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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:00

Reta Lo’u Dance and Three Sikka War Skills


The sight of a man in a traditional dress was twisting in the air by relying on a 3-4 meter bamboo, of course, would invite admiration.
Especially when the dancer swings a long, shiny sword. While under it there are some dancers holding tightly to the bamboo pole. Scary as well as amazing.

That is the Tua Reta Lo’u dance. This dance is a traditional dance from Maumere that describes the ancestral warfare techniques of Maumere and Sikka Krowe ethnic in the past.

According to the coordinator of Bliran Sina Studio,  Kajowair Village, Hewokloang Sub-district, Sikka, Yoseph Gervasius, Tua Reta Lo’u is danced by the Hewokloang indigenous people.
Bliran Sina studio itself is also one that helped popularize the dance.

“The Tua Reta Lo’u actually consists of three dances depicting three techniques of war,” explained Yosep Gervasius.
The dance consists of 3 dances that combined the Awi Alu dance, Mage Mot dance and Tua Reta Lo’u  dance itself which is danced sequentially by dozens of female and male dancers.

Usually the dancers will be accompanied by gong waning rhythm with various types of punches.
The three dances are related to the agility of war that must be owned by every man.
Awi Alu dance depicts the dexterity exercises of the lower body. At this stage the dancers will jump in between wooden or bamboo sticks that are banged by other dancers.

Read: Let's Explore the Amazing of Flores on Five Days

A colliding stick will produce sound. This Awi Alu dance looks like stick dance commonly played by scout children.
Next, there is a Mot Motion dance. The purpose of Mage Mot dance is to train agility of upper body.

The model is similar to the Awi Alu dance  but in the Awi Alu dance stick is placed on a rarely 20-30 cm from the ground then the Mage Mot dance stick will be placed parallel to the neck.

The last is the surveillance skills presented in the form of  Tua Lo’u Reta dance. In this session a male dancer complete with his sword will be raised to a bamboo pole by his colleagues.

The dancer will rest on the end of the pole with his stomach. It spins in all directions as if it were monitoring the situation
The poles are held by several male dancers while some female dancers dance around them.(Voxntt)


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Home to numerous tourist attractions, from natural wonders to man-made objects, cultural charms to gastronomical delights, Indonesia has plenty to offer tourists.

Due to the dizzying number of destinations to choose from, newcomers as well as frequent visitors may want to consider these eight recommended places to kick off their adventure in the archipelago this year, as compiled by kompas.com

 

Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara

This destination has gained more popularity after being included in a list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. No wonder renowned public figures such as actress Gwyneth Paltrow and motorcycle road racer Valentino Rossi opted to vacation there.

It is expected to welcome an even larger number of tourists this year as many airlines have opened direct flights to its hub city, Labuan Bajo.

Read Also : Top 10 Destination in Labuan Bajo

Banyuwangi, East Java

The easternmost regency of Java island has also become more popular among tourists. It is indeed blessed with many types of tourist attractions, from national parks to surf-friendly beaches and breathtaking waterfalls.

Belitung, Bangka Belitung

Since being featured in local film Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops) in 2008, Belitung has become the icon of Bangka Belitung. Its close proximity to big cities such as Jakarta also makes it a convenient destination for a weekend getaway.
More accommodation options are now available there, as many new hotels opened last year.

 

 

Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara

Said to be one of the most popular destinations among local millennials, Sumba is attracting more and more visitors, especially since being used as a filming location.

Interestingly, among foreign tourists, the island is particularly famous among the middle to upper class. No wonder it has the best hotel in the world, Nihi Sumba Island.

Diving enthusiasts are probably already familiar with this place as it is among the most popular marine destinations in the country thanks to its white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

Traveling to the island is easier now that national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has opened a direct flight from Ambon.

Alor, East Nusa Tenggara

Also a destination blessed with numerous diving spots, Alor is surrounded by clear waters that will excite all divers and snorkelers.

