June 28 -
from Central-YSW on Fri/Sat late nights (early Sat/Sun
starting July 1.
The fares will also increase
by 11% to
$16.10 (monthly ticket
by 7%: $621),
Pak Kok-Aberdeen ferry fares will remain unchanged
Lamma-zine summer break
while Lamma-Gung's in Tung Wah Hospital for a week for
skin surgery revision.
Diesel's Bar, Mr. Kebab & Pizza
Milano closing down this year,
to be replaced by Village House redevelopments (forum).
Island Arts exhibition
@ Banyan Bay Cafe, 'til July 1.
Dragons End Great Season
with B/W party @ Man Fung Seaview Rest - see
Lamma-zine, June 6
and June 19.
MORE NEWS... -
your news & photos, or contact
Gung on Facebook,
or call 6498 6960!
Tue, Jun 28
Wed Jun 29
Thu, Jun 30
Sun, Jul 3
Sat, Jul 13
public comments for ex-Quarry EIA
public comments for The Baroque's Town Planning
Quiz Night @ The Island Bar
Basketball League Tryouts
@ Basketball Court
Social Impact Workshop (Chi/Eng) of The Baroque
@ Sok Kwu Wan
Social Impact Workshop (Eng) of The Baroque @
Social Capital Carnival @ Power Station Beach
Email your event for a free listing.
Jun 28 - Jul 11
Tombolo With Pineapple
- Jun 26
Geopark tour of Islands
District Council, feat. a Tombolo, part of Sharp
Island's Geo Trail.
"Successfully f ight for
main- tain the fare
Choose from 3 options
for the future Aberdeen ferry schedule!
Banyan House English
- Jun 21
Enrolling now for Autumn
Baroque & Quarry
"Govt. re-started the submissions process for
Lamma Dragons End Great
- Jun 19
Ladies! Here's a recap of Saturday night's awards: Under
Erecting A Giant Cross
Some topics still
manage to catch people's passions, igniting
some heated discussions.
One Day in Yung Shue Wan
- Jun 17
If you're looking for
photos of anything Lamma-related of the last 9+ years,
Logan: Leaps and Bounds!
- Jun 16
Logan is a 10 month-old
puppy, rescued by LAWC, fostered by Lisa + Louise.
Ever Felt Like Kicking
- Jun 15
of Madam Doris
Young Island Artists @
- Jun 14
Banyan Bay Through
Our Eyes - Fri, Jun 17: exhibition of
There Are No Weeds!
- Jun 13
Some of you might
remember Lamma-Gung's Rooftop Garden & Pond,....
Sewerage Phase 2 -
- Jun 12
The Sewerage Phase 1
has (almost) been completed now, Phase 2 will start next
Reducing Working Hours
- Jun 11
assistants were asking me if I'd spoken to their boss
about their working hours?
Answers From The Baroque
- Jun 10
Here they are, the
official replies from "The Baroque on Lamma"
to my enquiry.
Peter Berry's Wedding @
- Jun 9
The Waterfront is a
great place to get married,....
- Jun 8
Photo gallery of the
Pinay Women's Volleyball League games
on Jun 5.
We Paddled for the Planet
Paddle for the Planet: Sun, Jun 5, 11am: YSW Harbour,
raising funds and awareness.
Lamma Hippie Dragons
Triumph in DbAY
- Jun 6
Discovery Bay Dragon
Boat Races: Lamma teams won 3 trophies, incl. Women's
Tree Circle Planting
- Jun 5
Sat, June 4, another tree planting in the Lamma Forest,
open to the local community, plus an Int'l School.
Time to Panic!?
- Jun 4
I got some really
terrible, shocking, devastating news yesterday, from
- Jun 3
The activities in the small print on Banyan House's
"summer school" poster sound most intriguing, even
Clean Up Lamma & Plant
- Jun 2
This Sat, Jun 4, 9am, Bobsy and friends will be planting more native HK
Connecting Your House to
the Poo Palace
- Jun 1
The Lamma Village Sewerage Phase 2 is starting up now.
Geopark tour of
Islands District Council feat. Outlying Islanders
Tombolo (flooded at highest tide), part of
Sharp Island Geo Trail, off Sai Kung
Tombolo connecting Sharp Island and Kiu Tau
Sharp Island - Pineapple Bun Rock
Yim Tin Tsai and Sai Kung
Lunch and Teatime in Sai Kung
Yim Tin Tsai, Sai Kung
Returning home to Yung Shue Wan
This questionnaire below has been handed out
at the YSW ferry pier to passengers of the Pak Kok-Aberdeen
Tsui Wah Ferry's YSW-Pak Kok- Aberdeen route is up
for renewal of their tender this Sep. Lammadonna & friends
convinced them to keep the fare steady for the next 3 years
of the tender and they even worked out two additional
options for the future schedule, letting passengers choose
from these three schedules!
