^Last night in 2009, the whole town dashed out to the street to cherish the year before it was gone.It is just past midnight into the new year 2010. I'm staying in a Starbucks after joining the countdown. Everyone shouted from 10 to zero and cheering filled every space in the air at the tick of twelve. Happy new year!^Even the neon-light signboards seemed especially bright and cheerful last night.^Decorations hanging overhead near the cafe.^Staff were busy making coffee for the long queue of customers. Every seat was taken. Tables meant for two were seated by four. A side table not meant for customers was turned into a makeshift cafe table for a pair of lovers.^There is a common saying in Cantonese to describe this scene which is, literally, "people mountain, people sea".^The crowd was leaving after the countdown.This is 2010. Again, happy new year!