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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

KL from top floor of the DBP

Peace be upon you all. This is from 4 days ago...

Tuesday morning 10th February I attended a function at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, the national body entrusted in upholding usage of the Malay language. 

Popularly known by the abbreviation DBP it has a skyscraper as part of its complex. 

The function was held at the 31st floor, the highest habitable level.

I'm not sure if I've been on this floor before. 

I have been to DBP many times, often for functions at either the ground level or the 2nd floor. 

Perhaps I've been up to this level but never checked out the verandah. 

This time I went out at and had a good view of KL, the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Thank God for the beautiful weather and clear sky.

The last time I was high up on a skyscraper, I had to be contented by some hazy views. Look at the old articles Up the Telekom Tower at Bukit Nenas after 15 years or so Completing a round of KL aerial views from Bukit Nenas

Friday, March 13, 2015

Maulidur Rasul celebration at tomb of Syiah Kuala

Time to close stories on the 13-19 February Aceh visit. Jumping straight to the 7th and final day. Continuing from Visiting prominent tombs in rural Aceh Besar.

Thursday morning 19th February 2015. I was brought to the Syiah Kuala tomb complex for a big event.

Syiah Kuala was a major 17th century religious master of saintly status. His tomb is often visited by many.

But it is not often so many people come here. For this was a Maulidur Rasul celebration, commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW more that 1,400 years ago.

According to the Muslim calendar, the Prophet's birthdate was sometime more that a month earlier.

But for Muslims celebration can last up to months later.

In Aceh the Maulidur Rasul is celebrated everyday for 100 days. 

It's just a matter of changing places, where and when. The one at the tomb of Syiah Kuala is a major celebration attended by tens of thousand people.