So much to do locked in a room

Some seek an escape from the daily grind through Netflix, yoga or retail therapy. My escapist pleasure of choice is more literal. For the past few years, I have spent many weekends exploring ruined temples, trespassing into science labs, solving murder mysteries or travelling through time - all thanks to Singapore's many escape rooms.

The uninitiated may have a vague impression of these as dim, claustrophobic lairs - no thanks to the horror films that have used them as a plot point - or something only reality-avoiding nerds could enjoy. Yet the beauty of escape rooms is that they combine meaningful socialising with intellectual thrills and pure escapism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'So much to do locked in a room'. Print Edition | Subscribe