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Lamma Fun Day news

Pit Viper bite - one month later

Lamma Woman Found Dead in New Zealand

'Lamma For Us' questionnaire

Fun Day news & updates

Restaurant reviews: Racks of Ribs & DJs

#OccupyLamma?

R.I.P. Andy Phillips, ex-Lamma Police

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Thu, Oct 30

Fri, Oct 31

Sat, Nov 1

9/21 - 11/2
 

Sat, Nov 15

 

Sat, Nov 22

Quiz Night @ The Island Bar

Halloween DJ Night @ Lamma Grill

Lamma Fun Day @ Power Station Beach

42-Day Beach Clean-up Marathon @ YSW Harbour Beach

The Sleeves By Halves @ Island Bar

Lamma Adventure Carnival @ YSW Plaza

Lamma For Us @ Northern Lamma School

Email me your event, get a free listing here and in the Events Calendar. MORE EVENTS... 

 

Oct 29 - "DP - Making sounds so big, the angels weep and demons need to change their shorts."

Oct 28 - "Halloween B2B face-off @ Lamma Grill. CDJs Vs. Controller action all night long..."

Oct 27 - "HK Electric Institute to Nurture Future Engineering Leaders"

Oct 24 - Night View from Po Wah Yuen, Bike Ride timelapse video, Lamma Fun Day, 3 Spiders, king of autumn-birch.

Oct 23 - I've just measured the fastest 4G smartphone speeds I've ever heard of on Lamma...

Oct 22 - What new movements did I learn yesterday morning 8am, up on the 1st Cable Road?

Oct 21 - From our regular monthly guest blogger, Lamma Police Chief Camas Tung...

Oct 20 - Adele has recently enacted her sweet revenge on her BFF Heather, by hand-crafting the poster above...

Oct 12 - I've been "strong-armed" into joining a new Bear Camp!

Oct 11 - Lamma.com.hk is proud to be a Media Sponsor again. We seem to be in great company, looking at the other logos.

Oct 10 - Granny Chan, how is she these days? My American neighbour is visiting her quite frequently in an "old age home".

Oct 9 - What's happening with the Baroque on Lamma project in South Lamma?

Oct 8 - You might have noticed several downtimes of our web site recently. Also, the automatic email notifications from the ...

Oct 7 - With many sincere thanks to our "content contributors" Karlo Vera Cruz, RTHK TV, Alain Jaquier

Oct 6 - "Low tide tomorrow is around 3 pm if anyone wants to get some exercise shifting..."

Oct 5 - "HK Electric recently launched Caring for the Elderly scheme at YSW on 18 Sep."

Oct 4 - Police Report TV programme by RTHK, broadcast on TVB Pearl and ATV Jade, subtitled in English,...

Oct 1 - Lamma Ferry Disaster, Oct 1, 2012.
Online Condolence Book.

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Oct 29:  Lamma Lads, Party Rockers & the Usual Suspects

Click above for latest news and below for bands/musicians/DJs photos!
Really looking forward to DP, Dark Himaya, Shotgun Politics, The Curs, Dr Eggs, "Brain Damage - Lamma Lads Reconstruct Pink Floyd Classics",...:

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Oct 28:  Legitimate Weirdness for Literally All Ages!

JimBrowski writes: "Nick the Book vs. JimBrowski ~

Halloween Back-to-back face-off @ Lamma Grill. CDJs Vs. Controller action all night long... Legitimate weirdness for literally all ages!"

Stop by to say Hello and pose while I'll be taking pictures of trick'n'treatin' Halloweenies passing by the Grill.

This is the best Lamma Halloween poster I've seen so far this year. Got a better one? Email it to me.

P.S. Oct 30: Here's part of the first local poster I've just received.
Click to view the entire poster!

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Oct 27:  Are You an Engineering Talent?

HK Electric Institute to Nurture Future Engineering Leaders

"Budding HK Electric engineers will be able to hone their professional knowledge from now on with the opening today (22 October) of the HK Electric Institute that will provide more focused and intensive training to groom engineering talents...

The Institute is established to develop staff, attract talents and retain experiences. It is led by a steering committee, with HK Electric's Director of Operations, Mr. Yuen Sui-see, as chairman, and the general managers of related engineering divisions being members. The committee will be responsible for setting training directions and curriculum to address company needs.

