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Easter in Lamma's restaurants
Update on YSW Community Center, etc.
'Twilight Fish Market' nickname search
Works office @ PS Beach
YSW Bike Park-in-progress
Ex-Lamma Quarry consultations
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Holy Week Activities @ Catholic Community
Lamma Gardens tour @ YSW Ferry Pier
Cantonese Opera @ YSW Football Pitch
Lamma Day with Dragon & Sampan races
Wake for Vernon Ram @ FCC
Streetometry exhibition @ Cafe
Ex-Lamma Quarry Forum @ City Gallery
@ Power Station Beach
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Apr 14 - Latest article
from WebMD: Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Against
Apr 13 - Even after
more than 12 years living on Lamma, I still discover
new, major, yearly, local events with zero "Gweilos".
Apr 10 - We're still
not sure if this will be a full reclamation or just the
promised platform, similar to the ferry pier?
Apr 9 - Shot from our
rooftop last night:
Apr 6 - "Caroline &
James are pleased to inform you all that in July we will
be opening in our..."
Apr 1 - "How do two
ex-Lamma residents meet? Neither Jules Meaney nor Bike
Mike had ever encountered ... on Lamma."
Mar 14 - New takeaway
place in the former location of the waffle shop, just
after the former Diesel's.
Mar 13 -
"Plan unveiled for high-rises at Sok Kwu Wan to double
Sean Creamer's interview above, check out some of
Alain’s latest work, or contact him:
Alain Jaquier Photography on Facebook
or his website:
Also, don't forget his
Streetometry exhibition @ Les Artistes Café in Tin Hau is
open until April 30!
Alysha Tarr - Paddler of the new Lamma Dragons Under-18s writes:
The Start Line - Shatin
Dragonboat Races, 6th April 2014
"As a new team on the race line against 23-year-old men and woman, you
could say it was quite frightening. We got into the rocky dragon boat
surfacing on the coca-cola coloured water and we paddled towards the
starting line. All the bystanders watched and clapped and our nerves settled
for a moment as we became proud to be apart of such a great group and
representing the first Lamma Dragons U18s team.
Once we arrived, we realised there was no turning back. We heard so many
noises; cheering, screaming and the staccato breathing of your fellow
paddlers but everything seemed to quieten when we heard our drummer shout,
'Quiet in the boat!' and now all we could hear was the deep inhales
and exhales of your own breath as our goal becomes clear. The finish line.
And then the voice came over the speakers: "ATTENTION!" and that
was it, as soon as the horn went off it was paddle, paddle, paddle. There
was an adrenaline rush that automatically filled our bodies as we used all
your strength in the first 5 strokes. Your focus was no longer on the other
teams, it was on your drummer and making sure your techniques was
synchronised with the paddler in front of you.
There was no time for thinking, as were nearly neck and neck with other
teams, which was actually quite surprising. Looking at twelve to seventeen
year olds who have had only two or three practice sessions compared to
twenty-three-year-olds which most likely have been training for a while, it
was quite exciting.
If you are interested in joining the Lamma Dragons U18 team, please
(Photos by mum Claudia &
P.S. Want to have a look at the
Lamma Dragons Newsletter April 2014:
"For those who attended glorious Shatin, you would have witnessed another
historical day for the Lamma Dragons with the first-ever race of our kids
team. There was many a tear in proud parents' eyes at the end of the race.
Yes, we're talking about you, Brad!
Like my new poster? Should I get it printed to display it in a few selected
P.S. Happy & Delicious Easter Holidays to all our readers!
Latest article from WebMD, plus many similar articles in the medical press
and in hospital news:
Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Against Diabetes.
Having undergone Weight-Loss Surgery in Queen Mary Hospital Hospital
6 years ago, I was one of the lucky quarter of patients whose former
massive, long-term diabetes has gone into full remission, requiring no more
drugs, diet or any treatments since then. "A quarter of the people in the
sleeve gastrectomy group had remission of type 2 diabetes," so I
consider myself pretty lucky!
My other weight-related "co-morbidities" like blood pressure, severe sleep
apnea, knee pain, digestive issues, etc. have also completely vanished. I
have been completely medication- and symptom-free for several years now,
with an almost perfect glucose level and yearly, extensive blood and
diabetes complication screening results.
