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MPAS 2015 WINNER: COVER OF THE YEAR
Get your body in shape for this year’s REAL Run
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Super tasty downtown dining tips PAGE 16
URBAN WARRIOR How today‘s city dwellers can stay ahead of the pack PAGE 14
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contents MAY – JUNE 2016
HELLO! Calling all urban warriors! We’ve consolidated several life hacks you’ve got to know (p14); multi-tasking fashion items you might like to own (p8); as well as surprising great eats near your office you’ll definitely want to check out (p16). To prepare for that challenging multiterrain run, turn to this issue’s Shape Up (p18). Finally, be inspired by the best of all busking activities from around the world (p40). And as always, lots of great activities – especially for the long school holidays – plus special treats await you. Look for all these inside! The FRONTLINE Team
CLUB BUZZ 04 All that’s hip and happening
SHAPE UP 18 Stay ahead of the pack on your
HOT STUFF 08 Bringing trendy fashion
IN THE FORCE 25 What’s happening in MHA,
ideas to urbanites
TRENDING NOW 14 Learn the art of the urban warrior
FOOD SPY 16 Surprising eats you can find in the CBD
next multi-terrain trail run
SCDF and SPF
PROFILE 28 Educator Mohammed Azhar
Bin Yusof and acting veteran Ebi Shankara
ON THE EDGE 40 The biggest, richest and most famous busking groups
MAY – JUNE 2016
EDITORIAL ADVISORS PRESIDENT
Mr Desmond Lee
Mr Hoong Wee Teck, SPF Commissioner
Mr Eric Yap, SCDF Commissioner
DAC Manimaran Pushpanatan
Mr Ivan Chua
Ms Agnes Eu
BRANDING AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
Mr Jonathan Wan (Chairman), Mr Hisham Hasim, Mr Adrian Chye, Mr Jason Lim, Dr Jenson Goh, Mr David Yew, Mr Shabirin Ariffin
HomeTeamNS: Vincent Soh, Risdawatie Idris, Muhammad Fairuz Bin Mohd Amir, Alvin Chew, Sariyan Safee SCDF: Diana Yuen SPF: Tan Deyong
Tel: 6708-6600 Fax: 6708-6669 Email: enquiries@HomeTeamNS.sg
HOMETEAMNS BALESTIER CLUBHOUSE
31 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329979 www.HomeTeamNS.sg
EXECUTIVE CONTENT DIRECTOR
this May and June!
MEMBERSHIP 22 Exclusive promotions, plus
feedback from happy members
BIRTHDAY TREATS 24 Celebrate your special day with
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
Mey Leong Tel: 6735-8681 ext. 331 Email: email@example.com MCI (P) 124/03/2016. FRONTLINE is the official publication of HomeTeamNS. Published for HomeTeamNS by Publicitas Publishing Pte Ltd. (UEN: 200715901E) All rights to this publication are reserved and no part may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publishers. Printed by KHL Printing Co. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this newsletter is accurate and up to date, the editorial committee will not be responsible for errors made as a result of information received. Opinions expressed are that of the writers and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the publishers.
a host of exciting privileges
WHAT’S ON 30 Workshops and special events at our clubhouses
COURSES 38 Check out our huge range of fun classes for all ages
Presenting your new membership card! To renew, visit www.HomeTeamNS.sg Connect and get regular updates on our latest promos, events and freebies! www.facebook.com/HomeTeamNS Stay tuned with cool tips and news on our latest promos, events and freebies! www.instagram.com/HomeTeamNS
AMAZING TREATZ 20 Be sure to catch our great deals
IMPROVED REWARDS FOR MORE NSMEN
Rolling out the National Service Excellence Award and Celebratory Gifts...
tarting 1 April 2016, the top 30% NSmen will be rewarded for good performance in their Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS). The enhanced monetary schemes belong to the new National Service Excellence Award (NSEA) and Celebratory Gifts for NSmen. The NSEA replaces the Family Recognition Voucher (FRV) scheme, which rewarded only the top 10% NSmen. Under the NATIONAL SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD, the top 10% NSmen will receive $200 worth of NSEA voucher credits, i.e. double the $100 voucher credits in the former FRV scheme. NSmen entitled to the $200 voucher credits include the top 10% performers in call-up; recipients of the Letter of Commendation for outstanding performance during call-up; recipients of the National Day Award (NDA); and recipients of the Home Team NSmen of the Year Award. NSmen entitled to the $100 NSEA voucher credits include the next best 20% performers in call-ups and NS courses. Through CELEBRATORY GIFTS, the Home Team demonstrates care for the NSmen by celebrating joyous moments in their lives. NSmen who meet the eligibility criteria will be accorded $100 worth of credits when they solemnise their 4
NATIONAL SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD (NSEA)
• Top 10% NSmen in call-up or NS courses • Letter of Commendation recipients • National Day Award recipients • HomeTeam NSman of the Year recipients
• Next best 20% NSmen in call-up or NS courses
$100 CELEBRATORY GIFTS
• Marriage • New-born babies
marriage or welcome their child’s birth. Credits received from either scheme can be used to redeem lifestyle products, services or family attractions from a wide range of merchants on the appointed vendor’s website. Stay tuned for more updates.
HomeTeamNS Sembawang’s first Open House party was worth the wait
a recruitment drive for its Citizens On Patrol (COP) and Vehicle On Watch (VOW) programmes. To top it all, the Grand Lucky Draw saw HomeTeamNS members and their families win Golden Village movie vouchers, free staycations and free facilities usage.
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LIVIN’ IT UP NORTH
omeTeamNS Sembawang hosted their first Open House party on 19-20 March after an awesome makeover. More than 1,400 participants were treated to great activities, including scuba diving in the swimming pool and pumping it up with Aquarobics and Zumba. Young families had endless photo opportunities with Ironman and Spiderman. Said Mr Darren Kwan, 34, “Meeting the superheroes was good. I could tell the kids really enjoyed it.” The Singapore Police Force shared crime prevention tips and held
Book staycation deals and facilities at very affordable prices! Details on www.HomeTeamNS.sg
CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCHEON HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok ‘gifts’ back to more than 100 senior citizens
omeTeamNS Bukit Batok celebrated Chinese New Year on 21 February with about 140 elderly residents from Bukit Batok Home for the Aged; six nursing homes from the Orange Valley group; Adventist Home for the Elders; and Bo Tien Home for the Aged. Our HomeTeamNS volunteers and Executive Committee members from Bukit Batok were present to interact with the elderlies. Some of the programmes lined up included a Chinese Orchestra performance, a band performance, oriental magic, facemask-changing performance, and lo-hei. We also gave out Mandarin oranges, red packets and goodie
bags, and enjoyed a special Chinese New Year Lunch. “I am glad that the Executive Committee can contribute to the success of the event and hope that more NSmen can come forward to make this annual event even bigger in future,” said Mr Cheah Kok Keong, Chairman Bukit Batok Executive Committee. Special thanks to HomeTeamNS members for participating in our donation drive as well as to Kleenex Singapore, Khong Guan Biscuit Factory (S) Pte Ltd and Qian Xi Group for their generous sponsorships. We would also like to thank the Chinese Orchestra Performing Group from Nan Hua High School for their outstanding performance. FRONTLINE 5
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
AGENDA • Welcome Address by President of HomeTeamNS • Commencement of AGM • Presentation of General Secretary’s Annual Report
(REGISTRATION BEGINS 12PM)
• Presentation of Financial Statement for FY15/16
15 OCTOBER (SAT) AUDITORIUM, HOMETEAMNS BUKIT BATOK
• Q&A • End of AGM
REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED TO A LUNCH RECEPTION AND OPEN-HOUSE ACTIVITIES AFTER THE AGM SESSION. TO REGISTER, EMAIL COMMS@HOMETEAMNS.SG. ONLY ORDINARY MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.
