Mar 31: Ferry Service Online Questionnaire
Residents of YSW Lamma
Island Ferry Services Concern Group sincerely
invite you to express your opinion either on
Apr 6 and Apr 7,
Survey results will be made available for public, government & related organizations' viewing. Thanks for your support!
Mar 30: DVD Rentals by Mail
Our new advertiser HKVDO.com has just been promoting their movie rentals at the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier recently, on Sunday, March 16. If you're one of the many Lammaites staying away from the ferry pier on Sundays, avoiding the flood of weekend visitors, you might have missed it. Renting a wide variety of movies is a service almost completely absent from Lamma, sadly. But renting movies from town (and returning them on time, avoiding the huge late charges!) is often just too inconvenient and our pretty limited local TV options rarely offer any good new movies.
I've been using HKVDO.com's DVD rental services for a little while now and I'm very happy with it so far. The convenience can't be beaten, see on the right how it works. You can take as much time as you like to watch the DVDs, no late charges! Return them via pre-stamped envelope (see below) and get the next DVD in your online queue a few days later. It's charged monthly depending on how many DVDs you'd like to rent at the same time. $128 monthly for 1, $198 for 2 discs at-a-time. FAQ.
Mar 29: Lamma Gardens Excursion
Click above for L-G's photo gallery.
Mar 28: RIP, Pierre Ingrassia
P.S. Click here for a photo gallery with some photos of Pierre's Lamma days.
Mar 27: One Week on Paradise Island
Mar 26: Dead Loss
Mar 25: Cyan Butterflies
Paul Lau from Lo So Shing Village (near Sok Kwu Wan), well-known Lammaite, photographer and publisher, was exhibiting pictures from his latest beautiful photo book "Butterflies and Moths of Hong Kong", in Back Street's The Cyan Studio on Sunday, March 16.
For more info, see recent story, Mar 13: The Butterfly Man @ The Cyan Studio.
Mar 24 - Easter Monday: Above YSW & Power Station
This fantastic photo - taken just a few months ago, last Sep - comes from Lammadonna's blog (in Chinese only) where it's used as wallpaper. Click for large version of this photo and check out more Lamma Blogs!
Mar 23 - Easter Sunday: Bookworm Corner Stone
Feb 9, 2008: Bookworm Corner Stone Grand Opening party, photos by Simon Li. our Photographer of the Month - Feb 2008.
According to Ken the Bookworm (below left), this new bar-style "extension" will be open to all guests and available for special events as well. The driftwood counters were brought in from Power Station Beach and the stone slabs were also locally sourced.
For more photos, see Simon Li's photo blog.
Mar 22: Lamma-Bunnies
From the "Far-Flung Baska-Gang":
"We wish you a Happy Easter for 2008. We send a message of Hope and Love."
Mar 21 - Good Friday: Revealing Glimpses of Village Life
Another long holiday weekend, Easter, and Yung Shue Wan Main Street is foot-traffic-jammed with visitors. But there remain so many pockets of peace and quiet even on busy weekends like this. A few photos by Jay Scott Kanes, all taken today around Yung Shue Wan, offering revealing little glimpses into our village life.
It must be a holiday weekend! - Seeking seafood at a Lamma restaurant
Car magazines for sale on a car-free island - Calling for cat food home delivery
Mar 20: 'What a Mother Does'
Mar 19: Underground #55: Return of Thinking Out Loud
Mar 18: Recycle Your Used Clothes!
Click to enlarge poster above.
Mar 17: 'All the Mutants on the Island Are Dancing'
There's a noticeboard of the Lamma Northern School in-between Sampan restaurant an the Policebox, announcing the latest primary school news. Click above to see the full, large, legible version. The noticeboard is often very entertaining and amusing, very creatively designed and it's being updated every number of weeks showing many school photos and recent events. The current (English) poster is showcasing the latest children's "1 2 3, Action!!!! Drama and Film Making". A few quotes:
P1 Drama: Policeman Goldilocks, Seven Bears & One:
"Yoyo and Kiki performed in front of the school! They were baby bears."
P2 Drama: The Halloween Party:
"I turn you into sweet smelling yuk."
P6 Film: Shark Bay:
"Our delightful P6 students were so excited about filming a play they
wrote! What clever kids! The play took 3 hours to film and we had lots of
fun moments filming around Lamma Island."
Some of these quotes are just priceless! Who's Policeman Goldilocks? Where exactly are the mutants hiding out at Power Station Beach? Will Ms Lau be saved?
Could anybody get a copy of the P6 film? We'll put it online for all to see!
Mar 16: Want to Become a Blogging Gourmet Magician?
Where can you study a wide variety of free classes, such as workshops on traditional gourmet cooking, sign language, crystal accessories, personal blogs, magic and Chinese drumming techniques? Or do you want to learn about "Fun with Sudoku", "Getting Smart with Your Money", "Know Your Mobile Phone", "What’s New Today" and "Guided Tour of Architectural Buildings", etc?
At U3A, the University of the 3rd Age, supported and sponsored by HK Electric, that's where! It's nice to know that a part of our electricity bills supports such a worthy cause, one amongst many. Just one tiny little drawback: you have to be at least 60 years old to qualify. So a very significant part of Lamma's population would qualify.
