Nov 30: Mrs Santa Claus Is Looking for Ideas!
Nov 29: IFC's Christmas Fairyland
Sorry, that's all the pictures I could take of this fun yearly event. Within just a few metres of entering the tent I was stopped twice by vendors and organisers who didn't like photos being taken of anything being sold - even very wide, no-detail, purely promotional shots like the ones above - as their "competition" might "copy" their precious products from my photos!
It dampened my cheerful Christmas spirit quite a bit and I left without buying anything. Leave your camera at home or hidden before you enter the tent. Loads of colourful, artsy and generally very nice Christmas gifts, though!
Nov 28: Butterflies and Plants – and More
Paul Lau's stunning new coffee table book has just been published, amazing portraits of butterflies with flowers! Our book review will be coming up soon...
Nov 27: Lamma Outriggers @ Round HK Island Race
Nov 26: Trauma of Going Around Lamma in a 2-Man Kayak
(Photos by JAX)
Phil Stride and Peter Bolt write:
"Pete and I are just getting over the trauma of going around Lamma Island in a 2-man kayak. Pretty heavy swells down on the South side last Saturday - still managed it in 4 hours though!"
Nov 25: Grahame Collins - Photographer of the Month
Nov 24: Pet-o-Graphics
While we're talking of Christmas presents, The Cyan Studio will feature a group show and sale of several Lamma-based artists on Sunday, Dec 9, 2-6pm. Most of the artists are former Lamma-zine Artists of the Month (select from the "ART GALLERIES" drop-down menu). All original artworks will cost only up to a maximum of $188, quite a bargain and a major good deed to support the quite often struggling Lamma Artists. Check out The Cyan Studio website in early Dec for more details.
For more cheerful Christmas crafts and generous genuine gifts, check out our latest, new advertiser, the HK International Christmas Fair in IFC. From Nov 27-29, 10am-8pm, it'll be located just below the fly-over from the Lamma ferry pier into IFC. Enter it by going down in the lift or the elevator just BEFORE entering IFC. Here are two stories of last year's fair: Unexpected Discoveries...
Nov 23: Concours de Pétanque
Nov 22: Ex-Lammaites in Slovenia
Nov 21: 3 Eco-Business Awards for HK Electric!
Yes, it looks like a rock, a real rock! It's a really ecologically-looking trophy for the Eco-Business Awards awarded yesterday! HK Electric, our major sponsor, took home three major trophies, "including the prestigious Grand Award in the Green Innovative Practice category."
"The Grand Award winning initiative involves the use of oil-free technology which adopts vacuum, air or gas in place of conventional oil as the insulation medium for transmission and distribution equipment (see below).
"While the technology enhances safety performance of substation facilities by reducing potential fire hazards, oil-free equipment is considered cost-effective and environmentally friendly as it eliminates routine oil treatment and subsequent disposal of waste oil.
"Two other green initiatives - the innovative micro-excavation technique adopted for fault location of underground cables and the smart use of wastewater/ rainwater scheme at Lamma Power Station – received Certificate of Merit Awards at the ceremony for their outstanding environmental performance."
Sincere congratulations to HK Electric from the Lamma-zine!
Nov 20: Lammopoly!
There are customised versions of the MonopolyTM board game (remember board games?) for many places in the world, why not yet for Lamma? Foxy got the ball rolling with a unique, non-commercial, one-off version of Lammopoly. He's soliciting the text for the Chance/Community Chest cards players need to pick up occasionally and follow their instructions. I'll help out with the design and the resulting game will be published in due course on this website, just for fun.
Here's a little sampling, contributed so far by the creative minds of Foxy, Soulkitchen, Yogesh, Toddy, Alan, Dunshagin and Granola Eater. All of these Chance cards are completely fictional and bear no relation whatsoever to recent real-life events on Lamma Island, of course!!!
Please participate and add your own creative input, click on Lammopoly.
Nov 19: Wanted: Sponsors & Advertisers!
