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Johan Nylander – A Swedish Writer @ ScandAsia

Fri, Feb 5

Dredging Operations off Lamma West Coast @ Marine Dept. GovHK

Wed, Feb 3

Outlying islands see popularity surge @ SCM Post

Mon, Feb 1

Lamma beach partygoers escape police penalty @ The Standard

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Upcoming Lamma Events

Feb 26-28

Da Jiau Festival @ Po Toi (Lamma's Sister) Island

Sun, Jun 6

YMCA Lamma MTB Enduro Race 2020
@ Pak Kok Tsui Light House -> YMCA Lamma Center

Every Wed

Art Breakfast @ Lamma Art Collectivel

Ongoing

Classes & Activities this week @ Lamma Art Collective

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Best of February

Feb 26 - Still dabbling in creating Mandelbulb 3D fractals. Any comments?

Medical Services Survey

Feb 25 - "...submit the result to the authorities reflecting our medical needs and concerns."

What's ON... 2 Years Ago?

Feb 24 - What a difference 2 years make!

'International Life Style Centre'

Feb 23 - Lamma Life in the 1990s.

Yung Shue Wan @ Night

Feb 18 - ...shot from mid-harbour, tip of old fishermen's jetty.

Sauntering Stroll

Feb 17 - Sauntering the coastal path from Pak Kok to YSW.

Dear HK Exhibition

Feb 16 - "Join our creative sharing workshop to find out how the 80 portraits...."

Dredging Power Station Approach

Feb 15 - "For a period of approx. 6 months, dredging operations will be carried out...."

Firing Cupid

Feb 14 - Still my favourite Valentine's Day cartoon, by Harry Harrison, of course!

We Love Our Cleaners

Feb 13 - "A huge Thank You to everyone who donated towards our cleaners on Lamma Island."

Lamma-Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Feb 12 - Happy New Year of the Ox 2021!h

Fiery & Noisy!

Feb 11 - YSW Tin Hau temple, Lunar New Year's Eve, Feb 11, 2021.

More Dining Coupons!

Feb 9 - Remember the vastly popular HK Electric coupons for HK and Lamma restaurants last year?

Best Fish & Chips?

Feb 8 - Where to get the very best fish & chips in YSW?

Pak Kokians Jumping For Joy

Feb 7 - "Not a bad place to grow up." ...and to semi-retire!

Dolphins!

Feb 6 - "Yesterday we were paddling off Lamma and saw the dolphins."

Record-Runner Stingray

Feb 4 - Congratulations to my PK Village neighbour 'Stingray' for setting a new HK Trail record!

Emma the Child Prodigy

Feb 3 - "Emma began learning the violin at age four after being inspired by her mum."

Pak Kok Shan Then/Now

Feb 2 - Aerial view of Pak Kok Shan in 1985.

2,357 Plastic Bottles

Feb 1 - "Thanks to the Lamma SUP team and all volunteers."

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Feb 26:  Best of February

Still dabbling in creating Mandelbulb 3D fractals. Best of February. Which ones do you like (or dislike)? Any comments?

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Feb 25:  Medical Services Survey

Chui Caan: "This is a survey on Lamma existing medical services that we now team up with other outlying islands and will collectively submit the result to the authorities such as islands district council reflecting our medical needs and concerns.
The deadline is on 28 Feb, this coming Sunday. You can do it online, too."

Feb 24:  What's ON... 2 Years Ago?

What a difference 2 years make! See the public Lamma-related events listing above from just 2 years ago, so much happening in just the rest of this short month.

Then compare to the current "WHAT'S ON?" section at the top of this page. Just one event coming up and it's not even on Lamma but our "sister island" Po Toi.

Let's hope that our public events calendar will soon again be vibrant with local events & happenings!

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Feb 23:  'International Life Style Centre'

Lamma Life in the 1990s, excerpts from Journeyman's Journey in Journalism 1960-2020, Memoirs of Itinerant Journalist Christy McCormick:

"We headed for the Lamma ferry pier for the 40-minute voyage to Hong Kong's southernmost substantial island, which was as popular with gweilos (European whites) as it was unpopular with Chinese. It also served as a graveyard, which made it a less attractive place of residence for Chinese.

