Our Truly Amazing Journey ~ Episode 3
Leg 3: Suifenhe, Heilongjiang (黑龙江绥芬河) → Yanji, Jilin (吉林延吉)
After coming in 7th and 6th respectively in the first 2 episodes and being 'invisible' since the beginning, EP3 was quite a turnaround for us with much more screen time and pushing ourselves to the front of the pack!! =) Thanks to our pot balancing skills and being the only team to complete this detour, audiences now recognize us as the pot-balancing-team...we're not longer invisible...hahaha!! =P
As we were the 6th in the last leg, we departed in the 2nd chartered bus from the pit-stop in Suifenhe to the our destination for leg 3, Yanji together with the Harvard boys and Fiancés. The journey took about 5.5 hours and it was all outskirts road along the journey. The toilet along the way was also classic...no door and just a hole down to a slope. Bro almost couldn't pee seeing the guy next to him pooping (you can see the person next to you doing whatever business by standing). =P
I mentioned in my previous post that the Russian characters at the store-fronts in Suifenhe made us feel as if we were in Russia. The moment we entered Yanji, we started seeing Korean characters at the store-fronts...felt like we were in Korea! It was kinda confusing, we were in China, but it felt as if we travelled from Russia to Korea...lol!! Kudos to the producers for picking such unique places! =)
Even though we departed 30 minutes behind the first bus, we arrived Yanji only 10 minutes behind them. Thanks to our awesome bus driver!! =) The moment we got off the bus, we sprinted in different directions trying to get a cab to bring us to Henan Bridge to look for our next clue.
After being blur and blind for the first 2 episodes, we knew that we had to open our eyes...literally...to look out for anything with yellow & red...lol!! We spotted the yellow & red marker from the cab but we were on the opposite side of the road so we had to cross the busy road...time to put our Malaysian way of crossing the road into good use...haha!!
When we opened up the clue, we were stunned for a moment coz we saw some Korean characters and even the clue was very vague. Unlike other clues, this clue doesn't state clearly where we had to go next. We quickly ran back to our cab and asked if the driver knew how to read Korean but he didn't know. We asked the pedestrians around and luckily we found someone knew how to read Korean and he translated to us that what we saw is a student's name tag from Gong Yuan Primary School. As you can see in the bottom right pic, we had few people gathering around to help us. =)
We knew that we had to look for the student with the name in the name tag coz I remembered that they had this similar challenge in season 1. The guy who translated to us earlier told us the class and the name of this person so we started off looking for that classroom. However, after entering the first classroom, we noticed that all the students from different grades have been mixed together so it made our search even tougher.
I was actually quite happy to be in the school coz the students were all very cute and the way they greeted us whenever we enter or leave the classroom was very adorable. =) I think it was a 'play' day for all those students coz they were basically in school that day for our filming and not for school...haha!!
We finally found 'our' girl in the 3rd classroom that we entered and she brought us to change into traditional Korean outfits. We then followed her to another classroom with 2 students dressed in traditional outfit and had to learn the Korean greeting etiquette from them. I happily followed them step by step and not knowing that I was supposed to memorize the steps...lol for my blurness. =P They followed their demo twice and 'our' girl then brought us to another classroom where we would have to redo what we've learned.
We had to wait for our turn for the 'test'. While waiting outside for the Harvard boys to finish their 'test', I quickly went through the steps with Li Yang coz I couldn't remember all my steps. The boy who gave us the clue was very cute...he looked so nervous even though he was the 'examiner'...haha!!
We decided not to go for the fast forward because there were already 4 teams ahead of us and we thought they would have gone for it so we didn't wanna take the risk. Besides, I don't like looking for stuffs so it was an easy decision for us not to go for it.
Since we decided not to go for the fast forward, we had to go to the Korean Folk Culture Village to search for our next clue. On our way to the Korean swing area, we saw the Bbq boys and models doing one of the detour so we knew where to go. Our next clue was a detour between 'Pot Luck' or 'Pot Belly'. In fact, along our journey to Yanji, the Harvard boys have already guessed that there would be an eating challenge in this leg and Charlie also mentioned about Kimchi...they were right on the money...haha!!
I'm actually fine with eating kimchi...but 1.2kg of it...I was pretty sure I would throw up coz my stomach hasn't been good for the past few months. It was also stated clearly that there would be a 20 minutes penalty if we throw up so this was the biggest reason why we chose to do 'Pot Luck' instead.
Besides, I was pretty confident with my balancing skill...lol!! There were nobody else there when we got to the 'pot luck' place and we thought that the Bbq boys and models have already completed the detour. We found out later that both teams switched detours coz they couldn't do it. See how disappointed that lady was to see all the teams give up on this detour.
All the aunties were already wrapped up in their jacket when we arrived. This shows how windy and cold it was. =P I guess they were thinking that nobody is gonna pick this detour.
