The Second Life Tourist

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Sundarban



Sundarban

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Enchanted%20World/122/188/21

Rated: A for Adult


A Bit of Real Life with the Second Life Please




     When I was 9 years old (in rl) I went to bed one night a happy, active, healthy, girl and woke the next morning with particular Rheumatoid Arthritis is my fingers.  Within 48 hours it was through out my body, and by the next year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia as well.


     That was now (covers mouth and mumbles into hand) so many years ago now, and back then doctors weren't sure what to do with someone so sick so young.  No one wanted to give a 9 year old narcotics, not that I would have taken them, and anti inflamitories didn't do much to help.  There was physio 5 days a week to help keep my joints flexible and I would cry about going because it hurt so much.  At one point my little body was covered in 11 ice packs as they iced my joints.  There was also occupational therapist and their splits that I had to wear when awake and when sleeping, and the rheumatologist that wanted to give me gold injections that I stubbornly refused (thank God I did, look up the complications patients suffered later on because of it).  Though it all I had a good support system, one of those being the first man to ever love me, and the first man I ever loved.  My Grandfather was my world and I spent a great deal of time at his place since it was so close to the hospital.  A military man he had traveled the world and had seen and learned so much.  To me, right up till his death, he was like a Yoda.  This vast mind of knowledge and understanding that I was constantly seeking.

There was nights I would lay awake in pain, unable to sleep from one condition or the other.  It was on those nights and days, that my grandfather would sit beside me and talk.  He introduced me to great literature, classic movies, and told me stories of all the places he had been in the world and the sites he saw.  So many times had I heard these stories that I could picture the places clearly in my mind as if I was seeing them through his eyes.  He taught me how to carry myself to somewhere else, beyond the pain of my body, and into the beautiful and stunning world of my mind.


Needless to say, because he was stationed so long in Africa, I quickly became fascinated with it and longed to visit.  India as well made my list from his stories and soon My imagination globe was filled with destinations I would one day discover.


As with most dreams, real life doesn't always comply.  It gives us other dreams to follow and the ones from our youth are soon set aside and remembered now and then fondly.  The joy of Second life for me, was that through this fantasy world I was able to visit the place my grandfather described.  To watch as Elephants walking in the wild, to tour the pyramids.  To visit the jungles of the Congo and yes, to walk through India.



I was pleased and excited when I saw the location for Sundardan.  This little forest which is located  between India and Bangladesh, is mostly know for being the habitat of the Bengal Tiger, and the sim certainly doesn't disappoint on that fact.





This sim is home to a wide assortment of animals and openly embraces the culture and landscape of its real life setting.  I would definitely recommending adding this little location to your list of must visit sims for a multitude of reason.  It makes a perfect photographic back drop, there are a ton of interactive objects and its the perfect romantic location.



Thank You

Labor of Love

I was walking home from school with my 10 year old son yesterday,  talking when the convo took a turn.  It went a little something like this:

Him: "Momma you are so busy"

Me: "not to busy for you"

Him: "I mean you take care of Nanna and Papa, you take care of me and the people at the hospital, You go to work, You work at the school and you take classes" He shakes his little head "YOUR BUSY, does that bug you? I think it would bug me to have so much stuff to do"

What I explained to him is that somethings are errands, things we MUST do even if we don't like doing it.  I HAVE to get up to take the dog out when he crys even if i'm really comfy because the alternative is cleaning up pee from the floor.  I HAVE to go pay the bills, get groceries, put gas in the care, etc.  I then explained that things like taking care of him, being active in his school, taking care of my mom and dad, even going to my job, was a complete labor of love.  Yes they took a great deal out of me, yes there were days they left me exhausted, but I loved doing them and would never ever want to stop.

This little blog has been a complete labor of love!  I have enjoyed my travels around second life, I love being able to share with you all the beauty I find throughout it, and I'm so happy that so many of you continue looking towards this little blog as your destination guide.  Thank you for allowing me to continue doing what I love and encouraging me to continue doing so.


Monday, 30 April 2018

Serendipitous Sands

Serendipitous Sands
Rated M for Moderate
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Au%20Paradis/154/68/29



Life is a beach!

Today I took the day off and decided to dip my virtual toes in the white sandy beaches of Serendipitous Sands.  The description of the place promised that besides being a rental location, that it offered a great place for photos.  Not one to resist the beach or a bikini it was all the invitation I needed. 




Something I have noticed in my travels is that there are sims that are put together with little effort and little expense, and then there is a photographers sim.  A sim that is designed with the only care being fore the quality and beauty of the place they are creating.  Though not very big, and with part of its land occupied with private homes, this sim definitely offers the above.


