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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Views from the tower of Masjid Beijing

After visiting another mosque in town we went out of Rantau Panjang to visit the (then) new big mosque known as Masjid Beijing.

It is called Masjid (mosque of) Beijing because it is designed with old Chinese architecture as can be found in old buildings at China's capital city of Beijing. Specifically for this blogspot I would like to show pictures taken from its call to prayer tower.

Mind you the tower is actually off limits to the public. Just look at the steel ladders leading up the darkness to get to the top. Only maintance personals with safety gears are actually allowed up.

But for you dear readers I would risk life and limb to get a look at things. That's my then 8-years old stepson down there. At first he though he wanted to follow me up. But upon climbing up the ladder (which tends to sway to and fro when applied with weight) up to the first level he found himself not up to it and so retreated.

Here's a picture as I reached out for the uppermost level.

Here's a look down. Just look at how dark it is. And I found the ladder ( or rather ladders, there's a number of it) very slippery at some parts.

Room on top is very tight.

It was only through the tight spaces between hailers that I could look out.

A look down at Masjid Beijing's main buildings...

A look towards the town of Rantau Panjang. The background lies in the country of Thailand.

Zooming in. The tall buildings lie in the southern Thailand town of Golok.

A look slightly to the left.

A bit more left.

Moving in to another window clockwise and zooming in, I could see the Malaysian immigration checkpoint to enter Thailand.

Imagine having to move yourselves through this tight area to get the pictures. Never ever forget the hole for it is like 30 metres or more to the ground...

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