Signs you've lived on Lamma for too long
This has become the most creative
topic on Lamma.com.hk so far! I started it one month ago, inspired
by an email list of
to Know If You're Chinese. It took
off like wildfire and got over 40 great responses from dozens of
members within the first day! Here's a list of the best 88 signs,
sorted by member and slightly edited for spelling and grammar.
you've lived on Lamma for too long
You never get anywhere on Lamma
on time because you run on "Lamma time". (bbchris)
Your feet only feel comfortable
when you're wearing flip-flops. (loveegs)
Your idea of nostalgia is $5
noodles with spam & eggs on the old ferries. HALCYON DAYS! (loveegs)
Walking past apartments and
spiky reminiscences of nights in them when you thought it was
so great to sit up with a room full of long gone people - with
a guitar - blithering...wonderwall! while engaging in chemical
warfare & the like!
When you know Josh, Kevin &
"Josh's mother", but not her real name.
You start to think that you
ought to like everyone instead of doing what you did before
you moved to the 'Island Shangri-la' and liked some, didn't
like others, but that was OK with everyone. (My Hairy Ass)
You don't like anybody. (Fortune
You get your kit off and dance
naked on the tables at the Deli. (anex)
You walk into the Y2K bar at
4am completely naked....... strange but true!! (anex)
When your idea of a productive
morning is strumming a few chords on an out of tune guitar,
then reverting to your normal sitting position - chin on
chest, mouth open with a half glass of vodka in hand, then
you've probably been on Lamma FAR too long. (zep)
When you have become a Swiss
Franc millionaire by selling lentil soup to your friends. (Ronald
When someone describes a
location on Lamma (in another thread) as "the red flowering
tree near the rave party house at the top of Heart Attack Hill
"; and you know exactly where they mean! (Poppet)
When you have no friends
When you start talking shite on
a local website, on local issues, with local people, and local
places, when you're local. (devils advocate)
haven't worn a watch in ages and use your mobile phone to
check time, but rarely.
You're overcome by anxiety and
nervousness when you have to go to town.
When in town, you're most eager to return to your island home.
The words "stress", "deadline",
"rat race", etc. are just distant memories, but,
unfortunately, also the words "regular salary".
You can hardly remember the
time when you were way too busy-busy to think up your own
lists, and instead just forwarded existing lists to your
You think it's perfectly normal
and common to live in a low-rent rooftop flat with BBQ, kiddie
pool and harbour view.
cannot bear the minimum level of noise, but immune to Mahjong
know how to control a lift.
When you frantically check the
time when the watch strikes 12am, not sure if you have time to
finish another drink?
When you feel the glory that
your last-10-seconds dash to the gate just made the last
Alan: You hate
public holidays because:
a) of the herds of tourists who mill around and block your
way, before heading up the hills to start a grassfire.
b) you miss the ferry because it's using the Sunday schedule.
You can walk from the beach to
Main Street in the dark, without a torch, and not step in any
When you go to the beach you
don't take anything except your togs, because you know you can
find beach mats, sand toys, newspapers, sandals, shampoo, when
you get there.
You know the times to see nude
yoga at the hidden beach, or when the Euro-trash are getting
their all-over tans at PSB.
When you see a snake crossing
in front of you, you go closer to see what kind it is.
You can live off the wild
bananas, berries and turtle eggs when you go on a walk.
Though illiterate, you can
swear in at least two languages.
You bring your dog into
restaurants and throw him scraps under the table.
When you think that the
waitress from Dan's means you personally when she says
When Dan says a word to you.
You've said hi to the same
person twice in less than an hour.
You know who is up the duff
(again) by getting a regular prescription.
You don't care what you are
saying out loud.
You have credit at every bar
and can pay it.
When travelling to work in
shorts, T-shirt and flip flops then changing in the office
toilets on a rainy day seems normal.
