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, September 12, 2019

The waterfront of Lhok Seudu after sundown

Peace be upon you all. This is my first posting here after the Muslim the new year of 1441th Hijriah have started 2 Sundays ago (on 1st Sept). For the record me and family made a long trip around Aceh and north Sumatera from 28 August till 4 September. This is its first story.

Originally we bought flight tickets for the 10 o'clock morning flight Wednesday 28th August 2019. But that was over 8 months ago. A month before flight we were told that it was cancelled and we were transferred to the 2 pm flight. As it turned out there more delays...

The flight left at 5 pm and arrived in Aceh after 6 pm (+7GMT). By the time we got out of airport there was only 30 minutes of sunlight left. Our intended target for the day was to reach the town of Meulaboh 249 km away. According to Google Map that should take 4 hours 30 minutes by road

Only about 20 minutes after our car trip started we got hungry. We asked our Acehnese friend who drove us in his car to recommend a place to eat at. Upon reaching a waterfront at Lhok Seudu he saw an opened restaurant and made a stop.

It is located about 40 km from the airport and 30 km from the city of Banda Aceh. There we found an interesting waterfront.

This was not a planned stop. Only circumstance made us spent time...

It turned out to be a very beautiful place...

Too bad it was already past sunset...