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Easy Moving With UniGroup
Apr 24

Sometimes you meet the nicest people just before they move away.

Insulated Bitumenised Steel Wire Armour - Apr 23

Along Cable Road, just outside Power Station Beach, these 5-ton cable rolls have been appearing.

John the White-Haired Stallion - Apr 22

"Dragons roared, Stallions galloped and Vipers hissed on April 22, the first game-day..."

Helicopter Videos, In/Outdoors - Apr 19

The latest videos by lammajoeyu, VV Driver and renowned Quadrocopter Aviator!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Apr 18

Lamma people photo gallery by Sean Creamer - www.WorldlyImages.net.

Huntsman Spider Trained to Kill Roaches? - Apr 17

"Typically Lamma!" pictures and story, demonstrating how some Lammaites react when seeing....

Lamma Hoops Stars - Apr 16

"New-Look Hoops League Shoots Into Action:
Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League, now with six teams."

Sunday Crowds on Mt Stenhouse - Apr 15

Lammaites reaching the top once again: Pawel the Rambling Guide, David from Boston, MTR Ollie,...

Fairy Merry Lamma - Apr 12

From the latest newsletter of Hans Andersen Club Lamma Island Centre.

LAMMA DAY - Fri, April 13
Apr 11

Quoting ex-Lammaite superstar Chow Yun-Fat in the recent Time Out HK mag cover interview:

Big Breakfast, Anybody?
Apr 10

Yes, I'm one of those annoying people who take quick snapshots of their food before tucking in!

Chinese Easter Eggs? - Apr 9

There's been a wide variety of religious Easter celebrations on Lamma, from a Sunday mass with spiritual healing to a sea....

Visiting Gung-Gung - Apr 8

Many of our regular readers probably know by now that Lamma-Gung, means Lamma grandpa in Cantonese.

Photographers @ HK Flower Show - Apr 7

Photos of pretty flowers? Boooring! Photos of photo- graphers taking photos....

Faster Broadband for Lamma! - Apr 6

Are you happy with the Internet Broadband speed in your home?

Here Lies Lamma-Gung,
Part II
-
Apr 5

How to get a new, unused niche in the no-waiting-list, lowest-cost Lamma Columbarium!

Here Lies Lamma-Gung
Apr 4

What to do on a pretty & dry Ching Ming Festival holiday like today?

We Need More Photos, Videos, Artworks, Wildlife & Websites of the Day! - Apr 3

ARCHIVE Gallery -
SUBMIT Your Own Photo!

Laughter Yoga @ Northern Lamma School - Apr 2

"Healthy Day", Thu, Mar 22,
Northern Lamma School, YSW.

Lamma Eco-cycles! - Apr 1

"Another "green" enterprise is about to open its doors on Lamma Island. Local entrepreneur Bike Mike...."

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Apr 25:  Community Recycling & Cleanups

Email newsletter submitted by Living Lamma:

P.S. YSW Community Recycling Points:
every Fri & Sat, 1-4pm, Mar 2012-Mar 2013:
Fri:
near YSW Main Street public toilet; Sat: outside YSW Football Playground:
More info, website.

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Apr 24:  Easy Moving With UniGroup

UniGroup Worldwide UTS moving crew, plus VV driver & baker Winston Fu on the left (whose crew moved us locally a few years back) and Romain on the right.

Sometimes you meet the nicest people just before they move away. This is what happened to me recently when doing a little photo shoot of the Kaehler family: Ben, Holly & their lil' girl Tilly (see below). After 15 months on Lamma, they are moving back to Canberra, Australia, and had a 20ft container of belongings to pack, ship and deliver. Many Lammaites will miss this young family. Lamma Dragon- boater Romain, Senior Consultant of Global Mobility, HK, UniGroup Worldwide UTS, coordinated and organised their entire move. He even agreed to pay for this Sponsored Lamma-zine Feature, a still pretty rare occurrence. Thanks, Romain, and many congratulations on your recent marriage to your lovely and very smart Mainland sweetheart!

Not having witnessed a major international move for quite some time, I tagged along for a very pleasant morning watching the very professional and well-organised proceedings running like clockwork. The Kaehler family occupied a top-of-the- market $15K 700sqft rooftop flat in a new Village House with an amazing view over Yung Shue Wan, just besides the "Chow Mansion" in Tai Yuen Village (opposite Yan Yan Store).

