- New Lamma-zine
It happened at the major intersection on
You know the spot. A butcher shop opens
up there for just a few hours a day selling pork that is
so fresh, witnesses have claimed to see the occasional
three legged pig making a break out the back door
sprinting (or at the very least, a brisk hopping) in a
vain attempt to escape their doomed fate.
Maybe you know the spot as
Bookman's office, where you can buy for a penny, well
fingered books and DVDs… a currency that Nick is paid in
for helping people move house. In turn, he sells these
to buy dog food for his little shaggy beasts beside his
shaggy feet - who sit close lest they lose a paw from a
rampant VV driver doped up on diesel fumes.
Nick's "office" is much better than the
Fonz's office which was situated in a toilet. Of course,
the Fonz had a great haircut and a leatherjacket, lots of
girls and could make things happen with a click of his
fingers. So I guess it all balances out in the end.
So it happened at this very spot, on the
very same day as the Lamma Cultural Melting Pot
had inexplicably left his office and it was quickly
occupied by a gaggle of expat pre-teens (I apologize now
if any of these budding entrepreneurs have reached that
age where their pre-teens has been left behind in their
fast moving shadows).
Displaying the type of entrepreneurial
spirit invented by the Chinese and cruelly mastered by
the Americans, our ambitious girls quickly assembled
their table and displayed their wares. Homemade
lemonade. Yum. There was a standard option and a sugar
free option. The sugar free option a testament that our
budding millionaires had the foresight belying their
youth... A foresight that recognized this market shift
to health conscious beverages. Coca Cola had reached the
same conclusion recently, the stark difference being it
took them 100 years, 357 focus groups, 620 million in
R&D and a 3.5 billion dollar, ten year marketing
5 dollars. 5 dollars for homemade
lemonade. Such a bargain that 5 nearby storekeepers
simultaneously broke into a cold sweat. As I rushed
past, I swore I would circle back and purchase one of
these delicious and personable thirst quencher.
Five minutes later, as I came back
through the packed street, I was too late. The dreaded,
roaming hawker police had turned up. The party was over.
Our young heroines, crestfallen, were shutting up shop
and folding up banners. Their short-lived beverage
empire suddenly silenced by the heavy hand of the law.
I do hope to see our young spirited,
inspired entrepreneurs again. They have learned a rich
person lesson. Next time, location, location, location.
Pick your spot well. Instead of all six of you standing
around waiting for the riches to be poured into your
pockets as the lemonade is poured into
glasses....perhaps you can post sentries and police
spotters. When the law comes, you can cover up your 5
dollar sign and replace it with a "Free lemonade tasting
on behalf of the youth of Lamma".
I do hope that this will be their plan
as opposed to our six lasses bitterly downing too many
sour lemonades and mourning their lost millions.
P.S. I spotted the "lasses" later that day, after lunch when we
arrived at the Football Pitch for the Cultural
Melting Pot Festival. They had set up shop just outside the Pitch entrance,
obviously not disheartened at all by their recent setback above. The had
found another perfect location, location, location, the main entrance to a
very busy festival on a hot'n'sunny afternoon.
Camera-shy after their recent encounter with THE LAW, they
displayed a "No Photos!" sign which I honoured, even though I shot over
1,200 photos that afternoon inside the festival. So, alas! No photos for
this fine story by our brand-newest Lamma-zine correspondent. Encourage him
to submit more stories by giving Stash some
via this email address. Or become a Lamma-zine correspondent, guest
blogger or contributor yourself!
I hope these entrepreneurial young ladies made some great profits
that Sunday and will dare to venture out soon again to quench our often
Mrs. Santa Claus
- Co-owner of
Island Bar and The Waterfront:
Santa Claus 2010
Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island
The folks on Lamma are quite big on
raising money for charity. We might not raise a huge
amount but throughout the year, whether it be a
children's charity, a response to an earthquake, flood
or other disaster, people dig into their pockets. Rest
assured though, at Christmas our focus is always on
Operation Santa Claus! We have some great sponsors for
great prizes including a luxury night in
The Concerto Inn complete with dinner and more
donations on the way.
Here's a look at the first few events...
Annual Christmas Quiz – Sat 4th December
With the first event on the Island Bar
agenda, The Christmas Quiz to be held on Saturday 4th
December, we are gearing up to make this year's
collection as high as possible. Teams of 5 are invited
to pay $500 for Op Santa to pit themselves against some
seriously strong contenders for the best prizes.
Annual Treasure Hunt – Sun 5th December
Tally Ho! It's off we go! The following
day, Sunday 5th December, will see teams of four setting
off on a walk from The Island Bar and heading into the
hills as part of our Annual Treasure Hunt. Following
cleverly worded clues to an unknown destination, our
intrepid travelers will traverse vast and hitherto
barely discovered parts of Lamma in search of the big
bootie, or at least a glass or two of beer. Their
contribution of $500 per team will also go straight into
the Op Santa boxes along with a series of 'fines' for
not completing the course properly!
And we have had a secret - we understand
that Father Christmas is planning a surprise visit on
his sleigh that day to see the children in the village!
a yearly basis, the customers and management of
The Island Bar contribute huge wedges of their
time (and ultimately contents of their wallets) in
pursuit of these fun activities to raise money for Op
This year, in addition to the 'Annual
Favourites' we are planning a
Darts tournament, Bingo Night, Elvis Karaoke
and more. A second and much different
Christmas Quiz will
also be held in our sister restaurant,
The Waterfront, also in Yung Shue Wan.
