SINGAPORE: Songs of the Sea

SINGAPORE: Songs of the Sea

Princess Ami of the sleeping kingdom under the sea

Who would forget the Songs of the Sea in SINGAPORE?

Oscar the Tigerfish
Songs of the Sea is a multimedia show along the Siloso beach in Sentosa Island in Singapore characterized by a spectacular display of water jets, flame bursts, lasers and pyrotechnics, coupled with a live cast and enchanting music. 

This show replaced the Musical Fountain show which people can watch for free. Ow, who said that the best things in life are free?

With Oscar the Tigerfish mascot

Oscar, one of the main characters in the Songs of the Sea show, is a colorful Pterois miles (known as common lionfish or devil firefish), not really a Tigerfish (which is a completely different specie) like what he is called in the show. 

In Latin, pterois means winged and miles means soldier. Therefore, this fish is a winged soldier.

The picture below shows what a common lionfish really looks like. It has beautiful reddish or brown stripes and fins that spread like wings.

Common Lionfish in Manila Ocean Park

You can see a common lionfish in one of the aquariums in the Oceanarium of the Manila Ocean Park . . .  

Common Lionfish in Ocean Adventure Park

. . . and at Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, Zambales.

The awakened Princess Ami of the sleeping kingdom under the sea

The Songs of the Sea brings to mind the Musical Fountain Show in the Manila Ocean Park. The Musical Fountain Show, however, pales in comparison with the Songs of the Sea in Singapore as the latter has a much bigger budget and, of course, a costlier ticket for the show than the former. But for those who have seen the Songs of the Sea, or at least for me and my brother, the cost of the ticket is worth it.

The 25-minute show runs twice a night: one at 7:40 pm. and the other at 8:40 p.m. Ticket price is S$10 per person. 

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FILIPINOS TRAVELING TO SINGAPORE WARNED NOT TO BRING BULLETS OR CASINGS

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore through the Department of Foreign Affairs has issued an advisory warning Filipino travelers against bringing live or spent bullets to avoid problems with Singapore customs authorities at the airport.
The advisory was issued after the Philippine embassy in Singapore reported to the DFA that a growing number of Filipinos were being arrested for bringing in live or spent bullets, commonly used as talismans or amulets. ( Agimat )
Carrying of bullet or casings as amulets was forbidden a long time ago in airports in the Philippines, particularly international airports.
Those arrested are usually tourists coming in through Changi Airport.  They were apprehended and detained, but subsequently released with warnings.
Bringing live or spent bullets is a violation of Singapore’s law under Section 3 (1) of the Arms Offences Act (Chapter 14).
The DFA said that those found guilty of the offense my be imprisoned for a term of not less than 5 years and not more than 10 years and may also be punished with caning of not less than six strokes.
The Singapore Police Force has posted a list of prohibited items on its Web site, including live bullets or blanks, firearms (including stun guns and toys resembling guns), fireworks and lighters shaped like grenades, bullets and firearms, among others.
The full list of prohibited items may be accessed at www.spf.sg/licensed/AE/others/List/AE.pdf