Rui En’s fan club RBKD reveal what has kept them going for 11 years

Plus, what went down at their latest gathering, which included a private screening of the Old is Gold telemovie.

Rui En and her fan club RBKD had a gathering to celebrate their 11th anniversary over the weekend
Rui En and her fan club RBKD had a gathering to celebrate their 11th anniversary over the weekend
03 Dec 2019

Rui En and her fan club RBKD had a gathering to celebrate their 11th anniversary over the weekend

We’ve always known RBKD to be a dedicated and resourceful bunch, but we think even they managed to outdo themselves with their most recent gathering.

Last Saturday (Nov 30), Rui En’s famously loyal fan club celebrated its 11th anniversary, which falls on November 15, by organising a private screening of her new telemovie Old is Gold - The Bliss Keeper at Shaw Theatres. Over 40 members and invited fans attended the event, and of course, the actress was there as well, laughing along with them in the cinema.

After the show ended, the 38-year-old star and her supporters adjourned to a nearby restaurant for dinner and a cake-cutting session, during which Rui En was presented with cards and surprise gifts, including a framed photograph of them in the movie theatre and her ticket.

According to a representative from RBKD, Rui En was originally supposed to leave earlier due to other commitments, but she had such a great time mingling and hanging out with fans that she delayed her schedule just to spend more time with them. Everybody, all together now: “Awww…”

“It was such a refreshing way to celebrate the fan club anniversary by holding a screening in a cinema!” Rui En gushed in a statement. “Beyond that, I really enjoyed the more relaxed dinner and time chatting with the members. I’m very grateful to still have them by my side even after coming back from such a long hiatus. Let’s continue to walk this journey together.”

(Continued on next slide: Organising the get-together wasn’t easy)

Organising the get-together wasn’t easy
Organising the get-together wasn’t easy
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Organising the get-together wasn’t easy

Timing has certainly been on RBKD’s side. The rep shared that the date of the gathering was decided way before the production of the telemovie was even announced. When they found out that it would coincide with The Bliss Keeper’s broadcast on Channel 8, they “gamely decided to book a cinema hall for a private screening”. Power move.

But putting everything together didn’t come easy. There were several hurdles they had to overcome along the way, from finding a good date, time, and location that would suit everybody - did you know that Rui En has been the one accommodating RBKD’s schedule instead of the other way around? - to dealing with technical issues (the telemovie couldn’t be screened during their test run just days before the actual event).

“It was like scaling tall mountains, one after the other,” the rep recalled. “Thankfully, all the stars aligned eventually, so everything went well.”

Arranging a get-together of such a scale doesn’t sound like it would’ve come cheap either. While the rep refrained from divulging actual figures, they shared the cost included buying out a full cinema hall on a weekend, the projection rental, technical support, and dinner. However, because the fees were split among the members, the average rate each person paid was made much more affordable.

(Continued on next slide: What keeps RBKD so dedicated after over a decade?)

What keeps RBKD so dedicated after over a decade?
What keeps RBKD so dedicated after over a decade?
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What keeps RBKD so dedicated after over a decade?

By now, some of you are probably already wondering: why all this effort? And how do they pull it off (not just this gathering, but their usual activities, not to mention a very active official website and several social media accounts)?

The answer to the second question is good old-fashioned teamwork. “Our members contribute in different ways wherever possible,” the rep said. “For example, our forum is helmed by members in Cambodia and Batam, which is a perfect fit because physical distance is virtually negligible.” Yup, the love for Rui En isn’t restricted to the Lion City.

As for what drives them to remain so dedicated, here’s how they put it: “Awesome members and an even more awesome idol. This is a team and a family with amazing people with strengths in different areas who inspire and watch out for each other. In RBKD, every member is important. Everyone has a say and stake in the club, and directly influences how it is run. Along the way, we built up our own camaraderie and chemistry unique to RBKD.”

“However,” they continued. “To be honest, just camaraderie alone is not sufficient. This is a fan club after all, so Rui En’s role in RBKD is instrumental and the most important. She constantly inspires and impresses us with her performances and dedication to her craft. This, in turn, motivates us and keeps our passion burning.”

“You don’t have to be in RBKD to be a fan, but you definitely have to be a fan to be in RBKD.”

Rui En poses with cakes and one of her gifts from the fan club
Rui En poses with cakes and one of her gifts from the fan club
03 Dec 2019

Rui En poses with cakes and one of her gifts from the fan club

Rui En chats with fans during the dinner
Rui En chats with fans during the dinner
03 Dec 2019

Rui En chats with fans during the dinner

One big happy RBKD family
One big happy RBKD family
03 Dec 2019

One big happy RBKD family

Photos: RBKD

Watch Old is Gold - The Bliss Keeper here.
Watch the final episode of Old is Gold here.

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