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, March 31, 2011

Revisiting the Gunung Semanggol mosque

After Bukit Merah we went to the nearby small town of Gunung Semanggol. Here lies a small mosque which I liked to stop at whenever I passed this area.

Actually I stopped by after bringing the wife and baby around to see a number of places around Gunung Semanggol.

As dusk approached we need to take a break from all the travelling.

Remember it was the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan. After a whole daytime of abstaining from drinks and food apart from other things we were obliged to break the fast at dusk.

So might as well break our fast here apart from taking a rest.

Anyway here's a look inside the mosque after dusk.

I took this picture after the Maghrib (after dusk) congregational prayer.

There. A look outside during the dark. For information this is the last article in this blogspot about the northern trip made during the Muslim fasting month in the year 2010.

A visit to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

Peace be upon you all. Today the 31st of March 2011 it's time to bring the curtain on the northern trip stories. For that I need to make a few articles starting with this. Come... :]

From the jetty to Pulau Aman we headed towards the North-South highway (see Views from the jetty to Pulau Aman). We took the highway down south until an exit in Perak leading to small road.

The small road leads to a resort.

Welcome to Bukit Merah Laketown resort...

What's special about this place?

Let's have a look...

This resort has an amusement park. But I was more interested about something else.

So I found my way to that interest...

Can you guess what that interest is?

Yep. That's right. I was interested in the views around this lake.

For the record this is the 707th article in this blogspot.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Views from the jetty to Pulau Aman

Continued from The river view at Juru.

Next we went to an area south of the hill of Juru.

There's a jetty here to a certain resort island.

A view to the right.

Ahead is the resort island called Pulau Aman.

A view to the left.

Let's go down.

Just enjoy the views ya...

The river view at Juru

From the island section of Pulau Pinang we got to the mainland section called Seberang Perai and headed towards Juru, particularly the northern end of the main hill there.

There's a fisheries area...

For it lies close the mouth of the Juru river.

A look towards inland.

A look across.

A look towards the river mouth.