“好的建筑像一棵树 – 无论内在外在都符合自然结构, 有益于生态平衡.”

- 日本建筑大师伊东丰雄

 

Translation: Good architecture is like a tree – there is coherence in its interior and exterior structures, and over time there is ecological balance in its growth. – Toyo Ito (renowned Japanese architect)


We can’t change the physical structure of the building; but we can do something about our practices. That is why we have adopted ‘green’ practices – moving the ‘tree’ into the lodge.


The tree is also our canopy – and yours – it is a place where friendships can be made and renewed, and stories can be shared. By the time we depart on to our next journey, we are wiser, warmer, and share the common revelation that we are all similar in more ways than we think.

 

 

As backpackers, we love to see the world, feel the pulse of nature and the heartbeat of civilisation all at the same time. However, this same world is also battling air and water pollution, depleting natural resources and losing living habitats (for both animals and humans).


Tree in Lodge seeks to reduce the impact to our environment while not sacrificing your comfort and service.  We strive to provide a green, warm, comfortable, safe, clean and affordable environment for backpackers and budget travellers. We are in this together.

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what makes us green?


Here are some of our green practices:

  • We use non-toxic cleaning products
  • You won’t find any styrofoam and plastic cups
  • Green laundromat service
  • The hostel is powered by energy efficient appliances
  • Double-sided photocopying/printing service is available
  • We provide recycling receptacles to dispose of paper, plastic, aluminium, and glass
  • We recycle energy saving light bulbs and toner and ink cartridges and some electronic equipment through proper channels
  • We use low-flow water restrictive devices for our faucets in toilets and kitchen
  • We provide and encourage the use of filtered water instead of bottled water
  • We also have a ‘pre-loved book collection centre’ (Yes - you can exchange your used books with any related books from our collection!)
  • We use ‘pre-loved’ furniture and appliances from community organisations
  • We provide details to local nature destinations, ecotourism operators, natural food stores, and other green business in the area.

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the roots


Tree in Lodge is founded by two friends who share a common love of adventure and meeting fellow backpackers.


rootHe was an avid adventurer since his days in the Scouts’ movement, and that passion carried him through his education and career. After a 3-years job stint in Czech Republic, , he undertook an 18-month journey to cycle (with a like-minded friendJ) from the Arctic Circle back to the Equator. The journey opened his eyes to many parts of the world he could not even dream of previously. At the same time, rediscovered his own culture and family roots (most significantly in Fujian, China). After 23,000 kilometres powered by pedals on two wheels, he realised that the world is actually not that big, and friendships go beyond the distance measured in kilometres. In short, he is an epiphany of the following quote by Tim Cahill: “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” The sense of adventure has not dwindled, and he is always on the keen lookout for fellow backpackers and globetrotting cyclists passing through the region.


rootHe has been attracted to the natural environment since young, and has been exploring national parks, mountains, and waterfalls in the region. That gave him a sense of adventure which characterised much of his life in Singapore and UK. In the pursuit of adventure, he took on a summer job in a national park in America. For 4 months, he spent each day rock climbing, bouldering, hiking and exploring the picturesque national park. He enjoyed getting to know like-minded travellers most of all, and hearing their stories of where they have been. He is a well travelled backpacker and has travelled through most of Western Europe, North America, Asia, and the Pacific. His desire to see the world (and the people in it) is still very much alive but that is also equally matched by realities of life curbing his ability to go afar. Fuelled by this passion, he sees Tree in Lodge as his bridge to the rest of the world, as travellers come from all over to the lodge. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open” (Jawaharial Nehru). This is a step towards another adventure.

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