Sunday, March 06, 2011

Amazing Race - Unfinished Business - Episode 3

The new episode starts with the teams in the Outback of Australia.

They have to go to Tokyo, Japan from Sydney, Australia
They showed a 747-400 taking off and flying, but showed a Boeing 767-300 landing; uugh...

There is a QF flight that arrives in Tokyo at 6:15a says one of the contestants.
A 6:00a arrival also exists connecting in HKG on Cathay Pacific they were debating what to do.

They showed them taking the Airport Line to the Airport which makes sense.

Yeah, its always hard to get access to that Free Internet Access kiosk in Sydney

I still hate when people say a Direct flight but they mean nonstop. How did this happen?
Direct Flight: Makes at least one stop with the same flight number
Nonstop Flight: Does not make any stops

Its a calculated risk that there are no issues in Hong Kong with the connection
LOL; the agent says "Generally not an issue" hehe...

showed a QF oneworld Boeing 747-400 airplane at the gate
Showed what looked like a 4-engined plane taking off
They showed a 777 landing in what should be Narita-Japan. This is obviously not the 744 that took off.

Connection:Five teams on the earlier flight
showed 777 taking off
Cathay flight is delayed
Looks like they got delayed in SYD for a mechanical
Showed an Airbus landing 1.5 hours late in Narita.

The parking lot is quite cool :-)...

The took a very long time to get this one done.
Even the enthusiasm of the Japanese were waned...

I think Mel and Mike is out... the paramedics had to come for them.
Phil had an umbrella to welcome Margie and Luke and
then Jaime and Cara who thought they were eliminated, but alas they were not.

So lastly Mel and Mike arrived last and they were eliminated.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Amazing Race - Unfinished Business - Episode 2

This week, the show is competing agains the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, CA, so I'll be switching channels.

It opens with Jet & Cord trying to figure out the clue from last week's episode.

Meanwhile at Shelly Beach Manly, Australia, the other teams are heading back to Sydney where they'll be taking a charter flight to Broken Hill. Apparently, only the first 6 teams can do this.

14 minutes in, Jet & Cord arrives at the Pit Stop.

Again et & Cord could not find the "To Sail to Stop" clue.

They boarded a Regional Express (REX)-operated Saab 340. The interior matched and they did show the correct airplane takeoff and land. it was kind of difficult to screw this one up :-).

At the Pit Stop in Junction Mine
  1. Sve and Justin were the first to arrive who won a trip to Cancun, Mexico at the Fiesta Americana; cool place, I've stayed there once
  2. Flight Time and Big Easy
  3. Jet and Cord
  4. Kisha and Jen
  5. Margie and Luke
  6. Mel and Mike [Mike looks older than his dad]
  7. Kent and Vyxsin
  8. Jaime and Cara
  9. Gary and Mallory
  10. Ron and Christina
  11. last place music plays - Amanda and Kris were last to arrive and as such they are eliminated - Good riddance!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Amazing Race - Unfinished Business - Episode I

So, the 11 losers are back and they start in Palm Springs, CA

The Losers are:
  1. Jet and Cord
  2. Margie and Luke
  3. Amanda and Chris
  4. Flight Time & Big Easy - Harlem Globetrotters
  5. Mel and Mike
  6. Kent and Vixen
  7. Gary and Mallory
  8. Keisha and Jen
  9. Sev and Justin
  10. Ron and Christina
  11. Jamie and Kara
These are the same annoying people we got to watch in the past and now have to put up with once more...

Will be interesting to see which of these losers lose first tonight.

The first team to check-in tonight at the pitstop will win an Express Pass - Use it skip a challenge in the future.

Different rules this time around. First clue is in Phil's hand. Must find something in the desert
First 8 teams will be on first flight
The rest on the second flight that lands 90 minutes later
The last team to complete the challenge will get a U turn.

