Some of you might have noticed that the usual almost daily updates of this
entire website, except the forum, have been interrupted for this week? The
website and the forum worked fine all week, but I could only update the
forum via my smartphone posting messages.
Well, I've got a good excuse for the lack of Lamma-zine updates:
A complete Windows crash of my home office PC, making a full re-installation
necessary, Windows and my main software packages.
Thank you, Computer Andy, my saviour! I'll be eternally grateful, at least
till I'll receive his invoice. He warned me via WhatsApp, sending regular
photo updates of the repair progress, see below, and finally warning me:
"Big invoice coming soon" with 3 party hats and 4 dollar signs
after the msg!
Getting the PC delivered and returned from Andy's workshop after the
Waterworks, Chun Man Computer, his friend Chris the VV Driver & Handyman,
had a special price, fortunately.
Thanks to my regular backups, no data has been lost! Communication, the main
tool and work of running a website, continued normally all week: Email,
forum, Facebook, all the various messaging apps, thanks to my smartphone.
If I'd go to the trouble to set up web publishing on my smartphone, I could
run much of this website while sipping a glass of wine at one of our many
beaches, via Wifi or 4G. Maybe someday soon...
Forum post from a Lamma Newbie:
"SNAKES AND CENTIPEDES:
We moved to Lamma about two months ago and up until a week ago
we were really loving it, but we've since been totally freaked
out. In the last week alone we've had two gigantic centipedes on
our patio, and then today a snake showed up underneath our
outdoor laundry machine. I can't imagine how we'll feel when one
finally gets inside our house...
I love having space and the view from out patio is
beautiful, but I don't really feel comfortable here anymore.
Mostly, I'm really worried that my little kids will get hurt
playing on the patio. Can anyone offer me any encouragement or
suggestions? We love the overall vibe of Lamma and the hikes are
superb, but maybe we're just not cut out for it."
I've been asking for good (and bad) advice for his family. This generated a flood of
comments (100+ so far) in our
Lamma Flora & Fauna forum and in the
Lamma Snake Sightings Facebook group:
The worst (stock)
photo posted was the centipede-babies-ball above, plus a post by
Ed Williams: "We had a nest inside our sofa
But my favourite reply came from a
tough lady on Cheung Chau:
Representatives from three district councils on Hong Kong Island and Lamma
Rural Committees (fltr: Mr. Chan of N. Lamma, Mr. Chow of S. Lamma: Rural
Committee chairmen & District Councilors) join Ms. Hui and Mr. Wan to
kick off CAREnJOY.
Officiating guests giving New Year greetings with Chinese traditional
couplets, while elders are holding up their gifts with delight.
Chinese dance performance by students of a self-learning centre under the
U3A (University of Third Age) Network.
"There are few things more rewarding - HK Electric has found - than
showing one's care for the community and seeing the joy that it brings. It
is in this spirit that the Company is partnering with three district
councils on Hong Kong Island, two rural committees on Lamma Island and eight
elderly service agencies in Hong Kong to launch today (18 March) a
meaningful elderly care programme named "CAREnJOY".
The programme will also promote mutual
support in the neighbourhood, where senior citizens will be
recruited and trained as ambassadors to encourage other elderly
to join local service centres, so that they know where to seek
help if required.
Speaking at today's launching ceremony, HK
Electric Managing Director, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, described the
Company itself as a "senior citizen" having served Hong Kong for
more than 125 years. In fact, the Company has been trying its
best to address the needs of the elderly - through concessionary
tariffs for eligible senior citizens; large-font bills, and the
recent launch of the 'Web for the Elderly' featuring easy access
to information for easy browsing.
...Under the programme, we will reach out to
more than 800 single elders [on Hong Kong and Lamma Islands] in
Initiated by HK Electric, CAREnJOY is
supported by the Central & Western DC, Wanchai DC, Southern DC,
Lamma North and South Rural Committees. The monthly service will
be coordinated by eight NGO partners including Aberdeen Kaifong
Association, Caritas Hong Kong, OIWA Lamma Division, Hong Kong
Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, St James Settlement, The
Hong Kong Society for the Aged, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and
Wan Chai Methodist Centre for the Seniors."
Read the entire press release, plus more captioned pictures:
Concerted Efforts Brings "CAREnJOY" to the Elderly [18 March 2015]
Annual Results Highlights for 2014
Ex-Quarry Lake Bridge, Mountainbiking video, Debra Morris - art and
illustration, Dragon of Pak Kok, Fishermen's Village; by
Ronald Sastrawan, Tom Ko, Rick Haich, Dina B Knight.
More Lamma photos by Rambler...
