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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A group walk up Tanjung Tuan hill

Peace be upon you all. Just a story from a recent small trip...

Just over a week ago I attended a 3-day writing workshop on children's book held at a resort in Tanjung Tuan near Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. The place has a hill with protected recreational forest. On the second day, Thursday I decided to take a walk up.

I have been to this forest and up the hill at least 3 times.

You can read some information on it by clicking at this picture or opening it in a new window.

I was joined by a number of workshop participants.

Surprisingly most of them were female!

What happened was at the end of a workshop session I made an announcement inviting the guys to join me for a climb up this hill in the evening.

Unexpectedly it was the girls who gave a resounding response and insisted on me leading. Well, I have no problem with that. You see I found the hill such an interesting and intriguing place that it would be a shame if anyone ever go to Tanjung Tuan without climbing it. For apart from the soothing greenery of the forest the hill has a light house with its original structure built during the time of Portugese rule of Melaka 500 years ago!

The view of the Straits of Melaka from the base of the light house is also a must see. If I'm not mistaken out of the 50 or so participants of the workshop only 5 have ever been to Tanjung Tuan before.

And among the 5 perhaps only 3 have been up this hill...

If I've counted correctly there were 16 participants who joined me for this walk. I am sure everyone enjoyed the view and surroundings.

There. Despite some of them getting tired the girls were in high spirit.

Time to return to the resort...

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