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 13, 2010

The mosque of Baiturrahman at night

Assalamualaikum. Peace be upon you all. A new series based on my trip to Aceh end of January 2010 has been started in the Malay blogspot BERPETUALANG KE ACEH and as usual supporting articles would be made in this blogspot starting with this...

This trip is my third to Aceh. This time I took a hotel within short walking distance to Masjid Baiturrahman, the main mosque in the whole of Aceh.

So I took the opportunity to visit it at night, something I did not do in previous trips. For the record I have been to Aceh four times.

Anyway, I didn't reach this part of Aceh in my first trip January 2004. Aceh then was under emergency rule due to war raging between the Indonesian military and GAM separatist group and I only managed to reach Langsa, some 45 km inside Aceh's south-eastern border before being shooed away. I first got to Banda Aceh in my second trip June 2009. By then Aceh has been opened to foreigners as the Tsunami of 26th December 2006 has forced warring factions to sit together in peace and find solutions to rebuilt Aceh.

In that second trip, I stayed at a hotel 3.5 km away. It is a distance I could have walked through without much problem but our 8 days 7 night trip then (I went with the wife who was 6 months pregnant) was so full of activity that I was practically floored after dinners.

In the third trip our hotel was less than 300 metres away. It's so easy to reach the mosque at any time even late at night. Here is the tower in front of the compound of Masjid Baiturrahman. It is the tallest building in Banda Aceh.

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