Overland Lady - a female overland adventurer.
Freelance photographer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Automotive & 4WD enthusiast.
BBA - Marketing. MBA prospect.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist.
Email : [email protected]
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/moniquesongphoto
I had no intention of being a professional photographer or blogger. This domain is simply an expression of my love in capturing moments and memories using pictures and words. And who knows it had slowly starting to become a thing!
Believe me, there’s some sort of connection between a camera and its owner/user. The moment I hold that heavy DSLR in front of my face, the rest of the world disappears. The only thing left was the scenery from the tiny viewfinder and myself. It gives me an almost invisible feeling that takes away my conscious sense of self. It is the moment that my brain can be shut down and break free from the human world.
I have been writing diary/journal since junior high. No one can remember everything happened in the past. It’s such a pity for things to be forgotten. By writing them down, I am able to physically flip back to any phase of life at any given time, read what I was doing, feel what I was thinking, and gain some new insights from my journey.
Everyone has stories. Leaving traces of my life doesn’t change the significance of me as a person, doesn’t make me more important or special. In fact, this blog is a quintessential evidence of my existential crisis. The more I read, the more I experience, the more I explore, the more insignificant I feel. This realization can easily, and does quite often, get me into negative loops, in which I struggle with constant self-doubt. I am afraid of not being a good writer; I am afraid that my stories are not worthy of sharing. But as insignificant as I can be, my experiences and my perspective of the world are the main building blocks that construct my life.
They are the significance of my insignificant existence.
About Overland Lady
The idea of shifting my personal blog to the Overland Lady title came during my trip in Australia. While being in the outback with Altar, my Landcruiser, I meet a lot of experienced 4-wheelers and overlanders across the continent. The social media representation of off-roading and 4 wheel driving is heavily male-dominant. Big rigs in the while seem to be a typical “men and their big toys” scenario. I can’t keep count of how many times I’ve heard comments like “not many girls do that”. But you know what, there actually are quite a few of us!
From tradie girls who build their own rigs, to the co-pilot navigator wives/girlfriends, to skilled camp chefs, there are numbers of us ladies out in the field. We may be mostly behind the scene which led to very little voice in regards to what this novel lifestyle means for the modern females.
Traditionally, female holds a different social responsibility such as home-making and child-bearing. This potentially makes their life on the road a different experience than their male counterparts. There’s a unique perspective worth sharing.
As one of those ladies on the road, and one who enjoys sharing moments, I am recording on this blog my joy, laughter, frustration, and everything in between. I seek to connect with other overlanding ladies, share our adventure stories from a female’s perspective, inspire girls out there who want to go explore, and support traveling females with my knowledge and experiences.