The first thermometer picture I saw today showed 38
Celsius, so I challenged for a higher temperature. Tracy
soon posted the above 40 C picture.
David K. Clarke added a figure 1 in front, which looked
a tad high. Then I replaced the C(elsius) with an F(ahrenheit).
140 F equals 60 C, still very high, but a bit more believable
in a doctored picture?
But I couldn't resist my deep-seated, nagging,
creative urges to do a bit of additional work, honouring my new
"official status" as a Deep Dreamer,
trying to make it look even more impressive. A masked merging of
several Deep-Styled layers resulted in this HOT-looking
But even the original 40 degrees Celsius seems way too high when looking at
the official, lower temperature of the HK Observatory at the same time. They
replied to Annie Knibb's enquiry about these record temperature
So we have a boastful, exaggerating "Monster Clock" here in YSW, made even
more boastful and exaggerated by some of us Lammaites! It all sounds like a
great fit for Lamma, doesn't it? Impress the arriving tourists with great
looks, but behind the scenes, in the back streets, off the Family Trail,
it's not quite as wonderful and amazing as the first rural-idyll impressions
coming off the ferry might make it look like. But maybe that's one of the
many reasons why we Lammaites love living here even more passionately...
Today, I've finally reached the top level of Google's hobby artists, becoming
Joining this community almost 2 years ago, it shouldn't have taken me so
long to reach the required 300 Likes from fellow artists! But I've only
become hyperactive these last few days, kind of a creative Attention
Deficit Disorder, a real creative obsession.
I've been spending way too much time playing with a few of my favourite Lamma
photos, some of them submitted to the
Lamma Calendar 2018 (deadline closed last Sunday), like this
originally all-green Cable
Want to have a go yourself? But beware, this stuff can be dangerously
appealing visually and highly addictive creatively! Click below, join freely as a
Dream Newbie or get some inspiration from my other stuff:
Alice Duncan (who got splashed here after the final of the YSW
Dragonboat races a few months ago) outdid herself in joining the Lamma
Outrigger race all around Lamma!
Her first-person tale (all illustrations by L-G, created from Alice's
"It is 7am on Powerstation Beach. On the left side sit the remains of a
party from the night before, a few revellers are still going. On the
channelright, myself and five other fool-hardy Lammaites are rigging The
Pure, the lightest OC6 canoe the LOCC have. Charlotte Douglas is
dutifully checking that everyone has brought enough water. Brad Tarr
is securing the ama. Jose is deciding how many power gels to bring and I am
staring out at the ocean wondering, once again, what has possessed me to
agree to this.
After outrigging for only a few months, I am on my first paddle all the way
around Lamma, a good 23 kilometres. The furthest I have ever done before is
16 and today is already blisteringly hot at only seven o'clock, so I have a
few apprehensions, but try my best not to show them. Everyone else in the
boat is an old hand at the sport, so as the rookie I want to pull my weight.
Once the boat is rigged Brad, our steer, talks us through the route.
"Stretch at the Powerstation, then we'll have a break when we're halfway
down the channel... we have not planned a huli (capsizing the boat), but if
we do the balers are here, here and here... spare paddle is tied on... take
a water break if you need one". I admire Brad's talent of sounding so
upbeat and motivational even when talking about banalities like lifejackets.
I am in seat five which is the
seat before the steer. Some paddlers refer to them as a powerhouse and some
as a decorative accessory. I like to think I'm the former, but we shall see
how I feel at the halfway mark. We push out the boat and hop in. Brad calls
"paddles up!" And we're off. Skating over the water looking like a
giant insect. I can actually hear my dad's voice saying, "well, you can't
go back now, girl".
Stopping to stretch at the Powerstation and all I can focus on is the heat.
Even with my Pot Bellied Pigs cap on, I am having to squint, although
mercifully I am dressed properly in a high necked race shirt this time,
unlike at the VRC race two weeks prior where the cross strap of my sports
bra left me branded with a giant X across my back.
Alice on Facebook: "The spoils from my first ever outrigger race.
#outrigger #raceday #rookie #tanlines #paddletan #xmarksthespot"
Claudia Tarr and Jess King zip past us on surf skis, making an
incredibly difficult and precarious sport look utterly effortless.
Back in our own boat we have started up paddling again. Once out of the
Powerstation and around Pak Kok we're in the Lamma Channel. The water is
perfectly flat, save for the occasional wake coming from a passing ferry,
one of which does actually cause a moment of panic when the ama pops up
before being immediately forced down again by Mark in seat four. The
major issue on this stretch is that the sun is directly in front of us which
makes it difficult to see. A good outrigger stroke shouldn't make too much
noise, so I am very reliant on watching the paddlers in front of me for
keeping my stroke in time with the rest of the boat, which is not easy when
there are a million megawatts being beamed directly into my eyes. And yet, I
take another short break about halfway down the channel and I have a few
moments to enjoy the beauty of not just Lamma but also Hong Kong Island and
Ap Lei Chau. I can even make out the sweeping lines of Ocean Park high up on
the crest. From where I am it looks less like a theme park and more like the
skeleton of some enormous mythical beast. I wish I had brought a camera with
We keep pushing ahead at a steady pace. This is a recreational paddle and
our goal time is two hours and thirty minutes so we're taking it relatively
easy. We continue on and on till the point where Claudia and Jess are
waiting for us. We all agree that it is ridiculously hot and jump into the
surprisingly cool water. "We're halfway" says Charlotte reassuringly.
