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.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Views from the peaks of the 'Mosque' island

Continued from The 'Mosque' island.

The pile of stones we climbed is actually a peak area of the island.

From up here we can have a good look at the surroundings.

However I was not satisfied as I could see two higher peaks around.

Going down for perspective.

There's this peak at the centre.

There's the highest peak a bit further.

It was harder to climb. So I decided to go up alone. Here's a look behind.

A look ahead at the actual peak.

A look from it.

A look towards the east.

A look down.

And more looks at the surroundings...

Zooming in towards another special place. Look at the article The wife and kids first visit to the so-called foot-print of Hang Tuah and the tomb behind.

A look down again.

The 'Mosque' island

Next, it's time to check out this island.

During low tide it's possible to walk all the way to it.

A look behind...

That's the wife and our kid crossing.

Me, I was carrying baby Johan while snapping pictures.

Approaching the island.

It's like we were welcomed by the mangrove trees.

Looking behind, the wife and kid have just arrived.

As we followed the path available we saw this pile of rocks that we simply must climb!

Oh. By the way the island is called Pulau Masjid, pulau meaning island, masjid meaning mosque. Some people say it is called that because the pile of rocks here look like a ruined mosque from afar.

The wife and kids first visit to the so-called foot-print of Hang Tuah and the tomb behind

To get to the said places we must walked down a smaller path.

We have to walk through some virgin jungle. By then Johan was already asleep.

We passed besides a well said to have been built by Dutch colonialists centuries ago.

The path leads to the coastline where our next phase of adventure would start.

Zoom in. There's an island we'd like to step our foot on.

But before that we want to check out this pile of stones.

For on top of it lies what is believed to be the footprint left by the legendary Malay warrior Hang Tuah more than 500 years ago.

Behind lies these steps.

It leads to a tomb said by some to belong to the founder of the kingdom of Melaka.