7 GUY Rules on the First Date


1. Always pay for the first date

It is a must that you pay for the first date even if she offers to. It creates an unspoken understanding that you are not cheap. That simple gesture gives them the sense of security they look for from guys they are dating. Also it gives a good first impression and it leads to later rewards.

2. Always maintain eye-contact for the duration of the date

During the date do not give out any vibe that you are nervous and the best indicator of that is through your eyes. Maintaining eye-contact tells your date that your are confident and that you are willing to listen. Never look down or look elsewhere when she is talking to you. It might appear to her that you lack self-confidence and that is never a good thing.

3. Practice your lines

It is important that you come prepared for a date. Go over your lines in-front of a mirror or with your pet dog do whatever you think will help you. Practice conversations and confrontations with yourself and do not be ashamed because if you really like that girl you don’t want to mess this up. This will avoid awkward silences which is really brutal on first dates. I’d rather be well equipped than go about it blind-folded.

4. Ask questions about her

Start the conversation with a question. Ladies like to talk about them and make sure that you listen to every word she says. Make notes in your head so you can quote her after. This tells her that you are interested.

5. Be confident

Don’t be afraid of judgement. Ladies find honesty sweet. Tell them who you are and what you do with confidence. Its one thing to be a janitor but its another to be self-concious about it. Ladies can sense lack of confidence from a mile away. Let it all out.

6. Never introduce her to your friends in the first date

Your main goal is to get to know each other and it is quite impossible to do it in one night. Typically, she would leave out some information until your next date which is totally normal. Now introducing her to your friends in the first date when you yourself barely know each other is quite against what you really want to do. So it is important to build a strong connection with her first before you try to introduce her to your friends. In some cases, when you expose her to your boys it is likely that she involuntarily develop a connection with your friends before she does with you and you don’t want that.

7. Sell yourself

At the end of the day we are promoting ourselves to people we don’t know. Sell yourself like you would when you are in a job interview. Show her that you can take care of her by taking control of situations. Be confident in everything you say and be yourself. If she doesn’t like who you are then she’s not for you.

7 Signs that you’ve met a True Friend

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 “It is easy to meet and make friends, but its hard to make true friends.”

#1 — a true friend, will tell you the truth!

A true friend is someone who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth and addresses the problem regardless of what you might think. A true friend will tell you your mistakes as he/she sees it. He/She would not think twice of telling you, if it means you would be better off knowing the truth.

#2 — a true friend, will warn you!

A true friend is someone who would stop you in your tracks and tell you if something is wrong. He/She would go out of his/her way to let you know what they think of the situation. If they think something is not right, they will not hesitate to try to stop you from doing so.

#3 — a true friend, shares bad experiences!

A true friend is someone who is not afraid of telling you his/her bad experiences from the past. They are the ones who are comfortable of telling you their mistakes so that you both can learn from them.


#4 — a true friend, has deep concern for you!

A true friend is someone who makes sure that you get home safe. They will patiently wait for your call or text before they go to bed. They treat you as if you were part of their family.

#5 — a true friend, will raise you up!

A true friend is someone who would help you stand up when you fall. They are the first ones to call you when something bad happens to you. They will try to make something good out of the Bad and they will help you see the good side of things.

#6 — a true friend, will stand up for you!

A true friend is someone who would stand by you no matter what. He/She will always be on your side through thick and thin, they are always there when you need them.

#7 — a true friend, sees the good side of you! 

A true friend is someone who ignores the bad and counts the good. They are the ones who truly knows who you are and why you’re the way you are. They are not affected of the wrong things you’ve done, but rather focus on the good things you’ve done.

12 Gifts of Christmas: for her!


It’s the season to be jolly! fa la la la la la la la.

Still thinking of a great gift for her? girlfriend, sister, niece, mom, aunt…  Making a girl happy is not that hard, you just need to know what kind of things she’s in to . It could be from a simple do it yourself to extravagant presents, it really depends on your budget.

Christmas is all about giving and expressing gratitude to the people you care about. It’s the thought that counts, I’m sure she will appreciate it.

Here is a list of the Christmas gift ideas that you could consider giving to her.

12. Stuffed toys

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Stuffed animals are a classic gift idea.

11. cute notebooks


I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I see cute notebooks I buy them and never use it. It’s just so cute that I just collect them. Other girls can use it as diary or notebook for list of things to do. It comes with different sizes and designs.

