The Amazing Race Philippines: Redemption (DryedMangoez Edition Season 12)

I, like many Amazing Race fans, used to make wishlists of dream routes and locations I hoped the show would eventually visit. And two years ago, in anticipation of The Amazing Race Philippines 2 premiere (and the original expectation of international travel), I went all in and mapped out an entire Race course with tasks, locations and faux-screencaps complete with discount TAR graphics.

It turned out to be a lot of fun. After TARPH2 ended, I decided to make more dream routes as a way to keep the hope for more TARPH seasons alive.

Well, as of September 2016, TV5 Philippines is basically on the verge of ceasing operations; certainly nowhere near having the capacity or money to even start planning another Amazing Race Philippines. Meanwhile, The Amazing Race US is on its deathbed with the very real possibility that its already-filmed season 29 will get dumped onto CBS’ online streaming service no one subscribes to.  (It would’ve premiered tonight, September 23, 2016, if its ratings hadn’t fallen off the cliff.)

BUT! In positive news, The Amazing Race Philippines DryedMangoez Edition is as strong as ever! Woohoo!

And this 12th season is a big one! Continue reading

What TV5 Needs to Do for The Amazing Race Philippines Season 3

9/23/16 Update

Things are looking dimmer and dimmer for a possible season 3 of The Amazing Race Philippines. Since this post almost a year ago, TV5’s fortunes have only gotten worse after Viva Entertainment basically milked them out of undeserved money by giving the network two horrible programs that couldn’t even attract half the audience tuning into Filipino-dubbed Japanese and American series, also on TV5.

So Viva is now mercifully out of the picture and TV5 is left picking up the pieces left over. The network is very much on the verge of falling off the cliff. Most of its talent and staff have left the network for various new opportunities while those left at TV5 are valiantly fighting the good fight. That is all while there is an obvious lack of competent leadership at the top of the network.

It’s very sad really. Not just because The Amazing Race Philippines is basically dead. But it’s also sad to see a promising network just collapse.

Anyway, everything else in this post is still relevant to the overall Amazing Race franchise. So I’ll leave it here. And despite Amazing Race US also on the verge of death, at least other international franchises are doing well. =)

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Recap: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Episode 13 – A Predetermined Destiny

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Kyoutarou-sensei is holding a press conference to announce the existence of the Bugster virus and presents everyone with a little recap of what’s happened so far. Kuroto just laughs at the Ministry’s feeble attempt at stopping him. Continue reading

Recap: Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Episode 44 – Monarch of Humanity

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Bado looks for Larry to show him the cube he picked up from Azarudo’s body. Continue reading

Recap: Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Episode 43 – The Christmas Witness

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Azarudo feels like he’s already won the Blood Game of Earth now that Cubaru is gone. But Ginis reminds him that the winner is the one who amuses him most. And Cubaru’s rebellion was very amusing. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Episode 12 – Christmas Special: The Targeted Silver Xmas

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Emu approaches Kiriya to admit that he was telling the truth about Kuroto Dan. Emu brings up Kiriya’s friend and Kiriya admits that his friend got into an accident because he was so upset after being told he was infected. That’s why Kiriya is resolved to find the cause of and destroy Bugsters for good. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Episode 11 – Who’s the Black Kamen Rider?

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At GENM, Kuroto Dan says they must gather Death Data to complete the foundation of the next plan. Parado says it’s very inconvenient that humans can die in a game and just use a continue to revive. Continue reading

Recap: Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Episode 42 – The Fate of This Planet

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Bado and Azarudo fight. Bado is able to shave off some cubes from Azarudo, but he of course is able to quickly fix himself. Azarudo sends Bado flying and that sends the Cubes he’s collected flying as well. Azarudo’s regeneration sucks in the Cubes instead of his own purple body cubes, unbeknownst to him and he leaves. Bado wonders how that is possible. Continue reading

The Amazing Race Asia 5 Season Wrap-up


Its been a couple of years since I even last saw an episode of The Amazing Race Asia. But my immediate reaction after this 5th season is that it might have been the best TARA season yet. (And I do mean “yet.” Hopefully a season 6 order is just around the corner.) Continue reading