Some Backlogged Jevo Adventures. China from December 2012 to February 2013.

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After leaving Cambodia and APCA at the end of 2012, we headed back to China with new jobs in a new city. This time we ventured much further south from our prior home in Mudanjiang to a city called Yangzhou, located in the Jiangsu province. Once we were living in this more geographically desirable locale, we wasted no time in taking trips to nearby cities including Suzhou and Shanghai. We even got down to Hong Kong in early January.
Here’s a short video to show some of our travel and living highlights.

Cambodia, Scenic and Up-close

Close-up of a monk's robe out to dry in the mid day heat.

Close-up of a monk’s robe out to dry in the mid day heat.

Hundreds of people gather at Angkor Wat to watch the magnificent sunrise.

Hundreds of people gather at Angkor Wat to watch the magnificent sunrise.

Like I said, it is magnificent.

Like I said, it is magnificent.

Never forget it. Sticker posted outside a beautiful abandoned building in Phnom Penh.

Never forget it. Sticker posted outside a beautiful abandoned building in Phnom Penh.

Some Cambodian street art.

Some Cambodian street art.

Sunset silhouette of recently deceased King Sihanouk's stupa construction.

Sunset silhouette of recently deceased King Sihanouk’s stupa construction.

Sunset silhouette of the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

Sunset silhouette of the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

Beautiful bowls on a ledge at a temple in Phnom Penh.

Beautiful bowls on a ledge at a temple in Phnom Penh.

President Obama came to Phnom Penh while we were there to discuss Democracy, corruption and Cambodia's future at the 2012 ASEAN conference.

President Obama came to Phnom Penh while we were there to discuss Democracy, corruption and Cambodia’s future at the 2012 ASEAN conference.

Five stupas housing the remains of former Cambodian kings seen from the top of Oudong Mountain in Kampong Speu Province.

Five stupas housing the remains of former Cambodian kings seen from the top of Oudong Mountain in Kampong Speu Province.

A view of one stupa.

A view of one stupa.

An up close look

An up close look

Monkeys on Oudong Mountain in Kampong Speu Province.

Monkeys on Oudong Mountain in Kampong Speu Province.

A temple overgrown with trees dating back as far as the temples of Angkor. Battdung Mountain, Kampong Speu Province.

A temple overgrown with trees dating back as far as the temples of Angkor. Battdung Mountain, Kampong Speu Province.

A headless warrior statue at the top of Battdung Mountain, Kampong Speu Province

A headless warrior statue at the top of Battdung Mountain, Kampong Speu Province

Monk's robe out to dry outside the temples on top of Battdung Mountain in Kampong Speu Province. Photo taken by Tina Ryder, my beautiful mother

Monk’s robe out to dry outside the temples on top of Battdung Mountain in Kampong Speu Province. Photo taken by Tina Ryder, my beautiful mother

Shadows of Garudas playing on the temple walls in Kampong Speu Province

Shadows of Garudas playing on the temple walls in Kampong Speu Province

A small temple in Kampong Speu Province where one monk has lived since he was 7 years old. He is now in his 90s.

A small temple in Kampong Speu Province where one monk has lived since he was 7 years old. He is now in his 90s.

My brother, Scott, and some of the older boys at APCA hanging out on the mushroom building in progress.

My brother, Scott, and some of the older boys at APCA hanging out on the mushroom building in progress.

Sunset in Kep

Sunset in Kep

It just kept getting better.

It just kept getting better.

And better.

And better.

A little end of the day dip at Kep Beach.

A little end of the day dip at Kep Beach.

Peppercorns up close and on the vine at a pepper plantation in Kampot Province.

Peppercorns up close and on the vine at a pepper plantation in Kampot Province.

The view from our $20/night room at the Kimly Lodge in Kep Cambodia. We can highly recommend you stay here if you are ever in Kep.

The view from our $20/night room at the Kimly Lodge in Kep Cambodia. We can highly recommend you stay here if you are ever in Kep.

Inside the Central Market in Phnom Penh.

