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  1. São Paulo

    Today we're visiting one of the world's largest urban sprawls - the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo. With nearly 40 million people residing in it's massive urban area, it's one of the world's most populated cities. São Paulo is an important financial center and is well known for its unique landmarks and interesting architecture - and there's no better example than Paulista Avenue. Home to a number of large banks and financial institutions, it's one of the city's most important avenues. While São Paulo is home to many of the country's wealthiest citizens - the outskirts of the city are a different story. It's a city known for it's income inequality and favelas can be seen for miles. While the city center of São Paulo is located quite a bit inland - the Brazilian state of São Paulo still gets to enjoy a beautiful stretch of Atlantic shoreline with a number of popular resort towns such as Santos. It's a popular vacation destination for locals and tourists alike - and the port and container terminal here is vital for the entire country. We return to central São Paulo - visiting one of the city's most well known landmarks and important transportation hubs - the beautiful Victorian Estação da Luz (Luz Train Station). The impressive Ipiranga Museum is a well known history museum in the heart of the city and is a popular tourist attraction - it's currently undergoing an extensive restoration however and will re-open in 2022. The recently completed Cidade Jardim Corporate Center can be seen standing right next to a neighborhood of slums - this sort of income divide can be seen in many places across the city. The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge was completed in 2008 and spans the Pinheiros River - it's one of the city's most amazing sights and is quite striking at nighttime. A final mosaic of São Paulo's impressive skyline, featuring a few of the city's most famous high rises - such as the curvy Edificio Copan, Edifício Itália, and the Banespa Building. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "The Balkans" Thanks to @Bayyne23, @Tyberius06, @Bastet69008, @tariely, @bladeberkman, @RobertLM78, @matias93, @Wallibuk, @PaulSawyer, @Silur, @art128, @jakis, @Duco, @Toby Ferrian, @CorinaMarie, @Handyman, @alejolopez13, @Dead_End, @mike_oxlong, @Dgmc2013, @JP Schriefer, @Krasner, @VALASatoshi, @bobolee, @ByeByeBayou, @Odainsaker, @Manuel-ito, @ESP15, @The British Sausage, @Androgeos, @CGMozart118, @juliok92012, @redfox85, @TekindusT, @KOSMO*, & @dabadon5 for the likes and comments!
  2. The Balkans

    Today, we're taking a look at one of Europe's most beautiful and unique regions - The Balkans. From picturesque cities, villages, farmland, natural wonders, and more - this area is filled with sights that will take your breath away. We'll begin in one of the region's most important cities - the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, it's one of the continent's oldest cities and has a number of notable landmarks. Beograđanka (Belgrade Palace) is one of the city's most recognizable skyscrapers and rises high above the historic old town. Entire districts of the city are filled with commie blocks - these huge, repetitive apartment buildings often dominate the landscape around them. The Balkans are filled with picturesque farming villages for as far as the eye can see. The Balkans are known for their natural beauty as well - the stunning waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park are particularly impressive. Romania's Bran Castle is our next destination - this famed landmark is often associated with Dracula and many believed that he lived here at one point. Although there's little proof to support this - it could have been the home of Vlad the Impaler at one point. As we make our way south, we finally get our first view of the Mediterranean Sea - and we'll be stopping in Greece's Ano Symi for the night. This picturesque seaside village is filled with colorful buildings and is gaining a reputation as one of the area's most beautiful destinations. The tour concludes with a visit to one of the Mediterranean's most stunning destinations - Croatia's Dubrovnik. The walled old town was completed in the 16th century and is well known for its well preserved white stone buildings. With beautiful views of the Mediterranean from the city's riviera - any trip here is unforgettable. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Madrid" Thanks to @Akallan, @alejolopez13, @Tyberius06, @_Michael, @Bastet69008, @mike_oxlong, @Cassalett IV, @ESP15, @Dgmc2013, @Toby Ferrian, @redfox85, @CorinaMarie, @bobolee, @The British Sausage, @Manuel-ito, @VALASatoshi, @bladeberkman, @Duco, @kingofsimcity, @Wallibuk, @Bayyne23, @PaulSawyer, @jakis, @RobertLM78, @Handyman, @JP Schriefer, @Dead_End, @ByeByeBayou, @Androgeos, @matias93, @Krasner, @kschmidt, @Odainsaker, @Toothless Stitch, @dabadon5, @TekindusT, & @adam_SVK for the likes & comments!
  3. Madrid

    Today we're visiting the capital of Spain - Madrid. This metropolis of 3 million residents is situated on a high plateau in the heart of the country and is well known for its temperate climate, elegant avenues, beautiful parks, and famous landmarks. There's plenty of attractions to see here - so let's take a close look at this beautiful capital city. Our tour gets started off in the outskirts of Madrid where we'll be visiting the legendary El Escorial palace. This iconic landmark was originally constructed in the 16th century and has plenty of history - through the years it's served as a monastery, museum, library, pantheon, basilica, and most importantly the burial place of Spanish kings for nearly 600 years. With favorable conditions much of the year, the arid landscapes surrounding Madrid are ideal for growing olives. Massive plantations can be seen for miles in the countryside. We finally arrive in the heart of the city and our first stop is the impressive Palacio Real. The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family until 1931, it's the largest royal palace in all of Europe. The towers of Puerte de Europa are one of the city's most distinctive sights and serve as symbolic gate into the city. The Cuatro Torres Business Area (Spanish for "Four Towers Business Area") is home to a number of the country's tallest buildings. Completed in 1953, Edificio España is one of the city's tallest and most iconic buildings. It's currently undergoing renovations and plans to open as a hotel next year. Our tour concludes with a look down the city's Gran Via avenue - one of Madrid's most popular and famous tourist destinations. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tokyo" Thanks to @JP Schriefer, @VALASatoshi, @ByeByeBayou, @art128, @tonyr, @Duco, @Dead_End, @simmytu, @CorinaMarie, @Handyman, @ESP15, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @alejolopez13, @Krasner, @Dgmc2013, @mike_oxlong, @bobolee, @Odainsaker, @nRVOUS, @kingofsimcity, @RobertLM78, @redfox85, @pedroac20c, @Tyberius06, @Haljackey, @bladeberkman, @Mascalzone, @The British Sausage, @PaulSawyer, @Androgeos, @Manuel-ito, @Elenphor, @MilitantRadical, @simmaster07, @Marushine, @Wallibuk, @TekindusT, @Bastet69008, @mertzigzag, & @RedDunoVn for the likes & comments!
  4. Tokyo

