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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.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crossing Golor river at Rantau Panjang by foot



Later in the afternoon we joined some other friends taking a van to enter the south of Thailand via Rantau Panjang.


Upon arriving at the immigration and customs complex we were told to step out of the van and cross the national border to Thailand by foot.



So there we were taking this bridge...





It crosses the Golok river which forms the natural boundary between the countries of Malaysia and Thailand...








The halfway point of the bridge...






End of the bridge.




Here we were already in Thailand, Just need to get our passports approved at this side. For the record this is the 1,616 article in this blogspot.



The colours at Tok Kenali mosque



After taking a dip at the waterfall we headed for Kota Bahru and made a stop at this mosque.



It is part of a complex of pondok or traditional Islamic school system established by Tok Kenali, a famous Kelantanese religious master. Said to be a major saint he lived from 1868 till 1933.



There is a small museum of sorts dedicated to him...


A drawing of Tok Kenali inside the 'museum'.


A recently built hall and classroom complex for the pondok...





The school was ran by his children then descendants. One son established this mosque.


Signboards and posters on Tok Kenali, his offsprings and their teachings make the place rather colourful...








For the record the mosque has been a place for me to meditate at and escape from the madness of life quite a number of times...

















Visiting Gunung Stong waterfalls after more than 6 years

Peace be upon you all. As it is at this time I am approaching the end of my first travel for the year 2017. The travel has covered a number of places in southern Thailand, north of Peninsular Malaysia and parts towards the East Coast. Let me start sharing stories on some of the places visited.


The travel was started Thursday 12th January 2017 at night. Driving with two females friends from Kuala Lumpur we rest at Jelawang in Dabong, Kelantan where lies the above giant waterfall.


We headed for the waterfall the following day Friday morning. To get there one must pass the grounds of a chalet resort.






The last time I came here was at the end of 2010. Look at the old article The Jelawang waterfall at Gunung (mount) Stong from many angles



While I'd like to hike and climb up all the way to the giant waterfall we didn't have enough time and had to reserve energy for further travel. So we went up only to this part.


Still it has a fairly big waterfall...


The waters around also look alluring enough...








And from the right angle you can catch sight of the giant waterfall.






A close up look. See how the waters connect.



Monday, January 09, 2017

Remiscing old times at Bukit Belachan

Yesteday Sunday 8th December 2017. After attending to a certain matter in Ampang, I decided to visit the recreational forest there.






It is more well-known as Bukit Belachan though. This name refers to a nearby hill.



Its been a long time since a went here. I once spent the night alone tucked in a sleeping bag under the hut in the picture.



At the time I was still a journalist with the national English paper, The New Straits Times







It was part of my soul-searching then What transpired, thought and all I wrote as an article which appeared in the paper in May 1998. Look at the article What's up at Bukit Belachan.









Whatever. Bukit Belachan provides a measure of respite from the busy city life of Kuala Lumpur.









It is situated only 10 km or so from city centre making it probably the mosr accesible recreational forest with a river around...