Rumaizah Abu Bakar's Blog
December 5, 2015
I had a good travel writing sharing session with the lively members of the Malaysian Cultural Group (MCG) this morning. MCG has been in Malaysia since the 80s and its members are mostly expatriates. They asked many interesting, and some unexpected, questions. We chatted on travel experiences, perceptions, insights and challenges. They were very interested in Islam and Muslims which created an opportunity for dakwah. Thank you so much for inviting me, MCG!
Some of the questions from the session :
1) Do Malaysian Muslims follow Saudi Arabia practices?
2) Why does a woman need a muhrim to accompany her on her Hajj/umrah?
3) Does Islam allow solo travel for women?
4) How did you go through Hajj (since you weren't wearing hijab yet at that time)?
5) What are the differences between Malaysian Muslims and Indonesian Muslims?
6) Do you like Turkey's secular concept & practice of Islam?
7) Which of the 3 Muslim countries you wrote about (Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia) did you feel least safe in? Why?
8) Are Malaysian Muslims strict? Is Saudi Arabia more strict?
9) When you go to non-Muslim majority countries, were you ever treated differently because you are a Muslim?
10) Did you travel to unwind or to learn about Islam and Muslims abroad?
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Published on December 05, 2015 21:20 • 33 views
My email interview with Goltune magazine on 'the Virtues of Wanderlust ; A Female Muslim Traveler of Malaysia' has just been published. I shared my travel writing journey, inspirations and unforgettable sights, among others.
Thank you, Sara :)
Published on December 05, 2015 20:53 • 6 views
A Call to Travel: Muslim Odysseys article in Malaysia @Frankfurt 2015 tabloid, published by the Majlis Buku Kebangsaan Malaysia (MBKM) - National Book Council of Malaysia as part of their initiative to promote Malaysian companies, authors and books at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015.
Published on December 05, 2015 20:51 • 7 views
I would like to thank those who came to my Wanderlust: Road to Travel Writing session on Saturday, 12 September from 5.00 to 7.00pm. It was fun interacting with a discerning and active audience.
I shared my nine-year writing journey from News From Home (short fictions) to The Female Cell (short fictions and travel tales) to A Call to Travel:Muslim Odysseys (travel stories). I also relayed my experience on finding a writer's own voice, identifying approaches to travel writing, adopting honesty in travel writing, and managing travel inspirations for future works.
The event was part of the Silverfish Festival of Cabbages 2015.
Published on December 05, 2015 20:44 • 5 views
December 4, 2015
I love this article by Carolyn Hong in Penang Monthly magazine (June Edition) ! It captures the travel writer in me well. And I find it refreshing and satisfying when a non-Muslim reader gets and appreciates the subtle Islamic ingredients portrayed in my stories. To me, too literal a narration spoils the joy of reading and undermines readers. I hope to reach out to and touch a universal audience.
I collected two copies of the magazine at the Penang Institute, housed in a beautiful blue and yellow heritage building at Jalan Brown.
Penang Monthly Magazine
A Call to Travel: Muslim Odysseys is available at Kinokuniya, MPH, Borders, Times, Gerakbudaya, Silverfish and other bookstores.
Published on December 04, 2015 21:44 • 10 views
A Malay Muslim Woman's Travel Narrative by Haslina binti Omar received the 'Best Paper Award' at the 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Advanced Research (APCAR-2015) in Adelaide, South Australia. The speaker presented and discussed author Rumaizah Abu Bakar and A Call to Travel: Muslim Odysseys. Over 60 international speakers from various fields participated at the event from 23 to 24 July 2015. Congratulations to Haslina!
Published on December 04, 2015 21:42 • 14 views
July 18, 2015
Rumaizah Abu Bakar, author of A Call to Travel: Muslim Odysseys and The Female Cell, will share her own writing journey. She will stress the importance of finding one’s own voice, explore different approaches to travel writing, and delve into the need of honesty in travel writers.
Day/date: Saturday, 12 September 2015
Venue: Silverfish Books
2F-20 2nd Floor Bangsar Village II, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Queries and rsvp: email@example.com or Facebook event page
A Call to Travel: Muslim Odysseys - What others say:
The delicate sensibility of these stories endows them with a gentle honesty.
-- Colin Thubron, award-winning travel writer and novelist --
The stories are delightful shapes of time that leaves an impression that life is very real yet elusive, shifting between transience and permanence. The reader can choose to observe and ponder, or travel and disappear in the stories.
-- Isa Kamari, novelist, essayist, musician and playwright --
If you're looking for the frenetic, the jangling, the adrenaline-filled tales of so much modern travel writing, you've come to the wrong place. To travel with Rumaizah Abu Bakar is to voyage into a world of the quiet and understated, a place where wonder unfurls in fine detail under a gracious and appreciative eye.
-- Carl Hoffman, author of Savage Harvest (2014 NYT bestseller) --
Published on July 18, 2015 05:11 • 6 views
March 7, 2015
Get your personal-autographed copy of A Call to Travel: Muslim Odysseys (Journeys of a Muslim Woman through Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia) online. Please place your order at the link below and state your name for the autograph in the 'remarks' column.
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'The delicate sensibility of these stories endows them with a gentle honesty.'-- Colin Thubron, award-winning travel writer and novelist --
Published on March 07, 2015 02:45 • 7 views
March 6, 2015
I culminated my week-long curator role at twt_backpacker on twitter on 5 March 2015. Two copies of my book were presented to A Call to Travel contest winners with the best 'Calling'. I kicked off a daily topic around 7.15am for seven days, inviting followers to share their own travel stories. It turned out to be a priceless experience and a sea of knowledge.
Published on March 06, 2015 02:38 • 35 views