Simploring 2019 (72) La Isla Tropical

La Isla Tropical is an adult homestead owned be Manuel Crumb. It consists of a main island and four smaller islands around it. The selected sim surround with active vulcano islands fits very well. I came across La Isla Tropical as I looked up scoop.it SL Destinations to pick a destination for my simploring tour on Tuesday, June 11th.

La Isla Tropical – overview

The landing point is on one of the 4 smaller islands next to an old biplane. From here you can either walk over a wooden bridge to the main island (caution you’ll get wet feet nonetheless) or you use the one way teleports that are integrated in the signpost next to the brige or you rezz a boat and start exploring with a boat tour. I took the boat tour first.

Impressions of La Isla Tropical (1) – Landing point and boat rezzer

During my visit to La Isla Tropical I played around with different windlight settings, the one set by Manuel, my usual windlight (Annan Adored Realistic) and several others. None of those were really satisfying me that day, but the Firestorm viewer, that I use, has it’s problems lately. On my tour I came by the island with the atelier and I stopped there and enjoyed the view to the main island from the roof of the atelier. I left the boat and began exploring the main island. I walked to the volleyball court, had a drink at the ocean hangout and dived to the a ruin “under the sea”.

Impressions of La Isla Tropical (2) – atelier, ocean hangout and volleyball court

I had seen the tower on the main island already during my boat tour. Unfortunately the textures outside didn’t fully rezz for me. I didn’t know about the inside but being on an adult homestead I was not surprised that there’s a dungeon. It is decorated with a statue from Mistero Hifeng, a piece of art of him that I saw already a few times before during my simploring tours.

Impressions of La Isla Tropical (3) – “under the sea”, dungeon with statue from Mistero Hifeng, jet ski & windsurfing at the boat rental

I continued my walk, came across the flamingos and reached the boat rental. At the pier your can rezz a jet ski or different windsurfers (including a shark if you dare *winks*).

In the center of the main island is a bed & breakfast. It is really nice furnished and decorated inside. Quite close to it is a swimming pool, a bar & bbq area and a really nice round campfire site.

Impressions of La Isla Tropical (4) – bed & breakfast, swimming pool, campfire, bar & bbq

I ended my simploring tour visiting the island opposed to the beach with the flamingos. Cute little piglets run around on the beach of the island, some of them swim in the sea. On the island is a piggery and during my visit there was an adult pig inside – well as mentioned in the beginning La Isla Tropical is an adult sim.

Impressions of La Isla Tropical (5) – piggery, flamingos and sunset atmosphere at the beach

La Isla Tropical offers a lot of nice places to sit and chill be it on the beach or at the bar or at the ocean hangout. There’s a lot to discover and to watch and yes, also for those looking for particular kinks, La Isla Tropical has something to offer.
Thank you Manuel for sharing your sim to the public. I enjoyed exploring!

Landmark to La Isla Tropical
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sao%20Nicolau/165/221/23
Flickr-group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4655409@N22/

Simploring 2019 (71) Groove One

I visited Groove One of Friday June, 7th. I found the landmark on scoop.it SL Destinations.

Groove One is a full adult sim owned by Desterac LXIX (desterac laval) who says about himself “Music is my Mistress. And she is a very demanding bitch“. He’s a DJ in several clubs. More about him and his music can be found in his profile and you can listen to his own compositions at https://soundcloud.com/groove_one.

Groove One – Overview

Groove One is a weired sim. I found no theme, no real idea what it is about. Some spots look clean and neat and invite you to stay, others are just dirty. Nothing really fits together. I found several spots for events, one of them is hoovering above the motel.

Impressions of Groove One (1)

The sim is very full and obviously takes a lot of ressources. I couldn’t turn on shadows and even with no shadows my frame rate dropped below 2 fps sometimes. Textures did load slowly if at all. The vegetation is rich and Desterac also used light effects.

Impressions of Groove One (2)

There’s a complex of Mediterrean houses and a Mediterrean villa and both look inviting. There’s a colossus at one corner of the sim, a big rock with attached houses, a church which carriers another church on the top of its curch spire, the broken head of the statue of liberty, two sailing ships, an old BMW isetta, an Elvis rock club, dancing models, a board with sexual warnings (right at the landing), a piece of art by Mistero Hifeng (che ci importa del mondo), an old railroad engine where you can walk in, elements from cities like a subway entrance, residential homes (even furnished nicely), swimming pools, several beaches, the bridge suspended on three balloons (which I saw on several other sims already), boats and a harbour, animals, and and and ….

