Writing this entry is probably one of the hardest because it is never an easy thing to reflect about your own life.
My name is Amber Tan. My parents were still holding Malaysian citizenship when I was born so that explains why I am half Malaysian and Singaporean at birth. At age 21, I renounced my Malaysian citizenship and become a Singaporean. (You cannot be too greedy to hold on to two!) Currently I am living in Bandung, Indonesia after I married my Indonesian husband, Timotius Michael Litha.
When I was young, I spent quite a great deal of my childhood in Malaysia so most of my memorable childhood memories were living beside the forest, pooping in the public forest toilet, bathing with water from the well, growing up with chickens and ducks in backyard…etc. You can say I have a “kampung” childhood.
I received my education in Singapore so that explains traces of “singlish” language in my writing. Opps! I graduated from Singapore Management University with a degree in business management and worked full-time for about 6 years in Singapore.
After I got married, I moved to Indonesia and have been living here since.
I have one daughter named Olive Victoria Litha who was born into this world on September 11, 2013. I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (excessive vomiting) when I was pregnant with her and hence I stopped working.
I really thank God for a husband that is working hard to support me and our baby girl since I am not bringing in any income. Being very active in nature and independent in my upbringing, not working and staying at home was really a torture for me.
Click to read more about my bittersweet Hyperemesis Gravidarum journey.
Currently I am a stay-at-home mother with Olive. I might not be working but I am still very passionate in my ministry work. I have been working with children and youths for the past 10 years and it have been rewarding for me.
Click to read more about my ministry
I love cats a lot and I have 2 cats named ‘xiaohei’ and ‘xiaoxi’ that stay in Singapore and Indonesia respectively. My husband love dogs more and he has a dog named ‘mochi’ which lived in the church where he grow up in. My husband, Timotius Michael Litha is currently doing pastoral work in the church for both youth and adults.
Click to read more about my hubby
I am new to Indonesia culture and I am learning new things each and every day. I am still in the process of learning Indonesia language which is very necessary to my survival in a foreign place.Click to read about my expat experience in Indonesia.
In conclusion, everyday of my life I want to be a better wife to my husband, a better mother to my baby and a better servant in ministry!