Apr 30 - Lots of
"Typically Lamma!" photos/videos/websites this week:
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Apr 30, '15:
Apr 26 - "It's a
beautiful day for a grand race! ;-) Ferry terminal is
PACKED for Lamma 500 :)))))) Today is RACEDAY!"
Apr 10-21 - Lamma-Por
and I'll be off on vacation from today - April 21.
Thanks to cheap post-Easter Fanfare tickets,...
Apr 9 - AECOM: "I
was advised that your website is a good channel to help
Apr 7 - Many of the
cheerful and happy aspects of Lamma Life are due to the
presence of so many Filipinas/Filipinos living on Lamma.
Apr 6 - Lots of various
vibrant, verdant, vivacious Lamma wildlife this week: Spotlights of the Week, Apr 6, '15
Apr 5 - In my 13+ years
living on Lamma, not many hiking trails have remained
unexplored. But I've explored a brand-new one...
Apr 4 - A very rare
phenomenon to and from Lamma: Queues!
Apr 3 - 1:30am today,
Good Friday, Linda, aged 68, died in her home in Tai
Apr 2 - Lamma Photo,
Video, Website, Wildlife, Artwork of the Week
Lots of "Typically Lamma!" photos/videos/websites this week:
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Apr 30, '15:
Sunset Over Lantau, RFJ, LammaDragons.hk, Giant Month, HOME; by
Melisa Coletto, Lamma Dragons,
Liz & Hans.
Pictures by Nicky Jones early this morning. She writes:
"It's a beautiful day for a grand race! ;-)
Ferry terminal is PACKED for Lamma 500 :)))))) Today is RACEDAY!"
Click below for
results, photos, details and much more...
Check out their recently revamped website:
Lamma-Por and I'll be off on vacation from today - April 21.
Thanks to cheap
post-Easter Cathay Pacific Fanfare tickets, we can visit my Swiss relatives,
for the first time in almost 8 years. Not much has changed back in my former
We'll be online only intermittently. Telecoms are still pretty expensive
there, so we're relying on free Wifi. But we might have more fun things to experience and old friends to
"We are AECOM, engineering
consultant commissioned by the Water Supplies Department (WSD)
to carry out design and site supervision of water mains
replacement works at Hong Kong Island South and Outlying
Islands. Related Contract No. is 18/WSD/08.
To resolve the problems such as mains
burst and mains leakage brought by aged water mains, WSD carried
out replacement and rehabilitation of water mains in stages to
rejuvenate and stabilize the water supply network. Remaining
water mains connection works are targeted to be carried out from
10pm on 21 April 2015 (Tue) to 6am on 22 April 2015 (Wed). As
such, fresh water supply to the whole Lamma Island will be
suspended during the aforementioned 8 hours.
I was advised that your website is a
good channel to help spread out news about happenings in Lamma
Island. Could we seek for your permission to help open a
discussion group regarding the above suspension
operation so that we can keep to communicate with the residents?
We would also be grateful if you could help post the message
under What's New at your homepage in due course."
More info and updates...
Many of the cheerful and happy aspects of Lamma
Life are due to the presence of so many Filipinas and Filipinos
living on Lamma - professionals, domestic helpers, waitresses,
wives, etc. I might be positively biased as I have a Filipina
sister-in-law back in my former home country, who's worked in HK
before, plus quite a few Pinoy relatives.
So many great community activities on Lamma are
organised, attended, even initiated by our vibrant Pinoy
community and they make Lamma a much happier community, IMHO.
They're also one of the very best insider sources of Lamma
gossip and Lamma Dramas (which I've usually refused to publish
here, avoiding making too many enemies and focusing mainly on
An example of such a happy happening, involving
THREE social media - Facebook, streaming radio, messages - plus
this Lamma community website:
This is the "Pinoy Life" weekly radio show by
Aileen Alonzo & Jun Concepcion that these cheerful Pinoy Lamma
Ladies above were phoning in to at that very moment, enjoying
their sunny Sunday afternoon on a Village House rooftop.
Go to 21:45 for archived shoutouts by
Aileen to Ivy & Ivan Fernie, Jonnet, Hera, Darren, Trey (who
took the photo), plus several babies & dogs, of course.
