A new and exciting press release from HK Electric:
12 exciting ideas on renewable energy awarded by HK Electric
It's featuring the biggest, greenest, most exciting power switch
I've ever seen:
The Convenor of the Non-official
Members of the Executive Council,
Mr. Leung Chun-ying, (third from left) and Managing Director of
Mr. Tso Kai-sum (third from right), officiate at the ceremony to
announce the awardees of HK Electric Clean Energy Fund.
"Twelve exciting ideas that encourage students to make
creative and good use of renewable energy (RE), including one
which harnesses solar energy to power an organic farm of Chinese
herbs, were today awarded at a presentation ceremony of the HK
Electric Clean Energy Fund. Over the past three years, HK
Electric Clean Energy Fund has funded 36 projects for RE
installation on school campus around the territory.
The projects from seven primary and five secondary schools
will be launched on school campus in the next 12 months. Apart
from the organic farm, a green road safety town, a "micro-wind
farm" as well as a hybrid solar lighting system which uses
optical fibre for sunlight transmission will also be installed."
Exciting & Excellent Examples:
Zero-carbon living with solar rooftop panels
Irrigation system & mosquito-killing lamps powered by solar
Rooftop garden powered by RE and organic Chinese herbs
Installation of 120 micro wind turbines on a rooftop to
power irrigation system and lightings for the green
A green road safety town will be
built in Christian Alliance SY Yeh Memorial Primary School where
traffic lights and street lights will be powered by solar
Below is my favourite exciting picture sent over by HK Electric.
Doesn't it look like the two excited girls on the left are
thinking, "He's growing organic herbs and he's sooo handsome
and kawaii!" The girl in the middle looks ready to
exclaim in an excited voice, "Back off, he's MY exciting
Students of the Assembly of God Hebron Secondary School will
make use of solar energy to power an organic farm of Chinese
Gina Meana - Lamma
Outrigger Canoe Club Captain, Women's Team:
The Halloween Party is a "small f",
fund-raising party with auctions and games and
party-goers participation. Funds raised are dedicated to
race entry costs for our annual Round Hong Kong Island
Race (approximately 46km), which the OCC men and women
will be entering for the fourth year consecutively.
This year's Halloween theme is the Rocky
Horror Picture Show! Dress as your favourite character
and come do the time warp, throw toast, or just toss
For fun and games: There will be
jello wrestling (put down dollars to pit one OCC lady
against another in - you guessed it - a paddling pool
full of Halloween-theme orange or black jello. If that
isn't enough horror for Halloween night, the real
frights come later as the men enter the "slave auction".
The highest bid on any Lamma OCC male
paddler means that lucky fellow gets to wear the Rocky
Horror Golden Speedos (and nothing else) and serve
drinks to the generous Halloween benefactors and winning
bidders. We suggest folks pool their resources, as the
many-times Lamma Dragon Men's (former) Captain Oliver
appears to be leading the pack of golden-speedo
favourites - with bids at approximately $1,500 already
(his lovely wife may counterbid, or make home movies for
posterity... we're not sure which).
It all makes witches and vampires sound
terribly pedestrian, I am sure.
There will be a lucky slime-pick -
entrants dig their arms into the grossest (but not
unhygienic) concoction we can whip up to draw prizes.
These include iPod gizmos, seats for 4 people aboard the
Round Island Junks during the race - with a hamper full
of yummy stuff like hooch and cheese and fish eggs and
whatnot - as well as paddle gear for
outrigger/dragonboat paddlers and other assorted things.
So in a pumpkin-shell - that is it! The
Lamma OCC Halloween party. Far more trick than treat,
from Oliver after I've asked him for a reply:
"There is no way on God's Earth I am wearing a
golden speedo! I don't care how much someone donates to the
club. And you can quote me!"
Sounds to me like he's
trying to drive a hard bargain to push up his own auction price!
How much does it take to see him in a Rocky Horror Golden
II: What else is happening this Halloween weekend?
Click below to find out (see also our up-to-date
Lamma Events Calendar.)
Spicy Boys Become Black Mariah:
Fri Oct 30,
9:30pm, The Wanch:
I've been asking the Boys - true Living Lamma Legends - to
explain their surprising name change, giving unique insight into
how their twisted minds work:
Denis: "We tried an
electoral process where we all picked five names and then marked
all twenty names out of 5.
