I G ob *b j2 0 E -m a l: 0 O t er bo 7 8SI1 9
Harvest in Rinconl
1UBTAMR AND JnSz
T he Bonaire
ernment is conduct-
ing a demolition
derby. Following the
earlier flattening of
the 200-year-old Ma \
on the waterfront, the
former Brion barracks
next to the post office
in Playa were
knocked down last
ingly, during the
demolition old files An historical document plastered into a wall was recovered.
of the Economics Hopefully, it will be restored in the new building. Men with
Department, some ties: Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina and Mingel Martis,
with sensitive per- Head ofDROB
blew into the street. The Brion barracks were built in the last years of World War II
but were never used as military barracks. Right after the war, they housed the first
non-sectarian school on the island. Then several government departments moved in
during the 1980s. Bevolking, the Census Department, was one of them. Over the
past several years these departments were relocated to other sites because the build-
ing was run down and needed major maintenance.
A new administration building for the Island Government and the Executive Coun-
cil will be built in its place.
A Get ready to pay even if lust pass- main the same.
Head of the Mariadalfoundation,
Dr Giovanni Frans, and Commis-
sioner James Kroon introduce new
Bonaire surgeon, Dr. Jaap Hallewas.
A Bonaire has a new General Sur-
geon. Dr. Jaap Hallewas has replaced
Dr. Rob Van de Veen who has retired.
Dr. Hallewas will work at San Fran-
cisco Hospital. In addition to his gen-
eral surgical skills, Dr. Hallewas is es-
pecially experienced in trauma medi-
cine and laparoscopic techniques.
Dr. Hallewas will have office hours at
San Francisco Hospital on Monday,
ing through Curaqao. Although comple- Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to
tion of the new airport terminal in Cura- A A government press release said 12. Make an appointment at the hospital
qao is not scheduled until March 2006, that a requirement that all youngsters reception desk or call 717-8900.
the airport operators are introducing a over 12 must carry their sedula
$2 head tax for transit passengers government ID and present it to A A campaign will soon be launched
effective April 1. The tax has met with police on demand will be enforced. It's in Curaqao to provide for organ dona-
resistance from airlines and disgust hoped the measure will reduce juvenile tions, specifically kidneys. There are
with travelers from other ABC islands, crime. If the youngster has no ID and is many situations in the Antilles that re-
Other Curaqao departure tax rates re- not in the company of an adult, his or quire patients get kidney transplants,
IN THIS ISSUE
Harvest Time 3
Seen at the Rincon Marsh6 3
Opinion (STINAPA fees
& Cruise ships; Fees Explained) 5
Letters (Palm Tree Vandalism) 5
Tower to Tower 2005 6
Dietitian (Child Obesity, Pt. 2) 7
Bonaire Ambassadors (Sorobon:
Tighe, Gorman &Wetzel; Tsing) 8
Envirowatch (Tree Damage) 8
Turtle Statistics 2004 9
Yoga (Breath work) 9
Culinary Team Practice
(Tasting & Fundraising) 10
DVD of Student Chef Competition 10
Gardener (Ficus, hedges) 11
Kite (Fli) Contest 13
Artist Willie Dijkstra 13
Frostbite on Bonaire? 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Charlotte) 11
(Leiden, The Netherlands) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review (Hide and Seek)15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Yasmil Rios Gomez) 17
Bonaire Sky Park (Mercury) 19
The Stars Have It 19
but up until now they have had to de-
pend exclusively on foreign sources. A
Dutch expert visited the island to make
the necessary preparations. Kidneys
must be transplanted 24 to 48 hours af-
ter they are removed. There are 160
kidney patients who need dialysis in
(Continued on page 4)
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
Harvest Time on
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Everyonejoins in to cut the maishi S
t's Simidan or harvest time, when
the maishi (sorgum) is harvested on
the kunukus of Bonaire. Amelia and Sel-
sio Fines opened their farm to American
visitors Lois and Eldon Gemmil and Ray
Galloway. Amelia Fines led the group
through a labyrinth of paths cutting
through the field. It was a particularly
good harvest this year thanks to the un-
usual abundance of rain.
The Fines' granddaughter, Maria Lucia
DePalm, accompanied the group on her
kuarto, playing the traditional Simidan
song. The maishi "tassels" are dried and
ground into flour. Back at the house, wait-
ing for the workers was a delicious vege-
table soup and a lamunchi drink. Harder
drinks were there for the ones who toiled
all day. [L.D.
Amelia shows us how it's done. I
Seen at the Rincon Marsh6...
An expert on the culture and folklore ofBonaire, Frans Booi speaks Bou di
Ramada (on the porch) at the Rincon Marshi (with shake in hand!)
t was a busy day at the Rin-
con Marsh6 last Saturday.
The first Saturday of each month
is the Big Marsh6 with the most
stands and activities. Among
those speaking "Bou di Ramada,"
of Bonaire's culture were Frans
Booi, Alex Semeleer, Flora
Molina and Flora Martis.
A new shop opened, "Choyce
Shake Rincon," run by Choyce
and Broertje. Official opener was
Commissioner James Kroon.
Shown at right: Artist who deco-
rated the shop, Sigfried Beau-
mont, James Kroon, Choyce,
Lucille Soliana and Broertje. The
fresh fruit shakes are sensational
and cheap! OL.D.
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued fom page 2)
Curaqao, of whom 30 are on the
"Eurotransplant," waiting list (the
European organization that coordinates
transplants). Thirty Antillean kidney
patients have received new kidneys
through Eurotransplant since 1999.
A Manager of St. Eustatius National
Parks Stenapa) ...
the first presi-
dent of the
(DCNA). The Nicole Esteban
first full board
meeting of the new Alliance was re-
cently held in Curaqao. DCNA is an
alliance of nature conservation and park
management organizations of all the
Dutch Antillean islands, modeled after
Bonaire's Aliansa Naturalesa of envi-
ronmentally concerned NGOs. The
DCNA will administer a new Dutch
Nature Trust Fund. Plans for distribu-
tion of the fund's future revenues will
be initially distributed among the is-
lands as follows: Bonaire and Curaqao
21.4% each; Saba and Statia 17.3%
each; and St. Maarten 11.3%. (St.
Maarten does not have a land-based
The USS Saipan
A Venezuelan Consul General Angi-
olollo Fernandez said, "An aircraft
carrier gets called in for tactical pur-
poses and is absolutely not a 'Love
Boat.' The presence of the American
(helicopter) aircraft carrier Saipan in
Curaqao, a distance of only 55 miles
from Venezuela, is pure intimidation."
Antillean Prime Minister Etienne Ys
said, "The USS Saipan is here for rest
and recreation, with the consent of the
The consul general is positively con-
vinced that the Saipan, which was on a
humanitarian mission to Haiti, deviated
from her course to give a sign to Vene-
zuela. "It is purely display of power of
the Americans. The US is busy making
our President, Hugo Chavez, look dev-
ilish, by accusing him of being in-
volved with guerilla activities and drug
dealing. Yesterday, a spokesperson of
the American government indicated
that Venezuela is violating the human
rights," continued Angiolillo.
has lifted the mini-
mum of 70 cents per
minute for mobile
pre-paid calling as
of last week. This
allows the providers
of pre-paid cell phones to cut prices. "I
foresee a price war and mobile calling
will get cheaper," said a satisfied Leef-
lang. "The minimum rates that the for-
mer Minister established were illegal
and discriminatory," she added.
