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The September holidays are coming, hooray! If you are thinking of going away for the week, here are some places that you can consider on your well-deserved break.

  1. Copenhagen

If you’re thinking of taking a long break, consider Nyhavn, Copenhagen, a romantic and Instagram-worthy city.

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Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is a city with many cosy restaurants, beautiful architectures and environmentally friendly amenities. After all, it was named the world’s greenest city back in 2014. On top of that, Copenhagen is also closely related to the dreamy fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen as many of it were set in Copenhagen. Your pictures are sure to be Instagram worthy at every corner of this beautiful city.

During your trip, you can have a cosy dinner at one of the restaurants or simply buy a beer and have a chat at the quayside.

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One of the must-do activity that allows tourists to enjoy and see the city is to go on a relaxing boat ride along the canals in Copenhagen. Staying true to its green roots, these Danish boats from GoBoat are made from sustainable materials and its batteries are also powered using solar power! You can even enjoy your meal or have a drink during your boat ride as there is a table in the middle of the boat.

Travelling with kids? Fret not, taking a ride on the GoBoat is family friendly. Fulfill your dream of becoming the captain of your own ship (or boat, in this case) as GoBoat does not require any prior license or experience.

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Another attraction in Copenhagen is Tivoli Gardens. This one’s for the thrill seekers out there.

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Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park with a long history since 1843. You can find fun rides for both adults and young kids there!

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, rides such as The Demon , The Star Flyer , The Golden Tower & Vertigo will definitely be up your alley.

There will always be something for someone here at Tivoli Gardens. Catch the many concerts and stage shows if you’re looking for something less adventurous and enjoy rides that are not only nostalgic but also fast speed rides to get your heart pumping. Also, remember to stay until night falls as the place will be magically lit with thousands of lights, creating a perfect backdrop for the most beautiful photos.

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To really enjoy your time in Copenhagen, rent a bike and cycle through the beautiful city like a local! It is not only environmentally friendly but you also get to discover sights you’ll probably will not see if you take other modes of transport.

With the bicycle friendly environment such as wide, spacious lanes, it will definitely be a pleasure discovering the scenic Copenhagen on bike.

For more things to do in Copenhagen, visit Beatrice‘s blog for more!

2. Macao

If you’re only looking for short getaway, why not visit Macao for their awesome food, rich historical sites and amazing performances!

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An iconic site would be the Ruins of St. Paul, a short visit there would make you be awed by its beauty. This Catholic Church has an interesting history and many tourists flock to Macao to visit the church each year.

Fun Fact: The church was burned down in 1835, which explains that only the front structure remains.

Be prepared to be patient in getting everyone out of your frame if you’re planning to snap pictures of yourself with the church!

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Not too sure what is the ONE food you can’t miss when you’re in Macao?

It is definitely feasting on these mouthwatering Portuguese Egg Tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery & Café? Recently, they were awarded the “Best Macao Restaurant” in OpenRice Best Restaurant Awards 2016.

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Throw the sight-seeing aside, be prepared to get entertained by some of the world’s greatest magicians at The House of Magic. Young or old, who doesn’t love magic shows? It will leave you guessing and amazed at the mind boggling tricks performed.

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Feast your eyes with a lights and water show at Performance Lake!  A fun fact about the Performance Lake is that it utilizes more than 300 water nozzles and shooters and 800,000 gallons of water for its installation. And the best thing? It’s free to watch! We’re sure kids and adults will be impressed.

Missuschewy shared with us a 3D2N itinerary for Macao and you can check it out at http://www.missuschewy.com/2016/07/11/experience-macao-your-own-style/ :)

  1. Melbourne

September is the start of spring in Melbourne! A perfect time for more adventures and fun activities in the cool weather! It will be a great time to tour around the city :)

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Pay a visit to the 12 Apostles and enjoy the breathtaking view of the limestones, blue sky and emerald waters. For even more picturesque photos, visit the place during sunrise or sunset as you will get lovely sunrays in your shots.

