I had been wondering earlier about the large group with 12 members for this season of jungle survival in Yap as the groups for the past seasons were much smaller. With the departure of Seong Su, Yi Gyeong and Kang Nam and arrival of 3 new members, it’s now clear that not all members would be staying for the entire duration of filming on Yap. A small group would be easier to manage as not everyone can endure the rough living conditions.
It was certainly unexpected to have to alight a short distance from shore and wade over the uneven seabed.
Holding on to each other as they carefully made their way in. Ji Won seemed rather fearful of what was in the water so the other two decided to tease him by picking something up and throwing it in his direction.
Byeong Man welcomes the new members and to let them know what to expect, had Ryu Dam show them his leg which was covered with insect bites. They would have to be prepared for the constant attacks from the many mosquitoes and sand flies.
The group was amused that Ji Won had brought along kimchi in a cold pack which he managed to get through immigration. At first I had thought that he should have known they could not possibly bring it into the jungle and then realized that he had brought them as a gift for the filming crew.
Okeefe’s Island, also known as Tarang
The team would be heading to the southeast tip of the island where they would find stone money that faces the sky.
No proper walking path and they would have to rely on a compass to find their way.
They would also have to be careful of the spiky Pandanus leaves.
“This is the first time in my life coming like this, not knowing where the path is and just going in the direction as Kim Byeong Man. Moving just a little would bring on cold sweat, and the bugs are attacking.”
Tightening the straps of his knee protective gear.
The problem mentioned is that of worn down knee cartilage (osteoarthritis).
It must be tough to trudge up the slopes with his problem knees. I was a bit concerned to see him like this but glad that he did not seem to be hurting much. I got a bit worried when I did not see him with Byeong Man’s group in front, or with Ji Won’s group at the back. Surely they would not have left him on his own so it was a relief to see him catch up with the first group. He was probably a bit behind them.
Checking the compass often for direction and keeping to the southeast.
Though Byeong Man had walked ahead quickly, Ryu Dam had probably been instructed to stay with the slower ones trudging behind.
This was the site where David Okeefe had used to live on this island in 1871 and he had made this table in a similar shape as stone money.
For their second survival challenge, they would not be able to use a knife but to rely on whatever is available in nature. As some of them were wondering how they were going to catch and clean fishes or cut fruits without a knife, Byeong Man asked them to look around for sharp pieces of stones which they could use in place of knives. He also showed them how to break the tip of a bamboo stem into sharp strips to use as a hunting tool.
Ji Won found a piece of wood with a sharp tip which he could use for fishing.
He probably cannot swim as he keeps to shallow water and has difficulty using the snorkel piece.
Sang Hyun felt a bit piqued by Ji Won’s comment that the fish would go through the big holes of the net as he had spent an hour working on it. Probably he was using more bark strips to go across the frame. While looking at Sang Hyun’s vest Ji Won got the idea of using it as netting. He is certainly another resourceful person with creative ideas.
Having fun with their DIY net and shouting with excitement when they caught a tropical fish in the shallow water.
According to Su Bin, it’s a triggerfish which has sharp dorsal spine. He is quite knowledgeable about the various species as he loves the sea and look upon the fishes as his children.
Sang Hyun had wanted to keep the fish in the enclosure which he made with some rocks but it managed to slip through the cracks.
“It is my dream to build a raft and take it out to sea. To build a wooden house and take the raft down the Mississippi River with my friends. It had been my dream since young, building this raft brings me back to my childhood.”
Sang Hyun was telling the PD that if he could take the raft out there (pointing into the distance), then he would not need to do filming. To his surprise, the PD replied that if he can do that, he will consider it as a termination of his survival challenge. That certainly spurred him on to complete his raft.
Sang Hyun testing his raft which floated successfully much to his and everyone’s delight. As he paddled away happily, Ji Won shouted that they should go together and splashed him with water when he did not stop. These 2 are so cute sometimes, just like big kids.
Calling out to Ji Won that they would need to tie up the raft again.
Probably the binding was not strong enough.
The team did not get a good catch for the day and had only a small fish to share during dinner. Since everyone was hungry, Byeong Man negotiated with the PD that they be allowed to use a fishing net and in return, they would give some of what they catch to the filming crew. Though the PD relented, it was with the condition that they would have to give up half their catch to the crew.
While Byeong Man and Su Bin headed out for some offshore fishing, the rest tried to catch fish in shallow water near to shore. Sang Hyun got to stay on land, probably being the oldest in the group and due to his fear of water. In the previous episode, Seong Su had also stayed behind while the rest of the members went hunting.
Ji Won was scared when the cameraman mentioned a red fish which had passed him in the water.
Sang Hyun probably wanted to tease him as he added that the fish bites people.
In next week’s episode ……. the typhoon strikes