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Home Team Volunteer Network: Giving and growing in 2022

Home Team volunteers look back on their 2022 experiences with the Home Team Volunteer Network.

TEXT AND PHOTOS: HOME TEAM VOLUNTEER NETWORK

From helping to keep our streets safe, to learning about civil defence and helping to keep others safe from drugs, these Home Team Volunteer Network (HTVN) volunteers reflect on how the easing of restrictions has made their work more rewarding and fulfilling.

CARLYN KOO, CITIZENS ON PATROL VOLUNTEER

Carlyn enrolled in the Citizens on Patrol (COP) scheme when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Consequently, due to safe-distancing measures, physical interactions were limited — so she was especially thrilled when COP’s patrols resumed after a temporary suspension for several months.

“Volunteering in 2022 was exciting! It felt great to be back and giving back to my community and neighbourhood,” she shared.

NUR ALYSHA, 16th BATCH CADET LIEUTENANT, NATIONAL CIVIL DEFENCE CADET CORPS (NCDCC) 

Alysha’s immense relief at the easing of restrictions is understandable. She said: “I did not get to experience some of the in-person courses such as Unit Drill Instructor and the practical components of the Specialisation Course.

“Due to Covid-19, some of the in-person courses were suspended, but now that the restrictions have eased, I was given the opportunity to join the planning committee for the Urban Adventure Civil Defence Skills Challenge 2022. I am so excited and thrilled to be a part of this!”

Alysha finds her volunteering experience eye-opening and meaningful, as she gets to expand her knowledge in hard skills such as foot drills and soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

JEREMY CHUA HAN XIANG, ANTI-DRUG ADVOCATE (ADA), ANTI-DRUG ABUSE ADVOCACY NETWORK (A3 NETWORK) SCHEME

Jeremy’s volunteering experiences in 2022 proved to be enriching, as he better understood the importance of ADA’s work in supporting and promoting Singapore’s anti-drug cause.

“Through our training, exposure and activities, we better appreciate the work we do in the community to keep our families safe from the harmful effects of drug abuse,” he said.

Find out more how you can make a difference in your community. Volunteer with the Home Team Volunteer Network today!

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Featured Shape Up

Fitness Workz Garage: A unique fitness experience

Crossfit enthusiasts rejoice – Fitness Workz Garage, your new home-away-from-home gym awaits at Bedok Reservoir Clubhouse.

TEXT: NICHOLAS JACOB

PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS

Located at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir is Fitness Workz Garage – a new-age gym built to meet the diverse fitness needs of Home Team NSmen and their loved ones.

Designed as a crossfit haven, the gym also boasts a full complement of fitness equipment and exercise spaces to cater to everyday workout requirements. Here’s what sets Fitness Workz Garage apart from other Fitness Workz gyms across HomeTeamNS clubhouses.

STATE-OF-THE-ART, ALL-PURPOSE EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

Like any good gym, Fitness Workz Garage not only has the basics of gym tech down – it goes above and beyond to cater to cross-fitters, body-weight exercise enthusiasts, and those who incorporate functional training into their workouts.

Step inside and be greeted by the sight of rows lined with machines including brand-new treadmills, squat racks, a bench press machine and a leg press machine for the ideal mix of cardio and strength equipment. The gym also features popular alternative training gear like a monkey bar, rope pull and battle rope.

The highlight of the gym, however, is the CrossFit zone outfitted with an octagon training frame and a unique free weights zone.

CROSSFIT FUNCTIONAL TRAINING ZONE

A welcome and familiar sight for any crossfit lover, the functional training zone situated at the heart of the gym is exclusive to Fitness Workz Garage at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir.

The wide, open area is outfitted for some serious functional training, allowing gym-goers the best space possible to practice Olympic lifts, calisthenics and full-body movement exercises like kettlebell training and slam-ball work.

This area boasts the multi-functional octagon training frame rig – specially made for Fitness Workz Garage – that no other Fitness Workz gyms carry. The structure’s attachments include battle ropes, a punching bag and a cross core system and can be used by multiple users.

BOOTY-BUILDING AT THE FREE WEIGHT ZONE

While most other HomeTeamNS Fitness Workz gyms feature a free weight zone, there’s a few new toys at Fitness Workz Garage – both designed to deliver the ultimate posterior workout.

