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, June 25, 2009

The visit to Aceh 15-22 June

This is a picture of me and the wife in front of the famous mosque of Baiturrahman in Aceh. We were in Aceh 15 - 22 June and visited a number of places. Below, let me give the same list (but translated) as shown in the recently-made article Ole-ole dari Aceh... coming! in the blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU . God willing starting next week, I will post stories and pictures regarding some of the places shown in the list and others that I forgot to put in the list, as and when I see it fit. Good night! :]

1. Mosque of Baiturrahman
2. Gunongan, the place where the Princess of Pahang who became wife to Sultan Iskandar Muda used to play at
3. Tomb of Sultan Iskandar Thani
4. Tsunami museum
5. Ulelee beach
6. Mosque of Baiturrahim
7. Tomb of kings from the Bugis dynasty
8. Bell of Chakra Donya
9. Tomb of Sultan Iskandar Muda
10. Tomb of Syiah Kuala (Sheikh Abdul Rauf Fansuri)
11. Peunayong market area
12. Village of Keudah (Kedah)
13. Tomb of Teungku Chik di Anjung
14. Tomb of Tuan di Kandang
15. Mosque of Indrapuri
16. Tomb of Teungku Chik Di Tiro
17. Tanoh Abee Dayah (religious school)
18. Lampuuk beach
19. Mosque of Rahmatullah
20. Pekan Saree
21. Mosque of Pekan Saree
22. Tomb of Syahid Lapan, the eight martyrs
23. Town of Siglie
24. Mosque of Beuracan
25. Town of Bireun
26. Dayah Saadah
27. Dayah Karang
28. City of Lhokseumawe
29. City of Langsa
30. Main mosque of Langsa
31. Tomb of Teuku Banta Chik Bereudah
32. Little town of Perlak
33. Tomb of Sultan Maulana Sayyid Abdul Aziz Shah
34. Town of Idi
35. Old mosque of Idi
36. Tomb of Sultan Malikus Saleh
37. Fort of Indrapatra
38. Tomb of Laksamana Malayahati
39. Fort of Inong Balee
40. Fort of Iskandar Muda
41. Tomb of Teuku Nyak Arief
42. Ulu Kareang
43. The traditional dances at GTZ Germany's function in our hotel
44. The dabus show at an election function in our hotel

Compilation of "Remembering the 'A' Levels college days"...

The shoplots near Uptown Damansara were me and my mates used to study at...

Hi again everyone! I've just got back from Aceh on Monday but it's only today I feel like updating anything on my blogspots. Before I write anything on the latest trip, let me just compile first the links to the "Remembering the 'A' Levels college days" series of writings which was concluded just before I left for Aceh the previous Monday. So here goes. Do have a look at the writings based on real experience in college more than 20 years ago ya. Do read it in order as when I first started the series, there was no such order. Tt was then just a string of incidents I would like to let out as time and opportunity allowed, as I try to remember what had happened without any premeditation and such.