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Russel Lazaro 23, Philippines, Architect, photography enthusiast, and a frustrated
chef. This blog is a hodge podge of everything that I live for thus the title "Raison d' etre".

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Designing some furnitures for a client using scraps from the construction. These stools for example: the seat will be made from the old stair steps, and the frame from scrap 1” tubulars and squarebars. :) #design #furniture #recycling

One of the projects I handled under my mentor Arch Johanna Macasieb is featured on the latest volume of Condo Living Mag! Grab a copy now! @condolivingmag #design #interiors #MArcMInt #work

Genuine, locally sourced leather. Made in Quiapo, Manila. Been in service since 2011. #vscocam #vsco_ph

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Portfolio UPDATED! Search for a regular job starts. Now. If you wanna hire me, holler at yo kid. ;) #work #portfolio #architect

The biggest ordeal of working at home is pushing yourself to work considering that your bed is at very close proximity.

What’s inside my Murse (man-purse) #vscocam #vsco_ph

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Applied a gray base paint to my reclaimed palochina planks. Gonna sand them down when they dry then apply a brush of diluted white paint over. :) It’s looking great so far. Excited to see them up on my wall! #DIY #design #interiordesign #whitewash

#DIY : age your furnitures by white whashing. :) #homedecor #interiordesign #tips #whitewash

There’s a creep on the foot of my bed. #vscocam #vsco_ph #decor #vignette

Room makeover 3.0 I now have a workspace inside my room. :) #eclectic #kitsch #design #decor

Capisnon-Mendoza Nuptials

(Nikon d3000 x VSCOcam)

You know you’re old when you start getting invites for your friends’ weddings. Hahaha!  Seriously though, I feel old. Okay.

The bride, Carol is one of the closest friends in high school and she is the last person I thought that would get married first! Back in high school Carol was the tomboy of the group; she’s butch, she loves basketball, and she has mad guitar skills, I mean at some point I thought she was a lesbian but somehow in college things turned around for her and before we know it, she’s handing out invites for her wedding. 

I brought my camera with me because I have always wanted to shoot a wedding. Although I was competing with the other 2 professional photographers that they hired, I still captured some nice shots. The bride and the groom actually told me that they like my shots better than those of the pro’s (LOL, bitches), so I think I did pretty good. ;)

Photos are all mine, post processed the photos on my ipad using VSCOcam for faster sharing.  

Pasyal Sundays

Finally people are starting to make a move towards the revitalization of the City of Manila; organizations like Viva Manila and 98 B are pioneering the move into buffing the “Pearl of the Orient” back to its former luster.

Pasyal Sunday is one of the projects of Viva Manila that aims to regenerate the soul of the city by means of art and culture accessible to anyone. Did I mention that it is for free? Yeah. For 2 Sundays of every month Intramuros closes one of its major arteries (General Luna) to give way for street performers, artisans, and local businesses to showcase what Manila is all about. There is absolutely something for everyone here, regardless of how old you are, regarless of whether you’re from Tondo or from Bel Air, you will never feel out of place here. Diversity, people.   

So, next Pasyal Sunday, ditch the malls and drag yourselves down Intramuros. ;) 

Tappiya Falls

Batad, Ifugao


Gateway to Batad: Saddle Point.

After 2 hours of that intense jeepney ride (good thing I didin’t succumb to Matt’s challenge of riding on top of the jeepney),  we started preparing for our descend to Batad. We did some stretching, and bought some last minute supplies for our hike.

Oh, here are the things that you may need for your hike to Batad:

1. A Raincoat

-If you are planning to go during summer, it might not be necessary but if you are going during the wet season, you may want to bring a sturdy raincoat. Buy the heavy duty one. It’s a lesson learned for me because I didn’t bring one and I just bought a huge laundry bag and made  into a make-shift raincoat, and it only lasted, well for a couple of hours. 

2. Water Bottle

Like any strenuous activity, you need to stay hydrated during the hike. Rather than buying from the store at Saddle Point, I advise you to please just bring a water bottle with you, fill it up with water in advance. It would save you money and it would be one less plastic water bottle on the trail.

3. Mosquito Repellent  

Oh boy,did Matt came prepared with this one. He brought mosquito repellent lotion, stick-ons, a can of insecticide, and mosquito coils. If that’s not a mosquito/ malaria/ dengue phobia, I don’t know what is! 

4. First Aid Kit

Rough terrain, rain, mud, and sharp rocks could be a concoction for disaster. During the hike you may get bruises, cuts, and whatnot so you may want to bring a simple First aid kit. Some band aids, cotton swabs,and a travel size bottle of Isopropyl  alcohol will do.

The hike from Saddle point to Batad Proper could take from 2-3.5 hours depending on how fast you move. Our group made it to Batad in 3 hours because we had to stop for 20 minutes at a rest stop because the rain was unbearable.