Chinese New Year's footsteps are getting loud and clear now! You may not be quite upbeat yet, but the rising mood surrounding you seems to be nudging you, urging you to get into this important Chinese festival.
Just take a walk around Sibu town and you would get the heat of the season. The New Year songs in the air and the bustling shopping crowds seem to keep the downcast mood of the financial tsunami at the bay first.
My friends, let's get perked up for Year of the Ox!
The photo shows a woman posing with the newly released Chinese New Year 2009 Year of the Ox commemorative coins at the Taiwan Central Bank's office in Taipei Jan. 5, 2009.