Contribution of the Day from SCMP photographer Steve
"Thought you might like this snap (by me) for the
zine of Bob getting a medicinal foot massage last week from fellow
snapper Uncle John to treat a mysterious ailment. With expert advice
from Ian Watto. Ouch!
P.S. Uncle John's full name is John Fung Kin-chung".
Walking by the Yung Shue Wan post office this
Sunday morning, we were wondering why they were open. Checking it
out, it was the first day of release of the Year of the Rooster
stamps, people queuing up to get their First Day covers stamped.
At 11am they were already sold out, not surprising in
stamp-collecting-mad Hong Kong.
a collector myself, I nevertheless couldn't resist getting a set of
these colorful stamps to scan. Some days it's almost too easy to
find a topic for this blog...
about my favourite HK festival - Chinese New Year, Feb 9-11 - will
follow very soon. Click on the e-card above to see how HK promotes
this festival to tourists worldwide. See also: HK alphabet stamps.
shopping in the so-called "Supermarket" (only laser price scanner in
Yung Shue Wan) beautiful music was wafting through the shop. The
checkout guy was tapping and humming along to the melodious tunes.
I asked him if the song was by Dao Lang, the latest musical star to rise
all over China. He confirmed what I already knew, with a big grin,
wondering how does this non-Chinese know Dao Lang? This Sichuanese
musician is living in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang
and is composing, playing & singing music inspired by the Muslim Uygur
tribes (as seen in the landscapes & deserts of Crouching Tiger,
Then I traipsed home, unloaded my shopping bounty and pressed
Play on my home office sound system - without having to change discs as
it was already loaded - getting lost again in this hauntingly beautiful
music with the eerily floating, mesmerising vocals by Dao Lang...
Lamma-Por had turned me on to him recently, after being turned on by her
god-daughter-to-be who she's job-sharing with. A real
grassroots musical movement, spreading from a remote region of China to
a remote region of Hong Kong, a well-connected part of the global
Lamma-Por returning from town last night heard the same
CD being played in the Fountainhead Bar and in a private flat. And
she presented me with his latest CD this morning, simply titled "Dao
Lang 2". This guy's inescapable these days around here, it
Read about him,
listen to some of
his songs and you'll know why I'm helping to spread this musical
infection even further via this Blog. Well, his name has just
reached the #1 of all search terms on Google China (according to Time
magazine), so we're just two of his millions of fans...
reason for liking this music so much is that it evoked many happy
memories of my visit to Xinjiang in 2000. As the GM of a large
Internet travel agency, I was invited as a keynote speaker for a
China-wide tourism conference in Urumqi, the capital (pronounced
Wooloomootshee in Cantonese, a favourite word of mine):
● Powerpointing my way through my
presentation about the past, present & future of selling travel online,
with a live translator who knew nothing at all about the Internet, my
assistant whispering frantically in his ear to assist him translating.
through 99 hairpin curves up to the Heavenly Lake. It looked and
felt like hiking in the Central-European Alps, including cable cars,
except for the yurts of the Uygur tribes. (left: yurts w/camel;
right: my assistant dressing up at the Heavenly Lake.
● Tucking into huge, succulent chunks
of lamb cut from an outdoors spit roast.
● Sitting through a VIPs-only marathon
performance of ethnic song'n'dance shows, including original Uygur folk
● Flying Xinjiang Airlines from
Urumqi to Shenzhen, diagonally over most of China, definitely the worst
flight I've ever endured, so all-round horrible it was actually pretty
funny! "Your office has booked and paid for Business
Class, Sir? Sorry, there's no Business Class on this flight!".
my rambling reminiscing, this "dotcom dropout in semi-retirement" is
"Dao Lang 2" now...
in from Samson, our Official Court Reminderer - Monthly Ferry Ticket:
"News on the HKKF fare increase: the
Transport Department has given HKKF's application the green light.
Fares will go up from February 1st, 2005, and to
briefly sum it up for YSW - Central route:
Slow ferries: $11 on Mon - Sat (+$1);
$14 on Sun and Public Holidays (0 increase)
Fast ferries: $16 on Mon - Sat
(+$1); $20 on Sun and Public Holidays (0 increase)
Monthly tickets will cost $495 (+$45!).
Check out the notices at the ferry piers for
This Lamma-zine Blog is running pretty well
these days and there's at least one new entry (mostly with at least one
picture and many links) every day now, seven days per week. The
best of this Blog will go into the Lamma-zine, sent to 1,700+
entries come from many different contributors now, besides myself:
residents, local photographers, ex-Lammaites, press clippings, other
websites & blogs, restaurants & shops, even from HK Electric, the police
& local politicians!
diverse the contributors the better, as I don't consider this Blog as my
personal diary or soapbox at all. It would be boring to write
frequently about my own activities or voice my own insignificant
opinions! The more contributors, the better this Blog will become!
contribution can be as small as a good link, a photo, an event
announcement, an idea... or as big as a series of photos or a rave/rant
about anything. As long as it's got vaguely something to do with
Lamma or a (past, present or future) Lammaite, I'll welcome it for
publication, even if it's commercial or if I disagree with the content
of your contribution! Full credits will always be given, of
course! Send me stuff!
Hongkong Electric (HEC) has submitted to
Government its environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on a
wind turbine plant and thus moved another step forward in its “green
Anticipating Government approval, HEC applied
for land at Tai Ling, on Lamma Island, as well as initiated
procurement procedures for wind turbine facilities.
“Hong Kong can expect its first
commercial-scale wind turbine to be operational in early 2006,” said
Chief Engineer (Projects), Mr. N.Y. Cheung.
HEC commissioned a consultant to carry out the
site search and study the potential environmental impact associated
with turbines, in areas including noise, ecology, landscape and
visual impact, air and water quality. The Tai Ling site was
recommended due to its distinct advantages in site access,
electrical connection, as well as noise and visual impact.
The $10 million project would not adversely
affect the local ecology or environment, said Mr. Cheung, adding
that mitigation measures relating to design, construction and
operation have been adopted.
Copies of the EIA report, which has been
submitted to the Environmental Protection Department, were made
available for public inspection in mid-August.
Mr. Cheung admitted that
picking the site had not been an easy task. Apart from Tai Ling,
other Lamma sites considered were Lamma Power Station Extension,
Yung Shue Long, Tai Peng, Pak Kok Tsui and the Lamma Quarry.
A wind atlas was developed following a
12-month monitoring exercise to assess the wind potential of the
(Photo: Chief Engineer (Projects), Mr. N.Y. Cheung,
introduces details of the wind power project to the press.)
“In determining the site, wind data, site
access, height restrictions, electrical connection with existing
power grid, and land use had to be considered,” Mr. Cheung said.
“One site may have strong winds, but may lack road access,” he
explained, adding that land with high ecological value or high
population had to be avoided.
The 4,400-sq metre site will accommodate the
wind turbine and a high-voltage distribution pillar. Designed for an
automatic start-up, it will generate electricity when wind speeds
are in the range of 2.5 to 25 metres per second, and the output will
be connected to the existing power grid.
Despite its relatively small scale and
experimental in nature, the turbine with a capacity ranging from 600
to 850 kW is expected to produce electricity up to 700 MWh a year,
which is equivalent to
3% of Lamma’s annual consumptionor four times of
street lighting’s power demand on the island.
“Based on current wind assessment, the turbine
will be operating 90% of the time,” Mr. Cheung said, adding that the
operation would be monitored by the Lamma Power Station Central
Control Room. The annual maintenance cost is expected to be about
$100,000 to $200,000.
The project demonstrates HEC’s efforts to
explore the use of renewable energy in Hong Kong. “The Lamma turbine
may be a small first step, but as a pilot project, it will provide
HEC with important experience that may underpin sizeable projects in
the long term.”
Mr. Cheung stressed that HEC is mindful of the
possible impact of the project and has limited the construction work
on site to a minimum.
One prime concern is the risk of bird
collision. “The site is not considered to be either within important
bird habitats or on the flight paths of migratory birds. With the
use of slower rotor blades, we are confident that the impact on
birds will be minimized,” he said. “We will conduct a year-round
bird watching exercise once the project has been commissioned,” he
There is only one family living 260 metres
from the turbine. Nevertheless, HEC will conduct regular noise
monitoring exercises to ensure that noise restrictions are complied
with. For better landscape and visual impact, a series of measures
will be implemented, including reinstating disturbed areas,
compensatory tree planting,soil conservation, as well as the choice
of colour for the turbine to blend with the environment.
Wind energy is environmentally friendly as it
requires no fuel and produces power without generating emissions.
The presence of the first wind turbine in Hong Kong is expected to
help boost Lamma as a tourist spot with educational and
environmental value, he noted.
“We hope to turn the area into an education
corner for power generation with the display of wind power
information,” Mr. Cheung said.
Meanwhile, HEC is continuously communicating
with the islanders over the project.
Some Interesting facts about Tai Ling Wind Turbine
1. Will the wind turbine work better in stronger wind?
No. The turbine will operate when wind speed
reaches 2.5 to 25 metres per second. The wind turbine will produce
the rated output when wind speed reaches 15 metres per second.
2. Do we have to shut down the turbine during typhoon season?
No. The turbine is designed to withstand wind
speed up to 70 metres per second, a standard similar to the
requirement for buildings in Hong Kong. However, in order to better
protect the turbine, the machine will shut down automatically and
the rotor blades will be locked when wind speed reaches 25 metres
3. Is anyone living in the vicinity of the turbine?
In determining the site, the proximity of the
installation to population was a key factor. There is a cottage 260
metres from the site.
4. What is the service expectancy of the turbine?
About 20 years.
For a very lively, local discussion about the merits (or
lack thereof) of this wind turbine, click on TALKBACK and join in with
Something closely related and entertaining, their
recent press release:
$12,750 additional funds raised for tsunami relief by The Island
Bar! A friend called it a "great event,
and an unqualified success for the Lamma community as a whole!"
Island Bar press release: (all photos
by Dan Peterson)
A Close Shave for Charity!
17 January 2005, Lamma Island –
Last Saturday turned out to be a bit of a close shave for a few folk
on Lamma Island. In support of the Operation Santa Claus /
Tsunami Appeal, several enthusiasts shaved off
their beards and moustaches. Frank Paul lead the procession,
followed by Dan Peterson, Malcolm Morris and Kumar
And, as often happens on Lamma, a few
went even further. Rajen Gohel offered his chest for shaving,
and Jackie Paul and Alastair Robins took the big brave
step of shaving their heads to become the top individual fundraisers
for the night.
Peter Berry actually managed to
retain his moustache thanks to a generous
donation in a spirited bidding session via mobile phone from
Terry in Shanghai, who obviously really wanted him to keep it.
The community of Lamma came through in fine form
once again, raising some $12,750 on Saturday evening. This
brings the total sum collected via The Island Bar for tsunami relief
to $47,950, and for Operation Santa Claus overall to $63,375.
Kumar Binney, Manager of The Island Bar, said,
“We are a bit overwhelmed and very pleased by the tremendous
response once again from the people of Lamma. There are a few funny
looking people around today but I believe everyone had a good time
and there are no regrets for this good cause...
(edited for length)
Jackie and Alastair can be seen
sporting their colourful new winter headgear in the village these
days. No matter though, it was certainly for a good cause, and it'll all grow back in time for summer.
And what became of all that hair trimmed and shaved for
charity? Top of the list of some useful and
some not so practical suggestions, was to donate it to the local
birds for them to use in lining their nests for these cold winter
months. So, next time you find a hair in your bird’s nest soup,
remember that perhaps it got there for a very good reason.
For more information,
Kumar Binney (9717 2165) or
Dan Peterson (9030 2888)
this just the PERFECT title for an event on "Hippie Island"? Can Lamma EVER get rid of
this old cliché if events with such names ("Love & Peace! Groovy, man!")
are still being organised here? It's happening today, on a sunny &
warm (22 degrees Celsius) Sunday afternoon, January 2005, on
the Yung Shue Wan football pitch!
was actually a very ch
eerful, multi-racial children's event
staged by the local branch of the Hans Andersen Club (Tel. 2982
sponsored by the Home Affairs Bureau. Ethnic performances, stall
games, lucky draw and other fun activities for families.
Got to rush off now to take a few pictures of this Boundless
OK, I'm back now! Looking at my pictures it didn't seem
all so peaceful! The slogan of the Hans Andersen Club:
"a registered Non-Profit Organisation with a
mission to provide practical help and support for the well-being of the
children and young people of Hong Kong regardless of race, nationality
great! According to parents sending their children to the HAC
Lamma Centre, they live up to this wonderful slogan.
One of the
little benefits of publishing a magazine like the Lamma-zine is being
invited occasionally to media events. For example, the launch of
the new menu of life Restaurant in Soho, Central, the offspring
of Lamma's own institution, the Bookworm Cafe.
Life's marketing is done by the very
experienced and well-established ninetysevengroup. Their media kit
comes on a pretty CD-ROM, from where the photos in this article
originate. The new menu's all-organic-vegetarian fare is
impressive, inventive, really tasty and pretty to look at as well.
