RIP, Granny Chan, Oct 29, 2015.
Aged 95, 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren!
Eulogy by her grandson Fai Chan in my Lamma forum.
Eulogy from my neighbour Bud, Granny Chan's good friend in the last
Granny Chan - an incredible, inspiring and loving person. RIP.
After linking it from the Residents Facebook Group, within half a day:
P.S. One day later, 300+ Likes and 110 Comments on the obituaries. Granny Chan was a very popular,
beloved lady. RIP.
Even private Wifi networks are a little bit different on Lamma...
I remember a time when most of them were open and unsecured, free for
everybody in the vicinity.
These "Reasons for Admission" might seem a bit outdated, but many of them
still apply nowadays! And there are no gates, gatekeepers or straitjackets
in our Lunatic Asylum. We call it simply "Main Street".
On weekends and public holidays we're receiving a huge influx of "temporary
inmates", err, esteemed visitors...
Click above to view/enlarge my LFD beach night photos, plus a few computer
graphics I couldn't resist creating.
There goes another morning in my home
office, plus much of last night, but these graphics capture the Fun Day
spirit pretty well, I think!
Sharon of The Island Bar writes:
"Hong Kong, 11 November 2015 – On this very special
Wednesday, the 11th day of the 11th month, The Island Bar on Lamma Island
hosted a Remembrance Day event in the evening, during which John Stuart
presented a documentary video he had personally produced and directed,
entitled 'Coming Home', an exploration of the Gallipoli campaign in
the First World War.
'Coming Home' was a labour of love and a personal journey
for John, dedicated to those brave Australians and New
Zealanders who gave their lives in a foreign land. They were
supporting Great Britain, a nation far away but part of their
Unprepared for what was to come and faced by an imposing
topography and a resolute foe, the ANZACs bravely and resolutely
entered the fray time and again. The Turkish commander on the
ground was Kemal Atatürk who demanded absolute sacrifice,
telling his own troops: "I do not order you to attack, I
order you to die."
Among the many on both sides who died were Medical
students from Istanbul University, the Class of 1915, all of
them. In the Turkish counterattack after the landings,
"there were ten thousand casualties in an area little more than
a sports field." Such was the power and passion of the
Turkish response, with this seemingly simple phrase in the
commentary speaking volumes about the enormity and scale of the
carnage in this fateful military campaign.
The evening commenced with customers joining in on their
way home from work, aware that the session was to be in
commemoration of those who had died on the battlefield and
awaiting the presentation. A few minutes before 7:00pm, 11:00 am
in the UK, the acoustics tested and the video ready to roll,
John introduced his project and the reasons for it, and spoke of
his passion to learn more about what had caused so many of his
countrymen to enlist and to give their lives.
Dan Peterson, Licensee, requested two minutes of
silence at 7:00pm (11:00am GMT) in respect and remembrance of
all who had dedicated their lives in the two World Wars and
other conflicts, tolling the bar bell 11 times upon completion
of these few moments of quiet reflection.
The documentary ran for one hour. It was a rare hour of
near complete silence among the patrons of The Island Bar as the
customers and their families focused on the screen, captivated
by the story as it unfolded. It could perhaps be described as a
sobering experience, for the fully absorbed and contemplative
audience in the pub.
Even those who had been involved in the making of the film
were drawn once again into the moving tale, some seeing it in
its near final form for the first time.
Living on Lamma Island, and as an avid paddling
enthusiast, John had enlisted the help of some of his teammates
who had willingly helped finesse the film with voice-overs and
John intends to polish this
version, refine a few areas, tighten it up and perhaps reduce it
by a few minutes, without sacrificing the major elements.
Ultimately, he plans to donate it to the Australian War Memorial
Sharon Chandler (The Island Bar),
138 Likes and 5 Shares so far, even though my photos were only posted on my
Facebook page so far. Lammaites adore free sunsets!
All photos shot with a pocket zoom lens camera, Wifi-controlled from my
smartphone. I bought it cheaply, 2nd-hand in the
Lamma Bilingual Classfieds I co-moderate ("Buy & Sell, Rent &
I couldn't find a used camera yet in the new
Buy Nothing Lamma Island closed (spam-free) Facebook group ("Give.
Share. Build Community"). This is a fantastic new resource for local,
FREE goods and services!
Here's a little free promotion, like I love to do for (almost) all local
community events and services that come to my attention.
READ THIS FIRST: To join this group, please CONTACT local
volunteer Kerys Haines via Facebook private message to verify that
you live within the boundaries designated for this Buy Nothing community
group. Learn more about the Buy Nothing Project at
Like (almost) every year since 2001, I set out around noon for the Lamma Fun
Day on Power Station Beach today. I decided to walk this time, taking the
scenic route, all the way from Pak Kok Village in the North of Lamma.
I got distracted by all the natural beauty and friends I met on the way,
mostly going to/coming from the Fun Day. I shot a few phiotos and it took me
a LONG time to arrive at the beach. Lots of great photos were taken (and
published on Facebook) of the people, booths, activities and the musicians
at the Fun Day, many of them much better than mine. So let me concentrate
this time on my way TO the Fun Day instead of pictures AT the Fun Day.
A Praying Mantis in the middle of the path, so well camouflaged I almost
stepped on it. ~ 3 of the 4 big, aggressive dogs barking at everybody
walking by, guarding the house below the bridge on coastal path to Pak Kok.
New foster coming home to SheiLAP and her helper ~
An insect trail going up most of this tree
Flowers turning into fruits ~ Wild blooms above the beach
Tannery Beach, including the razed forest on the right side,
probably making space for new village house(s)?
Finally made it to the Fun Day...
More of my photos...
Riding my mountain bike back home, I was glad that the drink driving laws
don't seem enforced much at night on Lamma... That generous drinks hut at
the beach is dangerous! ;~)
My elbow has healed well, after 3 Tetanus shots in the Lamma Clinic, after
slicing it open while riding up Heart Attack Hill earlier this year; I was
all sober back then (as I usually am!)
Well, the next temptation, Clockenflap, is coming up. Nick the Bookman &
I'll be freeloading, err, reviewing & photographing as "accredited media"
P.S. Nov 10:
Fun(draising) Day results: $216,892.40!
The auction raised most money, closely followed by the bar!
New printed poster, to go up in time for Lamma Fun Day
Police Corner, Oct 2015, from our Police Chief, Ms. Camas TUNG
"I like to introduce you a big milestone of the Hong Kong Police Force
this time, which is……
"YES, a Facebook page. The HK Police
Force has launched an official Facebook page that you can
get to know more on crime prevention, the latest news of the
HK Police and other interesting police-related issues from
the page. If the page or any of the posts is appealing to
you, please give us a 'Like' as support and encouragement.
We wish to reach out to different sectors of
the community and provide a direct and interactive interface to
communicate with you. We now have
HKP Facebook page,
HKP YouTube and
HKP Mobile App.
However, please note that the Facebook page
is only a communication platform, not for reporting of any crime
or emergencies. If you need urgent assistance, please call
P.S. Note the Lamma.com.hk sponsor logo, lower right...
New Bombay Rest. opened on Back Street, in the former Thai rest., besides
the Best Kebab, run by Parry and Salim.
Try it, some fantastic, original Indian food at good prices is always
welcome in our little fishing village! The place was full, inside and
outside (besides the rest.) yesterday evening!