20 Years of YSW Canto Opera
May 16 - Congratulations to the Hing Fung Ming Cantonese Opera Troupe: 20th Tin Hau Festival!
Solar Power Boost
May 15 - Where's HK's largest solar power installation located? Just over the hill from Yung Shue Wan, in the Power Station.
Canto Opera -
Behind the Stage
May 10 - "Fascinated to be at backstage of a Cantonese Opera for the first time."
Above the Lamma 500
May 6 - Video by Joe the Quadrocopter Aviator -
Results and winner photos of the Lamma 500 dragonboat races.
Zooming in on Lamma 500
May 5 - View from the Trig Point above Lamma windturbine, the highest point of N. Lamma.
Lamma Day 2013
May 2 - Yung Shue Wan Tin Hau festival & dragonboat/sampan races & Cantonese opera.
Read more... also about the Govt.'s new
Clean Shorelines Campaign...
SCMP Story, May 26:
Team Lamma show paddle power
Up for auction this Sat night in The Island Bar, an original by
P.S. Harry's drawing went for $9,000 in the fundraising
auction, an all-time record, I think. In case you wonder who the people
portrayed in the dragonboat are, Harry writes:
"Margaret Thatcher, Sid Vicious, Mick Talbot, Boy George, Kevin Rowland,
Wattie Buchan, Martin Fry, Mensi, Robert Smith, Morrissey, David Sylvian,
Roddy Frame, Adam Ant...etc..."
Passengers stop overloaded ferry from sailing - SCMP, May 11,
Once upon a time, 5 years ago, there was just a standard, empty, tiled
rooftop when we moved in. The initially cute little veggie & flower garden
has by now transmogrified into a subtropical jungle with mostly indigenous
creepers, surrounding most of my rooftop, its walls and much of the floor.
There's (almost) no
weeding or pruning in this garden, err, jungle (except Mikania) and no pest
control of any kind. Whatever is able to grow and survive naturally is welcome to do
so freely, including bugs, birds, insects and assorted critters. No
chemicals used at all, just occasional plant feedings. Surprisingly, there
seem to be hardly any mosquitoes and other bothersome bugs?
Most of what's growing so abundantly right now, I didn't plant myself. It's
been seeded to my rooftop by wind, insects and birds from the semi-wilderness and
forests close to our home, or seedlings I plucked from the forest years ago.
It's mostly HK native plants by now, adapted to HK's climate and surviving
well on our exposed rooftop; plus a few decorative
flowers and plants multiplying for 5 years now. Watering with a spray hose 3
times a week is fun and all the
maintenance and gardening my personal rooftop jungle really needs to prosper.
It's so relaxing to sit up there in my ancient rocking chair, watching the
welcome visitors - mostly birds, bees and butterflies - and admiring the daily
changing flowers blooming. All the while, I'm reading and streaming music by 4G LTE from
the millions of songs in Spotify's Cloud-based jukebox to my wireless
At the same time, I might handle some of the daily work for this website on
my Samsung Note II in my "Rooftop Jungle
Home Office", for example snapping and uploading the first photo above
straight from my rocking chair. It's the Lamma Life and I'm still loving
20th Anniversary of the Hing Fung Ming Cantonese Opera Troupe,
performing during every Tin Hau Festival in the YSW Football Pitch.
Photos of the closing celebration on May 5,
courtesy of the Lamma (North) Rural Committee:
Electric's solar power system now comprises 8662 PV modules
which are mainly installed on the rooftops and open area of
at Lamma Power Station.
Where's Hong Kong's largest solar power installation
located? Yes, just over the hill from Yung Shue Wan, atop
and around the Lamma Power Station. Good news from our
"friendly neighbour" HK Electric today, it's getting a major
Hong Kong's Largest Solar Power System Gets Capacity Boost
[15 May 2013]
By the way, anybody up for my yearly
Lamma Power Station
tour this summer, including the Solar Power System?
Email me, if you're provisionally interested. Date
is Wed morning, Aug 7, 2013.
