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Fri, 7/22

Lamma Reggae Festival #2: Nick's review

Tue, 7/19

Last Straw Movement in Lamma Bars & Restaurants

 

'Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Bobsy...'  (SCMP)

 

Bar & Restaurant News: Island Bar, LaLa mama's, Taipeng Spice,...

Mon, 7/18

Pokemon Go on Lamma?

Sat, 7/16

'Hong Kong is destroying itself'  (Living Lamma in SCMP)

Fri, 7/15

Lamma Calendar 2017: Your photos?

 

Nick the Bookman's review: Psycho in Mongkok/Shatalene/Cowboys

Thu, 7/14

Lamma Calendar's Yellow Pages now online

Wed, 7/13

'Crazy things I see on Lamma that I still can't explain'

Fri, 7/1

Ferry fares Central - YSW/Sok Kwu Wan REDUCED

 

10 Years of Banyan Bay Cafe

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Sat, Jul 23

Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club Open Day @ Powerstation Beach

 

Coolture Pop Summer Sale @ outside HSBC on YSW Main Street

Wed, Jul 27

Art Jam @ Lamma Grill

Thu, Jul 28

Anti-Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing Service outside Rural Committee Bldg.

Aug 8-12

Lamma Children's Sport Week

Sat, Nov 12

Lamma Fun Day @ Power Station Beach

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Jul 22 - Click for Nick the Bookman's Reggae Festival review & more photos...

Jul 21 - Sitting in Andy's Seafood waiting for our sunset dinner, playing with my smartphone-controlled 30* optical zoom lens.

Jul 20 - Lamma is ever a-changing... No more raving-all-night and wild, crazy dance parties?

Jul 19 - To have a great look at what the Outrigger Canoe Club got up to recently, July 16.

Jul 18 - "Do you want to paddle?
Please come along to our Outrigger Open Day on the 23rd of July."

Jul 17 - "The Pinoy Sports Association Basketball League 2016 will open on Sun, July 17..."

Jul 16 - "A woman was dramatically rescued in an outlying island in Hong Kong Saturday afternoon."

Jul 15 - Lamma Spotlights of the Week, July 15, '16.

Jul 14 - Click to upload your Lamma Calendar photos!

Jul 13 - Nick loves all these touristy girls (& guys) to pose with him happily at his bookstall.

Jul 10 - Well, that was an epic thunder & lightning storm last night!

Jul 9 - Time to update our old Lamma Bilingual Yellow Pages and our Lamma Links, combining them...

Jul 8 - Lamma Spotlights of the Week, July 4, '16.

Jul 7 - "9 July '16 - Power Station Beach - Lamma Island"

Jul 6 - HK Observatory reports localised lightning strikes, mostly over N. Lamma.

Jul 5 - "Preparing for battle with a reported large centipede that has been locked in overnight."

Jul 4 - Double rainbow over Pak Kok after 7:05 this morning! It was raining heavily on our uncovered rooftop...

Jul 3 - "Whilst I was thinking 'WTF' a stink bug jumped out of my hair!!! LOL! Little git must have sprayed me."

Jul 2 - Before the Sunrise, 6:01am, viewed from the Pavilion just above the Lamma wind turbine, June 30.

Jul 1 - "...on 1st July to the end of 2016, the fare between Central and Yung Shue Wan will be as follows:"

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Jul 22:  'Groovealicious Melodies vs. Götterdämmerung Tempest'

Click for Nick the Bookman's review & more photos... 

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Jul 21:  Sunset Contrails

Sitting in Andy's Seafood waiting for our sunset dinner, playing with my smartphone-controlled 30* optical zoom lens at maximum, a single plane's multiple contrails...

Still love these YSW Harbour sunsets and Andy's is a fantastic spot to enjoy them. Their glasses of house wine are the largest in YSW, one is more than enough for my dinner! Their Cantonese food agrees very much with me AND (more importantly) with picky, erm, gourmet Lamma-Por!

One more picture set for Lamma Island Hong Kong...

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Jul 20:  Pleasant Weaving Workshops?

