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Paige Lim
Friday, May 30, 2014

Travel, Asia

Exploring Asia on two wheels

The Straits Times | Paige Lim | Friday, May 30, 2014

American biker travel host Jaime Dempsey visits East Malaysia and Brunei in the new season of Ride N' Seek, host-driven motorcycle documentary by A+E Networks Asia.

It may be her fourth time here, but Ride N' Seek travel host Jaime Dempsey cannot get enough of Asia.

She tells Life!: "I love Asia. It has so much culture and there are so many different things around here that I'd definitely require much more time to explore."

Ride N' Seek is a host-driven motorcycle documentary by A+E Networks Asia and airs on cable television channel History (StarHub TV Channel 401).

In the new second season, Dempsey will be taking a road trip on her bike across East Malaysia and Brunei to explore both mainstream and "off the beaten track" locations and activities over the course of 30 days. This latest season comprises six episodes and premieres in August.

In the first season of Ride N' Seek, which aired in June last year, she travelled through Peninsula Malaysia on her bike.

Outside of filming, the 38-year-old, who lives in California, works at a bar and designs swimwear.

She stopped over in Singapore last Tuesday and left for Malaysia a day later. Filming for the new season starts today.

Dempsey, who has been to Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore in Asia so far, says: "I received many requests on my Facebook page from viewers in the Philippines and Indonesia to visit their countries next, so I'd definitely love to take Ride N' Seek to these two places."

Mr Chris Humphrey, 48, production director for A+E Networks Asia which distributes History in Asia, says: "We invited Jamie back for a second season of Ride N' Seek as she has a genuine fanbase in this region. We love that she is still new to travelling in Asia so she sees everything with a fresh set of eyes and is game for anything."

Dempsey may be a big fan of Asia, but how did locals in fairly conservative Peninsula Malaysia take to a heavily tattooed American biker girl when she visited the last time?

"I was actually surprised at how accepting people were of me. Many of them admired my tattoos, especially the kids, and they were very willing to teach me the customs and traditions of their culture," she says chirpily, adding that people would approach her on the streets for pictures.

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