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Designer Padrino takes his bow with Special Olympics
Bonaire Head Coach and owner of Croccantino Restaurant,
Elizabeth Wigny, and with some of the models at the Special
Olympics Fundraising Fashion show last Saturday.
It was an interactive fashion show
with the audience cheering on the
models and sometimes even getting
up to dance with them. Last Saturday
night's Padrino Haute Couture Fashion Show
at Croccantino Restaurant to benefit Special
Olympics Bonaire was a rousing success.
Padrino, who is the head designer for all the
theatrical performances in Venezuela and
who is the favorite designer of many ac-
tresses, returned to Bonaire with his new de-
signs, all of which had been made to measure
for the models in Bonaire. Adjectives like
whimsical, flight of fancy, imaginative, could
all be used to describe the clothes. To show
what a child might do when he or she finds
an ancient trunk full of clothes and accesso-
ries, the models, transformed into "children"
by the makeup, colored wigs and accessories,
got into the mood and gave the audience a lot
of surprises and reasons for hearty laughter.
Members of the FKPD (Pasa Dia handi-
capped center) in Rincon escorted guests to
their tables. The three-course meal by Tuscan
Chef David got rave reviews and the wines
poured endlessly all evening, thanks to our
hostess, Croccantino owner and head of
coaches for the Special Olympics Bonaire,
Continued on page 7
flDTSAM A ND i
Transport Minister Omayra Leef-
lang is not satisfied with the ser-
vice being offered by BonairExpress and
CuracaoExpress and has informed man-
agement of the airline of this. "I told man-
agement I am totally dissatisfied," said
Leeflang at a press conference through the
government's new video conferencing sys-
tem. She said the airline's management
had promised that performance would be
improved and that a former KLM manager,
Floris Van Pallandt, had been hired to up-
grade and reform the company.
ings are over-
the airline is no
more. The bank-
settled debts with employees, taxes and
certain rents. However, other creditors will
have to swallow the remaining $27 million
debt. Air Aruba was founded in 1986. It
started flying between Curacao, Bonaire
and Caracas. In its heyday early this cen-
tury it also flewjets to North and South
America, Amsterdam and Cologne, Ger-
*As of April 14 it is prohibited to
board any flight to US territory with a
(cigarette) lighter. The measure is part of
a series of steps to enhance American avia-
tion security since the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001. You can carry a cou-
ple of books of matches legally though.
Security personnel at the point of departure
will take away any lighters found on US-
bound passengers. Also next year all
American citizens will need a valid US
passport on re-entry to America.
A Since the introduction of the $2 tax
on airline passengers passing trough Cura-
gao two weeks ago, KLM passengers
have not been entering the terminal but
instead staying inside the planes. Bo-
nairExpress passengers are simply walking
from one plane to another. "Now, the pas-
sengers from Aruba to St. Martin are just
changing planes on the apron," noted air-
port assistant manager Etienne van der
However, the airport says they can pre-
sent the airlines with the bill for the transit
passengers, but so far they haven't. Busi-
ness at the duty free shops and restaurants
has dropped considerably in the past two
weeks. Smokers are suffering since they
can't smoke aboard the aircraft or on the
SThe management of the Curacao An-
tillean Brewery and its unions told Par-
liament last Wednesday that they need
financial relief or brewery operations
will close. They want the lower taxes and
other advantages, promised but not deliv-
ered by the government, so they can com-
pete with imports. Curagao-brewed Amstel
is one of the few beers manufactured with
A The Antillean Parliament is consid-
ering a proposed law to increase the
monthly pension from NAf520 to
NAf1.000. The increase would be fi-
nanced by increasing the wage limit of
the SVB (Social Security) premium from
NAf3.900 (monthly) to a high maximum
that would mean that almost everyone
would pay SVB premiums. There are a
total of 27,283 pensioners in the Antilles.
(Continued on page 3)
he Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz
Festival, set for May 20, 21
and 22, just keeps on growing. On Thurs-
day, May 19, as the "prelude" to the festi- Headliner Delbert Bernabella
val there will be a "Taste of Bonaire" in Painting by Henk Roozendaal
Wilhelmina Park. Food from the island's
best restaurants and drinks will be served. Students from the SGB (Chez Nous, the
hotel school) will have a stand, and there will be music, music, music. During the
Festival Week, 25 musicians will perform, including: Denise Jannah, CED Ride,
Avila Blues House band, Cuban Express, X-Hale, Bernabela Bislip Project, Free-
winds Band with special guests, Stacey Francis, Latin Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio,
Stingway and many others. Tickets, set at NAf30 FOR THE FULL WEEK'S
PROGRAM, will be on sale very soon. If you need more information contact tel /
fax 599 717-4496; website www.bonairejazz.com: Email: info(oibonairejazz.org 1
IN THIS ISUE
Padrino Fashion Show a Hit
2005 Jazz Festival
Letters (Present for Executive Council,
No Animal Tsar for Bonaire)
Vision of Bonaire's Future
Non-Government High School
Amboina Dolphins New Uniforms
Zen of Snorkeling
Rincon Day Event & Schedule
Realtors Corner (Finding a Good One)
Pet Professor (Dog Personalities)
Where to Find the Reporter
Culinary Team Sunday Lunch
Saturday Walk-Cave Excursion
Mairi Bhan Last Voyage
7 WEEKLY FEATURES:
2 Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
4, 5 Picture Yourself (Bali) 11
6 Classifieds 12
8 Reporter Masthead 14
8 Pets of the Week (Audrey, Caroline) 15
9 What's Happening 14,15
10 Micro-Movie Review
12 (Million Dollar Baby) 15
13 Shopping & Dining Guides 16
13 Born on Bonaire (Roosje Vinck) 17
14 Bonaire Sky Park (Jupiter) 19
14 The Stars Have It 19
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 2
A Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of
Germany, the church's leading hard-
liner, was elected the new pope Tues-
day evening. The name he chose, Pope
Benedict XVI, was as prophesized and
mentioned in The Bonaire Reporter last
week He turned 78 last Saturday.
