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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.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Perak river from a western part of Teluk Intan town

Peace be upon you. After some time talking about places in Aceh let's return back to Malaysia.


Last Saturday me and family attended a function at the western outskirts of Teluk Intan town. After that we headed to town and saw this jetty.


It lies to west of the town centre.


From there you can see good views of the Perak river...














Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 visit to the tomb of Sheikh Abdullah Kana'an



Later in the afternoon we visited the tomb of religous master known as Sheikh Abdullah Kana'an.





It is situated at a rural area outside the city of Banda Aceh.








This master lived about 800 years ago...











Just outside his tomb building lie another tomb building belonging to a later day saint known as Tengku Chik Kuta Karang...

















2017 visit to the tomb of Sayyid Mukammil



At the north-west end of the market area lies a street which has an alley leading to a special place.








The place is the tomb of complex of Saidil Mukamil or Sayyid Mukammil. I have been here at least twice before.





This refers to a prominent Aceh Sultan who ruled in the end of the 16th century AD.





This new visit was not planned. As it happened we were nearby and found the right alley leading to it after walking around the market area. So why not make a stop?



The market area around Baiturrahman mosque



The reason we went to the western part of Banda Aceh was to pick up some stuff left at a hotel we lodged at a few days earlier. From there we again took trishaw bikes but this time to get to the mosque of Baiturrahman at the city centre.


We have set a meeting with an Acehness friend at the mosque but that is for later in the afternoon. 


Meanwhile we have time to look at what's around...





We wanted to have a last look at the market area around the mosque as the following day we were scheduled to return back to Malaysia by the morning flight...








The market area includes the part and street designated as Pasar Aceh, the market of Aceh.





This time we concentrated on the main part of the market area. 









It is much livelier compared to the parts shown in the article Walking around the back parts of Pasar Aceh made 12 days ago...











Taking the motorbike trishaw across Banda Aceh



After having breakfast we left Ulee Kareng to get to another part of Banda Aceh by motorbike trishaws.


I took one with an older son while the wife took another with our youngest son and a female friend.


The motorbike trishaws are a convenient mode of transport to get to anywhere in Banda Aceh.





Its either this or the van or some sort  of pick-ups which ply their own fixed routes around.





You have to wait for the vans or pickups to arrive at the roadside where you're at before you can take one.  And it tends to take time before one arrives...





The motorbike trishaws on the other hand are practically available anywhere all the time...





And we wanted to get to a place towards the western fringe of Banda Aceh.





To get there from Ulee Kareng which lies on the eastern fringe we'd have to take a van or pickup to the Banda Aceh city centre. Then take another van or pickup to our intended destination on the west.












Soon we arrived at our destination.


That's the motorbike trishaw ferrying my wife and the rest...