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Offering new unique user experiences: Bedok Reservoir Clubhouse makes its debut soon

Members can look forward to an infinity pool, luxurious villas and a high-tech obstacle course at the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir Clubhouse.

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Soon, HomeTeamNS members will be able to enjoy a new waterfront clubhouse when HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir opens.

Furnished with facilities including a six-lane 50-metre infinity pool, the five-storey clubhouse offers a full view of the Bedok Reservoir Park — a popular spot for jogging and nature enthusiasts. It also aims to provide a unique clubhouse experience, said members of the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir Executive Committee.

“There will be several first-of-its-kind experiences at the clubhouse,” said Mr Bryan Chao, 42, Vice Chairman of the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir Executive Committee. “There will be an indoor water adventure centre, Aqua Adventure, featuring the longest indoor water slide in Singapore that spans four storeys tall, and there’s also an indoor wet obstacle rope course.”

According to Mr Chao, the new clubhouse will feature a laze pool, in which users can float around and relax. “For those who want to enjoy a bit more of the adrenaline rush, they can go for the water slide and obstacle course, while the laze pool allows those who want to relax to have a good time too,” he added.

RELAXATION MEETS ADRENALINE

Executive Committee member, Mr Tan Junwei, 34, also shared that there will be 10 concept Waterfront Villas, known as East Villa. Offering scenic reservoir and lush greenery views, the villas are set on a slope, nestled within forested vegetation and a canopy of trees. “The two storey villas come with a living room and three bedrooms,” said Mr Tan.

He added that: “Apart from the luxurious waterfront view and verdant greenery, the East Villa is certainly a big draw as they also come with sheltered BBQ patios, which are perfect for family gatherings, staycations and weekend getaways.”

These villas will be available for booking on the HomeTeamNS Mobile App when launched. According to Mr Tan, members can also self-check-in at the villas through the app.

For those who enjoy tackling challenges, the Action Motion, a digital active experience arena at the new clubhouse, also offers a unique gamification experience. “With Action Motion, we hope to bring digital play to a whole new level by introducing augmented-reality Bouldering Walls and Trampoline, and the Net Maze, that are all fitted with a gamifier system. All activity scores will be captured in real-time on the Leaderboard, which will enhance the competitive experience for our players,” said HomeTeamNS President, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who is also the Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development.

Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy a workout at Fitness Workz Garage. Said to be a crossfit haven, members can try out various programmes such as the Outdoor Group Training and Low Intensity Interval Training (LIIT), that is also suited for GenNext Members.

The reservoir-facing clubhouse is also perfect for members who love organising events and gatherings. If you frequent HomeTeamNS Khatib, you’d be familiar with the ManCaves (a hangout space with amenities like complimentary WiFi, BBQ pits and a built-in kitchenette with a fridge and karaoke system). For large-scale events like weddings, members can hold their reception at the Grand Ballroom which seats up to 400 guests.

A FAMILY AND SUSTAINABILITY-ORIENTED DESTINATION

PlayFacto School, an enrichment centre for children, offers Robotics and Mathematics classes on weekday nights and weekends.

As the clubhouse is built on a slope facing Bedok Reservoir, the architects also made sustainability a key part of their design concept. The new clubhouse will have a rainwater harvesting and drip-irrigation system to reduce water consumption. About 1,000 sqm of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will also be set up to offset the building’s energy consumption by an estimated 2 per cent. Charging stations for electric vehicles are also in the pipeline.

Mr Chao shared that the clubhouse has an open promenade to encourage residents and those who frequent Bedok Reservoir to explore and use the clubhouse’s facilities. At the pre-opening roadshow at Our Tampines Hub on 1 October, Assoc Prof Faishal shared the range of facilities will not just cater to our NSmen, but to their families, wives and children. Tenanted facilities including PlayFacto School, Trifecta Martial ArtsYoga Inc, and The Dance Station will be available at the new clubhouse.

There’s also a 24-hour 7-eleven convenience store and a range of Halal and non-Halal F&B options including Sum Dim SumSri Bistari, Fun Toast, Burger King, George’s Bar, and Xiao Mu Deng restaurants.

To get the latest membership deals and make facility bookings with ease, download the HomeTeamNS Mobile App now!

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Keeping HomeTeamNS clubhouses safe and secure

HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok Clubhouse conferred with the SSWG Cluster, Individual and Commendation Awards for the first time.

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For the first time, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok Clubhouse was among the 80 Safety and Security Watch Group (SSWG) members to be conferred the SSWG Cluster, Individual and Commendation Awards.  Presented on 28 September 2022 at Orchard Hotel Singapore, the award recognised the efforts of HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, for its collaboration with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in enhancing safety and security within the clubhouse.

