Monday, June 26, 2017

Sun Life treat Moms to a Pampering Spree with Talks on Educational Fund

Sun Life Financial recently treated mom bloggers to a Mom’s Day Out at the posh five-star I’M hotel in Makati. It’s something that all moms truly deserve. After all, being a mother is no joke. It is a 24/7 job without any leave. We are all doing a great job. Our kids will turn out just fine despite the hours of time we spend away from them, yes…we all need a break. 

On Being Moms

Of course you probably don’t always feel that way yourself. If you are like most working moms I know, you may feel like you’re forever coming up short when it comes to doing enough, giving enough and being enough for your kids. Not to mention your boss, your partner, your aging parents and extended family, and yes, of course, your community. 

During the said Moms Day Out sponsored and organized by Sun Life Financial, Ms. Michelle Alignay, book author and family life specialist gave a talk on Balanced Motherhood. I’ve been warned about mother’s guilt the minute I had Kyle. However, having grown up with a hearty does of “Catholic guilt,” I figured it couldn’t be that bad. 

Family Counselor and Family Life Specialist Michelle Aligpay

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Repertory Philippines: 50 Golden Years of World-Class Theatre

My REP 50 Years of Telling Story ticket

Repertory Philippines [REP] came about because of one dream—that dream of bringing world class theatre experience to the Filipinos. Half a century of existence is really something to be happy about as REP have remained a stable reputable theatre company to date. They’ve recently marked their 50th year in the entertainment industry by coming up with a two-hour show held at The Theatre at Soilare with 135 performers onstage and seven musical suites that gave audiences a glimpse of how the REP had its humble beginnings.

One of REP's heart-stopping performances during that night

The 50 Years of Telling Stories was indeed a clear testament of the theatre company’s success. The two hour show highlighted everything important to every REP—from production staff, personnel, musicians, actors, directors and benefactors—practically all who contributed to the success of the said theatre company.
“REP will go on telling stories, training Filipino talents and sharing the best of theatre for years to come,” said Repertory Philippines president Mindy Perez-Rubio.

Leo Martinez, one of REP's founding member
In its five decades of existence, REP has produced 80 seasons with 444 theater productions. Their home has moved from the old Insular Life Theater to the William J. Shaw Theatre in Shangri-La Plaza Mall and today, performances are made at Onstage Greenbelt in Makati City.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eiga Sai 2017 at the Shang Cineplex

Shangri-la Plaza Mall once again hosts the Eiga Sai 2017 Japanese Film Festival. Now on its 20th year anniversary,  Eiga Sai carefully chose award-winning films that will take audiences through decades of Japanese cinema's different genres. There will be drama, comedy, animation, as well as suspense films. The Eiga Sai 2017 will kick off from July 7 to 16 at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2. 

Featured Films:

The cast of Her Love Boils Bathwater

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Thoughts on Sun Life Digital Shorts: "She Said, She Said"

I’m going to start by stating the obvious: Parenting is hard, it's not as easy as you might think it is.

As much as we don’t want to admit it or talk about it, the simple truth is that parenting is not easy. Of course, it is amazing and wonderful and meaningful, but it also ins't a walk in the park. For one, parenting doesn't come with a manual. You have to learn through experience.

When one becomes a parent, you give a huge part of yourself to your kid. And you work as a mom 24/7, without any leave of absence. The reason why parenting can be hard is because you also need to have your "me-time," You need to take a break, once in a while to take good care of yourself. For how in the world can you afford to take care of others if you don't take good care enough for yourself? Having a "me-time" is equally important as having quality time with your kids. 

These realities, though they may seem like inconsistencies, are not surprising to me or all that difficult for me to reconcile. I’m pretty comfortable with the conflicting emotions I sometimes feel about motherhood and my nephew (whom I consider my son since I've had him since he was 8 months old. Well, guess what, he's now turning 15 by September!). And I’m OK with parenting being hard sometimes, but at the same time it is fulfilling and meaningful and wonderful.

