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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

First time on the ETS

Peace be upon you all. Recently me and family made another trip to southern Thailand. So as usual there are stories to be shared starting with this.

The trip was started Thursday morning 9th March 2023 by driving to the town of Tanjung Malim then leaving our car at a local office. Then we walked to the train station.

We wanted to take the ETS (Electric Train Service) of KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad).

This electric trains service was started in 2010. But this is the first time we took it.

Previously we have only taken the Komuter electric train which plies limited parts of the west coast Malaysian rail track.

The ETS on the other hand cover the route from Gemas in the south till Padang Besar towards the furthest north Peninsular Malaysia. That is over 700 km distance.

We were going to Padang Besar which should be about 450 km or so from Tanjung Malim...

Personally I have been on the railway through every available route in Peninsular Malaysia.

I have even took the train from Kuala Lumpur directly to Hatyai in southern Thailand and KL directly to Tanjung Pagar in south of Singapore.

But that was on the old train service, before the ETS was introduced in 2010.

So imagine the excitement of taking the ETS after almost 13 years it is in service...

Within that time frame the closest to ETS I have taken was the northern Komuter service which plies the same rail tracks but only from Padang Rengas in Perak to Padang Besar and back.

Like the ETS the Komuter can go up to a top speed of above 140 km/h.

But the Komuter stops at every station and thus have to slow down often.

The ETS on the other hand can continue going fast more as it only stops at selected stations...

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