'YOU are here'
Historic tourist map - Etched & painted
rust-proof steel plate - Click to enlarge to
width of 1,000 pixels, 2,000 pixels, full size.
Who Delivers to
Selina & Becky outside Sha Po's Red House -
Coffee Run Megan's bike delivery.
10th Birthday of
- Jul 23
I've been announcing to do a bungy jump from the
Macau Tower today to celebrate.
T-shirt I found and bought recently in the Lo So
Shop (click to enlarge).
Shark Off Lamma
- Jul 2
Triggered by an SCMP story today - Family tells
of terror after shark shuts down beaches - a
discussion erupted in our forum.
Future of Lamma? -
400,000 (60,000 according to police)
demonstrators on HK's streets today, airing
Historic tourist map - Etched, painted, rust-proof steel
plate - Click to enlarge to width of
full size (3,396*4,333 pixels).
Google Alerts alerted me recently to this item above
being advertised on Craigslist HK by an ex-Lammaite:
"This is a huge
100x70cm map of Lamma Island etched into a heavy piece of
stainless steel. The etchings are also painted.
After some road reconstruction on Lamma
Island in 2009, this sign was discarded along with some other
construction waste. It was in a metal box rusted shut with a
Plexiglas front. The Plexiglas was so
yellowed and cracked from what must be decades in the sun you
could hardly read the map. After cutting open the box with a
hack saw and cleaning it, the steel sign itself is in nearly
perfect condition. There is just a little discoloration in the
very bottom corners.
This is an amazing and once in a lifetime
find for any Hong Kong collector. I am asking 1,000HK."
contacted him and got this reply:
Thanks for your message.
I do think it's
worth the price considering its uniqueness and the quality and
durability of the workmanship. I wish I could keep this till I'm
an old man, but it's extremely heavy and large. I am moving away
from Hong Kong soon so I have to leave it behind.
On the other hand,
I really love your site! I lived on Lamma Island for two
years and your site is one of the pillars of the awesome
community spirit that makes Lamma Island so great. I can't
think of a better person to have this sign.
For you, the price is 500 HKD. I can meet you at Central
pier 4, let me know when."
OK, sold and delivered, transported by shopping trolley to the
WW HQ of the Lamma-zine, cleaned up, photographed and displayed
for all to view on this site!
But how old is this map?
Can anybody date it purely from the details? It was formerly
located just beside the Tai Peng Sitting-out Area, found in
a rusty metal box half buried in a pile of scrap metal and
chunks of broken concrete. See the big, red
YOU are here marker.
Looking at the map close-up:
There's no Lamma Winds turbine, no Power
Station Extension, no YSW-Pak Kok-Aberdeen ferry, indicating
the map's minimum age.
Lamma Quarry was still in operation with a pier and
buildings, the tannery buildings in Nga Kau Wan were still
standing, replaced by the Lamma One luxury development now.
A 7-digit contact phone number, but all
HK phone numbers have been switched from 7 to 8 digits on
Jan 1, 1995.
Comparing this map to the
Lamma 1965 map I've published on July 22 might also
give good clues to its age.
really like this historic Lamma map, a really unique and very
rare artefact, but if somebody would like it, maybe for a public
place, like a bar or restaurant or a proud Tai Peng resident,
a donation! I'll happily use it for the upgrade of this
website, currently in progress! Anybody?
P.S. Having a closer look at the tourist steel map on the
Yung Shue Wan ferry pier the other day, see right:
It looks very similar to mine, but it has one major addition,
not on my map, a date: 1993! So that would make my
map almost 20 years old. This also means that they really should
update the ancient map displayed to Lamma visitors in a very
shabby, rusted, discoloured case at the ferry pier!
Selina & Becky
outside Sha Po's Red House - Coffee Run Megan's
Today, let's shine a spotlight (or my camera flash) onto
some of Lamma's large number of small entrepreneurs and startups serving our
community in various ways. Let's give them a spot of all-free publicity to
attract more customers to their new, fledgling business ventures. After all,
Lamma.com.hk was just a small startup 10 years ago, but it has managed to
(barely) survive and grow till today.
let's highlight home deliveries! I've tried & tested these 3 services
personally and can highly and warmly recommend them:
Selina & Becky Sunday newspaper
Any newspaper available at the Main Street shop or ferry pier. $100 for
6 weeks of Sunday Post.
Email them or call/text 6979 7781.
