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Saturday, April 29, 2017

How To Write an Argumentative Essay?

An argumentative essay uses reason to demonstrate that certain ideas are more valid than others in academic writing. This type of essay provides the reader with a thorough overview of a topic, covering all facets of the situation or a fact. The purpose of such an essay is to persuade the reader into agreeing with the author's point of view.

An argumentative essay must be based on sound logic and must contain factual evidence to support the argument. The effectiveness of this type of essay depends on the author's ability to parse through the various facets of the topic and lead the reader toward an obvious and logical conclusion.
Building up a strong argument – is very hard task, it requires a lot of efforts and skills of yours.

Argumentative essays provide your audience with a well-rounded summary of the issue at hand, but clearly indicate what your own point of view on essay topics is and why this view is the best option over others. Thus, make sure you have your desired outcome in mind as you move forward in the writing process. This will help to sway another person or group of people in their opinion on a subject.

Argumentative essay structure

When you are starting writing an argumentative essay you need to know the structure of it so to shape your writing in a right way.
A good essay of this type should consist of:

a) an introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the topic to be discussed, without giving your opinion;

b) a main body in which the points for and against along with your justifications, examples or reasons are presented in separate paragraphs; and

c) a closing paragraph in which you state your opinion or give a balanced consideration of the topic.

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Useful essay words and phrases

Certain words are used to link ideas and to signpost the reader the direction your line of reasoning is about to take, such as adding more emphasis, or introducing an alternative point of view.
Opinion words (such as I think, I believe, In my opinion, etc.) can only be used in the closing paragraph where you give your opinion on the topic.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Laki Beach : Laki-ng Sakit ng Ulo. #TheNotSoLakiTrip #HolyWeek2017 #Mariveles #Bataan

Note: For the many whose vacation  on April 14-15 2017, Good Friday and Black Saturday were ruined, this is for you.   - Anton

DISCLAIMER: It is not my intention to demean the place. I just want to share the bad experience we had on Good Friday of 2017 when we decided to pick Laki Beach in Mariveles Bataan as the place to spend one night for the long Holy Week Holiday. This could be an isolated place due to the nature of the holoday but this was what happened anyways.

We decided not to go with the main exodus Tuesday and Wednesday nights so we decided to take the trip to Bataan at around 2am Friday. We left 5- Star Cubao Terminal via their affiliate bus company Bataan Transit at around 3:00 am. We were #laki we were able to board the bus without the long lines and got to Mariveles at around 7:00 am. So easy! Had a quick breakfast in town. Thank God there is Jolibee in Mariveles town. We were on board a tricycle (75 php per tricycle) and got to Brgy Porto in no time.


About Laki Beach
Laki beach is a beach-in-a-cove located in Mariveles Bataan which is roughly 4 hrs by land from Manila and 30 minutes by boat from Brgy Porto Mariveles. It is a white sand beach with fine sand the length similar to that of Anawangin Cove in Zambales. Since it is a cove, access to the beach is only via boat. The beach is pristine with very clear water. It has the same vibe of that of Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao Quezon so I actually call it "Little Puting Buhangin".

How To Get to Laki Beach
1. Ride bus from Cubao via Bataan Transit or Genesis bound Mariveles Bataan. Travel time is approximately 4 hrs. Fare is approximately 280 pesos. 
2. Alight at the bus terminal in Mariveles Bataan. This is the end of the route so you will not miss it. 3. Take tricycle or jeepney to Brgy Porto. In our case, we took tricycle for 75 pesos. 
4. Board the boat frm Brgy. Porto to Laki Beach for 30 minutes or so.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ice Ñ Cream : Scooping Starts April 16 @NovotelManilaAC

I always feel hesitant whenever I hear "in-house ice cream". Or shall I say skeptical is the better word. It's just that there are many ice cream shops out there that are "try-hards" when it comes to this favorite summer refreshment and in most cases they fail. So I came to Novotel Manila Araneta Center with "reservations" and a "wait-and-see" attitude. But after trying almost all of the 18 flavors they have at the newly opened section of Novotel Manila Araneta Center, -- Ice Ñ Cream --I was convinced that it can give expensive commercial brands a run for their money. And I say this because it left me with not just one, not just two but many favorites. That I will mention in detail later. Read on.

Like me, I am sure you will find your favorites among the 18 flavors categorized into 5 -- Classic, Philippine Flavors, Sorbets, Alcoholic and Sugar-Free for those who are health conscious.


Oui Vanilla! ( Vanilla) 
 Real vanilla bean infused in smooth custard 
Wake Me Up Before You Go-go! ( Caffe Latte)
 2 Rich notes of coffee with real coffee bean crunc 
Choco Goes Nuts ( Choco Peanut) 
  Premium Belgian chocolate matched with roasted peanuts 
It Match-A Been Love ( Matcha) 
 Deep yet delicate Japanese matcha essence coupled with rich cream.



