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.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Party Pooper... Saturday, May 6

I had missed out on yesterday's much anticipated party because of being sick.  I wasn't going to miss tonight's.

"...even if there's a bomb threat?!"

Okay, so maybe that's the one exception and well, guess what happened tonight.  There was a bomb threat at the Heineken party I attended.  I hadn't been there long, just long enough to get in a good tease of the cool beats and chill vibes of the place, when suddenly the DJ spinning spoke into the mic.

"I don't want to scare you but there's been a bomb threat", he said.  Then he continued to tell us to please leave the building quietly, as to not create a commotion or ciaos.  So I left.  We all did, well, those that I knew.  And just like that the party was over.

Wait... not just yet.

We ended up taking our party over to 20 20, a super hip club in the next city that I've been to before.  It's such a hotspot and it always sports a big crowd and fab beats.  

I Googled the bomb threat and found out that today there were two bombs that had gone off earlier, within a couple of hours of each other, and the news was saying that they were worried about a third. I couldn't find too much about it, you'd be surprised at just how much news doesn't make the news, at least not news outside of this country or in English on the Internet.  I heard that one of the bombs was sent via a parcel and both the deliverer and reciever were killed because of it and 6 others were injured.  I don't know anything about the other bomb though and I don't really need to know because the fact that I was at a place that got evacuated because of a possible bomb was shocking enough.

I had updated my Facebook status tonight before I went to bed and commented about the bomb threat.  Concerned friends responded with telling me to "come back home" and "be safe" but honestly, after living over 11 years in Korea and now 2 months in the Philippines, I can honestly say I feel so much safer here in Asia.  Even with the bomb threat, I still feel safer here actually.    I always thought Canada was super safe until I spent over a decade in Korea and then moved back to Canada.  I then saw, felt and experienced the differences right away and it was unsettling and upsetting.  

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