Senior ex-Lammaite Andrew Doig, nicknamed Doggy, the Lamma Fun Day
founder, has finally published his first novel. Here's his HK press release,
introducing the novel:
Two-Foot Scotsman Goes Viral!
been featured before in the Lamma-zine (July
10, 2008: Doggy & Wee Davy) and I've recently quoted a few of the
Lamma-related parts of the novel.
Doggy's former life on Lamma has become an integral and important part of
the story. I think that this world-traveling yarn full of craic contains
probably the best and most evocative descriptions of Lamma I've ever seen in
a work of fiction, accurate down the tiniest details. Doggy has lived here
for 8 years and was a real insider in the local bar/party scene in North
"As a self-published author, I have no access to a marketing department
that can send my novel out to the world. So, friends, family, colleagues and
people I met once at a party, I am calling on you to be my marketing
the 27th of September, I'm asking all you to help me out by
making Wee Davy viral. Could you please share the
Facebook page, link to
post to my
blog, watch my videos,
email me, encourage people you know to share too, and
most importantly, encourage people to
buy the book!
If you have read Wee Davy already, please find a good
review the book!
I will post lots of
links and things on the day, so please share these.
Thank you very much indeed for all the great support and
encouragement I've received from you since publishing the book.
and thanks huge amounts for helping me make Wee Davy viral."
Here's the award-winning cracker of an opening:
"This is the story of a black-hearted wretch. A nasty,
dirty, selfish narcissist. A user. A bastard abuser with a foul
mouth and a twisted, lecherous, unquenchable lust. This is the
story of the incubus, the night prowler, the leach. This is the
story of Davy and it’s the story of me." Read
Mo Tat Wan beach, close to The Bay Rest., Aug 27, 2012
It was just a short notice on the newswires and in the SCMP:
"Bomb-like object found on Lamma
Monday, 27 August, 2012, 3:21pm - Lai Ying-kit
Police condoned off a beach on Lamma Island after a bomb-like object was
discovered on Monday.
Detectives are now trying to determine whether the object, discovered at the
Mo Tat Wan beach around noon, is in fact a bomb.
Local media reported that the rusty object was about three feet long."
Of course, I followed up immediately, trying to find eyewitnesses and
photos. Raymond of the nearby Bay Rest told me in person (during one of my
past-hiking lunches) recently that they had found this 2-3-foot long
grenade/missile while workers were digging for road constructions along Mo
Tat Wan beach these last few weeks. They cleared the entire area, as the
"bomb-like object" was deemed to dangerous to move. The bomb defusing
experts had to apply 3 controlled explosions to render the bomb harmless.
Claire of The Bay
"Unfortunately, I wasn't around when it all happened. But Raymond was
busy taking pictures with his Samsung [see above, including some of the
But when I retuned to The Bay the next day, I found a lot of sand all over
the tables and the floor. Raymond had moved all the glasses inside the bar,
including the plates, to a place safe from the explosions."
Lamma households received this form letter from the Buildings Dept. just a few
weeks ago. It urges all landlords to declare their Unauthorised Building
Works (UBW), or illegal structures, as they're more commonly known. This
can be anything
from a bamboo trellis on a wall to enclosed balconies and
even additional 3th floors. Most of our Village Houses have some form of UBW,
usually small and harmless, but technically illegal nonetheless.
The Buildings Dept. is urging landlords to declare them till this Sunday,
Sep 30, and get a kind of amnesty for a number of years before having to
dismantle their UBWs. Very few have complied so far all over the New
Territories and Outlying Islands, but my very nice landlord did.
Find out more in our forum, including "1 year dead, 1 year living" rental
contracts, and are there any free squatting options on Lamma?
Publisher of Lamma Calendar 2010, '11, '13:
will be publishing the calendar for a third year.
This year’s calendar will again be open to the Lamma
community, giving anyone the chance to publish their photos in it.
