By 2023, national servicemen will be able to access all their National Service (NS)- and training-related activities in a one-stop centre.
The NS Hub just marked the start of construction in a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen recently.
With the NS Hub, national servicemen will no longer have to report to various camps across Singapore for different NS services.
The new NS Hub will house the Central Manpower Base (CMPB), Military Medicine Institute (MMI) and a new Fitness Conditioning Centre (FCC) to meet all the services that pre-enlistees and Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) need.
It will even include an e-Mart for NSmen to stock up on their combat boots and admin t-shirts!
Currently, pre-enlistees attend medical screening at CMPB at Depot Road, and head to MMI in Kent Ridge for other specialist medical services. NSmen take their Individual Physical Proficiency Tests (IPPTs) at various locations such as Maju Camp and Bedok Camp.
Once complete, the NS Hub will be directly accessible via an overhead bridge from Cashew MRT Station along Upper Bukit Timah Road.
Gone are the long queues to "book in", as national servicemen visiting the NS Hub will be able to register themselves at e-Kiosks equipped with facial recognition technology. They will also be able to perform digital transactions through the NS Hub visitor mobile app and receive personalised responses about their appointments. Such technology is expected to reduce the overall waiting time for medical screenings by 30 per cent!
IPPT will be made more convenient for servicemen. Without having to "book in" to camp, servicemen will be able to do automated In-Processing at the NS Hub’s FCC. They can then simply walk up to the gym for their IPPT Preparatory Training or head to the sheltered running track to take their IPPT. Facing the Rail Corridor, the FCC will be the Singapore Armed Forces’ first purpose-built, all-weather facility for IPPT and fitness training.
Not unlike SAFRA Clubhouses, the NS Hub may well become a go-to spot for national servicemen to relax with their family and friends. The hub will feature a wide range of amenities that are open to the public – these include a food court, a childcare center and an outdoor community area with a running track and football field. For those into live entertainment, the NS Hub will also house the Power 98 Love Songs and 88.3JIA radio stations where visitors can catch their favourite radio DJs live on air. There will also be studios for the public to catch performances.
Visitors to the new NS Hub will be glad to know that the building will make use of renewable energy – energy generated from its solar panels can power more than 110 4-room HDB units a year! The building will also adopt energy-saving solutions such as the use of natural ventilation and solar shades for cooling. The NS Hub will make use of rainwater harvesting to collect non-potable water for irrigation and other purposes.
The Source Bulk Foods at Cluny Court is the first Singapore branch of Australia’s largest bulk foods and zero-waste retailer. They carry a wide range of pantry staples, numbering over 350 products that include premium whole foods and treats, and packaging-free household products. The opening marks a step towards cultivating healthy lifestyles and building a healthier planet, right here on the little red dot!
Founded in 2012 in Byron Bay, Sydney, Australia, The Source Bulk Foods has established itself as a pioneer of sustainable living, promoting an ethos of zero packaging, as well as encouraging customers to buy and use only what is needed. The brand also prides itself in offering good old-fashioned service – shopping at The Source Bulk Foods is akin to dropping by a friendly neighbourhood grocer, where customers are received with a warm and genuine welcome.
Celebrating the opening, Rob Behennah, Master Franchisor of The Source Bulk Foods, Southeast Asia, shares, “We are incredibly excited to open Singapore’s very first The SourceBulk Foods store! We are as much about providing nutritious products as we are about embracing a zero waste goal, and creating a healthy community. Our passionate team looks forward to delivering wholesome food, nourishing families, and in doing so, take a hands-onapproach to nurturing our planet.”
The Source Bulk Foods encourages customers to bring along refillable bags, containers, or jars, as well as purchase as much or as little as needed. Franchise Partner, Sarah Widjaja, who is also a full-time Nutritionist, explains, “The Source Bulk Foods is revolutionising the way we shop. At every step of the way, suppliers, retailers, and customers can reduce their use of unnecessary packaging and single-use plastics. By buying only what is needed, we can alsominimise food waste.”
Shopping at The Source Bulk Foods is simple and fun, involving just three easy steps: grab a bag (or refill a jar), write the product code, and fill the bag with the desired amount of the chosen product. Customers then proceed to the cashier, where their groceries will be weighed, and payment can be made.
Visitors may browse the store’s affordable range of products, which have been carefully sourced and selected for quality, and which caters to vegan, paleo, organic, and gluten-free diets.
Stocked with plenty of ingredients for the kitchen, The Source Bulk Foods is every homecook’s dream! Pick from beans, grains, seeds, and flours, to herbs and spices, nuts; whether raw, insecticide-free, roasted, salted, or smoked, as well as a variety of cooking oils and condiments.
Cashew Green is a home designed to bring nature in. Redefine your living spaces with an internal courtyard and elevated terrace garden with this 999-leasehold terrace house project by Far East Organization.
Every residence at Cashew Green is thoughtfully designed to blur the boundaries between the internal and external spaces. Creating a unique garden environment, seamlessly taking the beauty of nature right inside your home, Cashew Green offers you luxurious living spaces. A majority of the residences are composed of a basement, three-storeys of living space and an attic. The basement boasts of a car porch that can fit 2 cars and even a tandem lot for your third car.