I did not notice what everyone first notices about Lamma Island, that there are no cars. No buses or any form of public transport, where bicycles are regarded as wheelchairs for the elderly and infirm.

She hurried off to catch the next ferry, which I soon discovered was the central Lamma drama that governed the lives of the 8,000 people who lived on the island.

I met Dan, a part-time schoolteacher who knew of me from Sandra as Joel's brother. He ran the morning coffee operation, while his wife took care of things when he was teaching. I was introduced to an Englishman in his mid-60s, with a small dog at his feet. He was called Jenks and had served in the 60th Rifles, King's Rifle Corps, it had a history of being a British foreign legion.

So enthralled was I by his story of the 60th Rifles that I almost missed the ferry. Dashing off to the pier was my debut role in the essential Lamma drama, psychologically marking me as a Lamma-ite thereafter.

I began to appreciate Lamma Island as the "international life style centre that no one knew about". It was indeed one of the most idyllic settings for alcoholic fun-seekers in the world.

I remember an English woman on arrival dismayed that were was a Chinese woman being served at the Capital on Lamma, and then 10 years later I saw them going off together to spend a day together doing a "recce of the dress shops in Central". A lot of habitual prejudice melted like April snow.

So even on idyllic Lamma Island, there was many a Sunday morning with drunks lying in the gutters, some of them female camp followers, demanding more booze from long-closed bars and before moving to alcohol dispensing corner stores. These sights were plentiful years after the Handover, but eventually thinned out over time when all realised the good times had passed and it was time to go home.

David Kerr in his early 50s, often could be found reading the International Herald Tribune at one of the outdoor tables at Spicy Island restaurant, the ownership Sandra shared uncomfortably with an Indian called Kumar, with whom I was only on nodding terms, and barely that as hostility grew between the co-owners and the partnership dissolved in bitterness.

Lamma life was rather like life at the bistro in Montreal though rather than being settled in one place was scattered in a dozen bars and restaurants along the waterfront. Some places were dominated by one clique or another. It meant, seeing some fifty of the same people all the time, with individuals remaining in circles of about a dozen, one might dine at three or four waterfront establishments, enjoying sundowners at half a dozen bars before distant Guangdong mountains and the sea."

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Feb 18:  Yung Shue Wan @ Night

Yung Shue Wan at night, shot from mid-harbour, tip of old fishermen's jetty (hand-held smartphone).

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Feb 17:  Sauntering Stroll

Sauntering the coastal path from Pak Kok to YSW.

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Feb 16:  Dear HK Exhibition

Dear HK Portraits: Behind the Scenes: Sat, Feb 20

"Join our creative sharing workshop to find out how the eighty portraits in Dear Hong Kong are created.

Date: Feb 20, '21, Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Venue:
Lamma Art Collective"

Exhibition will be running till this Mon, Feb 22!

Afterwards you'll need to buy the hardcover book to view alll these great portraits and stories, featuring many well-known HK personalities, incl. these 2 Lammaites.

The 2nd edition of the book (incl. more Lammaites) is still looking for sponsors and patrons!

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Feb 15:  Dredging Power Station Approach

Marine Dept. notice, excerpts:

"With immediate effect and for a period of approx. six months, dredging operations will be carried out within the area.

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one dumb lighter, one flat-top work barge, three hopper barges and three tugboats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

The works will be carried out from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work."    

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Feb 14:  Firing Cupid

Still my favourite Valentine's Day cartoon, published just 2 years ago, by Harry Harrison, of course!

P.S. Poor Cupid can't get a break from Harry. After showing him fired 2 years ago, he's in trouble now with the police this year:

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Feb 13:  We Love Our Cleaners

Dave Singleton> writes:

"A huge Thank You to everyone who donated towards our cleaners on Lamma Island.
Met the supervisor and cleaners this morning and it was a great feeling passing the full box over to them.

