Jul 20 - Lamma is ever
a-changing... No more raving-all-night and wild, crazy
Jul 19 - To have a
great look at what the Outrigger Canoe Club got up to
recently, July 16.
Jul 10 - Well, that was
an epic thunder & lightning storm last night!
Jul 9 - Time to update
our old Lamma Bilingual Yellow Pages and our Lamma
Links, combining them...
Jul 6 - HK Observatory
reports localised lightning strikes, mostly over N.
Jul 5 - "Preparing
for battle with a reported large centipede that has been
locked in overnight."
Jul 4 - Double rainbow
over Pak Kok after 7:05 this morning! It was raining
heavily on our uncovered rooftop...
Jul 3 - "Whilst I
was thinking 'WTF' a stink bug jumped out of my hair!!!
LOL! Little git must have sprayed me."
Jul 2 - Before the
Sunrise, 6:01am, viewed from the Pavilion just above the
Lamma wind turbine, June 30.
Jul 1 - "...on 1st
July to the end of 2016, the fare between Central and
Yung Shue Wan will be as follows:"
Hung Shing Yeh public beach this morning, by Ronald Sastrawan.
No comments needed, the picture says it all...
Ronald also shot this photo below: Lamma from The Peak (actually from
high above The Peak); the most popular Lamma photo ever on Facebook so far,
I think, with 481
Likes and 41 Shares so far:
More "Typically Lamma!" photos...
Yes, the portion sizes are huge in the
Waterfront Bar & Restaurant, just look at that huge
steamed MagiKarp above!
We dined with our last Pokemon contest winners on this
sunset-facing, seaside terrace last night, one of our favourite
Lamma places. Absolutely delicious and original Indian food,
cooked by Indian chefs.
Even our HK-Chin. wives tucked in, even
though they're usually worried about hot spices. No problem
here; plus more than enough takeaway left for our
lunch the next day.
We even didn't order our absolutely favourite dessert on
Lamma - Chocolate Volcano - this time as we had to rush for the
to Pak Kok at 9:10pm.
Mr. Grumpy the Noxious (approved
nickname, inspired by his T-shirt and his
Pokemon username of Noxious Tofu)
submitted all the Pokemon-containing photos in
Win a free dinner and drinks in a Lamma
restaurant of your choice!
After the big success of our contest - First Pokemon pictures on Lamma
- Lamma.com.hk is offering another one:
Best photo of PokeZombies, err, Hunters on Lamma this weekend!
Above is a YSW map to get you started. The
hunters would be congregating in some of these
spots. The only Pokemon Gym in YSW to
train the monsters is up in Tai Yuen, close to
Thai Thai 2, I believe. But there are various
spots along the tourist route from the ferry
pier to Hung Shing Yeh - like HSBC, Canaan
Church, sitting-out areas,... - where you'll get
a chance to get some funny photos of the
This contest is NOT interested in more screen shots of pocket
monsters, but only of the hunters in public places (where it's
perfectly legal to take careful photos
of their most indulgent antics).
Funny, silly, even embarrassing pictures will obviously have the best
winning chance! I'll be judging; if I'm laughing out loud when seeing your photo,
then you'll stand a great chance of winning!
P.S. If your photo includes yourself wearing one of these
Lamma Brand T-Shirts, extra free drink!
Click above for our full results, plus comments, from a little walk
around Lamma's Pak Kok areas with DJ Clark, testing 4 mobile service
providers with 4 mobile phones all using the OFCA Speed Test app,
Sat, July 23, 5:30-6:30pm.
This was 2 days BEFORE Pokémon Go was released in HK, so if you have spotted
us while we were pointing 2 mobiles each into the air, we were WORKING &
MEASURING, not playing! ;~}
Just in case you were wondering about when we'll get
Faster Broadband For Lamma, don't hold your breath.
Internet high-speed fibre has already been laid all the way from YSW to Sok
Kwu Wan, years ago, by HGC (Hutchison Global Communications). But nobody
seems to be using it yet. It could take a much longer time if it'll become
available to Lammaites, if ever. As long as there's no high-speed connection
off Lamma, this local-only fiber will remain useless:
A behind-the-scenes look at Lamma's last
massive beach event:
"I don't even know where to start. Again – what a party, what a turn up!
I'll take a few steps back and try to give a 'behind-the-scenes'
About 1.5 year ago, we were barbecuing on the
rooftop of 2 Book Club members in Pak Kok (Lamma Island),
listening to some old-school Dutch Ska/Reggae band named 'Doe
Maar'. We talked about everything and nothing, but somehow
started talking about throwing a Reggae party somewhere.
