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Insider guides to Melbourne, Taipei and Bangkok for families

Tired of overrated tourist traps? Frequent fliers and Singaporeans abroad share their top picks for under-the-radar attractions, food and activities for families visiting cities popular among their compatriots.


PHOTOS: Hank’s Café and Bagelry; South Melbourne Market; Koy Gozleme; Murmur; Sovereign Hill; Flickr user Ji Soo Song; Flickr user Iwtt93; Flickr user Ken Marshall; Flickr user Streets of Food; Kate’s Place; Asia Herb Association; Klook; Michelle Ang, Elvin Sng; Audrey Ang

It isn’t surprising that Melbourne, Taipei and Bangkok rank among the top 10 destinations that Singaporeans are interested in visiting, according to data recently released by Google. The cities have long captivated us for an array of reasons, from their tantalising foodie spots to hip haunts for urbanites. While many of such draws feature prominently in the endless scroll of social media feeds, it can be tough to distinguish the must-visit gems from the overhyped and underwhelming locations that locals tend to shun.

At times, it takes an insider to help you sidestep the tourist traps and point you to attractions worth your limited vacation time. To that end, we spoke with three Singaporeans — including residents and a frequent visitor — of these popular cities, who share their favourite spots and practical tips for families. After all, who knows our hearts better than our fellow countrymen?


About the insider: Michelle Ang is a 27-year-old product designer who has been living and working in Melbourne for a year. Though she misses the food and familiarity of home, she enjoys discovering the Australian city’s parks and international foodie offerings.


About the insider: Michelle Ang is a 27-year-old product designer who has been living and working in Melbourne for a year. Though she misses the food and familiarity of home, she enjoys discovering the Australian city’s parks and international foodie offerings.


“While Melbourne is known for its cafes — and correspondingly, its coffee culture — it’s also home to a burgeoning baked goods industry. Check out Hank’s Cafe and Bagelry, in the historic and upscale Armadale suburb that was an important commercial area in the 19th century. Taking pride in bringing “a hearty dose of New York to the leafy streets of Armadale”, Hank’s declares on its website that bagels should be “chewy” and “malty”. Savour these qualities in elevated creations such as the beetroot and gin-cured salmon with herbs, red onion and cream cheese; and the lamb and rosemary meatloaf with pistachio pesto, provolone and cream cheese.”


“Hit up South Melbourne Market — open since 1867 and a treasured landmark for locals — not only for its ubiquitous fresh oysters but also some of the best toasties I’ve ever had at the French-themed Oui Chef! Toastie Bar. Favourites include the classic Croque Monsieur (ham, bechamel (a rich white sauce), chives, comte (French cheese made from cow’s milk) and gruyere (a hard Swiss cheese)), and Saucicson (French salami, raclette (melted Swiss cheese), usto (traditional French mustard)). For a delicious Halal option, head to the iconic Koy Gozleme — gozleme is a crispy stuffed Turkish flatbread — where Turkish mamas hand roll and cook the savoury treats in four flavours: Cheese & Spinach, Mushroom & Veg, Minced Meat and Herbed Chicken.


“Beyond its vibrant culinary scene, Melbourne has no shortage of interesting venues for a fun night out. These include piano bar Murmur, where resident and visiting artistes belt out mostly old-school hits to a lively audience. Cocktails are priced at A$18 from 5-7pm. If you’re after an arty day-time activity, spin the potter’s wheel at one of 2 Mayfield Street’s workshops. Its studio is situated in the peaceful and eclectic Abbotsford suburb, which lends access to plentiful green spaces and the Yarra River.”


“If you’re in town in June or July, you must experience the yearly Winter Wonderlights event at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. This Christmas-themed festival presents a rare opportunity to bask in the Yuletide spirit in the middle of the year, which happens to be when winter falls in the Southern Hemisphere. Expect lights, faux snow, dressed-up storefronts and costumed merrymakers.”


  • Use public transport as it is pretty accessible, and most buses and trains are stroller-friendly. There is also the Free Melbourne City Circle Tram (route No. 35), a “hop on, hop off” service that covers attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium and Queen Victoria Market.

  • Score free tickets to an Australian Football League match — a quintessential Aussie experience — under the Kids Go Free programme. The latter grants free access to selected matches for kids aged 14 and under.

  • Go camping with BIG4 Holiday Parks, which offers family-friendly cabin accommodation and camping facilities within easy reach of the city.


About the insider: Elvin Sng, a 42-year-old regional director in the energy industry, has been living in Taipei for five years with his wife and four-year-old son. He relishes the city’s friendly people and the easy access to nature it provides.


About the insider: Elvin Sng, a 42-year-old regional director in the energy industry, has been living in Taipei for five years with his wife and four-year-old son. He relishes the city’s friendly people and the easy access to nature it provides.


“One of Taipei’s top attractions is its street food. While some of the best can be sampled at the OG of night markets, Shilin Night Market, those seeking a gastronomic adventure might want to head to the slightly smaller Ningxia Night Market. Here, you’ll find Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated Liu Yu Zi, which is famous for its egg yolk taro cake — deep-fried taro paste-filled pastries topped with salted egg yolk and pork floss. Don’t miss Yuan Huan Pien Oyster Egg Omelette, which uses Tainan oysters known for their plumpness and sweetness, and are drizzled in a homemade sweet-spicy sauce.”


“Speaking of adventures, Yangmingshan National Park is known for its nature trails with lots of manageable options for families and those who want to take it easy. The 2.4km Qingtiangang Circular Trail, for instance, is a particularly scenic and relaxing route. I took a walk there with my wife a week before she gave birth to our son, and we had a really nice time.”


“You can glimpse Taiwan’s richly-layered past in Taipei’s historic parts. A 30-minute drive from the city takes you to Heping Island, which is connected by a bridge to the main island, and home to the ruins of a church built in 1626 by Spanish missionaries. The island is also presided over by an ancient fort constructed by the Spanish, who were later driven out by Dutch colonisers, as well as old buildings that can be traced back to the Japanese Occupation. Those keen to discover Taiwan’s pottery heritage should head to the quaint Yingge Old Street, where they’ll find a ceramics museum, pottery workshops and traditional teahouses.”


  • Take the MRT, an affordable, reliable and efficient way to get around, even with little ones on hand. Plus, children under the age of six travel for free. The rail operator even provides umbrellas on rainy days!

