Juvena Huang (The Wandering Wasp)
Juvena was born in Singapore to a Chinese family. After a sojourn to Vietnam, her experiences of meeting Hmong people ignited her travel dreams. She acquired her motorcycle license and her scooter named Ebony. Ebony soon became Juvena's path to freedom. It was the getaway to a diverse motorcycling community. Sadly, it was the death of a close motorcycling friend that made her realize how precious life is and encouraged her to leave the comfort of her home in pursuit of the unknown adventures on the road. She left her job and her travel dreams finally became a reality. Ebony became her companion as she rode from Singapore to Europe alone, covering 44,000 kilometers, and 25 countries in 27 months.
Quote: "In some countries where women do not usually go out unaccompanied, I often get asked about my husband. I would jokingly point to my scooter. Sometimes, policemen are astonished to see 'F' in gender on my passport. It is unusual for women to be riding. Are you sure you are a lady?' they asked. Upon knowing that I rode thousands of kilometers solo on my scooter, I get respect and admiration. Sometimes an encouraging pat on the back. Of course, there is also a bit of unwanted attention at times. In some societies, women traveling alone can be regarded as 'loose' and 'easy.' How movies or pornography portray women also contribute to this perception about foreign women. Twice, I received direct sexual proposition. Maybe, the dating culture is different or even non-existent."