The Cost of a Million Bucks: Nonexistent Bus Repairing Skills

Bangladesh is the new addition to The Amazing Race roster

They started the race in Bangil and they are instructed to go to Bangladesh. It is a new country and it excites me. This is what the race is all about – learning new things about our world, it’s various cultures that are little known. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country and one of the poorest. I am quite happy that they overlooked these facts and its other implications by going through this country.

However, the downside of going to a new / crazily weird country is that flights are scarce. This forces the teams to be all in the same flight and start the race over again. A foot race is important and getting the best taxi is an advantage.

As expected, the contestants are astounded with what they have seen with Bangladesh. They have never probably seen a place as dirty and chaotic as this. There weren’t emotional people though and there weren’t monologues on how they now appreciate the life they live and that there really are people who can live in such condition.

They first went to Rubel Model Auto Mobiles for their Roadblock. They had to repair a bus that traverses the streets of Dhaka. They had to apply a putty and sand it on one section of the bus then they have to remove seats from the bus and transfer them to the seat refurbishing area. This is probably one of the hardest tasks these teams had to endure. Being a boy does not determine that you’ll do good in this task especially in the putty-applying and sanding parts. Teams definitely struggled because they probably haven’t done this manual labor before.

The Fast Forward makes its first appearance on this leg. If ever they take the Fast Forward, they had to be rat catching assistants to a pest control agent. They had to go around the city and collect dead rats from different locations. I wished that they had to make this more time-consuming and needs more courage. Because boys could definitely just collect dead rats. It would have been better if they participated in the hunt and killing of the rats. That would have been nice and better TV than just walking and getting them. This could potentially make up a lot of time and produce a big time disparity between the winner of the Fast Forward and the first one to finish all the set tasks because the Road Block alone is very time-consuming.

After the teams are done with the Roadblock, they are instructed to go to the market and go to a dried fish vendor. They have to find a dried fish with race colors in exchange for the clue. The teams are all complaining about the smell of the fish. I was a bit giggly because I love the smell of dried fish.

They had the Detour to do next – Pound the Metal or Pound the Cotton. It was a choice between creating a javelin-like metal or creating a mattress with cotton fillings. This leg is really challenging the strength and endurance of the teams because of the physical challenges. This might be due to the fact that manual labor is very common in Bangladesh and most of them are using natural resources and materials for everyday things.

Upon finishing the Detour, they had to go to Old Dhaka and look for Phil and the mat.

Shyambazar Chan Mia Ghat is the pit stop for this leg of the race.

Two things.

I love the fact that the remaining non-competitive team is eliminated. I am happy that they are because they have escaped elimination since the first leg of the race by finishing before the last team arrives. I am not bitter, it’s just that for proclaiming themselves as super fans of the game, they have done nothing worth remembering. But, I acknowledge, though, that being a super fan does not necessarily mean that you’re really good at it.

I love the fact that they are able to go to Bangladesh and introduce to the audience its culture and current situation. I hope that they can also do tasks that have relevance to the country’s history or its contributions to world progress.

This is good television as opposed to the legs in Indonesia. Dhaka has been more exciting and culturally-relevant and eye-opening.

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