Curaqao's cell companies, CT and
UTS, received a letter last week an-
nouncing the withdrawal of the deci-
sion of the former Minister of Telecom-
munication to decrease the minimum
rate from 85 to 70 cents. UTS immedi-
ately reacted with a special. Chippie
users calling another Chippie will pay
only 13 cents per minute. Other com-
panies are expected to follow suit.
"Consumers are expected to benefit
from the price war that is sure to
come," Leeflang said.
Cellular One is giving free Nokia
phones with the purchase of NAf350
in phone cards and free calls for Cellu-
lar One customers calling another Cel-
lular One customer on weekends. If
you have a Telbo or UTS non-Chippie
phone and don't want to be forced to
buy another phone when they convert
to all Chippie, go into Cellular One and
they will change your number to a
Cellular One number at no charge.
Member of Par-
Dick was sworn in
as the new Minis-
ter of Justice. Be-
fore he can be
sworn in, he was
screened by the
A WEB has met the island's demand for electricity continuously since the
rented Aggreko generators went on line last week. As a bonus we notice the gen-
erators emit far less black smoke, as well as less noise, than the old WEB machines
did. Check out the photo. The generators that are running have the lid on the ex-
haust pipe tipped up.
vice of the Netherlands Antilles. In
2001 and 2002, Dick was a Member of
Parliament, but he resigned when he
was suspected of accepting bribes for
his party. In December of 2003, he was
exonerated and acquitted. He was the
only person given an unconditional ac-
quittal by the Court.
Anarea 1 ramp
A Have you noticed that the turn-
off to the Andrea 1 dive site has been
blocked? It's because of work going on
to make access to the beach easier. The
steep grade has been reduced, making it
more convenient to access the shore-
line. Construction of a half-dozen lux-
ury waterfront homes just north of An-
drea 1 is proceeding according to plan.
If you are interested in one of these su-
per houses contact any of the realtors
advertising in The Reporter.
A Now that Bonaire has cancelled
its 2005 Dive Festival it looks like
Curacao will hold one. The First An-
nual Curacao Dive festival 2005 will
begin on May 15th and continue through
June 4th. Activities will include wreck
diving, fish ID classes, film and scien-
tific lectures and Maritime Museum
trips. But crass commercialism raises
its head because it coordinates with the
First Annual Ultimate Ocean Encounter
in Curaqao at the Lions Dive Hotel and
Seaquarium. The Seaquarium holds
many dolphins captive against their
will to perform for the pleasure of
tourists. Many divers and other people
believe it should be boycotted on ani-
mal rights and environmental grounds.
A Last Friday, the penalties in the
case against the five individuals who
confessed to the brutal robbery and
beating of two Bonaire residents in
their home on October 11-12, 2004
were handed out by Judge J.H. Bosch.
Sergio Mercera and Ellery Nicolas each
received 12 years unconditional impris-
onment. The Prosecution had sought
15 years. A third criminal, Ryan Frans,
received 6 years; the prosecutor had
asked for 12. Others who played a
lesser role, V. Nicolas and B. Wanga,
were sentenced 3/2 years (6 years im-
prisonment requested) and 212 years (3
years requested) years each. The vic-
tims of the crime participated in rally-
ing the Bonairean community to action
by being open in the press and in public
meetings about their injuries and were
admired by many in the community for
In a published statement the victims
wrote, "We are pleased that the crimi-
(Continued on page 6)
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
9I O P I N O a n daET E R 0. Uk E PA G E
FAIR IS FAIR
In a few short weeks the NGO
zation), STINAPA, which has re-
sponsibility for managing and
maintaining Bonaire's Land and
Sea Parks, will assess new and Oceana
higher fees for the use of the is-
land's Parks. We believe these
fees are reasonable and pleased that 100% of the fees go to STINAPA and not to gen-
eral government funds.
But we do not like it that a large group of Marine Park users will not have to pay
the general $10 annual user fee. These are the people who arrive on Bonaire by
cruise ship. By any measure they qualify under the same criteria that apply to the
many people who will enjoy the Bonaire National Marine Park on or under the water.
Sailors, kiters, fishermen, snorkelers and charter boat guests all must pay. The cruise
ships tie up in Marine Park waters; they are users of the Marine Park. Period.
Both crew (who need pay only once a year) and passengers are accountable. Inciden-
tally there is currently no "head tax" assessed by the local government on cruise ship
passengers as most other cruise ship destinations charge. Passengers should be pleased
to pay a small fee to support the preservation of an almost pristine natural environment
far different from that in their home countries.
If this is enforced then more than enough revenue will be gained to exempt the resi-
dents of Bonaire, many of whom have great respect for Bonaire's natural attractions,
from the payment of fees. O G.D.
NEW STINAPA FEES EXPLAINED
S TINAPA (The Foundation for National Parks) Bonaire
is a non-profit and non-governmental organization
dedicated to the conservation of nature in Bonaire, both above
and underwater. STINAPA Bonaire are conducted by a gov-
erning board composed of local professionals. The organiza-
tion t nnnoe the .ntlr l rBeq11rce on Roire Klel n I o ni;r
tion manages tne natural resources on nonaire, iiein nonaire,
Lac Bay and the caves of Barcadera.
To better achieve its goals STINAPA Bonaire is implement-
ing a more comprehensive financing program to generate additional income and be-
come independent of donations and subsidies. It proposed a two-tier Nature Fee to be
paid by visitors and residents of Bonaire.
Effective 1 April 2005 all scuba divers who use the Marine Park (shoreline to 200'
deep surrounding Bonaire and Klein Bonaire) will have to pay $ 25 per year. They get
a dive tag that they attach to their equipment. Other users of the islands waters like
snorkelers, windsurfers, kayakers, sport fishermen, kite boarders and all others will
have to pay $10 per year. They will receive a different tag. All tag holders get free en-
try to Washington-Slagbaai Park (currently $10 for visitors, NAf5 for locals, dive tags
now cost $10/year).
The money which is obtained from the nature fee will be spent on research, control,
education, legal assistance, information, and the conservation of the areas which
STINAPA is responsible.
The new tags will go on sale on 1 April 2005 at dive shops as before, but also at ho-
tels, resorts, windsurfing spots, aboard sport fisherman boats, sail -, snorkel and water
taxi ventures, ports and other water sport ventures on Bonaire.
Jack Chalk, a STINAPA Bonaire Director, said to all who use the Parks and visit the
island, "We hope that you'll want to continue to visit Bonaire and help protect the frag-
ile resources so that also future generations can see Bonaire not only as a 'divers' para-
dise,' but as a 'nature paradise' as well."
For further information call (011-599)717-8444, or e-mail email@example.com or surf
to www.stinapa.org. O STINAPA Press Release
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
OF PALM TREES ALONG
As you already stated, the
accusations you made were
based on rumors of bystanders
and not the bare facts. Every-
body should regret that our
Royal Netherlands Marine
Corps is accused of committing
the acts of vandalism and theft
based on rumors. Their exis-
tence is more than necessary to
help the people of Bonaire in
their fight against narcotics. I
think they deserve more respect l
and at least a proper investiga-
tion before they are accused
and found guilty beforehand. I
am so determined because these
marines were not even on the island when the vandalism took place. It is not nice
of The Reporter to print the article without checking the facts. But the damage is
done, our beloved Marine Corps honorable name is slandered. No reader of The
Reporter will benefit from this.
I hereby kindly request The Reporter to revise their column.
Q.P.O. Theo Knevel
Our information was obtained directly from the residents who live on the water-
front who saw the incident with their own eyes, not on rumors. The last thing we
would want to do is slander the Marines, but if the Marines didn't do it, who did?
Are there other groups on Bonaire who look like Dutch Marines? Let's hope who-
ever is guilty of the vandalism is brought to justice. Ed.