Ratzinger is the first Germanic pope
since the 11th century.
A You might have noticed that gaso-
line and diesel prices were upped on
April 15. But that's not all that will hap-
pen as a result of the escalation of world
oil prices. The simple fact that Bonaire is
a captive client of Curoil, the Curagao-
owned fuel company, will result in an
increase of 70% in WEB bills for at
least three months. According to Sebas-
tiaan Houthuijzen, who monitors such
things for Radio Netherlands (RNWO),
"The increase will appear on consumer's
electric bills as Brandstofclausule. Curoil
says they need to catch up on NAf4.2
million in under-charging they did over
the last year or so.
The new fuel surcharge, Brandstof-
clausul, is 39.4 cents per kWh (it previ-
ously was 9 cents). This means an aver-
age increase of about 70% (!) on the
WEB bills for homes and businesses. The
surcharge is based on the fact that WEB
can get 3 kWh out of one liter of fuel,
which is considered good considering the
technology in their generators.
A typical household with a present
WEB bill of around NAf250, will have
(Continued on page 4)
A To help support the Bonaire Animal Shelter, Carib Inn is now selling old
Bonaire license plates for $5. All proceeds go directly to the Shelter. These plates
have been donated by kind car owners on the island when they got their new
plates. Having volunteered to clean up the old plates to get them ready to sell are
children of the Carib Inn staff: Jerson Cicilia, Carlos Cicilia and Carline Cicilia. 1
n Taiwan, 75% of coral reefs are
deteriorating. In Australia, reef
managers are worried about the Great
Barrier Reefs capacity to recover from
stress spikes. And in the US, Elkhorn
and Staghorn corals are in bad enough
shape to have recently earned listing
under the US Endangered Species Act.
With one bad news report after another,
is there still time to prevent the com-
plete decline of coral reefs before the
end of the 21st century? Maybe. Get a
feel for what you can do to help on
this coming Earth Day, Sunday,
April 24. See Happenings on page 15
for Bonaire activities.
.. Il -- -
Getting ready for the Earth Day Cleanup this weekend: the Jong Bonaire team
with BNMP Head Ranger Din Domacassd (back right) and STCB's Mabel
Nava(front left): Enmanuel Martina, Estefany Romy, Daniuska Craane,
Maarten Schuit, Norvin Mercelina. Josue Morillo and Andrea Simal
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 3)
to pay NAf430 unless something is
worked out to cushion the effect of the
new rate. Bonaire Government and WEB
officials are trying to work out a way re-
duce the impact of the fuel oil increase
with Curoil management." The island of
Curagao does not share Bonaire's prob-
lem with the rising costs because their
government (as the owners of the Curoil
Company) does not pass along the in-
crease primarily for political reasons.
A Femando Simal, Washington-
Slagbaai National Park Manager, tells us
that "Starting April 20th, there will be
construction work at the entrance of
Washington Park. We are going to build
three structures (two houses and
enlarge the toilet facilities). If you are
feeling young and strong or would like
to help us we can use all the people we
can get everyday, but especially
on Monday mornings, Thursdays all day,
Friday afternoons and Saturday morn-
A Since mid-March Caribbean Club
Bonaire has been under the manage-
ment of Steve Jevon, who perfected the
dive operations at the Plaza Resort sev-
eral years ago. Except for the restaurant,
see below, all other services will remain
the same although the resort does plan to
expand the dive facilities and activity
center. For more information call 011-
email@example.com or visit
A We're always looking to pass on
restaurant tips to our readers and we have
one this week. The Caribbean Club
Bonaire, the resort about 5 km. north of
Kralendijk on the tourist road, has
switched from serving Caribbean Cuisine
to top notch Continental Cuisine. Chef
Jeffrey Kampff, who dives usually in the
mornings with Wanna Dive, studied cui-
sine in The Netherlands and cooked in
the Hotel des Indies. He was head chef in
The Hague's Royal Dutch Lion Hotel
among others. At the Caribbean Club he
has developed a menu to satisfy every
taste. To watch him work in the open
kitchen is to see a culinary ballet.
