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Feb

3 Shocking Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

It’s easy for us to neglect ample sleep especially if we are bombarded with too much workload or busy with social media and the Internet. The obvious signs of lack of sleep are usually tired and puffy eyes, dark circles and a lethargic disposition.

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Alarmingly, there are also other unnoticeable signs that mean we should get more sleep. To determine if you are getting enough rest, there are 3 signs of having inadequate sleep.

Gaining weight

If you’re baffled by the weight gain you’ve been experiencing despite your healthy diet, perhaps it’s time to take a look at your current sleeping pattern. If you get less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night, your body’s way of using energy and its ability to burn fat will be affected. Lack of sleep will also make you eat more. Because you feel sluggish, you will crave more sugary foods to get more energy- a major factor in weight gain.

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Lack of sleep will lead to loss of focus and a decline in our memory. Experts stress the importance of being well-rested because poor sleep can have negative effects on our thinking abilities. If you notice that your attention span, concentration and reaction time are declining, it’s time to rethink and improve our sleeping patterns.

Looking haggard

Sleep is important because it is during this time that the body regenerates our cells and do repairs to our skin. Without proper rest, the body becomes susceptible to harmful free radicals we get from the environment, making us look older and haggard. Lack of sleep will also speed up the formation of fine lines on our face and worsen existing skin problems like acne.

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Feb

3 Best Singapore Tattoo Studios

In the past, tattoos have been treated as a form of societal taboo. Fortunately, in the modern times, people are more open to appreciating the significance of this type of body art. Every tattoo has a story- it can signify the presence of change in one’s life, signify a loss or simply just a form of creativity and self-expression.

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There are some great places in Singapore where you can go for excellently made tattoos. Whenever you feel like putting art into your skin, you can visit these top tattoo studios in Singapore.

Familiar Strangers Tattoo Studio

Whether you have a definite design or you only have a vague idea of what your tattoo is going to be, Familiar Strangers bring these concepts to life with the help of their expert tattoo artists, particularly Apple Qu, considered one of the prominent names in the Singapore tattoo industry.

Imagine Tattoo Studio

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In this tattoo studio, you can get the services of the renowned realism tattoo artist in the Singapore scene. Ael excels in doing realism tattoos because of his passion, talent and dedication to his job. Even customers from different parts of the world go to Singapore to avail of his high quality tattoo services.

Alive Tattoo Studio

If you’re into the more quirky and unique type of tattoo, visit Alive Tattoo Studio for custom made tattoos that are made of UV ink. The UV ink they use are safe and are USFDA approved so you have nothing to worry about, it will not have any negative effects on your body.

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Jan

7 Ways How a Career is Like a Romantic Relationship

If you’ve tried looking for a romantic partner and applying for a job, you surely know how the two can feel very much the same. There’s uncertainty and expectations, hopes and promises. As it turns out, romance and career have a lot more in common.

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1. At the start, you have to play the field. In most cases, we won’t know what’s right for us until we’ve explored our options. So after you graduate, expect that you’ll work with at least a couple of companies before you find the right one for you.

2. Work on improving the relationship. Even when you’ve landed on your dream job, know that you might still face some setbacks in the future. But problems are what spurs innovation and creativity. The key is to work on them and learn from them.

3. Don’t entertain third parties. If you are to succeed on your career, you need to devote all your energies to it. If you do find a different career path that you think will make you happier, then have the decency to end your prior engagement before jumping on to the next.

4. Work together to resolve conflicts. Some of the actions you take, even if you mean well, may not conform with the policies of your company. Take this as an opportunity for growth: once tempers have cooled, work together to find a mutually-beneficial solution.

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5. Experiment and keep your passion alive. It’s passion that will drive you to work harder and harder. When you’ve reached a “perfect point” – when everything becomes routine – try new ways to improve your work. This will show your dedication to the company and help you avoid losing interest in your job.

6. Make sure that you enjoy your work. You can’t keep your passion alive and work to the best of your capacity unless you genuinely enjoy doing your work. For this, you need to be adequately compensated. Discuss your engagement with your employer if you feel that you deserve more for you efforts.

