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, November 30, 2012

The tomb of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah of Melaka at night

Next we brought the Aceh delegates and our friend and family to visit the tomb of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah.

The Sultan was a ruler of Melaka some 550 years ago but was laid to rest in Pagoh, within the district of Muar some 60 km from the city of Melaka.

There are a total of four tombstones said to mark the tombs of Sultan Alauddin and his wife.

Here we snapped all four faces or all four tombstones for the benefit of the delegates who would like to study the inscriptions.

Visiting the tomb of Tun Teja

Next we went to Merlimau to visit the tomb of Tun Teja.

According to the stories she was an outstanding beauty who became the wife of the Sultan of Melaka.

The tombstones which grace the tomb is known as Aceh tombstones.

The Aceh delegates were pleased to see it.

But they added, the tombstones are not of Aceh proper type but that of Samudera-Pasai, an ancient kingdom which later got absorbed into the greater Aceh kingdom.

Bringing the Aceh delegates to Bukit Senjuang

Next we went up the hill called Bukit Senjuang.

Known also as St. John's hill it has a fort built by the Dutch who colonialised Melaka in 1641.

By then we were joined by a friend and his family along with three delegates from Aceh who came for the 25 Nov function.

They were pleased to learned that this hill was once a main base for the Acehnese to attack the Portuguese at A Famosa.

Rasyid's visit to the A Famosa and its surroundings

On to some activities done last Monday.

Me and family were in the city Melaka for a function on Sunday 25 November. The next day after checking out from a hotel apartment we went to the remains of the fort of A Famosa.

Nearby is the replica of the old Melaka sultanate palace. While the wife and baby waited in the car I brought our son Rasyid for a walk.

It is a short walking distance to the gate of A Famosa, a strong fort said to be built by the Portuguese after their conquest of Melaka in 1511 AD.

The walls of the fort is said to surround the hill now popularly known as St. Paul hill.

Frankly I don't like that name. I believe the hill has a Malay name, perhaps the Melaka hill or Bukit (hill of) Melaka.

On top lies a church built by the Portuguese.

A look down.

A look at the church. Or is it a cathedral?

We took an anti-clockwise hillside path to get to the summit and saw this.

On to church at the top.

A look ahead.

On to the church...

A look inside.

And back to the gate.