Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tourists get 30% discount (big grin)

I enjoyed my evening for the most part of it today :) Just this 1 teensy thing that tickled me... See I was at boat quay this evening, walking down the row of riverside eateries. OH kay, we past the first restaurant," ma'am, how about some seafood for you? We have crab, Singapore food, thai food...yada yada. Tourists get 30% discount!" I just smiled & said oh, no thank you. I'm just taking a walk.

Restaurant 2:
"miss! Come try our seafood. Our prices are very good. We have Singaporean food. Tourists get 30% discount! Must try our...blah blah"

Restaurant 3:
"Sir, miss. Try our curry? Very delicious."

Restaurant 4:
"Ma'am, sir...come come. Seafood for you. Tourists get 30% discount? (wide smile)"

Me," oh thank you. I'm just walking."

"okay. Come back later? Think about it? Here take my name card"

This went on as I walked down the long stretch of restaurants & pubs. Then it hit me. (eyes wide open) They think I'm a tourist!!! OH for god's sake...did I speak different? Look foreign? Any tell- tale signs? WHAM! there it was...He who was walking next to me had on (drum roll) his sticker from the museum we were at earlier. Then I figured, good idea..since they "cut your throat" at these places. A 30% discount sounds brilliant. So I put my rising hand back down. I was so tempted to reach across his chest & rip off the blue sticker.

I had a plan...I'd take on a "tourist persona" for the evening if need we're walking & walking...more of these people tried luring us to have dinner "with them". Then I saw it, smiling at me. "Coffee bean" LOL. No "local/tourist discrimination", it was Al-fresco. Loved it...I sat drinking my usual & having a sandwich. Lo & behold, I was in perfect position to people-watch, watch the fireworks, army jets & 5 guys "falling from the sky" in well-timed precision. Awesome.

I've decided I should do this more often then? Maybe I will.

**wan an**

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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Monday, July 23, 2007

CollectMYShoes // CMYS // CollectMYShoes // CMYS

//CMYT puts up CMYS (collectmyshoes)//

okay so you know what makes a great outfit...It doesn't have to be the latest designer gear, the weirdest geometric haircut & dye job, it's pure attitude. How you let yourself carry off the pieces you wear really defines the outfit & could very well make you look like Kate Moss next to the neighborhood "Lian" at the traffic light crossing in front of Heeren. So check this right...

In our very first few posts, I announced we "do" shoes: we customize your chuck taylors, your "Batas" ( if you request ;) ) Or you could just "collect my shoes". What happens is..every few months, here at CMYT, we churn out graphics/illustrations that have a "theme" .

The current upcoming collection ( which would be out first) is "Japanese inspired". Be sure to watch this space for the latest kicks. Again, for any questions or requests, just email me. ;)

**signing out**

It bugs me...

the increase of ignorant irresponsible shallow Singaporeans that bring their dogs to the beach merely for use as an "accessory" like the latest color of Havaianas on their perfectly pedicured feet.

YES! the Husky is a BEE-A-Utiful breed of dog, NOT SUITABLE FOR OUR CLIMATE for god's sake! Is that so hard to understand? The thing I can't quite get over is how the authorities allow pet shops & people to bring in Huskies?! That poor dog has the fur coat as thick as the skulls of all these local yuppies buying them. LOL.

A few houses down before mine, there's a family that just had their Husky shaved ( okay so that's the smartest thing I've seen done other than keeping their dog cooped up in an air-conditioned room) Which BTW, isn't quite "cold" enough. You see...where they come from the temperature's a good minus xx degrees. 8-) That's 1. So 2, how big is that room? (HONESTLY!) They're big dogs. Unless you've got your entire house air-conditioned 24/7, I think that's just cruel, keeping the dog inside like that. Not to be a "pain in the butt" but also having the air-condition on 24/7 contributes to global warming which in turn again affects not just us but the endless amount of animals living in the colder countries FYI 8-). If there's ever something else that Singapore could be known for other than their "Singlish Lahs, Lors & mehs" , its that they're a very selfish irresponisble bunch of humans that walk this section of the Earth. They'll drive to the shop that's a 5 min walk from their home. (C'MON!) Back to the dogs...

