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From Hero to Zero is the second episode of The Amazing Race Asia 5.


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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 to 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 Will & Alex 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 Anita & Tom (#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 and 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, Will & Alex 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. Anita & Tom 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, Will & Alex 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 and Brandon.

"To bow out like this is such a great shame because we did expect a lot from ourselves." Alphaeus and Brandon said.

Route Markers[]

Teams must use a provided smartphone to book a GrabCar to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta, where teams will find their next clue.

Teams must ride a GrabBike around Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and spot marked letters that would spell out the name of their next destination (Bandung). Once teams were done with the ride, they must write down the name of their next destination on a chalkboard to receive their next clue.

Teams must take their GrabCar to Cikole National Park in West Bandung Regency, West Java, to find their next clue.

Choice A: Basket Bikes
Teams must collect two dozen eggs and ride a bike downhill along a 5 kilometer bicycle trail to deliver the eggs to an egg merchant to receive their next clue. If any egg was broken, teams must go back and restart the entire task.

Alphaeus & Brandon, JK & Mike, Parul & Maggie, and Rach & Vicky chose this task.

Choice B: Bandung Biathlon
Teams must trek uphill in a pair of traditional tandem land skis called a bakiak and hit a set of targets using traditional bamboo guns to receive their next clue.

Anita & Tom, Eric & Rona, Treasuri & Louisa, Will & Alex, and Yvonne & Chloe chose this task.

Teams must take their GrabCar to Kebun Teh Ciater in Subang Regency to find their next clue.

"Who likes a good character?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must search the tea plantation for a traditional Indonesian Wayang Golek doll to receive their next clue. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way on foot to the nearby Pit Stop in Kebun Teh Ciater and check in.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • > Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
Yvonne & Chloe
 1st place 
Yvonne & Chloe
Beauty Queens
Anita & Tom
 2nd place 
Anita & Tom
Treasuri & Louisa
 3rd place 
Treasuri & Louisa
Childhood Friends
Eric & Rona
 4th place 
Eric & Rona
Rach & Vicky
 5th place 
Rach & Vicky
Travel Hosts
Parul & Maggie
 6th place 
Parul & Maggie
Beauty Queens
Will & Alex
 7th place 
Will & Alex
Muscle Brothers
JK & Mike
 8th place 
JK & Mike
Radio DJs
Alphaeus & Brandon
 9th place 
Alphaeus & Brandon
Old School Mates




The Amazing Race Asia 5 Episodes

"The Race Is On!" · "From Hero to Zero" · "The Value of Insurance" · "The Pain Does Not Exist" · "Taste Like Chicken" · "Made with Love" · "By Air, Land and Sea" · "Should Have Turned Left" · "No More Mr. Nice Guy" · "3 to 1 Teams"