If you like this website, help it to survive and prosper! The only source of income for this website is advertising banners and they hardly cover the quite considerable costs of running such a large website and updating it on a daily basis, not even talking about something imaginary like a profit. We have some loyal, long-term advertisers, but we need more to make this site financially stable, help me paying all the monthly bills and even improve it by adding some long-overdue, not-free software and functionality.
How about becoming a private sponsor at only US$5/month (HK$480/year)? If you're a regular reader that would be a wonderful gesture and ensure the continuation of this site for a long time! Contact me!
Or maybe your company wants to reach an increasingly affluent demographic of Lammaites with your products and services? This is the only local media on Lamma Island and it offers several low-cost, but very effective advertising options to reach Lammaites plus a HK-wide audience interested in Lamma for many reasons:
P.S. Within less than 24 hours, 3 sponsors have come forward already and paid up for 1 year each. This money will be directly invested in this website, of course. This wonderful gesture of some great people, all of them Lamma-zine subscribers, means a lot more than just the cash. It's an expression of real support beyond mere friendly words (which are also always welcome!) and it's deeply appreciated. Many thanks to all sponsors for really making my day even sunnier!
Anybody else eager to make my day today...and tomorrow as well? ;-)
P.S. II Loyal forum member Chuckm in Vancouver has issued A Challenge to Support Lamma-zine and This Forum! Do you dare to take him on? ;-)
Nov 18: A Coastal Stroll -- Portraits of Lamma Island
It's really quite difficult to find postcards of Lamma Island. You could use your own photos, but you wouldn't get the annotated Lamma map and the touristy captions that go along with these great panorama-sized postcards above. Photographed, designed and published by Lammaite Robert Hope-Jones, he's donated ten sets of these 6-card packs to my Fun Day stall. I've sold most of them already, the ENTIRE sales price going to the Fun Day's Children Welfare charity. Thank you, Robert!
I've got a few sets left, at the original retail price of $65, no charity markup, same price as in the Green Cottage and Bookworm Cafe where you can also buy them, but without making a 100% charity donation when buying one of these remaining postcard sets. Contact me!
Nov 17: SaraSen Gallery Opening
Nov 16: Save the Lily Pond from Vandalism!
The lotus pond on the way to Tai Peng has been a local landmark for literally decades. Even the current drainage channel construction has taken great care to protect it. But it relies on a steady, minimal flow of water running down from Tai Peng Village. So it needs a little dam at the end of the pond where the pond water overflows into the little stream through the Yung Shue Long valley.
But several months ago, a vandal has started demolishing the dam on an almost daily basis, trying to destroy the pond by drying it out. Lamma's "Gentleman Eco-Warrior", Jenkin, has been repairing the dam for several months now and has been trying hard to spot the vandal. He's been telling everybody about it and even posting in our forums has not helped to find out who's responsible for this eco-vandalism and convince them to stop doing it.
Help to save the Lily Pond by keeping an eye out for suspicious activities around the pond and inform Jenkin - usually easy to find sitting in front the Spicy Island Restaurant - about it, contact me or post in our anonymous forum, Help to Save the Lily/Lotus Pond!
Nov 15: Helipad Construction Sunset
Nov 14: Wonderful Voyage Around Lamma
Something I've always wanted to do is circling Lamma in a boat on a beautiful day, camera at the ready, discovering some of these secluded little bays and amazingly beautiful nature areas usually accessible only to committed hikers or people with boats. I definitely don't have the amazing and admirable level of fitness displayed by our Lamma Outriggers Canoe Club who circled Lamma in a canoe race recently (see Lamma-zine, Nov 1) and organising a sampan for the trip around Lamma can be complicated and expensive. How about doing it soon, with all of your nearest and dearest, on a convenient Saturday afternoon, with an English-speaking tour guide, all organised and arranged and FOR FREE?
