My eyes bumped into MPHOnline Bookstore while browsing Maybank2U.com recently. I ended-up with 3 books, which safely couried to me less than 5 days from the date I order them. I even received a free gift from MPH, a Bookmark made of wood in a shape of our traditional kite 'Wau Bulan', by Arch "A Momento for you in conjunction with MPH Bookstores Support Malaysian Authors Campaign 2007".
A Year in the World - Journey of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes, 2006.
"This book is vintage Frances Mayes - celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs." This book personally gives me an enormous amount of inspirations to write a quite similiar genre in future. I always dreamt of writing a Travelogue, and publish it, sold on every corner of the globe. Having a blog like Tepak Sireh is a wonderful journey in itself, as a platform for me to polish my skills and documented as much information as possible on my previous and future travellings. I have not started reading this book, but sure I will while doing my next vacation in 3 weeks time somewhere in East Coast of Malaysia (sigh....).
As I Was Passing & As I Was Passing II by Adibah Amin, 1970's.
"Adibah Amin's As I Was Passing celebrates the Malaysian way of life. In this delightful, inventive collage of anecdotal essays, she looks into the heart and soul of Malaysia, past and present, with rumour and through crisp prose. She dissects the Malaysian psyche and its quirks and idiosyncrasies with relish and abandonment."
"Adibah Amin writes about real people, people like the pak cik down the road, Yin, her teacher-friend, and Mano, the gardener's little boy. In her inimitable style, she weaves little stories around ordinary folk going through life's challenges, or as she would put it, their ups and downs. But a common thread binds them all. There is a message, a 'moral' if you like, in even the simplest of her tales. That's what makes her anecdotes so captivating, so enduring." Ng Poh Tip - Group Editorial, Star Publications (Malaysia).
I strongly recommend Malaysian, especially the young generations to read this masterpiece from Adibah Amin. She wrote them in a very simple essays but elegant and amusing. She wrote these sketches of Malaysian life and musings on various topics in the 1970's, in a local newspaper. Go and get this book, you will surely be entertained!