There are so many hobby, wannabe and even professional
photographers calling Lamma home, but have you ever encountered
an architographer? Late today, we were
enjoying Emily's wonderful Swiss Mövenpick ice cream and a
Nespresso coffee with good friends after another Lamcombe farewell dinner.
A tall guy I didn't know introduced himself and started telling
me passionately about his Photoshopped artworks. As I was
looking for him anyway, having heard of his current exhibition
via the Lamma grapevine - while meeting the visiting parents of
an acquaintance up at Open Space - this was another one of these
fortunate chance meetings that happen so frequently and
serendipitously in a small place like Lamma.
Having dabbled myself in computer art
a bit over the last 25+
years, even exhibiting in a number of art galleries, I was intrigued
to meet a fellow practitioner of the still arcane and widely
unpopular hobby of creating computer-assisted art. Amazingly, he
told me that he already sold several of his "architecture
photographs manipulated with Photoshop filters", some to people
working in the same skyscrapers he depicted! I really love your
work and I bow to thee, oh
Master Andy, please teach me how to become so successful,
actually selling artworks instead of just giving them away for
free, like I do!
Can you tell which famous HK skyscrapers Andy used to create
these amazing & intriguing pictures? Click to enlarge them and find
Lammaite Andrew Cattrell's
"Architography" exhibition is showing in
Club, 15 Elgin St, SoHo, tel 2127 7936 - where quite a few Lamma
artists have been exhibiting over the last few years -
9, Mon-Thu, 2:30-10:30pm, Fri-Sat; 2:30pm-12:30am. Check out the
Culture Club website and
Andrew's new website as well which has just been added
to our list of all
Lamma/Lammaite websites we're aware
of. He introduces himself:
"Andrew Cattrell , Interior Designer/Artist
"After growing up in the 60s and 70s in the UK, where 'psychedelia'
was reflected in the artwork of the time, Andrew moved to Hong
Kong in the late eighties. His work is a reflection of his
passion for Hong Kong's architecture, photography and art.
Passionate about photography, after a day shooting in Central,
Andrew was suddenly inspired by the details of the Cheung Kong Center. Manipulating his photography digitally, he was able to
bring a fresh perspective to one of Hong Kong's iconic buildings.
"As an interior designer, Andrew worked on the details of
various renowned buildings, and today he applies this eye for
detail to the façade of architectural landmarks familiar to any
Hong Kong resident or visitor.
"In the same way that modern photography allows the
photographer to take and remodel portraits of celebrities,
Andrew applies these techniques to buildings, pushing the
boundaries of peoples' perspectives of architecture, photography
and art. Andrew invites you to explore and revisit the familiar
through his metamorphic lens."
P.S. on Jan 12: The exhibition is over now and there
are some prints still available at $1,500 each.
Contact Andy if you might be interested to have a look.
P.S. For photos of most of the many major
parties of the last ELEVEN years in this local hotspot, check
their website (created & maintained by L-G).
Click above for Lamma-Gung's
Dragons & Outriggers paddling for Operation Santa Claus:
Sat, Dec 26, 2:15-3:30pm:
"Paddling for the final time this year (in Santa hats),
before retreating to The Island Bar for turkey sandwiches (for a small fee
which will go to Operation Santa Claus, probably with mince pies.)
"Our Santa Hats paddle will commence promptly (alcohol
permitting) at 2.15pm at Power Station Beach and 2.15pm from our
usual spot outside The Island Bar. Why the two locations, you are
asking. Glad you asked.
"The event has now managed to stir up the
collective imaginations of the teams and we currently have 34
paddlers signed up (not bad for Boxing Day), plus we are
expecting a last minute flurry of sign-ups as we are opening up
the paddlefest (with emphasis on fun on the day) to any visiting
relatives or friends and will paddle in our old and trusted
'Pig' and the new kid on the block 'Piglet' paddling round from
Power Station Beach to 'race' against the other boat in YSW
"Plus the latest news is that Lamma Outrigger
Club also hope to take out a few boats and join the dragonboats
for our very first race off dragonboats versus outriggers.