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Another beautiful spot for your Instagram shots is The Grotto. The best timings to visit this place would be mornings or late evenings. Oh! And you’ll definitely need a wide angle or fish eyes lens for your camera to capture the beauty of the place. This is definitely for all those nature lovers out there.

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Mong Chin highly recommends this cup of coffee brewed lovingly by the people at Market Lane Coffee. Try it out on your next Melbourne trip because you deserve a good cup of coffee on your getaway. Give your taste buds a treat this September.
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This place needs no introduction because you would have already seen pictures of these iconic colourful bathing boxes on your Instagram feed! Located at Brighton Beach, it is one of the must-visits when you’re in Melbourne.

Get ready with your outfit and camera gear because you will end up with non-stop snapping and plenty of fun ;)

For more Melbourne adventures, visit Mongabong’s blog:

Part 1: http://www.mongabong.com/2016/06/melbourne-city-itinerary-week.html

Part 2: http://www.mongabong.com/2016/06/melbourne-lorne-greatoceanroad-twelveapostles.html

Part 3: http://www.mongabong.com/2016/06/melbourne-part-3-grampians-queen.html

  1. Malaysia

If you’re just looking for a simple and near getaway with more laidback activities, you can visit Sinar Eco Resort in Johor, Malaysia that is just across our shores.

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Located 30-40 minutes away from Singapore Tuas checkpoint, it is a perfect place for those in search of a tranquil holiday, away from the hustle and bustle city life. Take this time to relax and recharge at this resort.

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Don’t let the resort interior fool you! These may be container rooms but they are definitely not less equipped than your typical hotel rooms. The pleasing aesthetics of these container rooms makes it extra cozy, making us want to laze in bed all day.

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If you are not keen on lazing around but looking for activities to spend your time, Sinar Eco Resort also provides many for you to choose from.

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From ATV Buggy Ride to archery, choose from an array of fun filled activities with your loved ones. For a more laidback activity, you can go for pool, karaoke and swimming too!

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At Sinar Eco Resort, step a little closer to nature as you’ll find yourselves gushing over the cuteness of the farm animals! You can live the kampong life by feeding the goats, sheep, chicken ducks and so on.

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After a long and fulfilling day with all those fun activities, sit back and enjoy your BBQ dinner specially prepared by the chefs. You don’t even have to grill your own meat! How awesome and convenient is that :)

For more details, take a look at Shennyyang’s entry: http://www.shennyyang.com/2016/07/msia-sinar-eco-resort.html

 

September Nuffnang Reads:

 

 

Alison Ong
Nuffnang Community Team

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As we lean in closer to the nation’s birthday on 9 August, we have gathered a list of places for you to catch the fireworks this year!
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1. Kallang Wave Mall

Probably the nearest location to view the fireworks at a close distance. We foresee that the place will be packed with crowds even before dawn so if you want a nice spot, go early!

Grab some food to last you through the night from the various restaurants or eateries in Kallang Wave Mall! For a list of restaurants or eateries, http://www.sportshub.com.sg/kallangwave/Pages/kallang-wave-mall.aspx

Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT
Address: 1 Stadium Place, 397628
Getting there: http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/kallang-wave-mall/1-stadium-place-397628/103199_407753.html

2. Tanjong Rhu Place

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If you’re aiming to include the National Stadium in your pictures, the walkway will be an ideal spot for you to snap your perfect fireworks.

Things to note:
Finding a toilet nearby may be hard since the nearest toilet would probably be at the Kallang Wave Mall. Remember to make a trip to the toilet before settling down at your spot!

Also, accessibility may be restricted due to road blocks.

