Three winners (from left) Mr. Ray So, Mr. Lai
Sek-tong and Mr. Edward Tsui share how they identified their winning
Favourite Eco-Heritage Hotspots.
Hearing Lamma's tireless toads and frogs croaking their lungs out ALL night
during these monsoon weeks, we might agree that they are real champions of
noise-making. But now HK Electric has even awarded a toad as the Champion,
#1 in the Green HK Green campaign. This is an offshoot, a successor to the
former 3-year Green Lamma Green campaign which saw various activities
and events happening on Lamma, mainly related to tree plantings and
eco-routes. See their
Lamma Island Eco-Tour Map and the many
"Educational Panels" along the 3 designated Eco-Routes on which
guided Eco-Tours are still on-going nowadays.
Quoting from a recent HK Electric media release:
Hotspots Nominated for Future Eco-Heritage Trails
people may think Hong Kong is a concrete jungle, but we do have country
parks with beautiful natural resources and unique ecological values. So,
next time you are in a country park, don't be surprised to find endangered
species of amphibians such as the short-legged horned toad hopping
about, or see numerous historical relics still around us, such as the Tai
"Thanks to a group of nature lovers who hike and fish every opportunity
they get and dug out hidden "treasures" while combing the natural
environment of Hong Kong Island. They submitted their treasured finds to the
"My Favourite Eco-Heritage Hotspots on Hong Kong Island" Competition
and 10 of them will have their nominations considered for inclusion in
future eco-heritage trails on the island.
"The competition is part of the "Green Hong Kong Green" project launched
last year by HK Electric
Conservancy Association. It aims at exploring and promoting the
ecological and historical values of Hong Kong Island, while enhancing public
awareness of environmental and heritage protection.
"The competition invited the public to trek Lung Fu Shan Country Park,
Aberdeen Country Park, Tai Tam Country Park and their surrounding areas, and
submit what they thought would be rare and worth seeing. It received more
than 370 nominations...."
champion hotspot of the Student Category is the "Short-legged Horned Toad"
nominated by Ray So, a second-year student at the University of Hong
Kong's Ecology and Biodiversity Department. Ray, who takes keen interest in
toads and frogs, found it during one of his night excursions to Lung Fu Shan
Country Park. "The nocturnal toad is an endemic and endangered species in
Hong Kong. Its cornered face gives it an adorable appearance. During spring
and summer nights, ponds and streams come alive with a croaking sound as the
males sound off to attract females."
I'm sure Lamma's famous Nancy the Frog Lady would agree with this
kindred spirit who also takes a "keen interest in toads and frogs", studying
them during her "night excursions" in Tai Peng Village and beyond. To learn
more about Lamma's six species of frogs and toads (some of them "endemic and
endangered species"), including many fantastic pictures and even sounds, see
Amphibia on Lamma forum.
So many of our friends and neighbours seem to be escaping the HK summer heat
to cooler climates. It's like a little mini-exodus every summer, leaving
many flats empty and threatened by mould, bugs and typhoons. So that's where
the house sitters come in, short-term, temporary tenants looking after flats
while the main occupant is absent, usually for several weeks to several
while the main tenants are out of HK, they need a local friend to look after
their flat and property and handle little emergencies, for example lost
keys. Property agents are usually reluctant to be responsible for this as
there's no profit or fees in it for them. Especially when the subtenant is
moving out before the main tenant returns from overseas, these friends need
to check the flat's condition, any damage or missing property, before the
deposit is being returned to the subtenant.
These trusted friends are called "Nyckelpiga", meaning "key maid" in
colloquial Swedish. The name refers to this cute insect above, basically a
Ladybird. It's nicknamed "key maid", maybe because of the dots on the wing
covers, looking a bit like keyholes, I'd guess? This is an (unpaid) position
of trust; I felt quite honoured to be selected and asked to become a
charming Swedish friend of ours convinced me to become her Nyckelpiga for
the summer for her beautiful flat in Po Wah Yuen with an amazing YSW harbour
view, see above. We visited today, Sunday morning, checked the "before
state" of her flat, took pictures, got the backup keys and even met the very
nice, Teutonic subtenant. He could call me "Marien- käfer" in his native
tongue. The imaginative French call this bug "bête à bon dieu", literally
the "Good God Beast". Oh God, what a beast!
So you're welcome now to call me Nyckelpiga to my face, but ONLY if you know
the proper Swedish pronunciation of the word! I definitely prefer this new
nickname to my former (also friendly) nickname,
The Other Fat Bastard.
