Apr 18 - The main snake season has started up again, the close encounters are getting more and more numerous.
Get $30 to Use E-Bills
Apr 17 - "To promote a low carbon lifestyle, the HK Electric rewards eligible customers who opt for receiving e-bills."
All Citizens MUST...
Apr 16 - Constant fiddling with mobile phones has reached even the most remote places on Lamma, locals and visitors alike.
5x Faster Internet
Apr 15 - Fed up with the pedestrian speeds you're getting from your home Broadband/Wifi or the local free Wifi hotspots?
Apr 7 - Hippeastrum blooming @ Tai Peng Community Garden: (photos by Defensive Tulip).
Apr 3 - South Lamma is changing fast, becoming the hip and fun place to visit and live.
Easter Weekend -
Apr 2 - Photo by Marcus: "Toy sale, top salesmen!"
Yummy home-made jam...
Apr 1 - You might have seen the recently announced Govt. plans for 5 reclamations outside Victoria Harbour, plus artificial islands.
Let's update our Bilingual Yellow Pages!
There are so many contacts in the forum already, but most are 5 years
out-of-date. Please add the contacts you know about into
this forum and I'll consolidate them all into proper, presentable,
up-to-date Yellow Pages, linked from the home page and the top of every page
of this website.
In addition to the many contacts collected in this forum, there's an
up-to-date Bar & Restaurants guide and a Word file of major contacts.
Edit the current info above, fact-check the current contacts, delete the
ones gone out of business, and add new ones you know about from your own
list of local contacts!
Every Lammaite has name cards and a list of handy local contacts, like
plumbers, repairmen, shops, etc. Please share them!
Name cards would be ideal and I'll scan and publish as many as I can get,
adding them to my own extensive collection. Local businesses might be eager
to get themselves added to our free and public Yellow Pages, much more
comprehensive, informative, attractive and up-to-date than any of the other
few local directories, like the very extensive but detail-poor and outdated
Pages or the seriously outdated
OpenRice Lamma restaurants index, listing restaurants closed years
ago and not listing yet the ones opened this and last year.
To get you started, this is what we have so far, unlike the 5-year old, but
pretty extensive contacts info in
this forum above. Please proofread, delete, add and change any
contacts you know about and where your info is current (please check first).
Yellow Pages Word file
Bilingual Yellow Pages 2008
Bar & Restaurants index
A. Views on existing social services and amenities
B. Quality of life
C. Potential Development for Lamma Island
D. Personal Background
There have been many ideas about what do with
this huge, natural, almost empty area, from preliminary ideas
for a local
Project to many different sports facilities. Here's the
most unusual, but very well-developed and -detailed idea I've
seen so far, from a recent Master of Landscape Architecture
dissertation at HK University (available from me on request):
Building a Meditation Field inside the ex-Lamma Quarry:
Currently, YMCA Camping is starting to make some
great recreational use of the area. Their new
Lamma Island Outdoor Centre website has just gone
Facebook group has the latest ex-Lamma Quarry news &
The main snake season has started up again, the close encounters are
getting more and more numerous, see this dedicated Facebook group:
Lamma Snake Sightings.
Poster below by Anton, green Bamboo Pit Viper photo by Ed Williams
(more photos in our ever-popular
Snakes forum - viewed 6,000 times so far).
Email from HK Electric.
eSubscription - $30 Incentive - E-bill promotion
To promote a low carbon lifestyle, the HK Electric rewards eligible
customers who opt for receiving e-bills between 01/04/2013 and 30/09/2013 a
one-off $30 incentive to set off electricity charges.
Customers may choose to receive the reward on their first e-bill or to
donate it to one of the designated green groups via HK Electric.
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for details, or call our e-bill
promotion hotline at 8102 0123.
I've signed up for their e-bills in the first round last year, donating the
incentive to a green group, of course.
While I'm promoting the "Low Carbon Lifestyle", which is lived by quite a
large number of Lammaites, here's one more media release:
Promoting Low Carbon Lifestyle with Short Movies [16 April 2013]
Constant fiddling with mobile phones has reached even the quietest and most
remote places on Lamma, locals and visitors alike, including myself. Even
while hiking our hills, my GPS is often switched on to generate a
MapMyHike trail map, while checking the local weather and the arrival
time of any rain in my location, via MyObservatory's notifications. I
also love my animated spinning windturbines wallpaper, complete with
raindrops running down the inside of the screen, depending on currently
Trying to convince my Candy Crush-addicted better half to put down
here mobile at least while we're waiting for dinner to be served, I
WhatsApp'ed her this ironic Facebook poster above. To no avail...
up with the pedestrian speeds you're getting from your home Broadband/Wifi
or any of the local free Wifi hotspots? The current maximum download speeds
rarely exceed 5Mbps, usually much lower, for all broadband connections on
Lamma from our sole cable provider, PCCW; at the same prices people pay in
much of the rest of HK for 100Mbps+ speeds. We've been waiting for years for
some competition and higher speeds, or at least lower prices.
