Detariffication in Malaysian Motor Insurance

When liberalisation of car insurance tariffs in Malaysia can help you save more and get better coverage.

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The Motor Insurance sector in Malaysia will be shaken up quite a bit in the next few months as Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) recently confirmed that in its Financial Stability and Payment Systems Report 2015 (released back in March 2016) that motor and fire insurance premiums will soon be based on a list of risk factors and not regulated by current pricing policy

The transition will happen gradually and the first phase just kicked off this month, 1 July 2016. So the insurance industry is allowed offer new products with optional add-on covers and the prices will not be regulated. It will also be determined by the market and will allow insurance providers to ‘open price’ to these products as they see fit.

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In simple words, your premium rates for car insurance will be based on what car you’re driving and your driving experience. If you just got your driving license and you’re driving a BMW, you could have to pay higher premium than the slow-driving Uncle who drives the same model vehicle. So premium prices may vary across different insurance providers.

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This is indeed good news to consumers and car owners. It’s also a good opportunity for insurance providers to push out new products that may benefit certain car owners. In short, it’s a win-win situation for all.

Now the only problem we could be facing as a car owner is the vast option that we will get from all these insurance providers. So how can we get the best and know how to getcover on all these choices?  We’ll find out soon enough I guess.

Bon Jovi Live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Date, Venue, Ticket Info and Pricing

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We’ve toured around the world since 1995 and are excited to reunite with our Malaysian fans again! See you on September 19th! -Jon Bon Jovi

I can’t tell you how excited I am. After 20 years, Bon Jovi is finally back in Malaysia once again and I’m surely not gonna miss his gig. I went to his concert back in 1995 as a teenager and now as a father of two I’m surely not gonna miss the band rocking Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on 19 September 2015.

If you’re a big fan of Bon Jovi, then go get em’ tickets quick! Tickets are now available for sale online at TicketCharge.com.my and selected outlets around Klang Valley.

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Tickets are going for RM888 to RM168 with seated areas and free standing zones. But this is a rock concert so don’t be expecting to sit around and not moving your butt! Even if you wish to sit down, do be warned that you’ll probably be forced to stand up since everyone else will be and they will be blocking you view then.

I’ve already got mine, now go get yours quick!

Bon Jovi Live In Malaysia 2015

Date : Saturday, 19 September 2015
Time : 8:30pm

Venue : Stadium Merdeka

Ticket Info:
VIP – Numbered Seat – RM888
PS1 – Free Standing – RM628
PS2 – Free Seating – RM488
PS3 – Free Standing – RM388
PS4 – Free Seating – RM288
PS5 – Free Seating – RM168

Organizer / Promoter : IMC Live Group (M) Sdn Bhd (1123501-A)
Address : C-5-41, Block Camilia, 10 Boulevard, Lebuhraya Sprint, PJU 6A,47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Contact : +603 7731 2929
Web : http://imclive-group.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/imclivegroup

 

Slash World On Fire Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live in Malaysia 2015

Slash World On Fire Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live in Malaysia 2015

The Legendary guitarist Slash will be rocking Malaysia once again on February 14th, 2015 at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach! Slash had a gig here in Malaysia with Myles Kennedy not long ago at the exact same venue, and I’m pretty sure this gig will be as good as the one before.

The 49 year-old former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist will be touring with his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators in support of his new album WORLD ON FIRE. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be performing in Kuala Lumpur at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach on 14th February 2015 and it is expected to be mad wild. We had a great timerocking to Slash and Myles the last time they were here. Let’s hope this time round the local organisers can do a better job with the zoning and crowd control.

Concert and Ticket Info available below.

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Here are the event details:

Slash World On Fire Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live in Malaysia 2015
Date : Saturday, 14 February 2015
Time : 8:30pm
Venue : Surf Beach Sunway Lagoon

Ticket prices for Slash World On Fire Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live in Malaysia 2015 are at RM348, RM268 and RM168. Get your tickets now from TicketCharge.

The Afghan Bruce Lee – Abbas Alizada a.k.a. Bruce Hazara

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“Enter The Afghan”, that would be the title of the movie if I’m ever the director of this movie – if it’s real or if it’s ever gonna happen. This 20-year old Afghan is not just a splitting image of the legend Bruce Lee; he’s also striking some kungfu poses like him too.

