#Survivor Insights 263: Island of The Idols – Lesson of The Story (Episode 3)

A safe blanket protects you from inevitable harm. It is your life insurance. You don’t know when it is needed but you still need it when the right time comes.

My Early Favorite – Update: Safe | More Lessons: Episode 1Episode 2

Vince Moua, 27, California

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#Survivor Insights 262: Island of The Idols – Lesson of The Story (Episode 2)

Unexpected things happen all the time. You either see it coming or not, be prepared anyway.

My Favorite – Update: Safe | More Lessons Episode 1

Molly Byman voted out in Survivor Island of The Idols.
Molly Byman, 27, California

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#Survivor Insights 261: Island of The Idols – Lesson of The Story (Episode 1)

It is good to have a plan. Planning is good. Just plan right and, be flexible as the plan starts to roll forward. A good plan is different from over-planning. Over-planning is unhealthy, especially when it involves others to take action. It is unhealthy for your mindset. It is also unhealthy for others to listen to.

My Early Favorite – Update: Safe

Ronnie Bardah, 35, Nevada

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#Survivor Insights 260: Island of The Idols – My Early Favorite

It is my routine to choose a set of favorites before a new season unfolds. I expect myself to pick 4 people from two different tribes – one male and one female for each regardless of age. Sometimes, I chose 6 if there are three tribes.

This upcoming 39th season is a different and special one.

For the first time in the history of the show, my namesake is in the new cast. Been waiting for this moment for long, 18 years to be exact. This Dean will represent our brand name in front of the million fans and Survivor Alumni worldwide.

I know this sounds crazy. This is my first time doing it, I am taking the risk to bet on Dean Kowalski alone.

Win, lose, blindsided, I am on #TeamDean all the way!

The first time I saw his CBS Profile, Dean appears to be an ideal pick to win. He looks young, he looks ripped and he sounds intelligent. His video application exudes confidence. Anyone can also feel envious of his work resume.

Some would only say, “Nah, this man does not need the money.”

A Googler Executive, a former teacher, a basketball player – Dean makes himself a triple threat. Tracing back, alpha males rarely win. They are either voted out early or blindsided before the final four.

Yet, this is not always the case. Joining a reality competition show is neither all about money or how attractive you can be. Given, not every one can win the million dollars. Given, this prize money won’t feed you and your family forever. Yet, competing on Survivor is a life experience – it does not happen on anyone every day.

Especially when you have a namesake for the first time Hahaha.

Dean Kowalski in Survivor Island of The Idols

Interestingly, Dean looks up to Wendell Holland – he was an alpha in season 36 who eventually won. Dean wishes to follow his quiet leadership.

Wendell was smart and calm most of the time. He created an alliance early. In fact, he is one of my 4 favorite winners of all time despite of a disappointing season.

In a game filled with backstabbers and feign friends, Wendell made Domenick his shield. This was an unbreakable shield helping Wendell throughout the game.

As for a newcomer, this is a tough assignment but Dean describes himself as jovial, observant and likeable. With these qualities played on the mix, any tough assignment can be made easy. It may not be as easy as drinking water. It is a process. It might take time, some sacrifices too, but it is realistically possible.

Probably, the key question here is not if he wins or not. Nothing is black and white in Survivor. Every thing is possible.

Real champions, like those 37 sole survivors, adjust. For this reason and with Boston Rob and Sandra as iconic mentors, it intrigues me how will Dean downplay his strong personality to get far.

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Deantastic Reviews: Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James

2.3.4/30: Due to my deep curiosity about BDSM, I’m done reading FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY. This is the first erotica I read that is narrated in first-person-perspective in present tenses. It’s an easy read. Basically, Fifty Shades is a love story between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. These two main characters produce an instant chemistry when Ana interviews Christian for her best friend’s school paper. 3 STARS!

Yet, the trilogy is too long. Each book contains more than 500 pages. There are times that I get tired and bored with the sex activities they do with or without BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism). Excessive repetition is unnecessary, but their first is sweet by the way. It’s found on Book 1, Chapter 8, page 109.

The character formation of Christian Grey fascinates me. He grows up as rich, smart and physically attractive but beyond his control, he’s still heavily devoured by his traumatic past. He’s an adopted Grey raised by Carrick and Grace. Elena Lincoln, on the other hand, is a family friend who sexually abused Christian when he was 15. This was Christian’s unhealthy lifestyle for six years.

As a result, Christian Grey becomes a controlling person with a Type-A personality by the age of 27. I’m not a psychologist but subconsciously, I can tell he continues the dark secret lifestyle introduced to him by Elena. He turns himself into a man who feels he can convince any women to be his submissive. Ana is his victim. I can sense he loves her. He needs her but due to his strong desire to be in control all the time, he fails to understand that love is a mutual feeling that needs to be nourished with trust and respect. Thanks to Ana’s unconditional love. As their relationship is constantly tested, Christian finally learns to understand his weakness and accepts his past is his history that he needs to let go.

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