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, February 06, 2009

Down from Fraser's Hill towards Raub

Continuing from More of Fraser's Hill...

Me and wife spent couldn't stay long at Fraser's Hill, not for this trip at least as we wanted to spend the night in Janda Baik. Although at first we wanted to sleep up the hill, we have to adjust our plans so that we could meet our friend Shamsul Yunos to complete a job involving taking pictures of some mosques.

Shamsul would be coming from Kuala Lumpur while the target was to be in Ulu Dong, Raub then Kuala Lipis before returning to KL. Thus it is more convenient to meet in Genting Sempah, slightly more than 10 km out of Janda Baik yet on the route from KL to Raub.

To get to Janda Baik, we got down Fraser's Hill through to Raub. Halfway or so we came across a massive clearing which looks like it was made after a recent landslide. The above picture was taken after we have cleared parts of the road strewn in mud. I felt like parking the car to have another look of the mayhem we have passed.

I'm not sure if this is an old already existing metal bridge or a new one made after the landslide.

But looking at the boulders and parts of road strewn down the hillside, I'm not surprised if these are the remains of a whole section of road including a concrete bridge later replaced by a quick-fix metal one.

Later we arrived at this section which looks like the hairpin corner at the end of the main grandstand at the Sepang F1 Circuit.

A look to the right...

Turn clockwise another 30 degrees or so and see a spread of durian trees followed by some settlements.

Here's a view facing diametrically the opposite of the 'hairpin' corner...

Another 30 degree turn clockwise and this view follows...

Just down another corner or two, there's this tall tree standing out heads and shoulders above everything else. I believe this is a giant tualang tree which can grow more than 100 metres-high and this pne seemed to fit the bill.

As it turned out, we soon reached the t-junction of the very small town of Tranum situated on parts of a hill or area called Tras. No wonder there's plenty of settlements which could be seen from the 'hairpin' corner. This picture was taken after we came out from the road on the left. Going straight is the way to Raub, another 10-15 km or so...

The road the going up to Fraser's Hill...

We wanted to take this road leading to Bentong and Kuala Lumpur.

The pre-world war II buildings here is etched in my child-hood memory. I still remember the times passing the winding roads from Kuala Lumpur up to here only to be greeted by a military checkpoint with serious personnels mounting large machineguns. Then my dad whole give a hearty smile before we continued the journey to Raub to see his parents, my grandma and grandad. That time, the 70s, this area was still infamous for its communists guerillas on hide-outs. That's all...

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