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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Unsure of the Pink... Monday, July 31

I thought I was pass how Korea made me feel and over all the insecurities it gave me until I had to head out to boxing today.  I had pink hair and it'd be their first time seeing it.  I'm very much a familiar face there with everyone and am super comfortable but I still felt super shy heading in for training with a head full of bright pink hair.  I knew they'd give me their honest opinion and I was kind of nervous about that because I still don't know how I feel about this hair colour of mine.

I had braided my hair before heading off to boxing, something I usually do at the club instead of at home.  I thought perhaps with some of it pulled back into the braid it'd tame the colour down a bit.

No such luck.   Everyone saw it and everyone commented.  Everyone's comments were compliments.

A part of me was relieved, a part of me was flattered, but a part of me was disappointment in myself though for assuming they'd be anything but their usual sweet selves.  They are really a great crowd at Elite Boxing, seriously, and today me walking into the club with in-your-face pink hair was a true testimony to just how accepted I am here compared to Korea.  

I am so happy here in the Philippines.

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