Jess King: "We will PARTY like mythical creatures of
WHY? The HARRY POTTER and ORDER of the LAMMA DRAGON
FEATURING in this year's PRIZE DRAW:
a devastatingly handsome & awfully handy Apple iPad!
a cautiously understated, regulation Lamma Pink Nine West
ludicrously tasty & magically potent Pink Champagne!
Plus the usual wondrous assortment of Bar Tabs, Romantic
Dinners, Gift Vouchers & *Magical Trinkets*, donated by our
fabulous local business supporters, here on Lamma. Oh, and did I
mention MUSIC, WINE & BEER & other *magic potions*?
As always, more prizes mean MORE FUN!
All proceeds from
the Door Tickets go to Club Funds, which go to help subsidise
membership, race fees, training fees, team shirts, etc."
Sorting My Records - A
PowerPoint Mix about Record Collecting:
Sat, Apr 2, 5pm: Lung Kong rest.
(Sichuan cuisine, left of Deli):
Sri Lankan New Year
Festival: Sun, Apr 3, 9am-9pm:
YSW Football Pitch:
Free food, musical show 5-9pm.
Poster & more details.
Emily the Ice-Cream Lady
- Ice-Cream Express, YSW Main Street:
A Message From Emily
Just days before the
Chinese Lunar New Year in February, I received a call
from my landlord as I scooped ice cream at my shop. He
seldom called (nor I him) unless I forgot to pay the
rent, which I seldom did, so the situation felt slightly
On the phone, he told me
that someone had offered a higher rent for my premises
and asked if I wished to keep the shop. Without asking
how much he wanted for a new lease, I knew instantly
that I would not pay even one dollar more. My rent
already was very high for an ice-cream shop on Lamma.
"The time has come,"
I told myself. "I'll no longer be Lamma's 'ice cream
Many people looked shocked
when I told them I would close the business after more
than eight years. "No way! You're joking. This shop's
like your baby!" Such responses hinted that people
doubted if I would close after working so hard to
sustain the shop. But I wasn't joking.
who knows me well would agree that I badly needed a
course, the decision took a toll. Honestly, I never
wanted to close the shop, even at the most critical
times. Maybe I love challenges. The reason I kept going
wasn't for lack of courage to leave my "comfort zone",
but due to my sense of attachment to the shop. When
diagnosed with an ear-equilibrium problem (now healing)
last winter, I sensed a "final notice". Then I found
tears rolling down my face, as if I had gotten a
terminal disease, when a doctor told me to rest for my
health. How could I rest without closing down?
My landlord's phone message
made me realise I couldn't delay again. It felt like
sitting in the window of a high-rise as fire licked
toward me. If it had been "just a job", I'd have
resigned long ago, but this was my own shop that I'd
dreamed about and worked hard to establish.
I thought of other
difficulties too. What about the Lamma children, many of
whom I had the pleasure to watch grow up? They'd be
disappointed. Earlier, I'd planned to hang on for as
long as my health allowed, meaning as long as I could
scoop ice cream, or until my landlord told me to leave.
Now it almost seems like my
landlord and the real-estate agent had spied on me and
answered my "call". Maybe I should be grateful that they
took the initiative with a future tenant to raise the
rent so I'd have to go. Otherwise, I couldn't reach my
now, I'm afraid to consider how I may react on the
closing day. Will I cry in front of my friends and
customers or laugh giddily at the prospect of finally
resting? Two things are certain – I'll miss everyone,
and I'll treasure the wonderful memories of events at my
Somehow I believe that
everyone always finds the best way to reinvent in times
of change. Usually we just don't anticipate it. After
the shop closes, I hope to finish writing my
semi-autobiographical Memoirs of an Ice Cream Lady
(partially published at
So this is it! Please take
care, all of you. I hope to see you again, even after
the shop closes. I can be reached at (852) 9094-8848 or
Before ending, I'd like to
express special gratitude to the following people:
Gary Dyer has kept
me company in some of my toughest times and provided
support all the way. I always appreciate his kindness
and patience. Without him, my shop couldn't have
survived so long.
