Nagasaki's Champon, a surprise in every bite27 February, 2014 by Chad
Checked out from our hotel in the morning, but we’d stay in Fukuoka for the afternoon. Hadn’t had time to plan ahead for the trip, so when we did book our hotels, there weren’t any affordable rooms available for the weekend in Hakata. To get around this, we’d spend the rest of the week at Nagasaki, but after researching at this last minute, we found out that there really wasn’t enough to fill up 3 full days at Nagasaki, thus the decision to spend the day in Hakata.
The ocean, fishes and sweets22 February, 2014 by Chad
We woke up to an another slight drizzle on our second morning in Hakata. The first course of action was to thus head over to the nearby Canal City to grab a new, preferably waterproof pair of shoes. At the same time, we’d take the opportunity to visit the HKT48 Shop that we missed yesterday.
A one day tour of touristy Hakata18 February, 2014 by Chad
We’d wake up fresh from last night’s rest on our first morning in Japan. Bristling with energy, we’d leave the hotel early and would cover quite a bit of ground today. All this despite the showers that had carried on through last night and which would come and go periodically throughout the rest of the day.
First time in Fukuoka14 February, 2014 by Chad
It’s been quite a while since an update hasn’t. Between work and attending university part time, there hasn’t been anything of interest recently to update this site with. Eventually things start to get to you though. With such a busy schedule, 2013 was the single longest span of having to be away from Japan in years. At the end of the year, I gave in and found an opportunity between semesters and projects at work to squeeze in a trip back to that wondrous place.
Still going strong11 February, 2014 by Chad
Today marks the 4th year since this site’s founding. Yes, the site is still alive. In fact, it’s doing quite well considering the lack of updates. It would seem that the decision to shift away from timely media and news updates toward more evergreen articles two years ago had payed off.
With the rest of the authors now moving on to other things and having to balance both work and school on my end, it has been hard finding time to update this site, or even any new content to. That’s not to say that Supermerlion is dead. On the contrary, site traffic has remain unchanged despite the lack of updates. In some cases viewership has actually increased in lieu of Google’s new updates that favour original content.
2014 will most likely be another interim year for the site, so while I can’t foresee any expansion in the year ahead, Supermerlion will continue doing what it has done successfully, in making useful cultural information available to the public and by supporting other local projects. On the front end, the site will be seeing some updates finally, in the form of some new travel journals in the weeks to come, so do look forward to that. Hopefully, there can be some new guides after.
Finally, a big thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far and a happy new year ahead.
Singapore's biggest toys and comics convention draws in the crowds03 September, 2013 by Chad
Last weekend we returned to the Marina Bay Sands Convention and Exhibition Center for the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention. This year marks the second since Singapore’s largest toys and comics convention has shifted to the more prestigious location. With its wide range of offerings ranging from the mainstream to niched sub-cultures, STGCC is something we look forward to annually.
A crash course in the underbelly of Bangkok01 August, 2013 by Chad
Last week, I took a short trip down to Bangkok for some business, my first time visiting Thailand. Despite lasting barely 2 days, it proved to be a frantic, eye-opening experience and a suitable crash course in the workings of the underside of the country. While the sensitive nature of the trip means that a lot of details will have to be passed over, here’s a short summary of some of the happenings.
PAX Australia lives up to expectations as the best video games convention in the Pacific23 July, 2013 by Ben
Being a fan of the Penny Arcade webcomics, getting to attend the first ever PAX show in Melbourne, Australia, was truly a dream come true. Being surrounded by fellow gamers and cosplayers, and also to be immersed into such a culture for even just a day was simply incredible. Despite it being quite a gloomy, rainy day, the hype and the mood for PAX was far from that. Before the doors opened at 10am, the lines had already extended far beyond the entrance to the queue room and continued to grow. It was stunning to see the amount of people socializing with one another, not to mention the amount of StreetPass hits on my 3DS got as soon as I walked in the door!
Local music festival returns again with a solid lineup01 July, 2013 by Mus
Baybeats has been a regular occurrence in the Singapore music scene since it started in 2002. The event has been pivotal to raising the popularity of bands from around the region. This year was no different, as bands from as far as Japan came down to perform to a local audience from all walks of life and music preference.
Indonesian sister group of AKB48, JKT48 has announced the establishment of a new team. In tonight’s theater performance of Boku no Taiyou it was announced that Team K has been established, with a total of 18 members. A captain for the group has not yet been decided. This marks the third Team K in the whole of the AKB48 franchise, with overseas group JKT48 beating Hakata group HKT48 to the punch. More information can be found on the official twitter account of JKT48.