Sep 30: Meeting 'The Other Fat Bastard'
Enjoying a great rooftop BBQ with a couple of good friends today (many thanks, John & Eva!), we met a Junior Lammaite couple for the first time who regaled us with their entertaining stories. My favourite one was the one when they were trying to find out who the mysterious, anonymous "Lamma-Gung" behind this website actually is. Not being eager to become a local celebrity I'm fortunately still not widely known in person in Yung Shue Wan (I think, but I might be completely mistaken?)
Our gracious host, John, said: "In the typical Lamma way, the guest list for the BBQ included not only people, but also two dogs. The visiting male dog brought an edible gift (a specially processed pig's ear imported from Europe) for the dining pleasure of his female-canine host."
This German pair of Lamma newbies used this website extensively to prepare and get settled in on Lamma. They were curious about my identity and somebody described me as a "big guy". So they approached a "big guy" in the grocery shop beside Spicy Island, asking him if he's Lamma-Gung. He replied with an ironic and wonderfully self-deprecating "No! That's the other fat bastard!".
Good one! I'll have to have a little talk with this friend of mine... But him being British, "bastard" is a common greeting for a good friend in a pub: "How do you do, you old bastard?" As he said "the OTHER bastard", including himself, he'll get away with his remark this time. I'll even buy the fat bastard a pint next time I'll meet him in any place that offers pints at Happy Hour prices...
The German couple at our rooftop BBQ seemed quite happy of finally meeting The Other Fat Bastard in person. TOFB continued to tell them more about Lamma Island than they ever dared to ask about and more than they ever wanted to know; especially the Dark Side and the Gossip/Rumour/Hearsay Side I avoid writing about, living here and valuing my health and life far too much...
Please don't approach me in the village with the blunt question: "Are you the other fat bastard?" when I'm in a bad mood (which is extremely rare, admittedly). I might kick your ass...
Also, please don't approach me in the village in an overly friendly and courteous way: "Are you the famous Lamma-Gung? I'm sooo very pleased to finally meet you, as a long-time admirer of all your fantastic work!"
Then, after my initial shock and surprise of receiving compliments, and some stunned silence, TOFB might kick your ass for being such a sycophant...
Sep 29: New Parenting Forum!
I've been looking for years for a moderator for a Lamma parenting forum, but new parents just seem too busy 24-hours-a-day or simply too overwhelmed to worry about much else than their baby. Only once did I succeed to have a new father tell his side of the amazing experience of becoming a parent, but never a new mother, despite trying quite a few friends with babies. Finally, a volunteer has taken up the challenge and will be moderating the brand-new Parenting on Lamma forum! This will be the only forum where your baby pictures will be most welcome and even ooh-ed and aah-ed over!
Welcome, Superblue, to our great group of moderators. In her public profile, she lists her occupation as "Supermodel and best selling novelist" and her interests as "Living the dream, learning to live with disappointment." Yes, she might fit in very well with our motley moderator mob of myopic miserable misfits and maladjusted malodorous misanthropes...
If you'd like to become one of us as well, setting up your own forum, take over a dormant one or co-moderate a well-running one, email me!
Sep 28: Fireworks @ Cyberport
Our new Music forum co-moderator Yogesh alerted us to a firework tonight at the Cyberport, just across the East Lamma Channel in the South of HK Island. It was organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HK SAR and rich people at Residence Bel-air besides Cyberport paid for it. I took the ferry over to the Pak Kok Village ferry pier and shot a few pictures across the East Lamma Channel (maximum zoom, 1-3 seconds exposure, continuous shooting):
Sep 27: 'HK On Air' Is Breathing Thin Air
Sep 26 - The day
following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival:
It's what the HK Govt. officially calls "The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival", a day for family visits. We managed to lure ALL our closest relatives to come out to Lamma and enjoy an afternoon and dinner in our humble abode. 3 stepchildren with 3 grandsons and 2 sons-in-law certainly filled our home with unusual noises and lots of activity for a few hours. Being a Lamma-Gung (literally Lamma Ah-Gung, meaning Lamma granddad) has its simple pleasures on these days of traditional Chinese family gatherings. Lamma-Por (Lamma grandma), as the beloved matriarch of the clan, is insisting on these gatherings and runs a tight ship, being so happy and overjoyed seeing them all united, the first time ever on Lamma.
