News, photos & stories from the Lamma Island community and its fascinating inhabitants; edited by Lamma-Gung
Mar 31: 'Sneaky-O/Bunnyrabbit Conundrum' Solved!
A heated debate has been raging for a year in the Lamma.com.hk forums, about 'That Time of the Month', when Lammaites need to renew their monthly ferry tickets. They're reminded punctually and reliably by our Official Court Monthly Ferry Ticket Reminderer (details of this month's renewals). Let me quote from the numerous messages of the most eloquent & wordiferous debater:
Mar 30: 'Lamma Love' Floating on a Sea of Hope
There have been so many Tsunami fundraising events been happening on Lamma, here's the result of Helen's birthday party in New Holiday Mood on Feb 26: a donation to AdoptSriLanka.com to buy an 11-foot traditional Oru catamaran to enable fishermen to earn a living again & rebuild their homes. A great initiative and a fine dose of "Lamma Love"!
I like the fun & positive montage above: email, telegraphic transfer and other forms, photos, Ricky's namecard, list of boats, all photocopied together and stuck with brown tape to the Democracy Wall. It's so "Typically Lamma!"
Mar 29: 'Drumming... Makes You Happy'
Lamma's Drum Queen has been demonstrating her amazing talent for PR & promotion, eh, drumming again recently, by getting feature stories into HK Magazine (Mar 11: "Rhythm and Blues") and SCMP (Mar 24: "Beat it and be happy"). Quotes from the SCMP story:
"Expressive, empowering and regarded as good for health, drumming is considered to tap the primal rhythms of life inside all of us. To embrace the spirit of percussion and its benefits, a monthly event is being held to help Hongkongers relieve the stress of everyday life.
The Drum Jam session, at the Fringe Club, is run by Kumi Masunaga, a professional percussionist and tutor. Masunaga has sought to teach and develop the benefits of communal drumming through a series of programmes, including the Rhythm of Life drum workshops and the Kidz Jam.
"The Drum Jam is a hands-on, interactive, family-friendly event," Masunaga says ahead of the next session on Tuesday. "It is also a positive, healthy introduction to world music and musical instruments for people who've never played music before."
During jams, Masunaga places her collection of drums and percussion instruments - more than 100 pieces including African djembes, Brazilian sambas, Cuban congas and even dragon-boat drums - in a large circle. People are free to choose an instrument to play. Drum Jam has been running in Hong Kong for 3 1/2 years and has attracted a wide range of people, including children, the elderly, corporate groups, yoga teachers, artists, police officers, school teachers and even professional musicians.
(Block of pictures right from HK Magazine; plus two pictures of Kumi at a Corner Bar party, over 12 years ago, pre-baby - submitted by Jerry.
Kumi commented: "Wow! these photos... I haven't seen for years!
New doggy adoption posters have gone up on the Democracy Wall at the ferry pier. The posters from our two pet charities LAP and LAWC hang close together and appeal to the same cuddly emotions and parental instincts with their cute, pitiful pictures & messages. Call now!
Disclaimer: All Lamma charities, non-profits & worthy causes get free Lamma-zine advertising.
Mar 27, Easter: Fit! HK Magazine Launch
Subject: Lamma resident launches fitness, health and beauty magazine in Hong Kong
"Lamma resident, Katie Harling (our very own Lamma Dragons Captain) launched Fit! HK, a free magazine and website, on March 12. It's full of articles and hot offers... You can have a look at www.fithk.com or pick it up any at of the distribution outlets mentioned on the website."
Katie Harling writes:
"There are copies on Lamma at Green Cottage, Island Bar, Fountainhead, Deli Lamma, Lamma Gourmet and Bookworm Cafe unless they have all been picked up.
The aim of the magazine and web is to provide a central resource for information on fitness in Hong Kong. People often complain that there’s nothing to do in Hong Kong but that is only because it is so difficult to find out about all the things there are out there. Since starting working on the project, we have discovered all sorts of things such as a Hong Kong-based club that does horse riding weekends in Shenzhen, a series of orienteering competitions, a drop-in tennis school...
We are pretty proud of our first issue and are delighted at the feedback. We aim to improve so hopefully will have a very happy following and a successful future."
Pick one up and have a look yourself. They've even got an e-zine already (subscribe)! All the best & HUGE success with your new magazine, Katie & co.!