Reasons for moving to Lamma from Australia? Ben's an avid mountainbiker (see his T-shirt), it's convenient to commute to HK Island and they even claim that Lamma.com.hk helped them to decide to move to Lamma! Returning to Australia, they requested quotes from several movers and chose UniGroup based on price, international experience and their one-stop, complete services for the move on both ends. Their smiling faces and especially the arm on Romain's shoulder tell you about how happy they were with the friendly and professional services provided. Moving is often such a major hassle and full of problems, frustrations, delays, disappointments and tempers flaring, it's great to see such a relaxed and easy-going move. I'll warmly recommend UniGroup for international relocations!

The Kaehler family & Lamma Dragon Romain - Family friend Nonna, a member of the Xtreme Eagles team who won the last Pinay Volleyball League tournament!

Your entire life being neatly packed up in boxes cut to the size of the contents.

We went for a nice, chatty lunch in Green Cottage while the movers were working fast and efficiently, finishing this huge job well before the 6pm deadline, transporting everything to the YSW Gaido Pier (see below). Ben, Holly & Tilly then retired for their very last night on Lamma, splashing out on a deluxe ocean view suite in the Concerto Inn Hotel. I hope to hear from them after settling down in Canberra and reading about their experiences at the other end of this smooth move. Ben, I'm hoping to see your collection of Power Station chimney photos soon! Holly, a few words about living & parenting on Lamma as a new, first-time mother?

Finally, a bit more info about UniGroup's relocation services, in case you might be interested in repeating the positive experiences of the Kaehler family for your own off-island and international moving needs:

"We provide a full suite of relocation services, CITYPOINTE is a service of UniGroup Worldwide UTS, namely Relocation & Move Management services, a one stop solution aiming to benefit you(r) company with cost savings and process efficiency, rather than getting in touch with multiple parties, we offer you a fully responsible single point of contact, CITYPOINTE.

As your Destinations Service Provider (DSP) specializing in HR and Pre-Move Advisory, Immigration assistance, Orientation programs, School Search, Home Search, Settling-In and Departure services; our team of global professionals understands the tedious process and challenges of any relocation, while facilitating you and your family in embracing the new living environment, minimizing the stress involved.
With our assistance, you will be able to focus and perform while managing assignees on assignment, reducing the risk of failed relocation, resulting in an expensive exercise of repatriation.

Looking forward to your reply and would appreciate any opportunities, showing you how we make Living Easy Beyond Boundaries."

Contact Romain for a free quote; here's a nice presentation to potential clients:

UniGroup Worldwide UTS - The world moves with Us.

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Apr 23:  Insulated Bitumenised Steel Wire Armour

Along Cable Road, just outside Power Station Beach, these 5-ton cable rolls have been appearing in recent weeks, making many people wonder what's happening exactly and how far these works will extend up Cable Road #2 to Lamma Winds? By the way, it's officially called Stacker Road, according to HK Electric and the Govt. maps. Cable Road #1 to Pak Kok is called Reservoir Road:

I've had a closer look at the works and the cable rolls and then asked HK Electric for comments. I also took the opportunity to ask for another English guided tour inside the Power Station for our readers, like this tour I coordinated last year.

Did you know that all the electric power for Lamma doesn't come from the Power Station directly, but does a round trip to HK Island first?

HK Electric: "Electricity generated at Lamma Power Station is transmitted to Hong Kong Island via 275kV submarine cables and gets transformed down to distribution voltage at 22kV and 11kV, i.e. just 4-8% the original voltage.
The 11kV and 22kV systems are used to distribute electricity to the whole of HK Island, including Lamma.
On Lamma Island, the 11kV voltage which is fed from HK Island via submarine cables is further stepped down to 380V 3-phase or 220V single-phase via transformers."

This is the 22kV cable used:

HK Electric: "The network enhancement work outside east gate of Lamma Power Station, a total of 600 meters of power cables will be laid in phases and we have just completed the first phase of around 100 meters.

The [yellow] communication cables are used for HK Electric's network enhance- ment purpose and not related to other companies [like HGC's future, highly- anticipated high-speed Broadband Internet].

It is our pleasure to arrange another Lamma Power Station visit for Lammaites. However, due to the heavy visit schedule, we would like to propose it be held on either Tue 14 or Wed 15 Aug 2012. I'll send you the visit itinerary upon receiving your confirmation."

