Top 12 Lamma-zine Stories of 2006
All these year-end reviews on TV, radio, newspapers and all
over the Internet and not one of them is reviewing the major events on Lamma
this past year! An unforgivable oversight by the old and new media alike
which has to be rectified RIGHT NOW! Here they are, my twelve personal
highlights in Lamma-zine stories, one per month. It's been a good year, 365
stories, about news & events, people & pets, opinions & views, with
thousands of photos (plus a few videos and animations) from so many
Here's a list of all Lamma-zine stories ever published:
It's been a good year for the Lamma-zine, the readership and
traffic have almost doubled, it's become really widely read in the community
and seems to have quite a loyal following, some frequent and many one-time
contributors and even a few major, loyal advertisers. Thank you,
Island Bar for just extending their long-running ad banners into
2007. (Our special ad offers with free website, free ad production and free
advertorial are still valid till end of Jan:
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in English and Chinese!
If you don't agree with my Top
12, well, that's not my problem, isn't it? But
you're most welcome to submit other, better Lamma-zine stories yourself! A
funny, heart-warming story about your dog, perhaps? There were quite a few dodgy, eh, doggy
stories this year. How about sending me a story about your own 15 minutes of
fame (or infamy), we love those! Without further hubris, hubbub and
hullabaloo, let's list Lamma-Gung's personal favourites and honour the
contributors who wrote and photographed them. Click on the story titles to
Best of the Lamma-zine 2006
'A Blog of Passion'
I got an
email from Cher at "The Young Reporter". She
had found this blog online via the "Best
Blogs in Asia" competition where this
Lamma-zine Blog was voted #1 in HK.
Cher Wang Xue
A Lamma Boy Becomes
Quite a career for a country
boy growing up barefoot in a very poor Lamma
Island family, attending the local primary
Fountain Head Graffiti
A crack team of HK's best
graffiti artists completed these paintings
L-G, artists, Taipengshan
The Good Old Days -
Lamma in the Handover Years
Arriving on Lamma was like
stepping through a Tardis [Editor: Dr.
Who's time-traveling policebox] and
entering a completely different country from
the rest of HK...
Idol & Biblical Scholar!
Some Lammaites are amazingly
multi-talented. My own very modest talents
all fade into ridiculous insignificance
compared to the great blessings of some of
our Lamma celebrities.
L-G, Prof Red Star
7 L.F.C. Players Speak
During this World-Cup-crazy
weekend, let's hear from our home-grown
talent, the Lamma Football Club!
Players of the Lamma Football Club
Civil Celebration of a
Lamma can be a wonderful
place to get married. Several local places
can handle wedding parties well. With the
recent introduction of getting married
outside the marriage registration offices,
you can get married anywhere you like...
Cuddly Little Fruit
Bats Love Longans!
Rarely ever have we seen good
photos of local bats on Lamma. Petri the
Batmaaaan shot all of these from his
balcony, flashing these "fruity bats" the
other night with his pocket cam.
Disabled Dog Delivers
Mimi, a tiny dog living on
Lamma Island in Hong Kong, teaches every
human she encounters valuable lessons on how
best to deal with life's hard knocks.
Jay Scott Kanes
Lamma Fun, Food &
Friends (and Music, too)
The first sets of photos from
the Lamma Fun Day last Sunday are available
now, plus gig reviews by our new Official
Court Reviewer of Lamma Bands!
Bob Davis, Cat, Andy Maluche,
Miu, Simonltk, Jessica Mak, Nick the Book.
Big Success of No
There wasn't a single
hillfire on Lamma Island at the Chung Yeung
"grave-burning" festival this year! Who
should we thank for this wonderful
achievement? The Conservancy Association
(CA) and the HK Electric Volunteers, that's
Treasure Hunting for
Operation Santa Claus
A Ripping Success for The
Island Bar’s 7th Annual Treasure Hunt.
The Island Bar,
SCMP Staff Reporter
Santa on the Beach, With Angels
23, Power Station Beach, sunset:
A mix of a pagan winter solstice festival mixed up with Santa Claus holding
court for the youngsters. That might explain Santa flanked and assisted by
fairies (or are those angels?) With all the Glühwein - hot red wine, fruits
and spices! - and the cosy fire on the beach, it looks like a real Lamma
event: fun, friendly, for all the family. Stine submitted all the
fine photos and this little write-up:
"Families gathered for an informal Santa party at the Power Station Beach
on the 23 December. There was a bonfire and mulled wine for the big people.
Santa arrived escorted by lovely white angels. All the children were
excited to receive their little pressies from the man with the white beard!
A few of us attempted a few carols by the bonfire. This event being on
the beach may seem strange to non-antipodeans. I am sure Santa himself would
find this event a great break from all that snow! I wonder where he kept the
Fun was had by all!"
Sara Sene - Cartoonist of the Month
December's "Lamma Artist of the Month" is a political cartoonist friend of
Harry Harrison. Harry introduced me to Sri Lankan cartoonist Sara now living
on Lamma part-time. Sara described Harry as an "Angel from Heaven and a
highly talented Editorial Political cartoonist who should be on top of the
world. He is number one in my list. I have never ever met such a wonderful
GENTLEMAN like Harry in my entire life time."
Don't we all agree with these fine sentiments? Hey, Harry, as an "Angel from
Heaven", how about bringing some New Year fun and cheer to all your fans and
friends? Oh, you're doing that already via your daily cartoons and many
Lamma-Por and I enjoyed a very pleasant dinner in Spicy Island with Sara.
Wow! He's a talker! He regaled us for hours with his fun and friendly
stories of his fascinating life, travels, beliefs and many achievements. You
can check them out on his biography
one of the most impressive artist CVs you'll ever come across:
But let his amazing caricatures and his artworks speak for themselves. Here
are just a few samples from
www.SaraSene.com, which is neatly categorised into Funworld,
Political, Sports, Caricatures, Drawings, etc.:
My Last Christmas 2006 Photos
Yes, I know that Christmas is over and you're getting ready for the big New
Year's Eve parties, but I've got a few more Christmassy photos to show while
the decorations are still up in the shopping malls. I shot these in the
Pacific Place mall in Central, Hong Kong Island and the YSW Shopping Mall (IFC
Click on photos to
Free Lamma Wildlife 2007 Calendars!
