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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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4 things I never thought I’d learn at HomeTeamNS Khatib

Underwater workouts, reliving my inner karate kid and building strength through flexibility are just some of the unexpected things I tried at the HomeTeamNS Khatib clubhouse.



As someone who’s always keen to try new activities, I headed to the HomeTeamNS Khatib, which is located just a five-minute walk from Khatib MRT to sample some of their exercise classes.

Just like my trip to HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, I tried several interesting new activities that helped me up my fitness game. From useful self-defense skills to low-impact aqua fitness classes, I was able to quickly add to my repertoire of new fitspo experiences. The classes are organised in groups which just add to the fun. If your loved ones want to join in your fitness quest, the classes cater participants of all ages and experience levels. As the courses start after working hours, it’s the perfect time to wind down, learn new skills and de-stress.

I tried four fun activities that were completely new to me at the HomeTeamNS Khatib. Here’s what I learnt:


Are you a fan of Netflix’s Cobra Kai and the mad karate skills of its chief protagonists? Then you’ll appreciate what the Karate masters at HomeTeamNS Khatib offer. Other than learning to defend yourself, Karate offers mental and physical benefits. All those repeated punches and kicks help improve your cardiovascular system and boost your self-esteem and confidence.

My knowledge of Karate was limited to the moves often seen in martial arts movies, but I learned so much more from the class I attended, like the importance of breathing techniques. Once your breathing matches your form, it can result in much more powerful attacks.


Aishona (front row, first from left) taking on Aqua Fitness for the first time.

I was nervous because I am not a strong swimmer, but the Aqua Fitness Class was held near the edge of a relatively shallow pool, offering reassurance for anyone who cannot swim.

Working out in water greatly improves your cardiovascular fitness and the water resistance pushes your muscles to work harder. It’s also a low-impact activity that doesn’t place too much pressure on joints.

Upbeat songs and an enthusiastic instructor who constantly encouraged participants made it easy to push my limits.


The Fitness Sessions at HomeTeamNS Khatib is a good way to incorporate an hour of full-body workout every week.

The fitness sessions offered at HomeTeamNS Khatib were quite as they incorporated HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and Tabata elements. A full-on Tabata routine usually involves four-minute sessions broken up into eight sets, with each set consisting of 20 seconds of intense activity followed by 10 seconds of rest.

Each session started with lower intensity exercises that increased in difficulty. I found this to be ideal as it gave me time to build up to the more intense routines. The instructor also demonstrated simpler versions of each exercise for students who were less fit or didn’t want to push themselves too hard. The exercises gave me a full-body workout which offered a good post-workout buzz, even if I was a little sore after that.


Aishona (in white) attended a Hatha Yoga class for the first time at HomeTeamNS Khatib.

My introduction to Hatha Yoga – which focuses on posture and breathing techniques – began with our instructor asking everyone to close their eyes and meditate for a few minutes. It was peaceful and I felt myself slowly relaxing. I found this yoga class relatively easy, especially for beginners. The poses were easy to follow, and the instructor walked around to correct students’ form. Rectangular foam blocks – known as yoga blocks – were also used. These blocks helped advanced users stretch further and offered additional support for beginners.

I had a wonderful time trying different exercise classes at HomeTeamNS Khatib. Not only did I try several interesting new sports, I also benefitted from well-planned classes that catered to participants of all skill levels and friendly exercise groups.

Visit HomeTeamNS Khatib to kickstart your next fitness adventure. For the latest updates on HomeTeamNS promotions and events, visit our website and Facebook page.

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4 things I never thought I’d learn at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier

Old or young, beginner or master, the HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier clubhouse has all sorts of sports courses for everyone.



I’m always open to new experiences, but even I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of sports courses and activities available at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, which is located in the central region of Singapore. Taekwondo? They’ve got it. Hoop Fitness? Ditto. And that’s just the tip of the fitness iceberg.

Most of the classes are organised in groups which just adds to the fun. You get to make new friends and help motivate one another! If your loved ones want to join in your fitness quest, the classes cater to participants of all ages and experience levels.

I tried four fun activities that were completely new to me at the clubhouse, and here’s what I learned. 


Although new to the sport, Aishona (in grey) caught up with the art of Yoga fairly quickly in one session.

Yoga isn’t just about stretching and flexibility. It also helps you to build muscle, improve your posture and even boost your metabolism.

