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, January 08, 2018

Sunset over the bay of Patani

Continuing from Rushing to Tanjung Budi.

We soon reached the very end of the tarmac road. Immediately after parking we got out and walked towards the waters.

Actually the narrow piece of land still stretches a kilometre or so from here.  But to get to that end you must walk and we had no time as the sun was about to set.

So we just find what seemed then to be the best place to watch the sun set.

Then I noticed a path leading to another part of the waters...

From there you can see the waters wide open. It is the bay of Patani.

Turning anti-clockwise we could see the town of Patani.


Turning anti-clockwise more and more towards the east...

Some 20 km or so in the horizon is where this narrow stretch of land means the mainland of Patani.

Rushing to Tanjung Budi

Our next stop was the old mosque of Wadi Hussein at Teluk Manok.

After spending almost an hour and a half there we then rushed towards the town or city of Patani 60 km away.

But we didn't want to go to the city yet.

We wanted to go to a narrow piece of land which jutted out onto open waters some 20 km before facing the city from across a bay.

Using Google Map we were directed to follow some rural roads.

Soon we could see the sea or rather the Gulf of Thailand on our right indicating we have entered the said narrow piece of land.

There are parts were this long piece of land is about only 100-200 metres wide.

As we rushed to its end where lies a cape the Malay locals call as Tanjung Budi we could see the sun about to set...

The Thai name for this stretch of land is Laem Pho if not mistaken. This picture was taken at 5.40 pm local time...

Hilltop stop besides Yala-Narathiwat road

After reaching the outskirts of the town of Yala we immediately turned east towards the town of Narathiwat. About 50 km later the road climbed steeply up a hill and next we saw this stop.

I decided to stop to enjoy the views...

As it turned out there is a stream with small waterfalls beside...

The lake at Ban Lang national park

Continuing from The road to Yala.

A few kilometres further we saw a stop that gives clearer views of the lake.

Actually more than 13 km of the road we took passed along the nook and crannies of the lake.

But the views are often blocked by trees, bushes and thick growth.

Here we got to get good views and thus spent some time relaxing at the hut besides.

Our map shows it as the Ban Lang lake, referring to the Ban Lang national park.

It was only while writing this article at home that I found out the lake was formed by the Pattani river referring to a Malay kingdom which used to rule a big portion of what is now southern Thailand.

The road to Yala

After having breakfast at the outskirts of the town of Betong we headed for the town of Yala,

Actually Betong itself lies within the district or rather, province of Yala.

But the town of Yala itself is 130 km away from Betong...

As we continued the road became more curvy with many sharp turns.

Actually it passes through the lengths of the northern part of the mountain range which is connected to Malaysia main range, the Banjaran Titiwangsa.

At a junction we decided to take a more mountainous road.

Our map shows that road would go along a  nice man-made lake.

Here's a look at it...