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A irExel was declared bankrupt
by the court of Maastricht,
Holland, last Thursday. The bank-
ruptcy is somewhat unexpected be-
cause the company had said it was
working on restarting with an unnamed
new investor. Whether this also means
an end to AirExel's claim against the
companies behind BonairExpress
(formerly BonairExel) depends on the
bankruptcy trustee.
AirExel director Harm Prins says he
will continue to work on starting a new
airline despite the bankruptcy.

A CuracaoExpress operated its
flights between Curacao and St.
Maarten this past weekend and Mon-
day with a Boeing 737-200 jet rented
from another airline. The reason was
that its turboprop aircraft was undergo-
ing engine maintenance. BonairEx-
press can provide current information
on both Bonaire and CuraqaoExpress
flights. Call 717-0707.

A There seem to be warning notes
being sounded by Air Jamaica, one
of Bonaire's most important links to
the US. It unceremoniously suspended
flights to the Eastern Caribbean for 30

days on the eve of the Easter holidays.
It said it has no plans to resume its St.
Lucia run. Air Jamaica is recovering
from a public relations nightmare after
negotiations with the former airline
head, Butch Stewart, and his team
stalled and the carrier returned in full to
Jamaican Government hands.
No less than international develop-
ment expert Lelei LeLaulu of Counter-
part International is calling for a com-
mission of inquiry into the positive
economic impact Air Jamaica made
while it was privatized.
"Some day some smart researcher
will add up the total amount of money,
jobs, investment, and yes, happiness,
that was generated by 'Butch' Stewart,"
said LeLaulu, who ridiculed any at-
tempts to discredit Stewart's contribu-
tion to the tax coffers of the region. "As
for Air Jamaica all they have to do is
to look at the turkey that they have
squeezed out of the golden goose
'Butch' Stewart built."
Stewart forced foreign airlines to
come back or expand service to Ja-
maica and to the other islands because
of the exponential growth of traffic Air
Jamaica brought into the region. "What
people tend to forget is that the
whooshing sound they had heard before
was US-based carriers leaving the re-
gion to try and make profits else-
where," said LeLaulu. The eminent Ja-
maican Professor, Rex Nettleford, once
described Caribbean carriers as devel-
opment imperatives, arguing that losses
(Continued on page 4)

T he Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz Festival set for
May 20, 21 and 22, is getting bigger and better.
New venues for music and at least one new artist have
been added. And the connection with the concurrent Guitarist Cedric
PWA Championship/King of the Caribbean Windsurf- Dandard is one of the
ing event will be made at Zee Zicht/Karel's Beach Bar new featured artists at
on Thursday, May 19". The windsurfers have been es- the Harbourtown
pecially invited to hear the music. Bonaire Jazz Festival.
Then on Sunday, May 22, there will be a Jazz Brunch
at Rum Runners at 11:30 am. Dine and listen to some
of the artists. In addition, the cruise ship Freewinds
will make a special trip to Bonaire and hold a fundraisingjazz event. Right now 25
musicians are set to perform, headlined by jazz great Denise Jannah.
There's a lot more happening so keep reading The Reporter for updates.
1 G./L. D.

2005 Jazz Festival
Opinion (Pope's Passing,
Recreational Fishing & BMP Rules)
Healing Touch
Bonaire Bikers Invade Costa Rica
Special Cave Excursion
Tonky's Photo Shoot
Get Ready for the King
Snorkeling at Massbango Time
Yoga (Feet are the Foundation)
Triple Arrest
Dietitian (Cooking Vegetarian)
Countdown Fashion Fundraiser
LVV Harvest
Bonaire Culinary Team
LVV Gardener Graduates

Press Awards Shelter
2 Mairi Bhan Enduring Shipwreck
Bonaire Sponges (Dee Scarr)
6 Flotsam & Jetsam
7 Vessel List & Tide Table
7 Picture Yourself (Hawaii)
8 Classifieds
9 Reporter Masthead
11 Pets of the Week (Girls and Kittens)
11 What's Happening
11 Micro-Movie Review (Be Cool)
12 Shopping & Dining Guides
12 On the Island Since (Julia Klug)
13 Bonaire Sky Park
13 (Eclipse, Great Saturday)
14 The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

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2005 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Edi-
tor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. An-
tilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Boi Antoin, Albert Bianculli, Susan De Salvo-Reed,
Desiree, B.R. Dirksz, Dodo, Tonky Frans, Jack Horkheimer, Greta
Kooistra, Barry Kuda, Angelique Salsbach, Dee Scarr, Michael Thi-
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij Curacao

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)
incurred seldom outweigh the social
and economic benefits to destinations.

S/f -

A If you looked sharply, you would
have seen it flying over Bonaire last
week. The Coast Guard put its first
Fokker-60 patrol plane into service
after it arrived from Holland. The
planes will be used for aerial surveil-
lance flights and SAR for the next two
years. Civilian aircraft may be used af-
ter that.

A Will the new Minister of King-
dom Relations, Alexander Pechtold,
ignore the smaller Antillean islands
as did the ministers prior to his
predecessor, Thom de Graaf? It's been
announced that Minister Pechtold will
visit only Curaqao and Aruba next
week. He will not be able to visit the
other islands during a three-day visit
but expects to do this soon, a press re-
lease stated. Pechtold has been on vaca-
tion in Aruba but has never set foot in
the Netherlands Antilles.

A Curacaoans convincingly voted
for Option A, for Curacao to become
an autonomous country in the Dutch
Kingdom. That choice in their April 8th
non-binding Constitutional Referendum
won 68% of the vote. Option D
(integration with Holland) had 13%,
Option B (Independence) 5% and Op-
tion C (stay in Antilles) 4 %. Voter
turnout was 54% (62,245). The major-
ity option was the one supported by all
political parties in the Island Council.
Only St. Eustatius of the other four
Antillean islands chose to remain part
of a federated Antilles. St. Maarten also
wants to be an autonomous country in
the Kingdom. Saba and Bonaire voted
to be Dutch Kingdom islands with di-
rect ties to Holland.

A With 596 votes, or 76.6% of the
valid votes, St. Eustatius chose to re-
main part of the Netherlands Antil-

les. Some 790 voters, or almost 56% of
the 1,411 eligible persons, voted in the
Constitutional Referendum. Option B,
or direct relations with the Netherlands
ranging from Kingdom Island to Status
Aparte, finished second with 160 votes,
or 20.6%. Option C, or integrating into
the Netherlands won 2.2%, five people
voted for Option D, Independence.

A It seems that everybody is getting
into restructuring these days. There is a
possibility that the Roman Catholic
churches on Saba, Statia and St.
Maarten will be split off the from the
Diocese of Willemstad and group with
either the diocese of Antigua or Trini-
dad, Father Johannes Janssen told The
Daily Herald. That would make Aruba,
Bonaire and Curaqao the total Willem-
stad diocese.

A According to the Central Bank, the
economy of the Netherlands Antilles
grew moderately (0.8%) in 2004. A
relatively low inflation of 1.4% made it
possible to achieve modest real growth.
The bank anticipates a "one-plus" per-
cent growth of the Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) or national income for
2005. The report can be viewed at
www. centralbank. an/qb/20043/index.
At the same time the total debt of the
Netherlands Antilles rocketed to almost
4.7 billion guilders. The debt is 95% of
the Antilles Gross Domestic Product.
European Union guidelines consider
60% of the GDP a maximum. The bulk
of the Antillean government debt is
from Curaqao Island and Central Gov-
ernments. Bonaire's debt is 2% of the

Bonaire government leaders are

meaningless if each of the Antilles is-
lands go its separate way.

A The Meteorological Service of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba is pre-
dicting above average rain as well as
an active hurricane season this year.
The overall global outlook indicates
warm to extremely warm conditions in
the Caribbean Sea and the Northern
Tropical Atlantic for 2005. Near neutral
"La Nifia/ El Nifio" conditions means
that oceanic and atmospheric conditions
will be favorable for the development
of deep convection in the Caribbean.
Hurricane watchers in the Caribbean
are expressing serious concern over
what many consider a "gloomy and
worrying" forecast. Dr. William Gray, a
climatologist at Colorado State Univer-
sity, expects an above average 2005
hurricane season with 11 named storms
of which six should become hurricanes
and three major hurricanes. The long-
term averages are respectively 9.6, 5.9
and 3.0.
In its climatic report for 2004, the
Met Office states that Bonaire, with an
average of 29.9 degrees Celsius, was
the warmest of the three ABC islands.
The Met Office said the lowest and
highest temperatures measured on
Bonaire in 2004 were 21.1/34.6 C.

