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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lakes, beaches, waterfronts and islands

Referring to the article City and town views - Pictures of those visited and turned into articles made 11 days ago. Time to introduce another category of compilations.

These category concentrates on lakes, beaches, waterfronts and islands which I have visited or came close by and made articles. I had some trouble trying to decide which articles to be put under the right sub-categories. But after deliberating and editing a number of times here it is...


Timah Tasoh (Perlis)

The lake called Timah Tasoh

Timah Tasoh at its 'source'

Tasik Banding (Perak)

Entry point to the Royal Belum forest

Lake Banding during dry season

The temporary public jetty at Tasik Banding

The new rest area at Tasik Banding

Tasik Raban (Perak)

The bridge across Tasik Raban

Views from Tasik Raban resort

Looking at the western side of Tasik Raban

Tasik Bukit Merah (Perak)

The lake called Tasik Bukit Merah

A visit to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

Ulu Selangor Dam (Selangor)

A look at the Sungai Selangor dam and catchment

A close look at the Ulu Selangor dam

'Full house' at Hulu Selangor reservoir

Semenyih Dam (Selangor)

Fooling around the Semenyih Dam...

Stopping at Semenyih dam

Semenyih dam... again...

Tasik Chini (Pahang)

Lake Chini from the resort

Lake Chini from Kampung Gumum

New visit to Tasik Chini

Tasik Kenyir (Terengganu)

Enter Tasik Kenyir, the largest man-made lake in Malaysia!

The first obvious section of Lake Kenyir from the west

Lake Kenyir further north-west

Northern end of Terengganu river which flows into Lake Kenyir

Lake Kenyir at Sungai Lawit

Pengkalan Gawi... again

First proper visit to Tasik Kenyir with the wife and two young sons.

Danau Tok Uban (Kelantan)

With the family at Danau Tok Uban, Kelantan

Danau Tok Uban from the Brunei mosque on a fine Friday afternoon

The 'real' Danau Tok Uban

The Brunei Mosque at Danau Tok Uban by bike

Others (in Malaysia)

The lakes at Batu Arang

The lake I've just discovered near my house....

The lake called Tasik Widuri at Bukit Beruntung

Tasik Biru, the "Blue Lake"

The vast lake at Taman Metropolitan

The lake besides the tomb of Sultan Muzaffar Syah I Perak

Visiting Tasik Cermin in Gunung Rapat

The man-made lake at Teluk Bahang

The Bekok dam

Cyberjaya lake garden

Durian Tunggal lake from Machap

Danau Laut Tawar (Aceh)

Enter Takengon and the highland fresh water lake Danau Laut Tawar

Danau Aneuk Laot (Sabang, Aceh)

Looking at Danau Aneuk Laot and its surroundings from a vantage point

Close look at Danau Aneuk Laot

Danau Toba (North Sumatera)

Danau Koto Panjang (Riau)

Danau Koto Panjang from the bridge crossing it

Danau Koto Panjang from the edge down the lakeside restaurant

Danau Tempe (South Sulawesi)

The lake called Danau Tempe

Banlang (Thailand)

The lake at Ban Lang national park

Lake Songkhla (Thailand)

Sunset views of Lake Songkhla

Lake Songkhla from Lam Pam

Lake Songkhla from an abandoned hall

Lake Songkhla from the watch tower at Lam Pam

 True attraction of Lam Pam 

Tonle Sap (Cambodia)

Access to Tonle Sap

Views of Tonle Sap from Phnom Krom



Pantai Pasir Hitam, the black sand beach

A look at Pantai Merdeka, Kedah...

Pantai Merdeka at night

Pulau Pinang

Batu Feringghi: A day at the beach...

Views from a cosy spot at Batu Feringgi


A walk around Pasir Panjang...

Views from Baitul Hilal observation tower in Segari

Night time at Teluk Senangin

The beach at Teluk Senangin

The gulf called Teluk Rubiah

The scene at Damai Laut Swiss Garden Resort


A visit to the Pantai Remis of Selangor

A visit to Pantai Sungai Sembilang

The mangrove beach at Batu Laut

The beach called Pantai Cunang 

Beach of Bagan Lalang around sunset

Negeri Sembilan 

A stop at Port Dickson

Looking at Teluk Kemang

Teluk Kemang beach after 3 years or so...

Views from Teluk Kemang observatory tower

The beach called Pantai Purnama at Port Dickson

Pantai Purnama and surroundings from top floor of Cocobay condos

Views towards the east from Cocobay condos

The beach near FAMA's training centre in Port Dickson

The beach between Tanjung Tuan and Pantai Purnama


The beach at Tanjung Dahan

The beach at Pengkalan Balak

The beach at Tanjung Bidara


Holiday and rest at Desaru

Desaru from one of its best resort

The beach at Tanjung Balau

The beach at Telok Mahkota/Jason Bay

The beach at Mersing's Kampung Makam


The beach called Teluk Chempedak

The black sand of Teluk Tongkang

Enjoying the waters of Cherating


The beach near Kampung Mangkuk, Setiu

The beach at Bukit Keluang

Views from the top platform at Bukit Keluang

A look around the beach called Pantai Pandak


A brief stop at the Tok Bali beach in Kelantan...

The beach of Kandis, Bachok

A brief look at Pantai Irama

Enjoying the waters at Pantai Irama, Bachok... with the family!

