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, March 30, 2022

A stretch of road dubbed as the New Zealand of Malaysia

Continued from the article Taking a dip down the Muar river dam.

Late in the afternoon we took the Temiang-Pantai expressway off the city of Seremban.

Opened about a few a months ago it went viral because of a stretch that is said to give views like that in New Zealand countryside...

Taking a dip down the Muar river dam

Continued from the article Muar river dam in Kuala Pilah.

Looking at the actual part where the Muar river is dammed...

See how the water flows down from the reservoir...

Time to check the waters down there...

Ah. Such a nice place to take a dip down with the family and a friend...

Muar river dam in Kuala Pilah

Continued from the article Muar river around the mosque of Ranjau Hantu.

Next we took a rural road leading deep into a hilly part of the Kuala Pilah district where lies the Muar river dam.

Officially it is called the Talang dam at is located near the Talang village.

But the name Talang actually refers to a nearby river, a subsidiary of the Muar river.

While the reservoir is actually formed because the Muar river is dammed...

Muar river around the mosque of Ranjau Hantu

Peace be upon you all. More things to be shared from the trip to Negeri Sembilan last weekend.

Early Sunday morning 27th March 2022. After spending the night at this mosque in a place called Ranjau Hantu I went around to take pictures.

The mosque is situated near the Muar river.

So I took pictures of the river from a number of nearby locations, and from a number of angles...

Actually the river bends closest to the north compound of the mosque...

The mosque is practically flanked by the Muar river from all sides except the south...

Monday, March 28, 2022

A grand Chinese temple near Kuala Pilah

Continuing from  New visit to Pengkalan Kempas water front.

We left Kuala Kempas after 8 pm and took a road crossing part of the mountain range of Banjaran Titiwangsa to Inas before heading towards the town of Kuala Pilah. About 10 km or so before town we saw this grand-looking Chinese temple.

We decided to stop by and have a closer look...

It looks like a new tourist attraction...

New visit to Pengkalan Kempas water front

Peace be upon you all. Last weekend me and family went for a trip in Negeri Sembilan. So there are things to be shared starting with this...

Saturday afternoon 26th March 2022. After visiting a number of places near the small town of Linggi we went to the smaller town of Pengkalan Kempas where lies this water front.

There is a signboard which says this is where the ancestors of the Chinese landed, probably more than two centuries ago.

The water front is situated besides the Linggi river.

It is known to be the main waterway to get directly to the state of Negeri Sembilan especially to Linggi, Seremban (used to be known as Sungei Ujong) and Rembau.