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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Boys in the House

My brown eyed beauty...
People who say you can't buy love have obviously never adopted a dog.
Mr. Balboa Button, a little four-legged companion I didn't really fall in love with until he flew to Canada to be with me.  His love is unconditional and, as small as he is, he's all heart.
Tonight we got my condo professionally cleaned, and boy did they do a fabulous job, so I arrived home to two guys cleaning it.  A cleaning crew of two; a cleaning crew of dudes.  
Balboa thinks he's the man of the house so he sat where he could watch everyone, right in the middle.
There was one cleaner in the bedroom, one in the kitchen, and then me sitting on the couch.  Balboa juggled watching all of us.

The Costs in the Philippines... Wednesday, September 20

500Php, the average pay a person in the Philippines makes in a day.
... that's about $13.51Cdn and less than $2 an hour if they work 8 hours a day.   Most work at least 10.

500Php/$13.51 a day here, so considering that look at the following costs and tell me which are crazy...

4000Php/$108.11, how much one month at Fitness First costs to just use their facility and equipment. 
3000Php/$80.08, the price of one unlimited month of personal training at the boxing club.
15000Php/$40.54, the price of getting my hair dyed with wash-out Manic Panic.
2000Php/$54.05, the cost for Daily Grub to prepare, cook and send me 5 days of food (20 dishes).
600Php/$16.22, the cost to get a cleaning company to clean my condo.
400Php/$10.81, the cost of the average salad at SaladStop.
300Php/$8.11, how much I spend a month to use my cellphone.
250Php/$6.75, the cost of a 1-to-1 personal training session with my coach at the boxing club.
140Php/$3.78, the cost of my coffee at Starbucks.
120Php/$3.24, the cost of a plate of BBQ Chicken and rice at Mang Inasal.
106Php/$2.86, the price of my 30 minute Uber ride.
99Php/$2.68, the cost of my chicken sandwich at Subway.

Which ones stick out as ridiculous?!

I'm making money in the Philippines but as little as that 500Php is a day that the average person makes, I make a little less than that.  I host my Empowered boot camps and get paid to do so but the main purpose of them isn't for cash, it's to further brand myself, show myself to the public as a coach and not just a fighter, and to get people familiar with the name Empowered.  But I do make cash, it's not much but it pays for my training and my food. 

I try to eat as cheaply as possible without negotiating or jeopardizing the nutrition and macros I need to fuel my training and keep me running at tip top shape.  My rule of thumb when I'm eating out alone is to not eat anything that costs more than 150Php, that's about $4.05Cdn.  Eating out at SaladStop, where the average salad is about 400Php, is quite the luxury so unless I'm being treated to it I don't eat there.  I can pretty much eat at any street vendor and the street vendors here are quite legit with the food they offer but I'm not so familiar with the local dishes of the Philippines so I tend to stick to actual restaurants.  Mang Inasal and Subway have become my go-to places with Picnic being my former go-to place.  I stopped going to Picnic ever since I saw how the miserable owner treats her workers and watches them like a hawk.  She creates a hostile environment every time she's there and us customers definitely pick up on it.  Alek Cafe is another cheap but good place to eat as is Pantree, a place that's more like a cafeteria with a selection of restaurants inside its walls. 

I haven't officially started with getting a local food delivery company to plan, cook and delivery my meals but I've signed on with one of them -- the Daily Grub.  My first delivery comes Monday.  They'll be sending me 5 days worth of food -- 3 main dishes and 1 snack dish a day.  I'll be adding to their daily food plan with an added protein shake after training because their calorie count is 1,500 and I need roughly 1,700 for what I'm doing.  

2,000Php for 20 dishes works out to be only 100Php per dish.  Of course the main dishes have more weight than a simple snack dish but for arguement sake and for the sake of justifying the cost, 100Php a dish is super cheap!  Even if you omitted the snacks all together in weighting out the cost, it'd work out to be 133Php a dish for 15 dishs and that's still totally cheap and definitely in line with my thinking regarding not spending more than 150Php per meal.

Of course I don't always eat out for under 150Php but then again I don't always pay for those meals out... wink, wink.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cashing In

 What was left of all the change I brought to the bank today... a handful of Canadian coins that accidently found their way in my containers of pesos and a handful of paper bills my coins got me.
I didn't have boxing today but I got in a very intense upper body workout tonight at the boxing club.
I love, love, LOVE kettlebells and well the condo's gym with it's blah dumbbells just doesn't cut it.
This is what I was greeted with when I arrived home after hitting the weights 
-- a beautiful and ultra delish home cooked meal.