A The Bonaire Executive Council
wants to construct a new building
that would accommodate all the de-
partments of the island government.
Island government offices are currently
scattered in several locations which
makes for a lack of internal communi-
cation and high rents. The government
currently pays about NAf900.000 in
rent a year. The idea to centralize has
been around for over 20 years. While a
Master Plan is in place, financing of
about 15 million guilders is a problem.
During a press conference last week,
Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina an-
nounced that the Council had decided to
consolidate government services in one
building. Financing sources were not

encouraged by the Curacao vote to be a
separate territory in the Dutch King- A There still doesn't seem to be a
dom, leaving a clear path for Bonaire to resolution to the prohibition on div-
follow to establish the closer ties with ing at the entrance to the BOPEC
Holland that its citizens voted for. One property. Several weeks ago we re-
has even recommended an almost ported that signs were posted in the area
immediate switch to euro currency used by divers to visit the popular
since the Antillean guilder would be Windiammer wreck. Subsequently for-

mal permission was requested but
BOPEC officials refused. BOPEC
spokesman Errol Rienhart says he has
concern for the security status of the
BOPEC port and ships should diving be
allowed. If you have ideas on the sub-
ject we welcome your letters. (See the
box on page 5.)

A As we go to press word has come
of a tragic dive accident at the
BOPEC site. Scant details are available
at this time. The diver who lost his life,
Lester Diamond, a part time Bonaire
resident, was said to be quite experi-
enced. The reason he died is under in-
vestigation but may have been due to a
heart attack suffered while under water.
Several local and visiting divers risked
their own lives in the futile rescue ef-

4A *In September 2005 the island
of Bonaire will hold its first In-
gk \ vestment Conference, in-
viting investors to come to
Bonaire to check out in-
vestment opportuni-
V ties. For more infor-
mation, view or
download the Investment
Conference Press Release at http:
com/2005 issues/images/issue%2063/
Press%20Release%2021.3. 05.pdf
For more information contact Mrs.
Alexandra Dolleman at the Bonaire
Economics department; e-Mail: dolle-
man.deza@bonairelive.com ; Tele-
phone: (599) 717 5330 ext. 521; web-

S A film crew for the BBC was on
the island last week, led by Series Pro-
ducer Karen Bass. "This is the biggest
thing that the BBC is doing," Bass said.
"We're doing the natural history of the
whole Caribbean the islands, reefs,
hurricanes, the coast from Panama to
the Yucatan. We'll be covering the dif-
ferent ecologies: in Cuba, the caves and
the bats; in Dominica and St. Lucia, the
volcanoes; in Bonaire and Aruba we'll
cover the desert the geological and
topographical points, with an emphasis
on cactus."
Hendrik Wuyts of Scuba Vision ad-
vised and joined the crew for underwa-
ter filming.
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

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9I O PI N O an daET E R 0. Uk E PAGE


O n April 3rd the world lost one of its great
leaders when Pope John Paul II died follow-
ing hospitalization for his many physical problems.
The events surrounding his funeral and burial were
exhaustively covered in the world press. His popu- :
larity was emphasized by the cries for his immedi-
ate sainthood chanted by the crowds witnessing the
interment. (The last pope to be named a saint was
Pius X in 1918.)
Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla, was pro-
claimed the head of the 1.1 billion-member Roman
Catholic church on October 16, 1978, the year
when the church had three popes: Paul VI
(Giovanni Battista Montini) and John Paul I
(Albino Luciani, who spent only 32 days as head of i
the church and died a somewhat mysterious death.)
Pope John Paul II's term witnessed great changes in
the world.
Now 117 Catholic cardinals are to elect a new pope in a conclave beginning on
April 18. Of the 262 men named pope, 205 were Italians, with 57 foreigners com-
prised of 19 Frenchmen, 14 Greeks, 8 Syrians, 5 Germans, 3 Africans, 2 Spaniards,
1 Austrian, 1 Palestinian, 1 Englishman, 1 Dutchman, and 1 Pole. The most com-
monly taken name is John (23 times), followed by Gregory (16 times), Benedict
(15 times); 43 names were used only once. Only two Popes have taken two names;
John Paul I and II. According to some prophecies the next pope will call himself
Benedict XVI.
Pope John Paul II paid a visit to Curamao on Mother's Day, May 13, 1990. In little
more than six hours he toured the island and said a Mass in the Curaqao Sport Cen-
ter where he addressed thousands of people about the impor-
tance of the family. He spoke in Papiamentu, which was very
much appreciated.

After the visit of Pope John Paul II to Curacao in 1990, the
Central Bank issued a special silver commemorative coin. In
connection with his death, they are being sold at face value for
NAf25 at the Central Bank in Willemstad. 1 G.D.


In the April 1 edition of
The Reporter we printed a
Letter to the Editor critical of
the response the Marine Park
was giving to complaints from
a dive operator. The letter
mentioned some of the enforce-
ment actions the Park was re- -
sponsible for like spear fish-
ing, cutting mangroves and col-
lecting conch. To illustrate his
point the writer included a
photo of a lone man in small
boat fishing in the vicinity of a dive boat.
The fisherman contacted The Reporter to tell us he was unaware of any rule pro-
hibiting him from fishing at the spot the photo was taken and that he was not in-
volved in spear fishing, cutting mangroves or conch collecting. He was upset at the
implication that he was doing something wrong.
While most of Bonaire's professional fishermen are well aware of Marine Park
rules, it seems that its recreational fishermen are not. Perhaps some emphasis can
be placed on that education in the future. [ G.D.

The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers.
Letters must include the writer's name and telephone number
or e-mail address. Letters without that information will not
be published.
If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials
we will honor the request. Letters should not be more than
400 words in length and may be edited at the Editor's
,/ J discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire
Z Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire; via fax
717-8988 or E-mail: letters (tbonairenews.com

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 4)

SIncredibly, after about a year, the short stretch of Kaya Korona be-
tween St. Bernardus Church and Kooyman Hardware is nearing comple-
tion. The road will be smooth blacktop and the sidewalk is brick "clinkers. It
should be very attractive.

A Earth Day is almost here. We
know of only two events scheduled:
April 20, Wednesday, 8 9 pm, at
Aquarius Conference Center, Capt.
Don's Habitat: "Underwater Caretak-
ing." A slide presentation and talk.
And April 22, Friday, 2 pm: Under-
water Caretaking dive with Dee Scarr.


(Continued on page 10)


The Power of Healing Touch

Bonaire is an island that possesses a strong connection to spiritual growth and
healing. It provides a perfect place to study healing for yourself and others.
Healing Touch, a worldwide organization devoted to healing using the body's natural
energy fields, has developed a program that has a 16-year history of success. At the
beginning of May several Healing Touch classes will be held on Bonaire that are open
to everyone.
The work of Healing Touch is described as an energy-based therapeutic approach to
healing thus affecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit through touch. Its goal is to
bring balance and harmony so the body can heal itself. The program's root theories
and philosophies are based on the studies of five talented individuals who have blended
their experience to come up with a program that almost anyone can learn.
These techniques, blended with your own gifts, open up possibilities to help heal
yourself and others. The different levels of courses are created for people who know
little or nothing about energy work all the way to those who are already advanced en-
ergy workers.
Healing Touch is the only International Certification Program in the world for Energy
Healing. It is taught extensively in the United States and in over 30 different countries
including The Netherlands. There are International Standards of Practice, International
Code of Ethics and a Scope of Practice to establish and maintain credibility in the
world of western medicine. All who attend these classes will receive a "Certification of
Completion" after each level is completed.

Healing Touch is effective for:
Relief of acute and chronic pain
Systemic and localized disease
Reduction of anxiety and stress and increased relaxation
Prevention of illness and promotion of health
Acceleration of the healing process
Support for the dieing
Pre and Post-op
Spiritual Growth

In each level students will be introduced to different procedures that have been time
tested and proven through research. These techniques are done on and off the body.
Each level strongly focuses on self healing.
Level 1- Concentrates on techniques for balancing and opening the chakras, clearing
the auric field, pain management, mind clearing, and sacred work for transitions.
Level 2 -Works with spiral energy, assessment skills, back work techniques and long
distance healing.
Level 3 -Is the advanced training to learn to raise our vibrations so we can contain
more light/energy. This is where we learn spiritual surgery, chelation, advanced back
work and lymph work. This level is a quantum leap as a light-worker.

