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Fri, Apr 28

Reclamation along west Lamma coast?  (HK Free Press)

Wed, Apr 19

Tin Hau Festival in Yung Shue Wan  (Asia Times, incl. drone video)

Fri, Apr 14

Why do these failed paradises exist in HK?  (Lamma-1 on CNN)

Thu, Mar 3

Restaurant/Bar News:  Island BarJing Jing, Bombay

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Sat, Apr 29

Green Fun Day @ YSW Plaza, by EPD Dept.

Sat, Apr 29

River Roots & Red Star Rising @ Lamma Grill

Sun, Apr 30

1101010101011 @ Open Space

Sat, May 6

Premier Junior Football w/Coach Sham @ YSW Football Pitch

Sun, May 7

Lamma 500 @ Powerstation Beach

Fri, May 12

Dragonboat races @ Sok Kwu Wan

Sun, May 14

Lamma Island Adventure @ Sok Kwu Wan

Tue, May 30

Turtle Beach Hike & Cleanup @ Sham Wan beach, S. Lamma

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Apr 25 - "New Scheme of Control Agreement with the Government, effective for 15 years."

Apr 21 - "The University of 3rd Age is entering its 12th year now."

Apr 20 - Our cover girl from Easter Sunday has become quite a hit on social media.

Apr 19 - Off-island dragon dancers have been invading our village noisily today...

Apr 17 - These huge, amazing flowers are blossoming in multiple colours all over Lamma.

Apr 16 - My favourite pics of the Easter Sunday dragonboat races...

Apr 11 - This morning, sipping my first pre-sunrise coffee on the rooftop...

Apr 9 - "About 39 marines and sailors from the USS Makin Island spent 9 hours hiking..."

Apr 8 - After all the grey, foggy, smoggy days recently, this happened just a few minutes ago today...

Apr 1 - Refreshments provided in The Island Bar afterwards (for a modest donation).

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Apr 28:  Large-Scale Reclamation Along West Lamma?

Another wild idea from local think tank Our Hong Kong Foundation, who's proposing large scale reclamations to the HK Govt. to enhance HK's land supply.

Remember when the East Lantau Metropolis reclamation was just another wild idea? It's moving closer and closer to being realised these years. Map from HK Govt.'s Development Bureau:

Click for a heated discussion starting right away...

Plus another Facebook discussion...

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Apr 25:  HK Electric's Permitted Return Lowered to 8%

HK Electric signs the new Scheme of Control Agreement with the Government, effective for 15 years. Chairman of HK Electric, Mr. Canning Fok Kin-ning (right), Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin (left), Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Wong Kam-sing (centre).

"HK Electric announced today that it has entered into a new Scheme of Control Agreement (SCA) with the Government, effective for 15 years from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2033.

Chairman of HK Electric, Mr. Canning Fok Kin-ning said the company is pleased that the negotiations have been concluded and a new agreement reached. He considers that the New SCA provides the long-term certainty much needed for the local electricity sector to support the Government's energy and environmental policy objectives and its Climate Action Plan 2030+ with an aggressive target to reduce Hong Kong's carbon intensity by 65-70% by 2030 compared to the 2005 level.

Under the New SCA, HK Electric is entitled to a permitted return of 8% on average net fixed assets. Addressing the community's aspirations for cleaner air, the New SCA introduces a number of elements that will further encourage the use of renewable energy and promote energy efficiency, as well as encourage power companies to further enhance their customer service standards and operational transparency...

He pointed out that under the current SCA, HK Electric's supply reliability rating has been maintained at a world class level of over 99.999%; HK Electric has not only honoured the pledge to freeze net tariff for five years but gone beyond to reduce tariff; significant achievements have also been made in reducing the three major emissions substantially by 40% to 90% over the past nine years..."

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New Scheme of Control Agreement Signed for Long-term Certainty of Power Industry 

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Apr 21:  Rouliqiu? Outstanding 3rd Age Citizens in Action

Good news from our neighbour HK Electric:

Outstanding Retirees Getting Younger

"Twelve retirees won the applause of HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) today (20 April 2017) when they were named 'Outstanding Third Age Citizens' for their dedication to lifelong learning, leading a healthy lifestyle and for serving the community. The award scheme is organised biennially to recognise outstanding senior citizens in Hong Kong.

Aged between 63 and 87, the awardees come from all walks of life and share the same passion for continuous learning, as well as the desire to pass on their experiences and knowledge to others in promoting elderly-friendliness, community harmony, women’s rights and cultural heritage, etc. This year, five of the awardees are aged under 70, showing that there are more younger retirees committed to serving society...

Speaking at today's presentation ceremony, Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, said, "I am most impressed by the perseverance and determination of all our winners, who, regardless of age, insist on lifelong learning and sharing, as well as keeping fit and energetic.

Cheng Chui-ying, one of the twelve winners this year, is keen to promote "Rouliqiu", a sport she said is suitable for both the young and the elders.

