Power Station Tour Q & A
After the Lamma Power Station Tour on Aug 15, there were a few questions left to be answered.
God of Hell @ Tin Hau Temple
If you'd like to know about what's going on above and why the huge paper statue of the God of Hell....
The Daily Lamma - Aug 20
"HONG KONG'S LAMMA ISLAND, which looks like an upside-down, frisky puppy on two legs biting a strangely shaped, dead bird."
My Famous Neighbour
"...a programme called "Big Fun on Little Rocks" on TVB's Jade Channel, introducing islands...."
Island of Gospel? - Aug 16
Picking up a flyer outside the newly opened centre of the Canaan Church of the Joshua Church, Hong Kong,...
Lamma Power Station Up Close - Aug 15
Tour itinerary & invitation & feedback from tour participants, plus several photo galleries.
Using Our Free Classifieds?
This community website has been providing a classifieds forum as a free, non-commercial service....
Fat-Gor & Icey - Aug 13
Look what I just saw in the LAWC thrift shop on Back Street, where they're still selling this popular Lamma documentary on DVD.
Power Station Tour - Aug 8
Our yearly guided tour for Lammaites into the Lamma Power Station will be happening next Wed, Aug 15.
Saving Fat-Gor's Tree?
One of the four trees Chow Yun-fat planted in Tai Yuen was blown down by Typhoon Vicente.
"Be a Responsible Pet Owner" roadshow today, Aug 30
Pictures from a little road trip today, via Tai
Peng - Lamma Winds - Hung Shing Yeh to Power Station beach
(click photos to enlarge, as usual):
That's all that's
left of the iconic ancient rubber tree besides the Regent Store
in Tai Peng. Alerted by a distressed Tai Peng resident, find out
Open Space on the
way up to the windturbine got some more fierce-looking graffiti
eye-candy -- Concerto Inn's got a new $88 tea set (-30% for
Lammaites) -- YSW Main Street plastered over with election
events advertised on YSW's walls (click to enlarge)
Mid-Autumn Carnival and National Day dinner, plus the weekly
services in the Lamma Meditation Centre (with Tibetan lamas),
plus another cultural all-day tour for islanders (the free
tickets might be gone within minutes of the office opening at
9am, from my own experience.)
Here's some helpful,
tourist info I've just received, adding a few of my own
pictures. Should I publish more of this
kind of travel guide-style content, targeted at Lamma visitors and
Yung Shue Wan harbour panorama, from a waterfront rooftop
"For any one suffering a hectic or busy lifestyle, Lamma
Island is the ultimate chill out vacation. You can escape your
busy routine and relax on one of the white sandy beaches or
admire stunning natural landscapes which will take your breath
Lamma Island's relaxed and peaceful setting has proved
irresistible for Hong Kong's busy residents as well as
Read more @
Places to Visit on Lamma Island
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Thomas in Limbo -
(Photos by L-G; click above for captioned gallery;
click on photos to enlarge.
Inside photos taken w/explicit permission from the
goddess, via Nun Wong.)
Temple: Twenty Years of Solitude
I armed myself with a thin
bamboo cane as we walked up the stairs and
deeper into the forest. The colorful flags
hanging along the railing on our left resemble
the Tibetan prayer flags except for its
triangular shape and lack of religious scribing.
After a short but sweaty ascent, Lamma-Gung and
I arrived at a chained-up black gate. Above us,
the four characters engraved in gold against a
black wooden sign read 正德仙觀, which translates to
Zheng De Taoist Temple.
shook the gate lightly to create some noise and
called out to the person inside. This set off a
chorus of fierce barking. Two well-built black
dogs, unused to the presence of visitors,
greeted us with growls and barks from above us
on the hill. Thankfully they were leashed this
time and the sole purpose of my bamboo cane was
to swat mosquitoes. This was not the case during
my first visit when I arrived unscheduled after
hearing distant chants on a hike down from the
Mt Stenhouse pavilion to Sok Kwu Wan. An old
nun, the person we came here for, walked down to
unlock the gate and welcomed us into the
premises of the temple.