STRIKES & SPARES! Home Team NSmen pit their best bowling skills against one another
xcited screams and victorious roars filled the air as pins after pins were struck down! Hosted at Starbowl at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, this was the Annual Most Supportive Division (MSD) Bowling Competition 2016 for Home Team NSmen. Graced by Guest-Of-Honour COL Lee Yam Ming, this event was part of a series of competitions that aim to promote
cohesiveness between NSmen and NSFs from SCDF and SPF Divisions. The “Novelty Category” was a new addition to the Team and Individual categories, which was introduced to allow the HomeTeamNS Management Staff to form teams with Division NSmen to compete in friendly matches. A participant in the Novelty category, 43-year-old Colonel (NS) Edwan Nizar bin Ahadan quips, “There was no pressure as the focus was not on winning. Instead I made new friends from both SPF and SCDF.” After a series of intense matches, ultimately Team Falconite and SGT (NS) Lim Ming Ren emerged as champions from their respective categories. The winners walked home with cash prizes and Starbowl sponsored prizes. Team Manager of Falconite LTA Low Kua Eng adds, “We lost and broke our winning streak last year; therefore, in this competition, we were determined to work harder and we formed a stronger team spirit! Eventually, we successfully attained championship again. Yeah!”
SWINGIN’ GOOD TIME Interviewing GolfLinks Chairman, Mr Calvin Siow, at HomeTeamNS Annual Golf Championship 2016
he heat had been relentless, but that did not deter the 144 participants of the HomeTeamNS Annual Golf Championship 2016 from pitting their golfing skills against one another, and trying for the grand prize of a Hyundai Elantra. Guest-Of-Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, graced the occasion with our HomeTeamNS President, Mr Desmond Lee. We spoke to Mr Calvin Siow, Chairman of GolfLinks, to find out more about the popular golf tournament:
What’s the aim of organising the Annual Golf Championship? It aims to bring together NSmen golfers from all walks of life, and to promote camaraderie and networking among them as they enjoy their game.
What are some of the challenges? In Singapore, good golf courses can be quite expensive. However, we try our best to take our golfers to premium courses for a good swing. Share with us some benefits of playing the sport. I think everyone knows that golfing hones our focus. In addition, it is a game for building relationships as each flight usually lasts 3 to 4 hours. What can members look forward to when they sign up as GolfLinks members? GolfLinks members enjoy exclusive rates at country clubs like Sembawang Country Club, Raffles Country Club and Warren Country Club. They may also participate in monthly golfing events and overseas golfing trips. In addition, they enjoy exclusive rates at many golfer merchandise companies! For more details about GolfLinks, visit www.HomeTeamNS.sg
HomeTeamNS Quiz 3 LUCKY WINNERS WILL EACH RECEIVE A $50 HOMETEAMNS VOUCHER!
Which HomeTeamNS clubhouse has recently been revamped?
Which of the following is NOT an upcoming event at Bukit Batok Clubhouse?
(CLUE: LOOK IN “CLUB BUZZ”!)
A. SEMBAWANG B. BUKIT BATOK C. CHINATOWN
(CLUE: LOOK IN “WHAT’S ON”!)
A. SHOP, EAT AND DURIAN FEAST! B. VOLLEYBALL FRIENDLY C. REAL SWIM
HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS TO THE TWO QUESTIONS TO COMMS@HOMETEAMNS.SG WITH YOUR NAME, TEL. NO, NRIC & MEMBERSHIP TYPE BY 15 JUNE 2016 THREE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED BY LUCKY DRAW ON 30 JUNE 2016 AND NOTIFIED BY 30 JULY 2016 FRONTLINE
TRENDY TRANSFORMERS Got a passion for fashion that more than meets the eye? Here’s our pick of urban wear for effortless multitasking
Soybu Mens’ Samurai Pants 2
Undercut by Barber Shop
These bags, designed and crafted in Italy, brilliantly double up as overnight bags, laptop and document bags and backpacks. Whether you’re a nine-to-fiver, a photographer (or both!), a gym rat or looking to overnight away from home, the Undercut has got you covered. Carry documents, a 14” laptop, up to 2 DSLRs with extra lenses and accessories, change of clothes, with spades of style. It’s cleverly designed with internal and external pockets, a detachable camera section and concealed harnesses that flip it into a backpack. It’s also lovingly handcrafted from Cordura canvas and fine-grained Italian leather. The adjustable shoulder strap comes with a sliding pad and the back is padded for comfort. The only thing they didn’t do is make it bulletproof. 41cm (W) x 31cm (H) x 12cm (D). Price: $769. www.barbershopbags.com
Sabine by Tanya Heath
If you’ve ever walked barefoot down a bustling street, because your spanking new stilettos made your feet feel like mangled chew toys, you will love Tanya Heath shoes. Designed by Canadian Tanya Heath, they are the world’s first interchangeable heel shoes, allowing you to go from skyscraper stilettoes to mid-height courts, to comfy ballet pumps, all with the same shoe! The heels are light, compact and fit into a clutch. There are 21 shoe designs including strappy sandals, boots, peep toes, sling backs and courts and 55 different heels, which add up to 3,255 different shoe permutations! Price: $556. www.tanyaheath.com 8
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The boundaries of work, personal and leisure time are constantly blurring. Keeping up means you need that pair of Soybu Samurai Pants to transition from the office to the gym to the movies. Clean lines and discreet style, with lightweight, moisture-wicking, water-repellent fabric and UPF 50+ sun protection, ensure ultimate comfort and unlimited mobility. Includes concealed hook-and-loop pockets. Price: $83. www.amazon.com
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Certis CISCO sends 6 high-performing employees and their partners on a once in a lifetime incentive trip to Spain to watch the La Liga Live at Camp Nou Stadium!
eet 6 of Certis CISCO’s star performers – Gayathiri Eswara Bappo, Jamilah Binti Ali, Joanne Wong, Mohamed Khalid Bin Sultan Abdul, Michael Goh and Shahzudha Parveen Binte Rahman Shariff, who went on a fully-sponsored incentive trip to Barcelona, Spain with their partners to watch the La Liga, where Barcelona played against Getafe live at the Camp Nou Stadium on 12 March 2016. The incentive trip is part of an annual reward programme by Certis CISCO that serves to recognise star performers who have been consistently exceling at work. “Watching it live was such an experience! I was completely blown away by the amount of love and passion the local fans displayed through their cheers. During that 90 minutes of action, it was as if Barcelona became ‘one’ and I was a part of them,” expressed Jamilah who has been a Barcelona fan since young. Arriving at the Barcelona-El Prat Airport on the 11 of March after a 14-hour long flight sponsored by Certis CISCO, the trip also came with a full day’s tour of the breathtaking city. Some of the major attractions included the Sagrada Família Church, Park Güell, La Boqueria Food Market, Casa Batlló, Montjuïc Hill and many more! Michael Goh from Certis CISCO Aviation Security, was especially thankful for the 5-day-4-night trip. It was not only his mother’s first trip to Spain, but it also help to bring the bond between the mother and son, closer than before. “Watching my mother having the chance to fill her camera with our memories of this place, was an indescribable feeling. It would otherwise be a destination that she would probably never see. I only realised how much it meant to her when she continually flipped through those photos, days after we arrived home in Singapore. Thank you, Certis CISCO, for the wonderful opportunity to embark upon this memorable journey,” said Michael who referred his Singaporean friend to Certis CISCO as an Auxiliary Police Officer last year. Of course, sponsored flights, accommodation as well as some spending cash, were the perfect icings to the cake!