It was my first-ever so I expected to be holding up the rest of the class. To my surprise, even though there were some experienced participants, I never felt left behind. The instructor regularly checked in on the beginners and frequently offered pointers throughout the session.

The instructor introduced the newbies to some of the different types of yoga like Hatha Yoga and Yin Restoration Yoga. We also learned breathing exercises that really made me relax and relieve stress.


Taekwondo requires years of training to master. Besides developing cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone, it also emphasises mental aspects like discipline and patience.

I was quite excited for my first session at St Teresa Taekwondo because it is always portrayed so coolly in movies and social media.

The two coaches were very patient with the students, considering that the youngest student they had was a three-year-old girl. The coach focused on the foundational moves as these were very important building blocks.

As someone completely new to Taekwondo, I was a little intimidated by the shouts the students made after every punch or kick. I quickly found out that this wasn’t just about de-stressing – it forces Taekwondoins to exhale so their attacks are more powerful.


Aishona (right) trying her hand in Tennis through a one-to-one introductory session.

If you’re secretly harbouring ambitions of becoming the next Iga Swiatek or Novak Djokovic, this one’s for you. My coach took the time to explain different tennis terms and forms, which made it easy to follow his introductory lesson to the sport.

While I may not have set the tennis world alight, I learned some valuable fundamentals. For one, footwork is key – you’ll need this to position yourself to return shots without expending too much energy. Good hand-eye coordination is also key to enjoying the game. This required constant, consistent focus and all that running and volleying meant I could enjoy a satisfying burn.


Aishona (back row, third from right) worked up a sweat during the Hoop Fitness session.

When I entered, I was struck by how friendly and welcoming the other participants were. They told me not to worry about my lack of hula-hooping experience and to just enjoy the class. Our instructor also explained the whole programme in detail.

The warm-up session started with Zumba and Tabata workouts then ended with popular K-Pop songs which made the atmosphere so much more fun.

Hoop fitness couples cardiovascular fitness with exercises that help tone the waist area, making this a great activity for working up a good sweat.

I may have been new to these activities but I felt right at home, thanks to the friendly environment, knowledgeable coaches and exemplary facilities. Did I relish the challenge of these new activities? Yes. Will I be coming back for more? Most definitely.

Stay tuned for my next adventure at HomeTeamNS Khatib, Bukit Batok and Bedok Reservoir!

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4 ways to make your 1,000 +HPoints count

Ladies, if you’ve signed up for your 2-Year HomeTeamNS Family Membership, here’s how to make the most of your +HPoints.



All over Singapore, there are mothers and wives who go the extra mile to support Home Team National Servicemen and their families, as they answer the call of duty. Whether they’re driving the kids to school, cooking nutritious meals, running errands or doing any of the 101 chores to keep the house spick and span, these women are Everyday HERoes who play an integral role in any Home Team National Servicemen’s National Service (NS) journey.

The Everyday HERoes initiative, first launched in 2019, made a welcome return this year on Mother’s Day, 14 May, with a glamourous twist: A fashion runway show featuring Home Team NSmen, their mothers and wives, all of whom were decked out in SHEIN outfits selected by the women to express their families’ personalities.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you have until 30 Nov 2023 to do so. Once you’ve copped your 2-Year Family membership, you’ll be granted 1,000 +HPoints for free! Alas, here are four ways on how you can use your +HPoints to relax, exercise, and even experience a little adventure or two. Think of it as a thank you, for being Everyday HERoes.


Help your kids expend their energy and challenge them to a bouldering contest at Adventure HQ, the first and largest multi-installation indoor adventure centre in Singapore at HomeTeamNS Khatib.

For those who haven’t done a high-elements course since secondary school or are nursing a fear of heights, don’t rule Adventure HQ out – You can also choose to take it slow and explore the Fossil Labyrinth (an exciting series of tunnels and caves) or let your inner child out on the firemen slides, the longest of which is 14m (and yes, it’s the longest indoor slide in Singapore).

When you’re ready to face your fears, the 15m-high Sky Venture awaits. This two-tiered indoor challenge ropes course may result in shaky legs at first but will give you a sense of achievement like no other when you conquer it.

HomeTeamNS members enjoy the best rates of S$40.37 on weekdays and S$48.85 on weekends for the All-Access Pass at Adventure HQ – and don’t forget to redeem your 1,000 +HPoints for a further discount of S$10. You can also choose to use your points at other facilities at HomeTeamNS Khatib or other clubhouses.


