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Celebrating Mother’s Day: A guide to delighting every mum

Discover the perfect venues to tailor the celebrations according to your mum’s unique personality.

A tradition celebrated in over 40 countries around the globe, Mother’s Day is dedicated to honouring the phenomenal women in our lives. While customs and dates may vary — with Eastern Europe marking the occasion on 8 March, France on the last Sunday of May and Singapore on the second Sunday of May — the essence of the occasion remains the same. It’s about showing appreciation for the endless love and sacrifices our mothers have made.

To express our gratitude and love, we often treat our mothers to a day of celebration with meals and gifts. This year, why not make 12 May extra special by choosing activities that align with her unique interests?


She likes: Expressing herself through creative outlets
Take her to: An art jamming session or bespoke perfume workshop

Imagine a day where “no rules, no boundaries, no stress” is the mantra. This is exactly the promise of Splat Paint House, an art jamming studio where your mum can unleash her creativity — and possibly create a spontaneous masterpiece worthy of adorning your home’s walls.

Or, if she has a refined sense of smell, whisk her away to Sentosa’s Scentopia for a perfume workshop. There, she can blend her signature fragrance, starting with a perfume personality test and culminating in a bespoke scent that embodies her essence.


She likes: Trying diverse cuisines
Take her on: An immersive gastronomic journey or to an indulgent seafood feast

Treat Mum to a dining experience where storytelling and food intertwine. Absurdities offers a multiverse adventure, where each dish is part of a larger narrative. Participants move between rooms set in a variety of surreal environments — think: dining in a jet plane, a mysterious apothecary and a desert caravan tent.

Alternatively, splurge on a feast of fresh seafood delights at Orchid Live Seafood at HomeTeamNS Khatib. Renowned for its signature lobster porridge made from succulent Southern Australian lobsters and South African abalone braised over two days in a premium broth. The restaurant also offers 10% off for HomeTeamNS members.


She likes: Embarking on new adventures and experiences
Take her to: Rediscover her inner child or on a unique walking tour

For the mum with a zest for discovery, Jewel Changi Airport Canopy Park makes for an enchanting playground — yes, even for adults. Go on the giant slides, explore a mirror maze, or clamber onto giant nets amid the lush greenery. Mix and match your preferred attractions with up to 25% off for HomeTeamNS members. 

If she prefers a blend of history and art, the audio-guided walking trail at Jalan Besar by New World’s End merges storytelling with immersive art installations, offering a multi-sensory experience that’ll transport her back to the vibrant 1960s.


She likes: Staying active and challenging herself physically
Take her to: Unleash her competitive side

HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir’s Action Motion is an adrenaline-fuelled haven for sporty mums. With multiple gamified zones that include climbing walls and agility nets to test her mettle, it’s the ideal spot for the whole family to get in on the competition.

There are also family-friendly thrills to be found at Laser Quest at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, an exhilarating arena for laser tag battles. A set of three games will last 30 minutes, allowing your mum to temporarily set aside her maternal role for some playful strategising.


She likes: Getting up close to nature
Take her to: Breakfast in the wild or a tranquil staycation

For mums who find peace in the embrace of nature, a day at Mandai Wildlife Reserve promises to be a relaxing retreat. Begin the day with breakfast at the Singapore Zoo, followed by explorations at River Wonders and the Night Safari. HomeTeamNS members get 40% off tickets on weekdays and 10% off from Fridays to Sundays.

Equally relaxing is a staycation at East Villa at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, surrounded by a serene, forested park and its waters. Enjoy a dip in the clubhouse’s infinity pool and a delicious meal at Sum Dim Sum or Sri Bistari after. Between the scenic views and soothing sounds of nature, Mum will feel rejuvenated in no time.


She likes: Excelling in her career while balancing motherhood
Take her to: Craft a personalised card holder or give her a hair makeover

Mums juggling career and family deserve recognition, so show your appreciation by treating her to a workshop by Bynd Artisan, the makers of beautiful leather items. A soft leather card holder is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to her professional life.

Perhaps to help her stay stylish and confident at work, gift her a hair glow-up session with Black Hair Salon. HomeTeamNS members are entitled to discounts of up to 15% as well as a complimentary membership for receipts over $200. It’s thoughtful gestures like these that will leave your mum feeling refreshed and ready to tackle her dual roles with renewed vigour.

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In The Force

How a leap of faith led to this volunteer’s profound personal growth

Mr Avinash Mishra’s story goes beyond traditional volunteerism, embodying the essence of resilience, breaking societal barriers and nurturing an inclusive society.

This month, we shine a spotlight on Mr Avinash Mishra, a beacon of change and hope through his volunteer work with the Yellow Ribbon Project.

Mr Avinash Mishra’s foray into volunteering with the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) in December 2021 marked a pivotal moment — that of stepping out of his comfort zone.

