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6 Cafes You Must Visit In Seoul

If you are traveling to Seoul, Korea and are looking for cafes to visit, here are some you must not miss!

1.
O´sulloc Tea House

O´sulloc Tea House

O´sulloc Tea House

O´sulloc Tea House

If you are looking for Green Tea/Matcha flavors, you should totally check this place out! This cafe specializes in Green Tea and has many Green Tea drinks and desserts. I totally love their Green Tea Swiss Roll as the sponge was so soft and delicate, with a hint of Green Tea. It was filled with deliciously refreshingly Green Tea Mousse Cream.

However, I was really disappointed with their ice cream. Maybe, it was only for that day but totally mine was certainly disapproving icy. Yet, the place was very quiet and relaxing. A great place to chill out after a long busy day shopping in Myeongdong.

Nevertheless, if you are dropping by, make sure to get some of their tea products! They have really special tea leaves that you can’t find anywhere else.

O´sulloc Tea House

Address: 12 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Phone: +82 2-774-5460
Hours: 10AM–11PM
Website: http://www.osulloc.co.kr/

2.
Thanks Nature Cafe

Thanks Nature Cafe

Thanks Nature Cafe

Thanks Nature Cafe

Beautiful and enchanted, this cafe host 2 cute fluffy white sheep that will sure to make you go feverishly!

Why do you still visit dog or cat cafes when you can visit a sheep cafe? Thanks Nature Cafe sells mainly waffles and drinks, so don’t come here with an empty stomach expecting for the main course! Located just around the station of Hongik University (Hongdae), you could shop around the area after spending a delightful amount of time in the cafe. Clothes here are very affordable, usually starting from 10,000 won for most of them. Most youths like to hang out here! Additionally, there are many street performances in the evening during the weekend.

Thanks Nature Cafe

Address: 486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 54-228-5106
Hours: 11AM–10PM
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TNcafe/

3.
Line Friends Store & Cafe Seoul

Line Friends Store & Cafe Seoul

Line Friends Store & Cafe Seoul

If you are a Line user, you got to visit Line Friends Cafe & Store when you are here in Seoul. It is considered the largest Line store in the world. The store is 3 levels high and should definitely be considered a tourist attraction!

Here, they offer not only the cafe but a bunch of other cute Line products to browse through. You will be greeted by a huge Brown upon entering the store. But, you do have to queue if you want to take a photo with him though. The basement level holds the themed cafe. I highly recommend you to try out their really adorable macarons! Additionally, you also should roam around the area as there are many other shops there.

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, 535- 15 현대맨션
Phone: +82 2-3448-1764
Hours: 10:30AM–10:30PM
Website: https://store.linefriends.com/

4.
Lobster Shack

Lobster Shack

Lobster Shack

Lobster Shack

Lobster Shack

Retro American-style, located just around the corner of Garosu-gil just like Line Friends Store and Cafe, it offers really delicious fluffy Lobster Rolls!

There are many variations of Lobster Rolls you can find here. We got to try out a few and my favorite one was the warm Cajun Cheese Lobster Roll. The restaurant is located in the basement alongside with elevated windows and coastal decorations, it made me feel like I was having my meal inside a boat in a nearby port. They were very generous with the amount of lobster meat in their rolls and will sure to please you.

Address: 524-27 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-6402-0904
Hours:
Sunday to Thu: 12pm – 3.30pm, 4.30pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 3.30pm, 4.30pm – 11pm

5.
Blind Alley

Blind Alley

A rare shot with the ever so active Raccoon at Blind Alley

A rare shot with the ever so active Raccoon at Blind Alley

Blind Alley Cafe, as its name suggest, I couldn’t find or take notice the cafe even after walking past for quite a few times! Situated along the street of Cheongpadong just before Sookmyung Women’s University, this is one unique cafe I’m certainly sure you can’t find something similar in Singapore!

WARNING: THIS ANIMAL-THEMED CAFE HAS TWO WILD RACCOONS INSIDE!

