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After having our expensive Americian breakfast at Dean & Deluca (click here)  as we were still early to head for our shopping, then Goft suggested to enjoy Bangkok most famous river cruise at Chao Praya River that transport alot people across or along the river for work or to another tourist destination.

Reading some website, this river is one of a legendary river which rate as ‘Venice of the East’ that makes it one of a good way to explore Bangkok City by boat service along the river.

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So we took Sky Train from our hotel and stop at this Station called Saphan Taksin

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Whereby at the jetty name called Sathorn. As this place is near to alot of hotel, you can see alot of tourist flocking this area to take this boat ride.

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There are 3 types of service available which is one are meant for tourist, and comes with English speaker on board to explain for you where are you heading and some history of the places that you are stopping, which are more meant for tourist, best if you plan to do hopping around, you can get their One Day Pass at only 150Bhat which is more worth it compare to pay for single stop.

Then there are a few other types of services that you can rent for private use, with speed boat that jet up and down pretty quickly at different rates which of course more expensive.

Or lastly, if you like free and easy, can be like us because I have my friend as she introduce all the places for us, we took the PUBLIC boat that cost very little per person, if I am not mistaken is around 30-50 bhat per stop.

for more info and services you can check out this website i found out: http://bangkok.sawadee.com/canals.htm

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Our Jaw Drop when we saw the colour of the river as its like ‘Teh Tarik Kau Kau’ colour. So brownish and the river is flowing so fast. We were wondering if we ever fell into the river, will we drown and I think can easily reach another jetty by its strong fast current.

As for the lovely weather today as its so sunny and what ever pic I took just makes it so sharp. . .

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One thing I like about the public boat is that, they use conductor which I have not seen a conductor for very long time already with this manual and coin ticketing system by this lady.

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You pay her, then she will tear you a ticket. . . must keep the ticket as on and off they will do spot check as to ensure all on board paid for their ride. If not you will be thrown out by the boat man into the river (just joking) as my friend told me there are quite alot people trying to avoid paying.

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As this is how pack the public boat is and the lady shout at us at Thai language where most of us do not understand cuz on that day on our ride, there are quite a lot tourist and my friend told me, if you were to ride on public boat, the CONS are you cannot just stand and park there at the nice window view, as you are obstructing other public people coming in. So once you have been shove into the middle area like where I took my picture, you will miss out all the nice scenery.

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Then me taking some landscape shot as along the river.

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This is how the speed boat looks like as they are up to hire anytime.

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So public ride will stop most of the available stop for people hopping in and out.

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Then if you stay a hotel at the river bank, they have their own boat services for you to get you across or you can arrange with the hotel which area you want to head to, then they will arrange with the boatman to transport you to that location. Most of the hotel along this river bank are 4-5 star hotel.

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There are even some people live at the river bank .. .

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 This is how strong and fast the current is for that day.

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As we had too heavy breakfast and some of our food could not finish, then not to waste it, we were brought to this jetty, TEWET to feed the fish, as this jetty is also famous for one of the superstitious believe. If you have bad luck or omen, like bad health, need more wealth, then some of the locals head here to purchase some of the creature then given a piece of paper and pray according ly, lastly release it back to real life, to make it smooth ahead for future.

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some of the locals selling bread and its very cheap to buy one big bag, to feed the fish.

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For us, the fish is lucky today as we are feeding them with our left over high class breakfast. 😀

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I can tell, you the fish here are big! The locals also believe another thing that, if you do catch fish nearby the temple along this river, you will be curse, either fall sick or something bad will happen to you.

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 this is one of the boat transport offer by the hotels.

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As you walk further up a bit then you will get to see the locals selling tortoise, eel, birds and a few more other things as it depends on what you want to wish for then they prepare what creature for you to release.

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while waiting for our boat to come, then I get a chance to see what are the locals actually doing.

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As they do a praying first by saying in their heart with the words from the paper, then next they just pour it to the river and let the bad thing wash away.

If I do say anything wrong, please do correct me. Thank you.

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As we were heading back to our destination where we board on our boat, now we see another side of the river which is more interesting this round . . .

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If you do  have time, visit this temple which is made of porcelain if I am not mistaken.

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To spend some sightseeing and stopping by a few stops, I would suggest that you will need to spend about half a day here to enjoy the fullest and make use of the river.

