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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".


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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.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Free ride to Muara Takus

Peace be upon you all. On to the 5th day of the Sumatera trip 25 January - 1 February... 


Sunday 29th January 2017. I have spent the night at a mosque some 20 km before Muara Takus wondering how to get there when I woke up. Thank God after the Subuh (early morning) prayers I met a local who offered to bring me there in his pick-up car. After spending some time at his house then having breakfast at a nearby stall we moved on to Muara Takus.



We passed a number of villages on the way...








At some parts the road was misty.


Then there are the rough parts. Thank God we're on a tough four wheel-drive pick-up...








I was told the villages seen along the way used to be situated besides the Kampar river.


In the 80s a dam was erected at a downriver part causing a big lake to form and drown the original sites. So some of the villages were relocated to this road...














Closing in on Muara Takus.












It has old temples said to have been built sometime in the 7th century AD...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Padang Rengas from its train station

Continuing from the article Butterworth from its train station.


From Butterworth I took a Komuter (commuter) train to Taiping and spent some time there. Then I took another Komuter train  and the service ends at Padang Rengas.


This place is about 10 km west of the royal city of Kuala Kangsar.





From the pedestrian bridge crossing the railway tracks I could get nice views of the surroundings...














Butterworth from its train station



As soon as I arrived in Butterworth I immediately head for its train station.


The last time I step foot around here the station has only one floor...



That was definitely more than a year ago. The station has been renovated to include an upper floor for  lobby, ticket counters and a waiting area.



From the floor you can get a good look at the town of Butterworth and its surroundings...














Leaving Georgetown for Butterworth



Soon its time to leave Georgetown. I chose to walk to the ferry terminal to Butterworth. That's the town across the straits that separate island Pulau Pinang and its mainland.



Walking to the ferry...














Had to wait for quite a while before the next ferry came...





Getting onboard a ferry...








View of Georgetown as the ferry moved leaving it behind.





Zooming in on the KOMTAR building.



Next. Looking in front towards Butterworth...