Simploring 2019 (77) Tyraina

For my simploring tour on Sunday, June 23rd, I picked Tyraina from scoop.it SL Destinations. Tyraina is a moderate homestead owned by Dessi Tyraina (Dessi Tyran). The landmark description of Tyraina hits the nail’s head: “Tyraina is a quiet photogenic scenic sim where you can, hangout with friends, cuddle, dance and take pictures

Tyraina – bird’s eye view

The landing point is in a field of flowers close to a wall with the sim’s name. Nearby is a covered bridge with a sign “Welcome”. Behind the wall you can see a pair of tigers reclined above a waterfall and looking interested in your direction. You should start exploring at the covered bridge. The other way from the landing point leads to the owner’s house that is private.

Impressions of Tyraina (1)

Tyraina is a place with many spots to sit and enjoy the surrounding nature or some togetherness. I tried some of the offered spots and I enjoyed my visit. I also tried the soap bubble at the other end of the island. It is fun to see the world in different colours from inside the bubble.

Impressions of Tyraina (2)

I tried to figure out where Tyraina could be located. The lighthouse, the residential house and the 3 covered bridges look a bit American, but there’re no tigers there. Maybe the tigers are pets of the owner. They run around free, but their area is naturally limited and you mustn’t be afraid of them.

Impressions of Tyraina (3) – right pictures show the soap bubble with Diomita inside

Besides all the lovely spots to sit and cuddle there’s also a bit of art at Tyraina. I saw two sculptures from Mistero Hifeng (“Leggi questi versi …” and “I soliti pensieri…che…”). And to my surprise I found a skeleton in an outhouse. I wonder how this accident happened.

Impressions of Tyraina (4) – left pictures show the 2 mentioned scultures by Mistero Hifeng and in the lower right is the skeleton in the outhouse

There’s not much more to say about Tyraina. The pictures I took speak for themselves. It is an island to enjoy and to wind down. Thank you Dessi for sharing your place with the public!

Landmark to Tyraina
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockaway%20Isle/186/170/27
flickr-group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/tyraina/

Simploring 2019 (76) Malaika Park

For my simploring tour on Saturday, June 22nd, I picked Malaika Park from scoop.it SL Destinations. There were already quite some blog posts published about Malaika Park and I read Inara Pey’s post “Exploring Malaika Park in Second Life” before I visited it myself.

Malaika Park is a full region owned by Leroy Voorhees and home for a few people. According to Inara Pey Malaika Park was created by Leroy Voorhees along with Gabriel2009, Wayne (waynenz), Sangi Phaeton and JJ Goodman. The groud level is publically accessible and looks like a Mediterrean town.

Malaika Park – overview

The landing is at the court of this little town, right next to a bar and to the quite large yacht harbour. The relation between the large yacht harbour and the town itself reminded me a bit of St. Tropez in France, in particular as Malaika Park is full of art pieces.

Malaika Park: Heart hands by reycharles and Senza vestito by Mistero Hifeng (left) / Snacks and bar (right)

I walked from the court along the the pier to the snack bar and saw the “Heart hands” created by reycharles, who’s gallery I visited in March (read Simploring 2019 (28) Rey’s Gallery) and one of several sculptures created by Mistero Hifeng that are spread at Malaika Park.

Malaika Park: court (upper left) / Merfolk Maiden by Lucas Lameth (lower left) / Blue and White no. 3 by Jake Vordun (upper right) / La…chiamano realta’ by Mistero Hifeng (lower right)

Close to the court is another large sculpture by Mistero Hifeng, La…chiamano realta’, and a modern sculpture by Jake Vordun (Blue and White no. 3). I visited the cafe and walked to its roof, where you have a nice view over the harbour. On the roof ou find 2 more sculpture from Jake Vordun (Diana and Actaeon). At the time of my visit a big cruise ship laid along the other pier. It reminded me of the current debate about cruise ships in Venice as this one clearly dominates the view on Malaika Park. I assume it is just temporary. The cruise ship is part of SL Pride and use as a big party ship.