I will say it again: Parenting is hard, alright. I know this and you know this, but when we see that our kid is growing to be a good citizen of this country, we feel that we may have done a good job raising them. And so we sit over in our respective corners of the parenting world knowing that although parenting can be hard and confusing and heartbreaking sometimes, believing that you've done your part to have a better future can be treated like a prize on its own.

Sun Life's second digital shorts entitled "She Said, She Said" is something that I'm sure all mommies can easily relate to. Not just moms, but all parents for that matter. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with everything that's going on in our lives that we tend to forget that our kids grow up so fast. And that they too had their own stories to tell. We as parents, just had to learn how to listen to them. We must also learn to convey in their own love language so that we'd be able to understand them better. 

Here is "She Said, She Said," one of the films featured in Sun Life Shorts:

And when the time comes, we will know that we had done a good job when we see them become successful in their chosen fields. Catch the Sun Life Digital Shorts, it's going to be a heart-warming story filled with life lessons to learn from! 

Sun Life once again educates Filipino audience (in an innovative & creative way) about financial preparedness by creating these relatable short films. In keeping with their vision and advocacy, Sun Life has two other films set to be released a week apart each. You may catch these episodes

Monday, June 12, 2017

S.A.M.’s Way of Getting Kids to Learn and Love Math

Press Release:

Filipino kids are no different from their peers in many parts of the world who feel intimidated by math. As it is an exact science, there is no way to go around it but face it head on. But Filipino kids can now tackle math problems with relative ease - with the entry of Seriously Addictive Mathematics or S.A.M. into the local scene.
Founded in 2010 by Samuel Chia and Lau Chin Loong, S.A.M is a multi-awarded international Singapore math enrichment program trusted by thousands of parents in 16 countries all over the world. A graduate of the National Institute of Education in Singapore, Chin Loong created the curriculum of S.A.M. and consulted Marshall Cavendish, a provider for academic resources and publishing company of some of the Singapore Math textbooks used in the Philippines, to ensure that kids receive world class materials. Enrich Asia was the one who brought S.A.M. here in the Philippines, after searching the globe for the best educational program that will be useful to kids.
Many children are usually intimidated when a new method of instruction is presented to them. But the people behind S.A.M. can vouch for how effective the program is vis-a-vis traditional math.
S.A.M. is unique because it does not spoon feed a child. In contrast, S.A.M. inculcates independent learning, diligence and discipline as it harps on conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Traditional math, on the other hand, focuses on memorization or repetition of formulas. With problem solving at the core of S.A.M.’s teachings, the program does not just aim to acquire and apply math concepts and skills, it also helps a child resolve non-routinary, open-ended and real-life situations.
In Traditional Math, children are usually taught the hows- like how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. With S.A.M., what they are taught are the whys before the hows. It explains to the child first why there is a need to “carry” in addition or why there is a need to “borrow” in subtraction.

Traditional math also immediately tackles abstract ideas- using symbols and jargons while S.A.M. moves from a concrete then to a visual and pictorial presentation of concepts before getting into abstractions. The program Filipino kids have grown accustomed to focuses on mathematical procedures and formulas.  S.A.M., on the other hand, zeroes in on conceptual understanding of topics so students would know how the procedures came to be which is needed to help them discover the formulas on their own. In conventional math, pure equations are used to solve word problems. In S.A.M. the bar-model approach is employed. This allows a student to develop their visualization skills which they would need in solving complex word problems without using algebra.
The Classroom Experience, conducted by Certified S.A.M Trainers, engages students with dialogue, probing questions, props, games and a healthy dose of encouragement. The idea is to make learning fun and memorable through an array of interactive experiences. During this engagement time, S.A.M.’s trainers also take the opportunity to evaluate how the student is coping with his work, his rate of progress and his level of motivation. By assessing each and every student’s learning ability, the trainer can adjust their mentoring approach to suit the needs of the student- so the pace is neither too fast nor too slow. Each student receives a personalized learning plan so that the student can learn at his or her own pace and ability. S.A.M Trainers understand that their role is not just to instill Mathematical knowledge in students, but to also inculcate the right learning attitude and self-discipline in them, in preparation for their future.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sun Life Shares Heartwarming Stories through Sun Shorts 2

There’s nothing more touching than sharing significant human experience. These are stories about one’s triumphs, the journey to success, stories about love, family and friends as well as life’s lessons. We always get inspiration and be able to learn a thing or two in every story that we relate, hear or share. Sun Life recognizes this and they’re recently able to come up with Sun Shorts.