John Cairns made an
unselfish effort to turn me into an "accidental" writer.
Without his help, I never would dream to write my own
novella, much less to pursue publication.
Vivien, Marcus, Isabel
and Sasha were among my first and most-loyal
customers. Sasha had plenty of ice cream even before
birth. How sad they had to leave Hong Kong for good! I
Reiko-san, Rian, Yoshiki and Yullia are
regarded by locals as one of Lamma's most friendly,
cheerful families. They show the best example of
courteous and considerate Japanese culture. I hope their
nation quickly regains strength after its
Wilson showed everyone positive ways to improve the
years old) regarded Gary as my dad. I love her for
making me feel so young.
Joe-Joe (also five
years old) became my youngest suitor. Not only will I
keep the "plastic" ring he used to propose, but I'll
lock it in a safe-deposit box. He's very cute, but far
too young for me. Maybe someday I'll change my mind if I
enter an elderly home and need someone to look after me.
Penny posed with me for the loveliest photo I have
Andy, Laura, Don, Chris,
Eva, Richard, Mary and Serge listened to my
joys and sorrows. What true friends!
John Smith named his
daughter after me. I'm so honoured.
organized the always-festive DickStock.
Ruben made crap
jokes and cared for my pets when I travelled.
and Bob Davis helped with my first book's cover.
Lamma-Por covered my stories and promoted my shop in
Marcus, Jane, Louie,
James, Eddie and their Banyan Bay Football Club
supported my business to the end.
All the Lamma children
and children-at-heart brightened my shop and filled
it with laughter, especially the "Birthday Boys and
Girls" and their parents who contributed photos for my
The list should go on and
on, but I have to stop. Above all, thank you once again
for the happy memories we shared. I will miss everyone.
P.S. A Farewell Party for customers & friends will be held this
Sat, Apr 2:
Ice-cream Express, YSW Main Street:
Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Home-made food (like sandwiches and salads) will be most welcome!
Games and Lucky Draw at 2pm.
For info, call 9094 8848.
For a message from her niece Julia and to post your
Jay Scott Kanes
Court Senior Correspondent -
(Pictures and story by Jay Scott Kanes)
A usually quiet basketball court nestled
among tall trees on northern Lamma Island has come alive
with almost unprecedented Sunday activity. That's when
dozens of players in the new Lamma Island Pinoy
Basketball League swing into action.
After watching much of the initial
action, I noticed no spectacular dunk-shots or alley- oop
maneuvers. But there's plenty of fancy moves, hustle and
entertainment value. Fans watching from the court's
edges find frequent reasons to cheer.
Complete with team uniforms, referees
(from elsewhere in Hong Kong), a scorers' table and
enthusiastic fans, the games make an impressive and
colorful spectacle. Usually only pickup games or
exercise sessions happen on the basketball court in
Lamma's largest village.
The four-team league, with players from
the Philippines, launched its first Inter-Color
Tournament on March 6. Action continues every Sunday
(for six weeks) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
leading to a title game in April.
"It's the first-ever basketball
tournament organized by Filipino residents of Lamma," said league spokesman
Robert de Biro.
The four gung-ho hoops teams are Pak Yue
(orange uniforms), D-Lau (yellow), Glamorous Tigers
(green) and Alleywood Super Stars (red). Aged from 14
(the tallest player) to 50,
the players are Filipino professionals, domestic helpers
or students living on Lamma.
For added glamour, one team, the
Alleywood Super Stars, has taken the unusual strategy of
wearing the movie stars names (W. Smith, K. Costner,
J. Bond, etc) on the backs of uniforms. Even so,
probably the best-looking uniforms belong to the
This summer, the organizers hope to hold
other events. Ideally, they should expand to allow
non-Filipino participants. By now, Lamma hoops
enthusiasts from elsewhere must be craving to join the
Players tussle under a
basket for that elusive ball. -- That's exactly where
good shots go.
