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, November 12, 2010

The trip to Labuan

So we have touched on a few places in Selangor and Perak. Now comes the time to return to the stories on Brunei. Without much further ado, let's continue from Views from the jetty at Muara.

In the last article on Brunei I said we went to the jetty at Muara but didn't say why. I simply put some pictures of the views around with some explanation. Well, actually we wanted to take the ferry to the island of Labuan. Here's a view inside the ferry.

Wife and baby Al-Rasyid.

View of the waters at the jetty from inside the ferry.

Ferry on the move.

OK. Some of you might know that Labuan is a federal territory of Malaysia. So how come this article is part of the Brunei stories?

Well, for one we went to Labuan within the bounds of our trip to Brunei. Remember, from Peninsular Malaysia we have to travel quite a distance across the South China Sea to reach Brunei. Kuala Lumpur and the airport at KLIA is some 1,500 km from the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan. The island of Labuan on the other hand is just 30 km from the jetty of Muara. Besides Labuan was once part of the kingdom of Brunei.

Here's a view as we passed the embankment extending out of the waters of Muara. Refer to the article Mouth of the Brunei bay/sub-bay?. After that it's just the open waters of Brunei Bay and South China Sea...

About an hour later we could see what looks like part of a port.

Ah... we have arrived at Labuan.

What a refreshing sight to be able to get out after a total of one and a half hour being cooped up inside the ferry.

Now it's time to explore what this island has to offer.

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