So I've established that these dogs shouldn't be here. Now we'll look at the stupid bunch that brings them to the beach where they're under direct heat exposure! It's come to my attention that I've observed a significant increase in "Husky beach wearers". Why?? Seriously..why?? Do you think it brings you more attention? Well, I feel sad for you people if you lack such self confidence that you need to torture an animal to feel noticed. ;) OH & did I mention..the "A-typical" crowd most responsible for this behaviour would be those in their 20s-30 somethings? ( mmm hmm the yuppies that work "OH SO HARD" at their cushy banker & business jobs during the week in their Prada & Armani suits whom have no "cause" better to spend their extra $$ on but an IMPORTED dog as yet another status symbol **check Prada & armani suits for work**)

Then there's those that bring their dogs for the fun of it ( which is a nice thought...ONLY if your dog enjoys the water right?) 8-) Geez. I see these people set up their spot under that beach hut, flip open their beach chairs & other nonsense that they've brought to feel like they've not left their HDB flat 8-) :P then grab their cowering pooch & run towards the water. The poor dogs' got its tail between its legs<---is that not a sign enough apart from the "cowering" factor? LOL thick skulls indeed. Tsk tsk. Yes they're natural swimmers, sure you drop them in..they'll swim. Where? TO SHORE! Get it? some of them just don't like it. IMAGINE having a fear of heights, then your parents just grab you & push you off a cliff to dive into the sea below ( of course knowing that's safe for you ;)).
"don't do unto others what you'd not want done to yourself"

To make matters worse...continue imagining that your parents went to the extent to have lifeguards fish you out of the water as your swimming to shore for dear life & to get the hell away from them, but a lifeguard gets a hold of you & brings you back to your parents only to have them throw u back in again! That's exactly what you twits are doing to your dog you say you love. RIGHT! 8-)

p/s Food for thought. ( although i know alot of you wouldn't give a $%&! about it any more than what food item you should indulge yourself with later :P)

**signing out**

Friday, July 20, 2007


It's 1.35am. I've been working a near straight...XX hrs ( soooraay, brain's not functioning LOL) okay...I've been working since 2.15pm (today) & if I count working through the previous night too..that'd make it, since 10pm the night before. (cries out silently, "help me").

**end of physical update**

Here's what happened in between when I took a break today:

"hi, welcome to Starbucks! what would you like?"

( smiles while thinking " to be run over by a truck & sent to heaven cuz I didn't kill myself..I only wished for it")

"hi :) Could I have...a grande iced caramel macchiatto & what's your strongest coffee?" ( knowing fairly well that would be an expresso but hoping that there's of a higher dose, something to "knock me out")

"sure. That's $9.90 miss." ( hands bill) "wait over there for your drinks"


Now I'm sitting here in my cold room with a cold double shot expresso & a finished iced caramel macchiato, recalling what someone told me...
Jess, your "terrible". Think of all the poor people your making work at the coffee plantations. I said, " you do know that's how they make their $$ right? I mean c'mon, I work long hours sometimes through the night. coffee "helps". Plus, look at this way. Plantation workers--->farm the beans--->makes their $$--->who buys em? People like me. Designers do.----> they get their cash. It's a cycle. We need them. They need us." Then this person said. " maybe you should go live in brazil. Learn about their coffee n stuff. "

My mind instantly began imagining "life in Brazil".... OKAY let's start out with a brilliant opening here: I own a coffee plantation, making tonnes of cash ( we're writing the script "HOLLYWOOD style" ;) FYI). I wake up in the morning sitting in a bikini by the pool that overlooks my coffee plantation, sipping on a aromatic cup of I've got "guards" all over the place to watch my land. I hear shots fired down at the plantation. Sudden commotion. I jump up & wrap myself in a white robe ( which apparently came with loaded guns in the pockets) ROFL. 8-) Suddenly i turn around & I've got a cigar in my mouth, hair in wet tendrils, large aviator shades sitting low on my nose bridge, 2 guns in hand, white robe untied & blowing in the wind. (LOL can u believe this..I can't) Then listen! stop the laughing, look----------> ( my big lines follow) " Catch dem. Bring dem to meeee. I waont dem alive." ( & yup pronounced exactly that way) Next thing I know, I'm running in my haivaianas (of course "check BRAZIL" rofl) & I'm ending this scene with a classic: "I'll Be BACK".