Going to Lamma seems an awfully big and arduous adventure for most HK Island residents, almost more distant than places like Thailand which they visit more often than Lamma. One computer gamer in the family only came along with a laptop PC, not to miss any opportunity to feed his online gaming addiction. But then he fell asleep as he had played most of the previous night already.
It's especially great fun seeing the grandsons growing up so quickly. I remember my stepson at the same age as my oldest grandson is now, 2nd primary, riding on my shoulders in Ocean Park, 20 years ago. I've been in HK for an entire generation already, omigosh! The best part of the visit was a water hose spray vs. soap bubbles fight with my two grandsons. I can still see their oh-so-surprised faces when their weird old grandpa chased them around the rooftop with the water hose... The neighbours must have been wondering about all the soap bubbles descending from our rooftop, some of them blown by me so clumsily with a whistle-bubble blower. I haven't done that in...decades!
In revenge for my water hose, they opened most of the drawers in my office and I spinned the naughtiest one around on my office chair. Then we made up, got Thai Thai satays and Best Kebab garlic bread for everybody and later enjoyed a great $1,000+ dinner at Lamcombe.
Here's a picture of the family gathering. Following the anonymity rules of this site (you're getting full anonymity for all your contributions if you request it), my face is under a black hood, like in police arrests shown on TV: "Lamma-Gung arrested for disturbing the public peace by using a noisy whistling soap bubble blower on his rooftop on a public holiday!"
By the way, that's the camera remote I'm holding up. I don't ever aspire to be a Lamma Celebrity, appreciating my quiet, private life as not many people recognise me on the ferry or in the village. Those who do know me personally often don't know or care that I run this website. Rarely ever do I get tomatoes and other rotten produce thrown at me on High Street. But sometimes, rarely, people I don't know yet walk up to me and say "Are you Lamma-Gung? Great website!" That's the way I like it, having a tiny little celebrity status, but not too much...
Sep 25 - Mid-Autumn Festival: A Greener Mid-Autumn?
"Results of a survey conducted by environmental group Green Power on Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations revealed that people are showing more concern for the environment. Fewer families discard empty moon cake boxes and more prefer simpler packaging for moon cakes. The habits of disposing moon cakes and plastic lanterns, however, still need to be improved.
"The results were announced this morning at "The 15th Clean Up the World in Hong Kong" held at Aberdeen Country Park. About 100 HK Electric volunteers took part in cleaning up the barbecue site where people celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival last night..."
Sep 24: Dusky Shrikes, Black Drongos & Plaintive Cuckoos
The Lamma's top 10 birds forum has been our No. 1 forum for quite some time now, in terms of number of posts and number of views. They're closing in on 25,000 views and 1,000 posts, an almost unbeatable record on our forum, I think! It's about time for another little promotion of this topic on this home page, to get them to the 25,000 views mark as quickly as possible! Click here and you could be the 25,000th viewer!
The photos in there are looking so fantastic and many of them have reached a professional level by now. They're the pride and joy of Lamma.com.hk, probably its best success story and a main attraction to so many people! Congratulations to Anonymous_Guy, HarryLi, Zep, Yi Gou, Cokes and all the other great bird photographers, please continue for a long time! New talent is most welcome!
Sep 23: Unicorn Dance @ Mid-Autumn Carnival
Sep 22: Mid-Autumn Festival Carnival Tonight!
