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Mon, Aug 21

Palm Oil Spill stories  (South China Morning Post)

Mon, Aug 14

Green tourism to get boost with renovated piers
(The Standard. 10 piers, incl. Pak Kok and YSW)

Mon, Aug 14

Govt under scrutiny over oil spill location...  (Lantau News)

Sun, Aug 13

About the palm oil spill  (Heartbeat)

Fri, Aug 11

From Forest Destruction to Marine Destruction  (Sea Shepherd)

Thu, Aug 10

Palm Oil Spill Cleanups all over Lamma

Fri, Aug 4

Mountain Unicycle Championship on Lamma
(South China Morning Post - SCMP.TV)

Tue, Aug 1

Restaurant/Bar News: Andy's Seafood Rest., Island Bar, The BayJing Jing, Bombay Bar & Rest., Just Kitchen

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Sat, Aug 26

Coastal Cleanup @ Shek Pai Wan beach, Tung O Wan, S. Lamma

Sun, Aug 27

August Beach Clean Up @ Lo So Shing beach, S. Lamma

Sun, Aug 27

The Folk Ups @ The Island Bar

Sat, Sep 9

Floating Tube Cinema @ off Powerstation Beach

Sat, Nov 4

Lamma Fun Day @ Powerstation Beach/Road

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Aug 21 - "Twenty families strolled around Lamma Island and unfolded the "secret" of..."

Aug 19- "By going deeper into the dream you will discover amazing new dimensions..."

Aug 14 - The frequently moving seabed investigation platform just off the Pak Kok ferry pier today.

Aug 13- Thank you, Eco-Marine, HK Hiking Meetup, The First Penguins, Sea Kayak HK, Plastic Free Seas, Living Lamma...

Aug 12 - A new favourite picture of Laudable Lamma Luminary Joyce of Jing Jing Bar & Rest., of ex-DIESEL's fame,

Aug 11- There are almost daily volunteer beach clean ups happening nowadays on Lamma...

Jul 24 - Highest tide of the year, this morning @ Fisherman's Pier. Global warming and rising sea levels in action?

Jul 23 - This is what happens to a color laser-printed poster after a few weeks on a rain-lashed, open-air billboard.

Jul 20 - What is this contraption that appeared today just off the Pak Kok ferry pier?

Jul 19 - "So heartfelt thanks to One and All. You're on The Roll Of Honour."

Jul 14 - Khachapury, a kind of Georgian pizza, was enjoyed for late lunch in Just Kitchen.

Jul 13 - ...an unexploded, 1-foot-long naval artillery shell on the beach just behind The Waterfront.

Jul 12 - This morning after 5:48am.

Jul 11 - Liao Ning Aircraft Carrier leaving HK this morning, viewed from end of Cable Road, Pak Kok.

Jul 10 - "Two HK Electric teams have won the first and third prizes in an international competition..."

Jul 7 - Watching the Chin. aircraft carrier Liao Ning pass through the Lamma East Channel.

Jul 4 - Lamma Events Calendar - July '17: http://Lamma.com.hk/
index_events.htm

Jul 3 - Lamma Calendar 2017 this month, showing sunset at the Pak Kok ferry pier.

Jul 2 - Two stories from our regular correspondent Nick the Bookman today:

Jul 1 - Flags fluttering high above YSW Main Street...

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Aug 21:  Treasure-Hunting Lamminions

(photos by Hans Andersen Club)

Hans Andersen Club writes:

"Twenty families strolled around Lamma Island and unfolded the "secret" of green/ self-made shops on 5 Aug 2017. At the same time, they explored the history of villages. Having fresh soya milk and pineapple sticks provided in the trip were good ways to "escape" from the hot, sunny weather.

The parents shared that children from the city seldom see green environments and insects. They got the chance to experience the cozy environment on the island and talk to the inhabitants. Parents considered this was a very effective way to communicate and have fun with their children.

Lamma Treasure Hunt activities and a creative market will be held again on 4 Nov 2017. It will be open for registration in September 2017. Stay tuned!"