This young Afghan, who trains in the ruins of a bombed-out palace in Kabul, is recently an Internet hit when photos and videos of him performing back flips and doing the nunchuks are posted on a Facebook called Bruce Hazara, which the nickname is given to him by his friends. His recent success in at a martial arts tournament in Kabul is another reason why he’s fast gaining some fans.

Abbas Alizada comes from a poor family of 10 children and he wants to be a champion in his country and hopefully one day be a Hollywood star.

I looked and I looked again, I can’t deny Abbas Alizada here looks hauntingly similar to the legend Bruce Lee. From his bowl haircut to his physique, from his stances and tight fitting singlet, he could easily pass as Bruce’s stunt double, if he ever needs one. The only thing giving away is his movement. Giving all the similarity, he is still not as fast and swift as the legend Bruce Lee.

Here’s some videos of him in action:

Source: The Straits Times Asia
PHOTO: REUTERS

U Mobile offers FREE Internet Roaming for Postpaid and Now Prepaid Users

U Mobile CMO Jasmine Lee and CEO, Wong Heang Tuck launches the FREE Internet Roaming service for its Prepaid customers

U Mobile’s Vision 2,000,000 is kicking into high gear with the innovative telco moving aggressively into the last quarter of the year with yet another amazing product launch.

U Mobile was the first telco in the market to offer Free Internet Roaming for its postpaid customers in May 2014. Today, they extended this offer to their prepaid customers too. with a top-up of RM50, prepaid customers get to enjoy complimentary FREE Internet Roaming up to 50MB a day up to 30 days in 8 countries including Australia, Cambodia, HK, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

So what can I do with only 50MB of data a day? Well, according to the CMO of U Mobile, Ms Jasmine Lee, 50MB is sufficient for your daily social media activities such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Kakaotalk, and checking your daily emails. Just avoid downloading any heavy attachments and streaming videos.

And what happens if you exceeded your 50MB daily quota? Well worry not as any additional data exceeded will only cost you RM7.50 for every 1MB and upon reaching 4MB and above, it’s a flat rate of RM30 per day for unlimited Internet Roaming.

So if you’re an avid traveller and you’re not on U Mobile network yet, you may want consider switching to U Mobile now. No, I’m not a reseller and I’m not paid for this but the package U Mobile offered is just too good not to share.

You can find out more of U Mobile’s FREE Internet Roaming service at the website – www.u.com.my.

U2 Releases ‘Songs of Innocence’ Album at Apple Event – For Free!

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Here’s a special announcement to all U2 fans. In a special Apple Event early this morning, U2 made a special appearance performing ‘The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)’ and after that announced the release of their new album entitled ‘Songs of Innocence’… entirely FREE to download on Apple iTunes.

This is rather an unconventional music deal but it was confirmed that U2 was paid by Apple but no exact amount was divulged. ‘Songs of Innocence’ is U2’s first studio album in five years and the album features 11 songs and is available in 119 countries on iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music.

So what you’re waiting for? Head on over to iTunes now and get your copy for yourself.

EPSON Digital Garment Printers at Large

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EPSON, our household name for digital imaging and printing for as long as I can remember, is now entering into the realm of fashion and textile printing industry with the launch of three F-Series large format printers. EPSON Malaysia recently introduces two rolled-fed dye sublimation fabric printers – a 44-inch SureColor™ SC-F6070 and a 64-inch SureColor™ SC-F7070, as well as the SureColor™ SC-F2000 series, its first direct-to-garment printers.

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The new SureColor™ SC-F6070/7070 printers are not only the first dye-sublimation models from Epson, but also the first in the market which every component – from ink and print-head to printer chassis and bulk in delivery system – is designed and manufactured by a single company. Although it’s still a print transfer technology, however the result is a higher in performance and specifically designed for exceptional reliability and industrial-level production with high quality output up to 1,440 x 720 dpi on all leading transfer paper.

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Also setting new benchmarks in digital t-shirt printing is the SureColor™ SC-F2000 – It is wholly designed and manufactured by Epson’s proprietary technology, and is designed specifically for high performance direct-to-garment imaging. It produces outstanding print quality, yet with low maintenance and running costs. It enables businesses to offer a new t-shirt design and print service with a faster return-on-investment (ROI).

While it may sound rather fascinating and exciting, these printers do come with heavy price tags. The SureColor™ SC-F6070/7070 printers are retailing at RM26,188 and RM71,500 respectively and the SureColor™ SC-F2000 is also retailing at RM71,500.

