|Zabrina & Joe Jer|
|Members|| Zabrina Fernandez|
Joe Jer Tee
|Hometown||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Roadblock Count|| Zabrina: 6|
Joe Jer: 6
|Countries raced|| |
- Age: 26
- Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Age: 29
- Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Friends from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Zabrina and Joe Jer are nothing if not lovable. Viewers will find themselves taking to these two immediately, for their ready smiles and easy-going camaraderie.
These two young women are looking forward to the fun and the adventure of The Amazing Race Asia - particularly being able to share it with a friend.
Friends from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and self-described reality show freaks, these two ex-colleagues see their friendship as an asset that will support them through their efforts in the race.
"We're good friends," says Joe Jer "We can talk to each other."
Zabrina agrees. "We have the same sense of humour, that's why it's good."
Friendship comes with its own price - both of them can also be very direct, something that causes occasional friction. Eventually, though, the two manage to clear the air, and are all the stronger for it.
Joe Jer and Zabrina met at the workplace, while working for a TV station. Joe Jer had been working there for some time before Zabrina joined the firm, and was one of the first friendly faces that Zabrina encountered there and soon a friendship blossomed when they discovered that they both had a mutual love for television.
Not just a love for television, but in particular, for reality television shows. They are hard-core fans, and the two of them see this as one of the strengths that they will bring to The Amazing Race Asia.
"We know the game," says Zabrina. "We really know it. We watch it all the time. We take note of all the things that go wrong and right in the game."
Knowing the game backwards and forwards also means that they know what mistakes to avoid, when to push one another, and when to let go. They've already developed some strategies that they will be bringing to the game, including keeping their heads, not laying blame, and not wasting time bickering.
They plan to make decisions first, take appropriate action, whether right or wrong, and then bicker later. Clearly, they intend to learn from the mistakes of others.
A love for television is not the only thing that they have in common. It is obvious from watching them interact how similar they both are - quick-witted, spontaneous, and more than a little gutsy.
They banter easily, back and forth, and are quick to pick up where the other left off, as though they're used to finishing each others' sentences. They're also both into sports, and can be quite competitive.
In other ways, they can be quite different.
For example, Zabrina is the more emotional of the two, and can cry at the drop of a hat. Joe Jer, on the other hand, is somewhat more stoic, and does not react quite so easily. Fortunately, the two of them seem quite comfortable compensating for one another's shortcomings, so whenever Zabrina would get tense over the auditions, Joe Jer would calm her down.
"Joe Jer's also quite stern, so I'm quite afraid of her," says Zabrina. Jokingly, of course, but Joe Jer is quick to protest.
Their fast-talking style might become their trademark on the show - they trade barbs, back and forth, with the ease and the pace of a television sitcom. Joe Jer is punctual to a fault, Zabrina is never, ever on time, Joe Jer is a perfectionist, Zabrina a little more laid back, Joe Jer is more thrifty than Zabrina, and the list goes on.
Viewers may enjoy trying to spot these differences, although it might be difficult to find them since the two are good at supporting one another.
Having worked together, the two have already worked out many of the kinks in their relationship. They have had fights, yelled at each other, and so on. They have already seen how their friendship works under pressure, and are confident that it will survive The Amazing Race Asia.
"The Amazing Race Asia is a whole new game," says Zabrina, "There hasn't been an all-woman team winner yet, so we could be the first."
Acknowledging their shortcomings, including the fact that they do not appear to be physically intimidating, the two still manage to give it a positive spin, hoping that their opponents will underestimate them. Besides, they have people skills, and will use whatever they have to their advantage during the course of the game.
Taking part in The Amazing Race Asia was, for them, a chance to break out of their routines and try something new, with the prospect of some nice prizes at the end. It will also give them the opportunity to do some traveling, something that both of these women enjoy.
Both of them are already savouring the prospect of The Amazing Race Asia, looking forward to the adventure of the entire thing.
"We're going to enjoy the ride," says Joe Jer.
They are also hoping to make it all the way to the end, even though they might look like unlikely contenders. They're still willing to use everything at their disposal, particularly their wit and intelligence, to make some waves and stir things up a bit.
Clearly, these are two young women who are looking forward to the fun and the adventure of The Amazing Race Asia - particularly being able to share it with a friend.
The Amazing Race Asia 1
|Zabrina & Joe Jer's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||Malaysia||Paint / Pot||No Roadblock||3 of 10|
|2||2||Malaysia → Indonesia||Push / Sell||Zabrina||4 of 10|
|3||3||Indonesia||Wet / Dry||Joe Jer||5 of 9|||
|4||4||Indonesia → Australia||Elevation / Crustacean||Joe Jer||6 of 8|
|5||5||Australia → New Zealand||Rugby / Rigging||Zabrina||3 of 8|
|6||6||New Zealand||Ledge / Luge||Joe Jer||3 of 7|
|7||7||New Zealand → Singapore → Thailand||Bacon / Eggs||Joe Jer||6 of 6|
|8||8||Thailand||Smash / Grab||Zabrina||5 of 6|
|9||9||Thailand → India||Carry / Count||Zabrina||4 of 5|||
|10||Deliver / Donkey||Joe Jer||4 of 5|
|11||10||India → United Arab Emirates||Hack / Hike||Zabrina||3 of 4|
|12||11||United Arab Emirates||Ride / Seek||Joe Jer||2 of 4|
|13||12||United Arab Emirates → Malaysia||Brain / Brawn||Zabrina||1 of 3|
- The two friends were the Pit Stop greeters on Leg 3 of The Amazing Race Asia 5 in their home country of Malaysia.
- First all-female team to win The Amazing Race in any version.
- First team to win the race without using the Fast Forward or the Yield.
- First team to win the race without winning any of the previous legs.
- First team from Malaysia to win the race.
- First all-female team to reach the final three.
- First team to reach the final three without winning any previous legs.
- First team to cross the finish line first and win the race.
- The Star Online (02/02/2007): "Malaysian duo are champs in Amazing Race Asia"
- Jerry Donato at Phil Star (02/23/2007): "The amazing girls of Race Asia"
- Sandra Low at The Star Online (10/16/2010): "Colleagues & chums"
- S. Indra Sathiabalan at The Sun Daily (10/03/2016): "Bitten by racing bug"
Social Media Profiles
- Zabrina's Facebook: /zabrina.fernandez.9
- Joe Jer's Facebook: /joejer
|The Amazing Race Asia 1 Teams|