Stop by the Yung Shue Wan Football Pitch tonight after 7pm, if you can. One of the biggest local community events of the Chinese calendar is taking place. Much of the village, especially the Chinese community and their families, are joining in this Carnival, conveniently held a few days before the official Mid-Autumn Festival coming Tuesday night, Sep 25, all over HK.
To get an idea of what it'll all be about tonight, check out my photo gallery:
If you see Lamma-Gung there taking photos - for example shooting the Kung Fu demonstrations at three frames per second - say hello and let me know what you love and hate about this website!
Sep 21: A Siberian Band That Mixes Throat Singing and Punk Rock!
Musical tastes of Lammaites vary very widely, from Yat Kha, a Siberian punk band in Tuva that mixes traditional throat singing with punk rock, to traditional Western classical music like the St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, conducted by Wolfgang Gonnenwein. What's playing on YOUR iPod on the ferry ride to/from town? Foreign body recommends:
"Melt-Banana, an insane Japanese avant-punk band I met in a squat
many years ago. Extremely hyper and noisy, their tracks last a few seconds
and then end abruptly. It's music for the ADHD generation.
Classical music lovers might find the Classical Music discussion in the brand-new Spinoza's Web to their liking. This new forum has definitely the most eclectic, sophisticated and hopefully thought- and discussion-provoking topic titles of any forum on Lamma.com.hk. Check these out and don't be shy posting in there:
Sep 20: Noise Annoyance From Sound Magnifier
Many of you might know that Parksy got busted and fined for the above offence recently, stemming from an all-night party in the (in)famous "Haunted House" between Tai Peng and Pak Kok on March 17/18. He's in good company as Mr DickStock has been fined for "noise annoyance" at several of the yearly DickStock concerts. Parksy pleaded not guilty and felt treated very unfairly by the local police and the judicial system, considering a judicial review or appeal against the fine. He invited his many friends by email to support him and show up at his Review Hearing yesterday at a Kwun Tong Magistracy court. Besides his lovely wife Tiffany, I was the only one showing up.
The complex legal issues of this case are beyond the scope of the Lamma-zine and I don't want to bore anybody with the legalese and confusing details of the court case. I can't judge the (un)fairness of the fine and why he was the only one fined, not being the party organiser. He looks like being made the only scapegoat because he loaned the "sound magnifier" for free to the party, like he does for the Lamma Fun Day every year and other private parties of his friends. But using the abandoned but privately owned Haunted House will have to stop from now on and better, legal venues have to be found for future parties, if any. So let's have a last look at this beautiful (but illegal) graffiti inside the Haunted House:
Not a single friend showing up at his Review Hearing to give him any kind of moral support is what struck and disappointed Parksy, Tiffany and me most, despite his sending out all the details to so many "friends" and inviting them to come. He stuck his neck out borrowing his own personal, expensive, professional light and sound equipment for the party. I wonder if there'll be any more parties using Parksy's equipment in the near or distant future as he seems very disillusioned and frustrated now about the whole matter.
The Lamma community has changed, becoming more fragmented, with less solidarity and less gratitude than Parksy & Tiffany experienced even just a few years ago. Party-goers like to consume the entertainment and have fun, but don't like to help organising or even supporting the people providing the setup work and the equipment for free to the parties. When somebody's being fined they're left taking all the blame and the punishment themselves. Old-fashioned gratitude, support and a simple thank-you seem to have become an increasingly rare, endangered but precious commodity on Lamma.
Frankly, Parksy's story struck a deep chord with me and I also feel the same quite often about the Lamma-zine and the often sorely missing feedback (good or bad) and the just minimal support of any kind I receive. It's just enough to survive (barely), but not enough to really prosper and grow the website. But fortunately I'm self-motivated and soldier on, for now at least. But an occasional click on "Email to the Editor" at the top of every single Lamma-zine story would go a long way to motivate me... and so would an occasional kind word to Parksy...