They've just held their official yearly Completion Ceremony, see HEC's press release: Richer Life for Retirees with Expanded U3A Network:
"To continue its support of U3A to encourage life-long learning and community service, HK Electric will sponsor six more elderly service agencies to enter the U3A network this year, making a total of 19 self-learning U3A centres throughout the territory.
"The U3A project is sponsored by the HK Electric Centenary Trust and coordinated by HKCSS. Elderly service agencies receive funding to set up self-learning centres providing courses conducted by the elderly and for the elderly. Over the past year, the network has organised nearly 200 classes, with more than 2,900 participants.
"...as the U3A entered its third year of operation, it would continue to grow through Asia’s first U3A website, where more people would get to know the potential and talents of 3rd age citizens, and how they created a quality retired life while continued serving the community.
"For details of U3A, please visit HKCSS website."
Mar 15: What's That Big Glass Container?
Today, a little local mystery! Lammaites and visitors alike have been wondering for weeks what this "goldfish bowl" in the "VV Parking Lot" outside Ngau Kee Restaurant (on Main Street, opposite Deli Lamma) will be used for? Nobody I've asked (and I've asked quite a few people) seems to know anything but guesses. The restaurant staff doesn't tell, even to other locals and not even to police constables. Why all the secrecy? The guessing game has been going on in our What's that forum for a little while now:
HK' first urban green house (soundbydesign)
Add your own guesses to the What's that forum now, before it'll be all revealed, hopefully before the notorious curiosity of amateur photojournalist/Placeblogger Lamma-Gung will kill him...
Mar 14: Welcome Home!
Arriving on the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier, coming from Aberdeen on HK Island...
Mar 13: The Butterfly Man @ The Cyan Studio
Mar 12: 350 Rans & The Underground Rock Mum
Accolades and sincere congratulations to two ex-Lammaites today, 1st prize co-winners in the recent Sony Cybershot contest, Ran Elfassy (www.350Rans.com) and Chris Bowers (bbchris, The Underground). They won a camera and their own Sony Cybershot commercial, showing on National Geographic channel all over Asia these weeks. Click below to view the 2 TV spots on YouTube:
Mar 11: HK Electric Hits Maximum Permitted Return
Quoting from the SCMP: "Hongkong Electric Holdings managed last year to achieve its government-permitted return for the first time in five years - and possibly for the final time...
"...The existing scheme of control agreement that allows duopoly power providers Hongkong Electric and CLP Holdings to earn a return of up to 15 per cent on net fixed assets expires at the end of this year. Under a new deal signed in January, future return will be capped at 9.99% - with an 11 per cent ceiling for assets related to renewable energy...
"...Locally, the firm plans to rely more on gas and is retrofitting coal-burning units at its Lamma power station with sulphur scrubbers, or flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units, to cut emissions. It expects gas and FGD-fitted units will account for 95 per cent of the electricity generated on Lamma by 2010."
For more details, click below (PDF files):
Mar 10: Ferry Protest March
(All pictures courtesy of NicBud, photo montage by L-G)
Mar 9: Community Evening @ Holiday Mood
Mar 8: My Epic Struggle for Congee
I'm watching a flaming red, serene disk setting over the South China Seas from my window-side bed in the General Surgery Ward of Queen Mary Hospital on HK Island. Just having had a taste of my first non-fluid food in 14 days, I'm so happy and relieved that my new, 8-ounce, Titanium-stapled stomach can accept non-fluid food.
Regular white congee never tasted as wonderful and flavourful as it does to me right now, a culinary revelation, after 8 days of "rice water" 3 times daily, a horrendous, disgusting concoction of salt/spice-less, very thin, white congee that has been pureed or boiled for so many hours till no single grain of rice survives.
It took over a day of gentle persuasion, cajoling, pleading with the nurses and doctors and calls to off-duty senior doctors to finally switch me over to "soft food", meaning congee 3 times a day. It was promised by the doctors to happen yesterday, but due to several bureaucratic delays and hiccups it just didn't happen. I just couldn't bear the thought of "rice water" for another 3 days, till the doctors and dietitians will return on Monday. I triumphed in the end, hopefully without being viewed as just another troublesome Gwailo, the only one in this huge public ward, probably the youngest guy in here.
How do I feel otherwise after my major stomach-reduction surgery? Thanks for asking. "It only hurts when I laugh", will be my motto for the next few weeks. Anything straining my stomach muscles is out for now, like coughing, laughing, love-making,...
Getting back to the hospital gym daily, voluntarily starting on the 7th day post-op, has been a bright moment in the daily hospital routine. Expect me bounding through Lamma's hills soon, maybe even taking up swimming and cycling in due course. "Jump for your lives, Lamma-Gung's racing down Main Street and nothing can stop him!" And when's the Lamma Fitness Centre going to open again?? Almost 50 pounds off so far, another 100+ pounds to diet off over the next 2 years!
The doctors and staff have been wonderful and great in almost all regards and have done a fantastic job in this operation and nursing me back to health. Congratulations and many thanks (from the bottom of my heart and my stomach) to all staff of the Gastrointestinal Unit of Queen Mary Hospital!
