As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am now, living in the land of the happy people. The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love. Life is an amazing 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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