I think that the least the actual party-goers of that Haunted House party could do is help Parksy pay that $1,200 fine, showing their solidarity and gratitude for all the work he's put in to make these parties happen. Make a significant donation to him personally to pay the significant fine, make him smile again and hope that he'll continue to provide the equipment for future parties in legal venues far away from private houses so that noise and other complaints can be avoided in the future!
Sep 19: Urgent!! Help! Big Gecko in the Kitchen!
One of the many pleasures of living on Lamma are the close encounters with the local wildlife, butterflies, birds, dogs. You know, living on the countryside, close to nature and all that. But there are also other members of the animal kingdom to be encountered, sometimes inside our flats. The reactions of Lammaites meeting these uninvited guests unexpectedly vary from "Oh, so cute!" to "Urgent!! Help! Big Gecko in the kitchen!".
This kitchen counter encounter happened to our forum member schnuck just today. She totally freaked out, afraid of entering her own kitchen now, and she might be starving soon! Other forum members calmed her down and gave advice of varying usefulness, from "Leave it alone and it will go away" to "Pack your bags, hand the keys back, and head for the the nearest sterile zone, pick up a can of bug spray on the way".
The reactions from Lammaites to the basically harmless geckos vary from "cute face" to "I loathe geckos!", one even "found the geckos on the walls one of the pleasures of living here as they scurry around eating stray insects and clucking as they chased one another round the ceilings."
Slezza, who also loathes geckos, defended her phobia in a beautifully poetic way:
"Allow me my innocent, spontaneous, irrational phobias. I love nature and can sit for hours looking at a bug on a leaf and the shape of clouds etc ad nausea, dreamily meditating on the cosmic awesomeness of it all, watching aeons of time rise and fall before my mind's eyes as the great remorseless miracle of evolution plays out against the speeding sweep of glaciers and the rise and fall of mountain ranges.
"But geckos are still revolting. No doubt there's an evolutionary reason for such phobias too. Not that I'm deterministic about the relationship between evolution and psychology.
"And yes, I know they are harmless, but that is NOT THE POINT!"
P.S. A 1.5-metre long Monitor Lizard has just been found on the way to Pak Kok and is currently fostered by Chicken House, who's looking for the owner. Have you lost one recently? ;-) Monitor Lizard in the Garden:
"I have a lovely guy in my garden, very friendly, gets
onto my lap, likes the dogs (and eats their food).
Zep commented that "Maybe Eddie would like to form a playgroup with Schnuck's giant gecko? Any other owners of large reptiles care to join?"
Sep 18: Get Tangled up in Spinoza's Web
It's been a while since we've added a brand-new forum to our line-up. Our controversial "Ghost Teacher", Spinoza1112, has been so active and talkative recently that I decided to give him his own forum and he eagerly accepted. Here's his description of Spinoza's Web, the latest Special Interest forum on our still growing Lamma.com.hk forum.
This is forum #50 we've set up in the last 5 years, some have failed, some have been renamed, regrouped or consolidated, but most are still doing pretty well, spanning an amazingly wide range from the low-brow Fight Club to the high-brow Spinoza's Web.
Multi-talented Renaissance man Spinoza1112 will also show an exhibition in Lamma's only art gallery, The Cyan Studio, on Oct 14, titled "Wild Teenage Beatnik Ghost Dancers of Lamma Island." More about this soon.
If you'd like to start a new Special Interest forum or a forum in another language, just email me!
If you'd like to become a co-moderator of an active forum, just email me!
If you'd like to take over an existing dormant forum to reawaken and rejuvenate it (for example: Music, Bars & Restaurants, Hang-ups & Hangovers, Ferries, "Buy & Sell, Rent & Let", "Services, Work, Personals", "Travelling Tips"), just email me!
Sep 17: Chris Hall - Artist of the Month
This month's artist is Chris Hall, a digital artist living on Lamma, who works on the PC, often using digital photos as a starting point. Chris's computer-generated art had a showing at Hong Kong's Culture Club Gallery back in August.