  • Check out themed cafes, for which Taipei is famous. Apart from those inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Moomin and Gudetama, many kiddos will no doubt be tickled by the Modern Toilet Restaurant, which will bring their toilet humour to another level.

  • Use Google Translate when hailing taxis — which are easy to find and inexpensive — as few cab drivers speak English. You may also want to ensure your destination is saved to your phone, ideally in Traditional Chinese which is commonly used in Taiwan.

  • Download the Halal TW app by Taiwan’s Chinese Muslim Association. It’s available for iOS and Android users and is handy for discovering Halal and Muslim venues in the country, including restaurants, hotels, mosques and prayer rooms.


About the insider: Audrey Ang is a HR manager in her late-40s who travels to Bangkok some four times yearly. She loves the affordable and value-added experiences in Thailand, and skilled professionals — including chefs and massage therapists — who are truly passionate about what they do.


About the insider: Audrey Ang is a HR manager in her late-40s who travels to Bangkok some four times yearly. She loves the affordable and value-added experiences in Thailand, and skilled professionals — including chefs and massage therapists — who are truly passionate about what they do.


“Food-wise, there’s more to Bangkok than just the usual Pad Thai and pineapple fried rice. A lesser-known yet delicious street food delicacy is duck noodles in a comforting broth that comes complete with duck blood pudding — try the one from Siah Duck Noodle at Rama IV Road. Another hearty meal can be found at Rung Rueang Pork Noodles at Soi Sukhumvit 26. The noodles here are light, silky and super delicious.”


“Bangkok is home to a plethora of creative contemporary cafes and dining concepts. Prepare to be surprised as you put your tastebuds in the good hands of Pikun “Kate” Wangsantia of Kate’s Place, a supper club hidden behind a bookshelf on the second floor of a shophouse. The latter also hosts a noodle shop. True to its private dining roots, Kate’s Place serves what the boss’ mood dictates. Thankfully, her local-inspired dishes have been described as comforting and uplifting.”


“For relaxation, Thai spa group Asia Herb Association, which has three conveniently located branches, always hits the spot with great service plus a welcoming and clean atmosphere. It specialises in the traditional Thai “Herbal Ball” massage that uses a warm compress filled with natural herbs. Register as a ‘family member’ and earn points for every visit — these can be redeemed for more massages.”


“If you like markets and have already visited the well-known Chatuchak, try Jodd Fairs, which is sprawled between Central Rama 9 shopping mall and the Unilever building at Rama IX Road. This night market offers a slew of interesting things to eat and purchase, including vintage clothing and customisable handbags. I do enjoy the Insta-worthy XL Leng Zapp Volcano Ribs from Diaw Maekhlong Restaurant. The dish’s name is a misnomer as it features stacked pork spinal bones (not ribs) served in a moreish sour-spicy soup. There are also quite a few Halal options, such as fresh barbecued seafood, cute character pancakes and fried snacks among the plethora of stalls.”


  • Consider apartment-hotels or serviced apartments, which are generally equipped with facilities such as a kitchenette, and washers and dryers for laundry. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 15 per cent off the best flexible rate at Modena by Fraser Bangkok Hotel Residences. The same discount applies to Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok, which also offers a complimentary breakfast for one.

  • Don’t relinquish date night. Many top hotels offer guests babysitting services through accredited partners. Enquire about them at reception.

  • Bring a baby carrier if you’re travelling with an infant or toddler, as Bangkok roads aren’t exactly stroller friendly.


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How to prevent high-tech scams, according to a cybersecurity expert

Anyone can become a victim of fraud, especially with the use of increasingly sophisticated technology by cyber criminals. Follow these expert tips to safeguard against such scams.



Have you read about unfortunate scam victims in the news and thought, “There’s no way I would have fallen for that”? Well, you may be surprised, given how cybercriminals have managed to deceive even the savviest among us by harnessing technology.

Contrary to popular belief that cybercrime victims tend to be older folks who are less digitally-savvy, a 2022 study by the Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk found that those under the age of 25 were 10 per cent more susceptible to scams than those aged 65 years and above. Weighing in on the statistic, Mr Gary Gardiner — head of security engineering, Asia Pacific and Japan, at cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies — says that young digital natives tend to develop strong trust in online platforms. As a result, they can be scammed, just like the older generation.

To avoid being a victim of scams, Mr Gardiner has this advice: “Think about who you are communicating with online and what they are asking for. While not everyone is looking to defraud you, the consequences of not being vigilant can be severe.” It also pays to be aware of the latest high-tech scams. From complex phishing operations to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) impersonators, here are five trending scams to keep on your radar.


Phishing scams using malware are among the most common ways of targeting victims across all ages in Singapore. They may attempt to deceive individuals into revealing sensitive information such as banking credentials by impersonating trustworthy entities such as an internet service provider or a bank through emails, text messages and weblinks.

Such scam tactics are not new, but they are carried out in novel ways. In May, news reports highlighted a case of a 60-year-old who lost S$20,000 after scanning a QR code on a sticker pasted outside a bubble tea shop. She completed an online survey and downloaded a third-party app to get a free cup of tea, not realising that malware was being installed on her Android phone. This granted scammers remote access to her device.


When visiting sites that you trust, Mr Gardiner advises using two-factor authentication (2FA) to avoid having your credentials stolen. Add another layer of protection by downloading cybersecurity tools such as the ScamShield app, which can scan incoming messages for fake sites, phishing scams and malicious content before you even receive the email or SMS, he adds. “Never share your personal information or passwords online, or even over the phone or video call with anyone,” Mr Gardiner advises. “If any communication asks to verify your username and password this way, it must be fake. No legitimate institution such as a bank would send you this request.” If you are unsure about anything online, contact the company using another method such as through a phone call, he adds.


It can be hard to resist a “good deal” online for your favourite seafood or Musang King durian. But with e-commerce scams on the rise — there was a 74.5 per cent increase in such cases in 2022 — it pays to think twice before making that purchase. A common e-commerce scam involves swindlers posting fake offers online and failing to deliver the promised items once victims have made payment. In some cases, victims are re-directed to fraudulent websites and expose their credit/debit card details. There is also an emerging trend of scammers posing as buyers. Here, scammers may approach e-commerce vendors to express interest in their products. To receive payment, the seller is asked to click on a URL link or scan a QR code that redirects them to a spoofed banking website where they reveal their confidential details.


