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, September 15, 2009

The number 191, a clue to something special about Lamuri...

So the journey was continued towards the bay of Lamuri...

Here we are about to cross a river known as Kreung Raya if I'm not mistaken. For the record the mouth of this river which is not so far from here practically marks the western tip of the bay...

One could see plenty of houses which looks like it was newly-built just after the tsunami of 26th December 2004.

On the other hand, just like tracts of land seen as we started Saturday's journey as shown in the article To Lamuri and the fortress of Indrapatra... there are parts which looks like it remained unhabitable.

As we followed the coastal curve of the bay southwards, a look to the right heads straight to west where the city of Banda Aceh lies at the foot of the hills seen far in the background.

At the middle of the bay which also houses a small harbour town called Pelabuhan (port of) Malahayati lies this landmark which is actually a large store for cement...

Somehow I was struck by the words "Sejak 1910" (Since 1910) prominent stamped on the building... for it contains the number 191 which has certain significance to me. Immediately my heart say there's something of personal interest and connection to me.

As the driver steps down to ask for directions only did I realise somehow here lies the tomb of an important Aceh personality, the lady admiral Laksamana Malahayati...

We made our way inland. While I know that within the bounds of the bay of Lamuri lies a fortress attributed to the lady admiral (Laksamana means admiral in Malay), I never thought to visit the tomb and never knew it lies somewhere here!

On the way we saw a mosque which I feel I must visit later...

But first it's time to pay a visit to the tomb which I will feature in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART) ...

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