Plus several minutes of happy banter and a
secret Adobo recipe, in English and Tagalog:
PINOY LIFE, RTHK, Sun, Apr 5.
Looking forward to savour my sister-in-law's
amazing Adobo soon...
I also found this "RTHK Broadcaster's Profile"
page about Lamma's famous Pinoy songstress, radio personality,
etc., Aileen Alonzo:
Lots of various vibrant, verdant, vivacious vildlife,
err, wildlife this week:
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Apr 6, '15:
Scary Lammaites @ Lamma Fun Day '06, Yung Shue Ha dragonboat
team @ Sok Kwu Wan races, Panda Cantonese, Lanternbug, Fair
Darren, Mike Chau, Panda Cantonese Academy, Jean Gorguet
Photography, Olga Kossova.
In my 13+ years living on Lamma, no peak and not many hiking trails have
remained unexplored. But I was introduced to a brand-new one yesterday.
These bush trails are still in progress, not quite ready yet and have
numerous dead-ends. Even with a GPS you might get lost without a guide right
now. A few more months till the "official" opening. But look at the view
from the path above!
There are anonymous bilingual warning signs on the way there, up in Tai
Shan, as so many tourists get lost on the road to Hung Shing Yeh and beyond,
walking beyond the end of YSW Main Road and up to Tai Shan instead of
turning left at Nick's Corner, as all signs indicate:
The 3 guardians/guide dogs of the YoYo Trail-in-progress
This is what we found, the official YUNG SHUE WAN
PORTAL, the video-surveyed entrance of the 3rd Cable Tunnel from
the Powerstation, going under the seabed North of YSW Harbour all the way to
HK Island. Quite similar to the
All-Seeing Eye of Pak Kok Tsui!
Has any Lammaite reading this story ever been over there after it was built?
The other two Cable Portals are easier to find and access, delivering all
the power for all of HK Island from Lamma! I want to get into one of these
tunnels, walking over to HK Island! Watch this space for an official
exploration someday soon, I hope.
YSW Portal on the right, YSW ferry pier in the centre distance
A very rare phenomenon to and from Lamma: Queues!
We never queue ANYWHERE on Lamma, not at any restaurant, shop or to the
ferry, except on major holidays, when we might get over 20,000 visitors by
ferry in one weekend. It's only the second of this year's 5-day Easter
Visitor queues all the way from Jackson to YSW Ferry pier (by Marcus
Langston) and to Central Ferry Pier 4 to Lamma (by Christopher Guinness).
We've been hiding in almost tourist-free Pak Kok much of the weekend,
avoiding all the Lamma ferries, hiking our almost tourist-free,
non-concreted hill trails.
Welcome to Lamma Island, Easter tourists!
today, Good Friday, Linda, aged 68, died in her home in Tai Shan West.
There are lots of updates and 100+ comments on
Facebook from many current and former Lammaites.
Eulogy by Nick the Bookman:
"Well, I guess most people on Lamma have heard the sad news by now. Linda
passed away in a fire at her home about 1:30am, Good Friday. No one is
exactly sure what happened, but here are some details. Jill, her near
neighbour reported an explosion and fireball at about 01:30 which set the
trees in Linda's garden on fire.
The fire department was up there ASAP and the blaze was put out in about
half an hour. The kindest (and most likely the most accurate) way to look at
this is to say that Linda died of carbon monoxide poisoning. That's to say
her death was painless. She had been especially poorly since Wednesday."
Sharon (photo of Linda), writes: "Linda
definitely lived a very interesting life here on Lamma and in India and
Japan. She came to HK as a ballet dancer, I believe, and I've enjoyed
listening to her
and Alan's memoirs over the years. They forgot to plan for their future.
had missed him terribly. They had been together 47 yrs and I hope she is
really at peace with him now, despite her horrific end."
Talking with policemen, firefighters and fantastic friends who had cared for
Linda till now, below are a few of my photos from yesterday morning. It's
cordoned off now with police tape, the death and cause of fire
investigations are on-going.
Foster/adoption homes are urgently sought for 2 of Linda's dogs. Contact
Click to enlarge photos and read Nick's very well-received eulogy...
P.S. I've just located a frame from the
Lamma My Island "dogumentary" by Alba Rayton, a former Lamma
resident. Linda 5 years ago and about 50 years ago:
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