At Moonriver Lodge, you are welcomed into our home as friends and family. When we say, “Please make yourself at home,” we mean it from the bottom of our hearts.
The Pioneer Family:
Albert & Nancy Khoo
Here is the couple on the ground who made it all possible for Moonriver Lodge and Food Forest Farm. Albert, the commanding officer, can be seen riding all over the farm and surrounding areas at the back of a motorcycle, making sure there are no worms attacking the vegetables. Nancy is most often seen in the Lodge gardens tending to the flowers, beautifying the lodge and supporting workers in her motherly ways. Ask Nancy about her yummy ikan perut and she will show you all the herbs in the garden that you can use to make it.
PK and Billie
Moonriver Lodge’s very first hosts were PK and Billie. At the helm of the vision of Sigar Highlands, the dynamic couple works tirelessly to materialise all the dreams and fancy words into reality, split between Farm, Lodge & expansion works……all while juggling three handful mischievous but cute children.
Amirah : host, animal lover
You can expect Amirah to greet you at the gates of Moonriver Lodge with a warm smile, a warmer welcome and directions to the toilets are after the long drive (and the rest of the Lodge, of course). Quiet, yet firm and honestly straightforward, she is well-settled in the lodge like a Malaysian “farm-girl”. Hard to catch in the days as she’s always bustling around to ensure everything works!
Susi : bookings, admin
If you’re wondering who is behind the sweet voice from the Moonriver Lodge phone line handling your bookings and itinerary, look no further. Susi will answer all your questions. Don’t be fooled by her demure appearance, Susi can leash out witty comebacks without batting an eyelash and cook up a simple yet delicious Malaysian dish in two winks!
Vincent: guest relations officer, ex-Mohawk hair grower
If you have booked any of our activities, look out for the guy who will charm your parents, tease your kids and have your group laughing in no time. An avid food lover, Vincent is the man who popularized the saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. Bribe Vincent with some food so he will share some recommendations of the best dishes and restaurants in town.
William: farm tour facilitator, french fries thief
One of the facilitators for our in-house activities, William comes off as a bit shy at first but he is secretly open to flirtatious winks and chocolate chip cookies. If you’re lucky and he has warmed up to you, you’ll find him cracking a sarcastic joke or two.
Tim: farm tour facilitator, host, big guy/protector
Tim is another facilitator and host for any Sigar Highlands event to the government officials who visits occasionally. He can transform our Garden Pavilion into a formal meeting area complete with a spread of kuih-muih (goodies) and awfully sweetened teh tarik.
Aunty Ruby : herbal tea extraordinaire, kitchen helper
If you’ve signed up for our signature Herbal Tea Tasting, most likely you will end up with Aunty Ruby. She will happily totter off to you the benefits of her favorite but disgustingly bitter Woodworm Tea and inform you all the different ways to expel wind from your body (thankfully she hasn’t resorted to a demonstration of the most common way to expel wind…yet). During the quieter periods at the lodge, she will be experimenting using recycled materials to decorate the lodge or making different jams and preserves to serve to unsuspecting guests.
Mamali : housekeeper, gardener, setting beds
You’ll see Mamali doing a myriad of jobs around the lodge from cleaning to gardening to chopping fallen bamboo on the Water Valley Trail. Hailing from Myanmar, he is very shy with his basic English but his sincerity to assist shines from his eyes.