Highly recommended, if you can afford the Soho prices. Asian
Stir-Fry (left, $90), Quinoa Oat & Mushroom Bake (below right, $95),
Roasted Garlic (below left, $35). Let me simply quote from their
cheerful, upbeat & flowery "Media Release", as it speaks for itself.
No need for any snappy remarks from this overly ironical carnivore &
"Life - The Organic
Health Café - Presents New Menu. Now 8 Months Old
Since opening its elegant verandah doors just over
eight months ago, life has become an instant hit on the Soho
scene. Diners have responded extremely positively to the delicious yet
healthy dining option,...
Life serves all natural, fresh, organic,
nutritious, healthy homemade vegetarian and vegan food. Unique to
life is its emphasis on catering to the allergy market with
awareness of wheat free, gluten free, garlic free, onion free and sugar
The drinks at life range from delicious and
healthy fruity power shakes, protein shakes, fresh fruit and vegetable
juices to organic beers and wines...
Life is a unique one-stop shop for the
emerging wellness customer in Hong Kong. It offers a funky scene with an
eclectic mix of customers including artists, yoga/gym followers and suit
and tie professionals...
The venue has developed a real community feel to
it as evidenced by the community board which advertises local holistic
events, workshops and talks on various topics such as raw food, sekhem
healing, kinesiology and much more...
Founders Marian and Bobsy are delighted that their vision of many more
people understanding the importance of choosing the right food for both
their health and the health of the environment has started to come
about. In an increasingly polluted city, Hong Kong patrons have
responded well to the inspiring, warm and eco-friendly sanctuary that
life has become."
Here's the complete sermon, eh,
Media Release, plus my two former stories & photo galleries
about life Restaurant: May
26, 2004 &
June 19, 2004, including two cartoons of Bobsy-in-life,
drawn by the SCMP's Harry Harrison.
the word life has to be always in lowercase (except at the
beginning of a sentence) and in bold type only. Don't you
ever forget that!
But the biggest surprise of the evening for me was
Bobsy himself. Having known him for only about two years, I
was truly amazed by his recent trans-formation! Has be been
two pictures, from 2 days ago and from half a year ago. It's much
more than just the glasses shouting "intellectual!", the artsy,
all-black, fashionable threads, the serious, less fluffy hairstyle and
the business-like, self-assured demeanour. His
"aura has changed", as Bobsy himself
expressed it. He's moved on and up in the world, he truly has.
I wish him all the best.
"Allan Zeman No. 2!" was Lamma-Por's
comment about my photo.
my biggest surprise, I found out that Bobsy has left Lamma behind
on Boxing Day, 3 weeks ago, moving permanently into a stylish Soho pad,
up the Mid-levels escalator, too close to work for his new workaholic
his famous, subtropical hippie paradise hideaway w/tipi in Gaia Valley
for relaxation, of course. He's also severed all his ties with the
most venerable Lamma institution, the Bookworm Café he co-founded seven
years ago. He's leaving it in Ken the manager's friendly, capable
and experienced hands.
ubiquitous cheerleader, the most visible figurehead, the self-styled
guru of Lamma's Hippie/New Age/Holistic movements has
left the building, eh, the island! Has Lamma finally completely
lost its formerly well-deserved, hard-earned reputation as "Hippie
there are still quite a few acolytes & practitioners left: yoga
teachers, meditation gurus, Tai Chi instructors, New Age/Holistic
publishers, psychic healers, even a pet psychic & horse whisperer.
But almost all of them practice in town only, living on Lamma mostly for
the lower rent, relaxed life-style and better quality of life; similar
reasons as the vast numbers of suit-and-tie professionals which
outnumber them 100:1 these days. But NEVER ever dare to call any
of them a yuppie, otherwise s/he might NEVER speak to you again!
leaving feels a bit like the end of an era in Lamma's history!
But it's quite typical for the often successful transformation of many
former hippies into respectable citizens, successful business people and
responsible parents with mortgages. Good, bad or a little bit sad?
might be advisable to leave all this heavy-liftin', head-hurtin'
philosophisin' for after a delicious, relaxing meal in life,
enjoying the very best of their new menu, plus a few organic beers, of
Feedback from Bobsy, after reading this article:
"well done, that's a great article indeed! i like
one small correction, we started the bookworm cafe in january 1998
making it seven years young and not six.
keep up the community spirit, lamma needs you."
editorial of this week's HK Magazine (my favourite
local non-Internet magazine) suggests to set up some of Hong Kong's 236
islands as private islands for special groups of local people.
