Many of my Indonesian kennissen (acquintances) feel the need to come home (pulang kampung) every year which they really do. I don’t, I want to see other parts of the world as long as I live. In my point of view, visiting your own country every year when you live abroad, doesn’t really help you to integrate or settle down in the country where you reside. I have an impression that those Indonesians live here physically while their mind stays in Indonesia. Some even wish to be buried in Indonesia when they pass away, which I think a big thing to ask your loved ones. I don’t get this idea well cause most of them are Moslems, Moslems must be buried within 24 hours. A flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta lasts 13 – 14 hours , plus some hours to get the laisser-passer document for transporting corps ready. And not to mention that you’re already dead, you can’t hardly notice whether you are buried in Dutch or Indonesian soil. Last but not least, the relatives, families (children, grand children) must travel to Indonesia to visit their grave.
I mean, they live abroad by their own choice, don’t they?