They will be driving

They are looking for "QANTAS" Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services is the clue from Phil.
So they will be flying to Sydney or melbourne from LAX on Qantas (QF).

Finally a few of them figured it out; the first 8 are:
  1. Mel & Mike
  2. Zev & Justin
  3. Jet & Cord
  4. Kent Vyxsin
  5. Ron & Christina
  6. Flight Time & Big Easy
  7. Margie & Luke
  8. Jaime and Cara
Second Flight
  1. Kishan & Jen
  2. Gary & Mallory
  3. Amanda & Kris - got the automatic penalty - the 'U' Turn
Palm Springs to LAX is not too much of a bad drive

So they are going to Sydney on LAX "Once in a Lifetime Opportunity, Again," says Jet & Cord, seriously!

This means the fist 8 get to go on the A380 and the others on the 747-400. I'd prefer to be on the A380. QF12 at 10:25p

From: Los Angeles (LAX)
To: Sydney (SYD)
Date: February 20, 2011

Result: 2 Routes

DurationFlight NumbersMealsAircraft

LAX10:25pmSYD8:25am+215h00m Qantas12RM 388
LAX11:50pmSYD9:25am+2 14h35m Qantas108RM 744
Meal Codes: B:Breakfast, C:Alcoholic Beverages - Complimentary, D:Dinner, F:Food for Purchase, H:Hot Meal, K:Continental Breakfast, L:Lunch, M:Meal, O:Cold Meal, P:Alcoholic Beverages for Purchase, R:Refreshments, S:Snack or Brunch

They can't even spell Qantas; someone spelled it as "Quantas".

Showed a Boeing 747-400 taking off
showed another 747-400 taking off.
This may have been done when QF had issues with the Airbus A380 and used Boeing 747-400s instead.

On the first plane, a guy had a heart attack and they landed in Hawaii to take care of him.

They showed a 737-400 landing in SYD.
Then showed a 744 landing in SYD when they talked about the teams being on their way.

QF108 landed first, they showed a Boeing 747-400.

Its amazing the Oprah influence; people kept saying "We're going to Australia!"

Then they showed a Boeing 737-400 landing with the second folks. Seriously, they did board a Boeing 747-400.

Looks very familiar. That airport train is really expensive; I love Sydney though.
  1. Gary & Mallory won the Express pass as they were the first to arrive at the Pit Stop, but they are still racing.
  2. Amanda & Chris
  3. Kisha & Jen
  4. -
  5. -
  6. -
  7. -
  8. -
  9. Mel & Mike
  10. Kent & Vyxsin
Jet & Cord can't figure it out...It continues next week.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Amazing Race All Stars - Episode 11

Aired April 29, 2007

The race at the 11th Pit stop in Macau, China
Dustin and Kandace left at 2:15a
The next clue was to fly to Guam
My trusty schedule at showed the following choices:
· 7:55am 8:25pm NRT 10h30m JAL730/Continen7 M/D 777/738
· 8:30am 8:25pm NRT 9h55m NWA2/Continen7 /D 744/738
· 9:10am 8:25pm NRT 9h15m Cathay504/Continen7 /D 744/738
· 9:15am 8:25pm NRT 9h10m HKDrago360/Continen7 /D 330/738
· 9:40am 8:25pm NRT 8h45m ANA912/Continen7 M/D 763/738
When describing the task, they show a Boeing 747 taking off from below and another Boeing 747 landing. I was unable to determine the carriers.

Charla and Mirna left at 2:50a
Oswald and Danny left at 3:06a
The blonds got on the first ferry

At 4:37a Oswald and Danny left and got the 6:30a ferry
At the airport Dustin and Kandace tried to get a flight.
They got Cathay Pacific (CX) to Guam via Tokyo departing at 9:05a and arriving at 9:50p
Charla and Mirna called on the phone and made reservations and picked up the tickets at the airport.
So I think Danny and Oswald should get this same flight.

