Joanne Lee Phin Local Star

I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.

Joined 18 February 2009   Sydney, NSW

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  • Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
    Swimming Pools    Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

    I expected an olympic-sized pool with serious goggle-clad swimmers doing laps, but I'd heard from a couple of mum friends how great the facility is for kids.

    I came here a week ago with a few girlfriends and our 13-14 month old toddlers after some beach plans fell through because of the crummy weather. Four days later, I was back. Needless to say, the toddler (and I) enjoyed it that much.

    There is an olympic-sized pool, of course. Two, in fact. One is reserved for competitions, and the other for doing laps / training. There is also a diving pool (boring), a spa (reserved for members), and -- this is where it gets exciting -- a water playground and a rapid river ride.

    The water playground is pretty spectacular, with a number of water slides, buckets that fill up and tip over -- including one giant one. There are plenty of shallow bits suitable for toddlers and babies, and some slightly deeper areas for the older kids. There are lots of fun water fountains and jets, contraptions to pull at, wheels to turn, and plenty of people to watch.

    It does get busy during school holidays and on weekends, but the space is big enough so that it's not unbearable. As an adult, I found it lots of fun, and you can only imagine how excited the kids get.

    On my second visit, the rapid river ride was shut down, everyone booted out of the pool and sent to the water playground. About 20-30 minutes later, they shut that one down too and evacuated the disappointed crowds over to the training pool (which isn't much fun). We found out later that it was due to a vomit situation, and they issued us a family visit pass to come back again.

    Change room facilities are pretty decent too. We found the four family change rooms particularly handy.

    I'm definitely coming back (and even considering a membership or multi visit pass. Oh, and 4 hours free parking when you validate your ticket. Can't complain!

  • The Local Taphouse
    Pubs & Bars    Darlinghurst, NSW

    What a great spot to catch up with mates for a few drinks. They are known for their extensive beer list but their wine menu is decent too. I didn't order any food but was envious of those who did.

  • Mary's CBD
    Takeaways    Sydney, NSW

    Any hipster or anyone who cares about fried chicken has heard about Mary's in Newtown. I fall into the latter category.

    That said, the thought of waiting an hour for a table -- cranky toddler in tow -- with the hipster and food blogger crowd is enough to turn me off and possibly even eat a salad for dinner instead.

    When I heard about the pending opening of Mary's in the CBD, weekday work lunch options started to get exciting. The CBD joint is takeaway only, and (even better), burgers only. As expected, opening day was insane and the keen office worker slash food blogger community came in droves. Two months later, the buzz has settled down and I am game enough to try it out.

    On the menu is the Mary's burger, a cheeseburger with pickles, their famous fried chicken in a burger, a veggie burger and a breakfast burger. You can get your burger on its own, or in a meal deal with fries and a soda or a shake.

    I know exactly what I want, and after a short wait and much anticipation, I get my white and black paper bag with my fried chicken burger and fries. The fried chicken is everything I want it to be -- and more. It's a generous, chunky, juicy serve of chicken fried in a glorious buttermilk batter. The chicken has just the right amount of spice, and is sandwiched in a soft bun. The accompanying Mary's sauce is delicious. The burger isn't huge but it's enough (to clog up your arteries). The fries are shoestring, slightly thicker than your Maccas fries (which I also love). They are good but on the salty side -- the side you want to err on when fries are concerned. The help-yourself soft-drink machine is a great idea - very Hungry Jack's.

    Needless to say, I'll be back to try the other burgers, probably as often as my skinny jeans will let me.

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  • ChowTime Cafe Crowd  reviewed Element6
    A new favourite local! Funkier than most other cafes in the area, this place draws a crowd. Love the style and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. My mushroom and poached egg on sourdough was massive - and so yum! Seating is limited so visit on a weekday if possible. Another suggestion would be to stay away from the organic cola :P

    6 months ago - 15/07/2014

  • ghch346 Newbie  reviewed West Elm
    My husband and I ordered a patchwork dresser in Dec 2013. The staff who placed the order for us told us we were unlikely to receive it until mid Jan due to Christmas. The invoice emailed to us was uninformative and unprofessional, containing only a order number, and nothing else - not even a description of the item ordered!

    We waited till Jan then went in store to only find out our order had been mistakenly placed as an in store order so it was never delivered. Another staff helped us chase up, and assured us the dresser will be delivered next week. A delivery charge of $130 was mentioned to us for the first time (!!) but waived due to all the troubles we had. We also asked for a change of delivery address and was told the dresser requires assembly at delivery.

    Delivery company finally called, and I was told delivery address was still the old address. I again repeated our new address and settled on a time for delivery.

    Our dresser was finally delivered but it was badly damaged. One of the leg was broken and and a drawer seriously chipped. We were told that the product would be assembled at delivery but it was delivered already assembled. When we looked at the invoice, the address there was STILL wrong. The delivery staffs guessed our address from a half correctly spelt street name, and we went out to locate them.

    Erroneous order, unprofessional invoice, inexperienced staff, failure to inform customers of delivery cost, failure to track orders, failure to register an address despite multiple attempts, unclear instructions re assembly, expensive delivery cost, failure to protect products during delivery. We lodged a complaint but never heard back from anyone. We are disgusted about the whole ordering process and will never purchase from them again.

    11 months ago - 03/02/2014

    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      Did you end up receiving your patchwork dresser? See my review above regarding the knobs on the patchwork dresser coming loose. We purchased it in October 2013, started using it late November 2013, and already several knobs have grooves that are worn out - they cannot be screwed back on (and therefore drawers cannot be used).

      6 months ago - 26/07/2014

  • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star  reviewed West Elm
    I absolutely fell in love with West Elm (and its sister companies) and was excited when they first opened up in Bondi. I loved the store and the products, but after having purchased an item from them (the Patchwork dresser), I no longer hold them in such high regard.

    The dresser we received was in decent condition. There were a few nicks, but nothing worth complaining about. However, after months of use, many of the grooves for the screw-on knobs have already worn out and cannot be used to open the drawers. (Which then begs the question, how else do you open the damn drawers?)

    I contacted them on Facebook and email, with the proposed resolution: return the entire dresser, (with specific instructions on how to pack it up) and then place an entirely new order at a discounted rate, then wait for a new dresser to be delivered and installed. For a dresser that I use daily as a baby change table, this is a whole lot of effort to replace faulty screw on knobs, with no guarantee that the replacement will be any better.

    The email communication I have received has been decent so far, but the person in the American call centre I spoke to was extremely rude. Wow.

    Avoid. Save your money, I've had much better quality furniture from IKEA.

    6 months ago - 23/07/2014

    • Joanne Lee Phin Local Star 
      As it turns out, West Elm customer service have asked me to return the faulty dresser and repurchase the item at a price that is now more expensive than what I originally paid.

      I have to fork out more money to a company who sold me a bad product?

      6 months ago - 26/07/2014


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