The National Safety Security Watch Group Award Ceremony was graced by Guest-of-Honour Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, where she highlighted the crucial role security plays against terror threats in Singapore.

 “We depend on the community to be attentive and provide information on possible self-radicalisation to the authorities for early intervention,” said Ms Sun during her opening speech.

KEEPING MEMBERS SAFE AND SECURE

For several years, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok has assisted and supported the Jurong Police Division in conducting simulation exercises within the clubhouse.

In its efforts to ensure the safety of HomeTeamNS members and patrons, a licensed security team works round the clock to patrol the clubhouse and look out for suspicious activities or people. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed around the clubhouse, heightening security at HomeTeamNS.

SECURITY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

In times of a crisis, everyone has a role to play – even building owners and the ground staff. Since 2001, the Singapore Government introduced various measures to raise the level of security in the country. This is where SSWG comes in, allowing SPF and SCDF to work with building owners to enhance their preparedness and readiness against potential terrorist attacks.

The SSWG has also been active in supporting the SGSecure movement, preparing organisations to deal with incidents and contingencies. In time to come, table-top exercises and seminars on safety and security will be conducted by the Jurong Police Division, equipping the HomeTeamNS staff to be ready for crises.

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A joyous wave of red on National Day

National Day was a sea of red, as the nation celebrated its 57th birthday in the heartlands following the easing of COVID-19 safe management measures. HomeTeamNS clubhouses were filled with festivities that left the members in high spirits!

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While many Singaporeans watched the National Day Parade (NDP) at The Float @ Marina Bay, a special spot was reserved for HomeTeamNS members at Gardens by the Bay East. Decked with picnic mats and foldable chairs, close to 700 members enjoyed a National Day Picnic by the Bay followed by a viewing of the spectacular fireworks.

NATIONAL DAY PICNIC BY THE BAY

Excitement stirred as local busker Jeff Ng and Tik Tok sensation Uncle Raymond took to the stage. Members were entertained with National Day songs, dances and the live broadcast of the National Day Parade. There were also carnival game booths, a snack bar and free massages by the mobile massage team from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.

The picnic ended on a magical note as fireworks lit the night sky, leaving members and their loved ones in awe of the picturesque view in the skies above the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands.

The National Day Picnic by the Bay was a great way to celebrate Singapore’s birthday at The Float @ Marina Bay, before the parade heads to The Padang in 2023.

HOMECOMING AT HOMETEAMNS BUKIT BATOK

Over in the western part of Singapore, National Day was celebrated with various activities and the live screening of the NDP at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok Clubhouse. Dressed in red and white, some 460 members spent the day having their faces painted, sculpting balloons and watching the NDP in the auditorium. There were also National Day game challenges and lucky dips for members to win ice cream and other prizes.

With the delectable range of restaurants at the Bukit Batok clubhouse, the members enjoyed a taste of different cuisines, from Greek to Chinese.

FUN IN THE SUN AT HOMETEAMNS-JOM BALESTIER

Excitement ruled at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier Clubhouse, as 182 members and guests had a splashing good time in a pool party and a K-pop dance session!

The day started with members grooving to K-Pop tunes at the dance studio, led by KpopX Fitness Coach, Mr Kelvin Toh. To celebrate the special occasion, a few familiar National Day tunes were added into the mix.

Over at the swimming pool, families donned their swimsuits and had fun in the sun. Sprawled with colourful floats and an inflatable obstacle course, swimmers frolicked in the pool. Parents cheered on as their little ones dashed through the obstacle course.

NATIONAL DAY FUN-IVAL AT HOMETEAMNS KHATIB

National Day celebrations remained festive as ever at HomeTeamNS Khatib, where the clubhouse hosted about 420 members and patrons on Aug 6 and 7, 2022. Featuring a Bouncy House, carnival games and food stalls, members had a ‘fun-tastic’ time with their loved ones at the Funival.

Some junior HomeTeamNS members tried games like Go Fish and Shoot the Dino and others explored the offerings of the clubhouse, while munching down on carnival snacks such as hot dog buns, popcorn and cotton candy. The kids also leaped to their heart’s content on the 4.8-metre-tall ‘Under the Sea’-themed Bouncy House and played inflatable games.

Don’t want to miss out on any clubhouse happenings? Watch this space or visit our Facebook page for the latest updates.

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HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir: Embarking on a new chapter in the East

The new HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir clubhouse will offer members a bigger space, with upsized fun and even more family-friendly facilities and activities to enjoy.

