Hi friend. If you are visiting Auck Ward for the first time, welcome! This page is an easy way to see the best of Auck Ward so far.

If you’re keen on some travel posts, I’d wander my way over to the travel archive.

Most popular posts

One tip for booking on Airbnb: That whole “you must message the host” thing needs to be prioritized much more than it is.

Why I’ll never buy makeup in New Zealand (Unless I’m Desperate) : Because it’s stupid expensive. Mom, please send me some Clinique.

Shinkansen and Ekiben: Eating all the JR Train Station Bento Boxes: All of the bento boxes we could nom in Japan. Add to your collection of food p*rn.

Moving to New Zealand because Hillary is running?: Don’t move to New Zealand if a Democrat wins in 2016. Arguably, New Zealand is more left than Democrats are.

Kiwi culture

When do you become an Aucklander?: Experiencing rush of New Zealand cricket success for the first time.

What is a fluffy?: It’s not the same thing as ordering a sugar-free hazelnut steamer from Starbucks.

Shipping online hauls to New Zealand: How to use New Zealand Post’s mail forwarding service to experience Old Navy monster sales from thousands of miles away.

How Do Expats Keep Up with Overseas Content? VPNs, Proxies, Hola!: How some people stay up to date on Game of Thones or Empire.

Personal favorites

Flying Singapore Airlines’s A380 LAX-NRT: It’s like getting wooed by a suave European when you swore you’d never let your love for the 747 die.

I Ate the $90-Something Purchase at Clinique in Auckland: Update on the Jezebel Mall Makeover Expat Edition Post: I got a Kiwi makeover that was published on Jezebel’s Millihelen blog. Way fun, way more fun to see the other makeovers. But it did leave a hole in my wallet.