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My Christmas List: Presents Under $100 For the Connoisseur

Every year I share my wish list with you.  Here it is… Everything available at


Dean and Tyler Leash and Collar $19.76


Coldbroo Coffee Maker (my roommate exploded mine when he turned the temperature down and everything froze over) 😦  My favorite! ❤ $40


Water Lilies by Monet $69


Simple to Spectacular: How to Take One Basic Recipe to Four Levels of Sophistication by Jean Georges $30


Asian Flavors of Jean Georges $28


Ball Mugs $10


Alo Womens Luna Sweat Pants $78


Alo Yoga Mesh Goddess Ribbed Leggings $79


High Frequency Skin Care Machine $40


Ultrasonic Skin Care Machine $55


PS4 Charging Station $16


Riedel Stemless Cabernet Glasses Set of 8 $56


World Atlas of Wine $3


White Nike Free RN Fly Knits $88


Teal Cotton Oversized Knit Throw $45


Neocutis Bio Gel Hyrdrogel $73


December Special 3 personal training sessions for $99 (regularly $85/hour)

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Choices and Lifestyles


Where do I begin? At 4 am at Kelly Oneils at the bottom of my 5th Johnny Black double? At the end of the worst relationship of my life? Leaving Vegas penniless 140 lbs and overweight? When is enough, enough? When did I decide to take my life into my own hands, charge forward and do the things I always talked about but managed to put on the back burner?

My life is a book, a movie Hollywood hit played by the deranged Angelina Jolie (the girl interrupted.) ok maybe not that dramatic… Because I found my way up.

If you must know a little bit about me. I ran away from home and spent most of my upbringing in juvenile detention where most of my misguided anger was directed at my parents. I had a child at the young age of 19, and have raised her alone, without a penny of child support for 12 years. After she was born, I got into the stripping industry. I don’t hide it, although most boyfriends would prefer I do, because you can learn great things from where I have been. Lesson one, you make the money, you don’t let the money make you. The majority of strippers have drug problems, daddy issues, or are single parents. Can you tell which category I fall into? I am the single parent going through school.

Although I do have a few stripper friends, I keep them to the minimal. Usually they are single parents, and we at least have that in common. I don’t judge if we go out and they decide to go to the bathroom to “powder their nose” they just know that I won’t be joining them. The same goes for me. While I’m prepping $1000 worth of clean food and they’re downing wine with their Bucca De Beppos, I made a choice, a lifestyle choice, that I want to be healthier. (;

Not only has training taught me discipline. I’ve learned to apply the concepts of success to all areas of my life. Create a goal, and charge forward, whether it be with school, a business plan or a weight loss goal. Last fall I found myself exhausted with 8 years in the night scene. In only 30 days I built a full time clientele personal training with my iHeart Fitness HI business. I charged forward without looking back and saw when I put my mind to it anything is possible.

2013 year was my first competition

at the Sting Rey classic 2013, I placed second place in tall bikini division.  I took 1st the following year.  I look forward to competing in 2017 and finally hitting the National circuit. Competing has kept me motivated. It gives me a reason to push beyond my limits. Find your why and stick to it. This isn’t a season. It’s a lifestyle change. After 3 years of living like this, I don’t see myself living any other way.




Hawaii the Local Way and Places to Visit if you Plan on Vacationing in Honolulu

If you’ve vacationed to Hawaii, chances are you spent $3000 for a week for overpriced water, expensive ocean front hotels in Waikiki and mediocre food at fine dining costs and inflated spa rates.  While this is the experience Hawaii wants to sell you to maximize the profits of the tourism industry Hawaii relies on, this is no representation of Hawaii.

Make a local friend or have a local tour guide. I mean don’t hire one from a tour agency.  Find a genuine local friend who will show you the sites.

Don’t stay in once place.  IF you plan on staying in Waikiki, try just to go for 2 or 3 days on the weekend so that you are close to nightlife, beaches and shopping.  Seeing Koolina, the North Shore and Kailua are all beautiful options.  Check Airbnb for houses to rent instead of expensive hotels.  I generally would avoid waikiki but it doesn’t hurt to stay a couple days.

Avoid touristy stuff that street hustlers sell you like luaus, parasailing, pub crawls, canoe rides, etc.

