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, March 25, 2009

The mouth of the Lipis river... the place where Kuala Lipis began

You could consider this a continuation of the article Views from above the Karak highway . So we arrived in Raub and spent the night there. But we didn't take the old road all the way there... I was just to tired driving up the small road so we decided to enter the highway at Genting Sempah.

The reason I went to Raub was so that me and wife can enjoy a local cuisine before we head for Jengka, our real destination in this trip. A cousin was getting married Saturday night but since we started from Raub after lunch, there should be enough time to visit a few places en-route.

That's when we decided to stop at Kuala Lipis, a rather quaint town which I'm quite fond of. Only this time, I felt an overwhelming desire to look at the mouth of the Lipis river which I'm not sure I've ever had a look at before. After all that's how Kuala Lipis got its name... Lipis is the name of the river, Kuala is the mouth...

Luckily there's a new part of town which is situated on top a hill next to the Jelai river, the main Pahang river which cuts across the region. From there we managed to have a good look at the Lipis rivermouth which is halway between the centre and the left part of the above picture. The river flows out into the Jelai river while Jelai flows out into the Pahang river.

Realising that there's a clear metal bridge across it for railways, then for sure I've been at the river mouth as I've been on the train pass this route a few times. It's just then perhaps I wasn't looking. Never mind... now I can say for sure where is the Lipis river mouth and I've seen it with my own eyes.

While I'm at it, here's a view to the right and the old Kuala Lipis town in sight...

A view directly across the Jelai river shows an old colonial building which I think is the rest house...

Later, we walked down the old town. We were heading for the railway station when I decided to snapped this picture with the main mosque in sight...

We arrived at the station just in time to see a train stopped...

God, I'm always astounded at the sight of people boarding and taking off the train. What a sentimental guy hehe... :]

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