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IN A VACUUM: Former television host and actress Sharon Au, who has lived in Paris for almost three years, is keeping her promise to her mother to see her every year.

Au, 45, flew back on Monday and is currently serving her quarantine at Royal Plaza on Scotts.

"I'm keeping my promise to my mum that I will return home to see her every year," she said in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao on Wednesday, adding that she intends to stay in Singapore until after National Day.

As this is not a holiday for her, Au - an investment director at a French private equity firm - is still working on Paris time, which is six hours behind Singapore's.

Although she arrived safely back in Singapore, her luggage was not so fortunate.

"I worked as a flight stewardess in the past and flew frequently, but I have never lost my luggage before," said the former Singapore Girl, who stopped flying when she entered show business in the mid-1990s.

Au has been sharing snippets of her life in isolation on Instagram, such as when she had a video chat with her mum.

She posted photos of their smiling faces and wrote: "Mum is worried about my asthma, but I assured her the carpet in the hotel is very clean. Mum has asthma too and I worry about her every day during this pandemic."

Au later posted an Instagram Story showing her vacuuming the carpet and strumming on her guitar, singing I Want To Break Free by British band Queen.

She has been showered with gifts of food and flowers in her hotel room. These included a meal of bebek goreng, a fried duck dish, which was personally delivered by actress Zoe Tay.

Au later joked that Tay had caused a commotion in the hotel lobby, with people still recognising the star despite her hat and face mask.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2021, with the headline 'On social media'. Subscribe