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.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

A Grand Birthday Celebration... Saturday, August 5

I miss my friends in Canada, I miss my friends in Korea, but I've made a fabulous group of friends here in the Philippines and tonight I was blessed with ringing in my birthday with many of them.

Tonight I was treated to dinner at a very cool hidden hotspot.

Tonight I was spoiled with a couple of gifts.  

Tonight I was treated to a couple of drinks.  

Tonight I was entertained with some amazing live music.

I was taken to a very hipster kind of restaurant that was tucked away on a side street and there I indulged in probably the best Thai food I've ever eaten.  I've come to the conclusion that Thai food is my favourite and this place, despite it's lack of air conditioning, it was fabulous.  I was about an inch away from snatching up the tiniest of street cats that sat by my feet during the meal.  It was so tiny, so cute... I fell for it so I snuck it some of my meal.  

One of my friends is quite the artist.  She makes homemade jewelry and I had complimented her on a skull piece I saw.  Tonight she surprised me with a birthday gift, a beaded bracelet that had a skull bead on it.  I love it!!!

As for the live music, it was awesome.  It was hosted in a local posh hotel but I don't think a lot of people would ever expect it nor do many people even know about the bar within it and just how gorgeous it is.  The theme of the bar was the movie King Kong so to the left of the bar is a massive King Kong face and his hands.  It sounds strange to describe it here in writing but trust me when I say it was one of the most unique and coolest looking bars I've ever been to.  And the band, wow, super talented.  They had a good portion of the crowd up and dancing salsa.  The vibe of the place was pretty amazing and it made for a cool place to hang with my friends.

I had a very blessed, very beautiful and very memorable birthday and it made up for all the missed birthday celebrations of past.  Thank you to Skittles and to my beautiful friends here who really made it as such.

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