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Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley

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Thank you Mia Borromeo for organising such a lovely event :-)  Focus global Inc Twenty Four Seven Mc KinleyWe travelled to 3 different countries – USA, Italy and Germany –  just by going to the different floors of Twenty four Seven Mc Kinley of Focus Global IncCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (19)  A year ago Focus Global Inc- Steven and Loli Sy – opened a 29 story building – Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley at BGC which has 5 stories for their showroom for all their brands, 8 floors for parking, 2 floors for their offices and the rest are being leased out. Uber is one of their tenants. It’s a beautiful building with beautiful products and beautiful views! Come over and visit #focusglobalincCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (21) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (22)Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (23) All the pretty staff that are all well versed with the brands of Focus GlobalCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (20) Travel companions that morningCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (18) Each floor is a food booth where you can have some goodies as you go around the showroom.  An American country fair for the Ethan Allen showroomCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (25) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (24) B&B ItaliaCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (26) I was so happy to see Maria who took me around before in the Boffi showroom in Greenbelt  Previous entry:  Boffi Olivier and Co  November 24, 2015Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (10) Oktoberfest for the German brandsCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (27) DORNBRACHT’s Sensory Sky.
This shower system from Dornbracht aims to simulate the sensation of showering under the open sky. It uses a combination of water pressure, temperature, lights, mist and even fragrance to create different scenarios in the bathroom. It can also come with three pre-programmed choreographies– READJUST, RELEASE, REJOICE. It is controlled through the simple and convenient digital SMART TOOLS of Dornbracht.

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These Miele washing machine, vacuum cleaner and butter churn manufactured back in 1909 came from the Miele Historical Museum in Germany. They were given to Focus Global Inc. as gifts from the CEOs, Dr. Miele and Dr. Zinkann, themselves.

Fort Miele Historical Wall

 This Graphite Grey Similaque Gloss ad Natural Walnut Veneer SieMatic kitchen is equipped with the latest Miele Generation 6000 Appliances.

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Reminiscent of smart phones of today, these Miele Generation 6000 Appliances equipped in this SieMatic kitchen have an intuitive M Touch interface wherein you can swipe and scroll through the menu with the tip of your fingers._MG_6227

The most expensive Sub Zero is stainless inside and out and has 3 temperature settings  Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (6) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (8)In another Sub zero refrigerator

The fresh flowers have been in the ref since Feb 15 and the fruits since Jan 15Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (7) Hunter DouglasCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (9) And finally lunch at the Siematic and Wolf ShowroomCultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (4) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (32) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (33) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (34) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (35) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (1) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (2) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (13) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (17) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (12) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (11) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (16) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (14) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (15) Cultural Journeys at Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley (3)Twenty Four Seven Mc Kinley Map Directions

Travelling Together

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  It’s no joke to travel in a big group not only because of the logistics but because there are many personalities involved and you need to know how to make “pakisama.” With this group it was not a problem! Though we all had our own quirks- everyone was so patient and understanding of each other. No drama! haha!!

The first discovery!  When we arrived in our hotel, we realised we were all using Rimowa luggages!!!  One of the few things we have in common! haha!!
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As my husband always says, when you travel together, it is a different type of bonding :-) You have no choice but to hangout together! haha!! But seriously – travelling is like living together …for a limited time ( thank god haha ) ….enough time to enjoy and at the same time you get to know each other better – more than the usual friendship you already have!  So it is nice!!Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (6)

 Though we knew already how Steve and Lindy have their own requirements in travelling, we accepted that already before travelling so we knew that we would not be with them in everything but it was alright.  No complains or tampuhan – we actually just laugh about it and enjoy them/love them for who they are.  How boring life would be without them! haha!!

Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (5)  I loved this sweet and pretty lady ever since but i discovered one thing more this trip – Cherina @cheriris gets “hangry” if she does not eat on time!Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (4)And how sweet her husband Steve @stvsy888 is and brings her food right on time :-)  For that you deserve a photo ( even walang connection ) haha!!

Steve nisekrew Everyone was so accommodating and giving.  These Sy brothers are so quiet!!  But this Andre was always caught being so helpful:-) he even  tried to help me when my snowmobile got stuck ( because I was blocking his way haha )  and apparently he is a good cook!!!  Hoping he can cook for all of us one of these days!  HINT HINT! :-)  Andre nisekrew

Even Jancis was quiet!  Hoping to get to know these two more :-)
pat jancis nisekrewAnd apparently these two Sy brothers are Ramen partners with Elbert Cuenca!steve pat andre nisekrew

It’s nice to see cousins close but even nicer to see brothers that are close! Like how these two brothers are so so close!! They lived all together ( married already :-) ), they travel together and will soon be moving to their new home and still together! haha!!  They are inseparable!  How nice!

moreno brothers nisekrew And even their wives and kids are close to each other!  James is good friends with the two brothers and I am happy to be in good company with their wives!!