More importantly, they all have dedicated themselves to serving with their unique background and expertise in various positions, exercising their influence for better rights and care for the elderly, teenagers, the disabled, the physically ill, and the community at large."

The University of 3rd Age is entering its 12th year now.
The U3A Network got 48 self-learning centres that have run more than 5,500 courses since 2006. It has provided close to 100,000 learning opportunities for senior citizens.

P.S. But what's Rouliqiu? I had to Google it: Ta Chi Soft Ball with Racket Rhythmball. YouTube video...

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Apr 20:  Breathless, Shaky Happiness!

Our cover girl from Easter Sunday has become quite a hit on social media. The "rainy" zoom pictures I took of her after winning the 3rd final of the YSW Tin Hau dragonboat festival on Easter Sunday are some of my favourites in the 15 years of photographing this event every year for this Lamma-zine. I asked this first-time Lamma Dragon Lady for a few words:

Alice Duncan writes: "Dragon Heart

If I had been told, three months prior to last Sunday, that I would one day be sitting with nineteen other people in a boat, holding a paddle and partaking in one of the most physically demanding sports I have ever come across, I would have laughed hysterically and gone back to my breakfast pint. I am no sportswoman and have never been involved in any team beyond mandatory year nine hockey. Yet after trying dragon boating for the first time - after being convinced by two friends in the pub (who coincidentally were too hung over to show up to practice the next day) - I somehow got hooked and on Sunday I had my first experience of racing in one.

I ran the gamut of emotions that day. I started out excited which turned to nervousness right before the first heat. That melted into nearly tears and self deprecation after I lost my grip on my paddle letting it skip over the water in the last few strokes of the second heat. This in turn became steely determination at the beginning of the final which quickly mutated into adrenaline fuelled hysteria as we passed the centre line (Sorry teammates for screaming at you, I was just excited). Then breathless, shaky happiness as I was told the news. We won, we did it!

"We" is a bit of a novel concept for me. Having never really done the team sports thing I was surprised by how emotional I felt. Dragon boating is difficult. It requires a lot of physical and mental strength and this incredible team had supported me all the way. Even when I turned up hung over, even when I came straight from Wan Chai. When I wanted to cry, puke, quit altogether these amazing people kept me coming back every weekend and I don't think they even realised they were doing it. I owe all my happy feelings in that moment to them.

After the races I am told we are going down to the beach with the rest of competitors to sit in our respective boats, drink beer and splash each other. Sounds like a laugh, I'm up for it. What I did not expect while sitting in that boat, tired, sore and a little tipsy was to be overwhelmed by a sense of belonging to a larger entity than myself. I have always been a very independent person and expat life can be isolating at times. Drenched and aching I felt part of a team and part of Lamma in a way I never have before, and grueling as the day was I wouldn't change a thing. I have grabbed the tail of the dragon, and I may never let go."

P.S. Alice liked her photo so much, it's now her Facebook page header.

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Apr 19:  Birthday of Sea Goddess Tin Hau

Off-island dragon dancers have been invading our village noisily today to celebrate today's birthday of Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea and patron saint of fishermen by visiting her temple in Yung Shue Wan.
Here are a few pictures from our Lo So Shing Correspondent who made the "arduous trek" from S. Lamma to take these pics. Thank you! More, more!

Sadly, Lamma's kung fu/lion dance school in Sha Po Old Village closed down a while ago. Here's my Lamma-zine photo story and a picture gallery of the exuberant opening:

When the 6 Lions Met the Lamma Unicorn - May 18, 2008:

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Apr 17 - Easter:  Are You a Lamma Gardener?

The Hippeastrums are in full bloom on my balcony these days. These huge, amazing flowers are blossoming in multiple colours all over Lamma these weeks and can be seen in so many places, in a wide range of colours and patterns, from almost pure white to deepest red.

Lots of comments about these pictures and my former Rooftop Jungle are here... Plus an index of

Lamma-zine gardening stories...

Here's a new group, a spin-off from the veteran Tai Peng Community Garden group, to showcase your garden, balcony or rooftop or ask any garden-related questions. Both these groups are Closed, so you'll have to apply to the admin first:

Lamma Gardener

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Apr 16 - Easter:  Dragonboats in YSW Harbour

My favourite pics of the Easter Sunday dragonboat races...

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Apr 11:  Pre-Sunrise Pictures

This morning, sipping a first pre-sunrise coffee on the rooftop...

 

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Apr 9:  US Marines Traversing Lamma

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Apr 8:  Sunsets Are Back!

After all the grey, foggy, smoggy days recently, this happened just a few minutes ago today...

A few earlier photos, also shot from our rooftop and inside the sunset ferry from Central - Yung Shue Wan.

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Apr 1:  Yogi Brad Teaching BLOGA!

Refreshments provided in The Island Bar afterwards (for a modest donation).
(All pictures & text above courtesy of Claudia. Namaste!)


P.S. Here's one more "Typically Lamma!" event: No-Bullshit Yoga!

 

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