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, November 25, 2010

The flight return from Brunei

OK. The last 5 articles were all made today Thursday to show the activities done on Sunday while I was in Brunei with the wife and baby two and a half-month ago. There were also other places visited which I don't mention in this blogspot but suffice to say I made a lot of stops because it was our last day there.

Oh. Have I mentioned about it being the last day? If not let me just say that Sunday 8th August 2010 we only have a few more hours to explore and by 4 pm we were already taking off.

Originally I wanted to write this article with every picture taken compared against simulated terrains produced by the programme Google Earth using satellite pictures.

But after preparing and writing 10 articles so far today I felt too tired to do that.

So let these pictures suffice. At this juncture we were following the coastal path from Tutong to Seria on to Kuala Belait.

Here we could already see Kuala Belait, the westernmost town of Brunei with a snaking river in the background, the river Baram being part of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Down below we could see oil platforms and ships.

Ah. The mouth of the Baram river, an area called Kuala Baram is already in view. The city of Miri should be in the middle of this picture.

From here onwards the plane started to directly cross the South China Sea.

It was only sometime later that I began to see land.

This came in the form of the Indonesian islands known as Natuna kecil, the smaller Natuna.

According to the maps there should be a bigger Natuna island before but I seemed to have missed it. Luckily I didn't miss the popular Malaysia island called Pulau Tioman.

It was not long before we enter the airspace of Peninsular Malaysia.

I've taken a number of pictures for reference but let's just move on to the legendary mountain called Gunung Ledang.

At this juncture I could see we were crossing the main mountain range of Banjaran Titiwangsa somewhere near the Negeri Sembilan state capital, Seremban.

Soon we could see the Straits of Melaka in the background. This means we were about to land. Enough stories from the Brunei trip ya! Hope everyone enjoyed what have been dished so far. :]

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