If you receive a QR code or link, always carefully examine the web address, Mr Gardiner advises. Scammers often use domain names that are similar to or even contain the official URL, so always look out for subtle spelling errors. Do also note that most phishing sites now include an SSL certificate (the padlock symbol), so that’s no longer a fool-proof indication of a legitimate website. The best way to avoid such scams is to manually search for official company websites instead of using QR codes or URLs in emails.


While AI-driven scams may not be as common currently, Mr Gardiner notes that Check Point has seen an increase in the use of AI by scammers to craft more realistic content. “Previously it was easier to spot a scam due to bad grammar and spelling. However, the quality of spam emails has improved drastically with the introduction of AI,” he shares. There have also been reports of people being tricked into thinking that the person on the other end of the line is someone they know and trust through the use of deepfake voice recording, he adds. These highly realistic fake audio recordings of individuals are generated by training AI models on large datasets of their voices.


As with any forms of communication, Mr Gardiner stresses that being cautious is key. And don’t make decisions in a hurry. “Always look for signs that something may not be right. Be aware if the conversation goes down the path of money or investing,” he cautions.


Besides bringing on heartbreak, at least S$35 million was lost to Internet love scams last year, according to the Singapore Police Force’s Annual Scams and Cybercrime Report 2022. Along with traditional scam techniques of gaining your trust and affection, the latest generation of online romance fraudsters may also tap on AI tools such as deepfake voice and video technology to look and sound more convincing.


According to the National Crime Prevention Council, a red flag would be the swift profession of love shortly after making contact. Watch for other warning signs, such as constantly refusing video calls and sharing sudden stories of misfortune while requesting money. In some cases, the scammer may even send you gifts to gain trust.


Imagine losing phone service, being unable to send or receive messages, make calls and access your online accounts. This frightening situation can become a reality when scammers hijack your phone number by contacting your mobile service carrier and impersonating you, using details such as your NRIC number and birth date. They’ll claim to have lost or damaged your SIM card, and that your mobile number needs to be transferred to a different one. After taking control of the mobile number, they can then access various accounts that rely on 2FA via SMS, potentially allowing them to take over the victim’s online accounts or conduct financial fraud.


“Individuals are usually not aware they are victims of the swap until their phones start glitching,” Mr Gardiner says. Besides being unable to use your phone, other tell-tale signs that your SIM card has been swapped out include receiving a text message that the SIM card for your mobile number has been changed. To avoid becoming a victim, Mr Gardiner advises practising good cyber hygiene. This means not trusting any calls, texts and clicking on any links sent to you, unless you are absolutely sure of the source and sender. It is also critical to not give out any passwords, OTP and personal information for no good reason.


Mr Gardiner from Check Point Software Technologies shares safe online shopping tips.

  • Always download apps from official sources. For example, the HomeTeamNS mobile app can be downloaded via links on the HomeTeamNS website.
  • Third-party sites (ie. A payment gateway website) carry the risk of compromised software. Download the company’s security software from the app store to ensure software validity.
  • Never access sites through URLs shared over email, especially if you don’t know the sender. If you’ve entered your details through a suspicious Internet banking link, change your password immediately and inform your bank, which can help freeze your accounts.
  • Legitimate payment sites usually use 2FA. You can also look for the https:// protocol, which indicates that the website is using a secure connection, and helps protect your information from being intercepted.
  • Install security software on your devices such as Check Point Software’s Zone Alarm Mobile Protection, which scans sites for phishing attacks and scams, as well as SMS and other types of attacks.

To keep up with the latest scams, visit the Singapore Police Force’s Scams Bulletin.

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Parenting in the metaverse: Building a digital family life

The metaverse offers plenty of immersive experiences, from world-building platforms to popular kids’ games. But what is it actually and how can parents join in the fun?



If you’ve been seeing the term “metaverse” more often but don’t know what it means, you might want to ask someone aged below 16. Just as millennial-era childhood was defined by the rise of the Internet, Generation Z – and their younger siblings, Generation Alpha – are fearlessly exploring the metaverse. But what is it?

Think of the metaverse as a purely digital world where people can play, socialise, work and carry out numerous activities using avatars to represent themselves.

These avatars can be enhanced through technologies such as virtual reality (VR), where VR headsets like the Meta Quest 2 allow users to immerse themselves in a metaverse game platform. Users can also use augmented reality – where they use their phones to scan items around their real-world surroundings to accumulate points in a metaverse shop or game.

Big things are in the works for the metaverse. Mr Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook – which rebranded itself to Meta in 2021 – announced his vision of the metaverse, in which people use augmented reality glasses to “see” and hang out with their friends at concerts or play basketball. Last year, the LEGO Group announced a partnership with Epic Games to build an immersive and engaging digital experience especially designed for children in the metaverse.

While that’s still some way off in the future, there are plenty of existing games and educational activities for families to explore the developing metaverse with their kids.


Your child might tell you that they’re “playing Roblox”, but they’re doing much more than just playing a game.

Roblox is a digital platform where users can create their own games and play others’ games, as well as use in-game currency – called Robux – to purchase items for use or decoration within the games.

The platform’s user-friendly game development tools make it easy for younger participants to build their own games, which often focus on simulated real-world experiences like school or caring for a pet. Parents can guide their kids in creating these experiences and use the opportunity to discuss the topic at hand – such as responsible pet ownership – or use Robux to explore budgeting. 

An older game, Minecraft appeals to LEGO fans who enjoy the platform’s base concept of making items, buildings and more using blocks. In survival mode, players have to look for food, fight off enemies and build defensive structures, while creative mode allows players to use the game’s resources and tools to create whatever they want – such as entire cities, replicas of movie settings, spaceships, castles and more.

If your kids enjoy a long-term project, one enjoyable family activity could be to work on building their dream house in Minecraft. Let the little ones take the lead and be amazed by their creativity.


If you’ve invested in VR headsets for the family, there are fun, kid-friendly games that can be played together.

Horizon Worlds allows Meta users to gather virtually and explore different areas, play interactive puzzles and games and socialise with others on the app through your avatar. Users can even create their own worlds.

Learn to cooperate with Cook-Out, an award-winning multiplayer cooking game for up to four players – though it can also be played solo – in which you work together to make and serve up virtual sandwiches for enchanted creatures. Prepare for frantic movements, excited squealing and lots of laughter.

To encourage family fitness – who says gamers don’t exercise – challenge your kids to a round of Beat Saber, where you slice block-shaped musical beats with a pair of light sabres, while avoiding bombs and missing notes. Party mode allows you to compete with each other, all while enjoying the game’s soundtrack of pop hits from teen favourites like Billie Eilish and Lizzo.


