Saturday, 30 August 2014

It's A Long Merdeka Weekend!

Yeay! Gonna enjoy this 3-day weekend a whole lot and I bet you do too! ^^
Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-57 to us all Malaysians! 

Guess what I'll be doing this weekend? Hahaha

What are your plans?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Getting On The Uber Ride

Isn't it ironic that just as SPAD annouces that the UBER, the mobile app that lets us request, ride and pay for our ride (with private vehicles other than cabs) via our mobile phone was announced to be illegal that I finally found the need to use their service.
Source : The Sun
I needed a ride home on Thursday and was contemplating of just taking the Komuter and then walk home because it's a pain in the arse to get a cab to send me all the way to my apartment. Plus, cabs at KTM Komuter Serdang which is barely 3km away from my apartment charges an exorbitant flat rate AND occasionally they take in more than one passenger. Untung lah... Yeah, I actually find the idea of spending about two hours - waiting for komuter, boarding komuter and finally walking more attractive than getting a cab. Says a lot about our taxi service, right?

Anyways, saw on Facebook a friend mentioning about using her Uber code to get a free ride up to RM30.00 so I thought I might as well try the service. 

Since I'm very blur about getting apps downloaded to my phone, had a few tries and I think I got something jumbled up but I did open an account with Uber. (It's actually easy lah but I'm a blur sotong).

I made a request at 6.30pm and less than a minute, my designated driver called me to confirm. Had to wait a few minutes for him to arrive because well, Mid Valley was jammed a bit (what's new?).

Instead of a luxury car, I chose Uber X so a Myvi came. 

Very courteous and careful driver, who told me he came from Ipoh and became an Uber driver after finding it hard to find jobs in Kuala Lumpur. He continued to tell me that working under Uber beats working shifts in factories and is better than working as cab drivers (cab drivers, he confided to me; hates Uber drivers so they had to be careful when picking up passengers in case taxi drivers picks fight with them).

Anyways, I had a smooth trip home. It was the usual jam trip, and it took me almost an hour. An hour trip of about 20km cost me RM23.16 which is pretty reasonable.

I was supposed to get the first trip free using the promo code but I wasn't able to key-in the code, but I'm looking into it and already sent a fare review request to Uber. I've gotten feedback from other users that they had no problem redeeming their first free ride.

Soo... anyways, if you want to try Uber ride (luxury cars aplenty... choose Uber Black, I was told), do click this link :
The promo code is ubercikarnab
You should arrive to this page when you click the above link. 
Try them out lah. At least once. Even with the glitch on the first ride which was suppose to be free, I like this service. A LOT. I do hope to get a reply from Uber people soon to clarify the matter so maybe I can use them again and not depend so much on the hubby to send me to events (yeah, like so popular one. Hahaha)

p.s. I am not paid for this post. I really use them in need and not as a reviewer tau. But if you use the service with my promo code, you get a free ride worth up to RM30.00 and I get a free ride too. 
So, thank you in advance! ^^

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A New Adventure For A New Year

I've signed up for a multi-day 100km ultra trail marathon in the remote part of Sabah next year. Hubby too.
Photo credit : SAC FB page
2015 will be the 16th year the race is held and it is South East Asia's oldest established multi-day adventure race. Interesting, right?

I'm not exactly sure why but the race, named Sabah Adventure Challenge (SAC) kinda intrigue me since the first time I learnt about it, from Tri Stupe's blog (link here). He did it three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Cool factor is that he did a couple of it with his wife. ^^

I further read on SAC's experience from Kam's blog (link here) and the clincher for me to finally start thinking about doing it was Jason's experience which he blogged about here. I actually PMed him after he finished his three-parter race report to ask him about the viability of me doing it. Trust a guy who encouraged me to join Craze Ultra (which unfortunately I won't) to encourage me to do this too. Hahaha

I broached the subject of entering this to hubby earlier, back in April after the 2014 chapter ended, but not really  confident that he'll agree to my madcap suggestion. I shelved the idea for a while...

Truth be told, 100km may be a bit too much for me to handle now, with my current training. There were just a smattering of 12-16 hours races that I joined, no full marathons yet in 2014 (I've three lined up for September, October and November though), half-marathons here and there plus a bit of hiking up some trails, sometimes just the two of us, sometimes just hubby and friends, sometimes I tagged along.