Click above for L-G's photo gallery
The sounds of Lamma's nature never fail to amaze me. While walking over hills
and through forests, you can hear the wide range of bird calls, the shrill
shrieks of cicadas being disturbed in the branches, frogs honking for mates
and... pick axes?
Yes, the tree planters are out in force again up in the so-called "Lamma
Forest" high up above Pak Kok Village. Lawyers and staff from the
Linklaters legal firm plus a good number of Lammaites and
Good-Friends-of-Bobsy were out in force to plant even more saplings up in the Lamma Forest. The lawyers seem
to have had a great time, happy to be out of the office, out in nature and
out of Central's smog. There was quite a bit of enjoying nature and even (modest)
But all trees have been planted successfully in the end. Mission
accomplished and it was all done on a Saturday and for FREE, which is really
great when considering that some of these guys usually charge up to several
thousand dollars per hour. Many thanks to everybody involved for a great job
well and cheerfully done!
Organiser Bobsy - also ABLE Charity Chair(hu)man and Save
The Human's Saviour-in-Chief - writes before and after this tree planting day:
"Greetings One & All,
The weather has turned humid & the rains have come, the Monsoon season is
upon us. This is when we plant trees in HK.
Our annual Lamma Forest Tree Planting is happening on Saturday the 29th of
May & you are INVITED to come along & sink your hands into the rich soil up
in the green Hills of North Lamma overlooking the South China sea...
This year we will be planting a fine selection of Native HK trees that bear
fruit & flower as well as some flowering HK shrubs that attract Butterflies
We were so lucky with the rains the
Amazing in fact
that after weeks of dry weather we are blessed with such liquid gold from
In your story on the Tree Planting & on
our Web Site, please mention that
the Indigenous Organic Trees were donated by the Kadoorie Farm &
Gardens KFBG; as indeed they are every year for the last 5 years...."
Click here for more of my photos...
Like every year, I only shot photos, not actually making my tender, soft,
keyboard-hugging fingers dirty with actual, hands-on tree planting. But this
time I've been traipsing much more carefully through the steep hills of the
Lamma Forest and didn't fall over even once!
This was much more fortunate than one year ago, after the
2009 Tree Planting, when I stupidly and carelessly stumbled
downhill! My main camera, a heavy Nikon D80 with 18-200mm zoom lens, hanging
from my neck, banged and scraped my noggin nastily and the flash hot shoe
sliced into my eyebrow. The Lamma emergency services got alerted and
involved, after some expert organic first aid from Bobsy & friends.
After well over 1.5 hours of waiting for the very confused emergency
response, 3 emergency guys walked dizzy, bandaged me all the way from the
Lamma Forest above Pak Kok Village to Yung Shue Wan, as there's NO ambulance
service available between Po Wah Yuen and Pak Kok Village. Strictly avoid
having any more serious accident in that area! But I got to ride our cute
mini-ambulance car all the way from The Island Bar to the already closed
(Sat after 1pm) and doctor-less Lamma Clinic, my first-ever ride as a
patient! Dizzy inside the ambulance, I still didn't stop taking even more
and I spent the whole Sat afternoon after the tree planting in Queen Mary
Hospital's emergency dept., after the Lamma Clinic's nurses advised us to go
there by regular ferry. I was getting my scratched head checked out and my
eyebrow stitched up. I sported a souvenir of a black, closed-up right eye
for over a week afterwards and 3 Tetanus shots over the next year.
Oh, all the HUGE sacrifices I make for the Lamma-zine, risking life and limb
once again this year to bring you the very latest photos from the Lamma
Forest and daily from all over Lamma Island! ;-) Well, for a lot more
(accident-free) pictures, see my new
Tree Planting 2010 photo gallery.
I just got this flyer below at the Central ferry pier and also as scans from
Lammadonna's office by email (the very first email from her office in years,
should I be flattered? ;-)
I just wonder if the main hall in our Northern Lamma Primary School will be
big enough for the THOUSANDS of Lammaites interested in this Very Important
topic, affecting many of us almost every day. They'll probably have to hold
it in the big playground of the Primary School to have enough room for the
I just feel sure that some of our outspoken residents with strong opinions
will have fun playing hard ball in the playground with the Very Important
Transport Dept. officials. It might become quite a spectacle, well worth to
join in, watch, listen and hopefully even participate and contribute your
own Very Important opinions!
Click above to email your views and click below for Chinese version of the
Plus the full link to the
ferry review info and the
Legislative Council Transport Panel Paper, so you can be well
informed and prepared for this Very Important Public Forum. ;-)
If yes, click below!