Back then we didn't know anything about
throwing parties/festivals – we didn't own any
speakers/generator/audio stuff. We didn't know how to market
something like this, or how to approach any of this. But we
agreed that if we did a party and 50 people would show up, it
would be a success. Well – that was the start of our first
proper big festival on Lamma Island. The 2015 Reggae Festival.
We made a
Facebook event, rented all the equipment, asked a few
DJs to come and we set up a small booth on the beach and played
some music – turn-up of 400 people...(!)
Since our first Reggae fest, we organized a
big NYE festival, 2 beach cinemas, some smaller beach parties
and a massive rave on a secret location.
Fast forward to June 2016. We're sitting in
the Blue Goose Tavern, a few days after the Rave... still a bit
hung-over and exhausted but all very satisfied. We're quickly
talking about 'What's next?'..."
Read to view & see more...
(Photos by Lamma Book Club and Ronald Sastrawan)
Nick the Bookman's awesome festival review is just below,
Best use of the YSW Plaza we've seen in some time, honouring all
these volunteers who visit our many elderlies - many of them living alone -
at their homes to make sure they're OK, physically and emotionally, offering
assistance whenever needed.
Wonderful work is being done by these wonderful volunteers of HK Electric,
Hans Andersen Club, Outlying Islands Women's Association and other local
welfare or religious organisations in our caring community. Thank you all,
P.S. Sorry for the poor automatic translation from traditional
Chinese above. If you could help out with occasional translations,
The very first Pokémons have just been spotted on North Lamma, right after
today's HK release of this intriguing phenomenon! Click above to learn more!
I put up a price of a free dinner & drinks today for the first live photos.
Gloria Cheung won within 2 hours, after her hubby Daniel-John
Housley sent her hunting and submitted
It'll be all up to her if he's allowed to come along for the free dinner in
a Lamma restaurant with Lamma-Por and myself. Confirmed to be at one of our all-time favourites,
The Waterfront Bar & Restaurant, see above? Augmented Reality photos
of the winners following soon.
P.S. Plus the very best comment on this Pokémon Phénomenon I've seen
so far, posted by recent ex-Lammaite Tracey Sheard.
P.S. II: from
Lamma Gung's Facebook page:
Love the monster hunter's green hairstyle. Like a video game character
Click for Nick the Bookman's review & more photos...
Andy's Seafood waiting for our sunset dinner, playing with my
smartphone-controlled 30* optical zoom lens at maximum, a single plane's
Still love these YSW Harbour sunsets and Andy's is a fantastic spot to enjoy
them. Their glasses of house wine are the largest in YSW, one is more than
enough for my dinner! Their Cantonese food agrees very much with me AND
(more importantly) with picky, erm, gourmet Lamma-Por!
One more picture set for
Lamma Island Hong Kong...
Poster from the Democracy Fence (on way to YSW Ferry Pier) and a very
excited Facebook post!!
Lamma is forever a-changing... No more raving-all-night, tough-as-nails boot
camps and wild, crazy dance parties? It's Pleasant Weaving Workshops now, like in
very sedate suburbias? Civilised, sophisticated tea times with properly
buttered scones with handmade clotted cream and cute cucumber sandwiches,
anybody? These are also being taught at
s+clicks in Tai Wan Village (on tourist route from YSW to Hung Shing
Well, we've STILL got the wild, all-night raves and dance parties, so we're OK for now, our
slightly eccentric, hip'n'happening reputation safe for now. But watch out,
Pleasant Weaving Workshops might become dominant, as Lamma is
I might check out that workshop. It might actually be fun as I've never done
any weaving before...
To have a great look at what the Outrigger Canoe Club got up to
recently, July 16, click on
Guy R.H. Miller's photo album above.
Yes, these are not birds, but
some of the same, basic, traditional photographic skills have been used in these fine
photos, no matter what tech you're using or whatever the subjects. Sifu
Guy is expanding his range ever more...
Carole Mage (for her email, scan the QR code above, or click above
for Facebook contact):
"Do you want to paddle?
Please come along to our Outrigger Open Day on the 23rd of July.
What to expect at the Open Day:
There will be many new paddlers, just like you, who will try outrigger.