Exciting stuff (for paddlers; I understand if the rest of the
world doesn't quite understand how momentous this is!)
"So, Lamma-Gung, I believe it has always been
your deepest desire to get into a dragonboat, so if you want to
come along and get a ringside spot taking photos from inside the
boat - please accept this as your official invite. You will get
wet though, so give it some thought as the club cannot be help
responsible for damaged cameras or other bodily parts!
"Official attire for the day is Santa hats
and as much other Santa stuff as we can find. We will finish
promptly around 3.15-3.30pm depending on when people start
yelling for turkey and mince pies at The Island Bar afterwards!
We are asking paddlers or anyone else in the bar who wants a
bite to eat for $50 or more if feeling generous, so hope to
raise quite a wedge of cash for Op Santa Claus!"
Mrs. Santa Claus
The Island Bar &
The Waterfront co-owner:
(all photos by
Lamma-Gung, click to enlarge. Click above for
Paddling for Operation
Boxing Day saw some incredibly brave and somewhat
cold paddlers taking to the waves whilst dressed as
Santa. The Lamma Ladies, led by Cap'n Dawn and
accompanied by a surprising number of men, waded nimbly
into the water on what was certainly a day much colder
than Christmas Day. In overcast and windy weather, the
intrepid paddlers made their way out to the headland of
Banyan Tree Bay, where they were met by their
counterparts, the Outrigger crews!
Also courageously facing the elements, the outriggers
had brought their boats around by sea from Power Station
beach, no doubt giving them a chance for an extended
warm-up. The race which followed showed just how
talented and very fit the members of the clubs actually
are. Frankly, it was hard to see which boat came in
first (particularly for those of us hiding in The Island
Bar to escape the mega breezy wind). But relatively
speaking it didn't matter since the whole cause was for
Operation Santa, the last event of Lamma's Op Santa
Returning to The Island Bar, those dripping people
warmed up with mulled wine and turkey sandwiches which
had been donated and prepared by several team members,
for a small fee of course, all of which went straight
into the Operation Santa box. As of writing this we are
still waiting for the final count raised from this
event, but just for everyone's interest, the amount
collected prior to the paddling race was a whopping
$19,534. We'll be letting you know the total as soon
as we receive it.
This year's Op Santa activities were a lot of fun and
all particularly well organised by the different parties
involved. (You know who you are, go ahead and pat
yourselves on the back.) Thanks everyone!
Christmas Tree, Christmas Cheer & Christmas Seaview on this very
A very romantic & delicious dinner shared with Lamma-Por in this
For the usual night view from The Waterfront, see below:
(The Waterfront is a Lamma-zine advertiser, click for their
I've been riding my bike again for the first time in 2.5 months,
while slowly recovering from my double vision,
see health update. Rolling down from Lamma Winds - oh,
what fun, I've been missing this! - I came across this
impressive sight close to Power Station Beach:
taking these pictures from the rocky beach one of the workers
was approaching and trying to convince me to leave the area,
because of "safety reasons." So I took the opportunity for a
little ad hoc interview about what's going on here.
He turned out to be a nice engineer working for Kaden
construction (the guys behind major local construction works
like our sewage treatment works.) This is a Lands Dept./HK
Electric project and the barge is bringing these huge boulders
from Mainland China to our beach. They're increasing the height
of the entire rock slope to "make it more stable" and able to
These boulders are huge, weighing several tons each, it'll take
at least a month to finish this job. The earthmover piling them
up made me wonder if we could convince Kaden to build some new
really tall rock piles while they're at it, adding some new
"tourist attractions" to the beach. Rocky Malcolm would be so
Click above for photo gallery of
the carnival and Passion play
Alfie NoName's brilliant clown performance
Programme -- Sooo hard to resist!
-- Angels dressing room
Swallowed alive -- MC -- Joseph &
Mary giving birth to a... pillow? --
Alfie's fashionable head dress, a pair of XXXL underpants
One of Santa's 3 public Lamma
appearances so far --
Baby Jesus found an adoptive mother -- Santa's daughter?
