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.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The route from Durian Burung to Patani town

Peace be upon you all. Recently me and family made a trip to Patani in southern Thailand 19-25 March. Today let me sharing stories on the trip.

Journey was started Monday afternoon 19th March 2018 when we went to Ipoh, Perak for a function then spent the night at Langgar, Alor, Setar, Kedah. The following day we entered Thailand via the Durian Burung entry point...

We had a hassle regarding a document with the Thai custom and that cost us some time and money. Nevertheless we got through. Here's how the road looks after we were officially in Thailand.

We were aiming to go to the town of Yala first, more than 100 km fom the border.

But because of GPS problem we missed the early junction to Yala and just followed what seemed to be the main road going east towards Patani.

We just followed what seemed to be the logical route and enjoyed the views.

While there were problems with my GPS navigation system the map was functioning up to a certain level. We could still ascertain our position on the map. It's just we could not rely on the system to plot the best route to any place...

Soon we started coming into the many road blocks which are common in the Malay majority parts of southern Thailand.

And soon we entered the province of Patani...

But it was still a distance to get to Patani town...

After a while we came across a signboard indicating we were about 20 km to Patani town, also 20 km to Yala but towards opposing sides...

Since it was already late we decided to get on to Patani town and forget Yala.

After making a stop at a mosque for prayers we arrived in town at dusk...