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After six years, HomeTeamNS Tampines officially closed its doors on July 17, 2022. The much-loved clubhouse is moving to a bigger and better home – HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir – in December 2022, with expanded facilities and attractions.

With close to one-third of HomeTeamNS members residing in the East, the reservoir-fronting clubhouse will be the new hotspot for them to play and bond with their loved ones. From a splashing good time at the Indoor Water Adventure Centre to retreating into nature at the East Villas, there’s plenty to get excited about and look forward to!

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Through the years, HomeTeamNS Tampines hosted numerous cohesion activities for Home Team NSmen to forge a sense of camaraderie.

HomeTeamNS Tampines clubhouse was home to signature facilities such as Clip ‘n Climb, an action-packed theme park, and Laser Quest, an exhilarating infrared laser shooting arena. Since 2017, the clubhouse has been the go-to place for HomeTeamNS members to forge bonds and create wonderful memories with their loved ones in the East, be it a weekend outing or a birthday party.

The clubhouse hosted over 960 cohesion programmes for Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) agencies and HomeTeamNS. Other key events such as SkillFest — where junior HomeTeamNS members worked on expanding their skill sets including athletics, social and emotional learning, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) — were also conducted at the clubhouse.

Goodbye does not always mark the end of a chapter but also paves the way for a new beginning. HomeTeamNS members in the East can look forward to more amenities and attractions at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, which are designed to enhance the fun and quality time you have with loved ones.

EASTIES, SUIT UP!

An Indoor Water Adventure Centre will feature wet and dry activities that are fun for children and adults.

If you thought the facilities at Tampines clubhouse were great, then the ones at the highly anticipated waterfront-themed clubhouse will keep you awestruck.

Easties, get ready for Singapore’s first and largest Indoor Water Adventure Centre, Aqua Adventure. Perfect for the young and young at heart, the two-storey aquatic escape brings ‘chills or thrills’ to life with both wet and dry activities. From a multi-challenges aqua course and a lagoon pool to Urban Climbing Walls, you’ll experience the best of both worlds in this all-weather facility.

With various programmes and packages at this facility, members can celebrate their special occasions such as birthdays and graduations with thematic pool parties! On top of that, Home Team NSmen can also form friendships through team-bonding activities and cohesion programmes.

NATURE-BOUND STAYCATION

Rest and rejuvenate at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir’s East Villas.

Need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? In the thick of fresh foliage and greenery, sits the East Villas. Set on a hill slope, these cosy huts will leave you recharged and rejuvenated during your stay

Ranging from Premier and Deluxe Waterfront Villas to Deluxe Forest View Villas, members will be spoiled for choice amid their lush surroundings. Spice things up as you set your eyes on the breathtaking views of Bedok Reservoir from the roof balconies — and capture dream-worthy Insta-moments — while you cook up a delectable barbecue dinner.

The villas will also be stocked with coffee and tea sachets to perk up your morning and get you ready for another day of fun. If you want to stay indoors, use the kitchenette to whip up home-cooked meals that will warm the bellies and hearts of your family. Other amenities such as fresh towels and bathroom essentials will also be made available.

To maximise family time and make full use of all the facilities at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, we highly recommend that you book a stay at the East Villas!

More information on the facilities and amenities will be unveiled soon! Visit our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.

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Great NS55 deals and activities with HomeTeamNS

Celebrate NS55 at HomeTeamNS with lucky draws and the 55 Jalan HomeTeamNS Trail.

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If you’re looking for fresh, fun activities for the family, why not try some HomeTeamNS-inspired events?

Whether it’s an afternoon of fun with the kids at your nearest HomeTeamNS clubhouse or venturing on an NS55 trivia-filled trail with your buddies, there’s something for everyone to look forward to.

SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP – AND THE SALUTE55 LUCKY DRAW

If you aren’t a HomeTeamNS member, now is a good time to sign up. And you may just receive a “sur-prize” as well, thanks to the Salute55 Lucky Draw.

Until December 2022, all eligible HomeTeamNS members can enjoy an 86-per-cent discount on their membership with the NS55 promotion. Here’s your chance to ride on the sweet deal of extending your membership for an additional three-year membership at just S$10.

On top of that, take advantage of the 50% savings when you sign up your family members, and enjoy all the similar benefits as your HomeTeamNS membership. At only $10 for two years of membership for your parents, your spouse or child, and subsequent family members can be added absolutely free! Moreover, options for 5-year and 10-year Family Membership are also available. 