A fun scrum ensued after
the clown dropped his fake juggling ball
60th Anniversary Open Day & Fund-Raising Bazaar:
Sun, Dec 20, 10am-4pm: Northern
Lamma Primary School: game booths, rummage sale, fashion
design contest, performances, exhibitions.
Kindergarten Christmas Carnival:
Sat, Dec 19, 9:30am-1:30pm: Our
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Kindergarten:
Santa on the
Beach: Sat, Dec
19, 5pm: Power Station Beach: "Bring your
children's presents to the tent before 5pm, placed discreetly.
Please make sure that you label them clearly with both first
name and surname.
Santa will be arriving at around 5.15pm, we will sing some
carols, drink some mulled wine, hang out around the fire. Then
the presents will be handed out."
Sat/Sun, Dec 19/20, noon-6pm, FaFa
House, G/F 39 Sha Po Old Village (opposite LAWC shop):
"Artistic handmade goods by HK craft makers Get some
one-of-a-kind gift for Xmas."
Call 9640 0036,
Craft Workshop: Mon/Tue, Dec
21/22, 1-4pm, Open Space Art Studio & Community
Centre, 2 Tai Ling Village (below the windmill):
Email, call 6423 1952,
$250 per child for both days. Arts & crafts, music,
scavenger hunt, campfire, songs, games.
Hans Andersen Christmas
Party: Wed, Dec 23, 2-4pm,
Hans Andersen Club: $20, party food, games, lucky draw. Call
Ms Lau at 2928 2173,
P.S. Do you know of any other
public events happening this month?
Email me for inclusion
The Waterfront and
Mrs. Santa Claus
The Island Bar &
The Waterfront co-owner:
(all photos by Lamma-Gung, click
to enlarge. Click above for
Volunteers from Lamma were very busy
at the end of last week, putting the final touches to
Hand-made by artisans of Lamma, whose regular day
jobs include working as event organizers, the Islanders
proved just how handy they can be by recycling the wood
used for a stage made previously for another great Lamma
charity tradition – The Fun Day.
By Sunday morning, the finessing touches of paint and
glitter were being added. An astonishing amount of
effort was required for the design, carpentry and
colourful trimming of Santa's sleigh. Splendid in
brilliant red and glittering with black trim, and with a
hidden sound system playing carols, it finally set off
to tour the village of Yung Shue Wan with a most
effective Santa cracking the whip, surrounded by elves
of various sizes and led by children cleverly
camouflaged as reindeer.
With plenty of sweets for all
(provided by an elf and distributed with great panache
by Santa) the spectacle stopped for a rest outside The
Island Bar in a space kindly made available by the
neighbouring Man Fung Restaurant, where a lengthy
photo-shoot took place for keen parents.
An extended trip this year took Santa on his sleigh
and accompanied by his colourful entourage right to the
ferry pier before returning to retire at The Waterfront
for more photos. Two visiting husky dogs added to
atmosphere and joined in for photos as well.
No-one knows how much this particular parade
collected for Operation Santa – that won't become
apparent until the boxes are opened at the end of the
Operation Santa period. But one thing is for sure. The
efforts put into making the day a success go back a long
way and took a long time. As well as Santa and the
elves, The Island Bar thanks Parksy, Sean, Jill and
everyone on the team for the foresight in creating the
sleigh which made such a wonderful and memorable
impression this year for all who saw it.
Kelly "Elf" Morgan -
Fundraiser for Operation Santa Claus, Senior Lammaite:
in progress photo by Kelly)
Santa rolled through Yung Shue Wan on a
seriously pimped out sleigh for the Waterfront/ Island
Bar's efforts on behalf of Operation Santa Claus 2009.