Some of you might have seen this desktop calendar at the Lamma Fun Day. I,
Lamma-Por and moderators Samson and Alan were selling them at the
Lamma.com.hk booth. All profits went directly to the Child Welfare Scheme,
of course. Well, there are quite a few left and they can be purchased from
Anonymous_Guy directly (click on name to order), as soon as he'll
return from his vacation next week. Price tba. For free calendars, skip
Guy's shot all the pictures on North Lamma, supervised the calendar design/
production and even paid for it. Fantastic job, Guy, his first-ever
calendar! It was my idea and I've been consulting - having done several
sponsored desktop calendars before showing my computer art. But ALL the
credit for this beautiful product belongs to Guy alone. It shows off 13 of
his very best Lamma wildlife shots, selected from tens of thousands he's
taken over the last two years. Most of them have been featured before in our
"Wildlife Photo of the Day" spot.
Guy will make the calendars available in some Lamma shops soon as well, I
hope, trying to recoup his considerable design and printing costs. This is
the only Lamma calendar we're aware of and it makes a great souvenir or
present for your overseas friends and relatives!
Free Lamma Wildlife 2007 Calendar:
If you're a regular contributor or supporter of this website, for example
having submitted something substantial to the Lamma-zine, you can get a
free calendar, courtesy of Lamma-Gung. I've
bought a few dozens from Guy as promotional gifts for this website. Just
email me and I'll drop it off for you somewhere on YSW Main Street,
if you live here. Local and overseas order will be happily mailed out in
special cases, for example if you're really eager for this calendar, for
example if you're a home-sick ex-Lammaite or an off-Lamma contributor.
You can also approach me on Main Street or the
ferry, don't be shy! I'll be carrying a few calendars with me
these days, handing them out to all of you website contributors, supporters
and advertisers, everybody who's helped to make Lamma.com.hk into the
successful community website it has become today.
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Dec 26 - Boxing Day:
Where can you get this snowman and his (chocolate) snow roll for free
For an answer click on the snowman above...
seems to be the ONLY place in all of YSW to follow the Western tradition of
handing out presents to their regular customers. This is just one of the
many reasons why Ah-Can has such loyal customers and stable business, unlike
most other Lamma restaurants. Smiling at every customer, having treats for
their dogs and being nice to babies and pets are just a few more of the many
There's also another Christmas present for ALL of us living on Lamma,
announced just in time for Christmas on Dec 21:
an electricity tariff
increase of 2.5%, effective Jan 1st. Electric Christmas lights will
still twinkle at the old tariff till Dec 31.
Dec 25 - Christmas Day:
'Let's hope for a peaceful year 2007 and that friendship & family will be
always more important than money & business!'
This is the best Christmas wish I've received so far this year. Very Lamma,
but not very HK at all. The Lamma-zine hopes that you've had a fantastic
holiday so far?
A Merry & Meritorious Christmas full of Merriment & Merrymaking to all our
It's 7:25pm right now and we’ve just finished our yearly, traditional
turkey-on-a-rooftop lunch, after starting 5 hours ago…
fridge is full to the brim with leftovers which will last us at least till
Chinese New Year. I lost the Eat-a-whole-turkey-leg Challenge to
Lamma's famous STBWFLA (Jay Scott Kanes, see photo on the right for
proof of his win), so I had to take ALL the leftovers home... I'll be stuck
with all of them by myself, as Lamma-Por doesn't eat any leftovers. It's
against her deepest spiritual principles as a Noleftovertarian, she tells
me. But I always thought her to be a Catholic, when did she change her
beliefs? Or is it a new diet?
Would you believe that the pretty lady below is an almost-Vegetarian and a
regular of Life Café? Yes, it's true, despite this incriminating photo! She
ordered another turkey the next day for another Eat-a-whole-turkey-leg
Challenge with another set of friends! I admire her endurance! Let's
nickname her Mrs. Flintstone from now on, creating another new Lamma
I put my ancient (university days) cooking skills to the test, preparing the
roast potatoes and Brussels sprouts to go along with the 10+ pound roasted
turkey from New Holiday Mood. After my cooking, our kitchen will never look
the same and might need some major cleanup...
into bed like a stone at 8pm, sleeping like a log for a full eleven hours,
dreaming of a leftover breakfast... and lunch... and dinner... and
breakfast... In my nightmare - induced by stuffing myself with stuffed
turkey - there's an angry flock of turkeys chasing me through the hills
above Yung Shue Wan...
But it was a great event, nonetheless, fine food and great company with
great friends & family, all so much more important than money & business...
Wishing you great business & loads of cash next year, nonetheless!
P.S. Jay Scott Kanes:
"Evidently, my younger brother Malcolm, who visited Lamma for Christmas
in 2004 and ate a series of meals on our veranda, not only picked up the
Lamma.com.hk habit, but he recognized some familiar elements in your
Christmas Day story. You'll see his comments below.
"Lamma-Gung, your holiday reflections and sentiments (above) were very
impressive. Would you mind if I reproduced a slightly edited version as a
New Year message (guest
editorial) in Cairns Media Magazine?"
Malcolm, Jay's brother:
"So now it's public record! My bro can suck a turkey leg clean in 8.5
seconds flat! Watching in horrid fascination, the onlookers murmured amongst
themselves, "Sure bet the Prince Edward Island turkey population shot up
after this guy moved to Hong Kong!" Other competitors could only stare in
mid-bite, knowing that they'd been set up for slaughter. Kanes belched,
glancing around for seconds.
"I always suspected that I came from a talented family, but - until now -
hadn't been able to pinpoint the nature of our genius. Now I know. Must be
some Tyrannosaurus Rex DNA somewhere in the bloodline, I reckon.
"You can just direct this note to your file for smart-ass comments from
your little brother ... Don't mention it. After all, what are little
brothers for? The food looked wonderful, by the way."
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve:
Children's Cheerful Christmas Carols
Loads of Christmas cheer in
The Island Bar
yesterday night while the "Lamma X'mas Kids" were carolling while young and
grown-up musicians accompanied them. As Wandering Minstrels they went on to
stroll along Main Street, collecting donations for Operation Santa Claus.
Click photos by L-G above to enlarge them. More pictures to follow later today...
...waiting... still waiting...
...here they are, all by Dan Peterson, proud father of Sasha (below right),
the pretty & talented young woman I've seen growing up happily these last 5
5 years on Lamma a few weeks ago! Do we get a survival badge of honour or
something? Can we officially upgrade from Lamma Newbie to Junior Lammaite
now? Still another 15 years to go till we'll become Senior Lammaites...
Rie Wada - "Lamma X'mas Kids" founder/organiser
(photos by Dan Peterson)
The young saxophone player, Lukas, he is 11
years old, and studying in French Int'l School, (where my
daughter Louie studies as well).
