1. How your first month of crypto looked like?
April 1, 2017 seems so long ago, I almost do not remember. I believe it consisted of me trying to learn everything about Bitcoin. I watched a ton of Youtube videos trying to find quality sources of information.
2. What you do for living?
I am partner in a bespoke law firm in Southern California. My practice is in civil litigation.
3. Tell us about your background.
I am a child of immigrants who fled the war torn country of Vietnam to escape terrors of daily life by the Communist regime. Prior to escaping, my mother was pregnant with my sister right after the fall of Saigon. My father was serving time in a hard labor communist re-education camp in the jungle because he had been caught trying to leave the country with my mother and sister. My mother gave birth to my sister in an abandoned hospital with no electricity in the dark by a midwife. My sister was terribly sick and Fiat money was not being accepted for goods and services. My grandfather had to barter for antibiotics to save her life. When my father was finally released, they tried again to leave, this time using gold to purchase space on a 30 foot boat. They landed on the island of Pulau Bidong and eventually ended up in the United States where I was born. I think it’s very important to be able to maintain custody of your own money, if you want to. Bitcoin is like having some gold in case of emergencies, except it's not so heavy, and you can send it around the world in a jiffy.
4. How you became involved in crypto and CT?
My law partner told me about Bitcoin first, then Ethereum, and Litecoin. Once I got into other crypto assets, I went searching for real-time information to gauge sentiment, etc. Since I had been using twitter for news, I set up a new account and began tweeting.
5. When will you go full time crypto?
Not sure, I do like my career as an attorney (as long as it’s on my own terms). If the bull market comes and I can trade, that would be the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae of my life.
6. What your regular day looks like?
I wake up around 7, tweet for a couple hours in bed, go back to sleep, get ready, drive to work around 10 am, leave around 3 pm, go hot yoga, take a walk along the beach, go home and get on my computer.
7. What are you currently working on and what are your plans for 2018 onwards?
I am really excited about video games on the blockchain. I am going to start twitch streaming @neondistrictRPG games. Very exciting.
8. What does Bella do on her spare time?
Spend time with my family- they live in the desert and we love to swim in my parents pool, spend time with my friends, travel as much as possible, yoga, hiking, watch movies, shop, dog watch, listen to music, go to concerts, play the drums, contemplate life, dream about the future, and be grateful for the present.
9. You seem to bring people together in a very hostile CT, what is your secret?
The hostility I see in others is just a manifestation of their frustration, sadness, or whatever negative thing is happening in their life at the moment. I think I am able to empathize with people, I know where they are coming from and I see their side. My mother had cancer and I’ve been through the worse in life, nothing is really that serious. Also, I just like to laugh :)
10. What you make of current market situation and what you foresee 2018 and 2019 will look like?
I wish I had enough experience in any market to be able give an expert based opinion. However, I am a lawyer and not a financial expert. In terms of Bitcoin, it is my hope that there is a reversal and if that happens, it will be another bullrun. Now is the time to prepare your emotions for something like that. In my lay opinion, many of the 1,000’s of cryptocurrencies will go away, some may recover, and life will go on. If you look at Dogecoin, you will see that it has gone through its tried and true market cycle once again, i.e., no need to be concerned.
11. What you currently hold for long term? Why?
I think Bitcoin is the safest hold for long term if you believe that people will continue to demand it due to its limited amount, most advanced blockchain tech, decentralized attributes, and the amount of money already invested in it.
12. What is best about CT?
It’s the hub where some of the quickest, funniest, wittiest, most brilliant minds come to collaborate. It’s a mini ecosystem. The people I have met in real life from cryptotwitter, 99% have been some of the most genuine, amazing, generous people I have met in my life. I've always had a lot of friends, but never felt like I was truly understood. I feel I am here.
13. What is worse about CT?
I think some people think that if you aren’t actively trading Bitcoin, you don’t bring any value to the space. That’s really strange to me.
14. Bitcoin or BCash, why?
15. Who are you fan #1 in crypto? Why?
That’s tough, I am a fan of soooo many on Cryptotwitter. My favorite Bitcoin person is Andreas Antonopolous. He is always reasonable and kind in his discussions regarding Bitcoin. He even wrote a book on Ethereum which took a lot of slack for. He seems like a good person. He was in the discord I am a co-founder of and we accidently kicked him out. Please come back.
My first interaction ever with Bella was when I interviewed @CryptoChoe, she commented on the Q&A as per below:
Having our full attention to a topic in specific, within “crypto Twitter”, makes us lose connection to reality, despite being an amazing resource for crypto market sensibility, also following people with very similar characteristics as our own, makes us suffer from the echo chamber effect.
It is not very common to see young and talented lawyers like Bella in CT, contributing to the space. As one would shill a project on CT, Bella for me is THE funniest, non-technical, unbiased, and one of the coolest person in this space. Would definitely like to meet her IRL in one of these crypto conferences, do yourselves a favor and follow her. Thank you very much Bella for sharing a glimpse of your life with us, greatly appreciated.
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