Revisiting the Jewel of Muscat

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Maritime Experiential Museum

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The Jewel of Muscat, donated to Singapore by the Sultanate of Oman. A reconstruction of the Belitung ship.

Yes, it’s the Jewel of Muscat! It is a reconstruction of the Belitung shipwreck built by the Sultanate of Oman and then sailed to Singapore as a gift. I was aboard her when she called at Georgetown in 2010; now it is on permanent display at the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium (MEMA) in Sentosa.
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Sapa’s petroglyphs risk getting erased

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The picture says it all. The engraved boulders of Sapa are slowly being eroded – naturally from the environment, but at an accelerated rate from tourists clambering onto the rocks. I visited the site two years ago and many of the engravings on the larger boulders which were accessible to tourists were already faint due to smoothening of the rock surface or vandalised.

Distress cry for help from Sapa ancient rock field
Vietnam Net Bridge, 29 January 2012
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Cambodia's tourism fuelling education boom

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An interesting story on how the development of Siem Reap for tourists is also having a secondary effect in fuelling a desire by local Cambodians for higher education. For many, better education and qualifications means access to better-paying jobs, although the quality of such education is a concern.

Near Cambodia’s Temple Ruins, a Devotion to Learning
New York Times, 24 January 2012
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