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, July 02, 2009

The place called Uleelheue in Aceh

This is a view from the place called Uleelheue just outside Banda Aceh. The name sounded like a Swiss yodel or something isn't it? In fact it sounded so funny to me that I never thought it was the real name of a place in Aceh, a place which gained prominence after the Tsunami of 26th December 2004.

Another superb view there. For Uleelheue being a coastal area was one of the place worst-hit by the Tsunami. Yet when I was there on 15 June 2009 which is actually less than four and a half-years later, all signs of destruction looked almost non-existent...

Bear in mind that most of the infrastuctures here, plants included were totally destroyed and washed away by the huge tidal wave that is the Tsunami. Only few structures managed to survive the impact if I recall correctly and suffered minimal damage. One of it is the Baiturrahim mosque with its later-built minaret seen here. I will post an article on the mosque in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) later.

Here is an inland view with the mountain Seulawah Agam in the background left. Somewhere behind it lies 'his mate' Seulawah Inong, both noted to be extint volcanoes if I remember correctly. For the record, Agam is the Acehnese word for man of male, Inong is woman or female. Thus the words Seulawah Agam and Seulawah Inong literally mean male and female Seulawah respectively!

The opposite view, that is towards the opposite direction...

And that's my wife to the right and our driver @ tourist guide to the left. That's all here for the night. Cheers! :]

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