As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.


After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am now, living in the land of the happy people. The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love. Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Friday, June 15, 2018

I Wear My Own Name, Thanks


I'm all about the bright colours and affirmations on my training gear. Am loving my new socks. They're no-name socks, cheap ones, because I'm not into name brands. I like to wear my own name if I'm going to wear any brand... Hulk's Club socks, nice!

Gearing up for boxing with my sweet socks on.  Rolling up my Slay handwraps.
Representing Empowered, loud and proud baby.
 Launched details for my upcoming Empowered BoxHIIT Camps.  Super excited about that.

BoxHIIT Camp Details... Friday, June 14

BOXHIIT CAMP: 
1,5000Php = 1 Month Camp (4 weeks x 1 session a week = 4 sessions) 
Sign-up is required only for the first day of camp and payment is required before the start of camp. 


WHEN & WHERE: 
1. Tuesdays at 6pm 
KMC Solutions, BGC 
Picadilly Star Building, 25th floor 
NEXT CAMP STARTS TUESDAY, JULY 10th, AND GOES FOR 4 WEEKS. 

2. Wednesdays 9am 
LoKal Hostal, Poblacion 
5023 P Burgos 
NEXT CAMP STARTS WEDNESDAY, JULY 11th, AND GOES FOR 4 WEEKS. 


WHAT IS BOXHIIT? 
BoxHIIT is a fabulously fierce full body workout that focuses on the fundamentals of boxing plus functional weight training that is appropriate for boxers but it's a sweat sesh for everyone, not just boxers. 

Components of the class include a boxer’s warm-up with footwork drills, guided shadow boxing, partner padwork, core conditioning, and functional weight training. The full workout lasts about an hour, it works your entire body from head to toe, and is as fun as it is challenging. 

ALL levels are welcome but SPACES ARE LIMITED! 


WHAT TO BRING?! 
All participants are required to bring their own hand wraps (must be at least 4 meters long) and boxing gloves (10oz, 12oz or 14oz). For those who don't have their own gear, they can either buy gear from Empowered Clubhouse before the start of class or purchase it on their own. 

Also, wear runners, comfy clothes to workout in, a bottle of water, positive vibes, and be your fabulously badass self.

Sign-up is online at www.EmpoweredClubhouse.com but remember, it's only for the ladies!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Power of a Little Boy

 I woke up like this... Balboa sitting on my chest, waiting patiently for me to wake up.
Me trying to trust the journey but having no patience today to fully do so.
Annnnnnnnnd... he's back on my chest.  
Midday walk means a midday talk with him on my chest, listening but waiting for me to cuddle him.
It had been a stressful and very trying day but I think Balboa knew that, hence the loads of extra attention and extra long moments of him sitting on my chest.  He knows it calms me down.

Boxing or The Meeting?!... Thursday, July 14

My 9:30am meeting got postponed.  I was told to "come back at lunch". 

My 10:30am meeting went on without me.  I thought it was being held at the original location.

Thinking lunch was around noon, I returned only to find out they meant after lunch, 1:30pm.  

So there I was, after lugging my bodyweight in boxing equipment around the city because I was suppose to go from one meeting to the next and then go straight to training, sitting poolside, wondering if I should go to this meeting or go to boxing.  I couldn't do both.

I went to the meeting. 

The meeting lasted exactly 4 minutes and I left having given a task -- write up a short proposal about what I had pitched to the condo property manager.

I'm trying to teach one of my BoxHIIT classes in my condo. 

An outside company is about to launch a Zumba and Salsa Dance class, I say the survey circling among my neighbours, so I thought I'd jump in and take the opportunity to try to launch my BoxHIIT class although this time I'll be offering it as a camp.  A four week camp that secures I'll have participants to train as oppose to trying to collect them every week.  A four week camp with the same participants also means I'll get to build upon what they learned the week prior and really take the class somewhere with their skills and techniques.  Four weeks isn't a lot when you consider it's only a once a week session but it's definitely a start.  

In July I'll also be launching two other camps, one at KMC here in BGC and one at LoKal Hostel in Poblacion.  In August, I have a third class starting up, a private one, at a local condo in BGC.  

The ball with Empowered is definitely rolling.  Very cool.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Full Sweaty Day


Sporting my new Empowered sweater... love, love, LOVE it though I admit I don't know how 
much I'll wear it out as such.  That's a lot of skin to be sporting in public.  
Not to self, get more high waisted paints.
Team Korea, racing towards what, I don't know, but killing it with a solid warm-up for boxing.
I'm not a fan of spinning for warmup but, sure, I'll double you Coach Marcelo. 
Where do you need me to drop you off?! Beside the heavy bag?
My name is Amy and I'm a closet dress-wearing boss babe.
I can't remember the last time I actually wore a dress in public but here I am, sporting a dress in the comfort of my house because, well, it's super comfortable and I'm doing laundry.
Late night sweat sesh in the condo gym.  Working on my core here... killer combo exercise!

