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Conserving a precious resource, one drop at a time

HomeTeamNS is serious about water conservation – here’s how it’s incorporating green features into its newest clubhouses and spreading the word about the importance of saving this precious resource.



Every day in Singapore, about 430 million gallons of water is consumed – an amount equal to around 782 Olympic-sized swimming pools. As our population and economy grow, our need for water is set to grow as well. PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, estimates that our demand for water could be close to double by the year 2065.

To ensure that the nation’s water needs are met, Singapore has three main solutions: to desalinate seawater, reuse water endlessly, and collect every drop. 

HomeTeamNS clubhouses are doing their part, too. While desalination is best left to the experts, both HomeTeamNS Khatib and HomeTeamNS Bedok clubhouses have water-saving features that make use of technology and innovation to take water conservation to a whole new level.

For example, the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir and HomeTeamNS Khatib have an integrated rainwater harvesting system that drip irrigates the plants within the clubhouse, helping to reduce water use while maintaining the lush greenery of its surroundings.

Over at HomeTeamNS Khatib, the swimming pools have a secret, sustainable weapon when it comes to cleaning. They are the first of their kind in Singapore to use an ECO-filtration system that relies on a bio-film to trigger the process of photocatalytic oxidisation. This process sanitises the pool without requiring harsh chemicals like chlorine and reduces as much as half of the water normally needed for pool maintenance. The system also cuts down on energy consumption, and lasts twice as long as conventional decontamination methods.

This World Water Day mark the occasion with water-themed activities for kids and grown-ups throughout the month at participating HomeTeamNS clubhouses.


HomeTeamNS members participating in the World Water Day colouring activities at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok.


Get your blue crayons ready for colouring and crafting activities at the clubhouse lobby, where the kids’ corner plays host to water-themed fun.

Older kids, teens and grown-ups can take part in the Water Day Online Trivia Contest. This fun quiz covers water consumption and conservation efforts in Singapore. Participants can join the online trivia at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier’s Facebook page, and stand a chance to win PUB Water Wally plushies!


HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok’s clubhouse Lobby A will host several water-themed activities:

Colour Me Blue

When and where: Every weekend from 17-31 March 2023, 11am to 6pm at Level 1, Lobby A.

Little ones can learn about water conservation with fun, educational activities at the colouring corner.

Interactive Board Games

When and where: 18-31 March 2023, 9am to 8pm at Level 1, Lobby A.

Learn tips on making a sustainable future together and participate in our interactive board games and redeem prizes when you complete each game – test your powers of recall with the memory game and try the crossword puzzles and get in touch with your inner wordsmith.

HomeTeamNS members or guests who participate in the Interactive Board Games or complete the colouring activity may spin the wheel to redeem a Singapore World Water Day merchandise.


Water Wally and Sally stickers are hiding somewhere within the clubhouse! If you spot them, be sure to snap a selfie, tag @HomeTeamNS Khatib on their Facebook page with your photo, and stand a chance to win $50 HomeTeamNS vouchers.

Want learn more about water conservation? Check out the clubhouse lobby where standees with water trivia will be displayed. If you’re in the mood to test your knowledge, whip your phone out to scan the QR code on the standees, which will lead you to an online quiz. Participants stand a chance of winning Singapore World Water Day merchandise.

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These Operation Lionheart doctors witnessed courage and resilience amid tragedy in Türkiye

Safeguarding the health of SCDF officers and earthquake victims was all in a day’s work for SCDF’s NSF Doctors CPT (DR) Amos Lee and CPT (DR) Nicholas Tan at the disaster site.

TEXT: Cara Yap
PHOTOS: CPT(DR) Nicholas Tan

Approaching midnight on February 8, three hours into a multi-national earthquake search and rescue mission in Türkiye, CPT(DR) Amos Lee’s training as a medical officer (MO) in SCDF’s Emergency Medical Services Department (EMSD) kicked in.

As part of the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) 68-strong Operation Lionheart (OLH) contingent, he had travelled 20 hours with the contingent to Kahramanmaraş, Türkiye, which had been devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on 6 February.  

SCDF's Operation Lionheart contingent cooperated with members of international rescue teams in Türkiye.

Here, in frigid temperatures of about two degrees Celsius, CPT (DR) Amos prepared to receive a 12-year-old Turkish boy, who had been extricated from the rubble by the elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) officers in the OLH contingent.

The rescued boy was suffering from hypothermia and psychological shock after being trapped for several days, so Dr Lee and the other medical professionals had to act swiftly. “Thankfully, he didn’t sustain any life-threatening injuries. After taking his vitals, we stabilised him, administered fluids intravenously and kept him warm with a thermal blanket, before the local paramedics brought him to the hospital,” he recalls.

The successful rescue was a bright spot in an otherwise sobering experience for the 27-year-old, who had witnessed courage, resilience and sorrow during the deployment. “As Medical Officers, we were taught to be resilient to hardship during our SAF Basic Military Training. Nevertheless, it was heartrending to see the locals cry and mourn amid the death and destruction,” shares Dr Lee.