It's not going to be a walk in the park for sure. The challenge is held over a three-day period, but imagine spending a bulk of the day running (trails and under the hot sun), return to the campsite, sleep then wake up the next day and spend the day running again - for three days.

Anyways, it was earlier this month that hubby (probably egged by his friends) but most definitely because he found it interesting and doable too, finally opens up to my idea to go and do this.

We've got 7 months to prepare for this as we've committed ourselves in doing it. Paid our registration fees already! 7 months but for me training probably will only start in earnest after my November marathon.  I want to train for two major marathons this year and one of them is the Standard Chartered KL Marathon which is happening on October 12th, 2014.

I'm skipping the Putrajaya 100 which will be held from Nov 22nd - 23rd (it's a 30-hour race) with regret despite really wanting to do it because I've got another 42K run scheduled on Nov 30th. As much as I would love to do Putrajaya 100, I don't think my legs are strong enough to run a full marathon the week after it! Booohoooo!!!

Trails will feature greatly in my training soon. As does running on fatigued legs, just like what I did in the first week of August - doing a 6-hour trail in the morning then finishing a 15K race at Energizer Night Race later that night. That was actually when I gauge my ability and decide on whether to sign up for SAC 2015. ^^

I know it's not gonna be easy but I certainly am not looking for an easy experience. I am looking for a different experience. Something that makes me dig within and search my soul.

I have to say, I am not doing this because it's the IN thing. I am not doing this to impress anyone either. Not even gonna do it to impress myself. Seriously, what for?

Rather I am doing it because I can. I will. I'll try. But no, I will not want to die trying.

Yeah, yeah... so I can be rather full of it, I know.

Plus, maybe quality time with hubby who will (hopefully) do this alongside me when we are there. Go dating. Maybe quarrel and pull a sour face a few times during the event but still, quality time. Hihihi
Random couple photo
If you guys and gals wanna try, either doing a 100km ultra trail marathon or the Adventure Race (3-day duo multi-sports event), hop over to SAC facebook page. The organiser has extended the early bird rate until August 31st, 2014.

Good luck US!

p.s. this post is dedicated to my fellow crazy friends who also signed-up to do SAC. See you there come April!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Something Local, Something Fusion

Lunch with colleagues at Pasta Zanmai.
Current craving - anything salady (heh) and I chose salmon salad with goma dressing. Sinful, I might add.
 August special - prawn, squid & rocket salad tomato sauce pizza.
Teriyaki chicken and onsen tamago pizza. I like the small size pizza. I ordered a regular this time and it went soggy really fast. HUrmmm...

Service was fast despite  our big crowd so thumbs up to Pasta Zanmai staff. ^^

Dinner with family at Putrajaya, Presint 17 Taman Warisan Pertanian foodcourt
 Hot leng chee kang for mommy as she is still coughing and cold one for the boy. ^^
 Roti John for the two boys.

Me, I've never been a fan. Must be because of the chilli sauce. I really don't like chilli sauce unless it's mixed with tomato sauce.
and the highlight, Haji Samuri Sate Kajang!


Monday, 25 August 2014

A Saturday Indulgence At Curvz, Silka Hotel Cheras

Saturday morning saw us driving over to Cheras Sentral Mall which is quite surprisingly near to our home! Our first time visiting the mall but actually our destination that day was The Curvz Cafe at The Silka Cheras Hotel, adjacent to the mall.
Got there to check out their weekend hi-tea selection and enjoy a feast. Yum yum
Silka Cheras Hotel Executive Chef, Chef Badrul Hisham with his signature dishes. An array of impressive culinary creations, with main dishes offered that included honey glazed lamb, chicken lasagna, spicy chicken wings and even rojak pasembur!
What we enjoyed first were the lovely and absolutely creamy mushroom soup which arrived first, followed by another sinful dish - Caesar salad. Yup sinful it is! Creamy sinfully generous dressing! ^^

The sirloin steak followed and spaghetti bolognaise for the son.
We continued our feast with the food from the buffet spread, from absolutely yummy and refreshing spicy red snapper fish head soup, to oxtail soup to rojak to bubur kacang hijau and I really was amazed how we can eat all that!
Crazy fella enjoying a humongous bowl of oxtail soup. And he ate till the last drop!

