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Trick, treat or thrills

From racing against time in a scavenger hunt to surviving horror-themed escape games, HomeTeamNS members enjoyed a scarily good time during Halloween.

TEXT: ADLINA ADAM
PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS

SPOOKY LANE OF FITNESS, TRICK OR TREAT AT HOMETEAMNS-JOM BALESTIER

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Over the Halloween weekend on October 30 and 31, 478 HomeTeamNS members dropped by HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier to participate in exciting activities with their families. From Gho-st Hunting to the Spooky Lane of Fitness, Trick or Treat, participants gave themselves a good scare before going home with bags full of treats and big smiles on their faces.

Spooky Lane of Fitness, Trick or Treat

Spanning 20 meters, participants conquered different stations filled with tricks and activities. Along the way, they came face-to-face with ghoulish Halloween favourites, including Dracula, Skull, Mummy and Jack-O-Lantern.

Participants tackled challenges such as collecting items for the Witch’s brew with a pair of chopsticks at the fastest speed possible, breaking Dracula’s Dra-Code using mathematics, conquering Jack-O-Lantern’s agility ladder drills, and counting the number of eyeballs in the jars for Skull. After completing all the stations, participants were rewarded with sweet treats to take home.

Let’s Gho-st Hunting

There was indeed something strange in the neighbourhood! Participants navigated the Spooky Lanes to find Halloween creatures that had gone into hiding. To find the creatures, participants scanned QR Codes on hidden posters. With the discoveries, they gained chances to enter the District Lucky Draw. Prizes included sports bags and towels.

SPOOKTOBER AT HOMETEAMNS KHATIB

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As for HomeTeamNS Khatib, members lived their scary movie moments through a series of fearsome horror stories, dressed up in their best ghastly costumes, and ventured out on a scavenger hunt from October 22 to 31.

The 5 Stories of Horror

At allocated timeslots between October 22 and 31, some 142 participants worked under pressure to solve five horror mystery stories at HomeTeamNS Khatib – Walk-of-Dead, Haunted Toy Museum, Dr Jekyll’s Lair, Wacky Warehouse, and Circus Comes Alive. Grouped in pairs, they received a survival guide that included ground rules and the synopsis of the stories. Participants were given 15 minutes to solve a task at each venue, before moving on to the next story.

CarnEVIL
 

616 members and their loved ones had a fang-tastic time at the CarnEVIL! Consisting of four game booths – “Bewitched Ring Toss”, “Skeleton High-Fives”, “Feed the Pumpkins” and “Ghoul-in-One”, participants were on roll as they collected stamps on their spooky passes and redeemed some prizes and popcorn!

To snazz up the carnival vibe, families were dressed up in their best ghastly costumes and strutted down the EVIL Runway, and even went trick-or-treating with the clubhouse’s popular mascots. 

Terrorfic Hunt

Parents and their children raised their hunting skills to new heights as they scrambled through all 5-storeys of HomeTeamNS Khatib during the Terrorfic Hunt! In this digital scavenger hunt, participants searched for hidden clues and discovered a secret message at each checkpoint. At the end of the hunt, they were treated to a Boo! Bag of all things Halloween such as chocolates and candies!

 

SCAVENGER HUNT AT HOMETEAMNS BUKIT BATOK

A scavenger hunt was held at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok between October 25 and 31, with 158 participants taking part. Members had to scout for a list of hidden items such as mummies, pumpkins, candy corns and witches to redeem an ice-cream that was stolen from the Witch before Halloween.

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Get crafty with the kids

Spice up the school holidays by learning to make these easy and creative crafts and treats as a family!

TEXT ADLINA ADAM
PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS, SHUTTERSTOCK

With an active imagination and some guidance, junior HomeTeamNS members unleashed their creative and culinary talents during Children’s Day on 8 October 2021. Missed out on all the fun? Fret not! Get up to speed with our online tutorials and have fun creating these treats with your children during their school holidays.