Becky can also be spotted on Main Street occasionally,
selling baked goods on Sat with her friend Emma. I took their photo the day
before after buying from them, not knowing yet that I'd meet Becky again the
next day delivering my newspapers. Sorry, no home delivery of baked goods
yet. Maybe soon?
Coffee Run: Freshly
roasted coffee beans or ground to your specifications, bike-delivered by
ultrafit Personal Trainer Megan. She's the best advert for her coffee:
hyperactive, fast-talking and quick-witted whenever you meet her!
My personal favourite so far from the varieties I've
tried: Sumatra ground for French Press, fuelling the Lamma-zine at the rate
of 1/2 pound per week!
email, call/text Megan at
2886 or tweet her @lammacoffeedeli.
Ryan's Y2O Yogurt:
Homemade in Hung Shing Yeh. Call or text 6574 2549 for home
Who else delivers in North Lamma? No pizza or cooked food
deliveries, as far as I know?
There are surprisingly few Lamma bloggers out there in
the HK Blogosphere, and just a few of them blog about Lamma occasionally. I
love to feature them to attract some additional readers to their musings and
photos, so if you know of a new (or old) one,
let me know,
Kenixfan, a Lamma
Newbie (less than 1 year of living here) has been featured before, even as a
Lamma Website of the Day, with his
Pessimist Is Never Disappointed" blog. Covering mostly music-related
topics, it publishes the occasional
Lamma-related gem of a story or photo shoot,
for example his
Dinner at Lamma Grill review. Another case in point, a
pictorial gallery without any words, because no words are needed:
Lamma Island On A Sunday Morning At 6 AM
Just a few hours later, all these the featured locations
around Yung Shue Wan would look so completely and utterly different,
swarming with local and Mainland visitors, plus a sprinkling of
miscellaneous other nationalities. Anybody would like to do a photo gallery
of the day-tripping, sometimes maddening weekend crowds?
Chief Executive of The Conservancy Association, Mr. Ken So (left)
and Public Affairs Manager (Corporate Communication) of HK
Electric, Ms. Catherine Sing (right),
announce the details of the on-line voting campaign,
pictured with eco-leaders and their individual favourite
spots. (all text, photos & captions
by CA & HK Electric)
The Lamma-zine has been
Conservancy Assoc. to a media briefing re: the latest
news from the
Green Hong Kong Green campaign, an extension of the
Green Lamma Green campaign. They're developing 5 new
eco-routes (3 on HK Island, 2 on Lamma), adding soon to the
existing 3 Lamma eco-routes launched a few years ago (see
Eco-Tour Map, linked from this website's extensive
Tourist Info section, see left column).
Top 8 Eco-Heritage Spots in Hong Kong, the online voting
campaign will take place Aug 1-31, 2012. Choose 8 out of 24
eco-heritage spots as your favourite at
Facebook, and you could win one of numerous cash coupons
for hiking gears. The 5 new eco-tours will be launched on Oct
Dated back to 1932,
Mo Tat Village School is the only village school relics left on
Lamma Island. [Editor: not counting the Lo
So Shing village school relics, abandoned just a few years ago]
-- The frogs choir is one of the most interesting
spots found on the only night safari route on Lamma Island.
The 2 new future eco-routes on North and South Lamma
sent my summer intern Chili_Bean_ Sauce to this
Chinese-only media briefing, to take a few pictures (see right)
and ask a number of questions:
the current Lamma eco- routes
identical to these 3 old ones? Any new
new ones, Lamma Eco-heritage Route 4 & 5, northern & southern
details of their new Sok Kwu Wan night tour? Could we go along
with that tour together sometime soon?
night tour will be available next year April, since the tour is
only open from Apr-Oct, and the all-new
routes will be open late Oct.
to become one of the 150
tour leader, leading their regular Chin. or English
English-language tours yet, sorry. Currently they are not
looking into training new tour guides, since it takes around a
whole year to train one. But they'll
mostly recruit more people when more routes open in the near
As they're still busy in planning the tours
of the new routes, they'll keep us informed of their progress
concern is if the tours will affect Lamma Island's eco-system
tours only happen once a month on Sundays,
and every tour only consists of 20 people with 2 guides (1:10
ratio); Officials are also open to suggestions and questions
concerning the tours' effects.
Night tours would be safely administered, and night gear
equipment will be provided (for example
Spot the 8 'Verdant Gems'
and be a Winner
(HK Electric media release, 26 Jul 2012)
The Standard: Blazing trails with new eco routes
Lamma Night Safaris?
