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Extinction Rebellion stages 'formal dinner party' on Power Station beach  (HK Free Press)

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Lamma Winds Temporary Closure  (HK Electric)

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Try again: Govt re-issues contract for fast broadband to islands  (Lantau News)

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Greenest Island

Mar 20 - "Here, on the greenest island of the archipelago. Stay sane, stay safe, everyone."

"Remember Rambler?"

Mar 18 - Who's taken up Rambler's coveted mantle as Lamma's best (IMHO) close-up nature photographer?

Power Station Views

Mar 6 - by Mute Planet and Agent Yippee

"...object to being called a bastard."

Mar 5 - "For all that's changed in Lamma over the last 70 years,..."

Gardeners vs. Wild Boars

Feb 23 - "Geoff Smith faces off against his nemesis."

David's Covid-19 Quarantine

Feb 19 - "What We Talk About When We Talk About the Coronavirus"

Robotics, Mobile Apps, Big Data & AI

Feb 18 - "HK Electric has been presented with the 'HK Sustainability Award'"

Drone Guide

Feb 17 - "A Complete Guide to Lamma Island" by DRONE & DSLR (6 Feb 2020!)

Lamma Winds Temp Closure

Feb 13 - HK Electric has closed Lamma Winds with immediate effect.

How to get furniture to Lamma painlessly

Feb 12 - "Sit back & let Steve & his team take the strain!"

Mo Tat Wan Beach Villas

Feb 11 - "I strongly object to the application to build two houses in Conservation Area."

1st Sunset Pics of the Year

Jan 28 - My first sunset photos of this year. More to follow, hopefully.

Nick the YouTube Star

Jan 27 - This is the story of Nick's peaceful life, and why he's never shaved his beard.

Lunar New Year @ Tin Hau Temple

Jan 26 - ...traditional midnight lion dance & fireworks greeting the Year of the Rat.

Happy New Year of the Rat!

Jan 25 - May all your cheesiest dreams come true.

Opening Hours over LNY

Jan 24 - Which Lamma places are closed over Lunar New Year?

Quarantine!

Jan 23 - With the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan starting to spread across the world...

Cover Photo of 'Digital Computer Art' FB Group

Jan 16 - My 'AI Drone Attack!' above has just been selected as cover image...

Black Kite in Virtual World

Jan 13 - Transplanting a Black Kite into a virtual-only world of highrises.

Rooster Dragon or Mutant Turkey?

Jan 9 - My latest Creative Experiment, just completed. Suggest a title!

Past Art & Photo Exhibitions of L-G

Jan 8 - Solo Exhibitions & Joint Exhibitions

Balcony Garden of a 'Deep Dreamer'

Jan 7 - Hippeastrum "Hippie" flowers - Centipede - Stinkbug

EMDs Are Banned!

Jan 6 - ...publicity campaign against all these electric transportation devices.

Plan a Day Trip to Lamma

Jan 5 - Quite comprehensive, up-to-date guide for visitors from Cathay Pacific/Dragon.

Favourite Dishes in YSW?

Jan 4 - What are yours and should be added to my list, titled "Overwhelmed and Delighted"?

Return to Lamma Nature Photos...

Jan 2 - Village house building is really speeding up around Pak Kok New Village.

Happy New Year!

Jan 1 - Happy New Year 2020!

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Apr 1:  Lamma to Host Post-COVID-19 Triathlon

Bike Mike, ex-Lammaite Roving Reporter:

"As COVID-19 issues will wind down later this year, a still secret sponsor has announced sponsorship of Lamma Island's Post-COVID-19 Triathlon.

This major international Olympic event will feature athletes who train in three popular sporting pursuits: Swimming, Running, and Roller Sports.

The Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier will host the Race Start where swimmers will enter the water following inaugural speeches and the playing of China's National Anthem by Leigh & Harry, Lamma's own Bearded Ukuladies.

Swimmers will try to avoid the 4PM arrival and departures of ferries as they swim towards Kam Lo Hom, passing The Typhoon Shelter and then pass by the HK Power Station waters by Po Lo Tsui. These waters are normally off-limits to swimmers, however HK Electric has waived this restriction in the spirit of celebrating the end of COVID-19's hold on the territory.

Speaking on behalf of the Australian triathletes, Brad Tarr said that the Ozzie contingent should do well in the water, particularly if there is coal freighter traffic arriving.

"The freighters generate wonderful waves", said Tarr, "Australians are natural surfers; their wakes will allow us to body surf through the power plant waters, while avoiding a different sort of a wake for any opposition".

Exiting the Power Station area, swimmers will traverse the waters to the shore of Power Station Beach where they will quickly change into their running gear. Assistance on the beach will be provided by a volunteer corps of paddlers from the Lamma Dragons.

