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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Welcome to Chaiya - The Srivijaya connection...

From Surat Thani we moved up north some 40 km to the town of Chaiya.

It is a small town but with much historical significance.

For some believed this is where the Malay empire of Srivijaya started nearly 1,400 years ago before extending southwards.

More than 500 years later, when the empire has shifted capital to a central part of the island of Sumatera records where found that Chaiya could be the northenmost frontier of the empire...

Tapi river at the western promenade of Surat Thani

After checking out from the hotel we went to look for breakfast.

It happened that the halal food stall we found is situated besides a big river.

The river actually cuts through the northern part of the city of Surat Thani,

It is called the Tapi river and these are views from the western promenade of the city...

Surat Thani from the top floor of a main hotel

Peace be upon you all. On to the 5th day of the Thailand trip 12-23 December.

Satuday morning 16th December 2017. I went to the top floor of the hotel I slept at the previous night...

Eager for good views of the surrounding I climbed out the window on to the maintenance verandah.

For the record I was in the city of Surat Thani...

I checked out the city from many different angles...

This is the hotel where I spent the previous night at...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Enter the city of Surat Thani

Our next stop, the city of Surat Thani is situated some 150 km north-west of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

We arrived there at 6 pm. It was almost sunset...