The great QMH doctors reduced only the size of my stomach to the size of a
single full rice bowl, via Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, leaving my
digestive tract untouched otherwise. It's a much simpler and reduced
operation than the much more invasive and more common Gastric Bypass
("routes food directly to the small intestine, which means it bypasses
the stomach, duodenum and large intestines".) No long-term dietary
issues and restrictions with my VSG, unlike in a Gastric Bypass. But we save
half the money in eating out, only having to order a single set meal for the
two of us,... and we might have left-overs to take home.
single glass of alcohol per day is still permitted, but enough to make me
tipsy, as my small stomach absorbs any alcohol very quickly. I'm a really
cheap date these days and Lamma-Por appreciates that, I hope.
Yes, I can eat sweets and desserts again, no problem, but in moderation to
keep my weight steady. I might share a single donut.
Having kept my weight very steady for the last several years, the full
remission of my diabetes & related health problems is the main motivation to
maintain my weight, not looks (Still fogly - fat, old and ugly! ;-)
The diabetes and other co-morbidities would surely return right away if I'd
regain a major part of my former massive weight, making my life and health
pretty challenging again! Let me enjoy life in my 50s to the fullest,
walking/hiking/biking, living on a traffic-free island is a fine place to
remain healthy and fit!
Index of my ongoing weight-loss story:
Only Half the Man I Used to Be.
A Chan family - Chans start enjoying chicken feet early (2y, 4m old
Even after more than 12 years living on Lamma, I still discover major,
yearly, local events with zero "Gweilos" I've never attended before and that
are only promoted word-of-mouth. Even the long-time, non-local residents of
Tai Wan Village I asked had never been invited to or attended this almost
yearly event, on Palm Sunday, Apr 13, 2014.
The Chan Clan's feast is being held basically to celebrate being a member of
the large and influential Chan Clan "ruling" over a number of local
villages. Chairman Chan of the Rural Committee of North Lamma greeted
Lamma-Por and me, but there was a large number of VIPs and families from the
Yu, Chow, Wong and other local, major clans, the "usual suspects" and many
Tai Wan villagers, of course.
We were invited by the wife of a senior Chan Clan member (Thank you,
happy and successful flat-for-rent Lamma-zine advertiser!). As the only
Gwailo at the event, I was treated very friendly and warmly encouraged to
dig into the very nice, huge, frequently refilled, home-made buffet, with
several roasted suckling pigs. After the feasting, the piles of left-overs
were filled into lunchboxes and we enjoyed free food sufficient for the next day.
There was even half a donated bottle of fine red wine left that they
insisted on me bringing it home.
Some firecrackers outside the Chan Family Temple, some drumming, great
weather and a big free feast just outside the Hans Andersen Centre with
local families and friends; it was a great and fun event, demonstrating the
best of Lamma village life. We're looking forward to
Lamma Day on Easter Sunday!
Progress of Bike Park construction @ YSW Ferry Pier yesterday:
We're still not sure if this will be a full reclamation or just the promised
platform, similar to the ferry pier? The multiple signs along the ferry pier
seem to indicate temporary works only, including the many more cement blocks
to be added
(see barge) to be removed after completion of construction,
This banner inside the YSW Football Pitch (closed now for 1.5 months due to
Cantonese Opera over Easter, Apr 19-23) doesn't seem to make much sense as
there's not a single public and legal place to park a bike on all of Lamma
Island (?). That "Parking for Bicycles" sign above is the only one on our
island and it's a private space of Ngau Kee restaurant, opposite Pizza
Milano (to be relaunched as the Lamma Grill on July 1).
In the meantime, there's a
Temporary Bike Park just below the Lamma Winds windturbine, left on
Cable Road 2. It's been created after the recent clearing of the YSW Ferry
Pier, but it's locked and there's absolutely, definitely no legal way to get
your confiscated bike, trolley or child buggy back!?
This is the former, locked "temp bike park" inside the 1st phase of the YSW
Harbour Reclamation, completed around 15+ years ago. A few bikes are still
left, just besides the sand/gravel storage and the brand-new Police Station
After the completion of the official YSW Bicycle Area, there'll be
several more bike parks in the not-too-distant future:
At least 3 of them are already planned inside the
ex-Lamma Quarry housing development in South Lamma, serving those
future 5,000+ Lamma residents, especially the numerous kayak and canoe
paddlers around the future South Lamma main ferry piers (see above)???
