Title: Bonaire reporter
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Language: English
Publisher: George DeSalvo
Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: January 21, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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K LM and Dutch Eagle Express
(DEE), now doing business as
BonairExel, have reached agreement on
forming a join regional airline based in
Curagao. "We have decided to work to-
gether. How exactly, we still have to work
out," said DEE shareholder, Niek Sand-
mann, from Amsterdam, where the talks
were held. Possibly the airline(s) that will
evolve from the former Aruba/Bonaire/
Curacao-Exel fleet will start operating in
two to three months. Reportedly negotia-
tions with Sandmann are being conducted
by Deputy KLM President-Director Peter
Hartman, who recently visited Bonaire.
According to the Dutch daily, De Tele-
graaf Niek Sandmann's business partner
is Erik de Vlieger, who earlier this week
announced his retirement from direct in-
volvement in his many companies but
will stay a shareholder in the Exel Avia-
tion Group. However, some of de
Vlieger's aviation investments are on the
verge of folding, and significant layoffs in
Europe are expected if that occurs.
Bonaire Senator Ramonsito Booi, a key
player in the original effort to bring Bo-
nairExel to our island, says he is working
to make sure air service to Bonaire con-
tinues uninterrupted in the meantime. It
was announced earlier this week that the
name Exel would be disappearing from
the BonairExel, CuracaoExel and
ArubaExel aircraft. Winair, the Antillean
windward island airline owned by the
Central Government that was set to be
taken over by Exel, will be included with
the former Exel airlines in the new ar-
The intention is to improve inter-island
service and add jets of KLM's subsidiary,
Transavia, to the Antilles fleet. The

Samco (Schreiner Aircraft Maintenance)
company will be hired and on-time per-
formance will be improved, Sandmann
said. The current ATR 42 fleet is in need
of maintenance, one source of the delays
BonairExel passengers have been experi-
encing. Dutch reports byA. Burlage and
B. Mos- De Telegraf

k The new
airline, West
Aruba, will
be operational
by March 18, West
Aruba Day. W e
Acting direc- Ufi tn
tor of Aruba's
Aviation Administration Chris Dammers
says steady progress is being made with
the procedures for the necessary manuals
and filling the various positions within the

company. The airline will start flying with
a single MD-82 aircraft, similar to the
MD-88 used by the bankrupt Air Aruba,
which means the pilots won't require
much extra flight training. A second plane
will soon be added. The airline will be
flying to Curagao, Bonaire and Colombia,
with the US to follow later.

A Another start-up, I-Jet Caribbean,
will continue with the fights on the Mi-
ami-Port au Prince-Curacao route it
began around Christmas to meet the great
demand from Haiti to the ABC islands
and Florida. The company aims to be the
successor to DCA for the route. It offers
good fares (less than NAf400 to Florida),
good service (includes meals and a US
Immigration expert) and reliability (on
time). For the time being the company
uses a Boeing 727 (170 seats) and flies
twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Walthie photo

A Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein
Donner concluded his trip to the Neth-
erlands Antilles with a visit to Bonaire.
He met with Police Chief Police Gerold
Daantje, Chief Prosecutor Gilbert Joubert,
Lt. Governor Herbert Domacass6 and
Deputy Prosecutor Justine Gonggrijp.
While the minister had been in the Antil-
les last year for orientation this visit was

Bonaire Wins Top Spot
(Student Chefs) 4
New Names for New Kids 5
Learning Bonaire (TCB Leader) 5
New TCB Leader (Ronella Croes) 5
Tsunami Help 6
Bonaire Visit (an Intersession Course) 6
Bonaire Ambassadors
(Norton; Emry) 7
Walk-a-thon on Sunday 8
St. Maarten Asks Bonaire 8
Wear Yellow-LiveStrong 8
Edwin Muller (Windsurfing) 9
Yoga (Letting Go) 12
Where to Find the Reporter 12
Buddy Dive at 25 Expands 13
Pet Prof (Cat's IQ Test) 13
Phil Turns 75 14
Salute to Sergeant Major (Dee Scarr) 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Ryan) 11
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself (Sweden) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Gisla Zils) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

"to nail things down," he said during a
press conference in the Pasangrahan.
The most important result of his visit
was the signing of several agreements for
Dutch assistance for law enforcement in
the Netherlands Antilles to fight crime.
The Netherlands will send extra police
(Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Page 2

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
detectives, which Chief Daantje said is
not an unnecessary luxury for Bonaire,
considering the persistent understaffing of
the local police force. The added man-
power will work behind the scenes, espe-
cially to solve violent crimes. This also
means that police officers can be put on
the streets to heighten security. A work
group of local police and Dutch military
police will maintain border control at the
airport especially to intercept drugs. The
100% inspection will continue at Schi-
phol Airport in Holland and will be sup-
plemented with stricter controls at all An-
tillean international airports. The 13 mili-
tary officers and 12 Customs officials will
be assigned to Curagao and Bonaire air-
ports starting in March and will remain in
the Antilles for a maximum of two years.
Next month 40 detectives and 20 other
police officers will go on duty to combat
crime in the Antilles, primarily on Cura-

Recently a mobile seawatch radar
was tested in Bonaire. The system is
actually being used by the Royal Army
and the Marine Corps and has been opti-
mized to track ships around the ABC Is-
lands. The Coast Guard hopes that this
radar will be able to spot attempted drug
landings on Bonaire. In mid-2006, a per-
manent radar will become operational,
but in the meantime the Coast Guard will
use the mobile unit.

Sea News

k During the Island Council meeting
last week, Commissioner James Kroon,
who is responsible for the island's medi-
cal policy, discussed the problems of the
health care system in Bonaire. He said
that he is very concerned about the in-
creased amount of chronically ill patients
and the ever-increasing medical expenses.
He suggested a significant reorganization
of the current health care system, more
attention to metal health and that informa-
tion and prevention should be the focus
for this coming year.
According to him, as many as 53% of
the adults in Bonaire have a chronic dis-
ease, like diabetes, high blood pressure,
kidney failure and heart and vascular dis-
eases. He feels there is insufficient health
care on the island for this group of peo-
ple. Usually the patients have to go to
other islands or foreign countries for
treatment. Kroon says there are plans to
attract more specialists to Bonaire. Since
numerous Bonairean kidney patients have
to fly several times a week to other is-
lands to be dialyzed, it is more logical to
have a dialysis center in Bonaire.
He added that about 17% of adults in
Bonaire are mentally ill or depressed.
There is no care for these people. A psy-
chiatrist visits Bonaire for a few hours a
month to treat these patients, and there
are only two nurses for the care of the
mentally ill people. There are no govern-
ment-sponsored psychologists or social
workers in Bonaire.

A The multipurpose frigate HMAS Van
Speijk returned to the Netherlands Antilles
as station ship for the Royal Marines on
Monday. With its crew of 140 and an on-
board Westland Lynx helicopter, she will
remain in the Caribbean for one year to per-
form counter drug operations with a Law
Enforcement Detachment of the US Coast
Guard on board. The vessel will be used by
the Royal Marines as well as the Coast
Guard of the Netherlands Antilles and

This photo unintentionally tells a different story than intended. In it the Dep-
uty Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Mr Henri Brookson, is visiting a travel show
in The Netherlands to promote tourism. In the background you can see the poster for
Sri Lanka; in the foreground, Bonaire. Because of the tsunami-created devastation in
Sri Lanka many tourists have had to change their plans, and some have chosen Bonaire.

