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, September 21, 2018

A boat trip of Perak river from Batak Rabit

Continuing The boating area at Batak Rabit.

Actually I spent the night at the family mosque in Batak Rabit with my wife and kids. After observing the going-ons at the boating area I brought them to have a look too. That's when one of the boat operators offered to take us for a ride.

It seems he did this after finding out the mosque and land around which includes his boating area belongs to my family. He wanted to show that he is operating a business which should also benefit my family interest besides being eco-friendly and good for the local tourism industry.

When I asked is that Sungai Durian referring to an area across the Perak river about a kilometre upstream from Batak Rabit he offered to take us there.

For the record Sungai Durian is a holding of my kith and kins from a different branch of the Perak Laksamana (something like a royal admiral) family. At one part lies the tomb of a main ancestor of mine known as Laksamana Toh Jambu Keramat Sungai Durian who lived almost 300 years ago...

So there we were heading for Sungai Durian...

This is off Sungai Durian. Seen in the middle are two coconut trees which marked the location of the tomb of Toh Jambu at it's base. From a local who was fishing nearby we learned that the tree were struck by lightning about 3-4 months ago. That is why there is no leaf left, just the trunks...

We went upstream for another 300 metres or so along Sungai Durian before turning back towards Batak Rabit.

Then the operator show 2-3 other jetties with boats operated by others at Batak Rabit.

The operator then decided to bring us a few kilometers downriver.

He showed us an area on which a Dutch fort used to lie about three centuries ago before returning to Batak Rabit. For information this is the 1,900th article in this blogspot.

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