Take the girls out for a spin (literally) at HomeTeamNS Fitness Workz Garage.

If your 2023 resolution to get fit has fallen behind due to work and family commitments, you still have time to follow up on it.

With Fitness Workz Gyms available at Balestier, Bedok Reservoir, Bukit Batok and Khatib, your full-body workout is within easy reach. And with your +HPoints, the S$10 discount off the published rates will make sweating it out a value-for-money prospect.

Be sure to try out the state-of-the-art gym equipment, in-house fitness classes, elite workout zones, pool access and steam rooms, all of which are designed to take your gym routine to the next level.


Aqua Adventure is home to the longest indoor waterslide in Singapore, stretching at 114m.

Feeling hot lately? Now’s the time to cool off at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir’s Aqua Adventure and discover the hype and thrills amid this sweltering heat wave.

Home to the first longest indoor water slide (114m) in Singapore, venture down Double Trouble with a friend – or even solo if you’re up for it. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, try plunging the 85m-long Black Hole slide which will give you the most riveting 12-15-second thrill, leaving you wanting more.

Aside from the wet play areas, don’t miss out on the other dry interactive installations like the Scramble Net and Clockwork Towers. 

For more information on the facility and rates, please visit our website.


East, west, which side is best? Whether you decide on waterfront luxury at East Villa at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir or cosy comfort at West Villa at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, it’ll be a staycation for the memory book.

Perfect for a family bonding weekend or a getaway with your gal pals, HomeTeamNS Villas can accommodate multiple guests and offer kitchen, dining and entertainment facilities to make you feel at home.

For example, East Villa guests can soak in the infinity pool, while West Villa vacationers can go bowling or engage in a paintball game with their gal pals. Best of all, your +HPoints will help you to save on your staycation – so that you can focus on having a good time with your loved ones.  


This year, the Everyday HERoes campaign also features an attractive offer to enhance the lives of Home Team National Servicemen’s mothers and wives: An opt-in two-year HomeTeamNS Family Membership at a nominal fee of S$10. This comes with an array of special perks designed especially for women, including beauty and wellness discounts and shopping offers.

Furthermore, new sign-ups or renewals under the Everyday HERoes initiative will receive a 100 per cent rebate of the S$10 fee in the form of 1,000 +HPoints, which can be used to offset payments and redeem offers under the HomeTeamNS Rewards+ loyalty programme. HomeTeamNS members accumulate +HPoints by spending on HomeTeamNS clubhouse facilities or memberships.

Sign up for your 2-Year Family Membership at only S$10 now and don’t miss out on these  

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How these HomeTeamNS Volunteers Ace the Start-up Hustle

The digital media entrepreneurs say the networking opportunities at HomeTeamNS help them to run successful businesses.



Being your own boss is one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. That is something both HomeTeamNS volunteers SUPT (NS) Jason Lim and LTA (NS) Adrian Chye can attest to. SUPT (NS) Lim shares that he’s filled with enthusiasm each morning to do what he loves for a living, while LTA (NS) Chye asserts that he’s privileged to be able to work with like-minded individuals.

Yet, the digital media start-up founders aren’t inclined to casually encourage their peers to throw caution to the wind and chase their entrepreneurial dreams. For one, they both advise considering multiple factors before even working out a business plan.


LTA (NS) Chye (first row, third from left) is the founder of digital marketing agency, MediaFreaks.

SUPT (NS) Lim’s decision to start social media marketing consultancy Stratgeist in 2017, for instance, was based not just on his keen interest in the field, but also the fact that such services were growing in demand. His affable disposition also helped. “Being an entrepreneur means you build businesses and create job opportunities, and all this requires you to deal with people,” says SUPT (NS) Lim, who also runs health media platform Medical Channel Asia. “You must also possess a love of solving problems, be good with numbers, and, of course, be a subject matter expert in whatever you want to do. Just having passion alone isn’t going to cut it.”

And while LTA (NS) Chye’s decision to start digital marketing agency MediaFreaks is rooted in something more esoteric — he cites ikigai, the Japanese concept of having a clear purpose in life — his key considerations are similarly pragmatic in nature. Apart from having an excellent service or product on top of passion for the cause, he says you need to be confident in your ability to monetise your efforts.

