Let’s Love Lamma Island!

Lamma Island (南丫島) is a 20 minutes spectacular ferry trip away from Hong Kong Central pier, which in fact is a pretty hilarious and lucky thing, i can say! The place that made me start to change my overall feeling about Hong Kong as a whole. It is the second face of the city that i met first a few years ago (..and shortly made great and long lasting friendship with). Yes, if a metropolis has island and beach only half an hour reach from the downtown, that’s something that is better to be appreciated properly and better to be declared simply “A-some” 😉 ! Actually, these extended features made Hong Kong a really Rock N Roll place in my eyes..

An absolute contrast, we cannot expect other. It’s something like if they would have pulled Hawaii straight to the shores of San Francisco or NYC.. or Okinawa as a District of Tokyo.

Leaving HK Island behind for Good. LEt's see what we will get in the next 24 hours..
Leaving HK Island behind for Good. Let’s see what we get in the next 24 hours..

Lamma has it’s own rhythm, rules and human subspecies (besides many other creatures..) In the first minute as we departed from the ferry at Yung Shue Wan village’s pier, the pace of life slowed down,.. no rush, no push. Chill! Take your time, take your steps. One step at a time.. About hundred people floating out from the ferry, marching slowly, just like when approaching the altar on the most important day.. 🙂

I spotted a group of people with hair length about more than 1 meter per each. They were marching gently, with fans, like someone who is absolutely timeless. Time is not a factor. Time is not in control. Time is to be controlled. I loved the idea and as not overtaking them, i had enough time to think about how and when to interrupt them with my tourist photo request.

The hilarious and mysterious (just as Lamma itself) LongHair™ Family
The hilarious and mysterious (just as Lamma itself) LongHair™ Family at a well lit seafood restaurant (around 10pm )

It turned out they are incredibly relaxed and friendly people, after the photo session we had a great chat right on the spot for at least 20 minutes. Although (or because of? 😉 they kept staying somewhat mysterious, they managed to warm up my soul and mind about every single substance in and on Lamma Island! Living here for couple of years inevitably change the personality. It was obvious at the first moments. Feels like arriving to Hawaii, or Indonesia, whatever. But for heaven’s sake we are only 20 minutes from Hong Kong Central, Yo!   Well, later i was thinking about whether it is possible to live on Lamma Island, wake up every morning with the Sunrise & coffee (or taking whatever unique Lamma-produced ‘steroids’ 🙂 then get on shirt and suit blazer and head towards the Central or Admiralty with the morning ferry, then take your seat at your cubicle in the stock market or let’s say property / advertisement company and rush through the whole day, then around 8, 10, 11 pm switch back from high- to low frequency and reach the shores of Lamma again welcomed by night stars and the symphony of the sea and the local insect orchestra all around the nearby forests and hills..    Probably. I should try. Hah, yeah for sure! 🙂

Killing our welcome beers around midnight. We only have 4-5 hours to sleep, since we plan to wake up and go out to hunt the Sunrise..
Killing our welcome beers at 22:47. We only have 4-5 hours to sleep, since we plan to wake up and go out to hunt the Sunrise..

Waking up was successful, YO, so we are ready to explore the morning Lamma. First mission objective: Get to see the sunrise. Hurry up! Action. We are already in rush..   Rush in Lamma!?  Hmm, then veeery long way to become a proper (King of Time) Lamma-ese.

Well, as we didnt manage to explicitly see the sunrise, we managed to get a deeper into the stomach of the island and village.

Norther Lamma (i)s (h)cool. By running towards the light and away from the army of mosqitos we bumped into the entrance of the local School.
Northern Lamma (i)s (h)cool. By running towards the light and away from the army of mosqitos we bumped into the entrance of the local School. I found this situation Cool. (5:22am)

The Sun was faster than we expected. Since we had been sleepier than anyone else would expect that. So the Sun was up, but we just continued our expedition.

Morning lights. Not from the Sun.
Morning lights. Yet not all from the Sun.
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The different ‘sectors’ titled different Villages, which is interesting. Everything is more packed and compressed on an island. So the distances. There was maybe 2-3 minutes walking between two ‘Villages’.

