Month: January 2016

Maybelline Super BB Cream (Review + Giveaway)

I have a confession to make: I am not a big fan of BB creams. I initially loved it because it’s such a multitasking product, it has sun protection, moisturizing properties and even some nutrients care of plant extracts infused in the formulation, plus a decent coverage. Eventually, I was won over by its successor, the CC cream, because the latter provides better color correcting properties. But because it is the new year, I’m all for trying something new. Who knows, maybe I’ll go back to BB creams this year. 🙂

Maybelline welcomes a super new and super you this 2016 with their newest product, the Super BB cream. The Super BB Cream currently has the highest coverage (SPF 50 PA++++) out of all their products and provides protection against pollution, harmful UV rays, and unnatural looking coverage.

Yes, you read that right, makeup that protects you from pollution!!! The Super BB cream features a Mineral Guard Filter which leaves your skin free from the particles of pollution from our everyday city life.

Like Maybelline’s previous BB creams, Super BB is also a multi-tasking product, boasting 8-in-1 functions! Included in those 8 is how it offers full coverage, very different from the light coverage the previous ones had. For this post, I’ll be doing a short review, and announcing a giveaway!

Maybelline Super BB Cream Review


“The BB Cream that provides you with 8 benefits all in ONE! With the
Mineral Guard Filter that protects flawless skin from all city damage,
including UV, heat pollution, dust and more. This Super BB Cream
provides you with super coverage while also having SPF50 PA++++,
anti-oxidation, anti-pollution and anti-PM 2.5 properties.”

Price: Php 399

Variants: 01 Natural and 02 Medium

Features: (8-in-1 BB Cream)

  1. perfectly covers imperfection
  2. hides pores, redness, blemishes
  3. long lasting
  4. blocks UV rays with SPF 50 PA ++++
  5. Protects skin from pollution
  6. brightens and moisturizes skin
  7. smoothes skin
  8. evens skintone

Directions for Use:

Apply a thin layer of Super BB cream on skin using a brush, sponge or your fingertips. Can be used with or without a moisturizer.

Application:

The texture is a little runny, but it looks opaque. One application shows the full coverage the product is proud of, visibly hiding my green-purple veins. After a few seconds of blending, the cream dries up matte, but not dull.

As you can see, it doesn’t cake, and blends quite well. You can also see how the lines of my dry skin disappeared, and got replaced with a poreless matte finish.

To let you guys see the difference, I applied Maybelline Super BB Cream on half of my face, and left the other half bare.

The part with the Super BB cream is noticeably smoother, and more even toned. Redness is reduced, and less pores are visible.

Especially with my dark under eye area, you can see that the one with Super BB cream is brighter, and with less lines.

In the next photo, I applied the Super BB cream on my whole face. The finish is matte, without making my skin look dull or dry. 

Thoughts:

  • has surprisingly good coverage for a BB cream
  • evens out skin tone, though the more discolored parts need color correcting concealers
  • visibly hides redness
  • makes skin look smooth
  • love the high SPF for days when I forget to put on sunscreen
  • non-drying
  • feels lightweight even with the full coverage.
  • no need for touch ups

Overall, I really like this one because it has all the good things I love about BB creams, and more. The Mineral Guard Filter is definitely a big plus (perfect for commuters!!), as well as its moisturizing properties. I’d definitely repurchase if I run out, but I think one tube will last long because it doesn’t need much retouching.

And now, for my giveaway!

This 2016, I will be a better version of myself 😊 and I can achieve this with Maybelline’s SuperBB Cream! For my first giveaway of the year, I’m giving away #SuperBBCream gifts sets for three lucky winners! To join: 1. Like this post, @maybellineph And @_phyliciamarie 2. Post a selfie and caption it with your new year’s resolution or by completing this sentence “This 2016, I will be ____________ and I can achieve this with Maybelline SuperBB Cream!” 3. Include the hashtags #SuperBBCream #SuperNewSuperYou and #SuperBBxPhya I’ll be picking winners by first week of Feb! There’s no limit to the number of entries per person, but there’s more points for creative answers! Good luck! Also, no need to tag me in the photo, just use the hastags #clozette #MaybellinePh #SuperBBCream #MaybellineSuperBB #selfie #stylecentricbeauty #phyagiveaways #Giveaway #giveawayph

