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, August 02, 2017

Today's Challenges... Wednesday, August 2

Yesterday I was contacted by Sports5.  They want to do an interview with me at my boxing club.

Very cool.

I'm doing it.  Super cool.

But until then... time to cut my business costs by at least a million peso.

1 million peso is roughly $27,000CDN. 

"I'll beat that challenge and chop it by 1.5 mill", I told myself.

Had the "fun" task of that today -- beating down the numbers in my business plan, going over and over the costs and seeing what I could cut.  I won't tell you how much the original estimated cost of opening my business was.  It was in the double digits of millions but it also had a six month's equity attached to it, as security, so that added a lot.  

I was able to cut my start up costs by 1.5 million so I was feeling particularly proud and very productive but then my positive vibes and go-get-them attitude was crushed when I went to the bank to go open a bank account.  

It's next to impossible for me to have a paper trail here in the Philippines because I'm on a tourist visa -- a visa that will obviously change once I start my business but can't until then.  My condo, my condo utility bills, my Ubers, and even my phone are all in my business mentor's name.  The only signed legal document with my name on here is my registration with both Elorde Boxing and Elite Boxing.  I have one piece of mail that gives proof I even live here but I'm not too sure on how much weight that would have.  

When asked for my employer's name and address I told them I am self-employed and have my business in Korea.  They then asked questions about it and it was then that I realized that even with my business in Korea I have no legal trace of my name on any legalities concerning it.  I'm a foreigner in Korea too, despite having been married there, so all our business documentation was in Snickers' name.  

No paper trail of me in the Philippines.
No paper trail of me in Korea (in terms of my business).
And no real paper trail of me in Canada either.

And here I use to joke that I was internationally homeless.  Tonight's joke was I must be a spy.  Great.

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