Mar 24 - Lamma Dragons in training on a Sunday morning, chased by a dog!
Guess who's faster?
Live Music @ Bebe V
Mar 23 - "Sat, Mar 16, 3-6pm:
Live music at Bebe V, Sok Kwu Wan - with our special guests Ryan x Shirley."
Mar 18 - T-shirts, anyone?
If there's enough interest, I might get some printed. A3 size posters would be free. Contact me, pls.
Holi Night @ 7th Avenue
Mar 17 - Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm-late:
7th Avenue Bar & Rest.
Joe the Quadrocopter Aviator
Mar 12 - Who's that cool dude with the shiny shades, the oversized, manly remote control, the relaxed stance, legs crossed?
More Lamma Planets
Mar 11 - One more photo, just received this afternoon from a HART team member atop Lamma Winds, Wai Kong Leung.
Mar 10 - Click above for an interactive, zoomable 360-degree view of North Lamma, viewed from flying up high.
Lamma for Kids
Mar 9 - A locally very popular and best- selling book is "Hong Kong for Kids - A Parent's Guide", published by Blacksmith Books.
Lamma War Game Venue
Mar 8 - Here's one more of the many ways the ex-Lamma Quarry has been used in the past, besides the current YMCA...
Pak Kok Market Day
Mar 7 - Pak Kok Village: Sun, Mar 3, 11am-4pm:
Like every year close to the Ching Ming holiday, Lamma's favourite son,
Chow Yun-Fat - or Fat-Gor (Brother Fat) as he's known on Lamma - returned to his
birth island for grave sweeping, visiting his mom, family & friends, and a
quick lunch, this time in Andy's Seafood, still owned by the Chow family
Alerted by local friends and with Andy's permission, we rushed over and caught
Fat-Gor just before he
was off to the YSW ferry pier. Like at all the former occasions I've met him
on Lamma, he was very relaxed and patient with all the Lammaites who
love to take pictures with him. He seems to feel at home here, the local hero, a
homeboy growing up poor in Tung O Village and YSW, becoming a worldwide
The second photo above was actually taken by Fat-Gor, being a famous photographer
himself who's published photo books. He shot it with Andy's mobile at exactly the same
time I took the first photo above. Andy then WhatsApped me Fat-Gor's photo.
This pair of photos has already become one my most Liked and Shared on
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happening on Lamma.
This was the very first time for Lamma-Por to meet Fat-Gor! She transformed into a
giggly, swooning, hyper-excited school girl, a very rare event, finally meeting her lifelong
idol after growing up with his TV series and so many movies. I'm actually a
little of a fanboy myself, watching all his movies. My photo of the two of them
has become Lamma-Por's mobile phone wallpaper and it's been WhatsApped widely,
but I didn't get permission from her to publish it here!
P.S. This is only the 3rd time that I've been fortunate enough to get
photos of Lamma's most famous celebrity and favourite son:
Fat-Gor Plants Tree on Lamma
Fat-Gor Opens the New Helipad
March 10, 9:55am, just off Power Station Beach:
Lamma Dragons in training on a Sunday morning, chased by a dog! Who's
He's catching up and is being welcomed into the dragonboat.
These "party harder" guys and gals will have to "paddle hard" to win in the
upcoming races, so dogs can't swim faster anymore than they can paddle!
After their return to the beach, this fit Lamma dog is the first to disembark and re-join his
friends on this very dog-friendly beach:
Sat, March 16, 3-6pm, Bebe V coffee shop & bakery, 16 First St., Sok Kwu
Did you hear about the Govt. proposal to reclaim a sister
island for Lamma? Actually, it would be a bigger sister of 1,400-2,400
hectares, compared to Lamma's modest 1,355 hectares (13.55 km2)!
See the potential locations above, as announced just this week in the 2nd phase
of public consultations, lasting for only 3 months. In the first phase
of the consultation last year, this artificial island was called
"Lamma North" (see SCMP map). But it's all become much more ambitious now, growing
tremendously, merging with the other 2 initially proposed artificial
islands into one massive size, potentially becoming HK's 3rd largest island,
replacing Lamma in that ranking.