Main courses range from NAf31,50
(Tenderloin with Duck Liver and Apple)
to NAf45 (Rack of Lamb with Aspara-
gus). There are tempting starters and des-
serts too. For those on a budget, but seek-
ing fine food, there is a NAf20 bar-hap
(daily special). The menu changes to
take advantage of the best offerings in the
markets. Be one of the first to discover
what will soon become a "hot spot" for
island diners. See the Caribbean Club
advertisement on page 11 for more infor-
AAlbert Bianculli's 8:30pm Sunday
slide show at Habitat now has an EX-
PANDED sequence on the Windjammer
dive site. The Reporter has been publish-
ing a series of articles about the historic
wreck, but if you want to view the latest
developments on a big screen go see the
A Free Spanish lessons are once more
available on the island, sponsored by the
Consulado General de la Republica Boli-
variana (Venezuela). Lessons are in the
am or pm. Call 717-8275 between 9 am
and 3 pm for more information and to
A The model in the Benetton ad
this week is eight year old Jonathan
Cranston. See page 11. O L./G.D.
A GIFT FOR OUR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:
DON'T STOP THE CARNIVAL
Now I'm the first to see and admit that a lot in Herman
Wouk's novel, Don't Stop the Carnival, refers also to the
ignorance that a lot of western businessmen, managers and
retirees had when they settled on Bonaire throughout the
years. I wish I had read this book before I decided to live on
Bonaire, but educational background, cross cultural expo-
sure and intelligence allowed me to adapt to the new situa-
tion; it's almost a confirmation of Darwin's evolution the-
The story of Don't Stop the Carnival takes places on an
imaginary island called Amerigo, or referred to by the locals
as Kinja, somewhere in the late 1950s or early 1960s. However, when reading it you
can project it without problems to Bonaire 2005.
Norman Paperman, the brand new owner of one of Kinj a's leading resorts, gets en-
meshed in local politics, business habits and regulations from day one. On his first day
when he replaces the native boat boy with an immigrant, a prominent politician corrects
Paperman by pointing out that aliens should never be allowed to fill temporary labor
shortages, otherwise there wouldn't be any shortages, and the island would have an
unemployment problem. As it is there is no unemployment problem in Kinja.
The main activity in island politics was not attacking the real issues, but rather the
opposition, and giving out government jobs to friends and relatives.
The examples and scenes are too numerous to mention here in this article. Our rec-
ommendation to the readers is to buy and read this book. For our Executive Council I
have another solution: I'll mail every Deputy a copy of this hilarious book, since they
won't have time to buy it.
Hopefully, in between demolishing historical buildings, trying to eliminate legal and
successful organizations and demoralizing the local business environment, they have
time to read it, and like those westerners who've settled down on Bonaire, learn from it
and realize that adapting to the environment is essential to survive. For those immi-
grants, adapting to Bonaire was essential. For our Executive Council, adapting to inter-
national standards of good government is something to think about................
Bert H. Gadoed
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
I OPINIONS and LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE
BONAIRE DOES NOT NEED
AN ANIMAL TSAR
Bonaire has long needed a humane society to
protect neglected and abused pets, but the proposal
by a group of recent arrivals from Holland and the
US to form an animal protection foundation
(FAWB) seems extraordinarily ambitious. (see col-
umn at right) They have declared their foundation
will attend to 'the welfare of all animals on Bonaire, H U M A N E
domestic, wild and feral.' According to their long
list of 'goals and objectives,' everyone who deals SO C IETY
with animals would be subject to their oversight,
including the management and workers at LVV, the
professional staff at the slaughterhouse, and the kunukeros. The Board and staff of
Bonaire's Animal Shelter would come under their supervision, as would the is-
land's veterinarians and the operators of the Donkey Shelter. Their stated objec-
tives would claim authority to interfere in the activities of several member organi-
zations of Aliansa, not to mention the staffs of the Marine Park, Washington-
Slagbaai National Park, all water sports operators including the dive industry, and
Bonaire's fishermen. Needless to say, their objectives also state that the foundation
would have authority to "raise funds" and "acquire land."
Many of the proposed foundation's activities would duplicate the efforts of
existing organizations, would channel capital into redundant facilities-including a
second animal shelter-and could divert funding from established NGOs of proven
competence and known motives. Grandiose goals may sound good on grant appli-
cations. But once a foundation has received funding and starts paying salaries to
those who created it, broad and complicated objectives can smokescreen what the
organization may actually be doing-or may be failing to do entirely.
A clear need exists on Bonaire for a humane society, but the niche is small and well
defined. We should have someone who investigates and intervenes when dogs and
cats are neglected or abused, and who helps nurture through education programs a
better informed, more responsible and more loving animal-care culture on the is-
land. That would not require an animal control empire, just a couple of dedicated
people with a car, a phone and some office space. Don M. Ricks
Don Ricks' letter is based on the accompanying document reviewed by the Board
of the present Bonaire Animal Shelter.
Goals and Objectives for proposed FAWB:
1 To further the welfare of all animals on Bonaire, domestic, wild and feral.
2. To raise funds to support our objectives.
3. To recruit, educate and train volunteers in order to help carry out these objectives.
4. To educate the community about animal welfare.
5. To support existing and future animal welfare and care facilities and organizations.
6. To monitor the following to insure the appropriate and humane care of animals:
-existing and future animal welfare and care facilities and organizations
-commercial establishments such as hotels and stores
7. To monitor the breeding and keeping of livestock and related activities including,
but not limited to, the slaughterhouse.