He is also studying in the Academy for Performing
Arts. Louie and Lukas worked for French orchestra together
for this winter. He came from Czechoslovakia.
The other guest player, cello man Mr. Yama-moto, is
a 'violin maker' and works for the Music
Chamber in Wanchai. He also works for many strings players of
Philharmonic and other major orchestras in HK.
My old friends John and Dave couldn't join
in tonight. But they played music the whole afternoon
in Happy Valley with Louie today, before Louie returned to
Lamma. They also had an important gig tonight in town.
All the children wore red and
sang together. I'm happy tonight that I could help to
improve the musical life on Lamma.
We went through
the village with the children and musicians, like wandering
minstrels (see photos by Dan Peterson).
There was another gig by the Nude guys (Matt,
John Saeki, Burney, etc.) Yeahhh!! These guys are all my old
I and Louie have one more important gig: we'll do
the music for Lamma's Catholic Church Choir tomorrow night,
We raised over $4,000 for Operation Santa
Claus! Compared with last year, it's a bit less; probably
it was a bit late to walk through the village after 11pm.
But Dan took a lot of interesting pictures.
My friend walked with his big cello through Main Street and played it.
He had to find a chair everywhere, it's was very funny and
nice!! He usually plays cello for the SAR orchestra. I believe he had a
very nice experience on that night.
I left around midnight, but the gig
was still going on at The Island bar, because Matt was playing
carols. Wow!! He is good at playing carols, so totally
different from Nude!! John Saeki and Burney were also still
playing music! Some customers enjoyed this band singing and
performing carols a lot.
Anyway, we're all going to take a rest now!!
Love and Music for your life!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!
'Lamma Version of Rudolph Reindeer
Googie Woogie Version'
An interesting charity event is happening at The Island bar tonight. I'm not
exactly sure what it will be, but I think it's a little Christmas concert
with adult musicians and children singing carols. It's starting after 8pm
tonight outside The
Island Bar. After the concert and singing, it'll progress through Main Street in a Wandering Minstrels
fashion, collecting donations for Operation Santa Claus. It was a really nice
and cheerful event
last year, see
photo gallery. Let's hear from the organiser:
Rie Wada - Lamma X'mas Kids founder and organiser; mother
of Louie the Violin Child Prodigy.
[Editor: Many edits have been made to fix
most typos and improve the legibility, but I've been trying not to
deter from the spontaneity and originality of the submitted text,
which is reflecting the fun and "spontaneity" of many Lamma events.
Some funny names have intentionally not been corrected.]
The details: We'll have a different, great Xmas
show, we will have a piano. Sorry, but it's electric, but it
will be decorated by nice green and real Christmas leaves, etc.
Matt / the nude will play, he does Elton John.
Burney will set up the drums (Sam's brother).
Anthony will play alto saxophone this time
John Saeki will play acoustic guitar.
This band will play at The Island Bar (not on the
stage this time).
I have their PA, so it will be very specially
set up near the door, all the acoustic sound go outside, they
will play jazzy stuff, including some Christmas tunes.
Sam will show up later to play trumpet.
Justin / the nude will also show up later.
Hopefully, John Hutton and David will show up
Einslie will sing Lamma version of Rudolph
reindeer / googie woogie version.
I and Louie and Mr. Yamamoto (violin maker,
also cellist) will play Bach's concerto for 2 violins, D minor,
for the opening, followed by many many pieces of music.
Dan the Buster will show up later to sing carols with the children.
Louie just completed her final concert at the
French school on the day before yesterday, today we went to the
mountain to get these pine trees leaves to decorate the piano.
The show start from 8:00 PM.
You can advertise if to any music lover or
whoever can play instrumental can come to The Island Bar (sorry,
no jumbe and drum, please, as we have enough percussionists).
OK, sorry about late everything, I'm nearly dead
end and I need my practice too...
For any info, call me at 2982 2436.
It's not only for adults, all kids and family
will be welcome to sing and dance with the band at The Island
Sorry, I forgot, Alistair, he will show up with
a special hat this year.
A bit PS: Alistair the Rudolph Reindeer
will be Emcee for the show.
P.S. II: There'll be more carol singing at The Island Bar tomorrow,
Sunday, Christmas Eve, starting at 9:30pm, for adults only. "Dan the
Buster" (see above) might make a repeat appearance at this yearly event.
'Self Indulgence, Debauchery & Seafood'
(Photo-montage below by Lamma-Gung)
Merry Christmas Everybody!
The HK Copy News Christmas edition is now
Issue 14, Dec 22
Christmas Special!!! Last minute gift ideas,
self indulgence, debauchery and seafood - Hong Kong Copy
News has it all.
The studio will be closing for the holidays so
there will be a slight interruption in transmission. Regularly
scheduled service will resume on January 15th.
our Flora & Fauna forum moderator, writes:
"A fine way to end a cool sunny day - watch the sunset from the roof top
through a beerglass darkly."
This image is so "Typically Lamma!", expressing in a single image so much of
what living on Lamma is all about: Sitting on your rooftop, having a drink,
watching the sunset, working from home, being at home at sunset time,
relaxing, being creative by taking a great picture of it all...
was also watching the very same sunset yesterday, sitting in Green Cottage -
right above the beach of Yung Shue Wan - seeing a fire red disk merging into
the hills of Lantau Island. But I was "working", talking to a potential new
client to build an education-related website for him.
I almost shot this pretty sunset myself as well, always carrying my Nikon
D80 and accessories almost every-where I go, always ready for an often
fleeting, temporary photo opportunity. I took a few pictures of a
just-married couple walking by instead.
For more Typically Lamma! pictures and to post your own,
click here! Click photos below to enlarge.
Working Hard at the Ferry Pier (Bob Davis) - Police Box at Chinese New Year
Lamma villager taking home the shopping (Anonymous_Guy) - Poster Box (L-G)
'Journey to Find the Imperishable Energy'
Electric volunteers and children in Po Leung Kuk pictured with the 12 “Baked
Alaska” of Christmas made at the party.
A Christmas party with green messages – Hongkong Electric stages the popular
drama of "Journey to Find the Imperishable
Energy" to remind Po Leung Kuk children on energy saving.
"The occasion also had educational side to it: the children were shown a
popular drama 'Journey to Find the Imperishable Energy' produced
especially for young people by Hongkong Electric to show them how to use
Did YOU know that there is something called "Imperishable Energy"? According
to a HK Electric's
press release from yesterday they seem to have been searching for
this mysterious new source of energy for a while now ("Journey to Find...").
