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Fri, Oct 12

Chow Yun Fat plans to give entire net worth to charity  (Resonate)

Tue, Oct 9

11 harshest TripAdvisor reviews of HK   (TimeOut HK)

Tue, Oct 2

Mourners remember victims of Lamma ferry collision tragedy, six years on  (HK Free Press)

Fri, Sep 28

Lawmaker slams panel's decision to block further discussion of 2012 Lamma ferry collision  (HK Free Press)

Sat, Sep 29

'Giving feels good': Briton's Lamma Facebook project...  (SCM Post)

Fri, Sep 21

Restaurant/Bar News: Waterfront, Bombay, The Bay, Island Bar, Andy's Seafood, Diesel's, Jing Jing, The Bay, Ozen Corner, Spicy Island, Lamma Grill

Thu, Sep 20

Typhoon Mangkhut: Hong Kong's outlying islands...  (SCM Post)

Wed, Sep 19

Dora the Pilgrim interview  (RTHK Radio 3)

Tue, Sep 11

A haven for seafood and beautiful beaches  (Free Malaysia Today)

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Psycho in Mongkok, Shumking Mansion, Yung Shue Wankers @ Lamma Grill

Sun, Oct 21

Animal Care, Join Together on Lamma @ YSW Plaza

Sat, Oct 27

Lamma Fun Day @ Powerstation Beach

Sat, Oct 27

Lamma 8 @ Powerstation Beach

Sat, Nov 3

Jungle Boogie @ Lamma Jungle

Sun, Nov 4

Wine & Art Sketch Club @ Lamma Art Collective

Sat, Dec 1

10th Anniversary Party @ Open Space

Sun, Dec 2

Mountain Bike Challenge Day @ YMCA Outdoor Centre @ ex-Lamma Quarry

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Chu Hoi Dick's Public Forum

Oct 16 - "There were definitely tensions and differences, especially at the start."

Live Life While You Can!

Oct 15 - Neighbours have been moving an old couch atop their village house's small rooftop cabin.

Green Mission for Smart Power Ambassadors

Oct 10 - "...green ambassadors to help promote energy efficiency...."

What a Dump!

Oct 9 - Time Out HK: "11 more of the harshest TripAdvisor reviews of Hong Kong."

New Aberdeen Ferry Schedule/Fares

Oct 2 - "...effective table from 7th October 2018 (Sunday)"

Balcony Jungle Reblooming

Oct 1 - My severely Mangkhuted Balcony Jungle is gradually recovering.

Lamma Calendar-Worthy Pics?

Sep 26 - Missed the submission deadline this year!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Sep 25 - Remembering Lamma-Por's mother, my mother-in-law.

Post-Typhoon Strolls

Sep 23 - Both paths from YSW to Pak Kok Village are finally open again. A few pics:

Sell Power to HK Electric!

Sep 20 - HOW TO GET PAID BY HK ELECTRIC, by generating your very own renewable energy.

Loved 1,000 Times

Sep 19 - Many of my 1,548 Facebook Friends have been generous in reacting to my almost daily posts.

Mangkhut, the Most Powerful Typhoon Hitting HK

Sep 18 - 15,000+ major trees destroyed...

Waiting for a T10

Sep 15 - While taking pictures of the sunset today - just ahead of T10 typhoon Mangkhut hitting HK.

New Lamma-Aberdeen Ferry?

Sep 8 - This just shows ... why most passengers love the personal service.

We-Re-Cycle

Sep 7- 'Lamma We-Re-Cycle, Action on 9/15.'

Sunset-Mania

Sep 6 - Just a few recent sunsets, starting with today's.
For a few more close-ups...

Public Forum w/Eddie Chu

Aug 29- 1st Sep (Sat), 3-5pm, YSW Tin Hau Temple Sitting-out Area.

Creating Something From Nothing

Aug 25 - A few new experiments, starting with the same grey-noise-only image.

Dora the Explorer, Pilgrim w/a Tent

Aug 18 - This marks the end of her pilgrimage along the Via Francigena trek.