10 photographers will be chosen for the calendar, plus one for the
front page. For the fee of $50 per photo (which will be
donated to Child Welfare Scheme), anyone can enter, and you can send
in as many photos as you like for the competition.
here to find out more.
The popular 'Lamma Faces'
page will be published as the December page again this year. The fee
is HK$40 for each face (or 3 for $100). All proceeds
will be donated to the Child Welfare Scheme. Space will be limited
this year, so get your photos in early.
Click here to
find out more.
photo donations will go directly to CWS and profits from the sale of
the calendar will be donated to a Lamma charity. Charity tbc and
calendar raised HK$5,125 for CWS!
To find out more about the Child
Welfare Scheme, please visit
Lamma Calendar 2013 will be sponsored & promoted
Photo Competition –
Please copy your photos onto a disk, and
put in an envelope containing your full contact details and
photo ($100 for 3)
entry fee. A donation box will be placed at the following
o Diesel's Bar
and 7th Avenue
Photos must be submitted by
Oct 18, 2012 and must be:
- Lamma-themed (see
- 1 landscape format, or several photos making up a landscape
for example 2 vertical photos, or 2-3
panorama photos, or mixed layouts.
- Minimum of 280mm x 215mm - Minimum 300 dpi - Maximum 5MB.
(Please note that photos from your smartphones might probably not
meet these specs or be of insufficient quality for printing. Please
The publisher will be looking for
subjects that fit into the following categories:
Seascape/Landscape, On the Beach, Up
in the Hills, Flora/Fauna, Lamma Life, Architecture, Food & Drink,
Local Culture/Events, Only on Lamma!,
(Note that close-up face shots will not be used without
written permission from the owner.)
By submitting photos to this
competition, entrants are giving permission to the
Publisher to publish their photograph and name in the Lamma Calendar
The Publisher reserves the right to
make the final decision on which photos will be published in the
Calendar. All photos, including the ones NOT chosen for the
Calendar, might be featured on Lamma.com.hk, for example as
potential Photos of the Day, with full credits.
Copyright of all photos submitted
remains with the photographers.
The Publisher will not use or
distribute the photographs for anything other than the Lamma
Lamma Faces Page
To have your photo in this year's
collage page, please submit your photos to
Oct 18, 2012. Please title your email
lamma_calendar_YOURNAME and send only one photo per email.
Please state your payment method in the
Alternatively, if you want to send from your smartphone, you can use
WhatsApp (App that allows free texting and sending photos). Please
send me an email and I’ll give you my number.
Alternatively, if you're not that
technically-minded, I will be carrying my camera around again this
year and will be arranging a couple of dates/times I will be around
in the village to take photos. Watch this space!
- 1 face shot (humans or
pets, creative photos encouraged,
see examples below.)
- Maximum 1MB.
- Photos from your smartphone can meet this spec.
Transfer the money
$100 for 3) to CWS directly.
HSBC A/C 083 465724 001. (Swift Code: HSBCHKHHHKH •
Branch 083, Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong.)
PayPal: Log into PayPal, click on send money tab, then click on
send money online, enter firstname.lastname@example.org) and make the
Send a cheque made out to 'Child
Welfare Scheme' and either drop it in one of the donation boxes,
or send directly to CWS at Suite 304, St George's Bldg, 2 Ice House
Put your cash/cheque donation in an
envelope with your name and contact details on it and drop off
at one of the donation boxes in the village:
Bar and 7th Avenue
Please don't forget to mark your
payment method clearly in the email when you send your photo!
By submitting their photos for the
collage, entrants are giving permission to publish them in the Lamma Calendar 2013.
Copyright of all photos submitted
remains with the photographers.
The publisher will not use or
distribute the photographs for anything other than the Lamma
Click above to enlarge, or learn more about the Lamma
The Generous Spirit of Lamma Residents
For Calendar questions and info updates, see our
I got a low-cost Sony HX10V compact camera a few months back,
accompanying me everywhere these days. I'm reserving my large, heavy, long-lensed
Nikon dSLR for planned photo shoots. I'm experimenting with all its new and
exotic functions, like "Background Defocus", "Anti Motion Blur", "Hand-held
Twilight", 10-frames/ second animations, "Gourmet Scene", "Pet Scene",
"Advanced Sports Mode", "Intelligent Auto Scene Selection", "3D Shooting"
(3D TV needed but not included), HD video and the automatic
"Backlighting Correction HDR". It'll take me a long time to figure out most
of these, but it'll be great fun to experiment and frequently make new
Like many newer cameras and smartphones, it's got an "iSweep Panorama"
Scene mode for shooting 180-degree photos while sweeping the camera round
slowly. These cameras basically shoot numerous vertical slices, for example
10/second, and then it stitches all the slices together automatically into a
nice panorama, after just a few seconds of "Processing..."
All the pictures below were shot with this automatic mode, from the middle
of the circle of skyscrapers atop the Elements shopping Mall above Kowloon
Station. Elements is just one single MTR stop away from the ifc Mall, opposite
the Lamma Ferry Pier in Central. Firstly, let's sweep the camera up and over
Nice, but what would happen if I don't sweep steadily and slowly, but fast
and irregularly? Usually, it'll give you just an error message: "Could
not shoot image. Move camera slowly." But as I discovered, after lots of
trial and many errors, you can trick it by moving the camera slowly and
steadily but irregularly, for example rotating it slowly clockwise and/or
anticlockwise during sweeping. This might result in the oddly attractive
pictures below. All of them have been created in-camera, no image
manipulation and no Photoshop trickery at all (click to enlarge):
To quiet down my dizzy vision after hundreds of trial shots, here's a
straight panorama of the HK skyline, also shot from Elements, overlooking
the future West Kowloon Cultural District, again the venue of the Clockenflap Festival on Dec 1/2:
So what would happen if I'd use this newly-discovered "Wavy Panorama"
function while shooting from the Old Jetty in YSW harbour?
John Stuart writes:
"Earlier this month 29 paddlers from the Lamma Outriggers were
involved in The Dolphin Quest, a 70K relay paddle around Lantau.
yes, they are still there, Dolphins! We saw them, free and frolicking,
flashes of delicate pink arching through the waters of one of the busiest
shipping lanes in the world. There is hope.
Paddlers from all over Hong Kong shared the experience, raising funds to
preserve the lifestyle of these precious creatures.
Thanks to the Lantau Outriggers for their initiative and all those who
shared in this very special encounter.
Anyone interested in becoming part of a great group, contact the
Vice-Chair of the Lamma Outriggers at
Claudia_Tarr@yahoo.com." [Photos by Claudia]
What are some Lammaites up to on early
Sunday mornings, even before 7am? Going running, swimming,
basketballing, hiking, walking their dogs, sometimes all the
way up to the Lamma Winds Pavilion well before 7am. We used
to do Boostcamps outside the windturbine, even
at 10 degrees, but then our trainer (the Boostcamp
Bitch, as she likes to be known these days) got lazy and
wanted to enjoy at least Sundays off her hyperactive
schedule to be with her young family. Harrumph! So I've got
to bike up there by myself nowadays, as a fun part of doing
outdoor cardio exercises in this fantastic, cooler, drier
this open-air, hilltop breakfast with the amazing 360-degree
views, bringing at least one dog is not just welcome but
mandatory, unlike the many restaurants in YSW. BYOB - Bring
Your Own Breakfast - and share, of course. A few more people
would be most welcome as there's enough space and seating in
our "Private Pavilion". More food choices would always be
welcome, a hotel-style, home-made breakfast buffet is our
goal, for humans AND dogs. But it starts at 7am, long before
the first tourists arrived at 9:30am.
By then, it was time for my new friends to
return to their Hung Shing Yeh hillside residences, and for
me to perform my favourite Speedracer-style stunt down the
entire Cable Road to the Power Station gate. At Power
Station Beach, swimmers, fit dogs and their healthy human
companions, plus the tireless Outriggers starting their
morning hard-core training, probably for another swim to
Cheung Chau Island or round-some-island race. They've just
completed Round Lantau, did Round HK Island last year and
will do Round Lamma again in just a few weeks.
