Buying Smart Drugs in Asia & How I Improve Focus

Buying preworkout @ Macau Nutrition

I tried Modafinil and Armodafinil and didn’t feel too great on them, for the moment what I do to increase focus is take preworkout stimulant drinks and Yohimbine, for reasons I’ll go into in this article.

Ordering Nootropics in Thailand ship Modafinil & Armodafinil to everywhere in Asia except the Philippines, China, Indonesia and Taiwan. A friend in Manila who raves about it for productivity asked me to order some for him.

They shipped 100 pills to me in Thailand, took a week to arrive with no customs issues. I took it over to the Philippines in my luggage, along with ED drugs (a box of 50 generic Viagra), no problems doing that either.

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Modafinil Review

At the same time as ordering it my friend convinced me to try it myself. Started with Modafinil – I certainly felt wired the first few days, like having many strong coffees.

I got dry mouth which is a known side effect, you have to ensure you stay hydrated. I was awake for longer than normal and didn’t feel great the next day. You also have to ensure you sleep enough to recover.

After a few days it had a bit less effect, maybe I developed a tolerance. I also didn’t like the side effects so I switched to Armodafinil.

Waklert 150mg

Armodafinil Review

Armodafinil (Waklert brand) felt ‘cleaner’, more subtle with no side effects, no dry mouth, and I felt fine the next day. That matched other Waklert reviews online.

I did feel somewhat more focused and able to concentrate on tasks but I found if my mind wandered I’d end up focusing on dumb things instead of work. After around a week I started feeling weird and ‘down’.

I Googled it and some people do feel low, even suicidal, on it over time so I stopped. It effects people differently though and many extol the virtues of nootropics so your mileage may vary.

Preworkout Drinks for Focus

So maybe I’ll give Modafinil & Armodafinil another chance at some point but I find I enjoy preworkout drinks for focus. I take them in the morning then get a quick gym workout in.

It’s easy to get burnt out on simply drinking coffee, you get a tolerance for it, it’s dehydrating, etc. Preworkouts don’t seem to have this problem. Pulse and N.O.-Xplode are the best I’ve found.

I also like sugar free Monster energy drink which 7/11s sell in the Philippines, but not elsewhere in Asia. Preworkouts are better though, I have a positive mood all through the day.

Pulse Review

I’ve always followed Mike Matthews on his iTunes podcast and Youtube channel, he’s behind the ‘Muscle for Life’ website and started his own supplement chain on

The main thing I like about his Pulse preworkout is it contains L-Theanine which research shows improves mood, alertness, focus, attention, and reduces mental stress. This is definitely how I feel on it.

It works this way when paired with caffeine, which Pulse contains in the most clinically effective amount per dose (hard to measure with coffee unless you take coffee pills).

It also contains Citrulline Malate, Beta Alanine, Betaine and L-Ornithine which lower fatigue. That doesn’t just apply to exercise fatigue – I also find I can work for longer before tiredness sets in.

Of course, there are also all the additional health and focus benefits that come from regularly working out – and if you’re taking preworkouts you’ll be keen to go the gym a lot more often.

Basically I wake up with preworkout, get a great workout in, then feel productive working, and have a pleasant uplifting mood all day. Google ‘L-Theanine Euphoria’.

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N.O.-Xplode Review

NO X-Plode also contains caffeine, Betaine and Beta Alanine, and has a great flavor. The main reason I like it though is for the Creatine and Taurine.

At first I just wanted to try Creatine as it’s said to be one of the only supplements that really works, essentially it helps you hold onto muscle while cutting and gain / retain strength.

You lose body fat while taking caffeine (it raises metabolism) and have lower food cravings so taking Creatine at the same time made sense to hold onto as much muscle as possible.

I do find it easier to lean down and look ripped taking Creatine but this article isn’t about that. I started noticing I had a good mood and focus.

I found studies showing Creatine also has a positive effect on brain function and mood, stimulating the energy molecule ATP in the brain. We burn through ATP when performing mental tasks, i.e. working.

