How Basketball Helps Me Stay In Touch With My Friends

basketball with friendsI used to play allot of basketball when I lived in the United States, and personally I think I was very good at it. I am pretty tall for a Vietnamese, or at least that’s what I am told, and every weekend me and my friends would go and play a quick pick up game or just shoot around and catch up on our week. It was one my favorite activities to look forward to.

So when I moved back to Ha Noi (my favorite place in Vietnam) I wanted some sense of continuity. One of the first things I did was to start playing basketball with my co-workers, who later on became my best friends.

My Favorite 5 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

I love to travel, and even though must of my trips are to the United States, I frequently get a chance to visit Europe and neighboring Asian counties mainly because of their close proximity to Vietnam, and other times because of work related conferences. Yes, even High School teachers get to travel for work!

However, sometimes the best place to travel to is just under your nose. So here I made a mini list of my top favorite places for tourists and locals that never truly explored Vietnam.

How To Increase You Passive Income As A High School Teacher

make money with online teachingI am so excited! Next week I am finally going back to Los Angeles to visit my friends and relatives. Its been quite a while since my last visit as I took on more responsibilities at the High School I teach at, so I didn’t get a chance to take my vacation this past two years. But, now I get to combine my days off and get an extended vacation.

I think this is better since its such a long flight anyway and I would rather have an extended downtime to really relax and not rush my stay while I am in Los Angeles. This trip, however, is going to be a bit more than just the usually fun and play with friends and family, I am going to research on how to make additional income online as a High School English teacher.

My travel experience to and fro between Vietnam and the US

Being an English teacher in Vietnam, I usually spend most of my precious time in school attending to students. I love my job, but just like any other individual; I realized I needed a break from class. What came to my mind was taking a trip to the US and explore what it has to offer. I used to read more about US and so I needed to go see for myself. I had saved enough cash to cater for my holiday and so all that was remaining was to take my family and get going. When I informed my family about my travel plan, they were all very thrilled and soothe following week we set off to the airport and headed to the US. In fact, my youngest son had issues with his teeth discoloration and since he wanted to look spectacular during the trip, I purchased the best teeth whitening toothpaste from recommendations here and his teeth were left as white as snow. Since budget is very important when travelling, before purchasing the toothpaste, I had to go online and research about the teeth whitening cost just to be sure that I am within the budget and also not to affect my savings.

I used to read about famous tourist attractions such as the museums of Washington, Disneyland, Hawaiian beaches, the panoramic hills of San Francisco and more, but I love extreme adventurous trip and so I decided to visit destinations that I found to be really wacky and definitely not to be missed by anyone.

The extra terrestrial highway
This awesome destination is just an hour drive from Las Vegas. It is a lonely road that meanders past the popular area 51 and it seems to stretch out to nowhere. Area 51 is known as a site where several aliens visit the earth. As we drove down the road, I felt as if we were about to smash into a hill but that was never the case. Another interesting thing about this highway is a big metal mailbox where you can leave a message for the aliens. In fact, I did leave a letter.

Rock city
Located in look out mountain in Georgia, rock city is a good looking and highly structured garden that was structured by Frieda Carter, who is the wife to Garnet Carter, a miniature golf inventor. This garden is lined with uncanny gnomes, eerie statues and other bazaar characters from fairytales. My son really loved this place.

The top-secret upside down white house
This giant and magnificent white house is located in Wisconsin Dells and it is the biggest white house which is upside-down in the US and it is quite amazing. With its floor facing the sky, this structure sits on its own roof. As we walked through its roof, you might come across artifacts that are well reserved. There are more interesting things in the house and I think one day I will bring kids from my English class to enjoy the site.

I found these sites so interesting that I yearned to go back to Vietnam and see what it has to offer before school re-opens also. I agree that the sites in the US were so amazing that I did not feel like going back to Vietnam, but I had to.

Ho Chi Min
Hitting the journey to Vietnam, I was not sure of what to expect. Our journey began at southern Vietnam in Ho Chi Min, which is formerly known as Saigon. We began by exploring the city with our driver who kept on saying, “got mouth to eat, and got mouth to speak”.

Cao Dai Temple
After exploring the city we then travelled to Cao Dai Temple whereby the experience felt like walking through mad wonderland dream. The architecture was what I had never seen before since it was modern with lots of details and exquisite art everywhere. The religion here was a combination of teachings from Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, and other religions with an aim of promoting peace in Vietnam.