I especially liked the following feature by "Lamma girl Lara". I copied a few points:
great reasons to get fit
A light-hearted (cholesterol-free, of course) look at why you should keep fit.
1. You look good = you feel good = you have better sex.
6. Getting fit means never again having to listen to a stick-figure saleswoman smirk, “We might have something large enough to fit you.”
7. Become more flexible so you can sit cross-legged at a yoga class. (Hint to men: These classes are full of chilled out, not psychotic, women!)
15. You’ll feel better and have more energy to devote to spending your bonus in a wild shopping spree!
16. You’ll look younger, which will annoy your colleagues.
Mar 26, Easter: Dish Award 2005 for Bookworm Cafe
HK Magazine has recently published their 2005 Restaurant Guide. Which was the ONLY restaurant listed in YSW? Yes, the Bookworm Cafe, and they even gave it their Dish Award 2005, which is described as "favorites of HK Magazine editors and food critics, sure-fire hit restaurants that we go back to again and again."
The full review is on the right, click to enlarge. The Bookworm Cafe's former manager and new proprietor Ken (since Bobsy's departure from Lamma last Dec) was very happy about it, of course. He mentioned the new website-in-progress and pointed out the new pastas (left). They've also got Veggie Pizzas now that are "Buddhist friendly, onion and garlic free" with "extra WoW and WaoH Toppings". We could all do with some extra WOW! and especially WAOH!! in our lives!
Mar 25, Easter: Deli-cious Donkeys
How are you going to spend Good Friday evening? The teeming hordes of tourists clogging Main Street all day have returned home and the village belongs to us residents again. One of the best of the many Lamma bands will be shockin' & rocking' tonight at 9:30 in the Deli Lamma!
The Donkeys write: "Back after a long time in the stable. Donkeys have had a change of personnel and after the departure of Wonkey Donkey, we are pleased to introduce Junior Donkey. Tell the teenage girls to line up... The new improved Shockin' Rockin' Donkeys!"
Mar 24: Break a Few Easter Eggs to Make an Omelet!
These were bought
yesterday in a one of several new shops in Yung Shue Wan.
The eggs above are the most expensive ones I've found so far on Lamma ($45 for a six-pack). Below are the cheapest ($17 for 30 pieces). I just love the rustic packaging, done by one of the vegetable hawker Ah-Pors besides the Deli Lamma.
It's one of the many pleasures of village life to watch her slowly, meticulously & lovingly wrap up the carton in six careful loops, like a present. But after carrying it home, also carefully, I do really careless (but tasty) stuff with the eggs, like this Lunar New Year coconut pudding, traditionally fried after coating it with eggs:
Mar 23: Lammaites in the Movies
Want to see what some former and current Lammaites have been up to recently, like starring in a movie? Stop by on the Roof Terrace of the the Fringe Club tonight, 6:30-8:30pm, to watch three short films & two animations. Free entry!
The event is described as "showcase of three self-funded short films made by a group of emerging HK indie filmmakers. Featuring action, sex and comedy the films are created in a style of story telling that their producers and directors hope will help revolutionise the image of HK filmmaking."
Wow, they sound like most ambitious but also fun projects! See you there?
Ingmar writes: "The first film 'Exit/Strategy' was produced and written by Pete Spurrier, an ex-Lammaite, Malcolm from Lamma was on the crew, and myself and Bethany (another ex-Lammaite) were in the movie."
Pete Spurrier, Writer/Producer of 'Exit/ Strategy' writes: "Besides those Lammaites Ingmar mentioned, the short film also benefited from the talents of Lamma habitues Grahame Collins, Gene Cheng, Simon Durrant and Sue Friend. There is a poster & website available for use, if you like it: BlacksmithFilms.com"
Click on posters above and right for more details. One of the many events featured in the daily updated Lamma-zine Events Calendar...
Mar 22: 'Clowning Around in the Boxes'
Crowds of Lammaites spent the weekend at the Rugby Sevens in HK Stadium. Most were there just for the great, raucous fun, but some were actually WORKING (see right)! Lammaites Buster Noname (Greg Ewins, top right) & Alfie Noname (Keiron Love, middle right) were "spicing things up in the corporate boxes on the west side" and even made it onto the cover of the World Cup Sevens supplement of the SCMP last Sun, Mar 20! Mr. Love was spreading the love and told the SCMP's CitySeen that this year was his seventh appearance at the stadium. "It's great! It's Hong Kong's Mardi Gras," he said. © SCMP, Mar 20, 2005
Below right, this is my favourite photo of Greg's classes. They're even using it as a banner on their brand-new, blog-based Creative Sports website.