Nick the Bookman -
Official Court Music Reviewer:
(Concert review by ntb, edited by L-G):
The Stone Roses in
HK - 24/7/2012
I fantasise..." - The Stone Roses)
I'm sure you've all heard of
this three-volume bawdy, brutal bonkbuster
called Fifty Shades of Grey. All about a
billionaire and his submissive mistress and the
fun they get up to. It seems that something
similar has been taking place on Lamma recently.
Sexcapades and shenanigans, partly impinging on
my life. So I thought, I'd use the above quote
for a chance to try something fictional. See if
I have any flair for writing in a fictive
manner. Dip my wick in this smutty cesspool, so
The first fateful face to face
of our appalling antagonists, AKA The Cocky
Cuckolder and The Toxic Trollop,
might have gone something like this...
He: "You have a
grizzled fading beauty and lips that look like
you could suck a golf ball through a garden
hose. Who are you and why this torrent of
She: (buckets of boo hoo
hoo) "You are too kind, you silver-tongued
devil. In truth, I am an addled drug slut whose
venal excesses and willful misbehaviours have
left me homeless and alone. I now depend on the
kindness of strangers for succour and
sustenance". (squalls of sobs).
What do you think? I'm thinking
that I prefer to stay in my chosen mιtier of
mostly music-based ranting and raving reviews.
And so, with one final sexual segue, it's on to
the Stone Roses Live in Hong Kong 24/7/2012.
Have you heard what the
hurricane said to the palm tree? Hang on to your
nuts, boy. This ain't no ordinary blowjob. The
hurricane, or more correctly, Typhoon Vicente,
was threatening a major case of concertus
interruptus when it blew past, by and over Hong
Kong some 24 hours before the Stone Roses were
due to take the stage at the AsiaWorld Arena. I
think there were about 100 Lamma residents with
tickets and everyone was panicking. Some wise
old-timers were convinced that there was no
sweat. Everything would blow over in by
lunchtime of the 24th and it would be business
Anyway, signals 8, 9 and 10 were
raised - the last one for the first time in the
21st Century. Lots of trees, branches and leaves
all over Lamma. More serious damage in town with
thousands of people stranded overnight in
remote, but protected areas. The recent Beijing
floods caused more damage and a higher death
toll. At least 37 compared to none(?) here.
Read the concert review...
Photos from T10-strength Typhoon Vicente's aftermath,
killing hundreds of trees all over Lamma, part 1.
Constantly looking for local
correspondents from the various and diverse neighbourhoods all over Lamma,
let's hear from our brand-new Official Court Correspondent for Lo So
Shing, Adam (text
Adam writes: "We got slammed
hard on this side of the island. Locals say worst in over ten years. Several
windows smashed, trees tossed.
We spent the morning sawing away trees
that crushed several roofs and blocked paths. Most to the fishing village
washed up on shore, so around 730am Dog Beach (the one facing the Sok Kwu
Wan seafood restaurants) turned into a free for all, a little like a flea
I actually missed the last boat back to
Sok Kwu Wan (I didn't realize it was a T8) and ended up taking the other
ferry to North Lamma. This was a total rookie mistake. I should have stayed
in The Island Bar for a few drinks, but ended up making the trek home over
the mountain. It seemed a lot longer than I remember (and darker). Although,
I met all sorts of people along the way, sort of like a traveling circus.
... and I am starting
up the island's first Aquaponics system on my
rooftop... I will send some photos as it comes
A LOT more T10 aftermath photos are on Facebook, being
flooded with photos mere hours afterwards, but surprisingly not a single
photo taken DURING the typhoon! Click only if you're Friends with any of
Nicole Budinski's 177-photos album -
Deb Lindsay's Rooftop Carnage -
Gareth Dunster's Typhoonery -
Jamie Wilde Wading in the Deep -
Simon Kay hearing chainsaws -
and more Typhooniness from Julie Hannaford....
Thomas in Limbo - Lamma
(Photos by Thomas, edited by L-G):
Many Lammaites choose to live
away from the city to be in a peaceful
environment surrounded by nature. They have
grown weary of the temptations and distractions
of city life. By distancing themselves on this
remote island where time is rumored to pass
slower they get more hours for inner reflection
and what they deem to be more important in life.