Besides Tycoon Island, Amah Island, Tai-tai Island, etc, they also
suggest this Fantasy Island:
Hippie Haven - Lamma Island gets the makeover it's always
hallucinat-ing about. National dress is tie-dyed trousers and natty
dreads. The Big Buddha is moved over from Lantau and has its
its February 6 national holiday (the birthday of Bob Marley), the
power station's four iconic chimney-spliffs will burn with dope
fumes instead of coal smoke.
chimneys? The last time I checked, there were just three! Do
we need to change the Lamma.com.hk logo at the top of this page?
hippie haven? It's amazing how long these ancient clichés manage
to survive, seemingly for decades after they've lost all their meaning.
There might be just a dozen or so hippies left from the old
days and their cheerleader has just moved off the island (see Life Is For Living
the wonderful pleasure of meeting fellow blogger and brand-new Lammaite
Mademoiselle Hapifiou last night for the very first time.
Also yesterday, I've heard from another French lady moving to Lamma
these days, also together with her blog.
happening here? Just a coincidence? Should we be worried
about this "advance party" for a possible "French blogger invasion"
of Lamma Island? Do we need to get prepared, start building up our
defenses and brush up on our rusty Francais from our ancient school
days? Oui? Non?
personally delighted, as these "charmantes" French ladies will make
wonder-ful additions to our community, a breath of much-needed fresh air
& "joie de vivre"!
be getting some additional help with the Lamma-zine, as Mademoiselle
Hapifiou has cordially agreed to contribute to the Lamma-zine, from
the perspective of a newcomer to this island with its "unique &
fascinating inhabitants". She found her first impression arriving
on Lamma to be "intimidating"! I can't wait to read her
good explanations for this puzzling impression! Lammaites,
meantime, her blog article today (Jan 20) describes (in French,
beloved morning routine, going with the flow of the hurried
crowds to the morning rush hour ferry to Hong Kong Island. A most
unusual & truly exotic experience for a home office devotee like me,
with commuting being just a distant, vague memory.
Lamma-related blogs and to add your own creative efforts & links, check
out the "Personal Home Pages & Blogs" section of the Lamma-zine Links.
Wed, Jan 19:
Chow Yun-Fat in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 2'
Lamma Island's favourite son been up to since his last movie Bulletproof
Monk and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? He's being spotted on
Lamma regularly while visiting his mother, brother and other relatives
still living here. He's just signed up for new movies, the sequels
of Disney's hugely successful hit movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" with
16th, 2004] Yun-Fat Chow
has been cast to play a pirate in
Pirates of the Caribbean 2, according to Sci-Fi Wire. Chow will play the famous
15th-century Chinese pirate Cheung Po Tsai in the 2. and 3.
installments. Chow's management company are said to have been
contacted by the makers of the movie two months ago, with director
Gore Verbinski flying out to Hong Kong last week to discuss the
screenplay with Chow.
Chow joins a cast that includes
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley and Keith Richards."
(Photos: courtesy of
Rainbow Restaurant, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island:
"Mr. Chow Yun Fat, the
Lamma-born international superstar, enjoys seafood at Rainbow Seafood Restaurant."
Checking out his biography... he'll turn 50
next May 18! Any huge local celebration for our most famous
Tue, Jan 18:
Index of All Blog Articles, Sorted by Date
added a new index of all articles
published in this blog so far.
Click on 'Index:
by date' in the upper right corner of
any blog page.
reads like a little personalised history of Lamma over the last few
Sorting by category (News, Lammaites, Tourism, Flora & Fauna, etc.) will
up with this blog's heavy focus on Lamma photos, I'd like to showcase
some more high-resolution shots from Lamma's "bug man", a macro
photographer extraordinaire! He seems to specialize in getting very close
to all species of local creepy crawlies for extraordinarily "intimate"
portraits. His incredible patience doesn't fail to confound us
"normal", impatient human animals with our quickly shrinking attention
bow, Guy Miller, for flooding the Lamma.com.hk forums with his
steady stream of digital photos these last few months,
since he took up photography as a hobby. The snapshots
have become really professional recently, let's see a few of his latest
creations in full resolution. Click on each photo for up to 5 million
creepy pixels. Click on TALKBACK! to see even more bugs...
updated the website links list, sorted by categories: Lamma-zine Links.
include YOUR website, home page, blog, photo gallery, etc.? Please
check, as I've already included most Lamma web pages I know about...
