*This is going to be a long post.*
On the 26th of January 2013, I joined RBKD in their 3rd annual Chinese New Year charity drive. We visited the elderly who were living on their own in senior citizen studio apartments and gifted them with handmade with love CNY goodies like pineapple tarts and almond cookies, eggs, rice and even CNY decoration for their front door.
We were split up into groups of 3-4, with lots of factors taken in; time we’ve been with RBKD, the dialects we speak, personality etc. I was in a group with Lionel and his mom and Jasmine! I was the newest member of my group but never once did I feel like I didn’t belong. That’s what’s really really nice of RBKD. To quote the club Pres, “there can be many cliques within RBKD, but when we come together, we are ONE big clique.” AWWW
Anyway, the day began at 11am (earlier for committee and “delivery” people). I arrived at the Centre in Ang Mo Kio, and not long after, our “delivery” of rice arrived and we had to move them, 30kg a pack (containing 6 bags of 5kg each rice), from the car to the area outside the Centre. After that we started moving eggs. YEA EGGS! They were very fragile so we had to move them very carefully but at the same time being quick. After moving everything we proceeded inside to rest and this was when the big reveal came.
The Pres told us that people from xinmsn were here to follow us around and film stuff etc. At that point I was like “oh..wow..”. But wait, the Pres then said, that “she” is coming. And then I was like “wait what? she? who? what? WHATTT???!!? SHE?! HER?! OMG?! FOR REAL?!” Ok and then I felt the air in the room change even though everyone on the surface were super cool and very calm about it. Because, none of us, even the committee, knew that she will be attending. So yea we all had our pokerfaces on but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one doing somersaults inside right? At this point the mantra was “keep calm..breathe. *repeat*”. But then anyway, she arrived and I surprised myself. It was actually easy to stay calm. Because the Pres, when she told us, said not to take photos or ask for photos etc cos you know, she’s on her off day, she just wants to do something good and volunteer, not work. So yea when I finally saw her in the flesh it was almost like “ok she is just another person..she’s here for the same purpose as us”. Then we proceeded to do what we needed to do; give out everything to the elderly. We had fun joking and sharing the lifts, talking to the elderly, taking the stairs and sticking up the CNY decorations.
After we were done with all the tasks, it was celebration time!!! We bought Yu Sheng and a very yummy cake for Idol, and we sang her birthday songs in English, Mandarin and Malay. Maybe next year we can add in Korean? All of us had a blast enjoying the cake and yu sheng and shouting HUAT AH!
I don’t have elderly people in my family to interact with, so this experience opened my eyes. Speaking to the elderly actually inspired a lot of us. My group came across this granny who was already 89 years old, has hearing difficulties and cannot stand for long periods of time. When she goes out of her house she has to go in a wheelchair. But when she was talking to us about her life, her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, you could see the joy in her eyes. She told us how filial they are and how much she enjoys cooking for them even though it tires her to stand in the kitchen all day. She has a neighbor living upstairs who likes threatening her with a walking stick, but she still smiles through it all and lives her own life. If you were there first-hand listening to her, you would actually feel her zest. Just like my teammate Jasmine said, people like this granny should really inspire you to not give up, no matter what difficulties you might be facing, because there are people who have to go through more than you and are still living. It might be easier said than done but really, when you feel down and out..just remember.
Image credits to RBKD
I really liked this volunteering experience and hope we have more opportunities to do things like this. This experience also made me feel like RBKD is not just a fan club. It is so.much.MORE. RBKD is a group of people who CAN do other things, other meaningful things, not just scream and shout and go crazy for an Idol. We are much more and I am proud that I can be a part of RBKD.
Now allow me to gush about how pretty she is! She is SUPERRRR pretty! And she’s incredible nice! People should really stop saying crap about her cos really, she’s very very nice and doesn’t deserve those unnessecary criticisms.