Lands Dept removing all boats & equipment from PS Beach!
Aaah, the joys of Lamma rooftop gardening! A large, completely private
garden with unobstructed sunlight, great views, canopy protection and
without some of the usual intruders that can plague G/F gardens, like
centipedes, snakes and neighbour's dogs. A little oasis of peace, sanity &
tranquility and it needs so little effort to keep growing and blooming much
of the year.
Pure Fitness chain of gyms
has been offering a free week's membership,
including a session with a Personal Trainer and an
InBody 720 Body Composition Analysis, see a small excerpt above. It
was most revealing and fascinating to get all this detailed and surprising data about my
New Body in their
TWO IFC gym.
For example, it contains 14 kg of protein, 5.5 kg of minerals (including
4.65 kg of bones), 15.4 kg of fat, 40.3 kg Skeletal Muscle Mass and has a
Basic Metabolic Rate of 1,953 kcals. It also has "Normal Lean
Balance", "Normal Body Balance", "Developed Upper Body
Strength", "Strong Skeletal Muscle Mass" and an "Alert Life
Pattern", whatever all of this might mean. But it all sounds good,
reassuring and oh-so scientific!
This New Body is half the weight of my Old Body just 2 years ago. It
consisted mostly of fat, never exercised and suffered from all kinds of
pretty dangerous "co- morbidities" - diabetes, acid reflux, OA, sleep apnea.
It depended on a lot of prescription medication to work properly. This New
Body got rid of ALL these health risks and doesn't need any medication
anymore. According to the Analysis, it's also pretty healthy, fit and strong
- overall Fitness Score 92 out of 100.
This New Body is keeping its weight very stable now for almost a year
already and has shrunk to an unbelievably low 17.3% PBF (Percent Body
Fat)! The final recommendation of the gym's Analysis was to lose just
another 5 pounds to reach my "Ideal Weight" and keep on exercising, ideally
with their very expensive Personal Trainers, of course. Only 5 more pounds?
I can do that!
This New Body is still quite a bit unfamiliar and surprising to me in all
that it can do now. It can move around quite easily, bike to Tung O Wan in
South Lamma, climb Mt Stenhouse and even do a SkyJump off the Macau
Tower. It seems to be looking for ever more challenging, ever more dangerous ways
of testing its physical limits! Fortunately, it hasn't seriously injured or
even killed me yet! What will my overly enthusiastic New Body make me do
next? Mountainbiking, outrigging all around Lamma or even skydiving?
This New Body is also not fogly (Fat, Old and Ugly) anymore, but
still Old and Ugly. Not much I can do about that, but I can definitely live
with that, as long as Lamma-Por and my friends don't mind. But a little TV
reality show-style makeover is years overdue anyway - hair, teeth, clothes
(Lamma Boho chic? ;-)
After all this in-depth Analysis of my New Body, I figured that I actually
don't need to join the Pure Fitness gym and pay them an unaffordable $3,000+
up front, with monthly fees of over $1,000! I seem to be in pretty good
shape and weight already and just need to continue to eat and drink sensibly
- no more dieting! - and maintain my moderate exercise level. So I'll
continue to hike and bike a lot and visit our great-but-small, low-cost
Island Gym ($350/month,
contact Rick & Soli).
also just joined Donna's
Fit "N" Fun Camp every Tue and Thu
evening in the Basketball Court! But I'm still the oldest and
biggest in this bootcamp-style class full of quite young, pretty & fit
ladies - some of them half the age and weight of my New Body. It definitely
motivates me to push myself even harder, especially as I'm sometimes the
only male attending, struggling to keep up with the ladies.
I still remember fondly the really tough bootcamp I suffered through last summer;
early Sunday mornings in the Football Pitch, 2 hours hardcore training. I
had to perform 10 push-ups in front of the class as punishment for being 10
minutes late. But my weight loss and fitness increase were pretty dramatic
during those 2 months. I loved it, never missing a class.
Fit "N" Fun Camp is quite a bit tamer,
less hardcore in comparison, only 1+ hour long, fun and friendly, manageable
even for fitness newbies. Come and join us for a few rounds of burpees,
jumping jacks, sideways planks with leg lift, ball exercises, ladders,
downward dogs, skipping rope and many other challenging but fun exercises I
can't even name yet:
As you might have guessed by now, this article is kind of an advertorial for
Fit "N" Fun Camp of
Donna the Herbalicious, our Professional &
Personable Personal Trainer. I'm bartering my own "program of physical
exercise, including, but not limited to, strength training, flexibility
development, and aerobic exercise" for promoting and advertising her
class, no cash involved.
