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Gillian Farber

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My name is Gillian Farber and I am a 25-year-old Communications graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. I was born in Toronto, Ontario and was brought up in Thornhill, a suburb just north of the city. Throughout my University career I was a feature writer for the Wilfrid Laurier student newspaper, The Cord. Recognized as one of Canada's most important and read student publications I wrote on a weekly basis about student life on campus. The past two years I have been teaching English in Gwangju, South Korea's sixth largest city and enjoyed myself beyond what I would have reasonably expected. I believe I have gained a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of the world around me through both my travels across Europe, Asia and choosing to work and live abroad for two years.
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Why Did I Assume She Was His Nanny?

I don't know about you but I feel like a real asshole assuming the Asian woman in BBC North Korea professor viral video was his nanny instead of his wife. I didn't even think twice when I was telling my co-worker she needs to watch a hilarious video clip, giggling at how the nanny scoops the kids up at the end. I even wondered if the father would be upset with the nanny for not monitoring the toddlers carefully enough while he was being interviewed on live TV. Sadly, it never occurred to me that the woman was his wife. Now I'm trying to figure out why.
03/16/2017 04:43 EDT
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7 One-Of-A-Kind Gifts For The Holiday Season

Rather than spending hours searching online or actually entering a shopping mall (but let's be honest, no one is leaving their house in a blizzard) I've taken the time to narrow down the extensive list to seven one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-box gift ideas for personalities of all types. You're welcome.
12/20/2016 01:16 EST
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I Didn't Know How Addicted I Was To My Phone Until It Broke

Whether it's pleasure, convenience, acceptance or all three, consumers have been made to feel like they constantly need a distraction in their lives. I know I'm dependent on my phone but I didn't know how much it truly impacted my life and my ability to be present in the moment.
05/03/2016 02:17 EDT
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Charity Isn't Just About Giving Money

Charity should not just be about giving away money, rather, one can give away almost anything to anyone in need. I'm not saying don't give -- I'm saying to do your research to find something that has importance and to give with thoughtfulness, true spirit and a genuine desire to help.
10/21/2015 05:08 EDT
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7 Bold Summer Drinks to Kick Off Patio Season

After enduring a long, brutally cold winter, nothing indicates summer more for Canadians than their first cocktail outside on a patio. "Patio weather" has not only become a common phrase for us Canadians but it's actually developed into its own season.
04/29/2015 05:30 EDT

Planet of the Apps

The world is becoming increasingly mobile...literally. Seven billion people worldwide own a mobile phone and one in every five people use smart phone devices. It's no surprise that marketers have jump...
03/23/2015 04:03 EDT
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How to Find the Perfect Jeans

Just like searching for a suitable partner, consumers ultimately want to find that one pair of jeans we simply cannot live without. So to help narrow your search for the perfect pair of denim jeans, here are some tips you may want to consider before buying into a never ending Canadian clothing staple for both men and women of all ages.
03/15/2015 11:16 EDT
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The "Ideal Female Body" Seems to Change With Every Timezone

Each and every country around the world has its own definition of beauty, and while I was living and working in South Korea, I discovered that was more evident than ever. The truth is, whether we'd like to admit it or not, aesthetics do matter and have a profound effect on our successes in the world.
01/22/2015 12:59 EST
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A Jew's Guide to Unique Christmas Gifts

The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you are like me, it's hard to find the right gift for the right people. Growing up Jewish I never felt the excitement of waking up on Christmas day to heeps of colourful presents sitting under a big green tree. Instead, while Santa flew past my house, I endured eight days of singing infront of a candle lit Menorah with the family eating kosher food and missing a day or two of school.
12/04/2014 06:01 EST
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The Addictive Nature of Instagram

Instagram has changed the way people have viewed the world and each other. While some post shameless selfies, others use it for good or to allow people to open their minds to what else is out there.
10/05/2014 10:41 EDT
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This Father's Day Give Dad Food Fit For a King

Fathers (or at least mine) aren't very complex. One thing I know that can and will make my dad a very happy father, is simply good food. So for those of you who enjoy food as much as your dad, here are some do-it-yourself on budget ideas to help fill his belly this father's day (and yours too)!
06/12/2014 05:42 EDT
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New Age Music With A Side of Meat Loaf

It's quite clear that musical tastes change with each generation and so do the outlets which allow music to be heard. I can understand why new age music might not be readily accepted by the older generation. Our ever changing music industry is constantly expanding into various avenues which make it easier for the average singer or talented artist to be discovered.
04/11/2014 03:49 EDT