Additionally, all sign-ups for the NS55 membership promotion are eligible for one entry to the Salute55 Lucky Draw, which offers exciting prizes every month. Those who sign up for the 50-per-cent discounted Family Membership receive an additional entry, and each additional child in the family membership package adds one more entry to your overall total.

Even if you don’t win, your entries are accumulated and will be entered in subsequent draws. While the winner of August’s draw walked away with a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G smart phone, and September’s winner won a Series 7 Apple Watch with GPS, October’s winner will stand a chance to win an Apple Airpods (3rd Generation)! Watch this space to see what’s in store for you in the upcoming months.

GO ON A TRAIL, ENRICHED BY TRIVIA

Our National Servicemen (NSmen) play an important role in keeping Singapore safe and secure every day – a role that’s celebrated in the 55 Jalan HomeTeamNS Trail, which features interesting fun facts about National Service hidden across HomeTeamNS clubhouses.

Participants will look for a trail marker in the form of a standee at each clubhouse they visit. Once they find the trail marker, they can scan the QR code on it for instructions on how to answer a question and upload a linked photo on Google Forms.

Once they’re done, participants can show the uploaded form to the front counter of the clubhouse along with their HomeTeamNS membership card to receive a participation token.

That’s not all: Participants will also stand a chance to win attractive prizes including a PRISM+ X340 PRO 165Hz (a 34-inch ultrawide curved gaming monitor), a two-day, one-night staycation at the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir Villas, and vouchers. The NS55 Trail runs between 14 September to 31 October 2022.

With these fun events to look forward to, the year looks set to be an exciting one at HomeTeamNS!

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More movie goodness, now on your HomeTeamNS mobile app

Booking 1-for-1 movie tickets at Cathay Cineplexes just became much easier, thanks to a HomeTeamNS Mobile App update.

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Getting your fill of epic big-screen action with your friends or loved ones just got much easier, with the ease of in-app bookings of 1-For-1 Cathay Cineplex movie tickets.

The update was officially launched at Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure on 15 July 2022, marking a new milestone in the partnership between HomeTeamNS and Cathay Cineplexes.

The event was attended by more than 50 guests including HomeTeamNS President, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who is also the Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development; Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS and Mr Chang Long Jong, CEO of mm2 Group.

TAKING SEAMLESS CONVENIENCE TO A NEW LEVEL

From left: Mr Chang Long Jong, CEO of mm2 Group, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, HomeTeamNS President, and Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS at the launch.

Assoc Professor Faishal said HomeTeamNS has been on a digitalisation journey since 2020. “One of the key goals of this journey was to build a seamless and convenient experience for our members as they enjoy the perks and privileges of the HomeTeamNS membership,” he explained.

Ms Eu said she was happy to see the healthy turnout at the event to celebrate HomeTeamNS’ new partnership milestone with Cathay Cineplex. “I’m also pleased that our app is well-received by our members,” she added.

Mr Chang noted that the new movie booking integration with the HomeTeamNS app would allow members to access the movie benefits more efficiently. He said this is part of the company’s efforts to give back to HomeTeamNS members. “After a two-year hiatus, we’re excited to return with a vengeance. We have a line-up of Hollywood, Asian and local movies coming up,” he added. 

A MILESTONE FOR NS, AND A CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP

As a frequent moviegoer who enjoys the big-screen surround-sound experience at the cinema, Assoc Professor Faishal said he uses the HomeTeamNS Mobile App regularly. “This year marks the 55th Anniversary of National Service. It is a significant milestone as we pay tribute to our NSmen for their contributions to keep Singapore safe and secure. We are thankful for corporates like Cathay Cineplexes that have stepped up to support our NSmen,” Assoc Professor Faishal added.

The  HomeTeamNS-Cathay Cineplexes partnership began in 2018 offering members S$3 off Weekend movie tickets from Fridays to Sundays. This was later expanded into a 1-for-1 Weekend only promotion. Currently, members enjoy an exclusive “All-day 1-for-1 Movie Benefit” any day of the week. To date, the partnership has garnered 30,000 1-for-1 transactions, clearly showing the popularity of this entertainment benefit among HomeTeamNS members.

HAMMER TIME

Guests at the event also watched a complimentary screening of the Marvel superhero film Thor: Love and Thunder. Having hung up his hammer in search of inner peace, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is forced out of retirement to take on Gorr the God Butcher, who wants to eliminate all gods. Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to stop Gorr as mayhem ensues.

Till 31 March 2023, HomeTeamNS members can purchase an all-day F&B Combo at S$5 (U.P.S$9.80) through the app, which includes a regular soda and a medium popcorn.

