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, November 17, 2009

Views from Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu

Continued from Tomb of Tok Raja Ri at Kuala Berang...

After Kuala Berang, I went to Pulau Manis before calling it a day in Kuala Terengganu. The next day a whole new round of travel/sightseeing starts. After making a few stops near town, I brought the wife and kids across the Terengganu river on to the island of Duyong, or Pulau Duyong (pulau is island in Malay)...

The island used to be a centre for traditional boat-building. In fact I understand they still make such woodens boats good enough for deep-sea fishing. However since recent years, this has largely given way to modern ships. Now they are making big modern fishing ships made from steel which should be proud enough to berth at any respectable harbour...

A major catalyst to the modern ship-building industry is the existence of a world-class yatch club...

The club was made to host the annual international Monsoon Cup yatch race which features top sailors (is this word applicable for yatch racers? Never mind...) from all over the world!

As for me, I came to the yatch club to have a good view of the surroundings. Seen here is the estuary of river Terengganu along with parts of the Kuala Terengganu city...

A look towards the north would show another part of the estuary, and the small tapering part of mainland called Seberang Takir...

We next head for this small jetty...

The views from the nearby jetty makes us wish we could take a boat ride next... which was what we actually did. Anyway this is the 400th posting in this blogspot.

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