Is ANYBODY sleeping in late on Sunday
mornings on Lamma (besides Lamma-Por)?
P.S. One week
later, we've upped the ante, adding blueberry muffins (Thank
you, Eva!), white wine on ice, and grapes to our Sunday
breakfast buffet spread at the Lamma Winds Pavilion. A fine
selection of cheeses might be next...
Join us, no need to be shy! Anybody able to get
up this early and arrive before 8am, bringing along (optional)
dog(s) and any buffet additions will be welcome!
Tai Peng Village, opposite the Regent Store,
the healthy landmark rubber tree has been cut down
completely now, reacting to neighbours' complaints. See the
full story. When might the construction of new
Village Houses start?
I've been so pleasantly surprised about all
the congratulatory feedback and emails I've received about
the recent 10th birthday of this website! A few examples:
"Congratulations! You do a great job!"
Peter: "Oh, remembering Lamma makes me
All the best for your 10th birthday!!"
Stella: "A wonderful and useful
website, full of humanity and deserves to get much support!!"
O&S: "Must tell you time and again how
appreciative we are of your great efforts over the years to keep
this community spirit alive in Lamma!
We appreciate very much this wonderful community website, which
has survived over the past 10 years, and wish it will continue
to thrive for many years to come!"
George: "... otherwise no complaints,
and no useful suggestions. The site works quite well I think,
and has become an irreplaceable encyclopedia of Lamma lore."
Katie: "I wanted to tell you what
amazing job you do for our community and how lucky we all are to
have you !!!!
Your website is a portal to info and a great place to celebrate
and people and it also builds community. Massive Thank you !!!!"
Jane: "You deserve the Bauhinia Gold
Star or whatever HK's highest award is called for your untiring
efforts. I do hope to join the celebration at some point, but in
case I don't make it, please accept my virtual reality warmest
congratulations! Three cheers for Lamma Gung!"
Dakota: "As a former resident of Lamma
I must say that I have probably visited your website about a
million times! Why write down the number of the Beer Garden when
I can just look it up on the site!"
"Wow, has it been 10 years? You are to be congratulated for
sticking with it thru thick and thin, always maintaining an even
hand where necessary ... that's not always easy.
I check out the Forum and the web site less frequently these
days because of other commitments that take up most of my very
busy schedule. But when I do visit it still gives me great
pleasure to wander thru the postings and articles.
And as a bonus, you have inspired my partner and me to adopt a
new sensible low-carbohydrate diet that we find so easy and
pleasant to stick with. I thank you for that (but I do miss the
My sincere thanks to you for keeping the rest of the world
informed of Lamma happenings. So very well done!!!
With tons of respect and warm greetings from Canada."
Lamma steel map buyers: "We almost
missed it all wrapped in rope and cardboard. The map is
absolutely lovely. It looks beautiful. What a really pleasant
surprise to see it this evening.
We will cherish it as a constant reminder of your fantastic work
promoting this wonderful island. Thank you so much! All the
the most generous steel map buyers, I've also received 1
Silver ($100), 1 Gold
($500) and 1 Platinum Sponsorship ($1,000). Would you like to
become the very first ever Diamond Sponsor (see top right of
ThomasL did a first in the 10 years of our free classifieds:
Moving Sale! 50% of proceeds to Lamma-zine!
On the day of his leaving HK after 5 years,
returning home to Singapore, he handed me $2,000 in cash. Thank
you so much, it's appreciated tremedously! It'll be fully invested
in all the upgrades of this website currently in progress behind
the scenes! There wasn't much left over in his flat, almost all
sold via our classifieds, he even had to sleep on the floor that
If you want to sponsor this website as well,
helping it to survive a while longer and become better, see
Support Lamma.com.hk! at the top right of this
The Lamma-zine has a long-standing policy in highlighting Lamma-related
blogs and stories in any media which might be of interest to Lamma residents
& visitors. There are quite a few blogs I track and you're welcome to add
yours to my list.
