"It barely seems warm enough, but it's almost
time to start the new Dragonboat season again. We are looking
for NEW paddlers for both the men's and women's teams. It's a
great opportunity to try out a popular Asian sport, get fit,
meet new people and enjoy racing in great venues around HK.
Anyone interested can turn up on
Saturday, Feb 12, from 4-7pm outside The
Island Bar and meet our captains, or even try out
paddling on the day.
To find out more they can contact Elizabeth
EAttwood@acpmagazines.com.hk or Vicky on
...and Lamma-Gung - I heard you are doing
Donna's Boostcamp, so isn't it about time you tried
Well, umm, err, I've
never actually sat inside a Dragonboat before, not even fitting
into one in my former life. But I've been writing about
Dragonboating for almost 9 years now, always as an outsider
Maybe I should take Claudia up on her offer and
become an insider myself?
What do YOU think?
While you were probably sleeping in late this Sunday
morning, 8am, these four fit & tough Lovely Lamma Ladies
(plus wimpy L-G) were gritting our teeth slow-jogging up to
Lamma Winds to work out under
Donna the Herbalicious's
(2nd from right) tough-but-fun instructions. Even 10 degrees
and a stiff breeze couldn't keep us away from our Boostcamp
session! We were feeling toasty within minutes of lunging,
planking, squatting, jumping, stretching, air-biking and
After jogging down the hill back home, I fried
some Lunar New Year turnip cakes for Lamma-Por who still
steadfastly refuses to join our workouts and who still thinks I
must be "chee seen" exercising outdoors on such a cold Sunday
morning. She might be right, but I can't resist the great &
cheerful company and it's definitely a lot more fun than
sweating by myself indoors in the gym....
How about joining us Tue & Thu evenings and/or Sunday
Some readers might be wondering what I'm up to every day,
seeing me all over the island at any time of the day or night,
talking to loads of different people they might not know, taking
pictures of almost anything they'd rarely think of shooting.
Well, I'm always looking for stories, pictures and story
ideas for the Lamma-zine and the forum. This website is
basically a little unpaid labour of love started almost 9 years
ago, which has grown into a (very lowly paid) 7-days-per-week
"job", where there's no real division between work and play
anymore. Let me give you a good example of a not untypical day
in my life, Tuesday, Jan 25:
sum with Chairman Chan and the Living Lamma Secretary;
Lamma- Por acts as interpreter. We discuss various
cleanups around Lamma initiated by
Living Lamma, plus a Community Garden on Chairman
Chan's private land just before "Ah-Por Tofu Fa", currently
being prepared by clearing it up and flattening it. Hobby
gardeners will be welcome to use it for free.
- Chairman Chan is rushing off to a meeting with the
owners of the Democracy Wall, discussing the future of
the Wall and the design contest Living Lamma was proposing.
He returns mere minutes later, bearing bad news:
The Democracy Wall is dead for now!
in the offices of the Rural Committee and Lammadonna about
the owners of the new private, Christian-themed
"Canaan Garden" in Shek Li's old sanatorium, getting
a good lead from one of the assistants!
- Picking up Lammadonna's Lunar New Year newsletter and
card, requesting and receiving the newsletter files on a USB
stick to publish them in the Lamma-zine:
an unexpected, short- notice invitation from a mother to a
children's performance in our Catholic Kindergarten.
Shooting lots of photos, getting introduced to the new
headmistress and the teachers. One of them says that she
"reads the Lamma-zine every day!":
New Clothes for the
- After carrying a heavy carpet for the mother & son from
the Kindergarten to Tai Peng, I visit their spectacular
"Home of the Rich and Famous" which she's beautifully
designed and redecorated completely. But she's a bit shy &
coy about having it featured in the Lamma-zine,
- Picking up the public offering prospectus (IPO) of the
mainland investor behind The Baroque development in
South Lamma, from a well-connected Lammaite. It's great
research material for future stories, but as big and heavy
as two phone books and a long walk from my home office.
- An alert citizen alerts me to a big animal carcass lying
exposed on top of the hills above the DickStock Residence.
We visit, I take pictures and publish them in the forum
right away. A discussion ensues and a good Samaritan
identifies and reburies the pet dog:
Exposed animal skeleton.
- Stopping over for my favourite Swiss coffee & ice-cream
& chat with
Emily the Ice-Cream Lady. There's a sign on the
counter, similar to her Facebook status update: closing down
for good on April 1st (no joke!), not moving to another
location yet again. Another victim of Yung Shue Wan rents
SCMP publishes one of their very rare Lamma-related stories:
Keren's pet pigs being deported from Lamma after almost a
decade. Publishing today's Lamma-zine story:
Jan 25: Farewell to Peggy & Sumo.
