Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

When I am traveling, I seldom visits touristy areas that have entrance fee. I prefer spending my money on food and out of town trips. Also, I am an outdoor person. I enjoy nature trips more than visiting museums and historical monuments.

However, when I was in Barcelona, Spain, a famous tourist place caught my attention — the La Sagrada Familia Basilica of Antonio Gaudi. Usually a historical church with an entrance fee turns me off but this one is 100% worth going and I definitely recommend this as a must visit place in Barcelona.

The basilica has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed by 2026.  Gaudi planned many parts of the church so that they could be built in the future. Since his death in 1926, different architects have continued the work after his original idea.

But what really attracted me to pay for 14.80 Euro fee is its interior design. I read that the insides of the church is more interesting to photograph than the facade. Indeed, there are not enough words to describe it.

Natural light pours in not just from the colorful stained glass windows which most churches uses but also from electric lights positioned at the top. There are also glass windows high above the vaulted ceilings of the gothic style that let in sunlight pouring splashes of light and colors below.

The La Sagrada Familia Basilica uses natural light in the most phenomenal way i’ve ever seen.

So for last week’s Photo Challenge, Let There Be Light, Ive chosen to feature my interior photos of La Sagrada Familia Basilica’s most impressive displays of indoor and natural lighting.

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La Sagrada


For more information about the church including the entrance fees and ticket booking, click this – La Sagrada Official Site



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On Exploring…..


Travel Quote of the Week:  I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.   – Oliver Wendel Holmes

Photo I took at the Barcelona Harbour in Spain.

Some people are just contended to be in their own comfort zone.  Others can’t stand being in one place for a long time.  I chose the latter. I believe that the world offers more than what I am getting within my own comfort zone.  Traveling makes me see things beyond what I see in my own surroundings. It makes my world more exciting. It widen my knowledge on many things including learning more about myself.  It widens my horizons as I explore my freedom to live the way I want my life to be.

No matter where the wind will take me, for as long as I am moving, I will always be making the best of what life ought to be….and this is why I continue to leave my home and wander about to places I’ve never seen before!

What about you?

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Gasm Travels’ Third Blogger Award Nomination



Another long overdue post…my apology to Ajay Tao for the delay in responding to his nomination.

Last March 9, 2013, Gasm Travels received its 3rd Nomination for another blogger award, the prestigious Hope Unites Globally Hug Award.

hug-award1The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people. The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness. “People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.” For more information on this award, please visit:

I did not expect to receive a nomination for this award because I never thought that my photo travel blog could inspire and give hope to my readers.  However, being nominated by Ajay Tao, has certainly made me think differently. Ajay Tao is a fellow blogger who have decided to open up and share his thoughts and feelings through his blog after being inflicted by cancer.  His blog, Ajaytao 2010: My Personal Opening to the World, contains everything he was passionate about.

In his blog he wrote, ‘Photography is a hobby, writing is a hobby, graphic designing a hobby, compilation and reading a hobby, so the point is, I don’t want to take any credit as to what I do, or to what I have posted on this blog.  I just want to share everything possible with you all.’

Ajay Tao confirms this statement when he replied to my acceptance to his nomination, ‘You are a great photographer and you deserve this award more than me.’ I was deeply touched by his humility…he being a more advanced photographer than I am! (Check out his photos on flicker.)

Ajay Tao, I am deeply grateful to you for nominating me for this award. Moreover, I am happy that my blog inspires you and gives you a glimpse of hope in your most difficult time of your life.  My acceptance to this award comes with a great responsibility knowing now that I have been an inspiration to my readers and followers.  Indeed, in every difficulty, hope always lingers.

For more of Ajay Tao, please click here.

And just like the rest of the bloggers’ award, I need to nominate other bloggers who qualify for the award’s criteria.

I am nominating 2 of my followers who I believe have also given their readers a glimpse of hope to live life to its fullest:

Tara (  an inspirational blogger who specializes in mindfulness, meditation, wellness, reiki and yoga.