Young creatives will have fun collaborating with siblings or parents in VR sandboxes like Virtuoso, which provides a range of unique musical instruments for users to explore. The virtual music stage empowers both little learners and experienced music students alike, as they can create music in real-time, jam with others and even record their own songs to share.

If you have a budding Picasso in the house and don’t want to have oil paints smeared over all your surfaces, Vermillion takes the mess out of painting. Users get a VR palette with features like custom tutorials, realistic colour mixing and the rich impasto texture of oil paints, and are also able to paint together with up to four people. (This includes sharing palettes and painting on each other’s canvases, so it’s best to lay down some ground rules before a sibling fight breaks out.)


Not all of your kids’ favourite artistes or bands will come to Singapore to perform, but you can take them to a virtual concert in the metaverse.

Both real-life pop stars like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and completely virtual idols like South Korean girl band MAVE have held metaverse concerts, making their live performances accessible to fans all over the world, no matter where they live.

VR viewing experiences aren’t just limited to concerts. Baobab Studios won an Emmy for their VR-powered film Baba Yaga, which gives viewers the opportunity to become the main character in a fairy-tale world, where they must go on a quest to save their mother’s life and extract a cure from the witch Baba Yaga (who is played by Kate Winslet, in a cast stuffed with well-known Hollywood names). Cheer your child on as they venture into a forest, interact with the film’s magical characters and help them work through the decisions that will influence the story’s outcome.



Before purchasing a game, ensure that it’s rated appropriately for your child’s age. While Roblox is extremely popular with primary schoolers in Singapore, it’s actually recommended for those aged 13 and up if played without parental supervision, while Minecraft is ranked safe for kids aged 8 and above.


It’s best to do your own research on how game platforms are structured and what features they offer. For example, sandbox builder game Fortnite has two versions, Battle Royale and Save the World. Fortnite: Battle Royale involves 100 players fighting it out until only one remains. This means the online voice and text chat can connect your child to strangers and expose them to profanity or inappropriate speech. To prevent this, disable the chat function completely, or limit your children to playing only with people they know in real life.


Don’t be afraid to discuss openly the dangers kids might fall prey to, such as online grooming, scams and account hacking. Having the right knowledge will empower your children to keep themselves safe, and keeping the lines of communication open will ensure that they’ll come to you first if anything happens.



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Instagram makeover tips you need to know about

A home makeover to create an aesthetic vibe is easy with these inspiring tips on Instagram.



If you’re looking to remodel your home, the good news is that finding inspiration to create your dream dwelling is easier than ever. However, renovating your home to fit a specific theme – like Japandi or Industrial – can take a hefty chunk out from your savings.

Rather than following trendy renovation themes blindly – that could soon fall out of style and date your home – why not pick up some makeover tips from Instagram itself?

For a more wallet-friendly makeover for instance, you could spruce up your existing home. Some of these changes just need a new piece of furniture, while others guide you on fundamentals that you can apply throughout your home.


Putting a wall up can be a good thing, especially when it’s a curved one. These homeowners added a wall with a rounded edge to their main living space and it instantly elevated the feel.

Curved walls can help to soften the look of a space. It can serve as a design statement and add visual interest. They have strategically placed the curved corner at a central location, so it can transform the visual mood from multiple angles. And because the curve is only applied to the corner, the cost is reduced and occupies less space than a full wall. Plus, it’s safer if you have kids.


Architect Khai Toh believes that the best Insta-worthy shots work because of visual storytelling. You can do this in two ways: Adding a pop of contrasting colour to the existing home palette, or creating pockets of activity – like an armchair to read at.

The first is easy, and rather than just relying on furniture, consider items like paintings or a shelf of books to add dynamism to your pictures. Otherwise, you could also paint a single feature wall to add that visual interest.

The second works because the way the items are placed suggests an activity the homeowner partakes in. Khai explains: “What draws me into a picture is the used space; like half-open books or a pen by a sofa – as if someone had just left the spot”.


Photo: Rice Lab

This company shows off the variety of possibilities available today, including sophisticated designs that appear seamless with clever visual illusions. Textures – unlike colours and forms – are often overlooked when designing homes, and you can include them easily with the right kind of tiles, even if it’s just in one room. Whether placed on the floor or a wall, their addition can transform a space, giving visual and tactile interest just by adjusting some lighting.


Photo: Shutterstock

Combining two of the earlier points about colour and texture, a throw can instantly elevate your existing home setup. These mini decorative blankets might not make much sense in their original function in sunny Singapore, but they can serve another purpose – as an added layer of protection against dust, grime and sunlight.

A throw can be placed on a sofa, armchair, bed or even a side table to add a pop of personality, and with the many designs and materials out there, you’ll likely find one that speaks to you and fits your home. You don’t even need to buy proper throws. Experiment with mufflers or scarves to get the same effect without spending too much.


When designing a home, we can sometimes lose ourselves to a theme. Magazine and social media-inspired designs might be great but it can feel strangely cookie-cutter if it doesn’t align with your own lifestyle. For instance, a minimalist design theme might appeal to you but may not be realistic if you have three kids and a dog.

Don’t be afraid to inject your own personality with hybrid styles. A colourful dog bed or play station might be just what is needed to differentiate your white walls. Add your favourite sci-fi toy, crocheted cushion cover, vinyl record – these will give your home your unique visual signature.


Photo: @lighkdarkstark_studio @jannonkwan and @lemonfridgestudio

The right kind of lighting can really impact in a photo, and it does so in three ways. First, having dedicated points of lighting can quickly add visual points of interest as well as suggest areas of activity, like a standing lamp by an armchair. Secondly, you can quickly transform the ambience with different lighting temperatures, especially with hue-changing bulbs.

Lighting can be statement pieces themselves. In this example, the off-kilter lights adds levity to the space with their playful angles. If fixed lightings are too fussy, consider portable versions and LED lighting strips to tuck light into neglected corners for depth and interest.


Sometimes the best inspiration comes from places you already love and know. Where’s your happy place? Is there somewhere you go to that makes you feel particularly relaxed?

Why spend all that money at (sometimes) overpriced cafes when you can recreate the café vibe at home? This local design installed a wall seating on one side of the dining table to simulate a cafe, with side embellishments. So be it a spa or bar or hotel room, let your favourite hangouts become your source of inspiration.