That Lamma Minion (a Lamminion?) photo above, inside our Hans Andersen Centre in Tai Wan New Village, was just too cute!
Here's my zoomed in and enhanced version:

Another great initiative is their Lamma Story Garden:

"Through creative stories, eco-tour and recycle activities, we facilitate parents and children to release their pressure from the city, experience the healing power of the nature, and obtain ecological and environmental knowledge.

For more details, please call 2338 8147."

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Aug 19:  Deep Dreams of Just Another Sunset

I never get tired of sunsets, running up to the rooftop from my home office, setting up my pocket ultra zoom on a tripod and Wifi-connecting it to my smartphone and clicking away...

Here are a few of my favourite versions of the sunset a few days ago; Deep Styled by iteratively processing them with Google's Deep Dream Generator, which is using their in-house supercomputing capabilities:

"By going deeper into the dream you will discover amazing new dimensions and visual artifacts from the Artificial Intelligence's consciousness."

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Aug 14:  Piers to Be Upgraded/Replaced

The frequently moving seabed investigation platform just off the Pak Kok ferry pier today: The contractors are checking the feasibility and details of constructing a long, sideways-docking ferry pier (to be ready by 2021 the earliest).

Stepping and off the ferry's "nose" at the Pak Kok pier can be a treacherous adventure, especially in rocky seas. The permanent cross currents make the docking really difficult and sometimes take several attempts by the very experienced, specially qualified captains.

We learnt more re: planned upgrades of ferry piers HK-wide today:

Green tourism to get boost with renovated piers
(The Standard newspaper)

10 ferry piers HK-wide are to be upgraded or replaced, incl. Pak Kok and YSW piers! Anybody got details of the YSW ferry pier plans, as I haven't seen anything yet. I shall investigate...

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Aug 13:  Thank You!

Robert Lockyer writes about the palm oil spill cleanups:

"Thank you Eco-Marine, Hong Kong Hiking Meetup, The First Penguins, Sea Kayak Hong Kong, Plastic Free Seas, Living Lamma and numerous other groups and local residents for getting over 350 volunteers on Lamma today.

It's great when people, volunteers, families and NGO groups from all over Hong Kong come together as one to solve a problem."

More info...

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Aug 12:  OverJoyced!

A new favourite picture of Laudable Lamma Luminary Joyce of Jing Jing Bar & Rest., of ex-DIESEL's fame, celebrating her Big Birthday with another big Jing-Jing-a-ling party!

She was so OverJoyced to receive this fantastic collage created by Caroline Collins:

How many Lamma faces do you recognise? Click to enlarge, plus more photos!

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Aug 11:  Palm Oil Spill Clean Ups

There are almost daily volunteer clean ups happening nowadays on Lamma, with many wonderful volunteers joining from off-island. Most of the clean ups are listed here and in our Lamma Events Calendar:

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Jul 27:  Bike Park Clearances!

If you'd like to know what happened to your and your friends'  missing bikes, parked till today in the YSW Bike Park, and where are they now? Click above...

P.S. plus another bike clearance on Aug 10...

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Jul 24:  Flooded!

Highest tide of the year, this morning @ Fisherman's Pier. Global warming and rising sea levels in action?

Just a split second after this photo, my sneakers & socks got flooded and drenched as well... But it seems well worth it, a small sacrifice to get this candid shot of the completely unfazed Lamma fisherman.

Facebook Reactions and comments started to flood in, like the tide above, within minutes of me posting this photo! Even some of our really good local photographers liked it.  ;~}

Within hours, this photo attracted 157 Facebook Likes, 36 Wows, even 12 Loves, a total of 205 Reactions so far; plus 15 shares and 32 comments; plus an additional 46 reactions in the Lamma Island Hong Kong group.

This is definitely one of my most popular photos so far. Nice. Maybe I should submit it to the Lamma Calendar 2018?
Photo submissions starting soon, after the summer break, to become available for charity at the Lamma Fun Day 2017!


P.S. Just got the automatic pop-up below on my Facebook Timeline:
This photo above pushed my total Likes so far over 30,000, up 1,000 in >1 month. Nice to get all this feedback on my photos; it helps to improve my still quite rudimentary photography skills.

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Jul 23:  Happy 15th Anniversary!?

This is what happens to a color laser-printed poster after a few weeks on a rain-lashed, open-air billboard.

