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.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

The waters off the Linggi river estuary

Continued from The widest part of the Muar river estuary and horseshoe crabs.

The very same day we went to Kuala Linggi which lies in the state of Melaka facing the borders of Negeri Sembilan.

Kuala is the Malay word for estuary and here we are looking at the waters just outside the Linggi river estuary.

The actual estuary should be the part flanked by the building seen in the picture (a floating restaurant) and the land across.

The waters then opened up rapidly to the north.

Turning to left staring at the Straits of Melaka slightly to the north but mostly to the west one could see the hill at Tanjung Tuan which lies 13 km ahead. Look at the old article The Negeri Sembilan journey continued : On to Tanjung Tuan....

The widest part of the Muar river estuary and horseshoe crabs

This should be a continuation of Views from the mosque of Bukit Treh.

The following day I went to this part of Muar facing the Straits of Melaka.

It is situated at the estuary of the Muar river. About half a year ago I made an article called Muar river at its mouth. Well this part is situated some 250 metres more downstream.

Go 700 metres further southwest and there's a platform which goes through a mangrove swamp.

Here, the Muar river is close to its widest and we are at the southern bank.

Then I saw horseshoe crabs left idle by an angler.

For the record the muddy parts of the Muar river estuary used to be quite famous for its population of this creatures.

But it has been years since I saw some so fresh. One even had a bunch of eggs underneath. Note, the horseshoes crabs are laid on its back so it could not run away. Talk about being laid back huh? :]

Back to this part of the estuary.

The mangrove swamp is a tourist attraction and it was high tide.

See the land across. Directly at the centre should be the northern edge of the estuary.

A look around as I turned slowly anti-clockwise...

Friday, March 02, 2012

Views from the mosque of Bukit Treh

From Bandar Tasik Puteri we move to my native hometown Muar, recently declared as the royal town of Johor.

Near the village where my parents stayed at is the mosque of Bukit Treh. One day I decided to check out its call to prayer tower.

Just can't resist climbing up.

A look down at my car from the first level.

Then I started taking pictures from different angles moving anti-clockwise. Seen here is the hill called Bukit (hill of) Treh.

The dome of the mosque.

Village of Bukit Treh.

Moving up another level.

The car from up there.

And pictures as I turned anti-clockwise.

On to the top level to repeat the process of taking pictures...

No need to state the obvious.

It's just for this one I repeated the same angle but with potrait view.

Just for record this is the 909th article in this blogspot.

The part that should connect Bandar Tasik Puteri to the LATAR Highway

From the downstream parts of river Langat we move to the residential area called Bandar (town of) Tasik Puteri where I'm staying at.

One day I decided to check out a remote part of Bandar Tasik Puteri.

I understand there are plans to connect the residential area to a new highway called the LATAR highway and the closest point is around here.

Having studied satelite pictures using the Google Earth program I know it is close enough. That's why I decided to check taking my bike. Well, there' so far you can get around with a car...

A look behind and you can see Bandar Tasik Puteri.

I went further taking this path.

But I soon realised it might not be so convenient to continue with my big bike.

So I continued by walking.

Ah. I could already see parts of the highway.

Then I took another path, one that forks left from where the bike was parked at climbing to the top of the hill.

Came across this sanitation pond.

There's another one below.

Turning anti-clockwise I could see another pond with Bandar Tasik Puteri in the background.

Next I walked along the first pond which is situated at the top of the hill.

At its end I could see the highway. Refer also the older article A look at the newly-opened LATAR highway.