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.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The south-east rural road to Kulim

By right the article Going through Sungai Petani should be the last supporting article for today. But while chosing pictures for the new series about a travel to the north at my main blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU then I realised I should have made an article on the route taken to Kulim. Chronological-wise this article should be positioned after Sungai Kerian, the natural border between Perak and Kedah. But hey, better late than never right?

The trip down or rather, up the route deserved to be made into an article because it is very scenic.

I might not have taken its full essence with my underpowered but convenient middle-range digital camera but hope this is enough to relive the feeling I've got while driving through...

This was a time after leaving the river Sungai Kerian. I found myself taking a route I've never been on before and was surprised to see how well the hills and mountains took its place in the background.

You see, except for certain parts I've always known the state of Kedah as largely flat and lacking scenic roads weaving in and out hilly jungles.

Instead I found myself totally mistaken.

For the first time in Kedah I felt like driving through old rural roads in Pahang which often pass through such scenic jungle and hills.

I was more surprised as this road is heading towards Kulim.

You see the town of Kulim is rather highly industrialised as if it is an extension of the bustling development of Pulau Pinang. All this while I've failed to realise that Kulim is also the name of a district and it does have a large amount of scenic jungle at certain parts.

It was then only did I remembered what some friends have told. That to the east or south-east of Kulim lies such jungle what more it is close to the Peninsular's main mountain range, Banjaran Titiwangsa.

The jungle only gives way as one got close enough to the sub-urbs of Kulim...

Palm trees and such began to dominate and this soon gave way to open lands signifying development in progress away from the quiet scene of the jungles...

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