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.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Fooling around the Semenyih Dam...

Last time someone pointed out that I haven't updated this blogspot for some time... Well, here's a new update. Although frankly I don't feel well enough to weave a good story (for reasons I'm not sure of, my whole body hurts like hell the last few days!), let me just tell a tale my usual way ya... By uploading some pictures of any of my past travel and try to describe it, thus letting whatever comes out becomes the order of the day. Here, shoot...

OK. I just happen to have some pictures of a trip made around the Semenyih area of Selangor almost a month ago inside my new 2GB pen-drive... I recently lost my old 256MB drive which have served me for more than 2 years. In this particular posting, let me talk about the Semenyih Dam ya...

The Semenyih Dam is one of the main water reservoir for the Klang Valley... Situated about 20km (or is it 30km? Never mind... It is not so far...) from the city centre centre, it is located within one of the most scenic area accesible to city folks within an half-hour drive.
I remember when my trusty 535cc big bike was still operating well. I would make a point at least once a month to take a ride towards Ulu Langat and pass the quaint villages alongside with its beautiful streams waiting for me to take a dip. Then it's time to stop by at the Semenyih Dam and enjoy the view of its expansive waters. I'd swear that's when my mind starts to get into some sort of poetic mystical mood...

For many city-folks and those nearby, the lake (or rather the reservoir created by the dam) is heaven to those who enjoy fishing...

As for me, I never really care about fishing. I just like to sit beside the lake and stare out into the open...

I remember once going down a certain nice spot with some friends last year. Too bad in this latest trip I can't find the exact spot. Then, it was the Muslim fasting of Ramadhan. After converging in Ampang for late supper, me and the friends decided to take a trip up the winding road of Kuala Klawang in the state of Negeri Sembilan which is past the road to Ulu Langat and enjoy the fresh mountain air of the jungle in the wee hours.

Still, that is another story. Before returning to Kuala Lumpur, we stopped at the Semenyih Dam. Oh... One thing I like to do at the dam is shout my heart out and wait for the echo... Try it... It is much fun and very therapautic. Suffice to say, that's what we did for sometime early that morning before we started to bet, who could throw the farthest stone across the waters.

We then drove to another part of the lake and found a nice spot where some people were fishing. That spot even have a nice strecth of sand! And so there were we racing down the hill to enjoy the water when we saw a staggered drain on the hillside which looks like a very welcoming waterfall.

Now, none of us brought any extra clothings for swimming or dipping. Thus most were content to just wade through the waters. Me on the other hand just couldn't resist the call of the rushing waters up the staggered drain. I went up for a climb and found myself a nice spot when the friends down there said "Don't mind us...". I guess they already knew me too well...

So without much further ado, I stripped off my clothes bare! Suffice to say I enjoy a very nice skinny dipping session indeed!

Whatever, that was for last year's trip... In the latest one made almost a month ago with some other friends (actually a fan of my "Berpetualang ke Aceh" book series and his wife), we decided to return to Kuala Lumpur via the road which cuts straight to the town of Ulu Langat. That's when I decided to stop and take this picture... Notice the Petronas Twin Towers?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what?? skinny dipping?? in the wee hours?? biar betul