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, February 05, 2009

Three nights in Pulau Besar

Greeting everyone. Two weeks ago, taking advantage of the Chinese New Year holiday I went to Pulau Besar, Melaka again and spend 3 nights there. Although I've been there several times with the previous visit made just less than a month earlier (see My latest trip to Pulau Besar... with the wife... ), it's probably the first where I've spent 3 nights there in years. Plus this time, it's 3 nights with the wife too. So it was practically a honeymoon trip! As there's quite a number of postings in my blogspots showing pictures, in fact videos of Pulau Besar, here just let me share a few pictures for posterity ya. Here goes...

This is a picture from a boulder high on top the seaside cave known as Gua Yunus.To know more about the place have a look at the old article The mystery of Gua Yunus (the cave of Yunus) ...

This is the latest view of a tree which practically grows off a boulder. The three was first shown in my blogspots through the article A whirlwind tour of Pulau Besar in 2 hours or so...

I'm always amused upon seeing this signage when walking to this part of the island. What the heck... "Dilarang masuk tanpa urusan" (literally translated as "Not allowed to come in without business"). I can understand that but just look at the figures, hehe!

On this part of the island lies a big abandoned project. Have a look at the article Sedikit citarasa Itali di Pulau Besar? (A bit of Italian taste in Pulau Besar?) published in the bi-lingual blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) November 2007.

Then I went up the tower at the abandoned golf club next to it.

Funny. It's only in this visit that I had a good look at the roof and realised it was all made in Italy. No wonder the whole project looks like something from there...

This the surau or small praying hall in Pulau Besar, next to the tomb of Sheikh Ismail, the main attraction of the island. I've been here many many times but it's only in the latest visit that I had good look at the building and noticed it's rather unique dome.

Oh, before that me and wife climbed the highest hill of the island to get to big split boulder known as Batu Belah. I didn't take pictures as I've already taken many before. You can have a look at the article Continuing the whirlwind tour of Pulau Besar in 2 hours or so...

Then we had a look at the beach in front.

The low tide made in possible for people to take a dip far out into the waters...

As I walked towards where those people were taking a dip, I looked to the left towards the east and had a good view of the mountain Gunung Ledang in Muar, Johor.

A look back. That's the beach from where I was standing...

A look to the west.

This is a picture of part of the golf course covering half the island taken the next day. Or was it the following day? I forgot. But from here onwards, I'd like to share the pictures in a slideshow. If you have any enquiry about the places shown here, try using the search facility at the top left-hand. I think there's enough articles of Pulau Besar to satisfy any curiosity, God willing. Enjoy! :]

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