Tip:
Remember to check for roadblocks before planning your route!
For a list of road blocks due to NDP 2016,
http://www.sph.com.sg/system/assets/78/jGhfftEp_25%20Jun%20RdClosure.pdf

3. Walkway along Republic Avenue

Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway
Getting there: http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/republic-avenue/20920_1.html

 4. Beach Road HDB estates

Those living in Beach Road HDB estates will be able to view the fireworks in the comforts of their homes! Lucky you if you’re able to enjoy the fireworks view without leaving your house!

Just grab your movie snacks and camp at your windows for the fireworks!

5. Grassy area along Kallang River

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Nearest MRT: Lavender
Getting there: http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/kallang-riverside-park/19398_1.html

You can probably bring a picnic mat and have a mini picnic with your loved ones before waiting for the fireworks display!

6. Nicoll Highway Park
A 5-min walk from Nicoll Highway MRT, you’ll still get a decent view of the fireworks. Probably an option for those who will prefer the less crowded places! Tip: Bring an insect repellent as you do not want to get insect or mosquito bites

Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway

 7. Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza

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Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
Nearest MRT: Bayfront
Getting there: http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/event-plaza-marina-bay-sands/49461_1.html

If you’re someone who loves the Singapore cityscape at night, why not enjoy the fireworks show at MBS Event Plaza? You get the both worlds of the Singapore cityscape as well as fireworks!

8. The Promontory, Marina Bay

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Address: 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Getting there: http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/the-promontory-marina-bay/52667_1.html

This is another alternative for those who are thinking of having picnics while waiting for the fireworks show! How about some kite flying too? As many people would be thinking of going to the promontory, don’t forget to head there early to get the best views!

Sources:

  1. http://www.timeout.com/singapore/things-to-do/best-places-to-catch-fireworks-in-singapore-national-stadium
  1. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/best-places-to-snap-ndp-fireworks?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&xtor=CS1-10

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Michelle Lim
Nuffnang Community Team

In just a blink of an eye, it is already the month of August! As you know, Singapore’s food scene is ever-changing and we’ve decided to come up with an updated list of food places to visit! So… to all of you foodies who are always on the hunt for food places, we hope that you’ll find this guide useful :)

1. Patissez – The Original Creator of Freakshakes1

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We know that there are many versions of these sweet decadent milkshakes available in Singapore, but put your other choices aside for now because Patissez, the original creator of their Freakshakes is now open in Singapore!

It’s always fun to treat yourself to some massive sugar rush with monster milk shakes. So, the next time you’re craving for something sweet or you’re trying to max out your calories on a cheat day, you know where to go ;)

You can’t get anything better than an all-day brunch and mains along with freakshakes, and you can get all of them at Patissez!

(For more info, http://www.misstamchiak.com/patissez-singapore/ )

2. Ah Kow Bak Chor Mee4

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To all Ah Kow Bak Chor Mee fans, rejoice!

Their 4th son, Jon Cher has recently opened a stall in Bukit Batok. You can now get your craving fixed at more than one place now (waiting time is approximately 30mins for the Hong Lim Food Centre Outlet during lunch hours).

And to those who have not tried their bak chor mee before, you have earned yourself one new addition to your list of bak chor mee stalls in Singapore!

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If you don’t feel like having bak chor mee, and instead crave for something soup-based, you can also try their Teochew dumpling soup.

(For more info, http://www.misstamchiak.com/ah-kow-mushroom-minced-pork-mee/)

3. Fish & Chicks

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The salted egg yolk craze is definitely not new to Singaporeans (unless you’ve been living under a rock) – we have salted egg croissants, waffles, fries, chicken and even prata!

Fish & Chicks has recently opened a new store at Cineleisure’s Koufu, so if you’re around the area, why not give it a try?

They have a rather efficient collection system where you’ll be notified when your food is ready through a sms sent to your phone. No more standing around and walking back and forth while waiting for your piping hot fish & chips!

(For more info, http://explodingbelly.com/2016/04/17/fish-and-chicks/)

4. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

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You might have already heard! Located at Smith Street Food Centre, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle was one of the few stores to be awarded 1 Michelin star! And it just gets better- just $2 for a Michelin star meal. What are you waiting for?!