It seems to be even better than "Renewable Energy" which they have been
promoting so actively, especially to children and seniors through their many
public relations events, like the one described above.
their logo on the right signifying this mysterious new form of energy? It
could be far beyond the four basic forces of the universe discovered so far and described
by scientists: weak and strong nuclear forces, electromechanical force and
gravitational force. Is HK Electric suggesting a 5th basic force, the
"Imperishable Energy"? This could be Nobel-Prize-worthy research,
here on Lamma, inside our quite secretive Power Station? Wow!
Maybe this soon-to-be-discovered "Imperishable Energy" is the great hope
and promise for the
world's future energy needs and a solution for our air pollution problems:
clean, free, powerful, imperishable! HK Electric should be highly commended
and praised for their research efforts to find this mysterious new energy
source! Let's hope that their 'Journey to Find the Imperishable Energy' will
be highly successful very soon!
But this logo above looks a bit like a flaming Baked Alaska, doesn't it? You
might know this popular dessert, an ice cream cake (see below). I wonder if
they set it alight with liquor after the photo-taking, like their logo
above, like a traditional
flaming Baked Alaska? Is that flame burning fueled by Imperishable
Energy, perhaps? Could flaming Baked Alaska become the future,
inexhaustible, unlimited, imperishable source of Imperishable Energy? What a
hot, cool and bold idea!
Imagine a Power Station filled with MILLIONS of flaming Baked Alaskas,
replacing coal and gas and all other polluting energy sources! The mind
boggles and falters at the sheer grandiosity and utter deliciousness of this
idea! A little preview:
What's For Breakfast?
Rushing to the ferry on an early Monday morning, Lamma's huge crowds of
suburbanites are supporting numerous takeaways. These make almost all their
weekday business during the morning rush hour, some even close down after
the rush hour. So what are your current
choices if you're running or biking to catch the ferry and only got half a
minute to spare? Here they are, sorted by distance from the ferry pier:
Tropicana: So many choices and low
prices from the
"Happiest Man on Lamma"
Opposite Tropicana: Congee and fried
noodles, Lamma-Por's choice
Chinese Bakery: Grab a bun and run to
Dina's Diner: One (very popular) choice
only: Bacon sandwich at $25
Sampan: Dim Sum, anyone?
Green Cottage: The leading breakfast
takeaway place in Yung Shue Wan,
even though it's all vegetarian!
Village Bakery: Sandwiches, bakeries and
coffee/tea with a smile.
Last takeaway stop before the ferry pier!
Plus one more, the raw-food brekkie choice for all of Lamma's ovo-lacto-vegans:
Ah-Po selling her own home-grown organic (she claims) products besides
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What would you guess, how many places in Yung Shue Wan are offering Falafel
on their menu? It's is a pretty good indicator of the very international and
mult-cultural community living here now that there are actually FOUR places
to offer Falafels in a former little Chinese fishing village! Let's show
Falafels: on top: Best Kebab. Above:
Bookworm Café -
Deli Lamma -
Famous professional photographer Bob Davis has always been a frequent and
generous contributor of his photos to this website. He and his trusty Nikon
seem to be regular guests at many of the major parties on and off Lamma. But
recently he seems to have been focusing on birthday parties, especially the
ones with big round numbers, 70 years, even 80 years! Have a look at three
of his recent birthday photo shoots below.
If you need a professional to shoot your birthday party, then invite Bob and
he might happily oblige, especially if there are a few free drinks involved.
The older you are the better, he's still looking forward to shooting a 100th
Peter Berry of The Island Bar turned 70!
Such a popular guy,
making some of us younger guys really jealous!
A few more pictures from Peter's legendary parties, some of them quite
historical, from the last millennium. Click on photos to enlarge them.
Vernon Ram turned 80 recently, celebrating in
the company of his zillions of friends in the FCC and The Island Bar.
This ex-SCMP editor, writer and author is still going to the gym several
times a week and is fitter than many men half his age!
Congratulations, Vernon! I'm sure we'll be celebrating your 90. and
100. birthdays on Lamma as well! Click photos to enlarge.
Marilyn Hood's birthday - age unknown, of
Living with Little Lovelies on Lamma
A. Contributor -
New, first-time Lamma father. (Photos by A.
This is the first
story in a planned new series on parents and children on Lamma.
I'd love to hear from new mothers, fathers and children growing
up on Lamma!
A Short Year Ago...
A short year ago, my
wife would call me on my way home from work and ask me to pick up a
bottle of wine. Now, possibly as a result of one of those bottles of
wine, my wife calls me on my way home from work and asks me to pick
up a bag of Pampers, some breast pads and a kilo of Dairy Milk.
Yes, we have joined the
legions of Lamma parents, after 4 years on the island. When on
Lamma… you may say. It goes without saying that life has changed. Of
course, it has and what a ridiculous question! Could people without
children please stop asking us?! Do we ask you if you enjoyed your
socially soaked Friday night? Yes, well, there is probably a good
reason. While you were only 20 minutes in your bed, we got up
already and had the opportunity to watch the sun rise over Mt.
Stenhouse. If you listen to anyone who lives in Repulse Bay or on
The Peak, us Lamma folks may as well be living in the tundra of
Siberia. Often, I have to agree with them.
It all started when the
Good Lady was admitted to hospital a month early. After sitting at
her bedside for what I thought was an appropriate amount of time, I
took a ferry back, the 8:00pm I believe it was. Freedom beckoned and
it was straight to Diesel’s for a spoon bender and a catch-up. 9:31
and said Good Lady calls me to tell me that labour was being forced
upon her and I should make haste back to her bedside. At this stage,
I realized that time nor baby waits for the Lamma ferry and I headed
home to get a bag of essentials.
Without going into
details of why I had to kick my front door down because I left my
keys exactly where I left them, next to a hospital bed, let’s skip
to the part where I sprinted down the ferry pier at 10:29:58 telling
the keeper of the gates that my wife was about to have a baby.
So, finally on the
ferry, sweating (it was July after all) and without said bag of
essentials, but donning a fine headful of front door splinters, I
was heading towards Central and closer to my wife who was barreling
towards the birth of our firstborn.
It is a thing to note
that when a 100-kilo, sweaty gwailo jumps into a taxi at 11:05pm and
shouts ‘Hospital - fai deee laaa!’, he does, indeed, give it fai-dee!
And so, at 11:47, I was
cutting through an umbilical cord while a nurse dabbed my brow and
assured me everything would be fine. Mother and child too.