What will be the
"opportunities" for this new island? "Relocation of
industrial facilities, extension of urban area, large scale new
Check out the official website at
www.landsupply.hk, and then join our very lively free-speech debate:
This is the little flyer that comes with our monthly electricity bill from
HK Electric. I'm one of the still low number of "over 48,000
customers gone paperless, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 29.7 tonnes a
year." So I received this flyer and my bill by email only; it's pretty
their Go Low Carbon - Use e-Bills and sign up. HK Electric will have
another e-bill promotion starting April 1 to Sep 30. Details to follow. Last
time, they were donating cash to a charity of your choice and this
encouraged me to sign up online which gives you access to a convenient
number of electricity account services, "info on electricity safety, tips
on low carbon lifestyle, plus exclusive promotions."
There's a smartphone app as well, of course. Snap this QR code to get it
from iTunes. Sorry, no Android app yet, so I can't use it myself yet.
"Reliability Rating of Electricity Supply: Better than 99.999%"
Wow, that sounds mightily impressive! I'm glad it's so high, almost perfect,
so sudden, unannounced, but very rare power outages - like the one a few
weeks back in my home office and most of my village - remain very rare. I
lost only an hour or so of work while updating the Lamma-zine. Surprisingly,
the outage lasted almost two hours, I think. With 99.999% overall
reliability, I don't expect another unscheduled outage in many years,
Map from the HK Night Sky Brightness Monitoring Network -
measurements averaged from 8:30-11pm over a 3-year period. This map was
published in a SCMP story today:
Light pollution in Hong Kong 'worst on the planet'.
I especially like the Lamma Island part of this illuminating map. The only
"light-polluted" area is the Power Station. Almost all the
electric power produced in
there is lighting up HK Island brightly, but it's not light-polluting Lamma
(yet). See this fantastic former
Photo of the Day by Wingman.
shows the massive and powerful influence of little, mostly rural Lamma on the entire
high-and- mighty HK Island megalopolis. ;-)
the other hand, you could also say that Lamma is causing all of HK Island's
massive light pollution and that it's "our" fault that they can't admire the
stars at night anymore, unlike us Lammaites. Many of us love star gazing
from our rooftops; a hardy few even climb hills at night to get great night
sky views and photos. I've got to try this myself soon, maybe on Earth Day?
Send me your night and night sky photos!
The entire HK Night Sky Brightness map and comments are in our forum:
Reminder: Earth Hour this Sat, 8:30pm:
Let's turn Lamma even darker than it is already on this map above.
Here's the interactive WWF map that let's you pin your pledge to support
Earth Hour by switching off your lights this Sat evening:
I've redesigned the header of all our forum pages once again.
I've replaced the Lamma-zine story icons with thumbnail pictures of the
current Photo/Video/Website/Wildlife/Artwork of the Week. All these pictures
are linked to the relevant forum page or website, of course. Try it.
I've also moved the Lamma Events line further down, renaming it
What's On? to make it more prominent to forum visitors.
Send me your events if you'd like to see them listed at the top of every
forum page, on the cover page of the Lamma-zine, plus and the details and
poster (if any) on the
Lamma Events page.
Like the new design? Dislike? Don't care? Tell me how to improve or redesign
Send me your personal favourites for
Photo/Video/Website/Wildlife/Artwork of the Week, please. If I select them,
they'll be featured to tens of thousands of forum and Lamma-zine visitors
for approx. a week (including free links to your website).
Free A3-sized poster, anyone? If you'd be interested,
contact me, please.
Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm-late:
7th Avenue Bar & Rest.:
FW:Presents HOLI NIGHT writes:
"Expect, flavourful foods, winding noises, warm Bollywood
visuals, rainbow dust filled skies and celebrating smiles.
A week before people across the globe celebrate the Hindu
festival of colour (HOLI) we will bring Indian inspired MUSIC,
FILM, ART and FOOD to LAMMA's very own Indian owned bar,
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE........
