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MAY/JUN 2012

HEAVY METTLE Showdown at the Strongman Challenge 2012

I eat, therefore ayam

Where to get your chicken rice fix

Back to nature

Get out there for some family time

Double the fun

Activities for you and her




MAY/JUN 2012

HEAVY METTLE Showdown at the Strongman Challenge 2012

I eat, therefore ayam

Where to get your chicken rice fix

Back to nature

Get out there for some family time

Cover story


What’s On


Get Active


Birthday Treats


Family Fun


Club News


Young Talent


In the Force


Food Spy


Perks & Privileges


Dress the Part




Tech Watch

The titans clash at this year’s Strongman Challenge

Test your limits with these endurance races

Time to head to the great outdoors! Inspiring lads from SCDF and SPF Where to satisfy your chicken rice fix Save your face with these skincare tips Smartphone apps we can’t live without


He says, She Says


Date night

Get the lowdown on pick-up lines

Fun things to do together with her

Double the fun

Activities for you and her

On the cover: Contestant Keith Wong, 24, flips a 350kg tyre six times at this year’s Strongman Challenge.


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Heave-ho! In this issue we bring you the excitement of this year’s Strongman Challenge, which featured tougher tasks and a new ladies’ category! Check out more events to test your endurance, hit the great outdoors with your family, satisfy your craving for chicken rice and get some skincare tips to look your best. Wow her with thoughtful activities for the two of you, and learn the truth behind pick-up lines. Enjoy!

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Showdown at the HomeTeamNS Strongman Challenge 2012


rrhh! Heaves and grunts filled the Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium on 24 March as men and women flipped tyres, towed vehicles and muscled their way to glory in the finals of this year’s Strongman Challenge. This signature event by HomeTeamNS drew a crowd of thousands, who cheered the contenders on as they threw their weight around. Heartland cheer It wasn’t just the finalists who tested their limits. Members of the public had fun with the side activities, which included pulling a Mazda 2 car in the shortest time and holding a 90kg barrel for as long as possible. Children also had a field day on the Home Team vehicles on display as parents took pictures on their handphones. “My son and daughter


loved playing fireman and policeman on the Red Rhino and Police Jeep,” said sales manager Jasmine Teo, 32. “We also had fun watching the contestants do all these crazy things – especially the ladies!”

Singapore’s strongest women (from left): second runner-up Nur Syazwani, champion Sophia Ong and first runner-up Cheryl Foo.

SCDF NSman Yusri Bin Ali was one of only two finalists who pulled the Red Rhino for the full distance of 15 metres. Upsized challenges Now in its eighth year, this year’s competition was the toughest yet. In the Stamford Tyre Flip event, contestants now need to flip a 350kg tyre, up from last year’s 280kg tyre. The 3M Scotch Log Walk now requires them to carry a 120kg log, up from last year’s 100kg. This year’s competition also saw a new challenge called the Samsui Yoke Walk, where contestants need to walk with a 300kg yoke and then unload two 100kg barrels into two boxes. The greatest upsize was made to the SCDF Red Rhino Pull. Instead of having to pull just one Red Rhino like last year, contestants now need to pull both a Red Rhino and a Police Jeep – a combined weight of six tonnes. This year’s competition also introduced some flower power for the first time. Ladies could now compete in

three events: the Mazda CX-7 Car Pull, Stamford Tyre Flip and 3M Scotch Log Walk. A strong showing Many of the male individual finalists were familiar faces in the Strongman Challenge. One of them was SCDF NSman and fitness trainer Yusri Bin Ali, who at 39 was the oldest contestant this year. The 2007 Strongman champion put up a strong showing despite a knee injury, and was one of only two finalists who managed to complete the Red Rhino and Police Jeep Pull. Due to the increased difficulty of the competition, not every finalist managed to complete all their challenges. The 3M Scotch Log Walk proved too tough for four contestants, and left more than one with bloodied fingers. Credit must

still go to all of them for pushing themselves to the max – in particular Malaysian Mohd Yusri, 28, who put up a heavyweight performance despite his diminutive weight of just 82kg. The strongest woman in Singapore was Sophia Ong, who beat five other ladies to clinch the title. “It’s cool to be the first woman to win this challenge!” said the 32-year-old IT planner, who only started training for strength and technique just before the preliminary round. The day’s top honour went to personal trainer Jen Li Sheng, who beat gym owner Samuel Lim by just one point to become Singapore’s strongest man. Jen was also the champion in 2008 and 2010. “I’d definitely want to come back and do this every year,” said Jen, 27. “I want to push myself while I’m still young.”

HomeTeamNS Strongman Challenge 2012 24 March (Saturday) at Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium

Highlights: Car Pull, Log Walk, Tyre Flip, Samsui Yoke Walk, Red Rhino and Police Jeep Pull Supporting events: Under-20 Tag-Team Challenge, Home Team Tag-Team Challenge, HomeTeamNS Bodybuilding Championship Public activities: Guess-theChampion Contest, Car Pull Challenge, Barrel Lift Challenge

Tough tasks for 2012 Challenge


This year’s champion Jen Li Sheng unloads a 100kg barrel in the new Samsui Yoke Walk event.

Singapore’s strongest men and women salute the crowd with Mr Masagos Zulkifli (in red), Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, and President of HomeTeamNS; SCDF Commissioner Mr Eric Yap (in blue) and SPF Commissioner Mr Ng Joo Hee (in black).

What is it?

Mazda CX-7 Pull a two-tonne Car Pull car over 20 metres

Who won? Jen Li Sheng (17.30s) Sophia Ong (21.11s)

3M Scotch Log Walk

Carry two 120kg logs (50kg for women) for 40 metres

Samuel Lim (26.40s) Sophia Ong (18.97s)

Stamford Tyre Flip

Flip a 350kg tyre (150kg for women) six times in the fastest timing

Samuel Lim (28.81s) Cheryl Foo (21.50s)

Walk with a 300kg yoke for 15 metres, Samsui Yoke then unload the two Walk 100kg barrels into two boxes

Jen Li Sheng (42.76s)

Pull two vehicles weighing a total of six tonnes over 15 metres

Samuel Lim (86.26s)

SCDF Red Rhino & SPF Jeep Pull


TEST YOUR LIMITS Think you’ve got stamina? Join these challenges at home and abroad!

The Most Beautiful Thing Ultra Trail Marathon

Pocari Sweat Run Sweat it out at the Bay South with this fun run, where you have the choice of a 10km or a 5km route.

When 15 July Where Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

SingTel & Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer Show your support for cancer patients and survivors by taking part in this race, which aims to raise funds for cancer treatment subsidies, welfare assistance for needy patients and free cancer screenings. Choose from a 15km or 10km competitive run, or a 5km fun run.

When 22 July Where East Coast Park, Singapore

Tour de Timor Fancy a race on wheels in Southeast Asia’s newest nation? Now in its fourth year, the Tour de Timor is full of epic climbs, rocky descents and gutted tracks to weed out the weak. This year’s race promises more thrills and spills over 550km in six stages.

When 8–15 September Where Timor-Leste

The Most Beautiful Thing Ultra Trail Marathon Sometimes the most beautiful places require you to get a little dirty. Test yourself in the solo 100km, 50km or 25km categories of this ultramarathon, where you’ll tackle village trails, gravel roads, short tar sections and hanging bridges, with a few river crossings in between.

