Name: Tan Yan Ting, Amanda
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Pop music, writing, soccer, video games, cooking
Appearance: Amanda stands at 5'4" and weighs in at just over 120 pounds. Her build is slender but athletic, more suited for the endurance and quick sprints that her sport required rather than outright strength.
Her skin colour is rather tan, as might be expected from someone who spends so much time outdoors and her facial features make her Asian heritage clear. She has a heart shaped face, with high cheekbones that are quite prominent, a long nose with a pronounced bridge and small dark brown eyes with a sharp gaze.
Her black hair is naturally straight, resistant to most of her attempts to give it any volume. Amanda has left it short, keeping it at a little above neck level at the back. Her bangs are about the same length, parted asymmetrically and she usually pins back one side carefully with a pair of bobby pins.
Amanda has a simple style to her clothing, her wardrobe largely consisting of a large number of pastel tees and blouses as well as a small variety of skirts and leggings. While Amanda prefers comfort in her clothes, she does try to keep a semblance of style to her wardrobe choices, often picking a cute look for herself. Her ears are pierced, but she rarely chooses to put on earrings.
On the day of the abduction, Amanda was wearing a long-sleeved pink and white windbreaker over a plain white T-shirt, a short denim skirt over bike shorts and a pair of black Chelsea boots.
Biography: Amanda was born in Singapore in late January 1998 the only child in a relatively well-to-do family. Her father Tan Zhi Wen had a stable job as a consultant at Grant Thornton while her mother, Celine Wong Xue En, a nurse at the National University Hospital.
Amanda's parents often doted on Amanda, perhaps trying to make up for the fact that both of them were often at work, leaving her grandmother to look after her for most of her childhood. While they desired for her to get good grades, so long as she achieved that she was allowed focus on her own interests. Amanda took this well, putting in her utmost effort into her studies to ensure that she could focus on whatever hobbies were capturing her interest at the time.
Amanda was a naturally curious child, who always wanted to be involved in what others were doing. She tended to be passionate about her hobbies, but she never had the patience to keep at one thing for too long. She would often find a place where she would get stuck in her current endeavour, before getting distracted by something else interesting, often failing to pick up any real skills along the way. She would be trying to pick up an instrument one day, before dropping that to learn how to draw, only to switch to trying to write a novel not long after, leaving a trail of half completed projects and ideas in her wake.
One of the few hobbies that Amanda found that she really enjoyed was sports, and the one that captured her interest the most was soccer. While part of it was in part of her father's own passion for watching the English Premier League, she enjoyed the fact that it wasn't just a fun and fluid game; it was a sport that you could play anyplace, anytime, with as many or little people as you liked. She played the game often as a child during recess, more often than not returning home with small scrapes that gave her parents pause.
Her parents worried about her for a while at the beginning, wondering if it was alright to let a girl get hurt so often, but they eventually decided that it might simply be better to let their child do as she enjoyed. Amanda decided to join her school's soccer team in her fourth year there. She had an aptitude for the game; her natural athleticism combined with enthusiasm got her a place on the main team as their right winger. Her show-offish style made her a great player to watch, and her aggressive and confident plays combined with her creativity on the pitch made her one of the school's star players.
Most of her closest friends were her teammates and she and the team would often spend time together during recess and after school. Her closest friend on the team was Michelle, the playmaker. The two had hit it off well from the beginning, at first simply united by their support for Liverpool, but later on by their similar tastes in books, games and boys. It was through Michelle that Amanda picked up a love for video games, often going over to her house to play FIFA or Halo on her X-Box.
It was late in 2011, after her second year of secondary school, when her father received a job transfer, an opportunity to work in Las Vegas. Her parents debated over the merits of the job transfer for a very long time, before deciding that a shift to the US might be the better choice after all.
The Tans weren't too keen on moving to the strip itself, believing that it would be better for Amanda to choose someplace more amenable to rearing a family. It was fortunate for them to find Kingman, a place relatively close by, a place that they deemed quieter and safer to settle down in.
Amanda's parents had little problems settling in, Zhi Wen finding that the company wasn't all that different in the States and Celine quickly getting a job at the regional medical centre. While her parents had been very open about it and had done their best to involve her opinion in the move, Amanda was never keen on leaving Singapore, uncertain about how much she was leaving behind. Suburbia was far quieter than Amanda had expected, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan city-state that she had left behind.
