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, June 26, 2015

Landak river from Al-Muslimun, Ngabang

At the far end of the school lies this hut.

It overlooks the Landak river.

Looking downstream I started turning anti-clockwise...

A look down and across. The river here is 70 metres across.

Religious school of Al-Muslimun, Ngabang

From Mungguk we returned to Ngabang and stopped by this religious school.

It is called the Al-Muslimin.

The head teacher whom we've met at the mosque nearby earlier in the morning insisted that we pay a visit. So there we were looking around...

Hanging bridge over river Banyuke

In the article Going to Mungguk I've said that Mungguk lies near the meeting point of Banyuke and Landak rivers. We have crossed Landak river by boat. Next we were told there is a hanging bridge across the Banyuke and we decided to take it.

It is a plank bridge supported by thick iron wires.

Standing in the middle I started taking pictures while turning anti-clockwise.

That's the bridge we crossed by car in Going to Mungguk. It is upstream from here.

A look donwstream.

That's where the Banyuke joins the Landak river...

Crossing Landak river at Mungguk

Continuing from Going to Mungguk.

The place we were aiming for is the right spot for crossing the Landak river around here.

The river is 100 metres wide and the mode of transport are sampans, small traditional boats.

There. The local headman would take us across.

Pictures from the boat...

Mind you we have to be very carefull when moving our bodies as the sampan is very sensitive to the slightest movement. Go off balance and it could turn over...

Ah. Closing in on the other side.

Safely on land and starting to look back.

The small town or rather, village of Mungguk in view...

The reason we crossed the river is to get to the tomb of a Muslim king who ruled the kingdom of Landak more than 500 years ago. Look at the article Makam (Tomb of) Raja Abdul Kahar in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART).

Going to Mungguk

Peace be upon you all. On to the 4th day of the recent West Kalimantan trip. Continuing from To Karangan via Bengkayang.

And so we have arrived at the town of Ngabang, centre to an old kingdom of Landak. Thursday morning 11th June 2015 we left town to go to a more rural area inland.

The destination is a much smaller town called Mungguk.

It is only 10 km from Ngabang. But condition of the road can wear you down.

The small town or rather, village of Mungguk is situated at the meeting point between the Banyuke and Landak rivers. Here's a pix as we crossed Banyuke river.

The village centre is situated before the bridge. We headed back to the centre upon realising we have overshot a certain place we were aiming for.