All the three other teams so far are on the same flight
They showed a CX Boeing 747-400 at the gate while showing Oswald and Danny running through the airport.
They did show the interior of the CX plane with Eric and Danielle seated.
Oswald and Danny were late, so they missed the 9:05a.
They then showed a flight attendant closing the door to an airplane followed by a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 taking off.

The next flight for Oswald and Danny at 10:15a which makes the same connection in Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT). They will have 45 minutes to make the connection.
They then showed a CX Boeing 747-400 at the gate followed by a CX Boeing 747-400 taking off. It was great that they showed a map of the racers going from Hong Kong to Tokyo and then to Guam.
They then showed a United Airlines (UA) Boeing 747-400 landing in what I assume to be Tokyo-Narita.

Three teams were aboard. They were all connecting to Continental Airlines (CO) 7 to GUM at 17:05. They showed them checking in and getting their boarding passes.
They then showed a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 landing with Oswald and Danny aboard. They showed them heading to the Continental Airlines check-in counter.
The flight was boarding so they had to really hurry.
They then cut away to a Continental Airlines Boeing 767-400ER sitting at the gate and then cut away to the interior of a Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800.

The flight looked pretty empty as they waited for the others to arrive. They showed Oswald and Danny running to the lane and cut away to an engine of a plane running.
They showed a Continental Boeing 767-400 at the gate a few times, but the interior shot was that of a Continental Boeing 737-800.

All four teams made the connecting flight to Guam.
They then showed a Boeing 777 taking off; I was unable to discern the carrier.
They showed an airplane landing as well, but I was unable to tell which airline it was.
They had to wait until the next morning at 7:00a to meet their military escort as they were going onto a military base. So they could have caught the last flight in and still would have had enough time to get there at 7:00a. The last connection choice would have arrived at 4:30a the next day.

Once in Guam, they had a detour, they had to clean the plane or drop a care package
Charla and Mirna did the care package while all the others did the other task the blonds were first to finish cleaning the plane drive to the US naval base in Guam where they will be driven to the next clue
Then Eric and Daniele were next. Charla and Mirna were trying to rush the landing of the flight
Oswald and Danny were now done; then the plane land and the girls ran off the plane
All four of them are on their way to the naval base now Charla and Mirna was lost

Next clue Road Block
Do a naval search and rescue mission
Kandace and Dustiin were first; Dustin did the task
Then Eric and Danielle; Danielle did it
Oswald and Danny lost asked a taxi to lead them
Mirna and Charla were next to arrive; the Charla did it
Dustin was first to get to the landing zone
Now drive to the next pit stop at Fort Soledad, the last team to check in will be eliminated
Dustin and Kandace were the first to arrive and they are in the final for $1M
They also each won an all terrain vehicle

Danielle was the next to get picked up
Then Charla gets picked up by the helicopter
The Oswald gets picked up by the helicopter
so they are close now Charla landed first
then Oswald
Eric and Danielle were team #2 to arrive and are in the final
Charla and Mirna were team #3
So Oswald and Danny get to go home...
Karma is a bitch!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Amazing Race All Stars - Episode 10

Aired on April 22, 2007

The show started in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Jockey Club (#10 pit stop)
Oswald and Danny left at 3:41a
The clue was to travel by Turbo ferry to Macau in China; they each have $73 they have for this leg of the race.

Dustin and Kandace left at 5:23a
Go to the Macau Tower is the next clue; there is a Yield ahead
When Oswald and Danny got there, they realized that the Tower opened at 10:00a, I hate that; this means that most of the others will catch up.
At 7:06a Charla and Myrna left
Danny and Oswald told Dustin and Kandace that if they don't pay them they will Yield them
The girls conferred for a bit and decided to pay then $45 if they used the Yield on Eric and Danielle instead of them. The boys accepted the deal as they were running low on money.
At 9:31a Eric and Danielle

By now, Myrna and Charla had joined the other two teams.
The ride they had to do for the clue did not open until 11a.
Charla offered Oswald and Danny money, but since they had bribed the others they declined it
The top of the Tower is on the 61st floor; so they had to take the elevator up there.
A Road Block is the next clue - Walk around the outer rim of the Observation Deck and jump off the building; Kandace, Danny and Charla did it.
The next clue is to take a taxi to Lou Lim Yoc Garden to find the next clue
Eric and Danielle was just arriving when the blonds were leaving
Oswald told Myra that they yielded Eric and Danielle, and Myrna said that they would have given them money if they had asked.
Eric and Danielle were not too happy about being yielded
Eric gave Danny the finger as they passed him waiting in the distance.

Danny jumped off the tower next
Then Charla jumped off
Oswald and Danny got to the next clue first
It was a Detour
Noodle or Dragon
Make noodles in a restaurant or Find a dragon head and drum and take to the boat

  • Myrna and Charla had trouble driving the mini moke as neither knew how to drive a stick shift
  • Dustin and Kandace were the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop; they won a wave runner each
  • Eric and Danielle were the second to arrive, so now they have to wait a half an hour before being checked in.
  • Charla and Myrna were the third to arrive, but were team number 2 since Eric and Danielle had a penalty
  • Oswald and Danny were lost a bit and now there was ten minutes to go with Eric and Danielle
  • As time ticked Eric and Danielle were quite nervous, but it was time to check-in so they were team #3 to arrive
  • Oswald and Danny were the last team to arrive and since this was the last non-elimination leg they are still in the race, but with the 30 minute penalty for the race. Karma will get you every time...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Amazing Race Allstar - Episode 9

Aired on April 15, 2007

Dustin and Kandace left at 12:28a

The new clue is to fly to Hong Kong; here are the choices that I got:

Some Thai airways flights over Bangkok, Singapore Airlines over Singapore and Malaysia Airlines.

They show a Singapore Airlines (SQ) Boeing 747 landing as well as an ANA Boeing 747-400 landing; both the wrong airplane for this segment of the race.

At 1:29a Charla and Myrna left followed by Danny and Oswald at 2:19a.

All the teams had trouble getting out of Malaysia

Oswald and Danny got out first.

A vocal fight ensued between Dustin and Charla about their position on the standby list

Oswald and Danny gave Charla and Myrna their position on the list, but Dustin and Kandace thought that was unfair, so they were debating with the ticket agent about it.

Dustin and Kandace got on the flight next and then Myrna and Charla got on that same flight

9:05a was the next flight via Ho Chi Minh City arriving at 3:20a

A Malaysia Airlines (MH) Airbus A330 was shown taking off, then they showed a MH B737 taking off with whom I thought were the four girls.

Then they showed a Cathay Pacific (CX) A330 landing with Oswald and Danny

The next clue was a Fast Forward - the second one of two

It was to participate in an action packed stunt sequence

At 12:55p they showed Charla arriving in Kuala Lumpur International (KUL) with Dustin and Kandace

Oswald and Danny completed the Fast Forward, then had to drive to the Hong Kong Jockey Club as the next clue.

They have to bring the gnome they encountered with the next clue with them

Eric and Danielle finally arrived after the others have already started the tasks

Myrna went on the wrong Ferry sadly

Oswald said they only had $20 left and they had to spend it to pay the toll.

Candace did the road block; kicking down doors

Oswald and Danny were first to arrive at the pit stop and won a travel package to Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese News Year

Candace found the clue in the house where she was kicking down the doors and must now drive to Victoria Park for the next clue.