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Time is just perfect when we reach back the jetty to start our shopping galore at Bangkok. Catch up next post for shopping area in Bangkok.

Well, woke up early next day as Goft was already at lobby waiting for all of us, which she mention to us that we are heading to one of a famous restaurant chain from New York for breakfast which is just directly across our hotel which is Dean & Deluca. To head here is pretty easy, just climb up to the SKY Train Station and just walk across which sandwich in between the 2 exits of the stairs.

One of the reason that Goft bring us here is because its famous restaurant chain from New York that have 16 outlets around in US and another 16 outlets out from US and here is one of the outlet that opens its door to public since mid of last year and according to her, its a must try outlet for us. Well, she also did told us that alot people hype about it, and leave the tasting to us to judge. 🙂

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Dean & Deluca is well situated in the heart of Silom under the Mahanakton Project whereby will be completed around 2014 that will marks tallest building in Bangkok. It will also share along with Ritz Carlton Residence, Bangkok in it. This area is known as one of a busy business district in Bangkok, so put this place nicely sandwich in between the exit of Chong Nonsi BTS SKY train service.

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So here we are early morning for our breakfast and it was only 9am which today is the day of their Queens Birthday. So you can do planking right in the middle of the road where no car will hit you.

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Once we open its door and set foot into this outlet, we know that our breakfast gonna cost us a bomb and it was already packed with people.

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With interior of high ceiling, concept following back the ambiance of busy cafe in Manhattan, a huge space filled with simple white chairs and tables, share along with minor part of departmental rack right at the corner for you to buy some of their snacks. This place looks like a typical western cafe that smack in high end area to attract those bosses or business people over for lunch or coffee.

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A huge board behind the order counter that design with huge slabs of marble and you place your order right at the moment.

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Was told that during weekend, they have pretty nice live jazz band that attract many people over to have their wine here and enjoy the music.

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Then we head to the order counter which we are already drool with saliva after seeing most of the display rack.

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of course the desert area kill us off but in such early morning, most of us do not have the appetite to eat one of this yet, if we are here during tea time, we will be crazy over it.

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We were pampered with huge selection of bread and pastries, that get to choose on the spot. Then the girls went crazy, keep pointing, I want this, I want that, please order ahh.. Remember..plz plz. . .

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 Even bagel were hanging like donuts.

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If those bread and deli do not attract your attention, then I believe the sample of main selection display right above on the rack will tempt you on.

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At such a nice cafe deli area, it would be wrong if not to order coffee for breakfast and I would say the coffee is well prepared that you would rarely see such a nice smooth froth on the top.

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Special brew coffee @ 70 bhat

Cuppucino @ 100 bhat

Mocha @ 110 bhat

Latte @ 150 Bhat

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Annie and her Latte @ 150 Bhat , as I would say the coffee taste is quite a let down for us, that the taste is a bit pale end with a bit bitter after taste. Although, did try out a few selections of coffee before, certainly this are not my preferred choice.

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Early morning, Tatt already order such a meal that makes his taste bud awake by ordering Lime Prawns @ 275 bhat, 2 prawns that served along with greens and shower with some of its gravy, not a bad choice, for sour and bit of spicy taste in the morning. Prawns are fresh too.

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My choice, I start off with plain Meat Panini @ 220 bhat. I find that its too heavy for me, as the serving is huge, good enough to share for 2-3 pax and its quite salty because many layers of hams and cheeze melted on it. The bread is quite dry as I believe its meant to be in this way, and I think its best to order something else.

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Next the girls order Double Egg and Sausage Sandwich each for  275 Bhat.

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They ordered 2 portion and they are shocked when see the servings of it which is pretty huge. Collen and Nancy were having fun time on playing with the bread as they keep saying, how to go into my mouth, so wide and huge, then Tatt give it a try. . .

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Even him also having hard time in biting and chewing as the bread is pretty dry that just smack 2 eggs and sausage along.

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Salmon Bagel @ 250 bhat

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This was the hit among all of us, with generous slices of salmon given along with bagel and the sour cream is nice, not too sour and creamy which is just perfect, well toast and prepared.

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This Bagel & Scott SMK @ 250Bhat, I do not really know how to enjoy this, I gave it a bite and pass but Steven enjoy every bite of this.

