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, May 23, 2011

Sungai Pengkalan Datu about 2 km downriver from Pulau Melaka

About 2.3 downriver from Pulau Melaka lies another bridge crossing Sungai (river of) Pengkalan Datu.

Here's a look upriver. The time then was almost 7 pm, the sun was about to set...

As usual I would also look the other direction.

Here's a look downriver. The estuary lies almost 6 km further.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sungai Pengkalan Datu from Pulau Melaka

Continued from Tuan Guru Nik Aziz's humble house and Maahad Darul Anwar.

Not far from the house of Tuan Guru Nik Aziz lies a bridge called Jambatan (bridge of) To' Guru (referring to him).

It crosses over the river called Sungai Pengkalan Datu.

A look downriver. This is the same river shown in the article A look at Sungai Pengkalan Datu made Friday evening.

A look across upriver.

Its just this area which is called Pulau Melaka is about 4 km further inland than the part shown in that article.

Tuan Guru Nik Aziz's humble house and Maahad Darul Anwar

After looking at the river called Sungai Pengkalan Datu I went to visit some old tombs around the small town of Kedai Lalat before going to Pulau Melaka where lies this house located in front of a mosque.

For the record this is the house of Kelantan's chief minister who is fondly called as Tuan Guru Nik Aziz. I might not be a fan of him but I agree to the claims that his house is very accesible to visitors, unlike the houses of some VIPs which looks like they have landmines around.

While someone did invite me in to see the Tuan Guru I'm not here to see him.

Walking down the alley that separates the house from the mosque I wanted to check his detractor's claims that the house is not as humble as his people claim.

Tuan Guru Nik Aziz's house and the mosque is part of a religious school complex called Maahad Darul Anwar. The house is flanked by the mosque and school buildings.

Ah. This is the part of the house quite hidden from casual onlookers. When Nik Aziz's fans say look at him... despite the fact that he is the chief minister of Kelantan his house is so small and humble not to mention very accesible with no fencing around, his detractors were quick to say the other side of the house looks like a palace and that's the part most people rarely see. People, while I'm still not a fan of Nik Aziz I must say his fans are right to say his house is very humble. I have seen many VIPs or VVIPs houses much larger and posh than this. I've been in and around, not just looking from outside and imagining what's inside. In fact I have many relatives with bigger homes. While I don't know if Nik Aziz keeps secret palaces elsewhere I must say I have a lot of respect for him for living in this humble abode.

Yes. It is indeed a very humble house when measured against Tuan Guru Nik Aziz's status as a chief minister. You must be a fool if your understanding of humility means his house should look tattered or smaller than a low-cost link house owned by a labourer. Here's a look at the outer part of the school called Maahad Darul Anwar. Again, I might not agree with some of things I've heard Nik Aziz say in the media but looking at the house, I must take my hat (or cap) off to you sir! I just wish you heed the call to unite all the Malays and Muslims to fight against the hidden agenda to make this a non-Muslim country. I wish you realise who are the real enemies, not your own people who also say the 2 kalimah syahadah (articles of faith) just like you do despite having different political leanings. :]