Poster from the Democracy Fence (on way to YSW Ferry Pier) and a very excited Facebook post!!

Lamma is forever a-changing... No more raving-all-night, tough-as-nails boot camps and wild, crazy dance parties? It's Pleasant Weaving Workshops now, like in very sedate suburbias? Civilised, sophisticated tea times with properly buttered scones with handmade clotted cream and cute cucumber sandwiches, anybody? These are also being taught at s+clicks in Tai Wan Village (on tourist route from YSW to Hung Shing Yeh beach).

Well, we've STILL got the wild, all-night raves and dance parties, so we're OK for now, our slightly eccentric, hip'n'happening reputation safe for now. But watch out, Pleasant Weaving Workshops might become dominant, as Lamma is forever a-changing...

I might check out that workshop. It might actually be fun as I've never done any weaving before...

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Jul 19:  Sprinting On Liquids

To have a great look at what the Outrigger Canoe Club got up to recently, July 16, click on Guy R.H. Miller's photo album above.

Yes, these are not birds, but some of the same, basic, traditional photographic skills have been used in these fine photos, no matter what tech you're using or whatever the subjects. Sifu Guy is expanding his range ever more...

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Jul 18:  'You Eagle-Eyed, Old Devil!'

Carole Mage (for her email, scan the QR code above, or click above for Facebook contact):

"Do you want to paddle?
Please come along to our Outrigger Open Day on the 23rd of July.

What to expect at the Open Day:
There will be many new paddlers, just like you, who will try outrigger. We will go through the basics of the actual paddle (how to hold, where to hold), stroke basics and technique and explain a few things about the boat (canoe) and safety (FYI: we always carry life-jackets, safety bag, tow rope as well as mobile phones, we take this aspect very seriously). After we've explained a few things, then the fun bit - we will get the canoes into the water and you get to give it a shot!

There will be experienced paddlers in each of the boats to demonstrate the stroke also. We will just stay within the bay of Power station Beach and not go too far (please note, you should also be able to swim 100mtrs without a buoyancy aid, if you have concerns, please talk to us), but just enough to give you an idea of some of the basics and then get you hooked so you want to try some more!

Warning:
Outrigger canoeing is addictive. The Lamma OCC is a close-knit, enthusiastic club that loves newcomers.
[See Carole's photo above].

If you are new to the island and join us, then you've just made 50+ new friends. If you've lived here for a while, and wonder why on earth anyone would get up at 5:00am to go paddle in the dark - you're about to find out.

Please, pm me if you want to join.
Looking forward to see you on the water."

P.S. Why does this little promo have such a strange, devilish title? Well, that's what the OCC-MVP dared to call me when I corrected the mistakes in his first draft of this poster above! My reaction...

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Jul 17:  Lamma Kites, Hunters, Eagles & Knights

Sanat writes: "Hi Everyone!

The Lamma Island Pinoy Sports Association Basketball League 2016 will open on Sunday July 17, 2016 from a long rest (2012 last).

We will be having our parade from the Library all the way to Basketball Court @ 12:30PM and game will start @ 2PM. There will be 4 Teams parading with their Muses.

Teams are Lamma KITES, Lamma HUNTERS, Lamma EAGLES and Lamma KNIGHTS which consist of people from different countries incl. locals. We invite you to see these players (from 15 yrs to over 50 yrs old, 5' to 6'5" height and all HANDSOME!!) parade in the Main Street of Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

We also invite you to WATCH the game every Sunday (4 Sundays only) and remember, this is....."JUST FOR FUN"!!..."

Parade from the Library, thru YSW Main Street, up to Basketball Court
(Parade photo by DJ Clarke)

Parade from the Library, thru YSW Main Street, up to Basketball Court
(Parade photo by DJ Clarke)

The Players recovering from the sweltering heat @ YSW Basketball Court. 3rd from left, the famous, tallest (6'5") player, from "Jamie's Italian" restaurants.

The Highly Esteemed Judges & Organisers Panel!

Progress of the games & photos? Click here, join Lamma Hoops...

