what to choose?friends?study?

i am so frustrated deciding over what class to choose.
class 1 is a smarter and more….stressing(?) class

class 1: i’ll have a better chance to go th junior college. But.. there arent many (in fact only 1)
of my friends. it offers 7 subjects

class 2: i have a gooood teacher…my friends are all there. but… it’ll be difficult to cope when i go junior college…it offers 8subjects..

what shd i do..? mum and dad saysclass 1 will be better
(naturally, they want a smarter one)
but in my mind… i am considering class2..
uh!!!!!!!i am soooooo frustrated to think..

what shd i do…!!!!!!!!!!!????

Has Tony Blair’s email response to the road tax petition answered anyone’s questions or criticisms of the scheme?

This is the email sent out to survey signer-upers.

Thank you for taking the time to register your views about road pricing on the Downing Street website.
This petition was posted shortly before we published the Eddington Study, an independent review of Britain’s transport network. This study set out long-term challenges and options for our transport network.
It made clear that congestion is a major problem to which there is no easy answer. One aspect of the study was highlighting how road pricing could provide a solution to these problems and that advances in technology put these plans within our reach. Of course it would be ten years or more before any national scheme was technologically, never mind politically, feasible.
That is the backdrop to this issue. As my response makes clear, this is not about imposing "stealth taxes" or introducing "Big Brother" surveillance. This is a complex subject, which cannot be resolved without a thorough investigation of all the options, combined with a full and frank debate about the choices we face at a local and national level. That’s why I hope this detailed response will address your concerns and set out how we intend to take this issue forward. I see this email as the beginning, not the end of the debate, and the links below provide an opportunity for you to take it further.
But let me be clear straight away: we have not made any decision about national road pricing. Indeed we are simply not yet in a position to do so. We are, for now, working with some local authorities that are interested in establishing local schemes to help address local congestion problems. Pricing is not being forced on any area, but any schemes would teach us more about how road pricing would work and inform decisions on a national scheme. And funds raised from these local schemes will be used to improve transport in those areas.
One thing I suspect we can all agree is that congestion is bad. It’s bad for business because it disrupts the delivery of goods and services. It affects people’s quality of life. And it is bad for the environment. That is why tackling congestion is a key priority for any Government.
Congestion is predicted to increase by 25% by 2015. This is being driven by economic prosperity. There are 6 million more vehicles on the road now than in 1997, and predictions are that this trend will continue.
Part of the solution is to improve public transport, and to make the most of the existing road network. We have more than doubled investment since 1997, spending

Which of the BBC’s 50 places to see before you die, have you visited?

Here’s the list, and my own experiences:

The Grand Canyon, USA (only by air, many times)

Great Barrier Reef, Australia (southern tip, off Yappoon)

Florida, USA (several visits)

South Island, New Zealand (not yet; on the list)

Cape Town, South Africa (nope)

Golden Temple, India (many Indian temples, but not this one)

Las Vegas, USA (several times; nice city, ugly Strip)

Sydney, Australia (yes; loved the Royal Botanical Gardens)

New York, USA (live just outside, used to work there)

Taj Mahal, India (yes; breathtaking)

Canadian Rockies, Canada (nearest was Calgary)

Uluru, Australia (nope)

Chichen Itza, Mexico (nope)

Machu Picchu, Peru (stunning place, worth a trip)

Niagara Falls, Canada / USA (several visits, awe-inspiring even with half the river diverted for generating electricity)

Petra, Jordan (no, also on the list)

The Pyramids, Egypt (yes, impressive piles of rocks now surrounded by Cairo)

Venice, Italy (nope)

The Maldives, Maldives (no, but very appealing)

Great Wall, China (no, a must-do)

Victoria Falls, Zambia / Zimbabwe (no, unlikely ever to make it)

Hong Kong, Hong Kong (yes, several times; fascinating)

Yosemite National Park, USA (no; what’s wrong with me, not to have done this?)

Hawaii, USA (yes, three visits)

Auckland, New Zealand (yes, stayed there nearly a week; super place)

Iguassu Falls, Argentina / Brazil (no, another place I would dearly love to see)

Paris, France (yes, but I wasn’t impressed)

Alaska, USA (yes, and I was impressed)

Angkor Wat, Cambodia (no, but don’t I wish)

Himalayas, Nepal / Tibet (yes, and trekking is well worthwhile)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (no, not yet)

Masai Mara, Kenya (no, don’t think I’ll get there)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (nope)

Luxor, Egypt (no, but worth going back for)

Rome, Italy (nope)

San Francisco, USA (yes, many times; worth the visit)

Barcelona, Spain (yes, stunning place, justifies a long visit)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (no, but again a must-see)

Singapore, Singapore (yes, twice; clean, crowded, pricey)

La Digue, Seychelles (nope)

Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka (yes, fascinating to see Colombo, Kandy, southern coast)

Bangkok, Thailand (yes, several visits, an all-time favorite)

Barbados, Barbados (yes, but found the people offensive and the place boring)

Iceland, Iceland (no, but there’s another target destination)

Terracotta Army, China (no, but would tie that in with a visit to the Great Wall)

Zermatt, Switzerland (nope)

Angel Falls, Venezuela (no, but would like to visit)

Abu Simbel, Egypt (no, but would be tied in with visit to Luxor)

Bali, Indonesia (no, but my daughter loves it)

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (nope)

Zermatt

Design consortium international

DESIGN CONSORTIUM International is a consortium of highly competitive design-oriented Architects, geared internationally to provide the highest level of quality and more comprehensive services in the field of Architecture. It is a fusion of dynamic styles, honed by a long string of international successes borne out of a common fascination with innovative and forward looking aesthetics. Their impressive design portfolio now cover everything from full-scale resort planning to individual business and commercial structures tracing the construction boom from Hongkong, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China, to other capitals around the region.