*end of scene* thank u thank u. 8-) :P

(Again, no offense. It's just my imagination. Nothing intended to offend anyone with that short script)

So that chain of "thought" has ended & I'm just pondering about my day up until now. Why does it seem like I'm god's "toy", like he's having fun watching my sometimes pathetic life? ( OH...i get it..maybe he created the pc game "the sims"? I'm his new character.) I'm jk! (don't send me to hell purrrleaseeee....) It's just that it feels like...whenever my life's going rather good..everything's as I want it, everyone's doing fine yada yada..he swoops down on me to make sure I'm in check by throwing me a week of crap to deal with? (HALLO! I appreciate what I've got, you don't have to do this to me know? I didn't just blow $300 on a Hermes scarf to wipe my butt..know what I mean?) Basically, I've just had barely 2 hours of sleep, not eaten much & survived on 3 cups of tea/coffee..( i think that's bad...i know it could be worse but still). I feel like i've just been run over by a car. There's 1 thing that summarizes that up tho.."LIFE". ( not that I've lived long enough to say I've been through everything..but I know that's just how it goes..)

What should I do then if "life's" gonna be that way every once & again? Of course being away on a good holiday would do wonders..BUT who has that luxury all the time? So I turn to the little things that make me happy, that make my day..the lil perks.

1. A GOOOOD cup of earl grey tea ( chilled) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
2. A good read. ( I HEART NYLON)
3. Spending time with someone who'd make my day ;)
4. spraying on the best smelling perfume. ( My theory: "Smell good. Good day") rofl!
5. sketching/painting. Just making something with my hands.
6. rambling about pretty hilarious nonsense
7. a good gut wrenching laugh that leaves ur cheek muscles aching, face flushed.
8. reminding myself it won't be long when I'll next have my toes in sand, skin warmed by the sun & hair knotted by the salt water & wind...or... =x
9. Looking at something that makes me smile (inside & out). ( i recommend carrying that with you always if you've got something that makes u smile that way ;))
10. Try looking at the good I've accomplished today ( some done...umm..)
11. GOOD MUSIC ( that's always a thumbs up)

Lastly, putting in a "request" that hopefully gets heard & answered......

" Forgive me for
what I've failed to accomplish.
Take away this run down feeling please.
Provide me with what I need.
Reward me with
what I wish"

** aight, back to the drawing board**

OH! & DO NOTE: all characters & scenes described are purely out of my twisted imagination (check "comecollectmythoughts"). "did I hear the crowd go awww..." 'haha :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

All the fuss about "LIVE EARTH"

( No, the world doesn't come in a "strip of 8 pills" where when one's taken, you have 7 more at your disposal. There's ONE. ONLY ONE earth.)-------> picture edited by Jessica C. ( all rights reserved)

I'm pretty sure everyone's felt the increase in temperature all over the world, not to mention noticed the rise in sea levels & more animals losing their homes...all thanks to all you selfish, careless people. *ahem*

Why only start thinking about the world now? Why did Al gore only suggest to have something to "save the world" NOW 8-) Never mind the rest of the world...let's take a look at Singapore. Why ask people to wear green on the 7-07-07 to show "support" for "LIVE EARTH"?? When everyone knows there's too many cars this tiny dot can contain? Would it not make more sense to encourage the people to leave their cars at home on this day instead of wearing green? Would it not make more sense to INCREASE the number of recycling bins all over the country? Would it not make more sense to have 1 day a week that certain busier streets are "closed off" ( like say closing all shops in orchard road earlier on 1 night. So less traffic, more people are at home..less CO2 production ;), than charging $0.50 - $2.00 for people to drive through "Orchard Road" cuz that would really reduce traffic too. I mean admit it..nearly everyone here can afford paying that 2 bucks to enter town, a few times a day ( we do have one of the highest no. of millionaires living here 8-)) So?