This Girl is on Fire... Wednesday, June 13

I was definitely in boss babe, take-on-everything-at-once mode today with killing it at boxing, slaying it at weight training, and then attacking life as an entrepreneur.  And then, if that wasn't enough, I took the stairs home after weight training because I was suppose to do a full body workout but only had done upper body and core.  

I slayed the day, that's for sure. 

There are days like today when I feel unstoppable and I AM unstoppable.  I load up my schedule with a zillion and one things to do.  And then there are days when I struggle to even get my butt to boxing.  I'd like to think there are more unstoppable-me days than struggling-me days but some weeks they balance each other out.  

Not much to write about today because I went at super full speed and didn't really have time to stop and breath let alone digest what I was doing.  I juggled a lot.  

My day started at 7am and I didn't actually put my head down to sleep till about 2am.

I was on fire!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

One Busy, Nonstop Day

The shirt says it all.  Unless you've got breakfast, coffee or pancakes,
don't wake me up early in the morning.
What's smellier than my gear after training?!
My gear after training and then after a full day and full night of sitting zipped up on my bag on a shelf at the boxing club.  This gear right here, wow, I can't even begin to describe just how potent it smells right now.
Yesterday I left all my sparring gear at the boxing club and sprinted home.
It's a 4.5km route that takes me about 50 minutes to walk but, yesterday, in flip flops and in the crazy downpour, it took me 22 minutes to sprint it.
Lots of stuff today today, including sending off some exclusive Empowered Slay gloves..
Then in the evening, after training and after other word stuff, I then had to return 
to the printers to get my new Empowered sweater dealt with.
Mission accomplished.  I'll post a picture of my new sweater tomorrow.  
It's pretty fabulous, not going to lie.  I love it.

Work, Work, Work... Tuesday, June 12

Things to do today:

  • Contact the matchmaker and discuss upcoming fight card.
  • Redesign my Empowered coach sweater.
  • Get my Empowered coach sweater printed.
  • Print my thank you inserts for Empowered Clubhouse.
  • Set up a package delivery at the carrier's office.
  • Contact women-focused outreach group.
  • Get second pricing from additional custom equipment supplier.
  • Conference call with main supplier.
  • Edit class details on Empowered's website.
  • Boxing.
  • Weight training.
  • Pick up gear at the boxing club.
  • Contact the researched food delivery companies for details.
  • Clean all my boxing gear.
  • Laundry.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jumping Two Feet First into the New Week

Yeah, I don't think these monkey bars are actually for monkeys, 
but that obviously didn't stop us.
 We may train hard here at the boxing club but we also play hard too.
First we played hard... then we trained hard.  Sparring Day for me.
Just realized that Coach Adamson is my biggest sparring partner yet.
He's the heaviest and the tallest.  He's also a MMA fighter and a Southpaw, 
so you know he's definitely not an easy one either!!!
To add a bit of pressure to today's sparring, a WBO world champion 
sat ringside as did one of the coaches and some other boxers.
Returned home from boxing and was surprised with a gift -- new socks for boxing!!!
...and lunch out!!!
Warning:  I'm to be fed immediately following boxing and my shower or else you risk me saying "I'm hungry" about a zillion different times and then hangry pains starting up!

Unexpected Surprise... Monday, June 11

Happy second month anniversary for Team Insider and me... yeahhhhh!!!

Nothing says happy anniversary and perhaps kicks off the week quite like a would-have-been, could-have-been, and should-have-been opponent text messaging me first thing in the morning.  It started off as a short and sweet text via Facebook, telling me hi and saying good morning.  I was thrown off by who had sent it -- it was the opponent whom had canceled our May 13th fight; the Filipino fighter who is fourth in the world.  I responded with a simple hi and then she messaged me again, asking me how my training was and sending me a friend request.  I really didn't know what to make of it all, to tell you the truth.  I've had some of my previous opponents add me on social media after our fights but I've never been added by an opponent who has canceled a fight on me.  

I accepted the friend request.

In her following texts, she was sweet in saying she admired my determination and commented about how hard it is to get a fight here in the Philippines.  She's not training as much as she wants, only 2-3 times a week, because of her schedule at a local vegetable market.  

I felt her sincereness in her last text so my craving to give in and ask why she cancelled our fight got stamped out.  She's honestly trying to be a friend to me or at least friendly so I respect and appreciate that.  Don't get me wrong, maybe one day I will ask her about it... just not right now.

Today was full of surprises actually.  