The hack squat machine is an ideal tool to build your glutes, maximising your training by enabling a wider range of movement for the glutes.

The zone also includes the Booty Builder: A weight-loaded hip-thrust machine that allow users to specifically target their glutes, instead of having to build up the station individually.

THE CARDIO ZONE: A RUNNER’S DREAM

Apart from treadmills Fitness Workz Garage’s cardio zone is equipped with cutting-edge equipment that will satisfy  cardio savants of any calibre. Best of all, the treadmills face Bedok Reservoir – how’s that for a gym with a view?

Complementing the treadmills are Assault Runners – a premium self-operated treadmill powered by a user’s own stride, which are intended to help you meet and exceed your fitness goals while burning more calories. Notably, at Fitness Workz Garage, runners can enjoy a luxurious view of the reservoir as they get their mileage in.

Also noteworthy is the ski machine, which allows users to work their legs, core, and arms in a smooth, continuous motion.

SPIN CLASSES AT THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE STUDIO

To cap it off, Fitness Workz Garage is the only gym that conducts spin classes at the high-performance studio. The gym offers the CruTV spin bicycle, equipped with a high-definition touchscreen so a user can easily keep track of his or her progress

Another eight spin bikes are also available in the High Performance Studio (HPS) for group classes. Additionally, virtual classes will also be conducted in the HPS on a daily basis for gym users to follow a training program without the need of a physical spinning instructor so members enjoy flexible, fun fitness options.

Ready to join the Fitness Workz Garage community? Check out our website for more information on the rates and other cool amenities.

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HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir: Where the indoors and outdoors meet

Live it up on the waterfront, at this new venue nestled in Bedok Reservoir Park whose facilities and activities are augmented by seamless digital solutions.

TEXT: EMMY ALIM

PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS

NSman SUPT (NS) Jason Lim had been looking for a special venue for his family to celebrate the year-end holidays, and eventually, he found just the place. “I had a Christmas party at the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir,” said SUPT (NS) Lim. “It was beautiful – it overlooks the reservoir and I couldn’t ask for a better location,” he added. The waterfront experience is something you can’t find anywhere else, said SUPT (NS) Lim, who is the volunteer Chairman of the Branding and Publicity Committee of HomeTeamNS.

Situated by the reservoir, the design of HomeTeamNS’ newest clubhouse flows from the outside in, carrying with it nature’s sought-after qualities of light and airy spaces.

Inside, each of its five storeys is packed with activities and facilities, most of which offer front-row seats to unobstructed views of the reservoir that transport you far away from the crowds.

WONDERS ON THE WATERFRONT

At the official opening of the clubhouse on 4 January, Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, said the clubhouse’s uniqueness as a waterfront haven was a vision more than six years in the making. “I specifically wanted a waterfront. This is going to be one-of-a- kind venue – I don’t think it can be replicated in terms of location,” said Mr Shanmugam.

Bedok Reservoir was the clear choice among the locations considered for the new clubhouse because of the exclusive view and the large area for development. Its location is also close to a big segment of HomeTeamNS members living in the east who can enjoy kayaking and dragon boating here. And the water sport options don’t end when the boats are docked. Just a few steps in, a wet obstacle rope course and Singapore’s longest indoor waterslide – all 114m of it – are ready for action at the three-storey Aqua Adventure, as is the six-lane 50m infinity pool overlooking the reservoir.

A BLUEPRINT FOR GREEN

With such a unique vantage as part of the water and greenery of the reservoir park, HomeTeamNS is making sure it minimises any harm to its natural surroundings. The clubhouse has earned itself the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum certification – the highest sustainability standard for buildings – for its features that maximise energy efficiency and water conservation. “This includes the use of eco-friendly materials and systems, energy-efficient light fittings, use of solar photovoltaic panels, and a ‘blue & green’ roof to harness natural resources such as solar power and rainfall,” explained Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS.

THE DIGITAL CLUBHOUSE EXPERIENCE

“We have moved beyond providing a traditional brick-and-mortar clubhouse experience for members,” said Ms Eu. In fact, the experience starts even before you reach the clubhouse.   