When most of your friends'
names have epithets - Scottish-Andy, cat-Susan, fat-Bob,
spotty-Dick, etc - but you don't know their surnames.
When you recognise the local
fauna by similar epithets - the orgasm bird, the whoop-whoop
bird, the cow frog, the dirty-bastard centipede.
When Nick the Book doesn't look
odd any more (sorry Nick).
When you often repeat, 'Oh but
Lamma was different before 97', when what your really mean is
that you were single, had no children and more time for
recreational drugs before 97.
When you only need to remember
4 digits of all of your friends' phone numbers.
think that you know better.
When you remember Keith Hassett.
You think that
hanging your face mask off one ear is as effective as having
it over your mouth.
reaching the bins, you chuck your bag on the floor in front of
the bin, and then complain about feral cats, dogs and rats.
When you think
laying poison is a good deterrent for above-said wildlife
instead of being hygienic.
When you don't
chortle to yourself when you see village names such as Pak Kok
and Wang Long.
When you care
that the old dog on the corner before Granny Chan's died this
morning in its usual spot.
Yes, and when you cared enough to know that he is known as
Bobby whom Granny Yau-Giu took care of in the past years.
You only know
the weekdays ferry schedules by heart but never the
Sunday/public holiday ones.
Only the most
important people/things can get you off the island on a rest
day. And still you'd try all you can to defer that appointment
to a working day.
A short trip to
the main street to pick up some food could take ages because
you have to stop so many times to chat with all the friends
you run into or play with all the cats and dogs that you know
along the way.
phone numbers make sense to you.
neighbour's cats come over for visits more often than your
You rush to get
cat or dog food whenever you run into your favourite
You think the power station looks quite pretty when it's
lit up at night.
Although you can
hardly walk or speak, you manage to organise a sampan from
Aberdeen to Lamma at 4:10am.
You know the
names of certain dogs, but you don't know their owners.
You have at
least one child/pet named after an earth goddess.
When you take
stuff out of the bins, knowing it doesn't work, in the hope of
fixing it sometime soon.
seriously considering getting chickens/a pig/goats.
When you have
perfected a method of catching and killing the bastard
When the lady in
the video shop knows your name and phone number without
When you stop
and talk to the stray cats in the bins.
When you can
order a 'Bobsy Shake' at the Bookworm without cringing.
When you've been
here 8 years and look down your nose at people who've only
been here 7 years.
When you can't
be bothered to be nice to people who aren't in your clique of
When you know 12 different ways to get to your flat, how
long each way takes down to the second, and which is better
for avoiding crowds at various times.
When you have a
nice elderly lady who becomes your 'Chinese grandma' who you
take things to on public holidays.
remember such classic Lamma hits as 'ferry noodles' and 'I'm a
You know who the
crazy lady who builds is.
squinty John as the human jukebox.
You've been here
too long if you have slept with more than... shall we say, 5
people that you have to pass on a weekly basis. You've been
here way too long if this seems normal and doesn't bother you.
You refer to the sitting out area outside the Island Bar as
'The Beer Garden'.
You consider Mr
Hing on the High Street as a purveyor of high-end men's and
children's clothing. (aka 'Man at Hing').
You STILL go on
about the Corner Bar.
You start moaning
about people on bikes riding too fast.
You don't mind
sitting on a busy ferry clipping your fingernails.
walk around Central in a pair of flip flops (thongs to any
defeated Australians out there).
You feel no
embarrassment sitting drinking cheap beer at the seats of
You start to
When you've attended ALL DickStocks so far.
When most of
your furniture & household/ electrical appliances come from
local moving sales.
personally know many of the people behind the member names
When you spend
much of your time writing, editing, photographing & publishing
a monthly e-zine, just for love and no money.
contributing to a list called 88 signs that you've lived on
Lamma for too long.
Another, more positive list has already been started:
like about living on Lamma.
