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Keeping the family safe

A couple of days ago our family went to the nearest mall to cool down. Summer is at it’s peak and it gets so hot in the house even with all of our windows open. Electricity is super expensive and as much as we want to turn on the fan in full blast, it’s just too wasteful in my opinion. So we went to the mall to have Una’s photo taken because she needs ID pictures for her enrollment and then we ate lunch. After lunch, we usually hang out in the used book section in the mall, it’s just a few shelves located in one of the mall’s alley.

While Una and I were reading a book hubby told us that there were armed men surrounding the money changer, just a few meters away from where we are reading. I immediately hauled Una and went through the arcade so we can cross to the other alley and avoid being trapped in the commotion. From that alley, we can still see what is happening in the money changer. There are SWATS surrounding the place, the people are panicking and Una is starting to feel the tension based on the people’s reaction. I don’t know who the heck said it but someone said they heard a gun shot so we immediately went into a store and asked the ladies if we can hide behind their counters. They had no idea of what was going on and when they saw their neighboring shops closing their steel gates, they closed their gates too. While we were hiding under the desk, Una started whimpering, saying that she’s scared and wants to go home and see her Mama (Lola or grandmother). Hubby called the house to let them know what was going on and that we are safe and we will try to get out of if we can. After a while, we saw a lot of people heading to the direction of the exit. Thinking that it’s safe enough, we opened the store’s steel gate and we ran to the nearest exit.

We were safe, finally but we’re still trapped in the mall premises. We saw that there’s a congested traffic in the main route going out of the mall. While we were hiding I told her that it was just a drill, a pretend thing that we do so that we’ll be prepared if something bad happens. I don’t think she understood what was going on. We saw a lot of kids bigger than her that were crying on the floor because they were so scared. I tried to distract Una and let her play in my mobile phone but her hands were still shaking. We had to leave the car in the parking lot and brought Una home. Just to assure that everything is okay and that we’re safe.

When she saw her Mama, she finally cried. Mama assured her that everything as fine and that it was just drill. After a while she calmed down and asked if she can watch the TV.

The whole was exhausting but that didn’t end there. We know someone who are still trapped inside the mall because they were no longer letting people out. I browse the news feed and saw this Twitter update from a radio news station.

After 30 minutes, I saw another update from the reporter:

Are you kidding me?

I’m so grateful that we are safe and that there were never really an armed robbery in the mall. But the trauma that it caused my daughter witnessing that? Unbelievable. The police went to the wrong branch of Western Union. What a careless mistake is that?

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Allergy and flu season

As much as I love the weather (cool and a bit windy), it’s usually the time that I get sick. Allergy and flu season suck!

I’ve been having allergic reaction with nature for the past three weeks and just this weekend, daughter caught a flu. She’s been sick since Friday night; colds, cough and high fever. She’s usually an active child even when she’s sick and during those times, it only takes her 2-3 days to fight it, with just the help of paracetamol.

kids flu

This time she’s clingy, can’t get a decent sleep and is always crying. We brought her to her paediatrician and she prescribed her with two antibiotics for her flu and an herbal tablet to help with her nasal congestion. I love the herbal tablet, I gave her one as soon as we left the hospital and she’s been sleeping straight since then. She still have a lot of mucus when she sneezes but she can now breath through her nose. As much as I’d rather stick with herbal medicine, I know that we really need the help of antibiotics to get rid of her flu.

I’m just so glad that I can talk to my 5 year old daughter and make her understand that she needs to take her medicines. This is the first time she took antibiotics and it’s so bitter! *insert gagging noise here* I know because I taste everything I give my daughter. and that includes medicine. Una is such a trooper. She’s been taking her medication for 3 days now and no fever since yesterday. Yay!

Now it’s all about giving her lots of soup and fruits to get her energy back so she can attend the last two weeks of her nursery school.

I hope everything is well, health-wise or otherwise with your family. :)

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5 Ways to Increase Pool Safety

Pools are important in Australia, with the incredible heat and outdoor lifestyle it’s critical to have something fun and refreshing to do. Pools are pretty much the best way to do that. However the mixture of kids playing, potential drowning and a slick moist surface makes them one of the more dangerous things in day to day life. Here are some easy ways to make the pool area a little safer and maybe cut down on the injuries.

swimming pool safety

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Abrasive or Clingy Surfaces

Most of the injuries you sustain in the pool, other than drowning of course, is slipping and banging your head on the ground. People are always going to run in a pool area, it’s a high energy environment and with wet surfaces it’s very easy to slip and fall. To that end it’s a good idea to have the area around the pool made out of something that keeps as much of its grip as possible when wet.

Learn CPR

This is a big one, everyone should do it whether they have a pool or not but it’s much more important when you do. Take a simple two or three hour class, stick an instructional poster up on the fence and practice on a dummy now and again. It might just hold off death long enough for an ambulance to arrive.

Keep the Area Around the Pool Clear

There are enough hazards just running around on the pool, decreasing the number of other problems you will have to deal with is a good idea. So clear away any jutting rocks, low hanging branches or anything that will cause dirt to fall onto the ground. In a risky environment, the fewer extra hazards the better.

Build a Fence

One of the most important things is making sure no one without permission enters the pool. A good sized fence keeps kids out at night and sends a general message that if you aren’t the owner you have no right being there. Not to mention the fact that it saves any pets from an impromptu bath. You can get fences in a range of styles, from the classic bars to a Clearly Glass transparent glass barrier.

Teach Pool Safety

This one is the most basic but also the most important. You need to teach everyone who’s going to be around your pool the basics of dealing with it. Why it’s important to go in the shallow end, why you don’t run, what kind of dives you can do without hurting yourself. All of these things are need to know. You can only protect people so far, the rest is teaching them to protect themselves.

No matter how much fun you’re having at the end of the day safety has to come first. You have to be able to take care of both yourself and your guests. Follow these little safety procedures and you can have fun without worrying about anything.

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