Getting a status update from Keren directly: She's getting a
gaido to transport them to their new home in an organic N.T.
farm later this week. Keren posts in our forum today:
thank u from peggy and sumo.
- A Samsung repair guy makes a house call, charging
us $100 extra for living on an Outlying Island. We're very
happy he came out here at all, as so many HK businesses
refuse to deliver to Lamma or make house calls. He replaces
our LCD screen's power supply, charging $900 in cash, all
for yet another bike ride to a photo shoot: Lunar New
Year Carnival in Sok Kwu Wan tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan
Plus a few of
my Lamma.com.hk- related emails, just from today:
* Christine Coleman, author of the Lamma-based novel
Paper Lanterns appeals to Lamma-zine readers to identify
people in historic pictures.
* Our Official Pet Correspondent submits another
ready-to-publish story with pictures and even captions! I
need more contributors like him!
* Requesting (and being granted) an exit interview with
Tracey the Un-Resident Rep about the inside of
village politics. It might become a full or a part of a
story, maybe nothing, but it'll definitely be most
* Tender document from Transport Dept for HKKF's
Lamma ferry routes: reading it and providing feedback.
TD is requesting a 2:30am ferry Central-YSW on late Sat
* Open Space's Tamara & Drum Jam's Kumi team up to open
Vivid Rhythms Studio!
That's "enuff stuff" for today
from the global, worldwide, international, centralised
headquarters of Lamma.com.hk Incorporated in Yung Shue Wan,
Lamma Island, Hong Kong SAR, China. It was just another quite
typical weekday... weekends are usually much busier....
OK, off to Tuesday night
Boostcamp now, 8pm! 1 hour of sweating & grunting in the
Basketball Court, plus catching up with the latest Lamma Dramas.
graffiti has been created today by the 4-men, off-Lamma crew
behind several generations of Fountainhead Bar graffiti.
It's been created with explicit permission on the back of
the house opposite Ah-Can's Tropicana take-away, opposite Cath's Bar. The crew leader invited me for this 4-hour
tripod photo shoot above this afternoon. Several former
Lamma-zine Artists of the Month spotted us and stopped by
one by one for a creative chat.
These very experienced graffiti artists have
done professional paintings all over HK and overseas,
occasionally even getting paid for it. Here are two more
examples gracing the back of the 2/F of the shop house at Nick's
Corner, also opposite Cath's Bar (where Lamma artists exhibit
My interview with another,
different, more controversial graffiti painter is coming up
soon, the Lammaite behind most of the other graffiti around YSW,
for example along the seawall and the "Welcome to Lamma"
paintings. It took me quite some time to identify him; he's finally
agreed to an anonymous interview.
TwoCrew returned after Lunar New year and completed their
Click here to see the
Click to enlarge
Banner on Main
Street: Happy New Year!
I've just received the Lunar New Year's
newsletter from North Lamma District Councilor for
Non-Indigenous Residents, Yu Lai Fan,
or Lammadonna as we prefer to nickname her. It makes for
interesting reading, click to enlarge individual pages below:
A few selected
highlights from Yu Lai Fan's newsletter
(lightly edited to improve grammar and readability, plus
bold text added):
In 2010, one of the most
exciting news must be Lamma Island being named "Coolest Outlying
Island" by Hong Kong Magazine. It was our glory to accept the
award on October 26, 2010. I sincerely thank everyone for
making our Island "cool" and particularly
Lamma-Gung for frequently
promoting Lamma Island through his web site to not only the
people in Hong Kong but anyone on the Internet. Promoting the
Island lets people know more about our attractions and results
in more visitors and business opportunities for our shops and
at Lamma" and "The Cultural Melting Pot in Lamma Island". Both
events attracted the participation of many local residents and
expatriates, and the events have successfully promoted Lamma
Island's fishermen culture and also the
spirit and importance of
communion among different cultures on Lamma.
Not all my work was
smooth in 2010... issues such as the construction of a cycle parking
area is still in progress due to opposition by some of our
residents... Nevertheless, I believe that these problems will be
eventually solved through open discussion and cooperation
between our residents and the Government.
Wishing all our
residents to have an enjoyable, peaceful and harmonious life at
Working report 2010:
With trees everywhere in
Lamma, hidden dangers from the trees have become threats to our
residents... My office issued a circular to remind residents on
paying careful attention to dangerous trees. The circular was
well-responded and we have received a total of 106 reported
cases of suspected dangerous trees in 2010.
I... presented the
following to the Assistant Commissioner of Transport Dept.:
Re-merging the tendering of ferry services to Yung Shue Wan, Sok
Kwu Wan and Pak Kok Village in order to stabilize the fare while
maintaining the existing service quality.
