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, August 31, 2019

A Beautiful Surprise... August 31

I didn't have the Acacia Sole Sistas +1 team run.
I didn't have the small team training either.
I did however have the Acacia Estates community meeting and boxing with the Lil' Sistas.

It was a long day with the Lil' Sistas but only because of the time it took to get there and back.

I left at 12nn and returned after 8pm.  

I introduced them to my most recent poster that a made, a poster with key training phrases and words translated from English into Tagalog.  Getting them to read it out so that my assistant and I could repeat after them turned into quite the giggle fest with me feeling like this was kind of a crazy idea.  Some of the words are so unusual for me to pronounce so I have no idea how I'll remember them because saying them was hard enough.

Tagalog is nothing like learning Korean. 

Korean is a super easy language to learn because it was created so that even the uneducated could learn it.  But Tagalog, it's got a lot of Spanish in it and it sounds just like their dancing, full of twists and turns but with my tongue.

When I arrived at the Center of Hope, I was escorted, like usual, to the upstairs room where I started to set up my stuff for boxing.  I noticed the room had been closed off and a sign reading "under construction" had been placed up.  Then one of them interrupted me setting up and took me by my hand to the sign.  It was then that they opened up and instantly I became this overly shy and speechless girl.  They had totally decorated that one half of the room with paper streamers and whatnot and on a table they had presented a card and some pretty flowers made out of paper.  It was quite overwhelming, to tell you the truth.  I just stood there giggling and giggling, hiding my face with my sweater because I was totally tearing up, and then I giggled some more. I totally wasn't expecting this at all especially considering my birthday was almost a month ago.  But that's the Lil' Sistas, they're so full of surprises and awesomeness.  Honestly, because of my Lil' Sistas, this was definitely an amazing birthday.  They're so amazing to me.

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