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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

I'm Feeling "In"... Monday, April 3

I arrived at Elorde and was greeted by a fist bump by one boxer, a high five from another, a very loud hello from one coach, a pat on the shoulder by another and a third asked me if I wanted to spar.  I signed in at the front desk and the girl there asked me if I wanted to play my music and then a new boxing buddy of mine greeted me with a big smile and a hug.

I get hugs now when I arrive at boxing?! That's pretty sweet.

Every thing today at Elorde Boxing reminded me of UP Boxing, my former club in Korea -- pre-Hulk days.  It reminded me of Hulk's too, in some things, and of Korea.  It reminded me of all the good things Korea used to be to me and why year after year I stopped looking for reasons to return to Canada and instead found reasons why to stay.  

I'm pretty comfortable here at Elorde now, that's fair to say, but it doesn't mean they cut me any slack with continually training me hard day after day.  I'm pretty comfortable weight training at Fitness First too but unlike at Elorde the people at Fitness aren't as friendly.  Besides the part time workers, like the cleaning ladies and front staff, none of their trainers have ever said hi to me or even so much as smiled back at me.  I have however become a familiar face among those training so I do now get a lot of members saying hi to me or offering me a smile.  

I miss System Fitness even more so when I am at Fitness First because everyone there was so friendly and approachable.  The trainers here have nothing on the trainers at System except for expression-less faces and smaller bodies.  

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