Actually, I wish I had eaten more! LOL
A nice gesture being served a hot glass of honey lemon ginger tea. I was still coughing (yet to fully recover from my flu) and to be served this without asking was such a sweet gesture. Thank you!!!

In conjunction with our 57th Merdeka and 51st Malaysia Day celebrations,Curvz Cafe in Silka Cheras will be offering a scrumptious MerdekaSpecial International Hi-Tea buffet.

Curvz Café Merdeka Special International Hi-Tea Buffet will be served on 31st August & 16th September from 12noon to 4pm. Hi-Tea is priced at RM55++ per adult and 50% discount for Senior Citizen 55 years and above & Children between ages 4 to 12 years.
A happy boy with a panda soft toy
Silka Hotel Cheras has a cute room promotion too and we love it!
Just purchase a Mommy and Baby Panda for RM150.00 and you can enjoy a free stay at Silka Hotel Cheras. Ain't that cute?

Silka Cheras is centrally located in Cheras, a bustling suburb of Kuala Lumpur and is well connected via major local transportation networks.

The newest iconic landmark of Cheras, Silka Cheras with its sleek semi-circular façade and 319 guestrooms is positioned as a value-led hotel offering the highest level of service and modern facilities. Furnished with comfortable beddings and fittings, all guestrooms are design-led to ensure utmost guests' comfort. Other facilities include a meeting room which is ideal for small-medium meetings and private dinners or celebrations; and an all-day dining facility.


Address : KM10 Jalan Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.

TEL: +603 9100 1133
FAX: +603 9100 3311
Website :
FB : silkacheraskualalumpur

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Krazirunners Gathering!

Photo credit : Nannoor
Always fun to get-together with like-minded people who shares the same interest and it was great to meet-up with this lovely ladies again.

Miss you ladies.

A few of them are on "off-season" from running so it's been a while since I last met the whole gang. Thanks to Betty who did a Raya open house on Saturday and got us all together. *muaks*

My Krazirunners kaki.

Powerman finishers.
Sub5 marathoners.
TMBT 50K finishers.
Hassu Tasu 25K finishers.
Gunung Kinabalu climbers.
Mothers (and oh yeah, single ladies too ^^)

and there's me too! Heee...

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Fall 2014 Converse Jack Purcell Sneaker Collection

Shoes are boring. Wear sneakers. Converse :)
So hubby and I were invited to attend Jack Purcell Pop Up Store taking over Offday Bangsar located at Jalan Telawi 3 on 21st August 1, 2014 and got to see the introduction of the newest range of Converse Jack Purcell “Cross-Stitch”.
Mingling around before the launch
The Fall 2014 Converse Jack Purcell sneaker collection introduces the all-new Converse Jack Purcell Cross Stitch - a waxed cotton cross-stitch detail - outfitted in leather, a core texture for seasonal dressing. 
The premium and quality leather materials and subtle stitching details in the sneaker collection are refined and built with all around comfort.
Whilst everyone has heard of Converse, Jack Purcell has been around creating sneakers since 1935. The classic sneaker with its iconic “smile” toecap perfected the brand as a household favourite stylish sneaker. Converse Jack Purcell has been moving the brand into the vintage-classy direction and re-outfitted in sophisticated soft tumbled leather.
The unveiling
This pop-up store serves as a visual curation of Irman Hilmi’s Offday retail experimentation; where it specialises in capturing the old-school appeal in premium menswear with a little bit of punk rock influence that work hand-in-hand with Converse Jack Purcell’s old school appeal with the ala-Americana direction. This will be a good collaboration to be witnessed.
The collection
The silly couple at the wowphotobooth

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Souvenir - Diary Of A Miniature Enthusiast

Hubby and I went to a Converse Jack Purcell Special, which I'll blog about later and one of the goodies we got that night was a handmade trinket by Diary of Miniature Enthusiast. 

Simple yet special.
Love them both!
The ladies who were hard at work putting on the charms we selected to our chosen bracelet.
Thank you ladies!