Trying to be a neutral platform for many different views and opinions, I'll
continue to republish or link stories from a wide variety of sources -
private, official and company sources - as long as they're interesting for
in point, The
Blog of Baroque has recently published an article about the severe
lack of medical facilities in South Lamma. The Sok Kwu Wan clinic has a
doctor on duty for only 2 working days per week, despite the masses of
tourists on weekends.
A resident hiker/fisherman died of a heart attack because it took so long to
fly him by helicopter to the hospital. As a regular South Lamma solo hiker -
familiar with all 3 Southern helipads, including the 2 remote ones - this
article really struck a cord with me personally. The hundreds of very
expensive emergency evacuation heli flights could be significantly reduced
and lives saved in North and South Lamma with better medical facilities!
Check out this informative, well-researched article (text & photos by
Baroque on Lamma):
Insufficiency of Medical Facilities in the Lamma Island:
Island is the third largest island in Hong Kong and one of the oldest
inhabited areas in the history of Hong Kong. However, in the past decades,
many villagers, especially those from Southern side, had moved out of Lamma
Island in order to get a job in the city centre. The population as well as
the public facilities are not evenly distributed on the island. The
insufficiency of medical facilities combined with the sparse population in
Lamma Island expose the residents to risk when there are accidents.
to the residents of Yung Shue Ha Village, the insufficient
medical facilities and planning have caused a great deal of
inconvenience to them. At the moment, there is only one health
center and one clinic, located at the Northern Lamma and they
all have limited opening hours. Therefore, the villagers living
in the Southern Lamma are rather helpless should there be an
In June this year, an old lady who lives alone,
accidentally fell on her back and had to seek emergency
treatment. Due to the lack of facilities in Lamma Island, the
villagers’ only option was to lift her to the helipad between Mo
Tat and Yung Shue Ha [see right] before medical staff can
transfer her to a hospital in Hong Kong Island by helicopter. In
the end, it took few hours to send the lady to Queen Mary
Another unfortunate incident happened a few weeks ago. A
resident, who went fishing daily, suspected to suffer from heart
attack due to heat stroke. It took 4 hours to take him to the
hospital for emergency medical services. Sadly, he passed away
after 2 days of hospitalisation."
There are a few more recent stories about South Lamma in this corporate
blog, worth checking out, plus quite a few promotional sailing/yachting
articles, from the company still patiently pursuing their ambitious plans
for South Lamma:
2012/08/13: Plaque at Yung Shue Ha
2012/08/01: The Baroque on Lamma Newsletter Issue #5 (Plans
for a Visitors Centre, more about this in an upcoming Lamma-zine story.)
2012/06/27: Commencement of Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA) Field
Work (postponed since the article, due to a denied permission.
Rat snake gets head stuck in wall (click for
Nick's Facebook video)
"Here's a funny tale. Yesterday, the postman comes running into
our living room all excited, saying 蛇, 蛇... so I run out with
him and there in the garden wall is a Rat snake with its head
stuck in a hole. It stayed there 'til the cops came.
They spent a few minutes trying to pry it's head out with a
stick, ready to catch it but lucky for the snake it bolted into
the bush before they could grab it. We've had a good run of
snake sightings this year, unbelievable actually.
南丫島 Lamma Island."
Poisonous Bamboo Pit Viper in O Tsai Tsuen, behind Po Wah
(by Nick Shearman) — A
quite harmless baby Burmese Python found and adopted outside Diesel's
Join the popular
Lamma Snake Sightings Facebook group and post your own
photos and videos. It's really been a great year so far for
snake sightings. Many Lammaites have gotten pretty used to
seeing them around, for example one morning runner spotting 3
snakes during a single run. Some even admire them, like the baby
Python above being adopted (for just a few days); or Nick's
3-year-old daughter Roisin in the video, a real Lovely
Lamma Lady, exclaiming passionately:
beautiful. It's a beauty!"