In 2015, another group of 6 officers and their partners went on a trip to London, fulfilling their dreams of catching Arsenal and West Ham live at Emirates Stadium under this annual reward programme. In addition to incentive trips, Certis CISCO offers other benefits, such as • Joining, assignment and annual bonuses • Comprehensive medical coverage • Subsidised chalet rental and special staff rates/ discounts at popular local attractions • Birthday voucher • Group insurance coverage • Gym and sports facilities and many more!
Join us for a rewarding career, and you could be the next high performer to take a flight out! To find out more about a career with Certis CISCO, visit our Recruitment Centres at
Certis CISCO Centre II
Certis CISCO West Hub
Recruitment Centre 20 Jalan Afifi, Singapore 409179 (Monday to Friday, except Public Holidays, 9am to 6pm)
Recruitment Centre 10A Science Centre Road, Level 1, Singapore 609083 (Monday to Friday, except Public Holidays, 10am to 5pm)
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EVERYDAY HEROES Selfless Act AETOS Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) LCP(APF) Mohammad Rizal Bin Hamzah was expecting a regular evening of duties at Woodlands Checkpoint when he smelled acrid smoke and spotted a twostorey-high fire blazing from a car on the packed expressway. “My mind was racing with questions: ‘Was the car going to explode? Was anyone trapped in it?’ All I could think about was saving people and stopping the fire from spreading to the other vehicles on the expressway,” Rizal recounted. Grabbing a fire extinguisher, LCP(APF) Rizal was the first officer on the scene to help put out the blaze. He was soon joined by AETOS colleague PC(APF) Muhamad Saufe Bin Arsad, who fought the fire alongside him and successfully subdued it. For performing beyond
their call of duty, both officers have received numerous commendations.
only built confidence but also instilled the value of discipline in me.”
Passion for the Uniform After graduating from ITE with a NITEC in Automotive Technology, Rizal tried out a few jobs before realising that his heart was set on a uniform career. “People tend to look at you differently when you wear a uniform,” said Rizal. “I am thankful for the opportunities given to me here at AETOS. I strongly believe in the importance of safeguarding our borders, especially with the real terrorist threats that we face today.” With a stable career and a high gross monthly salary, Rizal plans to take up a Diploma in Security Management/Police Studies at a local polytechnic, and to serve as a senior officer in future.
Passion for Helping Others In 2014, Daniel met a friend, an AETOS Auxiliary Police Officer (APO), at the immigration checkpoint. After
Turning Over a New Leaf Well-mannered, cheerful and confident. These adjectives were certainly not how one would describe PC(APF) Daniel Peh before he joined the National Service (NS) in 2007. “I was once a rebellious gold-haired paikia who only knew how to get into fights. I even ponteng some of my ‘O’-level exams, simply because I didn’t feel like it,” said Daniel, laughing. As he did not have a full ‘O’-level certificate, Daniel took on odd jobs at various supermarkets and fast food outlets. However, the jobs lasted only a month or so, as he often got fired for arriving late for work or for not turning up at all. “It was only when my parents started ignoring me that I realised that my actions had really disappointed my loved ones,” said Daniel. “I decided that I needed to turn my life around and enlisted myself in the army earlier, at 17 years old. NS was a lifechanging experience as it not
hearing about his interest in a uniformed career, his friend advised Daniel to consider AETOS as a career choice. Today, PC(APF) Daniel celebrates 1½ years with AETOS, the longest job that he has held. “AETOS is committed to protecting both lives and property. We are often the first and last lines of defence for our borders,” said Daniel proudly. “My current role as a traffic marshal means that I attend to accidents on all major expressways. Despite the risks of the job, I find it meaningful and fulfilling when I get a chance to render assistance to those in need.” “AETOS offers me the job stability that I need,” he continued. "Including allowances, I usually take home more than $3,000. With this regular income, I hope to further my studies in Business Management and to take up more responsibilities in the organisation in future. I’m glad that I’ve finally found something worthwhile to do.”
Are you ready to take on a responsibility like no other? Join the AETOS Family today by applying online at www.aetos.com.sg or call 1800-5646-273 for more details.
Protecting Our Future We are brothers, husbands, parents and sons, united with a common goal to secure our nation and our way of life. Our dedication to protect is an extraordinary one and we seek those who share that same passion, to spread their wings and soar with us. We are AETOS, your everyday heroes at the frontline.
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ART OF THE URBAN WARRIOR
MIND OVER MATTER
The ultimate urban warrior displays these key traits
Very proficient and efficient; constantly enhancing their skillsets to stay competitive.
Impossible to distract from the job at hand.
Balancing multiple tasks can be tiring. so they also stay physically fit.
Excellent organisational skills Time is a
weapon, and they wield it deftly.
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Increasingly fashionable, the portfolio lifestyle demands the best of oneâ€™s physical and mental abilities. How suited are you for a multi-track career?
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Aggressively maximise time Convert your office into a mini-gym. Use the desk for a quick 12-rep push-up set. Do squats and calf raises at your chair. Your conference room wall can facilitate wall sits. Stand and pace when you’re on the phone.
Save time changing outfits. Chic exercise gear can double up as office wear. Layer with a jacket for that corporate look.
Always have high-energy snacks handy. Almonds, dark chocolate, dried fruits and bananas provide a quick boost.
Waze If you drive, beat the traffic with this community-based traffic and navigation app! Drivers in your vicinity share realtime traffic info so you can avoid the jams. waze.com Evernote Stay organised by managing your notes, to-do lists and schedules with one handy app. Sync with multiple devices for easy access. evernote.com Lazada Get the best deals for the latest gadgets, fashion and skin care, and be alerted to flash sales. Sellers are thoroughly vetted. You can even pay cash on delivery. lazada.sg
Check one item off your to-do list by jogging, cycling or rollerblading to work! Use your lunch hour for a power swim or a gym workout. HomeTeamNS clubhouses offer swimming pool and gym facilities.
Skyscanner This app scans 1,200 trusted airlines and travel sites so you can compare and select the best and cheapest flights for your trip! You’re even prompted when prices change. skyscanner.com.sg
OUT TO LUNCH Toss out your packed sandwich and head for the smorgasbord of tasty, affordable eats nearby!
