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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

On to Gua Musang

Continued from Downhill Kelantan from Banjaran Titiwangsa.

Coming to one part of the road I made another stop.

I noticed there's a clearing where I could get some good views.

So I walked inside. Here's a view to the right.

A view ahead.

A view to the left. Zooming in one a certain mountain. I'm sure it is the one which looked peculiar at the end of the previous article. But here I'm seeing it at its wider side...

Continuing the journey downhill, we arrived at a main junction.

I think we were close at sea level as we continued on towards the town of Gua Musang (we were already in its district)...

Ah. Limestone hills. We were already closing in...

I believe the peak seen behind I is that of the 7,000-feet plus tall Gunung Tahan, the tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia.

Getting closer.

At the outskirts of town already...

Downhill Kelantan from Banjaran Titiwangsa

So we have left Cameron Highlands. So we were already in Kelantan. From the junction to Kampung Raja we were already heading downhill from the top heights of the main range called Banjaran Titiwangsa. But it was after the Pahang-Kelantan border that the journey downhill began to look obvious...

Just look at the way the road goes.

I'll bet you can free the gear and get to 100 km/h in no time by just relying on the pull of gravity.

But take no chance. Never ever be on free gear. Instead go on low gears and ready the braking foot as it can be quite steep...

These parts also have its fair share of long greenhouses.

Ahead is the junction to Lojing. While the whole area after Cameron Highlands on to here is already in the small district of Lojing, the signboards refers to its small town.

There is a proper settlement around if I'm not wrong what you see here is a school.

Next is the junction to a place called Air Panas.

Further ahead you can see a peak which looks like a pyramid.

Stopping by one side I began to snap pictures of some mountains.

For the record this is the second time I drove this stretch of the road. The first was almost 2 years ago. I was then on my way back from the East Coast heading towards home in Selangor.

However that trip was not only made the opposite direction, that is from Gua Musang up to the Cameron Highlands, it was made during the dark. Look at the article The night trip from Gua Musang to Cameron Highlands....

Tied up with some things at other parts of Kelantan then, I couldn't arrive soon enough to make the climb up this road during daylight. So I had to forgo my desire to enjoy the views around. Since then I was waiting for the day when I would take this road again with everything nicely in view. And this finally came about on 25th December 2010, Christmas day. Here's how the 'pyramid' peak looks from near on...

Then there's a part under works...

Next I could see a rather peculiar looking hill or mountain.

Passing through the tip of Cameron Highlands

Continued from The highland stop 17km from Kampung Raja.

Soon it started to drizzle. We immediately got back into the car and continued the drive.

Then it began to pour like cats and dogs.

If I remember correctly I had to stop the car, timed my snap just after the wiper has cleared the screen just enough to get this picture... to show that at this juncture we were leaving the state of Perak and entering the district of Cameron Highlands which is situated in the state of Pahang.

I can't remember if this picture was taken during that stop or another one.

Soon the rain began to fizzle away.

Looks like it has rained earlier and the water has dried up.

The sky was clear enough for us to appreciate the views and the existence of what seems to be long greenhouses for growing vegetables in controlled climate.

For the record Cameron Highlands is famous for its vegetables...

It is also famous for flowers and highland tropical plants. You can find shops selling a variety of these around...

Here we were 1 km from the junction to Kampung Raja, the entry point to the part of Cameron Highlands favoured by tourists. Too bad some people see it fit to dump their garbages so near the road. The authorities should take measures to place it somewhere else hidden from normal view...

Luckily the dump area did not extend so far.

Approaching the junction to Kampung Raja...

After the junction we were officially on our way down the highlands.

Here is a signboard marking the border to the state of Kelantan. See the black car near the lorry? I was already pass the border when it crossed my mind I should be taking pictures.

Looking behind as I walked back towards the car, there's a signboard showing it's the state of Pahang we're leaving behind.

So we have left Cameron Highlands.

Instead, welcome to Lojing, the highland parts of Kelantan.