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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Walking from train station to Sungai Petani's old town centre

Around 5 pm I left Alor Setar and took the Komuter (commuter) train to Gurun. After a brief stop there I took another commuter train and dropped down at Sungai Petani.

I wanted to take a brief visit to the centre of the old town. It actually lies to the west of the train station but the exit there is locked for whatever reason.

Instead one can only take the main exit on the east side. To get to town centre one must cross the pedestrian bridge seen in this picture.

So there I was walking up the stairs...

At least I was comforted by the fact that one can get good views of the surroundings from up here...

The train station. The old town centre is just about 50 metres to the left...

Part of town centre seen from the pedestrian bridge...

Back to ground level.

Already at town centre...

To feel complete I must walk northwards to the clock tower seen in the middle of this picture.

There it is. An iconic building of Sungai Petani old town centre. It is located just 100 metres outside the train station. But because the western exit is locked I have to walk almost 600 metres to get there...

Kedah river from the northern part of an Alor Setar mid-town bridge

Next I walked southwards to reach a bridge which crosses the Kedah river.

Two years ago I have made an article called Kedah river from mid-town Alor Setar showing views from this bridge.

But that was from the southern part of the bridge...

This time I took pictures from the northern part. This is a picture downriver and the mouth of the Anak Bukit river (refer again the article How the place which gave rise to the name Alor Setar connects to Kedah river) is situated some 350 metres ahead...

How the place which gave rise to the name Alor Setar connects to Kedah river

Peace be upon you all. Returning back to the 12-21 January travel.

Thursday morning 19th January 2017. I saw this place while looking for breakfast.

It is stated as the place where the name Alor Setar begins. The word Alor refers to this small river.

The word Setar refers to a type of tree which used to stand around here.

Following the small river I could see a big tree but I don't think it is the Setar tree.

The small river flows into a rather big river. Actually the Malay word Alor means ravine. But when filled with water it can become a small river.

Anyway, I thought the bigger river is the Kedah river...

Later did I found out it is actually the Anak Bukit river.

Still it meets the Kedah river just about 370 metres from here. That is to the left in this picture...

Monday, February 20, 2017

The air and views at Pandai Sikek

After Paringan we went pass Padang Panjang to head on to Bukit Tinggi. On the way we took a detour to a place called Pandai Sikek.

Oh. From Pariangan I joined back the rest of my entourage on bus. Our guide took us to Pandai Sikek to shop.

Me on the other hand was not interested in shopping. I was more interested with the scenery and fresh air...

A check with Google Earth shows this place to be at about 4,000 feet above sea level. That is 1,000 feet higher than Bukit Tinggi.

It is actually situated at a slope of the mountain seen in the picture.

I thought it is the 9,000 feet plus high Mount Merapi, the highest mountain in the Minangkabau world.

Well, I was then corrected. Mount Merapi is to the east of Pandai Sikek. Here'a look at its peak.

The mountain to the west is the slightly lower Mount Singgalang. The road from Padang Panjang to Bukit Tinggu runs between the two mountains and Pandai Sikek is accessed by a small road heading towards Mount Singgalang...

On to Pariangan, the first settlement of the Minangkabau people?

After visiting some historical sites near Batu Sangkar we headed for the city of Padang Panjang.

Oh, forgot to mention. After Talago Bukit I left the bus and joined some friends in a car. I sat on the right of the backseat. Here are views as we left Batu Sangkar at the east behind.

The mountain seen is the 9,000-plus feet high (from sea level) Mount Merapi, the highest mountain in the Minangkabau world.

It is said the Minangkabau people started at the summit of the mountain before making their first settlement at a southern part of the slope.

Here we made a detour to the said settlement.

Called Pariangan it has some interesting old buildings around...

Situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level it is touted as among the most beautiful villages in the world!

Too bad we didn't have much time to properly explore.

We came to visit a tomb around these parts and had to limit our views to the surroundings...