HK Electric Institute will offer various courses in the area of power engineering, such as electricity legislation and operating guidelines, condition monitoring techniques of power generation, transmission and distribution equipment, etc. Designed for up-and-coming engineers and technical staff, the courses will include lectures and site practices. It is expected that more than 200 hours of professional courses will be offered each year..."

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Oct 24:  Spotlights of the Week

This week (see right column of home page):

Night View from Po Wah Yuen, Bike Ride timelapse video, Lamma Fun Day, 3 Spiders, king of autumn-birch.

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Oct 23:  Highest 4G Speeds Ever on Lamma?

What's happening with Three on Lamma? I've just measured the fastest 4G smartphone speeds I've ever heard of on Lamma... from my Pak Kok rooftop!

We usually get a maximum of 3Mbps via Broadband Internet in Lamma, courtesy of our sole provider PCCW.

Is it time to start using a 4G router for our laptops, desktops and tablets?
Let us know your maximum speed.

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Oct 22:  Keg Hack Squat & Bear-Hug Carry

What new movements did I learn yesterday morning 8am, up on the 1st Cable Road? Here are some examples:

We did 2 circuits of (45 secs on; 45 seconds off; 20 mins total each circuit):

- Sledgehammers (6lb/8lb/10lb/12lb/14lb)
- Full-body boat pull & reverse drag (up to 150kg)
- Overhead sandbag lunges (10kg/20kg/40kg)
- Keg row & chest down (30kg/20kg of moving water)
- Sled with truck-pull harness (any weight you want)
- Fat-grip farmers walks (20kg/30kg)
- Arm-over-arm pull downs (pulley + 20kg sandbag + rope)
- Eccentric box work
- STEEP hill for sprint repeats (40m blast)

It's all pretty tiring on the day, but there's so much newly-found energy, feeling great and alive overall as a reward during the next days! ...besides all those sore muscles in pretty unusual locations on my slowly aging, but slowly returning-to-fitness body. Take cover when you see me speeding (and wobbling) by on my dusted-off mountainbike as my sore muscles might not always work properly yet...

Find out more...

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Oct 21:  Don't Become a Victim of Online Fraud!

From our regular, monthly guest blogger, Lamma Police Chief Camas Tung, in this month's Lamma Police Corner, she's warning us long-time Internet junkies (33 years!) of the many dangers of online scams:

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Oct 20:  Adele's Sweet Revenge

You might remember our quirky Happy Birthday to Adele! story on Aug 17. Or probably not. Anyway, Adele has recently enacted her sweet revenge on her BFF Heather, by hand-crafting the poster above - with lots of "embarrassing" pictures - and stuck them up on some walls and fences around YSW. Revenge is a dish best served cold and it's definitely cooled down a bit since Aug 17 and their friendship fully restored, we hope.


Meanwhile, this Dynamic Duo who loves to feud via public posters is Facebooking about this controversial story on BuzzFeed magazine:

A Field Guide To HK Basic Bitches - Lamma Basic Bitch:

Her habitat: Shares a multi-tiered townhouse with her English teacher/artist/just-arrived in Hong Kong friend, will move off once she's dated everybody within a 10 year age range on the island

Drinks: Overpriced dandelion soy latte and kombucha. Will try to convince everyone to drink at Pier 7 so it's easier for her to catch the last ferry.

Most Mystifying Behavior: Talks constantly about how community-like Lamma feels, only talks to expats.

Biggest Pet Peeve: Disco Bay, Pui O or Shek O people.

Hashtags: #ferryproblems #whenyoufindapythoninyourbedroom #everydayisabeachday, has posted a photo of the city's pollution with a caption of #globalwarming #worried


P.S. We agree fully with BuzzFeed's reminder below as it applies to parts of Lamma.com.hk as well, especially our free-speech, uncensored forums:

"This post was created by a user and has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and creations."

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Oct 12:  Bear Camp - Out of Hibernation

I've been "strong-armed" into joining a new Bear Camp!

My long-time weight loss doctor in Queen Mary Hospital, Dr. Chan, and Dr. Urso the Bear seem to have teamed up to give me some "doctor's orders" to return to fitness ASAP!

