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.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The flight to Brunei

Peace be upon you all. For over 2 months now I have promised to start a new series on my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU about a trip made to Brunei 1-8 August 2010. Since then I have been busied with other things including a series based on the happenings around the recent Hari Raya (Muslim festive month of Syawal) celebrations. Now that part of writing has been completed let the promised Brunei series start. And as usual articles would be made in this blogspot and the bi-lingual SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) to support the series starting with this. Come.

Sunday 1st August 2010, unexpectedly me, the wife and baby started a trip to Brunei.

I say unexpectedly because this is the first time we went to that country... unexpectedly also because it was never in our foreseeable plans. Here the plane was still somewhere above Peninsular Malaysia.

The plane above the South China sea. The last time I crossed this vast water was when I went to Sabah in either 1997 or 1998, can't exactly remember when. But I do remember climbing all the way to the top of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia. Anyway that was my first time anywhere on the island of Borneo. So I've definitely never ever been to Brunei before.

Land back in view. I'm not sure if we have reached Brunei but at least we were already in Borneo. Wait a minute. Didn't the name Borneo came from the word Brunei? Isn't in an Anglicised version referring to a time when the kingdom of Brunei practically controlled the whole of the Borneo, the biggest island in the Malay Archipleago? Back to the trip being unexpected. What happened was about a week before I suddenly received a call from a Bruneian whom I've only known through phone calls. Even then it's been 2 years since the Bruneian, an elderly lady called me up.

There, we were definitely in Brunei about to land. Among other things the lady said was why don't I made a trip to Brunei. I said I'd like to but don't have the means. The next day she called me up again and offered to sponsor the trip, flight tickets, lodging and all. And she liked me and family to come before the month of Ramadhan.

After discussing the matter with my wife, I decided to take up the offer. As the fasting month of Ramadhan was less than 2 weeks away we have to act fast. We'd like to be able to fully enjoy the trip without having to worry about going around with our stomachs empty during the day. That could limit our activities. So it is decided that we should make the trip 1-8 August. For information, the Ramadhan was scheduled to start on 11 August.

Anyway I'm a freelance writer. So basically I can take holidays whenever I want. My wife on the other hand has to apply for leave. Thank God despite the short notice her leave was fully approved.

We informed the plan to the Bruneian lady. Oh, we call her as Hajah Sopiah. Within a space of 2 days she managed to get the flight tickets including return on the said dates ready for us. So there, the Brunei trip was soon started. For the record this is the 585th article in this blogspot.

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