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, May 15, 2017

A Sad Countdown... Monday, May 15

The boxing club has always been a staple in my life, keeping me together and opening doors to new people and new possibilities.  I really do love the Elorde I'm training at here, Elorde Katipunan.  It's a short Uber drive away to what feels like the "real" Philippines.  Eastwood is a little bubble world and it constantly reminds me why I never wanted and never did live on campus when I went to University.  Coach Arman teases me all the time about living in Eastwood, telling me that I should visit his house, his family, and really see the Philippines.  

I'm super eager to move out of Eastwood but I don't want to leave Elorde.

I'll be moving to Makati and training out of Makati's Elorde -- Elorde Elite.  It's a large boxing club with a massively high ceiling but it's no Elorde Katipunan.

I've met about 40 new friends here on my own, however I only remember the names of probably 28 of them.  Of the 40, 31 of them are from Elorde Katipunan.  I see those same 31 Elorde friends every week.  Most of them I see every single time I go boxing so I see them about 5 days a week.  Leaving my club here means leaving a lot of friends.

Having said this, that I'm sad to be leaving Elorde Katipunan, I am very excited to be making my own crew of fabulous peeps at my own place.  It's the in between part, between leaving Elorde Katipunan and starting my company, that's going to be the hard part!

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