Best of 2011?
- Dec 31
Lamma-zine stories have been published in 2011. Which
are YOUR favourites?
Lamma-zine Out of Order
(Due to Flu)
- Dec 25 - 30
has been out of order because of L-G's stubborn flu,
lasting for over a week.
Flocking & Clapping @
Sat, Dec 24
Click for 2-day
photo gallery by L-G, and festival review by Nick the
Fri, Dec 23
galleries of the Treasure Hunt, Santa in the Village and
on PS Beach.
Where on Lamma to
Thu, Dec 22
Special Menus: The Waterfront, The Bay, Concerto Inn.
Last-minute Xmas presents?
Banyan House Fair & Grotto
Wed, Dec 21
Plus some great
Facebook photos by Michelle Chung.
(Banyan House website.)
Main Street Carolers
Tue, Dec 20
(Primary) School performing Christmas Carols opposite
Exploring the Lamma
Mon, Dec 19
Click for photo
gallery of a little bike ride around the former Lamma
'Jointly Build A Joyful
Lamma' HAC Video Won the Outstanding Award
Sun, Dec 18
Baroque off Lamma??
Sat, Dec 17
application for Tung O Wan by the Baroque on Lamma has
Fri, Dec 16
Many thanks for
this first "Certificate of Appreciation" I have ever
13th Annual Island Bar
Thu, Dec 15
nearly time for the 13th Annual Island Bar Treasure Hunt
with all funds going to OSC."
- Fri, Dec 9
Many of us
Lammaites will flock to the West Kowloon Harbourfront
this weekend to enjoy....
Lamma Island Pinoy
Basketball League Finals
Tue, Dec 6
Archers Sprint Off With the Crown - by John Cairns"
Birthday & Xmas Treats
Sun, Dec 4
yummy birthday lunch for me in The Waterfront, shared
with Lamma-Por, as usual.
What's On This Weekend?
Thu, Dec 1
Sun, Dec 4, 10am-4pm: Banyan House Kindergarten, 32 YSL
Almost 300 Lamma-zine
stories have been published in 2011. Which are YOUR favourites
(if any)? You can find my personal choices below, two stories
per month, one of my own and one by our many wonderful and
most appreciated Courageous Content Contributors. Join them,
send me a photo, a story, an idea for a story, or anything
Lamma- or Lammaite-related!
Have a look at some of my
favourite stories of 2011:
Stories by Content Contributors:
Stories by Lamma-Gung:
a few of
What's happening in a typical day
of the Lamma-zine writer/editor/ photographer?
- Jul 13
- Jul 22
- Jun 19
- Jun 17
- May 17
- Apr 1
- Apr 27
- Mar 30
- Feb 18
- Feb 14
A Day in
For my best photo galleries of 2011:
For the rare Lamma historians amongst our readers:
Best of Lamma-zine
2005: part I,
For even more stories - forming almost a little history of
Lamma Island of the last 9.5 years - check out our complete
Click for 2-day
photo gallery by L-G,
and festival review by Nick the Bookman.
View photo gallery of all
Treasure Hunt Team Photo Projects.
Plus a Facebook
photo album of the clue references (by Daniel Clarke).
View photo gallery of
Santa in the Village and Santa on Power Station Beach:
(Click to enlarge
the special menus from our advertisers.)
Still looking for last-minute
Maybe something with a
Lamma flavour? Check out my recommendations and click for
details, prices and places to buy:
Feature story about Emily
selling her new book (released on Nov 22) outside The Island
Bar (see above):
Turmoil, Gratitude Mix at an Author's Table.
Plus a promotion by Donna the
Bodybooster: Boost your body post-Christmas at
heavily discounted prices:
Boostcamp Christmas Promotions!
Plus some fine Facebook
photos by Michelle Chung. (Banyan House
Northern Lamma (Primary) School performing Christmas
Carols outside the Rural Committee Bldg. (opposite HSBC) on Yung
Shue Wan Main Street:
(Click to enlarge)
Click for photo gallery of a little bike ride around the
former Lamma Quarry
This photo gallery is a little inside look into what has
recently (April 2011) become a supposedly restricted area,
leased for "exclusive use" to the YMCA for 3 years, while the
Govt. is studying the feasibility of building public/private
housing in there, plus unspecified "recreational uses":
Great news from the
Hans Andersen Lamma Island Centre! Congratulations!
