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.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas in the Air

Home delivery coffee from a close friend, sweet.
Giving him a box of specially baked, extra-love-added cookies (read: getting rid of the temptation), so sweet.
In the evening, I finally got to experience Toronto's Christmas Market.
It was the last night of the market and I was there.... oh I was totally there!!!
 Of course the majestic Christmas tree is always the highlight of the market but I loved all the white Christmas lights and the small side booths selling everything "Christmasy" from scarves and mittens to last minute stocking stuffers.  My favourite were the warm pecan nuts... holy delish!!!
The market was held in the historic Distillery District and the place was absolutely gorgeous.
And of course Santa was there too!!!
I don't think I ever did believe in Santa when I was younger but now that I'm older I think he's pretty awesome.  I believe in what he stands for -- Christmas spirit and the "magic" of Christmas. Christmas is a hard holiday for many and I'm no exception to that but seeing Santa and all the kids waiting in line to see him helped lift my spirits.  The Christmas Market was beautiful and it acted as a reminder to make the most of the holiday.  Things could be better but they could always be worse and we all have so much to be grateful for.

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