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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Out of Town for the Day

I'm currently living in Eastwood, a pretty posh part of the Philippines.
Today I headed out of my hood and entered a "more real" part of the Philippines. 
Traveling around the Philippines, even if it's just a short distance outside of Eastwood, always serves as a reality check.  People here have real issues.  The struggle is real but they work hard and they're trying.
Saw this sign today.  Had to snap a pic of it.  Too funny.
Enjoyed tacos at a little bar and grill.  I love, love, LOVE the tiger on their wall.  Very cool.
Bread has always been my kryptonite and being introduced to these little bread goodies was too delish.  For 5Php ($0.14Cdn) I got this amazing little bun filled with coconut shavings in the middle.
Checked out a tiny little barbershop that had quite the waiting list of faithful customers.
 And I instantly became a record breaker today with being their first ever female to sit down and get their hair cut here, very cool.  Unlike women in Canada, women here aren't so daring with their hair.  I mean, getting half your head shaved here as a woman just really isn't a thing or a trend.  My look definitely gets looks here but not like the looks I used to get in Korea.  In Korea they were just confused by my style and so I felt ugly.  But here in the Philippines people stare at me but I don't feel ugly.  I think they like my so-called "daring" look, perhaps not enough to venture into getting the same style but I think they see it as me being uniquely confident.
 Walking in the mall today, I saw this massive sign at the bottom of the escalator.
Apparently March is Women's month, cool.
They had this ultra girly pop-up shop for women to come and take pictures with friends.

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