Sat, Dec 1/8/15, 2-6pm, Yung Shue Wan ferry pier: Cruise circling Lamma with 1-hour stop in Sok Kwu Wan for teatime sponsored by the "Lamma Island Wai Chow Clansmen Association Ltd", English- and Cantonese-speaking tour guide, Nov 24 cruise is full already. Get your free ticket from our "City Hall" (G/F of the Rural Committee building, opposite HSBC) during office hours (9am - 5pm). Here's my own ticket with all the relevant info:
For more info in English and Chinese, click below:
Nov 13: Deep Appreciation From Lammadonna
A nice, pinkish (her favourite colour) banner has just popped up overnight on the Main Street fence outside the VV Parking Lot. There won't be any District Council Elections on Lamma this weekend, unlike the rest of HK, incl. all the other Outlying Island Districts. Lammadonna (Ms. Yu Lai Fan) has won already as she's uncontested this time.
At least she's graceful and grateful about it, thanking us all via this cute bilingual (!) banner in which she pledges "to continue my best endeavours to serve the community and reflect residents' opinions in order to maintain the district's well-being" and she "is ready to join hands with all of you to development a better community." Let's really hope so!
Hey, how about a handshake and a free drink to thank all the new potential voters who went through the trouble of registering and would surely have voted, if there'd have been an election? Or would that be against the strict election rules?
The last, hotly contested DC election 4 years ago generated quite a buzz in our forums and generated several big, colourful Lamma-zine stories and interviews (search for "District Council Election" at the top of this page). I remember well Lammadonna actively avoiding my camera outside the voting venue. This was before we've become good friends nowadays, good friends who agree to disagree on many political issues.
Well, anyway, warm congratulations to your easy but fair win, Fun Tse!
So this will be the last little DC election story this time. I'll have to dig up some other hot and newsworthy political issues in the near future. Any suggestions from our many Alert Readers?
Nov 12: Win a Free But-is-it-art-work
A - B - C (click to enlarge)
D - E - F
G - H - I
J - K
L - M
All the artworks by Lamma-Gung above are A3-size, printed on very heavy paper stock, signed and limited to a maximum of 5 copies worldwide. The pictures are for sale at $888. A quarter of the price will go to the Children Welfare charity, a quarter to the gallery and the rest to cover my exhibition costs. My priceless eternal gratitude will be included for free! The first picture has just been sold!
If you want me to create a customised picture of your friend, a family member or even your pet, contact me. It would make a great and absolutely unique birthday or Christmas present!
Or you can win a picture for free! Just match the 13 pictures above with the 14 picture titles below. One exhibition picture, showing the artist, is intentionally missing above. The titles do not have any real names (too easy!), just descriptions or nicknames of the Lammaites featured in the exhibition. You might have seen most of these people around the village, but some of them haven't even seen their own picture up here yet. Let them know!
Email me with a list like A5, B12,... before coming Monday, Nov 19. Who gets the most matches correct can choose any free picture above!
To view ALL of them in full detail (10 megapixels) and see the picture titles, plus some of my former works, you can get a viewing by appointment only in The Cyan Studio by calling Elizabeth Briel on 6252 6839 or emailing her.
P.S. The contest is over now. Toddy won with only 2 incorrect matches and she's chosen The Lock-Less Ecopreneur as her prize, as "the centerpiece of the Bobsy shrine" (her words, not mine!). Congratulations!
The correct matches are listed here.
Nov 11: But Is It Art? You Decide!
The turn-out to my first gallery exhibition in quite a few years was wonderful and so many friends and Lammaites turned up. I sponsored the wine and some people even liked some of the artworks! It was a major confidence boost for the oh-so-frail ego of the shy artist full of insecurities...not!
There were 14 brand-new artworks, plus an extra room showing some of my many former computer artworks from the last 25 years. Here are a few pictures from Roy McClean who was recently featured in a TVB Pearl Report about HK martial arts:
I love guestbooks as visitors are often so over-the-top complimentary!
P.S. But my favourite feedback on my pictures came from Elizabeth, the gallery owner herself and she's given permission to publish her words here:
"I know lots of people have seen them and loved them online!
"Have wanted to mention that it's been a real pleasure to have all these colorful images on the studio walls. I've been working on my prints mornings and evenings while surrounded by them.
"They're full of life and detail and personality, both yours and the subjects', and I think it'd make someone feel just as good to take one home!"
Nov 10: You Might Get Leied...
