Oct 10 - Granny Chan,
how is she these days? My American neighbour is visiting
her quite frequently in an "old age home".
Oct 9 - What's
happening with the Baroque on Lamma project in
Oct 8 - You might have
noticed several downtimes of our web site recently.
Also, the automatic email notifications from the ...
Oct 7 - With many
sincere thanks to our "content contributors" Karlo Vera
Cruz, RTHK TV, Alain Jaquier
Oct 4 - Police Report
TV programme by RTHK, broadcast on TVB Pearl and ATV
Jade, subtitled in English,...
Oct 1 - Lamma Ferry
Disaster, Oct 1, 2012.
Online Condolence Book.
First-time-ever face painting (by Abigail Wong, photo by Howard Sheard)
The Other Side of Me (Photo by Karlo Dela Cruz)
On the Pak Kok ferry home: Boys & girls
Facebook comments about Halloween in
Yung Shue Wan:
"Wasn't it brilliant this year?!"
"Awesome!!! I've got one very happy 3 year old passed out
cold right now (and her daddy). The village was so friendly.
Everyone smiling. Exactly how Halloween should be. Thx, Lamma!"
More pics of Halloween in Yung Shue Wan...
Have you ever missed the just leaving ferry...
and it returned, just for you, to dock again and pick you up?
Hard to believe, but it happened to me yesterday at 6:50pm,
at the Pak Kok ferry pier with the gaido just having departed to
Tsui Wah ferrymen are wonderful, always eager for
assistance, a smile or a chat with passengers! A big shout out
and thanks to Tsui Wah ferry co.!
I put this photo and 2 paragraphs on
Facebook and it got 80 Likes and lots of comments, for
"They've done it for me a couple of times... love our Pak
Kok ferry men!"
"That is exemplary!"
"Doesn't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy, Lamma-Gung?"
"It only happens on the Pak Kok ferry - would never happen
on the Central one!"
"I had that happen to me and my brothers almost every week
going to school when we were kids, hahaha."
"I used to see it happen sometimes on the Aberdeen - Mo
Tat - SKW run.
Oh, sweet days of memory, I feel a little tear coming on...
(I'm far, far away from Lamma now)"
My favourite Tsui Wah ferry pic. I used it for a poster I put up inside that
pier, just after moving here over 1 year ago ~ Pak Kok Ferry Pier angler.
Click above for latest news and below for bands/musicians/DJs photos!
Really looking forward to DP, Dark Himaya, Shotgun Politics, The Curs, Dr
Eggs, "Brain Damage - Lamma Lads Reconstruct Pink Floyd Classics",...:
JimBrowski writes: "Nick the Book vs. JimBrowski ~
Halloween Back-to-back face-off @ Lamma Grill. CDJs Vs. Controller action
all night long... Legitimate weirdness for literally all ages!"
Stop by to say Hello and pose while I'll be taking pictures of
trick'n'treatin' Halloweenies passing by the Grill.
This is the best Lamma Halloween poster I've seen so far this year. Got a
better one? Email it to me.
P.S. Oct 30: Here's part of the first local poster I've just
Click to view the entire poster!
HK Electric Institute to Nurture Future Engineering Leaders
"Budding HK Electric engineers will be able to hone their professional
knowledge from now on with the opening today (22 October) of the HK Electric
Institute that will provide more focused and intensive training to
groom engineering talents...
Institute is established to develop staff, attract talents and
retain experiences. It is led by a steering committee, with HK
Electric's Director of Operations, Mr. Yuen Sui-see, as
chairman, and the general managers of related engineering
divisions being members. The committee will be responsible for
setting training directions and curriculum to address company
HK Electric Institute will offer various courses in the
area of power engineering, such as electricity legislation and
operating guidelines, condition monitoring techniques of power
generation, transmission and distribution equipment, etc.
Designed for up-and-coming engineers and technical staff, the
courses will include lectures and site practices. It is expected
that more than 200 hours of professional courses will be offered
This week (see right column of home page):
Night View from Po Wah Yuen, Bike Ride timelapse video, Lamma Fun Day, 3
Spiders, king of autumn-birch.
What's happening with Three on Lamma? I've just measured the fastest 4G
smartphone speeds I've ever heard of on Lamma... from my Pak Kok rooftop!
We usually get a maximum of 3Mbps via Broadband Internet in Lamma, courtesy
of our sole provider PCCW.
Is it time to start using a 4G router for our laptops, desktops and tablets?
Let us know your maximum speed.
What new movements did I learn yesterday
morning 8am, up on the 1st Cable Road? Here are some
We did 2 circuits of (45 secs on; 45 seconds
off; 20 mins total each circuit):
- Sledgehammers (6lb/8lb/10lb/12lb/14lb)
- Full-body boat pull & reverse drag (up to 150kg)
- Overhead sandbag lunges (10kg/20kg/40kg)
- Keg row & chest down (30kg/20kg of moving water)
- Sled with truck-pull harness (any weight you want)
- Fat-grip farmers walks (20kg/30kg)
- Arm-over-arm pull downs (pulley + 20kg sandbag + rope)
- Eccentric box work
- STEEP hill for sprint repeats (40m blast)
It's all pretty tiring on the day, but there's
so much newly-found energy, feeling great and alive overall as a
reward during the next days! ...besides all those sore muscles
in pretty unusual locations on my slowly aging, but slowly
returning-to-fitness body. Take cover when you see me speeding
(and wobbling) by on my dusted-off mountainbike as my sore muscles might
not always work properly yet...
