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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Boat ride through the waters of "Kuala Patani"

The day was spent attending a forum then visiting a number of historical places within a 20 km radius or so of the town of Patani. Late in the afternoon we were brought to a riverside.

We were taken for a boat ride.

It goes along a river which I can't remember the name except that it is not the main Patani river.

The boat's mast...

After the river mouth we arrived at a vast part of open waters.

I heard one of the locals say these are the waters of Kuala Patani which means the mouth of the Patani river.

But a check with Google Map and Google Earth shows that this is more like a gulf defined by a long narrow strip of land extending out 14.5 km from mainland Patani out into the South China Sea. The green seen in the background is part of that strip of land.

A check with Google Earth also shows that the strip of land is about 1.67 km at its widest and 80 metres at its narrowest.

Looking back towards the mainland we left behind. The point on mainland from which the strip of land juts out is situated about 4.6 km to the north-east,

There's actually a number of rivers flowing out into this gulf including the Patani river.

This is me enjoying the ride in full traditional Malay clothing with the keris, the Malay wavy blade tucked nicely to my left waist.

As I remembered it the boat ride was just for us to enjoy the views and waters of this "Kuala Patani".

Then someone suggested we checked out a village which lies at one part of the land strip.

Closing in to the village.

It is situated about 4 km from the river mouth we left behind and a further 800 metres or so from where we started the boat ride.

Patani town from the 5th floor of a main hotel

Peace be upon you all. Refering to the article Visiting Gunung Stong waterfalls after more than 6 years made 4 days ago. In the introduction I've said this :-

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.

It was also informed that the travel was started Thursday 12th January 2017 at night. That and the following 2 articles, The colours at Tok Kenali mosque and Crossing Golor river at Rantau Panjang by foot actually talked about what has transpired during the 2nd day of travel, Friday 13th January. Today, I'm glad to inform that the travelling was completed when I returned home on Saturday 21th January, after 9 days and 9 nights being outstation. Now I want to share stories from the 3rd day of travel, Saturday 14th January. Let me open with this...

Catching up from Crossing Golor river at Rantau Panjang by foot. After entering southern Thailand we travelled some 160 km in the dark of the night to reach the town of Patani. We arrived at 9.40 pm local time which is equivalent to 10.40 pm and immediately lodged at what I've been told is the main and most prestigious hotel in the region, the CS Pattani Hotel. But let's just say it is a main hotel, not the main one.

For the record the official spelling for the name of the town and region is Pattani (double t). But for my own writing I prefer to use the original and more traditional spelling Patani (single t) The hotel is among the tallest building in the region. So when the day came Friday 13th January 2017 and it was bright enough I immediately checked the windows for views of the surroundings.

The hotel has 9 or 10 floors or so. My room was at the 5th floor.

Checking out the views from right to left. In the distance you can see parts of the town of Patani.

In the background is the South China Sea, about 2 km away.

Within this vicinity it obvious that the CS Pattani Hotel is the tallest building around...

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...