Runners will then sprint up hill to Lamma Winds for the next change. At Lamma Winds they will jump on their skateboards or don in-line skates for the race's home stretch, back to the Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier. Johnny Canuk, Lamma's resident Canadian, expects this leg of the race to belong to the Canadian entries. "Here's where we will overtake the Australians, we Canadians rule the skating world", he said.

This part of the race is quite technical. Roller athletes will be required to leap over snakes on the downhill portion of the race and demerit points will go to any who collide with Lamma serpents.

However, bonus points will be awarded to any racer who jousts post-work pedestrians off the path as they dash for the Ferry Pier Finish Line.

Local Lamma Luminary, Nick the Bookman, has agreed to act as the race governor. The finish line will consist of Nick beard stretched across the entrance to the ferry pier.

The Lamma COVID-19 Triathlon will take place April 1st, 2021, well ahead of the postponed Olympic Games.

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Mar 20:  Greenest Island

Mark Malby of Mute Planet writes:

"At a time when too much of the news around us seems grim, sometimes it's nice to spend an hour just watching the clouds drift by. Here, on the greenest island of the archipelago.
Stay sane, stay safe, everyone."

P.S. One more video from Mark:

 

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Mar 18:  Remember Rambler?

I miss Rambler's amazing Lamma nature photos. He's moved off Lamma and Google+ (where he published his photos) has closed down a while ago.

Searching this site for the many photos & stories we've published over many years: Search for Rambler...

Who's taken up Rambler's coveted mantle as Lamma's best (IMHO) close-up nature photographer?

Leading Lady so far: Ewa's Eden! Like her FB Page!

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Mar 6:  Power Station Views

by Mark Malby, Mute Planet:

by Tony Ng, Agent Yippee:

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Mar 5:  "...object to being called a bastard."

Paul Berg: "For all that's changed in Lamma over the last 70 years, there's a lot that has stayed the same."

Southern District Officer:

"Lamma is an island of great beauty, with adequate water supplies, and the northern sector would quickly attract people from Hong Kong to build houses on the same lines..."

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Feb 23:  Gardeners vs. Wild Boars

Mark Malby posts in Lamma Gardener FB group:
"Geoff Smith faces off against his nemesis. "We're coming for yer eggplants," the chief boar grunted."

These 3 boars and their friends have been causing major devastation in the Tai Peng Community Garden! They've came in repeatedly and have rooted up some newly planted items, digging up the vegetable and flower beds searching for anything edible. Stronger fences are in progress!

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Feb 19:  David's Covid-19 Quarantine

Pak Kok resident David Xu has just released himself from his self-imposed 14-day Covid-19 quarantine in his Lamma Island home, after returning from LNY holidays/family visit in Peking.

He tells his story here:

What We Talk About
When We Talk About
the Coronavirus

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Feb 18:  Robotics, Mobile Apps, Big Data & AI

"HK Electric has been presented with the "2018/19 Hong Kong Sustainability Award" and "Special Recognition for Innovation" by The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) in recognition of the Company's commitment to sustainability and the enhancement of performance through innovation and adoption of advance technology....

...HK Electric also collected the "Special Recognition for Innovation" award. Mr. Wan said that besides big data and AI, HK Electric also uses drones and robotics to optimise operation and its staff is inspired to use end-user-developed apps and technologies to streamline work processes. More than 40 mobile apps have been developed during the year, including an app which could process applications for the Smart Power Care Fund in an easy and efficient manner, saving paperwork and manpower...."

Read more:
HK Electric Attains Top Prizes for Sustainability and Innovation

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Feb 17:  Drone Guide

A Complete Guide to Lamma Island by DRONE & DSLR (6 Feb 2020!)

You might also like their more detailed, but a bit older guides from 2018:

Spending A Day On Yung Shue Wan

Best Beaches on Lamma Island

Sok Kwu Wan to Yung Shue Wan Hike

Sok Kwu Wan Circular Hiking Trail

P.S. These guides are fairly short, but informative. Far from "Complete", plus a few small mistakes, but the only major one I found was the omission of the entire YSW-Pak Kok-Aberdeen ferry route.
But the many drone shots, including aerial panoramas, are pretty spectacular! Highly recommended!

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Feb 13:  Lamma Winds Temp Closure

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Feb 12:  How to get furniture to Lamma painlessly

Liam Ferguson writes:

  1. Before the purchase of that new sofa or bed, ensure that the store will deliver to pier 4 in Central.

  2. Speak to the lady at the customer service office at pier 4 to "book" a space. Do this first!

  3. Set up a WhatsApp group with Steve at Trade Winds & the vendor to coordinate delivery to the pier.
    Steve adds: Trade Winds can also do the local pick-up for you (large or small) & bring it to the pier themselves.

  4. Sit back & let Steve & his team take the strain! My new sofa was delivered by trolley to my 2nd floor flat in Tai Wan San Tsuen & hoisted over the balcony. Steve & his guys unwrapped the sofa & removed the packaging for recycling.

