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, November 23, 2023

Students exhibits at the English Festival of Kampung Sungai Buaya primary school

 Peace be upon you. Just a snippet of sorts from this morning.

Thursday morning 23rd November 2023. I attended the launching ceremony of the English Festival at my youngest son's school, the Kampung Sungai Buaya primary school in Rawang.

I understand it is the first time such a festival is held there. It is mainly to foster learning of the English language.

However it also involves teachers from other subjects.

What made me came was 3 days ago my son asked me and wife to help with his English class project.

He asked that we helped him construct a model of the Museum of the Future in Dubai. He said he also have to present about the museum in English.

Little did we knew then that he chose the subject matter himself. We thought everyone in his class had to do models of the same museum and then talk about it.

And when he said I should come to the school to  watch him present little that I thought there would be an exhibition at the school's main hall while models were made according to each student's own preference.

So was I surprised to find quite a range of models in display, very colourful, and creative too.

In turn the model that me and wife helped made seemed quite modest.

That's the one looking like an alien doughnut.

Anyway I found myself enjoying the sight of the exhibits...

I am sure, like my son, the other students also received help from their parents.

For the record this is the 2,464th article in this English blogspot of mine.

As of today I have also written 2,453 articles in my Malay blogspot (see CATATAN SI MERAH SILU) and 2,457 articles in the bilingual SENI LAMA MELAYU (MALAY OLDEN ART)

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Stopping by at UPSI book fair 2023

Continuing from Batang Padang river near Chenderong Balai.

Thursday afternoon 16th November 2023. After spending the night at the family mosque in Batak Rabit, Teluk Intan I went to UPSI (Sultan Idris Teaching University) in Tanjung Malim for a book fair.

I have been to UPSI a number of times.

But this is the first time I went for its book fair.

 I was told that they have been organising yearly book fairs since 2003.

It's just I only recently heard about it...

Batang Padang river near Chenderong Balai

Continuing from Batang Padang river near Tapah Road.

Later I headed towards the small but larger town of Chenderong Balai and saw this bridge.

After crossing the bridge I made a stop to take a closer look.

It also crosses the Batang Padang river.

Tapah Road is some distance upriver.

Further downriver the Badang river enters the Bidor river.

Batang Padang river near Tapah Road

Peace be upon you all. Recently I've made another trip to Perak. Here is a bit of sharing...

The trip was started Tuesday at night 14th November 2023 when I drove towards Ipoh. The next day Wednesday afternoon 15th November, after all my business in Ipoh for the day was done, I headed for the small town of Tapah Road via a rural road after Kampar and Air Kuning.

This should be quite near to Tapah Road.

The bridge crosses the Batang Padang river...