You can rent a car which is convenient, but if you are on a budget, the bus system is efficient to get everywhere you need to.  Renting cars in Hawaii is more expensive than other states.

bucket list things to do

Eat Hawaiian food.  “Ono’s” is rated as one of the top places to eat at, but I prefer the Lava Rock Special at “People’s Cafe” downtown, and you can order side orders ala carte.  The curry and squid luau is also particularly really good (luau leaf cooked with coconut milk) and if you want something a little more local try “Highway Inn.”


Go snorkeling.  At 6 am at Electric Beach there are always dolphins here every morning and it is one of my favorite snorkeling spots.  Get passed the shore break and you’ll find a surplus of marine life among the water pipe exiting out into the ocean. But be sure not to swim in front of the pipe where the water exits, as it will push you out to sea.  People will warn you there are reef sharks but I have never seen any and there have never been attacks.  Besides, reef sharks are generally harmless.  It’s great whites and tigers you have to watch out for. I say avoid Sharks Cove as it is touristy.  I’ve enjoyed snorkeling Waimea Bay but have been told it’s a dangerous spot.  It had really beautiful reef life when I went.  Just stay away from deeper waters and past pinballs (the surf spot.)  Although Hanauma Bay is a tourist spot as well, it isn’t too bad of a snorkel spot.  Try to go at 10 am when the sun is nice before the crowd on a less busy day like a Tuesday and go outside the reef with an experienced diver.  The insides have been damaged over the years by mass tourism.  The outside of the reef is untouched.  I’ve seen turtles and seals and sharks here.  Because sealife is so abundant, I believe it attracts sharks.  Just stay close to the rock wall and you will be fine.  If you go on a day when there is waves, it will be too murky to see anything, as the dusty sand is fine at Hanauma Bay and clouds the water.

the hot vent @ Electric Beach

Experience Hawaiian fine dining.  I recommend Hokus for Sunday Brunch. The whole fried fish for dinner is also one of my favorites and for $150 can feed 4 people with all the sides. Although it is a bit pricey, all brunch’s in Honolulu are generally expensive and this is one of the best apart from Orchids at the Halekulani, so budget for a nice ocean front Sunday experience.  Alan Wong’s is a MUST HAVE and also one of my favorite restaurants.  A new restaurant I especially love is the Vintage Cafe at Alamoana Mall.  It is a “secret society” themed restaurant I would budget $300 per guest for dinner.  Inside the restaurant are millions of dollars of priceless art work, including 18 original Piccasso’s.

cave_1Vintage Cave

Do the local hikes. Some popular local hikes are Aiea Loop Trail, Pill Box, Koko Head, Ice Ponds, Olomana, Maunawili Wili and the Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike.  I also recommend driving Tantalus drive as it is beautiful drive and don’t forget to take a drive around the island to the North Shore to hike the Boy Scout trail in Pupukea.  Koko Head is appx 30-60 minutes of non-stop uphill track.  This is popular among fitness enthusiasts.  If you have time for an all day I hike I would to the Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike.  Often I hike 1-2 hours upwards and turn around as it is a 6 hour hike.  But if you have all day it’s a beautiful ridge that starts on one end and you finish by peaking the ridge and following the trail down to the other end of the mountain.  Aiea Loop trail is appx. 4 miles but easy enough for small children.  Olomana can be vigorous, as you have to climb to get to the first peak.  I haven’t done all 3 peaks because my friends always slow me down unfortunately. 😦   Ice Ponds is a great hike for kids.  It’s only 15 minutes on a paved trail then another 10 minutes climbing through mud with ropes down into a valley where the waterfall is located.  Check out “Island Trails” for some secret advanced trails on YouTube.

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Go to the sandbar.  Make some local friends and make your way out to Kaneohe for drinking on the water.  If you are military you can rent boats for $50 a day.


