For our Swiss friends Cyrilla Lahmer and
Elisabeth Musci, Sabah would be a virtually unknown destination if
not for Cyrilla's grandson, Herman, who has been residing here for
several years now. "Sabah is not very well-known in Switzerland but
when we get back, we are always glad to tell everyone what a
wonderful place it is," said Elisabeth, a family friend. This is
Cyrilla's third visit to Sabah; she visits her grandson here every
two years. "During our first year we travelled extensively through
Sabah and visited, amongst others,
Danum Valley and
Sukau. The second year we covered
Sarawak - Kuching, Batang Ai and Mulu. This year we are relaxing,
profit of the
islands and other attractions
Kota Kinabalu," she said.
Kaltenbach, located on the lower lake of Constance in Switzerland is
the home for these lovely ladies and the weather is very much cool
all year round. "It is very hot here but I must say that this time
it is unusually hot!" Elisabeth claimed. Her tips on handling the
heat? "Start slow! We try not to get too much sun exposure and
gradually get used to the heat. Also, drink lots of water," she
said. During their visit here, the ladies stayed at the family-owned
Langkah Syabas, their regular
"home" during each visit. "We love staying there because it is so
cozy and comfortable. Everyone is very friendly and helpful."
Cyrilla shared. Another convenience that they enjoy is the ability
to prepare their own meals at Langkah Syabas. "We love shopping on
markets, where we can buy our own
fresh, local vegetables and have them cook at the resort the way the
locals do it, and that is always a feast!" Elisabeth quoted.
Speaking of food, is there any particular local fare they have grown
fond of? "Noodles!" And the spicy food is interesting, too, as
their recent trip, the ladies looked forward to visiting
Poring and do
some trekking in search of
Rafflesias, and taking a trip on
the historical steam train. "There is so much to do here and I like
a bit of adventure," said Elisabeth. For 82-year young Cyrilla age
is certainly not an obstacle and she is an avid traveller herself.
Apart from Sabah, the duo has also visited Canada, Bali and Sri
Lanka. However, Sabah remains a special favourite in their heart.
"The people are very nice and accommodating. I always feel like
there is no distance and they are willing to help whenever they can.
That is really hard to find these days," said Elisabeth. Without a
doubt, our Swiss friends look forward to their next trip here. "We
plan to come back in another two or three years," Cyrilla reveals.
And then they do, rest assured they will be welcomed just as warmly.
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