A photo posted by Phylicia Marie Pineda (@_phyliciamarie) on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:39pm PST

I’m giving away #SuperBBCream gifts sets for three lucky winners! To join:
1. Like the Instagram post above, follow @maybellineph and @_phyliciamarie
2. Post a selfie and caption it with your new year’s resolution or by completing this sentence “This 2016, I will be ____________ and I can achieve this with Maybelline SuperBB Cream!”
3. Include the hashtags #SuperBBCream #SuperNewSuperYou and #SuperBBxPhya

I’ll be picking winners by next week! There’s no limit to the number of entries per person, but there’s more points for creative answers! Good luck! Also, no need to tag me in the photo, just use the hashtags

Good luck!! What do you think of my review? Do we share the same opinion?

Achieve Brighter Glowing Skin with Watsons Great White Sale

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to amp up my skincare routine. I’ve used a looooooot of different products, but I haven’t stuck to one single skincare regimen for a looong period of time. As a result, my skin isn’t in its tiptop shape.

When Watsons announced that they’re having the Great White Sale, I was soo happy because it was perfect timing. Not only was the universe helping me with my New Year’s resolution, Watsons is encouraging everyone to not just care for your skin, but also enhance that natural glow externally, and from within.

From January 7 to February 24, 2016, up to 50% discount will be applied to hundreds of products at Watsons stores nationwide. As an addition, SMAC members can get a chance to win total of P1,000,000 shopping points for a minimum P500.00 purchase inclusive of participating products when using their SM Advantage Card.

Count on Watsons to give everyone a wide range of whitening and skin care solutions made for your all-around needs.

For your everyday routine

Add a healthy glow to your skin after each use.

  • Pond’s White Beauty Daily Spot-less Lightening Cream– gives you the overall confidence you need, day in and day out 
  • Olay Regenerist Moisturizing Cream – treats dry skin and restores your youthful glow
  • Nivea UV Whitening Body Serum – treats skin pigmentation and uneven tone, while leaving you beautifully nourished and silky smooth
  • Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser – gentle soap free cleanser for everyday cleansing of even the most sensitive skin
  • Skin White Body Lotion – stops uneven spots from hiding your true beauty 
  • Earth Origins Bar Soaps – whitening bar soaps packed with all natural ingredients that cleanse and nourish skin

For an active day out

Specially-designed to lighten your skin while giving you that confidence-boost you need for your favorite outdoor activity.

  • Celeteque Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 – allows you to pamper your skin by moisturizing and protecting you against harmful sun rays
  • Belo Essentials Underarm Whitening Cream – gives you that confidence-boost you need to rock that summer outfit!
  • Dove Ultimate White Deo – stops stubborn dark underarm spots
  • Nanomed Whitening Cream – body treatment that does wonders to dark spots of the body; whitening cream that’s perfect for targeted parts of the body such as underarms, knees and elbow

For skin blemishes

Powerful yet gentle formulas that restore your skin back to its smooth, delicate finish.

  • Pond’s Acne Clear White – treats pimples and other skin blemishes like freckles and dark spots with active ingredients 
  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum – works wonders on spots, acne, and blemishes with its rich formula 
  • Celeteque DermoScience Acne Spot Corrector Gel – diminishes dark spots, pimples and other types of skin blemishes with powerful salicylic acid.
  • Quick FX Pimple Eraser – provides quick and easy skin solution; helps dry up acne with Salicylic Acid, diminishes and reduces dark spots due to scarring with Niacinamide
  • Quick FX CC Cream – provides quick and easy skin solution; corrects the color of the skin in one application and helps illuminate the skin for a healthy glow.

For your pearly whites

Formulated to improve your winning smile and more.

