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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My second visit to the tomb of Teungku Chik di Tiro

Back to the supporting articles on Aceh.

Refer to the article Aceh rural views around Indrapuri made over a year ago. In the following trip to Aceh made end of January 2010 I visited again the tomb of Teungku Chik di Tiro.

Just to refresh, Teungku Chik di Tiro was a major fighter who lead Acehnese againts the Dutch invasions made since 1873. More information is available in the article Makam (tomb of) Teungku Chik di Tiro made in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART).

OK. So I have arrived here last year. But then the doors to the actual tomb was locked. This time, in my second visit I found the doors opened. So I came in and pay my respect... to a religious fighter who was entrusted with the mission of continuing the people of Aceh's struggle when the Sultan was forced to step down the throne leaving the nation without a king until now... to the fighter whose grandchild Teungku Hassan di Tiro was instrumental in continuing the fight when Aceh found itself cheated after getting absorbed into the Republic of Indonesia.

And now that Teungku Hassan has passed away 2 months ago leaving Aceh without a real leader except those bound to the modern ways of politicking and its inherent evil self-serving ways, perhaps a Sultan will soon appear to take back the struggle which was once entrusted to Teungku Chik di Tiro. Oh, now I remember. Someone told me that Teungku Hasan was buried at the same complex housing the remains of his grandfather. Whatever, it is my sincere hope that something would soon happen that would return Aceh to its former position as the main centre of learning and dissemination of Islam, at least in the eastern parts of the world.