The Taoist temple houses three
single-storey buildings. The main temple sits at
the bottom of the premises and faces Sok Kwu
Wan. It is the worshipping place for the many
immortals and deities of Taoism. As this
particular temple is under the Quan Zhen (全真)
branch of Taosim, the key immortal worshipped
here is Lu Dong Bin(吕洞宾). Legend has it that Lu,
over eight feet tall, saves lives with his magic
healing pills and possesses a flying sword that
is able to decapitate victims from thousands of
As we took our time quietly
appreciating the well-kept place and the lit
lanterns covering the ceiling, a very pretty cat
with fur looking like a leopard's joined us. It
playfully rubbed against our legs and looked
contented and relaxed. Workday begins at night
for this cat when the mice run amok. To our
surprise, this peaceful cat lives amicably with
its bigger and less friendly canine companions.
The second building is
diagonally uphill from the main temple and is
where the nun resides. Nun Wong is the sole
resident and caretaker of the temple. She moved
to this temple over ten years ago after
receiving a calling from the gods. At that time,
the temple was deserted after the nun who
founded the temple sixty years ago passed away.
Nun Wong then was a widow with a daughter in her
twenties. Her daughter and friends tried to
visit the temple but could not enter as a fierce
puppy stood guard and refused them entry.
week later, Nun Wong came with them and this
time round the puppy made a roundabout in front
of her and then docilely led them to the altar
of the main temple. Upon seeing the state of
dilapidation of the temple, Nun Wong kneeled
down in front of the idols and broke down. For
every day over the next two years, Nun Wong took
on the responsibility to burn incense and
maintain the temple. She would take the 720am
ferry to Sok Kwu Wan and leave on the 405pm
ferry. She refused to live onsite due to a
phobia of darkness and snakes, some of them
falling from the trees.
After two years of daily
commute, Nun Wong had a strange dream one night:
she was on an old boat approaching the shore and
standing on the shore was an old man who asked
her: "Why are you coming here? There are too
many snakes here. Are you not afraid?" Nun Wong
shouted valiantly: "The worst that can happen is
that I get bitten and die! Come what may!" She
then landed and walked up the shore. As a
Taoist, Nun Wong believed that dreams are
messages from the gods and took this particular
one seriously. She moved into the temple and
resolved to stay for twenty years. Strange
enough she no longer sees many snakes after the
The temple is in a much better
state today as you can see from the photos. Nun
Wong's day starts at 5am when she burns incense
and pray. She does the same at 11am and 4pm.
Other than that, she does housekeeping for the
premises, walks down to Sok Kwu Wan for a chat
with friends, and prepares her vegetarian meals.
Her days are free and relaxing except during the
preparations for the Taoist festivals like Lu's
birthday in April and the upcoming Yu Lan
festival. Surprisingly she does not celebrate
Tin Hau festival, the key Taoist festival for
the Lamma fishermen.
Wong seldom leaves Lamma Island and relies on visiting friends
and worshippers to bring supplies that she cannot get from Sok
Kwu Wan. The temple does not get many visitors and worshippers
and as such donations come scarce. Nun Wong uses the pocket
money that she receives from her daughter for the upkeep of the
temple and a nominal rent she pays to the government for the
The third and smallest building
sits the highest along the hillside. It was a
surprise for us to see a portrait of the founder
of Buddhism Siddhartha Gautama at the centre of
the altar with Buddhist chants playing in the
background. Nun Wong explained that Zheng De
Temple worships both Taoism and Buddhism. This
might be a surprise to some people (imagine
Christians and Muslims sharing a place of
worship!) but perhaps it is more common in Asia.
I remember from my trip to Nepal that many there
worship Hinduism and Buddhism simultaneously.
Perched somewhat precariously on
top of this building is a massive rock that Nun
Wong claims to have healing abilities. She led
us to the top of the rock through a short path
from the back and demonstrated agility that
surpassed our expectations for that of an old
lady. The climb to the top offered a great view
of Sok Kwu Wan. Nun Wong carefully picked up a
small beautiful stone lying face up on the big
rock and dusted it with her hand. The special
stone was picked up from a very sacred mountain
for Taoism in Jiangxi province and now absorbs
the moonlight every night on top of the big
affectionately rubbed the stone on my back and
shoulders like a massage for good health. After
we left the temple, I wondered why she did not
do the same to Lamma-Gung who was standing right
next to us. Am I in more urgent need of better
health than someone twice my age?
