Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hi, my name is.....





My name is Weidner Resident and I'm a builder in Second Life. In my real life I am a french music composer.  At the moment I'm building a music store in Virtual Asia, that will feature a wide range of electronic and acoustic mesh music instruments of exquisite quality.

I discovered Virtual Asia through a good friend (Kurenai Jun) that is almost always present on this sim! I found it pleasantly amusing that the owner, and a lot of other people here are from the Netherlands, which is where I currently live too; and as I was discovering the Second Life Tokyo, built by Maarten Kawanishi, I was also studying japanese on my own in my free time ! If you add to this a friendly staff and a warm atmosphere, this is the place where I had to be !

I'm looking forward to meeting you all sometimes, for a live music performance in Virtual Asia !

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tell us what you want!!

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Many new events are being planned in Virtual Asia such as educational opportunities,hunts, game night, street races, special shopping events, movies and more. To ensure that there is something for everyone in Virtual Asia, we are asking you to suggest what you would like to see, and would enjoy participating in. We are working to build a strong, vibrant living virtual community that will support an important and potentially life changing real life cause and at the same time provide valuable and enjoyable experiences for people all around the world. We see this as a win-win situation for everyone involved  How often do you get a chance to be a part of something like that?  Virtual Asia was built for the people so please lift your voices and let us know what you want!! To let us know your ideas you can leave comments on this post or send a notecard titled VA- Event Idea to Stormy Somerton or Margaux Dufaux.

We would also like to make everyone aware that if you are planning an event, such as a wedding, party, fashion show, or meeting , Virtual Asia has many venues and resources available to make your event a success. If you are interested in having your event in Virtual Asia please contact Stormy Somerton or Margaux Dufaux via note card in world with your proposal and needs to see what we can do for you.

We look forward to seeing you all in Virtual Asia!!

Team Virtual Asia


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Face of Virtual Asia Round 3 Results!

FOVA 3 Winner - Crusade Bosatsu
CRUSADE PARKIN - Winner Round 3

The Virtual Asia team continues to be impressed by the contestants entering the Face of Virtual Asia contest.  After being faced with another tough decision, we are excited to announce that CRUSADE PARKIN is the winner of Round 3!!!  Crusade has won L$1,000 and her portrait will be on display on the City billboard soon. 

Our runner up in Round 3 goes to FICCEH, who won a L$500 gift card to have a fun shopping spree at Sassy! (click for a TP to Sassy! located right in the City)!

FOVA 3 runner up - Ficceh
FICCEH - Runner Up Round 3

Thanks to all of contestants who entered for Round 3.  From left to right below are:

Amanda Hausner
Esmeralda Azemus
Crusade Parkin
Soretrade
Ficceh


FOVA round 3 contestants: Amanda Hausner, Esmeralda Azemus, Crusade Parkin, Soretrade, Ficceh


Get ready to join us for Round 4 of the Face of Virtual Asia!  We can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!

-Team Virtual Asia



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Important news for residents of Virtual Asia!!

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Dear Rakyats,

We are currently implementing some changes to the apartment system in Virtual Asia.  Future assigned apartments will have a rental fee. Going forward free apartments will be available as one of the benefits of employment in Virtual Asia. If you are currently an active resident in Virtual Asia  your free apartment will be grandfathered in under our previous agreement so that you will be able to retain your space.
Please keep in mind that current free apartments are allotted 30 prims under the original agreement with additional prims available for rent.  If you have an apartment and are unsure of your prim usage, please contact Stormy Somerton or Margaux Dufaux for a prim count.

***Again, if you currently have a free apartment in Virtual Asia that you wish to keep, please send a note card titled "VA Apt- with your name."  On the note card please include your name and landmark to your apartment . Please send  to Stormy Somerton or Margaux Dufaux by Wednesday, October 24th. to ensure you retain your free apartment***

Thanks!

-Team Virtual Asia


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Virtual Attitude Wrestling Smackdown in VA!