Hit shore break for some body boarding or some body surfing.  The 2 best shore break spots are Waimea on the North Shore and Sandys on the East side.  If you’re not an experienced swimmer please be cautious, these waves are unforgivable.  The first time I did shore break I was with my 7 and 8 year old nephews.  If they can rush overhead shore break, I guess so can I. ;/


Experience the local cafes. Some of my favorite cafes are Yogurstory on Keeaumoku.  Some of the best dishes are their specialty waffles, but I especially love their adobo big fat pig fried rice, and their prime rib loco moco. Bogarts Cafe in Diamond Head, always has a line outside, and has a large menu from bagel breakfast sandwiches to specialty waffles and pancakes to shrimp plates and strawberry salads and acai bowls.  Something for everyone.  Fresh Cafe on Queen St. is a great healthy spot with a wide variety or teas and salad and bagel sandwiches.  My favorite is the pesto pasta with a pesto turkey bagel sandwhich.  Kalapawai in Kailua is amazing if you’re going for breakfast deli style or the evening for dinner specials and wine tasting.  My favorite is the crab cakes with spiced marmalade and the ricotta spinach stuffed chicken. If you’re bugging for Korean plate lunches I would go to Dong Yang all the way in Wahiawa, perhaps on a drive home from the North Shore.  For $6 the giant plates are enough to feed 2 and this place is a local favorite spot for most.

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Dong Yang

Grab some Japanese Food and sushi.  Hawaii has some of the best Japanese influences and it shows in the variety and quality of restaurants available.  3 of my favorite spots are Naru Izakaya, Morio’s and Nobu if you are willing to spend the buck.  Nobu is higher in quality in Honolulu compared to their sister restaurants in San Diego, LA and Las Vegas.  For late night quality sushi, Evergreen Korean Hostess bar offers bomb sashimi plates + they have karaoke (:

Hit the ramen bars.  3 best ramen spots are Agu if you like tonkotsu rich broths, Nakamura if you are in for oxtail, and one of my favorite late night spots is Korean fusion Taiyo.  Kai use to be my favorite until they shut down.  The owner and cooks were all from Japan.  I think poor marketing and location did them in.  Don’t forget to get some ramen nabe @ Ichirki one of my favorite restaurants around.  They have 3 locations in Alamoana, Pearlridge and now Kaneohe.

shoyu tonkotsu

akamura Ramen oxtail fried rice and gyoza combo



Taiyo gyoza ramen combo and kimchee fried rice

Hit the LOCAL bars. NOT the tourist bars.  There is a beer brewery owned by the former bartender at Nobu’s called Pint and Jigger.  It’s over in Makiki and has a cool hipster crowd, delicious culinary appetizer bites and an amazing selection of beer.  Hideaway Bar is one of my favorite dive quiet spots if you are looking for rock music, pool, tattoo’d and bearded men and pin up and rocker chicks, and cheap beers.  Kelly Oneil’s is open late and is one of the few bars that has live rock bands.  You can smoke in here as well, and they serve really great pulled pork sandwiches outside late night.  A local favorite is Mai Tai bar at Alamoana if you want to hear live music in an open rooftop atmosphere.

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Sting Rey Competition Photos

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1st-3rd place Tall Bikini Class

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2nd place

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My Poses

More of my favorite girls!
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APARTM3NT 2 Year Anniversary Annual Black on Black Party 07.30.11

National Water Gun Fight Day

This is FOR REAL!

Don’t even think about leaving your house without your strap!

July 30th is the day you get to show your skills with the trigger.

Obviously buy a water gun and some balloons.

*Wear a WHITE t-shirt and write on it:*

Team Blue or Team Red

*You should NOT be wearing a red or blue t-shirt.*

The second you see the opposing team let them know they picked the wrong side! This is a day for all of us to act as kids again. Make sure to invite your friends!

Catching them anywhere is fair game. Take it to the streets, water drive bys, ambushes, stealth missions…WHATEVER!

There is no specific location for this event! The plan is to wake up that Saturday morning, put on your shirt, and go throughout your day. The hope in all of this is getting big enough so that people actually run into others besides their friends so help out by posting the link or sharing with friends. Thank you! The numbers are growing rapidly which is a good sign 🙂 We still have so much time!

Invite your friends, and please share this link.

To make this possible share this with at least 10 friends (or 20 or 100 or everybody!)  Then make sure that they share it with at least 10 friends also… and so on…



Infused Vodka Recipes

I’m a connoisseur for the finer things in life, including premium alcohol. Don’t ever show up to my house with a bottle of generic alcohol, or cheap wine.  Bust out the good stuff.  I have a bottle of 18 year McCallan scotch to match retailing at $200 a bottle.