Yung Shue Wan Pier was
built in the 50s and there has not been any major renovation
work since then. I reflected the situation to the Government and HKKF and improvements have been made.
Cases handled in 2011:
Trees - 106, Sewage - 11, Slopes - 10, Sewage works - 42, Street
lights - 19, Road maintenance - 16, Environment - 54, Others -
37, TOTAL - 295.
- Tender of ferry
- Pushing for a bicycle parking area,
- A covered activity
room in Yung Shue Wan (next to the football field),
the project will be sponsored by HK Electric on construction
- Rebuilding Pak Kok Village pier,
- Monitoring the second phase of Yung Shue Wan harbour reclamation plan
(including provision of an additional emergency access
- Following up on the issue of dangerous trees,
- Monitoring the progress of the second phase of the sewage construction
- Adding cover to a temporary hawking area (Tin Kwong Hui),
- Strengthening the relations between the police and residents and
Feedback is encouraged
and welcome, make your voice heard,
send your comments to
call 2982 0976, or stop by her office on G/F, 72 Main Street (just besides the
Lamma Gourmet, after Cath's Bar.)
This headline greeted us this morning on the
cover of the CITY section of the
Morning Post (click above for full story.)
The Lamma-zine has published many stories and
photos over the years of Peggy & Sumo, probably the two most
famous pigs in HK by now, following their troubles with HK law
and govt. bureaucracy, most recently another call for help:
Dec 31, 2010: Unhappy NY for Pak Kok Pet Pigs. Simply
search for "Keren" in the Search box at the top of
this page to find a little history in words, interviews, photos and press
clippings of their happy days on Lamma.
Peggy & Sumo's very lives were threatened
several times over the years as no alternative location
off-island could be found and the govt. threatened to take them
away and put them down. An organic farm in Yuen Long has finally
agreed to give them refuge from frequent govt. persecution, so
they can enjoy an organic, safe and peaceful retirement now.
Congratulations and many thanks to Keren the
Pig Lady, their "mother", for all the incredibly hard work
and amazing sacrifices she's made over nearly a decade to give
these two happy pigs a happy life, delighting so many Lamma
Islanders, adults and especially children, with their antiques
and very presence. Let's declare Keren one of the few and rare
Laudable Lamma Luminaries for her tireless
dedication, many sacrifices and her LOVE.
Keren has just posted a note in our forum -
thank u from peggy and sumo - so you can leave your
comments and good wishes there as well.
"As u know peggy and sumo will be starting a new adventure
out of lamma in a new home in n.t.
On behalf of peggy and sumo I want to thank the kind
people of pak kok of all ages for making us feel so loved and
welcome. The care and interest u all showed in their welfare has
made their life so much better.
A photo gallery of "Hog Heaven" days, by Keren and myself:
Libertines Pub with friendly permission,
photos by Alain Jaquier and Sean Creamer.)
It was late Sunday night, and I walked
the dog down to the little store down the street from my
apartment. It's a family-owned shop, with mom, dad,
grandma and daughter each taking turns working the
register. My girlfriend and I had just spent way too
much money eating at a Suburban-American-style
restaurant in Discovery Bay, so I went with the cheap
stuff--a cute little brown bottle of San Miguel. I
brought the bottle up to the register, and as the store
owner made the "open?" gesture, pointing toward the
bottle, my nose made a little sniffle. Before I even
noticed that I needed one, the owner quickly pulled out
a box of tissues from under the counter. He didn't say a
word, just looked at me and at the box, implicitly
offering me one.
type of kindness is unheard of in the US. Even the
nicest store owner in some small Midwestern town would
never be so sensitive to my tiny sniffle, no matter how
well they knew me. Entering my second year in the
Village, I'm slowly beginning to acquire a superficial
understanding of Chinese culture and morality. I've
complained about what I perceive to be insensitivity
on the part of Villagers: they don't pay attention to
others when they walk, waiters ignore me in restaurants,
honk their horns obnoxiously, etc.
There's this seafood restaurant that my girlfriend
and I have become regulars at. They treat us
wonderfully: they give us special deals, tell us what
dishes are really good that day, let us bring our own
bottle of wine and waive the corking fee. When they see
us on the street, they smile and say hi to us.
lady who sells fruit on the street also treats us really
well. She always give us a big, hearty hello when she
sees us. When my girlfriend bought some chestnuts but
then forgot to take them with her, the fruit lady
remembered and gave her roughly the same amount for free
the next day.