What better place to do this work for yourself and others then in Bonaire!
On May 5th there will be a free introduction to the Healing Touch work at 7:00
pm at the Bonaire Caribbean Club, Hilltop. The training schedule for each level is:
May 7th Level 1 Training -all day and into the evening intensive sessions
May 10 and 12 Level 2- Training -two evenings of intensive sessions
May 14 Level 3- Training -all day and into the evening intensive sessions

All classes will be hands-on style of teaching. Students will be giving treatments as
well as receiving them. Your immune system will get a boost from just doing the work.
You will feel clearer and more connected to source energy. You will leave each level
with skills to work on yourself as well as others. Many students over the years have
stated: "This work has changed my life"; "I have found the work I have been looking
for"; "I have healed myself!"
I taught the first Healing Touch class was taught two years ago on Bonaire and re-
ceived a very positive response. Healing Touch procedures are nurturing, relaxing,
non-invasive, and loving. Clients remain fully clothed during the treatments. Healing
Touch works well in combination with traditional, alternative and complimentary
health care. Healing Touch assists clients and practitioners with healing on emotional,
spiritual, mental and physical levels. O Susan De Salvo-Reed

The class instructor, Susan, is a Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Instructor, Practitioner,
Reiki Practitioner and a Massage Therapist. She has been active in the Healing Touch pro-
gram since 1995. Susan holds workshops in the western United States as well as interation-
ally. She teaches Healing Touch in hospitals, long term care, home care and spiritual cen-
ters. Susan actively works to bridge allopathic and holistic medicine bringing the greatest
benefit to her students and clients. Susan is a spiritual activist and is dedicated to spreading
the healing light through education and practice.
For more information about Healing Touch go to the web site at www.healingtouch.net. It
offers examples of articles, research and international recognition. On Bonaire you can sign
up or get more info about the program through George and Laura DeSalvo, phone: 717-
8988, 791-7252, 786-6125 or contact Susan before April 27th at blueskyz idiom.com and
after May 4th on Bonaire at 785-9332.

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 6

Bonaire Bikers

"Invade" Costa Rica
I. In

Actually, they were invited! Last week most of the 24 members of the Bon-
aire Bikers Club left for Costa Rica. (Their bikes left by ship the week be-
fore). This was their eighth rally tour and they were being joined by bikers from
Curaqao, Aruba and the US.
According to biker member Carlos Rodriguez, the tour will go for nine days,
1,600 miles round-trip from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Panama and back, chalking
up about 300 to 400 kilometers a day. "We'll ride along the Atlantic Coast and the
Pacific Coast," says Carlos. "And we'll stop along the way to sightsee and visit the
volcanoes, do river trips and go through the jungles by swings." Interestingly, the
bikers of Costa Rica are expanding their "guest list" to the east. Last year the most
easterly island that they invited was Curaqao. This year it's Bonaire. OL.D.

Special Cave Excursion

O n Saturday, April 23, Journalist/Historian B6i Antoin will lead an excur-
sion to the cave locally known as Kueba di La Birgui (Cave of the Virgin).
This trip is especially for Dutch and English speaking people.
The cave is not easy to find, and it's not so easy to get there. Very few people
know this place and it will take about a 30-minutes walk to get there. If you want
to enter the cave you have to bring a flashlight with you.
Kueba di La Birgui got its name because of the formation there that appears an
an image of the Holy Mary.
The price is NAf25 which includes breakfast before the walk to the cave. After
the walk there will be plenty of soup, fruit and water. However, every participant
should bring bottles of water for the walk to and from the cave. Proceeds go to-
wards sending the Bonaire Team to the Nijmegen 4Daagse (4-Day Walk in Ni-
jmegn in The Netherlands).
Meet between 6:30 and 7 in the morning at Porta Spafi6, for coffee, tea, juice and
bread before beginning the walk. For more information call Extra at 717-8482. 1
B6i Antoin

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 7


Tonky's Photo Shoot in Hawaii

Many people wonder what this windsurf world is all about, especially from
the point of view of someone who's ranked in the top five in the world. With a
series of articles I'd like to give the readers of The Bonaire Reporter a peek
into this world. In this edition I will be writing about the setup of a photo shoot.

in the water wearing helmets. Some-
times the cameras will be attached to
the mast to get the rider's facial expres-
sions. It all may seem like fun. We do
have fun, but if you are busy like this
from 10 in the morning until about 6 in
the evening, doing the same moves
over and over again, it's not that much
fun anymore. The fun is whenever you
get the chance to do some free sailing,
which is not very often because if
you're not scheduled to be on the water,
you are supposed to be on land giving
interviews and demonstrating windsurf-
ing moves. A photo shoot is quite in-
tense and it requires a lot of concentra-
tion. But it is part of the job!

ing: knowing the right people in the
right places. And once you are in you
have to do your best to keep your posi-
The relationship with your sponsors is
very important. You must maintain
contact on a regular basis and send re-
ports of your progress every month.
The sponsors like to know how many
hours you spend training on the water
and whether you can master the new
moves. One very important thing for
them to know is whether the sails,
boards and booms are functioning well.
If not, they want to know what they
have to do to make sailing with their
products as flawless and easy as possi-

Continued on page 9

Tonky in the Super-X Session-
Notice the cameraman in the water.

I was in Maui, Hawaii, from March
20th until April 1st for a photo
shoot. In order to get to Maui from
Bonaire I had to take a flight to San
Juan, then to Miami, followed by one to
San Francisco and ultimately to Maui.
Altogether it took me about 23 hours,
not counting the waiting time at the
several airports, in order to get to my

Modelling Is Not a Breeze
I was met at the airport in Maui by the
representative ofF2, which is my board
sponsor. Even though I arrived late at
night that wasn't an excuse for me to
stay in bed a little longer the next day.
There was work to do, and everybody
had to get up and get ready to go to the
photo shoot locations. The locations
were never planned until that morning
because they have to check the weather
to see where the sunniest spots are for
making great pictures.
By 10 am we are already at the spot.
First there is a meeting to explain the
schedule. Each rider is assigned a cer-
tain hour to be photographed or filmed.
This does not mean that you canjust
leave and come back. You have to be
around all the time just in case some-
thing changes. All the cameramen have
been flown in too so there's a very tight
schedule in order to get all the neces-
sary pictures and videos by the end of
the period. This was a challenge for the
cameramen, especially since the
weather wasn't very cooperative during
those days.
After the morning meeting every rider
prepares his or her sails and gets their
boards ready. If it is not your turn to be
in the water, you are allowed to do
some free sailing as long as you don't
interfere with the riders being photo-
My photos were being taken for Free-

style, Wave Sailing and Super-N
style and Wave are well known.
X is a new speciality which is g
more and more popularity. Supe
mix of slalom and freestyle. Yo
to jump over these sausages (sec
above) in the water, and in betw
have to do some freestyle move
they will tell you to do. I enjoy
the Super X. It promises to be tl
ciality of the future. For freestyle
some of the old school moves as
some new ones.

Hey, that's Tonky out their

The most important thing duri
photo shoot is trying all the mai
vres. It doesn't matter whether
them or not, as long as the mov
great in the picture. The crazier
sition in which the board brand
sail brand can be seen, the bette
Photos and filming are done fi
helicopter, from the beach and i
water, with the photographers si

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s that More than Photography
doing I celebrated my birthday during the
he spe- shoot. Breakfast was prepared that
le, I did morning by the representatives from
s well as F2, and we all had chocolate cake along
with our breakfast. We had a great
time. But work had to be done! So, too,
on my birthday I was on the Speed
Beach in Kihei, giving interviews, sail-
ing from the north to the south and do-
ing crazy moves while jumping over
sausages. There was the additional
stress of getting perfect pictures be-
cause this was my last day in Maui and
whatever they still needed from me,
they had to get it on this day!
After the shoot we went to the theatre
in Lahaina for a great cultural show
about the myths of the Hawaiian Is-
lands. This was one of the few leisure
activities I had during the shoot since
there is practically no time to do any-
thing else. I did enjoy Maui though and
we did some great things such as going


re! Sponsors and You
The photo shoot in Maui was for F2
flying fast. I have a different sponsor
ng the for the sails-Gaastra. And my booms
noeu- are sponsored by Fiberspar. Being
You land sponsored means that I get the products
e looks to sail with, to participate in events with
the po- and to promote them at all times. You
and the will be rewarded if you manage to be
r. photographed by certain windsurfing
rom a magazine photographers who publish
n the the pictures in the magazines. This
tanding windsurfing world is all about lobby-

ble. I also have to see to it that I'm in as
many events as possible in order to ful-
fil my part of the promotion.

