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, June 17, 2010

A climb up the hill called Bukit Jeram

A week ago I wrote the last article here called A visit to the Pantai Remis of Selangor where I mentioned coming across the place after making a drive around some places in Selangor over the weekend. Well, actually I came across Pantai Remis while looking for a hill called Bukit Jeram. However I missed after mistaking another hill for it and then taking a turn towards home just before the actual hill.

A few days later I came across a rather detailed map of Selangor and managed to ascertain the actual location of Bukit Jeram. This afternoon I brought my wife to have a look...

Seeing that there's a path leading towards the hill we decided to check it out.

And voila... there's a staircase. Without any delay we proceeded to take the steps...

The stairs seemed to be in a mess...

I understand it was actually built by the Japanese in 1943 or so, when they occupied Malaya or Peninsular Malaysia.

Here's a view from halfway up or so...

While the steps seemed ruined and some parts actually blocked by fallen trees and thick foliage we soldiered on...

Soon we came across what looked like the summit.

Here's a view from it...

However we saw a path leading onwards...

At first it looks like it is going down...

Then it starts going up higher than the previous 'summit' until we could see an obviously highest ground around.

Here we could see what could be remains from a once existing building...

We then climbed up a set of weathered staircase.

At last, the flat ground which is the actual summit. For the record, Bukit Jeram used to house the palace of a local ruler who was the son of a Sultan of Melaka from a Chinese princess more than 400 years ago. It has been used by some Selangor royalties as their base 300 years later and the Japanese army followed suit in World War II.

A view from the summit.

Here's a stone inscribed with the words "Jabatan pemetaan", the national mapping agency...

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