YSW Plaza - Jan 29
This is the new Activity Centre
in-between the Gaido Pier and the future YSW Police Station.
Hans Andersen Club @ Lamma - Jan 28
Fairy Merry Lamma Project -
Photo Album -
Contact Lamma Island Centre
Auction of Lamma Oil Painting - Jan 21
So who'd like to buy this beautiful and unique original oil painting by Tony to support this website?
'We Were There!' - Jan 20
Top of Mt. Stenhouse, Sunday, Jan 20, early morning. Sincere congrats to these 8 Lammaites & friends & their 5 dogs!
Catradise Castle - Jan 11
These styrofoam boxes for YSW's feral cat colony close to the ferry pier have just been cleared away.
Free Lamma-zine Ads 'til Feb 28 - Jan 9
We're offering free adverts to all new or returning advertisers 'til end of Feb!
Ex-Lamma Quarry Public Forum - Jan 8
You might have noticed the 10 display panels in the Central Pier 4 since Monday, Jan 7?
Best Events of 2012? - Jan 7
There has been such a wealth of events last year, serious, enlightening and uplifting ones, but also some unusual,...
More info in our
Lamma Village Sewerage Phase 2 forum.
Facebook group has just been set up by Trey and has quickly gained
traction, becoming very popular quickly with 135 members so far. Especially the latest news and
updates on real and suspected dog poisonings are being discussed and
collected in this
Suspected Lamma Dog Poisonings spreadsheet above. Click to add your
own news, leads and suspicious sightings of meat besides the roads, plus
You can also find some Poo Flags
(print out and stick on dog poo on our paths), plus the latest reward
pledge for catching the Lamma dog poisoner.
"A simple idea: let's share info we hear about dog
poisonings on Lamma, especially the "where" and "how" bits.
To better manage the data, I've also created a public
Google Docs spreadsheet. You'll notice there are actually two
sheets. One is for reliable, first hand information and the
other is for rumors. There's a column in the "rumors" sheet that
tries to ascertain the veracity of
what was heard. You can input
the data yourself or I can do it if you ask.
Let's try to add as many dog owners as we can and collect
reliable information and try to verify rumors. If we do things
right, we might be able to save a few dog owners a lot of grief.
We've all had to rely on hearsay a bit too long."
If you're not on Facebook - many
Lammaites aren't - our
Pets forum will always be open to anybody on the
This is the new Activity Centre in-between the Gaido Pier and the future YSW
Police Station (being built right now, to be completed by Mar). The front
and back have been painted by The Wild Ones a few days ago, the same
professional graffiti artists who've painted the Fountainhead bar and a few
other walls around North Lamma.
Situated on the first phase of the YSW harbour reclamation, the building has
been paid for and donated by HK Electric to the Lamma Island (North) Rural
Committee. The first official event will be the
Lunar New Year Carnival on Feb 22:
Surrounded by a tall wire fence, you'll need to get special permission from
the Rural Committee (opposite HSBC) if you'd like to use this great, covered
"private space" (with stage, chairs, water and power) for your own events.
Fairy Merry Lamma Project -
Photo Album -
Contact Lamma Island Centre
Lamma View from Ling Kok Shan above Sok Kwu Wan - by Tony
just thankfully accepted this oil painting from Chin. artist
Tony, donated to the Lamma-zine (minus an
"artist's reward" I've paid myself). It was delivered by a friend of Tony's
agent to me outside the windturbine last Sunday morning.
It's 60 x 80 cm, beautifully framed with painted wood, signed and dated 2009
on the back. Tony visited Lamma in 2009 and created a few masterpieces of
YSW and a few landscapes, see below, but they're all sold already for
several thousand $s each. This painting shows much of Lamma, including the
ex-Lamma Quarry in the centre. This might all look very different in just a
few more years....
agent mentioned that the painting was based on one of my own photos
published on this website. I found it and it was my
Photo of the Day on March 31, 2009, see right. I shot it during one
of my hikes on the very top of Ling Kok Shan, 250m above sea level - So Kwu
Wan ferry pier in the bottom center, Yung Shue Wan on the top right.
So who'd like to buy this beautiful and unique original oil painting?
A great present for a Lammaite!
Minimum bid $1,500, to be used
exclusively to keep this website running.
