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 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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