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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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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.


Monday, October 04, 2010

The antics at the Shangri-La penthouse

Continued from My first taste of a Chinese tea ceremony for newly-weds....


After the tea-ceremony we went up the 27th floor of Shangri-La hotel to get to the penthouse.


Oh. Forgot to tell. The tea ceremony was held at one of the hall of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur and a penthouse was rented for the family to rest.



While we do have a number of wealthy family members, it's not everyday we get to enjoy the scene at a penthouse, what more at a prestigious hotel like Shangri-La...


So definitely there were some oohhs and ahhs as we checked the lavish rooms and decor which are opulent enough to make it look like we were in a bungalow owned by a millionaire (and we do have family members who are millionaires staying in bungalows at posh areas. It's just they've never bothered to lavish their homes the way a hotel would to a penthouse... that's all...)




Anyway being in the middle of KL's Golden Triangle and on top too does offer interesting vistas...




Mind you. I've been to many opulent places before but almost everytime I tend to be distracted by the view, that is if it is from a vantage point interesting enough. Seems like my 11-month old kid Muhammad Al-Aminul Rasyid shares the same interest...


Meanwhile my mum and siblings kept on enjoying the decor. Here they pretended to be some high-powered captains of industries I guess, hehe...


Another interesting view. Concorde Hotel is down there, Hard Rock Cafe way way down...


The dining room looks good enough for a meeting of top power-brokers...


In the case of our family, it's brokering for tea, or some gossips hehe...


Suddenly someone consciously or not opened the automatic curtains at the living room and voila, the cleaning people happened to be at work right in front of our window!


That got us laughing hard. The kids meanwhile seemed totally dumbfounded. The rather hyper-active Al-Rasyid was unusually glued to his feet...


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