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, January 10, 2020

Proper sunset at Aonang

We were back on the mainland by 3.45. After returning back to resort to wash and take some rest we went again to Aonang beach to catch the sunset.

This time we came in time...

I say this because in 2017 we tried to catch the sunset here but missed by a few minutes.


Nevertheless I made an article on that visit called Sunset at Ao Nang beach, Krabi.

But it was this time only we get to see an actual or proper sunset...

Stop 4 - Lunch and last stop at Poda Island

The next stop is an island just across from Tup Island.

But the actual stop is at a beach on the opposite face. So have to go halfway around the island first...

We arrived at around 1.40. However each time we stop it took more than 5 minutes for everyone to safely step down out of the boat.

Thank God there is no rush as we were told it's the final stop. We could stay for more than an hour...

Here we had lunch as part of the '4 island' tour package.

Oh. The name is Poda Island...

Stop 3 - Tup Island and the 2 islands connected at low tide

The snorkelling session lasted for half an hour. Time to move to another spot or stop...

It was a journey retracing back our steps towards Aonang beach up to a certain point.

At 12.47 we stopped off what is called the Tup Island. We were told it connects to another 2 islands at low tide.

Realising that water was rising I rushed to the furthest connected island.

It is actually the 'Chicken Island' where we did snorkeling somewhere behind the hills...

Note that the 'Chicken Head' is hidden from this angle somewhere behind the left hill.

On 'Chicken Island'...

Looking out towards the mainland of southern Thailand...

Walking back to the connected islands...

Checking out the one to the left (Thap Island or Ko Tap) before returning to Tup Island (Ko Tup) and the boat...

I was the last person to return. This picture was taken at 1.25.

Stop 2 - Snorkeling off Chicken Island

Upon returning to the boat at 11.15 we were given snorkelling gears.

But not everyone took it. Perhaps they didn't take nor paid this part of the package.

So it was obvious the next agenda was snorkelling while some watch. The question is where...

This was when we were taken furthest out to the sea...

By the time we stopped at what I gather is the western side of Chicken Island it was almost 12.

It is called Chicken Island because it has a sharp hill which looks like a chicken head.

However I forgot to take that picture of that. Time to concentrate on snorkelling...