Lake Toba, North Sumatra
Said to be one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia among foreign tourists, this lake has long been one of North Sumatra's gems.

The availability of direct flights to Silangit Airport makes it more convenient for visitors to travel there.

Sombori and Labengki Islands, Central Sulawesi

Dubbed the Raja Ampat of Central Sulawesi, the place is home to a gorgeous karst island cluster, blue lake, breathtaking underwater and the unique Bajo Tribe.
Many independent tour operators provide open trips for tourists seeking to explore the islands.

 


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The island of Kanawa, only some 15 km from the growing fishermen’s town of Labuan Bajo on Flores, is fringed with a bed of coral reefs teeming with colorful fish all around. Its turquoise water is exceptionally calm and clear. Swimming and snorkeling are most poular family activities here. Dive down the sea from the jetty, and meet schools of fish that cloud the stilts. Hours would pass so quietly as you are busy with all of these beach activities.

The island of Kanawa has two bulging hills with fantastic panorama from its hilltop. Covering only 32-hectare or less than 80-acre land, the island is a hideout from the hidden, yet so close to the burgeoning harbor of Labuan Bajo. This could be the only resort class service that fits the budget of backpackers.

Read : Amazing Trip, 2 days getaway on the Sea

Amongst sparse beach vegetation that grows between a rocky hill and turquoise water, the eco-friendly property is a delightful ambush. People do not wish to leave too soon. It’s a seamless haven. There are also diving enthusiasts who love to share their latest engagement with the mantas, the wobbegongs, the whale sharks, or the pigmy seahorse found in the diving spots around the island. The music usually turns to become lively during the evening after a time-lapsing moment passing the unworldly episode of a golden sunset.


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Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:00

Bena Traditional Village, Flores, Indonesia

Bena, a community that is situated about 16km from Bajawa at the foot of Mount Inerie, is the most famous and also most visited village in the Ngada district. With its impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines, as well as traditional houses, Bena has turned into a signpost for Ngada culture.
 
The village consists of two parallel rows of traditional, high thatch-roofed houses. Highly visible in the center of the village are ngadhu and bhaga, pairs of shrines – one for each clan of the village – representing the clan’s ancestors. The ngadhu is an anthropomorphic umbrella-like pole embodying the male ancestor of a clan. The trunk is decorated with carvings and is topped with a warrior-like figure. The ngadhu symbolizes fierceness and virility. After a new ngadhu has been carved out of a special tree, the men of the village carry the pole in a ceremonial way into the village.

Read Also : Cover the landscape of Flores on Five days

The bhaga, a female ancestral clan shrine, is a small hut with a thatched roof that resembles a miniature of a traditional house. It symbolizes the sanctuary of the house and the female body. The bhaga offers enough space for one to two persons to hold rituals for female ancestors.
Another distinct feature of Ngada culture, of which Bena offers an awesome sight, are the megalithic formations in the village center. Megaliths are a means to connect with the supernatural realm and to communicate with the ancestors, often by animal sacrifice. As with the ngadhu and bhaga shrines, there is also a stone altar to every village clan. Additionally, a massive pile of flat stones, called lenggi, represents a court where the different clans of the village settle their legal disputes. If you look closer at the houses in Bena, you often find them decorated with skulls and horns of water buffaloes and pig jaws which were sacrificed at different ceremonies.
 
Visitors can buy locally crafted ikat, or tie-dyed woven cloth, in Bena. The sarong, which is a large tube of woven cloth, is often worn wrapped around the waist, both by men and women. The ikat weaving motifs range from animal patterns like horses, chickens, elephants, and the sacred ngadhu and bagha symbols.
 
At the end of the village, elevated on a small hill, a viewpoint with a Virgin Mary shrine gives you the opportunity to have a bird eye’s view over Bena and a wider view of the beautiful surrounding landscape, including Mount Inerie and the Savu Sea.


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Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has invited investors from China to put their money in the new 10 destinations being promoted by the Indonesian government as “10 New Balis.”

