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, July 28, 2011

A part of the river Ibai close to its mouth

Continued from A look around the beach called Pantai Pandak.

Next we went to this river.

It is called Sungai (river of) Ibai and this part is close to the mouth where lies a famous 'floating' white mosque.

A look across. According to our friends there used to be an ancient harbour here...

Now there's just a small jetty.

Let's have a better look from the jetty.

Another look to the river mouth.

Another ahead...

And one upriver...

Note to myself : The section "Fascination with rivers" on the right sidebar of this blogspot currently lists 30 rivers in Peninsular Malaysia. Once this East Coast trip series is completed must add 3 more rivers - Sungai Golok, Sungai Pengkalan Datu and Sungai Ibai... or Sungai Marang instead of Sungai Ibai? Will consider later.

A look around the beach called Pantai Pandak

Continued from The new mosque in Chendering, Kuala Terengganu.

Not long after we headed out towards a nearby beach.

It is called Pantai (beach of) Pandak.

To the south is a hill called Bukit Chendering.

I headed towards a part of the beach close to the hill.

A look north towards the main part of Pantai Pandak...

Going to the foothill close to the beach.

There are plenty of jagged rocks around here...

The new mosque in Chendering, Kuala Terengganu

At the southern fringe outside the city of Kuala Terengganu could be seen a new mosque being built.

I don't know if it has been completed. For the record these pictures were taken almost 8 months ago.

What is sure, it is an impressive mosque.

Its design is similar to Masjid Abidin also known as the white mosque in mid city Kuala Terengganu which I understand is the royal mosque.

So it makes me wonder why this similar mosque was being built some 9 km further.

A quick look at the city of Kuala Terengganu

After the mosque of Tokku Paloh which is named after a famous 19th century saintly personality we went to his tomb and met up with two friends. They wanted to take us to some spots of historical significance. Before that we wanted to have a quick look of the city of Kuala Terengganu.

So we just followed as they lead us with a 4x4 car...

That's when I realised this city got a new road.

Sited along (and actually above) the Terengganu river it bypassed the rows of shophouses known as Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown...

Soon we could see the small hill known as Bukit Puteri (centre right).

At this juncture we were closing in on the famous traditional bazaar and market known as Pasar Payang.

Entering the city centre, the old town that is...

Turning left into a main street which runs down south.

Although I still could recognise the streets I don't think I could adequately explain its location and such.

Thus let these pictures be presented without further comments ya. For the record this is the 818th article in this blogspot.

A better look of the mosque of Tokku Paloh

Peace be upon you all. The article The Batik cottage industry at village of Tok Panjang made 26 days ago is actually the last posting for the 8th day of the travel to the East Coast made for this blogspot. Now comes postings for the 9th day...

Sunday 2nd January 2011. After spending the night at this mosque its time to take pictures.

This is the mosque of Tok Ku Paloh in Kuala Terengganu. After spending some time around Kota Bahru, Kelantan the previous day we left for Terengganu in the evening.

Now I have been to the mosque many many times and have spent a few nights here.

But this is the first time I brought the wife and our baby to spend the night.

Despite the fact I've been here many many times it seems I haven't got much picture of the mosque.

Maybe I've taken it for granted. So in this visit I made a point to take many pictures.

There. I even had a good look at the pail used to draw water out of the well.

The pail is supported by a lever system.

Back to the mosque.

The tower...

Going inside.

Praying hall.

Mihrab, the front-most section.