When 15 September Where Crocker Mountain Range, Sabah, Malaysia

When 21 October Where Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore

HomeTeamNS-New Balance REAL Run



HomeTeamNS-New Balance REAL Run Are you up for a REAL challenge? Launched in 1996, the REAL (Regular Exercise, Active Lifestyle) Run has grown to attract some 10,000 runners from more than 55 countries. This is the only race in Singapore that tests your limits on a half marathon (21km) of taxiway, road, sand and gravel. Or take it easier with a 10km run on all types of terrain.

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore A mainstay in the local sporting calendar, the StanChart Marathon features different start points and routes for the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and a 10km run, all offering scenic views of Singapore’s iconic landmarks.

When 2 December Where Route to be confirmed

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon

Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon Want to run from one continent to another? Held since 1979, the Istanbul Marathon takes runners from Asia to Europe, from the picturesque Bosphorus Bridge to the splendid Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. Choose from the marathon (42km), 15km and 8km runs.

Help the needy in Cambodia at the Angkor Half Marathon. Feel like Lara Croft as you run amidst the magnificent ruins as children line up to give you a high five. There’s a half marathon (21km), 10km run, 3km family run, 21km wheelchair and 10km artificial leg race.

When 2 December Where Siem Reap, Cambodia

When 11 November Where Istanbul, Turkey

Allianz Penang Bridge International Marathon Catch a gorgeous sunrise as you run on one of the world’s longest bridges. Held every year since 1985, the Penang Marathon marks the only time that the bridge is closed to traffic. You can sign up for the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) or 10km run.

When 18 November Where Penang Bridge, Malaysia

Swissôtel Vertical Marathon

Angkor Wat

Chiang Mai Marathon

A journey of 73 storeys begins with a single step. Get to the top of one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels and catch your breath as you take in the spectacular view from the helipad. For the record, it’s 1,336 steps you’ll need to climb.

Treat yourself to a pre-Christmas run in the Rose of the North. Soak in the sights of this charming city with a full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) or 10km run.

When 25 November Where Swissôtel The Stamford Singapore

When 23 December Where Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tour de Timor

Family Fun

Back to Nature Head to the great outdoors and try these activities

Go baa Hay Dairies Join the herd and make your way to Hay Dairies, a small farm with around 800 goats of mixed breed. Go early (9–11am) if you want to see how milking is done, and try the squirt of the day for yourself! Buy more than a litre’s worth of milk, and they’ll pack it in a chiller box for you. The fresh milk will leave you coming “baaack” for more.

Where 3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4

On the boardwalk National Parks (DIY Trail Guides) There’s no lack of places to go for some natural fun in Singapore. The NParks website has a good collection of trail maps that you can use to plan a walking adventure near you. Our faves are the Changi Point Coastal Walk, North Eastern Riverine Loop (includes the new Punggol Waterway Park), Southern Ridges, TreeTop Walk (MacRitchie Reservoir) and Pulau Ubin Tree Trail.

My little pony Gallop Stables Ride like the wind at Gallop Stables. With facilities at Bukit Timah’s Horsecity and Pasir Ris Park (and one more coming up in Punggol), both the young and old can experience the joy of equestrianism. No need to worry about costly membership fees – here everyone can get up close to horses and ponies, feed them, and sign up for a trial riding lesson.

Where 100 Turf Club Road and 61 Pasir Ris Green



Swing like Tarzan

To market, to market

Forest Adventure

Farmart Centre Singapore

Get high on a treetop adventure! Give your family a swinging good time at Forest Adventure. Put on your safety harness, swing from tree to tree like Tarzan, zip along on the 176-metre Flying Fox, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Bedok Reservoir Park as you try out the aerial tree obstacle course with your little ones.

With more than 30 tenants in one location, Farmart is a convenient stop to get some natural farm produce. At the animal farm corner, you can feed the goats, bullfrogs, tortoises, birds, fish and other animals. There are also tours and farm trails conducted by the affable Uncle William Ho, who’ll take you to a crocodile farm, quail farm, lotus farm and many more. To get to Farmart, hop on the free shuttle bus to and from Choa Chu Kang’s Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall. Admission is free.

Where 825 Bedok Reservoir Road

Where 67 Sungei Tengah Rd

Bolly golly Bollywood Veggies Have fun on a farm at Bollywood Veggies, where vegetables are grown organically without pesticides or fertilisers. Here you can pot your own plants (and take them home!), learn to plant paddy and even build your own scarecrow. The farm’s Poison Ivy Bistro serves home-cooked, halal-certified goodness with fresh produce, using no MSG and minimal salt, and no pork or lard. Don’t forget to try their curry and sweet potato leaves!

Where 100 Neo Tiew Road

Go north east Celestial Resort To take it slow and enjoy some rustic kampung living, Pulau Ubin is just a bumboat ride away. This is one of the few places left in Singapore where you can hike and bike amidst natural beauty and granite quarries, explore pristine wetlands and do some real stargazing. To give yourself more time to discover this haven, check in at Celestial Resort located at the southwestern tip of the island, and try out the water sports in its vast lagoon while you’re at it.

Where 1000 Pulau Ubin Island


BORN TO PERFORM From singing to dancing, contemporary to classical, LCP Derrick Tay does it all

As a musician with the SCDF’s Music Performing Art Club (MPAC), LCP (NSF) Derrick Tay sings, dances and plays the piano, guitar, Chinese flute and pipa. Frontline speaks to this well-rounded performer during one of his rehearsals.

What do you do in the SCDF?

I am an instructor at the Basic Rescue Training Centre at the National Service Training Institute, SCDF, where I train and take care of a section of recruits. It can be challenging to have to switch from one persona to another – one moment you’re an instructor in uniform, guiding your fellow NSFs, while another moment you’re a stage performer! I’m fortunate to be able to develop my musical talent in MPAC with the support of my company sergeant major WO1 John Curren, who oversees many of the MPAC performances. He was the one who made it possible for joint performances with my singing buddy, SPF field instructor CPL Benjamin Lim, as part of the Home Team.

How did you get started in music?

I played the Chinese flute in the Chinese orchestra when I was in primary school. Since then I have been regularly performing for corporate and wedding events at hotels, shopping malls and theatres. I was a baritone in my secondary school choir, and I played the Western flute as part of the concert band for Millennia Institute. As a part-time performer with Siong Leng Musical Association, I picked up a traditional style of music from southern China called Nan Yin, and learnt the pipa and the Liyuan style of opera. I am also professionally trained in pop singing at a pop music school.

What’s next in your music career?

Together with my singing partner, SPF field instructor Benjamin Lim, we plan to seek more opportunities in the music industry. I also intend to continue as a professional performer and vocal instructor.

Any advice for aspiring musicians out there?

Talent is nothing without passion and hard work. Nowadays it’s not enough to be good at just singing or playing – your body language and your stage presence are all part of the entire package. The performer is the performance, and you got to give your all every time. Check out Derrick Tay’s music here:

Derrick rehearsing with his singing buddy, Benjamin Lim from the SPF.


