Amazing Race Singapore clones

As if the Singapore’s version of The Amazing Race is another of them lame clones of the western versions (because the media industry doesn’t seem to be able to produce original quality programmes), I discovered to my horror that there are even clones of the Singaporean version!

I was walking along City Hall in a hurry yesterday evening, on my way to a friend’s birthday dinner when I was approached by two guys who were looking extremely flustered. They explained quickly that they were taking part in a Amazing Race-sque competition and came in as the second last team, so as the next challenge, they had to collect 25 bucks to take a taxi to their next destination and were appealing for help. While I tried to brush them off like all good Singaporeans do to donation collectors, his persistence eventually made me give him 2 dollars so that he’ll stop hounding me all the way to my destination.

I sure hope that wasn’t some form of a lame con or something.

6 Comments so far

  1. Fahim (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 9:13 pm

    hahaha. you sure are coned. but never mind 2 bucks is not that much a big amount.

  2. liangcai (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    yeah I figured that much too.

  3. Aman (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

    If they were participating in a televised competition there should have been camera’s following them I guess.

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  5. (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 4:46 am

    With all respect… where in the name in hell do they run to? ocean? i mean, if the singapore version means that is a race around singapore.. whooah there must be the quickest season (two episodes) that i’ve ever seen lol

  6. liangcai (unregistered) on June 10th, 2006 @ 12:38 am

    My best bet is that it would be just a simple island wide treasure hunt-esque thing for some private organisation. Definitely not the work of the local media I can gurantee you.

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