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Duo from mainland China arrested after Lamma crime spree  (SCMP)

Fri, Jun 2

Camouflaged police hide in bushes to catch serial Lamma Island burglar  (SCMP)

Wed, May 31

Serial Burglaries on Lamma Island  (ejinsight.com)

Wed, May 31

E-Bill and Autopay Promotions  (HK Electric)

Mon, May 29

HK woman rescued after jumping into sea from Pier 4  (Asia Times)

Tue, May 9

Restaurant/Bar News: Andy's Seafood Rest., Island Bar, The BayJing Jing, Bombay Bar & Rest., Just Kitchen, Lamma Grill

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Turing Apples, The Sideburns, & The Shortwaves @ Lamma Grill

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Jun 15 - "O tempora, o mores!"

Jun 12 - Nests with pink, speckled Bulbul eggs are regularly found on Lamma's balconies and rooftops these days.

Jun 7 - "Duo from mainland China arrested after Lamma Island crime spree"

Jun 5 - ...enjoying a great Mediterranean lunch and glass of house wine in The Bay in Mo Tat.

May 28 - "Trade Winds provided a quotation very quickly. It transpired they moved out the previous tenant."

May 15 - A warm welcome to Rose the Flower Seller, the new mascot of the Tai Peng Community Garden!

May 6 - Love the look of the recycle boxes at the YSW ferry pier.

May 5 - How do you know that a new gadget has really hit the big time, reaching mass appeal?

May 4 - HKKF ferry on its route from Yung Shue Wan to Central.

May 1 - Some of Mr. GoGoHippies home delivery of Hippeastrums bulbs.

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June 16:  John Stuart

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June 15:  Brain Queef & Mr. Zuckerberg's Walled Garden

It all started with one of the frequent Lamma questions in our Lamma forum for a contact for the Lamma gym. I replied with a link to their Facebook page as their website is not up-to-date and doesn't even mention their new gym yet. Senior Lammaite/forum member Pit took offense and posted:

"Apologies for the off topic realization/brain queef, but every thread that isn't there already seems to be a referral to Mr. Zuckerberg's walled garden. O tempora, o mores."

Yes, that's how literate we're getting in the Lamma forum sometimes: Pit used a term I had to Google - Brain Queef -
and a Latin expression, which I still remember from my ancient Asterixian days:
O tempora, o mores: "Oh what times! Oh what customs!"

My detailed reply, going vastly off-topic into rambling about the history and future of this entire website...

O tempora, o mores, indeed!

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June 12:  Bulbuls Hatching

Red-whiskered Bulbul's life cycle can be observed on many of Lamma's rooftops and balconies these days, from egg to fledglings. Mum is sitting on the nest in the middle. All photos courtesy of Angie Arti's patience, together with her children on their rooftop! Thank you!

Nests with pink, speckled Bulbul eggs are regularly found on Lamma's balconies and rooftops these days.

I love the bulbuls on my rooftop, the only local bird species not flying off, even when you move in quite closely, but slowly. Here's a bulbul watching a sunrise rainbow with Lamma-Por & me the other day on our rooftop, well before 6am:

Discussion and more pictures...

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June 7:  Whack the Burglars?

A series of burglaries has been happening in North Lamma recently, see links to news stories in the What's New? section of our cover page and all over the Lamma-related Facebook groups, plus this update from our Police Chief, Rachel Leung, summarised by Skye Cunnigham.

Neighbour watch groups on WhatsApp sprang into being for a number of affected and nearby villages, something that wasn't necessary in many years, fortunately.

Plus the just opened MUSH shop on YSW Main Street, between the Corner 64 bakery and the famous Bookworm Cafe, jumped onto the bandwagon very quickly, designing and selling the above new T-shirts from Lamma Brand.

Of course, we're not condoning any vigilante violence on our very peaceful island, but these brazen, very rare, often daytime burglaries have many Lammaites rattled, so these Tees express the fearful, upset feelings of many. Be vigilant, but not a vigilante!

Let's hope that the burglars are caught quickly (no suspects yet) or move on off-Lamma, now that the neighbourhood watch groups report on suspicious people and behaviours in their villages. Best of many stories in local media came from the SCMP:

Camouflaged police hide in bushes to catch serial Lamma Island burglar

In the meantime, the police launched some new, quite informative, bilingual banners and posters (click below:

P.S. June 8:
Duo from mainland China arrested after Lamma Island crime spree

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June 5:  Start of the Watersports Season

Observing life on the water, while enjoying a great Mediterranean lunch and glass of house wine in The Bay in Mo Tat. All of this equipment (except the SCUBA diving gear) is available for rent just outside the restaurant, the summer season has just started:

Sai Sha Water Sports Centre

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May 28:  Moving Like the Trade Winds

Having 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 anything more.

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:

2009 - 2012 - 2013 - 2015

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May 15:  Rose the Flower Seller

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!

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May 6:  Quintessentially Lamma

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 children...

Love the look of the recycle boxes at the YSW ferry pier

More Typically Lamma photos...

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May 5:  Fidget Spinning in Andy's Seafood

How do you know that a new gadget has really hit the big time and has reached mass appeal?

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 the big time.

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 promotional 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!

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May 4:  After a Dark & Gloomy Day...

HKKF ferry on its route from Yung Shue Wan to Central

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May 1:  Special Breeds

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 open!

 

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