A Postal rates are changing. Local
letter mail increases 1.8%, part of which
will go to establish innovative services
such as the Elite Post service that offers
intra-island, next-day delivery. A 20-
gram letter will cost NAf 1,75. Intera-
tional letter mail between 0 to 20 grams
remains the same, while rates for letter
mail between 21 grams and 2 kilos, small
packages and printed matter have been
simplified and most of the rates have been
A letter destined for Holland weighing
500 grams used to cost NAf61,65, but
will now be reduced 66.7% to NAf20,50.
A package destined for the US weighing
250 grams was NAf25,20, but will now
cost NAf14.40. The release stated, "A
shipment of 100 grams consisting of
printed matter (like magazines) destined
for Aruba was NAf5,45. As of January
18, it cost NAf3,95."

A Curacao pays 82% of all taxes in
the Netherlands Antilles. Of the record

tax revenues of NAf 1.3 billion in 2003,
over a billion came from Curagao. About
74% of the people in the Antilles
(133,644 out of 180,592) live on Curagao.
Second is St. Maarten, which, with
33,119 legal residents, produced NAf 172
million. Bonaire produced NAf56 million
with 10,185 residents; St. Eustatius NAf5
million with 2,498 residents; and Saba
NAf2.2 million with 1,146 residents.
Per capita Curagao paid an average of
NAf7.992 each in taxes; Bonaire
NAf5.513; St. Martin NAf5.197; Statia
NAf2.020; and Saba NAfl.990.
Of direct taxes, the income tax yielded
the most, namely NAf 516 million. For
indirect tax, the sales tax yielded the
most, NAf261 million.

k Don't forget to attend the SGB High
School open house this Saturday, 22
January, from 10 to 12 noon. See what
the school offers and meet the staff. 1
G. L. D.

S, A Acting director Peter de Witte (left) and
Commander Frank Sijtsma presented the
Coast Guard's newest weapon against drug
i i traffickers and human smugglers the
:5 Super RIB to members of the press in
SCuragao. This extended version (12 meters
long) of the Rigid Inflatable Boat is driven
by 630-horsepower engines and can reach
speeds of up to 40 knots (more than 70 kilo-
l meters per hour). Weighing close to 6 tons
and with a V-bottom, it is better suited to the
-relatively rough Caribbean Sea than the
smaller RHIBS and outdated patrol boats it's replacing. It can also give chase longer
than its predecessors, some 15 hours straight at 30 knots. Five have now arrived, of
which two for are Curagao, two for Aruba and one for St. Maarten. In total the Coast
Guard will get 12 Super RHIBS by the end of next year, four each for the three sta-
tions. The Dutch Government invested 6.75 million euros: 5 million for the boats and
1.75 million for the necessary infrastructure. In April, 34 new Coast Guard officials
will also start working, bringing the total personnel to 188.

P The Royal Marines and the Damen ship-
yard in Gorichem, Holland, recently signed a
contract for the design and construction of
a new support vessel to replace the vener-
a. T eA able Pelikaan which is a familiar sight in
our waters. The new vessel will replace the
current support ship in 2006. Then-defense
minister, De Grave once called it "a brutal
ship." Marines on board have to sleep in
shipping containers stacked three stories
high, which promotes seasickness because of the heavy rocking motion of the short
boat. The new Pelikaan is much longer (65 meters) and more comfortable, with proper
accommodations for 40 Marines. Powered by two diesel engines, it can reach a top
speed of 17 knots compared to the 12 knots of the current ship.

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Page 3


in the ABC Island-ST Maarten

Student Chef Competition

S aturday night at
Chez Lucille's at
the Harbour Village Beach
Resort was the setting for
the Gala Awards Dinner
for the ABC Islands, St.
Maarten Student Chef
Competition. Everyone
agreed it was a tremen-
dous success: the students,
the judges, the teachers
and coaches and the orga-
nizing committee.
Nine teams competed in
the kitchen of the SGB
hotel school, sometimes
four teams at a time, follow-
ing strict international culi-

nary competition rules. Professional
judges on the scene were lead judge,
Klaus Friedenreich, Henny Kolenbrander,
Helmut Holzer and Augusto Schreiner.
All four judges were bor and trained in
Europe but now have their businesses in
Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico, respec-
Each team had to create and present
three dishes: appetizer, main dish and des-
sert. Judging was based on, for example,
sanitation, how they followed their work
plan, use of their culinary skills, plate
presentation, and most of all, taste and
flavor. The teams try to accrue as many
points as possible, the number of points
determining whether they win a gold, sil-
ver, bronze or no medal. They don't com-
pete with each other but with the system.
In this competition, for instance there
were seven bronzes and two silvers. No
team had the required number of points
for a gold.

Trevorfrom the TV show, "Kiko ta Kiko," films
the Feffik team from Curacao.

After the competition the judges met
with the teams to critique their perform-
ances. "This is a time for teaching and for
the students to learn," Head Judge Klaus
Friedenreich said.

Two exciting announcements were also
made. The winning team, SGB Bonaire,
will be invited to attend Chef Klaus
Friedenreich's Culinary Arts Institute in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for a week. And
St. Maarten coach, Bart Peut, invited all
the teams to come to his island in May
2006, for the next culinary competition.
Also to be invited then will be teams from
Saba, Statia and the French side of St.
The event was filmed by Hendrik
Wuyts of Scuba Vision and a video will
be made to use as a promotional aid for
future hotel school students and to air on
TV. O L.D.

Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters for making this event happen:

Antillean Wine Company -Rocca del Macie
wine tasting and raffle prizes
Bonaire Culinary Foundation
Bonaire Tours for all the transfers and the com-
plimentary island tour to the students
Bonaire Reporter
Bonaire Restaurant Association- chef coats
Capriccio's Restaurant Lola's pastry demon
Caribbean Club

Chez Lucille at Harbour Village Beach Resort
Divi Flamingo
Martines Imports- Polar
NGO Platform
Rum Runners Restaurant- chef coats, Brad's
bartending exhibition
ReMax- chef hats
SGB (high school)
Special Olympics for the use of their van
Tropical Inn
Xerox- for the prize of the laser printer to one
of the students D

Chef Vernon checks out the Aruba team

1. SGB Bonaire Silver Medal
2. EPI-2 Aruba Silver Medal
3. EPI-1 Aruba Bronze Medal
4. SBO Bonaire Bronze Medal
5. FEFFIK Curacao Bronze Medal
6. Ban Bria 1 CuracaoBronze Medal
7. Ban Bria 2 CuracaoBronze Medal
8. Sundial St. MaartenBronze Medal
9. EPB -Oranjistad Aruba Bronze Medal

Appetizer- FEFFIK Curaqao
Main Course- SGB Bonaire
Dessert- EPI-2 Aruba

After it's all over there's a great sense
of relief and time to exchange signatures
and plan on getting together again soon.