They did that and then got the clue to drive to the next pits spot at the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Charla did the door kick in one

By now, Eric and Daniele completed the karate kick clue and headed for the kick down the doors exercise

Dustin and Kandace were the second team to arrive at the pit stop with the gnome

Then Charla found the next clue

Eric did the kick down the doors deal

Then Charla and Myrna got the gnome in the boat and headed for the Jockey Club for the pit stop

Eric and Danielle were just getting to the park after Charla left

then Eric and Danielle had to go to the Jockey Club

Myrna and Charla were trying to find the club

Eric asked for directions

Charla and Myrna were #3

So Eric and Danielle were the last team to arrive but it was not an elimination round, so they were saved; however, for the next round they stood the chance to be eliminated as they have a 30 minute penalty.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Amazing Race All Stars - Episode 5

Aired - Sunday, March 18, 2007

I missed the original air time as I was delayed in returning home so a friend of mine taped it for me.

The show started at Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world; Funny as neighboring Punta Arenas, Chile also stakes this claim. Ushuaia is the 4th pit stop for the race.

The others were shocked that Rob and Amber were no longer in the race, but were also glad they were gone.

Oswald and Danny were the first to depart at 12:02a

They had to use a device to find an avalanche beacon which is buried with their next clue at Marshall Glacier.

At 12:06a Eric and Danielle departed, followed by Terri and Ian at 1:04a, Joe & Bill at 1:55a, 1:58a Dustin and Kandace at 1:58a, Uchena and Joyce at 2:38a and finally at 2:41a, Myrna and Charla. It is so much easier now to keep track of everyone.

The ski lift to the glacier opened at 8a so everyone caught up; it is kind of pointless when they do this; I think they should let them enter the Glacier based on the same time intervals that they had departed the pit stop.

Joe and Bill were first to find the beacon with the next clue which was to fly to Maputo, Mozambique (MPM). They then showed an Austral MD80 taking off and then showed an airplane with winglets in flight landing; possibly a Boeing 737; good grief at least show the same aircraft landing that you show departing.

Teams had to use a travel agency to buy tickets as they could not buy the international tickets at the Ushuaia airport (USH). They then showed an airport with a Qantas A330 at the gate...I am pretty sure that was not Ushuaia. In case the contestants could not find an earlier flight, they were all given tickets for the last flight to Maputo.

Uchena and Joyce were the next to find the clue.

Terri and Ian were #4
Charla and Myrna were #5
Dustin and Kandace #6
Oswald and Danny were last to find the clue
There was a flight departing at 9:40a which Oswald, Danny, Terri and Ian were able to get.

At one point you could see the reservations as the camera panned across the printer, but it was fuzzed out.

The next shot showed them in the interior of an Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) plane showing a 2-2 First class configuration with coats being hung at the back of First class. Then, an Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 747-400 (744) was shown taxiing and then showed a MD80 (M80) taking off; it is the same plane they showed when they talked about flying to Maputo initially.

I must congratulate them though on showing the full routing of the trip:

  • Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) to Buenos Aires to
  • Argentina (EZE) to Sao Paulo to
  • Brazil (GRU) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) to
  • Maputo, Mozambique (MPM).

Then they showed a Boeing 737-200 landing in what was possibly Maputo. The next image shown was the Maputo airport sign with African music playing in the background and then the Boeing 737-200 again. The airline is LAM a local airline in Maputo with its Web site visible on the side of the plane as as they disembarked and started running. The aircraft's registered was BAI (Lurino).

After landing, they all got a car with a driver provided; the next clue was a road block:

Who smells a rat

Then they had a detour

Pamper: go to the market and convince people to paint their nails

Porter: fill 10 large 45lb bags with coal

Fortaleza is the next pit stop

Myrna and Charla in first place as they finished the task first - nail painting, they won a trip for two from Travelocity to Aruba

Dustin and Kandice were #2
Terri and Ian were #3
Oswald & Danny #4
Phil said he was surprised they went for the coal
Joe and Bill #5
Eric and Danielle #6; Eric said they got beat by a bunch of queens (referring to Joe and Bill)

Uchena and Joyce were the last to arrive; this not an elimination round though, but the bad news is that they must arrive 1st at the next pit stop or they have a 30-minute penalty.