Bonaire is on the Map
I'm very proud that I've come so far
in windsurfing and that I'm competing
with the best in the world. In my first
year competing outside of Bonaire eve-
rybody would ask where Bonaire was.
But now, after three years, most people
know about Bonaire and say that
they've read interviews with the Bo-
nairean windsurfers. Some people I met
were so enchanted with the videos of
Bonaire that they've come to the island
to see for themselves. On my way back
to Bonaire from Maui I even met some
people I know in the windsurfing busi-
ness who were on their way to Bonaire.
More and more you see people coming
to the island for windsurfing. I'm sure
that the name of Bonaire as a windsurf-
ing paradise is becoming more and
more famous, helped by our perform-
ances around the world.
Last, but not least, I want to send a
message to all the young guys and girls
out there who have a certain passion. It
does not necessarily have to be wind-
surfing. Keep trying whatever you are
doing. Remember that everybody has a
dream of his own, and by trying over
and over again while doing your very
best you will increase the chances for
your dreams to come true. L Tonky

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 8

Get Ready for the King

FA1' 1A\ fN Z\ -? F AL

PWA Press Conference: Elvis Martinus, Joanny Trinidad, Ann Johnson, Ka-
zandra Rodriguez, Ronella Croes, Gabrielle Nahr, Ann Phelan. Seated: Jaeger
Sint Jago, Arthuro "Payo" Soliano

Final preparations for next
month's Professional Windsurf-
ing Association's (PWA), "King of the
Caribbean," (KOTC) are in high gear.
Virtually all the top names in freestyle
windsurfing are expected to compete to
be able to take a lead position in the
World Standings. It is the ONLY pro-
fessional freestyle event scheduled this
year in the Caribbean.
The Pro-Kids class will be introduced
for the first time which should provide
a showcase for the skills of Bonaire's
youngsters who have made windsurf-
ing a national sport.
At a conference to brief the press
held at Le Flamboyant Restaurant last

week on the progress towards the
Maduro and Curiel's Bank 3rd Bonaire
PWA "King of the Caribbean Wind-
surfing Competition, young Bonaire-
ans, Jaeger Sint Jago and Payo Soliano,
Team Riders for Angulo Boards, were
special guest speakers. They spoke
about their sponsorship and about the
upcoming event.
The competition is important for the
island because it serves to introduce
Bonaire as a vacation destination and
to reinforce Bonaire's reputation as a
windsurfers' Mecca. As windsurf pro-
moter, Bajan windsurf competitor and
promoter Brian Talma says, "Bonaire
is the windsurf capital of the world." 1

Barbara Ann
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Cherry Bowl
Dawn Piper
Flying Cloud, USA

Guaicamar I, Ven.
Honalee, USA
It's Good
Jan Gerardus
L'Quila, BVI
Luna C. USA
La Escotilla, Caymans
Maki, France
Natural Selection
Rusty Bucket
Santa Maria

Sandpiper, USA
Storm Song
Sylvia K
Take It Easy
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Wandering Albatross
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
4-15 6:10 1.8FT. 15:26 0.7FT. 46
4-16 6:58 1.8FT. 15:54 0.8FT. 36
4-17 7:42 1.7FT. 16:16 0.8FT. 31
4-18 8:20 1.7FT. 16:34 0.9FT. 31
4-18 8:20 1.7FT. 16:34 0.9FT. 31
4-19 2:28 1.3FT. 2:31 1.3FT. 9:07 1.6FT.
16:46 1.0FT. 23:20 1FT. 37
4-20 4:12 1.3FT. 9:49 1.5FT. 16:44 1.0FT. 23:10 1.5FT. 47
4-21 5:35 1.2FT. 10:33 1.4FT. 16:26 1.1FT. 23:17 1.5FT. 58
4-22 7:02 1.1FT. 11:38 1.3FT. 16:02 1.1FT. 23:38 1.6FT. 69

(Flotsam and Jetsam.
Continued from page 6)

!? *H



Sunset Beach

A Despite the announcement that the former Bonaire Sunset Beach Hotel
property has been sold to a big name hotel chain some Bonaireans are calling on
government to again give the beach to the people as a recreation area. Under the
former management of the hotel Bonaireans were welcome, but there is no guaran-
tee the new developer will continue the practice. Some say a public beach will do
more for Bonaireans than a big hotel.

S On April 23 and 24 of there will
be an introductory course in Feng
Shui at Lagoen City.
Feng Shui is the Chinese
art of how to harmonize
your house or business in
order to maintain optimal
energy and to create love
and prosperity. Sign up by
April 18th at the Tambu
shop in Kaya Grandi across
from the Harbourside Shopping Mall or
call 717-3855 or 786-8908. O L./G.D.

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 6)
A April 30th has been designated
World Tai Chi day and for some years
now events have been running World-
wide on this day to promote the art. Tai
Chi is a range of movements designed
by ancient Chinese for several pur-
poses. In practicing Tai Chi, one makes
a series of slow, flowing movements
that exercise every part of the body and
free up all of the pathways to improve
the flow of blood and energy, thereby
improving the health of the practitio-
Tai Chi is said to mean "Supreme
Ultimate." Many martial arts are based
on the Tai Chi movements and all
movements are designed to be defen-
sive against attack and immobilize any
opponent. For Bonaire's first known
contribution to World Tai Chi Day,
Bonaire resident, Ron Sewell is hoping
to organize an open meeting for anyone
interested in talking about what Tai Chi
may have to offer them. Anyone al-
ready practicing Tai Chi will be espe-
cially welcome. If you would like to
know more about Tai Chi and/or this
meeting call Ron at 717-2458.

A Do you know Lito the Lion? He's the MCB Bank's mascot and his special
job is to encourage youngsters to save their money. Last Friday he paid a surprise
visit to the Playa Branch of the bank with goodies for the kids.

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 10

I; si X1

Snorkeling at Massbango Time

T his is the time of
year when the
Massbangos are shoal-
ing and growing in the
shallows around Bon-
aire's coastline. So it's
a good time for snorkel-
ers to see some large
fish that they won't see
too often otherwise.
On entering the water
from the shoreline I
encountered large dor-
sal fins chopping the
water back and forth, right there in
front of me, not three meters away.
With my head in the water, I could
see only a few feet. In fact, I couldn't
even see the sandy bottom that I knew
was only a few feet below. Cautiously
edging into deeper water, I was startled
by a huge fish gliding past -about six
feet long and slender, with a large bull-
dog shaped mouth, lowerjaw project-
ing out and up over the upperjaw. Big
red eyes surveying me as it passed. Or
was it flashing a warning?
Then another and another with multi-
ple large shadows passing with them in
the murk a few feet further away.
As the water became deeper, the visi-
bility improved slightly until I was in
the middle of a giant silver ball a
shoal of Massbangos (Big Eye Scad),
part of the Jack family. Then the big
fish appeared again, one after the other,
until I counted 20 Tarpon, all feeding
on the Massbangos. The shoal moved
swiftly into deeper water, pursued by
the predators, and the visibility became
ever clearer, and now I could see a
group of 30 or so Bar Jacks, also feed-
ing voraciously. Then there were four
fat Horse Eye Jacks, darting back and
forth taking their share, but no sign yet
of the larger Crevalle Jacks that have
been seen feeding on the Massbangos
in previous years. Then at the fringes
of the shoal, several Barracuda, hover-
ing menacingly, awaiting their opportu-
The Barracuda is the fastest moving
species on the planet over a short dis-
tance, so when they decide to attack,
their movements are merely a blur.
Massbango is a Papiamentu word.
The common English name for the
Massbango is Big eye Scad, or Mack-
erel Scad or even Round Scad. denend-

ing upon which variation it is. They
are all part of the Jack family.
The current Massbango shoal com-
prises mostly small fish about 4 to 6
inches long and slender. Amongst the
shoal, there is a small group of more
adult Massbangos that have escaped
the previous harvest, when some fish-
ermen came over from Curaqao and
surrounded the shoal of adults with a
net and pulled them all into their boat
before sailing off into the sunset.

The Birds at Massbango Time
Part of the spectacle while snorkeling
amongst this turmoil includes the Peli-
cans, folding their wings from about 50
feet above the water and diving into the
middle of the shoal for a large mouth-
ful of whatever doesn't escape as the
crash of the Pelicans' heads reaches
their hearing receptors.
Interspersed amongst the Pelicans are
Terns, all looking for a morsel that es-
capes the jaws of the larger fish or per-
haps a small even younger fish that has
been driven to the surface by the con-
stant swishing back and forth of the
hunters below.
We have four species of Tern here in
Bonaire: the Royal, the Common, the
Least and the Sandwich.
I often think that birders in Europe
would give their right arms to see just
one of the everyday birds that we have
Then, finally on raising one's head
out of the water to check one's bear-
ings, a flock of 40 flamingos were seen
on their early morning return to the salt
pans from their overnight stop on Go-
tomeer. O Barry Kuda


fTt ? A^ CUB~Ujfmoj~lciff

T he feet are ourfoundation... They connect us to the earth. Yet an aware-
ness of the relationship between our feet and the health of the whole body is
often the farthest thing from our minds.
Every architect realizes that the structure of a building depends on a solid founda-
tion for its strength. When the foundation is weak or flawed, problems arise
throughout the building. Likewise, many aches and pains -backaches, headaches,
leg cramps can be traced to the body's foundation, the feet. There is a lot of truth
to the adage, "When your feet hurt, you hurt all over."
Aching feet are one of the first reasons that many older people stop walking -just
at a time in their life when the body most needs some healthy, stimulating exer-
cise. The feet need regular stretching and strengthening exercises such as you ex-
perience in yoga.
One of the best ways to strengthen your feet is to walk barefoot on natural safe
ground. The more uncomfortable walking barefoot is for you, the more you proba-
bly need it! If your feet are very sensitive, start on smoother, grassy or sandy sur-
faces. Then as your feet toughen, walk on more uneven, pebbly or rocky ground.
This gives the feet a natural stimulating foot massage. Try also to spread your toes
wide apart like fingers. Or separate your toes with your fingers and make them free
and happy. And stretch your toes in all your yoga poses.
Be the change you wish to see in yourself. O Desiree

