“The things I do well, I try to do bet­ter. The things I don’t do ex­cel in, I go for classes and read to im­prove my­self in that re­spect. I find joy in learn­ing, I find free­dom in my learn­ing jour­ney.”

Mul­ti­fac­eted SU­SANNA HAN mod­els Cartier’s high jew­ellery pieces, and shares with Lionnel Lim her philoso­phies and new fo­cus in life

Prestige (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - FASH­ION DI­REC­TION JOHNNY KHOO | ART DI­REC­TION AU­DREY CHAN | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY WEE KHIM | FASH­ION STYLING JACQUIE ANG | HAIR GREGO US­ING KEUNE | MAKE-UP DILY WANG US­ING CHANEL | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AS­SIS­TANCE ALWIN OH | FASH­ION AS­SIS­TANCE LEE PUI YEE

– Su­sanna Han

THERE IS A SAY­ING, “PEO­PLE WHO FIT DON’T SEEK. THE SEEK­ERS ARE THOSE THAT DON’T FIT.”

Su­sanna Han is the lat­ter, which is not a bad thing. Con­stantly en­rich­ing her­self and con­tin­u­ally rein­vent­ing her per­sona, she is re­lent­less in pick­ing up new skills and knowl­edge. Ob­vi­ously, she isn’t done shape-shift­ing.

Pur­su­ing evolv­ing chal­lenges, she has signed up for pi­ano les­sons; ap­pren­ticed un­der the renowned vis­ual artist Tan Khim Ser ( Han’s cal­lig­ra­phy was part of an Oc­to­ber art ex­hi­bi­tion to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund); done vo­cal coach­ing; and taken psy­chol­ogy cour­ses in lead man­age­ment, which yielded for her an ad­vanced cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Choice The­ory and Re­al­ity Ther­apy.

She also en­rolled in the Wil­liam Glasser In­sti­tute, which con­ducts train­ing in a cer­tain form of psy­chother­apy. “I hope to go into vol­un­teerism, hence I took up these cour­ses. I hope to use this as a plat­form to do pro­grammes such as art ther­apy for kids,” Han ex­plains.

Most of us are con­tent to pur­sue a hobby or two, but Han un­der­takes more ac­tiv­i­ties now than when she held a job. “I can­not keep still, I am just try­ing to slow down... a bit!” she says, chortling. Her phys­i­cal out­lets are yoga, spins and brisk walks.

She is also work­ing on a cof­fee-ta­ble book, Pre­cious Mo­ments, to be pub­lished next year. “It will be pic­to­rial – a col­lec­tion of mem­o­rable mo­ments through my life. Some will be spe­cially pho­tographed, oth­ers taken from my col­lec­tion of pho­tos. The book will be of a lim­ited print run and not sold. I want to gift them to friends and fam­ily.”

“I AM THE CLAS­SIC EX­TRO­VERTED IN­TRO­VERT.

I’ve been to a lot of places, ex­pe­ri­enced a lot and done a lot in the past. I en­joy be­ing so­cia­ble, but I’m ac­tu­ally very pri­vate. I need me time. I like to with­draw into my own space – I read, I paint; it’s very ther­a­peu­tic. I’m very mo­ti­vated when I’m try­ing to pick up some­thing new. The things I do well, I try to do bet­ter. The things I don’t ex­cel in, I go for classes and read to im­prove my­self in that re­spect. I find joy in learn­ing, I find free­dom in my learn­ing jour­ney.”

The sharp dresser is a vvip of many fash­ion and jew­ellery brands, and of­ten jets off to at­tend galas in far­away lands. Han has al­ways en­joyed life – be it trav­el­ling or eat­ing well. “I love well-made and beau­ti­ful things. Crafts­man­ship is some­thing I strongly value. But I’ve come to a phase in my life where, es­pe­cially in the past two years, I prac­tise a lot more mind­ful­ness in terms of what I try to achieve and where I’m headed in my next jour­ney. Now, I’m just ap­pre­ci­at­ing this low-key stage of my life. I’m try­ing to find my in­ner har­mony and en­joy­ing my own space.”

“AS I GROW OLDER, I DIS­COVER MY EMO­TIONAL FRAILTY AND I WANT TO DO AWAY WITH MY PRIDE,

and to trust and seek God for wis­dom. Prob­lems due to re­la­tion­ships and ex­ter­nal cir­cum­stances aren’t within our con­trol; the only be­hav­iour we can con­trol is our own.”

High jew­ellery ear­rings in plat­inum with di­a­monds and high jew­ellery neck­lace in plat­inum with di­a­monds, both Cartier Dress, Stella Mccart­ney; gloves, stylist’s own

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