but I am not really a fan as it is a little too mild in taste for me.

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Crispy pita sticks with three different dips - green chili, fresh tomato and a third yellow sauce
Crispy pita sticks with three different dips – green chili, fresh tomato and a third yellow sauce
Top view
Top view
Selection of fresh greens to go into the pita pocket
Selection of fresh greens to go into the pita pocket
Rachel with her pita pocket, filled with ingredient of her choice
Rachel with her pita pocket, filled with ingredient of her choice
Red Shakshuka: a rich spicy sauce of tomatoes, peppers and onions, with 2 poached eggs and served with plain pita
Red Shakshuka ($9.90): a rich spicy sauce of tomatoes, peppers and onions, with 2 poached eggs and served with plain pita
The Red Shakshuka in a pan and a piece of plain pita
The Red Shakshuka in a pan and a piece of plain pita
The  mediterranean platter ($24.90)
The mediterranean platter ($24.90)
Turning the plate to the other side
Turning the plate to the other side

Rachel and I particularly like the crispy pita sticks and the accompanying condiments. The mediterranean platter for two works for those who wants to try a bit of everything – kind of like an introduction to middle eastern mediterranean food.

While the restaurant food is not exactly cheap, it is one of the more budget alternative if you are in the Marina Bay Sands vicinity.

If you are interested to visit Pita Pan, here are the details:

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-87 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Tel: +65 6688 7450

Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal Exhibition @ ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

My wife Rachel and I love visiting museums. Thanks to the folks from URA and the ArtScience Museum, we were invited to a guided tour of pop art great, Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal Exhibitionfollowed by a silkscreen printing workshop.

Rachel and I at the Andy Warhol exhibition at ArtScience Museum
Rachel and I at the Andy Warhol exhibition at ArtScience Museum

This exhibtion will be running from 17 March to 12 August 2012 at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. More information is available via the Marina Bay Sands website.

Very good crowd at the ArtScience Museum on Saturday noon
Very good crowd at the ArtScience Museum on Saturday noon
Ticket prices
Ticket prices

It is the largest collection of iconic works by Andy Warhol to be on display, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death. The exhibition, sponsored by BNY Mellon and organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Warhol’s home town of Pittsburgh, chronicles the breadth of Warhol’s career and demonstrates the scope of his interests.

Exhibition trailer video:

Titled after a quote from the popular artist himself, “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes”, Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal features over 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, and video of the legendary artist’s works, marking the first time such an extensive collection is exhibited in Singapore. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a wide range of associated documents, interactive timelines, photographs,and archival material.

Andrew Warhola (6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. He was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art and was renowned for using mass production of popular culture such as advertising, comic books, and brand products, as the basis of his art. Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal features his masterpieces including Jackie (1964), MarilynMonroe (1967), Campbell’s Soup (1961), Silver Liz (1963), Time Capsule 51 (1970’s), TheLast Supper (1986), and numerous iconic Self-Portraits.

Students and working professionals in the art, advertising and media industry should all visit this exhibition to discover more about the creative genius, Andy Warhol, whose name is synonymous with the pop art movement in the 50s.

Who knows what inspirations you may come up with after viewing.

The designer for the exhibition has taken pain and effort to come up with exhibits and activities targeted at children. This ranges from artworks displayed at children’s eye levels to specially designed Andy Warhol fun packs. Hence this is a great exhibition for families to bring children along, opening them to the world of pop art.

Andy Warhol fun pack for children
Andy Warhol fun pack for children

I have always been a fan of Andy Warhol‘s works. Back when I was an art student, I was intrigued by the concept of pop art and industrial art, popularized by artists like Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

I am always of the belief that good art should be accessible too. It explains why I am drawn to Warhol’s works. They are a snub in the face of uppity critics when he took simple, everyday mundane objects and convert them into fine art subjects.

I am equally comfortable admiring the illustration on the page of a comic page or manga as I am, glancing at the Mona Lisa.

Warhol draws inspirations from the news media, advertising designs and photographs, converting these otherwise transient everyday visuals into fine art for preservation.

Visitors to this exhibition will journey through four different stages of Andy Warhol’s life, starting from his early artistic years in the 1940’s to his final works in the 1980’s. The exhibition will present an extensive range of important artworks from the various phases of  his artistic career.

Here are some gallery highlights, with images provided by © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Marina Bay Sands:

“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s

This gallery will introduce Andy Warhol and the early influences in his art. It will showcase his drawings as a child, his first artworks as a commercial artist and the blotted line technique he created.

