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.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Staying above the waves at Tanjung Piai

As promised in Baby Al-Rasyid's own little adventure... let's start the supporting articles for the series currently running in the blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU .

In CATATAN SI MERAH SILU I have explained how Al-Rasyid who was only 38 days old then was brought from our home at Bandar Tasik Puteri to Muar as a prelude to a coming planned journey to the south. Three days later the journey was official started as baby, mum and me visited place in the district of Batu Pahat before embarking on a night drive to Pontian. The story here started with what happened the following day. Look at the above picture... what can you tell about what we have been up to?

There, more walkways on stilts. What is this all about?

OK. Actually this is where we spent the night in Pontian, right inside this green building...

You see, these buildings are all part of a resort complex on stilts...

The resort lies above the waters of Tanjung Piai, at the southermost part of Pontian...

Look closely and you could see ships anchored off the southern harbours of the city-state of Singapura (again, excuse me for refusing to use the Anglicised name Singapore)...

This look back from the platfrom from the previous picture should give some idea as to how far this place lies from the mainland. Notice the radar tower in the background? It is used both to guide shipping and to guard the Malaysian border...

The green building where we spent the night lies halfway...

A look to the north-east shows the Johor port of Tanjung Pelepas. Sorry for not getting a clearer picture. Otherwise you could also see the bridge/second link which connects Johor to the island of Singapura.

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