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Nov 30 Mrs Santa Claus Is Looking for Ideas!

Mrs Santa Claus – aka Sharon of the Island Bar  (Picture by Lamma-Gung):

Mrs Santa Claus would like to clarify that this is NOT her real face colour!  It has been digitally altered by L-G to make it look more "jolly"!

Calling Lammaites!

Help Needed for Operation
Santa Claus 2007!

This year The Island Bar is actively seeking a few new ideas to add sparkle to the run-up to Christmas.

So, if you feel like helping out, or making suggestions as to how to raise more funds, please stick your head in the bar and let someone know your thoughts!

Many thanks,

Sharon & Dan

2982 2800, 9030 2888

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

Norman Martel - HK Gardening Society, republished from their monthly newsletter, with 3 additional photos provided by Paul Lau the Butterfly Man of Lo So Shing. The HKGS visited his amazing butterfly garden:

In much the same way as fine weather brings out butterflies, it also seemed to boost attendance on 29 September. Nearly 40 of us traveled to Sok Kwu Wan, where we were met by Jackie Simpson.  Anticipation seemed to be in the air with many of us were wondering what was in store, surely all aware of their beauty and their voracious appetites during the caterpillar stage, but few of us knowing much more.

A pleasant and leisurely stroll took us around the bay to Lo So Shing where Paul Lau awaited us outside a charming and colourful traditional single storey village house. His home is a short distance away near the beach.

He had kindly made green tea and it was passed around while he began explaining the correlation between the types of plant in your garden and the visiting butterflies.

To be most successful, you need a balanced selection of plants because the ones that attract butterflies for food, primarily nectar bearing, are not necessarily the ones that their larvae feed on. Butterfly feeding plants are mostly self-evident, large colourful ones, like Mexican Sunflowers, that attract and support the larger species while small ones, like Lantana, are favourites of the smaller butterflies.

As an introduction, Paul illustrated their life cycle by showing us two eggs and a caterpillar of the Common Sergeant on a nearby plant. The first surprise – how small they were. It was just possible to see them with the naked eye but to appreciate the detail you need a hand lens or a magnifying glass. A little practice with the hand lens revealed that it was a multifaceted spherical shape seemingly made up of tens of minute interlocking domes.

At the tip of the leaf a 5mm long dark skinned young caterpillar was rapidly chomping through the leaf having already eaten the domed egg casing from which it had emerged. It will apparently eat non stop until it is 2cm long and turns into a pupa before finally emerging as a butterfly with a beautiful 5cm wing span.

It was at this point that most of us became aware of Paul's wonderfully illustrated reference book "Butterflies of Hong Kong". Several of these were available at $100 and were quickly snapped up. The book is superbly laid out and ideal for the uninitiated observing butterflies and their larvae. The inside front and back cover pages consist of thumbnail photos of all the species in the book together with the number of the page on which they appear. Thus it is relatively simple to quickly and easily refer to what you think you have seen.

Most of us were now armed with the book and easily able to follow while he explained the habits and various lifestyles of the different species. How they vary their lifespan, particularly during the pupa stage, to suit the climate at different times of the year, how the ‘skippers' cut and roll up leaves for protection using silk like threads to bend the leaves. That some, like the ‘tigers' eat poisonous plants and become poisonous to predators, while others copy their markings so they too seem to be poisonous, yet others can control the amount of poison they eat by ‘pruning‘ the veins of the leaves.

Some butterflies are nervous and difficult to approach but others seem oblivious and will even perch on you to feed on perspiration; however, if you want clear photographs, you will need a good 35mm camera, preferably digital because you will have a lot of deleting to do, some macro lenses and mostly a lot of patience!

After answering several questions possibly the biggest surprise awaited us. Inside Paul's village house was the most amazing collection of photographs of the extreme regions and in particular the minority people of ‘Greater China'.

Those of us that saw this collection will always remember them; several of us had visited some of these regions, marveled at their quality and are envious when compared with our own photos. Paul holds exhibitions all over HK, do not miss the chance to visit one if you can. We will all testify that he is a gentleman in every sense of the word and a great photographer.

Thanks to Jackie too for arranging this very informative visit and pleasant lunch.

Paul was on RTHK's Radio 3 recently talking about his butterfly garden and you can hear the programme on the website.