He writes: "Unthinkable shape species found on the dark side of
"The expedition finds more nocturnal creatures on Pandora"
"Astonishing forms of alien life on Pandora"
"The expedition enters the spring zone on planet Pandora"
Click above for great photos and a slide show by Ewa Wilkinson. See
also her Video of the Week,
Lamma Fun Day 2014, in the top right column on this page!
Lamma Spotlights of the Week,
Mar 13, '15:
Lo So Shing, Lamma Fun Day 2014, The Lamma Workshop, Lamma Forest Bottles,
Untitled; by Banny Barrios Defeo, Ewa Wilkinson, Andy Maluche, Miso Zo
(a really multinational group of talents this week, 5+ countries!)
Photo by Dawn Roughsedge of the Lamma Outriggers. She writes:
"Hi, please can we support this!
get 100% of the proceeds of this lovely LUSH body lotion. $100 small. Image
is of a large at $200.
You will see these 'Charity Pots' at LUSH shops. There is one in Central MTR
[CEN E4, Central, near Exit E, from this Fri - April 22]
Don't worry if you only see one or two on the counter, they will happily
make up/bring out more! Plus it smells fantastic, so no reason not to
Jenni promoting her venture
Can't Get Jack outside the
Get Jack is aiming to be a community based delivery service, set
up for Lamma residents and run by the Lamma residents - Can't
Get Jack is simply the middle-man to do it.
Can't Get Jack makes only $5 per delivery and the rest of
the dealings with money is done between you and the designated
go-getter. When you sign up as a customer, if you think you want
to try this out once, then just sign up with $5.
Thoughts on this are appreciated, lovely Lamma people, the
more questions and queries the better."
We got our dinner delivered today for the very
first time in Pak Kok, being the very first maiden delivery and
first paying customer of Can't Get Jack! The famous and delicious Indian set
dinner above from
The Waterfront, $128 plus just $30 delivery charge,
was delivered on time, with a smile and chat by Jenni personally.
Click above for info on how to get your meals
(or anything else up to 12kg) delivered in North Lamma! Or would
you consider becoming one of
Jenni's Go-Getters to make some extra cash by doing
Dr. Fion Chan SY
Control and Metabolic Surgery Clinic, Queen Mary Hospital - writes:
"I would like to congratulate on Hermann's
7th Anniversary after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. He is
among one of the earliest patients who underwent bariatric
surgery in Queen Mary Hospital. He is actually one of the most
successful patients in terms of amount of excessive weight loss
and control of co-morbid diseases.
Weight management is a "journey" which is of
crucial effect in the life of morbidly obese people. This
"journey" is filled up with hardship which requires you to make
excessive and painful effort of some kind and it definitely can
end up with joy and happiness of you, your family and friends.
As I always tell my patients, bariatric surgery could be a
milestone in their success in weight control. Yet, the most
pivotal point is the DECISION in joining this "journey" and the
ENDURANCE in staying in it. Nonetheless, we have to admit that
the outcome is difficult to predict at the beginning. Surgery
alone seldom results in successful weight loss and relieve of
While bariatric surgery is well accepted by
people in Western countries, most people in Hong Kong appear to
have reservation about this treatment option for obesity and
metabolic disorders. This is understandable as surgery is
associated with morbidities and mortalities. Why should I take
the risks to undergo surgery?
This question is best answered by the
experience of Hermann. He underwent laparoscopic sleeve
gastrectomy with smooth postoperative recovery and complete
remission of his co-morbidities [diabetes, sleep apnea,
knee/back problems, reflux, hypertension], drug free in the
past 6 years! This experience does tell us of the paramount
benefits of bariatric surgery in contrast to medical treatment,
which is currently not able to cure these co-morbid conditions.
His success is greatly contributed by his own
FriETERMINATION in achieving good health. A complete adjustment in
life style is practiced in the past 7 years. In additional to
strict diet adjustment, he kept doing regular and intense
exercise including boot camp, hiking and cycling since shortly
after the surgery. His faith and endurance is highly appreciated
and set as a role model for my other patients. I always show
them the photos of Hermann taken before and after surgery and
they are encouraged by a glance at the photos.
With the increasing proportion of obesity
population in Hong Kong, the development of bariatric surgery
should be an important responsibility of the gastrointestinal
surgeon. The ample experience in performing laparoscopic surgery
for patients with gastrointestinal cancer makes such development
in our hospital very smooth. Management of patients with obesity
and metabolic disorders, however, is a challenging experience
for us as we have to take care of the co-morbid disorders and
psychosocial aspects of the patient together. Luckily, we are
empowered by the enthusiastic work from different subspecialties
including endocrinologist, dietitian, physiotherapist,
anesthesiologist, clinical psychologist, plastic surgeon and
To quote an old saying, "Where there's a
will, there's a way", I encourage obese people to face their
disease condition with courage and faith. To be open-minded in
acquiring knowledge about treatment options for the problems of
overweight and co-morbidities is the first step to success."
