Best of Lamma-zine Photos
Oct 10 - 1 year of my best Lamma-zine picture collages in a Facebook public album, including links to the stories:
Lest We Forget...
Oct 9 - Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier, 1 year after the Lamma Ferry Disaster...
Oct 8 - "The general store opposite Chow Yun Fat's trees, if that makes sense. Or next to the couch murder house."
Oct 7 - My letters seem to be delivered by tiny snails crawling all over the envelopes inside my letterbox!
How about free dinner for two in the new
Prime Bar &
Rest. in YSW? Send me your best Halloween photos, all taken on Lamma
between today and Sun, Nov 3. Anything goes, creativity is strongly
encouraged! My favourite photo(s) will be rewarded with a sumptuous
Thanksgiving set dinner for two, Nov 28, courtesy of the
Deadline: Sunday, Nov 10.
"Biggest Grasshopper I've ever seen! About 10cm long.
Tai Peng Community Garden" - by Howard Sheard
More recent photos from Lamma's master nature photographer:
Black Kite - Cattle Egret
of the very best feedback I ever get on my Lamma-zine photos or stories is
via Facebook. For example my photos from Oct 20,
New Observation Platform Above Power Station
Beach? I asked my very creative
and imaginative Friends:
What's going on up there, high above Power Station Beach?
"Wow that's pretty cool! Is it open to public? Or maybe a sneaky sunrise
"What are they planning? I went up there with my kids and it's very
awesome up there."
"Escalator link to more village houses?"
"Preparing Queen E. official visit to Lamma people in two weeks."
"Ski slope, water slide, skateboard ramp?"
"It's a spotting site for illegal structures!"
"Is it a a new ski slope on grass? Or a giant slide into the sea? Or even
a concrete hiking path?"
"I thought they were just working out whether the entire area at the foot
of the slope could be developed or not - or whether they could cover it with
"Where have you been, L-G?? It's been going on for weeks!!
Get yourself down to PS beach, and watch them work. Watched four poor blokes
carting something really heavy yesterday... They pulled up those steps with
military position. Was amazing.
Bloody steep!!! Hoping it's some form of communication antenna to give Lamma
some decent internet!! Or maybe it's a UFO landing site (This is Lamma after
all, and we are the most intelligent beings.)"
For more Lamma-themed news, photos and "mini-surveys", you're most welcome
me, Lamma Gung, on Facebook. I've just reached 50 groupies, err,
acolytes, err, Followers, in addition to my still small and exclusive number
of 571 Friends so far. You need to be at least a Friend of one of my
real-life friends to be approved as my Facebook Friend,... or be famous, or
good-looking, or at least "interesting" in some way...
I should start a cult of the Gracious Gregarious Gung in a Lamma
forest? My 50 Followers so far would be more than enough to get started, I
think! There are several local, forest-recluse, secretive-religion examples
I could follow, like Canaan Garden in Shek Li (see right), Zheng
De temple above Sok Kwu Wan, plus that genial Taoist monk who set up his
home/temple off the Family Trail.
Look what I discovered at sunset today, walking to Power Station beach,
looking up the tall hill between YSW and the Power Station:
investigation works in progress, checking out the hillside for potential
future landslips. This temporary steel staircase is for workers' use only
and still under construction, with major parts of the staircase and the
safety handrails still missing. It's also completely unlit at night.
So it's pretty dangerous and definitely not intended for uninsured
interlopers like myself, snooping around up there after sunset. Once again,
I failed to curb my notorious curiosity... but what a view!
More photos and comments in my
plastic bottles collected on September 29th (see, we count
them!) How many next time?
Join us next Saturday 26th October when Brand on the Beach
contributes to the Hong Kong Clean Up!
Time: 9.05am at Pak Kok ferry pier or at the beach at
Please RSVP to email@example.com or call Jo on 9042
"See you all tonight at Rog Raiser! Great prizes to be
won, awesome holidays to bid on, fab bands, wicked DJ, Tapas
food, cheap drinks and loads of fun to be had.
Thanks to the Aqua group and all those involved, 100% of
the money raised goes to the Searls.
Entrance to Zafran is down the stairs on the left of Tivo
(as you're facing it), off Wyndham Street. Spaces still
available, so come along!"
Loads of silent auction holidays in fancy hotels in HK and
overseas available for those who can't make it tonight.
