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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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Small river at Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman mosque



Also close to the mosque is a small river flowing into the Kapuas river.








This is the bridge one needs to use to get to the mosque.


A look downstream from the bridge. That's the city of Pontianak in the background.


A look upstream. There is a village with pathways on wooden stilts around.


Kapuas river in front of Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman mosque



Next, we went to the nearby royal mosque. Look at Masjid Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman Al-Qadri pada siang hari (Mosque of Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman Al-Qadri at daytime) in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART). From the left side of the mosque you could see a jetty.





It overlooks the Kapuas river, the longest river in the whole of Kalimantan, in fact whole of Indonesia...



A look downstream. The river mouth is about 20 km away.





A look across shows a portion of the city of Pontianak.





A look upstream. The river twists and turns some 1,000 km more inland.



Views from second level of Istana Qadriah

Peace be upon you all. Going to the 5th and last day of the recent West Kalimantan trip...


Friday morning 12th June 2015. We went to Istana Qadriah, palace of the kingdom of Pontianak.


Going up to the second level of the palace there is a verandah overlooking the surroundings...


I started looking from right to left...











That's our car down there. It was raining cats and dogs...

















Friday, June 26, 2015

Landak river from Al-Muslimun, Ngabang



At the far end of the school lies this hut.





It overlooks the Landak river.


Looking downstream I started turning anti-clockwise...











A look down and across. The river here is 70 metres across.


Religious school of Al-Muslimun, Ngabang



From Mungguk we returned to Ngabang and stopped by this religious school.





It is called the Al-Muslimin.


The head teacher whom we've met at the mosque nearby earlier in the morning insisted that we pay a visit. So there we were looking around...








Hanging bridge over river Banyuke



In the article Going to Mungguk I've said that Mungguk lies near the meeting point of Banyuke and Landak rivers. We have crossed Landak river by boat. Next we were told there is a hanging bridge across the Banyuke and we decided to take it.


It is a plank bridge supported by thick iron wires.











Standing in the middle I started taking pictures while turning anti-clockwise.





That's the bridge we crossed by car in Going to Mungguk. It is upstream from here.





A look donwstream.


That's where the Banyuke joins the Landak river...