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The super star among all dish that ordered. French Toast with Bacon @ 250bhat, was gone in seconds when it was place on the table. Well toast and fried along that coated with layer of egg and a layer of honey tat make it a bit sweet salty, crispy on side then eat along with bacon is just perfect! – Recommended~

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New York Cheese Cake was served at the end with Tatt order it mysteriously at 145 Bhat. We left it quite a while to eat our mains first then it start to melt that the texture is a bit off, it was very rich in cheeze that we love it, with the crust is crispy just as the cheeze cake as we expected it, best to eat it while it had been served or out from the fridge.

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Goft trying to be cheky .. .

Well, the whole experience of New York choice of breakfast is the typical type of western breakfast I would say, with panini, and dry bread that can be expected, well ..  if there is a hype on it, I guess maybe you guys can give it a try on their mains that looks pretty good on the display rack, do expect that it will cost a bomb as this is one of the most expensive breakfast we had that cost us 2950 bhat for 6 pax.

It is one of a recommended place from me if you want to try classic western breakfast for the first time but be willing to be pay for the price of it, and the ambiance. On my second thought, I think you can spend the money else where for better breakfast at that kind of price.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, you can give it a try~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Dean & Deluca
MahaNakhon Project,
92 Naratiwasrachanakarin Road
Silom, Bangrak,
(right infront of Chong Nonsi BTS Station)

Telephone: +662-234-1434

Bangkok Trip Day 1: Part 1 (click here)

After all of them had arrive, that we did have quite alot of food while waiting for them, click on part 1 to see futher more. Then my friend Annie came by and lead us to China Town by using public transportation. First using SKY Train, then their Bangkok Subaway which we stop at Hua Lamphong MRT.

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Then  I saw this light so nice shining down to the floor and looks like the sequal part of the movie – Star trek where they transport themself machine and ask all of them to make a post. so this is how it come out. . lol . .

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Then out at the station, we took tut tut to China Town which cost us 80 Bhat for 3 person which is okay lahhh . . .

Tut Tut is also known as one of the famous mode of transportation also, one of the most convinient to move around in city area of  Thailand which the vehicle is small and they drive pretty fast, they usually only do short distance which is around the city area anything futher than that, have to go for taxi.

For tourist just be aware that, you have to ask a few tut tut before you hop on to get their market rate as if you dont, they will just rip you off in price if they known us are foreigners/travellers.

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This is ChinaTown at night, know as one of the busiest area that filled with lots of food along the streets. I would say that it is more like a street food of Thai Style which I just cant wait to visit most of the stalls around here, and the worst of all, when I reach, it rained!

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Then Annie introduce us one of her favourite restaurant that had indoor seating and outdoor seating, as we cant be seated outside as it rain heavily, so we got no choice have to sit indoor.

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our pot of Tom Yum Kung! its spicy enough with just a few sips that my tears start dripping, sourish is just as I prefer and the prawns are fresh.

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Fried Prawns that fried till it look like its bandage, cripsy inside out. . .

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Another dish with prawns and small squids as I like this the most, with the taste a bit salty spicy black pepper taste and eat along with rice is just nice!

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BBQ prawns that is just fresh bbq on the pit that just season with some salt and must dip with some soy sauce to bring up the taste.

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This is star of the night, its crab meat fried along with egg, and make it a bit spicy sour and mix with rice is a perfect combination. I do not know what is it called as it is written in thai and most of this dish is order by Annie . Total damage for the night is around 1500bhat which we find it quite cheap that they give generous amount of prawns, crab meat and other ingredients.

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Next is this stall that must not miss as I meet another of my friend Golf as she is having her desert time at this shop and she told me must try if I love shark fin’s and bird next. Since we are here, just give it a try as this shop is located 6 shop lots away from the seafood restaurant I ate.

I also did read in some blogs that China town here is famous for this 2 items too. So no doubt that our stomach its already at its max capacity, yet we still must try it.

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They are prepare fresh in a small stall outside the main road that cook in claypot. yum yumn!

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Fresh Shark Fin’s

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It was sardin pack in the shop as we have to wait for our turn that we came in big group as another big group that just left.

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Here comes our hot pot of shark fin soup as its available in 2 version which is 300bhat and 500 bhat, the difference is the ingredient they added in which of course we opt for the 500Bhat and look at the chunks of shark fin, as for 500 bhat like that its pretty generous and damm worth to eat.