    Today we're taking a closer look at the capital of Japan - Tokyo. With nearly 40,000,000 people in its metropolitan area, it's not only one of the world's most populated areas but also a vital global city with important business and finance sectors. With a mix of new and old architecture, and plenty of iconic buildings - there's lots to see and explore in this famed city. We'll be arriving to the city's center via bullet train - where the scenic landscape of rural Japan can be enjoyed traveling at speeds of nearly 200 mph. We finally arrive in Tokyo - getting off at Tokyo Station, one of the country's busiest railway stations. It's a mix of new and old here in the city's Marunouchi district - sleek, modern office buildings can be found right next door to the great canals of the city's imperial palace. Today, the grounds near Marunouchi house the city's grand imperial palace - but once were home to the majestic Edo Castle. Built in 1457, the castle was home to the powerful Tokugawa shoguns for centuries, but was eventually destroyed by fire a number of times and never rebuilt. Only moats and ruins of the original structure survive to this day. Our journey through modern Tokyo resumes with a visit to the famed Shibuya Crossing - often said to be the world's busiest intersection. Ginza is another one of the city's most iconic districts - this popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo is well known for its elegance and luxury. The iconic bright orange and white Tokyo Tower was opened in 1958 and quickly became one of the country's most prominent landmarks. A view of the 2,080 foot tall Tokyo Skytree - opening in 2012, it's the country's tallest structure and is particularly striking at nighttime. We'll conclude our trip with a look at Shinjuku from above - one of Japan's most impressive skylines and leading business districts. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "1970s New York City" Thanks to @art128, @alejolopez13, @matias93, @CorinaMarie, @Odainsaker, @Dead_End, @SS3K, @Handyman, @bobolee, @Jasoncw, @redfox85, @mike_oxlong, @Dgmc2013, @Huggy-Bear, @RobertLM78, @The British Sausage, @Don_Pato, @kingofsimcity, @VALASatoshi, @nycsc4, @rivit, @Krasner, @bladeberkman, @nRVOUS, @JP Schriefer, @Prophet42, @mrsmartman, @Duco, @ESP15, @Elenphor, @Diego Del Llano, @Toby Ferrian, @simmaster07, @jakis, @simmytu, @europe.au, @pedroac20c, @AlexandrosB13, @airman15, @PHBSD, @Haljackey, @CGMozart118, @Wallibuk, @Manuel-ito, @Simmer2, @raynev1, @Tyberius06, @Jackspital, @eufl, @TekindusT, @tariely, @Bastet69008, @Hanson784, @Chien Chen, @dabadon5, @Mascalzone, & @Josh6 for all the likes and comments!
  5. 1970s New York City

    After previously taking a look at New York City in the 1930s - today we're taking another trip back into the Big Apple's past and seeing how it looked in the 1970s. Plenty of famous skyscrapers were being built all over the city, and other areas of the city looked quite different than they do today - it was truly quite an interesting time in the city's history. Our trip into the past begins in Midtown Manhattan - after a brief stop at the famed Empire State Building, we make sure to visit the always crowded Times Square. Brightly lit billboards, taxi cabs, and big crowds can be seen for blocks - any trip to this iconic intersection is unforgettable. A look down Park Avenue with the old Pan Am building in view. One more view of mid 1970s Midtown Manhattan with a number of prominent skyscrapers under construction. A look at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium - with numerous World Series runs and the heroics of "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson, it was an exciting time to be a Yankee fan in the late 70s. The iconic Brooklyn Bridge was constructed in 1883 - spanning the East River, it connects Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan which will be our next destination. The World Trade Center towers were constructed from 1968-1973 and dominated the skyline of Lower Manhattan for nearly 30 years. Upon completion, they were the world's tallest buildings for a brief period of time and one of the city's signature sights. The Twin Towers at nighttime were truly spectacular. One last view of Lower Manhattan's impressive skyline in the 1970s. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Mexico City" Thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @ESP15, @CorinaMarie, @bladeberkman, @Diego Del Llano, @Bastet69008, @JP Schriefer, @alejolopez13, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Don_Pato, @Duco, @edwardjeria, @VALASatoshi, @matias93, @kingofsimcity, @tonyr, @TekindusT, @Belfastsocrates, @AlexandrosB13, @Dead_End, @Handyman, @Dgmc2013, @The British Sausage, @jakis, @redfox85, @RobertLM78, @Manuel-ito, @mike_oxlong, @PaulSawyer, @Krasner, @MAW, @Edvarz, @bobolee, @eufl, @mrsmartman, @Androgeos, @tariely, @Hanson784, & @dabadon5 for all the likes/comments!
  6. Mexico City

    Today we're taking a look at one of the world's most populated cities - Mexico City. Sitting 7,400 feet above sea level, the capital of Mexico is home to some 22 million people in its metropolitan area. This center of finance, communications, and industry sprawls over 2,000 square kilometers - few cities can compare to its massive size. Mexico City is also one of the world's oldest cities - and before it was the massive urban area that it is today, it was once the center of the great Aztec Empire. Their capital of Tenochtitlán was founded in 1325 and was truly a sight to see with it's many canals and the great Templo Mayor overlooking the city's center. The mysterious ruins of Teotihuacan are one of present day Mexico City's most famous sites. Believed to have been built by either the Toltecs or Totonacs, the complex quickly developed into one of the world's largest cities but eventually fell into ruin for reasons unknown. A hot, smoggy summer's day in Mexico City. Here we see the city's most iconic skyscraper - Torre Latinoamericana - completed in 1956, it's said to resemble a mini Empire State Building and has notably survived a number of large earthquakes throughout the years. In the heart of the city lies Chapultepec Park - this massive urban oasis is one of North America's largest parks and is home to a number of landmarks and monuments like the impressive Chapultepec Castle. The Paseo de la Reforma runs diagonally through the center of Mexico City and is lined with modern high rises - and the distinctive Mexican Stock Exchange building is hard to miss. A nighttime view of the Paseo de la Reforma with a few more of its most impressive skyscrapers on display - 807 foot tall Torre Reforma and the 738 foot tall Torre Mayor, the city's tallest and 3rd tallest buildings respectively. Our tour concludes with a trip to the city's iconic public square - The Zócalo. With the famous Metropolitan Cathedral and Palacio Nacional close by, it's an area that's steeped in history and a can't miss destination. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Scenes From Hong Kong" Thanks to @Artimus, @mike_oxlong, @VALASatoshi, @RobertLM78, @f3cs, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @Handyman, @alejolopez13, @Dgmc2013, @PaulSawyer, @raynev1, @CorinaMarie, @redfox85, @Dead_End, @matias93, @nos.17, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Bastet69008, @mrsmartman, @T Wrecks, @bladeberkman, @schokoladeneis 1, @MilitantRadical, @AlexandrosB13, @kingofsimcity, @Elenphor, @_Michael, @Androgeos, @ESP15, @The British Sausage, @TekindusT, @Kieren Barnett, @tonyr, & @bixel for all the likes and comments!
  7. Hello, The STEX Collections isn't updated since 2013 and ironically, the staff still giving 3 of them (Vol 5 to 3) for respective donators. So, I want to replace the old system to the new one. This will be a place on the site special for donators. Here, the donator can download the staff-picked files along with the extensive docs. Of course, the access will be still limited by the donation amount. In addition of that, the mod curation will be active again, so you can expect new files to be available on the place. How about the staff-picked Omnibus articles and CJs? Again, those stuff will be available on that place. For those who asking, "How I access the collection?", well it's easy. You can just hover/enter the respective section (ST Exchange, Omnibus or City Journals) and click Collections. How about old things? Sorry, but I can't give them just for the donators. Instead, the old things will be curated and can be easily again by accessing the Collections. And, you can just slide the timeline for old files. Critics and suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
  8. Scenes From Hong Kong