Fun lovers unite! Pop over to Lamma to
add your contribution to our contribution to the
Operation Santa Claus appeal 2010.
Everyone is welcome to every event.
We'll even give you FREE membership to the
Island Society Bar, 6 Main Street, Yung Shue
Wan. Whether you want to get your glad rags on to have a
go at sounding like a Hound Dog, walk till you drop (not
literally) in search of treasure, or join in any of our
activities, you can expect a warm welcome in true Lamma
Sharon Chandler - Tel: 2982 2800 (or Dan 9030 2888) -
Banyan House Kindergarten:
The annual Banyan House Christmas Fair
is now a regular event in the run-up to Christmas
Festivities on Lamma.
With craft stalls selling handmade
cards, books, toys, gifts and all sorts of little
stocking fillers there is plenty to keep the Christmas
For children, there is face-painting,
Lynne and her now famous 'story-telling apron', and many
great Christmas-themed craft activities.
With a cake stall selling freshly baked
homemade goodies, others selling hot and cold food and
the all-important mulled wine, the Fair is a real
festive family fun day for the community.
percent of profits raised are donated to a local
children's charity, whilst the rest is used to develop
Banyan House for the benefit of the Lamma community.
Check out L-G's
photos from last year (also below) and the
Banyan House Fair(ies) from Dec 4, 2008.
Christmas Fair (Sun, Dec 6, 2009):
Click to enlarge:
Tamara Norris -
Creativity Director, Open Space,
"Inspiring a happy and creative planet" (Sponsored
Sunday, Nov 28, 3-7pm:
Family Jungle Boogie at Open Space.
It is gonna be a lot of fun for both the
big kids and little kids!
A chance to get messy and have a boogie
with the kids.
Only $50 per child - adults are free.
Food and beverages will be for sale:
Drinks: beer, wine, punch...
Food: meat and vegetarian options.
Arts and crafts begin at 3:30.
- DJ and disco lights
- movies on the big screen
- camp fire as the sun goes
Hope to see you all there.
exactly winter yet, but the weather is certainly cooling
which means that it's a great time of year to get
outside and enjoy yourself. There are many ways to have
fun in the Autumn sun and one great way to do this is by
releasing your creative force into the world!
nothing as satisfying as creating something from
scratch, especially when you didn't know you even had it
in you to begin with.
Have you ever
thought about releasing your inner artist? We all have
one inside of us! So if you have thought about it then
now is the perfect time to do something about it!
hazy afternoons in the sun with your family or friends,
surrounded by lush greenery and a beautiful waterfall.
Picture a hideaway in the middle of the jungle where you
can paint freely and create your own work of art in an
incredible natural setting. Well this jungle hideaway
exists and it is called Open Space, brought to you by
Vivid Vibrations, and situated in the beautiful hills of
At Open Space
you will find a range of different programs from Vivid
Vibrations on offer to get your inner artist up and
running - no matter what age you are. And if you are
sitting there thinking 'well I can't paint', stop that
right away. At Open Space, we don't 'teach' you how to
paint, but instead encourage a free-styling approach.
There is no right or wrong way to be an artist so at
Open Space you can create your masterpieces in whatever
way you wish.
whether you are planning a birthday party, hen night,
engagement, baby or wedding celebration; whether you
fancy giving your kids a different kind of day out; or
whether you just feel like doing something different for
the hell of it then we are here ready and waiting for
you. Why not give it a try?
Tamara Norris at
email@example.com for more details or
be held at Open Space or any location of your choice in
Hong Kong. All programs are led by qualified program
facilitators and currently include:
Crafters (3-6 years)
Weekly arts and crafts sessions designed
to promote creativity and to enhance fine motor skills,
self-confidence and social skills.
Mondays 2.30 - 3.45pm
Kids (6-9 years)
Weekly arty sessions designed to promote
creativity and to enhance basic artistic ability,
creative thinking, organization and self-confidence.
Mondays 4.15 - 5.30pm
(7-10 years / 11-14 years)
Weekly drama workshops focusing on acting
skills, story development, prop design, live performance
and social skills.
After School / Saturdays
- Performance at the end of each 12 week program.
Create your very own colorful designer
t-shirt! Vivid Vibrations can facilitate a structured
project (everyone with the same design) or one which is
free form and individually created! High quality cotton
Sessions range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours.
Not Just Painting! Dance, eat, drink and
create your very own masterpiece with a wide variety of
materials such as magazines, ribbon, paper, glue,
sparkles, photos and many, many more! Free form or
project based activity. No artistic experience
necessary! Catering services available.
Sessions range from 1.5 hours to 4 hours.
Open Invite and Private Bookings.
Design and paint your very own flower
vase, sun catcher or decorative bottle! Vivid Vibrations
will show you how to turn a plain piece of glass into
Sessions range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours.
Work together as a group to create a
wonderfully colorful and unique wall mural! A great way
to unify your group and create a memento marking the
date of such memorable occasions as birthdays, weddings,
job promotions, new babies and anniversaries to name but
a few. If you don't have a wall we can paint on, Vivid
Vibrations will bring along a large platform for
painting which can be hung or placed in a location of
your choice after completion.
