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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Queuing for a best serving of Nasi Kandar

Continued from The view at Gurney Drive.

Later at night we stopped by at a food stall besides the mosque of Kapitan Keling.

It is famously known as Nasi Kandar Beratur. People would queue up (beratur) just to enjoy the special rice meal which is Nasi Kandar, a Pulau Pinang speciality.

The stall opens at 10 pm every night. But people including me started to wait as early as 9.30.

It was quite a sight looking at the stall finally opening after the long wait. You see the same place is operated by a different Nasi Kandar trader. Yet the 10pm trader is known to offer a much tastier meal, hence people's willingness to wait and stand in a long queue.

There, we finally got our share. Arguably it is the best Nasi Kandar in Pulau Pinang.

The view at Gurney Drive

Driving close to the city of Georgetown we soon reached the place called Gurney Drive.

From here one can enjoy nice views of the Straits of Melaka.

If I'm not mistaken Gurney Drive is one of the most expensive prime property in Pulau Pinang.

The man-made lake at Teluk Bahang

Continued from Dry spell at Titi Kerawang.

Traveling on northwards to Teluk Bahang, one can find a quite vast body of freshwater.

See the man-made structure in the picture? That is the dam which created the freshwater lake.

Dry spell or not there seems to be still plenty of water here.

Then again this place is not for dipping nor swimming. Still it is enough to just enjoy the sight...

Dry spell at Titi Kerawang

Peace be upon you all. Some 3 weeks ago me and family made another trip to Pulau Pinang. Today I'd like to feature some of the places visited.

There is this place called Air Terjun (waterfall) of Titi Kerawang.

The last time I stopped by here was probably in 1997. I really can't remember what the waterfall looks like.

So I thought to have a quick look. Then I realised the dry spell which is still running as I wrote this means you can hardly find water.

The stream has practically turned into a foot-path.

People are hardpressed to find water. You have to look hard to find small puddles.

Perhaps there were much water if you venture further inside. But I didn't have time then. So this should be enough...