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.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Sungai Golok at 'Point 2'

From Pengkalan Kubor I took a rural road which follows the bends and curves of Sungai (river of) Golok upriver towards the town of Rantau Panjang. Except for the occasional distance and trees and suck blocking the view, you could practically see the river all along the way. Came a point I feel I must take propers pictures So I turned right passing 2-3 kampung or village houses and positioned the car facing the river before stepping out.

A look downriver. While I don't know the name of the place where I took these pictures or remember the exact point and location I could make a smart guess based on certain factors. Among the factors being I left Pengkalan Kubor and took the junction into this rural road at 6:28pm (it's written in the pictures property) and arrived here at 6:35pm. Taking Sungai Golok at Pengkalan Kubor as shown in the previous article as Point 1 let me mark this place as Point 2.

A look across. Remember it is the country of Thailand seen there. Getting back to the factors, it means it took me 7 minutes since leaving Pengkalan Kubor to get to this place. I believe I was travelling at an average speed of 60 kmh negotiating the twisting and turning road. So this place must be about 7 km from Pengkalan Kubor give and take a kilometer or so.

A look upriver. It seems I have made the right guesses and calculations regarding the location of the place.

A check using the tools on Google Earth program shows Point 2 lies across a junction into a smaller rural road. While this trip was close to half year ago I do remember seeing such a junction to my left but taking a small path to the right to get close to the river. There was a military check point near that junction and I believe what I've surmised here tallies with the actual experience.

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