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

The top winner a Silver score- goes to the SGB team Bonaire -
receiving congratulations from the four judges

Page 4


W e told you the F
"new kids," the
goats born on the Keshi Kiki
(goat cheese) kunuku around
the first of the year, needed
names. So last week the 27
children of the Pelikaan
School visited the farm as
part of their Animal Project
and to present their chosen
names for the eight baby
goats to farmer Aleta van
The beautiful "cover goat"
of The Bonaire Reporter
(January 7t issue) was
named 'Lippie' because of
its sharp black marked lips,
the kids told me. Aleta was
very happy with all the
names picked: Tuti, Frutie,
Brunie, Liefie, Spots, Kiki
and Peli (Lippie's sister).
The goat kids and the chil-
dren seemed to enjoy play-
ing with one another.
After the Keshi Kiki
Kunuku excursion the
schoolchildren visited Pi-
loto's kunuku on Kaminda
Lagoen. Piloto's farm added
cows, calves, chicken and
rabbits to the day's experi- s Ronella Croes, Bonaire's new General Manager of Tourism at the TCB,
ence. The kids had a great IV had several orientations to bring her up to speed on Bonaire's latest cul-
time learning, and on the tural and environmental attractions. First, Bonaire's cultural expert B6i Antoin
way home there were loud animal Mike (infront) and Jorge gave her a tour of various historical sites. Then she and STINAPA (Park Author-
songs coming from the bus. photo tried out the milking stationity) Director, Elsmarie Beukenboom (driving the boat) herself a past director of
and story by Marian Walthie tourism, visited Klein Bonaire. O G.D.
and story by Mar/an Waithie

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

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"A wesome," "Splendid,"
-"A "Humbling" were some of
the sentiments we heard about Satur-
day's fund raising extravaganza for the
Asian Tsunami victims. The outpour-
ing of generosity from the Bonairean
people was on an unprecedented scale,
not only of material items but in per-
sonal effort. In less than a week the
arrangements for the day-long fund-
raiser with its sales booths, auctions,
food and drink, performers, donors,
sellers and buyers were completed.
Thousands of Bonairean residents and
tourists showed up at Wilhelmina Park
to buy, sell, contribute and join together
to raise money to help people who lost
everything in the disaster.
We cannot print a complete list of
sponsors and contributors. There are
lists of many who helped and people,
organizations and businesses that con-
tributed, but that will never be com-
plete. There were folks coming up to
help or to give raffle prizes or other
things during the whole day. The or-
ganizers feel, in order to not forget any-
one, they'd rather thank everyone in a
general way.
An incomplete, but audited, tally is

NAf54,980. That doesn't include some
bank transactions yet, as well as the
contributions from churches and
schools. Per capita, it is the largest do-
nation of any Caribbean island reported
so far. It should eventually exceed
A lot of raffle prizes haven't been
picked up. The numbers of the winning
tickets are listed on the right. Af-
ter Sunday, January 23, the prizes
that still have not been picked up will
go up for auction. We will inform
you on what, how and when. The prizes
range from t-shirts to sailing trips and
airline tickets. This will provide full
disclosure on all gifts offered, and will
raise even more money.
The Antillean Wine Company is of-
fering bottles of the fantastic Novello
wine for NAf15/bottle-100% goes to
the relief fund.
Prizes, if provided with valid tickets,
can be obtained by emailing to tsunami-
helpiinfobonaire.com or calling
Any questions or information can be
directed/ obtained
via email: tsunamihelp(Zinfobonaire.
com or by phone to 787-0707. The we-
site is: www.infobonaire.com/
tsunamihelp. O G.D.

Tropical Travel
Bailamores Centro de Danza

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
Pasa Bon Pizza
Sand Dollar Grocery
Bailamores Centro de Danza
Rum Runners

Plaza Resort Bonaire

Mona Lisa

Great Adventures Harbour Village


Chat n Browse M. Gaynor
Pasa Bon Pizza
Beverley Bio Aesthetics
Tropical Travel

Great Adventures Harbour Village
Bonairean Golf Club Piedra So
Plaza Resort Bonaire
Caribbean Laundry
Mushi Mushi
Railamoroe Centro do n-lnal

2 person Island Tour
Gift certificate Salsa
Roundtrip BON CUR

Book It Starts with water
Gift certificate Ang. 25
100 guilder shopping spree
Gift certificate Street dance
Gift certificate Ang. 50

Breakfast for two

2 specialty menus
2 person Sunset sail

Book Sea and Sea guide

2 person Nemo trip

2 person Dinner coupon
Bonaire Turtle shirt
5 person Nemo trip
Gift certificate Ang. 25
30 min. massage
2 person Island Tour
2 person Discover Scuba
30 min. lesson Golfpro
2 person Kayak Trip
Dry Cleaning ticket
Gift certificate Ang. 100
2 person Sunset sail
ift certfifirato e .horlladinn

Ticket #


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Page 6

From January 9 to 15, eight students
and two teachers from the Illinois
Math and Science Academy, a special
high school for accelerated math and sci-
ence students, learned all about some of
Bonaire's non-profit environmental or-
ganizations (NGOs) during a special win-
ter intersession course. Hosted by
Pauline Kayes, part-time resident of Bon-
aire, and Marina Melis, Director of the
Donkey Paradise Safari Park, the stu-
dents began their study by visiting
STINAPA headquarters to learn about
the foundation and the marine and land
parks from Director Elsmarie Beuken-
boom and Washington Park Manager
Fernando Simal. Next they were given a
tour of the turtle nesting sites on Klein
Bonaire by STCB's Funchi Egbrechts
with the promise of perhaps even seeing
Hawksbill hatchlings later in the week.
Since part of the requirement of their

intersession course is to provide service,
the students also spent two days working
at the Donkey Park, assisting Marina in
caring for the donkeys.
Amazingly they found time for two
guided snorkels from Carin Ekrich (Sea
and Discover) and Renee Leach (Renee's
Snorkeling Adventures), a kayak trip into
the mangroves through the Mangrove
Center and a free lunch at Richard's wa-
terfront restaurant. They carried their
notebooks everywhere, writing down
information in order to complete their 30-
question quiz on Bonaire, including ques-
tions on coral reef ecology, turtle nesting
conditions, the history of the donkeys,
Bonairean culture and government, etc.
A highlight was meeting the Bonai stu-
dent group at the museum to work with
Dr. Jay Haviser on their whale skeleton
project. O Pauline Kayes


Charlie, TCB's Evelain Marachena, Jesse, Dave and Jewels Stabnik of Pirate Cruises.

The Bonaire Ambassador's List is growing and grew especially during the month
of December. On December 29th we added a father, Jesse Norton, and his two
sons, Charlie and Dave, from Virginia, to our growing list. At Eden Beach they got
their Bronze Medals for coming to Bonaire over 10 consecutive years. Their good
friend on Bonaire, Jewels Stabnik from Pirate Cruises, was responsible for making sure
they got their medals.

Jim and Diane Emry from South Carolina became Bonaire Ambassador Silver
Medalists for coming to Bonaire for 25 years. They started coming in the 70s and on
their first trip they fell in love with the people of Bonaire and discovered its beautiful
underwater world. Over the years they
saw many changes, but despite its
growth Bonaire has remained the
Paradise that they first discovered. The
people continue to be warm and
friendly. The Marine Park has been
well preserved. They enjoy the unhur-
ried relaxing atmosphere that Bonaire
continues to offer. Jim and Diane will
be back in May 2005, and then that
will be their 26th year and so they will
become Gold Bonaire Ambassadors.
11 Story andphotos by Delno Tromp
Evelain Marchena from TCB with Jim and
Diane Emry

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Students rom Illinois Math and Science Academy
visit Bonairefor an Intersession Course

Page 7

The Walk*aThon is SUNDAY!

These people all walked (or ran) the distance in 2004.

Last chance to get tickets to join the
Walk-a-Thon to benefit Bonaire's
Special Olympics Team. For the last two
years, this event has been the major fund-
raising event on the island, and this year it
can be even bigger. Everyone on the is-
land is invited to join to walk to bike -
to roller blade. Or you can just buy a
ticket (NAf25) and cheer everyone on or
sponsor a participant. The more the mer-
rier. But you have just until Saturday to
get your ticket from one of the board
members (see box below). Not only will
you have the satisfaction of knowing you
gave to a good cause but you get a goody
bag with T-shirt, canvas back pack, water
bottle, hat and, at the end, at Pasa Dia in
Rincon, a delicious free barbeque.
Everyone meets at the Slave Huts at 5
am. You may leave your car at the Sta-
dium in Playa and get a bus to the starting
line. The bus leaves the Stadium at 4:30
am SHARP. There will be pick up trucks
and Red Cross personnel along the way to
help you up if you have any problems.

