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6 School Holiday Camps For Your Kids To Learn Something New

Aid your little ones’ holistic development through these engaging camps themed around innovation, art, science, mental wellness, and nature.

The year-end school holiday runs from 18 November to 31 December 2023 — it’s time for your kids to enjoy a well-deserved break and have fun exploring outside the confines of their classrooms. What better way to nurture their sense of wonder than by signing them up for fun and educational camps, including those at HomeTeamNS’ signature school holiday programme, SkillFest December 2023? This year’s edition is lined up with activities that focus on innovation, while stoking their sense of adventure through a slew of action-packed challenges at various HomeTeamNS clubhouse attractions.

Let your curious young learners explore their interests, develop useful skills, and forge friendships — while creating lasting memories of a holiday they’ll want to brag to their schoolmates about.


Pique your young learners’ curiosity with ‘Around The World with S.T.E.A.M,’ the latest edition of HomeTeamNS’ SkillFest that is themed around science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Over the course of three days, children will learn about the inner workings of boomerangs, bridges, steam engines, and more at attractions across three HomeTeamNS clubhouses. Besides learning about remarkable human inventions, solving puzzles and conducting experiments, they can look forward to working as a team to conquer obstacle courses at Adventure HQ’s Urban Climb Wall and Ninja Course, engaging in immersive team challenges at LaserQuest, and putting their endurance to the test with Rapid Action and Valo Jump at Action Motion. You can choose to sign your kids up for a single day or purchase a 3-day bundle SkillPass. Camp fees will include a T-shirt, activity booklet, lunch and snacks.

WHEN: 4, 5 & 6 December (9am – 6pm)

WHERE:  HomeTeamNS Khatib, Bukit Batok and Bedok Reservoir

FEES: SINGLE-DAY SKILLPASS: $80 (for HomeTeamNS members); $110 (PA/SAFRA members); $130 (non-members) per child aged 8 to 12 years

3-DAY BUNDLE SKILLPASS: $210 (HomeTeamNS members); $260 (PA/SAFRA members); $300 (non-members) per child aged 8 to 12 years


Want to channel your kids’ obsessions with their favourite games and cartoons towards something productive? Sign them up for WondersWork’s LEGO robotics coding camps. In the three-day Pokémon Master Trainer Challenge, students will learn to build and code a robotic exoskeleton hand to catch Pokémon. Alternatively, in a two-day camp, young coders get to programme their favourite Pokémon and Minecraft characters to team up and fight zombies. All materials, robot kits and other equipment will be provided, along with lunch and a drink.

WHEN: Pokemon Master Trainer Challenge Lego Robotics Coding Technology STEAM camp: 20 November to 10 January (10am – 3pm)

Minecraft X Pokemon VS Zombies STEAM Lego Robotics Coding camp:  23 November to 12 January (10am – 3pm)

WHERE: WondersWork at Great World City

FEES: Pokemon Master Trainer Challenge Lego Robotics Coding Technology STEAM camp: $590 per child aged 5 to 14 years

Minecraft X Pokemon VS Zombies STEAM Lego Robotics Coding camp: $438 per child aged 5 to 14 years


Whether or not your child loves art, ARTARY’s two-day school holiday workshops will open their eyes to the beauty that lies hidden in nature, as well as nurture their creativity beyond the average school art lesson. They’ll get to don a lab coat and discover visually stunning cells through a microscope, learn about the human anatomy, and paint a psychedelic X-ray. At the Cartoons & Superheroes workshop, they can recreate their favourite superheroes in stained glass and lead a ‘task force’ to battle fictional criminals. Students can bring their own refreshments for a 30-minute afternoon break.

WHEN: 23 November to 15 December (11.15am – 4pm)

WHERE: Various ARTARY centres islandwide

FEE: $298 per child aged 5 to 12 years, $268.20 for enrolled students with ARTARY



Cultivate the aspirations of little fans of hit TV series Junior Bake Off at the three-day baking camps organised by Baker’s Brew Studio. They’ll learn how to safely create delightful festive treats — including Snowman Cookies and the Reindeer Bento Cake at the Mini Bakers camp for four- to seven-year-olds, or Snowflake Pull-Apart Cupcakes and the Present Surprise Cake at the Junior Bakers camp for seven- to 12-year-olds. Besides the goodies they’ve baked and decorated, the children will get to take home a skill worth flaunting at upcoming Christmas parties.

WHEN: 18 November to 30 December (10am – 12pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm)

WHERE: Baker’s Brew at Paragon Shopping Centre

FEE: From $288 per child aged 4 to 12 years


Held at the academy established by Singapore’s very own swimming champ Joseph Schooling, Camp Movement is all about developing active, confident kids through sports and movement. Participants will kick off the camp by learning the fundamentals of sports science, including how to engage key muscles and avoid injuries, before trying out sports such as tennis, swimming, and karate. There’s even a dance class. The four-day programme culminates in an exciting mini-Olympics and awards ceremony that celebrates each child’s achievements.

