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.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Go, Go, Go... Saturday, November 11

Today's Schedule:
Coach the Empowered boot camp
Light grocery shopping
Sew a bow tie for Balboa
Fix my runners
Work on my Empowered milestone time line 
Get my head shaved
Respond to fan mail and business emails
Dinner out at Crying Tiger

With the ASEAN Summit this upcoming week the city is not only basically shutting down from Monday to Wednesday but it's also being lined with police.  Today, while hosting my Empowered boot camp at Ayala Triangle, we stopped to watch the police.  At first it was a dozen or so police escorts on motorcycles stopping traffic to let four SUVs pull into the back of the Peninsula Hotel, located across from Ayala.  Then it was a line of 6 police trucks that pulled up beside us, all jam packed with anywhere from 20-30 uniformed police officers.  They sat there watching us watch them; it was a pretty intense scene at first and holy distracting.  

I found out on social media today that Balboa got a job.  Seriously, how funny is that.  He's the new official mascot for The Refined, a men's-only high end salon in BGC.  I don't know how they'll pay him, perhaps in kisses and cuddles, treats and play time.  Last Saturday Balboa went to The Refined with Skittles and stayed into the evening.  He was there for half the day and didn't sleep a wink which is pretty crazy when you consider the fact that he is always napping and trying to lay on me at home.  The Refined was like a sensory overload for him and it took him a solid couple of days of nonstop sleeping to fully recover.  Too funny.  Now they want him back and they want him as their mascot.  I went in search of some material today because I wanted to sew him a bow tie.  I found a woman's black bow hair pin and ended up cutting it up for the material and sewing a bow tie by hand.  

In the evening I was treated out to dinner at my favourite restaurant -- The Crying Tiger.  I'm kind of obsessed with Thai food and The Crying Tiger cooks up the absolute best Thai food and at prices that fit my entrepreneur's budget.  Dinner out was then followed by a random walk over to Kapwa, the hair salon that cuts my hair, owned and operated by friends of mine.  We went there simply to use their wifi to call an Uber but low and behold Kapwa was open and it was buzzing with people.  An art festival event in Poblacion is going on and Kapwa is apparently a part of it.  Dropped in, saw some friends, met some of their visiting family and friends, and then left a little bit after.  

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