Tired of waiting any longer, I've upgraded my mobile phone to 4G LTE.
See above for the speeds I'm getting now in my home, 5x faster for
downloading and 35x faster for uploads, maxing out at 30Mbps upload and
20Mbps for downloading.
OK, now I've just got to figure out how to tether my phone to my home office
desktop PC, or, even better, run much of my home office from my rooftop
rocking chair, or out of a harbourfront YSW restaurant, blogging and posting
to the forum or Facebook -
follow Lamma Gung
- from my 4G mobile, not worrying about the local, slow Wifi speeds. If you
spot me in mid-afternoon in a beachfront Lamma restaurant, I'm not loafing,
I'm actually working!
Learn more in our
mobile data forum and in the
Faster Broadband for Lamma Facebook group.
Hippeastrum blooming @ Tai Peng Community Garden:
(photos by Defensive Tulip, blooms by Zep &
More pictures and updates from the Court of King Caractacus and its
"over-supply of witches and powder boys at the moment. But the harem is a
bit depleted - prospective interns please send CV and recent photograph."
South Lamma is changing fast, becoming the hip and fun place to visit and
live. All the recent media attention - Plastic Pellets Disaster, ex-Lamma
Quarry, Baroque on Lamma, etc. - seems to be changing the perception from a
sleepy backwater to an increasingly active and attractive neighbourhood, for
example all the new places opening and the activities
happening down there just recently:
with a definitive Green Cottage/Bookworm Cafe vibe and menu;
Artsy events in LoSo
Live music concerts in Bebe V, a proper coffee shop and Western
Well-established restaurants, like
The Bay, are
becoming more attractive to hikers, nature lovers and water sports
Just a few of all the events happening over the Easter weekend in South
Hippie party in the LoSo Kitchen, Sok Kwu Wan, Sat, Mar 30,
celebrating the 4th anniversary of the LoSo Shop (the blue house in
Lo So Shing). The password for a discount on food & drinks was "We are
Love & Peace".
But none of these youngsters has been alive during the glorious hippie days!
Grandpa Ah-Gung still remembers his salad days as a wannabe hippie who
failed to "turn on, tune in, drop out" back then. But I keep a
tie-dyed T-shirt in storage, just for these increasingly rare Lamma hippie
But the massive downpour kept me away this time. Photos by Violet:
"Workshop in LoSo Shop, Easter egg making :p art jam n free music jam
We paint and we sing! V got freedom v got joy V do hippie v do love:)
#lososhop #free #peace"
Plus a photo collage by Pingo Yeung:
Meanwhile, what are these guys below in Sok Kwu Wan up to? They've been
building a heavy boat on a village house rooftop and then getting some of
their fit and strong neighbours to help them to winch it into the nearby
estuary, while the flood of tourists on the Family Trail bridge were
watching. Adam, the Lamma- zine's "Official Court Correspondent for
Lo So Shing" emailed these photos below.
Become a local correspondent for your village!
"Toy sale, top salesmen!" (Photo by Marcus)
Yummy home-made jam and honey from the Lamma Bee Valley
s+clicks shop in Tai Yuen (besides Lamma Grill).
Full houses at Green Cottage, Man Kee, The Waterfront,
Jing Jing and Pizza Milano
Kelly and her gourmet choco truffles - Robert selling his
Bamboo arena building in progress for Cantonese Opera at Tin Hau Festival
Football Pitch closed for 67 days - Very busy Family Trail YSW-SKW
Shot from the Family Trail - Sunset Watching Season is starting soon
You might have seen the recently announced Govt. plans for 5 reclamations
outside Victoria Harbour and one set of artificial islands to be reclaimed
from an unspecified area somewhere between Lantau and HK Island:
Lamma-zine, Mar 22, 2013.
Only the proposed size of the reclamation has been announced, a minimum of
1,400 hectares, which would exceed Lamma's entire land mass (1,355 ha). But
where will it be located and what will be built on it?
around deep into the non-public recesses of some Govt. dept. websites, I
found this internal-only map of a proposed "Bauhinia Island". It's obviously
inspired by Dubai's artificial
The red areas below show roads and the stars depict star-shaped, red-clad
skyscrapers, supposedly taller than even Dubai's world-record high-rises.
We'll make HK's tycoons and the Motherland so very proud!
Connected to close neighbour Lamma Island from beyond the almost-completed
YSW Sewage Treatment Plant, this would effectively double Lamma's land mass.
This could enable entirely new neighbourhoods full of Village Houses to be
constructed on Lamma and our future sister island.
No starting dates could be retrieved online. Any public consultations? What
public consultations?! Watch this website for updates about these ambitious
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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