A Mexican sunflower for lunch!
Photo by Simon Jennings

Paul Lau

Amy Newbery enjoying Paul's book

Egg of Colour Sergeant

Glochidion eriocarpum
(Hairy-fruited Abacus Plant)
Food for Colour Sergeants

Plain Tiger larvae which is eating the poisonous Blood Flower and pruning the leave vein to reduce the poisonous sap flow.

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...

Click here to learn more (PDF file, 1MB); website, forum and email.

Nov 27 Lamma Outriggers @ Round HK Island Race

Gina – aka Captain Bligh or Bullhorn Face - Lamma Outriggers Canoe Club:

(Photos by LOCC and comic by Gina!):

Here is a PDF (click above, 2.41MB!) of the Lamma Outriggers Canoe Club at the Round Hong Kong Island Race, which is run through the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club with the Loro Piana RIR Race.

The men's crew entered the race for the first time as a dedicated men's team and were absolutely fantastic throughout. As the photos will attest, it was an exciting day, between running the surf off of the Big Wave Bay rocks and Cap D'Aguilar and some of the guys almost becoming by-catch for a local fishing boat, it was all very crazy.

For myself, you will be hard-pressed to pull a bullhorn or VHF radio out of my claws ever again. The feeling of bullhorn and radio power: I don't know if I can let it go!

Page one of the PDF is from the outrigger sprint races, which were held at middle island the Saturday before the BIG Round Hong Kong Island Race. The men's time around the island was 4:35.31 – rather spectacular for a 44km race, we think, and it will only improve in the coming seasons. The men are completely giddy with their success (as noted, it's the first time we've had a dedicated men's crew, and they are all full of beans after a couple months training for this race), and have insisted that we enter the next big outrigger event, the 3 Peaks race, scheduled for December 8th. This too, is like a conventional sailing race, except we PADDLE to each designated "peak", send 2 runners up a mountain and down again, and then paddle on to another peak.

The women are joining this event, since they are equally mad, and can only be expected to act as cheerleaders once every 10 years. (Next cheerleading time scheduled for November, 2017).

I will be sending more information along asap.

But, the important final note is the TUNG O BEACH CLEAN-UP is scheduled for THIS SUNDAY, Dec 2.  Delayed to mid-January!

Details to follow and all volunteers to help are most welcome.

Hawaii-Five-0 party results and beach info coming next!

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

Grahame Collins - Lamma-based photographer - Website:

"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."
Author Unknown

My experience behind the camera began as a teenager when I was given several old cameras by relatives who no longer made use of them. I now have a collection of some 50 cameras, all different ages and makes. Some may be of value in years to come but to me the pleasure comes from collecting them.

I have used all types of camera for my photography and have no particular favourite make or format. My 'pro' camera is a Nikon D200, which is a fantastic piece of equipment that is built to last. However, I never leave home without an Olympus compact camera. It is easy to use, lightweight and gives decent picture resolution. I would advise anyone new to the art of photography to study in detail the workings of their camera. Read the book play with all the functions, practice using all the different settings and then switch to an auto mode. Knowing what the camera is capable of is good practice. You should spend as little time as possible adjusting settings and as much time as possible looking for a shot. Many of my pictures look as though a lot of time went into setting up the subject and making adjustments. This is rarely the case. Most of my favourite works were taken 'in the moment'.

Coming from a generation of 35mm film photographers I have a sense of the cost of every frame taken. This makes me less likely to waste a single shot. Digital cameras have given us the freedom to take almost unlimited photographs and in a way have taken away the value of each image. I use digital cameras for the freedom and flexibility they offer but I still try to keep the amount of images I have to process to a minimum.

Knowing how your camera works is essential, but having an eye for an image is what makes a photograph.

Nov 24 Pet-o-Graphics

  1. This poster above is a little free promotion for the upcoming Lamma Artist of the Month, Dec 2007 - Dave Parker, an internationally well-known artist and professional illustrator who has returned to live on Lamma recently. He's also still looking for a short-term place to stay. Contact him!

  2. For wonderful traditional pet paintings, you can also talk to Annie Knibb.
    Click here for some of her pet paintings.

  3. Also, for a "computer art" picture of your pet (or other family members), you can talk to me. I've just started to work on personal commissions, for example for a unique Christmas present for a relative of my first client. For samples, click here.

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

Eric Masson – Chair, The Hong Kong Petanque Club, writes:

Dear friends of Petanque,

For the third year in a row, The Hong Kong Petanque Club is honoured to invite you on December 1st at 12pm for a training session and on December 15th between 11am and 6pm to a petanque championship, for both beginners as well as experts.