• As part of singing group Hei Bai Pei Age 22 (with CPL Benjamin Lim), the duo emerged Appointment Company instructor at Basic as first runner-up in Channel 8’s Power Duet Rescue Training Centre, National Service competition in 2011 Training Institute, SCDF; musician with Music • Professional performer (vocal/instrument/ Performing Art Club, SCDF hosting/dance) at venues such as Specialties Singing, guitar, piano, Chinese Chijmes and Music Dreamer Live! Cafe, flute, pipa, Western flute, dancing and at events such as Street CLAP! Achievements and Saturday Night Fever at Orchard Road • Released his first album at the age of 17 • Emerged champion in an 18-day international • Vocal instructor at music schools Chinese proficiency competition that was broadcast on Chinese national TV in 2009


LCP (NSF) Derrick Tay


MARTIAL LAW NSI Marcus Seah is a fighter – both on and off the ring

To NSI Marcus Seah, life is all about doing the best in whatever you do. Frontline speaks to this champion who packs a punch in whatever he does.

How did you get started in Muay Thai?

Six years ago, I joined a Chinese-style martial art course called Sanda when I was in Nanyang Polytechnic. Later I decided to try out Muay Thai at The Muaythai Workshop. After a few sessions of learning how to throw punches, roundhouse kicks and knee and elbow strikes in a controlled environment, I realised I had found something I truly enjoyed.

What do you like about Muay Thai?

Although I loved Sanda in poly, I wanted something more. Muay Thai was perfect for me as it was more aggressive and I could use maximum power in every move. With Muay Thai you get a complete workout. Your whole body aches but it feels so good, and you get a much greater runner’s high than kickboxing. It is also more practical if you need to use it on the streets – but of course the smart thing to do is to avoid trouble in the first place!

How did you become so good in what you do?

I’m fortunate to have great coaches and training buddies who guided me along. I also trained in a camp on the outskirts of Bangkok. There I immersed myself in the culture and learnt what it was like to train with people who fight for a living. At the camp, I did five hours of pads training and ran a total of 16km every day for a week. Soon I started fighting and winning matches on stage. I got more addicted, trained harder and won more.

What’s next in your fighting career?

I plan to continue teaching Muay Thai and improving myself in the sport. Even when I can no longer fight competitively, I will continue to practise it for the mental strength it gives me – not to mention it’s a fun and hardcore workout by itself.

Any advice for those who’d like to take up Muay Thai?


Wear wraps and gloves to protect your wrists. Know your limit and don’t push yourself too hard, too fast. Muay Thai may be a deadly sport, but it’s also one that imparts values such as respect and humility. So go for it!

NSI Marcus Seah

Age 24 Appointment Red Teaming Unit Officer, Central Police Division Specialties Muay Thai, Sanda Achievements • Awarded Sword of Honour in 54th Police Officer Cadet Course • National Sanshou Championship 2008 Runner-up • Singapore Olympic Style Boxing Championship 2009 Gold Medal • AMAS National Muay Thai Championship 2010 Champion • Hockey Village Muay Thai Exhibition Match Winner 2010 • SABA Invitational Boxing Tournament 2011 Runner-up



These chicken dishes are as much a local institution as national service. Celebrate the contributions of our feathered friends at these places!

NAM KEE CHICKEN RICE & RESTAURANT Few restaurants ooze more old-school charm than the tiled walls and quaint wooden seats of 40-yearold Nam Kee. The chicken is quintessential Hainanese – done to the right level of tenderness – and their ginger dip is simply divine. Their home-brewed water chestnut drink is also well worth a try. Price $3.60 Where 201 Upper Thomson Road Open Mon–Sun 11am–9pm;

closed on alternate Tuesdays

For the uninitiated, ayam penyet refers to fried chicken that has been given some tenderising loving care – a good pummelling to loosen the meat from the bones. Many say Sari Bistari is one of the best places to try this battered bird, and from the oh-so-thin-and-crispy skin on tender flesh and zesty sambal chilli, it’s hard to disagree. This joint, which used to be at the food centre at Block 3, has only recently crossed the road to its current location at Block 5, as the food centre is under renovation till the fourth quarter of the year. Price $4 Where Q’son Eating House (Changi

Village), 5 Changi Village Road #01-2021 Open Mon–Fri 10am–10pm, Sat–Sun 10am–11.30pm


This is the legendary chicken rice stall that moved from Tanglin Halt to its present location in Clementi. Fragrant and fresh, the chicken and rice go well with the satisfyingly hot ginger dip and tangy achar. Be prepared to wait if you go during lunchtime. Price $3.50 Where 354 Clementi Avenue 2 #01-259 and 89/91 Joo Chiat Road Open Mon–Sun 10am–9pm (Clementi); Mon–Sun 10.30am–10.30pm (Joo Chiat)

MAT NOH (LORONG LIMAU) MUSLIM CHICKEN RICE Just $3 gets you a succulent drumstick with lots of crispy bits that lend a bit of crunch to every bite of fluffy rice. Throw in Mat Noh’s sweet chilli sauce with red ginger and some fresh cucumber, and the result is instant gratification at an unbeatable value. Price $3 Where Tian Tai Eating House, 56 Kim Keat Road (junction of Lorong Limau) Open Mon–Sat 8am–4pm

GOOD YEAR LOCAL HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE BALL You’ll either love it or hate it – if you’re comparing these fragrant rice balls to those from Malacca’s Jonker Street. Unlike their Malaysian counterpart, this local version is bigger, drier and chewier. Check out the chilli, which has got more than enough lime and garlic to pack a punch. If you’re in the mood for something different, Good Year’s just a few steps from Braddell MRT station. Price $4 Where Chang Cheng Mee Wah Restaurant, 111 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-366 Open Sat–Thu 11am–7pm





Look good with these skincare tips There’s more to caring for your skin than you may think. Here are some easy tips to look your best!

Cleaning your face is as easy as 1-2-3! Step 1: Wash

Wash your face at least twice a day to remove oil and dirt that clog your pores. Use products formulated for men, such as those by Clinique, Garnier, L’Oréal and Olay. Avoid harsh soap. A cleanser with salicylic acid removes dead skin and reveals fresh skin beneath, while a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil keeps acne at bay.

Step 2: Tone

Use a toner twice a day to remove excess oil, reduce shine, reduce pore size and tone the skin. Pour a little on a piece of cotton and dab it on your face and neck.

Step 3: Moisturise

Apply a moisturiser to keep your skin supple and smooth. These contain ingredients such as vitamin B5, glycerin and lecithin that nourish and protect the skin. Use it twice a day after toning.

Five secrets to better skin Hydrate

Drink eight glasses of water every day. Water plumps up the cells in your body, leaving your skin firm and supple.

Eat your greens

Fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that keep your skin fresh and glowing. Nourish your face from the inside today!


Not getting enough shut-eye gives you dark circles and makes you look a hundred years old. Get a good night’s rest and you’ll look much better. Now you know why the prince swooned over the sleeping beauty.


Stop puffing

A smoker’s face is not a parody of a Lady Gaga song – it’s a real medical term! Smoking depletes the vitamin C that your body needs to form collagen.

Stop roasting

Get too much sun, and you run the risk of wrinkles and skin cancer. Use a sunscreen of at least SPF 20 and reapply it regularly.

Spa Le’Kraton at HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok Did you know you can fix rough, wrinkling and dulllooking skin right here at the Bukit Batok Clubhouse? Spa Le’Kraton offers a range of intense treatments to complement your daily skincare regime. Its Intense Lift RF Treatment reverses wrinkling and sagging, while the Pro-Apeel Treatment uses micro-dermabrasion to restore glow to the skin. There’s also an Intense Red Treatment for acne and clogged pores. All HomeTeamNS members will enjoy a 30% discount! The spa also offers a special 60% discount to all members for their first trial.