Well, I've been hibernating, e.g. severely slacking off over these sweltering summer months, mostly remaining inside air-conditioning 24 hours/day, only venturing out of my home office to shop, eat out or meet people. My bike has gone rusty, my hiking boots moldy, my bones creaking and my muscles atrophied.

It's high time to get OUT OF HIBERNATION and get active again, me returning to being still FAT BUT FIT!

Join us Lammaites of various ages, nationalities, shapes and sizes who are all either new to or returning to fitness training this Monday, Oct 13, 8am, on the 1st Cable Road!

No ribbed abs, bear roars and no taking our shirts off in this session, unlike some of the other "strongman" Bear Camps. No need to feel intimidated, these sessions are for everybody and we have a good mix of people of various ages, nationalities and fitness levels joined up already.

Dr. Justin the Bear writes on his BEAR CAMP - OUT OF HIBERNATION Facebook events page (join up to get invitations!):

"RETURNING TO FITNESS??

Introducing:
BEAR CAMP - OUT OF HIBERNATION - Mondays, 08.00-09.00"  
Read more...

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Oct 11:  Thank You, Fun Day Sponsors

Lamma.com.hk is proud to be a Media Sponsor (right in the 2nd last row above) once again. We seem to be in great company, looking at the other logos.

Be prepared to see and hear a lot more about the Fun Day before, during and after this great, yearly community event!

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Oct 10:  A Living Lamma Legend

Granny Chan, how is she these days?

My American neighbour is visiting her quite frequently in an "old age home" in Aberdeen. She mistook him for a priest the first few times. He writes:

"You may know her own name is 溫. The first time I went to see her, the staff said we don't have a Granny Chan from Lamma. Finally we figured out that was her married name, not her name!

Aberdeen 護老院 - 舊大街 82號,
3/F - Tel. 2552 2000.
It's very near a small Wellcome and Tsui Wah Restaurant.
Granny Chan loves egg tarts and fruits that are easy to peel."

Within a single day this photo has become my 2nd-most popular Facebook photo, 145 Likes and 29 comments so far, lots of affectionate comments for this "Living Lamma Legend". Thanks to Bud for shooting this photo in Aberdeen the other day, upon my repeated requests.  ( ;~})

Granny Chan is welcoming visitors, contact details above!

Some comments from former and current Lamma residents:

"Wonderful stuff..... Lived just round the corner from Granny Chan for over five years.... Great to see her photo......"

"Aahhh, so Granny Chan is still going strong, she is legend on Lamma and don't think she will ever be forgotten, still see her hiding behind the boards in the shop to see if you would rob her, ha ha!"

"Wow. Granny Chan was already ancient when we left Lamma in 2002. Can't believe she is still going strong. Good on her!"

"Loved the pull down ding-a-ling change bucket. The suspicion and disdain she showed when you asked for a pack of king size Rizlers......."

"She looks fantastic! Considering she must be over 150 by now! Lamma's very own living legend. x"

"OMG!! I'm so happy to finally know where she is, can we visit her? She watched me grow up...since we moved to Lamma in 1981. I miss her smile."

"Wondered what had happened to her. A fine bit of sleuthing, LG."

"Ahh! We love you, Granny Chan! Fif-if-ty cents change, whatever I bought!"

"She sold me many a Singha beer on a daily basis. Bless her. x

"A legend round the world."

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Oct 9:  Eco-Destination Lamma?

What's happening with the Baroque on Lamma project in South Lamma, while the Govt. is searching for a developer for their planned 5,000-residents new town in the ex-Lamma Quarry?

No, Baroque hasn't given up after being turned by the Town Planning Board a while back, far from it. Have a look at their revised plans in their latest e-News Flash:

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Oct 8:  Web Site Migration

You might have noticed several downtimes of our web site recently. Also, the automatic email notifications from the forum have been out of order for several weeks, making our forum functional but a bit less convenient than before.

It's all been resolved now! Our normal, reliable service has resumed, we hope!
Please let me know right away if there are still any problems!

Email from our (forum-only) webhosting company of 12+ years:

"All of the servers running our hosting customers with Plesk or cPanel are old and beginning to fail more frequently. We implemented a new web hosting platform last year when we relocated to our new data center in Tempe, Arizona. We are now moving all web sites from the old cPanel and Plesk platforms to our new web hosting cluster.

