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 - The start at Sungai Buloh

Two weeks ago Malaysia's first MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) line was opened to the public. For a period of one month people can ride for free while the operators figure and sort out any teething problem. Here's my take on the matter...

Tuesday afternoon 20th December 2016, four days after the line was opened to public I decided to try out the service. This is not one of the MRT train though. This one is a KTM Komuter (commuter) train which plies the route close to my house in Rawang on to Kuala Lumpur and beyond.

I took it to get to Sungai Buloh where lies the first station of the MRT.

Its been many years since I regularly relied on public transport. I took this picture so that I can later compare its room with the MRT.

Train passing down the small town of Kuang.

A station or two later I arrived at Sungai Buloh where the MRT station is connected to the new KTM Komuter station...

To get to the MRT one have to climb up 2 or 3 levels.

Ah. Finally. At the level of the MRT.

It is situated at some height compared to the surroundings...

Looking at the MRT-LRT (Light Rapid Transit)-train-monorail network of greater Kuala Lumpur including those yet to be opened.

Stations covered by this MRT line. Almost half the line has been opened, the rest are still under construction.

My my. The full integrated network coverage is very astounding. I'm proud to say that  if everything works fine, over time greater KL has a network that could challenge whatever I've remembered and could infer from my student days in London.

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