We are so lucky to be friends with them and we are looking forward to more adventures and spending more time with them!! :-)  Jose and Tin nisekrew 2

We were so lucky to have with us Kapibarasan Tina Tinio @tinatimeofficial who is a native in Japan! She loves the character Kapibarasan and has a collection of over a hundred things from stuffed toys to home goods!  Thanks to her she is the guide for the skiers ? in the slopes and can translate for us! She helped us talk to the owner at Bang Bang and helped us in ordering. Tina studied with full scholarship in Keio University ( the Harvard of Japan ) through the help of the Laurel Foundation ( grandfather of Rajo @rajolaurel )
She needed 2 years of immersion to get into Keio. The 1st yr she had to learn Japanese in the Philippines in PIJLC. After 5 years in university she went back to Manila and worked as the overall producer of Oh Tokyo, then became PR and events manager of Joey 92.3 radio and was a Freelance PR on the side. She then worked for
L’Oreal from 2002-2007 and launched Shu Uemura and Khiels. In 2007 she became Regional operations for Shu Uemura and Khiels in Singapore for the ASEAN region. After which she worked for LVMH ( based in Tokyo ) handling Parfums Givenchy from 2008-2015 and now she is presently the President of Dita Eyewear. And by the way, she is also the niece of Chef Vicky Tinio of Mammas Table in Baguio Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (2) And after having said all that – we get this good news after a few weeks!! Congrats Tina!!!

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We also discovered during this trip that Anna is a popular target for guys in bars!  Twice in one night when we went together in two places two guys tried!!  What  woman! :-)  Here is proof! haha!!  Anna nisekrew

We also realized why Chut fell in love so easily with Kim because she is just so easy to get along with and we loved her right away!  It’s so hard to catch this couple because they are so sweet it seems they are honeymooning already! haha!!  Since he has been to Niseko already he tried other places instead of repeating with us in some.

Chut Kim nisekrew

 Chut is a great resource for food discoveries or anything in general!! So we always follow him!  Heart2Heart has many resources and he is one of them! He is way ahead of all of us!  So what’s “next” Chut? :-) Chutster nisekrew

My eating partner and partner in general during the trip!  Preggy pretty mommy Kai @kaisterprimo who is carrying her third daughter! How blessed!! She can’t ski so we hang out together.  I was so lucky because I was the only one who could not ski ( due to spine recovery) – and even if this lady can ski she could not this trip.  She is actually a very adventurous mommy – when I am trying to watch out for her – she just keeps walking and moving around making me nervous she might slip or fall! I miss being with her!  Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (1)

Though I knew Kai liked to eat, I did not know how grave and serious the problem was ( haha!! )  til this trip!  I saw how she ate and now wondering where all the food goes because she manages to stay so trim even when she’s pregnant!

Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (1)She researches and knows all the food places and what to look for.  When we see a restaurant directory, she really looks and studies it! :-)  Super enjoy eating with her.  Problem is I like to order one order and share – she wants to order one each! haha!!  Never mind that way we get to try more things! :-)
Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (2) Another “takaw” in the group is Lindy!  My gosh! Who would think that this sexy pretty lady eats so much! SHE DOES!!  WHERE DOES IT ALL GO??  NOT FAIR!  But we love it because she always shares them with us :-)  Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (8) We try not to stick too much with these two because they are always so fashionable we look shabby beside them!! ( That is us photobombing their photo! haha )  But I don’t care ever since I discovered that Jackie is a snack hoarder!!  I will stick with her wherever she goes haha!!

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You can’t imagine what this group would do for food!!! Even if at times we are not together eating, we share with the group in WhatsApp where we are going to eat, what we are eating, what we are dreaming of eating and where our next meal will be ?? Super enjoy eating with this group!!!

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One year ago, we planned this trip to Niseko. And finally it came true. We were 21 in the group and spent 9 days together.  Our friendship will never be the same again! Because we now have a special bond not only with the individual friendships that we already had but the friendship we have as one group. Niseko and Sapporo was beautiful and it was meaningful because we were together! It would not have been as fun without the group! The best time ever!!!nisekrew bang bang group photo

I love whoever invented WhatsApp – we are in touch as a group even on a trip and even when we are not :-)

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Looking forward to more adventures and memories…. and overweight! :-)  Mommy Carmina where is our next adventure?  We have to vote and start planning already! :-)  We will have to change the name of the group again :-)

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Villa Rene Lalique Awarded with Two Michelin stars

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Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin

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Last February 1, little more than three months after opening, Villa René Lalique was awarded two Michelin stars.

The two stars bear testimony to the consistent quality of the culinary delights offered by Chef Jean-Georges Klein, who has been in charge of the establishment’s kitchens since its opening on 18 September 2015.

Responding to the news, Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, said: “We are extremely proud to receive this recognition, which pays tribute to the savoir-faire and determination of our teams, both behind the stoves and front of house.”

“It is very touching to be honoured in this way by the Guide, just three months after starting operations. The achievement belongs to our entire team, notably Chief Executive Jérôme Schilling, Sous-Chef Michel Scheidler, Maître d’Hôtel Patrick Meyer, Chef Sommelier Romain Iltis 

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (9)

(Meilleur Sommelier de France 2012 and Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015), Chef Pâtissier Nicolas Multon, Head Receptionist Julie Klein and Head of Housekeeping Murielle Laufer, as well as my wife Nicole Klein.” adds Chef Jean-Georges Klein.

Described as the most humble Chef in France, Jean-Georges Klein gained three Michelin stars in the kitchen of his celebrated restaurant the Arnsbourg-Hôtel K at Baerenthal. With characteristic passion and enthusiasm the Chef put his stars “back on the line”, leaving his family’s restaurant and launching himself into the great adventure of Villa René Lalique.

Chef Jean-Georges Klein has stayed faithful to what he knows best: conveying emotions. His dishes are bold but minimalist: “Every day, I try out unlikely combinations and contrasts. I experiment. I take risks ….” His cuisine is highly colourful, constantly evolving, resolutely refined and rich in contrasts of appearance and taste. It is a cuisine which uses juxtaposed tastes to surprise his diners’ palates.

