Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for October, 2008

Macau’s grand master returns home to set up shop

Posted by Kimberly on October 8, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 08, 2008 (1,015 words)

The thing you wonder when you meet Carter Wong for the first time is that he couldn’t possibly be the 61 years he claims.
This, he attributes to several things, not least of which is his training in Wudang Chi-kung, a teaching similar to that of Tai Chi, which is said to prolong life expectancy, strengthen the immune system and improve vitality and youth.
The Macau-born and raised grand master is perhaps best known in the general public for having starred alongside Kurt Russell in ‘Big Trouble in Little China’. Carter played the character of Thunder, a henchman working for the sorcerer Lo Pan.
Having acted in well over 100  films during the course of his career, Carter even worked with Golden Harvest, a dominant film production company that had helped produce Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon’. Not to mention providing fight choreography lessons to the likes of Matt Damon as well as William Shatner during Star Trek.
Fast forward 20-odd years and and Wong’s resume could impress even the most cynical of martial arts followers: World Muay-Thai champion, 7th Dan black belt Go-Ju-Ryu Karate-Do Seitokukai, 8th Dan International Martial Arts Federation, Kung-Fu Master.
Carter was, in fact, the first person to teach karate in Macau, back in 1968. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tenmasa opens up the mystery of the geisha world to Macau

Posted by Kimberly on October 1, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 01, 2008 (989 words)

When asked to comment on one’s knowledge of the world of geishas, inevitably, the mention of that popular, yet somewhat inaccurate, Hollywood film will crop up. Yet, glamour aside, the world of geishas is still as mysterious today as it has been for hundreds of years. In Kyoto, considered to be where the geisha tradition is the strongest, this mystery can still be witnessed. It is a constant source of frustration for travellers wanting to experience the world of the geisha, to know where in Kyoto they may do so. If ever a woman needed to learn how to say no tactfully, look no further than the way a geisha responds to a passer-by’s question of which restaurant houses one of them.
Over the next week, guests need look no further than Crown Macau to not only see the way geishas express themselves but learn more about their world. Tenmasa at Crown have brought over Lady Mariko, her daughter Maika and her son Eitaro from the famed Matsunoya Geisha House in Tokyo, to entertain guests until October 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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