Tai Trang

Tribe Designation: Nuku

Age: 52

Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.

Previously Played On: Season 32: Kaoh Rong – 2nd Runner-up

How have you changed since the last time you played?
After playing and watching my season unfold, I am more aware and appreciative of how complex SURVIVOR is. I see my pitfalls and how I can improve. It’s a delicate balance of being true to oneself and developing trust and friendships, while at the same time knowing who I think I can beat at the end. I hope I have not become jaded or less trustful now. Each game is unique with its own dynamics and I just need to be open and see where it takes me. I need the knowledge from my past season, but not baggage. SURVIVOR is so great and winning is my ultimate goal.

What are you most proud of from the last time?
Blindsiding Scot/Jason and sending Scot home. I am proud that I broke away from their alliance to have a voice and played my own game. Deciding on my own destiny resulted in making the final three. And yes, I am so happy to have saved Mark the chicken. I worked really hard foraging for food so others didn’t eat him.  I am also proud to bring awareness to how we humans need to take care of our environment and have compassion for other living things.

What, if anything, do you most regret?
I regret not managing the jury better, and not being able to articulate, own and defend all that I accomplished during the game. I regret spending so much time and energy providing for camp which took me away from the game play. Toward the end, I was completely depleted which affected how I played and performed at the final Tribal.

How will you play differently this time?
I am much more confident about the game now. I know I have a lot to offer and I can get along with everyone, now it’s time to create strong relationships.  It’s good to have friends in both alliance and jury. I will be much more observant and aware of my position within the rest of the tribe. I need to be more flexible and fluid in this ever-changing game of strategy, focusing on the bigger picture of winning the game rather than personal friendships. Most of all I would like to be myself, take risks and have fun hanging with all these big SURVIVOR legends.

Credit: CBS.

Martin is a 31-year-old writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously ET Canada and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.