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.

New Places Explored in 2016

I have to admit it was all unexpected but 2016 proved to be a year of new travels for me 🙂 I was given the opportunity to travel 3 new places this year:

  • Bukidnon – my very first trip to the “Baguio City” of Mindanao, Philippines happened last May. I had the chance to experience the beauty of Dahilayan. More about it on a coming post. 
  • Kalibo – I discovered that this laid-back city is actually another cool gateway to the world-famous Boracay beach in the Visayas, Philippines aside from Caticlan. I will be writing more about this October trip to Kalibo soon. By the way, prior to this trip, the last time I went to Boracay was already about a decade ago! 
  • New Zealand – My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to explore both the North Island and South Island of this beautiful country very recently. In fact, we just arrived from this trip yesterday 🙂  And yes, you will be hearing more about our lovely time there right here in this blog.  

I am grateful to God for surprising me with these trips this year. While I had a desire and plan to travel to new places this year, I did not actually think at first that it would be possible 🙂  And so I am reminded of that saying: “be careful of what you wish for, you might actually get it.” Well, I am glad with what I got so far 🙂

Crystal Cave (Part 3 of 3)

The third cave we visited is aptly named Crystal Cave due to the glittering and shimmering stalactites and stalagmites all around us. The cave is 157 meters long by 12 meters. Our guide told us that this cave used to be difficult to explore but a metal walkway was installed which made exploring the cave so much easier.

Some of the display that nature has to offer

 

This cave has many formations and different minerals inside

 

These formations are called –couples corner, can you guess why?

 

A user friendly cave with a walkway installed which makes it easier to go deeper inside the cave

 

Some related post about Dumaguete:

3 Enchanting Caves in Mabinay, Negros Oriental (Part 1 of 3)
Panligawan and Pandalihan Caves (Part 2 of 3)
Crystal Cave (Part 3 of 3) —> You are here

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis