The Team

The Singgahsana Lodge team is made up of a diverse mix of local talents whose enthusiasm and eagerness to please is commendable. The team comprising Laurence, Nur and Steven are ready to assist you in every way possible. They are your ‘Dream Makers’. The housekeeping team led by Betty together with her partner Abas keeps the entire lodge squeaky clean and is ready to render their help anytime. Steven and Betty entertain you at The Sadau Bar, attentively waiting to serve up the coldest beers, refreshing drinks and some bar snacks. At the management office, Shirley manages the day to day operations ensuring that everything is kept in proper order and Ros ably assist in all administrative matters. Laurence is a key figure behind Borneo Experiences alongside Nur, Steven and Maridon. Affable Uncle Lawrence is a regular feature, always on hand to assist guests wherever possible. A retired senior police officer, he exemplifies old world charms with his pleasantry and friendliness. Strike a conversation with him and he might even convince you to accompany him for a good hearty local breakfast at some of his favourite haunts.

Our dedicated crew members constantly ensure that guests at the lodge have a memorable stay. This has translated to our consistent attainment of the, Certificate of Excellence Awards based on guest ratings. Impressive ‘bricks and mortar’ is not nearly as important as the level of service extended, our team at the lodge looks to deliver their best every time to ensure that you arrive as guests and leave as friends.


Donald & Marina – Singgahsana Lodge and its sister companies are founded by travelling husband and wife team, Donald Tan & Marina Foo. Local Kuchingites, 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 Sciences Degree and spent 10 years as the head of the Sports Science Division of the Sarawak State Sports Council. He subsequently moved to 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”.

Donald & Marina recently founded the rapidly growing annual month long community driven, arts, culture and lifestyles festival called ‘What About Kuching’ happening every October.