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, June 13, 2011

A more relaxed look at Kota Bahru

Continued from A quick look of the Kelantan river from the Kota Bahru bridge.

While the bridge was busy the city of Kota Bahru itself was very quiet in contrast.

You see Fridays are holidays in Kelantan along with Saturdays, not Sundays.

In fact Fridays were holidays for all Malay states before the British (or rather the English) colonialists came and brought the concept of weekends which start with Saturdays and end with Sundays.

This is because the compulsory congregational prayers for men is conducted on Friday afternoons. Thus the day is made a rest day so the men can converge in peace without any rush to conduct businesses.

There. I could see cars lining up near the main mosque for the prayers.

But it was still more than an hour before the actual prayers start.

So I still have time to drive around and enjoy the quiet streets. Contrast this to when we arrived in Kota Bahru 6 days before when it was getting dark. Look at the article Rushing through Kota Bahru made almost 2 months ago.

Mind you in Kelantan most shops are closed on Fridays.

For those who conduct business on Fridays they close shop in the afternoon for employees to attend the Friday prayers and have lunch.

My wife wanted me to drop her and the kids somewhere before I join the prayers.

She wanted to shop for clothes for the kids and I have to go around to find the right place.

Thank God there was a textile shop open. So I dropped them there before heading back to the mosque.

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