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, February 08, 2018

Sunset over Myanmar from Ban Hin Chang

Later in the afternoon I went to the riverside part targeting and opening which offers the widest vista.

It was almost sunset and I wanted to enjoy the sight.

I found a parked (or is it moored) boat to get as close to the river without getting wet or soiled in mud.

Soon my enthusiasm was rewarded with a number of superb sights...

Exploring the riverside part of Ban Hin Chang

Closer to Ranong we found a village populated by Thai Malay Muslims.

It is called Ban Hin Chang. That is the Thai language for Kampung Batu Gajah, village of the elephant stone.

It is located besides a wide part of the Segenting Kra river.

There are houses built on stilts over mud and water...

But that is the riverside part of Ban Hin Chang.

There is also a part of the village located on a nearby hillside...

First view of the wide part of Segenting Kra river

After the area officially designated as the Kra Isthmus the main road started to veer away further and further from the Segenting Kra river. After some time we found a slip road going to Ranong while closing in back to the river. We followed it. Soon enough we could see the river and made a stop.

Here the river is very wide.

It looks like the sea but that's because it is over 4 km wide...

My kids followed for a closer look...

I must say it is quite a superb sight...

The river of Segenting Kra at Kra Isthmus

Journey was continued going south-westwards to Ranong. Next we stopped at a place designated as the Kra Isthmus.

This refers to the Segenting Kra, the narrowest area along the Malay Peninsular. Actually Kra Isthmus is the English word for Segenting Kra (Malay word).

The term itself actually covers some 70 km of land. There is the river of Segenting Kra which forms a natural border between the nations of Thailand and Myanmar/Burma.

But only this particular area is officially designated as the Kra Isthmus by the Thai government.

For this is where the road from Chumpon to Ranong is closest to the border.

Just across 100 metres or so is Myanmar...