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It was not until we set foot on Cagayan de Oro City a few days ago that we realized how much we miss living in a city. This may sound silly, but we miss the traffic, the crowded streets and yes, the malls! We miss watching movies in the cinema, too.. it was something we would have wanted to do but we just did not have enough time. We were not able to check out the toy section at the mall, too. Roi would have wanted to take a look at robots for sale.

But of course we still love our life in this small city and it's so good to be back! We don't get to enjoy going around malls or eating at fancy restaurants but Bukidnon is our haven for now and no, I am not sour graping when I say that I am actually loving it here!


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With the current state of unpredictable weather, it is vital to be prepared for any storm that might hit at any time. Excessive rain, damaging winds and even lightning can dump pollutants, debris and dirt into your pool. There are several steps you can take to ensure your pool is kept as secure as possible during a wild storm. News reports often show flying debris during the height of storms. This debris acts as dangerous airborne missiles which can do enormous damage to swimming pools, buildings and people.

Still Pool in the Storm

Turn off the pump

Turn off the power to the pool pump, motor and chlorinator. If flooding is imminent, you may need to remove the motor to a safe dry height, away from flood water. If unable to remove the motor, tape it securely in heavy duty plastic. You could also close the skimmer valve which will prevent destruction of the pump.

Trim green growth

Throughout the year, you should carry out regular maintenance of any tree or shrub growth near the pool area. If you know a storm is coming, remove any dead branches and trim long branches back to prevent them snapping off during extreme weather.

Secure loose objects

Remove any pool scoops, brushes and pool cleaners such as creepy crawlies and take them indoors. This will stop them becoming damaged or becoming missiles. Also secure any pool lounges or tables in the close vicinity of the pool. In the event of damaging winds, they could end up submerged in the swimming pool.

Never drain your pool

In the event of torrential rain, pools properly fitted with the correct overflow device will not overflow and cause flooding. Any excess water will simply drain away through the overflow outlet. Keeping water in your pool will actually protect the pool’s finish from flying debris. Totally emptying your pool can cause the hydrostatic pressure to build up, and may cause the pool to slightly pop out of the ground.


Make sure to check your insurance policy to ensure your swimming pool is covered. It would be very unpleasant to have the nasty surprise of no insurance, when you thought you were adequately covered.

Storms can cause irreparable damage to swimming pools and spas. That’s why it is crucial that steps be undertaken to storm proof your pool as much as possible. Once the storm has passed, you will need to clean out any debris and check the water pH. You may also need to use superchlorinate to get your pool water back in order. Make sure no one swims in the pool until the chemical level as been checked by a company that specialises in pool supplies. For expert advice look at where you will find everything necessary to get your pool up and running to a swimmable level again. Unforeseen damage to a pool can be a very stressful and emotional time, but if you take the right steps, damage can be kept to a minimum.

Kim Blair
Content Writer SF


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Is your New Year’s resolution to get fitter, faster and stronger? Are you the type of person who loves to set yourself new challenges and to push your own limits? If so, you’re going to need some help. The world’s best athletes don’t just have the best coaches; they use the right kind of gear in their training sessions and competition. Here are five must have accessories for you to incorporate into your training regime to take your performance to the next level.

Compression gear

You’ve no doubt seen the skin tight suits worn by the big names in sports. So what are the benefits of compression garments? In a nutshell, they can improve your recovery and performance and reduce your risk of injury.

Muscle compression increases blood flow and oxygen availability, improves circulation and reduces lactic acid production. It also provides greater stability to muscles by reducing their vibration, which in turn, forces them to work more efficiently. This can also help to prevent stress injuries.

Compression garments also increase proprioception. The word ‘proprioception’ means “sense of self”. Proprioceptors are sensors in the limbs that provide information about the angle of joints and length and tension of muscles. This increases an athlete’s awareness of their legs and arms in space, which can help them to better gauge their limits and avoid over-extending and over-training.

So what does all of this mean for you? You can enhance your performance due to greater strength, better coordination and increased endurance. As a competitor, this can help you achieve faster times or more skilful play. Check out for a comprehensive range of compression gear to suit your needs.

Heart rate monitor

Training better is all about training smarter. As with compression garments, heart rate monitors are based on years of research in sports science. A good quality monitor (eg. Polar), actually listens to your body and helps you to train at the right intensity, depending on your training schedule. It will tell you when to push harder or when to back off if you’re doing a recovery session. Monitors are also invaluable for helping you during interval training. There’s an old saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Monitors help you track and adjust your training in line with your training schedule and therefore, measure your progress. They also help you to better gauge your physical limits in order to avoid over-extending and over-training.


Finding and using the right shoes for your sport and getting the perfect fit for your feet, are an absolute must. Consult a sport shoes specialist who can accurately measure your feet, gauge where you apply the most pressure and the level of arch support you need.


If you’re training and/or competing regularly in the sun, sports sunglasses are essential. Similarly, if you are active at night, clear protective wrap-around glasses can safeguard your eyes from insects. Just like your footwear, make sure you get a perfect fit so they enhance rather than detract from your performance.

Hydration bottles

To maximise your performance in training and competition, you need to stay hydrated. Luckily, we’re now spoilt for choice in terms of the materials (eg. BPA plastic, stainless steel) used for sports water bottles and hydration packs. You may need to try a few different brands and types to find the right one for you.