Deserted Village at Hunter's
weeks ago, on a whim, I was walking an abandoned path up the hill
between Yung Shue Wan and the power station. Just above the first
phase of the reclamation, I discovered several deserted shacks. Here
are 2 photo galleries of my hikes & all the strange but fascinating
sights, with captions:
Gallery: Deserted Village at Hunter's
had NO idea about the history of this fascinating little village.
It's completely hidden in the jungle, mosquitoes-infested, no
vehicular access, but less than 10 minutes from Main Street. The
official map calls it Kam Lo Hom.
Asking some friends about this area, I learnt that it
was known locally simply as "Hunter's". On the left, a
close-up of the
area, incl. "Hunter's Beach", from a 1964 aerial photo,
supplied by Richard. In the
90s, it was inhabited by barefoot artist & original Berkeley
hippie Hunter, who was a fruitarian. Most long-time residents
remember rave/acid parties around 1996, even run-ins with local "law
enforcement". But there were also great Christmas pantomimes &
Clive Keep who lived up there in 1995, remembers the
abandoned soap factory when Hunter moved in to store his stuff
there, squatting, but living on his junk custom-made for him
in China. Clive said further in a phone interview, that Hunter
shipped stuff from his huge collections to California to make money.
He was also growing herbs and fruits with varying degrees of
success, even rearing ducks and geese!
Starting a new topic (Deserted
Village above Hunter's Beach?) on
Lamma.com.hk, I got quite a few replies & info from people who
(moderator of Environmental forum):
More than 5 years ago there were some
gweilos living there. Occasionally they'd have dance parties,
admission $50. On the coast below the main house was a pretty
little beach, known as Hunter's Beach. There was a little spring
This is now in the middle of the far section of the reclamation,
where they pretended they were going to make a helipad. I think
the guy who actually lived there was the eponymous Hunter, a
Lamma legend though I didn't know him myself.
(moderator of Oldsters forum):
Hunter arrived on his junk from China, I
think. He lived on it opposite what is now called Hunter's
Beach. He turned an old ruin behind the beach into a sort of
storehouse for all sorts of bric-a-brac and junk. Every morning
he and Chris Knox used to race to the rubbish dump on the pier
to grab the best bits of rubbish.
After Hunter left Clive Keep was doing something up in the ruin.
On one occasion Adrian Dyer held a 60's fancy dress/rave party
up there. I think I won the men's prize but I had already left
by the time they announced the results. Can't think of anything
else about Hunter, he kept himself to himself most of the time.
(moderator of Music forum):
Hunter is now living in Philippines -
actually I made a post asking about him on the 'old lamma hands'
section of My Lamma. I never actually went up there once Hunter
started living there (squatting!!)
Yes, there were beach parties on that beach. Anyone remember the
'Pirates Party?' with Sisters of Sharon? I have a photo
somewhere. Ginger haired Jimmy was DJing.... Some of you
long-timers may even remember the CHRISTMAS PANTOMIMES held
there around 10 years ago? Remember Alice in Wonderland? I
actually have video footage of this panto. Remember German
Julia, mad Jules, Martine, SASKIA, I think I've invoked enough
I've heard that he's trying to get himself together in the
Philippines. A friend of his is taking over the junk - which is
falling apart - and hoping to get it brought back to HK for
I remember Hunter. In fact, I think of him
often, wondering how he is doing.
I'd like to get in touch with him, and sure he will be happy to
hear from me, because on the day I left Lamma, he told me to
keep in touch. He did give me a friend's contact in the States
through which I could get in touch with him, as he was not sure
at that point whether he would be leaving Lamma soon, and where
he would be going.
Hunter had been a legend on Lamma even before my time. We
crossed path when I was living on the Island. If you ask people
who have lived there for more than a decade and know me, they
will tell you that I did not hang out much (because I don't
I had heard of Hunter for a long time, but only got to know him
when I was going out with Oz. Oz and I broke up, but my
friendship with Hunter was not affected. We became closer friend
through Bobsy (who was my closest friend when I left Hongkong
and still is). The three of us had a get-together at Hunter's a
couple of days before my departure.