  5. Call Steve! It's really that simple!


P.S. Lamma specialist Trade Winds will do moves of any size ("No move too small!). But the majority of their moves these days are international moves of HK-based professionals and families moving back home overseas. Sign of the times.

Steve: "We are here to throw a line to anyone in these unsure waters recently."

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Feb 11:  Mo Tat Wan Beach Villas

Peter Ip: "I strongly object to the application (A/I-LI/30) to build two houses in Conservation Area in Lamma Island's Mo Tat Wan.

Please make your comments before 28/02/2020:

https://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_I-LI_30.html"

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Jan 28:  1st Sunset Pics of the Year

Sunset today. My first sunset photos (click above for more from today) of this year. More to follow soon, hopefully.

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Jan 27:  Nick the YouTube Star

Drew Binsky writes (very popular YouTuber, 1.3 million subscribers, traveling to almost all countries in the world, almost 1 BILLION views so far):

"Nick is what many people call as the 'original hippie' on Hong Kong.

Yes, he's from Hong Kong, but not from the hectic business districts -- he's from an outer island called Lamma Island. It's a completely different world than Hong Kong Island, and it's just a 20 minute ferry ride away. I've been to Hong Kong 8 times, and this is my first time on Lamma and my mind is completely blown!

This is the story of Nick's peaceful life, and why he's never shaved his beard nor left Hong Kong since 1984. What a guy!

Follow @DrewBinsky on IG STORIES for more: https://instagram.com/drewbinsky
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drewbinsky/"

Feedback to this video on Facebook groups (It got 70K+ views, 3.4K Likes and 300+ comments within 1 day!):
Facebook timeline or group Like Love &Wow Comments Shares
Lamma-Gung 53   100 111 255
Lamma Island Uncensored 288 6 1 0
Lamma Island Hong Kong 300 1 0 3
Lamma Island Residents 211 111 4 0

Glad to see that my Facebook Timeline still has a much wider audience reach than these very popular Lamma groups.

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Jan 26:  Lunar New Year @ Tin Hau Temple

Wonderful photos from Lamma Photographer Extraordinaire David Ogg of the traditional midnight lion dance & fireworks, welcoming the Chin. Year of the Rat at the YSW Tin Hau temple this morning!

Plus some great videos of this event from Lamma's very own lion dance groupp Jing Fook Tong, performing all over Hong Kong:

Jan 25:  Happy New Year of the Rat!

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Jan 24:  Opening Hours over LNY

Andy's and Tai Peng shop, open every day (click to enlarge)

Which Lamma places are closed over Lunar New Year?

Years ago, most restaurants and shops were closed at least on the first day, tomorrow, often for several days. But nowadays it's hard to find any local place that closes over LNY. Andy's will be open every day, even the Tai Peng store is open every day.

Who is actually closing? A few more opening hours, as far as I've seen so far:

Pak Kok shop and Green Cottage (click to enlarge)

These 2 shops are the sole shops in their villages, so they are absolutely essential for their communities. Some people would have to forego our soy/almond/barley milk in their morning tea/coffee if these shops would ever close for more than 1 day w/o ample advance warning! It would be a major disaster for home office workers like myself, affecting our alertness and productivity negatively in a most serious way!

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Jan 23:  Quarantine!

With the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan starting to spread across the world, quarantines have been implemented and considered in various places in China. What about HK and more specifically, Lamma?

Here's a foreboding, sickly-looking mobile phone sunset from Lamma today with a looming Coronavirus.

Brendan Sheridan (my biggest sunrise/sunset photos fan!?) writes:

"If Lamma were to be quarantined, how many days do you think we would last until complete societal collapse and abject barbarism?"

Various great answers in Lamma Island Uncensored (private group, membership required).

Best answer I've seen so far, from anon.:
"The closing of the Island Bar was the earliest sign that we were approaching the End of Days, and the continuing existence of all the pub quizzes is a clear signal that the Rapture will soon be upon us."

If you're not a LIU group member yet, you might guess some of the other replies? If booze, Internet access and other absolute essentials would ever run out, we'd have to resort to wanton piracy from our island lairs...

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Jan 16:  Cover Photo of 'Digital Computer Art' FB Group

Wow, my "AI Drone Attack!" above has just been selected as cover image of the very popular Digital Computer Art Facebook group!

A great honor for a MB3D novice! My very first cover photo of a FB group NOT chosen by myself!  ;~}

Friends suggested titles like "Gaia Drone", "New & Improved Lamma Insect", "Virtual Voodoo Priest", plus the predictable comments off "Some really good shit you are smoking".  ;~}

More images at Lamma Gung Art & Photography.

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Jan 13:  Black Kite in Virtual World

Another little Creative Experiment of mine, transplanting a Black-eared Kite into a virtual-only world of highrises.

