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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Checking the condition of Sungai Lipis at Batu Malim

Peace be upon you all. Recently I made a trip spending 3 nights at different places in Pahang. I had a number of objectives and among it was to check the flow of Sungai (river of) Pahang and its main tributaries. This is because over the last one month or so I kept coming across public reports in Facebook saying and showing the water of the river has dried up at a number of places. So let's start sharing stories.

The trip was officially started late Tuesday night 10th of May 2016 when I left Kuala Lumpur and spent the night at a surau (small praying hall) in Bentong. The following morning I continued on to Raub and the took the rural road past Cheroh and on to this part...

This is in a place called Batu Malim. There is a bridge crossing Sungai (river of) Lipis.

The Lipis river is one of the main tributaries which makes up the waters of the Pahang river.

A look towards downstream. Seems like there's plenty of water.

Still I managed to interview some locals regarding the condition here. They said it was only a day before that they could see silts and sand right in the middle of the river.

A look upstream. I did say that one of the objectives of this trip is to check out the flow of Pahang river which many have reported as being dry at a number of places right? Well, this is because it has been an extremely dry season the last 2-3 months.

But somehow it started raining heavily the day I started to head for Pahang on this trip. And the Lipis river, at least at this part has been refilled because it rained cats and dogs the previous night till early morning. For information this is the 1,515th article in this blogspot.

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