Review of Smash Pre-Workout


I’ve been meaning to blog about this but I just never found the time to do so. Well, here it is. Better late than never.

On October 30, 2008 I tried out Axis Lab’s Smash Pre-Workout Drink. It’s basically a pre-workout drink (d-uh!) which supposedly gives you more energy and endurance.

I got a sample pack when I bought my protein from…fark. What’s that shop in Aman Suria called again? I’ll update this once I recall the name of that place.

Anyway, being the kiasu person that I am, besides working out at Pushmore (PM) I also wanted to join my climbing friends at Camp 5 after doing the WODs at PM. So, I ventured where I’ve never gone before and took the sample pack to see whether or not it’ll keep me going.

The packaging itself was enticing as it had all the keywords that fitness junkies (yours truly!) found enthralling – pump! strength! endurance! energy!

Wahhhhhhhhh!! Just by reading the packaging made me feel like working out already. Yes, I’m a sucker for marketing gimmicks.

The content itself was white powdery substance and after mixing it with water, it turned blue. I remember thinking to myself that I might turn into a Smurf after drinking it.

The taste? Sucks big time. Tasted of flavoured cough syrup. Yuck!

According to the directions, one is supposed to consume the supplement “30 minutes before workout on a light to empty stomach”. I actually had a snack before consuming the drink so for the first 45 minutes I didn’t feel nuts.

But what came after was a totally different story altogether. I was on fire! I felt like I could tackle Ronnie Coleman and knock him out cold. Okay okay. I might be exaggerating a bit there.

The workout on that day was; in 15 minutes, do as many rounds of the following: 10 SDHP (20kg), 10 Push Ups, 10 Double Unders (in my case, tuck jumps). Managed to do 8 rounds + 10 + 10.

Immediately after that WOD was done I did 100 sit ups, 75 leg raises, 50 windshield wipers and 25 weighted sit ups in 9:12. This was very surprising as previously, it took me slightly below 15 mins to complete it.

Was it the drink or was I just extra gung-ho that day? I have no idea.

By then I could feel the buzz. While I still had it, I quickly drove over to Camp 5 and on the way, for a total of 5 minutes (yes, I timed everything), I felt a buzz which was similar to the buzz felt when one is on speed.

Upon reaching Camp 5, I didn’t bother warming up and immediately lead climbed a 6A route (white) and cleaned it in one shot. Now THAT, was definitely thanks to the drink.

I climbed a few more routes after that and by the end of the night, I was feeling the effects of my gung-ho’ness :p I forgot to check exactly what time the effect started wearing off but my guesstimate is within 3.5 – 4 hours after consuming the drink. Might be less though.

My verdict?

It’s something I would take only if I know for sure that I have a loooooong day of working out ahead of me. Think it’s absolutely unnatural for ones’ body to go on and on and on like that.

The ingredients combination and effects of it could be abit too much for some so don’t say I didn’t warn you ;)

Oh, I also took a similar pre-workout drink (of a different brand) during the Genting Trailblazer event. And that was absolutely crazy! I talked my head off while jogging/hiking/walking throughout the race and still had energy to go climbing after that.

Hmm…will update this post once I recall which brand the second one was.

  1. ShaolinTiger says:

    Legal speed eh? Sounds pretty scary…The place in Aman Suria do you mean Anabolic?

  2. Anna-Rina says:

    The buzz wasn’t THAT long la. Yes, yes. It’s Anabolic :D Haha. Thanks

  3. Lynn says:

    Ego Nutritions you mean?

  4. Anna-Rina says:

    Ohhh yaaaa. Ego Nutritions is the shop and Anabolic is the gym issit?

Alia & Johan: Wedding


Alia and Johan’s solemnisation ceremony was an intimate multi-cultural affair attended by family and close friends at Alia’s parents house.

You know the line ‘they only had eyes for each other’? Well, this applied to Alia and Johan.

Johan’s eyes lit up and he started grinning like a little kid when he first saw Alia walking down the staircase. And Alia? She looked absolutely gorgeous and couldn’t help smiling gleefully too (eh, not exaggerating. got pictorial evidence ;p)

Throughout the whole ceremony Alia and Johan exchanged loving glances and hearty laughter was shared with family and close friends. Alia and Johan, as corny as this may sound, I was moved to be part of your heart warming ceremony. Thank you for sharing your day with me.