And thank you to Converse too for the invite! ^^

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

No, I'm Not Dieting!

Photo for illustration purposes only
I had a take-away salad for lunch today, which I had while sitting at my desk in the office and somebody remarked that I am dieting.
Seriously. No. I'm eating salad because I love them. Dieting my foot.
I always like my salads and actually have been hankering to have some nice ones (with blue cheese in particular) for a week now. So instead of having mixed rice today, I decided to tapau an Asian grilled chicken salad from Tony Roma's. I am full until now and it's dinner time!
Anyway, have you seen the portion of the salad served in American chain restaurants? Not exactly diet portion! Hahaha
Crazy yummy Japanese salad  at Plan b.
 Again, why we relegate salad into the "diet" food compartment?
Eating them is healthy.
Not so healthy though if we slather fattening dressing onto them.
By the way, I absolutely abhor thousand island dressing. Hah!
Salad from salad bar at Boulevard Hotel
 I love eating raw veges.
Salad as Mat Salleh/gwailo calls them.
Or ulam as Orang Melayu calls them. Heh heh
Homemade lazy salad at home, eaten with toast. Hahaha
 Raw veges and some protein makes great salad combo!
Satay Kajang Hj Samuri rawks!
Of course, even though I love raw veges (or cooked ones), I am not averse to these either.
Now... when shall I go to binge on some ribs pulak? *rubs hands*

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Back To Seremban Half-Marathon

A year plus ago, in Seremban; after finishing my run at Seremban Half Marathon 2013, I declared here that I will never run in Seremban Half Marathon again. 

Shows how you cannot trust a runner when it comes to running in any event because here I am in 2014, running in Seremban Half Marathon again! Hahaha

I actually registered very late for Seremban Half Marathon. After the closing date, as a matter of fact. But despite the weekend having a clash of races all around Malaysia, what with the inaugural Kuching Marathon (which many of my friends PBed... congrats yous!), GuocoLand Run, TMBT 50K & 100K, Hassu Tasu Trail Run 25K, Colour Run to name a few...none fitted the distance I wanted to do (and my budget too) so Seremban Half Marathon it is, finally.

I actually still had reservations running in it seeing that not only that I had not had any runs at all this week, I caught a bad flu on Friday morning. Spent much of Saturday trying to rest to get better but it got me a huge migraine instead so I decided that cleaning up the house was best. That and a walk around my neighbourhood for an hour and half later at night.

We decided to still go to Seremban so after a 3-hour sleep, woke up, got ready and off we went to Seremban to first meet up with friends who helped out with collecting my race kit. Thanks Lina and Man! <3 p="">

I didn't expect hubby to run too so I was surprised when he didn't want to bring the camera to the run. I only got to know that he planned to run as we met our friends! *slap forehead*

Flag-off was a few minutes after 6:30am. Just a small crowd of half-marathoners this time and most of the familiar faces were noticeably absent as they were running in other events. However, that didn't mean the ones who ran in Seremban were to be scoffed at!

Hubby chose to run with his buddy, Man while I ran solo. He caught up with me after 500m and was encouraging me with some annoying words like "go gog go" or "ganbatte" (HAHAHA) and I told him I'm taking the run easy as I was feeling a tad dizzy. 

Easy my foot. My first 3K split was 21min! That was way too fast for me even when I was feeling OK! Decided to be really easy and force walk breaks. Still, the next 3K split was about 22min (depsite walking 500m of the 3K). The next 3K got more walk breaks but still a 23min 3K. That meant, when I was running I held a much faster pace than I intended to. Haish. 

Anyway, the balance of the run was done much slower at an average 9min/km pace of walking+running as my chest started to feel a bit tight. Better not risk anything.

At this point, I somehow looked longingly at the ambulances that passes us. Adui.... Good to know ambulances were nearby should we need urgent medical care.

The route that we half-marathoners shared with the 10K runners were well-manned with marshals and coned off but after 10K runners were diverted to another route, we half-marathoners ran just like we did during LSD. Take care of sendiri punya safety.

Although yes, there were still marshalls at junctions but some big junctions were not manned. 