Living on Lamma has allowed us to see the other side
of Chinese culture, the sensitive side. Everything
changes when people know you. I'm not religious, but
living in Asia has helped me see how much my morality is
a Christian morality. My Methodist grandmother taught me
to treat everyone the same, to pay attention to everyone
and give people I don't know the same respect I would
give my friends (because we're all God's children). This
is very much a Christian ethical standard, and so I
shouldn't be surprised that the Chinese have a different
learning that once Chinese people know us, the level of
kindness and consideration they give far surpasses what
you would expect of a store owner, or waiter, in the
I think we might be
guanxi, or something like that.
Rainbow Restaurant in Sok Kwu Wan,
Friday, Jan 14, 2011:
Annual Dinner of the largest private developer
on Lamma Island,
Development, the people behind
Garden (formerly Lammarina on Tannery Bay, up for rent/sale
after Lunar New Year), the proposed
Baroque development in South Lamma and at least two
others in Sok Kwu Wan.
Bobby Li, CEO & Managing Director & GM Paul Lam
of of King Wong Development Ltd.
threw a whopping & impressive party for their business partners
and many friends. 33 tables, seafood galore, entertainment by TV
artistes, iPad/Wii/PS3/Xbox 360 Kinect gadgets as prizes,
cheerful speeches and lots of friendly backslapping by the rich
and powerful. Poor & powerless little Lamma-Gung (and Lamma-Por)
were pleasantly surprised and happy to be invited, joining the
banquet and eagerly hoping (in vain) to win one of these very
popular and expensive (sponsored) Lucky Draw prizes:
Transportation was provided by Rainbow
Rest. boat from YSW Ferry Pier direct to Sok Kwu Wan and back.
These private ferries, free for guests, have a
more frequent schedule between Sok Kwu Wan and Central
or Aberdeen than the public ferries. Rainbow Rest. is probably
the biggest, most successful business in South Lamma (several
SKW restaurants plus a new one in
Shanghai, shops and associated businesses, their own
ferry fleet, amusement park
Lamma Fisherfolk's Village.)
They pulled out all the stops to
provide another big welcome party for King Wong and their
partner, a major HK-listed Mainland property developer.
Together, they could potentially change South Lamma in so many ways and and
make many eager locals and businesses more prosperous, but also
worry quite a few people all over Lamma. North Lamma was mainly
represented by Chairman Chan's table of friends.
Well, this was certainly one of the best and
largest traditional Annual (Lunar New Year's) Dinners I've been
invited to in over 20 years in HK. But there wasn't much time to sample some of
the impressive and tasty dishes, I was rushing around all
night taking pictures (see
photo gallery with subtitles above), competing with several other
photographers scurrying around between the tables to earn our
free dinners. Hey, if you want to invite me as a (hopefully
paid) photographer to your event, I'll make myself available!
For many more up-to-date news about these very
important Lamma property developments, keep on reading the
Lamma-zine! I've interviewed Bobby Li and GM Paul Lam
(above left & middle) in their office recently, to be published
"YSW City Hall"
(North Lamma Rural Committee Bldg.), Sun, Jan 16, noon-7pm
Pak Kok Old Village - Resident Representative:
For full story and discussion, see our forum.
has announced that she's closing shop for good on April 1,
Another victim of rampaging rental prices on
Lamma, after 9 years in business in 3 different YSW locations.
She'll take a long break, no future plans yet, besides hopefully
finishing her semi-autobiographical novel (to be published on
this website, of course.) She'll be sorely missed, especially by
her many friends above!
All the very best, dear Ice-Cream Lady, and
thanks for so many great chats, my favourite Swiss Movenpick
ice-creams and Swiss Nespresso coffees!
Yes, Harry's face
is really orange like that in real life, a natural fit to
illustrate this rabbity-carroty tale written by very fair
maiden Sarah Brennan. Together, they've created and
published 5 Chinese Calendar Tales so far.
(all still available at Bookazine shops, including the new
shop on 3/F, ifc Mall):
P.S. Photos from the launch party, on
Bookazine's Facebook pages.
I've been called many names in my half
century visit to this amazing planet so far - for example
'You Great Big Idiot!' -
April Fool -
Nyckelpiga - but
never an Ophiuchan, at least not to my face! But according
to a number of recent media reports that's what I can be
called with impunity now, without the name caller fearing my
severe incriminations or most dire wrath.
it seems that
Ophiuchus is my new zodiac sign, according to
these reports based on actual facts of astronomy, not astrology.
I always thought that Sagittarius does not fit me at all, being
a vastly different, gentle personality type from the "blindly
optimistic and careless, mercurial Sagittarians." It's a
brand-new but ancient astrological sign, added on to the 12
signs of the zodiac, not used in millennia since the
Ophiuchus means Snake Holder or Serpent Bearer, quite suitable for
a Lammaite, but holding a live snake goes a bit far even for an
adventurous, nature-loving stumbler like myself. A 13th zodiac
sign and I'm one of the pretty small minority of astrologically cool
people born in this sign, active only 18 days of the year. Hah!