To book tickets, login to the HomeTeamNS Mobile App, go to “Promotions”, and tap “1-for-1 Movie Tickets” under “Marketplace”. Click “Book Now” and enjoy your 1-for-1 movie tickets.

Each member can only purchase one pair of tickets per day. Redemptions are limited and are on a first-come-first-serve basis, while stocks last across Cathay Cineplexes in Singapore. Advanced bookings are also allowed in the HomeTeamNS App, with a standard online booking fee of S$1.50.

Download the HomeTeamNS Mobile App to uncover all your membership perks and get first dibs on promotions. 

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On the road to Kluang and Bekok

Road trip enthusiasts, rev up! HomeTeamNS’ Auto Adventure Interest Group is back with an exciting weekend getaway up to Kluang and Bekok, Johor.

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HomeTeamNS’ Auto Adventure Interest Group (AAIG) is hitting the road again after a two-year hiatus. Founded in 2004 with the aim of bringing together HomeTeamNS members who are petrolheads, AAIG has organised numerous road trips to Malaysia including Terengganu and Cameron Highlands.

Previous trips by HomeTeamNS AAIG members included this one to Bintan in 2017.

This time, AAIG members will be exploring Kluang and Bekok in Johor on Sept 3 and 4, 2022 via a guided drive. The journey to Kluang will begin at the HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok clubhouse at 6am. It’s the perfect weekend getaway up North to take a break from all the hustle and bustle!

SIGHTS TO BEHOLD

Kluang offers visitors a cool, rustic vibe and access to scenic spots like Mount Lambak, pictured here.

The two-day, one-night Kluang-Bekok Drive, will feature shop-till-you drop stops as well as chances to take in Malaysia’s natural beauty.

Coffee lovers can enjoy the aroma of freshly-ground coffee beans at the Kluang Coffee Powder Factory, and sip Television Brand coffee. The factory was founded in 1966 by Mr Goh Ting Tor at Jalan Mersing, with the aim of uniting family and friends over a cup of quality coffee.

Members in search of retail therapy will enjoy the shopping break at AEON BiG Kluang, before resting and recharging at Merdeka Hotel, Kluang for the night. Bekok Town’s famous street art will also offer numerous Insta-worthy moments.

Adventurous members will enjoy the visit to the Gunung Lambak Water Park/Recreational Park and Bekok-Takah Pengkoi Treehouse and Waterfall. Escape the heat and humidity by taking a dip in the natural pool surrounded by diverse green foliage and soak at the cooling waterfall!

Wind down at the Hakka Heritage Gallery at Bekok – where visitors can take in the area’s rich cultural heritage and historically significant vintage and antique artifacts.

ALL SET, AND READY TO GO

Touch 'n Go cards can be purchased at selected convenience and petrol stations.

Before you head out, ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months and that you have a valid Touch and Go card. New Touch and Go cards are available at selected 7-Eleven and Cheers stores, and Caltex, Sinopec, Shell, and SPC petrol stations island-wide.

For AAIG members who are also HomeTeamNS members, the trip is priced at S$180 (inclusive of accommodation and entry to the attractions on the itinerary). Associate, Ordinary, Family, and Social HomeTeamNS Members, and the public can also join the trip at S$230 and S$250 respectively.

For more information on the trip fees and itinerary, do check out our website. Interested members can register for the trip here. Slots are limited for this trip and registration closes on 26 August 2022.

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Celebrating National Day with a bang

The National Day Parade (NDP) returns to the heartlands – and if you didn’t get a ticket this year, head down to HomeTeamNS clubhouses to celebrate with loved ones at a live NDP screening.

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August 9 marks Singapore’s 57th year of independence – and the festivities are back full-scale, after two years of quieter celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you haven’t managed to secure tickets to the National Day Parade, you can still bask in the Singapore spirit elsewhere. Watch the fireworks at Gardens by the Bay East, take part in National Day game challenges and lucky dips at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, or have a dance party with your favourite K-pop hits at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier.

Dress up in red and white, bring your family and friends and get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday with HomeTeamNS!

PICNIC AT GARDENS BY THE BAY EAST

2019 was the last time HomeTeamNS members celebrated the nation’s birthday at the Picnic by the Bay. Covid-19 meant that the event took a two-year hiatus, but it’s back with a bang this year.

Don’t feel like experiencing National Day indoors? Head out to nature and enjoy a Picnic by the Bay instead, complete with a fantastic view of the National Day Parade fireworks show. This might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as from 2023 onwards the parade is scheduled to move to The Padang from its current location at The Float @ Marina Bay.

