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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, April 16, 2018

Trying out the Ladang Bikam route to Teluk Intan

Peace be upon you all. Something from the recent weekend...


 
Friday afternoon 13th April 2018. Me and family left home to get to Yan, Kedah over 400 km away for a function. As we wanted to make a stop at Teluk Intan, Perak we took this route. It is a road from Sungkai on to a place called Ladang Bikam.





I don't know when this route was opened. It has to be quite recent as as far as I could remember it never showed on Google Map in my previous visits to Teluk Intan.





Previously one has to go a few kilometres northwards heading for Bidor before cutting into a road which then meets the Bidor-Teluk Intan trunk road.






Before that one has to go all the way to Bidor before heading to Teluk Intan. The route mentioned cuts the journey by 8 km.





This new route which meets the Bidor-Teluk Intan route at Ladang Bikam cuts the journey by another 8 km...






Actually I have contempleted using this route many many years ago. But it was then still largely a red earth and gravel route connecting places pass old tin mines...



Friday, April 13, 2018

Patani river from many places and angles

Peace on you this Friday. My trip with the family to Patani 19-25 March 2018 had me view the Patani river from many places and angle. Article were made in this blogspot to show that apart from showing the relevant parts of Patani. So let the links for those articles be compiled here for easy reference...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Crossing Golok river by ferry from Takbai

Continuing from Golok river mouth at Takbai.


The crossing area to get back to Malaysia lies quite close to the Golok river mouth..





Seen here is the ferry for those who brought their vehicles.





Otherwise you can take boats like this to cross.





After quite a long wait it's time to bring our car onboard...








Seen here across the river is the immigration and customs complex of Malaysia...


As the boat left Takbai I took pictures from many angles...

















Closing in to Malaysia, to the immigration and customs complex at Pengkalan Kubor town that is...











Soon we were ready to embark on Malaysian soil. For the record this is the 1,888th article in this blogspot.




Golok river mouth at Takbai

Continuing from Golok river from Takbai.


It is from Takbai that we wanted to return to Malaysia by crossing the Golok river.


At the immigration and customs complex I caught sight of this body of water and went for a closer look...


It is the mouth of the Golok river.


From there I looked at the river mouth from many angles... 














Golok river from Takbai

Continuing from Going around Takbai.


One part of Takbai lies along a main river...






This is the Golok river which forms the natural boundary between southern Thailand and the country of Malaysia.





Across lies the town of Pengkalan Kubor in the Malaysian state of Kelantan...





Going around Takbai

Continuing from The beach at Narathiwat.


From Narathiwat we moved some 30 km south-east to get to the district of Takbai...


























This is the district closest to Malaysia from the east coast of southern Thailand.




















It used to be part of the Malaysian state of Kelantan...








But that was before Malaysia was created in 1963.





Kelantan used to be an independent kingdom before it was colonised by the Thai kingdom based in Bangkok. Then the Thais made a treaty with the British in 1909 and the borders were altered such that the district of Takbai (its Malay name is Tabal) was made a Thai dominion.