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Malaysia: Score From A’s to C’s

By Paul Chong        Tuesday, 1 September 2015

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Mahathir capitalised on his “Malay Dilemma” & professing to be true blue Bumiputra with his wiry ways to establish himself as the virtual king in the Malaysian political arena & ruled ultimately for 22 years, a record reign of standing up to now.

Mahathir - M's all the way

Mahathir – M’s all the way

Significantly, Mahathir’s reign was all M’s . . . his name itself Mahathir Mohamed . . . “Malay Dilemma’ (his book) . . . it’s all Money, Money, Money. He initiated & established the M 9Money) culture.

Najib - Najibism . . . From A's to C's

Najib – Najibism . . . From A’s to C’s

Najib’s time is all A’s . . . He distinguished himself as the only the Prime Minister in this whole wide world who could get away with alleged murder of Mongolian beauty queen Altantuya. . Added to that great score, he committed Anuar Ibrahim, the former DPM under Mahathir, to a life of sodomy. He even staged all the obstacles to prevent Azizah, wife of Anuar, from almost not succeeding as Selangor’s Chief Minister. Two Aircrafts (MH370 & MH17) hitting the world’s headlines in their controversial disappearance & crash . . . a mystery till today unsolved. Najib ruled that the word “Allah” (referring to God) could only be used by the Muslims.

BERSIH 4 - Protests all over the world

BERSIH 4 – Protests all over the world

With all the follies of A’s he furthered himself to changing the famous catch phrase of CCN (Corruption, Cronyism Nepotism) to CNN, the last N being Najibism . . . more famous than the American media CNN. The crux of Malaysia’s political quagmire is the 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Berhad) – the national financial investment front of which he is the chairman, is the misappropriation of US$700 million or MR2.6 billion revealed by WSJ to have found its way to the personal account of Najib. He claimed it to be a political donation from a Middle East donor. The end is near at hand with the global BERSIH 4 protests. He has been given enough rope to hang himself!

The Malaysian political quagmire as seen in the crisis thus created . . . the glaring loss of confidence & credibility, the fall of commodity prices & contending with the weakening ringgit. Capitalism is dying or dead according to the INCEIF emeritus professor Datuk Mohamed Ariff.

Mohamed Ariff said : “It appears that the country is in denial mode … The sharp fall in commodity prices, rapidly shrinking ringgit, ballooning external debt, ailing stock market and falling central bank reserves are all taking a heavy toll on the Malaysian economy. And yet, we keep hearing that the fundamentals are still strong.”
“Such talk only serves to dampen investor sentiment further, as these give rise to the impression that the government cannot even recognise or understand that there is a problem in the first place, let alone fix it,” he said.
According to Mohamed Ariff, the country’s confidence and credibility crisis stemmed mainly from domestic factors.
He said these factors included the absence of checks and balances besides a lack of transparency, disclosure and accountability.

“The crisis the country currently faces is largely homegrown. It smacks of poor governance and mismanagement. The ongoing financial scandals speak volumes. The poor handling of the issues with no straight answers and the absence of checks and balances have affected the country’s image in the global arena … The economy is bogged down in a crisis of confidence and credibility. To put the economy back on track, we must restore confidence and credibility, which can only come with increased transparency, disclosures and accountability,” Mohamed Ariff said
Last Wednesday (Aug 26), the ringgit weakened to a new point against the US dollar at 4.2995. Compared to the Singapre dollar, the ringgit depreciated to a fresh level at 3.0563.

Yesterday (Aug 28), the ringgit changed hands against the US dollar at 4.1990. Compared to the Singapore currency, the ringgit was traded at 2.9903.

Australia: The Question of Becoming A Republic

By Paul Chong Sunday 30 August 2015

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As I sat at our little breakfast table having my late dinner of rice porridge, fish & some vegetables, I listened to the speaker on the ABC addressing an enthusiastic audience over the question of Australia becoming a Republic. For as long as I have lived in Perth since 1982, I have heard for countless times the word “Republic” but to no end.

