Island Gym Promotion
Aug 2 - The Island Gym is offering $50 monthly discount if you join before Sep 12th!
National Day @ Swiss Chalet
Aug 1 - Today is Swiss National Day and as members of the huge "Swiss Abroad" community it's our tradition to celebrate....
These are some of the latest usernames that tried to register in our
brand-new, upgraded forum. Within hours of re-opening, a flood of spam
registration attempts arrived, most likely from spambots trying to get in
and post spam messages. But as all new users are checked and activated or
deleted by myself and a senior moderator, none of them succeeded to complete
registration and were eradicated. We've even cleaned out quite a few ancient
but inactive spam registrations from years ago, plus deactivated legitimate
users who hadn't logged in for years.
I had to insert a new, mandatory question during the registration process,
something that a spambot wouldn't know how to answer, but a human interested
in Lamma for any reasons would find pretty easy to answer correctly:
What is the largest village on Lamma Island?
How long till the evil spammers controlling the spambots will figure it out
and I'll have to change the question? Weeks, days, hours? For now, we're
completely free of spam registrations once again. For now...
The never-ending, epic and valiant (?) struggle against forum spam
This morning in Pak Kok Village. See this Lamma-zine story with the same
Oct 22, 2009: Breakfast Is Being Served on the Balcony, Milady
The more things change, the more they stay the same... Settling slowly but
very happily into our new home, we're simplifying and downsizing our lives. For example, no aircons were provided with this flat! We're down from our former
landlord-provided 5 aircons to just 2, which we had to buy from the last
tenant. No aircon in my home office (34 degrees inside this afternoon,
surviving via fan).
Standing on my balcony a few days ago, two residents walked by and I
overheard one of them telling his friend, "Lamma-Gung has just moved in!"
He forgot to add, "There goes the neighbourhood!" or something
Somebody even called me Pak-Kok-Gung the other day....
Ferry Pier 4, what's happening?
Lamma Gung's post w/picture on Facebook:
This is the start of the retail space expansion
to 6 floors. Can't see anyone bothering to walk there from
Central for yet more crap.
Could've been an amazing green-roof space for
Lamma people to sit and chill before facing the arduous sea
Could be sub-divided flats.
It's the new Lamma Grill, Central.
BTW - Lamma and DB will both be doing this
extension and we are all to be moved to Park Island ferry
pier whilst the work is carried out (Nov iirc).
Dior party, I thought?
Hope it's a new ThreeSixty...
More shops! Oh no....
It will be a monument to CY Leung, bestriding
Immigration checkpoint for independent
Anticipating a rise in the sea level perhaps?
According to the Planning Dept., Pier 4 is the
last pillar before Elements for the trans-harbour super
Asia's first medical marijuana store...
It's an anonymous Lamma developer building a new
block of flats which will cost a million dollars a month to
Who ****ing cares?
It will be a new open-air arena for people to
welcome Lamma ferries to Central by a Laola-Wave!
Also, Golden Rainshower, Lasershow and Firework Display will
be set there to welcome and greet Lamma passengers arriving
at HK Island.
Plus, a free Ice Cream Shop and a Lucky Wheel is still in
"I've just asked HKKF directly,
awaiting their reply.
But Michelle's comment about a Dior event sounds the most
plausible, after interviewing the HKKF General Manager about the
former Shanghai Tang event up there some time ago.
But the other explanations up here are much better and more fun!"
"It's a temporary
rooftop event, held by an international brand. We feel sorry
that we cannot reveal the name yet, as it seems the marketing
strategy of the company is to keep the "sense of mystery" at
We'll keep you posted and have a nice weekend."
Post YOUR comments on Lamma-Gung's Facebook wall:
Ferry Pier 4, what's happening?
After a massive
anonymous spam attack on our forum last week we've had to upgrade
the entire forum software. It looks a bit different now, with
many new functions and options. Special thanks to ex-Lammaite Randy, my
summer intern from last year, for doing most of the tough & technical
Sorry for the inconvenience caused these last few day. The
forum is open for your posting now while I'm adding the header
and links at the top.
Please report any problems to
Our forum is down at the moment, shut down by our US
webhosting co. due to somebody hijacking it to send out large
amounts of spam from Lamma.com.hk. If you've
received any spam from any ...@lamma.com.hk email account,
please forward it to me at
Any other spam you're receiving is NOT our fault.
