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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

First impression of Phnom Penh

We left Kampong Cham at around 12.18 by bus to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Some 3 hours later we entered the said city.

It turned out to be a sprawling big city...

And there are a number of modern highrise buildings...

Yet traditional looking monuments still features well in the overall cityscape...

But it was not yet time to really enjoy Phnom Penh.

For our main destination that day still lies a distance away...

For that we wanted to get to the train station and catch our train to the said place...

Views from the tallest building at Kampong Cham

Continuing from Walking around Kampong Cham town.

Next to our hotel lies what I saw as the tallest building at Kampong Cham.

It is another hotel. I must take in views from the top before leaving town. 

Thank God the hotel people allowed me up...

So there I was enjoying views of Kampong Cham and the Mekong river from many angles...

Somehow these reminded me of my hometown Muar during its quieter days...

For comparison do look at the old article Views from on top of Muar town... made almost 11 years ago...

Just for my own record this is the 1,929 article in this blogspot.

Walking around Kampong Cham town

After having breakfast at the only halal foot stall at the town centre market I decided to take the wife and kids for a walk around Kampung Cham town.

We started at around 9.39 am local time. The town looked relaxed and unhurried.

In fact based on observations starting from the previous day the streets were hardly filled with vehicles...

All in all the sceneries were rather quiet and quaint as we walked 2.5 km covering many parts around the town centre...