Baby Zac

  • April 8, 2015 9:10 pm

At last! MissSu.com is alive again! Has it been one and a half years since I last posted something? O.O

To all my readers (if there are any left), it has been awhile and it honestly feels a bit weird to be blogging again.

So much has happened since my last post. Just a quick update, I have since graduated from my student life and I am now happily working as an Occupational Therapist. God has been so faithful over the years and I am ever grateful to have landed a job that is exactly what I wanted and in many ways, beyond my expectation. Transitioning into the working life has not been the easiest and I often found myself just wanting to go to bed after a long day at work. Hence, my camera has been gathering dust in a dark and quiet corner.

A few days ago, I decided to do a spontaneous photoshoot for my baby cousin, only to find all these forgotten shots that were taken 10 months ago, when Zac was only 2 weeks old. This is my first attempt on infant/child photography so please be kind. ;) All shots were taken under natural light.


10 months on…

It is amazing how babies constantly change as they grow. Looking forward to watching you grow bigger and stronger as the days go by, handsome little one.

Sneak Peak 2015

  • April 6, 2015 8:26 pm

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:14

Full series coming up!

Miss Annabelle

  • June 13, 2013 6:58 pm

I know I know…. it has been TOO LONG since I have blogged, and I sincerely apologise (to my loyal followers, ahem) for the abandonment of misssu.com for the past few months.

It does feel good to bring this blog back to life again :)

Some quick updates, I have recently completed my studies and I am currently taking a break in Malaysia before heading back to Sydney for some job hunting business (hopefully someone employs me!).

No words can express the feeling of being home again. As cliche as it may sound, there really is no place like home.

With the limited time we both had, Annabelle and I were fortunate enough to squeeze in a photo shoot session before she left. As always, I had the easy job of being the photographer, thanks to this talented supermodel and our 14 years of friendship. This time, we wanted to avoid shooting at typical locations and our theme was hot + cold (cool/swag). Looking back at our previous photo shoot, we are still far from perfect but we hope that we have improved :) Enjoy!

Here are some of my favorites:

Isaiah 40:28-31

  • October 15, 2012 7:38 pm

Isaiah 40:28-31

The Lord is the everlasting God,

The Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

And his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary

And increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,

And young men stumble and fall;

But those who hope in the Lord

Will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

They will run and not grow weary,

They will walk and not be faint.

Dreams

  • October 9, 2012 8:41 pm

Since my last post, I have completed an 8-week block placement and I am halfway through my final placement!

First placement was a paediatric placement in a public primary school. It has been a really great and rewarding experience for me, despite the immense amount of workload that I was physically struggling to cope with. Although my partner and I were pretty much full-on-busy from the start till the end, seeing children with increased confidence, core strength, improved handwriting and engagement in class at the end of the program made every effort put into planning and running the sessions worth it all. I came into this Masters of Occupational Therapy course because of my interest in working with children. This placement has again reaffirmed my passion in this area :)

My current placement is based in a hospital. The learning curve for this placement is the steepest of all placements. For the past 3.5 weeks, I have been learning at least something new every single day. This has got to be the most challenging placement because: 1. I have never imagined myself working in a hospital since entering this course; 2. Working in a hospital setting is very different from a community setting. Nevertheless, I am thankful for a hospital placement because otherwise, I would never get the taste of working in a hospital as a student. I am still making mistakes every day and learning from them, but I will get there…eventually.

Today I had the opportunity to attend a student in-service presentation about stroke rehabilitation. During that hour, I couldn’t help but think about how people back home (in my beautiful hometown, Kota Kinabalu) could benefit from occupational therapy rehabilitation post-stroke. For the first time, I was thinking beyond my “paediatric dream” for KK.

I then wondered: Why is OT still such a foreign term for people back home when there are OTs working in hospitals for at least more than 10 years?

Is it because of the adamant mindset of people that when one is severely injured / ill (e.g. brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke…etc), he/she automatically becomes useless and has to be dependent for his/her whole life?

The purpose of OT is to get people back to doing things that they have been doing on a daily basis as independently as possible.

How can we bring independence to a community that does not see independence as a possibility?

Is it because of the lack of services? Maybe.

Is it because of the lack of financial support? Possibly.

I believe that as OTs (and OTs-to-be), we are responsible to let people know that they still deserve a good quality of life after a traumatic experience and this can be done through occupational therapy rehabilitation services in the hospitals and in the community (which I hope will be increased in the coming years).

I see a long journey ahead in bringing the awareness of the role of OT in KK. It may be challenging, but it is not impossible.

Every success begins with a dream”

-Kenni York-

People can have their own plans and solutions to problems in life, but how much more impactful and meaningful it will become when God is the centre of it all? You will not only see people recover, but you will also see lost souls saved. How cool is that?

