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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, February 23, 2017

Payakumbuh towards Muara Takus continued

Continuing from Payakumbuh towards Muara Takus.


The bus took another curve to climb up higher the roller-coaster like structure...














Soon we reached what seemed to be the highest parts...








Looks like this whole roller-coaster-like structure is a tourist spot on its own owing to its impressive megastructure and views you can get from on top...








After that there are higher places passed  reaching up to more than 3,000 feet above sea level.









Then the road goes down to an average of 300-500 feet above sea level.












There. Closing in on to my destination of the day. The lake seen is part of a man-made water catchment system which also wraps around Muara Takus. At this point I was about 2.4 km from the junction where I should drop out of the bus...


Payakumbuh towards Muara Takus



At 4.08 I got a bus to the east leaving Payakumbuh.





If not mistaken the bus goes all the way to Medan some 700 km away.





But I don't want to go that far...








I just wanted to get to Muara Takus about 120 km from Payakumbuh.





Enjoying the views as the bus got further to the east. The road soon starts to twist and turn quite tight as we got up to higher grounds.





For the record Payakumbuh itself is situated about 1,700 feet above sea level. There were still more heights to climb...





What is interesting is a roller-coaster like structure we soon came across.





It looked like there was a festival there...





As it turned out this is where the road curves like a number 8 figure or so to make an abrupt climb from 2,300 feet above sea level to 2,550 feet.





 I've check this out with Google Map and found the exact spot. 


Crossing Payakumbuh city by foot

Continuing from Bukit Tinggi to Payakumbuh.


As it turned out the mosque I was looking for is situated at the western fringe of Payakumbuh city.


After spending some time I decided to explore the city by walking along the main road to the east.
































Soon, I arrived at what should be the city centre...




















After exploring 2-3 streets there I got back on the main road and contiued walking eastward covering a distance of almost 3 km by foot. For the record this is the 1,661th article in this blogspot.