YOUNG Shu Wan's
Keep, Director, Island Arts Lamma, writes:
"Island Arts & Banyan Bay Cafe present...."
Do you know local teenagers or students who'd
like to learn about running an online magazine?
Birthday Rainbow Party
upon a time on Lamma, another 70s-themed
birthday party for Jack Wilson.
Top Teams Tilt &
Turn, Throw & Thrive
A crucial foul shot by the Brown Lions centre
Makha Diop that took a week to shoot finally
Mui Suet See,
Who's the biggest star of Lamma? You might guess
Chow Yun-fat and you'd be right,...
Out of This World?
From Harry Harrison this morning at 5:04am, his
"Out of This World" drawing to be auctioned....
Tonnes of Success
"Over a tonne of glass collected last Friday!!"
I've been visiting the huge ART HK art fair in
the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre as a PRESS
Always Eager to
Primary 1 Education on Lamma
Outrigging on Lamma
Big Trouble in
Idyllic Lychee Valley
You might have seen the news about Tai Tong
villagers violently resisting police....
of Fire? I don't think so'
Intrepid Solar Eclipse watchers at Lamma Winds
Pavilion, disappointed by the...
"Stallions sprint to second win at expense
of hapless Panthers."
Eclipse Breakfast -
You're cordially invited to the very first Lamma
Annular Solar Eclipse Breakfast.
@ Basketball Court?
"The Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League
emailed the following advisory to all players:"
Bulletproof Virus -
"A program was behaving suspiciously on
your computer. This program was removed."
700 sq ft. 3 bed,...
Loads of rent & let ads are being posted in our
free classifieds these days. This is one of the
best and funniest ones.
Angry Birds vs Other
Fierce Animals -
"Can a pack of vicious Vipers spring high
enough to sink fangs into the flanks of lofty
Lamma Ladies: Champs Again!
- May 6
Lamma Ladies: The 2012 Lamma 500 Women's Cup
58 Dragonboat Teams @ Lamma 500 -
"The "Lamma 500" is one of the most colourful,
vibrant sports events of the year in Hong Kong."
New Printed Posters -
This poster went up in some public areas in Yung
Shue Wan today. It'll hopefully attract a few
Ah-Por Dau Foo Fa -
"This couple appeared in a book I contributed
photos to, Lost and Found: Hong Kong.
They've sold their specialty for 20 years:"
Roz Keep, Director, Island Arts
& Banyan Bay Cafe present the third annual Children's Art
YOUNG SHU WAN'S NATURAL
Lamma bird paintings, Banyan tree drawings, butterflies,
huge Lamma bugs and photographs.
June 6- 12, Banyan Bay Cafe (Cath's bar), Yung Shu
Wan (closed Mondays).
Opening night for the children and parents from 6pm,
Wed, June 6.
Pop in with your child for the opening!
Snacks and kids' drinks provided, Adults, please buy drinks at
Feel free to forward this invitation."
you know local teenagers or students who'd like to learn about running an
online daily magazine like the Lamma-zine from somebody who's been working
in Internet publishing and e-marketing professionally for 17 years now?
This informal internship could include, all depending on
your interests, anything from research, interviews, photography, writing,
design, publishing, programming, marketing, events promotion to social media
integration. Ideally, you'd research, create and promote your own stories,
from your own creative ideas and my suggestions, helping you along at every
step, of course.
You'll need to know Lamma quite well and have already
dabbled in blogging and social media. Speaking (and maybe even writing) at
least basic Chinese would be a strong advantage.
This is a (modestly) paid position, depending on how much
time you can invest and there'll be a bonus at the end. You could work
anywhere in Yung Shue Wan, in the Lamma-zine home office or Rooftop Jungle,
occasionally even from your own home. Laptop provided, if needed. The
positions are open from now till school starts again after the summer break,
for a minimum 1-month time commitment.
No need to make coffee, like so many interns in other
companies. In fact, I'll make coffee for YOU, as that's the main stimulant
that's kept the Lamma-zine running for almost 10 years! Let me invite you
for a coffee in a Main Street restaurant for an informal interview.
Once upon a time on Lamma, a 70s-themed birthday party
for Jack Wilson, in his beautiful family home high up in the Lamma
hills; Saturday, May 19, 2012.