Lamma-zine would like to express thanks to Nun
Wong for her hospitality and would like to wish
her the best for her secluded and spiritual life
in the mountain!
had an unusual encounter last night in
Andy's Seafood: We met a real-life Blue Girl! The mystical creature
portrayed in so many TV beer commercials! But she
was neither blue-eyed,
nor Avatar-like blue-skinned, nor feeling blue,
nor dressed in blue, but in all-shiny,
figure-hugging silver? When I mustered up the courage to ask her she pointed
out that their corporate colours on the bottle are actually blue AND silver;
and that she likes to look shiny.
Would I like a bottle and enter the Lucky Draw on the iPad that her
assistant was carrying for her? Yes, Blue Girl had a spikey-haired assistant
to carry her stuff and perhaps protect her from patrons who've imbibed a bit
too much of what she's peddling. But Blue Girl couldn't tell how much her
product actually costs, as she wouldn't concern herself with trivialities
like money, just the promotion. She had to ask the waiter, hovering nearby.
Considering that a glass of wine would cost $10 more than a bottle of her
"liquid gold", and that Lamma-Por is always eager for a Lucky
Draw, I relented.
I let her pour me a glass, slowly and professionally. Drinking beer only
rarely, I can nevertheless appreciate the fine art of pouring a perfect
glass. It tasted fine, like most typical Lager
beers. Sorry, my taste buds may be desensitised by
all my former dieting and my supposedly "healthy food".
They might not become refined enough
anymore to distinguish the Delicate, Diminutive
Differences between different Lager beer brands.
the branded Blue Girl Lucky Draw game, we won a
travel adapter/phone charger! It comes apart into 3 pieces and it was quite
fun to play with while waiting for our food; the colourful plastic pieces
reminded me of my happy Lego days.
Running a labour of love like this website almost
full-time has many rewards, but also a few major drawbacks, mainly
financial ones. Not having been able to afford to leave HK at all in several
years, I don't really need a Blue Girl travel adapter. So if you want to
make me a modest offer, you're welcome to it. For another bottle of Blue
Girl, maybe? Or a glass of wine, perhaps?
$10 saved, a Lucky Draw won, a new gadget to play with, photos shot, and a
promotional Lamma-zine story published, even though neither Andy's Seafood
nor Blue Girl are advertisers of this website (yet).
We've never ever had a beer advertiser yet, but a few wine ones. You've got contacts of beer or
wine merchants eager to reach us always-thirsty Lammaites, let me know!
So where will we find the next local promotion by beer girls (of any
colour)? Comments & photos from our legions of barflies, please?
How would you like to be declared an official "Biological Hazard" by a
public, respected Govt. health authority? This is what happened to me this
week, a part of me put into a "Specimen Carrier Bag", labeled "Biological
Hazard" and sent to Queen Mary Hospital's "Clinical Biochemistry" laboratory
for a "Complication Screening". Eeeek! What's wrong with me this time?
Well, it was just another one of my half-yearly diabetes follow-ups. A value
of 5.7 for my HbA1c is deemed "satisfactory", diabetes under perfect control
without any medications, simply by "dietary control". But a full
Complication Screening is scheduled anyway, including a battery of blood
tests and more exciting tests like "risk factor assessment, peripheral
neuropathy, foot examination, visual acuity assessment and retinal photo".
This photo is taken by flashing close-up straight into your eyeball,
blinding you for several seconds, But first, they might administer eye drops
to dilute your pupils widely, making your vision go all woozy for a while.
After blinding your left eye, they ask you in a friendly but ominous tone,
"Now we'll do the right one, please?" Thank you, you're most welcome!!
"Biological Hazard" label was affixed to a bag with my urine sample.
Considering that most urine is actually completely sterile and so harmless
that some people even drink it straight-up for supposedly positive health
benefits, this designation sounds a little bit harsh. This is the same
designation that they used for all the bits that doctors have cut out of my
diminishing body over the decades: tonsils, gall bladder, 3/4 of my stomach,
sagging tummy skin after my massive weight loss (twice!)
What bits will they remove next? I shudder with trepidation, as I really
hope to keep and make good use of most of my remaining body parts for just a
few more decades ... till it'll ALL be burnt up anyway and some of the ashes
hopefully stored up in our idyllic Lamma Garden of Remembrance.
Being almost perfectly healthy and moderately fit these days, I seem to
spend so much time in Queen Mary Hospital's outpatient S Wing, following up
separately on each of my former "co-morbidities" stemming from my former
"Super Morbidly Obese" status (another charming clinical term). Once you're
inside HK's fantastic public health care system and can't afford private
healthcare, there are only two ways of getting out of it: Leave HK or die!
