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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".


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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.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

'Full house' at Hulu Selangor reservoir

Peace be upon you all. Just breaking the over 3 months of silence in this blogspot. That is, after posting the article Pahang river from Kuala Bera on 10th March...


Sunday 30th July 2017. After spending a night at Tanjung Malim I brought the family to Kuala Kubu Baru and decided to press on further to the Hulu Selangor reservoir.


We have been here quite a number of times.


But as far as I could remember over the last 3-4 years its been a while since the reservoir was full.


As far as I could remember over that period of time water were rather scarce. 





The surface levels were often 10 metres lower or so than could be seen in the recent visit...




So what a pleasant suprise to be able to see the reservour at 'full house' after quite a long while...


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pahang river from Kuala Bera



Going further east and upriver we soon arrived at Kuala Bera.





The name refers to the mouth of the Bera river seen here...





Like the Chini river (refer to the article Pahang river at Kuala Chini) the Bera river also flows into the Pahang river.





The Bera also connects Pahang river to a lake,Tasik (lake of) Bera. It's just the Bera, river and lake are much bigger than Chini. And Bera lake lies much much further, towards the state of Negeri Sembilan and Johor...


Going for a better look at the Pahang river close to Bera river mouth...










Pahang river from Kampung Sanding

Comtinuing from Pahang river at Kuala Chini.


Travelling further east following the Pahang river we next stopped at this stall for tea.


It is situated very close to the Pahang river...





I was told the name of this place is Kampung (village of) Sanding...





Slightly upriver and across lies a stone called Batu Gajah, the elephant stone...






Pahang river at Kuala Chini

Continuing from New visit to Tasik Chini.


Next stop is a place called Kuala Chini.


Kuala means estuary and this refers to mouth of the Chini river.


The Chini river flow into the much bigger Pahang river. Here's looking at the bigger body of water...











The actual mouth of Chini river lies somewhere behind the greens to the left. But the name Kuala Chini refers to a wide area.



Seen besides is the Chini river.






Tasik (lake of) Chini is connected to Pahang river by this river...





New visit to Tasik Chini

Sharing more on places visited in Pahang.


Sunday 30th April 2017. After spending some time in Pekan we went to Tasik (lake of) Chini.





The lake can be viewed from a number of places. Look at the old articles Lake Chini from the resort and Lake Chini from Kampung Gumum based on our previous visit in 2011. 





This time we'd like to concentrate on views from the lake's main resort and jetty...