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, August 11, 2011

The mangrove beach at Batu Laut

Getting out of the East Coast storytelling for a while...

Mid last month I stopped by at this cleared mangrove area facing the Straits of Melaka.

Located at Batu Laut near Morib, Selangor it has a certain beauty of its own.

Luckily the ground is solid enough for a walk.

So I went around to enjoy the view.

Apparently it is beautiful enough to make photo shoots.

I understand this area has also seen film shootings and such...

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Bringing the baby to the tomb of Tok Pulau Manis

OK. I went to the river alone to quickly snap pictures leaving behind a number of people. So I returned back to where they where at, the surau (small praying hall) besides a building of certain importance.

The building I'm talking about is this.

It is surrounded by many old graves.

Having been to this place a number of times this pair of tombstones looking like tumblers never fail to fascinate me.

Time for the wife and baby Al-Rashid, then a year and two months old to join me as two of our friends waited outside.

Rasyid paying respect to Tok Pulau Manis, a famous Terengganu saint of 16-17th century AD.

Then he started going around touching the tombstones of Tok Pulau Manis closest family members...

Terengganu river from Kampung Pulau Manis

Back the 9th day of the East Coast travel. Continuing from A part of the river Ibai close to its mouth.

After visiting a number of other places we went to Kampung Pulau Manis in Serada. At one part there's a staircase leading down to this place.

It opens up to a body of water, the Terengganu river, one of the biggest river in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

A look downriver.

A look across.

A look upriver.