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Here We Go...Episode One

A tlast, the second season of The Amazing Race Asia is off and racing.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to catch the live telecast last night, but I hope you did.  If so, what'd you think??

Starting off the race for the second season was as crazy and exciting as the first.  All the teams were totally amped to get the race on the road.  With how well the first season did, we knew this first episode really had to "pop."  Little did we know teams like Henri/Terry and Monica/Ed would already be "poppin" off at each other so soon.  They'll really need to patch things up and work together if they plan on making it all the way through the entire race.

I was really happy to have "Start City" in Singapore because I wouldn't have to travel anywhere...yet.  Of course, we threw the teams a curveball when they found out they had to fly out to Manila, Philippines, so soon.  Right after I landed at the international airport in Manila, I had a police escort take me directly to the first Pit Stop.  Now, that was pretty cool.  If you've ever been to Manila, the traffic there can be pretty crazy so we didn't want to risk the teams somehow showing up at the mat before me.  I had a few really close calls in the first season so we weren't going to take any chances this time around.

For me, the very first episode was a telling sign of how different the second season could be.  In the first season, I recall we only had one "night" Pit Stop and the weather was really good.  Right in the very first ep of this new season, we experienced some pouring rain in addition to teams arriving in the dark to the Pit Stop.  Believe me...night Pit Stops are a lot more complex when you have to factor in all the lights, cords, electrical outlets, etc.  On top of it, the rain didn't make matters any easier.  On top of it, we're all in a rush to get everything set up before the teams suddenly show up.  Just from all of that I knew this season would be a lot more intense and demanding for the racers and everyone on production. 

Although I didn't get to spend too much time in my hotel room, it did have a nice view:

Here's a colorful public transport (I think it's called a Tuk Tuk) that takes people throughout the bustling city of Manila:

Well, that's my two cents worth for the very first episode of season two.  Stay tuned to the next episode as teams get down n' dirty to stay ahead! 

over 12 years ago 0 likes  10 comments  0 shares
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it is a lovely view I'd never really thought about the logistics of getting to the mat before the competitors or of night pit stops before. Interesting.
over 12 years ago
Mark moran in spokane 920x920
Okay ... I h ave a few questions (because up until now I had no one to ask .. ) 1. They make it seems like the last 2 teams were about 3 seconds apart. But I have a feeling that's all editing. How much time was there between the 9th and 10th teams? 2. How do they pick those "Welcome to the ____" people at each pit stop? The one for the first pit stop was kinda cute ... 3. How come you guys don't film the show during the nice, cooler autumn months of october and november, or the spring months of march and april. July is smack dab in the middle of typhoon, super muggy season! 4. dude, you're ripped. what do you do at the gym? That's all for now! thanks in advance if you are able to answer any of these!
over 12 years ago
Rottendoubt a4 patrick
i wonder how long terence would have lasted? i'd put my money on the first one eliminated! hehehe, we was very out of shape in the summer. =P
over 12 years ago
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cool! i think i'm going to wait for the dvds and watch the whole thing at once though. (and go back and reread these as i go through them!) ;-)
over 12 years ago
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I think the start of this season is better than the first one. More interesting teams =) AXN is also airing TAR season 12 at the same time, competition in viewer ratings =0
over 12 years ago
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I've watched the 1st episode and it was really great! I'm a big fan of The Amazing Race(Asia) so can't wait to watch the next episode!
over 12 years ago
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I'm not reading this!
over 12 years ago
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A nice view indeed.
over 12 years ago
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Episode 1 was great but at the same time it was disappoiting.The great thing was that the teams had to start in Singapore and had to scale @ the Suntec Towers.It must be scary.Then @ the Phillipines,they had to eat that thing,which is disgusting but credit to all of them they did it.The disappointing part was that no one was eliminated,pretty strange for the first round.Lookig 4ward to the 2nd episode.
over 12 years ago
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no it's not a tuktuk, it's a jeepney
over 11 years ago


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