Email me which date you'd prefer! I'll only start collecting registrations much closer to the actual date, as this is 4 months away. See photos from 7 Lammaites of our last visit: Inside the Lamma Power Station, Feb 17, 2011.

Forum: New HV Cables being laid.

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Apr 22:  John the White-Haired Stallion

John Cairns - Official Court Volleyball/Basketball Correspondent:

(Photos below by John Cairns, photo above by unknown)

Dragons, Stallions, Vipers
Step Ahead

LAMMA ISLAND, Hong Kong - Sun, April 22

Dragons roared, Stallions galloped and Vipers hissed on April 22, the first game-day in the revamped Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League (LIPBL). Three teams, the Golden Dragons, the White Stallions and the Purple Vipers, share first place after opening victories.

Under blazing sunshine following a week of rainy weather, two strong teams, the Golden Dragons and the Brown Lions, squared off in an energetic opening contest at Yung Shue Wan's outdoor basketball court. Impressively, the Dragons flew to a big lead and held off the gritty Lions 65-54.

Led by hard-driving, perpetual-motion man Kervin Yu, and by a tall, agile newcomer, Sunny Wong, the Dragons looked at times like the best team ever to appear in the LIPBL. They out-roared some powerful Lions, including Anthony Bito-Onas and Alvin Diego, from last season's title-winners, the Lamma Archers, and the perpetually potent Makha Diop.

Read more and view many
more pictures...

Between the hoop and its shadow, Arno Linder (right) and [perpetually potent] Makha Diop do an aerial ballet.

Apr 19:  Helicopter Videos, In/Outdoors

The latest videos from all over Lamma, by lammajoeyu, VV Driver and renowned Quadrocopter Aviator, including indoors in his flat! Click above to play the videos.

Email me to showcase YOUR Lamma-related videos and photo galleries!

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Apr 18:  Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Lamma people photo gallery by Sean Creamer - www.WorldlyImages.net:

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Apr 17:  Huntsman Spider Trained to Kill Roaches?

Today, another little, "Typically Lamma!" picture and story, demonstrating how some Lammaites react when seeing a huge spider (1 inch body length) devour a cockroach on the flat door of Sean Creamer. He immediately snapped a picture with his mobile phone camera on the way to work, posting it on Facebook.

A good neighbour, Howard Sheard, seeing the photo, rushed over right away with his professional photo gear and took some amazing close-up pictures (click on photo above). Then he Facebooked them as well, getting dozens of admiring and disgusted comments within a few hours, summarised in Strange bug forum topic.

This is quite similar to the common reaction from Lammaites when encountering a snake: After getting to a safe distance, we grab our pocket or mobile phone cameras and try to take a picture or video, sharing it in our public Lamma Snake Sightings Facebook group.

Afterwards, Howard continued adding more stunning photos of pretty flowers, cute butterflies and colourful dragonflies to his definitive Random Lamma 2012 wildlife album. He was trying to soothe the frazzled nerves of the few Lamma friends grossed out a bit by his grisly, ghastly, gruesome portraits of this domestic Huntsman Spider enjoying a crunchy brunch. The lady of the house tried to put this experienced but definitely not cute pest killer pet up for adoption, but nobody has stepped forward yet, so its final fate remains unknown at this time. Anybody?

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Apr 16:  Lamma Hoops Stars

John Cairns - Official Court Volleyball/Basketball Correspondent:

(Poster by Lamma Hoops, photos by John Cairns, animation by L-G.)

New-Look Hoops League
Shoots Into Action

LAMMA ISLAND, Hong Kong - Sun, April 15 - With revamped teams and a new-again feel, the Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League (LIPBL), now with a record six teams, has opened another "season". The first games take place on April 22.

Activities began on April 15 with a colorful parade of brightly uniformed players, plus fans and officials, along Main Street in Yung Shue Wan, Lamma's largest village. After the procession reached the local basketball court, each team and player participated in an opening ceremony that featured national anthems of the Philippines and China, a prayer and a sportsmanship oath. Then more activities ensued with skills contests, a youth exhibition game, food and music.

Organized by the Lamma Island Pinoy Sports Association (LIPSA), the league showcases Lamma basketball players (aged 14 or more) of all nationalities. For this, its third season, LIPSA disbanded the five previous teams and redrafted players onto six new squads. So the league now consists of the Aqua Sharks, Black Panthers, Brown Lions, Golden Dragons, Purple Vipers and White Stallions. Past champions, the Glorious Tigers and the Lamma Archers, temporarily at least, disappear into LIPBL history.

