Summer Splash @ Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Big waves yesterday at Hung Shing Yeh beach! This was shot in Panorama mode,
no Photoshopping tricks or filters. Maybe my favourite Lamma Mamma cocktail
Concerto Inn Hotel made me a bit unstable-but-cheerful on the sand
while I was sweeping this panorama photo?
So what's happening in Concerto Inn this summer anyway?
For more info, click above or check out our advertiser's fun
website or their very active
Food Tasting @ Jing Jing
Jing Jing (opposite Diesel's Bar) is now open for dinner as well, in
addition to their popular breakfast and lunch choices. Check out the new
dinner menu by Master Chef Marlon, plus more photos of their dishes
Bar & Restaurant News.
Indian Specials @ The Waterfront
got an very pleasant surprise at lunchtime in
The Waterfront Bar & Rest. yesterday, see above.
This was the very best Indian food we've enjoyed on Lamma in a long time.
Everything was so tasty, even the simple dal, all dishes so well-balanced
and exploding with a wealth of spices and many flavours, without being too
11th Anniversary of the 'Lamma Website'
11 years today since this website started up, very hard to believe!
Thousands of almost daily Lamma-zine stories, tens of thousands of
Lamma-related photos, a forum with 9,088 registered members, 13,500+
discussion topics and 77,000+ posts made; not bad for a little local website
for an island of just 6,000 people.
Just a little, zero-income hobby for the first 3 years, it's turned into the
longest-running "job" of my life. It still hardly pays for its own upkeep
and maintenance these days, but it's still a labour of love. Two
semi-retired people can survive on a very modest income on Lamma, as long as
you don't do anything "fancy" and unaffordable, like traveling or leaving
the island more often than necessary....
years also marks a new beginning for us, after 12 years of living in 3
different flats in Sha Po Old Village, we've been forced out by the
massively increasing rents in the entire YSW area, moving to a remote Lamma
village in 2 weeks. We'll become very frequent visitors to YSW and hopefully
see our home island with fresh, less jaded eyes.
Celebrating this anniversary, how about getting up before 5am and riding my
bike up to the Lamma Winds Pavilion to watch the sunrise at 5:52am? Done.
Lamma visitors enjoying the sunrise even earlier than me -
Meeting our neighbours at the same pavilion last Sunday morning.
This cool strobe effect might happen while you shoot panoramas, sweeping the
camera over fast-moving items, like windturbines or people moving.
Try it, switch to Panorama mode on your smartphone or pocket camera!
Then the weather turned within minutes into a sudden, almost horizontal
downpour, followed by a rare rainbow over Mt. Panorama! Maybe a good omen
for the future of the 'Lamma Website'?
Yung Shue Long Farmers Retires
Old Farmer in the YSL Valley, Ah-Po (photo by vcilli) and his
wife have retired a few weeks ago, their lease expiring. The former veggie fields
are lying barren now and their customers are feeling
nostalgic and a bit sad.
The YSL valley is being slowly prepared for some big
changes and developments, concreted over and walls erected. A few more
photos before this subtropical valley five minutes from the YSW ferry pier
will change forever, maybe to be covered with Village Houses.
More photos in this 4+ years-old, still hot topic (281 msgs, 27,500+
views), progressing from outrage over the destruction of the iconic Lily
the current lament for an (almost) lost cause:
Yung Shue Long Valley Development
Sunday Sunset Roasts @ Prime
A very warm welcome to our new Lamma-zine advertiser,
Prime Bar & Grill
in YSW. We'll be hearing a lot more good news from this classy venue soon as
they'll introduce new dishes and feature foodie events.
Our favourite time to enjoy dinner in Prime is sunset. So we're rushing
sometimes to grab one of their harbourfront tables, preferably on their
exclusive downstairs terrace with sweeping sunset and harbour views, set
right on top of the beach, just besides the old jetty watching fishermen,
locals and tourists alike admiring the often stunning sunsets these days.
On Sundays, starting at 3pm, Prime is now offering traditional chicken, lamb
and beef roasts. Their popular chicken roast was sold out already at
sunset-time, so we opted for beef instead. It was a great choice, especially
as we hadn't eaten any traditional Sunday roast since Diesel's used to offer
them years ago.
really liked the Yorkshire puddings and the succulent, perfectly seasoned,
very generous three slices of beef.
Tips: Order extra gravy and a glass of beer or house wine (or a
bottle shared with friends) for maximum enjoyment.
Share the roasts which, surprisingly, are priced at only slightly above
Check their blackboards or ask for their Specials of the Day as they're new
dishes, ever-changing and often very good value for money.
The only dessert was a heavy, dense New York cheesecake and it wasn't a
favourite with either of us. Come on, Prime, after such a nice meal we
deserve a reasonable choice of luxurious & colourful desserts!