Malaika Park: cafe with sculptures Diana and Actaeon by Jake Vordun (left) / SL Pride cruise ship (right)

At the end smaller pier is another scupture of Jake Vordun (Red No.1) and I came across a guitar player from Cica Ghost and I saw two sculptures form Lucas Lameth (Merfolk Maiden and Merfolk Guard). All the art is placed with care and the pieces do fit to their location. The art can fully develop this way and it is a pleasure to see and enjoy it.

Malaika Park: Merfolk Guard by Lucas Lameth (upper left) / paddle boats (lower left) / Boy with guitar anim. by Cica Ghost (upper right) / Red No. 1 by Jake Vordun (lower right)

I continued my exploring tour of Malaika Park and saw many more sculptures. I saw La vita…imparare vorra’ and Dentro corpi liberi from Mistero Hifeng. The later is unusal colourful for Mistero and a nice transition to Cica Chost’s “man 5” who holds a balloon and her matchstick animation “Cica’s Little Boat”.

Malaika Park: La vita…imparare vorra’ by Mistero Hifeng (upper left) / Dentro corpi liberi by Mistero Hifeng (upper right) / man 5 and Little Boat by Cica Ghost (lower pictures)

The colourful town houses are not furnished, but on the other side of Malaika Park you find (surprise *winks*) more art like another modern sculpture from Jake Vordun (Fancy Decor: Grantaire Sculpture). There are two residential home on this sime of Malaika Park, one is on the plateau of a rock overlooking the town and Gabriel2009 has his atelier here. It’s worth a look at it.

Views of the other side of Malaika Park, upper right picture shows Fancy Decor: Grantaire Sculpture by Jake Vordun

I ended my exploring tour visiting the pool and the games area.

Malaika Park: Gabriel2009’s Atelier (left pictures) / pool (upper right) and games area (lower right)

As far as I understood, Malaika Park is constantly changing a little bit. I assume that art is added here and there or that room is made for events like the cruise ship that was there during my visit. I really enjoyed how the pieces of art are placed at Malaika Park. This alone is worth a visit. Thank you Leroy Voorhees and all others involved from creating this sim and for sharing it with the public.

Landmark to Malaika Park
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Malaika%20Park/137/86/30
Inara Pey’s post “Exploring Malaika Park in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2018/10/05/exploring-malaika-park-in-second-life/

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 (22) Undertones

Friday, February 15th, I picked “Undertones” from scoop.it SL Destinations. The short article and the short landmark description of Undertones did tempt me:
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect – a public gallery, garden, music, videos, artwork, and little shops to explore, snap, and hangout. Welcome all friendlies!
On the docks: T3T Rez zone, gacha yardsale and random freebies 🙂
In addition, I hadn’t heard or read before about the artist, who owns “Undertones”: Art Oluja (artistik Oluja)

Undertones – overview and entering the gallery

At the landing point you can grab some freebies and a landmark at a raft, that is close to the landing point (one freebie is the raft itself). Getting up the stairs you enter a labyrinth of connected modern buildings with a lot of space for the art. In the first hallway one wall is full of posters of galleries. Seems, as if I will never be able to discover and see all of them.

Impressions of Undertones – the art of Art Oluja (artistik Oluja)

Apropos missing – I looked up Art Oluja’s profile to find out about her art. She says about herself: “Addicted to mental stimulation, synesthetic appreciation, and art in all its forms. I admire creative processes, online and off, inside and out. Im an explorer and admirer of all the many creative experiences here, but sometimes I zone out enough to experiment myself :)”
I learned that Art Oluja had participated in the LEA program, having own installations and collaborated with other artists. I didn’t see any of it though.

Impressions of Undertones – featuring the art of Silas Merlin, Pearl Grey (pearlgrey) and Elle Thorkveld

At Undertones Art Oluja has exhibited her art as well as art from other artists. I came across Pearl Grey (pearlgrey), Klaus Bereznyak, Silas Merlin, Mistero Hifeng, Elle Thorkveld and Haveit Neox. I’m pretty sure, there’re more.