The birthday boy, just born in the 70s, too young to
experience disco first-hand, was getting groovy wearing a massive, sweaty
afro wig in his debut performance on the bass. His impromptu Lamma band's
name still remains a mystery...
there was disco-dancing under a mirror ball happening. This little
animation, not a video, was created with a 10 frames-per- second pocket
camera; the same camera as the 180-degree panoramic sweep photos at the top
of this story.
It's just a backup camera, as wannabe professional
photographers need a variety of cameras, lenses, filters and gear to do
their job well while running all over the place during these hectic party
photo shoots filled with unique, unrepeatable photo opportunities. Miss one
and it'll never happen again, like this 40th birthday party.
For example, at one of my brother's wedding long ago: his
friend and "official photo- grapher" forgot to put film into his camera
during the wedding. No photos at all! True story! The marriage didn't last,
You're NEVER to old to play with Lego, not even if you've
watched the original Star Wars movies when they were first released.
Those darn, self-re-igniting candles are very hard to
blow out... several times.
A great time was enjoyed by all, even though some guests
seemed to be there mainly for the great food?
The birthday boy in his birthday suit, a lucky kid back
then and now.
Their daughter, the Cute Cookie Monster, is eyeing the
birthday cake and the birthday cupcakes (with a typo?) on the bountiful,
never-ending, constantly being-refilled buffet.
This "Wow, far out, man!" couple inspired me to do a bit
The action moved to the rooftop where some of Lamma's
"Young & Wild Ones" happily indulged in various vigorous vivacious
Jack's work colleagues made the long, arduous and tiring
journey to the far-away, remote island of Lah Mah Doh, a place many HK
people have never ever visited.
Almost as expected, somebody called the police with a
noise complaint, but quite early in the evening! They were friendly and
refrained from arresting the host.
Finally, the main attraction of the evening (as planned,
of course) an extremely rare double rainbow during a fiery sunset, over the
Last but most important, a big thank-you to the cheerful
and hard-working ladies who made it all possible, sporting the special,
Want to see even more photos? Yes, there's a
Lamma-zine photo gallery.
P.S. Got a great party or event coming up?
me! Anytime, anywhere in HK, very modest fees, including photo DVDs,
contact sheets, printouts and Web/Facebook gallery!
You could even get a free story and gallery in the
Lamma-zine, if you like.
- Official Court Basketball Correspondent:
TEAMS THRIVE, WIN TOUGH TILTS
YUNG SHUE WAN, Lamma Island,
Hong Kong -
A crucial foul shot by the Brown Lions centre
Makha Diop that took a week to shoot finally
swished through a net at Yung Shue Wan's outdoor
basketball court. Even so, the rival Purple
Vipers remained undefeated by holding off the
Lions 83-79 in Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball
League (LIPBL) action that began on May 20, but
didn't end until May 27.
Another unbeaten team, the
Golden Dragons, then kept pace by outlasting the
Aqua Sharks 81-75. That entire game and the
closing 1:48 of the Vipers-Lions contest
originally had been scheduled for a week
earlier, but a sudden downpour of rain forced
Read more and see loads of pictures...
the biggest star of Lamma? You might guess Chow Yun-fat and you'd be
right, if you count income and world-wide success and fame. But if you look
at stars actually performing live on Lamma, nobody can beat Cantonese opera
star Mui Suet See
in the hearts and affection of many Chinese-speaking Lammaites. Performing
for 19 straight years now at the yearly Tin Hau Festival in Yung Shue Wan,
she's a true superstar of the Cantonese opera world. Don't believe me? Watch
my photos below, from this event inside the YSW opera tent at the end
of the last Tin Hau Festival last month, Sat night, April 14, 2012,
the official closing ceremony of these yearly $1+million
'Long Qing Shi Yi Ban Shi Ji' movie is showing now in the Palace
cinema inside the ifc mall (nicknamed "YSW Shopping Mall").
Trailer and synopsis:
"The dream of many Chinese Opera fans came true
in December 2011 when the legendary team of Lung Kim Sung and Mui Suet See
were back together again for a series of performances celebrating their
half-century career on the stage. In their long-awaited collaboration, the
veteran duo performed four fan-favorite acts at three different locations,
while these classic Chinese Opera acts are now rerun in a limited scale on
the silver screen."