This is definitely most welcome news, credit
where credit is due, almost a first in Lamma's long and
sometimes controversial ferry history. No fare increase, despite
a quite severe drop in passenger numbers and several significant
improvements in the service under Tsui Wah Ferry!
You can click to enlarge and
then print this form (Chin.
version) to choose your preferred of the 3 options
for the future schedule (from Sep?) and submit to
Lammadonna's office. Deadline June 30. More forms are
available in her District Council office. For future forms,
let's hope her office will look for help from a volunteer
Unfortunately, the local powers-that-be were
less successful with the YSW- Central
and YSW-Sok Kwu Wan routes of HKKF. Fares will
go up by 11% on the YSW-Central roure for individual tickets ($16.10,
$22.30 on Sunday & holidays) and 7% for
monthly tickets ($621),
starting next Friday, July 1!
Lamma-zine story for details and the new fare tables.
Ask questions and voice your opinions in our forum,
Ferry fare increases from July 1.
Banyan House Kindergarten -
Catherine Macer + Karina Bergen, Directors:
Banyan House is the first English-language
kindergarten on Lamma.
A small and intimate child-centred early
learning centre that follows the Waldorf method
of early education, Banyan House grew out of the
vision of a handful of Lamma parents who wanted
their young children to have a nourishing
early-learning experience right in the heart of
their local community.
Now coming into its fourth year of operation,
Banyan House has welcomed many of the island's
young children through its doors. Creative play
is the work of the child.
By giving children a secure, creative,
play-filled first school experience we aspire to
nurture a love of learning that will last a
Banyan House, like all Waldorf institutions
around the world, emphasizes the Rhythm of the
day, the week and the year. Daily activities
such as creative play, ring time (singing
circle), snack time, oral-story time and outdoor
play give the child a sense of daily rhythm
while painting, baking, clay modeling and crafts
rotate on a weekly basis. Festivals, both local
and international, mark
the calendar year.
Children at Banyan House are given freedom to
explore their unique creativity in numerous
ways; through role-play, dressing-up, imitative
play, art, games, stories and songs. This kind
of play helps a child develop a deep trust in
their own imaginative and creative processes and
teaches them important life skills, such as the
art of negotiation, assertiveness, sharing and
Daniel Clarke posted on
Living Lamma website:
Photos by Siuyu Yeung (South Lamma) and
L-G (Ex-Quarry, from top of Ling Kok Shan, June
Government has re-started the
submissions process for
The Baroque on Lamma in
light of further information by the
developers. They have also begun
consultation regarding development
of the South Lamma Quarry. Deadlines
for submission are
Tue 28 June
for the Quarry and Wed 29 June for
seems to have asked the
developers for clarification on
a number of issues in the
original submission. These
Concerns about the
alterations to the
Details relating to the
breakwater and its
Concerns about the
environmental impact of
utilities required but
not covered by the
Discussion of a
passenger ferry service
More details about the
number of vehicles
More details about
eco-walks and yachting
Excuses as to why the
helipad shouldn't be
considered part of the
and some discussion over
whether this counts as
- Captain of Lamma Dragons Men:
(all photos by Lamma-Gung)
Guys, I had a great night
on Saturday and Sunday morning - still not fully
recovered. This is my last Dragonboating email of the
season and I want to reiterate my thanks to you all for
making this such a fantastic season! I really hope we
can keep this bunch together and add a few more strong
paddlers and go for Gold next year.
For the record:
Best New Dragon Boater:
(kept having to remind myself that Alex was in fact a
newbie - though not to say there's no room for
Best New Paddler:
(I had a special "weeg" lined up if Romain had been
there - I shall save it for next year.)
Best Newbie Attendance:
(actually very close to best attendance overall.)
Heart Attack Award:
(more training next year so the races don't make you
look like you'll explode!)
Most Improved Paddler:
(brilliant effort and also very close to best
(Garmin and now compass - what could possibly go wrong?)
Best Fancy Dress:
(Ken ran a close second but Headless Nick on the Harry
Potter night definitely swung it.)