More class info...
Welcome to former dancer Sarah who just joined our class yesterday!
She's just moved to Yung Shue Wan and found the
Fit "N" Fun Camp advertised on this
website! See, advertising on this home page works and yes, I do barter!
Donna by email or call her at 9192 7269, then show up on Tue and/or
Thu after 8pm in the Basketball Court, in-between the Primary School
and the Kindergarten.
A few more guys would definitely be most welcome!
just took these photos in Bibianna, the jewelry shop
& workshop just before
The Bookworm restaurant. Yes, they design and actually make their own silver jewelry in
there, some based on designs by famous Lamma Artist
Want to wear a silver Lamma Dragon, VV, trolley, Lamma Island outline or even a
silver cockroach around your neck? Check out the workshop with the best YSW
harbour view in person or check out their
online Tourist Jewelry shop:
Mike the Silversmith
hard at work casting jewelry. By the way, this article is NOT a paid
advertorial, just a little favour for a very interesting & unusual Lamma
Sham Wan Beach, South Lamma, also known
as Green Turtle Beach,
a govt.-assigned SSI (Site of Scientific Interest) is the only location left in
all of HK where Green Turtles, a protected species, occasionally come to
shore to breed and lay their eggs. Photos taken on May 1, 2010 when several
boat launches from HK visited what is called "the most beautiful Lamma
beach" by some people.
Turning around on the beach, you'll find this govt. facility, looking like a
prison, fenced off and protected by barbed wire, housing several Nature
Wardens during the summer season to prevent permit-less people from visiting
the beach and potentially disturbing Green Turtles who might occasionally,
very rarely, show up.
above to read the WARNING notice, up to $50,000 fine,
if you enter the beach w/o a permit between June 1 and Oct 31!
So you've got only a few days left to visit this idyllic
IF you don't have the cash for the fine, maybe they'll lock
you up in that prison, eh, Nature Warden Post, letting you
out only twice a day for a swim....
For more about Lamma's Green Turtles, see our forum,
A 2-page feature story about property on Lamma Island has been published in
the glossy Premier Property supplement of the SCMPost last week. The
reporter, Ajay Shamdasani, interviewed quite a number of Lammaites by email
and put together the quite well-balanced, fair article above. The long
search for interviewees incited an interesting forum discussion:
Lamma property story in SCMP
But the title of the article inspires some interesting questions. If Lamma
offers a "Chance to escape from rat race", have we Lammaites really
escaped it? Some of us, for sure, but not the many of us (the majority?)
still commuting to offices in town 5 or even 6 days per week, often
returning tired on a late ferry.
Personally, I've really escaped the office rat race when moving here,
initially mainly in search of lower rent and better quality of life than on
HK Island where we lived and worked in offices for many years. I've been
kind of semi-retiring here, trying to make a very modest living by running
my own little freelance business, doing "Web Publishing, e-Marketing &
Have YOU escaped the rat race already?
Taken on May 19, 9:22pm, Shutter Speed: 27.0 sec.
Taken on May 19, 9:04pm, Shutter Speed: 68.0 sec.
Both of these amazing photos taken by Josh Sellers of
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III dSLR camera, at ISO 200 and F-Stop f/6.3.
Want to to see more of his public
Random Lamma shots on Facebook?
Click above, then click on BROWSE MOSAIC;
Then you can mouse over the picture to zoom into
Enter the contest to get into the picture yourself!
been asked to appeal for more photographers to enter this photo
contest of the
HK campaign (who
added the multi-million-$ ribbons to the old HK logo). They're
offering some very attractive prizes:
"Love Hong Kong so much you want to become part of it? Here's
Faces of Hong Kong is an interactive, online
'mosaic' picture of central Hong Kong, made up of hundreds,
maybe thousands of our faces.
Become part of the picture by
sending yours – and you might win a fancy camera or another
classy prize. Delay no more – go to
website and upload your mug shot
today. BTW, the prizes competition closes on May 31, so don't
hang about. Just do it!"