A challenge he pulls off with brilliance, earning Villa René Lalique the rich reputation it deserves.

About Villa René Lalique:

The Villa built by René Lalique in 1920 at Wingen-sur-Moder, Alsace, has reinvented itself.  On the initiative of Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, the Villa is now the sumptuous setting for an ultra-sophisticated hotel and gourmet restaurant. A showcase for Lalique’s craftsmanship and flair, Villa René Lalique is a heartfelt tribute to French Art de Vivre.

The Villa built by René Lalique in 1920 has reinvented itself. Under the direction of Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, the Villa has been transformed into the sumptuous setting of an ultra-sophisticated hotel and gourmet restaurant. A showcase for Lalique’s craftsmanship and flair, Villa René Lalique offers six exclusive suites. The décor was commissioned from interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli. Chef Jean- Georges Klein, decorated with three Michelin stars, presides in the restaurant built by Mario Botta, the Swiss architect of international renown. Deployed around Chef Klein is a brigade of fifteen people creating an array of gastronomic delights. Romain Iltis, the Villa’s Sommelier of distinction from Alsace was awarded ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ in 2015 and ‘Meilleur Sommelier de France’ 2012. He is in charge of the exceptional cellar – one of Europe’s finest – with over 20,000 bottles in stock.

A heartfelt tribute to the French Art de Vivre, Villa René Lalique opens its doors to the public on September 18, 2015.

History

To appreciate the history of Villa René Lalique, it is necessary first to understand who René Lalique was, and what he brought to the iconic Maison he founded.

Lalique: the very name is the stuff of legend. Lalique: symbol of light and transparency, sparkling crystal, elegantly designed jewelry, artistic tableware and precious perfume bottles. The creator of all this was visionary artist, René-Jules Lalique, born in 1860 in Ay, a hamlet in the Marne region of France. From his early youth, he took an interest in art and design. He studied to become a goldsmith and designer at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (7)This brilliant young prospect was immediately hired by celebrated jewellers of the day including Boucheron, Vever and Cartier. In 1878 he moved to London for two years, attending courses at Sydenham Art College. Back in Paris, he spent four years working as a freelance designer for several jewellers before starting his own jewellery business. From 1888, he engraved his first gold ornaments, inspired by classical antiquity and by Japonism. Already an innovator, he embellished his creations with surprising materials that broke the rules of his day. He would mix gold and precious stones with semi-precious stones, enamel, glass, leather, horn, even mother-of-pearl. His philosophy: “Better to seek beauty than flaunt luxury.”

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (8)By 1890, René Lalique had gained recognition as a leading protagonist of the French Art Nouveau movement in jewellery design. He drew inspiration from the natural world and used the female body as pure ornamentation. A member of the avant-garde, he used the most elaborate techniques to produce original and imaginative creations. These pleased the academic and artistic elite, who challenged convention. His mission, in his own words, was “to create something never before seen”, and this led to him being dubbed ‘the inventor of modern jewellery’ by fellow Art Nouveau jewellry artist, Emile Gallé, in 1897.

The Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 marked the peak of Lalique’s career as a jeweller. This was the moment when he decided to move into the glassmaking industry. Perfume bottles, clocks, caskets, vases and sculptures were soon in production at his Clairefontaine property near Rambouillet. Jewellery and glassware went on sale from 1905 in a new shop on Paris’s Place Vendôme. In 1907 the perfumer François Coty, enchanted by René Lalique’s creations, invited him to lend his talent to the perfume business.

Already a master of Art Nouveau jewellery, in 1920 René Lalique became the master of Art Deco glassmaking. In 1921 he built the glassworks at his factory in Wingen-sur- Moder, Alsace, not far from the site where he commissioned the building of the Villa, one year before, to serve as his main residence during his stays in Alsace. As an inspired and eclecticartist,healsodesignedmascotsforluxurycars.He contributed to the interior decor of the legendary Orient Express train (1929) and the ocean liner Le Normandie (1935). 1935 was also the year when Lalique opened his shop at 11 Rue Royale in Paris.

Born in 1900, René’s son, Marc Lalique followed in his father’s footsteps, studying at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and joining him in 1922. Following the death of René in 1945, Marc took the helm of the business and modernized the Wingen-sur-Moder factory. He moved out of glassware once and for all, to concentrate on crystal. The contrast between clear and frosted glass was to become world famous and Lalique’s technique made the brand synonymous with the distinction. Marc Lalique was the driving force behind Lalique as a manufacturer of crystal, soon to rank among the great crystal producers of France and beyond.

Continuing the work of her father and grandfather, Marc’s daughter, Marie-Claude Lalique also proved capable of adapting to the whims of fashion and reinventing herself through a blend of tradition and renewal. She served as Creative Director of Lalique until 1996, creating a range of bright, diverse crystal colours. Under her direction, Lalique returned to perfumery. The dedicated ‘Lalique Perfumes’ range, launched in 1992, owed much to her grandfather’s heritage. After going on safari in Africa, she devised creations of wildlife themes, including Bamara the lion and, in 1989, Zeila the panther.

Founded in 1888, today Lalique is one of the leading lights of French crystal production. Founder of the Maison and creative genius René Lalique was first known as the inventor of modern jewellery before becoming a master of glassmaking. With time, the Lalique name has become a powerful symbol of savoir-faire, synonymous with luxury, excellence, creativity, and an instantly recognizable style. Today, the Lalique brand is reinventing the creative and eclectic universe of René Lalique through contemporary creations in five fields: decorative objects, interior design, jewellery, fragrances and art. Lalique partners with other luxury goods brands, as well as leading artists and designers to create fresh, out-of-the- ordinary pieces that benefit from each partner’s expertise. For nearly a century, all Lalique crystal pieces have been made in France, at its factory in Alsace that was built in 1921.