What do people like to drink in Lamma bars? This is the list of free drinks
given out (at my expense) at the 10th
birthday party for this website last Friday, courtesy of
The Island Bar
bartender. 116 drinks served, so the figures above are close to percentages,
sampled over 2.5 hours during a Friday evening.
This list makes for some interesting reading (as far as it can be read at
all). Some of the abbreviations are a mystery to me, as only an occasional,
inexperienced bar patron, flabbergasted by the wide range of unusual drinks
available, especially all these exotic beer brands. Who knew they serve
"Leffe" beer, and that red wine enjoys so little popularity (1 single
glass ordered)? But what's the most popular drink? White wine, my personal
favourite! How popular is YOUR favourite tipple?
Searching for Lamma restaurants & bars on the Internet is a real
hit-and-miss affair. Either you get too little or too much information and
usually extremely out-of-date and vastly inaccurate. See these two extreme
examples (besides all the HK indexes that do not even have a "Lamma Island"
area in their lists:
Searching for "Lamma" on the
SCMP's official, widely promoted "Good Eating" HK Restaurant
Directory yields only a single result, the tourists-only Rainbow Seafood
Restaurant in Sok Kwu Wan, admittedly by far the largest on Lamma, with
its own fleet of free ferries for customers. This makes us look like our
sister island Po Toi, which really has only one restaurant, a beachside
HK Magazine's Restaurants section gives a meagre 4
OpenRice gets you 85 results! 85? We've got around 20
places in YSW, plus a smaller number in Sok Kwu Wan, with not a
single bar down there. Checking out their list, more than half
of the places have gone out of business long ago, but are listed
as still active, besides all the typos and inaccuracies in this
famous restaurant index, the undisputed and multi-lingual #1 in
maybe least, there's the small Lamma
Index of Bars & Restaurants (w/reviews & ratings),
updated by Yours Truly and accurate up to today, to my limited
knowledge. Any typos, mistakes or omissions would be entirely my
fault and you're welcome to set me straight and push me to
correct them immediately! Especially in the shrinking number of
Sok Kwu Wan restaurants, overpowered and out-marketed by the
ONLY restaurant on Lamma (according to SCMP), there might be a
few places having closed down since my last survey. Let me know!
Basic Yellow Page-like listings
and promotions for all Lamma businesses have always been free on
this website, especially in the forum. But they are more than
welcome to advertise on this community site for Lamma residents
& visitors, still #1 in Google and Yahoo Internet searches.
& Travel Weekly supplement magazine, Sep 7, 2012:
pages & 100+ photos of interviews with Lammaites, including me,
probably the biggest Lamma newspaper story in years. They
interviewed me and Nick the Bookman together for several hours
in The Waterfront, but we only got a few paragraphs each. People &
places featured, some on double page spreads:
Ron & Dan of Green Cottage
James & Caroline of Lamma Grill
Joyce of Diesel's
Bobsy & the Lamma Forest
and many more...
out the magazine at Green Cottage and on
the ETW website (needs Next Media subscription). I've
put a few scanned pages into our forum:
That's how I felt on Friday night, enjoying "The
World's Highest" feeling for a few hours during the
10th birthday party for
Island Bar on Fri, Sep 7, and it wasn't just because of
As ca. 116 free drinks have been served, each
represented slmost exactly 2 metres of the 233m bungee jump off the Macau
Tower, which I didn't do, spending a similar amount on this
party instead. It was a much better and longer-lasting pleasure,
benefiting 100+ people instead of just myself. The T-shirt above
is only given to people who actually did another jump,
my SkyJump (feet first, like a bungee jump for
beginners) a few years ago. So I'm still a *real bungee*
The decorated Island Bar before the crowds arrive -- Moist & yummy
birthday cake by Sharon; thank you! -- 10 years of this website
on one tiny backup card.