    With a population of nearly 8 million, one of the world's most recognizable skylines, and a thriving business sector - Hong Kong is one of the world's most important global cities. Today, we'll be taking another look at this city's famous skyline and much more as we further explore Hong Kong Island, the mainland, and more. We'll begin with another look into the past - back at the turn of the century, Hong Kong was still was still growing British colonial establishment. The city's port along Victoria Harbour continued to grow and grow throughout the years and was often crowded with junks, sampans, and other maritime vessels. Opening in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport, or Chek Lap Kok is the city's main airport and is located on reclaimed land outside Lantau Island in the western portion of the city. The distinctive Y-shaped terminal is said to resemble an airplane in flight. Just outside the airport is where you'll find Seaview Crescent and Tung Chung Crescent - two of the city's most impressive residential high rises. A rainy day in the city's Wan Chai District - home to the sleek Central Plaza. A late night in central Hong Kong with a view of The Center. The rain picks back up again as we visit the the city's Admiralty District - which features many of the city's most iconic skyscrapers like the Bank of China Tower, Lippo Centre, and the Pacific Place complex. A view of Hong Kong's stunning Union Square and the neighboring New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter at night. Rising 1,538 feet tall, the towering International Commerce Centre is the centerpiece of the complex and the city's tallest building. Our visit concludes with one last overview of Hong Kong's spectacular skyline and Victoria Harbour at sunset. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Shanghai" Thanks to @VALASatoshi, @CorinaMarie, @RobertLM78, @JP Schriefer, @matias93, @Odainsaker, @bladeberkman, @alejolopez13, @weixc812, @SimRico, @bobolee, @9gruntsand1hammer, @PaulSawyer, @Krasner, @jakis, @Jackspital, @Handyman, @Toby Ferrian, @mike_oxlong, @Dgmc2013, @f3cs, @Duco, @redfox85, @Oerk, @Androgeos, @aegian, @TekindusT, @lolo69ol01, @KOSMO*, @tariely, & @don11327 for all the likes/comments!
  9. Shanghai

    With a population of nearly 25 million, Shanghai is one of China's largest cities and an important international business and financial center. From small market town in the 1200s, prosperous colonial port city in the 1800s, and finally a rising global economic hub in the present day - it's a city with an impressive history and a bright future. Today we'll be taking a look at a number of the city's most iconic landmarks and districts. With a number of vital rivers crossing the city - the waterfront has always played an important role in Shanghai's past and present. The Bund is where we'll begin our tour of Shanghai - this waterfront district along Zhongshan Road runs alongside the Huangpu River and contains many of city's most historic buildings - it was truly quite the spectacle during it's heyday in the early 1900s. Overlooking the northern end of The Bund is the iconic Broadway Mansions - since it's completion in 1934, this timeless Art Deco hotel has served as a symbol of Shanghai. Since the early 1900s, Nanjing Road has been the city's main shopping street and is constantly buzzing with tourists and locals, day or night. The striking design of Shanghai Stadium is one of the city's most unique sights - it's been the home of Shanghai SIPG Football Club since it's opening in 1999 and has hosted a number of important events as well. Located in the heart of Shanghai's shopping district in Puxi, the distinctive Tomorrow Square tower rises 934 feet and is one of the city's tallest buildings. A view of Shanghai's Pudong district and CBD overlooking the Huangpu River - with the centerpiece being the stunning 2,073 foot tall Shanghai Tower. Completed in 2014, it's currently the world's second tallest building. A final of view of Shanghai's skyline at night, featuring many of the city's most impressive buildings such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, Bank of China Shanghai, and the futuristic Pearl Oriental TV Tower. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Pacific Northwest" Thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @CorinaMarie, @The British Sausage, @Manuel-ito, @alejolopez13, @Handyman, @RobertLM78, @Odainsaker, @Bastet69008, @bobolee, @art128, @PaulSawyer, @jakis, @Jackspital, @KOSMO*, @Dgmc2013, @Simmer2, @bladeberkman, @VALASatoshi, @redfox85, @JP Schriefer, @Whte_rbt, @PHBSD, @matias93, @MAW, @Androgeos, @kingofsimcity, @mrsmartman, @Fantozzi, @mike_oxlong, @raynev1, @Elenphor, @Eclipticalstorm, @mayor11, @Huggy-Bear, @9gruntsand1hammer, @aegian, @nos.17, @dabadon5, @EvansRE4, & @tonyr for all the likes/comments!
  10. Pacific Northwest