The HomeTeamNS Mobile App offers members access to a range of services like entering the reservoir-view Members Lounge and booking any of the 10 two-storey waterfront or garden-facing villas. The app also allows keyless access to the spacious three-bedroom villas – ranging from 144sqm to 157sqm in size – that are designed for large gatherings, with roof balconies and sheltered BBQ patios.

The latest tech will also help NSmen and their families level up for a multi-level obstacle course at Action Motion where the gamifier system lets players go up against each other in real-time through the leaderboard. The course has some serious digital cred, incorporating Augmented Reality (AR) bouldering walls and trampoline.

FOR NSMEN BY NSMEN

The 14,500sqm clubhouse was designed for Home Team NSmen by the people who know exactly what they want and need – their fellow NSmen. Mr Muhamad Azfar Bin Ramli, Chairman of the Bedok Reservoir Clubhouse Executive Committee, explained: “We wanted to provide a meeting place in the eastern region of Singapore for Home Team NSmen to host their cohesion activities, so that they may build and strengthen the bonds of friendship and camaraderie that they have forged during their experience serving NS together.”

SUPT (NS) Jason Lim understands this only too well. “In the midst of serving National Service it’s things like the Bedok Reservoir clubhouse that show the organisation is giving back to us as well – they’re giving us something nobody else has access to or the privilege of using,” he said.

Noting that with four HomeTeamNS clubhouses to choose from – Balestier, Bedok Reservoir, Bukit Batok and Khatib – Mr Lim said each one is unique in its own right for NSmen to use.”Go to the clubhouse based on the activity that you’re interested in,” Mr Lim advised fellow HomeTeam NSmen. “For the Bedok Reservoir clubhouse, it’s the water activities.”

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What to eat at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

Fuel up at the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir clubhouse on everything from traditional Singaporean breakfasts to Chong Qing specialities and Indonesian delights.

TEXT: MELODY TAN

PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS

You’ve read all about the exciting array of facilities at the newly-opened clubhouse. Perhaps a weekend staycation at one of its beautifully designed waterfront villas has already been pencilled into your calendar.

But, if you also happen to be a foodie worth his salt, it’s time to map out your meals for a weekend escape at the clubhouse. There are multifarious choices available, whether you’re an early bird looking for a family-friendly breakfast or a night owl chatting with friends over supper. From kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs at Fun Toast to fast food fixes at Burger King, we’ve got your main meals covered.

BREAKFAST

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Fun Toast

Rise and shine with an authentic Singaporean breakfast of kopi and teh, along with charcoal-grilled kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs at Fun Toast. Founded in 1941, the local chain prides itself on its signature Yuan Yang soft bun – a fluffy, freshly-baked bun slathered with homemade kaya butter and lightly toasted.

If you’re anticipating a busy day ahead, Fun Toast also offers more substantial local favourites such as mee siam, curry chicken, chee cheong fun and soy sauce chicken. And for those who are bored with the usual kopi-o (black coffee with sugar) or teh-c (tea with sugar and evaporated milk), check out their old-school red cane leaf iced drink topped with crunchy bits of water chestnut. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 15 per cent discounts, for ala-carte food items only (excluding toast).

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Daily: 07.30am – 08.30pm

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Burger King (Halal)

Stash away that dismal looking cereal box and spark joy in your little ones with breakfast at Burger King. For the most important meal of the day, take your pick of your beloved Burger King creations – how fast can you say, ‘Mushroom Swiss’? – sandwiched between flaky golden croissants. And nothing says, ‘fun weekend food’ quite like a breakfast platter stacked with warm pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, sitting cheek-by-jowl with toasty tater tots and a succulent sausage. HomeTeamNS members enjoy selected value meals at exclusive prices, as well as a complimentary soft serve cone.

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Daily: 08.00am – 10.00pm

LUNCH

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Sri Bistari (Halal)

A familiar favourite among HomeTeamNS members, Sri Bistari – a halal eatery formerly known as D.U.I.T at the now-defunct HomeTeamNS Sembawang – is well known for its nasi ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken with rice). Online reviews say that the juicy chicken is truly sedap (delicious) and the chilli so fragrant, you’ll want more rice to eat it with

But if you’re not in the mood for fried chicken, Sri Bistari offers options such as grilled sotong (squid), stingray and prawns, as well as Western dishes like black pepper sirloin steak and fish and chips. Sweeten the experience with a warm Belgian waffle topped with your choice of gelato. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10 per cent discounts off their purchases.

