As the story has it, I woke up and found myself on the very opposite side of the globe – the flipside. I arrived February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d simply do a year, then leave. Years later and I’m still here. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company, Flipside Fitness, and CEO of my own boxing club, Korea's largest -- Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I picked up one day and left. I returned to Toronto, Canada but only to pack up my bags and venture out again. Now I'm living in Makati, Philippines. Life for me is better in Asia and I'm so happy here. This isn't a new chapter in the book of my life though, it's a whole new book I've started!!! I'm a whole new woman. I left Korea with Flipside Fitness on my brain, Hulk's in my heart, boxing in my bag, and my four-legged friend Balboa Button by my side.

Life is an adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Balboa's Growing Up and Getting Better... Friday, November 11

Canada is so incredibly dog-friendly. I don't think many Canadians really understand that or know that. In Korea I would never let my dog socialize with another person's dog let alone let someone come up to one of my dogs to pet them without my consent. 

But I live in Canada now -- different country, different social norms.

Balboa is quite the social butterfly, I'm not going to lie. I think almost everyone in my building either knows his name or knows of him, and I'm pretty sure half of my neighbours on my floor have picked up a bit of Korean because of me taking him out for walks all the time. I only speak Korean to Balboa and my neighbours are well aware of this so many of them have picked up on set Korean commands I've taught him or are in the process of teaching him. I personally think it's hilarious.

I want to become that kind of dog-owner that takes my four-legged friend every where. I didn't think it was really possible but the other week I took him to the Eaton Centre and it seemed so acceptable for me to do so. People on the subway loved him, he got asked about by numerous random people, and in the mall he stuck right by my side. Balboa wears a shirt that reads "Good dog gone bad" but honestly he's more like a bad dog gone good. He was rather wild in Korea. He never listened and trying to teach him commands was close to impossible because you'd have to run around trying to catch him before you could even begin to teach him. But here in Canada, here he is so different. 

Tonight I took him to the boxing club, to Clancy's, and he was so good. He followed me around the club, like a shadow, and then he sat on Skittle's lap when I was training Team Blue. Before and after me coaching, I let him mingle with my fighters and the other boxers, and he let them pet him. He was so good.

Yup, Balboa is pretty awesome.

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