Cu Chi Tunnels
Another highlight was visiting these tunnels. I was able to see how resilience the Vietnamese were during the American war. Vietcong controlled undergrounds while the Americans controlled the air and land. The tunnels were so tiny and it was amazing to learn that people, who lived there slept, cooked, used bathrooms and also had kids.

There was much to see and do in Vietnam, but time was not on our side and so I had to plan the exploration for another holiday. To conclude the fun time, we were taken to an outstanding hotel to have dinner in a completely different world of Vietnamese food before dancing all night long. After all that fun, I was ready to go back and do what I love most, teaching.

Why we need water softeners in vietnam: Water quality in the USA vs. Vietnam

One of the big differences between the United States and Vietnam is the quality of water that is generally available. In the United States we generally do not think too much about it, on the whole there is no shortage of clean water – turn on the tap and there it is. It is a different story in Vietnam. The dangers of not having clean water are well documented and it is a problem that many developing countries are struggling with. Globally, waterborne illnesses are one of the biggest causes of death for children – particularly those under the age of five. In this article I wanted to focus on some of the ways that water is made suitable for drinking in the United States and also look at how these lessons are informing initiatives to help ensure that clean water is also available in countries such as Vietnam.


Water purification

All of the water that we drink starts by being drawn from one of the many natural freshwater sources – whether that is a river, a lake, or an underground aquifer. But these sources of water are likely to carry with them microorganisms, chemicals, or other contaminants and so water suppliers use a treatment process that purifies the water and makes it suitable for domestic use. The first tsp in water purification is that a coagulant is added that makes any particles in the water solidify together which enables their removal. The water is then filtered and disinfected to remove any contaminates not removed during the filtration process.

This purification process can be replicated on a smaller scale by filtering the water through cloth and boiling the water to help disinfect it. Another option is to add a few drops of iodine, or to use chlorine tablets.


Ceramic water filters

Ceramic water filters have been a breakthrough in creating clean, drinkable water at the local level in developing countries. It is a water purification device that is made from fired clay – the tiny pores of the ceramic material is small enough to effectively filter the water from harmful bacteria and other contaminants. The ceramic water filters utilize gravity to slowly filter the water and deliver clean, drinkable water that will help prevent disease and death. The great thing about these filters is that they can be small enough to be used on a domestic scale – so each household can be equipped with its own water filter.


Using water softeners

The term “water softening” is used to describe the removal of elements of calcium, magnesium, and traces of other metals or minerals in water. One of the benefits of water softening is that it makes the water more compatible with soap and also extends the lifetime of domestic plumbing. The process of water softening is generally conducted by using lime softening or ion-exchange resins. For more information about hard water including water softener reviews, visit the water softener critic

You don’t realize how precious clean, drinkable water is until it is not available. We have the technology and the expertise to create clean water for everyone around the world – it will have enormous health benefits for everyone, especially our children.

Night Sky Writing Assignment

Most of you know that a new school year just recently started. After summer break, most of my students come back with fresh minds waiting to be filled with all sorts of things. This year my new kids had all taken vacations and some had even travelled to new countries. This past summer I took a break to go back home to Vietnam just like I always do, but being back to the US and I was excited to start my job as an English teacher all over again. The new school year always feels like a fresh start, even when you’re a teacher.

My first lesson of the school year is always the same, and this semester was no different. As I entered my class, I saw all those young faces waiting for me to begin. But they didn’t seem half as eager as I was. “Typical,” I thought, as a slight smile on my face. High school kids never want the summer to end. I set my bag and my telescope on the table and smiled at them.

“Before I begin, let me just ask you to shift your attention from the equipment on the table to me, and if you do, I promise you, it will be worth it.” Ah, there was some excitement.

“So I’m guessing you all had eventful summers, but we won’t be talking about that. We will, instead, talk about my summer. Here, pass these around” I said as I handed out pictures I had taken in Vietnam over this summer. Pictures of Vietnamese children in traditional , cuisine, the flag.

“I want you to look at these pictures and note down the differences and similarities between the subject of the picture and what the picture would look like had it been taken here in the US. So, for example, look at the picture of the food and compare it to what your food looks like. Hand in your notes at the end of the class.”