Last year, with US$318 billion investment, China became the second-largest investor in 2017 after Singapore, whose investment reached $385 billion, said the minister, adding that in 2016, China was in 16th position, recording $6.22 billion investment.

“We believe that China will become the largest investor in Indonesia this year,” said Arief on the sideline of the Safe Bali Campaign in Beijing on Tuesday as reported by Antara.

The 10 New Balis that are being promoted are: Lake Toba in North Sumatra, which needs $1.6 billion investment; Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung ($1.4 billion); Tanjung Lesung in Banten ($4 billion); Thousand Islands in Jakarta ($1.5 billion); Borobudur  in Central Java ($1.5 billion); Bromo-Tengger-Semeru in East Java ($1.4 billion); Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara ($3 billion); Labuan Bajo in East NusaTenggara ($1.2 billion); Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi ($1.5  billion); and Morotai in Maluku ($2.9 billion).

Read : Top 10 Destination in Labuan Bajo

Arief said the government had developed basic infrastructure such as airports, seaports, and roads, as well as clean water and electricity networks to support tourism in the new destinations, which are expected to be completed in 2019.

“In Lake Toba, we have constructed an international airport. Airports in Yogyakarta and Belitung will follow soon. The investors will enjoy profits at least five times what has been invested,” Arief added.


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Wonderful Indonesia will be promoted at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from Jan. 24 to 26. The Tourism Ministry will feature 42 industry players at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center.
The ministry’s development and marketing first deputy, I Gde Pitana, said in an official release this year Indonesia would feature a 182-square-meter pavilion with a capacity of 21 exhibition booths.

“The event will enable Indonesian sellers to meet with about 350 international buyers. There will also be thousands of worldwide delegates and visitors, and the event will be covered by 150 international media outlets,” said Pitana.

KompasTravel reported that the participants in Indonesia’s booth consisted of travel agents and operators, hotels and special attractions. The South Sumatra Cultural and Tourism Agency will also be featured in the booth.

“We will bring 42 delegates from star destinations in Indonesia. They will offer tour packages that are ready to be offered to buyers. This year, we are the host of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang. We will also put a spotlight on this event,” Pitana added.

He also asked the tour and travel industry players, hotels and resorts use the event to heavily promote and have business meetings with buyers from all over the world.

Read : NTT Businessman to Offer Arab Saudi investor to Develop the Tourism in Labuan Bajo

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Indonesia’s participation in the event was very important and strategic. He elaborated further that tourism was similar to the telecommunications and transportation industries, in that proximity and cultural closeness are keys to whether or not a program is successful.

“ASEAN is close, geographically and culturally,” said the minister, adding that he believes ASEAN countries have the potential to be attractive destinations for tourism.

“Indonesia puts ASEAN tourism collaborations in high regard. We, with the collaborations, will raise awareness that ASEAN is a competitive tourism destination in the Asia-Pacific,” added Pitana.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum is a regional effort to promote ASEAN as one tourism destination. The annual event involves all tourism sectors from 10 ASEAN member countries, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, there are also three Asian countries, namely China, India and Korea.
This year, the event coincides with ASEAN’s 51st anniversary, with the theme “Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity”. (asw)


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Maumere, the capital of Sika regency in East Nusa Tenggara, is blessed with breathtaking nature as well as fascinating history and culture.

Below are five of the most recommended places to visit for those lucky enough to travel to the town.

Sikka Old Church

Designed by the same architect that created the Jakarta Cathedral, this European and Sikka-styled church was built in 1873. Despite its old age, it still standing strong with a 10-meter dome supported by roof columns made of teak.
The influence of the Sikka style is particularly seen when you enter the church where all the walls are adorned in Sikka tenun ikat (traditional woven fabric) with Gabar (designated for the royals) and Wenda (generally used by the locals) motifs.
Stained glass at the altar that has been there since the church was established adds a nice touch to the place.

