Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Archive for June, 2007

No buts about it…Aser’s Macau’s ceramic expert

Posted by Kimberly on June 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 30, 2007, page 13 (1,070 words)

The year 2009 will be a special one for local ceramic designer Aser But.
Not because he will have turned 60, an admirable achievement for most.
It’s the year he plans to retire from full time work and focus solely on his art.
“So I won’t take up any full time jobs and I will travel more, enjoy the rest of my life and the planning of my exhibitions,” he says.
He refers to his work as “useable art” because its function isn’t simply to look attractive.
His “spaceships” are often used to hold incense or candles, while you could no doubt use his female busts as paperweights.
The past 30-odd years have been a revelation for the artist; his life has led him on a number of memorable journeys, from his brush with royalty to his eventual stamp on Hong Kong’s artistic landscape. Read the rest of this entry »


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Playboy casino only a bunny-hop away

Posted by Kimberly on June 29, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 29, 2007, page 4 (527 words)

With Hugh Hefner looking to gain a foothold in China for some time, it seems his Playboy Mansion Macau, part of a $2 billion resort scheduled to open late next year, will finally do the trick.
Morgan Parker, President of Taubman Asia, spoke to the Macau Daily Times about his opinions on the project, calling it “one of our many anchors.”
“They are effectively our first tenant.
“They’ve leased a significant amount of space within the shopping centre environment. They are up on the level above the shopping centre but their entrance is down in the shopping centre.
“The idea is that Playboy is one of our many anchors of the shopping centre. Of course the casino itself is the major anchor to the shopping centre,” he said.
Asked why he believed Playboy considered Macau as a possible site for their casino, Mr Parker said, “you’ve got to think about Macau and what it’s going to become. Read the rest of this entry »

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Macau’s fringe festival returns with a fervour

Posted by Kimberly on June 29, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 29, 2007, page 1&5 (700 words)

Images supplied by IACM

The Macau Fringe Festival will return in November this year after a noticeable absence in 2006.
With the last festival having occurred in 2005, the organisers, The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) decided that a more significant contribution from local organisations was needed. As a result, there was a time-out period called for last year, in order to allow the IACM to encourage local artists and organisations to step up to the challenge, creating a festival this year with a total budget of about MOP 1.4 million.
Having thrilled Macau’s residents since 1999, this year the theme of the festival is ‘The “WE” Legend’.
The objective is to extend the spirit of the Fringe by gathering different local artistic groups and individuals together, and forge a relationship between local government and local residents.
As a result, this year’s festival will be organised by not only the IACM, but also Macau Music Force (Musical Power) and the Macau Folk Club. Read the rest of this entry »

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At last: Macau’s legal system in a universal language

Posted by Kimberly on June 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 28, 2007, page 4 (1,287 words)

Written information about Macau’s legal system and business law have been compiled in English for the first time by Jorge Godinho, a Professor at the University of Macau.
Titled ‘Macau Business Law and Legal System’, the text brings together the law in Macau in relation to business activities, covering fundamental concepts.
An explanation of of civil law legal systems is given as well as a provision of Macau’s constitutional framework.
It has been a long process for Mr Godinho, who has spent the past two years updating and extending considerably many of the areas he covers.
“This is essentially a product of teaching at the university of Macau although at first it also draws upon other professional experiences such as my years as a full time staff at the Macau Monetary Authority as a financial supervisor and also practising as a lawyer,” he said.
“I’ve been working on it a lot in the last year and a half but this was circulating previously among the students in shorter versions,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lions on the prowl near Senado Square

Posted by Kimberly on June 27, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 27, 2007, page 2 (1,287 words)

If you happen to come across a lion on the streets near Senado Square tomorrow, don’t be alarmed; they will be celebrating the Feat of Kuan Tai.
On this occasion lion dances will be enacted starting from 6am and Chinese opera performed in a specially constructed bamboo shed outside the temple.
Visitors to the temple, located in the alleyway near Senado Square, will bring whole roasted pigs and chickens, part of a traditional Chinese celebration of food.
Around 300 people came to celebrate last year, both locals and tourists.
The temple is situated on the site of the old Macao bazaar.
Originally it was a meeting place for merchants, and was very important to the local Chinese community. Read the rest of this entry »

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