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.
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.
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.
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.