WHEN: 20 November to 14 December (9am – 12.15pm)

WHERE: Centre for Movement at NTU@one-north

FEE: $420 per child aged 4 to 12 years


Who says there aren’t opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in shopping mall-glutted Singapore? Forest School Singapore wants to help your children connect with nature and in the process, build their confidence, resilience, and sense of responsibility. Its three-day camps will allow children to explore the lush Clementi Forest and the 66ha Rifle Range Nature Park, where they may spot wildlife such as the Long-tailed Macaque and Sunda Colugo. The school also endeavours to help foster environmental awareness in children as future custodians of the planet.

WHEN: 20 November to 22 December (9am – 12pm or 9.30am – 12.30pm)

WHERE: Forest School Singapore Hutan Campus at Mayfair Park

FEE: $198 per child aged 4 to 12 years

Interested in serving beyond your obligations? Consider the Volunteer Extension Scheme, which allows PNSMen who have completed their NS liability to continue serving beyond their statutory age. PNSMen (With NS liability) who have passed their statutory age of 40 years (Junior Officers) & 50 years (Senior Officers) may apply.

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The smart homeowner’s guide to refreshing your home without breaking the bank



Home is where the heart is. So why shouldn’t we try to make our space a photogenic haven? Refreshing your abode doesn’t need to involve costly renovations that also disrupt your daily routine. You can get good decorative mileage by opting for choice furniture pieces.

The best part is, there are places in Singapore that offer stylish but affordable furniture without breaking the bank. These businesses often focus on pre-loved or repurposed items – donated or salvaged – and given a second life by these experts. With their keen curation, one person’s junk is indeed another person’s treasure. 


Talk about character. Tong Mern Sern sticks out like a “sore” thumb along Craig Road from its refurbished neighbours. Its original facade – somewhat worn and with a giant yellow banner stating their purpose – is like a time capsule into the past with its collection of vintage pieces.

Spread over three floors are furniture, fittings and decor items that will evoke nostalgia. Seen more as antiques, prices here may occasionally be a bit higher, but given their rarity and condition, can prove to be investment pieces that are well worth it.


While others look to give second life to used pieces, The Reject Shop saves those that didn’t even make it to the shelves. They collect items rejected by manufacturers due to minor defects but are otherwise completely functional and safe to use. Think, light scratches at the bottom of a table leg or a sofa cushion with a slightly crooked seam. Most of these defects can be overlooked with a fresh coat of paint or other subtle creative solutions like adding a tablecloth. If you’re good with keeping things “out of sight, out of mind”, then this place is perfect for you.


From a simple karang guni (scrap dealer) operation in the 1970s to today’s empire of restoration, Hock Siong & Co has built a solid reputation for their beautifully-refurbished pieces. Their team of craftsmen chisel, varnish and sand away at preloved pieces, giving them a new lease of life. 

Their wooden pieces are highlights and you’ll find many furniture items made from natural teak, rosewood, and more. It’s an incredible way to extend their use and their eclectic selection is bound to fit any theme you might have in mind.

With a keen eye for design, it’s unsurprising that many of their selections posted on their Facebook become sold out within the hour. They are also very savvy in collecting stylish pieces from hotels and showflats, so if you’re looking to have that luxe look on a budget, this place won’t disappoint.


If you love a good dive into the wildest assortment of furniture, knick-knacks and more, then pop over to Junkie’s Corner. True to the first part of its name, this is a real junkyard that can turn up some surprising finds. But unlike the latter part, Junkie’s Corner is more of a warehouse stuffed to the roof with collected items.

This is perfect for those who love a real scavenger hunt. There’s some mild organisation here, but you’ll see cupboards next to chairs, with random rugs or lamps piled around them. There are great vintage pieces such as the classic Singer sewing machines or marble-topped kopitiam (coffee shop) tables. The pieces here are “as is” – so they may need some work.

With no online presence, you’ll have to visit them at 2 Turf Club Rd. And just to note, they are open to a little bargaining.


Another reliable place to look for preloved pieces will be The Salvation Army’s social enterprise, Red Shield Industries. The international organisation reuses, recycles and restores a myriad of donations from the public and organisations. With their teams and volunteers helming the effort, you can be assured that the salvaged pieces are worth picking up.

For your best bet, head over to the Praisehaven Mega Family Store at Upper Bukit Timah Road. It is the largest of the four outlets and most likely to have furniture pieces. You can even check out the online options and Carousell listings without visiting the stores. Proceeds from the sales would go towards care provisions to underserved communities. It’s truly a wonderful way to benefit your home, the environment, and the people around you.


After spending the time and effort hunting for precious pieces to add to your home, protect them from future incidents with an insurance plan – for free. 

In a collaboration with Singlife, HomeTeamNS members can enjoy a year’s worth of home insurance with Shield360. Not a member yet? For eligible Ordinary and Associate members, you’ll be pleased to know that the plan includes HomeTeamNS membership for a year as well when you sign up.

Receive up to S$20,000 worth of coverage for your furniture and furnishings, and even up to S$50,000 for renovation incidents. There’s no catch, it’s just a way to reward hardworking members who deserve the best.

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5 reasons why you don’t want to miss HomeTeamNS Culture Shiok 2023

Catch lively performances and well-curated exhibitions, nosh on delectable snacks and learn new crafts.


