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, September 22, 2023

The actual Beting Beras Basah 'calling'

Continuing from Beting Beras Basah in daylight since years.

When I arrived it was drizzling.

Originally I just wanted to view the actual Beting Beras Basah from the jetty.

Then I felt it 'calling'.

I felt safe to walk to the end of the beach from the jetty where it meets the end of the long sandbar that forms the actual Beting Beras Basah. Otherwise it is dangerous as normally one would have to walk through long stretches of mud which could be deep at some places.

I have had that experience before of which I sunk up to my hips many times. Look at the following old articles of 2010...

That walk in 2010 was the first time I get to reach the actual Beting Beras Basah albeit dangerously. This time my feet didn't even sink an inch in mud anywhere on the way.

Last time, even on the sandbar which is considered safe enough my feet sunk about an inch for every step taken.

This time, the slightly scary part was just when I have to walk through a watery part to reach the main area of Beting Beras Basah.

It was scary as who knows how much I could sink in mud along the way.

As it turned out again I didn't even sink an inch. I was just walking on sand under water...

The flag pole marks the place that first Sultan of Perak had to step foot on when he first arrived from outside the state 500 years ago.

As such every Sultan of Perak must step foot on the same place in other to complete their coronation ceremony.

Looking around from that spot...

The spot was some 300 metres away from the nearest land...

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