The flavor “blood orange” piqued my interest.  I had been buying a lot of Vodka’s lately and this was one I found at a specialty wine store on Kaahumanu.  Charbay also makes a line of high end vodkas in green tea, raspberry, pomegranate, lemon and grapefruit.



1 ounce blood orange vodka
1/2 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
2 ounces blood orange juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup
Large dash of orange bitters
Large dash of Angostura bitters


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well.
  2. Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass.

Makes 1 drink.

Spiced and Spiked Blood Orange Cocktail

  • For the Clove and Cinnamon Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce blood orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1/2 ounce clove and cinnamon syrup
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Blood orange slice to garnish


  1. For the Clove and Cinnamon Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir sugar until dissolved. Add cloves and cinnamon sticks and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain cloves and cinnamon sticks from the syrup and refrigerate (syrup keeps in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks).
  2. For the Cocktail: Combine vodka, blood orange juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain liquid into a cocktail glass and garnish with a blood orange slice. Serve immediately.

Blood Orange Martini

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or flavored orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces blood orange juice
  • blood orange slices

Blood Orange and Lychee Vodka Sorbet

Recipe Ingredients
570ml / 1pint blood red orange juice (about 15 oranges)
110g / 4 oz granulated sugar
200g / 7oz lychee
25ml / 1fl oz vodka
1 egg white

Juice the oranges and zest 2-3 for added flavour
Weigh the ingredients

Cooking Method:
Place the orange juice, zest and sugar in a saucepan, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to cool (place in a container with wide surface area to aid swift cooling OR place in a small bowl then place the smaller bowl in a larger bowl with ice and water to act as an ice bath.)
When cool (or at least lukewarm) blend the lychee, vodka and orange mix until smooth

Using an Ice Cream maker:
Place the mix in the maker
Lightly whisk the egg white to the ‘ribbon stage’
Add the whisked white to mix
Leave to freeze in mixer

By Hand:
Turn the mix into a container
Freeze for 1 hour
Lightly whisk the egg white to the ‘ribbon stage’
Stir the whisked white into the partially frozen mix
Leave to freeze for another 1 hour
Churn the nearly frozen sorbet with a heavy whisk to prevent the formation of ice crystals
Leave to freeze

Effen Cucumber Vanilla Vodka.  Another great premium infused vodka with delicate flavor!  This bottle was gone on my birthday.  The Vanilla mixed with the cucumber makes it more versatile to other mixers and herbs including basil and mint.  Effen means “Smooth” in dutch.  A trendy new vodka. My fav!


Effen Cucumber Bloody Mary

  • 2 parts EFFEN Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 Basil Leaves, torn
  • 4 parts Tomato Juice
  • ¾ parts Bloody Mary Seasoning

Garnish with a slice of cucumber and lemon


Effen Cucumber Tonic

  • 2oz. of Effen Cucumber Vodka
  • 4oz. of tonic water

Garnish with a slice of lime


Effen Cucumber Watermelon Soda

  • 2oz. of Effen Cucumber Vodka
  • 1oz. of simple syrup
  • Fresh watermelon
  • Fresh basil
  • Finish with soda water

Muddle the watermelon and basil, then shake with the simple syrup and Cucumber Vodka. Pour into a highball finish with soda water.


Effen Cucumber Elegant

A chilled cocktail with a strong mint taste. Elegant, indeed, and simple too.


– 2 Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 8 Mint Leaves
– 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
– ¾ Parts Simple Syrup


Combine ingredients in 3 piece shaker and shake vigorously to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail/martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel or mint sprig.

Effen Cucumber Martini

A refreshing take on the classic martini designed by mixologist Dushan Zaric.


– 2 Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 1 ¼ Parts dry white vermouth
– ¼ Parts Absinthe
– 1 Thin Cucumber Wheel


Effen Cucumber Basil Temptress

Mixologist David Nepove designed this fresh mixture of mint, lime and cucumber.


– 1 ½ Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 1 Part Lime Juice
– ¾ Parts Simple Syrup
– 3 Leaves of Basil
– 1 ½ Parts Club Soda


Effen Cucumber Coconut Palm

Another David Nepove mix, this fresh cocktail mixes coconut water and kiwi.


– 1 ½ Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 1 ½ Parts Coconut Water
– 1 Small Kiwi or Half of a Large Kiwi, Peeled
– ¾ Parts Lemon Juice
– ¾ Parts Simple Syrup


Effen Cucumber Blonde Bloody Mary

Tabasco heat meets blonde beer in this delicious David Nepove contribution.


