July is newbie sport month in Bishara Resorts

No, this is not open season on newbies kind of sport 😉  Its the month of July and its dedicated to getting more and more new residents into the Bishara way of life, ie. laid back island living with style! Its also the month in which I personally wish to teach everyone the true meaning of the Afrikaans use of the word ‘lekker’ !!!

Now in practical terms this is a month in which we wish to teach anyone who has never been able to surf, sail, dive, fish or skydive, just how much fun this can be.  We are gearing up the whole team to be as n00b friendly as we have ever been, and I am even asking Lance Corrimal to replace his n00b rocket repeller bullets with flowers instead 🙂 Okay, thats wayyyyy too sixties and Lance will kill me for just suggesting such a thing, but I can assure you that even Lance will be treating newbie questions about sailing with that extra grace and openess he has always used during this month of July – errrr, just in case please wear a flack jacket 😉

If any player who is new and NOT an ALT needs to ask any question whatsoever of me, this is also the month to do so, and no, Im married, so don’t try ‘those’ questions on me 🙂  ANY suggestions to make new residents more comfortable in Bishara Resorts, and Second Life in general, please IM VW Sands or Dumisani Ah or our resident N00b Manager Lissa Pinion, as we have it as our aim to enlarge the surfer community whilst aiding any new residents as much as we are able to.  If its agreeable with our covenant and within our power to do, we will try our utmost to do so!  Ok, at least for July 🙂

Bishara Resorts Club – Latest

More news about our land club. New land purchases in Bishara will be done through this club. In short, we will create a Bishara club group for each new simulator or island that we order. This will not be a Second Life type group, but one of our own so it will not be taking up any of your 25 group slots. To reserve a parcel on this new simulator, you need to pay the reservation space on the Reservation system, which will automatically add you to the new sim or island’s group. As soon as we have enough reservations on this sim or island, Dumisani Ah will place an order with Linden Labs through the new Land Store that will (apparently) generate the new sim or island within minutes for us. Bishara Resorts staff will landscape and theme the sim as the others are on Bishara, and we will IM you directly after it is completed for 1. occupation, or 2. resell. So we buy land as a collective 🙂 Your reservation monies will be kept within the group budget or fund, and will be returned to you should there not be enough reservations for that island.
Pricing on the island is such that you make a killing on the land purchase price if you reserve early, and such that Bishara Resorts still has a bit left to spend on theming and landscaping. Any questions about this, the reservation system or generally about the expansion, just IM Dumisani Ah or VW Sands.

Bishara Resorts New Island Reservations

Hi everyone, well well well, I am taking the plunge and putting in 10 new sims throughout the Bishara Resorts island group, with 6 new residential / commercial themed sims, and 4 dedicated ocean sims. I am hoping to have you all help us afford this with the following deal – on Bishara we are placing a parcel reservation system through which you can commit your purchase of a parcel. No money will pass hands until there are 8 reservations per sim. On the reservation of the 8th parcel of a sim we will automatically purchase an island from Linden Labs to place in the position you selected on the map of the reservation system. On ordering this sim we will request payment for your reservation of a parcel, and place the new sim as soon as the Lindens deliver it to us and we have completed the theme, no more than 3 days after receiving the sim. The rates will be published on each reservation system for each new island. Please feel free to IM Dumisani Ah for any requests, questions or comments. This is our first resident collaborative project and we remain open to learning as much as we can. Asante. Dumi

New Mall Construction in Progress

We’re developing a new mall in Bishara Island, an open style with pre-installed Hippo vendors and a profit share model for designers wishing to start out and for people wishing to help support us by profit sharing with us. The open style has already had many great reviews and we are delighted with the responses.

Dolphin Products will continue to be expanded to help out anyone with free scripted objects, for two reasons: One is to showcase the wonderful and rich contribution by scripters to the Second Life community, with the scripts used in the Dolphin line being Open Source or released under public licenses for use freely amongst Second Life residents, and Secondly to help anyone wishing to understand better how these products or scripts work and to learn as I am, how to script themselves (trust me at 40 this does not come easy for me 🙂 ).

Merry Christmas !!!

May this be a blessed Christmas to you all! Filled with fun, love and laughter! At Bishara we still have a gift voucher somewhere out there on the sims hidden away to the value of L$2,500. Its just there for the taking 🙂 A Christmas tip, think SL physics and try and peep into everything you see. Who knows you may end up with a nice little boost to your own SL Christmas 🙂

Christmas give-away!

A blessed Christmas everyone from me and my whole team, and to celebrate we are giving away a limited amount of Bishara store stock this weekend! Come to the islands this weekend and try and find all the hidden Christmas gift boxes around the sims. Each will contain a fully paid for product from our stores, allowing you to ‘buy’ the gift box for L$0!!! Its part of a clearance of our current stock, well over L$100,000 worth, and part to thank you all for an amazing year!

A ‘conservative’ Christmas? Let’s hear it for our heros!

Hi everyone, this year has flown and Bishara grew from a 512 sq m plot on the mainland to the 262,000 sq m size it is today, with lots of downs thanks to the tremendous growth rate of SL and the strain on the Second Life grid, but also with LOTS of ups, mainly from all of you visiting us, buying some land in the few plots we did put up for sale, and in helping us get Majini off the ground within the surfing community, and the ever positive Torley Linden who keeps me sane with his zany blogs and video tutorials. However the idea in Bishara has always been to create a reasonable visitor’s number on the sims to help encourage folks to also visit the real world environmental projects close to us, and this year has been the preparation of that.

You may have noticed that we do most of everything in Bishara’s sims for you for free, limiting the commercial spaces, the residential land and the rentals to a minimum whilst spending most of our personal funds on creating the reef environment you see. I hope that in this coming year, alongside such fantastic artists like Kaikou Splash and the Heart sisters, we will see some of our own residents and group members also add their designs and creations to the caleidescope of wonder that has become Bishara Resorts. We are paying over USD2,000 per month now in tier fees thanks to VAT, even though I live in a NON-EU country (I bank with a British bank though), of which only about USD300 comes back in residential tier fees, and about USD100 per month of product sales. The strain has been unbelieveable and many a day has come that I got up in the morning feeling I cannot afford this anymore, only to walk my beloved Bishara beaches and realize that it is one of the best therapies I could ever experience 😉 Then I normally end up chatting to VW or Onna or dive the beautiful Chris69 Fitzgerald shipwreck, and then go to bed thinking I’ll keep it all for just one more day 🙂 But it is also my loyalty to a commitment I made in the beginning of the year to REEF.org that prevents me from simply walking away from all of Bishara when things get really tough!

As I live in Cape Town and grew up surfing the Atlantic I have always been drawn to the sea and its tremendous varieties of life. Because it is a cold stream running down the west coast of Southern Africa we have non-coral reefs and hence my interest in REEF.org based in California, who do such a fantastic job trying to protect the non-coral reefs of the world. Naturally I LOVE coral and its beauty and complexity too, but in Bishara I tried a mix of both. However REEF.org remains our priority as they are a small team of people with a small budget and a huge responsibility. Please join me this Christmas to make it a booming one for REEF.org by visiting their website and either volenteering for the fish counting projects or by donating some funds directly to them. Five people trying to conserve the whole Atlantic and Caribbean non-coral reefs! And manage their fish counting projects! These are truly the unsung heros of conservation to me. Help me, help us help them. Go to REEF.org and lets throw our weight behind them in RL too as you have done for us in SL!