So, how has your personal zodiac sign changed?
Click below to figure it out:
SCMP story: "What the stars didn't predict..."
This change in most people's zodiac sign
confirms one of my favourite and most deeply ingrained
prejudices - that all astrology is utter BS and nonsense,
randomly made up to swindle gullible people. This "revolution"
in astrology, turning it upside down completely, reaffirms my
scientific, rational world views,
making me even more confident
in my skepticism in most spiritual/mystical practices.
Ahhh, the world makes some sense again, till the next
big astrological, philosophical, religious or mystical "news"
will try to cast doubts on my well-established, supposedly
rational world views I hold sooo dear....
Well, this Ophiucan should better stay away from
modern, leading-edge physics research - Quantum Dynamics,
particle physics, cosmology theories. They can get so
uncomfortably close to what frequently sounds like mysticism and
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, entangled particles, M-Theory,
teleportation, time travel, consciousness research,
multiverses,... pure brain candy for science nerds...
man or woman enough to join us for an outdoor exercise class on
Sunday mornings at 8am in the Basketball Court?
It might be a tad cool to get started, but very
soon you'll warm up and strip down to your T-shirt, staying warm
and feeling great for hours afterwards. This is not a hard-core
bootcamp, but a fun and effective way for a moderately fit
person to become much fitter, stronger, feel much better and
even lose quite a few pounds of fat and gain some muscles over
the 6 Sundays of the course. It works, I can attest to it,
that's why I'm doing it again, after hibernating in-doors these last few
Weigh-in this Sunday morning.
Contact Donna for details, call 9192 7269! 3 fun,
friendly & pretty ladies have signed up already, we could use a
few more, plus guys! Click on Donna's poster for details!
"Unify the Islanders",
"Harmony in the Family", "Support the Elderly!"
These are just some of the very general and political
slogans on some of these big banners on fences all around Lamma
these last few weeks. The Village Representative elections are
coming up again this weekend, like every 3 years.
or Resident Village Representative is an honourary, unpaid
position without any real powers and just a few duties; many
Village Reps are almost invisible. I've met quite a number of
them over the years at official functions and Lammaite tours,
but I still don't know the Village Reps of my own village, for
example, despite being entitled to vote, after 7 years of living
in the same village. Many Village Rep seats are uncontested,
winning by default and without any voting necessary, but some
are quite hotly contested, for example
Pak Kok Old Village:
For the first time in a long time
on Lamma, a non- Chinese is standing for election, Tracey
Duggan. Ex-manager of the Deli Lamma, supervisor of a
kindergarten and involved in many charitable and good causes on
Lamma over many years, let's give this well-known and very
popular Lammaite some extra publicity here!
She's running quite a low-key
campaign over there, two hills away from Yung Shue Wan, in quiet
and low-key Pak Kok Old Village where the rents are still low
and no construction is disturbing the peaceful, rural lifestyle
of the quite international community.
in a small village with a total of only 47 potential voters,
Tracey has mailed the letters below to everyone. 2 out of the 47
are dead, 3 live in China and 5 are very much against any
Gwai-por standing in the elections, she writes, so it'll be a
tough vote and a narrow win. Let's give Tracey some moral or any
other support she needs for her campaign.
Tracey writes that, like any
popular-vote-seeking politician, she's
"prepared to kiss any babies I am presented with [in public].
"I've got ideas like
recycling, helping the elderly, doing bulk shopping trips etc
etc which would make us a more united village etc etc.
"I'm going to be positively visible (as in I get on a ferry
every day, greet everyone always and am enthusiastic about
increasing Pak Kok's popularity, etc.) I'm hoping to bring more
people to the village more people equals more money for the
villagers which means happy people!"
Resident Representative Village
Voting day Sunday 16 January 2011
I am hoping to be elected as the
resident representative of Pak Kok Kau Tsuen in the next
I have lived on Lamma since 1985 in
Pak Kok for over 9 years.
I was born in Hong Kong and both my children were born
Hong Kong is my home.
I have many ideas about making Pak Kok a
better village to live in.
The areas I would focus on if I were elected would be:
I would continue my ongoing discussions with Monita
from Tsui Wah and the Transport Department with
regards to our ferry service.
Improvement of Emergency Services
The fire services and also police are not aware of
the complicated house numbering system in Pak Kok.
If there is an emergency, it is usual that we need
to leave our homes and meet them on the path I
will work hard to change this so both departments
are aware of where we all live.