Plus! you know what? Singapore wants to be the "best in everything" ( you can't have EVERYTHING<--doesn't happen like that) instead of holding a "Ms Singapore Universe" every year ( where FYI ALL YOU BLIND people--> every year the girls look the same..u hardly can tell the contestants apart. It's clearly such a "low budget" affair. The girl's hardly are able to come across confident about what they think on certain topics ( BTW asking what guys would have to do to please the girls' moms IS NOT a proper question<---by answering that, you say the girls have beauty & brains...UH....i beg to differ). SO clearly deep down inside all local viewers ( you know Singapore wouldn't stand a chance at even getting to the top 20 in the Ms Universe pageant right?) So why waste money on events like the Ms Singapore Universe when the cash can be put to better use like making Singapore a "location of choice" for big name artistes? ( so at least we could hold a "live earth concert" here too?) See my point? ;) Recycled goods are expensive ( they're expensive why? cuz not many people opt for recycled items..I'm pretty sure 1 of the aims for holding the "LIVE EARTH" event was to make recycling & saving the earth the "IN-thing". <---take the "Louis Vuitton canvas tote ( "I'm not a plastic bag" craze too) Prices lower when more people buy an item right? So EVERYONE should opt for recycled toilet paper, kitchen towels...The more people use em, the cheaper n more recycled goods become readily available. There's always a 1st's just who will take the 1st step. I admit I like having my coffee..& I LOVE the idea that places like Starbucks actually spend the extra cash they make, charging $6 a mug of coffee, on using recycled napkins. These coffee places also sell some pretty mugs, vacuum flasks/cups<---why not offering people the choice of buying those cups & bringing em in to be filled up with their choice of coffee (esp. for take-aways) instead of using plastic/paper cups? THERE'S SOMETHINGS YOU COULD ALSO DO TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD: 1. Instead of wasting $60 on an INK cartridge every time your out of ink at home...use re-manufactured ones that work exactly the same but cost less & helps save the world. (p/s if your seriously interested in using re-manufactured ink/toner/laser cartridges that helps save the world me :))

2. You can sign up for a free account on & with just 1 click everyday, you're helping to save the dying world & the animals in danger of losing their homes + becoming extinct ;) (CHECK THIS BLOG FOR A LINK to )

3. Support using canvas bags instead of plastic ones when you shop. ( Check back on this blog every now n again for any new tote designs)

4. HERE'S a few other ways you can "work" with me to take a step to save this world by recycling:

- support CMYT's "less is more" packaging for all items purchased here.
- talk to me about ways you think I could use what I design for a "greater good"
- When at home ( & without work to do), use candles instead of your lights. ( SAVE energy, save the earth)
- Get used to showering ( notice i said showering. Not taking a bath ;) ) in colder water ( where possible :P) without the heater turned on
- Visit the zoo whenever you get the chance to ( you'll feel guilty learning about what these animals have "lost" because you chose to drink from a plastic bottle n dump it instead of recycling :P)

I could sit here the entire night & think up ways to help. You can too. This is just an "appetizer" ;)

XOXO one love XOXO

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Write your BIGGEST wish on a piece of paper, then throw it away.