10. Scarves


In the harsh winter, scarves are a necessity. It comes in different colours and styles. The picture above is from Urban Outfitters with a price range of $15 to $25.

9. Cute cellphone cases


Phones can be very fragile, it’s better to protect it. There are a variety of fancy cellphone cases that are offered in the market. Some of them have gems, leather cover, cute cartoon character and many more.

This picture is from Amazon with a price range of $10 to $20.

8. Fancy Accessories


Ladies love to wear accessories. It could be a necklace, bracelet or earrings. Wearing accessories with a nice dress would gives a touch of elegance. This item is from Aldo Accessories with a price range for bracelets of $10 to $20.

7. Floral hats

This hat would be a perfect gift for her if she likes to spend her time outdoors.

6. Jewelry box


Jewelry box is definitely a must have for ladies. This will help them get organized and also a definitive place to put away your accessories.

This item is from Sears and costs $47.99.

5. Cosmetics


Ladies never leaves the house without putting some make-up on.

This make up kit is from mac cosmetics with a price of $59.50

4. Dress


Girls love it when the guy are trying to dress them up. Surprising them with a cocktail dress for their formal date on the roof top with a very romantic view is a plus.

This Dress is from Sears with a price of $49.99

3. Bags


No explanations needed.

This Bag is from ALDO with a price of $60.

2. Shoes


Girls conquer the world with shoes. Rubber shoes, high heels, sandals whichever is her best interest.

From Converse with a price range of $50 to $110

1. Jewelry


If you really want to go out with a bang, then this is the way to go. If you’re panning on pampering your girl then this Diamond pendant is for her.

This Diamond Heart Pendant in Pink Silver is from Sears with a price of $ 164.95.

12 GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th DAY


This is the last day of a 3 day series. If you haven’t seen the first 2 pages please click on the arrow.

Its gift giving season again and thinking of a great gift idea has its fair share of challenges. There’s a lot of factors that goes into choosing the perfect gift or any gift for that matter, especially when you’re tight on budget. It’s not easy getting everyone what they want on Christmas and its unlikely that you will. You’re just going to have to let the saying, “It’s the thought that counts”, back you up on this one. This is a 3 day series that will feature 12 inexpensive Gift Ideas for both Men and Women. Last day!

on the 4th day of Christmas…

Wrist watches has been around longer than phones and even though smart phones nowadays could also tell time, Wrist watches are still very fashionable. It’s always been part of our Outfit of the day or,  “OOTD”.

These wrist watches would cost you about $40 ~$50 USD.

source: www.overstock.com



on the 3rd day of Christmas…

Face shavers is a necessity for a guy and I’m sure that you ladies out there knows this very well. It is the everyday struggle of making ourselves look attractive. This is a bit pricey compared to the previous gifts but this one has its wow factor with it.

This Shaver would cost you from $60 ~ $70 USD.

source: www.usa.philips.com


on the 2nd day of Christmas…

Backpacks are used everyday wherever we go, this is a great gift idea because people tend to use that same backpack everyday for years and having an extra backpack would definitely be a great idea.

This Backpack would cost you about $30 USD.



on the 1st day of Christmas…

DIY gifts made it to the 1st day of Christmas because anything you do yourself has much more of a “uhhhh” to it. It really touches your heart when someone took the time and effort to make something special for you. This would be the best gift for Christmas .

This wouldn’t cost you as much as the other gift ideas but it has the greatest impact.


12 GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th DAY


 This is the second day of a 3 day series. If you haven’t seen the first page please click on the arrow.

Its gift giving season again and thinking of a great gift idea has its fair share of challenges. There’s a lot of factors that goes into choosing the perfect gift or any gift for that matter, especially when you’re tight on budget. It’s not easy getting everyone what they want on Christmas and its unlikely that you will. You’re just going to have to let the saying, “It’s the thought that counts”, back you up on this one. This is a 3 day series that will feature 12 inexpensive Gift Ideas for both Men and Women. 

on the 8th day of Christmas…

Anything personalized gives an item its uniqueness. This personalized mug is a great gift idea because of its value and its also very thoughtful.

This personalized mug would  cost you a little under $10 USD.

source : www.vistaprint.ca

on the 7th day of Christmas…

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.”  – Patrick Süskind

Scented Candles are known to have curing powers like relieving migraines. It is also used for aromatherapy.