The winner was not liked. So I removed the votes for your own
five choices and the winner was worse.
Then I was looking at the shortlist and saw Red Alice and
thought I like the idea of
a colour and a girl's name together...then Black Mariah popped
out. The police wagon immediately came to mind. In fact, Black
Mariah has many connotations: religious, poker, transferring
HK Cricket Sixes:
Sat Oct 31/Sun Nov 1: Kowloon Cricket Club:
$680 for 2-day pass, $480 for Sunday. Organised by Lamma Cricket
Sat, Oct 31, 11:15pm: The Wanch,
54 Jaffe Rd, Wanchai.
I've asked Steve Cray for more info on his Halloweenie gig:
"I'm thinking of masking up and wearing a scary thong!"
Handcrafted Lipbalm & Healing
Sun, Nov 1, 11am-12:30pm:
Island Life Studio: Fee: HK$240 + $20 for materials.
Registration email or call Gisela at 9452 5385,
great example of how informative and helpful our forums can be
to local residents, often answering unique local questions and
solving problems. It all started when our forum moderator
Leggova started a new forum topic,
Strange medical mysteries asked....
"In the summer time I get really itchy when I get out of the
shower. Here are some criteria for when this happens ..."
An intensive discussion ensued, 71 replies! Other members with similar problem joined in and many potential
solutions were proposed, till this tricky problem was finally
What you're question or problem?
The forums are anonymous and we promise not to
laugh out loud at you even if it's an embarrassing problem (we
might just snigger or giggle a little bit....)
This is the clear advice I got today, following several friends
and even Lamma-Por who were all worrying about me getting too
skinny for my own good. Somebody even called me recently a
"Skinny Bastard", the very same guy who called me
The Other Fat Bastard just two years ago. Am I in danger
of becoming anorexic? ;-)
But the source of this advice was surprising: my
Vivian in Queen Mary Hospital, the last person who'd usually
hand out advice like this. She's normally trying hard to
convince her obese patients to start or maintain their strict
diets for many good health reasons. As a formerly "super
morbidly obese" patient, she agrees that I've
lost enough weight by now, more than any of the doctors ever
expected. It's time to stop dieting and start a maintenance
regimen, not to lose more weight but also not regain any. I'm
88kgs (194 pounds) now, losing 180 pounds, an almost normal
of 28, all lucky, easy-to-remember numbers which I'll try to
maintain for many healthy years to come, I hope!
after two years of following a strict low- fat/sugar/carbs and
high-protein diet, it has become second nature to me, not really
feeling like dieting anymore but just like normal eating. I
actually have a hard time stopping my diet and switching to a
more "normal" way of eating. It was a quite novel and
unusual problem for Vivian and it baffled and surprised her!
She instructed me to "increase my sugar and fat intake" and
suggested foods like cheese and ice-cream - which I've
mostly avoided these last two years - as healthy foods to be
eaten in moderation. Wow, most surprising advice from a
professional dietician! This is most definitely good news for
Emily's Ice-Cream Express on Main Street and Shelly's
Cake Express on Back Street. I've been severely neglecting
to patronise their fine establishments these last two years.
Measuring my body fat at only 20.6% was also a big surprise
(down from 23.6% just a few months ago. This is certainly due to
all the regular, rigorous exercise I've been following. But I
stopped completely three weeks ago when I got hit by this
debilitating double vision, making me home-bound for now.
Well, it's high time to leave my sanctuary, start moderate exercise
again and wear my new eye patch! Look out for Lamma-Gung the
Pirate this Halloween!
Marisa Dalla Valle -
(Photos by Marisa)
On October 14 the
Northern Lamma School held an impromptu puppet show
called The Mango Tree.
After rehearsing their
roles for only two hours four students from the Northern
Lamma School put on a remarkable performance. Lovely
played the role of Rabbit like a pro, while Sara
and Camille did an incredible job handling all
the masks, string and hand puppets: Pelican, Cow, Horse,
Sheep, Donkey, Fox, and various birds. The only one to
drop her lines was the person who wrote the story, in
the role of Lion but Aloise, as narrator, didn't
miss a beat. She carried through and nobody was wiser.