Greg has very impressive & truly amazing skills in handling and controlling an entire unruly, hyperactive flock of children, all while they're actually having great fun AND learning new skills! It's a joy to watch his classes and I don't even mean this in an ironic way, for a change!
Classes start in mid-April (Lamma Football Club, Olympic Club, Fit Kids) on our Football Pitch and up at the Basketball Court. Here are enrolment forms for his highly recommended, low-cost classes. Enquiries: email or call Greg (6417 3303).
Disclaimer: This has been a kind of Public
Service Announcement, a free promotion for a friend and former Lamma-zine
Mar 22: 'Western Food Corrodes My Innards'
Something most special today for Lamma's many booklovers: A world-exclusive preview of "A Lamma Island Story" by Jay Scott Kanes!
The Lamma-zine has been promoting his last book, A High Degree of Atrocity. So I've been pleading with him for a sneak preview of his brand-new, much lighter & more humorous book. He introduced it via an email:
"Although requiring plenty of effort, this book (intended to appeal to anyone who likes pets, one of Lamma's major preoccupations) has been a fun project. In fact, the book has become very much a Lamma-driven project.
The imaginative and creative cover design is by Alex Ng, a talented guy living in Tai Ping. Although the production manager Li Suk Woon works in an office on HK Island, she lives across the footpath from me in Tai Shan.
Starting in early April, we hope to see Dog-Gone Cat Case appear in Lamma shops and in Hong Kong bookstores.
For fun, I've followed through on something you requested months ago by including a passage from the book (see below). This restaurant scene begins on page 145 of the 222-page novel."
I've actually interviewed Jay for his last book in a Main Street restaurant. I hope he won't get into any kind of trouble with the local police force for this less than flattering portrait. I mentioned this to him and got this reply:
"As you well know, there's always the possibility of offending someone with anything that's published. Frankly, "Dog-Gone Cat Case" should be much more harmless in that regard than my last effort. (Editor: High Degree of Atrocity)
True, the constables in this story are far from the brightest bulbs in the literary universe. In the event of complaints, I may need to give assurances that these are "fictional" constables, nothing much to do with the flesh-and-blood ones."
Well, the portraits sound quite spot-on, don't they? As our Senior Inspector Wong is occasionally reading this blog, it might be interesting to get his personal feedback. Just kidding! Much more & a review about this book closer to the launch date! Jay has promised more "happenings, shenanigans and associations" in the "fictional" restaurant above!
Mar 21: 'Think Lamma. Think Seafood. Think Nude.'
"Think Lamma. Think temples. Think seafood. Think alternative lifestyles. Think NUDE."
Click on concert montage above to read the full-page story in BC Magazine, published on March 3: laid bare: A fun interview with band leader & trumpeter Sam Bruce while he's changing the nappy of his 3-week-old daughter...
Mar 20: 'Let's Protect and Preserve'
Young man or woman, are YOU ready to protect and serve, eh, preserve?
HK Electric made this call in a press release yesterday, trying hard to improve on their "green" credentials in the public's perception with frequent "green" PR initiatives.
Well, "Perception is Reality", as one of my former bosses loved to exclaim, just before "letting me go", because her negative perception of my reality differed dramatically from all my co-workers' positive perception of my reality. But I digress...
"Eco-leaders" have been recruited from HK Electric's volunteer team. They will undergo training before serving as docents (?) to lead the public and HK Electric customers to visit the top three favourite SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). But what in Earth Mother Gaia's name is a "docent" and should we, as the public and HK Electric customers, be worried about being lead by them? Nah, they look like a friendly enough bunch of people (see above).
campaign is interesting, every entry gets a free "Hong Kong's Most
Valuable Ecological Site" set of bookmarks or a mousepad (see left)!
Hurry up to get one of these true collector's items! They'll certainly
become most valuable some day, as soon as all the hard work of the
Eco-leaders will show results and HK's air, soil & water will become clean
again! I'm not expecting too much, do I?
