Home > News > Community
Wednesday August 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday August 21, 2013 MYT 10:25:58 AM
by aida ahmad
HOW do you de-stress? When you are frustrated or angry, do you feel the need to throw or hit something?
Here’s a solution and it does not involve vandalism: Smash House.
When friends Max Poon, Sam Lee, Michael Mak, Eddy Lee and Lucas Liew were brainstorming ideas to start a business, they all had one thing in mind — a place for people to vent their anger and frustrations.
It is here that one can come to smash old computers and hurl glass bottles and crockery at a wall for a fee.
“We thought why not set up a place for people to reduce their stress levels and have fun at the same time? More importantly, we feel this can curb incidences of vandalism in our community,” said Poon.
Visible help: The bottles are filled with a green fluorescent liquid for added fun.
Smash House, which opened on July 1 this year, is the first of its kind in Malaysia, According to Poon, however, the business of smashing plates to relieve stress started in countries like Australia, Japan and the United States years ago.
“It is bad when people use violence to express their anger. They risk harming themselves and those around them. We have created a safe and fun way for them to vent their anger,” added Poon.
Upon coming across the Smash House Facebook page, StarMetro decided to visit the business and try out their services. As you enter the shop located off Jalan Kuchai Lama, the first thing you notice are the amber-coloured doors and artificial grass.
Liew, who designed the interior of Smash House, said the partners aimed for a homely ambience.
“We want our customers to feel comfortable and at home,” said Liew.
Scattered around the main lounge are beanbags and comfy sofas.
Before you get to the fun stuff, you need to don protective gear. You wouldn’t want to get hit by glass shards, would you?
I resembled a very angry race car driver in the yellow protective jumpsuit, shoes, gloves and crash helmet they handed me.
My first session involved throwing ceramic cups, plates and saucers at a concrete wall. One would imagine all this racket would create a disturbance, but fear not, the walls are lined with egg cartons as a soundproof measure.
Poon said they sourced the crockery from a wholesaler in Penang and sent the broken pieces for recycling.
I must say, the smashing exercise was quite therapeutic. You can even stick a picture of the person you hate on the wall.
It costs RM50 for three people per game. If you purchase a second box, it is RM45 while the third box costs RM40.
Next was the “task” of smashing bottles. For added effect, the guys have filled the bottles with green glow-in-the-dark liquid so the splatters are visible on the wall.
You get the first box containing 24 bottles for RM30, second box for RM25 and RM20 for the third box. This is where you get to hone your pitching skills.
You know how frustrating it is when your computer is slow or your keyboard malfunctions and you feel like throwing it out the window? Here, there is a room where you can pummel computers into oblivion.
I felt spent after all that smashing. If you feel the need to talk about your anger, there is a consultation room at Smash House where you can see the resident hypnotherapist, Edmund Ng.
Poon said plans are afoot to open another Smash House in Johor Baru and Penang soon.
> Visit www.facebook.com/SmashHouse Malaysia for more information.
Tags / Keywords:
Copyright © 1995-2013 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)