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.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Visiting the mystical island of Pulau Semat

Continued from Mouth of Sayong river and the palace of Bukit Chandan.

After we're done visiting places in Kuala Kangsar we next travelled to the small town of Manong to get a boat at its jetty.

We almost didn't make it as the locals were reluctant to transport us upon realising our destination was Pulau Semat, an island in the middle of the Perak river. You see the island is considered mystical. You can't simply set your foot on it, you have to be pure in thought and intention.

The were many stories of people drowning or boats getting capsized on the way there. Thank God after a while waiting there were those willing to help...

So here we are. In this picture one could see parts of Pulau Semat to the left.

This is the proper jetty to get onto the island...

But the boatman was worried that the path there could be blocked by falling trees and foliages. So we embarked a bit further downstream on into a banana orchard...

From there we walked towards the path connected to the jetty.

There was substantial clearing to make it easy...

Yes, there are parts were the foliage made it hard...

But as it turned out the path we were looking for itself was free from fallen trees and such despite what the boatman was worried about.

The path leads to our real destination, tomb of the fourth Sultan of Perak, Sultan Tajul Ariffin. Ruling the kingdom more than 400 years ago from this island, his highness is said to be a religious saintly person and that is why the Pulau Semat is mystical.

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