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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's ALWAYS Been More than "Just a Sport"

Boxing has opened so many doors for me, I've met so many fantastic people and have gone to so many fabulous countries because of it -- Japan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, and the Philippines. I've launched two companies because of it (Flipside Fitness and Hulk's Boxing) and now I'm about to start my third. And to think it all started back in the day, when I first stepped into EMBA, in Toronto. My first coach ever was Olympian Silver Medalist, Egerton Marcus, and when I left Canada over 12yrs ago he gave me this very tank top. I've taken it to ever country I've trained and fought in. Today I wore it for sparring and today I want to say thank you to him. Thank you Coach Egerton, you opened me up to the wonderful world of boxing and I've been in love with it ever since.
Took a beating from Coach Arman today in our six rounds of sparring and at the end of it I was a bit sad. In two weeks I'll be visiting Canada and then returning to the Philippines but moving to a new city and, consequently, training at a different boxing club. I promised Coach Arman I'd visit at least every few weeks so we can spar. Coach Arman is one of my favourite people here that I've met in the Philippines and I'm not ready to give him up for this move.

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