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, October 03, 2014

From Malioboro to the Keraton - The ever festive Jogja...

After some two and a half-hour on flight we arrived at the Jogjakarta airport at almost dusk. After checking in at a nearby lodging house and refreshing ourselves we took a cab some 9 km to Jogja city centre.

We went to a street called Jalan Malioboro (not Marlboro ya) and started to have dinner. It is a famous tourist haunt.

The street is about 1.3 km long. You can find plenty of horse-carts lining up waiting for tourists and we decided to take one.

The cart made a round-trip down the street before returning to the exact spot where we started via and almost adjacent road.

Then we decided to walk.

All along the atmosphere is very festive with a lot of street activities. This picture shows some street performers playing drums. Sorry, it tilted sideways upon loading and I can't do much about it...

Plenty  of wares were also sold along the way. Oh, we were heading to a certain special place down south.

By the way this is my second time in Jogja. But the first time I was here middle of 2012, I went straight to the southern parts of Jalan Malioboro. Look at the old article Festive night at Jogja....

Then we came across a traditional theatre, the Wayang Kulit or shadow play.

We spent some time there before proceeding further south to an area called the Keraton, the old palace area and decided to stop by the main mosque, also the royal mosque.

Next we spent some time just outside the palace. For the record Jogjakarta still has a Sultan, the traditional ruler. But modern times has seen his powers limited to mostly ceremonial functions. It's just the fact that the Sultan is also governor of the special district of Jogja which makes him more relevant compared to some other ceremonial rulers...

The sprawling shopping complex that is KLIA 2

Continued from First time on the ERL.

The ERL was originally built to end at the main terminal of the KLIA. Then an independent extension of sorts called KLIA 2 was built and opened about 2-3 months ago. So the ERL was extended to this new section of the airport.

It was built to cater to low-cost flights especially under Air Asia. Previously the flights were stationed at the low-cost terminal or LCCT, originally the carbo bay of the KLIA. What is interesting about KLIA 2 is the existence of many upmarket shops. The minute you enter it looks like a blooming shopping complex...

It is after walking 200-300 metres or so from the main entrance that you'll find the section that shows this is an airport.

From one of the restaurants one could catch a good view outside...

See the tower in the background?

That is the main terminal, the original building that is KLIA.

KLIA 2 looks as big if not bigger.

In fact it has its own control tower.

It takes some more distance to reach the planes.

Then you'll come across some more shops making me think what a sprawling shopping complex this KLIA 2 is...

First time on the ERL

A good and peaceful Friday to everyone. Last week I made an unexpected trip to Jogjakarta. So I'm going to start a small series regarding it in my main blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU. As usual this blogspot would host supporting stories...

Last Friday 26th September, after meeting up with a person who unexpectedly asked me to go to Jogja and offered to sponsor the trip we went to Putrajaya Sentral.

This is the first time I came here. It is an integrated station offering a number of mode of transports.

We were here to take the ERL - Express Rail Link to the airport.

This fast train service which runs from Kuala Lumpur city has been around since the KLIA, Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang was opened about 14 years ago. But this is the first time I took the ERL...