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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".


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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, October 11, 2011

Views from the summit of Gunung Ledang

OK. In the article A quick look around Jasin made about 15 hours ago I did mentioned that we (me, wife and son) climbed up Gunung (mount) Ledang before going to Jasin. Now let's show pictures from the summit...

That's the wife and going to be 2-year-old Al-Rasyid looking at a lower peak.


For the record me managed to climb up to the summit or the highest peak which stood at 1,276 metres of 4,187 feet above sea level.
A picture together. Mind you, the wife is 5 months pregnant. Oh, before that I took a video recording of the surroundings. Look below...













I wanted to pose alone at the summit marker but Rasyid just couldn't leave me alone. Notice how the background has been obscured by the mist/fog/cloud. In a previous picture you could see telecommunication towers behind.


Rasyid giving a cool pose... hehe... :]


Suddenly the mist/fog/cloud dispersed.


Knowing the nature and weather I know it is a window that wouldn't last long and started snapping pictures moving anti clockwise for different angles...










Ah! The fog started coming up again from one part.


We barely had enough time to catch this pose.


Then suddenly it cleared up again.












I understand there's a possibility of rain coming after this. So enough of enjoying the views... :]




A quaint look of Alor Gajah



Next we went to the town of Alor Gajah where I stopped the car near its main roundabout (or was it its only roundabout?)...



Alor Gajah is a small town which holds quite a number of fond childhood memories for me. Here's a look across from where the car was parked at.


Turning 30 degress or so clockwise. I still remember, before the PLUS or North-South Highway was opened to replace the importances of the north-south trunk road one must pass Alor Gajah along the way. The park seen above did not exist when my dad used to take the whole family pass this way.


Turning further anti clockwise. The shophouses seen here however is part of classic old Alor Gajah.







The town used to be quite famous for its satay or skewered meat and we used to have our regular fill. On to the park which if I remember correctly was opened just over a decade ago.



There's a giant replica of the kris or keris, a Malay traditional weapon.



Besides it lies a museum on local culture...




A quick look around Jasin

Continued from A morning look of Shah Alam.



After Shah Alam we attended a function in Putrajaya and then returned to my parents' place in Muar. The next day we climbed up Gunung (mount) Ledang and afterwards went to the town of Jasin in Melaka.


It is a town I've only passed through a few times as it is located out of the main north-south routes I usually take when returning to the parents'.


Still I found it a cute town worth mentioning to anyone.



If not for the fact that it is located on a convenient route from Tangkak, the nearest town to Gunung Ledang heading towards Alor Gajah which I intended to visit next I would have probably not stop at Jasin.



Anyway we were hungry then and there is a food court besides a river in the middle of town. That's where I saw these guys looking for something.





Monday, October 10, 2011

A morning look of Shah Alam

Last weekend me, wife and baby spent the night at an auntie's apartment in Shah Alam. From there one could get a superb look at the town of Shah Alam.



As we were about the leave Sunday morning a wide vista greeted us. As usual I stated taking pictures from different angles.





Iconic of Shah Alam is the state mosque which I believe still holds the world record for having the biggest dome for any existing place of worship. The minaret is also among the tallest if not the tallest. Whatever it is a landmark not to be missed.


Another iconic building is the main tower for the higher learning institute called ITM (Institut Teknologi Mara), now a university. The town of Shah Alam practically started around the institute and the building is a sight that practically marks the town.