'Fool Me Twice'

Aug 17 - Exciting excerpt from Lammaite Jules Hannaford's upcoming book,...

Before the Sunrise

Aug 11 - I usually sleep very well, till these amazing sunrises keep waking me up through our bedroom window.

Milestone at Lamma Power Station

Aug 7 - "Officiating guests ... celebrate the smooth completion of L10 construction."

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Oct 16Chu Hoi Dick's Public Forum

(Photo by Matthew Chapple)

Matthew Chapple:

"On a day with very heavy rain (Sat, Sep 1) the outdoor venue (sitting-out area just before YSW's Tin Hau temple) was full with 40+ people for 2 hours from start to finish. There was a diverse group of people (Indigenous, Chinese, non-Chinese) who were sharing their views together for perhaps the first time ever.

There were definitely tensions and differences, especially at the start, with some participants (both Chinese and non-Chinese) expressing their views in very direct and strong terms. However, for me this was a positive thing and a highlight of the event. I particularly appreciate the active and open participation of the Indigenous residents.

The "dog poo" issue is a good example. I am also concerned about this issue and appreciate it being raised. After it was raised by the "old resident", it very quickly became clear that all participants (Indigenous, Chinese, Non Chinese, dog owners, non-dog owners) were equally concerned and wanted the situation to improve.

After the meeting many old and new residents, Chinese and non-Chinese stayed behind talking and discussing issues together for another hour and Legislative Councilor CHU also spent time talking 1:1 with Chinese, non-Chinese and Indigenous residents.

I feel we are lucky to have representatives like Legislative Councilor CHU who are willing to listen to people of all backgrounds AND also a group of Lamma residents of different backgrounds like those that came together on Saturday. I hope we can do more sessions like this in future with Legislative Councilor CHU and also with our other Lamma elected representatives."

Click above for comments...

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Oct 15'Live Life While You Can'

Neighbours have been moving an old couch atop their village house's small rooftop cabin to watch the Pak Kok sunset with friends.

True Lammaites and/or death-defying daredevils (no railing up there, right at the edge of the building)?

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Oct 10Green Mission for Smart Power Ambassadors

Community news from HK Electric, Lamma's largest employer:

"More than 130 elder students from the U3A ("University of 3rd Age") Network began their journey today (9 October 2018) that will transform them into green ambassadors to help promote energy efficiency and environmental protection in the community.

Jointly organised by HK Electric and the Hong Kong Council of Social Services (HKCSS), the Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme covers a host of environmental topics including climate change and low-carbon living, recycling and waste reduction, tree preservation, energy efficiency and conservation, green electricity generation as well as the safe use of electricity.

The programme consists of a basic and an advanced course. Apart from classroom teaching and workshops, participants will be visiting HK Electric's Lamma Power Station, EMSD Gallery and Zero Carbon Building to understand up close and personal the latest developments on clean energy, green buildings and electric vehicles...."

Read more...

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Oct 9What a Dump!

Time Out HK:

"11 more of the harshest TripAdvisor reviews of Hong Kong.
Because not everyone is impressed by our famous landmarks."

Have a look at the 19 TripAdvisor reviews by Travellers, rating Lamma as "Terrible", plus the 1,000+ "Excellent" and "Very good" reviews.

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Oct 2New Aberdeen Ferry Schedule/Fares

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Oct 1Balcony Jungle Reblooming

My severely Mangkhuted Balcony Jungle is gradually recovering:
National Day Hibiscus (with just a little smartphone-filtering).Your comments on this story?Contact the editor, writer(s) and photographer(s)Email this story linkWhat's the direct link for this story?Go to the top of this page

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Sep 26:  Lamma Calendar-Worthy?

I missed the submission deadline for the Lamma Calendar 2019 yesterday. I was just too busy with creating 6 collages for an upcoming "In Love With Lamma" exhibition with 3 other Lamma photographers I've been invited to exhibit next month.
At least one of my photos has usually been featured in the Lamma Calendar for charity the last few years. It'll start selling at the Lamma Fun Day on Oct 26.
Here are a few of my former submissions, all rejected?  ;~}

Sep 25Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Remembering Lamma-Por's gentle mother
(Lamma-Gung's mother-in-law).