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 4)
nals have been brought to justice and
that they have been held accountable for
their actions. The good people of Bon-
aire have a clear example that with full
disclosure of the crime by any victims
and full cooperation between the Media,
Police and Prosecutor it is possible to
convict those responsible for their
S A two-day
course in the prin-
ciples of Feng Shui,
the ancient Chinese
art of arrangement,
will begin on Satur-
day, March 12th at
New Lagoen City (at the end of the La-
goen Road) Luz Van Goens will be the
instructor. The course will be taught in
Spanish and cost NAf95. Includes
drinks, snack, book and certificate.
Call 790-9450 or 786-3109 or pass by
the Tambu Shop on Kaya Grandi for
A In May a top instructor in Heal-
ing Touch will give classes in English
on Bonaire beginning with a free intro-
duction class on Thursday, May 5t.
Healing Touch is a holistic, energy
based technique for individuals and
health care professionals. It's interna-
tionally recognized with many praction-
ers in the US and The Netherlands. Suc-
cessful course completion earns continu-
ing education credits and an official
completion certificate. For information
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More de-
tails in upcoming issues of The Bonaire
A What do you do with your
time? Are you interested in the area
where you reside? Do you want to con-
tribute to your community and meet
some new people? Have any hidden tal-
ents that you want to keep sharp? Maybe
you just want to get out of the house.
Join a meeting of the Stinapa Volun-
teers on Tuesday, March 15th at 5pm
at Stinapa Headquarters. Your input
is needed and valued. You can make a
difference. Come and hear what the lat-
est developments for the parks and what
projects are scheduled. For more infor-
mation call Chile or Linda Ridley 791-
A It's hard to figure out how
this jeep got in this position. After
all, the shorefront promenade is for
A The Jong Bonaire model in the
Benetton ad on page 11 this week is
Genesis Sint Jago. Lovely clothes on a
A Last chance to send in your sto-
ries for the April Fools Day edition is
this Saturday. [ L./G.D.
S his year's 50K Tower-to-Tower
walk from the Wilemstoren
Lighthouse to the Malmok Lighthouse
was conquered by a record number of
participants. B6i Antoin reports: "The
ones who finished are: Bea van der
Harst, Indra Lucasius, Lisette, Janella,
Nazario Alberto, Humphrey Genaro,
Dioris Cicilia, Rudsel Leito, Fermin.
The start was Saturday night, February
26, around 10:45, and arrival at Mal-
mok on Sunday morning at 11:45.
Only three did not make it to the final
destination. We walked the Playa
Frans Route. That is the longest route
for Willemstoren to Malmok." DL.D.
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
Rough going along the way
Ask the Dietitian
Prevent Child Obesity-With Healthy
Nutrition and Physical Activities
Part 2 -information for parents
with children ages I to 4
Shis week I will continue with
more practical tips and recom-
mendations to prevent and fight obe-
sity among our young children. Par-
ents can also follow all these guide-
lines. Children like to imitate their
parents, so together you can create a
healthy family and prevent obesity.
You can make a lot of variations
with sandwich filling. You may
choose: apple syrup, jam 100%,
vruchtenhagel, vegetable spread,
cheese, spread cheese, luncheon meat.
Of the last three, choose the low fat
versions. Try to avoid chocolate
spread and peanut butter on a daily
basis because they contain lots of
calories. Try to teach the child at an
early age to eat vegetables. You can
start by combining sandwich fillings with vegetables. Do not cut off the bread
crusts because this helps teach a child to chew well.
The above mentioned choices of sandwich fillings contain nutrients. Try to teach
the child to make good choices. I've noticed that a lot of children like sugar so
much that they'll eat plain sugar or even condensed milk (which is very high in
sugar) as a filling. Not only can too much sugar contribute to child obesity, but it
also causes hyperactivity.
It is nice for your child to have a little snack (in between) during the morning and
afternoon. But do not exceed four in betweens a day. Too many cause obesity and
also contribute to tooth decay. Healthy in betweens are: fruits, whole wheat bis-
cuits, whole wheat crackers, whole wheat cookies with fruit filling, rice waffles,
If you want to give the child sweets or candy, make sure they know they can have
only one "sweet moment" a day. Decide on a fixed time when the child can have
a sweet. In this way the child will learn not to keep asking for more sweets at other
times during the day.
Don't create the habit of comforting a crying child with sweets or as a compensa-
tion for good behavior. These habits are easy to get used to and very difficult to
Fatty in betweens, like pieces of cheese, chips, pastechi, etc. contain a lot of calo-
ries, so don't give them too often.
Many children have an uncontrolled use of the sugar jar. Uncontrolled use of
sugar in beverages, in food or just by eating it from the sugar jar can easily lead to
Almost all beverages contain sugar already. Because 100% fruit juices and milk
already contain natural sugar parents should teach their children not to add addi-
tional sugar. Tea doesn't contain sugar. A child can add a maximum of two level
teaspoons of sugar in the tea. (Keep in mind, though, that tea can contain caffeine.)
Diet soft drinks don't contain sugar, but sweetener, but the amount should be con-
trolled no more than one to two glasses a day.
The Heavy Lunch or Dinner (warme maaltijd)
Make sure the child gets enough healthy foods that are filling, like: vegetables,
potatoes, (whole grain) pasta, (whole grain) rice, etc. Choose low fat meat, skinless
chicken, fish. Remember to use low fat cooking techniques: stewing, steaming,
grilling, stir-frying, cooking in the oven, etc., instead of frying or deep fat frying.
Prepare low fat sauces. Do not use extra oil or margarine in making sauce and
avoid using sauces like peanut butter sauce, mayonnaise or other ready-to-use
white creamy sauces.
By offering a lot of variations you teach the child to get used to different tastes.
Consult the recommended daily amount a child from the ages of one to four
should have from the previous article.
The "Birthday Treat"
A "birthday treat" can be something very simple and healthy. It is a little extra for
the day. For children from one to four a treat can mean a whole meal. That's why it
is important to have small treats that don't contain too many calories.
Some ideas for a little treat:
little package of raisins
fruits or a fantasy of fruits, like fruit shte or fruit
whole wheat small pancakes with 100% fruit jam
popcorn or pretzels
frozen low fat yoghurt mixed with fresh fruits
(yoghurt ice cream)
a thin slice of fruit cake without cream or vegetable
cake, like carrot cake prepared with less sugar and
1 package of fruit juice, etc. DAngelique Salsbach
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
Bonaire Ambassadors EnviroWatch
Joanny Trinidad of the TCB with Robert Tsing
TCB's Joanny Trinidad with David Tighe, visitor from the UK (his
wife Judith wasn't therefor the photo), Rian, manager of Sorobon,
Michael Gorman and Rebecca Wetzelfrom the US.
Robert Tsing has been visiting Bonaire for 26 years, making
him a Gold Medal Ambassador. Robert and his wife visited
for the first time in 1979 and have since been visiting the island
three to five times a year. In the beginning they stayed at Flamingo
Beach Hotel, then at Captain Don's Habitat, Harbour Village and
Plaza Resort. Throughout the years they brought many friends with
them. In 2000 the Tsings bought a house on the island. They love
the relaxed atmosphere that Bonaire has to offer and make Bonaire
their second home. 1 Ambassador stories and photos by Joanny
ished last week it was sad to see that
some of the old trees around the struc-
ture were badly damaged. Perhaps
something can be done to save some of
them. After all big trees, especially on
Bonaire, are precious. O G.D.