Although these printers are targeted towards SME and home-based businesses, Epson is aware that these heavy price tags may turn away many potential clients. For that, they engage in partnership and help these businesses grow together. If you’re interested in getting into the garment printing business, you can always give them a call or visit their official website at www.epson.com.my.

Electri-Fry Your Palate With The Newest Tefal ActiFry FZ7072

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Cooking is not exactly my strongest trait, although I cook occasionally at home but I’m no MasterChef yet. Cooking is fun, especially when you get to cook your favourite food and snacks. The simplest method of cooking is to fry everything and most of the time the food taste really good. Some people said that the tastiest food is the most sinful food, I couldn’t agree more.

Fried food and snacks are the easiest and quickest way to prepare a meal. Be it fried egg or French fries, fried food can easily lead to other bad health and coronary disease.  So it’s very important to eat right and cook right. Tefal, the world’s leading cookware and home appliances maker recently introduces its newest invention that makes modern days cooking much healthier and practical.

(L-R) Dino Goh, Kelvin Mow, & Chef Anis Nabilah giving thumbs up to the Tefal ActiFry

(L-R) AFC Nutritionist, Dino Goh, Kelvin Mow, MD of Groupe SEB & AFC Celebrity Chef Anis Nabilah giving the thumbs up to the Tefal ActiFry

That piece of cooking technology is the Tefal ActiFry FZ7072 electrical cooker. This highly-acclaimed appliance from France is the No. 1 cooker in Europe and Canada, and is said to provide a healthy and more convenient way to cook, giving tasty results, while preserving the nutrients inside the food. Now I have seen it in action and I’ve tried the food. Now I can’t tell how much nutrients are being preserved, but I’m pretty sure that the food that Chef Anis dished out was pretty good.

(L-R) Dino Goh & Chef Anis Nabilah tasting the food cooked by Tefals ActiFryCooking demonstration by AFC Nutritionist Dino Goh & AFC Celebrity Chef Anis Nabilah tasting the food cooked with Tefal ActiFry FZ7072

Just like the Phillips Air Fryer, Tefal ActiFry FZ7072 too uses hot air to cook the food evenly inside. Its pulsed hot air circulation system that produces an even hot air flow while cooking, enhances the taste of food, and preserves the vitamins and nutritional value, without drying out the natural flavour of the food.

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Unlike conventional frying methods, the Tefal ActiFry FZ7072 is a natural and healthy solution for wholesome cooking as it uses lesser amount of cooking oil. The cooker comes with an ingenious ActiFry measurement spoon (14ml) that allows users to control the quantity of oil used in the cooking. Minimal oil is required as a spoonful of oil is enough to cook one kilogram of fresh French fries resulting in only 3% of fat. So this is how you can really enjoy guilt-free sinful fried snacks every now and then.

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In addition to Tefal’s patented cutting –edge technology, the cook comes with an automatic stirring paddle for optimal dispense of oil and consistent cooking rotation enabling 100% hands-free cooking. The inner pot is made out of non-stick ceramic coating which allows the food ingredients to mix easily without getting stuck to the pot.

The cooker also comes with a snacking rack that helps to scoop the food out, and enables excess oil to drain off easily before serving. The cooker has a built-in 60-minute digital timer that beeps at the end of the cooking to let you know when the food is ready and to prevent the food from overcooking and burning. Furthermore, the transparent lid allows easy monitoring of the cooking process and all parts are removable and dishwasher safe. This will make it so much easier for most men who hate cleaning up after cooking up storm in the kitchen.

So if you’re ready to stick to good eating habits and a healthier lifestyle, perhaps it’s time for you to consider the Tefal ActiFry FZ7072. There’s nothing more important than enjoying your life to the fullest with all the great tasting food you can eat. But do it smart with Tefal ActiFry for a change.

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The Tefal ActiFry FZ7072 is now available in main departmental stores and electrical specialists at the retail price of RM999. For more information on Tefal ActiFry, please visit www.tefal.com.

 

What’s So Good About MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle?

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So most of us have been hearing much about the Penang white curry instant noodle but what exactly is all the craze about? After months of searching (yes, with limited stock available all over Malaysia) and many going hunting over this hot instant noodle, I finally managed to get my hands on it and gave it a try. So here’s my take on MyKuali Penang White Curry instant noodle and why Malaysians are going ga-ga over it.

Before I go any further, I would like to share some information about MyKuali.