I've been honoured to interview Mui Suet See a few years
ago, introduced by Lammadonna, in Sampan Rest., while her ardent fan club of
middle-aged ladies was watching us excitedly from a close-by table and her
male co-star translated. She expressed her love for Lamma and her people who
had been so loyal and supportive of her throughout decades,
lifelong career in the difficult and highly demanding life of a Chin. opera performer.
Ah-Mui came across as warm, surprisingly down-to-earth
and unaffected, far from a primadonna, being used to being adored, even
revered, but taking it in her stride. She was very friendly and
complimentary of her legions of fans and supporters, promising to return to
YSW for several more years before retiring. Her eager fan club badgered me
for weeks afterwards about details and photos of my interview.
Let me find the pictures of hundreds of Lammaites
worshipping Mui Suet See on stage with such an ardent fervour and deep
adoration. It took me by surprise, seeing these usually quite reserved
Chinese Lammaites, my neighbours, so excited, emotional and enthusiastic.
I've had never seen this ceremony in person before as it's purely local,
announced in Chin. to insiders only, and the timing is very "fluid", hours
later than anticipated. What stuck in my
mind from this Tin Hau Festival's closing ceremony below was a lasting
impression of witnessing the secretive heart & soul & passion of indigenous YSW,
as corny as that may sound.
Just received by email from
Harry Harrison this morning at 5:04am - "11TH
HOUR AS USUAL", he writes - his "Out of This World" drawing to be
auctioned off tonight! Have a close look by clicking on
it and bid as much as you can afford (or more) tonight for the
original. I love those startled aliens!
See you tonight after 7pm in the
in "Out of This World" fancy dress?
Karen Carmen writes:
"Come one, come all in
your best "Out of This World" fancy dress costume and support
the Lamma Dragons in their effort to raise funds for a new
dragonboat and the Club Crew World Championships held in Hong
Kong harbour this July!
20% of the proceeds go to local charities, Enlighten
(promoting epilepsy awareness) and Shelterbox (providing
disaster relief around the globe)!
Heaps of door prizes to give away and Jell-o shots and
Pizza Milano pizza in circulation! Plus a Harry Harrison
original to auction off at the end of the night!
The fun starts at 7:00 in The Island Bar with prizes drawn
throughout the evening and DJ Fraser in attendance!
Door prizes donated by the following individuals and
Red Packet Macau Package for 2 from The Henley Group
(accommodation at The Four Seasons)
Platinum Wines, Thirsty Horse
Wines, Punchline Comedy Club (c/o The
Henley Group), The Bookworm Cafe,
Pizza Express, Pizza Milano,
Lamma Grill, LaLa
mama, The Waterfront,
The Banyan Tree, Purple Cow,
Apple Inc., Typhoon 8,
Saturn Jewelry, Annie H Gifts,
Jean Gorguet Photography,
Sellers Photography, DJ Fraser,
Sense of Touch, Fitness First,
Coastal Fitness, LoveLifeHK
(Yoga), Megan Tanner Personal Training,
Carrie Yu Massage, Pete Gable
Hypnotherapy, Malbec Wines (c/o Jen
Fulton), Speed Dating Hong Kong."
P.S. Just in
from dragonboater Paul:
"Harry's picture raised
$6,000 which I believe is a new
record, and if not is certainly equal to it."
been visiting the huge
ART HK art fair
in the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre as a PRESS representative, taking
loads of pictures. Tickets were priced $250 - maybe to keep the
non-art-buying, poor riff raff, like myself, away from this purely
commercial, galleries-only fair?
Showing my home-printed name card was enough to get a
PRESS badge made on the spot, with a quick webcam
photo they took, no
accreditation or background check, fortunately. After a freshly brewed,
coffee and snack in the press center, I was ready to indulge in the visual
feast of two Cavernous Convention Center halls filled with art from 266
galleries from 38 countries.
I don't really know or understand anything about modern
art, despite visiting art exhibitions for decades and promoting Lamma
Artists for 10 years. I love and appreciate art for mainly aesthetic reasons
and there was quite a wow factor to many of the expertly displayed artworks
that caught my uneducated, naive eyes, more interested in visually
fascinating artworks than in true "high art". Here's my totally, utterly
unrepresentative photo collection. Despite frequent reminders and
announcements that photo-taking was not permitted (except for people with
badges), people were snapping away incessantly with their smartphones. But
then, this gallery lady showed off 2 smartphones, 2 tablets, plus 2 laptops!