Shot from our rooftop last night:
Jean Gorguet writes:
"Beauty lost its mother on a fresh spring day...
Here's a little Many-Banded Krait who had left the nest on the chilly end
of yesterday. The way it was using the grips to sneak away on the side of
the path was pure beauty.
Shot right in front of Studio 31 (my little house). I guess the bigger
version of what I saw last year a few steps away [see right] was a parent of
this little one. Be aware that there is a whole family of these along that
Further enquiry with Jean revealed that this family of very "scary beauties"
lives along the main path from our Pak Kok Village home to the ferry pier!
Don't tell Lamma-Por! Don't forget your flashlight!
Googling "Many-Banded Krait":
"Known to have caused several human deaths in Hong Kong."
Sean Creamer writes:
"Yesterday's walk inspired me to do a collage of some of the thousands of
unique post boxes across the island...
...more to come as we discovered Katelyn loves to be taken for long
I took my Mom and Katelyn for a walk on Lamma today to my favourite
little beach. The rain, wind and tide surge brought in all these little
rocks, glass and seaweed. It's not often you see stuff like this on the
beach so I thought I'd make a little collage of it."
Caroline & James are pleased to inform you
all that in July
we will be opening in our new location, 36 Main Street, currently the Pizza
- Official Court Overseas Correspondent
photos by Bike Mike)
Baffin Island, in Canada's
How do two ex-Lamma residents
Neither Jules Meaney nor
Bike Mike had ever encountered each other
on Lamma. Jules, formerly of Back Street in Yung
Shue Wan had been gone from Lamma 9 years when
Bike Mike arrived here.
They first encountered each other
through photos both had posted on the secret
Lamma-zine Gay Forum.
"I knew right away Jules was
the Back Street Boy of my dreams", said Bike
Mike in an exclusive interview with
Lamma-Gung. Jules, who had been happily
married to Bonny, also formerly
of Lamma, did not know that he was "of the
other persuasion" until he met the verily
virile Bike Mike. "It was love at first
sight", said Jules.
Bonny and Jules did not part
amicably. Jules barely made it out of Toronto;
all he was able to salvage from his marriage
with Bonny was his pink DickStock T-shirt and
his denim shorts.
Travelling to Baffin Island to
join Mike, the man of his dreams, was a
particularly arduous and cold venture.
Fortunately, Mike had just the thermal pants for
Jules to slip into when he arrived.
The happy couple will soon wed.
Reverend Dan The Bastard will be
officiating. Nick Lovatt, AKA Nick The
Book, will give away one of the brides, and
Maria will give the other bride away.
Bike Mike's cousin Maria runs
Tigra da Lua in Tai Yuen Village,
Lamma's premier fashion and jewelry boutique.
A special musical interlude at
the ceremony will be sung by Lamma Dragons
she-warriors: Gina Miller, Rachel
Adams, and Claudia Tarr. They will be
backed up by a choir of Lamma Dragons and
Outrigger Canoe Club paddlers. Well-known
cartoonist, song writer, singer and Bearded
Ukulady Harry Harrison will perform a
special solo which he has composed for the
Photography will be provided by
France's Fashion Photo Icon, Jean Gorguet.
"I love these guys", said
Lamma Dragon Josh Sellers, "but I want
everyone to know that just because I bless this
sacred union doesn't mean that I steer the OC
from both sides of the boat".
Wine for the reception will be
the Lamma-zine house brand, Fat Bastard,
supplied by famous wine baron Brad Tarr.
The wedding will take place on
Baffin Island, in Canada's Arctic on April
1st. All are invited!
da Lua's Maria
Bike Mike in OCC attire
P.S. Barefoot Bike Mike is a
long-time Lamma-zine Overseas Correspondent, see some of his former
articles below. His most recent articles seem to arrive always
on the very same date every year:
April 1, 2012:
Lamma Eco-cycles Launch
April 1, 2011:
Eco-Development Starting Construction
April 1, 2010:
Island Bar Reinvents Itself
Our former Official Court Glutton is back! He writes:
"Right! Much like the Dr. Seuss character "the Cat in the Hat", I too am
years of not writing, but yet maintaining a level of private
gluttony, I have been badgered and cajoled into writing mode
Who badgered and cajoled me?
I would like to say that it was friends who sought my opinions
on where to eat.
But that would not be true.
The true reason is that some providers on Lamma who over a
period of time have zipped, zapped, overcharged,
under-delivered, or simply bummed me out.
have been living on Lamma since 1996.