Fill your gadgets with these mobile essentials


iOS, Android, Windows


Now you know whether to take it slow or make a dash for the bus stop. SG Buses shows you the arrival times for SBS and some SMRT buses, as well as nearby bus stops. Another lifesaver is taxi-booking app Cabbie, which allows you to save your oft-used locations, and then send SMS bookings for these addresses to Comfort and CityCab.


iOS, Android, Windows Fight famine with the trusty HungryGoWhere, which provides info and reviews on more than 6,000 eating places in Singapore. Upload your own reviews and photos and share them via email, Twitter and Facebook. The latest update to the iOS app now gives you access to restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and more.

iOS, Android




Android users, rejoice! With the newly launched Instagram for Android, more people can enjoy the cool filters, tilt-shift effects and instant sharing on Facebook and Twitter that have delighted more than 30 million users worldwide.

Singapore Prayer Android





SG Buses

You can locate dengue clusters and view a list of licensed food caterers, but it’s the weather updates you’ll probably be using most of the time. Get real-time info on where it’s raining, and plan your day and week ahead with the forecasts. Great for motorists, especially those on two wheels.

With definitive prayer and fasting times taken directly from MUIS, this app works even when you’re offline, as the data is stored locally.

HPB Fitness Tracker


ShowNearby iOS, Android

Running low on cash? This app will guide you to the nearest ATM – and even AXS machines, shopping malls, petrol kiosks and more! You won’t get lost with this simple tool. Little wonder that this gem has been ranked one of the top homegrown apps by folks such as VR-Zone and Yahoo! Singapore.


This handy app created by the Singapore Health Promotion Board helps you assess your fitness. Choose from a 2.4-km run or 2.0-km walk, and ensure your fitness lies in the sweet spot by tracking your aerobic fitness score and body mass index.






PICK-UP LINES Use them at your own risk!

Does the following scenario sound familiar to you? A guy goes up to a girl in a club and says: “You’re so nice, you must be from paradise”.  The girl rolls her eyes so far back that she almost faints, responds with a snide remark, and walks away in disgust… Nothing puts off a girl faster than a corny pick-up line. Contrary to what you read in men’s magazines, we do not like pick-up lines. They’re tacky, cheesy, insincere and at times even downright offensive. Guys who like sprouting clichéd pick-up lines should be careful they don’t get a black eye.

Pick-up lines that are Walking her dog: “What a sure to fail

funny/ugly/fat dog!” At a restaurant: “I wouldn’t eat so much if I were you.” At a club: “Is that a dress or a hankie?” or “Are you dancing or having a seizure?”

Pick-up lines that may actually work

At the library or bookstore: “You don’t look like the type of girl who reads.”

At a place of worship: “You can make a sinner out of me anytime.”

Walking the dog: “Is that a (mention breed)?”


At a restaurant: At a club: “That’s “Who needs dessert your favourite song? when they have you?” It’s mine too!” At a place of worship: “Wow, my prayers have finally been answered!”

At the library or bookstore: “Oh… (insert the name of author she is looking at) is my favourite author too! I love her last book!”

Here’s our advice. Instead of memorising a bunch of one-liners in the hope of impressing the ladies, just be yourself. Speak from your heart. Women like a guy who’s confident but not arrogant; smart but not a show-off. So have fun, be yourself and you might just make some new friends!


D UBLE THE FUN Dating ideas for things to do as a couple

A love to savour

SoEZ Cooking Studio

Phoon Huat

Chocolate Kaki


language e m a s e h t k Spea What better way to declare your love than to say it in different languages? Not only will you have fun trying your lines on each other, your new language skills will also come in handy for that romantic getaway to Paris or Seoul. Check out schools with native speakers who teach only the language they specialise in – these include Las Lilas (Spanish), Alliance Francaise (French), Daehan (Korean) and Bunka (Japanese).

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Daehan Korean Langua

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Bunka Language Schoo


Write her a song

School of Music

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Timbre Music Ac


Immortalise your love with an original song. The School of Music and the Arts (SOMA) can help you with the words and music to your song, and record and mix your vocals in a pro recording studio. If you’d prefer to write it yourself, SOMA’s popular Songwriting and Production Analysis course is a great introduction to creating your own hit. For those who dream of sharing the stage, there’s Timbre Music Academy, where real musicians show you how to perform live as a singer, guitarist, bassist or drummer, and do just that in front of a live audience every Sunday.


If the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach, you can’t go wrong with cooking classes! Put on your matching aprons at SoEZ Cooking Studio, where you can steam, simmer, sizzle and stir-fry your way to everything from crystal dumplings to croquettes and carpaccio. For patissier wannabes, Phoon Huat conducts classes that shows you how to bake all kinds of cakes, brownies and baguettes. If she’s a chocoholic, head to Chocolate Kaki, where every confection you learn to make is yours to take home.

Shoot like a pro Learn how to tell stories with pictures together. Grasp the fundamentals of photography and filmmaking at Objectifs, whose instructors are among the best in the business. There’s a big plus when you’re learning these skills with your other half – you’ll never need to worry about getting a model or actress for your photo or film project. y and Filmmaking

Objectifs Centre for Photograph

Clean fun Few things are as practical as handmade soap that you can use on each other in the bathtub. Learn how to make natural glycerin soap at Soap Ministry, which provides all the materials, tools and knowhow you need to make it at home. You can choose the design of the soap you like, and bring home your creations for more good clean fun with each other. Soap Ministry

Painted pleasures

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Pottery with passion If you’ve always wanted to relive that classic pottery scene from the movie Ghost, this is for you. At Contemporary Clay Studio and Clay Cove, the courses include the basic materials and firing of pottery artworks. Just remember to keep your shirt on in class. Contemporary Clay Studio

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Get groovy Two Left Feet Dance School

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Dancing has always been a great way to bond with your sweetheart. For a groovy kind of love, there’s the Latin-inspired Zumba dance right here at HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok (see page 19). If salsa, lindy hop and ballroom dancing are more your thing, check out Two Left Feet, Jitterbugs and John & Josephine Dance Creative.






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Meeting Point

6 May


City Square

Farrer Park MRT Station Exit H

3 June


Labrador Park

Labrador Park MRT Station

1 July


East Coast Park

East Coast Park Carpark E2

Stars of the Terrain Race

Palawan Beach, Sentosa

14 July 7am



For courses at Balestier Clubhouse, please call Eddric at 6351-8139 or email


Tuesday Beginner When 7.30–8.30pm Intermediate When 8–9pm Where Learning Centre Fees $100 for members $110 for guests Duration 8 sessions

Saturday Where Dance Studio Duration 10 sessions Tiny Tots (for age 4) When 9.45–10.30am Fees $105 for members $115 for guests Pre-Ballet (for ages 5–6) When 10.45–11.30am Fees $105 for members $115 for guests Primary Ballet (for ages 6–7) When 11.45am–12.30pm Fees $105 for members $115 for guests Grade One (for ages 7–8) When 12.30–1.30pm Fees $120 for members $125 for guests Sign up now! For more details, please call Ms Evangeline Chong at 9734-8983 or email


Friday For ages 5–12 When 7.15–8.15pm For ages 13 and above When 7.15–8.30pm Fees $135 for members $150 for guests Duration 3 months

LINE DANCING Tuesday and Thursday When 7–9pm Where Dance Studio Fees $50 for members $55 for guests Duration 10 sessions

