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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.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Misty river sight at Kuale's Padang Changkat

Still on Kuala Kangsar or fondly called Kuale by the locals but for the next day. Continuing from Perak river from Kuala Kangsar promenade.


After spending the night at a friends house in Kampung (village of) Padang Changkat, I took a morning walk exploring the village and caught this sight.


It was a misty morning as I approached a part of the Perak river besides the village.


A look downriver...





A look across.


A look upriver. For the record there are a number of places or village in Malaysia which has the name Padang Changkat. So let me refer to this as Kuale (Kuala Kangsar)'s Padang Changkat.



Saturday, September 09, 2017

Perak river from Kuala Kangsar promenade

Continuing from The mountain road to Simpang Pulai.


After Ipoh we headed to the Perak royal town of Kuala Kangsar. Arriving in town we headed straight to this promenade.


It faces the Perak river.


A view downriver.


A view across...





A view upriver.


The mountain road to Simpang Pulai

Peace be upon you. Continuing the storytelling from the article Up the highest obvious peak at Cameron Valley.


Sunday morning 27th August 2017. After spending a night at Tanah Rata it's time to leave the Cameron Highlands.


Heading north pass Brinchang and Kampung Raja we soon arrived at this junction.


Turning right would have lead us to Gua Musang in Kelantan. We went left to get to Ipoh in Perak.


The road then started to wind down to lower altitudes towards Ipoh... or rather towards a place called Simpang Pulai.


The last time we took this road was probably 7 years ago. There had been some changes including this cliff-side platform of sorts ...






But still views of the sceneries are essentially the same... beautiful as ever...





I was particularly impressed by the shape of this mountain.


 
After some time we arrived at a part where the road is divided by cement blocks.


That followed by views of limestone hills indicate we were getting close to Ipoh.


Simpang Pulau refers to a junction where  the road meets the old north-south trunk road. From the junction it is about 10 km to Ipoh city centre...


Friday, September 08, 2017

Up the highest obvious peak at Cameron Valley

Continuing from Checking out the tea farm at Cameron Valley.



The waterfall is normally the furthest point visitors tend to venture to at this tea farm. Besides it lies this small peak and we felt like climbing it.



However the pathway that seems to lead to it also points to higher peaks...



So we thought why not press on and go to the higher ones...





A look around the tea farm.


















Come a certain part we decided to veer of the path and climb through the trees...






Climbing along were 3 other visitors who were bold enought to venture far.



Yet it was my wife and kids who actually showed the way with me watching over, sometimes checking out in front for obstacles...






 
There. We have arrived at what is the obvious highest peak within the Cameron Valley tea farm.




A look around...











And horay for everyone! :]



Checking out the tea farm at Cameron Valley

Continuing from Picking strawberries at a walkway farm.


Just a road-bent after the strawberry farm lies the place called Cameron Valley...









It is a big tea farm with a cafe overlooking it...








Visitors can walk down to the tea farm for a small charge...































There is a small waterfall at one of the farm's lowest point.