    The Pacific Northwest is a geographic region of the northwest United States - and also usually encompasses the southwestern part of Canada as well. Well known for its majestic mountains, lush forests, modern cities, and more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe. Today we'll be taking a look at some of the area's most spectacular sights. Our trip begins in scenic Olympic National Park - located in western Washington, this vast wilderness is one of the world's best preserved temperate rain forests. The Pacific Northwest is home to a number of major cities like Portland - also known as the City of Roses. The Old Town's White Stag Sign is one of the skyline's most distinctive and recognizable landmarks. An overview of downtown Portland featuring the KOIN Center, Wells Fargo Center, and the U.S. Bancorp Tower. Our next stop is the Emerald City - Seattle. The famed Space Needle offers incredible views of the city - built for the 1962 World Fair, it quickly became the city's most iconic landmark. Safeco Field, home of MLB's Seattle Mariners since 1999. A look at downtown Seattle at night with a few of it's most iconic skyscrapers in view - such as the Columbia Center, Seattle Municipal Tower, and the Smith Tower. We travel north of the border to visit one more of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic cities, Vancouver. Scenes like the one below are common here - with the city core being filled with countless modern glass condominiums. A look at downtown Vancouver and the Bentall Centre - one of the city's most popular destinations. We start heading South to take a look at some of the Pacific Northwest's most amazing natural wonders, starting with Washington's majestic Mount Rainier. Rising 14,411 feet tall, it's the tallest point in the Cascades and can be seen all the way from Seattle, nearly 100 miles way. Rising 11,249 feet tall, Mount Hood is Oregon's highest peak and is another one of the region's most impressive mountains. Our last destination is one of America's most prized natural wonders, Oregon's Crater Lake. After the eruption of Mount Mazama nearly 8,000 years ago, the caldera filled up with rain water and snow melt - giving it a mesmerizing azure hue. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Melbourne" Thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @CorinaMarie, @Handyman, @_Michael, @jakis, @Namiko, @Jackspital, @Krasner, @KOSMO*, @bobolee, @ESP15, @mike_oxlong, @Odainsaker, @The British Sausage, @RobertLM78, @scotttbarry, @art128, @Androgeos, @bladeberkman, @Duco, @mrsmartman, @redfox85, @Charlie_Zane, @PaulSawyer, @TekindusT, @Bastet69008, @tonyr, & @blade2k5 for all the likes/comments!
  11. I'm not sure this hasn't been discussed before. Will there be a mobile app for the Simtropolis website, like for Android and IOS devices? That would be great to have, if you're on the go. That way we can look at or edit our city journals on our smartphones and tablets if we're not home at our desktop computers. That way it'll have a much easier to use interface in the app, than in the browser on your smartphone or tablet. What do you think about this idea?
  12. Melbourne

    Melbourne is the capital of Australia's Victoria territory - and with nearly 5 million residents, it's also the country's second largest city. Known for being one of the world's most livable cities, it features plenty of things to do and see - from famous attractions, historic landmarks, and scenic sites. Today we'll be taking a look at this amazing city. Our tour of the city begins with a scene from the past - Melbourne's Flinders Street Station in the early 1900s. Opening in 1910, it quickly became one of the city's most important and iconic railway stations - and the surrounding streets were constantly busy and bustling. Although not quite as hectic these days, the station still remains as one of the city's most important transportation hubs. Located in Yarra Park, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground has been home to the Melbourne Football Club since 1858 and Australia's national cricket team since 1877. The 394 foot tall Melbourne Star ferris wheel can be found in the city's popular Dockland district and offers spectacular views of the city. The Yarra Valley is just a short drive from the city and is known for producing some of Australia's finest wines. A late summer evening in the suburbs of Melbourne. The Shrine of Remembrance is located in the city's King Domain parklands and was opened in 1934 as a tribute to honor the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I. The Arts Centre Melbourne is a performing arts center located in Southbank and features a number of important theatres and concert halls. The centre's distinctive spire rises over 500 feet tall and is extraordinary at nighttime. Melbourne is a city with a wide range of architectural styles, from old to new. Here we see the famous Neoclassical State Library of Victoria - built in 1856, it's gone through a number of renovations through the years and has become one of the world's largest exhibiting libraries. Right across the street is the modern Melbourne Central Shopping Centre - complete with a 690 foot tall office tower, it's become one of the city's premier destinations. A view of the eastern end of the CBD, featuring a number of the city's tallest skyscrapers such as Nauru House, 101 Collins Street, and 120 Collins Street. One final mosaic showcasing the city's iconic skyline, featuring skyscrapers such as Eureka Tower and the Rialto Towers. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver I would like to take a moment to thank all the custom content creators who helped make this update possible! I'd like to give a special thanks to noahclem for giving me access to his amazing unreleased tram set - if you haven't seen the "NORO Trams and Textures" thread already, I'd highly recommend checking it out here Big thanks to Reddonquixote as well for all his awesome Melbourne content released over the years and for the tram stops used in the update --- Previous Update: "Chicago" Thanks to @CorinaMarie, @Androgeos, @mrsmartman, @Odainsaker, @Duco, @jakis, @mike_oxlong, @KOSMO*, @Toby Ferrian, @PaulSawyer, @ESP15, @Handyman, @Elenphor, @tariely, @Simmer2, @redfox85, @Dgmc2013, @RobertLM78, @The British Sausage, @bladeberkman, @bobolee, @Manuel-ito, @_Michael, @nRVOUS, @Jasoncw, @Allstillwell, @PHBSD, @willguitar100, @JP Schriefer, @kingofsimcity, @simmytu, @nos.17, @9gruntsand1hammer, @scotttbarry, @TekindusT, @dabadon5, @DavidDHetzel, @MilitantRadical, & @tribar for all the likes/comments!
  13. Chicago

    Today, we're traveling to Chicago - the Windy City - to take a look at a number of this city's most iconic landmarks, from the past to the present. We'll start off with a look at one of the city's great railroad terminals - Grand Central Station. Built in 1890, stations like these helped to transform the city into one of the most important railroad centers in all of North America. Here we see a scene from its heyday in the early 1930s - unfortunately due to dwindling passenger numbers, the entire station was razed in 1971. Completed in 1925, the 462 foot tall neo-Gothic Tribune Tower quickly became one of the city's most famous skyscrapers. When it opened in 1930, the massive 4,000,000 square foot Merchandise Mart was the world's largest building and became an important retail destination. We move forward to present day to visit the home of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs - historic Wrigley Field. Nicknamed "The Friendly Confines", this legendary ballpark has been home to the Cubs since 1914 and is well known for its ivy covered outfield walls, hand operated scoreboard, and rooftop bleachers across the street. Located in Grant Park, Adler Planetarium can be found overlooking the city's beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Since opening in May 1930, its been one of the city's most popular tourist attractions ever since. In the suburb of Plano is where you'll find the famed Farnsworth House, located on the banks of the Fox River. Designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951, it's one of the area's most unique sights. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago's 3,300 foot long Navy Pier has been one of the city's most popular attractions for nearly a century. Centennial Wheel stands nearly 200 feet tall and is an iconic part of the city's skyline. A view of the Chicago Loop and River North districts. Trump International Hotel and Tower can be seen soaring above the skyline in the lower half of the picture - built in 2009, it's the city's 2nd tallest building and reaches heights of nearly 1,400 feet. Towards the top is a view of Millennium Park, which features a number of landmarks such as Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Wrigley Square, and the highly reflective Cloud Gate. A look over over Chicago's Magnificent Mile district, which features a number of the city's tallest buildings - such as the John Hancock Center, 900 North Michigan, Water Tower Place, and Park Tower. The Chicago Water Tower can be seen as well - built in 1869, it's the United States' second oldest water tower and is well known for surviving the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. One last view of downtown Chicago, featuring the city's tallest and 3rd tallest buildings - the iconic Willis (Sears) Tower and Aon Center. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Australia" Thanks to @f3cs, @RobertLM78, @Toby Ferrian, @Handyman, @CorinaMarie, @Simmer2, @KOSMO*, @Bastet69008, @MAW, @redfox85, @bobolee, @The British Sausage, @Odainsaker, @Manuel-ito, @_Michael, @Hanson784, @jakis, @mrsmartman, @PaulSawyer, @Holy_Duck, @tmorgan96, @MilitantRadical, @tonyr, @Androgeos, @dabadon5, & @mike_oxlong for the likes/comments!
  14. Australia - The Outback & Natural Wonders

