Sim-ply mar­vel­lous

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The en­ter­pris­ing Sim has also set up Elae Thatch, a sub­sidiary which re­cy­cles dis­carded oil palm fronds into hardy, al­ter­na­tive roof­ing that looks rus­tic and nat­u­ral. Ex­am­ples can be seen at the Ban­jaran Hot­spring Re­sort vil­las where the roofs blend seam­lessly into the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Sim is pas­sion­ate about Eco Fun, a new pro­to­type of a themed re­sort pro­mot­ing eco-lit­er­acy. Guests would sleep in cosy tented lodg­ings, tree-houses con­structed on the boughs of real trees, or wooden cabins. Ac­tiv­i­ties are na­ture-based, like river-raft­ing or kite-fly­ing.

Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng an­nounced in Jan­uary that the first Eco Fun Re­sort would be built at Teluk Ba­hang on the is­land.

“As I grow older, I yearn for A sec­tion of a villa at The Ban­jaran Hot­spring Re­sort in Tam­bun, Ipoh. The thatched roofs are made by Elae Thatch (a sub­sidiary com­pany set up by Sim) us­ing re­cy­cled oil palm fronds. things that I miss,” Sim says wist­fully.

“Grow­ing up, we played with one an­other, not with some elec­tronic gad­get. We cy­cled, we walked, we talked to our neigh­bours. The so­cial is­sues we see to­day are a wake-up call that we are not pre­par­ing our chil­dren right for the fu­ture. We have lost the essence of what’s truly im­por­tant to us.

“Eco Fun pro­motes my child­hood val­ues and en­joy­ment. It’s about the child in me! I am for­tu­nate to be in a fun in­dus­try, and I be­lieve you are as young as your heart tells you. We all had fun when we were chil­dren; why does it have to end when we grow up?” n To view Sim’s project, visit www. sim­

Wild won­der: A sa­fari theme park cre­ated by Sim Leisure. – Pics by Sim Leisure

The an­cient-look­ing walls of hi­ero­glyph­ics in­side a maze of tombs at Singapore’s Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios’ Egypt Zone were beau­ti­fully cre­ated by Sim’s crafts­men.

The Re­venge of The Mummy at­trac­tion in Singapore Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios’ Egypt Zone.

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