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".


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, March 22, 2015

A new attraction at Batu Laut

Just something from 8 days ago.

Me and family were going to the wife's native village at Tanjung Sepat when we saw what looked like an attractive place.

This is at Batu Laut, 5 km north of Tanjung Sepat.

Actually we first noticed it 3 weeks earlier. We were then on the way back from another function in Tanjung Sepat but did not have time to stop.

As far as I could remember the place used to be covered with growth especially mangrove trees.

Now that they have cleared the growth it turns out to be quite an attractive spot...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Compilation of articles on my 7th trip in Aceh

In the recent 3 weeks I have produced a number of articles talking about my 7th trip in Aceh made 13-19 February 2015. Some of it have been featured in this blogspot, others at my other blogspots making up a total of 50 articles. Now let the links for all articles be compiled for easy reading and reference... 

1. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Satu lagi tawaran tak disangka

2. Jumaat prayers at Baitur Rahman early 2015

3. Melihat ke dalam ruang pameran utama Muzium Aceh (Looking inside the main display section of the Aceh Museum) 

4. Tea at Kuala Changkoi

5. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Memberi rasa dan cinta kepada penggiat muda

6. Rupa baru makam Tuan di Kandang (New look of the tomb of Tuan di Kandang)

7. On to Indrapatra and Iskandar Muda forts 

8. Savouring a bit of the beauty of Lamuri

9. Makam lama di puncak bukit di Lamuri (Old tomb at the top of a hill in Lamuri) 

10. Makam seorang Sultan Lamuri yang bertakwa (Tomb of a pious Sultan of Lamuri).

11. Malahayati fortress at almost sunset

12. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Hol Tuan di Kandang dan Emansipasi Citra Lamuri.

13. Erecting fallen Aceh tombstones to preserve history 

14. Sebuah kawasan makam yang baru didirikan kembali (A recently re-erected tomb area) 

15. Makam (Tomb of) Meurah II

16. Makam (Tomb of) Meurah I

17. The pools of Mata Ie

18. Makam-makam dengan batu nesan Aceh tak lengkap (Tombs with incomplete Aceh stones)

19. Makam (Tomb of) Maharaja Gurah

20. Masjid (Mosque of) Indrapurwa

21. Views towards Ujong Pancu

22. Makam Hamzah Fansuri dalam keadaan lebih terang (Tomb of Hamzah Fansuri in clearer condition)

23. Kubah Masjid Tsunami (Tsunami Mosque Dome), Peukan Bada

24. Masjid (Mosque of) Teungku Chik Maharaja Gurah

25. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Makam para Merah, punca batu nesan Aceh dan makam Hamzah Fansuri

26. Makam (Tomb of) Raja Raden

27. Makam (Tomb of) Raja Jalil

28. Makam (Tomb of) Raja Reubah

29. Makam (Tomb of) Sultan Jamalul Alam

30. Rupa baru makam Saidil Mukamil (New look of the tomb of Saidil Mukamil

31. Makam (Tomb of) Syeikh Baba Daud Rumi

32. Makam Raja Muda Selangor di Aceh? (Tomb of regent of Selangor in Aceh?)

33. Makam-makam lama di (Old tombs at) Dayah Darul Muta'allimin 

34. Makam (Tomb of) Teungku Chik di Peusa

35. Surau di (Small praying hall at) Dayah Darul Muta'allimin

38. Makam-makam lama (Old tombs at) Lambhuk

39. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Makam raja-raja dari Semenanjung Tanah Melayu dan beberapa makam lama

40. Makam (Tomb of) Sultan Alauddin Mahmud Shah

41. Visiting prominent tombs in rural Aceh Besar

42. Rumah (House of) Teungku Raja Husin, Reubee.

43. Sebuah lagi rumah bangsawan di Reubee (Another house of noble in Reubee)

44. Rumah (House of) Teungku Chik di Reubee

45. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Silaturrahim Daruddunia-Pedir, khususan Teungku Chik di Reubee Daeng Mansur...

46. Rumah Budaya (Culture house of) Banda Aceh

47. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Bincang Sejarah Adat dan Budaya Aceh-Malaysia

48. Masjid Oman di Aceh (Oman mosque in Aceh)

49. Maulidur Rasul celebration at tomb of Syiah Kuala

50. Perjalanan ke-7 di Aceh - Masjid Oman, Maulud di makam Syiah Kuala dan sapaan puncak Gunung Seulawah

Saturday, March 14, 2015

KL from top floor of the DBP

Peace be upon you all. This is from 4 days ago...

Tuesday morning 10th February I attended a function at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, the national body entrusted in upholding usage of the Malay language. 

Popularly known by the abbreviation DBP it has a skyscraper as part of its complex. 

The function was held at the 31st floor, the highest habitable level.

I'm not sure if I've been on this floor before. 

I have been to DBP many times, often for functions at either the ground level or the 2nd floor. 

Perhaps I've been up to this level but never checked out the verandah. 

This time I went out at and had a good view of KL, the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Thank God for the beautiful weather and clear sky.

The last time I was high up on a skyscraper, I had to be contented by some hazy views. Look at the old articles Up the Telekom Tower at Bukit Nenas after 15 years or so Completing a round of KL aerial views from Bukit Nenas

Friday, March 13, 2015

Maulidur Rasul celebration at tomb of Syiah Kuala

Time to close stories on the 13-19 February Aceh visit. Jumping straight to the 7th and final day. Continuing from Visiting prominent tombs in rural Aceh Besar.

Thursday morning 19th February 2015. I was brought to the Syiah Kuala tomb complex for a big event.

Syiah Kuala was a major 17th century religious master of saintly status. His tomb is often visited by many.

But it is not often so many people come here. For this was a Maulidur Rasul celebration, commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW more that 1,400 years ago.

According to the Muslim calendar, the Prophet's birthdate was sometime more that a month earlier.

But for Muslims celebration can last up to months later.

In Aceh the Maulidur Rasul is celebrated everyday for 100 days. 

It's just a matter of changing places, where and when. The one at the tomb of Syiah Kuala is a major celebration attended by tens of thousand people.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Visiting prominent tombs in rural Aceh Besar

Jumping straight to the 5th day of the 13-19 February Aceh trip. Effectively continuing from Views towards Ujong Pancu.

Tuesday morning 17th February 2015. Me and some Aceh friends started  a road trip towards Pidie, a town about 110 km south-east from Banda Aceh. Along the way we entered a rural part of the district of Aceh Besar.

We visited the tomb of a prominent 19th century Aceh warrior and religious master called Teungku Chik di Tiro.

The first time I was here was in 2009. In 2010, the late Teungku Hasan di Tiro, a prominent descendant of Teungku Chik di Tiro was laid to rest inside the main building. He was the main leader of GAM, the Aceh separatist group who used to fight for independence from Indonesian rule.

Besides lies the tomb of a general of Teungku Chik.

He was known as Pang Lamreh if not mistaken. Our friend Mujib (the one in light blue) is a descendant...

We went on further down the rural roads.

Next stop, the burial ground for the family of Panglima Polem, an illustrious line of Acehnese noble leaders and fighters.

Still at Aceh Besar we visited the tomb of a 17th century religious master who came from Baghdad.

Inside the tomb complex lies a number of tombs which should belong to family members.

There is also a surau, a small praying hall from olden times.