Many times since I have
woken up wondering what I would have done had I received the
‘labour-call’ at 11:31pm, just missing the last ferry. My son would
have been 8 hours old by the time I would see him.
Our first foray home was
relatively painless and the HKKF staff didn’t even try and make us
take the slow ferry with our pram. 15 bags of gifts, large overnight
bag, bunches of flowers, mother-in-law and, of course, a baby.
Before you have a child,
you usually think you have good hearing. After you have had a child,
you realize you were kidding yourself. You may have been hearing
things but you weren’t listening to how noisy they really are. 10
minutes after you have put a restless baby to sleep is when your
hearing is at its most sensitive.
I do not mean that you
can better hear his little whimpers and gurgles and smile when he
coos like a baby gosling. No, what I mean is that everything in the
modern home makes a noise. When I say everything I want to clarify
that nothing is excluded here – nothing! Let’s take the simple
process of making cheese on toast.
The fridge door creates
a mini big-bang when it is opened, the bread is packed in a bag
which could not make more noise if it were an Aberdeen fish wife
(thanks, Village Bakery!) The cheese wrapper is made from recycled
sonic booms and the toaster pops the toast like a starter’s gun. You
would think that a butter tub would be silent - after all, butter is
a lubricant - but no, it sounds like the four horsemen of the
apocalypse cantering across a tin roof. If your progeny has managed
to stay asleep through this, any parent knows what happens next.
The second you sit down
and are about to put the first mouthful of food on your fork -
Waaaaahhhh! Hellfire and brimstone descend. This is not a problem
particular to Lamma, though, parents around the world know this.
Don’t get me wrong, I
really do think that orphans in Nepal should have books, the elderly
should be cared for in the community and the environment should be
saved. I just think that some sort of money-raising campaign for
‘The Appropriation of Suspension for VVs’ would go much further to
alleviate tension - especially in this little pocket of the world we
call home. I appreciate my charity probably needs a snappier title,
but I reckon there isn’t a parent reading this who would not like to
see at least one VV disappear slowly over the horizon and sink into
the murky depths of the South China Sea.
Although I will give the
VV drivers some credit for managing to be as predictable as they are
- as soon as eyelids close, one will drive past in a flurry of
flapping tailgates, slipping fan belt and creaking suspension - the
rest of the day the drivers can be seen eating, drinking, smoking
Lamma is known as a
haven for young families, a good place to bring up children and a
close-knit community for new mothers. If this is the case why is
there only one shop that sells nappies (in exchange for 50% more of
your slowly disappearing cash than in town) and not a single one
sells the 1,001 other things that your baby’s life is incomplete
We do, however, have a
Mother and Toddler clinic that is, by all accounts, a fine
institution. Many visitors from the Dark Side come over with their
children to visit us and nip in there for a quick going over and
Since the arrival of
Manchild Version 1.0, there has been an upsurge in the social
goings-on of Monday afternoons at our place. It seems that it is
imperative that a fresh quiche is baked on a Sunday night for the
mothers’ group, while they discuss the colour of pooh and the
consistency of vomit.
This is another great
thing about the island life, prams can be left at the bottom of
stairwells, doors are thrown open to new mother groups and
friendships are made in the important formative years of the ankle
biters. There are a myriad of ways that could make our life easier,
such as a few ramps, less dog logs on the paths, a smoother entry
and exit to the ferries and a crèche, but we get by and our children
will hopefully grow richer for the experience - I know I am.
Now, if you’ll excuse
me, it’s been a few months now and I’m off to get a bottle of wine
to take home.
Treasure Hunting for Operation Santa Claus
Treasure hunters gather outside the Island Bar after roaming around Lamma
for two hours looking for clues. (Caption by SCMP, photo:
The Island Bar - This press release was also
published on the Operation
Santa Claus website
of the SCMP. The Treasure Hunt group photo above was published as
the website's cover picture today.
Click on any
photo to view the full photo gallery and downloadable wallpapers. (All photos by L-G)
A Ripping Success for The Island
Bar’s 7th Annual Treasure Hunt
Seasonal fun and
frolics at The Island Bar in Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island resulted
in a generous collection of $17,500 towards Operation Santa Claus.
On Saturday, a Christmas Quiz with a musical theme was conducted
with seven teams of up to five people each enjoying an evening of
festive frivolity. The event was attended by the Post’s very own
Harry Harrison who made his own musical contribution.
Sunday saw 16 teams of four people
(plus children), wending their way over hill and dale in search of
very silly clues on a Treasure Hunt which eventually led them tired
but fulfilled back to The Island Bar for a bevvie kindly donated by
Heineken. Following this, Lamma’s very own Santa was carried
through Main Street on a sedan chair by a band of merrie elves
accompanied by a host of children dressed as reindeer.
Prizes for the Musical Quiz and
Treasure Hunt were contributed by local hostelries including Cath's
Banyan Tree Café, the Deli Lamma, the Lamcombe Seafood Restaurant
and Spicy Island, as well as Shaffi's in Wanchai. T-shirts from
Carlsberg and Heineken were given out to each adult member of the
Treasure Hunt teams. The Island Bar would like to thank its
sponsors for these events, together with its members and the
generous and caring community of Yung Shue Wan, who all contributed
to the festivities.
Future pre-Christmas Operation Santa
Claus activities organised through The Island Bar include a
Children’s Wandering Minstrels evening, consisting of a children’s
choir with accompanying musicians who will stroll through the
streets of Yung Shue Wan on 23rd December. And of course there will
be another chance to join in song at the ever-popular Carol Singing
at The Island Bar on 24th December.
The Island Bar is pleased to have
contributed towards Operation Santa Claus for the past seven years
and looks forward to a successful finish for this year’s seasonal
events and to planning new activities for 2007.
Sharon Chandler / Tel 2982 2800
Dan Peterson / Tel 9030 2888
Kumar Binney / Tel 2982 1376
Click to enlarge:
This way to The Island Bar
Whose beard is real?
Mr & Mrs Santa Claus?
A high-spirited elf receiving a present from Santa
Santa is the most popular guy around!
Staff Reporter -
Dan Peterson was being interviewed in the SCMP on Wed, Dec 13.
My group shot above was also used.
© 2006 South China
Click for story (no registration required)
Lamma bar's clued-up efforts a real
Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum - or at least a cola!
There was no treasure to be had but lots of fun, at the annual
Island Bar Treasure Hunt in Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island.
It's the seventh annual hunt the bar has organised
and involved teams solving 78 clues around a two-hour route on
Sunday afternoon. The purse was HK$17,500 for Operation Santa Claus.
