1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I wrote my very first column for TechCentral; I set foot in North America; I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Jamiroquai live; I visited a Star Trek convention in Taipei; and I made my first radio “appearance” on Kaya FM for a tech slot.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make new years’ resolutions. Ever.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
I’m in Durban and there’s not much to do here (don’t argue with me, I lived here for 21 years).
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
I went to the US for the first time, and returned to Taiwan.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Just to be more patient, especially on the roads but I struggle with that.
7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
5 December 2013, the day we lost Nelson Mandela.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being offered the opportunity to write for one of the best technology websites in South Africa – TechCentral.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Letting a friendship die in not-the-best-possible way.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera.
12. Where did most of your money go?
On my birthday holiday to New York.
13. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Eminem – Berzerk
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being sometimes negative.
16. What was your favourite TV program?
Breaking Bad. Obvs.
17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t think I hate anyone.
18. What was the best book you read?
Uh well, my Kindle remained mostly uncharged 🙁
19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I was recently introduced to Karnivool, a progressive rock band from Australia.
20. What was your favourite film of this year?
21. What did you do on your birthday?
Instead of being depressed about turning 30, I decided to do something I love – travel – in a city I loved without having visited before – New York. The day was special because I spent the morning with 2 dear friends who happened to be in New York at The High Line in Chelsea, saw a play on Broadway and had a very satisfying lobster dinner in Times Square. It was the best birthday/holiday I had and I’m not even going to try and top it in the years to come.
22. What kept you sane?
Talking to my cat.
23. Who did you miss?
24. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a great bunch of people earlier this year through mutual friends (Sameer and Faranaaz) whom I play boardgames with every second Sunday. They are Lisa, Justin and Matt.
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
If you’re a freelancer, you have to meet a deadline. If you’re an employer, you don’t have to pay the freelancer on time as promised.
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 14 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. ✉️ firstname.lastname@example.org