Thursday, March 11, 2010

DST Thingy and Just my Two Cents

I saw these papers posted anywhere in the hotel, from the clock-in/out machine, and info boards in every department. I found extra copies on the photo copier in the front desk so I took photo of them ( I am like a "trying-hard" photographer.)

I have two issues here, err.. two things to share. First the DST or the Day Light Saving Time, next, is my point of view about something.

Firstly, DST or Daylight Saving Time according to Wikipedia, is the practice of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. That's the instruction right there in the paper. It is not new to us because our country have done this before, if my mind serves me right, three times already. At this time, Philippines has 16-hour difference to Nevada (Pacific Standard Time) and starting March 14, it would become 15-hour difference.

I don’t know why we have to do this. Other States like Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe this DST thing. Whatever.

Secondly, is the translation from English to Spanish or Mexican Language. Have you heard this “saying”, “Where there are Jobs, there are Filipinos”? This is also true to Mexicans here in  Nevada, perhaps same with other states too. They are everywhere. The problem is, most of them are not interested to learn English. It is because they don’t learn it from school and the more that they don’t learn it from home unlike us Filipinos. personally, I harldy understand them. You speak English to them but they will answer you in Spanish.  

Americans are considerate enough that  they  translate every form of informations or instructions or any reading materials to Spanish. In this case, most of Mexican people or Hispanic people don’t want to learn English anymore because they are spoon fed. Imagine, even the State of the Union or Nation Address of the President had been translated for their consumption. What happened here now is that a lot of Americans (including my hubby) are trying to learn Mexican so that they can communicate with them very well. I am studying it too. Hmmm. Lucky them.. I am not against them personally because they are good and hardworking people too like us but the issue is, when you apply for a job like in a bank or in a Medical office, or any establishment, although they can’t single out that they required Bi-lingual (English-Spanish) because they might be charged for discrimination, they will ask you how good you are in Spanish, anyway. They will say ''prefer" not "required" to play it safe.

And lately, according to the demographic survey, there is a high percentage of the number of children and child-bearing age of Hispanic people compared to White people. That is alarming. In the near future, USA might become... you know what I meant. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk!

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