How I Ended Up In Nuyou Magazine

The lovely photo team at Nuyou (from left): Stylist Bernard Tan, makeup artist Zen Chi, me, coordinator Pauline Lui and photographer Vee Chin.

One of my oldest and dearest friends is Grace Lee, the Editor-in-Chief of Nuyou magazine. Grace and I used to stay at the same hall of residence in NUS — Raffles Hall. You couldn’t miss her – she’s six feet tall and slim! She was a basketball player (I did drama). We never thought we would really see each other again, but seven years after graduation, I became Grace’s colleague when I joined Female magazine as the Editor. Female and Nuyou are “sister publications” – Female being English-language and Nuyou being Chinese. To this day, I think Nuyou has the most beautiful covers of all the women’s magazines in Singapore.

Grace and I would travel for the yearly fashion shows in Paris and Milan. Through these trips we became really good friends, and I believe it was her constant sharing of her faith that prepared my heart to receive Jesus eventually, in 2003.

We meet at least once a year to celebrate each other’s birthdays, together with our other buddy Clara Goh (who handles branding and marketing for Fendi).

A 2009 photo of me (left), Clara (middle with the birthday cake) and Grace

This year, however, Grace came to see me “early” because of my operation. She visited me at home two weeks after my surgery and I could see in her eyes that it pained her to see me not even being able to sit up straight. But as I shared how God had been so good to me, that my cancer was caught so early even though it already affected 5cm of my breast tissue, that the doctor was able to do the surgery and that my chances of survival are so excellent, Grace became encouraged.

A few weeks later she called me and asked if I would share my story in Nuyou for the October issue, which also marks Breast Cancer Month. Of course, I said yes — I would do almost anything in this world for Grace, even a photo shoot when I’m feeling the least pretty I’ve ever felt. I was a bit concerned, of course, if I was going to look puffy because my swelling was still pretty obvious, and my posture was still fairly compromised at the point. But I was enthusiastic about sharing an “overcoming” story with women in Singapore (even though I can’t read Chinese to save my life!!).

Nuyou writer Mindy called me and interviewed me over the phone for the story, then I had to go for a photo shoot a week later, to make it in time for their October issue. I had a good time telling my “horror story” to Mindy – she gasped at all the right places!

My story in Nuyou, October 2010

The photo shoot was at the SPH Magazines office at Genting Lane. Stylist Bernard put me in a silvery blue satin RC (by Roberto Cavalli) dress which, I was so surprised, fit me. It had a elastic waist which was great as it helped to give my now swollen torso some semblance of a shape. Makeup artist Zen gave me a really light face with really dark eyes, which is something I’ve never been able to do at home. And he straightened my hair till it swung like in a Pantene ad — loved it!

The posing was the hardest because I was still aching all over (on top of the fact that I am super kayu when it comes to taking photos. I’m no model, baby!). Photographer Vee tried her best to make me laugh.

Thank goodness I’m not an actress or model or I think I’d be out of a job in a hurry…

It was a nice experience to have just a few months after surgery because, though I’ve never really been a super-vain type of girl, losing a breast did make me feel like a freak, at least initially. Now, three and a half months after the fact, I’m getting more used to my new bosom and it’s feeling much more “real”.

I’d like to thank Grace and Mindy and the wonderful photo team for making me feel, just for a little over an hour, like a normal woman again. And I hope my story helps somebody, even if it’s just one person. (You have to let me know – I can’t read it at all!)

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kim
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 07:40:48

    looking well! thank God. =)

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  2. Sherrie
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 08:28:52

    The RC dress looks great on you! Looking fabulous Theresa. One question though, how did you manage to get through school here if you can’t read Chinese?

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    • threezframe
      Oct 08, 2010 @ 08:47:04

      Hi Sherrie…thanks! As for Chinese, I s-c-r-a-p-e-d by with a C6! That’s why I’m on my kids’ cases all the time — they must succeed where their mother didn’t. So, can translate for me or not?

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  3. Toots
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 10:46:48

    Why not ask Big B and Middle B to read it. Teacher Jane can help. Then in that way, you get it translated, they get some Chinese practice and it’ll be one tuition session that will go must more quickly! 🙂

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  4. Sherrie
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 12:24:06

    Mine is worst than yours. Nursery level only. I have a good excuse though. I am born Malaysian where I did Chinese as second language and I moved to Australia after primary school. So now, I am having a hard time helping my kids and I have put the pressure on my husband to do it instead.

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  5. Grace Lee
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 16:10:04

    Dear Theresa, Once again, many thanks for making the effort to share your wonderful testimony through NUYOU despite the physical discomfort, etc. I’ve been encouraged once again from reading this post. I’m glad Albert made sure I read it. God gave you this test for a reason. May you share of His love and grace so that many more will be blessed! 🙂

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    • threezframe
      Oct 12, 2010 @ 01:27:32

      My sweet friend! I miss our days in Paris when men chased you down the street thinking you are a model (you sure look like one – and I am your “agent”, hahahaaa!) Thank you for being the one God sent to move my heart of stone. And thank you for letting me share my story (the photo shoot was fun and it was nice to feel pretty for one day again!)

      See you soon!!

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  6. Reuel Eugene
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 15:43:08

    Sooooo proud of you Threez! I am your fan! Add oil k! 😀

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  7. Karen p
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:03:20

    Though it has been abt 2 years since this article was published, I pray that you are well. I’m encouraged by yr testimonies of courage over cancer and friendship. I chanced upon yr story whilst waiting for my hair to perm! I was a Raffles hostelite the same time as Grace! Wld it have been with you too? I was an arts student. I was staying at the Timbuktu end… RH6.
    Do write!

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    • threezframe
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 14:58:21

      Hey Karen! Thanks for your comment—so nice to connect to a fellow RHer! I was in the noisy block RH5 (I THINK!!) It was perpetually noisy, is all I remember. And my room was next to the pantry so I’m the one everyone would borrow fork/spoon/chopstick/bowl/can-opener from! I was in Arts too… those were crazy days! Do tell me more about yourself 🙂

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