As they turned in their assignments at the end of class, I began to read their notes and they were just as I had expected them to be: not one kid found any similarities between themselves and the pictures. The next lesson was completely different compared to the first one. It was a lesson on basic Astronomy. I taught them how to identify and notice the stars in the sky, and how to connect them into basic constellations. You’re probably as confused right now as they were back then, but it all fell into place this week. Just this week, I took them to their nearest observatory for some pseudo star-gazing.

Our observatory has a huge indoor auditorium, and the ceiling is a large moving replica of what our night sky looks for any given time of the year. I handed them pictures of the constellations that I had taken with my digital telescope that I recent picked up on review site and asked them to find in the observatory night sky the stars and constellations from the pictures. With a little time they all found them.

The next day, I started by asking, “You know the constellations you identified yesterday in the sky using the pictures as reference?” They all affirmed that they did.

“I took those pictures in Vietnam. Did you spot any differences between them and what you saw in the observatory?” No one was able to name one difference.

“You know what that means? That while you believe that you and the people back home have nothing in common, you just proved yourself wrong. No matter where we are, we all look up at the same night sky.”

After than I began reading some journal entries from kids in Vietnam. As always my students found it a little easier finding similarities between them and children in my home country. They began to identify with many of the emotions expressed in the journal entries I read to them. Their first major writing assignment of the year was to describe their experience and how connected (or disconnected) they feel with This week they learned that  we are all human beings stuck on the same planet and at night we all look up at the same night sky with the same fears and dreams driving us onward.

Travelling Can Be Exhausting Without Healthy Food And Good Sleep

It’s been long since I joined the educational sector, and started teaching students. However, my travels between the US and Vietnam have been more frequently lately. On various projects, I’ve had to visit the United States almost every month. At first, I was happy with the assignments. I have always been interested in travelling and exploring new places. I thought so much travel would be a thrilling and exciting experience. To my surprise, it turned out to be thrilling for only the wrong reasons.

A couple of months back, I started experiencing digestive problems, fatigue and tiredness. I consulted doctors, who prescribed some general medications. For a while, I was fine, but it started again. Thus, I looked up for information online. Everyone was talking about diets, workouts and sleep.

I guessed travelling so much was a good workout in itself. Thus, it didn’t take long to realize that the problem was with my diet and sleep. Due to my frequent travels, I had not been able to focus on a healthy diet. Moreover, I had started snoring recently. This had caused problems regarding sleep. Thus, I thought about buying two things that changed my life, and have allowed me to stay healthy.

Pressure Cookers for Healthy Eating

When I was looking for information about a healthy diet, most nutritionists online explained the benefits of cookers. These cooking devices were being considered the best way to prepare healthy meals. I had always used cookers to prepare rice and other basic food items. I never knew cookers could be used to prepare a wide range of delicious and healthy dishes, including gravy, chicken, soups and more.

With a lot of options to choose from, I was quite confused about these devices. I wanted to invest my money in something that could give quick results. Moreover, since I travel a lot, I wanted a portable cooker. I searched online for customer reviews and testimonials. The information I found helped me make a good choice. I am completely satisfied with the one I bought. If you’re looking for pressure cookers, visit this site to find out more information.

Anti Snoring Devices for Good Sleep

As mentioned above, I recently started snoring. Maybe it was because I had to change beds frequently or respiratory problems caused by change of weather. Regardless of the causes, I bought an anti snoring device to make sure I could get good night’s sleep. When you need to travel a lot, you just can’t take sleep casually. In order to feel energetic and refreshed, it’s important to get good night’s sleep.

The anti snoring device closes my airway at night to make sure excess air does not enter my lungs. It’s worth mentioning that I started noticing positive results from the very first day. Although some people take a few days to get used to the device, I was fortunate to find something perfect. With some simple research, you will be able to find an affordable and effective device. If you want to know more about anti snoring devices, check out this site.

The Importance of Packing List for Travelers

For a person who is used to travelling, packing up is easy. However, there are instances when even the most experienced traveler sometimes forgets what essentials to bring. To ensure that mistakes like this is avoided, prepare a packing list prior to your date of travel. A packing list is a list of important items to carry with you when you are travelling.