Mar 19: Lingerie Exporter Provided Some Eye-Candy
Getting off the ferry yesterday, I got this SCMP clipping from the fast-growing number of regular blog contributors. Today, I got it scanned by email from Mrs. Lingerie Exporter herself, with a subject line of "I was somebody famous last week!" (note the exclamation mark!)
What the article didn't mention was that she actually performed live at the event she attended for her "Big Night Out", for the Flowers of Babylon at last month's Underground concert in Venue, Wanchai (see pictures).
Their website described it as "Chris Bowers provided some scintillating guitar sounds and eye-candy."
The next Underground concert, Mar 31, will be featuring another Lamma band, Over a Dogma (featuring ex-Garoupa Hamada). Check out the details in the Lamma-zine Events Calendar, plus the Rockit website and my Rockit photo gallery! Underground:
"Over A Dogma made their public debut at the Rock-It festival 2004, one of the eleven bands out of sixty that made it through the auditions. Their mix of African, Arabic and Western styles gives birth to powerful songs!"
Mar 19: 144,000 New Trees: 'Works of Minor Nature'
The big mystery has finally been officially revealed!
A full three weeks after my formal email enquiry I got a reply answering all my questions about The Big Tree Planting Mystery, reported on Feb 24 in this blog:
Planting 144,000 trees, more than anybody else ever in Lamma's history, even more than the total of 66,000 trees HK Electric has planted IN TOTAL, is "works of minor nature"? Wow, these guys are modest, aren't they?
144,000 sounds like an amazing number to me! Choppering in and planting ca. 8,000 (!) trees every day required quite a little army of workers. When we did the last ABLE-organised Tree Planting Day two years ago, we hardly managed 500 trees with about 30 active volunteers.
Felling a single tree on Main Street is gazetted on the public bulletin boards, open to complaints, but planting 144,000 doesn't even require a simple email announcement to ANYBODY living here, not even to the local District Councilor who still doesn't know the details of this project?
Most of the trees planted seem to be non-native, Australian species (details from Alan). None of them seem to be any of the ten native species we planted at the last ABLE Tree Planting Day two years ago, all recommended and donated as native, suitable tree species by the Kadoorie Farm. See photos of these tree species, in the middle of my Tree Planting Day photo gallery.
Well, anyway, a nice and environmentally very positive project professionally executed, I think. Credit where credit is due. Congratulations to the Civil Engineering & Development Dept.
Mar 18: Montage-a-google: Yung Shue Wan
A new website has become very popular recently, making very creative & imaginative use of Google's image search feature: Montage-a-google:
It basically finds 20 images about any search term and puts them into a montage picture, linking each little picture to the website it comes from. Great for very decorative wallpaper. Google your friends and favourite words/terms!
Searching for "Yung Shue Wan" pictures resulted in this montage. Some of the people in the montage look familiar and wasn't this picture taken at our ferry pier?
The "Confluence King of China" (as the SCMP dubbed him) & Mr DickStock, ready to set off on their CNN-sponsored boat trip to add another point on the worldmap to their impressive collection. It made for one of my more unusual Lamma-zine stories: Lamma's "Confluence King of China", including many photos & even a video! You'll have to read it to figure out what a Confluence Point is, hehehe...
Mar 17: 'A Significant Expatriate Community'
Wikipedia - "The Free Encyclopedia", created & edited by thousands of volunteers around the world - has several informative & fascinating entries about Lamma Island:
Mar 16: Farewell to Deli Lamma's Lani!
Mar 15: 'A Magnet for Day-Trippers'
Picking up a postcard with a rare all-Lamma theme, the description on the backside reaffirms some of the usual Lamma cliches:
"Just south of Aberdeen and only accessible by boat, Lamma is a haven for peace-loving residents and a magnet for day-trippers on week-ends."
(Photography by Keith Macgregor, © 2004 Cameraman)
Mar 14: Lantau Arts Festival
The monthly Lantau Post newspaper is organising the 2nd Arts Festival from March 25 - April 10, 2005. An amazingly wide variety of fascinating events has been announced:
Student & Resident Arts Exhibition (see drawing above), HK Outdoor Film Festival, World Class of Island Music concerts, Arts & Culture and Astronomy Camps for teenagers & children, Art Fun Day, Sand Sculpture Competition, etc.