Impressions of Undertones – featuring the art of Mistero Hifeng, Silas Merlin, Klaus Bereznyak and Haveit Neox / Diomita posing at Undertones

I visited the garden, the event area, the shops and some nice spots to sit and enjoy. I had fun looking at all the art, there’s so much to discover that my one hour visit was by far not suffient. I grabbed some of the freebies, some of Art Oluja own work is given away for free as well, some are sold – and yes, I got one piece for my own collection of art.

Impressions of Undertones – featuring the art of Pearl Grey (pearlgrey) and Klaus Bereznyak / Diomita trying out the freebies (lower left and middle) and placing the art of Art Oluja (artistik Oluja) at home (lower right)

And at home, I had a look at the freebies – funny!
I enjoyed my visit to Undertones and seeing Art Oluja’s work as well as the work of other artists arranged thoughtfully and I had fun looking around. Thank you Art Oluja for sharing your place, for the freebies and for a very enjoyable visit.

Landmark to Undertones
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Catocala/149/86/22

Simploring 2019 (21) L’Azile

Annie Oh (anniebrightstar), who runs the scoop.it SL Destinations, gave me a notecard with landmarks for a place named L’Azile. She said the sim might be a destination for one of my simploring tours. The notecard contained some descriptions for the provided landmarks. On Sunday, February 10th, I went to L’Azile

L’Azile – overview

L’Azile is an adult place taking about one half of a full sim. It is owned by Boro Moretto (boromir22). As far as I understood also Boro’s partner Loony Moretto (Louna Perl) is involved as well as Zoé (zoeliah) as gardener and builder. Upon landing you get a description in English and one in French and a notcard explaining the background of L’Azile and it’s adult D/s background. I used excerpts of these notecards and from the landmark descriptions, that I got from Annie for my simploring report.

Impressions of L’Azile (1) – around the lnding pint (lower left is a statue of Mistero Hifeng)

L’Azile was created as a space to relax in a welcoming setting, reminding of a beach holiday. It also has a private residential area and you’re kindly asked to respect the privacy. L’Azile is first of all a friendly place with a little taste of craziness. The inhabitants are called Zinzins, that means nicely crazy, in French. Founded by French people, L’Azile is not strictly a franco sim although many zinzins speak French. A lot, but not all of them, speak (also) English.

Impressions of L’Azile (2) – the bar

Boromir, Loony and Zoe are French. They ran a D/s sim on SL or quite a long time, that they closed when they got the feeling it wasn’t fitting their expectations anymore. Yet L’Azile is more than a D/s sim. First of all it is intended to be a little crazy tourism resort. It radiates the spirit of a summer vacation resort with some funny and crazy places. In terms of D/s there is a D/s manor, a kinky church and a few seats dispersed in the sim. And there’s art not only in L’Azile‘s own art Gallery.

Impressions of L’Azile (3) – the gallery, currently showing the art of Sofi (Bachi Cheng).

The landing place itself offers already places to sit and funny things to look at. Close ot the landing place is a beach with more opportunities to sit at a campfire or to mediate while floating in one of the inflatable swimming objects. What caught my eyes was a statue from Mistero Hifeng (not the only piece of him that you could find here) and the female legs that peek out of the bay. Next to the bay is the bar. The interior of this bar mirrors the intention of L’Azile, it’s a bit crazy and funny and did conjure a smile in my face.

Impressions of L’Azile (4) – the art collection

Of course I visited the gallery. Currently there’s an exhibtion showing pictures of the RL art of Sofi (Bachi Cheng). If you’re interested in art within SL don’t miss also seeing the art collection, a house with art from several artists, pieces that were collected by the owners of L’Azile. I enjoyed it!

Impressions of L’Azile (5) – the D/s Manor

No surprise that I had a closer look at the D/s manor. It has 3 very stylish rooms for BDSM, a perfect place to go to get some variety. I really like it. What I liked even more was the church which is perfect for weddings and collarings. I will spread the word and might use it for upcoming events within our family & friends group.

Impressions of L’Azile (6) – the kinky church

There’s really so much to see in L’Azile! I didn’t mention yet the outdoor cinema, the motel, the bath house, the romantic place to cuddle close to the gallery and the wildlife where you can get close to hippos and other animals. Not to mention all the lovely spots to sit and enjoy. I spent almost 2 hours and just got a first impression. Alone the art that is spread around the sim is worth another visit and I didn’t see all of it for sure. I also discovered another gallery close by, Gallery Pinot Gris, that I might want to explore soon.