According to TMI, “MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodle came in No. 7 on popular noodle blog Ramen Rater’s “Top 10 spiciest instant noodles of all time 2013” and with the “fame”, it is set to hit supermarket shelves in Europe and the United States next year.

MyKuali is manufactured by Sky Thomas Food Industries Sdn Bhd and it was only introduced in May last year. The instant hit instant noodle had sold more than 50,000 cartons nationwide, recording a turnover of about RM1.5 million per month up to November.

Before trying it myself, my general take from everyone else is how good its rich curry paste which makes the soup almost similar with the popular Penang hawker curry mee. I couldn’t agree more.

MyKuali comes in packs of four and inside each pack, there are 3 sachets for the chili paste, seasoning and creamer that makes the curry creamy. Cooking it is like looking any other instant noodles, nothing special about it. The special part comes from the stuff you wanna add into your home-cook MyKuali curry mee.

Some people like it like the original Penang Curry Mee, with see-hum (cockles), taufupok, prawns, long beans and most importantly, coagulated pig’s blood.

Others like me like it simpler with taufupok, cuttlefish and prawns. And it’s the only things I can find in my fridge at that moment when I cooking it.

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The cooking process takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on how many packets you’re cooking. I was hosting another friend so I cooked for 3 people and it took me longer than usual to cook.

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Usually I will cook the instant noodle with the soup together but for this meal, I separated the cooking process for the noodle and soup. I don’t usually cook it this way, I like it when the noodle absorbs the flavour from soup but because of timing, I had to separate it to prevent the noodle from getting soggy and all mushy.

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The extra ingredients are prepared separately too except for the taufupok, I want the taufupok to soak up the flavour of the curry. I briefly cook the prawns and cuttlefish over boiling water and serve it together with the noodle and curry soup.

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When I’m finally done preparing my curry noodle, my dish is pretty presentable.

Now fans of MyKuali are right about the rich curry paste which makes the soup almost similar to the real deal, however my wife do not fancy it that much. Can’t blame her since she’s a Penangite and she’s been eating the best Penang and BM curry mee all the while. As for me, I kinda like it because it has a unique flavour of its own. First of all, you must know that MyKuali it’s unlike the original Penang Curry Mee but the flavour is almost similar. The noodle is different and the soup preparation and ingredient are different. And for sure it’s nothing close to the santan-based Curry Laksa served here in KL too.

To me, MyKuali is like a mix of both worlds – not too spicy and not too creamy. Like a said, a unique taste of its own. As for my guest from Penang, he likes it too. He agrees with me that MyKuali is indeed unique and has a flavour of its own. While my wife still prefers Maggi’s Assam Laksa instant noodle, my Penang guest don’t mind having it again.

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In the end, we both came to the same conclusion that MyKuali is definitely one of the best instant noodles from Malaysia so far.

Discover Okinawa

I haven’t been to Japan and honestly I’m quite ignorant about it except on Sushi, PlayStation and J-Pop. I’ll be honest, back when I was still a teenager, Okinawa to me was just a small fishing island in Japan.

So what do I know about Okinawa and how did I get to know about it? Well, come to think of it now, it was rather silly. You see, I love the movie The Karate Kid, and in The Karate Kid: Part II, Okinawa was featured.  In the movie, main actor Daniel LaRusso and his mentor, Mr. Miyagi returned home to Okinawa to visit Mr. Miyagi’s dying father and confront an old rival. Ever since that movie, Okinawa has been on my mind and although my knowledge of that place is still minimal, I did learn a little bit more about that place over the years.

Getting To Know Okinawa

1.Kabira Bay in Ishigaki Island

It is only until recently, when I came across Japan Tourism Board’s Facebook page that I get to learn more about Okinawa. After going through the page, for the first time in my adult life, and let me make it clear once and for all, that Okinawa IS NOT just a fishing island as what I’ve learned from the movie. Okinawa Prefecture is actually the southernmost prefecture of Japan and it comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres long. Okinawa encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Okinawa’s capital, Naha, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island. Now let me share a little bit of what I know of Okinawa and its attractions.

Mesmerizing Nature

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Perhaps the most mesmerizing side of Okinawa is the nature and the beauty of its surrounding. One of such beautiful place is Kabira Bay on Ishigaki Island. The emerald-blue water framed by long stretches of white sandy beach makes Kabira Bay a dream destination for many tourists and one of the most beautiful views in Japan.