P.S. Not to be too presumptuous, despite not
understanding modern art, or maybe because of it, I've put on a few solo and
group exhibitions of my own digital artworks in Swiss and HK art galleries
over the last few decades, just for fun, even selling a few pieces. This was
my last last solo exhibition in a Lan Kwai Fong gallery, a master index of
my "digital doodles" of the last 10 years:
You might have seen the news about Tai Tong villagers in
Yuen Long violently resisting police and the Lands Dept. officials
yesterday, stopping them from closing and dismantling some of the illegally
occupied areas of the
Tai Tong Lychee Valley
nature amusement park? Fortunately, we don't see anything like this on on
our "Peace, Love, Lamma!" island (yet). But Lammaites have been visiting
that beautiful park en masse just last year on a public, sponsored full-day tour, organised by the Rural Committees and Outlying Islands
District Office, unaware of the park's long-time illegally occupied areas.
Only Gwailo present: Lamma-Gung, in his usual photo
shooting frenzy, running all over the place, taking pictures of almost
anything catching my eager eagle eyes (with the help of strong eye glasses).
A selection of my very best (in my very humble opinion)
photos can be viewed in the photo gallery above, hopefully giving you some
context and background to this heated story which will remain in the HK news
for a long time to come, pitching the power (or lack thereof) of the HK
Govt. vs. the New Territories villagers and the Heung Yee Kuk. Your guess on
the outcome depends on how cynical you've become about HK politics....
Intrepid Solar Eclipse watchers at Lamma
Winds Pavilion, disappointed by the impenetrable cloud cover,
but enjoying the balmy, breezy weather, the great company, plus
Lamma-Gung's hot coffee and healthy snacks.
considerable surprise, getting up at 4:45am, I wasn't the only one up there at the
5:41am sunrise, even though I had emailed 4,500+ invitations via
my biweekly Lamma-zine newsletter
to be informed about
While waiting for the clouds to clear, I
occupied myself chatting and photo- graphing people & pets,
while enviously eyeing Howard's high-end equipment.
clouds cleared for a few seconds, well before the end of the
This is the rival eclipse party
waiting very patiently on the
opposite hill, Mt. Panorama, also just above the windturbine.
But are these people enjoying the comforts of a pavilion: seats,
table, cover and
Ultra-zoom photo by
Howard Sheard, from his Facebook album, titled
'Eclipse - Ring of Fire? I don't think so'. Here are a few
of Howard's best photos (click to enlarge, like most Lamma-zine
the Chin. mythological dog devouring the sun had released it, how
many wannabe eclipse watchers can you spot in my picture of the rival
eclipse party descending from Mt. Panorama? Click to find all of them.
P.S. If you'd be living in California, like
ex-Lammaite Noah, this is what you could have admired this morning
(as seen through a double mylar emergency sleeping bag):
You're cordially invited to the very
first Lamma Annular Solar Eclipse Breakfast,
up on the hill above Yung Shue Wan, inside the Windturbine
above Lamma Winds, on Monday, May 21, 5:30am
long as the weather is not too horrible and there's at least
Sunrise at 5:41am, eclipse maximum at 6:08am, ends at
Even if the visibility
might not be perfect, it should still be a
great, Lamma-style, fun event:
Sunrise watching, eclipse watching AND breakfast with old and
new friends above HK's only commercial windturbine, a "Typically
Lamma!" event if there ever was one! And you'll still have
enough time to get to work in town on time afterwards, after a
really great start for your working week!
Anybody welcome! Off-island visitors could stay overnight
with friends or in a holiday resort or
BYOB, Bring Your Own Breakfast, potluck-style, there's a nice
table and seats inside the pavilion and the sunrise views should
be great, even if clouds would obscure the actual eclipse.
See the views.
and the actual
Bring your own eclipse watching equipment, like a black
plastic or glass, black goggles, or even a spotter scope (I'm
trying to borrow one. Anyone?) to
project the eclipse onto a sheet of paper, like the last
partial eclipse, observed from the Trig Point
above the Snake
Plus a few more upcoming events, also organised by
10th anniversary party of Lamma.com.hk:
July 23 (more convenient date tbc)
Lamma Power Station tour: Wed, Aug 15, 2012.