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Daily: 11.00am – 11.00pm

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Sum Dim Sum

For those who want to avoid a mid-day food coma, head over to Sum Dim Sum, a local brand started in 2019 that specialises in handmade dim sum. Its wide variety of light bites, noodles and soups cater to both young and old.

Chef’s recommendations include freshly-made har gow (steamed prawn dumplings), the signature hot and spicy dumplings, golden custard buns and signature pandan crispy pork buns. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 15 per cent discounts.

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Mon-Fri: 11.30am – 03.00pm, 05.00pm to 10.30pm

Sat & Sun: 10.30am to 03.00pm, 05.00pm to 10.30pm

DINNER

PHOTO: Xiao Mu Deng

Xiao Mu Deng

As the sun sets and the temperature dips, it’s time for a comforting steamboat dinner with family and friends at Xiao Mu Deng. The restaurant pays tribute to the rich culinary traditions of Chong Qing – a region in China synonymous with mala, a popular spice mix characterised by its tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Besides mala steamboat, sample the restaurant’s hometown specialities such as the fish-flavoured pork rice bowl, green pepper fat intestines and pig ear in red oil.

While sitting back contentedly around steaming bowls of soup, be sure to take a closer look at your surroundings. The restaurant’s interior, decked out in rustic wooden furniture, recalls the south-west China of yore. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 15 per cent discounts.

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Mon-Thur: 3pm – 11pm

Fri-Sun, & Public Holiday: 11am – 11pm

SUPPER

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7-Eleven

If you’re in the dark about 7-Eleven’s sheer variety of cooked food, snack and beverage options, you clearly haven’t been watching enough TikTok, where Gen Z has been busy showing their love for the round-the-clock convenience store.

There’s more than just potato chips or biscuits to look forward to at 7-11 these days: It also has onigiri (Japanese rice balls) in flavours such as grilled salmon and unagi (grilled eel), instant meals such as butter chicken biryani, kimchi fried rice, and Thai basil chicken, and desserts not limited to soft-serve ice cream. If you’re feeling hunger pangs during your villa stay, you might be surprised by what you’d find at 7-Eleven.

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Daily: 07.00am – 11.00pm

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George’s Bar

George’s Bar is a Balinese-style hideout that boasts homemade snacks, a Western-style grill and an impressive variety of alcoholic beverages from all over the world slung at what it calls ‘MAD prices’ – perfect for a night out with friends.

It serves standout dishes such as black pepper tenderloin steak, beer battered fish and chips and the Georges burger. For finger food to accompany your beer, you can’t go wrong with chili cheese fries or calamari skewers.

The self-dubbed ‘friendliest neighbourhood bar’ is certainly popular, with six outlets island-wide and counting. With its mission to turn strangers into friends, George’s Bar will have you capping your day at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir with a smile – and a full belly. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 20 per cent discounts.

Location and Operating Hours

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994

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Mon-Fri: 03:00pm – 10.30pm

Sat, Sun, Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday: 08.30am – 10.30pm

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Help from new technology, guided by core principles

TransCom NS Commander DAC (NS) Mohammad Nurizham Shah; and SC/CPL Ryan Lui, an Assistant Ops Field Instructor with TransCom, share their thoughts on how technology has increased the effectiveness of servicemen even as it shapes how they interact with the public.

PHOTOS: DAC (NS) SHAH AND SC/CPL RYAN LUI

In over 25 years of service, DAC (NS) Mohammad Nurizham Shah Bin Abdullah has experienced and witnessed plenty of change within the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the environment it operates in. 

As the National Service (NS) Commander of Transcom, DAC (NS) Shah works with fellow NS Key Appointment Holders and their regular counterparts to ensure that NSmen are equipped with the skills needed to protect Singapore’s Public Transport System. While technology has increased the effectiveness of TransCom officers, certain tenets – like the SPF’s core values of courage, loyalty, integrity and fairness – remain unchanged and form the bedrock of how full-time officers and NSmen perform their duties.