As a healthcare professional, Dr Lee anticipated the disaster’s emotional toll.  “We do respect the grieving process of the victims.  However, as part of the OLH contingent, we must have sufficient coping mechanisms, so that we can carry out our duties professionally,” he explains. Such stoicism is essential, as Dr Lee and other medical officers bore the responsibility of ensuring the health of all SCDF officers and search canines throughout the mission. Given their training in Advanced Trauma Life Support, they possess the skills to manage traumatic injuries and effectively support the OLH contingent.

Paying attention to details

CPT (DR) Amos Lee and CPT (DR) Nicholas Tan shared a tent during the mission.

While the general public read play-by-play accounts of successful rescues conducted by the OLH contingent, not many are aware of the roles played by supporting team members such as Dr Lee.

Yet, these  roles are essential to the smooth operations of the OLH contingent, even if they are not directly involved in rescue work. CPT(DR) Nicholas Tan, from the Home Team Medical Services Division (HTMSD), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), who shared a tent with Dr Lee throughout the deployment, can certainly attest to that. The 27-year-old served mainly as an onsite GP for OLH contingent members and members of other international rescue teams that were based in the same camp.

“Minor ailments such as coughs, colds and runny noses may appear to be trivial, but how will our teammates concentrate on search and rescue, if they are not feeling well?” muses Dr Tan.

Throughout the mission, Dr Tan routinely treated ailments and minor injuries, not just for the contingent members, but also the search canines from SCDF’s Search Platoon. When one of the search canines sustained a cut on its paw during a search, Dr Tan was able to neatly clean and bandage the wound, thanks to a three-day course in basic veterinary care he underwent prior to the mission.

Search and rescue troops braved freezing temperatures in Kahramanmaraş.

The swift deployment of the OLH contingent within hours of the earthquake, has reinforced Dr Tan’s belief in the importance of watertight and agile logistics. “You must prioritise what to bring on overseas missions because you’re limited by space and time constraints,” shares the full-time NSF doctor, whose job scope includes drafting policies to improve the welfare of servicemen under the Ministry of Home Affairs. “We focused on variety instead of depth, packing medication and equipment to cover many types of emergencies – this involved a lot of pre-planning. Nothing was left to chance.”

Sorting through medical supplies at the disaster site.
Sorting through medical supplies at the disaster site.

Like Dr Lee, this was Dr Tan’s first time working in a disaster site, and he recalls being awakened by aftershocks on several occasions while resting in their tent. “As the base of operations was sited in an open area, we knew that the dangers from a tent collapse was minimal. However, the aftershocks did make us feel uneasy at times,” recounts Dr Tan.

Despite the potential risks, both doctors did not hesitate when they received the deployment notice. “As a doctor, you have to step up when duty calls. This sense of responsibility is no different from that of other healthcare workers who worked hard to take care of COVID-19 patients, despite the potential risk of being infected by the virus,” reflects Dr Tan, who recounted his stint at Singapore General Hospital during the pandemic, prior to enlisting in National Service.

Courage and camaraderie

Both Dr Lee and Dr Tan, who underwent BMT and the Medical Officer Conversion Course (MOCC) before joining SCDF, were equipped with both the physical and mental capacity to work under challenging circumstances. “We gained leadership skills during our SCDF induction course. We also learnt how to perform field amputations — on top of the veterinary course — and were engaged in regular exercises to familiarise ourselves with how OLH functions,” explains Dr Lee, who also volunteers on overseas humanitarian missions with his church. He joined the medical profession as it is “a privilege to be present for those who are in need.” Although he has yet to decide on his medical specialisation after NS, he has plans for an upcoming humanitarian trip in Cambodia. 

The OLH deployment struck a chord with Dr Lee, especially for the hospitality he received from the locals. “The Turkish people were really welcoming. Although they were having a difficult time in the aftermath of the earthquake, they kindly offered us drinks and warm meals,” shares Dr Lee. Equally encouraging, was the camaraderie shared among members of the various international contingents, which transcended language and cultural differences.

“When I was queuing for food in front of a Turkish rescuer, I mentioned a few big names in Turkish football, as I knew that the sport is popular in Turkey. We started chatting and he showed me football clips on his phone. It shows that through patience and good will, we can find much common ground with others ,” recounts Dr Tan, who will continue his internal medicine residency with SingHealth after NS.

OLH team members with their Turkish counterparts.
OLH team members with their Turkish counterparts.

Dr Lee echoes this sentiment, saying that he maintains friendships with the Turkish translators assigned to his team. Despite the tragedy he witnessed he remains buoyed by the resilience displayed by the locals, as well as the collective strength of the international rescuers.

“My biggest takeaway through this experience was that regardless of nationality, race or religion, medical professionals have a duty to render help to those who need it,” he concludes.

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HomeTeamNS sets record for Singapore’s tallest hamper for a good cause

The 4m-high hamper was made of care packages that were distributed to beneficiaries from SWAMI Home.


The fourth edition of HomeTeamNS Gives Back, an annual event that rallies together members, guests and partners to give back to the community, was held on 4 February at HomeTeamNS Khatib.