Like many Lammaites, Chris has lived and worked in a number of countries, and although born a Brit completed graduate work in Canada and the US, completing a PhD in English at Binghamton University, New York, where he specialized in postmodernism. (Whatever that may be, Chris says he doesn't know.) He now works as a technology journalist.
Below is a composite of recent work by Chris Hall, taken from his website, www.fotografiqx.com, where you can take a detailed look at his output.
These colorful, improvisatory works are available as A4 or A3 prints, either singly or in sets and series, including limited editions. Anyone in the Hong Kong area, including Shenzhen and Shekou, would be able to see samples in person before making a purchase.
Contact Chris by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sep 16: Bazaar of International Cuisines
Do you use enough electricity? Our friendly-neighbourhood Lamma Power Station has been lamenting in a recent press release that HK Island and Lamma Island's power consumption has only increased by 1.5% in the first six months of this year, not quite keeping up with their hopes and expectations of rising profits.
Should we all switch from using LPG gas for cooking our daily meals to using electricity instead! The latest press release from HK Electric is promoting electric cooking in their fancy new Home Cooking Training Centre:
So if we use no more gas, HK Electric can use this spare gas for their new gas turbines to generate more electricity from gas, much cleaner than the mountains of coal burnt every year. Then we can use this electricity to cook and gain strength to earn money to pay for all this expensive additional electricity we'll need for cooking! The cycle of life and commerce goes on forever and ever...
"He is perplexed", wrote a QMH chief doctor into my official medical file recently (referring to me not being happy about being volleyed back and forth between different departments for the same case.) Yes, I am perplexed and all these energy issues are just sooooo complicated, aren't they? Let's just sit down and enjoy some uncomplicated great food, cooked with electricity, of course!
Sep 15: Karate Kid
Sep 14: Battle For Lamma
Sep 13: May She Rest in the Peace of the Hills
Sep 12: Should I Move to Lamma?
If you read this Placeblog or our forums occasionally and you're not already living here, have you ever considered of joining our little island community?
No way? Then you can simply skip this advice column and skip to the next story!
Maybe? Read on, gentle reader, and get some advice straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak, not implying that my mouth smells like a horse's. But if you don't like our advice, don't look a gift horse in the mouth even if it's a bit long in the tooth...
In our Should I Move to Lamma? forum topic, an American is considering a job-related move to HK, checking out Lamma for his young family, asking many general questions after browsing this website which should have many answers already, from the FAQuestions From Lamma Newbies. Senior Moderator Alan, tjungarayi and I posted our straight and serious (for once!) personal replies and they might be quite interesting and helpful for you if you're also considering a move, showing the honest pros and cons of life on Lamma. If you do, a warm "Welcome to our community!" from all of us at this website!
Check out replies to Should I Move to Lamma? in our forum and add your very own recommendations!
Sep 11: Helipad Construction Starts With Hedge Destruction
Sep 10: Lamma Goes Everywhere Contest
Maureen Frank has been visiting Lamma recently for Tanya's wedding. This bubbly and vivacious lady got herself pictured in this Lamma-zine more than once. Now she's done it again, not just on Lamma but also in a Canadian printed newspaper, the Kootenay Advertiser in her Canadian home town of Cranbrook. She entered a photo showing Lamma's Peter Ip and herself in front of the YSW Ferry Pier in the newspaper's "Goes Everywhere Contest". It shows their readers all around the world in unusual and exotic places, for example Lamma Island!
OK, that's a pretty bad-quality B/W photo. Let me see if I have a better version in my extensive Lamma photo database. Ah, yes, here it is. Yep, that's Peter's grin!
This "Goes Everywhere Contest" sounds like a fun idea and Lammaites are a widely travelled lot. Should we have a similar contest in the Lamma-zine? Let me know!