Immerse yourself in Singapore’s rich tapestry of cultures at this year’s Culture Shiok, an event that couldn’t be missed even during the pandemic, when a virtual edition of it was held.

This year’s event will run till 3 December at HomeTeamNS Khatib’s Thoroughfare at Level 1 and will feature colourful traditional dance and musical performances, as well as an array of fun activities including nostalgic schoolyard games. A different culture will be showcased each week, with an emphasis on Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Peranakan traditions.

HomeTeamNS members can collect a complimentary Culture Shiok passport, which they can use to redeem snacks at the various food stalls and collect stamps and stickers throughout the event. A completed passport can be exchanged for an exclusive gift worth $80 on 2 December from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free, though certain activities require pre-registration and are chargeable.


Create beautiful accessories and bric-a-brac to gift your loved ones at several workshops held during the event. These include batik pencil case DIY, flower garland-making, Chinese fan painting, and tote bag-beading. Young budding artisans will get a kick out of seeing their projects come to life.


Enjoy a throwback to the good ol’ carefree days where kids had a blast with non-electronic pursuits. Our cultural game booths will feature classics such as “five stones”, “pick up sticks”, chapteh, and congkak, the latter being a test of logic featuring a wooden board and seeds that is predominantly played in South India, Ceylon, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.


Savour tantalising snacks from different cultures at various booths, including putu piring (steamed rice flour cakes with palm sugar and grated coconut), vadai (deep-fried savoury doughnuts), tang yuan (glutinous rice balls in syrup) and an assortment of Nyonya kueh. HomeTeamNS members get to redeem complimentary snacks when they flash their Culture Shiok passports. 


No cultural event is complete without a captivating display of music and dance. Marvel at masterful cultural expressions through bhangra dance and Teochew opera performances, as well as a silat demonstration. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the Peranakan Parade — don your best Peranakan outfits and sashay down the runway to win attractive prizes.


Discover Singapore’s diverse cultures at various fascinating onsite exhibitions available daily. There’s the National Heritage Board’s ‘Love, Kebaya’, which explores the region’s shared cultural identity and heritage through the iconic kebaya, as well as charity Tak Takut Kids Club’s ‘This is What we Eat at Home’ — which takes you on a gastronomic journey. Also, don’t miss a specially curated display by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre which will answer the question: ‘What Makes a Chinese New Year, Singaporean?’.

Interested in serving beyond your obligations? Consider the Volunteer Extension Scheme, which allows PNSMen who have completed their NS liability to continue serving beyond their statutory age. PNSMen (With NS liability) who have passed their statutory age of 40 years (Junior Officers) & 50 years (Senior Officers) may apply.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Home Team Festival 2023

You’ll have the opportunity to handle firearms, discover cutting-edge technologies, and meet our furry friends from the SCDF and SPF K-9 units at the event that will happen at Singapore Expo this November.

A shooting range where you can learn how to handle firearms. A Vehicle Examination booth where you can transform into a Search and Examination officer and inspect a vehicle for contraband items. These are just some of the highlights that you can expect at the upcoming Home Team Festival, which will be held from 24 to 26 November at Singapore Expo Hall 4. Admission is free.

Themed “What is your #HomeTeamStory”, this year’s festival marks 10 years since the launch of the biennial event that shines a spotlight on the 11 Home Team Departments, which work together to keep Singapore safe and secure. The event will feature four thematic zones where you can learn about the history and achievements of the Home Team, get a hands-on experience with the technology that drives it, and find out how you can play a role in supporting our Home Team officers. Here’s what to look out for.


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

Meet dedicated officers from the different Home Team Departments and get an insider’s glimpse into their work through displays and live demonstrations which will showcase some of the vehicles and technologies deployed. More adventurous souls who meet the 1.2 metre height requirement can visit the SPF/SPS Shooting Range, where they will have the opportunity to try their hand at target shooting using firearms used by Home Team officers during public order incidents or prison riots.


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

It may be a little-known fact that man’s best friend plays an important role in safeguarding the nation’s security. Canines from the SCDF and SPF K-9 units are trained for frontline operations such as detection of life forms and explosives, respectively. You’ll get to meet these loyal, furry companions who will leave no stone unturned.


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

Observe how the Home Team officers go about conducting their duties through an exciting live MHA Operations Demonstration. Check out the immersive theatre experience showcasing our Home Team officers in action.

Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

Keep your little ones occupied at the Home Team Kids Zone, where they can role-play as a Home Team officer by getting behind the wheel of Home Team-themed mini vehicles. Other activities include participating in a digital firefighting game and shooting at targets.


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

Chat with Home Team Volunteers, whose roles range from supporting Home Team officers in law enforcement and fire-fighting, to sharing tips on how to stay drug-free and providing support for victims of crimes. Then, learn about the available Home Team scholarships and roles (both uniformed and civilian), so that you can embark on a meaningful journey to bolster the nation’s security.

Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

The Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) deploys cutting-edge technologies — including biometrics; data science and Artificial Intelligence; robotics and information forensics — to counter ever-evolving homeland security threats. Check out a holographic theatre experience plus exhibition to learn how they empower the Home Team’s operational forces on the ground to fight crime and save lives.


