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, October 30, 2008

Pulau Besar, Melaka again... After almost getting stucked there!

OK... Over the last weekend, I also made my latest visit to Pulau Besar, Melaka and spent a night there. Here are some pictures as me and friend Shamsul head towards the jetty to get back to mainland the following day, on Sunday...

As usual, I like to take the coastal route to and fro the jetty...

The jetty is already in sight here... Shamsul is in the picture dragging along his wheeled rucksack...

Normally at this juncture approaching the jetty, I would stick on to the coastal route. But as there's some rocky path ahead while Shamsul preferred to drag along the rucksack rather than having to carry it up the rocky path, we reverted to the higher path alongside the island's biggest resort (now abandoned again for the umpteenth time it seems...)

And finally we're on the jetty. A look back...

Only to realise that the 12.30pm boat we're chasing have left... 15 minutes early than the scheduled time. While the next boat should arrive at 3.30pm, so they say!
Anyway, this is a look towards the west while the mainland is to the east...

So how? We have a few other places to stop at in Muar some 25km away while we intend to head back to Kuala Lumpur before dusk. What if it's true the next boat would only be available at 3.30pm? Should we wait here and cross our fingers or should we go back to the more interesting parts of the island at least to kill time? What if we head there only to find the boat coming back to jetty out of schedule again?

So instead we decided to take pictures and hope a miracle would happen soon. That's Shamsul trying to squeeze a good picture from a position that looks like he's almost under the van, hehe!

Thank God, some 15 minutes later the boat appeared. As it turned out, the number of passengers then was quite high... after all it was a weekend. So the boat after picking up a full-load decided to leave earlier for the mainland. From the mainland it ferried another full-load of passengers before me, Shamsul and some waiting passengers could get onboard.

Anyway, what a relief. And here's a picture of Pulau Besar as the boat head towards mainland. Cheers! :]

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