Exploring Second Life Meme

Before I begin today’s Monday Meme, I just want to state that all of the images in this post are pure raw shots, straight from SL. I didn’t even crop them. If you click on them and head on over to my flickr, you’ll see that they are 6016×3221 which is the highest possible ratio I’ve been able to shoot recently using the latest official SL viewer. As you can see, I don’t have any gridlines or glitches like I used to have, so I’m really happy about that!

Meme Instructions: Share 1 to 5 of your favorite places on the grid. I feel like exploring and discovering new places. Share places you think everyone should visit and also tell us why they are your favorites. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments!

Exploring Second Life Meme - Tempura Island
Tempura Island – SLurlBlogFlickr Group

Over the years I have taken many pictures at Tempura Island. It’s one of my most favorite sims. I discovered it back in 2008. My boyfriend at the time used to take me there on dates all the time. It’s actually great for dates because they have a gorgeous ballroom for dancing and lots of little secluded areas for couples. It is owned and created by the designer of Mandala, Kikunosuke Eel, who we all know is incredibly talented!

I think my most favorite part of Tempura Island is their blog. If you visit their blog, you’ll notice that once in a while they will do a post called “Avatars that visit tempura” and in those posts are pictures of people that visit the sim. The pictures are taken by the Tempura Photographers and security. The people they take photos of usually don’t even know that their pictures are taken. I know this because I discovered that they had actually caught me once, I had no idea! LOL If you click over to the post from this past February, you’ll see me second from the bottom. They don’t put the people’s names with the pictures, but they write a cute little caption along with the image. This is what they wrote under my picture, “An experienced adult lady would know how to read men’s mind correctly.” LOL love it!

Exploring Second Life Meme - The Far Away
The Far Away – SLurlFlickr Group

I have blogged about AM Radio and my love for his sims back in 2011 when he had decided to shut them all down. I am not sure what saved “The Far Away” and if the others are also saved somewhere on the grid, but I am so happy it was saved! It’s one of the first places that inspired me and got me into SL Photography. I was a daily visitor back in 2008, bringing many of my friends over and taking pics there (my flickr set). I miss the rest of his sims dearly and not sure if they are still around. If you have any info on them, please let me know!

Exploring Second Life Meme - Kingdom of Sand
Kingdom of Sand – SLurlFlickr GroupBlog

Words cannot express how I feel about Kingdom of Sand. It’s been my ultimate most favorite sim since it first landed on the grid. I remember hearing from close friends back in 2007  telling me how they are creating an incredible roleplay sim that I am going to love, and they were right! It was love at first sight, as soon as I landed. Of course I had a really crappy computer back then so it was incredibly laggy for me and took me forever to walk around and see it all. In early 2008 when I finally got a new computer, it was the first place I headed to and took pictures of. I have a lot of fond memories of this place and I still visit it several times a year.

Exploring Second Life Meme - New York City
New York City – SLurlBlogFlickr Group

This is a relatively newer sim (compared to the rest of the ones on my favorites list). The majority of the sims on my list, I chose for nostalgic reasons. They brought back great memories. They are beautifully done and just so majestic and incredible. However, the New York City is one of my most favorite urban sims to visit. I have actually lost count the amount of times I have taken clients there for photoshoots. Most of my clients like to have an urban background in their pictures the sim works perfectly because they actually allow you to rez there for 5 to 10 minutes, which is just perfect timing for rezzing a pose stand and hopping on top of it. However, I did notice today when I went to take this image, that the option to rez was disabled for some reason. I am hoping this is temporary as I loved being able to do that. I just went there a few weeks ago and it was enabled so perhaps it is just temporary right now. In any case, it’s a wonderful city sim with gorgeous textures and actually lots of shops so you can go shopping! I believe they also rent apartments and such, you can check out their blog for all the details if you are interested in real city living!

Exploring Second Life Meme - Zaara
Zaara – SLurlBlogFlickr Group

Finally, and I admit I am a bit biased in this one, but of course I have to pick the Zaara sim. Zaara is my home, I live in the sky, but the ground level is my favorite part. From the little indian alley, the temple, the dupatta tree, the Nasha Lounge, I love every bit of it! We’ve had many crazy parties at the Nasha Lounge over the years, the Zaara sim party, Gypsy Nights, Celebrating Slumdog Millionaire! Lots of great times and wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. <3 Currently Zaara is also having a 50% off sale. Everything is half off until September 3rd!

So these are my favorite places. I hope you visit and enjoy and make some memories of your own. There are many more places that I also absolutely love such as Magic of Oz, Mischief Managed, Mayfair, LE.LOOK! and many, many more but I’m already pretty late with today’s meme so stopping at five!

I hope you guys share some of your favorites. I’ll be saving SLurls and visiting when I get the chance. Please remember that you can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. You’ll find them all under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges I’ve done over the years. If you end up sharing pictures of your favorite places, feel free to share them in the Blog Memes Flickr Group.

UPDATE: I was requested to create a flickr group just for this meme specifically, so here it is:
Explore Second Life – http://www.flickr.com/groups/exploresecondlife
You don’t have to do the meme to add your images to that group.
There are just a couple rules to the group:
1. SLurl (or link to blog post with the slurl) must be in the description of the image.
2. Avatars are allowed, however the image must show a lot of the sim and not only focus on the avatars.

Thanks and hope you guys join and share your pics! <3 Happy Exploring!

55 thoughts on “Exploring Second Life Meme

  1. Thanks for the shout-out for Magic of Oz Berry <3 I loved seeing Mischief Managed!

    <3
    Malk

  2. Thank you so much for this week’s meme. It’s been awhile since I last went back to my old haunts and I’ve enjoyed every moment snapping pictures:) It’s sad that some places are no longer around, but it’s also amazing that other places still stand the test of time and mesh!
    Here is my post:
    http://yourockthemoon.blogspot.com/2013/08/exploring-secondlife-monday-meme.html

  3. […] Meme Instructions: Share 1 to 5 of your favorite places on the grid. I feel like exploring and discovering new places. Share places you think everyone should visit and also tell us why they are your favorites. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments! […]

  4. Oooh, I love this meme! I think this is my fave so far. Exploring week! Mine is here –> http://wp.me/p3Fa2M-c4 I don’t go out much. >_<

    And you had a real ManBerry before ManBerry? Oooh!

  5. It was hard to pick just five, but I think I covered a lot of ground with the ones I did. I’m going to seriously have to check out your favorite sims now.

    http://primdolls.blogspot.com/2013/08/meme-monday-exploring-second-life.html

  6. […] Meme Instructions: Share 1 to 5 of your favorite places on the grid. I feel like exploring and discovering new places. Share places you think everyone should visit and also tell us why they are your favorites. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments (of this post)! […]

  7. Well, this is ONE way to get me to practice landscape photography! (I still suck at it, btw :( )

    http://picsbypeep.com/2013/08/27/exploring-second-life-meme-wondering-as-i-wander/

  8. I can’t wait to look at all of these places! Love exploring, what a wonderful meme topic. On a related note can anyone recommend an active group that explores/posts interesting sims like this?

  9. Salman Hameed says:

    The 5 places in SL I visit the most. Every destination has been a vital part of my SL journey. I’ll share the details in the comments section of the pictures soon.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thephotoart/9608505522
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thephotoart/9608514606
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thephotoart/9605294479
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thephotoart/9608555458
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thephotoart/9608565182

  10. I love Tempura! This is a picture I took inside the ballroom http://slfreebieaddiction.blogspot.com/2013/08/sexy-elegance.html

  11. This a great blog I recently discovered that shows places in SL. Beautiful landscape pictures. http://bitacora-viajera.blogspot.com/

