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.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The island called Cempakasari in Parit

The following day, Saturday, after going around to a number of places in Kuala Kangsar we went south the small town of Parit. Lying besides the Perak river you could see an island called Cempakasari... or rather Pulau (island of) Cempakasari.

Parit used to be a regular stop when I was actively travelling to many places by public transport and hitchiking, 2001-2008. Then, I used to sit around the banks here wishing I would walk on the island someday as there was no bridge.

If I remember correctly they only started building this bridge early 2008. If I remember correctly again I did pass here end of that year when the bridge was completed. But I was in a rush to get somewhere else. Since then I've vowed to take this bridge someday. It was built to allow the locals to get to the villages on the other side. Otherwise they have to get to the main bridge 7 km or so to the north meaning to get from the villages to Parit they have to travel no less than 14 km, that is 7 km up north to get to bridge, 7 km down south to get to town. And that's just one way. A return trip would take around 30 km of travel!

A look to the north or rather upriver as I walked across. The land you see on the left is actually the island of Cempakasari, narrow but long.

A look downriver.

Going down the staircase to get to the island.


There. A look to the banks on the opposite side.

I started taking pictures while turning anti-clockwise.

Looking down south.

The banks at Parit.

And that's the part of bridge we crossed to get here.

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