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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Terengganu river from Kuala Berang bridge

Continued from Terengganu river at Jenagor.

Still on the river Terengganu, I decided to savour views from another interesting place.

This is from the bridge crossing the river on to the nearby town of Kuala Berang.

For the record Kuala Berang means the estuary  (kuala) of the Berang river. This is because the area is close to the place where the Berang river flows into the Terengganu river.

The left is the Berang river. In the middle of the picture is its estuary.

Time to look downriver. 

Terengganu river at Jenagor

Going 2-3 kilometres downriver or so we arrived at this jetty.

The area is called Jenagor.

The jetty is used to get to get to a certain settlement upriver.

A look down the Terengganu river.

Here's a view from the boat as we go against the flow to reach the said settlement.

Soon you can see the Batu Belah, a split stone said to have made that way after a bare-handed chop by a saintly person.

And afterwards you can see the settlement.

Terengganu river near its main dam

Continued from Pengkalan Gawi... again.

Next we wanted to enter the main dam which creates the vast man-made lake called Tasik (lake of) Kenyir.

I have entered the dam area once or twice. Too bad it has been turned into a restricted area. So we tried to find another alternative.

We have to go down the slopes to get close to the river.

It is the Terengganu river, the main and biggest river of the state which carries the same name.

Here we are looking at an uppermost part of the river.

From here we can see the dam.

For the record Lake Kenyir was created by this dam and a few smaller dams controlling and containing the flow of the Terengganu rivers and a number of its tributaries.

A look across.

A look downriver.

To have a better look we walked to this part.

There. You can see the river flows down to the horizon.

Pengkalan Gawi... again

Continued from Lake Kenyir at Sungai Lawit.

Next came the most well-known part of Lake Kenyir, at an area called Pengkalan Gawi.

It is so well-known that when most people say they went to Lake Kenyir, they are actually referring to this part.

Pengkalan Gawi simply means the base of Gawi and for most people especially tourists and anglers, this is the starting point to explore the vast lake.

Do notice how much the water level has dropped.

For the record this is the first part of Lake Kenyir I have ever visited starting in 1997 or so.

Since then I have visited Pengkalan Gawi 2-3 times excluding this visit. That should explain the title "Pengkalan Gawi... again".

Lake Kenyir at Sungai Lawit

Next we went to a section of Lake Kenyir beside a place called Sungai (river of) Lawit.

It seems there was plenty of undergoing work then.

Ahead in the background lies the most well-known part of Lake Kenyir.

For the record Lake Kenyir is bigger that the state island of Singapore. So there are certainly many many parts and viewing points.

Northern end of Terengganu river which flows into Lake Kenyir

Heading further west we soon passed the rest area we spend the night at and on to what looked like a tapering part of Lake Kenyir.

However a close study of the map shows this is actually an upper part of the Terengganu river flowing to create the lake. Here is a look upriver.

Now for a look downriver.

Interesting how the bridge curves as it crossed the river.

Lake Kenyir and its vast waters should lie after this river turn... or maybe further away, I don't know.

A look down.

A look to the left.