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

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Amid the frency and madness, a love letter to Hong Kong

Posted by Kimberly on September 19, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 19, 2007, page 2 (884 words)

Mohammad Cohen’s novel ‘Hong Kong On Air’ has been described as “the great American Hong Kong handover novel.”
Which is rather ironic when you consider the fact that Cohen wasn’t even present at the ceremony and, indeed, had not watch it televised either until after his book had been published.
Yet, for all that, it’s a book that manages to encapsulate everything that was Hong Kong during that crucial time. And immediately afterwards, in the case of the Asian economic crisis.
Asked the reasons behind putting pen to paper, Cohen responds with, “I think anybody whose worked in television for long enough thinks about ten times a day, ‘oh my God, I’ve got to write a book.’”
He added that Hong Kong during that period was “an extraordinarily exciting time, so there were plenty of things to write about.”
The third reason was a little closer to home, the need to point out the misunderstood nature of the media and how, in some ways, “it’s all a vehicle to show people what really goes on at a television station and why things you see are the way they are.”
In fact, Cohen has so much to say, a follow-up could be in the works. Read the rest of this entry »

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The United Opus – a book so big that you can hardly lift it

Posted by Kimberly on July 23, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 23, 2007, page 2 (2,510 pages)

As if the arrival of Manchester United to Macau hasn’t created enough of a stir, United Opus, the biggest football book ever created, is sure to outshine even Cristiano Ronaldo.
Billed as the heaviest (at 37 kilograms), the largest (images are displayed at up to 100 x 50 cm) and the most exclusive (limited editions that are, on average, upwards of ₤3,500), it’s no wonder the opus is garnering world-wide attention.
Chief Executive of Kraken Sport & Media, Mr Karl Fowler, in an exclusive interview with the Macau Daily Times, spoke about his creation, its uniqueness and his vision for the future of the opus brand.
“One of the interesting things that comes about when people order is they can tell us which number they want.
“It’s really funny because the common theme is their wedding anniversary or the birthday of their first-born,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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Strolling down winding back streets

Posted by Kimberly on July 2, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 2, 2007, page 6 (377 words)

For those having trouble finding those little gems in Macau everybody keeps talking about, look no further.
The latest book on Macau, ‘Strolling in Macau’ by Stephen Bailey, was launched on Saturday at Bloom bookshop, with a presentation by local historian Jorge Cavalheiro.
The lecturer at the Univeristy of Macau also gave this thoughts on Macau’s heritage and the need to take action to preserve it.
The book is designed to assist people to traverse Macau’s numerous streets and lanes, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Macau and its striking contrasts.
In author Stephen Bailey’s opinion, Macau, with its winding back streets, small size and pedestrian-only lanes, is best discovered on foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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