Learn more from Queen Mary Hospital...
(Quote: "Unrealistic expectations about the surgery outcome,
e.g. expecting to become a charming superstar model without
modifying one's living style."
This is Lamma-zine
story #75 about my "weight loss journey". Here's a short summary,
plus an index of my "e-book":
Only Half the Man I Used To Be
Despite some persistent, stubborn prejudices and long-held but erroneous
beliefs, Lamma isn't all about nature & seafood, relaxing & enjoying life.
Sometimes, we take time out to actually THINK and ponder the mysteries of
life and the universe.
We've got (almost) monthly Philosophy Cafes, many great discussions in the
many bars and occasionally an intriguing, learned event in the
Corner shop (just after the Bookworm Cafe, click for poster):
Afterwards, lecture attendees are most welcome and encouraged to discuss
these mindful ideas over a glass of fine organic wine in the neighbouring
Bookworm Cafe's outdoor wine bar, nibble on a vegetarian snack while
listening to sweet music from the new vinyl record shop in there. Yes, many
Lammaites appreciate high culture, cultured discourse and the finer things
P.S. One more story about Mindfulness, published and introduced by my
former Sha Po Village neighbour and founder of
IS YOUR MIND FULL OR ARE YOU MINDFUL?
More info on Lamma Village Sewerage Phase II...
15 days of Chin. New Year are over now, last Lo Bat Go just
finished, and here's the last photo of the CNY of the
Chow Yun-fat was visiting Lamma over the holidays,
encountering a number of Lammaites while hiking in the
hills. Chris the Carpenter (one of the
longest serving Lammaites) and Carole of
LammaFlats.com met him earlier off-island!
The photo was posted by Carole's iPhone, even though it was
probably Fat-Gor taking it. He's a very experienced and
professional selfie taker, even without a Selfie Stick, as I've
seen myself in Andy's
Rest. where I encountered him last myself, taking selfies with
Andy and crew.
Fat Gor (right) spent the holiday on Lamma Island.
As usual, another blockbuster was running through CNY in most
cinemas, featuring Lamma most famous and richest son, Fat Gor.
If you wanted to see it you had to book online and early.
Reviews were mixed but Lamma-Por and I loved it. From slapstick
and silliness to James Bond-type stunts, traveling all over the
world, a real romp, but just spending minutes of movietime in
We saw it in Cyberport, closest and cheapest cinema for Pak Kokians like us.
I couldn't resist shooting a little photosphere on my smartphone afterwards,
featuring the Shaolin martial artists and traditional arts & crafts being
demonstrated in their arcade.
Here are two Tiny Planets created from the all-round Photosphere:
Lamma Spotlights of the Week,
Mar 3, '15:
Our Island in the Sun, YSW Beach Wedding, Great Things About You, What's
This? Orchid and Screen by:
Mici Reinold, Sheli Bowman, Kevin C Moore, Rambler, Debra Morris.
fascinating web page about the industrial history of
Lamma, with input/links from quite a few senior Lammaites, here
are a few highlights:
was first brought to the island by submarine cable from
Hong Kong island in 1962.
Lamma Power Station opened in 1982.
Hong Kong and Yaumatei ferries resumed a
service to Cheung Chau with an intermediate stop at Yung
Shue Wan on Lamma.
plan to have HK's international airport on the north coast of
Lamma island was discussed in 1938.
Lo So Shing [mid 1950s?] One of the… "the
principal village occupations [is] grass-cutting, the
grass being sold to Aberdeen for breaming [cleaning of the
bottom of a ship of accumulated matter by burning and
In 1972 Shell Oil Company applied to build an
oil refinery on Lamma but was opposed by environmental
groups and residents.
in 1965 reports that new factories have been
set up in north Lamma including [one or more] rattan
in 1983, people on Lamma island were
assembling dolls – there was a pile of arms and legs etc in
the middle of a [restaurant] table, and women sitting around the
table putting them together.
In 1954 the villagers set upon the new
contractor, beat him up badly, and left him for several hours
locked up in a temple. ...four of the villagers were sent to
prison for several months.
Anyone visiting Lamma, especially Yung Shue
Wan, up to the early 1990s, will remember the pungent smell
of shrimp paste which was made and/or stored in large,
bright blue plastic barrels."
Jozi Mouzi Birkz writes:
"My breakfast, home-grown plum tomatoes on my
toast and my home-grown strawberry smoothies with mountain
flowers I picked up while jogging this morning.
Oh Lamma, you are my Paradise! — drinking green tea.
... You don't need to have a huge farm to
enjoy your fav vegetables.
... Now I know why they call it Tomato....
Anyone like it? It's free!"