As someone deeply entrenched in the corporate world, the Programme Manager with Microsoft took a leap of faith into uncharted territory and embarked on a mission to support current inmates and ex-offenders within the Singapore’s prison system. This bold move initiated a transformative journey for him — one with many challenges that tested his resilience, but ultimately led to profound growth.

Connecting with individuals of diverse background is one of those game-changing moments in Mr Mishra’s volunteering journey.

He recalls a PowerPoint training session he conducted, which focused on presentation and storytelling. “Older inmates around the ages of 50-55, for example, often shared profound reflections on topics like the importance of family and health, while the younger inmates approached these topics more lightly,” he shares. “I’ve also seen inmates with computer skills enrich the class, turning it into a peer-teaching experience, as well as someone who had never used a mouse before. This diversity in backgrounds and skills really highlights the broad spectrum of individuals within our society, and I respect that.”

His journey with YRP not only expanded his horizon and tested his limits, but also strengthened his commitment to fostering an inclusive society that extends beyond mere second chances.

Mr Mishra (top row, second from right) during a Home Team Volunteer Network webinar in 2022, hosted by YRP. Hear from him as he shares his experience at the webinar.


Despite the 46-year-old’s initial uncertainty and discomfort, his volunteerism has yielded immeasurable rewards. Through his dedicated involvement in digital literacy workshops, community events and befriending programmes, he has positively impacted many lives and empowered countless individuals to pursue a brighter future.

Today, Mr Mishra’s journey has transcended beyond mere participation, evolving into a voyage of self-discovery by allowing him to push the boundaries of his preconceived notions and cultivate a richer sense of empathy and connection.

Reflecting on his experiences, Mr Mishra shares: “Before volunteering within the prison system, I was apprehensive, expecting to meet hardened criminals and tough individuals. But I quickly learnt that inmates are much like anyone else you’d meet in life, with humour and talents like drawing or music, that go beyond the stereotypical image of prison life.”

He credits YRP for its crucial role in supporting ex-inmates with second chances and aiding their reintegration into society. Through awards, befriending services and art showcases, YRP helps these individuals feel valued again.

“At a YRP exhibition at Gardens by the Bay in November 2022, I was heartened by the positive public response to inmates’ and ex-inmates’ art and stories. One ex-inmate I’d worked with even shared his progress on LinkedIn recently, highlighting how individuals regain confidence and strive for excellence with YRP’s support. This experience has been a powerful reminder of the human capacity for change and the impact of offering a supportive community,” he adds.


Mr Mishra’s story serves as an inspiring beacon for volunteers nationwide. His efforts have not only enriched the lives he has touched, but also redefined his own perspectives on volunteerism.

“Volunteering has been a humbling experience that allowed me to better understand people’s problems and understand how privileged some of us are,” he shares. “It has also taught me the value of humility and the importance of lifting others as we rise, reinforcing the collective progress of our society.”


The father of one remains steadfast in his dedication to community service, and dreams of a future where active volunteerism breaks down barriers, unites diverse communities and cultivates a spirit of empathy and inclusion.

Through his ongoing work with YRP, Mr Mishra seeks to encourage others to embrace the unfamiliar, challenge conventional norms and embark on their own transformative journeys of volunteerism. He shares: “Volunteering with prisoners or former inmates presents its challenges. Progress is slow and sometimes invisible, as inmates work through a lengthy process of rehabilitation, potentially leading volunteers to feel a deep emotional connection or exhaustion.”

Mr Mishra highlights the hurdles faced by ex-offenders, such as societal stigma, which complicates their job search and may inadvertently push them back towards criminal activities. Nonetheless, he emphasises that for those determined to effect long-term change and capable of handling emotional challenges, this type of volunteer work can be immensely satisfying and play a crucial role in enhancing Singapore’s safety in the long run.

Mr Mishra with his wife and son during a family outing.

Sharing his advice with prospective volunteers, Mr Mishra says: “Volunteering requires self-motivation, and family support is critical.” He adds that it is vital for whoever is considering it to ensure that they strike the right balance between personal and volunteering commitments. “The initial steps may be challenging, but once you’ve established your footing, you’ll find a rewarding road ahead.”

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Club Buzz Featured

HomeTeamNS: 19 years of community, courage and camaraderie

As HomeTeamNS celebrates its 19th anniversary, Frontline traces the organisation’s transformative journey and its commitment to serving the Home Team community.

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Close Up

Total defence in every sense of the word

LTC (NS) William Wong reflects on 40 years of total defence and what it means for Singapore.



Four decades on, the term “total defence” is more important than ever, according to LTC (NS) William Wong. “In recent times, there have been no lack of examples to drive home the message of being crisis-ready, be it for a natural disaster or national emergencies,” says the 45-year-old.

One need not look further than the COVID-19 pandemic to observe how the six pillars of Total Defence safeguard the nation. He adds: “To me, Total Defence is about every Singaporean coming together to play their different roles and protect what matters most to us.”