Looking at the pictures you took of the place brought back a lot
of good memories. I was also involved in some of the pantomimes
bbchris mentioned which happened there back in the jungle. I
hadn't thought that Hunter considered me as a good friend and
was surprised when he gave me a farewell present on the day I
left Lamma and Hongkong.
Hunter the Lamma Institution
(bobsy lived at hunter's for six months in
1993 and it was his first home on lamma island.)
i first met hunter in early 1993. i had
first seen him walking down the main street, barefoot, straw hat
with feather cropped on head and Rufus his faithful companion
dog at heel. i immediately felt an affinity with the man. "he's
an eccentric californian artist and only eats fruits," i was
told. i felt intrigued to meet the man. so the next day i
wandered round to see if i could meet the man. it was a gorgeous
sunny lamma afternoon and hunter was on his beach mending his
traditional chinese junk sails. massive faded canvas sails dyed
in pigs blood, "the traditional way as they had done in china
for thousands of years," he told me.
hunter was a bit of a recluse who enjoyed the quiet of his own
company. the locals had long accepted this "crazy gweilo" and
his eccentric ways. He was a gentle and quiet man who collected
"lap sap", kept himself to himself and lived on his old boat in
the harbour. that's all they cared about.
our first meeting was friendly and on the same wave length.
hunter, i felt, although shy and reserved at first, also had an
affinity with me. i remember asking all the questions that sunny
afternoon and hearing fascinating stories from this berkeley
sixties child... i myself had only just moved to lamma and was
crashing on acquaintances' floors and sofas, as i had very
little money and could not afford the obligatory two months
deposit on a pad of my own.
i found myself spending more and more time with the man, as he
busied himself on his beautiful boat and on his land doing his
chores and errands. back then (before the phase 1 reclamation),
the beach and the land above it were known as hunter's. after a
short while he asked me if i would like to stay in his little
shack and pay what i could afford and help with the land. i said
i would love to and promptly moved my belongings and settled in.
it was the beginning of a great six months of living in the
semi-open under the stars, with no electricity or running tap
i loved every minute of it. waking with the sun, cooking on log
fires, living simply and getting to know and work with the man
as an artist, ecologist, organic farmer, health/nutrition
encyclopedia and as a friend. he was a great inspiration and i
learnt quite a lot from the man. we sat around camp fires at
night on special occasions and during the day we made art
together from all the special and amazing "lap sap" he collected
and stored in the most artistic way.
hunter was a great collector of other people's rubbish and
throw-aways. he couldn't bear to see things wasted from an
ecological point of view and would frequent the main rubbish
dump in yung shue wan and stroll lamma's beaches for odd objects
and beautiful drift wood. treasures indeed! in fact, he would
often find antiques that locals had unwittingly discarded,
especially over chinese new year. antiques that he would
carefully ship back to california, where he would later sell
them for a small fortune.
hunter deeply cared for the planet and walked his talk. in every
waking moment he put the well-being of the land and the sea
first. he was the first person i had seen picking up other
people's rubbish that he passed on the paths. he was the first
person i had seen who had a deep spiritual bond with the earth.
a trip round to hunter's back then was like walking into a cross
between an aladdin's cave and a natural art museum. everything
had its place and was displayed creatively. organic sculptures
made from old rusted pieces of machinery, rubber wheels, drift
wood, old timber, rocks, stones, even umbrellas and old hats...
the list went on and on. everywhere you looked, there was
something to marvel at.
he also farmed a small plot of land amongst the ruins. the land
used to be an old soap factory many years ago that the
government had demolished. on the land there was fresh, clean
ground water that oozed out of an old man-made well, the water
tasted heavenly! hunter would swear by it.
