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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Getting Right to Business... Monday, May 29

I'm not on vacation, a fact that I already find myself having to remind friends and my dad.

"I'm doing field research", I tell them.

My goal here is to check out several gyms to get ideas for my business in the Philippines. 

...but first let's go buy me a sweater!!!

I did a lot of errands and running around today but found myself somewhat frustrated in the evening with the fact that it's so dead here in comparison to Korea and the Philippines.  It's dead here in my home town compared to Toronto too actually.  I don't drive, well not legally and not in this country, so getting around is bad.  My dad was sweet in driving me around today but in the evening I was itching for things to do and places to go.  I wanted to check out some gyms but I had already asked my dad to drive around enough today so I thought I'd wait till tomorrow.  

Ended up going for an evening run.

Found out there's a Tim Horton's coffee shop about 3kms from my house.  Stopped there during my run to milk their wifi and upload a few things.  My dad doesn't have wifi at the house so I feel so disconnected.  He has Internet but I can't exactly upload my pictures or do my Instagram Stories.  I'm a bit of a social media junkie but considering that's how I landed a sweet sponsorship from Adidas France back in the day, I really can't complain nor do I want to stop doing it.  Social media is crazy important to what I'm about to launch in the Philippines, fans eat it up, friends feel connected because of it, and it may be what's going to help land me a future investor.  

Never underestimate the power of social media.

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