Destination: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Greetings, bloggers! After an overnight stay in Portland, my family and I hit the road the next morning to continue our road trip to the Columbia River Gorge, straddled between Oregon and Washington known for its distinctively-carved canyons filled with water sources from the Columbia and Deschutes rivers. It's also home to the towering, two-tiered …

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Destination: Cannon Beach & Portland, Oregon

Hello, bloggers! This summer, I went on a road trip with my family to the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. Hitting both the big cities of Portland and Seattle and the national/state parks, it was a refreshing week away from home...without being too far from it! Visiting the Pacific Northwest was our first time, which …

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Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui- Strangers (SSJ #52)

Happy Sunday, everyone! Released exactly one month ago, "Strangers" features the duet vocals of American singers Halsey and Lauren Jauregui, the latter being a part of the girl-power group Fifth Harmony. With its combination of synths and hazy-sounding lyrics, this track has that '80's vibe to it, which makes it the slow-banger to dance to …

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Daddy’s Eyes- Jake Coco (SSJ #10)

A good song to celebrate all fathers out there…Happy Father’s Day!

The Finicky Cynic

Happy Sunday, folks! 🙂

Today, I bring you Jake Coco’s “Daddy’s Eyes (Original).” Although it came out back in 2011, the song continues to touch me four years later. ❤

I think that this song, while sad and all, can be applied to any dad or father figure out there in the world. I am aware that there are some people out there who are not blessed with the most ideal fathers or, sadly, with none at all. I have heard of people whose fathers have suffered from sickness, cancer, died in wars and accidents, and other tragedies that still haunts them to this day.

Therefore, hearing these stories in relation to Jake Coco’s song makes me reflect on my own relationship to my dad. Growing up, I had always considered him a loving, but rather annoying figure: stubborn, hot-tempered, impatient, a bit childish, and whatnot. I was not very…

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Graduation: A Year Later!

In honor of graduation week, here are my thoughts (two years later)!

The Finicky Cynic

Hello, my lovely bloggers! ❤

Today’s date (June 12th, 2016) marks the one-year anniversary of my college graduation (for a recap of last year’s ceremonies, check it out here). Like many already or soon-to-be graduates of universities all over the country, I once walked in the ceremony– cap, gown, sash galore– shook the hand of the department head, and sat in the not-so-comfortable seats while listening to the one, two-hour speeches of the guest speakers who most likely were called not only because of their wealth and status in society, but also for their *generous* monetary contribution to the academic institution (think donations).

My graduation ceremony. #throwback My graduation ceremony. #throwback

…yeah. I did all of that.

It is crazy to believe that it has only been a mere twelve months since I have graduated from higher education. For some of you who have been out of school for years, even decades…

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