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.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Turning the Big 3-7... Sunday, August 6

Today it was my birthday but with yesterday being designated towards celebrating my birthday with my friends, today was a rather chill Sunday for me.  I treated myself to a day off training but I went to the local street market like usual, I went to church like usual, and I took a Sunday afternoon nap like usual.

What wasn't usual though was picking up my equipment for my Empowered boot camps and the workers at the store breaking out into Happy Birthday for me.  I milked the "it's-my-birthday" card to score a discount but the manager, wow, she was a tough cookie.  She then started singing Happy Birthday to me and her three male workers joined in.  It was so sweet; I blushed.

I was treated to a slow cooked brie cheese hamburger from the market for lunch and then later on I shared a piece of double chocolate cake.  For my birthday this year I received many gifts that I totally wasn't expecting so that was a very sweet and unexpected surprise. I most admit though I'm all about cards.  I love, love, LOVE cards... cards and letters.  I was surprised this morning with a beautiful letter waiting downstairs at the condo front desk counter;  it had been sent to me by two friends.  And Snickers gave me the biggest of cards I've ever received so that was pretty awesome.

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