Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ryukyu Star Festival Garden

The star festival is celebrated every year in Okinawa on July 7. It is based on an ancient legend that comes from China about a two people who fell in love. The girl's father did not want the two lovers to be together but he allowed them to meet once a year on July 7th.

traditional bridal kimono

So, if you look up into the evening sky on July 7 and it is clear, you can see the two stars reunited. But if it is rainy or cloudy, know that they will try to meet again next year. Some children will even make teru teru bozu てるてる坊主 to wish for good weather such that the lovers will meet again!

The story is told a little different in Japan (Aug 6-8)  and includes each year to write wishes on colorful papers and display them on bamboo trees. Because of that, the streets are decorated very beautifully and people wear their traditional kimono.

What would you wish for?

Starlight,
Stars bright,
I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Please grant me this wish tonight.

Or so the stories say,
That wishing stars,
Though oh so far,
Grant Wishes.

If you ask,
By saying the rhyme,
Or try again another time,
The wish will come true if you wish with all of your heart,
And then maybe,
Just maybe,
The magic will start.

So wish you may,
And wish you might,
See a wishing star,
Tonight

I hope you get a chance and go visit the Ryukyu Star Festival Garden and I wish for you to go there with the one you love.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Be on the "Above them" team!!!

If people are trying to bring you down it only means that you are above them. Never forget haters are waiting for you to fail. Make sure you disappoint them. Stay focused. Stay Driven.

No matter how bad things get and when Greg is not around I have my pillow boyfriend Brad. Not only does he make me smile, he also makes others smile. What could be better, right?

When you smile, endorphins are released which help in lowering stress levels by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. They act as body’s natural pain killers.

There are so many things you can do to stay focused on all the positive things you have in your life. Trust me on that there is always someone off worse than you.

Keep smiling, because the haters hate it when you smile.

Wear your favorite color and stand tall and forget about the bad.

“Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.”

Hmmmm...why not put them both together? Smile and have chocolate.
It is like creating your own  Nutella Fan Club. Made you smile? Good, it is working then. Alrighty then, let's be part of the "Above Them" team then and forget about those who want to bring us down. I am taking my own advice on that one.
SMILE :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Under Construction!!!


“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men, and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” 
― George R.R. Martin
And so it goes that we decided that the Retreat is ready for a make over. This will be a big job, but once started needs to be finished. Maybe not in one day, but it will be done.

And here we are measuring the area for the new house and landscaping. We will move out of the apartment, which will be for rent after this and move into the new Retreat Home. 

I discovered a pattern while I was looking at the history of the Retreat. The first house on this property was established June 12, 2012, with a house that fit the then 2,048 sqm lot. The second home the Le Clos Miran was erected on July 30, 2014, on the new and improved 4,096 sqm lot.

And here it is July 17, 2017, with the new construction on the now 32,768 sqm lot, which also includes the Basement Club and the Galicia Art & Cultural Hall. Amazing! Looks like summer is the time when I get restless and want to create. Now worries the next change might not happen until 2020 but on an entire sim that time. We are safe for now :)

Stop by and check out the process.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Superhero and Villains

What is a hero?

....a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and a superhero would also have some super powers as well.
We had an excellent time at our Superhero-Villain set at the Basement Club Subway. However, it seemed to be more villains this time around than superheroes.
Good thing for Mr. Incredible(Greg) to save the night. There also was Wolverine(Micheal), who is considered an " anti-hero"
  The term “antihero” is misleading because it literally means the opposite of hero if you break it down, but the proper definition means no such thing. The fact is, an anti-hero is still a hero, and Wolverine is both anti-hero and superhero. He has super powers which he uses for good causes.
I am sure it was not easy to figure out who the winners were for the costume contest, but eventually, there were 3 winners.

Black Widow (Deb) made sure the subway was safe before she left. So good to have people in high places.

Finally a moment with Mr. Incredible alone.
If you missed this great set, don't worry because something new and great is already being thought about. So excuse me for a little bit here, while I go and take care of this guy. See you soon!!!

You will see the Subway again for another set in the near future.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

WONDER WOMAN



I think I’d like to fly 
Through the air with amazing speed. 

Strong yet feminine, 
Wondrous and a woman.

Wonder Woman (me), Greg, Jack and Shy, and Shannon gracefully falling to earth.
Let me backtrack here for a second. Before we went on this skydiving experience we did have our first set of the superhero/villain adventure at the Basement Subway.

DJ Dandy delivered some fabulous tunes and the trivia was for some of the nerds out there. Some of those answers were hard others easy. I guess it all depends on how much you know about these characters.


DJ Dandy....no joke

Some brought their own super-powered vehicle

Dance, dance, dance

After all that was done, I came up with the brilliant idea to skydive from this location back to the grounds. So I lured the crew onto a platform and said come sit and then stand on the chair. I guess since I am Wonder Woman they all listened, even Greg :)

All I had to do now was to count down...3,2, 1 and off we went falling down. Weeeeeeeeee....that was fun.








And we all made it down safe...well after all they had Wonder Woman looking out for them. (hahaha I did like it when I took that platform right under their feet).

Come back tomorrow for some more Superhero-Villain adventure from 6-8 PM SLT...just follow the teleport to the subway.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Milan Gacha Mall & Roller Rink

When I need a break I usually go and look at different gacha places. You never know what you might find. Some are true bargains, like this outfit for 45L.

I came across a really cool place because it was not just for the gacha but you actually have to walk around there and explore and I found this really great roller rink.
This place is at the Milan Gacha Mall and owned by Sarrah Madrox Nightly. Sarrah was kind enough and skated with me and she showed me all the moves. So much fun chatting with her.

Please do go and check it out and tell her Anjelikka send you. The roller rink would be a very cool place to have a party event or a DJ set. I have to talk some more to Sarrah about this but this is a great place. I am so glad I explored it.

How to occupy yourself...

...there is no reason when you are on your own that you have to sit there and feel lonely. I try to most definitely stay busy and do the things I like to do.

You can have fun in the sun with a little help of some plastic dudes.
That is of course just one way. The main thing is not to isolate yourself completely from the world, which I love to do during the summer. These guys above were no trouble at all. They did what I asked them to.

As I was traveling through this sim to do what I love most of all in second life as well as in real life to take photographs, I came ran into an old friend from Germany. 

It is always so "kewl" to find out what someone has been up to.

I also finished some subway tickets for the upcoming Superhero set next week, which of course I had to show off to Greg.
I hope everybody will come and check it out...it is pretty damn cool there. Get your free tickets along with some other nice things.

After all that hard work doing what I love to do and on such a hot hot very hot day, it is time to jump into the water.
Stay busy...keep moving...you can do this!!!