My First US$100
- Feb 29
Google AdSense: Lamma.com.hk has finally reached
the US$100 income....
4th Surgiversary -
4 years since my
weight loss surgery! Just 4 short years since I
was wheeled into the surgery theatre in Queen
There'll be another beach cleanup this Sat, Feb
25 in South Lamma and it's promoted as the
Cake + Jam Sale - Feb 16
"A Great Big THANK YOU!! to everyone who supported
our Cake + Jam Sale last week!!!"
Highlights' Needs YOU! -
I've published thousands of "Lamma
Photo/Video/Wildlife/ Artwork/Website of the
special cake from Shelly's Cake Express, with
real mini rose petals.
"Join Lamma's most action-packed and wildest
basketball tournament this Spring!"
Sunday Hiking &
Today, just a
little practice hike for another Mt Stenhouse
climb (tentatively this coming weekend)
Variety Show -
Free Admission - Presented by LCSD - Sponsored
by Islands District Council
Huggen D'ass Wins
- Feb 5
"What an action-packed day! A blend of six
teams, seven games and more than the
Lunar New Year
Photo gallery of
the celebrations on Fri, Feb 3, 12noon-3pm, in
the YSW Football Pitch.
What's On This
about the 25 proposed reclamation projects - 3
of them around Lamma & Po Toi.
"... lose some weight, through an improvement in
exercise, diet and reduction in alcohol
Unleash Your Inner
the Lamma Dragons men's and women's teams are looking
for fresh blood this season."
Lamma.com.hk has finally reached the US$100 income
threshold when they issue the very first payment for displaying
If you use the
Search function at the top of this page and actually
click on a Google ad shown alongside the Search results. Well, it took 5 years and 3
months to reach US$100 in total income so far, Nov 2006 - Jan
Let me tell you about the
hoops they made me jump through to receive this very first
payment, but only after unlocking my payment on hold:
Update my registered particulars and
address (Obviously, I've moved in the last 5+ years) and bank
account details for international Electronic Funds
Transfer. What's HSBC's international bank code
and my branch code?
To verify my postal
address, Google US sent me an actual sealed postcard (see
above) with a PIN code to enter into my AdSense account details.
Google verifies the bank
details by transferring a random small amount (a bit over
HK$1) to check if my bank details are correct. Later, I had
to check my bank account online (protected by HSBC's
device generating PIN codes) to find out the exact amount
they transferred. Then I had to register the received
$-amount to verify my bank account to Google.
After explicitly enabling
and selecting this account again, my first payment was finally
released and I might get it sometime "after Mar 31".
So far I've earned
for the month of Feb '12, resulting from 10 Clicks on Google
Search ads @ 7 US cents CPC (Costs Per Click), after displaying 342
Page views of search results (a Page CTR, Click-Through-Rate, of
2.92%). Pretty modest, hardly worth the effort of inserting the
special HTML code and setting up/verifying my
address/bank account details. In the future these payments will be automatic, but it might take another 5+ years to earn
the next US$100?
Let me add a few new Google
Display ads which might pay better than the current Search-only
Google ads. If you or readers of this website click on the new
Google Ads on the right side of this page, I'll get around
HK$1/click. But if you click more than a few times, it
might be considered "click fraud" by Google and not paid for.
To summarise, I'll surely have to
continue to rely on regular advertising banners by Lamma businesses to ensure the
future survival of this website.
Who will become the very first
new Lamma.com.hk advertiser of 2012?
4 years since my weight loss
surgery! Just 4 short years since I was wheeled into the surgery
theatre in Queen Mary Hospital and got most of my stomach
removed, stopping me from seriously overeating ever again. Who
was that person 4 years ago, 175 pounds heavier than I am today?
Well, maybe looking at this blog 4 years ago, (Feb
20, 2008: Vacation in Queen Mary Hospital;
Mar 8, 2008: My Epic Struggle for Congee) might give you
some clues. I was a happy person, but with a lot of health
problems, risk factors and "co-morbidities" back then. Even
happier now and all my former health problems have vanished for
now, keeping me strongly motivated never ever to regain those
But how to celebrate this
anniversary? Well, by making good use of my New Body, of course!
Rising early, getting to Tung O Wan in South Lamma this Saturday
morning, taking photos of the beach cleaning, and then walking
back all the way via Mo Tat Wan and Sok Kwu Wan to Yung Shue
Wan, that's how! All of this outdoor activity would have been
way too tough for my former double-sized body.
On the way to the Tung O Wan
beach cleanup, I was considering a detour up to Mt. Stenhouse to
celebrate my surgiversary, but it was covered in fog all day, so
maybe next weekend? A once-yearly ascent is my way to prove to
myself that I'm still fit & healthy enough despite being an
I've written quite a number
of times about
How to Lose 175 Pounds before, so here's a link for
details, in case anyone is still interested in such old news!
