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, August 12, 2008

An artfully creative wooden house in Seri Menanti!

OK. This should be the 234th posting in the blogspot. Read on...

Just before reaching the signboard of Seri Menanti as shown in the article The unexpected Negeri Sembilan trip: From Rembau to Seri Menanti... , I saw this interesting wooden house on the road-side...

It certainly is not a typical Malay wooden house. In fact there is no such Malay architecture design!

Whatever, it is interesting. From the look of it, it could only be built by someone creative with a unique sense of art and a strong sense of individuality to veer away from the usual without feeling any shame or fear of critics...

I mean just look at that. Although it looks unpopulated (I could see nobody around), perhaps it is not fit enough a place to stay in because of lack of proper amenities? Anyway it is the kind of place I would build myself and be proud of... That is if I have the money or the opportunity which I don't have...

Then I saw the garage besides with some big bikes which looks like it is either undergoing repair or alteration works... Suddenly I'm reminded of a newspaper article I've read a few years ago on a member of the royalty who likes to design, alter and build big bikes. Perhaps this is his place, right at the outskirt of the Negeri Sembilan royal town of Seri Menanti? Perhaps that is why he could afford to built such a place?

Whatever, for me this unique house (or rather, a place?) merits it's own article here. So that's it, the 234th entry in the blogspot. Good day! :]

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