On Sunday, a youth team (with players too young for the league) coached by Jimmie Lamsen overcame an early deficit to defeat a rival side guided by Ivan Fernie. The score was 18-10.

Many LIPBL players entertained the opening-day crowd by engaging in skills contests. The winners were: see poster!

Read more...

With helping hands and teamwork, even tiny stars can shoot and score as the crowd roars.

Golden Dragons march along Lamma's Main Street.

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Apr 15:  Sunday Crowds on Mt Stenhouse

A group of adventurous HK youngsters close to the top (click to enlarge any photo)

Lammaites reaching the top once again: Pawel the Rambling Guide, David from Boston, MTR Ollie & Lamma-Gung (not pictured, holding the camera).
Lammaite Henry and an off-island friend, posing proudly during their ascent.

Finally, after months of searching, I found an experienced guide confident enough to lead us up the rarely used back route up to Mt. Stenhouse, the highest peak of Lamma Island, from Lo So Shing Beach, via our long-running forum topic, Climbing Mt Stenhouse, where I've been polling our forum members:

Have you ever climbed to the summit of Mt Stenhouse?

Yes, more than 5 years ago
13%
 13%  [ 5 ]
Yes, less than 5 years ago
28%
 28%  [ 11 ]
Yes, more than once!
28%
 28%  [ 11 ]
I tried, but didn't make it all the way to the summit
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]
Not yet, but I'd like to try it soon
23%
 23%  [ 9 ]
No way, I'm not nuts!
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]

Total Votes : 38

Route map created by MapMyHike and my Android phone w/GPS, climbing up from
Lo So Shing beach; then down via the pavilion (4) to the SKW Tin Hau Temple.

I can still hide behind the Trig Point atop Mt Stenhouse! I plan to return yearly to test my fitness and check if I've expanded beyond the width of this pillar again.

Intrepid explorers facing up to the tough challenge of the 350m summit, each of the 4 of us from a different home country. We didn't encounter any snakes, centipedes, feral dogs, wild boars or other fascinating Lamma wildlife, to our disappointment!

Lo So Shing, 1 of only 2 public Lamma beaches - Backside of Sok Kwu Wan

South Lamma, Ling Kok Shan and Tung O Wan - Zooming in on Shek Pai Wan beach

Through tall grass off Lo So Shing - A deep cave close to the top,
very narrow for humans, maybe home to some of the Lo So Shing wild boars?

We stopped over for drinks and Durian ice-cream (me only) in the LoSo Shop (current Website of the Day). Several of the relaxed guests were involved in playing with and taking pictures of crawling insects, some I had never seen before.

More photos in our Climbing Mt Stenhouse forum topic.

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Apr 12:  Fairy Merry Lamma

From the latest newsletter of the Hans Andersen Club Lamma Island Centre.

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Apr 11:  LAMMA DAY - Friday, April 13

Quoting ex-Lammaite superstar Chow Yun-Fat in the recent Time Out HK magazine cover interview about the Top 100 HK films (he's starring in 7 of them!):

"When I was living on Lamma Island as a kid, I was mostly watching Cantonese opera. [Laughs] I mean the bamboo theatre for the Tin Hau Festival... when you didn't have electric lamps and were only using oil lamps in the tents... when you see things light up in the darkness... it's like being in a dream. And you know how detached the music and lyrics of Cantonese opera could make you feel, how their costumes and makeup [could make you feel]... so I felt 'wow, that was really amazing!' [Chuckles]

With an endorsement like that, how about checking it out yourself? Fat-Gor (Brother Fat, as he's locally known) has been known to sneak into these performances in YSW and SKW even nowadays. It's all free, if you stay just on the outside of the bamboo arena and is just a great photo opportunity which I've covered almost every year in many photo galleries. The Cantonese opera in the YSW Football Pitch is performing from today, Wed, Apr 11 - Sun, Apr 15!

The best day to see it will be Friday, Apr 13, on LAMMA DAY, when there'll be so much more happening at the Tin Hau temple and the Gaido pier in YSW:

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Apr 10:  Big Breakfast, Anybody?

