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In a place long forgotten by men, Mother Nature took over and the spirits of the forest can be seen wandering around.

Abandonned

Spirits of the forest

A lighthouse, barely seen among the trees, scatters its light around, letting us see glimpses of what once must have been a beautiful place.

Lonely Watcher

But then you get struck by terrifying sights.

Cursed

Lonely witnesses of times past can be seen, turned into stone by some old curse. What happened here? What terrible events hide behind those images?

Fading away

Are you brave enough to go there and find out?

Sorrow

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My friend Annie has always been a source of inspiration for my travels around the grid. I don’t know how she does it, but she always finds the nicest and unusual places.

This time she drop me a LM for Soyokaze.

Soyokaze is a Japanese medieval roleplay island and the home of the Clan with the same name (which means “gentle wind”).

The village is carefully and beautifully build. Stores aligned along the river that crosses the island. Temples, the amazing dojo and the homes of the clan members can be seen among waterfalls and luxurious vegetation that goes up the stone hills.

Soyokaze

The guardian

At the restaurant

I was fortune enough to meet the builder and owner of the island, DomoKun Giotto, who gently gave me a tour and showed me the Bushido Challenge, which will open to the public tomorrow, Friday 19th December. Arigatoo DomoKun-San for all your kindness and patience!

As most of you probably know, the Bushido is the Samurai Code of conduct (read more here) and its 7 basic principles are the gi (justice and morality), yu (courage), jin (benevolence), rei (respect), makoto (sincerity), meiyo (honour) and shugi (loyalty).

In this challenge you have to apply your efforts and skills (hint: bring a friend) to succeed in all the quests and free Princess Ayuki.

You have to go through all the gates, each marked with one of the 7 Bushido principles and finish the quests. From getting through walls of laser beams to finding Po the lost monkey, or building stairs, you are bound to spend a couple of hours of fun and mind challenging riddles.

The Challenge

Go through the tunnels and gokouun o inorimasu (good luck) in finding the princess. Remember that things can only be achieved with patience and effort.

Looking for the treasure

At the end of each quest there is a treasure chest which will give you a piece of the final prize, a gorgeous Samurai armour with lots of special effects.

The samurai

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I don’t know if it only happens to me, but with the cold weather I am not comfortable in dressing summer clothes and need to feel warm and comfy.

Also the random travels tend to be to winter themed islands and sometimes we discover some gems.

Let it snow! is one of them.

Leave you with a song and some pictures. Stay warm and enjoy.

Winter Merry Goround

Playing in the snow

Cozy shelter

Let it snow

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When you arrive to Paradiso you get the immediate feeling of peace and quiet. You get a notice stating to use the region windlight and indeed you should.

The soft blue spreads across the water and skies. Splashes of green and white can be seen here and there. Each little island has its own feeling.

The whole of it offers the right atmosphere to just sit in any little corner and enjoy the peace.

Amidst the woods

Silent watcher Flight to freedom

Deep blue

Of course I couldn’t resist to change the windlight settings and here is the same scene with the original one and another by me, based on Bristol (I do love Bristol clouds).

Stuck Abandoned

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Last saturday I went to the “Show and Tell” which is held by Virtual Ability once a week. People share what they have found during the week, from experiences to funny things. Slatan Dryke showed us this gorgeous and unique top hat that look like a wooden house with chipmunks all over it. As I love funny and different things, I asked for the LM and off I went to the Mad Hattery store.

The slogan of the store is “a hat for your every occasion” and oh boy! how true that is. The store has a ton of amazing, inventive and funny hats, and at very good prices too. Of course I couldn’t resist and bought a couple from the boards and two from the gashas there.

However this is just not another store. Where can you find a store where there are bump cars you can rezz or an Intan to dance? Well the Mad Hattery has it, so grab a couple of friends and head there to a complete different shopping experience.

Oh! And there is a sale on Christmas hats until the 1st of December, so hurry hurry!

Top Hat Mad Hattery 2 Mad Hattery 3

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I was searching for some music to listen and I came across Taylor Swift and “Untouchable”. I didn’t know either and I really liked the tune. So here it is for you to enjoy.