Today's surprises:
-- text message from Filipina fighter I was suppose to fight
-- free sparring
-- met a WBO world champion boxer
-- two new pairs of socks for boxing
-- lunch out
-- new sweater for Empowered was purchased
-- got help designing new Empowered sweater

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Sweet Surprise to Sweet Out Using

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...!!!
Arrived at the boxing club today and viola, a cable machine. 
Seriously, this machine is my go-to for attacking the entire body.  I love my kettlebells and medicine balls but if I were to pick a machine, it'd most definitely be this bad boy!

I box AND I do weights... does that make me bulky?!  I'm not a very big girl to start off with so no.
Weight training doesn't make us women bulky, cupcakes do!
Slaying it on a Sunday with Coach Marcelo whispering "one more round" in my ear.

Re-Routing Empowered... Sunday, June 10

Sitting in an entrepreneur event today, I realized something. 

I want to take a more humanitarian approach to my business, stir it away from the clientele and direction it's going toward because I quite honestly, beyond those who want to learn boxing, lose weight and workout, have no real connection to my clientele on a social level.  I can't plan social events for them that take these social butterflies to trendy places because that's totally not me.

I am a "cowboy", as I've been referred to on several occasions here.

I am a rough and tough athlete, a girl on the go who rolls with the punches, figuratively and literally, and that is all about sharing her love for boxing, fitness and health, but is also all about giving back and paying it forward.

Sorry to the fortunate here but unfortunately for them Empowered is not all about them anymore.  It's about the less fortunate.  That's where I feel best suited and most alive.  I love coaching, I really do, but when I paired that up with those underprivileged girls at that safe home, I was so incredibly, with-out-a-doubt, busting-at-the-seems with happiness.  

I want a job that utilises my skills and passions but also makes me feel alive.  

I want a career where my presence is just as felt as my absence.  

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Ditching the Towel to Sport My Own Name

I'm always busy. I'm building my brand, building my business,... building myself.
...apparently too busy to put on clothes today, apparently. Funny thing is, it's true. 
I slayed the day away on Empowered in a towel (hence no Instagram Stories).
With the downpour from yesterday continuing strong and nonstop today, Balboa required some 
extra hugs and kisses because he absolutely hates the rain but we couldn't avoid it.
I'm not into brand name clothing because I've got better things to spend my money on, like my boxing, food, coffee, and of course peanut butter. But if I am going to wear a brand it's going to be one that supports me or it's going to be my own brand.

So that's what I'm doing, wearing my own name.

Rained In... Saturday, June 9

Mother Nature was having an absolute hissy fit today; raining all day and totally not giving in to all us here in the Philippines wishing she'd stop.  Massive flooding in various places in the country and the crazy excessive rain has cleared the streets.  No one wants to go out in it, me included.

The more rain that comes down, the higher the Grab prices go up, and what is usually only 80Php to get to my boxing club, skyrocketed to 200Php when I tried to schedule one.  Forget that.  I can't afford Grab but I can't afford to get all my gear wet in the walk over.

No boxing for me today.

Stayed home and worked on Empowered.

In July, I'll be starting my BoxHIIT Sweat Sesh here in BGC and one in Poblacion.

In August, I'll be starting a small team training group at a condo here in BGC and I'll be launching an outreach program too, also in BGC.  

Friday, June 08, 2018

A Day of Giggles

I did a time lapse video for Instagram Story today when gearing up at boxing but because of the speed of it, you couldn't really see what was really going on so I snapped random snapshots of it.  Too funny!
Was challenged to a plank challenge by Coach Marcelo today.
 I thought he was being a bit mean because he just saw me finishing up my core training and then he waited till I was done to approach me about it.  The mean part though was finding out he was cheating the entire time.  He wasn't even holding a plank... oh gosh.  Brutal!  Sneaky silly!!!
 A little after midnight I headed off to The Refined.  Security cameras were being installed after working hours so I supervised... and ate their peanuts... and snapped pictures, obviously.

The Juggle with the Struggles... Friday, June 8

Lots of background stuff went down today meant getting in my two hours at the boxing club and as gruelling as that was that was a walk in the park in comparison.  
#backgroundnoise
#thestrugglesarereal

I got the honest-to-the-core lowdown on boxing managers, boxing promotors and boxing matchmakers today in a lengthy conversation today with a boxing manager who is now taking me on.  I'm keeping his identity on the low though.  He's super busy managing quite a high ranking, internationally known Filipino fighter... no, not Pacquiao.  He's not actually taking on additional fighters but he's well aware of my situation with the cancelled fights and we share the same respectable business associates so he reached out to help me.  Much appreciation and respect to him for that.  
#blessed
#protectyourself