In the meantime, I'll
continue to be vigorously vigilant to maintain my weight,
exercising and watching closely what I eat, without really
dieting anymore. Maintaining my "ideal" weight is actually much
harder than losing the pounds in the first place. So far so
Shek Pai Wan beach, Tung O Wan, South Lamma - Sun, Oct 16
(Photo by Daniel Clarke, all other photos by L-G)
There'll be another
beach cleanup this Sat, Feb 25 in South Lamma and it's promoted
as the "BIGGEST CLEAN UP EVER AT SHEK PAI WAN". Can it be
bigger than the last major cleanup, see above? Come along and
help to make it true! Here's the
Confirm on Facebook,
by email, call Jo on 2982 0920, or simply show up at one
of the meeting points. There'll
be lunch in Sok Kwu Wan afterwards (restaurant tbc, at your own
expense); or, even closer, you could walk over to Mo Tat Wan
and have lunch in
who's offering a free soft drink to each beach cleaner
(or any other good causes) eating there during the next several
If you're interested in what's been going
on in Tung O Wan since the last major cleanup, check out my
captioned photo gallery below:
I've published thousands of "Lamma
of the Day", submitted by hundreds of highly talented contributors
over the almost 10 years of this website's existence. Click on the pictures
above for some of these individual archives.
But I always need more, as I'm slowly running out of new materials to
showcase on this home page! I have to search the web, video sites, photo
galleries and Facebook for new Lamma-related materials, even having to
resort to using my own pictures
occasionally! We want to avoid that and show only the very "Best of Lamma", don't
Take this opportunity for free, worldwide exposure for your photos and
creative activities. Almost anything Lamma- or Lammaite-related will be most
welcome for publication on this home page. Full credits, including links to
your email, photo/art galleries and websites will be added on request!
"Red Velvet" special cake from Shelly's Cake Express, with real mini rose petals.
Today, just a little practice hike for another
Mt Stenhouse climb
(tentatively this coming weekend). Hiking from Tai Peng to the windturbine,
following the nature and mountainbiking trails, avoiding all concreted roads
and paths. This is what I like to call Stumbling RandomlyTM,
spontaneously deciding which fork in the road to take only when you get
there, depending on your mood, whimsy and fitness level at that point.
Running my smartphone GPS and mapping during this hike,
automatically generated this map above (with my names added manually in
red, mostly copied from the unofficial
mountainbiking trail names). MapMyHike also generated the following "Description of This Walk":
"This is a 2.96 km Walk in Lamma Island. The Walk has a
total ascent of 104.0 m and has a maximum elevation of 109.0 m.
The route was mapped by Lamma-Gung on 02/11/2012. View other
Walks that Lamma-Gung has done or find similar routes in Lamma
A few photos I shot along this route
The triumphant & exuberant Huggen
D'ass team; in the centre team member John Cairns, our
Basketball Correspondent! Congratulations! (Photo by
- Official Court Basketball Correspondent:
(Captions by John, photos by John & Lamma
Hoops & L-G; click to enlarge)
Biggest Hoops Day
Yet Lifts Huggen D'Ass
BASKETBALL COURT, Yung Shue
Wan – What an action-packed day! A blend of
six teams, seven games and more than the
promised seven hours of basketball action led to
the emergence of "one champion" on February 5.
After some heart-thumping, tense
moments, the champion turned out to be the
red-uniformed Huggen D'ass team guided by
player-coach Andrew Boyet Ferraris. With
speedy, sure-handed guards, agile forwards and a
determined effort by everyone, Huggen D'ass
defeated the green-clad Awesome Tigers 63-52 in
the final game.
Winning three times on one day,
Huggen D'ass overcame a history of losing close
games. Good teamwork helped immensely,
especially in the final.
The Tigers impressed too.
Reinforced by talented new recruits, they
reached the final with apparent ease. They
toppled the Gray Hawks 62-44 and then outgunned
the yellow-uniformed Lamma Lickers 45-30.
Runners-Up: Awesome Tigers
The Lamma Island Pinoy
Basketball League (LIPBL) organized the one-day
event as an encore to its recent second season.
It turned into the most hotly contested local
hoops showdown yet -- with six teams versus the
past seasons' four and then five.
the first time, a non-Lamma team, the
church-based CFCFFL (Couples For Christ),
participated against LIPBL rivals. After a
razor-thin 64-60 loss to Huggen D'ass, the
visiting side toppled recent LIPBL champions the
Lamma Archers (blue uniforms) 54-47. CFCFFL
finished third in the tournament.
Both recent LIPBL finalists
ended the one-day tournament back in the pack.
The Archers lost twice, including 44-40 to
Huggen D'ass. Past runners-up, the Gray Hawks,
outlasted the Lamma Lickers 46-43 before falling
prey to the Tigers.
To compress an entire tournament
into a day, the LIPBL made several temporary
rules changes. The games were shorter, and
players fouled out after only four personal
future third season, the LIPBL organizing
committee plans to redraft players onto entirely
new teams. That new season should begin later
One-Day Tournament Results:
Huggen D'ass 44, Lamma Archers 40
Gray Hawks 46, Lamma Lickers 43
Huggen D'ass 64, CFCFFL 60
Awesome Tigers 62, Gray Hawks 44
CFCFFL 54, Lamma Archers 47
Awesome Tigers 45, Lamma Lickers 30
Huggen D'ass 63, Awesome
One-Day Tournament Final Rankings:
Huggen D'ass --
Awesome Tigers -- CFCFFL
Gray Hawks -- Lamma Archers -- Lamma Lickers
Fan-favorite Herman flashes Number One.