Sun Shorts are Sun Life’s collection of short films that depicts love, hope and commitment inspired by stories of Sun Life’s very own clients. The campaign was launched back in as early as 2012 and it created astounding positive feedback among consumers as it sends touching messages which had inspired everyone who’s seen them. Sun Life Inc. decided to come up with another series this year. 

International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017 (ITAW 2017)

Most Filipinas may not be fully aware what thyroid conditions are. Perhaps when you ask them, the most common they could say about thyroid is about “goiter” or also called ‘bosyo’ in the vernacular. But what thyroid is and how it affects the lives of many women, that’s the main issue. It was such a good thing that I was able to attend the recently concluded International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017 (ITAW 2017) event held at the Trade Hall of Robinson’s Novaliches. This year's theme was, "It's Not You, It's Your Thyroid."

Registrants came early for the said event.

The card pass for the ITAW2017 event

The ITAW 2017 wasn’t just your ordinary boring lecture type of event. To make it more engaging among participants and attendees, Merck treated attendees to a pampering session with free nail art, eyebrow threading, massage, kinect dance activities, makeover sessions apart from the educational and interactive information on thyroid diseases along with doctor’s consultation.

The self-checking tests with the following symptoms for Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tutuban Center Back-to-School Shopping Challenge: How far will your Php1000 go?

The cost of “back-to-school” keeps increasing. A typical Filipino would probably spend roughly 5,000-15,000 alone on back to school supplies. That’s only for an average students; college-age students, who often require many more supplies, especially if they’re moving into a dorm, may spend even more. Does this sound like you? Many parents begin eyeing the back to school fliers and ads the earliest possible. Whether your kids start kindergarten or head off to the university this year, you can buy them everything they need without breaking your bank account. 
Have you ever wondered, in this day and age, how far can you stretch your P1,000 peso cash? Purple Plum Fairy along with other bloggers recently had an opportunity to join our back-to-school shopping challenge at the ultimate shopping destination, Tutuban Center Mall in Manila. Yes, it's only in Tutuban where you can find lots of items which are definitely at steal prices. The best part? It all depends on how good you do your haggling. You won't also had to go through the sun's debilitating heat because Tutuban Prime Block is all air-conditioned, so you can spend your all-day shopping sans the heat. 

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Here are several tips to help you become a savvy back to school shopper this year.

When I was informed that I’d be joining the back-to-school shopping challenge at Tutuban, I started rounding up all of the office and school supplies we already own. I placed them in a central location, like a plastic bin or on the dining room table, so you can make a list of what you have. Keep this list in your purse, or in the car, so you don’t forget it when you shop for school supplies.
What do your children need for the school year?
·         Pens, pencils, markers, and highlighting pens
·         Erasers
·         Rulers
·         Notebooks and loose-leaf paper
·         Scratch paper
·         Binders
·         Calculators
·         Crayons
·         Art supplies
·         Post-it notes

In addition, go through your kids’ closets and start sorting. Clothing that the kids have outgrown, and worn clothing, should be donated or tossed. Once you complete this “supply sweep,” you’ll have a clearer picture of what you actually need to buy. Ideally, the sweep will prevent you from buying something you already have on-hand.

Friday, May 26, 2017

What I have learned from “Apprentice Asia Season 1” Winner Jonathan Yabut during Sun Life Financial’s Live Brighter Session

Time really kind of passed me by. I had never really thought much about my future. Don’t get me wrong, I do care about my future, but I guess I was the kind who liked to live taking one day at a time. But there really comes a point in time where you’d have some sort of an epiphany. And in my case, it has happened last week when I attended Sun Life Philippines’ #LiveBrighter session with one of the most sought-after inspirational speakers, Apprentice Asia Season 1 winner Mr. Jonathan Yabut. 

