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.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

An art exhibition in Ampang

Continued from The recreational forest of Sungai Sendat.

Five days later we went to a private art gallery in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

There was the launching of exhibition and we were invited.

Also there were a number of old schoolmates from Sekolah Menengah Sains Johor, the Johor science secondary school in Kluang.

One of our mates started taking art classes the last few months or so and his painting was among the exhibits.

Attending this function reminds of the time I was still a journalist with The New Straits Times.

Back then I used to attend many such functions especially ones held by foreign embassies.

There's a kind of soothing hippie and Bohemian atmosphere around it.

Once upon a time I would readily offer myself to play the guitar and/or sing. Nowadays I am too lazy (and shy I guess) despite being invited to do so... :]

The recreational forest of Sungai Sendat

Peace be upon you all. This is from a month ago.

Me and wife was going to a visit her colleague in Ulu Yam who just suffered from a calamity only to find out she was in Kuala Lumpur. Turning back home we saw a small road and took it to the end and found a gem.

Welcome to the recreational forest of Sungai Sendat.

It was the first time we came here and we were surprised to find quite a large turn out.

Actually I was the one who did the exploring as the wife had to stay in the car with our child who was then fast asleep.

This place has a nice stream.

And you don't have to go far to see a waterfall.

A look behind as I went further up.

This should be the second level.

Going higher...

On to the third level.

The climb got steeper.

Have to do a bit of jungle trekking.

Then only came the fourth level.

I understand there's at least one more waterfall further up but enough of that. I decided to take a quick dip before returning to the wife and child.