Unknown to most Lammaites, they
share their little haven with a group of 25
young ladies that are trying to shake off their
drug addiction. The all-female drug
rehabilitation centre is run by a Christian
organization Barnabas Charitable Service
Association and has been on Lamma Island since
1990. Despite its long history, few Lammaites
know of its presence as the centre keeps a very
low profile. Effort is made to keep the
residents of the centre away from negative
influence from the old days and drug dealers.
Drug rehabilitation centres often face
difficulty in finding a suitable location due to
the Not-In-My-Backyard mentality of some locals.
It was only a few years back when Mui Wo
residents fiercely opposed the relocation of
Christian Zheng Shen College, a school for drug
addict youths, into their neighbourhood. As
such, Lamma-zine will not disclose the location
of the centre.
was introduced to the in-house pastor Cora who
was very kind to arrange a visit on a Saturday
morning. After meeting Cora at an easy landmark
in Lamma, the reporter walked with her to the
entrance of the centre a high metal gate
without any signs. They walked into the ladies
sitting around a few tables outdoor having their
breakfast. There were curious looks and
questions to Cora about the male visitor
followed by cheerful greetings.
The small centre is in the
middle of lush vegetation close to the coast.
There are two standard three-storey village
houses sitting side-by-side with an unblocked
sea view that most Lammaites can only dream of.
These houses contain the three bedrooms, staff
office, assembly area, and music room. In front
of them at a lower terrace is a basketball court
while on the side is a small garden with some
sunflowers and vegetables. The entire premises
are surrounded by high fences that cut contact
with the outside world.
centre houses only female drug abusers and most
of them are below the age of 25. There was even
a girl as young as thirteen some time back. All
residents go through a nine-month rehabilitation
program during which they adhere to a strict
timetable daily. They wake up at 7am for a full
day of exercising, cooking, bible studies,
vocational studies, and cleaning. This is a
sharp contrast to their previous lives where
things begin to happen only from 7pm. Sundays
are slightly more relaxed, waking at 7:45am with
the afternoon free time typically used to
complete homework for vocational studies.
The residents do not get access
to the internet and mobile phones. Any substance
that can be used to satisfy a craving is also
banned or locked up - alcohol, tobacco,
caffeine, menthol/mint, cough syrup, etc. Cora
recounted an incident where a cigarette
substitute was created with a straw and menthol.
As an attempt for the reporter to understand the
extent of the urge, Cora pointed to a passing
ship far out in the sea and said that a resident
once told her that she will swim to that ship if
she is aware that the ship is carrying drugs. At
that point in time, the reporter almost blurted
out that there are Lammaites who have swam even
further, to Cheung Chau, for no particular
The centre is run by a team of
female wardens that the residents tend to grow
very close to. There are two wardens who live
onsite at any one time. Stepping into the centre
from their pampered city lives, the residents
rely on the wardens to teach them the daily
chores of cooking and washing. The wardens even
act as alarm clocks; it is no easy feat to wake
someone up at 7am when that person is used to
waking up only in the afternoon! The wardens and
residents eventually become family to one
another. It is hard not to after spending day
and night with the same people in the same place
for many months. In the evenings, when they are
not too exhausted from a full day's work, they
gather on the rooftop singing to the guitar and
watching the fireworks at Disneyland.
After completing the nine-month
stay, a resident will be transferred to the
halfway house at Ma On Shan for a three-month
stay. This halfway house is also run by
Barnabas. The three months will be a huge
challenge for the residents as they slowly
integrate back into society and are no longer
protected by the high walls of the centre at
Lamma Island. Their old friends, ex-boyfriends,
relationship issues of the past, and access to
drugs will all present themselves again. Only
those with determination of steel will make it.
In fact, Cora remarked sadly, around 40% of the
ladies who complete the one-year program will
take up drug abuse again.
Island is a magical place that has helped many
people exorcise their inner demons, big or
small, over the years.
We wish the ladies, Cora,
and Barnabas the best in their journey.
Lamma-zine was fortunate to get
the scoop on the centre through a friend at
Bonham Strand (http://bonhamstrand.hk/social-enterprise-custom-suits),
a startup that tries to restore the legacy of
Hong Kong's fine art of tailoring and
suit-making. Bonham Strand strives to employ
individuals from at-risk and marginalized
communities. As part of their recruitment
outreach, the Bonham Strand team spent a day at
the centre teaching the ladies to handmake ties
as gifts for Father's Day.