What began as a simple request,
"Parksy, can we borrow your trolley again this year?"
became a massive production as Parksy and Sean
deconstructed the old stage on Power Station Beach and
recycled it into a sleigh, then painted and trimmed it,
and with help from Jill Eason (featured
elsewhere on this page this month.) Sharon and
Gavin, put the finishing touches to it. (Including a
massive boom box hooked up to an iPod to play Christmas
We had a rotating roster of elves this
year (including some elfish "blokes" for the muscle
power required to push the sleigh) but Santa was, as
Santa is, the same as he was last year. One small boy
was overheard to repeat, "that's not Santa, that's
not the real Santa, that's just Jim dressed up as
Santa…." Only to be shot down in flames by a little
girl who retorted sharply, "shut up! You're ruining
The money raised by the venture has yet
to be counted, but the money boxes were certainly
looking healthily full. What's less easily quantified is
the spirit of Christmas and sense of community that the
event inspired. The effort and endeavour that went into
the day, behind the scenes and "front stage" as it were,
was nothing short of remarkable.
And for that reason alone, you've just got to
Email from Annie: "Jill's having a show of her
jewellery, chandeliers and candle bowls next Tuesday at Cath's
bar (15th Dec) -- a unique opportunity for everyone to see her
beautiful, original creations lit up in their full glory in a
lovely ambient environment!
Would you kindly put
this flyer on Lamma.com.hk? And please do come along and
join us! I will buy you a glass of wine! Thanks so much."
How could I resist such a nice invitation! Lamma-Por and I
stopped by for a nibble at the delicious snacks buffet, a glass
of white wine. We chatted with old friends, took photos and
admired the beautifully lit up glass, crystal & gemstone
Lamma-Por found a turquoise quartz necklace she liked a lot,
making me buy it for her as a Christmas present! Well, I'm happy
to be a Christmas shopper supporting the Lamma economy. Call
Jill the Crystal Artist @ 2982 1276 (2nd from right in photo
below) or email her
"official publicist" Annie (middle) to choose your own
present for Christmas, New Year, birthday or any other festive
occasion worthy of a really
Mrs. Santa Claus -
The Island Bar co-owner:
(photos by L-G, click
11th Annual Treasure
Hunt a Grand Success
The hills were alive on Lamma Island
yesterday, with dozens of intrepid Treasure Hunters in
search of elusive clues in the annual Island Bar
Treasure Hunt on behalf of Operation Santa Claus.
Fourteen teams of 4 apiece, set off in
the blazing sunshine to trek over hill and dale from
midday Sunday! At $400 per team, all donated to
Operation Santa Claus, participants felt the
two-to-three hour trek was excellent value for a very
good cause and a prize was available for every team at
Organised by a few very generous
customers of The Island Bar, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma
Island, the Treasure Hunt was the 11th in a series since
we first joined in the Operation Santa appeal. Of
course, we were extremely fortunate that the Hunt was on
Sunday, not Monday when it rained!
Donated prizes came from many sources,
including Carlsberg, various restaurants, hair salons,
Moseley interior design and Thirsty Horse promotions
amongst others. We sincerely thank each and every one of
our very generous sponsors. We raised a little over
$5,600 and a lot of fun was had by all!
Next weekend Santa will parade through
the village of Yung Shue Wan on a trolley (yes, yes, we
are still working on buying him a sleigh) and in the
coming few weeks leading up to Christmas, traditional
events like Children's Carolling, Adult Carolling, and a
Bingo Night will be organised by enthusiastic customers
of the Island Bar, all in aid of Operation Santa.
Two new ideas will be incorporated this
year, in addition to the 'regular' Operation Santa
So think about joining us for a
Christmas Dinner Quiz at The Waterfront (2982 1168)
and for a really special Boxing Day treat, come and
watch the Lamma Ladies Dragon Boaters, kitted out
in Santa Hats (and possibly little else) taking their
final training of the year, by dragon-boating around
Banyan Tree Bay. Then join them for turkey sarnies and
mince pies afterward for a minimal cost, all to
Operation Santa of course, and perhaps a warming mulled
wine in The Island Bar.
