Following the runaway success of Growing Up in Trengganu, Awang Goneng w takes his journey further to map out the town where he was born. This book looks at the terrain of Trengganu, the landmarks that are still standing and those that have fallen to rubble at the hands of developers, the winds that bring chill and change to the inhabitants of his coastal town, and people - the important and the ordinary - who walked the streets and breathed the air that is laced with more than a whiff of dried shrimps, the sweat of toil, the aroma of rojok in Pok Deh's plate, and salt coming in with the spray from the South China Sea. A Map of Trengganu gives a vibrant and extraordinary topography of the land and its people for the uninitiated and for those who are familiar with the terrain and territory. Time does t stand still in Kuala Trengganu as Awang Goneng tes, but it moves at a different pace in every fascia, and then it is gone forever. So who moved the clock tower from the roundabout in the town centre? You'll soon be pondering this important question and many more things that you never knew about Trengganu.
Victoria Institution where he and a schoolfriend (who later became a judge in Singapore) involuntarily broke the school's medium-distance record while fleeing a gang from a rival school near the Merdeka Stadium. With this newfound talent for power running, Awang Goneng proceeded swiftly into subsequent chapters of his life: first through the doors of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he took a Law degree (from the Academic Registrar's office one night when the door was left open), and then through an academic career (briefly) and journalism (less briefly) during which time he interviewed, among others, Anthony Burgess, Barbara Cartland and Adnan Khashoggi. He now lives in London as a freelance writer.