Lo So Resident writes (translated from Chinese):
"A rare and exciting event happened in Lo So Shing Village on Oct 11
2015. Around 200 attendees enjoyed a Big Bowl Feast!
Old people who were walking-impaired walking, encouraged brothers who
already moved elsewhere to come back and altogether enjoyed the
Ancestor worship is one of these traditions
among many Chinese, especially those who came from villages.
They believe that they should honor their parents and ancestors
not only when they're alive, but also after their death.
According to the Lunar Calendar, there are two big festivals
that are dedicated to visit ancestral tombs and worship
ancestors in an elaborate way. One is on the 7th day of the 2nd
month (Ching Ming, Apr 5 this year); the other is on the 9th day
of the 9th month that is in Oct. (Chung Yeung, Oct 21 this
Prior to 1970, many people lived in the
villages of the Outlying Islands in HK. Villagers earned their
living by farming, fishing or gathering. Starting from the 70s,
many young people left their villages and sought their fortune
in the city of HK or Kowloon. Some of them even migrated
Gradually only seniors were left in the
villages. When these seniors passed away, the village houses
were left vacant and many of them became ruins.
Every year, a week or two prior to the 9th
day of the 9th month (Chung Yeung), Lo So Shing villagers return
to their village and visit their ancestral tombs together.
However, their ancestral tomb visits were not as enthusiastic as
before; participants usually numbered less than twenty.
A few hundred years ago, two brothers left
their ancestral home in Mainland China and settled in Lamma
Island. One brother's descendants formed Lo So Shing Village
while the other became a founder of Tai Wan Village. Although in
the Western point of view people of the two villages are distant
cousins, they see each other as brothers because they bear the
same family name "Chan" and their ancestors were brothers.
Some former villagers would like to rebuild
their village "brothers" to visit their ancestral tombs together
and dine in the terrace of their village office (the yellow
house in the picture above) afterwards.
Due to their efforts, this year almost 200
former villagers from Lo So Shing returned to their village for
ancestral tomb visit and feasted together in the terrace of
their village office. They were very happy to see each other and
catch up with their lives over their meal."
Lo So Resident also sent me all the photos in this story. Thank you!
I asked for more and got flooded with many great photos of Lo So Shing,
all WhatsApped to my mobile. DingDing! for each photo, for almost an hour!
I've been pushing them to my PC to edit & publish them. They're showing the secretive, still
underrated great beauty of Lo So Shing Village, home of the best public
beach on Lamma! Preview, more to follow soon:
New takeaway in one of the two new village houses rebuilt by Jackson
Property at the start of Main Street, formerly LaLa mama, formerly Green
Cottage. One of my former favourite sunset watching spots, it's just a
takeaway now, not a sitout-and-linger anymore. They've got about 10 types of
tea and the tiniest bottles of freshly pressed orange, carrot and other
juices, 2dl at $20.
Opening well before the first ferry at 6:20am, they'll compete for the same
customers like reliable stalwarts Green Cottage and Tropicana, plus Blue
Goose's new breakfast takeaways and several little
places along Main and Back Street, all eager to attract the morning ferry
There's been some discussions about the name (meaning babble in Cantonese?),
so I asked the very nice proprietor. It's her husband's nickname for her,
Baby-la! She changed it a bit and it looks now reminiscent of the former LaLa mama in
the same spot.
Gotta try her Dim Sum soon, maybe with Green Cottage's fine takeaway
Tonight in Lamma Grill, apple-bobbing for hand-painted Jack-O-Mandarins,
plus loads more of very early Halloween fun. Click below to find out more
how to be the first ones to have fun, Lamma Halloween-style:
What's happening on Halloween, this Saturday?
Submitted by our Hans Andersen Centre, behind the Tennis Court in Tai Wan
Photos of Lamma Grill party, by Lin Zhang & Guy R.H.
P.S. 2: Scariest photo of yesterday, by
Guy R.H. Miller, a Lamma VIP with no props, no mask, no add-ons:
Click for details, especially why the 2
opponents (with no party support) have been disqualified after
the registration deadline.
4 more years of DAB rule, without any of the
other political parties taking a big interest in our little
Lamma's activities, events and development projects...
For more daily sunset photos, have a look at he
HK Observatory's webcam mounted atop the YSW Ferry Pier, facing the
Check out their every-5-minutes photos, saved for the last day, in this
78 Signatures in less than 24 hours! Let's make it a lot more,
even if it would take a long time for HKKF to change their
permanent weekday schedules.
Some of you might remember the years of
petitions, discussions, trials and appeals on all levels that it
took to get a 2:30am ferry on Sat/Sun mornings.
But it happened in the end, so let's start with
Discussion about a 6:40am ferry...
Deb Lindsay writes:
"Want to buy a Lamma Calendar?
We're doing a discount this year on any
pre-orders - for collection on Lamma Fun Day. Thereafter will be
the regular sales price from distributors on Lamma.