Combine one or more of these tips to spruce up your home, and see how easy it is to make it more photogenic. HomeTeamNS members can shop for more chic inspiration ideas at HipVan and enjoy 10 per cent off when they spend a minimum of $500 there.

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Venturing off the beaten path

Adventure travel: A recent poll shows more tourists are visiting locations where you can push your limits, and some of these are within easy reach of Singapore.



There’s nothing wrong with going on a vacation purely to relax, but there are times when you crave something a little more exciting than a holiday spent lazing by the pool. In fact, a survey last October by travel portal found that 79 per cent of Singapore travellers want to get out of their comfort zones and push their own limits, with 25 per cent of them hoping to explore destinations that are off the tourist radar. So, if the call of the wild sounds irresistible, it’s time to pack your bags and choose your own adventure.


Scuba enthusiasts might already be familiar with Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, which lies just off the northwest end of Bird’s Head Peninsula, West Papua. Renowned for its pristine waters and jungle-covered islands, Raja Ampat comprises four large islands – Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool – surrounded by over 1,500 smaller islands, shoals and cays. The Raja Ampat regency is home to over 1,000 types of coral fish and 540 coral varieties, so there’s plenty to see when you venture beneath the waves. It offers a variety of accommodation options to suit various budgets.

Swim with placid sea turtles amid the vast coral reefs, marvel at manta rays gliding by and encounter schools of tuna, snapper fish and giant trevallies. Pro tip: Diving season for Raja Ampat is between October to April.


Despite not having its own coastline, Laos has a chain of islands known as Si Phan Don, which are part of a delta in the Mekong River near where the southern Laotian border meets Cambodia.

There are three main islands – Don Det, Don Khon and Don Khong – which have budget hotels and tour agencies. Book a guided kayak tour and explore the numerous islands, many of which are wild and uninhabited. Navigate the tricky rapids at Pai Soi near Don Khon before going ashore to the majestic Khone Phapheng Falls, where you can catch your breath and luxuriate in the view. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin playing in the Mekong waters – a memory to treasure for life.


Sabah is home to the Coral Flyer, Borneo’s longest island-to-island zipline. Stretching 250m across the glittering aquamarine waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu, the Coral Flyer takes you on a ride you won’t forget, with the wind whipping through your hair as you get a flying start in the mountain forest before zipping across the sea

If that isn’t enough, try tandem paragliding. Book a tour with an experienced tandem pilot who will leap with you from Kokol Hill, about 40 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu. Some also provide a souvenir GoPro video, so you can relive your experience.


Not to be confused with Indonesian West Papua, Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of New Guinea island and is an independent nation with the tourism tagline, “A million different journeys”. Visitors can dive, fish, surf and trek in unspoilt natural environments, but serious history buffs will want to tackle the eight to 10 day-long Kokoda Track, which has a reputation for being both physically challenging and emotionally moving. The 96km route goes from Kokoda Village across mountainous terrain to Owers’ Corner, taking you through World War II battlefields and memorials to the Australian soldiers who fought and died on the track. You’ll climb to the summit of Mount Bellamy for spectacular views and visit villages where wounded soldiers were cared for by brave locals who carried them back to safety.

Heading abroad for your adventurous getaway? Don’t forget travel insurance! Until 31 July 2023, Singlife with Aviva is offering HomeTeamNS members 20 per cent off its Single Trip travel insurance plan. If you have a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Group Insurance Voluntary coverage, you’ll get an additional 30 per cent off. Simply login to the HomeTeamNS Mobile App for the promo code.


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Sail savvy using these cruise vacation hacks

Cruise the seven seas the smart way with these tips from social media cruise experts. Bon voyage!



Cruises offer something for everyone – entertainment for the kids, eateries the entire family can enjoy and plenty of kid-friendly activities that will give dads and mums a welcome break. Fuss-free cruise itineraries offer dads peace of mind knowing that everyone’s doing something they enjoy. And if you want to plan a seamless vacation for Dad, here are some hacks to make that next cruise a smooth sail all the way.


The logic is simple – the earlier you book, the cheaper the fares. Travel agent @sonya_heath shared on TikTok that tickets reflect demand, and as cabins start to fill up, you’ll likely have to pay more as the departure date approaches. Also, you’ll have a choice of better cabins when you book early.

Plan your booking around special events like an anniversary or treat Dad to a Father’s Day surprise – you just might be able to enjoy extra perks or special programmes that are planned for special occassions.


With cruise cabins, sometimes higher isn’t better. As the pool deck is usually located at the top deck, you just might be getting more than you bargained for if you choose the level below it. @jaysonjudson found that out the hard way during one trip, when he had to endure the sounds of cleaning and chair-stacking that happened at 5am as the crew were preparing for the day’s activities.


If you or your cruise companions are susceptible to seasickness, then choose rooms that are in the middle of the ship. Self-proclaimed cruise addict and travel agent @cruisinsusie shared that seas can get choppy and having a cabin situated away from the forward and the aft, staying in the middle of the ship, on the lower decks will help as there’s less movement. She also suggested having a green apple in the room to consume to alleviate any symptoms.


If your cabin comes with a balcony and chairs, chances are you’ll be air-drying some of your towels or clothes. @jaysonjudson would like to remind you that the winds at sea can get really strong, and to remember to bring large pegs to clip them firmly onto the chairs or railings. After all, you don’t want to have to pay extra for lost items or lose your swimsuits to the sea.


Cabin rooms are famously compact, and you wouldn’t want to spend half your time searching for something tucked in your luggage. @judytwinpalmstravel shares that a lot of cabin interiors have metallic surfaces, and one can instantly hang items on the wall with magnetic hooks. This will be especially useful to hang toiletries and swimsuits in the bathroom.


Free up even more cabin storage with this tip from She uses collapsible hanging suitcase organisers so she can transfer her contents directly to the cabin wardrobe in one move. She also uses hanging shoe organisers to double up as storage for smaller items like lotions, cards, pamphlets and more.


Luggage is often bulky and awkward to lay out in a small cabin, but reminds us that there’s often enough space under the bed to store them. If you’ve followed the previous tips for creating more storage in your cabin, you needn’t worry about pulling it out every time you need something and you can use it as a temporary holding area for your dirty laundry.


Part of a cruise’s attraction is its many activities and it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re exploring them onboard. @smartcruiser reminds us that one should always preview all the activities and reserve the ones you don’t want to miss as soon as you board. This is even more so for main highlights which are often the unique activities on the ship or the large theatre performances.