They're Too Sweet... Tuesday, September 19

Found out the hard way that there are no coin counting machines here in the Philippines, not even at the banks.  So, what was suppose to be me simply dropping off 5 months worth of loose change turned into quite a long and tedious task.  But the Philippines are a happy crew of people and when the bank teller told me I had to not only separate it by hand but also put it into baggies and count it, she volunteered to help me and then so did one of the bank's security guards.  So there I stood for the next 40 minutes, separating, counting and bagging two containers packed to the max with pesos.  

1,965 pesos.  That's about $53.10Cdn. 

I would have had more change had I not spent the largest of pesos, the 10 peso coins.   

Shout outs here to Metro Bank.  They won't give me a simple bank account because of my tourist visa but they'll let two of their works spend close to an hour dealing with my coins.

[Add me giggling here.]

The look on the security guard's face when he pulled out the random Canadian toonie from my pile of coins was hilarious.  A toonie looks just like a 10 peso coin and it's pretty much the same size.  When I told him it was worth about 74 pesos he looked so impressed and shocked, as if he had just discovered gold.  Thinking back about the situation, I really should have let him keep every toonie he came across.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Boxing, Business and Balboa

 Work, work, work....
 Everyday I'm pushing away at it.

My life revolves around boxing, business and Balboa. Boxing IS my business and when I'm home slaving away at the planning of it it's nice to know Balboa is here giving me moral support... or at least kisses and cuddles.  Thanks big guy.  Thanks Mr. Button.

A New Week, New Goals... Monday, September 18

I've overworked, overtrained, underpaid, and underfed.

I'm an entrepreneur and a professional athlete, two professions that don't get anything until they make something.  I can't tell you how raw of a truthful statement that is... wow.

I'm make little money here -- I coach boot camps -- and that basically pays for my training and food.

My food costs more than my training though, an odd reality of being a boxer in the Philippines where everyone and the kid next door seems to want to be the next Pacquiao so boxers and boxing clubs are plentiful.  Consequently, boxing coaches get paid peanuts and club memberships are low but fitness trainers get paid their weight in gold and a gym membership at a fitness club is pricy in comparison. A fitness instructor's certification seems to hold more weight than the lengthy ring experience resume of a boxer.  It's an insult to the profession.  

...don't even get me started.

Am cutting myself off right here, right now...

So training is cheap [in price] but food tends to be my biggest expense.  What I pay one month in training I shill out for food every couple of weeks.

The irony of being so deligent with planning my business though is that I've been spending so little on food lately and that's solely because I get so wrapped up in my work that I forget to eat.

I resorted to setting my alarm clock to remind myself when to eat.

I'm home for hours on end when I'm working on my business so I have no excuse why not to cook except for the fact I become so consumed and forget all about eating.

I've resorted to getting my food delivered.

I was waiting upon a particular company to get back to me regarding my macro and daily calorie needs but I lost all patience after waiting about a month so I decided to figure it out for myself.  I then contacted a food delivery service company here in Manila that will precook and then deliver a week's worth of food to me.  I haven't yet started but when I do I'm going to give them a fair try, try them for 2 weeks, and then make the call as to whether I want to continue with them or not.  

Food is fuel and at the level I'm burning fuel, I really can't afford to be running on empty.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rolling with the Punches and Going Strong

I've started training part time with Kristian Hernandez of Hernandez Boxing and today I met up 
with him and his little man at The Belle & Dragon for the Canelo v GGG fight.
Unlike the Mayweather and McGregor fight, this was a REAL boxing bout and it was super intense.
Enjoyed yelling and bickering about the fight with this massive table of fun friends.
After spending my morning watching Canelo pound away at GGG with those body shots, I then spent a chunk of my evening taking body shots from Coach Bogs. 
No sooner did I finish sparring but then I rushed home, shower, ate and then rushed out 
the door for another business event, a party by BAMBike.
My team, "The Knockouts", took the big win at a trivia game tonight. Thanks to Bryan​ at Bambike​ for hosting the BamBBQ for World Bamboo Day and bringing us all together! Met some great new people, saw some sweet familiar faces and it was an awesome bonus that my team won at trivia, very cool!

