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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A visit to Templer's Park

Peace be upon you all. Two weeks ago, I made a visit to the Templer's Park recreational area north of Kuala Lumpur. Tonight, I felt like make a posting on it. Here goes...

Actually I was on the way from Rawang to Kuala Lumpur and haven't had lunch. As I was approaching Templer's Park, I thought, why not have lunch there...

And so I was at the recreational area one weekend...

The last time I was here was probably more than three months ago...

Then, I felt like taking a quick dip at the nice stream here. At first I just wanted to dip my feet. But I ended up dipping my whole body, many many times.

Some 20 years ago, this area used to be my favourite haunt. As far as I could remember, there's at least 7 waterfalls inside up to 200 metres above sea level and I always made it a point to climb up until the furthest stream accesible.

Since then, I hardly paid a visit. The latest visit two weeks ago was probably the first time in 20 years I ventured beyond the gates seen above, the main gate at the foot of the hill containing the waterfalls!

But I have no intention of going in far. I just decided to wade across the nearest stream inside... after all I wanted to get to KL soon.

Oh, for the record, although Klang Valley folks call this area as the Templer's Park, the fact is its official name is the Kanching recreational park and forest reserve. The actual Templer's Park, named after a British officer from the colonial era is about 2-3km a bit down south. But it is not so popular as there's only one or two waterfalls there and even then, it's quite deep inside the jungle.

Instead, this area is already accesible from the roadside with the streams looking (and feeling) much nicer. As it is not far from the real Templer's Park, visitors tend to call it by that name and it sticks until today.

So there I was wading across this parts...

I only went up to the first waterfall seen here. Of course I felt like going further and furthermore, I haven't had a dip yet. After all I always liked waterfalls... looking at the sight in front is enough to give me the jitters. The jitters of wanting to at least stand under the waterfall that is. But I got things to do in Kuala Lumpur. So I had to go. That's all! :]