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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Patani town from the 5th floor of a main hotel

Peace be upon you all. Refering to the article Visiting Gunung Stong waterfalls after more than 6 years made 4 days ago. In the introduction I've said this :-

As it is at this time I am approaching the end of my first travel for the year 2017. The travel has covered a number of places in southern Thailand, north of Peninsular Malaysia and parts towards the East Coast.

It was also informed that the travel was started Thursday 12th January 2017 at night. That and the following 2 articles, The colours at Tok Kenali mosque and Crossing Golok river at Rantau Panjang by foot actually talked about what has transpired during the 2nd day of travel, Friday 13th January. Today, I'm glad to inform that the travelling was completed when I returned home on Saturday 21th January, after 9 days and 9 nights being outstation. Now I want to share stories from the 3rd day of travel, Saturday 14th January. Let me open with this...

Catching up from Crossing Golok river at Rantau Panjang by foot. After entering southern Thailand we travelled some 160 km in the dark of the night to reach the town of Patani. We arrived at 9.40 pm local time which is equivalent to 10.40 pm and immediately lodged at what I've been told is the main and most prestigious hotel in the region, the CS Pattani Hotel. But let's just say it is a main hotel, not the main one.

For the record the official spelling for the name of the town and region is Pattani (double t). But for my own writing I prefer to use the original and more traditional spelling Patani (single t) The hotel is among the tallest building in the region. So when the day came Friday 13th January 2017 and it was bright enough I immediately checked the windows for views of the surroundings.

The hotel has 9 or 10 floors or so. My room was at the 5th floor.

Checking out the views from right to left. In the distance you can see parts of the town of Patani.

In the background is the South China Sea, about 2 km away.

Within this vicinity it obvious that the CS Pattani Hotel is the tallest building around...

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