Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3 Years

This blog is now 3 years old. Would you believe that? I can't. I posted my first entry on March 19, 2006. That means that I missed my blog bday by 5 days! No cakes, no fireworkds, and no drinking spree my friends.

By some standards, three years of blogging is like a fifteen years in the trade. There were not too many bloggers then. I am not necessarily one of the pioneers. There were guys like Abaniko and Rudy who were there first in the online blogging world. I don't know what happened to both. Abaniko's last post is dated December 2008. Rudy's domain expired three weeks ago.

Blogging events are rare then and mostly attended by small groups. Most of the blogs I read are from anonymous bloggers, or those with online aliases. Only a few were monetizing their sites, and what we read were mostly personal experiences, and thoughts on certain events or happenings.

3 years is long enough for this blogspot site. I have my own domains now. You can find me there.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Daylight Saving Time (DST) 2009

Most parts of the United States and a few other countries will have to move their clocks an hour earlier because Daylight Saving Time (DST) will start today, March 8, 2009.

DST is getting more light out of the day, especially during summer or spring. Clocks are set one hour ahead during the spring, and one hour back to standard time in the autumn. Though DST is often controversial, its general purpose is to save energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours. It also means that you have to wake up earlier, work earlier and sleep earlier. What an adjustment! Others say that DST is for health issues. It is part of healthy living to wake up early and sleep early.

Many countries observe DST, and many do not. The Philippines is not one of them this time. Check this link for the list of countries observing DST in 2009.

The Philippines introduced Daylight Saving Time between the years 1986 and 1998 to conserve energy. I remembered the early weeks of implementation. I was too lazy to rise up early and my parents had to drag me out from bed. First day I was late at school. The second, I was late again. I really did not understand DST then. When it ended, I was already an early riser. Of course, old habits die hard.

But honestly, I don’t really want the clock to be adjusted earlier than usual.