Every five km. there will be a refreshment
stop where you can get water, Gatorade,
oranges and lots of encouragement.
Present your ticket and get your gift
bag at City Cafe/Hotel Rocheline lobby
during these times:
Thursday, January 20 1600-1900;
Friday, January 21 1600-1900;
Saturday, January 22 1000-1600.
Some of The Bonaire Reporter staff will
be doing the 30 kilometer trip on bikes,
with their cameras ready to record the
event. So when you see them, give a wave
and a smile and you might appear in next
week's Bonaire Reporter. OL.D.

Special Olympics Bonaire Aids Sint Maarten

Bonaire Special Olympics board members Delno Tromp and
Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe with afew of the Sint Maarten Special Olympics
staff and athletes. From left to right: Xiomara Wilson,
Linda Richardson, Delno, Leo Violinus, Beatrix Arrindell,
Sint Maarten First Lady Angela Richards and Julia Boasman.

ast week two board members of Special Olympics (SO) Bonaire visited
Sint Maarten to help with the start-up of Special Olympics Sint Maarten
as well as to promote our Third Annual "BonairExel" Walk-A-Thon. After a long
session in which information and experiences were shared, the delegation met
some of the athletes of Special Olympics Sint Maarten.
A big thank you goes to the official airline of Special Olympics Bonaire, Bo-
nairExel, who not only is sponsoring SO Bonaire, but has also offered to sponsor
SO Sint Maarten with reduced airfares when needed to go abroad for participa-
tion in Special Olympic Games on one of the other islands. O Roosje van der


how you care: Get your Live Strong arm bands here in Bon-
aire to benefit the Bonaire Cancer Society. They're NAfl0
(to cover shipping and other costs) and are sold at Sand Dollar
Grocery, from Stacey Winklaar at the Benetton Shop, TCB, Gabri-
elle at MCB Playa or at Croccantino Restaurant. OL.D.

Everyone's getting into the Walk-a-Thon spirit. This week all the sponsors got to-
gether for a photo session with the Jong Bonaire kids. Ludwina Lendering, Director
of Wega di Nomber, presents a check to Jong Bonaire head Bilha Thomas to sponsor
20 Jong Bonaire kids in the Walk-a-Thon this Sunday. Joining in were representa-
tives of other sponsors: MCB bank, BonairExel, and TC Herrera.

Special Olympics
Bonaire National
Director Delno
Tromp models
the waistband
water carrier that
you can buy for
NAflS. It's got
for keys, lipstick,
money, whatever
and holds a water
bottle, so you can
step right out,
hands free.
Makes a great
gift too. All pro-
ceeds go to Special Olympics. Get them at
City Cafd/Rocheline during the bag
handout times (see above). J L.D.

GF io xl


Board of
)irectors 4/'05

National Director Delno Tromp
President Lupe Uranie
Treasurer/Secty Claire Sealy
Dr, Spec. Events- Onnie Emerenciana
Head of Coaches Elizabeth Wigny
Public Relations Roosje Goeloe
Board members: Mike Gaynor, Chio
Semeleer, Sharon and Scott Barlass,
Aura Kock, Lucille Soliana

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Page 8


I wanted to sit down with my neighbor,
Erwin Muller, to learn more about one
of Bonaire's pioneers of windsurfing. If
you don't know this gentle giant you have
seen him. He is a dive instructor at Toucan
Dive and a living legend on Bonaire. He
also buzzes around, usually wearing a faded
red Toucan Dive shirt, on his quad. He has
wild long hair and a beaming grin. Erwin
was one of the first Bonaireans to wind-
surf. It was hard to find Erwin home as he
is often at sea fishing or diving. One rainy
day I found him relaxing in his oceanfront
Antillean house. We sat down in this old
Bonaire structure and discussed the wind-
surf scene in days not too long ago. Erwin
spins a great story, but he is hazy with de-
tails and dates. Still he kept me captivated

while I listened to his many tales of way
back when. He always has a twinkle in his
eye and a brilliant grin as he shares his per-
sonal tale of the sea and life in Bonaire.

Erwin, a 40 something Bonairean, has
spent his life on the sea. His first experi-
ence on a windsurfer was around 1972
when he was a dive instructor at the old
Sunset Beach Hotel. Erwin recalls a doctor
from Aruba bringing a board for his vaca-
tion. Erwin took a spin and was hooked.
He recalled the board to be a Whaler, an old

"Along with fierce mosquitoes, night-
time wandering donkeys and partying
sailors, the next day could not come
soon enough, and the days were spent
catching the wind."

style board without foot straps. This vintage
board can be found today in garages and
under decks in any seaside community a
windsurf relic. Erwin recalls the booms
being wooden and the sails cloth without
any battens to keep the form. We both
laughed, wishing we had some old gear for
memorabilia. He recalls his friends, Con-
stantino "Patun" Saragoza and Junie Statie,
also trying this new sport. Another man of
the sea, Elvis "Piskechi" Martinus, was
manager at a gas station but took time from
work to learn how to windsurf around
Playa. One day Erwin decided to sail to
Curacao to attend a race. When some of the

other locals heard about his adventure they
joined in. Erwin planned to sail from Playa
(Kralendijk) to Klein Bonaire and then on
to Curacao. Light winds made the trip long
but Erwin made it ahead of the others.
When Elvis Martinus didn't show up in
Curacao, people were worried; authorities
were notified and a search started. While
telling the story, Erwin chuckled with glee,
claiming Elvis was "lost" and ended up at
Klein Curacao where he spent the time
drinking and chilling with local fisherman.
The next day Elvis showed up safe and
sound. "I think he was lost, but I don't
really know. All I know is he had a lot of
people really worried," Erwin recalls. It
was clear from the laughter and mirth in
Erwin's voice that he enjoyed this day very
Another pioneer in the sport Erwin says is
Ernst van Vliet, a Dutchman who ran the
windsurf concession at Sunset Beach. With
more laughter Erwin says Ernst spent more
time rescuing windsurfers who drifted to
Klein Bonaire than teaching anyone to ac-
tually windsurf. Due to the offshore winds
Ernst sought a safer location and was one
of first to take windsurfing to Lac Bay, then
a quiet fishing and swimming area. Once
the locals started sailing at Lac it was soon
their favorite place to sail. A group started
Aquaspeed, a windsurf club, and the sport
suddenly was alive and well in Bon-
aire. Erwin recalls many a night spent
sleeping near the shop and sailing all day.
Elvis would caution the sailors to care-
fully hang up their gear in the night but

much to his dismay, he was ignored and
donkeys would walk over the sails damag-
ing them. "He warned us," Erwin laughs,
"but we didn't listen too good." My jovial
story teller laughed, sharing the antics of
those times. Along with fierce mosquitoes,
nighttime wandering donkeys and partying
sailors, the next day could not come soon
enough, and the days were spent catching
the wind. They even sailed up to Cai in the
waves with boards that had no foot straps.
This is incredible since it's the foot strap
that keeps the sailor attached to the board
while catching air. Again, laughter in his
story telling reveals it was a hilarious ex-
When I ask Erwin what he thinks about
the new school windsurf scene he shakes
his head a little. "The kids don't know sail-
ing rules and right of way," he said. He
wishes they knew more about sailing and
the rules and not just how to throw tricks.
He also wants the kids to sail for enjoyment
and for the passion of being at sea, not just
to make money. It's a great sport to keep
kids busy and off the streets, but they need
to be focused and learn other skills so they
can work and take care of their future. He
feels the youngsters of Bonaire have a great
island to live in harmony with the sea: to
fish, dive, and windsurf. The sea has been
good to Erwin. It's been awhile since he
took to a board, but he has many memories
of the early days and the scene at Sorobon.
O Ann Phelan

Ann Phelan, Bonaire based owner of Carib-
bean Wind & Sun Vacations, a windsurf and
eco tour specialty travel service, is the Event
Coordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA King
of the Caribbean. To book a trip or consult
with Ann email her at:

Bettina, Venezuela
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.