Why can't we get something like this organised on Lamma? We've got definitely no shortage of talented, fine artists:
Mar 13: Breakfast Takeaways
There are at least six choices available in Yung Shue Wan for Western-style takeaway breakfast for the early morning ferry crowd to HK Island. A new choice has been added a few days ago (Aroy Thai) and the ferry pier place has recently been redecorated & renamed (Lamma Store) under new ownership (yes, again!):
I did two photo shoots at the ungodly hour of 7:30am & 8am - at least one place opens at 5:45am: Tropicana! Presenting a little overview, the places are sorted in walking order, from Back Street to the Ferry Pier. Some prices are listed for comparison. Try out a new place for your morning pick-me-up!
Disclaimer: None of these places is currently a Lamma-zine advertiser, unfortunately...
Mar 12: Looking for a Dragonboat Training Session
"I paddle for a Liverpool club and for the GB senior ladies. Am in Hongkong until 15 Mar and hope to find a session to hook up with. Used to paddle for Lamma Ladies years ago."
"You're in luck as the Dragonboat training season has just started on Lamma and the Lamma Dragons train every Saturday & Sunday in Yung Shue Wan harbour (see blog, Mar 9: Lamma Dragons 2005 Season Schedule).
Not sure if they provide one-time training sessions, but as an ex-Lamma Lady they'll surely extend you any courtesy they can. I've forwarded your email to my women's team contact, Claudia. Here's her phone #, so you can work it out directly with them. Good luck!
If this works out, I'd like a few sentences from you about an ex-Lamma dragon boater's experience coming back for a training session, for my Lamma-zine Blog, please! That'd be grand and help me in my on-going effort to promote the Lamma Dragonboaters!"
Val happily obliged, just a few hours after her training session today!
Val - Session at Stanley: "What a team! What a welcome! Just 400m from shore, the boat swamped and we all went for a friendly swim. Now, that's when you know you've got a team. Had a good, albeit short time, had to go home as I didn't have any clothes with me. Hope all the lassies enjoyed the coffee. It was great to see you, thank you for making me welcome.
What do you do to those you don't like?
Good luck for the future, perhaps we will all meet at the next Internationals? Anyone going to Berlin? Love and stuff"
And here's one more account of this session of "Can Dragons swim?" by new Lamma Dragon Lady Hapifiou: A very special Experience!
"Then... We heard our captain shouting: "Girls, we sank!!!!" Get out of the boat!!!!" What??? Freezing water, rain, wind, winter clothes on, shoes and bla bla bla..." Read more...
(2 last photos by Lamma Dragon Lady Dawn, submitted by Andrew last season)
March 12: Seriously Silly Sign @ Ferry Pier
What would our ferry pier look like without all the bikes decorating it on both sides? Unimaginable, you say? We might be about to find out, if the local powers-that-be will enforce the latest triple-S (Seriously Silly Sign) that has just been posted all along the pier (see below, click to enlarge).
It will have all the chance of a snowball in hell of being taken seriously by anybody driving a bike on our car-free island. Knowing this well, how are they planning to enforce this bike ban, for more than an entire month (Mar 9 - Apr 14)? Daily confiscation of all bikes on the entire ferry pier? They could have started taking action against these technically illegally parked bikes already three days ago (Mar 9).
Moderator Alan wrote: "There's over 200 bikes parked on the pier most days, and since they cleared out the dead ones a couple months ago, most are in daily use. It is going to be chaos if they try to enforce this. A few dozen could go near the library, the rest, who knows."
March 12: Lamma Fun Day '05?
Wasn't the last Fun Day just a few months ago, on Nov 21, 2004? There's a "Lamma Fun Day" announced for today, according to a press release I've just received! It even features the same wind turbine booth (see right) seen at the last Lamma Fun Day! The picture is captioned "Students are attracted to the game booth featuring wind power."
Yes, HK Electric was the generous main sponsor of the last Lamma Fun Day, but I wasn't aware they bought that "brand name" as well - well-established over the last 5 years - for their own in-house (in-power-station) events ???
But a Power Station visit is truly a fun, educational & eye-opening experience, as I can attest from my own "Familiarisation Visit" last year. If they'd just let in a few more Lammaites for visits, that would be great, easing our minds a bit about what happens to the 5-million-ton hill of coal they're burning in there every year...