The really great snacks buffet, fully catered by
It lasted for the entire 2 Happy Hours and there was almost
nothing left over.
Island Bar/Waterfront owners, staff & friends. Sorry for my bad
photo cropping in this group shot, I might have had one drink too
Lamma Gung (Invitations went out via the Lamma-zine
email and on Facebook):
"Many thanks to everybody joining the 10th birthday party of
Lamma.com.hk last night! It can be getting a bit lonely in a
home office sometimes, so all the congrats, hand shakes,
friendly encouragements and "10 more years!" will keep me
going for quite a while longer!" (35 Likes for this FB
status update so far)
"Thank you so much to all the contributors,
writers, photographers, moderators, sponsors, advertisers,
cheerleaders, etc. over the last ten years! Without all of you
we could never have made it this far, surviving, growing &
serving the Lamma community for an entire decade!"
Excerpt from Dan Peterson’s verbal address to
"Well-deserved congratulations on your 10th
Anniversary, and a huge Thank You from all of us for your
diligence, hard work and efforts on behalf of the Lamma
community over the years! Thank you for 10 years of excellent
service to the community of Lamma, and congratulations too on
producing a world-class website in the process!"
Boss: "Really nice party last night at The Island Bar, Lamma-Gung!
Thank you! Hope you got lots of feedback on Lamma-zine from your guests. The
ones who mentioned anything to me only had good things to say.
Next party in 10 years, in 2022, or earlier, I hope? I better start saving
Graffiti by Dofi for the 10th birthday
of Lamma.com.hk, celebrated in
The Island Bar tonight, painted on a wall at his home off-Lamma. Many
thanks! Several of his graffiti group's legal artworks have been decorating
The Fountainhead bar over the years and a few walls in YSW's centre
a WILD Summer).
Being only an occasional Lamma visitors, usually to paint by invitation, the
first version of this painting had FOUR blades on the windturbine, see
public 10th birthday party, everybody welcome,
1 free drink & snacks, will be celebrated tomorrow,
Fri, Sep 7, starting 6pm in The Island Bar!
Your first drink and the snacks buffet are free for everybody
during this Happy Hour. To get more free drinks, please talk to
me personally, tell me what you like and dislike about this
website and how to improve it. Be honest, I can take it and I'll
appreciate your candid opinions & suggestions, and you'll get
another free drink anyway!
This party is paid for by Lamma-Gung personally, not by
donations to this website. I had planned to do a bungee jump off
the Macau Tower to celebrate this big birthday. But my
reservation was cancelled because T10 Vicente was
approaching, on July 23, the actual, exact date of the birthday!
A T10 arriving for this 10th birthday, such great timing, don't
So I decided to use the savings
from this expensive ($3,188), exciting but self-indulgent bungee
jump to invite all friends of Lamma.com.hk for a party instead,
giving up my bungee jump. So many people and businesses have
been helping to build and sustain Lamma.com.hk, a real community
effort, so this will just be a little get-together to thank as
many as possible. I also postponed the official party till
everybody had returned from their extended summer breaks and
extensive world travels.
In-house, a major update of the forum is under off-line
testing right now. Major improvements all over this
oldie-but-goodie website are being implemented step by step. A
major forum update is in test mode right now (already being
flooded with spam registrations I'll have to prevent before
going live soon). New, modern-style
and social media links (top and bottom of this page) are already
up and running, thanks to my summer intern. Updated Yellow
Pages, design improvements, Facebook integration and more
bilingual content will be happening over the next few months.
it all depends on your input, ideas and, yes, donations and
sponsorships which are absolutely essential to make these
improvements happen at all. There's a brand-new donation appeal
at the top right of this home page. How about becoming the very
first SILVER, GOLD, PLATINUM or DIAMOND SPONSOR of
Lamma.com.hk? Check out our donation appeal at the top right of
this page for further details! We'll happily accept your Gold
and Platinum credit cards via PayPal. ;-)
We're also always looking for old and new advertisers who've
made the survival of Lamma.com.hk possible for 10 years, but
barely, coming so close to shutting down several times, the last
time just little over a year ago, saved at the last minute by
donations. Contact me by replying to this email for any leads
who might be interested in taking advantage of our
digital marketing services. Huge commissions for you for
any successful introductions; I'll handle everything afterwards.