Register early online to enjoy free gifts and snacks, as well as access to carnival games and a bouncy castle. HomeTeamNS members will also receive one free picnic mat, so while the kids are at play you can sit back and watch the National Day Parade streaming live on a big screen.

To make the most of your picnic experience, wear comfortable clothing to keep cool, bring water bottles, sunglasses, umbrellas and a power bank for your devices – after all, you won’t want to miss Instagramming the fireworks.

WHERE: Gardens by the Bay East, Promenade Lawn

WHEN: Aug 9

TIME: 5pm to 9pm

COST: S$15 per person

HAVE FUN AND CHILL OUT AT HOMETEAMNS-JOM BALESTIER

Choose between taking it easy or sweating it out this National Day at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, with its duo of celebrations guaranteeing fun for all.

From 10am to 11am, celebrate with a slick K-Pop dance routine at K-Pop Dance like the Stars! – a dance fitness session headed by KpopX fitness coach Kelvin Toh. Expect not just the latest K-pop hits, but also upbeat National Day songs to get you in a festive mood.

From 11am, it’s time for a pool party with National Day Super Soaking Fun! Taking place at the kids and recreational pool, the event features a water obstacle course, fancy floats for rent and National Day Challenges for all members of the family to take part in. Hungry? Splash out on a poolside meal with a variety of food and beverage options available before diving back into the water.

WHERE: HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier

WHEN: Aug 9

TIME: K-Pop Dance Fun & Fitness 10am to 11am, Fun & Chill 11am to 8pm

COST: Prices range between $3 to $10 per person per event, depending on membership status. View the prices of entry here.

HOMECOMING AT HOMETEAMNS BUKIT BATOK

There’s no place like home – HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, that is – where the National Day Homecoming event will be in full swing on Aug 9.

Dress your family or your friends in red and white and get your face painted in matching colours before having your photos taken for the photo wall. Kids will want to check out balloon sculpting, fun National Day game challenges and lucky dips for a chance to win ice cream and other tempting prizes.

When it’s time for lunch or dinner – or you’re just feeling snackish – survey the array of promotions and special menus at the food and beverage outlets, from favourite fast food to fancy family-dining options. Then at 5.30pm, make your way to the auditorium on Level 3 to watch the National Day Parade.

As a bonus, the first 300 HomeTeamNS members to register will stand a chance to redeem a free goodie bag. Auditorium seats are limited, so don’t forget to register early to avoid disappointment – and to get a front row view of the parade. Happy National Day!

WHERE: HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok

WHEN: Aug 9

TIME: Lobby activities 11am to 5pm, NDP Screening 5.30pm to 8.30pm

COST: It’s free! Click here to register.

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NS55: An homage to the Home Team

The S$100 NS55 credits are a token of gratitude for all the contributions made by National Servicemen and their families to Singapore’s security. Here are some ideas on how, and where, to spend your credits.

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Through long days and nights, in rain and shine, coping with fatigue and dangerous situations, Home Team National Servicemen work alongside their regular counterparts to help keep Singapore safe.

As 2022 marks the 55th anniversary of National Service, the NS55 Recognition Package will be issued to past and present national servicemen in appreciation of their contributions to Singapore’s security and defence. The package includes S$100 worth of NS55 credits on the LifeSG app. In addition to being usable at online and physical merchants that accept payment via Scan and Pay through PayNow UEN or NETS QR, these can also be used for payments to educational institutions and government agencies.

DON’T MISS OUT ON HOMETEAMNS MEMBERSHIP

As part of the NS55 Recognition Package, NSmen will receive a free year of HomeTeamNS membership, entitling them to all the perks including exciting activities, deals and access to clubhouse facilities. Existing HomeTeamNS members who have a valid membership as of 1 January 2022 will automatically have the one-year NS55 extension added to their membership term.

In addition, after their one year of free membership is up, NSmen who sign up via NS55 and current HomeTeamNS members can apply for an extension of three years for only S$3.33 per year – a savings of up to 86 per cent.

Your loved ones can enjoy 50 per cent off HomeTeamNS Family Membership as well. You can sign up for one family member at only S$10 (original price S$20). Subsequent additions to the Family Membership scheme will be free. Both current HomeTeamNS members and new members who join via the NS55 promotion are eligible to enjoy this special deal on Family Membership.

A special tip for ultimate cost-savings: You can use your S$100 NS55 credits to fund your HomeTeamNS membership sign-up or renewal.

Those who are not yet HomeTeamNS members – but are eligible to join as part of the NS55 Recognition Package – can register here.