hunter was never an idle man. he kept himself very busy during
the day pottering either on his land or on his boat. he loved
books and reading and sustained himself on a healthy diet of
fruits, nuts and seeds, with the occasional salad on those
special occasions like the equinox or solstice. he went to bed
early as he also had no electricity and woke up with the
sunrise. at fifty something he was the healthiest and most
dynamic person i had ever met...
in late 1996, just before the government was to start the
reclamation of his beloved beach and land, hunter packed his
essentials and sadly bade farewell to the place he had created
and called home since the late eighties. that day, lamma lost an
supplied historic photos of Hunter, himself and their former
home (see above left). I made up some "then/now" comparisons, using
photos from a photo gallery during a 2nd visit up at Hunter's
together. It was a true trip down memory lane for Bobsy, returning
to his first home after moving to Hong Kong:
Hunter's - 2. Visit & Historic Photos.
Finally, I reached Hunter himself by email in
Thank you for your e-mail.
I'm not sure why you have contacted me and at this time I'm very
busy but if you would like to communicate more with me please
use my new address.
My daughter Willow and I are soon going to California and I am
giving the 'Long Hai' to a friend from Hong Kong, Graeme Morris;
he plans to bring her back to Hong Kong.
What you are doing sounds interesting and I wish you luck. With
Bobsy involved maybe you can make a profit out of it.
It is interesting to hear there is something left of my old
shore base in Kam Lo Mam. I've got to get on with town business
Discuss this story online:
Village above Hunter's Beach?
anyone remember Hunter? He had an authentic junk...
Fun Day: Help & Ideas Wanted
it's a bit early to talk about the next Lamma Fun Day already.
But better start early than being too
(Lamma Fun Day organiser):
Lamma Fun Day 2003 is starting to simmer
slowly, and we are starting to think of ways to make it bigger
and better this year. The first big decision is that we are
going to hold it mid-late November this year, rather than
the second weekend in December, in the hope that, even if it's
raining, at least it won't be cold.
If anyone would like to get involved in helping with the
organising and running this year, please get in touch. If
anyone has any good ideas for activities or events that can be
added to the day, then please let us know as soon as possible.
One of our biggest concerns about the Fun
Day is that it has been very much a western-orientated event.
The local Chinese community comes along to support and
participate on the day, but as far as the activities and the
organisation goes, it has been much more directed towards the
We would really like to have more local
Chinese involved in the running of the event. If anyone
wants to join us or has any good suggestions for how we can
get more of the local community involved, let us know.
Register to Vote for Change!
"Getting someone concerned and
knowledgeable on the District Council is one of the unprecedented
solutions to the never-ending cascade of bad developments on Lamma
Island that have plagued this beautiful island." (Alex Chan, see
But first you need to register to vote, by the July 16 deadline!
Alex Chan, Chairman, Citizens Party:
Dear Friends of Lamma,
The upcoming district council election is
an opportunity to select a candidate to represent the concerns
and aspirations of Lamma Island. Choosing someone who supports
the principles of sustainable development would help ensure that
environmental and social issues are taken into account when
deciding on infrastructure and building projects.
THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING TO VOTE IS
JULY 16th. The actual elections
are not until November, but people have to be registered before
that. Anyone who holds a permanent Hong Kong ID card & lives on
Lamma is eligible to vote.
REGISTRATION IS SIMPLE. Just fill out a
one page form which you can get:
-at the bank and post office in Yung Shue
-by fax (call the hotline 2891 1001)
-at District Offices & post offices
-The Registration and Electoral Office
10/ F Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Fax: 2891 1180
Or download from:
www.info.gov.hk/reo/pdf/reo1_e.pdf (note below)
Or go to:
( but e cert is needed)
If you live on Lamma and hold a permanent
HK ID card please register to vote. By choosing the candidate
you believe will best represent your vision of Lamma Island, you
can contribute to making it a better place to live, work and
Thanks for your support,
The Save Lamma Campaign
Note: the download of the election
registration form will run into problems unless you have the
recent Adobe Acrobat 6.0 (free download):
Or install the Chinese Traditional
Character fontpack for Adobe Acrobat 5.0 (free download):
(He's very engaged in
Save Lamma, the helipad issue and the Ring Road opposition.
