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, January 31, 2019

Klong Hae floating market

Continuing from Night train to Hatyai.

We booked a hotel about 4.2 km north of Hatyai station and check-in. In the evening we went to a place more than 3 km from the hotel towards the north-east.

It is a popular tourist attraction in Hatyai.

Welcome to the Klong Hae floating market...

For the record this is the 1,959th article in this blogspot.

Night train to Hatyai

Peace be upon you. Going to the 11th day of our family trip to Cambodia and Thailand.  But before that let us continue from where we left off in the article Getting back to eastern side of Bangkok. For the record that article showed what happened just before noon in Bangkok on Saturday 1st December 2018. 

That is on the 10th day of our travel  At 2 pm we left Bangkok by van to the town of Petchaburi some 134 km to the south-west. From Petchaburi we took the night train to Hatyai 812 km to the south. But there was a mix up when we unwittingly went on board an earlier train which was scheduled to arrive at 6 or so but showed up at  Petchaburi station at 6.46. 

We thought it was our 7pm train which could have arrived early.. Because of that we were asked to step down at Hua Hin station about 68 km down south.

We were asked to wait and get the right train. It arrived in Hua Hin at 8.55.

So we got on board the right train. To save cost we took 3rd class.

Soon we lay down to sleep as it was a long journey.

This picture was taken at 6.18 am Sunday morning 2nd December 2018 which is our 11th day of travel.

At 6.19 we arrived at the town of Nabon.

I can't find it on Google Map. But given that we arrived here from Hua Hin after 8 hours and 24 minutes I estimated by then we have travelled 483 km.

That estimation is based on the fact that we would arrive at Hatyai station at 9.55 am.

That is exactly 13 hours after taking the train from Hua Hin.  From Hua Hin to Hatyai the distance is about 748 km.

But I'm jumping the gun. So let's just enjoy the scenery as we took on another 265 km from Nabon.

This picture was taken at 9.55. That is almost 20 hours after leaving Bangkok.

So we have arrived at the day's main destination. Hatyai is about 947 km south of Bangkok. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Getting back to eastern side of Bangkok

Continuing from Ferry to Thonburi.

After visiting a number of places in the western side of Bangkok it was time to return to the eastern side.

For this we took another ferry from a pier about 1.4 km south of the previous pier (as shown in Ferry to Thonburi).

We saw a high-rise part of Bangkok situated a distance to the east.

After waiting for a few minutes our ferry arrived...

Here are views around as the ferry crosses to the east of the Chao Phraya river...