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

The limestone hill of Gua Bama - A tribute to President Obama?

From Kuala Medang I retreated back some 10 km to get to Sungai Koyan where there is a junction for the road to Kuala Lipis and Gua Musang. I took that road until it arrives at the Gua Musang-Kuala Lipis trunk road. Turning right towards Lipis I then came across a rural road leading to a place called Gua Bama.

I have been pass the junction to the rural road a number of times. But this was the first time I decided to venture in and check out what's available inside...

Gua Bama means tha caves of Bama. It refers to a local limestone hill which have some caves.

Parking at what seemed to be the entry point to the limestone hill  I then took this old wooden hanging bridge.

I ignored it's somewhat dangerous condition and pressed on.

Ah,. The foot of the hill.

Already one can see some caves at its base...

Next I found a staircase leading up.

Being the curious person I am I went on till it ends...

Then I saw this steel almost upright stairs leading further up.

I climbed up till its end where there is a rope leading further up. It is at this juncture that I decided to stop. I must admit that I was not physically fit nor was I properly dressed, footwear and all, to press on.

After spending some time enjoying the scenery and air at the topmost part accessible by stairs I returned to my car and drove around the base of the hill. That's when I noticed what could be the main entry to the hill. The words Gua Bama just keeps reminding me of America's President Obama. Any relation at all? :v

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