not already included, or there's a mistake in the link or its
let me know. I'll include or update your web page in
the list; for free, of course. But the web pages have to be
somehow Lamma-related or belong to a Lammaite! This is just
another little community-building service of Lamma.com.hk.
trying for quite a while, I've finally managed to find great, sharp,
high-resolution, recent photos of Lamma shot from a helicopter. Many
thanks to Psykofant!
the photo above to see all 4 of them and download them in
Fri, Jan 14:
A Close Shave for Charity @ Island Bar(ber Shop)
How come the Island Bar is so active &
successful in fund-raising? Charity-minded management & very generous
patrons seem to be key. Here's another press release for their
fundraiser tomorrow, plus photos from Dan Peterson of the last fundraiser"to augment your coverage of events leading up
to the 'Close Shave'.".
Yung Shue Wankers w/Harry Harrison & John Hutton; Kumar showing off the
success of the last fundraiser. But will we see Kumar submitting
personally to a Close Shave for Charity? Will we?
Had a close shave recently? Or do you know someone who
either wants or deserves one? If so, bring them (or lure them) to
The Island Bar on Saturday 15th January!
That’s the day designated
for a hirsute tidy-up before Chinese New Year, and in support of
the OSC/ Tsunami Relief Fund. Come into the bar from 3:00pm onward
and watch some of your favourite beards, goatees, moustaches and at
least one pony tail get the chop for charity.
We already have a few (un)willing
participants who are donating their personal hairlooms but more
would be welcome. So come along and participate if you need a trim!
We also welcome
participants for sponsorship.Goodness
knows, we wouldn’t want to fall a hair’s
breadth short of a complete success.
Don’t worry if you are of
the gender which cannot or will not sport a sprout, you can buy
someone else’s beard (goatee, etc) in its entirety, and it can be
yours to redesign as you like (for the highest bidder).
Or, if you feel like being
a bit more modest in your expenditure and just fancy a follicle or
two, you can make a donation and still get a slice of the pie,
errrm, hair and take it in turns to trim the furry beasts on
Whether by sponsorship of
a few strands or by dedicated mortgage to a whole head, your
dollars will make the difference to this collection for the OSC/Tsunami
Saturday 15th January – 3:00pm:
The Island Bar(ber Shop) will be
open for customers
been two charcoal-burning suicides in YSW this month alone, making
people worry about a trend. There was one apparent suicide by a
local Chinese man, I've heard from local sources. He was found
only several days later when his smell alerted the neighbours. No
info on his reasons available. A local tourist also ended his life
the same way a few days earlier in a guesthouse on Main Street...
Above & left, banknotes issued by the "Hell Bank
Corporation" ($8 billions above!). I just bought a bundle of
each for a few $s on Main Street. These are supposed to be
burnt at funerals or later ceremonies, for
reception by the Dearly Departed. Yes, there's huge inflation in
the afterlife, so you better start saving up right now!
Wed, Jan 12:
Destructive Fishing & Unauthorized Photo Taking
The photo on the right, doesn't it almost look like Main
Street, Yung Shue Wan?
Main Street, Tai O, Lantau Island. Visiting a friend's stone
cottage ($1K rent!) out there yesterday, it's amazing how much it looks
like a mix of Lamma today and 20 years ago:
houses, similar population (ca. 8,000?), traditional markets, no
supermarkets or fast food, not a single Western restaurant, almost no
Westerner living there yet, Chinese all-red temples, welcome signs and
pavilions almost identical to Lamma, typhoon shelter to be expanded...
The many parallels are almost eerie. Opening up to tourism and tour
groups these days, will they progress along the same lines as Lamma in
the future? Let's hope they'll learn from our experiences!
A few more photos of Seriously Silly Signs that
took my fancy:
Lamma-zine Blog has been honored as one of the two "Worst Blogs Ever"
in another blog by a Lammaite, Mr HKMacs. He's linking to this
blog in his link list, describing this blog:
"Lamma Blog It's embarassing to live on the same Island as this writer!
Ve haf vays of making you laff!
blogs couldn't be more different and I'm quite proud of the difference.
"The World's Most
Authoritative Guide to Hong Kong Blogs" describes HKMacs' blog
as "A Macintosh techie discusses FTP clients and
other mysteries, plus ‘occasional delusional rants about the insanity
of the modern world’. 'Nuff said.
Lamma-zine Blog tries to be a more positive-minded, optimistic blog that
promotes the many good sides of Lamma and why most of us love living
here. I'll continue to give anybody a free-speech platform to publish
anything, as long as it's Lamma-related and I find it interesting;
ESPECIALLY if I disagree with it, like this entry's title.