Attacking, Pak Yue puts a
pass in flight. --
Once holding the ball, what's next?
Unusual activity fills
the normally quiet basketball court surrounded by trees.
produces a layup.
Alleywood probes Pak Yue's zone-like defence.
referees, fans: these games have everything they need.
Dickie & Naoko:
(Text and middle photo below by Dickie, other pics by
L-G, click to enlarge)
The Japanese community on Lamma would
like to say a huge thank you to the people of Lamma and
all the tourists who visited Lamma today, who helped
raise $16,970 for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
go to Ida from Fa Fa House, Gary from S-Mart, Emily from
Ice- cream Express, Helen from Just Green, Brother's
shop, Brother's laundry, The Animal Welfare shop and all
the volunteers who made today such a success.
We look forward to seeing you all again
Bake Sale this Sunday, Apr 3. We fully intend to
hold other events on Lamma to support the people of
Japan recover from this disaster.
Arigatou Goizaimasu. Ganbare Nippon
(Thank you and Good Luck to Japan)
謹在此鳴謝 Fa Fa House的Ida, Just Green的Helen, 兄弟士多, 兄弟洗衣店,
"Be a Considerate and Responsible Dog Owner,"
says our District Councilor for Non-Indigenous Residents,
Lammadonna. Miss Yu Lai Fan is well-known locally as
Fan Tse (Sister Fan), but this is definitely the first time
she's ever used this familiar nickname on an English poster.
Listen to your Sister Fan's Gentle Reminder, you unruly
children, eh, dog owners, or you'll be sternly admonished and
might even be punished by THE LAW!
You'll need to click on the poster above to read
the very detailed instructions and follow them precisely and to
the letter, like a good boy/girl!
Be a Considerate and Responsible Dog Owner!
Breaking news just in, Friday afternoon, well before the printed media
tomorrow morning: just announced today by
Lamma ferry tickets will go up by 11-12% more
for both weekday and weekend fares, plus Holiday Return Tickets,
all from July 1st.
Monthly tickets will go up by "only" 7%.
No change to Pak Kok-Aberdeen ferry fares announced yet.
For more details on some other Outlying Islands ferry fare
click the future fare tables below:
Discuss these steep increases, far beyond inflation, in our
Lamma Ferries forum. Not a word anymore about the formerly suggested
and widely publicised govt. subsidy for fare increases of Outlying Island
As usual, in times of big, tragic disasters
anywhere in the world, the Lamma community is stepping up,
giving help and raising funds for the victims. Here are the
first public ones I've been notified of, this Sat and Sun
and next Sun. Please attend and give generously!
Click on any poster below for Facebook updates
and comments, or check out our
Organisers Kel & Josh write: "A random jam to fundraise for Japan. Invite your
friends. Bring your instruments. Let's make some noise and raise
Check out their
groups just added to what looks like the biggest musical event
of the Lamma year so far:
THE CURRS; MICHAEL, NINA & NEIL ART;
NUDE KIERAN??? Kieran the Clown? Not sure if
that will attract many generous patrons or clear out the bar....
If Kieran wants to streak in public (again), send him to the Rugby Sevens this
Organiser Naoko writes:
"We, the Japanese community on Lamma in HK is organising
a YARD SALE for Japan. Please come and visit us!! If you have
any second hand stuffs or hand-made stuffs, they'll be more than
welcome!!! Looking forward to seeing you.
Thank you for thinking about Japan."
Robert de Biro - Team A.S.S. (Alleywood
Lamma Island goes
hoops-crazy at first-ever
After two months of
preparation and amid much fanfare, the Lamma Island
Pinoy Basketball League fired up its Inter-Color
Tournament on March 6, 2011 at the Yung Shue Wan
The event is the first-ever
basketball tournament organized by Filipino residents of
Lamma Island. It features four teams, namely Pak Yue,
D-Lau, Glamorous Tigers and A.S.S. (Alleywood Super
The opening ceremony
resembled a circus walking into town or a Manny Pacquiao
match, with each team coming into the court to the blare
of rock music.
Team Pak-Yue, whose players
are from Pak Kok and Yung Shue Wan villages, marched in
to the chants of "We Will Rock You."
Team D-Lau's players
sported faux bushy whiskers at their entry, throwing
yellow candies at the crowd behind a triumvirate of
Team Glamourous Tigers
prowled into the court in their green jerseys to the
tune of "We Are The Champions."
Team A.S.S. (Alleywood
Super Stars) strolled to different entrance music for
each of its players. Written on the back of the team's
jerseys were the names of Hollywood celebrities such as
Stallone, Downey Jr. and Banderas.
The team parade was
followed by a moving rendition of "Lupang Hinirang" by
the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Choir. Then the players
pledged to conduct themselves to the highest standards
of sportsmanship and vowed to play in the spirit of
brotherhood during the sportsman's oath.
Founder Bodgie Herrera
congratulated the league's organizers, the players,
their families and other Lamma residents for their
respective contributions in making the dream of a Lamma
Island basketball tournament a reality.
Depending on the
tournament's success, organizers are considering other
events this summer, including a possible mixed
tournament with the participation of non-Filipino
basketball fanatics who are residents of Lamma.
After the ceremonial toss,
the Glamourous Tigers drew first blood by trouncing
D-Lau, 72-57. The Tigers led from start to finish with
Jun Togle showing the way with 22 points and 19
Anton Marsh delivered a
monster performance for D-Lau, registering a triple
double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 17 blocks.
In the second game, A.S.S.
erased a four-point deficit in the final two minutes to
turn back Pak-Yue, 58-57. EJ Nocedo top-scored for the
red shirts with 15 points, including the game-winning
Main gunner Anthony
Bito-Onas led Pak-Yue with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Very soon after the HK Govt. announced a
$6,000 handout to all HK permanent residents, this banner
appeared on the Banner Fence on YSW Main Street,
close to Emily's Ice-cream Express. It shows the DAB party
chairman and our very own District Councilor and DAB member,
Yu Lai Fan (nicknamed Lammadonna on this website). The two
small pictures show the chairman and other DAB politicians
personally lobbying the Financial Secretary. The banner text
implies that it's the DAB party who succeeded in getting
this most welcome $6,000 handout, taking (at least partial)
credit for it. We should all be sooo grateful, shouldn't
The new semi-official Lammadonna logo on her
jacket above, I made that up myself and added it to the banner.
I photoshopped a "Donna" brand label on a jacket she was wearing
when we enjoyed Dim Sum recently with her and her two lovely &
professional assistants. This new logo, which she liked a lot,
is my own little thank you for the Dim Sum and, ah, yes, the
$6,000 as well, of course. Did YOU thank Lammadonna and the DAB
Breaking news: The missing woman,
Briton Janet Gilson, has been found dead in her niece's flat in Tai Yuen Village today
(just besides the Yan-Yan store). She has been moved
from the flat off-island this evening around 10pm,
police forensics is examining the scene now.
Foul play is suspected but not confirmed yet. A suspect
(29-year old expat) has been arrested off the Yung Shue
Wan ferry arriving in Central tonight before 6pm.
That's all we know for
sure for now from eyewitnesses, awaiting more official info from the Police's PR
Dept. tomorrow. For several first-hand eyewitness accounts of
some of these events, see the
Missing Woman discussion in our forums.
P.S. on Sunday:
Links to several detailed newspaper stories & photos outlining the facts
as known so far:
British tourist, Janet Gilson, went missing on the
way from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan on Tuesday, Mar 15.
She's 64, 1.6 metres tall, of thin build and weighs about
you have seen her, please contact Lamma police on 3661 1714
or any police station.
Her niece Julia has put up
posters and also contacted the media and the Lamma-zine, asking
for any news from Lammaites. 20 police officers with tracker
dogs yesterday, dozens of Civil Aid Service staff today, even
helicopters have all been unsuccessful so far to find Miss Gilson.