I may not know exactly what is going to happen in the future, but it sure is looking exciting from my perspective!

Winter Break

  • July 21, 2012 8:01 pm

I love winter breaks. Since arriving in Australia, every winter break has been meaningful to me, including this year. There was mainly 2 parts of this holiday: 1. Trip to Melbourne 2. Doing things I don’t get to do during the semester.

Trip to Melbourne

I had an incredibly awesome 2 weeks in Melbourne. This is the longest trip I have made since leaving almost 2 years ago. It was just so wonderful having the chance to catch up with friends and family, catching a glimpse a God’s kingdom working in and through their lives. Not forgetting the glorious food and aromatic coffees I had. I just felt so happy walking down the streets that were once so familiar to me, reminiscing my journey as an undergraduate student. (I know I sound so old now. tsk). It was also nice to be able to show my friends (from Sydney) around Australia’s most livable city.

One thing I realized during this trip back is that so many of my friends are turning into good cooks now! Not quite sure what exactly happened, but I’m SO PROUD OF THEM! :) Furthermore, because of the frequent weather changes, I have never seen SO MANY rainbows within the span of 2 weeks before. What more can I say, it was definitely a trip that was too good to be true.

Upon touching down in Sydney, I had the most spectacular view of another beautiful rainbow from the plane. That very moment, my heart melted and it was as if God was telling me: wherever you go, there I am with You. Although I still wish that I had more time to spend with everyone else, I am glad to have spent my winter break in Melbourne.

Part 2

Part 2 of my break was mostly spent CHILLING and enjoying the feeling of sleeping in, reading, watching dramas, baking and sometimes just doing NOTHING at all. These were the things that I missed out big time during the semester and I am glad to be able to “catch-up” on doing them during my break. Yes I have been baking a lot for the past 2 weeks and feeding my relatives with lots of GOOD food. My parents even asked if I was going to open a bakery in KK anytime soon. Miss Su’s Bakery doesn’t sound too bad does it? OT clinic and a bakery for parents to hang-out while waiting for their children receiving occupational therapy treatment. Sounds like a plan to me. Wishful thinking? Maybe.

Attempted food photography but I obviously failed. Please do not compare the photos below with other food blogs. I will improve :p

Carrot cupcake by www.thehungryexcavator.com. Straightforward and yummy recipe!

Matcha Almond Cookies, by www.rasamalaysia.com. As you can see from the colors, they were abit burnt, nonetheless still crunchy and edible.

Green tea swiss roll by www.rasamalaysia.com. Had 2 attempts in making this. The cake was still hard during the second try, not quite sure what went wrong. Probably need to readjust the temperature of the oven. However,the cream was good and wasn’t too sweet. I added a bit of green tea powder because I just love green tea so much.

Chocolate chip cookies. Recipe obtained from BigOven (iPad/iPhone application). Could have been more chewy. But it was a good first attempt.

Everyone is blaming me for making them fat now. Nevertheless, it was a joy baking for the family :)

My winter breaks end this weekend and my 2 blocks of placements (16 weeks in total) will commence on Monday. Really excited about my placement as I will be surrounded by children for 8 whole weeks! Looking forward to help these children and see improvements in their ability to learn and function well in school.

Have a good week ahead and be blessed!

The other Miss Su

  • July 11, 2012 12:03 am

Following yesterday’s post, PART 2 of the shoot today was a failed attempt. It was a pity that the weather was not as beautiful as yesterday’s by the time Cassandra was done getting ready (yes, she does her own makeup and hairdo, something I am pretty much hopeless in doing). Anyhow, we proceeded with our plan although it was getting dark by the minute when we arrived at our destination. It would be a shame to give up after so much effort has been done to doll-up my already gorgeous cousin. And so, we tried to squeeze in as many shots before the sunlight disappeared.

To be honest, I was rather disappointed with how the photos turned out from the camera, mostly because I had to bump up the ISO to prevent camera shake and the colors looked rather flat due to low light conditions.

Being the optimistic person I am, I told my cousin that “I reckon that we would still get at least 1 nice shot from today’s shoot“. After reviewing the photos, we managed to pick a few that we liked. Yay to that! Those few shots (although not many) made all the effort worth it. Most importantly, we had a good time bonding with each other and that was my primary purpose of the shoot :)

It was so easy shooting Cassandra because she pretty much did everything. You might see more of her in time to come as we both improve in our areas of interest. Well done supermodel, such a grown up little lady you have become! 

Presenting you The Other Miss Su

Part 1

My favourite of the series

Part 2

Sneak-a-peek

  • July 10, 2012 1:17 am

Hello peeps!