    Today, we're taking a trip down under to experience some of Australia's most iconic natural wonders - and we'll also be visiting a number of sights across the country's vast Outback. We'll begin with a visit to the legendary Great Barrier Reef, located on the country's northeastern shoreline. Stretching over 1,600 miles long, it's not just the world's largest coral reef but also the worlds largest living organism. The reef's rich biodiversity is unparalleled with nearly 10,000 marine species calling it home - and has become well known for its vibrant display of colors. In recent years however, the reef has taken a massive hit from rising temperatures and coral bleaching. Many of the reef's most famous species like the giant clam are dying out and other parts of the reef have become unrecoverable. Byron Bay has some of the country's premier beaches - located in northern New South Wales, it's known the world over for its excellent surfing and near-perfect weather. Australia is a country known for its wildlife - and the iconic Kangaroo is one of the country's most famous mammals. With over 50 different native species, they can be seen in grasslands, forests, and even in parts of the Outback. While much of the Outback is barren and empty - you can still find the occasional farm among the rural dirt roads that cross the landscape. Windmills are vital here to power many of the Outback's cattle stations. After traveling across the vast southern Outback - we finally reach the The Pinnacles, located in Nambung National Park in Western Australia. These weathered limestone formations make for an other-worldly landscape and have become one of Australia's most well-known tourist attractions. In addition to its beauty, the Outback is also known for its natural resources. Gold and other valuable resources are mined in massive open pit strip mines like Kalgoorlie's Super Pit. We venture even deeper into the Outback to visit a few more of Australia's most iconic rock formations. Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles) are located in Northern Territory's Red Centre - these giant rounded boulders are one of the country's most unique sights. Kata Tjuta - or the Olgas - can be found in the southern part of the Northern Territory and are another one of the Outback's signature sights. Meaning "many heads" to the Australian Aborigines, these rounded domes are both imposing and mysterious. Our last stop today is one of the country's most iconic natural wonders - the stunning Uluru (Ayers Rock), which dramatically rises 1,142 feet out of the Outback. Uluru is the original aboriginal name for the area - and it has no specific meaning behind it. They believed that the rock has a great spiritual meaning - and was created at the dawn of time. To this day, those visiting it are urged not to climb the rock out of respect to these beliefs - and taking photographs of certain areas is also strongly urged against. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Rio de Janeiro" Thanks to @RobertLM78, @kingofsimcity, @CorinaMarie, @nRVOUS, @redfox85, @ESP15, @Odainsaker, @nos.17, @bobolee, @Manuel-ito, @Duco, @bladeberkman, @mike_oxlong, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @Handyman, @Androgeos, @MAW, @f3cs, @Dgmc2013, @Allstillwell, @Krasner, @KOSMO*, @The British Sausage, @PaulSawyer, @mrsmartman, @Elenphor, @Neto Dari, @dabadon5, @Bastet69008, @tonyr, & @TekindusT for all the likes & comments!
  15. Rio de Janeiro

    Located on Brazil's Atlantic shoreline, Rio de Janeiro is widely recognized as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Between the perfect beaches, iconic landmarks, tropical weather, and friendly residents - there's plenty of reasons to visit and enjoy this one of a kind destination. The city was founded back in 1565 by the Portuguese - and its strategic location on Guanabara Bay allowed it to become an important port city throughout the years. Since then, the city has expanded greatly and nearly 14 million people now live in its metropolitan area. Rio is a city known for its income inequality - while luxurious apartments dot the shoreline, favelas can be found hugging the steep mountainsides. Rio's Jardim Botânico (Botanical Gardens) are a popular attraction in the city and are known for showcasing a wide variety of trees and plants - including over 900 different varieties of palm trees. The Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain is the city's most iconic landmark - it's become a cultural icon over the years as well and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The iconic Maracanã Stadium comes to life at nighttime - the home of Brazil's national football team since 1950, it's one of the world's most famous stadiums. Famed Sugarloaf Mountain is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and is known for its resemblance to a loaf of concentrated cane sugar. Cable cars take tourists and locals right up to the top and offer incredible panoramas of the city. Rio is known for its beautiful beaches and Copacabana Beach is one of the city's best. From New Year's Eve celebrations, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, concerts, and more - it's become a destination that's known the world over. One last look at Copacabana Beach and busy Atlantic Avenue during one of Rio's beautiful sunsets. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Sights From London" Thanks to @pcwhiz24, @jakis, @CorinaMarie, @mike_oxlong, @Handyman, @The British Sausage, @feyss, @Cyclone Boom, @redfox85, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Duco, @MAW, @Androgeos, @Toby Ferrian, @RobertLM78, @_Michael, @kingofsimcity, @ESP15, @bobolee, @Krasner, @SS3K, @KOSMO*, @mrsmartman, @Mańkowsky, @scotttbarry, @PaulSawyer, & @v701 for all the likes!
  16. Sights From London

    Today, we're returning to London to take a look at a number of iconic sights from across this amazing city. Our first stop is Piccadilly Circus - first constructed back in 1819, its become one of the world's most famous intersections over the years. Today it connects five different streets - Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, The Haymarket, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street - and is an important meeting place and one of London's most popular attractions. The Palace of Westminster is another one of the city's most iconic Landmarks. Sitting on the edge of the River Thames, it's hard to miss - and its famed Big Ben clock tower is one of the world's most recognizable buildings. The entire structure has been expanded, rebuilt, and renovated a number of times since its original construction back in 1016 - and now is home to the House of Commons and House of Lords. The suburbs of London are filled for as far as the eye can see with terrace lined streets. Park Crescent has been one of London's most recognizable estates since its completion in the early 1800s. Complete with a private garden, these curved terraces are well known for their elegance. A view of iconic St. Paul's Cathedral at nighttime with a couple of the City's other landmarks - including the Millennium Bridge and the London Stock Exchange. A nighttime rainfall in Canary Wharf - one of London's most important financial districts. The skyline of London's other financial district - The City - is ever evolving and changing. Our trip concludes with a glimpse into the future to see a number of newly completed and soon to be completed skyscrapers towering over the historic city core - a truly breathtaking sight. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Western U.S." Thanks to @Androgeos, @Krasner, @art128, @jakis, @Toby Ferrian, @ESP15, @Handyman, @CorinaMarie, @Duco, @mike_oxlong, @The British Sausage, @redfox85, @Silur, @mrsmartman, @kingofsimcity, @Cyclone Boom, @RobertLM78, @JP Schriefer, @Odainsaker, @_Michael. @nos.17, @9gruntsand1hammer, @bobolee, @tonyr, @Prophet42, @Hanson784, @MAW, @feyss, @scotttbarry, @PHBSD, & @juliok92012 for all the likes!
  17. Western U.S.

