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, June 30, 2009

In and around the Baiturrahman mosque in Aceh...

And so we arrived in Aceh as told in the article The flight to Aceh... We soon checked into the best hotel in town, in fact the best in the whole of Aceh. After having lunch we went to Kak Ann's office. Then it's time to check what is available in town...

This tower is the highest building in Aceh.

It is situated in front of the famous Baiturrahman mosque...

At the right-side of the mosque lies Pasar Aceh (literally, Aceh market) or what is left of it. I understand it is still under renovation and now under-utilised since a major part of it got destroyed during the Tsunami of 26th December 2004.

Back inside the mosque's compound, from the entrance next to Pasar Aceh one could see this plaque commemorating the place where the Dutch general Kohler was killed in the Duth colonialists first direct attack and invasion against Aceh in 1873.

This is the plaque in relation to the highest tower/building in Aceh...

A look at the mosque compound behind right...

Me and wife then saw these students outside the left-wing of the mosque. I think the mosque also houses a religious school...

Me and wife inside the mosque...

A look at the Baiturrahman mosque from outside the main entrance, that is from the back or rear of the compound (or front, depending on your perspective really...). For more and better pictures of the mosque, look at the article Masjid Raya (Main mosque of) Baiturrahman, Aceh in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) .

We also posed at this arch which marks the entrance at these parts...

It is situated right in front of the tall tower. Too bad the tower was under renovation and closed to the public. Otherwise we could have a look at the whole of the city of Banda Aceh from its top.

A last look at the mosque as we go outside. Good night! :]

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