Personally, I find it hard to believe that the Australians will ever change. I am a Chinese by Descent . . . an Australian by Consent. I have lived here longer than I have ever lived elsewhere. If I may compare myself (certainly not in the same status) to Warren Buffett, the American self-made billionaire, who has lived in the same modest home he first bought over 30 years ago, I have dwelled in our little holiday home sitting on the escarpment of Perth Hills for nearly 30 years. This is my own paradise with vista vision to the valley, the City of Perth & beyond.

To-night as I walked down the slope of our home to throw away the garbage, it was foggy, rainy, cold with a light wind & the city lights were shrouded by fog. It was dark & wet.

In 1984 I wrote a little book entitled “How to Have Motivation Unlimited” predicting that Australia would become a poor cousin to its neighbouring Asian nations. True enough. Just take a look at Singapore, a little city state without any natural resources & impoverished as compared to the great “Down Under”. Singapore however is not lacking in the wealth of people resources with the drive, courage & determination to make it work under the great leadership of the late Lee Kuan Yew.

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WHEN I first arrived in Perth (1982) solely focussed on giving our three children a brighter future, some friends were telling me that I would find the Australians as “White Malays”. You all know at this stage what’s happening in Malaysia. Today (Saturday 29 August 2015) people globally joined hands in mass BERSIH 4 rallies (Bersih means clean). The Malaysian government UMNO/BN has been milking the country clean through its catchword of CCN practice of corruption, cronyism & nepotism over a period of more than 50 years since its independence from Britain. Now the catchword is changed to CNN (confused not with the famous media CNN) which stands for Corruption, Nepotism & “Najibism”. This time BERSIH 4 movement has been the result of recent WSJ revelation that MR2.6 billion (US$700 million) went missing from the funds of 1MDB, proclaimed investment front for the Malaysians under his chairmanship, into the personal bank account of Najib,chairman & the incumbent Malaysian Prime Minister.

In a quick flashback, I have witnessed in Australia the economic downturn of the early 1980s – the “Bottom of the Harbour” scheme, the achievement of late Alan Bond, the flamboyant house painter who became infamous as a rich oil painting collector with his ponzi business schemes. He was the hero for first winning the America Cup in 1984.

Politically, the scenario was one of in-fighting, incessant rivalry between Andrew Peacock and John Howard, the likes of Paul Keating, reputably proclaimed by his predecessor Bob Hawke as the best Finance Minister in the world, back-stabbing leadership between Julia Gillard & Kevin Rudd . . . the fast changing of guards like changing daily clothing. Hope that things would be different now under the reign of Tony Abbot. Yes, Anthony John “Tony” Abbott MP is the 28th and current Prime Minister of Australia. He has held this position since 2013, and been Leader of the Liberal Party since 2009. We pray, hope & trust for a hero he be in returning Australia to its former glory.

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All these years that I live in Australia, I have known but one good leader in the person of Robert Menzies. He was like John Howard inclined looking towards England – the helpless far-off motherland. That tie is still strong among the Aussies, and until such time the umbilical cord is severed, Australia will forever drift along.

“No worries. She’ll be right mate” attitude is deeply ingrained in the mind & hearts of the Australians. They will never see that to grow to progress is to change. Change will be hard to come by. What we need is not a BERSIH movement but a mental revolution. “Life isn’t a bed of roses” so said Malcolm Frazer, the has been prime minister. Roses are beautiful but their thorns are prickly.

Perhaps, OBAMA could come over to Australia to inculcate the change concept among the Australians. However, I reserve my comments . . . certainly not the way the president is dragging the nation down economically & politically.