Lalique is making its mark as a truly timeless brand of luxury and Art de Vivre.

THE HOTEL

SIX EXCLUSIVE SUITES

Steeped in history, the Villa was home to the founder and his family during their stays in Alsace. After René Lalique’s death in 1945, his son Marc and granddaughter Marie-Claude, continued to stay there on a regular basis. Silvio Denz, keen to breathe new life into the house, converted it into an exclusive hotel-restaurant. He commissioned interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli to carry out the refurbishment. They are the designers of the ‘Lalique Maison‘ Art-Deco inspired furniture and decorative accessories collection, created in 2011 and inspired by original René Lalique motifs. In accordance with Silvio Denz’s wishes, they have preserved the atmosphere and authenticity of the family home. With this requirement in mind, the exterior has been restored exactly as it once appeared, complete with blue shutters, faithfully reproducing the look of the original building. While retaining the original structure, the designers have imagined six suites that evoke the genius of René Lalique, down to the last detail. All different, they each bear the name of an emblematic René Lalique creation that harks back to a decade in the life of the master glassmaker. The exception is the ‘Zeila’ suite, named after Marie-Claude Lalique’s famous panther.

The black staircase, a replica of the original, leads to ‘Hirondelles’ on the first floor, a suite named after the beloved swallows of René Lalique.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (5)Red is the livery of this suite, which boasts nearly 44 m2 of floor space. The house bed linen, curtains, bed headboard and pillows match the colour of the bunches of grapes on the decorative panels which adorn the bedroom. Portraits of the master glassmaker on the wall remind us that we are actually in the room occupied at the time by René Lalique. The ‘Rose’ suite offers access for persons of reduced mobility with a generous 35.2 m2 of space. It is decorated in powdery pastel shades on a floral theme. Plant life was the artist’s preferred source of inspiration, especially when creating his Art Nouveau jewellery and Art Deco vases. Just along the passageway, lined with old photographs of Marie-Claude Lalique, is the ‘Zeila’ suite (25.1 m2), a tribute to the panther created by René Lalique’s granddaughter. The animal’s running silhouette shows off its powerful muscles, covered in fur which is a patchwork of myriad carved pieces of crystal. The last suite on the first floor is ‘Dahlia’, a spacious 39.50 m2 in beige and ivory shades. For the Dahlia motif, Lalique draws on its history by using glass, the founder’s original choice of material, and highlights the contrasts between frosting and transparency. On the second floor is the ‘Dragon’ suite (36.5 m2),

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (3)that boasts a balcony large enough to sit and admire the magnificent view over the park. The suite also features a pleasant lounge space. The bed and other furnishings, in shades of midnight blue, reveal the beauty of this mythical creature. The dragon’s finely etched scales are set off by the purity of the crystal.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (12)The result is a lively interplay of light and shade along its undulating body. Finally, the double suite ‘Masque de Femme’ (Mask of a Woman) is the largest in the Villa. Two bedrooms and a lounge together occupy 66.5 m2, extending over part of the second and the whole of the third floor. The suite is inspired by the panel created by René Lalique in 1935, which embodies all the imagination of its creator, who was fascinated by women, nature and mythology.

Furniture from the ‘Lalique Maison‘ collection was created specifically for the rooms of the Villa by the two interior designers. Lacquered beige, black, ebony or blue, this furniture exudes the purest in Art Deco style. For each suite and according to each theme, pieces of crystal decorate the bed frames, dressing tables, bedside tables, couches and mirrors. The bed linen and pillows are equally thought out according to the same six themes. Crystal is a ubiquitous presence in the luxurious bathrooms, each piece fitted perfectly for the bath and shower.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (4)These invite total relaxation, with their parkland views and marble in soft shades of beige. As the ultimate refinement, the tap handles are also made of crystal. Period photographs of the Villa, René Lalique and the whole family embellish the walls of the hotel, lending a personal and intimate touch to this place, steeped in history.

THE LOUNGE

Warm and welcoming with its ample settees embellished with crystal motifs, Lalique’s signature ‘Femme Ailée’ armchairs by Lalique Maison, its crystal light fittings, occasional tables and period photographs, this is the ideal room for settling in and sampling a cocktail or reading a good book.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (6)An extraordinary display cabinet in the sumptuous bar contains the unique carafes that Lalique has developed in tandem with great producers such as The Macallan whisky, Hardy and De La Tour cognac and Patrón tequila. Weather permitting, the terrace is a haven of peace where you can bask in the morning sunshine and look over the park, have breakfast, served by the Head of Housekeeping, Murielle Laufer, or simply enjoy tea or coffee.

Villa René Lalique is an homage to the exceptional work of the craftsmen working in the Lalique factory and to the century- old heritage bequeathed to them by the visionary artist, René Lalique. It is conceived as a showcase for lifestyle and savoir- faire, the Lalique way.

