Can you spot young Rui En in our midst?
19 August 2015 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD’s Reunion Dinner

When: 24 January 2015

Where: Ang Mo Kio

Participants: Adelyn, Allan, Bihui, Candice, Corine, Edith, Huiyi, Jean, Jiamin, Joanne, Jolie, Melissa, Shannon, Shu Pei, Squeen, Weijen, Xinyi, Yanjun, Yanling, Yanping, Yeeling, Yvonne, Zhiqing

Jolie, Participant:

All of us were tired and hungry after the CNY charity drive and when it was time for dinner, we cannot help but just cheer. I think this is the first reunion dinner with this many members and it was quite a fun dinner. It was awkward at first but with both tables interacting non stop via Joanne, we did get many laughs. Towards the end, there will always be leftovers and hence start the “KEEP GOING” to finish up all the food. With Jean and Corine, we managed to finish up everything but definitely we managed to catch up with each other and have a fulfilling reunion dinner.

Huiyi, Participant:

This year was my first time taking part in the CNY reunion dinner which followed the Charity Drive and it was a really enjoyable experience!

We were all hungry (and tired) from all the activities earlier in the day, and could only sit and drool at the tempting plates of food placed in front of us as we waited for all the dishes to be served before commencing our meal! A few of us kept snapping pictures of every dish that came along; it was quite amusing! There was laughter and animated conversations throughout the meal, as we commented on the food as well as help to serve each other from opposite sides of the table

It was a welcome feast after a fulfilling day’s work, and I’m sure we all enjoyed it immensely Definitely looking forward to future RBKD events and the Charity Drive cum Reunion Dinner next year!

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22 July 2015 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD in Penang: Overall Trip

When: 20-22 March 2015

Where: Penang

Participants: Allan, Bi Hui, Candice, Celest, Jiamin, Joanne, Peijun, Phyllis, Shu Pei, Weijen, Xinyi, Yeeling

Jiamin, Secretary:

Not the first time RBKD flies overseas to visit Rui En on set, but this trip was really an impromptu one. 5 days after booking our air tickets + settle accommodation, we departed for our 3D2N to Penang!

Upon touching down, we hopped onto our rented mini-van and RBKD food tour officially begins! Look at the amount of food we managed to cover during our trip, amazing right?

And of course in between our food tour, we had the opportunity to pop over to The Journey: Our Homeland’s filming sites for a total of 3 times. It was great seeing our idol ‘adapting’ well to Penang’s (very hot) weather and I personally enjoyed the little chats we had with her in between her filming breaks. Not to forget the many selfies/welfies taken while waiting

So yup, time flies whenever you’re with good company and having lots of fun. It’s time to bade goodbye to city of cheap and good food – Penang. Shall let the pictures do the talking

Phyllis, Treasurer:

If you were to ask me what’s the thing that I love most about this Penang trip. It would definitely the food! We literally went on a 3D2N eating spree in Penang, filling our stomachs to the brim at the end of each day. It totally did not help when Penang street food is so affordable and wallet friendly. Haha.

Assam Laksa? Yes! Rojak? Yes! Char Kway Teow? Yes! Chendol? Yes! Lok Lok? Yes! Yes! Yes!

As I am typing this, I am starting to think about all these local fare all over again….. Yum!

Well, other than the really good food, the great company made this trip an even better one. Moments like when we hid in the back alley to watch the filming process, ate ice balls along the roadside or running around the beach trying to take pictures with stray dogs were unforgettable. It’s little memories like these that define a RBKD trip.

I am looking forward to another trip to Malaysia! Where we can continue to eat our hearts content and have more fun together.

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15 July 2015 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD in Penang: Site Visit

When: 20-22 March 2015

Where: Penang

Participants: Allan, Bi Hui, Candice, Celest, Jiamin, Joanne, Peijun, Phyllis, Shu Pei, Weijen, Xinyi, Yeeling

Bi Hui, Priority Member:

I wouldn’t deny that I was really looking forward and excited about this trip, since this is really the first time I ‘fly’ with RBKD members, even though it was just a short trip nearby. On the day of takeoff, I remember it was really shag and tiring for everyone… cause the flight was really early in the morning!! But things turned round when we reached our destination. Finally we’re here!!! We dragged our luggage with excitement, and drooling while thinking about the mouth-watering food waiting for us in line.

