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 Makate, Philippines. Life, for me, is better in Asia and I'm so happy here. This 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 and 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Preparing to Leave Eastwood

It's a weird feeling, feeling internationally homeless yet "at home" in various countries.
My Adidas gym bag has gone to many countries now and a pair of small boxing gloves that were given to me from someone special to me hang off the front of it.
I still catch myself missing Korea and saying "we have", as if I'm Korean, but I am really loving being here in the Philippines.  In a light chat with Coach Arman today during padwork, I said something to him and he laughed out "that's my Amy".  It felt good to feel a part of the Elorde.  
I won't miss Eastwood but I will miss many of the workers here who I see on a daily bases, like the condo workers who are always so friendly to me and the Starbuck workers who always greet me by first name.  
I can do without Eastwood but I'll surely miss Elorde... a lot.
The plan is to return here and train every so often. 

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