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, May 21, 2010

The blooming skyline of Johor Bahru

Peace be upon you dear readers. As you all might have noticed I'm currently doing articles on train stations. Yet in between I might touch on other subjects. Still it should be quite relevant such as this...

These pictures, in fact all the pictures featured in recent articles were taken in a trip down south early February. Like elsewhere, we were in Johor Bahru to take pictures of its train station...

First have a look at the skyline...

For the skyline of JB has bloomed very much compared to the years gone by.

Once upon a time you can't see any building higher than 10 stories towards this direction... at least that's how I remember it 10 years ago or so and before...

By the way the pictures above were taken from my hotel room.

I was with Faiz Al-Shahab who plays the official photographer for a certain job and down we came to check the going arounds...

Oh, it was Sunday morning... so the atmosphere was very easy, relaxed...

Towards the east, within the frames of the entrance to this street could be seen the Sultan Ibrahim building, the original 'skyscraper' of JB built more than 80 years ago...

Compare it to modern skyscrapers like these. Counting the Sultan Ibrahim building out as it used to stand just outside the boundaries (JB now is a city and its boundaries have extended far beyond) the Merlin Tower to the right was the second or so skyscraper to be built here.

Whatever, the skyscraper to this left, the Tun Abdul Razak tower was the first in JB and the only one for some time. If I remember correctly it has been around since I was 10, (that was 30 years ago)! Now time to check out the train station...

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