During that time there have been many changes on the eating
front in Yung Shue Wan.
Some places are still here, some places came and went.
This is completely normal and to be expected.
When I moved to Lamma, I also set up my office in Sheung Wan.
After finishing a long day, on the walk to the ferry, I would
look at the menus and generally decide to wait to get to Lamma
Mostly because it was substantially cheaper to eat on Lamma and
to support local eateries.
I have noticed in the last couple of year the price differential
between HK side and Lamma is reducing.
Just before Christmas last year, I had to visit the Wan Chai tax
department <shudder>, afterwards I decided to calm myself with
comfort food, i.e.: fried half chicken, French fries and a pint.
Turns out that the meal was better (opinion) and cheaper than
Lamma (Fact. Happy Hour price on ale).
Now I am not amused, Wan Chai cheaper than Lamma!
plan for the food reviews is to try to find dishes on Lamma that
represent what I feel good value.
Simply stated: good food, good quantity, in a nice environment
and served at a decent price. There are a few eateries who have
tried to hold the line and they should be commended for doing
I hope to be able to make good recommendations as these
businesses deserve our support.
You can expect my first report soon. If you have complaints
or suggestions, feel free to bombard Lamma-Gung, as he likes
that kind of thing."
In the meantime, can you
guess from which restaurants L-G's photos above came from? Or
you could simply follow our
Lamma Bar & Restaurant News...
Stella writes: "What do you get when you have a beach, music, meat, 4
dragon boats and lots of friends? One hell of a party!
On Sunday Lamma Dragons hosted their first ever invitational on Sun, Mar
16. Calling it an outlying island only event we invited the Lantau crews -
and they came.
The races were designed to be fun, fun, fun and different. While boats
were in the water, paddlers on the beach had a chance to make up points with
hysterical beach races.
Thanks to Sarah Sullivan and James Hudson - our randomly selected
captains - everyone who paddled, volunteered and Lantau for sharing our day.
We believe this is the first such fun race in Hong Kong for Dragonboaters
and will be the start of many, many more.
Think it looks like fun? Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and come get in a boat. Oh, and big shout out to the
pink crew - the winners by a small margin on the day."
Final of the
Backwards Race... including backwards prat falls (Photos by L-G)
"Day ends to great applause and lots of drinking. Yay!"
Chris B writes: "For
years now, The Underground has been quietly stirring up a storm in Hong
Kong's best live music venues. Now, to commemorate our 10 year anniversary,
we're emerging from our home underground to bring to you our very first
outdoor music extravaganza. In collaboration with
Hong Kong Fan Zone,
Friday Night Rocks (aka The Underground Festival), will feature many of our
very favourite Hong Kong bands. Musical styles will range from indie folk to
pop rock, so there'll be something to suit everybody.
For a Friday night that rocks with good music and good fun, be sure to
mark your calendars for the 28th March at the New Central Harbourfront.
It's going to be one of the best nights of original music Hong Kong has seen
OMG!!! It's TONIGHT!!! I'm going to be NAKED on stage at
the Underground Festival at HK Fan Zone. Or will I? WHO CARES!!
There's going to be 9 amazing bands on one stage -
Helter Skelter Blues Band, Hey Joe Trio, Bamboo Star, noughts
and exes, Shotgun Politics, ToNick, DR.EGGS and Supper Moment.
OPEN AIR AT NEW CENTRAL HARBOURVIEW (right next to HK-side Star
Ferry) Come COME COME!
See below, a few of my photos. Review by Nick the Bookman pending,
it'll be posted in our
Music forum soon.
"Everyone was a winner today at LamMarathon. A heroic effort was
made - especially as some of the runners had been out the night before - and
HK$3,658 was raised for Children with Cancer UK, bringing the total
to GBP 920 (almost half way to our target!)
We had a number of people who couldn't make it but who pledged to help
out. This is the web link to give via
It was so nice to have so many kids take part today too - they took off
like whippets to the pagoda and back. Well done kids!"
Lamma Village Sewerage Phase 2
YSW Harbour seen from the Old Jetty, shot on
mobile phone by
This looks like one of Lamma's famous Black
Holes! But those infamous Gravity Pockets are usually located
very close to YSW's bars! More photos, please!
