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.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Up Penang Hill and the superb views from up there

Peace be upon you. Entering stories for 4th and final day of the northern trip last week. Actually for this blogspot I would only present one story. So here goes...

Tuesday afternoon 26th March 2019. After visiting some old tombs and a complex dedicated to a famous Malaysian personality we headed for the foot of Penang Hill.

There is special train to get up to the summit. For the record the hill is over 800 metres high from sea level.

Actually that qualifies it to be call a mountain at least in terms of height over 600 metres,..

Never mind that. After waiting and queuing  for an hour we got on board the train...

Soon we arrived on top.

Situated at the height of 700 metres plus above sea level this viewing area is still short of the highest summit.

Still it gives some of the best views of the island of Pulau Pinang and its respective mainland...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bridge across Muda river on the old trunk road

After Sungai Petani we took the old trunk road and crossed this bridge.

It crosses the Muda river as we entered the state of Pulau Pinang...

Merbok river at Semeling revisited

From Yan we headed to Sungai Petani and took this bridge.

Situated at Semeling it crosses the Merbok river.

I thought these pictures taken while I was driving showed more than the ones I've shared in the article Merbok river from the Semeling bridge made 3 years ago.

The waterfall of Seri Perigi, Yan

The journey was continued to Yan. We took a turn leading to this place.

We have passed nearby the area a number of times before but this is the first time we ventured in.

The place is called Seri Perigi...

There is a waterfall but the water was small due to prolonged dry season.

Tok Pasai bridge at Kuala Kedah

Next we went to Kuala Muda where lies a bridge called the Tok Pasai bridge.

It is the bridge closest to the Kedah river mouth...

Exploring the big cave at Gunung Keriang

Peace be upon you. Entering stories for 3rd day of the recent northern trip...

After spending a night in Langgar, Alor Setar we went to a place called Gunung Keriang.

We reached the place just after noon Saturday 25th March 2019. Gunung Keriang is a big limestone hill 11 km north of Alor Setar.

Approaching the foothill we saw this structure.

It has a staircase leading a few storeys up.

From its top there is a bridge going to a part of Gunung Keriang.

So there we were climbing up the staircase and crossing the bridge...

Upon reaching the hill there is another staircase reaching to the mouth of a big cave...

This is followed by staircases going down into the cave...

So there we were exploring the cave until the end of the laid path...