  12. Well, i do wander around alot..

    The new Black Bassalt is a great place with beach, forests, waterfalls…
    http://windlightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/08/black-bassalt-beach.html
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brandy%20Wine%20Island/85/92/22

    Isle of Myrth is a nice little hidden gem. great beach, nice Forrest and meadows
    http://windlightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/04/isle-of-myrth.html
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Myrth/125/81/3510

    Venexia is really cool. a old world venice RP area so visit tag needed
    http://windlightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/03/venexia.html
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Venexia/18/226/706

    I love Paris. Set in the 1900s covers I think 3 sims. great views, shops, clubs, undergrounds, and of course, the Eiffel Tower
    http://windlightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/03/paris.html
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paris%20Eiffel/26/106/23

    Dead End, RP community but if you like urban decay places, this area is just awesome
    http://windlightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/07/dead-end.html
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dead%20End/157/195/36

    Just 5? no fair!

  13. Great fun but this made me soooo sentimental, damn it! -haha
    ok here s the link to my sentimental journey:
    http://hillsnchills.blogspot.de/2013/08/exploring-second-life-meme.html
    hugs :)

  14. […] Berry is shamelessly begging for new places to visit ;-) […]

  15. Thanks for this one Strawberry a great meme!

    My favourite places can be found via the link below and are Bar Harbor the great sailing sim and Ven River come and relax, chill out bring your friends, cuddle, dance. listen to music or just watch the sun go down.

    http://mocoscribe.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/my-favourite-places/

  16. Lysistrata Szapira says:

    Alas, my all-time favorite sims in SL have apparently disappeared.

    Alpha Point and Omega Point were absolutely incredible builds, huge in size and intricate in construction. It boggled my mind how much time was put into these sims with only TWO people involved. Even more amazing was that the creators periodically tore it down and rebuilt it, so that it was never stagnant.

    I no longer have a blog to link to, but I discovered this blog has a page dedicated to the beauty that was AP and OP: http://aaronp.me/2012/02/second-life-travel-alpha-point-and-omega-point/

  17. This was a fun Meme to do. I also loved reading all the other amazing places I need to go visit now. Here is my Meme: http://bine.se/?p=1942

  18. Mellyn Llewellyn says:

    I don’t have a blog to do your meme, but I hope you’ll come visit a new sim, The Cyprian Gardens. It is an adult bdsm garden and a photographer’s dream. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/RarIR/65/244/22

  19. All these wonderful places!! Berry, I think this calls for another Flickr pool specifically for this meme? :D

  20. Thanks for writing about AM Radio’s The Far Away. Unfortunately it is indeed the last of his creations on the grid, as IDIA Labs closed down their sim a couple years ago. (It was home to Surface, The Quiet: Further Away and Further Apart, The Ferry, Superdyne, and a few other installations that came and went—I created an archival video of these here: https://vimeo.com/60682703.) I own and maintain The Far Away on behalf of AM, and hopefully it will stay with us for a long time. :)

  21. Zee, alright fine, but you are going to help me moderate it! :P
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/exploresecondlife

    Just a couple of rules to the group:
    1. SLurl (or link to blog post with the slurl) must be in the description of the image.
    2. Avatars are allowed, however the image must show a lot of the sim and not only focus on the avatars.

    You don’t have to do this meme to add your images to this group either. Just any SL locations with slurls in the descriptions is fine. Thanks and hope you guys add your pics! <3

  22. Whew! Only a couple days late, I finally got my (short) list written and posted http://poultryreport.blogspot.com/2013/08/exploring-second-life-meme.html Thanks, Strawberry!

