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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.


Thursday, August 13, 2020

New visit to Tanjung Sepat jetty



Monday afternoon 3rd August 2020. Me and family had spent the night at my wife's native village in Tanjung Sepat. It has been some time since I checked out the jetty off the town there. So I asked the wife to accompany for a drive.


While she waited in the car I walked to the jetty...





Now, I've showed pictures of it the article Along the new jetty at Tanjung Sepat made 2 years ago.


But that was at dusk.



Looking back towards land.


Next I felt like walking to the end of the jetty...


















Looking back towards the land...














Looking at the end of the jetty again.


A closer look of the land as I walked back to the car...

 

Monday, August 10, 2020

A stop at Ulu Bendol recreation forest


Late Sunday afternoon 2nd August 2020 after visiting a number of old mosque around Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan we stopped at the Ulu Bendol recreation forest.





Situated towards the city of Seremban it offers a nice respite for those plying the Kuala Pilah-Seremban route...






It has a nice stream for people to take a dip...










 

Friday, August 07, 2020

A brief excursion to Gunung Ledang

 Peace be upon you all. Presenting something more recent...

Last Saturday, 1st August 2020 me and family headed towards the mountain called Gunung Ledang from the town of Bukit Gambir.

We had spent the previous nights at my parents place in Muar, Johor. On the way back towards our own home to the north we decided to make a stop at the famous mountain and found this entrance...


Being originally a native of the district of Muar I have been to Gunung Ledang a number of times. But it has been some time since I've set foot anywhere around here. And this was the first time I used this particular route to get to the mountain.


What is interesting is how wide the vistas were around here.


As far as I could remember normally the views around were blocked by rows and rows of palm oil tree.


But this time it seems older palm oil trees have been cleared to make way for replanting...


For comparison look at how the tall old trees could obscure views as we got closer to the foot of the mountain.


Anyway we soon found out this route leads to the National Park here. However it was closed due to the MCO (Movement Control Order) to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus.




Otherwise one could climb up the 1,276-metres tall (from sea level) mountain from here...

 
Actually I took the route as I thought it could connect to another one leading to some waterfalls down the mountain. As it turned out it does not connect. So I had to return to the main road outside and proceed further to the north.


There. Entrance to the route I'm familiar with.



However we could only get to the car park. The rest of the route was closed due to the MCO. So no going to the waterfalls.


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

A quick look up of Bukit Gasing

Continuing from Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley from a condominium in Jalan Klang Lama.


In the afternoon we decided to check the hill called Bukit Gasing.


It's been many many years since we went up the hill. I took the route I remembered from those years.





This particular route leading to a Hindu temple used to be popular to visitors.





From here one could get broad views of the surroundings...