Team Spirit Award:
(despite the fact Alex has difficulty with the Sunday
Attendance: Leo Cheung
and Ken Ng
(if we had another 24 as
dedicated to training we'd absolutely be the best team
Don't forget - if you don't
do so already
try outrigging - great way to keep paddle fit
and a brilliant sport in itself.
Vixen & Karen Carmen
- Co-Captains of Lamma Dragons
Here's a recap of Saturday
Under the Newcomer-of-Sorts
Hera Montellano, Isabella Lee,
Tess Alton, Vicky Hill, Nicky Jones, Michelle Furst,
Brittany Hite, Bek Joyce, Emma Webb, Cathy Wang, Amanda
(for paddling for other teams when asked):
Isabella Lee, Tess Alton,
Michelle Furst, Joy
Party Animal Award:
Bek Joyce & Nicky Jones
Experienced Paddlers in
New Positions Award:
Penny Nicolle & Laura Bryant
This season's Tweedledee
& Tweedledum Award:
Rachel Adams & Heidi Carroll
Amy – Steerwoman & Helmsmen Organiser
Penny Nicolle –
Race & Transport Organisation
Claudia Tarr –
Fashion Guru & Tour Shirt Organiser
Elisabeth Attwood –
Dawn Roughsedge –
Beast/Drummer & Tour Organiser
Jess King – Part I of the
Keeping Us Afloat Award As Fundraiser Co-ordinator
Lisa Stella –
Part II of the Keeping Us Afloat Award As Treasurer
Gina Miller – Mixed
Drummer & Lamma 500 Organiser
Brad Tarr –
For his sponsorship,
for helming prowess,
for hosting our AGM with food and free-flowing
and organizing & running the best damn race event of the
season – Lamma 500
(and crying when
we won it!)
Krissie, Pete's Marianne, Chris' Yutte,
Alex's Anna, Donna's Martin, Jonnet's
Magnus, Jakki's Michael
Donna Bugler & Jonnet Bernal
Best Fancy Dress Duo:
Ken Ng & Setsu Nakai
Couldn't Be Asked
(and we love her for it!):
We'll Hate To See You
Denise Boudreau & Heidi Carroll
We still have end of season
pendant mementos to give out to:
Ann, Anna, Amanda, Bek,
Christine, Elisabeth, Gloria, Hera, Natalie.
Also, I have a Women's
Gold Medal from Disco Bay that someone still hasn't
claimed and two medals from Shatin (I seem to
remember one belonging to Ann) to be picked up.
We also have Disney
tickets to distribute to those who want them! Any of
the women who paddled in Disco Bay is automatically
entitled to one. Please send Vixen or myself an email if
you are NOT interested in using your ticket.
for our M & S gift vouchers! Like Vixen, I think the
purchase of a touch o' lingerie may be in my future…
Being co-captains of the
Lamma Ladies team this year, both Vixen and I are
extremely proud to represent a team that has stepped up
to the season's challenges. This team is successful
because we work together and support each other inside
and out of the boat. It has been an honour to celebrate
the teams' triumphs this year. Here's to more of the
same in the years to come!
Some topics still manage to catch people's attention and
passion, igniting some heated discussions. Vanoclamma enquired
quite innocently if it would be OK if the new Canaan Church in
Yung Shue Wan would be permitted to put up a huge cross on a
hill, visible from HK Island.
Check out what happened next, a real firestorm of opposition,
plus several creative suggestions for other huge religious
symbols to be erected, from a Buddha statue to a giant neon $
sign. Is religious freedom alive and well on Lamma ... as long
as we don't see any overtly religious symbols?
Giant Cross on Lamma Island Question
I'm walking around Lamma almost every day,
always with at least one camera, trying to find news, updates
and stuff for the always hungry daily Lamma-zine and the forum,
following up leads and checking out recent changes. Below are a
few pictures all taken on a single day, Tue June 14, 2011,
each one too small for a full story or the topic has been
covered before, but the photo is still noteworthy or at least
pretty, I hope. (Click to enlarge, like most Lamma-zine
By the way, if you're looking for photos of
anything Lamma- or Lammaite-related of the last 9+ years,
me and I'll have a look into my extensive archives.