“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s
“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s
Early Years gallery
Early Years gallery
Andy's signature child-like, charming illustration
Andy's signature child-like, charming illustration in the early years
Flowers and such
Flowers and such
A very rare golden shoe, sculpted by Andy when he was working in a shoe company
A very rare golden shoe, sculpted by Andy when he was working in a shoe company

“The Factory Years” – 1960s

The 1960’s marked Warhol’s transition from commercial art to business art. It was during this time that he created the iconic masterpieces of the Campbell’s Soup Can and portraits of celebrities such as Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Films by Warhol will also be presented within this gallery, showcasing his diverse talents.

A separate space will be dedicated to recreating the Silver Factory, Warhol’s studio in the 1960’s in New York which was entirely covered with foil. To provide an interesting interactive experience, the space will feature costumes for visitors to dress up and be “a star for 15 minutes”, a photo booth to capture the experience, a reproduction of the couch from the Silver Factory from which visitors can enjoy his avant garde films, and the whimsical Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons.

Andy's forage into industrial art - painted cardboard boxes
Andy's forage into industrial art - painted cardboard boxes
Campbell’s Soup (1961)
Campbell’s Soup (1961)
Time Capsule - showcasing cardboard boxes of daily inspirational objects Andy kept for posterity
Time Capsule - showcasing cardboard boxes of daily inspirational objects Andy kept for posterity
Self-Portraits
Self-Portraits
“The Factory Years” – 1960s
“The Factory Years” – 1960s
Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons
Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons
Reproduction of the couch from Andy's Silver Factory for visitors to enjoy his avant garde films
Reproduction of the couch from Andy's Silver Factory for visitors to enjoy his avant garde films

“Exposures” – 1970s

During the 70’s, Warhol’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came toprominence. During this time, Andy Warhol focused on commissioned portraits to fund hisinterest in experimental film. This shift in focus is evident in the genre of art works on displaysuch as advertisements and silverprint photographs, which reflect Warhol’s fascination withfame and glamour. It is also during this time that he started creating time capsules whichcontained meaningful items collected from the various periods of his life. Out of the over 600time capsules Warhol created throughout his lifetime, visitors will be able to view one thatcontains over 50 magazines and books.

“Exposures” – 1970s: Andy’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came to prominence
“Exposures” – 1970s: Andy’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came to prominence
Wanted criminal mug shots and hospital images
Wanted criminal mug shots, hospital images and Jackie Kennedy

“The Last Supper” – 1980s

Having reached the pinnacle of success in the art world, Warhol ventured into television media with Andy Warhol’s T.V. and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which visitors will be able  to watch in this exhibition space. The diversity of his last decade of creation includes such works as the Endangered Species series, Rorschach series and Oxidation Paintings. The exhibition concludes with The Last Supper and Self Portrait, two iconic masterpieces he created at the very end of his life that are monumental in both scale and the impact they had in the art industry.

The  Last Supper (1986)
The Last Supper (1986)
Love the rich colours seen in Andy's later works
Love the rich colours seen in Andy's later works
Chilly, last self-portrait by Andy Warhol before his death
Chilly, last self-portrait by Andy Warhol before his death

After walking through the exhibits, it was time for some fun. We went for a silkscreen printing workshop, available to the public upon registration.

There were two print designs available – an image of the ArtScience Museum or Andy Warhol. No price for guessing which was more popular. To be fair though, the former gives a better print because of the clean cut lines.

Our workshop instructor
Our workshop instructor
Andy Warhol silkscreen
Andy Warhol silkscreen
Insert paper
Insert paper
Me doing a print of Marina Bay Sands
Me doing a print of Marina Bay Sands
Rachel's turn
Rachel's turn
Rachel taking out her print of Andy Warhol
Rachel taking out her print of Andy Warhol
Rachel and I with our respective prints
Rachel and I with our respective prints
The full classroom
The full classroom

Visiting a museum exhibition nowadays isn’t like in the past where it is just about looking at “chim” paintings hung on the wall and nothing else.

Do check out the Andy Warhol exhibition at the ArtScience Museum for an interactive museum visiting experience. While you are there, you can also visit the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition which is being featured concurrently:

There is also a Harry Potter exhibition upcoming in June which I am sure many Singaporean are looking forward to, judging by the box office success of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Exciting isn’t it? 🙂

“That calls for a Carlsberg!” – Carlsberg Global Relaunch

Carlsberg Relaunched“That calls for a Carlsberg!” – is the new epigram that announces global beer brand, Carlsberg’s fresh new brand positioning and personality.