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
A Good Year
hanks to the continuity of the new-
est turtle nesting research project
begun in 2002, the STCB can estimate
how many turtles were born on Bonaire
during the nesting season last year. It is
very important to understand that these
numbers represent an estimate and not an
During the development of the research t
project one of the things that was focused
on was the monitoring of the nests with
the goal of tracking the number of nests 2
we have on the island and, of course, to
be able to protect them from the different
predators and dangers they face. Turtle babies
As a result, we can share the following
information from the last nesting season (year 2004):
Nest Information Klein Bonaire Other Bonaire places
Total number of nests 78 25
Number of lost nests (Ivan) 6 10-15
Number of live hatchlings 7000 1500
Number of dead hatchlings 3000 1000
As we can appreciate from the chart, during the 2004 nesting season approxi-
mately 8,500 hatchlings successfully came out of their nests and went into the
If we consider that of these 8,500 hatchlings only a very small percentage will
live to become adults (from scientific data only 1 out of 1,100 survive to become
an adult), we can conclude that only 7.5 turtles out of these 8,500 will survive.
Having this information in mind
makes clear the huge responsibility we 0 0 S 64 ,
all have to help preserve these animals
who are in danger of disappearing from
On the 15th of February, the last nest
of the season hatched at Klein Bonaire. /s *
This nest was from our radio-tracked :,
turtle, "Funny," who is now in her feed- a "
ing grounds at Serranilla Banks, and .
whom we hope to see back nesting on
Bonaire in two or three years! O Mabel
Simal Nava, STCB Project Manager/
Coordinator & ONA p.t
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
3-11 1:58 1.5FT. 7:53 1.2FT. 14:03 1.5FT. 20:20 1.2FT. 99
3-12 2:50 1.5FT. 10:09 1.1FT. 15:26 1.3FT. 20:02 1.2FT. 96
3-13 3:49 1.6FT. 12:14 1.1FT. 89
3-14 4:44 1.7FT. 13:48 1.0FT. 79
3-15 5:44 1.8FT. 14:44 0.9FT. 67
3-16 6:30 1.8FT. 15:38 0.8FT. 55
3-17 7:20 1.9FT. 16:16 0.8FT. 43
3-18 8:00 1.9FT. 16:50 0.8FT. 35
Adesso Honalee Reward
Alessa Jacuzzi Sanuk
Ahodori Jan Gerardus Sapphire
Alice Janus Sarah
Amante Jel-jok France Santa Maria
Angelos Laetitja Sandpiper, USA
Argus, USA L'Aquila, BVI Significant Other
Aton Libelle Sirius
Bettina, Venezuela Luna C. USA Solvig of Lorn
Bright Sea La Escotilla, Caymans Star of the West
Camissa, Chan Is. Maebelle Sylvia K
Cape Kathryn Mahi Mahi Tagora
Deneb Maggi Ti Amo, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Maki, France Ulu Ulu, USA
Gabrielle Meruva Unicorn, Norway
Galandriel Mignon Varedhuni, Germany
Gambler Moana Ya-T, BVI
Guaicamar I, Ven. Mulloka II Zahi, Malta
YOGA FOR YOU
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f you find breath work soothing and enjoyable, you might want to try using it
as a way to explore meditation.
The first step is to take up your breathing as an exclusive object of attention: Fo-
cus your attention on the sensations produced as the lungs, naturally and without
interruption, fill up and empty themselves. You can pick up these sensations by
bringing your attention to your nose, chest or belly. Simply allow the breath to
flow. Let the breath happen, rather than making it happen. Like waves of the
ocean, the free flow of the breath brings peace and calmness. It prepares the mind
to flow freely.
Of course, you might find that your mind starts to wander off somewhere.
The practice is to keep returning to the breath each time you are distracted. Step
by step the mind will learn to settle down and feel steady, calm, and peaceful.
Concentrating on breathing in such a manner enables the mind to gather together
all of its scattered energies, becoming much more steady and clear.
Your breath is like a good friend accompanying you along the way.
You can also use your breath to help you be mindful during the activities of your
day. Turning to your breathing from time to time can ground you in these activi-
ties. The breath is always there for you. You can let it assist you in cutting down
on unnecessary thinking that distracts you from the here and now.
Make the change you wish to see in yourself. O Desiree
Adapted from "Breathing Lessons"
Don and Desirie of
"Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to advanced.
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Coordinator Sara Matera goes over comments made by the tasters on the team's
entries. Apprentice chef Andreas Cicilia (1) and Cheflsadoor van Riemsdijk (r)
B onaire's Culinary Team continues to practice to "Go for the Gold" at the
"Taste of the Caribbean" competition in Miami in June. Last Sunday some
of the volunteers on the committee and a chef did a tasting at the SGB (Chez Nous)
kitchen. The team, coached by Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn, is: Isadoor van Riems-
dijk (Rum Runners), Ricky Janzen (Divi Flamingo), Floris van Loo (Rum Run-
ners), Tico Marsera (Den Laman) apprentice chefs Bram Smit and Andreas Cicilia.
Fundraising activities will start off with the big Wine and Cheese Party on Satur-
day, March 19, at the Fountain Plaza of Harbour Village, 6:30 to 9 pm. Lunches
for the public will be on Sundays, March 20, April 10 and April 17. All lunches
will be held at the Flamboyant Restaurant on Kaya Grandi. Call Sara (786-9299) or
Laura (717-8988, 791-7252) for tickets. Your donation includes a three-course
meal and glass(es) of wine.
Phil and Laraine Katzev present Hendrik Wuyt's D VD to winning culinary
students: Bram Smit, Wendy Heredia, Andres Cicilia, Samantha Statie
Phil and Laraine Katzev presented the ABC-Sint Maarten Student Chef Culi-
nary Competition DVD made for the SGB to the winning team of student
chefs. The DVD, which told the story of the three-day event, was created by
Hendrik Wuyts of ScubaVision and produced and sponsored by the Katzevs.
The very entertaining, inspiring and informative movie will be used on Career Days
at the SGB to show what an exciting career can be had in the Food and Beverage
industry. As Austrian Chef and Culinary Judge Helmut Holzer says in the movie, "A
good chef can go anywhere in the world!" The DVD will also be shown in Italy
when the next group of student chefs goes there in the fall for a four-week stage
(internship) program. Bonaire's winning team (above) will spend a week at Chef
Klaus Friedenreich's school, Culinary Arts Institute in Ft. Lauderdale in June. The
students will be offering a barbeque to raise money on Sunday, March 13, at
Wilhelmina Park in connection with the Dutch Dixies Concert. O L.D.
Winning student chefs with their parents and teachers. The winning team won a
week's instruction at the Culinary Institute in Ft. Lauderdale in June.
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Visit our shop:
In town at Kaya Grandi #6
Phone 717-2844 or 785-9332
WWW. SCUBAVISION. INFO
Have Bonaire's professional
underwater filmmaker, Hendrik
Wuyts ("World of Ocean Films" and
"Eye On" Series -most recently in
Peru and Kenya), custom produce
an underwater video of your dive
for only $85
ASK AT DIVI, CAPN' DON'S
HABITAT OR PLAZA RESORT
Digital stock footage
Documentary films, DVDs
Weddings, Video art
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THE BONAIRE GARDNER
t's been a while since I've written a
column; I've been doing a lot of
traveling lately. So here is the latest news
on gardening on Bonaire.
Some people have asked me if I'd
stopped writing this column because I
was out of topics, but I believe there is
always something to write about garden-
ing and plants. Plants are living creatures,
and I think on Bonaire we are only at the
beginning of what can be possible with
plants. As I saw in the US, large numbers
of nurserymen and other plant lovers are
always searching for new species and
better varieties. In Holland there is a lot
of research these days to find new
stronger and healthier plants because a
lot of the chemicals that were used before
are now forbidden.