'Tis the season to be silly – at least
that's the way we look at it!
Any newcomers to the The Island Bar will
be welcomed with free membership to The Island Society
P.S. A little photo feature got onto the SCMP's
Operation Santa Claus website.
I've also just updated and expanded
The Island Bar
website to include 11 years of historic photos, 1999-2009!
And the new
website just listed Lamma.com.hk in their "Local Blog Buzz"
shortlist of favourite HK blogs, the first one listed! They write:
"As the only local medium on Lamma Island, this website has become a kind
of de facto daily Lamma newspaper for many people."
After over 2,000 Lamma-zine stories published over the last 7.5
years, wouldn't it be nice to follow up on some of them
occasionally, checking out what happened to the people, issues
and topics highlighted in the past? It would demonstrate that
even in a place like Lamma time moves on, albeit at a slower,
more relaxed and ultimately more comfortable pace.
Here's a simple example, referring to this story:
Apr 28, 2009: Eco-Adventure #1: Bike-Powered Water Pump
This is how it looks today, reclaimed by nature (Mikania, the
fast-growing, all-engulfing Mile-a-Minute weed) within just a few months:
After recently losing several top advertisers for various
reasons like business closures or major business changes, I've offered
free advertising for this month. Hearing the word FREE,
Lammaites came running, as expected! Let's give these fine local
business additional exposure in this story, hoping some of them
will decide to continue to advertise next year?
Click on the ad
banners below (most of them designed by myself) to check out their special offers, fine products
and friendly services.
Do YOU want a free ad, too? Contact me!
Lammaite Newbie and multimedia artist Stratoponjak has
created the first 360-degree, sphere-shaped panorama from the
highest location on North Lamma, the Trig Point, reachable from
the windturbine via the Snake Trail. Click above and wait
patiently for a little while to download the
Flash-movie-panorama from his website in Sweden. Then you move
around in ANY direction with the mouse, rotate the picture full
circle and even zoom in on any spot. Try it!
More fun multimedia to come very soon from this new Lamma-zine
Here's the explanation if you'd like to create an interactive
"I used a Canon 7D with a 15mm lens, that is equal to 24mm in
a full frame sensor, and just shot 15 vertical shots free hand
with the horizon in the lower part of the frame, and then 15
more aiming a little bit lower, and then a few in the sky and a
few right down on the ground. Using a tripod would have been
The magic was then made in a software called "PTGui Pro"
where images automatically, and manually, where put all together
in a spherical 360 degree panorama. For ground and heaven I then
used Photoshop, open the PTGui panorama image, created a 3D
sphere object in Photoshop and added ground and heaven.
Later I created a Flash movie using open source 3D engine
Papervision, made a 3D sphere and added the panorama image to
it. Next version could also include labels in the Flash
3D-world, pointing at different areas in the panorama."
China Light & Power is increasing their electricity tariffs for
most of HK by 2.6% from Jan 1. HK Electric proudly announced on
the same day that they won't, freezing their tariffs for next
year. Good news for all of us HK Electric customers on HK Island
and Lamma Island! But I still miss the govt.'s $300 monthly
electricity subsidy, ending last July after a full year. Any
chance of continuing it?
HK Electric has also committed to gradually reduce their
emissions by increasing the use of natural gas, burning much
cleaner but being much more expensive. Gas-fired power
generation is expected to double from about 15% to 30% in 2010.
"Our power supply in 2010 will basically come from 'clean
energy' with emissions in sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and
respiratory suspended particulates reducing by 40 to 70% in the
year as compared with 2005 levels."
HK Electric to Freeze Tariffs for 2010 [8 December 2009]
"I would like to offer people the chance to get their very
own DickStock XV T-shirts. Also, some of the band members didn't
get theirs as promised, because Tracy and friends sold the
suckers OUT...so if anyone wants one, they need to place an
order with me POST-HASTE (till Sun, Dec 6). I think I can get
delivery in 2 weeks. JUST IN TIME FOR X-MAS~!!!