Ensuring Singapore’s readiness for crises and disruptions is the responsibility of agencies such as the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), where LTC (NS) Wong started his career and continues to serve as an NSman.

“Many naturally associate SCDF with firefighting and emergency medical services,” he shares. “But beyond that, there is a huge team of passionate and committed SCDF officers who are involved in other aspects of contingency planning – such as the operational standby for the annual National Day Parade or key events like the biennale Singapore Airshow – to ensure that Singaporeans will be protected against a wide spectrum of potential threats.”


LTC (NS) Wong is one such officer. He began his journey at Central Fire Station in 2004 as a regular officer, before being posted to the elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) unit as a Rota Commander in 2008. “My responsibility was to ensure the team’s readiness at all times. And when we were out responding to emergencies, I would lead them and look out for their safety,” he recounts.

During his time with SCDF, LTC (NS) Wong also had a posting with the Civil Defence Academy, where he had opportunities to share his experience with local and overseas trainees. These rotations helped him to lay the foundation for a successful career in emergency preparedness.

Front row, first from left: LTC (NS) Wong at the opening of SCDF’s urban search and rescue course for international participants.

Today, LTC (NS) Wong serves as the Deputy Director of a division within the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), focusing on crisis planning for maritime incidents such as ferry mishaps and oil spills, as well as addressing emerging risks related to climate change and the adoption of green fuels.

Reflecting on his current role, he believes that he is contributing to the Economic Defence pillar. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we learnt that it was important for the maritime sector to enhance the resiliency of global supply chains,” he explains.

He credits much of his success to his time in SCDF, which has given him the confidence and expertise to manage difficult situations.

“As a Key Appointment Holder, we will naturally take on more roles and responsibilities. Although I started off as very operational and hands-on, my role gradually transitioned to strategic-planning over time – from curating the yearly In-Camp Training (ICT) programme and mission exercise planning to leadership succession planning for our NS officers.”

– LTC (NS) William Wong on his NS journey


Beyond preparing him for a civilian career, SCDF was also where LTC (NS) Wong met his wife, LTC Carolyn Low. Recalling their shared journey, he says, “We were working in the same fire station with good food in the vicinity. One day, I asked her out for dinner and the rest is history.”

The couple have five children, aged between five and 12. Total Defence is a concept that LTC (NS) Wong has strived to instil in them from an early age. He also actively involves his children in grassroots activities such as the Community Resilience Day or Safety & Security Days within his constituency, to imbue these values in them.

“I hope that emergency preparedness will become second nature to them as they grow up,” he explains. “Skills such as first aid, firefighting and CPR – are important as they can make the difference between life and death. If my children can help to save lives, I would be very proud of them!”

From left to right: LTC Tan Jee Piau, Head of the Community Engagement Branch in the 2nd SCDF Division; LTC (NS) Wong; Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Health, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and MP for Tampines GRC; COL Bob Tan, Deputy Director of the Volunteer and Community Partnership Department at HQ SCDF; and Community Emergency and Engagement committee member Avery Hoo during Community Resilience Day in May last year.


As the Deputy Unit Commander of Battalion HQ, LTC (NS) Wong oversees the ICT programme for over 200 NSmen. He impresses upon his children that the community plays a key role in emergency preparedness. “I feel that SCDF’s vision of making Singapore a nation of lifesavers is a worthwhile pursuit,” he observes. “To have more responders on the ground, to be able to render assistance to people around us, to bounce back quickly from a crisis, and hopefully be more resilient.”

To support this vision, he also serves as the chair of his constituency’s Community Emergency and Engagement (C2E) committee. C2Es are community emergency preparedness units formed within each constituency to help strengthen community resilience through exercises in operational readiness.

LTC (NS) William Wong (third row, third from left) alongside his C2E committee colleagues (in yellow polo shirts), SCDF officers, grassroots leaders from the Resident Network and staff from Tampines West Community Centre during a fire evacuation drill.

In addition to his civilian and NSman roles, LTC (NS) Wong is also an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the President of Singapore. How does he juggle numerous commitments, including his five children, his career, community involvement, on top of his NS responsibilities?

LTC (NS) Wong explains that as with most things, time management and prioritisation are key. “I am very fortunate to have strong family support to help with my children whenever the need arises,” he says. “At my workplace, I am supported by colleagues and superiors who are understanding and flexible. In my ICT unit, the officers and men are cohesive and committed, and we are bound by the common mission of making our time at ICT count. And at the end of the day, we want to go home, safe and sound.”

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In The Force

A Closer Look: Policing In The Digital Age

A PolCam installed at a HDB block.

Discover how Assistant Watch Officers utilise PolCam to keep Singapore safe.




The Police Operations Command Centre (POCC) of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) plays an essential role in maintaining continuous frontline police operations throughout the nation. Central to its success is the sophisticated Police Camera (PolCam) system, which is crucial for real-time crime management and for elevating operational insight as revealed in this SPF Police Life Magazine article.