He'll be running in the District Council Election):
Be a Voter: Two more days before the deadline for Nov
2003 District Council Elector Registration
The scrutiny of Article 23 legislation
tells us that we need to choose people who can represent us in
the Legislative Council and the District Council. Otherwise, the
welfare of society at large will be ruined. But how? Be a voter!
If there are democratic elections, we can
cast votes, and support the candidates and political parties
that can represent our views in the Legislative Council and
District Council. Our votes can also kick people who do not do
their work well out of the assemblies.
If you want to vote in the coming District
Council elections in November, you must submit your forms
on or before July 16, 2003.
In HK, if you are permanent residents, you can register as a
- If you have not voted in any elections
before, you need to register, so that you can exercise your
- If you have moved, and have not yet
informed the Registration and Electoral Office, you need to do
The deadline is near, so don't miss it!
The registration deadline:
by fax: July 16, 11:59 pm (dated
by mail: chop on July 16
REGISTRATION IS SIMPLE. (see left column)
Please also remind the people around you of voter registration.
It is time to make some real changes!!
Full Monty at the Table for Two
you hear about the two new restaurants opening soon in Yung Shue
Wan, "The Full Monty" and "Table for Two"? Yes, the local dining
scene is becoming vibrant again, lots of promotions, specials and
even live music!
a great promotion for local restaurants in the SCM Post on Sun, July
6, showing Man Fung and Sampan restaurants, our two
really "touristy" places (Photos Edward Wong). Subtitle:
"Some of the best seafood is just a ferry ride
away - and great views work up the appetite." and
"Lamma Island seafood restaurants are a strong
draw for city folk - even on weekdays."
More restaurant news:
Thai: Besides the recently introduced, very popular
BBQ Night ("Vegetarians beware!")
every Friday, Mr DanKwaiFong.com has recently added a Cocktails
Night ("small, virulently coloured
drinks with silly names, served in funny shaped glasses for
exorbitant sums of money – you’ll love it") and an acoustic
Lamma Events Calendar
for more details!
Aroy Thai has become
quite stylish after the redecoration and is even displaying
frequently changing artworks these days. So far they've only been
featuring local artist Nadja from the second-hand shop a few
doors down from Aroy Thai. But the space might become available to
other artists soon. This large-format oil painting on the right, is
it depicting Nadja herself, or maybe even Geng of
They didn't take the BBQ Nights success from Aroy Thai lying down,
after having introduced their own occasional outdoor BBQ buffet
a few months ago. So they trumped Aroy Thai. BBQ Mon-Fri instead of
only Friday! Same price, but 4 drinks instead of 1!
the BBQ as delicious as Aroy Thai's? Has anybody been test-eating &
comparing them? We patrons love competition & choice!
Island Bar: New
exhibition of Bob Davis' 30 year of award-winning B/W photography
in HK. Straight from the FCC, this is the first new exhibition
by Bob in the Island Bar in over 20 years! Some fascinating &
historic shots by this (in)famous Lamma personality.
Wah Seafood: The "other" Dim Sum place,
opposite Spicy Island, is still a great place for a really
low-cost Dim Sum brunch, typically well below $100 for up to 4
people together, much cheaper than the very popular Sampan
Seafood Rest. It's my new favourite spot for Sunday morning
people watching, from the window table all the way down Main Street
reopened just a few weeks ago, but I've already tried it 3 times,
for a fair review:
Breakfast: I got a tiny hot dog bun with a little Wiener sausage
inside and the only condiment was...mayonnaise! Plus a teaspoon-full
of egg salad. Coffee is acceptable, nice pancakes with tuna or other
Lunch: When ordering a lunch set, the main courses arrived
first, then soup and coffee/tea at almost the same time. Completely
cold, hard string beans w/o salt or spices, plus very overcooked,
mushy spaghetti and a really bland sole fillet with white sauce of
Dinner: The same disappointment! We got not-overcooked, but
totally unsalted noodles and unsalted, spice-less "Chicken Kiev".