Philippine Flavors 

Purple Dream ( Ube and Langka) 
Smooth yam elevated with slivers of Philippine Jackfruit 
Green with Envy ( Avocado) 
 The richness of avocado perfectly balanced with Belgian chocolate chips. 
Smell Me, Taste Me, Love Me ( Durian) 
 Sweet creamy custard with the King of Fruit's subdued essence 
Leche de Almond ( Leche Flan) 
 Velvety leche flan ceowned with ceunchy Almond Florentine

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mt. Ulap Itogon Benguet: New Year Hike, Gungal Rock + Traverse to Brgy Sta. Fe #iAmSuperInMtUlap

I know many have blogged and shared on social media their experience in Mt. Ulap. But as each experience is different, here's mine. It was special because it was my first hike this year 2017, January 2 to be exact, and extra- special because I hiked with a special someone. Naks! The weather was perfect and I celebrated new year's eve in Baguio so I didn't feel the stress of going here. Based on photos one might think that this mountain is in the middle of nowhere. Wrong! It is actually only 45 minutes away from Baguio City. Cool ayt? As cool as the weather here so hiking was a breeze.


How To Get To Mt. Ulap 

1. Ride the jeepney bound Felix Mine or direct to Ampucao Benguet
 at Baguio Central Market. Fare is around 35-50 pesos and travel time is 45 minutes. 
2. Alight at the junction of Brgy. Ampucao for registration. 
3. Hike to Mt. Ulap -- 3.5 hours 
4. Traverse and exit at Brgy Sta. Fe Itogon Benguet 
5. Take jeepney back to the City

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

C-Boutique Hotel Baguio: Bad Choice!

"A nice hotel with bad service 
is like having a good-looking boyfriend/girlfriend who sucks." --anton

Warning: Don't be deceived by the nice photos. I am just good at it. Or say the hotel is photogenic too but a place is just a place. In the end, it's the people who runs it.

This is the same review I posted on my Tripadvisor account where I am a senior reviewer. I rarely say bad things about a hotel unless I really didn't like the experience. My reviews pointed to the main points --- too pricey, bad location and poor service. Most bad reviews on Tripadvisor all point to the same factors. No wonder why C Boutique Hotel only ranks #25 of Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Baguio City. Read  reviews>>> here


Too Pricey
So-so Rooms
It was a wrong choice staying here Dec 32- Jan 1, 2017 to spend New Year in Baguio. To be fair, the hotel holds to its name as a boutique hotel. Decent place, clean, well maintained but I find it too expensive for 3,500 pesos. I would put its fair value at 2,500 pesos as it is the typical type you can find in the Metro. If you are in Baguio with your whole family and set of friends and wants to achieve peace then this is the place to go but again with no amenities to boost of don't pay above 3,000 pesos just to get a typical-looking room. To think Baguio hotels don't pay for airconditioning. 3,500 php is too much. And then the bed was not so soft. Walang wala sa 5-star bed ng Tune Hotel/ Red Planet hotel which you can have for as low as 1,800php. Power shower is good. Heated water works well except that the shower drain clogged after 2nd use. Muntik nang bumaha sa restroom.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cucina's Tasty Indulgence #Buffet @MarcoPoloManila

You know the reason why breakfast buffets im hotels are usually cheaper than other meals of the day? Because the former is usually included in your room charge while the latter you have to pay separately. While I was very satisfied with the breakfast buffet during our stay, I thought it would be nicer if we can also try dinner buffet. I was not disappointed. After all, Cucina will not be included in Philippine Tattler's Best Restaurants in the Philippines 2016 for nothing.

Savor a new and delightful culinary experience and taste the best meaty dishes with Cucina's signature dishes. It offers a versatile dining experience complemented by a well-curated spread of international cuisine that are heavy on flavours and is made from superior ingredients. From the Seafood Station, Asian Noodles and Pasta, Carving, Cheeses and Cold Cuts and Desserts, Cucina promises to be a one-stop-shop for all the finest flavors that diners’ palates are looking for.


Cucina is consistently seen in bringing something new to the table with these new buffet signature dishes, bringing incredible flavour and tenderness, prepared to perfection.

Meat-lovers will enjoy the new line up of signature specialties definitely brings a whole new surprise to everyone’s palate. Setting up a different kind of fusion featuring the tropical fruit, pineapple, enjoy the Filipino favorite, Crispy Pata, with a different twist―stuffed with foiegras and topped with Pineapple salsa. Opt for a dairy and ocean-fresh filling with Braised Beef Roulade Stuffed with Cream Cheese, Shrimp, Fish, and Shellfish Meat. Taste the best of both worlds with the Surf and Turf Blanket, featuring Salmon and Minced Beef with Sundried Tomato.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

APERITIVO at Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge

Prior Post: Marco Polo Ortigas Manila -- Outstanding, Iconic Property with Virtually Flawless Service and Amazing Facilities @MarcoPoloManila

I was at the 45th floor of Marco Polo Ortigas last Thursday staring at traffic below.and it was hellish as ever. Nothing new in Metro Manila. So the idea of spending the afternoon at Vu's Bar where from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm they offer pre-dinner cocktails is a productive way of spending rush hour than get stuck helplessly in traffic.

