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 04, 2014

A nostalgic look at my old primary school in Muar

This is some sort of continuation from The 'secret' wedding in Pontian....

After the wedding in Pontian I returned home to Selangor only to rush down south again Sunday morning to settle an official matter in Muar. The following day, while waiting for the matter to be resolved I drove around the suburbs. Coming across my old primary school I decided to check it out.

As it turned out they have shifted the gates to another location about 100-150 metres to the east. For the record the buildings here used to be shared by two schools, one known as Ismail 1, another as Ismail 2. Mine was Ismail 2. Now the buildings are left to only Ismail 1.

Still, it is the same premise and they still have old buildings from the time I first studied here nearly 40 years ago.

I still remember the meeting hall well.

At one part there used to be a big glass cabinet containing a number of stuff animals. If I remember correctly there used to a stuffed sun bear and leopard among others. Those were the catches made by a previous headmaster, a Briton who was an avid hunter.

The back part of the hall.

Time to have a look at the classrooms. This is a new building.

It is the old ones the gave me fond memories.

Hah. This used to be my first class, the one I entered in Standard 1 in 1977, the class called 1 Serindit.

I used to regularly climb the roof of the hallways and jumped down. Yep, I was one of the hyper-active kids.

I wanted to check out my later classes. But as it turned out most have been demolished to make way for new buildings...

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