can get really busy for the Lamma-zine, when Lamma-Gung
is biking and hiking from event to event....
Reclamations & Rock Caverns? -
new reclamations ... Lamma Quarry and New North
US$ 100.86 -
very first payment from Google AdSense has arrived in my
HSBC account! Hurray! But it took from Nov 2006 - Feb
Did You Lose
Your Bike Today? -
you wonder what happened to your bike you've
parked on the YSW ferry pier for 2+ days?
Trees in Full Bloom -
2 of the 4
trees that Lamma's favourite son Fat-Gor planted almost
2 years ago....
Save Your Bike! -
If your bike is still there
in two days, Wed, March 28, it'll be
stolen, eh, confiscated by police and sold as
"In a stunning upset, the Xtreme Eagles
toppled the previously undefeated Lamma Warriors in
three straight games on Sunday."
Building a New
Artist's impressions of the completed station.
Details and colours may vary:
Afternoon Tea on
Living on an island with not a single building taller
than three floors, spending a leisurely....
Helicopter Flights -
She described her
seven flights in the medical emergency
helicopter to hospital, for
our discussion would turn to a much-weightier,
less-colorful topic – that of wild pigs."
Swaying Along the Road -
During Sundays, quite a number of formal and
informal religious activities are being
Submit Your CPA
Posters and banners for and against the proposed
CPA (Cycle Parking Area) have
Two Weddings and
running Nick the Bookman's website pro bono for
quite a number of years now.
describe David over the last few days; kind,
caring, friendly, generous, lovable, chatty,
with a crazy sense of humour."
Some days can get surprisingly busy for the Lamma-zine, when
Lamma-Gung is biking and hiking from event to event taking photos and
chatting with, eh, interviewing people, especially on weekends. For example today, Saturday,
March 31, I've been visiting 5 different events and activities in a single day, most
of them with environmental themes and each worthy of a more detailed story.
Just for now, here's a little overview with "wide-screen"
photos, like a sneak peek. More info & photos from some of these activities below
will appear soon.
"Green Lamma Green" 3-year campaign's tree caring event
(Conservancy Association & HK Electric Volunteers)
From the pavilion, up to the highest peak of mid-Lamma
Sok Kwu Wan & Cement Factory pier
Launch of Islands District Recycling campaign @
Gaido Pier, YSW
"EPD to promote community recycling in Islands District"
Guided tour inside the "No Trespassing" Waste Transfer
Composting machine & bone crusher for food waste from 8 YSW restaurants
which have joined the EPD's recycling program, starting Mar 1.
Classical Indian Music concert in Just Green's "Living
Room" & seaside terrace,
the very first public event in this cozy new venue with great potential
Pakistani tabla player, Indian sitar virtuoso & Afghan
See more photos...
As part of the Govt.'s
Enhancing Land Supply
Strategy about Reclamations outside Victoria Harbour and Rock
Cavern Development, they're suggesting 2 new reclamations around Lamma
Island, expanding the Lamma Quarry out into SKW bay and building a new
of Yung Shue Wan,
New North Lamma. The unusually
consultations with live webcasts,
TV/radio commercials will end tomorrow, deadline for public comments,
Submit your comments NOW!
addition to the suggested 2 reclamation locations on Lamma, they also
highlighted 4 location on the island of existing Govt. facilities that might
be considered for future development of rock caverns and underground spaces.
These would be used to house the Govt.'s NIMBY facilities (Not In My
Backyard) that people don't like to see above ground.
See the drawing from the consultation document below.
Notice the windturbine above the rock cavern?
Check out the background & details in our facts-filled
development forum topics:
Underground Spaces/Rock Caverns on Lamma
Today, Mar 29, my very first-ever payment from Google AdSense
arrived in my HSBC account! Hurray! But it took from Nov 2006 - Feb 2012
to accumulate the total sum of US$ 100.86 in Google AdSense for Search
micro payments on this entire website, averaging only about
Well, after this first nice, but very modest and slooow
success, I've recently added 3 new Google AdSense for Search boxes on
this home page, see above and right, trying to generate a little bit of
additional advertising revenue. Well, US$34.36 in total Estimated earnings so
far this month. So I might get another cheque in 3 months or so, hopefully. Not bad, but all this Google advertising doesn't even add up
to the income from a single regular ad banner on this page.
