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You can familiarise yourself with community activities and sentiments by reading the local paper called The Advocate. It offers the latest goings-on, council development, community and tourist interests, park news, latest dining hot spots and shopping.
Written Jul 1, 2005
Because the shopping centre actually consists of two buildings joint by a bridge and a mall courtyard outside, there are many entrances and exits at the mall and many people have gotten lost or have been disoriented with where they had left their car. I have been in this embarrassing situation the first time I went to the mall. It took me over 2 hours to get to my car, all the while lugging my heavy trolley of groceries. Taking note of which floor you parked at is not good enough. Keep your car ticket with you always. Make sure you take note of the entrance you came in from and the zone/colour of the zone as well. This is because the entrances and exits are named after streets eg Muriel St, Burdett, Albert and further exits lead to Pacific Highway or Edgeworth David. Pedestrian exits can also lead to Florence or George Streets.
In case you really get lost, the fastest is to go to the Information Desk. Don’t approach the security guards. They do try very hard to help, but they do not know as much about the car parks as they deal mainly with internal security issues only. The Information Desk personnel deal with this situ a lot (now I know!!) and from your car ticket, they can tell you where your car could be parked. They will also send one or two car park guards with you to help you look for your car, and help you with your groceries as well. That is REAL service!
Written Jul 1, 2005
Favorite thing: If you are travelling with pets and need a place to board them, I would recommend Marendale at Terry Hills/Duffys Forrest. It is about 30 mins from Hornsby. I feel that it is one of the better ones around the area.
Address: 1 Bibbenluke Ave, Duffy's Forest.
Tel: 9450 1529
Dropping off: 8am - 12 noon
Pick up: 8am - 4pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
You can get to it by following the Pacific Highway towards the city from Hornby and turning off at Mona Vale Road towards Mona Vale/Terry Hills. After Bonds Nursery, turn left into the sign which says Waratah Park / McCarrs Road which will lead you to Bibenluke Road and eventually, Marrendale at the end of it. The website offers very clear instructions and a good map as well.
Fondest memory: This pet boarding centre takes cats and dogs. Your pet needs to have all the proper vet papers or your pet won't be accepted, and you need to book in advance. Your cat can be pampered to the extent of having its own VIP deluxe garden suite. Your dog, can have its own room mate or its own room.
You can also opt to have a bath given to it at the end of the stay, or to have it de-fleaed. If your pet requires special medication, they do take great care with that and have a white board with all the boarders names and what treatments they require and at what time, etc.
I find the place clean and organised.
Written Jul 27, 2005