8. To monitor activities potentially harmful to animals including, but not limited to,
caving, fishing, water sports, etc.
9. To develop protocols for appropriate care of animals including sterilization, vacci-
nation and euthanasia, as well as basic standards of care.
10. To develop definitions for animal "abuse", "cruelty", and "neglect" and incorpo-
rate these definitions in all educational efforts and proposed legislation.
11. To monitor compliance with existing and future legislation regarding animal wel-
12. To promote new animal welfare legislation.
13. To assist with and develop animal population counts.
14. To initiate drives for sterilization, vaccination and licensing of domestic animals.
15. To participate in animal rescue operations as funds and facilities permit
16. To acquire land and/or facilities for the care of and rehabilitation of rescued ani-
mals and related activities.
17. To build facilities as needed for the care of and rehabilitation of rescued animals
and related activities.
18. To establish and provide staffing of a dedicated phone line for complaints or con-
cerns regarding animal welfare on the island. We will document these complaints and
concerns and offer advice and assistance to the best of our ability.
19. To establish a network of "foster homes" to provide temporary care to rescued
20. To transport rescued animals as needed to appropriate care facilities.
21. To liaise with local authorities, the media, veterinarians and others regarding ani-
22. To perform such lawful actions as are incidental, necessary or conducive to the
above purposes, including, without limitation, buying, selling, exchanging, developing
and mortgaging property, entering into contracts and leases and employing persons.
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
A Vision of Bonaire's Future
King's Beach, near Punt Vierkant, is one of the major
construction projects planned.
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
... fashion show fundraiser
for Special Olympics Bonaire
Lupe Uranie, director of the FKPD,
was mistress of ceremonies and wore
one of Padrino's designs, created espe-
cially for her. After the fashion show,
Curaqao singers, Monica Millar and
Elton Lispier, continued the entertain-
ment, inspiring the audience to get up
Makeup was by Morayma and her
Models were: Dirk Jan, Kevin,
George, Fleur, Zulay, Suzy, Donna,
Sukarsi, Raisse, Maria, Sharon,
Varenia and Laura
A big thank you to the sponsors:
Antillean Wine Company, Litt-
man, Atlantis, BonairExpress,
Benetton, Linda Richter, Anna
Kleimer, Capriccio, City Caf6 and
Croccantino Restaurant. 1
S ome of the
ing shown in
show last Satur-
day night is for
sale, at reason-
able prices, with all proceeds going to
Special Olympics Bonaire. The items
will be at Croccantino Restaurant until
the end of the month. Call 785-0581 to
set up an appointment. OL.D.
'1 r I S Olympics
since 1990. Its
mission is to
M p provide year-
DuTw Cmr AW N round sports
athletic competition in a variety of
Olympic-type sports for children and
adults with mental retardation, giving
them continuing opportunities to de-
velop physical fitness, demonstrate
courage, experience joy and partici-
pate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and
friendship with their families and other
Special Olympics athletes, as well as
the community. O
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
First Non-Governmental Amboina Dolphins Get New Uniforms
Bonaire High School Established ......
n August 2005, in
time for the 2005-
2006 school year, UniCol-
lege Bonaire will begin
classes. It plans to add an
additional grade each year
up to the 5th year of
HAVO and the 6th year of
VWO. The Stichting
gezet en Hoger Onder-
Secondary and Higher Education Foun-
dation) is providing the backing for the
new school. Foundation members are:
Roy Chin-On, Jursi Marshall and
Mireille Aranguren-van Egmond.
Based on contacts with several top
grade educational facilities in the Neth-
erlands it was decided to follow the lat-
est innovative methods of teaching now
being applied in some Dutch schools.
This new method is approved and sup-
ported by the Dutch government.
The school will provide a secondary
education based on the Dutch HAVO/
VWO standards. Graduates will qualify
for a high school diploma valid in the
Netherlands and other parts of Europe.
The Foundation plans to use the edu-
cational materials, support and guid-
ance of the teaching staff of a Dutch
progressive school. This collaboration
will make possible lower operational
costs and maintain the quality of the
education. It will also ensure that Uni-
College Bonaire can guarantee its stu-
dents a diploma recognized by the
Dutch Educational Board.
The first grade will start with 15 to 25
students. The plan is to grow by adding
a new grade every year until all six
years of classes are in place.
To support this venture financially, a
The foundation is accepting donations.
Their account is 112.649.00 at MADURO & CURIEL'S
BANK (Bonaire) N.V. c/o STICHTING VOORUIT-
STREVEND VOORGEZET EN HOGER ONDERVIJS
For more information please write to Stichtingv v h
Last Saturday the Amboina Dolphins football (soccer) team had a baptism of
their new uniforms, courtesy of Multifunction Management NV. This popular
team of 60 kids, ages six to 10 are coached by Ricardo "Kado" Alberto and other
registration fee and a yearly tuition fee
is required. The first year's tuition will
be set between NAf400 and NAf500
per child per month. (The Foundation
used as a guideline the yearly tuition
fee per student per year based on the
average yearly costs to the government
for a high school student in Bonaire.)
The Foundation hopes to count on the
financial support and generosity of pri-
vate and institutional sponsors for the
remainder of its operational costs.