See you tomorrow evening, I hope!
Look out for the guy who looks almost like my new avatar above,
except the earring and the Harry Potter glasses. It was created
by Senior Lammaite Harry Harrison. I scanned it from his
SCMP editorial cartoon on Aug 30, using it with his kind
permission. Here are some of the former appearances of this
recurring character in Harry's SCMP cartoons. He's always shown
as a geeky, weasel-like, ethically challenged Creative guy
working in tourism advertising and marketing, similar to my
former jobs in my BL (Before Lamma) life, perhaps?
Do you know of any more appearances
of this character? There'll be more free drinks as prizes if you
find & submit any more!
P.S. Just in directly from
Harry Harrison, upon my request:
the scanned, high-quality version of the
original cartoon! Thank you so much!
Jane Ram - Official Court Gardening
Correspondent (text & pictures by Jane):
Discover local gardens as
you discover your own hidden talents
Albert Einstein said, “I
have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.”
And that is all you require once you decide to go out and
draw the world.
Do you ever think of
putting aside your camera and picking up a pencil or
paintbrush to capture what you see around you?
Painter and art educator
Roz Keep says everyone can draw. And she has proven it over
and over again with student groups of all ages. “Drawing
is just like writing but the shapes are different,” she
says. “Like any other skill it requires help and
practice, but you will soon discover that it is all a
question of looking in a certain way and carefully recording
things with a pencil, a brush or a crayon."
long-time Hong Kong resident, Roz has had many years of experience helping
people of all ages master the basic skills of drawing and painting. She has
worked with the YWCA, The Island School Evening Institute and private
groups. She initiated the popular Lamma group, Island Arts, which takes
local children out to draw and paint their natural environment.
Basic materials are
provided; instruction and guidance gets you started and If
you think you can't draw or are not in the least creative,
Roz will soon challenge that belief.
If you are already an
experienced artist, maybe you would enjoy some like-minded
and stimulating company? In small groups we plan to
discover some of Hong Kong’s many wonderfully paint-o-genic
places -- private gardens, wild landscapes and
seascapes and lush, green parks.
Thu Sep 6, when we will
spend the morning drawing and painting in a beautiful
private home and garden on The Peak: more details on
HK$250 per person per session
Sign up asap:
Looking further ahead, we
plan another session on Thu Sep 13.
From late October we will
schedule regular Wednesday and Saturday art mornings.
Comments from participants
in our first sample session on August 31:
enjoyed the Roz Keep experience intro to art!
"I so enjoyed the
morning, and long to do more. I look at my work book
and think, "What a mess!" But her assurances keep me going."
Astrid Van Delft:
"I very much enjoyed the
introduction drawing session with Roz yesterday. I did find
it difficult though because the whole technique is so
different from what I was doing 25 years ago. Mind you, I
have not touched pen and paper for a few years. But being
all together with such a nice group and with Roz, made it an
I started doing research already on the internet about it.
Very interesting what Dr Betty Edwards and others say about
right and left sides of the brain."
"The drawing was
fun & I drew better than I expected!!!!
Thank you for arranging the event. It was really enjoyable."
Read what former students have said about Roz’s classes.
John Stuart writes: "Here is an another item you may find of
a similar scenario to the last one:
Eating breakfast, having coffee at the Green Cottage....
Then several conversations over a period of a few hours, both with fellow
The revelations were unusual in each instance and with a common theme, hence
the Musings poem that concludes the sequence."
Just in from the North Lamma Rural Committee (click below for details and
Eng. info), or see our
Lamma Events Calendar:
Click above for more details, comments and questions.
- Lamma Island Centre -
leaflet front &
back - Aug 11, 2012: