Leg 22.11 – “Who has the worst teamwork? Us.”
As soon as the special Philippine Airlines A350 is fueled up, the final three teams will cross the Pacific Ocean to begin the 11th Leg of the Race on Jeju Island in South Korea!
The Leg begins at Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak, right at sunrise! All three teams will depart at the same time at 6:30am.
The first clue teams open will immediately reveal the Road Block: Get Jige. For this Road Block, teams will use an example to build a jige, a traditional Korean farming tool used to carry large quantities of heavy materials. Once their jige is approved, they will be given the next clue.
Each team member must now put on one of their two jiges and hike up Seongsan. Using a map to follow a trail, teams must collect the number of logs corresponding to the sum total of their leg placements from Legs 1 through 10. All logs must be carried only in their jige. Once they deliver the correct number of logs at the end of the trail, they will receive the keys to a 2023 Kia Sportage.
Inside their brand new 2023 Kia Sportage will be the next clue directing teams to drive themselves to the Jeju Haenyeo Museum where they will find a BLIND Detour! Beyond the Wall or Within the Wall. For both Detours, teams must drive themselves to the seashore where they will be dressed in appropriate gear or attire for whichever Blind Detour they choose.
Haenyeo are female divers in Jeju who harvest mollusks, seaweed and other sea life from the ocean.
In Beyond the Wall, teams will suit up in diving gear and dive with a local haenyeo to collect shellfish in the sea. Once they are able to fill their baskets to a marked line, they will receive the next clue.
In Within the Wall, teams will dress in warm clothing typical of the local haenyeos. They will then set-up a bulteok, a place where haenyeo change their clothes and get ready for diving, as well as being a place for them to rest. Teams will finish the wall, separating them from the elements of the seas, as well as complete the round fireplace in the middle before being given the next clue.
After the Detour, teams must now drive themselves to the Mysterious Road. In a Switchback to the very first season of TARPHDME, teams will demonstrate the unique illusion of this mysterious landmark. Teams will bring their 2023 Kia Sportage to the designated starting line.
They will then turn off their engine, set their car in neutral and let it roll “up” the hill to the finish line. However, teams can only use the Sportage’s 360° camera to see the finish line as well as a clue to the location of their next Route Marker: a teddy bear.
Teams must figure out that they must head to the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum where they will find another Road Block: Greetings! The team member who did not complete the first Road Block, must complete this one.
For this Road Block, teams must dress teddies with the local costumes of the Pit Stop Greeters of all previous Legs. Once they have correctly clothed the teddies, they will receive the next clue.
That clue points teams to Jungmun Beach. And here, teams will face one of the most infamous tasks from many different Amazing Races around the world.
Jeju Island is the birthplace of Korean surfing. For this task, teams will use surfboards to provide their answers to 11 questions. After the first team member answers the questions with surfboards containing the faces of their fellow teams, the second team member also answers the questions with surfboards, hoping to match that first team members’ answers.
The 11 questions are:
-Which team helped you the least?
-Which team would lie to you?
-Which team has the best teamwork?
-Which team has the worst teamwork?
-Whose relationship are you envious of?
-Which team is the unluckiest?
-Which team is your biggest competition?
-Which team would you have U-Turned if you had the chance?
-Which eliminated team deserves to be in the Final 3?
-Which Final 3 team does not deserve to be in the Final 3?
-Which team other than yourself deserves to win The Amazing Race Philippines?
Once teams match their answers, they can make their way to the Pit Stop at the Jeju Museum of Art.
The first team to check-in here will win… P300,000! courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+. The last team to check-in here will of course not be eliminated. But they will still have to choose a Non-Elimination Penalty Envelope:
So I knew I wanted a Penultimate Leg in Asia, but wasn’t really sure what would work. Especially if we were flying from somewhere in North America. I ended up on Korea. But back in February/March, I don’t think they had opened their borders yet. Except for maybe Jeju Island first. But around that time, they were welcoming TV and film productions in the country, so I guess TARPHDME would be allowed to film. And everyone on TARPHDME is full vaxxed and negative before leaving San Francisco anyway. 😊
This is a unique Penultimate Leg because for this unique season, it was always known that it would be a Non-Elimination Leg. Having a Non-Elimination Penalty in the Final Leg is an interesting twist, but it also could have a huge reward if that team ends up winning. Would be a dramatic and fun moment.
Anyway, for this Penultimate Leg, I wanted to essentially make it as difficult as a Final. So a few memory tasks here.
First, Seongsan would be a great location to start the Leg. And in Google scouting, I saw the jige and remembered I actually had it in my TARPHDME idea bank. Perfect place to include a jige here. And starting the day off with a long hike and having to carry those logs will be exhausting, we hope! Tying it in with the “the sum total of your Leg finishes” is just part of that memory task aspect we want to feature on this Leg.
Next up is the Haenyeo Detour. We did similar tasks with the Ama in Japan. But it’s great to feature the nice ladies of Jeju here. I think the Detour would be better with more teams. But oh well. Having it be a Blind Detour just adds to the drama since we know there is no Elimination.
The Mysterious Road Route Marker is just to add to the Leg. It’s a throwback to the very first TARPHDME. But also a little bit of advertising for our friends at Kia again of course.
The teddy bear Road Block is a little bit of a modified Switchback to a Final Leg memory task from TARPHDME3. I saw that there was a teddy bear museum here in Jeju, so it would be perfect to have this task again.
Finally, this infamous task. Having to match answers with your teammate. I know I am hypocrite, because I have complained about TARs continuing to use this horrible task. But the lack of ideas forced my hand. LOL. I actually had this task in the Final Leg! But I decided to move it here when I had the surfboards as a potential task, but had no idea what to do with them.
Using the surfboards to answer the questions instead of some simple cardboard thing is a much better use of the location. And of course since this is a Non-Elimination, it doesn’t really matter if one or ALL teams mess up with the questions. Hehe, so no harm, no foul.
At the Pit Stop, to motivate teams even more to Race hard, we’ll add P100,000 more to the prize.
Overall, I think this can be a nice, competitive Leg. Teams should be Racing hard to avoid the Final Leg penalty. So we hope it can be exciting and fun.