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.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

A night walkabout in Melaka...

This is the tomb of the famous 15th century Melaka warrior, Hang Kasturi...

So what is this person doing in front of the gates of the tomb?

Well, for one, the tomb is situated at Jonker Street in Melaka city centre. The person seen in the previous picture was just selling his wares in front of the tomb. That's all...

After visiting the Talang dam (look at the article A look at Talang Dam, the most upstream part of the Muar river... ) me and wife went to Melaka. It was on a Saturday night where some of the streets around here is closed for the weekend night flea market...

We then walked all the way down Jonker Street on to the Melaka river. The river now is very colourful and beautiful, a big difference from what it used to be some years back.

The river has been cleaned and beautified, concrete walkways made along its lengths at both sides...

I understand, a small dam or watergate system much like that used at the Camden canals in London has been in use in Melaka since a year or two. This is to ensure the waters of the river stay at a certain navigable level throughout the year at all times regardless of the season or change of tides.

Thus a walk along the Melaka river is now made to a very pleasant experience, a romantic one even. Why, I'd say it feels like some of the walks at some European cities I've been to. In fact I felt this is even better than Amsterdam and rather close to walking along the river Thames in London. I'd say the feeling I get when walking down the Melaka river noawadays is like being at Prague, the capital of Czech Republic which has the distinction of being one of the few European cities which managed to preserve large tracts of ancient building from eras such as the 15th century AD and before, a rare distinction indeed as many parts of old European cities were destroyed during the world wars...

Next we went to one of our most favourite spots in Melaka, the mosque of Kampung Hulu were we actually spent the rest of the night!

This is a recording of the happenings after I woke up for the early morning Subuh prayers there. Hope you guys like it. Cheers! :]

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