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, April 21, 2023

Perak river from Sungai Suli

Continuing from A more meaningful look of the Perak river at Batak Rabit.

Later I went to a place called Sungai Suli. After exploring the parts accessible by car I caught sight of a part that lead to the Perak river.

So I walked to get as close as possible to the waters.

This is a far as I could go without stepping into the mud or getting myself wet...

A more meaningful look of the Perak river at Batak Rabit

On to the 4th and last day of the recent Perak trip.

Tuesday morning 18th April 2023. Having spent the night at the family heritage mosque in Batak Rabit I then proceeded to the nearby jetty facing the Perak river.

I have been here many times and have shown the views around in this blogspot.

However this time it is more meaningful.

I have spent the last few months studying Perak history of over the last few centuries and the importance of certain locations. Batak Rabit used to be the residence of the Sultan or ruler of Perak from 1874 till 1876.

It was only 2-3 months ago that I realised the family mosque directly faced a cape which I found used to be known as Tanjung Medan....

Zooming it directly to the cape. Of course it looks just like another riverside landmass. But you could clearly see it as a cape in Google Map.

To the east lies another cape which used to be known as Tanjung Putus.

There used to be a Dutch fort build in the middle of the 18th century AD there.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Visiting other parts of the Gaharu Tea Valley

 Continuing from Visiting the Gaharu Tea Valley.

The van then took me to other parts of the Gaharu Tea Valley...

At certain places visitors are asked to walk around and feel the atmosphere...

Visiting the Gaharu Tea Valley

Continuing from Going further into Gua Tempurung.

Next I went to the Gaharu Tea Valley.

It is a place where some 200,000 Gaharu trees have been planted over 300 acres of land.

I took the van tour...

It took me to some sort of hilltop restaurant where you can get nice views of the surrounding...