FUTUREPROOFING SECURITY OPERATIONS WITH TECHNOLOGY

DAC (NS) Shah and other TransCom participants at last year's HomeTeamNS REAL® Run.

Technology has helped offset the dual challenge of a declining birth rate – which translates to a smaller pool of NSFs – and a rapidly expanding MRT network. Singapore’s current rail network is about 200km in length, but this will be extended to about 360km by 2030 with the completion of new routes, like the Thomson-East Coast line and Cross Island line.

Apart from more advanced weapons and training aids, TransCom leverages technology to increase the effectiveness of its officers. “Technology such as CCTV cameras and data analytics will enhance policing efforts in solving and preventing crime,” says DAC (NS) Shah.

IN THE PUBLIC EYE

While technology has been a force multiplier, it has – in the form of social media and mobile devices – also changed how servicemen interact with the public. This, according to DAC (NS) Shah, has presented new challenges to servicemen today, compared to when he was an NSF himself. “This intense public scrutiny in crowded places is something which TransCom officers have to deal with every day,” he says. “They are often on foot patrol, and unlike conventional ground officers, cannot return to the patrol car while on duty.”

The prevalence of mobile devices, social media accounts and excellent mobile broadband coverage mean that anyone has the ability to become a content provider. However, content without context can create unnecessary complications. “We do have commuters taking videos of policeman at work and circulating them on social media,” DAC (NS) Shah shares. “Most of the videos only show part of the incident and may be taken out of context. Therefore, we always advise the public to refrain from uploading or re-sharing such videos.” He adds that SPF’s Facebook page provides updates to the public on the actual scenario in an incident. “We understand the pressure faced by our officers and have assured them that as long as they carry out their duties professionally, we will always be there to defend them against any allegations.” he stresses.

DUTIFUL DILIGENCE

SC/CPL Ryan Lui (middle) with NSF trainers and medics at the 188th intake TransCom Basic Course Graduation at TransCom Base last year.

This commitment to duty is a value that SC/CPL Ryan Lui Ching Yiu is very familiar with. As an Assistant Ops Field Instructor, he assists full-time officers to train TransCom officers in police contact tactics, weapon handling and first responder training.

He is also deployed to patrol the MRT network, especially during major events such as the National Day Parade and New Year’s celebrations “NS has taught me to be responsible and also to complete all task that have been assigned to me, as this may have a direct or indirect impact on others,” says SC/CPL Lui. “This has clearly been outlined within my work as a police officer from managing my administrative work as a trainer to handling incidents within the MRT system as a patrol officer,” he adds. “Everyone, myself included, is accountable for our actions, decisions and behaviour, so we take our work seriously.”

HOW TRANSCOM IS PARTNERING THE PUBLIC

The Public Transport Security Command’s (TransCom) Riders-On-Watch (ROW) initiative encourages commuters to help create a safer environment for all, by sharing latest crime information affecting the public transport system with ROW volunteers. Aside from keeping an eye out for suspicious activities, the SPF hopes that ROW volunteers will share the information with their family and friends helping to create a more informed community.

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6 physiotherapy, TCM and spa treatments worth checking out with HomeTeamNS

These treatments with HomeTeamNS partners span Western and Eastern practices and can help reinvigorate tired bodies and minds.

TEXT: MELODY TAN

PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK, READY FIT PHYSIOTHERAPY, MULTIFLORA TCM SPA, YUMINORI ONSEN & SPA

If you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders – or perhaps on your back or knees, depending on which body part hurts most – it’s time to be kind to your body and mind.

For some, that might mean undergoing physiotherapy for an old sport injury, or seeking holistic pain management for chronic aches. Others just want a good soak in a steamy onsen.

Whichever category you fall under, and whatever sport you play, as a HomeTeamNS member you’ll enjoy special members-only discounts and offers from the following merchants. So breathe easy — we’ve got your wellness needs covered.