Since the first installation in April 2012, PolCam has been instrumental in solving over 7,500 crime cases, contributing to safer neighbourhoods across Singapore. With more than 90,000 installed across the island’s public spaces, PolCam not only bolsters the POCC’s capabilities in managing incidents as they occur, but also heightens situational awareness.

The POCC can use PolCam footage to identify subjects near the vicinity of a reported crime, and then share this information with officers on the ground.

Looking ahead, the SPF plans to expand PolCam coverage across more locations island-wide, such as commercial, entertainment, and recreational areas with high footfall and crowd congregation, as well as other common areas in residential estates. Over 200,000 PolCam will be deployed by mid-2030s to enhance public safety and security and aid in Police’s investigations.


The success of the POCC is closely linked to the commitment of full-time Police National Service officers, particularly the Assistant Watch Officers (AWOs). These attentive officers function as the SPF’s eyes and ears, diligently overseeing the PolCam system.

SC/Sgt Abdul Raafiq is a senior AWO who joined the POCC in January 2022. That year, he received the Commissioner of Police’s Team Commendation Award for assisting to solve a case of robbery. PHOTO: Soh Ying Jie

Special Constable Sergeant (SC/Sgt) Abdul Raafiq, who serves as an AWO, explains their critical role: “We use PolCam to conduct ‘virtual patrolling’ by trawling through live footage to search for any suspicious activities, persons, or commotion. If we spot something concerning, we’ll alert our Watch Officers to dispatch officers to the location.”

In addition to their surveillance duties, AWOs handle other critical responsibilities “We also manage calls on the Police Hotline (1800-255-0000) and generate reports from 995 calls to the Singapore Civil Defence Force when police intervention is needed, like in traffic accidents,” shares SC/Sgt Raafiq.


AWOs undergo a comprehensive training programme encompassing theoretical lessons and practical sessions. SC/Sgt Raafiq elaborates on their training journey, “We start with several weeks of theory lessons and training conducted by our Training Officer. This deep dive covers the PolCam system, its capabilities, and all relevant Police procedures.”

Following their theoretical training, AWOs engage in a week-long intensive field training under the mentorship of experienced AWOs. This phase allows them to apply their learned knowledge to real-life scenarios, preparing them to work independently, while still receiving support and guidance from their seniors.


Beyond monitoring through PolCam, AWOs leverage video analytics to aid police operations. “This helps to expedite the search for missing persons or suspects,” explains Special Constable Corporal (SC/Cpl) Bryan Lam.

SC/Cpl Bryan Lam joined the POCC in April 2022. He received the POCC Commander’s Team Commendation Award for helping to identify and track a suspect in an outrage of modesty case. PHOTO: Soh Ying Jie

AWOs like SC/Cpl Lam find their role both challenging and rewarding. “Serving as an AWO in the POCC has been an eye-opening and fulfilling National Service experience,” he says. “By tapping on the PolCam system, we can better support our officers on the ground and better contribute to the safety of the community.”

As senior AWOs, SC/Cpl Bryan and SC/Sgt Raafiq are glad to play their part at the POCC. PHOTO: Soh Ying Jie

SC/Sgt Raafiq reflects on the unique aspects of being an AWO. “We work in a high-tempo environment 24/7 to ensure the safety and security of Singapore,” he says, adding that the role has helped him develop his patience, attention to detail, and mental resilience. “Most importantly, witnessing the impact of our work has instilled in me a deep sense of purpose!”

To thank our Home Team Officers for their contributions to the safety and security of Singapore and Singaporeans, eligible Home Team officers, national servicemen, and those serving in the Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) and Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU), will be given a complimentary one-year HomeTeamNS membership from mid-March 2024. They can also sign their family members up for a complimentary one-year family membership, for them to enjoy the same perks and benefits. Click here and here for details.

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Lifestyle Club Buzz

Here’s how we celebrated Singapore World Water Day 2024 at HomeTeamNS

Our clubhouses blended learning about water conservation with a splash-tastic fun time. 



Singapore World Water Day (SWWD) is celebrated every March to underscore the nation’s commitment to protecting our scarce water supply for a sustainable future and — quite literally — the adage that every drop counts.

As a long-standing partner of the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, HomeTeamNS organised various entertaining and educational activities at each of our clubhouses to deepen the understanding of water conservation among members and their families. These included water conservation challenges and up-close-and-personal encounters with PUB’s Water Wally and Sally mascots.

Here is a recap of all the fun that happened at this year’s Singapore World Water Day celebrations: 


Getting hands-on experience is key to enriching learning and that was exactly what SkillFest offered. HomeTeamNS’ signature school holiday programme was held this year at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir and attended by 74 participants. Our Aqua Adventure indoor water park was the perfect venue for an all-access fun day where young participants put on their scientist caps and learnt about the importance of water and its properties through cognitively-stimulating science experiments.

