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, October 01, 2016

The estuary that gave rise to the name Kuala Sungai Baru

Exploring the surroundings, I came across what is mentioned as a complex for grilled fish.

I went in and found a restaurant along with a motel of sorts.

But I also found that it leads to the estuary of a river.

For the record the name of this area is Kuala Sungai Baru. Kuala means estuary and Sungai means river. So Kuala Sungai Baru means estuary of the Baru river.

There is a bridge outside the complex and I decided to cross it.

Views of the Baru river from the bridge...

Then I took a drive along the river...

The waters off a village at Kuala Sungai Baru

Peace be upon you all. From Perak we move on to Melaka. But still on activities made from last Saturday till the recent Wednesday. Continuing from Perak river at Temong during low water

I returned home from Kuala Kangsar late night on Sunday. The following afternoon I drove to Kuala Sungai Baru in Melaka to become a panelist at a forum held at a college there. I was given a nice homestay to rest at. Here's a view out from the homestay Tuesday morning 27th September 2016.

It is situated at a village facing the open waters of the Straits of Melaka.

Enjoying the views of around...

Friday, September 30, 2016

Perak river at Temong during low water

Still on recent days' activities. Continuing from Stopping by at Tanjung Malim for a rock consert.

We arrived in Kuala Kangsar late Saturday night. After lodging at a surau (small praying hall) in Temong, the following Sunday morning we visited the tomb of a saint known as Tok Temong nearby . Besides the tomb lies this staircase. It leads to a small jetty besides the Perak river.

Now. I have been here many many times before. But I can't remember seeing the water level this low.

As I remembered it, these stones down these steps are normally submerged.

And the pebbles and small stones at the shore across... I can'r remember ever seeing in previous visits.

Compare to what's shown in the article Perak river from Temong...

Well, it's not like I've never seen the Perak river here at low level at all. It's just I haven't seen it so low such that stones which used to be submerged protruded out the way it did that day...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Stopping by at Tanjung Malim for a rock consert

After we're done in Kuala LumpUr we headed home. Then I parted ways with the family to join a friend going to Kuala Kangsar in Perak. 

On the way we made a detour to the town of Tanjung Malim.

We went to a place called Sarang Art Hub, formerly the rest house of Tanjung Malim.

The place is now run by famous Malay movies director, Mr Mamat Khalid (on the left).

He has turned the rest house into  a sort of hip cafe supported by arts and cultural activities.

That day. Saturday 24th September a rock concert was held featuring 15 bands...

Some of the bands covered songs from my teenage days and on, the 80s and 90s. That got me really nostalgic and we stayed on for some time...

Melaka Sultanate theme wedding at mid KL

From Taman Tasik Perdana we rushed to the middle of Kuala Lumpur city and got on top of a shopping complex.

The next function to be attended lies inside a hotel on top of the complex.

It is a wedding held at the hotel hall.

The theme was Melaka Sultanate and attendees were expected to don traditional Malay clothing that reminds one of the golden days of old...