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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Downhill Kelantan from Banjaran Titiwangsa

So we have left Cameron Highlands. So we were already in Kelantan. From the junction to Kampung Raja we were already heading downhill from the top heights of the main range called Banjaran Titiwangsa. But it was after the Pahang-Kelantan border that the journey downhill began to look obvious...

Just look at the way the road goes.

I'll bet you can free the gear and get to 100 km/h in no time by just relying on the pull of gravity.

But take no chance. Never ever be on free gear. Instead go on low gears and ready the braking foot as it can be quite steep...

These parts also have its fair share of long greenhouses.

Ahead is the junction to Lojing. While the whole area after Cameron Highlands on to here is already in the small district of Lojing, the signboards refers to its small town.

There is a proper settlement around if I'm not wrong what you see here is a school.

Next is the junction to a place called Air Panas.

Further ahead you can see a peak which looks like a pyramid.

Stopping by one side I began to snap pictures of some mountains.

For the record this is the second time I drove this stretch of the road. The first was almost 2 years ago. I was then on my way back from the East Coast heading towards home in Selangor.

However that trip was not only made the opposite direction, that is from Gua Musang up to the Cameron Highlands, it was made during the dark. Look at the article The night trip from Gua Musang to Cameron Highlands....

Tied up with some things at other parts of Kelantan then, I couldn't arrive soon enough to make the climb up this road during daylight. So I had to forgo my desire to enjoy the views around. Since then I was waiting for the day when I would take this road again with everything nicely in view. And this finally came about on 25th December 2010, Christmas day. Here's how the 'pyramid' peak looks from near on...

Then there's a part under works...

Next I could see a rather peculiar looking hill or mountain.

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