LTA (NS) Chye, who also teaches digital marketing at polytechnics and universities, decided to take the proverbial plunge some two decades ago after noticing a gap in the market for 3D animation. But several years ago, he made the call to pivot the business towards digital marketing, an area in which he felt he could better excel. “Being able to evolve and cater to the latest market demands is part of running a business,” he says.

The move evidently paid off. The company has since grown into a 40-strong operation that services clients from 20 industries and — according to him — generates a seven-figure annual revenue.


SUPT (NS) Lim (back row, third from left), LTA (NS) Chye (back row, fourth from left), the Branding and Publicity Committee, and Public Relations and Communications team of HomeTeamNS during the Gala Dinner 2019.

Despite their hectic schedules, both founders still manage to find time to volunteer at HomeTeamNS’ Branding & Publicity Committee. They share that the experience has been deeply fulfilling as it not only allows them to leverage their expertise to help the organisation grow, but also gives them access to a wealth of knowledge. “I learned a lot from the other volunteers. Being part of HomeTeamNS lets me meet people who are experts in their own fields,” says SUPT (NS) Lim.

Likewise, LTA (NS) Chye has also benefitted from the networking opportunities. “HomeTeamNS volunteers come from all kinds of backgrounds. I’ve had the chance to meet fellow competitors in the same industry, as well as people from academia and property management — the list goes on,” he says. “What this means is that when we sit down to solve a problem together, a bunch of different perspectives are laid out on the table, and this experience is one that is very enlightening, and even fun,” adds LTA (NS) Chye.


SUPT (NS) Lim (in white) is the founder of a digital media firm.
SUPT (NS) Lim (in white) is the founder of a digital media firm.

No successful venture is devoid of setbacks, though. When asked about his missteps over the course of his entrepreneurial journey, LTA (NS) Chye is refreshingly candid. “We make mistakes all the time, from human resources to how we run campaigns and manage the company,” he laughs. “But all these mistakes allow us to learn and grow.” His biggest regret is not having a mentor when he was starting out. “If I had a good mentor back then, I would have reached where I am today five years earlier. This is the value of good guidance.”

On the other hand, SUPT (NS) Lim’s biggest takeaway has been the importance of hiring the right people. To address this, he uses the people management approach that he learned from a podcast by Daniel Meyer, the founder of the Shake Shack — categorising people according to the “Can-Can’t-Will-Won’t” matrix. “People that can and will do the job are those you must reward and groom. Those who can’t, but will do the job, are those with whom you provide additional training because though they don’t have the required skills, they have the right attitude,” he explains. “And then you have people who can do the job but won’t. Those need to be placed on performance improvement schemes. For individuals who can’t and won’t do the job — perhaps it’s better if they are let go or reassigned to a department more suited to them.”    

Looking back, SUPT (NS) Lim says he is fortunate that his businesses have grown steadily over the past six years. “Singapore is an amazing place to start a business and I’m really grateful for the opportunities that have come our way just by being in the right place at the right time,” he says.


How I started my career

SUPT (NS) Lim: I started my career selling ads in the Yellow Pages before working in the publishing sector and handling social media engagement.

LTA (NS) Chye: My first job was starting my current company. I guess you could say I was very reckless!

An entrepreneur who inspires me    

SUPT (NS) Lim: Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Learning about how he started his business from the basement of his mother’s home got me really enamoured with the idea of making something out of nothing.

LTA (NS) Chye: Bread Talk founder George Quek. I once attended an event where he shared about how he started his business with nothing but a pushcart, which was really inspiring.

My childhood aspiration

SUPT (NS) Lim:  To become a lawyer. I was attracted to the idea of fighting cases in court and understanding the law.

LTA (NS) Chye: I wanted to be a policeman. I ended up in the SCDF instead!

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Celebrating the Everyday HERoes of HomeTeamNS

At the relaunch of its Everyday HERoes campaign, HomeTeamNS staged a fashion show to celebrate the contributions of wives and mothers of Home Team National Servicemen on Mother’s Day.



HomeTeamNS relaunched its Everyday HERoes campaign – which was first launched in 2019 – with a new collaboration with fashion brand SHEIN. Through a runway show modelled by Home Team Operationally Ready National Servicemen and their mothers and wives, HomeTeamNS highlighted the unwavering contributions and support of the latter to their sons and husbands.

