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Should Have Turned Left is the eighth episode of The Amazing Race Asia 5.

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Retrieved from AXN.com[1]

It's the eighth leg of The Amazing Race Asia and teams must depart Singapore and head to Yogyakarta, Indonesia where they must make their way to Jomblang Cave to retrieve their next clue. The first team that reaches the Garuda Indonesia check-in counter in Singapore gets special access to the Garuda lounge.

JK & Mike are first to reach the airport and they decide to gift the special access to the other teams via a simple lucky draw. Rona & Eric win the pick of the draw and they gleefully make full use of the lounge.

"What a bunch of sweethearts!" exclaimed Eric, touched by their action.

At Yogyakarta, the teams rush out to grab a taxi to Jomblang Cave. Drama ensues as Treasuri & Louisa squeeze through the other teams and forcefully get their tickets first. The other teams look on with distain and shock.

"This is a competition and everyone is entitled to go faster", Louisa reasons.

"I am not talking to Treasuri ever again!" JK says, still mad at Treasuri and Louisa.

"We have a pact with Eric and Rona, and that's to get rid of Treasuri and Louisa. That's the goal", says Parul and Maggie revealing their strategy.

While the other teams make their way to Jomblang Cave, Eric & Rona have to perform their Speed Bump penalty to make up for the last leg's non-elimination. At this Speed Bump, Eric & Rona have to drink a traditional Indonesian herbal concoction while being blindfolded and guess which one it is. The duo bravely down the concoction and using its bitter taste as a gauge, they manage to guess the correct bottle in just a few minutes.

At Jomblang Cave, the teams find out that it's a Roadblock – "who's ready to walk the line?" – In this Roadblock, one team member must walk on a rope across a 100m vertical cave and descend down a vertical ladder to retrieve their clue. Teams who drop their clue or fall from the rope must redo the task or risk a two hour time penalty.

JK and Treasuri are first to walk the line. Treasuri is confident at succeeding at this task, but after 10 steps she realizes that it requires a tremendous amount of upper arm strength. JK struggles to keep his balance especially with Treasuri on the other side of the line.

"Treasuri is on the other side? She's heavier than me! Is that possible?" JK and Mike argue.Treasuri keeps her cool and swiftly completes this task, leaving JK still stuck in the middle. Parul steps onto the rope while JK is still on it, shaking their balance. At the pivotal moment, JK can't hold on any longer and plunges into the cave, still harnessed of course.

"I don't know what happened, but I just dropped…at this point in time, I just gave up. Everything just switched off". JK reflects on the task, "It's a horrible feeling".

Exhausted from hanging on for so long, JK doesn't want to redo the task and chooses to take the penalty, giving Parul, Yvonne and Eric the lead.

Once the teams finish with this Roadblock, they must head to Prambanan Temple for yet another Roadblock – "who recognizes Divine Order?". One team member must head into the Prambanan Temple to memorize the names and locations of the Hindu deities.

Treasuri chooses to take up this Roadblock and she comes up with a strategy to memorize the names and locations. Not surprising, she guesses everything correctly on her first try and they can proceed to the next task.

"There are so many people and I was talking to myself. People are looking at me, probably thinking that I'm a mad lady". Treasuri doesn't care.

After seeing the other teams passing them by, JK decides to give this task another try and he gets up on the rope again. "Mentally I was stronger because of Mike's encouragement, but physically I was done. There were so many times where I wanted to let go and just fall into the abyss", JK said describing his second attempt.

Fortunately for him, he manages to complete the task in his second attempt and they both rush to Prambranan Temple for their next Roadblock.

"This is the proudest I have ever felt of him", said Mike giving JK a huge tearful hug after JK completes the task. After the Roadblock at Prambranan Temple, teams must head for their Route Marker, where both team members must master the basics of traditional archery called Jeparingan. Each team member must hit the target once in order to move on.

At the archery range, Treasuri and Louisa yet again manage to finish the task way ahead of the other teams.