- Official Court Volleyball/Basketball Correspondent:
Organizers behind the Lamma
Island Pinoy Basketball League (LIPBL) appear to
have made a huge planning mistake. The negative
consequences may be enormous, even deadly.
As summer-heat intensifies, the
LIPBL games on Yung Shue Wan's outdoor
basketball court become more lethargic and
vastly less fun for the participants. Playing
such a vigorous sport outdoors at the hottest
times of day as tropical summer weather
intensifies looks unwise. Alas, Lamma Island has
no indoor hoops court.
With the games always at
mid-day, as the sun glares and temperatures soar
into the 30s Celsius, the
running-jumping-bouncing action degenerates into
a really bizarre game of Russian roulette to see
which player on which of the six teams will
become the first to collapse (and perhaps die)
from heat stroke. Even the youngest, fittest
team members, who run the hardest and play the
longest, may fall prey. Or will a referee topple
As one of the players, not only
am I reluctant to participate in more sweltering
daytime games, but I doubt if anyone should. Nor
do I wish to be a spectator when the
Russian-roulette aspect claims its first victim.
Maybe some potential 'fans' would consider
Russian roulette on a basketball court highly
entertaining. But with other players on every
team having become good friends, I almost cannot
bear to watch.
Every game-day (next on May 20)
involves three contests - at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and
3 p.m. A partial solution would be to swing the
start times to the slightly cooler evening
hours, say 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Better yet, why not
suspend play entirely until October?
Earlier, the LIPBL played two
successful "seasons" (early and late 2011) in
cooler weather. This time, only really good luck
or suspension of play can prevent a serious
tragedy before a new champion emerges at the end
After all, the Hong Kong Jockey
Club slates its horse races for the cooler
wintertime. If fleet-footed, muscular equine
athletes dislike the summer heat, then how can
human hoopsters tolerate it?
TEMPERATURE AT THE COURT WILL BE MONITORED?
Basketball Organizers React
On May 17, the organizing committee behind
the Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League (LIPBL)
emailed the following advisory to all players:
Day Three of our ongoing
tournament proceeds as scheduled this Sunday
(May 20). To avoid any untoward heat-related
incidents during our basketball games, please
see the following rule modifications and
There will be
mandatory timeouts at the 2.5min and 7.5min
marks of the 1-3 quarters, charged to teams'
Team benches will be
allowed to be positioned on the side of the
court opposite to the committee's table,
which is shaded and cooler.
Teams are requested to
bring an electric fan and extension cords
for their use.
Teams must bring their
own bucket of ice and water. Not just for
drinking, but for dipping their towels and
cooling themselves with. Other ways to cool
down, such as ice candies, are also
The temperature at the
court will be monitored. Players themselves
can decide whether they can continue to
play. Play would be halted by the committee
if the temperature reaches unplayable
Players with ailments
or not feeling 100-per-cent are advised to
skip the game for their own safety.
Team Leaders and Assistant Team
Leaders, please coordinate with your players
regarding the things to prepare before the game
(as mentioned above).
you have other suggestions on how to improve
game conditions, please let us know. Thank you.
Some of you might have
noticed my new promotional Lamma.com.hk posters on some of
Lamma's walls. I usually print them from a DVD in a Wanchai
print shop I've been visiting for many years. Using a thumb
drive/USB stick this time, it got infected with a computer virus
in the shop. See the warning above from my always active
Norton Internet Security which is constantly monitoring
everything on my office PC, including all programs, files,
emails and websites.
Unfortunately, after bringing
my USB stick back home, I got this warning and virus removal
notice above on my home office PC. Problem solved? No, the virus
had already spread to my external hard disks, re-infecting the
PC later. The regular Norton system scans didn't identify the
"virus payload", the "bullets", just the virus install program.
Only a long, deep system scan could find it with the Norton
Power Eraser, a specialist program only available to Norton
subscribers like myself, but I wasn't even aware of it till now.
been several years since my last annoying PC virus problem. But
it took me several hours to manually check and clean out this
brand-new virus from all the hidden system files, startup files
and boot-up folder where it was hiding. This reminded me of my
Regional IT/Telecom Manager days and also why I'm not passionate
anymore about fixing computer problems these days. Even after
30+ years of using many generations of computers, from huge IBM
mainframes and the first Macintoshes in the 80s to smartphones
nowadays, they all still face similar old problems and ever-new
While fixing this problem,
this website went down intermittently due to technical problems
at our US hosting co ("We have been having trouble with that
server, and had to conduct some maintenance on it last night.");
then my PC-smart- phone stopped working; after trying various
apps I had to switch to a Wifi-only connection. Arrrgh!
