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 18, 2017

Hashtag Creepy... Saturday, November 18

I'm not too sure how people are able to search me out but recently I've been having an increase of strangers reach out to me on social media, in particular though via Instagram.  I don't know if it's creepy or cool but it's been happening.

Yesterday an American pro MMA fighter private visiting the Philippines messaged me on Instagram, asking me about my boxing club, Elite.  He wanted to know the prices and whatnot so I gave him the details and recommended him to check it out.  Today he came to train and I happened to be there.  

Today someone private messaged me to tell me that they saw me coaching at Ayala Triangle.  They noted that they wanted to take a picture with me but they were too shy.  I thought that was cute so I responded by telling them next time to say him because I'm "a cool gal".

Another person private messaged me today, they took it a step further that the others who had messaged me.  They had taken a picture of me walking today to Ayala and then they sent it to me.  The message that followed the picture was short and to the point.  "I saw you", they wrote.  I responded by sending him a close up picture of my eye.  "Big brother may be watching but little sister is watching back", I added.

On Thursday one of my potential suppliers for my custom made boxing equipment responded to a picture I put on my Facebook Story.  He responded with a smiley face that had two hearts for the eyes.  I messaged him back telling him that it was totally unprofessional of him to be sending me such messages because we have a business relationship.   

Also on Thursday, I had a long time fan of mine message me a couple of pictures of me that they had found online and then they wrote "I will never let you go. No matter what situation we are in, I love and care about you for ever."  I didn't respond.

Hashtags are big but #creepy has turned into my go-to response to many of these random people messaging me because I really don't know what to say but it.  I mean, it's one thing to see me and one thing to take a picture of me but how do they even go about finding me on Instagram or Facebook?! I can understand how the MMA fighter found me.  Look up Makati boxing clubs and up comes Elite.  Look up Elite and up comes me.  But for the others who see me and then randomly find out how to contact me.  How do they do that?!  It's not like I wear my name on my shirt or anything.  And then to send these random paparazzi pictures secretly taken of me, to admit to doing such a thing... ya, #creepy is right.

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