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 18, 2011

Revisiting the royal mausoleum at Kampung Marhum

About 3 or 4 km from Kuala Pahang lies a village called Kampung Marhum and a royal mausoleum.

I understand here were laid to rest a number of royalties and nobles who lived about 300 years ago apart from earliest Pahang ruler from the current dynasty which started just about 130 years ago.

I have been here once before and this time I'd like to take more pictures of the tombs.

I took enough to make a good catalogue of tombs but here let me just show overall views of what's inside ya. Cheers! :]

Pahang river at Kuala Pahang

Continued from The views at Tanjung Lumpur.

From Tanjung Lumpur I headed some 50 km or so towards the Pahang royal town of Pekan and made an excursion to the place called Kuala Pahang.

Kuala Pahang literarily means mouth of (kuala) of the Pahang river and this place is located at the northern banks.

The last time I was here was more than 3 years ago. Look at the old article Now, a look at the northern parts of the Pahang river estuary.... Anyway this is a look upriver.

A look across. Mind you we can't see the southern banks as the view is obscured by an island more than 2 km long and up to 1.67 km wide.

Here's a look at the estuary. For the record the Pahang river is the longest in Peninsular Malaysia.

The views at Tanjung Lumpur

Continued from Kuantan river from the town's riverside.

After crossing the Kuantan river from town I reached a place called Tanjung Lumpur.

It is situated at the southern part of the estuary of Kuantan river.

Tanjung Lumpur literally means the muddy (lumpur) cape (tanjung). I guess it does indeed fit the bill.

Next I went to the part of Tanjung Lumpur close to the tip of the cape.

It seems this part offers a better view of the Kuantan river.

For a good look walk to the end of the jetty.

A look to the river mouth.

A look across.

A look upriver...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Kuantan river from the town's riverside

Actually before making a round at Kuantan town centre I made a stop at the riverside to savour the views.

This is the town's riverside which is a popular relaxing spot, normally after working hours and on weekends.

A look upriver...

A look across.

A look downriver.

You could see the only bridge crossing river from town.

A quick look at the town of Kuantan

Continued from The black sand of Teluk Tongkang.

Next we entered the town of Kuantan.

Being the state capital of Pahang it is a large bustling town.

If memory serves me right at this point we have already entered the main street which runs closest along the river of Kuantan.

Kompleks Terutum is one of the main landmarks of the town.

Here I made a turn to get to another main street running along the previous one.

This street is more inland.

Next could be seen the state mosque of Pahang.

The black sand of Teluk Tongkang

Continued from The walkway to Teluk Tongkang.

And so we have reached the bay called Teluk Tongkang.

Notice the colour of the sand here?

Yes. It is all black. Not pitch black but still black, as black as sand would get.

The walkway to Teluk Tongkang

Time to check out the wooden walkway seen earlier. Apparently it leads to a place called Teluk Tongkang.

From here you could catch some of the more interesting views of Teluk Chempedak.

This includes the hillside which is part of the bay.

You could also see parts of the old wooden walkway. If memory serves me right I have explored its lengths decades ago.

Now let's just concentrate on this one.

A look back at the beach of Teluk Chempedak.

This walkway has many interesting turns and climbs.

So let's just limit our view to the vantage points.

A look back again.

Much further ahead the walkway veered inside towards another bay.

There. The smaller beach of Teluk Tongkang which has its own uniqueness.