The new web hosting platform is a much more robust platform using a load-balanced cluster of 39 web servers backed by a 37TB Netapp storage device.

The web site service for lamma.com.hk was moved to the new platform.

Our administrators moved all web site and email files, all settings for the web sites and email addresses, and verified proper operation of all services. After the site was moved, our administrators used the web site to make sure that everything appeared to work properly.

However, because each web site is unique and may contain hundreds of pages, it is possible that we missed something. If you notice anything different, please let us know and our administrators will make every attempt to repair it."

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Oct 7:  More Photos/Videos/Websites of the Week


This week's Lamma Spotlights:

"YSW Harbour after Living Lamma's beach cleanup, Lamma.com.hk on Police Report, AmiBongo children charity sale, Lamma Crabs, plus another Occupy logo".

With many sincere thanks to our "content contributors" Karlo Vera Cruz, RTHK TV, Alain Jaquier, Howard Sheard and Tanya Piratay;

And thank you to all my Friends who help to reach 100 Facebook Likes for my Lamma Spotlights of the week album today. This album, updated weekly, is kind of an archive of the last several months, also linked from the Spotlights of the Week column on the right side of this page.

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Oct 6:  42 Days of Cleaning YSW Harbour Beach

Living Lamma: "Low tide tomorrow is around 3 pm if anyone wants to get some exercise shifting construction rubble, or even just wants to walk along and see the crabs.
It's also a great place for artists, as Roz Keep showed today, see above."

More info on the YSW Harbour Beach Clean-up Marathon, started on Sep 21.

Photos by Sean Creamer:

See more of the daily progress of this 42-day marathon...

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Oct 5:  HK Electric Volunteers Serving Lamma Elderly

A group photo of HK Electric Volunteers at Yung Shue Wan Plaza.

HK Electric writes:

"With "caring" as one of our core values, HK Electric recently launched Caring for the Elderly scheme at Yung Shue Wan on 18 September. About 30 HK Electric volunteers visited 25 senior citizens at Lamma North, with the support of Lamma Island (North) Rural Committee and Outlying Islands Women's Association.

To show our care, volunteers not only prepared a gift pack containing a foldable walking stick, a small packet of rice, cooking oil, dried mushroom and Chinese herbs for elderly, but also made them our friends through chatting and sharing.

Volunteers were led by the Director and General Manager (Generation), Mr. Francis Cheng, who is in charge of the Lamma Power Station (LPS). With the nickname "Lamma Mayor", Francis revealed his special relations with Lamma in the opening speech.

"You know? I lived in Yung Shue Wan Main Street until four years old. After graduation, I had taught in a school for a short time before joining the HK Electric. Since then, I have worked on Lamma for nearly 35 years." Francis said.

Mr. & Mrs. Chan told Director & General Manager (General),
Mr. Francis Cheng (3rd from left) that they worked at Lamma Power Plant
for years before their retirement.

Since 1970s, a special relationship has been formed between the HK Electric and Lamma community. The development of LPS has provided many job opportunities to Lamma residents. Furthermore, electricity & running water supply were available because of the development. Last but not least, the livelihood of residents, including Mr. Chan visited by Francis, has also being significantly improved afterward.

Coincidently, Mr. Chan & Mrs. Chan also worked at LPS before their retirement. Chan said, "In 1970, the connection between urban area and Lamma was poor. It was impossible for us to work and take well care of our four kids. Luckily, the LPS and the related contractor employed hundreds of workers including me & my wife."

Caring for the Elderly is one of HK Electric's flagship community programme in community level. On top of Lamma, we have also run the scheme in the Central & Western District & Wan Chai, in partnership with the District Councils."

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Oct 4:  Lamma.com.hk on TV!

Police Report TV programme by RTHK, broadcast on TVB Pearl and ATV Jade, subtitled in English, also broadcast on the Chinese channels a few weeks ago. This website's first prominent appearance on HK TV, I think! Quotes:

"...Lamma Island is a relatively unsophisticated neighbourhood where the crime rate is low...

The Lamma Police Chief, Ms Camas Tung, has recently commenced a Police Corner blog on lamma.com.hk to give all sorts of police-related information, messages and crime-prevention advice tailor made for the island.
Please check it out on the website."

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