Impressions of Groove One (3)

That nothing fits, that there is no connecting element, no theme, that it is just an agglomerate of items and buildings collected with time (a lot of nice stuff by the way) is the connecting element. It is what makes Groove One outstanding and an interesting place to visit. Or maybe I just didn’t get the key to it all? I think my pictures provide a first impression of what to expect.

Impressions of Groove One (4)

Anway, exploring was fun and there’s still a lot that I didn’t see yet. As it is an adult sim I summoned Emmi (rileylynch) and had her accompany me. Hence we both could speculate what Groove One is about.

Thank you Desterac LXIX (desterac laval) for sharing your place with the public. I enjoyed exloring parts of it.

Landmark to Groove One
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Groove%20One/99/121/22
Desterac LXIX (desterac.laval)’s music
https://soundcloud.com/groove_one

Simploring 2019 (70) EL PODRIDO

For my simploring tour on Wednesday, June 5th, I selected EL PODRIDO from scoop.it SL Destinations. EL PODRIDO is an adult homestead owned by Mr Godard and it is an outstanding place for photograhers as well as for explorers.

EL PODRIDO – overview

The sim is build on a mesh platform 100 meter above ground. This way Mr Godard could provide a seemingly endless desert. There’s almost nothing on the first glance but a mountain, the national monument, Ufo Port Mountain at EL PODRIDO.

First impressions of EL PODRIDO

On the second glance, there’s an old abandoned motel, an abandoned gas station, some wrecked cars, a radio mast, a water tower, power cables for supply and 2 campsites. On the third glance there’re so many little details to discover. The spot is not at all uninhabited.

EL PODRIDO – the camp with caravan

The mountain has been an object that attracted tourists in former times, hence the motel, hence the plate designing it as a national monument, hence the gas station for those who came here. And today? My interpretation is that at least one person, maybe a group of persons still have an eye on the mountain, so as if you just have to wait long enough to see an ufo landing on the mountain with it’s platform that really looks suitable for that. The group or the one person lives in a camp nearby in a caravan. The camp around the caravan is full of details, it looks cosy yet a bit weired, a quite new and modern jeep indicates that this camp is inhabited.

EL PODRIDO – water tower garden and the parking lot

And there’s the greenhouse under the water tower. Inside of it you can enjoy cool and wet air, a real little oasis within this desert. Not for from it is the second camp, “The Parking Lot”. It is built by 2 old buses and 2 other trucks like a corral. Inside it is packed with tv screens, cinema screens, sound boxes and a lot of other stuff. You can spend some hours to look at every detail here. Maybe the group, or at least some people gather here regularly to watch the mountain and to watch old documentaries about ufo landings. I don’t know, but I like to speculate *winks*.

EL PODRIDO – the motel

Finally in the motel you’ll find a room with a camera that is still observing what is going on. The equipment and the computers are old but still working and obviously the above mentioned one person or group does check the tapes of the observation camera regularly. There’s also a world map in this room, that might give an overview about observed ufo landings.

EL PODRIDO – gas station and the national monument ufoport mountain

EL PODRIDO, the town of the ufo mountain, is a place you shouldn’t miss. It has an outstanding design, offers extraordinairy backgrounds for photgraphers and there’s so much to see … and to speculate. Thank you very much Mr Godard for creating this place and for sharing it with the public. I enjoyed my visit and am impressed.

Landmark to EL PODRIDO
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mountains%20of%20Gods/152/17/101

Update June21st: I got a message from Mr Godard that public access to EL PODRIDO has been suspended, the sim is only accessible for group members at least for right now.

Simploring 2019 (72) Luna Park by Cica Ghost

I got an invitation from Cica to visit her newest creation “Luna Park“, that was opened June 15th, and I visited as soon as I could, Sunday, June 16th.

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. (Walt Disney)” is the quote Cica gives us on our way exploring the Luna Park. I do like this quote a lot, in particular for Cica’s creations. Her Luna Park is again full of little details to discover. On the landing point some large coloured rings dropped on my head from a pipe and I had to move away quickly (thus making room for new visitors). As usual I made a zoom out picture to get a bird’s eye view on Luna Park. In the center is a place to dance. The place is filled with 4 quite giant beings that look a bit scary first, but then when you join their dancing it is really fun and you laugh and smile (I did at least).

