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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A Jew's Guide to Unique Christmas Gifts

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 6:01 PM

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 heaps of colourful presents sitting under a big green tree. Instead, while...

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The Addictive Nature of Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Food and travel envy exist. They are crippling conditions that are hardly ever cured and almost always invasive. The worst offenders tend to have an Instagram account.

There's nothing worse than seeing Instagram pictures of your friends travelling the world while you are hovering over your smartphone screen wrapped...

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Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Two years ago I moved overseas with one suitcase and no job. I am now leaving with a fiancé and a full time career working for the same company in my home town of Toronto. Some may call it luck but I just call it life.

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This Father's Day Give Dad Food Fit For a King

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Dad doesn't really ask for much. This is usually a good thing until those two days a year when I, the eldest of three siblings, find myself aimlessly browsing up and down the aisles of some sporting goods store, kitchen appliance shop or staring blankly at home hardware supplies trying...

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New Age Music With A Side of Meat Loaf

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:49 PM

It felt like yesterday when my father would routinely pick up my friends at 8 a.m. Monday morning and drive us to school on his way to work. But a car ride with my dad wouldn't be the same if he wasn't blasting some oldies tune from the '60s and...

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From Gossip Mags to Mobile Apps: Connecting Strangers to Stars

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Everywhere we turn, every magazine we read, every advert we see, they are visible and abundant. Trying to sell us the newest revolutionary lipstick, eradicating child poverty in Africa, or promoting their most recent film, celebrities are everywhere and have become a billion- dollar industry for internet sites, magazines and...

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Women: They're Sexy and They Know I.T.

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:37 PM

As the eldest and only daughter in a family of five, I always felt the need to be a somewhat responsible, level-headed and motivated older sister for my two younger brothers. I come from a well-educated, liberal family growing up in a suburb just north of Toronto. My father was...

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Growing Up Jew-ish

(7) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 11:20 PM

Growing up in a modern yet traditional Jewish household, I vividly remember "the speech" given by my parents to my brothers and I. Went something like "Relationships are difficult enough -- why make them more stressful"? Moral of the story: Marry Jewish.

If I had never left Thornhill, a...

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10 Commandments for Surviving Your Twenties

(3) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:07 PM

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My boyfriend and I recently stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Wales as an impromptu final getaway before summer gave way to autumn and the real world. As we were sitting down for an all English breakfast, an elderly lady sat next to...

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Searching For the "Good" in Goodbye

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Three weeks ago, as I sat in the plane to take me back to my new found home of England, I felt, once again, an overwhelming sense of anxiety that I seem to experience at least once a year. I am not afraid of flying, nor does this anxiety stem...

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How I Found a New Job in a New Country

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Finding a job in itself can be an overwhelmingly daunting task. Finding a job in another country with a different set of norms, values and culture can be desperately distressing. However, like many others, I was hoping to beat the unemployment trend and for me, taking a risk ultimately reaped...

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Five Ways to Stand Out in the Blogosphere

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:26 PM

In my opinion the fastest growing and most cost efficient medium of communication nowadays are online blogs. For businesses and individuals alike, it's important to devise a strategy and theme that can evolve over time eventually establishing a foundation in order for your blog to be successful.

1. Choose a...

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Experiencing Reverse Culture Shock

(5) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Living and working in a foreign country far different from your own -- in my case, South Korea -- is a learning experience to say the least. Every day was an adventure and every new adventure was a memorable one.

I remember waking up excited to be there and anxious...

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