Roz Keep -
Senior Lamma Artist:
(Photos by Lamma-Gung)
SketchCrawl, Sat, May
Saturday dawned bright
and sunny in Lamma and the sketchers met at the Green
Cottage with lots of enthusiasm. There were 6 of us
to start with, we welcomed two new comers to the Lamma
sketchers fold, Bud and Sarah. At the same
time as we prepared to go off and sketch, Alba the
Filmmaker came and did some initial filming for her
Lamma documentary which we shall look forward to seeing
is the one who found SketchCrawl initially through the
excellent web site,
www.urbansketchers.com, which links to
This is a project that
gathers sketchers from all around the world to sketch on
a certain day at the same time. The results are posted
on the website and you can see ours
by Mandy -- by Vicky
If you go to the top of
that page and look at 27th SketchCrawl you can see work
from people in as many as 120 countries... quite amazing
to think we are all out there sketching at the same
disappeared to look at a shop which is for sale and
Dina sketched the Island Bar and was filmed doing
that by Alba. Mandy, Vicky, Bud and
Roz decided to go to the Fishermen's Village near
the ferry pier to draw. It's quiet and there are some
great options for sketching, including a beach, sampans,
and the pagoda on the rocks. It really was a good place
to be as the High Street was jam-packed with tourists by
I have uploaded what work
I have, plus photos of our day. But I'm still awaiting
Dina and Sarah's work. But take a look at
our post on the forum and leave your comments.
by Roz Keep
We enjoyed our morning
and returned to the Green Cottage for a welcome drink
and bit of aircon, as it was a very hot day.
The next crawl,
Saturday July 31st,
which of course will be even hotter! Do join us if you
have a desire to sketch with our group. It's very
informal. Beginner sketchers will be most welcome and
it's free of charge and a lot of fun.
Vicky, Bud and Mandy at work...
Jo Wilson -
Congratulations on your LegCo election
win. Though we know you are now back in the thick of
things, we were hoping you might have some time to help
us with a very unfortunate action by the Lands
Department that affects our community.
The Lands Department has posted a notice
requiring all boats to be removed from where they have
been stored in between the trees at Tai Wan To (Power
Station) Beach. I have attached the notice for your
These boats (including dragonboats,
kayaks, windsurfing boards and sails, outrigger canoes,
etc) are kept there by local people who launch them from
the beach. There are also some clubs (outriggers and dragonboaters) who keep their equipment there.
People have kept their boats there for
years. One person who I spoke to has a dinghy that he
has kept there for 10 years. The beach is not managed by
the government. There are no facilities. In fact, many
of the people who keep their boats there are the ones
who help to keep the beach clean. The boats do not cause
an obstruction or eyesore to anyone.
On Sunday, Lamma hosted the Lamma 500
International Dragonboat Festival on Tai Wan To beach.
An amazing event to rival Stanley, this year they had 40
teams and coverage in the SCMP (also on
Lamma.com.hk). The event brings a lot of
business to Lamma and is a great family day. The Lamma
Dragons keep their new boat at Tai Wan To beach and are one
of the groups affected by the Lands Department notice.
They are also a cornerstone of the Lamma 500.
Some time ago you came to Lamma to talk
about facilities. There are no alternatives for water
sports enthusiasts, no storage for boats on an island
surrounded by water. It is also unfeasible for people to
store boats or boards in their flats. Even if they have
space (which most do not), they cannot be expected to
carry the equipment to the beach every time they want to
go out on the water.
People were quite happy to store their
boats under the trees off the path out of the way of the
general public, but it seems the government is not happy
with this arrangement. Can you help us investigate and
find a solution? Would it be possible at least to get an
extension to the June 4th to give time for discussions
with the Lands Department to go ahead?
Click for my photo gallery
For the rest of the 500 (and more) photos from other photographers, see our
Lamma 500 Photo Contest in progress.
Submit YOUR photos!
Click for photo gallery by Lamma-Gung
Hans Andersen Club's
Island Centre in Tai Wan New Village (motto
"Jointly Build a Joyful Lamma") has been inviting its business
partners, members, both our District Councilors and local media (moi) to a
Partners' Gathering on Sat, May 8. Lamma.com.hk forum regulars
Siuyu and Tavis
(see below) volunteered as expert guides for this green walk to Power
Photographers of all talent
and skill levels
will be out in force once again for the
"Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2010" on Power
Station Beach this Sunday, May 16, 9am-6pm.
Entry for spectators is free and refreshments
are available at the beach. For further information
contact Race Director Brad Tarr. He writes: "It's a
fantastic line up of 40 teams! With strong teams such as
defending champions the Island Paddle Club, plus the likes of
the Boracay Bumshells, Liechtenstein Princely Navy, Team Loreley,
Sea Gods, Stormy Dragons and Lamma Dragons it's going to be
another really competitive Festival."
what YOU can do and win some pretty nifty prizes! Your best
photos will also be displayed on this website and the official
Check out everything you want to know about this fantastic,
yearly event for all the family:
Media Release -
Ferry Timetable -
Race Schedule -
Lamma Dragons -
Twitter Race Updates.
