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20 Boutique Hotels – Stay with Style!

If you need some cosy time all by yourself, and looking for somewhere unique to stay for a night or more, boutique hotels in Malaysia offer you more than an accommodation. You will get extra nice decoration, extra services plus extra experience.

Today, boutique hotels – normally a cosy-signature accommodation with less than 100 rooms – are mushrooming with variable themes and decors. For our 20 SPECIAL picks this month, we give you some of the popular choices from many states of Malaysia.

Ambong-Ambong

1. AMBONG-AMBONG, Langkawi, Kedah (www.ambong-ambong.com) The Travellers’ Choice 2019 Winner outshines the most in the mystical island of Langkawi. Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat is rainforest accommodation of boutique resort perched on a slope, overlooking the sea and islands of Langkawi offers great Japanese restaurant and highly rated massage services.

Terrapuri

2.   TERRAPURI, Penarik, Terengganu (www.terrapuri.com) Terrapuri (The Land Of Palaces) is a conservation and restoration project of Terengganu Malay Classic house. Its feature 29 antique hundred years old Classic Houses. The layout of the resort is inspired by the 17th century Terengganu Palace and its surrounding. Terrapuri consists of 20 exclusive restored villas, a gallery and a beach house.

Majestic

3. MAJESTIC, Melaka (www.majesticmalacca.com) The heart of the hotel is a restored 1920s Straits Settlement mansion complete with its original porcelain tile flooring and teakwood fittings. It has been extended to house the guest rooms and suites as well as an award-winning spa that is a reflection of that era, melding luxury, modernity and tradition. (source www.ytlhotels.com)

Estadia

4. ESTADIA, Melaka (www.estadiahotel.com) Estadia By Hatten is perhaps the best Baba Nyonya-themed hotel in Melaka. It is located in the center of Melaka City and the interior of the hotel is tastefully done up based on Baba Nyonya style. There are a Nyonya restaurant a pub located beside the hotel lobby the Nyonya foods are fantastic (review in tripadvisor.com).

Seven Terraces, Georgetown

5. SEVEN TERRACES, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (www.georgetownheritage.com/seven-terraces-hotel) Winner of the 2007 UNESCO Award of Distinction for heritage conservation and regular Conde Naste Hot List nominees, It successfully captures and celebrates the spirit of this world heritage town and its unique peranakan culture. Pure beauty!

Cheong Fatt Tze, Georgetown

6. CHEONG FATT TZE, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (www.cheongfatttzemansion.com) The majestic boutique hotel rooms are tucked within the tranquil tropical courtyards of The Blue Mansion. Each of the 18 personalized boutique rooms are uniquely adorned and intricately furnished, taking you back into Penang’s glorious history in the exclusive rooms, invigorating jacuzzi and authentic furniture of the 19th century.

Royale Chulan Cherating Villa

7.  ROYALE CHULAN CHERATING VILLA, Cherating, Pahang (www.royalechulan.com/Cherating) Located in a resort town on the east coast of Malaysia, Cherating is home to some of Malaysia’s most picturesque seascapes, a perfect getaway for soul searching singles, lovebirds and family gathering. 34 private villas and suites come with a private beach. What a package!

Anggun

8. ANGGUN, Kuala Lumpur (www.anggunkl.com) Located in Changkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang area – Anggun is a boutique hotel with rooftop spa and semi-outdoor café fitted with wooden flooring and teak furnishings. The Alam Beauty Spa surely a bonus if you are to stay here. Choose room with four-poster bed and private balcony with street views, advices booking.com.

Ranee B

9. THE RANEE B, Kuching, Sarawak (www.theranee.com) This is an exclusive 24-room boutique hotel strategically located in the heart of Kuching’s picturesque Old Town. Stylishly rebuilt from two traditional 19th century shophouses and ingeniously adapted to modern standards of plush comfort, The Ranee is unique in that every spacious room/suite is different – designed to express its own individuality, charm and character, hints www.tripadvisor.com.

Villa Molek

10. VILLA MOLEK, Langkawi, Kedah (www.villamolek.com). As you step into Villa Molek you are greeted by 12 charming and beautifully designed private villa studios, each resembles a complete home. Its superb location and quiet elegance makes it a favourite among travellers looking for total relaxation (www.tripadvisor.com)

Panji-Panji

11. PANJI-PANJI TROPICAL WOODEN HOME, Langkawi, Kedah (www.panjipanji.com). Enjoy the comforts of a sea frontage tropical wooden Malay house. A home situated next to the Cenang river and the local fishermen’s pier, and is only minutes away from the famous Cenang Beach. A perfect place to enjoy the sunset and relax (from booking.com).