Discharged/Died on 4/4/08.
They check me out for each former problem separately, each time taking half
a day of my time to get to QMH, wait for hours, a few minutes doctor
facetime, and then return home. They always find nothing, all fine, no
problem, please come back in half a year for the next check-up. It's like
they can't quite believe I got completely rid of all my former health
problems, like severe diabetes, sleep apnea, high BP, knee problems, acid
reflux, etc. That it's all just a temporary reprieve, waiting for my weight
to rebound and all the health problems to creep back into my life.
They might be right. So these regular hospital check-ups serve as a not
unwelcome reminder for me to remain on the straight and narrow of healthy
eating and moderate exercise, or suffer a miserable old age full of health
problems. Thanks for the regular reminders, doctors, I got the message loud
are quite a bit more intensive than my doctor-ordered moderate exercise,
stressing my aging body for an tough'n'tiring hour and some muscles aching
for days afterwards (and getting stronger while healing). Finally, after
months of my fretting and finding silly excuses (too cold, too hot, too
moist, too tired, too busy!), I've rejoined
Donna's evening boostcamps in the Basketball Court.
Working out with people you know and actually like can be great fun! Donna's
cheerful-but-tough approach seems to work well with people ranging from
keyboard jockeys like myself up to the ultrafit lady preparing for the next
Trailwalker. Working out by yourself just doesn't seem to work very well for
many people, with nobody pushing you to try harder, jump higher, run faster!
I love the giddy Endorphin high you enjoy the next day after a real workout!
Can't you tell from my overexcited typing right now - Boostcamp last night!
Wooooaah! - or is it just my daily single glass of white wine kicking in
right now? Well, it's actually a dietitian-approved part of my weight
maintenance diet which basically lets me eat anything I like; but all in
moderation, small portions and with some common sense. Enjoying my food to
the max, but no need to be greedy, except on special occasions, see below. I
still adore desserts....
If you're not bored to death yet, you could read even more about my "weight
loss journey", starting 4.5 years ago, in this special Lamma-zine section, a kind of index of all
stories published so far:
Email from Christine Chan,
Cultural Outings, last March:
"I am writing on behalf of Cultural Outings, a non-profit
making organization which aims to to provide opportunities for
everyone to interact with different cultures. As we are now
working on a multi-cultural map which intend to show the
cultural diversity in Hong Kong, it was once suggested that
there are people of more than 60 nationalities living on Lamma
Island. We talked to Siu Yu from Hans Andersen Club (HAC). He
suggested us to talk to you and see if you could give us some
ideas and information about:
1. How do people from different cultural background
work together for the betterment of Lamma Island?
2. Are there any activities and/or places which can show
the cultural diversity on Lamma Island?
It will be great if we can meet and discuss."
I met Christine, showing her around Yung Shue Wan,
introducing her to many examples of our cultural diversity and
joining the 800th St. Clare's Day celebrations at the Catholic
Kindergarten on Mar 18. There are more details about Lamma on
Facebook page. The title of the Lamma segment is
"United Nations Fishing Village". It also mentions
multinational sports events on Lamma and Halloween celebrations
at the Hans Andersen Centre, plus giving credits to this
website. Thank you, Christine!
A few photos of the event that
inspired most of the Lamma segment on the Multi- cultural Map
above, Mar 18, the 800th birthday of St. Clare the Patron
Saint of the Catholic Portiuncula Monastery, just above the
Plus Nick the Bookman's
review of the St. Clare's play (spot him above?)
the Lamma Power Station Tour on Aug 15 there were a few of the
huge number of questions left unanswered. Our jovial tour guide
Edmund Pang complied and answered them
in writing. Thank you!
Monday afternoon, Aug 20, at the YSW Tin Hau Temple.
If you'd like to know about what's going on above and why this huge paper
statue of the God of Hell at the right of the temple entrance will be burnt
as part of this yearly Taoist/Buddhist celebrations, just a few days after
the start of the Hungry Ghost month last Friday, learn more about the Yu
Lan (Hungry Ghost) Festival on
my former website and on
- Author, Writer (story republished with
Nick writes: "Greetings from
Singapore, Lamma is a key location for much
of my second novel, "Kiss Me, Hadley",
out in March next year.
