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Fri. May 14th, 2021

Positive Philippine Pool Performance. If you have a swimming pool in the Philippines like we do, you need to be prepared to do some daily and weekly maintenance. Since my loving asawa deemed it necessary for me to have a regular exercise program, she designated me our “Pool Boy.” I like to call myself the Sexy Pool Boy,” a term which drives my spouse into uncontrollable fits of laughter.

Comfort Levels

First if all, though I am in charge of our swimming pool’s maintenance, I’ve can’t even swim. Furthermore, I can’t even float.

As a result, when I reach the deepest level of our swimming hole, approximate 5’6″, I cling to the side wall of the pool. While I am six feet all, the extreme level makes me exceedingly cautious.

Consequently, I’m more comfortable in the “kiddie pool” level of three feet. While there’s a mid-range level of four feet, I still feel safer in the “kiddie pool” section.

Positive Philippine Pool Performance

Maybe it’s just been plain dumb luck or trail and error, but I’ve finally attained “break point” for our pool.

According to poolcenter.com, the definition of breakpoint chlorination is the point at which the disinfection demand has been met.

All undesirable contaminants in the pool have been oxidized.

Think of as a tipping point, at which oxidation is complete, and further additions of shock chlorine or other oxidizer are unnecessary and unfruitful.

Running the pool filter pump for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening is also crucial.

I’m riding the gravy train with biscuits now! It’s taken me over two years to reach the breaking point on a consistent basis.

Seems like a good time to release these latest pictures of our swimming pool in the Philippines that I took the other day.

I Add Chemicals Every Third Day

The water is crystal clear. I’ve discovered that adding too much chlorine was actually causing the water to become cloudy before. To lower the pH levels, I use the most common liquid acid, muriatic acid.  pH is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the water.

Even more convenient for me is that I no longer  use a pool testing kit to check the chlorine and pH levels. While I’m certainly not a trained pool technician, I can usually tell how good the water quality is by visually checking it. Further proof that even a trained monkey could substitute for my “sexy pool boy” duties.

Trained monkey photo credit: The UK Mirror



I’ll close with a shot of the awesome view we get from our pool. Building a pool in the States wouldn’t have been a financial option for us. That said, in the Philippines you can  achieve the “American Dream.” I’m living proof of that.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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