The best photo taken during the Lamma 500 gets a
mixed case of
Thirsty Horse wines, 2nd best 6 bottles, 3rd best
The Lamma-zine will add these prizes for
the 3 best photographers. They'll get to choose from:
* free ad for a full month on this
* Lamma-zine advertorial story or photo shoot,
* Message in the Lamma-zine email;
These prizes will be created by L-G.
Lamma.com.hk is proud to be an official Media Partner of
Official judges will be festival co-organiser
Brad Tarr of
Thirsty Horse, former long-time Lamma Dragons captain Gina
Miller, and Yours Truly, Lamma-Gung!
Email me your photos or links to your photos, web
galleries, Facebook pages, etc. Up to 5 photos per person only,
please. Deadline: Sunday, May 23.
Examples of former Lamma 500 photos, hopefully
giving you some inspiration and ideas for your own shots:
Lamma 500 2008,
Official Photo Gallery.
Have a look at
what to look forward to at the Lamma 500:
P.S. Mon, May 16: First photos are coming in now!
Have a look!
SketchCrawl: Sat, May 15,
Plus a few more Lamma Events happening next week:
As always, if you're having a public event on Lamma - or
an off-island event organised with direct help from Lammaites -
I'll put the info, poster and links into the
LAMMA EVENTS CALENDAR
and occasionally even onto this home page, all free, of course.
Click for another photo gallery
Lamma's very popular, even beloved organic farm
Herboland, located just besides the public Hung Shing Yeh beach, is
getting more and more famous all over HK. For example, see this full-page ad
in Apple Daily, Mon May 3, 2010, featuring farmers
Gary & Gavin in the "It's my life!" ad
campaign of Standard Life HK.
Check out the
website, their cheerful
Facebook group (541 Fans!) or, much better, visit them in person!
It's open 10am-6pm daily, enjoy a herb tea, a cookie & a chat; and buy some
freshly plucked, organic herbs, flowers and veggies.
Seeing the full-page Apple Daily ad above, Tavis writes:
"So far - so good!! I predict a TV show - perhaps you can do for
organic gardening what Ah-So (Wong So Sze) did for Cantonese cuisine!"
Herboland replies: "We would like to do so, if someone would
approach us. :-D"
Local and international TV channels, what are you waiting for?!
It's been a while since Nick the Bookman's
last music review. But now he's back with a vengeance, reviewing Time Out HK
magazine's Big Night Out party on April 24. It's another deliciously,
deliriously delightful and incredibly, inventively imaginative write-up from
our "Official Court Music Reviewer of Lamma.com.hk". Here are some of my
favourite quotes - yes, I admit to being a fanboy of Nick's review writing.
The full review (edited by this fanboy) is in our Music forum:
Review of Time Out's Big Night Out 24/4/2010
"The Sinister Left are another hard-rocking quartet I haven't seen enough
of over the years. Drummer Si lives on Lamma. He's a fluid, powerful
skinmeister, almost reaching prog-punk levels of expertise at times.
"The vibe is not cheery discotronix, but more dark/prog/ambient plus
synthy burps and belches. Happy astral traveling and mind those pulsing
"Snoblind do a continuous mix, incorporating wah-wah guitars, cascading
streams of 'tronic bubbles and other found sounds, churchy organs, spacey
interludes and hints of ambient trip-hop-folk:
"She's the antithesis of Mariah Carey with a massive range from ululating
squeaks to Germanic guttural growls and roars.
"Despite being dressed like a meek and mild schoolkid/office worker in
grey slacks/white shirt, his inner world is a lurid, lysergic,
shape-shifting, melting world of colours as yet undiscovered and unnamed.
"Oh, hang on, now he's like an extreme cyber chef dicing vegetables in a
blur of hand gestures.
"It sounds as if all of music is tangled, knotted, thrashed and beaten
into submission during this frenzied set.
"My notes are getting increasingly hard to read now. This story is
getting a bit gonzo. The band play "Happy Birthday" to their German member.
"And then, CRUNCH, it's a sonic assault that takes no prisoners. It's a
brief, brutal punishing display of crunching beats and powerhouse drumming.
"As their last ferocious notes fade into the silence, I realise I've got
about 6 minutes to get the ferry...."
Jay Scott Kanes -
Official Court Correspondent -
(Photos & captions by Jay; click to enlarge)
Shop proprietor Dolly Ng plans an
"experimental" art bazaar.
For Art's Sake!
Bazaar Scheme Hatched
Fantastic artwork takes shape on the
rooftops, patios, balconies and elsewhere across Lamma.