We are finally back on board after a very long break. It felt like ages ago since I last used my Nikon D200 (Have been using D70 back home for my past few posts). It almost seemed brand new to me as it took some time for me to get used to the location of different settings. Had a good 2 hour “warm up” shoot today with my missy model. Hopefully we will get good sunlight for part 2 tomorrow. Till then, stay tuned! :D

Gratitude-Values-Faith

  • May 2, 2012 9:38 pm

Straight-Out-Of-the-Camera with stamp.

 

Hello world!! I sincerely apologize for my very long absence from this space. In case you are wondering, all has been well for me:) I have heaps to update you about but I will summarize them into 3 main points. Hopefully it will turn out to be short and sweet.

Gratitude

Since week 1 of Semester 1, I have been crazily busy with catching up, reading up, organizing my things and trying to be on top of things. This is my final year and I want to put my best effort in every assessment. After 7 weeks, I am still trying to catch up. With all the goals come stress. True enough, all my course mates have the same goal in mind, hence we were all stressing one another out and keeping each other on track. It has been a hectic 6 weeks before I could actually pause and have a short break. Week 8 just ended and we have 5 more weeks to go before the end of semester 1.

Throughout this semester, I have been very aware of my surroundings. During the day when I am outdoors, I would look at the clear blue sky and enjoy the beautiful view; when I come home late at night I would look up and gaze at the twinkling stars; Not forgetting the sunsets that take my breath away in the midst of completing assessments… In the midst of the hustle and bustle in life, take a moment to pause, breathe and enjoy His creation (Even if it means just looking up at the sky for 5 seconds). Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Creator who made all things beautiful loves you so very much? I don’t know about you but just being reminded about this fact makes my days all the more brighter :)

Values

2 weeks ago we were asked to complete the VIA Character Strengths Profile as part of a subject. It is basically a questionnaire (that took approximately 30 minutes to complete) that helps you to identify values that you prioritize in life in a hierarchical order based on the questionnaire. It was interesting how my results turned out to be slightly different from what I expected them to be. Have a go at it and feel free to share your results :)   Click here for the link to the website.

My top 6 results are as follows:

Your Top Character Strength

Gratitude
-You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

Your Second Character Strength

Spirituality-
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

Your Third Character Strength

Teamwork
-You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.

Your Fourth Character Strength

Love
-You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

Your Fifth Character Strength

Honesty
-You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

Character Strength #6

Hope
-You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

As a matter of fact, the last value on my list is

Love of learning
- You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

After pondering upon my results, I realized 2 things.

1. My top 6 values are somehow linked and related to each other, and I believe that God’s presence in my life has greatly influenced these values.

2. I do not hate learning (which is obvious considering that I am currently still studying), but I guess my other values must have had much higher ratings that this one. However, if given the choice, I would most definitely choose heading out with my Nikon than to learning a new subject for 5 hours.

Faith

As most of you may (or may not) know, I have been “hiving” for the past 5 months. Hive or  Urticaria is a form of rash that is usually caused by allergic reactions. However, after numerous consultations to the skin specialist and GP, we have yet found the cause of it. Blood test results have shown that I am not allergic to any food (thank God) or the environment and I have been taking anti-histamines daily since December 2011. Things are under control when I am on the anti-histamines. Although doctors told me that anti-histamines do not have any long term effects, I am still not at peace with the idea of taking medications every single day just to alleviate the symptoms. I will be seeing the allergy specialist in a month’s time and hopefully we will get some answers then. At the mean time, it would be great if you could pray with me in this matter, holding hope that I will be well again someday soon. p/s If you have any prayer requests, drop them in the comments box and we can all pray with you as well. Know that whatever you are going through, you are not alone.

“Through His stripes, we are healed”  Isaiah 53:5

Lastly,

HAPPY BLESSED BIRTHDAY to my dearest aunty!! Don’t you reckon we have the SU family resemblance?

Peace out.

Miss Amanda

  • February 28, 2012 8:38 pm

It was a sunday afternoon when Amanda and I had a fun photoshoot under the sun. I was telling her how I rarely shoot under the sun. Most of my recent shoots were done on a cloudy day so I would not have any problems with harsh shadows. I was aware of how my photos would turn out, but had a go with it anyway. The sun gave a nice glow to my model and the wind effect gave her a fashionista feel. WIN.

Unfortunately, my favorite portrait lens was malfunctioned during part of the shoot, so I had to manually focus while shooting. It wasn’t easy especially when manual-focusing is not my forte. Thank God pictures turned out well. Lens baby has been sent for repair. Hence I would have to take a break from portrait shooting for awhile. :( Enough with the sad talk, shooting Amanda was fun. This girl has attitude and confidence. That is what I like in a model. She knows what she wants and gives a go to every suggestion I made (this includes climbing over and under objects). I am a very dangerous photographer. beware! *wink* I hope you enjoy this final series of photos taken in my beautiful hometown, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

These 2 shots are my favorite. Nice motion shots are rare because you can never get the exact shots again.

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