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Taste is pretty good, not too starchy, mild in taste and of course I love mine to add in with lots of vinegar. Crab meat were pretty generous too and enjoy every sip of it that I can chew on all the fine slices of shark fins.

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Then we order some desert which is this Longan with Ginko

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Then of course another signature that must not miss is their Bird nest soup that served it in warm, and doesnt taste too sweet and the bird next quality is there, not to say the best one but for the amount we paid I would consider it good. its 300Bhat per bowl.

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All I can say is, the sea food shop located directly opposite this Goverment Savings Bank and the current standing place of me where I took this picture is where by the Shark Fin Soup and Bird Next Shop is.

If I am not mistaken, its located along the streets of Thanon Yauwarat

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After meals, then my friend she ask me, where do you want me to bring you club? there are 3 options for you:

1) the place which is famous with foreign tourist?

2) the place which is famous on our locals?

3) the place which is famous on our locals but age around 18-22 crowd?

then directly we choose option 2 and came by to this hottest club in town that famous with its local crowd that located at Eakamai Soi 7 Thonglor and the club name is NungLen . . .Well I would said that all of us enjoy ourself to the max and went back sober, with great musics, hot chicks and cheap whisky as we got our Black Lable 1 L for just 2200 Bhat!

It was a great start for all of us on our very first day and 2nd day early morning we had a good international breakfast which is a famous cafe chain from New York, on next post, be prepare to get ur saliva dripped out . .

I have been waiting this trip very suffering because for the past 8 months, I see quite a number of my friends keep check in some where in Thailand especially Bangkok. Seeing them post all the food, places just makes me cross finger and hope for the day to pass faster and it was just a glimpse of eyes that now I am back and my turn to share my trip with all of you.

Of course one taking one of our famous budget airline that allow us to fly cheaply is AirAsia which I bought my ticket 10 months ago during the Zero fair promotion.

Bangkok is known as the capital of Thailand, also famous for its shopping destination, food and nightlife. (more on wikipedia)

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As this round I am heading to Bangkok with my very close friend, Nancy, Steven and another 3 more on another different flight as they are flying off directly from Penang.

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After 2 hours and 15 minutes of flight, I have landed on new International airport –  Suvarnabhumi Airport at Bangkok which is also told by my friend, they have emerging to become one of main transit hub for Asia which is rated as 3rd busiest airport in Asia.

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The airport is filled with modern design and its huge, that if you walk from one end to another end is 1 km long, which I did when I flew back to Malaysia that time and walk around their duty free area. Freaking long!

the airport is just 25 km away from Bangkok city that makes it very convenient with their new express train system which just operated few months back as now with special fare promo till end of OCT they only charge 90 bhat for a single trip which is only RM 9 per way (express ride non stop) direct skip 6 stations and stop at Phetchaburi station.

 

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Then my friend Golf had arrange all the ground arrangement for me which I felt so bad that she is so busy yet help me to arrange all this, and she manage to help me book a superb hotel located in downtown business district, directly infront of BTS Skytrain Chong Nonsi Station is this i-Residence Hotel at Silom District. also 3 stations away from the shopping area Siam station.

i-Residence website: iresidencehotel.com/

It is a boutique hotel that suits alot of businessman as the place is near to alot of international companies and for travellers like us, it is near to alot of main attractions area.

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Golf had booked 2 rooms for us, one which is Deluxe Room that comes with a queen size bed.

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Very clean, cozy and when I saw the room, I love this hotel.

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the room also comes with a comfy sofa, and 32 inch lcd tv.

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Toilet is very clean and well kept, sure very nice to baked my cakes in the early morning. :p

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Then to head to my room its located at next building that have to access up to 9th floor or ground floor to change lift, their swimming pool is located on the top floor at the rooftop with great view over the city and at night there will be music and bar selling beer then you can continue your swim.

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when the lift open, me and my friends were like whoa.. .our place so nice 1 ahh..cant wait to see the room . .

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After open the door and we love our room so much!!  modern chic design that its very comfy and air con is powerful! It is a Grand Deluxe Room which is seriously spacious that can host party also.

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Even have a side cuishion at the side for you to chill.

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Or a working desk area to make it as your office as that we make it as our planing trip area and for our calculation and huge kick ass tv too.

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Toilet is good, with long bath, shower head just that the water is not powerfull enough . . . .

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and best of all, most of the hotels here are equip with Play Safe ready that you can choose from a few choices available.!

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