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, April 25, 2011

The Kelantan river near the royal jetty at Kota Bahru

Continued from Rushing through Kota Bahru.

OK. The meet up point is at a hotel near the Tambatan Di Raja (royal jetty) seen being rebuilt.

From around here you could get superb views of the river Kelantan. It is interesting to note the presence of boathouses easily accesible from the banks.

So we decided to check one out.

A view across.

A view downriver.

A view upriver...

Rushing through Kota Bahru

Continued from Al-Rasyid's first visit to Masjid (Mosque of) Kampung Laut.

From Masjid Kampung Laut we rushed to Kota Bahru.

You see a friend I just came to know recently through the Internet wanted to see us and he has been waiting since the previous day for us to arrive in Kota Bahru.

He has plans to bring me (not us as he said the condition then was troublesome, not safe for my wife and baby) to certain parts of Pattani in southern Thailand and it might take a few days.

So I was not sure if after that I would have time to explore Kota Bahru.

Thus these pictures were taken as I drove in town looking for the location to meet up.

For the record this is the 747th posting in the blogspot, an interesting number which reminds me of my favourite airplane when I was small, the Jumbo Jet, Boeing 747... :]

Al-Rasyid's first visit to Masjid (Mosque of) Kampung Laut

Continuing the storytelling from the article A quick look at the small town of Jeli.

From Jeli we went to Tanah Merah to get to the capital of Kelantan, Kota Bahru. At the outskirts of the capital lies this old mosque known as Masjid Kampung Laut.

I have been here many times and have featured it in a number of articles in my blogspots. In fact I have featured it in one of my books. Look at the article A collaboration of old collegemates - the book "Rumah Azan". But this visit is special as it is my baby son Muhammad Al-Aminul Rasyid's first time...

We stopped at the mosque after fetching his brother Haziq and sister Erin from their uncle's place not so far around.

I needed to stop and do my prayers.

Meanwhile the kids were playing outside.

Al-Rasyid was then a year and two months old.

In our previous visit middle of 2009 Al-Rasyid was still inside his mummy's tummy.

He was then eight months inside. Perhaps there's a part of him which could remember that previous visit... :]