There are a few elements known from Cica’s former creations. On a stage you see a band playing music for the dancers. The band members are cats, dressed like humans this time. I looked out for other cats but Cica seems to have either hidden them too well or didn’t add more.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (1)

You might recognize Cica’s frogs in a corner of Luna Park. They seem to have found a new home. A set of “houses” are placed in another corner of the park. The houses look like flutes. An animal that I had not seen before in any of Cica’s worlds is the crocodile. One lives by the “houses”, another is swimming in the sea close to the landing point, right next to a ship.

There’re several opportunities to sit, be it in the cups carried by the ship or on the chairs that are at other places. Or you can enter a flying object, that looks again like a flute and watch what is woing on at Luna Park from another persepctive.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (2)

The windlight provided by Cica highlights some elements of Luna Park very nicely but is a bit dark for pictures. I tried another lighter windlight setting that is better for taking pictures but doesn’t fit to the park. You might need to try out yourself, which is the right setting for you. I recommend Cica’s setting for exploring though. I won’t try to provide an interpretation for Luna Park. I personally had fun and explored Luna Park like a grown up kid, curious what to see and eager to try out what’s at Luna Park.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (3)

As usual, Cica will leave her Luna Park open for a while, maybe 2 weeks or 4 weeks or even longer. Don’t hesitate to visit soon. Thank you Cica for the fun that I had discovering Luna Park.

Landmark to Luna Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meropis/170/97/28

Simploring 2019 (68) Devin’s Eye

For my 2nd simploring tour on Sunday, June 2nd, I picked Devin’s Eye from scoop.it SL Destinations. Devin’s Eye is a homestead, rated general, owned by Roy Mildor and his partner Ally Mildor (Ally Daysleeper). It consists of three parts:
The ground level offers a nice island with a bit of everything, a long pier, a nice beach, spots to sit and watch, nature, horses and other animals, a garage, a zip line and a bungee tower.
On a seperate platform in the skies above is Roy Mildor’s store “Top Striker“, a shop for tattoos.
And on another platform in the skies is another landscape, a sand desert with an oasis in it’s center.

Devin’s Eye – overview and first impressions

The ground level is a great spot for taking pictures and to retreat and enjoy the peaceful setting. There’s not a real theme for this island. I couldn’t tell if it is in Europe or America, but it is not in the Caribbean nor is it in the Mediterranean. I liked in particular the bungee tower as I didn’t jump before in Second Life (nor in RL). That was fun.

Impressions of Devin’s Eye (1)

It made me smile seeing a rock formation at a canyon that looked like a springboard – and there was a sign with a skull “Danger”. I found several spots that were inviting to sit down and for taking pictures. I think my pictures give an impression of the ground level of Devin’s Eye.

Impressions of Devin’s Eye (2)

The 2nd landscape can be reached by using on of the teleport boards that are at Devin’s Eye. One is at the beach. This 2nd landscape is really different and also comes with an extra. You can ride a beach buggy and as it is a desert, that makes fun. At the oasis you can watch animals, camels, hippos, giraffes, zebras, tigers, birds and elephants.

Top Striker store at Devin’s Eye (upper pictures) / desert theme at Devn’s Eye (lower pictures)

There’s a tower that you can climb up to get a nice view. You can also use a hot air balloon for getting a bird’s eye view. There’s a romantic rope bridge between 2 huts. The bridge leads the oasis, the huts offer the opportunity to sit and enjoy the view. It somehow looks a bit misplaced. But when you use it just as a backdrop for a picture, then it is nice with the elephants drinking and playing with the water just close by.

Impressions of the desert theme at Devn’s Eye

I had fun visiting Devin’s Eye. Thank you Roy and Ally for providing your homeplace to the public. I always appreciate when shop owners combine their business with a nice environment for all to enjoy.

Landmark to Devin’s Eye
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Devins%20Eye/121/76/23
Landmark to Top Striker store
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Devins%20Eye/78/72/2501

Simploring 2019 (67) Heaven, art installation @LEA1

I selected “Heaven” from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour on Sunday, June 2nd.

Heaven, art installation @LEA1 by Oema and Van Loopen

 

“Heaven” is a drawings series thought to add a value of women. The evocative church is the 3D part, and the fascinating media lights are the machinima part of this installation for LEA. Media enable are very important to see optimally.