    After viewing some of the United States' most iconic cities and skylines over the past couple of updates - today we'll be taking road trip through some of the country's most stunning national parks and other impressive sights from the West. We begin our trip through the West in Southern Arizona - where we'll be visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Established in 1937, it's a thriving community of plants and animals - and the only place in the United States where you'll get to see the impressive Organ Pipe cactus. After making our way through Organ Pipe's many winding roads, we now travel north towards the Arizona/Utah border to visit our first National Park and one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders - the Grand Canyon. This five-thousand foot deep gorge was created over a period of 15 million years - and it's truly one of nature's best masterpieces. Monument Valley can be found further East, towards the Arizona/Utah border. This iconic symbol of the West lies in the middle of Navajo Nation, and offers stunning views any time of the year. We take a brief stop at Capitol Reef National Park - it might be less visited than a few of the other iconic parks close by, but it's just as beautiful. Small farms and orchards like the Gifford Homestead offer a beautiful contrast to the stunning red rock backdrop. Utah's Canyonlands National Park is our next sight - and this endless maze of canyons, buttes, and other dramatic rock formations can take your breath away. Although snow here can be rare, it makes for quite the exceptional sight - especially from the air. We travel further north for our next destination - Arches National Park. Landscape Arch is the 5th longest natural arch in the world and is one of the park's most awe-inspiring sights. We start heading towards the West Coast to view a few more natural wonders - but before then, we take a brief stop to visit one of the West's desolate ghost towns. It's been over a century since the gold rush, and nature has long since taken over - these long abandoned towns are truly frozen in time. Rural western California can be quite rugged and barren in some places - with only the occasional oil field in the distance breaking up the view. Our next stop is Sequoia National Park - we get a first hand look at some of its imposing Sequoia trees, some of which can tower over 200 feet tall. In the midst of a heavy snowstorm, it's a real winter wonderland. The last stop on our journey is Yosemite National Park - one the most impressive natural wonders on the face of the planet, formed by glacial activity millions of years ago. Massive rock formations like El Capitan tower nearly 3,000 feet over Yosemite Valley - and is a popular destination for rock climbers. But only the bravest would dare to take it on during a heavy snowstorm.. Half Dome is another one of Yosemite's most impressive sights - with one of its sides being completely sheer and the others being smooth and rounded, it gives it the appearance of a dome being cut right in half. It's one of the park's most iconic destinations - and cable routes offer brave tourists a route straight to the top for incredible views. One last view of Yosemite - an overview of the entire valley from above. I hope you enjoyed your trip to the West! Special thanks for photographs used in this update: dawn on the S rim of the Grand Canyon, CCSA2, Murray Foubister | Gifford Farm, Capitol Reef National Park, CCSA4, Towneb | Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, CCND2, Chao Yen | Yosemite valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, CCSA2.5, AngMoKio. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Previous Update: "New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics" Thanks to @nRVOUS, @CorinaMarie, @JP Schriefer, @redfox85, @nycsc4, @9gruntsand1hammer, @bladeberkman, @etg-nc2nyc, @RobertLM78, @tariely, @mike_oxlong, @Krasner, @Handyman, @Angry Mozart, @Simmer2, @tonyr, @bobolee, @ESP15, @Odainsaker, @Duco, @Toby Ferrian, @Androgeos, @mrsmartman, @jakis, @The British Sausage, @kingofsimcity, @europe.au, @scotttbarry, @raynev1, @Fantozzi, @SC4L0ver, @Ling Ziming, @paulmc, @PHBSD, @MAW, & @adventurerneil for all the likes!
  18. New York City - Landmarks & Mosaics

    Today, were returning to the Big Apple - New York City - to take another look at this incredible city's most famous landmarks along with a number of mosaics to further showcase the skyline. We begin our trip to New York City with a look at Lower Manhattan and the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. With the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center opening in 2014 along with a number of other buildings - and with more on the way - its becoming one of the city's premier office spaces yet again. Other sights here include the famous Woolworth Building - the world's tallest building for nearly 20 years - and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge upon opening in 1883. New York City's Financial District is one of the world's leading financial hubs and is home to a variety of historic and modern skyscrapers. The eight-block long Wall Street runs through the heart of the district and is home to the New York Stock Exchange - by far the world's highest valued stock exchange. Amongst the sea of skyscrapers sits one of the city's most beautiful natural landmarks - The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park). This 25 acre public park has remained a green space on the southern tip of Manhattan since the 1700s, and has offered both locals and tourists a place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Past the tip of Southern Manhattan is where you'll find Liberty Island and one of the city's most famous landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. This gift from the French has stood tall for nearly 150 years, representing friendship and enlightenment. We now head to Midtown Manhattan to take a look at a few more of the city's most famous landmarks, beginning with the beautiful Chrysler Building. Following its completion in 1930, this 1,046 foot tall Art Deco skyscraper briefly held the title as the world's tallest building until the completion of our next landmark. The famed 1,250 foot tall Empire State Building took the crown in 1931 and stood as the world's tallest for nearly 40 years. With a variety of stunning lighting schemes throughout the year - it makes for one of the city's most distinctive sights at nighttime. The skyline of Midtown Manhattan is beginning to change rapidly with an influx of supertall skyscrapers like Jean Nouvel's 53W53, formerly known as Tower Verre. This 950 foot tall building is set to open in early 2019 and sits in the heart of midtown, adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art. With Art Deco masterpieces like the Rockefeller Center close by - it makes for quite the contrast, and its striking design will be hard to miss. We now turn our attention to a few of the city's other famous tourist attractions - such as the Lincoln Center. This iconic center was opened in 1962 and is home to a number of performing arts organizations like the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic. With a variety of theaters, a library, and even a school - this 16 acre complex is truly the city's premier performing arts destination. The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 by a group of prominent businessmen and politicians - which included eventual president Theodore Roosevelt. Since then, its turned into one of the most visited museums in the world, with nearly 5 million exploring the countless displays and exhibits here. Once you get done visiting the museum - scenic Central Park is right next door, and the fall foliage makes for one of the city's most stunning sights. A couple mosaics of Midtown Manhattan - showcasing a wide variety of architectural styles. Our last stop is one of the world's most famous intersections - Times Square. This major commercial intersection sits at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and has been dubbed "The Center of the Universe" for its bright lights, billboards, and famous destination status. Between the Broadway plays, restaurants, and entertainment venues - there's always something to do here, day or night. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Previous Update: "San Francisco" Thanks to @mike_oxlong, @redfox85, @etg-nc2nyc, @RobertLM78, @CorinaMarie, @Odainsaker, @ByeByeBayou, @Handyman, @nycsc4, @9gruntsand1hammer, @bladeberkman, @tariely, @scotttbarry, @Toby Ferrian, @ESP15, @jakis, @Androgeos, @Simmer2, @_Michael, @Terring, @Krasner, @The British Sausage, @weixc812, @bobolee, @matias93, @nRVOUS, @JP Schriefer, @europe.au, @Elenphor, @Fargo, @Huggy-Bear, @Angry Mozart, @Ling Ziming, & @PHBSD for all the likes!
  19. Thank you