UniCollege Bonaire invites parents
and anyone interested in learning about
this new alternative, progressive educa-
tional opportunity to a presentation on
Sunday, April 24, 2005, at 7 pm in
the Trans World Radio Activity
Building. O Press Release
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
IY A C H T I G A N D AA G
After months of plodding along
laboriously on land, the mo-
ment I long for has arrived when
equipped with snorkel, mask, and fins I
float into the underwater world of the
coral reef. The instant that my mask
and snorkel break the water's surface is
one of exhilarating transformation. I
am no longer who I was on land. My
steady breath through the snorkel syn-
copates with the pulse of the ocean; the
myriad currents make "going with the
flow" an essential posture; and with
every turn of my head a moment of
ocean life is revealed. Snorkeling for
me has become more than a water
sport; it is more akin to a spiritual prac-
tice, one that I could never find through
as a spiritual
not a common
folks living in
the urban Calu-
of Chicago and
Indiana where I
grew up. But
my attention to
the West In-
dies, for he had
for two years
in Trinidad and
World War II. Sadly enough, my first
opportunity to visit the Caribbean came
in 1982, several years after his death, so
I could not share my first snorkeling
adventure on St. John with him. I be-
came so enthralled with the underwater
world, just beneath the surface of my
father's own West Indies experience,
that in the past 20 years I have made
over 30 trips to some of the best islands
for snorkeling-St. John, Tortola, Virgin
Gorda, Anegada, Eleuthera, Exuma,
Culebra, Turks and Caicos, Tobago-
culminating in buying a home on the
snorkeling paradise island of Bonaire in
In my latest trip to Bonaire, I pon-
dered why snorkeling is a meditative
act. First, the essence of snorkeling is
being in each moment intensely, for
example, when three rock hinds coax a
green moray eel to swim freely or two
hawksbill turtles circle each other in a
mating ballet. The moments range
from the grand and the obvious, like a
five-foot barracuda patrolling on the
fringes on the reef, to the small and
subtle, like a four-inch redlip blenny
peeking out from a crevice in a brain
coral. As a snorkeler, I flow by, notic-
ing this, observing that, but always
learning to let go of what has just
Another key trait of meditation is
the focus on breath. Through the snor-
kel, I am more keenly aware of my
breath, in and out, as the sound of my
breathjoins the other sounds of the sea,
from the popping and clicking of
shrimp to the coral crunching of the
parrotfish. And, as I am more aware of
my breath, I not only become more
conscious of my thoughts but also more
capable of letting them pass by just like
the six butterflyfish on parade or the
feeding frenzy of the yellowtail snap-
pers and the barjacks. Just as the
moods of the ocean vary from tranquil
to ferocious, so too do I feel my emo-
tions constantly shifting from terror at
being taken along by a 10-knot current
to humor at a school of squid with
seemingly extraterrestrial camouflage
powers to exultation at the colors of the
queen triggerfish, the puddingwife, and
the queen angelfish.
Eight years ago I started taking
pictures with a cheap disposable under-
water camera, hoping to capture the full
dimension of the underwater world I
had discovered while snorkeling. Dis-
appointed with the results, I then
bought a Sea and Sea MX underwater
camera and taught myself the rudiments
of underwater color photography. The
challenge of this art form is not only to
convey the texture, movement, light,
and color of the underwater world but
also to capture the total sensory experi-
ence of snorkeling in the neon luminos-
ity of the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic
Ocean. Since 80 % of the world's coral
reefs are endangered by pollution, over-
fishing, and global warming, photo-
graphs of living coral reefs can also
serve as ambassadors for conservation
and preservation to the humans who
have yet to don a snorkel and mask to
witness these natural wonders firsthand.
The more I snorkel, the more I
muse about the spiritual, symbolic, and
philosophical aspects of snorkeling. To
enter the underwater world as humans,
it is essential to see past our fears and
ourselves in order to cultivate a way of
seeing nature that does not put us in the
center. Snorkeling means going
"beneath the surface," both literally and
metaphorically, to discover new worlds
of diverse species that we had never
imagined so we become more aware of
our relationship to ocean ecosystems.
Finally the act of being rocked (or
tossed) by the sea as we float over a
thriving coral reef awakens archetypal
images and dreams that remind us that
the sea was our first home.
Since snorkeling every day is not
an option when I live half of my life in
Champaign, Illinois, my challenge is to
transfer the spiritual practice of snor-
keling in liquid turquoise to my life out
of water-floating, observing, breathing,
noticing-so that life on land is just as
understandable, miraculous, and joy-
ous. O Pauline E. Kayes
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
4-22 7:02 1.1FT. 11:38 1.3FT. 16:02 1.1FT. 23:38 1.6FT. 69
4-23 8:31 1.1FT. 12:50 1.2FT. 15:29 1.1FT. 79
4-24 0:36 1.8FT. 10:01 1.0FT. 88
4-25 1:16 1.9FT. 11:16 0.9FT. 93
4-26 2:03 2.0FT. 12:12 0.8FT. 95
4-27 3:00 2.0FT. 13:02 0.7FT. 93
4-28 3:57 2.0FT. 13:47 0.7FT. 87
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Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
Rincon Day -A Real Bonairean Event The Schedule
W e've said it be-
fore; we'll say it
again: No one gives a party
like the Rincofieros! And
this one Rincon Day on
Saturday, April 30 is truly
special because it's being
given by people who really
know the culture of Rincon.
Francisco "Bubuchi" Janga,
the son of the late "Mr. Rin-
con," Broetje Janga, is fol-
lowing in his father's foot-
steps for the second year in
a row and heading up the
Bubuchi explains, "We
need people who know the
traditions, what Rincon Day
is supposed to be. It's for
everyone, not just for the
people with money. Those
people who have a lot of knowledge of
our culture don't have a lot of money."
The group that goes all out to organize
this annual event, the 17th this year, is
As well as from Bonaire there are
groups of entertainers coming from Cura-
9ao and Aruba. In fact, due to the current
poor airline transportation between Aruba
and Bonaire the four groups from Aruba
are actually chartering a plane from the
US to get here! It's that important to
them to be here for Rincon Day!
The activities start the evening before,
on Friday, April 29. A "pep rally" of
cars, each flying the Rincon flag, will
gather at the stadium in Playa at 6 pm
and parade through the different barios
2004 Marchers in the Parada di Maskarada
(neighborhoods), ending at Rincon
around 7 pm. By this time all the stands
selling food and drinks will be set up in
the streets of Rincon and it's Ban Topa
(Let's all meet) time. In nearly every bar
and restaurant there will be music. As
Bubuchi says, "There will be music eve-
rywhere in Rincon, and people can move
around from place to place. This will go
on all night!"
Saturday morning all the stands will be
set up to sell all that good Rincon tradi-
tional comida (food) like kabrito stoba
(goat stew), boka dushi (sweet things),
bachi bachi(a stew made from many
parts of the goat said to be delicious).
There will be gifts, crafts, books, clothes
and other surprises.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
Car Cavalcade (Optocht ban Rincon)
starts at the stadium in Playa at 6 pm, goes
through all the barios and ends up in Rin-
con at 7 pm. In Rincon, stands set up for
food and drink and music in all the bars and
restaurants until ???
RINCON DAY, APRIL 30
MCB 5 km/17.5 km run with prizes.
Starts at the Stadium in Playa at 7 am. Call
COMCABON, Richard Pietersz at 717-
8629 or 780-7225.
Mass at the Church in Rincon, singing,
celebration of Queen Beatrix's 25 year of
investiture, raising the flag, 8 to 10 am
Walk to the Plasa Commerce An-
nouncements, speeches by honored guests,
including the "Padrino" (godfather) of Rin-
con Day, former Prime Minister Miguel
Pourier, 10 am
WHERES & WHENS
Stage 1, Plasa Commerce 10:30 am. Ac-
tivities continue until 4:30 pm
Stage 2, Centro diBario 11 am to 5:30
pm skits, music, etc.
Stage 3, Den Bus di Pedon Entertain-
ment from 11 am to 4 pm
Credit Union (front of the church) En-
The stands themselves are works of art,
the creators using the native materials
growing on the island. This year there
will be a competition for the best stands.
Music will be everywhere, with three
main stages set up for entertainment and
several smaller ones nearby. There will
be parades, games, bands, fun. Bring
your camera for great photo opportuni-
tertainment, children's games, from 11 am
to 4:30 pm
Strea di Oro (past church, on the right,
on the way to Washington Park) Entertain-
ment from 11 am to 5:30 pm.
Note: The first three parades all start
at 2 pm. If you just stand in one place
you'll be able to see them all.
Parada di Maskarada A parade of
those wonderful masked characters who
usually appear on January 1. (Route: Kaya
Para Mira, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya Marino, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Kaya
Parada di Antafto- A parade of older
people in old time Rincon dress. (Route:
Kaya Marino, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya
Rincon, Kaya Commerce, Kaya C. D. Cres-
tian, Kaya Marino)
Parada di Karnaval- An "old time" Kar-
naval parade (Route: Kaya E.B. St. Jago,
Kaya Marino, Kaya Rincon, Kaya Com-
merce, Kaya E.B. St. Jago)
Parada di Simadan The grand finale.
Everyone is invited to join in, link arms and
do the Simadan dance to the famous Sima-
dan song. Starts at 5 pm. (Route: Kaya Pie-
dra Pretu, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Commerce, Kaya
Rincon, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Com-
merce, Kaya Rincon)
Midnight- Closure 1 L.D.
If you really want to be "in," get your-
self a Rincon Day tee shirt for NAf10 or
12, for adults and children. They're sold
at the Rincon Centro di Bario, the Rose
Inn and at Anna Nicolaas' store in the
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available in May. Kaya Mg. Niewindt
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The Realtor's Corner
How to Find a Good Realtor
O ne way to find candidates to interview is
to talk to professionals from real estate
related professions and ask their opinion. If you
know someone who is employed at the notaris
office, a homeowner's insurance salesperson or a
loan officer, ask them for recommendations.
If you talk to a loan officer, be sure it is someone
who deals primarily with purchase money con-
tracts and mortgages instead of refinances,
second trust deeds or finance companies. Be-
cause the latter do not deal with realtors on a
regular basis, they will not know who to rec-
You could just make phone calls to real estate offices and ask questions. I will
write in the next few weeks about some questions to ask and the evaluations you
can make from the answers.
A new addition to choosing a realtor is the Internet. Look for realtors who adver-
tise properties not themselves. That way you have a pretty good idea you are get-
ting a "buyer's" agent instead of a listing agent. Look to see if their web page of-
fers something to you in the way of information or other services instead of just
telling you they are "number one." You want someone of value to represent you,
not someone who is full of "puff."
Interviewing a Good Realtor
When you interview realtors for the job, you want someone who will be con-
cerned about you and who will take care of your interests. You want someone who
demonstrates ready knowledge of homes available for sale and does not have to
call you back after they "check on the computer." This ready knowledge demon-
strates they have actually been out previewing homes and are not just sitting
around waiting for the phone to ring.
You also want someone sharp enough to ask you questions as well, including
your financial and debt information. By asking these questions, a good realtor will
be able to determine the proper price range you should be looking in. By asking
about your family, an agent will be able to tell if what you need in a home is some-
thing available in your price range. You want a realtor who is bold enough to talk
straight with you instead of always telling you what you want to hear.
When a Realtor Asks to Meet With You
Finally, any decent agent will always ask for an appointment to meet with you,
too. It is only natural, since they earn their living by commissions. However, real-
tors are also supposed to act as your agent, looking out for your interests before
their own. You want a realtor who takes that responsibility very seriously. If some-
one seems too much like simply a salesman, then maybe
you should look a little further. DAnna Kleimer
Anna is a Buyer Specialist with RE/MAX
Paradise Homes. She and her husbandArt
owned and operated their real estate company
in Vail, Colorado for 12 years. Working with
buyers, she has an intuitive understanding of
what properties are right for them location,
price range and amenities. You may call her at
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I FIT 4 L
Y es, dogs have individual per-
sonalities, but they are
"Dog" personalities, not -.
ality type can
help make -
training more --
give you a
standing of -"
your dog and lead
to a happier, more
peaceful coexistence with him
(or her -- none of these types is gender
specific -- there are dominant females
and submissive males).
You choose the largest, pushiest puppy
because you want an outgoing, confi-
dent dog. Good choice, but remember
from day one that this dog considers
himself on the fast track to dominance,
born to be "top dog." You would be
wise to let this puppy know from the
start that any and all good things come
at your discretion and are earned not by
being pushy, but by attempting to un-
derstand and comply with your rules
and requests. If you don't, you may
find yourself living with an unruly, un-
manageable, possibly aggressive, defi-
nitely unpleasant companion. You also
need to actively socialize him (give him
lots of exposure) to other dogs and
other species (including chil-
dren). With proper training,
he will be the friendly, loving compan-
ion you want.
You choose the runt of the litter be-
cause you feel sorry for him. He was
picked on by his littermates, never got
enough food, and even his mama did
not seem to love him. If you coddle
him and protect him and wait on him,
the result will be a fearful and needy
dog. One who rolls over when faced
with anyone or anything new, who
can't be taken anywhere, or left in any-
one else's care, who basically doesn't
know how to have any fun in life. Other
dogs will despise him, and other people
will think he is pitiful and not very
good company. However, gentle but
firm reward-based training, structure
and socialization, will give him the
confidence and life skills to be a happy,
Most dogs are interested in improving
their status with regard to those they
live with, and will attempt to do so at
every opportunity (using a range of
strategies, from sneakiness to aggres-
sion). The amount of effort a dog is
willing to invest in this power struggle
varies greatly from one individual to
another. Some will content themselves
with a status they can maintain with
minimal effort, but others will always
continue to seek a higher level of domi-
nance, starting with the youngest and
weakest family member and working
their way up. These dogs can be man-
aged easily and happily with basic dog
Since the Stone Age, dogs have en-
joyed a symbiotic relationship with hu-
mans in which they perform certain du-
ties for us and we feed them. Most of
these dog jobs are no longer relevant,
so dogs have come to play a different,
more emotional, role in our lives. As
they have evolved to an ever more
acute understanding of human body
language and other emotional signals,
they have become increasingly adept at
manipulating us to get what they want.
When being pushy or obnoxious fails,
they are not above feigning emotional
or other distress, preying on our guilt,
or simply pushing that "cuteness" but-
ton, to get us to jump and cater to their
every whim. This is not necessarily a
bad thing, and easily fixed (don't
It's hard to resist the extremes of an-
thropomorphizing that lead to poor un-
derstanding of and unfair expectations
of our dogs. "Loyal" dogs do some-
times save lives, but do they lie down
on you to keep you from freezing or to
share your warmth? "Sensitive" dogs
seem to read our minds, but isn't it
more likely that they have learned to
read the most subtle physical cues from
Dogs have dog personalities and dog
motives. They are not small humans
with fur. We cannot expect them to
automatically understand us, or to obey
us because they love us. Nor should we
treat them as surrogates for the human
sources of comfort and support and self
esteem which might be lacking in our
lives. If we do, we are doomed to disap-
pointment, and they are doomed to fail-
ure. Dogs play an important role in our
lives, and they don't need to be any-
thing more or better than they are to do
it. n Susan Brown
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Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
BONAIRE CULINARY TEAM
The Bonaire Culinary Team will be
continuing their "practice" luncheons
on Sundays at Le Flamboyant restaurant at 1
pm. Last Sunday, the team was coached by
well-known international culinary judge,
Henny Kolenbrander, who's been a good
friend to all our culinary teams in the past. A
bartender has been chosen to accompany the
team. He's Brad Conner from Rum Runners.
