I watched a Porsche programme on YouTube last week. Surprisingly, the German car manufacturer invited Taiwanese rock star Wubai as the host to drive around Taipei with Chang Chen. Their task of the day was to take photographs with the theme of conflicts and contradictions.
Ren’ai Road of Taipei City has lines of coconut trees. This was what I learned from this episode. In the past, I used to think that in Taiwan we can see coconut trees only in my university NTNU, or other universities including NTU.
What’s admirable about Wubai is that he is always observing the people, things and events around him. He is a great observer of Greater Taipei and entire Taiwan. And his way of deciphering what he observed is always different from the public. Furthermore, he tries to understand history and looks for the connection between the past and the present. Among so many photo-taking spots in Taipei, he selected Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum as well as Municipal Guangfu Elementary School.
I feel like travelling around Taipei after watching his programme. Since electric cars don’t emit greenhouse gases, I need not feel guilty if I am to drive one to scout around Taipei.
I feel embarrassed when watching Wubai’s show because I don’t think I can be as observant as he is. He is always observing major and minor things in life and trying to understand them from different angles.
In the world before Covid-19 pandemic, Wubai was always leading his band China Blue to visit Malaysia and Singapore for concerts. He was even acting in a Cantonese-speaking movie in Malaysia with Hong Kong stars Simon Yam and Kara Wai. Wubai might have observed better and deeper than locals in Kuala Lumpur, but we might not know it before there is a chance for him to share his knowledge like what he does for this programme.