    To whom it concerns, This post is meant as a a big ‘ Thank You!’ . Although I’m not a community man, I visit simtropolis a lot. Since a few months I have a new computer and I just copied the files from my old tot the new one. But now I have more possibilities and because the game crashes some times with my new settings, I decided to install everything from zero. C.P.’s terrainmod Meadowshire is installed, the seasonal trees from Girafe, a watermod from Peg, the NAM, Spam and several addons, so I am on my way. But when I am doing this, I realize that this game woudn’t be anywhere, without all this cool things. So, Thank You! Just wanna say thank you to all the people who made/ make this game so much fun. Thanks!!
  20. Hello, I was making Omnibus articles, especially about SimCity 4 but due to lack of popularity, my articles are shown in the bottom. This behavior beats one of important things in wiki: all posts must be accessed equally and easily. This makes my articles difficult to access. To fix this, we should change our wiki system similar to Wikipedia, using MediaWiki. Using MediaWiki also provides functionality to edit and even request deletion, some of important things in information democracy. Yes, Simtropolis isn't full democracy but in case of not-maintained articles, those point are important. For those asking about staffing, the wiki is administered by the same community staffs plus staffs dedicated to maintaining the wiki (similar to STEX). Even better, we could use the Stack Exchange style of staffing: as the reputation grows, appropriate moderation and even admin features are given. In case of power abuse, the member are given right to give bad reputation points. The rep points is available in small amount and replenished each day to prevent abuses. Again, if there are abuses, member can give bad rep. The choice of staffing system is back to the community itself. But, I can help you to setup the wiki and creating initial contents. Thanks.
  21. Citysim Conference

    Hello, We have ideas for city simulation games but we don't have places to discuss and show off aside from forums. While this is working well, it can slows down consensus-based decision making. For instance, the SimCity 4's plugin redistribution problems remain unfixed completely due to lack of proper consensus among file exchanges. These problems are preventing the bigger challenges to be solved including the heavily-discussed better plugin downloading system. The Citysim Conference attempts to making the ideas into reality by grouping citysim community figures (game makers, modders etc) into one physical places. This year's Citysim Conf addresses open-source city simulators and SC4's plugin redistribution and downloading systems. For the place, we want to be accessible by everyone, especially Asian figures (who accounts for awesome mods). This will be decided by consensus. The time for the conf is around May 15, 2018. For who are asking for logo, preparations and other media, we want the figures who competent in the field to make it well (logo can be made by @Ganaram Inukshuk etc). Share your own replies (opinions included). Replies are respected. Thank you for your attention.
  22. Lagos

    Today, we're taking a trip to Lagos, Nigeria - home to some 21 million people, it's not just Africa's largest city but also one of the largest cities in the world. As you'll see in the pictures below - the streets here can get unbelievably crowded, and played a part in the country moving its capital to the more centrally located (and more spacious) city of Abuja in 1991. The city has continued to grow since then however - and has further developed into a financial center for all of Africa. While today, Lagos is a city known for its sprawling markets, crowded housing districts and busy streets - there was a time when the city was a little less chaotic. Here in 1910, the city was just beginning to grow - with the first steam tramways crossing the streets. By the 1960s and 1970s, the city was growing rapidly and quickly became known for its intensely crowded streets - and Nnamdi Azikiwe street in the heart of the city is one the city's busiest. Markets like Idumota Market spill out onto the streets and can make traveling anywhere quite difficult. Another view of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Idumota Market in the 1980s. While the streets are usually crowded at all times of the day - it gets especially bad during rush hour, and you could be stuck in a traffic jam for hours behind an endless stream of yellow Danfos buses. There's a reason why they call them "go-slows". We move forward to current times to take a look at one of the city's most iconic landmarks - the Lagos Central Mosque. Opened for worship in 1988, its distinctive Ottoman style minarets can be seen from nearly everywhere in the heart of the city. Close by is another one of the city's most important markets - the sprawling Balogun Market, widely recognized as one of the best places to buy fabrics in the city. For our next sight, we're making a brief stop on the mainland - where it's a common sight to see wood merchants and sawmills dotting the shorelines. There's a number of bridges crossing the lagoon to get here - with the most stunning being the Third Mainland Bridge, which wraps around the perimeter of the shoreline for nearly 40,000 feet, and is usually filled with the city's iconic buses. We head back South across Lagos Island to take a look at the city's Central Business District. Many of the country's most important corporations, financial institutions, and major commercial banks are headquartered here, and it serves as a financial center for all of West Africa. For our last scene, we're taking a glimpse into the future to visit the city's Eko Atlantic development, being built on the city's reclaimed Atlantic shoreline on Victoria Island. This new development will house some 250,000 residents and include a variety of commercial and financial developments as well, leading some to call it a modern African Wall Street. While the development won't be completed for years to come - it still gives hope that it will transform the city into an even larger financial hub. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Special thanks to @Maloskero for rendering some of his beautiful buildings in HD for this update! Much appreciated - - - Thanks to @scotttbarry, @_Michael, @AsimPika3172, @Handyman, @Krasner, @CorinaMarie, @jakis, @mike_oxlong, @Manuel-ito, @redfox85, @raynev1, @Toby Ferrian, @Angry Mozart, @tariely, @Silur, @pcwhiz24, @bobolee, @matias93, @Odainsaker, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Huggy-Bear, @Androgeos, @Elenphor, @kschmidt, @SC4L0ver, & @RobertLM78 for all the likes on the preview!
  23. Lagos (Preview)