7. Known when the relationship has to end. It could happen that you can no longer give what the company needs, or maybe it’s the company who can no longer help you grow or give you what you deserve – either way, make sure to end your engagement in amicable terms.

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Jan

Highest Grossing Films in Singapore in 2014

The highest grossing movie this year is Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the Transformers franchise. Backed by strong sales from Chinese moviegoers (many of the settings in the film were based and shot in China), the film earned close to $8.6 million in box office sales.

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Notably, however, Transformers: Age of Extinction did not perform as well as the other top grossing films in the past three years (Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Transformers 3; which earned 10.2, 11.2, and 9.2 million, respectively).

A noticeable pattern in the highest earning movies in Singapore is that a big production budget often means big box office sales. Of all the films that made it to the top 10, only one had a budget of less than $50 million, with the other nine films having a budget of $140–210 million.

Another trend is the continued popularity of superhero films and sequels: the top five films featured superheroes or comic book characters, while seven (including the top five) are part of a movie franchise. Check out below for what other films made it big in Singapore and how much they earned:

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  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction ($8.59 million)
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past ($7.44 million)
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($7.13 million)
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($6.01 million)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy ($4.73 million)
  6. Maleficent ($3.72 million)
  7. How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($3.68 million)
  8. The Maze Runner ($3.66 million)
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($3.47 million)
  10. Godzilla ($3.37 million)

Other films that made it in our top 20 are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lucy, Robocop, Edge of Tomorrow, Non-Stop, 300: Rise of An Empire, The Lego Movie, Divergent, Hercules, and Noah.

Singapore’s top 10 pretty much concurs with the global highest grossing films, except that The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street took the place of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Maze Runner. The international highest earner is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Local and Chinese films didn’t do so well, but nevertheless took in respectable sales. Jack Neo’s The Lion Men and Jing Wong’s The Man from Macau placed 24th and 25th, respectively, while The Monkey King by Cheang Pou-soi was at number 31.

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Nov

Wet Smartphone: What to Do?

Smartphone is part of Singapore’s society. You cannot go far without it. Somewhat it is true but you do not need your smartphone when you go to the sink or toilet. One day, a terrible thing happened – you accidentally dropped your smartphone in the toilet or sink.

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You learned your lesson (that you should never go near bodies of water when you are holding your precious smartphone) however, it is too late to regret because your smartphone is immersed in water. Fear not because you can still save your phone.

You only need to think of the following things:

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  • Do not turn it on: You want to know if the phone is still alive but it will not do good to your phone. No matter what happens, control the urge of turning it on. Turning it on right away may cause short-circuit.
  • Do not use hair dryer: You think that hair dryer can help but in truth, it will make things worse. The hair dryer may fry your internal components that are delicate.
  • Quickly take it apart: Look for a towel and quickly take your phone apart. You have to remove the rear cover, battery, SIM card and the microSD card. After taking it apart, gently wipe the parts. You have to get as much water from the phone.
  • Use vacuum cleaner: You cannot dry everything. The vacuum cleaner can help you with drying it further. Do not place the vacuum too close to the phone because it will fry the internal components.

If you are too afraid to give first-aid solution to your phone, you can bring it immediately to technicians. There are many technicians here in Singapore.

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Nov

Ways to Back up Your Smartphones

These days, smartphones are an indispensable tool to most Singaporeans. Without it, modern life will be difficult, maybe even impossible. That is very true, considering that so many things are now stored digitally. Beyond sending messages and making calls, smartphones has become one’s assistant and storehouse of personal data.

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If you have important data stored in your smartphone, backing it up should be a priority. There are people who ignore the importance of backing up so when the time that they encounter difficulties, they regret not backing it up. Here are some ways to back up your smartphones:

  • Google account: You can actually use your Google account to back up your files. Android users can specifically benefit from this. You only need to set your phone so it will sync calendars, contacts, pictures, etc.
  • Cloud: Cloud services are all over the place nowadays. Among the most popular cloud services today are Box.com, iCloud and Dropbox, which all let you back up and sync your data across different devices. The good thing about cloud is you can retrieve your data across all devices that you subscribed.