The Waterfront Bar and Restaurant -- Bookworm Cafe

Pizza Milano -- LaLa mama

Yes, I'm one of those annoying people who take quick snapshots of their food before tucking in, and then even posting them online occasionally! But at least I'm (rarely) blogging about it and I try to take flattering pictures, doing justice to the surprisingly and consistently high quality of most local restaurants.

By the way, I'm still looking for one or more Official Court Gluttons to review Lamma restaurants. The new couple I appointed a few months back got too busy with work (and hiking all over the place), basically giving up after a single review, unfortunately. Send me your little food reviews and pictures, please, instead of just posting them to OpenRice like everybody else! Up there you'll only be one of gazillions of food reviewers, but in the Lamma-zine I'll make you feel special and admired by your friends, becoming a local celeb, an Official Court Glutton! Here's a list of recent, upcoming and rumoured changes in the local dining & drinking scene, to get you started with ideas for your own reviews:

Bar & Restaurant news

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Apr 9 - Easter Monday:  Chinese Easter Eggs?

There's been a wide variety of religious Easter celebrations on Lamma, from a Sunday mass with spiritual healing to a sea baptism off Power Station beach and various Easter egg hunts all over. But for the majority of Lammaites, it's just another long holiday, an opportunity to visit the Outlying Islands. I was sitting at the outside wall of Diesel's this afternoon, for one of my favourite sports, people watching; gazing at the huge crowds mill and meander below while I was enjoying a cool cider. Nobody was carrying or wearing anything traditionally Easter-related, no chocolatey, sweet goodies, nothing egg-shaped, except...

Fish balls the size and colour of brown eggs, white on the inside!

The snack shop to the right of Diesel's Sports Bar was doing an absolutely roaring trade on this beautiful weekend, people lining up to buy waffles, "egg balls", brightly colourful drinks, etc. But their absolute bestsellers are their 3 egg-sized fishballs on a stick, selling a stick every few seconds at one point; obviously a local delicacy which I had never tried till now. High time for a fishball review and photos of visitors enjoying them while dripping and strolling down Main Street!

So many visitors enjoying these 3-for-$14 snacks, how do they taste like?

Well, surprisingly quite nice, actually! Firm, springy bite, pleasant texture and crunch, finely minced, pleasantly warm, really juicy and quite but not overly sweet. They come with a choice of 6 (!) colourful condiments in squirt bottles, from Soy, Sweet, Mustard to Chilli Oil. So here's another great opportunity to get creative and paint your Easter eggs, eh, fish balls in pretty designs. Afterwards, you're even able to eat the coloured sauces, unlike egg paints, and no need to peel them!

Thinking about it, this is actually much smarter and tastier than boiled Easter eggs which all taste the same and the only available seasoning is salt usually. These convenience and taste advantages might be the main reasons that nobody seems to have been selling painted eggs on Lamma this Easter weekend? So these fish balls are kind of the Chinese version of Western-style Easter eggs! Another Confusing Cultural Conundrum solved and explained!

This tasty and succulent snack is also big enough and well suited to be shared with 2 more people, so it's a pretty good value as well. Try them and share them!

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Apr 8 - Easter Sunday:  Visiting Gung-Gung

Most of our regular readers probably know by now that Lamma-Gung, Lamma Ah- Gung, means Lamma grandpa in Cantonese. When I came to HK over 24 years ago, I gained an instant local family, 3 school-age children who lived with my gfriend's ex. By now, two of them have their own children, so I've got 3 grandsons now. I still remember millennium night waiting in the hospital for the birth of the first one, finally being born in the morning of Jan 1, 2000.

I usually meet some of my local family around Chinese festivals, playing the role of slightly weird, eccentric uncle living on an Outlying Island whose Cantonese is still so poor. But by now, they've learnt English and we can communicate pretty well. To improve their English, their mother sent the two oldest ones, 10 and 12, to stay overnight and talk with Gung-Gung, as they call me. Showing them around Lamma, it was interesting how this local children, raised in a housing estate this millennium with mobiles Facebooking photos and computer game scores, reacted to the "rural deprivation" of Lamma (no fast food!!), what they liked and didn't like. Well, they definitely loved the pizzas here, trying most of the YSW restaurants serving them!

Here are a few photos I took and posted on their Facebook Walls where they were quickly viewed and Liked by their mum and relatives, even before the two sleepyheads awoke mid-morning:

Will Tung-lam be able to devour this entire Pizza Milano Special all by himself?
Spencer is inventing an entirely new and advanced Sleep Yoga position?

