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, March 05, 2017

Calculating Costs... Sunday, March 5

Still somewhat stuck on Canadian time, which I'm fully aware it's not actually called "Canadian time", thanks. I woke up today around 5:30am and struggled with the realization that the mall didn't open until 11am.  I needed to get my wifi set up there.

I have a Philippine phone number now but no wifi.  Stores and shops don't give you their wifi password unless you purchase something, often they change it on a daily bases too and I'm on a tight budget so I can't exactly afford to go that route. I've treated myself to a few coffees out, for the sake of the wifi and getting out of the condo, but coffee here is so expensive in comparison to every thing else.  

I judge the price of everything based on that all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Bigoli.

Breakfast costs me 199Php, that's about $5.30 Canadian.  

Tonight I had a business meeting to attend over in another city, in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), a super posh city the Philippines that felt very much like Yorkville in Toronto.  The meal for the four of us cost about 3,700PP, $100 Canadian.

I could have bought 18 all-you-can-eat breakfasts, that's more than half a month's worth, PLUS had change left over!

My budget is to stay under $150 a week. 

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