Maybe it's time for more to sell here too. Eager to
inspire even more creativity, proprietor Dorothy (Dolly)
Ng at the Cultural Collections shop on the
"tourist trail" near Yung Shue Wan, plans "an
experiment" to help Lamma artists sell more of their art
works. Each weekend, she'll rent tables or booths
outside her store to artists of all genres, creating a
"mini cultural bazaar" of art, handicrafts and other
A cultural costume receives a few
"We indeed have many talented
individuals and artists on this island,"
Dolly said. "The important
thing is to instil the passion for art-crafts and
creative-design objects into people to keep all the art
and handicraft works going.
"I always admire and appreciate the
passions of people who put their time and efforts into
creating things bit by bit. That's getting less common.
Nowadays, most things come from mass-production.
"Many people have asked me to rent
space. Partly, it's due to the tough economy. They want
to bring out some of their new things, arts-crafts,
simultaneously testing the market."
Paintings, sculptures, photography,
jewelry, handicrafts, unusual design work, books and
more… you name it. Dolly welcomes anything that reflects
creativity. "We want to share cultural objects, even
those from other countries," she said.
"After all, Lamma's a very international
Dolly sits in the space that soon may bustle
with art sales.
"Hopefully, this fulfils some of our
Lamma community's dreams, and people should love it!
Individuals can become entrepreneurs in a small way
without making a big investment or the hawker-control
people chasing them."
In a "win-win situation", Dolly will
charge a modest daily rental fee. Then the vendors can
sell to the thousands of passing pedestrians.
Artists may like the notion of creating
from Monday to Friday and then selling on weekends.
There's space for four to six vendors. Dolly expects
ample demand to rent it: "Some people already have
moved their things here waiting for me to say 'go'."
To ensure fairness and variety, she'll keep a waiting
Originally from Malaysia, Dolly arrived
in Hong Kong "years ago" on a student-exchange program.
After a diverse career in human-resources work, incl.
with multinational companies, she decided to apply her
aesthetic values by opening a store for "beautiful
Dolly likes to encourage passion
The three-year-old Cultural Collections
shop offers batik and tie-dye clothing, arts and crafts,
handcrafted silver jewelry, paintings and more. While
favoring local artists, Dolly also sources in Western
China. "Each piece is unique – there's no second
one," she said.
Dolly recalls the first time she visited
Lamma -- back in 1996. She thought: "Wow! This is a
nice place. It's unique." Where better to display
beautiful things than in a beautiful place?
To learn more about the cultural bazaar,
contact Dolly by telephone (9368-1439)
(Emily runs an ice-cream parlor on Hong Kong's Lamma
Island. She also draws caricatures and writes.
The following ends an initial collection of semi-autobiographical anecdotes blending fact and
Editing, photo & caption by
Jay Scott Kanes)
Emily's ice-cream career continues. Before
long, so will her writing.
Memoirs of an Ice-Cream Lady
(Part 43) - by Emily Ho
A Note to My Dear
One year has passed since I started writing my
semi-autobiographical memoirs. As I recall, I didn't
think of reaching nearly 100 anecdotes as I've done now.
Even when first telling friends about writing my
memoirs, I wasn't sure how far they'd go.
Really, I didn't know what it would be like. To me,
the idea was kind of surreal, which may reflect my way
of doing things – always starting with an idea, but not
much more thought. That's like how I started my
According to a Chinese saying, "A ship will turn
straight when it nears the pier." Perhaps I believe
The Chinese consider 99 an auspicious number. Gau
(nine) sounds like everlasting, and "double nine" could
mean ever-everlasting. That's the number of anecdotes
Marking the first anniversary of the Memoirs of an
Ice-Cream Lady, I think it's time for me to take a
break. But I promise to resume writing. So many things
Maybe I'll continue to publish online, or maybe a
more traditional publisher will appreciate my writing.
With so many "maybes", I'd rather not think too much
about what I'll write later. Let's just let the ship
reach the pier.
I hope you've enjoyed the past anecdotes.
Lamma Dragons Mixed Team at lunch in The
What's wrong in this picture?
Final of the Tin Hau Cup, won by the Chai Wan
Race officials, including most of the local
powers running North Lamma.
Fan for ticket holders of the Cantonese
Opera, Football Pitch arena, May 5-9.
Some of my Photo Galleries of Lamma Days past:
More photos in our extensive
featuring a wealth of great shots by so many Lamma photographers.
