Aug 28 - "Take part
in the 'LAMMA SMILES FOR CHILDREN' PAGE', of the 2017
calendar. Submit your photo."
Aug 25 - What's new
from Joyce, Marlon, Carlos, Brad, Terry, Jane and Ira in
Yung Shue Wan?
Aug 10 - New Sri Lankan
food to be offered soon in the Waterfront Bar &
Aug 9 - A real first, I
think, free beer to anybody (over 18) showing up on
Friday night at the Blue Goose Tavern!
I've been dabbling in computer art as an occasionally hobby for 35+ years
now (a few solo exhibitions, company calendars, posters, stuff like that).
So I couldn't resist Google's new
Dream Style Generator.
Playing with a favourite recent photo, The Island Bar bartender Terry and
Brad, one of his new bosses, shot by anon. during Terry's recent
These are very first dabbles, so please don't be too harsh on my
time-consuming results; better, more artistic images to follow soon. Here's
my former stuff...
To learn more about the many events in the revamped Island Bar under
brand-new, social-media-savvy ownership,
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Aug 29, '16:
See former Spotlights -
your best Lamma photos/videos!
Deb Lindsay writes:
"Take part in the 'LAMMA SMILES FOR CHILDREN'
PAGE', of the 2017 calendar. Submit your photo for the calendar
while helping disadvantaged children in Nepal.
A HK$50 donation to Child Welfare Scheme (www.cwshk.org)
is requested with each photo. Please send submissions by
DEADLINE 31 August 2016!
Check out last year's collage above. How many
do you recognise?"
What's new from Joyce, Marlon, Carlos, Brad,
Terry, Jane and Ira in YSW:
Jing Jing Bar, Taipeng Spice, The Island Bar, Waterfront,
Click above to find out...
I've been asking Dr. Fion Chan SY
again for a few words for the Lamma-zine about having been
Cured of Diabetes and taken off the yearly QMH
checkups. She's my wonderful weight-loss surgeon, following
me up for the last 8 years as a QMH outpatient. I messaged
After my recent (last?) Lamma-zine story in my
future (?) e-book
the Man I Used to Be - I wondered if this is true or I
need to be seriously worried about diabetes returning any day?
The medical knowledge seems to be divided about this, from all
I've read from professionals.
Turning 60 in Dec, I'm wondering about how to
maintain my currently perfect(?), medication/symptom-free health
for many years to come? Planning to celebrate my 60th Birthday
on Sat, Dec 3 (or Sun, Dec 4) atop the highest peak of Lamma,
Mt. Stenhouse - only 350m high, tough, but doable. Coming along?
Am I really cured or just "under dietary
control & currently medication-free", even though I
basically eat anything, just in common-sense moderation, even
enjoying a single glass of wine/day, LOTS of coffee, just a
little exercise, but mostly sedentary in my home office???
Keeping my weight very stable for several years
now, I'm working on getting more active, but it's just too HOT
to go outside to hike and bike these few months..."
Click above for my "e-book"
Dr. Chan writes:
"I am glad that your medical co-morbidities
are in remission all along. As you mentioned, the opinion on DM
remission is divided even among experts.
Frankly speaking, I believe that DM might
recur even after a long duration of remission post-surgery.
However, we don't have the crystal ball and cannot predict which
patient will develop recurrence and when will it happen.
I think if you are in reasonable shape and
good medical health. In the meantime, no need to worry too much.
Just keep it up and it will be better if you
can be a bit more active in your life.
Sure, I am keen to join your hiking to
celebrate your 60th birthday, please update on your plan and I
will try to come along.
Wish you good health, always."
So, basically, I'll
continue to try
following some of this great advice below, which I've rarely
ever heard before from any other doctor I've visited. No pills!
"Even after housesitting nearly 20 times in Europe, New
Zealand, across Asia and even twice in Hong Kong, we still
encounter shock when we explain this concept to people!