The beach called Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Enjoying the breeze at Pantai Sri Tujuh


The cape called Tanjung Batu

The beach called Pantai Batu Manikar


To Lampuuk beach again for the sunset

The beach at Kuala Raja

The waves at Meunasah Lhok

North Sumatera

The beach at Barus


The beach at Muara

The waters off Brunei's Lumut

South China Sea from Kuala Belait


The beach at Narathiwat

Beach of Talo Kapo

On to the very tip of Tanjung Budi

On to the very tip of Tanjung Budi - part II

Enter the Rusamilae Beach

Chasing sunset at Rusamilae beach

Looking for Patani's 'lands end'

The beach at Singha Nakhon

The beach at Hua Hin

The beach at Khao Lak

Sunset at Mai Khao beach, Phuket

On to Kamala beach

The tourists heaven that is Patong beach

Sunset at Ao Nang beach, Krabi

On to Aonang beach

Proper sunset at Aonang



Towards Tanjung Rhu

Jetty of Tanjung Rhu

The beach of Tanjung Rhu

The waterway from Tanjung Rhu towards jetty to Kilim

Pantai Murni waterfront in Yan, Kedah

Incursion to Tanjung Dawai

Pulau Pinang

Views from the floating mosque of Tanjung Bunga

A visit to Telok Tempoyak

A look at the waters facing Pulau Jerejak

The scenery at Sungai Burung

A visit to Gertak Sanggul

The river view at Juru


The waters at Sungai Baru, Tanjung Piandang

A visit to Kuala Krau

A quick look at Kuala Gula bird sanctuary

Perak river from the right bank of Pulau Semat

The new jetty for Pulau Pangkor

Walking to Beting Beras Basah

Stepping foot on it... Beting Beras Basah that is

'Escape' from Beting Beras Basah

Beting Beras Basah at dusk

Jetty to Pulau Sembilan at Sungai Burung


Views from jetty to Pulau Ketam

A new attraction at Batu Laut

Along the new jetty at Tanjung Sepat

Negeri Sembilan

Views from a jetty at Port Dickson town

Wooden bridge on to an island in Port Dickson

Views from the straits-side food court of Pasir Panjang

Tranquil Teluk Pelanduk near Linggi

The floating restaurant at Kuala Linggi 


Baby Johan's first visit to the light house of Tanjung Tuan

The 'Mosque' island

Views from the peaks of the 'Mosque' island


The jetty at Pulau Penarik

The new mangrove walk at Tanjung Ketapang, Muar

The widest part of the Muar river estuary and horseshoe crabs

Deja vu at the 'dead part' of Simpang Kiri river at Bukit Inas

The 'beach' called Pantai Minyak Beku

The fierce waves in Pontian

Staying above the waves at Tanjung Piai

Again, the views at Teluk Sengat

Tanjung Pengelih, entry-point to the Riau islands

Sungai Rengit of Kota Tinggi, the southern-most point of east Johor


Stopping by Tanjung Keramat, Temerloh


Views from the Pesisir Payang waterfront


Morning walk at Tok Bali river estuary

The kids' turn to enjoy the embankment at Tok Bali

Waking up to the new year at the Pantai Che Latiff mosque

A bay of sorts

The waters near Tumpat


The place called Uleelheue in Aceh

Tea at Kuala Changkoi

The muddy area near the mouth of Aceh river

Views around the tomb of Syiah Kuala..

Looking at Pulau Weh from Syiah Kuala tomb

Deja vu at the hillside facing the bay of Lamuri

Views towards Ujong Pancu

Bringing the kids and friends to the tomb of Hamzah Fansuri

The waterfront of Lhok Seudu after sundown

Views from tomb of Poteumeureuhom Daya

Beautiful scenery at Tapak Tuan

West Kalimantan

The sea off a resort hotel in Mempawah

The recreational beach at Pasir Panjang and Tanjung Bajau

Views from the peak at Tanjung Bajau


The beauty of Luba

Mouth of the Brunei bay/sub-bay?

Views from the jetty at Muara


The scene at Kampung Wak Hassan


The waters facing old Singgora

The boats at Saksitphithak Jetty

Sunset over the bay of Patani

Gulf of Siam from Thasala district

The waters off Ranong


Islands of Langkawi (Kedah)

Start of the island hopping

The island of Beras Basah

The island of Dayang Bunting and its lake

Pulau Aman (Pulau Pinang)

Views from the jetty to Pulau Aman

On to Pulau Aman

Around Pulau Pangkor (Perak)

Looking at Teluk Dalam

An early look at Teluk Nipah

Snorkelling at Pulau Giam

Island hopping around Teluk Nipah

Sunset from Pangkor's vantage point

Pasir Bogak at twilight

Breakfast at Teluk Nipah with the hornbills

Exploring north-east Pangkor

The beauty of Pasir Giam

More beauty off Pasir Giam

Pulau Besar (Melaka)

Pulau Besar, Melaka again... After almost getting stucked there!

Three nights in Pulau Besar

Going to Pulau Besar after almost 2 years

Revisiting the island's sacred places

Private tour for a friend from Aceh

Morning views from the southern beaches of Pulau Besar

Enjoying the beach at Pulau Besar, Melaka

Videos of 26th July trip to Pulau Besar...

Pulau Duyong (Terengganu)

Views from Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu

Back to Pulau Duyong and more views from the island...

Others (in Malaysia)

Pulau (island of) Bunting at Yan, Kedah

The island called Cempakasari in Parit

Looking for the island called Pulau Sialu

Pulau Weh (Sabang, Aceh)

The sun set off Sabang View of Sabang bay from a lodging house

Samosir Island (North Sumatera)

First appreciation of the beauty of Samosir island at Tuk-tuk

The place where Samosir island meets the mainland

Pulau Chermin (Brunei)

The island called Pulau Chermin

Islands of Krabi (Thailand)

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