Oct 30 - "Want to
pre-order your Lamma Calendar? We have discounts between
now and Friday 3rd November."
Oct 29 - Plus
many other Fun Day events, bands and latest news...
Oct 22 - Our
Official Court Poet waxes lyrically about seasonal
dragonboating (and the closely related, all-year
Oct 21 - See you
this Friday night for their Diwali (Hindu Festival of
Oct 20 - Bombay
is becoming our regular Indian place for meeting
friends, so I don't mind promoting them a bit here.
Oct 19 - "Thanks Ben
Appleby for the amazing artwork on the Lamma Island IPA
Oct 18 - I can't
get away from taking all these orange photos these days!
Something wrong with my camera, perhaps?
Oct 17 - Just
trying to capture a good sunrise over Lamma from the
Cheung Chau ferry. Yes, I can be that chee seen
All photos courtesy of
D Chung, edited by
YSW Main Street was awash in revelers in Western-style Halloween costumes
tonight. But the biggest hit and far the most popular character to
photograph seems to have been a professionally costumed, movie-worthy Monkey
God, seen in so many photos. Halloween with Chinese characteristics? Will
the Chin. ghost festival and Halloween merge in the not-to-distant future?
Some more fantastic photos by
Lamma Calendar 2018 writes:
"Want to pre-order your Lamma Calendar?
We have discount on any pre-orders between now and Friday 3rd November.
HK$70 for anyone ordering via this page. Regular sales start Lamma Fun Day
Please place your order under this post. Pre-order calendars must be
collected from Lamma Grill between 4th and 7th November or regular price
Regular sales price: HK$80 for 1 / $150 for 2"
I've pre-ordered 10 already!
Makes a great present for family and off-island friends!
It's the first year that TWO of my monthly photos have been selected
(Aug & Nov), feeling honoured and happy!
other Fun Day events, bands and latest news...
Fun event in Lamma's (HK's?) only Georgian restaurant,
Kitchen, yesterday! "Great job, amazing designs!", they
called it and there were quite a few creative junior artists at work. Click
on their photos above for more pics and a video.
In the meantime, the neighbouring
The Island Bar is getting all
ready for the customary Halloween shenanigans...
After the big success with last Friday's
Diwali Buffet (sold out inside & outside!) there'll be another Special
Buffet with several new Indian dishes tomorrow, Friday Oct 26.
David Ogg took a hike up to Snake Trail this afternoon to check out
the damage from yesterday's major fire on Lamma:
Island hill fire bigger than six soccer fields
continues to rage'
(HK Free Press, Oct 24, '17)
fire rages on Lamma Island, with HK Govt. Flying
Service called in to dump water on flames'
(South China Morning Post, Oct 24, '17)
Just 3 days later, Oct 27, another fire not far above Hung Shing Yeh beach &
Family Trail to SKW (Photo courtesy of
Ian Colley, personal trainer):
Celebrating the Around Lamma Race yesterday by the Lamma Outriggers
(pics by Claudia McGregor Tarr), our Official Court Poet
waxes lyrically about seasonal dragonboating and the closely related,
Bombay is becoming our regular Indian place for
meeting friends, so I don't mind promoting them a bit here!
This is how this inviting, friendly restaurant
on YSW Back Street with their great, authentic food looked like
last night when we enjoyed another memorable dinner.
See you this Friday
night for their Diwali
(Hindu Festival of Lights) Buffet?
Yardley Brothers Beer writes:
Appleby for the amazing artwork on the Lamma Island IPA label. This
label is really special to us. Lamma Island IPA was our first beer, and it
took a lot of hard work and help from our friends to get us to where we are
today. If you find someone you recognise on the label, be sure to tag them.
Look for it (and our other bottles) at
Lamma Grill, Brothers Shop and
Tai Peng Shop on Lamma, as well as at HK Brewcraft,
Craftissimo, and The American Club Hong Kong."
Great illustration by one of the very best of Lamma's
numerous designers! Are there secret plans to convert the power
station into a brewery, we wonder?
But what is an IPA beer exactly?
I had to look it up...