Are you bothered by this 3 new, rotating,
automatically-selected and often animated Google ad banners? Which locations
would be acceptable? Let me know, as our readers' interests come first, of
course. This site is for fun, not for profit.
So the best and most realistic way of helping this Lamma
community website survive and prosper beyond the 10th anniversary in July
seems to be attracting more local advertisers; or off-island advertisers
(like moving companies) trying to reach Lamma visitors and residents.
We're offering banner ads, advertorial stories, email
shots, free links/photo shoots/web pages, sponsorships, and even Facebook
marketing for your business. Here's our
Let's meet up anywhere on Lamma, anytime, 7 days a week!
I suck at selling advertising, not being a natural
salesperson and much more interested in people, stories, events, discussions,
photos ... CONTENT!
If you or your friend are a Chinese-speaking Lammaite and could help to
sell advertising at HUGE commission, please
Do you wonder what
happened to your bike you've parked on the YSW ferry pier for
at least two days, since Monday morning? It's probably been cut off the
pier railing this morning by Lamma police, assisted by at least
5 Govt. Depts. in their action against "Illegal Occupation at
YSW Ferry Pier Pathway". The confiscated bikes, including some
new and expensive ones, have all been transported by 2 VVs to the Waste
Transfer Station besides the YSW Helipad and thrown
into their trash compactor to be crushed and discarded into a landfill!
This is a first in
Lamma's history as the occasional clean-up operations, approx.
every 2 years, were not very controversial before. They always had a much longer notice period (up to 1 week) and
the few old, usually abandoned confiscated bikes and trolleys were stored and
then sold off in auction, never destroyed (as far as we know).
This big operation today looked more like a drastic crackdown than
the occasional low-key cleanup operations.
Fortunately, up to
20 bikes not chained to the railing have been saved by some
daring Lammaites from the pier and moved to the Library, just before the
crackdown started. The police would not allow any saving action
after bikes had been cut off the railings with bolt cutters,
threatening arrests. Heated arguments and standoffs ensued, but
to no avail in the end and no arrests have been made.
If you left your
bike on the ferry pier only yesterday or today, then you're
probably safe. They only confiscated the ones with numbered notices,
attached on Monday morning. They
had photos (see above) of all 387 leafleted bikes and confiscated
could find still locked on the pier this morning.
(2 trash compactor photos above by Jo Wilson ("Full-time
environmental campaigner"), all other photos
There's a T-CPA
(Temporary Cycle Parking Area) outside the Library now, a unique sight
only today as
almost all these bikes will likely return to the ferry pier by tomorrow, till
the next Govt. crackdown or the permanent CPA construction.
For the full
story, see our outraged forum, well before the SCM Post will report on the
Bike removal from YSW ferry pier on Wed, Mar 28.
For more photos of what
happened to the bikes today:
background on this issue and the CPA, see Lamma-zine story, Aug
Unfulfilled Aspiration for Ten Years.
Alliance Media Release:
Gov't seize and destroy bikes on Lamma.
SCMP story, Mar
Bike seizures anger Lamma cyclists.
taken the next day:
2 of the 4 trees that Lamma's favourite son and most
famous Lammaite, Fat-Gor, planted almost 2 years ago are now in stunning
full bloom, up in Tai Yuen Village, on the Family Trail from YSW to
Hung Shing Yeh beach. If you've missed Chow Yun-fat planting these trees,
here's my world-exclusive photo gallery, which has been copied (w/o
permission) to so many Chinese websites worldwide:
Yes, many of us Lammaites are tree-huggers and we're
proud of it! There'll be a Green Lamma Green tree caring event
plus a Lamma Forest tree maintenance program happening this weekend.
