8 DAYS: How’s quarantine going for you so far?
SHARON AU: It’s very luxurious! Not only is there a view, but the three meals I get each day are so sumptuous and well-balanced. There’s always three different dishes with rice, fruits, snacks, and desserts, which is an even more complete meal than my usual intake. I even had to call room service to ask to reduce the quantity ‘cos I couldn’t finish everything, but they said, “Oh no, we cannot do that. The meals are intended to give you a balanced diet and keep you healthy.” So cute, right? And we get six choices for every meal: Chinese, western, local, vegetarian, and two halal options. I always go for local or Chinese ‘cos I’m deprived. (Laughs)
What’s the most difficult part of being under quarantine?
Actually, none ‘cos I have already been confined in Paris, so this lifestyle started in March and [staying in] has become the new way of life for everybody. I don’t even need to go out to procure food since it’s being delivered. So to me, it’s a luxury.
I also don’t get bored ‘cos I’m still working every day. I didn’t need to take leave ‘cos we’ve been working from home anyway. In the first place, a lot of my partners and clients are based all around Europe, so we’ve been conducting conference calls even before the pandemic. It’s nothing new and in fact, I feel like overall, productivity has improved. At least for me.
Tell us about how you voted in GE2020.
After I checked into the hotel, I asked how I could vote since I received my polling card, and they said not to worry about it ‘cos the voting committee would be going from room to room in their PPE gear with the ballot box, and true enough, that’s what happened! It was a very good setup and it was such an experience, and I’m very glad that everything went through without any hiccups.
So how long will you be in Singapore?
I’ll be here until the end of August ‘cos it’s the summer holidays in France. Initially, my plan was to drive from Paris to the South of France and spend a month by the sea, going to vineyards, and just chilling, since we can’t travel much anyway. But now that plans have changed, I’m just going to chill at home with my mum and at the same time, I get to spend National Day and my birthday here as well.
Have you thought of the first thing you’re going to do when you finish your quarantine?
I’ll visit my mum. My goal for this trip, other than to vote, is to spend some quality time with her ‘cos I was actually very worried when I was in Paris. A lot of worst-case scenarios kept coming into my mind like, what if my mum were to fall ill and I couldn’t visit her. I just felt like life is so fragile.
How is she?
She’s okay but I’m also worried about the dengue outbreak! My mum lives in a high-risk area where they do fogging every week, so on top of COVID-19, there’s also the threat of dengue.