But what happened to the stomach you cut out, guys? Keeping it as a grotesque, medical souvenir in a formaldehyde-filled jar in the cellar somewhere? Yuck!
I've been considering to look for a role in a HK triad movie, as the stereotypical evil Gwailo who gets machine-gunned, as I'm sporting 6 laparoscopic, bullet-size holes in my belly now.
I'll be back to Lamma middle of next week, I hope. When you see me, don't make me laugh too hard, please!
P.S. This Placeblog has been brought to you all this week via an outside, free, weak, unsecured Wifi hotspot, accessible only from my window-side bed. Wifi signals are blocked off inside the main blocks and wards of the hospital, so I got lucky to get a window-side bed!
Mar 7: Bob Davis @ The Cyan Studio
Photos by Royal Roy from the gallery opening, see below:
Bob and his famous work "Tattoos" - Talking some more...
Bob, Damon and Sing - Couple Looking
Clive - Zoe - Vernon
Click here for Bob's photos, being a former Lamma-zine Artist of the Month.
Mar 6: Maintain Our Island Life Lines!
Petition and March to the Govt. Offices on Sun, Mar 9
Objectives of the Petition:
Say 'No' to all the set back terms in the HKKF Tender.
Date for the Petition: Sunday, March 9, 2008
Gathering Time: 12:45pm at Central Lamma Ferry Pier No. 4
Petition Route: Central Ferry Pier - LegCo, Central Govt. Office - Transport and Housing Bureau
For Lamma residents, please gather at the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier after 11:15am. We will take the 11:45am slow ferry to Central all together.
Please spread the message to those concerned and bring along a lifebuoy as a prop. Click here for more details!
P.S. I just got informed that this petition has collected 2,527 signatures, an absolute record in Lamma's recent history!
Mar 5: Violet Whistling Thrush
Our most successful forum, Lamma's top 10 birds, started by Flora & Fauna forum moderator Zep in 2004, has just reached 60 pages in length (1,190 posts, almost 30,000 views!), an all-time record for the Lamma forums.
Zep writes: "This is a great forum to moderate - basically sit back and let everyone else come up with fine pictures. Seems like we all have fun in the process, though."
Chuckm comments: "To all the generous contributors of bird photographs ... thanks and keep up the good work! Have you noticed that this thread has turned 60? ...60 pages that is! Very few forum threads on any web site ever get this far."
Kudos and congratulations to everybody involved in this wonderful forum, from all of us many Lamma bird lovers! To celebrate, here's a little avian portrait by Lamma's leading bird photographer:
Mar 4: Protest Against Ferry Service Re-tendering
Call to Protest Re-tendering of
7 pm, Tuesday, 4th March 2008
Central Ferry Pier #4 (Lamma Ferry Pier)
In protest of the recent news of plans to re-tender the Outlying Islands ferry services, concerned island residents have called a demonstration at Pier 4, the Lamma Island Ferry Pier, at 7pm, Tuesday 4th March.
Anger amongst residents has erupted over plans to reduce service and increase prices. Locals are also frustrated with what they see as a lack of transparency in the government’s decision-making process, and a lack of publicity over the Transportation Department's recent visit to an Outlying Island to canvass public opinion. Turn-out at the only official meeting was very low due to lack of advance publicity.
Now, on the eve of the deadline, residents fear losing access to the essential transportation services upon which their livelihoods depend. Residents argue that there are various revenue-generating activities that could be profitable for ferry operators but which have not been seriously considered in the decision-making process.
All members of the press are invited to attend and cover the protest, and to discuss the issues with local residents.
TONIGHT, 7 PM!!!
P.S. Alternatively, if non-violent public protests with loads of reporters and photographers are not your cuppa tea, you can go to:
Lammadonna & co.'s (District Councillor Yu Lai Fan) residents' meeting:
TONIGHT, 8 PM, YSW City Hall (in English AND Cantonese.)
They're the ones who accepted the Transport Dept.'s re-tendering of the Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan ferry routes at no fare increase, accepting less sailings and no more fast ferries in the bargain. Give them an earful of your personal opinion!
Or you could become a real hotshot activist and attend BOTH of the above events, reporting back to the Lamma-zine, hopefully even with some pictures?
Mar 3: Ferry Meeting TONIGHT, Deli Lamma, 7:30pm!
Urgent news from Nancy in our active FERRY FORUM:
There will be an important meeting to discuss the proposed changes to the Lamma Island ferry service and draft a proposal to the Dep. of Transportation that expresses our needs for service to Central, Pak Kok, and Aberdeen.
This affects everyone who uses the ferries!
While nothing has been finalized, suggestions have been made that
fares may increase by up to 50%, service to Aberdeen will be severely cut
or eliminated, service to Central will be reduced, and fast ferries will
Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Deli Lamma
Please tell all your friends on Lamma. Thanks.
P.S. This is the very first Lamma-zine story ever published from my bedside in Queen Mary Hospital's General Ward. I got a window bed and found a slow but free Wifi connection. Back to Lamma later this week, after a few more days of liquid diet and daily gym exercise.