Virtual Attitude Wrestling


Virtual Asia would like to thank Vince Aftermath and Virtual Attitude Wrestling for the action packed matches held high above the city Oct 16th. If you missed the Carnage Zone event, the VAW crew will be back to bring us another round of mayhem and fun! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Last Call for Moon Festival Cart Sale and Hunt

VA Moon Festival Cart Sale and Hunt



If you have not had a chance to enjoy the wonderful cart sale and hunt going on in the city, today is your last chance. See hints and info here.

The city of Virtual Asia would like to thank everyone for their participation in making this event a pleasure and a success.

We thank all the wonderful designers for their amazing exclusive items and generous hunt gifts,
Kabuki Boutique and company for kicking things off with the exciting  Moon Festival Fashion Show and everyone that came out to celebrate with us and explore the city of Virtual Asia. 



Monday, October 15, 2012

Face of Virtual Asia Contest: Round 3, Sun 10/21 12:00 pm SLT


Beatrice Serendipity Face of Virtual Asia


Round 3 of the Face of Virtual Asia contest is taking place this Sunday, October 21st at 12:00 p.m. (noon) SLT. You can find all of the details about the contest on our "Face of VA" page here on the blog.

We would like thank to Beatrice Serendipity, who was the winner of Round 2 of the contest. Bea's fun and fabulous ganguro styled image has been on display on the City billboard (click to TP to the billboard in SL to see the billboard in person).

You could be the winner of Round 3 of the contest and not only see your image up high over the City, but also win L$1,000 as well as be eligible to compete at the end of eight rounds for the chance to win L$10,000, plus have your image on the City billboard for a month.  Also, a L$500 gift card from Sassy! will be awarded to the second place winner!!!

Please see the page on this blog titled "Face of VA" for more details about the contest.

We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday for Round 3!  Are you ready?!?!

-Team Virtual Asia

Sunday, October 14, 2012

VA Facebook reaches 200 likes !!!

Kawaii Street Party at Virtual Asia


Today Virtual Asia received it's 200th like from Dora Sanchez. We would like to take a moment to thank her and everyone else for their support of this important cause.

Liking Virtual Asia on Facebook is a simple way that you can help get the word out about our mission to make real life changes through global education in virtual worlds. We appreciate each and every one of you and hope that you will invite your friends and share this page with others on facebook.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Vidal Fashion – Freebies & Charity Posted on June 21, 2009 by Shawna

I found an article on the web from 2009 :)

Vidal Fashion – Freebies & Charity

Friday, October 12, 2012

PFP choses VA Productions as their video production partner and helps feed children in Africa!




ProFashionProductions and Ms. Roe Woodford have chosen the Virtual Asia Production team of Crazy, Collin and Ginger to be their video producers of choice!  With two upcoming events for Purple Moon and one for Shiki look for exciting things to be happening with PFP and their new partners VA Productions.  To view what an impact SL can have on RL please see the picture heading this article.  Part of this food was a direct result of the LD Major Brand Fashion show that benefited Feed a Smile Charity promoted in the VA Production Video attached.




We can make a difference in someone’s life buy just playing SL as the pictures below prove.  Keep looking here everyday for exciting new events, and milestones as we work toward our goal here at VA!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

People in the Neighborhood, interview with Roxanne Ysabel



Today when I was in the city I had the chance to sit down with resident Roxanne Ysabel. Roxanne, an active resident who spends many hours in second life learning building and graphic skills that she can put to use as a content creator. Roxanne is also a professional singer that uses her gift to help entertain people and is active in the live music scene.

 Roxanne is a big supporter of the city, "Being that I am from a third world country myself, I really understand the long term beneifits of this project in helping real life people gain work and life skills they could not otherwise. " Having lived in Thailand part of her life she has seen first hand the conditions that exist.

Roxanne works to help bring live music to Virtual Asia for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check her profile and web tab for more information on when and where she will be playing next.

In closing Roxanne would like for everyone to remember "  Even though SL is  a non tangible  place it  holds many seemingly  tangible  things  for  people  who  are active here, so just  try to  remember  that  behind  every  avatar is a  person with  real  emotions, needs  and  something to contribute."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We want your likes, not your Lindens.....