AUTHENTIC INDIAN BUFFET, BOLLYWOOD FILM: 3 IDIOTS,
INDIAN INSPIRED LIVE MUSIC and PLENTY OF BOLLYWOOD BANGERS ALL
Sara's Henna (all photos) writes:
"Lamma celebrated its first Holi party,
FW:Presents HOLI NIGHT this weekend where we had an epic
time Henna-ing all the guests!!
Check out all the henna and Holi photos from last night
Please feel free to tag your friends and share!! :)
Holi Henna Hungamas! (28 photos)"
Who's that cool dude with the shiny shades, the oversized, manly remote
control, the relaxed stance, legs crossed, leaning on his own VV, his casual
assistant backing him up, amidst all of his admiring fans, the really tough
guys from the High Angle Rescue Team of the Fire Dept.?
THE MAN? Yes, Joe Yu's THE MAN! Our
Lammaite of the Day!
Joe's been spotted all over North and South Lamma flying one of his own
"remote- controlled multi-rotor aircraft"; even at night, colourfully
His high-altitude photos and videos have been featured several times in the
Lamma-zine and he's even founded a little business, Sky View. Contact
him via me, if you'd like to hire him and his highly customised,
professional-grade flying machines. This is a great example of another small
business founded on Lamma, soon to take HK by storm.
already getting used to fame and glory. See his confident, relaxed attitude
in the media spotlight, always wearing reflective shades. At this press
event he was showing off live video flying above the YSW Sewage Treatment
Plant-under-construction (Jan 20, '12:
Boys & Their Big Toys).
View his many flyover videos: (Aug 27, 2011:
Quadrocopter Over Lamma). Here's his most recent, the test video
before his live show yesterday:
Want to see two more of Joe's photos from yesterday afternoon?
No? Too bad! Here they are anyway:
P.S. One more photo, just received this
from a HART team member atop Lamma Winds, Wai Kong Leung, an
acquaintance of mine.
I received this fantastic shot from a remote-controlled quadrocopter today -
provided and controlled by Lamma's
Quadrocopter Aviator Joe Yu. The
High Angle Rescue Team were wrapping up another training drill. Part
of HK's Fire Services Dept., they're an elite team specialised in saving
people from HK's high & very dangerous places.
See Lamma-zine story and my
photo gallery of their last Lamma visit: Sep 2, 2012:
On Top of Lamma Winds.
Click above for an interactive, zoomable 360-degree view of North Lamma,
viewed from flying up high (similar view as the page header of this
of Aerobots - Aerial
Imaging, shot with a "remote-controlled multi-rotor aircraft".
This stereographic projection above will transform via a really cool
animation into the 360-degree photo. Try it!
This makes a great screen saver as well. In the interactive mode, click on
the Full screen and Auto rotation buttons to watch the view
For 3 more Lamma panoramas and several of Aberdeen:
P.S. To compare North Lamma in detail to just 4 years ago, 2009, see this
similar interactive 360-degree view from a nearby location, Trig Point, by
Stratoponjak. How many new Village Houses went up in YOUR neighbourhood?
Dec 12, 2009: Interactive Panorama From Trig Point
locally very popular and best-selling book is "Hong Kong for Kids - A Parent's Guide", published by our
Blacksmith Books, run by ex-Lammaite and HK hiking guru & author
He's agreed to make the two Lamma sections of the book
available to Lamma-zine readers, full of tips where to go and what to do on
Lamma with children.
This is probably the first time that Lamma.com.hk's address has been included in a
printed HK guide!
