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 26, 2012

The sacred cave called Goa Safawardi

From Suryalaya we went to a place called Pamijahan some 3 hours journey away.

The place is famous for the existence of the tomb of a major 17th century saint. At times people tend to come in droves like making pilgrimage. Thus locals (maybe even outsiders) take advantage by setting up businesses all along the way and even further.

You see, Pamijahan is set up on a hill side with a river or two plying through it.

Generally one has to climb to reach its main destinations, the tomb and one other special place...

But there are also two or three parts where one has to walk down following the contour of hill.

There. Here lies the turning to the said tomb, that of a saint named Abdul Muhyi better known as Sheikh Abdul Muhyi Pamijahan.

Still further on straight lies another object of curiosity which could be said of equal eminence.

And for this, one has to walk much much further up the hill.

Go on and on until the row of shops end.

After that the scenery opens up with plenty of farmland green until one arrives at this juncture...

Welcome to the place called Goa Safawardi.

It is a cave system which legends say has underground pathways which could reach Baghdad and Mecca thousand of miles north-east!

And it is said to be the place where a number of olden personalities including Sheikh Muhyi had meditated until they reached saintly status.

A look at the Suryalaya pesantren from its hill peak

From Bandung we moved on to the village of Suryalaya some distance south-eastern...

There lies a famous pesantren or traditional religious school and here we are looking at the tomb complex of its founder which lies on the peak of a hill.

As we climbed up there wide vistas of the surroundings started to open.

I'd say all the buildings seen around including the mosque lies within the pesantren.

Just a bit higher than the tomb complex lies the houses of some locals.

And here's a look at the mosque as we went down.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A look around Bandung city centre

On to the 9th day of my travel around the island of Jawa...

Wednesday 9th May 2012 we arrived at the city centre of Bandung after spending the night at a lodging house near its eastern main bus terminal.

We have heard so much about Bandung, about how so many Malaysians like to go here because of its resort city status.

But frankly, apart from its cool nice climate (the city is situated more than 2,000 feet above sea level) I don't think there's much to shout about.

I found the suburbs rather ugly, the city centre looks slightly bearable. In fact I'd say it looks similar to Golok in southern Thailand, slightly inferior to Hatyai.

Then again Bandung has one more similarity to Golok and Hatyai. It is a shopping haven for many and when I checked out its main shopping area called Pasar Baru I say I must agree.

For those who loves sceneries though Bandung city has not much to offer.

But don't count Bandung out yet. For it does have scenery havens but outside of town.

You can enjoy the tranquality of mountains from here. For apart from shopping Bandung is a centre for people to stay for days as they go an hour's drive or so to nice tea plantations or the likes of the mountain called Tangkuban Perahu.