Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bellydancing @ Red Rock Lounge

Red Rock Lounge, Premier Performance ~ Suhaila number

Bellydancing @ GF Keagan's new pics

Here are a few new pics of my 1st solo at GF Keagan's :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bellydancing @ GF Keagan's: 5.17.09

Here's me before my very first solo bellydance at GF Keagan's.... cool & calm :)

A 5-minute performance, on-stage to a Classical Egyptian music piece.

Yay, it was so much fun :) Next time: tighter fitting costume, smile more, wear a second skirt, & reserve a spot by the stage :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Be careful what you wish (pray) for....when it rains ~ it POURS!!!!!

Ever since my crazy summer of hospital visits & working landscape jobs to keep us afloat and after focusing on the cakes so much ~ my prayers were answered (strange how that happens)....
1. I have a great job with the Dept of the Navy in their Human Resources Service Center, Portsmouth ~ yay, no.1!!! And thanks to USA Jobs website.....
2. The cakes are going barzerk & I have so many inquiries a week now it's a drastic change from just a year ago, not to mention: Prefered Vendor with the Chrysler & featured in Vow Magazine :)
3. I interviewed for & got accepted at a new AF Reserve unit on Langley AFB with a Flight Medicine position, super great!
4. I'm currently training for restaurant shows and solos for bellydancing so I can get out there on my own :) Still looking for a name though....

So when things turn for the worse, it's a great attitude that will keep you going without loosing your wits or your hope, in all actuality ~ if you lost everything in the whole world(house, car, job) all you really need is always with you (family/friends) :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Shockley's Sweet Shoppe sponsoring the Virginia Beach Wheelemen!

The Virginia Beach Wheelmen is a fantastic group of racers who are hosting their 3rd annual bicycle race in Suffolk, VA. Postponed to Sunday, March 22nd. Shockley's Sweet Shoppe, in sponsor of this terrific team, will be armed with cupcakes for sale ~ race event-only
special is .50 per cupcake :) So come out & race or spectate and be sure to look for the 'sweet' banner!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A night of Issam Houshan!

Here's me & the rest of the little sisters of Chandani (my bellydance troupe) with world-renowned percussionist, Issam Houshan!!!!! Me & my sister with Issam :) "Keep the drum alive!"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

17th Annual Peter Teeuwen Memorial Ride

When I was first acquainted with the late Peter Teeuwen, it was less than 1 year after his passing. But going to the bike races with Tim proved this man's greatness. His impact was seen in all of the juniors who raced on the Tidewater Bicycle Association also known as TBA. Has it really been 17 years since that fateful year? So I made this cake as a depiction of the Bike jersey worn by TBA at the time. This team was lead by the late Peter Teeuwen, one of the greatest cycling coaches. Peter is missed by all who have known him in the local cycling community and his legend lives on.....
Remembering Peter:
Peter Teeuwen & Tim, Greenbriar Series May 1991.
Tim, Mike Tamayo & Lars Travis at Fort Story, Tour de Junque, Oct 1991.
Jon Nisbet, Tim & Mike Tamayo, after anayalating the junior field in downtown Portsmouth, May 1992.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Holidays! From, The Shockley's

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Keeping your head above water...

It's been so crazy in the past several months or so, and all I've heard (and keep hearing) is of people having lost their jobs amidst the unstable economy & I really have to feel for everyone. Money is great to have & sucks to not have, but really, it's not just that ~ I have my health, my family & my friends, so even though I have to think about selling the house or not having cable since April ~ all I really need will always be with me & that's all that really matters.

Here are a few suggestions that may help for some out there:
1. Learn a new skill or craft.
2. Find your hidden talents, something you like & something you're good at: find people of similar talents & combine or work together(brainstorm).
3. Think about how you can grow that talent, make it work for YOU & how you can market yourself.

Just a few thoughts....

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Crazy, tough times :(

I'm sure not many of you have continued to read my posts since I stopped racing after I quit my job since my Dad's stroke, thus having no health insurance...still. But as luck may or may not it, my awesome back-up landscaping job is no more since the economy is so bad that even the little guys are feeling the economic tension. There goes my dream of working alongside the hubby... it was fun while it lasted. All in all, I'm still looking up and still have a fall back plan if worse comes to worse(like, moving in with the parents) & I figured I have until February to find a job. (McDonald's may still be hiring, hehe). The only thing that has really saved us besides previously saving up has been the cakes :) This weekend, I made promotional gift-cakes to local business open houses, one of which was Atlantic Performance Training -- our new bike training sponsor for this year, they are awesome! Well, this is a stretch & proves things are getting desperate, but here is my beloved resume, years of experience all into one :) Wish me luck & I send all my best to those out there during these tough times.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Debut Bellydance Performances - December2008

BodyWorks by Chandani is hosting a Holiday "Bellydance" Performance at Waterside on Dec. 13th, 6:30pm & at Pembroke Mall on Dec. 17th, 6:30pm. Where I will be making my debut performance. Come out and support your local bellydancers :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Charlottesville's UrbanX at the IX - 11.9.08

My awesome husband told me I was glad to have not raced at the IX this time as it was brutal! The course, so he explained, was backwards, with triple the climbs and a relocated sandpit.... it just sounds brutal. Out of 40 some riders in Tim & Jon's group, only 20 some made it the full 45 minutes with Jon taking 3rd place, podium awarded :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

VOTE!!!! no, don't Vote!

