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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A VIP Kind of Meeting... Thursday, April 20

I met up with a particular lady in Fort Bonifacio who has become somewhat of a business mentor to me.  She's very much a modern day gal, a life coach who is as fierce as she is fabulous.  In many ways, she is the Filipino version of Kris from Clancy's back in Toronto, and I think that's why I'm so drawn to her and her opinion on things.

I met with her today to discus my second decision I need to make -- open up my business in Canada or here in the Philippines. 

We met at a posh little corner coffee shop and chatted for quite a while about the decision I need to make.  In talking with her, I opened up about Korea and how I had got into a situation there with Snickers and my business that left me so completely lonely.  No one knew what I was going through and I didn't care to tell anyone because I didn't think they'd ever understand.  I was all alone in a country busting at the seems, a country invested with people.  In telling her this, I told her that I wasn't sure about opening up a business here in the Philippines because I didn't want a repeat of what happened in Korea.  She then looked at me and said something that was both so incredibly blunt and true but also shockingly sad.  She said "every thing that happened you let happen.  It didn't have to be that way; it was your choice."  I didn't know whether to be mad, sad or happy but she was right.  She was 100% right.

"Philippines doesn't have to be a repeat of Korea if you choose it not to be."

So now... What is my choice?!  I won't let the Philippines be a repeat of Korea, that's a clear choice, but I don't know if I'm really any closer to choosing the Philippines or Canada.  

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