Dec 25 - Happy
Holidays to all our readers around the world! (147
countries according to our last Usage Statistics)
Dec 24 - NORAD
(North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks Santa
every year on his frantic trip!
Dec 15 - "This is a
100 page glossy package celebrating my year of drawing.
I'm very proud of it and I'm selling copies."
Dec 14 - Leaving
Lamma for the holidays and New Year? Here are a few
On this coldest day of the year so far (9C on Lamma, 7C in New Territories,
foggy & rainy),
here's a picture to make you feel a little bit warmer, hopefully, taken inside
our kitchen today:
And our balcony, with the leftover Christmas tree, minus all lights and
decorations, awaiting its fiery fate at the Pak Kok-traditional Christmas
tree bonfire party next month.
All these flowers and colourful leaves on our balcony, should I take them
inside to protect them from the cold?
Let's ask my fellow
These are most of the event posters for public events & happenings just on
Lamma in the next two days.
So many choices! Click on the posters to learn more...
Today, 5:37pm. Plus
1 minute earlier and 1 minute later:
This is a wonderful new
Wildlife Map of HK from the World Wildlife Fund, showing the best
wildlife spots all over HK.
on Lamma it lists ONLY the endangered Green Turtles on protected Sham Wan
Turtle Beach where no turtles have been spotted for several years. Surely,
there's a lot more wildlife all over Lamma that we can spot almost daily
while hiking during the current, glorious, sunny, balmy, blue-sky days!
Have a look at
Lamma Corner's Lamma map which shows quite a few of the best local
wildlife spots. This printed map is available only in the Lamma Corner shop
a the end of Main Street, just after the still famous Bookworm Cafe.
Here's a sneak peek of this A2-sized tourist/ecology map which includes
tourist info, great photos and 3 ecology routes:
Happy Holidays to all our readers around the world!
(147 countries according to our last Usage Statistics)
(North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa every year on his frantic
trip around the world! He made it to HK and Lamma Island (right of
"HONG KONG" on GPS map below) just on time today!
screen shot from Marcus Langston)
P.S. Dec 25: Zooming in on Santa (over 5 billion presents
delivered by now, Christmas Day 11:30! A bit disappointed I
didn't get even one of them.)
Kitchen's Sam, a major Sham-fan, plus 2 minor Sham fans. This
exhibition was a real surprise as almost NOBODY knew that locally
well-known, fun-guy Sham is also a painter besides a junior football coach,
Powerstation beach entrepreneur and many other activities.
Lamma's very first Outdoor Exhibition Area (I think), just outside of
Kitchen. All the furniture plus all the canvases & frames were
manufactured by multi-talented Georgian Sam (center above, he also
designs ALL their publicity materials, posters, banners, menus,
etc.!), proprietor of the only Georgian restaurant in all of HK!
You might have seen the recent news about our HK Electric's tariff increase
of around 2 percent for 2018 over current tariffs?
Here's their take on it, it's actually a DECREASE from several years ago:
2018 Tariff Lower than 2013 Despite Tariff Rebound
Recent HK Electric news:
Daniel Clarke writes:
Every Day : The Book
This is a 100 page
glossy package celebrating my year of drawing. I'm very proud of
it and I'm selling copies for HK$280
It has themed chapters on Hong Kong,
Lamma Island, Dragons, Wildlife and more. All the highlights
plus a bit of commentary for context.
Plus a full chronological list of
all 365 pictures from the year.
let me know if you'd like a copy.
can pick up a copy at Cath's Bar (Banyan Bay Cafe) and check out
the exhibition at the same time."
Plus a link to
Daniel's solo exhibition, still running till March in
Banyan Bay Cafe.
A longtime acquaintance, Daniel has been featured a number of
times in the Lamma-zine over the years.
Here are my own favourite little "creative experiment" with a
photo of him and his wife & fellow artist Kate Allert at one of
the many Lamma birthday parties, this one
Leaving Lamma for the holidays
and New Year? Here are a few tips from a sponsor to consider
visiting New York. There are direct flights, from my personal
experience: 12 time zones, opposite side of the Earth, maximum
jet lag, but very well worth the long flights!
to Have a Great Time in New York with Your Beloved
New York is not an ideal city. As well as any other city, it
has many problems and the latent drawbacks. However, traveling
to New York is really not about the city but about people and
your emotions. New York is the story of those who have fallen in
love with its spirit and consider any time of the year to be the
best time to travel to New York.