“Heaven” is created by Oema for the “Linden Endowment for the Art” in collaboration with Van Loopen.
18 drawings in black & white by Oema showing female faces a presented at the walls of a cathedral built from mesh. This way the church is just a frame. In the altar area colourful forms appear permanently changing, giving the impression of fireworks. The experience is accompanied with music and other holographic figures that you can see hoovering through the cathedral if you look from farer away, if you look closer, the figures are made of net as well.

Heaven, art installation @LEA1 by Oema and Van Loopen

This all makes a visit to “Heaven” a virtual experience. I recommend reading Oema’s text about Heaven in her blog here and to watch the machinima she published here. Then go there and get impressed.

Thank you for providing this piece of art for us all, Oema and Van Loopen.

Landmark to Heaven (LEA1)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/183/135/21
Oema’s blog post about “Heaven”

“HEAVEN” for Linden Endowment For The Art


Oema’s Machinima

Simploring 2019 (66) Mystic Timbers – Extra worlds

On Saturday, June first, I continued exploring Mystic Timbers (read Simploring 2019 (65) Mystic Timbers). This time I focused on the 6 places offered by the teleport board next to the landing point at Mystic Timbers: Rain City, Road to Nowhere, Red Room Spa, Roofs of Paris, The Rendezvous, The Retreat. All these places are located in the sky above Mystic Timbers. They offer particular backgrounds for photographers and some can also to used for roleplay or for adult scenes. That’s why Mystic Timbers is rated adult.

I started with Rain City. As the name implies, it rains there. Rain City offers apocalyptic urban street scenes with crashed and burning cars. Most of Rain City is just facade. You can enter a boxing studio though and I did. I even tried boxing against a sand bag.

Mystic Timbers – Rain City (1) – street scenery and boxing studio

The subway entries aren’t fake as well, if you walk down you get some great bakdrops for subway stations. And there’s also a red light district that can be used as backdrop. Of course I posed there a bit although this time I wasn’t dressed for it but still in my summer outfit from our Friday night party.

Mystic Timbers – Rain City (1) – subway station and red light district

Road to Nowhere is a scenery of motel located at a lonesome highway in the middle of nothing, a desert is around the motel. The bike in front of the motel offers some nice poses and the scenery itself it once a again a nice backdrop.

Mystic Timbers – Road to Nowhere

The Red Room Spa is an adult place, very luxurious with a big spa, some bdsm gear, a lovely bathroom, a seperate corner for dressing, a stylish living room and a big hall for party and events.

Mystic Timbers – Red Room Spa

The Rendezvous is one single room with windows looking out to London City. Basically it is a bedroom, for sure nice to meet your loved one.

Mystic Timbers – The Rendezvous and Roofs of Paris

The Roofs of Paris is a scenery that I did see before, yet I don’t remember where. The landing is on a roof. I didn’t find any poses, you have to rezz those yourself for taking pictures with this background. But be careful, you might fall …. down to Msytic Timbers

The last place I visited was The Retreat. Again that is just one room. All furniture is covered with sheets as are the pictures on the walls. But the furniture has adult poses and the rug in front of the fireplace has whole scenes. It might be a great place to take Jenny to, as it is not that obvious what’s hidden there.

Mystic Timbers – The Retreat

All the 6 extra worlds offer different backdrops and sceneries for photographers and together with Mystc Timbers itself there’s almost everything covered. Not that I persoanlly miss that, but sc-fi is not covered, nor fantasy (but there’re enough other places for that).
Mystic Timbers is owned by a group of 9 people: Graice (graice2), Soffy Ronwood, Elise Sirnah, Grace Sixpence, Morgan (morganmonroe1), Lofty Lemur, Bee (filipa emor), Silivren (Neida Rae) and sol (solking)Thank you all for providing Mystic Timbers and the 6 extra Worlds to the public! I enjoyed my visit and had fun exploring the different areas.

Landmark to Mystic Timbers
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/40/84/23
Landmark to Rain City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/149/182/2002
Landmark to Road to Nowhere
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/89/95/960
Landmark to Red Room Spa
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/173/81/2501
Landmark to The Rendezvous
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/77/207/2006
Landmark to Roofs of Paris
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/234/212/4004
Landmark to The Retreat
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/113/138/2003

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