Everyone knows Sharon Au. I am with her in a random building in the CBD ready to go for our shoot at Lau Pa Sat when a woman enters the lift that we’re in. “Oh, Sharon?! What are you doing here!” she suddenly says to the former Mediacorp host, who reaches in for a hug like that woman’s a long-lost classmate. Turns out, she really was a classmate of Sharon’s from St Nicholas Girls' School. Or was it Hwa Chong Junior College? Here’s the thing: the shoot was done way back in August so my memory of the events that transpired is a tad rusty. But our point is: The world maybe small, but it’s even smaller when you’re Sharon Au.

Sharon, who uprooted and moved to Paris a year and a half ago, is back in town for summer — again this was back in August — and to celebrate turning 44 and 8days.sg is catching up with her over lunch. She tells us that she misses local food so we decided to do a shoot in the most quintessential of hawker centres, Lau Pa Sat. In retrospect, it was a horrible idea. We got to the location just as lunch hour was beginning and since it's a weekday in the CBD... it basically means chaos.

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