I'm Sabrina and I'm a Bettaholic... oops, wrong group! Or not? haha
Anyways, I got my first betta from Straits Aquariums (Singapore) in December 2004, when I was 12 years old, had my first spawn in February 2005, visited and helped out at my first Betta Show in April 2005, got my first prizes at my second betta show (the first one I brought fish to) in April or May 2006, became an IBC Judge for Area 2 in 2010 and got internationally certified in June 2011.
I was actively breeding until 2010, then moved to LA for 3 months in January 2011 to check out an acting school after I had graduated from high school, loved it so much that I had to come back and have been in LA on and off since then, going to acting school (Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute) and working on my acting and modeling career therefore not having the chance to continue breeding for the moment, but still attending any shows fairly close by to judge whenever I get the chance to.
I'm also on the JBoard since January, representing Area 2 (Europe).
My other passion is my little Poodle boy, Cookie, who finally lives here in LA with me and comes wherever I can take him and loves learning new tricks etc.
Thanks to my parents I have had several chances to go and visit betta farms and markets and go betta fishing/catching all over South East Asia, mainly in Thailand and Singapore but also for a day in Indonesia. I really enjoyed those experiences and feel they helped me a lot in understanding more about betta and the hobby in general, as well as broadening my horizon about how people live, survive and have their hobbies in very different parts of the world.
We originally started out with Chinese Goldfish, which we still love a lot and have several large tanks with at home. We also visited Goldfish farms in China, Singapore and Israel, which was an entirely different experience to betta farms.
I'm really glad we finally have a "real" IBC forum up and running!