Sep 9: Northern Beauties
The monthly art exhibition in The Cyan Studio today went great and quite a number of people from on and off Lamma stopped by for a drink and chat and gave usually reclusive artist Marilena their very constructive complimentary comments. Roy, the exhibition's organiser and husband of The Cyan Studio's resident artist, Elizabeth Briel, took a few photos:
Sep 8: Modern Mandalas or Flimsy Flights of Fancy?
Click above for another superfluous, insignificant little art
gallery by Lamma-Gung.
Sep 7: Marilena's Nudes
Sep 6: Viva Lamma – T-Shirt DesignsWhen was the last time you received a hand-written letter in this age of overflowing emailboxes? I was so surprised and happy to receive this note from The Panther and his wife Joey this morning, together with two custom-made T-shirts with the design above left on the back and "Viva Lamma" on the front!
It was a great thank-you for the photo story I did about Joey's great birthday party in the Deli Lamma Lan Kwai Fong on Nov 17, where Alain was wearing a "Viva Lamma" T-shirt himself (see below). Thank you so much, Joey & Alan Ngalani! Better late than never. I'll proudly wear this T-shirt on High Street, attracting comments from all the many friends you've still got here as ex-Lammaites. It's great to hear that you "both always think of Lamma fondly & still miss living there. And please give Lamma our warmest wishes + best regards."
All the best to you and baby Joshua, almost exactly one year old now, I
P.S. Follow-up Email to the Editor from Joey (after seeing the story above):
We are so glad to hear that you like the t-shirts. Glad to hear that we still have so many friends on Lamma and that your t-shirt has received so much positive attention.
We would also like to thank you for doing a story about this as well. We are glad that you passed on the message to all Lamma to let them know just how much we miss the Island and all the lovely people.
Yes, Joshua was one year old on the 15th of August. Wow! You really have a good memory. I cant believe you remember that. We just celebrated at home with a family dinner and of course a big cake for Joshua. He is really keeping us totally busy, just like the son of two World Champions should do!!! Very busy climbing all over place, bumping his head on everything. We had to baby-proof everything! He is already 13kg and very strong. Not surprising knowing who his Daddy is. But he is a total pleasure and is so totally friendly and always smiling and in a good mood just like his Dad.
Upcoming fights for Alain is in November in Tokyo, Japan at the World Kyokushin Karate Championship. This is a very prestigious and by invitation only competition. You have to be a seasoned and very experienced fighter and qualified in Kyokushin (Full Contact Karate with no protection whatsoever) to be allowed to compete.
Upcoming competition for me is in December in Cape Town, South Africa and it is a fitness competition.
That's all the news that we have. Hope you are well. Stay well and we're always looking forward to reading the new Lamma-zine news.
All the best, Joey, Joshua and Alain Ngalani
Why are there so few Lamma-specific T-shirt designs out there? Besides the great DickStock T-shirts and the small-edition "FREE the lamma 3" T-shirts (see below), there are only occasional one-offs like Dan the Bastard's favourite "Lamma Island Becomes Crezy" (Central ferry pier graffiti) T-shirt or the single-issue Lamma-zine T-shirt below I ordered at the Cyberport Open Air Market.
Should we run a little T-shirt design contest? Let me know!
I'm going to get a few Lamma.com.hk T-shirts printed pretty soon, but I'm still looking for a good slogan to add to our logo. Send me slogans, the sillier and crazier the better! Free T-shirts for the winners!
Sep 5: Crops Clearance or Demise of a Biotope?
There's a notice up right now on the notice board outside City Hall (opposite HSBC), announcing the preparation work for the sewage treatment plant for Yung Shue Wan. It'll be replacing the current temporary helipad, at the end of the first phase of the harbour reclamation (see map above). Click above to read the entire notice.
The "Crops Clearance" seems to include a big junk of densely forested hillside and go all the way up to some of the abandoned houses just before Hunter's former workshop/party area in Kam Lo Hom. This area has changed so much in the last ten years, from a sandy beach to an unused reclamation, to a temporary helipad nowadays. See my "From Hunter's Beach to Helipad" historical photo gallery, if you're interested. It'll all turn into a large sewage treatment plant soon for all of Yung Shue Wan, which will collect the sewage from most houses through many kilometres of newly-laid pipes, a $200+ million govt. project.