Don and Desirde of
"Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to advanced.
Call 717-2727 or 786-6416

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 11

A Triple Arrest S

P rivate and government police coopera-
tion resulted in a triple arrest last
week. When the Special Security Service
(SSS) central alarm system detected a break-
in at a house on E.E.G. Boulevard in Belnem
a patrol was immediately dispatched to the
site. Upon arrival they observed three persons leaving the scene on bicycles. The
owner of the house returned at about the same time and reported some personal
items were missing. The SSS patrol began chasing the three bicyclists along the
road near the airport, finally apprehending them near Goddard Catering.
SSS contacted Bonaire Police who sent a patrol to arrest the suspects, aged 18,
20, and 21, who were taken to police HQ for questioning.
Following interrogation the Zero Tolerance team searched three houses in Tera
Kord last Thursday evening and confiscated stolen goods: Sony Diskmen, car ra-
dios, and sunglasses. The investigation will continue. O B.R. Dirksz

Ask the Dietitian

Take Time to Cook


Vegetarianism has always been
equated with health. Rightly so
because the diet is lower in animal fats
(saturated fat that helps increase blood
cholesterol), high in fiber and naturally
high in vitamins, minerals and others
And of course besides considering the
healthy side we cannot miss noting the
other beautiful part of eating vegetar-
ian Eating a Peaceful Meal, where
no killing has taken place. All fruits,
vegetables and grains have been picked
without killing the plant. All fruits,
vegetables and grains that stay too long
without being picked will rot away. So
isn't it a beautiful thought to recognize
that the vegetable world exists mainly
to offer us food to keep our bodies
Once or twice a week try to introduce
a vegetarian meal into your diet. Vege-
tarian substitutes for meat can be beans,
soy chunks, tofu and soy products.

Here is an example
of a delicious vegetarian meal:

Tofu burgers

30 ounces tofu
6 Tab. grated carrots
4 Tab. minced leeks, scallions, onions
or ginger root
2 Tab. ground roasted sesame or sun-
flower seeds, peanuts or chopped nuts
/4 tsp. salt
Vegetable oil or olive oil

Cut tofu into thin slices and arrange
between double layers of cotton towel-
ing. Set aside for 15 minutes, then
place pieces at the center of a dry dish
towel. Gather the corners and twist to
form a sack. Squeeze tofu in sack
firmly to expel as much moisture as
possible. Combine tofu with next 4 in-
gredients in a large shallow bowl. Mix
well, then knead mixture about 3 min-
utes, as if kneading bread. When dough
is smooth and holds together well,
moisten your palms with a little oil or
warm water and shape dough into pat-

ties, each 3-31/2 inches in diameter.
Heat the oil and fry the patties, turn-
ing them until both sides are golden
Serve the burger with brown rice and
Have a peaceful lunch or dinner!
]Anglique Salsbach

COUNT DOWN Fashion Show Fundraiser for
Special Olympics Bonaire


Get Your Tickets Now
Padrino Haute Couture
Fashion Show

i3 Croccantino 717-5025

MIr k

Padrino Haute Couture
Fashion Show at Croccantino
Restaurant Saturday, April 16. All to
benefit Special Olympics Bonaire.
Theme this year is "Broadway of the
50s," with singing star from Curaqao,
Monica Millar.

A very few tickets remain
available. If you want to go, call Croc-
cantino Restaurant at 717-5025 immedi-
ately. Your contribution of NAf 125
includes show, multi-course Tuscan
dinner prepared by Chef David and
wine. O L.D.

Angdlique Salsbach, a dietitian with
Bonaire's Department of Health and
Hygiene, has a radio program every
other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM.
Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 12

n o

A bout 20 teens, mostly girls, from Jong Bonaire who have been studying agri-
culture at LVV (agricultural department) swarmed into the maishi (sorghum)
fields at LVV last Saturday to help harvest the grain. Using short sharp knives and spe-
cial techniques the students and LVV staff cut off the fat grain tops from the stalks and
put them in bags. The bags were spilled into an area for cleaning and threshing. The
resulting grain is ground into flour. LVV will sell the flour which can be made into
bread, funchi, pancakes or hot cereal.
After the field has been harvested the goats and sheep are let into the field to eat the
leaves and stems, according to LVV Head, Rocky Emers. "What's left is plowed under
by the tractor to enrich the soil, and the rain does the rest!" He adds that the maishi
does have enemies: ants, mosquitoes (which suck the milky moisture from the seeds),
cutworms and birds.
Harvesting the grain is a social time. Groups of friends come together before sunrise
to work and enjoy camaraderie, and last Saturday was no different. The young workers
sang the traditional harvest song, and at the end of the day they enjoyed a Simidan
party with music by the Kultur Band from Jong Bonaire, dancing, drinks and food.
Other teens from Jong Bonaire and kids from Papa Comes and Louis Bertran gram-
mar schools have been coming to LVV once a week to learn about agriculture: plant-
ing, growing, care of and harvesting of vegetables and fruits. This year they'll be part
of the maishi planting at LVV. OL.D.

Bonaire's Culinary Team

--SS6 '^ ^/ ^

LW Harvest


The leam that's goingfor the gold at the culinary Olympics "The aste of
the Caribbean" in Miami in June. Pasty Cheflsidoor van Riensdijk (Rum Run-
ners), Team Manager Floris van Loo (Rum Runners), Tico Marsera (Den La-
man). Front: apprentice chefAndres Cicilia, Rolando Janzen (Chibi Chibi at
Divi Flamingo)
rom a "Mystery Basket" of ingredients the pro team, who will represent Bonaire
at the summer culinary Olympics, "Taste of the Caribbean Competition" in Mi-
ami, came up with a three-course meal for 30 lucky diners at Le Flamboyant last Sun-
day. The practice luncheons will continue on Sundays, starting this Sunday; April 17,
at 1 pm at Le Flamboyant. The donation of NAf30 includes the three-course meal and
wine. Proceeds go towards sending the team to the "Taste" event.
All you "Foodies," come support our team by dining and helping to critique the
menu. For tickets call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-
7252. O L.D.

SCulinary Team Invites You to Lunch
f Sunday, April 17

G et your tickets now for the three-course
gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire's
Culinary Team.
The Bonaire team will be preparing, for 30 lucky
diners, their three-course competition meal this Sun-
day-April 17. Lunch will be served at 1 pm at Le
Flamboyant on Kaya Grandi. Wine is included.
Tickets are NAf30. More lunches on more Sundays coming up!
Call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or
791-7252. DL.D.

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

Page 13



LW Gardene

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.

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
NOBO 717-8981

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

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

into Antilles; ALL DUES PAID.
REGISTRATION NB-50. Valid sailing
permit. Legal for Charter

'93 Suzuki Samurai (jeep)- New
Seats, New Battery, Good Tires, Well
Maintained for NAf5,500. Contact:

HP Notebook model: ze5400- P4
(2.4Ghz), 40GB, 512mb, Wireless e-
card. Almost brand new, carrying case
included, 1,350$(US). Info 791-6009
after 3pm
For Sale Olympian Generator (Power
Plant) Caterpillar brand (like new) New
price: NAf38.500, Asking price:
NAf28.500, Call: (09) 511-2110

For Sale Aluminum storage build-
ing 8 feet wide, 10 feet long, 6 feet
high. New in the box. NAf1.300. Call
For Sale: Laser Printer HP-
1012 NAf400.00 Less than one year
old, like new. Call: M-F 8-5 717-8800
other times 717-8127.
Freezer (vertical, 280 liter) NAf
300;- Carpet (Persian type) 195x295
cmNAf 125; Two single beds+ mat-
tresses NAf 25,- each; Heavy trafo
1500 Watt, 127/220 Volt NAf 50,- tel.
For sale:-Stroller as good as new.
From 175Naf for 100Naf -Sony prof.
stereo surround system VAC5 with
warranty, 7500 Watt, MP3, mic, c.d.,
double tape deck etc from 1,100NAf for
-Asahi Pentax K2 DMD prof. photo
camera set: Pentax lenses, tripod, motor
drive, prof. case, filters remote etc. Ab-
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700NAf! Call 717-7977 or e-mail alex-
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For rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr. apt.
with large porch, beautiful yard, wash-
ing machine, alarm, TV., tel., airco,
very quiet area for NAf900 incl. Please
call 717-7977

For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in
Valencia, Venezuela, in private zone.
1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq.
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additional bedrooms, 1 bath. Many
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For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
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Proud New Gardeners

Here are some of the LVV Gardener Graduates who include Nilda, Amparo,
Aura, Lucresia, Maria, Lionel, Engrasia, Maria, Genaro, Villana, Agustin
and Medaly.
It's not just the youngsters who are learning how to garden in Bonaire. A group
of adults calling themselves Mi Mes Hofito (My Own Garden) has just completed a
course given at the LVV. Their study was theoretical and practical and covered all
the aspects of growing fruits and vegetables on the island. It's a proud group that
received their certificates. The Mi Mes Hofito group has now become a foundation.
If you are interested in taking a course, you must form a group of six persons or
more and call Rocky Emers or Gracia at LVV, 717-8836. OL.D.

