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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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Latest : The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could now 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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quaint views of Pahang river at Chenor

Peace be upon you all. Something quite fresh, from 2 days ago.


Monday 20th April 2015. I followed a friend to the small town of Chenor where lies this hut overlooking the mighty Pahang river. 


It is situated near the local jetty.



Time to savour the quaint views...








Looking towards upriver one could see a rather long bridge...





Turning anti-clockwise a hill called Bukit Bertam if not mistaken came into view.



Turning further anti clock-wise one could see an old mosque across...





Viewing towards downriver...


Could be seen an island in the middle. Can't remember the name though. It sounded like Pulau (island of) Sempagi, Sempadi or so...


p/s : Later after writing this article, while driving towards a nearby kampung at my neighbourhood in Rawang, Selangor came to mind the name is Pulau Pesagi. A check with Google shows this is indeed the name of the island in the picture. It is about 1 km long and 280 meters wide...


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Going to a newly-discovered waterfall in Sri Gombak continued



The newly-opened settlement was actually opened by the friend leading us up here and his group of friends who call themselves the Zero Team.


The land around is owned by a member of the group since 20 years ago but it was only opened 5 months ago when the group was inspired to a find a nice getaway from modern life.


It was opened in stages. Two weeks ago while going further into the jungle they found a nice waterfall.


After some time talking to the group at their settlement which they've decided to call as Kampung Tauhid me, family and friend started to make the walk to the waterfall.





The path was slippery at many parts. It has been raining intermittenly the last few days.






At times we have to climb.



Soon enough we arrived at the said waterfall, the one the group found 2 weeks ago.






It might not be a big one but it was enough to have a decent refreshing bath.



We were told that is the 1st one in a series of waterfalls they've discovered later.


Some of us decided to climb up further to check it out...






I did not take pictures at every stage but rest assured we've went up all 7 waterfalls. In fact I pressed on further just to make sure if there is any more waterfall up there. Glad to say that this is a series of what could be said to be virgin waterfalls. Who would have thought they have such a place at Sri Gombak, a bustling residential area at the edge of KL?

Going to a newly-discovered waterfall in Sri Gombak

Peace be upon you all. Just something from a small trip yesterday.


Satuday 11th April 2015 sometime at 3.30pm. Me and family went to a local hall at Sri Gombak at the northern edge of Kuala Lumpur to meet up some friends. We then followed another friend who led us up a residential hill. He wanted to show the way to a newly discovered waterfall.








As it turned out we have to take the road leading to a housing area called Taman Bukit Permata. That' when I realised we could have taken a short cut as I've been here a number of times visitng a friend. I take it the guy showing us the way wanted us to now how to get up here via the main route.





It's just I've never noticed there is a Muslim graveyard just before the houses.


To get to the waterfall we must pass through the graveyard.


Then there is still some 2 km to cover passing through a stretch of red earth road, tarred road then some gravel path...












The route is actually used by TNB (the national electricty board) to maintain some electricity pylons along the way.






Soon we arrived at what seemed to be a newly opened settlement. From here we were adviced to walk. To be continued.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

A new attraction at Batu Laut

Just something from 8 days ago.

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Me and family were going to the wife's native village at Tanjung Sepat when we saw what looked like an attractive place.





This is at Batu Laut, 5 km north of Tanjung Sepat.






Actually we first noticed it 3 weeks earlier. We were then on the way back from another function in Tanjung Sepat but did not have time to stop.






As far as I could remember the place used to be covered with growth especially mangrove trees.





Now that they have cleared the growth it turns out to be quite an attractive spot...