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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Little Bit of Grant... Sunday, June 11

Discovered a very cool feature of my neighbourhood -- a local market that takes over the corner parking lot down my street every Sunday!!!  I didn't think the parking lot was particularly big but oh boy did they seriously pack in a crazy quantity of shops.  It was nothing short of fabulous, really!  Food, spices, jewelry, clothes, dog stuff, trinkets,... You name it, they had it!  I indulged in some fresh made-on-the-spot fruit juice, some chicken empanadas (a Spanish pastry stuffed with veggies and chicken), and a little elephant holder with incense to burn.

Attended a new church today and it was a refreshing change from CCF Main Church that I had been attending prior here in the Philippines.  It's a smaller church located just around the corner from my condo and in many ways it reminded me of my church in Toronto, Grant African Church.  CCF Main was way too big for me and honestly the only reason why I went there was because I liked who I was attending it with -- family.  But to simply be able to walk down the street and attend church here in my city, that's so awesome.  Not to mention they let me bring in food and today they served me ice cream and coffee after the service!  Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the Philippines so the ice cream after service was to acknowledge it.  I think they have weekly refreshments after their services though and I like that.  It was a bit much having so many people come up and introduce themselves to me but I appreciated their efforts to include me in and acknowledge that I was new.  I definitely didn't feel lost in the crowd there or just some randomer.  I have a name at that church, it's Amy, and now a handful of them all know it.

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