The Blanc

12. THE BLANC, Melaka (facebook.com/TheBlancBoutiqueHotel). Originally a refurbished heritage building, The Blanc is a tastefully decorated new hotel in Melaka. The room is full well decorated and designed, plus a rooftop view. Centrally located and just a walk away from Jonker Street Night Market and Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall. Very convenient.

Tanjung Jara Resort

13. TANJUNG JARA RESORT, Tg. Jara, Terengganu (www.tanjongjararesort.com) Offering accommodation inspired by the majestic 17th century Malay palaces, Tanjong Jara boasts 2 outdoor pools and an award-winning spa. It features 3 dining options with South China Sea views.

Sari Pacifica

14. SARI PACIFICA,  Redang, Terengganu (www.saripacificaredangisland.com) In the beautiful island of Redang, Sari Pacifica Resort Spa offers spacious villas with private balconies and spa baths. It also features a beachfront pool and restaurant. The spaciousness of tropical-style villas allows for a large walk-in closet and seating area. Unfortunately the door is closed during monsoon season.

Rosa

15. ROSA, Melaka (www.rosa.com.my) This hotel screams nothing but an industrial-concept marvel. Bare bricks, cement walls, and wooden floor panels make up most of the hotel’s interior which is further complimented with tonnes of fun and timeless deco. Such a photo haven for Instagram addicts! (from www.rojakdaily.com)

Timez

16. TIMEZ, Melaka (www.timezhotel.com) The hotel is literally a melting pot of culture as it incorporates five cultures in its design – Chinese, Peranakan, Dutch, Portuguese, and British but with a modern twist.

The Lantern

17. LANTERN, Kuala Lumpur (www.lanternhotel.com) This budget boutique hotel revolves around an industry-meets-tropical design concept with a funky touch and friendly atmosphere. The rooms here are minimalist but elegant and with rates that will definitely meet your budget. (thesmartlocal.com)

Bliss Boutique

18. BLISS BOUTIQUE, Johor Bharu, Johor (www.blissboutiquehotel.com) Not all boutique hotels charge exorbitant rates, some are value-for-money and offer high rated services. Bliss Boutique Hotel falls into this category, adorned with artistic and flamboyant touches. This Art Deco hotel is totally colourful and chic!

M Boutique Hotel

19. M BOUTIQUE HOTEL, Ipoh, Perak (https://ipoh.mboutiquehotels.com) Featuring stark contrasting monochromatic furnishings, this unique hotel takes its inspiration from jazz bars of the past. Black chandeliers, monkey cages, and rustic grey furniture adorn the rooms and communal areas, lending it a stark yet classy vibe (source www.smartlocal.com)

JapaMala Resort

20. JAPAMALA RESORT, Tioman, Terengganu  (www.japamalaresorts.com) JapaMala is Tioman Island’s only boutique resort, and one-of-a-kind in Malaysia. This small and exclusive resort of 13 rooms is hidden amidst 11 acres of lush tropical rainforest. A one-village-one-resort property, JapaMala has its own private and quiet beach. Rated highly in www.tripadvisor.com.my

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Try Ferringi Grill Restaurant in Penang for Western Food

If there is one thing Penang is known for, it is the wide range of local and international cuisines that it has to offer. Not only can you find the fanciest malls and the most exotic atmosphere, you will be excited to find that the city is actually a food heaven. You will find some really popular restaurants that serve scrumptious western food in Penang. As a visitor if you are not fond of local Malay cuisine then there are plenty of options of Western dishes to devour from.

Ferringi Grill

Penang has a popular tourist spot known as Batu Ferringi. The Ferringi Grill located on the greatest hotel of Batu Ferringi is widely known by the tourists for its amazing range of western food. This particular restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the Rosa Sayang Resort of Rasa Wing. Ferringi Grill is different from the other restaurants as it offers breathtaking views of the hotel grounds and gardens from its long windows.

Ambiance and Specialty dishes

The atmosphere of Ferringi Grill is quite cozy and appealing. The guests can experience an inviting ambiance and amazing quality food prepared by the famous chef, David Pooley. This is quite the reason why the restaurant ranks amongst the top rated ones. David Pooley offers tasty western food to customers of Penang. This Australian chef possesses a culinary experience of more than 10 years, and is skilled in creating exquisite flavours out of a wide selection of special ingredients.

Ferringi Grll is known for its most popular signature dishes which are loved by both visitors and locals. A known delicacy of the restaurant is the stuffed pastry with curd, with a layer of sugary cherry tomato, known as Brik Cannelloni pastry.