The computer virus was in a hidden file,
balas.exe, in a hidden \prueba folder on my USB stick; probably a
word play on "a prueba de balas", meaning bullet-proof in
Spanish. But even virus database searches and Google searches
didn't list any info on this brand-new virus. Even the
constantly updated worldwide community of Norton security users
hasn't seen much of it yet ("Very Few Users, Very New, Risk
High"). I didn't notice any obvious virus damage, besides
unknown websites very rarely popping up in my Firefox browser,
which could be unrelated.
When I returned to the print
shop today, the manager wasn't worried at all, saying that they
get files from so many clients and infections are hard to avoid.
He refused to clean up his computers or even check for viruses
as it would be too much trouble and take too much time in his
always very busy shop, open till late 7 days/week. Caveat emptor
- Let the buyer beware! I surely won't bring any writable media
like a USB stick to this shop anymore! But their prices, speed
and friendly, English-speaking service will keep this loyal
customer coming back.
While reconfiguring my yearly
Norton subscription, I noticed a new Scan Facebook Wall
option which will automatically check all the links to dangerous
websites which are appearing more often now on your Friends'
scanning your mobile, Norton also lets you perform a
Reputation Scan. I didn't dare to run it on Lamma-Gung's
Reputation, too worried about what I might find out! ;-)
Loads of rent & let ads are
being posted in our
free classifieds these days. This is one of the best and
funniest ones I've seen recently (abridged, see
full version, in case you might be interested yourself):
Tomodlin: "Flat sublet
available. Ground floor.
The master bedroom has en suite and an
exceptionally comfy mattress. The third room, I use as a
wardrobe and storage. I'll most likely leave my crap in there
whilst I'm away. But there's plenty of room for your crap too.
You could even place a child in there. The door locks from the
outside as well as the inside. So you can lock the little
Washer, microwave, hob, sink. But it is a
typically 'Lamma kitchen'. And for some reason someone, once
upon a time, thought pink floor tiles were a good idea.
$8,500 pm + bills
(which will set you back no more than $500 pm, probably. Though
that is based on one guy living alone, and I go out drinking a
I don't mind pets, as long as they don't shit
There's a nice, big garden and patio (and
barbecue); if you have a dog, get it
to shit on that.
Smokers are fine too. Just don't
set fire to the exceptionally comfy mattress. Or your pets. Or
children. The floor is fine, it's tiled. You can't burn that.
Just mop up the ash.
Lamma is a great place to live, apart from
the hippies and the arse holes. Oh, and there's no McDonald's.
But if you're quick, you can get the ferry to Central, run to
the IFC one and back, and just* make the next ferry back
home - all within 90 mins, sofa to sofa. Trust me on this. I
recommend getting at least two meals, you'll most likely eat one
on the ferry back.
*depending on the retardedness of the
Macca's staff, of course."
John Cairns - Official Court Volleyball/Basketball Correspondent:
("Caution, lady!" photo by John Cairns,
other photos, panoramas & animations by Lamma-Gung)
Fangs Versus Fire:
Vipers, Dragons Show Teeth
YUNG SHUE WAN, Lamma Island, Hong Kong - Sun, May 6 -
Can a pack of vicious Vipers spring high enough to sink fangs into the flanks of lofty Dragons? That's a key question after recent action in the Lamma Island Pinoy Basketball League (LIPBL).
Winners twice in as many games, the Purple Vipers and the Golden Dragons share first place. The latest games played out on May 6 under scorching sunshine at Yung Shue Wan's outdoor basketball court.
For many players, the greatest difficulty was not their opponents, but coping with mid-day heat. "It felt so hot that I really wanted to carry a water-bottle in one hand and an electric fan in the other when running up and down the court," said one participant.
The challenge of battling for points, rebounds and loose balls in sauna-like conditions will worsen in the weeks ahead. A word-to-the-wise for organizers: they'd best be ready at courtside to treat possible heat-stroke, not just bumps, bruises and strains.
