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.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The unexpected Negeri Sembilan trip: From Kuala Talang on to Seremban to close the trip!

Greetings. Tonight let us finish the little series on the latest trip to Negeri Sembilan. Continuing from the article The unexpected Negeri Sembilan trip: Around Seri Menanti and on... Here it is.

OK. At the end of the article The unexpected Negeri Sembilan trip: Around Seri Menanti and on... , I made a little riddle. Where did I go to from Seri Menanti? Here I might as well come clean as we're already on the subject. The possible next destination from Seri Menanti as shown in the roadsigns in that article pointed to either Seremban, Kuala Pilah or Tanjung Ipoh.

Actually it's none. In fact the road taken to get to the next destination could as well take you to all three places!

OK, I'll stop fooling around. From Seri Menanti I took the road that says to Tanjong Ipoh or Kuala Pilah. Almost 20 km later it entered a T-Junction for the main road from Seremban to Kuala Pilah and vice versa.

The place I wanted to go to next was actually Kuala Talang. From the junction one have to head to Seremban and reach Tanjung Ipoh. It is from there only one could enter the small road to Kuala Talang.

So what is available there? Well for one there's the mosque shown up here. For better information, read the article Makam (Tomb of) Tuan Tulis in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART)

After I'm done, I head back to Tanjung Ipoh... Then only I took a picture of a megalithic site along the way. For information, there's plenty such sites within a 20km radius or so of this area!

Then I head to Seremban. Here's a nice place, Terachi... Quite vast tracks of padi field, not as vast as that in Kedah but still having it's own character surrounded by plenty of greens, jungles and a certain kind of tranquility that at times felt like magic! Perhaps because of the existence of many megalithic stones around? The locals would swear that the stones are alive and growing because of some magical quality...
Hmm... Padi fields, greens and hills. Too bad time then was after 6pm while I hope to get to Seremban still more than 20km away before dusk.

Now 20km might not be that far... Ideally, you could always speed the car and cover 20km in less than 10 minutes. But that's probably on a highway, not on a single lane road with some traffic, not when you know at one point it has to climb and weave up the Malaysian main range of Banjaran Titiwangsa before you could weave down to reach Seremban...

Whatever, I tried to enjoy the view as much and as often as I can. So here's another picture from inside the car...
This place which marks the way to a waterfall and picnic area is close to where the climb up the hills and the main range starts...

As it turned out, the climb was rather fast and smooth. It was the way down which became painfully slow because of a long trailer carefully negotiating the many bends while blocking others from overtaking... Until just outside the outskirts of Seremban where the road is straight enough and larger.

Anyway, I arrived at the Negeri Sembilan capital at almost 7pm but there's still enough sunlight to take a picture at my last destination in this particular trip... The tomb of another saintly person. Hmm... I'm sure I've posted an article with some pictures on this particular tomb somewhere in one of my blogspots but couldn't find it.

By the way it is the tomb of a very prominent personality of Negeri Sembilan, Sheikh Muhammad Said al-Linggi. He is a much revered and referred-to religious authority of the late 19th Century till the 20th Century and his children and grandchildren continued to command respect and became places of reference till this day!

With the visit here, the unexpected trip to Negeri Sembilan was concluded. So let me end my current session of writing here. Good night! :]

p/s: Just now when I was looking for other things only did I found the article on Muhammad Said. Here it is Makam (tomb of) Sheikh Muhammad Said Linggi , from the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) written 2 months ago. Cheers!!!

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