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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, September 17, 2014

Old Machap mosque revisited

Continued from Muar river from Panchor.


Next we went to Machap, Melaka where lies an old mosque.



It is believed to have been built by a warrior who left the city of Melaka after the Portuguese invasion in 1511 AD.





Thus is the tomb of the warrior.



His mosque.


Situated besides a lake, man-made I think, the surrounding is very calming...









A closer look at the mosque...













It has been gazetted as a heritage building...





Muar river from Panchor




Next we went a few miles downriver and stopped by the small town of Panchor.



Situated besides the Muar river, it also offers scenic views of the long waterway...





A look upriver.



A look across.



A look downriver.



Muar river in front of the old mosque of Olak Sepam

This is from 2 days ago.



I brought some friends to Pagoh, Muar where we stopped by at an old mosque. Refer to the old article Revisiting the old mosque of Olak Sepam.



I have been here many times. This time I focused more on the Muar river in front.








A look upriver.


A look across.


A look downriver.




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Orang Asli village near Bukit Beruntung

This is more recent...


Five days ago I found out there is an Orang Asli (indigenous people) village near Bukit Beruntung not far from my house. So in the afternoon I took a drive and checked it out.


Not that I haven't been to one before. I have been to many including at Serendah not so far from my house.


It's just I never thought there is one so near, just about 12 km or so from my place.


It is at Bukit Manchung, off the road to a housing estate called Prima Beruntung.


Friday, September 05, 2014

The bridge across Tasik Raban

Continued from Around the town of Grik.


Next we headed to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, some 100 km south of Grik. Along the way we passed this bridge.



It crosses a lake called Tasik (lake of) Raban. It is a man-made lake created when a part of the Perak river was dammed.















Around the town of Grik

Peace be upon you all. It is good to note that within the last 12 hours or so the pageviews of this blogspot has surpassed the 3 million mark. When the last article, From Pasar Payang's upper level was written 8 days ago, it was somewhere around 2.7 million. Now let us continue from there...


After Terengganu we entered the state of Kelantan, spent a night there then entered Perak. The following night was spent at Grik the closest town to the Kelantan north-west border. The town seems to have its own quaint charm.


There's its morning market...





A rather bustling scenery of people carrying out daily chores...





Then there are wooden shops...





I spent a some time just driving around observing the going-ons..