As for Taurine, I only knew it at first from Red Bull. But it does a lot more than keep you awake / wired. It’s an essential amino acid that lowers stress and is linked to testosterone production.

Anecdotally, NO X-Plode has a slight erection boosting effect – the L-Arginine and Taurine in it are good for vascularity and blood flow.

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I also take Yohimbine, which again has a slight erection boosting effect, and is good for stubborn fat loss especially paired with caffeine on an empty stomach.

Like the preworkouts though there’s also an effect on focus – it’s a light stimulant that is said to increase motivation, mental performance and clarity. Although I can’t tell as I’m also taking preworkout.

It suppresses appetite, raises basal metabolic rate, and whether or not it’s having a focus / mood effect I do feel good looking more ripped and having a stronger erection.

Legion also have a Yohimine + Synephrine supplement ‘Forge’ and a longer Yohimbine review.

So that’s everything I take, everything can be ordered online or bought in stores with the exception of Pulse which is only online via Legion. You can buy Yohimbine from Enhanced Athlete gym in Angeles City.

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I get the same benefits of smart drugs – improved focus, concentration, productivity – at the same time as fat loss, gym motivation, muscle retention, and a boner!

Nootropics like Modafinil, Armodafinil and Piracetam have a deeper effect on the brain, actually modifying chemical receptors, which didn’t sit well with me. I felt strange on them.

Other Ways to Improve Focus

I also try to drink about a gallon of water a day. Being well hydrated improves brain function, even drinking one glass of water immediately before performing a particular task is said to increase brain speed 14%.

I don’t drink alcohol so I end up drinking soda water with lime all night as I barhop across several gogo bars, and I get a kind of cognitive high from being ultra-hydrated.

Other benefits include clearer skin as it flushes out the pores, and appearing slightly more ripped as the body holds on to less water.

18 Responses

  1. -Cam says:

    In college I had great experiences with caffeine and L-Theanine pills. You can buy both online for pretty cheap, but be careful with caffeine pills because usually the cheap ones have double the dosing that you need. However, it is easy to solve by breaking them in half.

  2. Anonymous says:

    that girl is cute!

  3. RumandCokeMan says:

    Can you drink heavy w/ these though?

    Some pills and booze mixed together is a dangerous combo and most sexpats like to drink and smoke…

  4. Patric says:

    Modafinil do not improve focus, it make you not fall asleep.
    You seriusly Have to do a bit research about smart drugs, because you not even close to what you want to do, modafinil, yomhimbe and synepherin, hahaha. Takes 10 minutes of googeling to know more than that. And to know now you only wasting money for get nothing.

  5. Patric says:

    I like the articels you usaualy puts up. But this has to be you worsed articel you made. Sorry for say that.

  6. S says:

    What I use myself is Selegiline + Caffeine with L-Theanine + Ergoloid. Adding Armodafinil when not enough sleep

  7. Tim Hunter says:

    How are the drug laws in the Philippines? Are they strict like in Thailand with ridiculous sentences or are they more relaxed about it like in Cambodia or Laos? I know Duerte have this ‘war on drugs’ thing going but is it really that bad, and do it effect foreigners?

  8. James Balingit says:

    I’m going back to the Philippines this December .do you know where I can buy drugs here ? Pain related drugs

    • jspill says:

      Pharmacies might ask if it’s on prescription depending what it is, sometimes you can just say yes without being asked to show it, if no dice then try the next place. The generics pharmacy on Anza St next to P Burgos St doesn’t tend to ask.

  9. Cjest says:

    I am a big fan of PUA books and now I have this blog to learn from. Great material. I have clicked a few of your sponsor ads to help out. I am planning a trip to Manila next month and was curious where you suggest I should pickup ED pills in the city?

    • jspill says:

      Marketplace supermarket by A.Venue mall, the pharmacy on the left as you go in sells Tigerfil, or the Watsons basement level of Century City mall. Or The Generics Pharmacy on Anza just South of the P. Burgos gogo bars sells Viagra without prescription.

  10. Adrian says:

    I hear there’s a local company based nearby that has all types of high quality nootropics, i’ll let you know when i hear more. I’m desparately waiting lol

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