Minimum age 15, maximum number for the tour bus: 35;
Talking of Renewable Energy, you've probably heard about HK
Electric's planned windfarm 3.5km off Lamma's SW coast, or
noticed the windmonitoring tower out there already? This has
been discussed since 2006 in our forum in a number of
topics. Here's the latest info, plus a map of the plans:
Marine Wind Farm off Lamma.
There's no reclamation involved, just around 35+ large wind
turbines in the sea, directly connected to the Lamma Power
Station. EIA approved, construction to start in 2015.
The Green Hong Kong Green campaign (HK Electric &
Conservancy Association) has launched new eco-tours a few
months back. Guided by 150 well-trained eco-volunteers, 5 of
free, public, Cantonese-only tours are happening on Lamma
I joined one of 3 "Night Safari" tours on Sat, May 4, in Sok
Kwu Wan. But first I helped cleaning up a beach in the SKW
estuary in the morning, hiked the Southern Family Trail (Mo
Tat Wan, Tung O Wan, SKW), and hung out in SKW's restaurant
strip (mostly in my new local favourite, LoSo Kitchen),
waiting for the safari.
If you can understand Cantonese and would like to go on a
safari, check out this new
Lamma Eco-tour map first. Here's
how to enrol.
The other 4 Lamma-based tours have been introduced in the
Lamma-zine, Mar 1:
Windy Wonder, Rock Ramble & Night Safari
Yes, South Lamma is becoming an even better and more fun
place to experience for nature lovers! Here are a few of my
has released fascinating timelapse image of how the Earth's
surface has changed since 1984. In the HK map, you can zoom
in and watch as Victoria Harbour shrinks through
interactive timelapse Google world map.
Closer to our home, how has the map of Lamma Island changed
since the 80s?
I've zoomed in on Lamma and created a little animation by
cutting and pasting the yearly frames. Focus on the Power
Station expansions and the greening of the ex-Lamma Quarry.
View my animated Google satellite map (too large for this home
Lamma 1987 - 2012
Feral dogs with large litter of puppies @ Lo So Shing beach
Rent-free for Chinese-speaking gardeners! Contact me!
On the way to the top of Ling Kok Shan, the 250-metre tall hill behind Sok
Kwu Wan, topped by Lamma's Telecom Tower, still under construction.
Trig Point atop Ling Kok Shan - Sitting-out area
Through the bamboo forests - Descending to Mo Tat Wan on
Lamma's longest staircase, for another lunch with friends in
All photos above by Alain Guilloux. My own photo gallery is still in
Do you recognise this beaming couple? A picture published in 1985, it shows
the well-known-on-Lamma Allan and his partner Linda, seen frequently around
Yung Shue Wan. He was found dead at their home on May 7, cause yet unknown. R.I.P.
Your memories of Allan, especially if you've known him for a long time,
during his former better days, please post them here:
R.I.P. Allan Ferguson.
Tin Hau Festival '13 - Cantonese Opera @ YSW Football Pitch - Apr
All photos & captions by Debi Yeung-Salansy with her "Baby Fuji"
(Click to enlarge. Her website:
"Fascinated to be at backstage of a Cantonese Opera for the first time":
"Hing Fung Ming Cantonese-Opera Troupe, the 20th year playing at Lamma
Tin Hau Festival" - Opera star
Mui Suet See
(click for her website)
"Beautiful costumes being hung everywhere"
"Private cubicle dressing area for senior performers"
Aftermath - by Robert Hope-Jones:
"Remains of the opera theatre - singing the final devastating high note C
and a crash cymbal did this."
Video by Joe the Quadrocopter Aviator
Results and winner
photos of the Lamma
500 dragonboat races
Facebook photos of the
winners, incl. the victorious Lamma Dragon teams
who celebrated their 25th anniversary! Congratulations!!
P.S. Tue, May 7: Just in, the
"official" Lamma 500 video from Donna the Videographer. She
even wore a "Lamma 500 Official" T-shirt while filming.
View from the Trig Point above Lamma windturbine, the highest point of N.
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