Sessions range from 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
Fun for the whole family! Put on your
painting clothes and prepare to get messy. Vivid
Vibrations will provide an entire afternoon or morning
of fun and interactive entertainment – parties include
cartoons on the big screen, informal arts and crafts
activities and drumming and dancing – complete with a
Vivid Vibrations can host your party
anywhere but are best held at our event facility Open
Space, located on Lamma Island. Make your day a complete
jungle adventure by adding a toured walk to Open Space.
A Vivid Vibrations team member will meet your group at
the ferry pier in Yung Shue Wan (Lamma side) and lead
you over the hills and through the beautiful natural
environment of Lamma Island.
Sessions range from 2 hours to 6 hours.
Open Invite and Private Bookings.
Want to have a 'club' night without
having to go out to a club? Vivid Vibrations has just
the experience for you. We provide the DJ and music
style of your choice, sound equipment, lights and even
make sure nobody goes hungry or thirsty! Our event
facility Open Space situated in the hills of Lamma
Island is the perfect venue for your group to come and
let loose – the adventure awaits you. Open for bookings
for parties all year round.
Contact Tamara Norris at
for more details or visit
(Click above for the complete bilingual notice,
submitted by Lammadonna's office to the Lamma-zine.)
P.S. A photo taken in the afternoon of Nov 26,
Clearance Day. It's been a long time (2+ years?) since we've seen the ferry
pier so devoid of bikes.
Also, check out our long-running, reactivated
"Clearance of Abandoned Bicycle and Miscellaneous Items" forum
P.S. II: If you've lost
your nice bicycle in this operation, because you went on a business trip or
vacation for a few days and didn't even see the notices in time, no luck in
getting it back, ever, according to the Islands District Office:
"The joint operation on clearance of
bicycles on the catwalk of Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier is responsed
by the Islands Lands Office, Hong Kong Police Force, Food and
Environment Hygiene Department and Islands District Office.
"The details you can refer to Ken Cheng:
2852 4334 (Islands District Office)"
Photos by Sean Baylis on
Hong Kong Photographer:
11th Annual Lamma Fun Day – 13th Nov
Fun Day Organisation Committee writes:
"Thank you for making the 2010 Lamma Fun Day
a huge success! The day generated a gross income of over
HK$210,000 for Child Welfare Scheme
Nepal (CWSN). All proceeds go directly to supporting a group of
teenagers in training at the JYOTI Vocational Training Centre.
"Through JYOTI, CWSN addresses the
unnecessary suffering of children who have been forced onto the
streets due to the current political, social and economic
climate in Nepal. The JYOTI vocational training program enables
young people to learn to regain their self respect and
confidence to hold a job down. Each year 120 young people
benefit from the centre, graduating as plumbers, electricians,
secretaries and care-givers, ready to embark on their new found
journey in life.
"Lamma Fun Day and the Lamma Community have
been supporting CWSN for 11 years now. During this time your
generosity has helped over 600 young people to change their
lives as well as construct and establish a Day Care Health
Centre to reduce the child mortality rate in under 5 year olds
in remote mountain villages in Nepal. Thank you!"
Plus just a few of my own photos:
The wonderful Cultural Melting Pot Festival yesterday was the most fun, most
multicultural event I've ever witnessed in the YSW Football Pitch (photos in
progress). Many of the participants and organisers were wearing very nice,
long-sleeved, comfortable polo shirts printed with this new Lamma Island logo above,
first seen on the poster below. I had a closer look at it and was just
Did you notice the THREE windturbines? Does the Rural Committee want to tell us
something? Future expansion plans or simply "creative license" of the poster
There's a chicken
running free in the center! I thought that keeping chicken
is "illegal" nowadays in HK after all the bird flu scaremongering?
These 2 cartoon characters on top of the title, are they
representing our 2 District Councilors, Chairman Chan &
I asked their very nice assistants in person, but they
didn't confirm it, even after they had finished laughing out
For more background on
these 2 characters and the entire campaign,
"Islands Footprints" exhibition (Nov 9-29) and the
"Islands Go Go Go" game, plus the other similar Islands
Festivals initiated by the Home Affairs Dept., promoted by Metro
Radio and the official
Exploring Islands website: (all links in Chin. only)
Do you recognise Harry Harrison & John Hutton above, their first-ever
appearance of these (in)famous Lamma Celebrities on a Rural
Committee/Islands District Council poster.
Click on poster details to enlarge them.
More Diversified Details of the "Diversified Concert", about this biggest-ever
show featuring multinational Lamma talent for as long as we've lived on
Co-owner of Island Bar/Waterfront Rest. & Bar:
This is to announce a free community event this coming
Sunday at the YSW Football Pitch.
A couple of months ago the N. Lamma Rural Committee approached
the Island Bar to see if we could put together a day
which would showcase the many different nationalities
living in harmony on Lamma. This has resulted in:
The Cultural Melting Pot in Lamma Island
Sun, 21 Nov,
Football Pitch, YSW
It is a first-of-a-kind event and we hope to provide
entertainment which will appeal to all of us, young or
old, including a Lion Dance. There will be no charge
for any of the events during the whole day.