Inspired by Anti Pasti Misto Buffet, APERITIVO at Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge, guests will have a buffet of Italian appetizers like cold cuts, cheeses and croquettes with unlimited beers and house wines. Take your pre-dinner drinks and appetizers to new heights.

Monday to Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Php 899 nett per person 
Inclusive of VAT, service charge and local government taxes.

APERITIVO at Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge

Apart from the remarkable skyline scenery, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge invites diners to indulge in its vast selection of cocktails, wines and other spirits together with a well-curated line-up of dishes that is a good mix of Filipino, Spanish and other Mediterranean favorites. Aperitivo is an Italian ritual of socialising over good food and drinks. And the mood at Vu's in the afternoon I was there was one that is chill and feel-good. The al fresco section facing the mountains of Rizal province and the uninterrupted view of the city below added to the relaxed vibe of the place. It was also airy that day so I really enjoyed my stay.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

FLOW SPA @MarcoPoloManila by #AsmaraSpa

A stay at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is best complimented with a visit to  Flow Spa at the 22nd level for the best relaxation one can have. The 22nd floor is my favorite floor as it is where the pool, the gym, locker room and sauna and Flow Spa are located. We were able to fully utilize the use of all these facilities with a relaxing Urban Escape massage for 90 minutes late at night. What a good way to end a long day. A perfect culmination to a wonderful staycation.

FLOW SPA At Marco Polo Ortigas Manila offers a wide range of treatments and massage services perfect for unwinding and relaxation. It is operated by no less that Asmara Spa which is the pioneer in spa operations in the Philippines with branches in some of the best hotels in the country including Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila Peninsula, Solaire and Marco Polo Davao.


About Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo Origas Manila is a 5-star hotel located at the heart of the buzzling central business district of Ortigas, one of the main business districts in Metro Manila Philippines. The distinction of a 5-Star hotel as awarded by the Department of Tourism of the Philippines is not the only feather on its sleeves. It recently bagged a 5-Star category this time from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2017. In the words of Forbes Travel Guide "outstanding, iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities’'. I can personally attest to that distinction. The hotel is flawless. I have nothing but good words based on our awesome experience.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

REVIEW: Marco Polo Ortigas Manila -- Outstanding, Iconic Property with Virtually Flawless Service and Amazing Facilities @MarcoPoloManila

I knew Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is a 5-star hotel but I have underestimated it. After our staycation a few weeks ago I am convinced that this hotel is worthy of a 5-star tag. Every square inch of it from the room to lobby to their restaurants that bagged Phillipine Tatler's Best Restaurant in 2017, their bar, to their indoor pool and sauna, the gym and the spa, everywhere you look it's 5-star. You can tell that every spot is expensive and well taken care of. Service is impeccable, anywhere you go you see warm faces and people are always willing to assist you even at the elevator. There are so many good things to say about this hotel that I run out of superlatives!



Nestled in the vibrant and growing commercial business district is the first purpose-built 5-star Marco Polo hotel in the Philippines.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is centrally located in Ortigas Commercial Business District between Quezon City, Mandaluyong and Pasig City. Hotel is accessible to organizations such as Asian Development Bank, Meralco, San Miguel Corporation, major Business Process Outsource (BPO) establishments and pharmaceutical companies.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Go Gangnam: A K-Food Festival at Food Exchange Manila from Feb 21-27 @NovotelManilaAC #GoGangnamAtNovotel

I developed a liking for Korean food back in 2008. At that time I was a newbie in a Korean company in Ortigas teaching English to Koreans online. And Korean food is not something that you fall in love with at first try especially if you hit on the spicy dishes on first sample. But give it time and it grows on you. Soon you will find yourself hooked on the distinct taste that is Korean cuisine.

Many hotels these days include a few Korean dishes in their menu or buffet offering due to the significance of Koreans on tourist arrivals in the country. The number of tourists from South Korea breached the 1 Million mark last 2014 and if data is correct, they reached 1.5 million last 2016. That's wow! Not to mention that the Philippines holds the largest number of Koreans in diaspora in Southeast Asia.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center's Food Exchange takes it further as tribute to Korea's significant contribution to the culture, entertainment and tourism industry of the Philippines by not just a few but a whole range of Korean dishes on offering. Thus, #GoGangnamAtNovotel A K-Food Festival at Food Exchange Manila from Feb 21-27.


Feast over authentic Korean dishes by Korean chef Jong-Man Kim who flew all the way from Seoul to Manila. Yes, Novotel Manila Araneta Center is that serious in providing an authentic gastronomic experience to not just Koreans living and visiting our country but also to locals, many locals, who enjoy Korean food.
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