I now have a different matchmaker I'll be dealing with.  The boxing manager (mentioned above) reached out to him today, to discuss me, and he responded by saying that he was already fully aware of the situation.  On the positive note, the boxing community here definitely knows me, that's cool, so that's a step in the right direction.  The negative note here though is that it I'm surely being educated in the politics of boxing in the Philippines and it's kind of rough.  I'll just leave it at that... yeah.
#letsgetmeafight
#dirtybusiness

I also had my supplier in Pakistan to deal with.  Been dealing with him the past couple of months actually but this past week it's been super frustrating dealing with him.  His products are great, WHEN he gets them right, but now he's demanding all the money up front for my big order -- 30 gloves, 20 handwraps and 20 mini boxing glove key chains.  I've NEVER, EVER dealt with a supplier who has required the FULL amount prior to recieving the product so it's quite discouraging because I wasn't expecting this and I financially didn't anticipate this.  It's a huge chunk of money I'd be sending him and there's absolutely no security for me and my money once it's sent.  That's the biggest issue.  Worst case scenerio, I send him the money and he doesn't send me my products.  What am I going to do then?  Go to Pakistan to search him out?  Sounds silly, sure, but honestly what would I or could I do?!  Nothing and that's the truth.  There is no security for my company when all other suppliers I've dealt with, not only with Empowered but also with my boxing club, Hulk's Boxing, have asked for 50% up front.  That 50% up front more than covers the manufactoring costs and delivery but it also ensures they'll send the final product because they want the remaining due account.  I really don't know what to do regarding my supplier now.  I've invested too much time, effort and money already to venture into looking for another supplier and a part of me thinks he realizes this and that's why he isn't budging.  
#holypowertrip
#dontknowwhattodo

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Back To Double Dosing Sweat Seshs

Attempt #1 at taking a group picture... epic photobombing by the coaches.
 Attempt #2... again with the photobombing silliness.
 Attempt #3... success.
What you don't know is that... well, check out my gal pal beside me.  Because of the overdoes of photobombing silliness, just as this picture was being snapped she opened the lid to her water bottle and attempted to drown Coach Adamson in it... too funny.  She was definitely the hero of the day for me!
Second sweat sesh of the day for me -- boxing in the morning, weights at night.
Today's injury, bruised wrists from kettlebell snatches.  
It definitely comes with the territory of being a pro athlete.

Back to the Swing of Things... Thursday, June 7

Returned to civilisation today.

Yesterday was one overdose of social purging, if that's even the right way to describe it.

Still feeling the frustration with the cancelation of fights and it being the fourth time now.  Getting my name known here as a fighter because of my cancelled bouts isn't how I want to become known here but it's complicated.  It doesn't need to be complicated though, that's the thing.  Just been dealing with the wrong person but I've definitely been learning who I should and who I can be turning to for help.  

Grow through what you go through... right?!  Right.  Exactly.

It's still a bit sensitive for me to deal with some people and I think they know who they are.  I was definitely out and about today with boxing, weight training and then dropping by The Refined, so it was a pure bonus and partly luck that I didn't run into such individuals that I really don't want to deal with right now.

Thank you to those in the boxing community here in the Philippines who have reached out to me.  Whether it be fellow fighters, various coaches, a boxing ref and other boxing officials, or fans, it's been very encouraging to hear that others are rooting for me in my corner.  Tomorrow I'll be contacting a potential new manager for me and another boxing promotor.  I'm optimistic about it and figure that things can only get better.  No more cancelled fights or miss-matched bouts.  Let's fight!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Overdosing in Cuteness and Kisses

I only wanted to see his adorable face today.
I think at first thought, Balboa thought me spending the entire day with him, from morning to night, would be great.  But then the reality of it meant I'd be picking him up all the time and kissing him.
I think I may have actually overdosed him in kisses.
Yeah, maybe.  Look at that fact.  That's the face of a little dude who's seriously 
wondering if I'm going to go in for another kiss or leave him alone... hahaha.

Just Give Me Some Space... Wednesday, June 6

It was just one of those days.

My supplier in Pakistan was being difficult and I just didn't want to hear one more person ask me when my next fight is.  So, to avoid everyone and everything that could possibly frustrate me more, I hibernated. 

Off went the phone.
Off went the computer.
Off went the lights in my place too.

I stayed home all day, just Balboa and I.

The only time I went out of my condo was to walk Balboa and then to watch a movie. 

I only talked to 3 people the entire day and one of them was Balboa.  The other was a service man and the third was Skittles.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Just One of Those Days

I just want to fight and fighting to get a fight is, well, leaving me feeling too many feelings.
To box is to do a sport. To be a boxer is to live a lifestyle.
Dealing with the behind-the-scenes legal paper work that comes with 
being a foreign boxer training and fighting abroad.
Today that included getting papers notarised. 
It's been a rough day and then Mother Nature poured on me, of course.

Got stuck in the rain with Balboa and then totally melted at the 
cuteness that resulted from me towel drying him after.