Water stations were placed at roughly KM5, KM8, KM11, KM14 and KM17. No Gatorade served this year, and we got mineral water and Revive instead handed out by absolutely enthusiastic school kids. Thumbs up to them! Plus thumbs up to the St John's volunteers who were stationed not only at water stations but other spots too. Some of them diligently waited for us runners under the hot sun! Respect, kiddos!

I ran easy and would occasionally caught up with hubby and buddy who were always kept a lead so there weren't much drama, running wise. 

The route we did was EXACTLY the same as last year but my short memory seemed to have forgotten that Seremban Half-Marathon had long gradual climb littered along the route. Nothing steep but looong climb. Nice. Ahahaha

While there weren't any traffic control for us runners, gotta give a hand to Seremban drivers for being a courteous and patient lot for driving slowly and not speeding while they passed us. I didn't hear any honking except for two occasions :
1. a letchumi who must have needed to go home urgently as she not only honked but also gave me and another lady runner the evil eye while she makes a turn into her "taman perumahan". (Actually she could always made the turn if she  put on her indicator light to show that she's turning left... but she must have need to poop or something badly)
2. The drivers going in and out A&W and in front of the Padang. No traffic police whomsoever sighted there this year. Hmmmmmmm... I actually had to wait for the traffic light in front of the Padang to turn red in order to cross the road and finish my run. Plus having to contend with a busy traffic plus hordes of people mingling around getting into the Padang too. Haih.

A slow 2:51:30 later, I finished my run. 10min slower than last year. I just walked like enjoying a stroll in the park for the last KM due to lack of traffic control.

I managed to bag a limited Pewter medal last year (only 30 limited Royal Selangor pewter medals for Women Open category) but no such luck this year. This year, finished no. 39 so only got a cheap plastic finisher medal. Huhuhuhu

Never mind. I got my run. I got to smell fresh and not-so-fresh air. ^^
Thanks Lina Kamarudin for the photos! ^^
Hubby did his in 2:45 and he was just mainly speed walking. *envy*
Hubby and gang
Lina & Lina. The other Lina bagged 10th place at Seremban Half Marathon. 

Will I run this again next year? Well, I might consider it if I needed a race to run in and I need the mileage. Race organisation lacking notwithstanding, this is still a "cheap" half-marathon. Nowadays, even a 5K can cost RM50!!!

Next week there'll be Mizuno Wave Run 16K in Putrajaya. I didn't register for it but a number of friends will be running in it. To all of them, all the best and have fun next Sunday!

For those who braved the brutal trail at TMBT and Hasuu Tasu or running in other events this week - good job! :-)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Current Craze - Loom Band?

Seems like a whole lot of people are loving these loom bands or rainbow loom or whatever else it's called.

Even Son caught the craze as kids at his school are getting their hands on some.
He's doing a simple band at the moment. Maybe he'll upgrade soon?

Oh dear! Hahaha
He said he was making one for a special someone.

Guess who was that special someone? ^^

Friday, 15 August 2014

Press Release : BOH & MNS Forge Partnership for Cameron Highlands


Kuala Lumpur, 11 August, 2014: BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd (BOH) and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) have formed a partnership to embark on a conservation project in Cameron Highlands.
Cameron Highlands, home to BOH and its tea plantations, is known for its cool weather and scenic vistas among local and foreign tourists, and is also an important water catchment area for clean water supply.

“The natural beauty and delicate ecosystem of the highlands is currently under threat. However, I am glad that the Malaysian Government has shown that they are taking the issues affecting Cameron Highlands seriously with the recent announcement of setting up a command centre to combat illegal land clearing in the highlands,” said Balu Perumal, Head of Conservation, MNS. “However, the responsibility of protecting the environment should not fall in the hands of the government alone, but also the residents there. Which is why the project we are initiating together with BOH is aimed at reaching out to the school children of Cameron Highlands,” he added.

Apart from training the children of all 27 schools in the Cameron Highlands District to enhance their appreciation and awareness on the importance of nature conservation, this project also aims to enable the schools in addressing their own ‘environmental management’ and solving local environmental problems.