It all started as a little local phpPBB forum 15 years ago, see below. It has grown now into 61,671 posts (classifieds not counted) and this entire website with thousands of Lamma-zine stories, 15 years of events, photo/multimedia galleries with tens of thousands of photos, etc.

Is it high time for a complete overhaul, technically and design-wise, a major relaunch after the summer holidays? Maybe, perhaps...

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Jul 20:  Investigations for Pak Kok Ferry Pier Rebuild

What is this contraption that appeared today just off the Pak Kok ferry pier? I took a few smartphone snaps...

CEDD replying to my enquiry a few weeks ago:

"This Office is planning to reconstruct the Pak Kok Pier on Lamma Island. The proposed pier will be a structure extending from the existing pier and provide alongside berthing.

The project is now at planning and preliminary design stage. Subject to the completion of the pre-construction work and availability of funding, it is striven to commence the works tentatively in late 2019 for completion in 2021.

To facilitate the design work, marine ground investigation works will be carried out in the vicinity of the existing pier from mid July 2017 for about two months. Please note that there are no links for this project."

A close-up while passing by on the ferry, showing the marine site investigation boat transforming into a raised platform:

One more picture, shot from my flat's rooftop. Is this a new exit ramp for ferry passengers?

More pictures to follow soon, hopefully together with a sunset like this (zooming out from the very same vantage point above):

P.S. Just in case you're wondering why the HK Govt. is finally getting serious about rebuilding this very dangerous ferry pier, have a look at this Lamma-zine story, 1 year ago.
Local pressure on the Govt. can get results, but only if it's applied by the "right" people and if they are very patient:

Lamma VIPs @ Pak Kok Ferry Pier

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Jul 19:  'The Niceness of Lamma Folk'

Excerpt from our regular reviewer Nick the Bookman latest work, adding to his Magnus Opus, DOWN & UP:

"So heartfelt thanks to One and All. You're on The Roll Of Honour. You all reaffirmed my belief in the niceness of Lamma folk. Willing to rally around. Year after year. Marilena and I both love living here. It's a great community. Look after the children is Rule One. No kids. No future. There are great support systems in place.

Above all: Lamma is Safe. Which is becoming a scarcer value globally. I've started coming out of my depression and am re-thinking my decision not to go to the Island School Reunion..."

Read the full review...

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Jul 14:  Lamma's Got Khachapury

Khachapury, a Georgian specialty, kind of a pizza with very soft scrambled egg topping for dunking, was enjoyed for late lunch in Just Kitchen in YSW yesterday. Georgian specialties in a Chinese fishing village? Wonders Never Cease, as my former
One of the very few restaurant in all of HK with any specialties from former Soviet republic Georgia, original home of restaurant manager Sam, who wrote down the dish name for me.

HK's rare Russian restaurants sometimes have a few Georgian specialties, but reviews seem mixed.

Here's a fine SCMP story about Georgian cuisine:
"Ajarian Khachapuri, perfect wet-weather food. A cross between a canoe-shaped pizza and naan bread, it arrived awash with cheese and on the top wobbled an almost raw egg, swimming in a pool of butter."
Yes, that's a perfect description of my lunch yesterday!

Looking forward to Sulguni Rolls, Pkhali, Veal Chakapul or Pork Odjakhur in our Just Kitchen in the near future, I hope?

Delicious their Khachapury below was, taken home the leftovers were, and yummy they were, even after reheating...

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Jul 13:  Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Big excitement yesterday in our village of Yung Shue Wan which is usually quite sleepy on a hot summer weekday afternoon. During his daily #30for30 YSW beach cleanup, Robert Lockyer discovered an unexploded, 1-foot-long naval artillery shell on the beach just behind The Waterfront Bar & Rest.

Police has been informed and they brought in officers from Explosive Ordnace Disposal Bureau to check out the potential danger posed by this artillery shell from World War II. I tagged along with the Lamma Police Chief Rachel (in casual attire) and the police officers. Robert writes:

"Police said it was safe and less than 1% chance of going off as the top (fuse) and inside had corroded and washed clear over the years. However EOD (bomb squad) removed it anyhow just to be safe."

