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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.


Monday, April 08, 2024

Visiting the Segari turtle sanctuary for 2024

Peace be upon you. Continuing on things to be shared.



Saturday afternoon 6th April 2024 I visited the Segari turtle sanctuary.




I have been here quite a number of times.













This is the first time for the year 2024...












For the record this is the 2,488th article in this blogspot.


Sunday, April 07, 2024

Checking out the West Coast Highway from Taiping to Beruas

Continuing from Views from the British resident's place in Bukit Chandan.



In the afternoon I left Kuala Kangsar for Taiping. After spending some time there I decided to take the new highway to Beruas...






It is part of the West Coast Highway (WCE) connecting the town of Banting in Selangor on to Taiping in Perak.







However only some of the Selangor portions have been completed.







The Perak portion was fully completed when these parts connecting Taiping to Beruas were opened just about a month ago...




















Views from the British resident's place in Bukit Chandan

Continuing from Anna and the King shooting location in Kuala Kangsar.



On a part of the hill called Bukit Chandan lies this building which used to be house of the British resident to Perak. It now houses the office and amenities of the girls' school, Sekolah Raja Perempuan Kelsom.



What interested me however is the fact that the building stood on the site of the house of 19th century Perak noblewoman named Che Mida. The famous British office Frank Swettenham wrote in his journal dated 15th February 1874 how from the grounds of the house he could see about 3 miles of the Perak river in convex curve and the Kangsar river joining it about 50 yards from where he was sitting.




I wanted to see if I could catch the sight from what could be surmised as the area around where Swettenham was sitting.



The Perak river was not in sight...



But I could clearly see the bridge crossing the river in between these trees.



So I suppose if the surroundings are clear enough, not blocked by trees and buildings one should be able to catch the sight described by Swettenham. That should be enough.


Anna and the King shooting location in Kuala Kangsar

 Peace be upon you. More things to be shared.



Friday 5th April 2024 I drove along the eastern banks of the Perak River across the royal town of Kuala Kangsar and caught sight of this signboard. It seems the 1999 Hollywood movie "Anna and the King" was shot around here.







Directly across the river is the hill called Bukit Chandan...







Partly seen in the middle of this picture are the towers and dome of the royal mosque, Masjid Ubudiyah.



Seen also the Perak Sultanate's main palace, the Istana Iskandariah.


Tuesday, April 02, 2024

The rapids near the junction to Janda Baik

 Continuing from Karak highway from vantage points near Genting Sempah.



Next, I stopped at this part of the old trunk road just before the junction to Janda Baik.




This part suffered from a big landslide and water outpouring from the mountains after heavy rains about 2 years ago. This blocked the nearby portion of the trunk road while heavy muddy waters went on to flood the lower situated town of Bukit Tinggi.




So reinforcements were built to mitigate the situation.



I have passed this area many times but only recently realised there are rapids around here.






For information this is the 2,848th article in this blogspot.


Karak highway from vantage points near Genting Sempah

Continuing from Small waterfall at 18th mile of Jalan Gombak.



Further up the trunk road to Janda Baik I stopped to get to a vantage point.













It gives good views of the surrounding mountains that form the range called Banjaran Titiwangsa...







You can also get good views of the Karak highway...










This is from a lower vantage point.




The point is near this utility lines tower.



While the previous vantage point is from this higher utility line tower.