Find out more...
From our regular,
guest blogger, Lamma Police Chief Camas Tung, in this
month's Lamma Police Corner, she's warning us
long-time Internet junkies (33 years!) of the many dangers of
You might remember
Happy Birthday to Adele! story on Aug 17. Or probably
not. Anyway, Adele has recently enacted her sweet revenge on her
BFF Heather, by hand-crafting the poster above - with
lots of "embarrassing" pictures - and stuck them up on some
walls and fences around YSW. Revenge is a dish best served cold
and it's definitely cooled down a bit since Aug 17 and their
friendship fully restored, we hope.
Meanwhile, this Dynamic Duo who loves to feud
via public posters is Facebooking about this controversial story
on BuzzFeed magazine:
A Field Guide To HK Basic Bitches - Lamma Basic Bitch:
Her habitat: Shares a multi-tiered
townhouse with her English teacher/artist/just-arrived in Hong
Kong friend, will move off once she's dated everybody within a
10 year age range on the island
Drinks: Overpriced dandelion soy latte
and kombucha. Will try to convince everyone to drink at Pier 7
so it's easier for her to catch the last ferry.
Most Mystifying Behavior: Talks
constantly about how community-like Lamma feels, only talks to
Biggest Pet Peeve: Disco Bay, Pui O or
Shek O people.
#whenyoufindapythoninyourbedroom #everydayisabeachday, has
posted a photo of the city's pollution with a caption of #globalwarming
P.S. We agree fully with BuzzFeed's
reminder below as it applies to parts of Lamma.com.hk as well,
especially our free-speech, uncensored forums:
"This post was created by a user and has not
been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed
Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and
I've been "strong-armed" into joining a new Bear
My long-time weight loss doctor in Queen Mary
Hospital, Dr. Chan, and Dr. Urso the Bear seem to have teamed up
to give me some "doctor's orders" to return to fitness ASAP!
Well, I've been hibernating, e.g. severely
slacking off over these sweltering summer months, mostly
remaining inside air-conditioning 24 hours/day, only venturing
out of my home office to shop, eat out or meet people. My bike
has gone rusty, my hiking boots moldy, my bones creaking and my
It's high time to get OUT OF HIBERNATION and get
active again, me returning to being still FAT BUT FIT!
Join us Lammaites of various ages,
nationalities, shapes and sizes who are all either new to or
returning to fitness training this Monday, Oct 13, 8am, on the
1st Cable Road!
No ribbed abs, bear roars and no taking our
shirts off in this session, unlike some of the other "strongman"
Bear Camps. No need to feel intimidated, these sessions
are for everybody and we have a good mix of people of various
ages, nationalities and fitness levels joined up already.
Dr. Justin the Bear writes on his
BEAR CAMP - OUT OF HIBERNATION Facebook events page
(join up to get invitations!):
"RETURNING TO FITNESS??
BEAR CAMP - OUT OF HIBERNATION - Mondays, 08.00-09.00"
Lamma.com.hk is proud to be a Media Sponsor
(right in the 2nd last row above) once again. We seem to be in
great company, looking at the other logos.
Be prepared to see and hear a lot more about the
Fun Day before, during and after this great, yearly community
Granny Chan, how is she these days?
My American neighbour is visiting her quite frequently in an
"old age home" in Aberdeen. She mistook him for a priest the
first few times. He writes:
may know her own name is 溫. The first time I went to see her,
the staff said we don't have a Granny Chan from Lamma. Finally
we figured out that was her married name, not her name!
Tel. 2552 2000:
It's very near a small Wellcome and Tsui Wah Restaurant.
Granny Chan loves egg tarts and fruits that are easy to peel."
Within a single day this photo has become my 2nd-most popular Facebook
photo, 145 Likes and 29 comments so far, lots of affectionate comments for
this "Living Lamma Legend". Thanks to Bud for shooting this photo in
Aberdeen the other day, upon my repeated requests. ( ;~})
Granny Chan is welcoming visitors, contact details above!
Some comments from former and current Lamma residents:
"Wonderful stuff..... Lived just round the corner from Granny Chan for
over five years.... Great to see her photo......"
"Aahhh, so Granny Chan is still going strong, she is legend on Lamma and
don't think she will ever be forgotten, still see her hiding behind the
boards in the shop to see if you would rob her, ha ha!"
"Wow. Granny Chan was already ancient when we left Lamma in 2002. Can't
believe she is still going strong. Good on her!"
"Loved the pull down ding-a-ling change bucket. The suspicion and disdain
she showed when you asked for a pack of king size Rizlers......."
"She looks fantastic! Considering she must be over 150 by now! Lamma's
very own living legend. x"
"OMG!! I'm so happy to finally know where she is, can we visit her? She
watched me grow up...since we moved to Lamma in 1981. I miss her smile."