The Mango Tree is the story
of Rabbit who will not share the mangoes from her laden
tree. Though it's a very hot day she will not give any
to her neighbours. She falls asleep and Fox snitches a
bag. When she sees what happened she's inconsolable and
complains about how hard life is on her, "Woe is me, woe
Lion thinks she's very
foolish and asks for a mango. She is so busy crying she
doesn't see the danger and when she refuses he catches
her and drags her to his den. Rabbit's neighbours hear
her cries but say they are too hot, too hungry, too
tired and too thirsty to help. Only Fox is brave enough
to risk his life, and saves her from Lion. She thanks
him, and asks him to return the bag of mangoes. Lion
goes home to his wife Ethel, who shows no pity.
One must find the moral
oneself. Did Fox do the right thing? After a stint of
twelve years in the United States I'd think twice. In
fact, in the next story, Rabbit takes Fox to court for
theft and trespassing. Trust me, you can never be too
Adam West - Stylus Theatre:
William Shakespeare's classic of love,
friendship, revenge, prejudice and a severe
credit-crunch in an English-language production
featuring Lamma resident Andy Fullard.
11th - 15th
7.30pm (2.30 Sat/Sun)
Shouson Theatre, Wanchai
open now - hurry, tickets selling fast
Andy Fullard has been a Lamma resident
for over two years and is playing Launcelot Gobbo
(playing the clown, a servant of Shylock the
money-lender) in the upcoming Stylus production of The
Merchant of Venice.
origins in the UK Lake District meant that Lamma felt
like the closest thing to home when he moved to Hong
Kong in 2007. He is a dedicated theatrical performer and
is thoroughly looking forward to performing in the show
(Stylus Theatre is a Lamma-zine advertiser)
HK Cricket Sixes - Media release (abridged):
(Text & photos by HK
YOUNG GUNS AIM TO GO ONE BETTER AT 2009 HONG KONG SIXES
Hong Kong, October 23,
2009 – In keeping with last
year when David Warner thrilled local crowds, Cricket
Australia has announced a team of dynamic stars of the
future will compete at the 2009 Hong Kong Cricket Sixes,
to be played at the Kowloon Cricket Club on October
First played in 1992, the
Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the longest-running
international tournament of its kind and will this year
celebrate its 15th edition. As such, the Sixes has been
included by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a
'Catch the Spirit' event to celebrate the global
governing body's centenary celebrations.
This year, it will be new
crop of youngsters seeking to earn Australia's
first-ever victory in the Sixes – led by the rising trio
of Michael Cranmer, Josh Hazelwood and Marcus Stoinis.
In addition, the squad
includes Simon Keen (22 years of age), Glenn Maxwell
(21), Jeremy Smith (21) and former Queensland Sheffield
player Greg Moller, at 26, the veteran of the side.
Saleem Ahmed, President of the Hong Kong Cricket
"With the confirmation
of this great young Australian team, we have a strong
line up of very competitive teams for the 2009 Hong Kong
Cricket Sixes. All of them are capable of lifting the
Butani Trophy as the winners in a week or so, so it is
going to be another outstanding tournament."
In a new innovation for
2009, the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes pools will be divided
into Northern and Southern hemisphere groups. As such,
Australia will compete against traditional rivals South
Africa and New Zealand along with hosts Hong Kong on day
Ticket prices have been
revised this year for the Sixes, allowing fans to
purchase two-day passes for $HK680 for adults, a 13 per
cent discount over last year, while children's tickets
will be available for $380, a reduction of 15 per cent.
To give spectators
greater flexibility, for the first time single-day
passes will also be available at
$HK300 (Saturday)/$470 (Sunday)
for adults and $180 (Saturday/$220 (Sunday) for kids.
Tickets are on sale through HK Ticketing, the Kowloon
and Hong Kong Cricket Clubs and Dot Cod restaurant in
The host broadcaster for
the 2009 Hong Kong Cricket Sixes will again be Taj
TV-owned Ten Sports from Dubai, who will provide a live
broadcast of the entire event into Hong Kong, the Indian
subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Australia
and South Africa.
Additional coverage will also be seen in
North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and China. The
2008 Sixes was broadcast to 80 million households
About the Hong Kong
Six-a-side cricket is the quickest, most
fun-filled version of the game - a feast of world-class
players, thrilling matches and big hits. First played in
1992, the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the longest-running
and highest-profile Sixes tournament in the world. It
offers two days of fast and furious action in a festival
atmosphere - eight international teams, 45-minute
clashes and global television coverage.