Most of the food seems to be tasteless and bad quality overall, even
when measured by the most modest down-market standards. All my
acquaintances seem to agree.
inexperienced summer students - making a little pocket-money
from waitressing - are really in way over their heads and have to
learn this difficult job while doing it. When it gets a bit busy at
lunchtime they start mixing up dishes and tables and dropping
things... Even the personable manager Ricky had to shake his head at
the ineptitude of his own staff. The other guests were making fun of
the service as well, not in a bad way, more in a bemused,
sympathetic and head-shaking way.
decoration with dark-red walls, dark-green ceilings, mirrors and
strings of Christmas-tree lights really looks best only at night,
together with candle-lights on the tables. They considered calling
the place Starlight Café but opted to keep the old name and logo for
cost reasons, just adding the word NEW to the signage, but
didn't fix the missing L (see left).
place definitely needs even more time to develop and hasn't even had
its official opening yet. It seems to compete head-to-head with Man
Kee and B&B, unfortunately. However, both of these places offer far
superior food, similar prices and menu - like Man Kee's popular
breakfast sets and very similar lunch/dinner sets &
prices, as does B&B.
of all, they need to get a better cook to avoid another
failure in this most failure-prone location. But this could prove
somewhat difficult to implement, as the main cook is the wife of the
manager... Personally, I'd love to see this place survive & prosper,
but they'll have to make serious improvements.
The Full Monty: This upcoming
place was founded by our local former Karate world champion (old
photo on the right, taken when he had way more & darker hair). His
adorable baby daughter Montana gave her nickname for the
venture and actually owns The Full Monty 99%!
be run by Peter & David who're doing the redecoration these days.
This large place with a great location - right opposite the Deli
Lamma - is scheduled to open in Sep. Besides traditional,
high-quality fish and chips, it'll offer kebabs and other
ethnic foods for take-away.
for Two: Bali Café (behind the public toilet,
below the stairs to Po Wah Yuen) has already renamed itself, before
even officially opening. Still no sign, name cards, logo or English
wonder why, but I can guess...
offer freshly squeezed fruit juices, even small lunches. Nice
retro-style decoration: comfy huge rattan chairs, batik table
clothes, wooden rocking horses, hanging lounge chair, lots of
Chinese reading material. It soft-opened at Easter, but is not
scheduled for official opening till (maybe) Sep. Try a leisurely &
relaxing cake tea set for $20.
June 15, Thinking Out Loud were performing in a most unusual
location - not a smoky bar, but in the wide-open, neon-bright,
multi-storey shopping mall of Times Square, Causeway Bay!
As the "official photographer" of the event, I've
shot and published a little photo gallery:
had to behave on stage for once, as her mom (see right) was in the
audience! No spiky bras, no moaning and no censorable words &
gestures this time! So unusually tame & "family-friendly" this time,
her fans might have been astonished about the lack of raunchiness,
but the audience of shoppers was most appreciative and clapped
From the TimesSquare.com.hk website:
"Never underestimate your talent.
Perform at "On Stage at Times Square", and receive a big round of
applause from your audience. We have no limitation
on performance type and experience. Come up, and the stage is yours.
Interested parties should email us. Enquiry: 2118-8854, Fax
Any Performing arts form will be
Talented amateur performers are
Experienced performers are definitely
A small fee will be offered as a
token of appreciation to the selected performers."
Photo Gallery in next Lamma-zine:
the Garoupa & the (Book)worm!
Lamma Bands at Wanchai Live VIII
of you must have been attending the Wanchai Live VIII concerts,
where 3 out of the 42 bands were from Lamma!