Join us for celebrating the 100 years of this noble game by throwing some boules and enjoying good company, food and drinks.

The fee for joining the event is HKD35 for members of the Hong Kong Petanque Club and of HKD80 for non-members. You can download the registration form at

For more information, contact Eric Masson at 2982 0185 or 6104 5977 or by e-mail

HKPC, 71 Tai Peng Old Village, Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Bring your friends and family as well, looking forward to some good games!

Bonjour a tous,

Cette annee pour la 3eme fois consecutive, le 'HONG KONG PETANQUE CLUB' a le plaisir de vous inviter le 1er decembre 2007 a partir de 12.00 pour un grand entrainement, et le 15 decembre 2007 de 11.00 a 18.00 pour un concours de petanque ouvert a tout les niveaux.

En effet, pour l' anniversaire des 100 ans de ce jeu et du Noel de la petanque, vous aurez le plasir de jouer et de jeter la boule.

Un buffet sera organise le 15 decembre pour combler les petits creux de la journee.

Une participation financiere vous sera demande de 35,00 HKD pour nos licencies et de 80,00 HKD pour les non - inscrits au club.

Un bon de preinscription est a votre disposition sur notre site:

Pour en savoir plus, vous pouvez contacter Eric Masson, soit par telephone 2982 0185 ou au 6104 5977, soit par mail

HKPC, 71 Tai Peng Old Village, Lamma Island, Hong Kong

N'hesitez pas a en parler autour de vous.

Amis de la petanque, je vous souhaite une bonne journee.

Nov 22 Ex-Lammaites in Slovenia

Caroline Biebuyck - Resident of Lamma Island for 13 years when she and her husband, John Newson, decided to relocate to Europe. John has been in Slovenia, on and off, for just over a year (Oct 28: Slovenian Mountain Village Morning). Caroline joined him there in April 2007.

"Em, I think you'll find that bend's best tackled in second gear. PLEASE." As these words escape from the barely open lips (his eyes aren't too wide open either) of my husband co-passenger, I'm once again left to ponder on the wisdom of driving round hair-pin bends in the pouring rain within months of passing my driving test. Oh, and of learning to drive in my 40s.

It's not as if there haven't been enough other new things going on in my life this year. The early months of 2007 were spent winding down my business in Hong Kong and upping sticks to a new home in Slovenia. Once we'd helped a few key people (like the travel agent and movers) locate the country on the map and explain that it wasn't Slovakia and was in the EU, the logistics of moving us and our stuff went pretty much OK. Getting the dogs across international borders was more of a challenge. And saying goodbye to our friends and neighbours in our home of so many years was not easy.

But once we were in our new home there was so much to do. One of the things I had been looking forward to was having our own vegetable garden. Never having been a serious gardener before, I envisaged hours of gentle pottering round the small holding, digging a few weeds here and there, inspecting new growth, tutting over a few pests, sitting back and drinking a glass of wine as the sun went down behind the apple trees and generally enjoying myself in a very understated, English country garden kind of way.

Instead on the day after arriving in my new home I was curtly informed that our plot was a disgrace and well behind the neighbours' so we'd better get moving. The following days became a blur of endless digging up weeds in an area that seemed to have trebled since I had last seen it – and all during the hottest April on record. There was no time to plan so planting was a bit of a hit and miss affair, the seedlings wilted as the weeds thrived and all water had to be brought by hand from a village tap some 50 metres away. You could say I was not a happy gardening bunny.

Then there's the issue of the language. Slovene is famous for being archaic and unnecessarily complicated. Unfortunately I only found this out after starting to learn it. The people here are proud (proud, for heaven's sake!) of the fact the language is one of only three in the world to use something called the dual, a form of plural used for two people only. As one friend helpfully explained, it's a romantic way for couples to express the idea of "me and you against the world". Let's face it, who'd offer any linguistic resistance to that?

But … we now live in a beautiful part of the world, in a great house with oodles of storage space (remember storage?!) and we're full of plans for expanding and improving our living area. Our second property is being transformed into holiday apartments and the project is, so far, going well. Every day I run or walk the dogs along the most stunning Alpine paths and trails. My asthma seems to have all but disappeared; within three days of arriving I stopped my nightly coughing ritual, hopefully for good.