– 2 Parts EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka
– 4 Grape Tomatoes
– 1 Dash Celery Salt
– 1 Dash Pepper
– 2 Dashes Worcestershire
– 1 Dash Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce
– ½ Parts Lime Juice
– 2 Parts Blonde Beer

Yazi Ginger vodka, named after the Chinese dragon, etched on the bottle, a symbol of strength and confidence, is another great premium vodka I came across and is a nice edition to my bar. 😉 Yazi contains four different species of ginger, an ancient aphrodisiac, along with lemon, orange, cayenne and red pepper, giving it a distinctive (and seductive) taste and is made using only the purest, glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood (Oregon’s highest peak).


Yazi Ginger Peartini

1 oz Yazi Ginger Vodka

1+1/2 oz Absolut Pears vodka
1/2 oz Harlequin Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh pear puree
Fresh nutmeg

Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodkas, orange liqueur, juices, simple syrup and pear puree. Cap the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain (or double strain if you prefer a smoother cocktail) into a 10 oz chilled martini glass and garnish with a pear slice and a light dusting of fresh nutmeg.


You can substitute triple sec for the Harlequin, but I prefer Harlequin because of the richness of the cognac.


Warm Embrace

1 part Yazi Ginger Vodka
½ part coffee liqueur
1 part half & half

Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice, serve on the rocks and garnish with a cherry.


Pua ‘Olena

By Bob Melton, Chuck’s Steakhouse

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

1 oz. Yazi Ginger Vodka
3/4 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
1/2 oz. Sohi Lychee Liqueur
1 oz. Lilikoi Juice
1 oz. Guava Juice
1/2 oz. Kiwi Fruit Juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake to chill and strain into chilled martini glass.

I prefer Mazama vodka over brands like Absolut Peppar.  They make the most amazing bloody mary’s in the world!  My secret ingredient to the best bloody mary’s on the sandbar?  Mazama Infused Pepper VODKA.

Pepper-Vodka-Soaked Cherry Tomatoes with Seasoned Sea Salt

yield: Makes 2 cups

Store-bought seasoned salt can also be used in the following recipe.Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less but requires additional unattended time.


  • 1 pint vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pepper-flavored vodka
  • 3 tablespoons coarse or fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper


Poke 5 or 6 holes with a wooden pick or skewer in each tomato and put in a shallow bowl. Pour vodka over tomatoes and let stand, covered, tossing occasionally, 1 to 2 hours, or until soaked to desired taste.

In a small bowl stir together salt and pepper.

Serve tomatoes with seasoned salt for dipping.

Spicy Lobster Sauce with Vodka


  • 1/2 cup pepper vodka
  • 2 dried chili peppers, crushed
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh chili peppers to serve, diced
  • 16 ounces lobster meat, cut into chunks

Cooking Directions

  1. Add crushed chili pepper to a bowl and pour in vodka.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium heat and saute bacon 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
  4. Add basil and parsley and cook 1 more minute, stirring.
  5. Add vodka with chili peppers and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add tomato sauce and paste. Mix well.
  7. Add lobster meat and cook another 10 minutes.
  8. Add heavy cream and mix well. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes.
  9. Top with diced chili peppers and serve over your favorite pasta! We like jalapenos, serranos or habaneros for this recipe.

Penne ala Vodka Sauce


  • 1/2 pound penne
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated


Cook penne according to directions on package. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add vodka and cook until the flames dissipate. Add cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat so that cream simmers. Stir until mixture has reduced in volume by half. Add tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta. Stir until coated and heated through. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Absolut Wild Tea Vodka was a very popular bottle at my party and was almost immediately gone.  I only got a taste on the tip of my tongue but the flavor is delicate and slightly sweet.  Great spirit!


In a shaker, mix 1-1/2 parts ABSOLUT® WILD TEA, 1/2 part peach liqueur, 1 part peach nectar or puree, juice of half a lemon, splash of simple syrup and mint leaves. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.


Muddle 1/2 part ginger in a mixing glass with 1/2 part lemon juice and 1 part elderflower juice or liqueur. Add 1-1/2 parts ABSOLUT® WILD TEA. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.