Sixteen teams of four adults - plus children -
walked over hills and along pathways after "some very silly clues",
said Dan Peterson, one of the bar's directors. They then returned to
the bar as Lamma's very own Santa was carried through Main Street on
a sedan chair by a band of merry elves accompanied by a host of
children dressed as reindeer.
"Every year we have done the treasure hunt and it's
always been successful," Mr Peterson said. "It's always enjoyed by
participants - a real family outing. We create the clues from signs,
trees, house numbers, anything we can use.
"We like Operation Santa Claus because there's none
better we know of to serve so many in the community. The 27
charities and the five themes are a great concept. There's
youngsters, the aged and it bridges a lot of areas of need in the
The night before the treasure hunt, the bar held a
Christmas musical quiz and on December 23 there will be the
Wandering Minstrels - a group of children playing instruments along
with the talented Fiddler Dave, who will make their way through Yung
Shue Wan from 6pm onwards, collecting donations along the way.
"What strikes us every year is how forthcoming the
community of Yung Shue Wan is. It's a community with a really
generous heart," Mr Peterson said.
The treasure hunt was won by "The Deadly Codfishes"
with 75 out of 78 clues answered correctly.
P.S. A few more photos I shot from the Beer Garden after the
Treasure Hunt. Lamma is really a great and adventurous place for children to
grow up. Who needs Disneyland when a simple big rock in the harbour will do
for fun. (Click to enlarge)
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leaking all over the place and a special report on the joys of midwifery.
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Who's Nuts for Nut Roast?
Whenever a longtime supporter and loyal advertiser of this website - like
the Bookworm Cafe - is having a special promotion, I'll check it out, of
course. So we booked a table, took along two friends and asked them for
their independent views - paying for their own meals - of this tasty,
extremely healthy meal which was also a real bargain. Manager/Proprietor/Lamma
Celebrity Ken - often seen on TV or in Chinese newspapers - has lots of
reasons to smile these days, as his cozy and friendly place was packed while
we dined there
Healthy Advent Sunday Nut Roast in the Bookworm Cafe:
Only $108 for five courses on every Sun night: 3,
10, 17, 24 Dec, 2006!
Angela - Samson's Mom,
self-confessed "nut for nuts", almost-vegetarian:
Thank you for your suggestion to have nut roast, I
love it! Sam appreciated the nut roast as well, even his apple
crumble! Well, the vegetables are of my type, crispy and delicious
Samson - Chinese forum moderator/guest critic:
Yeah... The meal was
actually better than I had expected. The extra dietary fibre from
the crumbling apple and cereal mix is doing wonders for my digestive
system. Enough said, me thinks...
'Is the Sun Setting on Scrumptious Seafood?'
Jay Scott Kanes - STBWFLA. Lamma
writer and publisher. This story is also being published today in
Magazine - News, Views, People, Places.
(All photos provided courtesy of Jay Scott Kanes)
December 2 – Could the glorious
evenings of feasting on seafood as the sun sets over Lamma Island
soon fade into the past? Will seafood lovers face global shortages
and steep price hikes for their favorite tasty delights?
Fish stocks and marine habitat in all oceans have
declined, even collapsed. Pollution, global warming and destructive
fishing techniques continue to inflict deadly damage. Even fish
farms can’t pick up the slack without big changes and more viable
That’s according to marine biologist Dr Thomas J.
Goreau, president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, who on December
6th visited Hong Kong for the first time. After a brief stay, he
left for the Philippines and then Thailand.
“The fish market in Hong Kong contributes to
fisheries-habitat destruction around the world,” said Dr Goreau,
nudging aside a coffee cup and gesturing with both hands. He spoke
to a reporter while seated alfresco near the water’s edge at Lamma’s
New Holiday Mood Restaurant. Nearby diners may have noticed his
deformed left hand, partly amputated by an aggressive barracuda in
Mexican waters two years ago.
“I’d like to see Hong Kong become part of the
solution, supported by sustainable fisheries, instead of such a big
part of the problem,” he said.
Raised mainly in Jamaica, Dr Goreau lives in
Cambridge, Massachussetts, and travels to Alliance projects
overseas. Starting in the 1940s, his father, another marine
biologist, pioneered “diving as a research tool”. Previous studies
always used samples lifted to the surface.
“I grew up swimming in a reef,” Dr Goreau said.
“While my father dived, I swam on the surface.”
Never in living memory has the fishing industry’s
future looked grimmer than now. “Wild stocks are dying so the future
lies in mariculture,” Dr Goreau said. But most fish farms can’t
survive global warming, water pollution and aquatic diseases without
strategic and structural changes.
Rather than relying on water enclosures to feed and
nurture a single species, which pollutes the vicinity and allows
diseases to flourish, the farmers should construct habitats so that
many fish thrive, Dr Goreau said. “The key to fisheries management
rests in habitat restoration.”
The Global Coral Reef Alliance, a 16-year-old
network of volunteers dedicated to saving and restoring coral reefs,
suggests a “biorock process” invented by a German architect named
Wolf Hilbertz that sends measured doses of electricity through
metal-rod frames underwater. Within hours, mineral accretion begins.
Hydrogen bubbles appear, then rust converts back to iron and
limestone coats the frames, creating a foundation for coral to
prosper. Once in place, the coral grows up to five times faster than
normal and can endure unhealthy water or unusual temperature
The Alliance has coral-restoration projects in
Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico,
Panama and elsewhere.
“Fish appreciate three-dimensional structures full
of holes,” Dr Goreau said. “If we build the architecture right, they
move right in. They come in incredible numbers because what we do
creates fish habitat. We can make structures with any number of
layers and lots of hiding places to create habitats with higher
population-holding capacities than even natural ones. This works so
remarkably well that nobody believes us unless they see it for
themselves in their own waters. We’re growing whole eco-systems,
very diverse ones, by adding nothing but steel bars and energy.”
Fish farms need a similar approach, he said,
especially those in or near Hong Kong, where the high human
population, turbidity, a mad rush to develop, plenty of dredging and
toxins from the Pearl River Delta all create “an extreme case”.
Dr Goreau peered across the harbor in Yung Shue Wan,
Lamma’s largest village. “There’s no coral in that water,” he said,
“but it doesn’t look quite as slimey as I would have thought.
“What we’re trying to do, notably in Indonesia and
the Philippines, is to place our technology in the hands of
fishermen and fish farmers. If applied on a big enough scale, it’ll
change the future of fisheries and lead to a different form of
“There’s no future in traditional fishing and fish
farming. We need new methods and ideas. But governments and funding
agencies don’t get it yet.”
