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, July 30, 2010

The new jetty for Pulau Pangkor

Continued from The river Dinding from its bridge.

Soon we arrived in Lumut. While going around seeing the town and its vicinity from different angles we found this place...

First we have to cross a bridge...

Welcome to Marina Island Pangkor, a man-made island...

A view inland showing the Lumut naval base and the bridge we've just crossed. The last time I checked these parts of Lumut was probably more than 10 years ago and if remember correctly there were only a bunch of concrete appendages jutting out from the mainland just before the bridge.

A view towards the hills along the way to the beach of Teluk Batik. This should give a better idea of the distance of the man-made island from the mainland...

A view towards what used to be open waters separating the resort island of Pulau Pangkor from the mainland. In the background are the hills on that island.

We noticed there's a new jetty complex...

So we decided to check it out.

One for the album...

A closer view of Pulau Pangkor.

To the jetty...

The island is only about 2.5 km from this jetty. Compare that to the 8.3 km journey or so from the more popular old jetty in Lumut.

They also have what seemed to be much classier ferries here. It's just that not many people know about the existence of this new jetty and the fact it has gone into operation for at least a month. I understand that publicity has been hampered. It seems there are parties which don't want the this jetty to be made known, most probably because they don't want the old jetty to lose business. Hmm...

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