Simploring 2018 (62) Formosa Cafe

For my simploring tour on Wednesday, July 18th, I picked “Formosa Cafe” from scoop.it SL Destinations. The Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and bar founded in 1925 and located at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard at the intersection with North Formosa Avenue, in West Hollywood, California (source wikipedia).
When I followed the provided link to read a little bit about it, I came across Second Life Newers, a blog that exists as long as our blog does, written by several authors. It is about the people, places, things, and events across Second Life and has an extra section about places. Hard to belive that I never came across it before. I added the link to Second Life Newers to the “Other links” section on the right side bar.

The Formosa Cafe in Real Life and in Second Life

In the Second Life Newers blog is a very detailed desripction about Formosa Cafe along with information about it’s creator Gardenia Malheur titled “The Formosa“, written by Klaus Bereznyak. As this post is so detailled and complete, it is hard to add anything – and I won’t.
In his post Klaus Bereznyak also provided a link to another blog post about Formosa Cafe, which was published by riverpearl in her blog “Million Happy Endings” titeled “The Formosa Cafe“. I just had a short look into riverpearl’s blog but its amoung other things also about places in Second Life. I added Million Happy Endings as well to the “Other links” section on the right side bar (Remark: I couldn’t find riverpearl or Pearl Grey in Second Life, hence I assume her username must be different).

Impressions of my visit to Formosa Cafe in Second Life

Of course I also visited the Formosa Cafe and I was not disappointed at all. It is a great cafe and you can sense the atmosphere. It is buildt with love and passion by Gardenia Malheur and as I build myself a little bit in Second Life, I know what it means to get it done in such a perfection, in particular if you want to build something that exists in Real Life.
Comparing the picture from wikipedia with the Formosa Cafe in Second Life, I’m impressed! There’s so much to see and discover in Second Life, that I’d need to get a 3rd and 4th life!

Thank you Gardenia for creating Formosa Cafe and for sharing it with the public. Many thanks also to Klaus Bereznyak and to riverpearl for the great blog posts about it. I enjoyed my short simploring tour.

Landmark to Formosa Cafe
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Scheveningen/229/202/3703
Second Life Newers blog entry “The Formosa” by Klaus Bereznyak
http://slnewserplaces.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-formosa.html
riverpearl’s blog post “The Formosa Cafe”
https://millionhappyendings.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/the-formosa-cafe/

Update: Today Annie Oh (anniebrightstar), who manages scoop.it SL Destinations, send me a private message: “The Editor of SL Newser is Bixyl Shuftan, Klaus is Klaus (klaus.bereznyak) and Pearl Grey is Pearl Grey (pearlgrey) (in Second Life), all interesting people“. Thank you, Annie. I had only found Klaus.

A visit to BarDeco

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: The BarDeco seen from the waterfront

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: The BarDeco seen from the waterfront

Another simploring post. Friday, Feb 12th, I visited BarDeco. I came across it once again by following Inara Pey’s blog “Visiting The Village in Second Life“. She herself was referring to another blog where BarDeco is described: Pearl Grey’s “Million Happy Endings ~ a sometimes intrepid exploration of a virtual world“. Pearl Grey (aka. riverpearl) simply titeled her post “BarDeco_ Secret Garden” and she saw it in winter.  The owner of BarDeco, Dandy Warhlol (terry.fotherington), himself wrote about BarDeco “a small village on the water where you can stroll beside the sea in a Zen atmosphere and relaxed – a drink and listen to the music of the best DJs in SL at Bardeco“.

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: Arriving in the middle of nowhere

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: Arriving in the middle of nowhere

When you arrive at BarDeco you seem to be in the middle of nowhere. Some derailed freight waggons, fog, a muddy road …. nothing for my heels. Good that we’re in Second Life where your shoes don’t get dirty! Following the road your first thought is that you’re in a ghost town where the nature has reconquered the land. But there are lights and when you take a closer look you see a chapel with light in it and you see that people are living here – at least in some houses. The chimney of one house is smoking, the illuminated advertising of a night club is still working, only the Motel seems really really abandoned.

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: Diomita drinking a coffee at the BarDeco

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: Diomita drinking a coffee at the BarDeco

And there is BarDeco itself. You can see that it is still alive. And according to one visitor who I met there there are a regular music events (according to the owner the best DJ’s in SL). I sat down and had a coffee before I continued my discovery at the waterfront. Here you can find really nice places to sit. Just imagine the sun would shine. The whole atmosphere of BarDeco is quite dense, somehow sad and suppressive and the foggy windlight setting (don’t change that) adds to it. But when the sun came out I could get a first impression how nice BarDeco could be.

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: With a bit of sunshine everything looks immediately a bit more promising instead of suppressive

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: With a bit of sunshine everything looks immediately a bit more promising instead of suppressive

I walked along the old industry site where it is dirty and a bit scary until I reached the chapel again, where I ended my visit. This sim once again proves what is possible in SL and how creative People are. Thank you Dandy Warhlol for providing BarDeco for us!

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: Walking along the old industry road

Feb 12th Visiting BarDeco: Walking along the old industry road

Landmark “BarDeco”:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot%20Bodies/228/24/25

Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
http://modemworld.me/2016/02/12/visiting-the-village-in-second-life/

Related link in Pearl Grey’s Million Happy Endings blog:
https://millionhappyendings.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/bardeco_-secret-garden/