The morning is being organized by the local Chinese
community and the afternoon by a broad range of the
people known through the Island Bar. Altogether it
involves a multicultural mix of groups and
individuals who are donating their time to entertain
us, and who together make Lamma so special.
The provisional run-down
for the afternoon is as follows and you will recognise
some of our favourite performers:
Louie Wada (Japan)
Northern Lamma School Choir
Sri Lankan Dance
Children's face painting courtesy of Katie
Flowers & Roz Keep.
Hey, and there might even be a face painting
Please come along and support this
activity. Pass the word out to friends on HK as well. It
is provided by our community and for our community.
What else is happening during this festival on Sunday?
11am - 8pm
1:45 - 2:30pm
3:15 - 4:30pm
traditional tea with vegetables and chaguo
2:35 - 3:15pm
More last-minute update and details in our
Lamma Events forum.
Many thanks to this funny guy with his big
guitar for inspiring my new forum avatar, changed and
uploaded just today!
Well, actually, I borrowed the avatar from
another one of his recent SCMP editorial cartoons this week,
commenting on a story about bacterias found in baby shampoos, see below.
This is the second appearance of this unnamed advertising agency
guy in Harry's fantastic cartoons, as far as I know. My former
avatar was borrowed from the guy's first appearance in the SCMP
last year. Harry approved me using it. Well, kind of. Actually,
he did not DISAPPROVE it, even though I told him about it. Not
disapproving is kind of like approving, no?
also added "Lamma-Gung" in Traditional Chinese characters, using
it now as my new "official" forum avatar. Need help with yours?
This cartoon is not quite a likeness, but close
enough. I just got my free, yearly, 1-minute haircut: Lamma-Por
grabbing a pair of scissors and cutting my ponytail shorter,
once a year.
But maybe I should also consider getting an earring
to fit my new avatar better... and rounder glasses... and
suspenders... and a bowtie... Well, maybe not...
© Nov 2010, SCMP, by Harry Harrison
© 2009, SCMP, by Harry Harrison
Last Friday morning, Nov 12, Tavis the Official Court Philosopher and
Yours Truly made the long trek out to RTHK's studios in Kowloon Tong.
was invited for a live interview by Peter King on the Morning Brew
Radio 3 show, following up my last "What Is the Lamma Spirit?" email
blast. I asked to bring along Tavis as an "expert witness" to help me out.
It was my 4th time on Radio 3, but Tavis's 1st time on
live HK radio. As a well-spoken and mild-mannered NET teacher used to
addressing an audience in public, he obviously did a much better, more
fluent job than me in defining the
Lamma Spirit Contest, promoting the Fun Day happening the next day,
and introducing the monthly
Lamma Philosophy Cafe he's running.
Next time, they might invite Tavis only, methinks. ;-)
Radio 3 archive, Morning Brew, Lamma Fun Day interview.
been promoting these Quiz Nights - a Lamma institution since before our
moving here - for years, but I have to admit I never actually participated
myself in one. Till today.
Quizmeister Jason challenged us with his latest poster (see right) to prove
that we're not stupid. But after coming in 2nd last with our team, the "Tai
Ping Errors" (Typing errors, geddit?) I have to admit that I might not
actually BE stupid, but it surely made me FEEL stupid!
The questions were "challenging", demanding and sometimes really esoteric,
but most of the other teams of up to 5 participants, many of them
regulars, rose to the challenge! Well, I knew that "Ceres" is a Dwarf
Planet, that a Lamma Burger costs $30 in Best Kebab and that the umbrella in
Emily's says "Movenpick" (my favourite Swiss ice-cream). But not very much
I blame my not being British (questions about TV series, music and UK
trivia), the delicious curry (every Wed is
Curry Night in the Waterfront) and the fine wine for my serious
underperformance. Me not stoopid!
Well, the next
Quiz Night, Music-themed, benefitting Operation Santa Claus, will be
happening in the Island Bar on Sat, Dec 4,
8:30-11:30pm. The "winning" motto above was "borrowed" from this
poster (created by Harry). C U there?
P.S. Here are some more great, historic
Lamma Gig Posters by Harry Harrison.
Letter to the Editor: Quizmeister Jason
liked this story above, but commented on my comment above that it would help
to be British to get many answers correct. He even went to the trouble of
counting the number of "UK-centric" questions, counting 9% out of 80
questions in the 8 rounds (Sport, Picture, 11+ Math, Out and about, Retro
TV, Random, Music, Tipples).
Now that's a really great and amazingly detailed feedback (as you'd expect
from a Quizmeister). I really appreciate his efforts to set me straight.
I fully recant my "British" comments above!
But what else can you expect from a stupid first-time quiz night participant
searching hard for petty excuses for his pitiful "serious underperformance"!
Jason is threatening to use the Lamma-zine as a reference for one of the
rounds in the December Quiz Night in the Waterfront (not the Music Quiz in
the Island Bar above). I might join in again - as a real sucker for more
punishment - counting the UK-centric questions....
Hazelton had the most amazing day napping on the
beach, eating fresh seafood, and laughing
hysterically on lamma island.