Going through Facebook, I noticed some pictures posted by my SL cousins Flor and Chagal taken at the Intouchable sim. As I don’t believe in coincidences I thought that could be a sign for me to log in to SL and head to Intouchable for a nice photo session without crashes.

And you know what? It worked! I didn’t crash not even once!

Let it rain Treelighthouse As time goes by Rusty

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I use the CtrAlT Studio Viewer, which is apparently a lighter version of FireStorm with all the good FS features. Good thing is I only crash 2 times per session, instead of the usual 10 in FS lol.

However, when I logged in yesterday I was a beautiful cloud and, after waiting a couple of minutes without rezzing, decided to log out and clear cache, which I haven’t done for months.

When I logged back in, inventory was not loading so I sat on the balcony at home and fell asleep.

Sleeping

Finally inventory loaded and with new energy I headed to Frisland. After getting my backpack (free at landing point in men and women versions and 2 colours each) and hiring a bike I pedaled away to check the place.

Cycling

The sim is beautiful, full of little cozy corners and lots of new four-legged friends to meet. The foxes showed me the way to the waterfall and after hanging with them for a bit, I waved goodbye and went to check the rest of the island.

New friends Waterfall

Peaceful living

When I was trying to head south, following the weathervane, I crashed, but I will return to Frisland to discover more hidden corners.

Heading South

What I am wearing:
New release from Gizza Fall Outfit IV (including ankle boots, shades and purse)
Hair from Kletva (store closed)

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Tequilla Sunrise is one of my favourite cocktails and when I heard of Just Another Tequilla Sunrise headed there to have a drink.

I was greeted with a LM and a very friendly and nice notecard by Arol Lightfoot, who did a wonderful job at the island. With lots of little corners and hideouts to discover, no detail was left to chance. If you are into photography, take your camera and poses (you can rezz there) and pay her a visit. If you are not, it is a great place to hangout.

Cheers!

Purrrr Branches Wreck Clouded beach Day off Autumn Symphony

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The Far East always had a strong appeal to me and when someone mentioned Kashmir Dreams I knew I had to go there.

And so I did. Landing near a beach camp, all thoughts of the East immediately faded.

The whole place seemed abandoned. No one in sight and dark clouds were approaching.

As I walked towards the trailer I see this home-made wind chime under the awning. It kept still in spite of the soft breeze washing the sand. Skys suddenly turned blue and a strange rain could be seen in the horizon pouring from a big dark cloud.

Still windchimes

The storm was approaching and I took a bike that stood nearby and pedaled away as fast as I could.

Running from the storm

The day became darker. In the distance a bright light could be seen. I headed there and trying to pay no attention to the scary look of the lantern guardian I asked where I could get some information. “At the liquor Store, m’me”

A lantern in the dark

When I arrived the rain had stopped. The air was heavy, an old pick-up that had seen better days stood there, facing the apparently abandoned building.

Info booth

The glasses in the windows were broken and I looked inside. Strangely the table was set for three and, in contrast with the desolation outside, everything looked bright and shining.

Tea time

I waited and waited and no one appeared. I headed back to the beach camp and took a nap inside the trailer before going home.

Back to camp

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As promised I will show you today the outfit inside the cow I bought the other day. The name of the outfit from FBD (MOoH!) is Poppies and Leathers and comes both with shirt (shown) and without shirt. All the pieces are in mesh and are really well made and fit perfectly.

Poppies and Leather 1

Poppies and Leather 1

Poppies and Leather 2

Poppies and Leather 2

I took the pictures at this great residential island, now “dressed” for winter, called Silver Bird build by Vita Camino. The cottages, scattered around the island are all different from each other and beautifully decorated. The common grounds are beautifully decorated with hangout and a small playground. If you are looking for a winter hideout this is the place to go.

Take your scarf and mittens and head there. Leave you here some pics I managed to take before I crashed (S-I-X times *sigh*)

Cozy home

Let it snow

Winter scene

What I am wearing:

Outfit – FBD Poppies ‘n Leathers

Hair – .:EMO-tions:. * POLLY * brown-pack

Jewelry – Lazuri La Vie en Rose

Shoes – {RS} Sarah High Heels – Slink Highs with colour changing hud

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