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, July 19, 2013

The road from Tanete to Wajo

On to the following day of the 3-12 May Makassar-Bugis trip. Continued from The waterfall of Bantimurung.

After Bantimurung we went to Barru about 110 km north of Makassar and spent the night there. The next day, Friday 10th May 2013 we started another long trip taking a small road from a small town a few kilometres south of Barru.

I can't remember the name of the town. What I do know it lies within a sub-district called Tanete.

Tanete used to be a small Bugis kingdom. We took the road ascending towards a mountain range to the east.

In fact we went climbed up high enough to get close to the summit of a mountain. 

I think the ridge of the mountain marks the border of Tenate as we descended into the district of Soppeng which used to be a bigger kingdom.

After some time descending the road became practically straight.

Soon we entered another district which also used to be a kingdom, the more prominent state of Wajo'. That's when I started to notice a rather distinct architecture. While the traditional houses have similar shapes to that in Makassar and other places, it is the wood carvings jutting out of the corners of the roof that shows local flavour.

Ah. The gate to the town of Sengkang, capital of Wajo'. The sub-district around use to be a sub-kingdom of Wajo'.

A certain warm feeling started to swell inside me upon entering the town and district. What can I say? It is said a Bugis ancestor of mine used to rule Sengkang before he was made the paramount ruler of Wajo'.

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