Christmas Day Outing

Christmas Day is usually a time for the family and the extended family to get together. It could mean having a special dinner or meals together. Then there is the giving of gifts and yes, there is also time to attend a Christmas church service.

This year, our family based in Butuan City, decided to check out a newly opened resort and event center, going by the name Sprinkles Water Resort, located along Barangay Kinamlutan. The place, at the moment, only has one pool open for use. Another pool is set to be finished, along with a children’s pool. We were also told that rooms for guests will also be added in. The place has a nice, modern look. Per our experience, they still need to improve a lot on their services though. Entrance to the resort is at P100 per person.

Below are some memorable Christmas Day photos.

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Our pretty nieces, Danica and Den2x.

 

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Walking around before exploring the pool.

 

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Christmas Day shot with the family 🙂

Note: This post is also linked with Blog Photo Challenge and Wednesday Whites.

Sunday Afternoon at Kapihan sa Datu

I’ve been wanting to check out the coffee place near the Butuan City Sports Complex and I finally got the chance last Sunday afternoon, just before sunset. Thanks to a good friend, Jhie.

Kapihan sa Datu sits on an open space quite accessible in the city. A play park for kids is just adjacent to it, which is really a cool thing for parents. They can have coffee while their kids are playing. While you are there, you also get a view of the majestic Mt. Mayapay.

The place serves freshly brewed coffee (Manobo blend), pastries and even barbecue at night. I would say the price for their coffee and food is quite friendly to the pocket. They also have a souvenir shop which features products from Butuan as well as from the Caraga region (pastries, coffee, native bags, among others).

Kapihan sa Datu also has a wi-fi connection so you can actually go there with your laptop and check your emails as you drink your coffee. But that Sunday afternoon, I came with my hubby and a couple of friends. We drank our latte, ate hot dogs and well, just talked 🙂

Kapihan sa Datu is open daily from 9 am to 11 pm.

 

Talking while waiting for coffee

 

You might just end up buying something from the Souvenir or Pasalubong Shop

Note: This post is also linked with Wednesday Whites and Blog Photo Challenge.

The Good News of New Flights

This is good news for travel lovers from Caraga region! That is for those travelling from Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte. Well, this may be especially good for Region 13’s regional center, Butuan City.

Cebu Pacific will be flying from Butuan to Davao City and vice versa by October! The travel time is only about 55 minutes and what a refreshing news this is! Bus travel, after all, from Butuan to Davao is 6-7 hours (sometimes extending to 8 hours actually. The morning flights (6:30 am from Butuan to Davao and 7:45 from Davao to Butuan) are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. And the cost for the flight is not bad at all considering that this will save you travel time (as well as cut down on your travel stress) . This new schedule (as of September 2012) can now be accessed at the Cebu Pacific website. And yes, you can start booking now 🙂

Cebu Pacific is also launching several key flights from Davao, Iloilo and Zamboanga to other key destinations in the country. Check out their website for more information.

Gone are the days when you can only fly from Manila or Cebu to reach other parts of the country. Thank you, Cebu Pacific, for making our travel a bit easier and more fun! We hope you will also continue to further improve your services 🙂

Passengers waiting for their luggage at the arrival area of Bancasi Airport, Butuan City

UPDATE: As of mid 2013, flights from Butuan to Davao City and vice versa are no longer offered by Cebu Pacific.

Note: This post is also linked with Wednesday WhitesBlog Photo Challenge and Mellow Yellow Monday.

On Butuan City & Its Charter Day

Today, August 2, the city of Butuan celebrated it’s 62nd Charter Day or Adlaw Hong Butuan.

Despite the heat of the day, the city led by the city officials celebrated this special day. Among the notable events of the celebration was the unveiling of the new name of the newly renovated Rizal Park. The park has been renamed Guingona Park, in honor of the late Teofisto Guingona, Sr., the first Filipino Governor of Agusan. His son, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Jr. also graced the event. The officials also made a visit to the grave site of the late Congressman late Congressman Marcos Calo. It was through his efforts that Butuan became a chartered city in 1950.

Butuan has continued to move forward with the times. In the last two years, new businesses have opened and several buildings are in different stages of construction (including Robinsons Butuan). It looks like the city is breathing in new life after a fresh batch of city officials were ushered in during the last elections.

The city despite its development continues to have its rustic charm. And like several cities in Mindanao, one still gets to see lots of green and land within the city. The photo below, is in fact, taken not far from Butuan City Hall 🙂

Butuan City is relatively a peaceful and safe place in Mindanao. It also has a rich history and is known as home of the balangays.

 

The rustic side of Butuan City.

Note: This post is also linked with Blog Photo ChallengeScenic Sunday and Wednesday Whites