Dear friends and family,
We hope that you are doing as well as possible during this time and finding ways to take care of your families, communities and yourselves.
It is difficult for us to find the right words to share during this unprecedented crisis. Instead, we wanted to share with you what has provided us with some comfort in the midst of uncertainty and hope it can provide a bit of comfort to you too.
At home, we have found comfort in paying attention to the little things that we often neglect: tending to plants that have browned, dusting corners we didn't know existed and learning new cooking skills and recipes. We have also worked on improving on staple recipes such as our sourdough bread and bò kho. In doing so, we hope that these small acts of mindfulness serve as a foundation for how we move forward, learning to appreciate everything and everyone around us.
Most importantly, we have taken the time to check in with our loved ones all over the world and have been finding fellowship, laughter and hope whenever we connect with our community. This, more than anything gives us hope for the future.
But most importantly we've taken the time to check in with our loved ones all over the world and have been finding fellowship, mutual aid and communities of care wherever we look. This, more than anything gives us hope for the future.
Thank you for being a part of our community.
We look forward to the future together.
Chuong Pham (SGN) and Kathy Bach (NYC)
p.s. We made a tutorial on how you can make your own mask without a sewing machine, using commonly found fabric in your home. Pattern available for download. View here.
We will be back when it is safe to do so, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some online recommendations that we find a bit of joy and comfort in:
is a website that enables you to traverse the globe and explore live radio stations; by scrolling you can move seamlessly from Brazilian Pop to Turkish Disco to Norwegian Folk.
"How browsing radio stations from around the world can lift the burden of being online." - The Verge
We also made a playlist for you. Selections of tunes from Que Upstairs to your home, we hope you'll find comfort dancing in your living room to.
Don't forget to send us videos if you do ;)
Link: Que's eeeoo playlist
'Art Is Still Here: A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum'
is an innovative project uniting art lovers. It was created in response to the gallery and museum closures in China over six weeks ago.
M Woods writes "[it is] an online exhibition of moments and happenings - contributions of artworks, videos, photographs, words, poems, instructions and thoughts - by artists and thinkers around the theme of ecology, nature, extinction, isolation and kinship." Curated by Viktor Wang.
Link: 'Art Is Still Here: A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum'
Pasta Grannies - YouTube channel is a compilation of lovingly archived handmade pasta recipes that span decades and have been passed down from one generation to the next. Using nothing more than the bare essentials, these Italian matriarchs show us that there is endless delight in simple acts of kneading, rolling and sharing a meal with those around you.
Link: Pasta Grannies
Let's stay connected! Share with us what you are listening to, reading, watching and cooking. DM us @kaaremvn or @quekaarem or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sending everyone our love. Be healthy and be well.