The items that you put in your list will depend upon your destination. Are you going to a warmer or colder climate? What activities are you planning to do once you arrive at your destination? Are you there for site seeing, shopping, conference, exhibition, or just to relax? These are the type of questions you should be asking yourself so that you can start organizing your packing list.

What items should be included in the packing list?

Before starting out your list, categorize it accordingly to make it easier for you to remember. These are:

  1. Important Documents – these documents will include your ticket itinerary, passport (if you are travelling outside your country), driver’s license or international driver’s license, visa, contact information about your hotel and a copy of your reservation, emergency contact number, and at least one personal identification card for back-up. Make sure that you have a photocopy of these important documents in case you lose one of them.
  2. Finances – these includes your money either cash or ATM/credit card. It is important not to place all your money in one wallet. If possible, use at least two wallets when you travel. In case one wallet gets lost or if you are being robbed, you will not lose all your money as you have back-up.
  3. Toiletries – the items listed under this category will depend on whether you are a male or female or an adult or a child. But the basic necessities are toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, tissue, hand sanitizer or alcohol, comb, and lotion. For men, they have the option to carry their shaving kit. You can search the internet what electric shavers you can use for travelling. For women, they usually bring personal hygiene items. Soaps and shampoos are not really necessary if you are staying in a hotel. Hotels usually provide these kinds of necessity.
  4. Clothing and footwear – clothing and footwear items will depend on your destination. For warmer climate places, bring something cool and comfortable such as shorts, sleeveless, T-shirt, skirt, hat, and sunglasses. For cooler climate destination, bring a sweater, jacket, boots, and any thick clothing materials.
  5. Electronics – these includes your cell phone and its charger, camera and its charger, extra memory card, and USB cables.
  6. First Aid Kit – these includes pain relievers, band aids, sunscreen, medicines (vitamins, colds, fever, or prescription MEDs), insect repellant, anti-biotic cream, and petroleum jelly (good for treating insect bites and rashes).
  7. Other Important Items – these includes guide or map of your destination, water bottle, and pocket knife.

The items listed above are basically an example of what a packing list should contain. It serves as your guide so that you will have an idea on how to prepare it. You can modify it accordingly. As mentioned above, the list will depend on your choice of destination. 

Education: A Bridge to a Better Life

Education is always a hot topic, and when something is in the public eye constantly, people become de-sensitized by it, and usually stop caring and move onto something else that sparks their interest, which is a shame because now, it might be more important than ever. I have to say, without the intention of underestimating anyone, that people in the U.S. often don’t bother with thinking about serious topics, because they are too comfortable, lulled into their sense of security and well-being. I myself am a living example that you can make it in the States, if you work hard enough and educate yourself, but people over here, often take all the amazing opportunities they have for granted. Again, it’s all because of being comfortable, and not knowing what else is out there, and how fortunate they are.

You may think of my rant as a given, since I am a high school teacher, but there is more to it. I am of Vietnamese origin, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel back and forth between Vietnam and the U.S. many times, bringing back impressions and experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life, and refresh each time I visit Vietnam again. I have spent some time teaching there, and that’s why I’m so passionate about education, and why I always try to alert people on how important it is. Often, it’s the only way to end the cycle of poverty and make a new life for yourself. I have also seen how difficult it is to be a teacher over there. And not just a teacher, because all of the other professions that are meant to help people are, while appreciated and valued, underpaid.

Self Improvement with Nursing Careers

Nursing staff, for example, may seem relatively underpaid even in the U.S. Have a look for yourself – this nursing salary website will show you how much registered nurses can make in different states. The same career in Vietnam pays about one third of those salaries! Medical assistants are probably the lowest paid nurse type careers in the U.S. but again in Vietnam are paid much less. Of course the cost of living there is significantly less, which you need to take into account. Yes, it’s not the best paid career path, if you take into account the long hours, the sensitivity of working with sick patients, and the responsibility of keeping them alive and well. But a career in nursing has many other benefits – not least of all the fact that you are providing a very useful service to those most vulnerable in society.

In Vietnam, even these low paid jobs offer a certain status in society. They offer a way to improve people’s lives and these careers are highly prized – much more so than in America. I may be biased, but Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But, for all its beauty, it has so many issues to deal with, the most important one being education.