BIGSY AND BUNNY’S CRAFT SERIES WITH T-PLAY

Bigsy’s Popcorn Craft

Popcorn is not only a delicious treat, but it also makes a great prop for crafting! Have a popping good time with T-Play host, Bigsy, in creating a popcorn craft from scratch. To prepare for your session, you’ll need glue, paint, scissors, paintbrush, cotton wools, ruler and coloured papers. 

Watch the tutorial for Bigsy’s step-by-step guide:

Bunny’s Paper Puppet Clown

Spice things up and brighten your day by creating your own sprightly and interactive clown! Join T-Play’s host, Bunny, as she shows you how to make a Paper Puppet Clown. Before you get started, ensure that you have these materials ready: scissors, coloured papers, coloured markers, rectangular cut-out paper and a cut-out paper of a clown head.

Watch Bunny’s step-by-step tutorial:

DANCING PAPER PINWHEEL MAKING WITH HOMETEAMNS-JOM BALESTIER

Not sure what to do with that pile of used paper lying around the house or the paper bags from your lunch delivery?

Turn it into a Dancing Paper Pinwheel and watch it move with the wind! With just a pair of scissors, pen or pencil, another wooden pencil (with an eraser tip), ruler and a map pin, transform an ordinary item into a toy for your child. When it’s done, go outdoors and watch your homemade pinwheel spin.

Watch the step-by-step tutorial by our friends at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier and make a Dancing Paper Pinwheel:

ICE-CREAM MAKING WITH HOMETEAMNS BUKIT BATOK

Ice cream – it’s a comfort food for all ages and the perfect treat to savour with your family! Members tuned in with HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok and Professor Messy of Mr Bottle’s Kids Party to learn how to make ice-cream from scratch.

“I’m surprised that it tasted like store-bought ones. Time to make my own ice cream from now on,” shared Cheng Chee Wee, a participant of the live Ice Cream Making session.

Watch Professor Messy’s baking skills in action:

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp of sugar
  • ½ tsp of vanilla
  • ½ a cup (about 120ml) of cream
  • ½ a cup (about 120ml) of full cream milk
  • Sandwich-sized Ziplock bags (if they come in smaller sizes, you can split mixture into different bags)
  • Big container/sturdy bags
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 120-150gm of salt (no salt required if you have dry ice)
  • 4 tsp of cacao powder (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour 120ml of milk into a measuring cup.
  2. Add two tablespoons of sugar and mix well.
  3. Add 120ml of full cream milk and mix well.
  4. Add two to three teaspoons of vanilla essence and mix well.
  5. Add 4 teaspoons of cocoa powder and mix well (Milo powder can also be used as an alternative, but do keep in mind that the powder already contains sugar. Hence, the amount of sugar in Step 2 can be reduced).
  6. Pour the contents in a sturdy ziplock bag, however you may wish to add another layer for added protection. Ensure that some air are kept in the bag.
  7. Pour some ice cubes into an empty container, followed by the ziplock bag. Pour more ice cubes and let them rest on the ziplock bag.
  8. Add 120-150gm of salt into the container to lower the temperature of the ice, and tighten the lid of the container.
  9. Shake the container for 15 minutes to evenly distribute the temperature and to cool down the ice cubes. Feel free to use a glove or wrap the container with cloth if it gets too cold.
  10. Enjoy your homemade sweet treat with your family!

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Getting physical

Keeping fit is all in a day’s work for SSSGT (NS) Heiryl Ilham.

TEXT: KEENAN PEREIRA
PHOTOS: SSSGT (NS) HEIRYL ILHAM

SSSGT (NS) Heiryl Ilham values fitness so much that for a period of time, he was downing 20 egg whites every day, just to up his daily protein intake (protein benefits the body in several ways, like helping to build lean muscle and speeding up post-exercise recovery). And without the soy sauce or pepper that many of us would add, mind you. “Just straight-up whites — 10 in the morning and 10 at night,” the 29-year-old says matter-of-factly.