We will go through the basics of the actual paddle (how to hold, where to
hold), stroke basics and technique and explain a few things about the boat
(canoe) and safety (FYI: we always carry life-jackets, safety bag, tow rope
as well as mobile phones, we take this aspect very seriously). After we've
explained a few things, then the fun bit - we will get the canoes into the
water and you get to give it a shot!
There will be experienced paddlers in each of the boats to demonstrate
the stroke also. We will just stay within the bay of Power station Beach and
not go too far (please note, you should also be able to swim 100mtrs without
a buoyancy aid, if you have concerns, please talk to us), but just enough to
give you an idea of some of the basics and then get you hooked so you want
to try some more!
Outrigger canoeing is addictive. The Lamma OCC is a close-knit,
enthusiastic club that loves newcomers. [See Carole's photo above].
If you are new to the island and join us, then you've just made 50+ new
friends. If you've lived here for a while, and wonder why on earth anyone
would get up at 5:00am to go paddle in the dark - you're about to find out.
if you want to join.
Looking forward to see you on the water."
P.S. Why does this little promo have such a strange, devilish title?
Well, that's what the OCC-MVP dared to call me when I corrected the mistakes
in his first draft of this poster above!
Sanat writes: "Hi Everyone!
The Lamma Island Pinoy Sports Association Basketball League 2016 will
open on Sunday July 17, 2016 from a long rest (2012 last).
We will be having our parade from the Library all the way to Basketball
Court @ 12:30PM and game will start @ 2PM. There will be 4 Teams parading
with their Muses.
Teams are Lamma KITES, Lamma HUNTERS, Lamma EAGLES and Lamma KNIGHTS
which consist of people from different countries incl. locals. We invite you
to see these players (from 15 yrs to over 50 yrs old, 5' to 6'5" height and
all HANDSOME!!) parade in the Main Street of Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong.
We also invite you to WATCH the game every Sunday (4 Sundays only) and
remember, this is....."JUST FOR FUN"!!..."
Parade from the Library, thru YSW Main Street, up to Basketball Court
(Parade photo by DJ Clarke)
Parade from the Library, thru YSW Main Street, up to Basketball Court
(Parade photo by DJ Clarke)
The Players recovering from the sweltering heat @ YSW Basketball Court. 3rd
from left, the famous, tallest (6'5") player, from "Jamie's Italian"
The Highly Esteemed Judges & Organisers Panel!
Progress of the games & photos?
Click here, join Lamma Hoops...
Watching this helicopter circle Pak Kok valley many times from my rooftop
today, then hover close to the ferry pier, I had no idea on what's
happening; till I saw this video, produced by my neighbour DJ Clark:
Daily: Airlift Rescue in Hong Kong
A woman was dramatically rescued in an outlying island in Hong Kong
Saturday afternoon. Emergency services were called to the small village of
Pak Kok on Lamma island to deal with a medical emergency. Although
helicopter rescues are common on Hong Kong's outlying islands they rarely
involve an airlift."
The rescued Pak Kok lady is fine in Eastern hospital, according to Lamma
Police I asked (they were not directly involved in this case, but Marine
Waiting for an official police statement...
P.S. What happened to the ambulance driving from the YSW Fire Station
to Pak Kok via Tai Peng, to attend to the young lady?
It drove off the path... Nobody seriously hurt (except the driver's
pride), but not confirmed yet...
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, July
I'm still amazed about the number of fantastic photos, videos & multimedia
continuously being created by Lammaites, even after featuring their very
best stuff for 14 years!
See former Spotlights -
upload your Lamma Calendar photos!
If you're looking for the current Lamma Island Calendar 2016's
Essential Directory, help to update it for 2017,
(photo by Adi Ticho, click for Likes)
Nick loves all these touristy girls (& guys) to pose with him happily at
Nick's Corner Bookstall. He often succeeds to convince them to email the
photos to him at nick.bookman on gmail.com.
Surviving (pretty well) without a camera/mobile/computer, he frequently
urges his volunteer "online assistant", err, "Best Editor
Ever" (see signed cap he presented to me), to publish them here
Facebook, where he's become quite a bit of a Living Lamma Legend.
More photos, reviews, NixMixes, etc. at the Psychedelic as Hell
website I built for him and just updated it today:
Well, that was an epic thunder & lightning storm last night!
10,000+ strikes cloud-ground in one night!
best video of the crazy lightning I've seen, from David Myers;
plus lots of the best crowd-sourced photos on
HK Free Press.
I shot 300+ random photos, but didn't get anything worthy of showing here.
