New York City-based PR maven Gia Kuan is learning that brushing up on old skills can help pass the time in isolation.


The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld (left); Funny Face (right)

Gia, tell us — the best TV show/s you’ve recently binged.

Tiger King and Ozark… both on Netflix. The latter, I’m still going. It’s soooo good.

What film would you highly recommend to watch while pretending to work?

If I’m actually expecting myself to actually be working during this time, I usually play an oldie or a romcom that’s light and not crazy suspenseful to keep me on my toes. Recently, I go back to all the Audrey Hepburn classics — Funny Face, Roman Holiday

What book has helped you get to sleep during the quiet nights of late?

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe. Though it’s so exciting it’s not exactly putting me to sleep as much as it is keeping me up.

Name your go-to comfort dish to ease the worst feelings of existential despair.

I always have a pack of frozen Chinese dumplings for emergencies as well as a pack of frozen Russian dumplings — pelmenis. Who doesn’t like little bites of dough and meat? Either that or making various types of fried rice with fridge leftovers. Always very comforting. And always with an egg on top.

We all need new procrastination tools in these uncertain times, what exhilarating hobby have you recently added to your resume?

Re-learning the flute and learning a new language (Russian) has been great. I’ve been wanting to pick this back up for years but never found the chance.

Increased mindfulness is essential in this climate — name your top tips for getting out of your head.

I recently purchased a new flute because I played for 10 years in school and haven’t touched the instrument in over 10 years. It’s nice to focus on music for a few hours of the day. That’s been quite therapeutic.

Give a piece of advice to those trying to work from home.

Keeping a daily routine helps me retain my sanity. Wake up early, make breakfast, water my plants, stretch/exercise and start your day. Stay productive and have a small list of to-dos every day so to as not procrastinate and get off track. It’s very easy to.

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