London born raised on the streets of Inner-West Sydney, Ella Bee is passionate about finding a bargain wherever it is! A keen eye for excellence in both products & services, she, insists - nay, demands - both, from street eats to fine dining venues, public transport to limousine services. She loves shopping (mainly the window type!), eating out and checking out the local gig scene.In fact she loves it so much and looks forward to sharing her local knowledge with you all!
Joined 14 July 2008 Kings Langley, NSW
I'm not a huge fan of Koorong. However, now that they have wiped out the small competitors, there is no option but to shop here. The Penrith store is a lot smaller than the West Ryde one, and hence has a more limited variety of stock. The store is located in a little complex offering 3 hours free parking, and with Koorong's in store cafe, you might just be there with a good book and a coffee!
Definitely worth the trip out to the 'Riff! The Bonds Clearance Outlet has some awesome bargains on womens, mens and kids apparel, ranging from uber cool toddler hoodies, to undies in all shapes and sizes. With their 30 day returns policy I was able to pick stuff up for the hubby and check that he liked them. No? Great, coz you can return things to their Homebush store. A must visit!
After reading all the reviews, I decided I just had to try the banh mi thit (Vietnamese rolls) from Jamison Bakery when I was in the area. Not only are the serving sizes extremely generous (I could hardly finish half of my roll!), the flavours are super authentic. Five bucks will give you a chicken roll and a bottle of water. Prepare to wait though, because come lunchtime, you'll be queueing up for a good 5-10 minutes. The only two downers for me were that the bread rolls weren't as crusty and fresh as most other places and the staff behind the counter has a sour-face through the entire serving process - I laughed when I heard another customer saying the same thing! What I do love though, is that since the bakery is tucked away in a little arcade there are aluminium school-yard style tables you can pause at to enjoy flavours! Who said Penrith had nothing to offer??
Finally had our baby and I must say, the care I received during labor was unreal. The midwives in the labor unit were wonderful and did everything they could to make sure I had a smooth delivery. However, maternity was not quite the same and the reception I received from the midwives on this level was less than impressive. My delivering midwife (the angel that she was), had booked me into a semi-private room, with only two beds (one for myself). On arriving to maternity, we were told that the room had been given away (despite the early booking) and the nurses were horribly rude to both myself and my midwife. To make things more painful, I was put into a room with 3 other women, three other screaming babies and my bed was besides the cleaners cupboards so had people coming and going all through the night. I spent the night there and checked out early as I was exhausted to the point of cranky. I realise this is a public service, but it's the health and care side of things. Surely people who work here should care about patients' health and recovery. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most of the employees here. What a shame, especially considering it is a teaching hospital
I cannot praise the staff from the IEU highly enough. Such pleasant people to deal with when unpleasant events arise. Professionalism at its best, the IEU will not let you down. Make sure you join the Union!
Not sure what the fuss is, because I've been to Lalor Park several times and I haven't had the same rude service. Yes, the folk that work there have resting-cow-face, but that doesn't mean they are cows. Just unpleasant faces is all. Anyway, who cares that they stick heaps of 50c stamps on packaging? As longs as my mail gets from A to B I'm happy. That being said, customer service is paramount, particularly in small businesses, and in a suburb like Lalor Park, you want to keep your customers happy.
Great beauty clinic that offers a variety of treatments, from jabs of Botox, to GentleYase laser. It's in a tricky spot in the centre (the Food Court?), but once you find it you're in for a treat. Service is great, with professionalism with a smile and the prices are the most competitive on the web. Definitely recommend the ladies here at Laser Clinics Rouse Hill.
A brand new store, Laser Clinics Blacktown is modern & upbeat, without being sterile and clinical. The staff are professional and friendly, with Maclean smiles (whitening much?) and suggestions on how you can get the look you're after. Don't go in there with a pram though because the rooms at the Blacktown clinic are shoebox tiny, with nowhere to even put a handbag. The good thing is, depending on your treatment, you're in and out within minutes so claustrophobes out there can rest easy! Keep an eye out for the specials on their website as they have some bargain treatments.
Awesome service for teachers or those they love! Fully qualified optometrists who are pleasant to deal with and answer any questions in a prompt & professional manner is always welcome. Parking is a bit of a pain though, as paid parking is sparse and expensive. If you aren't with Teacher's, you're missing out!
