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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
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