Returning for its second edition, Dip ‘N Splash 2.0 saw an enthusiastic crowd of over 400 guests enjoying the ultimate pool party while taking in the sights of the ‘Waterfront Haven’.  It was a joyful and memorable experience for the whole family, as participants were greeted with carnival games and food booths, a bouncy castle, as well as fun pool installations, including water obstacle course inflatables, paddle boats, pool floats, and more.


In today’s world rife with viral challenges on social media, HomeTeamNS championed the “Save Water Challenge” during SWWD. A total of 2,553 participants were present for HomeTeamNS Khatib’s enriching Empower Bloom campaign, which reminded everyone that we can all play a part in the long run for water sustainability. One of the main highlights — which emphasised on the importance that every drop of water counts — saw participants attempting to transfer ‘rainwater’ from trough to trough without spillage while on a paper runway.


It was a water conservation week to remember at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok: Step into the lobby and you would have been greeted with activities for all ages to enjoy. About 800 guests put their colouring skills to the test, worked out their brains with puzzles, and interacted with educational exhibition panels that raised awareness on SWWD, as well as provided tips to create a more sustainable future.

Inspiring change and protecting our precious water resources start from young. Over at T-Play, HomeTeamNS’ interactive transportation-themed children’s indoor playground, parents and their kids had a family-fun time with arts and crafts. Each participation was entitled to a redemption of PUB merchandise.


HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier transformed into a bustling hotspot of activity where 151 guests participated in various engaging activities. These included watercolour painting and water conservation games for a chance to win PUB merchandise. Guests were also treated to popcorn and cotton candy, and were given free access to the pool, which housed water float installations.

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In The Force Featured

The urban dweller’s emergency survival guide

When you’re in need of rescue, what should you do to give yourself the best chances of survival? Let WO1 Md Fadly Bin Ismail, a Rescue Section Commander from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), advise you on how to navigate various urban crises.



It’s just a routine day at work or home – until something happens, and you find yourself trapped, injured or unable to move.

That was the case for a man who fell four metres into a factory’s sprinkler pump room in November last year, when he was conducting maintenance work. A SCDF paramedic climbed down a cat ladder with four other SCDF officers to reach and stabilise him, before he was attached to a Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) officer and lifted out of the room.

We speak to WO1 Md Fadly Bin Ismail, a Rescue Section Commander with DART, to find out what you can do to minimise rescue complications and ensure the best chances of survival, should you ever find yourself stuck in a malfunctioning elevator or at the bottom of a manhole.

WO1 Fadly (right) discussing the safety measures with a colleague before the commencement of a cable car rescue exercise.


Forget all the movie scenes where people pry open elevator doors with their bare hands – that’s a no-no, according to WO1 Fadly.

Instead, stay calm and refer to the information panel beside the lift buttons for contact details of the Town Councils’ Essential Maintenance Service Units (EMSU) or the building management.

“Contacting them should be your first move, since their lift technicians will have access to the lift motor room and are professionally trained to handle lift failures and rescues. Press the emergency call button for assistance and ring the emergency bell periodically to seek help,” said WO1 Fadly.

The lift may get hot and stuffy if the air-conditioning isn’t working. Remember to regulate your breathing and conserve your energy. He added: “If there’s a medical emergency – such as someone in the lift fainting, having difficulty breathing, or suffering from cardiac arrest or trauma injuries – call 995 and follow any instructions given.” 


In a situation like this, it’s likely that you’ll be surrounded by bystanders. Quickly attract attention by shouting for help, then prompt someone to press the emergency stop buttons located at the train platforms. There are also emergency communication buttons within the train cabins, which can be used to alert the station staff and stop the train from moving.

WO1 Fadly advised: “If it’s safe to do so, gently adjust your position to free any trapped limb. Don’t try to yank it out forcefully – you could injure yourself further.”

If onlookers are clustered around you, request that they give you some breathing space. The station staff will also help disperse the crowd and guide you until emergency services arrive. Stay calm and cooperative; help is on the way.


If you’re conscious after falling into a manhole, stay put and avoid moving your head in case you end up aggravating any injuries, such as damage to your spine. “Only move if you’re facing immediate danger, such as drowning or chemical exposure, and resist the urge to explore the tunnel,” he emphasised.

If you have your phone and can access mobile service, dial 995 and shout for assistance from anyone nearby. Remain calm, breathe steadily, and conserve energy as you await rescue.


In the event of a fire, thick smoke may severely limit visibility. “It is therefore crucial to familiarise yourself with your building’s evacuation routes beforehand and ensure these paths are unobstructed,” said WO1 Fadly. Too much clutter can prevent escape, and even constitute a fire hazard.

Upon detecting a fire, quickly assess your surroundings for the safest exit, guided by any available escape signs. If trapped, dial 995 or use a manual call point to alert the authorities, specifying your location. Close the door of the affected room to keep the fire contained.

If it’s safe to do so, you can try extinguishing a small fire – but remember that oil-based fires should be smothered, not doused in water. Here are other methods on how to extinguish fires of different origins.

