Tassapon Sutthidetkul

Niche hair salon and nail spa

What I liked about Niche Hair Salon and Nail Spa – it’s not just a hair salon or a place where I can get my nails done or myself waxed. I could spend a day here doing everything, all in one place.

I had the pleasure to meet with the owner, you can tell she takes good care of her staff from how they in turn treat their customers. They do it with care, simply because they believe and want to do their best in making them happy.

It was my first time here, also my first time to really go for waxing … I was afraid that it would be painful but gave it a try anyway, with the assurance from the owner herself and all the staff that it will be just fine.

I had laser before and was quite satisfied with the results, it was painful nevertheless. Waxing this time changed my perception of it completely, it was surprisingly neat as I never really imagined how it would actually be like, except that it must be really painful. In the opposite, it wasn’t that painful at all.

I picked to do a Hollywood, here they adopted the technique of using premium stripless wax to conduct the service with the least pain, also this method was trained by an Australian expert. They have different kinds of wax for every skin and hair type from fine hair with sensitive skin to coarse and strong, as short as 1mm.

The brands that they have are Caronlab, Lycon and Epilyss.


Moving on to my nails, I must say I am the clumsy one and when it comes to getting my nails done, it never goes well. Every time I had my nails polished, there was always a scratch or something that ruined it. Something must get in the way. I almost gave up on the idea of having perfect nails.

First I had foot and hand spa and massage and there were an array of colours for me to choose from. It wasn’t easy to decide which colours to go for. I got the help from the staff who recommended good choices to me. I did a manicure-pedicure, the ultimate trick to this job was the CND Shellac. It enhances high performance wear without any damage to your nails.

Other brands they use here are Chanel, Dior, OPI, Zoya, China Glaze, Essie, Ciate, Artistic, Harmony, and Flowty etc.

I grabbed my phone from my handbag, then I realised something … I must have caused a scratch on my nails at least because of it. No … not again. Then I looked at my nails and I was prepared to ask the staff if they could re apply the layer for me. But then something wasn’t right.

This time there was not a tiny scratch. I turned to the staff and said, I wonder why? The answer was simply that they took it into account and made sure they used high quality products so my nails wouldn’t be ruined afterwards. I found a solution for my clumsiness!

Next was my hair. This is the first time that I did a free hand painting technique, Balayage. The hairstylist chose the sun kissed Balayage for me to give it a soft and natural feeling. It’s a technique that implements highlights and lowlights to create a flow of shades which you can’t tell where they stop. It lasts for at least 12 to 14 weeks. The technique is to paint the colours on the right hair strands. It’s for all hair types, lengths and colours. It gave me a different feeling about myself, something subtle, something different.





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jompa scarfs

Seub Nakhasathien Foundation (SNF) was given a name that follows a well known and respected wildlife conservationist in Thailand.

Seub Nakhasathien was a hero when he was still alive and dedicated to his lifetimes work to be involved in various programmes to protect other lives, which included animals and plants not just human.

His hardwork continues and he is remembered for his kindness and his determination to save and protect the wildlife and forests to present day. The foundation’s programmes look out for any potential threat that could endanger numerous species of wildlife as well as to organise and conserve the habitats that are their homes.

SNF was established in September 1990 and for over 25 years, its mission has been to promote the protection and
conservation of wildlife and forest land in Thailand. It is protecting the forest complex, west of Thailand, an area of 18,730 sq km in 6 provinces along Myanmar’s border.

This consists of 2 UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites in Huai Kha Khaeng and Thungyai Naresuan.

They are a home to many endangered species of wildlife – tigers, tapirs, Asiatic wild dogs, banteng, gaur and many more. The foundation encourages the locals and villagers to utilise the community forest area in place of hunting and taking down wildlife and trees, respectively.

For the month of September, the Tongsai Bay Hotel on the island of Samui is promoting the charity as a long term and proud supporter of SNF.

10% of every hotel booking made will be contributed to fund the SNF with a code “HOW” under “Hero of the Wild” campaign. Guests will enjoy a 1,000B credit for purchases of the SNF natural products ranging from coffee to scarves.

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To reserve a booking, please contact: [email protected]
Find out more about the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation please view the following weblink:





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punjab grill dining room

Punjab Grill, a sophisticated Indian gourmet fine dining, recently open at the Radisson Suites hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 13.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated – the ceiling, the arrays of tables and chairs, the drinks counter – everything feels just right. It’s the perfect place for a romantic or business dinner or just for casual dining whilst catching up with a group of friends after work.punjab-grill-bar

The lighting and the interior design makes you feel relaxed and at ease – completely taken by the beauty of it. The kitchen is visible on the side of the restaurant. Clear transparent glass allows viewing of the kitchen. I was in awe of everything that was going on, I looked around admiring and taking in the ambience, everyone around me seems casual, talking and having a good time. There were many Indians dining that night – always a good sign if it is frequented by the natives.

The chef is busy and focusing on preparing his exquisite meals; delicate, thoughtful and of great taste, in the kitchen. The waiters and waitresses are ready to serve the guests at the restaurant. They are all organised and on stand by to make sure that everything is catered for, for their guests.

The Indian chef, Bharath Bhat has a Michelin Star comes and greets us at the table, he seemed relaxed and easy going. He tells us a bit about himself and his career as a chef and explains to us the delicacy of Indian food. He is passionate and determined; someone who knows what he is doing. We decided to let him select our meal for the night and were excited by the plates that were served at the table.punjab-grill-chef


I read the drinks menu in my hands – it looked intriguing – all the combinations of ingredients I haven’t heard off or tried. It feels like something magical is about to happen. I’m thinking to order an Indian spicy Indian ‘mocktail,’Teekha Chukunder. The waiter tells me it’s a good pick. And I decide to go with it. The drink comes to the table. I take a sip and I taste something unique – I can’t really describe it in words, but it has that flavour of Indian spices – unusual and very pleasant. It was different to any drink that I had had before.


The first dish arrived, onion potato fritters with sweet
and spiced yoghurt espuma in a shot glass, the Amuse Bouche. A light and delicious dish to start. It’s followed by lentil soup with spiced crab claw meat – the delicate texture of the soup blended well with the spiced crab and made a great combination.



The third dish is Ajwaini Jheenga Tikka, it’s a malai chicken tikka with seekh kebab cooked just right. Then a lychee sorbet cleanses the palate before the main course, chicken breast filled with kadhai mushroom and a creamy and buttery tomato sauce with a side of crispy okra dal makhani with Indian nan.

There’s is no better way to end the meal than with a signature dessert, Paneer Jalebi, a chocolate sphere that when it had … poured over it melted releasing the ice cream inside.

A lovely meal in formal but very pleasant surroundings with a lovely ambiance. I certainly recommend a visit and look forward to going again. A hidden gem released into Bangkok …




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For reservation, please call 02 645 4952, 091 818 5248 or visit

Address: 23/2-3 Sukhumvit Soi 13 Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.



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If you hadn’t already noticed while trying out cooking Thai food at home, all Thai dishes require a few of the same main ingredients for each different recipe. With these ingredients, you can cook any Thai dish you’ve ever known and, of course, with a mix of different vegetables and meats. The most common assailants are: sugar, salt, chilli, lime (or lemon) – and a Thai dish wouldn’t be a Thai if it’s missing that signature flavour – fish sauce. Without fish sauce… well, it wouldn’t be authentically Thai. The variation comes with the quantities of these ingredients for each creation and the methods of cooking such as frying, steaming or mixing salad. So there you have it: cooking Thai food is much more simple than you’d think. Plus, you only need a few choice ingredients to store in your fridge or the kitchen to begin with. If you haven’t already, try out one of Thailand’s many cooking classes. You’ll soon realise for yourself that Thai dishes are so, so quick and easy to prepare if you fancy cooking at home. It could be a fun hobby.

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squirrel eatting

When I heard the title of a book, “Squirrels and the art of tightrope walking.” I thought, “what a weird, quirky name.” The book was written by Helen Jandamit. I decided to attend her book event, given the title, completely out of curiosity.

