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, June 26, 2010

The colours of Hatyai

Continued from The station at Hatyai.

This is the first view which greeted us as we stepped out of the train station, a row of vans waiting to pick up passengers.

However we prefer to just walk. That's photographer Faliq taking pictures of the going-ons around.

So we started taking on the main street which runs down from the station.

There's this supermarket...

In front is this map of Hatyai.

Two or three blocks later there's this street leading to what seem's to be the highest building in the city.

Then we checked out the scene at the inner pedestrian walks...

At another part of town foodstuff dominates.

Well, there are clothings and such but food seems to be the main theme...

Fruits came in by abundance.

And it is fresh like these grapes which seemed to have just been plucked out of the vines.

On to another part of town...

We entered a bustling shopping complex.

Interesting is this indoor market.

On sale are home-made souvenirs and trinkets...

Friday, June 25, 2010

The station at Hatyai

Continued from Enter Padang Besar, gateway to Thailand.

So we are already in Thailand...

While there are some interesting views along the way, our minds are more set up for what is going to be our last and final stop...

Ah... the stop is now in view...

Welcome to the station at Hatyai...

This station is also known as Hatyai junction as like Gemas in Malaysia it is the place where two major railway routes meet...

A view inside the waiting hall.

A view of the station outside. Now it's time to have a look at Hatyai or Haadyai city...

Enter Padang Besar, gateway to Thailand

The view soon gave way to containers, loads of it...

Next, one could also see a number of parked locomotives, a sure sign we are approaching a major station.

Welcome to Padang Besar station...

This is where the Thai railways meets its counterpart in Malaysia...

First we have to pass the Malaysian immigration checkpoint.

A look to the south outside the station and you could see the limestones of Perlis as featured in the previous article.

Here's our line-up at the Thai immigration checkpoint.

Interesting is the notice to put some in place...

Now that the immigrations checks are done we have to wait for our train. I decided to have a look from the top floor of the station...here's one towards the south

Here's one towards Thailand...

And here's our train ready to continue the foray.