MUST-TRY: Populus Scramble This uber-chic gastro-café offers a menu focused on brunch and specialty coffee. The delicious Populus Scramble ($18) is a combo of creamy scrambled eggs, fresh herbs, marinated feta and streaky bacon on a toasted croissant. The Buckwheat Pancake ($20.50) features a soft and fluffy pancake, berry compote, passionfruit curd, cornflake crumb and thyme-infused maple syrup. For heartier appetites, pick the Grain Bowl ($19.50) with Roast Chicken or Pulled Pork. www.thepopuluscafe.com WHERE 146 Neil Road CALL 6635-8420 OPEN Mon & Wed 9am–7pm, Thurs & Fri 9am–10pm, Sat
9.30am–10.30pm, Sun 9.30am–7pm 16
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MOOK THAI EXPRESS MUST-TRY: Pad Thai Look no further than Mook for a treasure trove of Thai classics like Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai. The ever-popular Pineapple Fried Rice ($9.90) is expertly tossed together with ripe pineapple chunks, juicy, plump prawns and a garnish of crunchy cashews and chicken floss. If soups float your boat, don’t skip the gorgeous Seafood Tom Yum Pot ($10.90). Noodle lovers should go for the Pad Thai ($10.90), made with fine flat rice noodles studded with chicken, bean sprouts, chives and prawns. HomeTeamNS members enjoy a three-course set lunch at an unbelievable $7.90! WHERE HomeTeamNS Chinatown, 35 Smith Street, #01-01 CALL 6708-6690 OPEN Daily 11am–9pm
MUST-TRY: Salmon Avocado Rolls The huge menu meets all expected standards, but the best value are the Garlic King Prawn and Salmon Avocado Rolls. The Calamari Roll is tender and fresh; the Spicy Soy Sauce Chicken Roll is an appealing mix of savoury, spicy and sweet flavours. At $2.60 to $3.20 per roll, it’s a walletfriendly place to load up on sushi. Banzai!
MUST-TRY: Grilled Lamb Chops Good Lebanese cuisine is served here, with over 50 vegetarian or meat options and an extensive Lebanese wine list. Menu highlights include Grilled Lamb Chops ($30), a creamy and subtly tangy Hummus ($12), and deliciously smoky Baba Ghanouj ($12). The daily set lunch includes soup, main course and a dessert ($19.90). www.urbanbites.sg
MUST-TRY: Curry Chicken A café-cum-kopitiam serving humble hawker fare and the local take on Western food. Their best dishes are the family recipe Curry Chicken ($5.80) and the lovely Rosemary Chicken ($6). Coffee Hive also prides itself on its proprietary coffee blend of a Robusta base hinting of fragrant Arabica beans. www.coffeehive.com
WHERE Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place, #B1-05 CALL 6746-3077 OPEN Mon–Fri 8am–8.30pm
WHERE 161 Telok Ayer Street CALL 6327-9460 OPEN Mon–Sat 9am–9.45pm
WHERE Cecil Court, 138 Cecil Street, #01-02 CALL 6423-9920 OPEN Mon–Fri 7am–8pm FRONTLINE 15 17
TRAIL BLAZERS Get off track for the best run of your life!
Loosen hip joints and muscles
HIPS HIP CIRCLES
Stand with your hands on your hips and your feet shoulder width apart. Gently rotate your hips in a wide circular motion, in one direction. After 10 rotations, switch directions. Keep going until your hips feel loosened up and limber. Do an equal number of rotations in both directions.
Bend knees and propel you forward
Kneel and bend forward at the waist, palms on floor and arms extended in front at shoulder width, perpendicular to torso. Exhale and lift your right leg back until your hamstring is in line with your back. Keep thigh parallel and calf perpendicular to the floor. Contract glutes and hold the contraction for 2 seconds. Return to starting position as you inhale. Repeat with the other leg. Work up to 10 reps for each leg. 18
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Stand with your feet together. Slowly raise one foot off the floor, balancing yourself on the supporting leg. Hold position briefly, then step forward with the raised foot, landing heel first. Your thigh should be parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight. Slowly push off with the front leg and return to starting position. Repeat with the other leg. Work up to 10 reps for each leg.
Stabilise knees and absorb impact
Lie stomach on the floor. Prop yourself on your elbows with palms on the floor and feet slightly apart. Keep body and legs straight and parallel to floor. Your shoulders should be straight and directly above the elbows. Breathe evenly and hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Return to start. Work up to 6 reps.
Stabilise spine and pelvis
HOMETEAMNS REAL RUN 2016, 15 MAY (SUN), 7AM Improves posture and speed
Lie on your back with hands by your side, your knees bent and feet positioned shoulder width apart. Keeping your back straight, lift your hips off the floor by pushing up with your heels. Exhale slowly and hold for 2 seconds. Slowly return to starting position as you inhale. Work up to 15 reps.
Brace yourself for the 2016 ultimate running experience! The HomeTeamNS multiterrain foot race includes a mystery element to the usual Road, Trail and Sand. As an added challenge, runners from Home Teamâ€™s elite forces will race with you! Details below and on www.realrun.sg.
10km (Protectors) 5km (Protectors) Multi-Terrain Obstacle Challenge (Lifesavers)
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THEIR MEMBERSHIP JUST AS MUCH! I frequent HomeTeamNS Chinatown clubhouse often as it is a wonderful place. I decided to renew my membership so that I can continue enjoying the many benefits!
I renewed my five-year membership because I enjoy its many benefits. I selected the Adidas duffel bag as my welcome gift as it suits my needs. I will recommend more friends to visit the clubhouse!
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CNY HONGBAO LUCKY DRAW!
PC (NS) Akhirrudin Ali I am really happy to win $500 worth of cash vouchers in the CNY Hongbao Lucky Draw when I renewed my HomeTeamNS membership last month. It was a big surprise to me. A big thanks to HomeTeamNS! I will definitely make time to visit the clubhouse again in future!
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in the force
DSP (V) Abdul Hakkim and Inspector (V) MD Shahril Bin Bakar
HOME TEAM VOLUNTEERS Sailing the extra mile with the Police Coast Guard
he volunteers come from all walks of life, and most of them work in full-time jobs. But they have one thing in common – they all spend their weekends performing volunteer constabulary work with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Police Coast Guards (PCG). “The difference between us and other volunteers is that we pull long overnight shifts, like going out at sea at 7pm and coming back the next day at 9am; not many people are willing to give up their weekends like that,” says Deputy Superintendent (DSP) (V) Abdul Hakkim, 53, Head of the Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) with PCG. “When you
enjoy what you do, it is not a chore,” said DSP (V) Abdul Hakkim. The PCG safeguards Singapore by keeping out undesirable goods and people from entering Singapore via the coastlines. Volunteers with the PCG undergo a maritime policing course to be trained in navigation capabilities and the rules of the sea. Volunteers with the SPF are also trained in unarmed combat, policing laws and basic weapon use. In addition, PCG volunteers are trained to use safety equipment such as jackets, rafts and buoys, and they also practise jetty jumps. Together with the regulars, the volunteers perform coastal patrol checks,
PCG patrol crafts at Brani Way
foot patrols at Pulau Ubin and boat duties. The coastal security patrol force sails along the coast of Singapore and around Singapore’s territorial waters to ensure that no illegal boats, people or goods cross the country’s boundaries. Corporal (V) Sim Ying Hui, 25, for instance, is a full-time teacher by day and a PCG volunteer by night. Last month, she clocked 90 hours of volunteer duties. “During my second time out at sea, my team did an arrest for contraband smuggling near the reclaimed areas at Tuas. It was exciting and I knew I would enjoy my time with PCG,” said CPL (V) Sim. Inspector (V) MD Shahril Bin Bakar, 26, served his National Service with PCG and was trained to be a helmsman. He decided his specialised skills in steering and navigating a ship should not go to waste, so he continues to serve with the SPF as a PCG volunteer while he pursues his degree at the Nanyang Technological University. Home Team volunteers partner our Home Team officers in different frontline operations. Find out more about the various volunteering opportunities at www.htv.gov.sg FRONTLINE 25
WORDS JOANNE YAN PHOTOS MABEL YAP, ADRIAN SEE (BOTTOM RIGHT)
Police Coast Guard volunteers
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NSMEN ENGAGEMENT DURING LEAD SESSION SPF moves ahead in enhancing its role in preventing, detecting and deterring crime
he Leadership Engagement and Dialogue (LEAD) Session 2015, held at Changi Airport in October 2015, was co-organised by PNSD and APD. LEAD is a platform for SPF KAH/ CAHs to gather in their respective units to share and discuss NS matters, as well as to seek feedback on new NS-related developments. The session was opened with an address by Director PNSD, DAC Manimaran Pushpanatan. The discussions focused on the duties of PNS officers and their evolving roles in the SPF. APD KAH/ CAHs presentation focused on the shift in emphasis from being a ‘good-tohave’ force to a ‘need-to-have’ force. 26
Following that, PNSD elaborated on the implementation of the PNS Master Plan. Under the PNS Masterplan, the Division Special Task Force (DSTF) will be formed in all Land Divisions. The DSTF will optimise the deployment of PNSmen in Land Divisions with improved Command and Control (C2) and peopleconnect between PNSmen. Troop-level recalls for training and deployment will help build camaraderie among NSmen. DSTF officers will conduct anti-crime patrols during peacetime, and station defence and cluster patrols during heightened tension or a National Emergency. SUPT(NS) Patrick Han said: “The
formation of the DSTF is the way forward to systematically upskill the current PNSmen in assigned troops.” SUPT(NS) Victor Lee saw his role of NS Commander as “someone able to work more closely with the SPF leadership to identify how NSmen can better integrate into SPF’s operations”. SUPT(NS) Eric Koh felt that the DSTF will offer officers a chance to “build a stronger camaraderie, as PNSmen will be recalled as a troop rather than split over several recall periods”. Overall, the various KAH/CAHs saw the upcoming initiatives as a way for the SPF to move forward in enhancing its role to prevent, detect and deter crime.