Lady Alice
La Familia
La Orana
Little Mermaid
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Nava Maria
Natural Selection, USA
Precocious Gale, USA
Rire II
Santa maria
Sandpiper, USA

Sea Fever
Sea Festa
Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1-21 10:28 2.1FT. 19:57 0.8FT. 53
1-2211:00 2.1FT. 20:33 0.7FT. 60
1-23 11:33 2.1FT. 21:13 0.7FT. 66
1-2412:00 2.0FT. 21:54 0.8FT. 71
1-25 12:29 2.0FT. 22:28 0.8FT. 75
1-26 13:03 1.9FT. 22:59 0.8FT. 78
1-27 13:31 1.8FT. 23:28 0.9FT. 79


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Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

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Page 10

D o you feel
nervous, stressed
out? Take some
advice from
"Ryan" the cat and
find a comfortable
spot away from it
all and just chill
out! Your cares
and worries just
fade away and you
can concentrate on
the important
things in life like
relaxing and letting
the world come to you.
Ryan came into the Shelter with his sister "Rita," who's been adopted already, and
his brother "Boy." All three of them are very fine animals and come recommended
highly. Ryan is about six months old; he's been sterilized, is in great shape and has had
his shots. Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter and see for yourself what healthy and
social animals are there for adoption. It's on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Ever wonder just how much damage one firecracker can do? Check out what one did
to the roof of the Shelter it's a hole about 4 inches by 3 inches that was made in the
corrugated roofing material, "Etemet," that covers one of the cages. Apparently the
firecracker was thrown in from the street. The cage was occupied at the time by one
dog that was in there for quarantine!
Here's a real use for your old Bonaire license plates. Bring them into the Shelter
so they can be sold to tourists who think they're great souvenirs. It's a good way
to help raise money for the Shelter. O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Page 11

JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, Bon-
aire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing,
and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or
phone 717-5246 for appt.

uLv crmi sL c ..i- *.m au**r *
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.

sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919

Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

LUNCH TO GO- Starting from
NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA
NOOe 717-8981 1

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to
Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig

Visit Gallery "MyArt"
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988

Restaurant Terrace Take away
NAf35.OO $ 20.00
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-
choice location-Privacy & security-
July 15 to Jan 15-Brochure available-
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US)
(570)-586 0098-e-mail larjaytee aol.

Laptop Computers for sale: Sony
VAIO V505DX, Pentium M 1.4 GHz
Centrino RAM 512 MB HD 60
GB CD-RW / DVD, LAN, Wireless
802.11b Centrino 12.1" TFT XGA
Screen Size, $2,000 (negotiable) and...

a Toshiba Satellite A75-S229, Pen-
tium 4, 3.2 MHz, 15.4 TruBrite Wide-
screen, TruBrite, 512MB RAM, 80GB
Hard Drive, CD & DVD
Writer, 802.1 1g Wireless, LAN,
$2,800 (negotiable). Call 786-5119 or
thusisiva @hotmail.com

TV/VCR Combo-Samsung 20"
color Television and Magnavox VHS.
NAf125 for both. If interested, call

Suzuki Samurai Jeep, in very good
condition, color white, NAf7.000, tel.

2 Italian design (LUCE PLAN)
ceiling fans, transparent blades, re-
mote control, V220, Never used, still
in orig. boxes $500, tel. 717-2066

Oster (TM) Espresso / Cappuc-
cino Maker_- in perfect condition -
only used for 6 months makes two
cups simultaneously filter also holds
Senseo bags Asking Price = NAf90.-
Contact : Tel 717-2209

Privateer Renegade boat- used
for diving. With 200 HP Yamaha.
All very well maintained and ready to
go. NAf29,990 Call 717-8819 8 am-5

Classic Sailor
Traditional Bonairean
Sailing sloop. Wood,
traditional construction,
about 21' long. Fiber-
glassed in and out for
minimal maintenance.
Two time winner of
Bonaire Regatta, Class
A. A dream to sail.
Make an Offer. One of
the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-6125.

Make it more livable from the start
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013


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City Shop
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Exito Bakery
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Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
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Divi Flamingo
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Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

This week I will be quoting from Rolf Gates' book, Meditations from the Mat.

SI rarely teach a class that doesn't include at least one student who is brand
new to yoga. Working with beginners affords me an excellent opportunity to
observe just what it is we bring to our mats. Despite wide age, gender, socio-
economic, cultural and physical differences, we all carry some of the same bag-
gage. Whether you are a dancer, a housewife, a grad student, a retired police offi-
cer or an aerobics dropout, you will no doubt confront the same roadblocks to
learning that I see students encounter everyday: pride and fear.

If you are new to yoga, chances are you are wrestling not only with the postures
but also with the judgments you pronounce on your efforts. But if you can make a
commitment to be a little easier on yourself, I am certain you will enjoy your prac-
tice more. If not, you may soon find yourself making all sorts of excuses to avoid
practicing altogether- it will become just too painful.

When we opt out of experiences that challenge us, it's usually because our pride
is in the way. And "pride" is really another word for fear- the fear of not being
enough. Marlon Brando delivers this truth magnificently in the movie Apocalypse
Now when, sweating in a nadir of spiritual bankruptcy, he tells his executioner, "It
is our judgment that defeats us." We become our own executioners when we sit in
judgment of our efforts. Only when we act without judgment can we truly flourish
in our lives. Yoga means becoming one. As long as we stand apart in judgment, we
sabotage the opportunity for connection and integration that is yoga. So I encour-
age you: get into that canoe and ride with the river. Commit and don't look back.
Before our bodies can open, they must first let go; the clenched and guarded mus-
cles must relax. But the mind must let go first."

Allow yourself the time to re-read this so that you can slowly start to practice the
process of letting go.
Give change a chance. O Desirde

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I t 1




Buddy Dive General Manager Ruud Van Baal and Operations Manager Lisa
Muehlemann welcome us through the break in the fence
between Buddy Dive and Lions Dive.

n 1980, operating from a shipping container, Buddy Dive Resort began. Over the
years it has grown into the first class resort it is today. At the end of last year it began
an expansion that is continuing. The owners of Buddy Dive took over the Lions Dive
operation adjacent to their property ...and they've big plans. One of the first things we
noticed is that all the buildings in both resorts have been painted a sunny yellow, a favor-
ite color of owner Ingrid van der Valk.
Combining the two resorts brings the number of units up to 71: 40 units at Buddy Dive,
31 at Lions. General Manager Ruud van Baal says, "That means we have 200 beds." Ac-
cording to van Baal, there has been such an increase in guests that they've needed to ex-
pand to serve their customers.
Renovations have started with the painting; there will be new fabrics, curtains, furi-
ture particularly some very lovely beds from Indonesia. The dive tank drive-through
will be relocated so it's more accessible from the road, and it will have the retail shop
(moved up from the seaside location), showers and a bathroom. A maintenance depart-
ment will be set up where the present drive-through is, far enough away from the rooms
so that there will be little disturbance.
A number of the Lion's Dive staff is still working here, so guests who have their
"favorites" will most likely find them there, albeit in a different uniform.
Back at "Buddy Dive central" the bar will get a new roof and the buffet updated. "Lunch
on the beach has become really popular," explains Operations Manger Lisa Muehle-
mann. The Bella Vista Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and theme night dinners.
Their breakfast buffet is overseen by a Dutch chef who's had experience on the island.
The new restaurant Manager is Patrick Wilj an. Kirk Gosden's Lion's Den Restaurant
will continue to serve their very popular dinners. There's now a pass through between
the two restaurants.
The building that housed Bon Bini Divers is being opened up with windows to the sea
and turned into a real conference room with air conditioning and space for 50 seats. The
back area of the building will be an activity center for children. The old Lions Dive of-
fice is being transformed into a three-bedroom rental unit.
"We expect the renovations and transformation to take from nine to 12 months," ex-
plained van Baal, "then it will be one complete Buddy Dive." 1 L.D.