Find out how to to do a "Stereographic
Projection" by yourself:
Deadline for comments on the
Impact Assessment study:
this Friday, Mar 21!
Have a look at a Chinese/English sample letter,
draft your own and submit it by this Friday, if you'd like to
comment on these housing plans which will effectively double
Lamma's population after completion.
Support? Oppose? Why?
See the detailed govt. proposal and plans in the
Plus some photos on what's going on in the
ex-Lamma Quarry these days:
The "Community Engagement" will continue till
May 17, mainly a few panels from the glossy project brochure
displayed on and off Lamma, plus a single public meeting on May
3 in HK City Hall, just a few days before the deadline on May 3:
The search for a private developer to build this
dBay-style suburb will probably start soon afterwards. We're
still looking for a more memorable nickname!
Lamma dBay? Quarry City?
This is a brand-new takeaway place in the former location of the
waffle shop, just after the former Diesel's, run by Lamma Luminary
Joyce, managed by Jonalyn, former cook
of Jing Jing.
In case you're wondering about the mysterious
name (no sign up yet), it was selected in the
naming contest Joyce was running. No explanations on the
winning criteria and who actually won those free drinks for one
night, plus a bottle of "pineapple wine". Pineapple wine?!?
Testing The Lamma Space recently, I can highly
recommend their very reasonably priced takeaways, prepared and
packed with a big smile:
More Lamma Bar & Restaurant News
SCMP article today.
Click to read and comment.
Sat, Mar 6 @ the Pavilion above Hung Shing Yeh
beach (vis-a-vis the Power Station, on the Family Trail to Sok
GreenLammaGroup, volunteers & Lammaites performing tree
conservation work at the on-going
Green Hong Kong Green tree planting project! Great job
and many thanks to all involved!
Click on photos for gallery:
Tonight 10pm @
Open Space (Tai Ling, half way up to the
windturbine, past the Catholic Kindergarten):
"Party Purpose: to drive out recently-awoken
egg-layers, incl. snakes, centipedes etc., from Open Space
property with the use of large 4/4 output,
(i.e. dance music)."
Many of us have already encountered the babies of the
numerous creepy crawlies, weird bugs & nasty beasties that we share our home island with. For
example the tiny, but very poisonous and aggressive centipede
babies crawling all over paths, up walls and into homes via any
tiny opening. I just encountered a 2-incher on the bathroom
floor of our 2/F flat; no idea on how it got in, maybe through
the bathroom fan or up a pipe?
Instead of panicking or trying the various, often useless
prevention and extermination methods, what do the Open Space
Throw a party to drive the beasties out! That's the Lamma
spirit! Try the same approach in your home (but only till 11pm,
"No active participation in pest-control from
party-goers is expected,
as the following have been tasked with the sonic-cull today:
JB - Junkt - Devlar - Rapsac
Other DJs may follow...
Bring a torch, plus healthy enthusiasm for
Donations will be collected.
Drinks will be provided at the usual low prices and you
may also bring your own too. (There will be an honesty box for
drinks you wish to buy.)"
P.S. Here's the
DJ lineup for the Macro-Micro party tonight, according to DJ Jimbrowski of Open Space. Click on their Macro mugshots below -
looking like typical Micro Lamma Wildlife, obviously - to learn
more about these DJs and their creepy habits and weird noises:
P.P.S. Who'll win this epic
"sonic-cull" battle of Lammaites vs. indigenous Lamma
Wildlife tonight? Bets are welcome, but my money's on the Bugs
early the next morning I've been biking past Open Space:
Eerie, haunting silence, like the aftermath of a horror movie,
not a soul stirring, no more sounds and noises of any kind...
It looks like the Bugs 'n' Beasties have
in the end, surviving the "sonic-cull",
enveloping some of the humans who couldn't flee quickly enough
in white cocoons. See these 4 spooky, terrifying, all-white,
corpses, some of them beheaded or their limbs torn off:
P.P.P.P.S. DJ Jimbrowski of Open Space writes:
"You must have gotten there just after the insects won a
crucial battle. Music was doing well until the human side got
tangled up in some sort of a silky cocoon-type-thing for the
best part of a week up there. Luckily, one chap escaped and
raised the alarm....
Contrary to all appearances, I believe we won in the end. OK,
so there were some casualties, but all in all, not one centipede
has arisen yet, (the roaches are another story.) Pictures will
follow after a quick spell in the quarantine bin."
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