MOVE MUSCLES MORE EASILY

Photo: Ready Fit Physiotherapy

Ready Fit Physiotherapy

Don’t let a sport injury turn into lifelong limitations on your movement. For those in need of physical rehabilitation, Ready Fit Physiotherapy at Marina Square offers a range of customised services covering post-operative pain, recovery acceleration and more.

HomeTeamNS members enjoy 25 per cent off all Ready Fit Physiotherapy’s services until 14 September 2023. To make an appointment, call 8800 2351. Each member is only entitled to one redemption.

Total Health Chiropractic

People who swear by chiropractic treatment say it not only relieves pain, but also enhances their health and vitality. Put their claims to the test at Total Health Chiropractic, which is offering a special HomeTeamNS promotion until 20 October 2023.

HomeTeamNS members who are first-time visitors enjoy S$20 off their first chiropractic visit, plus 20 per cent off all available packages. To utilise this promotion, quote the promo code found in the HomeTeamNS mobile app when you make your appointment at any of Total Health Chiropractic’s four clinical outlets across Singapore.

LOOK TO THE EAST FOR REMEDIES

Photo: Multiflora TCM Spa

Multiflora TCM Spa

Multiflora combines a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to health – which prioritises keeping the body in a state of harmony – with modern Western technologies aimed at enhancing wellness and beauty.

HomeTeamNS members can indulge in a 20-minute Yang Enliven Therapy session at only S$38 (not including GST). Present your digital membership card found in the HomeTeamNS Mobile App upon payment – the promotion is limited to new customers or those who have not visited in the past 12 months. Only one redemption per customer can be made.

The promotion runs until 31 August 2023 and is available at any of the nine Multiflora TCM Spa branches across Singapore.

Singapore Paincare TCM Wellness

If aches and pains are slowing you down, visit Singapore Paincare TCM Wellness at Marina Square. Their philosophy centres on finding a balance between internal qi (vital energy) regulation – known as yin – and external physical movement, better known as yang.

Until 14 September 2023, Singapore Paincare TCM Wellness is offering special rates to HomeTeamNS members for the following treatments: TCM Holistic Paincare including consultation, acupuncture and Q’nergy Tuina at S$108 (original price: S$240) and Q’nergy Tuina comprising consultation and 30 minutes of Tuina treatment at S$58 (original price: S$110).

To book an appointment, call 6266 2168. Each HomeTeamNS member is entitled to one redemption, and you have to present your membership card found in the HomeTeamNS Mobile App upon checkout.

LUXURIATE IN A SPA DAY

Photo: Yuminori Onsen & Spa

Spa-1 Wellness Centre

If your K-drama addiction has you hankering for the relaxing environs of a traditional Korean jjimjilbang (bathhouse), check out Spa-1 Wellness Centre, where HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10 per cent off the Main Treatment and Day Pass.

Day Pass holders may access Spa-1 Wellness’s array of relaxing facilities, such as the Himalayan salt sauna for a healthy sweat session and their signature cassia seed sauna, which seeks to improve symptoms of congestion, redness and vision problems. Feeling peckish? Help yourself to free-flowing plant-based food and beverages at the refreshment lounge.

Be sure to mention the promo code found in the HomeTeamNS Mobile App when you book your appointment. Spa-1 Wellness Centre is located at Grandlink Square, next to Paya Lebar MRT.

Yunomori Onsen & Spa

Surround yourself with authentic Nippon-style hospitality at the Yunomori Onsen & Spa for all ages, which is conveniently situated at Kallang Wave Mall.

HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10 per cent off the onsen entry Day Pass, which entitles users to all-day access to Yunomori baths, steam areas and sauna (the lattermost is available only in the men’s onsen). For the full Japanese experience, robe yourself in the provided yukata after you’ve sampled their six different baths – choose from warm bubbles to bracing cold water – and relax in the well-appointed lounge.

Do note that the promotion is available only for new bookings. You’ll need to present your digital membership card and quote ‘HomeTeamNS’ upon checkout to enjoy the discount.

Treat yourself to a stress- and pain-free day with these wellness promotions that won’t break the bank.

There’s so much to look forward to as a HomeTeamNS Member. Explore all the latest benefits and perks on our website and Facebook page.

