What: weareone: our sixth chapter celebrations
When: 15 November 2014
Where: Function Room
Phyllis, Priority Member:
6 facts about weareone: our sixth chapter
#1: This is the 1st time ever that we video-called members from overseas during the cake cutting session!
#2: It’s the 2nd year that we are having a “round-the-table-dinner”! Well it basically means that we all gather around a big table with lots of yummy food in the middle hehe.
#3: 3 members came down extra early to decorate the place with their self-made deco! (kudos Jasmine, Zhiqing and Yunxian you girls did a great job!)
#4: Well, initially we intended to use 4 steamboats for the night but due to multiple power trips we ended up only using 2 out of 4 haha!
#5: Did you know this is the 5th time that we are dressed in COLORS for the celebration?
#6: Last but not least, this is the 6th year that we are celebrating weareone together as oneRBKD.
I think every weareone celebration is special in its own way and this year’s is no exception. Thank you everyone for making 15 November every year extra meaningful.
It’s been a great year, here’s to a greater year ahead together as oneRBKD!
Jasmine, Priority Member:
It’s the time of the year again! Time flies by in a breeze and RBKD is already celebrating our 6th anniversary. As again, it was really more of the company rather then the food. It felt more like a heartwarming homecoming dinner.
Being able to part of RBKD for these past 4 years has been a great experience. Without a doubt, RBKD has sure grown to be stronger and wiser throughout the years. It is such a joy to be able to be part of this celebration. :)
Madeline, Priority Member:
This year’s weareone celebrations were particularly memorable for me, because I was able to ‘attend’ the gathering even though I wasn’t in Singapore.
We had our very own mini-gathering in Leeds, UK, concurrently while everyone else back in Singapore was enjoying their steamboat dinner. We had a great time catching up over lunch home-cooked by Lydia – the chicken rice we had was probably good enough to rival the food everyone was enjoying back home :P
We managed to video-call everyone back in Singapore and witness the cake cutting session, as well as RBKD’s traditional never-ending-ear-popping yum seng. It was also great seeing other overseas members from Australia and China on screen (videoception haha).
Really thankful to have been part of this year’s celebrations, and I had a great time meeting up with fellow RBKD members. Seeing all the familiar faces that day definitely made the long train rides all worth it :)
What: New Year Countdown to 2015
When: 31 December 2014
Where: Nee Soon South
Zhiqing, Priority Member:
It’s been more than a month since I last saw my fellow Rangels, and of course Rui En, and thus I was feeling pretty excited ever since early morning. As usual, we started queueing hours before the start of the countdown show, which commenced at 8pm. Since we had ample time before the commencement of the programmes, we bought some light snacks and had our mini picnic there. It was definitely a good catch-up session!
At 8pm, more people started to join in the crowd. There were many different types of performances, ranging from those by the Community Club, to performances by celebrities. Since the skit was rather entertaining and the songs were popular old school songs, they were definitely enjoyable and memorable for all.
At approximately 11.45pm, the moment that everyone has been anticipating has finally arrived! Just as Rui En was walking towards the stage, everyone screamed their lungs off, for we could no longer contain our excitement. Of course, we sang along as loudly as we could and waved to the beat. After the two songs, ‘是谁’ and ‘麻木’, the whole atmosphere was hyped up and we were all ready to countdown to the new year with Rui En.
Even though I have been counting down to the new year with RBKD, and of course, Rui En, for the past three years, I must say that I still do cherish the opportunity to countdown with everyone as one big family and doing silly things together such as taking our last ‘wefie’ of 2014 and first ‘wefie’ of 2015. And here’s to many many more years of attending the countdown show together! :)
Junqi, Priority Member:
Second time counting down with RBKD and I’m so glad it’s at Katib HAHA :P
I guess it’s a very different experience when you are the videographer because you can’t really concentrate much on the performance while getting your job done. Kudos to the photographers and videographers for previous events – 辛苦了~
I really really like the live version of 麻木 HEH :D Everyone was so high after the clock struck twelve! Screaming, shouting and playing with the spray cans, but not forgetting to clear up before we leave.