Apple Daily has been informed (not by the Lamma-zine) and put a little breaking news video online almost immediately:

P.S. Lamma-zine stories re: 2 former bombs/shells found on Lamma beaches:

2003: Power Station beach
2012: Mo Tat Wan beach

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Jul 12:  Early Risers...

This morning after 5:48am.
Get up early, Lammaites, and get on the rooftop of your Village House or some other high-enough location, it might well be worth it!
Best sunrise/sunset views of the year these few weeks!

P.S. One more sunrise album?

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Jul 11:  Liao Ning Carrier Departing

Liao Ning Aircraft Carrier leaving HK this morning, viewed from end of Cable Road, Pak Kok. Click for more pics and comments:

Goodbye photo shot from the drone live feed that the Lamma policeman and a friend are watching above. Typically Lamma?

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Jul 10:  2nd Life for Retired EV Batteries

Congratulations to HK Electric for adding yet another 2 awards to their fast-growing collection! They were so pleased about these awards ("beaming with pride") that they issued one of their very informative press releases:

HK Electric Shines in International Competition on Second Life for Retired EV Batteries

Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin (middle front row), seen sharing in the joy of the teams that won the championship and the second runner-up, the Best "Viability" Award and Best "Value & Impact" Award in the International Competition.

"Two HK Electric teams have won the first and third prizes in the Open Group of an international competition involving the use of batteries from retired electric vehicles (EVs).

Organised by the Environment Bureau, the competition on Second Life for Retired Batteries from Electric Vehicles was the first ever held in Hong Kong. The winning team's proposal on a hybrid battery energy storage system for an off-grid solar power system on Po Toi Island also won the Best "Viability" Award and the Best "Value & Impact" Award.

Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Wan Chi-tin, was beaming with pride when he noted that the two Company teams were the only local teams among the five finalists."


P.S. 1: There's a solar power storage system on Lamma's sister island, Po Toi.
I've just learnt this from the press release above ("The Project Division of HK Electric and PolyU researchers joined hands to study the application of retired EV batteries in the solar power storage system on Po Toi Island.").
Got to investigate soon...

P.S. 2: HK Electric's e-Bill and Autopay Promotion is still running. Sign up for a cash incentive and lucky draws.

P.S. 3: We're organising another Visit to the Lamma Power Station for Lamma residents, after a break of a few years:
Sign up for this week-day-only, age 15+ tour next month.

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Jul 7:  Liao Ning Aircraft Carrier Arrival

Video by China Daily...

I've been watching the Chin. aircraft carrier Liao Ning pass through the Lamma East Channel, zoomed in from my Pak Kok Village rooftop. Click for photo album and much more info:

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Jul 5:  Almost 15 Years!

Print posters for North Lamma... Want to get some?

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Jul 4:  Concerts, Cleanups & Rice Harvesting

Lamma Events Calendar - July '17: http://Lamma.com.hk/index_events.htm

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Jul 3:  Quintessentially Lamma

2017 Lamma Calendar page this month, showing sunset at the Pak Kok ferry pier. Somebody left an old couch at the pier and my neighbour, The Mysterious Mr. B, sax player from Thinking Out Loud days (one of the many bands of ex-Lammaite Chris B of Underground), took the opportunity to admire the sunset, a very popular pastime at the sunset-facing North Lamma piers and many a local rooftop.

I've been taking this quick smartphone snapshot, after convincing Mr. B to pose for me on the couch, and the rest is (Lamma) history now, published for posterity in the official 2017 Lamma Calendar. All soooo Typically Lamma, in my humble opinion...

The main organiser behind this yearly charity project...

"...is happy to announce that the calendar has raised HK$42,500 so far this year. Donations of $14,166 have been submitted to the three beneficiaries; The Child Welfare Scheme (CWSHK), Lamma Animal Protection (LAW), and One Million Words."

By the way, the Lamma-shaped silver pendant, top middle of the calendar, is part of the hanger I use for the calendar; cast locally by a jewelry maker.

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Jul 2:  DOWN & UP

Two stories from our regular correspondent Nick the Bookman today:

"So heartfelt thanks to One and All. You're on The Roll Of Honour. You all reaffirmed my belief in the niceness of Lamma folk. Willing to rally around..."

Read Nick's two stories...

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Jul 1: Handover 20th Anniversary:  Festive Main Street

 

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