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I like rainbows and long walks on the beach.
Joined 18 February 2009 Sydney, NSW
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Who goes to the library these days, anyway?
Mums with kids, that's who. What you gon' do in the middle of the coldest winter Sydney has seen in 14 years and it's two degrees outside and you have two hours to tire out an energetic toddler before nap time?
Yep, so apparently all the mums in the area have the same idea, but it appears that Ryde Council has lured us in, what with the kids and toddler area, the kids song and story programmes and all.
Between the various Ryde Council libraries, they've got daily "Rhyme Time" sessions for 0-2s (that's mum speak for babies to toddlers) where mums and bubs get together and read a book - a board book, not War and Peace - and then sing some nursery rhymes.
They encourage you to take young bubs along, but in all honesty it's more suited to the older babies and toddlers.
The kids area in the library is decked out with children's bench seats in the form of a train and kids' chairs and tables, low bookshelves and a cushioned area to get really comfy.
Getting your kids to love books makes them smarter, or so they say. I say it just gets you a couple of hours of sanity. Do it!
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Expanding from its already popular shop at Enmore, Great Aunty Three opened a new takeaway corner at the edge of Sydney CBD and Surry Hills. The modern, intimately sized shop braces the outside air from its slightly open atmosphere and provides a few seats for consumers who prefer to eat their food at the premise.
Great Aunty Three serves all things Vietnamese, ranging from bread rolls, noodle soup, salads, and rice paper rolls. The barramundi noodle salad was freshly made, and although the portion was a little small, it tasted delicious. The rice paper rolls were very fresh and came with thick garlic gravy sauce on the side instead of the usual peanut sauce.
One good thing about Great Aunty Three is they accept tap payments even on small transactions, something that is quite rare for a small takeaway shop. Having been there several times, I can say that all the staffs are friendly and accommodating.
If you happen to come to Mary's Burger CBD at around lunch time, then expect to line up at the slightly long queue outside this whole-in-the-wall takeaway burger shop. The wait can then take up to around 10-15 minutes and the food preparation another 5-10 minutes, so if you are not really in a rush to try this burger, I would suggest visiting at less busy hours like 5pm.
The burger offerings are quite limited. At the time of my visit, there were only 5 burgers ranging from $10 to $12 each: Mary's Burger, Cheeseburgers, Chicken burger, Veg burger, and breakfast burger. There are also shakes, soda, and fried to add to your order and make it a perfect combo.
I bought a cheeseburger and was surprised at how small it was. The presentation was also very bland, and the taste was just alright I could almost compare it with McDonald's $2 cheeseburgers. It certainly did not warrant any return on my behalf. Maybe I should have their fried chicken burger for next time.
I have to commend this particular branch of Commonwealth for their dedication to their customers and professionalism.
Every time I enter the branch there's also someone there to ensure I'm well looked after. This is the reason I chose Commonwealth to apply for my Home Loan. The whole process was executed very quickly and smoothly and I was more than satisfied. I'd recommend this to anyone!