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(For more information, http://eatbook.sg/soya-sauce-chicken/ )

5. The Skewer Bar

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Fancy a night out with your friends but not at your typical restaurants/cafes?

Try out The Skewer Bar located in Geylang. Variety of skewers include bacon wrapped cherry tomatoes skewers, prawn, mushrooms and many more.

They also serve non-skewer dishes such as sweet potato chips, oysters and grilled seabass with signature chilli sauce. Who doesn’t love oysters or grilled seafood? Just the thought of it would make anyone salivate.

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(For more info, http://eatbook.sg/skewer-bar-review/)

6. Pince & Pints

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National Day is right up next month and Pince & Pints has created a special menu which will only be available from 1 August & 30 September!

If you’re a fan of lobsters and local delicacies, you would want to get your tummies filled with these! For all the Laksa lovers out there, you’ve got to try this! You get the best of both worlds- juicy lobster meat and laksa noodles (that will leave you hoping for more each visit).

(For more info, http://explodingbelly.com/2016/07/24/pince-and-pints-new/)

7. Chong Wen Ge Café

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If you happen to be in the area, tucked away at a quiet spot in Telok Ayer, Chong Wen Ge Café is a great place for you to escape the CBD buzz while slurping on flavourful laksa noodles.

Their nonya kuehs are only priced at $1.50 each! Pretty reasonably priced I would say for a café.

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Oh, and don’t forget to take your OOTDs along the pastel blue corridor!
(For more info, http://eatbook.sg/chong-wen-ge/ )

8. Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant

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To all Japanese food lovers out there, you can find a ’17 ingredients plus appetizer, miso soup and fruit’ Jyo Chirashi at Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant. It’s basically a whole chirashi bowl with 17 ingredients in it!

Apart from Jyo Chirashi, you can also feast on their buffet courses. It is said that they are usually full house especially on weekends, so remember to make a reservation if you’re heading down.

(For more info, http://thefoodchapter.blogspot.sg/2016/07/mitsuba-revisited-central.html )

We’re definitely not sorry for making you feel a little too hungry after reading this post! Put aside your diet plans for now, because it will be so worth it!

August Nuffnang reads:

  1. http://www.misstamchiak.com/patissez-singapore/
  2. http://www.misstamchiak.com/ah-kow-mushroom-minced-pork-mee/
  3. http://explodingbelly.com/2016/04/17/fish-and-chicks/
  4. http://eatbook.sg/soya-sauce-chicken/
  5. http://eatbook.sg/skewer-bar-review/
  6. http://explodingbelly.com/2016/07/24/pince-and-pints-new/
  7. http://eatbook.sg/chong-wen-ge/
  8. http://thefoodchapter.blogspot.sg/2016/07/mitsuba-revisited-central.html

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Michelle Lim
Nuffnang Community Team

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Apart from the usual Singaporean lingo, the Singapore Armed Forces has its own jargon that NS Men use on a daily basis. As we approach the nation’s birthday in August, let’s take a few minutes to learn some of the terms frequently used in the army.

If you are often perplexed as to what your boyfriend/friend is saying, hopefully this guide will help you understand their conversations better.

Impress your friends with your knowledge of army lingo the next time you meet them :)

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1. Wayang
No, it is not referring to the Malaysian/Indonesian shadow puppet show. It refers to those who act good/put on a show in front of their superiors to get into their good books.

2. Arrow
Being assigned to a task – and the tasks usually encompasses undesirable tasks including cleaning toilets to covering for somebody’s work

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3. Eye Power
Every soldier would have encountered with at least one person who uses his eye power – just looking and doing nothing. In simpler sense, it is the bystander effect.

4. NATO (No Action, Talk Only)
Similar to eye power, but this refers to ‘mouth’ power. It is used to describe NS men who is only good at talking.

