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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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Edited my bedroom design over breakfast and came up with this simplified version. The first one felt a little contrived because there’s too much going on so I took it down a couple of notches. This feels right. My 3.6m x 2.7m bedroom feels huge and airy. #design #interiors #own

Major room renovation soon! Construction starts as soon as my clients pay up! LOL! Oh can’t wait to have my own Louis Ghost Chair. #design #interiors #eclectic

First prototype of the stool I designed. :) #recycling #furniture #prototype #vscocam #vsco_ph

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. ;)