It was a great night! Hope 2015 will be amazing for all :)
What: Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
When: 20 December 2014
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Participants: Allan, Ernie, Jaslin, Jiamin, Melissa, Phyllis, Xin Jie, Xinyi, Yeeling
This is the first time I celebrated Christmas in the gardens with lot of people around, and also my first time celebrating with the fanclub. When we reached MBS, it was raining. Luckily after our dinner, the rain stopped so we could enjoy the lighting, performances and flowers, which were very beautiful, especially the scenery and songs with lighting.
It has been a fun Christmas as I celebrated it differently. Thank you organisers for the lovely Christmas present!
Xin Jie, Participant:
It was my first time attending a Christmas IPC with RBKD, or any festive related IPC as a matter of fact.
I guess, to me, what makes this IPC different from all the rest that I had attended so far would be the festive mood involved!!! Christmas is my favourite season of the year & I mad love all the Christmas lights/decorations! So when this IPC came & I could make it, I signed up.
We first started off with settling our dinner at the food court at MBS, which was rather crowded considering it was a weekend. Next, we made our way to the location, Gardens by the Bay!
I can remember us trying to take group photos together with the lightings, but it was sort of either us in the photos (can’t really see the lights) or either the lights as the focus in the photos (can’t really see us). And finally, we went to the area where all the Christmas lightings were, and waited for the show to began. SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!! Plus, Christmas songs were being blasted as the lights lit up and changed colours!!! (:
Next, we went to another area which was “snowing” with pretty lights. It was all muddy due to the rain. My shoes & feet ended up with some of the mud, but I guess experiencing “snowing” is a once in a lifetime experience in sunny Singapore. (:
It was really a great night out, quality time spent soaking in the Christmas atmosphere with the right company!
What: Bingo & Afternoon Tea Session with the Elderly
When: 18 December 2014
Participants: Bi Hui, Edith, Jaslin, Jean, Jiamin, May Yen, Xinyi, Yanling, Yanping
It has been a long time since I did volunteer work and I’m really glad to be able to help out for the Bingo Session/Afternoon Tea with the elderly.
After a 10min walk from AMK MRT station, we arrived at the senior activity centre and started packing and distributing snacks to the elderly.
Soon after, it’s Bingo time! My task was to help the elderly look out for the numbers that were drawn and it was definitely heartening to see all the smiles on their faces regardless whether they won a prize or not.
It was a memorable experience and I hope to be able to volunteer again soon.
What: Bingo & Afternoon Tea Session with the Elderly
When: 10 December 2014
Participants: Bi Hui, Jaslin, Jiamin, Joanne, Phyllis, Xinyi, Yanjun, Yanling, Yanping
This isn’t the first time I’m doing volunteer work in the elderly environment but this is definitely the first time I’m playing the BINGO game with the elderly. Having the mindset that the elderly are clueless about the rules of BINGO and being a non-dialect speaker myself, I was a little worried that I won’t be able to explain the rules to them well. However, this worry was uncalled for because little did I know, they are actually experts at the BINGO game and in fact, they play the game every week at the activity centre.
It’s been a really meaningful Wednesday afternoon and I believe that it has created fond memories for not just the volunteers but also the elderly. It’s really heartwarming to see the enthusiasm of the elderly and I hope they have enjoyed our companionship even though it was for a mere few hours. The smiles of the elderly is definitely more than enough if there’s ever a need for reciprocation.
It’s a great feeling to be showered with care and love from strangers, isn’t it? I think it feels even better to be the one to shower those care and love to make someone’s day.
It’s been almost 4 years since we had a similar volunteering session – playing bingo with the elderly that I almost forgot how the game was being played. Luckily, the Senior Activity Centre’s In-Charge gave us a short briefing and soon the game began!