He added: “If you’re trapped in a smoke-logged room, use a wet cloth to cover your nose and mouth, stay low and crawl beneath the smoke towards an escape. Should evacuation be impossible, seal the room to prevent smoke from entering, stay low, regulate your breathing and conserve your energy until help arrives.”

Leave your belongings behind when evacuating and use the stairs – not the lift – as you don’t want to run the risk of being trapped. For those who live or work in a high-rise building that’s over 40 storeys, head towards the refuge floor labelled Fire Emergency Holding Area if you can’t make it to the ground floor easily. Do not re-enter the building until it’s declared safe by the authorities. Even if the fire appears to have been put out, the building may have suffered structural damage.

For more guidelines on how to survive a fire, refer to the SCDF Emergency Handbook.


Last year saw a 26% increase in fatal road accidents and a 2.4% rise in injuries from 2022. If you find yourself unfortunate enough to be part of these statistics, but lucky enough to be conscious and alive, start by evaluating your condition and checking on other passengers in the car.

If you can do so safely, switch off the ignition, engage the handbrake and activate your hazard lights. Dial 995, especially if passengers are unaccounted for. In remote areas, use your car horn periodically to draw attention and assistance.

“Avoid forcibly freeing any body parts that are trapped, unless there is immediate danger to your life (like the car being on fire). Similarly, bystanders should not try to extricate you unless absolutely necessary,” said WO1 Fadly.


The first thing you should do, according to WO1 Fadly, is to stay calm, assess the situation and prioritise your own safety. After which, check if the person is responsive by gently tapping their shoulder, for example.

He added: “Eliminate nearby hazards safely, such as switching off machinery or engaging a car’s handbrake. Immediately call 995 and provide detailed information about the incident. If you’re trained in first aid, offer help by reassuring the victim, managing shock, controlling bleeding or stabilising their spine. Mobilise other bystanders to fetch necessary equipment, like an automated external defibrillator (AED), if required.”

Refrain from moving someone who’s trapped to avoid worsening injuries or causing paralysis. If you have no medical training, focus on other useful actions such as providing shelter, directing traffic or contacting the person’s family. Always introduce yourself when approaching to avoid startling the person, and don’t offer any food or water to prevent choking risks.

When emergency services arrive, share essential details like the number of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) cycles given or AED shocks administered. These simple measures can be the difference that helps save a life.

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Shape Up Featured

Debunking the myths: Why regular health screenings are essential

Take charge of your health for better outcomes and greater peace of mind.



With health screenings come the fear of unknown outcomes, which is likened to the anxiety of waiting for exam grades without being fully prepared. But evading screenings doesn’t alter the state of your health — it simply delays the acknowledgement of any underlying issues.

Health screenings, which involve a series of physical examinations, tests, and other procedures, are important for the early detection of diseases that might otherwise go unnoticed if symptoms have not manifested yet. For example, the urinalysis test — in which the individual provides a urine sample — can help detect various conditions, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, and liver disease.

Though research has shown that health screenings are associated with longer life expectancies, there are still some common misconceptions that deter individuals from undergoing them. Read on to find out more about the benefits of health screenings and the tests that should be performed at each life stage.


When we think about health screenings, we tend to associate them with a high cost. However, there are ways to take charge of your health without breaking the bank.

Singaporeans who have signed up for Healthier SG (HSG) have access to a fully-subsidised health screening at their enrolled HSG clinic under Screen for Life, the national health screening programme.

The subsidy covers the cost of the recommended screening tests and doctor’s consultation if they are performed during the same visit, as well as the first follow-up consultation fee if necessary.


Many common diseases do not display noticeable symptoms until they progress to an advanced stage. 

6 out of 10 people diagnosed with diabetes mellitus — sometimes referred to as a “silent disease” — report having zero symptoms, but early detection has been shown to reduce diabetes-related deaths caused by cardiovascular damage.

By catching diseases early, health screenings can ensure that patients have more treatment options and more time to reverse the disease’s course.


A single health screening is like a photograph — it only captures information at that point in time. As many health conditions develop with age, it’s especially important to keep close tabs on your health through screenings. 

Based on your medical history and other risk factors such as age or gender, your doctor will make a recommendation on how often you should undergo health screenings, and what tests or examinations should be included.


Hearing loss, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, inborn errors of metabolism, and primary hypothyroidism
Eyesight, hearing, growth and development, spinal screening for scoliosis (girls only), height and body mass index if needed
Obesity and hypertension
Diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidaemia (high blood cholesterol)

Colorectal cancer

Cervical cancer
Breast cancer
Prostate cancer


Perhaps you already see your general practitioner (GP) regularly to manage a chronic health condition.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you can skip out on health screenings. After all, GP visits are usually focused on treating an existing condition and the consultation won’t include tests, examinations or other procedures designed to detect unrelated problems like cancer or cardiovascular disease.


