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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The road uphill to an Aceh highland...

Continuing the Aceh supporting stories for the series on my travel to Aceh end of January 2010 currently running in the Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.

OK. There's a big gap between the last article My second visit to the tomb of Teungku Chik di Tiro and the story depicted by these pictures here. So let me fill in the gap as we move through the pictures ya. Here goes...

These pictures were taken as we move up towards a highland in the middle of Aceh Friday afternoon 29th January 2010. What happened was after the visit to the tomb of Teungku Chik di Tiro, we continued taking rural roads to get to a traditional Islamic religious school at Tanoh Abee some 40 km from Banda Aceh.

Along the way we accidently came across the burial ground of Panglima Polem, an aristocratic family of much importance in the palace of Aceh. See Kawasan pemakaman (Burial area for) Panglima Polem in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART). We also came across an abandoned set of buildings which turned out to be the original religious school of Tanoh Abee built about 400 years ago. See Dayah Tanoh Abee yang asal (The original religious institution of Tanoh Abee).

We soon reached the current religious school of Tanoh Abee. After a stop there we continued the journey towards south-east of Aceh.

Suffice to say we arrived in Lhoksuemawe some 290 km from Banda Aceh close to midnight. But continued another 15 km to visit the tomb of Sultan Malikus Salih before calling it a day. Look at the article Petualangan Al-Rasyid ke Aceh : Dari Banda Aceh menurut misi ke Lhokseumawe... in the blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.

We spent the night at a hotel in Lhokseumawe. In the morning, Friday morning we visited the tomb of Sultan Malikus Salih again along with a number of other ancient tombs. Look at Petualangan Al-Rasyid ke Aceh : Menjejak kegemilangan Samudera-Pasai .

Having said all that, now we can continue with the present pictures...

You see after visiting the tombs we were on our way back to Aceh when a friend called asking to meet up at a highland. So at Bireuen we took the road and its twists and turns towards the highland and soon reached a plateu.

We have to pass at least 2 towns before we reached our target. Continued...

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