No Rest Day for Me... Sunday, September 17

Legazpi street market
Watch the Canelo v GGG fight
Business prep work (for next week's meetings)
Sparring with Coach Bogs
BAMBike BBQ for World Bamboo Day

A new heightened respect for GGG after I stepped into the ring for seven rounds of sparring with Coach Bogs.  I'm not a fan of GGG, I like Canelo, but man did he ever take some brutal body shots.  I don't think the average person knows just how hard body punches hurt and the impact they have on you, wow.  It's not really about the pain of the blow, it's more so a chemical thing that happens.  A mean body shot to the liver will send you down to the mat in a matter of seconds and there's nothing you can really do about it.  
1... 2... boxer down!

Seven rounds of sparring and two body shots in particular that I'm going to feel until tomorrow. One that sent me to the mat and then one a couple of rounds later, on the opposite side, just to even things out... as in even the pain... ouch.  That second body shot that really got me hit me hard and hit me high.  Right on the ribs, wow.

I rather take a hook over a clean body shot any day.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Fabulously Fierce Females

Setting up my gear for today's Empowered boot camp -- 1lb hand weights and an agility ladder.
 It's almost scary just how focused and hardworking these ladies are at training.
 They both pack a mean punch so I'm glad and grateful they're in my corner!

Suns Out, Guns Out... Saturday, September 16

A big perk for me with coaching the Empowered boot camps is I get to test drive some ideas, try out new exercises, and play around with creating a kind of boot camp template for me to continually tweek.   In Round One of my boot camps I realized quickly that the ladies really liked the boxing session I coached them through in the second week of the four week camp.  

TWEEK:  Make every second week a boxing boot camp.

This week it was a spin-off of traditional boxing; I've called BoxHIIT.  Because the boot camps are hosted outside at Ayala Triangle, I'm not able to incorporate heavy bags into the workout.  And though yes, perhaps they could hit the tree if they really wanted to, the gloves and all the equipment used in the workout are mine.  I pack it in my bag and carry it to Ayala.  The equipment is mine and I use it also for my own personal training so I can't afford to have them damaged, for various reasons. Damaged gloves could possibly cause me to injure my own hands, a risk I really can't physically and financially afford.  

I've created two boxing workout types: BoxHIIT and Boxercise.

Wk1   Fullbody Boot Camp
Wk2   BoxHIIT
Wk3   Fullbody Boot Camp
Wk4   Boxercise

Incorporates boxing punches and combos with HIIT (high intensity interval training) but what adds extra intensity to the workout is the fact that the participants are holding hand weights.

Example:  Round One =  40 seconds of jabs, 20 seconds shadow skipping... x3 (= 3 minute round)

Participants are paired up in partners.  One partner wears gloves, the other wears mitts.  The coach calls out the punches and those with the gloves on have to respond with hitting the mitts.  You can either play around with counting down the punches, calling out simple combos, and incorporating defensive moves like weaving and slipping.  After X number of rounds, the participants switch roles. If I had enough gloves, I'd put everyone in gloves and have them simply use the paw of the glove as a mitt. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Going Strong to the End of the Week

A Friday late morning at the boxing club, at Elite Boxing, with the round bell going, the heat high 
and the fans barely giving us any real relief.  Training in the Philippines, the struggle is real.
Caught in a moment here, studying my friend's padwork while I took a breather 
and then started my padwork with Coach Bogs.
Sitting in my own pool of sweat, exhausted from the heat and the training but training isn't quite done yet and I'm still smiling. There's nothing quite like boxing to me.

Showed up for boxing around 11am and left shortly after 1:30pm.

Skipped Out so I Lost Out... Friday, September 15

I did the mistake of going to boxing late, that was my first mistake.
I did the mistake of not taking a nap after training, that was my second mistake.

The consequences of those two mistakes -- training in the dead heat of noon and then not giving my body time to rest and recuperate -- meant I was in zombie mode by 7pm came around.

Rest is just as important to the body as food and training are.  That's the truth.

I have a lot on my plate right now.  My meetings yesterday raised a lot of food for thought and now I'm redoing my pitch deck and having to type up a partner agreement contract for a possible partner I sat down with and may be taking on.  I need to be more specific with my business objectives and I need to put into print the division of responsibilities and duties.  It means a lot more brain picking and a lot more office work. 