More public tree plantings are planned in the next few weeks and months.
If your bikes is currently parked at the YSW ferry pier,
or you plan to park there in the next two days, be aware of this 386 (!) numbered
notices that have just been stapled onto all the bikes parked today. If your bike
is still there in two days, Wed, March 28,
it'll be stolen, eh, confiscated by police, sold in auction as crap material
and you will NEVER get it back, whatever you do or sue; that's the law!
Our forum has been erupting within hours
of the notices:
Mar 28, 2012
Former forum discussions about the most
recent ferry pier bike clearances:
Nov 26, 2010 --
Apr 9, 2008 --
Oct 19 & 21, 2005
Aug 28, 2004
After Mar 28, it should be OK to park
bikes at the ferry pier again, till the next clearance. In the
meantime, the CPA platform (Cycle Parking Area) between the
ferry pier and the Library is moving ever closer to being built,
supported by another very successful signature campaign and
lobbying by our District Council and Rural Committee; despite
fierce opposition from many local bike riders and green groups.
Look forward to more Lamma-zine stories
and forum discussions in our
Environment, Politics & Development forum soon, as the
CPA is probably the most divisive Lamma development issue right
- Official Court Volleyball/Basketball Correspondent:
McJane Bale, below by
Icey Xavier, plus
click on photos for Facebook photo albums)
Eagles Soar to the Top
LAMMA ISLAND, Hong Kong --
Sun, March 25 -- Call it an
In a stunning upset, the Xtreme Eagles
toppled the previously undefeated Lamma Warriors
in three straight games on Sunday to emerge as
season-two champions in the four-team Lamma
Island Pinay Volleyball League. In doing so,
they defended a title they won in the league's
inaugural season last year.
to wilt no matter how much pressure the
blue-uniformed Warriors applied, the Eagles
(wearing a variation of purple) handily took the
best-of-five championship showdown by scores of
27-25, 25-14 and 25-19. The Warriors, who had
entered the final with a perfect record in
season two, were considered to be strong
The Eagles surprised even themselves,
admitted team leader Violy Vhiong (see
right). "We thought they would be the winners,"
But the Eagles looked more ready, more
determined and more sharply focused. On some
plays, they also enjoyed better luck with the
ball bouncing sprightly in their favor.
How did Violy and her irrepressible teammates
achieve the surprise result? "I don't know,"
Violy said. "Maybe it was because we practiced
hard on Wednesday and on Saturday. We really
wanted to give them a good fight. But as it
turned out, we are the winners so we're much
happier with that."
Lamma Island Pinay Volleyball League Final
2. Lamma Warriors
3. D Machine Gun
4. The Volley Divas
Lamma Pinay Volleyball League -
Official Facebook Group
and photo album
Starting in April,
a reconfigured men's basketball league,
this time with six teams, opens under
supervision of the Lamma Island Pinoy Sports
An opening ceremony takes place on April
15 with the first games set for April 22.
Facebook group Lamma.Hoops
The Eagles get a good
look at almost everything the Warriors do.
The Eagles sense momentum building toward victory.
Black-uniformed D Machine Gun slides into third place.
Artist's impressions of the completed station. Details
and colours may vary:
For more information, as always, see our forum:
New Police Station.
Living on an island with not a single building taller than three floors
(plus the occasional "rooftop glasshouse"), spending a leisurely afternoon
today on the 100th floor is a quite
unusual, exotic, even surreal experience. I was meeting up with an old friend,
my former staff in two companies. He had continued his career in China after
our online travel agency dotcom startup was absorbed into Tom.com during the
last Year of the Dragon, 12 years ago. We both had never been up on the new ICC building's 100/F Observation Deck with 360-degree views all over HK. But
what was even more impressive than the absolutely amazing views (www.sky100.com.hk)
were the window washers in their gondola, see above!
Watching these fearless guys at work made me wonder why
there's no bungy jump at the ICC, like the one from the Macau Tower. It
could become the highest bungy jump in the world, even overtaking the
current record holder,
Highest Bungy 233m from the Macau Tower!