  • Close-up Deep Action Toothpaste – brushes away difficult coffee and tea stains
  • Dazzling White – the dental accessory that provides professional instant teeth whitening

For that much-needed pamper day

Rich with moisturizing ingredients that leave you looking young and fresh.

  • L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Gentle Cleansing Milk – leaves skin feeling smooth and supple from the natural benefits of Vitamin C
  • PH Care Naturals with Guava Leaf Extract – treats your intimates to a daily pampering wash that’s tested to lighten dark areas and even out skin tone
  • Eveline Hand Creams – glycerine-based hand creams with perfectly absorbing formulathat maintain proper level of moisture in deepest layers of the skin 

For beauty within

Aside from the most-trusted topical skin care products, the Great White Sale will also include items that are taken orally and work faster within.

Products like Belo Nutraceuticals Glutathione with Collagen Capsules, Cosmo Skin, Metathione Whitening Capsules, and IVI Premium Collagen Drink go beyond skin whitening by improving your overall immune system while giving you that look you want to achieve. Pair these with your favorite sunscreen and moisturizer for long-term results.

As I mentioned earlier, in line with Watsons Great White Sale, they’re offering shoppers a chance to win 1,000,000 worth of credits!

Joining the raffle is easy, all you have to do is present your SM Advantage card, SM prestige or BDO rewards cards during every purchase. Of course this should be done during the promotion of Great White sale to qualify.

For more information about Watsons’ Great White Sale, you can check out @watsonsph and @smbeautyph on social media (FB, IG, Twitter).

Plus, some snaps from IG 🙂

This one posted by @smbeautyph is super funny!!

Then, my top picks from the huge selection. 

Don’t forget, all participating products have the cute teal smiley sticker on them, so go ahead and look for them in Watsons stores near you. 🙂

Get Inspired with Creamsilk Transformations: Spotlight on the Modern Filipina

New year, offering a chance for a fresh start, new hopes and dreams, another set of expectations and of course, the never ending resolutions. Every start of the year, we aim to be a better version of ourselves, reflecting over the past year, and focusing on moving forward. These days, women like us are more empowered to do more incredible things. The Modern Filipina, has especially transformed. She is more than the Maria Clara of the past, now, she is stronger, fearless and every bit the trailblazer she ought to be.

Cream Silk, the number one hair brand in the Philippines, together with the Philippines’ top magazines, continues to champion every Filipina’s journey of transformation, as they launch Cream Silk Transformations: Spotlight on the Modern Filipina, a glamorous, empowering and inspiring activity-filled event this coming January 23, 2016.

Held at the World Trade Center tent, the one-day affair will feature several booths hosted by MEGA, Preview, Metro, Meg, Yes, and Cosmopolitan. The event is open to a limited number of participants (To get exclusive passes, instructions at the end of this post!), and attendees are encouraged to explore the whole venue, attend a variety of workshops presented by their favorite magazines, and experience their own hair transformations at Cream Silk’s special booth.

Every woman has the capacity to transform herself and unleash her beauty and become the woman she wants to be—and Cream Silk, with industry experts from each publication will show them how. The event’s workshops aim to empower the Modern Filipina and equip them with confidence to maximize their assets. Just like how Cream Silk has been designed for the Filipina, to transform any hair into beyond beautiful hair, enabling them to conquer more. 

Aside from the activities at the various booths, there will also be inspiring talks throughout the day, with topics ranging from fashion, beauty, confidence building and hair care, among others.

Also at the event, Cream Silk will be introducing a strong lineup of Modern Filipinas, women who embody the traits and characteristics of the Modern Filipina. Each of these women are set to inspire, all the while going through their own transformations.

Another exclusive at the event is how Cream Silk, the no. 1 hair brand in the Philippines and the top magazines, bring you the first ever live cover shoot experience. 

Every guest attending will surely head out transformed with beauty and confidence to inspire, create, and make a mark in the world. Now isn’t that inspiring?

Come on over and join us on January 23, 2016, Saturday for Cream Silk Transformation, at the World Trade Center. Event doors open at 2pm, so you can have more time to explore and have fun!