I had designated tonight as being my office time but with me crashing into zombie mode, I could barely decide on what to eat let alone try to figure out any legalities and spit them out onto the computer screen.

Note to self, naps aren't just for kids.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Nonstop Kind of Day

Three different coffees in three different cafes, business meetings back-to-back, and working on work in between meetings.  Today I was definitely all entrepreneur.
 Checked out the construction and building of The Refined.  I know Skittles is going nonstop with this new business and so are his construction workers too apparently.  I walked in and some of them were napping.  They've been working hard, doing a fantastic job, and they even work late into the night, sleep there, and then wake up the next day to continue.  That's hardcore!
After my business meetings out in BGC, I headed back to Makati but only had a temporary break
before I was up and out of the house again.  This time it was to take Balboa to the vet.
He wasn't impressed but he was a very good boy for the doctors there... thanks Balboa.
Random CD given.  It's a copy of the x-ray they did on him tonight.  
Not too sure what I'm going to do with it but thanks. 
It had been a long day and then it turned into a long night.  Finally it was time to go home. 

It's All My Fault... Thursday, September 14

It's official and now the jokes have started.

Balboa wasn't sick, he was injured, and I was totally at fault for his injury.

You see, Balboa is like my little shadow.  I can't go any where in the condo without that little boy either by my side or watching me and the same holds true for when I sleep.  He usually starts off sleeping by my side with me all curled up around him but then he makes his way down by my knees.  I end up getting a bit claustrophobic with him pinning the blanket down and restricting my legs from moving so I often move him back up to by my chest.  

On Monday, I must have not have moved him.  I squished him instead. 

Balboa experienced near death experiences on a daily living back in Korea with 120lb Pyen Chi pouncing on him and often rolling over him in bed.  But now he doesn't have Pyen Chi by his side, he has me, and though I'm only a couple of pounds bigger than Pyen Chi and have two less legs, it was me who hurt him. 

Hearing the vet tell me "you squished the patient" sounded funny but it was as amusing at it was heartbreaking because I love that little guy and I know he's been in such pain the past couple of days.

Damn... I'm sorry Balboa. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

For the Love of a Little Beautiful Boy

This little boy right here is my faithful little companion, my heart on four legs, 
my favourite piece of Korea... and he's feeling under the weather today.

I don't care if people say "but he's just a dog", say that to any dog owner who loves their dog.  A dog isn't just a dog and today my little guy needed some extra TLC to help him speed up his healing.

Okay, so maybe I spoiled him a bit today.  He likes sleeping on the bed, especially on my pillows, so I brought the laptop in the bedroom so that I could work and he could continue to rest and relax. 
...I may have shared a special dish of food made specifically for him too.

In all fairness though, this was the first time he's been sick so I let him milk the sick card today.

Poor Little Balboa... Wednesday, September 13

Houston, we have a problem.

I think I may have squished Balboa while sleeping... I'm not serious.

I woke up yesterday and he wasn't up to his stalkerish-self.  He never bounced out of bed after me, never slipped into the bathroom behind me when I went to brush my teeth, and he didn't even want to go for a walk.  He was a stiff-looking old man of a dog the entire day.  I thought maybe he had eaten something weird, like perhaps that sample package of food he had yesterday didn't sit well with his tummy, so I thought I'd give him some time to lay low and sleep it off.

Then today started and he really was no different than yesterday.

I spent the entire day rushing back home from training and coaching to check up on him.

Am convinced that it should be illegal to Google conditions online, seriously.  Whenever I Google something for myself or a friend, it always comes up cancer, but when I Googled something for Balboa, "seek immediate medical attention" kept on coming up.

I don't want to be one of those mothers who jumps to conclusions and rushes their child to the doctor at every sneeze, cough or tear.  And yeah so Balboa isn't exactly a typical child, he's got four legs and licks his own butt, I get it, but he's my child.  I also don't want to be one of those delinquent parents who sees the signs, ignores them, and then ends up dealing with bigger issues that could have been prevented, stopped or treated.

There's a fine line and I think I'm sitting on it right now.

I don't spoil Balboa with treats, he's given plenty of affection, and he knows the rules of the house.