Last message from Tue
"Went to Sok Ku Wan. Will have something to
eat here, then ferry to Aberdeen. I will call when can come
back. Love Janet."
Our Lamma police chief said that it was not
known if she made it onto the ferry to Aberdeen on the day.
Details in our forum:
The HK Govt. intends to construct one-and-a-half additional
floors on the rooftop of the existing Central Piers Nos. 4
(Lamma Island), 5
and 6 to "improve services to the ferry passengers" and
to integrate with the
Urban Design Study for the New Central Harbourfront.
There's a new, special website with all the basic info:
public forums on March 31, April 2 - part of a
Engagement exercise [with all the major
stakeholders] will be carried out to collect views from the
public on the design of additional floors, mainly on the design
styles, colour matching, design of public open space, outlook
Enroll if you're interested to learn more and/or get
your opinions heard.
Today, Nancy the Frog Lady has
submitted a most outstanding Lamma Wildlife of the Day
photo to this website, featuring a small flock of spring
transients only ever spotted on Lamma so far! Shot from
her home close to the Tai Peng Community Garden at maximal
zoom, the quality of the photo is not as fantastic as most
of our Wildlife of the Day photos. But as this is a first
sighting of this trio EVER to be featured in the Lamma-zine,
I gladly accepted it. Nancy was worried that getting too
close to this curious but very shy trio might scare them
Lamma's intrepid wildlife photographer
Anonymous Guy managed to identify all three of these strange
creatures as, from left to right, a Big-Bellied Squatter, a
Black Spotter and a Red Snoozer. These are their colloquial,
local names, their proper scientific Latin names are still
or not even assigned yet.
Anonymous Guy writes:
"Wow.... you're very brave to get so close.
Is a unique but often seen trio & easily identified...
Coincidentally I was up there by the People
Allotment....., seems I don't have your spotting skills
though... I only saw..
Chinese Bulbuls, Red-whiskered Bulbuls, Sooty-headed Bulbuls,
Red-billed Starlings, Blackbird, Crested Mynah, Black-collared
and I think I now know where the sweetest bird on Lamma
The "sweetest bird" replied from her nest:
"I don't think there were any sweet birds
near the People's Allotment this morning, only a Disheveled
Albinistic Tousle-Tufted Chat.
I do know that all women in
two buildings were heartily cinching down their bathrobes in
fear of that digiscope this morning!
Nice Black-tailed Hawfinch
Neil the Digiscoper], by the way! I have yet to see
Professor Smith makes too much noise around the Tai Peng
Community Garden and scares them all away."
Follow this topic in our forum's most popular discussion:
Lamma's top 10 birds.
Click to enlarge
The disastrous and devastating earthquake in
Japan yesterday afternoon has rattled much of the entire planet.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the quake and the resulting
tsunami racing across the Pacific Ocean. The tsunami reached
Hong Kong last night around 9pm but fortunately the tide was low
and the wave height was far below half a metre, see map above.
I've added H.K.'s location to this map from the
website, showing the Pacific Ocean between Asia, North America
and Australia. It's the most impressive and scariest image of
the global reach of this historic catastrophe, I think.
Seeing such a heart-rending catastrophe happen
so close to us in global terms makes me wonder about the
fragility and wisdom of us living on an island, just a few dozen
metres away from the ocean shoreline in a house just a few
metres above sea level.
From the Great Outdoors Hong Kong! - Activities Guide,
published by the HK Tourism Board. Click each page to enlarge
and read. This is the impression of Lamma that the govt. is
promoting overseas via this high-volume printed publication
distributed worldwide in many languages. Agree? Disagree?
These new particpants of the Philosophy Cafe
(Lamma Spirit Branch) listened, mesmerised and astounded, to
Tricky Dycky's insightful, incisive and intriguing discussion
points expounded last Sunday evening in the Bookworm Cafe.
