Ria’s Expressive Reading Competition

A couple of months ago I have blogged about Ria joining a regional Expressive reading competition. If you know our Ria, you would know how shy and soft spoken she is. She talks a lot with us and with her closest friends, but it’s almost impossible for her to be standing onstage with a huge crowd listening to her.

I told her that she does not have to say yes to her teacher just because she is obliged. She had to decide on her own and with that, she needed to get rid of her stage fright and shyness. Well, she insisted that she could do it and she will try her best. We were delighted with her decision but the honest truth is that I guess I was more nervous than her when she was finally standing infront of the crowd last Tuesday.

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Results would be out tomorrow and I am so nervous right now!  But of course, we told her that whether she wins or losses, the fact that she did her best, she had fun in front and she had a wonderful experience was more than enough reason to celebrate.

Ria, to us, you are already a winner!  Good job there, girl!

Missing the City Life

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!

How to Prepare your Pool for a Storm

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 http://wwww.alliancepoolstores.com.au/ 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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