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Here’s why more than 700,000 people have visited HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir

As our newest clubhouse turns one, we look back at the reasons that have contributed to its popularity.


A year has passed since the launch of HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, which has been a hit among HomeTeamNS members and the general public alike.

The five-storey clubhouse has welcomed more than 700,000 visitors since it officially opened on 4 January 2023. It is no surprise, either, that the new facility has been so well-received — after all, this labour of love was specifically created for Home Team NSmen, by Home Team NSmen.

To realise their vision of a state-of-the-art recreational  venue that is both easy on the eye and the environment, the HomeTeamNS Clubhouse East Development Committee worked closely with consultants, architects, and contractors over the course of several years.

And their efforts have paid off. The clubhouse has earned the Green Mark Platinum certification issued by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority, which evaluates buildings’ environmental impact and performance.

Among the reasons behind these accolades, are roofs made from high solar reflectance index (SRI) materials that reflect away heat from the sun so that less energy is required to cool the building, as well as energy-efficient lights and smart lighting systems that also play a role in reducing energy consumption.

Another highlight of the clubhouse is its smart digital capabilities. East Villa’s waterfront villas that overlook Bedok Reservoir, for instance, feature cardless access via a QR code generated on the HomeTeamNS Mobile App.

The use of smart technologies extends to the clubhouse’s multitude of exciting facilities. These include multi-level obstacle course Action Motion, which combines augmented reality with physical challenges, and features score tabulation through RFID wrist tags that track players’ progress at various recording stations.

Looking to beat the tropical heat while testing your agility? Check out Aqua Adventure, a massive three-storey indoor water adventure centre featuring Singapore’s longest indoor waterslide, a wet rope course, as well as climbing walls and a laze  pool. Other amenities are a supersized Fitness Workz gym built for crossfit practitioners, yoga studio, six-lane infinity swimming pool, grand pillarless ballroom, and an array of F&B outlets.

If you haven’t already visited HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, here are more reasons to do so.

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7 ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year more sustainably

Green is the new red. Enjoy the festivities and keep traditions alive while reducing your environmental impact with these tips.



During the Lunar New Year, it is common to observe auspicious customs such as exchanging mandarin oranges and red packets, as well as tossing yu sheng (raw fish salad). However, you’ll also want to be mindful of the environmental impact of these practices. According to Hong Kong-based environmental group Greeners Action, more than 16,300 trees are felled each year to produce some 320 million red packets. That alone may give us pause for thought on how we can evolve our customs to minimise waste.

The good news is, we can keep our Lunar New Year traditions alive while being kinder to the planet. Consider the following tips and kickstart the year of the Dragon on a sustainable note.


Purchase a single household item or outfit as a symbol of new beginnings, rather than overhauling your home or wardrobe. It takes about 2,700 litres of water to produce a single cotton T-shirt, so you’ll want to minimise the waste from fast fashion. You can do so by picking long-lasting pieces over throwaway ones, or consider joining the circular fashion movement through thrift or swap shopping — which happens to be very much on trend. When shopping, opt for local businesses instead of international e-commerce platforms to reduce the carbon footprint from overseas delivery. Ladies can consider Beyond the Vines and Ong Shunmugam for contemporary pieces suitable for Lunar New Year outings, while the lads can look dapper in threads by Benjamin Barker and biro. For locally-made wooden furniture pieces, check out Roger&Sons.


Consider what you can reuse or recycle when doing your spring cleaning. Too often, our throwaway culture means items don’t get the lifespan they deserve. When decluttering, see if the items can be repaired by experts such as Jia Xing or SG Home furniture — or learn how to do so yourself at one of Repair Kopitiam’s workshops. If you must give away items that are in good condition, pass them on to the needy through The Salvation Army or Cloop bins set up by a circular fashion enterprise.

When it comes to decorating, look at existing materials you can use to dress up the home. Repurpose a Christmas wreath into one for the Spring Festival, or create beautiful lanterns from last year’s red packets. If you really must purchase decorations, opt for biodegradable or natural materials over metal or plastic.


Instead of adorning your home with short-lived blooms such as the Hyacinthus or Narcissus, opt for hardier, lower-maintenance plants such as bamboo, chrysanthemums, and azaleas. Besides requiring little moisture and growing easily indoors, the resilient and auspicious money plant is adept at filtering out common indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene. When buying these plants, pick out those in permanent or compostable pots to reduce plastic waste. Join a free floral arrangement workshop by local florist Sing See Soon, which weaves sustainable lifestyle hacks into its classes.


In Singapore, land transport accounts for about 15 per cent of carbon emissions. You can help lower this number by utilising our efficient network of public buses and trains. Last year, SMRT’s train services were extended for commuters travelling late during the eve of the Lunar New Year — stay tuned for updates on this year’s schedules. If you must travel by private transport, consider carpooling, shared car hire, or using the services of electric car-sharing companies like BlueSG. 



Offer digital versions by using PayNow via major banks instead. This way, you can even send your well-wishes to those who can’t make it for gatherings. If you still prefer something more traditional, use recycled red packets in good condition and skip the new notes — especially since the carbon emissions generated from printing new notes for Lunar New Year each year is said to be similar to that from powering 430 four-room HDB flats annually. You may also want to drop your crumpled red packets at recycling bins found at most major banks , which are often available throughout the year.


According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), about 900 million kg of plastic is discarded every year in Singapore. Avoid individually-wrapped items to help reduce such waste. Purchase Lunar New Year goodies from bakers who accept container returns. You can find some of them at Project bECOme and most even offer you a small refund. Even with mindful buying, you can easily get carried away with treats during this period. Be sure to keep track of their expiry dates and reduce food waste by sharing or giving the excess goodies away.


You’ll not only reduce the carbon footprint from importing ingredients, but will also enjoy the freshest produce possible. Singapore is home to several local vegetable farms and fisheries that supply delicious stock, but you can also look at businesses such as Ugly Food, which sells blemished and surplus produce that is nutritious and safe to consume. While fish is associated with abundance and therefore a popular Lunar New Year menu item, its supplies are threatened by overfishing. Have a more eco-conscious meal by consulting WWF’s guide for more sustainable seafood options.

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

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