Two daily specials from last week, often the best deals:
Roast chicken & Fillet Mignon, highly recommended by Lamma-Gung & -Por.
Bar and Grill, in association with
CWS and Kedington wines would like to invite you to a fund
raising wine and 3 course dinner evening on the 1st of August. There are
limited seats available at $500 each and $100 of each ticket sold will be
donated to CWS.
Download menu. Book now by
emailing Leslie Knight or call 6041 3744."
Varial Kickflip, Feebie Grind & Bigspin Boardslide
photos by Skate Lamma)
Skate Lamma on Facebook - Sports League:
"For all skateboarders, cruisers and long boarders on Lamma Island.
Please also feel free to upload your own videos and photos.
These local guys are pretty amazing to watch in the YSW Football Pitch and
around the village. The daring moves they're performing have these
mysteriously cool names, even their boards feature names like "Death Wish".
I've collected some of their best moves' names from their public FB page:
"Kickflips, Varial Kick over a Gap, Half Cab kickflip, Feebie grind,
Varial kick over the rail, Varial kickflip on a slope, Varial kick over
fire, 180 Ollie into a Nose Crook, Indie Grab over a Gap, FS Boardslide,
Bigspin over the HA 4 set".
R.I.P. My Rooftop Jungle
Before and after the big cleanup, the sad ending of L-G's Rooftop Jungle.
We have to move very soon, driven out of YSW by the recent massive rent
increases. I was hoping that the next tenant would like to take over my rooftop
garden, for free. But our landlord, who's always been very nice to us, insisted on us getting rid of everything,
making a clean slate. The next tenant will be expected to pay almost twice
our rent from two years ago.
help of several fearless (see below) and hard-working gardening friends, we
cleared the rooftop in 5 hours. They found new good homes for many of my
plants, some will hopefully take root in the swampy area besides our house,
and a few will accompany us to our future balcony.
Rolling up my floor-covering of Wedelias like a carpet into bushels
Trilobata, yellow flowers, endemic besides Lamma's paths):
2+ metre tall bushes in planters made by David & Bing the MicroGardeners.
I didn't realise that I had a zoo and a spider habitat on my rooftop! Some of them were huge,
like the Huntsman spider on the left, some I've never seen before. My
friend gently picked this very poisonous 4-inch Huntsman up with a chopper
and "relocated" it to the swampy area just beside our building. Then she
told us that her granddad was killed by a spider....
We didn't find any snakes
and centipedes, to my disappointment, as they'd have made for even more interesting
pictures. Many creepy crawlies have been made homeless now, unfortunately.
They rarely bothered me while enjoying my rooftop (except the stinging wasps
While cleaning up on this wet day, some cockroaches got tangled up in my
hair and I even found a live one inside my underpants hours later!
Red-Whiskered Bulbuls fledged from this nest just a few days ago; hidden so
deep in my jungle's bushes, we never saw them. But their agitated parents
stood their ground, chirping wildly and constantly when I came close to
the bushes a few days ago. A little souvenir nest.
In memoriam, some of my best stories, plus flowers from my former
garden. I'll be missing my 6-year old personal Rooftop Jungle....
Gardeners of Lamma, Unite! - Oct 7, 2007
Seedy Activities - Oct 23, 2007
Rooftop Gardening Update - Dec 23, 2007
'Congratulations on Your Successful Social Events!' - Dec 27, 2007
Lamma.com.hk Rooftop Jungle Party - Dec 9, 2008
The End of L-G's Rooftop Pond? - July 20, 2009
Farewell to L-G's Rooftop Jungle & Pond - Aug 10, 2009
Rooftop Jungle & Pond in Bloom - May 26, 2010
Rainy-Snaily Monday - June 28, 2010
There Are No Weeds! - June 13, 2011
Dangers & Delights of a Rooftop Jungle - Nov 12, 2012
Rooftop Jungle Home Office - May 17, 2013
LammaHippies @ Gmail.com - April 3, 2016
Are You a Lamma Gardener? - April 17, 2017
Bloomin' Hippies - Apr 20, 2018
Balcony Jungle - Dec 28, 2019
Breakfast @ Shelly's
Shelly's on YSW
Back Street is only selling (cheese)cakes, right? Wrong!
She's just started offering breakfasts from 7pm, Mon-Fri. We tested
some today: yummy, crispy croissant or grain toast, including fruit juice and
her famous coffee,
a great deal! We'll be back very soon.
Mushroom & cheese
scrambled eggs on toast - Nespresso fans, take your pick.
Blind Leading the Blind?
posting on Facebook, July 16 (photo by
What's going on here? Tonight in the middle of YSW Main
Street, opposite Banyan Bay Cafe.