They have successfully combined their talents to package land developments and have unified their ideas and concepts in prestigious projects. They also continue to work together as design consultants to several property managers here and the Pacific Rim. A sampling of works spanning their two decades of experience in the region grace the facing pages. It reveals a varied and modern design discipline perfectly at home with international trends.

With each satisfied client grew confidence and a marked willingness to try new ideas. Each project illustrates the architect’s long term response to the changing skyline of the place and the client’s special needs, in a region where image, not just function, is increasingly an important consideration.

This same international perspective and proven design strength now form Design Consortium’s basic assets. The partners have since laid the foundation for future growth by putting together an integrated team of new associates with wide-ranging skills and expertise, backed by latest in design technology. They now complement our senior partners in providing our varied clients with exactly the expertise and design solution they need.

The result has been a formidable diversification of Design Consortium’s practice, which now include design consultancy, planning, landscaping, interior design, feasibility studies and concepts formation to project management and implementation.

Partners

Edwin E. Aguiling

Architect Edwin Aguiling is a penchant for Modern Statements whose career spans almost three decades as a Design Consultant or as Principal Designer for various architectural and development firms, both national and international. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 1973. He is the Managing Partner of Design Consortium International, a firm he founded in 1993 and which was initially based in Singapore engaged in design consultancy services and later expanded its operation into a more comprehensive services in the field of architecture in the Philippines. He also co-founded AIA Design Consultant International Co. and is in-charge of the design, production and implementation of the projects.

A partner of L & C Consultants Inc. a development group based in Singapore and Hongkong in 1994-1995, he immersed himself in the trappings of international practice. He became chief designer and later a Design Director of LST Chartered Architects in Singapore in 1988-1994. In 1984-1986, he was selected to lead a group of designers to beef up the design team of KEO in Kuwait as Senior Designer. During this period, he co-founded CIQA Design International, a design consultant team founded to supplement the needs of local Architectural Offices in the region. In 1983-1984 he became a Design Architect at DMJM Far East. In the early part of 1983, he had a short design contract with Archiplan Design Team, Singapore and later SAA Partnership, Singapore. In 1974-1983 he joined Manosa-Zialcita Architects Philippines. Rose from the ranks of production & design staffs and later became overall in charge of Architectural operations of the firm. In 1973 to 1974 he was a renderer and a designer at JM Zaragoza and Associates.

He is a fellow of the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) and has served as director in 1988. He was also appointed as the Design team Leader for Non-revenue services provided by the PIA to government sponsored projects. He too was involved as a Design Consultant to the Philippine Centennial Exposition 1998 “Entrance Package” in Clark Airbase.

His practice in Architecture is influenced & honed by his 12 years exploit of international working interactions with different international talents & business oriented personalities. A Designer by heart, his works adhere only to the highest standards set for himself and his subordinates. His talent in Architectural design has been honed and developed to globally competitive quality that earned himself a reputation respected by his contemporaries.

Brilly Cecilio

Mr. Brilly Cecilio received is Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Far Eastern University in 1969.

He was born in 1945. His first exposure in the field of Architecture began in 1969 when he joined Engr. Benjamin Felix and Associate, a Structural Engineer engaged in architectural and engineering Services. He then joined DMB Builders Corporation in 1973 as head of architectural department and Construction supervision. He joined Arch’t Sala & Associate as Senior Architect in 1974. In 1975, he joined the Manosa Brothers as a job captain and was later promoted to Production Head by 1979. In his term as Production head the firm gained prominence as one of the top companies producing quality drawing. In 1994, he joined Design Consortium Int’l. as an Associate and later promoted as Junior Partner.

His 4 decades of extensive in developing construction documentation, interdisciplinary coordination, value engineering, construction supervision, specification review, production administration, project work program, budgeting and management; not to mention that numerous projects materialized under his supervision which includes residential condominiums, office buildings, school buildings, industrial projects has proven his exemplary expertise in his chosen profession.

Associates

Xerxes Don T. Aguiling

Architect Xerxes Don Aguiling started his professional career after accomplishing his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the Sto. Tomas University (UST) and his professional license 1999.

He rose from the ranks of production and Design staff, became a job captain and Assistant Designer in 2002 and currently holds an Associate position in Design Consortium International.

His experience and exposure in concept development, design development, Architectural contract documents, interdisciplinary coordination, site inspection, manhour program and budgeting, bidding and contract awarding, building code analysis, proposal and contract preparation has helped him in his current position and able to handle a group of senior Architects to handle any project assignment from concept development to construction documentation

Regie A. Oquendo

Architect Regie Oquendo has been engaged professionally for almost 10 years, rose from the ranks of production and design staff to become Job Captain and assistant designer and currently an Associate position in Design Consortium International.

His experience and exposure in concept development, design development, Architectural contract documents, interdisciplinary coordination, site inspection, manhour program and budgeting, bidding and contract awarding, building code analysis, proposal and contract preparation has helped him in his current position and able to handle a group of senior Architects to handle any project assignment from concept development to construction documentation.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1998 and his Architect’s professional license in 1999 and is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Architecture, majoring in Design in the University of the Philippines.

Cities mentioned in this Post: Hongkong
Countries mentioned in this Post: Singapore, Kuwait, China, the Philippines