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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I'm Even More Asian Now... Sunday, November 13

After a beautiful Sunday service at church, a beautiful celebration dinner followed.

I have a new family.  Correction, I have extended my family.  People always joke and call me "honorary Asian" before because of my small eyes and Korean accent but now half my family is officially Asian -- they're Filipino.  

Today I headed out to Fort Erie to enjoy a sweet dinner out but it was quite to have the feel and familiarity of a family dinner.  We all had met up tonight to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary and I took Balboa.

There were 12 of us in total, 12.3 if you count Balboa.

I've adopted a new family and they've adopted me.  Today was the first time we've ever met but it felt so comfortable and so easy to connect with them.  

We all met at the house and then headed to the restaurant together but by the time we left the house I had already warmed up with many of them.  Balboa was helpful in stirring up conversations and whatnot but our interaction all seemed extremely natural and not forced.

At dinner I discovered the father is my favourite.  His dry humor and confusion with how to use the camera feature on his phone reminded me of my own father but it was his quick pick-up of the Korean I taught him and his attention to Balboa that confirmed it.  The fact that he's an avid baker and had a kitchen counter top full of baked goods he had made himself was a pure bonus but I can so see myself getting wider in the waist if I visit him more often and have no self control.

So today I extended my family.  They're super sweet, they're super kind, and they've invited me to join them on their family Christmas holiday to Florida.  I'm going!!!

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