While it might be tempting to be kiasu and add on all the additional tests available in a health screening package, your doctor might point out that they are unnecessary.  

The tests in health screenings can be divided into three categories: Tests for the most common conditions, like obesity and hypertension; tests that are suitable for some individuals with high risk factors for certain diseases, like liver cancer or osteoporosis; and tests that are not recommended for screening, as there is little evidence proving their usefulness in this setting.

To find out what tests your ideal health screening should consist of, speak to your GP, who will make recommendations based on your personal health profile.


Besides access to fitness amenities at HomeTeamNS clubhouses — such as Fitness Workz gyms and swimming pools — HomeTeamNS members can sign up for numerous sport and fitness and health and wellness courses.

There are also special rates for health screenings from various providers. Sign up your spouse, children and parents for the free one-year HomeTeamNS Family Membership, so that they can enjoy access to the same wellness benefits:

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Insider concert survival guide: Navigate concerts like a pro with these tips

Secured your tickets to a must-see live music event? Here are strategies for an unforgettable concert experience.



Music-wise, Singapore is rocking it in 2024 with a slew of live concerts from critically-acclaimed artists like Coldplay and Taylor Swift, to shows from GRAMMY award-winning artist Bruno Mars, Korean singer-songwriter IU, and former One Direction member Niall Horan, who will be gracing our shores next.

If you’ve snagged tickets to a highly-anticipated upcoming gig, here are tips from our Home Team NSmen on how to have the best time – from beating the post-concert travel crowd to concert etiquette and post-concert supper options.


Whether it’s for personal comfort, safety of your belongings, or to get to places quickly, try to keep it simple on concert day. “Be minimal, for example, dressing lightly and comfortably (within theme of course!) because Singapore’s weather can be unforgiving,” says content creator SGT1 (NS) Fauzi Aziz, who volunteers with the HomeTeamNS Branding and Publicity committee. “Bag checks are notoriously troublesome too. So, if you can carry a small bag or even do without one, that would be great.” 

Fauzi Aziz at Taylor Swift's 'The Eras Tour'


For a better overall experience, getting to know the band or artist in advance is recommended. “I would listen to the setlist on repeat for a week or so in advance,” says CPL (NS) Tedrick Chin, Officer, Corporate Communications at HomeTeamNS. “Alongside that, I’d listen to the songs that the band or artist has performed for the tour in other destinations prior to their show in Singapore.”

Tedrick Chin (first from right) after ONE OK ROCK's 'Luxury Disease Asia Tour'

Fauzi agrees, “It’s especially useful to familiarise myself with songs that I may not have listened to before. I also try to learn some lyrics because I love singing along at concerts.”


Everyone wants to have a good time so it’s important to be gracious and practise social distancing as well. “Be aware of the people around you and be respectful of them and their space. I know it’s easy to get away with the energy of the concert but it’s for the safety of yourself and others,” Fauzi says. “Personally, I do appreciate standing room tickets because you get to stand up freely during the concert, but I try to stand at the back so I’d be more comfortable and safe throughout.”

Tedrick adds, “If you are in the standing pen, don’t push. It makes for a terrible experience getting shoved around by so many people.”

Sharne Sulaiman (middle) at HONNE's 'May 2023 Asia Tour'

Architect CPL (NS) Sharne Sulaiman, who volunteers with the HomeTeamNS Strategic Review committee, says, “No phones please. It’s very common to raise your phone in the air to video something spectacular, but it can block the person behind you from enjoying that experience. We know the video is ‘for the gram’ so take that eight-second video and enjoy the rest of the concert. The sound quality recorded on your phone will never beat what you hear in person on the day itself.”


Concert tickets are hot property these days and getting prepared before the pre-sale event is a must-do to secure your seats. Sharne advises, “Stay updated by subscribing to e-newsletters from SISTIC, Esplanade, Live Nation, and other concert venues and organisers. Try to be members on all these platforms so you’ll have higher changes of getting privileged first releases.”

Coldplay's 'Music of the Spheres World Tour' captured by Daryl Seah

During the pre-sale event, you can “increase your odds of purchasing tickets by opening multiple tabs and logging into the ticketing platform beforehand,” says CPL (NS) Daryl Seah, Executive, Events and Sales at HomeTeamNS.

Fauzi suggests going solo. “I don’t mind going to concerts alone so it might be easier to get single tickets than for a large group of friends. In a previous concert experience, I bought a single ticket a couple of rows below my friends who were going and on the day itself, I managed to swap seats with the person who sat beside my friends,” he shares.


Round-up your outing with a satisfying meal. Fast food is an easy, inexpensive option that’s suitably indulgent. Other good options that open late or 24 hours include Daryl’s favourites: Hai Di Lao and Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant.

“My personal favourite supper spot is Zamas at River Valley. It’s further from the usual concert venues but that to me is the selling point because you don’t want to have to squeeze with everyone at the spots nearby. My go-to order is Maggi goreng and teh pandan,” Fauzi adds.


