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.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Bandar Tasik Puteri from on top a hill

From Batu Arang we move to the place I live at, the residential area called Bandar Tasik Puteri in Rawang, Selangor.

I have lived here for almost 2 years now but yesterday, for the first time ever I noticed this summit of a hill.

From on top I could get a vantage view of things. A look towards the west. My house should be somewhere on the background to the right.

A look towards the south. You can go down the summit from here...

A look towards the east. Some of the houses in Bandar Tasik Puteri.

A 45 degree turn anti-clockwise...

Another 45 degree turn anti-clockwise and you see the part where I climbed the hillside up to the summit. You see it was while going around the Bazar Ramadhan yesterday, the afternoon food fair specially erected for the Muslim holy fasting month that I noticed this summit.

And finally a look towards the north-west where you can see the mosque. For all you dear readers I wish happy Aidil Fitri or Eid celebration. :]

Monday, September 06, 2010

The lakes at Batu Arang

Just an excursion from the Aceh and Muar stories. Then again there's no more Aceh and Muar stories to tell, at least at this juncture...

One fine day I took the wife and baby out on a drive at Batu Arang, Selangor and took a new route (new for us at least) and saw these lakes.

We were very suprised not to have seen this area earlier is it is just 3-4 km or so from our home.

That's the wife and baby posing near the lakes.

We also discovered how the routes to the lakes are connected to the chimney which is a major landmark for Batu Arang. For the record Batu Arang means "coal stone" and this chimney was part of a complex to process coal which used to be mined here.

In front of the chimney lies this curious looking building, perhaps part of the complex too...

Here's the roundabout lying just a short distance from the chimney. It is also a landmark which defines the small town of Batu Arang. Note that this is the 565th article in this blogspot, made on the night of 27 Ramadhan, my 41st birthday according to the Islamic Hijriah calendar. Good night! :]