Spencer exploring peaceful Lamma Island on Easter Sunday.

Is Spencer going to join the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club on Power Station Beach?

Shrimpy food painting on a plate in a fancy Central restaurant -- Steamed fish.

The Fearless but Exhausted Nighttime Mosquito Killers still soundly asleep at 9:30am on Easter Monday!

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Apr 7:  Photographers @ HK Flower Show

HK Flower Show, Victoria Park, HK Island, March 16-25

This yearly event might feature the highest density of amateur photographers you might ever see in HK, except maybe when "pseudo models" are promoting their sexy books at the HK Book Fair. But while everybody else was snapping the amazingly colourful displays of flowers & plants, I was more interested in the crowds, flocks, gaggle of photographers themselves, showing off their cool, but often highly expensive gear while trying so hard to frame and capture just THE perfect shot.

My trusty, dusty, slightly chipped, 4+year-old, but still very reliable Nikon D80 made me feel slightly inadequate & old-fashioned when looking all this leading-edge photomagic equipment, gadgetry & assorted paraphernalia. Gear envy raised its ugly green head. But how many of these Great-Gear Guys actually do get paid for their photos, as I occasionally do, but still too rarely. Do you need a wannabe professional photographer who will "Work for Food" (and a drink, or two)?

Photos of pretty flowers? Boooring! Photos of photographers taking loads of photos of pretty flowers? Even more boring!??

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Apr 6 - Good Friday:  Faster Broadband for Lamma!

Are you happy with the Internet Broadband speed in your home?

If not, check out our Faster Broadband for Lamma forum and post the results of your Speedtest Wave, please. Then join the Faster Broadband for Lamma Facebook group, hopefully lobbying for much better speed and service from our so far sole home/business Broadband provider, PCCW Netvigator. The only non-mobile connection to the Internet world for private users on our island is still a single microwave link from a hilltop, used for all 1,000+ Internet fixed-line accounts, plus hundreds of streaming NOW TV accounts clogging up the telephone landlines still carrying almost all our Internet traffic.

We'd also love to convince Hutchison Global Communications to finally announce their much faster service, after laying optical fibre in much of North Lamma over the last several years! HGC, loads of very frustrated and unhappy PCCW customers are waiting for your fibre Broadband! After a recent massive price increase and massive reduction in speed by PCCW (down from 5+ to typically BELOW 1Mb/s these days), many of us would be most eager to switch over to your new service! Hurry up, please!


P.S. Did you ever get a broken internal link on an old page of this website*, before Dec 1, 2010, linking to a forum page? If yes, simply replace /forum in the link with /forum-OK. For example:
www.lamma.com.hk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8332 would need -OK added: www.lamma.com.hk/forum-OK/viewtopic.php?t=8332 to work fine.

* I had to change the forum folder's name quite some time ago because of relentless spam attacks almost killing it. We've been mostly fine since then, but there was no easy way of changing all these thousands of old forum links manually.
If you know a way to do this easily on many basic HTML pages, please let me know.

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Apr 5:  Here Lies Lamma-Gung, Part II

For a lot more info on how to get a new, unused niche in the no- waiting-list, lowest-cost, but very pretty & clean Lamma Columbarium up on a lush, forested hillside, check out my latest "research" and up- to-date info in our forum:

Lamma Garden of Remembrance

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Apr 4 - Ching Ming Festival:  Here Lies Lamma-Gung

What to do on a pretty & dry Ching Ming Festival holiday like today? How about avoiding the crowds of visitors and grave sweepers by walking up to 4 Lamma peaks, after paying respects to an old friend in the Lamma Columbarium? It was devoid of visitors even today, as there are only a few dozen niches occupied so far, only 2 non- Chinese so far.

There's room enough for my own ashes someday, I hope, in the far, far distant future. At an estimated 3-4 niches/year usage over the last several years (I've counted), there's almost a 100-year reserve of empty niches available. As columbarium niches are extremely rare, expensive and have years-long waiting lists, we Lammaites seem to be very fortunate,

A few years ago, I've been soliciting possible epitaphs for my own niche in the "Lamma Garden of Remembrance", for example "Here Lies Lamma-Gung, the Self- styled Online Voice of YSW", "...Still Loitering with Intent to Commit an Arrestable Offence", "... He's Finally Shut Up!"

