This is the start of a very long TR that I commence writing back in October last year, for a 14-day journey through Asia with two of my friends in November last year. Authoring it has taken some time, specially since while still writing it in December my laptop met an unfourtnate demise having been run over. I've only just managed to recover the data from it last week so I can finish writing this report. Without further ado, please enjoy the first ten installments of this report. More to come in the next few weeks. Trip report index Chapter 1 - Airline and route selection Chapter 2 - Where do we go Includes an insight into the technology I use for trip planning. Chapter 3 - My beef with TripIt TripIt is a travel and itinerary planning tool, and when it's great - it's brilliant. However, there's enough bugs and failings in the site that it's now getting to the point of frustration and annoyance - specially since the people behind the site don't address them in a timely manner. Chapter 4 – The life and times of Qantas: Or, the story of how I was delayed in SYD by weather, and accomodiated overnight at the Formula1 Homebush. Chapter 5 – A review of Qantas passenger technology: includes bonus video demonstrations of the Next Generation Check-in systems at Perth, and the Panasonic IFE being deployed on newer aircraft such as the A330's being used for PER-SYD/MEL operations. Chapter 6 - Once more with feeling (or, the story of how I made it to Japan in Business): This is the instalment that gets me to NRT, 12hrs later than planned. Sadly, that's what happens when weather delays proceedings. Chapter 7 - Review of the Sheraton Miyako Tokyo: with pictures included too, and specially photos of weird Japanese toilets - just in case you wanted some more toilet humour around these parts Chapter 8 – Understanding Tokyo Part I: this is where we get our bearings around Tokyo and venture out to some of the sights, including Mt Fuji and Hakone. Chapter 9 – Understanding Tokyo Part II: because I can't fit the Tokyo portion into a single post (thanks to the 10k char limit), I've had to split it up into two. Friday begins here, and it's the best lookout in Tokyo bar none. Chapter 10 - ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka: This property takes out my award for worst of the trip. Rooms too small, F&B service inconsistent from one day to the next, and a good number of staff lacking even basic English skills.