Purple Plum Fairy with blogger friends Marian Torres and Karen Lopez.

Sun Life Financial Adviser Recruitment Manager Fin Bernardo welcomes guests

Mr. Jonathan Yabut, Apprentice Asia Season 1 Grand Winner

The #LiveBrighter session was held at the artsy A Space Gallery in Legazpi Street, Makati City. To be perfectly honest, I had no idea who Mr. Yabut was, prior to his talk. But the minute the young man opened his mouth, I knew instantly he’s no ordinary guy. My focused got fixed on him as Mr. Yabut shared his journey towards success. He says that he’s just like everyone else—except that he took all the stumbles, obstacles and occasional curve balls that come his way as challenges for him to do his best, rather than hindrances. Mr. Yabut shared lessons from his experiences on The Apprentice Asia as well as bits and pieces of wisdom from his book called “From Grit to Great.”

Participants listen intently to the Q & A

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Press release:

Actor Matteo Guidicelli, in cooperation with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI), will be launching a series of vlogs (Video Blogs), which aims to teach Filipinos about how investing can help make their #LifeGoals come true. 

Dubbed “Make It Mutual”, the vlogs will tackle topics relevant to personal finance, such as growing one’s money, beating inflation and investing regularly. To make it easy for the viewer to relate these to real life, the modules shall be demonstrated in themes familiar to them, like fashion and fitness, among others. 

All videos will be shared via social media to make it really accessible. 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead another financial literacy campaign for SLAMCI. It’s definitely relevant and timely,” Mateo said. “I myself have life goals i’d like to pursue, and i’m happy to share that ever since i ‘made it mutual’ with SLAMCI, I’ve been well on my way to achieving all those goals. It would be great if more Filipinos can experience the same”.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Merck initiates campaign on International Thyroid Awareness week 2007

In time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week [ITAW] 2017, Merck, the leading science and healthcare innovation company has worked hand in hand with the Philippine Thyroid Association [PTA], Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism [PSEDM], and the Iodine Global Network [IGN], to raise consciousness and create more public awareness on thyroid diseases.

Thyroid disorders are some of the most common diseases worldwide. In our country, the case is about one in every 11 adults that suffers from goiter or other thyroid problems. It was also discovered that thyroid diseases are most common in women than in men. They are also at risk of hypothyroidism by 10 times. Studies also show that women who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are more vulnerable.

You can have your thyroid checked and learn more about thyroid when you come and visit the International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017 on May 27, 2017, Saturday, at the Robinson’s Novaliches Trade Hall! There will be Free Thyroid screening, lectures and doctors consultaion plus other exciting perks in store for you. Best of all, they’re all absolutely FREE and it’s open to the public from 2:00 to 6:00PM!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Delicate Balance: A Window to the Batanes Way of Life

The popular images of Batanes are those of breathtaking verdant landscapes and blue waters, alternately agitated and calm. These northernmost Philippine islands have long been part of a traveler’s must-go-and-experience list.  But Batanes is more than just a weekend getaway.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” reveals why. A project of The Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (MusKKat), this handsome book explores how food, ecology, nature, and tradition, have shaped the Ivatan way of life in the last 4,000 years.  It also explains too that the Ivatan and the Itbayat, people of the Batanes, knew well how to husband resources through aeons, without depleting or otherwise compromising nature.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coco Fresh Tea and Juice celebrates 20th year with a treat

Panda Milk Tea

Since the start of the milk tea craze here in Manila, I’ve always been fond of trying out milk tea places, be it the mall type ones or the hole-in-the-wall ones. However, only a few really stand out with their unique flavors or their exceptionally well done usual flavors. The tea competition is actually tough. 