5 days ago
Ryan Mazur Joe's World Trip Update:
The boys will leave Shanghai today headed for Lamma
Island (also know as "the island of the ghost
teachers" or "hippie island") which is just off the
coast of Hong Kong Island and where their next host
lives. The people there are known as hedonists and
6 days ago
Loso_shop Woo~Lots of
FUN today~~ Thanks for loving LoSo Shop stuffs and hope to see
you all @ Lamma Island soon~Peace :)
3 days ago via
VoiceExpert We have
Sundays off so going to Lamma Island by ferry for
fresh air, walking and seafood lunch.
4 days ago via
@kitmeow I like lamma island, I wanna live
there but it's not convenient to my work place.
4 days ago via
ruslanev Ppl, save ur
time! lamma island is so ugly and dirty!!!
4 days ago via
Go Been here for ages but never been to Lamma
1 week ago
Roy 陈靖凱 Bumped into Zhang
Ziyi at lamma
1 week ago
Geraghty Lamma Island hasn't changed a
2 weeks ago
Leong Wandering around lamma island is
like doing a 2.4 but... Uphill is all I can see.
Where's my wind turbine station!!!!!!!!!???!?!?
2 weeks ago
Williamson has had a great day. Lamma Fun
day, sea, sand and sun, what a great island to live
on. Well done to everyone involved.
2 weeks ago
The calendar raised HK$5,152
this year, from all the photographers entering our contest and
contributing their photos, and also from all the Lamma faces on
the Dec page, see below.
Guess which photo above is mine? Yes, the one
subtitled "June - Bamboo Arena for Cantonese Opera, Yung Shue
Wan Football Pitch." I'll be mailing quite a few of these to
family and friends overseas, showing them in what a (still)
beautiful and fascinating place we're living these days.
The calendars are available
either by contacting Debbie on 9747 5508, or at this
email address. $60 for one, $100 for two.
They're also available at Maria's Tigra da Lua shop,
Diesel's Bar and the shop opposite Brothers. They will also be available at the
LAWC thrift shop - the money raised there will be donated
Lammaites do you know? Lamma Calendar, Dec 2011, click to
This year, we want to try to be as green as possible. We are
urging all involved and people who attend the event to help
promote re-using or minimizing waste.
* We have a water station to refill water bottles - $5/litre
* Degradable cups and utensils have been donated
* Plastic cups and pitchers will be used for beer but will have
a re-use discount
* The pull up banners are all recyclable
* Recycling bins will be out as usual
Welcome by Douglas of
Opening of Event
Auction Lot #1
BRIC A BRAC
We need more Bric a Brac so please spread the word and tell
people to drop stuff off at Diesel's anytime by Friday or bring
down on the day.
We are recruiting people to bring down an aluminum tray with
goodies sweet or savory to add to the food stall.
We have decided to go ahead as planned if it rains. The stage is
covered, we have 4 tents, and other measures can be taken if
Transnoodle - Mikel & Karen - HK Electric
Band - New Tonic Press -
Black Mariah - Bank Job.
Performance times tba.
LAMMA CALENDAR 2011
One for $60, 2 for
$100. It has raised over $5,000 for the CWS charity (from
the photographers and the Lamma Faces page)!
A great present for off-island &
overseas friends and family!
Rising early today, 5:30am, after a strong coffee I went up to my rooftop,
just for some stargazing. The scenery inspired me spontaneously to grab my
Nikon, tripod and ladder, climbing to the roof of that little room atop the
rooftop; my best and most panoramic views over Yung Shue Wan.
I took some long-exposure photos
in standard Twilight Mode while holding on to the antennas; there's
no railing up there to protect me from a pretty high fall. Well, just a
small risk well worth an
unusually quick and easy Lamma-zine story, much less time-consuming than my
usual stories which can often take half a day or more.
The sun's rising behind our landmark windturbine
Chris Hall, taken a few days ago). It's time to feed the fishes in my
rooftop pond, water my rooftop jungle, and listen to radio news while
putting together and publishing this story.
Now it's finally time to prepare breakfast for Lamma-Por who's still sleeping.
Another great start to another great day of living on Lamma Island....
Ken the Bookworm and
Wayne of Chateau Lamma have teamed up to launch a "Nite Cafe & Wine
Bar" last Saturday, just opposite the Bookworm Cafe. It'll be open every
night till 11:30pm, except Thursdays. They serve a selection of fine wines
by the glass and even organic beer. I've taste-tested one of their organic
whites yesterday - while taking a few pictures with my free hand - and it
was excellent; highly recommended.
This is a very different type of bar with a cozy atmosphere & comfy
environment, different from other bars, no sports or noisy TV, no drunks,
dogs welcome. This Nite Cafe & Wine Bar is definitely a most welcome
addition to our very lively and growing nightlife scene. Stop by on your way
home with friends and check it out.
so much creative talent living on Lamma, but many of them are pretty shy and
serious. So it's great to see one of them letting her hair down and doing a
silly project just for the heck of it.
Very talented local photographer, designer and community activist
Poon has been having fun with photos of herself, fiancé Tavis the
Philosopher and his two boys, Avi & Tristan, putting up a
Silly Pictures Facebook photo album.
Cindy's been creating quite a number of professionally designed posters and
logos around the village, including my recent favourites, several designs
for the Lamma Spirit Branch of the HK Philosophy Cafe. You're welcome to
contact Cindy for great design & photography work, far above and
beyond mere Silly Pictures.