Help Landlords to rent their
There are many empty flats for rent in Pak Kok - I
can help to photograph them and put them on rental
websites. If more people move to Pak Kok, this will
increase the passenger numbers on the ferries as
well as bring more prosperity to Pak Kok home
Pak Kok is a wonderful place to live. I
think there is a very good mix of nationalities in the
village. Everyone is friendly and helps one another. I
would like to see this happening even more.
If you have any suggestions or ideas, I
would love to hear them.
My telephone number is 9831 2704, my email address:
Thank you for taking the time to read
An interesting discussion
started after I put up this picture below a week ago in our
Platform & pillars in the harbour? It's generated 16
replies and almost 300 views so far, so it seems to be a
question on many people's minds as they see if from the
ferry every day.
After enquiring with several of
my local official sources, I got this reply from the Sewerage
"This sea platform is a drilling rig for marine site
investigation from our sub-contractor - under our sewage project
to determine the geological profile under the seabed as a
preparation work for the submarine outfall construction in
This sea platform will remain
on site for works for about 2 more weeks."
Lamma-zine, Nov 2: Sewerage Construction, When Will It End?
also just got Google-Alerted to a few more details about this
"Marine Site Investigation", see this notice from the
Marine Dept. notice.
It looks like they're going to
move the platform by tugboat a few more times along the future "Poo
Pipe", ever closer to the Sewage Treatment Plant (currently
under construction until 2014), boring more holes into the
seabed to investigate the suitability of the seabed for the
submarine Poo Pipe.
Works will probably be completed
by Chin. New Year in early Feb.
P.S. Many thanks to Marc Antony,
coming up with the short & concise headline for this article. I was
going to call it "Drilling Rig for Site Investigation for
Submarine Outfall of Sewage Treatment Plant".
SMS to Marc
Antony: "R U avail 2 write my headlines? ;-)"
That's not actually poo coming out of that pipe, I think. It
starts at the future Sewage Treatment Plan which should actually
clean up all our poo before discharging the remaining effluents
out to sea via this pipe...
Another installment in my ongoing series of
Stumbling Randomly Through Lamma's Hills (Lamma-zine Feb 21,
'09). Quoting myself:
"Random, unplanned, no-destination stumbling
through the hills of Lamma is an activity I can highly
recommend, very healthy for body, mind and spirit. At every
crossroad along the way, make a spontaneous decision where to go
next, turn left or right or straight, and follow the innumerable
little paved and dirt paths through the hills and valleys.
Lamma is small enough that you'll never get
really lost, never far from help and never out of reach. It's
also big enough to make new, fascinating discoveries every time,
even after years of living here."
After an early Sunday morning dim sum in Lung
Wah Rest., I went for a little digestive stroll up to Po Wah
Yuen. Instead of returning home via Tai Peng, I spontaneously
explored further down the other side, to the Lammarina
(now officially called Lamma Garden) and beyond.
discovered the new, locked Canaan Garden in the old Shek
Li sanatorium, I had heard rumours about. Going around it, I
went rock climbing in the cutest little bay on all of Lamma.
It's been years since I've climbed these same rocks; it was
pretty dangerous back then because I was twice my current
weight. Nowadays, this is great fun! I'm still amazed at what
kind of moderately precarious mischief my New Body can get me
into, enjoying itself while doing it!
Sticking to my own Stumbling Randomly Rule
of "Never turn back, always forward!" I ventured along the rocky
coast and lost my way (once again), not finding any exit or any
path upwards. So I had to break through the ancient forest and
dry, thorny brush on the hillside, discovering some ancient
ruins not on any official maps. I stumbled and climbed up all
the way - not something I'll do ever again! - to the top, arriving
scratched and bedraggled directly below Picnic Rock,
Yin Yang Rock and the Stone Circle landmarks inside
the Lamma Forest.
Well, I'm up here already now, why not
traverse the entire Lamma Forest once again, choosing the
most scenic of the 3 pretty well-maintained trails, enjoying
the scenic views, exiting at the Pavilion above Heart
Attack Hill. Returning to Tai Peng, via the
domicile of Keren's Pet Pigs (critically endangered
once again) to the Tai Peng Community Garden.
I enjoyed a long-overdue rest on one of the two
comfy benches at the Jenks Memorial Lily Pond, discussing
gardening. Returning to Tai Peng, via a refueling stop in
Village Rep Tony Wong's Tai Peng Shop (he's in a jovial
mood today, hoping for his re-election this Sunday), I stopped
over for an impromptu unofficial Village Council meeting with
the 3 Holy Men of Tai Peng - Dave of (alleged) Christian
Rock Band, The Curs, Alastair who's amassed huge heavenly
credits working for Noah's Ark, and Jacob whose very name
ensures his Holiness.
Calling up Lamma-Por for lunch (yes, it's
time for a late lunch by now), she meets me in Wang Long at
the temporary, new location of Thai Thai Rest. (still
looking hard for a permanent location).