The occasion was graced by Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development. In her heartfelt speech, Ms Sun said: “Men and women work in partnership with each other. So, as we celebrate the heroes in our lives, and in this case, celebrate the heroic, brave and good deeds of our men from the Home Team, let us not forget their wives, their mothers, all the women around them who have made their work possible.”


WO2 (NS) Lim June Liang and Florida Liew
COL (NS) Jorge Lau and Angie Yee
CPL (NS) Sharne Jerhn DTA Sulaiman and his Mum
MAJ (NS) Mohd Rozaiman Bin Rosidi, Siti Nurbaya Ahwan and family
MAJ (NS) Mohd Shabirin Bin Ariffin, Noorita and family

The Everyday HERoes Fashion Show accentuated the themes of empowerment and inclusivity, recognising the important contributions of mothers and wives in their sons and husband’s National Service (NS) journey.

The ladies were invited to select and model clothes from the SHEIN collection with their husbands, sons and families. The handpicked pieces was featured on SHEIN’s digital platforms as part of a new partnership between HomeTeamNS and SHEIN.

SHEIN Singapore General Manager, Leonard Lin said: “This Mother’s Day, we are happy to collaborate with HomeTeamNS to honour and celebrate the important women in the lives of the Home Team National Servicemen. The collaboration is a meaningful opportunity for SHEIN to support and empower women and their families. We are glad that the participants were able to handpick items from SHEIN’s collection that showcased their personalities and unique styles on the runway. As a global lifestyle and fashion e-retailer, there is something for everyone at SHEIN, including fashion for men and kids, as well as home and living essentials.”


In commemoration of Mother’s Day, SHEIN Collection Bracelets were presented to the mothers and wives of National Servicemen who attended the event. This new partnership and the campaign will offer HomeTeamNS members and their families access to more fashion, lifestyle, and recreational offerings.

“As we welcome more partners onboard, we will expand our offerings that cater to the varying needs and interests of our mothers, wives, and their families. We will continue to organise more engaging events and activities that aim to bring the families closer together and also some that uplift our ladies on a personal front,” said Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS. 


The HomeTeamNS Everyday HERoes is a HomeTeamNS initiative that recognises the contributions of the mothers and wives of Home Team National Servicemen towards NS as a shared journey between family members. For example, mothers and wives play an integral role in sharing responsibilities and duties when National Servicemen answer the call of duty.

Under the initiative, mothers and wives of HomeTeamNS Ordinary members (with at least two years of valid membership), are eligible to apply for the two-year HomeTeamNS Family Membership at a fee of S$10 each and get 1,000 +HPoints (worth S$10) on your HomeTeamNS Rewards+ Programme. Mothers and wives who sign up or renew their family membership through the Everyday HERoes campaign can participate in giveaways with prizes worth up to S$6,000. Membership sign-ups will run till 30 Nov 2023. For more information on Everyday HERoes and other amazing perks, visit our website.

“Women have often taken on important and multi-faceted roles in the family. As moms, they take care of the household, raising and nurturing their children. As wives, they are partners to their husbands and provide emotional support, companionship, and sharing responsibility to the family, often while juggling work responsibilities simultaneously.”

Ms Agnes Eu, Chief Executive of HomeTeamNS

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Saying ‘yes’ to family fun during National Family Week at HomeTeamNS Khatib

During National Family Week, HomeTeamNS Khatib welcomed guests of all ages as they bonded over a range of fun activities.



More than 5000 patrons said “yes” to family time at HomeTeamNS Khatib on 3 and 4 June 2023, where one of the six anchor events of Families for Life (FFL)’s annual National Family Week (NFW) was held. The event was graced by Grassroots Advisers for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC), Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, and President of HomeTeamNS, along with Ms Carrie Tan.


Children having fun in the Becky Bunny bouncy castle.

Play is an essential part of family life, when children learn and families bond. Families enjoyed a diverse range of activities that were suitable for the young and young at heart at HomeTeamNS Khatib. Strong families are the bedrock of our society. Children had a bouncing good time at the Becky Bunny bouncy castle, while also learning the family values like love, care and concern, commitment, and respect through tips that were posted throughout the castle.

A young marksman shooting down towers of cans with foam blasters.
Working together to keep the Giant Jenga tower standing.
Families working together to get their names higher up on the planking leaderboard.
It’s a battle between stripes and solids at the Pool Soccer station.

Many young ones
had a ball at the Giant Jenga and Pool Soccer – thrilling for those in action, exciting for the parents watching. Meanwhile, the older kids had a literal blast, shooting away at towers of cans with their foam blasters.