AQUA-AEROBICS Thursday When 7.45–8.45pm Where Swimming Pool Fees $50 for members $60 for guests Duration 4 sessions Note: Classes commence on 7 June

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For more details, call Ms Jean Tan at 9691-4973 or email


Saturday and Sunday When Saturday: 3–7pm Sunday: 10am–12pm and 3–6pm Size 5–10 students Fees $120 for members $140 for guests Duration 10 sessions


Don’t miss our free trial class! When 19 May (Saturday), 9.30–10.30am Where Swimming Pool Fees Free for all


Sunday When 5–6pm Fees $100 for members $110 for guests Duration 10 sessions


Wednesday When 7.30–9pm Where Learning Centre Fees $60 for members $65 for guests Duration 12 sessions

BAZGYM GYMNASTICS SCHOOL Weekdays and weekends Gym Bears (for ages 3–5) Fees $280 for members $290 for guests Duration Minimum 11 sessions Gym Boys/Girls (for ages 6–8) Fees $280 for members $290 for guests Duration Minimum 11 sessions Physio Gym (for ages 5 and above with special needs) Fees $340 for members $350 for guests Duration Minimum 11 sessions

Weekends Mini Bears (for ages 3–4) Fees $315 for members $325 for guests Duration Minimum 11 sessions One-time registration fee $25 for members $50 for guests

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For more details on class schedules, call BazGym at 6256-8191


Sunday When 11am–12pm Where Learning Centre Fees $80 for members $90 for guests Duration 10 sessions



BUKIT BATOK CLUBHOUSE For courses at Bukit Batok Clubhouse, please call Edi at 6665-4609 or email


Where Squash Court Junior Course Fees $190 for members $200 for guests Duration 10 sessions Beginner Course (4–8 pax) Fees $75 for members $85 for guests Duration 5 sessions Beginner Course (2 pax) Fees $130 for members $140 for guests Duration 5 sessions Intermediate Course (4 pax) Fees $180 for members $200 for guests Duration 8 sessions Intermediate Course (2 pax) Fees $240 for members $260 for guests Duration 8 sessions

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For more details, call Mr Richard Koh at 9664-5536 or email


Saturday For ages 7–8 When Saturday 4–5pm For ages 9–11 When Saturday 5–6pm Where Function Room Fees $100 for members $110 for guests Duration 8 sessions Sign up now! For more details, call Mr Hansen Bay at 9793-9745 or email


Sunday When 2–4pm Where Multi-Purpose Hall Fees $80 for members $85 for guests Duration 1 month

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For more details, call Mr Jack at 6561-7078


Where Gymnasium One-to-one: Fees $20 for members $25 for guests Duration Minimum 5 sessions Group (2 pax): Fees $30 for members $40 for guests Duration Minimum 5 sessions Note: 1.5 hours each session. Prices quoted are per session

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For more details, call our gym instructors at 6665-4637 or email fitness_workz@


Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Where Dance Studio Duration 10 sessions Tiny Tots (for ages 4–5) When Thursday 7–7.45pm Sunday 11.45am–12.30pm Fees $105 for members $115 for guests Pre-Ballet (for ages 5–6) When Saturday 3.30–4.15pm Fees $105 for members $115 for guests Primary Ballet (for ages 6–7) When Saturday 2.45–3.30pm Fees $105 for members $115 for guests Grade One (for ages 7–8) When Sunday 12.30–1.30pm Fees $120 for members $125 for guests Grade Two (for ages 8–9) When Sunday 2.45–3.30pm Fees $125 for members $130 for guests Grade Three (for ages 9–11) When Sunday 1.45–2.45pm Fees $125 for members $130 for guests Grade Four (for ages 10–12) When Sunday 3.45–5pm Fees $135 for members $140 for guests

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For more details, call Ms Evangeline Chong at 9734-8983 or email


Saturday and Sunday When 1–3pm Where Archery Range Fees $36 (adult) / $20 (junior) for members $50 for guests Duration 8 sessions

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For more details, call Mr Terriss Chooi at 6665-4634 or email archery_club@

BODY TONING Saturday When 10.30–11.30am Where Dance Studio Fees $90 for members $100 for guests Duration 10 sessions

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For more details, call Ms Shirley Tan at 9744-1772 or email


Monday and Wednesday When Monday 7.30–8:30pm Wednesday 7.30–8:30pm Where Dance Studio Fees $40 (term) / $12 (walk-in) for members $48 (term) / $15 (walk-in) for guests Duration 4 sessions

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For more details, call Gerald at 9797-6978 or email

AIR GUN AIR RIFLE / PISTOL MONTHLY SHOOT PROFICIENCY (second Sunday of the month) When 10am–1pm Where Air Gun Shooting Range Fees $5 Duration 8 sessions

(second Sunday of the month) When 10am–4pm Where Air Gun Shooting Range Fees $50 for members $60 for guests

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For more details, call our range officers at 6665-4633 or email

Wednesday When 8–9.30pm Where Function Room Fees $100 for members $105 for guests Duration 10 sessions

For more details, call Ms Helen Goh at 9185-1417 or email

For more details, call our range officers at 6665-4633 or email

Friday When 8–9.30pm Where Multi-Purpose Hall Fees $135 for members $150 for guests Duration 3 months

For more details, call Ms Cheen Cheen at 6256-0111 or email hq@


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Enjoy 50%+10% off on any face or body treatment (valid for one time only)

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$2 per game (maximum two games)

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BUKIT BATOK GOLF RANGE HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, Tel: 6567-4800

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ART DE SPA HomeTeamNS-JOM @ Balestier, Tel: 6251-0058

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BAZGYM GYMNASTICS SCHOOL HomeTeamNS-JOM @ Balestier, Tel: 6256-8191

Free trial session worth $30

JIMM’S PUB & KARAOKE LOUNGE HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, Tel: 6563-5231 HomeTeamNS @ Sembawang, Tel: 6758-0852

Complimentary bottle of red wine worth $60


190 Changi Road #B1-01 MDIS Building, near Eunos MRT Tel: 6471-1771

Complimentary Eye Health Screening worth $53 with any eyewear purchased at NOOCC Terms and conditions: • Valid during birthday month • Not valid with other vouchers, promotions, credit card offers and member’s discounts • Present NRIC and membership card to enjoy the offer


15% off birthday cakes (minimum 1kg) for online orders only Terms and conditions: • Limited to one redemption on birthday month • Not valid for full-month cakes and wedding packages • Not valid with other vouchers, promotions, credit card offers and member’s discount • Print out the email order confirmation and present it with your membership card during collection


VivoCity, Downtown East and Jurong Point

Free La Vanille Nutella worth $7.90++ Terms and conditions: • Valid during birthday month • Redeemable with a minimum spending of $30 in a single receipt • Not valid with other promotions and discounts • Promotion valid at all Fig & Olive Singapore outlets • Present NRIC and membership card to enjoy the offer


The Heeren #12-09 and Novena Square 2 #B1-135 Call 6235-2425 for appointment

Free hearing test valued at $80 Terms and conditions: • Valid during birthday month • Not valid with other promotions or discounts • Please quote “HomeTeamNS” when making your appointment • Present NRIC and membership card to enjoy the offer



HomeTeamNS @ Chinatown, Tel: 6225-1231 HomeTeamNS-JOM @ Balestier, Tel: 6252-5508