I decided to try first and the pot was actually quite heavy!! Plus there was a cabbage on top of the pot. Notice bro's commentary...he just can't stop talking! Thanks for the encouragement but that doesn't really help much in this task...lol!! Btw bro, what did you mean by 'keep your spine straight'??? It's the head la...not spine!
Once I got comfortable with having the pot on my head, I started my first attempt. I started off pretty well. As I said...I've got pretty good balancing skill...hahaha!! =P
Balancing the pot wasn't that difficult. The strong wind that day made this challenge so much tougher!! If you watch closely, you can see how strong the wind was by looking at our t-shirts.
My first attempt was actually pretty good and I managed to go past the u-turn and walked more than half!!
Then...with only about 5 meters left...a big gust of wind came...oh no!!! I tried to hold on but even I myself was almost blown away so I lost it....crap!!!
Second attempt...screwed by the wind...AGAIN!!! Arghhhh!!!
I was quite frustrated after the 3rd attempt and when I went back to the starting point, I told bro to just shut up and let me focus on doing this. It was kinda distracting with him talking behind me. =P
I asked him to shut up and help me block the wind. That was definitely more helpful than him talking...hahaha!! Putting his height to good use as a windblock...lol!!
The moment he shut up and stood beside me to block the wind...I managed to complete the task...woohoo!!!! So freaking happy!!!!!!
It was then his turn to balance the pot. I started off giving him some instructions (based on my experience) but quickly shut up after that coz I know that this task really requires a lot of focus. See how 'focus' bro was? Hahahaha!!!
The wind was still strong when it was bro's turn and it was harder for me to act as his windblock coz he's taller!! =.=
Luckily there were some boxes beside...not helping much but better than none. =P
As bro was almost completing the course, a big gust of wind came and he almost lost it but he managed to save it with his 'reverse-snake-dance'...so nerve-wrecking!!!
Oh yeah...that's the way to balance your pot...shake your bum bum!!!
OMG!!!! Bro completed in his 1st attempt!!!! We were both so happy as if we scored a goal in the world cup...lol!!! A huge sigh of relief!!! You can see how happy that lady was for us!!! Actually the director and few other crews were also there watching us do this task and they were all equally excited and was cheering at the side when we finally completed the task!! The feeling was just AWESOME!!!
We've never been so happy receiving a clue...hahaha!! We were so glad that we chose this detour instead of the kimchi challenge coz everyone else (apart from the girls) suffered from the massive amount of spicy kimchi after the race and even worse, they had to do the extreme swinging task right after that. It would be disastrous if anyone puked while they were swinging in the air! Even though we only saw the daughter vomiting, in fact a lot of people vomited after eating the kimchi but they managed to hold it until they completed the challenge and got out of the restaurant. If I'm not mistaken, Xiao Bang (Bbq), Ryan (Harvard), WeiWei (Trainers) and Jenn (Newlyweds) vomited and Henry (Newlyweds) had a bad diarrhoea after eating all those kimchi. We kinda felt bad seeing everyone feeling so sick after that pit-stop.
For the first time ever...we had 1st for our position...hahaha!!!
Next task was 'extreme swinging' at Jindalai square. Thanks bro for the idea of 'throwing' me...lol!!
It's been quite some time since I last played on a swing...first attempt wasn't quite successful.
Changed our technique slightly in the 2nd attempt and bam...hit the bell!! =D When we left the swing area, the girls haven't arrived at the pit-stop yet. They arrived while we were on our way to get our next clue...bummer!! There goes our number 1!! =.=
From the moment we started the pot balancing task, we haven't seen any other teams so we weren't sure which position we were at. But when we arrived at the cold noodles shop, the manager told us that we were the first team there to get the clue. We didn't know who went for the FF either so we could be 1st or 2nd.
Finally arrived at the pit-stop and Allan Wu told us that we're #2!! Kinda happy but also a lil' disappointed at the same time coz we were just 15 minutes behind the girls. So near yet so far to #1!! =P
Unfortunately, father-daughter was eliminated in this leg...another funny team gone. =.=
The results for Leg 3. Trainers and BBQ boys position is terbalik here.
Back stage where we did our interview.
The people working hard behind the scenes. Chillin' before leaving Yanji to our next destination.
We were too bored waiting for our flights at Yanji airport and see what cool thing we did...lol!! Our luggages took up all the space at the check-in counter area. We were 'camping' there...lol!!
Anyeong Haseyo from Yanji!
Introducing our cameramen...the guys who followed us everywhere capturing all the scenes that we see on TV now. =) Thanks guys!! Left: Sam from Australia (EP1&2); Center: David Fu from USA (EP4); Right: Solo from China (EP3).
3rd episode air dates:
ICS (English version) - 8pm, 9 September 2012
Dragon TV (Chinese version) - 4pm, 15 September 2012