This high-rise Observation Deck reminded us of launching
a virtual, 3D-computer-animated time capsule into Cyberspace from the glass
pyramid at the very top of Central Plaza in Wanchai, during our company's
40th anniversary celebration in the last millennium. We received a standing
ovation back then. Aaah, those were our
salad days, our
glory heydays! We chatted till sunset as the Observation Deck was almost deserted on
this Tuesday afternoon. Check out the
tickets on Wednesdays for HK residents
Maybe we should organise a similar event for the 10th
anniversary of this website on July 23? Well, back then during our
cyberspace-time-capsule days I had a multi-million-$ budget for my website,
so the celebrations now would definitely be a little bit more low-key this
July 23 might be a great day for a
Tower bungy jump, who's coming along? I've already emailed a
tentative booking enquiry for that date, but please don't tell Lamma-Por.
She was sooo worried last time I did the
feet-first SkyJump ('You
Great Big Idiot!')
P.S. Email just in from Joycelyn, Lobby Attendant, AJ Hackett
Thank you for your interest in
"The World's Highest Bungy 233m"!
Currently your booking is made at
11:00am on the 23rd of July, 2012....
Please arrive at the 61st level
at least 20 minutes prior to your booking time.
Your jump time may differ from
your booking time due to many unexpected factors. Your
booking time is an approximate time that you will jump. We
will make every attempt to jump you as soon as possible.
Safety is our number one
priority.-We jump clients in groups and make the jump order
depending on their weight and bungy cord that they will jump
All bungy jumps are weather dependent; AJ Hackett Macau
Tower cannot guarantee that you will be able to jump when
Pictures taken late last year on my Sunday morning stroll
on the path up to
Hunter's (Kam Lo Hom), starting behind the YSW Playground.
Talking to a friend over Sunday brunch, while we were
watching another medevac from our YSW helipad this Sunday morning, she
described her seven flights in the medical emergency helicopter to
hospital, for various reasons, for herself or to accompany a family
member. Is this the record of medevac heli flights for a single person so
far on Lamma, or is there somebody who's even got more flights? Is there a helicopter frequent flyer program in the Govt. Flying Services?
Talking to friends at a wonderful birthday
in The Waterfront last night, MOST
had been on at least one of these free flights before. At an estimated cost of
HK$40,000(?) per flight, the
200+ medical emergency helicopter flights
per year (2010) from Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan are definitely much more
costly for tax payers
than improving our local medical emergency services and getting a 24/7
medical service on Lamma.
I've started a poll in our forum to get an idea of how many heli flights a
single Lammaite has taken:
How many times have you been on a medical evacuation helicopter flight from
Lamma, either as a patient or accompanying somebody?
24 people so far:
15: Never - 1 time: 5 - 2
times: 3 - 3 times: 1!
Submit your number!
Jay Scott Kanes - Official
Court Senior Pet Correspondent:
(Captions by John, photos by John &
Paul Lau; click to enlarge)
Southern Lamma Nightlife:
'A Paradise for Wild Pigs'?
LO SO SHING – When I walked across the Lamma hills to chat with Paul Lau Kwok-leung, an authority on Hong Kong
butterflies, little did I expect that our
discussion would turn to a much-weightier,
less-colorful topic – that of wild pigs.
After sharing his encyclopedic knowledge about
beautiful winged insects, Paul gave me a
remarkable bonus – a guided daytime tour to the
nocturnal rooting-tooting-stomping grounds of a
wild-pig herd. It's just a short walk from his
home in Lo So Shing village, near Sok Kwu Wan.
"Wild pigs come here after dark – there must be
dozens of them," said Paul. He then described
what sounded like an entirely new variety of
wild party on Lamma, very boaring (but not
the left of a footpath leading to Lo So Shing
Beach, Paul pointed out large patches of
uprooted and peeled back vegetation and turf,
almost like rolled-up carpet, exposing the dirt
below. He said that wild pigs had systematically
harvested roots, edible bulbs and other
vegetation bits that they like to eat.