30% discount on ME Nutrition Brand

$10 voucher

For purchase, please call 9456-4537 Terms and conditions: • Valid during birthday month • Not valid with other vouchers, promotions, credit card offers and member’s discount • Present NRIC and membership card to enjoy the offer

BIG BEAR CAMPING One for one – Book a tent on your birthday and enjoy another one absolutely free

OUR IN-HOUSE TREATS Terms and conditions apply For more details, visit to print your birthday e-vouchers


Terms and conditions: • Valid during birthday month • For bookings, log on to • Please quote “BDAY 141-HT” in the remarks section during e-booking • Not valid with other promotions or discounts • Member must present NRIC and membership card at time of check-in




ENHANCING PROFESSIONAL EFFECTIVENESS When 2 June (Saturday), 2.30–4pm Where HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, CELL Room Fees $40 for members, $50 for guests Your corporate image reflects your level of professionalism. Appropriate dressing and personal grooming will reflect well on your corporate branding. You are a “walking ambassador” – the message your carry can tarnish or increase your respect, power and control in the socio-business arena. This workshop covers captivating colours and the effective use of business etiquette to create a positive first impression. Topics • Be aware that personal image has an impact on personal branding • Establish personal branding through savvy image presentation • Portray unity of age, profession, position and credibility in the way you dress • How to build a wardrobe capsules • Build a mistake-proof attire and wardrobe faux pas • How to achieve basic office make-­up look • How to select a style for daily office wear

• Recognise the importance of business etiquette at work • Grasp the power of effective mannerism and professionalism in the business arena • Gain respect from the ground up • Be able to convey adequate non-verbal language to dignitaries • Build your confidence and avoid bad business practices • Avoid offending others or fail to show regard for others • Enhance and identify social manners in both the business and social arena

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please visit



When 12 May (Saturday), 2–4pm Where HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, CELL Room Fees $5 for members, $7 for guests

When 12 May (Saturday), 10am–12pm Where HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, CELL Room Fees Free for members and guests

Through this talk, parents will gain knowledge on: • The latest trend in PSLE Maths questions • How the Unit Transfer Method (UTM) took a CHIJ girl from 52% to 99% within 20 weeks • How to apply UTM in the recent PSLE Maths and top-school Maths exam questions • Common misconceptions such as Model Drawing, Guess & Check and other methods being a waste of time • How students can become adept at Model Drawing

Both eating and obesity are issues of national concern. A common myth of weight loss is that one should eat less and exercise more. Contrary to this, there is a way to slim down without starving yourself.

Light refreshments will be provided.

In this workshop, participants will learn a unique way to eat more food to slim down. Participants will have a complimentary body composition analysis before the talk begins. This analysis will help participants to check if their body is in an ideal state, and to understand that weight loss is not equal to fat loss, as it is not just fat that accounts for our weight. Topics • Introduction • Who needs to manage weight • Is my body in an ideal state • Why do we put on weight • How obesity affects our looks and health • Basic science to weight loss • Current methods to lose weight • How to choose and eat more food to slim down • FAQ of weight loss • Who have successfully lost weight through this method

To register, call Jonathan at 6665-4608 or email 22

ARTY EXPLORER When Five sessions from 16 June (Saturday), 11am–12.30pm Where HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, Children’s Playroom Fees $68 for members, $75 for guests (fees inclusive of materials) This programme is designed for children from 5 to 12 years old. The objective is to let them have fun working on art themes and explore problem solving in creating and designing artworks. They will work on a combination of different themes based on colouring, painting or crafts. What to expect from this programme? • Exploration and experimentation on different themes • Group or individual projects • Group discussion and presentation • Themes will be based on integrated 2D and 3D art forms This programme will encourage children to think out of the box and to foster creative problem solving. This will help to instill confidence and positive development in themselves. They will also form and achieve knowledge while generating ideas in depth.

TOUCHING ON 3M & MY CPF When 19 May (Saturday), 10.30am–12pm Where HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, CELL Room Fees Free for members and guests Topics 3M & 1E • Highlights on Medisave, Medishield, Medifund and Eldershield Meeting your healthcare needs • How prepared are you in meeting your healthcare needs? • Is your Medisave/Medishield/ Eldershield sufficient?

Minimum Sum and CPF Life • What is the Minimum Sum to set aside? • What happens if you do not meet the Minimum Sum? • Will Minimum Sum and CPF Life see you through your retirement? Investing your CPF • What are the options available to enhance your CPF? Distribution of CPF • Who gets your CPF when you retire? • What about your other CPF-funded assets?

About the speaker Kenneth Yap is a member of our panel of speakers with more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry. He is a consistent achiever and had assisted in implementing many successful comprehensive personal financial plans (including will and estate planning) and business succession plans.

TOUCHE™ HEALTH & BEAUTY WORKSHOP – TCM GUASA FACIAL THERAPY When 23 June (Saturday), 9.30–11am Where HomeTeamNS @ Bukit Batok, CELL Room Fees $5 for members, $7 for guests This workshop includes an interesting “live” demo on the Guasa techniques for the face. It also covers the essential acupoints in TCM. You can witness the instant results and benefits of TCM Guasa techniques in rejuvenating your beauty and vitality. Topics • Introductory of the unique historic Chinese healing therapy since the Tang Dynasty • Guasa and facial – the meridian line and acupoints • Reflections of inner health and beauty from your skin • The traditional four steps of Guasa and their benefits • Simple and therapeutic self-de-stress tips from our expert • Demonstration and attendees’ participation on DIY facial de-stress acupoint techniques • Q&A • Get the following free: Skin diagnosis, skin therapy, hand therapy and BMI analysis • Exclusive treats: Spin-D-Wheel game, instant lucky draw and gift with purchase Sign up early to avoid disappointment!





When 12 May, 2–4pm Where HomeTeamNS-JOM Poolside Cafe Fees Free for members, $5 for guests

When 9 June (Saturday), 10am–1pm Where HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse Function Room Fees $15 for members, $18 for guests

This is a business sharing session to meet, connect, exchange ideas and be inspired by entrepreneurs!

Are you clueless or “goal-less”? Unhappy with your new year resolution, “re-solution”, or facing disillusion? Are you frustrated with your current results and feel like giving up? Are you a victim of procrastination and lack the right tools to achieve your goals? Does all these sound familiar?

• Towkay exchanges, mentoring and sharing of entrepreneurial experiences and business insights • Discussions of key business topics (banking/human resource marketing/lobangs, etc) • Successful towkays will be invited to share their stories of success and failure • Networking opportunities Participants must seek prior written approval for all product/ marketing presentations for all sessions.

SUN YAT-SEN GUIDED TOUR WITH 8-COURSE LUNCH When 19 May, 1–3pm Where HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse Fees $15 for members, $18 for guests Learn about the life and times of Dr Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern China, with this guided tour to the Sun Yat-Sen Museum.

Join AKLTG’s Principal Trainer Leroy Frank Ratnam and equip yourself with skills that will empower you to excel beyond the challenges of life today! You will learn: • The importance of goal-setting and how to create a solid roadmap that determines your outcome • How to understand and harness the power of Neuro-Linguistic Programming to get immediate results • How to condition yourself to break years of limiting behaviour such as procrastination, being late and other bad habits • Rediscover your values that will drive/hinder you from achieving your goals/dreams in life

UNLEASH THE WINNER AND GENIUS IN YOUR CHILD! When 26 May (Saturday), 10am–1pm Where HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse Function Room Fees $15 for members, $18 for guests Today’s youths face the pressure of having to perform well in school and balance their social and family life. When they are unable to do so, they experience low self-esteem and lose the motivation to excel.