HomeTeamNS built a 4m-high hamper that set a record for tallest hamper in the Singapore Book of Records. The hamper contained boxes of groceries such as Milo packets, toothbrushes and biscuits that were contributed by the participants. These were distributed to beneficiaries of Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI Home), including residents of approximately 100 Yishun flats under the SWAMI Home Help Programme.

The HomeTeamNS benefactors and selected beneficiaries from SWAMI Home were treated to an afternoon of fun and activities such as Nagomi art, a purportedly therapeutic artform using pastel powder; a bingo game and Lo Hei, along with a lion dance performance.


HomeTeamNS staff preparing care packages that were distributed to Yishun residents under the SWAMI Home Help Programme.
HomeTeamNS staff preparing care packages that were distributed to Yishun residents under the SWAMI Home Help Programme.

The event was graced by guest-of-honour Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, and HomeTeamNS President.

“At HomeTeamNS, we believe in making a difference through community efforts. This way, small acts of kindness by each member get amplified and we can help others make a greater impact. I am truly heartened to see our members and partners readily chipping in. We hope that these gifts will bring our friends in SWAMI Home good cheer and joy this festive season,” said Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS.

HomeTeamNS members with their Nagomi Art artworks.
HomeTeamNS members with their Nagomi Art artworks.

HomeTeamNS members have participated in earlier editions of HomeTeamNS Gives Back held during Christmas in 2018, 2021 and 2022, with the same goal of paying it forward. For more information about the next HomeTeamNS Gives Back event, please visit our website and Facebook page.

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Make rising interest rates work for you

Interest rates are rising: Here’s what you need to know to help you make your savings work harder for you.


Bank interest rates have been rising steadily during the last year, causing some home loan holders a corresponding increase in anxiety. But there’s a silver lining amid this uncertainty: This is also a good time to make your savings work harder and earn higher interest.

Choosing the right type of interest-earning bank product, however, might be a challenge. After all, you don’t want to lock in your savings for years if you’re planning to further your studies, or buy a flat. Neither do you want to miss out on getting the maximum amount of interest possible.

Here’s a handy guide on what you should look out for, when it comes to your own interest (rates, that is).


Photo by Ishant Mishra on Unsplash

Interest rates don’t just apply to savings accounts or mortgage loans. There are also fixed deposits, interest rate-linked structured deposits, Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs) and offset mortgage accounts, to name a few.

To decide which bank product works best for your needs, it’s best to first consider your immediate, mid-term and long-term financial goals.

Financial experts recommend that before doing anything else, you set aside an emergency fund consisting of six months’ worth of your usual expenditure. Besides recurring bills, you’ll want to factor in food, transport and insurance premiums.

If you anticipate collecting the keys to your new flat within the next two years, you might prefer a high-yield savings account or a 12-month fixed deposit over buying an SSB, as you’ll need to hold onto the latter for the full 10 years to enjoy the maximum interest rate.

If you worry about unexpected expenses – such as medical bills – and need to maintain liquidity, an interest rate-linked structured deposit isn’t the best choice, as you may suffer major losses when you withdraw your money early. There might also be hefty transaction fees incurred.


Before investing your savings, always read the fine print carefully. Besides minimum time commitments, bank products may have other requirements you need to meet to receive the higher interest rate.

It’s common for high-yield savings accounts to require a minimum monthly spend on a linked credit card, or for you to credit your salary, pay bills through GIRO or purchase an insurance product from the bank. You might also be required to maintain a certain minimum amount in the account at all times or end up incurring fall-below fees.

Last but not least, it’s a good idea to assess the risk level of the product. For the risk averse, fixed deposits are a safe choice as up to $75,000 of your cash is insured by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation – so your savings are protected.


Be sure to look out for specific criteria that you can utilise to get the best interest rate possible.

For example, if you know you’re going to be making large purchases soon – like flight tickets, hotel bookings or new furniture – check to see if this expenditure can help you to earn more interest. Some, like the DBS Multiplier Account, offer higher interest rates with higher transaction amounts.

Similarly, the Standard Chartered JumpStart account is for those aged between 18 and 26, offering up to 0.50 per cent per annum interest and 1 per cent cashback on eligible purchases made with the Cashback Debit Card linked to your account (It certainly pays to be young).

If the interest gets credited into your account on the 15th of every month, for example, it’s in your best interest (pun intended) to schedule large purchases or significant cash transfers for after the 15th, so that you can earn a larger amount of interest.

Another option is to let your money work for you on digital platforms like Endowus. It is Singapore’s first digital investment advisor for CPF, SRS and cash savings. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 20-per-cent off Endowus fees for three years with a minimum investment of S$1,000.


If you want to compare fixed deposit or bank account interest rates, there are plenty of online resources that have done the work for you.

Some, like Singsaver, even provide helpful comparisons – such as between fixed deposits and savings accounts – to help you decide which product suits your needs best. Others like MoneySmart partner with banks and financial institutions for a seamless experience, allowing you to apply directly. Seedly encourages users to share opinions and insights, for a more community-oriented take on personal finance.