Panda Milk Tea

My first encounter with Coco Fresh Tea and Juice was when they opened their branch in Gateway Mall, Cubao. The Taiwan-based franchise has come to the Philippine shore and it has so many branches across the metropolis. They’re offering different kinds of bubble teas.
If you’ll see a long queue near the escalator at the corner of Coco Fresh Tea and Juice at the Gateway mall, don’t be surprised. People don’t really mind the long lines just to get their fix of Coco Fresh Tea and Juice. 
Strawberrry Tea

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Edmark Philippines launches Troika, Cafe Power Black and N4s products

Edmark Philippines cheers as they welcome three new products: Troika Coffee, Cafe  Power Black and N4s

Filipino coffee drinkers will have another reason to rejoice. Edmark Philippines, the leading multi-level marketing industry with International Standard Operation (ISO) certified products recently launched two new variants of coffee and a sugar alternative drop. Edmark proudly brings the all-new Troika, Café Power Black and N4s [pronounced as Enforce]. 
Edmark International CEO Mr. Yap Wai Yen

Troika, is a premium gourmet coffee, an instant coffee made with ginseng, tongkat ali and ganoderma extracts. As we all know, ginseng has been used for thousands of years to further improve the overall health of human being. Ancient Chinese herbal traditions also prescribe that ginseng is effective for enlightening the mind and increasing wisdom. Ginseng coffee such as Troika promotes vitality and good health by overcoming general fatigue and increasing strength. Others also believed it is a pretty good aphrodisiac for the treatment of impotence. Another interesting note for this coffee is the presence of the active ingredient on ginseng called ginsenoside which has the power to sharpen the mind and memory as it helps increase concentration.  Coffee, of course is also known with boosting anti-oxidants that helps prevents certain cancers. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Gardenia Pocket Sandwich: Pocketfull of Yummy Goodness

Yes, these Gardenia Pocket Sandwiches are Kyle's baon to guitar classes this summer

From the Vietnamese banh mi, the Indian vada pav and the Portuguese francesinha to the good old BLT and even ice-cream … the sheer choice of sandwich ingredients is an endless joy. Sandwich never fails to be the most convenient baon in school and perfect snack--you can bring it anywhere and enjoy it anytime. That's why it's such a delight to stumble upon Gardenia's Pocket Sandwich. 

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich actually makes sense for a bread company to come up with an interesting sandwich cut (Yes, dear, sans the brown part that we usually don’t eat!). No fancy bread shape, no color, but interesting taste can be found in the good old fashioned White Bread filling on a clear plastic pack. I won't delve too far into what the sandwich actually look here (you've got to buy the sandwich, you see?) but it is worth noting that it is so convenient plus it actually tastes good. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Discover the Gift of a Lasting Love with a Francis Libiran Engagement and Wedding Rings


So you've finally found the woman of your dreams! Congratulations! You know she's the One and you wanted to spend the rest of your life with her. But of course, you wanted to put a ring on her finger. It's time to buy an engagement ring--and there are so many factors to consider and a flurry of engagement ring available, you guys will soon be into prime wedding planning. While choosing the right engagement ring is fretted and mulled over for months, its life partner, the wedding band can be something of an afterthought. But as a piece of jewelry, you know it's a piece you'll wear for the rest of your life, it pays to spend a bit of time finding the perfect rings for you and your fiancee. 

Well, if you ask my opinion, you'll never go wrong with a Francis Libiran. Celebrate your promise of forever with world-renowned designer Francis Libiran’s new wedding and engagement ring collection – Forever Francis Libiran.

Francis Libiran at work

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free More Space + Storage made Simple with Loc & Stor 24/7

Lots of stuff, too little space: this is, unfortunately, a problem that almost every household comes up against at some point. There’s nowhere to store spices in the kitchen; shampoo bottles are falling off the shelves in the bathroom, your kids' old toys (that have some wonderful memories as well) and your wardrobe creaks from the weight of clothing you’ve stuffed in there. But for every problem there is always a solution — you just need to think creatively. Of course, you don't want your house to look cluttered, right? What if you can't truly just dispose all the items that you no longer need at home? That's where Loc & Stor 24/7 comes in, folks! 

In my desperate desire to seek a Zen-style minimalist home, I've stumbled upon Loc & Stor 24/7, a world-class self-secure storage facility in Pasig that offers affordable yet secure services in such convenient location. Oh, and yes, it's professionally operated patterned from those storage facilities found abroad. They build/convert/subdivide large buildings for the purpose of self-storage using steel partitions which provides as units ranging from 1.5 square meter lockers that can accommodate eight balikbayan boxes, to 18 square meter jumbo-sized units that can accommodate contents of half a 40-foot sea container. 