Halfway. Easy, I can definitely do that again, no problem!
As we round the second point and traverse along the eastern coast of the
island I am struck again by the stunning vistas this island offers and it
reminds me of how incredibly lucky I am. That and how life is weird. A year
and a half ago I was bartending in sleepy Cambridge,
doing an awful lot of anything. Now I am waking up early to paddle in
Polynesian canoes. I remember Jess telling me on the subject of long
distance paddling that every time you change direction you find yourself in
new waters and think it's a rather apt metaphor for life generally.
But beautiful as this side of Lamma is, it is also cruelly deceitful as many
of the bays and beaches look very similar. After this one I reckon we'll be
back at Tai Tam bay. Nope, OK, the next one. The one after this. On and on.
The mountains are starting to feel endless and my arms and core are aching.
But energy is like toothpaste, you always have a little bit more and when
Brad starts to call for some full power paddling I find it invigorating. And
with the added bonus of having the sun behind us and even a little breeze my
spirits feel lifted.
Eventually the Powerstation looms into view, one chimney stack at a time.
This creates the very false impression that you are nearly there. In fact,
you are about seven kilometres away. We take another break. I swing my legs
over the ama side and dip my feet in the water and Brad very sweetly lets me
have a bite of chocolate brownie.
we galvanise and we focus. This is our last push. The very last stretch.
It's a cruel trick your eyes play when you can see the beach you started off
from and even though you are pushing as hard as you can it seems to come no
closer. You are sweating and in pain, your hands hurt, your muscles are
screaming, you can't see and the whole thing feels hellish. Then out of
nowhere the beach arrives, Brad shouts the blessed word "let 'er run!"
And you can set down your paddle and breathe.
Two angels in the form of Jenny Fulton and Megan Tanner have
stayed behind after their own session to help us de-rig and put away the
boat, which is lucky because after getting out the boat I realise I am
walking like a newly born foal. "It was your first go-round-Lamma, right?
How was it?" Jenny asks me. "Amazing" I respond, a bit dizzily.
I was too tired to respond properly at the time. All I could think of was a
nap and some chicken wings from Lamma Grill with a draught of Hong Kong
Bastard. So I will respond properly here.
was amazing, but it was also
It was a real teachable moment for me. Reminding me that I often tell myself
I can't before I've even tried, but how when I don't, when I'm a little bit
brace and say yes, I will get in this boat, or join this team, or fly to
this place, the best things in my life have come from that. I am going round
again next Sunday, hopefully faster so probably with less time for
epiphanies and such, but I doubt I will forget my first paddle around Lamma
for a long while.
Photos from a former "Around Lamma" race...
Any photo in my set above you'd like to see in the yearly, printed Lamma
Calendar 2018 for charity?
Yes? No? You shot much nicer photos, we hope!
Submit up to 3 photos to
Lamma Calendar 2018 by Sun, Sep 17!
Floating Tube Cinema
@ Powerstation beach
@ Just Kitchen Rest.
@ Powerstation beach
Red Star Rising
@ Lamma Grill
More events and happenings
on Lamma Island...
Lamma Book Club writes:
During the Mid-Autumn break:
A space station, also known as an orbital station or an
orbital space station, is a spacecraft capable of supporting
crewmembers, which is designed to remain in space for an
extended period of time and for other spacecraft to dock.
space station is distinguished from other spacecraft used for
human spaceflight by lack of major propulsion or landing
Orbit height: 400 km
Speed on orbit: 7.66 km/s
Call sign: Space, Station
Width: 325.5 m (1068 ft)
Pressurised volume: 931.57 m3 (32,898 cu ft)
Atmospheric pressure: 101.3 kPa (29.9 inHg; 1.0 atm)
Date: October 4th
Back to Earth: 6am
Music: Electronic, Techno, House
Dress code: Spacey
Collision damage: 100 HKD
Launch location: TBA (open-air Spacecraft
during Full Moon)
Are you ready for take-off?
Click above for more of my "creative experiments" and comments...
Which of these experiments should go on the "Lamma Smiles" page of the
Lamma Calendar 2018?
Click to vote!
And enter your own passport-size photos for this page; plus the monthly
calendar pages now!
Calling all Lamma photographers! Deadline looming: Sun, Sep 17!
Peter Bolt (left in the picture) writes:
"I feel like Nick and myself have surpassed the speed of light and
quantum-leaped into the infinite parallel dimension wielded by Master
A Most Excellent Adventure!"
150sqft micro flats have arrived on Lamma (combined kitchen & bathroom, at
$5,000/month!), according to this property agent window on YSW Back Street.
Click for a discussion (closed, uncensored group) and the
usual long-term lament about rapidly increasing rental costs all over Lamma.
My latest creative experiments with my
High Tide @ Fishermen's Pier photo (click above to enlarge).
Celebrating the approaching end of a summer full of amazing sunrises/sunsets
with a few of my little creative experiments: