Finally the New Year’s Eve Celebrations!
After missing for the very first time in my life, our Christmas Eve’s “Noche Buena”, the Filipino traditional dinner on the eve of this special day, we have finally celebrated another hallmark occasion the “New Year’s Eve” last night! Our own New Year’s Eve dinner party, this time celebrated with a Roasted Turkey and all its trimmings. Cheers also with Rémy Martin V.S.O.P. Fine Champagne popped for the New Year’s Eve party. There was nothing we could have done about the lost dinner party preparations and getting ready for that party on Christmas Eve when the major ice storm struck our city a few days before Christmas. We were all very ill prepared for the eventuality of the coming winter storm because this was different in the way that it’s an ice storm due to the mild temperature instead of the usual winter snowstorm when we are in deep freeze at minus degree temperatures like -20 degrees or even -30 degrees with wind chills of -30 or -40 degrees Centigrade.
The Massive Ice Storm of Christmas 2013
This storm was totally unexpected, since we were getting ready for the holidays, thinking that it was going to be just like one of those snowstorms that we get at wintertime. This massive ice storm turned out to be ferocious even to the point of putting the whole city almost in total darkness due to power outages. Some households were able to hold on to their electricity that their wires were not hit by falling branches or collapsed trees and got no power outage.
The hundreds of thousands that were affected including our condo/apt. had to bear the consequences of power outages and possibly no electricity until after the holidays. Our fear materialized when the restoration of power took the Toronto Hydro crews a longer time to do their job due to the dangerous live fallen wires and the fallen branches of trees all over the city roads. Power was restored grid by grid, block by block and building after building concentrating on hospitals first, then nursing homes that were running on diesel-powered generators which all public and private properties are required to operate. Even our condo/apt. had generator power to operate the elevators and other utilities like safety lights and water supply except for the heater supply. Warming centers were available for the hundred-thousand residents without power. Even charitable association provided free hot meals to everyone in need of nourishment. Public arenas, schools, city halls and other available facilities were opened to accommodate everybody in need of a warm place to stay on the cold days of winter.
The Glorious New Year’s Day 2014 Celebrations
The “New Year’s Eve” countdown to the New Year 2014 was a complete blast in major cities like Toronto, New York, and other cities here and abroad like London, Paris, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore and Manila. There were lots of festivities in town at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square where a stage was set up and celebrities, singers, bands and every jolly audience were singing and dancing to ring in the new year.
The New Year’s Eve at Times Square, the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration, it’s now a global tradition. The whole world is watching on Live TV and everyone cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year’s Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, the fireworks, firecrackers, and noisemakers were all making loud noise together in order to celebrate the NEW YEAR 2014!