You've also got nothing to worry as they take your items in their climate-controlled top-quality facility. Finding a trustworthy storage unit is kind of like finding a trustworthy landlord, except you only really get to deal with the storage company once or twice when you sign up and move in. After that, you hopefully won't talk to them at all. You pay your rent, visit your storage unit when you need to get something or put something in, and that's all there is to it. However, there are some warning signs you should keep an eye out for to make sure your relationship with your storage company is a good one. With Loc&Stor 24/7, you're pretty much assured that you're in good hands. 

Fucidin® is Mom's Ally in the Fight Against Wound Infection

A wound is a break in the skin caused by a laceration (cut), abrasion (scrape), puncture, blister or incision (opening made during surgery or a medical procedure). Some wounds need stitches or glue to close them.

Caring for your child's wound is important to promote healing, avoid infection and minimise scarring. There are a number of things you can do to help your child's wound heal and prevent infection.

Different types of wounds require different dressing products and care. Your doctor or nurse will provide specific instructions and discuss a home dressing management plan. When it comes to caring for my child's wounds, I only trust Fucidin. I'll give you a little background on why I swear by Fucidin. 

Back in 2011, we almost lost Kyle (he was then around 8-years-old), my nephew who's almost like my son (I took care of him since he was a baby , up until now that's he's turning 15 by September). Kyle was ran over by an Isuzu car while he was crossing the street near our home. He had an avoulsed wound (an open wound) since the skin on his foot was practically peeled. It took a while before his wounds were healed. Before, we were cleaning his wounds with Sodium Hyperchloride (Yes, that's actually bleach!) together with another chemical (Sorry, I forgot what it was.) And I could vividly recall how my dear Kyle would scream at the top of his lungs each time the wounds' dressings had to be replaced. But thank God we were able to discover Fucidin. Kyle's avoulsed wound and his other bruises were able to heal faster. 

So when I was invited recently to an event by Fucidin, I said yes without hesitation. Most moms will agree with me that they'd do anything to care for  their child's health and well-being and to assure them to always be safe. Celebrity mom, Kris Aquino is like most of us. She too would fight against wound infection. In fact, during the said media event, Aquino said, "i have two boys and when they get a cut or a wound, I clean it with soap and water for 15 seconds. Then I apply Fucidin® agad,” she says. “Fucidin® is part of our wound care kit!"

Moms need to make sure the wound doesn’t get infected.  Infection occurs when bacteria enters the wound through a break on one’s skin. Bacteria may spread and lead to more serious diseases. Usually, the immediate response is to wash a wound well with soap and water. But cleaning may not be enough. It is also essential to apply a topical antibiotic like Fucidin® at the first sign of wound infection.

Fucidin ambassador Kris Aquino

Fusidic acid/sodium fusidate Fucidin® is a powerful antibiotic that is clinically proven against wound infection. It is fast-acting, working on the infection 2 minutes upon application and deep-penetrating, reaching the skin’s deepest layer 30 minutes after application. It also helps prevent bacteria from spreading.

Fucidin® comes in two variants. Fucidin® cream is ideal for exposed parts of the body like the face and hands, while Fucidin® ointment is ideal for dry, scaly or cracked lesions.

Fucidin topical ointment for wounds

Me and my family swear by Fucidin®  because it is clinically-proven, deep penetrating and powerful anti-bacterial solution to wounds/cut or abrasions. Cleaning wounds is never enough to prevent bacteria. It's always best to be safe than sorry. 

Fucidin® is from LEO Pharma, a Danish pharmaceutical company with a mission to help people achieve healthy skin. LEO Pharma is the pioneer in the development of fusidic acid. It has a wide range of products that are marketed in over 100 countries. LEO Pharma has more than 100 years of trusted heritage worldwide. 

Fucidin® is available in two variants: Fucidin ointment and Fucidin topical cream. It is available at leading drugstores nationwide. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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