The first day was seriously a cha kway teow fever. I think we had like more than 3 different stores of CKT in a day, so much that I admit I was sick of CKT then! And even though the food was a little more salty than what we have in Singapore, the fragrance and uniqueness of the food definitely makes you wanna keep eating and sometimes, you would hope that you would not have to kill fats after eating that much in a day D:

What I liked most about this trip is how Penang could look so much like the old Singapore we once had in the 80s and 90s. Street stores just by the side of the road, cheap food, old buildings… it’s as though we flew back to the past. We even had the chance to try snacks like the ice kacang balls which our parents once enjoyed in their childhood days there! But things didn’t just go as enjoyably as it was really hot during that period of time, and most of the time we were complaining about the heat… how humid it was… and we even went to find places to “hide” ourselves in when we were resting (we actually went into a hotel and sat there for minutes just to have air-con there hahahaha!)

Then it was that small section where we had free time to visit Rui En on her shoots. Its definitely an eye opener for me as i had a little interest in how films are made behind the scenes. What really shocked me were the number of repeated scenes taken in a day. I always thought 1 scene could only take at most 3 repeats if there is no NG… apparently not. What makes things worse was the really hot and humid weather while filming…it really makes me admire the determination of every cast in the film.

Though it was a really tiring trip (I guess partly because of the really bad hot weather), somewhat I feel that it is a nice experience to go on a trip with someone you may know, but don’t know too well, to the state where we suddenly could understand each other well after a 3 day trip… That, I must agree that it is a trip that I would never regret travelling on.

Peijun, Priority Member:

On the very first day of the trip, I’ve realised that I’m not a foodie I thought I was after all this while.

While Xinyi & gang chiong-ed stalls after stalls, all I wanna do was to chill and take it slow man… I was hoping to buy something weird/special from those rundown looking shops but nothing caught my eye…

Anyway, after a visit to set, I felt that one of the perks of being in the filming industry is to be in an unreal environment that seemed real.

I mean, it could be a real place stimulated by unreal stuff – actors and props to make the unreal environment real.
I hope you get what I mean…

And the beauty of being an actor?

To immerse in the stimulated environment and feel the emotions of the character while delivering lines…

Hope your brain’s not fried from the
real and unreal.


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08 July 2015 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD in Penang: SG Members Visiting

When: 20-22 March 2015

Where: Penang

Participants: Allan, Bi Hui, Candice, Celest, Jiamin, Joanne, Peijun, Phyllis, Shu Pei, Weijen, Xinyi, Yeeling

Weijen, Priority Member (Penang Member):

It is not an understatement to describe it as a dream come true when I knew a group of Rangels were going to make their way to Penang from Singapore. To me, it is like ‘finally!!!’ Because I had been asking them to come over here and I would bring them for best hawker food or whatever Penang has to offer Such a shame though as the trip did not coincide with our famous durian season here.

They touched down on Friday morning, as I was not able to get my leave, so they roamed around Penang themselves from the morning until evening after I knocked off. We rented a minivan (10 seater) because the public transport here is not reliable and getting around will be really tough without private transport. As soon as we met up in the evening, we went to pasar malam!! Our pasar malam here rotates at different locations every day in a week, so certain locations are more happening than others. Friday’s pasar malam is one of the top favorite pasar malam spots! Food-wise, a lot of 小吃 are more common here, rather than hawker food. Some examples are 豆花、Lok-lok、炸鸡、酿豆腐、臭豆腐 etc.

The next day, we met up early in the morning to visit one of the oldest wet markets in Penang: Chowrasta market. Personally, it is a market that I’ve always gone to ever since I was young. It is an old-school morning wet market with stalls lined up at both sides on a long alley. Then we were off for the set visit in the afternoon. We went there with 35 bak-kwa (again, her favourite! ) roti for all the production crew – the bak-kwa roti aunty is only open for business from 4pm, but as we needed it by 3pm, so it was considered a special order! Hahaha so privileged right.