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  • Micro SD: You can also store your data to your micro SD cards. You only need to transfer data and store in your external storage.
  • Apps: You have to know that there are many applications that you can download or purchase that can help you back up data. You can look for free applications or you can buy cheaper ones. It will be up to you.
  • Computer: If you want, you can also store your data to your computer. You can simply drag and drop the things that you want to protect to your computer. Backing up via the computer is easy.

There are many options that you can consider. You have the power to protect your data. It is up to you to maximize it.

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Nov

Indications of a Good Partner

There are so many people who wish to have a better future with their partners. However, there are so many girls who are not who don’t think of the upcoming days because they are blinded by the feeling called love. Most of the time, love is the reason why there are a lot of woman cry. Nevertheless, love or your heart is dictated by your mind (physically saying).

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Thus, when you have chosen to stay with a guy that is not perfect with you, it’s your minds’ choice and it is not the fault of your heart. Actually, when you love someone, you have to think first before you say to the person that you also love him, right? Mind can lead you all the way – all the way to your success or it might be to your failure. Whether you believe it or not, it up to you. But once you say that you’ve done anything but still you’re hurt, then that’s another story.

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Mentally, heart dictates you mind. How? In a sense that you’ve chosen to love someone rather than your parents. It may be a dumb decision but your heart says that you must do it. In reality, if you are in love to a person you don’t listen to advices most especially from your parents. All you have is the promise that he said the he loved you.

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Nov

Parents are Always Right

Listening to you parent’s advice when you are in a serious relationship is really an important matter. You need to consult to your parent if you are doubtful about the guy or the girl that you are going to marry. Most of the time, predictions and advices of your parents are true.

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Whatever their decision is, it is still up to you if you choose to stay with your partner because in marriage, you will not rely to your mother and father. You have to stand on your own. Take the best choice and live a happy life. All of us wants to have a perfect marriage life. Basically, there’s no perfect marriage or even relationship because everything goes to a process.

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It is very rare to see a couple that has no problems in their relationship. Actually, even if you re financially stable or not, problem will always hunt you. You cannot avoid it instead you have to embrace it and come up with the best solution that you need. In reality, if you are rich, you’ll think on how to have time to your family which is a very difficult one.

On the other hand, if you are struggling with your finances, you will also think about it. The fact is, you cannot escape problems, you have to get you head up and get ready for the large waves that will come to you. Eventually, you will be get into it and once you are already gained experience, problems would be likely a part of your daily routine.

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Nov

3 Good Ways to Eliminate Fat

Today, there are so many modern techniques to get rid of the fat in your body. In fact, some methods claim it only takes 5–10 minutes to burn those fat. In addition, you will not feel tired because all you have to do is sit, press some button and wait for minutes to see the results. Indeed, technology provides convenience to individuals who want to lose fats right away.

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On the other hand, the natural method for eradicating body fats is still the best and effective way. Here are some natural processes of removing fluffy bellies:

  • Transform your way of life – Many overweight individuals complain about exercises that say it is an effective body workout. They blame the exercise because they do not lose weight. They may lose some but not as much as what they want to. Oftentimes, there are people who just want to have faster result that is why they complain much. Moreover, they blame somebody because of their failure.

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  • Drink lots of water – Most of the time, heavyweight individuals ignore this one. They tend to drink slimming tea and other beverages that can help them lose weight. There are a lot of claims that this works, but in reality, it really doesn’t. It only increases the risk of having serious illnesses.
  • Reduce consumption of carbohydrates – These are foods like rice, pasta, breads and potatoes. It is hard to refuse these foods because these are part of our daily meal. However, you can find some alternatives like eating vegetables as well as fruits. Aside that it is nutritious, it contributes a lot to weight loss.

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Nov

Preventing Medical Errors

Doctors also make mistakes. They are also human beings. Mistakes can occur anywhere in the health care centers, birthing places, clinics, hospitals, nurse rooms, pharmacies and more. These medical mistakes include the wrong prescription of medicines, wrong type of injection used to patients, malfunctioned equipment and laboratory results. It is true that medical practitioners are fully equipped with knowledge. But they can also commit mistakes once they are on the floor doing their job.

