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This blogspot is a medium to share my thoughts and adventures apart from promoting my books. Below are the books which have been written or authored and published by myself.


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Mencari Diri dan Erti".

ISBN 983-42031-0-1, Jun 2006


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Membela Syiar yang Asal"

ISBN 983-42031-1-x, May 2007


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?"

ISBN 978-983-42031-2-2, November 2007


It is interesting to note that while these books were written in Malay it has gained enough attention to merit being part of the collections of the American Library of Congress and National Library of Australia. Look here and here.


While the first three books were published by my own company, the fourth titled "Rumah Azan" was published in April 2009 by a company called Karnadya with the help of the Malaysian national literary body Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. It features beautiful pictures along with stories behind selected mosques which could be related to the history of Islam and the Malays alongside the formation of the Malaysian nation. Look at the article A collaboration of old collegemates - the book "Rumah Azan".


My fifth book "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates", an English translation and adaptation of the Malay book "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" authored by Hj Muzaffar Mohamad and Tun Suzana Othman was published early 2010. Look here... My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates... . For more information check out my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.



Like my fourth book "Rumah Azan", the sixth book "Kereta Api Menuju Destinasi" is also a coffee-table book which is published by the company Karnadya with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (the main Malay literary body in Malaysia). Coming out January 2011 it features pictures and stories on the adventure travelling by train to all of Peninsular Malaysia along with the interesting places which could be reached this way.


My seventh book "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" in turn is a coffee-table book which is written, editted, designed and has pictures taken by me. Coming out of the factory October 2011, this book which combines family history with history of places such as Singapura, Johor, Batu Pahat, Muar and in fact the history of the island of Java and England has been reviewed with me interviewed live in the program Selamat Pagi Malaysia at RTM1. Look at the article Siaran langsung ulasan buku "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" dan temu ramah di Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Some selected contents have been featured in Sneak peek "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah".


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The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could be obtained in e-book form. Enter http://www.e-sentral.com/, click general novel and go to page 4. You can also type the word "Aceh" at the search box. Or click straight Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sunset views of Lake Songkhla



Next we raced towards a larger part of the lake of Songkhla and found a spot to get some nice views.


I have seen these parts before but from faraway on top of the hill at old Singgora. Look at the old article Observing the surroundings from Singgora hill defence fort.


Since then I've harboured a wish to see it up close.


And so there I was enjoying sunset from the lakeside...











Songkhla town from south of old Singgora



Upon arriving at the old town of Singgora we immediately went through it but pressed further south.


You can see the old town through the old article Looking at the small town at old Singgora. We went further to get to the south side which I didn't have time to visit the last time I was around because I had no transport.


From there we caught sight of the modern town of Songkhla across a part of the Songkhla lake...








Here's looking at the modern town...










Bringing the car for a ferry ride to old Singgora

Continuing from A look at the town of Chenak.


After having lunch and visiting the local mosque at Chenak we went to the town of Songkhla. We didn't stop at the town. Instead we went straight further north to get to the ferry jetty there.






We wanted to get to an old part of Songkhla. For the record Songkhla is how the Thai people call this area and district. The Malay name is Singgora


After waiting in-line for almost 45 minutes we got on the ferry.






I have been on the ferry once before. But then I arrived on foot and didn't have to wait long to get on board. Look at the old article Taking the ferry to old Singgora.






That time I travelled alone after spending some time with some friends in Patani. This time I brought the family and two friends in our own car...





Enjoying the scenery around. This was like an hour before sunset...





A look at the town of Chenak

Peace be upon you all. On to the 3rd day of the Thailand trip 12-23 December.


Thursday afternoon 14th December 2017. We left the town of Pattani heading for Songkhla over 100 km to the north. On the way we stopped to find lunch at the town of Chana.


That's the Thai name for the town though.


The locals who are mostly Malays call it Chenak...





In fact Chana is just the way the Thais call Chenak in their tounge...


Monday, January 08, 2018

Sunset over the bay of Patani

Continuing from Rushing to Tanjung Budi.


We soon reached the very end of the tarmac road. Immediately after parking we got out and walked towards the waters.


Actually the narrow piece of land still stretches a kilometre or so from here.  But to get to that end you must walk and we had no time as the sun was about to set.


So we just find what seemed then to be the best place to watch the sun set.











Then I noticed a path leading to another part of the waters...














From there you can see the waters wide open. It is the bay of Patani.


Turning anti-clockwise we could see the town of Patani.


Zoom-in..


Turning anti-clockwise more and more towards the east...


Some 20 km or so in the horizon is where this narrow stretch of land means the mainland of Patani.


Rushing to Tanjung Budi



Our next stop was the old mosque of Wadi Hussein at Teluk Manok.


After spending almost an hour and a half there we then rushed towards the town or city of Patani 60 km away.



But we didn't want to go to the city yet.


We wanted to go to a narrow piece of land which jutted out onto open waters some 20 km before facing the city from across a bay.


Using Google Map we were directed to follow some rural roads.

















Soon we could see the sea or rather the Gulf of Thailand on our right indicating we have entered the said narrow piece of land.





There are parts were this long piece of land is about only 100-200 metres wide.



As we rushed to its end where lies a cape the Malay locals call as Tanjung Budi we could see the sun about to set...






The Thai name for this stretch of land is Laem Pho if not mistaken. This picture was taken at 5.40 pm local time...