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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Was a No-Show, Kind of... Thursday, July 20

Standing in line, waiting to get in at the Louis Vuitton private party, I realized just how much I don't fit the "Vuitton crowd".  The women were all super dolled up, wearing quite the elaborate dresses, picture-perfect makeup, and salon-styled hair.  And there I was, wearing a short black dress with tape on my nippled under it because I didn't have a strapless bra but don't exactly have the larger chest anymore than really needs the support.  The dress was tight enough as it is; the tightness of it's fabric was enough support.  I had tried to do a cat eye with my makeup but my eyes always get watery whenever I try to wear anything beyond mascara so I had pretty much wiped off any traces of the makeup I had put on back at my condo.  I had done my hair like usual but added a bit of hairspray and that was pretty much the extent of me getting extra dolled up.  

I'm not a Louis Vuitton kind of girl.  I'm more of an Adidas girl.  You can get me dolled up but I rather be in sneakers and training clothes.  I'm an athlete, my life revolves around changing from one sports bra to another.  Plus I've got better things to spend my money on that overpriced bags... like training and protein!!!

I think if I had crazy money to spend I wouldn't buy anything at Louis Vuitton or by any high end fashion name.  

Top ten things I'd spend my money if I was rich...
  1. I'd have a personal chef come to my condo to cook my daily meals.
  2. I'd make a nonprofit spinoff of my Second Dream for young girls.
  3. I'd invest in some of my coaches here so they didn't have to work the slave hours they do.
  4. I'd put Balboa in part time doggie daycare so he'd have four-legged friend bonding time.
  5. I'd fly Pacquioa and Pyen Chi to Canada to live with my family.
  6. I'd pay for my close friends in Canada to come visit me here.
  7. I'd buy a guitar and take guitar lessons.
  8. I'd get private tutoring in Tagalog (Filipino).
  9. I'd get a weekly full body massage.
  10. I'd get some new electronics -- I need a new laptop, iPad and cell, and I want a GoPro.

I had been invited to the private event but never did go in.  Instead, I sat by the performance stage in the casino, ordered juice and waited for my friends as they attended it.

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