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.

Monday, January 25, 2010

My old alma mater, Sekolah Menengah Sains Johor (Johor Science Secondary School)

Continued from Kluang railway coffee .

Next we went to my old alma mater, Sekolah Menengah Sains Johor, the Johor Science Secondary School. It is a reputable full-boarding school located in Kluang...

OK. Forgive me for the poor quality of the first two pictures. I took it from inside my car while the windscreen has been covered from dirt from the day's previous trip to the Linggiu Dam. Look again at the article Linggiu, the site of an ancient Malay kingdom now taken over by Singapore? .

The following pictures were taken from outside the car. Thus it is clear. This is the assembly hall where we used to converge every Sunday morning. During my time here (1983-1986) Sunday is a working day in Johor. The weekends were Fridays and Saturdays.

In front of the hall lies this block. I remember the girls used to have their cooking classes at this end of the ground floor...

Here's the main field where we used to play sports.

And here's a new block being built on top of what used to be a small utility field.

I used to reside at the block behind, the boys dormitory...

Next to it lies the dining hall followed by the girls dorm.

Right in front of the dining hall is this study block. Its walls used to be the place where pictures were projected for the once-a-week movie show on weekends...

The walkway with the eleveted roof right-centre seen here marks the place where the main entrance used to be 20 years ago...

In those days, the school area was less than half the current size. This surau (small praying hall) was a later addition built over an extended area which used to lie outside the school perimeters.

Here's a view of the school from outside the surau. For a more comprehensive recollection on the school, read the Malay article Memori lama pahit getir SMSJ, Kluang, Johor... made in the blogspot BERPETUALANG KE ACEH 2 years ago. Enough for the night...

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