Guy R.H. Miller:
"Probably one of the most sustained lightning strikes Hong Kong has
experienced in many a year, & surprisingly Lamma took very very few direct
Stories, photos and videos coming very soon from
Lamma Reggae Festival happening on Power Station Beach the very same
night. Despite the weather, it was a great beach party:
Marckq Schmidt: "We we found 3 dresses, 3 panties, 1 shoe, 3 pairs
of flip flops and 1 towel. We left 'em all at the beach bar."
Time to update our old
Lamma Bilingual Yellow Pages and our
Lamma Links, combining
them with the
Emergency Hotlines and the Lamma Island Calendar 2016's
need your help, it's a big job! Simply checking phone numbers (some
in Cantonese only) would be quite simple, easy and quick.
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, July
See former Spotlights -
Video directions YSW Ferry Pier to PS Beach
Pictures from 1st Reggae Festival...
Yung Shue Wan ferry pier, 8:54am today, video by Joseph Bailey!
HK Observatory reports localised lightning strikes, mostly over N.
HK Observatory webcam atop the YSW ferry pier (taking and archiving
a weather photo every 5 minutes) didn't catch any of the many strikes, just
dense fog. It was still working fine after the lightning strike above on the
After all the rain, some computer modems have been blown out by the
lightning (Lammaites who didn't unplug their modems as recommended in time
or were at work). Our local computer repair guys are always busy after a
local lightning storm, replacing fried electronics...
Some of our village houses got mysterious, slimy visitors, right after the
torrential downpour, see above. Oooh, the multitude of joys of living in
HK's rural areas...
(Photo by National Geographic)
A-lister Reid: "Summer is coming.
Preparing for battle with a reported large centipede that has been locked
in a room in my G/F house overnight. I have some general questions:
We have had 3-4 baby centipedes the last
couple of weeks. About 1.5" long, not house centipedes (we
get them too). Now the aforementioned 15cm one.
Should I burn my house down?
Do they really travel in pairs? Google
suggests probably not.
I heard they can't climb smooth surfaces.
So how come I've seen reports of them falling off ceilings,
out of vents on ferries (AHH!), roaming 2nd floor flats?"
Almost no other wildlife seems to get us
Lammaites spooked as much as centipedes. After this post above,
passionate discussions ensued...
One more centipede story?
Jo Wilson: "On the path coming home tonight, BIG
centipede not quite dead starting to be covered in ants.
As we are shining a torch at it and deciding
on a go round strategy, out comes a BIG hairy spider, which
seems to go for the centipede, had second thoughts, made to go
round and then disappeared, straight into the mouth of a BIG
When a second big hairy spider fell on to
Max's head, we decided it was time to run home!!!"
(by Ewa Wilkinson, shot today)
Plus a few days ago, June 29:
Double rainbow over Pak Kok after 7:05 this morning!
It was raining heavily where I stood on our uncovered rooftop barefoot,
Lamma-Por holding the umbrella behind me...
Tracy Lockwood: "Had a new nature experience today!!
After 25 years of living on the outlying islands, I really thought I had
'seen it all' as regards to all kinds of critters!! Obviously not!
Got home this afternoon, sat quietly gasping in the aircon, and let down
my hair, which is tied up during the day... and was hit by this almighty
strong smell... a smell that I've never encountered before. Seriously
strong. Not gross, just strong and unusual.
Whilst I was thinking 'WTF' a stink bug jumped out of my hair!!! LOL!
Little git must have sprayed me.
Thankfully a quick shower took the smell away, and the stink bug was
safely escorted out to the balcony and allowed to fly off."
That's the Stink Bug (Pentatomidae)
Tracy describes. Very clumsy fliers, often landing on their backs after
landing on our balconies these weeks, taking a long time to get back on
Their stinky, defensive-only acid can burn your skin. Treat it gently and it
will simply fly off. Flick, don't pick!
They like to lay green-tinted, white eggs on outdoor laundry or cloth-like
surfaces (for example HK's iconic red-white-blue plastic cloth).
Before the Sunrise, 6:01am, viewed from the Pavilion just above the Lamma
wind turbine, June 30, my current wallpaper ~ by Guy R.H. Miller
(Luk Chau and Luk Chau Island, Lamma Island.
8 image stitch (handheld) D7100
One more image stitch from Guy? OK! Handheld from 22 images:
And one more? (Click any picture to enlarge; like most Lamma-zine photos)
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