Early morning views from the
Snake Path -- Po Wah Yuen
Helipad plus the YSW Sewage
Treatment Plant under construction -
"Beautiful weather clouds" over Lantau, seen from the very top
of my rooftop
Elephant Ear fruit, as big as a
cob of corn -- Rooftop Jungle --
Video surveillance in Sha Po Old Village
Sitting-Out Area under
construction in Tai Peng Village -- Banana flower & visitor
WILD graffiti, updated just a few
days ago -- Sunset above YSW Harbour
Full moon shining through a
Village House atop Pak Kok Ferry Pier --
New extension of Man Fung Seafood Rest., open for business
YSW Harbour under a full moon
Hey folks! I've come on in leaps and bounds since
you last heard of me. I've been a really good boy – quite honestly,
I've taken a 'chill pill'! As my life has settled down, so have I.
Since my first foster Mum, Louise, started helping me battle through
my fears of this, that and, well, everything, and gave me ways to
channel my energies; I'm fast becoming a new dog!
Now, I've really landed on my paws in my
second foster home at Aunty Lisa's house, where I'm head
over heels with my newest best pal – Flanders, their super-dooper,
almost as handsome as I am!
Aunty Lisa is a WHIZZ dog
trainer. I've only been with her about two weeks, but I've learnt SO
much already: I can sit really well and am
getting much better at 'stay' and 'come'!
My days of being fearful of people, bikes and vehicles going past me
are scarcely an issue for me nowadays, I'm behaving better off the
lead, and I haven't even looked at Lisa's two boys like they might
be toys, not once!
Life is SO much more fun now that
I know I feel wanted, loved and safe!
I have about 8 weeks with Aunty Lisa
and in that time, I'd love to find my 'forever' home with an owner
who has plenty of time for me. I see myself
as a full-on companion to a single sporty chap, or couple, who I
could run with on foot or alongside a bike through the hills
– Aunty Lisa wants to teach me how to do that!
And, if this / these nice people already had a
playful dog, then I could be a pal to him or her too –
wouldn't that just be perfect?
Play, play, play … I live to play!
Aunty Louise keeps telling me that I'm just the most adorable
creature, and do you know what? I'm beginning to think she might be
right … I am, aren't I?!
PLEASE help me find my forever owner(s).
He or she is out there just waiting for me to bounce into their
Logan is a 10 month-old puppy
Rescued by LAWC
Fostered by Lisa + Louise:
Call Louise on
P.S. June 26: Great news! Logan's situation
has been resolved!
Many thanks to everybody who helped to make this possible with their
Roz Keep -
(Text & pictures by Roz Keep)
Banyan Bay Through Our Eyes
On Fri, June 17th
2011, Island Arts after school art club will
present an exhibition of children's paintings at Banyan
Bay Café (AKA Cath's Bar)
Island Arts is a registered business
which specializes in drawing and painting classes for
children from 7 years and over. We have been operating
for several months and run classes from 4.30- 5.30 pm at
Banyan House School, 32 Yung Shu Long Valley.
The art lessons we run are suitable for
children from the age of 7 who want to practice drawing
from observation, use various media for paintings and do
sketching out of doors.
We have this past year taught 30
children from Lamma of various ages and nationalities
and who have gained confidence in their ability to draw
and express themselves.
Painting projects this year have
included sketching trips in small groups to a variety of
Lamma locations. These include a visit to a popular
seafood restaurant to observe fish in tanks; Drawings
from this expedition led to a painting done in the
studio at the school. We used watercolours for this
which seemed appropriate!
We then visited the Lamma Fishing
Village located past the library and near the ferry pier
where we spent two lessons drawing first boats and the
week after, the Tin Hau temple. We then returned to the
studio and combined our images into one finished
painting using watercolour pencils, paper and collage.
One exciting project this term has been
to sketch seascapes at a small beach near the fishing
village and then return to the studio to learn to use
acrylic paint on canvas. Please visit the exhibition at
Cath's bar in the High Street on the way to the temple
to see all the finished work; it's colourful and
Island Arts is run by Mrs. Roz keep who
paints watercolour landscapes of Lamma Island and HK and
who has been teaching art to youngsters and adults for
many years. Please contact her at
if you would like details of classes and summer art
classes in July.
Poster for the
Jun 18 - Jul 1 @ Cath's Bar
Observing live marine animals, to paint them,
not to eat them!
On the Fishermen's Village's typhoon shelter levy.
Painting more seafood...
