S’pore Actress Tan Kheng Hua Shares Survival Tips For Quarantine

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Ever wondered what a survival guide would be like during the quarantine period?

Well, look no further.

According to AsiaOne, Singaporean actress, Tan Kheng Hua is currently going through her second quarantine, and she has apparently not only come to terms with it…

But actually mapped out a whole routine plan to make the best out of her situation.

Bear Grylls going OMG. Image: Giphy

Now, that’s what I call a survivalist alright.

S’pore Actress Tan Kheng Hua Shares Survival Tips For Quarantine

Quarantine must be a real downer for any suspected cases, considering how you’re technically holed up and left with no one but yourself for ages.

Yet, as lonely as it gets, it seems that one can still get the best out of it.

On 23 September 2020, Tan, who’s currently based in Hollywood, shared some personal tips and hacks on her Instagram Stories.

And can we just say that it’s a plan that will, for lack of a better phrase, actually improve your whole being?

Without further ado, let’s check it out.

1. Routine

According to Tan, she practices a very stringent daily routine during the quarantine period:

  • Wakes up at 7:00 a.m.
  • Exercises for an hour at 10:00 a.m.
  • Has lunch at noon
  • Works till 4:00 p.m.
  • Has dinner at 6:00 p.m.
  • Unwinds and sleeps at 10:30 p.m.

And considering how she continues to boast some serious age-defying visuals, we dare say that such a habitual daily routine, and sleeping early, in particular, have really served to kick things up a notch for her personal well-being.

2. Consume Snacks Of Good Nutritional Value

It’s relatively normal to feel a little peckish when you’re constantly cooped up at home.

And it seems that the fit actress has fully embraced it, though with a slight tweak.

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“Go ahead and eat but make sure everything that you put in your mouth has good nutritional value”.

Be right back, gonna have some chicken breast fillet for my teatime snack.

3. Wear The Same Few Pieces Of Clothing

So maybe this particular habit would not work that well amidst normal circumstances.

But during the quarantine period, it’s a whole different story.

According to Tan, she wears the same clothing twice before they are washed, and they dry in 24 hours due to the weather. And since you’re not exactly going to meet people in person, you can probably get away with it. 

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Certainly saves a lot of effort too.

4. Sandwich Your Washed Clothing Between Two Dry Towels And Step On It 

Lest you’re misunderstanding, this is not some form of ‘smashed burger’ inspired kink.


Rather, it’s a hack to get your wet clothing to dry faster.

Apparently, the tip comes from Tan’s mum, who would hand wash clothes while residing in a hotel room.

“She takes the item that she hand washes and puts it between two dry towels and then she steps on it.”

According to Tan, the towels absorb excess moisture, thus allowing your clothes to dry faster.

5. Slap On A Face Mask Every Night Before Sleep

Well, this one’s pretty much doable with or without a quarantined spectrum.


However, please do it on a case-by-case basis; while some flourish with a daily face mask, others may find it wise to mask once in a while instead.

This is because skin types vary, and not every person would react well to a daily dosage of skin-hydrating face mask.

6. Skipping

In Tan’s opinion, working out with a skipping rope is the most effective form of indoor exercise.

“Cheap and good,” she exclaims. And we’re not inclined to disagree.

Tan Kheng Hua

Tan Kheng Hua is a Singaporean actress who has acted in a number of notable productions.


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In television, she is best known for her role as Margaret in Singapore’s longest airing and arguably most successful sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, for which she attained an Asian Television Award for Best Actress (Comedy). Her first venture into Mandarin-language television, Beautiful Connection, also secured her a nomination at the Star Awards.

On the International scene, Tan has appeared in The Philanthropist (NBC, Lead Supporting, Actor) The Patriarch (UFA, Lead Supporting, Actor) and Serangoon Road (HBO Asia Original Series, Lead Guest). She also acted as The Empress Dowager in Netflix Original Series, Marco Polo, as well as Kerry Chu in the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians, which aired in 2018.

In addition, Tan also creates and produces for stage and television in Singapore, including the critically acclaimed cabaret act, The Dim Sum Dollies; the dramas 9 Lives and Do Not Disturb.

She is currently serving quarantine in Vancouver, where she’s set to begin filming the US drama series, Kung Fu.


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Quarantine may be a real pain in the neck…

But Tan has shown that you can not only survive the dull period, but actually make full use of it.


So if you ever, touch wood, find yourself in a ‘pinch’, just remember Tan’s survivalist guide.

Though it may not help you procure large ‘edible’ caterpillars in the middle of nowhere or have you drinking your own pee in a desert, it will certainly tide you over your quarantine period…

Which, in my books, is a definite guide to store for the unpredictable future.

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