If your cruise company comes with an app, use it. They often invest a lot in them to make their workflow more efficient, and may sometimes be the only way to book certain facilities or activities. @yourstrulychelsea lists “deck plans, reservations and entertainment options and their times” as some of the useful information you can access just through your smartphone, from anywhere on the ship.

Keep it easy and breezy with these cruise hacks and make that next sailing trip an extra memorable one for the family. Hop into HomeTeamNS’s TikTok for more wacky fun and club news.

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Meet the thrill-seeker who’s aiming high for his next big adventure

This thrill-seeker is a HomeTeamNS Adventure Senior Executive whose ultimate travel adventure destination is Nepal.



As a Senior Executive in the Business Development Department of HomeTeamNS, Nazron Hadi thinks about water a lot. That’s because he is tasked with overseeing operations, safety, business opportunities and processes at Aqua Adventure, Singapore’s first integrated indoor water park located at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir.

While he enthusiastically recommends that newcomers to HomeTeamNS visit Aqua Adventure, Nazron’s idea of a thrilling adventure during his downtime features high peaks and soaring views instead of diving or swimming. “My ultimate adventure destination is Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp,” he said. “It’s a dream I’ve long wanted to do, but I just haven’t found the time or company.”

According to Nazron, Annapurna Base Camp – a 60km-long trek starting from the city of Pokhara – appeals to him because of the prospect of a breathtaking view at the end of a long climb. “It will give me a sense of achievement and satisfaction,” he explained.


As a bona fide thrill-seeker, Nazron is eager to try new things wherever he goes. While Annapurna will have to wait for now, he plans to head down south on his next journey.

“I would like to caravan across New Zealand,” he said. “It would be exciting to see all the mountains and lakes. It’s like camping on the go, but with all the amenities fully loaded.”

To get into the right mood for his epic overland adventure, Nazron offered a sample of what his perfect driving playlist would sound like: “I would pick upbeat and fast-paced songs that keep me moving, like Thrift Shop by Macklemore, Helena by My Chemical Romance, and Danza Kuduro by Don Omar.”

He also appreciates having a flexible itinerary that allows him to make spontaneous plans, which adds an element of adventure to holidays abroad.

“I spent 11 days in Sri Lanka with my cousin,” he recounted. “We visited four different places, but only booked our accommodation in advance at two of these locations. It was exciting because I didn’t know what lay in store for us. Everything was such an eye-opener, from the culture to the scenery, people and landscape. It was just exhilarating.”


While he treasures spontaneity, Nazron is also practical and believes in being well-prepared. The one item he’d want on a desert island – apart from food and water – is a Swiss Army Knife.

“It can cut food and even make shelter,” he reasoned. “It’s important for my survival.”

And if he were to embark on a Bear Grylls-style man vs. nature adventure showdown, he knows exactly who he’d bring (no, it’s not Bear Grylls): “I would bring my best friend, because he has similar interests and is into exploring, outdoor adventures and travelling like me.”

Nazron also has a pro-tip or two for anyone wanting to prep for the adventure of a lifetime overseas: “I would definitely ask them to try out Adventure HQ at HomeTeamNS Khatib, especially the height activities and the amazing walls that they have. They should also head over to the Fitness Workz Gyms to train their stamina.”


Being a fan of adventure travel doesn’t mean having to leave things to chance. Finding the right service providers can help provide additional peace of mind so you can make the most of your journey. For instance, HomeTeamNS members enjoy 20-per-cent discounts on Singlife with Aviva Single Trip Travel Insurance and 10-per-cent off the base rate at Hertz car rentals worldwide.

Even if you can’t climb a mountain anytime soon, you can still get an adrenaline rush at HomeTeamNS clubhouses. Plus, you get to maintain your physical fitness until your next big adventure.

Take action, at Action Motion

The gamified obstacle course not only puts you through a series of heart-thumping zones that test your speed, strength and agility, it keeps things competitive with a live scoreboard – so you can challenge yourself, and your friends.

Challenge yourself at Adventure Centre

Gather your friends and family for a customised package at Adventure Centre, where you can pick any two activities from abseiling, rock climbing, a 50m-long flying fox zipline and a challenge rope course.

Take aim at Tactsim

The first indoor player vs. player airsoft arena in Singapore has advanced moving wall panels to keep things fresh with every visit – so you can’t predict your opponents’ next moves. Keep your reflexes sharp and hone your accuracy, all while having fun.

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How to take holiday family fun to new levels

The June holidays are here, so pack those books away, it’s time for a month of fun and exploration for the whole family.



June brings with it sunny days for the mid-year school vacations, and with Families for Life’s National Family Week happening from 3 to 11 June, there’s no better reminder to plan early for some holiday activities.

Singapore’s small size belies its many offerings and any online search will offer many options. To kick off your planning, here are some family-friendly activities to consider for the June holidays.


HomeTeamNS clubhouses will be hosting activities in celebration of National Family Week as well.

Over at HomeTeamNS Khatib, join in the festive cheer of a bazaar featuring offerings from local businesses on June 3 and 4, and join in the event’s host of activities including bouncy castles, foam blaster challenges, pool soccer and Giant Jenga.

For the rest of the month, look out for other family activities at the other clubhouses, such as the go-kart rides at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir till 3 July, a Hawaiian-themed bazaar at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier on 17 June, mini game stations at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok from 17 to 18 June, and many more.


Whether you’re nine or 90 years old, the adorable furball that is Pikachu and his evolving friends have won the hearts of many with their zany antics. Now, you’ll get a chance to be captured into a poke ball yourself by boarding the newly-decorated cable cars by Mount Faber Leisure group.

It’s a colourful and unique way to visit Sentosa, with all 67 of the cabins each decorated to the anime’s striking visuals. But just like the games, you won’t know who you’ll end up with, as the designs are randomised into five groups. You might be sitting with first-generation Pokemon like Eevee and Pikachu, or maybe encounter newer friends such as the laidback Fuecoco.

The fun doesn’t stop when you reach Sentosa. Immerse yourself in the Van Gogh experience at Resorts World, or speed down a hill course with Skyline Luge. Fly across the world with a prehistoric bird, Shahbaz, in Wings of Time, with upgraded pyrotechnics to really dazzle audiences in the multi-sensory night performance. 