This sim is the perfect location for scenery shots with its beautiful textures and simply stunning decorating, as well as being an amazing place to use as a back drop as it offers numerous interactive objects.




Make sure to keep your eyes wide open while exploring the sim otherwise you can miss a million tiny little details that make this sim as beautiful as it is.




Perfectly kept to theme, you truly feel like you have landed on a tropical Island where life is completely perfect.  Even though it took me no time at all to tour the public areas, I could have easily spent all day there just taking photos.
The windlightings are set beautifully but feel free to play with your own lighting to capture that perfect picture.


Visit alone for some peaceful time, visit to take photos, or simply to hang out with some friends.  Either way, this sim is perfect for any occasion and has definitely made its way into my Must Keep list of Landmarks.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Who Doesn't want Cake???

CAKE

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cerveza%20Island/189/57/22

Rated: M for Moderate

"Photographers, bloggers, vloggers, artists, dreamers and lovers welcome."



So I found this little sim located in the middle of no where.  A place promising to have been created by photographers for photographers.


A sweet little sim that centers around the mystic and fairy tale like, it offers no windsight settings so play around with your light settings to find what works best for you



You will love that there are so many interactive objects.  Bring your own poses to take pictures in the vast fields of flowers or use the objects scattered about 



My only complaint about the sim is that there is so many interactive objects that its hard to capture a picture without capturing something else in the back ground that may no go with the theme you are trying to capture.


example: this giant snail!  Though adorably cute, I could keep seeing him in some of my pictures, for example one I was trying to take of her setting out laundry.  Needless to say, I didn't get the picture I wanted.



My favorite part of this sim was the flowers, bright and colorful, scattered throughout the sim, you can almost smell them they look so real and beautiful.



I would definitely put this on your must visit list, and you are definitely going to capture at least a few photos you end up loving.





Saturday, 21 April 2018

Amsterdam

I Am Sl Amsterdam

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/0%200%20Anyxia/122/98/24


Happy 4/20

I know I know i'm a day late, but well, I was celebrating 4/20!  I decided to do this in second life as well by visiting Amsterdam and i'm so glad I did.  This tiny sim offers an amazing joint inspired experience that will make you laugh and capture some great photos.












Friday, 20 April 2018

Kanaloa Surf Beach

Kanaloa Surf Beach

Rated: M for Moderate

Owner: Watarushore

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chi/125/212/22


I AM DONE WITH WINTER!!!!







April 20th and can you believe it, if f%&$ing SNOWED TODAY!!!!!  This Canadian feels like winter is never going to end.  True the snow didn't stay, and I can finally see my tulips in the front yard poking their greenery through, but it doesn't change the fact that it SNOWED TODAY!!!!

So, frustrated, angry and freaking cold, I logged onto second life today and officially declared I am done with winter!  I then proceeded to go through my inventory and find my cutest, barely there summer items to prove how serious I am, and headed to the nearest beach, hoping, that perhaps, if my AV could feel the virtual sun, I would warm up at least a bit in real life.


As some of you know from previous posts, I adore the beach and water in all worlds and could easily devote the rest of my life to living on one as long as I had the money to keep the tequila sunrises coming, so Kanaloa Beach was a delightful place to park myself.

Now I will admit, in rl and sl, i'm kind of a pampered beach bunny.  True in both worlds I love to sail but my time on the beach isn't spent trying to break my neck with sports.  I just want to have some drinks, soak up the sun, and enjoy the sound of the rushing waves.

I can appreciate those who love to surf and water ski to name a few of the sports available, and to those who do, this is certainly your sim.  The first thing you will notice upon arriving is the huge waves rolling into shore that seem to beg for a surf board.  Don't worry, you won't have to look too far, you can find them scattered through out the sim and available for use.  When speaking with owner Watarushore, I learned that he is in rl and sl, devoted to the sport and eagerly wanted to make a sim where all could enjoy not only that, but the feel and calm of the ocean.


This location has been open to the public for two years now, and was scattered with people when I arrived.  Some of which were surfing, other simply enjoying the surroundings.


To my fellow photographers, the sim doesn't provide a huge amount of animated objects, but you will certainly find a stunning back drop to any pose you take with you.  


Now to answer that burning question.................................I loved my time at Kanaloa, I will totally be back and recommend you all go as well, but damn it my hands are still cold in real life.  This mind over matter S&*T didn't work!!!!


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Gale Storm

Gale Storm Retreat

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aphrodisia%20Isle/156/202/31

Rated : A for Adult