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, March 18, 2014

Hol at the 'Steel Mosque'

This is from 10 days ago.

Me and family went to the Sultan Mizan Mosque fondly known as the 'steel mosque' due to its structure...

There was a hol, a celebration in remembrance of the 11th century Muslim saint, Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani along with the Maulidur Rasul, birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW.

Dinner outside at the compound.

Then back in with the kids...

Rasyid's climb up Batu Caves

Continued from Forest fire at Sungai Buaya.

This is also from 2 weeks ago. I was with my four and a-half year old kid Rasyid passing by Batu Caves when he said he wanted to climb the hill that is Batu Caves.

It has been a year or so since I made a climb. So why not?

This is Rasyid's first time here.

Having followed me climb a few hills before he had no problem pressing on...

Forest fire at Sungai Buaya

Just updating from my March file pictures...

Over 2 weeks ago I saw fire and smoke rising from the forest near by new home at Sungai Buaya, Rawang.

It was quite a sight...

There was a fire engine close by. It seems the firemen were monitoring the spread. As long as it does not reach the wires then it is considered under control.

Nine days later I saw a much bigger and heavier smoke rising up from a further part of the forest.

As I approached for a closer look I noticed some of the forest along the way had already been burned.

This time I could see no fire engine.

Forest fire was quite alien to Malaysia until an unusual dry season hit us over the last two months. Since then it has been such a normal occurence that I think firemen have trouble keeping up.

Luckily the fire tend to die out after some distance. While whole forest has been cleared up here and there so far there has been no report of human casualty or significant destruction of property.