been neighbour-less for quite a while now - while the other flat in our
building and all 4 neighbouring, surrounding village houses have been almost
tenant-free - we welcomed a new couple moving in downstairs. I've asked
Rich (hiding behind his plants on the sampan
to Lamma) to tell us about their move
from HK Island:
"Taking the plunge and moving from HK Island to Lamma wasn't an easy
decision for us, having spent 4 years on the Island, 3 and a half of which
in Kennedy Town. You get used to the convenience of nearby shops, the MTR
and the 10-minute commute into work each day.
However, with changing life circumstances and the need for more space and
greenery, we decided that spending an hour commuting to Central was worth it.
We contacted a number of relocation companies in Hong Kong. Of the few
that replied only a couple seemed to understand the logistics of moving to
Lamma. Really only one seemed to provide us with confidence we would
ever see all our worldly goods again.
Trade Winds provided a quotation very quickly.
It transpired they moved
out the previous tenant [Editor: back to Happy Valley] so knew the new house location already, which
helped. Any packing material requested was quickly delivered to the house,
and a quick call a couple of days before the move to confirm if we need
Steve and the guys arrived on time in the morning and quickly started
loading up the vans. They also helped with any items I'd neglected to pack,
doing a much better job that I would have managed, I might add.
Once loaded, the
boxes were transported to Ap Lei Chau for loading onto 2 sampans for the
trip to Lamma. This stage was completed very quickly and myself, along with
the boxes, were soon bobbing across the water, avoiding the large cargo
ships for some extra entertainment.
It's a little nerve-wracking seeing all the boxes being unloaded at Pak
Kok, given there is no actual pier to moor the boat to, so watching the guys
bouncing up and down was a little more than I could take. Soon I disappeared
to find refreshments for everyone. Returning an hour later, nearly all the
boxes were already in the new house, with a few larger items skillfully
hoisted up to the 1st floor from the outside. The job was complete, in less
than 6 and a half hours.
I can't thank
Steve and the Trade Winds team [see below] enough for the help and the enjoyment
of the move; very professional and a good crack along the way. I
would highly recommend them to anyone looking to move in Hong
Kong, no matter if to Lamma or anywhere else.
Richard Bush, Head of Group IT - Asia"
P.S. Trade Winds has also moved Lamma-Gung & Lamma-Por in N. Lamma
3 times, from YSW to Pak Kok last time! Plus 4 other moves in/out of our
2-flats Pak Kok house, just in the last 4 years, all of them very happily,
they told me.
See Lamma-zine stories about former Trade Winds moves on/to/from Lamma:
A warm welcome to Rose the Flower Seller, the new mascot of the
Tai Peng Community Garden! She's joining her nearby companion Tai
Peng Man, the subject of so many photos by locals and passersby alike.
Another masterful sculpture by Chris the Carpenter! Kudos!
Taking photos almost every day since moving to Lamma, occasionally (rarely)
I'm getting a picture that summarises much of Lamma's unique, typical character
in a single lucky shot.
For example yesterday: Recycling, children's artwork,
blue harbour, fishing and leisure boats, lush hills, commuter bikes, iconic
ferry pier, primary-color govt. notices that read like advice for young
Love the look of the recycle boxes at the YSW ferry pier
More Typically Lamma photos...
How do you know that a new gadget has
hit the big time and has reached mass
When you can buy it on Yung Shue Wan Main St!
After reading about his new fad in some e-mail newsletters, we strolled through YSW Main Street and noticed the newspaper shop selling them now,
street-front and in various colours at HK$20.
Made in China, of course. By the way, the inventor made no money at all from
her patent as she couldn't even afford the US$300 patent renewal fee a few
years back, well before her gadget hit
As we enjoyed our late lunch in
Andy's Seafood Rest., the waiter and Andy himself showed big
interest in our new toy. A vivid discussion on the best ways to play with it
ensued, over another delicious meal and my favourite "biggest glass of white
house wine in YSW"...
Then Andy handed me a flyer with his new late-night specials, ideal for
snacks after too many drinks in YSW's numerous bars. I was wearing a
Island Bar cap at the time, so I might have seemed like a suitable
person to hand this flyer to.
The special "Pork Kunckle Noddles" on the "Night Snake" snack menu are only
available from 9pm - midnight, Tue - Sun. ;~}
According to a recent, informal Facebook survey,
Andy's Seafood is by far the most popular Chinese restaurant in YSW.
Lamma-Por and I heartily agree!
HKKF ferry on its route from Yung Shue Wan to Central
Here are some of Mr. GoGoHippies home delivery of
Hippeastrums bulbs, he home-delivered as bulbs to my "residence"
recently. He made me promise to show him photos of the blossoms
of these special cross-breeds after they had opened.
It seems to be a colourful surprise each time they open; even
the hobby breeder doesn't know the colour schemes and number of
blossoms (4-6) till they actually