"Outstanding award presented by
committee members of CIIF
In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Community
Inclusion and Investment Fund , a video competition was launched
by the end of 2011. With the support from the general public,
HAC’s video successfully won the outstanding award. The award
ceremony was held at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel on 14 December
2011. Mr & Mrs. Lai and Ms. Joe Wong, volunteers who help the
production of the video, participated in this meaningful
ceremony and shared the joy with other award winners."
Awarded Video name: 樂聚南丫 -
(Click on first listed video. It's in Chinese and introduces
their Lamma Island Centre in Tai Wan Village, their staff,
children, activities, interviewing many Lammaites, including
rezoning application for Tung O Wan, South Lamma, by the
Lamma has been
rejected, shortly after a 3-hour
Town Planning Board meeting yesterday (SCMP
story). Three Govt. departments supported the
application while the others did not, for numerous reasons (see
Living Lamma's minutes, official minutes by TPB in
Some of the passionate and well-organised
opponents will be celebrating tonight. No comments or feedbacks
have been received yet from the developers or their supporters.
The Baroque on Lamma can resubmit a (probably considerably
modified and reduced) application in 18 months, integrating some
of the detailed feedback and huge volume of comments they've
received from residents, stakeholders and Govt. departments,
trying to make their proposals more acceptable in the future.
the meantime, all this newly-found public attention focused on a
quiet, beautiful and formerly extremely low-key, "forgotten"
part of Lamma seems to have some effects down there, besides
considerably increased visitor numbers (according to local
Go hiking, biking or paddling down there and
enjoy the scenery, as it will start changing slowly over the
next few years, even if the Baroque is off Lamma (for now). For
example, Home Affairs Dept. has just built a controversial
concrete wall along the coastal path on Shek Pai Wan beach (see
above and below). There are construction materials (see below,
rumoured for some Tung O Village development by a local
business?) piled high recently besides the beach, just after
Beach Cleanings by volunteers this autumn.
Govt. is seriously considering public and/or private housing
inside the former Lamma Quarry, opposite Sok Kwu Wan; the former
Cement Factory in there is already zoned for commercial
development; several commercial and residential developments are
planned or in progress already in and around Sok Kwu Wan. The
sewage treatment works in progress will be completed in
a few years, preparing South Lamma for future developments by
the Govt., especially for tourism and "recreation". Lammaites
should not become complacent now; especially the vast majority
of residents living in the North might want to keep a watchful
eye on the "other side" of Lamma. Many of these welcome and
unwelcome changes-in- progress will affect all of us in various
ways, not just nature lovers, hikers and bikers like myself.
The Lamma-zine will
try to inform (in a neutral, impartial, newsy way) Lamma
residents and visitors more about what's happening "down there",
by visiting more frequently and inviting all South Lamma
residents and businesses to
inform the Lamma-zine of any local news, please! ALL
views and opinions, pro and con, will remain most welcome,
especially in our heated
Environment, Politics & Development forum.
I received this snazzy and beautiful
certificate yesterday, mounted on foamboard and hand-signed
by all the 9 members of the Basketball League's Executive
Committee! Many thanks for this first "Certificate of
Appreciation" I have ever received, after feeling a bit
under-appreciated and taken-for-granted sometimes. Being
"officially" appreciated by fellow Lammaites feels great and
whenever I might feel blue, I'll gaze at this certificate on my
home office wall to cheer me up.
I'm especially happy to have been
"promoting camaraderie, fitness and fun among Filipinos,
local Chinese and other ethnic groups in the island". It
sounds almost like a mission statement or slogan for this website,
Next league: Women's volleyball, games
starting after Chin. NY, open again to all nationalities,
registration and training has already started.
Join up NOW!
Lisa Stella -
Cheerleader & Co-Organiser:
(Text by Lisa Stella,
all photos by L-G)
Ahoy, me maties!
It is nearly time for the
13th Annual Island Bar
Treasure Hunt with all funds going to
Operation Santa Claus (SCMP
Sunday, 18th of December
(That's this Sunday!)