1. Ifyou get on all fours, bark and A 40 point cat reads The Bonaire Reporter
growl loudly, your cat:
a. Looks at you inquiringly b. Hisses at you and/or retreats
c. Pretends not to notice you d. Looks you in the eye and yawns

2. When your cat wants you to wake up, she:
a. Jumps on the bed and purrs maniacally b. Meows continuously
c. Jumps on your bladder and/or licks your eyelids
d. Knocks an item off your nightstand every 20 seconds until you get up

3. If you hold a mirror up to your cat, he:
a. Looks up, down, left and right b. Hisses at the reflection and/or retreats
c. Approaches and then looks behind the mirror d. Grooms himself

4. When you turn on the vacuum cleaner, your cat:
a. Runs away and hides b. Gets up off the floor and watches you
c. Deliberately goes wherever you want to vacuum next
d. Picks up all the cat toys so that you don't suck them up

5. If you put an object in your cat's way (e.g. a few empty cans in front of his food
dish), she:
a. Stops and looks confused
b. Demands with ever increasing obnoxiousness that you remove the objects
c. Moves objects as necessary d. Manages to avoid/negotiate any objects

6. When your cat is the topic of conversation, he:
a. Is completely oblivious
b. Comes over to participate in the conversation
c. Realizes you are discussing him but keeps his distance and grooms
d. Realizes you are discussing him and leaves the room

7. If you turn on a flashlight, your cat:
a. Ignores it completely
b. Pounces on the beam of light and plays as long as you will
c. Plays for a few minutes and then gets bored
d. Realizes that you have the flashlight in your hand

8. When your cat's water dish is empty, she:
a. Waits patiently at the bowl
c. Meows and waits at the faucet

b. Meows and waits at the bowl
d. Turns the faucet on and has a drink

9. If your cat were trapped in a closet, he would:
a. Sleep until you discover him b. Meow continuously
c. Bang on the door and rattle the doorknob
d. Vomit in your favorite pair of shoes, and then open the door himself

10. When you are sitting at your computer, your cat:
a. Sits on your lap b. Lies on the keyboard
c. Plays with the mouse
d. Emails the SPCA recommending your immediate incarceration

a. = 1 point

b. = 2 points

c. = 3 points. d. = 4 points.

10 -15 points: Burden on Society. This cat expects you to do everything for him. He is
dependent, lazy, trusting, and frankly missing a few buttons off his remote control
(but I'm sure he's very attractive...and sweet...and you love him dearly).

16 25 Points: Upstanding Citizen. This cat is self-aware and intelligent, and moder-
ately demanding. He is more physical than imaginative when it comes to problem
solving, and tends to employ basic instinctive behaviors to get what he wants.

26 35 Points: Rebel. This cat is extremely intelligent. He is more independent, de-
manding, creative, and resourceful. He is also more manipulative, in the long tradi-
tion of domestic cats.

36 40 Points: Criminal Mastermind. This cat is extremely self-aware, one might even
say narcissistic. He also happens to in fact BE your superior in every way. You are
very fortunate that he has chosen to live with you, as he has no need for you what-
soever. 1 Susan Brown

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Page 13


Phil Katsev, husband of Laraine,
turned 75 over the weekend and
celebrated at City Caf6 on Sunday af-
ternoon with his many friends on the
island. Phil and Laraine are known for
their many charitable deeds on Bonaire
and especially Phil's always-bubbling-
to-the-surface sense of humor. (It is
rumored, but denied that, as the inven-
tor of Preparation H, his future was
Phil can always be counted on to
come up with innovative ideas for new
projects and fund raising. He doesn't
just write a check, he thinks up ways
to make his donation generate even
more funds. Just ask the Maria Hopp-
ner or Klein Bonaire Foundations.
Most recently he's produced a video of
Capt. Don Stewart called "IslandAdrift," with Scuba Vision's Hendrik Wuyts. It is
set to debut at the end of next month at Movieland. O L./G. D
Readers are invited to send their photos of their engagement or
wedding to The Reporter. The photo will be printed free of charge.



in Sweden

Sara, Emil, Anna and Lars Hagstrom write, "We spent a couple of weeks on
your beautiful island in February 2004. When we arrived home the winter
culminated with white, glittering snow that crunched under our shoes. This was a
change. Two days earlier it was the golden sun under our bare feet.
Bonaire was a fantastic experience. We drove around your island and we did also
a couple of dives. In the picture Lars is reading The Bonaire Reporter, sitting on
our yacht which is covered with snow. The temperature was 35 C lower than we
experienced two days earlier on your island.1

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next
trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail
to: picture rbonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) 1

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

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Ct MV W E I TE Seen recently in
Call tomake sure:Usually9:OOpm Movieland Cinema:
Ocean's Twelve Shall We Dance, by Peter
Chelsom, starring Richard
(George Clooney) Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
I'm deeply impressed two
Early Show (usually 7pm) good movies in a row. After The In-
Shall We Dance credibles you can have an excellent
time with this film. It's very funny, has
KayaPrinses Marie some great lines and is heartwarmingly
Behind Exito Bakery charming. The girls can enjoy Mr. Gere
Tel. 717-2400 (in a tux of course) and the boys can
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax) drool over J-Lo. If you don't like what
High Schoolers NAf7,75 you see just close your eyes and listen.
You'll hear lovely music. And Susan
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY Sarandon in a supporting role has some
SATURDAY 4 PM The Incredibles wonderful words. O Dodo


22 January Final Grand Tumba Festival
23 January Youth Tumba
28 January Election of the Queen
29 January Youth Parade Rncon
30 January Youth Parade Playa
5 February Adult Parade Rncon
8 February Adult Parade Playa
8 February Farewell Parade
12 February Festival Closing


Saturday, January 22 -Open House at
the SGB High School, 10-12 noon. Meet
the teachers & staff.

Saturday, January 22 Lions Club-
Comcabon Races 2, 4 and 5K race with
prizes. Starts at 1730. More information
call Richard Pietersz of Comcabon 717-

Sunday, January 23-3rd Annual
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon You
can walk, run, bike, roller blade -Entry fee
is NAf25, incudes gifts, BBQ at end &
more. Get tickets from Croccantino (717-
5025) TCB (717-8322) or from board
members. See page 8

Now through February 9-Art Exhibi-
tion of Helen Sargent ("Elena") at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion
#1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind the
Banco di Caribe.

Now through January 27- First ever exhi-
bition of artwork underwater "40 Feet
Underwater": Moving Light into an
Unlimited Territory," Dutch artist Fred
Ros. At the dive site Front Porch, located
at Bongos Beach at Eden Beach Resort.
Entrance Fee $5 (Bonaireans free)

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Monday, Jan. 24 Oceana; Tuesday, Jan.
25-Aida Vita
Saturday, January 29 Windsurf Ex-
pression Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi Fly
and Starboard.