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OPTIMISE DEPLOYMENT & MAXIMISE RESOURCE UTILISATION
Year-round Deployment for ORNS Fire Staaon Personnel
- Beeer integraaon of NS personnel with regulars - Greater opportuniies for NS personnel to play the role of ﬁrst responders
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eﬀorts - Enhance its operaaonal capabiliies and reduce reliance in manpower
ENGAGEMENT PLATFORMS & REWARD / RECOGNITION SCHEMES
Engagement of NS Personnel’s Families ng Family members parrcipate in events and accviies to have deeper appreciaaon of NS life and render support to NS personnel
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CONTRIBUTED BY MX JOANNA TAN, STAFF OFFICER NS SERVICES, NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
Despite juggling different commitments, DAC (NS) Mohammed Azhar Bin Yusof believes in always doing his best
count myself very fortunate to have experienced many memorable moments in my time in NS. Spending a decade with my unit AK6 has been really amazing as we’ve built very strong bonds with each other. Being posted to KINS and having to manage more than 130 men was probably the most challenging task. Fortunately, I have a group of experienced and knowledgeable Command Elements. Together, we’ve instilled in our men the
strong pride to serve and to do our best in all tasks. The awards my unit has achieved are testament to what we’ve accomplished. The positive experiences in NS, from the things that I’ve learnt and the people I’ve known, to the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired, have all shaped me to be the person that I am today. Leading others, developing and managing people, and building teams are just a few things I’ve applied to my career.
Senior Lecturer, Assistant Head (Teaching), Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group (AG), NIE/NTU Singapore Rugby Union Referee of the Year Award in 2010; President of Singapore Society of Rugby Union Referees since 2010
As a lecturer at NIE/NTU, I’m in a position to positively influence the development of PE teachers in Singapore, who will in turn positively influence the lives of their students. I strongly believe that PE and sports offer so much towards the development of a well-rounded individual. I’ve also been involved in rugby for many years, first as a player, then as coach, a referee, and now as a referee coach and referee performance reviewer. I love the game because it builds discipline, resilience, perseverance, character and so much more! Last year, I officiated at the SEA Games at home. It was extra special and memorable – even though I’ve officiated before, at the 2006 SEA Games in Thailand – because I was the Oath Taker, representing all the judges and match officials at the Opening Ceremony, which was telecast live locally and across the region. I’m thankful I have an understanding and supportive family, especially my wife, who understands the importance of NS and my contributions to PNSD and SPF. Sometimes my family comes with me when I officiate at rugby games or attend Team KINS training. What are my best strengths? I am an optimist and like to see things positively. I often joke that it’s in my blood (B+ blood type). For everything that is worth doing, I believe in doing it the best I can.
INTERVIEW O THIAM CHIN
A Sporting Man
DAC (NS) MOHAMMED AZHAR BIN YUSOF, 43, COMMANDING OFFICER ALPHA KINS DIVISION
BRIGHT, RISING STAR Bitten by the acting bug at a young age, Ebi Shankara aspires to great heights in his acting career
INTERVIEW O THIAM CHIN
‘ve always been fond of the stage. I started attending speech and drama classes when I was very young. However, I rediscovered the love of acting only in secondary school when I joined the drama society. The part I find most challenging about acting is creating a character. Most people see only the glamorous end product, but the amount of time, effort and energy an actor puts into a role is immense. And using that character to take the audience through a journey is what I love most. When I was serving NS in SCDF, I was part of the Music and Performing Arts Club. I performed at many Home Team events. My superiors were very encouraging about my role. My NS experience has been very positive, and it has certainly made me a more responsible adult. It’s not easy being a professional actor; there were times when I had only a few dollars in my account. I often had to take on many hats, such as teaching, directing, singing and hosting, to make ends meet. I’m grateful that my mother has been extremely supportive of my decision to pursue acting as a career. She and my aunt have attended every single play I have been in.
I am glad to be given the opportunities to host the SG50 National Day last year, and to be part of the 2015 theatre production, ‘Off Centre’. I always count my blessings. What advice do I have for aspiring actors? Follow your heart. The going may be tough, but if you truly believe that this is what you are good at, stick to it, and you’ll go far. What you believe in is stronger than what you wish for.
CPL (NS) EBI SHANKARA, 28, SHELTER TECHNICIAN, 11B MRT SHELTER COMPANY (CLARKE QUAY) Member of the SCDF Music and Performing Arts Club Won the Vasantham Star in 2007; FLY Entertainment artiste
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BALESTIER CLUBHOUSE CREATE YOUR OWN MOBILE APP WHEN 11 June (Sun), 10am–6pm WHERE Multi-purpose room FEES (2 adults, 2 kids) $400 (members), $250 (EIG members), $500 (guests); (individuals) $240 (members), $150 (EIG members), $300 (guests) REGISTER firstname.lastname@example.org, 9845-0665; email@example.com CLOSING DATE 15 May Build, manage and publish your own apps! No coding knowledge required. Use your SkillsFuture credits to offset the fee.
BEAUTIFUL HAIR TALK
AQUA FIT 9.0
WHEN 21 May (Sat), 2–4pm WHERE Multi-purpose room FEES (per pair) $2 (members), $5 (guests) REGISTER 14 May, from 1pm (walk-in) ENQUIRIES enquiries_balestier@ hometeamns.sg, 6708-6641 Get tips from a hair expert from RAUSH Switzerland on how to have healthy and beautiful hair! Get a free hair care and scalp assessment. Goodie bag worth $10. Max 20 pax.