Yeap, it is a raccoon cafe! These raccoons are not kept in their cages most of the time. Hence, do expect them to crawl all over you when dining there. They do offer some refreshing smoothies, aromatic cafe latte, and some desserts. The best part is that the food was reasonably priced! Unlike some other animal-themed cafe whereby,  the price of a cup of Orange Juice can be exorbitant!

Address: 63-20 Cheongpadong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-701-6075

6.
1Q84 Churros

1Q84 Churros

1Q84 Churros

For a quick bite, head down to 1Q84 Churros while shopping in the streets of Ewha Womans University.

You do have to wait awhile for them to prepare the Churros as it will be made to order. Warm crispy Churros with well-coated Cinnamon Sugar is so comforting, especially in the winter. I got to try out their Churros with Cream Cheese spread on it. It so delish!

Address: 196-14, Uijeongbu 1-dong, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi, Seoul, South Korea

 

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Portico Prime @ Dempsey Hills – Chic & Modern European Restaurant

Portico Prime

Portico Prime

Situated in Dempsey Hills, Portico Prime offers a Chic & Modern European Restaurant. The interior is simple and industry-styled, yet refined and elegant. It will sure be a lavished experience here.

Roma Tomato Salad

Roma Tomato Salad

To get things started, I got to try out a few appetizers.

Roma Tomato Salad has two different types of Jamon (also known as Ham in Spanish), it was certainly unusual and I’m not used to the taste. The salad was scattered with Quinoa and Hijiki Seaweed and a finishing of Rock Melon Dressing. Still, I love how the tomatoes go well with the Quinoa and the dressing together.

Hokkaido Scallop

Hokkaido Scallop

Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallop with Brown Anchovy Mayo and Crispy Bacon, the scallop was still juicy on the inside and it was well browned. You know it is going to be good!

Pan-seared Foie Gras

Pan-seared Foie Gras

Pan-seared Foie Gras, this got to be one of my favorites! Accompanied with Beetroot Puree, Toasted Bread and a fresh mixture of berries, it was indeed dead delicious! The Foie Gras was silky and has a melt in your mouth feel. It was paired really well with the crisp toasted bread and refreshing fruits.

Live Scotland Blue-lipped Mussels

Live Scotland Blue-lipped Mussels

Live Scotland Blue-lipped Mussels. Seasoned with Garlic Confit, White Wine, and Italian Parsley, it was so simple yet so comforting. It has a wonderful aroma, I can really smell the freshness of the ocean as if I was really there. Really good!

Truffle Angel Hair Pasta

Truffle Angel Hair Pasta

Next, some of the main courses of which, I really enjoyed.

Truffle Angel Hair Pasta. Intense and pungent aroma of the truffles, matched with beautiful black Avruga-caviar, crispy Kawa Ebit Shrimps and Ito Togarashi, it will sure to make you render speechless. If I would visit again, I will sure order this as my main course again!

Roasted Chicken Leg

Roasted Chicken Leg

Roasted Chicken Leg with Chili Navy Beans Sauce. The sauce was a little on the salty side if you try it as it. Yet, it marries up perfectly when consumed with the roasted chicken. The chicken was tender and succulent. If you are not sure what you are looking for this classic dish with a slight twist should be alright to try out.

Baked Cod Fish

Baked Cod Fish

Baked Cod Fish with Yuzu-flavored foam and crushed Matcha Hazelnuts. This dish was totally bizarre! Not only that the flavors combination was unusual, the dish was presented in a very exotic way. I was astonished to get to try out some flavored foam. However, all the flavors were very mild and you have to slowly savor it to appreciate. I personally feel that even though the dish was outstanding and out of the box, I don’t like the bubbly feel of the foam in my mouth.

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee was creamy and well caramelized. I was amused that they added toasted bread on top of the Creme Brulee, certainly something different and some would sure to enjoy it with the creamy sweet custard.