If you’re new to personal finance literacy, check out MoneySense, Singapore’s national financial education programme. It offers handy articles and starter packs on basic topics such as understanding how savings accounts work, to more complex resources on different types of funds and investments.

With higher interest rates available, it’s time to take an interest in your finances.  

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Austerity hacks in the Year of the Rabbit

These money-saving hacks will help you enjoy fun activities like shopping and dining out without breaking the bank.


For many, 2023 is off to an expensive start. Inflation, a volatile global financial environment and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) increase are all hitting our wallets at the same time.

Tightening your belt, however, doesn’t mean having to miss out on the fun things in life. With some small adjustments, you can still go shopping, refresh your home, treat your family to activities and dine out with friends, with these money-saving hacks.


These days, we’re all more aware of the negative impact consumer goods have on the environment. Rather than buy brand new products, why not buy pre-owned items instead?

Visit shops like Hock Siong and Refash, for preloved furniture and fast fashion respectively. If you’d rather not get off the sofa, try online storefronts like Thryft (second-hand books and clothes), BookXcess (brand new books at clearance prices), Retykle (preloved children’s clothing) and The Fifth Collection (preloved designer clothing, bags and accessories).

If you’re itching to shop but don’t want to spend any money, apps like and Olio, allow people to list unwanted items – like food, toys, books and household goods – for others to collect for free.


If your home is an eyesore but renovation quotes are eye-watering, consider engaging in some simple and affordable do-it-yourself (DIY) projects instead.

First, start by cleaning and decluttering. Put up items that can be sold on Carousell, and if you live in a HDB flat, call your Town Council to arrange for complimentary removal of bulky old furniture (limited to three times a month).

You can repaint your walls, or install peel-and-stick wallpaper with the help of online guides and YouTube tutorials.

If you’re sick of your old furniture – but don’t want to buy new items – chalk paint is your answer. This easy fix doesn’t require tedious sanding of furniture surfaces and can be completed over a weekend. That dreary dark wood coffee table can be transformed into a clean white surface, or a bright pop of colour. You can even repaint upholstered surfaces like cushioned seats.


Singapore might have the reputation of being an expensive city to play in, but there are plenty of free activities available if you know where to look. Going out on weekends doesn’t have to be a costly exercise.

Instead of forking out for yoga or dance fitness classes, check out the free daily Experience Sport Sessions at the Singapore Sports Hub, which include Zumba, K-pop inspired cardio, Tabata and more.

For cultural enrichment, head to the Esplanade for free performances and exhibitions (pro tip: click ‘free’ in the filter list before searching). The Singapore Symphony Orchestra also performs free concerts, at venues like Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanic Gardens – perfect for a picnic date, or a day out with the kids.

Museum buffs have a plethora of free options, ranging from admiring the paintings at the National Gallery Singapore to learning about history at Reflections at Bukit Chandu. There are also more niche venues like the Children’s Museum, the Gem Museum and the Peranakan Museum to explore.


Chat app Telegram is home to numerous chat groups devoted to the art of scoring a good deal.

Subscribing to these groups and bots can save you money on things like tech gadgets (SG Tech & Games), make-up (SG BudgetBabes), travel (sgtravelpromos) and even private hire rides (sgcabcodes). They collate hot tips, promotions and discount codes to give you more bang for your buck, whether you’re buying dinner (SG FoodDeals) or looking for a free running event to join (SG Fitness & Health).


There are ways to have your cake and eat it too – without going broke.

Dining membership apps like Burpple Beyond and the Entertainer offer 1-for-1 deals and discounts on both popular and new-to-the-scene restaurants, bars and cafes. If you’re prepared to eat at odd timings, reservation platform Eatigo offers discounts as high as 50 per cent of the bill, while competitor Chope has discounted restaurant vouchers and allows you to accumulate Chope loyalty points that can be redeemed for movie and supermarket vouchers.

For hotel buffet fans, there’s the Treatsure platform, which connects users to hotels and eateries that have excess food. It’s a great way to sample a variety of dishes without having to pay the full buffet price.


Those with HomeTeamNS membership have access to exclusive lifestyle, entertainment, wellness and dining offers – all of which make life more enjoyable without draining your funds.

Whether you’re looking for 1-for-1 movie tickets, discounted hotel stays or savings on petrol, make sure to check out the full list – which is always being added to – on the HomeTeamNS Mobile App or HomeTeamNS website.

The HomeTeamNS Rewards+ programme also helps members enjoy greater value, by rewarding everyday spending across participating facilities, in-app purchases as well as membership sign up and renewals.

Saving while spending is a lot easier, with the right membership in hand. Members can also get the latest HomeTeamNS deals on their Telegram channel too, which offers updates on promotions including Wow Wow Wednesday, school holiday events and in-app deals.

Not a HomeTeamNS member yet? Why not sign up now to enjoy great deals and exclusive benefits?


How to enjoy Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast and other fun family activities at discounted rates

Utilise these HomeTeamNS member promotions on sporty, adventurous as well as creative pursuits.