WHEN 24 July (Sun), 9am–1pm WHERE Superbowl FEES (4 games) $30 (members), $35 (PAssion/SAFRA), $40 (guests) REGISTER enquiries_balestier@ hometeamns.sg, 6708-6641 CLOSING DATE 9 July Sign up a partner and get $5 discount for second bowler (first 10 pairs). Min 15 pax. 1st prize: $60 cash and prizes worth $100 2nd prize: $50 cash and prizes worth $80 3rd prize: $40 cash
WHEN 21 May (Sat), 9–11am WHERE Swimming pool FEES $10 (members), $12 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $14 (guests); (per pair) $16 (members), $20 (PAssion/SAFRA), $22 (guests) REGISTER enquiries_balestier@ hometeamns.sg, 6708-6641 Plunge into the pool with our Aqua instructor and do 3 different workouts: Aqua Zumba, Aqua Aerobics and Aqua Tabata. Lucky draw prizes to be won!
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TERRARIUM MAKING WORKSHOP
ACHIEVING FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
WHEN 28 May (Sat), 2–4pm WHERE Conference room FEES (parents, 2 kids) $28 (members), $42 (PAssion/SAFRA), $46 (guests) REGISTER firstname.lastname@example.org, 6708-6641 Make your own terrarium! Find out the science behind the survival of terrariums and take home two sets per family. Minimum 5 families required to proceed.
WHEN 28 May (Sat), 1–3pm WHERE Multi-purpose room FEES Free (members) REGISTER email@example.com, 6708-6641 Understand the new insurance schemes such as CHAS, MediShield Life and ElderShield, and find out how private insurance companies and financial institutions are involved. Limited to 30 participants. Lunch on us when you reserve a seat.
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2.5 WHEN 1 June (Wed), 9am–5pm WHERE Multi-purpose room FEES $75 (members), $82 (PAssion/SAFRA), $90 (guests) REGISTER enquiries_balestier@ hometeamns.sg, 6708-6641 Become a trainee special agent and learn science at the same time, including topics such as Newton’s forces, chemistry, the body, microscopes, pinhole cameras, DNA, genetics and engineering. Happy Meal lunch provided. Minimum 6 pax.
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LEGO ROBOTICS (MILITARY THEME) WHEN 3 June (Fri), 9am–12pm WHERE Multi-purpose room FEES $34 (members), $38 (PAssion/SAFRA), $42 (guests) REGISTER enquiries_balestier@ hometeamns.sg, 6708-6641 Presenting a series of unique model builds, such as tanks, helicopters, cars and planes. These builds are programmable to create motion, sound and effects through using sensors. Minimum 6 pax.
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CSI SCIENCE WHEN 4 June (Sat), 2–5pm WHERE Multi-purpose room FEES $34 (members), $38 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $42 (guests) REGISTER enquiries_balestier@ hometeamns.sg, 6708-6641 Learn how crime officers gather evidence, how forensic scientists process the evidence, and how detectives identify victims and suspects. Use microscopes to investigate small pieces of evidence to solve challenging cases. Minimum 6 pax.
BUKIT BATOK CLUBHOUSE
REAL SWIM WHEN 20 August (Sat) WHERE HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok swimming pool FEES (Early Bird till 31 July) $20 (members), $23 (guests); (Group, max 4 pax/50 laps) $75 (members), $87 (guests) REGISTER firstname.lastname@example.org, 6708-6641 Into its second year, REAL Swim is the next best opportunity for enthusiasts and newbies to experience the thrill of a swimming marathon. The new ‘Group’ category allows family and friends to combine efforts and swim a total of 50 laps altogether! All participants will walk away with a finisher medal, event t-shirt and goodie bags worth $50. Lucky draw prizes worth $2,000! Choose your laps now! This event is organised by HomeTeamNS Balestier.
WHO’S THE CUTEST KID AT T-PLAY?
LASER QUEST GALACTICA
WHEN 1–31 June WHERE T-Play ENQUIRIES email@example.com, 6705-9494/95
WHEN 25 June (Sat), 1–5pm WHERE Multi-Shooting Arena FEES (Team of 5) $40 (at least 1 HTNS member), $50 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $60 (guests); (individual) $10 (HTNS members), $15 (PAssion/SAFRA), $20 (guests) REGISTER firstname.lastname@example.org, 6705-9474 CLOSING DATE 18 June
In the month of June, take pictures of your kid at T-Play and post them on Instagram using the hastag #tplayhtns. Tell us what your kids love about T-Play and stand a chance to win a T-Play Hamper worth $100! Remember to make your Instagram profile public.
Sign up for the inaugural Laser Quest battle and take down your rivals at our arena! Sign up as a team or as individuals (grouped with other Laser Quest fans). Attractive prizes to be won! Minimum 8 years old with 1.1m height. Limited to 20 teams.
THE GREAT ESCAPE! (2-DAY CAMP) WHEN 9–10 June (Thur–Fri), 9am–5.30pm WHERE Bukit Batok clubhouse FEES $120 (T-Play members), $130 (HTNS members), $145 (guests) REGISTER email@example.com, 6705-9494/95 CLOSING DATE 5 June
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Join us in our 2-day camp for children that’s filled with exciting activities such as Laser Quest, rock climbing, movie screening, games and T-Play! Receive a certificate at the end of the camp too! Meals are provided. Suitable for kids 6-12 years old. Minimum 10 children required for this event to proceed.
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JOURNEY TO LOST CIVILISATIONS WHEN 30 May (Mon), 2–5.30pm WHERE Dance studio FEES $35 (T-Play members), $38 (members), $40 (PAssion/SAFRA/JOM), $43 (guests) REGISTER syqin_edwards@hometeamns. sg, 6705-9457 Trace the origin of the modern hot chocolate to the Mayan civilisation; explore Angkor Wat and Pompeii city. 4-12 years old.
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EXPLORE ICE AND HEAT
KING ARTHUR’S REALM
WHEN 1 June (Wed), 2–5.30pm WHERE Dance studio FEES $35 (T-Play members), $38 (members), $40 (PAssion/SAFRA/JOM), $43 (guests) REGISTER syqin_edwards@hometeamns. sg, 6705-9457
WHEN 6 June (Mon), 2–5.30pm WHERE Dance studio FEES $35 (T-Play members), $38 (members), $40 (PAssion/SAFRA/JOM), $43 (guests) REGISTER syqin_edwards@hometeamns. sg, 6705-9457
Learn how evaporation works and how ice grows; what happens when you mix hot and cold water; and blow up a balloon with hot air. 4-12 years old.
Make a Coat of Arms for your shield and learn how to make a catapult. Find out how to play ‘knucklebones’ and create your own secret code. 4-12 years old.
BUKIT BATOK CLUBHOUSE TOGETHERNESS Submit photos that best represent the theme ‘Togetherness’ in Singapore, and stand to win attractive prizes when you participate in the HomeTeamNS Digital Photography Contest. Tell us in under 200 characters what ‘togetherness’ means to you. Winning photos will be exhibited at the lobby. Submission opens to members and guests from 1 July 2016. Email us for event details. ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org
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PIRATES! RAIDERS OF THE SEA WHEN 8 June (Wed), 2–5.30pm WHERE Dance studio FEE $35 (T-Play members), $38 (members), $40 (PAssion/SAFRA/ JOM), $43 (guests) REGISTER email@example.com, 6705-9457 Kids will learn to be junior adventurers as they create their own compass and map, using self-made geo boards, as well as enjoy a treasure hunt and walk a mathematics plank! Great for children 4-12 years old.