Where: Start from the Island Bar.
Who: Teams of up to 4 adults and as many
kids as you can chase.
How much: $400 per team - all goes to
Operation Santa Claus ($100 per adult).
Because it is bloody fun and you see loads of
Lamma you've never been to before.
What time: 12
noon - 4pm (teams arriving back after
3.45pm will get a penalty!)
Suggestion: Start before 2pm.
Because it is bloody fun, because it is for
charity, because it wears out your legs, dogs,
children, other people's children, and the part
of your brain still left alive from the
hammering it got last night.
I have only just moved
Are you always this weird?
What do we do on
a Treasure Hunt?
Come to the Island Bar, buy a clue set and go as
fast as you can (fastest time gives you points)
- do the extra bits to give you more points.
Will I hate you
by the time I finish?
What happens at
Prizes, free drink and a special visit by a
Christmas VIP (no lap dancing, just lap sitting,
this is a family occasion).
I don't think
you are being clear - what is an Island Bar
Treasure Hunt again exactly?
A free fall explosion into the unknown - where
spirit guides lead you to untold adventures and
recaptured youth. Or a clue set, with clues that
tell you where on Lamma to go and clues that
inevitably end at the Island Bar. It's not
difficult. Well, it is a little difficult. But
not impossible, unless you count the clues that
are rather hard and clever.
What if I
form a team and come?
I can't say exactly, but look out for people
looking at you on Main Street and whispering
conversations that stop as you draw near. Also,
someone in red will know you have been bad.
If you'd like to have a private photographer come along with your
contact me and your team will be featured in the Lamma-zine
After 4pm on Sunday, Santa Claus & his donation-collecting elves
will make their yearly appearance, the Lamma-made sled moving up and down YSW Main Street to the ferry pier. For an idea how that'll look like, see
my photo gallery:
Afterwards, from 6pm, Santa will be handing out presents to
not-naughty-but- nice children on Power Station Beach! Mulled wine,
bonfire, beach party....
Check out these photo galleries, from 2009 and 2010:
A reminder for tonight, Thu, Dec 15:
Christmas Quiz in the Waterfront, also in aid of Operation Santa
Many of us Lammaites will flock to the West
Kowloon Harbourfront this weekend to enjoy the biggest (and
Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival
so far! I'll be
taking photos, like at most former Clockenflaps, registered
as media, together with Nick the Bookman as our Official
Court Music Reviewer. With full media and behind-the-scenes
access, this'll be even more fun than
a spectator, yay!
But did you know about the little-known roots of
Clockenflap, for example this early-days, low-key, free
incarnation of Clockenflap on Lamma in 2006, April 15,
Easter Saturday, announced in the Lamma-zine by Jay, one
of the organisers:
"This Saturday night we have a special
impromptu event in an abandoned house on a hill on Lamma Island
(see flyer details). This is a free party, though expect to see
a man with a bucket requesting contributions towards the sound
Afterwards, there was even a photo gallery on
the official Clockenflap website of
a solid fan base on Lamma, they even rented a special, free
ferry, just for their Lamma fans in 2008, from YSW
direct to Cyberport! Check out my
Clockenflap 2008 photo gallery, including the Clockenflap Ferry.
Just in case you're still wondering about the
true meaning and origins of the famous festival title, check out
this little story from the Lamma- zine's 9-year story archive:
April 25, 2006: 'Jay's Clockenflap Bitches'
P.S. As an
advance flavour of Nick's upcoming, in-depth festival review, you can
check out all his recent concert reviews in our
Lamma Hoops, photos by Billy Francisco and
Speedy Archers Sprint Off With the Crown
LIPBL'S SHORTEST SQUAD STANDS TALLEST -
by John Cairns
SHUE WAN, Lamma Island, Hong Kong – A team that lagged early
in the Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League (LIPBL) season
finished by leaving everyone else behind. Relentless, refusing
to be denied, the blue-uniformed Lamma Archers toppled the
earlier frontrunners, the Gray Hawks, 92-88, in an exciting
title game on Sunday (December 4) at Yung Shue Wan's outdoor
the Archers languished in last place before rising to the top.
