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 14, 2009

Catching the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Lampuuk...

Continued from On to Tanoh Abee... so what exist over there?

Despite spending some time at Tanoh Abee, despite leaving there sometime after 6.30 pm then having to rush back 42 km through a non-highway road to Banda Aceh then another 15 km to go to its west, we managed to arrive at our next destination, the beach of Lampuuk in time.

For the record, Lampuuk is the beach facing the Indian Ocean which is closest to Banda Aceh.

Its location facing the ocean near the northernmost tip of the island of Sumatera made it one of the closest open area to the underwater earthquake epicentre of the tsunami attack of 26th December 2004. Thus the beach of Lampuuk was totally devastated and destroyed. Now, just look at its beauty 4 years after the mishap...

Why, I couldn't help changing into shorts and taking a dip in the ocean myself. But no pictures of me doing that ya...

Anyway, this is as close to a superb sunset we could catch. While we had all the time, at least 15 minutes to watch the sun sets before it disappears into the horizon, it seemed like the sky had other plans. Patches of cloud blocked what could have a been a very interesting sight as I've been told this is where we could get the best sunset anywhere near Banda Aceh if not the whole of Aceh. Never mind, the view was good enough. With that you could say the day's activity for me was done. Except for a visit to the nearby mosque which became the only building to survive the tsunami for miles around, a mosque which I will feature in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) next.


Unknown said...

..salam..beautiful blog..but then I should not expect less from an exjourno with NST and a math genius to boot..will definitely bookmark for returns...

Radzi Sapiee said...

Wassalam. Thanks for the encouraging words of appreciation! :]