February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing
Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two
days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann
Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus (790-

Monday, February 14 St. Valentines
Fundraising Dance Party to benefit the

FKPD (disability foundation). Featuring
"All in Two" professional singers from
Curacao and local DJ, Juan Danger. At
Gran Chaparal, 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets
NAf100 per person. A 10% discount to
groups of 10 at a table -Naf 180 per cou-
ple. Call Shunilla Kroon 717-6210 or
Ansherella Frans 717-6292 during office

Saturday, February 19-Lora Count.
Call 785-1000, 717-8444

Sunday, February 27-2005 School
Swimming Championships, Meralney
Sports Complex.

May 15-22 -King of the Caribbean -
World Cup Grand Prix, many pros and
guests are expected. For info, see www.
pwaworldtour.com or

Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media

dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17thcentury. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-
6435 to reserve.

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn at: wendy@bonaireart.org
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 enityfee.
Call Cahy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17th century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open

daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30,
Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435
to reserve.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
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"T used to spend the winters in
I Kenya, but I couldn't go there
anymore because my body had become
too sensitive to the mandatory malaria
medication, so I spent the winter in
Germany. I was very unhappy as the
cold caused me a lot of pain. I didn't
know where to go. I was staying in a
home which was a new experiment:
handicapped and old people under one
roof. It was a beautiful place, but on the
weekends there was no staff, and I
needed help with everything. The can-
cer radiation treatment had destroyed
all the nerves in my arm and left it para-
lyzed. The pain was unbearable; I took
morphine; my health was going down; I
couldn't do anything anymore so I just
didn't move, sat all day and grew fat.
I'd heard a doctor talking about pain
and painkilling so I made an appoint-
ment with him. He looked at my files
and said, 'I can give you an injection
against the pain, but what are you going
to do after that? You have to change
your life, you have to move. Where do
you feel good?' 'In Africa, in the heat,
in the sea,' I answered, so he said,
'Move to a warm climate!' I cried all
the way home in the car, thinking I
can't do it, I'm not a millionaire. I had
only a small sickness allowance from
the government. When I told my son
Stefan what the doctor said and added
that it was impossible, he answered,
'Nothing is impossible!'
He was right! One day a 92-year old
lady who lived in the home came to
help me put on my socks and gave me a
newspaper with an ad that said, 'In Hol-
land, where the palm trees grow.' It was
about Curaqao. Then another lady
called me to tell me that she was going
to Curaqao and I should come with her.
We stayed in Spanish Water. Just be-
fore we were supposed to leave I met a
Dutch family who said I should see
Bonaire. 'It's quieter and the sea is so
beautiful!' So my friend returned to
Germany and I went to Bonaire with
the little money I had left. It was 1994
and I was 47 years old.
The first moment I saw the island I
loved it: few cars, the sea was awe-
some, and the drinking water incompa-
rable. In Africa there were times when
there wasn't any water from the tap for
20 days, just some water from the rain
tanks on the roof and it had to be
boiled. And there were poisonous
snakes there too! People here don't re-
alize what they have!
I wanted to stay. In Germany it was
still winter and very cold. I went to Im-
migration; they told me to talk to the
Governor. You couldn't make an ap-
pointment. You had to go to Rincon

and sit there from six in the morning
and wait your turn. Mr. Frits
Goedgedrag came at seven. I showed
him the letter from my doctor, and he
was very gracious and gave me my per-
mit. I rented a place and in the summer
I flew back to Germany to get a car ad-
justed to my handicap because Akker-
mans couldn't do it. So, the second time
I came with my 'handicapped car' filled
up with pots and pans and dishes, a
fridge, towels, a washing machine and
lots of little things stuffed in."
Gisela Zils has guts: While many peo-
ple in good health, in a stable financial
position and accompanied by their
partner or their family see moving to a
foreign place as a big step, she did it all
by herself bad as she felt and uncertain
of the future. "You see," she says, "I
believe the island came to me. I didn't
come to the island."

"I am 20, except for
the wrinkles! I'm so

happy with all these
extra years."

She shows me a photo album with pic-
tures ofpaintings: "I was and am a
painter. I was left handed and I had to
learn to paint again with my right hand.
In 1986 I started painting islands, is-
lands with flocks of birds flying over. If
anybody asked me what is was, I'd an-
swer, 'That's my dream island.' I'd
never heard of Bonaire or about the fla-
mingos. Here I have everything I had in
Africa, but I have it all year around and
more beautifully!
In 1999 I got this property. I'd moved
seven times. The bank wouldn't give
me a loan to build a house, so I went to
Fundashon Cas Boneiriano and talked
to Mr. Herbert Piar and a social worker.
They said, 'Everybody on the island
can do this when they want to, so you
can too!' They gave me a loan and I
built my house. I still can't believe it;
it's like a dream. What I never thought
would come true happened. I'm very
grateful to Mr. Piar and all the people
who helped me and I promised them I'd
make a nice garden and that's what I
did. It's my hobby.
Most of the time I'm at home with my
dogs and my cat; I like it best here. I'm
in my garden every day or on the beach
collecting funny corals. I make art out

of everything!
I like the cruise ship season. I sit on
the pier, I look around, and always
some young guy helps me to set up my
stand. There are things I can't do by
myself, so I've learned to ask, and if the
first person says 'No,' I ask a second
person; that's normal. Many people
want to help, but you have to ask as
they cannot smell it. It's nice to spend a
day in town when a ship is in. The
promenade is beautiful; the people tell
me about their travels and sometimes
they buy a little thing. I did the tourist
guide course with Sue Felix and so I
can tell them about the island and
things they should go and see.
When you leave your country it's
very hard. You have to leave everything
behind and fear what's coming. You
can cry, but you have to move on. I had
to decide what was best for me. My
whole family was angry: 'What are you
doing? You're sick!' Only my son
stood up for me and said, 'Go check it
out. If it's not good come back on the
first plane!' When you have great kids
you listen to them! I'm very proud of
him! He's so good! It's easy to say
now, but it wasn't at the time. I should
have done it five years earlier!
When I did Sue's course I met a lot of
people; that was another good thing!
Wherever I lived I've always talked
with all my neighbors, with people
when I go shopping. I've met many
people at Trans World Radio Church
and I'm a member of the Queen Angel

snorkel and diving club. The day I go
out snorkeling with them is the best day
of the week! I love it! I think my life is
good, I'm thankful for every day I open
my eyes. A while ago my sister came to
visit me and said, 'Gisela, you know,
the doctor gave you only one year...'
Now I have my 20th anniversary," she
laughs. "I am 20, except for the wrin-
kles! I'm so happy with all these extra
I've grown coconut trees from coco-
nuts. When I planted them the first
thing I asked the Lord was to see my
trees grow big. Now they're big and I
got scared... but life is very exciting!
My faith has grown so strong; I know
there is a God who guides and helps
me; I could have never made it on my
own. I think that you don't always see
the reason why in some situations, but I
know that I would have never moved
from Germany to a nice little island like
Bonaire if it hadn't been for my health.
In spite of my handicap and the pain the
quality of my life has improved in
every possible way. I want to tell my
story to give peo-
ple hope to do
something for
themselves to
make their own
situation better so
they will have a
better life too."
1 Greta Koistra

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Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

