So apart from the flowers, what other things in the room helps brighten your mood?
I have candles too. My friends sent them to me, but I can’t light them. When the concierge sent them up, I received a phone call: "We noticed that you were sent candles. Ms Au, you know you can’t light them, right? You might set off the fire alarm". (Chuckles)
I told them that I’m aware of that and I asked them if I could light a candle when I’m taking a bath. They said no because there’s also a smoke detector in the toilet. So now I just display them in my room, which is fine 'cos I don’t want there to be a fire or the water sprinklers to come on suddenly.
What are your post-quarantine plans like?
I have nothing planned — it all depends on my mother. I told myself not to plan anything since she’s my priority. Unless she’s playing mahjong and wants me out of the house because I’m hovering around too much, then maybe I’ll go out. But even then, I don’t know where to go. (Laughs)
You got your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Paris last month, so you’ll be getting your second jab in Singapore?
Yes! I wrote an email to MOH and told them that I had received my first jab in Paris, and that I had to to come back to Singapore for personal reasons. I asked if I could get my [second jab] in Singapore, and the reply was very favourable. It would be possible as long as [the pharmaceutical company that produced first dose that I received] was also approved for use in Singapore. Since it was Pfizer, there was no issue.
The only complication is whether they would be able to certify me with a [vaccine] passport. It’s a little complex because you would have the record of having both your jabs that would be linked to your passport. But these are just details and I’ll sort them out later. For me, it’s the peace of mind that I’m fully vaccinated. It’s also socially responsible to be vaccinated before traveling.
And I’ve already booked my appointment. I’ll come out of quarantine on Jun 28, which is a Monday, and on Friday, I’ll go to a polyclinic for my second jab. Yay!
Photos: Sharon Au's Instagram