It's all affection and a gentle tease. A taste
of my novel can be found below:"
Posted by fieadmin on Sunday, August
KONG'S LAMMA ISLAND, which looks
like an upside-down, frisky puppy on two
legs biting a strangely shaped, dead
bird (not difficult to imagine at all)
is a leading character in "Kiss Me,
Hadley", due out in March. I made a
day trip about a year ago to remind
myself of the finer details and not a
lot had changed. It is a busy island of
tiny homes, bars and restaurants famous
for a power station on its best beach, a
terrific walk across to the other side
of the island, an expat community of
mums, dads and kids which lives happily
in the tiny houses and apartments, with
kids' games on that same beach. It is
also famous for an expat community of
middle-aged, single expats, many of them
journalists, who can no longer afford
the rents of Hong Kong Island or the
monthly subscription to the Foreign
walked down the main street, actually a
path, in Yung Shu Wan, or Banyan Tree
Bay, past the noodle shops, air-con
repair shops, property agents, bars,
holiday lets and an incongruous boutique
full of bangles, beads, Tim Hardin CDs
and various hippie Zen crap, stinking
the place out with incense. At a corner,
there was a cheerful man with a long
grey beard and wearing nothing but
shorts. He had a pile of books on one
side and a dog on the other. In the ten
seconds or so that I was within earshot,
I saw another elderly expat, this one
surly and glum, walk up to him and say
goodbye. The man with the beard was
taken aback and started to twirl his
moustache with his fingers.
"You're not going for good, for
"No. I'm just going into town to have my
"You had me worried for a minute. No one
ever actually leaves Lamma."
This is a true snippet of conversation
(except for the bit about having his
nipples pierced). Either this guy with
the dog said that to everyone, or I had
witnessed, in a snapshot of conversation
that could have blossomed any time over
the years, a chilling exchange in which
the two men's fates were sealed.
P.S. This story caused a new
topic to be started in our Discussions forum, an all-
too-rare but most welcome event:
Nick Macfie knows nowt.
Emily the Ice-Cream
Lady - Author:
Famous Neighbour Chow Yun-Fat
I do admire Lamma-Gung
who still has so many stories to report
about Lamma. After reading so many
articles in local magazines and watching
TV documentaries about Lamma, it seems
that there is nothing more left than
having Chow Yun-Fat as its local-born
celebrity and the Western atmosphere
that has drawn many Hong Kong tourists
from the city and whose main purpose in
coming to the island is take a look at
the "Westerners" living on Lamma. I am
not joking. I have overheard many times
quite a few first-time visitors talking
to each other in excitement, yelling "Look, there are so many Gweilos living
on Lamma!" and "That's cool to see so
many Gweilos here!" as if they were
exploring a new continent or going to
see aliens from outer space. Maybe some
local westerners should consider
collecting donations from visitors just
for being looked at.
the evening that the Hong Kong
Observatory raised its second Typhoon
Signal Number 8 this year, on July 23, I
turned on the TV to check the weather
news and happened to see a programme
called "Big Fun on Little Rocks" on
TVB's Jade Channel, introducing
different islands in Hong Kong.
[Click on any picture to watch it.]
Give me a break, I thought, it's about
Maybe I have been living
on this island for too long, and having
experienced the bitterness of running a
small business here and suffered from a
certain local hostility in the past nine
years, I see Lamma from quite a
different perspective. All the one-sided
stories about how nice Lamma is clearly
doesn't satisfy someone, such as myself,
who has a special appetite for digging
into the dark side of human nature.
programme, like many other programmes of
the same kind, began with the most
famous resident of Lamma, Mr. Chow
Yun-Fat, the locally-born TV star turned
Hollywood movie star. But Mr. Chow did
not appear in the programme at all. He
was "represented" by his older nephew,
another Mr. Chow named Ma-shing. He
claimed that it was Chow Yun-Fat's wish
to turn Lamma into a tourist
destination. "Everyone wants this to
happen," he said. I personally have
reservations about this comment. It is
not "everyone" who would be happy with
the idea of turning Lamma into a tourist
paradise. Certainly few of the city
dwellers who moved to Lamma years ago
because it was tranquil; and not these
days when Main Street is like Nathan
Road on a busy weekend afternoon; when
people have to wait for an hour to be
served in the restaurants and the price
of many foods, let alone the rent, has
gone unreasonably high for the locals.
Sometimes, to the local people a tourist
paradise can be a nightmare.
