Astrid returns to Singapore in time to put her son Cassian to bed and hide her couture purchases from her husband.
Her husband, Michael, has been stressed and busy at work, which has required frequent traveling to China to get his new tech biz up and running.
Missing him, Astrid wants a perfect night to welcome him home: wine and dinner on the balcony.
Her family doesn't understand her hands-on approach to her life: unpacking her own luggage, talking directly to cooks. Yes, it all seems so strange.
We're given a little peek into the typical life expectancy of an elite Singaporean girl: which schools to attend, the tutors, the music lessons, the post-secondary experience off in the UK, the choice between medicine or law until marrying a man of prestige at 25, the kids, the social life, the grandkids, and the death.
But Astrid did things differently and has been scrutinized along the way: rumors followed her throughout childhood.
Charlie Wu became her beloved after using lots of money for grand gestures. They were engaged until Astrid broke it off, much to her family's relief, by tossing a Frosty in his face outside a Wendy's.
Astrid disappeared in Paris and eventually emerged engaged to Michael Teo, a middle-class "nobody".
The two were married in a private, small wedding, starting off an intimate life together.
Astrid is still in love with Michael and she's excited to see him when he comes home.
They eat, catch up, Michael seemingly uninterested in Astrid's time away .
Michael and Astrid make love. While he's in the shower, she hears a phone and assumes it is hers.
Confused and thinking the text message "MISS U NSIDE ME" is a joke from her cousin, she realizes she grabbed Michael's phone (1.9.19).