Nov 9: Lamma-Gung Exhibiting @ The Cyan Studio
It's been a few years since I've had a computer art solo exhibition in an art gallery. It's about time for another more, this Sunday afternoon in Lamma's only art gallery, The Cyan Studio on Back Street:
For a selection of former artworks w/o people, click below. The exhibition will only show brand-new, never before published artworks showing "Lamma Celebrities":
Nov 8: Interview of Changing Life on Lamma
Please answer directly to Cornelius or post your reply in the Interview... forum.
Would our MANY "long-term residents with strong opinions" care to come forward to share their strong opinions in public, outside the pub, please?
Nov 7: Mudwrestling on Lamma.com.hk
Click above to get a close-up seat if you enjoy this sort of thing happening in our forums recently. It started harmless enough with a message about the new Batman movie filmed in Hong Kong: HOLY WONTON!
But beware, these occasional online flame wars are like mudwrestling with pigs... Everybody gets dirty, but the pigs actually enjoy it...
Nov 6: LammaCelebrityCam
Are you a Lamma Celebrity? Almost anybody can be a Lamma Celebrity for a day and hundreds of them have been featured over the 5+ years since this website has been running. Running a stall for charity at the Lamma Fun Day left me with some free time to set up my camera, flashlight and tripod and stick a sign on it:
The reactions of the passersby were quite fascinating. Some read the sign, wondered about it and wandered on. When asked for a picture, many were shy, "I'm no celebrity!", hurrying on down Cable Road. Some were easy and accommodating when asked, smiling for the camera. But my favourite group were the EAGER ones who rushed in to have their picture taken, young and old alike! Here's a sampling of the photos, all taken at the Lamma.com.hk stall at the Fun Day. Click to enlarge.
Some of these people might find their pictures - dramatically digitally developed - in my photo art exhibition next Sunday afternoon, Nov 11, in The Cyan Studio on Back Street...
Lamma Celebrities pictures in progress...
Nov 5: Opposites...
Comparing the Discovery Bay market with the Lamma Fun Day...
Nov 4: Bobsy's Bold Bald Bonanza -- Lopping of the Locks
P.S. Photo gallery of the Lamma Fun Day by Mabel & Leo who came from town just for the day. Thank you!
P.S. III First figures just in from the Lamma Fun Day organisation committee:
"We raised over HK$200,000!!!!!!
Nov 3: Meet the People Behind Lamma.com.hk
Lamma.com.hk will again have a stall right in the centre of the Lamma Fun Day tomorrow. We'll be selling various new, printed, Lamma-related items. ALL profits will be going to the Children Welfare Scheme charity, of course:
Do YOU have some new printed items that are either Lamma-related or written/ photographed by Lammaites to sell and are willing to donate part of the sales price to the Children Welfare charity? Contact me right now!
So far we've got beautiful Lamma postcards, gardening wall calendars (showing several Lamma gardens), flower cards, Children of China book by Paul the Butterfly Man of Lo So Shing, a Lamma pets book, and more coming in, I hope...
But the main purpose of the stall will be to meet and greet visitors and friends of this website, talking to you and finding out how we can improve this site in general and in detail. So stop by and let us know your frank opinions and suggestions, please. No need to buy anything, we'll even buy YOU a drink for any good suggestions!
Plus one more nice little Fun Day promo from HK Magazine who's never missing an opportunity to repeat again and again their stubborn Hippie Island cliche:
LAMMA FUN DAY:
Yes, beyond the multitudes of hippies and baldheads, there is a reason to go to Lamma. The annual Lamma Fun Day takes place this Sunday; down some greasy food and ice-cold beers while watching local bands rock up a storm, or just do a bit of shopping at the stalls. Or, head down to the beach and take part in the volleyball tournament while leaving the kids at the numerous children's games. And don't worry about that empty wallet - all proceeds go to the Child Welfare Scheme which benefits underprivileged children in Nepal. Entry is free.
Sun, Nov 4, 10am-8pm. Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma, www.lammafunday.hk.
Nov 2: !!Save Tung O Beach!!
Nov 1: Round Lamma Canoe Race