I've been hiking up the hillside above the Firestation today, through the expanding graveyard covering much of the hillside below the 1st Cable Road, along newly concreted paths and ever-larger graves, some almost the size of Lamma flats, with interesting offerings, from beautiful flowers to an entire pig's head.

Hiking over Mt. Panorama in front of the windturbine, I continued along the Snake Trail to the Youth Hostel and the nearby "Lamma Garden of Remembrance", deserted even today on Ching Ming, the official grave-sweeping day, where I paid my respects to David Kerr.

Still energetic and feeling invigorated, I climbed another 3 nearby hills, taking more photos, passing some abseiling training, then descending down to the Green Lamma Green pavilion on the Family Trail, returning to YSW. See my meandering "Stumbling Randomly" trail above, almost all off-road, courtesy of the MapMyHike Android app and GPS. "Enough words, show us the photos!"

Grave sweepers from town visiting their ancestral graves.

Urns, fresh flowers, hell money, offerings and one of many guard lions.

Another busy day at the Lamma Winds windturbine, our unique tourist attraction.

Ever-expanding graveyard above the Firestation, with some huge graves with terraces and trees -- View from Mt Panorama in front of Lamma Winds Plaza --
Snake Trail meandering along the hilltop ridges --
Mountainbiker riding the demanding Snake Trail (I rode it once, never again!) -- Above Luk Chau Village, with HK Island in the distance.

The famous Pair of Chairs on the Snake Trail, with a different look and position almost every time I pass them, just above Lo Tik Wan pier and the fish farms.

Brand-new staircase from Lo Tik Wan to the middle of the Snake Trail. Is it just a matter of time before they'll concrete over the entire scenic Snake Trail,
my favourite dirt-path hiking trail?? -- Chinese family & dog on Snake Trail --
Clambering up the rocky hillside to the highest mid-Lamma peak, high above the Lamma Quarry Lake -- Descent -- Return via the scenic and popular Family Trail.

"Lamma Garden of Remembrance", just beyond the Youth Camp/Hostel, besides path to Luk Chau Village: Enough space (for Lamma residents only) for 100+ years to come! "Here Lies Lamma-Gung"... someday, I hope....

RIP, Dave, 1945 - 2007, truly a "Friend to many" and an early supporter of this website, donating his digital camera 7+ years ago.

Abseiling training for teenagers high above the Lamma Quarry.

Yes, I dare to do it, stepping down a steep rock cliff! (Pictures taken while balancing off an overhanging rock ledge, without a rope or any safety.)

On the highest peak of mid-Lamma overlooking the Quarry Lake, with one of a number of Trigonometry Point pillars all over the island. Did I miss any so far?

Back to civilisation: Concerto Inn Hotel's "Palm Tree Pigeon & Seafood Cafe"
looking so cozy and inviting at sunset.

Bike Shop -- Thai Thai 2's many dinner takeaway offerings in Tai Yuen Village.
One of the girls recognised me
 as "Lamma.com.hk", so I asked them for a photo.

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Apr 3:  We Need More Photos, Videos, Artworks,
              Wildlife & Websites of the Day!

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Apr 2:  Laughter Yoga @ Northern Lamma School

More info on Laughter Yoga, contact Honey Pamnani, www.LaughterYoga.org
Super Brain Yoga (for more info contact Sheela @ World Pranic Healing):

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Apr 1:  Lamma Eco-cycles Launch

Bike Mike - Official Court Biking Correspondent:

(Extensively edited, extravagantly extended,
exceedingly illustrated 
& excessively hyperlinked by L-G.
Photos by Bike Mike, Chairwoman Jo, Alanikali & L-G)

Lamma Eco-cycles Soon to Open for Business

LAMMA ISLAND, Hong Kong - March 28

Another "green" enterprise is about to open its doors on Lamma Island. Local entrepreneur Bike Mike, seeing the demand of Lamma residents for good, cheap, reliable, ecologically friendly transportation, will embark on this new retail business.

Lamma Eco-cycles will soon open next door to Tigra da Lua in Tai Yuen Village, Lamma's premier fashion and jewelry boutique, run by Bike Mike's cousin, Maria. It'll be located not far from YSW's popular Bike Lady, but not affiliated with her ever-popular Nam Fung Bike shop.

A life-long bicycle enthusiast, Bike Mike has evolved, bringing his avocation of cycling to the new vocation of repairing and selling recycled bicycles.