A map of my 3.5-hour unplanned Stumbling
Randomly Roundtrip is provided in my photo gallery below. Yes, I
don't go anywhere without at least my little Sony Cyber-shot
DSC-T500 photo/HD video camera. It's usually
just a backup for my big, professional Nikon dSLR, but a flat pocket
shooter is way more convenient when climbing up through densely
forested, overgrown hillsides....
Cookie Making Class - Buffet Dinner
Dec 11: Beachside Pre-X'mas Buffet party
Tree (click any of my photos to enlarge)
More photos in
Concerto Inn's own photo gallery:
Concerto Inn, Lamma Island, Hong Kong!
For any inquiries, feel free to contact us at
tel: +852 2982-1668. Have a Concerto Day!"
Views from the
highest point of North Lamma, a little side trip on the Snake
I've just signed up for this
well-established and very professional movies-by-mail
service, at their new special promotional rate for
Lammaites, see below. See their mailing envelope above,
explaining their simple service. Pay a monthly fee, order
disks online by 1-click, get them by mail the next day - 1-3
disks at the same time - return them anytime you're done
with them, get the next disks by mail. Easy!
I've been testing their service for one month
beforehand and was so happy with it - fast, reliable, great
website, very wide choice of movies, email notifications (for
example the headline of this story) - that I've become a paying
Just $28 to try it out
for a full month! This is exactly what it costs to
rent a single disk in a Movieland shop for a single day only...
and you have to pick it up from there and return it in person.
MyVideo offers a
much better and wider selection than the other two online rental
services I've tried and it's the ONLY one of all these services
I know with BluRay disks for rental. Downloading movies in high
quality takes forever (days!) on Lamma and you won't get the
full home theatre sound and any of the disk-only extras, like
"Making of...", commentaries by director/actors,
behind-the-scenes, interviews, movie previews, etc. I love those
extras, beyond what you get even in the cinema. And the
convenience of getting disks by mail is hard to beat.
Special offer for
for the 1st month of subscription of
DD01 plan (original price of HKD98, HKD78 for
additional months 'til 31 Mar 2011.)
the 1st month of subscription (including BluRay
disks!) of BD01 plan (original
price of HKD128, HKD108 for more months 'til 31 Mar
One residential address can enjoy
this privilege only one time.
Special offer for new members only.
Click here for plan details.
Interested Lammaites, please email us
(email@example.com), requesting this special offer
and we will send the promotional code directly to you.
During registration, new member has to
put the promotional code into the registration form.
this link for details.
Just a reminder: member has to choose a
normal plan after the end of this promotion, and pay by
Current MYVIDEO members are entitled to a HK$50
supermarket coupon for each new member referral. The
more new members you refer, the more coupons you will
get! Please refer to
this link for details.
MyVideo has just signed up for 3 months of
Lamma-zine advertising, see lower left side of this page.
Thank you, I love advertising products and services I can
honestly recommend highly and also use myself! I designed a few
ad banner versions for them, promoting their great offers. They
chose the last one:
learn and see more about these fun exercise classes in the YSW
Basketball Court (just below the Kindergarten),
click below, or check out the new
website. Then take a free trial class and see if you like it. If
I can Boostcamp twice a week, so can you!
A look into a property agent window
yesterday almost gave me indigestion. Most standard 700 sqft
flats advertised for rent in the 5 digits, even one of the
very least popular 1/F flats at $11,500 which are usually
far cheaper than G/F or the most coveted and rare rooftop
flats? We used to live in one of those 1/F places not long
ago - very nice, almost new, great landlady - in the same
village for less than half this rent.
Our 2-year contract is running out middle of
this year and our off-island landlord wants to increase the rent
by 50%. But as we're such "good tenants" - meaning we pay on
time, no pets, no children, quiet - he'll accept a "reasonable"
increase of ONLY 30% from us, which means we have no choice but
to move once again.
With this kind of rent increases, is it time to
look at old 350 sqft 1/F places far from the ferry pier, or move
to Pak Kok Village where there are quite a few flats available?
For example, a great 700 sqft 3-bedroom rooftop flat with huge
garden we looked at over there recently with unobstructed
360-degree views, including ocean views, for $6,000, half the
current rent for a similar place in YSW. Time to move to Pak Kok
Have the rents really doubled in YSW in the last
1-2 years? Lamma's property agents and some landlords must be
rubbing their hands with glee and joy. A 350 sqft studio flat
found a tenant within a few days in our
property forum recently, for the same price as a 700sqft
rooftop 3-bedroom flat just 1-2 years ago, almost a doubling of
Comparing rents in Peng Chau, Lantau and the New Territories
during our several tours for Lammaites visiting there recently,
Yung Shue Wan seems to have some of the highest rents for
Village Houses anywhere in HK right now. We suffer the highest
rentals ever seen on Lamma in recent history, far higher than at
the last 1997 peak.