It was a fantastic achievement in a short time and thanks to you all we raised $11,150, which means they get up to 4 red packets each.

Thanks to Debi and others who helped out.

I look forward to doing it again next year.

Kung Hei Fat Choi Year of the Ox."

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Feb 12:  Lamma-Gung Hei Fat Choi!

One more! I choose to be optimistic about the coming Year of the Ox! World affairs reaching such lows last year, the only way is up!

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Feb 11:  Fiery & Noisy!

YSW Tin Hau temple, Lunar New Year's Eve, Feb 11, 2021

Click for several fiery & noisy videos

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Feb 9:  More Dining Coupons!

Remember the vastly popular HK Electric dining coupons for HK Island & Lamma Island restaurants last year? Another batch will be launched soon:

"HK Electric will continue to launch the 'Care and Share' SME Caterers Subsidy Scheme, posting in batches dining coupon sets worth $250 each to eligible families and other customers in need for use at more than 200 participating eateries located on Hong Kong and Lamma islands."

HK Electric Expands Relief Measures to Benefit More SMEs and Needy Families.

"Chairman of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin (front), visits St. Barnabas' Society and Home and prepares free lunch boxes with the Chairman of the centre for distribution to the homeless and the underprivileged."

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Feb 8:  Best Fish & Chips?

Where to get the very best fish & chips in YSW?
I enjoyed them the other day and my big thumbs-up has been awarded to The Blue Goose Tavern on Main Street; so succulent, so tasty, so crispy, such a generous portion!

Posting this on Facebook, a lively discussion ensued...
Some people added their own praise:

"Best battered sausage in Hong Kong."
"Best burgers and chicken wings with coating, too."
"Damn, that looks amazing!"

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Feb 7:  Pak Kokians Jumping For Joy

Photo by DJ Clark! He writes: "Not a bad place to grow up." ...and to semi-retire, I'd like to add!

Sunset ferry to YSW in the background, plus another sandbox, er, village house construction sand pile in the foreground.

Sunset watching is a favourite pastime around here, but we oldies refrain from jumping for joy, limiting our exercise to lifting a glass of wine, beer or coffee while admiring the amazing views.

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Feb 6:  Dolphins!

The Lamma Outriggers have been spotting dolphins just off Lamma! Photographed/videoed by Amanda Holroyd, she writes: "Yesterday we were paddling off Lamma and saw the dolphins. It was amazing! Update, they are long beaked common dolphins."

This extremely rare sighting in Lamma waters has become the most popular photo of the week in the Lamma Island Residents Facebook group I co-moderate, see above right. Plus 325 Likes/Loves/Wows in Lamma Island Uncensored, a new record, I believe!

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Feb 4:  Record-Runner Stingray

Congratulations to my Pak Kok Village neighbour 'Stingray' for setting a new record for running the 'HK Trail'!

'Stingray' Onifa breaks 11-year-old fastest known time for 44km run from The Peak to Big Wave Bay  (SCMP)

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Feb 3:  Emma the Child Prodigy

The People of Lamma Island writes:

"Listening to Emma play the violin, it is hard to believe the music is that of a nine-year-old. Flicking through her diverse collection of colourful music books, Emma points to some of her favourite songs; 'I like classical, I like pop and I like tango,' she explains, 'I have a list of songs that people can pick from when I am busking.'

Emma began learning the violin at age four after being inspired by her mum, Chingmay Jo, who was learning to play the erhu, a traditional Chinese string instrument. 'Mummy's teacher said that I needed to be at least eight before I could start learning the erhu,' Emma says, 'so mummy suggested I learn the violin instead.'

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Feb 2:  Pak Kok Shan Then/Now

Aerial view of Pak Kok Shan in 1985.
Photo courtesy of HKU Library, posted by Walter Koditek.

 Pak Kok Shan these days. I shot this from the hill in front of the HK Electric windturbine landmark.

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Feb 1:  2,357 Plastic Bottles

Living Lamma writes:

"Thanks to the Lamma SUP team and all volunteers, together we make the change."

 

 
 

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