Fishermen's Village temple
Some of you might remember
Rooftop Garden & PondTM, full of flowers,
bushes, exotic plants and even a few veggies, kind of a
little showcase for Lamma's huge number of hobby gardeners,
I had hoped. It survived being transplanted to a new rooftop
two years ago and has nicely prospered since then, without
any chemicals, almost no pruning and especially
Because of this "unprofessional" approach to
horticulture, unlike *real* gardeners who're tending and shaping
their garden daily, some "weeds" have obviously flourished,
creepers stopped creeping, exotic species not accustomed to
sometimes harsh rooftop weather conditions have died off, like
the little fishes in the pond during the freezing Lunar New
Year, but some indigenous bushes have grown 2+ metres tall.
(Click on any photo to enlarge.)
It's all become a lot less artificial, less
organised and un-weeded, looking a lot more "natural"
and "organic"! I love
it! Local species have been sprouting up spontaneously,
multiplying, seeded by wind, insects and birds, changing the
type and look of my organic garden dramatically over the last 4
years. I've also stopped buying new plants and chemicals long
ago, just a bit of organic feed occasionally. I'm simply picking some
wild saplings and seeds during my Lamma hikes, many of which have
grown up very nicely. So I decided to declare a strict "There
are no weeds!" policy and rename it to
Lamma-Gung's Rooftop Jungle & Pond.
Unfortunately, weed-hating Lamma-Por rarely
ventures up there anymore. But she's not really the outdoorsy
type anyway and has always left gardening duties to eager and
willing me. It might be time to organise another rooftop party
and BBQ, or should that be a Pruning
Party, BYOB & BYOS (Bring Your Own Sécateur, or
pruning shears). Who'd be game for that?
But this party would only welcome daring
naturalists who're not worried about the occasional ant, bug or
creepy crawly who share my enjoyment of my organic rooftop
sanctuary. Just kidding, no snakes, centipedes or little furry
animals sighted so far,
but they might well be hiding deep in my Rooftop Jungle, waiting
patiently before suddenly
pouncing on unwary visitors....
How did I and a few interested Lammaites come to spend a beautiful, sunny
Sat morning not lounging on the beach but in the Primary School listening to
a technical Cantonese PowerPoint presentation by these dapper gentlemen from various
Govt. departments about ... sewerage pipes? Do we all just lead such boring
lives or are we actively engaging in a public consultation process to
facilitate the implementation of the largest public infrastructure project
Lamma has seen in a very long time, amounting to hundred of millions of
the Sewerage Phase 1 has (almost) been completed now, Phase 2 will start
next month and encompass over 10 km of additional pipes in 18 North Lamma
villages by 2013, plus 3 sewage pumping station in O Tsai, Tai Wan Village
and Hung Shing Yeh.
been commissioned by the Drainage Services Department
consultant to undertake investigation, design and construction
supervision of the Phase 2 Sewerage project, while the
contractor for Phase 2 construction works has not been appointed
Please find many more details
and a detailed map in my last story,
Connecting Your House to the Poo
Palace and in the presentation I've asked for in digital form to
upload here. This leaflet below has been handed out at the
forum, answering some of your questions and giving contacts for
enquiries, including a special
email "hotline". (Eng. version below,
Page 1 &
But how will
the future Sewage Treatment Plant look like from the YSW ferry pier? It's currently under construction
behind the Helipad for the next several years:
It'll look something like this Artist's
Impression below. The colour scheme is negotiable, but not
much else is negotiable:
In the meantime, you're welcome to post any questions and frank comments in
Lamma Village Sewerage Phase 2.
P.S. June 23: Just in, the English translation of the presentation:
Public Consultation Forum - English
Some key graphics from the presentation (click to enlarge)
Future Sewage Pumping Stations:
been visiting Lammadonna's (Yu Lai Fan, our elected
District Councilor) office occasionally for
information-gathering and village news updates for years, but I
didn't realise that they're open till 6pm every Saturday. I
found out only recently and asked her in person, while we were
meeting by chance on the ferry to DbAY last Monday to see the
Lamma Dragons triumph once again (see Lammadonna the Pink
Hippie Girl, including sunflower). I teased her that such a
6 day week is very tough, too demanding for her two wonderful
and capable assistants, Joyce & Ting-Ting, But I didn't
expect anything from saying this, of course.
When entering Lammadonna's office today,
Saturday afternoon, only her two assistants were in. They looked
so cheerful, even more than usual, asking me right away if I'd
spoken to their boss about their working hours? I admitted it
and they announced happily that she'd actually listened to me!
She'd agreed to reduce their working hours right away, canceling
Sat afternoons work and even introducing alternate Sat mornings.
Such an unexpected and pleasant surprise! Cheers!