How to Join:

To get VIP access to Cream Silk’s event, complete the phrase “This 2016, I will become a #ModernFilipina by ________
@CreamSilkPh #CreamSilkTransformations”, post this on your social media
accounts and @CreamSilkPh will be picking 60 lucky winners to attend
the event!

See you there!

Review: Asus Zenfone Laser 5.0

Technology has really come a long way. Back when I was in grade school, I got to have my very first mobile phone, the Nokia 3210, a year later, I upgraded to the iconic 3310, and so on and so forth. Then came the age of smartphones, and the world of mobile phones just got a whole lot bigger, and a whole lot more confusing.

I’ve never been one to fall prey to following smartphone trends, I’ve never had the latest iPhone, the latest Samsung Galaxy model, among others. I think it’s because I’m just not willing to shell out a lot of money just for a smartphone. This might me very uncharacteristic, since bloggers like me typically have the latest gadgets to be able to manage our social media accounts. But hey, I’ve been able to manage all these with my existing mid level android phone and DSLR, so no pressure to get the latest smartphone.

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Then ASUS came in. Promising great performance, high quality photos, fast response, and an affordable price range, I was interested. Just recently, I got the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL). In this post, I’m sharing with you all my experience with using it. Do take in mind that I’ll be speaking from experience, and not writing anything technical.

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Here goes:

Unboxing

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) – P7,295.00

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Each box comes with one phone (sealed inside a thin film of plastic), charger adapter, data cable, a headset (with extra earbuds), warranty, and manual. It doesn’t come with any fancy accessory, or a screen protector. I got mine fitted with a tempered glass screen protector for just 150 at the nearby mall, so no biggie.

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On each side of the box, you can see some features, Pixel Master Camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HD Display, WLAN, 4G/LTE, Gorilla Glass 4.

Design

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser comes in different colors such as

Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamour Red, Ceramic White and Twilight Purple, however, they all share the same black front display. I was so happy I got the gold one, it looks really classy, yeah?

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The phone is very thin, with a 3.5mm thin edge. That’s very compact considering it’s dual sim, has a

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor, a relatively long battery life (3000 mAh Li – Polymer), and expandable memory (up to 128GB).

I like how it isn’t too light that it’s easy to drop, and it’s not bulky, and easy enough to use and hold with one hand. This is actually a result of the ergonomic arc design featuring a rear key, so using the phone feels natural, whether you’re left or right handed.

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The Zenfone 2 Laser boasts a 70% screen-to-body ratio, the 5.0-inch HD screen (720 x 1280p) IPS Display giving vibrant colors, wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees. It has the ASUS TruVivid Technology that reduces reflectivenes (yay for less glare!!) while increasing clarity, brightness, and touch responsiveness. This particular feature let’s you see your phone’s screen even when there’s too much sunlight.

The touch surface is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. With the tagline, stunningly strong, gorilla-strong, the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 makes the Zenfone 2 Laser more durable than any of the phones in the same price range. Zenfone 2 Laser is safer and stronger to use as the Gorilla Glass 4 gives twice (2X) the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, a 2.5X increase in retained strength and is 85% less likely to break in daily use.

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Zenfone 2 Laser is equipped with Audio Wizard 2.0 that lets you adjust the sounds depending on your environment.

ZenFone 2 Laser’s SonicMaster technology delivers crystal-clear audio — always. Whether you’re on headphones or speakers, you’ll experience richer, more detailed audio in everything you do.

It also has 20nm anti-fingerprints coating with glove touch support that makes you enjoy swiping without leaving any fingerprint and even when you’re wearing gloves.

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The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser also has amazing responsiveness. I’ve used different android phones before, and this one’s really fast. Zenfone 2 Laser is one of the fastest touch-response screen with just 60 ms of response time, giving you a great no lag experience. 

Performance

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This isn’t the default display when you turn the phone on. I got way too excited and changed the theme to this pretty pink one. The display is easy to customize because of ASUS ZenUI. I particularly enjoy the ASUS Splendid feature where you can customize the temperature, hue, and saturation of your phone display, with Blue Light Filter (reduces 30% of blue-light emissions), making your eyes feel more relaxed as you use the phone for longer hours. 