Stars who have taken part include Brian
Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Javed Miandad, Steve and Mark
Waugh, Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne, Anil
Kumble, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, MS Dhoni and Sanath
The Sixes won the prestigious 2007 ICC
Award for Best Cricket Promotional and Marketing Award.
England recorded a record fifth Sixes
title last year after a stunning final in which they
finished tied with Australia on 121 runs. When
Australian batsman Stephen O'Keefe was run out
attempting a second run from the final delivery that
would have given his team victory, England were
confirmed victors as they had lost fewer wickets (three
wickets to one).
is a Lamma-zine advertiser)
P.S. The Lamma-zine has just
free tickets - worth $470 each -
for Sunday, Nov 1! You'd like one?
I'd expect you to write a few paragraphs about watching the
event (no expertise required) and/or take some pictures for a Lamma-zine
story to be published afterwards! Easy! Email
What Lamma-Por seems to have been missing most while I was away
for a week of hospital checkups was our little morning ritual of
me preparing a varying breakfast for her six days a week. She
had the same set breakfast in Man Kee restaurant every day while
I was away.
6:30am in the Lamma-Gung & Lamma-Por household:
I wake up to the noisy whistling sound from the boiling
kettle set up by early riser Lamma-Por. She'll follow up
persistently if I don't get up within 1-2 minutes. Boiling water
will be the only kitchen task she's performing in the kitchen
before leaving for work in Central on a rush hour ferry.
Being double-visioned is no excuse, according to Lamma-Por! I
hoped it might save me some work, only having to prepare one
breakfast and seeing it double makes two breakfasts, no? Nah,
a simple, little breakfast like this takes an astonishing amount
of effort and time. Today, my freshly ground cafetiere coffee
with skimmed milk, her lai cha with carnation milk, heated
raisin buns filled with real butter, sliced fresh fruits,
cottage cheese and ham omelet. Coming up with a different
breakfast every day is pretty easy, rarely planned and created
on the spur of the moment, depending on available ingredients in
our kitchen. Basically, it's staring with sleepy eyes into the
fridge after just getting up, checking what's left and mixing it
up. Special requests from Lamma-Por will influence the daily
menu, of course.
Lamma-Por loves to encourage her personal chef with smooches and
hugs from behind occasionally while he's working, showing her
appreciation, but also making sure he does his very best in her
preferred way and finishes his work in a timely manner, well
before NBC's Nightly News at 7:30am. Then she continues watching
TVB Jade news, slurping her lai cha and a fruity appetiser I've
served already. She really loves and enjoys it tremendously to
"Breakfast is being served on the balcony, Milady!"
After watering the balcony plants together, we're enjoying a
leisurely breakfast. Our great, green, open view really gets us
up to a great start for the day. Real Quality Time and well
worth rising so early, even for a home office worker who could
sleep in as late as he likes, at least theoretically.
Official verdict from Lamma-Por:
An enthusiastic, broadly grinning "Yummy, yummy!"
She's not a lady of many words but her face will display every
emotion and can be read so easily. Then she departs for her rush
hour ferry, still a smile on her face.
After watering my rooftop garden and feeding the fishes in the
outdoor fountain, it's time to get my regular working day
started at 8:30am in my home office. First and most pleasant job
of the day, this Lamma-zine story! Some days, Lamma-zine stories
like this one almost write themselves, while others can take
months with dozens of emails, research, finding contributors and
materials, photo shoots, hours of text/ picture editing,
formatting and follow-ups.
is a Lamma-zine advertiser)
Tamara Norris -
(Photos by Tamara)
A heart felt and loving
thanks to all who ventured up the hill to Open Space
last Sunday afternoon - vendors, browsers and shoppers!
The Craft Market was a huge success in so many ways -
crafty people showcasing their crafty stuff, community
kids raising money (and a lot of it) for charity, great
music (and cold beer) throughout the day thanks to James
the DJ, good eats from the BBQ thanks to brother Dave
and adventurous city dwellers braving the hills of Lamma
A big apology to those
who tried to find Open Space and didn't.....signs and
balloons were hung and were also mysteriously taken down
in almost a blink of an eye...we promise to do better
with this next time!
The next craft market
will be held on Sunday December
13th - noon till 5 pm. If you are interested
in being a vendor or would like more details, please
Quotes from vendors at the
Craft Market, Sunday, Oct 4, 2009:
Tamara, we made an amazing $1,550 for the Red Cross
typhoon appeal. It was a great experience for the kids
as they made the signs, helped make the cakes and
drinks, then sold them."
