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HACKED – here is me sharing my experience

It was just 3 weeks ago where I woke up one morning getting ready to send my kids to school and thought it was going to be just an ordinary day.

After having breakfast and drove my kids to school, my phone’s DND turned off and as I was driving back home I started to get a few notifications on my phone.

As I got back and sat in front of my PC, I checked all my phone messages and this was one of the many similar messages I received.

I was pretty much shocked as to why I was receiving this message as I surely didn’t get online nor did any task online for anything at 7am in the morning .

There were a number of Microsoft Accounts which I have and I started to be very suspicions of this activity leading me to start trying to login to all my email accounts of importance.

All was able to login except for 1 of my account. A very old account which I created more then 15 years ago. I have not logged into this account for awhile however I still remembered my password as I’ve not changed it for a long time.

Seeing that I was unable to login, I quickly did a reset and true enough, each time I reset it required a authentication code which showed similar message as above.

By now, I’ve got 2 scenarios in which I was thinking off.

  • My email is hacked and password was compromised
  • My phone SIM card is cloned thus getting weird messages

To eliminate one of the possibilities, I quickly head off to the telco and got my SIM CARD change. While doing that … I then realized my FB could not login and few other stuff I was unable to login.

Things was getting extremly critical at this point and I was in a mere panic state

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So ok .. taking things I knew I had to take drastic measures. As all I could do not is the most obvious thing.

LOGIN EVERY ACCOUNT I HAD AND CHANGED PASSWORD !

I quickly did all of those … login to my main emails and change password. Then login to my social media like FB and change password … loging to all my crypto related exchanges and change password.

However while I was doing all of that, it seem that my main email accounts ( none microsoft ) keeps resetting itself again.

What I did next closed the leak

Keeping a clear head was the main thing, as I was already in a state of panic .. so thinking back, my old email account ( HOTMAIL from microsoft )

  • I had to recover that and after I got a new SIMCARD and then change the password on that.
  • I also enabled secondary verification by phone. Lucky I had 2 phones

Once I did that I checked all the security login logs. It looks something like this.

One of it was successful as I went thru the logs and it was connected from CANADA. Unfortunatly I don’t have the screen shot here.

Now once I cleared that, added security, it was time to change once more all my other accounts password once more.

This time, all my passwords remained changed and didn’t reset itself. By then a few accounts were unable to be access already as it was changed to a unknown password, however I manage to recover it.

How they managed to gain access and hack my accounts !

This is just a rough indication on how they were able to access a lot of my stuff because I didn’t pay attention to my recovery email which I’ve not login for the longest time since I do not use it much anymore.

For those of you who do not know what IMAP is , its basically a way to syncronize your emails thru 3rd party apps for example if you are using iPhone and wanted IOS to manage your mails, you would use the IMAP function to sync it.

Apparently that this IMAP sync hack has been around for awhile and Microsoft is aware about it. Its not really a security flaw, however its more of a feature, which of course can be abused if somehow your username and password has been compromised.

What I learn from this

  • Secure the email which you use as a recovery email and don’t use that email at all if possible to signup for anything online
  • ALWAYS enable secondary authentication like 2FA
  • Manage your password well and try not to use the same password in all your site. Even though I do have a standard password which I use for dodgy sites however you can’t be too careful as even the best companies in the world are not spared from hackers trying to gain access to their databases.
  • Frequently check and verify your security logins on all your main accounts.

Summary

I do hope that you would not go thru this experience as I did, it really wasted a lot of time and I felt disgusted at the fact that someone had breached my privacy.

I did suffer some losses, this was purely because I so happened to be awake at the time of the hack. Its indeed an experience which I don’t wish any of you to partake in.

Cheers and hope my sharing will be able to help you guys to start securing your accounts more.

Why I am still here on Steem

Over the past 2 days, I’ve attended blockchain events here in Malaysia purely to support other community builders in the Blockchain Space. One of the hottest topics that was asked was the state of the STEEM Blockchain obviously.

Also, someone asked me if I was still going to be talking about STEEM and running events to talk about STEEM blockchain which I’ve been doing over the past few years.

