‘Rage room’ brings re­lief to stressed out Sin­ga­pore­ans

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

SIN­GA­PORE — Bad day at the of­fice? In high-pres­sured Sin­ga­pore there is now a so­lu­tion — a “rage room” that lets stressed-out peo­ple take a baseball bat to items rang­ing from glass bot­tles to tele­vi­sions.

The “Frag­ment Room” con­sists of a bare, cell-like space with con­crete walls, where cus­tomers pay to in­dulge in an un­usual form of de­struc­tive stress re­lief.

After be­ing given over­alls, gloves and shoes, peo­ple pro­ceed to smash up items rang­ing from plates to print­ers.

The set-up opened six months ago and in­hab­i­tants of the city-state have shown they have an ap­petite for de­struc­tion. Anx­ious of­fice work­ers have given it a go, as well as stu­dents and re­tirees in their 60s.

While Sin­ga­pore is ul­tra­mod­ern and af­flu­ent, it is also no­to­ri­ous for the high lev­els of stress suf­fered by its cit­i­zens, from school chil­dren to adults, who are placed un­der huge pres­sure to do well from an early age.

“Ev­ery­one in Sin­ga­pore — no mat­ter where you come from, what your back­ground is, what­ever you do, what­ever age you are — ev­ery­one is stressed out,” Royce Tan, the founder of “Frag­ment Room” said.

The set-up, one of sev­eral such “rage rooms” in cities around the world, has two main of­fer­ings: half-hour slots with a lim­ited amount of items to smash for Sg$38 ($28), or the Sg$350 “an­ni­hi­la­tion

Ev­ery­one in Sin­ga­pore — no mat­ter where you come from, what­ever you do, — ev­ery­one is stressed out.”

pack” that lets cus­tomers smash as much as they can in half an hour.

Most items are pro­vided by the “Frag­ment Room”, but cus­tomers can also bring their own.

And the most pop­u­lar item to smash? Print­ers.

On a re­cent af­ter­noon at the shop, four stu­dents, aged 18 and 19, who had just fin­ished their ex­ams were en­joy­ing a ses­sion, and the thud of bat on prin­ter was just au­di­ble through the con­crete walls.

Law stu­dent Kylie Low, drenched in sweat and with her shoes cov­ered in prin­ter ink, de­scribed it as a “cathar­tic ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“When we’re in school we’re al­ways print­ing things for class — so to be able to smash up a prin­ter, it feels amaz­ing,” the 18-year-old said.

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