Fact# 7912: There is a “dream herb” - Calea Zacatechichi - that causes somebody to lucid dream if consumed relatively near bedtime. Not only that, but studies have found it increases dream recollection, vividness and frequency with a higher rate of efficacy than Diazepam.

Sinful Sweetness

July 22, 2011

I went home for the weekend, and it was another food-filled week ender. Calea opened a new branch in the newly built, Balay Cinco, along Lacson Street, across L’Fisher Hotel and wow, the place was so beautiful.

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These cakes have been baked for more than a decade already because I still clearly remember me being five years old and enjoying Calea’s goodness already. It’s really something that goes way back in my childhood. How can these not be special to me?

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I arrived Thursday Night, and we had Eat All You Can Mongolian for dinner at Bob’s with few close relatives. The following day, me and Mum had it for lunch again! Oh goodness. And yes we had Calea for dinner.

It was Mom’s birthday the next day, and we had mass early at 7am, afterwards we had Starbucks for breakfast. I wish I could have photographed all of these!  Sunday; we had dinner at the Newly Opened Shakey’s at Lacson Street too with Mama Anne. I will definitely miss her, she’s leaving for the States again. We took a quick visit at the cemetery afterwards and that visit was such an eye opener for me to realize significant things about life… And for desert, it was CALEA again! I ordered the classic; The Imported Chocolate Cake.

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Cream Puffs, these are one of my favorites. Love.

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The new Calea was so inspired; the interior was so hommie and it felt so warm and welcoming. It was designed to look like this Pastry house free for everyone to enjoy. I absolutely love the new interior. Though I wasn’t able to photograph them much.

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This was what I got; It was Chocolate Ice Cream in between Chocolate Chip Dough drizzled with Caramel. Oh it was heavenly, one of the best things my taste buds have experienced.

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Mom ordered this Banana Parfait. It was so cold and frozen.

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We had Tuna-Apple Sandwich for dinner. Sounds like a weird combination but it was good and healthy too.

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I love this big big door.

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Friends, never leave Bacolod without a taste of Calea.

Think Twice Before You Make the Web “Wiretap Ready”

Today we joined fourteen public interest groups and trade associations in a Statement of Concern about potential dangers involved in seeking legislation that would require Internet communications services to make their channels ‘wiretap ready.’

Since last fall, the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have been hinting that they need new powers to listen in on conversations taking place online. Specifically, the government has said it wants any communication on the web, regardless of encryption or mode of transmission, to be easily accessible to government agents (with the proper court orders, of course). The idea would be to subject every kind of information transfer online to the same “wiretap ready” requirement that currently exists only for telephone conversations.

As we argue in the Statement, any discussion of new legislation is premature without a clearer picture of the alleged problem that law enforcement faces. We will likely hear more about this issue at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing this Thursday. If, upon further investigation, it is clear there is a problem, the Statement highlights some very important considerations that legislators should have in mind as they search for a solution.

The full text of the letter is embedded below:

CALEA II Joint Statement

Cake and Coffee in Calea

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I used to believe in two types of travelers. The first group of travelers are unbelievably OC. They plan every single detail of their trip, leaving no room for spontaneity. The second group is all about being spontaneous, getting lost but enjoying it anyway. Rico and I are somewhere in between. We made a list of the places we wanted to see during our trip to Bacolod, and, after that, we decided to just wing it.

Calea was our last stop. If you haven’t heard of Calea’s heavenly cakes and you live in the Visayas region, then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past decade or so.

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I had a hard time choosing which slice of heavenly goodness I should devour. Caramel Mocha? Chocolate? Chocolate with pudding in the middle? Every single cake seemed to be screaming, “Choose me! Eat me!” It was like choosing between a trip to Paris and London. Heartbreakingly difficult.

In the end, I finally chose the Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake. I had never eaten an ice cream cake before, and, if you’re a slow eater like me, I have a tip for you. Learn how to stuff things quickly down your throat, because the ice cream melts really fast in the Bacolod heat. (That sounds dirty, but you get my point). The ice cream may have melted a little too quickly for my liking, but I tried to savor every single bite. I’m glad to say I didn’t regret my decision one little bit.

Our little trip to Calea also exposed me to some cold hard facts about blogging. Rico couldn’t wait to get his hands on the club sandwich he ordered, but I insisted on taking pictures of everything first. Lesson learned: Blogging about food can be kind of difficult when your boyfriend is really hungry.

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Calea Pastries and Coffee

For some reason it had completely slipped my mind that Bacolod was the “sugar cane capital of the Philippines” and that during my short work trip there, we ended up eating A WHOLE LOT of sweets…there were so many cafes in the area! Calea is the most popular of the lot, and I could see why. Their desserts were oh-so-decadent - my colleagues and I shared the Choco Mud Pie (it was like biting into a slice of pure, creamy chocolate ice cream), the White Chocolate Cheesecake (usually I find cheesecakes too rich for my liking but this had just the right amount of richness and I loved the strawberry sauce too), the Imported Chocolate Cake (perfect from the smooth ganache to the soft chocolate cake to the caramel center), and the Banana Parfait (which had layers of chocolate ganache, cream and slices of banana). 

Oh, plus their coffee is really good too! I had a cappuccino (no sugar, thank you very much) and it paired perfectly with all the sugary goodness we had!

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By Ryan Singel on 08.29.07

Take a peek inside DCSNet, the FBI’s nationwide eavesdropping network. It’s far more intricately woven into the nation’s telecom infrastructure than observers suspected. And it’s growing.

 The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies. It is far more intricately woven into the nation’s telecom infrastructure than observers suspected.

It’s a “comprehensive wiretap system that intercepts wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems,” says Steven Bellovin, a Columbia University computer science professor and longtime surveillance expert.

 DCSNet is a suite of software that collects, sifts and stores phone numbers, phone calls and text messages. The system directly connects FBI wiretapping outposts around the country to a far-reaching private communications network.

Many of the details of the system and its full capabilities were redacted from the documents acquired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but they show that DCSNet includes at least three collection components, each running on Windows-based computers.

The $10 million DCS-3000 client, also known as Red Hook, handles pen-registers and trap-and-traces, a type of surveillance that collects signaling information — primarily the numbers dialed from a telephone — but no communications content. (Pen registers record outgoing calls; trap-and-traces record incoming calls.)

DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, captures and collects the content of phone calls and text messages for full wiretap orders.

A third, classified system, called DCS-5000, is used for wiretaps targeting spies or terrorists. 

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