Pangabatang Island

Located around one hour from Laurens Say Port in Maumere, this place will especially attract those seeking a getaway. Inhabited by only 60 to 80 people, it only has one small port for some fishing boats to dock.

Being there will make you feel like you're in a private island, welcomed by the still undiscovered vast white sand complemented with pristine Tosca blue water and peaceful ocean waves.
Expect to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and diving while you are on the island.

 

Nilo Hill
This place is famous for its 28-meter high Bunda Maria Segala Bangsa (Mother Maria of All Nations) Statue that has graced the hill since 2004.


It usually greets pilgrims as well as vacationers since it is surrounded by lush trees and a beautiful flower garden.
After parking your vehicle at the entrance gate area and walking around 500 meters to reach the statue, you can expect to marvel at the view of Maumere city as the attraction is situated 1,600 meters above sea level.

Koka Beach

This beautiful bay on the south coast of the Sikka district is a favorite place for locals to relax or go fishing in their juking outriggers. The long and wide white-sand beach is also popular among foreign visitors to pause, have a picnic, and maybe go for a swim.


The tall, black rocks interspersed with bright sand provide a very contrasting scene and are ideal objects for photography. Koka Beach is situated about 2.5km from the main road near Wolowiro Village in the Paga sub-district. From Maumere, it takes about 48km; from Wolowaru, about 35km. (Read Also: Let's Explore the Intersting of Flores Through this Way)

Geliting Market

Before going home, make sure to drop by this market to buy some souvenirs. This oldest market in Sika is where merchants gather to sell various local products, from tenun ikat to moke (sugar palm liquor) stored in plastic bottles.
You can also opt to purchase various agriculture products or fresh fish to be cooked as breakfast in the market. (jakartapost)


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Kelimutu National Park is the smallest among six national parks in the stretch between Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands. Its size obviously does not matter much when it offers one of the most spectacular wonders that nature has to offer. There are three lakes on the mountain sharing the same name, Kelimutu, meaning ‘the boiling lake’. Each has its own colors and a local name. But all are believed to be the resting place of departed souls.

Kelimutu lakes are unpredictable as to when and what color they will change into. Sometimes, the colors are blue, green, and black, and some other times they turn to white, red, and blue. The last time a traveler saw them, one was dark brown, just like a pond of chocolate. Previously, the east lake was red and the middle lake was blue.

Lake Kelimutu is part of the Kelimutu National Park, presenting a highly aesthetic value and surreal experience. The national park’s highest point is 5,679 feet at Mt Kelibara (1,731 meters), and 5,544 feet high (1,690 meters) at Mt Kelimutu. It is a national park that protects 19 endemic and endangered animals, among which, the Floresian punai (Treron floris), Wallacea owl (Otus silvicola), Floresian kancilan (Pachycephala nudigula), Floresian eagle (Spizeatus floris), and Timorese tesia (Tesia everetti).

If you want to get there, You can start fromKoanara village, in the Wolowaru sub-district is closest to Mt Kelimutu, and is about 66 km from the town of Ende, or 83 km from Maumere. Moni is the closest small town, lying at the foot of Mt Kelimutu. It is the gate to Lake Kelimutu. The distance between Moni and Kelimutu is 15 km. Or  You Can also get the information at  www.florestodaytour.com We will pleasure to guide you on how to get there.
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It’s enchanting to learn about the people of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara and their traditional woven fabric. When you visit the island, you will see people wearing tenun ikat throughout the region.

“This ikat fabric is very important for us,” Yosef Gervasius, an organizer of the Bliran Sina cultural center in Watu Blapi village, Maumere.The fabric must be present at all cultural occasions such as births, weddings and death ceremonies. It is also an important form of dowry that should be presented by a bride to her groom.

Read also: Two days Getaway on Komodo National Park

“At a wedding, the groom can bring money instead of woven ikat, but the woman should bring ikat,” Yosef said. “But if the bride-to-be brings fabric called kikir kobar, then the groom should be ready to bring a dowry worth the price of horse,” he said.

“How we determine dowries is not about how much we have to pay, but it’s about equality. It symbolizes eternal unity, so they must work hard together and save up for the next generation.”

Flores women play an important role in preserving this heritage. They must master the skill of weaving as they are the ones responsible for making fabric for their husbands and children.

“There must be someone who can weave in almost every house,” Yosef said.

Read also: Strolling Through Megalithic Village of Bena

Yosef said girls usually started to learn about making fabric in the fourth grade of elementary school. Their first lesson is about rolling threads. The weaving lessons start later, when they reach the fifth grade of high school. First, they learn to make clothes for men. After mastering that, they start to make clothes for women.

Ikat in Sikka regency is made manually using natural dyes, although Yosef said that nowadays a lot of fabrics were made using synthetic dyes, which could produce brighter colors.

A popular pattern features a gecko, which locals call a dragon, a symbol of luck for those who see it. Flores people also keep old sacred fabrics that can only be worn at special ceremonies. These fabrics are usually handed down for many generations and are considered precious for the family. The cloth displays certain patterns, usually with one main strip featuring different motifs, such as pineapple flowers, a symbol of women’s fertility, or a plate for offerings.

Up to 52 patterns have been registered as trademarks by the regency administration, which is currently registering other designs as well.
“At the moment we are waiting for an announcement from the Law and Human Rights Ministry that no one has filed a complaint about our attempt,” said Sikka regent Yoseph Ansa Rera.(jakartapost)

 

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 00:00

Top 10 Destination in Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is the capital of the district of Manggarai Barat (West Manggarai) and is located at the westernmost tip of the island. there are many other interesting places worth exploring in Labuan Bajo. We  recommend at least 10 points of destination that must be visited in Labuan Bajo namely;

1.Komodo Island
As the natural habitat of the largest lizard in the world, Komodo Island has been known worldwide. This island has been appointed as Komodo National Park alongside its neighbors, Rinca Island and Padar Island, together with the other smaller islands. Aside from the gigantic lizards, Komodo Island is also known to possess enchanting beaches and coral reefs, which become a true magnet for travelers around the globe.

2.Rinca Island
Somehow this island managed to gain more fame compared to its neighbor, Komodo Island. This fame is partly due to the island’s landscape of savannah and tropical forest that allow the visitors to undergo a spectacular journey while observing the lizards from up close. Besides, the chance of meeting the lizards is also higher than in Komodo Island. Rinca island provides more facilities for tourist as well.

3.Padar
This place is quite similar to Padar Island. It is due to its hills, actually. From the top of these hills, you can witness great scenery. Though, it takes much energy to get here. Make sure you have prepared enough stamina. In a nutshell, hiking is the most popular activity in Gili Laba. It is the main activity here. In order to reach the summit of the hill, you need to spend approximately 40 minutes. It can be either faster or slower. It depends on your stamina.

4.Gili Laba
Gili Laba is a small island near the main island Komodo. Gili Laba is an uninhabited island located one hour away from Komodo Island. From Labuan Bajo, it will take around four hours to get to the island. The island has become a popular travelers’ destination since the rise of many sailing trip tours offered by tour service agents in Flores and Lombok.
The island offers one-of-a kind view of the Flores sea from the top of its hill. When you arrive at the island, you will be greeted by the white, clean sand completed by the clear water with amazing combination of blue and green. The whole island has hills all over, with green savannah that turns yellowish when the dry season comes.

Read : Amazing Trip, Two Days Getaway on Komodo Sea

5.Pink beach
This peculiar beach gets its color from red coral fragments. It is definitely a great place to spend some time by just laying back or enjoying the underwater world with your snorkeling equipment.
Another pink beach smaller in size can be found on Komodo Island as well. The shallow reef begins just in front of the beach. Being deep enough to snorkel at low tide and not too deep at high tide, it is one of the best snorkeling spots in the park.
Snorkeling is a favorite activity to do here. Accompanied by the sea breeze and the flying birds, it will give you the perfect feel of tropical paradise. Eventhough Gili Island is located near Komodo National Park, you don’t have to worry about the predators. There isn’t any known komodo living in the island.