I helped them to proofread and format the new "Working Hours"
sign below for their office door (including Lammadonna's beloved
pink colour). It was the girls very last Sat afternoon today in
the office, leaving much earlier than their former 6pm.
As a former Regional and General Manager,
dealing with my staff in several countries - especially the
rewarding them for good work - was always one of my favourite
job duties. I'm kind of missing it nowadays as a one-man band
(with a number of volunteers, but they don't take orders from
me, of course.) Hey, are you working way too many hours in your
current job?! Want me to have a word with your boss about it?
So it IS possible to initiate changes in our
village, at least in small baby steps, making at least two
people happy in this case. Well, I hope to get even more help
and news from Joyce & Ting-Ting from now on, making me happy as
they are, the official replies from the The Team of The
Baroque on Lamma to my "media enquiry" from a little while
back. My questions were trying to summarise the most frequently
raised comments about the project in our own
BoL forum and the even more active Facebook group. (For BoL details:
or click on pic.)
My questions focused on these topics:
Location, Environment, Property Rights,
Precedents, Car Parking, Credibility, Greenwashing, Yachting
Community Support, Super-Marina, Impacts, Future Plans.
Thanks to the BoL
Team for these mostly quite detailed answers and surprisingly
frank comments, click below:
Q & A with The Baroque on Lamma
P.S. In the meantime, another beach cleanup happened
on Shek Pai Wan Beach in South Lamma (see BoL Project
Profile above, top right corner) on Sun, Jun 5.
(Click for Siuyu Yeung's photo gallery):
The Waterfront is a great place to get married, as demonstrated by the
wedding of Waterfront/Island Bar co-owner Peter Berry
& Ira on Sat, May
21. Warmest congratulations from the Lamma-zine! All the
phantastic photos are by Donna "Wedding Photographer" Foreman -
here. These are my personal favourites from this amazingly
multi-cultural Lamma wedding:
This other wedding below, on the rooftop of The Waterfront at sunset, has been
employing Wedding Photographer Lamma-Gung (click for my photo gallery):
Click for L-G's photogallery
Yue-Pak Gigolo 53 writes:
"The Lamma Island Pinay League 2011 Inter-Color Volleyball
Tournament was formed based from the format of recently
concluded Lamma Island Pinoy League Intercolor (Basketball)
Tournament. Its main aim is "to improve the camaraderie of the
Filipino community in Lamma Island".
Criteria for membership:
1. Must be Lamma or ex-Lamma resident
2. Full-blooded or half-blooded Filipino (either parent is a
3. Must be HK OFW (not tourist)."
Paddle for the Planet:
Sun, Jun 5,
Similar to the Santa Paddle, the
Lamma Dragons and Outrigger Canoe Club teams took part in raising awareness for the oceans.
They also raised $3,000 from the paddlers at this Sunday morning
outing; $1,500 went to the
Paddle for the Planet charity and $1,500 to
Afterwards, the ravenous paddlers devoured stuffed baguettes in their
long-time HQ in The
Click for L-G's photogallery
Click for L-G's photogallery and
Brittany's blog w/photos.
Yesterday, I've had another half-yearly appointment with my
hospital-appointed dietician, where they measure your waist, weight and body
composition. I got some really terrible, shocking, devastating news!
my body weight is still exactly the same as one year ago,
88.6kg, but my TBF (Total Body Fat) value has gone up from an
all-time low of 17.3% to 20.4%
yesterday! See my May 25, 2010 story,
Only Half the Man I Used to Be. For a recently converted
fitness & health nut(case) this is really horrible and totally,
totally unacceptable! Time to panic! Really!
Since my tummy skin reduction surgery 2 months
ago, I haven't been allowed to do any hard-core exercise,
doctor's order. It really shows, not in any weight gain, but in
becoming fatter! But to my big surprise, my dietician was very
happy about this % figure and not terribly alarmed at all! Being
such a slim, slender HK- Chinese lady herself, she claims that
my body fat is right in the middle of the ideal 17-23% range
(see printout). I'm all healthy, feeling well, not regaining any
weight, so it's all great, in her expert opinion. "Great job,
keep it up! See you again in 6 months."
All great? Harrumph! No way! I've turned into a
fat blob again and it's high time to return to serious,
hard-core exercise to convert some body fat into lean muscle
mass. I've been doing strenuous, sweaty photo shoots of tree
planting up in the hills of Lamma today, ladies volleyball and
Paddling for the Planet tomorrow and DBay dragonboating on
Monday. But I have to really get back into regular, serious
exercise NOW, not just watching and admiring the fit'n'pretty,
sporty ladies and taking pictures!
