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.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The big banyan tree at Kuala Selangor

Next we went down the hill of Bukit Melawati and head towards another hill called Bukit Keramat. After going around the area we entered a hotel resort we lies a big banyan tree.

Since small I have always been fascinated by such trees. It has been a while since I saw one this big.

There was one in Muar about as big which used to be my favourite playground for about two years. A good friend once came into two weeks comma and had to stay for a total of one month on the hospital bed after falling down from one of the branches, after following me playing the daredevil negotiating our way across the branch to its lower end. Even then I never stopped climbing up and down the tree, at times sitting on top the highest part accesible (should be about 20-30 feet off the ground) alone at dusk. For the record this is the 696th article in this blogspot.

Baby Al-Rasyid at the Selangor royal mausoleum, Bukit Melawati

Making another round of excursions between the northern trip stories...

The recent Wednesday me and family went up Bukit (hill of) Melawati in Kuala Selangor again and visited the Selangor royal mausoleum.

It is the first time me and wife brought baby Al-Rasyid here.

For information here lies the tombs of Selangor's first three Sultans...

Check how the tombs are positioned...

The royal mausoleum which lies on one side of Bukit Melawati overlooks the Kuala Selangor old town.

You could see a number of graves outside the main building still within the compounds of the royal mausoleum.

Entrance to the main building.

Al-Rasyid somehow found these grounds calming. He was seen standing, sitting in fact lying on the grass quietly with a serene face that seems to indicate he was happily feeling around a peaceful aura...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Around Alor Setar

From Gunung Keriang we went to Alor Setar city centre and stopped at the Alor Setar tower...

Around here are a number of historical buildings. Among it is the Sultan Abdul Hamid gallery which used to be the Alor Setar high court.

In the middle of this picture is the Balai Nobat, the place for keeping royal instruments.

Hmm... these should be some monuments build it time for the proclamation of Alor Setar as a city 2003.

This is the Balai Besar, the hall for public functions built in 1735, the same year Alor Setar was made the Kedah centre of administration.

And this is the Masjid Zahir, the royal mosque built a century ago. For old articles related to or on Alor Setar check out these...

The limestone hill called Gunung Keriang

After visiting the royal mausoleum we went to a number of places before heading to this hill outside of Alor Setar...

Called Gunung (mountain of) Keriang it is quite an imposing presence which could be see from the city itself.

Gunung Keriang is known for its abundance of crystals.

It is a limestone hill with many caves, you just got to know where to find the crystals.

Here's the wife posing with baby Al-Rasyid in front of a cave.

Situated at lower ground, I couldn't find any crystal here. Why? First explanation, maybe there's just none here. Second explanation, if there's some, it would probably have been taken or chipped away by traders.

Anyway this limestone hill is quite huge.

It is situated on quite a large tract of land and like I said before there's many caves.

There's also gardens for people to rest and enjoy the surroundings.

Observe. There's also caves at the upper levels and I understand that's where crystals could be found in abundance, if you dare to take the risk climbing up.

Anyway let's watch the rest of the pictures without comment ya. Just observe where the caves are, where the crystals could be found...