HKMacs' blog, then you'll understand that I consider it actually
quite a high honour to get this title awarded by this well-known
old-timer Lammaite. As another Lammaite friend wrote to me
recently, "You might run out of friends after
living on Lamma for a long time, but you'll never run out of enemies!"
It sounds like he might have been thinking of Mr HKMacs.
musicians and residents help with tsunami relief
10 January 2005
(Monday), Lamma Island –
Generous residents of Lamma Island gathered
together in The Island Bar in Yung Shue Wan on Saturday to raise
$30,000 for the SCMP Tsunami Appeal. SCMP cartoonist and budding
musician Harry Harrison, together with local artists John Hutton,
Dan James and others, provided the musical entertainment for free.
The Island Bar donated 50% of its day’s
takings, and contributions by partygoers brought the total to over
Kumar Binney, Manager of The Island
Bar, said, “Although we are well aware of the generosity of our
regulars who always dig deep into their pockets for causes such as
Operation Santa Claus, quite
astonishingly, we also experienced complete strangers walking in off
the street to make donations the following day. We feel this
fund-raising event has been a success and extend our thanks to
everyone who contributed to a very worthy cause.”
The final amount was topped
up to the $30,000 level on Sunday by still-generous Lamma residents,
pub staff and passers-by.
more information, contact:
Kumar Binney 9717 2165
Dan Peterson 9030 2888
Tue, Jan 11: $35,000+ and still increasing!
Sun, Jan 9:
'30% of Lammaites will do this on a Saturday night:'
YOU get up to last night? If you're a former, current or future
Lammaite, it might be one of these activities (courtesy of Steve
James of RTHK who ran this question as a Radio 3 quiz this
Friday. He emailed the answers to me afterwards):
the froth on their beer glass.
with their Chunder (!)
fishing. Have a Jam session while waiting for the fish to bite.
the weekly meeting of the PFLL - Popular Front for the Liberation of
Lamma (splitters!) a secretive organisation that uses synonyms to mask
their real identities. The chairman goes by the moniker of
Brain, while all the members are called Pinky.
Every week the Pinkies ask the same question:
"What are we going to do this week Boss?"
"Why the same we do every week Pinky, get pissed and forget what we're
correct answer, of course, is: "Fall off the path into the undergrowth on the way home".
TALKBACK! to let us know YOUR answers!
As this was the SECOND day in a row that Steve made fun
of us Lammaites (Thank you, Steve, you're most welcome!), he drew
indignant reactions from the tiny minority of thin-skinned Lammaites:
of Lamma!" wrote:
I wish to complain in the
strongest terms about your methodical deprecation of the residents
of Lamma! Not only do you seem to take delight in taking the mickey
out of us, but you're actively encouraging your listeners to do
likewise. This is despicable behavior and verges on racial
discrimination: I will be speaking with my MP about this matter
Tonight I intend to bring
your actions to the attention of the PFLL main committee and will
insist that they send some Pinkies round to your place to
re-arrange your horoscope!
As reported in this blog before,
former Lammaites Ran & Delian almost became victims of the
tsunami. I know them both personally and have featured Ran several
times in the Lamma-zine while they lived in Hung Shing Yeh. Both
their personal accounts of the events brought home to me the formerly
almost unimaginable global reach and scale of this cruel disaster.
HK Post has
just issued their first alphabet stamps this week. Lamma-Por got
one set in the Yung Shue Wan P.O. right away. They were even so
nice to issue a special set just for this LAMMA-ZINE BLOG. Have a
which restaurants along Yung Shue Wan Main Street all these warming &
delicious dishes were photographed before being savoured & enjoyed
Yes, I admit
to my very bad habit of mine of often taking a quick picture before I
permit my dinner companion(s) to dig in. It drives them nuts
sometimes! But it's all for YOUR benefit, so I can get you
informed where to find the best restaurants.
which restaurants serve the dishes above and then click on
each dish to enlarge and get the answer! Click on TALKBACK! for
reviews & ratings of most Lamma restaurants.
Jan 6: Quiet Private 700 sqft Studio Apartment
A good friend
needs to find a tenant for his great G/F flat above Main Street.
I'm usually not advertising flats inside my Blog, but this is an urgent
favour for a really nice guy who'll be a great landlord to whoever rents
this really exceptional studio apartment.
Check him out!
can always be advertised in the ad banner at the top of this page, of
course! See ratecard!