Picture Yourself

with the Reporter


W hile Tonky Frans, Bonaire's
top-ranked windsurfing pro
was in Hawaii for a photo shoot (see
pages 8 and 9) he kept in touch with
Bonaire by phone and The Bonaire
Reporter. It must be a serious con-
versation because he doesn't have his
usual great smile! 1

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Press Awards to Mellema and Clementina

Inaceremony at
the LVV last
week, the Bonaire
Press Certificate of
Appreciation was
awarded to two men
whose efforts have
made life on Bonaire
better by taking action
to reduce the number of
unwanted animals on
the island. It is an ex-
cellent example of how
cooperation between
the Government (LVV)
and NGOs (Bonaire
Animal Shelter) makes
Bonaire a good place to
Jurrie Mellema, the
Bonaire Shelter Man-
ager, and Gary
Clementina, the is-
land's dogcatcher, were r
presented awards by
Laura DeSalvo, Bon-
aire Reporter Editor
and Papi Antoin, Extra Jurrie Mellema receives his Achievement Award from
Editor. Papi Antoin of Extra and Laura DeSalvo
of The Reporter

In the presentation
Mrs. DeSalvo said, "Through the
gates of Bonaire's Animal Shelter fun-
nel dogs and cats in trouble; the sick,
the lame, the lost, the psychologically
damaged. Those that have wandered
off, or grown old, or have to be left be-
hind. For five years those animals have
been taken in by Jurrie Mellema, the
Shelter Manager, volunteers and the
Shelter staff including Gary
Clementina, who is responsible for re-
moving stray dogs from Bonaire's
Jurrie makes painful decisions about
our animals that the rest of us want to
avoid making. He takes sad but neces-
sary actions we are reluctant to perform
ourselves. And what comes back out of
the Shelter gates are healthy, happy,
friendly pets who get adopted into new
homes. They are also sterile pets. Their
owners know they will contribute no
more troubled animals to the island dog
and cat population.

Gary Clementina
receives his
Award from
Papi Antoin of
Extra and
Laura DeSalvo
of The Reporter

The special event celebrated by these
awards is the six-month anniversary of
the free Canine Sterilization Campaign
organized by Jurrie Mellema at the
Shelter in October, 2004. More than
200 female dogs were neutered at that
time. As a result, an estimated 1,200
unwanted puppies have NOT been born
on Bonaire in the past six months.
When we consider the additional litters
that those 200 mothers will not have,
and the litters that their unborn daugh-
ters and granddaughters will never pro-
duce, we are dazzled by the impact the
single sterilization program will have
on the island for decades."
In response, Jurrie said he could not
have done it without the help of the
volunteers, the local and the foreign
vets and the sponsors.
A party for LVV staff, volunteers, the
award recipients and their families fol-
lowed the presentation. O L./G.D.

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Even more kittens have been brought into the Bonaire Animal Shelter in the
last week. Here are some of them posing with volunteers Deborah, Roxanne
and Chananja. The girls volunteer every Saturday at the Shelter, learning how to
take care of the pets and having a good time socializing with them.
Three adult cat sisters were brought into the Shelter with a total of eight beautiful
kittens in nearly all colors. It's not known who is the mother of whom, and in fact
it's suspected that only two of the ladies are mothers and that the third just
helps out by nursing the kittens even though she may not be a mother her-
self. Could this be considered a "commune" in the cat kingdom? Whatever
it's called, everyone seems to accept it and is content.
This also is a lesson for how important sterilization is. Two mother cats had eight
kittens. Within just a few months those kittens that are female will go into heat,
breed and have more, who in turn will mature, breed and continue the process.
Cats are particularly fertile because even while they're still
nursing their litters they go into heat. So if you have a cat
that needs to be sterilized, call the Shelter and talk with the
manager, Jurrie Mellema at 717-4989. There is a Sterilization
Fund that can help out

Good News: There have been 48 adoptions from the Shel-
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Caflto make sure: Usually9:00pm
Million Dollar Baby
(Clint Eastwood)

Early Show (usually 7pm)

Be Cool

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
Racing Stripes

Until April 22 Gert van Zanten
"Bonagraphs" photos of Bonaire. At Le
Flamboyant restaurant.

Friday, April 15-Bonaire Dream-
wrecks-paintings by Dominique Seraf-
ini- and Windjammer slide show by Al-
bert Bianculli, 7pm, Cinnamon Art Gal-

Friday, April 15- Presentation and Dis-
cussion on the consequences of cerebral
hemmorage. 8:30pm, Sentro di Bario,
North Salina (Papiamentu)

Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to
raise funds for Bonaire's Special Olym-
pics 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 (see page 12)

Sunday, April 17-Bonaire Culinary
Team gourmet lunch with wine. Dona-
tion NAf30. Le Flamboyant Restaurant 1
pm. Tickets: Sara 786-9299; Laura 717-
8988 or 791-7252 (see page 13)

Wednesday, April 20 -Krusa Laman Fes-
tival-poetry, music, 7:30 pm, Fort
Oranje. Information call SKAL 717-8868

Wednesday 20h April- Saturday 23
April Earth Day Events in Bonaire.
2005 Earth Day events on Bonaire include
the following:
April 20, Wednesday, 8 9 pm, at
Aquarius Conference Center, Capt.
Don's Habitat: "Underwater Caretak-
ing." A slide presentation and talk.
April 22, Friday, 2 pm: Underwater
Caretaking dive.

Saturday, Sunday, April 23 24 Feng
Shui Introductory Course (in Spanish) at
Lagun City (end of Kaminda Lagun) from
2 to 5 pm. The cost is NAf95. Sign up by
April 18. Please call 717-3855 or 786-8908
or pass by Tambu shop in Kaya Grandi in
front of Harborside Mall for information or

Sunday, April 24- Laying the first stone
of the new Dare to Care Public Park.
Kaya Sur Bartola 11 am 2 pm. All in-
vited. Free snacks, drinks, games, music.
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day
Saturday, April 30-MCB run, 7 am,
17.5 km. Comcabon. 717-8629

Saturday, April 30 World Tai Chi Day.
Ron Sewell is hoping to organize an open

Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
BE COOL by F. Gary Gray, ,'"
starring John Travolta, Uma
Thurman and lots of Holly-
wood stars. It's based on a novel by El-
more Leonard, written as a sequel to
'Get Shorty' which first brought the bril-
liant cool character of Chili Palmer on
screen. There are lots of references to
"Get Shorty" in the first 20 minutes so
if you haven't seen that film you're go-
ing to miss quite some jokes. Gray
keeps getting tied up in Leonard's com-
plicated plotting, which affects the
film's pace at times, and results in about
nine endings for the picture. John Tra-
volta has lost a lot of his "Get Shorty"
coolness in this film. Quite often I won-
dered if it was poorly acted or poorly
cut. The actors sometimes seemed to
wait before saying their lines. Overall
it's a mediocre crime comedy and not
very recommendable. O Dodo

meeting for anyone interested in talking
about what Tai Chi may have to offer
them. Anyone already practicing Tai Chi
will be especially welcome. Call Ron at
717-2458 for information.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: Sun.
Apr. 24-Endeavor
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day, Queen's
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON MCB
5 km / 17.5 km run with prizes. 7 am.
Call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629, 780-
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race

Thursday, May 5-Healing Touch Free
Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Caribbean
Club Bonaire (page 3)
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
May 19: Welcome Concert at Wilhel-
mina Park. Happy hour and late night
jazz in cafes and restaurants
May 20: Main concert at Plaza Re-
sort. Happy hour and late night jazz jam
sessions at City Cafe and other places
May 21: Main concert at Bongos
Beach. Happy hour and late night jazz
jam sessions at City Caf6 and other
May 22: Main concert at Kon Tiki
Beach Club. Brunch concert on loca-
tion not yet decided. Jazz all over the
place plus three main concerts for only
NAf30! Website: www.bonairejazz.com

The International Bonaire Sailing Re-
gatta October 9 15, 2005, a slip of one

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
Maria 717-6435
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
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.