(Ibor and Lily)


We want your likes not your Lindens.  A strange thing to say but very powerful when implemented.  Most charities in SL are looking for donations to contribute to a charity and many do so effectively.  Our path is a bit different since the way we are reaching our goals is a bit different.  When we looked at how to run this charity in SL we looked at the standard model of creating events, paying for them and then taking the proceeds left and sending it to charity.  Even if the expenses are not carved out making 1K USD is a huge win.   For us that is very shy of the money need to affect the change we want to stimulate.  If you are not familiar with our mission please take the time to do it now.  Now that everyone is aware of what we are trying to do you see the monetary needs are far more than what could reasonably be expected in SL.  So the question became how do we accomplish this?

Likes not Lindens.  Now it’s true the lindens that come from our vendors, the events and such are very appreciated as they help offset tiers, contest awards and all the events and fun things we try to schedule.  (My shameless pitch for Lindens is now done!)  But Likes….likes on our face book, followers on our blog, likes and followers on our youtube that is our true need.  When we get lots of these then it makes advertisers and donors take notice.  It proves to them that people are looking at us that we are being followed and that there is an audience to be reached here.   That is how we have attracted attention and dollars so far but we need your help, I mean really need your help.  Have you ever said to yourself if I could just click a button and solve this problem I would?  The truth of the matter you can with us, its just pushing a button, well pressing it 4 times.


Like us on Facebook (2 press) http://www.facebook.com/vamedia

Like each of our videos and if you have a channel subscribe to ours (3 and 4 press) http://www.youtube.com/user/VAsiaProductions?feature=CAQQwRs%3D

It’s that simple.  The more likes and followers we have, the more attention and donors we attract, but we need your help.  We NEED your likes far more than your lindens!  Now how many times can you make a huge difference in someone’s life with a press of a button?!?  Go ahead, click it four times, it will be painless….I promise!

As we have our successes and meet goals I will be posting them here so please stay tuned for all the exciting news to come!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Top 25 compensation packages



The salary information below was calculated by adding the IRS Form 990 categories of “Compensation,” “Contributions to employee benefit plans,” and “Expense accounts and other allowances.” Not included are any benefits received but not reported in the charity’s IRS Form 990.
When information is given only on the national headquarters and the charity does not include its affiliates in its financial statements, “National Office” or “N.O.” appears after the group’s name.
This table was published in the August 2012 issue of the Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report.
NOTE: CharityWatch grades are not based on the salary ranges reported in the IRS Form 990. DUE TO DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY SALARIES MIGHT BE ALLOCATED, HIGH SALARIES DO NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE INEFFICIENCIES JUST AS LOW SALARIES ARE NOT ALWAYS A PLUS.
Name & TitleOrganization
Top Salary*
John R. Seffrin, CEOAmerican Cancer Society
$2,222,272
Includes $1.5 million in a retention benefit approved in 2001, "to preserve management stability."
Peter G. Cordeiro, M.D., Chief Attending Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive ServiceMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
$2,050,872
Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D., President/CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund
$1,252,705
Jonathan W. Simons, M.D., President/CEOProstate Cancer Foundation
$1,233,240
Thomas C. Nelson, Past Ex-Officio/Past COOAARP Foundation & AARP, respectively
$1,176,614
Includes a separation payment of $682,285. The full amount of Thomas Nelson's compensation was paid by AARP, not AARP Foundation.
Michael Friedman, M.D., President/CEOCity of Hope
$1,142,527
Robert J. Mazzuca, Past Chief Scout ExecutiveBoy Scouts of America - N.O.
$1,136,942
Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., PresidentHeritage Foundation
$1,098,612
Ernest Allen, President/CEONational Center for Missing & Exploited Children
$1,057,604
Includes $432,542 retirement and other deferred compensation, of which $338,953 is a catch-up amount for underfunded retirement benefits in previous years.
Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP/Ex-OfficioNational Rifle Association & Foundation, respectively
$970,300
Harry Johns, President/CEOAlzheimer's Association - N.O.
$966,342
Includes $392,718 retirement and other deferred compensation.
Steven E. Sanderson, President/CEOWildlife Conservation Society
$870,642
James E. Williams, Jr., President/CEOEaster Seals
$833,000
Douglas Barnes, Chief of StaffShriners Hospitals for Children
$827,961
Includes $385,081 retirement and other deferred compensation.
Brian Gallagher, President/CEOUnited Way Worldwide
$813,338
William E. Evans, Director/CEOSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital/ALSAC
$795,538
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, PresidentInternational Fellowship of Christians and Jews
$784,193
Robert J. Beall, President/CEOCystic Fibrosis Foundation
$760,446
Rabbi Marvin Hier, President/CEOSimon Wiesenthal Center
$759,026
David Harris, Executive DirectorAmerican Jewish Committee
$739,676
Marc H. Morial, President/CEONational Urban League
$732,800
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director/TrusteeAnti-Defamation League & Foundation, respectively
$719,738
Myra Biblowit, PresidentBreast Cancer Research Foundation
$715,226
Nancy A. Brown, CEOAmerican Heart Association/American Stroke Association
$695,543
Alan J. Lewis, Past President/CEOJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
$692,368
* Includes “Compensation,” “Contributions to employee benefit plans,” “Expense accounts and other allowances,” and deferred compensation earned in reporting year, as reported to the IRS. Compensation of medical professionals may include fees for patient care in addition to salary.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Support Virtual Asia's Real Life Mission