Led by perpetual-motion man Anthony Bito-Onas, the Archers
took an early lead (49-46 at halftime) and clung to it, fighting
off fierce counter-attacks as the Hawks swooped repeatedly,
trying to take control. To no one's surprise, a vote by players
selected Bito-Onas, the five-team league's top-scorer, as the
season-long most-valuable player.
Repeatedly, Bito-Onas received the ball and attacked the
basket, toppling defenders like bowling pins as he went. If
initially failing to score, he battled ferociously for rebounds.
Kenny Chan, a slick-shooting Archer, was named the
final-game MVP. As usual, the blue-clad playmaker Alvin Diego
excelled too. But the Archers triumphed mostly due to diligent
effort and solid teamwork.
In a game for third-place, Huggen D'ass (red uniforms)
outran the Awesome Tigers (green) 113-81. The "red shirts”
picked an opportune time for their best game of the season."
the Official Court Basketball Photographer's three fantastic
Facebook photo albums: I
AWESOME TIGERS vs HUGGEN D-ASS! -
The Championship Game
Traditional, yummy birthday lunch for me in
The Waterfront, shared with Lamma-Por, as usual. Plus
a warm, single, shared piece of birthday cake from Shelly's; no
more entire cakes for me after my very stable and obsessively
maintained weight loss. More
delicious Christmassy, baked goodies from
Shelly's Cake Express:
The Curs feat.
Harry Harrison's 50th
Fri, Dec 2, 9:30pm:
54 Jaffe Rd, Wanchai: Tel. 2861 1621:
Fri, Dec 2, 7-9pm
Sat/Sun, Dec 3/4, 2-8pm:
Sally's Yoga Studio, 3 Tai Wan To
(close to Ah-Por Dau Foo Fa):
Sculptures & collages;
Music Quiz for Operation
Sat Dec 3, 8-11pm,
The Island Bar:
$100/person, incl. 1 free drink, up to 5 team
members, Quizmaster Dave.
Secret Circus #3:
Sat, Dec 3, 8:30pm-5am:
Dharma Den, 2/F, The
Workstation, 43 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central:
Sun, Dec 4, 10am-4pm:
Banyan House Kindergarten,
32 Yung Shue Long New Village:
"wonderland grotto, bake sale, storytelling, face painting, tombola, mulled
wine, BBQ, food!",
Do we have a RIGHT TO DIE?:
Sun, Dec 4, 5-7pm:
Basketball League Championship
Archers vs Gray Hawk /
Awesome Tigers vs Hüggen D'ass
Sun, Dec 4, 12-4pm:
4pm: Big parteeee!
Archers, Hawks to Tussle For the LIPBL
John Cairns - Official
Court Basketball Correspondent - Nov 28, 2011
FUTURE STARS STRUT IN A SPECIAL JUNIOR DISPLAY
YUNG SHUE WAN, Lamma Island, Hong Kong –
Triumphant screaming, dancing, high-fives and other
celebrations erupted on Sunday among supporters of the
Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League's blue- uniformed
Completing a colossal, season-long comeback (but just
barely), the Archers scored a crucial winning basket on
a medium-range jump-shot in the final seconds to defeat
plucky Hüggen D'ass (red uniforms) 81-79 in a
high-stakes game at YSW's outdoor basketball
The Archers, who lost their first two games and
languished last early in the five- team LIPBL season,
have ended the regular schedule in first place. On
December 4, they face the second-place Gray Hawks in a
much-anticipated title game.
Hurray For the Fans
Who Enliven Games!
John Cairns - Official
Court Basketball Correspondent - Nov 21, 2011
CONTROVERSIAL COMMITTEE VERDICT REVISES LIPBL
SHUE WAN, Lamma Island, Hong Kong – On Sundays, game
day for participants in the five-team Lamma Island Pinoy
Basketball League (LIPBL), the most special thing about
the ongoing competition isn't the players, the referees
or the venue at Yung Shue Wan's outdoor basketball
court. It's the fans who routinely attend games, enjoy
the action and cheer vigorously.
Not only do the spectators have fun, with the
spectacle of local basketball enhanced by sideline
snacks and socializing, but their unfailing presence and
yells of support make the games memorable for the
players too. This story is dedicated to the fans. Hurray
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