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, February 14, 2017

Taking the commuter from Arau to Alor Setar

Returning back to the 12-21 January trip which now concentrates on northern Peninsular Malaysia.

Wednesday morning, 18th January 2017. After spending the night at the Perlis state mosque in Arau I walked to the Arau train station.

It is situated just about 300 metres behind the mosque.

Actually I have walked here the previous night to get a Komuter (commuter) train to Alor Setar. But  I missed the 9 o'clock or service by just by minute.

The following train, the last service for the day was scheduled to stop here 2 hours later. That made me decide to spend the night at the mosque which could be clearly seen from the station.

In the morning the service is more regular.

Soon a Komuter train arrived. This picture was taken at 7.44am.

For information the Komuter service starts from Padang Besar at the Thai border down south to Butterworth in Pulau Pinang. That covers a distance of more than 150 km, further than that covered by the Klang Valley Komuter service.

This is the first time I took the northern Komuter service. I understand it was started some time last year, after the affected portion of  electric railway double tracking project was fully completed.

What is interesting is the service plies through vast tracts of paddy or rice fields.

After 20 minutes or so being on the train I could see parts of the city of Alor Setar.

The city is situated about 37 km south of Arau. At 8.09 am I was already well out of the train.

Time to have a look at Alor Setar...

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