After a few minutes ( Lammaian few minutes = few hours at everywhere else 🙂
We started to get out of the residental area.

SLOW Life is not LOW life!
SLOW Life is not LOW life!
Quite proper environment for hiking To explore the whole island can take 1 or 2 days.  (5;36am)
Quite proper environment for hiking. To properly explore the whole island can take 1 or 2 days. (5;36am)

We found ourselves on a wide and ghosted road. For which kind of vehicles? Since there is no car on the island. (next time i might go for a special journey to find 1 piece of car hidden (totally illegally) somewhere in Lamma island. 🙂

CH 300M. Not sure about what does it mark and mean. Can someone help?  -China 300 Million -Chemicals 300 meters -Chill Boom -etc ? :)
CH 300M. Not sure about what does it mark and mean. Can someone help?
-China 300 Million
-Chemicals 300 meters
-Chill Boom
-etc ? 🙂

After a 15 minute walk we reached the dead-end spot. Closed, CCTV monitored gate of the Power Plant.

Lamma Island Power Station南丫發電廠  The Dramatic Shot ..:)
Lamma Island Power Station南丫發電廠 The Dramatic Shot ..:)
Here this part of the journey is ended. Since i don't like to interact with the local Security and Police forces before breakfast, we postponed the intrusion into the CCTV monitored area of the Power Plant. Maybe coming up next time! (05:47am)
Here the first stage of the journey is ended. (05;47am). Since prior to breakfast i don’t like to interact with the local Security and Police forces, we postponed our intrusion into the CCTV monitored area of the Power Plant. Maybe coming up at our next time, when our Lamma visit won’t be this Lame! 😉

Turn back, let’s see the next face of our good old Lamma!

We definitely felt ourselves in Jurassic Park. Insane Jungle back to the VIllage area from the Power Plant.
We definitely felt ourselves in Jurassic Park. Insane Jungle back to the village area from the power plant.

Back on our way towards the opposite direction soon we passed by a residental development area.

According to Wikipedia: “Lamma has an estimated population of 6,050 people. However, with future developments such as a planned beach community in Sok Kwu Wan the population capacity is expected to double to 11,000 residents.”  

So maybe it’s time to invest now, before its too late and Lamma becomes the next Hong Kong Island! 🙂

Lamma Property Bubble :)
The Lamma Property Bubble 🙂
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Ille(g)al Tree Felling. Taste of the unique Lamma’ese english (Lammanglish?) Anyways, i can imagine that quite a diverse palette of crime activities the Lammaese Police need to face day by day.
Pipipooo, a local Lammaese inhabitant, Maybe even aboriginal, indigenous local since several generations? :)
‘Pipipoooo’, a local inhabitant, Maybe even aboriginal, indigenous native Lammaese one since several generations? 🙂
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Properly maintaned ‘villa’-s all over the island. The positive vibes and energy of island life leave it’s marks on every corner of Lamma. At least that was my (naive?) impression as an alien observer.
fluting girl at full moon under the tree
Not a surprise that notable amount of locals pursue some religion or belief opposed to Hong Kong city, where still the biggest God is the numbers, digits, paper and copper pieces, shiny metals, glass, rubber, chrome, leather, gold, marble and the glorious Concrete..

Back in the village we found several outdated, retired piece of ads, proving the good old fact that small islands tend to be legit time-capsules..

Time capsule advertisements
Local platforms of creative social and viral media advertisements, campaigns 🙂
devastated washing machine ad
Hopefully it found it’s new owner before the ‘expiration’ of it’s ‘display quota’ 😉
Relieve Joint Pain Smart Exercise Lamma Island poster ad
Lamma is a great adventure for any entrepreneurs who want to kick-off and test a service / venture in small-scale before adapting it to the bigger Island..
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Photography is semi-permitted .. 😀
For Sale
Kinda basic starter set to collect for pursuing a proper Lamma-Life.
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Property market was not sparkling at the very moment. However it looks like a rather fresh one.
Lamma village with the Power Plant Chimney
Still Life with the power plant. Can be one of the useful navigation systems applied to Lamma. The distance and direction from The Power Plant chimney as coordinate 0,0 🙂 (06:14 am)
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Challenging these local kitchens / restaurants will definitely happen in the next Lamma post.
On the way to the school. (06:15 am)
On the way to the school. Life definitely been started on Lamma Island. (06:15 am)
IKEA is everywhere.
IKEA has spread to everywhere. But, Yo, still no McDonald’s kinda products around! ^^

Thai BBQ beer installation on Lamma Island
Hundreds, thousands of authentic mini ‘installations’ and traces of the real Lamma Life all around the villages. Real beauty to my eyes. Like opened book, we can read and reconstruct the socio-puzzles of the present and history of this area.
Lamma Street Art!
Lamma Street Art! Quite proper and may feel relevant. To me it may symbolize that every place has its pleasure and roughness, shiny and dark moments. We take and handle all of them thus maintaining the harmony of (Lamma:) Life..
Lamma grill closed on the early morning
Ok, arrived back to our guesthouse area, REALLY READY TO EAT / HUNT something… ;D (06:24 am)
Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Tree Bay) the ferry pier.
Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Tree Bay) the ferry pier, where everything starts..
Since Lamma is quite inspiring, we quickly developed (or re-invented?) the proper style that represents Lamma Lifestyle at it's best!
Since the area made us quite high, opened and inspired, we quickly developed (or re-invented?) the fashion-stream men’s wear that represents Lamma Lifestyle at it’s best!
Just catched some left-over from my dear partner and 'assistant', Katherine's plate. Look at these lights and color. It's obviously happening on an Island, okay? :)
Just catched some left-over from my dear partner and ‘assistant’, Katherine’s plate. Look at these lights and color. It’s obviously happening on an Island, okay? 🙂
Lamma Island property, residental apartmants in the rich flora and fauna.
Idyllic settings for a Life somewhat different from the Life that we can pursue in Hong Kong. Lamma Island property residental apartmants in the rich flora and fauna.
Farm, garden on Lamma Island. Life is Slow here but sure.
Local farm. For sure. On the List. Next time we ‘harvest’ and taste it. It’s mandatory to do that. Life is Slow here but at least Sure! ;D
According to Katherine it is a (weird) funny game for cheap. Some generations ago it was quite popular in the developing Hong Kong area. (Probably all over south-east asia, and God knows where else..)  You put some glue on the end of your straw, then gently blow as big glue-bubble as you can. Then you'r Cool.-
According to Katherine it is a (weird) funny game for cheap. Some generations ago it was quite popular in the developing Hong Kong area. (Probably all over south-east Asia, and God knows where else..) You put some glue on the end of your straw, then gently blow as big glue-bubble as you can. Then you’r Cool.-  Hm, in the other parts of the world people ‘play’ quite different kind of ‘games’ with the glue and nylon bags…
Sok Kwu Wan (Rainbow Bay) through the famous 'Glue-Bubble' muhhahah
Sok Kwu Wan (Rainbow Bay) through the famous ‘Glue-Bubble’ muhhahah
Hearth with a cane. Lamma-ese nuschool street art ;D
Hearth with a cane. Lamma-ese nuschool street art ;D
Sunset at Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Tree Bay). So this place is about 30 minutes away from Hong Kong Central Pier.
Sunset at Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Tree Bay). So this place is about 30 minutes away from Hong Kong Central Pier ! ..
On the way back To the city. We are passing by perfectly shaped Islands.
On the way back To the city. We are passing by perfectly shaped islands. (Maybe in a next next chapter..? 🙂
Can i not chill my mind by cruising between these creations of Mother Nature?
Can i not chill my mind by cruising between these creations of Mother Nature?

Leaving Lamma with a lot of unfolded corners, unanswered – however not only rhetorical – questions, un-trampled pathways and unseen sunrises, makes the place a must to commute back more times and investigate the area in-dept with all the possible senses and opened-mind. God Bless Lamma and it’s existence. Prepare to the next round La!

Happy end,  happy continue.
Happy end, happy continue.

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