- Hide and seek game soon!
- They don't want to see
- Reenactment of how Lamma came to be.
Classic comment about political system in HK? But there's no cliff to
- "What? You've stopped selling chicken wings"
These are mouth and nose masks, right?
- Outbreak of
severely infectious eye flu (I1I2 strain).
- I've seen
groups of students doing this before. Leading the 'blind' as it were.
One of them told me it is an exercise in 'trust' (being led by someone)
and using your other instincts.
- You never know what our
- Civil servants from various
departments District Islands Office, EPD, etc on a fact-finding trip to
Lamma to see what can be improved or beautified.
- Is this a
sign of even odder behaviours to come soon from Lamma visitors?
- We finally got fed up of the staring tourists and made them wear these!
Trust exercises. This photo does not show it, but each
blindfolded group had a sighted leader.
'I Love My Licence Plate!'
Frazer McGilvray, living on a not-car-free island now, writes:
"I love my licence plate!!
When I moved to Hawaii I bought a Jeep. There's lots of Jeeps here,
and the soft-top ones are generally hire cars. So to make mine a
little more obviously local, I got a personal plate.
What else would I have chosen?!"
Learn How to Do the Spider Dance
post on Facebook (macro photos by
Lamma for Arachnophobia sufferers?
Dan emailed me:
"I am thinking about moving to Lamma Island, but I have an
extreme case of arachnophobia. What are the odds one of the
large spiders I've seen along the trails ends up inside of my
Is this a regular part of island life?"
What would YOUR reply be?
- 100% within a year.
- No large ones inside in my experience. Lamma cured my arachnophobia in large part, but I was left with a
ridiculous fear of centipedes. I still have nightmares about those creepers 2 months on.
- We've had two massive
huntsmen spiders in the house in the last 12 months... get used to it!!
- Large woodland spiders may be what he means; very unlikely in house. Big fast huntsmen, yes; maybe don't mention the centipedes! Or chance a venomous snake could get in...
(this based on Cheung Chau; know of a couple of cobras into flats).
- If nature creeps you out, this is NOT the place for you.
- There are many therapies out there that can clear up your fears in a few sessions, deal with your fears.
Yeah, Lamma is a great place to pick up a new collection of phobias.
- Tell him:
"The arachnids in one's home on Lamma are not toxic to humans and they keep the
deadly brain eating butterfly numbers down."
See if that helps!
- I came to Lamma with pretty bad arachnophobia. It has abated strangely. I have only twice had spiders actually in my place. Both times I have had to get a nice friend to come around and get rid of them. I have been on Lamma for 15 years.
- Oh, and tell him not to rent a flat with trees around.
- Spiders are the least of your worries on Lamma.
Centipedes now that is a nasty nasty, and yes they come in your apartment and
bite you when you are sleeping... just for fun...
- Not the least of your worries if you have extreme arachnophobia...
- Yes, I would suggest that this fellow look at life on Lamma as a radical way to combat his phobia. The spiders here are enormous, but at least the Golden Orb weavers are relatively harmless.
After living amongst them, he will never be nervous about common (small) spiders again. I know that my life on Lamma has surprisingly and forever cured me of any anxiety I once felt about spiders or snakes.
In 17.5 yrs on Lamma, I have never had large spider in my house, just the cute little ones that jump. Don't get a ground floor rural flat and it should be all good.
- Me too, in four years on Lamma, I just had the small jumping ones with spinning heads. In my flats on Lantau and in the NT though, I've had huntsmen and wood spiders.
- I'm not afraid of spiders, but...
Last fall I noticed sudden insect-like movement behind my wife on the stairwell above me. It was something big, and at the exact the moment I realized it was a
spider - it jumped off the wall, hurtling towards my face, legs outstretched!! That made me scared of spiders!!! Or at least that one.
I saw another one again a month ago, but is was on the ground, safely away me, and best of all, jumping away from my feet.
- My favourite visiting house spiders are huntsman spiders who dance on the walls. They are not web spinners and they move electrically fast (as they are hunters).
I absolutely adore spiders - but if an arachnophobe bumped into one of my house guests, it might end in tears. I've also have seen lovely wolf spiders outside my house...
Why can't we treat those little spiders or big spiders as our visitors only. They can come and go. I agree with Liz Gower, they are absolutely adorable spiders.
You will learn how to do the 'Spider Dance'... (my name for it purely).
That is when you walk into a big web strewn across the paths early in
the morning, and you do the 'jig' as you are wondering where the hell
the spider is!!
However, Lamma could be a good place to get over 'your fear'.