HomeTeamNS members can enjoy more bang for their buck on their day out at Sentosa. Mount Faber Leisure group is offering member discounts for popular attractions, including 30 per cent off Cable Car Sky Pass (Round Trip), 20 per cent off Wings of Time (Standard), 15 per cent off SkyHelix Sentosa, and 30 per cent off their Sentosa Island Bus Tour.


When things start to swelter, it’s time to find shelter. If so, the Gardens by the Bay is your cooling family playground.

The Flower Dome with its climate-controlled environment comes alive this June holidays with fragrant roses, featured within the region of Puglia and its whimsical white, cone-roofed houses. Don’t forget to sign up for their free quick tours to learn more about their succulents, or a workshop where you’ll be taught to make your Forever Rose ring using pipe cleaners. Afterwards, head over to the Cloud Forest to enjoy the immersive walkthrough Avatar Experience before it leaves at the end June.

Other than the domes, the 101 hectares also offers plenty of shade and other activities for a day out. Look out for exhibitions like the Ang Ku Kueh Girl, or planned programmes such as Nature’s Imaginarium for the younger ones, or even a sporting session between parents and their kids with Active Family every Saturday. And bring along a change of clothes – the Far East Organisation Children’s Garden is a water playground that will have the kids squealing in fun.


If your young ones are the creative sort, or you’re trying to inspire them to be so, then how about a dose of art at some of our most beloved institutions?

The Family Art Tours at National Gallery are a great way to start. The free programme happens on the first weekend of June (3-4 June), and facilitators will guide visitors through different artists, their inspirations and the different tools and materials they use, to better appreciate paintings and sculptures. Then, get ready to create some photo prints using cyanotype printing – one of the oldest photographic printing methods – or even make your own paper from scratch. These workshops are designed to stir the joy of crafting and art in children.

Or get a wider perspective with a Civic District Art Tour on a moped. The award-winning motorbike tour is suitable for children because they will be riding in fancy sidecars, and the experienced drivers will share more about how the administrative past of the area has been transformed to today’s vibrant arts and cultural cluster.

Chinese culture, spanning thousands of years, can be bewildering to approach. But visit Cultural Extravaganza 2023 at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) from 13 May till 18 June to get an exciting showcase of highlights. Working with renowned local art groups to spotlight the cross-generational aspect, the extensive line-up includes performances, talks, an exhibition, TV festival, and even an encounter with Xinyao legend Liang Wenfu. HomeTeamNS members also receive 20 per cent off.


When news of the Jurong Bird Park closure was announced, many bemoaned the loss of the iconic attraction. But the new Bird Paradise will change your mind.

The sanctuary houses all of the previous feathered residents in lush settings aligned with their natural habitat. The Hong Leong Foundation Crimson Wetlands is a haven for our crimson friends, featuring the elegant American Flamingoes, cute Scarlet Ibis and vibrant macaws. Over at Kuok Group Wings of Asia, familiar sightings of hornbills and spoonbills are particularly scenic in its tall bamboo groves and rice paddy settings. And of course, the most popular denizens are over at Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove, where they waddle and splash around in their new home. Making your way around is easy with their free in-park shuttle, and even trikes and wagons for rent to jazz things up for the younger ones.

Pro-tip: Complete your day with visits to the other nearby attractions. HomeTeamNS members can enjoy up to 40 per cent off tickets to the Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, and Night Safari.

For more bird-watching fun, families can head to the new Rifle Range Nature Park to try spotting some. The country’s first net positive energy nature park offers extensive trails through the reserve, and visitors can head to Waterhen Hide to see the Quarry Wetland and catch sightings of wetland birds such as the Yellow Bittern and five species of kingfishers.

Brighten up the June holidays for your family and yourself with these exciting happenings at HomeTeamNS and other parts of Singapore.

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New and revamped attractions in Singapore you need to visit

These attractions prove that our island is small in size but big on fun activities for you and your loved ones.



Even though Singapore is just 710sq km, it’s a city-state that’s constantly evolving. From landmarks to malls and visitor attractions, change is constant, whether it’s a new attraction or one that’s been rejuvenated.

Here are seven new and revamped attractions that should be on your must-visit list, whether you’re organising a family outing or looking for a fun place to visit with your significant other.


Photo: HomeTeamNS

Recently refurbished, HomeTeamNS’ first flagship indoor playground, T-Play Bukit Batok is a 390sqm facility that is designed to engage a child’s brain development, motion coordination and sense of direction. Catering to children aged 6 months to 12 years old, updates to the transportation-themed playground include an extended ball pit, new party room area and new submarine interactive area.

T-Play was awarded the 2018/19 Young Parents SG Parents’ Choice for Kids’ Best Indoor Playground. Additional services offered include birthday party planning and excursions.


Photo: Van Gogh Expo Facebook

The artist Vincent Van Gogh’s remarkable art — made all the more poignant by his tragic life story — has captured hearts everywhere. So, imagine if you could now step into one of his works.

The organisers of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience have brought their exhibition to Singapore, marking the show’s debut in Southeast Asia. Having been seen by more than 5 million visitors since 2017, the exhibition at Resorts World Sentosa will include a vast projection space, an intimate virtual reality experience, displays of his art in new forms, and an activity studio.


Photo: NParks Facebook

Officially opened in November 2022, the Rifle Range Nature Park extends the existing Central Nature Park Network by 66ha. Once the former Sin Seng Quarry, the trail has been extended by 7km, offering scenic greenery that houses a freshwater habitat.

As it is home to more than 300 species of animals, you just might be rewarded with a glimpse of the Malayan colugo, Sunda pangolin and leopard cat. The eagle-eyed might even spot one of the rope bridges stretching across the canopy, designed for arboreal or tree-living animals. Have the children keep count of the 40 cute bronze squirrels located at features like the pavilions. To take it all in, we recommend the trail’s highlight – a 31m lookout deck that offers a sweeping panoramic view of the forest.


Photo: Made With Passion Singapore

Located within the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill, this is one chocolate factory Willy Wonka would be envious of. Its open concept Chocolate Room offer visitors a view of their chocolate makers in action. It offers dine-in offerings and a curated drinks menu using sustainably sourced cacao beans from Asia. The Creation Station lets visitors create their own chocolate slabs with their favourite toppings. The Retail Section offers a variety of treats that make ideal gifts for the chocaholic in your life. 


Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

When Jurong Bird Park announced its closure this year, entire generations were left bereft of a nostalgic icon. Opened in 1971, the avian attraction was a staple destination in every school excursion, and was once home to the world’s tallest artificial waterfall.

