17. Masjid (Mosque of) Ba'Alawi, Singapura
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".
Saturday, December 25, 2010
17. Masjid (Mosque of) Ba'Alawi, Singapura
Friday, December 24, 2010
From Teluk Belanga we went to Bukit (hill of) Singapura now known as Fort Canning Hill. Next we went to the eastern fringe of the city where lies an area which used to be a traditional Malay stronghold.
A Bugis boat displayed in front. For the record this whole area is known as Kampung (village of) Gelam.
At the foot lies the tomb of Radin Dandiar said to be her bodyguard.
The tomb of Radin Mas is upstairs.
From the MRT station one can just walk across the road and reach the Temenggung mosque at Teluk Belanga, a remain of the days when the Temenggungs (something like the interior ministers) of Johor used to be based in this area.
And here's the part outside the main building, a part extending up parts of the hill of Teluk Belanga. The hill is now known as Mount Faber, the highest in Singapura.
We wanted to get to a place near the Singapura city centre and the MRT is the ideal way to go.
Besides a trip clockwise would just be a repeat of the views seen when we go from Tanjung Pagar to Yishun on Saturday, a trip which was also anti-clockwise. So if we want to make it a full round pass the circle line might as well continue with the direction...
Monday 15th November 2010. With the wedding ceremonies all done it's time to have a look around the island. An uncle brought us up to a part of Singapura overlooking the Straits of Tebrau and the state of Johor. As far as I could remember this is my first time here...
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The other difference could be the guests list. As the bride and groom's place are situated about an hour's journey from each other, it is not surprising if each' relatives and neighbours chose to attend only the reception closest...
Sunday 14th November 2010 came the wedding reception day. As customary among the Malay community a reception is held first at the bride's place. The groom's party have to make the trip there and here we were...
Once that's done we started moving with the accompanying pomp, in this case lead by a kuda kepang entourage, a traditional horse dance group followed by a kompang troupe playing a kind of hand-held drums.
Soon we were in as the groom joined his bride to make way up the pedestal.