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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Birthday Love for Papa Bere... Sunday, February 12

As I sat across the dining table from my dad, Papa Bere, and listened to him giggling away with Skittles, I smiled and took in the whole moment, wanting to pause it so that I could press play to resume it whenever I was feeling down.  My dad had cracked numerous silly jokes and had just said a  ridiculous one that he had faltered on but that I had caught.  Skittles didn't understand it which only made it funnier for me because I thought maybe our humour is a Polish thing.

It was my dad's birthday today so we drove out to treat him to dinner.  He wanted to eat at Teddy's Restaurant, a family owned diner in the next city, a place my family had gone there for years together after Sunday church service.  Teddy's and Swiss Chalet, the only two restaurants my family ever went to after church and often also for family birthdays.

Skittles said he loved the place to which I responded by rolling my eyes.  I'm not really a fan of Teddy's.  I go there more so because of the sentimental value it has to me -- all the memories I shared with my family here and the staff that had come to embrace us as much loved regulars.

The last time I was there I was joined with my dad and my oldest brother and his family of five.  Before that time though, the last time I had been was with my whole family -- my dad, my mom, my two brothers and my oldest brother's family.  I think Snickers may have been with us too actually.  I remember we had occupied not one but two booths and we were the biggest party in the restaurant.  The waitresses all came over to chat with us and we stayed there quite long in comparison to other times.

Today it was just my father, Skittles and myself.  Just the three of us.

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