Name (Age): Tai Trang (51)
Tribe Designation: Beauty
Current Residence: San Francisco
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a part of the AIDS Life
Cycle ride for the past 13 years. A 545-miles, 7-day camping and bicycle
ride from SF to LA to benefit HIV and AIDS services. In total, Iíve
raised over $75,000 for the LA LGBT Center and SF AIDS Foundation. I
love this grueling, but fun, mental and physical challenging experience.
Inspiration in Life: My parents. They worked so hard
to provide for 11 of my siblings. During and after the Vietnam war, we
were so poor, we had to eat plain rice with soy sauce for months.
Somehow they managed to get us all on a fishing boat to escape Communism
and luckily we all survived 11 days on the open ocean. In an Indonesian
refugee camp, my mom made and sold one cookie at a time to earn extra
money for her children. They are the ones that taught me self-reliance
and my mom always reminds me ďIf you have health and both hands, you
can never go to sleep cold or hungry.Ē
Hobbies: Planning dinner parties, cooking for friends
and keeping bees. I am fascinated by the colonyís social structures. I
also enjoy reading and discussing fiction in our book club.
Pet Peeves: Foodies, double parked cars and lazy
3 Words to Describe You: Energetic, resourceful and
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would
They Be and Why? Coffee-my life necessity, I grew up loving Vietnamese
coffee since I was 3 years old; a razor- I like to shave my head and
face to feel young (a survival must) and clean; ďThe Windup Bird
Chronicle,Ē itís a surreal Japanese fiction that would relax me.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Spencer, I like
his positive spirit and determination to survive in given situations,
and Bob Crowley, because weíre both older, nice, likable players with
non-threatening demeanors who work hard.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Definitely, the fun of
testing my ability to survive in harsh conditions, pushing my body
physically and mentally to the fullest. I would love to compete in
challenges against younger, stronger or bigger players to prove that
size and age does not matter in this game. I believe in playing a good
social game, and the nice guy always can win in the end. Also, to win
the million dollars!
Why You Think Youíll "Survive" SURVIVOR:
As a gardener and fishermen, I have the outdoor skills to build shelter,
climb trees, forage for food, fish and dive. I am a vegetarian but I
will harvest sea life for the tribe if it keeps me in the game. I will
be useful and work hard at camp. Iím physically fit and will help win
challenges. Being the middle child of 11 kids, I know how to get along
and be the peacemaker. I can share my childhood war stories to pass time
and charm people while bringing good spirit and harmony to the tribe.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Growing
up poor and without many of lifeís comforts, I have the physical and
mental stamina to survive in harsh environments. Iím determined and
never give up till I get what Iím after. I am short and
non-threatening, most people seem to like me and often are drawn to me
for whatever reason. I am genuinely nice and will treat everyone well
(but donít cross me, not even once). I will do whatever it takes to
become the Sole Survivor. Even though itíll be difficult and
devastating to betray my alliance, my ultimate goal is to win. I want to
be a winner that everyone thinks is a little odd, but endearing, who
plays a smart and interesting game with some spicy drama.