Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for September, 2007

Bringing a regional flavour to the HUSH festival

Posted by Kimberly on September 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 30, 2007, page 6 (650 words)

Despite the fact that both bands have yet to play in Macau until their invitation to play at HUSH today, Filipino band Kjwan and One Buck Short (OBS) from Kuala Lumpur, are no strangers to the music scene.
The quintet and quartet respectively, have done the rounds of musicians, playing gigs within their own countries as well as regionally, and creating albums to attract a new audience and hold on to their existing fans.
“We’re really looking forward to playing for the first time in Macau,” said Jorel Corpus, Kjwan’s guitarist.
Rahul Kukreja, OBS’s guitarist and vocalist agreed adding that “we really excited to be a part of the festival. We heard a lot about it from last year.”
This also happens to be the first time both a Malaysian and a Philippines band have performed at the festival, which is shaping up to be nine hours of pure entertainment.
Kjwan’s drummer J-Hoon Balbuena describe’s the band’s music as a mixture of RnB and rock, with “a lot of drum and bass and heavy grooves,’ while OBS’s style seems to be influenced by several bands and is a “pop funk kind of thing,” said the band’s vocalist, Mooky (Mundzir Abdul Latif). Read the rest of this entry »

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Concrete falls from city building

Posted by Kimberly on September 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans and Natalie Leung
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 30, 2007, page 6 (131 words)

Several large pieces of concrete fell from a 5th floor residential building housing jewellery store Luk Fook, although no pedestrians were injured and no damage was caused to the store.
The incident occurred yesterday between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the corner of Av Infante D. Henrique and Av. D Joao IV.
There were two Public Security Police (PSP) as well as six officers from the Fire Brigade on hand to assist with securing the area and preventing pedestrians from endangering themselves.
The building has been confirmed as being very old and therefore unstable by a member of the Fire Brigade.
The matter will be handed over to the PSP who will then take up the issue with the Land, Transport and Public Works Bureau to determine the building’s future safety.

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Americans put on a super fireworks show

Posted by Kimberly on September 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 30, 2007, page 4 (319 words)

For the USA team, Illumination Internationale Ltd., it was all about being super, as the theme to Superman began their show, with spectators thrown right into the mix. It started off simply, a firework here and there, mixing in a few gold showers being increasing the quantity to pairs and quartets of green, red and blue.
The music slid into the classical scene, with the fireworks slowing down to reflect this, beautifully perfect circles of red, green and blue stars, mixed with bigger bursts of red.
As the crescendo rose, so did the fireworks, their quantity, brightness and frequency, eliciting several gasps and rounds of applause.
At one stage it was a glorious burst of at least half a dozen different fireworks spread across the night sky, blending into each other and creating a montage of colours and shapes. The finale was magnificent, quite possibly its closest competition being Taiwan, judging by the audience’s reaction. With each crescendo of a note, another firework was added, to the point where the thunderous roar and blinding light was all one could see and hear. And just as suddenly, it all disappeared, leaving behind trails of smoke and rapturous applause. Read the rest of this entry »

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Four teams left to go in the big fireworks shoot-out

Posted by Kimberly on September 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 30, 2007, page 5 (766 words)

With the Macau Fireworks festival winding slowly down to a close, it comes down to two days of shows and four teams to go.
With the United States against Japan and France head to head with China, it’s going to be an interesting finish.
With National Day on Monday, some people may label that fireworks show as the best to come but who’s to know?
Speaking to representatives from Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks from Japan and Jacques Couturier Organisation from France, we learn that it’s all about keeping it in the family.
Marutamaya’s company is one of the oldest fireworks brands in the world, with the company building its pyrotechnic world since the 17th century.
Kohei Ogatsu is the latest addition to the company, taking over the reins from the father, grandfather and great grandfather, a tradition he’s undoubtedly proud of.
According to the company’s website, “at [the] Ibaraki and Yamanashi factories, skilled pyro-technicians use a combination of modern and centuries-old techniques to hand-craft each fireworks.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Making an opera out of something

Posted by Kimberly on September 29, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 29, 2007, page 18 (1,091 words)

The cast of Rigeletto have just two and a half weeks to convince a Macau audience that the Verdi opera is one guaranteed to make a dramatic impact at the upcoming International Music Festival next month.
Judging by the passion and fervour that has been extended to this task by both the actors and the crew, they have nothing to worry about, despite this being the first performance of the opera in Macau.
Julie Edwardson from Opera Australia has been given the job of Revival Stage Director for the opera and admits that they only have a single day off, the one before the big performance, in which to rest.
“I’m used to four weeks in Australia to put on a revival [and] it’s double cast as well,” she says, but adding that everyone had been “really fantastic to work with.”
It’s not as dramatic and worrying as it sounds though, given that “everyone who is performing the roles have done the roles before so it means that you can take short cuts in terms of analysing text and things like that,” she says.
With a cast that encompasses some 16 countries, it shows an incredible diversity. Read the rest of this entry »

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