The great Black-eared Kite (very common on Lamma) photo was shot by Mark Malby from his drone flying high, Lamma Island in the background. I love the contrast of these two images: natural photo ~ artificial CG, real-life ~ computer-virtual, grey-level ~ full-color, max. 3 floors ~ highrises...

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Jan 9:  Rooster Dragon or Mutant Turkey?

My latest Creative Experiment, just completed. Suggest a title, please. What does it look like to YOU?

Lamma-based friends suggested "Mutant Turkey", "Fucked-up Phoenix", "Phoenix Tripping", "Cock in a Feeding Frenzy", "Cuckoo Centurian" and "Dragon Rooster", my personal favourite.

Lamma harbours quite an exotic, subtropical wildlife (Lamma Birds), but I haven't come across this specific creature yet while hiking, fortunately!

Deep AI's NeuralTalk program analysed this image as "a close up of a bunch of bananas". Artificial Intelligence has a long, long way to go...

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Jan 8:  Past Art & Photo Exhibitions of L-G

Solo Exhibitions

Wonder, Whimsy, Weirdnes - Sarasen gallery, Lan Kwai Fong, HK Island -- Aug 15 - 31, 2008

Lamma Celebrity Cam PhotoArt - The Cyan Studio, Back Street, YSW, Lamma -- Nov 2007  (+stories on Nov 11, 12)

Computer fair, Mustermesse, Basel, Switzerland -- 1987

Grafische Computer-Fantasien - Galerie/Atelier E, Zurich, Switzerland --
Jun 5-Aug 23, 1986

Joint Exhibitions

LAZERARTI: Disc Reborn- Lamma Art Collective, YSW -  Dec 6-31, '19: https://www.facebook.com/events/420347818626715/
https://www.facebook.com/Lamma.Gung.Art.Photos/posts https://www.facebook.com/Lamma.Gung.Art.Photos/photos

In Love With Lamma - photo exhibition -- Lamma Art Collective, YSW - Nov 3-17, '18

Lamma On Board-- Lamma Art Collective, YSW

HK Arts Centre -- 1990s

HK Cultural Centre lobby -- 1990s

40-year art/photo gallery - Google Deep Dreamer gallery
Check out my Facebook page: Lamma Gung Art & Photography
For more info & sales: LammaGung@gmail.com

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Jan 7:  Balcony Garden of a 'Deep Dreamer'

No need to travel far to get fine photos when living in the Lamma jungle, here are a few photos, all taken in my Balcony Garden.

As usual, I couldn't resist to make a few "enhancements" via Google's Deep Dream Generator. Click to enlarge and view comments:

Hippeastrum "Hippie" flowers - Centipede - Stinkbug

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Jan 6:  EMDs Are Banned!

It's been 3 months of publicity campaign against all these technically-illegal electric transportation devices, except for licensed disabled people. They're illegal everywhere - on roads, paths, pavement - except private, non-public premises and no licenses will be issued.

They've become widely used on Lamma as they're the only form of motorised public or private transport available, besides VVs, emergency and HK Electric vehicles. Police warnings have been issued but no enforcement so far.

But now the police seem intent on stepping up the enforcement soon on Lamma, like on the other Outlying Islands already, I've heard? I'm holding off on getting an electric bike myself... for the time being...

P.S. What caused this stepping-up of the formerly non-existing enforcement?

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=137889
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=212961

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Jan 5:  Plan a Day Trip to Lamma

Quite comprehensive, up-to-date guide for visitors from Cathay Pacific/Dragon's inflight magazine. It's even including the brand-new Beer Shack.

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Jan 4:  Favourite Dishes in YSW?

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What are YOUR FAVOURITE DISHES in Yung Shue Wan? Receiving a YSW restaurants mini-review, titled "Underwhelmed and Annoyed" from the Lamma-zine's "Official Court Glutton", I made my own personal shortlist of favourite dishes in YSW restaurants.
See the traditional Christmas special from Jing Jing Restaurant above, our own yearly indulgence.

What are yours and should be added to my list, titledd "Overwhelmed and Delighted"?

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Jan 3:  Lamma Beach Shoes

'Jimmy Shoe': Lamma Island's Beach Trash Curios

"Irish-born photographer Grainne Quinlan has spent the last few months scouring the Lamma shoreline for old footwear." - Ancient Lamma-zine story, in need for an update. Got some new photos of beach trash curios?

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Jan 2:  Return to Lamma Nature Photos...

...but with a twist, adding some AI neural styles and prodigious Photoshopping, hopefully improving my original photos, or not?

Village house building is really speeding up around Pak Kok New Village, several in progress right now. This is my DeepDreamed photo of a transport ship bringing in construction materials to a temporary pier recently.

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Jan 1:  Happy New Year!

 

 
 

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