“Skate on the Square” right at the heart of Mississauga Ontario Canada,


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I couldn’t think of a  better way to spend your Saturday night than skating outdoors, whether with your family or friends. You would definitely feel the Christmas vibe and that Christmas is just around the corner. The cold air rushing through your face while being serenade by Christmas Jingles, there is no better feeling.

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Here in Mississauga, we have a place called Celebration Square where people gather for special occasions. The Square also features a skating rink that operates from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

In my opinion, the best time to go is at night because it is when the square shines the brightest. The trees around the square are wrapped in vibrant Christmas lights and while City hall lights up in green and blue.

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If you are a casual skater and you don’t have your own skates, you’re in luck because they also have Skate Rentals for $10, but you would be required to leave your Identification card for assurance purposes, don’t worry you will get it back when you return the shoes.

Here are some Rink Rules from Celebration Square

We want everyone to enjoy themselves in a safe and positive environment.
Please respect this facility, other skaters and the Skater’s Code of Conduct.

All public skating participants must obey the following rules:

  • Please listen to and obey skate patrollers at all times
  • Please do not bring food or drink on the ice surface
  • No horseplay/games
  • Do not skate backwards
  • All participants must be in full control and be able to avoid contact with other
    skaters  –  Please do not skate excessively fast or erratically
  • Only approved skate aid devices are permitted on the ice surface
  • No hockey equipment or other toys/equipment are permitted on the ice surface
  • Please do not sit on the boards or stand/rest on the ice surface
  • Please do not carry children while skating
  • Skate in the approved direction only
  • Please leave the ice surface immediately when asked to do so by the skate patrollers
  • All participants must wear ice skates while on the ice surface

If you are living near Mississauga or simply just passing by our city, you should check it out. it’s really a great place to just hang and feel the vibe.

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?

Top 10 reasons to love the Holidays


Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted. Read more at brainyquote

Since the holidays is just around the corner, I decided to list the top 10 things I love about the Holidays. Its my favourite time of the year. It brings people closer together and it promotes sacrificing something for the joy of others. Its an overall a feel good experience.

These are my personal favourite. Let me know what you think.

#1. Gifts

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Its not a surprise that Gifts is at the top of the list. Who doesn’t like receiving gifts?. I know I do. It just brings me joy, not because of the gift itself, but really just grateful to the person. For me, the thought that goes into it is the most important thing. I personally don’t care about how much the person spent on it, Unless its really really expensive. Its the thought that counts people.

#2. Food

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YES, FOOD! Its second to my list. Its the ultimate cheat month. Since Christmas is my family’s most celebrated event of the year. The amount of food is insane. The varieties of food is amazing and its always different every year. For us living north of the border, we have boxing day after Christmas. The morning of boxing day when you wake up, is the best feeling, “left over food never tasted better “. That’s why most people pack lbs. during this season.

#3. Shopping 

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Shopping! Shopping! and more Shopping! Its the time where people grind it out at work. Getting over time hours to cope with their spending. We spend more in a week, compared to what we’ve spent in a year total. I think for some people, it’s their way of rewarding themselves.

#4. Christmas parties

10743693_10152807826212170_139265220_nChristmas Parties! For my family and friends, its been our tradition to have a Christmas party every year. Its a time where we get together and have dinner. We also do secret santas every year. It makes things a lot more interesting and also you save a lot of money that way since you don’t have to get every single one of them a gift.

#5. Relatives away from home

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Most of us have relatives away from home. Our grandmother visited us last year from California. It was really nice to see her again after a long time. Its been a while since I’ve last seen her. There’s just no better feeling than spending time with your loved ones. It brings us closer together. Its also a great time to catch up and share stories with them.

#6. Time off from work

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YES it is! A couple of days off work is enough to be part of the top 10. It doesn’t need any explanation. More quality time with family and friends for sure.

#7. Christmas Jingles

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If you’re living in Toronto, tune in to 98.1. They play Christmas music all day throughout the season. It instantly puts you in the mood for the holidays.

#8. Holiday Ambiance 

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I don’t know what it is about this season. It just puts you in a good mood. It could be the atmosphere, or the air we breathe. Its the feeling overall for me.

#9. Snow Snow Snow

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We associate snow with a lot of activities. Tobogganing is my favourite.  Going down the hill with my makeshift sled made of boxes is the best. You just have to put on more layers to actually enjoy playing outside in the snow.

#10. Midnight Mass 

Catholic Christians has a unique way of celebrating Christmas. We attend a series of Church masses every night from the 16th of December to Christmas eve. Most of us believe that if you attend all of it, your wish would come true.  It is also meant to show devotion to God and heightened anticipation for Christ’s birth. Its a tradition.