This entire area has been virtually untouched for several years behind locked gates, besides the 1-2 helicopter emergency medical evacuations per week. It has grown into a pristine little nature reserve, a real biotope where nature could develop freely without any human intervention. Bushes and plants taller than a person, exotic plants rarely seen elsewhere on Lamma, a wealth of butterflies and other insects, the most impressive, dense hedge on Lamma along the seawall and a really wild forest covering the entire hill, full of fascinating trees, bushes and creepy crawlies...
I couldn't resist to have another look (see Taking Sole Responsibility for My Safety) a few days ago and shot many photos for my Lamma archive before it'll all be totally cleared and turned into more concrete and steel soon:
Sep 4: Impressions of Lamma
Sep 3: Superjumbo Fly-bys
Less than two hours ago, after 8am, a "Superjumbo" Airbus A380 made two promotional fly-bys through Victoria Harbour, circling Hong Kong Island and passing north of Lamma Island twice. It was flying at the incredibly low altitude of around 300m, lower than the 420-metre-tall Two ifc, Hong Kong's tallest building, close to the Lamma ferry pier in Central where big crowds gathered along the harbourside. It reminded many of the former Kai Tak airport in the middle of the cities, but for others it was a sad reminder of 9-11, a low-flying plane so close to skyscrapers. Airbus has been pulling off the same promotional stunt already in many cities around the world, eager to improve poor sales so far for the A380.
The first photos came in within minutes of the fly-by and were posted in our forum: Airbus A380 Fly-by, also many thoughtful comments. Some of Lamma's famous bird-watchers got out their BIG ultra-zoom lenses. Two photos by zep:
Two more photos by Donna: (click below for her photo gallery)
Sep 2: Lamma, a Future Atlantis?
This most alarming map appeared on the SCM Post cover page on Thu, Aug 30. Lamma COMPLETELY submerged by 2030 because of Global Warming, together with our sister island Po Toi and quite a few other coastal areas in Southern China!
Should we all head for Mt. Stenhouse, man the lifeboats, eh, sampans, or start building an ark, just in case? Will the current generation of Lammaites be the last one to live here, before Lamma will vanish underwater like another fabled isle, Atlantis, so long ago? Far into the future, this website might survive as one of the few remaining relics, rediscovered by cyber-archaeologists who will be searching for clues if Lamma ever truly existed or if it was just another ancient, beautiful myth of a subtropical island full of peaceful "hippies", flowers and colourful birds, before it was submerged forever...
Reading the SCMP's short story, it mentioned a maximum rise in seawater levels of 30cm by 2030. The story actually talked mainly about the Pearl River Delta and only mentioned that some parts of Lamma might get submerged, but who reads these stories in their entirety instead of just looking at the map and checking if their home will remain safe? All of Lamma's "submerged" on the map!
More realistically, it would be more like just a small part of a few sandy Lamma beaches would be flooded occasionally at maximum tide at full moon for 1-2 hours a few times/year by 2030. But nobody living here would be inconvenienced in any significant way, I think.
Notwithstanding this, Global Warming is becoming a huge problem and will impact coastal regions worldwide pretty seriously soon. But the actual, occasional, rare flooding of Yung Shue Wan Main Street probably won't happen this century, if ever.
Is this just another case of shoddy reporting, incorrect infographics and fear-mongering from the SCMP? Or is it an evil conspiracy to discredit Lamma and make people afraid of moving here? "Move to Lamma and you'll drown in a few years!"
Ed Banger opined that "It's a pity that there isn't a little brown dot on Quarry Bay where the SCMP offices have dropped into the sea."
This fear-mongering map caused quite a few comments in our Lamma Underwater forum...
Sep 1: Johnny English & Andy Scottish