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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.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Going to Pulau Weh and Sabang



In the afternoon we went to the jetty complex at Ulee Lheue.


We wanted to catch the ferry to the Pulau (island of) Weh and were earlier told the afternoon ferry would leave at 3.


It was only at the jetty that we found out the ferry would only leave after 4.


Anyway after the initial rush to get to the jetty from the centre of Banda Aceh we soon went safely onboard.





Views as the ferry left the jetty...


























After half an hour or so we could see the mountains of Pulau Weh looming in view...














By the way Pulau Weh is more popularly known as Sabang. 



That actually refers to the capital town of the island.


Arriving at the main port.


From here it about 20 km to the town of Sabang...


Walking around the back parts of Pasar Aceh



After spending some time inside the mosque we walked out and reached a nearby area.


It is located between some of Banda Aceh's busiest streets.





We just wanted to have a look at life at the backstreets...





Actually these are the back parts of the market area of Pasar Aceh...





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Masjid Baiturrahman's new look coming



After having breakfast at a riverside restaurant we walked to the main mosque of Banda Aceh about 5 minutes away.


It is called Masjid (mosque of) Baiturrahman. I have shown it a number of times in my blogspots.


This time there are additions in the form of giant canopies being built.






The canopies which could be opened and closed seem to follow that available at the Nabawi mosque in Madinah, at the Arab peninsular.





These are part of the new look of the mosque still in progress.


Work have started since 2 years ago and is expected to be finished in another 2 months or so...


Going inside...




















I think it looked just about the same when I first stepped inside this mosque almost 8 years ago.