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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:16 pm 
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I found this plaque in the "Lamma Garden of Remembrance."

Who doesn't know where it is located? I didn't know about this multi-million-$ "garden" myself till a few weeks ago.

Does anybody know more about Mr Balke?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:26 pm 
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Does anybody know more about Mr Balke?

He was a German engineer who lived here. He died in about 2000 from a heart attack. I think his wife is Chinese, she probably arranged the cremation. I was editing a book for him at the time.
The Columbarium has been there for over 15 years, only 19 people's ashes deposited there. The locals prefer to despoil the hillsides with enormous concrete tombs.


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Where's the Garden, Alan? And if you know where could one go to apply for a place to deposit ashes? If its a nice spot, perhaps i should put in it my will to put my ashes there one day, if the garden hasn't been cemented by then.

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Where's the Garden, Alan? And if you know where could one go to apply for a place to deposit ashes? If its a nice spot, perhaps i should put in it my will to put my ashes there one day, if the garden hasn't been cemented by then.

Close to the Youth Hostel (signs for that everywhere).

There are hundreds of empty slots for putting urns of ashes.
Since it was built by the Regional Council, I suppose they, or their successors, manage it.


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No worry, e, there's space for hundreds of years left. As you won't have to worry about this yourself for more than half a century, there'll still be ample room left. 23 niches have been used so far in 15 years (see photo) and hundreds more are available (see 2nd photo).

Actually, I kind of like the area myself - just after the Youth Hostel, on the path to Luk Chau, maybe 45 minutes walk from YSW - and would consider to have my own ashes deposited there someday. Like Mr Balke - heart attack at 51 - this is always a possibility, even for a clean-living Lammaite like myself. I've still got quite a number of years left till I'll turn 51, so I better start preparing!

What would be a good epitaph for my own niche in the Lamma Garden of Remembrance? Possible suggestions could come from what other Lammaites have called me in these forums and on other public websites before:

Here lies Lamma-Gung,

"the Self-Styled Online Voice of Yung Shue Wan" (Fortune Chan)
"le reporter photographe chroniqueur de l'ile" (Hapifiou)
"it's embarassing to live on the same Island as this writer!" (HKMacs)
who "created a sort of virtual in-crowd on Lamma.com.hk" (Beanburglar)
still "Loitering with Intent to Commit an Arrestable Offence" (Lamma Police.
OK, I made this one up by quoting from their recent press release)

or, short and sweet:
"stupid fat bastard!" (V J)

Anybody got some other good epitaphs for me?


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How about "If you can remember me, then you weren't there...who said that?" ?
-Alan (of Alan and Linda fame)

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Didn't he make soup and sauces? ( Heinz I mean, not Alan from Alan and Linda fame )

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One foot in the grave indeed.


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
What would be a good epitaph for my own niche

More close to your heart, note that most of them have a photo on the front of the niche. Best to make one of those now, while you're still relatively young (relative to when you're dead anyway). Who knows what you might end up depicted as otherwise....


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The slots don't seem very large - perhaps you should book a couple just in case

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Vic's not going to be too pleased, L-G. He 's still going on about the Fun Day pix......


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You don't know how right you are Gargoyle.

Here is a good epitaph for you L- G.

He did a lot of work for charity like many others, but no-one ever got to see the results. : :cussing:

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Photo Gallery online:
"Lamma Garden of Remembrance"

<img src="http://www.compunicate.com/photogallery/photo1935/Remembrance-4414.jpg" height=129 width=168 align=left hspace=5>Including this rare self-portrait.

On the gallery page: "It's a pretty & tranquil place on top of a hill". Actually, it's in a saddle between two hills.


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As Gung walks through the valley of death, he fears no evil ( except the wrath of Victor )

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Who fears the wrath of Victor? Nyah! Nyah! :twisted:

You're in the valley of death as well? Does this mean you fancy yourself as a demon or even the horned one himself? Or a fellow doomed soul?

Thanks for the epitaph anyway, I'll add it to the photo gallery right away.

Re: the LFD gallery: You should be happy that I finally made some time today to finish up a few photo galleries. After completing another two photo galleries today (Christmas Tree Huggers, also a little little bit delayed, and last Sunday's "Boundless Love & Peace" Carnival), this means that I'll soon get to complete the biggest gallery of them all: the LFD...

Just one or two more small ones first... :roll:

Really got up to speed with photo galleries since starting to use Picasa recently as my photo database & processing program. Amazing piece of software and totally free from Google...

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Alan wrote:
Including this rare self-portrait.

On the gallery page: "It's a pretty & tranquil place on top of a hill". Actually, it's in a saddle between two hills.

Yes, Mr Proofreader, the two "hills" are at least 5 metres higher than the saddle... But for 100% accuracy's sake, I'll update the description in the photo gallery.

And what makes you think that this is a self-portrait? I could have shot anybody in that pose, a fellow hiker probably? A model maybe? After all, I was on the way to an art photo shoot for a gallery website I built when i came across this concrete "garden".

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Yes, Mr Proofreader, the two "hills" are at least 5 metres higher than the saddle... But for 100% accuracy's sake, I'll update the description in the photo gallery.

Actually, 35-45 metres. Looking at a <a href="http://152.101.13.92/map/centamap.aspx?name=cent8&cx=831068&cy=808494&zm=2&ly=&vm=&lb=&lp=&mt=&ts=0&co=&sx=&sy=&sl=&ss=0&ca=0">topo map</a>, the garden is at about 90 m elevation, the hill north over 130, the one south over 120m.

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And what makes you think that this is a self-portrait? I could have shot anybody in that pose, a fellow hiker probably? A model maybe?

Distinctive silhouette, walking cane, camera in hand.


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You don't know how right you are Gargoyle.

Here is a good epitaph for you L- G.
He did a lot of work for charity like many others, but no-one ever got to see the results. : :cussing:

Finally, "never" has arrived:

Lamma Fun Day 2004 photo gallery,
including photos from Everytimeagoodtime and Barry.
Comments welcome, as always.

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
No worry, e, there's space for hundreds of years left. As you won't have to worry about this yourself for more than half a century, there'll still be ample room left. 23 niches have been used so far in 15 years (see photo) and hundreds more are available (see 2nd photo).

Actually, I kind of like the area myself - just after the Youth Hostel, on the path to Luk Chau, maybe 45 minutes walk from YSW - and would consider to have my own ashes deposited there someday. Like Mr Balke - heart attack at 51 - this is always a possibility, even for a clean-living Lammaite like myself. I've still got quite a number of years left till I'll turn 51, so I better start preparing!

What would be a good epitaph for my own niche in the Lamma Garden of Remembrance? Possible suggestions could come from what other Lammaites have called me in these forums and on other public websites before:

Here lies Lamma-Gung,

"the Self-Styled Online Voice of Yung Shue Wan" (Fortune Chan)
"le reporter photographe chroniqueur de l'ile" (Hapifiou)
"it's embarassing to live on the same Island as this writer!" (HKMacs)
who "created a sort of virtual in-crowd on Lamma.com.hk" (Beanburglar)
still "Loitering with Intent to Commit an Arrestable Offence" (Lamma Police.
OK, I made this one up by quoting from their recent press release)

or, short and sweet:
"stupid fat bastard!" (V J)

Anybody got some other good epitaphs for me?


VJ as well.


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