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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".

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Latest : The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could now 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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Up Bukit Puteri through the newly completed shopping complex at its foot...

Continued from A boat ride across the river Terengganu from Pulau Duyong.


The jetty near Pasang Payang brings us straight to these spanking new shopping complex...


I have been to Kuala Terengganu many many times and have seen this premise being built over the last 2 years if I remember correctly. This is the first time I arrived after it was completed and opened to the public. While this is the first time my wife and kids stepped foot anywhere here ever...

The complex itself offers a superb view of the river Terengganu...


The new escalators help to cut the trip up Bukit Puteri, a popular hill picnic spot short...



Otherwise one would have to climb double, even thrice the amount of steps...




A view over the complex on to Pulau Duyong and Seberang Takir.





This part marks the first of a number of items which makes Bukit Puteri popular to the locals...






The kids forced to pose on the cannons. Yes, they might be tired from all the walking done so far, after all they were fasting and it was a very hot day. Never mind. I'd like them to appreciate the history behind Bukit Puteri. For here lies the main fort which protects Kuala Terengganu from outside invasions...





The command centre lies on top these steps...






One could see almost all of Kuala Terengganu city centre as one climbs up the steps...






Here we are entering the comand centre of the fort...







A look from one of the walls with an opening for setting up cannons...






Me and wife posing at the seat of command...






There's also this tower which should offer a much wider vista. Too bad the way up is closed and locked...




Anyway the view from the command centre, the highest point up Bukit Puteri should suffice. Soon it's time to head back across the waters...



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