No barking.
No peeing in the house.
No begging for food.
No eating any of the laundry.
No jumping onto the kitchen chairs.
At bedtime he's not allowed to rome in the rest of the condo.

He is loved.

He is so very loved and to see him in pain is heartbreaking but I've been told to hold off on taking him in.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One Super Rainy Day

It was raining out today and Balboa isn't a fan of the rain.  
His inner diva comes out sometimes during it but I couldn't help but giggle at his reaction to it.
Finally a good picture of him.  
I should note that after taking this picture he shook his feet, slashing the rain totally in my direction.
Was invited to Hernandez Boxing by Coach Hernandez for some pad work technical training. 
Found a new diner that serves up exactly what I need as an athlete and at a cost that fits my budget.
Found a massage place too.  Okay, so it's a bit ghetto.  It's the display in a local mall that has all these massage chairs sitting out but hey, it's free, and free fits my budget to a T.

Training at Hernandez... Tuesday, September 12

Parts of the Philippines were flooded today as the rain came down and just continued to beat down on the country all day.  Consequently, many local businesses were closed for the day and Makati felt somewhat like a ghost town.  Balboa wasn't impressed walking in the rain nor was I very interested in walking in it as I headed out to boxing.

I've been invited by Coach Kristian of Hernandez Boxing here in Makati to train with him at his club so today I headed out for training.  I've trained with him before but we're going to make this a more routine, on-going thing.  He's super technical with how he goes about training, teaching "the sweet science of boxing", and I noted he kept on writing things down in a little notebook.  Training with him is very different than training with Coach Bogs and I think getting a mix of the two will really help my game plus on days I don't train with either, I can hit the boxing club and work on pointers picked up at training.

Hernandez Boxing is a fair sized club but it's tucked away on the fifth floor of City Club, a members only private training facility that consists of a few floors of everything and anything under the sun you could possibly need to get in a solid workout.  From it's Olympic sized pool, basketball court, volleyball court, to its state of the art fitness gym, it's a very modern and very equipped training facility.  It's never busy though and I've been told that's the lure of this place for its members.  Members love the exclusivity of it.  Coach Kristian told me about how the other week when he was in Canada Manny Pacquiao was there training at the gym when he noticed there was a boxing club.  Coach Kristian wasn't able to meet Manny because he was out of the country but stated Manny will be back. 

Ohhhhhh to meet Pacquiao!!!  I'd probably say something silly if I met him, like tell him I named one of my dogs after him, and he'd laugh.  He's such an icon, not only in the boxing world but here in the country, and I'd love to watch him train, see what he does as a typical workout, and see first hand the champ in action. 

I'm really not into celebrities but if there were any famous person I'd love to meet it'd be Pacquiao.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jumping Right into the New Work Week

Pulled out this picture today when I told the boys at the boxing club that I got dolled up for a wedding this past weekend and they giggled. One in particular had his doubts and said I "probably looked like a boy in a dress". "BAM", I said, "check me out... there's a whole lotta woman in that dress!!!... You wouldn't even know what to do with all this woman!"
Jumped into the ring for 6 rounds of sparring with Coach Bogs. Talk about starting the new work week off with a bang... literally, to the head, to the body, and every where in between.
Just because I train a lot doesn't mean it isn't hard... or painful. Ab work with Coach Bogs after six rounds of sparring and also padwork, intense. That first punch to my core hit the bottom of my rib cage and was very painful but he kept going. Push yourself to challenge yourself. Challenge yourself to change yourself.

Boxing in the morning and then back to the boxing club in the evening for functional weight training, upper body where I was joined by one of my gal pals. Cheers to the girls working on their bodies. That stuff is hard and I'm proud of you.  Proud of my friend, she trains hard.

In Athlete Mode Today... Monday, September 11

Construction started at the location of Skittles' next new business and I couldn't be prouder.  I'm super proud of him and have nothing but positive things to say about what he's doing and how he's absolutely killing it but it's hard not to relate it back to my own business and the frustrations I'm having with it going at "Island time" speed here.  

I'm juggling being an entrepreneur with being a pro athlete.  The struggle is real.

People who continually ask me when my business is going to open obviously have never started up their own business nor have they done it in the Philippines.  The speed at which things progress here is much slower than I'm use to, after all I am use to Korea's "bully-bully" ["fast-fast"] speed of life.  And then there's all the red tape and connecting factors and people that are included -- all the "background noise", as I call it.  