We've been getting to know people, both in our village and the nearby town. While I have my bike-riding friend and neighbours whose houses I'll pop into for a coffee, John has his "let's sit in the workshop and drink beer and talk about the great construction project buddies. The bar/number of inhabitants ratio is even better here than on Lamma and there's always someone who you can convince (with very little arm twisting) to go for that euphemistic coffee.

Meanwhile all the older villagers and townspeople insist on talking to me in Slovene so my language skills are, very slowly, improving. While the nouns and adjectives are a huge challenge to someone not used to declining cases (think Latin or German) the verbs are reasonably straightforward. Much to my astonishment we had a decent crop of various fruit and veg this year, when I had finally got the garden under control. I'm fully prepared for next year's war of the weeds. Oh yes, and I now have a hosepipe.

And the driving? Getting better by the day. At least I think so…

Glorious early autumn colours on the mountain pass

A group of intrepid ex-Lamma residents set off into the woods

Snow levels at different years on a 1400m mountain pass

The amazing emerald-turquoise colour of the Soča river

The valley we now call home

Nov 21 3 Eco-Business Awards for HK Electric!

Director & General Manager (Engineering), Mr. Francis Lee, receives the Green Innovative Practice Grand Award from the Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Director of Environmental Protection, Ms Anissa Wong, at the 2006 Eco-Business Awards Presentation Ceremony.

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!

Read all about it: HK Electric swept major eco-business awards with innovative green initiatives [20 November 2007]

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!!!

  • Lost your ID card, spend several hours in the Policebox. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200.

  • Trod on a dog turd in Tai Peng, slither back to Pak Kok Village.

  • Barred from the Deli for throwing chairs. Spend a night in the Seats of Shame.

  • Found a nearly full pint. Collect $25.

  • Missed the last ferry on drunken night out. Pay $250 to get sampan back from Aberdeen.

  • Kung Hei Fat Choi, your children collect $500 Lai See money.

  • Ching Ming fire sweeps through your garden. Pay $150 to replant.

  • Red Tide prevents swimming on Hung Shing Yeh beach. Collect $200 in compensation.

  • Chased by pack of dogs, advance to Luk Chau.

  • Bitten by bamboo snake, advance to Lamma Clinic.

  • Use "sound magnifier" without permission. Pay $1,200 fine.

  • Busking on the Lamma ferry. Collect $5 from each one.

  • Busted for organising a rave on Power Station beach. Go directly to Policebox.

  • Bitten by centipede, go to Lamma Clinic.

  • Deafened by Chinese New Year fireworks, pay Clinic $150.

  • Stuck under the trees drinking Carlsberg at Granny Chan's, miss a GO.

  • VV runs over your dog. Pay driver $100 compensation.

  • Sewers finally connected. Pay $200 per house and $500 per hotel.

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:

English ratecard -- Chinese ratecard

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

Notice the list of artists on the middle left of the poster above?

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!

The newly fortified Lily Pond dam in question. Even putting in really heavy stones hasn't stopped the almost daily attacks of the vandal(s)!

Nov 15 Helipad Construction Sunset

Nov 14 Wonderful Voyage Around Lamma

(click to enlarge)

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:

Andy Maluche signing the guestbook -- Vernon and Elizabeth --
Picture of a photo model and her picture

Nick the Bookman, another photo model -- A great crowd turning up...

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:

Elizabeth Briel:

"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...

Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club writes:

Hawaii Five-0 Party & Tung O Beach Cleanup Raffle

Join the Lamma Outriggers Canoe Club this Saturday night (November 10) in the Island Bar, Main Street, to celebrate the fine sport of outrigger canoeing – you remember those big, cool, ass-kicking boats from the opening of the immortal Hawaiian cop-show – and to raise sponsorship fund for the Tung O Beach Cleanup.

On Saturday night, the draw for the Tung O Beach Clean-up sponsor will be drawn from the box of ticket stubs, and one lucky prize winner will to be Named the Sponsor of this glorious environmentally friendly event (scheduled for Sunday, December 2!).

Imagine: the winner doesn't have to lift a finger, rather; they can point their finger at bits of trash and the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club team – and assorted recruits – will scamper on over and pick it up, while the raffle-prize winner takes all the credit!

For the rest of the ticket-buyers – those unlucky schlubs who don't win the MAIN TUNG O SPONSORSHIP PRIZE – there will be an assortment of lucky-dip raffle prizes, sponsored by many of the fabulously generous businesses and people from lovely YSW.

