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, May 01, 2020

Hills, mountains, caves, waterfalls and rural attractions

Peace be upon you this Friday morning. Referring to the article Lakes, beaches, waterfronts and islands. Here is another category of article compilation...

This one is named "Hills, mountains, caves, waterfalls and rural attractions". Basically it is about places of greenery visited, hills and mountains climbed. There are also waterfalls, in fact hot springs included as long as I had stepped foot there and made articles about it...


Looking from tower of an old mosque in Langgar, Kedah

The limestone hill called Gunung Keriang

Exploring the big cave at Gunung Keriang

The waterfall of Seri Perigi, Yan

Gunung Jerai calling out loud...

On to the summit of Gunung Jerai to close a chapter...

Views on top of Gunung Jerai... 

Enter Padang Tok Sheikh. Is it?

The superb views from on top of Gunung Jerai

Views from the surau at Gunung Jerai resort

Enjoying the views from Gunung Jerai resort... again

The views from Langkawi's Dataran Lang

Views from Gunung Raya

Gua Kelawar - The Bat Cave

The myth of Gua Cherita

The waterfalls of Durian Perangin

The hotsprings of Ayer Hangat

Pulau Pinang

Bukit Mertajam recreational forest

Up Penang Hill and the superb views from up there


The origin of the name Beruas.

Cooling down at Ulu Licin

Climbing up Bukit Singa - Part I

Climbing up Bukit Singa - Part II

Climbing up Bukit Singa - Part III

The vast freshwater lake at Sungkai

Views from the Chinese graveyard in Papan

Late stop at Lata Kekabu

Viewing tower at Lenggong archaeological gallery

Remote viewing of Gua Gunung Runtuh

A visit to the high waterfalls at Lata Kinjang

A stop at Lata Iskandar


Arial views of Bandar Tasik Puteri and the Aceh connection?

Bandar Tasik Puteri from on top a hill

Going up a hill with a large colonial bungalow at Batu Arang

Kuala Selangor Nature Park - Sizing up the paths...

Kuala Selangor Nature Park - Looking at what's available including the wildlife

Kuala Selangor Nature Park - The Selangor river mouth at last!

Monkeying around at Kuala Selangor

Al-Rasyid with the monkeys of Bukit Melawati

Playing with the monkeys at Bukit Melawati

The little 'hill' recently discovered in Kuala Selangor

The big banyan tree at Kuala Selangor

The hill called Bukit Hospital in Kuala Selangor

Views from Bukit Talang near Kuala Selangor

A climb up the hill called Bukit Jeram

Views from an open part of Bukit Jeram

The stairs up Bukit (hill of) Jugra

Paragliding at Bukit (hill of) Jugra

On for views on top of Jugra hill

Kampung Kubu Gajah from the top of its mosque minaret

Hill climb at Sungai Buaya (part I)

Hill climb at Sungai Buaya (part II)

Hill climb at Sungai Buaya (part III)

With the kids up a vantage point at Sungai Buaya

Climbing up a hill near Sungai Buaya toll plaza

Climbing up a hill near Sungai Buaya toll plaza further

Climbing a nearby hill with wife and the kids

Going up the tallest hill in Bukit Sentosa, Rawang

Going up the tallest hill in Bukit Sentosa, Rawang - On to the summit

Repeating a hill at Bandar Sungai Buaya and a higher one behind

Looking at a part of Sungai Buaya earmarked for a future development

The Orang Asli village near Bukit Beruntung

The seven wells of Serendah

The waterfall of Serendah

The recreational forest of Sungai Sendat

Going up Bukit Chandang in Batang Kali

New look of Hulu Tamu hotspring

Hulu Tamu hot spring

Lakeside views at Darul Quran mosque

A stop at Chiling waterfall

Visit to Kuala Kubu hot spring

Kerling hot water spring

A brief look at Kalumpang Resort

Dipping at the Inki river

Checking out the Rawang-Bypass

A visit to Templer's Park

The seven level waterfalls of Templer's Park... or rather the Kanching recreational forest

A climb up Batu Caves...

Inside Batu Caves...

Rasyid's climb up Batu Caves

The place called Gua Kahfi in Batu Caves

The hills at Sungai Pusu

Going to a newly-discovered waterfall in Sri Gombak

Going to a newly-discovered waterfall in Sri Gombak continued

Reminiscing old times at Bukit Belachan

On top of Ampang!

Pangsun recreational area Hulu Langat

Lubuk Manggis recreational area

A visit to Bukit Lagong waterfall

Views at Bukit Gasing...

Negeri Sembilan

Journey to Negeri Sembilan. On to Kuala Klawang and what's around...

Taking a dip at Jeram Gading

Climbing the hill of Broga

Enjoying the waters at Gunung Datuk

Checking the Pasir Panjang recreational forest (again)...

A group walk up Tanjung Tuan hill

The peak called Batu Putih at Tanjung Tuan

Bukit (Hill of) Supai at dusk...

Checking out the PLUS highway viewing point near Negeri Sembilan-Melaka border

The slope and swimming pool at Gunung Tampin


Trekking to Gua Yunus

A look again at Gunung Ledang from Asahan


Views from on top a telecommunication tower in Muar...

Text for Views from on top a telecommunication tower in Muar...

Views from the mosque of Bukit Treh

Exploring the legend of Bukit Treh

Climbing Bukit Treh with the wife and baby

Playing with the monkeys in Muar again

My first proper look at Muar's Tanjung Ketapang in ages

Views from the mosque tower of Simpang Baba

The hill known as Bukit Astakona

A quick trip up Gunung Ledang...