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SHOP, EAT AND DURIAN FEAST! WHEN 23 July (Sat), 6am–7pm WHERE Johor Bahru, Malaysia FEES $60 (members), $65 (PAssion/SAFRA), $69 (guests) REGISTER firstname.lastname@example.org, 6705-9457 CLOSING DATE 30 June Join us on an Eat-All-You-Can Durian Feast in the heart of Johor Bahru, and tour a Pineapple Museum and kerepok lekor cottage industry. Fees include seafood dinner, stopover shopping at Bt Indah Shopping Mall, and tours and tips for drivers and guides. Depart from your preferred clubhouse (Bukit Batok, Balestier or Sembawang) (minimum 36 pax). Itinerary subject to change.
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‘I REMEMBER GALLERY’ EXHIBITION
CHINESE STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
WHEN 30 May–12 June WHERE Lobby FEES Free REGISTER email@example.com (min 10 pax for guided tour)
WHEN 4 & 11 June (Sat), 2–2.30pm WHERE Level 2, outside members’ lounge FEES Free ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org
For decades, bookstores and the publishing industry in Singapore have played a pivotal role in promoting education to students. By recounting this slice of history, the exhibition pays tribute to past and present bookstore operators. Visitors find out about how the industry contributed to the cultural and educational development in Singapore. An English guided tour to the exhibition is exclusive to HTNS members: 4 June (Sat), 1pm; registration required by 27 May.
Join storytellers from Chou Sing Chu Foundation for a fun-filled, interactive Chinese storytelling session. Through listening to interesting and engaging stories, the children’s imaginations are ignited and good values are instilled. Games and prizes add to the fun! Suitable for children 4-10 years old. Parents are welcome to join in.
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AIR GUN: MONTHLY SHOOT WHEN 29 May, 26 June (Sun), 9am WHERE Multi-Shooting Arena, Altius Global Air Gun Shooting Range FEES $8.40 (Air Gun members) REGISTER email@example.com, 6705-9456 If you have a valid air gun proficiency certificate, join us every last Sunday of the month. Registration closes 2 weeks before the shoot, or when all slots are filled.
BELAY YOUR PARENT! WHEN 6 June (Mon), 19 June (Sun), 10am–12pm WHERE Bukit Batok clubhouse FEES $32.10 (members), $37.45 (PAssion/ SAFRA/JOM), $40.65 (guests) ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org, 6705 9470 CLOSING DATE 12 June Learn the basics of rock wall climbing! At the end of the course, try belaying your parent. Suitable for children 9 years old and above with a minimum height of 1.4m.
ANTI-AGING/MAKEUP WORKSHOP WHEN 7 May (Sat), 10am–12pm WHERE Dance studio FEES $35 (T-Play members), $38 (members), $40 (PAssion/SAFRA/JOM), $43 (guests) REGISTER syqin_edwards@hometeamns. sg, 6705-9457 Learn how to maintain wrinkle-free skin from Julia from Style and Beauty Experts, and create your own signature makeup.
SEMBAWANG CLUBHOUSE VINTAGE WONDERLAND WHEN June ENQUIRIES www.hometeamns.sg The grounds of HomeTeamNS Sembawang will be transformed during this 3-day maiden edition! Revolving around paying tribute to the classic vintage yesteryears and encouraging people to recycle and reduce landfill waste, this culture combo edition will transport you back to the wonders of the years gone by. Seek out the charming vintage vendors and learn from the upcycling workshops.
BUILD YOUR OWN TERRARIUM
SOCKS SCULPTING WORKSHOP
JUMPING CLAY WORKSHOP
WHEN 4 June (Sat), 10–11am, 22 June (Wed), 3–4pm WHERE Seminar room FEES $26.80 (members), $30 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $32.10 (guests) ENQUIRIES shiyin_soh@HomeTeamNS.sg, 6708-6679
WHEN 1 June (Wed), 3–5pm WHERE Seminar room FEES $32.10 (members), $35.40 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $37.50 (guests) ENQUIRIES shiyin_soh@HomeTeamNS. sg, 6708-6679
WHEN 9 June (Thur), 3–4.30pm WHERE Seminar room FEES $26.80 (members), $30 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $32.10 (guests) ENQUIRIES shiyin_soh@HomeTeamNS.sg, 6708-6679
Learn simple sewing and sculpting skills, and take your socks sculpture home after the workshop! Suitable for beginners aged 10 years and above.
Bring your imagination to life by crafting your own artwork with safe-to-use polymer clay and simple materials. Participants should bring their own scissors and a ruler.
Build your own mini garden terrarium as a decoration or gift. What’s best is you can take your terrarium home!
EVENT FUNCTION SPACE
WHEN Daily 11am–11pm ENQUIRIES 6781-9946
WHERE HomeTeamNS Sembawang FEES $35 per hour, plus GST (min 4 hours) ENQUIRIES shiyin_soh@HomeTeamNS.sg, 6708-6679
What’s for lunch, folks? $10.80+ for set lunch, which includes a soup, cod fish dish, vegetable dish, choice of main dish, steamed rice, choice of drink and dessert of the day! If you dine with 4 persons or more, you get to choose from more main dishes.
Be it a baby shower, birthday party or team-bonding retreat, we have the ideal space for you. The function room has a capacity ranging between 30 and 120 pax.
LADIES-ONLY AQUAROBICS WHEN Every Tuesday 6.30–7.30pm, 8–9 pm WHERE Swimming pool FEES Package (8 sessions) $85.60 (members), $111.30 (PAssion/ SAFRA), $137 (guests), Pay-As-You-Come (per session) $12.90 (members), $16.05 (PAssion/SAFRA), $19.30 (guests) ENQUIRIES shiyin_soh@HomeTeamNS.sg, 6708-6679 Aquarobics provides resistance and an aerobics workout in water, and it increases muscle training. It is a safe form of exercise even for people with arthritis or osteoporosis. Minimum 3 persons to commence.
TAROT CARDS PREDICTION WHEN 25 June (Sat), 2–5pm WHERE Seminar room FEES $42.80 (members), $48.15 (PAssion/SAFRA), $53.50 (guests) ENQUIRIES email@example.com, 6708-6673 Can Tarot really predict? Unveil the truth about how it works by learning about the 22 Major Arcana and how to do simple readings.
BALESTIER TO SIGN UP, CALL 6708-6639 OR EMAIL ENQUIRIES_BALESTIER@HOMETEAMNS.SG
Dance Studio Wed 7pm 10 sessions, 1.5 hrs each $120.35 (MEMBERS) $160.50 (GUESTS)
ADULT CHINESE DANCE
Dance Studio Wed 7pm 10 sessions, 1.5 hrs each $88.25 (MEMBERS) $117.70 (GUESTS)
(16 years & above) Multi-Purpose Room Tue 7.30pm, Sat 10am 10 sessions, 2 hrs each $134.80 (MEMBERS) $161.70 (SAFRA/PASSION) $179.75 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Mon 7.30pm 6 sessions, 1 hr each $64.20 (MEMBERS) $80.25 (GUESTS)
Swimming Pool Tue 7.45pm 4 sessions, 1 hr each $74.90 (MEMBERS) $85.60 (GUESTS)
Multi-Purpose Room Fri 7.15 ADULTS 10 sessions, 75 mins each CHILD 10 sessions, 1 hr each $144.45 (MEMBERS) $160.50 (GUESTS)
Swimming Pool Sat 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, Sun 9am, 10am, 11am ADULT/CHILD/TODDLER 12 sessions, 1 hr each $224.70 (MEMBERS) $247.15 (SAFRA/PASSION) $278.20 (GUESTS) PRIVATE LESSONS 4 sessions, 1 hr each PLEASE ENQUIRE AT 6681-5778 OR HTNS_BALESTIER@ TORPEDOSWIM.COM.SG
Tennis Court ADULTS Mon 7pm, 8.30pm 4 sessions, 1.5 hrs each $166.90 (MEMBERS) $179.75 (SAFRA/PASSION) $192.60 (GUESTS) AGES 3-14 Sun 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am 4 sessions, 1 hr each $111.25 (MEMBERS) $119.80 (SAFRA/PASSION) $128.40 (GUESTS)
Multi-Purpose Hall Sun 11am 4 sessions, 1 hr each ADULTS $128.40 (MEMBERS) $144.45 (SAFRA/PASSION) $160.50 (GUESTS) CHILD $85.60 (MEMBERS) $87.75 (SAFRA/PASSION) $90.95 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio 8 sessions, 1 hr each $90.95 (MEMBERS) $101.65 (SAFRA/PASSION) $117.70 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Sun 8am 6 sessions, 1 hr each $104.85 (MEMBERS) $115.55 (SAFRA/PASSION) $128.40 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Sun 11am 8 sessions, 1 hr each $90.95 (MEMBERS) $101.65 (SAFRA/PASSION) $117.70 (GUESTS)
(Beginners) Multi-Purpose Hall Sun 1pm 4 sessions, 2 hrs each $128.40 (MEMBERS) $144.45 (SAFRA/PASSION) $160.50 (GUESTS)
Multi-Purpose Room Wed 7.30pm 10 sessions, 1.5 hrs each $74.90 (MEMBERS) $80.25 (SAFRA/PASSION) $85.60 (GUESTS)
Multi-Purpose Room Sun 4pm 8 sessions, 1 hr each $107 (MEMBERS) $117.70 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Mon, Tue, Thu 7pm 10 sessions, 2 hrs each $53.50 (MEMBERS) $58.85 (GUESTS)
Multi-Purpose Room Wed 7.30pm 10 sessions, 1.5 hrs each $80.25 (MEMBERS) $85.60 (GUESTS)
HomeTeamNS Management reserves the right to cancel or postpone the courses offered with prior notice via email and website. In the event of cancellation of a course, a full refund will be made to participants who have paid before the commencement of the course. Please visit www.HomeTeamNS.sg for updates on the courses offered. Fees are inclusive of 7% GST.
RUSSIAN MARTIAL ARTS
Swimming Pool Thu 6.45pm, 7.45pm 4 sessions, 1 hr each $53.50 (MEMBERS) $69.55 (GUESTS)
TO SIGN UP, CALL MS CECILIA GOH AT 6705-9458 OR EMAIL CECILIA_GOH@HOMETEAMNS.SG
TO SIGN UP, CALL SHI YIN AT 6708-6679 OR EMAIL SHIYIN_SOH@HOMETEAMNS.SG
Dance Studio Wed 8pm 10 sessions, 1.5 hr each $107 (MEMBERS) $117.70 (SAFRA/PASSION) $128.40 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio AGES 3-6 Tue 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm Sat, Sun 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm 8 sessions, 1 hr each $122 (MEMBERS) $134.20 (SAFRA/PASSION) $146.40 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Thu 8pm 8 sessions, 1 hr each $107 (members) $117.70 (SAFRA/PAssion) $128.40 (guests)
(Solo) Dance Studio Thu 7pm 8 sessions, 1 hr each $85.60 (MEMBERS) $96.30 (SAFRA/PASSION) $128.40 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio 10 sessions, 1 hr each BASIC Fri 8pm $90.95 (MEMBERS) $101.65 (SAFRA/PASSION) $112.35 (GUESTS) INTERMEDIATE Tue 7pm $85.60 (MEMBERS) $94.15 (SAFRA/PASSION) $103 (GUESTS)
Swimming Pool Sat 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, Sun 9am, 10am, 11am By term, 30 min–1 hr each ADULT/CHILD 6MO-2.5YR $224.70 (MEMBERS) $247.15 (SAFRA/PASSION) $278.20 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Mon 7pm, Wed 7pm 8 sessions, 1 hr each $85.60 (MEMBERS) $96.30 (SAFRA/PASSION) $102.70 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Sat 3pm 10 sessions, 75min each $144.45 (MEMBERS) $160.50 (SAFRA/PASSION) $176.55 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Fri 7pm 12 sessions, 1 hr each $117.70 (MEMBERS) $128.40 (SAFRA/PASSION) $141.20 (GUESTS)
Dance Studio Sat 5pm, 6pm 10 sessions, 1 hr each $85.60 (MEMBERS) $94.15 (SAFRA/PASSION) $102.70 (GUESTS)
ADULTS Tennis court Tue 7pm (Beginners), 8.30pm (Intermediate) 4 sessions, 1.5 hrs each $166.90 (MEMBERS) $179.75 (SAFRA/PASSION) $192.60 (GUESTS) AGES 3-4 Sat 8am AGES 4-7 Sat 9am AGES 7-11 Sat 10am AGES 11-14 Sat 11am 4 sessions, 1 hr each $111.25 (MEMBERS) $119.85 (SAFRA/PASSION) $128 (GUESTS)
OPEN WATER DIVING
Get your basic scuba diving certification (PADI/SSI) this June holiday. Includes 1 theory and 2 pool sessions (Singapore), and 5 open water dives (2D1N trip). Minimum 6 persons to commence. Participants should be at least 13 years old. Bintan 24–26 June $695.50 (MEMBERS) $716.90 (SAFRA/PASSION) $738.30 (GUESTS)
Swimming Pool Sat 10am (starts 11 June) 8 sessions, 1 hr each $42.80 (MEMBERS) $48.15 (SAFRA/PASSION) $53.50 (GUESTS)
(Ladies) Swimming Pool Mon 9am, Tue 6.30pm, 8pm 8 sessions, 1 hr each PACKAGE: $85.60 (MEMBERS) $111.30 (SAFRA/PASSION) $137 (GUESTS) PAY-AS-YOU-COME: $12.90 (MEMBERS) $16.10 (SAFRA/PASSION) $19.30 (GUESTS)
Seminar Room Thu 9am 10 sessions, 1 hr each PACKAGE: $107 (MEMBERS) $128.40 (SAFRA/PASSION) $149.80 (GUESTS) PAY-AS-YOU-COME: $12.90 (MEMBERS) $16.10 (SAFRA/PASSION) $19.30 (GUESTS)
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BUSKING IN LIMELIGHT The magic and madness of this ancient form of street entertainment continue to play to transient audiences around the world...
Each year it draws a street crowd of about
1 million people
72 YEARS OLD
Busking veteran Grandpa Elliott has an international following. His rendition of “Stand By Me” has been viewed some 86 million times on YouTube since 2009!
Singapore’s Roy Payamal, aka ‘The Tinman’, has been busking for the past 30 years! He stars in the documentary “Singapore Minstrel”, featured in the 2015 Singapore International Film Festival.
Longest English folk band The Empty Can performed
non-stop in 2014
LARGEST In 2014, 32 groups of 871 buskers simultaneously performed at 21 venues across 7 countries! The Musequality World Busk made a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Busk at Multiple Venues’
WORDS DONNA WONG
The renowned Cirque Du Soleil was founded in 1984 by Canadian buskers Guy Laliberté and Gilles SteCroix. It has performed to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over 60 countries on 6 continents!
American statesman Benjamin Franklin (17061790) performed his own songs, poetry and prose about current events! His father tried to dissuade him from busking because of the stigma attached to it.
The world’s biggest buskerfest is at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.
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