"Around here, they are really changing the
landscape," Paul said. "They've dug up lots of
places in small patches all around Lo So Shing.
Anywhere they can find edible bulbs underground
they'll turn the soil upside down."
What remains visible by day after the
pig-parties is a lot of heavily nosed-through
and trod-upon dirt, criss-crossed by piles of
plowed-together plant material that apparently
didn't interest the night-feeders. Near the
footpath, the dug-up-and-rooted patches reveal
plastic bottles and other litter that passing
humans earlier had tossed there.
Most Lamma residents have heard a few fellow
islanders mention sporadic sightings of wild
pigs or hoof-prints along seldom-used hiking
routes. Never seeing such creatures personally,
they tend to regard the stories as a rural myth.
way! The wild pigs are real, Paul insisted. He
has seen them and even photographed several one
night at about 3 a.m. after they pushed past a
fence and invaded his landlord's sweet-potato
Convinced that wild pigs have been mating and
multiplying deep in the woods, Paul described
the wilderness on southern Lamma, especially
near Lo So Shing, as "turning into a paradise
for wild pigs". He believes that some of the
night prowlers are youngsters -- piglets. By
day, the animals probably rest in hiding places
deep in the woods where they're confident humans
Compared to farm pigs, the wild ones are bigger,
darker, equipped with sharp tusks and covered in
thick hair (much like cavemen once were).
"They're really hairy," Paul said."They hear and
smell extremely well, but their eyesight may be
Paul theorises that a few years ago several wild
pigs must have arrived on Lamma by swimming,
probably from the New Territories. "They're good
swimmers," he said. "Fishermen have seen them in
the water before."
"Since some of their champion swimmers came
over, they have prospered and are becoming more
and more dominant in our nature scene. Their
population is not small now, and it's going to
These animals can give birth to 10 or more
piglets per litter, which means lots of hungry
mouths to feed. Even so, the wild pigs seldom
wander near Yung Shue Wan, probably to avoid the
bigger human presence there. Likewise, they
avoid Sok Kwu Wan's often-crowded main street.
Normally, they won't attack people, but could
turn ornery and aggressive if they feel
threatened, startled, cornered or obliged to
protect their youngsters.
Before long, staff from Hong Kong's Agriculture,
Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD)
will need to start coming to Lamma on
pig-chasing expeditions, Paul predicted. Usually
the AFCD acts only after public complaints.
Eventually, a group of urban-dwellers visiting
Lamma may wander off a main footpath and get
badly lost. Then imagine them placing an
emergency phone call, demanding police
protection because they've been "surrounded by
wild pigs". In heavily populated Hong Kong, not many people have such a wilderness experience.
'They're really hairy.'
Having completely rooted
through one clearing…
…the nightly prowlers
started on another.
vegetation and turf resemble a rolled-up carpet.
By darkness, wild pigs
forage. (Photo by Paul Lau Kwok-leung,
Photos of wild
boars in North Lamma, by Anonymous Guy:
Feb 17, 2010:
Lamma Wild Boar -
During Sundays, quite a number of formal and informal
religious activities are being organised and open to Lammaites, mainly
church services and gatherings, often advertised on our walls. I was having
lunch with a Catholic and a Muslim today; afterwards we strolled by the
Watchtower people proselytizing on Main Street - where you can often see our
Poor Clare Nuns of the Portiuncula Monastery, cheerful Filipinos coming from
the Lady of Lourdes Sunday service, Chinese grave sweepers with flowers and
food, Hindus on the way to an Indian restaurant, Thai Buddhists walking past
Baha'i Faith posters, and even Tibetan Buddhist Lamas leaving the Lamma
I was wondering where an old cynic who lost his faith in
his misspent youth can find spiritual guidance these days (outside of our
bars, of course). Then we arrived at the ferry pier and my (non-religious)
prayer was suddenly answered, the grey sky opening up to sunshine and my
eyes drawn to the pillars of the YSW ferry pier where Law Fong has
been sticking up his hand-written, mysterious posters once again. Being
intrigued and having too much spare time on my hands while waiting for the
ferry, I took a few photos, after quite enjoying these Sanctimonious Sunday Sermons
by Law Fong which reminded me of the late inimitable, indomitable
and irritable Pinky Chan.
