Living in today’s world where the “new normal” is apparent, there is no surprise that there will changes in the way we do things in our daily lives. The status quo is gone and our lives is forever changed. But one thing’s for sure, we will still have our own reasons to wake up for each brand new day. This is actually the concept of Ikigai, the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing.

Ikigai, the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing.

Hector Garcia, the co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

The term Ikigai might actually the inspiration behind one of the newest milk tea offering – Ikigai: Japan’s Premium Fresh Milk Tea.

Ikigai: Japan’s Premium Fresh Milk Tea

We are lucky to have the chance to be ones of the first to taste their Yes Yummy milk tea drinks! Ikigai offers a variety of drinks on their menu including milk teas and fruit teas but they also have premium drinks from the Cheesecake and Yogurt Series. For the non-tea drinkers, they also have options without tea. Prices range from Read on to know what we think!

Ikigai – Bubble and Premium Milk Tea

Brown Sugar – Grande Php70.00 / Venti Php85.00

What I like about this drink is that the brown sugar syrup did not overpower the taste of the tea. Hence, this might not be ok for someone who wants their milk tea to be very sweet or very milky. A perfect combination of the sweet brown sugar syrup, deep taste of the tea plus soft and chewy pearls. All actually compliments each other.

Hokkaido – Grande Php90.00 / Venti Php105.00 (#YesYumYum)

The Hokkaido Milk Tea from Ikigai is creamy and rich just like what Hokkaido milk tea should be. The drink is also in the sweet side but I’m sure you can adjust the sweetness level when you ordered. For me, I added some ice to water down the sweetness level but it could have been better if more tea was added. We surely recommend this flavor! The price is a little pricey as compared to more “popular” milk tea brands so it could be a deciding factor. Nevertheless, this is still our favorite.

Ikigai – Premium Fruit Teas and Cheesecake Series

Blueberry – Grande Php100.00 / Venti Php115.00

We’re not really fond of fruity drinks since they are almost always super sweet. This one is also on the sweet side but the kiddies actually loved this. We’re not really sure if the sinkers work with the fruit tea (not just with this one. We really don’t like sinkers with our fruit teas).

Strawberry Cheesecake – Grande Php110.00 / Venti Php130.00

The taste is fruity and a little bit sweeter for us than blueberry fruit tea. We actually wish the taste to be more “cheesecake-y”.

Want some Yes Yum Yum tip? Put the blueberry (fruit tea) or strawberry cheesecake in the freezer and wait for it to be frozen (“slurpee” like) – you’ll surely love it since the sweetness will be lesser and the icy consistency is enjoyable.

Regular Drinks

Chocolate Hot Fudge – Grande Php60.00 / Venti Php75.00 #YesYumYum

Super duper yummy. The chocolate really stands out. Was expecting this to be also on the sweeter side since I first tasted the blueberry and strawberry cheesecake but it was not. The sweetness is just right. Not sure if the drinks supposedly has swirls of hot fudge since it was already “mixed” when delivered but I can still taste some hot fudge goodness. All in all, We can say that this is our favorite drink out of all the drinks. The price is also very competitive.


We don’t normally order toppings/sinkers for our milktea drinks but the one from Ikigai is actually tasty, soft and chewy. Unfortunately, some have become a little mushy and became clumped tother so its somewhat difficult to drink with the straw.

Ikigai Japan’s Premium Fresh Milk Tea



Disclaimer: Milk tea were provided for free but this article was written with our own opinion and insights.