Helen is a British expat living in Thailand. She said that when she first arrived here, she thought she was going to be here for just three months. However, as it turned out, she has been living here for 42 years now.
She said she loves Thailand and what attracted her here in the first place was the meditation. She had been studying, practicing and implementing it as part of her daily life. She learnt to be grounded with what surrounded her and embraced anything that arises. When she was on her way to host her book event, she was stuck in the usual Bangkok traffic for 2 hours. She thought she could just be annoyed by the fact that she had to be stuck in traffic just to travel across the city, to the place she wanted to go or she could also just take things as they are – if there had to be long hours in traffic, so be it. She learnt to live with what that comes, takes it and lives with it. It’s really that simple to her.

She once had the chance to live life like monks’, following the exact same principles and disciplines of carrying out an everyday routine. She said she was lucky to have the chance to do it. During the book event, she told us to reach out one of our hands, then make a fist. She asked, “Do you know which finger or fingers touch the centre of your palm first?” Everyone’s look was blank. We thought it’s something we would have known because it’s a natural thing, but no one did really notice.


The movement of our hands, something so close to us as our body, something we tend to neglect because we were distracted with everything else that was going on around us. We simply forgot to pay attention to ourselves so close as noticing little things like the natural movement of our hands. She then asked us to do it again but this time noticed which finger touches the centre of the palm first. What happened was that some people just had a habitual reaction of making the middle finger which is the longest finger reach the centre of their palms first. However, that’s more on our expectation and anticipation that was forcing our body in its movement, instead of just letting it be natural.
And if you want know which finger or fingers actually really touch the centre of your palm first, just reach out your hand, relax, let it fall into a natural movement, wait and see what happens. Let go of your expectation. Be with it.

Helen was at a coffee shop nearby her place when she wrote the book. She was sitting at her usual seat and noticed a squirrel on the electricity post. The way it moved caught her attention and intrigued her. It was skipping and negotiating its way with all the obstacles that came in its path. And how nice would it be if we could just live life like the squirrels – take it easy, go with it and take whatever that comes in our path. The squirrels are tactful and skilful with their quick movements, living their everyday lives. They seem to be playful and carefree in their survival. They don’t have to expect, they just live it.

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By Tassapon Sutthidetkul

coconut-waterIn hot and humid country like Thailand, coconut is everyone’s favourite – it’s refreshing and delicious. This tropical fruit is in abundance. You can find it anywhere, in restaurants or on the streets around Bangkok as well as all over Thailand. You would be happy to know that coconut has a lot of benefits to offer. As women, it is what we should definitely be thankful for.

Did you know that coconut can fix the problem of being overweight as well as preventing obesity?

Coconut is used as an important ingredient in both food and drinks. It basically makes the taste of everything work. Apart from its soft and smooth texture which gives a pleasant taste, it essentially takes care of our health by supplementing our healthy diet. How?

coconutHow many foods produce energy to our body directly without being first stored as fats? Almost none. Except for coconut. Most food we eat is stored in our body as fat content before being utilised which only partially offers us energy later. This means that there will still be excess fats in our body – coconut doesn’t do that to us, and it gives us the energy that our body needs.

Our body extracts energy from digesting coconut immediately without storing it as fats, therefore, there are no excess fats. When eating or drinking coconut, we don’t have to worry about gaining unnecessary or unhealthy weight. In fact, according to studies and research, coconut helps to heighten our metabolism, thereby, enhancing our digestive system. Not just that, it is rich in vitamins – C, E, B1, B3 and B5 and B6, and calcium and also high in fibre, usually lacking in other food that we eat. All these vitamins are what our body needs to prevent illnesses and a weak body prone to falling sick. Coconut allows us to maintain our good shape and healthy body. As part of our diet, it prevents us from excessive fatness; the problem and trouble of being overweight which has serious health consequences associated with it.

Moreover, some of the food that we eat may even be toxic to us and we might not be aware of it at all. Coconut, on the other hand, is completely clean to our body – it doesn’t produce any harmful toxins, even for the unhealthy, excessive fats. Everyday, there are a variety of food choices we can choose from, but how many of them is actually healthy to our body, especially in the long run?

