They Call It Calea

A Bacolodnon told me: “Your experience of Bacolod would not be complete without trying Calea.” And so together with a couple of friends, I checked out the place while I was on a trip to Bacolod.

Sure enough, the cakes at Calea Pastries and Cake were pleasing to the taste 🙂  Here are a couple of the cakes I tried:

And yes, I would say the Calea mudpie is a best-seller for a reason 🙂

Here are some of their cakes on display:

Calea’s ambiance is quite cozy.

I heard that their shop which I visited near L’Fisher hotel in Lacson street is undergoing renovation. I think that’s good news. A bigger place and better customer service would be appreciated by its customers. Last time I checked this is how the place looked like:

Bacolod is known for its sweet delicacies like the Piaya but cake products like those available in Calea can rival them and can be your choice of pasalubong as you leave the City of Smiles.

Getting a Car? Check Out These 4 Tips

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Finding the right car to use or buy whether for travel or work is important. Getting a car not only improves your mobility, it can also spell convenience for you.

Now, whether you decide to buy a new car or a used one will cost you money. That is why it is important to think through and consider several things before making the purchase. Here are 4 tips that might help you in your car purchase:

1. Decide the basics of what you like, need. Since it is you who will be using the car day in and day out, make sure that the one you buy is actually the one you like and need. A friend of mine once picked me up at the airport when I visited her city. She was driving a van and she kept apologizing to me throughout the ride that she was having a hard time driving. It was her husband who chose the car and yet it was supposed to be her who will be using it regularly. She told me that it was not the kind of car she liked or needed.

2. Do the research. Buying a car requires more money than most of your other purchases. And so you have to be sure you know about the cars you are considering to buy. Thankfully, there are sites that can serve you in getting more information about a car, including price estimates. Check out Cars.com. You can even find videos and reviews there by others who have made purchases which can be very helpful. Doing research will help you make a more informed decision about your purchase.

During our trip to Phuket, Thailand in 2014, our friend rented a car to pick us up at the airport. She also rented one we used to go around the city.

3. Tag along an expert friend. Now, should you still feel less confident about making that car purchase alone, then by all means tag a family member along or a friend who knows more about cars than you. A friend of mine who has been looking into purchasing a used car decided to bring along a car mechanic friend. That’s certainly a smart move.  

4. Check out several shops, dealers. Don’t get stuck with just one shop or dealer. Inquire from several ones, compare prices. There are shops or dealers that will offer you a better deal than the others like special discounts or other free items that can come with your purchase.

Here’s to a satisfied car purchase to you. And yes, don’t forget to drive safely to your next destination.