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Here’s an al­ter­na­tive, and pretty novel, way to vent your anger.

The Frag­ment Room is Sin­ga­pore’s firstever rage room in which you can break and smash things to your heart’s de­sire.

Use a base­ball bat to pound a wine glass to smithereens, or throw plates against the wall – the call is yours dur­ing what the brand con­sid­ers anger ther­apy. Think of this as a judg­ment-free space for you to ex­press your frus­tra­tion af­ter a re­ally bad day.

Founder Royce Tan de­cided to open The Frag­ment Room af­ter read­ing about rage rooms on­line and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing one for him­self when he was over­seas. To make the busi­ness more sus­tain­able, most of the sup­plies used are fac­tory re­jects up for scrap­ping.

Prices start from $38 for 30 min­utes, and the room can ac­com­mo­date up to two smash­ers at a go. The ba­sic pack­age comes with a base­ball bat and a box of ran­dom break­ables for you to play around with. You can also pay ex­tra for an up­grade to a sledge­ham­mer or crow­bar if that’s more your style. The min­i­mum age re­quire­ment to par­tic­i­pate is 18, and slots are al­ready go­ing fast, so book­ings are en­cour­aged. In­trigued, we de­cided to check it out for our­selves.

THE SET-UP

Nes­tled among a row of shop­houses along Balestier Road, The Frag­ment Room can be eas­ily mis­taken for a cafe from the out­side. It is 1.30pm on a Mon­day, and I’m here with our free­lance writer Claire. We gin­gerly push open the door and promptly hear the sound of some­thing shat­ter­ing, fol­lowed by a tri­umphant whoop. Clearly, this is no chill eatery.

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Be­fore you start smash­ing and break­ing things, you’ll have to don the ap­pro­pri­ate gear – a pro­tec­tive body suit, gloves, and a hel­met – that’s pro­vided free of charge. You can wear your own shoes – pro­vided they’re cov­ered – or bor­row boots.

At this point, I feel like I am gear­ing up for war. As some­one whose idea of de-stress­ing in­cludes flo­ral ar­range­ments and spa treat­ments, the idea of mind­lessly break­ing things didn’t ex­actly sound very re­lax­ing to me. I glance at a grin­ning Claire. No prizes for guess­ing which one of us was clearly more ex­cited.

Once fully suited, we make our way into the room. We are each given a base­ball bat and a box of ran­dom things like cups, glasses and bowls be­tween us. The floor is al­ready cov­ered in bro­ken shards of glass and ce­ramic. – the sight of which only makes my heart beat faster.

THE VER­DICT

While I’d still rather stick to flow­ers and fa­cials, this gave me an adrenalin rush and made me feel pretty badass in the room. I must ad­mit that I screamed when I hit my first glass against the wall. How­ever, af­ter get­ting into the swing of things though, smash­ing ob­jects be­came quite lib­er­at­ing. Find out more at the­frag­men­t­room.com. – DAWN CHEN

Claire (left) and Dawn at The Frag­ment Room.

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