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, October 20, 2022

A very brief visit to Bonda Valley

Continuing from A visit to Sungai Kedondong.

Further towards Batang Kali I saw a road leading to place called Bonda Valley and this river.

Bonda Valley is a private resort of sorts and this river is connected to the one at Sungai Kedondong...

A visit to Sungai Kedondong

Continuing from The reservoir a bit down from Genting Highlands.

From Genting Highlands I took the road to Batang Kali. Upon arriving at a place called Sungai Kedondong I stopped at a small restaurant for a meal. Only after that did I decided to check the place itself.

Actually Sungai Kedondong is marked as a resort area. There is a river a small distance behind the restaurant.

Later only did I found out there is another part of the river close by which could be easily accessed by cars...

The reservoir a bit down from Genting Highlands

Continuing from A brief clear view down from Genting Highlands.

As I started to leave Genting Highlands I caught sight of a lake down towards the horizon.

A check with Google Map shows it be a quite new reservoir. So I decided to take the road there...

A brief clear view down from Genting Highlands

Continuing from On to the summit (or summits) of Gunung Ulu Kali.

Returning to my car I headed back to Genting Highlands and found an opening view out from the fog.

This was after 4.30 pm.

It was the first time since arriving before 1.30 that I got the see a wide enough vista worthy of being up in the mountains...

On to the summit (or summits) of Gunung Ulu Kali

Continuing from Looking for the summit of Gunung Ulu Kali.

Actually I learned from the people at the radar station at the end of the small road that the highest point of Gunung (mount of) Ulu Kali lies near a Chinese shrine by the roadside.

I remember seeing it on the way to the end of the road. But missed it on the other way around and so had to turn around again before catching sight of it.

After surveying the surroundings I caught sight of the jungle path leading to the way up.

So there I was doing an unscheduled mountain climb through this mossy forest.

Soon I arrived at this part...

Pressing on I then arrived at what seems to be the summit of Gunung Ulu Kali.

But is this the actual highest point? I can't know for sure without venturing further into the jungle.

While the following path leads downwards it went up again to another summit.

Still I pressed on to arrive at another summit...

The trekking was continued to  make sure if there is another summit.

After finding out the path  could only lead to lower levels only that I turned back. But still without knowing for sure which is the actual highest summit.