This activity on the most basic
level provides something that these ladies can
use to help them through rehabilitation with it
purpose, structure, repetition and lessons in
some basic life skills. On a more advanced level
it provides a project that gives them an
opportunity to consider a dignified career in
tailoring after their rehabilitation program is
Contact L-G, if you'd like to offer them help, support, volunteer,
I've been announcing to do a bungy jump from the Macau
Tower today to celebrate the 10th anniversary. But they've almost doubled the price of the bungy jump package in the last few years since
my SkyJump to HK$3,188! So I cancelled it a few weeks ago and I'll
put this saved cash to better use for a free public party:
10th birthday party
of Lamma.com.hk - The Island Bar - Fri Sep 7, 6pm
1-2 free drinks per person, plus snacks buffet, everybody
By Sep 7, most Lammaites might have returned from their
current long summer breaks and travels all over the world. The Macau
Tower bungy jump co. just informed me that they're cancelling all jumps
today anyway, due to the approaching typhoon. So we might have a Typhoon
Party instead tonight?
Is this 10th birthday
a reason to celebrate? If yes, why? Please
P.S. To celebrate our 10th birthday
perhaps, a T10 typhoon signal was
hoisted just a few minutes after midnight tonight....
T-shirt I found and bought recently in the
Lo So Shop
(click to enlarge)
My Lamma-zine Summer Intern did some online
research. He found out that this illustration has been scanned from a
fold-out map in the
"Today's Lamma" visitor's guide, by
Bah Ling, published in 1965! It shows how much (and how little) Lamma has
changed in the last
A few major highlights discovered on this fascinating map above:
The YSW-Central ferry running only 5 times per day!
A ferry route YSW to SKW, 5 times daily, plus a regular
connection from Luk Chau to Aberdeen.
No Power Station, obviously, but a
Cheung Po-tsai pirate
cave with bats. I've heard stories that Lammadonna, Chow Yun-fat and his
siblings were exploring this cave back in their school days.
No Family Trail, just a dirt path connecting
Hung Shing Yeh and SKW.
No path over Ling Kok Shan, unlike all the concrete steps
now; no path from SKW to Mo Tat Wan either.
A coastal dirt path running from Lo So Shing around the South
of the island all the way to Tung O Wan, plus many more abandoned paths.
A second Turtle Beach close to Lo So Shing beach.
No Lamma Quarry, showing that a lot of land has been
reclaimed in that area, most of the flat land in the Quarry, including the
A secret cave where gold was rumoured to
be hidden from World War II, close to the future SKW Sewage Treatment Plant.
Have a closer look at the map and the book!
Several people coming off the 6:40pm ferry from Central
yesterday, Fri July 20, alerted me on Main
Street that a Discovery Bay ferry was
anchored at the YSW Waste Transfer Station, just in front
of the helipad! A
first for Lamma, I think?
I quickly snapped a photo and this "Discovery Bay 5"
ferry was actually empty.
My friends and I had absolutely no
idea of what it was doing here and if it's still here now, the
next morning? Does anybody know more?
I could probably go and find out the facts, or we could
just speculate, making up wild and silly
Yes, let's speculate! It's
the Lamma way, a highly popular local pastime and way more fun
than the probably trivial and/or boring facts of this matter:
- Is it a silent invasion from
DBay, preparing a takeover of our island to turn it into
another DBay lookalike?
Lamma Invading Disco Bay has been
rumoured since 2003, so maybe this is a revenge
- A test run for
Discovery Bay ferry's future running of the
YSW-Central route and jacking up
the fares to heights similar to
the Central-DBay route?
- Are DBay ferries
now being used to collect our
waste from the Waste Transfer Station, maybe the
1+ tonnes of glass now being collected for recycling
here every Fri and Sat afternoon?
- Emulating HKKF's highly popular
daily night cruises for Mainlanders from Central
to Sok Kwu Wan, maybe this is a night tour for DBay
residents to check out YSW's old and new
(Lamma Grill, Andy's Seafood)
restaurants? Maybe they are
getting tired of all the vastly overpriced, but often
mediocre fare offered in many of
D Deck restaurants?
Let us know YOUR speculations!
Emily - Renowned English-Language Author - aka The Ice Cream Lady:
(Photos by Lamma-Gung):
On the cover of the leaflet promoting the Hong Kong Book Fair, it reads, "Meet Renowned English-language Authors". I was stunned when I saw the word "renowned". Although I know the meaning of the word, I still needed to look it up in the Oxford dictionary to make sure that there was no printing error or misunderstanding. Here it is: "adjective: known or talked about by many people; famous". Well, maybe I have been talked about by some people on Lamma, either in a good or a bad way, but famous? Definitely not. In Hong Kong, you are not famous unless you are rich.