Is Dr Goreau discouraged that pollution persists,
marine life dies and his advice tends to be ignored? “We’re a bit of
a lone voice in the wilderness,” he said.
“All the problems would be solvable, if people had
the will to put their money in the right places,” he said. “I’m
encouraged that solutions exist, but not that so many bone-headed
idiots do exactly the wrong things in every regard. It’s hard to be
optimistic, except to know that what needs doing could be done.”
For more information:
Click to enlarge:
Dr Goreau being interviewed beach-side in Yung Shue Wan.
Surveying YSW beach, he declares, "Not as slimy as I thought!"
Looking for coral reefs... in vain.
In a restaurant fish tank, lobsters await diners.
Thomas Goreau takes stock of captive creatures at a Lamma seafood
Gesturing dramatically, Dr Goreau makes a point. He lost part of his
left hand in a barracuda attack.
Coral develops on a biorock reef in Bali, Indonesia. (Global
Coral Reef Alliance photo / James Cervino)
What's Going on in the Chinese Forum?
Samson - Official Court
Moderator of All Chinese Forums
(Photos by Lamma-Gung and Herbook cover)
Lamma –vs– Hong Kong
By drawing contrasts on the quality of life on and off
our fair isle, new(ish) forum member wcwong888
proclaims his love of Lamma and his wish to
move back some time soon. Well… welcome
Not-so-pretty Side of Congee Shop
Apart from serving up delicious
food, the new congee shop on the Main Street
manages to raise a few eyebrows with its
somewhat unhygienic practice of washing their
bowls, dishes and other cooking utensils in the
public area outside the back of the shop.
Are You Being Served…
By one of the Lamma restaurants?
We have new food reviews on
Deli Lamma (on
Lamma, not in Lan Kwai Fong) and the “very satisfying”
new congee place.
Also, an eye-witness account of how a Man Kee
waiting staff outwitted a local tourist!
Samson reported on an
“unfortunate incident” at home that compares
with the grisly radioactive poisoning of former
secret agents! A gecko was stranded in the
microwave as he reheated his drink… Ouch!
Farmers Became Authors!
Lamma’s celebrity organic
farmers, Gary and Gavin teamed up to go beyond
the boundaries of Herboland. Titled
Growing of Herbs”, their first ever book is a
guide to DIY organic planting. Available now at
good bookstores and Herboland. Chinese only…
While You Were Sleeping...
Getting up at 5:30am today, one hour
early, because my URTI coughing keeps Lamma-Por awake. She needs her beauty
sleep to preserve her beauty and she needs to catch the 7:40am early ferry
today. Most of Lamma is still deep in their own beauty sleep, even though it
doesn't seem to work at all for some people here (for example myself).
Brewing two mugs of coffee (Mövenpick
- Mocha Java from Africa - in case you wonder what is the REAL fuel driving
the Lamma-zine), then checking my emails:
the new posters (by Harry Harrison) for the The Island Bar's
charity events for Operation Santa Claus this weekend (click them for
Making my day is one of these
extremely rare praise emails - from Elizabeth Briel, a future
Artist of the Month (email published with permission):
"Just a quick note to say thanks very much for your website... I often
hear it mentioned in casual conversations here, and it seems to bring
"wired" people (just about everybody) together more than ever. But best
of all, I've gotten TWO part-time jobs thanks to Lamma.com.hk! One
English tutoring gig and now the caricature job for $2,000, which is a
real help while I look for more freelance work."
Email from Alastair the
Sculptor, turning down the same party caricature job that Elizabeth
just accepted (email published with permission):
"Ta for the offer, not my ball game, I'm afraid, too slow and no
chance to cheat. I would use more rubber than pencil.
So you could say that, I ain't got no lead in my pencil unless I'm
totally covered in rubber."
monthly update of our very active Chinese forum has arrived, by talented
and reliable Samson. It seems that these days the best and most
productive discussions are happening in the Chinese forum. Two hours of
editing, formatting, linking and adding photos, then I'll have my
Lamma-zine story for tomorrow.
Starting an investigation if the
contents of the recycle bins are really recycled or all just combined
and dumped into landfills. There are conflicting statements so far from
the authorities, the garbage collection ladies and eyewitness
Encouraging (by prodding and
poking) a reluctant contributor to write a "Silly Story for the Silly
Season" (his title) by this weekend. Plus a new first-time Lamma dad
(Why Lamma's a great place to start a family), plus a brand-new PhD's
farewell message, leaving Lamma after 8+ years.
Can I encourage YOU to write a little story as
OK, 6:30pm now, some Lammaites are
awakening now, but not yet the ones that usually enjoy their English
breakfasts in the afternoon. Time for my first break from work in my home
office, time to prepare our weekdaily breakfast. Why is it that people
working in home offices are considered to be "not really working" and are
expected to do household chores in-between their office work?
'Your Acknowledgement Is Our Encouragement'
"But ALL the credit should go to the Conservancy
Association and the HK Electric Volunteers who did such a great job on Chung
Yeung day and the day before."
It's strange to see my own comments
above quoted in a print magazine. This sentence was part of a photo story I
published on Nov 8 (Big Success of
No Hillfire Campaign). HK Electric reprinted my comment prominently
in their glossy magazine (CONTACT
#72, page 26) - under the title above - together with a screen shot
of this website and my photo below. In their very informative, promotional
and professionally written and produced quarterly
CONTACT magazine, HK Electric wrote:
"Our volunteers were praised for
achieving the objective of zero hillfires in participating in the "No
Hillfires Campaign" organised by the Conservancy Association on Lamma Island
in October. Photographs and commendations from the organiser and Lamma
residents were published on the website: www.lamma.com.hk..."
credit where credit is due, the HKE volunteers really did a fantastic job!
Let's hope our local volunteers will learn from their great example and take
over the hillfire prevention tasks next year.
Ferry pier, Chung Yeung Festival day, 9am:
Doris, the CA project leader, in the middle,
plus 2 HKE employees/volunteers.
More stories of interest to Lammaites in
CONTACT #72 (all PDF files):
Fire Drill at Gas Facility (new gas turbines in operation
at Power Station)
Volunteers Show their Green Concern (more on the HKE
Volunteers preventing Lamma hill fires)
Up Close and Personal with Lamma Winds (windturbine
Funds Raised for Child Welfare (HKE sponsoring
Lamma Fun Day)
Let's quote from this story [highlight added by Editor]:
"It was fun and games for visitors who attended the Lamma Fun Day,
co-sponsored by Hongkong Electric...
day's highlight was a performance by the Hongkong Electric Band.