“As Malaysia’s leading tea growing company, BOH is especially dependent on the environment in Cameron Highlands where we grow our tea,” explained Chen Chaw Chang, Head of Marketing and Export for BOH Plantations. “To help fund this conservation project, BOH has organised a charity fun run to be held this coming September, right in the trails of the BOH Sungei Palas Plantation. We want families to come participate and appreciate the beauty of Cameron Highlands, and to realise the importance of preserving its environment.”
The BOH Highlands Run is officially endorsed by the Pahang State Tourism Board and supported by Fitness First Malaysia, Copthorne Hotel and Hotel Titiwangsa. Registration is limited to the first 500 entries or by 1st September 2014. All proceeds from the run will be channelled to the environmental conservation project in Cameron Highlands. For more information on the Highlands Fun Run, please visit BOH’s Facebook page at or register online at

The first ever BOH Highlands Run, to be held on 28th September, will see BOH Plantations channelling all proceeds from the run to a conservation project in Cameron Highlands. Seen here are MNS’s Head of Conservation, Balu Perumal (l) and Chen Chaw Chang (r), Head of Marketing and Export for BOH, exchanging pennants to signify the partnership of the two organisations.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Diabetes Awareness Campaign - SJMC Run 2014

Helping a friend to get the word out, running for raising awareness for Diabetes campaign, in conjunction of World Diabetes Day in November.
If you are neaby Subang Jaya Medical Centre on November 2, 2014, why not join this run?

Fees are low.

RM30 for 3K (Fun Run) which is open for all ages.
RM35 for 7K.
Participants will get goodie bags, t-shirt and medal too.

Registration form can be downloaded here.
Or visit their website at

I'm going, of course. ^^

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

7 Guys 1 Girl

went out for a trail run last Saturday morning.

The girl might be a bit slow but she tried her best to keep up and most important, she had fun! ^^
She's in the company of people who had already done 100K trail events, sub4 marathoner and other strong runners.

She was privileged to be allowed to be included.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Press Release : Healthy fuchsia fun with Avenue K’s Balloon Run!

Kuala Lumpur - A total of 765 runners, young and old of all creed and colour came bustling early this Sunday morning to take part in Kuala Lumpur’s very first balloon run organized by Avenue K shopping mall. The 5 kilometre fun run took place in the vicinity of the trendy new shopping mall along a scenic route within the city centre mainly via Jalan Pinang, Jalan Binjai and Jalan Mayang.
Participants were divided into the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and the adorable Family category where any two parents with two to four children were eligible to take part. Top winners in all categories received cash prizes and the top 50 finishers in the Men’s and Women’s Open also received a medal while everyone received a certificate.
What made the run unique is that runners were required to tie four balloons to any part of their body to be carried with them throughout the 5 km route which strategically connects various city attractions such as the twin towers and the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, starting and finishing at AK’s main entrance on Jalan Ampang.
The balloons also acted as time boosters which deducts 5 seconds per balloon from the runner’s official finishing time, once they complete the race.
The first place winner in the Men’s category was Thevan a/l Rayoo with an impressive time of 15 minutes 53 seconds while the Women’s category was won by Sheela a/p Samivellu with an equally impressive time of 18 minutes 25 seconds. The Somasuntharam family, who ran with their son and daughter took the first place in the Family category finishing the race in 23 minutes and 38 seconds.
The AK Balloon Run aims to bring Malaysians together and infuse a neighbourly community spirit via a healthy activity that injects a unique element.
According to Sue Wang, Avenue K’s General Manager, “We believe in offering exciting experiences for all our shoppers hence the balloon run’s creative concept, which is the first of its kind in Malaysia”.
“We would like to spread the message that Kuala Lumpur is a fun city and Avenue K embodies that very idea. It’s a cool urban hub where individuality and creativity is celebrated,” she added.
The main idea behind the conceptualization of a balloon run was to re-inject fun into a run. The idea is to make runners feel happy and not be intimidated by the idea of participating in a run.
Judging from the overwhelming response this year, Avenue K plans to make the AK Balloon Run an annual event, with even more participants.
Themed entertainment specialist, Discoveria and KPJ Healthcare also supported the run by coming as partners for the lively event.
Avenue K along with co-organisers Concepteleven Services are already in the midst of planning next year’s AK Balloon Run, bigger and better with more surprises in store for all participants.


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