More Lamma paintings by Tony, sold years ago:
Yung Shue Wan harbour - Dragonboat races, YSW - Shek Pai Wan, Tung O Wan
Top of Mt. Stenhouse, Sunday, Jan 20, early morning. Sincere congrats to
these 8 Lammaites & friends & their 5 dogs! John Cairns writes:
dogs: Karna, Fritzie, Indie, Toffee (not my dog, but a namesake) and
The people: Jason, Richard, John,
Satchet, Alain, Kris, Laura and Pawel (who took the photo).
Special praise goes to the dog Indie
who essentially climbed the mountain twice by advancing but then
always doubling back to check on whoever happened to be bringing
up the rear in the expedition.
I'm told that six of the humans and all five
of the dogs climbed Mount Stenhouse for the first time."
This highest peak on Lamma Island at 353 metres, it's become an increasingly
popular weekend destination with the most amazing views, a kind of test of
personal fitness for Lammaites and their dogs. It's definitely not a tourist
destination due to its pretty steep and often almost path-less
ascents/descents on the front (Sok Kwu Wan) and back (Lo So Shing).
some of these valiant mountaineers above been training for the
Four Peaks Race this coming weekend, I wonder? It's a yearly 2-day
event by the
Aberdeen Boat Club, a sailing, paddling and running overnight event
covering several islands and four peaks - Mt. Stenhouse is the lowest. Best
time last year: 52 minutes from coast to top and back!!
video, the Mt. Stenhouse section starts at 5 mins. The ABC Race
Officer calls it "the most important tactical hill in the race. It's a
complete bastard, surrounded by rock paths, up to your eyeballs in bamboo
and bush, you almost have to hack your way through".) Want to join my
yearly ascent of the "complete bastard" very soon?
styrofoam boxes for YSW's feral cat colony close to the ferry pier, outside
7th Avenue Bar & Rest., have just been cleared away, after being set up only
recently by dedicated volunteers caring for them daily. It was free public
housing for cats, all gone and destroyed now. It was located in a public
area and some people might have complained about it, compelling the cleaners
Let's hope they'll find a non-public or at least well-hidden location for
the next Cat Castle soon as the nights get really nippy nowadays for these
homeless cats. See before/after pictures and join the discussion:
Styrofoam cat castle for colony near pier
P.S. Is Lamma a paradise for cats, a 'Catradise'? Judge for yourself
by viewing some of the very best outdoor cat photos ever by Lamma's most
dedicated cat photographer on Facebook - a Catographer? - Ms.
Lamma Catradise, who took all the photos in this story.
The sole income of this all-free community website
comes from advertisers and
sponsors. We need to attract a few more to guarantee the on-going
survival of this 10-year old Lamma community platform. It's still the only
media of any kind solely devoted to all things Lamma; for residents,
visitors, HK media and anybody interested in Lamma for any reason.
We're offering free adverts to all new or return- ing advertisers 'til after
Lunar New Year, 'til end of Feb! But you'll need to sign up for at least one
month of paid advertising, starting March 1. This is our very best offer so
far, a real bargain. Your ad could start tomorrow, we'll even do all the
creative and design work for free.
for a free consultation, after a look at our
bilingual rate card! We're offering a wide range of advertising
promotional options, from banner ads to promos, advertorials, mini-websites,
email shots to social media.
P.S. on Feb 28: Due to great feedback, this has been extended till
You might have noticed the 10 display panels in the Central Ferry Pier 4
going up on Monday, Jan 7? To have a better look at them, here are my
The community engagement program has started last Sat, Jan 5, with a public
workshop in Sok Kwu Wan, outside the Tin Hau temple. I participated in this
unusual, but most interesting event, which brought together indigenous and
local residents, green groups, developers, Govt. consultants, a large YMCA
presence, plus other stakeholders and interested parties. We were all mixed up
in groups working out and presenting our views and suggestions, even
complete alternatives to the three housing options the consultants presented:
High-quality live interpretation was provided and the mixed-up groups came
up with widely differing views and suggestions, from full-hearted support
for the maximum number of housing to be built to several groups suggesting
no housing at all. Here's a little
summary of my notes, till we get a more official workshop summary
from the Govt. consultants running this well-organised workshop.
