Casie & Kristin’s Shanghai visit!

Casie and Kristin came to visit Shanghai in late October 2016. Continue reading Casie & Kristin’s Shanghai visit!


Wilson/Barreth family visit <3

In July 2016, my Mimi, Ma, sister Alyssa, & brother Avery came to visit us in China! I never thought the day would come (and secretly I don’t think they ever expected us to stay long enough to justify a visit 😉  Continue reading Wilson/Barreth family visit ❤

Livin’ the sweet life

I often get distracted by the sometimes monotonous life we live here. Biking to work everyday, counting down the days until the weekend, then inevitably the weekend comes and goes before we’ve had a chance to notice. But this week at work, I mastered puff pastry. After about 3 “repairs” of the aircon, 4 pounds of butter, and 5 kilos of flour, I finally got that perfectly flakey pastry I was looking for! Continue reading Livin’ the sweet life

So many activities!

I love to bake. Something about the precision and having to follow a recipe/technique suits me. What I don’t really enjoy is cooking. I am just not good at throwing things together and it being tasty. Bu hao, Ashlee, bu hao. When we got the chance to take a Chinese cooking class, I jumped at the opportunity, hoping this would help decrease our ordering-food-habits. 😉 We met up with 4 of our friends and our “teacher” at a wet market. He showed us what ingredients we needed to purchase and what we would be using for the day. We made 3 different dishes: 高山野木耳 Black Fungus, 宫保鸡丁 Kung Pao Chicken, and 小笼包 Steamed Buns. Surprisingly, they were fairly easy AND I didn’t butcher any of them which is saying a lot! We still haven’t attempted to remake any of the dishes at home, but I’m being optimistic. 🙂  Continue reading So many activities!

In September 2014, newly named Mr. & Mrs. Bump, we moved to Shanghai, China. Having more work than play, this journal has become an outline of our lives here, rather than a travel blog. Though we hope to do loads of traveling soon! Hope you enjoy seeing Shanghai though our eyes :)