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The menu was already organized into these folders when I got the phone, so it’s never cluttered. This is sooooo convenient for me, because I’m too lazy to organize my menu. Also, every time you download a new app, it automatically suggests which folder to put the new app, double yay for me!

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To test the responsiveness even further, I downloaded my favorite time management game, Cooking Fever. As expected, no lag time between responses!

Camera

See What Others Can’t See

Zenfone 2 Laser has the PixelMaster 2.0 Camera, 8MP rear camera with laser auto-focus, dual-LED real tone flash, and 5MP front camera (for selfies!).

The brand-new laser-autofocus (0.3s!!) feature greatly reduces blurring and enhances image stabilization, and the industry-leading Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400%-brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes — all without the need for a flash. Backlight (Super HDR) mode lets you see clearly through daytime shadow and Super Resolution mode helps you to capture detailed images at resolutions of up to 52MP!

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Here I am taking a selfie. My favorite selfie feature is actually the Auto-beautification. The Real Beautification mode automatically evens out skin tone, reduces blemishes, and over all brightens your features. I swear, it instantly hides your pores!! HAHA

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As a sample, here’s a selfie posted on Instagram, on the first day I tested it out.

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Another thing I like about the Zenfone Selfie camera is how it has a lot of different modes. It even has a manual mode, very similar to editing the settings on a DSLR!!

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What’s also noteworthy is how good it performs under lowlight:

“By merging adjacent pixels, PixelMaster increases light sensitivity by up to 400% and contrast up to 200%, resulting in clear and bright low-light shots without the need for a flash. Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) improves low-light performance even further resulting in sharper, non-blurry photos.”

A few more samples of my photos using the ASUS Zenfone Laser:

Specifications:

  • Platform: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Colors: Black/Ceramic White/Silver/Purple/Aqua Blue/Sheer Gold/Glamour Red
  • Dimensions: 143.7 x 71.5 x 3.5 ~ 10.5 mm (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 140 g (with battery)
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM8916 QuadCore 1.2GHz
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage:16GB eMMC Flash
    5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage
  • Memory Slot: MicroSD card (up to 128 GB)
  • Connectivity:  TechnologyWLAN 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0
    Bluetooth V4.0+EDR +A2DP
    Dual Micro SIM card
    SIM1 Support2G/3G/4G
    SIM2 Support2G/3G/4G
    Dual SIM Dual Stand By
  • Network: Standard WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE
    Data Rate: DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps
    LTE Ca t4:UL 50 / DL 150 Mbps
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, AGPS & BDS
  • Display: 5-inch, HD 1280×720,TFT
    Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • Battery: 2070 mAh Li-Polymer
  • Camera: Front 5 Mega-Pixel, w/ flash, PixelMaster
    Rear 8 Mega-Pixel, w/ flash, w/ LED Flash, Wide View, PixelMaster
  • Audio Slot: 3.5mm
  • Sensor: Accelerator/G-Sensor/E-Compass/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor/Hall Sensor

Thoughts:

I really like this phone, and recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable smartphone with a great camera. It has great value for money, the system is fast enough, the camera is good enough for beautiful social media posts, and the memory is expandable (as opposed to some high end phones). I’m no techie, but this phone is adequate for any millennial looking to save money on a great smartphone.

So there, my layman’s review of the ASUS Zenfone Laser.

What do you think?

For more information on ASUS Philippines, you can visit their official website. On social media, you can like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @asusph.

Review: AOZORA Japanese Cafe + Bistro (Tagaytay)

Ever wanted to dine with a beautiful view, away from the hustle and bustle of the city?

Being a stones’s throw away from the craziness of Metro Manila, Tagaytay has become the top destination for anyone looking for a quick getaway. Home to a great view of Taal Lake, and attractions like Skyranch, Tagaytay Highlands, Puzzle Mansion, Picnic Grove, etc., Tagaytay is the perfect place for rest and relaxation.