You may not be Tony Hawk just yet, but Ernsports can help you pick up skateboarding, longboarding and inline skating as safely as possible. The school’s team of talented coaches – which includes competitive skaters – will take you through courses of different levels. There’s even a skateboarding Master Class where you can learn to perform a slick skate line (a combination of tricks) like a pro. HomeTeamNS members enjoy a 10 per cent discount on classes and a special trial class rate of $45 (UP. $49). Promotion is valid till 31 December 2023. Just flash your digital HomeTeamNS membership card found in the HomeTeamNS Mobile App to enjoy the promotion.


Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast

The recently launched direct ferry service from Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal to the Malaysian beach holiday destination of Desaru is the perfect excuse for an exuberant weekend with your thrill-seeking pack at Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. Make a splash with their water coaster, surf simulator for beginners and 55-foot tube slide that sends you spinning down a funnel with a vertiginous 24-foot drop. With more than 20 wet and dry rides, slides and attractions across five zones – including one for little kids – you probably won’t have to placate any antsy children at the end of a long day here. HomeTeamNS members enjoy discounted ticket rates as well as a 10 per cent discount on selected merchandise at the park’s retail outlet. Promotion is only valid for onsite purchase with presentation of a valid HomeTeamNS membership card.


Trapped Singapore Escape Room

Test your wits at Trapped, an atmospheric escape room attraction rigged with animatronics-equipped props and 28 hidden chambers. Horror fans will relish this season’s adventures, which were inspired by scream flicks such as Jigsaw and A Quiet Place, which will have you crawling on your knees to solve suspenseful mysteries. HomeTeamNS members enjoy a $5 discount, with a minimum of five participants. Members can view the promo code on the HomeTeamNS Mobile App. Promotion is valid till 31 Dec 2023.



Cold and rainy spells call for a warm, pillow-soft rug to snuggle up on while you #NetflixandChill. Craft your own piece of contentedness at a four-hour rug-making workshop at WeTuft. You’ll learn to use a tufting gun to weave yarn through a cut of monk’s cloth and tuft abstract patterns and contemporary designs suitable for various spaces in your home. There’s a 10 per cent discount on tufting sessions for HomeTeamNS members, valid till 20 September 2023.

Simply download and login to the HomeTeamNS Mobile App for your digital membership card. Stay connected with us to enjoy more exclusive in-app promotions coming your way!

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Make wellness a priority for you and your family at Bedok Reservoir Clubhouse

Is self-improvement and general well-being on the agenda in 2023? Find benefits in these activities offered by tenants at the newest HomeTeamNS clubhouse.


The pandemic has highlighted the importance of looking after one’s mental health, and research has found that one should start young. For instance, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in seven adolescents (10 to 19 years old) experiences mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or behavioural problems, that remain mostly untreated.

In a bid to foster well-being for the family, the new HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir offers activities – like a gamified obstacle course and Singapore’s longest indoor waterslide – that provide endless fun, as well as others that can help to build a loved one’s physical and mental resilience.


With over 20 outlets island-wide, Playfacto’s integrated approach to learning nurtures well-being and character-building, while introducing topics like Robotics and Mathematics.

Playfacto, which conducts classes for primary and pre-primary schoolers, believes its environment inculcates collaborative soft skills like communication to foster positive relationships for well-rounded development.

With such an approach, parents can rest easy when leaving their children with the professionals at the centre, as they enjoy the other facilities at the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir for some couple time.


Photo: The Dance Station

The Dance Station has been helping children discover the joy of rhythmic movement since 1981, offering ballet, hip-hop and jazz classes to fit different goals. Its third outlet, at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, once again promises a hi-energy experience, this time in a scenic new spot.

With its “more-than-just-dance” ethos, The Dance Station takes a holistic approach through its five pillars of growth, which touch on the cognitive, emotional, physical, social and integrity aspects of a child’s development. The trainers identify and try to bridge gaps in their students’ learning, before applying techniques that align with their learning style to encourage personal growth across these levels.

Benefits such as aerobic and core-strengthening are apparent when it comes to dancing. Still, research
has also shown that it is a form of physical activity that can help children with certain behavioural challenges, thanks to its many levels of engagement. The social benefits of dancing with others can also help build a person’s confidence and sense of self-worth.


Photo: Trifecta Martial Arts

Martial arts can help to instil a sense of discipline and natural self-confidence, along with increased agility and strength. Studies suggest that martial arts also helps to reduce aggression in adolescents. Trifecta Martial Arts in the clubhouse offer classes for children and adults, making it possible for parents to bond with their children.

Mr Ivan Howden enrolled his son in Taekwondo when he was five years old, and has seen how it has taught him qualities such as resilience and commitment. After acquiring a black belt, the boy moved on to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The proud dad says that apart from the mental benefits, his son can jump, spin 360 degrees and break a wooden board with his feet. “He thinks that’s pretty cool, and so do I,” said Mr Howden.


Photo: Yoga Inc

Yoga is an extremely accessible enrichment activity. Suitable even for those who aren’t naturally athletic, it focuses on progressive stretching and toning. For those who believe in the benefits of meditation but are unable to focus, yoga’s gradual and mindful poses help to build inner awareness by focusing a person’s attention on their body’s abilities.