The rest of this site and all Lamma-zine pages are working
fine again, hosted on a reliable local HK server. But all links
into the forum, like the WHAT'S NEW? and WHAT'S ON? headlines
above, are also not working for now.
It might take a while to get the forum fixed, maybe days, and
we might have to upgrade the entire forum shareware setup. All
usernames, passwords, posts and Private Messages should be preserved
and unchanged in this
P.S. Aug 23: I found a forum
expert to assist in upgrading our 11-year-old forum which has
been attacked repeatedly by spambots over the years. Testing and
updating the new version now. The rest of Lamma.com.hk continues
SCMP, Aug 14, 2013
Harry Harrison writes on Facebook, attracting loads of Likes and
"There'll be no newspapers on Lamma today [T8] so thought I'd post
today's cartoon. It's about the problems with the stadium turf..."
"The Youth Paddling was a great success. About 24 kids turned up - quite
a few slightly reluctant but after a short time on the water the kids seemed
to really enjoy it. We are planning to have another Open Day in a few weeks
then we will begin training for races in September 2013. We are still
looking for more paddlers between the ages of 12-17 so if your readers
didn't make the last open day they can email me at
details of our next event.
WE WANT YOU FOR THE LAMMA DRAGONS YOUTH TEAM!"
We're relocating our home and office, one more of the many "Lamma
veterans hit by rising rents", as the SCMP headlined a few months ago,
after our landlord of 5 years asked for a 50% rent increase over what we
paid 2 years ago. We couldn't find a a single 700 sqft flat below $10,000
(except high up on the mountainside of Tai Peng Old Village). We'll be
leaving YSW after 12 years and "It will be tough to kiss the easy life of
YSW goodbye", as one of my future neighbours put it.
It might take a few days till I'll get back to updating the Lamma-zine, but
my email, forum, WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook messages, etc. will all be handled
from my smartphone, even our new remote location on Lamma will have
Stories and photos from our move (using the excellent
Transport moving services once again) will feature our new
life, our very own rural "wilderness adventure" which would not suit 99% of
the HK population, I think. Stories of hiking and biking up steep hills,
surviving the subtropical jungle, spotting the resident huge boar, the King
Cobra and various other creepy crawlies,...
Many new residents in YSW consider living there a severe hardship already,
so many things, services and conveniences they're missing when moving from
town! But our new home is on an entirely different level of "hardship and
inconvenience", a flat without aircons, no shops, no restaurants, no
But, quoting my future neighbour again, it still "gives a taste of the
genuine, quiet, rural experience on Lamma before it disappears for good in a
few years", like it seems to have disappeared from much of YSW in the 12 years
we've lived there happily. We'll be returning several times every
week to the big village, the suburbia of YSW to eat, drink, shop, attend
events and catch up with the many friends we've made!
The Island Gym is offering $50 monthly discount
for those who join before Sep 12th! Sol, who's running
the gym, writes:
"We are looking for nice and reliable people
to join our gym. The advantages are:
You can work out whenever you want (no opening hours); usually
you are by yourself (not a lot of people), so can play your own
music, etc. You can get a workout in any weather and without
having to go into the city.
Plus it's conveniently located, right behind
the former gym in Sha Po Old Village; so you can head for a
drink into one of the bars right after... just kidding! :))"
Call Sol at 6893 9251 or email
More details, photos and fees:
Today is Swiss National Day and as members of the huge "Swiss Abroad"
community it's our tradition to celebrate it with our only typically Swiss
meal of the year. We traveled in style on the Star Ferry to the Swiss Chalet
in Tsim Sha Tsui East, one of only two Swiss restaurants in all of HK.
Their Executive Luncheon is a great deal, the dishes are really authentic
and taste home-made. This is some of the very best Swiss cooking I've ever
enjoyed, some of them I hadn't tasted in decades, but still vividly
remembering the looks, tastes and smells of my youth, even after a quarter
of a century away abroad!
Swiss Fondue, Swiss Movenpick ice-cream, Swiss cheese platter and Swiss
cookies. But looking at the chocolate wrapper more closely... "Made in
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