Photo taken at Home Team Festival 2019

Be a sport and participate in the on-stage games segment to win prizes and be sure to pick up your limited-edition Home Team Festival tote bag at the collection booth. Additionally, don’t forget to share your love and support for the Home Team by posting your captioned photos on Instagram or TikTok with the hashtag #HTFest2023 and watch as they are flashed on the digital message wall.


WHERE: Singapore Expo Hall 4

WHEN: 24 – 26 November 2023

  • Friday 24 Nov: 11am to 9pm
  • Saturday 25 Nov: 11am to 9pm
  • Sunday 26 Nov: 9am to 9pm

Interested in serving beyond your obligations? Consider the Volunteer Extension Scheme, which allows PNSMen who have completed their NS liability to continue serving beyond their statutory age. PNSMen (With NS liability) who have passed their statutory age of 40 years (Junior Officers) & 50 years (Senior Officers) may apply.

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The smart parent’s guide to celebrating Halloween with your family

This Halloween, HomeTeamNS has some great ideas to enjoy some spooky, spine-tingling fun with your loved ones



Halloween used to be a relatively quiet affair in Singapore though this has changed in recent years. Families can get in on the fun in myriad ways – and no, it needn’t be all gory and horrific. Halloween is surprisingly inclusive, with as many cute ghosts as there are scary ones, so feel free to adjust the fear factor to you and your children’s sensibilities. 

From visiting the newest horror houses, to making spooky DIY decorations and binge-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Halloween Heist” episodes, here are some fun ways to celebrate Halloween with your loved ones.


If you visit HomeTeamNS Khatib this Halloween weekend, level one will be home to the Spooktober “Fun” House, where members can try fun Halloween-themed activities. Try ghost-karting or visit the spooky CarnEVIL bouncy castle and craft and game stations.

The real fun begins on level four’s House of Nightmares – the event’s official scare zone. The 10-minute trail puts you face-to-face with terrifying dreamscapes, as you try to find the exit. But with other spooky characters wandering the clubhouse, will you ever escape their grasp?

If you have a group of six, why not take on The Curse of Adam escape room? Located at level three’s TactSim, combine cunning and courage to clear the treacherous route.

When: Oct 27 to 29, Fri to Sun

Where: HomeTeamNS Khatib, 2 Yishun Walk Singapore 767944

How much:  From S$25 per pax.  Click here for more deets!


Up for more escape-themed fun? Visit Halloween Town at the Bukit Batok Clubhouse on Oct 28 and 29, from 2pm to 7pm. There’s been an outbreak of a mysterious disease – known as BB003 – and you’re one of humankind’s last hopes. The Apocalypse Antidote: Find the Cure escape room resembles an abandoned hospital where the cure can be found. Will you be able to retrieve the antidote before you are hunted down by the infected?

Young ones can head to Too Cute To Spook at the lobby. Make masks at Boo-tiful Crafts or create ghoulish little crafts to decorate your home. A face artist can transform your child into their favourite monster. Once the young ones are fully disguised, it’s time to dance and collect as many treats before the music stops at the Trick, Treats & Neon Beats.

When: Oct 28 to 29, 2023, Sat & Sun

Where: HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7 Singapore 659003

How much:  From $$10 per pax.  Click here for more deets!


The HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir clubhouse is pulling out all the stops to make this October unforgettable with Fright Night.

As evening approaches on Oct 28, the level two atrium will be home to Brain Juice Popcorn and Bone-chilling Snow Cones. Try shooting down aliens, escaping from zombies or grabbing treats at the Fright Fun game stalls. HomeTeamNS members can enjoy an exclusive activity with the Slipper Bean Bag Trick or Treats station. For kids, there’ll be balloon sculpting, colouring and drawing stations and a Dragonage Bouncy Castle on site.

For a full-on scary experience, head to level three’s Fright Mansion. It has been decorated to resemble a decaying mansion at the edge of a murky reservoir. The clubhouse will also screen the Disney classic, Cruella. A roving magician will also captivate visitors with supernatural sleights of hand.

When: Oct 28, 5.30 to 10pm, Sat

Where: HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, 900 Bedok North Rd Singapore 479994

How much:  From S$4 per pax.  Click here for more deets!

It's a full house at Fright Night! Registration is now closed.

Walk-ins are still welcomed for Fright Fun & Fright Show at the Atrium, Level 2.


With every spooky villain, there needs to be a hero. Halloween may have frightful origins, but it has evolved into a celebration of light-hearted fun with costumes, so why not dress up as one of the good guys instead?

Costume shops around Singapore offer many options. Become a legit ghostbuster with Custom-made Costumes and Merchandise, or fight the dark side as a Jedi warrior. Costumes ‘N’ Parties has an extensive array of adults and children costumes alike, and Ministry of Costumes is great for helping you coordinate for the whole family by transforming everyone into Marvel or DC characters.


Decorating the house always injects a fresh festive vibe, and spending some time making decorations together is a great way to enjoy Halloween. For instance, 5-minute Crafts has an array of wild ideas in this compilation video, from creating nightmarish creatures by combining dolls to ethereal figures created from duct tape.

