From the parts of Perak river featured just now in Confluence of 3 rivers in Teluk Intan... , I headed back to town...
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".
Saturday, March 15, 2008
After Lumut, I went to the place where my father was born at which is in Teluk Intan 60km south-east. Among the places visited there is part of the Perak river besides Kampung Terengganu east of town. In the picture is the Bidor river flanking the kampung (village)...
Look to the east slightly to the north and you can see the mouth of the much smaller river Tungku while the Bidor river on the right runs into the Perak river. So you could say here is the confluence of 3 rivers...
And finally a look at the bend of Perak river going inland northwards to Kampung Gajah some 20km away. Both the Tungku and Bidor rivers are on the right outside this picture. Ends! :]
Contrast that the older parts of town including this one... Not that old thought... This particular part is perhaps only 10 years-old or so but you could say it is still of old-school design...
I mean yes, new buildings like this newly made esplanade does add to the allure but the main thing about Lumut which gave it its unique feel and atmosphere is the wide Dinding river. Thus the new buildings and monuments are just built to reflect this feel... Sea-side or rather wide river-side living... That's all...
This water concept which makes the fibre of Lumut is further reflected by the fact that the area also houses the peninsular's main naval base as could be seen in the background of this picture next to the river estuary.
The Damar Laut jetty as the boat approaches the middle of the river...
Friday, March 14, 2008
My early impression was, this is just another government building... After all the centre falls under the ambit of the fisheries department or so and government equals boring... That's what I thought...
What I do remember though is this... Upon seeing these turtles live swimming about, my mind was totally blown out... I mean wow!!! Just look at them... I never thought I would get so excited and savour such a sight, in a government building some more!
Looking at turtles, tortoises and their sorts have always got me in awe since I was a little kid. Now, at 38-year-old, I'm being turned into a gawking kid grinning wide with happy blissful twinkles in my eyes!
I could have sworn, they sound just like humans gasping for air... I mean, really, they do make a sound like that of a human gasping for air... Its funny, eerie and uncanny at the same time! That's how I would describe it...
Also you should have seen the way some of this turtles lie down when not moving around... The way they fold their front flippers inside is almost human... Just like a boy would fold his arms with elbows on the table or on the ground and hands supporting the chin...
To sum it up, watching the turtles live swimming around is an opportunity one should take at least once in a life time... What more, this place is open to visitors for free...
And that's just at the smaller pool... Wait till you see what's at the bigger pool!
And so without much further ado, we go to the bigger pool which is also the biggest pool.... The size I believe is at least 70 feet long and 20 feet wide, sort of like the size of a luxurios swimming pool in a private home.
What is more astounding is the power they displayed when any one of them got restless and practically "shoots" through the water! Powerful swimmers they are. I saw one restless Ninja turtle that power-swim its way from one end of the pool to the other in about 2 seconds or less! I thought it would have gone straight and crash into the wall or perhaps shoot out of the water and flew off the pool!
Whatever, it's time to go as I still have to attend to my other blogspots. For the record, this would be my 3rd posting tonight for this blogspot and it should be enough for now... I hope you dear readers enjoy this piece. And perhaps the newly-formed Perak government would find it useful in promoting the place. Take care! Nite-nite! :]