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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Smiles, Sweat and the Struggle to Hydrate

I did a commercial about Toronto about a year ago and today I got word from friends that it had finally aired.  How's that for ironcy?!  Right.  Ahhhh Toronto.  I love you.  I will forever love you but you're not what makes me on fire anymore.  Makati is the city for me.
Click HERE for the commercial link.
Back when I was visiting Toronto I noticed a trend circling among many of my friends -- these massive 2L water bottles.  A 2L bottle may be sufficient for Toronto but here in the Philippines I'd have to carry around a couple of them.  Hydration is both key and the biggest problem with training here and 2L just doesn't cut it.
No one snickered or giggled when I walked in with my 6L bottle.  Those training here know all too well the struggle against the heat and dehydration.  The struggle is real.
I was just finishing up training and packing my gear up when this beast of a man, a Muay Thai fighter, came walking into the club.  I stayed to watch him train for a bit.  Check out those tree trunks he calls legs!!!

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