The scare factor is pretty legit so these are great with older children. For the younger ones, consider simpler crafts like those in this video by Awesomely Crafty. The spiders, pumpkins and bats shown are adorable to look at, and can be cheeky companions to place all around the house to welcome the day.


Ready for some Halloween laughs instead? Sit down for a marathon with the crew of police-comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Ever since the first of its eight-season run began in 2013, the comedy has dedicated one episode for the Halloween Heist. The crew competes for the title of the Ultimate Genius/Detective/Human every Halloween, giving rise to hilarious pranks. If you want a shorter marathon, start with season three episode five, which is widely regarded as one of the series’ best ‘Halloween Heist’ episodes.


Instead of going to a haunted house experience, why not turn your home into one? And make it a memorable experience with a scavenger hunt.

Start off with a storytelling session for the kids and let them become the main characters by having them hunt down items to save the day. This could be old keys to unlock the shackles of a trapped parent caught by an evil warlord. Or they could collect symbols to break the curse of a witch. Let your imagination run wild!

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What to do at your first REAL® Run

You’ve signed up for your first REAL® Run, congratulations! Here are some tips to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience.



Whether you’re a seasoned competitive runner or someone looking to get in shape with the family, the 27th edition of the REAL® Run promises to offer a fun day out with friends, family and fellow enthusiasts. Here are some easy ways to ensure you enjoy your run.


You’ll need energy for your run, so don’t start on an empty stomach. You don’t want to stuff yourself, but a snack or a light meal at least one hour before your race helps.

Stick to easy-to-digest, nutritious options, such as a salad with grilled chicken, clear noodle soup or brown rice with stir-fried meat and vegetables. (Need more tips on eating healthy? We got you.)


A brand-new pair of shoes may sound like a good idea, but it could cause blisters. If you’ve already treated yourself to a fresh set of kicks, be sure to break them in at least two weeks prior to the REAL® Run.


If you plan to reach the race venue just in time for flag-off, you run the risk of being late, or having to rush to make the start on time. This means you won’t start the REAL® Run in the right frame of mind.

You want to factor in time for baggage check-ins, so you can reach the start line early enough to prepare yourself mentally for the race.


It’s important to stretch and warm up your muscles properly before the race. The idea is to slowly raise your heart rate in anticipation of the run.

If it’s been a while since you focused on your fitness, here are some simple exercises for getting back into the swing of things.


Not unless you’re serious about setting a new personal best or competing for a win in your category, anyway. If your aim (like most participants) is to enjoy yourself, start near the middle or back of the pack so the serious runners don’t have to weave around you at the start.


Don’t start the race too fast – build your pace gradually to reduce the risk of stitches. Keep your running form smooth and relaxed. That means leaning forward a little while maintaining an upright torso, and avoiding landing on your heels. Instead, try to land on your mid-foot, which minimises impact.


Encourage your friends and loved ones to join you for the race. Running in a group beats running solo anytime, and everyone can trade stories after the race over a refreshing drink. And whether you end up running with friends or by yourself, it’s usually a good idea to…


It doesn’t matter if you’re into rock, hip-hop, dance or pop: Curating a running playlist with your chosen feel-good tunes can help to lift your spirits should you hit that proverbial brick wall.

In addition, a research study found that runners who listened to music ran four to eight per cent faster than those who didn’t.


Bring along a small drink bottle with water or an isotonic drink so you can stay hydrated during the run. Take advantage of water points along your route as well, so you don’t risk succumbing to heatstroke. This is always a concern, especially given our unpredictably hot weather.


You’ve completed your distance, congratulations! Remember to stretch those muscles so you don’t feel too sore the next morning. Stretching is an important aspect of post-race recovery and shouldn’t be overlooked.


Participants can choose from four adorable Otah and Friends plushies.

This new 2.4km category is ideal for multi-generational families or anyone looking to bond with their friends and loved through an easy, stress-free walk. Bonus: You can collect an Otah and Friends plushie as a REAL® Run souvenir. (There are four adorable plushies to choose from, each inspired by a furry or feathery native animal.)

For a visual reminder of the event, make your way down to the Otah mascot photo-taking session – just one of the fun post-race activities that you can check out on the REAL® Run 2023 microsite.

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How families and friends had fun getting competitive at the HomeTeamNS Adventure Rally 2023

The inaugural event featured challenges such as rock-climbing, target shooting and futsal across four HomeTeamNS clubhouses.  


Channeling skills from his National Service stint, a young man patiently showed his mother and sister how to handle airsoft rifles at a shooting range. Over at another activity station, costume-coordinated friends belted out lines of Kit Chan’s hit song Home.

Those were among the scenes I witnessed at the HomeTeamNS Adventure Rally, which unfolded across the organisation’s four clubhouses on Aug 13 as part of its National Day celebrations. The friendly competition drew 130 participants, who formed 28 teams to complete various challenges and amass points. After getting registered at HomeTeamNS Khatib in the morning, teams embarked on different routes, travelling across the island in their cars.

