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.

Travelling to Music Festivals in 2017

Do you like going to concerts  or music festivals?

While I like going to concerts, I have not yet taken one step forward that others would do — travel to another city or even country just to enjoy the live music of their favorite artists in a concert or in a music festival. Speaking of music festivals, here are some which are scheduled to run this year:

    • Exit in Novi Sad, Serbia.  If you’re into electronic, hiphop, punk, metal, reggae and rock music, then this can be the festival for you. Organized yearly since 2000, it is scheduled to run July 6-19, 2017.
    • Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. If dancing and electronic music is your thing, then you might enjoy this July 21-30 festival. It would be likely that electronic music DJ’s taking the stage will be geared with the best headphones, hdj might even be their choice for the night.
    •  Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia. The “land down under” also has its own music festival which will run this coming July 21-23. This annual event has been held since 2001 and features alternative, electronic, hip hop and indie rock music. 
  • Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Perfecture, Japan. Reportedly one of the largest music festivals not just in Asia but the world, this will fill the air with rock and electronic music on July 28-30.
  • Rock in Rio, Brazil. This music festival traces its first one back in 1985. Other than in Brazil, it has also been held in different locations including in Portugal, Spain and the USA. This year, it is set on September 15-17 and 21-24 in Rio.

So how about you, would you be travelling for a concert or music festival this year?

Visa-Free Travel for Filipinos to Taiwan to Begin this Year

UPDATED: The visa-free entry for Filipinos to Taiwan will be in effect 1 November 2017 – 31 July 2018. This was previously set in June and then in September.

The heat is on here in Asia, particularly in the Philippines. While there are occasional surprises of rain showers, there’s more heat than rain.

Summer time, of course, makes Filipinos think about taking a vacation to different  parts of the country or abroad. And so here’s one good news for the Filipino traveler 🙂

architecture, buildings, business

Starting November this year, Filipinos will enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan. This new policy (albeit a temporary one for now) allows Filipinos to enter and stay for 14 days in Taiwan without needing a visa.

This move comes with Taiwan’s desire to encourage more tourists from the South and Southeast Asia to come to its land. It is also aimed to foster closer trade and economic ties.

Taiwan had begun offering free visa entry to Filipinos last September but this was limited to those who have never worked in Taiwan as a blue collar worker as well as for Filipinos who have either a residence/permanent residence card, valid visa, or an expired residence card or visa less than 10 years old, issued by certain countries including: Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States,

Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) waits for you and me. So get ready for a trip to that part of Asia 🙂

By the way, if you are curious to see what other countries are visa-free for Filipinos to enter, you can check it here.