Josh the Transnoodlian has been holding
court at his birthday bash on Thu, Oct 28, in
Diesel's Bar, entertained by many musician
friends. He writes:
"Bob Davis should have some tasty shots of the proceedings.
was provided by Joyce, prepared and delivered by, I think Nat and Geng,
and the guy who works at Lamma Gourmet. I needn't have worried
[chasing L-G for the Lamma Gourmet's phone number] as the Ladies of Lamma
had provided for everything with aplomb.
Police came around 110am which is shockingly late by HK/Lamma
standards and we really were making a lot of noise with the amps. But this
bodes well for Diesel's as Lamma's next (acoustic) music venue! They don't
serve coffee, so I guess coffeehouse would be wrong.
Rie & Louie Wada (Rie also baked the delicious chocolate fudge
Harry, John and Gareth of The Curs/Bahouki/Swapp Things
Dan the Bastard (in fine form on 'Red House', 'The Young Ones', and
Sue Shearman - Scottish Gary - Clive Nondog
John, Matt and Josh from Transnoodle
'I like your birthday parties. You should have a birthday
Wetland Park Tour for Lammaites, Sunday, Nov 7. Four full buses with
almost 200 Lamma people, including only one Gwailo.
Pictures in progress...
Oh no! It's yet another story about health & fitness! You all must be
getting tired and fed up by now about me going on and on about this topic? A
former passive, total couch potato with failing health seeing the light of
reason, losing half his total body weight and converting into a health &
fitness nutter, trying to attract more disciples with his quasi-religious
zeal, singing (badly) the gospel of a (boring) life, free of all drugs, full
of healthy foods and with lots of exercise?
Well, sorry, but I can't help it, it just feels too damn good to be healthy,
(moderately) fit and enjoy all this extra energy!
But instead of listening to me rambling on, let's hear from some of the
growing army of fit'n'trim Lammaites engaging in lots of sporty and healthy
activities, who are usually much fitter than I'll ever be. The number of Hobby Athletes, Personal Trainers, Yoga Teachers
and Health Professionals living on Lamma Island is truly astounding and
surprising. They're usually not shy
about blowing their own horns, promoting their sports, services and products.
Let's start with my great gym, The Island Gym, where I'm working out
frequently, but still not often enough:
Rick & Sol
- The Island Gym:
Island Gym, our local community fitness
center (Sha Po Old Village, behind the Bike Shop) is now
taking on new members. This is great news for all you
islanders who are looking to get back or stay in shape
for the holidays.
Ours is a fully functional gym with all
the key weight and aerobic machines, including 3
treadmills, 2 rowing machines, stationary bike, stepper
and an elliptical machine. If you're looking to increase
your strength, there are 6 weight machines to cover all
the muscle groups. In addition, there are plenty of free
weights, fitness balls and even hula hoops that allow
you to tailor your own workout.
Like any large gym, it is clean, bright,
has a bathroom, shower, towels, lockers and water
provided. But this is not like any large gym. Our
members have the freedom to workout whenever the can,
create the workout environment they want, play their own
music on our systems, even adjust the lights, windows
and aircons to their own liking (you might be the only
one working out at one time!) All that is asked in return
is to be a responsible and helpful member.
The rates are simple (non-negotiable)
and easy to understand:
Monthly: $450 per month
6 month membership: $400 per month
(can be upfront, or auto-pay with last month's
payment as a deposit.)
Full Year membership:
(can be upfront, or auto-pay with last
month's payment as a deposit.)
As a bonus, we will offer you a
free training session
upon joining. This will focus on how to use the
machines, and to put you on a workout that achieves your
So all newbies are
So give us a call to sign up today:
Rick: 6768-0730, Sol 9463-2163 or 2982-0992, or email us
Lamma Spirit Branch - HK
meeting of the Lamma Spirit Branch of the HK Philosophy
Sunday, Nov 7,
G/F, 13 Sha Po Old
Admission: Free (pay for any food or drink you
What is the role of money in the search
for a meaningful life?
Presenter: Tavis du Preez
"If you want to take the true measure of someone,
observe how he handles sex, time, and money." This
advice prompted American philosopher, Jacob Needleman to
write his great exploration of the meaning of money in
our lives: Money and the Meaning of Life. This book
inspires our Nov 7 topic.
Lamma Spirit Branch of the Hong Kong Philosophy Cafe
will provide a friendly place for the exploration of
ideas, where we may question our own assumptions and the
assumptions of the various circles of culture within
which all of us struggle to find our own 'right path'.
It will not always be comfortable, but as we learn to
embrace our differences and celebrate our commonalities,
we will build a community of sharing where we will learn
it's safe to be ourselves - to be different.
The Lamma Spirit Branch of the HKPC
meets on the
first Sunday evening of every month (a different topic
For more information, contact
What is the "Lamma
often hear it referred to, but what does it mean? Is it
something about Lamma being a 'hippie haven'? Is it
something to do with freedom and creativity? Does it
necessarily involve wearing socks with sandals?
Lamma Island is home to a
hugely diverse community in terms of ethnic / cultural
background, profession, disposition, temperament, etc.
