Mmerci Encore at Creatory

Adventure sure has a way of finding us. We’re so thrilled to announce that Mmerci Encore be part of the action at Creatory.

Shining the spotlight on the incredible creative talent in Singapore, CREATORY brings together more than 80 of the biggest innovators on the little red dot for a festival unlike any other.  CREATORY features movers and shakers from Singapore’s most creative disciplines – food, beverage, art, music, design, architecture, retail and entertainment.

That’s right. Singapore’s leading lights of the creative scene, all under one roof.

Guests can expect innovative food & beverage experiences from some of Singapore’s most popular chefs, restaurants and bars, live art installations, DJ and music performances and opportunities to attend pop-up workshops. 

CREATORY will be housed in Tasty Plaza, a newly repurposed industrial building in the upcoming Macpherson estate, which is dedicated to Singapore’s F&B and lifestyle entrepreneurs. Make sure you get your tickets today – we can’t wait to see you and share all our aromatherapy goodies with you there.

Creatory 2014

Mid-Week Mantra

Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey.”
– Daniell Koepke


Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.”

Stay on Your Grind

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Of course, the non-gentrified reading of Mr Roosevelt’s statement would be, Opinions are like a*holes, everyone has one.

As a creative, the issue I have with critics who make snap judgements with no real context or background is that some feel that they’re entitled to a reactive, knee-jerk opinion before taking the time to understand what it is they’re judging.

You took that one lit class in uni, read that one Wiki entry on Manet or dabbled in ikebana and suddenly you’re an expert? Suddenly you know better than the chef who spent 25 years at his craft all to be declared “overrated” because he made you a bad starter?*

Watching CSI in your jammies every Monday night does not a forensic scientist make.

In this digital age of fast likes, love or hate is an instant impulse. It’s as easy as double-tapping a picture or scrolling to the next photo/review/article/show/song.

Instead of taking the time to understand what a music artist is trying to tell us in in a body of work, we cherry pick songs off iTunes and forget about buying complete albums. (Guilty of this, to the absolute horror of my partner).

Of course everybody judges, of course art is meant to inspire, provoke, challenge, confront. But really. Do you think you could have done a better job? If so, what’s stopping you?

Instead, and this is a note to self, to celebrate the fact that someone is going out on a limb. That takes balls, surely. Let’s focus on the good – on courageous creative endeavours, on the hard work and preparation. Let’s appreciate something other than our own smug opinions for a change and understand before we diss; give constructive feedback in a way that motivates each other to do better next time. Maybe, just maybe, even wait to be asked for our thoughts before soapboxing?

As Jenna Lyons says, “Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of my time picking my words carefully.”

So why be a douche when you can be awesome?

And that’s the beauty of life. If you feel the need to contribute something bigger than yourself, well, nobody’s standing your way. The value of other people’s words is what you determine it to be.

Dear reader, you don’t need anybody’s permission to shine. Just do your thang.

* And hello, since when are mistakes a bad thing necessarily?

A Passionate Life

I’m sick of all the reasonable people: they see all the reasons for doing nothing.”

— George Bernard Shaw

Freaks and Unicorns

We all take delight in looking at gorgeous visuals or having beautiful encounters, but sometimes the most inspiring, deeply motivating things come from the insight of others.

I adore the following except from an interview by Hearst’s head of digital, Troy Young in Fast Company. The emphasis is my own but it is something I’m sure you could probably relate with too:

In a recent interview with Ad Age, you said that when recruiting staff, you’re “really focused on finding the freaks, the unicorns, the people who can bridge disciplines.” Why do you feel these qualities lead to success, and where do you find them?

I go to the Unicorn Farm. No–it’s the kind of people who don’t always give you the standard answers. They come from a place of passion, they talk about things in a kind of personal way that to me always feels like they’re craftspeople first, they really care about what they’re doing. You look at maybe a nontraditional career trajectory, what they decided to do from an educational perspective, and you just kind of understand the person. If you get the DNA right, if you get the core, really passionate people who want to build things, it tends to grow from that and they reject anything that doesn’t fit. It’s really important that the core is right, and that we reward people for really caring about the craft and the product.

These things matter. Having pride and passion in your work. Doing all things with integrity. Being unapologetic for being you. At times, I’ll wonder why I am where I am but am resigned to the idea that beyond all that hard work and no-job-too-small attitude, somebody, somewhere was watching. So this is for anyone who feels like a freak when they’re really a unicorn. Hang in there! You too will soon find out why you were handpicked to be on this adventure. x

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