Alright so I'm sitting with my leg raised ( check what loose ligaments & a nasty fall does)..I've got a growing pile of work to get done (ads..& more for this.. design for that. OH wait..then there's a list of personal stuff always put on the back burner cuz *surprise!* There's more "URGENT" work)..My mind was trying to run away from facing the pile of work that sat in front of me & the work that was represented by a folder icon on my desktop where like a bomb ( 1 click..the entire folder "explodes" & I see my work expanded in various "parts" across my screen 8-)) HELP)<----before I go off course, I'll shut up about work..So since you know..I can't RUN run from the work, my mind did. Staring out into the WONDERFUL lush greenery that is of my tiny garden 8-), feeling the intense heat ( that only feels "right" if I was at the beach, in a pool or could walk around stark naked without being arrested), I thought.."DAMN! I seriously need a HOLIDAY..away from all this away from what I see everyday" **screEEeeeEech! car crashes into a wall**

"DARN caterpillars! They sure are having a feast on my plants.. holes EVERYWHERE on the bloody plant" , says head of household, Hazel Balhetchet.

( if you've not guessed it by now...I'm working at home this week. The ONE good thing, I can take my work anywhere with me)

I have a wish list. Lotsa things I'm hoping for. For me , for certain people, for the world...yada yada. Then my mind mindmapped into "Ways I can have the wish list answered". By a certain age, you'll come to realize that the tooth fairy doesn't actually exist & noo you won't get your wish answered that way. OH & someone brilliant comes up with "harry potter" & you think.."mm maybe i'll get my owl to send out my wish list" (RIGHT!)

"No sorray. It doesn't quite work like that."

Here's what I came up with sitting here : "Write your BIGGEST wish on a piece of paper, then throw it. Maybe someone will pick up. Maybe someone capable of answering that wish. Maybe someone that feels the same way & wants what you want too. Maybe someone who understands what you mean, someone who is bothered to pick up that strange piece of paper & read it ( like me), who'd analyze every ad on the streets, in the trains, at the malls, on the buses.

And IF! it's meant to be, you get what you wrote on the piece of paper cuz you managed to make it happen. AWESOME. If you don't, I'm pretty sure what you wrote on that piece of paper would've made the next person smile or laugh <--It's amazing that kinda "chain reaction".

p/s: This is one of the wishes ( not the biggest but one of it) ;)

Time on my side that will never end
The most beautiful thing I can ever spend
But I work in a shirt with my name tag on it
Drifting apart like a plate tectonic

It don't matter to me
'Cos all I wanted to be
Was a million miles from here
Somewhere more familiar

**signing out**XOXO

Monday, July 2, 2007

Prints for sale (framed or not)

Attention all! We've got graphic prints up for sale too. You can have em framed or not. ( A color swatch of frame colors will be up soon) Or you could let me pick a color that best accentuates what's in the print. For more, email me.

*1 print in a room, keeps the gloom away. U feel? I do. ;) *


Shoes (flower gfx)PingLanIn Progress


1. Shoes(Original CMYS)CMYTPromo!: Made to promote! Email me NOW! Auctioned at charity.
2. Shoes(Maaad Fresh)SuzySold: Another happy client
3. Shoes(Feast your eyes)JamieSold: Another happy client
4. Flip Flops(More than just lines)SeanSold: Another happy client
5. Shoes(Retro Pair)CMYTPromo!: Made to promote! Email me NOW! Wearing it myself.
6. Shoes(Waves at Kanagawa, redone)JamieSold: Another happy client
7. Shoes(Feast your eyes)JamiePromo!: Made to promote! Email me NOW! Gift for Jamie.
8. Shoes(Color me PINK)PingLanSold: Another happy client
9. Shoes(Fluidty)KamalSold: Another happy client
10. Shoes(Fluidity 2 water lines)TimothySold: Another happy client
11. Shoes(Safari)JoelSold: Another happy client
12. Shoes(It's all bone)Luis.S.Sold: Another happy client
13. Shoes(B/G print Grrroovy)FabianSold: Another happy client
14. Flip Flops(Pink Flips!)StieneSold: Another happy client
15. Shoes(L'Arte non e mai...)CMYTPromo!: Made to promote! Email me NOW!
16. Flip Flops(Zebra admiration)Sam L.Sold: Another happy client

Status explanation:
  • In Progress: Being worked on until finished (first in list)
  • NOT Paid: Still waiting to be paid
  • Sold: Another happy client
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  • On Hold: Waiting...
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