Pre-orders: HK$65 - anyone ordering
via this page prior to Fun Day (7 Nov). Please place your order
under this post. Calendars must be collected on Fun Day.
Regular sales price on and after Fun Day:
HK$80 for 1 / $150 for 2.
Overseas orders: Regular sales price +
email) directly to place overseas orders.)"
What's been happening inside the former cement factory in the ex-Lamma
Quarry? Very few Lammaites knew about it, as it was all tourists, in
camouflage military attire trying their very best to shoot each other?
They were spotted (around 60 of them!?) on the ferry to SKW, taking sampans
over from the SKW ferry pier to the ex-Cement Factory inside the ex-Lamma
Quarry. My spy called them mostly "Filipinos sporting guns, shirts and
Departing Central ferry pier 4 (to Lamma Island)
Former Cement Factory in ex-Lamma Quarry
Ponytails & reverse baseball caps in the ex-Lamma Quarry
Dragon Sabre Competition, Oct 21, '15
AIRSOFT..TITANIUM Commando Airsoft Society Intl. HK
The lady on the event poster atop this article was not part of the games,
but a lot of ladies were. All photos by my new Facebook Friend Shayne
Maybe I should tag along next time (and being "tagged" very
quickly by these ferocious-looking ladies)?
Some of them work as mild-mannered and ever-so-patient domestic helpers 6
days a week, but on the weekends they can vent and relieve some of their
2nd amazing sunset
in 2 days, yesterday on my rooftop, a welcome break from my home
office, clipping a cheapo fish-eye lens (7-11) onto my
Nature's beauty is most generous these days,
Despite (or because of) some friends' disparaging remarks, I can't stop
playing around with generating "computer art" occasionally. No solo
exhibitions in art galleries for a few years, but I'm still experimenting
with new ways of making my photos look more interesting.
Case in point, a simple photo of our often blue sky, shot from my rooftop
with a cheapo fisheye lens from 7-11, clipped onto my smartphone.
Running it repeatedly through Google's
Deep Dream Generator,
and a bit of Photoshopping, the artificial-intelligence, pattern-finding
algorithms came up with this fascinating result:
Wikipedia: "DeepDream is a computer vision program created by
Google which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance
patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dreamlike
hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images."
Applying unsuccessfully to Google as a "power user" (permitted very
computing-intensive "Rare Deep Dreams"), they seem to have opened up the
free generator recently to user registrations. They're now offering
different, additional Deep Dreams.
All of these have been generated from the same simple blue sky photo above!
Click to enlarge (name of Dream Type below images, all Deep Inception):
Spirits - Valyrian
Default - Neuron
Nick the Bookman writes:
"And how was your weekend my devoted fans and
readers? Mine was pretty much a mega-bender, starting about 0300
Thursday morning (15/10/2015) and finishing about midnight
Sunday (18/10/2015) and that's roughly, er...I've run out of
digits... 93 hours or so. Let me explain...
It was the 3rd Secret Island Party held at
Dai Lo Wong on Lantau. A good sneak warm up for both the Lamma
Fun Day in mid-November and Clockenflap 2015 later that same
month. All of which I'll endeavour to compress into pithy prose
for your delectation and amusement. But that's later down the
what is SIP (Part 3)? To quote from the brochure it's "...a
private little heaven where you're able to free your mind and
spirit from the shackles of everyday monotony to play in our
secret island world". Over 100 live acts and performances in
five different areas.
Arts and crafts activities tailored to the
kids. Good food and booze, Silent Disco on the beach crammed
with tents. Yoga sessions. Live drums. Live bands. Live DJ's.
All brought to you by Hushup Events who "...are at the
forefront of Creative Event hosting." As they say "we
don't do run of the mill and definitely don't do boring."
Well. I'll buy that for a buck!
I really must thank Tamara & Jim (and
beautiful baby Gemma) for inviting me to come along with
my limited set of DJ skills to do my bit. I guess my DJ sets up
Open Space were a good enough marker to get an invite to
Read more... much more...
Click above to check out what else I've been up to on Facebook these days,
an integrated part of my online activities...
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Spotlights of the Week, Oct 15, '15:
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All photos and captions by "Lamma-Gung,
For more eyewitness info and all my photos...
Our long-serving District Councilor Yu Lai Fan (Lammadonna) has just
officially declared again for re-election. She's also recently
formerly frequent Facebook updates till after the election.
Anybody else standing? What about YOU? Deadline next Thu, Oct 15!
It might be a boring one-candidate election campaign otherwise! Last time,
2011, there were 2 more candidates and it was pretty lively campaign with
many photos, stories and interviews!
Discuss in our
District Council Elections 2015 forum and on
3 slim "chimneys" appeared on my favourite rooftop view, 6am today.
Village House #5 out of 10 planned new nearby houses is being built right now,
within metres of my home office...
I'll have to aim higher from now on to get construction-free photos.
Click above to enlarge
Click for our
Ferry collision 01/10/12 forum.