Pinoy Hideout is a full region designed by Neva Crystall for Kate Gavin and the Pinoy Hideout group. Open to the public (group membership by invitation), It offers visitors something of everything: discovery, dancing, shopping, relaxing, music, romance…
Given this is a Neva Crystall design, it goes without saying that the island is immediately eye-catching. Two rocky plateaus nestle a handful of boutique shops and the Pinoy Hideout café bar between them. The tops of these plateaus are occupied by a cosy house (open to the public) and a large wooden deck respectively, the latter offering a place to dance and enjoy any entertainments which might be laid-on – although dance systems can be found throughout the island.
Below the plateaus, beaches and low-lying grassland encircle the island, offering plenty of opportunity for walking, taking photos, and simply letting feet and mind wander free. A waterfront chapel looks ready to host a wedding, while further around the coast is one of the more intriguing hideouts: the hulk of an ageing ship-of the-line or old privateer, propped up on rocks.
Offshore sit two smaller islands, one a mix of sand and rock, the other rich with foliage and marked by the ruins of an ancient stone tower, another cosy spot held with the curve of the broken walls. Elsewhere, an oriental bath house sits above a bridge leading to a small tea house, the curve of a small inlet sitting between them.
I’ve no idea if the “pinoy” is the name is a deliberate Filipino reference, but Piony Hideout offers a pleasing melding of tropical, western and oriental influences stirred and teased into a gorgeous island design which is crying out to be photographed. In fact, there is a photographic contest under way as I write this – information can be found at the teleport landing point.
All told, a delightful addition to the Second Life landscape; I look forward to popping back again and again – as I’m sure you will as well. Just be sure to explore carefully, as there really is a lot to see – both above and under the waves!
With thanks to Honour McMillan for the pointer.