Homemade Sorbet

Homemade Sorbet

Homemade Sorbet garnished with fresh fruits and granola toppings, it was very refreshing and light. Great to have it after a hearty meal. The flavors I got to try out were Green Apple, Lychee, and Passion Fruit. I really enjoyed all of them as they were not too sweet but sweet enough for me. My liking was the Green Apple, but I told by my other friends that it tasted like baby food (Apple Sauce).

Deconstructed Black Forest

Deconstructed Black Forest

Rich and decadent, Deconstructed Black Forest surely brings me back to the woods in the wonderland! The Chocolate Mousse pairs really well with the creamy cold Gelato.

 To sum up, the food was delightful. I can see that the chefs here put in the effort to recreate their dishes for a more special meal for their customers. Since the restaurant is situated in Dempsey Hills, it is quite peaceful and quiet. Additionally, with the beautiful chic interior and wonderful ambiance at night, I would totally come here again in future for a special occasion!

Portico Prime

Contact: +65 6474 7427

Address:  10 Dempsey Rd #01-20, Singapore 247700

Getting there by bus: 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, 174

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Cha Thai @ Telok Ayer

Pad Thai Noodle

Pad Thai Noodle

Stunning and jaw-dropping Pad Thai Noodle from Cha Thai. Situated in the street of Telok Ayer, this Thai Food restaurant is worth taking a look.

I love their Pad Thai Noodle. Initially, I thought that Pad Thai Noodle should have a strong wok smell. The smell and aroma can be produced with very high heat and a good well-seasoned cast iron wok.  Yet, I was told that original Pad Thai Noodle should not have it.

How do I know? The original creator of Pad Thai Noodle is actually by Chai Thai owner’s ancestor. She is the 5th generation of the family! So, an authentic Pad Thai Noodle should have a sweet fragrance, accompanied by sourish unripened mango and a squeeze of zesty lime.

Drinks

Drinks

Of course, when you are in Thai Resturant, you expect a wide range of selection of Thai drinks, right? You will be spoiled by what they can offer you. I really liked their Thai Green Tea, it was strong and creamy!

Prawn Cakes

Prawn Cakes

Crispy Prawn Cakes to be paired with rice. It was juicy and delightful. But, I do feel that they can be heavier on their seasoning. Yet, I still enjoyed much, especially with the sweet plum sauce!

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

The usual Thai Papaya Salad. I know you can’t see, but it was served with Salted Duck Eggs. I don’t recall having Papaya Salad with salted eggs, so this was unique for me! The salad dressing was zingy and refreshing, while the salted eggs give extra depth of flavor to this dish. Definitely should try if you are a sucker for Papaya Salad!

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup

Spicy Tom Yum Soup with Noodles and Seafood. Yum! It was so spicy, even I was taken aback. However, the soup was dead additive! I simply just loved it! Strong flavor and very spicy, must try!

Cha Thai

Cha Thai

I think it is worth trying out if you are around the area. Maybe a casual weekday dinner after work with a small group of friends would be great! I love spicy food and this is a place I would really consider when I’m feelin’ for it!

Make sure to try out their Toasted Bread with Milk Tea/Kaya Sauce too! I heard it was quite popular there.

Cha Thai

Contact: +65 6636 3696

Address:  #01-01 Singapore, 80 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048466

Nearest MRT Station: Telok Ayer MRT

 

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Morganfield’s @ The Star Vista – Christmas Menu

Morganfield's Christmas Menu

Morganfield’s Christmas Menu

Christmas is around the corner and if you are looking for a place to celebrate this festive with wonderful cozy ambiance this is the place you should check it out!

Morgan's Christmas Feast

Morgan’s Christmas Feast

For this Christmas, Morganfield’s has introduced a Christmas Feast! Consist of Hazelnut Stick Bones, Cranberry Stick Bones, Crackling Roasted Pork, Gammon Ham, Sausages, Salad, Roasted Potatoes, Cornbread, Mexican Grilled Corn and some Roasted Vegetables! What a sumptuous spread!