Before we move on to the pictures, a special thanks to Olivier and Nadia for recommending me to Alia and Johan, much appreciated :)

Some of my favourite shots from the day.

And here’s a slideshow of pictures from the ceremony. Just click on play and wait for a while for the slideshow to load :)

  1. Zehan says:


    Love the shots babe :) I know I speak for the newlyweds when I say they were so happy you were there for the akad nikah. Your photos truly captured the love and magic on the day, thank you. The photos make me tear everytime I see them (but then again, I am so jiwang :p)!



  2. ShaolinTiger says:

    Good choice on the move, looks great. Nice theme too looks very professional.

  3. nadia says:

    Anna! Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Was fun watching ’em at Alia’s yesterday.. :)

  4. Alia says:

    Woman!!! Thanks for making me look good…hahaha. Everything and everyone look great actually :) So happy that you were there to capture our spesyel day! Can’t wait to get my hands on the cd…yay!!!!

  5. Woman, your photos never fail to make me WANNA GET MARRIED just for the sake of being photographed to death (beautifully of course)! Not sure if Alia still remembers me but nevertheless, congratulations! You guys look oh-so-lovely-I-wanna-bite-the-two-of-you-and-steal-the-bride’s-shoes!!!

  6. melissa Mohan says:

    such lovely photos made me tear.. sigh so sweet. mel

  7. Farrah-Hani Imran says:

    Beautiful ! Just Beautiful ! Sniff sniff (glazed eyes & huge smile) :-) :-) :-)

  8. Alia Maricar says:

    Anna, you always manage to bring out the emotions thru the pics. The ceremony was simple yet beautiful & intimate! Love the slides – and love the music! ;)

  9. Torie says:

    Real brain power on diyspal. Thanks for that answer!

David & Laura: Portraits


The day we had our pre-wedding photo session was the first time I met David and Laura. I didn’t know what to expect as I had only liased with them via email prior to that. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised :)

Throughout our session, David and Laura were incredibly accommodating and absolutely at ease in front of the camera. Since they were staying in Sheraton Imperial, we started off our shoot in the hotel before moving on to the areas outside.

I had thought it was going to rain as there were dark clouds looming when I reached the hotel, but luckily the skies cleared when we were about to shoot outdoors and the weather was just nice. Woot!

David and Laura, I’m so sorry to have not been able to be part of your big day in Sibu but I’m sure you both had fun (albeit must’ve been a bit tiring ;p) and a great time catching up with family.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet both of you and here’s wishing you newlyweds love and happiness in your new life together :)

I’ll be sending the CD to Oz soon, will keep you posted! Hugs

This shot isn’t sharp, but I just love the feel of it. Yes, I like to layan sendiri ;p

  1. David & Laura says:

    Hey Anna.
    The pics looks great.

  2. Anna-Rina says:

    David: There’s moreeeee!! Best regards to wifey :)

  3. Asther says:

    Love your signature “feet shot”! Hehehe… And LOVING your new site. Woohoo!!!

  4. joshua k says:

    Great shots Anna :)

  5. Pat says:

    Hi Anna,

    It is a previlage to be one of the first visitors to your new site :-) You have definitely made a good move bringing blog and website into one – I did this a few months ago. The only downside is that you neeed to start content from scratch and you may have to rebuild the website’s page rank etc. Your choice of theme is lovely, one of the diffecult things is having pages that look different from posts.

    Great set of portraits of David & Laura with excellent processing. I have seen effects similar to Picture 7 but not of my actions create quite this look. Do you mind if I ask what actions you used to acheive this look – is it Nik plug-in by any chance.

    Best wishes for your website/blog combo :-)

  6. ian says:

    Hey, hey, hey! Someone’s got a spunky new blogsite up! or a weblog :P Wow! very nice! Love the concept!

  7. Peky says:

    I like the new blogsite!!! :D Very neat & clean…but less crazy tho.. it’s really down to real business :P

  8. ian says:

    I’d hire ANNA if i were yoU !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Mark Leo says:

    Hi Anna, love the new blog look. Really awesome looking!

  10. Anna-Rina says:

    Thanks for the feedback y’all :)

    Peky – Less crazy? N-ah. It’ll be crazier as soon as I get used to the new layout. Hehe…

  11. Alia Maricar says:

    David & Laura – looking great in the pictures!! :)

    As always, excellent shots Anna!

    Love love the new site. :D Cannot wait for more pics. hehe.

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