Yoga Inc brings their menu of courses to Bedok Reservoir, from gentle Hatha to the more rigorous Flow yoga, allowing participants to expand their range of physicality to grow balance, core strength, flexibility and stamina. For children, this can help bolster awareness of their bodies and its limits, reducing the risk of accidents caused by over-exertion. For the parents, picking up the practice with them is a relaxing way to bond as a family.

For the latest updates on the enrichment facilities above, visit our website and Facebook page. Visit the new HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir and explore the many facilities catered to support your family’s lifestyle.

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These ProCom officers rushed to help when every second counted

Three off-duty ProCom officers were honoured with the SCDF Community Life Saviour Award for their calm assistance rendered in an emergency.

It might be one of many people’s greatest fears: Seeing a loved one collapse and fall unconscious, with no one around to help except yourself.

Thankfully for one elderly couple on 21 September last year, three off-duty Protective Security Command (ProCom) officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) happened to be passing by around 11am, after completing their morning deployment shift. 

SGT (1) Muhammad Khairul Anam Bin Abdul Halim, SGT (1) Muhammad Izuwan Bin Kamsani and SGT (2) Muhammad Nur Syahmi Bin Mazlan were walking to the public open carpark near Block 343, Clementi Avenue 5 when they realised there was a commotion taking place within the carpark.

“When we got nearer, we understood that there might be a medical emergency,” said SGT (1) Anam. “Without thinking, we instantly rushed over to assist.”


An elderly man was desperately carrying out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on his unconscious wife, who was lying in the middle of the carpark road with a bloodied face.

Upon finding out that he had been performing CPR for 15 to 20 minutes already, SGT (1) Izuwan asked him if he could help as the man was sweating and fast becoming exhausted.

“While my friend Izuwan continued with CPR, I asked the man some questions like ‘How did it happen?’ ‘Did you call an ambulance yet?’” recounted SGT (2) Syahmi.

According to SGT (1) Anam, the aim was to calm the man down and get a full account of the incident. They were thus able to give the necessary information to the attending paramedics, and assisted the ambulance to the exact location where it was needed.

In the meantime, SGT (1) Izuwan was quelling his own internal anxiety about performing CPR on a person suffering a real-life medical crisis – the first time he had ever done so.

“I felt responsible,” he explained. “I had to do my best because I knew that her loved ones were depending on me to save her.”

He stayed calm and composed, and made sure to follow his training precisely: “The situation will make you nervous, but you have to make sure to count, and not rush. I had to just trust what I learnt in performing CPR.”

When the ambulance arrived shortly after, the paramedics took over and the three ProCom officers fell back, knowing that the elderly woman was in safe hands. Still unconscious, she was conveyed to hospital along with her husband.

SGT (1) Izuwan made sure to follow up on her condition afterwards. It turned out that she had suffered a cardiac arrest when she was crossing the carpark towards the void deck. The fall caused her to suffer injuries to her face – hence the blood – and unconsciousness, but she is now in the process of recovering without any other major complications.


The three ProCom officers’ unhesitating actions were recognised in the form of the Singapore Civil Defence Force Community Life Saviour Award.

Downplaying his own efforts, SGT (1) Izuwan said: “While we didn’t do much, I feel that every second counted in this situation where there was a life that needed to be saved. Looking at how helpless the victim was as she lay on the floor unconscious prompted me to come in and assist. I think it’s normal for everyone to react that way.”

The sudden nature of the event also offered some food for thought. Said SGT (1) Anam: “We learnt that we might come across such incidents unexpectedly, even when we are not on duty. And as NSmen from SPF, to ignore such a situation happening in front of us does not seem to be the right thing to do.”

While SGT (2) Syahmi admitted that even during his National Service days with ProCom, he had never encountered an incident where CPR was needed, putting his CPR skills to the test has given SGT (1) Izuwan the confidence to use them again if needed in the future.

“I feel it’s important to have at least the CPR skillset – not only to help others, but maybe even your close ones around you,” he pointed out. “I hope the Community Life Saviour Award brings awareness of this to everyone in Singapore.”

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Lifestyle On The Edge

All you need to know about VR dating apps

For busy working professionals including NSmen, the future of dating may be in the metaverse.


After a tiring day at camp or work, it can be tough mustering the energy to catch up with friends, let alone put yourself out there on a blind date. Enter Virtual Reality (VR) dating, which gives time-strapped NSmen the opportunity to fire up their love lives — without compromising on the experience.

While you can already meet others in the metaverse through apps such as VRChat and Facebook Venues, VR dating apps are specifically designed for establishing the right match using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Users typically start by creating their profile, which indicates their gender and partner preferences. They identify through avatars instead of photographs, putting the focus on their personality rather than looks. The apps — most of which can be paired with headsets for a more immersive experience — vie with each other in the creativity of their virtual date spots.  

VR technology facilitates scenarios where avatars can cuddle, hug, sleep and be intimate with one another. Some VR users even experience “phantom touch”, where they apparently feel physical sensation when their avatar is “touched”.

Here are four VR dating apps on the scene.


