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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Passing through the tip of Cameron Highlands

Continued from The highland stop 17km from Kampung Raja.

Soon it started to drizzle. We immediately got back into the car and continued the drive.

Then it began to pour like cats and dogs.

If I remember correctly I had to stop the car, timed my snap just after the wiper has cleared the screen just enough to get this picture... to show that at this juncture we were leaving the state of Perak and entering the district of Cameron Highlands which is situated in the state of Pahang.

I can't remember if this picture was taken during that stop or another one.

Soon the rain began to fizzle away.

Looks like it has rained earlier and the water has dried up.

The sky was clear enough for us to appreciate the views and the existence of what seems to be long greenhouses for growing vegetables in controlled climate.

For the record Cameron Highlands is famous for its vegetables...

It is also famous for flowers and highland tropical plants. You can find shops selling a variety of these around...

Here we were 1 km from the junction to Kampung Raja, the entry point to the part of Cameron Highlands favoured by tourists. Too bad some people see it fit to dump their garbages so near the road. The authorities should take measures to place it somewhere else hidden from normal view...

Luckily the dump area did not extend so far.

Approaching the junction to Kampung Raja...

After the junction we were officially on our way down the highlands.

Here is a signboard marking the border to the state of Kelantan. See the black car near the lorry? I was already pass the border when it crossed my mind I should be taking pictures.

Looking behind as I walked back towards the car, there's a signboard showing it's the state of Pahang we're leaving behind.

So we have left Cameron Highlands.

Instead, welcome to Lojing, the highland parts of Kelantan.

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