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, October 11, 2019

Flight back from Aceh 4th September 2019

We arrived at the airport at 2.30 after making a detour for lunch.

Its time to leave Aceh after 8 days and 7 nights of travel. Our flight was scheduled to leave after 4.

There was some delay as we were only ushered into our flight at 4.28 or so.

There is a... I can't remember what you call that thing that could connect one directly to the plane entrance. But we had to walk outside to hasten boarding for those seated towards the rear end...

One for the album...

Enjoying the views around...

We took off close to 5 pm.

I got a window seat and got to enjoy views from the sky...

Touchdown at  around 7.15 local time...

Cutting from Teluk Lamreh to the airport

From the housing we went to a place called Teluk Lamreh to visit a certain tomb. From there we took this road which cuts to the airport.

If I remember correctly the last time I was here which was in 2017 there is no such road.

Interestingly it took us to high areas giving very interesting views of the surroundings...


'Jackie Chan' housing in Aceh

At noon we went to a housing area just outside of Banda Aceh to the east.

Locals said it was built by world-famous Hong Kong Chinese action movie star, Jackie Chan...

For the record the city of Banda Aceh was devastated when the big waves of the Tsunami of 26th December 2019 hit the shores of Aceh on to some distance inland.

More than 200,000 Acehnese were said to be killed, many houses and buildings practically flattened and destroyed.

After that more than 50 nations were involved in rebuilding Aceh. Some developed new housing areas by parcels.

These parts are said to be rebuilt by personal contribution from Jackie Chan.

This plaque however says it was an effort from 2 China-based associations.