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".


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.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The unexpected Negeri Sembilan trip: Around Seri Menanti and on...

And so I reached Seri Menanti. I immediately head for the main destination there. Above is the gates to the said destination...

So what is this place? Welcome to the old Negeri Sembilan palace which has been turned into a museum. For more pictures of it, look at the article Istana lama (the old palace of) Seri Menanti... in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) ...

Once done at the palace, I immediately head out of Seri Menanti as there's one or two other destinations I wanted to catch before dusk, both being situated at a distance to each other. As I was about to leave the small town, I saw this archway... It was only when I passed it on the way out that I felt like taking a picture... I saw something else calling me to visit...

Actually I saw another arch, a white one pointing the way to the Negeri Sembilan royal mausoleum. But the gates to arch were locked. So I had to go through the way to the mosque... The royal mosque of Tuanku Munawir...

The mosque...

Ah... This must be the Negeri Sembilan royal mausoleum...

Yes it is. It's just that there's no one buried here, yet.

Then I realised this one is the new royal mausoleum built likely for the present royal family. As it turned out, the existing (and used) royal mausoleum is behind it. Have a look at the article Makam diraja (royal mausoleum of) Negeri Sembilan, Seri Menanti in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) .

Whatever, it's time to leave Seri Menanti. A last look at the nice background of hills from inside the car...

So where's the next destination? Guess... I took the straight road. Is it to Tanjung Ipoh or Kuala Pilah?

Almost 20km later, I arrived at another junction... So now, is it to Seremban or Kuala Pilah?

I took the left turning. But if I wanted to go to Seremban, I could have taken the earlier left turning at Seri Menanti. So where am I going? Try reasoning by elimination... As the famous detective Sherlock Holmes would say, elemantary my dear Watson...

Whataver, here is written my next destination. We'll continue the story next time. Cheers! :]

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