I can't get away from taking all these orange photos these days!
Something wrong with my camera, perhaps?
diagnosed my condition as
Sunsetitus. He might be correct... Living in a rooftop
flat with sky views from sunrise to sunset makes my chronic
(serious?) condition even worse.
Time to move? Nah!!!
My first time to take the new, first HKKF ferry from YSW to Central
at 5:30am (~20 people), then the first First Ferry ferry, 6:10am to
Cheung Chau, after getting up at 4:30am and night-biking over to YSW from
Pak Kok. Why? Just trying to capture a good sunrise over Lamma from the
Cheung Chau ferry. Yes, I can be that chee-seen sometimes...
Exploring early-morning Cheung Chau Island, I get struck every time by the
uncanny feeling that this is a possible (likely?) future for Lamma. Multiple
fast food and supermarkets just off the ferry pier, bikes everywhere, almost
completely local Chinese; relics, remnants and reminders of a fishing
village past, but with all the trappings and infrastructure of a modern HK
town, made possible by rapid population growth and increasing affluence of
the population, kind of a dream and hope for many of Lamma's indigenous
My photos to illustrate my impressions...
a wonderful theme like this, how could I resist giving this cockamamey event
some extra promotion! Tonight in
I can also highly recommend their new sangria in a bottle with two lids,
taking two seconds longer to open, but it's so worth all the extra effort!
My favourite new tipple in this "friendly neighborhood" bar! I bought a
bottle to take home - love the old-style wire/ceramic/rubber lid! - but it's
also available by the glass, red or white.
After a few glasses, you might be ready to commit some felonious,
By the way, guess who's photo might grace the Nov page in the
Lamma Calendar 2018, sponsored by The Island Bar? We might find out
soon, as soon as it's officially announced (or not). This traditional
charity calendar will become available starting on the
Day on Sat, Nov 4.
By the way, part II, can you spot the poster artist and perennial Midlife
Crisis Cowboy in the banner above, enjoying another night out (courtesy of
The Island Bar's Facebook page)?
Here's his latest oeuvre, besides his almost daily editorial cartoons in the
South China Post. See you tonight?!
A very busy Golden Week is coming too an end today all over China and Hong
Kong. Huge swarms of tourists swarming over much of Lamma, creating long
queues at the ferry piers and filling our usually queue-less restaurants.
But over here, outside the Greater YSW Area, on the North Point/Pak Kok side
of the island, a mere 10 ferry minutes away, we got very few tourists, but
LOTS of neighbourhood parties. For example, just this week: vegetarian
brunch, Jewish Sukkah party, movie night and even a home-cooked meal at our
wonderful neighbours, Shirley & Brian, see above!
Greeted by a Lamma-typical sign at their village house home, see above, we
got in easily, even though we were all ready, even eager, to rattle and yell
loudly! We should have a similar sign in our 2/F flat as our home's bell is
knackered as well. We enjoyed an amazing, delicious home-cooked meal in
As we don't have a single restaurant on our side of the island - the next
restaurant is a ferry ride or a long walk over two steep hills away - a
home-cooked, but fine-restaurant-quality meal is most welcome!
After too many glasses of wine, some from the only shop in our valley, plus
Russian vodka we were happy that our home was just a few steps uphill.
Thank you to the Lamma couple we had a fantastic
Leaf veggie brunch with yesterday! They just
enjoyed dinner with some of
the USS carrier crewmen recently, alerting me to the exact departure time. So
I didn't have to wait on my Pak Kok rooftop for too long to get these shots.
P.S. 1: My photos above got pretty popular quickly and now are even
featured on the
Women's Association HK's Facebook Timeline.
P.S. 2: Like too many times before, I couldn't resist my creative
urges to experiment a bit the next day. Green & Blue HK Island!
The next day after our veggie brunch in
Olive Leaf in Pak Kok, they hosted a similar brunch with similar,
fantastic, colourful, delicious food.
Nobody missed meat, not even us omnivores.
They got much better photos than me the day before (see above), so I'm happy
to feature their photos instead:
BEST BDAY EVER!
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