Mr. Chow bragged about the power of fung
shui from Chow Yun-Fat's home in Wang
Long Village, adjacent to where I live.
Frankly I didn't know the exact location
of Mr. Chow's home until the programme
was aired that night, although I had
been asked about it by several visitors
from time to time. "It is possibly the
‘Bat' that is embeded on the corner of
the wall of Chow Yun-Fat's house has
helped him to become so successful," he
explained. In Cantonese, "bat" is
pronounced as "Pin-Fook" in which "Fook"
sounds like "luck/good fortune".
As the programme
progressed, the presenter, a former Miss
Hong Kong runner-up, seized the
opportunity to flatter (a skill she
probably learnt through the Miss Hong
Kong pageant) the elderly Mr. Chow by
saying he was good-looking like his
younger uncle, Chow Yun-Fat. Seemingly
very pleased with the comment, he humbly
said it might be due to having drunk
water from the same well as his charming
relative when they were still little. I
think TVB should make another series of
"Believe it or Not!"
However, the elderly Mr.
Chow did say something less fictional
about Chow Yun-Fat's success - that his
passion for acting had been growing
since he was a student at the local
primary school. He often volunteered to
play in school dramas during school
my opinion, merely good luck and fung
shui do not make people successful. A
person like Chow Yun-Fat has worked very
hard to achieve stardom, even though he
was once labeled as the "poison of the
box office"! He was nearly forty when he
started to pick up the English language
before starting a new venture in
Hollywood. It surely took a lot of
courage and determination to overcome
all these hurdles, especially when he
could no longer drink the magic well
water on the island, which he left a
good many years ago, to keep his good
So it is my secret dream
that one day, when I come across a
visitor asking for directions, instead
of wanting to see Chow Yun-Fat's home,
they ask me where the famous writer of "Memoirs of an Ice Cream Lady" lives.
Will my landlord regret raising the rent
and forcing me to leave someday in the
Click for captioned photo gallery
Forum & Links: Plastic Disaster on HK beaches
Click for captioned photo gallery
Picking up a flyer outside the newly opened centre of the
Canaan Church of the Joshua Church, Hong Kong, on YSW Back Street in the
former Hangout location, got me contemplating the spiritual side of Lamma.
This US evangelist church is stating that one of their goals is to transform
Lamma into an "Island of Gospel":
Canaan Church of the Joshua Church
Photo gallery by Olga & Steve
Many thanks to
HK Electric for arranging this tour and to Edmund KY Pang,
our jovial and very knowledgeable tour guide.
Tour itinerary & invitation & feedback from tour participants.
Last but least, a few photos by
Lamma-Gung - tour organiser:
This community website has been providing a classifieds
forum as a free, non-commercial service to the Lamma community, not asking
for any commission or any thanks. But we can't be responsible for these
private transactions, simply providing a non-commercial noticeboard, similar
to the walls of Lamma, but much more convenient, especially for
Rent & Let, Buy & Sell ads.
But we'd hope that buyers AND sellers treat each other
with at least basic courtesy and the minimum respect that we usually get
from dealing with each other in person on Lamma. But the perceived anonymity
and ease of posting seems to encourage some disrespectful behaviours
occasionally, like not replying at all to enquiries from buyers, not
replying to sellers after showing interest at first, or even missing fixed,
pre-arranged appointments to view a flat or sell goods. I've heard this from
a few people, but not frequently, over the years.
I'm encouraging forum members
to keep to the very simple basic rules of
free classifieds, hoping to maintain a
basic levels of trust necessary for commercial transactions. Thank you for
your considered behavior.
But the usual feedback after using our classifieds seems
to be similar to this post by PNWxplant, titled Great experiences:
"I have been on
Lamma 1 year and I have used this forum to buy and/or sell 7-10
different items and have had GREAT SUCCESS in both directions.
NO Jokers - no missed appointments
(changed sometimes - island time, ya
know) great deals - easy to buy/sell."
A few more comments from me
about our 10-year-old free classifieds:
Treat buyers and sellers with respect!
what I just saw in the LAWC thrift shop on Back Street, where they're still
selling this popular Lamma documentary on DVD, by Alba the Filmmaker
& Icey the Film Editor, featuring many canine & human Lammaites,
incl. Yours Truly.
"When Chow Yun-Fat
came to Lamma, unfortunately I was not around and so did not meet him,
but he called me personally to congratulate me and commented that no one,
until now, had done a good documentary on Lamma."