As for Malaysia, Najib Razak, who scored 5 straight A’s in his term as Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is in reference to his follies with the murder of Mongolian beauty queen Altantuya, Anwar Ibrahim, a former Deputy PM, with sodomy charges, the forbidden use of the word Allah by non-Muslims, trying to block Azizah, wife of Anwar from being the chief minister of Selangor and last but least the recent Aircraft crash of MH 17. The end of his era is nearing its end!

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

It is the kind of leader at the helm of the nation that will prove the positive outcome of the nation. A country must be able to decide its own fate & that will demand a good strong man – a man with the vision, courage & the right focus to steer the nation through the roughest oceans.

During tough times, the overjoyed concept of “sun, sand,sea & surf” must be forfeited. Australia’s economic future is tied to its Asian neighbours – the very people at our doorstep . . . not motherland England nor the far-off American shores.

Be a republic, a change is refreshing & rejuvenating. Let’s turn on a new page in the economic & social life of the Aussies. Find the right leader!

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Paul Chong        Monday 24 August 2015 20-Epsom-Salt-Uses-for-Healthy-Beauty-Gardening-and-More images                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spring will soon be here & gardening enthusiasts will be out & about in the garden. In keeping with the trendy organic culture of today, be surprised as what you can achieve with epsom salt.
Epsom salt may be associated with your kitchen but it’s also a miracle worker for gardening. It can enrich your soil with additional nutrients (like magnesium), increase your vegetable output, and speed up your plant growth & many more benefits.

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1. Enriching your Roses – Roses benefit from epsom salt immensely. It provides them with magnesium, which is vital for chlorophyll production and seed germination. By adding this salt, the rose bush produces more vibrant blooms with richer colours and darker foliage, and the plant grows stronger. The plant’s inflow of sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus improves too.

What to Do: When planting a rose bush, soak the roots in a ½ cup salt diluted in one gallon water beforehand. Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt in the hole in the ground and cover this with a thin layer of soil. During the growing season, you can sprinkle a tablespoon of salt per foot of plant height to the base of the plant once a month before watering.

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2. Grow Healthier Tomatoes and Peppers – Both these plants use up a lot of magnesium while growing, so adding epsom salt – which are easily absorbed into the plant – offers gardeners a cheap source of magnesium for their crops. The Epsom salt helps in other ways too: The plants are stronger, produce more fruit, with less blossom rot, deeper color, and more flavorful vegetables. Gardeners also report sweeter and healthy-sized vegetables.
What to do: When planting a new tomato or pepper plant, dig a hole, place one tablespoon of salt in the hole and then cover with a thin layer of soil. You can position the plant on top of this. During the growing season, you can give the plants a liquid treatment every two weeks: Mix 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water and water the plants with this mix. Using warm water can make it easier to dissolve the salt.
3. Cultivate Better Flowers and Stronger Blooms – Experienced gardeners swear that adding epsom salt to their flower gardens benefits the plants. They cite that the added nutrients make their plants healthier, grow stronger flowers and feature blossoms with improved colour and texture. Start by adding the Epsom salt to the soil when planting new flower-bearing plants, and after that treat the plants with a liquid solution (same method mentioned in #3) every two to three weeks.

4. Nurture Better Azaleas and RhododendronUnknown-2 – Add some Epsom salt to help these flowering plants produce more buds. The supplement of sulfate from the Epsom salt also helps prevent the plants from turning yellow. Every two to four weeks you can apply 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet, making sure to cover the root zone.

5. Grow Greener Grass – Adding epsom salt to your lawn can supplement the grass with minerals that make the grass healthier, greener and grow stronger, enabling the plant to withstand any harsh environmental factors. Adding this salt can help with the germination process and the seed growth in the early stages. What to do: Use a spreader, or dilute the salt in water and apply with a sprayer. It’s recommended that three pounds be applied per every 1250 square feet.
6. Help Fruit Trees Flourish – It is a long process for a tree to bear fruit, but adding the salt to its soil helps the plant reap better-tasting, nutritious and more attractive fruit. It can also help improve photosynthesis, and make the tree more weather and disease resistant. You can treat the trees three times a year with 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet, applied over the root zone.
7. Prevent Palm Trees from Getting “Frizzle Top” – Frizzle top is what gardeners call the palm trees with yellow or light green leaves at the top. It looks as if the plant is having a bad hair day, hence the name. You can remedy this by applying epsom salt at the base and then spraying the leaves and crown with a liquid mixture (1 tablespoon mixed in a gallon of water).