March 11: Roberta, ex-Lammaite of the Day
Receiving an email from Roberta this morning, I decided to start a new irregular series in this blog, "ex-Lammaites", who are some of the most loyal readers of this blog & the Lamma-zine and I love hearing from them. So many of them see to share the same wistful, nostalgic feelings, expressed in this heart-felt email:
"This is Roberta, ex-Lammaite who contributed once to your esteemed magazine. I saw your upcoming article and thought that I could offer a few items for your list (below). Feel free to use any or none. My hubby and I are coming back at last this summer, 'cause we've definitely lived off Lamma far too long!"
Signs You've Lived Off Lamma Too Long:
March 10: Lamma Tourism Ambassador Appointed
New member of our forums, Petula, has been asking 4 tourism-related questions this week. Our long-time senior member and troll cheerleader Fortune Chan was the only one answering all of them comprehensively:
He has already humbly accepted this high honour and started his honorary, non-salaried post by suggesting a series of guided tours into some of the kitchens of Main Street, where only the most daring adventurers dare to venture...
March 9: Reluctant Writer vs. LG!
I'm always on the lookout for new talent to contribute to this
Any suggestions for topics for our Reluctant Writer? Email me!
March 9: Lamma Dragons 2005 Season Schedule
Training for the new season has begun in earnest and took place in YSW Harbour for the first time this year last Sunday, March 6! With some tough new members - like Hapifiou, our French blogger - the women's team is poised to win even more trophies this year! Watch their huge collection in the back of The Island Bar (their official HQ & hangout) grow even HUGER!
The official PR lady of the women's team & media liaison Claudia has just sent me the tentative schedule for the women's team (see below). No word yet from the men's team...
In the meantime, check out my provisional website & forum for the Lamma Dragons: www.Lamma.com.hk/dragons
"Welcome to the 2005 Season!
Dragon boating is addictive, but hard at first, because you are using muscles that you didn’t know even existed. We start slowly with Saturday mornings (in Stanley) for the first two weeks. After that, training will be twice a week (Saturday and Sunday in Lamma). Why so much training? Well, it’s nice out on the harbour and it's great meeting people but, when it comes to racing, we want to win!"
Footnotes from Claudia: We're still accepting paddlers! They can contact me directly. The women's captain is Katie Harling again and the men's captain is John Burchel.
March 8: Old Lamma Wedding Customs
A most interesting enquiry just received by info @ Lamma.com.hk:
Can anybody help? Email me! I'll try one of the senior Chows and the local authorities, incl. Lammadonna, myself...
March 7: Another Bush Fire
Alert Reader Jean-Francois - who claims to be a daily reader of this blog - just sent in these three literally brand-new photos taken this weekend. He writes:
"...the event of the weekend, the big bush fire this Sunday above Tai Peng and Yung Shue Long Old Village. Pretty scary, very close to some houses, I believe. I took these pictures from Yung Shue Long New Village where I live. At some point, the firemen were using helicopters throwing water over the flames. With the strong wind this afternoon, the fire was very high and progressing very quickly.
Apparently, those fires are quite frequent and the places around Pak Kok Shan have burnt recently. The irony of it is that as the same time the tree planting goes on. This Saturday, the planting army - with women wearing those typical Hakka hats - were working between the Youth Hostel and Luk Chau Village."
These are really becoming recurring & dangerous occurrences, not limited to the Chung Yeung & Ching Ming grave-sweeping festivals anymore! Learn more...
March 6: Your Contribution to this Blog?
February has been a really good month for this blog. It's becoming more and more the community blog I'm hoping for, with contribution of ideas, photos, quotes and entire stories from a very wide range of people & organisations!
Let's honour & link all these fantastic contributions in February in an official honours list, see below! Many many thanks to all these wonderful people from the readers of this blog & myself!
Can we add YOUR CONTRIBUTION to the March Honours' List?
March 5: Gandalf on Mushrooms
Which Lammaite do you recognise in this old photo? It has been published in "HK Magazine" this week, together with a quote. On the right, that's the late Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash who were performing in HK in 1982.