One player grasps what the rest covet.
In the heat of action, some players dance, others
The Awesome Tigers (green uniforms) roar to the final.
Red-uniformed Huggen D'ass skips off with the prize.
Big strides lead to
The only off-island team:
3rd place: CFC FFL All-Stars
Click for my photo gallery
(click photos below
Lili (Lili's Flats) & James, plus Chow Yun Fat's mother
-- Clown acrobatics show.
God of Fortune handing out sweets - Primary School choir.
Gwailo God of Fortune, a hit with the ladies of all ages!
One of the many Lucky Draw Prizes (this one donated by HKKF)
Chairman Chan & co. soliciting signatures for the Bike Park --
A family event -- Jackie of Concerto Inn Hotel.
cookies have been created by
Inn Hotel and donated.
Free lunch (prepared by
Man Fung Rest.) for Elderlies & VIPs --
Lining up for
yearly free rice handout (65+) -- Carrying home
Public Forum about the 25
HK-wide reclamation projects proposed by Govt. - 3 of them around Lamma
and Po Toi Islands - Sat, Feb 4, 2:30-5:30pm in Quarry Bay -
catch it via
live webcast, the
Enhancing Land Supply brochure, and get more info at
Watch out for Lamma Quarry reclamation proposal, probably the
most likely location out of these 3 proposed ones to go ahead in
some years, creating even more land for future large-scale
private (and maybe public) housing developments.
Sarah Brennan & Harry Harrison launching
their latest children's book - The Tale
of Pin Yin Panda - in Bookazine Prince's Bldg, Sat,
Feb 4, 2-4pm.
Boostcamp program by Donna, starting this
Sun morning, 8:30am in the YSW Basketball Court (BodyBoost.hk).
Meet you there?
Paul Collins - Vice
Captain & Leader of Land Training - Lamma Dragons Men's
Team (voluntary bootcamps, Wed, 8pm, at
The Dragon Boat season is about to get
under way and that means getting active again for many
Andrew will be beasting us all in the
boat this year, perfecting our stroke, technique and
cohesiveness as a team, but that is not enough.
Power-to- Weight ratio is as important, perhaps even more
so than these attributes, and it is this that I will be
I can't promise I will turn you all into
lean, mean, beach Adonis-like racing snakes, but I will
try to help to provide Captain Andrew with athletes of a
better calibre than we have had historically.
And now for the "Teaching Granny to Suck
Power-to-Weight ratio is a product two
elements - how powerful and strong you are, versus how
heavy you are. Hands up anyone who thinks they are as
powerful and strong as they could be and also if you
don't think you need to shed a few pounds? If I see
anyone with your hands up I will tell you to your face
you are a f***ing liar, and need a reality check. End of
bollocking. We can all do with improving in these areas.
Set yourself a goal and lose some
weight, through an improvement in exercise, diet and
reduction in alcohol intake....
Reduction in alcohol
intake!? Wow, these guys seem to be getting really serious this
year! A radical, revolutionary, historic change of direction for
the Men's Team?
Ever curious, I tagged along for their very
first land training of the season yesterday. As my own
abdominals were still seriously aching from my own
Donna the day before (3 times/week in the Basketball
Court), I didn't join in this pretty tough workout, taking these
pictures instead and animating some of them in Photoshop. Look
above at how topfit these tough guys are already, they just keep
on going and going....
Drop by The Island Bar this Sat, get more info and maybe even think about joining the
Lamma Dragons male and female teams! Everybody welcome!
Beware when walking by The Island Bar between 4 and 6pm, they
might even "accost unsuspecting strangers and press-gang them
into the boat"!
Lamma Dragons write:
be in a World Cup?
Both the Lamma Dragons men's and women's dragon boating
teams are looking for fresh blood this season to join our crews
who have already qualified for this year's World Club Cup
championship to be held in Hong Kong. So shake off that New
Year's extra padding, get in a boat and paddle your way to a
Don't be put off by the training schedule, with a host of
other competitions in the summer, the promise of plenty of
social events including tours abroad, being part of the Lamma
Dragons is more than just exercise, it's a way of life.
So get on board and get paddling.
Come and meet us on Saturday 4th Feb. 4-6pm at The Island
Bar, or contact:
Men's Team – Andrew Shields 9255 8827
Women's Team – Vicky Medcalf 9509 9330
This is a chance to mix, mingle and meet the other
dragon boaters and to find out more about what is in store
for 2012 Dragon Boating.
We will have sign up forms for
people to fill in on the day - and there's no paddling involved
on the sign up day! Just a friendly meet and greet over a
beverage at The Island Bar!"
There'll be land training for the Men's Team as
well, Wed evenings, 8pm.
There's also a brand-new (closed) Facebook group for
all Lamma Dragons ONLY:
Lamma Dragons Members Past and Present.
started in 2002, and will be updated (almost) daily with anything
vaguely related to Lamma Island or its residents, be it news, stories, events,
artworks, videos, etc.
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