Housesitting typically unnerves people, because money-less
exchanges are highly unusual in our society. However
housesitting is a well established phenomenon in Europe and the
USA and we are seeing its popularity grow here in Asia! In
exchange for letting a couple of friendly, animal loving people
have a free place to stay while you are away, your pets get
superb care, your house is occupied, which deters break-ins and
complies with many home insurance policies. The housesitters are
on hand to do all the odd jobs around the house. You return to
some happy, relaxed pets and an immaculate home, all for the
price of...nothing! No costly kennels required and pets enjoy
the continuity of being looked after in familiar surroundings.
We like to describe it as AirBnB with pet care!
Right now, you will find us housesitting on Lamma island for
two months and looking after a very cute old dog. However our
housesitting journey started about 6 years ago in Europe when we
had our own business and I was finishing my PhD. Housesitting in
Europe is extremely popular and for our weekend getaways and
holiday breaks we found housesitting opportunities in Denmark,
England, France and Italy! It was a wonderful exchange and we
were fortunate to look after some wonderful pets and meet some
When the PhD was complete, the business was sold and we
decided to head off to travel the world. During this period in
Asia we have looked after 19 dogs, 23 cats, 4 hens and 5 fish!
We have housesat 10 times for expats in Cambodia, Vietnam, China
and Thailand and twice in Hong Kong.
But it has been housesitting in Hong Kong that we have
enjoyed the most, which is why we would love to stay a little
longer if we can! Lamma Island has become a haven for us in its
peacefulness and community feel, despite being a mere 20 minute
relaxing ferry ride from busy Central.
We have thoroughly
enjoyed sampling the ever changing produce and organic offerings
on the island and love cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Healthy living on Lamma seems so easy thanks to the endless
walks, secret beaches and quiet, secluded spots to explore. The
biggest change we've noticed in ourselves since arriving on
Lamma island is in our fitness levels! Wandering to the shop,
running for the ferry or walking the dog demands that you get
As the popularity of housesitting increases throughout Asia,
numerous websites have developed so that homeowners and
housesitters can find each other more easily. The model of
housesitting is built on mutual respect between the homeowner
and housesitter. Homeowners and housesitters review one another
profiles, police checks and verified reviews before making a
commitment. E-mail exchanges or Skype calls can also provide a
virtual face-to-face opportunity for both parties to 'meet' and
As we watch more people consider housesitting, we are
wondering if more Lammaites might consider housesitters next
time they need to go away?
If you have any questions about housesitting, please feel
Plus 4 off-island stand-up (or sit-down)
comedians tonight in the
Lamma Grill, only $100, organised by the
One Million Words Asia charity.
Robert Lockyer writes:
ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS,
CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS !!!!!
As the Lamma Calendar goes into its 6th year of publication.
The calendar is a community project that raises money for charitable or
community causes via photo submissions of Lamma photography, local business
sponsorship and profits from sales.
We're once again looking for photo submissions for the calendar pages. To
submit your photos to the publisher for consideration, photos must be
submitted by DEADLINE 31st AUGUST 2016:
The calendar is a community project that raises money for charity.
The publisher requests that all submissions come with a donation of HK$100.
You can leave your donations in the dropbox at Lamma Grill.
Please include your payment details with your photo submission at
Landscape photo, or a collage of photos in
landscape format saved as jpg file
Minimum of 283mm x 218mm - Minimum 300 dpi -
Please submit your file at
Please like & share this group with anyone who may like to get their photo
published in this year's calendar!
All questions and queries regarding the LAMMA CALENDAR 2017 may be submitted
Please Note: By submitting their photos for the calendar, entrants
are giving permission to publish them in the Lamma Calendar 2017.
all copyright of photographs remains with the photographer; the publisher
will not distribute or use the photos for anything other than Lamma Calendar
2017 and its marketing.
Plus a bit more about the former Lamma Calendars' money raised for which
charities, from editor/publisher
A historic moment happened tonight on Lamma, something that has never
happened before in living history or at least since we moved here almost 15
years ago: FREE BEER!
Despite our worst, well-justified fears, no unruly queues formed all the way
down YSW Main Street and no tumultuous riots of thirsty punters swarming the
free-flowing tap. Not a single policemen or policewomen had to be mobilised
to quest potential thirst-fueled riots.
Just look at our Lamma Beer Brewers below (first 2 pics by Arnold Ho, 2 by
the Yardleys, Luke & Duncan), of
Yardley Brothers Beer fame. They are both happily smiling instead of being
under ferocious siege, totally overwhelmed by the thirst-crazed hordes, as I
has Lamma come to?
Our hard-earned, hard-drinking reputation might never recover, even though it has been severely
stuck in the past, last millennium, when the tired cliché of Hippie Island
still had a kernel of truth, when free-living and -loving was
practiced at least by some members of our Happy Hippie Community.
Not anymore, we have grown up, children, school fees, mortgages, exploding
rents, becoming (mostly) well-behaved citizens now. Fine, upstanding members of
society who behave sensibly and peacefully, even when faced with the unprecedented offer of
FREE BEER!! Waiting patiently in a short line, the promised 100+ free glasses lasted many times
longer than we expected.
What has Lamma come to...
P.S. For comments & pics from the organisers,
New Sri Lankan food offered soon in the Waterfront Bar & Restaurant.
Egg hoppers, first time I've seen these on Lamma? A very popular part of Sri
Lankan food, which is much milder than Indian, but full of spices and
flavour and deliciousness.
I was also lucky enough to walk into a wine tasting of some really fantastic
whites and roses. Unfortunately, I had to run to catch the 2nd-last Pak Kok ferry
at 8pm (last ferry 9:10pm!) well before the
dinner party advanced to tasting the reds and Sri Lankan desserts!
Jonny and the cheerful "master chefs" in the kitchen.
Some of the Lovely Lamma Ladies behind the scenes.
second from right, is the new Waterfront Director and Manager taking over from Aug 1.
She's also the Sri Lankan master chef teaching the Indian
chefs to start offering a Sri Lankan set dinner from Monday, Aug 22.
Click on her namecard to
Facebook or call 2982 1168:
Monday dinner 6-10pm, $152 per person:
Sets will include 3 pieces of tuna ball,
seafood/chicken/lamb curry, dhal,
plain or egg hoppers, French beans, rice.
Ira got married to co-owner Peter Berry in The Waterfront just over 5 years
ago in an "amazingly multi-cultural Lamma wedding" as I called it
back then in the Lamma-zine:
The Waterfront is still one of the best spots to watch our amazing sunsets!
While enjoying our wine tasting and amazing food cooked by Ira, we were
distracted by this view above.
More about the Waterfront...
Even after 3,000+ Lamma-zine stories, I'm still not running out of local topics
and unusual stories/events to cover! A real first, I think, free beer to anybody
(over 18) showing up on Friday night at the
Blue Goose Tavern on YSW Main
Street! Expect to see a long queue down Main Street, in case you encounter this
unusual phenomenon on a Friday early evening!
Only as long as the promotional supply of LAMMA BEER lasts, which will be as
little time as they need to pull 100 glasses from the tap. Will it also be a
new Olympic/Guinness world record attempt? Be early or you might have to pay
(Happy Hour prices only)!
Lamma Beer Co-Creator/Brewer Luke Yardley writes:
"We are giving over 100 glasses of beer away, let's see how thirsty
It's really a clever promotional ploy and great exposure for
LIPA and the
Blue Goose Tavern, as it got them fantastic word-of-mouth, social
media posts, plus this free Lamma-zine story!
But it might cause a thirsty riot after they run out in just a few minutes?
Should we warn the authorities? Do we need barriers, fences and security
personnel to regulate the expected onslaught of thirsty punters?
Well, no need to be concerned at all, 6pm is way too early in the evening,
blood alcohol levels are (mostly) still very low. Let's hope nobody dares
ever to do a similar promotion after Saturday midnight.
After having a free beer, you could consider listening to
Wendell! in The Island Bar, starting at 6:30pm; plus joining the
Lamma Quartet in the Lamma Grill on Sat.