We started with a few rounds of warm up and prizes (sponsored by both the centre and our members) were given out at each round. Each of us took care of 1-2 tables and our job is to assist the elderly in case they missed out any numbers. Even though most of us do not speak their dialects, but we could still communicate easily through a mix of Chinese/English + hand gestures. It was fun seeing the elderly “chanting” their anticipated numbers and even more heartening to see the smiles on their faces when they bingo-ed.
It was definitely a well spent afternoon and I really hope we can do more of such charity on a regular basis.
What: Soccer Bridging Activity
When: 6 December 2014
Participants: Adeline, Alberton, Bi Hui, Cheng Yee, Cindy, Jaslin, Jess, Jiamin, Kexin, Lionel, Mavis, Phyllis, Si Qi, Suwei, Xinyi, Yanling
This is my second time participating in a bridging activity and this time we played soccer again. I must admit that I am not really a sporty person so playing soccer was quite a challenge to me. However, it was nice to see that everyone was very encouraging and supportive. There was an unexpected incident that happened in the middle of the game when one of the participants injured her leg. The other participant, Su Wei, immediately applied medicine on her leg and started massaging her leg. Another participant then went to search for ice for her. That was when I saw care and concern from all the participants, for both non-members and members alike.
Although I did not participate in the second part of the game, it was really fun watching the game from the side. Bi Hui’s 高球 when everyone tried to 闪, the times when Xinyi joked that one can kick the ball to Phyllis and it will end up to her instead, and the moment when Yan Ling was day dreaming and the ‘slow ball’ just rolled into the the goal post without her realising it. We definitely had a great laugh at those moments.
To sum up, I believe that everyone had an enjoyable time and I am looking forward to more bridging activities.
We started the ball rolling for the Saturday football session with the 3+1 introduction.
After sharing a few simple rules and techniques on how to pass and shoot the ball, everyone was off to a flying start. While seven-a-side football may not be the typical game, it brings out the great teamwork of the participants.
In the first match, the partnership of Xinyi and Cindy were lethal. Eventually, the game ended with a score of 6-3, in their favour. After a break, the second match saw some young talents like Si Qi as Ms Goalscorer and Adeline as Ms Safe-hands.
Not too bad for starters, and most of us enjoyed ourselves out there on the pitch.
What: RBKD Newspaper Collection Drive
When: 1 & 2 November 2014
Where: All around Singapore
If you want to do charity but not sure how, a good start will be to join RBKD’s newspaper collection.
You only need to keep as much newspapers as you can (at least ankle height). RBKD will arrange for collection, sell them and donate the money to charity.
Although I kept only ankle height of newspapers, I used my place for a friend who had kept more than knee height but was unable to store them.
On the day of collection, RBKD came to my place to collect the newspapers. Feels happy to be able to do a part for charity. Thanks RBKD!
Newspaper drive this year included going to a private company to collect boxes of paper. As it was on a weekday, we could only rely on a van to transport the papers.
Upon the sight of the whole chunk of boxes, we realised we needed more than 5 trips (and maybe much more) to be able to clear everything!
The boss nicely helped us with the loading of the boxes but our van could only take that many boxes each time.. Thankfully, we met a really nice supervisor uncle on our 2nd trip to the recycling center, who introduced a garang guni uncle to us. With the help of the uncle and his assistant, we loaded one whole big lorry of boxes and cleared allllll the boxes within one day!
What: Against The Tide Fan Meet
When: 20 September 2014
Where: Thomson Plaza
Daphne, Ordinary Member:
I was really looking forward to attending the fanmeet! Upon arriving at Thomson Plaza at the reporting time, quite a number of people were already seated in the barricaded area. As time passed, more people started to fill the area and I have to say, many people came down on that day wearing black to support Rui En.
When the casts appeared, that area (even at the higher levels of the shopping centre) broke into loud screams and shoutouts for the idols. During the talk about each character, we screamed out every time Dr Snow/Xueqing was mentioned and Christopher made a humorous remark about it. It was nice seeing Rui En making different facial expressions (especially when we waved to her) and laughing during the entire event.