Check out the many other English books of HK interest that Blacksmith Books
is publishing, all available in most local bookshops. These are some of my
personal favourites so far, read completely or still in progress:
Joke on the Stairs - How I learnt to navigate China by breaking most
of the rules" by Cecilie Gamst Berg, the hilarious,
laugh-out-loud-frequently book I've just finished and can highly recommend;
Kong Unveiled" about Chinese customs and culture;
Bare Hands - The true story of Alain Robert, the real-life
Spiderman", who climbs skyscrapers w/o any safety, also in HK;
Kong Noir - Fifteen true tales from the dark side of the city";
Hui - The Man Who Owned All the Opium in Hong Kong";
Smoke - One man's descent into drug psychosis in HK's triad
Click below for the Lamma sections of "Hong Kong for Kids":
Here's one more of the many ways the ex-Lamma Quarry has been used
in the past, besides the current
YMCA Outdoor Centre, hiking, jogging,
Lamma Lake jumping), swimming, etc.:
Lamma Island War Game Venue
This is an image in an amazing series of 360-degree, high-res, navigable
photos of a dozen or so locations all around Lamma, linked by a navigable
Google Map, so you can move around, zoom in and "fly" from one location to
Pak Kok New Village: Sun, Mar 3, 11am-4pm:
Look what I found on the WWF HK website:
Only 6 individuals on Lamma so far pledging support for Earth Hour this
year?! No organisations, schools or sponsors/partners pledging at all yet? It's a matter
of our local eco-pride and environmental consciousness to "sign up and pin your pledge",
especially on Lamma!
Still 17 days
left, let's see how many pledges we can add. Click above, please.
What fuels the Lamma-zine, besides copious and totally unreasonable amounts
of French-pressed, high-quality coffee, home-delivered as freshly-roasted
beans weekly by
Megan & David's Coffee Run?
I love their Sumatra beans!
Plus one single glass of these
StilVino wines above per day, sipped slowly while working at home on
this website. StilVino wines will be delivered to your Lamma home by young &
cheerful Lamma Newbie
him for a catalogue.
They have a wide, but very carefully selected variety of choices, very
reasonably priced (starting well below $100) and are of the highest, often
award-winning quality, as far as I've tested them. At my
rate of about one bottle/week, it'll take me a little while to test them
I bartered these bottles above for 1 month of advertising at the top of this
page. Yes, I do barter, up to 50%! Plus this month of March will be FREE for
new or returning advertisers. Please contact me, after checking out the
bilingual rate card.
Roz Keep writes:
"Living Lamma is cleaning this Pak Kok beach once a month and is collecting
data. The prize for the most rubbish from one brand goes to Vita Water. Boo to them."
Click below for photo gallery (photos by Team Clean) or here for the
P.S. on Mar 6:
A just released
on the Beach video, an
RTHK Radio 3 interview and a bilingual press release of
Living Lamma &
VITA WATER wins the most popular "Brand on the Beach" award.
Starting today! Click above for details or view
"Your Ticket to Enriching Life".
Jay Scott Kanes:
Offical Court Senior Pet Correspondent
(Photo by 'his wife')
'How Tall Do These
Buildings Go Anyhow?’
Big Question Looms When a Lamma Pet Visits Central
long-time outlying-island cat, named Dustin, recently left Lamma
temporarily to spend most of one memorable day (for him) with my wife at her
office in Hong Kong's Central Business District. The reason had to do with
one of our cats being in an urban animal-hospital and needing a blood
transfusion from another.
Clearly, Dustin, always a dedicated sightseer,
recognized that he no longer stood on Lamma with its modest strictly
three-level buildings. We almost could read his inquisitive mind as he
thought: "How tall do these buildings go anyhow?" Many people seeing Hong
Kong Island's towering skyline for the first time react in exactly the same
The latest version of the
Lamma Island Eco-tour map has been published by the
Conservancy Association and
HK Electric. There are now 2 additional local eco-tours, bringing
the total to 5 (all of them in Cantonese only so far):
Ecology ABC, Wonders of Wind Energy, Ramble on the Rocks,
The Hong Kong Greenhouse, Night Safari.
Learn more and view this new & best bilingual Lamma tourist map:
started in 2002, and will be updated (almost) daily with anything
vaguely related to Lamma Island or its residents, be it news,
stories, events, links, photos, artworks, videos, etc.
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