They told me that this platter could serve 4 people but I fIll it certainly can fill more than that! If you want this platter to be in your Christmas house gathering, you could place your order 3 days in advance @ their website! Pick up and delivery available.

Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon

Love their Candied Bacon! Very sticky and sweet!

Crackling Pork Roast

Crackling Pork Roast

I love roasted pork and this was a good one! The meat was tender and juicy, yet comes with a crispy crackling skin!

Cranberry Sticky Bones

Cranberry Sticky Bones

I’m a big fan of cranberries and these sticky ribs were made with cranberries. Mellowing sweet and gloriously sticky.

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

Isn’t it so comforting to look at this beautiful Roasted Chicken, isn’t? Comfort food is what makes me feels good and has a sentimental value to me. I believe a good Roasted Chicken will enlighten me when I’m feeling moody, or brighten up this festive season!

Morganfield's

Morganfield’s

Morganfield's (The Star Vista)

Morganfield’s (The Star Vista)

Do check Morganfield and have a pint of beer there with your friends!

Morganfield’s @ The Star Vista

Contact: +65 6694 3635

Address: The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-23, The Star Vista, 138617

Nearest MRT Station: Buona Vista MRT

http://morganfields.com.sg

 

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Suzette @ Esplanade – The Picnic Basket Concept

Suzette @ Esplanade

Suzette @ Esplanade

If you have heard about Lola’s Cafe, then I’m sure you will want to know more about this new Dessert Bar at Esplanade. The owner of Lola’s Cafe opened a new Dessert Bar named Suzette. Conveniently located at Esplanade, this dessert bar offers a wide scrumptious of desserts and savory menus that are all so heavenly.

Yet, Suzette is not like any other ordinary cafes or dessert bars. Starting from 5th November 2016, you could rent a picnic basket and a mat with a deposit of $50 to go for a picnic! How unconventional right?

Suzette Picnic

Suzette Picnic

I got to have a wonderful picnic experience with their new picnic concept. I love the idea of having an outdoor meal with nature.

Pulled Duck Burger

Pulled Duck Burger

Pulled Duck Burger. Sure it will be messy when having this. But, the shredded duck meat was pleasantly sweet. It was certainly refreshing. 

Quinoa Rice Bowl

Quinoa Rice Bowl

My personal favorite, Quinoa Rice Bowl with Chicken, Guacamole, Corn & Chilli Lime Dressing. I think that the chicken was well-grilled. Paired with the guacamole and dressing, it was flavorful and so delish! I totally prefer Quinoa to Brown Rice. Still, Quinoa is as healthy as Brown Rice. So I was glad that they used Quinoa.

Passion Fruit and Basil Cheese

Passion Fruit and Basil Cheese

For dessert, I got to try out Passion Fruit and Basil Cheesecake. It was fabulously exotic!

From top to bottom, the creator of this dessert certainly a whole lot of thought it too! I was told that only the whipped cream was infused with Basil and not the whole cake itself as some people might not be so fond of the flavor. Then, I was amazed by a wonderful combination of Passion Fruit and Cheese together. Just you think it can’t get any special, the crust was made with a very unusual ingredient. I can’t tell you what is it but, you got to try it out!

Coffee Hazelnut Tart

Coffee Hazelnut Tart

If you love Nutella, you got to try this out yeah! 

Coffee Hazelnut Tart, lovely as always. A mocha nutty crust, hard yet crumbly soft! A little ironic I know but that is how I am going to describe it. The filling was wonderful and aromatic too! Surely a rich and decadent dessert, if that’s what you are looking for.

Banana Earl Grey Cake

Banana Earl Grey Cake

Dense fudgy Banana-flavored & Earl Grey Cake covered with luscious smooth Banana-Flavored almost-caramelized buttercream, that’s a lot of banana to represent this cake. 

