As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Asia February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d 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, 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 left. I returned to Toronto, Canada 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. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I'm at 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, January 06, 2017

Birthday Celebrations... Friday, January 6

Headed out for the Captain’s birthday, us “Asians” – Captain Bowtie, Skittles, MaG and me.  

It was Captain Bowtie’s birthday today so I showed up earlier, at his office, and brought him a card and a little cake.  His work had arranged a birthday cake for him, that was nice, and I just happened to arrive right before they presented it to him so I got offered a piece.  That wasn’t so nice though.  Not nice for my Keto that is. I said no once, perhaps twice, but then gave in when the birthday boy personally asked me.  Angel food cake with a bit in devil in it.  The sweetness of it gave me a little tummy ache for the subway ride home.

I was suppose to go sparring tonight, at Fight Club, but the birthday boy insisted I join him for dinner.

HIM:  Let’s go for dinner together tonight!
ME:  I can’t.  I have sparring – the Fight Club.  .
HIM:  Don’t go.
ME:  But it’s only once a week and last week I didn’t go because of Florida.
HIM:  But I only have one birthday a year.

And just like that I canceled my sparring and decided to join him for dinner.

Dinner for two quickly turned into dinner for 4, with me being the only female so I wasn’t going to complain over that.  Sweet.  We met up down in the Distillery District and walked around, checking out a few restaurants before we decided to sit down at this overly fancy-pants French place.  The place was gorgeous but it seemed way too high class and way too pretty for me.  But it wasn’t my choice; it was the birthday boy’s choice.  It really didn’t matter where we went though, that wasn’t the point.  The point was to celebrate a good friend’s birthday, enjoy each others' company, share some laughs, and that's exactly what we did.

… Then I headed to training after dinner.  Got in some solid rounds on the heavy bag.

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