SPEND YOUR CREDITS ON FUN, FITNESS AND MORE

Now that you’ve got your membership, it’s time to explore the state-of-the-art facilities at HomeTeamNS Clubhouses with the help of your S$100 NS55 credits. It’s a great opportunity to try out new activities with your family and friends – you might discover a new hobby, a great place to work out, or just make good memories to look back fondly on.

Wherever you live, there’s a HomeTeamNS clubhouse that is easily accessible, with the latest waterfront clubhouse at Bedok Reservoir set to open later this year. Popular HomeTeamNS facilities include the sprawling T-Play indoor playgrounds at HomeTeamNS Khatib and Bukit Batok clubhouses, Singapore’s largest indoor multi-installation Adventure HQ, and the fun-filled Laser Quest arenas at Bukit Batok and Tampines.

Round up the gang for an adrenaline-fuelled player-vs-player indoor airsoft experience at TactSim, located at HomeTeamNS Khatib. Alternatively, spend a relaxed afternoon checking out the board and console games at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok’s PlayPen. On your own or with friends, the Fitness Workz Gyms – at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, Bukit Batok and Khatib –  offer a well-equipped and comfortable place to work on your fitness.

Download the new and improved HomeTeamNS Mobile App, which you can also use to book your preferred slots at the facility of your choice.

MORE MEMBERSHIP PERKS TO MAKE YOUR DAY

At Sinopec petrol service stations, fuelling up is less painful on the wallet. HomeTeamNS members enjoy up to 24 per cent fuel discount by flashing their membership card – physical or digital – and their driver’s license at the counter. The discount is 24 per cent off both petrol and diesel at Sinopec’s Bukit Timah station, and 23 per cent off petrol and diesel at their Woodlands and Yishun stations.

Movie buffs will want to head to Cathay Cineplexes, where HomeTeamNS members enjoy 1-for-1 movie tickets from Monday to Sunday – inclusive of public holidays and their eves. Flash your HomeTeamNS digital or physical membership card at the counter and snag a popcorn and beverage combo for only S$5 (originally S$9.50) to go with your tickets.

If you get a thrill out of bargain hunting, stay tuned for ‘Wow Wow Wednesday!’, where the HomeTeamNS Mobile App drops exclusive e-voucher sales every Wednesday for HomeTeamNS members. Get up to 50 per cent off if you’re fast enough. (Tip: to avoid missing out, like and follow the HomeTeamNS Facebook Page for updates.)

Beat the heat at the HomeTeamNS clubhouse swimming pools at Balestier, Khatib or Bukit Batok. Kids will have a splashing good time in the children’s pools, and members who want to swim their way around Singapore will be pleased to know that they have free access not just to HomeTeamNS pools, but also the pools belonging to SAFRA clubhouses.

Don’t worry, there’s more where that came from. Explore more exciting deals and promotions on our website.

HOW DO I KNOW I’M ELIGIBLE FOR NS55 CREDITS?

From July 2022, an NS55 SMS and/or an eligibility letter will be sent to all eligible Singaporeans to notify them that their NS55 credits have been disbursed, as well as instructions on how to access the credits via the Benefits and support module of the LifeSG app.

You are eligible if you are an existing HomeTeamNS member, a full-time National NSF with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) or the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), or an SPF or SCDF NSman who is not yet a HomeTeamNS member. The last group can choose to opt-in for their complimentary one-year HomeTeamNS Ordinary membership through the dedicated FormSG online portal.

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The evolution of HomeTeamNS cohesion activities

The team behind HomeTeamNS cohesion activities has adapted its programming to suit all requirements – online and offline, masks on to masks off – when it comes to bonding activities. Here’s how they did it.

TEXT: MELODY TAN

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If you’ve ever wondered who the mastermind behind an especially fun or creative HomeTeamNS cohesion activity is, meet Ms Nur’Atiqah Aidah.

Ms Nur’Atiqah is an Executive Cohesion Accounts Specialist with HomeTeamNS. Along with her teammates, she oversees all cohesion and non-cohesion programmes across the different HomeTeamNS clubhouses for agencies affiliated with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Having worked at HomeTeamNS for four years and counting, Ms Nur’Atiqah is an old hand at planning HomeTeamNS cohesion activities – sometimes with a twist, if one is required.

She explains that all programmes are carefully tailored according to the goals of the client. As part of her role, she also offers advice on suitable activities, based on her and her team’s accumulated experience of organising HomeTeamNS cohesion programmes over the years.