Travelling home is always one of the least favourite parts of any concert experience. However, we live in an age where shuttle bus services such as Grab Shuttle are now available, making the trip home a little more bearable.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel like getting caught in the squeeze as you enter Stadium MRT, consider walking a little further to Mountbatten or Kallang MRT stations. Daryl shares, “After the concert, concertgoers can walk over to Mountbatten MRT station to avoid the crowd as there is always a crowd entering Stadium MRT station.”

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Step out in style this Hari Raya Puasa

Blend the timeless with the contemporary through the artistry of talented stylemakers.

TEXT: Morgan Awyong

PHOTOS: Shutterstock, Se7ven Flowers, Elda, Ozel

After a month of fasting and contemplation, it’s almost time for the full-on celebration of Hari Raya Puasa. But beyond the usual fellowship, feasting and forgiveness, how about adding a dash of fashion into the festivities?

While the traditional baju kurung remains unmatched in comfort and elegance, those who want to express themselves sartorially will find a treasure trove of options by Asian and international designers. The former, especially, excel in creating designs that are both sensitive to our warm climate and reflective of our cosmopolitan vibes. By blending their offerings with international fashion elements, your whole family is bound to make a statement with your fashion choices this holiday season.


Hari Raya Puasa elevates the concept of matchy-matchy to new heights, with families ready to turn heads in their impeccably-coordinated outfits.

Batik specialist Ozel’s diverse range of handmade apparel and accessories guarantees you’ll stand out without being confined to monochromatic schemes. Its extensive selection of curated traditional and contemporary batik designs ensures that there’s something for every family member — including your house cat! For those with a discerning eye for fashion, Ozel offers customisation services to help you craft an exclusive ensemble tailored to your preferences. 

Similarly, PickADillyBaby also caters to the entire family’s wardrobe needs, focusing on solid colours. Its Dillys collection, crafted from 100% organic cotton, helps even the youngest members stay comfortable and chic, complete with personalised bibs and cuddly bunny toys.


A champion of inclusivity, Se7en Flowers stocks designs in a diverse range of sizes up to 5XL. Its collection runs the gamut from pant sets and smock dresses to jumpsuits and sulam tops. No matter your style, whether you’re into colour-blocking or pairing prints, there’s something that will work for you. The label also has a nursing-friendly line, showcasing its commitment to practical, thoughtful design.

Se7en Flowers’ shop is located in Woodlands, but you can place orders via its Instagram account or visit its pop-up stores across locations such as Suntec City and SingPost Centre during this period.  Don’t forget to check out the latest tudung collection, Ummu, which features 25 distinct prints to give your outfit extra pizzazz.


Elda is renowned for its flowy, effortlessly chic aesthetic, characterised by minimalistic tailoring and curated colour palettes.

Its ivory series, for instance, draws inspiration from the oversized trend, with relaxed silhouettes taking reference from the empire dress to keep things visually interesting. The versatile Lydia collection uses graphic floral prints across different items like camisoles, shawls and even a kimono top to exemplify understated elegance. Want something for the boys? The vibrant Nia design is a winning pick.

The brand offers free local shipping for orders over $100, making it easy to access their wide range of attractive offerings online.


Blending traditional attire with modern pieces allows for a creative expression of style, letting you adhere to modesty with some clever combinations.

Khatam, a celebrated Malaysian brand with 11 stores and an online presence, showcases a mastery of integrating classic elements with urban fits. For instance, its Mansoor collection – particularly their range of men’s top with three-quarter sleeves – has a relaxed fit for optimal breathability and is designed around modern lifestyles. Its Samping collection, crafted from rich brocade, boasts a luxurious aesthetic — even when paired with snazzy sneakers. The label ships to Singapore, with free lifetime repair services included.

For contemporary options, Zalora is the go-to, offering endless possibilities for mixing and matching. Pick a flowy long-sleeved blouse to go with your baju skirt, or combine a traditional men’s shirt with slim-fit chinos for a look that stands out. With regular discounts offered on the site, both men and women can enjoy making fashion statements while optimising their shopping budgets.


Give conventional looks a modern twist with these accessory ideas:

Turn function into fashion: Make headscarves a joy to wear with the stylish yet practical long brooches by The Hawwa, designed to secure fabric neatly and double as a conversation-starter.

Crowning glory: Wearing the pieces from TudungPeopleSG is like wearing a work of art, with its unique selection of artistic designs.

Diverse accents to complete your look: HomeTeamNS members can indulge in a shopping spree at SHEIN and enjoy an exclusive 18% discount — with no minimum purchase needed. This special offer is ideal for picking up new accessories, footwear and trendy bags to accentuate any outfit.

Give yourself a glow-up: Embrace flattering earth-toned makeup from The Katt & Co for a natural, festive radiance.

A touch of artisanal flair: Pick up a bespoke macrame bag from Mimpikita, blending traditional craftsmanship with contemporary style.

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