Besides the colourful coral reefs, Okinawa’s clear blue sea, deep pink cherry blossom and beautiful blue skies makes it a perfect destination to take a long drive along the beach.

Beautiful People And Fun Events

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I was once told that the best experience to a great vacation is not the destination; it’s the journey to the destination. And the journey wouldn’t be complete without the people of Okinawa. Okinawa is only as beautiful as its people and its rich and colourful cultures.

Okinawans are generally cheerful, friendly people and ever with a smile on their face. This is perhaps the reason why they are the most long-lived people in the world, with a higher percentage of 100-year-olds than anyplace else.  I can only guess that Okinawans live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Many interesting events take place in Okinawa throughout the year and that could be their secret to longevity. Haaree Festival or the Dragon Boat Race festival is held from May 3 to May 5 every year at Tomari port in Naha city. And if the dragon boat race is not tough enough for you, you can always join the Torii Triathlon. This premiere triathlon is a sporting event held TWICE every year in Okinawa during spring and fall.  Here, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to compete against Okinawa’s finest athletes.

People of Okinawa love dancing too. The Eisa dance is one of Okinawa’s traditional performance arts, which is equivalent of Bon odori on mainland Japan. The Eisa dance is one of those performances that will keep you dancing to the delightful and uplifting rhythm of the dynamic beating drums.

Colourful Culture

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Okinawa has a colourful culture and even more colourful Bingata. Bingata is an Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, made using stencils and other methods. It is generally brightly coloured and features various patterns depicting natural subjects such as fish, water, and flowers. Bingata is worn during traditional Ryūkyū arts performances and historical reenactments.

The Sansen music is rather unique culture of Okinawa as the Sansen, a three-string banjo-like Okinawan music instrument with a snakeskin-covered body.

Nestled on the hill in the northern part of Naha city is the world heritage “Shuri Castle”. It was the palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom but it was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Shuri Castle was reconstructed back in 1992 and remained as one of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Okinawa.

Another unique architectural culture in Okinawa is the Shisa. Shisa is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. Shisa are wards, believed to protect homes from evils.

Food To Love

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Okinawan unique food and intriguing flavours are easy to love. Try the Sea Grapes and fresh Scampi from the ocean around Okinawa. If you’re not feeling so adventurous, you can always go for the traditional Okinawa noodle called “Okinawa Soba”. Or perhaps you can always go for a good piece of steak, which is also a favorite gourmet among the Okinawans.

Resorts And Other Fun Places

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You’d probably be thinking by now that Okinawa is just another scenic tour destination – there’s nothing exciting and non-traditional. If you’re still thinking that way, then you’re up for a surprise. There are plenty more exciting things to do in Okinawa. You can easily book yourself into a nice 5-star hotel or resort by the beach in Okinawa or hold your wedding ceremony in front of the blue ocean. And when you’re finally done wandering around the ocean front, head over to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, this is one of many popular attractions you must go at Ocean Expo Park. When the sun sets, it’s shopping and eating spree along the International Street, a massive shopping and eating strip that cuts a 1.6 kilometer diagonal across the city center.

Getting Excited Yet?

So much to see and so much to do, Okinawa is definitely unlike the fishing island image I had in my mind for the past two decades. I will definitely plan a holiday trip to Okinawa soon. If you’re due for yet another great escapade, MATTA FAIR will be here soon and Japan Tourism Board (Okinawa) will be there, remember to go check out the great deals.

If you’re serious about another holiday travel to Okinawa, do visit Okinawa’s official Facebook page. Okinawa is currently running a #ILoveOkinawa contest and you stand a chance win some freebies by following these three simple steps:

Step 1: Go to https://beokinawa.net/my and LIKE the page.

Step 2: Fill up all your details (name, email and etc)

Step 3: Choose your three favourite photos from the five categories that I mentioned above and include your comment (don’t worry, it’s optional).

Contest runs from February 10 – March 10, 2014, you must submit your entry in order to win. Once contest period ends, Okinawa will choose a winning photo randomly and 55 participants who choose the same winning photo will be chosen. An email will be sent to winners and the prize will be delivered later on. Yep, it’s that simple.

So what freebies do you stand to win?

1st prize for 5 persons, “Ryukyu Glass”

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2nd prize for 50 persons, “Star Sand”

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This is a sponsored post. Although this is a sponsored post, my views are based on facts and I DO REALLY WANT TO VISIT OKINAWA in the near future.

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