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, February 11, 2011

The tomb of Maharaja Khadi Abdul Jalil in Jitra revisited

After Kuala Perlis we spent sometime at the Perlis royal town of Arau before heading back to Alor Setar. As the road passes through the Kedah town of Jitra where lies the tomb of a famous religious master we decided to pay a visit.

The tomb lies inside a building next to a surau or small praying hall.

The outer entrance.

The tomb lies inside a room.

Recital of the Quran's opening verses or Surah Fatihah for the person known as Datuk Maharaja Sheikh Abdul Jalil, teacher and religious advisor to a Sultan of Kedah in the 18th century AD.

To the left of the outer entrance lies the tomb of another religious person.

He is Muhammad Yusof a student of Sheikh Abdul Jalil.

Outside to the right is also the tomb of a faithful student.

His name is Sheikh Ibrahim.

Kuala Perlis, the town at the estuary of the Perlis river

OK. The last picture in the previous article should give a clue to what's coming next. Welcome to Kuala Perlis...

The ferry should also tell that this place is close to the sea.

For the record Kuala Perlis means the estuary (kuala) of the Perlis river. Here lies a main jetty to get to the famous resort island of Langkawi.

I think I've shown some pictures of this small town in the article Perlis in one day! made almost 4 years ago. Let's add a few more...

In that picture I've shown pictures of the Perlis river from a place close to the jetty and noticed a small pedestrian steel bridge upriver.

Now let me take pictures from after the bridge, away from the estuary looking upriver that is.

A look upriver. This is the same river which flows through the Perlis state capital, Kangar.

A look across...

Then a look downriver. Noticed something in the background?

A zoom view. Yep. That's the pedestrian bridge I'm talking about. With this you could say I've settled an old account from 4 years ago as I was then using public transportation or simply walking around for miles and miles at a time. I was too tired and had to rush somewhere else to check out these parts...

A quick look at the town of Kangar

Continued from Timah Tasoh at its 'source'.

We soon arrived at the fringe of the town of Kangar, the capital of Perlis.

While it is a nice town to stop at I'm afraid we have to rush through and just look at it from inside the car.

The time was about 4:40 pm. There's still a number of places to be visited in Perlis and at quite a distance from each other.

Anyway I made a point to drive through the town centre for a quick look.

It was basically a circumvention of the centre and with that we set our way out.

Crossing the Perlis river. Guess where's the next destination...

Timah Tasoh at its 'source'

So I have seen the lake Timah Tasoh. I was continuing my journey to Kangar when I saw what seems like a nice place to rest and refresh.

Though it was still not opened when I arrived almost six months ago, what's the harm in having a look right?

As it turns out it offers some nice views of the lake Timah Tasoh albeit at its most southern-west parts where the size dramatically tapers down.

What is interesting is here one could see the 'source'.

Because this is where a river of Perlis is contained with a dam, must be a main river. The resulting lake is what becomes the vast freshwater body called Timah Tasoh. Using Google Earth I followed the flow of the river from the lake on downriver and found out it flows into the open sea or rather, the Straits of Melaka at Kuala Perlis. That means this the river Perlis or Sungai (river of) Perlis. Ah. That also means I could add this article later to the collection "Fascination for rivers". :]

The lake called Timah Tasoh

Continued from The road from Padang Besar to Kangar.

OK. The last picture at the end of the previous article hinted at an interesting vast body of water.

To have a better look at it one have to take a junction and enter a little distance...

Ah. We could already see what's coming.

But for better views you must enter the lakeside resort.

There I've already said it. It's a lake...

Welcome to the lake called Timah Tasoh, Perlis's very own watery attraction.

Just to have a better idea of its size I took the road inside the resort up to the very end.

Then it's time to have a closer look from the area directly facing the resort.
OK. From here on let's just enjoy the views without further comment ya. Cheers! :]