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

The road from Simpang Pulai to Cameron Highlands

Peace be upon you all folks. After almost 4 months having the pictures in store it's time to start a new series for the Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU based on me and the family's trip to the East Coast end of 2010. As usual supporting articles would be made in this blogspot and this one is the opener...

Just before noon 25th December 2010, Christmas Day, me, wife and baby left our house at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang, Selangor for the open road. Our destination was the East Coast. But I wanted to get there via Ipoh, through a road or rather a highway which starts at Simpang Pulai, at the outskirts of the Perak capital.

The road passes through a part of Cameron Highlands called Kampung Raja. Then it goes on to Gua Musang, the main town in inland Kelantan.

As it is a climb up the main range of mountains called Banjaran Titiwangsa, you can aspect a lot of bends and turns.

For the record the area called Cameron Highlands is located at a top part of the range. Elevation ranges from 4,000 feet to 6,000 feet plus above sea level.

If I'm not mistaken this road or highway has been opened for up to a decade now.

But it used to be closed quite often because of landslides. I understand now the authorities have managed to keep it under control to make the road open most of the time.

As for me, this is the first time ever I took this route.

Since it was opened I have vowed to one day go through here by whatever means savouring the views to be expected up the mountain route.

Well here with thesw pictures, you can't really get the real feel of it as I was driving while at times taking pictures. So I have to concentrate on what's up ahead missing the fuller view which one could get at the sides.

You see, with steady hands and good control of the steering you can snap decent pictures of the view ahead. But try taking that of the sides and chances are your pictures would be blurred as your car speeds away.

I believe this is a seasonal waterfall created after rain at the upper parts.

Here we were approcahing what is declared as a foggy area. So always be alert...

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