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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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The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could 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.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Another family visit to Victoria Bridge

Peace be upon you.  One more article on the trip to the north which now has been completed over two weeks ago. Continuing from Muslim graveyard besides the old Taiping mosque.


Tuesday 1st September 2020. After spending a night at a surau (praying house) at Kampung Temong, Kuala Kangsar me and family went to Kampung Seberang Karai to check out the Victoria Bridge.







For the record I have brought the family here once. 






That was in mid-June less that 3 months before. Look at the article Bringing the family to Victoria Bridge






This time we have our eldest son in tow. This is his first time here...



So there we were walking through the whole length of the bridge on the small town of Karai.



We noticed at that end safety steel planks have been welded onto the 120-plus-year-old structure allowing anyone to stand and walk without fear of falling down.





This part and end is actually the official starting point for tourists.



We've started from the opposite end and thus have to walk back there...


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Muslim graveyard besides the old Taiping mosque

More on the trip to the north made over a week ago. Continuing from Approaching the top of Lata Kinjang.


Sunday 30th August 2020. After spending a night in the town of Taiping me and wife went out to buy breakfast leaving the kids at our hotel. On the way back to the hotel we passed by the old Taiping mosque and decided to make a stop.


The mosque is more than 120 years old. It is said to be the oldest in Taiping.


Besides it or rather, within its courtyard is a rather big Muslim graveyard.





It houses the graves and tombs of many important personalities of Taiping including noble men and women from the time the mosque was built and opened in the 1890s...


































Monday, September 07, 2020

Approaching the top of Lata Kinjang

Peace be upon you all.  This is from 9 days ago.


Saturday 29th August 2020. While making a trip to the north me and family made a stop at this place near Chenderiang not far from Tapah, Perak.



It has a nice stream and series of waterfalls.


Welcome to the place called Lata Kinjang.













After some climbing you can reach this nice spot with an out of service suspension bridge.






That is where most people would climb the highest at this system of waterfalls. Me and a teenage son decided to climb up to its highest part.


To do that we have to take an inland route as the area around the waterfalls are too steep and dangerous.





However we soon came across a part that is very hard to climb. Despite its steepness we could have continued on if not because of thorny roots or sorts stopping our ascend.


So we decided to settle at this part quite near the top.


After some time we went down back to the parts under the suspended bridge.


A close up look showed we had climbed till a dark looking part on the right above the upper half of this picture.


That is perhaps only 20-30 feet below the top. Perhaps next time we will attempt another climb...



Friday, August 28, 2020

Pressing on further down the Pahang river mouth

Continuing from  On to the actual estuary that is Kuala Bera.


From Kuala Bera we took a road that practically follows the Pahang river all the way downstream. We wanted to get as close as possible to the Pahang river mouth and arrived at this part around 7.40.


It was already getting dark . We tried to get as much advantage from the little sunlight still available.






This is already a distance further downstream than the closest I've gotten to the Pahang river mouth before. Compare with these old articles :-


From here we could see that there is a still a distance to the actual river mouth.


So we tried to find the road leading further downstream...





As it turned there is a land reclamation project extending the river mouth further into the sea. This is the furthest we could get in the pitch dark...