Location and Contact Information

The address of Ferringi Grill is as follows: 7-11 Batu Ferringi, 1, at Lorong Sungai Emas, 11100 in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. For booking and further details you can call at +60 4-888 8888.

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Best 5 Seafood Restaurants in Penang for Seafood Lovers

Penang is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. This extensive Island is a home to some of Malaysia’s greatest malls and beaches. However, it does not lag behind even when it’s about the food. In that case, Penang is known as the Malaysia’s unofficial Food capital. With the increase in the tourist influx in the Island, the food, too, has apparently reached a new level of innovation by coming up with some great dining eateries in Batu Ferringhi and Georgetown, Penang.

The Scrumptious 5 Seafood Restaurants in Penang

Among a vast diversity of cuisine that Penang’s Restaurants offer, Seafood is one of the many preferred cuisines among the tourists. Top five seafood restaurants in Penang are mentioned below:

1. Ong Cheng Huat Seafood

Known for their crisp and tasty prawn fritters, Ong Cheng Huat Seafod is a good place to have a quality seafood cuisine in Penang. This place is also known for its mussels and steamed fish. The fact that unlike any other seafood restaurant in Penang, this one closes up by 5.30 sharp. This is because it serves only fresh harvested seafood. This place is very popular among the locals who, upon asking would refer you this very seafood restaurant.

A one liter bottle of an alcohol drink is RM6 which tastes best when cold. It is even better to have it with a dash of stout to get a little tetchier taste. The fact that they only have a limited number of dishes on the menu is yet another reason why tourist trust this small simple yet a quality preferring seafood restaurant in Penang. They have set a record for serving the order within 10 minutes time span or even less.

This restaurant might cost you RM42 for a whole fish, which is quite a reasonable rate as compared to other seafood restaurants in Penang.

Address: 2004, Jalan Bagan Lallang, 13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone:+60 4-331 4782

2. Weld Quay Restaurant

Considered as the most valuable seafood restaurant in Penang to eat in town by the locals, Weld Quay is the best place to go if you’re having an appetite of seafood. Deep fried prawn is one of their specialty in the seafood. This seafood restaurant is always crowded with families and children. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner. Fried Cakoi with minced meat filling is the most favorite. Apart from its sumptuous variety of delicacies, the atmosphere and ambiance around this place itself is very appealing.

You get to choose your desired seafood from an impressive display of ice trays. From a 100gm of prawns, you pay RM6. The softshell crab is another favorite seafood dinner here that costs you RM30 a huge plate that is enough for satiating six to eight people’s hunger. Since this place is mostly completely full and occupied over the weekends, reserving yourself a table is the best option to avoid any disappointments.

Address: Lot 198, Pengkalan Weld, Seksyen 23, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-429 2579

3. Maa Roy Thai Seafood Restaurant

Interior inspired from a traditional Thai restaurant, the orange, red and brown walls and the wooden furniture with large mirrors makes the area looks very wide. Maa Roy Thai Seafood Restaurant offers the best servings of seafood, curry, vegetables and chicken take is surely going to take you on a spicy ride.

A seafood meal for 2 people will cost you about RM28 a meal for 4 people will cost you about RM48. This seafood restaurant in Penang is located in Bayan Lepas area and a frequently visited by seafood lovers in Penang.

Address: B303-1-27 Krystal Point, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-643 0752
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4. Floating Seafood Paradise Restaurant

The Floating Seafood Paradise Restaurant is an ideal seafood restaurant in Penang. It is called the floating restaurant because it floats above a water farm of fresh prawns and fish. This wooden structure of the restaurant is very humble in appearance yet a gold-mine in terms of the quality and freshness of the seafood it serves. Their fried chicken and fried fish in sweet and spicy sauce are their best shot.

Open for both lunch and dinner, Restoran Floating does not only serves fish, prawns, crabs and squids, but also offers a wide range of other exotic water creatures like spiked shell snails etc. the skin or flesh of the fish indicates the freshness of the fish. The kids love the deep fried fish that comes from their own small water farm. Since there is a wide range of delicacies that it offers, it is really hard to generalize the cost of a meal. Nonetheless, if you wish to dine in this floating seafood restaurant, you should have RM35 to RM45 on you, just in case.