On the tiny island where I have lived for over 12 years few people know of the existence of their neighbour who goes grocery shopping on the Main Street in her flip-flops and complains about the high price of food these days. So when the gentle-speaking moderator of Oxford University Press, Mr. John Thompson, introduced me to the nearly 100 members of the audience at the forum that was held on July 19, saying that I had won my "local celebrity status" as an ice-cream lady, I nearly passed out.
However, even "an ugly bride eventually needs to come forward to meet her future father-in-law", so I pretended to look confident and comfortable as much as possible while on the stage.
The theme of the forum was "Narrating Hong Kong What Does One Know about Hong Kong by Reading Its Stories?" True, Hong Kong is a city well-known around the world, especially for its success in finance and real estate development. But, other than that, most foreigners know very little, at least from literature. By comparison, foreigners appear to have a more comprehensive understanding of Mainland China because of the many books about the Mainland, especially on subjects such as the Cultural Revolution (1967-76) and the Tiananmen Square Crackdown (1989).
Much of what foreigners know about Hong Kong is based on tourist guide-books or colourful postcards with images of The Peak, Stanley Market, Victoria Harbour, Lan Kwai Fong, and so on. Only a relatively small number of books have been published in English using Hong Kong as the background, notably "Gweilo" (2004) by Martin Booth, which is my favourite, and "The World of Suzie Wong" (1957) by Richard Mason. However, those were about the "good old days" in the 1950s, more than half a century in the past.
In fact, Hong Kong has undergone many changes during the so-called "post-handover" era, during which it has won its special identity in the world, politically and culturally. Since the foundation of the colony of Hong Kong just over 170 years ago, Hong Kong people have worked very hard to survive, thrive and to succeed. They are incredible survivors. As I said at the forum, Hong Kong people are like "cockroaches" because they are able to survive under very harsh conditions. So "never say die" is, in fact, what we call the "Hong Kong Spirit". I can easily prove it: when I was a child I smashed numerous cockroaches, but they still survive in my place today!
Hong Kong is undoubtedly a colourful city chaotic, noisy, busy and fast-paced, interwoven with identity struggles. People still converse in Cantonese, regardless of the fact that the city was once ruled by the British, who spoke English, and is now back in the arms of the motherland where Putonghua is the national language. However, it is still quite difficult to have a good understanding of the city and its people without knowing the Chinese language and the ability to speak in Cantonese.
Like New York city, Hong Kong is a "melting pot" although less than 5% of the population are non-Chinese. What I normally observe in the city is that the locals and the non-Chinese "melt" separately, unlike on the island where I am living. There, people of more than 60 different races (source: www.Lamma.com.hk) are really "melting" together (and not just because of the summer heat). Lamma Island truly is the "melting pot inside the melting pot".
As a writer who was born and raised locally, I feel I have a mission to record the collective memories and the outlook of the people here in my trilogy "Memoirs of an Ice-Cream Lady" of which the first part has been recently published by Proverse Hong Kong, with two further parts hopefully being released in less than two years' time. The "Memoirs" are in English so that international readers will be able to obtain a glimpse inside the world of the "cockroaches in a melting pot"!
Disclaimer: I am not personally responsible for any discomfort caused to people who suffer from "cockroach phobia"!
Lamma-zine Intern & Junior Lammaite (photo by L-G):
Comments on being interviewed
by Ming Pao
Lots of people come to Lamma
Island; we know that, don't we? Tourists,
friends, relatives, friend's friends, friend's
relatives, relative's friends, and relative's
relatives. OK, yes, the last one was rather odd,
but you get my point, I hope.
Yesterday I've had a rather
interesting experience, since 3 young reporters
from Ming Pao came over to Lamma Island to do an
interview with Lamma.com.hk Webmaster,
Lamma-Gung. I tagged along, not only with the
mindset of doing interpretation, translation or
whatsoever, but also a vow to my American
friends, that wherever there are attractive
young girls around, I'll (most likely) be there.
The interview was aimed at
students in Hong Kong, an extension of the usual
Ming Pao news they order in middle school,
students doing a wide overview of Hong Kong and
her main attractions. Lamma-Gung will post the
article once it's out in Sep the earliest.