My answer was that even though there are numerous disputes happening at this point in time, however, you can clearly see how strong and vocal the community is. This is something that I do not see in other blockchain projects.

Since 2017 when I first joined STEEM, there were so few options on how to post to the Steem blockchain, not only that, it was really hard to even get your account created. Even with that, I still managed to run my first event talking about STEEM and a lot of people were interested however only a few managed to get their accounts and continued their journey together with me as **Teammalaysia** community here.

This was my first ever meetup which I did here in Malaysia .. i remembered I did a demo post during my presentation https://steemit.com/steemit/@bitrocker2020/welcoming-new-steemians-from-malaysia

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Realizing that STEEM is not just a “blogging” platform, however, that it would only be successful if its a community. Therefore that’s why this fueled my drive to grow this into something larger. So I began speaking about STEEM wherever I went …

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And as it started to gain traction, the community just grew and grew and I made many many friends during my journey.

Most of my talks were at a diverse crowd of tech and non-tech. I’ve even talked about steem at women entrepreneurs event and also numerous blockchain events

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I also did talk about steem to musicians and artists asking them to come on board and share their artistry here within the community.

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One of my highlights was organizing Borneo Blockchain Summit where we got huge support from the community to run it as we had key government officials to come and attend and actually listen about what Blockchain technology and of course about STEEM as well. The event was a success with 250 attendees !

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SO Why Am I Still Here ?

I am still here is because I just love this community and steem has been beneficial for everyone not in a sense of only earning some crypto, however also a way to share something, be it a thought, an activity or even something as simple as your kid’s drawing or your cooking. Its a space that gives us the freedom to be ourselves.

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I remember sharing about my burned pizza on steem once as my kid got pretty sad cuz he so wanted to eat pizza

Here was one of the comment which came after I posted it

Apart from just seeing how the community evolved into something larger than just **Teammalaysia** . You start seeing a lot of involvement with other communities, where individuals would start making friends with other content creators regardless of race or religion. Heck .. we became friends without even knowing our first names.

So I guess I’m here to stay and not moving anywhere … all this fiasco about TRON and STEEM, I hope that there is progress to resolve and move on positively as the community is watching and is reacting.

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I hope the newly signed up individuals from whichever community are also able to experience steem as how we have so that we would be able to grow as a community to make it even larger than just a blockchain.

Lets STEEM On !

Lets talk DTube

Just yesterday DTube finally after 4 months gave us an update of when their Mainet is going to launch releasing their new coin called DTC. The official set launched date would be on the 10th May 2020 !!!

They have explained in detail as to why the delay and what they are looking at plus some adjustments of how many DTC Coin would be launched. It has been adjusted from 100 million to 4 million … which is a huge jump down.

The announcement can be found here

https://steemit.com/dtube/@dtube/dtube-mainnet-launch-date-and-adjustments


For those of you who are thinking of investing, do look at some stats which hopefully would tweak your interest more. Where is http://d.tube at currently and how much views is it getting?

Pulling up the charts from Similar Web you can see that d.tube is currently getting around 303k visits per day.

https://www.similarweb.com/website/d.tube

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What is interesting is that the average visit duration is about 5 mins per visit. Now thats HUGE !!!! Can’t compare it to YouTube of course as YouTube has been around way longer.

Some of the advantages of using Decentralized Video Hosting sites are as below :-

  1. There is No Censorship as once the video is uploaded, it practically can’t be removed by a 3rd party unlike YouTube where they can just turn off your video without warning. Here is a news which is related to this

https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2019/12/26/googles-youtube-goes-to-war-with-bitcoin-and-crypto-update/#5a011efa1b63

  1. No annoying ads which I’m sure you are pretty used to in YouTube or other centralized video hosting sites.
  2. Great of new vloggers , like myself, I host my videos on both YouTube and DTube, however having a small tight community on DTube at this point of time is beneficial as I feel its giving me a chance even though I’m a nobody in the vlogging world.
  3. Get rewarded in Crypto , now this is also a key element … YouTube pays you for advertising ads and you can catch bigger partnership deals once you made like 1million subscribers i guess, however on DTube, you are valued by the content and there are many kind steemians who support you by upvoting your original content.