Cheering with RBKD vs going alone/with friends is really different. With RBKD, everyone got to hold the different Rui En boards while cheering and it made me feel like I was part of something, and it feels greeeeattt! Although your own voice couldn’t be heard when cheering, but cheering together brings out a much bigger sound of support. It was such a memorable experience, really do hope to cheer and scream our hearts out for her, together again.
Wei Jen, Priority Member:
I decided that I would attend this roadshow because it was a weekend, and to go down to Singapore to support her, cheering and rooting for her together with Rangels, to me is always something that offers some excitement to my everyday life, and is always a privilege.
It was a pretty rushed trip as I touched down late on Friday night after work, slept a few hours and then headed to Thomson Plaza. Something interesting to note is, from queuing, preparing until the end of the event, what was constant throughout was the repeated playing of the theme song – for 4 hours the same music had been looping in my head…
The audience had a great time seeing the artistes in real person and got their signatures and of course, I also enjoyed myself screaming together with all of us for her! That is a good throat exercise once in a while I suppose :)
What: Annual Giving (Volunteering) – Free Breakfast Project
When: 25 October 2014
Participants: Adelyn, Allan, Jiamin, Joanne, Shu Pei, Yeeling
Shu Pei, Participant:
Free breakfast was provided for elderly at the service centre, and also included a talk on how to apply and use ATM cards. This is to help the elderly receive aid from the government. The talk was given by a representative in English, but a volunteer helped to translate it into Hokkien.
When the talk ended, we assisted the old folks to fill in the application form for the ATM cards. The elderly had Mee Goreng and coffee for breakfast. As there was not enough people, we were 手忙脚乱 when distributing the food. I noticed that a lot of the old folks did not eat their food or left it half eaten, and it was almost 11am. Upon asking, I found that they were keeping the food for lunch. Some elderly also stayed back to chat with each other after the event ended. I find that the centre is a good place for the elderly to meet up and accompany each other. The elderly would not feel lonely when they have activities they can enjoy as a group.
The breakfast project held on 25 October is a memorable day for me even though I’m new. This project gives me the opportunity to interact with the lower income families and letting me know how blessed I am. If given another chance, I will continue to participate in projects like this.
What: Annual Giving (Volunteering) – Free Breakfast Project
When: 27 September 2014
Participants: Bi Hui, Celest, Celest’s Mum, Jean, Jiamin, Ming, Pei Jun, Xinyi, Yanling
Bi Hui, Participant:
Waking up early in the morning on a weekend… definitely not something anyone would do, including me. But for a good cause, we are here at Bukit Merah View, doing voluntary work! *Yays with thick eyebags*
I would say that it is really nice to have such events where the centres give free breakfast to the elderlies, as it was really pleasing to see that such little things that you do, could bring big smiles to the elderlies. It was rather hectic at my place, as when we started preparing for the breakfast, elderlies also started to crowd around our booths.
We had some communication problems too as 3 of us don’t speak fluent Cantonese, but luckily we managed to pull through!
Definitely something nice to start up your day doing something meaningful, and I also hope that we can be involved in other kinds of charity events like this other than making breakfast.
I am pleased to participate in RBKD’s “Year End Volunteering” activity.
On a Saturday morning at THK Seniors Activity Centre @ Henderson, we began preparing breakfast by spreading butter and kaya on the white bread, and pouring out 3-in-1 coffee into cups. Soon the elderly residing at the neighbourhood, started making their entrance one by one into the centre and sat down at the table while waiting to be served. From the looks on their faces, I could tell that they were really looking forward to the breakfast. As we served them coffee and bread with a plain spread of kaya and butter, they ate and drank with satisfaction, notwithstanding. A few of them even expressed their gratitude before they left, which I did not expect at all.
How many of us would be easily contented eating bread with only kaya and butter? I personally do eat bread too almost every morning, but with a change in my bread spreads everyday.
Being a volunteer in this “Free Breakfast Project” has indeed been a meaningful one for me.