ZOOMING ON…

Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli

Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli are the designers and manufacturers of the collection of furniture, decorative accessories, and fabrics known as ‘Lalique Maison‘. They were commissioned to transform the original house of René Lalique into a luxury hotel, Villa René Lalique, developing the entire project including all the décor and furniture, also commissioned to design and furnish the interior of the magnificent restaurant adjoining the Villa. They have managed to sublimate the original motifs of René Lalique and Art Deco style. The designer duo have a reputation for their work on large yachts: in fact Lady Green and Pietro Mingarelli first met while working on the design of a 36-metre yacht, fourteen years ago. This marked the start of their successful cooperation as talented designers and architects of apartments, yachts and houses all over the world.

THE RESTAURANT

This flagship building by Mario Botta makes no apology for being modern. A rectangle of glass, borne on columns of red Vosges sandstone, it forms an extension, linked to the house by an all-glass walkway. Its four glazed sides and plant-covered roof merge perfectly with the six acres of glorious parkland planted with hydrangea, chestnut, birch, beech, oak, spruce and blue cedar trees.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (1)This superb view conveys an irresistible sense of calm reassurance. As the architect explains: “The history of architecture is a history of different periods. Villa René Lalique dates from the early 20th century and has the character of that period. The restaurant (…) will be a contemporary expression, sensitive to present day.”

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (14)Seating 40 people in 200 m2 of dining space, the restaurant is a showcase for the mastery and expertise of Lalique and a haven of peace, looking out across a vast expanse of countryside. The setting and décor of the Villa René Lalique restaurant invites guests to treat themselves to an exceptional dining experience. In the dining room, the pendant crystal cascade of three ornate Windfall chandeliers set the scene in dazzling splendour. But the kitchen is part of the scene, too. Dominating the restaurant is the majestic black bar, studded with crystal that includes a hatch opening into the kitchen. Placed on the tables by Patrick Meyer, Restaurant Manager and his team, are glasses and carafes from the 100 Points range, conceived for Lalique in 2012 by the celebrated American wine critic, James Suckling. Diners discover other embellishments created exclusively for Villa René Lalique by Lalique and its major partners. Lalique and Christofle have devised serviette rings encrusted with pieces of the ‘Masque de Femme’ in crystal. The crystal cruets, designed by René Lalique in 1924, have been revived. For these new models, Peugeot has built and adapted the original salt and pepper grinding mechanisms (these creations are available for sale).

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (15)Busy at the kitchen range, surrounded by a brigade of fifteen, is Chef Jean-Georges Klein, previously from three-star Arnsbourg restaurant in Lorraine. With his Executive Chef Jérôme Schilling, his Sous-Chef Michel Scheidler, and the rest of the team, he has compiled several menus that demonstrate the taste of his creative cuisine. Dishes range from fillet of line-caught bass to marbled foie gras with Mirabelle plum and roast pigeon breast, rounded off with potato cappuccino and truffles. His is a colourful cuisine, full of contrasting looks, tastes and textures. It is a “Cuisine for four seasons,” he says. “My country is the world,” he claims. “I take a spice which comes from far away, an herb from the local forest, and I cook them with a fish from the Mediterranean or one of the oceans!” Working with him is Head Sommelier, Romain Iltis, with whom he drew up the menu to finalize the matches between dishes and wines. The dishes perfectly highlight all of the flavours and aromas of the recommended wines. Like René Lalique, pastry Chef Nicolas Multon draws his inspiration from flora with names that transport us to the heart of the northern Vosges: ‘Fruit of the Forest,’ ‘A touch of Vosges sandstone’.

ZOOMING ON…

Jean-Georges Klein

Chef Jean-Georges Klein has joined the kitchens of Villa René Lalique with many of his loyal collaborators, including his wife, Nicole, who takes over the hotel management and Julie, their daughter, who heads up reception. After studying hotel management in Strasbourg from 1967 to 1969, Klein became head waiter at the familial gourmet restaurant belonging to his mother, Lilly. Self-taught, he served as a head waiter until age 40 before applying his passion and perfectionism to cookery. After taking over the family restaurant, he won his first Michelin star in 1988, his second in 1998 and – supreme accolade – his third in 2002. Two years later, Jean-Georges was nominated ‘Chef of the Year’ by the Champérard fine dining guide. The Schlemmer Atlas (German equivalent of the Michelin Guide) followed suit; then the Bottin Gourmand directory awarded him a fourth star. His dishes are bold but minimalist: “Every day, I try out unlikely combinations and contrasts. I take the risk…”. His cuisine is highly colourful, constantly evolving, resolutely refined and rich in contrasts of appearance and taste. It is a cuisine that juxtaposes tastes to surprise his diners’ palates.

ZOOMING ON…

Mario Botta

This Swiss architect of international renown, who lives in Mendrisio in the Canton of Ticino, was commissioned to design the restaurant and cellar. He has won more than 50 prizes and awards for his architecture that reflect his ethical concerns. It is important to Botta that a building should fit its surroundings perfectly, both visually and from the environmentally. Having this aim in mind, he designed the restaurant at Villa René Lalique with its pillars in Vosges sandstone, its big bay windows looking over the natural setting and its plant-covered roof. He has completed many works in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Among the most famous are the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Tinguely Museum in Basel and the Cymbalista Synagogue at Tel Aviv University. His eclectic spirit has also inspired him to design a vase in cooperation with Lalique.

THE CELLAR

A remarkable feature of this new building is the wine cellar, also the work of Mario Botta. This is an experience in and of itself. As you descend the cellar steps make sure to stop and take a good look at the fourteen Eternal crystal panels, a joint collaboration with British artist Damien Hirst. The work features the butterfly, a favourite metaphor of both René Lalique and Damien Hirst, two artists sensitive to the paradox of its magical beauty: fleeting, yet perennial. The butterfly appears in three forms: Hope,

Love and Beauty.

Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (10) Villa Rene Lalique and Chef Jean-Georges Klein awarded two stars by the 2016 Guide Michelin (11)

Romain Iltis, Head Sommelier of Villa René Lalique, has taken the cellar under his wing. One of Europe’s finest cellars, it holds more than 20,000 bottles, including exquisite wines such as a vintage Yquem dated 1865. The cases of wine are in display cabinets so that visitors can view this exceptional collection that includes numerous wines from Alsace. Established in this region for nearly a century, Maison Lalique was keen to give these Alsatian wines pride of place on the list. Romain Iltis collects them directly from the winegrowers. To pay tribute to them and make them better known, Maison Lalique has joined forces with James Suckling to publish a ‘Guide to Great Wines of Alsace – Lalique & James Suckling’. This is a listing of 650 of the region’s wines, rated by the American wine critic. The wine list also includes a wide variety of American and Bordeaux wines, notably some century-old Sauternes, most purchased directly from the estates. Originating from the Denz family cellar, they have been treasured for generations. Also worth discovering are the wines from the estates owned by Vignobles Silvio Denz

in the Bordeaux region, Spain and Italy – a testimony to their owner’s love of wine. Also featured are the estates of Silvio Denz’s friends, indicated on the menu by the phrase ‘Partner and Friend of Lalique.’ The result is a unique wine list with more than 20,000 bottles from all over the world. One thousand of these wines have received scores of 90-100 from the acclaimed wine critic, Robert Parker. More than one hundred of these wines have reached the highest score: 100 points.

The cellar is available for private hire for tastings and private or corporate events.

ZOOMING ON…

Romain Iltis

Previously awarded the title of ‘Meilleur Sommelier de France’ 2012, he has just won the accolade of ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ 2015, in the sommelier category. Born in Alsace, he trained at the Alexandre Dumas Hotel College in Illkirch- Graffenstaden and began his career with Chef Alain Ducasse. He spent time at Le Chabichou Hotel in Courchevel before returning to his home region, joining the Verte Vallée Hotel in Munster as head wine waiter. In 2012, he teamed up with Chef Jean-Georges Klein at the Arnsbourg Restaurant in Baerenthal. Romain has a passion for wine, and is determined to share his enthusiasm. Given his background in cooking, he has a trained palate and knows how to make win-win matches between wines and dishes. The dishes complement the rich and complex aromas of the wines. At the same time, the wines set off the full flavours of the dishes they accompany.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

ATTRACTIONS WITHIN REACH OF THE VILLA

The village of Wingen-sur-Moder lies at the heart of the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. Villa René Lalique is the perfect destination for lovers of nature, culture, gastronomy and wine.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Musée Lalique – the museum built by architect Jean- Michel Wilmotte – opened to the public in 2011. It is a must-see attraction for Lalique enthusiasts, beautifully encapsulating the artist’s entire creative output. The costume jewellery exhibited illustrates the radical new wave of jewellery design created by René Lalique. An exceptional large-screen video transports visitors back to the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, a key date in the artist’s life. This marked a turning point in his career as a jeweller. There are also more than 230 perfume bottles to admire, on loan from Silvio Denz, a great collector. Inspired by René Lalique’s meeting with François Coty, these perfume bottles marked the former’s changeover from jewellery to glassmaking. Museum tours conclude with a film outlining the different stages in the manufacture of the legendary Bacchantes vase and a revealing look at the exceptional craftsmanship of the factory’s artisans.

Strasbourg – an easy hour’s drive away, or 35 minutes by train (from Wingen-sur-Moder station). Take the opportunity to (re)discover this city’s many and diverse charms: from the Cathedral in Petite France by way of the European institutions and the Palais Rohan.

Many castles and historic sites are worth stopping to see: the troglodyte cave dwellings at Graufthal and the castle and museum of Alsatian traditions at La Petite Pierre.

OPEN-AIR RECREATION

As the Villa lies in the northern Vosges range, nature lovers will enjoy exploring the region on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike. 

OPENING DATES AND TIMES:

The hotel and restaurant are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The restaurant is closed at lunchtime on Saturdays.

LOCATION

8, rue Bellevue – 67290 – Wingen-sur-Moder – France Five minutes from Lalique Museum and Factory.

GETTING THERE

BY CAR

  • Coming from Strasbourg: A4 towards Paris, exit 46 • Coming from Paris: A4 towards Strasbourg, exit 43

BY PLANE

  • Strasbourg Entzheim: 59 km • Baden-Baden (DE): 70 km?• Basel-Mulhouse: 172 km?• Frankfurt (DE): 190 km

BY TRAIN

Wingen-sur-Moder from Strasbourg TGV station and Saarbrücken Hauptbahnhof (DE)

HELIPORT IN THE VILLA GROUNDS

Lalique is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la and Cebu.