"Thanks Tamara for all
your effort. The event definitely had a little
on-the-wild side to it (the hike, location and heat) but
it gave a real individual feel to it. I really enjoyed
the day with like-minded individuals and friends....and
I made a fair sale! I will definitely participate
"A big thank you and
heartfelt congratulations to Tamara for organizing the
Open Space Craft Market. It was a truly uplifting and
fun community event. Tamara had clearly organized this
with care and a great deal of effort so that it ran
smoothly and catered to diverse needs. Thanks too to DJ
James for the wonderful music that kept us upbeat and
smiling all day long. As a stallholder, I can say this
was one of the most joyful markets I have attended for a
long time. I look forward to the next market."
Quotes from shoppers/visitors:
Hannaford - one of the lead actresses in Isle Be
"The craft market at Open
Space was fantastic. It had lots of interesting crafts
for sale and the atmosphere was wonderful. We were
greeted by a group of young girls selling homemade
lemonade and then I snapped up some lovely cards, a
beautiful necklace and some Herbalife products from
Donna. All in all, a great Lamma event at Open
- HandMade Hong Kong:
"Greeted with lemonade, mojitos, and
cupcakes and invited to linger over BBQ, the Open Space
Craft Market is the perfect oasis for an Arts and
Craftsy afternoon. The quality of work presented was
impressive, and made it pretty much impossible to go
home empty handed. I was greatly inspired by not only
the variety of goods, but the family friendly and
inviting atmosphere of the market."
It never ceases to amaze me what Lammaites are coming up with in
their spare time. You might say, some of us, including myself,
have way too much spare time on our hands, but some
Lammaites pursue amazing and often very creative hobbies, far
from commercialism and competition, just for fun. After all,
that's how the Lamma-zine and this website started over 7 years
Have a look above at what RamboLai has been up to recently. An
outstanding professional photographer himself, he frequently
indulges in the most unusual photographic experimentations. Yes,
these patterns above are NOT computer graphics, but photos,
painted with light! Let Rambo explain below, he even provided a
diagram! But I still have no idea why he's named Rambo, being
one of the friendliest, most unassuming and mild-mannered guys
you'll ever meet!
Photographer and frequent Photo of the Day contributor.
See his amazing Lamma photos in his blog,
Photos and the Days:
I hang a torch with a
string on the ceiling and put the camera on the floor
pointing upwards. The exposure is just around 5 minutes.
I just copy the idea from
some other websites. This is my setup, see right:
Pre-focus the lens to the
torch. Step down the aperture to have maximum depth of
field. Dim the room light. You need to swing the torch
before starting. The orbit of the torch will become an
oval after a few swings. Use a wide angle to start. Stop
the shutter before the torch stops swinging. A variation
is to point the camera at an angle and use a larger
aperture. It will set some of the path out of focus.
A long pendulum would help
as you don't need to have a large swinging angle thus
lowering the friction. Actually, when you release the
torch, the gravity would pull it down along the axis of
the string. As the earth is spinning, the torch's path
will slowly rotate over a 24-hour cycle. But such a long
exposure is not convenient, so I just use a few minutes
each time. Maybe my title of "Spinning Earth" is a bit
misleading as the path is not 100% caused by the earth
spinning. Anyway, have fun trying something like this by
yourself, but add your own twists and new ideas!
While you were probably working hard in the village, in
town or, preferably, at home last week, how did I spend the week and why
have there been no new daily Lamma-zine stories?
Well, I spent the entire week in Queen Mary Hospital,
starring in something similar to a HK version of
House M.D., the TV series. I was the patient with the
mysterious, very-difficult-to-diagnose serious illness which
mystifies all the doctors at first and usually takes an entire
TV episode to diagnose and cure.
For two weeks now, I've suffered from severe double
vision (Binocular Diplopia), making it very difficult to work on this website, a
computer or even leave home. The vision problem causes severe
dizziness, disorientation, tiredness and upset stomach,
especially when going outside.
The Lamma Clinic referred me to an eye appointment in Queen Mary
Hospital, having to wait for weeks to even get an out-patient
appointment for sometime next year! So I got myself checked in
as an in-patient last Monday morning to get properly diagnosed
for this urgent and debilitating illness. Here are a few
highlights of my strange and unusual week in Queen Mary
Surgical ward: I'm the youngest person in my 6-bed open room.