Say bye to the old “Probably the Best Beer in the World” Carlsberg tag line!

Two days ago (6 Apr), I attended the Carlsberg relaunch event at Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum:

Entrance to the ArtScience Museum
Entrance to the ArtScience Museum

The relaunch campaign utilised recurring astronaut characters who can be seen in Carlsberg’s new TVCs, street mascots and other publicity material.

Carlsberg astronauts and models greeted us
Carlsberg astronauts and models greeted us
Guests enjoying the free flow of Carlsberg beer
Guests enjoying the free flow of Carlsberg beer
Carlsberg astronauts mingling with the crowd
Carlsberg astronauts mingling with the crowd
Cheers!
Cheers!

If you spotted a couple of astronauts hanging around your neighbourhood, the CBD or prime Orchard shopping area the past few weeks, they are likely Carlsberg mascots acting as a teaser for their relaunch campaign.

The new Carlsberg
The new Carlsberg

The relaunch marks Carlsberg’s shift to sport a novel face and voice, speaking to a much younger, adventurous and explorative market, derived via market research. With the relaunch, Carlsberg hopes to achieve its global brand ambition to double its gross band contribution (GBC) by 2015 and in Singapore, to reach out and connect to 2 million consumers.

Carlsberg senior management team in astronaut suits at the relaunch event
Carlsberg senior management team in astronaut suits at the relaunch event

“This marks a new era in Carlsberg; in Singapore, the region and internationally. We have combined our legacy and rich heritage with a modern look that will connect with a more vibrant crowd of drinkers, a group that constantly looks for challenges to overcome and new possibilities to explore. Carlsberg can now be a part of their lives, a brand that speaks to them, urges them to do more and be the reward for their daily act of courage,” said Mr Soren Ravn, the Managing Director of Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia.

Is your curiosity piqued?

Check out the two new “That calls for a Carlsberg!” TVC below:

About Carlsberg

Carlsberg logoThe Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. The flagship brand – Carlsberg – is one of the best-known beer brands in the world and the Baltika, Carlsberg, and Tuborg brands are among the six biggest brands in Europe. More than 43,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group, and its products are sold in more than 140 markets.

In Singapore, Carlsberg has been marketed for more than 30 years and is acknowledged as the Number One imported premium beer in Singapore and Number Two in the total market. Apart from the flagship brand, Carlsberg also offers a wide variety of brands that include Carlsberg Gold, Carlsberg Special Brew, Kronenbourg 1664, Kronenbourg Blanc, SKOL, Danish Royal Stout, Corona, Tetley’s and Jolly Shandy in Singapore. With a full-time staff of over 70, Carlsberg Singapore is responsible for the sales and marketing operations, and drives all promotional activities for these well-known brands in Singapore.

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A week of THE GREEN HORNET (3D)

The Green Hornet hits Singapore!
The Green Hornet hits Singapore!

I watched the media preview of The Green Hornet in 3D two weeks ago, thanks to the folks from Sony Pictures.

Via wikipedia: The Green Hornet is a 2011 superhero action-comedy film, based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a television series, comic books and other media. Directed by Michel Gondry, the film stars Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg.

The movie stars Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet, a wealthy newspaper publisher who is secretly a masked crimefighter; Jay Chou as Kato, the Green Hornet’s driver and sidekick; Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky/Bloodnofsky, an eccentric Russian mobster; and Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case, Reid’s personal secretary and also both Reid and Kato’s love interest.

I thoroughly enjoyed this action-comedy. I was expecting Kato to be portrayed like the usual token exotic Asian in Hollywood blockbusters, nonetheless, he was given quite a lot of exposure and the Green Hornet turned out to be one who was portrayed like a goon.

Seth Rogen is one funny dude to catch with his goofy antics. Jay Chou’s English was horrible in the movie, often mumbling in a string of indiscernible words. However viewers will quickly forgive him when we witness his dead cool acting and fighting chops. I particularly enjoyed the performance of Christoph Waltz as the crazy, bad-ass Russian mobster. This dude is born to play psychopaths.  My impression of him as the ultra Nazi villain, Colonel Hans Landan in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, is still etched deeply in memory.

Here’s the official trailer:

My blog post is titled with “a week” because if I wanted to, I could have watched The Green Hornet thrice at three separate screening events.

