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.

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Views from a hilltop colonial house in Raub

Continuing from Views from the highest building in Bukit Beruntung and around.

Monday morning 31st January 2022. Me and family when to the Raub and took a road leading to this colonial house on a hilltop.

We learned it has been bought by a property developer. The area around has been developed into a housing estate...

The house itself looks like it has been rehabilitated.

Whatever you can get nice views around from the house.

Views from the highest building in Bukit Beruntung and around

Continuing from Selangor river close to Bukit Beruntung.

Returning back to Bukit Beruntung I went to this aparment building.

I went up to the highest floor accessible by lift. If I remember correctly the lift button marks it as the 12th floor.

Then I saw a staircase leading to a higher floor.

It is the highest that could be decently reached. By decent I mean not having to climb up the roof and such...

There is another building with the exactly the same design across but situated on lower ground. Counting at the windows one could see there is actually 1 lowest floor + 13 floors + 3 highest floors making up a total of 17 floors.

Ah now I remember. The lowest floor is marked as LG on the lift button. The next floor marked as G. That is why the top floor accessible by lift is marked as 12th.

After that are 3 floors for maintenance including that for lift. I could access the first floor of that but not the others further up.

However views from that floor are limited only to the south and sides. For views to the east, north and west I have to return to the designated 12th floor...

Whatever I could see this is the highest building in Bukit Beruntung.

In fact based on my first hand observation around this could be the highest building within a radius of 20 km. Maybe more...

Selangor river close to Bukit Beruntung

Continuing from Destruction caused by unusual rain and wind at my garden.

Sunday morning 30th January 2022. I took this road northwards from Bukit Beruntung.

It soon gave way to a dirt road.

This leads to a number of abandoned mines which have turned into anglers' heaven.

Retracting back I took a junction leading to another dirt road. After some time I could see a river.

This is a part of the Selangor river close to Bukit  Beruntung...

Exploring the dirt road further I next arrived at a bridge crossing the river...

Turning back to return towards Bukit Beruntung while taking pictures.

Then I made a stop to have a better look at the bridge.

Ah. It is actually built from metal. But the surface is filled with soil making it hard to distinguish from the dirt road when seen from above.