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Whether you're snorkeling or
scuba diving around Bonaire or
just looking into the sea from land,
you're likely to see sergeant-major fish.
Sergeant-majors are a type of damselfish,
but luckily for us they're not as aggres-
sive as their yellowtail damselfish cous-
ins! Like other damsels, though, their
bodies are flattened from side to side and
they're more oval than round (except for
the tail, of course). Sergeant-majors of
various types live on tropical reefs
worldwide. Ours in the Caribbean have
five black vertical stripes (called "bars")
on a yellow and white background.

rine Park moorings (especially the con-
crete blocks), and shipwrecks. Next, the
prospective dad clears his site for the
eggs. He removes any bits of shell or
rubble by picking them up in his mouth,
carrying them off the nest and releasing
them. Finally, dad hovers above the nest
site and waves his tailfin, hard, fanning
off any fine debris.
The nesting site is prepared. The hopeful
dad performs a looping courtship display
for the local ladies. One will accept his
invitation and begin swimming back and
forth over the site in tight rows. She's
depositing up to 20,000 adhesive eggs,
which look like purplish-red dots. Her
mate follows, fertilizing the eggs. When
she finishes, she leaves -- if she doesn't
leave, he chases her away.

away any fish that dare come within one
or two feet. He makes sure no crabs or
bristle worms sneak up.
(Okay, most of the time he makes sure no
crabs get to his eggs. On one occasion I
saw a sergeant-major nest area which
included a tiny cavity in the coral head.
As I watched, a little claw emerged from
the cavity, plucked a single egg and re-
turned to the cavity -- without attracting
the attention of the guarding dad. I also
noticed a small circle, empty of eggs,
around the crab's lair; it's just possible
that the egg I saw it steal wasn't its first.)
As the newly-deposited eggs mature they
become greenish gray; in about seven
days they hatch and the larval fish drift
upward. New sergeant-majors feed hun-
grily on other plankton for another week
or two, then, at a size of around half an
inch, they leave the plankton and appear
around mooring buoys, shallow water
rock or coral formations and even in tide
The scientific name of the Caribbean
sergeant-maj or is Abudefduf saxatilis.
Saxatilis (sak-uh-TILL-iss) is a tradi-
tional-sounding species name, from
Latin, and means "dwelling among
But Abudefduf piqued my curiosity since
it didn't sound like Latin or Greek and
wasn't in any of my reference books.
All I could find out was that Abudefduf
fulfilled the criteria for a scientific
name which means someone else had
noticed it was a little different but is
otherwise no help. I had to find an Ara-
bic speaker before I got a translation:
Abudefduf(ah-boo-DEFF-duff) means
"father who darts swiftly back and
forth" a perfect description of the ser-
geant-major dad guarding his eggs! i
Dee Scarr

Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch
the Sea" dives. It will en-
hance your diving forever.
Call 717-8529

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*to find it, just look up

Sky Goodies and
Two Celestial
Tongue Twisters

F irst, a few hints to
help find some of
the sights in the exciting
winter sky in our Sky
Park, day by day:
January 21- In early
evening, the Moon shines
between Orion (to its
lower right) and bright
Capella (to its upper left).
Saturn is the bright point
glowing far to the Moon's
lower left.
January 22 Look for
Saturn below the Moon
this evening. Fainter Pol- Where the tongue twisters are in Libra
lux and Castor, the
"twin" stars of Gemini,
are to Saturn's upper left. Procyon is farther to Saturn's lower right.
January 23- The bright "star" shining near the Moon tonight is the planet Saturn.
Fainter Pollux and Castor are also in the Moon's vicinity. The Moon is at "apogee."
January 24 Saturn shines to the Moon's upper right this evening. More directly
above the Moon are fainter Pollux and Castor. Procyon is farther right of the Moon.
January 25 Full Moon, called the "Wolf Moon."
January 26 After the Moon rises in mid-evening, look to its lower right for
Regulus, the brightest star of Leo.
Now, some highlights for early next month: If you get up a couple of hours before
dawn in early February you'll be able to catch a couple of cosmic items whose names
are bizarre and fun to pronounce along with several lovely sky objects. On Wednesday,
February 2"d about an hour before sunrise, face southeast where the brightest thing
you'll see will be a last quarter Moon. Up to its right you'll see the brilliant king of the
planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And just below it is the brightest star of Virgo,
Spica. Now if you draw an imaginary line from Jupiter to the Moon and continue that
line it will pass just above the giant red star Antares, which marks the heart of Scor-
pius the Scorpion and will whisk on by the tiny 4,000-mile-wide, red-orange planet
So you've got two wonderful stars, Antares and Spica, two wonderful planets, Jupiter
and Mars, and an exquisite Moon to greet you. But it's two dimmer stars near the Moon
which are really made for February 2nd because of their wonderfully weird names.
They are the two brightest stars of the constellation Libra, the scales of justice. The
one closest to the Moon is called Zuben Elgenubi and the one above it is called
Zuben Eschamali. Don't you love it? Now Zuben Elgenubi means the southern claw
and Zuben Eschamali means the northern claw. But as any school kid can tell you the
scales of justice don't have claws. What gives? Well before Julius Caesar came along
these two stars marked the claws of the then much larger constellation Scorpius the
Scorpion. But Julius Caesar wanted to extend the power of the Roman Empire into the
very heavens themselves, so he lopped off the poor scorpion's claws and renamed them
for the symbol of roman justice.
Now if it's cloudy on the 2nd and you can't see the stars, then on the 3rd the Moon
will be just above the three stars which mark the top of Scorpius, and on Friday the 4th
it will be just past Antares, and on Saturday the 5th will be parked right underneath
Mars, named for the Roman god of war. O JackHorkhimer


For the week:
January 21 to 28, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Drastic financial losses may be likely if you lend
money. You can make new connections if you play your cards right. Romance will
develop through work. This is a great day for a trip. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can beautify your surroundings by renovating
or redecorating. Don't let individuals with wild schemes talk you into a financial
deal that is not likely to be successful. Overindulgence could cause problems for you
with your loved ones. If you try to manipulate emotional situations you will find
yourself alienated. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your partner may blame you for everything. Exer-
cise your talents and present your ideas to groups you think you can contribute to.
Opportunities to go out with clients or colleagues will be in your best interest. You
will be accident prone if you aren't careful this week. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be aware that minor accidents or injury may prevail
if you are preoccupied. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool.
Things may not be as they sound. Consider the source before you believe what you
hear. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Put your energy into home renovations. You will easily
blow situations out of proportion. Make plans that will take you to exotic destina-
tions. Visit friends you don't get to see that often. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are best to stick to yourself this week. You can
surprise members of your family, which in turn will bring you a pat on the back.
Don't let the cat out of the bag. Friends or groups that you're affiliated with may
want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries to
fast talk their way into your heart. Money problems will get worse if your partner
hasn't been playing by the rules. You are better off visiting friends or relatives than
entertaining at home. You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Unstable relationships are likely. Don't believe
everything you hear. This will be a great time to invite friends over to visit. Try to
get out and socialize. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your energy into behind-the-scenes ac-
tivities. Join a club to work off that excess energy; but consider ways of doing that
without spending the money. You should get into some of those creative hobbies
that you always said you wanted to do. Your self esteem will come back if you take
part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the limelight. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Financial limitations are likely if you take risks.
Try not to skirt issues if you think you'll hurt some one's feelings. Entertainment
could be pleasing if it is of an energetic nature. You need time to rejuvenate. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be full of energy and you need to find
something constructive to do. Love relationships will flourish. Do something that
will be stimulating and creative. You won't be able to keep a secret. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can open up to your mate and let them know
what you expect out of this relationship. Your lover may be annoyed if you have
been flirtatious or not attentive to their needs. Children may pose a problem if they
don't like suggestions. Get involved injobs that require creative input. You can win
points with both peers and superiors. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. 1

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