Being a reporter and programmer
for most of my grown-up life, I'm usually the
one doing the interviews, asking questions, etc;
but being interviewed was a first for me, not
counting the time on June 4th this year, when I
was interviewed on NOW TV news, which I believe
was a total wreck. I was split between two
opposite directions when I was being asked
questions about Lamma Island, either play the
sugar-coating card, or play the honesty & truth
card. I played the honesty & truth card.
Please do keep in mind that I
like Lamma Island's uniqueness, and I mean that
I hope things stay the same and no big, huge
changes will happen.
After the interview (and lunch),
we decided to walk around Yung Shue Wan to let
the reporters know a little more about our
community and neighbourhood, introducing them to
places and people. I forgot to mention, one
reporter had never been to Lamma Island, one has
been here once and the final one has been
visiting Lamma a lot, but all of them grew up in
general, it was an interesting experience, I had
fun, and I hope they had as much fun as I did as
P.S.: Dear Ming Pao
reporters, if you're reading this and you
would like any clarification, additional notes
or simply want to hang out, I'm reachable either
(email@example.com) or phone (you've got
Click for photo gallery by Lamma-Gung & Randy
Concerto Inn Hotel
at Hung Shing Yeh beach - a Lamma-zine advertiser - is rolling out
their many enticing summer special offers:
Fun Fun Kids Party, afternoon tea sets, Happy Hour,
Candle Light, Seafood BBQ, Seafood Hot Pot, etc. Click on posters below for details
and their extensive list of
Summer Specials & Packages.
You can also check it out on their fun & up-to-date
and their very active
page, or in this Chin. feature story/video from
Apple Daily, or in June's
Cosmopolitan Bride HK.
But my top favourite among their many promotions is this
very creative one:
"Share Lamma and Win a Room
Share your Concerto Inn or Lamma experience and win a free
Share your stories happened at Concerto Inn Hotel, Palm
Tree Cafe, or Lamma Island! We will select ONE winner end of
each month and winner can win One Night Complimentary Room!".
entries and winners (Facebook links):
Photos by Sean Creamer
- click to
Tai Yuen Village - Back Street
- Yung Shue Wan - Lamma Island,
For more information and photos, please contact Caroline
T: 2982 1447 / 6625 1972
Lamma Grill is opening
today, July 4, 2012, with a lion dance
and suckling pig.
The very first day of serving
customers - from 11am-
11pm, 7 days/week - will be tomorrow,
They've already issued an official media
release, by Glen, a first for a
new restaurant in YSW, I think:
"Lamma Grill Opens in Yung Shue Wan
Contemporary takeaway raises the stakes when it comes to
food choices on idyllic outlying island
(JULY 4, 2012) Lamma Island's newest eatery is a takeaway
that delivers a dash of the extraordinary, as well as soft ice
cream served in a cup or cone. Lamma Grill Directors Caroline
Collins and James Glatzmayer officially opened the doors in
early July to the delight of the island's residents and
"The Lamma food scene has a lot of places serving meat on
a stick to attract the visitors, but not the people who live
here and love food", says Sonya Yeung, a Lamma resident for 15
years. "Having a new restaurant open up is great, especially one
that strives to provide high-quality food like you'll find in
the city. This is even better, actually."
Read more ...
(Photo above by Simon Kay, rest. photo & SMS
("The Verdict of the Critics!") by Dina B Knight,
plus more photos below by Lamma-Gung, click to read their temp
Vote for your favourite to become Most Valuable Player
by noon, July 11.
There are quite a few other famous-on-Lamma players in
our Basketball League so far: the leaders so far in scoring (Makha
Diop), rebounds (Kerwin Yu &
Anton Marsh), blocks (Anton
Marsh), assists (Kerwin Yu)
and steals (Alvin Diego):
Basketball League Tournament forum
Aqua Sharks vs White
Stallions, July 8, 2012, Q1
final games on Sun, July 15, Basketball Court, YSW!
Triggered by an SCMP story today -
"Family tells of terror after shark shuts down beaches" - a
discussion erupted in our forum -
Shark Off Lamma - including beach visitors, kayakers, surf-skiers and hikers
during and after these shark sightings yesterday, taking advantage of an
absolutely glorious, clear, not-too-hot summer day.