 

Transportation to and from Niseko

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The best way to travel!  Our trip would not have been as fun and memorable without the whole gang!!  Almost everyone went on the same flight so even if it was quite long to get from Manila to Niseko, it was not bad because we had great companyTransportation to and from Niseko We all wait for each other :-) when someone is in the bathroom, eating or shopping!Rimowa chitose nisekrew Transporation to and from Niseko Our bus ride from Haneda to Niseko!  We hired a private bus :-)Bus from CHitose to Niskeo Nisekrew Everyone was worried we might be hungry or there might be no stores to buy food!!  So we were all prepared!!!  even with drinks! hahaNisekrew drink in the bus Transportaion to and from Niseko  OMG!!! Private bus of Steve and Lindy.  While everyone was squeezing in the bus, they were in this!  A stewardessTransportation to and from Niseko (1)  4 captain seatsTransportation to and from Niseko (4)  Sake and soft serve!! Lucky ducks Marco, Jackie and Anna who joined them! :-)Transportation to and from Niseko (3) This was us! Off to our next destination from Niseko!!Transportation to and from Niseko (2)

Preparing for Winter

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Based on experience, I was never prepared in the past for the cold.  It was not a pleasant experience and it hampered me from enjoying and appreciating wherever it was I am.  So this time I made sure I was prepared!   I had all kinds of thermals to keep me warm!!  And the beauty is that everything is available in Manila!

 I went to two places! M & S ( Marks and Spencer ) was my first stop.  I always get my thermals from here and I am so happy that now they have so many choices!!!  They have Heatgen Winter shopping m&S philippinesin all colors!!  I use this on top of my other extra warm thermal!Winter shopping marks and spencer philippinesThese are the thermals I usually buy but this time I bought EXTRA WARM!
Winter shopping thermal marks and spencer philippinesGuess which one I bought! :-)  Plus I got the Heathen thermal socks.  It has to be HEATGEN or EXTRA WARM if you are going to a place that is below 0 degrees!  Atleast for me that is very “malamigin”  Your feet are the most important.  That is the first part you should protect!  MAKE SURE YOU ARE WARM starting from your feet!Winter shopping marks and spencer philippines socksSince I knew I needed layers and that one layer is not enough, i bought tights – again the warmest!  Heatgen or extra warmWinter shopping m&S philippines tights warm Winter shopping stockings tights marks and spencer philippinesI had gloves already so I did not buy this but gloves are very important.  If you are skiing, make sure you have the proper ones – waterproof and all.  I don’t ski so I just need to keep my hands warmWinter shopping gloves M&S philippinesI went to Debenhams also and they had all kinds too!  They did not have extra warm so these are just the regular thermals.  If you are not “malamigin” maybe these are okay for you.  Winter shopping debenhams philippinesFor men they had plenty and my friend Jackie says the heat holders are very good!!Winter shopping debenhams mensWinter shopping debenhams mens 2  I want to enjoy being in the snow so I made sure! On my first day,  this was the combination. The feet are the most important so I have 3 layers for the feet – fleece lined tights, heat Gen extra warm socks from M&S and extra warm socks. For my legs is all that plus extra warm heat tech leggings as 4th layer then of course pants. For the chest area it’s extra warm heat Gen from M&S extra warm heat tech and fleece vest borrowed from BFF Rina plus down jacket with hood on top! Face mask, waterproof gloves and fur for the neck! Bringing some heat packs for the hands. I looked like Santa Claus!  but I was warm enough to enjoy the snow!! I did not have to buy anything because I had many! Winter shopping Preparing for nisekoI needed these hot packs which you can buy in Japan!  They are only around 60 yen or 50 US cents so it is very reasonable and you can use it the whole day to keep your feet and hands warm in case your gloves are not enoughheat warmers winterThis is a great device too for Japan travelling!  My friend Kai signed up for this and they delivered it to her in the hotel.  When she arrived it was already in the hotel.  It can take up to 10 devices and the signal was very strong.  She paid around 30$ for 10 days.  I was lucky I signed up on day 1 and so whenever I was with her I got signal.  I knew she was near me once I got signal! haha!! :-)  freetel wifi in Japan

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All Hands Beach Subic

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Beautiful sunset in Subic BayAll Hands Beach Subic (5) All Hands Beach Subic (10) I never knew this beach existed!All Hands Beach Subic (31) All Hands Beach Subic (1)There were 3 beaches here – Officer, Dungarees and All Hands Beach and this is the only one that exists now. It was managed by Subic and it was bidded out and Mark Dayrit won and has been managing it for 5 years. Mark fixed it since it was run down and now It’s beautiful. All Hands Beach Subic (25)  It’s a clean and very decent beach where the locals can bring their families. Companies have their outings here also All Hands Beach Subic (24) All Hands Beach Subic (6) All Hands Beach Subic (4)Sister of Mark, Yvonne with Cito and Carin on the Bandwagon which is pulled by a speedboat!  Cool!!All Hands Beach Subic (3)  All Hands Beach @allhandsbeachsubic is a Turtle Sanctuary.   Turtles come here to lay eggs! All Hands Beach Subic (7)  So there’s an area in the beach where they transfer the eggs so they can hatch without being harmed in the beach front. There are several now and have different hatching dates. All Hands Beach Subic (9)  The latest one was last Dec. 28t at 2am when a turtle came to lay her eggs. Before that a batch that hatched was last Dec. 26 and they were sent off since they have to be sent off within 24 hours. Apparently turtles go back and lay eggs in the place they were born – which maybe explains why many turtles come to lay their eggs hereAll Hands Beach Subic (8) All Hands Beach Subic (2) You can buy freshly grilled foodAll Hands Beach Subic (12) Or you can rent a stall and grill your food yourself All Hands Beach Subic (13)  All Hands Beach is managed by Mark Dayrit with his cousin Alex. All Hands Beach Subic (11)Alex is from Pampanga and loves to cook and has 2 restaurants in Subic – Dayrit’s Kitchen – All Hands Beach  All Hands Beach Subic (14)  and across Subic Bay Yacht Club beside Petron and Pizza Hut – the sign is Pansit Bataan & Crispy pata outside but it’s Dayrit’s Kitchen. My friend Yvonne says that the Crispy pata is so good it’s double fried!! And I’m sure the rest of the Filipino food is good!!!All Hands Beach Subic (26) We had dinner by the beach with a live band! Thank you Mark and Yvonne for including us :-)  We enjoyed the singing and of course the companyAll Hands Beach Subic (27)  A fun beach party Mark threw for Pael and Yvonne’s Anniversary but missing Pael who last minute got sick.   Happy to see Mike Mina.