We like to have fun here in the city but we also have some important real life goals to make this a virtual city with a real life purpose.

Virtual Asia is an important part of a big real life plan to help educate people and give them opportunities to change their lives, those of their families and also their communities. By providing people with the means to gain Internet access, and by making them part of a real living city in virtual worlds they are able to gain skills that could translate into real life opportunities for work while making as much or more money in one day than they would for a week of hard labor that is sometimes as little as $2 USD a week.  Please help support this cause by liking us on Facebook and asking your friends to as well.

We ask everyone to support this mission in a simple easy way by liking the Virtual Asia page on Facebook.   Please share this info with friends and groups, as every little bit helps. Thanks for being a part of the city and supporting our important real life purpose.

FREE Schoolgirl uniform

Right now when you like us you can receive this lovely school girl uniform FREE from Taste of Asia, that is only available through this special offer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Virtual Asia September Fall Fashion show a huge success!!!

I would really, really love to thanks Blackliquid and her entire crew of Ashia, Ewan, Mariella, Gig1 and of course Collin for making the show a great success!   Thanks also to Sassy and 1 Hundred for their contributions to the show and support of our city and cause!

I was able to shoot a video of the show and I hope you enjoy!  -Crazy Ibor




Filipino kid wins $130,000 peace prize



CHILDREN’S CHAMPION Cris “Kesz” Valdez, 13, proudly accepts his prize from Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu in ceremonies held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Wednesday. AFP
Thirteen-year-old Cris “Kesz” Valdez was once told he was the source of bad luck in the family. And for a while, he started to believe it too.
Beaten up by his father and neglected by his mother, the boy ran away from home and became a street urchin, scavenging through piles of garbage and spending his nights in an open tomb.
But now Valdez is the bringer of smiles to thousands of street kids like himself as the founder of “Championing Community Children,” an organization that gives flip-flops, toys and toothbrushes to deprived children in his hometown of Cavite City.
Out of three finalists, the boy was awarded on Wednesday the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize at a ceremony in The Hague, where he received a 100,000 euro ($130,000) prize.
“My motto is, ‘we can change the world one heart at a time,’” Valdez said in an audiovisual presentation shown at the ceremony.
“My message to all children around the globe is: Our health is our wealth! Being healthy will enable you to play, to think clearly, to get up and go to school and love the people around you in so many ways.”
The prize is presented annually by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate to “an exceptional child, whose courageous or otherwise remarkable acts and thoughts have made a difference in countering problems which affect children around the world.”
An initiative of the Dutch organization KidsRights, the Children’s Peace Prize was launched during the 2005 Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Asked about the prize money, KidsRights Foundation chair Marc Dullaert said a committee was now to decide, together with Valdez, to which projects it would be donated.
‘New voice for voiceless’