Then it was dinner time, Rangels wanted some seafood. So I brought them to a seafood 老字号 restaurant in town. But to our disappointment, the dinner was not nice (but I had no idea why many customers thronged the restaurant ) Lesson learned: do not come for seafood in Penang, because if you really want some decent and relatively cheaper ones, you have to go to Teluk Kumbar, it is located at the outskirts of Penang, which is at least an hour’s drive from town. So better have hawker fare here la ok

Then we were off to our second set visit of the day, in the UNESCO heritage area of Penang. It was the popular tourist spot with all the murals. The alley the production team was filming at was really quiet and creepy. We did not have a picture together as she was filming a heavy scene which involved crying scenes. So she was literally sobbing when she was having a very brief chat to us – she came over to us to apologise for that before saying goodbye But we continued for our supper after that, for some traditional Chinese dessert and char koay teow. And what was amazing is that…we walked back from the kopitiam to our hotel!! It was around 15-20 mins walk and the reason I said it is amazing is that…I will never do that if I were not with Rangels… I never walked such long before in Penang! but then tourists 就是要一直走一直走的嘛……沿途才可以停下脚步,欣赏夜景,哈哈哈哈。

PS 1: Xinyi discovered the 虾米淡汶饼 (which I did not know is a famous Penang 土产 :p because I don’t like 虾米) at this shop that she said ‘can meet standard and nice’, so this shop also sells other kinds of biscuits and various 土产 e.g. nutmeg. So we went to this shop and all of us ended up 大包小包,even I also bought a few stuff (seriously this was my 1st time going to the shop -_-|| aiya this kind of shops locals don’t usually go hahaha), that sight of all of us carrying 大包小包, would have given people a wrong impression that I would earn commission from the shop for bringing over all these ‘customers’ hahaha

PS 2: I went to the airport to receive Rui En upon her touching down. I brought a few egg tarts and a sizzling hot Tomyam (her favorite! ) noodles for her as welcome gift haha. She said the Tomyam is nice, it made my day haha but then that was not considered the best Tomyam, to me personally, because to make sure the soup was hot enough, I could not afford to get it too far away from airport, so ya I had to settle for Tomyam nearby airport area.

That is all my sharing! Although the few days we spent in Penang were brief, but it was memorable!! After all 她们终于来了,瑞恩也终于来这里拍戏了。To a Rangel living in Penang, this means a lot. Thank you guys for coming, for all these memories. <3

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21 January 2015 | 01:00 pm

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

Yeeling, Participant:

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!

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26 November 2014 | 01:00 pm

What: Bridging IPC – Hiking at MacRitchie Treetop Walk

When: 27 July 2014

Where: MacRitchie Reservoir

Participants: Adelyn, Allan, Angela, Bi Hui, Daphne, Edith, Jiamin, Kexin, Lixian, Madeline, Melissa, Phyllis, Rebecca, Sandra, Xing Xian, Yanling, Yun Teng, Xinyi

Lixian, Participant:

It was raining 2 hours before our meeting time and I was quite disappointed that my virgin hike in Singapore would thus be cancelled.. Thankfully though, it stopped raining at around 9.40 and true to the #rainorshinerbkdisouttoplay hashtag on RBKD’s Instagram posts, we were on our way to Macritchie from different parts of the island (aka our respective homes) after 2 hours of postponement.

To be honest, like how many new participants would have probably felt, I went for the Bridging IPC with much apprehension, from not knowing if I would be able to fit in with members who have known each other for years, to imagining all sorts of awkward situations and scaring myself subsequently.

I think I speak for all of us – at the end of it all, I was glad I took that step forward. Throughout the 5-hours long of trudging along the way, there were endless laughter, endless topics raised and it just felt warm and welcoming that everyone was making the effort to strike conversations with each other to better know each other.… It was a pleasant hike, really, despite the hot and humid weather that made the journey slightly more arduous.. :P

Thank you to the committee for coming up with such an atypical activity (I mean, who would think of going to Macritchie Treetop Walk for a hike as a FC) for us to know each other better and make friends, and thank you to Mr Rain for holding back your tears of joy/sadness for that afternoon. :)

P.S Something really interesting to share: a few of us were lagging behind during the last leg of the hike and we came across this troop of monkeys. I managed to take a clear shot of a monkey which I thought was happily flashing his teeth for my picture and was so proud of myself…. One week later my brother said that the monkey was showing signs of aggression! *oops* 笑里藏刀 is really the apt phrase for this cheeky monkey man.