I've shot some photos myself of
the area, Hung Shing Yeh beach and beyond, 3:30pm, while hiking the Family
Trail on my way to shoot the Sok Kwu Wan Dragonboat races, snapping a few random
throw-away shots on the way. It pays off to have a good camera always
accompany you everywhere you go.
I wasn't even aware of the shark sightings at the time,
but was only surprised about the large number of pleasure boats just off the
beaches. Looking at the photos in more detail, there's a police launch going
from boat to boat, probably warning them of the recent sharks sightings. It
didn't seem to bother the pleasure boaters too much, see below:
P.S. A great subtitled video of the encounter with
the whale shark just off Turtle Beach has just been posted on YouTube:
Shark in Hong Kong - July 1st, 2012.
400,000 (60,000 according to police) demonstrators on
HK's streets today, airing various grievances and demands, voicing their
hopes and dreams for the new HK administration of HK CEO C.Y. Leung, taking
office today. Read all about it ... in other medias, as the Lamma-zine is
tightly focused on Lamma- or Lammaite- related content, as the one and only
media of any kind devoted wholly to Lamma Island matters only. It's a big
enough, but manageable area to cover as a one- man full-time band, plus a
fantastic army of content contributors and volunteers.
many Lammaites joined the protest march yesterday, so let's hear from some
of them, please! First one up to the task, Lammaite
take a bow! We got talking for like 1.5 hours on and off the ferry back from
Central today, about him participating proudly in the march, his
impressions, worries and hopes for the future of our home: Lamma, Hong Kong.
He sent me this email afterwards, permitting it to be
published. Kudos for that courage. More, more!
about yesterday's demonstration relevance to Lamma:
was really impressed by your knowledge of Lamma after speaking to you last
night. I also felt a bit gloomy about the future of Lamma. The rising rents,
unnecessary engineering projects. Also the picture of tribalism, nepotism
and entrenched privilege. e.g. only indigenous, well- connected types can
get licenses to drive village vehicles.
So I'm glad I went on a demonstration yesterday! You
can see the photos which I took here:
July 1, 2012 Demonstration."
Plus a few words from
Chili_Bean_Sauce attending the
"Unlike my previous
articles, where my involvement is highly just for social
interaction and human observing, 7.1's rally is different since
this is one of those events where I know I'm
involved (deeply) since I've lived in
Hong Kong (for a while).
I went to the 7.1 Rally with 2 of my friends,
both first timers. It was my 2nd time this year (was with my
father last year). I don't know whether it was due to the fact I
was rather near the end of the line, there seemed to be more
people than my previous rally.
The rally in general was like any other
rally, expressing one's idea in a large group with a bunch of
people side by side while government officials choose to ignore
and hope for the best. there was also a lot more "selling"
involved in this rally from minor groups (custom t-shirts,
towels, stuff easily made honestly), apparently people already
found a business way of using the rally.
Crowd control from
the police was rather typical also, doing their best to control
huge, uncontrollable crowds, making people feel uncomfortable
under the blazing sun and hope they'll leave mid-way, reducing
numbers (my rough guess is around 200,000, but again, who's ever
when I finally arrived to the new government office building, it
was time for the 7.1 fireworks (8:00pm, wasn't interested).
P.S. by L-G:
Just for the record, I'm not personally
gloomy about the future of Lamma myself. Many good people on all sides work
hard on improving Lamma, they just don't agree what "improving Lamma"
actually means, coming up with opposing solutions to actual and imagined
problems. Occasionally, they might even have a civilised and well-reasoned
discussion about the way forward (or become enemies ignoring each other for
years or even decades).
It's fun and very rewarding for me to play the role of
observer, photographer, reporter and archivist of local developments, events
and people, feeding the community with news, facts, updates, photos, stats,
any information, anything to hopefully feed and support a friendly
neighbourhood community that might disagree on many issues, but lives
together on the same small island in relative peace and harmony.
3,000 Lamma-zine stories published in the last ten years (anniversary party
coming up!), I still haven't run out of ideas and new materials, actually
having a backlog of at least 100 non-urgent story ideas. You're most welcome
to grab me anytime and add some urgent, top-priority ones! ;-)
The Lamma-zine welcomes views from all people passionate
about Lamma (in a positive or negative way) and will always try hard to
remain a community platform for dissenting opinions, happy to publish views
that I might personally agree with, or not at all (Remember the notorious
"Why I hate Lamma!" stories?) Lammaites are usually a highly intelligent
and savvy bunch, able to make up their own opinions, no need for any media
to tell them what to think.
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