See the Facebook Event page.
For more info on what happened to Roger and how to help...
P.S. After the event, Julie writes:
"Huge thanks to the Lamma community and to
our Hong Kong friends!
Last night at Rog Raiser we raised
$128,850 for the Searls. Thanks
to everyone who helped, Ivan Fernie, Ivy Fernie, Gareth Dunster,
Steve Bruce the fabulous bands and all who donated prizes and
holidays for auction.
We love you Donna Searl and Roger Searl.
Fight the good fight, Roger, and get better soon! May the force
be with you!! xxx"
1 year of my best Lamma-zine picture collages (Oct '12-Oct '13, ©
Lamma-Gung) in a Facebook Public Album, including links to the stories:
Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier, 1 year after the
Oct 1: A tiny boat paying respects at the exact location of the ferry
Body: "Where is the Yan Yan store?
I need to replace a thermostat guard that came off when
I defrosted my fridge. Thanks a lot!"
Alan: "The general store opposite Chow Yun Fat's trees,
if that makes sense. Or next to the couch murder house.
Addresses here may be cryptic, but they are colourful."
More about how to fix your fridge...
One of the numerous challenges and "surprises" of living in the remote
wilderness of Pak Kok Village for 2 months now is receiving snail mail!
I'm not referring to "snail mail", the quaint term used for postal mail in
this age of free and high-speed electronified communications. I mean that my
letters seem to be delivered by tiny snails crawling all over the envelopes
inside my letterbox! They seem to take a liking and licking to the seemingly
delicious paper and had started nibbling through them. They especially
seemed to like the green envelope of my tax return forms.
Typhoon Usagi had
waterlogged our mailbox, so the snails felt really comfortable, making their
home in there and seemed most reluctant to leave, crawling back in after
being gently evicted.
Our flat came without aircons included but at least it's got a nice shiny
metal mailbox! But before the snails started moving in, it was a fertile
breeding ground for cockroaches, smallish spiders and other creepy crawlies,
leaving parts of their sticky, whitish nests and even some of their deceased
family members behind.
Our very kind and wonderful landlady (she might read this blog occasionally)
had sympathy with her bugged and snail-mailed tenants, promising us a new
mailbox; ordered by mail order, of course. It turned out to be made of
paper, but supposedly "waterproof and suitable for outdoor use",
according to the vendor. Not quite believing this claim, our frugal,
indigenous landlady kept the old mailbox, cleaning it up, draining and
de-snailing it, plus sticky-taping a plastic flap over the mail slot. She's
quite an experienced handywoman, painting the flat and balcony railings
herself before we moved in.
After another little surprise - a large frog jumping out of the mailbox
while I was emptying it - she even added bright-red magnetic strips to keep
the mail slot flap tightly closed. I had a good, cheerful laugh the first
time I noticed it. So it's safe again to send "snail mail" to our shiny,
clean mailbox, preferably cheques, please!
Yes, DIY is alive and well on Lamma! We've got to bug- and critter-proof our
flats, protecting them from nature and various wildlife trying to intrude
and join our quite safe, comfortable and well-fed lives indoors. So far,
we've had no poisonous cobras, centipedes or Huntsmen spiders in our
stairwell or flat yet, luckier than quite a few of our rural neighbours.
P.S. One of my new neighbours WhatsApped me:
"Read your snail mail story. I did find a huntsman in our snailbox once..."
Moving to Lamma or merely visiting, most people seem surprised by our
total lack of any motorised transportation to get around on the island, neither private
nor public. Anything motorised, even electric bicycles are not permitted. So
it's pretty convenient for hiking, jogging, biking, skating, skateboarding
and whatever other means of non-motorised transportation have been invented.
The one-seater Village Vehicles are only licensed for goods transport and
the only cars or quad bikes you might see are small-sized ambulances or Fire
Dept. vehicles, or belong to the Power Station on their own 2 private roads,
the so-called Cable Roads, the only proper, standard-width roads on all of
But to get TO or FROM Lamma, there's a variety of options, besides the
public ferries (see top left of all Lamma-zine pages for schedules). Here
are a few of the more unusual ones, photographed on Oct 1. The first one you
wouldn't want to ride in (medical emergency evacuation); and the bigger
boats are kind of pricey:
Mainland tycoon's yachting ostentatiousness vs. Lammaites' biking frugality.
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