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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Not Giving Up... Wednesday, April 25

There's definitely a misconception going around that because I'm "white" I must have money.

First of all, I'm an athlete and an entrepreneur, so unless I have a fight or make something, I don't get paid.  I use to coach my Tuesday boxing class and for awhile was charging for my bootcamps in Ayala Triangle, back in my Makati-living days, but that's no longer the case.  

I do a lot of work for free, and if anything, actually pay to work... like buy handwraps so that the girls I coach can be properly geared up and whatnot.  

Lately I've been approached about personal training one of my clients who use to attend my Empowered boxing class at Hernandez Boxing.  Her boyfriend reached out to me about coaching her and setting her up with a proper meal plan.  I can totally do that.  I reached out to her and threw her my ideas.  Now to see what she goes for.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the boxing matchmaker regarding me possibly having a fight May 22nd.  The May 13th fight is a no-go, my would-have-been and should-have-been opponent and her team aren't even answering their phones apparently.  Not cool but it is what it is.  She or they or whomever, they don't want her to fight me.  I guess I should be flattered but I'm not.  Instead, I'm insulted and frustrated.  

I spent a good chunk of my morning searching online other possible opponents and in my research, it was interesting to note some key Filipino fighters who have been used and abused for the sake of raising the ranks of other boxers.  It's not a Filipino thing, it happens every where.  Korea didn't do it so much but they are notorious for not letting most of their high ranked boxers fight outside of the country.  At least with these Filipino fighters, many of them are traveling and I really respect that.  It's a whole other fight being the visitor fighter in a foreign country so the fact that many Filipino fighters are taking the jump and fighting outside of their comfort zone is pretty awesome.  What's not awesome though is fighters saying no to fights.  That's not cool.  

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