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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Getting Gym Nasty Happy... Wednesday, March 29

I washed my socks for boxing the other day and Coach Garry wasn't there to "enjoy" them.  


I am a smelly girl.  It comes with being a full time athlete.  I don't have a washing machine so I'm washing clothes every day after training.  And I don't have a dryer or even so much as a balcony in my condo so there's always wet clothes hanging in the doorway that separates my bedroom from the family room.

I trained with the very person I'll be sparring with tomorrow -- Coach Arman.  He said he's excited about sparring with me tomorrow so much so that he's going to sleep at the boxing club tonight... Wow, that's hardcore.  I don't know if he's joking or not but I too am looking forward to sparring with him tomorrow.  It's going to make for an intense week of training with me coming to the club one extra day but hey, that's why I'm here in the Philippines.  This isn't a vacation for me.  

The coaches, staff and fellow boxers here at Elorde are pretty awesome, not going to lie, and I already anticipate myself struggling to have to say goodbye when it comes for me to leave the Philippines.  But, until I have that dreaded moment, I'm training hard and trying to schedule a fight.  I have the possibility of fighting either in Korea, Thailand or the Philippines but honestly Korea no longer interests me, especially considering a plane ticket there from here is about $200-300.  It'd be pretty awesome to fight on behalf of Elorde and I know I'd get a massive crowd of family and friends out but that also means added pressure.  My contact for a fight in Thailand is also a common friend of Snickers' and I'm not too sure if that reassures me he'd set things up right for me or if it's a possible yellow flag.  All I know is I've got two more for sure months here in the Philippines and if I'm to sign for a fight here in Asia it'll have to be signed in the next month.  Pressure is on.  

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