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.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tribute to a dear "friend", my old and cheap digital camera!

This is a picture of my Grandvision pocket digital camera bought almost 2 years ago at RM299 with a free 512Mb card in tow. It actually takes 3 Megapixel pictures with option to go up to 6 Mexapixel using interlacing technic or so. It has a 3 x or 4 x (sorry I forgot) digital zoom and very sensitive to light and movement... Meaning it can't take proper pictures under poor lighting conditions and when I snap, I have to make sure that the camera remains static in position for at least a second for the picture to look stable.

Still for the record, 99 per cent of the pictures shown in my blogspots were taken using this camera, the cheapest digital camera available then. And some of the pictures turned out quite well that it is adopted in some other websites and in fact used in certain mainstream magazines!

A week ago, I came across another digital camera, much more sopistichated... One that could take pictures under all conditions of lighting and without fear of movement disturbing the result too... Along with such neat features like face recognition and shadow replacement or something. But what made me actually bought it was because it has 5x optical zoom with a fair price which I could currently afford. The optical zoom coupled with the digital zoom option churns out an effective up to 28x zoom making me rather proud of my new acquisition!

Whatever, I made this posting to give tribute and let go of a dear 'friend', just like that done in the posting titled The computers which have shaped my life! made almost a week ago. I've done a sizeable writing on the matter in my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU and thus I thought I could do one here too, although not as long as I'm already exhausted for the day.

So now that this is done, I could rest in peace tonight knowing I've done my tribute for this old digital camera which also marks the end of an episode and the beginning of a new one. So good night ya... I'll write something soon enough when I feel like it. Cheers! :]