Coconut is known to be a natural product for our beauty inside and out; the internal physical health that also influences the external beauty in our appearance. Eating good or unhealthy food affects how we look and feel about our body. Having a good body means that we can be confident with ourselves and feel comfortable in our own skin. It could be a solution to our age, health and beauty concerns, because these aspects all have an impact on one another. So, it is important to be picky with what we eat. Besides, if you love making smoothies, you should know that coconut juice makes the perfect base – tasty and healthy.

Maintaining your healthy diet doesn’t have to be a torture. You can enjoy the delicious taste while staying healthy with a good shape.



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Bangladesh Trade and Investment Expo Fashion Show

By Eldon Badua and Tassapon Sutthidetkul

Thailand’s third largest exporting partner, Bangladesh, had its first official expo on May 30-June 1, 2016 at QSNCC (Queen Sikirit National Convention Centre) after 44 years of partnership with Thailand since 1973. This was held to inform and attract foreign trade and investment aside from having a joint partnership with Thailand. With the cooperation of Embassy of Bangladesh and EPB (Export Promotion Bureau) Bangladesh, this expo was made possible with 60 expected exporting oriented companies to showcase and over  1,000 business delegates attendees. The expo started with the opening remarks from each expected ambassadors and moving on with a show explaining the history of trade of Bangladesh with other countries. Today, Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of RMD and is expected to be Asia’s Next Emerging Tiger.


The event ended the first day with a Bangladesh-Thailand fashion exposition, Threads of Heritage, taking place on the beautiful evening of May 30, 2016. It featured amazing designers, from Bangladesh, Japan and Thailand, and their inspirational designs, emphasising on the significance of textile, including that of Bengal, and muslin.


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On tuesday, 24 May 2016, at the National Gallery, the republic of Peru presents the bronze replica of the Monolith of Chavin as a token of friendship on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Peru. Alongside, there is an opening ceremony of the photo exhibition, “A Memoire of Peru, 1890-1950.” Exhibition lasts until 29 May 2016.

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After completed my secondary school years, I was heading to Australia for university. This time I was excited to embark on a journey to be in a new place again. My life felt like an adventure. I was lucky to get to explore the different parts of the world and learn new cultures. I felt like there was so much to learn about people. It added to a new perspective; it made me see things the way I wouldn’t have if I were to grow up in one place. I didn’t know what Australia was going to be like, but I wasn’t afraid. I was ready. I knew that what I learnt in Singapore had taught me enough to be able to adapt into another culture.

Exposure-culture-SquareI became open to world beyond what I had already experienced.

I visited Melbourne before university started. Being a typical tourist, I tried taking photos with different landmarks and spectacular buildings. I mostly asked my dad to take them for me, but so often, there would be local Australians offering help to take photos, without having been asked. I found that surprising at first. Throughout the day, we walked to places around the city, mostly asking for directions after being lost a few times. Then I realised, I could ask anyone on the streets for help without being turned down. The locals would even walk us to the places themselves or they would explain till we understood our ways before leaving us to go ourselves.

There were people from many different nationalities on the streets everywhere. There were streets full of Italian restaurants, all nationalities of Asian cuisines you could possibly think of, Greek and Indian food were also decent choices, brunch and dining places for local, French, fusion, and other dishes. It was as if the whole city had invited people from all over the world to be there. It certainly wasn’t what I had expected.

Exposure-culture-schoolBachelor of Arts 

I registered as a student in Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne. The major and minor I took were intriguing. I learnt analytical concepts and theories about the cinema, television, music, social media which associated with identity and gender as well as journalism and marketing communications. The classes were run with interesting conversation; discussion among tutors and peers. Every opinion was counted, everyone had a voice and was encouraged to express what they thought. There was no right or wrong answer, just different angles of perspectives.

