Join us today, Monday 1st November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for a show first shown in Match 2010, as we explored Shekhawahti, based on the region of Shekhawati (the Garden of Shekha) in Rajasthan in India, where the designer – Veekay Navarathna – created a truly original area, and a fascinating glimpse into an aspect of Indian culture.
You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371506581. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.
Shekhawati is sometimes known as “the open art gallery of Rajasthan” as it has the largest concentration of frescos in the world. That is because the buildings of Shekhawati are decoreated with rich, beautful and complex frescos painted on their outer – as well as inner – walls. This alone would make Shekhawati a stunning place to visit – but in addition, Veekay has brought together a collection of traditional and modern Indian art unparalleled in Second Life.
Because as well as the commercial and residential areas – and a beautiful ampitheatre, guarded by elephants! – Shekawahti is also home to a vast art gallery containing many examples of traditionald modern art, much of which can be purchased in world, and Veekay offers fascinating insights into the history of art in India, as well as Indian culture and customs.
It’s a beautiful show that explores an unusual culture in Second Life, so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!
Spotlight on Bayside Maternity Center Sponsored by The SL Enquirer
Family roleplaying is very popular in Second Life, just like in real life. It sets the stage for future relationships and is there for each other through challenging times. We all need a family to rely on. They are an essential source of encourag…
Family roleplaying is very popular in Second Life, just like in real life. It sets the stage for future relationships and is there for each other through challenging times. We all need a family to rely on. They are an essential source of encouragement and affection.
Bayside Maternity Center is the embodiment of building families in Second Life. They offer a unique blend of round-the-clock expertise and patient-centered care. Dr. Lelani Rayne and her team of nurses and doctors hold the highest standard in avatar healthcare and are available to help new patients every step of the way. From health insurance, maternity care, pediatrics, urgent care, and many other medical needs. The SL Enquirer is excited to be a sponsor of this well-thought-out medical facility. We sat down with the owner, Dr. Lelani Rayne to learn more about Bayside Maternity Center and what it has to offer the residents of Second Life.
Interview with Dr. Lelani Rayne
SLE: We thank you for taking the time to sit with us for this interview, with your company Bayside Maternity Center you have a lot going on. Can you tell our readers how your company started and the direction you would like to see it go?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: Thank You so much for taking the time out to interview me. My clinic started in a basement of a mansion I had, I wanted to provide a place where everyone could receive maternity services, regardless of sex, species, or income. The clinic grew quickly so I purchased my first clinic and saw about 5 patients for two months. That too grew even bigger and I needed a bigger clinic. Now I have so many patients a full staff of Drs, nurses, receptionists, and technicians. I am currently of services for maternity, general medicine, pediatrics as well as BeYou patients. The direction I'm headed is to have multiple locations within SL to offer the same as well as more services.
SLE: That’s great that you offer your services to anyone and everyone who wants to experience having a family in Second Life. Your center offers many different services from Maternity to Urgent Care. Can you explain to our readers the different types of care they can expect for each service?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: When a maternity package is selected, you will receive several weeks of exams, blood work, ultrasounds, prenatal care, assistance with the different HUDs, and Pregnancy bodies. General medicine will offer, physicals, blood work, x-rays, and any prescription that can be filled in our fully functional on-site pharmacy.
SLE: That is a full-service medical roleplay facility. You also stated that you offer Medical Insurance. Can you explain how that works in Second Life for residents?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: Yes! Medical insurance can be purchased for and paid monthly, 6 months, or annually and it will cover several services at the patient's request, such as Vision Health checkups & Immunizations
SLE: That's the first time I’ve heard of insurance in SL. The maternity packages seem to be one of the most popular that you have. You offer many different levels of it, can you explain more to our readers what each package will offer and what kind of service they can expect with each?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: Yes! Maternity is the biggest. I offer three packages Standard, which covers short term pregnancies, Deluxe covers slightly longer, and VIP will cover up to a 9 month RL pregnancy. They can expect to receive:
~ FULL CHECKUPS FOR MOM
Blood work, Urinalysis, Blood Pressure check, Glucose, and Fetal Heart rate
Congratulations Package Gift
Customized birth Certificate.
Delivery in a luxury style suite or clinic water birth
The birth announcement in The SL Enquirer (optional for privacy)
SLE: There are many pregnancy / Belly HUDs in Second Life, which are compatible with your maternity center? Do you need a specific product to experience pregnancy and delivery with your services? Which HUD would you recommend and why?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: No. We work with all HUDs and pregnancy bodies. I'm a personal fan of the Lovemomma body because it is very user-friendly.