Views from the summit of Gunung Ledang

To the summit of Bukit Mor

Looking for a clear view of the lake up Bukit Mor

Views from Puncak Bendera - The flag summit

The hot spring of Sungai Grisek

Gunung (mount) Banang in Batu Pahat, Johor...


Views from above the Karak highway

Karak Highway from a vantage point above

A small waterfall off the old KL-Bentong road

So refreshing Janda Baik!

Janda Baik my resting place

Janda Baik revisited again...

My latest trip to Janda Baik and the number 22222!

Janda Baik, again!

Al-Rasyid going around Pak Habib's place

Going on to Janda Baik

Looking at Maahad An-Noer in Janda Baik

Early morning hill walk at Janda Baik

Hill climbing with wife and kids in Janda Baik

Hill climbing with wife and kids in Janda Baik - On to Saufiville, the highest resort around

Early morning walk at the residential side of Bukit Tinggi

Exploring a river at Bukit Tinggi

A night visit to Colmar Tropicale

Views from the house of the owner of Dusun Nora

Views from behind the main house at Dusun Nora

Views from Dusun Nora's 'thinking stone'

Views from the highest ground in Dusun Nora

Views from Dusun Nora's observation deck

Bringing the kids to Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary

The caves of Gunung Senyum

Exploring the limestone hill called Gunung Senyum part I

Exploring the limestone hill called Gunung Senyum part II

Exploring the limestone hill called Gunung Senyum part III

Crossing the Tembeling river at Kuala Tahan

Enter Taman Negara

Up on the canopy walk

On to the more difficult part

A visit to Gua (cave of) Kota Gelanggi - the way in...

A visit to Gua (cave of) Kota Gelanggi - enter Gua Tongkat...

A visit to Gua (cave of) Kota Gelanggi - Gua Balai and out...

The caves at Gua Charas

Views from a bungalow on top of Fraser's Hill

More of Fraser's Hill...

The Chamang waterfalls in Bentong, Pahang

Climbing the hill behind my late grandma's house with Johan

A look at Jeram Besu

The limestone hill of Gua Bama - A tribute to President Obama?

Parit Falls...

Bringing the kids to Cameron Highland

Picking strawberries at a walkway farm

Checking out the tea farm at Cameron Valley

A misty after rain look at the Bharat plantations

Bharat plantations from a higher point of view

The Mossy Forest of Cameron Highlands

The perimeter fencing at Mount Brinchang

Summit of Mount Brinchang from its viewing tower

Up the highest obvious peak at Cameron Valley

A stop up Cameron Highlands from Sungai Koyan

The new dam close to Lembah Bertam

Bringing friends to Gunung Brinchang

To the Mossy Forest and beyond

Stopping at Anak Irau, 'son' of the main mountain

Pressing on to higher grounds...

Finally. The main summit of Mount Irau


The mysterious looking Bukit Kluang in Besut

The caves of Bukit Keluang

Looking at the caves of Bukit Keluang till its last one

Brief visit to a jungle settlement in Jenagor

The hill besides Telaga Simpul in Kemaman

At last - The majestic Chemerong waterfall


A foggy morning at Jelawang, Dabong

The Jelawang waterfall at Gunung (mount) Stong from many angles

Visiting Gunung Stong waterfalls after more than 6 years

The waters at Lata Kertas

The caves of Gua Madu

The cave called Gua Ikan

Climbing Bukit Panau

Around the mythical Bukit Marak in Kelantan...

The hill called Bukit Marak


Deja vu at the hillside facing the bay of Lamuri

Bringing the kids and friends to the tomb of Hamzah Fansuri

The pools of Mata Ie

Aceh rural views around Indrapuri

On to Tanoh Abee... so what exist over there?

The cave called Loyang Koro

Rural Perlak, the seat of a powerful ancient Islamic kingdom!

Morning in Lhoong

Views from Puncak Geurute

North Sumatera

Bukit Gundaling, the "Good bye darling" hill

The waterfall of Sipiso Piso

Danau Toba from Menara Pandang Tele Samosir

Climbing up so many staircases to get to a tomb on top of hill at Barus

Views from tomb of Sheikh Mahmud Papan Tinggi

West Sumatera

Climbing up by bus to Talago Bukit

Late lunch at Dapua Amaak

Enjoying views of the paddy fields around Dapua Amaak

On to Pariangan, the first settlement of the Minangkabau people?

The air and views at Pandai Sikek


Batu Blencong, the place where Gog and Magog was subdued?

Catching sunrise over Borobudur from the peak of Setumbu

West Kalimantan

Views from the peak at Tanjung Bajau

Views in front of Daeng Menambon's tomb

Kalbar's drive-in zoo

Going to Mungguk

Crossing Landak river at Mungguk

Hanging bridge over river Banyuke

Religious school of Al-Muslimun, Ngabang

South Sulawesi

The waterfall of Bantimurung

The sacred cave called Goa Safawardi


Observing the surroundings from Singgora hill defence fort

The lake at Ban Lang national park

Hilltop stop besides Yala-Narathiwat road

Morning views from the hotel at Singha Nakhon

Views from Wat Suwan Khiri, Ranong

Exploring the riverside part of Ban Hin Chang

Hillside part of Ban Hin Chang

Elephant ride at Khao Lak

Climbing up the hill behind Kamala mosque

Phuket from Karon view point

Limestone hills of Phang Nga

Views from roof of the rural Pauh Bok mosque


Going up Phnom Krom

Sunset from Phnom Krom

Going up the hill of Phnom Da

Views from on top of Phnom Da


Views from the archer's hill at Uhud

Views from the hill called Jabal Rahmah

Climbing up Jabal Nur in the dark

Views from on top Hira' cave

The hut at the summit of Jabal Nur