When I was in Venezuela and walked
in the jungle I saw a lot of plants that we
use in our gardens. With all the rainfall in
the last months I almost believed that we
could create the same thing on Bonaire,
but now we are back to the old days with
lots of wind and drought.
These days we have to be very careful
about giving our plants in the gardens
sufficient water. During the last months
they've been very spoiled and they're all
growing like crazy. Most of the soil we
have on Bonaire doesn't have the capac-
ity to hold water, simply because we
don't have any groundwater, and most of
the gardens are built on rocks. This com-
bined with the rapid change of the season
means we have to be extra careful to give
the plants enough water. Also it is not too
late to do some serious pruning on the
wild growing plants. This will also help
to stabilize the situation. But the good
part (of the dry season) is we will have
more time for this, because there are
fewer weeds and hopefully fewer mealy
bugs, of which there seemed to be an ex-
plosion on the plants in the last months.
During the next weeks I will continue
writing more about certain groups of
plants in our gardens and how to use
This week I will write about hedges
and how to use them. There are a lot of
different plants suitable for hedging, but
as I've said, things are changing here too.
A year ago I would have recommended
the Ficus benjamina to be the best plant
for this use. It's fast growing, evergreen
M eet "Charlotte," a sleek little short haired
pup who has tons of personality. Someone
found her and brought her into the veterinarian's of-
fice, hoping she would be a good candidate for adop-
tion. Charlotte has been blessed with attractive good
looks of black with accents of brown, but it's her
personality that makes her stand out. She's self as-
sured and happy to be alive. Because of her intelli-
gence she should be easy to train. And for the right
owner she'll be protective and a good watch dog.
Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen
Road to see Charlotte and all the other superior cats
and dogs that are offered for adoption. Only those
that are healthy and social are considered as.
adoptees. The Shelter is open Monday through Fri-
day, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. O L.D.
and very easy to prune. But it seems to be
getting more and more vulnerable to dif-
ferent types of diseases. After a long pe-
riod of rain it can get something like we
know in Holland as "Verticilium." The
tree loses its leaves within a few days,
the trunk gets rotten and it dies in days.
There is nothing we can do about it ex-
cept as soon as you see it, take out the
tree with its roots and take it to the land-
fill. Burning it would be better, but that is
difficult. The disease is very contagious,
and you also have to clean your tools.
Don't prune with clippers and then use
them on the next plant; it's likely to
spread. In some parts of Bonaire, like in
Sabadeco, we've seen dead plants that
were left in the ground for a long time,
and after awhile the disease starts to
spread. And also they have gotten vulner-
able to a new type of bug which causes
the leaves to curl, making it difficult for
the plants to grow. This is easy to get rid
of by spraying. This disease I have only
seen on the Ficus benjamina.
Now we have a new variety called the
Ficus benjamina "Atrovirens" and I
haven't seen any diseases on this type. It
doesn't grow as fast as the benjamina, but
grows very nicely: green and thick.
We've started growing two new varieties
that are very good for hedging: the Ficus
binnendijckii "Allii" and the Ficus
nitida, also fast growing, easy to prune
and very thick. O Ap van Eldik
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk cary terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-STOP 9 TO 4.
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
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.
BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
PRACTICE BONAIRE. Con-
sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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
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 "
Restaurant Terrace Take away
SPECIAL DINNER MENU *
NAf35.OO $ 20.00
CATCH OF THE DAY
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
Logan compact mat cutter- 100
Nafl; LG Studioworks 17 com-
puter monitor almost new- 100 Nafl;
Daewoo large microwave with
transformer- 200 Nafl.; George
Foreman grill- 50 Nafl.; white stu-
dent desk- 30 Nafl; Black and
Decker electric leaf blower- 40 Nafl;
dark wood sofa table 50 Nafl; Call
717-3976 or 786-0076
FOR SALE: (2) Scubapro
MK10/6250 regulators with octopus
and Suunto gauges/compass-$125
each. Men's (Large) Scubapro Finseal
BC-$50, Women's (Xtra Small)
Dacor BC-$25. CALL 717-2050
1- Ipod MP3- 10 GB all included
with world adaptor ... $185.00
1- Laptop: Averatec 8 months old
256mg-Ram/ 30 gig / wireless card
internet / CD RW/ DVD slim
5.21bs -XP. Perfect cond... $850.00
1- PDA 800 Toshiba/SD card
512mb/ navigation program loaded/
wireless internet/VGA screen USB
sync base. Was $600 for $300. can
sell GPS separately for $130.
1- Sony Ericson P900 smart phone/
Unlocked work any where in the
world / sync USB with computer/blue
tooth. Was $900.00 Sell for $500.
1- Wireless router server-Dlink
DL714/ 4 ports and printer port. Was
$120 Sell for $60.00
1- Repeater or extend range D-Link
DWL 800 Was $90 Sell for $50.
1- 120 Gig Hard drive USB and
Fire Wire $140.00
1- Blue tooth PCMCIA USB blue
tooth CF wireless card 4 in 1 pc
card Sell $25.00 each.
1- Digital Pentax Camera option
4meg pixel / small like new / 512mb
SD card. Sell $275.00
1- Canon 35mm underwater Sure
Shot Camera like new. Sell for $150.
2- Bicycles 24 speed / light / like
new. Were $450 Sell for $200 each
Kite surf North (11) with board -
harness- bar etc. all brand new Got in
$2,000.00 Sell for $1,500.00
You can contact me at Bonaire An-
tilles (599) 786-4260 OR 786-4083
For Sale Appliances: Whirlpool
Super capacity 5 cycle
S 1V( washer made for
127 volts- 400 Nafl
available March 17;
Avanti counter height refrigerator
with transformer- 225 Nafl; Daewoo
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I am still looking for my dog,
Betsy, lost since December 26. Red
short hair, lost in the area of Nikiboko
South. Call 785-3700
"Koncha", NB-123, fast-sailing 14ft
FRG centerboard sloop, Naf 1,400.
Trailer available. Also stowable din-
ghies cheap: 12 ft "Banana" and 2 Avon
inflatables. Call Mac 717-7312.
Make an Offer.
21' long. Fiber-
glassed in and
out for minimal
Two time winner
of Bonaire Re-
gatta, Class A.
A dream to sail.
One of the last of
its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-6125.
Revolving CD-Stand, wood, holds
about 300 CDs, NAf90.00, call 717-
Gaastra Force, Stealth & Phoenix
kites -assorted sizes 4.0 to 17.5 me-
ter. Nearly new. Call for more info.
$300-$600 obo. Call 717-6862 or 791-
Grease monkey special..'83 Honda
Jazz NAf2.000 call 785-9760
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Wanted full time employment
opportunity. Experienced in man-
agement and administration. Many
years on the island and no work per-
mit needed. Please call Marion Wil-
son at 717-5571
WANTED: Experienced waiter or
waitress for dinner service. Call
Croccantino at 785-0581.
Porch Sale- Saturday 12 March, 9
AM, Punt Vierkant #12; Everything
must go! Many kitchen items; igloo
cooler, Christmas tree with decora-
tions, small Shark vacuum, lamps,
garden furniture, picture frames of all
sizes, surround sound system, tools
and many free items. Call 717-3976
for directions. Do not come before 9
Business license for sale. BV for
photo/video business above and be-
low the water surface. Including web
design and whole sale. Comes with
URL and website. Great potential.
Selling because I am leaving the is-
land. Call 781-1465
Lovely small restaurant in Playa.
