Zhongxiu Aurora Peddycord-Liu

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I love traveling and I call myself the world's best trip planner. Below are some of my trips and my favorite part in each:

  • Barcelona, Spain ~ Sagrada Familia, everything Gaudi
  • Budapest, Hungary ~ Caving in Pálvölgyi Caves/National Museum of Fine Arts/People There!
  • Vienna, Austria ~ Naturhistorisches Museum
  • Prague, Czech ~ Lobkowicz Palace
  • Triglav National Park, Alpine Towns,Soča River zone, Slovenia ~ Everything!!
  • Venice, Italy ~ Burano Island, Scuoloa Grande di San Rocco
  • Rome, Italy ~ All ancient ruins, Gelato
  • Vatican City, Vatican ~ Vatican Museum
  • Alpine Towns, Jungfrau Mountain (top of Europe), Switzerland ~ Everything!!
  • Paris, France ~ Winged Victory of Samothrace
  • Puerto Rico ~ San Juan Architects, El Yunque Rain Forest
  • Vegas, Antelope Canyon, Valley of Fire, the Yellowstone, USA ~ the amazing landscape!
  • Madrid, Spain ~ Museum Cerralbo
  • Bejing, China ~ the Summer Palace
  • Asheville, NC, USA ~ the Biltmore Estate
  • Florida, USA ~ the Dali Museum
  • Bonaire, Leeward Antilles, The Netherlands ~ Klein Bonaire, Bonaire National Marine Park
  • London & Cotswolds, UK ~ Churchill War Rooms, the British Museum
  • Monteverde, Tortuguero, La Fortuna, San Jose, Costa Rica ~ Monteverde Cloud Rainforest Nightwalk


I collect vintage hats. Jim Goodnight once said he liked my hat (SAS cafeteria C, 02/19/2018).
I run a Fashion Blog called Thats-Not-Elegant. My husband suggested the name (guess why?). On my blog, I feature affordable daily look and challenge the nerd girl stereotype.

Photography, Piano, Painting, General Grafting

I have broad interests, but I can only commit enough time to be an amateur. Among these skills,

  • I studied acrylic painting and sketching with a professional artist at primary school. I still paint frequently today. On the left is a portrait I recently drew as a graduation gift for two great professors at NC State.
  • I am good at taking photos. I have many photos of art and landscapes from all around the world, and I would love to show them to you.
  • I achieved performance level for electronic piano at age 12. I play e-piano weekly for my best listener--my cat!
  • I love crafting to make personalized gift for my friends. I make mini clay figures and various accessories.

Food, Cat, Chihuahuas

My husband once said he is the luckiest man in the world because he can have my Sichuan Spicy Chicken every week. My favorite recipe website is the Woks of Life
I have a cat Cinnamon Bun, and two Chihuahuas Cocoa Bean and Eclair Puff. They are picked up from the street and rescued. Yes, they are named after desserts.

Ancient Chinese Literature, Chan(Zen)

I love reading ancient Chinese Literature, especially work from Su Shi. I also believe in Chan(Zen), a branch of Buddahism and philosophy framework that emphasizes on growing wisdom from living daily life.

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Last update Aug 2018 by Zhongxiu Liu