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So if you want to be part of DTube’s brand new relaunch, do check out details of their Whitepaper and perhaps grab some DTC coins. They plan to make DTube more efficient and easier for mass user adoption.

https://token.d.tube/


Cheers guys and hope you are having a brilliant day !

Automate your CRYPTO Trading with Smart contracts using Tokensets

I’m sure that some of you are already trading cryptos on exchanges and some of you just hold your crypto and not so sure when you want to sell as you are sure that the value of that token will go up.

Well, since those crypto assets are yours to handle, no one has the right to tell you what you should do with it. However, let me share to you how I take advantage of increasing my crypto volume which you may want to also explore.

I use a tool called TokenSets. ( http://tokensets.com ). In a breif explanation as stated in the website is this.

In a simple explanation, you buy a Set which could consist of various pairs and different strategies. Like what is listed below.

The list above are preset SETS or you could use the Social Trading Sets which are created by other traders. Almost every SET has a different strategy or a different pair.

Here is a list of the current top traders who is sharing their SETS and you can see how many people are holders of their SETS as well.

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How to Start ?

Its extremely easy to get started all you have to do is to find a set which you like, and then just click BUY or you could just SELL if you want to get out.

Do I need to do ANYTHING after I buy a TokenSet ?

Nope ! What happens is that whenever a trade happen, the smart contracts will execute the trade for you and all you have to do is to sit back and just monitor it from time to time.

Do I need to buy 1 whole SET or just spend $10 on a SET ?

Yes you buy only a fraction of a SET if you want to try out a variety of SETS. The option is all yours.

Why should I trust TokenSets ?

Well, the important thing that you should know is that your funds are safe in the contracts and since you are still the owner of the private keys, its safer then sending your cryptos to a 3rd party where the keys are not yours.

How much can I make with TokenSets ?

Since its a bull market, you can only see green and all seems to be making a profit. At average depending on the SETS that you choose, you may see about a 5% APR growth on your portfolio. Or you could be lucky and get much higher then that.

Yes, there is a chance that you may even loose in terms of value however it really do depend on which SETS you bought as every SET has its own risk %.

Which One Would You Recommend to start with ?

My favourite SET so far is ETHMACOAPY which trades and rebalances with Compound USDC. Meaning to say that if the trades swap from ETH to USD and stays in USD, I would be earning compounded interest on my USD till it rebalances back to ETH.

https://www.tokensets.com/set/ethmacoapy

But, this is what I am using and a few other SETS, like what I said, do read thru these SETS and see which one you would like to try. I’m a pretty conservative trader so being able to get 5% APR, is pretty much a good deal for me.

Hope you like it as much as I do ! Cheers and have a brilliant day

Trade HUNT Tokens to ETH on Uniswap Decentralize Exchange

I’ve been using Uniswap.exchange for a little while now and its a decentralized exchange with a very simple interface that allows you to SWAP your ERC20 tokens extremely fast and easy. You are also able to add in your own ERC20 tokens if you want it tradeable there.

Since I had some HUNT tokens and the only place available for you to trade was in DAYBIT.COM , I’ve created a liquidity pool on UNISWAP.EXCHANGE and placed my HUNT Tokens there to swap out for some ETH or vice versa.

As you are able to see in the image above, HUNT token is now available on https://uniswap.exchange/swap

How to do it ?

Swapping the tokens is very easy. For ease of explanation and since I’m using it already, please install Metamask and use that as its an ERC20 compatible wallet.

Then you can Transfer from ReviewHunt to your ETH wallet.

Once you have done that, you can then head over to https://uniswap.exchange

And connect with your Metamask wallet

Once you are successful in connecting your wallet, you are now ready to swap HUNT for ETH or the other way around ETH – HUNT.

