KOTA KINABALU – A dutch starts calling Sabah her home, while many locals would love to see Holland, if not to stay.
“Sabah is a home away from home for me,” Ineke Hertogh shares, when attending the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Chinese New Year Open House at Airport View Hotel yesterday.
“I never miss the festivities celebrated in Sabah,” she says adding that she decided to adopt Sabah as a second home ten years ago.
“I fell in love with everything Sabahan such as the people, the food and the culture. I think Sabah is a beautiful place to live in.” .
After eight years in Sabah, Hertogh grew fonder of her second home and now she speaks a little Malay. “Sikit- sikit” ( a little ) she said to SayangSabah.
“Sabahans are very friendly and for the past eight years I’ve made a lot of friends from different background and religion. I have some close friends who are Muslims and I truly enjoy my life here,” she said.
Hertogh currently work as an interpreter for guided tours. She was accompanied by her brother who came for a short visit to Sabah.
“I want to show him the amazing things about Sabah that made me fall in love with it,” she said.
Sabah has become one of the international mobile community’s favourite place to visit and for some, a place to call a second home. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah