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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.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Sunset from Phnom Krom

Continued from Going up Phnom Krom.




Behind the temple at the summit of Phnom Krom I saw people going down a certain path.



From its direction I can surmise where it leads to...





I was right. It leads to a hillside opening wide vistas somewhere towards the west...









But views  of the late afternoon sun was blocked by growth


.  I went back up and found another path.





Wide vistas opened up again with many sitting on the hillside staring at the horizon...





However it turned out facing to the south. The sun was again blocked but this time to my right.


Luckily I found another path leading to a part directly facing the sun...




















Zoom up towards the south show the vastness of lake Tonle Sap.


Then I just sat with the family waiting for the sun to set...








Going up Phnom Krom



Late in the afternoon we headed again for the hill called Phnom Krom.






During the previous afternoon I went up to catch some views from up the hill (look at the article Views of Tonle Sap from Phnom Krom). This time the wife and kids followed.











If on the previous day I could only climb up to a certain point, this time I could take the family all the way to the summit while enjoying the views.








This is because foreigners are only allowed to go up if they have Angkor Wat passes.






The passes are needed as there is an ancient temple complex on the summit...



Catching sunset at Angkor Wat

Peace be upon you all. Time to share stories from my second day in the recent Cambodia-Thailand trip...


Friday morning 23rd November 2018 me and family went out of our resort as early as 5.10 am local time.



We wanted to get to the place that is the main reason for our Cambodia-Thailand trip.



And we wanted to reach it before sunrise.








In order to get there we have to walk quite a distance including crossing a 180-metre wide body of water...






We have to take one of the gates which form a vast complex...






From the gates there was still a distance to get to the said place...








Welcome to the famous ancient building known as the Angkor Wat.











Built in the early 12th century AD it is said to be the largest religious complex on earth.








We wanted to catch sunrise over it...





For the record this is the 1,919th article in this blogspot.