    Lagos (Preview) For our next destination, we're taking a trip to Africa and visiting the continent's largest city - Lagos. We'll be taking a look at some of the city's most crowded markets, iconic landmarks, and even a glimpse into the future to see new developments on the city's Atlantic shoreline. It's one of my most ambitious custom lotting projects yet, and the full update is just about done - but in the meantime, here's a little preview of what's to come Lagos is home to some of the world's most crowded streets - and it gets especially busy near its famous Idumota Market, where you could be stuck in traffic for hours behind countless yellow Danfos buses. A view of Downtown Lagos. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Pacific Islands" Big thanks to @CorinaMarie, @redfox85, @tonyr, @AndisArt, @bobolee, @kingofsimcity, @rivit, @weixc812, @RobertLM78, @Angry Mozart, @pcwhiz24, @Odainsaker, @bladeberkman, @scotttbarry, @Silur, @The British Sausage, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @Handyman, @Manuel-ito, @Linoa06, @Krasner, @AsimPika3172, @matias93, @Dgmc2013, @9gruntsand1hammer, @nissan_s14, @mike_oxlong, @Simmer2, @kschmidt, @ESP15, @PHBSD, @raynev1, @mrsmartman, @MAW, @rathefalcon, @Androgeos, @SC4L0ver, @_Michael, @feyss, & @Prophet42 for all the likes!
  24. Pacific Islands

    Today, we'll be taking a tour across the Pacific Ocean - exploring some of its most beautiful landscapes, villages, landmarks and more. We begin in Hawaii, where we'll be taking a look at one of the Pacific's most stunning natural wonders - the Nā Pali Coast. Stretching fifteen miles long, these rugged cliffs dramatically rise nearly 4,000 feet above the ocean, making for an unforgettable sight. Coastal waterfalls dot the shorelines, and can be quite the stunning scene - especially after a heavy rainfall. We make our way a couple thousand miles East for our next stop - Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. This remote and isolated chain of islands is widely known for their amazing diversity, with many species found no where else on earth. Pinnacle Rock, located on Bartolome Island, is the islands' most recognizable landmark - formed by an underwater volcanic explosion, wind and erosion over time has given it a distinctive "shark tooth" look. Futher South is the Pacific's most mysterious landmark - the Moai of Chile's Easter Island. No one knows for sure how they were constructed, but it's believed that they were built to honor deceased ancestors and to protect the locals from invaders. Special thanks to Simmer2 for sending me the models! Travel a couple thousand miles West and you'll find one of the Pacific's smallest yet most beautiful capitals - Adamstown, located in the Pitcairn Islands. There's a simple beauty here - from the car-less streets, to the Norfolk pines that flank the hillsides, and to the great South Pacific sunsets - it's certainly worth a visit. Kiribati is our next destination - this low lying island republic stretches some 3,000 miles east to west, and contains plenty of uninhibited islands - which despite their beauty, are in danger of being washed away by rising seas. Our next stop is Tahiti's Bora Bora, one of the Pacific's most iconic atolls. With extremely shallow waters surrounding the entire atoll, it gave the locals the chance to build numerous resorts and huts right on top of the water, giving unmatched views for anyone staying the night. Bora Bora is truly incredible from above. We travel further West, stopping in New Caledonia to visit Nouméa's striking Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Since its opening in June 1998, it's been one of the region's most important and popular landmarks, celebrating the local Kanak culture. Our tour wraps up with a visit to one of the Pacific's most unique villages - Fiji's Navala Village. This 200 year old village is known for its traditional housing - with nearly 1,000 people living in it's many bures, or thatched roof houses. Nestled in the heart of rural Fiji with a stunning mountain backdrop as well - it's truly one of the Pacific's most picturesque locations. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Japan" Big thanks to @jakis, @_Michael, @RobertLM78, @bobolee, @ESP15, @MushyMushy, @AndisArt, @redfox85, @The British Sausage, @Akallan, @CorinaMarie, @kschmidt, @Prophet42, @Krasner, @Odainsaker, @matias93, @Tonraq, @weixc812, @PaulSawyer, @AsimPika3172, @Marushine, @Toby Ferrian, @Handyman, @SC4L0ver, @feyss, @MAW, @Oerk, @mike_oxlong, @Sciurus, @tariely, @scotttbarry, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Angry Mozart, @thorK73, @Simmer2, @Aleksey-kuznetsow, @Jonas_Chaves, @Duco, @kingofsimcity, @Ling Ziming, @Dgmc2013, @jinjinjiejie, @mrsmartman, @Elenphor, @nRVOUS, @rathefalcon, @nissan_s14, @tonyr, @Artimus, @v701, & @Aezuros for all the likes! Replies for Japan:
  25. Hello, February 2016 is my month to join a Minecraft server, Azalel Nation. Yes, it's an Indonesian server with good uptime (~90%). In my first days, players are nice and friendly to me. But, after I give some gameplay advices, some players becoming hate to me. It sounds crazy but it isn't all true, because I almost spam (but I never committed spam intentionally) the chat. This is becoming stronger as I'm applying as a helper in the server. Yes, unlike Simtropolis etc, they are "democratic" so recruit players using an application (the reason I quoted democratic because they don't have voting, they only selected by the owner/co-owner with some opinions and considerations). And, my first app is failed due to some reasons: I don't have vision to be a staff My behavior is commented by others My "flying time" (active time) is little Bad time management I'm not giving up. But, because I'm had childish behavior (some of this is remained in this day) or the community nature, I am becoming kind of angry when criticized by one of the staff, @SiKece (this may not a valid mention in Simtropolis) and created a topic called Pertimbangan Kembali (Reconsideration) around the site recovery (the site hacked in August 2016 and Sladey becoming webmaster to switch to new instance). The topic becoming hot and locked by the webmaster (@Sladey) After that, I created another topic named Disclaimer. Of course, the topic is created to disclaim staff opinions. Again, the topic becoming hot and staffs giving their opinions. The topic is closed again by @SiKece. But, I don't give up, again. In late 2016, I created a new application with updated info but it's blacklisted without any reason, maybe due to my topics. Again, I created a new app on December 2016, but it's rejected due to my staff app blacklist. In the end, I had given trial as a helper by @Silver750 (co-owner) for 30 days. But, due to reasons, my trial is failed. I created a new app but rejected due to "after the trial". After that, I becoming hated and I becoming disturbed by them, for instance, my avatar is vandalized by a member. So, in late 2017, I'm considered to change my active ID to other but rejected. After that, I'm fled from the community to ST and SC4D. Of course, my situation becoming better. I experienced (till this day) a good and not childish staff. Lessons: don't give unnecessary advices, better to be efficient but transparent, good time management and recommended to not use your real avatar on forums, especially undemocratic ones. You can access my profile for proofs. Don't forget to be translated by Google Translate or Indonesian forum users. Thanks.
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