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 16, 2020

Hatyai central weekend night market

Returning to Hatyai city centre we immediately head for the weekend night market.

Held on weekends at a main street it is an unavoidable attraction in central Hatyai...

Roads are closed and traffic redirected to make way...

One should spend time to visit and savour the night...

Khlong Hae floating market at night

From Lam Pam we returned to Patthalung town in time to take the 2.20 pm train to Hatyai. At night we went to the Khlong Hae floating market just outside Hatyai city. 

Unlike at Lam Pam where the so-called 'floating market' is actually stalls on an island (refer to Morning visit to Lam Pam 'Floating Market') here they have a proper floating market made up of small boats selling food berthed alongside a river...

Approaching the boats alias floating stalls...

There are also stalls on land making up the whole floating market complex...

For the record we have been here once before at the end of 2018. But that was during daytime. Look at the article Klong Hae floating market.

Lam Pam river behind Phattalung palace

Continuing from True attraction of Lam Pam.

About 1.5 km towards Phattalung town lies an old wooden palace which used to belong to the rulers of the province.

Behind it is a brick palace which also used to belong to the rulers.

Behind the brick palace is the Lam Pam river which flows into the big lake besides the 'floating market'...

True attraction of Lam Pam

Actually the true attraction of Lam Pam lies in its location besides a giant freshwater lake.

It is so vast that it looks like a sea.

For more pictures of the lake and from a number of viewing points look at the following articles made after our first visit towards the end of 2017...

The river at Lam Pam

Lake Songkhla from Lam Pam

Lake Songkhla from an abandoned hall

Lake Songkhla from the watch tower at Lam Pam

Morning visit to Lam Pam 'Floating Market'

After resting at the hotel I brought the family to Lam Pam about 8 km to the east of Phattalung town.

We wanted to see what is called the Lam Pam (also spelled Lampam) Floating Market.

According to information given it is opened every Saturday and Sunday 10am till 8pm.

When we arrived after crossing a bridge 10.12am there wasn't much life...

Perhaps we arrived too early. Maybe the action starts in the evening.

What is certain it is not a floating market in the usual sense of the term. It is just a market which happened to be located on an island besides a big lake.

Phattalung from the highest point at Ho Fah Hotel

Continuing from Phattalung railway station.

Returning to the place we lodged at called Ho Fah Hotel.

I went to the highest floor to the catch Phattalung town's overall view...

Not satisfied I searched for an even higher point...

There. You cannot go any higher at this hotel...

And you can hardly see any higher viewing point around, at least not man-made...