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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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The beach at Telok Mahkota/Jason Bay



Further northwards towards Tanjung Sedili we arrived at a beach called Telok Mahkota.











Also known as Jason Bay the beach stretches towards the cape that is Tanjung Sedili, seen in the background as the land jutting out to the sea...


Horseshoe crab farm at Sedili Kecil

Continuing from The beach at Tanjung Balau.


Moving further northwards along the coastal road we arrived at Sedili Kecil where lies a unique farm.






The farm specialises in rearing horseshoe crabs...

















It also rears lobsters...











The beach at Tanjung Balau

Back to the southern trip made early this month. Continuing from Views from a restaurant at Tanjung Belungkor,


Monday 8th December 2014. After 2 nights at Desaru its time to return towards Selangor. We took the small coastal road heading north and arrived at the beach of Tanjung Balau.





The beach is about 6-7 km from Desaru.





I was told that since some renovation works took place at Desaru, Tanjung Balau has been some sort of replacement for the general public.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Malay civilisation celebration at Ladang Alam Warisan

Continued from Pusaka KL's function at Akademi Kenegaraan.


In the afternoon we went to a farm called Ladang Alam Warisan in Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan. There is a function on Malay civilisation and they too have talks on the matter.


To cater to kids they have a makeshift pool with slides...





Like at Pusaka KL's function we attended in the morning they also have exhibitions.


What is interesting they have old traditional houses from elsewhere relocated here.







When we reached the place sometime after 4 pm the presentation or talk for the afternoon was already finished. So we just feast our eyes on the cultural show next.


Luckily there was talk on horseriding and how it was favoured by Prophet Muhammad SAW.







A talk on Malay civilisation was held later that night.





Then there's more dance...

Pusaka KL's function at Akademi Kenegaraan

Sharing something from last weekend.


Saturday 13th December 2014 me and family went to the Akademi Kenegaraan building at Jalan Bellamy, Kuala Lumpur to attend a function.





It was held by a Malay NGO called Pusaka KL.





Originally it is a group of keris enthusiasts and collector, the Malay traditional wavy blade. But in time they covered other sort of weapons and went to to advocate to cover other aspects of Malay traditional culture.





Thus talks on Malay civilisation have been held by the group. When I came in it was on the origin of the Malays being traditionally from this part of the world, South East Asia that is. Then we move on to modern hisotry, how people from other parts of the world, mainly China and India came in to form modern Malaysia as we know it now.














Some of the things revealed are considered sensitive because of the current multi-ethnic multi-cultural composition of Malaysia. But the truth is there were sinister attempts by the British colonialists to dilute the importance of the Malays, its true civilisational achievements and culture when they bring out non-Malays in huge numbers to inhabit this land of opportunity...



Friday, December 12, 2014

Views from a restaurant at Tanjung Belungkor



At another part of Tanjung Belungkor is a restaurant facing another body of water.


I've been here once before end of 2011.


Then, I thought the body of water is Sungai (river of) Lebam.





Moving on to a 'floating' section of the restaurant and its jetty....





It was in this latest visit that I learned the land in front is actually an island.


The body of water is in fact part of the much wider Sungai (river of) Johor...


And Sungai Lebam which flows into Sungai Johor is actually 6 km from here.








In the middle is Sungai Johor estuary...