Rockin Autism Mom ( a resource blog on Autism created by a mother whose son happens to have autism.


Photo taken while having a stroll at the harbour in Barcelona, Spain.

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On Getting Lost….

tourist in barcelona

Travel Quote of the Week:  “Put down that map and get wonderfully lost!”

 A photo i took of a tourist seemingly lost on top of Mount Montjuic in Barcelona….


My reflections:

I often find myself getting lost in big cities every time i travel. Why? Because i am not good with directions. Why? Because i do not use a map. Why? Because i do not know how to use one!

But why would i want to get lost in big cities? Because i enjoy wandering around…i like the adventures and mishaps that goes with it…

But why? Because, surprisingly, i always end up exploring the off the beaten path…discovering out of the ordinary and unusual places and get to mingle with interesting and uniquely different groups of people. I get to hear their stories…and they get to hear my stories too….

And that is why, traveling without a map is often more exciting…. because it is by getting lost that I am able to tell a story….not just one but loads of interesting, funny and embarrassing stories!

As an unknown writer wrote, ‘Life goes on and the roads always lead to unexpected destinations…..’

So what are you waiting for? Let’s wander around the world! 🙂


Share your gasm experience of ‘getting lost’ with us…what is your story? 🙂

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An Unfinished Masterpiece



The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, has been under construction for more than 100 years.  This unparalleled architectural gem was designed by Antoni Gaudi who oversees its construction since 1883 until his death in 1926.  This unfinished masterpiece was designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2005 despite its ongoing construction in the hands of many architects and artisans.  This unique creation has become Barcelona’s universal symbol and most popular tourist attractions.

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A Long and Winding Road

spain alley

One of the things i enjoy doing in Europe is roaming and getting lost around the winding web of walkways and narrow alleys that meander between tall historical buildings and old residential area.  Here is an alley i discovered deep in the city of Barcelona.

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The Golden Sandy Beaches of Barcelona Coastline

Spain Beach

What i like about Barcelona is its mixture of city and beach holiday. Barcelona offers a vast stretch of 5 km coastline with golden sandy beaches, abundance of sunshine, aqua parks, natural attractions, and variety of water sports activities.  It is a prime beach-lover’s destination about 10 minutes away from the city centre and easily accessible by local transportation. If you fancy getting away for a day from the city tour, lounge on the beaches.  It is the best way to relax from all the sight-seeing. In the evening, experience the crazy nightlife and the beach clubs for which the city of Barcelona is best known for amongst party goers.

How about you? What do you like best in Barcelona?

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The Oldest Flag of The World

Catalunya Flag


The Senyera is considered to be the oldest flag of the world and the oldest in Europe to be used in

present day.  Senyera means standard or banner and is also a synonym of bandera (flag).

The Senyera pattern, often called bars of Aragon or 4 bars, was based on the coat of arms which

historically represented the king of the Crown of Aragon.  Today, it is the flag of the Autonomous

Community of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain comprising of four provinces

including Barcelona, the largest metropolitan area in Europe.


Catalonia is a top-class tourist destination in Spain with multifaceted landscape, colorful

festivals and different traditions.  In November 2012, the Catalan Government has introduced

a tax on stays at hotels  where minimum amount per day applied to the first seven nights

of any stay has been established.  The tax aims to use the revenue in tourism promotion

and development.  For more information:






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Fashionista in Barcelona

Fashionista in Barcelona

I was walking along La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona when

i saw this dude wearing a colorful getup.  It was such a bizarre thing to see

him standing in a very interesting backdrop: complementing the  ice cream

shop with his fashion while the graffiti wall with his sad face.  I also like the

contrast of bright colors vs his gloomy facial expression.

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Barcelona Sculpture

Barcelona Sculpture

This is one of the many sculptures I discovered while hiking around the paths of

Mount Montjuic in Barcelona.  This monument is my favorite.  It was made in honor

of Francisco Ferrer i Guardia, an anarchist and teacher who was executed in 1909

by firing squad.



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