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.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tanjung Pengelih, entry-point to the Riau islands

From Sungai Rengit we drove some 16 km to the west to get to a cape called Tanjung Pengelih. From here there is no mistaking the land across as the island of Singapura. The skyscrapers in the distance could not belong to any other except its city-centre skyline...

Here there exist a main navy camp. Then again it is out of bounds to us civilians...

Next place to go is the jetty of Tanjung Pengelih...

It is for boats or ferries plying the route to the Indonesian island of Batam, known to be a sort of weekend hideaway for some...

Across the jetty one could see the island of Pulau Tekong belonging to Singapura...

I understand works have been going for years to reclaim land around Pulau Tekong and make it closer to the Singapura main island, a process that has somehow constricted flow of waters of the Straits of Tebrau which divides Singapura from Johor.

From Tanjung Pengelih it is only 20 km down straight south to the island of Batam. For the record, Batam is part of the group of islands called the Riau islands which is very famous in old Malay history for being the centre of seat for the Bugis dynasty comprising descendants of the famous 5 Bugis princes, Daeng Parani, Daeng Merewah, Daeng Menambon. Daeng Kemasi and Daeng Chelak. The islands included Bintan (also known as the island of Bentan) and are part of Indonesia. Thus while the cape is some distance by road from the main Johor city of Johor Bahru, its small distance from Indonesia makes it an ideal entry or embarkation point.

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