These include:

1 table for 12-18 ppl $1900 of the bill..from Holiday Mood Grill
2 bottles of white wine..................from The Fountain Head
2 persons Blue Bird Set $198.............from Blue Bird Japanese
1 Free bottle of wine for 4 pax dinner...from Deli Lamma
1 Amber Necklace.........................from Lamma Amber shop
2 persons set meal.......................from Lamcombe Seafood
1 Essential oil..........................from Green Cottage
1 Box of Beer................. ..........from B&B Seaview Rest.
1 bottle of red wine.....................from Lam Hoi Kee Store
1 box of bottle water....................from Kai Mei Frozen Food
Sunday Roast for 2.......................from Diesel's
$100 Gift Voucher........................from Annie H. boutique
$100 Gift Voucher........................from Main Street
2 Big Pizzas.............................from Pizza Milano
1 months free gym membership.............from Train & Tone gym
8 gifts....... ..........................from Artlab
1 x 1/4 yr membership to LOCC............from Lamma OCC
1 x Diana Ross personally signed framed photo w/certificate
verifying it as authentic................from Thirsty Horse
10 x Dragonboat shirts...................from Thirsty Horse
1 x Dolce & Gabbena neck tie.............from Thirsty Horse
1 x Terry Ward's new music CD, 7th Endeavour - Mabel's Daughter
.........................................from Thirsty Horse
1 x FCC 2008 Diary with the winner's name on it
.........................................from Thirsty Horse

Finally, there will be Hawaiian music, games, drinks, music and food.
More importantly, there will be fantastically gorgeous Lamma men and women there, all dressed in ghastly floral shirts or slinky little bikinis and grass skirts.

Come support the Lamma OCC and the TUNG O Beach Cleanup at the HAWAII FIVE-0 party this Saturday night.

(And remember: you just 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:

The Cyan Studio - email invitation:

LammaCelebrityCam - Lamma-Gung @ The Cyan Studio

Sunday, 11 November, 2-6pm, 2/F, 21C Back Street, (opposite
Best Kebab Turkish restaurant, map), Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island.

Swiss wannabe artist Lamma-Gung is an (almost) professional photographer, overqualified web guru and has been tinkering with computer art for 25 years. He's exhibited in group shows in the HK Arts Centre and the Cultural Centre lobby, created a series of computer art calendars and magazine covers, won a few computer art prizes and had a number of solo exhibitions in Switzerland.

While studying and babysitting mainframe computers in an IBM Research Lab, he met an amazing HK-Chinese lady on the Internet 22 years ago. He moved to HK, married her and has lived here for almost 20 years now, the 6 last years on Lamma Island.

He's running the local community website, with lively forums and the daily Lamma-zine. After a multi-award-winning career before and during the dotcom boom, he involuntarily dropped out and semi-retired, finding some time to renew his passion for photography and creating artworks. He's usually the only one to appreciate them, but this doesn't stop him, quite the opposite! Due to a serious lack of any manual artistic skills, he's using his PC (can't afford Macs) to do most of the work for him, by simply clicking the "Create Art" button in Photoshop, his favourite toy. Just kidding...or is he?

He's the Featured Artist for November at The Cyan Studio, and will exhibit all-new artworks. He created them by playing around with some of his thousands of photos of Lamma Celebrities, some of them taken at the Lamma Fun Day (the weekend before the exhibition - deadline pressure gets this lazy artist going!)  He placed his fancy camera on a tripod on the street, tagged as "LammaCelebrityCam", and shot pictures of willing passersby. Then he Photoshopped them to bring out the character and nature of each subject.

This event is the latest monthly second Sunday open studio featuring Lamma artists. It's an opportunity to visit an artist's workspace, see work in progress, and get a break from the city on a Sunday afternoon.

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

Cornelius Rahn (Stud. FdCW) writes:

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I am doing a feature story for a news reporting class at HK University. I want to find out how life on Lamma has been changing in the last couple of years. From what I gather, the introduction of easy access via the fast ferry services has had a marked impact, and new residents tend to be more "upscale".

In order to answer my question, I want to interview a number of residents, both expat and local, on how they perceive these changes. Are any of your teams available to share their version of the story in a short interview? Any input would be helpful - maybe you know some long-term resident who has a strong opinion on this?

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

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 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...

In progress...

