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, November 18, 2009

The mysterious-looking Bukit Kluang in Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Continued from To Masjid Abidin, the white mosque with the kids...

After visiting a few more places in Kuala Terengganu we then head to Kuala Besut using the coastal route. That's when I felt like having a look again at Bukit Kluang, a rather mysterious looking hill en-route to Kuala Besut, about 100 km or so north of KT...

Since we left KT after 5 pm, we could only arrive here at dusk...

This is much better than the first time me and wife got here in January. Then, we arrived at 8 pm, also after visiting a number of places in KT but without spending the night there. The rather spooky atmosphere made my wife scared as she continously urged me to turn back. Furthermore parts of the road were inundated with water. It was actually flooding at some parts of Terengganu and Kelantan.
Still I pressed on out of wonder also curiosity. I only turned back at the end of the road of which I couldn't properly see because of the darkness. In this visit only I could make out what lies ahead... at this juncture a lot of sand and this river...

The river opens into the sea as we lie near the estuary. Another hill looms on the other side to complete the picture...

There's a rather pleasant beach with a good view of a major island off Terengganu, albeit the existence of strong tingling feeling that we were being watched by some invisible beings!

I decided to walk further up the beach...

It seems Bukit Kluang is built of limestones...

The hill stretches a few kilometres up north. Afterwards we went to the other end by turning back into the connecting road. That's when I saw seaside caves which made the hill more mysterious... and I had a long deja vu, having seen exactly what has transpired in the same low lighting after dusk. But that I would only feature in my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU . Have a look there later...

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