“Clients are able to customise their activities,” she shared. “For example, we’ve issued blindfolds to participants for high element courses, just to ensure that our clients will have a different experience while doing a familiar activity.”

ADAPTING QUICKLY TO PANDEMIC NORMS

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Ms Nur’Atiqah estimated that up to 95 per cent of HomeTeamNS cohesion and non-cohesion programming took place on-site – a practice that was no longer tenable as the pandemic took hold and safe distancing measures were imposed to prevent transmission of the virus.

Despite the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, Ms Nur’Atiqah and her team made sure that cohesion activities could still continue – albeit in a different form. Everyone stayed calm and kept going in their original roles, even as the future of cohesion programming seemed uncertain and their work routines were completely reshaped.

“We had to adapt quickly to move our programming online,” she recalled. “We had to pick up new skills, acquire new software and also soft skills, so that our programming could be delivered online.”

Even for the activities that could still be carried out offline, there were challenges to deal with, like minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission: “We had sanitise our equipment more frequently and deploy more manpower for our programmes.”

EVOLVING INTO A POST-PANDEMIC REALITY

Like many other countries, Singapore has settled into a new normal, two years after the start of the pandemic. With a widely vaccinated population and a better understanding of the virus, Singapore has lifted many of its original safe distancing measures – a welcome move for those looking forward to the return of real-life cohesion activities.

Ms Nur’Atiqah confirmed that business-as-usual cohesion programming has come roaring back – with some slight adjustments. “We’ve resumed our programmes as per normal currently, but for mask-on programmes, we’ve had to take into consideration the type of activities that can be conducted with masks.”

For her, the fact that some units still prefer to hold online cohesion activities comes as a bonus: “That would mean that our services have expanded to both online and on-site.”

Looking to the future, Ms Nur’Atiqah feels that the pandemic has enhanced the cohesion programming team’s skillsets, as some of the skills they’ve picked up while conducting activities online – such as more effectively engaging their clients – are also proving useful in real life interactions.

Overall, she believes the team has also become far more flexible in how they respond to changes. “We’ve learnt to always be on our toes. Regulations change and we have to adapt, so our team has been in go-go-go mode since the pandemic.”

BUILDING A SENSE OF CAMARADERIE

Mr Mohamad Hafiz of the Singapore Police Force’s Central Division (A Div) is a veteran of HomeTeamNS cohesion programming, as the A Div has engaged Ms Nur’Atiqah’s team on multiple occasions for activities targeting its Police NSmen (PNSmen).

Complimenting the team as being passionate and dedicated to facilitating programmes, he said: “HomeTeamNS has managed to tailor, customise and inject various elements to their programmes to match the profiles and characters of our PNSmen. There was never an activity which was not well received. Most importantly, our objective of building a strong camaraderie amongst our PNSmen is well achieved through all their team building and cohesion packages.”

He added, “HomeTeamNS has proven to be a highly reliable, independent and proactive organisation that is willing to go the extra mile in facilitating and meeting customers’ expectations. Working with the team has been a pleasure. I would strongly recommend HomeTeamNS as your go-to destination for team-building and cohesion programmes.”

GROWING AS A TEAM WITH HOMETEAMNS

You can’t teach team spirit – but you can develop it, through stimulating and thought-provoking activities designed to encourage cohesion and camaraderie. As a provider of corporate teambuilding services, HomeTeamNS offers a selection of packages to suit your team’s specific needs.

For a hassle-free experience, choose from the different options among the Corporate Fixed Packages, such as the Shoot-off, Shoot-out in which teams engage in rousing competitive rounds of Archery Tag and Laser Quest. Let your inner child loose with Uno Bowl, which features giant UNO cards (perfect for the ‘gram) paired with bowling and ice-breaker games, or bring your own children for Family Day – a customisable package that can be constructed to suit all budgets, activity levels and demographics. All fixed packages are equipped with a programme facilitator, safety officers, bottled water and a photographer to capture your team’s most memorable moments.

If you have something more specific in mind, try out a Corporate Customised Package instead, which allows you to select from a wide variety of activities to fulfil your team-building objectives. Dodgeball, drumming, a rope challenge course, human foosball, pool rafting, mixology – the choice is entirely yours.

And for Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) agencies, the cohesion activities at HomeTeamNS are a homecoming of sorts – a comfortable, welcoming place to come together as a team and engage in the exciting work of team building. Clocking in at different budgets and provisions, the cohesion packages range from no-frills to upsized and combo, with over 40 activities to pick from. Paintball, pedal gokarting, pool, futsal and even terrarium making – forging stronger team bonds has never been more fun.