Strangely, the photo displayed in LAWC has shy Icey
cropped off. But the Lamma-zine loves to give full credits where credit is
due. Without her years of dedication, patience and hard work this DVD might
never have turned out so well. Here's the
My Island trailer and
No, I won't show you my photos of Fat-Gor with Lamma-Gung!
But interestingly, he was wearing exactly the same baseball cap when I met
him last. Is this his favourite Lamma cap he wears every time he visits
here, usually around the Ching Ming and Chung Yeung festivals?
Our yearly free guided tour for Lammaites into the Lamma
Power Station will be happening next Wed, Aug 15.
Contact me to get enrolled!
Details, photos and reviews of former tours, see our
Lamma Power Station Guided Tour - Aug 15, 2012
of the four trees Chow Yun-fat planted
in Tai Yuen (opposite the Yan-Yan store) was blown down by Typhoon Vicente.
It bloomed beautifully in yellow just a few months ago
(photos) and was featured on TVB Jade's nice Lamma documentary on July
on TVB website).
Locals are trying their best to save this iconic, famous tree, pushing it
upright. But the leaves have turned brown 2 weeks later and new growth is
We'll keep you posted on their success. Amidst the disaster of hundreds of
fallen trees all over Lamma, it's great to see some hope and action. All the
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Form letter sent to people who objected to the CPA,
inviting each of them to a personal meeting to discuss their concerns and to
change their mind.
The proposed location of the Cycle Parking Area platform:
Rocky Malcolm - Cycle Park
Meeting Report - Islands
District Office - Aug 3
had my (slightly surreal) meeting with the Islands District
office today to discuss my written objection to the proposed
Cycle Park Area.
The meeting took place in a conference room
with a table only slightly smaller than my living room. One
of those big ones with a hole in the middle large enough to
park a small car (or several bikes) in. I was ushered in by
a minion to find one side of the table was occupied by five
people with assorted laptops, charts, piles of paper and
other props. The opposite side was highly polished and
completely empty, except for a single cup of Chinese tea to
indicate where I was to sit.
The central apparatchik and chair of the
meeting was Assistant District Officer (Islands), Mr Timothy
Tam. He was flanked by representatives of four other Gov't
departments who's names I failed to catch. None of The Five
had cups of tea.
I abjectly failed to remember the names of the half dozen Rural and Islands
committees who had been consulted and had sworn with blood oaths that the
people of North Lamma would not for all the tea in China give up their right
to a pretty pile supported platform between the library and the pier. When I
suggested that the committee members might be less than objective, I was
informed that they all rode bicycles to and from the ferry pier on a regular
basis (and they themselves as bike riders would not give up their right to a
pretty pile supported platform etc.)
Half way through the meeting, I realised
that the irritating light in my eyes wasn't just there to
make me feel as though I was being interrogated - it was
also projecting a map of the pier area on the wall behind
the back of my head. None of the Five had referred to, or
even looked at the map while they told me about all the
procedures and guidelines they had followed and how well
their backsides were covered. The projected slide had been
strategically cropped, so it didn't show the area between
the Post Office and the end of the pier which is the obvious
place for the CPA to be sited.
We talked round in circles for a while, then
Mr TT again asked me to withdraw my objection and I again
declined. Then he told me my name would be sent on to the
Headmaster, sorry, Chief Exec and Exco, who will tell them
to go ahead and build the CPA anyway. After that I left.
To anyone else going to meet them:
Move your chair to one end of the table.
They'll be very disturbed.
Don't drink the tea! [It
might make you change your mind, perhaps!]
Take a camera and get photos of the
meeting setup. It really does look like a bad psychology
experiment designed to make the visitor feel small.
Turn up in groups. The invitation letter
mentions 'you or your representatives', so be
well represented! Anyone from the SCMP or local press
who could attend would worry them.
Make a show of recording the meeting and
get specifics of which green groups were consulted, what
actions they plan to take, etc.
They're playing a game and it would be fun to change the
For more info on the serious sides of this
serious, passionate and highly contentious issue, check out the
SAVE LAMMA! Facebook group and our free- speech, long-running
CPA forum and the recent
CPA objection forum.
We'd really love to hear from BOTH
sides, objectors and supporters of the CPA,
including the several thousands of Lamma residents and visitors who signed
two petitions in support, recently and a few years ago.
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