An informal poll on the community internet forums
numbered Lamma residents as hailing from at least 60
different countries. This cosmopolitanism within the
context of a bounded village community definitely gives
rise to a special ethos, which we are calling the 'Lamma
But in defining it we
must be careful not to fall into the trap of
stereotyping Lamma in habitual terms such as assuming it
to be a 'hippie haven'. The Lamma Spirit, while
distinct, is also many faceted.
It is expected that this
Philosophy Cafe will reflect the Lamma ethos of
diversity by providing a venue through which diverse
elements of the community, whether reflecting some
particular & identifiable religious position or a
secular worldview, will build greater mutual
understanding through dialogue.
The new name of the Lamma Island branch of the Hong Kong
Philosophy Cafe is
The Lamma Spirit Branch of the HKPC.
Without doubt, 'Lamma Spirit' means different things to
different people. We want to know what you all think so
we're opening up a little competition.
Respond to this
message with a
any length as an entry. We intend to
incorporate ideas from entries to build a composite
definition of the ethos of our beautiful Island
community - 'The Lamma Spirit' - to be used to help
explain the name of this new Philosophy Cafe branch.
Entry Deadline: November 30th
The 3 winning entries will receive
books authored by Hong Kong's very own resident
philosopher: Prof. Stephen Palmquist (龐思奮),
Dept. of Religion and Philosophy - Hong Kong Baptist
University - Kowloon, HK. Names of book prizes will be
announced later and decisions of judges will be final.
Official Court Wildlife Photographer:
(I've asked A_Guy to tell us more about The Making
Of..., including technical specs. Then he won Macro
Image of the Week on
one of the largest nature photography websites
A really great and prestigious honour, sincere
And this one should be the
Vespa Tropica... the
one you didn't get stung by... [L-G getting
stung by a Vespa Affinis, resulting in 26 posts in our
Flora & Fauna forum so far.]
My technique for shooting photos like
Imagine a tubby gweilo sitting in an easychair swilling
coffee & smoking cigarettes next to a tripod with a
mounted camera with an opaque Tupperware box stuck on
the end of the lens and his finger resting on the
shutter release button......... waiting for something to
happen and hoping nobody is watching!
Nikon D3 w/Nikkor VR 105mm F/2.8G
Focus Mode: Manual
AF-Area Mode: Single
VR: ON -- Aperture: F/32
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 500
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Flash Mode: Commander
Flash Exposure Comp.:
Group A: TTL +0.7EV
Group B: TTL +0.7EV
Camera w/Macro Lens
Flash Commander & 2 or more Slave Flash units
Opaque Tupperware Box 6" high x 6" wide x 9" long
1 ltr Soft Drink Bottle (empty) (to fit 105mm lens)
2 * Satay Sticks
Big Green Leaf (preferred)
Water - Banana - Honey
1 x 1" high Jelly Shot Cup
Coffee & Cigarettes
* Remove lid from Tupperware box & keep lid
to one side.
* Cut hole slightly larger than lens
diameter at one end of box about 2" from base of box (I
used an electric Bosch Grinder w/metal cutting disc
* Cut both ends from soft drinks bottle so
you have about a 4" long cylinder.
* Fit one end of plastic cylinder on
non-camera end of 105mm lens.
* Set tripod at comfortable seated height.
* Put camera on tripod & affix lens to
* Put open end of bottle into hole cut in
* Rest Tupperware box on solid surface.
* Fill Tupperware box 1" deep in water.
* Mix banana with honey 1:1 enough to fill
jelly shot cup.
* Put banana/honey mix into jelly shot cup.
* Place Jelly shot cup in Tupperware box in
the water as close to end of lens cylinder as possible.
* Fix Flash Commander to top of camera.
* Place remote flash units outside
Tupperware box - set desired flash strength
* Retrieve your Tupperware box lid.
* Measure 8" from one end of Tupperware lid
or 1" from the other end.
* Measure 1.5" in from both edges of
Tupperware lid at yr 8" mark & mark.
* Poke Satay sticks 6" thru Tupperware lid
at the marks you made.
* Rest Tupperware lid on Tupperware box
with poked Satay sticks at non-camera end of Tupperware
box & leaving 4" open space at non-camera end of
* Affix big green leaf against non-camera
inside end of Tupperware box (to form nice background).
* Set focus distance at Satay stick
* Set Camera Shutter Speed & Depth of
* Make Coffee.
* Light cigarette.
* Lens cylinder is to give distance & extra
* Slave flashes coz camera top fitted flash
is too high up to illuminate wasp in close proximity.
* Wasps are attracted to banana/honey mix.
* Wasps fly into Tupperware box thru open
section of lid & descend slowly(ish)
* Wasps fly to banana/honey mix avoiding
water & channeled by Satay sticks... otherwise they
cheat & walk to banana/honey mix... this would not be
* Do not look thru eyepiece.. if you see
the wasp in focus it'll be too late.
* Watch from side of Tupperware box with
finger on camera shutter release button.
* As wasps approach Satay stick "markers"
click camera shutter release button.
* If they stay feeding too long.... blow
cigarette smoke thru the gap left around lens hole in
Tupperware box to agitate them.
* If more than one wasp lands on you at one
time & in close proximity of each other ....
* Otherwise.....keep sipping
coffee.................... is really boring....
description of the simply unbelievable amount of dedication and
patience it takes to get shots like these is a great
demonstration of why A_Guy's honorary title as Lamma's Best
Wildlife Photographer is still undisputed & unchallenged.