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Sep 20Sell Power to HK Electric!

HOW TO GET PAID BY HK ELECTRIC,
by generating your very own renewable energy (solar, wind) on your rooftop or patio; then feed it into the HK Electric grid and get paid.

Learn more tomorrow, Friday or Sat morning outside YSW HSBC.

Footprint required for a typical 1 kW solar photovoltaic system: about 7-10 m2 or 70-100 ft2. Annual electricity generation: about 1,000 units. Construction cost: about HK$30,000-50,000. Payback period: about 6-10 years.

Media release: Feed-in Tariff Scheme Invites Applications...

Leaflet... ~ Questions from Lammaites...

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Sep 19Loved 1,000 Times

Many of my 1,548 Facebook Friends have been generous in reacting to my almost daily posts, almost all of them Lamma-related and rarely personal.
But even my most popular posts (click above) have never managed to surpass my personal record of 13 Loves, like the ferry returning to Lamma past Pak Kok at sunset above. Should start posting puppy pics and cat videos?

Many of my posts have far surpassed 100 Likes, adding up to 35,000+ Likes so far. Rarely ever got an Angry reaction so far...

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Sep 18Mangkhut, the Most Powerful Typhoon Hitting HK

15,000+ major trees destroyed all over HK, many decades old, so many photos of flooding and typhoon damage, this T10 typhoon was definitely the most severe since I moved to HK half a lifetime ago.

In our hilltop rooftop flat, exposed in all directions, we feared the worst, but suffered no breakages on our untaped windows and only minor wet carpets. Village house balcony doors are NOT waterproof in horizontal rain and windstorms of way beyond 100km/h.

My balcony jungle will need a completely fresh start and most banana trees all around us are down, many paths unpassable for days, including both paths to YSW. But overall, we were lucky and safe, truly counting our blessings!

Many more photos, videos and stories can be found in most of the Lamma-related Facebook groups, my Lamma-Gung Timeline, including flooding in YSW and Sok Kwu Wan Main Streets and beyond;
including this, my favourite photo of a daring but foolish, still unidentified Lammaite taking mobile photos/videos at the Fisherman's Pier in YSW at maximum tidal surge, about 1.5 meters above the yearly maximum tide (which is exactly the top of this now submerged pier).

Click for Marlon Merlin's full video and many comments:

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Sep 15Waiting for a T10

While taking pictures of the sunset today - just ahead of T10 typhoon Mangkhut hitting HK - we were meeting our new next-rooftop neighbour doing the same:
Welcome to Lamma, Euan & family!

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Sep 8:  New Lamma-Aberdeen Ferry?

This just shows one of the numerous reasons why most passengers love the personal service of the YSW-Pak Kok-Aberdeen ferry service by Tsui Wah Ferry.

The regular ferry had some technical problems, so we got treated to a private boat/little ferry-style experience today.

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Sep 7We-Re-Cycle

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Sep 6Sunset-Mania

Just a few recent sunsets, starting with today's.

For a few more close-ups of the last few days, click here...

As usual, I couldn't resist experimenting with some AI Deep Dreams...

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Aug 29Public Forum w/Eddie Chu

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Aug 25Creating Something From Nothing

A few new experiments, starting with the same grey-noise-only image. Creating something out of (almost) nothing, with a little help from Google's AI algorithms:

Here's the photo I started with, just a mistake from my camera. All the other images have been created from this original.

More of my Deep Dreams...

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Aug 20Lightning Storm

Impressive light and sound effects this early morning, some of them directly overhead, waking us up, instead of our usual colourful sunrises. And the frogs going all night! Can't we get a decent night of sleep on Lamma! Too much nature! ;~}

All of this commotion made me rush to my home office PC to check it out online, after unplugging our broadband Internet line first, a must on Lamma if you value your broadband modem. Thanks to our 4G mobile phone hotspots, we can surf pretty fast and wireless even during a thunderstorm.