As what one of my tutors used to say, “Ideas lead to multiple ideas and they keep multiplying.” I learnt to express my thoughts and form ideas, which led to new ideas and analytical thinking of a topic. I learnt to consider all grounds and possibilities, and not be biased against one source of information or even an aspect of a topic. Learning became so enjoyable, I laughed together with my tutors and peers. It was fun and felt wonderful to be original and creative. It was also intriguing to learn what people had to say.

Exposure-culture-coffeeThe manner over a cup of coffee

Melbourne had a very casual thing where people simply went to grab a cup of coffee, sat down, sometimes walked, and talked. Living in Melbourne made me realise that a little happiness actually came in a paper cup. I was walking around in the city with a local friend one day, we saw a cafe, decided on the spot to just go in and had coffee. We settled ourselves down, started chatting away and what came as a little surprise was that my friend simply just put his phone away. It was apparently rude to look at your phone or texting while engaging in a conversation with another person.

It was a common etiquette to show respect to another human being. There, coffee talk was where we had meaningful human-to-human interaction, no distractions. Sometimes, you picked up a lot just by having good conversation with people.

Saving the environment

Being in Melbourne, I admired how kind and selfless people were. I was doing my own grocery shopping in Woolworths, a general store, where you could find anything you needed in your home. I was asked by a cashier if I wanted to purchase a $2 green shopping bag, in place of getting free plastic bags to help with global warming. I looked around and was astounded to see almost every local Australian carrying the green bag. I decided to get one, and I was contented with myself to do something even so little to help save the environment.

What I also found out later was that even the free plastic bags were biodegradable in Australia. I recalled the time at the airport where the immigration wouldn’t allow you to pass through if you were to bring in fruits to the country and that’s because the chemicals that were used on them might affect the environment. The take-away coffee cups were also biodegradable. I was grateful for just how people were so concerned with the environment. It was a big deal and it was important.

Street talents and creativity

Walking along the streets in the city, it was a likely chance that you randomly met so many talented people who performed on the streets to entertain the people that walked around. Some of them were actually well-known. Music and art were for everyone, It wasn’t restricted. It was that culture that made the city lively. I could take a tram and got off in a suburb and found antique and vintage shops along the whole street. Amazing art sculptures were prominent to the city. You could see art and creativity everywhere and they came in many forms.

The gratitude

Having lived in Melbourne, I discovered my appreciation in many things. I loved art and creativity and freedom; to express both. It taught me to reinvent myself, especially in my thinking. I wanted to look at things in a spectrum, not confining my thoughts. I learnt to respect everything for its nature, whether it’s people or environment. It taught me a culture where nothing was supposed to be taken for granted. I learnt to embrace and appreciate differences because they counted, and it was that that brought awareness to what really matter in life; to be human; to be kind; to be selfless.


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When I was 15, my parents took the decision to send me for higher education in Singapore, and later, Australia. They anticipated English to be an integral part of my future and they wanted me to open up to the world. They wanted me to learn to be on my own and through the experience of not having them around. They hoped that I would be taught in things they couldn’t educate me themselves. They knew that it would be useful for my life in future and if anything happened to them, this would be my lifetime support. Education was a form of a heritage my parents passed down to me.

When I knew I was going to be studying in Singapore, I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I was looking forward to be in a new place, yet I didn’t know what to expect. Part of me wanted to be meeting people from different country, making new friends and being exposed in a different environment. Another part of me was afraid that I might not like the place or I might not fit in. I wasn’t exactly prepared for what was going to come but I thought to myself that it was all about trying, experiencing and learning something new.

Exposure-culture-womenI wanted to be able to express my myself and define who I am and I wanted a chance to really grow up and be independent. Being away from my family would help me do that. I knew it was a big change but I thought to embrace it and somehow try to make the best out of it the way I could in case it didn’t turn out well.

A big part of me wanted to be making my own decisions. I wanted to learn my own mistakes. I wanted to experience life through my own eyes. I wanted to experience all of it.

Life in Singapore

I stayed with a Singaporean family of two kids, a daughter and a son, throughout five years. My host family took in Thai students who went for primary and secondary education in Singapore under their care, all girls. The daughter was enrolled in secondary school the same time as me. I must admit there was a big cultural difference between the host family and me. Everything was contradicted in my views. Everything was different. My whole environment had changed. I felt estranged to… honestly, everything around me.