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Actually, there were group of surgeons who were sued for the death of a girl who was scheduled it blood transfusion. After the operation, doctors thought that it was successful until the patient shows unusual act. The doctors then realized that they have injected the wrong type of blood to the patient. They tried to rescue the girl and conduct another operation but the girl died. Today, the most common error of doctors is the facial surgery. A lot of people nowadays want to improve their face. Most individuals who did these were actors and actresses.

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They spend millions of dollars just to see improvement on their faces. They don’t care about what will possibly happen as long as they achieve the look that they want. But they have to do it because they want to look younger. Most individuals who undergo a facial operation are women who are in the age of 40 years old and above. They want to stay younger by having a surgery to eliminate all elements that contribute to skin and face aging.

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Nov

Financial Fears of Every Singaporean

You live in an uncertain world. Singapore can be rough sometimes but with that, many opportunities will come. It is normal to be scared especially if you think about your financial standing but you need to face your fears to get by. You should think that you are not alone. If you know what to do, you will surely prosper here in Singapore or wherever in the world.

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As mentioned above, you need to face your fears to get by. With that, here are some tips on tackling your fears so you can start increasing your savings:

  • Budgeting: There are people who are scared of budgeting because it means cutting back expenses and taking away the freedom of spending freely. If you do not like to call it budgeting, you can call it something else – strategic planning.
  • Determining financial status: Some ignore their financial status. It is essential that you determine, assess and examine your financial statements, savings, loans and other debts. This is an act of admitting that you may have little savings or you overspent. This is your way of acknowledging a problem before you begin looking for the right solution.
  • Understanding financial jargon: Not all people understand financial jargons. Remember that any information that can help you with your finances can make a difference at the end of the day. Do not be ashamed to reach out for help if you do not understand anything. If you want, you can look for many references. It is best if you have financial adviser.

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  • Not having enough to invest: People are afraid to invest because in the first place they do not have enough to invest. That is not an issue. The investment world is vast. You can start small and eventually make it grow.
  • Not taking risks: If you are the type that does not take risks because you are afraid of the consequences, you have to realize that the investment world has different tolerance levels. If you are a risk taker, you may invest in stocks but if you want fewer risks, you can consider government bonds.
  • Losing money because of financial mistakes: Admit it, people make mistakes sometimes. If you are too afraid to lose money because of financial mistakes, you will retire in mediocrity. When you make decisions, base it on facts not just hearsays or suggestions.

Hopefully the tips given above will suffice. Everyone gets scared at all times but the trick is to tackle it before it takes a toll in your life. Matters about your finances should be faced valiantly. No matter what happens, you have to stand and fight.  

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Oct

Everything You Need to Know about Atopic Dermatitis

Not all people here in Singapore know they have a skin problem called atopic dermatitis or commonly called eczema. It is a skin condition that begins during infancy and pursues through childhood. There are many who outgrew this condition but there are others who continue to have this through adulthood. You have to know that there are many types of eczema.

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Types of eczema include contact eczema, allergic contact eczema, dyshidriotic eczema, seborrheic eczema, nummular eczema, statis dermatitis and neurodermatitis. If you want to know about these conditions, you should consult your dermatologists or just look for references. Moving on, atopic dermatitis affects people who live in dry climates and cities. It is no wonder why some Singaporeans suffer such. Atopic dermatitis both affects men and women.

You wonder what really causes eczema. There are many possible causes but for a start, experts say that it is the combination of environmental and hereditary factors. When you speak of environmental factors, it include irritants (like soaps, shampoos, detergents, vegetable and meats), allergens (like pollens, dust mites, mould and dandruff) and foods (like soy products, dairy products, wheat, eggs and nuts).

People who have this condition will experience periods where their symptoms worsen or flare up but there will come a time when their symptoms will improve. Symptoms that will manifest if you have this condition include rashes that become bumpy, rashes that darken and rashes that will appear in elbows, neck and knees. The appearance of the affected skin will vary depending on how much it is scratched.

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You have to keep in mind that scratching and rubbing the affected area will lead to irritation and infections. In fact, it will increase the inflammation thereby making the itch worse. If you think you have this condition, you should consult your dermatologists right away. Doctors will agree that there is no single test that can diagnose eczema. The doctor will need to see you multiple times before they make the right diagnosis.