"This new venture just jumped out at me today, Mar 28, as I was almost run over by 1 of the 2 VVs carrying confiscated bikes from the YSW ferry pier to the Waste Transfer Station", said Bike Mike (see photo).

"I immediately gave chase on my own bicycle, and after some heated negotiations, I had purchased 1 VV- load of bikes at scrap metal prices", he added. The bikes on the other VV have unfortunately been destroyed.

In keeping with the "3 R's of Ecology", Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Lamma Eco-cycles will re-sell "executive-ridden", and "gently used" bicycles. Purchase of one of these bicycles will save on the energy used to produce a new bike, and our resources, such as iron ore, which goes into the bicycle steel, will be conserved.

"The reduction in rubber use alone, by patching old tires will probably save several forests of Rubber Trees", Bike Mike added. A Lamma Rubber Tree Forest has been suggested by some enterprising Lammaites to be planted in the still-deserted Lamma Quarry, modeled after the fine example of Bobsy's 12+years-old Lamma Forest above Pak Kok Village.

The Green Lamma Group might be interested to continue their famous eco-hikes through the future Rubber Tree Forest inside the Quarry. Green Lamma Green might be interested to organise Rubber Tree plantings for their many eager volunteers and also add the Forest to their existing Lamma eco-tours (see Eco-Tour Map) with eco-tour guides.

There's even been talk of organising future Lamma Enduro mountainbiking races through the Forest, continuing a former proud tradition of local races. These future races would be sponsored by Lamma Eco-cycles and heavily promoted by local biking cheerleaders like Lamma-Gung on his grass-green Eco-cycle, becoming well-known (and feared) as the "Speed Demon of Cable Road" (downhill only). These races would use tires from the Lamma Rubber Tree Forest, keeping it all local.

These proposed Rubber Tree Forest eco-hikes and mountainbiking races could become major tourist attractions of the YMCA Wonderland currently in preparation inside the Lamma Quarry. This natural amusement park would add these to the existing long-time attractions & thrill rides, like the Bike Ramp Jump into the Quarry Lake, the famous, heart-pounding Dog Pack Chase, the Wild Boar Petting Zoo, plus skinny dipping & nude sunbathing on the Quarry Lake Island (see below). A Govt. 3- year study is currently in progress re: the long-term feasibility of these attractions, plus other future uses of the Quarry, including rumoured Public Housing and an Eco-park:

Lamma Eco-cycles also hopes to rent a little booth inside the future Bike Park to acquire more 2nd, 3rd or 4th-hand bikes at source to recycle and sell them at modest profit.

Lamma Eco-cycles will also carry a wide range of used and nearly new wind surfboards, kayaks, and small sail boats, which have been "abandoned" in recent months on Power Station Beach. Rumor has it that at least one OC-6, one surfski and even a bright-yellow dragonboat might become available for purchase soon at near-scrap prices!

The picture attached below shows the location of Bike Mike's already planned Northern-Canadian branch, Inuit Eco-Cycles!

All Lamma residents are invited to the Grand Opening of Lamma Eco-cycles on April 1st. Big discounts for the entire month of April!

Bike Mike in full action, testing one of his Eco-cycles and gear in Northern Canada while wearing a Lamma OCC shirt!

Confiscated bikes being transported through Main Street

Bike Lady in the Nam Fung Bike Shop

 

Lamma Quarry Bike Jump

A provisional catalog of bikes available from Lamma Eco- cycles soon

A wide range of Govt.- approved cycling safety gear & apparel will be on sale

Bike Mike & his mascot welcome you to Lamma
Eco-cycles!

P.S. Bike Mike has become a regular Lamma-zine correspondent, see some of his former articles below. The most recent articles, the most accurate and well- researched ones, seem to appear always on the same date every year....

April 1, 2011:  Eco-Development Starting Construction

April 1, 2010:  Island Bar Reinvents Itself

Sep 29, 2009: Mother of All Rock Piles

Jan 25, 2009:  Bike Mike's Farewell

Nov 28, 2008: Round Island Race -- Take 1 (Mike)

Oct 23, 2008: Bike Mike's Further Adventures

Oct 17, 2008: I'm Not Gay; I'm Canadian!

Oct 15, 2008: Bike Mike's New Girlfriend

Oct  6, 2008:  Reflections of a Lamma Newbie

 

 

 
 
 

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