8. Stop Leaves from Curling – Another problem plants incur due to a lack of magnesium is that their leaves begin to curl. If this is the case, you can drench the soil with a mixture of 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 1 gallon of water, or just sprinkle salt into the soil before watering.

9. Avoiding Yellowing Bougainvillea and Gardenia Leaves – These low maintenance plants are beautiful additions to a garden. However, due to their heavy flowering or if their soil pH is slightly off balance, they can suffer from low levels of magnesium, which results in yellowing blooms or foliage. You can fix this by sprinkling ½ cup of salt in the ground around the plant roots.
10. Put an End to Yellowing Leaves – When plants lack magnesium or sulfur, their foliage often turns yellow. Epsom salt’s technical name is magnesium sulfate, which makes it the perfect fix for this problem. Plants such as ferns, cycads, and elephant-ear plants benefit from richer foliage coloring with Epsom salt treatments. Add epsom salt to soil fertilizer once a month and, if you want to solve the problem more quickly, you can spray a solution of 1 tablespoon per gallon directly onto the plant leaves.

11. Helping with Transplant Shock – If you move a plant to a new location or from a pot to the ground, the roots can get damaged and shock can occur. Help the plant adapt more easily to its new environment by adding epsom salt, which facilitate chlorophyll production. Water after planting with a solution of one gallon water mixed with one tablespoon of epsom salt.

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12. Keeps Slugs Away – epsom salt can offer a non-toxic way to rid your garden of unwanted pests. Sprinkling them will keep slugs and snails from nibbling on your plants leaves and fruit, making your garden safer for animals and children, because you didn’t add pesticides to the soil.
13. Easily Remove Tree Stumps – epsom salt can help you drain a tree stump, so that it is easier to remove it. Drill holes in the top of the stump, with three to four inch gaps in between, and fill these with the salt. You can also pour it on any exposed roots to dry them out as well. Add water after filling the holes with the salt – it can take several tries to completely dry out the stump, but the salts speed up the process.

14. Help Remove a Splinter – It’s easy to get a splinter when working in the garden, even when wearing gloves. They can be irritating and painful, but epsom salt can help with this too. Soak the affected area with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of the salts dissolved in a cup of water. This solution will increase the skin’s osmotic pressure, and help draw the splinter out on its own.

15. Killing Weeds – Create a homemade weed killer that can efficiently destroy weeds but won’t damage your growing plants. Mix 2 cups of epsom salt with 1 gallon of vinegar, and add a few squirts of liquid dish soap into the solution. Store this in a spray bottle and apply to any destructive weeds.
h/t: bestplants.com

The End is Near . . .

By Paul Chong     Thursday 20 August 2015

imagesDesperado Najib – the Flamboyant Prime Minister of Malaysia

If you should ever confront a wounded tiger in the wild, be extra cautious, for the wounded tiger is more than likely to be more ferocious, insanely wild, unpredictable & fearless. With its diminished ability to hunt for food, it would attack & devour anything in sight.

Look at Najib (as pictured above), his body language betrays his usual “gaya” self . . . now depressed, desperate & lacking any sense of aura & direction. He’s like a drowning man in the great stormy ocean clinging on to the last straw.

According to Bloomberg’s report on 19 August 2015:
“Malaysia Riskier Than Mexico Has UBS Warning of Worse to Come”. How long can you keep on pumping out the oil & draining it away? With $700 million drained into his own personal bank account that was initially linked to debt-ridden state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, “Malaysia is paying the price for weak foreign currency holdings and messy politics as the cost to protect its debt soars to near a four-year high,” UBS Group AG predicts even more pain ahead.