To her, the new environment was frustratingly different in too many minor ways that she couldn't pin down. The accents were different, but she adapted to that soon enough. Amanda had grown up in an extremely multi-cultural environment, having received instruction in two languages from a young age with school placing a strong focus on learning her mother toungue, Mandarin. It was also important for her to learn to code-switch between Standard English for more formal use and Singlish, a local and far more colloquial variety of English that was heavily influenced by the other major ethnic groups in Singapore, especially Malay and Chinese dialects. This, combined with the fact that American media was ubiquitous in her home country, meant that adapting to a American culture was not too difficult for her.
It was the subtler things that tripped her up, like the fact that her new classmates often spoke slower and much more clearly, her almost bullet train style of speech at times unintelligible to them. The attitudes were different too, people far more willing to put themselves out there and get themselves heard. It required more effort for her to do well in Cochise High as compared to in Singapore, while the coursework was less rigorous than what she had been studying before, the discussion based learning was something that she had to adapt to, more used to a didactic teaching style that was more focused on solving problems than on long discussions of the phenomena involved. Nonetheless, she grew to enjoy the opportunities that she had to express her opinions in class and the opportunities of choice that she had over her classes, something that she never had in Singapore.
Amanda stayed in contact often with her old friends, sometimes gaming together on X-Box live, at other times just chatting with each other through Skype. Amanda enjoyed the sense of continuity that this allowed and the weekly conversations would become one of her greatest comforts. Her family would also return back to Singapore yearly, during her summer holidays and while most of that time was spent visiting relatives, she made sure to make some time to meet her friends as well.
One thing that Amanda honestly missed about Singapore was the food. It was nearly impossible to find what had been ubiquitous dishes, and even when she did, the taste and style were different enough to not warrant a repeat visit. Amanda picked up an interest in cooking, wanting to recreate the tastes from her childhood. Every time she returned to Singapore, she would help out in the kitchen with her grandmother, learning new recipes she could take back to the States.
Another thing that stuck Amanda about the States was the relative lack of popularity that soccer had. It certainly wasn't as big as it was back in Singapore, where watching soccer might as well have been the national sport. It wasn't too hard to find people that did play, but Amanda found it was much harder to actually watch the EPL at all, let alone live. While the internet and constant chats with Michelle kept her aware of what was going on, it was still difficult to keep up with the game. Nonetheless, she still joined the soccer club, hoping that her constant participation in the sport would keep her interest from flagging.
Amanda has been largely sociable in high school, her natural extroversion combined with her cheerful demeanour has helped her to make friends easily, choosing largely to stick to the other sportsmen by virtue of having similar class schedules and practice hours. While she has managed to get along well with them, still feels a little bit of a cultural gap between them and she feels nowhere as close to any of her schoolmates as she does with her friends back in Singapore. Amanda isn't too active romantically or otherwise, personally being far more conservative about most of her friends. She cares about how she looks to the other sex and while she does go on dates occasionally, she hasn't found anyone she's very fond of in a romantic light.
Amanda often tries to get involved in too many things at once, over committing herself with too many events. While she understands that she can't do everything, she still can't help but get involved in events that she does find interesting. She tries to do her best to not let this effect her studies though, often times dropping many commitments at once near exam periods to get study time in. This has led to some mild resentment towards her by other members of the projects that she is working on.
Her grades are a set of mixed As and Bs, good enough to avoid questioning from her parents about her grades. She has already applied to several colleges, her parents insistent that getting a degree would be a sure ticket to success. While she doesn't agree with that assessment, she had few plans for what she wants to do after graduation and feels that college might be a good enough experience for her to outweigh the costs.
Amanda tends to be a little over confident about what she does, often assuming that the little dabbling that she's done on a topic is enough to translate into something concrete. Amanda tends too much to focus on the here and now and likes to finish things before she forgets about them. As such she is easily frustrated when things actively impede her or prevent her from doing things in the present. She also tends to be a little impatient about people who are lazy, expecting that people should get things done promptly the ways she does. She doesn't like to think very hard about her options when confronted with difficult decisions, and this often leads to her either making snap decisions, or simply leaving them be and hoping that the problem would eventually go away.
Advantages: She's athletic, capable of both endurance and less likely to be exhausted from physical exertion. She's passionate about things once she is interested and tends to get things done promptly.
Disadvantages: She tends to be easily sidetracked by whatever has captured her interest and loses her focus easily. She tends to be overconfident in her own abilities, and is easily frustrated when things aren't as easy as she expects. This can lead to her making rash decisions especially in stressful situations.
Designated Number: Female student no. 040
Designated Weapon: FN Model 1949
Conclusion: I'm feeling pretty good about G040. Only concern I've got here is that she's practically her own worst enemy. I can already hear Josie's shrieks of laughter when G040 gets lost in a daydream and walks right into a face-stabbing. Not getting much sleep tonight... - Dennis Lourvey
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