The fitspo families took up the planking challenge and grappled head-to-head with other families’ core strength and endurance to find their spot in the leaderboard.


A family browsing the selection of products at the booth.

Retail therapy was also on the cards with over 15 booths set up in the ballroom. From Chubby Buddies for the children, self-improvement books for the parents and natural handmade soap bars for grandparents to fun activities such as a themed photobooth and face-painting station, the bazaar attracted shoppers of varying ages.


MAJ (NS) Mohd Shabirin (left) talking about his National Service journey, and his experiences as a pracademic and parent.

Parenthood is a learning journey for many, and likewise for MAJ (NS) Mohd Shabirin, Vice-Chairman of HomeTeamNS’ Branding & Publicity Committee. “It’s about new discoveries,” he said during his sharing session. MAJ (NS) Shabirin thinks parenting is about understanding his children more as they grow through different stages of life, and it’s not just about what he and his wife see as parents.

Families for Life aims to inculcate a “Families for Life” mindset and value among Singaporeans. Besides Home Team NSmen volunteers sharing their personal journey and how National Service played a part in their family life, various partners offered short talks family life during the events. For example, parents were exposed to evidence-based programmes which would offer additional resources and tips for their parenting journey.

Keep saying “yes” to family time with more exciting happenings at the other HomeTeamNS clubhouses.

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A day in the life of an Action Motion specialist

His job may seem like it’s all play, but plenty of hard work goes into ensuring that Action Motion guests stay safe and have fun.



To the uninitiated, the specialists at Action Motion – Singapore’s first digital active experience arena at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir that offers gamification and augmented reality elements –seem to spend their entire day hard at play.

While players at Action Motion focus on conquering obstacles and setting high scores, specialists encourage them. While they certainly enjoy their jobs, there’s also a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation that helps ensure that Action Motion players enjoy themselves at every turn.

Specialists like A’fif Nazali, wear many hats to ensure guests get the most from their visit to Action Motion. He lifts the lid on what it’s like to be serious about having fun.


A'fif and his team observe the Action Motion arena for guests who may require assistance.
A'fif and his team observe the Action Motion arena for guests who may require assistance.

Before the various obstacles – which include rolling logs and pop-up stubs – are activated for visitors, they’re subjected to technical checks by specialists like A’fif.

“As part of our daily checks during the facility’s opening and closing, we ensure that all our installations are in good working condition and safe to use,” he shares. “We have an operation checklist for us to cross-reference and spot any faulty or unsafe conditions.”

These apply not just to the mechanical elements but to equipment and station gear as well, as specialists watch for signs of wear and tear. Even as players engage in each experience, A’fif and his team will observe the arena much like lifeguards and provide immediate assistance should the need arise. Specialists also provide safety briefings before encounters at Valo Climb and Ascend Lab. Players will be instructed on how to gently descend from the bouldering and rock-climbing walls, correctly harness themselves, and use the auto-belay system available.

On top of maintaining safety and managing operations, A’fif explains that they love to create a fun atmosphere because he wants to ensure that “my visitors are always excited to visit Action Motion.”


Players can accumulate their points through various installations in Action Motion such as the Valo Climb.

Action Motion’s biggest draw has to be its gamifier system, which displays player scores and timings on a leaderboard – the first obstacle course in Singapore to do so. This adds a competitive layer for even more fun, and A’fif is all for it.

“We encourage our members to keep challenging themselves by using the gamifier system,” he said, adding that it allows anyone to discover their own potential. “They could actively challenge themselves or with friends and family, to either beat their own personal scores or even the highest points on the leaderboard screen.”

“The feature helps us to stay active by encouraging people from different walks of life to learn that we can improve ourselves by beating our own standards,” he explains, believing sincerely that players can “become a better version of themselves when they leave our doors”.

This is why Action Motion has no age restriction, just a minimum height requirement of 1.25m to attempt the obstacles. Through these encounters, the young specialist also enjoys his interaction with fellow HomeTeamNS members who served their National Service in the SPF or SCDF units. He especially loves listening to them reminisce about “their glory days”.

“I enjoy meeting different people from all walks of life,” A’fif says. “And I love challenging and engaging my participants to become a better version of themselves by attempting the most difficult but fun activities.”


Players can get a taste of augmented reality gameplay with Valo Jump in Action Motion.

