Trop­i­cal Oa­sis

With the help of some of the best de­sign­ers, Dato’ Si­mon and Datin Mina Foong con­jure the ul­ti­mate trop­i­cal fam­ily home, where rooms open up to de­light­ful views

Malaysia Tatler Homes - - DEC/JAN ISSUE -

With the help of some of the best de­sign­ers, Dato’ Si­mon and Datin Mina Foong con­jure the ul­ti­mate trop­i­cal fam­ily home, where rooms open up to de­light­ful views

You know what peo­ple say about sec­ond chances: if you have it, don’t waste it. Dato’ Si­mon and Datin Mina Foong cer­tainly did not let it pass them by when theirs came ring­ing. It was the year 1997 – their es­tate agent called them up about a piece of land that was re­cently put on the mar­ket. “I lis­tened closely to his de­scrip­tion. It sounded un­can­nily sim­i­lar to that of a piece of land I have had my eyes on four years prior,” Datin Mina re­calls. The couple had wanted to pur­chase it when they first saw the lot, only to dis­cover that some­body else had beaten them to it. So when the land that got away was made avail­able once again years af­ter, there wasn’t a trace of hes­i­ta­tion. The couple in­stantly made an of­fer.

ABOVE All pav­il­ions over­look the pool

OP­PO­SITE CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT Dato’ Si­mon and Datin Mina Foong; the paint­ing in the main liv­ing room is given to Dato’ Si­mon by his wife; the fountain in­stalled by Made Wi­jaya is sim­i­lar to that in David Bowie’s gar­den on Mus­tique is­land; Oriental touches PRE­VI­OUS PAGE The house has a laid­back trop­i­cal look

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