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, October 03, 2013

First Melaka city centre walk in 5 months...

Five days ago I made an article called First KL city centre walk in 5 months.... Today I'd like to make an article with similar vein, with a title that should also be self explanatory...

Monday noon I went to the Housing Ministry building at Putrajaya to sort out some papers.

The main destination of the day is however the city of Melaka. Putrajaya happened to be on the way.

I was following a friend who wanted to go to a seminar we are both interested in, to be held at Ayer Keroh on Tuesday. Upon arriving in the city we stopped by at a museum where he needed to get some books. This is a view from the museum ground. It stood close to the summit of the city centre's main hill.

A look inside...

We then went to the old mosque at Kampung Hulu. It has been some time since I visited this mosque, the main reason being the poor condition of my right leg as explained in First KL city centre walk in 5 months....

It was under renovation. So the main hall was closed. We could see a pair of cannons near the entrance temporarily dismantled.

Perhaps it would be polished later.

From the mosque we took a narrow path towards the tomb of an olden religious figure. It should be only 200-300 metres from the mosque but that is enough to challenge me in my current poor leg condition.

The path takes one to a village called Kampung Ketek.

There, we have reached the tomb ground.

Here is the main tomb.

It belongs to a saintly religious master from Aceh called Sheikh Shamsuddin Sumatrani. He passed away in around 1629 AD.

Next we went to Kampung (village of) Duyung where a new tourist attraction has been opened. Look at the article Hang Tuah Center in the blogspot SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART).

We also visited the Perigi (well of) Hang Tuah at another part of Duyung, a well said to have been dugged by Hang Tuah, the famous Malay warrior from the golden age of the Melaka Sultanate (around 15th century AD).

A brief look at the old mosque of Duyung and the tombs beside it.

Then we rest at Apa Kaba Guest House at the city centre.

A look outside...

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