Please call 567-0576 / 569-8871 or 717-
MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more
livable from the start
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013
For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security-May 1st
until Dec. 15th. Brochure available.
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US)
(570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol.
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What started as Iris Semeler's idea 27 years ago has become one of Bon-
aire's most fun and well attended events on the island. It's the Contest di
Fli a fantastic competition for the most beautiful and outrageous kites all made
by hand. These days competitors even come from Aruba and Curaqao to show
their craftsmanship and vie against the Bonaireans' entries. Even if you won't be
entering your own creation you should go. It's a day for families, for people of all
ages and you won't believe what things people have made to fly! There's food,
drinks and good camaraderie. It starts in the morning and goes pretty much all day,
depending on how many entries there are.
This year, the 27t, the Contest will be on Sunday, April 3, at the Juventus Field,
the big ballpark behind Kooymans, near the Pauw gas station. There will be prizes
for all-around winners of: 1) Smallest, 2) Biggest, 3) Funniest, 4) Most Beautiful,
5) Most Original.
Entry fee for children 7 to 15 years is NAf3,50. For ages 16 and up it's
NAf7,50. Sign up at the Flamingo Book Shop on Kaya Grandi #21 before
March 28 or 29.
This year the contest is dedicated to Valerie's Gift Shop which has been a spon-
sor of the event for the last 16 years. If you would like to be a sponsor, call Iris
at 717-6586. They could always use some help, and you'll be contributing to a
Other sponsors are SABADECO, WEB and Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire
(MCB Bonaire). See you there! O L.D.
n Saturday, March 12, the Cin-
namon Gallery will have an
opening of their latest Guest Artist,
Willie Dijkstra. The opening will be
from 7 to 9 pm and will be an evening
of music by the Bonaire Jazz Trio,
drinks and food. Nolly Oleana will
open the show.
Willie started painting in 1987 and
learned a lot by doing, reading and
visiting exhibitions and museums. For
several years she was a member of an
artist company in Holland.
Very important in the development
of her own style of painting is her
friendship with Rem de Boer, a well-
known painter in Holland. They
worked often together in his atelier
where he held weekly sessions with
models to be painted.
Willie has had several exhibitions in
Holland. She has painted a number of Willie Dijkstra
private commissions and her works are
hanging in collections in many parts of
In 2003, she came to Bonaire as a teacher at the SGB high school. Even while
teaching, she is still painting a lot, and now she is happy to show her work in this
She loves sitting in the field painting what her eyes see: different subjects like
people, flowers, animals, landscapes. Sometimes her work is very realistic
(Simadan of Rincon); other times she likes to paint abstracts (Dreamfish), or a mix
of styles. But she always uses strong colors, all in acrylic.
Please visit http://www.cinnamonartgallery.org/willie-dijkstra-mar2005.html for
examples of Willie's work.
The Gallery is on Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1,just off Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di
Caribe. The Gallery is open weekdays from 9 to 12, 2 to 5. Call 717-7103 or 786-
9563. The Willie Dijkstra exhibit will run until April 14. O Wendy Horn
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We visit Bonaire regularly and were back just a couple of weeks when the tem-
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flowers. And suddenly the weather changed and we have snow and freezing tem-
peratures down to -150C at night. I'd rather be in Bonaire."
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Early Show (usually 7pm)
Hide and Seek
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH
2 THEO VAN GOGH FILMS
Cool" and "0605"
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Saturday, March 12-Opening of art
exhibition by Willie Dijkstra, Cinnamon
Art Gallery, 7 to 9 pm, A.P.L. Brion #1.
Until April 14. 717-7103 See page 13
Saturday and Sunday, March 12th
and 13th from 2-5 pm. A two-day course
in the principles of Feng Shui, the an-
cient Chinese art of arrangement. Make
your life and home more harmonious using
the principles of Feng Shui. Luz Van
Goens will be the instructor. The course
will be in Spanish. Cost: NAf95, includes
drinks, snack, book and certificate. At New
Lagoen City (at the end of the Lagoen
Road). Call 790-9450 or 786-3109 or
pass by the Tambu Shop on Kaya Grandi
Sunday, March 13-SGB Student Chefs
BBQ Fundraiser in Wilhelmina Park-4
to 8 pm (along with Dutch Dixies perform-
ance) to help SGB Student Chefs get to Ft.
Lauderdale. Bonaire's team won a week at
the Culinary Institute and needs funds for
air and hotel. All invited. See page 10
Tuesday, March 15th, 5 pm at
STINAPA Headquarters (in Barkadera, 5
km. north ofKralendijk on the Tourist
Road) Meeting of Stinapa Volunteers and
for people interested in doing volunteer
work for Bonaire's Land and Sea Parks.
You can make a difference. Come and
hear what the latest developments for the
parks and what projects are scheduled. For
more information call Chile or Linda
Tuesday, March 15th -Premiere of two
Theo van Gogh films "Cool" and "0605"
at Movieland. Premiere party with appear-
ance of Katja Schuurman at 2300 in City
Cafe. Tickets NAf 5.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Wed., Mar. 16-Mona Lisa
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Tues., Mar. 22-Aida Vita; Sun. Apr. 24-
Saturday, March 19 Wine and Cheese
Fundraiser for Bonaire's Culinary
Team Time and place to be announced
Sunday, March 20-Palm Sunday
March 21-26" Singles Week in Bonaire-
Membership is open to all. Email
email@example.com or call 011-
5999-786-3134 to join in the fun
Friday, March 25-Good Friday-Banks
and shops closed.
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
'Hide and Seek' by John
Polson starring Robert de Niro.
Unfortunately the movie has to end in
a shootout as American movies tend to
do (Got a problem? Shoot it), but the
movie is not too bad throughout. Dakota
Fanning puts on the typical scary little
girl show to an above average level, and
some of the scenes will make you
squirm in your seat a couple of times.
Therefore this movie isn't one that I
would say you definitely need to see,
but if you have some time to waste it's a
pretty good time. Also it gets bonus
points for being a good date movie. The
absolute worst thing about this movie is
its lack of humor. Though the dark
overtones are necessary for a true horror
movie there needs to be an element of
humor. After all the action and horror
movies lately I'm longing for a sweet
chick flick. O Dodo
Sunday, April 3 Contest di Fli,
(Kite Contest), at the Juventus Field,
the big ballpark behind Kooymans,
near the Pauw gas station.
Entry fee for ages 7 to 15 years is
NAf3,50. 16 and up it's NAf7,50.
Sign up at the Flamingo Book Shop on
Kaya Grandi #21 before March 28 or
29. See page 13.
Sunday, March 27-Easter Sunday
Monday, March 28-Easter Monday.
Banks and shops closed
Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to raise
funds for Bonaire's Special Olympics
Team. 7:30 pm. NAf125 donation includes
multi-course Tuscan dinner. Well-known
singer Monica Millar will perform. Tickets
at Croccantino Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025.
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day, Queen's
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON MCB
17.5 km run with prizes. 7 am. Call Rich-
ard Pietersz at 717-8629, 780-7225.
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Carib-
bean at Lac Bay. The event will kick off
the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info,
see www.pwaworldtour.com or
May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL May 19 22!!
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
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
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
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
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
DUTCH DIXIES JAZZ TOUR
Sponsored by Bonaire Rotary Club
Three days left to enjoy great Dixieland Jazz.
10 March Little Havana
11 March Plaza Resort
12 March Buddy Dive
13 March Wilhelmina Park
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
blackjack, 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 resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
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 cancelled until March 28th.
(Then at the Aquarius Conference Center,
Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.)
