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Friend's sudden death spurs her to journey 44,000km solo on a Vespa

A friend's death gave Juvena Huang the push to rethink her life, embark on epic adventure

Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including (anticlockwise from above) Armenia, Iran, Pakistan and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything be
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including Armenia (above), Iran, Pakistan and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything behind on the day of her departure from Singapore in May 2015. However, she is already planning for her next adventure, and hopes to travel to Africa and South America.PHOTOS: THE WANDERING WASP
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including (anticlockwise from above) Armenia, Iran, Pakistan and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything be
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including Armenia, Iran (above), Pakistan and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything behind on the day of her departure from Singapore in May 2015. However, she is already planning for her next adventure, and hopes to travel to Africa and South America.PHOTOS: THE WANDERING WASP
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including (anticlockwise from above) Armenia, Iran, Pakistan and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything be
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including Armenia, Iran, Pakistan (above) and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything behind on the day of her departure from Singapore in May 2015. However, she is already planning for her next adventure, and hopes to travel to Africa and South America.PHOTOS: THE WANDERING WASP
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including (anticlockwise from above) Armenia, Iran, Pakistan and India. She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything be
Ms Huang and her Vespa, affectionately named "Ebony Rouge", went to 25 countries during the two-year journey, including Armenia, Iran, Pakistan and India (above). She said that the hardest part of the trip was leaving everything behind on the day of her departure from Singapore in May 2015. However, she is already planning for her next adventure, and hopes to travel to Africa and South America.PHOTOS: THE WANDERING WASP

The sudden death of a friend in 2009 spurred biotech graduate Juvena Huang to cast off her old life and set out on an epic adventure that took her across 44,000km and 25 countries - all on a Vespa.

The remarkable journey, which took her just over two years, has had a profound effect on her.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Journeying 44,000km solo on a Vespa'. Print Edition | Subscribe