"I need people's colour/size preferences... from baby sizes
to pie- eater... STILL only $60!
"Normal colors, white black blue red, etc. Sizes from baby
to XXL... maybe even XXXL, but not sure about that."
P.S. The T-shirts above are
all single-colour. If you're spotting a full-colour DickStock
XV T-shirt on Main Street, that would be either me or
Lamma-Por sporting the ONLY limited-edition (1 black/1 white
each, see right) full-colour prints worldwide. We'll receive them in a few
days, for free, from a longtime fan of this website who's
running a T-shirt printing biz in Canada and has never even
visited Lamma! Some of our readers from a total of 97 countries
(Nov '09, 4+ million hits) are just so incredibly nice &
supportive, making this all worthwhile. Many thanks!
If you'd like to order some
full-colour Tees as well, please
let me know.
If you hurry up,
there are still a few Lamma 2010 Charity Calendars left
in Diesel's Bar! 2 for $100! Buy 5, get 1 free!
Jennifer "Doomed to Fail" Spratly - Anthropology PhD candidate:
Interviewing Lamma-Gung in the Beer Garden
about Lamma's folk tales
I am an anthropologist doomed to fail
Why? Because I moved to Lamma.
So say the knowledgeable. "Two
anthropologists in the department's nearly 30 year old
history moved to Lamma Island before you. They never
finished!" is the story I get. I walk off
laughingly, saying "I'll prove you wrong!" (I'll
show you. I will!). But I hear similar tales coming from
other departments, other universities…and it appears no
one knows (or cares) what happened to those who
From where I live overlooking Yung Shue
Wan I hear cat's demon-like voices at night. Giant
crickets appear on the window. I hunt occasional
cockroaches in the kitchen. A frog climbed up the Thai
Basil on the balcony a few weeks ago and sky dived into
the Aloe Vera. And a rat makes regular visits. I seem to
have karaoke-loving neighbours and I sleep to the sound
of the usual; guitars playing, lovemaking, and fights.
Is noisy nature all it takes to make Lamma appear as
Pinocchio's World? Is life so different in the Midlevels?
I hear they get cockroaches and sex too.
Lévi-Strauss sits by my bed. "What is Lamma's
back-story?" he asks. "We do not really need know
where metaphors come from, but we need to know how and
why people use them". I agree. We have an impression
of people, what they are and what they do, and in the
end they are often the complete opposite.
Morning comes. Cats meow. Birds circle
the sky. Since I stepped on to this island for the first
time in March I have learnt Lamma is where professors
daydream of retiring. It's now November. I am
waiting for Lamma-Gung in the Beer Garden, hoping to
hear his approach to Lamma's folk tale.
He talks of Lamma fans worldwide who
apparently have never set foot here but admire the place
from afar. He mentions Corner bars, and restaurants now
gone. Reunion parties, there have been a few. Lamma
features the strong-minded, the eccentrics, the
freelancers, artists, writers, househusbands and
environmentalists. There are those working the stock
markets, the offices, and the Dragon Boats. It's fisher
folks and power dressed people in a mix. On the Dark
Side: the bar scene after midnight, drug raids, Lamma
burglars, and those considered trouble. "Live and let
live", says Lamma-Gung. "Mentally unstable?
You'll still find friends here".
I take copious notes thinking this makes
a pretty good story! Honestly, little anthropological
research appears to have been done on Lamma. Researchers
vanish, remember… "You get help here," Lamma-Gung
fills in, as my thoughts start to drift. "People chip
in anonymously to help each other out." He talks of
the barter economy as an important island feature and how to
do favours and create goodwill. "You must manage
relations well and show involvement in the community".
"And you're most welcome to make fun of me!"
Pinky (R.I.P.) is whom I will envision
most vividly from our long conversation this afternoon,
sipping white wine like she did. I am told Pinky was appointed the
guru of an imaginary "evil cult". She was outrageous and
Lamma.com.hk created an –ism just for her and about her,
Disneyland after midnight. Sounds pretty much like any
academic department to me.
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