And then there are those asking me when I'm going to fight next, as if picking up a fight were that easy.

I'm juggling two jobs that are most definitely 24/7 jobs that pay little, require a lot and require more effort, time and money that most have no understanding of.  They're both two jobs that really don't pay anything until you make it big or make something.  

Today I was more of an athlete than an entrepreneur.  I had boxing in the morning that lasted almost a solid three hours because it consisted of my usual lengthy boxing workout plus six rounds of sparring at 3 minutes a round and then some extra ab work.  I came home exhausted and dripping in sweat.  I then returned later in the evening for functional weight training -- upper body.  I love the energy of the boxing club, the familiarity with all the faces and with being surrounded by others also working hard so I've started to do my weight training there in addition to my boxing.  Plus they have kettlebells, something my condo gym lacks, and I'm a big kettlebell junkie so it seemed like a no brainer.  Usually it'd cost me a session fee to train at my club, regardless of if it was for boxing or weights, but this month I splurged and used a chunk of my bootcamp money to pay for an unlimited month membership at Elite Boxing Club.  It means I can come and go as I please and don't have to count down the sessions till I have to pay again.  Now I have one full month to absolutely milk that unlimited month membership so tonight that's exactly what I did.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I'm Bananas Over Bananas and Balboa

Finally got to schedule some down time to enjoy with Mr. Balboa Button, my little heart on four legs. 

Bananas bought at the market turned out to be a first of their kind for me -- twins!!!  
My favourite breakfast meal is pancakes and today I was treated to some ultra delish, super healthy pancakes.  Homemade pancakes mixed with protein powder so you know they packed a mean punch of protein, topped with those twin bananas, dried cranberries, a couple of dashes of cinnamon, and then sugar free syrup on the side for light dipping.

Stopping to Breath... Sunday, September 10

It's been go, go, go for the past week with four days in a row keeping me out till after midnight.  The past couple of nights I've only had 4 hours of sleep each night and I knew full well it'd catch up with me.  No amount of strong caffienated coffee was going to save me.

Took today off everything and everyone... except Balboa that is.

No church for me today.
No market for me today.
No sparring for me today.

I was relieved when I found out that the next big fight I'm scheduled to watch wasn't today and is in fact next Sunday.  That was one less thing I had to cancel for the day.

I slept in till about 1pm, the latest I've slept in since only God knows when, and then I woke up to homemade pancakes and little Balboa luring me to the couch so he could lay on me while I lounged away.  Today I wasn't 100% in lazy mode, I did get out to Cash & Carry, dealt with some business messages and then I headed out to a favourite little restaurant for a cozy little dinner date.  

I have big expectations for this upcoming week; I'm hoping to have at least 3 of the 5 big business meetings I need to lock down.  This past week was pretty eventful too so I didn't feel bad soaking up some down time.  

Saturday, September 09, 2017

A Cinderella Wedding

Today was the day of the much anticipated wedding for my friend Joanna so I arrived at the church.
 I arrived with two dates actually.
Snuck some pictures during the ceremony.

My date wore Prada, nice... Prada and French cuffs with skull cufflings.  They were pretty sick.
I on the other hand wore the only real dress I had brought with me to the Philippines -- my dress from New Years Eve.  I paired it with some new shoes, some new jewelry and curled pink hair.

The dresses the bridal party and all the guests wore were so elaborate and stunning.  I've never seen a better looking crowd.And at the cocktail lounge, before we went into the reception hall, I've never seen quite the appetiser table like that.  It was 30 feet in length and piles with food galore!!!
 I ran into these three gorgeous gals there too.  The two little ones were the flower girls and I coach their mom.  They all power women though.  Love, love, LOVE them!
These two little ones were the among the first I told I was going to start up my next business here.  I told them before I even told friends and family back in Canada actually.
Ran into some of my Empowered Sisters that I train so of course we had to do a fierce female pic!
The wedding, awesome... the company, fabulous.
The bride, g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!!  Honestly, she was absolutely the prettiest bride I've ever seen.
And the wedding reception, stunning.  The reception hall was literally decorated from floor to ceiling with an overdose of white and it was just flat out breathtakingly gorgeous. It was definitely a fairytale wedding.