The guy opposite my bed died just before I checked in. The
nurses draw the curtains of all the beds, so we won't see them
moving him out of the ward in a box. Very soon afterwards, they
clean the bed and re-use it for the next patient checking in,
not telling him that somebody just died in his bed, of course.
They've got Wifi in most of the hospital now
from PCCW, not free, of course. Pay-as-you-go for Netvigator
customers at $18/hour, or a monthly fee, or prepaid cards. I prefer to use
the free, public PCs in Starbucks downstairs, but their expensive
snacks & drinks cost much more than $18/hour. I've visited Starbucks more
often this week than all other HK coffee shops together so far this
year. So I get to check my email once a day and even visit our
forum, making me feel still connected to friends and the world
They're drawing 7 more ampoules of blood for neurologist-ordered
blood tests. When I'm finally permitted to leave hospital on
Saturday the results haven't come back yet.
All the doctors pressure me into getting an urgent and
mandatory, but external and private MRI scan; because I'd have
to wait several months for a free, internal one.
$5,120 in the
least expensive option, in the nearby HK University clinic, to be paid in
advance of the scan! It's more money than we currently have
available, so we
start scrambling to raise this much cash on such short notice. A
great, dear friend and supporter of this website steps in
offering to help out, transferring half the fee just hours
before the scan on Thursday morning. Many many thanks!
The neurologist checks me out in his
Frankenstein lab, putting electrodes on various sensitive
spots all over my body. He and his sidekick (surely named
Igor?) are shocking me many times with painful series of
of up to ten electrical shocks each time, testing the quality and speed of my nerves.
Everything's fine. Dr Frankenstein & Igor manage to suppress sinister stares, gleeful cackling and mad
eye-rolling while watching me squirm painfully. But I feel
strangely re-animated and rejuvenated after the whole ordeal….
Nothing's happening all day besides waiting, no tests, no
doctors, no specialists, no results, just waiting, while
"enjoying" the hospitality, the still awful food (Hey, what do
you expect, it's free, don't complain!), the pill desserts and
the tender pampering of frequent (always normal) blood pressure readings,
starting at 6am. No shoulder massages, unfortunately.
Browsing through my patient (Pt) folder makes for some
fascinating and frightening reading, especially the very
detailed comments from the doctors, like:
"Pt reading newspaper." If you ever dare to
question or talk back to the doctors you might get a "Pt
refuses..." in your permanent records!
Watching a lot of DVDs on my laptop PC, including a new episode
of one of my favourite TV series, House M.D. The patient, a
genocidal dictator, actually dies in this episode, being killed
intentionally by one of the doctors. Perfectly suitable
late-night entertainment while
lying in a hospital bed? But why's that doctor looking at me in
such a suspicious way?
Right after being transferred to the Neurological ward, I have to
go all by myself to University Hospital's MRI clinic by taxi.
The hospital forgot to arrange any transportation and no
volunteer is available to accompany me there. They insist on me
taking along a four-legged walking stick and make me sign a home
leave form, before they bundle me into a taxi instructing the
driver. He drops me off
several blocks away, making me scramble up the hill to the MRI
clinic. It's a quiet, brand-new, sophisticated building complex
that shouts "Private! Expensive!" from every nook and
cranny, a world away from the basic comforts of
free-public-healthcare Queen Mary Hospital.
numerous attentive staff
make absolutely sure that there's no metal of any kind on or
inside my body as the massively strong electromagnets of the MRI
would attract anything magnetic, even my hairband clip, slicing
it through my brain. Fortunately, my permanent Titanium stomach
staples are non-magnetic (I hope!) They tie me up, tie me down, plug my
ears, mask my eyes and put an intravenous drip into my hand (for
enhanced brain contrast) and advice me to remain absolutely
still, almost sensory-deprived.
Getting a MRI is an unexpectedly fun and almost
psychedelic experience. Lying motionless inside the narrow
tunnel of this multi-million-$ marvel of technology creates the
most unusual Si-Fi soundtracks during the numerous scans. A real
cacophony of high-decibel rhythmic clicking, droning, humming, whirring,
banging and clanging. It's almost like an electronic rave concert,
almost enough to put you into a sensory trance. Quite a head trip!
