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, February 02, 2011

First time in Hatyai with the family

More than 7 months ago I went to the Thailand city of Hatyai for the first time ever in my life. Look at the old articles The station at Hatyai and The colours of Hatyai. Since then I've pledged to one day bring the wife and baby Al-Rasyid here. The northern trip during the month of Ramadhan was exactly planned for that, among others. So continued from The town of Sadao...

More than an hour after leaving Sadao we finally arrived at the city of Hatyai. Well, we made a number of stops along the way and traffic was slow when we approached the city. And some time (and money too) were wasted when I was caught in a road-block just before the overhead bridge to the city. For what? Because I forgot to buy the insurance necessary to enter Thailand at the border. Anyway at least we arrived here safely. Seen in the background is what I surmise must be the tallest building in Hatyai.

I've read somewhere that Hatyai is the fourth biggest city in Thailand. In fact it is the largest city after the capital Bangkok as the two larger cities in-between are actually suburbs of the capital.

Whatever I wanted to show the wife and baby the places I've been to 7 months ago. So we immediately headed for the city centre.

Without a map and clear direction I relied only on instinct and landmarks, mainly tall buildings. Thank God I took the right path and arrived straight to the centre.

So here we were passing through the streets and places I've been at...

In fact after weaving through some streets at the centre I headed for the train station.

The station was the point I started getting to known Hatyai 7 months ago and it is also a place I want to show the wife and baby. Besides I need to park the car someplace not so busy. From here we could walk and explore some more...

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