The only thing I could be grateful for was that I had six other housemates who I could still relate to. It made me less homesick. I felt that because having them around I found it much easier to adjust.

Some of my housemates went there when they were even younger than me. They were like sisters to me. They knew exactly what I was going through being new to the place, they were in my shoes. It helped a lot with everything.


One of the few things I picked up from my housemates before officially going to the school was Singlish. At that point I realised that Singaporeans actually spoke Singlish, rather than English. Singlish was a mix of English and Chinese and Malay slangs.

I learnt a few words I found interesting. “Alamak,” read as ah-la-mak, means “oh my god!” and “Guai” means “good girl” it can also be used for a guy with same the word. Apart from those two, the most common one I heard all the time was “Wa-lao eh,” it was an expression for “What the heck!” I found it entertaining and hilarious to find myself speaking in this new language.

In school, Singlish turned out to be the easiest way to get along with my Singaporean classmates. Language, as I became aware of, was how people related themselves to others; a common ground; specific to a culture. It gave that sense of belonging to them because it showed that I was willing to embrace their language and culture, being just like another Singaporean so to say. I didn’t really have problems studying in school in terms of academic performance, but pressure were still everywhere. I could feel it all of the time and it was really stressful to just be there.


There were high expectations for students to do well academically. It was like I was constantly pushed by some unseen force to keep going and doing better and better, no break. I was devastated because of that. It made me feel vaguely distant and disconnected to the place. I certainly didn’t anticipate my teenage life to be in so much pressure. This was the biggest problem I had while staying in Singapore. I wanted to know how to enjoy while I still could being in secondary school… instead of working.


Singaporeans were generally really competitive with their studies, although I must say not all my friends were the studious type but for those who were, yearned to be at the top. It was like you had to be better than anyone else to survive and it turned out to be more like ‘surviving’ than living a life. Somehow people had that mentality to be selfish with their knowledge. It was something people couldn’t open up to share because if they did then they wouldn’t be topping the scores. As it turned out, no one was really helping anyone but themselves. It was depressing. It grew into people’s mentality of everything and for that everyone was on their own and for themselves only.

Nonetheless, there was a good thing I noticed and admired Singaporeans for. Apart from being tough, they were also fair and worked hard for their own achievement. They wouldn’t take advantage of you, especially with money – it was something people earned and Singaporeans had their pride for that, too. If I was having lunch or dinner with my friends they wouldn’t accept that I paid more or less while sharing the bill. You paid for what you ate and that’s that. They wouldn’t take your money and they expected you to give the same respect – that wasn’t just the respect for others; for yourself as well. On the other hand, if you managed to get through to them and treat them something, they would remember it and be genuinely appreciative because in Singapore, no one had to do it and when someone did that for you, it was a true generosity.

Exposure-culture-runingIn Singapore, you were recognised by your effort and hard work. I learnt that if I wanted to accomplish something in life, I simply just had to go for it. It got rid of my fear for failure or should I say I had tolerance for it. I didn’t mind failing the first few times as long as I no longer failed in the end. That mentality grew in me, I didn’t even know since when, but I liked to work hard for the things I wanted to accomplish. I did not want to go through shortcuts or wanted others to work for me, I wanted to do it myself. It’s like if you had a belief that you can do it, you would just do it.

I felt that I learnt so much more going through the hard work myself because I didn’t just accomplish something out of that, I also learnt to understand my own strength and potentials along with improving myself. With that mentality, I came to believe that I was capable of anything. Everytime, I felt that my life was difficult and that I was going through a hard time, I knew that I would make it through. It was almost like I just had to be patient and things would work out. It made a difference when you knew your own strength and became aware of it and believing in it. Being in Singapore, I didn’t want to wait and rely on others to pick up when I fell, I wanted to be the one strong enough to pick myself up. I wanted to be that person I could rely on before even wanting to rely on other people.


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