Something different if you are feeling adventurous, especially if you are deeply in love with banana. 

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart, a good balance of sour and sweet deems a good tart. I’m sure this will satisfy most people, but I find a little just a little more sourish will do my liking. Nevertheless, I still find that they have one of the best Lemon Meringue Tart in town.

Raspberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Curd

Raspberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Curd

Raspberry Loaf with Lemon Curd may sound rather uncommon to us Singaporeans, but actually a very popular combination elsewhere in the world. Try it out yourself and you will know why. At the very least, I’m sure that a loaf cake won’t go wrong.

Acai Smoothie Bowl

Acai Smoothie Bowl

Simple and light Acai Smoothie Bowl. If you ain’t looking anything to devour down a rather heavy meal, maybe you could grab a bowl of Acai Smoothie from there. Topped with fresh fruit and yummy-limous crumble, simple, light and refreshing.

Drinks

Drinks

Chocolate drink is my favorite among these three. Nevertheless, all three of them are very rich and fragrant.

Suzette Picnic

Suzette Picnic

It was definitely a pleasant evening with Suzette and their new Picnic Concept. I can see that many people will enjoy this idea during their weekends with their family and friends especially after a long week of work. I too would bring someone I want to spend time with to sit down and enjoy the marvelous evening.

Thanks Suzette for having me, giving such as a great hospitality. Ring them out to find more information about it!

Suzette

Contact: +65 9387 0743

Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13E Esplanade Mall Singapore 039802

Nearest MRT Station: Esplanade MRT

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Get your hair styled in Seoul, Korea with CCA Hair

CCA Hair 까 @ Myeongdong

CCA Hair 까 @ Myeongdong

I went to Seoul last month for a short getaway and decided to do my hair there. I have heard great reviews about CCA Hair and their reasonable prices as compared to other salons in Korea. They also have a few outlets in Seoul! Since I stayed in Myeongdong, I visited their outlet there.

I actually didn’t notice their salon as I walked pass as it looks absolutely nothing like a hair salon store. I was expecting their shop to be a just as typical salon. Nevertheless, the beautiful doodles and graffiti does stand out and feels certainly hipster!

CCA Hair 까

CCA Hair 까

Upon entering the store, I was immediately greeted and asked what was I looking for. Afterward, they brought us to a coffee table to allow us to consult with our hairstylist what hairstyle we were looking for.

Though the hairstylists working there have limited English, there are one or two that could speak fluent Mandarin. I was amazed by their services as compared to the hair salons in Singapore. I was offered the choice of Coffee or Tea, followed by some Choco Pie while waiting for my turn.

CCA Hair 까

CCA Hair 까

After discussing with my hair stylist what I should have, I had decided to go for a wavy Dandy Perm with Shiseido Treatment.

It was a very different experience as compared to Singapore because you have to move from one station to the other for every procedure. From washing to cutting, to treating and perming.  I really like how they attached a plastic shield to protect my face during the whole process. Though my hair stylist was very stylish, he was camera-shy and dislike taking photos. In spite of that, he was very friendly and professional!

CCA Hair 까

CCA Hair 까

Look at both at my Sister-in-laws. For girls, you get to two people to help you out. So good right!

CCA Hair 까

CCA Hair 까

Perming in progress.

CCA Hair 까

CCA Hair 까

Look at the final result. Gorgeous! I love how it turned out.

I have actually permed my hair before but with the Shiseido Treatment, my hair turned out baby soft after the perm! It certainly does not look frizzy or dry. If you are in Korea, you should definitely consider getting your hair done! 

I was told that they also have an outlet in Singapore! If you feeling like getting your hair done, yet not going to Seoul you should totally check their store at Far East Plaza instead!

They display their prices online (both for KR and SG), so do check it out!