I found an additional sound effect:
a wailing alarm siren going off on the HK Observatory web page above, if lightning is detected within a specified distance from your location, like the 3 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes shown above right, pretty close to our bedroom!

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Aug 18Dora the Explorer, Pilgrim w/a Tent

My neighbour Dora the Explorer is crossing a street in Rome, Italy, inspired by The Beatles album "Abbey Road".

This marks the end of her amazing pilgrimage along the famous Via Francigena trek from France, Switzerland to Italy, famous since Roman times. She writes:

"I can't think of words to describe the gratitude inside me for you who have generously blessed my walk on Via Francigena.
I don't want to name you here one after another because I will miss out someone and because I hold you all closely to my heart. Thank you. Merci beaucoup. Grazie Mille.

I apologise if this simple note here cannot, and will never, measure up to the love, hospitality, acceptance, joy, understanding, even sorrow and difficulties you have shared with me. Nothing can measure up to that. But at least I want you to know I am very thankful for you, you, and you.
The walk has come to an end.

If you ever wonder what I am up to after the walk, feel free to click to the link below. Every now and then when I feel the ripples of VF washing through my face, I will put some words there.

For now, take care. God bless.
I wish you a safe journey onward, bonne route and buon cammino."

Here's one of the many Dora Drawings she created along the way. Plus the certificates that she completed the pilgrimage.

P.S. My message to Dora at journey's end:

"You've just been mentioned on RTHK Radio 3 a few minutes ago, by HK pilgrim Steve who you walked up to in Rome! He's been reporting from the same pilgrimage almost every day live on the radio (returned to HK now). I messaged you about his radio reports before, so you approached him in Rome!"

P.S. 2: RTHK Radio 3 interview with Dora

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Aug 17'Fool Me Twice'

Exciting excerpt from Lammaite Jules Hannaford's upcoming book, to be launched this month in Bookazine Prince's Bldg.! Also on Amazon.

Read an excerpt, "The Failed Escape"...

Jules has just been interviewed by RTHK's Phil Whelan this morning about her upcoming book Fool Me Twice (direct link to program, go to 35 minutes in).

This book is inspiring me to maybe do a few Lamma-zine stories about my own "Fool Me Thrice" online dating experiences in the 1980s, pre-Internet, causing me to move to HK 31 years ago and marry my online sweetheart Lamma-Por.

I doubt that anybody would care much today when it's become so commonplace. But back then our online-cum-real dating was an exceedingly rare experience, worthy of newspaper stories and RTHK radio interviews. Oh, wait, online dating is still worthy of books and interviews, it seems!

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Aug 11Before the Sunrise

I usually sleep very well, till these amazing sunrises keep waking me up through our bedroom window, urging me to rush to the rooftop and set up my camera, zoom & tripod quickly!

Quite frequently I'm not fast enough, pre-morning coffee, and the fleeting colours have faded away already within just a few minutes.

My latest creative distraction, trying to improve my photo above artistically, using the Deep Dream AI generator (I should have been deep-dreaming in bed instead of on my rooftop at such an early hour!):
A few attempts:

P.S. A few more of my recent Deep Dreams...

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Aug 7Milestone at Lamma Power Station

Officiating guests perform the traditional roasted-pig carving ceremony to celebrate the smooth completion of L10 construction."

Free company lunch today, celebrating the completion of the installation of all major components of a new gas-fired generation unit. So it was a well-deserved lunch indeed and my favourite photo from HK Electric's news release today.

Short-term target: More than 50% of power generated from much cleaner gas. Long term target: 70% gas-fired by 2023!

Including L10, three gas-fired units of HK Electric will be commissioned successively within the next five years.

 Milestone at Lamma Power Station to Usher in A New Era of Gas Generation  (7 Aug 2018)

Lamma Island Uncensored FB group discussion (joining required), mostly about "Whatever happened to the Govt.'s former renewable energy plans?"

 

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