I've named quite a few in the past ;-) (the ones that inhabited my
home for a short while).
worry, the snake and centipede inside your house will take care of the
Dan replied: "Thanks all. I've decided I'll try living there for one month and face my fear head on. If you see a skinny, middle-eastern guy walking down a path, waving a stick in front of his face, feel free to say hello."
Lamma for Arachnophobia sufferers?
P.S. If you're eager to learn how to do a
'Spider Dance' or a 'Snake Dance', visit the
"Dancing With Snakes" exhibition, July 8-21, organised
by the Kadoorie Farm, in the Creative Arts Centre, Kowloon.
Pink & Orange & Black
Cable Road along Power Station Beach
early last Sunday morning.
For much better shots of this beetle, including amazing flying shots - Name?
Anybody? - check out Rambler's recent photos in our
Strange Bug forum, incl. his "Furry Bug" and the Hawk Moth:
Emily Ho the ex-Ice Cream Lady:
Sugar's Human Companion:
(Photos by Emily Ho)
Farewell to Sugar
morning, I had watched the clock on our wall since 10:30,
nearly an hour before the veterinarian had promised to
arrive. To me, each tick of passing time sounded like a fire
alarm. Although I sensed an emergency, any fire-alarm
warning calls for running away to safety, but in this case I
felt compelled to stay with Sugar, our aging and ailing dog.
Finally going outside, I told my partner, "Time to bring Sugar inside,
Gary." He had taken the dog outdoors for some sunlight and fresh air.
Juxtapose Thai Magic & Paper Airplanes
Volcano or Sunset?
Sun setting behind huge sand piles @ Gaido Pier, YSW
Sun setting yesterday, July 10, while sipping a glass of cold white wine in
Andy's Seafood Rest., a fine and ever-popular way to end another leisurely day...
Constructive Development or Destructive Disaster?
Family Trail People Watching
friendly hiker on the Family Trail. Love the walking stick!
Most weekends, the Family Trail between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan is
severely crowded with Lamma visitors. Instead of avoiding them like most
fellow Lammaites, I enjoy people-watching from a nice vantage point; a bit
like bird-watching but a lot more fun. The multitudes of often astoundingly
weird or hilariously baffling human specimens strolling, prancing, skipping,
marching or crawling by can be most entertaining, especially when you're
sitting comfortable with a cool drink, without being a part of the
maddening, slow-moving crowds. My recommendations for some of the best
visitor viewing spots:
Island Bar sitting-out area, Green Cottage, Diesel's, Ah Por Dau Foo Fa,
Concerto Inn beachside, Family Trail Pavilions, Snake Trail, LoSo Shop, Sok
Kwu Wan restaurants streetside,...
sunny day, everybody in this group, including the guys, carried an umbrella.
Livin' the Dream in Sleepy South Lamma!
Building a Cantonese Opera Tent outside the Tin Hau Temple,
Sok Kwu Wan, May 24, '13
Lo So Bill writes (all photos by L-G):
"Things are certainly happening here in the
Greater Lo So region of Lamma!
Friday (May 24) had a carnival type atmosphere as hundreds of
local residents and guests converged on a tin hut at the Tin
Hau. The event? The time? The occasion? Not a clue as there were
no translations available. Apparently, special ferry service was
extended beyond our sleepy 10:40 curfew, but, again, that must
have been another secret, too.
Saturday (May 25) brought rain and the
rhythmic beat of drums going across the Greater Lo So regional
bay. There was a sign for that, I think. At least something with
a dragon boat and "25-5" on the advert:
I'd like to think the weather kept the
throngs of YSW residents from coming over the Great Lamma Duel
Carriageway / Family Trail. Lord knows the popularity of dragon
boat racing could really bring in both locals and tourists
This evening is stacking up to be another fun
night in the Lo So area. What exactly will occur? Not sure. I'd
write the Mayor, but don't have the address.
Just livin' the
dream here in sleepy South Lamma!"
Livin' the Dream in Sleepy South Lamma...
Remember Flickr? You know, where people posted their best photos well
before Facebook Albums became so pervasive? I found a little Lamma time capsule up there, my
best photos from 2006, when I was still updating my Flickr account. Click
above to see many Lammaites 7 years ago.
Be patient as Flickr has become pretty slow, even though they offer now an
amazing 1TB (1,024 GB!) of free space for your photos.
For some better and more up-to-date Lamma photos from other photographers,
Bilingual details of the new collection points...
Club Lamma Island Centre, 19, Tai Wan New Village, YSW,
Sat, Jun 29, 10am - 5pm
"Sponsored by Aedas, cooperate with Society of
Boys' Centre and Architectural Project Unit Ltd, we are
delighted to inform you that we will renovate our outdoor wall
by mural painting. You are sincerely invited to attend the
program to share this memorable and joyful moment with us."