Madeline, Participant:

I woke up to the worst sound you could possibly hear on the morning of a treetop walk IPC – really really heavy rain. But thankfully the rain cleared after a few hours and we could carry on with the IPC :) Armed with insect repellent, sunblock, food, drinks & a whole bag of bananas Xinyi bought for all of us, we proceeded on with the hike.

And as per RBKD style, it wasn’t long before the selfie stick came out and we were taking group selfies every time an opportunity arose. We even took one in the middle of the narrow suspension bridge & had to arrange ourselves by height so that we could all be seen in the photo haha.

The main highlight of the whole hike was the treetop walk, but in my opinion the actual treetop bridge was way too short and the amount of walking we did getting there & back was way too long! (cue chorus of ‘are we there yet’s and ‘I’m so tired’s from everyone) We did see pretty interesting things along the way though – monkeys, really scenic views of the reservoir, and even a random tower that Lixian & I climbed up (leaving the rest of the tired folks below).

Despite the really hot weather and seemingly never-ending walk out of the reservoir, I had a really enjoyable day meeting new and old members alike & getting to know everyone much better :)

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19 November 2014 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD SG Day Tour

When: 19 July 2014

Where: SPF Heritage Centre, LTA Gallery & Geylang Serai Market

Participants: Bi Hui, Candice, Jiamin, Lionel, Madeline, Melissa, Peijun, Phyllis, Shu Pei, Xin Jie, Xinyi, Yanping, Yeeling, Yunxian, Zhiqing

Phyllis, on SPF Heritage Centre:

This “SG day trip” to the Singapore Police Force Heritage Gallery and LTA Gallery is not our conventional “let’s-go-out-to-play” kind of IPC, but it was still filled with laughter and fun nonetheless!

Upon entering the gallery, we were introduced to the various core values (well I guess most of us should know what it is without having to go to the museum haha), ranks and even weapons of the police force. We had the opportunity to roam around the place on our own to check out the history of the police force as well. Quite an eye opener I would say.

This guided tour was certainly made more lively with our tour guide Mr Richard. He was really entertaining and bubbly throughout the tour!

Lionel, on LTA Gallery:

LT Gallery, a place which most people who not have heard of known of. This is the Land Transport Gallery, managed by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, showcasing the history of our nation’s transport system, as well as the transport vision for tomorrow. While it is not uncommon for people to feedback that trains are very crowded today, the transports of the past were worse than what we have today.

Indeed, visiting the gallery gave an insight to the challenges of meeting transportation needs of everyone, as well as understand how Singapore’s transportation means have progressed over the years. Kudos to the organisers for finding such a rare gem!

Melissa, on Geylang Serai Market:

I had a blast at the Geylang Serai night market with RBKD! We weaved through the shops, the food, and the crowd, soaking up the festivities and somehow managed not to lose anyone!

I actually have a personal tradition, which is that I have Ramly burgers once a year. And I would always have that once-a-year only burger at the Hari Raya market, so I was really excited that despite studying overseas this year I still managed to continue with my tradition.

Looking for a place to have dinner was even more fun because it was so spontaneous. Many restaurants were already “reserved” by those waiting to break-fast, so I think we walked for an hour before finding a place to eat. I didn’t feel tired until we finally sat down haha!

After dinner, I was really craving durian (the real thing, not puffs or pastries), so a few of us went for some! The place was a really good recommendation from our lovely Pres, and it is so good I think it would be better for us not to say where it is :P.

I had so much fun “touring Singapore”. From the SPF Heritage Centre, to the LTA Gallery, to the Hari Raya night market and finally ending with creamy, bittersweet Mao Shan Wang that tasted like GOLD. That Saturday, I went to many places in Singapore which I have never been before, and I think it was even better because I experienced all these with RBKD. This one Saturday alone made my every dollar of my flight ticket to Singapore worth it!