Since the HUNT token has just started trading you would not be able to search HUNT yet .. however, you would need the HUNT token contract address. You could get it off Etherscan or just copy the contract address below

HUNT TOKEN CONTRACT ADDRESS

0x9aab071b4129b083b01cb5a0cb513ce7eca26fa5

All you have to do is to enter in the address above in the search bar and you would then be able to locate the HUNT tokens which is now ready for trade.

Depending on if you want HUNT tokens or ETH, you would just need to fill up the appropriate field.

Now please be aware that there is only so much HUNT tokens in circulation and the only pair which is available right now is ETH/HUNT. Do learn more about Uniswap exchange if you have time to understand it better.

https://www.mycryptopedia.com/what-is-uniswap-a-detailed-beginners-guide/

How To Earn More by providing Liquidity

So, here comes the interesting part about Uniswap Exchange. Its a decentralized exchange where you are able to add liquidity to the pool, therefore you would be able to earn the transaction fees paid.

There is a lot of videos out there explaining this therefore I shall not get into too much detail about this.

However, you could add to the liquidity pool by adding either more Pairs ( creating an exchange ) or you could just add to the ETH/HUNT pairs.

Once you’ve added to the liquidity it enables more people to exchange or swap ETH for HUNT or whichever pairs you have created. And each time that happens, you get to earn the fees based on the Pool Share % that you hold.

So join me in adding more liquidity to HUNT tokens so that more people are able to use ReviewHunt and are able to exchange HUNT/ETH easily.

Do read more about Uniswap Exchange to understand it better as I found it really interesting and decided to provide liquidity to a few pairs to try these functions out.

Cheers and have a great day

REVIEWHUNT – Results of Creating A Quest

Over the past few days, I’ve been messing around with Reviewhunt as they have just “relaunched” the platform with new UI designs and simplifying it.

Within 24 hours I managed to earn about $7 in total value. Which I had transferred to my ETH wallet without any problems at all. You can sell your HUNT tokens on Daybit exchange. HUNT/BTC

I did a quick video awhile back on how to transfer your HUNT tokens to DAYBIT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMc2-BzbqkY

What are QUESTS on ReviewHunt ?

Quests are actionable items that you want participants to do. For example, like a social channel ( FB, Twitter, YouTube … etc ). There are countless things you could request a participant to do, for example, Play a game or do an App Store Review of a product.

In my trial, what I did was I created a quest to Subscribe to my YouTube channel and view and like one of my videos. Here is a snapshot of my Quest Brief

The budget’s which I set was only $12 for the entire campaign and anyone who participated would have gotten $0.20 per approved submission.

I paid the about 3,375 HUNT tokens to run the campaign which was about$12 at the time of payment. ( now its a bit cheaper since the price did go up over the past 24 hours )

The Results of Creating a REVIEWHUNT Quest

Ok … here were the results of doing that simple campaign. Literally my budgets ran out within 12 hours of launching the Quest as I could only fit in 60 participants with my budgets.

As the Maker of the Quest, you would require to moderate and approve submissions. And with only 60 participants allowed, it didn’t take much time and it was really simple to do.

In actual fact, I went to sleep and woke up the next morning seeing my YouTube notification just buzzing with messages.

I was getting more views and subscriptions from those who participated in the Quest. But this was expected as its almost like buying ADS from Google Adwords.

The main difference was that I was also getting comments and more engagement than the norm. You would also see that it would have started to show in searches based on the keywords you’ve placed in your video.

I’m pretty much a newb in YouTube videos and I’m not a SEO expert, so apart from using Google Adwords for me, these numbers are big for me.

Is it worthwhile using ReviewHunt to boost your social channel?

The main reason I did this Quest and targeted my YouTube channel was basically to try out how effective it is running a quest and I just wanted to get above 100 subscribers for my YouTube so that I was able to claim my name.

https://youtube.com/bitrocker2020

But the question would be, is it really worthwhile? While there are soo many options out there to buy YouTube views and to buy engagement. Reviewhunt is able to get you better quality results in terms of engagement from this test.

Paying $0.20 for a like and comment is considered a very high price for a Social Channel boost however if you are just getting started in your brand new channel, this may be a great solution for you.