Imagine a world that gives you the privilege of waking up every day to the soothing embrace of nature – Cashew Green. Nestled in an exclusive and prestigious enclave surrounded by many Good Class Bungalows, Cashew Green is set within the vicinity of Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, which contains some of the country’s richest forests when it comes to biodiversity.
Live within minutes from the Downtown Line which includes the Cashew MRT Station and Bukit Panjang MRT Station. Enjoy the many delightful restaurants, charming cafes and great shopping finds that await you in HillV2, The Rail Mall, Junction 10 and Bukit Panjang Plaza. Be it groceries, your afternoon latte or a good book, convenience is never out of reach.
Mont Botanik Residence is a freehold condominium nestled within close proximity to the lush greenery of Bukit Batok. Host to 108 exclusive units, the residence is designed with the occupant in mind, someone who is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced city, to seeking solace in the tranquillity and serenity of an urban green oasis.
The architectural plan features 2 distinct blocks linked together by a series of communal sky gardens, providing green relief for residences wherever possible. These informal spaces encourage spontaneity and informal social gatherings, displaying zest and energy culminated through the architecture.
The formal drop off, generously landscaped with layers of trees and plants, humbly welcomes residents and guest. From the warmth exuding from the family pods to the chatter of activities in the clubhouse, the sense of familiarity that comes with a cosy residence is an unquantifiable lifestyle experience that detached urbanites yearn for.
Founded six years ago at McCallum Street, homegrown brand SPRMRKT was the pioneer of multi-concept experiences in a singular space. It was the go-to place for the food- and arts- savvy cosmopolite and one which provided daily inspiration in necessary but simple ways by melding the enjoyments of dining, discovering and experiencing – a rethinking of nourishment and consumption.
SPRMRKT has relocated to the charming Bukit Timah neighbourhood at Cluny Court. At this quaint locale, SPRMRKT stays true to this philosophy of inspiring daily life through thoughtful dining (simple all-day fare accented with Southeast Asian flavours), arts and lifestyle programmes, with an introduction of a new bi-weekly activity – hands-on cooking classes conducted by Chef-Owner Joseph Yeo.
Founded by Singaporeans Sue-Shan Quek and Joseph Yeo, SPRMRKT is a unique culinary-cultural concept that merges F&B, retail and art into a single, yet multi-faceted, experience. The homegrown brand operates 3 venues for a lifestyle-oriented following and neighbouring residents. SPRMRKT (Cluny Court) focuses on simple all-day fare accented with Southeast Asian flavours. At Robertson Quay, SPRMRKT Daily is a lifestyle and dining riverside destination with casual all-day offerings and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar is an ideal catering and private events space dedicated to hospitality and transformative experiences. Integral to the eateries are a retail space featuring thoughtfully curated, high-quality artisanal merchandise emphasising local and regional sources, and a space for contemporary art.
Regular and new diners can expect a menu of simple all-day fare accented with Southeast Asian flavours, derived from Chef-Owner Joseph Yeo’s roots as a Singaporean with Indonesian heritage and his training in modern European cuisine.
Fuel up with a selection of SPRGRN Bowls brimming with healthful ingredients like the Acai, Pili Nuts & Overnight Oats Bowl, Asian Bean Bowl with brown rice, tempeh, French beans and tofu braised in savoury Kecap Manis and a sous vide egg, as well as the Slow-Braised Pork & Goji Berry Bowl featuring slow-braised pork with miso, bean curd skin & wolf berries.
All-day breakfast favourites such the toothsome SPRMRKT BRKFST, Oven-Baked Eggs and Avocado On Toast make a delightful meal at anytime of the day, while the quintessential eggs florentine is given a light makeover with scrumptious housemade organic quinoa cakes.
Dinner takes on a separate menu highlighting Salt-Baked Beetroot with Anchovies, Smoked Snapper slow-cooked in preserved soy bean, Slow-Roasted Soto Chicken Thigh, 600g Grilled Bone-In Ribeye with Sarawak Peppercorn sauce and Salted Egg Bernaise.
Weekend brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays.
An enticing cocktail selection has been curated for day-drinking, and more so at leisurely weekend brunch gatherings. To quench and delight is the order of the day with refreshing, tropical or piquant ingredients so there can never be “one too many”. Upping the fun factor are the Spiked Milkshakes in variations of mocha, peanut butter as well as cookies & cream, with non-alcoholic options to choose from.
Envisioned as a place for communal life, SPRMRKT is delighted to host the neighbourhood at their new series of bi-weekly hands-on cooking classes, held within the restaurant at the open-concept, ‘social kitchen’. These will be launched from June 2018 onwards.
SPRMRKT retains its thoughtfully curated, artisanal collection that emphasises local and regional producers who share their values and aspirations – often family-run with deep traditional and/or artisanal roots. Merchandise includes fresh produce, food products, beauty, wellness, household and design-related items.
Open for public use since 12 July, the 400m Rail Corridor Test Track is located between Choa Chu Kang Road & Upper Bukit Timah Road and features a 100m stretch of glow-in-the-dark section.
The test track will undergo a two-year trial to determine the best surface material for use that will make the Corridor safer and more accessible. Government agencies will evaluate the durability of the materials and gather feedback from the public.
Four different surface materials each take up a 100m stretch: fine gravel, grass and gravel, earth-coloured porous concrete, and natural non-toxic light green strontium aluminate minerals, which absorb ultraviolet light during the day and cause the track to emit a soft glow at night.