Education and training are a ticket to a better life in any country. Believe me, I have been a passenger on that train, and while it may sound like some cheesy, fortune-cookie mantra, it is the truth. Which brings me to back to my point at the beginning. Don’t take it for granted. Learn as much as you can. I’m not just talking about formal education. The more we know, the more we are worth, and that’s one fortune-cookie motto you should always remember.

The Best Supplements To Take When Travelling Overseas

I love travelling and especially to Asian countries – love their culture, food, weather, the people and the shopping, but there is one thing you have to be careful of and take into consideration when travelling to some parts of Eastern Asia – that is, what vaccinations to have before you leave, and what supplements to take with you.

Vietnam would have to be one of my favourite travels destinations in the world, it is important, however, to take the following vitamins/supplements away with you, for continued health and wellbeing :-

taking supplements can be important when travelling

  • Multivitamins – a dietary supplement multivitamin should give you all the vitamins, minerals and nutritional elements that you need when you are at a home away from home. These vitamins will also boost your daily energy levels;
  • Omega 3 softgels – although fish and seafood are rich sources of omega 3, when dining in countries like Vietnam, it is best to rely on a supplement rather than the fish iteslf. Not saying avois all fish when travelling to Asia (as some of their best dishes are fish/seafood), but sometimes its hard to know what waters these fish are from and what toxins and comtamination are in them if any) – but why take a risk?. Noone wants to be subject to high mercury or heavy metal levels;
  • Alpha lipoic acid – these supplements will help convert glucose (sugr levels) into energy, and let’s face it, when we are on holidays and doing all that exercise walking, etc, we want our energy levels to be at their best. It also acts as an antioxidant;
  • Vitamin D – the best source of vitamin D may be to sit out in the sunshine, but some parts of the world, the suns rays appear more harmful and can affect our skin in different ways.  UV rays from the sun can cause skin cancer and that is not a risk we should take. A vitamin D supplement is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall health – a true winner, when it comes to vitamins!;
  • Zinc picolinate – zinc is a trace mineral that is needed by the body for optimal health, there taking a supplement can be most beneficial, as it promotes and supports absobption. Zinc is also a primary component to support the matabolism in your body. ; and
  • Resveratrol – a supplement that again is classed as an antioxidant. It protects the body against the big killers like cancer and heart disease and although found in many food items, like the skin of red grapes….this does not mean that red wine is a good alternative!

Don’t let the above information put you off though. Whilst some may think I’m a little over-cautious and this is not entirely necessary, I beg to differ. Many people I know (including myself) have become sick at some time travelling to Eastern Asia and it pays to be careful and watch what you eat and drink.

As long as you follow my vital information, you will have an absolute ball in these Asian countries, espeucally Vietnam.

Teaching with Canker Sores: What Every Teacher Should Know

Teachers seek to transfer knowledge to students and speech is the best medium of transfer. During every lesson, teachers discuss with their students all through the day. Most of the classes are large, and teachers need to be heard by every student. With this kind of strain, this leaves them fatigued by the end of the day and sometimes stressed. As a result, this may lead to canker sores.

A canker sore is characterized by a yellowish or whitish-gray coloring surrounded by a red border. Many a times, they appear in your mouth around the lip or cheek area. They are accompanied by some pain, and this makes it difficult for teachers to carry out their day-to-day objective. Talking with the sore causes more pain, and it becomes difficult to carry on with oral classes. Even if they were to try, the value would be much less as the students at the back of the class would barely hear him. Trying to talk with canker sores is both a discomfort for the teacher and the students. It distorts speech as the teacher tries to be clear but at the same time trying to avoid contact with a sore. In this, lessons are sometimes canceled drawing back the academic timetable. In this, teachers have to treat it in an effort to get back to class fast and complete syllabus. Rather than going for medicine from your doctor, there are some home remedies for canker sores. If the sore persists for more than 10 days, then you will need to see a doctor as it may be more than a canker sore.

How to Relieve the Pain

Temporarily, apply ice to the affected area. Alternatively, you can use ice water to rinse your mouth. This remedy is not meant t treat but to make you feel better and reduce the pain.

A change in habits is also advised when referring to alcohol and smoking. These tend to be irritating to the affected area and will cause discomfort. Stress management should be top of your priorities. Students are of different characters, and it can be difficult to try and get all of them on the same page.