See more up-to-date info and discussions in our
Ex-Lamma Quarry forum and in the very informative, bilingual
Come along next
10am in the YSW Primary School for the 2nd public forum and voice
out your personal opinions and suggestions!
There has been such a wealth of events happening on Lamma last year;
serious, enlightening and uplifting ones, but also a good number of unusual,
creative and even weird ones. About 150 of these were listed and promoted in
my Lamma Events Calendar in the last year alone.
All too often, it takes more time to collect, update, format and link all
the details and posters in the calendar than it takes to create new
Lamma-zine stories. So has it been worth all this almost daily effort in
attracting more visitors and participants to these community events? I sure
Here are a just few random samples from last year - click to enlarge the
How many of these events have you attended and which do you still remember
as your favourites, or least favourites? Send me YOUR upcoming Lamma or
Lammaite- related public events and I'll be happy to list them for free,
even promote them on the home page. For past events, have a look at my
Events Calendar Archive 2012
I was getting up at 7am today for our customary Sunday morning brunch at the
Lamma Winds Pavilion before 8am. On the way home via Power Station beach, we
noticed that quite a number of Lammaites also seem to be up and about pretty
early on Sundays. The paths were already full of locals, long before the hordes of
weekend visitors arrive.
For example, the early-rising Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club:
Yes, the Lamma Outriggers are a very fit & tough bunch. They even give out
mocking awards to those failing to live up to their tough high standards!
"paddle hard, party harder" Roughsedge of the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club writes
(with the Santa Sprint 2012 certificate, photo by Dawn):
"OC1 Award 'Cry Like a Girl' goes to PAUL COLLINS for not paddling
because it's a teeny weeny bit windy. Awwwwww. PLB."
Lisa Stella writes: "Dawn breaks in HK, 1st January 2013, 7am.
Tony sitting on the trig point - he was first on the top of Mt Stenhouse,
the earliest riser award goes to Ah-Can, rising at 3am to get the
breakfasts ready for his Tropicana takeaway!
Even his mascot Bobo looks always sleepy, see right! 3am is about
the same time when many Lammaites finally return home after a very late Saturday night in the bars.
Learn more about the
YMCA Lamma Island
P.S. Jan 8: Here's a "YMCA Lamma Island" flier and photos I've just
received from YMCA Camping and posted in our
Ex-Lamma Quarry forum topic.
This large calendar has been produced & distributed by the Islands District
2 of the 12 pages are featuring Lamma:
Interesting to hear that YSW is described as most
"prosperous, famous and spectacular". Well, we residents
like living here, but for quite different reasons; so these
adjectives sound wildly exaggerated and over-the-top, don't
"The green and clean Discovery Bay" is described as being
"home to a very ethically diverse population".
Ethically diverse? Not sure if that's a positive description, as
it includes people with all kinds of ethics and morals: good or
bad, honest or shady, generous or greedy, angels or sinners...
Doesn't it sound like Lamma's ethically AND ethnically diverse population?
By the way, the Lamma 2013 Calendar is still available in
four YSW locations:
7th Avenue, Diesel's, Lamma Grill and the
Shop opposite Brother's Laundry.
Click for captioned photo gallery of
"Santa in the Village" & Treasure Hunt Awards
This is the best & funniest Lamma video I've
seen in a long time, Lammaites acting up in their own ways of a
Gangnam-style music video. This was part of the yearly Island
Bar Treasure Hunt and the teams had to perform the dance as
part of the demanding course. This music video, professionally
edited by Mr. MomentEye became an instant hit in my
Lamma Video of the Week series.
Watch out for these enthusiastic dancers, mostly
North Lamma families & friends:
The knights, the overexcited youngsters, the
dogs, the ballerinas, the bottom- wigglers, the Boostcampers,
the Zumba Goddess, the Planking Queen, the Yawning Guy, and last
but not least, Harry!
I'm even in there myself, for a few split
seconds in the background, fortunately NOT dancing! Only 103
YouTube views so far, let's see how many more we can generate by
Click to watch the 3-minute music video
If you liked the video, here's the official Facebook
Treasure Hunt photo album:
New Year's Eve on Lamma, 10 years ago. Click to enlarge: (C) SCMP
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