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Top Travel Tips: How To Travel as a Migrant

We all know what has been going on at the US border for the past several weeks or so; from a migrant ‘caravan’ that started in Honduras to the struggles that they had to deal with along the way to the issues and reality they had to face upon reaching the US-Mexican border.

Yet well, the most common reasons why migrants leave their home countries are: 1) To escape persecution or violence, and 2) To have better opportunities. While many who are part of the caravan (or migrant crossers) are asylum seekers and therefore are looking to immigrate, it is actually the lowly contract workers who temporarily leaves their families for overseas work that faces a greater risk of being exploited or discriminated.

With that, let’s go through the basics on how to travel as a migrant.

We’re all travelers in this world, whether to live or work – give everyone the opportunity they seek.
Overseas Workers
  1. Make sure your employment agency is legally recognized. Thus, check out the government offices responsible for the listing of recognized employment agencies.
  2. Do not just pay fees, give away your documents or sign anything if you have not thoroughly verified the agency and the job offer. Make sure you understand ‘everything’ there is.
  3. Secure your passport and other travel documents only from the Department of Foreign Affairs, or government agencies and authorized offices that is responsible for such. Avoid fixers.
  4. Do not bring anything or agree to bring something that you do not really know of or is, otherwise, prohibited.
  5. Try to familiarize yourself with the language and culture of your destination beforehand. Likewise, be sure to know where your country’s consulate office is and make them know you’re there.
  6. Contact whoever you know who lives or works in your country of destination in advance if possible. More than having someone to keep you from being lonely, this would ease your transition to your new environment – from knowing where the market, hospital and everything is to digesting the cost of living.
  7. Live and work in peace. Follow the laws. Respect the culture. Be friendly and build good, healthy relationships.
    Never harass migrants, they have rights; besides, they could be valuable nation-builders, too.
Migrant Caravan
  1. Make sure you brought all your proper identification papers and pertinent documents – and be sure to keep them safe and ready.
  2. Be responsible for the person(s) and things you brought with you, as well as the people you are with (remind them to be respectful).
  3. Do not vandalize, destroy properties, abuse the environment or leave trash on wherever you may transit.
  4. Do not just barge in or illegally enter your country of destination but follow their asylum process and laws.
  5. Be productive and do everything necessary to positively adapt to the place you are in. Be that model citizen.

We are all citizens of this world. Never exploit anyone or anything, but do what it takes to make travel and migration safe and orderly.

2016 Olympic Basketball: Who’d likely Challenge the USA for the Men’s Gold?

At first, we all thought Spain was the second best team and could challenge Team USA for the men’s basketball gold — well, that was before the 2016 Olympics got started. Yup, and this in spite Marc Gasol not making the team. But then, we also wondered what happened to Serge Ibaka?

Still, this seeding was basically because of Spain’s previous showings — that is being second in the last 2 Olympics and all. Yeah, without anyone really considering their ageing roster..

The omen why Spain may not make it
The Omen why Spain may not make it

But now it has shown. More than Jose Calderon not really playing, the team has greatly deteriorated in firepower with Juan Carlos Navarro unable to provide that outside touch and Rudy Fernandez now losing a step or two in his game.

Okay, they still got 3 more games left; but the only team that they’d likely beat in their remaining games is Nigeria. Argentina, Lithuania? That is if those teams get lazy while they get lucky — what with Pau Gasol even missing crucial free throws?!

FRANCE. Uhm, with Tony Parker leading the anchor, seems like the French are in good hands. Problem is — it’s only Parker doing the damage. Boris Diaw can’t just talk about their team ball, it doesn’t show. They got to get Batum, Gelabale and Gobert more involved!

ARGENTINA. Yes, they’ve aged but if they could play controlled ball to save gas for their stars while executing well — and especially if Delfino could get back his shooting touch and Laprovittola is given more offensive plays — then they got a chance!

AUSTRALIA. As it is, the Aussies seem to have the best chance of upsetting the US — but they need more than just the shooting of Patty Mills who most likely would just get bottled up if they can’t execute or move the ball well — they need the toughness of Andrew Bogut and Matt Dellavedova round-the-clock as well as the inside presence of Aaron Baynes.

The Omen why the Boomers could make it
The Omen why the Boomers could make it

Lithuania. Their 2 wins were close, so you might as well say they were just lucky. Brazil. Without Splitter and Varejao, they lost big men who could pass well — that should have been a plus in team ball. Serbia and Croatia basically plays the same — though Croatia would be a tougher nut to crack if Saric, Bogdanovic and Mario Hezonja would click.

For any team to win against the US, they got to slow down the game. Move well without the ball. Minimize turnovers and control the boards. Defense? Just make it tough on the shooter and cover the passing lanes especially those lobs or near the basket forays.

Easier said than done? If so then you won’t win. Hey, defense has no day off! And in offense, you’re the one handling the ball — so all you need is a good system to bring home the bacon!

YouTube Review: New Zealand’s Haka vs USA – FIBA 2014

It was something to behold of before the basketball game between the US and New Zealand in this year’s FIBA Worlds.

Check out the video and see why..

Funny for some, but amazing for many, huh?

Hmm… the Kiwis performing their haka before the US squad sort of startled the Americans but at the same time entertained the world..
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After all, they were like provoking a fight!

Well, you guessed it right. Haka as Wikipedia states it is an ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Maoris of New Zealand.

It’s a good energizer indeed, eh?! How about trying it out in Boy Scout activities?