9-PIN BOWLING TOURNAMENT When 27 May and 9 September, 9.30am–2pm Where HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse Bowling Alley Fees $18 for members, $23 for guests • Registration starts at 9am, roll-off at 9.30am • There is a handicap of 15 points per game for women and children under 12 years • Special promotion for members: Sign up for the next two tournaments now at a discounted price of $30 (non-refundable) • Cash vouchers worth $240 to be given away!

Learn and equip yourselves with: • Ten strategies top scholars use to score As in their exams • How to develop self-motivation in your child • How to build rapport and positively influence your child’s mindset • Learn a powerful memory technique that will help your children improve their grades Note to parents: Please attend the course together with your child.

To register, call Eddric at 6531-8139 or email 24


However, we believe that when students are equipped with the right mindset, as well as effective learning strategies and life skills, they can unleash their hidden potential and excel in all areas of their life. As parents, there are communication strategies we can learn that will allow us to understand our child’s mindset, connect with them emotionally and inspire them to excel.


GO FOR THE GOAL Futsal fun reaches fever pitch at Sembawang! Now you can gather your football kakis for a friendly match at HomeTeamNS @ Sembawang. Stadio, the trusted brand that made futsal a worldwide hit, launched in April its ninth and newest pitch in our home turf! At Stadio@Canberra, you can play six-a-side or five-a-side at the spacious pitch, which is decked in Stadio’s trademark orange. For futsal fun with bar-styled seating and hearty barbeque pits in a serene resort setting, there’s no better place than Stadio – where the game is played. Visit for details. For booking and enquires, call 9721-8030 or email 10% discount for HomeTeamNS members



Groove to a new beat and enjoy great bargains

HomeTeamNS Family Futsal Championship 2012

In conjunction with the HomeTeamNS-JOM Amazing Race, join us in this exciting intro class to Zumba! Registration closes 7 June.

Date 26 May 2012 Time 8am–2pm Venue HomeTeamNS @ Sembawang (New Futsal Court), 301 Canberra Road, Singapore 759774

When 23 June (Saturday), 2–3pm Where HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse Fees $15 for members, $20 for guests To register, please email m: Bazaar from 11am–5p ing deals at the Open ms ite ted Check out these excit lec to 70% discount on se • bods.bodynits – up to 10% discount st rugged phone) – up mo d’s count • RugGear (worl dis watches – up to 20% • Soleus and Colombia Free admission! Bring



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TEE TIME HomeTeamNS Anniversary Golf Date 10 May 2012 (Thursday) Venue Orchid Country Club Tee-off From 12.30pm Rates Golflinks HomeTeamNS Guest

OCC Member $82 $97 $112

Non-OCC Member $158 $173 $188

Rates include 18-hole green fee, buggy fee, dinner and prizes. For enquiries, please call Sunarti at 6665-4606 or email Closing date: 27 April 2012


club news

HomeTeamNS vs SAFRA Annual Interclub Match

From left: Clarence Tan (SAFRA), Calvin Siow and Jayaram Suppiah (HomeTeamNS), and Lawrence Young (SAFRA).

HomeTeamNS finally managed to beat SAFRA on their home turf NSRCC Kranji with a score of 11–9. The game was based on 20 matches in the Single Match Play format. It was a close fight as HomeTeamNS had two matches one down till the 18th hole. The two HomeTeamNS players managed to win and eventually squared the games to secure half a point each. There was also plenty of drama in the field when our player, Steve Tay, managed to catch a birdie, but lost the hole when his opponent chipped in for an eagle! Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the camaraderie between the two golfing groups. After the game, the players were rewarded with a sumptuous dinner at D’Kranji Farm Seafood restaurant.

Invited guest Craig Marshall (rightmost) giving tips on chipping and putting.

Thank you to our SAFRA buddies for organising the game, prizes and dinner. Well done to our 20 HomeTeamNS players for winning the challenge trophy! Credit to Alan Koh (team captain), Bernard Ang, Steve Tay, Ho Hooi Min, John Tan, Ang Ah Tiew, Toh Soo Guan, Al-Mazni M Sani, Don Swee, Simon Teo, Tan Kong Hai, Mohd Noh B Idris, Ahmad Kasti, Wendy Ang, John Soh, Vincent Nah, Francis Low, Serena Chua, Jayaram Suppiah and Calvin Siow.


Captain Alan Koh (HomeTeamNS) with Captain Lee Bon Kwe (SAFRA).

A glorious moment for HomeTeamNS at the award ceremony.


HTVN Chairman Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee (in blue) touring an industrial workshop in Changi Prison Cluster A.

Home Team volunteers go behind bars to learn about life as an inmate

Rehabilitation Officer 2 (RO2) Jared Lee briefs visitors on the facilities in a cell. Each cell houses eight inmates at a time.



soulful voice filled the stage in harmony with drums and guitars. With their rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” by the rock band Journey, the group of five male singers and their accompanying band received a rousing applause from the audience. This may sound like a regular concert, but this was no ordinary performance. The musicians and singers were inmates from the Singapore Prison Service’s (SPS) Performing Arts Centre (PAC), which trains inmates with talents in music and the performing arts. They were performing in the auditorium of Changi Prison Complex’s Cluster A to a group of about 40 volunteers from different Home Team departments. This was part of the Home Team Volunteers Network’s (HTVN) “Walking with the Home Team” series of visits – an initiative to let members understand Home Team agencies beyond the department they are volunteering with.

Rehab on the right note The PAC is part of the many rehab programmes available to help inmates reintegrate into society upon their release. Under this programme, inmates with musical talents receive training in music theory and performance. They are required to take the Grade Five music theory exam by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at the end of their nine-month course. The guest of honour for the visit was Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, HTVN Chairman and former Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs. Speaking to HTVN members about the SPS’s motto, “Rehab, Renew, Restart”, he said it is important for the community to be part of the inmates’ reintegration process, and that the HTVN itself is one example of the community doing its part.

Skills for the future Volunteers got the chance to see a typical prison cell, the inmates’ recreational area and an industrial workshop within prison. While touring the cells, they learnt that prisoners are allowed to keep only a few items with them. These include towels and unbreakable toothbrushes and spoons. Rehabilitation Officer 2 (RO2) Jared Lee explained that basic living items and toiletries provided in the cell are designed to prevent inmates from using them to injure themselves and others. Next, the volunteers visited the industrial workshops in Changi Prison Cluster A. These workshops help to hone positive work ethics in inmates and equip them with vocational and employable skills. The Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) works with SPS to manage and facilitate traditional industrial setups such as the bakery and laundry, as well as new ones such as a call centre and a digital media design centre. According to statistics, in 2010 SCORE helped to train more than 4,000 inmates for post-release employment, and helped secure jobs for more than 1,000 inmates. Volunteers then checked out a printing and packaging workshop that was set up in Cluster A since August 2006. The setup currently employs 85 inmates.

Home Team volunteers tour Changi Prison as part of HTVN’s “Walking with the Home Team” series of visits.