CCA Hair 까

CCA Hair 까

Price

Cut + Perm + Shiseido Treatment 109,000 won (SGD 135)

CCA Hair 까

Website:

http://cca7.com/ (KR)

http://cca7.com.sg (SG)

Address: 94-3 Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Myeong-dong)

Disclaimer: I’m not paid or sponsored for this post.

 

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Joo Bar – ‘D-I-Y’ Bibimbap @ Bugis

Joo Bar

Joo Bar

I got to ‘D-I-Y’ my own Bibimbap at Joo Bar! They have a wide selection of ingredients to choose from to mix & match starting from just $10.90 with a choice of drink. What I love about is that they even have purple rice or quinoa to choose from!

Purple rice (also known as black rice), contains high amount of anthocyanins antioxidants that help to fight against heart disease and cancer. It is also a good source of fiber that helps with your digestion. 

Joo Bar

Joo Bar

Their ingredients felt really fresh! I love how the way they minced their in-house kimchi into fine bits. That way, you could mix it later into your rice evenly. The kimchi had a balance of sour and spicy. I don’t like kimchi that is too sour, so theirs definitely suits my taste bud.

Joo Bar

Joo Bar

My favorite sides got to be sliced spams, bulgogi pork, sweet corn, minced kimchi and crispy tofu! All you need to do is mix and devour.

Joo Bar

Joo Bar

Joo Bar

Contact: +65 8138 1628

Address: 5 Tan Quee Lan Street, 188094

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT

Conveniently located just beside Bugis MRT station, take the exit D and you will see Joo Bar Resturant.  

 

 

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Flavour Flings Cafe @ Hougang Ave 1

Flavour Flings

Flavour Flings

Looking for a neighbourhood cafe around your area? Flavour Flings Cafe is well-known for their Salted Egg Yolk Croissants and is also halal certified. Conveniently located in Hougang Avenue 1, Flavor Flings is back with a new special menu! 

Garlic Mushroom Bruschetta

Garlic Mushroom Bruschetta

Firstly, we got to try Garlic Mushroom Bruschetta. A delicious Garlic Bruschetta infused with White Truffle oil, top it off with Mushroom Caviar, Tomato Cubes, Parmesan Cheese and Spring Onions. Truffle lovers will sure to find this satisfying as the flavor is very strong and aromatic! I find that the Bruschetta was very well made. Highly recommended to try it out!

Salted Egg Yolk Fries

Salted Egg Yolk Fries

For some lovely bites, we got their Salted Egg Yolk Fries. Drizzled with their in-house Salted Egg Yolk Sauce, the fries were also topped with their fragrant Buttered Cereals. I wasn’t expecting the buttery cereals, but it goes really well with the sauce! It reminds me of Cereal Butter Prawns.

Fling's Noodles V.2.0

Fling’s Noodles V.2.0

Next up, Fling’s Noodles Version 2.0. They have updated their signature Fling’s Noodle. Instead of Spaghetti, they use Fettuccine. Which, I prefer as the garlicky White Cream that is also infused with White Truffle Oil can now better cling onto the pasta. Rich and creamy. Yum! 

Vanilla and Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream Sundae

Vanilla and Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream Sundae

As for dessert, we got to try out Vanilla and Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream Sundae. I find that the Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream was a little icy. Yet, the sweet-scented Vanilla Ice Cream was palatable.

Vanilla and Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream Sundae

Vanilla and Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream Sundae

 

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Lastly, it was one of my favorite, Creme Brulee. I love the fact that Flavour Flings had used a wider, shorter ramekins instead of the taller and smaller ones. This mean that there will be more caramelized sugar topping as the surface area will be larger! The cold custard cream isn’t too jelat and goes really well with the warm sweet caramelized sugar.

All in all, I really enjoyed being there in Flavour Flings. The ambiance was warm and cozy. Food was decent and satisfying. The place will be great for an impromptu casual meet-up with family and friends as it is around my around, Hougang/Kovan.

Flavour Flings Cafe

Contact: +65 6286 0051

Address: Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, 530121

Nearest MRT Station: Kovan MRT

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