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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Looking at the ASEAN songket exhibits at Muzium Negara

From the booths I approached the exhibition gallery.

Since I was in a hurry then, all I had was a quick look at the exhibits.

It was later that I had time to appreciate what's available. During break time for a seminar the following day I visited the gallery again.

That's when I took close looks at the exhibited intricately-woven songkets

Here are a few snaps...

Songket sales booth at the ASEAN Songket exhibition in Muzium Negara

Peace be upon you all. Detouring for a while to a recent happening in Kuala Lumpur.

Muzium Negara (the national museum) recently started an exhibition on ASEAN songket, a type of elaborately woven cloth which can be found in South-East Asian countries.

The exhibition would last till the end of the year, Booths are opened for sales of the songket.


I was involved in the official opening ceremony of the exhubition held on Tuesday. So I spent some time looking at what's available...

It was definitely a feast for the eyes.

Too bad as it that was all I could afford to do. The songket here are exquisite works of art. It could cost quite a fortune for one to even acquire a piece...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

From Pengkalan Kubor towards Tumpat town

We left Pengkalan Kubor via a different road heading back southwards.

If previously we took an inland road this time we took a coastal one.

This is the main road here closest to the South China Sea.

Then we went back inland and reached the junction to Tumpat town...

Sungai Golok closer to the estuary

Besides the duty-free complex lies the ICQS complex. Within the complex lies a jetty for boats to cross Sungai (river of) Golok and enter southern Thailand.

I have shown pictures from the jetty in the old article Sungai (river of) Golok at Pengkalan Kubor. Closer to the river estuary lies this small observation deck.

Time to check out the views...

Towards the estuary about 200 metres from here.

A look across...

A look upriver and one can see the jetty...