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MAGELLAN’S GALLEON MARINE MUSEUM

MAGELLAN’S GALLEON MARINETake your vacation to the next level and check out this unique museum at Subic. Magellan’s Galleon Marine is also known as Magellan’s Landing Maritime Museum. Visit the attraction and get taken to the past. It is one of the hidden wonders in Subic. But it is worth your visit. Take a look around and marvel at the beauty of the displayed materials.

You can take your family in here. The treasures displayed hold a historical value to them. Kids can learn from touring the place. It is not as famous or big as other attractions. But it is a unique museum that will take you to the past. These gems are also from different countries. Showing finds that can be from as far as the Ming Dynasty, these are truly gems of history. Coming from shrunken ships, they are retrieved and taken care of.

Visit the museum and bring your family or friends with you. You won’t have to pay any fee. It is a great find amongst the attractions in Subic. You can explore the place for free. Magellan’s Galleon Marine also has rooms that are artfully designed. You can stay at this accommodation. There’s even a souvenir shop and they offer services for activities and sports.

While you stay at the hotel, try some of their offered services and take a peek at the museum. You will be glad to have discovered the unique place. They also sell great souvenirs in their shop. Buy some to bring to your friends or keep them for yourself. Magellan’s Galleon Marine is owned by an Australian diver. Brian Homan is a treasure finder who wants to display the artistic and historical value of these treasures.

Discover the relics that are found from deep within the sea. Look at the treasures and marvel at their historical value.

My 4 years trip around the world ,part 16 ,MIRI -SARAWAK

Miri ~ Sarawak

Miri is the 2nd largest city in Sarawak and has a population of 300,000 people with a mixture of Chinese, indigineous tribes who have moved down from their native lands that have been logged, and Malays (mostly immigrated to Miri by way of government postings or from forefathers emigrating from Brunei).

Miri is Sarawak and Malaysia’s first Oil producing area. Oil was first officially recorded in 1882 by Claude Champion de Crespigny, the British Resident of the Baram district in Sarawak. The locals had been using this black substance long before, collecting it for medicinal use, for waterproofing of boats and for lighting oil lamps. It was not until 1910 when the first oil company moved in to exploit its wealth.

Sarawak Shell were given the sole rights to mining oil in Miri until 1954 when the onshore oilfields dried out and exploration turned to the rich oil wells located in the seedbeds. Today, the oldest Oil Well in Miri is a reminder of the humble beginnings of Sarawak and more appropriately, Malaysia’s dependence on this commodity that has made the country what it is. The oil well is affectionately called ‘The Grand Old Lady’ and is located on Canada Hill. According to local myth, the hill is named such because of a Canadian who relocated in the early years as a recruitment manager, recruiting local and foreign workers as hands at the oil wells that quickly sprung up around the area.

After a productive run with an estimated 660,000 barrels of oil drawn from the oil well, The Grand Old Lady was shut down in 1972. Next to the Grand Old Lady, the Miri Petroleum Science Museum exhibits the history and technicalities of the industry. Miri has not much else to do and so a visit to this museum would be pretty much the highlight of your stay. Imagine highlighting Curtin University as a major tourist destination in the ‘Visit Miri brochure’, that’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel!

For those interested in parks and gardens, there are a total of 14 such locations around Miri locale. Miri also has their share of music festivals with its International Jazz Festival held May annually.

The other interesting place of visit is the tamu market called Tamu Muhibbah. It’s open daily and is located just a stone’s throw from the Tourist Information Centre. There are 2 sections to the market: the wet section where local and imported vegetable and meat produce are sold and the dry section where you can get local fruits like Buah Salak, durian, lime on sale here. Hill rice from Bario and Ba’Kelalan is also on sale here. The indigenous people bring their produce from the hills and jungles to sell here. However, it’s certainly more noticeable that compared to a decade ago, the variety in jungle produce has reduced greatly. The local people laments that it is not due to the weather conditions (Miri has been encountering strange weather conditions in recent years) but because there really isn’t much of a jungle for them to go to.

Miri is more like a transit point for most tourists or travellers. From this city, travel out to :

Lambir Hills National Park, Niah National Park and Caves, Mulu National Park, Ulu Baram Area, Bario and Ba’Kelalan and Loagan Bunut National Park.

Some 45minutes drive away from the city centre will take you to the bridge connecting Miri with Brunei.

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Next .back to Singapore

Bassas Da India,exploring under water channel

Bassas Da India is a submerged volcanic atoll which rises up from 3 000m to break the surface on low tide in the middle of the Mozambique Channel. The atoll was first recorded by Portuguese explorers in the early sixteenth century and was named Baixo da Judia (Shoal of Judia), after the name of a Portuguese ship that ran aground there. The name later became Bassas Da India due to transcription errors by cartographers. This is a well known graveyard to nearly 100 shipwrecks where many came to their peril in what was thought to be deep ocean in the middle of nowhere. On high tide all but a few small boulder-like jagged rocks can be seen as well as the only two visible wrecks of the many ships that met their destiny here. Without these references at high tide many more ships could possibly have met their peril.

Underwater world

Another day of sailing brought us to the little place on east coast of Africa called Scottburgh,where we did some diving activities exploring wreck from 1972.We also saw bit of coral reef,black coral and off course sharks.now is time to prepare some dinner

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