On Friday, 15 December 2017, I kicked off what has become a yearly event for me, going back to 2011. The “event”, my primary reason for playing the miles/points game, is a 3- to 4-week personal vacation during which I crisscross the Asian continent, usually N to SE, paying for most of it with loyalty points/miles. Almost as much fun as the “event” itself is planning it. With so many cool places to visit, which ones do I pick? Once I have picked the places to visit, what would be the best way to get from one to the next, and where would I stay, all without dipping too much into hard currency? This ritual is my Annual Year-end Asian Escapade™, and welcome to the dissection of its 2017 Edition! In the past, I provided the complete details of the itinerary and costs (award or revenue) of the Escapade up front. This year, I am going to try something new, that might even be cooler or, at least be a change of pace. Rather than providing the details up front, I will this time just provide a map of the region that I will cover as an empty canvas on which I will progressively paint the details of this year's Escapade, as I go from location to location. To avoid advertising to the whole world my CURRENT location and to inject an element of "suspense", I will reveal each successive location only AFTER leaving it. In other words, I will always be one step ahead of the location that is revealed on the map, with my current location remaining hidden until after I leave it. As I reveal each destination, I will also provide the costs for getting to and staying in that location. So, here's the empty canvas on which the details of my 2017 YEE will emerge slowly over the next 3-4 weeks. I arrived at my first destination, where I am now, on December 17 and will reveal it after I leave it in a few days to start the 2017 YEE "itinerary painting". Stay tuned!