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Complex problems don’t faze this HomeTeamNS Children’s Education Award recipient

Math whiz and HomeTeamNS Children’s Education Award recipient Mohamad ‘Afif Bin Mohamad Satari overcame personal challenges during the pandemic and still found time to serve the community.

TEXT: NUR ADLINA BINTE ADAM

PHOTOS: MOHAMAD ‘AFIF BIN MOHAMAD SATARI

On 8 December 2022, HomeTeamNS commemorated the achievements of its members’ children at the HomeTeamNS Children’s Education Award (CEA) ceremony held at Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure. The CEA recognises the efforts of primary- to tertiary-level students and aims to motivate them in their educational journey through bursaries. Among this year’s 80 recipients is Mohamad ‘Afif Bin Mohamad Satari. The 20-year-old is the only son of Mr Mohamad Satari Bin Sumar, a Home Team NSman who served his National Service (NS) with the Singapore Police Force in 1980.

‘Afif performed outstandingly in his General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level Examinations in 2021, despite setbacks experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. His first year in Raffles Junior College was marked by Home-Based Learning, which entailed late-night discussions with peers and a lack of physical interaction with his tutors. As a result, time management was crucial for ‘Afif, who had to juggle lessons, homework, discussions and revisions, while getting ample rest. Thankfully, he overcame those hurdles. “Of course, I could not have done it alone. This was only possible through the support of my family and peers, as well as the guidance of my tutors, which I am forever grateful for,” he said.

Academics aside, ‘Afif has proven to be an all-rounded student with a heart of gold. As a member of his school’s guitar ensemble, he and his teammates participated in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation, where they earned the Certificate of Distinction. On top of his achievements, ‘Afif also devotes time to giving back to the community. In total, he’s spent 43 hours volunteering as an orientation group leader as well as participating in community club programmes.

“I was taught from a young age to always give back to the community, especially the less fortunate. It feels good when I can make someone’s day better and put a smile on their faces. The little things I do could be of great help to others,” he shared.

AN ODE TO FAMILY

Mohamad ‘Afif Bin Mohamad Satari (centre) has received tremendous support from his parents, Mdm Sarimah Ali (left) and Mr Mohamad Satari Bin Sumar (right), in his academic pursuits.

‘Afif’s outlook in life is inspired by his parents, Mr Satari and Mdm Sarimah Ali. “We’ve always advised ‘Afif to respect others, regardless of age. Even now, we remind him to stay humble and reflect on his roots. He should remember all the support he has received and pay it forward,” shared Mr Satari.

The family comes from a humble background. Tutored by his mother, ‘Afif received financial support for his education through scholarships and bursaries, including HomeTeamNS’ CEA. “The CEA has definitely been a great help especially during COVID-19, and we appreciate the book vouchers and monetary award that we’ve saved for his tertiary education,” said Mr Satari.

With the support of his nurturing parents, it’s perhaps unsurprising that ‘Afif would excel in his studies. The couple encouraged his interest in science and mathematics, the latter for which he grew a fascination as a toddler. From playing with clothes pegs, blocks and an abacus, the young boy progressed to learning simple addition, subtraction and multiplication from Mdm Sarimah.

“Mathematics is a very wide-ranging subject. It can involve an abstract concept like pure mathematics, or be applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering. I love to slowly unravel the answer to difficult questions and puzzles. The process is very satisfying and at times mind-boggling,” explained ‘Afif.

As soon as he reaches his Operationally Ready Date (ORD) as a platoon medic for the 8th Battalion in the Singapore Infantry Regiment (8SIR), the scholarly adolescent will be furthering his studies at the National University of Singapore’s College of Humanities & Sciences.

As he looks towards a new phase in his educational journey, he advises his peers to always believe in themselves, against the odds.

“Never let failure be a setback to future success. Always remind yourself that it is just another challenge. Look back on a seemingly impossible hurdle that you once overcame and tell yourself that you can do it again. It is important to realise that you are not alone in your journey. Your family and friends will be there for you in your time of need, and you can rely on them for anything.”

More than 2,600 children of HomeTeamNS Ordinary Members have benefitted from the CEA since its inception in 2004. With CEA, we hope to reward and celebrate families, and encourage students to excel academically. For the latest updates on the applications, visit our website or Facebook page.