How to Treat Canker Sores

A complete guide for treating canker sores can be visited from this site.

Using salt and baking soda

With 2 teaspoons of salt and one of baking soda, mix them in a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the mixture three times a day until the sore disappears.


Get a few onion slices and place then on the sore for about 15 minutes. Wash and rinse your mouth with cold water. This not only treats but also relieves the pain.


Apply honey on your sore about four times a day at equal intervals. Ensure that you are using natural pure honey. At the moment of application, you will feel a burning sensation but it does not last.

Aloe vera

This plant will cure the sore in just a few days. You may choose to extract the syrup by yourself from the plant and apply a small amount in the affected area. The taste may be sour, but it works as a treatment remedy. Apply twice a day until it heals.

Tea tree oil

With about 3-5 drops of tea tree and warm water, mix them in a cup. Using a cotton ball, soak the solution and hold the ball on the canker sore. Apply three times a day until it heals.

These home remedies for canker sores are easy to carry along in a teacher’s bags and apply during breaks. They are simple to apply and do not need a lot of attention. In no time, you will be back in class and addressing your students with complete concentration.

Remember, a canker sore that will last more than 7 days must visit a doctor as it may not be just a canker sore. For more information about canker sores and other treatment options, visit

Getting an International Education In Medical Coding

When I was growing up in Vietnam, I rarely heard the often-used English phrase “You can do anything you set your mind to.” This is because the Vietnamese, along with much of Asia, lack the robust economy and, therefore, the variety of job opportunities that are available in the United States. Pay is lower, jobs are more limited, and finding a job that will support you and your family is more difficult.

Because of the lack of job and education opportunities in Vietnam, any chance to get an education or work online is a gift. The Internet can offer chances to earn money and gain knowledge even in countries like Vietnam that do not offer much variety on location.

My cousin learned this lesson several years ago. Like me, he was born and raised in Vietnam, but had not yet come to the US. In Vietnam, he was unable to find a meaningful career, and ended up stuck in a dead-end job that barely paid his family’s bills.

He wanted more for himself and his family, and asked me to help him get to the United States. I was able to work on my end to get him a visa, and he came over four years ago with the hopes of saving up enough money to give him and his family a better life in Vietnam.

Even as a janitor, my cousin was able to make more money than he could in Vietnam. But, the job was tedious, and he missed his family. He was afraid he would find himself stuck again, when a fellow janitor told him about a friend who had recently gotten into the medical billing field. In this field, my cousin learned, you process claims, conduct medical coding, and develop relationships with insurance companies to get bills paid for medical companies.

Even better, my cousin learned, the job provides an excellent salary, can be a rewarding career and, best of all, can be done online, since the work consists primarily of updating databases and writing emails. That was all my cousin needed to hear. From that day forward, he worked toward becoming a medical billing and coding expert. He took online classes to become certified, and immediately moved back to Vietnam to be with his family.

Because of the online nature of the medical billing field, he was able to continue his medical billing and medical coding job from Vietnam. Now, he receives more than enough money to support his family, while remaining in his native country and being with his wife and three children.

My cousin needed to travel to the US to learn about the exciting job opportunity in medical billing. However, he was able to obtain his training and certification in the field simply by taking online classes. And, once he had this knowledge, he was able to continue his job even across the Pacific. Whether in Asia or North America, he was able to forge a meaningful medical billing career.

What I Notice About Crime, Punishment and Justice – A Comparison of Two Countries

Crime often becomes the topic of the day in the US and a big focus of the news cycle. I noticed that this was very different from my other home and wanted to compare the two styles.

There are significant differences between the criminal justice system in the United States compared with the one in Vietnam, the main ones being the different approaches and attitudes to crime and punishment as well as the level or incidences of crime that are seen in each country. Looking at the crimes of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault in 2000, the US is a high crime country with an average of 506.1 crimes per 100,000 while Vietnam is at the opposite of the scale with 11.35 crimes per 100,000.

The national philosophy on crime in the two countries is markedly different with the US, being a country where essentially “if you do the crime than you do the time” as an individual while in Vietnam crime is looked at more from the perspective of the greater society and the criminal justice system is about restoring the norm of a strict moral code based on the country’s religious Buddhist teachings and leanings. The emphasis of the system here is on the restoration of the criminal rather than punishment.

The US criminal justice system is actually comprised of a number of different systems that are usually similar but operate at different levels, with the two major ones being the state criminal justice system and the federal criminal justice system, but which also includes local levels. Typically the state system takes the bulk of the cases and is responsible for the investigation and arrest, often handled by trained police officers and sometimes other agencies, due process of law in the trials, followed by sentencing and incarceration of those found guilty.

In the US the criminal justice system is focused specifically on the individual and the punishment of that individual for any breaking of the laws that are proven in a court. It works by appropriating the right punishment for the individual who has broken the law with the set sentencing determined by a judge after guilt has been determined by a jury of ordinary citizens.

Depending on the nature of the crime an accused person in placed in a state or a federal correctional facility where the person is essentially locked up for the duration of their sentence, with early release mechanisms in place for good behavior while in prison, usually a possibility thanks to the profitability of private prisons and prison overcrowding. The system is characterized by hefty charges like lawyers’ fees and a large majority of the cases never get to the trial stage because of all the plea bargains that are negotiated and arrived at to bypass the system’s due process.

In Vietnam there are essentially four levels of the criminal justice system which include basic levels from the local courts at the district level to the provincial municipal courts to the Supreme People’s Courts and the military courts. The system is plagued by a shortage of qualified legal and judicial staff, with the low wages discouraging many law graduates and experts from taking criminal justice jobs on behalf of the system, but rather, going into private practice.

The system typically has very harsh pre-trial penal conditions and very short and quick trials were the accused has an opportunity to state mitigating factors. The sentences usually fall in three categories: reform without detention, reform with detention, and detention where detention is the normal incarceration.

These two systems both have their benefits and flaws both in theory and in practice, which I often find can differ greatly. It seems unfortunate that the system designed to protect justice and freedom, could itself become corrupted, and I always try to encourage and teach students to stand up and learn more about what is going on in their courts, on the streets and in the halls of the government. If we’re lucky some of those lessons will sink in and a few will continue to learn about and find careers in the criminal justice system and help improve it for everyone.

Travel Vietnam for Free, Work in the Trucking Industry

If you are the type of person who loves to travel, you can travel Vietnam for free, work in the trucking industry, as well as other regions of the world, all while working in a position you are going to enjoy. If you enjoy driving, and if you enjoy being on the road, you are not only going to be able to do both, but there are also many trucking companies that will help you to reach different places in the world that you do want to visit over time.

Work with international companies

If you are looking to travel as a truck driver, you have to work with an international company. Not only are these companies going to be able to help you visit different places in the world, you are going to be able to drive working in different areas of the world you never knew you would be able to visit.

Find companies that work globally

Even if you do not work for a company that delivers globally, if you are a third party contractor, you are still going to be able to travel to different regions of the world. In many cases, if you are a contractor, you are going to be able to visit different regions of the world. You will work for different jobs, and will do deliveries as they are needed, so you are going to be able to visit a variety of places, depending on what your employer is looking for.

Get the right license

In addition to the ID you are going to need, along with your passports, you will also have to look for the right Class CDL license, in order to be able to do work in different areas of the world. Like traveling by plane, you are going to be required to have a passport or other documentation in order for you to be able to drive to different areas of the world. So, you will have to take the time to get the right licenses, in order to ensure you are going to be able to work in the position, will be able to drive the trucks, and are also going to be able to complete the deliveries that you are going to be doing for the companies that you work for.

Not only will you be able to visit different regions of the world as a truck driver, you are also going to be able to work with many different companies as well. You are going to be able to perform deliveries, and transport, when you are working in this field. You will not only travel to different regions of the US, and the many states you want to visit, but you are going to be able to visit different areas of the world as well, when you are working with larger companies, and the bigger trucking companies, that do work internationally. The first step is to get the right license , in order to work in the field.

The Importance Of Promoting A Savings Habit In School Children

As a teacher I care deeply about the welfare of children in my care. I consider my role as a teacher to be one that is wider than simply passing on knowledge of the particular subject. As a teacher I have a responsibility to educate my students to the best of my ability in as many areas as I possibly can.

One area that significantly concerns me nowadays is promoting an understanding of the importance of responsible financial management when a student grows up. And I believe that financial common sense is something that should be taught to students when they are very young.