Quite a few events happening in this year's summer silly season which is
usually extremely quiet socially on Lamma.
Not counting our surprisingly wide variety of poisonous snakes,
not ignoring our surprisingly wide variety of dreaded barflies,
and not least our surprisingly wide variety of less-than-savoury characters,
these are some more of our numerous creepy crawlies, which are prospering
and proliferating all over Lamma.
It's really a bug photographers's paradise, especially these hot months. Bug-o-phobes,
beware and take care!
Sanat Andrew Otet Ferraris writes, with Arnel Villanueva and
Aris Abitang Zamora:
"The FINALS!! Yes, the finals is coming today after a month of playing on
Sundays in the YSW Basketball Court!
Championship game will be Lamma Kites (Lavender) vs. Lamma
Eagles (White) ... and Lamma Hunters (Green) vs. Lamma Knights
(Red) for the 2nd Runner-Up.
The birds have prevailed...AMAZINGLY!!!"
Photos of the games & winners
IT'S OFFICIAL: The Island Bar is one of the top 10 places to watch
the Rio Olympics - and they're surely the first with today morning's opening
party. Watch it on their absolutely HUGE new 70" TV!
They also just had their first new quiz night, since the bar owners/managers
changed recently - many more quizzes and events to follow, click for
will be performing live every Friday - see attached photo I took yesterday,
Wendell & Brad (a former Lammaite of the Week, new Island Bar
co-owner, etc. too many titles to list them all).
New 70" TV with all the sports. New Aircons. New Beers. White Port. Red and
"Icy, refreshing white Sangria" (tried and loved it yesterday, only bar in
YSW serving it so far).
Specials on London Pride, Strongbow Honey Cider and Honey Dew Organic Beer,
all $25 per bottle!
PLUS 8pm Olympics roundup each day. Plus a lot more live music...
But no little umbrella in the drinks, despite the palm in their old and new
logos just outside in the Beer Garden, with sweeping views of the entire YSW
P.S. We're still looking for pictures of their recent, traditional
Typhoon Nida Party! Too embarrassed to show yours in public? Was it as
wild as inuNIDAted YSW Harbour??
What are the Lamma Outriggger Club members up to these days?
Click above to find out more how they navigate and race these challenging courses off
Power Station beach, even thru the Power Station!
Wanna join in this very social and fun-loving club?
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Aug 4, '16:
This is the reason that there was a record storm surge during Typhoon Nida
above, crashing into the YSW seawall:
A T8 signal coinciding with an almost maximum tide last Tue, 8am. Some more
Lamma's inuNIDAtion and the damages it caused.
See former Spotlights -
P.S. "Lamma From Above The Peak" (see above) has just broken all
former Facebook records for a Lamma-related picture!
Thunder Reggae Fest
~ Sat, July 9, 2016
Sharon A. Birkett, Official Court Poet
We took our
freezer box to the Lamma Reggae Do,
With wine, beer and special brew.
The beach was busy, the atmosphere great,
We were in the mood to stay out late.
'Twas a very
black night we did say,
Decorative lights flashed and fires did sway,
A mixture of DJs came and dabbled,
People groovily danced and happily babbled.
Korean chicken in Banana leaf.
Really tasty, a bit chewy on the teeth.
Fire breathing moments to entertain,
Then ....boom, bang, torrential rain!
stopped, fires went out,
Creepy forks of Lightning were all about.
Thunderous claps absorbed us all,
It seemed parts of the sky would surely fall.
pelted on us ladies and gents,
We ran for cover under a few canopy tents.
Intimidating lightning, flashed and darted,
Through deafening thunder, the music re-started.
We drank more
beer under the tents together,
and partied on despite the weather.
After a while
the rain stopped pelting,
Feelings of Doomsday were also melting,
Surreal lightening bolts continued, what a sight.
July 9th, an awesome Thunder Reggae night!
Shot with my smartphone remote-controlling a lens-only camera...
Click on the posters to find out more or add your own!
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