Scented Candles would cost you about $16 ~ $20 USD

Source: www.thebodyshop.ca

on the 6th day of Christmas…

Books make the best gifts. There’s just so many books to choose from and there’s always something for everyone. This is a perfect gift for someone who reads a lot and appreciates good reads.

Books would cost around $20 ~ $30 USD

Source: www.chapters.indigo.ca

on the 5th day of Christmas…

Earphones or Headphones makes it on the 6th day of Christmas. Everyone listens to music and this gift would make you the saviour of Christmas future. Anyhow it is very inexpensive and I’m sure anyone would appreciate this gift.

This would cost you around $25 USD

Source: ca.skullcandy.com

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12 Gifts of Christmas: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th day


Its gift giving season again and thinking of a great gift idea has its fair share of challenges. There’s a lot of factors that goes into choosing the perfect gift or any gift for that matter, especially when you’re tight on budget. It’s not easy getting everyone what they want on Christmas and its unlikely that you will. You’re just going to have to let the saying, “It’s the thought that counts”, back you up on this one. This is a 3 day series that will feature 12 inexpensive Gift Ideas for both Men and Women. A

on the 12th day of Christmas…

This is a pair of designer socks from Dwayne Wade’s latest socks collection. These socks are both very classy and stylish and you could also choose from a variety of designs on their website. It’s very popular among NBA players.

This pair would only cost you about $14 USD.

on the 11th day of Christmas…

Beanies!! These are in season and perfect for our Christmas theme. You can get these from shop.ca or you can also get them from local stores. I definitely need these!

A Crooks & Castle Beanie would cost you about $30 USD. 

on the 10th day of Christmas…

Graphic Tees might be the most common gift idea, but in 6dollarshirts.com they allow you to submit your own shirt design. You can personalize it however you like and they also have hundreds of designs to choose from. These shirts are never out of season.

The shirt would cost you about $6 USD, that’s before shipping and taxes. That’s BINGO in my books.

on the 9th day of Christmas…


Having a Cellphone protector is a must nowadays, because the new generation of phones are becoming more and more fragile.

This is a great gift to anyone who owns a cellphone, but you must know what kind of phone they own. You can also get them a design based on their personality or maybe their favourite team . The choices are endless and since we always bring our phones wherever we go, they will definitely remember you.

These Cellphone protectors are ranging from $10 ~ $20 USD.

Website link: .cellphonecases.com

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Money 101: How to save money


We are going to start a series called Money 101 and It will feature different ways on how to be smart with your money while still enjoying the beautiful things in life.

We want to start this series with a few ways on how to save and spend your money wisely. Remember no matter how small you save, it will all add up in the end. This will not only help you save but it will also teach you how to manage your own money. Here are some tips.

  •  Keep Track of your Cash Activity

Do you keep all your receipts from all your spending?. I want you to start collecting them. Get a little container and put every one of them in there, towards the end of the month add them all up and document it all in a notebook or if you know how to use Microsoft Excel even better. Looking into that list, do you think that you’re spending your money on things that you really need? Do the same thing again for the coming months, gather all your receipts and this time cut some of your spending and only spend it on things that you truly need and compare that with your previous months number.

  •  Monthly Spending Budget

Now that you’ve made yourself aware of your spending habits. Having a monthly budget is the next step. Make a list of things that are necessary to your daily life, things that you absolutely can’t live without. Calculate your monthly salary minus your priority spending list and see how much you end up with. How much you want to save is up to you. It’s just important to be aware of those spending habits and to be able to manage them wisely..

  •  Pack Lunch for Work

How much do you spend on restaurants everyday? Most of us are spending $10 a day in restaurants on average. If you do that every day for a whole entire month, you will end up spending $300 when you could spend that money on something a lot more important.

Packing your own lunch will save you a lot of money. $300 a month adds up to $3600 a year. Those little things can add up. So start packing lunch and start saving.

  •  Compare Prices

         Nowadays its a lot easier to compare prices because of our technology. Before you head outside check the internet for places that offers you the best deals and check them out. Its really just being aware of that information and using that to your advantage.

  • Take Advantage of Coupons

Have you aver heard of extreme couponing? Apparently its a thing now, where you only spend your money on things that are available in coupons. If your family spends a lot in grocery shopping this will help you save even more. You can get coupons online and you can print them out too. Find out what works for you and see how much you can save.