There are some new things that
should appear on your mood board. So, there are 5 ideas from
J4l to have a
great time with your beloved one if you are going to travel to
New York, to this most beautiful and diverse city in the world.
- Listen to Jazz.
Vogue changes, but jazz remains and continues to be an
important and integral part of NYC's life, culture, and
style. So, if you have a travel in New York, be sure to
visit a jazz club with your partner. As a rule, NYC jazz
clubs are quite ascetic, all people gather for high-quality
music. Most places are on small premises, often in basements
with steep stairs. You should better come earlier, by the
time of opening the doors. The best places are given to
those who come first. There is an example of New York City
travel guide of jazz clubs.
Smalls is an intelligent, cozy club in the basement
in the greenest area of Greenwich Village, where you can
hear everything from traditional jazz to avant-garde bands
and real jam sessions of New York musicians.
Smoke Jazz Club is an atmospheric jazz club in Harlem
with good acoustics and frenzied energy. The club is famous
for inviting musicians of only the highest class.
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola is suitable if you do not want
to go down in stuffy basements, but want to listen to
quality music in a more glamorous atmosphere while sipping
cocktails, overlooking Central Park.
- Go vintage shopping.
New York is primarily people and stories, and the main
keepers of human stories are things. It seems difficult to
come up with a better city for vintage shopping than NYC.
Moreover, everything new is a well-forgotten old. Go to cult
secondhand markets for the best fashion finds. Local
residents claim that the best one is Beacon's closet
Greenpoint in Williamsburg.
- Swim in the pool in the
Perhaps, New York is a real mecca of advanced party-goers.
In New York, you can visit a penthouse party with a pool on
the dance floor. At a certain moment of the evening,
everyone can dive in and refresh themselves right in
clothes. The bonus is the world's best DJs and chic views of
New York's nightlife. In general, do not miss Le Bain.
- To hang out at the morning
If the night parties are for your, and you hold on to the
healthy lifestyle, try to go to the morning party. These
parties are arranged in different locations, including some
nightclubs. In general, everything that happens there, is
not much different from ordinary parties (loud music, bright
neon lights, disco), everything starts at 6 am on weekdays,
and all guests are dressed in pajamas.
The party opens with morning yoga, and after that,
everything turns into incendiary dances before the start of
the working day. Juice, coffee and protein shakes are used
instead of alcohol. The bonus is a breakfast of buns and
yogurts. In addition, people can enjoy themselves with a
face mask. At 9 am, the party ends, and the positive New
Yorkers are going to work.
- Have a date at the bar on the
roof of the skyscraper.
Despite the fact that all the fashionable youth hang out in
Williamsburg and Brooklyn, this authentic New York from "Sex
and the City" is still in Manhattan. It seems, being a
tourist, it's not a shame to go up to the upper floors of a
skyscraper and drink a cocktail with a partner of dreams.
menus so far:
Jing Jing and
Who else got a nice Lamma Christmas specials poster to feature here and also
Jing Jing is including TWO free standard drinks with their Christmas
Set Menu. Who's following suit or even surpassing this?
P.S. II. More Christmas Specials coming in (click to enlarge):
Our former, great Sha Po Old Village neighbour
Brett Scott going from strength to strength with his growing team.
Brett treated one of my step-grandsons with "tickle therapy". It was
hilarious to watch for his Gung-Gung & Poh-Poh, so different from usual
Free intro/Open House this Saturday in Central:
Kinesiology Asia, 9/F Cheung Hing Commercial Building,
37 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong
For more information, contact them at 2960 1006,
One more fun poster for the Island Bar by Lamma's inimitable
Harry Harrison! "Obscure Hong Kong Bands" *might* be featured in the
musical quiz. We wonder if Harry's Midlife Crisis Cowboys will be the
musical accompaniment for the quiz? Maybe not this time...
What else is happening on Lamma this month? Here's a partial list in our
Lamma Events Calendar, updated almost daily, not including the increasingly
numerous Operation Santa Claus events, multiple appearances of Santa Claus
and many other traditional fundraising events.
Email me to add your own public
events and click below to find out more:
My own final selections for my little contribution to the exhibition. All
the boards will be for sale at $650, including gallery commission.
Same venue, Sunday, Dec 10:
Much more Christmas Bazaar info...
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