Apart from it being super busy on weekends, and weekday arvos, Westpoint is almost the perfect place to shop for me. With a plethora of grocery stores to choose from, Coles, Woolies, Aldi and other shops, Westpoint is an excellent shopping centre. Fresh food market on Level One, then stroll up and down the escalators to visit Big W, Target, Myer and other major retailers. Definitely worth a visit (perhaps outside of peak time?).
A chain of Korean-owned, Chinese-made popular women's-wear, every girl surely owns something from SES. Whether it's their $6 leggings, or $2 singlet tops, this store really does let you bag a bargain. However, be careful with your choices: no refunds (except for faulty goods), exchanges must be done from the purchasing store, WITH a receipt and within 14 days. Tricky tricksters!
When one thinks of an Early Childhood Centre, you think cosy, clean, comfortable. Not so is the Lalor Park ECC. Possibly one of the most run down services I have EVER visited: there were two broken plastic chairs in the foyer. The waiting room had the same, and I almost took my coat off to sit on it, wondering whether I might catch something contagious. The bathroom was straight out of the 40s: bright green bath (what??) colour tiles and tiny hand basin. The rooms are lined with old, worn linoleum, begging to be ripped up and changed. The paint on the walls are peeling back, exposing the old concrete backboard. Even the scales that the nurse used to weigh my son were about 60 years old. I realise this is a free government service, but seriously, take some pride in the services provided people!! Whinging aside, yes it's free and the nurse who saw us was lovely and helpful, but everything else, from the facilities to the appointment making software is really archaic and behind. Come on Mr O'Farrell and Abott! Let's get our health services in the 21st century!
I'm not sure about what the hotel's hospitality services are like, but I went here for a conference and they did not have a parent's room to change my infant child. What's more I was frowned upon for feeding my child in what I thought was a modest & discreet manner (covered with a muslin cloth, in a corner seat under some stairs). Pretty unimpressed with the whole afternoon there.
Went to a reception here last week. Loved the venue, food and service. Cannot praise the waiters enough - always kept glasses full, asked if there was anything guests needed and were generally pleasant. Outside was a beautiful setting on the water (don't get too close though, as the water stinks!). Other than this, a great location to celebrate the happiest day of ones' life!
LOVE this place. A local hangout, Noggi in Strathfield has all your modcons: wi-fi for the teens, funky furnishing for the kids and low prices for mum & dad. What I love about Noggie is that staff are always friendly, offering suggestions of combinations to try and the prices are reasonable and tempt for seconds. A must-have if you're in Stratty!
Possibly one of the poorest experiences I've had at an ice-cream store. Ice-cream is supposed to be fun right? Make people have happy thoughts about happy non-calories. Right?? Well the staff who served us was neither gentle in their approach to serving us. Abrupt, rude but mostly indifferent, the staff served us with reluctance and a heaviness, as though us being there was a real inconvenience. I don't care how good the cones are - if the service is poor, it's only going to leave a poor taste in my mouth!
Yes, I'm addicted to Baskin Robbins. No, I will not be going back to this store. The staff who served me was on a different planet - I had to repeat myself several times (and slow down???) so that the staff understood what I wanted. The other staff members (possibly management) were abrupt and indifferent to other customers who entered the store. Would rather grab some ice-cream from Woolies next time!
Agree with Mr Redshaw below. This Rebel store is by far one of the hardest to navigate, being split between three different levels and so unbelievably understaffed. We searched high and low for the swimming section and then bits and pieces within that area (or that should have been there) were spread throughout the store. We looked for staff to ask for help and couldn't find any. Meanwhile on our way back out, two staff were casually leaning on the stair-rails and having a yarn. Not worth going here.
Hubby and I went here on our wedding anni. Great service but pretty bland food. However the servings are huge, and the blandness was fixed with seasoning and positive attitudes. If it weren't for the vouchers we would have sent our meals back, but because our waiter was so lovely we decided not to be painful about it! A short walk from Broadway Shopping Centre, take advantage of the free parking there and stroll on down to Essen.
Probably my favourite Vinnies store to date, this op-shop is meticulous in all ways. Forget the musty-smells of Grandma's home, this boutique-like emporium is abundant with labelled goods and bric-a-brac. So much fun if you are after a lazy afternoon sorting through funky goods. The Nanna's behind the counter are extra helpful and always make suggestions on outfits (no matter how dated they may appear haha!). Love supporting this charity store!