By the way, Cantonese Opera performances are running from today -
Sunday in the YSW Football Pitch:
Official Court Cricket Correspondent -
(Photos by Josh Sellers (email,
website); click to enlarge)
Last Saturday, the Lamma Kids Cricket
Club was delighted to welcome
Kenny Jackson. Kenny is a former first grade
player for South Africa. He now is a hugely popular
guest commentator for Supersports TV.
While in Hong Kong, Kenny was staying
with the Chairman of
Cricket Club, Brad Tarr.
Brad mentioned that he thought that it would be a great
opportunity for the Lamma Kids to train with a
professional cricket player.
The Lamma Kids
Cricket Club was founded in 2008. It meets
every Saturday and the kids range in age from six to
twelve. Cricket has become hugely popular amongst these
children and they were all looking forward to meeting a
true cricket superstar.
Kenny was born in Zambia but played the
majority of his cricket in South Africa. Cricket
obviously runs in the family since his half brother -
Jonathan Trott -
currently plays cricket for England. Indeed Jonathan
claims he is related to former test players Albert and
Harry Trott. So would be fair to say that it is in their
The head coach
Lal Jayasinghe was delighted to welcome
"It is a great privilege to be able
to train with someone like Kenny Jackson. The children
don't often get to meet a professional sportsman and
this is a wonderful learning opportunity for them."
Lal is one of the few level three
coaches in Asia. With fourteen years of experience in
coaching the national team at junior and senior level he
leads the team of experienced coaching staff.
Usman is a level one
coach and speaks both English and Cantonese.
Priyantha you may know
as he lives on Lamma.
The children had a wonderful time. Kenny
tutored them in techniques for various plays and
inspired them to new levels of competition. The
Lamma Llamas - as the
kids like to be known - will be looking forward to using
their new skills in the Lamma Cricket Tournament to be
held on the 19th June 2010.
The Cricket Club trains every
Saturday between 9am and 11am at
the Basketball Court.
Contact Jos on 6335 3146 for more info.
The Club is always delighted to welcome
new players. Feel welcome to drop by for a tryout
P.S. Fit "N" Fun Camp has just become a Lamma-zine advertiser -
bartering fitness for advertising - so you might encounter L-G at this camp.
For more photos by Siuyu (orange centre above)...
"This day, we wish to thank everyone for participating! Apart from
being blessed with fine weather, special compliments goes to Lamma-Gung for
promoting the event and Ms Joe and Mr Tavis for help in guiding the tour.
"The essence of this tour is to let the public to
appreciate this beautiful island. As mentioned earlier, before
the possible vast development of that area (The Baroque),
GreenLammaGroup will organise a hiking trip to Tung O so
you can immerse in the beauty of this gem on Lamma.'
"The precious natural beauty of Lamma Island, the ecology,
culture, customs and even our daily life here cannot be taken
"In the future, we will strive to organise more activities
so everyone can have the opportunity to see the different
aspects of our lovely island."
While we keep on rushing through our busy lives, there are these little
serendipitous moments happening all around us, usually overlooked or ignored.
Case in point, 10 minutes before the Lamma ferry was leaving, I rushed
across the flyover from the "YSW Shopping Mall" to the ferry pier!
(It's known as ifc Mall to non-Lammaites, but as we don't have any shopping malls or
chain stores on Lamma and most of us shop, eat, work out, watch movies or
just pass through the ifc Mall so close to the Lamma ferry pier several times a
week, so some of us occasionally call it YSW Shopping Mall.)
I heard faint, distant, strange sounds coming from the large, empty lawn
area below the flyover, between the highways, which is occasionally (very
rarely) used for exhibitions. A quick gaze down revealed two lonely
bagpipers playing at full lung strength at the rushing highway traffic,
barely overcoming the whooshing traffic noises, like somebody singing at a
rocky beach against the incoming, crashing waves.
A truly surreal, serendipitous moment, but only 10 minutes left before the
ferry's departure! Well, carpe diem, grab the precious moment! Time enough
to rush down, cross the highway, grab my pocket shooter for a few snapshots,
listen, give a thumbs up to the guys, and then rush back across the highway
to catch the ferry just in the nick of time!
It was definitely well worth it! These two guys, playing without an audience
and no hat in front of them to collect cash, unlike ALL the flyover
"musicians", just for fun, they made me smile and made my day!
P.S. Most surprisingly, I got this email a few days later from Tony:
"Nice pics! I'm the guy on the right! Glad you enjoyed the music.
A friend of Shaun's (on the left) lives on Lamma and passed it on to us.
It was pretty cool to see the pictures on your site. We both appreciated the
gesture. If you'd like to know more about the piping community in HK, check
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