Sofie Sunday: Swimming @ Cecile’s ~ Splash, Splash, Splash!

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Last Saturday, February 16, my family and I went swimming at Cecile’s Pool here in Las Pinas!

Who says weekends are for lying around and being lazy when you can be active and have fun? A fun weekend and homeschooling activity, swimming is one of the best activities to try, especially since it will soon be summer! Cecile’s is a good place to start practicing your swimming skills, which is why my family chose to go there.

                              

The entrance was welcoming. There were two benches in a corner and the staff member was at the entrance. There was also a funny-looking statue that looked like a tiger-like monster roaring! Just beside the entrance gate there is a banner with the rules printed boldly on it. You cannot dive, do front or back flips, eat or drink in the pools, and more. Better safe than sorry!

After #Momsweettezil talked with the worker (lady in red), each of us got a stamp on our arms that said ‘Cecile’s’, and we got them so we could enter. Then we entered the gate, walked up the oak-colored stairs, and the fresh breeze, morning sun, and blueness of the pools welcomed us.

                    

 

We followed #Momsweettezil where she led us to the table she rented (you can rent tables and bahay kubos at Cecile’s) and put our things down. It was starting to get sunny so we needed to start swimming. We put on our swim suits, grabbed our kick board and pool noodle, and started swimming at the cool pools!

There are four pools: one 4ft, one 5ft, one that is very shallow and best for very young children, and then another with a slide and a bit bigger. The slide is not very high, and the feeling of whooshing down the slide and splashing into the water felt great! You just have to hold your breath and be careful on the slide— then all will be fine! There is also a medium-sized sprinkler where you can play with the water gaily.

 

 

In one part of the pool area, there are some small lockers where you can store your valuables (phone, wallet, jewelry, etc.) while you are swimming. However, you need to keep the key to unlock the locker, so wherever you place it, make sure no one can see it easily.

So there you have it! My family’s fun and fresh experience at Cecile’s! You may come there for a fun activity especially this coming summer. Have a happy Sunday, everyone!

 

 

Momsweettezil’s Postscript:

Finally, we were able to push through with our plans to try swimming in Cecile’s.

We had been attempting to squeeze in a day to hang out there ever since December. Our swim coach have been urging us to spend more time in the pool (aside from our weekly sessions) so we can put into practice what we have learned and well, so that Shawn and I can consistently gain confidence in water (Yes, I have aquaphobia!).

Unfortunately, December through January, each of us would have our bouts of sickness and/or the weather was not good. We took the opportunity last Saturday, when our swimming lessons were cancelled due to Elizabeth Seton School Fair.

So, how was our Cecile’s swimming experience?

What I like:

  •  Very convenient to us since it was near our location.
  • Affordable rates, will give it 4 stars.

What I don’t like: 

  • Crowded on weekends.
  • No shaded pool area, will give it 2 stars.
  • I do find the adult pool too deep (shallowest part is 5 feet, around my neck level), and this is really a personal bias. I was looking for depth that starts at about my chest level so I don’t get too overwhelmed.

 

Neutral:

  • Three pools were catered to kids (Good for Shawn, just perfect depth for him to practice without getting scared).
  • Staff Hospitality and Resort’s Cleanliness, I will give it 3 stars.

 

When I inquired via phone, I asked if there are lifeguards on duty. When we were there, I assumed they were the men in green shirts. Some were sitting by the corner, watching the people in the pool. Occasionally, they roam around. I saw one of them asking for the companion of one kid (kids need to be supervised).

Overall, it was a fine place to spend with the family. Though next time, if ever we do come back, I will prefer to have it on a weekday.

 

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