YES WE CAN !!!!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Arrrrg....I'm a pirate!

HaPpY hAlLoWeEn to all you goulish fiends!!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ce qui est amour vrai?

What is true love? True love is already finding the perfect cake topper for your 20th Wedding Renewal (in 9 more years), hehe :) This little figurine, I found just searching around the wedding sites, direct from Paris -- a perfect match for my favorite biking buddy & me :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Favorite Wedding this Year: A Taste of India

The most intriguing wedding display I've seen by far this year was for a wedding this past Saturday of 400-500 guests that we made a beautiful mehndi cake for this past weekend. Check out these mad props... designed straight from NY :)
This is the 11th Wedding Cake we've made this year (amongst the thousand birthday cakes it seems), more than we imagined... and they keep getting better & better :) I am already booked with some amazing wedding cakes for 2009!
Other than cakes, my dad is finally home from 2 months in the hospital following his stroke; after halting school -- I will go back, but finish my last 3 classes 1 x 1. My bikes are whining to me everyday & need a desperate dusting off; however, I keep my fitness with landscaping & on-the-job running. As for BeLlYdAnCiNg, I will be performing at Waterside on December 13th & Pembroke Mall on December 17th. Kuella!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Collection of goodness, Abandonne-toi complètement à l'amour et à la cuisine!

This is my beautiful collection of exotic goodness... their tantilizing taste of bittersweet engulfs the senses with an overwhelming rush, it hits your mouth making it water -- then you taste the ........

...Oh so yummy, chocolate liqueur truffle made of the imbibement that melts in your mouth with irresistible sweetness!

In my year of chef-ness, I've collected so much I could have my own open bar... & it's amazing how much alcohol is really used in baking :)

This one's my favorite:

I drink to this......

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My latest Adventure: A new Profession!

When things occur they often do without warning & things start to happen in 3's, so when my dad had his stoke last month, I really had to step back & evaluate everything. I made a decision & went into action-mode; the perfect time to change my life & career.

The goal: to be closer to Tim & kids & have more time with family & friends. So, I did what I always wanted to do, I quit my boring full-time job & started working with Tim at Outdoor Impressions; Premier Landscaping :) I can finally get out from a desk, focus on cakes, work outdoors, get into shape & be at home more often now :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Coastal Crit 8.17.08

Coastal Crit: Juniors race -- our very own Junior, Kyle, just came home from competing in this year's Nationals! He did extremely well, hammering out each race. A proud accomplishment for our VBWheelmen Junior. Awesome job, Kyle!!!!!

9:15am Coastal Crit: womens 1,2,3,4, 40+ race. Humidity: 120%, Temp: 75, feels like 90. Race starts out great, primes about every other lap, still humid out. 6 laps into the race, I'm feeling a little claustrophobic, so I move to the back to hang on, although the back is like a whip -- lose a wheel & you fly right off...

I lost a wheel twice but managed to get back on, by that time my legs were too tired from chasing that I dropped off the back and then I was on my own, until the peloton train came around. All in all, it was a fun, fast race, good wins by the Tripower girls & no crashes. Racing like this should get me in shape for cyclox in no time -- I'm hopeful our new "coach" (yay!) will keep us all on track for the seasons to come. Awesome!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Chesapeake Crit 8.9.08

Gold, Silver, Bronze was had by the VBWheelmen. An awesome day for racing at the Chesapeake Crit. Racing from our pack was Joshua, John N. John G., Mike & Tim. (photo by BJ)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The day I didn't see coming...

I just returned home from an exhausting day. My dad unfortunately had a
hemorrhagic stroke this morning & after transferring to 3 hospitals
underwent surgery this evening. It was very sad and helpless to watch
him deteriorate up until that point. He is currently in the NICU at
Norfolk General. I was hoping to go to the hospital with my mom in the
morning to see his condition and hopefully get some sort of prognosis. I am very greatful though, that he is still with us.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Intermediate Bellydancer!!!!!

This is the new 13-panel skirt & professional bellydance outfit that I just ordered... I am super stoked about being an Intermediate Bellydancer. After a year of dancing, I have completed almost 6 dance routines, mastered the veil & zills and a few dozen amazing moves. Next, I get to learn the tabla drum.... and be on my way to performing :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Est. 5.29.77

Today, I am 30 & tomarrow will be my 31st birthday -- yay! Thus begins my 30's journey... yikes! This was the fortune from dinner tonight, pretty cool. So for my birthday, I will enjoy my day(off from work) & hang out with Summer :) Yay!!! HaPpY bIrThDaY to Me ;) !!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cake delivery weekend...

Another weekend filled with cake deliveries... check out my newest creation... a poker-table cake.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

When life throws lemons....

When life throws lemons, make...... cake!?! I've gotten so many cake orders, it's unbelievable, but I am very excited about the sudden influx. On top of that, I finally completed the Spring semester @ ODU & I will be finished with my BS this Summer! Phew! I know the kids & hubby will be happy. That means, more biking....YES!!! ....and my yummy birthday is quickly approaching (I love birthdays!) :)

Let me leave on a good note with a few tantilizing cakes, don't look too hard, you may gain a few lbs. hehe.