Hidden on the top floor of the Domicillo Hotel Tagaytay, is Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro. Aozora directly translates to blue sky, and it gives you just that. You can opt to sit at the veranda and enjoy an unobstructed view of Taal Lake. The lush greenery, clear blue sky, fluffy clouds, and vast landscape, coupled with fresh air, makes for a beautiful backdrop for an authentic Japanese dining experience like no other.

Let’s be honest, Tagaytay’s food scene is certainly improving, but it lacks more oriental options. Sure, there’s Antonio’s, Sonya’s Garden, Bag of Beans, Hawaiian BBQ, etc., but no place that offers Japanese fare.

Aozora offers authentic and organic Japanese food, created by a Japanese chef (Chef Seiji Kamijo Kamura), and made with ingredients imported weekly from Japan. Of course, they also use local ingredients farmed from Tagaytay.

The interiors of the restaurant, a healthy mix of industrial, earthy and minimalist elements, was done by Budji Layug. Of course, some materials, furniture and trinkets were also flown in from Japan, to make the authentic Japanese experience more holistic.

As I said before, you can get this view when you opt to dine at the veranda, amazing isn’t it?

Now let’s move on to the dining experience:

FOOD

For starters, everyone gets a small complimentary serving of wakame seaweed salad. I love wakame, and I like how their version is very refreshing and a great appetizer for the dishes to come.

For drinks, we got to try the Kalamancello and Aozora Iced Tea (Php 120).

Kalamancello is an organic alcoholic drink (13%) made from freshly squeezed calamansi juice and vodka infused with calamansi rinds. It was a very refreshing drink, sort of like a mojito, but more tart. The Aozora Iced Tea on the other hand, is their house iced tea made with lemongrass, pandan, honey and mint leaves. It reminded me of the lemongrass tea from Thai restaurants, except the pandan in this one is a bit overpowering.

The Aozora Ramen (PhP 295) is a Filipino – Japanese fusion dish, one of their bestsellers, and essentially a bulalo (beef chank) ramen. The broth is very different from the usual Japanese ramen, a little light with the almost clear bone broth, and topped with egg, a few pieces of beef, and corn. The noodles used in the dish are imported from Japan, and don’t get soggy or mushy even after sitting in soup for a while.

The Rainbow Maki (Php 320) is a sushi roll platter with tuna, salmon, tamago, shime saba (Japanese pickled mackerel), and even mango and cucumber. This dish was surprisingly very fresh, and all had the same filling of lettuce and Japanese mayo. Visually pleasing, this dish makes for an Insta-worthy shot.

The Yasai Itame was like a chopsuey of sorts. Cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, stir fried with some pieces of pork in miso sauce, it makes for a healthy but tasty dish.

One of my favorites, Pork Belly Yakiniku with Veggies (PhP 390), are chewy cuts of pork belly coated in sweet salty Asian BBQ sauce. Each bite is delightful, as the flavor is just spot on.  

The Yakisoba was also good. The noodles were al dente, seasoned right, and the bonito flakes on top just added more depth to its flavor. It’s also a great mix of sweet and salty in a noodle dish.

For dessert, we had Mango Tempura Ice Cream (PhP 180). I’ve never had mango tempura before, and initially thought it would be very oily. The batter was light, and each bite of the warm mango is perfect with the ice cream.

To aid with digestion after a big meal, Key Sumiyake Coffee (PhP
95) was served. We were told that this was the No. 1 coffee from Japan. I’m no coffee expert, but the aroma was very nice, although it did take a while to brew.

So that’s that, my Aozora dining experience. Next time you find yourself in Tagaytay, it’d be a nice to enjoy Aozora’s Japanese food with a view.

Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro

Domicillo Hotel, KM Gen. E. 58 Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay CityFor inquiries or reservations, call +6346 4134486, +63906 3501704, +63915 5038800

Thank you again to Aldous of Aldous Ate the World for tagging me along this restaurant review!

What do you think of my review? Let me know if you’ve been there, yeah?