Impressions of L’Azile (7) – the bathouse, the motel, the camping and the wildlife

Enough words, L’Azile is another place that fits into my Second Life with a beautiful environment, lots of art, obviously home for a tolerant and open minded community and a kinky D/s corner. Thank you Boro Moretto (boromir22) for providing this place to us all!

Landmark to L’Azile
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sabotage/75/141/22

Simploring 2019 (19) Windhaven

For my simploring tour on Wednesday, February 6th, I picked Windhaven from scoop.it SL Destinations, an adult homestead. The landmark description consists mostly of tags:
forest, camp, beach, flickr, photography, vlogger, blogger, poses, photo, harbor, ciy, bar, vintage, river, rain, hills, ruin, music, photogenic, roleplay and bdsm friendly“.
As far as I could find out Windhaven is owned by Lennox Johnson (xxlennox) and Manuel Crumb. The landing is close to the court of a small town located directly at the shore.

Windhaven – overview

Upon landing you’ll get a notecard with some simple rules, for example you shouldn’t run around naked outside although Windhaven is an adult sim. In Lennox’ profile I found a short text about Windhaven:
Windhaven is a peaceful Lakeside Town with a lovely countryside. Visitors are welcome to explore the many photogenic spots,just take in the ambience or enjoy your own roleplay. Windhaven is also BDSM friendly. Take a flight and enjoy your stay!

Impressions of Windhaven (1) – Landing point and bar

I began my tour at the court and visited the bar, just close to the landing. It offers places to sit and a billard table, a really cosy place. The court itself and the row of town houses impressed me by the love for the detail with which it is created, a really picturesque spot. There’s a boutique, a tailor, a cafe and an apothecary, all of them furnitured and the shop-windows look really great.

Impressions of Windhaven (2) – The town

I continued my tour visiting the camping and vacation village, a nice spot offering a lot of opportunities to sit. You can go fishing or sit at a campfire and enjoy the nature.

Impressions of Windhaven (3) – Camping and vacation village

From there it is not far to the ruins. It is raining there. Thank god you don’t need an umbrella in Second Life. If you enter the ruins and walk around it you’ll find many places to sit and enjoy on the backside. I continued walking into the forest and there’s a lot of it in Windhaven. But it was worth going further as I got a great view on the lighthouse from here.

Impressions of Windhaven (4) – The ruins in the rain / the forest

Windhaven is varied and provides a bit of everything .. what’s missing? – a beach. It is called Sunbeach and located close to the lighthouse. There’s also an abandoned house, yet there’s not much to see inside (or I didn’t notice it), it’s just messy as it would look after being left for years.

Impressions of Windhaven (5) – Sunbeach (upper pictures) / the Mansion (lower pictures)

The most outstanding house in Windhaven is a big mansion between the town and the beach. In front of it are 2 statues from Mistero Hifeng, a renowned artist in Second Life. At the entrance of the mansion is a sign “This is not a brothel. There are no prostitutes at the adress”. The sign for me was the clear hint that I entered the adult part of Windhaven. The mansion just has 3 rooms:
– a central large hall will a swimming pool, areas to sit and to have an event, a piano and stylish decorations.
– a library which looked very cosy to me (I didn’t try but I assume there’re some adult poses hidden in there
– a stylish bdsm playroom resembling more to a night club than to a dungeon.

Impressions of Windhaven (6) – inside the mansion / ending my tour on the roof of a townhouse (lower right)

My tour ended at the town again. I went on the roof of one town house and enjoyed looking over the court.
Windhaven is first of all a sim offering a lot of great views and backgrounds. I was impressed by it’s variety. I personally liked the little town most, but for me with my (not secret kinks) also the mansion was a highlight of my visit, that I really enjoyed. Thank you Lennox Johnson (xxlennox) and Manuel Crumb for sharing your place with the public!

Landmark to Windhaven
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Serena%20Windhaven/33/43/25/

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