SLE: Huds and pregnancy bodies can be intimidating, thank you for sharing which is most user-friendly. I see that you offer Lamaze classes, do you find this a popular class for new mothers and fathers to join and learn what to expect before the arrival of their little one or two or three for that matter :)
Dr. Lelani Rayne: Yes, it's popular, it gives parents the opportunity to know what to expect during labor and delivery. It also answers lots of questions new moms and dads may have.
SLE: Since your company inception can you tell us how the clientele growth has been? Do you find that you have more mothers during specific months or times?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: Clientele has grown in a major way. Went from getting 1-2 new patients every 2 weeks to 1 new patient a week, to now getting 31-33 new patients a day.
SLE: That's some major growth! We are excited to sponsor Bayside Maternity Clinic and post the birth announcements in The SL Enquirer as part of your packages and look forward to working with you. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Dr. Lelani Rayne: I'm appreciative and grateful for being able to provide affordable care for my patients and patients to come. :-) I want to thank the SLE for working with Me and my team. I look forward to more growth!
Bayside Medical Clinic Group: secondlife:///app/group/5f995adf-28b8-4ca5-fa3e-2bdfea9eac22/about
Preferred Contact: 亗Đℜ.ℒ (lalonee.bellic)
Announcement From The Safe Waters Foundation
2021 has passed and we are looking forward into 2022: Let’s name this the year of COMING TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF OUR UNDERSEA COMMUNITY. Feel free to share this with other sea related groups – together we can continue to inject…
2021 was a great year for underwater seafolk communities. Safe Waters Foundation had a huge response to our Fantasy Faire involvement and experienced a big jump in traffic. Traffic, as always goes in cycles - we continue to encourage the involvement of people and groups coming into SL and into SWF lands to take advantage of our resources.
JustaChicky Goldshark has emerged as a solid officer for SWF and we soon will have another officer you all know - JewelMermaid, who owns the Pied Piper Mermaid Shop . Jewel leads the concierge team - a huge sub-group of SWF that attempts to greet and help people as they come to a SWF booth (at special events) and to our headquarters location (contact Jewel if you'd like to become a SWF Concierge).
The Saturday gathering continues to be a strong weekly connection for us (thanks to Miranda and Sweete) - and a small gathering I call "Grace Gather" now meets on Wednesdays 4:30pm to chat and go tour one of the SWF hangouts.
As usual, the winter months have been slow - but that's given us an opportunity to reflect and look for where we can improve in serving our mission.
We are excited to tell you that there are some remodeling and upgrades coming to the Safe Waters Headquarters, Fanci's Deep Mer Mall and the Fanci's Deep Residential areas. Adboards are being updated and we'll be offering some special rates to get people to restart there. A very generous, talented builder team has stepped up to lead the rebuilds you will be seeing soon. We intend to participate in Fantasy Faire again this year and will be working to strengthen our concierge team. We are working on very fun ideas and yet still maintain that we want SWF HQ to be a place for you to go find all the fun under the sea in Second Life. We are a hub for finding fun (but having fun doing it!)
So, while our areas have a bit of dust and disarray right now - please know that good things are in development. You are invited to come to the Saturday gatherings as we'll try to have updates for you there as things start to happen. We do need help in making it happen - I think right now we need volunteers for short term projects, and some quality full perm gifts if any of you like to build and share. How can you help our community? Things only happen when we all come together to help - please join us as we venture hopefully into a new year!
Founder and CEO
Safe Waters Foundation
Safe Waters Foundation Mission statement: Supporting the development of harmony and safety for merfolk and sea folk of Second Life. Bringing together and being a resource for designers, retailers, sims, merrow, mermen, mermaids, sirens, cetaceans, cephalopods, other aquatics and lovers of same in an environment that encourages diversity and awareness of RL ecological issues.
- To assist those considering an underwater life
- To increase awareness in the general public that there is an underwater option
- To make mer resources (events, projects, groups, retailers, sims, designers) visible and easily accessible
- To assist, as possible, with the viability of mer resources so they may continue to be available to the community
- To promote the conservation of RL oceans, lakes and waterways and the nature that relies on them
Please visit the SWF web page at: http://www.safewatersfoundation.com/
SWF Headquarters: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/212/223/4
Read about all things mermaid at: http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/
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