"HK Magazine" voted The Clash as the 3rd Greatest Gig Ever in HK, asking a wide range of people – including this senior Lammaite, left in this photo – to vote for their favourite concerts ever. He claims to have personally attended 14 of the selected 20 Greatest Gigs!
The list of press clippings about this Lammaite is really impressive and he has been interviewed by HK Magazine before. And his attendance at Rockit II last year was described as "...the skinny, long-haired, bushy-bearded, bare-chested elder doing his best Gandalf-on-mushrooms imitation;..."
Now his identity becomes clear & obvious? Such a description probably fits only a single person in all of HK.
Have a look at his concert reviews - in the style of the recently deceased Hunter S. Thompson - and the Rogues' Gallery on his personal website (created & maintained by Yours Truly). You can also send an email to this part-time DJ/mover/bookseller/icon & official Laudable Lamma Luminary! He'll reply... in long-hand!
March 4: The GreenHouse, Luk Chau
Today, some "sponsored content" for a dear friend & Lamma-zine advertiser:
The famous GreenHouse in Luk Chau (right) seems to be developing into a kind of art centre for creative activities on Lamma. It's the home & studio of artist Deirdre who has just staged a successful solo exhibition "from separation to individuation..." in The Fringe Club. She wanted to sell the house last year, but decided to stay put in her private paradise.
It can be reached only by sampan from Aberdeen or by a refreshing walk from Yung Shue Wan via the Youth Hostel (more than one hour from YSW in my own experience, but I'm not a speed hiker).
The Healing Art workshops are continuing this month in the GreenHouse - March 6, 12, 13. Having attended & experienced it myself last year, I can highly recommend them as a creative, peaceful, inside-looking, social experience. It's just $300 for half a day, including all art materials! A small price for a truly unique experience.
Got any plans for the Easter weekend (Mar 25-28)? In the GreenHouse, a 3-day workshop will be held by Deirdre & David O'Rose (another Lammaite): Dreams, Images & Reflections:
"Dreams provide access into the unconscious areas of life. They give specific and appropriately timed messages which can assist us with problem-solving, psychological development and spiritual deepening." Check it out!
To enquire about putting your advertorial or your banner ad on this home page of Lamma.com.hk (1 million+ hits/month!), contact me!
March 3: Flying over Lamma in Business Class
A few truly amazing photos, taken by Phil Keep, ex-Lammaite:
"They were taken from Thai Air in June last year around 3 pm. I was on the top deck in business class of a 747. so the windows are lower and you can get a better look down, just returning to Thailand where I live after a trip to China."
March 2: Where to Buy Cakes?
Lamma.com.hk gets many enquiries about anything Lamma-related every week. I reply to everybody trying to answer them to the best of my knowledge or try to find somebody who can. There was an interesting enquiry the other day: "Where to buy cakes on Lamma?" My answer might be interesting to some readers?
Village Bakery: New, close to the ferry pier, open daily from 6:30am: daily changing cakes baked in the shop. They take special orders, of course.
Shelly's Cake Express: Back Street, Tai Yuen (on way to the Hung Shing Yeh beach): only open on weekends and holiday, but largest selection and specialising in cakes & snacks only: Tel. 9494-0755, email, website.
New Holiday Mood: G/F, 26 Main Street: Tel 2982 1880: Western/Chinese/Indian restaurant that also serves daily-changing cheese- and other cakes, by the slice or whole. Some of the best coffee in the village as well.
Honey Bee: Back Street, opposite Thai Thai: open only at night, weekends and holidays, I believe. A few cakes and baked goods, but mostly Chinese desserts.
Green Cottage: Vegetarian café on Main Street, also serving up a few cakes and especially cheese cakes by the slice. Entire cakes on order.
Lamma Sweet House: Main Street Sok Kwu Wan: wide selection of Chinese & Western sweets, something still missing in Yung Shue Wan...
March 1: Bike Cemetery
Where do old or defect bikes go? Bikes are the main means of transportation for residents on Lamma Island. The ferry pier is lined with them on both sides (illegally) and occasionally they get confiscated and some of them moved to Lamma's "Bike Cemetery" in the harbour reclamation (see right).
Most of this land has been lying idle and overgrowing for many years now since it was reclaimed at huge cost and against massive resistance from the residents. The 2nd phase was stopped by local residents after a massive campaign by SaveLamma.