Expensive, but well worth it for the unique experience, my
first-ever! Let's hope they don't find anything, like a stroke,
a tumour, Alzheimer's….
about trippy experiences, a Hospital Chaplain is stopping by in
the afternoon. After my insistent prompting, he tells me about
the bible being true word for word, Earth being less than 6,000
years old, created in exactly 7 Earth days,
creationism, modern science getting it all wrong, demons
possessing patients, UFO aliens maybe being angels, apocalypse
in the next 20 years when even all the good people will be
killed and roast in Hell for eternity if they don't worship his fundamentalist, cruel, vengeful God.
After 1.5 hours of friendly
"indoctrination", he's laying his hand on my
shoulder and prays for my speedy recovery, hoping to add this
scientifically-minded non-believer to his fine track record
of successful bedside conversions to The True Faith. Good luck
to him, but a hospital is admittedly an ideal place to do
missionary work, with all the people in my ward with much more
serious illnesses than mine. My middle-aged bed neighbour can't
move his lower body anymore, using adult diapers and getting
I consider myself lucky and grateful to be
completely healthy and totally symptom-free; besides this annoyingly
vision, affecting my lifestyle. Both eyes are fine,
clear and sharp individually, but they don't work together properly for 3D
vision, forcing me to close one eye not to fall over on our
currently very uneven paths or bump into people and
Finally, after 5 days here, I get to see an eye doctor, being
pushed in a wheelchair (I'm considered to be unsafe walking by
myself outside the ward) to the extremely busy Ophthalmology
out-patient clinic. Joining an 8-wheelchair line-up, I'm waiting for a total
of 4.5 hours for several tests, even meeting some out-patient
They dilate my eyes with drops and then the overworked ophthalmologist shines an extremely bright
light directly into my eyeballs, checking the eye interiors,
while a sleepy medical student is watching on….
I'm getting my MRI scans and results,
all negative, fortunately! It includes
two cool CD-ROMs with all the images and a viewer/player program that even animates the hundreds of scanned
slices through my head in several directions. All the pictures
in this story show the inside of Lamma-Gung's head! I'm selecting and saving the visually most interesting images on my
laptop PC. My next computer art project and online exhibition
will be coming soon, working title "MRI Double Visions"….
Saturday: The senior
neurosurgeon, neurologists and various doctors congregate and
announce their final verdict and advice, after dozens of
tests by several specialists all week long, just before
releasing me back home, exactly in the same physical state I
entered the hospital, without any improvement whatsoever:
Diplopia from Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsy (the nerve
controlling the muscle which is moving the left eyeball has some
undiagnosed problem, preventing the
left eyeball from focusing correctly, causing the double vision).
major or even minor medical problem or disease of any type has
been found, MRI and all tests were negative. I seem to be in
great health overall otherwise, thanks to me losing half of my
former body weight.
Unknown. ALL the common risk factors for nerve problems do not apply
in my case (no smoking, trauma, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, unhealthy diet, etc.)
TREATMENT & ADVICE:
None; no medication, treatment or therapy
available for this
Rest, exercise, diet or anything else I could
do will make no real difference in healing this problem.
Learn to cope with your disability by yourself. Wear an eye
your pills (only B complex vitamins & 1 multi-vitamin, see
Come back if it gets even
worse. Follow-up out-patient appointments in the next
Unknown. Wait & see. There's some hope that the problem will improve by
itself (in months, years or never).
else did I learn this week?
A lot of new medical lingo, especially all
the exotic diseases I was tested for, but don't have,
fortunately. Brain tumour, Myasthenia gravis, ophthalmoplegia,
Fisher-Miller, etc. But most of these have treatments,
I've improved my Sudoku skills considerably,
now even being able to solve the most difficult, level 5 Sudokus in the SCMP on weekends.
I got great pictures and animations of the inside of my
head - for just the price of a week on an exotic beach -
inspiring me to new creative flights of fancy.
I gained new appreciation for the
capabilities (and severe limitations) of modern medicine and
HK's still fantastic public healthcare system and its
devoted, capable, hard-working people. It's a shining
example worldwide and
ahead of most developed countries in many ways!
(Sadly, our govt. sounds extremely
determined to dismantle this highly successful and reliable
system, trying to push people into private healthcare which
is absolutely unaffordable for the
vast majority of Hong Kongers.
The dismantling has started
already, more and more important drugs and tests are not
covered by public hospitals anymore and the system and its
people are being squeezed more and more by the govt.)