Nov 4 Bobsy's Bold Bald Bonanza -- Lopping of the Locks

Nick the Bookman - Official Court Music Reviewer:

(All photos by L-G, click to enlarge. More photos in the photo gallery.)

Here's the official video shot by Hong Kong Photographers WhiteBox Studio!

Lamma Fun Day

Well, Sunday is proving to be Fun Day at last. The weather has cleared up (maybe God wanted to make sure Bobsy's haircut take place on schedule!)

I've arrived at a very busy Power Station Beach at about 13:30. The bands are supposed to start playing at 14:00. But this is Lamma, remember, and time works differently. There's going to be an hour's delay (at least) before the Hong Kong Electric Band struts its funky stuff on the high-rise (but solidly constructed) stage. Good work by Sean and the boys. For some reason of Lamma politics, Parksy isn't doing the sound this year. An offshore company called Blue Note has been hired in his place.

Meanwhile, DJ Lamma Mic has been manning the decks since 11:00, laying down a tasty mix of reggae, ragga, toasting MCs, Fergie (from the Black Eyed Peas) and other sundry sonic sweeteners. The volleyball tournament is underway. The bars and stores are a seething, steaming mass of humanity. People are scoffing, getting their auras massaged and balanced, buying old clothes, CDs, DVDs, books, scented oils and other crap that seemed like a good idea at the time. Kids and dogs are running amok. There's a motorboat on the beach and a floating gin-palace moored offshore. (It leaves as soon as the live music starts).

I've noticed that one of the sponsors is Disneyland. I'm wondering what they'll bring to the mix. Minnie/Mickey Mouse Ambassadors? No! Possibly a pool to duck Donald, Daisy, Scrooge and the nephews? No! A booth to guess what the heck species is Goofy? No! There are some signature Mouse ear hats visible, though.

The first live act is Maha and African Djembe. I feel at times that these groovy guys and gals (hi, Roz, Rodney and Gerry) would come to the opening of an envelope in a bid to turn the world into Planet Drum. But the beats are hypnotic fun and a good time is being had. The last tune is called "Sunu" and has a nice Apocalypse Now feel to the rhythms. Des is dancing up a storm while I mind his pup tent and the booze supply.

Dave Parker, recently returned from a decade of decadent ducking and diving in the fleshpots of the Philippines, is sketching the action. Some competition for Harry perhaps? Meanwhile, Les and Jim are preparing for the first auction. Liz G. stumps up $3,000 for what she has kindly described in my notes as "the photo studio deal thingy." Hope Hans doesn't have to put up his vet fees to cover the cost.

"Hello, hello". A bilingual babble introduces the HK Electric Band. This gifted octet, stunningly attired in matching orange shirts and nearly matching Levis, are making their 4th appearance at the Fun Day. It's good to know that in this rapidly changing world, that the HKEB will remain a welcome and solid model of consistency (with maybe a new song or two).

We are treated to those old rabble-rousing crowd-pleasers "La Bamba", "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "I Feel The Earth Move", "Dangerzone", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" and "Lemon Song". I'm transported to a world where misogynistic rap never happened. Where I can lie in my Barca-lounger, devouring banana daiquiris and guavatinis while indulging in the Tiki Experience. (Les Baxter, you rock!). The band depart the stage to their usual warm applause.

Les/Jim are handling the second auction as a rumour sweeps the crowd that Bobsy has arrived. Doug, who is the organiser of the Nepal Child Welfare Scheme - the beneficiaries of the Fun Days - has been entrusted with the awesome task of The Lopping of the Locks. He'll use a huge pair of garden shears (idea suggested to Bobsy by the recently-shorn Pilose Parker). Keith is on hand to polish up the newly liberated bone dome. I suggest to Jim that there should be another auction for the leftover tresses. He promptly retaliates by calling on me to donate "The Beard" as well. What's that maxim about no good deed ever goes unpunished? Time to beat an undignified retreat.

In the interim, Joves has entertained the crowd with another acoustic set. She kicks off with "Strong Enough To Be My Man" by Sheryl Crow (written before she was unceremoniously dumped by "One Ball" Armstrong - the 7-time winner of the Tour De France.) A second cover, "Daughters" by John Mayer, concludes her tribute to starving millionaire singer/songwriters. The rest of her attractive, jazz-inflected acoustic set is all Joves originals. Some of her phrasing is similar to Jaki Whitren and some of the melodies recall the late Nick Drake. She's a keen observer of the HK scene as well, especially  in her final tune "Shoebox", a paean to urban living.