Come May 8, Bird Paradise will open its doors to the public. About 3,500 birds from 400 species will enjoy a new 17ha home, with eight walk-through aviaries simulating their natural habitats. Expect to see hornbills and spoonbills amid tall bamboo groves and paddy terraces, and witness penguins on land and underwater.


Photo: Shout Singapore

With a name like that, it’s hard not to get noticed. The new 19,000sq ft beach club at Siloso Beach Sentosa offers a mix of good food and great music. A dazzling rainbow-inspired colour scheme, and plenty of stage and lighting equipment give this venue a carnival-like atmosphere. Enjoy private cabanas by the pool, food and craft cocktails that will be Instagrammable as well as live music by international and local DJs.


Photo: Trifecta by The Ride Side

What if you can’t decide between skiing at the Alps in Switzerland, or surfing at Uluwatu Beach in Bali? Thanks to the people of The Ride Side, a local company that sells skates and snowboards, you  will be able to do both when Trifecta opens in Somerset later this year. It aims to be Singapore’s premier ski, skate, surf and snowboarding resort, where newbies and enthusiasts can live out their sporting dreams. It will combine a large skating park with two interior spaces, with specialty stations that provide infinity waves and slopes to let users surf and ski to their heart’s content.

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Singapore, and you’ll always find new activities to try at any HomeTeamNS clubhouse.

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The kiasu parent’s guide to ChatGPT

You’ve caught the buzz about the artificial intelligence tool that’s taking the world by storm. But how is it changing the way our kids learn?


Are we at the cusp of witnessing machine sentience? Will the world soon be controlled by intelligent robots who then proceed to enslave humanity? Well, not quite.

ChatGPT is the latest innovation by San Francisco-based research and development firm OpenAI. The artificial intelligence language model has the ability to generate text that simulates human communication, based on user prompts.

Here’s what you should know about ChatGPT and how it affects students.


Farshad Ismail of The Write Edge
Farshad Ismail of The Write Edge

For local English education centre Write Edge’s curriculum lead Farshad Ismail, the opportunities range from having a personalised learning tool for students, to being an administrative instrument for teachers.

Teachers, too, reap the benefits of increased efficiency, when they tap on ChatGPT to craft quizzes, generate sample learning plans and brainstorm. “We all know how much a teacher’s workload can sometimes be bogged down by administrative and planning duties. With ChatGPT’s assistance, teachers can spend more time on actual teaching,” asserts Farshad.

For Cleophina Chan, founder of tuition centre BlackBox Learning Centre, the biggest perk is how it saves users time, effort and the “frustration of wading through dense details on Wikipedia just to find one nugget of information.” As compared to “plain vanilla Web search”, ChatGPT delivers a succinct answer to a user-defined question. “The answer is an elegantly packaged summary of what is already out there on the world wide web,” says Chan. That said, it’s important to note that the software has been shown to generate inaccurate information, so answers derived from it should still be carefully assessed.


Cleophina Chan with students from BlackBox Learning Centre
Cleophina Chan with students from BlackBox Learning Centre

On the flip side, despite being a unique stand-in for after-school tutors, an overreliance on ChatGPT can lead to a decrease in human interaction. By diluting the interactions between students and teachers — a core part of education — it can lead to a reduced emphasis on critical thinking and creativity, contends Farshad.

In highly competitive Singapore, students may turn to ChatGPT not as a way to enhance their education, but to direct it, thus raising the possibility of plagiarism. ChatGPT may also have trouble processing the nuances of the Singaporean context, hindering local students’ ability to effectively learn in this system.

The dangers of ChatGPT lie not in its technology but in the attitude of its users, adds Chan. A reliance and trust in tools like ChatGPT may affect critical thinking and judgment. If users believe that ChatGPT answers represent the entire body of knowledge on a subject, they may have little incentive to look beyond that single source of information.


ChatGPT is a generative AI-powered platform

In Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is guiding teachers in schools and institutes of higher learning on how to use ChatGPT, while professional discussion groups among educators have sprung up, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament in February. MOE will also equip students with the skills to use AI tools responsibly, he added.

Schools have adopted a range of practices to guard against technology misuse like plagiarism and cheating. Teachers use multiple modes of assessment such as examinations, presentations and field notes to assess students’ capability, while online tools can also flag AI-generated content, said Minister Chan. Already, students in International Baccalaureate programmes in Singapore are allowed to use content created by ChatGPT in their assignments. To avoid plagiarism, they must reference it in the bibliography.

Weighing in on MOE’s stance, Farshad says that it is a “good balance between being liberal and cautious.”  Currently, Write Edge is assessing the potential of applying ChatGPT in the classroom, starting from secondary school students. For instance, the team floated the possibility of it being used as a personalised homework tool to help students grasp the PEEL (Point, Example, Explain, Link) format, or revise writing concepts. It may also aid curriculum writers in drafting a skeletal essay or comprehension pieces that they would then refine.

Given that tools like ChatGPT are here to stay, the most important thing is to equip students to use them ‘critically, creatively and thoughtfully”, says Farshad. This will also reflect their future experiences at work, and not see it as a way out to cut corners in their learning.

How can I encourage my child to use ChatGPT responsibly?

“Tell children that devices, applications and platforms are enablers of learning. They enhance speed, accessibility and the breadth of informational sources. Learning to solve the novel problems of the future requires learners to quickly absorb the information available today and apply their minds to create solutions. Artificial intelligence cannot solve human problems because human problems require human solutions.”

Cleophina Chan, founder of tuition centre BlackBox Learning Centre

More to learn

Help your young ones develop a range of skills with these sweet HomeTeamNS member deals.

Owl Readers Club
The book club, designed to cultivate good reading habits, is offering a 10 per cent discount on children’s books with every purchase. Promotion is valid till 30 December 2023.

Enjoy a 10 per cent discount on student/adult membership at the bookstore chain. Promotion is valid only for new sign-ups, till 30 Sep 2023.

Create your own rug at this tufting studio, where you’re entitled to a 10 per cent discount on tufting sessions. Promotion is valid till 20 Sep 2023.

Help nurture your child’s motor coordination skills and dexterity with rollersports classes at Ernsports, which is offering a 10 per cent discount on classes and a special trial class rate.

Star Learners Child Care
Here’s one for time-strapped parents: Star Learners is offering a $300 cash rebate when you enrol your child at any of their child care centres. Promotion is valid till 31 December 2023.

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