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Jul 16:  Helicopter Airlift Rescue

Watching this helicopter circle Pak Kok valley many times from my rooftop today, then hover close to the ferry pier, I had no idea on what's happening; till I saw this video, produced by my neighbour DJ Clark:

"China Daily: Airlift Rescue in Hong Kong

A woman was dramatically rescued in an outlying island in Hong Kong Saturday afternoon. Emergency services were called to the small village of Pak Kok on Lamma island to deal with a medical emergency. Although helicopter rescues are common on Hong Kong's outlying islands they rarely involve an airlift."

The rescued Pak Kok lady is fine in Eastern hospital, according to Lamma Police I asked (they were not directly involved in this case, but Marine Police).
Waiting for an official police statement...

P.S. What happened to the ambulance driving from the YSW Fire Station to Pak Kok via Tai Peng, to attend to the young lady?

It drove off the path... Nobody seriously hurt (except the driver's pride), but not confirmed yet...

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Jul 15:  Fiery Dragon Invading the Multiverse!

Lamma Spotlights of the Week, July 15, '16:

PHOTO

Power Station Sunset

by Ulas Koyuncu

VIDEO

Dragonboat Races @ Luk Chau

by Mike Chau

WILDLIFE

Invasion on Balcony!

by Jo Burgos Wallace

BIRD

Black-capped Night Heron

by Guy R.H. Miller

ARTWORK

Minutes in the Multiverse

by Laura Zhang

I'm still amazed about the number of fantastic photos, videos & multimedia continuously being created by Lammaites, even after featuring their very best stuff for 14 years!

See former Spotlights - Send me YOURS!

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Jul 14:  Photos For Calendar 2017?

Click to upload your Lamma Calendar photos!

If you're looking for the current Lamma Island Calendar 2016's Essential Directory, help to update it for 2017, contact me.

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Jul 13:  Touristy Girls & Nick the Bookman

(photo by Adi Ticho, click for Likes)

Nick loves all these touristy girls (& guys) to pose with him happily at Nick's Corner Bookstall. He often succeeds to convince them to email the photos to him at nick.bookman on gmail.com.

Surviving (pretty well) without a camera/mobile/computer, he frequently urges his volunteer "online assistant", err, "Best Editor Ever" (see signed cap he presented to me), to publish them here and on Facebook, where he's become quite a bit of a Living Lamma Legend.

More photos, reviews, NixMixes, etc. at the Psychedelic as Hell website I built for him and just updated it today: www.Lamma.com.hk/nick

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Jul 10:  Epic!

Well, that was an epic thunder & lightning storm last night! 10,000+ strikes cloud-ground in one night!

Here's the best video of the crazy lightning I've seen, from David Myers; plus lots of the best crowd-sourced photos on HK Free Press.

I shot 300+ random photos, but didn't get anything worthy of showing here. Master photographer Guy R.H. Miller:

"Probably one of the most sustained lightning strikes Hong Kong has experienced in many a year, & surprisingly Lamma took very very few direct hits..."

Stories, photos and videos coming very soon from the Lamma Reggae Festival happening on Power Station Beach the very same night. Despite the weather, it was a great beach party:

Marckq Schmidt: "We we found 3 dresses, 3 panties, 1 shoe, 3 pairs of flip flops and 1 towel. We left 'em all at the beach bar."

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Jul 9:  Lamma Directory Update

Time to update our old Lamma Bilingual Yellow Pages and our Lamma Links, combining them with the Emergency Hotlines and the Lamma Island Calendar 2016's Essential Directory!

We need your help, it's a big job! Simply checking phone numbers (some in Cantonese only) would be quite simple, easy and quick. Contact me!

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Jul 8:  'Stupid, Polluting Humans!'

Lamma Spotlights of the Week, July 4, '16:

PHOTO

Stupid, Polluting Humans

by Guy R.H. Miller

VIDEO

VHILS Exhibition

by The Works, RTHK

WILDLIFE

Wild Boar Family

by Adam Roy Claringbull

BIRD

Japanese White Eye, stuck indoors

by Jaz Yip

ARTWORK

Plastics Recyclables @ YSW Ferry Pier

by Harry Harrison

See former Spotlights - Send me YOURS! 

