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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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pasar Karat, the "Rusty Market" of Muar

Peace be upon you all. Enter the first article here since the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan arrived 2 weeks ago.


Last weekend we returned to my native home town, Muar and visited its Pasar Karat Santai. It is a variety of the Pasar Karat, a type of flea market for antique goods. Pasar is the Malay word for market and Karat means rusty referring to old metal goods which tend to get rusty over time. Santai means relaxed. It is added to the words Pasar Karat as a local variety of this type of flea market which has existed in some part of Malaysia for ages.


I understand this one in Muar was opened just over half a year ago. There is another one smaller just a kilometre or so away opened about 3 months earlier.


Actually these pictures were taken on our first visit 2 months ago.


But I didn't take pictures in our next visit last weekend. So let these ones show you around.



p/s : Actually this Pasar Karat is situated within the district of Ledang. Whatever, Ledang used to be a sub-district in Muar, only becoming a district on its own about 10 years ago if not mistaken. So personally I still like to identify Ledang as part of Muar.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Tahan river mouth




Before leaving Kuala Tahan I decided to have a last look at the Tembeling river.






Actually I wanted to have a better look at the place where the Tahan river flows into the Tembeling river. You see Kuala Tahan means the mouth of the Tahan river. That's how this place got its name.



A look across. That's where we landed to get into Taman Negara, the national park as shown in Enter Taman Negara.



To the left is the mouth of the Tahan river. 



For the record the river originated from Gunung (mount of) Tahan, the tallest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia.


A look downriver. And so water from the Tahan river flows into the Tembeling then into Jelai to form the Pahang river.


On to the more difficult part

Continued from Up on the canopy walk.


Me and Rasyid soldiered on to what in my count is the 8th stop.


 
After that is a very challenging climb.


Imagine climbing up this type of staircase going further up when thes base is already 30 metres above ground.


Rasyid was at first scared. But he just needed some comforting before continuing up.


What do you expect? Even an adult like me could feel the stomach slightly churning. Rasyid did well to go all the way up and on his own without assistance...


A look down. The ground is actually not level. There are parts where the walkway gets closer to the ground because we were climbing a hillside.











I was told that the walkways after the half-way point stood up to 45 metres above ground.


Time for a short rest. Not so much because of tiredness but rather to savour the experience better. 





A short rest again at another stop. I was really proud to see Rasyid still going on strong.











At last end of the walkway.


That's my boy.


For the record he had climbed all the way up Borobudur without assistance at the age of 2 years 7 months. Look at the old article Climbing Borobudur to the top.


Up on the canopy walk

Continuing from Enter Taman Negara.


The said target is a major attraction of the park.








It is the canopy walkway where one can walk from the top of giant tree to another and another. I understand we would be walking 30 metres above ground level.


Each walkway is limited to 4 adults at any one time. Well, at the time there were only me, the wife and our 2 small boys.


Johan who is about 2 years 4 months old was a bit scared. It was not the height that got him but rather the walkway's tendency to shake and sway left and right as people walked.


Rasyid who is 4 years 8 months old looked much more comfortable and confident.


He was neither fazed by the height nor the shaking and swaying.


A look from the first stop.


I must admit feeling a bit shaky when looking down.


The Tembeling river in view.





Johan filling up before continuing the walk.





To minimise the shaking and swaying as not to scare Johan, we have to put some distance between us.


As Johan continued with the mum, Rasyid sticked to walking slightly in front of me.


View from the second stop.





On to the next one...








This should be the 4th stop.








The 5th I think.





If my count and recollection is correct this is the 6th stop. The next walkway leads to what is considered the half-way point. From there one could take an early exit down.


The wife decided to take the early exit with Johan. Can't force a 2 plus-year old to continue taking a challenge which could make some adults wet their pants right?