Address: Lot 2400, Jalan Bukit Tambun, Penang, 14110 Simpang Ampat, Malaysia Phone: +60 4-588 3063 Visit their FourSquare Page

5. Pang Hanain Seafood Restaurant

The restaurant that stood before the Pang Hanain surprisingly failed, even though the location of its being next to a busy road and being easily accessible restaurant. Well, there were many such restaurants with ill-fate that failed to thrive. Pang Hanain Seafood Restaurant is definitely here to stay. The seafood it offers on the menu depends upon its catch per season. Lobsters, crabs, prawns and other fish served here are very popular among the locals and visitors for being very succulent and juicy. The spring rolls, crab’s sweet and sour soup and cheese lobster are definitely among the most ordered dishes. The dishes served are very fresh. The cheese lobster of 700gms costs RM 126.

Address: Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Phone: +60 17-452 4863 Visit their FB Page


The above mentioned seafood restaurants in Penang offer quality service and tasty seafood that never fails to attract tourists and local visitors. The seafood served at the above 5 restaurants is freshly prepared and hence, never stinks. If you are a seafood fan, then these restaurants are ideal to have a food of your choice.

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Best 5 Authentic Japanese Restaurants in Penang

Penang is regarded as Malaysia’s unofficial food planet. It is not only an ideal destination for vacations, but also ideal to have the most scrumptious food in town. Apart from the various Penang tourist attractions like pleasing ambiance, beaches, malls and etc., Penang has to offer a lot more to the tourists and local visitors. The food available on this island at different restaurants is prepared with authentic flavors and so, is the Japanese food most talk of the town.

Japanese Restaurants in Penang

If you are a fan of Sushi and Japanese food, following are the most popular Japanese restaurants in Penang that are discussed in detail:

1. Waka Japanese Restaurant

Waka Japanese Restaurant Penang is totally packed in between the Bayview Hotel Georgetown, which is mainly popular for delivering all time favorable buffet to its customers. The major specialty of this restaurant is serving of Japanese cuisine, having the taste of raw eatables that are primarily Sashimi as well as oysters being presented in a slight dim light atmosphere where visitors are similarly intended to enjoy at the optimum apart from its culinary dishes are concerned.

Address: Bayview Hotel Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-263 7837
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm (lunch timings) and 6:30pm to 10:30pm (dinner timings)
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2. Miraku Japanese Restaurant

Miraku Japanese Restaurant is a fabulous Japanese restaurant in Penang that mainly delivers a quality oriented Japanese dishes in G Hotel specifically. Therefore, the most attractive feature of this restaurant is that it serves pure Japanese style of aroma in its cooked food items being readily available here at the buffet; influences to gather numerous Japanese food lovers in Penang.

Address: G Hotel, 168A Persiaran Gurney, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-229 8702
Timings: Saturday from 11:30 to 1pm and 1:15pm to 2:45pm
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3. Isaribi Tei Japanese Restaurant

Isaribi Tei Japanese Restaurant offers you an enormous variety of authorized Japanese dishes in Penang, that are mainly being cooked and presented in a lush green covered boundary and its whole interior decorum yields pleasurable eating in a natural forest like environment that is simultaneously being equipped with a profound Sushi bar as well. This Japanese restaurant is also specialized in offering the natural Japanese dishes like Beef Tataki and Sushi Temaki as its popular servings.

Address: 60 62, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050, Pulau Pinang 10050, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-229 8684
Timings: Daily remains open from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm.
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4. Sushi Kitchen

The atmosphere of Sushi Kitchen is certainly depicts a down to earth image to its visitors as the seating arrangements here is entirely based in a Tatami style. Therefore, the simple environment of this restaurant does not focus on styling the restaurant’s atmosphere but its major concern is to deliver mostly scrumptious taste of a freshly cooked Japanese eatables. For instance, it is overly famous in serving Happy spicy noodles that yields a special impact on its customers to visit this Japanese restaurant incessantly and the dish of Happiness Family as well; prepared with five distinct Sushi rolls.

Address: 2A-1, Jalan Sungai Ara, Desa Ara, Sungai Ara, 119900 Penang Island, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-644 6739
Timings: Wednesday to Monday from 11:30am to 8pm.
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5. Sushi Kyodai Restaurant

Sushi Kyodai Restaurant is an innovative creation; depicting a distinctive feature as an American fast food chain in Penang Island that primarily serves Japanese cuisine to its visitors at large. Hence, it purely adopts a pride in delivering quality Japanese eatables that in turn invites abundance of its customers, who intensely develops the taste of eating Japanese culinary items by visiting this restaurant time and again.

Its soft decorum embossed with assertive attribute in particular is another major reasons of its popularity. It also specializes in offering scrumptious chopsticks marinated with variety of Japanese flavors. All these feature puts Sushi Kyodai in the list of best Japanese restaurants in Penang.

