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, December 12, 2014

Views from a restaurant at Tanjung Belungkor

At another part of Tanjung Belungkor is a restaurant facing another body of water.

I've been here once before end of 2011.

Then, I thought the body of water is Sungai (river of) Lebam.

Moving on to a 'floating' section of the restaurant and its jetty....

It was in this latest visit that I learned the land in front is actually an island.

The body of water is in fact part of the much wider Sungai (river of) Johor...

And Sungai Lebam which flows into Sungai Johor is actually 6 km from here.

In the middle is Sungai Johor estuary...

Views at Tanjung Belungkor ferry terminal

Continued from Holiday and rest at Desaru.

Sunday 7th December 2014. After breakfast and some rest me and wife left the kids to play at the swimming pool and followed a friend to Tanjung Belungkor. First stop is the ferry terminal there.

It offers services to Changi in Singapore and Batam Island in Indonesia.

However we were there to just check out the views.

The terminal faces the waters of the Straits of Tebrau which separates the state of Johor and Singapore.

The land in the background is Pulau (island of) Tekong in Singapore. For the record this is the 1,331th article in this blogspot.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday and rest at Desaru

Soon we arrived at a resort hotel in Desaru.

The last time we were here was 5 years ago. It was for a short stay en-route to other places. Look at the article Desaru from one of its best resort.

That time there were only me, the wife and a newly-born son, then just about 40+ days old. This time there's the son who is already 5 year old, his 2 years and 9 month younger brother, their 14-year-old sister and 12 year-old brother. So we got a 2-storey room. And we were going to stay 2 nights...

The room faces the South China Sea. A look from the lower level.

On to the upper floor...

The views...

The long bridge over Sungai Johor

Peace be upon you all. Last weekend me and family went to Desaru for holiday. As usual places on the way and after were visited. So let some be shared...

We left home Friday 5th December and spent the night at a relative's place in Alor Gajah. The following day we continued the journey south on to the city of Johor Bahru before heading eastwards to Desaru. This routes lead to a bridge which I have long wanted to pass through. If not mistaken it was opened to traffic 3-4 years ago but until that day I haven't got the occasion to use it...

The Sungai (river of) Johor is a relatively short but very wide river.  For 7 km from its mouth the width is about 4 km, for another 13 km upriver it is an average 1.5 to 2 km wide.

A check with Google Earth shows that the bridge passes above almost 1.8 km of water. But it has passed an island earlier. Include that in the picture and the river here in total should be 4 km wide.

A look towards the river mouth.

Sorry can't take clearer pictures as vehicles are not allowed to stop. Maybe I would take better pictures next time by riding a bike...