Or should I just stop whining and shut up about
this topic - "Enough already!" - and be happy with my low
and steady weight and OK body composition, like my dietitician?
Nah! No way! Back to Boostcamp, you lazy, fat SOB, the "Other
Fat Bastard"!! Next goal: getting below 15% body fat and being
able to jog all the way up to the windturbine ... and back!!!
Well, I'll get on it really soon, right after I
finish this refreshingly cool (single) glass of Thirsty Horse
Chardonnay, the crackers and the little Swiss cheese nibbles -
all dietician-approved parts of my current weight maintenance
diet, honest! - which are tempting me besides my keyboard while
typing up this story....
25, 2010 - Pure Fitness gym's Body Composition Analysis
The poster below is popping up all over YSW
these days, even in places where there are usually few or no
posters, maybe to highlight the free-spirited and playful feel
of the ad? They even managed to get their posters onto this home
page and made me animate it, inspired by the contents of their
advertised courses. Well, this is not the first time they've
advertised here, see a few of the old ad banners I've done for
them over the years, usually only for a few weeks of promoting
their Christmas Fair fundraisers or their summer schools:
The activities in the small print on their new
"summer school" poster below sound most intriguing, even
mysterious. Did we do any of these fun activities back in my
distant-past school days? Nature walks? Check! Leaf rubbings?
Check! Decorating candles? Check!
But did we make wands? No! Modelling creatures &
insects? Maybe not! Sand & water sculptures? Can't remember!
Baking & decorating fairy cakes? Definitely not! Creative
Felting? Hey, what's that???
Instead of googling it and getting loads of
unhelpful links, why not find out yourself and enroll your
little one(s) in a summer school course! They've become a real
Lamma tradition already, a major meet-up for junior Lammaites to
socialise and engage in creative play. "Give your child the
gift of creative play", as their slogan says. Do I sound
like an advertorial? Well, that's probably because this
story kind of is one, just a little freebie to greet our latest
Welcome, Banyan House
Kindergarten, to the illustrious, much-appreciated
and most precious elite selection of local businesses who make
this community website possible, enabling it to survive a little
while longer, for almost 9 years now. Thank you so much!
But these summer school activities sound so much
fun and just thinking about the fun I had in school doing some
of them ... am I really too old to join in? I'm not old enough
yet to receive a free Dragonboat Festival zhong (filled
rice dumplings) from Lammadonna's office (for seniors only,
similar to the free rice at Chin. New Year), but I can still act
embarrassingly childish on occasion, as Lamma-Por will surely be
all too eager to confirm to anybody.
So maybe I should try to join one of their
summer courses: Fantasy & Fables, Experiencing Nature,
or, my favourite: Exploring the Elements! Well, maybe not
- wouldn't want to frighten the children - so I'll just have to
learn to do "Creative Felting" at home ... after
out what it actually is....
Jo Wilson -
Update from Living Lamma
Apologies for the last minute nature
of this message, but I'm hoping that it's better late
than never. I want to draw your attention to TWO
community activities taking place this weekend and the
launch of Living Lamma's monthly Clean Up Lamma
initiative to coincide with World Environment Day this
In case you are wondering, the late
notice is down to what will forever more be known as "FFrantic
May" (no typo intended - it's 'flipping' for those of a
sensitive nature!), with time otherwise spent responding
to government and local developer's plans to concrete
over large areas of Lamma (and not in a good way). There
will be an update on the Reclamation, the Quarry and
South Lamma in due course, as well as notice of Living
Lamma's AGM now scheduled for September.
Now, however, it is time to stop
complaining and do something positive for Lamma's
This Saturday 4th June at 9 am,
Bobsy and friends will be planting more native HK trees
up in the Lamma Forest. All are welcome!
Meet at the old picnic site en route to
Pak Kok along the coastal road. Planting should take
approximately 4 hours or so.
This year 211 beautiful indigenous trees
will be planted at different locations throughout the
forest. There is one particular stubborn area that has
refused numerous attempts at successfully seeding this
slope. It is east facing and on a slight slope. This
area will be planted with some hardier species of trees
this time round.
Instructions on how to plant, forest
safety & all necessary tools & gloves will be provided
on the day.
to bring and what to wear:
Please bring your own supply of
Snacks such as energy bars or fruits
or a sandwich.