Inside the Central Market in Phnom Penh.

Bright seed pods attached to reeds in Kampong Speu Province

Bright seed pods attached to reeds in Kampong Speu Province

An up close look at the rice fields in late November. In Kampong Speu Province.

An up close look at the rice fields in late November. In Kampong Speu Province.

Lotus reflections in Kampong Speu Province

Lotus reflections in Kampong Speu Province

Foreground: Lotus field. Background: Palm trees. The Cambodian countryside is stunning. In Kampong Speu Province.

Foreground: Lotus field. Background: Palm trees. The Cambodian countryside is stunning. In Kampong Speu Province.

The best time to check out the lotus fields is very early morning, when they are just opening to greet the sun. In Kampong Speu Province.

The best time to check out the lotus fields is very early morning, when they are just opening to greet the sun. In Kampong Speu Province.

Some APCA kids playing in the rice paddies across the street from the center. It's an alright front yard to explore.

Some APCA kids playing in the rice paddies across the street from the center. It’s an alright front yard to explore.

Desensitized to Strange?

After living in Asia for over a year now, mainly in China and a couple of months in Cambodia, we’ve seen and experienced some pretty weird sh*t. From watching a grown adult poop in the middle of the sidewalk directly in our path on our way to work, seeing a woman shove an iguana down her throat in a night club, to watching Stevo get hit on by a ladyboy (hilarious), I’ll be amazed if we don’t need some serious therapy in the years to come. Lately I’ve become concerned that we’re now a bit desensitized to all the strange. Not much seems to shock us anymore. Continue reading

People in Cambodia

This is the first of a three part series of photos Jen took during our time in Cambodia. 
A beautiful young woman selling flowers outside a temple at the riverside in Phnom Penh.

A beautiful young woman selling flowers outside a temple at the riverside in Phnom Penh.

Old friends pause for a chat along the riverfront in Phnon Penh before continuing on with their sales.

Old friends pause for a chat along the riverfront in Phnon Penh before continuing on with their sales.

This old woman walks around the riverside in Phnom Penh every day with a scale, asking people if they'd like to check their weight.

This old woman walks around the riverside in Phnom Penh every day with a scale, asking people if they’d like to check their weight.

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She offers this service in exchange for a few hundred Riel, around 10 cents.

Lighting incense outside a temple.

Lighting incense outside a temple.

This old Yoda-looking woman sits outside a temple at the Phnom Penh riverside selling flowers and incense everyday.

This old  woman sits outside a temple at the Phnom Penh riverside selling flowers and incense everyday. I think she looks a bit like Yoda.

Live birds for sale just outside the temple at the riverside in Phnom Penh. You can buy and release them for good luck.

Live birds for sale just outside the temple at the riverside in Phnom Penh. You can buy and release them yourself for good luck.

Monks in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Young monks in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

This old monk woman was selling memorabilia of the old king of Cambodia who died on October 15th, 2012.

A monk selling memorabilia of the king of Cambodia in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The king died on October 15th, 2012 while on a trip to Beijing.

Hard living.

Hard living is an understatement for what so many Cambodians have gone through in their lifetimes.

Drink vendors in Phnom Penh.

Drink vendors in Phnom Penh.

A moto driver waits for business in Phnom Penh.

A moto driver waiting for business in Phnom Penh.

An old monk buys fried bananas from a young vendor on the street in Phnom Penh.

An old monk buys fried bananas from a young vendor on the street in Phnom Penh.

A moto driver taking a late afternoon snooze in Phnom Penh.

A moto driver taking a late afternoon snooze in Phnom Penh.

 

Monk feet in Phnom Penh.

Monk feet in Phnom Penh.

 

Tourists pause to look at an art exhibition along the riverside in Phnom Penh.

Tourists pause to look at an art exhibition along the riverside in Phnom Penh.

A fruit vendor in Phnom Penh.

A fruit vendor in Phnom Penh.

Mom Tina and Tori cross paths with a couple of monks in Phnom Penh.

Mom Tina and Tori Green cross paths with a couple of monks at dusk in Phnom Penh.