Here’s some of the website that you can get coupons from:

  1. http://www.save.ca/coupons
  2. http://coupons.walmart.com

Those are a few tips on how you can save your money and also discipline on your spending habits. Updates on Money 101 will be posted on Iriz’s Corner every week.


Job Interview 101: Top 10 job interview tips

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That dream job you wanted since you were a child might not be as easy to get as you think considering our economy today. The unemployment rate in the US is 5.8% of the labour work force and that’s 9.0 million people each year competing for a job. In Canada, its 1.2 million people unemployed and it keeps growing every year. Imagine the amount of people trying to get the same job as you do, unless you want to work for fast food all your life, its just not going to cut it. Well its a challenge for most of us and we need to find ways to edge our competition no matter how little, it will all add up in the end.

NOTE: First of all there are 6 kinds of job interviews and each has its own characteristics.

  • Structured interview – These are pre-determined set of questions. The interviewee will read this to you in sequence in a job interview.
  • Unstructured interview – These are unplanned set of questions. The interviewee will ask you questions off the top of his head.
  • Mixed interview – It’s basically a mix between structured and unstructured.
  • Behavioural description interview – These are set of questions that will determine future behaviours. The interviewee will ask you about an event that happened in the past and explain what your actions were at that time.
  • Situational interview – The interviewee will give you situations that might happen in the future. The question usually starts with i.e. What would you do if …
  • Stress-producing interview – These questions will determine how well you deal with stress. Involves High levels of stress questions.

Here are some guidelines that you could follow to increase your chances of getting that very elusive dream job.

Interview tips

#1 – Be Prepared!!

This must be the most obvious. According to an independent research firm 38% of managers said that interviewees had done hardly any research about them. Spend time on their website, get to know what their company is all about. Also know what your skills and experiences are. Write it down on a piece of paper and review it before the interview. Another important thing is to know your career plans and goals. This tells your interviewer that you care about your career and that you are committed to your job. I guarantee that this will most likely be part of the interview So be prepared, it will greatly boost your confidence when you know you came prepared.

#2 – Dress to Impress!!

Dress appropriate for a job interview. Make that good first impression. I wrote about how people make snap judgements about others in 5 seconds to formulate a negative or positive opinion based only from your appearance. This is crucial for making the decision. Make yourself known and dress appropriate.

#3 – Make Eye Contact!!

Making eye contact is important because this tells your interviewer that you are confident about yourself. This also conveys that you’re prepared for the interview and confident that you can answer all the questions. And you will also appear to be likable.

#4 Be a Good Listener!!

Stay attentive in the interview and stay still. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Also don’t be afraid of asking the interviewer to repeat the question. Its normal for the interviewee to misunderstand the question, that is why its important to make sure and ask again. This says that you are eager to answer the question.

#5 – Be Honest!!

Interviewees are trained professionals, they can read your body language. If you’re not a trained liar, I suggest that you keep it real. Lying will only lower your chances of getting the job.

#6 – Be Deliberate!!

Think things through before you answer. Don’t just answer the question right away. Carefully weigh in any possible answers to the question in your head. Be smart with your answers. Remember that content is heavier than quantity on an interview.

#7 – Don’t be Afraid of Silence!!

Awkward silences are sometimes viewed negatively but in fact its a good sign that you are thinking it through and it conveys that you are really investing on your answer which is always a plus. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer if you can take a moment to think about the answer. Its really OK.

#8 – Be Confident Not Arrogant!!

There’s a huge difference between Arrogance and Confidence. I got this phrase from www.theladder.com, it says, “Confidence is inspiring and Arrogance is a turn-off”. Its easy to come off as arrogant but it takes work to be confident. Its important to know the difference.

#9 – Sell yourself!!

Sell your self to the interviewee. Say what they want to hear and be the solution to their problem. Talk about your resume and what you can offer the company if they hire you. Companies like to hear about what you can do for their team and why they should hire you. Again, prepare!!

#10 – Ask Questions!!

At the end of the interview when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions never say no. Its important to ask questions at the end of an interview. Know the right questions to ask here are some examples.

Wrong questions to ask:

  • How much do I get paid?
  • What are the benefits?

Right questions to ask:

  • How can I help the company?
  • What do you think is the best fit for me in the company
  • How can I help grow the company?
  • If I don’t get your call on Friday, Can I call you on Monday?

You want to convey the idea that you genuinely care about the company and it tells them that you are interested.There you go those are my top 10 job interview tips. What do you think?