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, April 26, 2019

First proper visit to Tasik Kenyir with the wife and two young sons.

Peace be upon you this beautiful Friday. One more article from the trip to Terengganu made last weekend. Continuing from Views from the Pesisir Payang waterfront.

After spending a night at Serada in Kuala Terengganu then Langgar in Kuala Berang I brought the wife and kids to the large man-made lake called Tasik Kenyir.

The last time I brought the family our two young sons were not even born.

It was my stepdaughter and stepson who went along. That was sometime in 2009. Look at the article Enter Tasik Kenyir, the largest man-made lake in Malaysia!.

The last time I myself was here was in 2012. I was then on a biking trip with a friend. Look at Pengkalan Gawi... again.

So this is the first time I came here with the wife and our two sons. Too bad I forgot to take our pictures or at least their pictures with the lake in the background. It did not struck me that I would write this article with a family angle...

Come to think of it I did brought them earlier sometime if August or so last year.

But that was at other parts of Tasik Kenyir and we were simply passing the perimeters on our way to Gua Musang at night. So that doesn't count.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Views from the Pesisir Payang waterfront

At and upriver part of Kuala Terengganu city we found a new esplanade which looks like a combination of reclaimed land and long platform extending towards the middle of the river.

It is called Pesisir Payang. Pesisir literarily means waterfront while Payang refers to the name a famous nearby area.

Just like the tower bridge we did not notice these new buildings when we last went to Kuala Terengganu 8 months ago.

Much development has taken place at a rapid pace since then.

Looks like it is aimed at making Kuala Terengganu a great waterfront city...

The 'extended' Terengganu river mouth

Land reclamation works have been done around this area effectively extending the Terengganu river mouth further out into the South China Sea.

Marking the 'extended' and 'new' river mouth are man-made stone barriers extending from reclaimed lands at the south and north banks of the river...

Terengganu river and the 'tower bridge'

Continuing from Marang river waterfront.

Our main destination for the day is the city of Kuala Terengganu. We've learned about a month or two ago that a new bridge is being built across the Terengganu river.

It is situated quite close to the river mouth...

For the record Kuala Terengganu means the mouth of the Terengganu river.

Marang river waterfront

Going further north along the coastal road we soon arrived at the town of Marang.

Here we had a look at its waterfront...

Dungun river near the old Pulau Tenggol jetty

Next we went to an upriver part closer to the bridge crossing the Dungun river.

There is an old jetty for boats to Pulau (island of) Tenggol...

Looking around...

Dungun river from its Medan Ikan Bakar

An hour or so later we arrived at the town of Kuala Dungun. After conducting Friday prayers at the local mosque we went to the Medan Ikan Bakar - grilled fish square.

Situated close to the Dungun river mouth there are some nice views around.