Wear LONG TROUSERS & STURDY SHOES,
such as trainers or hiking boots, something with
closed toes. No sandals or flip flops.
Mosquito repellant of the natural
kind, if possible.
A HAT, this is very useful for both
sun & rain.
SUN BLOCK cream.
Your OWN CARRY BAG for bits & bobs
for carrying seedlings
(babe trees) & tools etc...
As the rainy season is already upon us,
if there is torrential rain or big thunderstorms then we
will postpone the day, but otherwise rain is very good
for tree planting & makes our task easier.
Bobsy's mobile is 9488 4746. You
can also visit
www.LammaForest.com for stories, photos and a
video of previous tree plantings.
Beach Clean Up
This Sunday June 5th, the Green Lamma
Group is organising a beach clean up on the South
side of Lamma. Meet at Sok Kwu Wan ferry pier at 9 am
for the 45 minute walk over to Shek Pei Wan.
They are planning to clean the beach
from 10 am to 12 noon and return to have lunch at Sok
Kwu Wan at 1 pm.
Please dress appropriately and take
along sun screen, water, and snacks. Bags and gloves
will be provided. For further information,
call Siu Yu on 9863 8407.
Clean Up Lamma
Over the past year, Living Lamma has
been organising ad hoc clean ups of coastal areas and
the side of pathways, places that are beyond the
responsibility of the Food and Environmental Hygiene
Department (FEHD). In doing so, we are starting to build
a record of what is causing chronic littering and this
in turn helps us when communicating with the
Environmental Protection Department on policy
initiatives that could significantly improve our
To coincide with World Environment Day,
we are inviting Living Lamma members and friends to take
their own initiative. Starting this week, on the first
Sunday of each month, we would like you to spend a
little time to clean up an area of your choice.
Don't try to do too much. The aim is to
get as many people as possible cleaning up and
maintaining a small patch.
Don't give up. If the rubbish returns,
clean it up again next month or the month after and tell
us about it. This is a long term endeavour. Lamma's
litter problems will only be solved be consistent and
us about it. Email us at
email@example.com. We will use the
information on what is being picked up where to inform
government departments and lobby for better environmental
support. Photos are very useful in building our database of
problem areas. In particular, if there is any contractor work
associated with the littering, we need to know about it and
report it. Often we find almost full water bottles and lunch
boxes slung into the undergrowth nearby works sites.
Be safe and set the rules. If you are taking the kids
along, make sure they have sturdy footwear and gloves.
Do not allow them to go where they cannot see what might
be lurking in the undergrowth. Do not allow them to pick
up sharp objects, broken glass or used batteries. It is
a great educational experience to involve the children
and we would like to see families participating. For the
grown-ups, take great care when reaching for rubbish,
some of the banks are slippery and watch out for snakes.
If you are worried, focus on a beach area or other open
space. The FEHD can provide gloves and bags. We have
found also metal tongs to be very useful for picking up
things that you'd rather not touch.
Clean Up Lamma Days will be on the
first Sunday of every month starting 5th June 2011.
Start this week or at any time during the year. Go with
friends or on your own.
Lamma more beautiful. Don't just look at the trash or
complain about it (it will not move this way), pick it
up. Every little bit helps. Check out our
Paddle for the Planet:
June 5, 11am:
YSW Harbour, starting at 10:30 @ The Island Bar. View from
outside the Old Jetty - close to Lamcombe.
Similar to the Santa Paddle, but raising awareness for the oceans:
Paddle for the Planet website,
YSW dragonboat and OCC teams will take part, plus a team all the way
from Australia. Join in with anything that can be paddled!
(Click to enlarge map)
The Lamma Village Sewerage Phase 2 is
starting up now. If you live in North Lamma, along one of the
blue lines above, phase 1, the
pipes have already been completed by now. Along the
pink lines, you'll face
sewerage pipe construction works around your house for quite
some time during the next few years. See a list of villages in
the official notice from the Drainage Services Dept. below.
you live alone up in the hills or in the forest, like some of us
do, don't worry. Your rent-free shack, (supposedly) abandoned
house, cave, tree house, ex-pig-sty or squatter residence will
All these pipes will
lead gently downhill to the Sewage Treatment Works - under
construction till 2015 - behind the YSW Helipad, nicknamed
Poo Palace (see right.) There'll be a Public Consultation
Forum on Sat, Jun 11 in the YSW Primary School:
Post your comments in
our own online
"Public Consultation Forum".
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