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.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fascination with rivers - the East Coast

The East Coast is one of my favourite area when I needed to escape from troubles and find fresh perspective. I've lost track of how many times I've been up the major cities and towns mainly Kuantan in Pahang, Kuala Terengganu in Terengganu and Kota Bahru in Kelantan. These parts also have some of the most outstanding rivers around. Do take note that the Pahang river is the longest in Peninsular Malaysia.

22. Sungai Rompin

The coastal parts of Pahang south of Pekan are quite alien to me. Nevertheless I have passed these parts at least once and that was 13 years ago. I've visited the small town of Kuala Rompin and its river Sungai Rompin. Whatever this is the main river of Pahang between Pekan and the Johor border which is marked by the Endau river (listed under Fascination with rivers - the South.

23. Sungai Pahang

This is the main river of Pahang and the longest in Peninsular Malaysia. To do justice to the length and extensiveness of the Sungai Pahang one should try to explore it up to its two major sources, one being the area of Cameron Highlands at the main range Banjaran Titiwangsa. Here I have featured one of its tributaries which has two well-known waterfall near the Highlands' town of Tanah Rata in two separate articles. The fact that it flows down into the river called Sungai Jelai should help connect the dots along the line...

Parit Falls...

Views around Tanah Rata

Foray to idyllic Kuala Medang in Pahang...

The mouth of the Lipis river... the place where Kuala Lipis began

Kuala Tembeling, the doorway to Taman Negara...

A look at the Pahang river estuary and what's around... The southern part that is...

Now, a look at the northern parts of the Pahang river estuary...

24. Sungai Kuantan

The river of Kuantan provides a nice water-front to the town.

From Pekan to Kuantan... The East Coast journey continues...

25. Sungai Kemaman

The first wide river of Terengganu you'd come across on the way from Pahang

A look around Kemaman, Terengganu...

Pictures around Kemaman

26. Sungai Dungun

I've included this in the list to remind me that I should feature it next time I came around. Sure I have been there many times impressed by the fairly wide river. But I just can't find pictures of it in my personal collection and as turn out I've never made and article on it.

27. Sungai Terengganu

Somehow I'm enamoured of this river as much as I do with Sungai Muar (see Fascination with rivers - South). So like that on the latter I do have a number of articles on it starting with one on Tasik Kenyir, the lake formed when upriver Terengganu and its tributaries started to be contained by dams.

Enter Tasik Kenyir, the largest man-made lake in Malaysia!

A look at Kuala Berang...

Views from Pulau Duyung, Terengganu...

Views from Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu

A boat ride across the river Terengganu from Pulau Duyong

View of Kuala Terengganu from 14 floors up... Or is it 15 or 13? Never mind, just enjoy the view...

28. Sungai Besut

The last major Terengganu river before we enter Kelantan.

Views from the bridge at Kuala Besut

29. Sungai Tok Bali

A rather vertical bridge crossing the widest parts of the river made this Kelantan gem very memorable.

From Kuala Besut on to Tok Bali...

Views around the high bridge of Tok Bali, Kelantan

30. Sungai Kelantan

The main river of Kelantan. Enough said.

Gua Musang to Dabong

Kelantan river around Kok Majid...

Kelantan river around Kok Majid... Part 2 that is...

Kuala Besar, the mouth of the Kelantan river...

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