Guitarist Jonathan Yeung was both delighted and nervous.
'I was a little bit nervous since it was my first public performance,'
said Mr. Yeung. 'However, the audience's enthusiastic response to our
music made me perform better and I would like to join the beach concert
again next year.'"
Discrimination in Cloudy Cuckoo Land?
Daniel MomentEye writes:
"Lots of juicy news this week. Served up with a side order of political
incompetence and a faux-crocodile garnish."
Mad Dog Santa & His Boy Toy Bike
(C) 2006, SCMP. Click to read.
Photos below from Mad Dog MC Club. Click to enlarge.
Rob Carmichael - Club president and Lammaite (photo above left, on
2nd motorbike from left) - says: "The Mad Dog Toy Run is a tradition in
the UK and the US for Christmas. We're trying to make it a bigger fun event
in Hong Kong. It's really great to get the people out on these fancy bikes."
Doug Netzel (Santa Biker above) says: "Thanks to all Lamma Island
Residents who came out to support the Mad Dog MC 3rd Annual Toy Run for
P.S. I'm still wondering why they call it a toy "run"? Everybody, including
Mad Dog Santa, seems to be driving during their annual "run". I'd love to
see this Santa run in HK's weather...
Frequently Asked Questions From Lamma Newbies
New to Lamma? Just upgraded to full
Lammaite status? Just arrived and still a bit perplexed at where to get
stuff and services? Check out our new FAQs for Lamma Newbies, now available
in the Quick Info section on the left side of most top-level pages of
Click here for a quick look!
As this is part of our forums, you
can post your own questions (and answers!), so other newbies can benefit
from the answers as well that will be added to this new section. Check it
out and let me know what you think and how to improve it!
'Comforts and Conveniences Brought by Power
Isn't this a happy, cheerful,
optimistic - and very colourful - logo! A sunny, glowing thumb with a smiley
face to encourage us all to use power in a smarter way! They also want us to
"appreciate and save power"! Umm, but wouldn't that would hurt their sales?
It's an amazing new campaign, trying to teach us to buy LESS of their
product! Have they gone all altruistic and environmental on us suddenly?
Well, they try so hard to be seen as green, they employ professional and
friendly staff and they're a really nice and wonderful company, I think! By
the way, they're also a main sponsor of this website, that's how nice and
wonderful they are!!!
Well, OK, great, but how do most of
us very wasteful electricity consumers go about saving power and become
smarter ourselves, reducing our big monthly electricity bills? The first
step in my household might be to wean Lamma-Por off her serious aircon
addiction, getting her into an aircon-less cottage on rehab...
Well, we can all
start by reading the latest press release from HK Electric about the
Launch of the Smart Power Campaign (click on any photo below):
of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Mr. Roger Lai, the Managing Director
of Hongkong Electric, Mr. Tso Kai-sum and Smart Power ambassador,
Leo Ku, officiate at the ceremony.
there's even a Smart Power Ambassador, Leo Ku! And he's a "singer and
teenage idol", so he must be an expert on Smart Power!? I wonder if we
should designate an "Official Court Ambassador for Smart Power Usage on
But that 99.999% sign is also
definitely most impressive! I've only ever experienced one single short
power outage in Yung Shue Wan in 5 years, so the figure is probably accurate.
Electricity is pricey here, but it's really really reliable...
I also love the "cute little
children" angle in many HK Electric press releases:
"The campaign pays special
attention to schoolchildren. To better drive home the energy-saving message
to them, Hongkong Electric will publish a comic book featuring two cartoon
characters who tell a story about embarrassing moments they experienced
during power blackouts, underlining the importance of a reliable power
Embarrassing moments during power
blackouts? The mind boggles and my imagination runs wild... Maybe we should
create a Lamma-based Internet comic book ourselves with this most intriguing
topic, calling it "Embarrassing Moments and GREAT OPPORTUNITIES During Power
Schoolchildren speak about the comforts and conveniences
brought by power supply.
Yes, let's all be happy, cheerful,
optimistic - and grateful! - about the great multitudes of "comforts and
conveniences brought by power supply"! Most of us wouldn't live on Lamma
without them! So let's all not be small-minded misers and envy this nice
company's huge, govt.-guaranteed profits via their fixed maximum rate of
return on investments! Let's preserve and protect their generous,
well-deserved profits and extend the Scheme of Control indefinitely, no more
pesky Scheme and rate of return reviews every few years!
That's how happy, cheerful and
optimistic - and generous - I feel after reading this Smart Power press
release! Let's make all these nice people below happy as well, so they'll
have even more good reasons to show us their bare thumbs!
P.S. Dearest HK Electric, after reading my nice story
above, could we increase your sponsorship of this website in 2007, please,
P.S. II. Samson writes - after reading the story
"Oh my gawd! It's Leo Ku! If he's into using power in a
smart way, half of HK would be down with that. I'll bet many youngsters
would love to experience an embarrassing power blackout with Leo...
"But dis-ing Leo Ku? You might like to reconsider that
next time. People might think you're an Eason Chan fan. We don't want that,
Another Record-Breaking Month!
for November 2006
Oops, just one single hit
during the entire month of November? That can't be right... Sorry, I
got confused... this is the actual, correct statistics for another
small business website I'm starting to build today. That single hit
was probably my own from the other day, accessing this new,
"virginal" website for the very first time during its lifespan.
After I'll have finished building and promoting it the number of
hits will start increasing dramatically very soon.
That's what I do for a living:
building low-cost websites for private clients and small businesses,
Internet & marketing consulting, writing/editing for websites and print
magazines, interpreting, private Internet tutoring, photo shoots, etc. If
you need any help in these areas, please
contact me now for more details!
The Lamma-zine is self-supporting
and pays a few small bills, but not my rent or any living expenses. Very
special advertising deals for 2007 are available now, but only till
Contact me now for more details!
Well, after this
short commercial break for the 2 house ads above, here's the correct
statistics, just for the Lamma-zine, NOT including the forums. For the first
time ever, we've surpassed 2 million hits per month for the
|Website Statistics for November 2006
generated another 700,000 hits, so we're closing in on 3 million
hits in total per month now. Not bad for a little site that
focuses exclusively on little Lamma Island and its just 6,000+
(mostly non-English-reading) residents. Another celebration will be
due when we surpass the 3-million number, maybe this month?
Many thanks to all of you (one-time, occasional, frequent or regular)
readers and all contributors who've made the surprisingly big success of
this website possible!
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