This is the (temporary?) end of me leaving home
frequently, the end of my hiking, biking, tough exercise and
leaving the island, no more events, concerts,....
When you encounter me in
person, with one eye closed…no, I'm not winking at you, just
trying to see you clearly!
Maybe I should start a new Lamma fashion trend of colourful,
quirky eye patches?
The Lamma-zine will continue on a regular
schedule, of course!
I can still read or focus on a computer screen if I tilt my head
the right way to find the small remaining sharp area in my field
of vision. But it's tiring....
A new forum topic has just been started about this story. You're
welcome to post your comments there (and make fun of me, of
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What else is happening
this weekend? Here are 4 musical events
Lammaites, but 3 of
them are actually
happening on HK Island:
Click above for L-G's photo gallery
(Thanks to Lamma OCC for letting me ride
along on their junk as the race's "official"
photographer, following them all around Lamma!)
Gina Meana - Women's team
captain, Race MC, Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club:
(Photos by Siuyu Leung,
click to enlarge)
I just wanted to send you a
"thank you" for coming to the Round Lamma Race this
year. I think you will all agree that the times were
brilliantly fast this year.
The new course record is
now 1:54:56 – owned by the HKOCC men. Last year's record
was the Island Paddle Club men with 1:55:47.
The ladies fastest time
this year was IPC with 2:18.50, beating the record of
last year, which was 2:27:48.
This year's winning mixed
crew from Lantau arrived with an excellent time of
The YC Rowers were 2:06:51,
while the OC2s recorded 2:10:51 by John and Ross, and
2:23:14 by Peter and Anna, who joined us at the last
minute cause they simply had nothing else on the books
that day (brilliant!) and felt like a paddle in
Special call-out goes to
Greg Pittams, who has not been in an OC6 more than three
times since last October/08, has never paddled around
Lamma in an OC1, and who chose to make the trip just
because he could. Greg recorded a perfectly dignified
time of 2:54:36 netted him a trophy, which we can assume
he may be using as a spittoon even now.
In the next few days, our
photographer on the junk will be posting photos from the
afternoon's events. Please visit
to see these.
Again, thanks to you all
for attending, and congratulations to everyone. Please
forgive the typos in the chart below. I have no idea
what gremlins took possession of my fingers earlier
today as I compiled the file.
Sat, Oct 3, Hung Shing Yeh Beach, photos by
Station Beach, photos by
Family visit on
National Day by most of my 3 HK-Chinese
2 sons-in-law and 3 step-grandsons, visiting
their (grand)mother Lamma-Por and grandpa "Uncle
Ah-Gung" on Lamma, Lamma-Gung for short.
We were picking
up BBQ foods/supplies from
LammaBBQ.com on Hung Shing Yeh beach; an
amazingly wide, low-cost range of marinated
meats, seafoods and BBQ supplies, a lot more and
better quality than can be found on YSW Main
Rooftop BBQ at
Lamma-Gung & Lamma-Por's new flat.
With apologies to
our vegan and vegetarian readers...
Fun in our
2nd-hand, $200 pool for my 3 step-grandsons.
All of them living in typical high-rises on HK
Island, so they really enjoyed the wide open
spaces and the freedom & convenience of a
rooftop, but are not eager at all about Lamma's
dogs, mosquitoes, snakes and bugs in general.
The rooftop pool
is even big enough for L-G to play floating
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Another Lamma weekend with a wide range of
activities for all ages:
Round Lamma Outrigger/Surf-ski Race:
Sat, 10am-5pm, Power Station Beach
Bootcamp 3 intro/Q&A: Sat, 6:30-7pm,
Island Life Studio
Origami Lantern Party: Sun, 11am-noon,
Island Life Studio
Craft Market: Sun, Oct 4, 12noon-6pm,
Open Stage: every Sun, 3-6pm, Island Bar
"There will be a PAID BBQ at Power Station
Beach on Sat afternoon (priority is paddlers,
but guests are welcome at a charge of @$75 each;
It should be great to see the boats come in
again this year - it's an incredibly fun race,
and the different parts of the island offer all
kinds of challenges."
Read about last year's Round Lamma Race:
Sexy Time & Losing Your Virginity.
For more events every week:
Lamma Events Calendar.
Banner at the YSW Library,
opposite the ferry pier, front/back, night/day
Here's the birthday cake! You can
have it and eat it, too!
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