"Wondered what had happened to her. A fine bit of sleuthing, LG."
"Ahh! We love you, Granny Chan! Fif-if-ty cents change, whatever I
"She sold me many a Singha beer on a daily basis. Bless her. x
"A legend round the world."
What's happening with the Baroque on Lamma project in South Lamma,
while the Govt. is searching for a developer for their planned
5,000-residents new town in the ex-Lamma Quarry?
No, Baroque hasn't given up after being turned by the Town Planning Board a
while back, far from it. Have a look at their revised plans in their latest
You might have noticed several downtimes of our web site recently. Also, the
automatic email notifications from the forum have been out of order for
several weeks, making our forum functional but a bit less
convenient than before.
It's all been resolved now! Our normal, reliable service has resumed, we
Please let me know right away if there are still any problems!
Email from our (forum-only) webhosting company of 12+ years:
of the servers running our hosting customers with Plesk or cPanel are old
and beginning to fail more frequently. We implemented a new web hosting
platform last year when we relocated to our new data center in Tempe,
Arizona. We are now moving all web sites from the old cPanel and Plesk
platforms to our new web hosting cluster.
The new web hosting platform is a much more robust
platform using a load-balanced cluster of 39 web servers backed
by a 37TB Netapp storage device.
The web site service for lamma.com.hk was moved to the new
Our administrators moved all web site and email files, all
settings for the web sites and email addresses, and verified
proper operation of all services. After the site was moved, our
administrators used the web site to make sure that everything
appeared to work properly.
However, because each web site is unique and may contain
hundreds of pages, it is possible that we missed something. If
you notice anything different, please let us know and our
administrators will make every attempt to repair it."
This week's Lamma Spotlights:
"YSW Harbour after Living Lamma's beach cleanup, Lamma.com.hk
on Police Report, AmiBongo children charity sale, Lamma Crabs,
plus another Occupy logo".
With many sincere thanks to our "content contributors" Karlo
Vera Cruz, RTHK TV, Alain Jaquier, Howard Sheard and
And thank you to all my Friends who help to reach 100 Facebook
Likes for my
Lamma Spotlights of the week album today. This album,
updated weekly, is kind of an archive of the last several
months, also linked from the Spotlights of the Week column on
the right side of this page.
Lamma: "Low tide tomorrow is around 3 pm if anyone wants to get
some exercise shifting construction rubble, or even just wants to walk along
and see the crabs.
It's also a great place for artists, as Roz Keep showed today, see
More info on the
YSW Harbour Beach Clean-up Marathon, started on Sep 21.
Photos by Sean Creamer:
of the daily progress of this 42-day marathon...
A group photo of HK Electric Volunteers at Yung Shue Wan Plaza.
HK Electric writes:
"With "caring" as one of our core values, HK Electric
recently launched Caring for the Elderly scheme at Yung
Shue Wan on 18 September. About 30 HK Electric volunteers
visited 25 senior citizens at Lamma North, with the support of
Lamma Island (North) Rural Committee and Outlying Islands
To show our care, volunteers not only prepared a gift pack
containing a foldable walking stick, a small packet of rice,
cooking oil, dried mushroom and Chinese herbs for elderly, but
also made them our friends through chatting and sharing.
Volunteers were led by the Director and General Manager
(Generation), Mr. Francis Cheng, who is in charge of the Lamma
Power Station (LPS). With the nickname "Lamma Mayor",
Francis revealed his special relations with Lamma in the opening
"You know? I lived in Yung Shue Wan Main Street until four
years old. After graduation, I had taught in a school for a
short time before joining the HK Electric. Since then, I have
worked on Lamma for nearly 35 years." Francis said.
Mr. & Mrs. Chan told Director & General Manager (General),
Mr. Francis Cheng (3rd from left) that they worked at Lamma Power Plant
for years before their retirement.
Since 1970s, a special relationship has been
formed between the HK Electric and Lamma community. The
development of LPS has provided many job opportunities to Lamma
residents. Furthermore, electricity & running water supply were
available because of the development. Last but not least, the
livelihood of residents, including Mr. Chan visited by Francis,
has also being significantly improved afterward.
Coincidently, Mr. Chan & Mrs. Chan also worked
at LPS before their retirement. Chan said, "In 1970, the
connection between urban area and Lamma was poor. It was
impossible for us to work and take well care of our four kids.
Luckily, the LPS and the related contractor employed hundreds of
workers including me & my wife."
Caring for the Elderly is one of HK
Electric's flagship community programme in community level. On
top of Lamma, we have also run the scheme in the Central &
Western District & Wan Chai, in partnership with the District
Police Report TV programme by RTHK, broadcast on TVB Pearl and ATV
Jade, subtitled in English, also broadcast on the Chinese channels a few
weeks ago. This website's first prominent appearance on HK TV, I think!
"...Lamma Island is a relatively unsophisticated neighbourhood where the
crime rate is low...
The Lamma Police Chief, Ms Camas Tung, has recently commenced a Police
Corner blog on lamma.com.hk to give all sorts of police-related
information, messages and crime-prevention advice tailor made for the
Please check it out on the website."
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