Valdez received the award from Nobel Peace Prize winner for 1984 Desmond Tutu, the South African human rights activist, who presented him with the “Nkosi,” a unique sculpture “which shows how a child can move the world.”
“You are wonderful,” Tutu told Valdez at a press conference shortly after the ceremony held in The Hague’s historic Knight’s Hall.
Tutu, the patron of KidsRights and the Children’s Peace Prize, said Kesz was a deserving and inspiring example of “a new voice for the voiceless.”
On his Twitter account (@iamKesz), Valdez posted on Thursday: “I am so honored to represent the Filipino kids and my homeland the Philippines! Salamat po O Dios sa lahat lahat (Thank you, Lord, for everything)!”
“I pray for the people who will listen to me speak. May I inspire them to do some good for the street children in the world,” he tweeted a day earlier.
Gifts of Hope
Through his organization, which he started at age 7, Valdez and his friends visit underprivileged communities to hand out parcels called “Gifts of Hope,” containing, among other things, slippers, toys and even candy.
They teach children about hygiene, food and children’s rights. “He even takes things a step further, by teaching children how to teach each other. He has so far helped more than 10,000 children in his local area,” organizers of the prize said in a statement.
In the Philippines, almost 250,000 children live in the streets, subjected to abuse, violence and child labor, and many of them struggling with health ailments, according to KidsRights.
Living in darkness

Valdez was in the same situation a decade ago.
At age 2, he was forced to scavenge at a dump. “I remember my father beating me. I had to make money so he could buy alcohol and drugs. He said I brought bad luck to the family,” he said in the KidsRights video, which has also been uploaded on Youtube.
Valdez said he felt he was “living in darkness.”
At 4, he ran away from the home and began living off the streets, sleeping in a public cemetery with other children, he recalled.
Then, an accident happened. While scavenging one night with other kids, he fell into a pile of burning tires, suffering a severe injury on his arm.

Love for the first time

That was when Valdez’s life turned around. For perhaps the first time in his young life, he became the recipient of the kindness of strangers.
Community worker Harnin “Bonn” Manalaysay, founder of the Bible study and outreach group Club 8586, treated the boy’s wounds and took the boy under his wing. Manalaysay was the mentor of another humanitarian working for street children, CNN Hero Efren Peñaflorida.
“That day was probably the first day in his life when he felt loved, accepted and cared for,” Manalaysay said of Valdez in the video.
On his seventh birthday, Valdez did not want any presents for himself.
“Instead, he wanted to give something to other street children,” KidsRights said. That same year, Valdez started his own organization, Championing Community Children.
10,000 children

Since its inception, the group has handed out 5,000 parcels and helped 10,000 children, KidsRights said. It said that Valdez himself had personally “treated over 3,000 wounds.”
Valdez, who studies in an open high school for other sponsored kids and dreams of becoming a doctor, said Manalaysay had not only treated his burns and bruises when his organization first adopted him but had also given him love and affection.
“This is what I want to give to as many street children as possible… I want children in the streets to get the same chance I had,” he said. With a report from AFP

Originally posted at 12:34 am | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mooncake Hunt

VA Moon Festival Cart Sale and Hunt


Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate "zhong qiu jie." Children are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface. The legend surrounding the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times.


Virtual Asia will join the fun of this traditional Asian celebration this year with many fun events hosted here in the city .

The fun will start Sept 30th  with The Moon Festival Cart Sale that will run until Oct 14th. This cart sale will feature designer items and great goodies from over 20 of SL's most talented designers.

The Chinese celebrate The Moon Festival with special mooncakes, that  are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or at  family gatherings while celebrating the festival. For the duration of the cart sale there will be a Virtual Asia Mooncake Hunt. Guest will be guided around the city hunting for these special treats stuffed with generous gifts  from participating designers all over the city.

Here are hints to help you collect all these treats..... enjoy the city.

Orange Cafe-  I’d like to try the house’s specialty, outside please.

VA Employment Agency- What time is the job fair?

Garage- Any job is easier with the right tools- CORRECTED- if this one was missing when you were here it is out now, thanks for your understanding 

Class Room- Would you like a mooncake teacher?

Skate Park-  Touching the sky

Massage Parlor- Massage makes the soul bloom

BSD- Read between the lines

Zo Restaurant and Piano Bar- I play the low notes

Margarita Lounge- When life hands you lemons, make lemonade
                         
Ralphs.- I wish I could fly

1Hundred- Window shopping never hurt anyone

ChicaBoom- Take a load off