6.Batu Cermin Cave
Batu Cermin cave is set within an impressive prominent rock formation near Labuan Bajo. Through a hole in the cave, rays of light find their way into the cave’s inside walls where they perform a spectacular show of reflected sunlight. This fascinating effect is caused by some slick, mirror-like rock surfaces that reflect the light. Hence the cave’s name, Batu Cermin, which means ‘mirror rock’ in Indonesian. If you want to experience this visual delight in all its beauty, make sure to be there at the right time: depending on the time of year, the sunrays only hit the hole between 9 and 10am.
However, the cave is a lovely site not only during these morning hours, but at any time of the day. Batu Cermin lies in a fantastic natural environment with an excellent panoramic view over the mainland and the islands nearby. It is surrounded by forests where long-tailed monkeys and wild boars live.

7.Cunca Rami Waterfall
The impressive Cunca Rami waterfall, with its many pretty pools that offer a refreshing, natural swimming experience, makes a fantastic day trip from Labuan Bajo. Starting from Werang, which is located 35km southeast of Labuan Bajo, it takes you about a 1½  hour scenic walk through an area which seems to be relatively untouched by modern civilization. Hiking through small villages and agricultural land, this walk is also a lesson in culture and agriculture. If you are with a local guide, it will be easy for you to get involved in conversations with villagers and farmers along the way. The trail leads you across various villages before it stretches out into open farmlands with water buffaloes, pigs, and goats grazing freely in the fields.
You can observe the various stages of rice cultivation and the traditional drying methods throughout the trail. Keep an eye out for banana, cacao, vanilla, and avocado plantations – it is amazing how everything grows and prospers seemingly effortless in this fertile area.

8. Mount Mbeliling
Mount Mbeliling, located in West Manggarai, is the highest mountain in this region. The Mbeliling Forest Reserve, which spans over an area of 15,000 hectares, is the habitat of numerous endemic plant species and birds. Its large variety of flora and fauna make it a perfect trekking destination, especially during the dry season.
Roe Village, situated at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level at the foothills of Mount Mbeliling (1239m), is the ideal starting point for a trek to the mountain. The village is located only 27km away from Labuan Bajo on the Transflores ‘highway’.

9.Cunca Wulang Canyon
Cunca Wulang Canyon, located 30km east of Labuan Bajo and nestled in a tropical rainforest setting, is one of Flores’ most striking spots for outdoor activities. Impressive waterfalls cascade into beautiful, fresh-water pools and lead into a series of smaller waterfalls and rivers a few kilometers downstream.
In recent years, Cunca Wulang gained popularity among the canyoning community as an excellent destination for this popular outdoor sport. Even if canyoning is not your favorite sport, the area still offers good hiking and swimming options. The medium-impact hike to Cunca Wulang from Wersawe Village is pleasantly seamed by paddy fields in different stages of their planting and harvesting cycle. Vanilla, coffee, candlenut, and cacao can also be seen along the trail; and the last, steep part leads you through a section of lush tropical rain forest.

10.Sano Nggoang Crater Lake
Sano Nggoang Crater Lake is located approximately 35km east of Labuan Bajo. With depths of up to 500m, it is said to be among the world’s deepest crater lakes.
The lake and an overall surrounding area of 5,500 hectares are proposed to become a protected area due to the remaining forests and endemic bird species such as the native Flores crow and the Flores monarch. Enthusiastic bird watchers and nature lovers should make sure to bring along their binoculars. Besides the birds, there is an abundance of attractive flora and fauna that can be spotted in this area.

Sano Nggoang offers the full range of nature tourism attractions and activities, from hiking to bird watching, swimming, or simply relaxing in a natural hot spring. What’s more, it offers you to gain an insight in the local people’s customs, traditional farming practices, and everyday life.

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