The Founders

Donald & Marina – Singgahsana Lodge and its sister companies are founded by travelling husband and wife team, Donald Tan & Marina Foo.  Born and bred in Kuching, Sarawak, both went to the mission schools of St Joseph ‘s and St. Teresa’s and later pursued their tertiary education in Australia and England, respectively.

Donald – holds a Sports Sciences Degree and spent 10 years as the head of the Sports Science Division of the Sarawak State Sports Council. He subsequently joined the Sarawak Golf Club  as the Operations & Activities Manager.  Making a drastic career change in 1999, he established ARTrageously Ramsay Ong – The Art Gallery in partnership with his renowned artist uncle, Ramsay Ong.  As the managing partner, this gallery grew to become a leading establishment in the region and after a decade at the helm,  Donald passed on the reins of this establishment to Ramsay to concentrate on the travel and tourism business in earnest in 2010.

Marina – read law at what is now London Metropolitan University and was called to the bar at Lincoln ‘s Inn.  Making her way back to Asia, she spent a year in Singapore, was called to the bar there and then decided that Singapore was too ‘glitzy and glamorous’ for her and returned home to Kuching.  Called to the bar of Sabah and Sarawak in 1993, she practiced law with a leading legal firm and rose to become a partner.  Choosing to be answerable to no one but herself she set up her own legal firm and is currently the lady boss, which means she can travel when she likes. Marina is now more involved with the travel and tourism businesses and extends her legal services only to a handful of her regular clients.

Traveling is a passion for Donald & Marina and between them they have covered most of Asia, Australasia, Europe, North & South America. Singgahsana lodge and its sister companies are the fruits of this passion.  They continue to push the boundaries of the local travel and tourism scene through their experiential understanding of the trade and by venturing into new concepts and products.  Travels remains a priority for both of them.  “It was our passion for travels that has accorded us our unique perspectives of the trade and enabled us to successfully build the businesses”.

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