Can we Lamma tenants hope that this insane local property
bubble will burst soon?
To join into our discussion on this issue, check
out our forum:
1/F flats at $11,500? Thanks to dory for the
title of this Lamma-zine story, from the post's subject line.
S/he was asking:
"Do you seriously in your wildest dreams think:
1) That landlords and estate agents actually read these
2) That they give a toss?"
P.S. If you're interested in all these recent enclosed
extensions being built on top of Village Houses, creating 3/Fs,
colloquially called "glass houses", check out the new
venting! forum topic.
Over 300 Lamma-zine
stories have been published in 2010. Which are YOUR favourites
(if any)? You can find my personal choices below, two stories
every month, one of my own and one by our many wonderful and
most appreciated Courageous Content Contributors. Click to read:
Stories by Content Contributors:
Stories by Lamma-Gung:
Dec 8: First-Ever HK Sighting of AMRB Flycatcher
way you would ever get an adult male Red-Breasted Flycatcher
here. It's never..."
Dec 3: The Curs -
a Christian Rock Band?
Congrats to one of Lamma's most
famous, beloved and longest- running bands, The Curs!
Nov 29: The Lamma Lemonade Entrepreneurs
"It happened at the major intersection on Main Street. You know the spot. A butcher shop..."
Nov 17: Am I Stupid? Yes!
I've been promoting these Quiz Nights for years, but I have to admit I never actually participated myself in one. Till today.
Oct 5: Lamma Philo Cafe - 1st Meeting
"The first meeting of the Lamma Island Branch of the HK Philo Café was a roaring success."
Oct 24: Feral Puppies Pickup
cute little puppies, 6 in all, that were rescued from
the hills today only serve to illustrate the lunacy of
Sep 14: Terry
"Meet Terry, a mongrel dog with four legs, only three paws and an irrepressible can-do-anything attitude."
Sep 29: Computer Threats &
After finally resolving
the picture attachment problem in our forum, not losing
Aug 27: Lamma Calendar 2011
"I will be publishing the calendar for a second year. This year, I'd like to open it up..."
Aug 9: Alien Quiz Night @ The Waterfront
Summer season is slow,
cozy and leisurely on Lamma Island, even more so than
the rest of...
Jul 16: India Dog Dispute Engulfs Ex-Lamma Woman
India Does a city that routinely batters and abuses its street
Jul 17: Lamma-Gung the Elderly?
I was going for yet another 3D
movie (my latest passion) in the IFC shopping mall.
Jun 27: You Can Leave, But You Never Do
"14 years ago my daughter Iona had pointed an accusing finger out of the plane window,..."
Jun 30: Tai Chi vs Fit'n'Fun Camp -
1 : 0
While Lamma-Por was still recovering from another late night of Worldcup football....
May 4: Lamma Cricket Club Welcomes Star Cricketer
Saturday the Lamma Kids Cricket Club was delighted to welcome
May 29: Lawyers Frolicking
in the Lamma Forest
The sounds of Lamma's nature never fail to amaze me.
While walking over hills and through....
Apr 1: Island Bar Reinvents Itself
Change Into "MONTY'S BURLESQUE"!
Breaking News! In keeping with Lamma-zine's..."
Apr 5: Climbers Enter the Clouds
climbers together scaled the 353-metre Mount Stenhouse, Lamma's
Mar 7: Feast of Excited Insects
"Did you know
that Saturday March 6 was "Ching Che"
or Feast of Excited Insects Day?"
Mar 9: Turkish Chef Wanted
What's happening in Yung Shue
Wan's always active and ever-changing culinary scene? Just
another little update:
Feb 24: 'Best Wedding I've
Nick the Bookman - Official Court Music Reviewer,
expanding into reviews of weddings.
Feb 28: Bobsy the Valentine
Lamma's most famous and not-publicity-shy-at-all
hippie has been featured in the latest edition of
Marie Claire HK.
Jan 16: Party Animals on Dog Beach
Lamma's leading residents, the fleet-footed, furry, four-legged
ones, and their...."
Jan 4: Farewell to Lamcombe Seafood Rest.
Today is the very last day of
this very popular Chinese restaurant on Main Street, the #1....
For Lamma historians amongst our readers:
Best of Lamma-zine 2009,
2005: part I,
For even more stories - forming almost a little history of
Lamma Island of the last 8.5 years - check out our complete
Enjoyed at the
stroke of midnight by Lamma-Gung & Lamma-Por:
a Champagne glass of Sparkling Shiraz from
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