My cycling buddy Jane and I spent our Sunday putting our teamwork and stamina to the test. We started at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, where we dove into a relay race that brought out our competitive spirit. Jane’s agility helped us to fire ahead in the rope-skipping segment, while I tapped on my motor skills to run while balancing an egg on a spoon. Post-race, we took in the spectacular view of the reservoir from the clubhouse terrace.


Young participants having fun with a challenge.
Young participants having fun with a challenge.

I met a diverse range of participants including a three-year-old and a sprightly team of sexagenarians.

Besides the more physically challenging activities such as futsal and rock-climbing offered at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok and HomeTeamNS Khatib respectively, participants could also enjoy nostalgic games such as “zero point” and “five stones” at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier. My muscle memory from playing countless rounds of the latter as a child did not fail me, as I easily grasped the rice-filled pyramids at first toss. It evoked fond memories of playing with the fabric “stones” sewn by my mum.  

Teams could earn bonus points by completing challenges such as tent building and producing #ProudlySingaporean videos with their own fun renditions of the Great Singapore Workout and National Day songs.

Participants completed a tent-building challenge to earn bonus points.
Participants completed a tent-building challenge to earn bonus points.

Other activities included archery at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok and airsoft at TactSim, HomeTeamNS Khatib’s indoor target shooting range. Jane and I explored facilities such as HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok’s driving range and outdoor Adventure Centre that’s rigged with a rope course and zip line. We also enjoyed HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir’s Aqua Adventure that boasts an 85m-long slide, as well as various swimming pools. We weren’t the only ones who were impressed by what we saw.

“It was an amazing experience to see what HomeTeamNS has done in the new Bedok Reservoir clubhouse. I explored all five levels of facilities, and they were just awesome,” said Ms Sherry Pong, whose team won the second prize in the competition’s Open category.


The event drew diverse teams with participants of different age groups.
The event drew diverse teams with participants of different age groups.

The winners were announced at an afternoon tea reception where participants noshed on local hawker fare such as mee siam, chwee kueh and chicken curry.

The Open category champions won S$500 in cash, a full tank of fuel from Sinopec and Passorex car accessories. There were also lucky draw prizes such as an Apple Watch SE and a two-day, one-night’s stay at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa.

While our score of 51 points didn’t earn us a spot on the leaderboard, Jane and I were buoyed by the energy of the crowd, with participants cheering loudly for their teammates and competitors.

A family winding down after an action-packed day.
A family winding down after an action-packed day.

“We’re all winners because the Adventure Rally brought all of you and your families together,” said Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development and President of HomeTeamNS, at the prize presentation ceremony. “Today was extra meaningful because it was organised by a committee of NSmen, and special because you got to experience all our clubhouses and their best facilities in one day.”

Ms Tan Su Anne, whose team notched 71 points to take home the first prize of S$300 in cash, a full tank of Sinopec fuel and Passorex car accessories in the Family Category, says that the win came as a surprise as the competition was strong. “It was a really good bonding session, and we discovered so many wonderful HomeTeamNS clubhouse facilities that we can’t wait to try out. We also hope to come back next year as the defending champion!”

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HomeTeamNS Family Day takes flight at Bird Paradise

The first such celebration since the Covid-19 pandemic proved to be a fun day out for everyone.



Family Day returned in a big way for HomeTeamNS members on 29 July at Bird Paradise. The event was HomeTeamNS’ first Family Day celebration since the pandemic – the previous event was held at Universal Studios Singapore in 2019.

About 2,000 HomeTeamNS members and their families gathered at the open-air amphitheatre to learn about three new partnerships, and enjoyed a splendid show. Thereafter, the event saw close to 5,000 members exploring the lush greenery and trails, and admired breathtaking hornbills, spoonbills and other exotic birds.


Guest-of-Honour Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who is the President of HomeTeamNS, announced the new strategic partnerships to HomeTeamNS Members at Bird Paradise.

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, he introduced attendees to three new strategic partners — Singlife, Sgdrivers and SHEIN — to the HomeTeamNS membership programme.


Under the new Singlife partnership, all new and existing HomeTeamNS Principal members will receive a complimentary one-year travel or home insurance and a complimentary one-year HomeTeamNS membership when they opt in for the insurance coverage. Since August 2018, eligible HomeTeamNS Ordinary members have received complimentary personal accident insurance coverage of up to S$30,000.


HomeTeamNS has also partnered with Sgdrivers under the new HomeTeamNS Driver’s Shield Programme. At S$23 a year, the Driver Shield’s programme includes a hotline for 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, fuel discounts of up to 23 per cent and exclusive vouchers worth up to S$400.


Fashion and lifestyle e-retailer SHEIN, was also added to HomeTeamNS’ mix of partners. Members can enjoy 18 per cent off purchases on SHEIN’s platform year-round and gain priority queue access to their upcoming pop-ups.

Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS, hopes these new benefits help offer members peace of mind at home and abroad. The new strategic partnerships and events like Family Day are part of HomeTeamNS’ efforts to recognise the contributions of HomeTeamNS members and their families. Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal added: “We at HomeTeamNS want to do more to make life better for you, as you serve and protect our homeland. I want to thank your families for their unwavering support and love for you, our NSmen, as you juggle work and your NS duties, and we hope to show appreciation to them.”