Address: Jalan Van Praagh, 11600 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-281 4964
Timings: Remains open daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 10pm

We have discussed here in detail about the best Japanese restaurants in Penang, so that you might not have to face any difficulty in reaching them. Enjoy your vacations with a tasty Japanese food of your choice. To recommend a Japanese restaurant, please add comments below.

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Most Popular Chinese Restaurants in Penang to try

Also known as Malaysia’s unofficial food capital, Penang Island is a popular tourist destination that has a lot to offer to the tourist and visitors. From the soothing atmosphere of the island and its beaches, to fancy large shopping malls and plazas, Penang is no less than any other Malaysian region when it comes to food. There is shortage of Chinese restaurants in Penang as Chinese makes majority of the population of Penang.

Authentic Chinese Restaurants in Penang

With the increase in the influx of tourists in Penang, there has been a great innovation in the brasseries that aimed at taking the food and its quality to another level. Known for being a home to some of Malaysia’s best restaurants, Penang offers a vast variety of cuisines, from local Malay to exotic – all at its best. However, Chinese is one of the most demanded cuisines and hence, they are available at the top restaurants of Penang. Top 5 Chinese Restaurants in Penang are mentioned below:

1. Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe (海珠嶼海鮮)

Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe is a Chinese restaurant in Penang that has been around since as early as 1920’s. It is situated next to a popular Chinese temple in Penang. The fact that this Chinese restaurant and the temple are both located by the water, this adds to the charm of this restaurant. The gentle waves of the water are simply mesmerizing.

It is also known for offering fresh seafood. The Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe offers popular oyster omelet with stirred fry mussels a mean that will cost you RM28. This place is most peaceful in the afternoons and visitors enjoy the view with the soothing ambiance at this hour of the day with a plate of baked crab or prawns. Among the regulars, the crispy deep-fried chicken is most demanded dish.

Address: 338, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Kuong, Tanjong Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Phone: +60 4-899 0375
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2. Tek Sen Restaurant (德盛飯店)

Before being a famous Chinese restaurant in Penang, Tek Sen was initially a rice stall that was out together as a simple stand in 1965. Their rice was so good that in no time earned the popularity among the locals and visitors and over the years they managed to pull it off slowly by adding to their menu and variety of delicacies until they turned into a fully established Chinese restaurant in Penang. With a fusion of contemporary and cultural design, they own the space of two shops lots.

Since it is a very simple and small restaurant, advance reservations are not entertained, so you might just have to come in early to get a chance to eat in this top notch Chinese restaurant. Tek Sen Restaurant specializes in Roasted belly of pork and home-made tofu. Eating here might cost you RM10 to RM40.

Address: 18, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-981 5117
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3. Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine

The winner of some couple of prestigious awards, Chin’s Chinese was first commenced in London in 1987. The chefs are highly passionate and love what they do. They are known for producing the best Chinese delicacies by using the best ingredients combined with their excellent culinary expertise. If you are a group of four, making a reservation at this top notch Chinese restaurant in Penang would be a great help. Dining in this restaurant with its dark yet colorful Chinese inspired interior, might cost you RM40 to RM120.

Address: Tanjung City Marina, Pier, 8A, Pangkalan Weld, 10300, Church St, George Town, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-261 2611
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4. Sin Nam Huat Roasted Chicken Duck Rice (新南發燒臘雞鴨飯)

This Chinese restaurant in Penang is most popular among the locals. You will only find a limited number of items on the menu among which is roasted chicken, duck and pork. The ambiance and the architect of this restaurant is not too fancy, but the long ques itself is an attestation to the quality of food offered here. You better be in time to lay your hands on the roasted Pork which is a must try! The prices of meals in Sin Nam Huat are RM10 to RM30.

Address: 173 Jalan MacAlister, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 16-408 5562

5. Hu Ji Chinese Restaurant

This Chinese restaurant in Penang is well known among the locals and tourists for its lunch buffet with a variety of Porridge, which includes a random, a sweet potato-ish and completely plain. These are further accompanied by option of 10 dishes. This well maintained and clean restaurant is completely pork-free and its variety of dishes that comes with the porridge buffet is served with hot tea. Dining in in Hu Ji Chinese restaurant might cost RM10 to RM30.

Address: Hu Ji Chinese Restaurant Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 George Town, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-892 3333

These are some of the recommended Chinese restaurants in Penang that serves delicious quality Chinese food. Penang offers you a wide variety option to Chinese food lovers, who are on vacation at this most beautiful place on the earth. You shall never be disappointed with the quality of food. Have a great time!

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