“From Hero to Zero”
PHILIPPINES (October 21, 2016) – After a much-needed rest, the teams depart early for their second leg of the race to Taman Mini Indonesia. Although Alphaeus & Brandon are the first to arrive, Taman Mini Indonesia only opens at 6am, giving all the other teams an equal footing at the start of the challenge.
Here, the nine remaining teams have to ride on Grab bikes to spot marked letters that spell out the clue to their next destination – BANDUNG. JK & Mike make great progress, finding the clues first while Yvonne & Chloe and Alex & Will misread their clues, putting them behind in the race.
After Taman Mini Indonesia, the teams race to Cikole National Park for their next Detour challenge. They need to decide between ‘Basket Bikes’ and ‘Bandung Biathlon’. In ‘Basket Bikes, teams must ride along a 5KM bicycle trail and deliver 2 dozen sellable eggs in their baskets to the egg merchant. In ‘Bandung Biathlon’, teams must hit a set of targets with traditional bamboo guns while trekking in a pair of tandem land skis.
JK & Mike (#TARAJKMike), Parul & Maggie (#TARAMagParul), Rach & Vicky (#TARAVickRach) and Alphaeus & Brandon (#TARABrandonAlph) choose ‘Basket Bikes’ while Tom & Anita (#TARATomAnita), Eric & Rona (#TARAEricRona), Will & Alex (#TARAAlexWill), Yvonne & Chloe (#TARAChloeYvonne) and Treasuri & Louisa (#TARATrezLou) choose ‘Bandung Biathlon’.
Alphaeus & Brandon swiftly and carefully finish their Detour challenge, making them the first team to leave for their next challenge. JK & Mike struggle to keep all their eggs in one basket and on their second attempt, tempers flare while they slowly finish their challenge.
Once the teams figure out how to operate the bamboo gun, the Detour is a breeze for most. However, Alex & Will struggle to figure out how to aim the gun and waste precious time in this challenge.
After completing their Detour, teams race to Kebun Teh Ciater for their Road Block challenge. In this Road Block challenge, teams must comb a large section of a tea plantation to find the Hero Wayang Golek, a traditional Indonesian puppet figurine. Once they find the puppet, they can make their way to the Pit Stop located at a nearby hill where Allan Wu and Tara Basro await them.
Although Alphaeus & Brandon, Parul & Maggie are among the first teams to complete their Detour challenge, both teams make a deadly navigation mistake with their GPS, putting them at great risk.
Yvonne & Chloe tear through the challenge, finding the Hero Wayang Golek in no time and putting them first in the race. Tom & Anita and Treasuri & Louisa follow closely behind, giving them 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Despite some difficulties, Eric & Rona and Rach & Vicky manage to get to the Pit Stop securing 4th and 5th place.
While JK & Mike are still trying to fill up their baskets with eggs, Parul & Maggie manage to find their destination and quickly complete their challenge putting them in 6th place. Working closely together, Alex & Will patiently complete their challenges, giving them a comfortable 7th place. It is a tight race for JK & Mike and Alphaeus & Brandon to stay in the race but JK & Mike find the puppet just in time, eliminating Alphaeus & Brandon.
“To bow out like this is such a great shame, because we did expect a lot from ourselves.” Alphaeus & Brandon said.
Coming up in the next episode, teams fly to Kuala Lumpur and are faced with a Road Block that reshuffles the pack order. The leg finishes in Penang where some teams get stumped learning a Chinese Opera routine at the Detour.
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About The Amazing Race Asia Season 5
In this latest season, 11 teams of socially savvy, fearless racers from all over Asia will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, traversing the globe and proving their mettle on a quest to be crowned the all-out champion.
Travelling to multiple countries in the shortest amount of time, each team will arrive at a new destination where they must compete in a series of physical and mental – and often emotional – challenges. Only when the tasks are completed will the teams learn of their next exotic location. Teams who fall the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the race progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning The Amazing Race Asia and the USD$100,000 cash prize.
The 11 chosen teams hail from six countries across Asia and represent a true cast of characters with diverse personalities, backgrounds, talents and relationships. They range from popular Singaporean DJs to Filipino beauty queens and promise viewers a highly entertaining and edge-of-your-seat journey.
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