Tricky Dycky (left)
presented on the weighty, worthy, worthwhile topic of "What
is the purpose of education?" - close to the heart of many
expats on our "Island of the Ghost Teachers". Tricky Dycky left
his multi-coloured, woolen winter cap at home this time, even
though quite a few people have been asking him about it since he
was featured as Lammaite of
the Day recently. Bookworm Ken the Prayer Warrior
was our jovial host for the evening.
The Bookworm has introduced a new blueberry
tart, real food for thought, inspiring the intellect and
creativity of our philosophising this evening. See the pretty
Bookworm Cafe Facebook page for more pictures and
reviews, to check out the menu beforehand and even to make
The Nite Cafe & Wine Bar opposite the
Bookworm Cafe has unfortunately closed down due to lack of
patrons. Wine expert Wayne of Chateau Lamma (who used
to run the Wine Bar) has move his premium wine shop from Tai
Yuen to this much better location, just opposite the
Bookworm Cafe. No more wine by the glass, but he's added
quite a few more high-quality bottles below $100.
Chao Tom - Grilled Shrimp Mousse
on Sugar Cane
a morning hike via the windturbine, Snake Trail, Youth Hostel
and back to Hung Shing Yeh beach via the Family Trail, I love to
stop over at the
Palm Tree Cafe on the cozy beachfront terrace of the
Hotel. I love to visit the advertisers of this website
personally, checking out what's new and hot, see below.
The above simple Vietnamese dish is my current favourite in Palm
Chao Tom ($38 for 3 pieces). Together with a glass of
their fruity, refreshing house white, it's as close to a perfect
snack in a wonderful, public location as I can find on Lamma. I
love watching life go by on the very clean, public Hung Shing
Yeh beach, while dipping these pretty, caramel-golden fried
sticks into the sweet'n' savoury, slightly spicy sauce. The
crispy, crunchy outside, the soft, fried shrimp paste inside and
the warm, sweet cane juice complement each other so extremely
well. Chewing hard on the sugar cane stick, sucking every drop
of juice out of, is a most satisfying pleasure all by itself,
reducing it to a sucked-dry, woody pulp.
Cleansing my palate with the cool, delicious house white wine
in-between bites - smelling, sipping, swirling, savouring,
swallowing it - sheer bliss! I even forgot to ask about the type
and origin of their house wine, it doesn't really matter.
All of this, including the micro-salad of one slice of tomato
and cucumber, makes for a great snack for normal people and a
full lunch for my tiny stomach. I walk home a happy man, eager
to share the experience with the Lamma-zine readers.
While visiting Hung Shing Yeh beach for any reason or while
passing by on the way to South Lamma via the "Family Trail",
stop by and try this dish or some of their
other appetisers yourself. There's even an Assorted
Snacks Combo ($98) that includes two of these Chao Tom sticks.
After my lunch, an older Chinese gentleman was walking by the
beachfront terrace, stopped and asked me in good English if I'm
staying in this hotel, where I'm from and other standard
touristy questions. He was amazed that I actually live and work
permanently on this "holiday island". "Yes," I agreed, "I'm a
a more promotional note, beside their
Wine March and
Early Bird specials, Concerto Inn is currently running a
monthly contest for a free room. Email them or post on
Facebook Fan Page your "happy memories of your
journey in Concerto Inn and Lamma Island". Win a free room
for a friend or family member!
Maybe my story above qualifies as a "happy memory" and I could
also win a free room? Then Lamma-Por and I could spend a free,
comped, romantic night in Concerto Inn Hotel? Afterwards, I'd do
one more Lamma-zine story about that experience! Oops, sorry, it
sounds suspiciously like I'm fishing for a freebie here....
Back Street between Tropicana takeaway
(Ah-Can's) and Shelly's Cake Express will be closed off for
sewerage construction works
from today till Apr 21, Mon-Fri, 9:45am-6pm.
