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, January 25, 2011

Kelang river at Kuala Lumpur city centre

This continuing 'idle January' piece should add a missing piece for the section called "Fascination for rivers" at the middle sidebar. First let me quote what has been written in the supporting article Fascination with rivers - the Middle West Coast...

11. Sungai Klang

About as big as Sungai Selangor but given more importance due to the existence of Malaysia's main ports near its mouth apart from the fact that it flows through the city of Kuala Lumpur. I have seen the parts in the city perhaps thousands of times due to the fact that I've spent years staying in the Klang Valley. I have seen the wide parts near the city of Klang maybe tens of times but could have seen more if not for the fact that I try not to go there more often because of its often bad traffic condition. But all in all I never took enough pictures or make stories about it. Perhaps I have taken it for granted and need to make amends... will do one day.

After spending time buying orchids (read Al-Rasyid and the orchid farm) we spent the rest of the day at home indoors. The next day Monday I followed my parents to an uncle's place at Damansara Heights where we had lunch before I decided to head for Kuala Lumpur city by public transport and walked around. At the Central Market LRT station I saw a nice view of the Kelang river and decided to take pictures. Furthermore it is time that I fill the missing part about this river for the "Fascination with rivers" section.

You see it has been a while since I walked at these parts of the city and took the LRT. Then I noticed there's a pedestrian bridge connecting to the old train station across.

That was how I got to take rather interesting pictures from the middle of the river. Oh, the previous picture is headed upriver, this one is downriver...

Next I walked towards the famous cultural market/shopping complex, the Central Market. I don't know when was this sheltered walk built, as far as I could remember it was not around when I last walked here and that should be within 2 years ago.

I went pass Central Market to take another angle of the river. This one is heading downriver.

For upriver from the same spot you can see where the tributary Gombak river flows into the Kelang river. This is the place where Kuala Lumpur got its name... kuala is the Malay word for estuary referring to the Gombak river mouth, lumpur means muddy. So Kuala Lumpur simply means the muddy estuary which is how it was when the city was started with a settlement more than a century ago.

A close-up zoom showing the signboard Sg. Kelang (Sg. short-form for sungai or river). But don't be mistaken. The one seen above is the Gombak river. The Kelang river which is below the signbboard is out of view.

Here's a look at the Kelang river. These parts look smaller than the Gombak river. Perhaps the latter adds volumes to the downriver portion after where the 'muddy estuary' or original Kuala Lumpur lies?

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