Here are some challenges which I found while using Reviewhunt these participants for my quests.

1 – SPAM – With a low entry point of getting started on ReviewHunt, I found that there were multiple spam accounts which had joined the quest and they did do what was required including submitting in a screenshot. However, when you did look thru these accounts, you see that it was created only to gamify Reviewhunt and was there only to grab any hunts available for the $$$

**suggestions to team : create a Rating system for Makers to be able to rate the quality of the submission & also mark spam accounts.

2 – Quest Quality – Just as a participant ( hunters ) are able to signup and spam quest to gamify the platform, Makers are also able to do so by creating quests to promote scams/money games and such

** suggestions to team : create a rating system for Hunters to be able to rate or report a low Quality Quest ( promoting scams / money game )

3 – HUNT Token Liquidity – there is just not enough exchanges in which you are able to trade HUNT tokens, therefore a hunter may find it hard to understand how to liquidate their HUNT tokens. Also for Makers who want to buy HUNT Token to avoid the 20% conversion fee costs may find it harder to buy these Tokens.

**suggestion to team : Since most exchanges charge a fee to list HUNT token, why not create liquidity in DEX such as https://uniswap.exchange where anyone is able to add to the liquidity pool especially those who want to earn more from their HUNT tokens and this would surely push the trade volume up.

Summary

So, in conclusion, ReviewHunt is indeed a brilliant platform to use and to incentify users with getting rewards for just doing simple tasks. However like any other platform, we would surely see the true potential of ReviewHunt if there is a large volume of both Hunters and Makers which is consistently using the platform.

Its still considered early stages for ReviewHunt, however I’m confident that the team would work its magic and make it a really successful project.

Cheers and these are just my personal opinions of ReviewHunt. If you have not participated or login to ReviewHunt , do give it a try and let me know your views of it. Here is my referral link if you care to use it.

https://review.hunt.town/r/74

Event : What Bitcoin Is Not

Hey guys, I would like share with you an event which is happening at WeWork Equatorial Plaza next Wednesday from 12pm – 2pm. This event is organized by @bitcoinmalaysia which focuses on bringing more awareness to the general public on what Cryptos and Blockchain is.

It would also cover topics on some use case scenarios as to how it has impact businesses today and how some individuals uses it. So if you are in Kuala Lumpur next week, do come join all of us for this meetup just before the Chinese New Year holidays.

Here is the link to signup and its free at this point of time. However seats are very limited.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-bitcoin-is-not-what-it-actually-is-bitcoinmalaysia-lunch-learn-tickets-89695476585?aff=ebdssbeac

Who Should Come ?

This event is meant for the most beginners level as in those who wants to get to know about the crypto / blockchain space but do not know where to start. Its purely introductory and there is no selling / promotion of any projects done during any of Bitcoin Malaysia ‘s community events.

Hope to see you all there and have a brilliant weekend

TechNovation Talk [UNTIL-Mind the Gap]: Decentralized Finance & Shared Economy

With the Malaysian govt now acknowledging and supporting blockchain and cryptos in Malaysia, there are numerous initiatives and talks starting to ramp up here in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

TECHNOVATION is one of them and looks like 2020 would be a big push for awareness into this space. There is an event happening tomorrow held in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and its featuring Ms Mastura Ishak who has been a strong supporter in the Blockchain space from the very beginning. She is the Program Director of MIGHT ( MALAYSIAN INDUSTRY-GOVERNMENT GROUP FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY ) who has literally worked behind the scenes of many technology advancement here in Malaysia.

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Here is the agenda for Tuesday ‘s event.

If you are here in Kuala Lumpur and would like to attend this talk by blockchain enthusiasts / community drivers and also govt representatives , do sign up.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technovation-talk-until-mind-the-gap-decentralized-finance-shared-economy-tickets-87088769855

Jason Chew ( @bitcoinmalaysia ) and also Harpreet ( @harpreetmaan ) would be speaking at this event. Lets all support them and mingle with industry experts here in Malaysia !

Cheers and have a brilliant day.