Does anybody know our local street preacher, rallying
against "the devil's roads", "the dragon swaying along the road", and "drunk
and sleepless driving" on our car-free island, even trying to teach us poor
sinners to repent and become a "very good person" with "high moral
Posters and banners for and against the proposed CPA
(Cycle Parking Area, see location above) have appeared in the last few
weeks in YSW. It looks almost like another election, but Govt. is very eager
to go ahead with this already approved project and so are our
local politicians and many
residents, despite some very outspoken and well-reasoned opposition.
But the comments from Lammaites will play at least some
role if this very contentious and divisive project will be built pretty
soon, or further delayed, or maybe one of the several alternative
solutions re-considered? This issue has been simmering for
more than ten years:
The pro-CPA signature campaign has succeeded once again in
collecting a large number of signatures, separated by residents and visitors,
but the final numbers are not available yet. But a considerable number of objections
have also been submitted by mail and email. Make your voice heard and
submit your comments, pro or con, by next Tue, Mar
6. Check out our very active,
long-running forum for more background, plans, details,
flyers and info on how to
Politicising the "Cycle Parking Platform" (100+ posts, 4,700+ views so far)
I've been running
Nick the Bookman's
website pro bono for quite a number of years now. Time to update his
reviews page! If you're one of the numerous fans of Nick's unique,
uninhibited, wordiferous and very personal reviewing
style and have missed some articles, have a look by clicking below:
Reviews of concerts, festivals, films, sports events, two weddings and even a
funeral, 1993 - 2012:
Nick's reviews will always be first published in our
Music forum (or in the Lamma- zine occasionally) and then linked from
this reviews archive page above.
Charlotte Varley -
photos by Charlotte)
David Wolter or 'South African Dave'
(as he was known on Lamma Island.)
are many words that have been used to describe David
over the last few days; kind, caring, friendly,
generous, lovable, chatty, with a crazy sense of humour.
David was appreciated for his 'shouty exuberance'
and was 'filled with the joy of being' and
'was more alive than anyone else I knew'. He was all
of those things. David had time for everyone. He had an
enthusiasm and energy for life that was infectious. His
smile really did light up the room, his humour made us
all laugh and at times cry!
David lived on Lamma Island for 18 years and was very
much part of the Lamma community. Involved with the
running of Suncastle Kindergarten on the island, he also
helped set up the Children's Saturday Cricket Club and
was a regular helper at Santa on the Beach. David was
famously chief organiser the year Santa on the Beach was
close to being shut down by
our rather over- enthusiastic
police. Somewhere I have photos of Santa handing out
gifts to the children of Lamma, in the background David
is in serious negotiation with the police, waving his
arms around, trying to establish a reasonably peaceful
end to the police visit.
David loved his sport; rugby, cricket, hockey and
football. He was a keen Middlesborough fan, unusual for
someone from Johannesburg!
David loved to talk, meet new friends, travel, read,
kayak, cycle, hike, spend time on the beach and just
hang out in the garden at the barbecue surrounded by his
many friends. David loved to cook and entertain, our
home was always full of friends and laughter.
However, more than anything
else David loved his two boys, Isaac and Tom.
David's family and many friends in Hong Kong, UK and
South Africa will miss him so much.
Please join us for a celebration of David's life:
Sunday 4 March from 2pm at our home.
Monday, 5 March, at 1pm, St John's Cathedral,
Thank you to our many friends on
Lamma, in Hong Kong, to the French International School
community and my
Charlotte, Isaac, Tom and family in South Africa
P.S. Share your condolences, memories and photos:
R.I.P. David Wolter
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