Here are BOB's two photos of his property, plus a sunset photo I shot
recently just a few metres away from this very apartment. (Click to enlarge most photos in this blog):
9460 1718) wrote:
Quiet private 700 sqft studio apartment.
floor,terrace and garden with spa.
two privately owned villas in the area.
Directly above Main
Street, 5 mins from ferry, YSW. Suitable
for single person or couple.
Local musicians to
help with tsunami relief efforts
Hop on the Lamma
Bandwagon to help with tsunami relief
Night on Lamma Island
4 January 2005, Lamma Island –
Residents from Northern Lamma are doing their thing for charity.
Long known for their annual contribution to Operation Santa Claus
and various other charity donations, they have now banded together –
literally – to raise funds for the OSC/ Tsunami Children’s Appeal.
On Saturday, The Island Bar in Yung Shue Wan
will be the venue for a variety of talented local musicians
including John Hutton and Dan James, seasoned performers around Hong Kong, and John's
apprentice, SCMP cartoonist Harry
Harrison, who will all be
performing for free.
50% of all drink sales taken by The Island Bar
will go directly into the appeal fund. Certain local restaurants
will donate part of their profits for food ordered during the
Lamma folk have a great affinity for the beach
areas which have been so very badly hit by the tsunami.
owner of Aroy Thai restaurant in Yung Shue Wan, as well as a
restaurant near Khao Lak in Thailand, says, “My wife Geng
who was in Thailand at the time is thankfully okay. Other people
have not been so lucky. We in Hong Kong are fortunate not to be
victims ourselves and this is one way we can share our good fortune
by helping those in great need in other parts of Asia.”
Manager of The Island Bar, whose idea it was to launch this extra
initiative, says, “We are thrilled that we will have the presence
of these wonderful entertainers for this very worthy cause and we
invite all members of The Island Bar to participate in this event.
We hope we can raise a significant amount to help the appeal.”
charitable & good-hearted Lamma people have very quickly come up with a
number of inventive ways to collect donations for the tsunami victims.
Here are the four most recent ones I've heard about. Click on
pictures above to enlarge. More details in
Events Calendar. To add
your own actions,
to provide a very suitable environment & lifestyle for artists of all
kinds: writers, poets, photographers, painters, sculptors,
cartoonists,... plus quite a large and thriving number of BS artists
as well, but they don't really count, do they?
also a few weird, wannabe, so-called "hobby computer artists" (like
myself, with a few solo & group art exhibitions in the past), but they
can't really be taken seriously at all, can't they? Nah!
Featuring one local, professional artist per month in
each Lamma-zine, I've got up to 15 so far. See the drop-down list below
to view (and admire?) their "online art galleries" I've built for
them and judge the surprisingly large and diverse collection of Lamma
talents for yourself.
I've got a
few more new artists lined up for future issues, but if you know any
more artists I haven't met yet, please
let me know! Next month, something completely different:
the graffiti artist who's been spraying the Tinhead. In the
meantime, I'll continue to celebrate local talents, promote their art,
make them more widely known and even help them to increase their sales a
little bit, hopefully. "Eggs in a basket" by
ArtsAid by "Art for all", a "stitch-in event" for
tsunami disaster relief, is asking children and artists to
donate artworks for an exhibition and charity auction. They're still
looking for a venue and artworks! Click on TALKBACK for details and
This blog is
depending on advertising for its survival, so please bear with me for
another little house ad. Obviously, the top of this page is the very
best advertising spot in this website, reaching a very wide, loyal
audience on Lamma Island. We're getting over 1 million hits/ month
now; a lot for a little community website on an island with less than
If you are
interested in displaying your ad here, even for just a few days to
promote a commercial event, check out the rate card and the ad flyer and
contact me anytime! For ad banners of at least 3 months, I'm
adding the following:
month (3+1, 5+2, 8+4 free months!)
a free ad
web page, linked from your ad banner, like a micro website
advertorial in this Blog. Plus my (almost) eternal gratitude...
What else is
there to say? Enjoy your precious life, donate most generously &
repeatedly to the tsunami disaster relief... and don't even bother with
making or trying to follow any New Year's resolutions!
Blog started on Sep 1, 2004, and will
be updated frequently with anything related to Lamma Island or its
residents, be it news, stories, events or photos.
Contact Lamma-Gung with anything relevant to Lamma that
you'd like to see published on this home page!
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All photos, text & graphics by Lamma-Gung, if not otherwise
At the end of each month,
the best of this Lamma-zine Blog will be collected and
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