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Jul 7:  Lamma Reggae Beach Festival #2

Video directions YSW Ferry Pier to PS Beach

Pictures from 1st Reggae Festival...

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Jul 6:  Lightning Storm

Yung Shue Wan ferry pier, 8:54am today, video by Joseph Bailey!

HK Observatory reports localised lightning strikes, mostly over N. Lamma:

The HK Observatory webcam atop the YSW ferry pier (taking and archiving a weather photo every 5 minutes) didn't catch any of the many strikes, just dense fog. It was still working fine after the lightning strike above on the ferry pier:

After all the rain, some computer modems have been blown out by the lightning (Lammaites who didn't unplug their modems as recommended in time or were at work). Our local computer repair guys are always busy after a local lightning storm, replacing fried electronics...

Some of our village houses got mysterious, slimy visitors, right after the torrential downpour, see above. Oooh, the multitude of joys of living in HK's rural areas...

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Jul 5:  'Should I Burn My House Down?'

(Photo by National Geographic)

A-lister Reid:  "Summer is coming.

Preparing for battle with a reported large centipede that has been locked in a room in my G/F house overnight. I have some general questions:

  • We have had 3-4 baby centipedes the last couple of weeks. About 1.5" long, not house centipedes (we get them too). Now the aforementioned 15cm one. Should I burn my house down?

  • Do they really travel in pairs? Google suggests probably not.

  • I heard they can't climb smooth surfaces. So how come I've seen reports of them falling off ceilings, out of vents on ferries (AHH!), roaming 2nd floor flats?"

Almost no other wildlife seems to get us Lammaites spooked as much as centipedes. After this post above, several passionate discussions ensued...

One more centipede story?

Jo Wilson: "On the path coming home tonight, BIG centipede not quite dead starting to be covered in ants.

As we are shining a torch at it and deciding on a go round strategy, out comes a BIG hairy spider, which seems to go for the centipede, had second thoughts, made to go round and then disappeared, straight into the mouth of a BIG frog.

When a second big hairy spider fell on to Max's head, we decided it was time to run home!!!"

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Jul 4:  Monday Rainbows!

(by Ewa Wilkinson, shot today)

Plus a few days ago, June 29:

Double rainbow over Pak Kok after 7:05 this morning!
It was raining heavily where I stood on our uncovered rooftop barefoot, Lamma-Por holding the umbrella behind me...

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Jul 3:  Stinky Bugs

Tracy Lockwood: "Had a new nature experience today!!

After 25 years of living on the outlying islands, I really thought I had 'seen it all' as regards to all kinds of critters!! Obviously not!

Got home this afternoon, sat quietly gasping in the aircon, and let down my hair, which is tied up during the day... and was hit by this almighty strong smell... a smell that I've never encountered before. Seriously strong. Not gross, just strong and unusual.

Whilst I was thinking 'WTF' a stink bug jumped out of my hair!!! LOL! Little git must have sprayed me.

Thankfully a quick shower took the smell away, and the stink bug was safely escorted out to the balcony and allowed to fly off."

That's the Stink Bug (Pentatomidae) Tracy describes. Very clumsy fliers, often landing on their backs after landing on our balconies these weeks, taking a long time to get back on their feet.

Their stinky, defensive-only acid can burn your skin. Treat it gently and it will simply fly off. Flick, don't pick!

They like to lay green-tinted, white eggs on outdoor laundry or cloth-like surfaces (for example HK's iconic red-white-blue plastic cloth).

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Jul 2:  Wow!

Before the Sunrise, 6:01am, viewed from the Pavilion just above the Lamma wind turbine, June 30, my current wallpaper ~ by Guy R.H. Miller

(Luk Chau and Luk Chau Island, Lamma Island.
8 image stitch (handheld) D7100 35mm F/2.0)

One more image stitch from Guy? OK! Handheld from 22 images:

And one more? (Click any picture to enlarge; like most Lamma-zine photos)

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Jul 1:  Ferry Fare REDUCTION!


 

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