FROM FATHERS TO SONS Share your NS stories in words, photos and videos!


ince 1967, generations of NSmen have served with pride and honour in the footsteps of the pioneers who set the foundation of NS with their commitment and fighting spirit. NS is a legacy that spans generations and is a part of every Singaporean’s life. Connect with the past and share with present and future generations your special NS moments – with memories drawn from photographs, songs, food, artefacts and special people you met along the way. Perhaps a recent coffee session with your squad mates brought back fond memories? Whether you’re an NSF, NSman, mother, sister, girlfriend or employer, we’d like you to share your experience. We’ll compile your stories as part of the Singapore Memory Project for generations to savour! We celebrate 45 years of national service with the theme “NS: From Fathers to Sons”. Not only do we want to recognise the contributions of our NSmen past and present, we also want to inspire our youths, families and employers to continue to do their part for National Service. Visit to share your stories!



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PERKS & PRIVILEGES Check out our exclusive offers for members



Sign up for an AA Ordinary Membership and enjoy local and international privileges! • • •


Your gateway to a nautical lifestyle starts here! It’s now even more affordable with our NS45* special membership promotion – available for a limited time only! NS45 Special Membership Special Entrance Fees: $2,750 (Usual Entrance Fees: $5,000) You save: $2,250!


Free 24-hour roadside assistance and towing services in Singapore. Reciprocal breakdown services in over 120 countries worldwide! Free 24-hour delivery for AA maintenance-free car battery services with 15-month warranty. Show Your Card & Save® at more than 175,000 locations in Singapore and overseas. Enjoy merchant discounts at popular shopping and travel destinations including Australia and the US! Get petrol discounts, birthday treats, special movies deals and a lot more!

3-year membership @ $192.60 (free gifts worth $89.80!) 5-year membership @ $299.60 (free gifts worth $149.70!) Promotion is valid till 30 June 2012. Terms and conditions apply.

SAF Yacht Club is Singapore’s only sailing and marina club, with two strategically located clubhouses that offer an extensive range of sea sports courses, facilities and services to cater to all your sea sports interests.

To sign up, call 6831-2148 and quote “HomeTeamNS”.

For enquiries contact Aisah at 6389-3756 or email or visit *Applicable to all SAF Regulars/Defence Executive Officers, Operationally Ready NSmen including those serving in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Prison Service and Full-Time National Servicemen (NSF).

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Need more storage space? Get it at Bizstore! • Well-maintained and secure self-storage units • 24/7 self-storage facilities available • Cutting-edge security systems • Personal and exclusive self-storage unit • Free storage consultation and estimation • Boxes and packing materials • Climate Controlled Units also available Present your HomeTeamNS card to enjoy these perks! • 10% discount for new sign-ups • Additional 5% discount for units above 50 square feet • Waiver of $20 admin charge Call 6632-3399 and quote “HomeTeamNS” to enjoy discount. BizStore Pte Ltd is located at 12 Kallang Sector. Visit for more information.



Stay and dine during your birthday month to enjoy the “Dine 3, Pay 2” promotion at the buffet outlet of the respective hotel. Offer limited to a maximum of 12 diners per table per bill; the bill must be charged back to their room. Enjoy 15% off best available rates (BAR) for online bookings at these participating hotels! Singapore

Asia (Rooms Promotion Only)

• Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel • M Hotel Singapore • Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore • Orchard Hotel Singapore

• Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur • Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang (Sunday to Thursday only) • Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok • Millennium Resort Patong Phuket • Millennium Hotel Sirih Jakarta • The Heritage Hotel Manila

Rooms Promotion Only • Studio M Hotel Singapore (weekends only)

All rooms are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply For reservation details, visit or call 6735-7575 and quote “HomeTeamNS”.



Application is open for the 2012 Awards! Educational Level

Education Award

Achievement Award







ITE/Junior College/Pre-U/Polytechnic



What is the Education Award? This is meant for students who excelled academically and in their co-curricular and community involvement activities in 2011, and whose total monthly household income is not higher than $5,000. What is the Achievement Award? This is meant for students who excelled academically and in their co-curricular and community involvement activities in 2011. Applicants must have achieved a minimum B grade (Primary Level), B4 (Secondary Level), D (Pre-U/JC Level) or C (Polytechnic Level) for all subjects to be eligible to apply. Who are eligible to apply? Only children of HomeTeamNS Ordinary Members. Please note that submission of an application does not imply that the applicant has qualified for an award. For more information, visit or e-mail How do I apply for the award? Application forms are available at all HomeTeamNS clubhouses, or you can download it from our website. All completed forms and supporting documents must reach us by 30 June 2012.


BODS.BODYNITS Synonymous with an active and healthy lifestyle, bods. bodynits is a specialist sports brand that offers ladies’ and men’s performance and active wear. It’s developed for a wide range of activities such as yoga, pilates, aerobics, gym, athletics, swimming, running, cycling and dancing. In addition to being designed for performance comfort and fit, the clothes are also constantly updated in the latest colours and styles of the season.

Buy a bods.bodynits $40 gift voucher for only $20! Terms and conditions apply. For enquiries, call Erni at 9747-3428. Or present your membership card at these outlets during purchase: • bods.bodynits Concept Store: #03-06 Orchard Central • b Concept Outlets: #01-64 Kallang Leisure Park, #01-41/43 Suntec City Mall, #01-16/17/18 West Coast Plaza



Join Korean prodigy Sungha Jung and New York visionary Preston Reed at the DBS Auditorium on 26 May as they take you on the musical journey of the year! A concert not to be missed for guitar lovers! From now to 26 May, enjoy a 10% discount for one ticket purchased, or a 15% discount for two or more tickets purchased. For more details, visit and quote the discount code: “Home Team”.



Children aged four months to nine years can enrol in JWT’s versatile programmes to develop and practice their physical skills (build up stamina and endurance), fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, balance, agility, flexibility and sport preparation. With fitness equipment modified for children and guidance from trainers, children learn the fundamentals of gymnastics and various sports through a combination of structured games and free play. JWT also hosts birthday parties, kids’ night out, corporate events and a variety of seasonal day camps. Enjoy one free trial class! Sign up for classes at JWT Kids Gym and enjoy $30 waiver of one-time family membership. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit UE Square #02-12, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917 or call 6333-8511



The latest thing just for kids. From a child’s first haircut to their “sweet sixteen”, it’s all covered. Kids will be left feeling sparkly and brimming with self-confidence with services such as hairstyling, mini manicure and pedicure and relaxing massages by our trained Curly & SpikeTM Super Stylist. Curly & Spike – it’s more than a haircut, it’s a whole new attitude! 50% off haircuts. Enjoy $15 off when you sign up for a 6x haircut package.


HomeTeamNS-PAssion Card @ AXS

Watch out for the newly upgraded HomeTeamNS Membership Payment Services via AXS this coming June! With this new service, members will be able to renew and convert to the new HomeTeamNS-PAssion Card conveniently at over 750 AXS terminals located islandwide. Simply go to the Lifestyle segment, select the HomeTeamNS icon and follow the instructions on the screen. If you need any assistance, please call HomeTeamNS at 6665-4600.

Visit UE Square #02-14, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917 or call 6733-9298



Get a rewarding laundry experience! Take good care of your family needs with top-notch laundry services using eco-friendly products. Bag and shoe cleaning services are also available. Get $10 off for door-to-door service Terms and conditions: • Present HomeTeamNS membership card to enjoy discount at time of collection • Discount available with a minimum spend of $35 • Delivery is valid for Singapore addresses only • Discount is not applicable with other promotions or combo package SMS 9339-8220 to arrange for pick-up or visit for details.


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