We all virtually, and in rare instances, personally, know of Jumanah Al-Ghadban a.k.a. “Jacqui”. She might prefer to solely exist in our cyber space through the renowned Jacqui Doll, but this consistently awesome blogger has won her place in our hearts with her informed opinions on the world of technology, literature and entertainment.
Jacqui started blogging in 2004, where she loved the idea of sharing her notions about our crazy world online. She explains, “I started writing about my college days, what I would do, how I felt, and shared things that I found interesting. Back in 2004 we were just a handful of bloggers and most would either share personal stories or stories about Kuwait, and 80% were anonymous. I think my passion for reading and thinking a lot in my head led me to want to jot down those thoughts.” The content we see nowadays on couchavenue.com however, is far more organized. We get personal tidbits intertwined with exacting details about her views on the latest television shows and her favorite topic ever: Apple products. She added, “My obsession with Apple helped me write more gadget-y posts, whereas the fact that I watch more than 150+ television shows a year led me to create Fall Television Schedules for which most of my readers await anxiously.” Jacqui delivers all of this information in such a seamless format. She expertly discusses Apple’s latest releases, provides price comparisons between different smartphones, and much more.
In a time when the popularity battle between Android and iOS is peaking, we asked Jacqui what she would do if all Apple products somehow become obsolete, “I would pretty much join them and become obsolete. I think there is an Apple where my heart should be.” She might not originally remember why she fell in love with the brand in the first place, but Jacqui currently boasts an astounding collection of Apple products that includes, and is not limited to, an iMac 27”, MacBook Pro 17”, MacBook Pro 15” with Retina Display, MacBook Air 13” (a couple of them actually), and a MacBook Air 11” whom she calls her ‘children’ and not to mention the countless iPods (her first foray into the Apple craze) as well as numerous iPads and iPhones.
Whether you follow her on Instagram or through any other social media channel, this blogger’s voice is loud and clear. Jacqui loves the interaction one enjoys via Instagram, but she’ll be there to read your comments and wacky feedback regardless!
How would your mother describe you in one word?
How would you describe your mother in one word?
What is the most ridiculous question you’ve ever been asked?
I guess it must be “Are You Kuwaiti?” I seem to always exude a foreigner image and not a Kuwaiti one.
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
Travelled all the way to Dubai just to watch Johnny Depp’s latest movie for one day.
What is your theme song?
Inspector Gadget’s theme song or any song by Tupac, especially “Thug N Me, Thug N You”.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
English: “Awesome”. Arabic: “3ajeeeeeb”
Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location?
I would love to live in either New York City or Italy. I pretty much fell in love with the New York lifestyle, walking everywhere and only grabbing taxicabs when you are in need of them. Manhattan just seems so beautiful. Whereas, Italy is a dream location since forever. I still haven’t set foot there though.
What is the first famous quote that comes to mind?
“Live like there is no tomorrow” someone said that, I can’t remember who though.
What do you miss about your childhood?
Being an only child and having all the attention focused on me.
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Jacqui, I have adopted it as a name now, I actually answer to it.
Describe your handshake in one word?
What is the toughest part of your character?
My bluntness and straightforward words, I don’t like to sugar-coat things, even when talking to family members.
Who is your favorite historical figure?
Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance man.
What in the world do you least desire?
What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of, would make the world a better place?
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
Because I am down to earth, and easy to talk to.
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”
Burgers and pizza. Actually, happiness is a thing called Apple.