Spending a few hours at Action Motion offers visitors a fun way to stay in shape. “Staying active means keeping healthy, and being healthy means we are able to have more time with our loved ones,” A’fif said.

Get a cardio workout at Valo Jump (which is also where A’fif enjoys bringing his kids) as you bounce to score points, or work on your mobility, balance and strength as you work your way across the obstacles in Rapid Action. Enjoy the view from up high? Try rock-climbing safely at the Ascend Lab with its auto-belay equipment.

And if a player shows signs of discouragement, A’fif is always at hand to offer support and motivation. “We will see if they are able to give it a go again,” he shares. “If not, we will bring them to a safe spot for us to encourage and to see what we could do to help them complete the activity.”

After all, it’s all in the name of challenging yourself in a fun, safe way.

Experience for yourself how Action Motion brings fun and bonding while keeping you active.

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Long, proud journey of service with the Home Team

Home Team’s two longest-serving National Servicemen – SUPT (NS) Mohd Azman Mohd Sidek and COL (NS) Jorge Lau Hock Huat – share with us what motivated them to continue serving after their statutory age, and how their roles have changed over their decades of service.



For COL (NS) Jorge Lau Hock Huat, 2017 was a very special year. Not only was it the 50th anniversary of National Service (NS), it was also his 50th birthday.

“It made me feel like I was born with NS,” he recalled. “During NS50, I had the privilege of meeting President Tony Tan and the First Lady during the Home Team Festival at Kallang Wave.”  

The double celebration heralded another milestone the following year, when COL (NS) Lau became the first NSman in the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to have successfully extended his NS service beyond the age of 50 under the Volunteer Extension Scheme (VES).

Like COL (NS) Lau, SUPT (NS) Mohd Azman Mohd Sidek is also participating in the VES at the ripe age of 59. SUPT (NS) Azman is an SGSecure trainer who has also played an active role in HomeTeamNS, serving as the first chairman for HomeTeamNS’ REAL RUN committee. Over their long period of service, both men have seen National Servicemen play more important roles over time.


COL (NS) Lau’s journey began in 1986, when he enlisted with the Singapore Armed Forces. After three months of basic military training, he was selected for officer cadet training with the Singapore Police Force (SPF), where he served until his Operationally Ready Date (ORD).

In the early 1990s, he was transferred to the SCDF, where he is currently Deputy Division Commander NS, 3rd SCDF Division Battalion Commander, 32B RBn Deputy Battalion Commander, 32A RBn Head Ops, 32A RBn Company Commander, and NHG Medical Company Personnel Officer, GWBn.

He has also collected a slew of awards along the way – such as the HomeTeamNS Meritorious Award (Gold) and HomeTeamNS 20 Years Long Service Award in 2021, and the Long Service Medal (Civil Defence) at the National Day Awards 2020 – and has been part of numerous committees. He has chaired the 3rd SCDF Division Tactical Forum and co-chaired the Clubhouse Development Committee (North), which oversaw the building of HomeTeamNS Khatib.

“After more than three decades of service as an NSman, I was referred to as a ‘career National Serviceman’,” he said. “During my NS years, I was literally everything, everywhere – participating in many of the NS50 committees, ICTs, NS unit exercises, NS dialogues, and Home Team events and activities.”


At the ripe age of 59, SUPT (NS) Mohd Azman Mohd Sidek is also participating in the VES.

SUPT (NS) Azman, who enlisted for National Service in 1981, said that he decided to extend his service after enjoying his time as an NSF and National Serviceman with the SPF.

“This is my way of paying it forward,” he explained. “In addition, given my profession (I am an educator), my role in SGSecure is very relevant, because I want to play my part in educating our youths to navigate their lives grounded on specific principles.”

In extending his service, SUPT (NS) Azman was joined until recently by a batchmate, SUPT (NS) Ow Kok Meng, who stepped down two years ago to focus on other things. “We have been buddies for so long and have shared many amazing NS-related memories together. Both of us also share the same passion and attitude in wanting to pay it forward, which stems from us being in the same profession as educators.”

SUPT (NS) Azman’s pride in the next generation is evident when he mentions that his son is an NSman with SCDF: “Between the two of us, we have the Home Team covered – SPF and SCDF!”