Sam has taken over on DJ duties. Kevin Nude and I are wondering if he'll play "Almost Cut My Hair" by David Crosby. Sam says he left it at home. The crowd is now massive. Lamma-Gung and sundry others armed with cameras and mobile phones to record the moment of Bobsy's Anastasis (rebirth). The bidding is at $9,400 and Doug is whipping the crowd into a frenzy, raising the raised amount to above $15,000! Harry has donated 2 prints of the Before and After Bobsy which finally go for $3,500. Not sure who got them though, as I was getting a drink.

Dave Parker is sketching front-stage. Bobsy is in a near catatonic state, weeping tears of (not quite joy, I think.) Keith holds up the pony tail and Doug scissors away. It's almost the modern equivalent of an execution. Dave mentions he only raised US$100 for letting some Mad Dog bikers cut his hair "having had long hair for 30 years". That's compared to a "mere" 20 years for Bobsy. I've arrived at the stage with a Nixmix cocktail for Bobsy which helps him through the pain barrier.

Shortly after, he makes a speech apologising to everyone he hurt or offended over the years on Lamma. He's already said that 10 years ago, his girlfriend then sent him her hair when she shaved her head in India and he hopes to  repay the gesture.

Unfortunately, some tiny tycoon in the making has nicked the hair and tries to charge people $5 a time to touch it!  I secure a world exclusive by getting Bobsy to write down for me how he feels. Lamma-Gung has photographed it for posterity (click on Nick's photo below.)

I've lost my pen and manage to walk into a tree while stumbling off the beach to go home and get another. For some reason or another, by the time I get back, Very Ape have finished their set. They are a pretty hardcore punk band with a jazz style approach to their music. People tell me they enjoyed it. Koya, the bassist, isn't happy unless he's in 9 bands at once. I had visions of him being nailed to the stage, while all the other bands rotated around him. He's helped out Transnoodle in the past, but now that Kevin has returned from his American sabbatical, Koya wasn't needed.

I've got back for Transnoodle's last number "Hong Kong" It's the usual good punky-ska sound that they've honed over the last year of occasional gigs and massive binges. I'm sure most of you remember them from The Island Bar and The Concerto Inn.

The trouble is that everything is running so late that headliners Red Star Rising are being limited to a couple of songs. Sounds like the great story of Jimi Hendrix when he headlined Woodstock. Was meant to play Sunday night. Didn't get on until 06:00 Monday. The DJ is cutting into the band's time (it's about 20:30) and everything should have finished now to allow Blue Note time to pack up and get the 22:30 ferry to Central with the gear.

Steve's in a bit of a strop and would rather not play, but is persuaded to tread the boards. They crash through an abbreviated set comprising the angry-blues of "Megaphone Man" the slightly more indie "Finishing Line", and normal crowd pleasers "When Worlds Collide", "Escalator Girls" and the usually awesome "Shopping Malls". John Palmer is guesting on "Red Claw".

There's a brief hiatus as Steve changes guitars for the final two numbers. Hugh and Alex (on drums and bass) totally hijack them with some stunning interplay while Steve seems content to watch. Fans have stayed until the end and Tamara is in slow boogie mode, dreads slapping up and down.

Red Star Rising will be playing at The Cavern on Thu, 29-11-07, and folks, that is the show to see. I'm expecting at least a 20-minute version of "Shopping Malls" with the backward guitar solo and FX pedals mashed to buggery. More details available on the Red Star Rising website.

More in the photo gallery...

P.S. Photo gallery of the Lamma Fun Day by Mabel & Leo who came from town just for the day. Thank you!

P.S. II  Here's the official video shot by Hong Kong Photographers White Box Studio! See the most magic moment on the right! Yes, that's a hedge trimmer!

P.S. III  First figures just in from the Lamma Fun Day organisation committee:

"We raised over HK$200,000!!!!!!
And Bobsy raised over HK$30,000!!!!  Isn't that great!!!!!!!!"

Nov 3 Meet the People Behind 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:


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,

Nov 2 !!Save Tung O Beach!!

Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club writes:

Tung O Beach Cleanup

& Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club Sponsorship Party!

Tung O Beach, at the Southeast of Lamma Island, is one of the loveliest beaches in Hong Kong and certainly one of the most beautiful on Lamma itself.