After watching the movie at the media preview, I attended the gala premiere last Monday together with a group of 6 lucky winners from a Domino’s Pizza, Green Hornet tie-in contest.

Two pairs of the winners were from Malaysia while the third pair was from Singapore, having participated in the Domino’s Pizza, Feel the Sting contest on omy.sg.

I met the winners and the folks from Domino’s Pizza at a bistro in Marina Bay Sands where we had a casual dinner and chit chat.

The three lucky couples and Domino's staff
The three lucky couples and Domino's staff

A stretch limousine was arranged to then ferry the winners in style to The Cathay where there premiere is happening. I got to hitch a ride together with them.

The stretch limo
The stretch limo
Inside the limo
Inside the limo

When we arrived at The Cathay, some screaming fans mistook our showy vehicle to be ferrying the stars, Seth Rogen and Jay Chou who was to make their appearance together with director, Michel Gondry. You should look at their funny expressions when a bunch of ordinary folks popped out instead!

Arriving in style
Arriving in style
Group photo before the winners proceed to the cinema
Group photo before the winners proceed to the cinema

I hung around to catch the red green carpet event. A string of lesser known local artistes stalled for time till the stars for the night, Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Michel Gondry made their appearance at 8pm.

You can read more about the event via omy.sg. Here are some photos I took:

The Cathay looked really grand that night
The Cathay looked really grand that night
Spotted two blogger-friends, Hpility and William
Spotted two blogger-friends, Hpility and William
The Cathay was all decked out to welcome the stars
The Cathay was all decked out to welcome the stars
Working crew going around to give out Green Hornet movie premiums while fans wait for the stars' arrival
Working crew going around to give out Green Hornet movie premiums while fans wait for the stars' arrival
Lots of media were present too
Lots of media were present too
They had a cool green carpet instead of the usual red carpet
They had a cool green carpet instead of the usual red carpet
Some extras doing kungfu performances to stall for time
Some extras doing kungfu performances to stall for time
The real stars are set to arrive
The real stars are set to arrive
Michel Gondry, the director, was the first Hollywood dude to arrive
Michel Gondry, the director, was the first Hollywood dude to arrive
Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen appeared on stage first and started joking with the audience
Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen appeared on stage first and started joking with the audience
The three main stars for the night are finally all on stage
The three main stars for the night are finally all on stage
Presenting... Michel Gondry, Seth Rogen and Jay Chou
Presenting... Michel Gondry, Seth Rogen and Jay Chou
A light-hearted moment
A light-hearted moment
Seth and Jay shared good chemistry on stage despite their language difference
Seth and Jay shared good chemistry on stage despite their language difference
Jay Chou looking really happy
Jay Chou looking really happy
Close-up of Jay Chou
Close-up of Jay Chou
Another picture of Jay for his fans
Another picture of Jay for his fans
One more picture of Jay to keep his fans really happy
One more picture of Jay to keep his fans really happy
Kungfu end pose - you can see who's the funny one and who's the cool one
Kungfu end poses - you can see who's the funny one and who's the cool one
Kungfu poses take two...
Kungfu poses take two...

Three days later on Thursday night, I was once again at another of The Green Hornet movie screening. This time, it was a private screening that Domino’s Pizza had generously arranged for their loyal customers and media partners in Singapore. The attendees get to feast on Domino’s pizzas before the screening and mingle around with the folks from Domino’s.

The reception area
The reception area
The Green Hornet goodie bags
The Green Hornet goodie bags
Free drinks and pizzas for everyone
Free drinks and pizzas for everyone
Blogger Joanne enjoying her pizza with a friend
Blogger Joanne enjoying her pizza with a friend
Singers/bloggers, Elson and Shanice
Singers/bloggers, Elson and Shanice
Guests enjoying the free flow of pizzas from Domino's
Guests enjoying the free flow of pizzas from Domino's
Bloggers group photo
Bloggers group photo
Me with some of the bloggers who attended the screening
Me with some of the bloggers who attended the screening
Cheerful audience, waiting for the movie to start
Cheerful audience, waiting for the movie to start

There you are, a whole week of The Green Hornet for me. 🙂

The movie is now showing in Singapore cinemas. Be sure to catch it!

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CNY Dinner @ The Singapore Flyer

At the highest point of the Flyer
At the highest point of the Flyer

Last Thursday, the omy.sg crew headed down to the Singapore Flyer for a Singapore Flight ride together, followed by dinner at Hibiki restaurant.

