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Auck Ward Digest: October 2014

Cat Cafe Kiwi cats

October 2014 has been nuts. We left our apartment in Washington, D.C., took a road trip through the southern U.S., said goodbye to friends in Nashville and family in Atlanta, took a plane Los Angeles, said goodbye to friends and family in Los Angeles, went to Japan, went to South Korea and went to Vietnam.

You might be exhausted by that sentence. It’s a lot. And we’re only half done with the trip.

Over the last few days, we’ve settled on a November and December itinerary. From Ho Chi Minh City (where we are currently touring for a few days), we plan on traveling to Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia before heading to New Zealand for Christmas.

If you’d like to review what we’ve done over the first half of the trip, here is an archive of our adventures. I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog so far as it’s been a really fun experience. Any feedback or blog post ideas are much appreciated and I hope you will keep reading.

Ideas? Suggestions? Jokes? Just want to say hi? Let’s chat in the comments.


Vietnam flags on Halong Bay cruise ships at sunset.

How Will A Tall Husband Deal with the Overnight Sleeper Bus?

I Miss My Couch: Not Homesick, Creature-Comfort Sick

Cruising Ha Long Bay

Zen and the Art of Walking into Hanoi Motorbike Traffic

South Korea

Multiuse unit in a room at Small House Big Door

Seoul: Small House, Big Door, Cool Hotel


Osaka bento box with Asahi beer. Photo by Warwick Meade.

Hiroshima-Style Japanese Pancakes

Shinkansen and Ekiben: Eating all the JR Train Station Bento Boxes

How Will a Tall Husband React to Sleeping at a Ryokan?

Visiting a Cat Cafe in Tokyo

Surreal Experience Hearing Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ in Tokyo

United States

Flying Singapore Airlines’s A380 LAX-NRT

What I Carry On Board for Long Haul Flights

Why Do I Get Sick When I Slow Down?

Alleged Auckland ‘Poo’ Flight Path?

Photo 1 by our friend Cathy, photo 2 by Kiwi, photo 3 by Tina, photo 4 by Kiwi

Seoul: Small House, Big Door, Cool Hotel

Towel and toiletries shelf at Small House Big Door in Seoul

En route to Hanoi, we decided to take the ferry from Japan to South Korea, take a train and spend a night in Seoul. Kiwi booked us the most spartan, yet still cool, boutique hotel in Seoul called Small House Big Door.

Small House Big Door only has four floors. The main floor has a popular cafe, judging by the number of tables filled by local businessmen. Most of the hotel staff I saw at check-in and in the cafe wore some combo of chambray shirts and jeans.

This hotel is characterized for its minimalist and compact design and decor. I mean, check out the room where we stayed (note that this is just one room of the hotel). The TV, Internet connection, minifridge, closet space and more are located in one unit.

Multiuse unit in a room at Small House Big Door

The hotel is also knowns for its use of a 3D printer, used for room signs, room keys, lamps and hooks to keep towels and mirrored shelves in place on the toiletry ladder.

Toiletry shelf at Small House Big Door

As for the bathroom: there are two wet areas. One is for the sink, and other is a joint shower-toilet. Imagine a big shower stall, with a toilet on the other side of a glass wall. The stall door, perpendicular to the glass wall divider, is only long enough to shut the shower or the toilet at any one time. Stylistically, it looks really cool; practically, I hope that if one person needs a shower and another person needs to use the bathroom, they can do that area at separate times so the door can provide that person his or her privacy.

Small House Big Door is in a good location, near lots of restaurants and good shopping. And the price isn’t bad at about $90 a night. A quick search of a date in late October 2014 showed rates starting at $115 a night. Seems to be stylish good value for Seoul.

Small House Big Door is located at 6, Namdaemun-ro 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-180, South Korea. Reservations can be made on its website at

Would you stay in a monochrome, modern room like this? Why or why not? (It was soothing to me… Let’s discuss in the comments.

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