HomeTeamNS member Mr Muhammad Adzizul and his family spending quality time at Bird Paradise during the HomeTeamNS Family Day.

In his speech, Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal also acknowledged that life as an National Serviceman could be fast-paced and challenging. Having met quite a number of members and their families and friends at the clubhouses and at other activities, he said that he was touched by the pride that they have, in being part of the Home Team and the HomeTeamNS family.

“I realised that we have developed that connection not only with you, but with the people around you and your loved ones. This connection not only helps us keep Singapore safe and secure, but we do so like one big family,” he added.

“We at HomeTeamNS want to do more to make life better for you, as you serve and protect our homeland. I want to thank your families for their unwavering support and love for you, our NSmen, as you juggle work and your NS duties, and we hope to show appreciation to them.”

Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, and HomeTeamNS President.

HomeTeamNS Member Louis Seah, who attended the Family Day with his family, said he appreciates the variety of clubhouse facilities that allow him to unwind with his loved ones. The family day outing has also provided the backdrop for members like Mr Muhammad Adzizul to spend quality time with his loved ones. “To me, family time means spending time with my family anywhere and any place, as long as they are having fun,” he added.


HomeTeamNS members were treated to a "Predators on Wings" showcase at Bird Paradise.

The day of fun and togetherness for HomeTeamNS members reached its climax with the captivating Predators on Wings show, leaving everyone in awe. As the audience gathered in anticipation, they were treated to spectacular aerial prowess by magnificent creatures like the American Bald Eagle, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Malay Fish Owl and the impressive Turkey Vulture.

Gasps of amazement filled the air as these majestic birds soared gracefully through the sky, showcasing their raw beauty. The experience was entertaining and educational, as members gained a deeper appreciation for the importance of wildlife conservation and the wonders of nature.

Missed out on our Family Day at Bird Paradise? We got you! We’re having a secret lobang sale of up to 50 per cent off Bird Paradise tickets (U.P up to $48 per pax), while stocks last. To make your purchase, look out for this fantastic promotion on our HomeTeamNS Mobile App. Tickets are valid till 3 February 2024.

Additionally, don’t forget to sign up for your FREE 1-Year Travel or Home Insurance by Singlife, with a complimentary 1-Year HomeTeamNS Membership here. Think of it as our way of saying thank you for your contributions to the nation.

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These HomeTeamNS workplace pals are inseparable

Whoever said that the pandemic killed workplace friendships hasn’t met these HomeTeamNS colleagues-turned-buddies who can’t seem to get enough of each other’s company.



It’s an apt time to celebrate the friendships we’ve forged over the years, including those at work. Such a meaningful connection is shared by HomeTeamNS staff James Chia and CPL (NS) Tedrick Chin, who’ve become as thick as thieves after they first met at HomeTeamNS’ corporate office during a period marked by fear and uncertainty. James is an Assistant Manager in HomeTeamNS’ Membership Services team, while CPL (NS) Chin — who served his National Service as Corporal, PAD (Public Affairs Department) and MMT (Multi Media Team) at the Singapore Civil Defence Force — is a corporate communications officer whose work involves content ideation and production for the organisation’s social and internal platforms.

“We met back when the world was still in the early stages of fighting COVID-19, and the company had to implement a hybrid work arrangement where  employees were split into two teams that alternated between working from home and in the office. James and I happened to be on the same team, which meant that hanging out together for lunch was a given,” recalls CPL (NS) Chin. He shares that he and his pal bonded over their shared interest in toys, anime and video games.

Eventually, as pandemic-related restrictions were lifted and physical events resumed, the duo was deployed to work at HomeTeamNS events such as the Cathay Movie Screenings, Annual General Meeting, REAL Run and National Day Picnic By the Bay. Working closely together only served to strengthen their friendship. 


It’s rare to find workmates who spend as much time together outside of work as the pair. Despite their different roles at HomeTeamNS, they always make time for gym and makan sessions. But it’s something they say has happened organically.

“It has become the norm for us to hang out as a group after work events. Since then, we’ve been visiting the gym together to help one another reach our personal fitness goals,” James shares. Both aim to pass their IPPT and stay active. And what do they do when they want to indulge? “We recently went to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, with our colleague for loklok (skewered foods served with dips),” adds James.

Such activities keep the duo motivated, especially when they are faced with a hectic day at work. “Friendship makes work fun as you always have someone to joke around with, so the environment isn’t dull,” says CPL (NS) Chin.

One of the highlights of their time at HomeTeamNS was getting to try out the various installations at Aqua Adventure at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir — which include a 114m-long water slide — with their teammates prior to its opening. The event was held under the organisation’s WeCare initiative that promotes greater work-life balance. CPL (NS) Chin says that participating in the activities together revealed a side to his colleagues that he previously wasn’t privy to. He was surprised to discover adrenaline junkies within the company, and is grateful for the opportunities to get to know his counterparts such as James on a personal level. “A workplace is only as enjoyable as the friendships you form there,” concludes CPL (NS) Chin. 