Submitted to Lamma-zine by Kaden Construction:
(No. 66 is Ah-Can's Tropicana
takeaway rest.; click map to enlarge)
The spring season is heating up on Lamma,
lots of fun events being organised these days - parties,
potlucks, ceremonies, carnivals, sports, etc. Let me feature and
promote some highlights here, all happening this weekend in Yung
YSW Catholic Kindergarten is celebrating their 50th
Gold Anniversary tomorrow, Sat, with a major ceremony.
All are welcome!
brand-new Filipino Basketball League with FOUR full
teams will be starting their weekly tournaments this Sun
morning in the Basketball Court!
Fitness Carnival in the YSW Football Pitch on Sun
Dragonboat training on Sat afternoon and Sun morning in
plus the last in the series of Sunday-morning
Boostcamps. Tue and Thu evening workouts will
Lamma Spirit Philosophy Cafe will be discussing "What is
the Purpose of Education?" in the Bookworm Cafe on Sun
Expect to see me running around taking hundreds
of pictures at these and other events this weekend, for stories
to be published early next week. You're most welcome to approach
me anytime, anywhere if you have any news or stories you'd like
me to cover in the Lamma-zine, or just to have a chat!
Robert de Biro writes:
"In behalf of
the Filipino basketball fanatics of Lamma Island, kindly mention
our small tournament in your Web magazine.
"The Lamma Island
Pinoy Basketball League will launch its 1st
Inter-Color Tournament on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the
Yung Shue Wan Basketball Court
(below the Catholic Kindergarten). The event is the first-ever
basketball tournament organized by Filipino residents of Lamma
"Four teams are participating, namely Pak
Yue, D-Lau, Glamorous Tigers and A.S.S. (Alleywood
Super Stars). Games will be played
every Sunday, 11am to 3pm. The competition has a
single-round classification and knockout stage, and will
culminate in a championship game by early April.
- The players consist of professionals, students and domestic
- Youngest player: 14, oldest: >50.
Depending on the tournament's success,
organizers are considering other events this summer, including a
possible mixed tournament with the participation of
non-Filipino, other-basketball-crazy Lamma residents."
Sun, Mar 6, 2-6pm,
Football Pitch: Organised by LCSD, sports & games w/prizes,
bouncy castle, clowns making balloon animals, all free.
Purpose of Education - Lamma
Spirit Philosophy Cafe:
Sun, Mar 6, 7pm,
Bookworm Cafe: Introduced by
Tricky Dycky. For more
email Tavis. He explains the goals of this branch
"The Lamma Spirit Branch of the Hong Kong Philosophy Cafe
provides 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.
"What is 'The Lamma Spirit?'
"Lamma Island is home to a hugely diverse community
in terms of ethnic/cultural background, profession, disposition,
temperament, etc. An informal poll on the Lamma community forum
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 Spirit'; while it's distinct,
it's 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
(Photos submitted by
Lammadonna's office, upon my request; click to enlarge)
Organised every year by OIWA (Outlying
Islands Women's Association) a night of seafood,
Karaoke, souvenirs and a Lucky Draw, of course.
Philippe Colin in Lo So Shing
(Photo courtesy of Chris Hall)
Japanese artist Miso in the Fishermen's Village,
Feb 24, 2011
(anonymous) Lamma Artist has already been hard at work very late at night
these last few months, putting up much more controversial
artworks; for example this graffiti painting on the YSW seawall.
This photo is showing part of a poster on the Democracy Fence
promoting Aileen Alonzo's performance at
Underground concert on Mar 18. The concert will also
feature Thinking Out Loud with bbChris, a famous
ex-Lammaite still organising The Underground concert series
after all these years.
Another favourite Lamma pastime:
Watching and photographing sunsets, usually
while sitting in one of our numerous harbourside restaurants.
While shooting the first row of photos above, having early
dinner in Man Kee Rest., two more people had the same idea and
were jostling for the best position. This was on the same day,
Feb 28, when I shot the "Foggy Sunrise" photos below. Yes, I'm
working for the Lamma-zine from sunrise to sunset....