When I look around me and observe the financial habits of so many adults in America I am horrified. A neighbour of mine is a good example.

Despite the fact that he is gainfully employed he and his family live from pay check to pay check. They have no savings and they have enormous debt. They have borrowed money on a mortgage, they have personal loans, they have a number of credit cards and they have even recently been forced into a small installment loan from Bad credit is also an issue for this family.

Attitudes such as these are destructive to the financial well-being of adults, and we need to teach our children the importance of learning responsible financial habits.

In my view one of the most important lessons we can teach our children is the importance of understanding how to save money, as well as the importance of saving money.

We seem to live in a debt addicted society nowadays. Everyone is a consumer and everyone wants to consume more than they earn. There seems to be an attitude that if we cannot afford something now we merely have to flip out the credit card and buy it anyway, because we will be able to pay for it later.

For the vast majority of Americans borrowing money is a way of life. In fact it’s not just individual Americans but it seems to be our government as well. The government seems to assume that every problem can be solved by either borrowing money or printing money.

However there are serious risks in these sorts of attitudes. As far as the individual is concerned borrowing money can lead to severe financial consequences. The number of people in our society who are poor, destitute, homeless and/or bankrupt is increasing dramatically, and there are now more people in our society living on food stamps than ever before in history.

Living on borrowed money is simply taking yourself to the edge of financial risk.

However the same applies to our government as it does to individuals. If the government lives on borrowed money that it is taking the country to the edge of financial risk. One calamity and our finances collapse. Look at what happened in 2008 in the global financial crisis.

I believe attitudes to financial responsibility can be learned, and this should be taught in our schools to young children. There is absolutely no reason why we cannot include simple lessons in financial responsibility in the classes of our young students, and one of the first way is to do this is to teach them the importance of saving money.

Saving money is essential to financial responsibility. Any family with savings has a financial buffer available to them to tide them through bad times. Any family without savings, and with significant debt, is right on the edge of financial calamity and bad times.

And of course our politicians are just people like everyone else, and if they are taught, when they are young, the importance of financial responsibility then hopefully this will carry through into their attitudes about finance when they get into government.

Cash for Gold Stores is a business like any other

As you travel around the major cities of the world, or maybe when going to your place of work or the grocery store, you might have likely taken note of signs along major highways asking you to sell your gold jewelry so you can get money for the gold. This business has become so competitive that the notices are increasingly found on public notices and they have even gone online. Online advertising has become a very competitive space for Cash for Gold stores. This method of increasing profit through buying gold and related jewelry has become fashionable among many businesses. Many jewelry companies are turning to this method of profit in order to make some extra money.

A good number of people believe that the gold stores are not genuine. They hold strongly hold in their minds that the owners and operators of such gold jewelry dealings are just out to make some money from people with financial problems. That the money they give after selling to them gold jewelry is less than what actually the gold costs in the market. Some of these allegations might as well be true, but one should have in mind the point that since every business owner is out to profit themselves, that’s why they make some products prices higher and even anything related to them. For example, if the value of gold is let’s approximate $1300/ounce; it would not be very wise business speaking for cash for gold store to buy it from the same amount for an ounce. Remember they have expenses in their business to take care of, this includes salary payment to employees who work in their businesses, and all the expenses that involves collection and melting of jewelry to get the gold. There can be alot of overhead when operating a business especially a brick and mortar building. If you think that the cash for gold stores are really taking your jewelry for less than you desire, definitely don’t bother visiting them. You always have the option of shopping around for the best quote. Most stores will give you a no obligation quote for your extra gold or silver.

Other folk’s holds a strong believe that these cash for gold stores are a good way for muggers to get rid of their unlawfully acquired gold jewelry speedily. Well it might be true for a few of these stores, but it’s not fair to group them all under this practice. Unlike most of these stores, a pawn shop will most likely ask for identification papers (in most cases a driving license). But in reality, is it possible to find back a melted jewelry in the right form.

No matter what your thoughts on cash for gold stores are, if you are in need of extra cash, then you can be sure to get it on the spot at one of these stores. This will not be the market value, but quick cash will be there for you. Imagine a situation where you have a 14 carat gold watch and you suddenly lose your source of income, with bills to pay, where else will you get instant cash to cover your expenses? You would need to visit the cash for gold store and get the money that you need.