HomeTeamNS promotes healthy living and work-life balance through its WeCare initiative, which encourages employees to participate in physical activities every Friday. Here, staff are free to head outdoors for walks or swims an hour before the workday ends.

To facilitate more cross-department bonding, HomeTeamNS formed ‘DNA’ groups – Resilience, Collaboration, Integrity, Belief, and Ownership – among the staff, which represent its organisational values.


CPL (NS) Chin and James share their pick of places to wind down with friends after work.

CPL (NS) Chin (left) and James (right) having lunch with colleagues from various departments.

Georges – HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

  • “We always have their luncheon meat chips and beer while chilling out.”
  • HomeTeamNS members enjoy 20 per cent off their total bill from Mondays to Thursdays, and 10 per cent off their total bill from Fridays to Sundays; on the eve of public holidays and public holidays.

Fuji Izakaya KTV Pub – HomeTeamNS Khatib

  • “You can’t go wrong with their kaarage chicken, yakitori skewers and beer.”
  • HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10 per cent off their total bill here.  

Sum Dim Sum – HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

  • “Their pandan char siew bao, chee cheong fun and fried rice are homely and satisfying.”
  • HomeTeamNS members enjoy 15 per cent off their total bill

Sri Bistari – HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

  • “The Nasi Ayam Penyet is a lunchtime must-have.”
  • HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10 per cent off their total bill

Swatow City – HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok

  • “When we want to indulge, we order their Teochew cold crab, Swatow signature chicken and Swatow signature crayfish.”
  • All HomeTeamNS members enjoy 20% off for ala carte dishes, for both dine-in and take-out.

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How to celebrate National Day 2023

As Singapore turns 58, here are some interesting ways you can celebrate all things Singaporean this National Day.



The National Day Parade is at the heart of Singapore’s birthday festivities every year. Whether you’re watching it on TV or enjoying the festive atmosphere at the Padang, this year’s parade promises plenty. There’s plenty to take in, like a fresh spin on Total Defence, heartland celebrations and a flypast that celebrates the RSAF’s 55th anniversary. This year, there’s even an afterparty – a blowout concert at the Gardens By the Bay where Kit Chan will bring out the feels with that perennial National Day fave, Home.


The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery located at the Central Fire Station offers a fascinating look at firefighting and rescue operations in Singapore.

Singapore may be only 58, but its history stretches way beyond that. One great way to pay homage to the past is by walking its heritage trails. The Jubilee Walk trail covers Singapore’s development from 14th century regional trading hub to colonial port and eventually, independent nation. Don’t miss the neighbourhood trails. These include Balestier and Yishun-Sembawang where you can recharge at HomeTeamNS clubhouses after your walk.

You can also learn more about the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) by following the Police Heritage Trail, or one of these trails that begin from a HomeTeamNS clubhouse. Visit the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery at 62 Hill Street for a look into the past, present and future of firefighting and rescue operations in Singapore.

If you prefer air-conditioning to trail walking, you can visit Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India or the Eurasian Heritage Gallery. From 3 October, the public has free admission to The Battlebox in Fort Canning Park, the underground command centre where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II.


It’s the race of the year at the HomeTeamNS Adventure Rally 2023. So, rally (pun intended) your family and friends to take part in either the Open or Family category. Starting from HomeTeamNS Khatib, you’ll drive your team to three other HomeTeamNS clubhouses where you’ll be sent on Singapore-themed missions and tasks in this #ProudlySingaporean race on Sunday, 13 Aug 2023, from 7.40am to 3pm.

At least one person from each team should have a Class 3/3A driving license, and if you choose the Family category, at least one of your team members should be aged between 7 and 14 years old. Be sure to register early to avoid missing out on this one-of-a-kind way to celebrate National Day on wheels!


Celebrate Singapore’s hawker culture on one of its many food trails, from Geylang to Chinatown and Katong. There’s nothing more local than our hawker culture, which was recognised in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020.

These days, Singapore’s foodie culture is evolving. From modern twists on Nanyang coffee to eggs Benedict prata, young hawkerpreneurs and restauranteurs are putting their own spins on heritage recipes. Pair your old-school teh tarik with ramen-inspired wanton noodles, or dive into the seafood-based feasts of the Orang Laut.


Want to pay it forward? The portal has over a thousand campaigns supporting hundreds of local causes. Spend time with seniors, support animal welfare or do your part for the environment. Volunteering as a group is also a great way to do something meaningful alongside loved ones.

If you have a cause you’re passionate about, you can start your own fundraiser on and ask your social network to give generously. Another way to give back to the community? Home Team Volunteer Schemes, which offer numerous programmes ranging from neighbourhood patrols to being a befriender with the Singapore Prison Service.


Another way you can fly the flag? Shop local! Cheeky t-shirts and gifts from When I Was Four, trinkets from Nana & Bird and curated local brands on Independent Market show just how far local brands have evolved. It’s a far cry from the good old days of Tiger Balm, which went from a Singapore-made ointment to global favourite in 100 years. Today, even celebrities like Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow sing the praises of Tiger Balm, which is still sold in its iconic hexagonal jar.

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