It’s a great way to usher in the new year with my colleagues, getting a bird’s eye view of the Singapore cityscape from the greatest vantage point. The dinner was a delight too, so was the exciting lucky draw prepared by our bosses, Chim Kang and Kuan Fung.

Specially designed Singapore Flyer Auspicious Trail guide for the new year
Specially designed Singapore Flyer Auspicious Trail guide for the new year
Queuing to get on board the Singapore Flight
Queuing to get on board the Singapore Flight
Our very senior cameraman, Uncle Teik directing everyone for a group photo
Our very senior cameraman, Uncle Teik directing everyone for a group photo
Our capsule arriving
Our capsule arriving
Boarding
Boarding
Everyone is hunting for the best view position
Everyone is hunting for the best view position
Enjoying the view :)
Enjoying the view 🙂
The NTU WKWSCI gang at omy.sg - from youngest to oldest
The NTU WKWSCI gang at omy.sg - from youngest to oldest
Me with Joleen, the friendly Flyer marketeer who hosted us
Me with Joleen, the friendly Flyer marketeer who hosted us
Me with my my colleague, Hock Chuan
Me with my my colleague, Hock Chuan
Me with omy.sg's latest addition, Ying Ming
Me with omy.sg's latest addition, Yi Ming
Hock Chuan is undecided about his fortune for 2010
Hock Chuan is undecided about his fortune for 2010
Boss Chim Kang is very confident of his fortune for 2010
Boss Chim Kang is very confident of his fortune for 2010
Hock Chuan and Wenjie
Hock Chuan and Wenjie
Crooked heads
Crooked heads
The Sands under construction
The Sands under construction
An individual shot
An individual shot
With colleagues and boss Chim Kang
With colleagues and boss Chim Kang
Funny expressions
Funny expressions
View of the Esplanade
View of the Esplanade
Hotels and offices
Hotels and offices
Prime residential estates
Prime residential estates
The Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands
The sun is setting
The sun is setting
At the highest point
At the highest point
Another shot of the Sands
Another shot of the Sands
Getting dark
Getting dark
The team behind omy.sg :)
The team behind omy.sg 🙂
Dinner time!
Dinner time!
Group photo before we start filling ourselves silly
Group photo before we start filling ourselves silly
A toast to prosperity for omy.sg
A toast to prosperity for omy.sg
Tofu with prawn and some savoury sesame/peanut paste
Tofu with prawn and some savoury sesame/peanut paste
Cutely shaped wasabi cubes
Cutely shaped wasabi cubes
Sashimi platter
Sashimi platter
Tempura fish
Tempura fish
Various barbecued skewered meat
Various barbecued skewered meat
Teppanyaki beef
Teppanyaki beef
Busy eating
Busy eating
Cold udon
Cold udon
Sweet plum jelly
Sweet plum jelly
Han Joo likes red wine
Han Joo likes red wine
Uncle Teik going around toasting everyone
Uncle Teik going around toasting everyone
Boss Kuan Fung, forced to cross wine glasses with our funny Uncle Teik
Boss Kuan Fung, forced to cross wine glasses with our funny Uncle Teik
Our web mistress, Auntie Huicheng with her newly won tiger paw
Our web mistress, Auntie Huicheng with her newly won tiger paw
The lucky grand prize winner, Han Joo
The lucky grand prize winner, Han Joo
Han Joo drinking for joy
Han Joo drinking for joy

The omy.sg team will like to thank the management of Singapore Flyer and Hibiki restaurant for facilitating our dinner gathering. Thank you and may your businesses grow from strength to strength  together with omy.sg as we continue to grow in 2010 to serve our users and advertisers better.

The Singapore Flyer has set up a special Auspicious Trail for the Chinese New Year festive period. You can find out more about this trail via their official website, as well as more information on their prosperity “Lo Hei” flight.

Alternatively, you can also try your hands at winning a Singapore Flyer Sky Dining Flight for Two, worth $249 in value, as well as a Prosperity “Lo Hei” Flight for Four, worth over $288 in value each, by simply playing the Singapore Flyer Auspicious Trail Giveaway game, in collaboration with omy.sg.

For doubly abundance, participants who complete the registration and take part in the interactive Singapore Flyer Auspicious Trail demo will also enjoy 20% OFF online purchase of Singapore Flyer flight tickets. 🙂

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