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, March 31, 2017

Bringing the kids and friends to the tomb of Hamzah Fansuri

We left Pulau (island of) Weh by 2 pm ferry to get back to mainland Aceh. From the jetty we stopped by at a nearby mosque then headed for a place called Ujong Pancu.

It is situated at the end of a peninsular jutting out from north-wested end of Sumatera/ Then we found out part of the road leading to Ujong Pancu was broken making it inaccessible to cars.

We decided to continue by foot. It is the wish of a Malaysian friend to visit a tomb situated in the jungle there.

Me on the other hand has been to the said tomb twice. The last time was in early 2015 with some Acehnese friends.

My wife and one of our kids were with me in the first visit end of 2011.

She was then almost 7-months pregnant with our youngest boy, the one seen to the left with his 2 years 4 months older brother.

Luckily it was not too far before we reached the end of the road.

From the end of the road we have to take a jungle path.

Soon we reached the tomb of Hamzah Fansuri,..

He was a famous 17th century Aceh saint and a sage famous in the whole Malay world for his many Sufistic writings...

Close look at Danau Aneuk Laot

Continuing from The beach at Teluk Iboih.

We left Teluk Iboih at around 11.30 and headed back toward Sabang town. Just before the town's western fringe we took a slip road to the south.

The road runs beside the lake called Danau Aneuk Laot, the one shown from an uphill vantage point in the article Looking at Danau Aneuk Laot and its surroundings from a vantage point presented 2 days ago.

Now it's jusr a matter of finding the path leading to the lakeside where the views are not blocked by buildings and such.

The lake, Danau Aneuk Laot...

It is a beauty deserving merits on its own...

The beach at Teluk Iboih

Continuing from Views from the Km 0 tower.

After we're done at Kilometer Nol we headed back south-east toward Sabang town making a stop at one of Pulau (island of) Weh's main attractions.

Welcome to the beach of Teluk Teupin Iboih.

Facing an island called Pulau Rubiah famous for snorkelling activities this beach is also known as Teluk Iboih or Pantai Iboih...

Views from the Km 0 tower

Looking back at the Kilometer 0 sign I found the tower behind 'calling'.

I don't know if it was a recently-built structure or an old one being renovated. I can't resist answering the 'call' even though it was restricted to public.

So there I was finding the way to get up...

Finding only one level of platform I started taking in the views from right to left...