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14 January 2020 | 07:46 pm

By Jan Lee

Local actress Rui En’s comeback drama, long-running television series Kin and M18 drama Last Madame with Joanne Peh’s daring performance were some of the most-watched local dramas last year.

According to Mediacorp, supernatural drama Hello From The Other Side – Rui En’s first drama since 2017 – was the most-watched Chinese drama on the local broadcaster.

This is a strong comeback for the 38-year-old actress who has kept a low profile in recent years after a series of traffic violations which mired her in controversy in 2016.

1. Hello From The Other Side
2. C.L.I.F. 5
3. Daybreak
4. Hello Miss Driver
5. While You Were Away
6. Dear Neighbours
7. How Are You?
8. My One in a Million
9. The Good Fight
10. Heart To Heart

RBKD: This article is in 15 January 2020’s Straits Times & spans across 3/4 page.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, Hello From The Other Side 阴错阳差, Ratings 节目收视率, Social Media, The Straits Times, Twitter.

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14 July 2019 | 02:05 pm

By Ho Ai Li

Veteran actors are stealing the show as Singapore’s ageing society and changing media landscape give rise to more programmes for older viewers

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, Facebook, Old Is Gold 老友万岁, Social Media, The Straits Times.

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22 May 2019 | 11:58 pm

By Timothy Goh, Tay Hong Yi

You either love it or hate it. National Day Parade (NDP) theme songs often draw strong reactions – and robust debate in some cases.

Here’s a look back at NDP songs through the years.


The catchy song was performed by Taufik Batisah, winner of the first season of Singapore Idol, and actress Rui En.

Source: The Straits Times

Categorised in EN, NDP 2005, The Straits Times.

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27 March 2019 | 08:18 pm

By Yip Wai Yee

SINGAPORE – Two popular Asian actresses made their highly anticipated television drama comebacks recently, but their fates could not be more different.

In Singapore, Rui En can be seen in Channel 8 fantasy comedy Hello From The Other Side, her first TV appearance in over 11/2 years since the drama Have A Little Faith (2017).

While Chia will likely secure an acting nomination at the next Golden Bell Awards for her powerful comeback performance, Rui En’s show will probably be forgotten altogether.

The Singaporean actress is not the one to blame here – she had simply chosen the wrong script to stage a comeback.

To Rui En’s favour, she is charming in the role. This is one of her rare comedic parts and she is a natural. It is just too bad that the rest of the show cannot quite keep up with her.

RBKD: The full article is available for ST Premium users only and can be accessed via the link below.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, Hello From The Other Side 阴错阳差, The Straits Times.

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12 April 2018 | 10:52 am


Mediacorp publications 8 DAYS and i-Weekly will move to become digital-only, and will have their last print editions at the end of September this year.

Source:, Straits Times

Categorised in 8 DAYS,, ELLE, Elle Magazine, EN, I-Weekly, The Straits Times.

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17 December 2017 | 11:59 pm

By Foong Woei Wan


The fake Singapore on local TV

This chronic problem has become more glaring this year. Owing to linguistic restrictions, many Channel 8 dramas take place in an HDB theme park that has been scrubbed of Singlish, incorrect Mandarin and Chinese dialects.

And although the dialect drama Eat Already? 2 has been held up as an exception to the rule, it actually makes as little sense as the Land Of Proper Mandarin. The Singapore it depicts – a country where white-collar parents speak Hokkien, not English, to their only child and young strangers burst into Cantonese, as if the Speak Mandarin Campaign was never imposed on their generation – is just as implausible as the Singapore where no one speaks Singlish.

Source: Straits Times

Categorised in EN, The Straits Times.

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