25 pet chickens.
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. simleisure.com
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.