VR dating app Nevermet

The main objective of Nevermet developers Cam Mullen and Solaris Nite was to evolve dating beyond its superficial aspects and help connect individuals on a deeper level, based on their common interests.

The developers enforce this notion through their “no-photos” policy. Users create a profile to specify age, gender and preferences – whether they are looking for an adventure buddy, partner in crime, or love. All profiles must be approved by its moderation team, after which users swipe on potential love interests. Once matched, they can then coordinate a meet up for a VR Date. “Play ping pong, ride unicorns, and go to Paris, all on your first date,” as the company puts it.

Headset compatibility: Meta Quest 2 (preferred), most other headsets including Meta Rift, Meta Quest 1 and HTC Vive.


VR dating app Flirtual

The design focus of Flirtual, which has had a regular presence in the VR gaming space since 2018, is for people to meet in the metaverse and move on to real life relationships.  

Co-founders Antony Tan and Kyle Farwell themselves have individually tried VR dating. Farwell met his girlfriend in VR, and they have since moved in together in real life. So, the duo is aware of the safety and diversity concerns. “We take privacy and user choice seriously, and we are open source and open algorithm,” explains Tan, which means that codes are more publicly accessible and customisable. “We work to make all kinds of groups and identities feel welcome at Flirtual.”

Flirtual matches VR users based on their interests and then facilitates a VR date that acts as a precursor to a physical meeting. Flirtual also hosts speed dating and social events in the virtual space

Headset compatibility: Users on Flirtual do not require a VR headset to start, as it is designed as a non-VR app. Once users are matched, they can decide where and how to meet on VR.


Developed by OG metaverse platform Second Life, Lonely Hearts Dating Agency (LHDA) is a great space to make friends, conduct business and share knowledge, aside from finding that special someone.

LHDA’s cleverly designed VR destinations cater to your wanderlust by teleporting you to various destinations, from Holland to Japan. There’s even a Dutch countryside experience at Hedwigepolder piped with the sounds of windmills spinning in the background.

There is a plethora of realistic hangout spots, including a Blues Club, an Irish Pub, a nightclub and even a shopping street. All you have to do is pay L$1 (Linden dollars) to the virtual dating agency, which buys you a month to find what you are looking for.

Headset compatibility: VR headsets are not compulsory, although they help make the experience more immersive. The platform is compatible with most VR headsets.


Planet Theta

The soon-to-be-launched Planet Theta packs a punch when it comes to features. The basic concept of matchmaking is simple. Users jump into a Microdating Queue – a VR version of speed dating – where the app’s algorithm sets them up on short dates with those who meet their criteria. While waiting in the queue, they can mingle with others in a virtual bar. There, they can also purchase NFTs (non-fungible tokens) to be displayed in their high-end virtual residences. 

These Microdates can be extended into longer Coffee Dates if users find common interests, at virtual spots ranging from a pool parlour to an axe throwing venue and enchanted forest. They then get to view each other’s full profiles, send messages and share pictures. Planet Theta has partnered with Wolf3D that allows them to create three-dimensional avatars of themselves. All you need to do is take a selfie and the app generates an avatar in your likeness. Users can reuse or export that avatar to other apps that use Wolf3D.

Headset compatibility: Most popular VR headsets including the Meta Quest 2, Meta Rift S, Meta Quest Pro, HTC Vive, and Valve Index. Planet Theta’s Beta site is also available on Meta and Steam, which allows users to try the app without a headset.


  • Although you cannot see the other person, VR apps do due diligence in capturing body language. Be as mindful as you would on a physical date.
  • Safety on the metaverse is key. Only download apps from approved app sources as they are strictly moderated.
  • Brush up on the personal safety features you need to follow. For example, Oculus has a safety centre.
  • Be aware of the moderations as well as blocking and reporting features on your app or platform. Metaverse dating could still expose you to cyber bullying, stalkers and inappropriate behaviour despite these features. Report any unsavoury experiences immediately to the moderators so they can monitor and take action accordingly.
  • Cryptocurrency offers a lot of flexibility and has its advantages, but it remains a largely unregulated space. Do your homework and be cautious when dealing on the metaverse.

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Club Buzz Lifestyle

10 short hops from Singapore for HomeTeamNS members to check out

Recharge your mind and body with a brief getaway from the Lion City, and snag attractive hotel and leisure deals for HomeTeamNS members.


1. Penang, Malaysia

Source: Hard Rock Hotels

From colorful street art to Instagram-worthy heritage buildings such as the elegant Victorian Eastern & Oriental Hotel and world-renowned street food, Penang’s George Town is arguably one of Malaysia’s most vibrant locales. When you’re done gorging on regional delicacies such as Sister Yao’s char koay kak (radish cake fried in sweet black sauce) at Macalistar Lane, don’t forget to stroll the old streets or snap pictures from the 68th-storey Rainbow Skywalk and Observatory Deck at Komtar Tower. Love a good bargain? Don’t forget to hit up the Batu Ferringhi Night Market.