  23. inkie Loudwater says:

    Love this meme ( love most of them but that is besides the question :-) )
    http://pixelstyles.blogspot.nl/2013/08/exploring-second-life-meme.html

  24. […] week, the wonderful Strawberry Singh issued a Monday Meme that got my attention. (Her memes often do that…but this one is special because I get to […]

  25. Oh, my!
    This is fantastic, Berry! I’ve had such a great time these last few days, traveling about and working on my own little list. I can type again, but it is VERY slow work, so it took me awhile to post my list. You can see it here: http://cesoirarts.com/2013/08/28/a-monday-meme-traveling-the-metaverse/

    I LOVE exploring, and as we near the end of our vacation, I have some time to do just that. Thank you again, Berry – and everyone – for the wonderful SL itinerary!

  26. Great meme Berry, but I’m not able to do it justice with my current hardware. *sob* I did take a photo of the place I call home though! http://aylaanddolly.blogspot.com/2013/08/almost-end-of-summer.html

  27. Chantel Ashdene says:

    Great idea, Berry! I’ve found some gorgeous spots with all of these memes!

  28. […] is impossibru to know  everything, that is why I love this Flickr group that Berry set up for her Exploring Second Life […]

  29. […] right, before we get into the Strawberry Singh’s latest Monday Meme, let me reassure you I found a friend to unlock me from the RLV hair.  So I am back to full […]

  30. Got my list in, now I can’t wait to visit everyone else’s list!

  31. […] seem to suit our beach home location. Luckily, I now have loads of destinations to visit, thanks to Berry’s Exploring Second Life Meme. I recalled one of the bloggers, Lolita Oleander, mentioning another very old favourite of mine, […]

  32. […] I did the first image in the series, the rest are by the Lindens themselves. They asked me to do an image with a couple in fall clothing. I decided to send them a background as well because I felt the Tempura Island sim has a beautiful fall setting. So I took a picture of the background by itself and also sent in the picture of the couple that they requested on a green screen. I was so happy to see that they decided to use the Tempura Island background, it’s a beautiful sim! It’s one of the favorites that I highlighted in my Exploring Second Life Meme. […]

  33. Here’s mine, Berry!

    http://paywriter.tumblr.com/post/59868298478/explorememe

    This one was tough not only in narrowing down the selections but noting that some selections were not available.

  34. Surprised my laptop actually let me gets pics at these places without crashing, but, sicne it did, here’s mine.

    http://thinkingandranting.blogspot.com/2013/08/lets-go-exploring.html

  35. […] Quelle: [Strawberry Singh] – Exploring Second Life Meme […]

  36. […] because of last week’s Monday meme where we all went exploring and shared pictures, I had a few people ask me about windlight settings and such. I’ve also […]

  37. Thank you everyone for sharing all your favorite places. I actually got off my platform and dropped by quite a few and saved landmarks. Even got some nice pics for some blog posts! Thanks again and I’ve got this week’s meme up already, it’s all about our favorite windlight settings:
    http://strawberrysingh.com/category/berrys-blogger-challenge

  38. I don’t get out much so I couldn’t make a list of 5, especially ones that people haven’t mentioned yet.
    But I really love Vintage Village, a truly magical place, like from an ancient children’s book.
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Verdigris/83/45/59

  39. My absolute favorite sim is the 1920s Berlin Project. It’s a truly amazing achievement in historical sim building and role playing. The roaring twenties are not long gone, they are very much alive in 1920s Berlin. Every single detail of what is created in the sim is truly authentic. Draxtor Despres has made a really great episode about it. Go watch it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkE_F2nEf4g

  40. […] The typist was on vacation the last two weeks of August, bumbling around the real-life Pacific Northwest on foot, by bike, by car, and by ferry. Oh, and by air, in that weird, awkward, and slightly intrusive way they fly in “real life.” So she missed the excellent “Exploring Second Life” meme started by Strawberry Singh. […]

  41. My place to go hide out when I need time alone. Probably the best kept secret in SL because it’s always empty.

    You have to set lighting for the different floating environments to get winter or dreary night looks, but it’s my sanctuary of sanity in the mad, mad, mad SL world lol, and it has certain romantic attributes as well.

    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plants%20Gardens/128/117/93

  42. […] and have fun Exploring Second Life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I […]

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