All this effort, time and money spent to get one single great
shot, just as a hobby and totally non-commercial, A_Guy really
lives up to The Lamma Spirit!
Kong Cricket Sixes 2010 will be held at the Kowloon
Cricket Club during the weekend of 6-7 November 2010. Check out
all the information about the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes by
clicking the links below:
Big-hitting Warner to boost Aussie quest at Hong Kong
First-timer Styris ready to bloom for
Kumble leads India in hunt for Hong Kong Sixes glory
Pakistan look to Shoaib to revive glory days
Hometown heroes eye Hong Kong Sixes jackpot
Sri Lanka bank on experience to win Hong Kong Sixes
Defending champions South Africa hungry for more
England aim for six-up at Hong Kong Sixes
China's long march begins at Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
Jet Away with Jet Airways this holiday season on "Sixes"
Schedule, Results, Points Tables &
P.S. A recently appointed Official Court Cricket Correspondent and a
photographer will be enjoying themselves this weekend in the Kowloon Cricket
Club. They'll try to report back to the Lamma-zine - if they stay sober
enough - thanks to Media Passes provided by the organiser, a Lamma-zine
advertiser. Many thanks!
Upon request, I got the following detailed maps from the
Senior Resident Engineer of Scott Wilson CDM. They're working on Phase 1 of
the Village Sewerage (3.3 km of pipes, completion end of 2010, they
promised) and the Sewage Treatment Works in the old helipad area (planned
completion Feb 2014.)
Phase 2, in pink below, will be assigned to another co. and
will take several more years to complete, 15.5 km of more pipes. So
we can look forward to several more years of major, disruptive, noisy
construction works opening up most paths around Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu
- Senior Resident Engineer - Scott Wilson CDM:
|The works to be executed under Contract No. DC/2009/13
comprise the construction of the following major items:
(a) Construction of
a sewage treatment works at Yung Shue Wan on
Lamma Island with a capacity of 2,850m3/day (ADWF) to
provide secondary treatment with degritting, screening,
grease removal and nutrient removal, including civil,
E&M works and all other ancillary building services,
architectural, landscape and establishment works;
of a submarine outfall of approximately 500m long
at Yung Shue Wan of which a minimum 400m of submarine
outfall from the coastline will be constructed by
Horizontal Directional Drilling;
of a sewage treatment works at Sok Kwu Wan on
Lamma Island with a capacity of 1,430m3/day (ADWF) to
provide secondary treatment with degritting, screening,
grease removal and nutrient removal, including civil,
E&M works and all other ancillary building services,
architectural, landscape and establishment works and
approximately 600m rising main from Sok Kwu Wan Sewage
Treatment Works to the outfall chamber;
of a submarine outfall of approximately 750m long at
Sok Kwu Wan of which a minimum 650m of submarine
outfall from the coastline will be constructed by
Horizontal Directional Drilling;
of two pumping stations at Sok Kwu Wan and
approximately 500m rising main from Pumping Station to
Sok Kwu Wan Sewage Treatment Works.
Two plans showing the
above works at Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan are
attached for your easy reference.
also append a layout plan showing the extent of the Village Sewerage Works at Yung Shue Wan, both Stages 1 &
2, for your information.
For the Village Sewerage Stage 1 Works under Contract
No. DC/2007/18, the works are nearing completion. All
the major pipe works in So Kwu Wan have been completed.
Only a few sections of pipe in Yung Shue Wan remain
outstanding. The pipe connections in the outstanding
works areas were previously in hiatus owing to some
unexpected reactions from the house owners. All the
issues have now been basically resolved.
For the scope of Phase 2
works, as advised by DSD, it includes the
(i) About 15.5 km of sewers extended to
unsewered areas at Yung Shue Wan;
(ii) Three sewage pumping stations and the
associated rising mains.
Should you require more information on
Stage 2 Works
of Village Sewerage, please contact the project
engineer of DSD, Mr. C.K. Au, at tel. 2159 3409.
Click above for double-sized plans. For huge and very
detailed maps, email me.
Jo Wilson -
(poster by Debi of
Virgo 68 Advertising)
Living Lamma is organising a beach clean
up this Saturday at Tannery Bay. Everyone is welcome.
You can come along with your gloves and your bags
anytime from 10 am. If you can't make it, please mention
it to your friends.
We hope this will be the first in a
series of clean ups that we can do now the cooler
weather is here. This will be part of our campaign to
clean up Lamma. We hope to make more progress with the
help of more volunteers. We have, therefore, set up a
distribution list to communicate our activities (don't
worry we will not bombard you with emails. We just hope
to communicate without creating waste).
We have a major community garden project
on the horizon (volunteers needed for that too) and are
making headway with our lobbying efforts. Much of our
work has been targeted at getting government departments
to work together to clean up areas and to improve the
design of projects.
We have also set up an on-line
discussion forum, which you are welcome to join. This
does generate more email traffic, but allows you to take
part in debates and share your ideas and experience with
other Living Lamma members. Go to
Living Lamma's Yahoo Group, follow
the instructions to join.
The poster for this weekend's clean up
is attached. We hope you can come along. If you have any
questions, please call Jo on 2982 0920 / 9042 3241.
For more info and pictures, see our
Beach Clean Up forum on this website.
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