A medicine man at his home, which doubles as a clinic in Kampong Speu, Cambodia.

A medicine man at his home, which doubles as a clinic, in Kampong Speu, Cambodia.

He mainly treats severe wounds and breaks. This woman broke her femur in a motorbike accident.

He mainly treats severe wounds and breaks. This woman broke her femur in a motorbike accident.

Despite a lack of painkillers, the 90 degree heat, and no formal medical facilities, these women manage to smile. The patients are all treated in this outdoor setting, and stay there for weeks or months while they heal.

Despite a lack of painkillers, the 90 degree heat, and no formal medical facilities, these women manage to smile. The patients are all treated in this outdoor setting, and stay there for weeks or months while they heal.

A very friendly old woman at the medical clinic in Kampong Speu.

A very friendly old woman at the medical clinic in Kampong Speu.

Taking a walk around the rice paddies across the street from APCA.

The kids stopped for a jumping picture while taking a walk around the rice paddies across the street from APCA.

Veasna, 7, and Sreyleak, 8walking home from school

Veasna, 7, and Sreyleak, 8, walking home to APCA from school along road 51 in Kampong Speu.

Sokim, 6 years old, at APCA.

Sokim, 6 years old, at APCA. Photo taken by Stevo Joslin.

The APCA kids were so excited to receive brand new pillows and towels, generously donated by Australian volunteers Cheryl and Kelsee.

The APCA kids were so excited to receive brand new pillows and towels, generously donated by Australian volunteers Cheryl and Kelsee.

Little ones, Sreyka, 5, and Sreyleak, 8, at APCA.

Little ones, Sreyka, 5, and Sreyleak, 8, at APCA.

Silly boys, Sokim, 6,  and May, 7, at APCA.

Silly boys, Sokim, 6, and May, 7, at APCA.

A little boy in Talak Village, near APCA.

A little boy holding his teddy in Talak Village, near APCA.

A village girl pulling her toy truck in Talak Village, near APCA.

A village girl pulling her toy truck in Talak Village, near APCA.

A fisherman silhouetted during sunset at Sras Srong lake in Siem Reap.

A fisherman silhouetted during sunset at Sras Srong lake in Siem Reap.

A moto driver pauses for a cigarette break to watch the sunset at Sras Srong lake in Siem Reap.

A moto driver pauses for a cigarette break to watch the sunset at Sras Srong lake in Siem Reap.

A woman and her son sit at the beach during sunset in Kep, Cambodia.

An old woman and her son sitting at the beach during sunset in Kep, Cambodia.

A woman tending to the rice paddies in Kampong Speu. Photo taken by Samnang, 12, from APCA.

A woman tending to the rice paddies in Kampong Speu Province. Photo taken by Samnang, 12, from APCA.

Her kids stared at me, bewildered, from behind some rice stalks. Photo taken by Samnang, 12, from APCA.

Her kids stared at me, bewildered, from behind some rice stalks. Photo taken by Samnang, 12, from APCA.

Samnang, 12,  (in purple), and Sokhorn out on a bike ride in Talak Village, Kampong Speu.

Samnang, 12, (in purple, the budding photographer), and Sokhorn, 8, out on a bike ride in Talak Village, Kampong Speu Province.

A young woman biking home to her village after a long day working in the rice paddies.

A young woman biking home to her village after a long day working in the rice paddies.

Mengleang, 8, and Bophan, 14, on a bike ride in Talak Village, Kampong Speu Province.

Mengleang, 8, and Bophan, 14, on a bike ride in Talak Village, Kampong Speu Province.

 

Mmm mmmm pig head. At the Russian Market in Phnom Penh.

Message received.  At the Russian Market in Phnom Penh.

 

Monks

Monks receiving offerings from businesses at the Russian Market , early morning in Phnom Penh.

 

Sisters

Sisters at an outdoor market in Phnom Penh.

 

Mmm mmmm pig head. At  the Russian Market in Phnom Penh.

A very friendly moto driver in Phnom Penh.