Amelia Tan
Tatler Malaysia|February 2021
We caught up with Getha’s business development director for a chat on food, long-distance relationships and quarantine
​​​​​​​Tania Jayatilaka

After alighting in Hong Kong in 2020 to be reunited with her true love, the upbeat and easygoing Amelia Tan relates her love of cooking, her favourite travel destinations and epiphanies gleaned from moments in isolation.

What was life at home like for you when the first MCO started?

During our first MCO, the whole family was together, including the pets. Those weeks passed breezily. When we weren’t doing our own thing we planned meals together, played board games, watched TV and played with my new baby niece LiAhn!

What brought you to Hong Kong?

I came to Hong Kong for love. The pandemic has brought many challenges to everyone in such different ways. It separated me from my partner Tim, who is based in Hong Kong. When we were separated earlier in the year, the situation seemed to have a positive outlook to improve over a few months. But after a while, we decided that it would be better not to continue with long distance—so here I am!

What was your experience of home quarantine like versus hotel quarantine?

Although I’m naturally introverted, going through 16 days of hotel quarantine alone took a toll on my spirit. My daily routine wasn’t different to the norm—I was occupied with work and I had purposely bought a Nintendo Switch, books and Netflix to keep me company. Home quarantine was easy in comparison!

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