It's been amazingly difficult to get any live photos
from 2 of the 3 bands, so I'm just using this great photo-montage
from the SCM Post on June 27, subtitled:
"Hong Kong's top rockers (clockwise,
from left) Papa Jack, Thinking Out Loud and The
Bastards are ready to rip it up at Wan Chai Live.
Photos: Ricky Chung/Martin
The 3rd Lamma band was The Small Corner Band,
recently renamed into Garoupa (see
Events Calendar above).
from the SCM Post story:
Bastards are hardly what you'd call struggling musicians: bassist
David Green -
David Green to you and me - has his own environmental consultancy
firm. As does guitarist James Shorthouse. Mark Harrison has his own
town planning business. Singer Dan James owns a bar/cafe on Lamma -
affectionately referred to as Dan Kwai Fong by some locals.
Drummer Dave McKirdy, meanwhile, spends his time refitting
riotous Thinking Out Loud is scheduled for a 10pm Saturday
performance at Carnegie's and lead siren Chris B is champing at the
bit. "We can't wait to play up on the new balcony," she trills,
referring to the pub's recent refit, which separates band from mosh
pit while ensuring there will be no stage diving this year. With her
penchant for undressing during a gig, can the audience expect any
surprises? "Absolutely," she booms. "Come and see my new bra!"
She'll be glad of that balcony.
(click on photo below
right - her spiky new bra - for
(Thinking Out Loud, Shazza Music):
Wasn't Wanchai Live an awesome event!
Support for KELY by Carnegie's & The Wanch was outstanding! The
staff stayed busy and they stayed smiling.
Every band we watched played with passion and showed that HK
music is getting better and better. We look forward to WL IV!
THE BASTARDS - Wanch – 10pm
Formed 1990. CD indie release on NODAD
records 1996. Aggregate age 227. Have played just about
every venue in HK. Toured Thailand 1992/3/4/5/6/7/8. Reputation
for punk and hard rock, but range covers 60s/70s/80s/90s and new
millennium covers as well as original rock and pop and anthems.
On Sat night, The Bastards will have played all 8 Wanchai
Lives. One life left for these cats. Will play mostly
originals & few requested covers on Saturday.
THINKING OUT LOUD - Carnegies –
The biggest band at this year’s Wanchai
Live! Chris B. (ex-Sisters of Sharon) rocks the house with Hugh
on drums, Ryan on bass, Aaron on lead guitar, Shaun B. on
keyboards and Mysterious Mr. B on sax. Songs vary from catchy
originals (including a zany bi-lingual number) to mad covers of
Ween and Van Morrison. This year Chris B. is the only female
rock guitarist performing! Current band description: “Teenage
angst, sexually charged performance & plenty of free stickers”.
THE SMALL CORNER BAND Carnegies –
4pm - aka Garoupa.
A new Lamma-based band that have
been together a few months. The international line-up includes
Alex (England) on guitar & vocals, Hamada (Morocco, 4 caps, 2
goals) on lead guitar, Gary (New Zealand, U21 International) on
bass and Magnus (Sweden, no caps, no hats, no clothes) on
percussion. Play a mixture of original bluesy/rock/funk and
Moroccan songs (no covers). They followed up a successful first
gig at Pizza Milano with a stormin' debut at Wanchai Live. Catch
them (no pun intended) at the Bookworm on the 19th July.
Look out for the posters. (see
Sha Po Village Nights
aimlessly around Sha Po Old and New Village frequently, I've
collected quite a few night shots, some of them looking quite
acceptable, I hope. Judge yourself:
Sha Po Village
Nights photo gallery
of you are taking great pictures. Why not exhibit your best ones
in the Lamma-zine? If they're in some way Lamma-related - parties,
events, hikes, anything - just
email them to me! If they're non-digital, I'll even scan
them for you!
Add a few
captions and get a quick, hand-made online photo gallery of your
best shots, viewable by your friends and family anywhere in the
world! Show off your best shots!