What Bitcoin is NOT and what it actually is

Well 2020 is just starting up and the community of Bitcoin Malaysia has already started to make headways into another year of Education on crypto and blockchain and how it can benefit the average user.

This is an introductory talk about Crypto and Blockchain overall and would love if you came in and join the fun togather with Bitcoin Malaaysia community. The talk would be by @buzz.lightyear and this would be one of the first events of the year.

If you are in Malaysia and want to just join in the “meetup” with both new and seasoned individuals in this space.

Here is the signup link !

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-bitcoin-is-not-what-it-actually-is-bitcoinmalaysia-free-talk-tickets-87407577417?fbclid=IwAR0R2HAInzvdaCjdHYOSK4NCvFgwHAt0BoOnCxjkoqZD4pLrcoIwslmJelY

Here are just some of the photos from the previous meetups, as Bitcoin Malaysia do not only cover the topic of Bitcoin however it also collaborates with other projects who would like to host and talk about it.

Join the facebook group if you want to stay informed or even join in some of the discussions there. There is about 53k of members there at this current moment

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BitcoinMalaysia/

Hope to see you all there .. or just share the event link with your friends or family for those who wants to understand more about blockchain and bitcoins.

Cheers !!! and have a brilliant weekend

Some Key takeaways For Me from Steemfest 4

So Steemfest 4 which was held in Bangkok from the 6th – 10th Nov is just over and here are just a few key takeaways from updates from the conference.

SMART MEDIA TOKEN – SMT

So this was one of the biggest update which everyone has been anticipating. During the conference we got to see the 1st version of Token Creation wizard which makes it really simple to create your own token without coding anything.

The interface and the parameters seems easy enough to use and I would guess by next year we may see a lot of SMT tokens being created. The SMT is now on testnet so that developers would be able to test it out.

It would be interesting to see how SMT is used to start empowering various online publications and also forums as almost anyone is able to implement SMT on their site. Keeping our fingers crossed for the next SMT Hardfork !

HIVEMIND – Steem Communities

One of the anticipated updates from Steem Inc was Hivemind. This feature enables communities where you can now consolidate articles within individual communities.

This means that if you want to build a community that loves Food and only members who are registered Food lovers would be able to post, you can now do that. The individual community would be curated by the mods and what would be interesting is that the owner of that community would be able to receive beneficiaries to support the community better.

We all got a sneak peak from @roadscape as to how the community function works. Currently its on http://beta.steemit.com where you can actively use and test it out. I believe that it would go to the live site very soon.

STEEMIT – Medium Style Editor

When talking to @roadscape , apparently the beta version of Steemit.com has implemented a new blog editor.

The update includes an editor where you do not need to use complicated codes just to bold your words, or use codes to set it as a title, its a widely improved editor making it easier for almost anyone who does not know markdown html to use.

COINGECKO – Use STEEM as part of their Marketing Strategy.

Coingecko shared with us their journey on the Steem Blockchain , where they are now no. 52 on Steem witness. They have mentioned how effective it was to reach out to people all over the world just by using the Steem blockchain.

They have also published an article called the Steem Report 2018. Here is the link to the report.

https://assets.coingecko.com/steem-reports/Steem-Report-2018-by-CoinGecko.pdf

SPLINTERLANDS – Crowdfunding Campaign Success

@aggroed had talked about their crowdfunding campaign and had raised over $230,000 of funding from selling packs. This was indeed one of the most successful crowdfunding dapp to date on the blockchain. Congrats to him and his amazing team.

There would be a lot of updates from @steemmonsters in the following month and looking forward to it.

Summary

To sum it all up, Steemfest 4 had a lot of great and amazing speakers and you have to see the videos to actually catch up with all the updates. There were a few new apps which would be launching soon and also updates from existing projects like Steemplus, Steempeaks, 1Ramp, and also WhereIn.

With all these updates, I believe that next year 2020 … Steemfest 5 would be packed with more content then ever before.

Do catch the entire conference talks at Steemfest YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwuUSatqAsi5XXy_GngMjjQ/videos

Till my next post, have a brilliant day ahead !