There are many specialists here in Singapore that you can go to. Do not worry about it. The next thing that you should consider is the treatment and prevention of eczema. Truthfully, there is no overall cure for the condition. Doctors only aim to heal the affected skin and prevent flaring up. The treatment will focus on alleviating the symptoms.

Here are some things that you can do: take regular warm baths, moisturize skin every day, wear soft fabrics, use mild soaps, learn what triggers your condition and avoid them, use humidifier and many more. Doctors will prescribe topical creams and ointments.

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Oct

Once-Popular Desserts in Singapore

Your dining experience will never be complete without desserts. Singaporeans love desserts. Desserts offer lots of possibilities because every day, there is something new to try. Whenever there is a new Western restaurant, you head there and try their desserts but what about local desserts?

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Unfortunately, local desserts here belong to the “once-popular” category. This means that not all Singaporeans are agog about it and it will be lost soon. This article will attempt to re-introduce local desserts that were once enjoyed by your parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

Here are some:

  • Traffic light cakes: It is made of soft butter cakes that are garnished with fruity essence like cherry, kiwi and lemon. If you want to try traffic light cakes, you can head to Beach Road and seek the confectionery. These cakes are hard to find.
  • Bludder tarpeh: This is an Indo-Dutch dessert. This was once known for its tasty fermented tapioca. This is in danger because fermented cassava is hard to find here in Singapore. If you want to try bludder tarpeh, you can go to East Coast Road.

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  • Cherries Jubilee: You will be entertained before you consume the dessert. There’s a restaurant that will flame your dessert first right in front of your eyes. The dessert presents plump and cherries which are bathed in syrup with vanilla ice cream. If you want to try cherries jubilee, you should head to River Valley Road.
  • Lamington cakes: Lamington is a burst of fruity flavour encased in coconut coating. If you want to try the lamington cakes, you can go to Kandahar Street and look for the famous café.

It is not too late to re-discover it.  You can still enjoy it because though they are struggling to be known, they are still available, for now.

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Oct

Protect Your Phone from Blowing Up

What are the chances that your phone will blow up? There is a remote chance. It is crucial that you know the things that can contribute to its blowing up and how you can prevent it. Your phone blowing up is unusual but it pays to be prepared.

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Here are some things that you can do to prevent your phone from blowing up:

  • Do not purchase low-quality bats: You can find many low-quality bats here in Singapore but it will not do you good. Low grade batteries is a bad idea because of quality and care issues. Low-quality bats do not follow the necessary standard. That should alarm you.
  • Look for a place with ventilation during charger: When you are charging, look for a place that is well-ventilated. It is not a good idea to cover your phone with your pillow. The safest thing to do is keep it away from fabrics and other electronics should it overheat.

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  • Have it checked by professionals: If your phone fell to the water, do not attempt to save it. Even if you salvaged it, corrosion and short circuit are likely to happen. You have to look for professionals and have it checked. There are many professionals/technicians here in Singapore. Do not worry.
  • Do not use it while charging: The most basic thing that you should do is not use your phone when you are charging it. Charging and using it at the same time can lead to overheating. You wouldn’t want that.

You really cannot be sure of the phone you are using. Just be cautious so you will not end up blowing your ear or hands.

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Oct

Too Much Information is a Lie

Most of the time, a person immediately defends himself when he is lying. Sometimes, he would state all unnecessary information that will make him more suspected. One of the most important signs that a person is lying is by listening at his statement.

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Giving too many information indicates falseness. This is very common to all. Most of the time, it happens when you want to cover yourself to a deed that you have done. It is not a mistake if you give details to a person. You can even give him all the details that he wants to know as long as you don’t act as if you are too defensive.

It’s like answering a question that can be answerable by Yes or No. For example, “Have you dated last weekend?” You can simply say yes or no to that question.

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Now, if your answer is like this: “Last weekend Rey and I go at gun shop and then go fishing. After that, we go to some massage center and eat at a famous restaurant in Jason St. At six o’clock we waited for Rey’s mother near the bridge at Cannington St. and after few hours of waiting, her mother doesn’t show up so we went home.”

There is something wrong with the person when he answer just like that. It’s something that can be simply determined. Answering like this is an indication that you are defending yourself when in the first place, you are only asked a very simple question and there is no need to elaborate.

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