Turtle STCB slide show is canceled
for March....It restarts April!
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonairiano) 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
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 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 invitedNAf5 enty fee.
Call Caehy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. 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 2"d 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 Bon-
aire's culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Park, Museum and Visitors' Cen-
ter. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed
on some holidays. 717-8444/785-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- 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
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 ofCoromoto 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
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
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BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
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CONETAL Cleaning Service cleans homes, apart-
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Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
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Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
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just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
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GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
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METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
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outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
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Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
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Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Caribbean Club Bonaire Inexpensive-moderate Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At hibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happyhours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts.Eat ortake awaNicebar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally heads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
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ON THE ISLAND SINCE
41T am from Colombia, from a
I little town called La Virginia,
close to a city called Pereira. It's an ag-
ricultural area with coffee and sugar
cane plantations. It's in the mountains
and has a nice climate, not hot, but not
cold either. I grew up with my grand-
mother Rosalba; to me she was my
mother. I called her "Mother" my
whole life. I was the only one living
with her; my two sisters lived with my
When my grandmother died in 2000,
it was the worst thing that had hap-
pened in my life... and I still can't talk
about it. She was very strict with me,
but the things she taught me have been
of great value throughout my life: hon-
esty and responsibility and to do things
with your heart and lots of love and...
it's not about how many times you fall,
but it's about the way you get up.
I am the eldest. One of my sisters
lives in Murcia, Spain, with her two
children. She works all kinds of jobs,
but most of the time in housekeeping.
She likes it there and the schools for the
children are very good. My other sister
still lives in La Virginia and has four
children. I grew up with the idea, like
all Latinas, that I was going to have a
family of my own, but things have
I started working in a fabric store
when I was still in high school, then as
a waitress in a grill. When I'd finished
school I started selling bus tickets. I
could have gone to college because I
was a very bright student, but there was
Yasmil Rios Gomez (33) is a very
cute, vivacious young woman; she
speaks four languages, has a great
sense of humor and she's an astute ob-
"In 1995 I came to Bonaire for a va-
cation and stayed for three months; I
liked it too much! I met all these peo-
ple. We had lots of parties and I en-
joyed the beach and the sea. Then I
went back to Colombia to work. In
1998 I came to work in Bonaire at
Zeezicht for Sylvia Abraham, an out-
standing person and an excellent lady.
She offered me the opportunity to move
here, and I felt that in Bonaire I could
do more: grow as a person and as a pro-
fessional. In Colombia there's hardly
any continuity in work; you're never
sure how long the business you're
working for is going to exist. People
have to change jobs all the time. Here
they are willing to give you a contract
for a year and there's also the insur-
I took Papiamentu and English classes
from Mr. Piek and also Dutch classes
from Mrs. Piek. I like languages; I
guess it's my strong point. Now I'm
studying French because my love, my
fiance, is from Geneva. He's a
plumber. We met at Buddy Dive when I
was working there as a waitress. He'd
come as a tourist. We liked talking to
each other so much that when he left
we kept in touch. After about a year and
a half he came back to Bonaire and we
fell in love. Giovanni is the most loving
guy I've ever met. He's very special,
very romantic, but he's also very funny
and he has a great sense of humor
and... we're going to marry soon, here,
on Bonaire! He's still living in Switzer-
land and comes here four times a year
and we're working on a plan for the
future. We want to have a family, of
"The Latinos who
come to Bonaire don't
come for the diving, the
tranquility or the beau-
tiful sea. They come to
work, to escape from
poverty, to improve
their lives and the lives
of their families in their
course, but if it's not possible, I'll be
just as happy.
When I visit my girlfriends in Colom-
bia, I see their houses and the nice pic-
ture frames with the photos of the
whole family. I feel so happy for them,
but I do it my own way! I like my life
and I work at the best place: Pasa Bon
Pizza. Joe and Lisa are wonderful peo-
ple. Every day I say, 'Thank God for
my life, for everything that I have.' Be-
cause of my work I can support my
mother and sister and her children in
Colombia. It's not easy; with four chil-
dren you need a lot of money; but step
by step we're trying to help her out.
Since my other sister went to live in
Spain four years ago, she's also sending
money to Colombia, and together we
make a difference.
In Bonaire for me life is expensive,
but when you
live well you
have to pay for
it. Here we live
in peace and
every day we've
got nice sun-
don't come from
tries. Our gov-
don't take care
of us; they don't
take care of any-
thing. You have
your family and
you take care of ,
When the par-
ents are old we
take them into our house. We've got a
small house, but we make space. I
would never send them to an old peo-
ples' home. When your sister cannot
take care of her children, you take care
of them and that's what we're doing
now. We do it because we love our
The Latinos who come to Bonaire
don't come for the diving, the tranquil-
ity or the beautiful sea. They come to
work, to escape from poverty, to im-
prove their lives and the lives of their
families in their home countries. Here
they work in construction or in house-
keeping. They can do so because other
people come here to have a beautiful
house built, a house that also needs to
be cleaned. So, one helps the other and
we all need each other. That's a good
Life in Bonaire is better because in
Colombia we have a civil war and the
country cannot develop. Of course we
miss our families, our food or places to
go to, but I'm comfortable here. I have
a lot of friends and I've gotten to know
so many people from all over the world.
We keep in touch and when they're
back on the island they invite me to go
swimming, to go out for dinner or for a
It's fun when you know so many peo-
ple from all different places and I real-
ize I've learned so many things here -
things about the life and culture of other
countries and other peoples and also of
Bonaire, because we have to know
about the culture we live in. I've
learned about all different views, differ-
ent opinions and different tastes and all
the different ways people see life. From
each person I've listened to, a little
thing stayed with me, inside of me, and
it changed me and it made me grow. I
like people, I like to talk to them and I
respect other people's opinions, but I
still have my own opinion and when I
let myself be influenced it's only be-
cause I feel it's good for me. I guess
everyone should have their fantasies
and dreams and goals because other-
wise, how do you live? The way I see
it: One makes his or her own life, yes,
you make yourself. I still have so many
things to do a whole life to live and I
feel I have qualities and I will have op-
I see my future as very bright! I see
my life with my love, Giovanni, be-
cause everyone wants to love someone
and wants to be loved. Life is not about
a lot of money that doesn't make you
happy but it's about quality and inner
peace. I would love to have my own
restaurant; this kind of job is in your
blood. If you don't feel it, don't do it.
For me, the restaurant business is what
I like best! I want my restaurant to be
so that everybody, wherever they come
from, feels at home with me an inter-
national place with great food, great
ity. And... I
would like to
have my own
but one day it
1 photo and
story by Greta Kooistra
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
I Janury 19
Looking at the Bonaire seashore through frostbitten feet
O n January 22 two climbers started out to ascend Mount Washington in New
Hampshire, US. The young man, an experienced mountaineer and also a
qualified emergency physician, was introducing the young woman to the exciting
world of ice climbing. Canadian and Finnish, respectively, neither was any stranger
The ascent went well. But getting down can be a lot harder. Near the top of the
mountain the weather turned, suddenly and unexpectedly. The temperature plum-
meted to -25C with gale force winds of 140km/h, and the humidity went to 100%.
In these wind-chill conditions the temperature was the effectively -45C. In blowing
snow the visibility rapidly deteriorated to nothing. Sunset was not far off.
The two climbers couldn't locate a safe route off the mountain. Clothing that had
kept them warm all day couldn't keep up through the night under these conditions.
To get a bit of shelter they made a snow cave and huddled to escape the storm.
When conditions lightened the two attempted to walk down. They were found by
search parties sent out by the Park Service and immediately taken to hospital.