The late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore did shed some tears when Singapore got separated from Malaysia. His tears were meant for the poor suffering citizens of Malaysia & ironically, it was he who on 24 April 1961 proposed to Tunku Abdul Rahman about the formation of Malaysia.

On 9 May1961, Lee sent the final version of the paper on his proposal to Tunku and Abdul Razak in Kuala Lumpur, after doing all the ground work. Malaysia was to comprise of Brunei, Malaya, North Borneo (later named Sabah), Sarawak, and Singapore, all of which had been British colonies, essentially as a whole to counter & combat communist activities & to ensure Malay dominance politically. Brunei dropped out on its own. Malaysia has existed since 1961 comprising of Malaya, Sabah & Sarawak, also known separately as West & East Malaysia.

Unknowingly, it was predicted that the lineage of Malay Prime Minister under the ruling party of UMNO/BN (United Malay National Organisation/Barison National) would begin with Tunku Abdul RAHMAN, the playboy prince from Kedah, who took 11 years to complete his law studies in London, and down the line it invariably ended up with Najib Razak, very much a playboy too, though on the quiet.
Notice from above paragraph, I spelt out RAHMAN in capital letters. Significantly, there have been just 6 (six) Malay Prime Ministers since the inception of Malaysia. Take a look at this below:
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A stands for ABDUL RazakAR

H stands for HUSSEIN Onn Hussein Onn

M stands for MAHATHIRMahathir

A stands for ABDUL BadawiAbdul BNadawi

N stands for NAJIB RazakimagesSo you can see that Najib is fated to be the last of the Malay PMs from UMNO/BN. He’s the be all and end all of the Malay lineage. It’s just a question of time as his fate has been predetermined. Get out soon before more harm is done.

Balek-lah Kampong . . . Selamat Jalan!

 

Making Mockery Of Marriage

Paul Chong Sunday 16 August 2015

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(With due respect to all readers, this article is written strictly without prejudice or discrimination. Only for information.)

God created Adam & Eve & life in the Garden of Eden was simple & beautiful. But the wilful satan serpent tempted Eve to disobey God with the forbidden fruit & the rest is history.

The world today is topsy turvy as the devil relentlessly goes about setting everything upside down creating upheavals, changes & chaos. Changes are dynamic & never cease to astound human kind. Life has never been the the same. It’s for the worse rather than better. There’s no telling what lies ahead tomorrow. It’s a crazy crazy world we live in!

Forget not the biblical times destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah!

See if you can understand or make any sense out of this modern phenomenon:

LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which itself started replacing the term gay when in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s,[1] as many felt the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.The initialism has become mainstream as a self-designation and has been adopted by the majority of sexuality and gender identity-based community centers and media in the United States and some other English-speaking countries.

The phrase is also used in some other countries, in whose languages the initialism is meaningful, such as Argentina, France and Turkey.

The initialism LGBT is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures and is sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.[2][5] To recognise this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity as LGBTQ, recorded since 1996. Some intersex people who want to be included in LGBT groups suggest an extended initialism LGBTI,[7][8] and this initialism is used in all parts of “The Activist’s Guide” of the Yogyakarta Principles in Action. Some people combine the two acronyms and use the term LGBTIQ.

Whether or not LGBT people openly identify themselves may depend on whether they live in a discriminatory environment, as well as on the status of LGBT rights where they live.