His commitment to a healthy lifestyle started during his teenage years, when he would consistently fail his National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) test at school. “I did well for every station except my 2.4 km, which I was completing in about 15 minutes,” SSSGT (NS) Heiryl recalls.

Keen to turn this aspect of his life around, he turned to YouTube to learn more about fitness — and the rest is history. These days, he clocks in at under 10 minutes for his 2.4km runs — a result of training on the treadmill, which he finds highly effective in learning to run faster. This, combined with interval training, has helped SSSGT (NS) Heiryl shed around 27kg (he currently weighs in at a lean 62kg).

FITNESS TOGETHER

Between December 2016 and May 2017, SSSGT (NS) Heiryl Ilham set out to transform himself, losing about 27kg and going from 28 per cent body fat to 8 per cent body fat.

“Be the best that you can be”: This is a tip SSSGT (NS) Heiryl readily shares with his clients at Sport Singapore, where he is a fitness instructor. He also supports his fellow Home Team NSmen through the Virtual Fitness Training (VFT) initiative, which was launched last December.

Every Saturday, SSSGT (NS) Heiryl leads about 40 NSmen in a vigorous High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout that he designed, which comprises an energetic mix of core training, as well as upper and lower body workouts. This complements his NSman role as Officer-in-Charge (OC) Fitness at Clementi Division, where he supervises Remedial Trainings (RT) and oversees the division’s Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) training sessions. In addition, SSSGT (NS) Heiryl serves as a Police Contact Tactical Trainer and IPPT Trainer, training fellow NSmen in a modified self-defence form that combines elements from Wing Chun and judo.

SSSGT (NS) Heiryl is passionate about helping NSmen up their fitness game, especially since many of them support crucial operational work during their reservist cycles — and it’s an experience he knows well.

While on patrol during his first reservist cycle, he and his partner were alerted to an incident of public nuisance. A drunken man was causing a scene outside VivoCity and when the pair approached him, the person refused to cooperate and even tried to attack them. SSSGT (NS) Heiryl acted swiftly to pin him down and arrest him. “Anything can happen in situations like this. That is why we need to be on our best form, even as NSmen,” he shares.

FITTER TOGETHER

Fitness isn’t just an occupation for SSSGT (NS) Heiryl; it’s also a means of bonding with his wife, whom he had met when he was a trainer at a private gym. “She is just as passionate as I am about fitness. We love working out as a couple,” he says.

SSSGT (NS) Heiryl and his wife tied the knot last December. “We had a COVID-19 wedding,” he explains, referring to the smaller and more intimate nuptials that are now the norm because of the pandemic. This meant that the ceremony cost less than one-third what it normally would — money that is going towards their first home in the upcoming Tengah Forest Town development which will be ready in 2024.

For now, the couple is living at home with SSSGT (NS) Heiryl’s family, where they enjoy his mother’s  scrumptious cooking. He admits that he does not really watch what he eats and he is more concerned about when he eats. “That’s because I am very disciplined with my workouts. I may start the day with a packet of nasi lemak but I know for a fact that I will work out hard enough to burn off those calories.”

For most of us who don’t have that kind of determination, he suggests using a simple calorie tracking app to avoid eating excessively. “But there’s no need to go overboard with calculating everything that you eat. That may be too tedious and is not sustainable in the long run,” he adds.

From failing his NAPFA test as a teen to training fellow NSmen to pass their physical fitness tests and helping his fitness clients lead healthier lives, SSSGT (NS) Heiryl has come a long way on his fitness journey. Not only has he come to embody physical fitness, he’s doing his best to help others transform their lifestyles, one rep at a time.

INTERVAL MATTERS

SSSGT (NS) Heiryl is a big proponent of interval training as he has seen its benefits for many clients and himself. Here’s how to start:

  1. Warm up thoroughly
  2. Sprint for 30 seconds at 100 per cent effort
  3. Rest for 1 to 2 minutes
  4. Repeat (2) and (3) at least eight times, at least once a week

IMPORTANT: You should always consult your physician or other healthcare professional before starting this or any other fitness programme to determine if it is right for your needs.

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