The cold had done a lot of damage. Both were chilled and hypothermic. The man
had severe frostbite to his nose, fingers and toes. Medical opinion (including his
own) was that plastic surgery would be needed, and that some toes would have to
be amputated. The situation with the fingers was critical.
In extreme cold the flesh of living people can actually be frozen hard, like a
chicken in the freezer. (The average freezer is cooled to only -20C. The mountain
conditions were much colder.) Frostbite is, literally, frozen body tissue usually
skin but sometimes deeper. Ice forms in tiny blood vessels and cells and they rup-
ture and die. The resulting injury has some of the characteristics of a severe burn.
Frostbite must be handled carefully to prevent permanent tissue damage or loss.
Gangrene is a common complication.
But what does this all have to do with Bonaire? Frostbite is unheard of here as
the temperature rarely goes below +25C, even counting the wind-chillfactor.
The frozen man, Damian, spent the next week miserably at his home in New Ha-
ven, wondering about his toes and his nose and his future, when the idea suddenly
occurred why not visit his uncle's place on Bonaire, where he could stay with
family and recover in the exact opposite of a howling gale on a frozen mountain-
Damian arrived looking like this:
He was wheeled through Flamingo Air- ...
port because his toes (which looked even
worse than his face) prevented walking.
The airport staff was gracious and helpful,
though few could possibly have had any
idea what kind of horrible disease they
were dealing with.
Now as it happens, Damian's aunt, Doro-
thy, is a nurse with much experience in the
Canadian arctic. In our day (the 1960s) the
nursing stations in arctic communities were
run entirely by nurses, the doctors available only by radio link. She had seen and
treated frostbite like this and worse. She looked at the damage and pronounced:
"Doesn't look too bad. We can regrow all this. Normal saline dressings and
Well, warmth we certainly have in Bonaire. And there is a lot of normal saline
solution surrounding the island. The nursing prognosis was a lot better than the
Of course it takes time to overcome despair. At first Damian viewed the ocean as
a bacteria-filled swamp. But as the warmth comforted the wounded tissues, he be-
gan to see it as a benign and soothing bath. Daily snorkeling sessions became the
norm. Tissue growth was supported by much high protein food from the sea, both at
home and in Bonaire's excellent restaurants. (Again, Bonaireans were most gra-
cious to a poor fellow whose nose appeared to be dropping off.)
By the end of three weeks the black toes and fingers were pink again with tender
new skin. The family nose was fully regenerated, and Damian looked like this:
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Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005
*to find it, just look up
Mercury at Its Very Best
n case you've been puzzled by
seeing a star close to the western
horizon just after sunset that usually
isn't there I can "unpuzzle you." This
week the tiny first planet out from the
Sun, Mercury, is at its very best for
viewing for the entire 2005, with this
weekend being the best.
On any night this week, 45 minutes
after sunset, just as its getting dark
out, face due west, and directly above
the point on the horizon where the Sun
went down you'll see-if you have a
clear, flat, unobstructed horizon-a
bright pinkish light which is the sec-
ond smallest planet in our solar system
(Pluto being the smallest), tiny 3,000-
mile-wide Mercury. It's even smaller
than Saturn's Moon, Titan, which
we're currently visiting with our Cas- Mercury
It is frequently called the "pink iron planet." Iron because it has more iron in its
core than our Earth does. And pink because it never gets very high above the hori-
zon when it's available for viewing and thus the dust in our Earth's atmosphere
causes a pink coloration. It is also called the most elusive of all the naked eye
planets simply because it never gets very high above the horizon even though it
peeks above the horizon just after sunset or just before sunrise several times a
Now because Mercury is closer to the Sun than our Earth it constantly changes
its appearance and goes through phases just like our Moon. When it's on the far
side of its orbit on the other side of the Sun it looks like a tiny full Moon as seen
through a telescope, but as it moves closer to the Earth it changes its appearance.
This weekend it is at what astronomers call "greatest elongation," which means
that it is at its farthest visual distance from the Sun as seen from Earth. This further
means it's much higher above the horizon than usual and will look like a first
quarter Moon through a telescope this weekend. Next week, however, it will rap-
idly zoom closer to Earth and become crescent shaped.
So now is the time to find a friend with a small telescope. And think about this as
you view Mercury this week and next: The closer a planet is to the Sun the faster it
travels. So, since Mercury is Planet #1 from the Sun, only 36 million miles away
from it, it is the fastest moving of all the planets and makes one trip around the
Sun every 88 Earth days. And since we define a planet's year as the number of
Earth days it takes for a planet to go around the Sun a year on Mercury is only 88
Earth days long!
Now when I was a kid no one knew what the surface of Mercury looked like, but
in 1974 our Mariner spacecraft flew by and took the first close up pictures ever
seen of this broiling hot planet which to many looks like another Moon. And coin-
cidentally this weekend you can use our Moon to find Mercury. On Friday an ex-
quisite two-day-old crescent Moon will be only 4 degrees away from Mercury, on
Saturday a three-day Moon only 16 degrees above Mercury. So get thee out to see
Mercury at its best, and if you have a small telescope now is the time to use it. 1
D/WE^ 0 D
For the week:
March 11 to 18, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Spending too much time talking to friends or relatives
could easily turn into a debate that could lead to estrangement. Be discreet and don't
present your ideas until you're certain that they're foolproof. Try to channel your energy
into physical work. You will be able to get good advice if you listen to close friends or
relatives you respect. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your talent will be recognized. Opportunities to travel
will develop through peers. The home environment will be unpredictable this week.
Business and emotional partnerships will run smoothly. Your lucky day this week will
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Love could develop at social events that are work related.
You hard work and dedication will pay off, so stick to your guns and do your job well.
You can't always have your own way. You may want to try your hand at a little creative
writing. Don't let your boss get the better of you. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Changes regarding family members will set you off.
You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh with you this week. You must not allow
them to force you to rush. Your high energy should be spent pleasing your mate. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Look into alternate means of supporting your financial bur-
dens. You may interest some of them in a service you have to offer. Don't count on get-
ting any help from those you live with. Stop telling others about your problems. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't lend or borrow money or belongings. You will gain
valuable insight and knowledge through the experiences you have along the way.
Throw yourself into your work. You need to get out and have some fun to reduce ten-
sion. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You just hate waste, and when someone else costs you
dearly you see red. You should be able to get involved in an interesting proposition this
week. You can meet friends who will let you know how valuable you are. You may
want to take a serious look at your goals and objectives. Your lucky day this week will
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to distance yourself from the situation for a
little while first. Expect temper tantrums on the home front if you haven't been letting
someone have their way. You will find that unfinished projects at home will be most
satisfying. Don't forget to let your mate know how much you care. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Property investments, insurance, tax rebates, or
inheritance should bring you financial gains. Attend to things that you should have done
yesterday. Business and emotional partnerships will run smoothly. Be cautious while
traveling to foreign countries. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Attempt to face key issues with lovers or problems
could escalate. You can make some favorable changes to your looks. Feeling under the
weather may be a result of overindulgence. You may be tired of working for someone
else. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Opportunities for new friendships are apparent. Travel
will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is quite possible. Minor health prob-
lems may flare up if you haven't been taking care of yourself or have been burning the
candle at both ends. You may find it difficult to communicate with someone at work.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may find your nights sleepless due to bad dreams. Try
not to at tempt to do something unless you are fully intent on following through with the
plans. Travel opportunities must be taken advantage of. Emotional upset may prevail on
the domestic scene if you have neglected your duties or your mate. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday. 1
Bonaire Reporter March 11 to 18, 2005