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, December 30, 2016

Riding Malaysia's first MRT line - On to Taman Tun

The service, at least at this juncture of time turned out to be very regular. After waiting less than 3 minutes my first MRT train arrived.

The security doors installed at every station opens up in synch with the train doors and at the right spots. I stepped in and saw ample spacious room which looks spacier than that of the KTM Komuter trains...

Looking out from one of the windows.

Lighted info board to show which station are you at and which ones have been covered.

Looking straight down. I estimate this MRT to be about 200 metres long.

Next I walked to the head of the train to enjoy oncoming views. Some excited people have already beat me to it... :]

For the record the MRTs are remotely controlled and driven from control rooms situated at some stations or so. This allows people to stare right out of the front windshield.

The first station after Sungai Buloh is called Kampung Selamat. It is an obscure name which I only came to know that day...

Enjoying the trip and ongoings...

Situated at 20-30 metres or so above the surroundings the views offered are superb.

Next station, Kwasa Damansara. Another unfamiliar name.

Next, Kwasa Central. What's the deal with Kwasa anyway? What is Kwasa? An upwardly mobile (duh...) spelling for Kuasa which is Malay for Power or what?

On to another station...

After a while I could not be so bothered anymore about the station names. I think it's Kota Damansara followed by Surian or so. I was more concerned about views along the way, where everything is geographically located...

Ah. This old iconic building, the only tall one in the picture quickly made me recognise which area the train has arrived at.

It is at Taman Tun. Here I decided to drop out to meet some friends...

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