5. Garang
Overly enthusiastic NS men who are too ready and willing to take on tasks.

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6. Pikachu
No, we’re not referring to the yellow pokemon creature. Pikachu in the army is derived from the hokkien language “Pai ka bai chew”, which is used to describe someone who has suffered from fractures. “Pai-ka” (limping leg) and “Bai Chew” (broken arms).

7. WALI
It refers to NS men who walk around to look important. Hence, the expression WALI.

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8. SOC
Meaning to siam one corner, in an attempt to avoid and to hide from someone (usually superiors) or from taking a task.

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9. Throw Smoke
To deceive/lie, cause a diversion and confuse when the person does not have an answer.

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10. Chao Keng
This term should be familiar to most, which refers to feigning sickness or injury by submitting their polyclinic MC or excuse letter. It is usually done in an attempt to avoid work.

Now that you have a better understanding of the army lingo, go ahead and test your friends to see if they know the meaning of it ;)

HAPPY SAF DAY!

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Michelle Lim
Nuffnang Community Team

Did you know that April Fool’s Day has been around since the 16th century? Apparently, when the Gregorian Calendar was adopted and New Year’s Day was moved to 1st January instead of 1st April, people couldn’t get use to the change. Those who then continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on the 1st April were referred to as “April’s fools” and others played tricks on them.
Even though April fool’s day is cited as an unofficial holiday, people do take them pretty seriously.

Google, for one, is notorious for pranking its users every year.

Netccentric has always been about fun, so how can we miss out on the occasion?

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One of our Netccentrics, Selina, pasted this all over the Netccentric office last year.

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It easily livened up the office and got everyone in the mood for April Fool’s.

Now, you are entitled to 24 hours of pranking (harmless, of course) others/get pranked. Go make full use of it! Just remember not to ask anyone to be your beau on that day. Nobody will take you seriously, really.

We gathered a few April fool pranks you can pull on your friends, family members, or even colleagues. It may not be anything damaging, but I’m pretty sure it will annoy the victim to no ends. :P

1. The Insect Lamp

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For everyone who is afraid of insects, this prank cannot get any better. Imagine the horror on their faces the instant the lamp is switched on. Totes worth the paper-cutting effort. If you’re all up for the occasion, improvise this idea in the toilets as well. Draw them on the toilet paper rolls and soon you’ll hear the screeching screams coming from the toilet.

2. Tape an airhorn under a desk chair

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Place the airhorn either under a desk chair or tape it to the wall adjacent to the door and get your snapchat ready to record the reaction of the victim. Try visualising the jolt and the possible fall he/she may encounter due to the shock. Yep. I love April Fool’s Day too.

3. Clogged toilet bowl? Not really.

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This is a creation of our Nuffnang Malaysia team back in 2013. Old is gold, and in no way is this prank outdated. The Churp Churp team in KL poured coffee into the toilet tank so that you’d be greeted with a flush of brown-coloured water whenever you flush. Read more of the whole experience at Timothy Tiah, our COO’s blog. We suggest that you use food colouring instead of coffee. You don’t want to attract ants into your place, surely.

4. The Mouse Prank

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Effortless but it definitely does the trick.

Be prepared for a scolding from your victim, though. If it was a gaming mouse, they’d probably be very angry at you.

5. Frozen Cereal

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This is for all the times your child made you clean up their food messes. Apart from laughing when you observe their exasperated faces, their reactions will definitely brighten up your week. Nothing can be funnier than watching your children fall for a prank like this.

6. Googly-eyed food?

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Stick these googly-eyed stickers on all the foods you can find in the kitchen or your office pantry. Better still, stick them on your child’s snacks and candy and watch their reactions when they open the refrigerator.

We hope you had a great time reading this post as much as I had fun writing it. I was giggling to myself when I came across the pranks. Just imagining the reactions of my friends and family makes me excited for April Fool’s Day.

Have a great April Fool’s Day! But remember, nothing harmful!

Rachel Heng
Nuffnang Community Team

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