Enjoy this family so much – always full of life and full of love and full of love for God All Hands Beach Subic (28)Paolo and Yvonne are cousins!! :-)
All Hands Beach Subic (23) Our buffet :-)All Hands Beach Subic (15) Everything yum!!!All Hands Beach Subic (22) All Hands Beach Subic (18) All Hands Beach Subic (19) All Hands Beach Subic (20) All Hands Beach Subic (21) When with Yvonne, be assured there will be lots of drinks! hahaAll Hands Beach Subic (17)  Cousins:-)All Hands Beach Subic (16)   Brother in law Benny Soliven who sings so well! He has a CD which was produced by Louie Ocampo and Freddie Santos! And he sings with his son Vincent every last Sunday of the month at the 430pm mass in Sanctuario de San Antonio All Hands Beach Subic (30)  Vincent, The handsome 19 year old son of Benny and Michele Soliven is not only handsome but he sings so well too.  I’m sure he’s a heartthrob.   He also sings with his Dad at Sanctuario de San Antonio every last Sunday of the month at the 430pm mass. How nice to be able to have a nice voice and be able to sing ….. And sing for God All Hands Beach Subic (29)

Birthday Breakfast for Michelle

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We went to Subic after Christmas for two nights – An easy 2 hour drive with beautiful scenery alwaysBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (2) We arrived and our guests were ahead of us at home! haha!!  Cooking dinner!  Mish and EnzoBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (3)Yummy SchubligBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (4)Trina heating up food which she brought up
Birthday Breakfast for Michelle (5)The gang is complete! :-)
Birthday Breakfast for Michelle (7) With the kids :-)Birthday Breakfast for Michelle (6) Fresh cherries from Mish and NewtsBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (10) Yummy chocolate chip cookies made by Chef Javs who did not comeBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (9) Wiped out by everyone!Birthday Breakfast for Michelle (8) Some coconut cookies from Thailand from Lauro and GraceBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (11) Newton always has something new to offer us!  This time some dessert wineBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (12) Snacks brought by Pao and Trina!  I thought I was the only one who did this! hahaBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (13) The next morning we celebrated in advance the birthday of MishBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (15) with a gigantic Ensaymada birthday cake! Giant old fashioned ensaimada from Danny and Rocelle of Pasteleria Mallorca – yum!!! Rocelle is the sister of Chef Gene Gonzalez and they have many yummy pastries!! Contact 02-373-2788 or 02-373-2790 Birthday Breakfast for Michelle (14) Group photo before the Mapua’s leave for La Union – missing Newts and SophiaBirthday Breakfast for Michelle (16) The Mapuas :-)Birthday Breakfast for Michelle (1)

Colouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co

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 It’s that time of the year for planners! Love  this planner sent to me by Marivic Genuino of Paper and Co. Colouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co (2)

 It’s a travel  themed planner and adult coloring book rolled into one. What a nice idea! We all love to travel! Colouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co (4)

So many pages to colour Colouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co (6)

 At the very back is a map of the world – we should color the countries we have been to and try to fill it up throughout our lifetime Colouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co (5)

 Included also is a list of Philippine Holidays which we all love too so we can travel on long holidays :-)

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There are travel quotes on each pageColouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co (3)

and I stumbled into this one and I think my name is “unknown”Colouring Travel Planner by Paper & Co (7)

Paper and Co is proudly designed and made in the Philippines. Click below to go to their Facebook page

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Seafood City Cebu

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Love this Christmas tree at the entrance of the Cebu Grand Convention CenterSeafood City Cebu (1)

Photo opportunity in front of the restaurant :-) Seafood City Cebu (2)

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Suki na si Tita Marissa! Nilo knows na what to do! :-)Seafood City Cebu (5)

 Beautiful Cebuanas :-)  Elvira Luyem, Tita Teresing Mendezona, Irma Atillo and Tita Nonie UySeafood City Cebu (29)

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  Live seafood at Seafood City.  Shop for your seafood and they will cook it whatever way you likeSeafood City Cebu (11)Seafood City Cebu (4)Seafood City Cebu (6)Seafood City Cebu (8)Seafood City Cebu (9)Seafood City Cebu (10)Seafood City Cebu (12)Seafood City Cebu (13)Seafood City Cebu (15)Seafood City Cebu (17)Seafood City Cebu (18)Seafood City Cebu (16)Seafood City Cebu (14)

Yum!  A staple almost every place there are live shrimps 😉Seafood City Cebu (19)

Crab bihonSeafood City Cebu (20)

ScallopsSeafood City Cebu (21)

BBQ PorkSeafood City Cebu (22)

CalamaresSeafood City Cebu (24)

Sweet and Sour FishSeafood City Cebu (23)

Steamed Lapu Lapu
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Yum! Mango pandan dessertSeafood City Cebu (26)

BuchiSeafood City Cebu (28)

Ube rollsSeafood City Cebu (27)

Address :  Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City, Philippines
Phone (032) 260 8000

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