Spring travel season is starting up soon and our
Lammaites originating from 70+ countries (in a population of only
6,000+) will be migrating all over the world for a few, all-too-short weeks
before returning to their island home.
But have most of them thought of where to get their travel adventures
Travel Insurance writes in their advertorial:
Travel Insurance Is More Important Now Than Ever
One of the biggest trends that has carried over from 2016 is travelling.
When we all thought it is going to slow down, what with all that is
happening around the world, it actually just spurred everyone else to take
up their bags and travel. Some are mostly travelling for leisure, while
others are doing it for humanitarian reasons.
For this reason, getting yourself
travel insurance has become an expedient part of
journeying around the world. Nothing is certain and accidents do
happen whether we like it or not. One of the first things we
usually think of when we imagine worst case scenarios are the
expenses and how we are going to deal with it while we are
To make sure you would have a worry free trip, for whatever
reason you are leaving, getting insurance should be on top of
your checklist. To convince you even more, here are reasons you
can consider if you are hesitant to get travel insurance.
When you miss your flight or have to cancel your trip.
Sometimes we get stuck in traffic
or the car bringing us to the airport breaks down on the way.
Travel insurance will enable to get to the next scheduled flight
without having to shell out for extra expenses.
There are also instances when
you have to cut your trip short because of an emergency at home.
Depending on what you have agreed with your insurance provider,
you can get compensation for a trip that has been cut short.
When your personal belonging have been damaged.
The circumstances in which your
items have been damaged can be discussed with your insurance
provider, but you do get coverage for it. You just have to agree
with the list of items you want covered and if you will need an
upgrade to cover all of your things.
When you need medical attention.
By far one of the most important
factor in getting travel insurance is if you suddenly need
medical attention. The following are the expenses that can be
covered by your insurance.
Expenses incurred for
medical treatment -- you will be given either full coverage
or a certain amount will be slashed out of your expenses,
depending on the emergency you have found yourself in.
Medical assistance like
getting you to a hospital via ambulance, helicopter, sea
rescue boats, and so on. This also covers expenses for when
you need to be sent home, with a medical practitioner on
Medical evacuation -- for
when you need to be transferred to a hospital in another
city or country.
When you injure other people.
In the event that you have
accidentally hurt other people or have broken their property,
your insurance will cover certain kinds of expenses. However,
vehicular accidents should be discussed with your provider. Your
insurance will cover litigation expenses should you find
yourself in legal trouble.
Getting insurance is as easy as
applying online, all you need to do is to look for a trusted
provider. You can never be too careful when you are out in the
world, so consider these the next time you plan your trip
Angel Wan: "I'm writing a murder mystery novel based
on Lamma. In your opinion, who would be the top 10-20 most
recognisable, notorious or well known Lamma personalities:
Nick the Book, Dan the Bastard, Yu Lai Fan, Nutter the
Ferry Trouble Maker, the fruit & veg lady, Parksy, Mrs. Chan the
Pak Kok matriarch, the guy who looks like Walter White, Chow Yun
Fat, Tony the Coffee Guy, Richard Cook,..."
Any suggestions for more potential victims & villains?
"How did Lamma Island get its name?
Some say it was named after an error on a map, some say its name means
"Daniel. Captain Daniel Ross and Philip. The "Macau Roads Map" (Philip
Maughan), drawn in 1810, has Lama Island."
"Captain Hayter's "Coastal map of Guangdong", drawn in 1780, is the first
island to be labeled "Fan-Chin-Cheo or He-ong-kong".
Lammon (Lamma Island) and Poo Toy (Po Toi, Lamma's "sister" island)
are also nearby.
See landmarks such as "Co-long" and "Chin-falo" (Tsing Yi Island)."
More info and more old Lamma maps...
Ka-Wing Chan: Trig Point @ Lo So Shing public beach.
How to take pics like this one yourself...
District Councilor for Non-Indigenous Residents has gone monthly! Have a
look at her main priorities last month, click for comments:
"I'm recording the "Sounds of Lamma" relaxation CD. Please help me
for sound selections with this poll. Thank you!
Night frogs getting busy
Waves crashing at Hung Shing Yeh
Piano falling down a flight of stairs
VV roaring down the hill towards you
The satisfying zap of an electri-fried mosquito.
The unhinged ravings of that old woman boarding the ferry
The bike bell - from gentle ding ding to aggressive non-stop crazy ding ding
ding ding ding ding ding!
Sunday afternoon Cantonese Karaoke
Night time Mah-Jong game
Pigs Rummaging through trash at night
Yabbering tourists coming off the ferry
JO SAN AH!"
View many more selections & add your own suggestions!
Robert Lockyer, Intrepid Lamma Explorer:
"Almost three years ago, Kitty and I got lost off the trail on the backside
of Mt Stenhouse. After a few hours of hands and knees ascent we came across
another tunnel. At this stage it was the first we had found on Lamma. The
entrance of the tunnel (which is the blue pin on the maps) was mostly caved
in so was a tight fit to squeeze in (again before I knew how many snakes
were on the island).
did manage to get in after some time of clearing bushes and
opening up the tunnel mouth a bit wider. On the inside, a few
meters in, was a ledge with this pick axe and knife resting on
it. At that time it had a wooden handle, but once I tried to
pick it up the wood turned to powder. Anyhow, I kept these and
even tried them out (hence the digging part has been worn a
When we got back home to YSW we asked around
about the tunnel and the pick. We were told that during WW2 the
Japanese had captured the island and dug (or had locals dug)
tunnels to conceal their activities from the air.
This location is above a rocky outcrop which
provides a clear view out over the west channel and south west
off the island.
The knife, which we believe was used for cutting roots, has an
inscription that we can't make out.
this initial find is what has spurred our love for hiking South
Lamma. As of today, it enabled up to log and record the location
of 16 tunnels and entrances.
We have kept these two tools together with the
locations of all the tunnels so far and will give them over to
the Lamma Heritage Centre when/if it is finished [G/F of future
North Lamma Library, off the YSW Ferry Pier].
We can only hope they will use them to inspire
more people to love and explore Lamma (without distorting and
P.S. As a good
point and footnote, it was only three days after our ascent of
Mt Stenhouse and the tunnel find that our daughter, Kaitlyn, was
No wonder she is so strong!"
(photo by Tracy Duggan)
In Central Ferry Pier 4, Lamma visitors waiting for the YSW ferry:
"12 noon ferry to YSW is full. Big crowd waiting for next ferry."
"And what a stampede to get on the ferry...really scary! They should do
something about that.
It's like living in Venice without the nice buildings and pigeons."
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