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 28th. Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation 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.

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 CaTy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
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 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
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.

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

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
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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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
Brasserie Bonaire Low-Moderate Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Lunch and Dinner The place for a Quick Lunch and a Cozy Dinner
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max Closed Sunday and Monday Breezy terrace with airco inside
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 prepares 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 Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north oftown center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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APA Construction are professional General
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Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005


J Si

S1-T was a flight attendant for Luf-
L thansa as well as working for a
travel agency. Ralf worked for a phar-
maceutical company, giving information
about medicines to the pharmacies. We
were traveling all the time. He had 40
days vacation every year and I could get
all the discounts. All our friends envied
us. They'd say, 'You're only traveling!'
But they had nice houses and fancy cars.
We hardly had any furniture and a very
cheap car as we spent everything on va-
After we'd been together for two years
my mother said, 'I think this relationship
will last, but to stay together you need a
mutual hobby.' So, at a big water sport
exhibition we found a stand where you
could sign up for dive lessons. Ralf got
hooked and became a dive instructor
that same year. He was only diving in
cold lakes in the Bavarian mountains
around Munich where we lived. Horri-
ble! I couldn't do that! So, because of
the traveling and the diving we ended up
on Bonaire in May 2000, and we lived
here for two years.
We were very, very lucky when we
came here. I didn't realize it then, but
now I know. Although we couldn't
speak English very well and we didn't
speak Dutch, we both got jobs almost
immediately. Ralf started working for
Bruce Bowker at the Carib Inn and I got
a job at Sorobon Beach Resort as a re-
ceptionist. It was fun in the beginning,
but after awhile it seemed to me that
Ralf had the perfect job; he was at sea
all day in the sun and had a nice tan. I
was working a lot; I looked pale and
stressed out; and I guess, yeah... I was
jealous of him! So, after two years I
said, 'Let's move!' And as always, Ralf
went with me.

We went to New Zealand, which had
always been our Utopia, but we were
very disappointed. It wasn't at all what
we thought it would be and we really
fell in a hole. For six months it rained
non-stop, not rain showers like you have
in Europe, but more like the ones here -
tropical downpours. We were living in a
camping trailer. It was small and every-
thing was always damp. So, after six
months we changed our tickets and went
to Fiji. We loved it, but we couldn't find
work there. It was like a third world
country, and even the local people
couldn't find jobs. We went through our
savings and tried to hang on, but after
three months we had to give up. But,
without knowing, we brought something
really good with us because our daugh-
ter Jasmine was 'made' there on an
Easter Sunday!
We went back to Germany, to our par-

ents. We didn't have anything anymore.
I went to the doctor and found out I was
pregnant. I didn't tell my husband be-
cause we didn't have work or a house -
no money, nothing. So, I kept it to my-
self for four weeks. When Ralf found a
job as a dive instructor on Cyprus, I fi-
nally told him, and we left and stayed
there for six months. Then we went back
to Germany and Jasmine was born on
Christmas Eve."
Julia Klug (28) is a very pretty, open-
minded girl. While she's breastfeeding
her youngest daughter, six- week-old
Julianna, and telling me her story, two-
year-old toddler Jasmine also needs a
lot of attention, but Julia handles it with
patience and a good sense of humor and
everybody is having a good time.

"We were very, very
lucky when we came here.
I didn't realize it then, but
now I know."

"After Jasmine was born, we went to
St. Martin. Ralf got a job at a diving
school where most of the clients were
people from cruise ships. The dive
school didn't follow the PADI instruc-
tions at all. They would wash the engine
at sea and spill all the oil in the water. It
was against everything Ralf stands for,
so after lots of arguments he quit after
one month. There we were, with a two-
month-old baby, no work and no money
in a foreign country, but we didn't tell
our parents. We counted our savings and
Ralf said, 'We have three months to find
something.' I didn't want to go back to
Germany; it would have been like we'd
failed. There were many weeks of wor-
ries: the car broke down and we had
problems with the landlord because the
baby was crying a lot and the other ten-
ants were complaining. Then Jasmine
got very sick and we had to take her to
the hospital. She recovered and then one
day, Ralf came home and told me we
were both offered a job on Anguilla. I
was going to be the food and beverage
manager at Cocoloba Beach Resort and
Ralf was offered another managing posi-
tion at the same resort, and together we
would make $5,000 a month! It was un-
We were very young, naive and des-
perate! Shortly after we arrived we felt
something was wrong. It seemed like the
resort staff couldn't stand our presence,
like they hated us, but we had no idea
why. However, it was obvious that the
general manager didn't want us there.
Later on it turned out that he was fid-

dling with the money for his own per-
sonal benefit and he certainly didn't
need some newcomers nosing around.
Before he'd become the general man-
ager he'd been a politician and he was
still a man with influence. So, after two
months, only two days before our tourist
permit expired, we went to the mayor.
He said, 'Okay, I looked up your files;
come back in two days with the money
for the permits and the papers will be
ready.' Two days later we went. They
kept us waiting for three hours and when
we carefully asked if they maybe had
forgotten about our appointment, sud-
denly it came out that there were no per-
mits at all and that we would never get
them because the general manager of the
resort had talked to the mayor. We
couldn't contact the owners of the resort
because they were in the US. The mayor
told us, 'Your tourist permit is expired
and you have to leave within 12 hours.'
It was like a nightmare. Jasmine was
five months old, I was crying and Ralf
was furious. At five o'clock we were on
the boat that took us back to St. Martin.
We felt like illegal aliens. Now we un-
derstand what it means to be deported;
it's a terrible feeling. All our money, all
our savings were gone; we had $200
Then I did something I'd never done
before: I called my father and said,
'Please, send us money to buy some
tickets for Bonaire. We were so lucky
there the first time!' We called our
friends in Bonaire, Ralph and Annabel
Sobers, and told them the whole story.
They immediately said, 'Come, you can
stay with us until you find something!'
So, in 2003 we were back on Bonaire.
Ralph talked to Bruce and Liz of Carib
Inn. They didn't need anybody, but they
told him that Bon Bini Divers needed
people, and in five days Ralf had a job.

And Ans and Rob Schut loaned us their
car, so we also had transportation. Bon-
aire really is our lucky island! We won't
leave ever again! The people here are
just so nice, and after all our experiences
in other countries and on other islands,
we know that it's not a matter of just
being nice, the people here are three
times better than anywhere else in the
The first year was tough as we had to
start from the bottom and live from hand
to mouth, but we didn't want to leave
anymore. We knew what we had on
Bonaire, and with all the advantages and
disadvantages it is the perfect island for
us. After one year Ralf got his dream job
back at Carib Inn with the help of Kitty,
the manager. He is so happy and... I'm
not jealous anymore! I have a good life
too, because now I really appreciate it. I
became pregnant with Julianne and be-
cause it was risky to have her here, she
was born in Germany this year, February
22. And with the help of my parents we
got a mortgage and we've started build-
ing our house on Bonaire.
I feel we have come full circle, back to
our lucky island and we'll stay here.
You shouldn't say 'forever,' but I am
quite sure! However, one thing is cer-
tain: we could have never done it with-
out the help of our friends, our parents
and the government. Without all these
people we would not be here. Bonaire is
beautiful: its nature,
its sea, its reefs and
all the space we
have, but the great-
est beauty of the is-
land we found is in
its people." 1
Photo and story
by Greta Kooistra

Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

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The Klugs: Julia and Julianne, Ralf and Jasmine

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Song8 s:

ionaires the Best

F or years I saw sponges, but didn't
actually look at them. They were
good for photos, of course. I learned
that from Dave Woodward when we
both worked on San Salvador. Dave
would tell his underwater photography
students that "Sponges are big, so they
fill the frame. They're colorful, so they
make a visually rewarding photograph.
And they don't swim away!"
Here on Bonaire we have plenty of
large sponges: bright orange elephant-
ear sponges, purple tube sponge forma-
tions with multiple tubes, even the occa-
sional brown barrel sponge.
Sponges give Bonaire's reef most of its
color. In addition to orange and purple,
sponges come in plenty of other colors.
We have azure vase sponges; purple,
green, and yellow tube sponges; black,
red, and blue encrusting sponges; bur-
gundy-colored rope sponges. My vote for
the most visually striking sponge goes to
the green rope sponges with brilliant or-
ange colonial anemones living with them.
Especially at night the sponges look like
they're on fire.
I guess it's the not swimming away part
that gets sponges "no respect." That, and
not having eyes. Although sponges are
animals, they sure seem like plants until
you know them well. Except for Sponge
Bob, sponges have no organs (eyes, heart,
lungs, etc.) at all. They're comprised of a
few different kinds of cells, which all
work together to pull seawater in through
small openings, take for themselves all
the organic matter and oxygen and send
the filtered seawater out a larger exhaust
In addition to those basics, some
sponges have commensal single-celled
organisms within their own cells, which
can perform photosynthesis. The waste
products of those organisms, including
oxygen, are used by the sponge cells,
whose waste products, including carbon
dioxide, the tiny organisms use in their
turn. The commensal relationship is simi-
lar to the one that reef-building corals
have with photosynthesis-performing or-
ganisms, except the corals can't survive
without the organisms.
Sponges get their shape from structures
called spicules. Some sponges, with ap-
propriate names like Fire Sponge and

Is this colorful enough for you?