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06 August 2014 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD Bai Nian Tour 2014

When: 8 February 2014

Where: Phyllis’s and Jolie’s Houses

Jiamin, Participant:

CNY Bainian tour started off as a simple IPC but it seems like this has become our annual event :)

Yes! It’s the time of the year for us to meet up, have a good chat and most importantly lohei :D

This year, we went to two houses (Phyllis & Jolie). After a short chit-chat session at Phyllis’s place, we started to prepare for the highlight of the day – Lohei! It is fun to see each of us coming up with different auspicious words for RBKD and trying to toss as high as possible. We then proceeded to Jolie’s place and had a second round of Lohei during dinner time.

Though we repeat this every year, it is never boring. I just like the feeling of us coming together like a family.

Wishing a great year ahead for RBKD. Huat ah!

Shu Wen, Participant:

It’s time of the year for house visiting and exchanges of auspicious greeting. The arrival of Chinese New Year.

The first house that we visited was Phyllis’s house. We had our usual bai nian session with her mum, followed by the Lo Hei session. Each member was given the chance to have the auspicious phrase said accompanied by their chosen ingredient before mixing it together.

The next house that we visited was Jolie’s house. We spent our evening there before heading over to ichiban sushi for dinner. Over at ichiban sushi, we had another round of Lo Hei session.

Chinese New Year is a good time where everyone can gather together, visit each others’ houses, and have a good chat while enjoying the company of each other.

May 2014 be for everyone and RBKD. Huat ah!

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05 February 2014 | 01:00 pm

What: National Museum of Singapore + TV50 Exhibition

When: 21 December 2013

Where: National Museum of Singapore

Participants: Bihui, Candice, Jean, Joanne Chong, Jonah, Madeline, Melissa, Peijun, Phyllis, Yanling

Jonah, Participant:

The TV50 Exhibition at the National Museum was an interesting visit to re-look at how TV has evolved throught the years in Singapore. From the days where TV was just black and white to the current modern colour TV, dramas, variety shows, and news updates are more interesting to watch.

Overall, it was a great experience through this visit.

Bi Hui, Participant:

It was a very nice experience going out together with RBKD to this exhibition, where we got to see the history of how Mediacorp was “born” up till today. I was really excited for this IPC as I had a lot of interest in the history of films and stuff. But sadly to say, it was a very short exhibition that only took a few minutes to finish, even though we were told to walk slowwwwly by Yanling haha!

After that, we went to another exhibition where they displayed all the local food. This was also the place where we all went in and started complaining that we were so hungry after looking at videos showing how different kinds of foods were made one after another. Because of this temptation we decided to get lunch together, and while we were taking the bus to Chinatown, Melissa the tour guide introduced to us many of the buildings along the way. It was a very fun experience because this was one of the few IPCs where we actually travelled from place to place, and more importantly, we all had fun!

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31 July 2013 | 01:00 pm

What: RBKD Orientation 2013

When: 8 June 2013

Where: BeiShanChuan Spicy Steamboat Restaurant @ Vivo city

Bi Hui, Team Dedicated, Participant:

A steamboat dinner after prolonged hours of walking under the hot sun for the whole day is indeed refreshing, recharging!

It was really nice that we could have small chats and also get to know each other better. Also not forgetting, the fireworks we saw and we were fortunate enough to have a good view from where we were seated.

Overall, it was a nice night out with RBKD :)

Xin Jie, Team Boundless, Participant:

I love food!!! Being able to hang out with RBKD, doing what I love, is just….awesome! (:

It really was a great night, catching up, chatting. It was a really enjoyable night as there were so many things which we laughed out heartily, so many jokes! And for someone with low humour point, it was rather uncontrollable. I just kept laughing.

In fact, this is my first time having a meal in a big group with RBKD, and this experience is a memorable one for me! Eating, chatting, laughing, joking, cooking! :D

I would like to take this opportunity to also give thanks to the organisers for organising this event – finding this restaurant and booking it for us etc.

Here’s to more fun days with RBKD!

Cheerssssssssss :D

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