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A Dallas Wedding

Now in a lighter vein, enjoy the humourous situations in these three episodes:
Good morning. We want to apply for a marriage license.”
“Names?”, said the clerk.
“Tim and Jim Jones.”
“Jones?? Are you related?? I see a resemblance.”
“Yes, we’re brothers.”
“Brothers?? You can’t get married.”
“Why not?? Aren’t you giving marriage licenses to same gender couples?”
“Yes, thousands. But we haven’t had any siblings. That’s incest!”
“Incest?” No, we are not gay.”
“Not gay?? Then why do you want to get married?”
“For the financial benefits, of course. And we do love each other. Besides, we don’t have any other prospects.”
“But we’re issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who’ve claim they’d been denied equal protection under law.
“Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have.
But just because I’m straight doesn’t mean I want to marry a woman. I want to marry Jim.”
“And I want to marry Tim, Are you going to discriminate against us just because we are not gay?”
“All right, all right. I’ll give you your license. Next.”
“Hi. We are here to get married.”
“Names?”
“John Smith, Jane James, Robert Green, and June Johnson.”
“Who wants to marry whom?”
“We all want to marry each other.”
“But there are four of you!”
“That’s right. You see, we’re all bisexual. I love Jane and Robert, Jane loves me and June, June loves Robert and Jane, and Robert loves June and me. All of us getting married together is the only way that we can express our sexual preferences in a marital relationship.”
“But we’ve only been granting licenses to gay and lesbian couples.”
“So you’re discriminating against bisexuals!”
“No, it’s just that, well, the traditional idea of marriage is that it’s just for couples.”
“Since when are you standing on tradition?”
“Well, I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere.”
“Who says?? There’s no logical reason to limit marriage to couples. The more the better. Besides, we demand our rights! The mayor says the constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. Give us a marriage license!”

“All right, all right. Next.”

“Hello, I’d like a marriage license.”
“In what names?”
“David Anderson.”
“And the other man?”
“That’s all. I want to marry myself.”

“Marry yourself?? What do you mean?”
“Well, my psychiatrist says I have a dual personality, so I want to marry the two together.
> Maybe I can file a joint income-tax return.”

“That does it!? I quit!!? You people are making a mockery of marriage!!”

…Don’t laugh, it’s just a matter of time.

Not Good to Drink . . . Carbonated Soft Drinks

By Paul Chong Saturday 15 August 2015

Unknown Be it pop, soda, lolly water or any other fizzy drink, its popularity & convenience is without doubt. These drinks are kind of additive as with junk foods. Makes no difference whether they are in diet form or otherwise, such drinks are not good to drink. In consuming this sweet fizzy delight, most people generally fail to see light!
It’s found that soda has been linked to diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Despite the fact, the average Australian still consumes at least 2 sweet carbonated drinks every day. A recent study from the University Of California, San Francisco found direct links between the consumption of sweetened carbonated beverages and premature cellular aging.

UnknownThe authors of the research, Elissa Epel, Ph.D. and Cindy Leung, Ph.D. decided to test the effects of sugared soda on the aging process. The researchers tested a group of people who consumed 12-20 ounces of soda or more on a daily basis, and measured the length of their telomere (the ends of chromosomes, which protect them from deterioration) and found that when compared to the control group, their telomere were significantly shorter. A short telomere is a good indicator of upcoming disease onset and has been linked to the development of cancer and cellular aging.imagesThe study tested the length of the telomere before and after regular consumption of soft drinks and found that they, indeed, cause significant shortening of the telomere. When put in numbers, the results are even more shocking: Daily consumption of 20 ounces of carbonated drinks was shown to cause 4.6 years of cellular damage, meaning your body ages 4.6 years, only because you drink soda. Furthermore, telomere shortening has been associated with insulin resistance, oxidative damage to the tissues, and inflammation.

The 5,309 participants, all aged between 20-65, came from different backgrounds, lived different lifestyles, and were of various races and ethnicities, with similar results for participants. Furthermore, the research found that it is likely that this kind of cellular damage can occur in children.

images-1This is why it is highly recommended that you avoid drinking these types of drinks and opt for a healthier option, such as natural fruit juice or water. Natural plain water is best.

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