Touch-Me-Not Sponge, have spicules that
irritate human skin. Before dive com-
puters (and BNMP guidelines against
glove-wearing), I knew a diver whose
hands began to itch like crazy after a dive
to 80 feet. The diver had been at 80 feet
for only a few minutes, but decompres-
sion sickness had to be considered. He
was treated in the recompression chamber
for a few hours and felt much less itchy
when he emerged. He'd been told no
more diving that trip, so he rinsed his
gear and as soon as he touched his
gloves his hands began to itch like crazy
again! We showed him a photo of a
Touch-Me-Not sponge and he remem-
bered leaning on one with both his gloved
hands. So at least one person had the div-
ing on his vacation shortened by a few
days (and his wallet lightened, too) be-
cause first, he pawed something he knew
nothing about, and second, the thing he
pawed was a Touch-Me-Not sponge.
Sponge spicules also have a bad effect
internally. A reminder to divers and
snorkelers: no matter how hungry you
get, don't eat a sponge.
Turtles eat sponges, as do some angel-
fish and filefish. But aside from those
three exceptions, very few reef creatures
can eat sponges. Which means sponges
can be very useful defensively. For ex-
Frogfish are camouflaged to look like
sponges, their sole defense mechanism.
Their lumpy, dumpy shape looks like a
sponge more than anything else, and frog-
fish rest on sponges more than they do
other places. A sponge-eating fish proba-
bly wouldn't eat a frogfish, and a fish-
eating fish wouldn't eat the sponge it

would think the frogfish is. Per-
Gobies live within Touch-Me-Not
Sponge cavities, looking as if
they're swimming a continuous
marathon against this type of
sponge's especially strong exhaust
current. Other gobies live inside
tube sponge tubes, as do shrimp
like the veined shrimp.
Various brittlestars live on and
inside sponges. Some spend their
days resting within the tubes, and
their nights on the outside of the
tubes, filtering the water for food.
Sponge crabs pinch off pieces of
living sponge and carry them around.
The sponge camouflages the crab, and/or
provides it with a mobile hiding place.
Several species of decorator crabs grow
sponges, primarily encrusting sponges,
right onto their shells. In each case, the
sponge actually protects the crab in two
ways. First, the sponge hides the crab by
camouflaging it or simply by breaking up
its outline. But even when its camouflage
is recognized by a crab-eating predator,
the crab is protected by its sponge's dis-
I've got a dive buddy who's a profes-
sional decorator and an amateur underwa-
ter photographer. She doesn't ask to see
seahorses or scorpionfish. In fact, she
doesn't ask to see specific animals at all -
she asks for colors: "Today I need pink,"
she'll say, or "What can you show me
that's orange?" She might not appreciate
sponges as animals, but she certainly ap-
preciates them!
Here's one final observation about
sponges: as far as my personal experi-
ence goes, Bonaire is the Sponge Capital
of the World. We have a huge variety of
sponges here, and they're common; that
is, even a new diver can easily find many
types of sponges here. Their sizes vary
from tiny to sponges in the six-foot range,
including several members of the Bonaire
Over-40 Purple Tube Sponge Club. Their
colors vary, from bright colors to pastels,
hot colors to cool ones. Sponge colonies
are smooth or bumpy or even shaggy;
they're hard as leather, soft asjell-o, or
any density in between; they can be tube-
shaped, or rope-shaped, or spherical, or

Moray and Sponge at night

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea"
dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529.
See her slide show "Touch
the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8.30

Bonaire Reporter- April 15 to 22, 2005

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*to find it, just look up

Latest Eclipse
and a Really
Coming Up

B naire's
Swanson re-
ports on Fri-
day's, April 8,
2005, Solar
Eclipse: "It was
cloudy and hazy,
but we got to see
some of the solar
eclipse this after-
noon. We saved
our solar filter
eclipse glasses Photo taken at 6:21 pm.
from the total At maximum, 84% of the sun was covered.
eclipse of 1998 (I
think) so Sandra watched as much of the eclipse possible through gaps in the
I took pictures with my ETX 90 telescope and solarfilter. I have pictures on my
blogsite http://www.bradtwr.blogspot.com/. You can click on the pictures to see
them bigger too. "

This week, telescopic viewing of Jupiter is at its very best for the year. It's also
a great time to view the exquisite craters of an eight-day-old Moon and the won-
derful ringed planet Saturn.
This Saturday, April 16th, one hour after sunset, face southwest where the
brightest thing you'll see will be an exquisite eight-day-old Moon. And just below,
a very bright light which our Cassini spacecraft is visiting right now, the mag-
nificent 75,000-mile-wide ringed planet Saturn, which will blow you even farther
away with its moon, Titan, which is larger than the planets Pluto and Mercury,
and which we just landed on for the first time in human history.
Then if you turn around and face east you'll see the largest of all the planets,
88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, as it gets ready to travel across the sky all night long.
Jupiter came into opposition on April 3rd, which means that right now it is at its
closest, biggest, brightest and best for viewing from Earth for the entire year. If
you have a telescope, not only will you be able to see its many equatorial layers of
atmosphere but you'll also be able to see all four of its four largest moons Saturday
night, three of which are larger than our own Moon.
Who could ask for anything more? Jupiter at its best, the Moon at one of its most
beautiful phases and ringed Saturn with Titan, all available for viewing for free
through telescopes around the world. And that's just what's happening Saturday
night. DJack Horkheimer

For the week:
April 15 to April 22, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

AIRES (Mar. 21- April 20) Family get-togethers will be interesting. Travel will
be exciting. Emotional partnerships may develop through projects you initiate. Dis-
putes on the home front may be hard to avoid. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Wait and get all the information before consulting
your boss. You can bet that you'll draw attention to yourself. Your self esteem will
come back if you take part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the
lime light. Try not to hurt your partner's feelings. Your lucky day will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You are best to move quickly and to get in good
with the boss. Family outings will make you feel secure and happy. You might find
it difficult to control your emotions. You will find yourself tied to the phone. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be sure to get involved in self improvement pro-
grams that will bring you in contact with interesting people. Discuss your objectives
with peers or lovers. Don't exhaust yourself or minor health problems will set in.
Travel should be on your mind. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to visit friends or relatives you don't get to see often.
You can get phenomenal returns if you present your ideas to those who can back
your interests. Don't let any money slip through your fingers this week. You would
be wise to socialize with as many people as possible. Your lucky day will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You should include children in your activities. Your
charm and generosity will bring new friends and romantic opportunities. Secret af-
fairs may be tempting, but keep in mind that they will damage your reputation if
you decide to indulge. Rest and relaxation may be required; minor health problems
will prevail if you don't watch your diet. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You might want to spend some time by yourself in
order to decide exactly how you feel. Changes in your home are apparent, and you
must be willing to bend if you don't want to find yourself alone. Don't let children
hold you back from doing things you enjoy. Concentrate on yourjob. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your ability to charm others will bring added
popularity. Avoid any petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if
you aren't careful. You can make new friends who could turn into intimate connec-
tions if you join clubs or take creative courses. Avoid conflicts with in-laws or other
family members. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) This week was meant for love. Make crea-
tive changes to your residence. Be careful when dealing with female members of
your family. Real estate investments will pay off. Concentrate on your job. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Unexpected events may upset your routine.
Don't be too shy to promote your own interests. Romance will come through in-
volvement with fundraising organizations. Groups you belong to will not only enjoy
your company, but they will also share your interests. Your lucky day will be Tues-
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Promote your ideas now. Do not let lovers cost
you money or take advantage of you. Do not let them blow situations out of propor-
tion. You will enjoy physical activities more than you think. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Spend a quiet day with the one you love. Look into
career choices and courses being offered. You will have original ideas for ways to
make extra money. Be careful not to come on too strongly. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday. 1

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Let their Tuscan chefs create
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romantic and memorable dining ex-
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Closed Mondays

SCROCCANTINO Restaurant, Kaya Grandi 48, CALL: 717-5025

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