"When we got to the archery challenge, Treasuri and Lousia were nowhere to be seen. They basically left all of us behind". Maggie complains.

After the archery task, teams must head to Alun-Alun Selatan Square and complete laps around the square in their Odong-Odong, a colorfully lit-up pedal cart with two locals. Once they have completed the required number of laps, they must pedal the Odong-Odong straight to the Pit Stop located at Ndalem Ngabean.

The other teams are not as good as Treasuri and Louisa. Parul struggles to hit the target with her shaking arms and both beauty queens start crying due to frustration. Once Eric & Rona figure out the right aim and direction, they manage to hit the target. Treasuri and Louisa quickly complete the task and arrive at the Pit Stop first, giving them the honor of having four first places in the race so far. Eric & Rona arrive in second place and Parul & Maggie are third.

After Yvonne and Chloe take a long time trying to get a taxi to Alun-Alun Selatan Square, JK & Mike manage to catch up and both teams are competing for fourth place and are only mere seconds apart.

It was such a close finish but JK & Mike receive the wrong direction from a local and that ultimately messes up their game. Yvonne & Chloe arrive at fourth place and JK & Mike arrive last and they are eliminated.

"I wouldn't have changed anything at all, it was a glorious, glorious experience", reflected Mike.

"But we should have turned left", JK quipped.

Route Markers

The order of departure from Marina Bay are as follows:

  1. JK & Mike
  2. Yvonne & Chloe
  3. Treasuri & Louisa
  4. Parul & Maggie
  5. Eric & Rona

Teams must fly to Yogyakarta, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Once there, teams must take a taxi to Goa Jomblang in Gunung Kidul Regency to find their next clue.

In addition, the first team to check in at the Garuda Indonesia check-in counter at Singapore Changi Airport will get special access to the Garuda premium lounge. JK & Mike were the first team to check in at the Garuda Indonesia Counter, but decided to give the prize to Eric & Rona.

At the Pit Start, Eric & Rona would receive their clue for their Speed Bump.

Upon arrival in Yogyakarta, Eric & Rona must make their way to Pasar Kalasan in Sleman Regency, where they would be blindfolded before drinking a traditional Indonesian herbal concoction called jamu. They must then remove their blindfolds and correctly identify the jamu from several bottles on display before they could continue racing.

"Who's ready to walk the line?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must tightrope walk 160 feet above the opening of the cave, then descend a 10 meter hanging rope ladder to retrieve their next clue before making their way back to the start. If they fell off the tightrope or dropped their clue before being able to return to the start, they would have to go to the back of the line or be assessed a 2-hour penalty. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Prambanan Temple in Sleman Regency to find their next clue.

At Prambanan Temple, teams would have the option to Yield a team. None of the teams opted to use the Yield, so this was left unaired.

"Who recognizes Divine Order?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must explore the inner zone of the temple and, without taking any notes, memorize the names and locations of the statues of the Hindu deities inside. They would then have to return to the entrance and label all the locations of the statues on a map to receive their next clue. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must learn the traditional Yogyakarta archery style of Jemparingan Mataraman, where each team member must hit a hanging target using a bow and arrow while kneeling down, to receive their next clue.

Teams must take a taxi to Alun-alun Selatan in Yogyakarta to find their next clue.

Teams must convince two locals to join them in pedaling an odong-odong around one full lap of Alun-alun Selatan to receive their next clue.

Teams must pedal their odong-odong to Ndalem Ngabean and check in.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
ASS5 TreasuriLouisa
 1st place 
Treasuri & Louisa
Childhood Friends
ASS5 EricRona
 2nd place 
Eric & Rona
Married
ASS5 ParulMaggie
 3rd place 
Parul & Maggie
Beauty Queens
ASS5 YvonneChloe
 4th place 
Yvonne & Chloe
Beauty Queens
ASS5 JKMike
 5th place 
JK & Mike
Radio DJs

Trivia

Reception

  • Malaya.com (12/06/2016): "Filipino alliance strengthens"

References

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