Tested to the limit, the Dragons nudged the Black Panthers 69-67. The Panthers battled hard, despite having just seven players available. After one quarter, the shorthanded Panthers led 15-10. At halftime, they trailed by eight points. Late in the third quarter, the scoreboard showed a 40-40 deadlock.
The Vipers hissed ferociously with a 79-68 victory over the White Stallions. This fast-paced game saw the Vipers lead throughout, although just 40-39 at halftime. In the second half, they slithered ahead to stay.
Clawing back from an opening-game defeat, the Brown Lions toppled the Aqua Sharks 77-62. For the second time in a row, the Sharks played with less than a full lineup.
The next action takes place on May 20. For the exact schedule, players and fans must visit the Lamma Hoops page on Facebook.
Caution, lady! Beware of the Sharks.
Golden Dragons – 2 wins, 0 losses
Purple Vipers – 2 wins, 0 losses
White Stallions – 1 win, 1 loss
Brown Lions – 1 win, 1 loss
Aqua Sharks – 0 wins, 2 losses
Black Panthers – 0 wins, 2 losses
Read more and view many
Who's foot is this? An accidental artefact from L-G's pocket camera automatically creating panorama photos.
The Basketball Court was swarming with these harmless and beautiful visitors.
Lamma Ladies: The 2012
Lamma 500 Women's Cup
(Photo by Brittany Hite)
"A Beachload of Paddlers" (photo by anonymous on
congrats go as well to the Lamma Dragons,
1,000m Men's Open 2nd Runners-up
1,000m Mixed Premier 2nd Runners-up
Mixed Cup Runners-up.
Platinum wines, the proud sponsors of
Lamma Dragons 2012, quickly put up a
Photos of all
Many thanks to ALL the sponsors:
Send me links
to your photo galleries and Facebook albums, to be linked from this website
and you might win a prize!
Here are the first Facebook albums:
Dina B. Knight,
plus public web galleries:
plus 3 great music videos by Donna Foreman:
music video #1,
Plus, by popular demand, one more photo from
Karen Carmen of
the Champions, plus dragon-tattooed Ken Ng (their team mascot?)
showing off ... a banana?
May 6, 9am,
Power Station Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island.
Mark Burns &
Brad Tarr -
"The "Lamma 500" is one of the most colourful, vibrant sports
events of the year in Hong Kong. For a flavour of past events,
photo gallery &
58 teams will compete at the 2012 Lamma 500 including Team
DNA (Dragons of North America) flying in from North America.
New for 2012 is an "Over 40's" Mixed race which has
proved popular with 7 teams entered.
The 'Lamma 500' offers food and refreshment stands, showers
and changing facilities for competitors, and plentiful clean,
dry toilet facilities. Free entry.
Make A Wish Foundation of Hong Kong
Live race results:
results.lamma500.com - #lamma500
Dragons photo by Heike)
poster went up in some public areas in Yung Shue Wan today. It'll hopefully
attract a few Lamma Newbies to check out this website, helping them to
adjust to their new life on our fair isle.
The poster is using one of my many photos taken from a
helicopter last year. More helicoptering
shots from all around Lamma Island
can be viewed here. ==>
P.S. If you'd like a poster of any of these photos
(with or preferably without any words obstructing the view), let me know.
Elizabeth Briel writes
Flickr and in her blog
chapter: Found in Hong Kong - 20th April 2012"):
Kong Couple and Book
This couple appeared in a book I contributed photos to,
Lost and Found: Hong Kong.
They've sold their specialty for twenty years:
dofu fa, a delicious and healthy dessert, soft tofu with
ginger syrup. I used to live next door to their stall, and would
visit them often for an afternoon treat.
Finally I got back to the island to give them a copy of
the book. They were really excited!"
I asked Elizabeth about changes on Lamma since
"Always nice to hear from you!
Changes on Lamma? After three years away, and several
homes (Sydney, Bangkok, and now
Beijing) and buying a little place in Sicily, my Lamma memory is
shattered! However, it seemed busier than I'd remembered: more
bikes cluttering the pier, more energy. Then again, it was a
We had a quick drink in the new and expanded Green
Cottage: their kids are so big now! Lots of friendly and
familiar faces as we strolled to the dofu fa stall, then up to
Ahmed and Isabelle's.
Always good to come back and get some laid-back Lamma
atmosphere, before returning to the bustle of HK and the
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