Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Beauty Bar

A first in Singapore, this cashless automated ‘store’ dispensing cosmetics and skincare items is something of a novelty, and has been attracting quite a lot of interest at the new Downtown Gallery complex.

Touch screen displays allow you to choose the product you are after, and once you have wielded your credit card a cushioned drawer opens up to reveal your purchase. It is all incredibly efficient.

I was slightly perplexed by the whole idea at first, but it actually makes sense. If you need an emergency lipstick before that important, unexpected meeting, or you don’t finish working on those vital documents until after the shops have closed, this could be a lifesaver.

Even if it isn’t an emergency, for someone working in one of the many offices nearby, this must be a welcome opportunity to save time and trouble. A quick stop here and you can spend your lunch hour chatting with friends over a gourmet salad rather than slogging over to the centre of town and fighting the department store crowds. Yes, you could shop online with the same effect, but here you have the product in your hand immediately with no waiting for the mail or collecting missed parcels later.

The bank of screens offers a range of designer cosmetics from firms like Shiseido, Clarins and Nars, and seems to cover a comprehensive range of products. Free samples are also available once you have made a purchase, and there are assistants hovering in case of any problems. I am tempted to try this out just for the fun of it…


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Rage Room

There are moments in life, no matter how calm and patient you are, when anger and frustration threaten to take over and you really need to hit something.

Tempting though it may be to thump your rival or your infuriating boss, it is never a good idea to punch anything harder than your pillow. (I am not going to dwell on the possible legal complications of actually assaulting someone…)

Taking up boxing or muay thai is a good plan if you regularly struggle with feelings like these. Or you could try a ‘rage room’.

Here in Singapore we have The Fragment Room, which is an accurate description of what the place looks like when your half hour is up. For $38 you are kitted out in protective overalls, with hard hat and goggles, then let loose on a crate of empty bottles or other junk that has already been discarded but diverted from the recycling plant.

If your fury is directed at a particular piece of technology – like the computer which lost your project, for example – you can either bring your own or choose one from the shelves outside. Either option costs extra, as does a second crate if you haven’t yet worked off your rage.

The rules are simple – let out all your anger, don’t hurt yourself and don’t set fire to anything. You can plug your own music into the speakers and play it at top volume, and each room can safely hold 2 people if you want to bring a friend. Baseball bats and golf clubs are provided to help you wreak destruction, together with a handy platform on which to balance things before you take a swing.

Daughter #2 and I tried this out and had a wonderfully cathartic time. It is surprisingly hard work and we were pleasantly exhausted by the time we had smashed all our empties then had a go at further destruction of the remains heaped up against the wall. It really is a great way of releasing all those pent-up worries and frustrations.

The company calls this the ‘new age of anger therapy’ and I really think they have a point. I hope I won’t need this for real, but if I do, it is nice to know they are there!


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