Getting there: A 90-minute flight from Singapore

2. Belitung Island, Indonesia


Located off the eastern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, rustic Belitung Island has in recent years been gaining a reputation as the ideal alternative to the party haven of Bali. It was the backdrop for charming coming-of-age Indonesian film Laskar Pelangi, adapted from the eponymous novel by Andrea Hirata. Let your hair down and catch a tan on the island’s pristine white sand beaches, and be sure to check out the breathtakingly beautiful white clay mine at Tanjung Pandan. The town of Manggar also serves up some delicious coffee.

Getting there: An hour’s flight from Jakarta.

3. Da Nang, Vietnam


Previously known as the boondocks of Vietnam, Da Nang is today one of the most vibrant cities in the country that is renowned for its livability. It’s not difficult to see why many have now dubbed this place the Miami of Vietnam – it has stunning river bridges, picture-perfect beaches, charming French colonial buildings and a vivacious gastronomy scene to boot. Be sure to check out the city’s famous dragon bridge, hike through the picturesque Ba Na Hills, and party the night away at Sky36, the highest sky bar in Vietnam.

Getting there: A two-and-a-half hour flight from Singapore

4. Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia

Source: Legoland Malaysia

Fancy a quick family getaway that is both affordable and kid-friendly? Head across the Causeway to Johor’s administrative capital Iskandar Puteri and spend a day at LEGOLAND theme park. Those looking for something more adventurous can also check out the EnergX Park, touted as Asia’s largest indoor extreme park that delivers an adrenaline rush with activities such as go-karting, dodge ball and trampolining.

Getting there: A 90-minute drive from downtown Singapore. Alternatively, hop onto a bus at the Tuas Checkpoint

5. Cempedak Island, Indonesia

Perform sun salutations on golden sand, get pampered with a massage and admire the pristine coral reefs at this adults-only private island that’s ideal for a romantic escape. You can immerse yourself in the dreamy natural surrounds at its sprawling grass-roofed bamboo villas that are open to the bracing sea breeze and feature private plunge pools.

Getting there: An hour-long high-speed catamaran ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bintan, followed by a car ride and another short boat ride

6. Desaru, Malaysia

Source: One and Only Resorts

It isn’t surprising that this beach resort in Malaysia has always been one of the most popular destinations for Singaporeans: there’s something for everyone, from golf courses to nature hikes and waterparks, where HomeTeamNS members can enjoy special promos at Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. Looking to live it up in style? New luxury resort One & Only Desaru Coast boasts an exceptional collection of suites – including one fringed by lush rainforest – a tony beach club, omakase restaurant and spa that combines western and eastern treatments in a tranquil setting shimmering with a lotus pond.

Getting there: A 90-minute ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Desaru Coast, or a 3-hour drive from Singapore.

7. Phuket, Thailand

Source: Boathouse Phuket

Boasting scrumptious Thai food, gorgeous white sand beaches and an effervescent nightlife scene, Phuket is a safe bet for a getaway that packs a punch. If lazing on the beach all day isn’t your idea of fun, strap on those boots and trek through the serene Khao Lak National Park. Rum aficionados should check out the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, where the spirit is distilled from Thai sugarcane in French Armagnac copper stills.

Getting there: A two-hour flight from Singapore

8. Batam, Indonesia

Source: Tempat Senang Boutique Hotel & Spa via Facebook

If your idea of a blissed out sojourn is spending an entire day at the spa without breaking the bank, look no further. Located at Batam Island, the Tempat Senang Boutique Hotel & Spa offers a wide range of treatments ranging from Balinese massage to hot herbal compresses, foot reflexology and body scrubs. A full-day spa on the weekend typically costs just S$294 per person. How’s that for value? While you’re there, don’t miss out on amazing hawker fare at the open-air A2 Foodcourt next to Batam City Square mall. Cap your meal with coffee while lounging on colourful bean bags at the Cheryl Signature Cafe at Bengkong Laut.

Getting there: A 45-minute ferry ride from Harbourfront Center

9. Bali, Indonesia

Bali Safari and Marine Park
Source: Bali Safari and Marine Park

The Island of Gods is as synonymous with fiercely guarded traditions and festivals such as Nyepi (the Hindu Day of Silence), as it is with pulsating nightlife and family-friendly attractions. Acceding to your teens’ pleas to take them to Waterbom Bali or Splash Water Park Bali at the Finns Recreation Club (sip on mimosas while they play) will render you the popular parent, while the entire family will surely get a kick out of Bali Safari and Marine Park. The latter is where you can spot the endangered Sumatran tiger and formidable Komodo Dragon that’s endemic to islands within Komodo National Park. Check the troops into the centrally located and ever-buzzy Hard Rock Hotel Bali, where you can enjoy promotional room rates.

Getting there: A two-and-a-half hour flight from Singapore

10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Source: Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Renowned for its multitude of food and leisure options, Kuala Lumpur is a highly urbanised city with surprising pockets of nature. Enjoy idyllic spots such as the KL Forest Eco Park in the heart of the city and the Perdana Botanical Garden. Have kids in tow? They’d love spending a day at KidZania KL.

Getting there: A one-hour flight or five-hour drive from Singapore

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