Now in his 42nd year of serving the nation, SUPT (NS) Azman is still as dedicated as he was in 1981. Of the awards he’s collected, he said: “It is always good to be recognised, but that is not the reason that I am still at it. It’s about who I am and what I love to do, in the SPF and other areas of my life. If there’s anything that I might eventually treasure, it would be the bragging rights of being the longest-serving National Serviceman in Singapore across all the uniformed services!”

“Extend because you want to, and because there is a niche for you to contribute to,” advises SUPT (NS) Azman. “This way, your motivation and passion will make your contributions so much more meaningful.”


COL (NS) Lau attained his Operationally Ready National Serviceman (ORNS) status in 2021 and relinquished his post as deputy division commander of the 3rd SCDF Division. He continues to serve as a volunteer in the Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU), as part of the CDAU Executive Committee. He is also a mentor to the CDAU Recruitment Team and the CDAU officers in the 3rd SCDF Division.

He says that over the three decades and counting of his service, Home Team National Servicemen have played a critical role in ensuring the safety and security of Singapore, going far beyond policing and firefighting duties.

“Something that was little known in the past is that SCDF ORNSmen were involved in Ops LionHeart deployments, where they worked alongside with SCDF’s elite unit, the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART), in overseas Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) missions,” said COL (NS) Lau. “In October 2022, SCDF became the first Asia-Pacific organisation to have its USAR framework accredited for its ORNS Rescue and Medical Units. Hence, NS has definitely transformed and evolved compared to the early years.”

SUPT (NS) Azman, the former NS commander with the SPF, added: “I have personally seen National Servicemen rising from playing a support role to working hand-in-hand with the regulars, as the overall responsibilities for SPF officers – both regulars and NSmen – have evolved and become more demanding. The roles have similarly evolved, including appointments and ranks to recognise the roles of NS commanders.”

COL (NS) Lau concurs that service and duty apply to both NS and other parts of life, such as one’s career. “Service and duty are the keys to developing trust and respect,” he said. “Hence, I believe in taking pride in everything we do, yet being humble in serving the community. I would tell NSFs and National Servicemen who are thinking of extending their service that leadership is all about serving – serving Singapore, serving the National Servicemen under your command, and serving beyond your NS communities. Serve with a willing heart, and the rest will fall into place.”

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A waterful time at HomeTeamNS clubhouses

World Water Day was celebrated with a splash at HomeTeamNS Clubhouses, where junior members had fun learning about the environment through exciting activities.



In March, HomeTeamNS hosted guests and members for an array of water-themed activities in commemoration of World Water Day at all the clubhouses. The clubhouses also welcomed Water Wally and Sally, PUB’s renowned mascots, to greet members and patrons. From colouring activities to a relaxing day at the swimming pools, here’s what went down at the clubhouses.


Water-themed kids’ corner activities were organised at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier.

An array of exciting activities for junior HomeTeamNS members and patrons taught them about the importance of water and how to save this precious resource. Activities including colouring, water-themed maze puzzles and word searches about Singapore’s key water sources were provided to the participants to help raise awareness about the importance of water.


Young guests letting loose at the Dip n’ Splash pool party at the HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir clubhouse.

About 240 members and guests had fun at Dip n’ Splash, a pool-party at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir. The swimming pool sprawled with installations and games like an inflatable water-obstacle course, noodle war, captain’s ball, paddle boats, and pool floats. Participants soaked in the fun while enjoying the picturesque views of Bedok Reservoir.

Over at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, the clubhouse also had a #WaterWeekend Floating Fun pool party, in celebration of all things H20-related. About 50 members and guests played with their families while basking in the sun with large floats.


PUB’s Water Siblings, Water Wally and Sally, helped spread the word about water conservation at the HomeTeamNS Khatib clubhouse.

World Water Day can’t be celebrated without the PUB’s brother and sister pair, Water Wally and Sally. As they wandered around the lobby of all the HomeTeamNS clubhouses, visitors stopped to take a quick snap with the mascots. The water siblings are on a mission to share their knowledge and experience on water sustainability after witnessing the water crises around the globe.

Every effort counts when it comes to building a sustainable future. HomeTeamNS takes pride in the movement towards sustainability, where the newer clubhouses under its Masterplan – Khatib and Bedok Reservoir – have taken a big step towards water conservation and reduction in energy consumption. Through the installation of blue and green features like the solar panels and rainwater harvesting in the clubhouses, HomeTeamNS looks forward to a brighter and greener future.

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