Symphonic Selections: Polovtsian Dances

Symphonic Selections

Ever since my 4CC trip, I’ve had this one particular song stuck in my head — Nathan Chen’s free skate song would not leave me alone. I found myself constantly humming this piece and listening to it on YouTube. There, I figured it made sense to feature this piece for this month’s Symphonic Selections. I’ve known this piece for years due to my band room days. “Polovtsian Dances” is the name and it was composed by Alexander Borodin. This piece is part of an opera, Prince Igor, but Borodin passed away before he could finish, so his contemporaries completed it. I highly recommend this moving piece. Do give it a listen!

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Blogger Dossiers: Karin

Blogger Dossiers

It’s that time of the month for another round of Blogger Dossiers, featuring Karin! She blogs at Imaginary Karin and is active on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve been reading her blog for a couple of years now. Her love for the outdoors along with all the other geeky hobbies make her an interesting blogger. I also love the artworks she does. Get to know her better with this post!

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Aigoo Adventures: 4CC 2017

Aigoo Adventures

When I was 13, I remember watching Tara Lipinski (USA) at the 1998 Winter Olympics. She caught my attention because we shared the same name. The actual sport caught my attention, too — the spins, jumps, costumes, music, elegance — they captivated me. After, my interest in figure skating wavered on and off, but in 2009, my interest in the sport grew. I watched the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship (4CC for short), and I became a regular follower of the men’s singles and ladies’ singles events. This interest led me to go on a day trip to the 2017 4CC event in Gangneung, South Korea.

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Aigoo Askathon 2017

Aigoo Askathon 2017 (Original Image from

Back in 2008 and 2009, I’d done some Q&A posts. I realised that I hadn’t done any for this blog since then, so I chose to do this again, this time allowing anonymous questions and coming up with a new alliterative title for this post. I’d received some interesting questions from my awesome blogger buddies, a couple of them are repeats of the ones I’d answered in 2008 and 2009, but I went ahead and answered them again. Some of my answers stayed the same, and some had changed. For this post, I separated the questions into several categories based on its topic. Thank you again to those who have asked me something! I hope you’ll enjoy reading my answers!

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Charitable Contributions

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Before I start — last call to ask me some questions! Feel free to ask me anything! Moving on — after January 20, there had been a lot of events and happenings in the United States. Usually, I don’t pay attention to the political fiasco in the US, but the new administration in the capital awoke something in me. The changes have upset me and went against what I believe in. From human rights to immigration issues, I’d been very unhappy at some of the new stances the US politicians are taking. One particular issue had riled me up, and that led me to donate to its cause. From that moment on, I’d decided on a new goal for 2017.

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