Unfortunately, the small population and low traffic at Tung O means that most people are unfamiliar with just how much trash has accumulated on the beach.

Pile upon pile of plastic bags, buckets and ice boxes, shoes, bottles, needles, industrial foam, wood and assorted trash cover Tung O's high tide mark, leaving mounds of rubbish, many meters deep over long stretches of the shoreline.

Wouldn't you like to know that Tung O Beach had been cleaned up in your name?

You don't have to lift a finger (unless you want to help), but you can buy a ticket for the Tung O Beach Cleanup Raffle, currently sponsored by the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club, and if your name is chosen in the draw, the beach will be cleaned up in your name.

You could be the Edmund Hillary of "Mount Rubbish" – except that the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club will remove Mount Rubbish on your behalf!

The Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club (Lamma OCC) members have the pleasure of paddling around the island on a regular basis. In some places, we do not like what we see. Sadly, Tung O is one of those places.

As part of the Lamma OCC's team mandate, we have chosen to focus on the marine and beach environment of Lamma. Our team shirts include a stylized image of the Green Turtle, the last ocean turtle to nest in Hong Kong – specifically on Lamma's Sham Wan Beach. Sadly, the Green Turtle has not nested on Sham Wan in the past four years.

As part of our interest in environmental sustainability, The Lamma OCC has decided to clean up Tung O beach and is currently selling sponsorship tickets on Lamma and in Hong Kong for $20 each or 6 for $100. For a small donation, you can sponsor the beach cleanup, and possibly win the prize to have it cleaned up in your name!

On November 10th, the Lamma OCC is hosting its Hawaii-Five-O party at the Island Bar where the sponsorship ticket will be drawn. In addition to Tung O Sponsorship prize, the draw will also include regular door prizes, including dinners at local restaurants, jewelry and trinkets, beer and wine.

So get yourself a loud Hawaiian shirt, buy LOTS of Tung O sponsorship tickets, and come down to the Island Bar for some tunes, Hawaiian food, and our Tung O Cleanup raffle drawn on the evening of Saturday, November 10th.

If you're very lucky, you might even get leied at the Island Bar (it's been known to happen).

For more information on the Tung O Beach Cleanup or the Lamma OCC, call Gina Miller at 9121 3648 or Jasper Moiseiwitsch at 9753 4907.

All funds go to the Lamma OCC, which will cover costs of beach cleanup, and provide labour. All money raised will cover team's entry fees and expenses for local and international races.

Nov 1 Round Lamma Canoe Race

Gina the Mean - Captain/Chair of the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club:

(all photos by Lamma Outrigger Club, click to enlarge)

I've attached some photos of the Lamma OCC first Round Lamma Canoe race! These teams are the LOCC men's and women's. Our times were 2:45 minutes (ladies) and 2:27 minutes (men). We raced the Hong Kong Island Paddle Club, The HK Outrigger Canoe Club and members of the RHKYC Canoe Club. We were, of course, the most attractive paddlers on the water.

By the way, paddlers in these photos are – according to seats 1-6:

1. Jumpin' Jasper
2. Mad Martin
3. Greg the Loud
4. Simon the Mountain
5. "Josh ain't Scott"
6. Pokin' Paul (that is a steering move,
not crass!)

1. Loony Laura
2. Claudia the Mighty
3. Poster-Girl Claire
4. Metamorphic Jess
5. Nicole the Sweet
6. Gina the Mean

The LOCC is entering the Round Hong Kong Island Race on November 18th (run through the RHKYC's Loro Piana Round Island race). This is a 46km race all around HK Island and through Victoria Harbour. We did it last year as a mixed crew and I can tell you, steering a boat the length of a dragon boat through Victoria Harbour with all those Macau ferries, harbour boats, and Outer Island ferries was scary! But we did it in excellent time (4:49 minutes) and our crew has a goal of setting a much better time this year! Photos from that race can be seen at: Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club Blog.

Also, the LAMMA OCC wimmin-folk are entering the first international Dragon Run ( race on singles canoes, paddling from Clearwater Bay to Deepwater bay over 30km! It should be one hell of a ride.

If anyone is interested in joining the LOCC or helping with the the Tung O clean-up, call Gina Miller at 9121 3648 or Jasper Moiseiwitsch at 9753 4907.

PS: We will likely promote a membership drive for LOCC after the party and cleanup. We will also be selling raffle tickets on the beach on Lamma Fun Day.

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