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, April 07, 2011

The hillside resort called Saufiville

Greeting earthlings. I'm going to start a new series in my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU soon based on my most recent trip to the East Coast made at the end of 2010. As usual this blogspot will host some supporting articles. But before that let me make a number of articles based on my 2-3 most recent trips, small trips that is...

Nearly 2 weeks ago I went again to the highlands area called Janda Baik in Pahang. This time I also went up to this bungalow.

Now, the bungalow itself might not look so remarkable. What is remarkable to me are the vistas hinted by this picture taken at one side.

To really know what I mean you'd better get inside first. Oh, by the way this bungalow is actually a small hill resort owned by private individuals and it is called the Saufiville.

As you walked inside to get outside towards the pool, the superb view available begans to unfold.

A look to the right.

A look ahead.

A look to the right.

I've first savoured the views here while walking around exploring the hillside sometime in 2005 if I remember correctly. Back then the resort was under construction and I thought it was meant to be a house of the owner/owners of a nearby vegetable plantation.

When it was completed I still thought it was just a private home. Then I was invited to a wedding up here. That's when I found out it is a resort. Well... it's probably originally intended to be a private home, and then the owners realised it has the potential to be turned into a resort. Look at the article A wedding on top a hill in Janda Baik made end of 2009.

For one this is the highest located building in Janda Baik. And the whole of Janda Baik is already located quite high up the hills.

I must say this place provides the best overall views in Janda Baik I've seen so far. Kudos to the owners... :]

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