He, as well, will be "practicing" on the
luncheon diners by having them taste his
original cocktails, the best of which he'll be
submitting to the competition in June in Mi-
ami at the "Taste of the Caribbean." The
fundraising luncheons start at 1 pm, donation
is NAf30. Seating is limited so make your reservations early. Call Sara Matera, tel.
786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo 717-8988, 791-7252 for reservations. O L.D.
SPECIAL CAVE EXCURSION
nterested in some true Bonaire-
ana? Take the cave trip this week-
end, Saturday, April 23, when journal-
ist/historian B6i Antoin will lead an
excursion to the cave locally known as
Kueba di la Birgui (Cave of the Vir-
gin). The cave got its name from the
formation there that appears as the
Virgin Mary. The trip is especially for Dutch and English speaking persons. The
cave is remote and not easy to get to and very few people know it.
The donation is NAf25, the proceeds of which go to sending the Bonaire team to
the 4-day Nijmegen walk in the Netherlands. You'll get an escorted trip, breakfast
before the walk, and afterwards, soup, fruit and water. Bring your own water for
the hike and a flashlight for the interior of the cave. Meet between 6:30 to 7 am at
Porta Spafi6 for coffee, tea, juice and bread before the walk. To sign up call Extra
newspaper at 717-8482. O BoiAntoin/L.D.
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Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
titLY M ![I HeITIMNES
Cal to make sure: Usualy 900pm
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
April 22, Friday -. Earth Day Event in
Bonaire:Underwater Caretaking dive with
Dee Scarr, 2 pm. Call Dee at 717-8529.
Saturday, April 23-Cave Excursion to
Kueba di la Birgui (cave of the virgin)
for English/Dutch speaking people. Dona-
tion ofNAf25 goes to send Bonaire team
to 4-Day Walk in Nijmegen, Holland. Call
B6i Antoin at 717-8482.
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 Harbourside Mall for information
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.
Sunday, April 24 -Workshop "What is
Happiness" (Kon ta Felis) by spiritual
councilor Remy de Haas at Caribbean
Club Bonaire- Hilltop. Cost is NAf75 per
person. Call 717-9911. Workshop from 9
Sunday, April, 24 Briefing on new pri-
vate High School in the Trans World Ra-
dio Activity Building, at 7 pm.
Sunday, April 24 Celebration of Earth
Day. Volunteers are invited to attend
clean-up parties in Washington-Slagbaai
Park at Playa Chikitu, Boca Chikitu, and
Playa Lagun. These are turtle nesting areas
and need some attention before the nesting
season begins. Please come to the entrance
to Washington Park by 9 am and bring a
friend. Transport from Jong Bonaire is
available at 7:30 am, but you must call
717-8444 to confirm. Remember sun gear
and gloves. Bonaire National Marine Park
volunteers can call Chile at 786-2397 for a
Sunday, April 24- The Foundation of
Surinamese on Bonaire will hold a con-
gress "BIGI KRUTU" for the Surinam-
ers living here in Bonaire. Subject for
debate: The role ofMietie Makandra in the
Bonairean Community and the future pol-
icy ofMietie Makandra. All Surinamese
families are invited to join in supporting
this worthy cause for our common good.
After the congress there will be a sport
afternoon for the families, music and kara-
oke. KON TAK WI EGI TORI! (Come
and express your opinion!) At the Buurt-
centrum Nikiboko Noord at the Kaya Pos
Di Amor, 2 pm. This congress is supported
by NGO Plataforma Boneiru, Foundation
of Surinamese on Bonaire, Mietie Makan-
Best movie in
Bonaire this year?
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Million Dollar Baby by Clint East-
wood, starring Clint Eastwood, Hillary
Swank and Morgan Freeman. The film has
great characters, but it doesn't glorify
them. It has a wonderful story, but it never
tries to impress you. The photography and
direction are superb, but never distracting.
What this movie is, if I have to call it
something, is passion. Passion for film-
making, passion for storytelling, passion
for its characters, passion for its actors,
and passion for its story and the means to
which it will go to tell it. You may cry
through this film, you may cheer, you may
laugh. Whatever the case, you will love it.
One of those rare Hollywood productions
in which you, as the audience, feel you are
being taken seriously.
Go and see it! 1 Dodo
Sunday, April 24-Arts and Crafts Mar-
kets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship
Visiting Days: Endeavor
Saturday, April 30 World Tai Chi Day.
Ron Sewell is hoping to organize an open
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
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day, Queen's
Birthday-See page 10 for schedule and
Saturday, April 30 COMCABON MCB 5
km / 17.5 km run with prizes. 7 am. Call
Richard Pietersz at 717-8629, 780-7225.
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race
Sunday, May 1-Labor Day
Sunday, May 1 (Labor Day)- Trip to the
islands of Lac Bay- Departures from 12
noon until 4pm from the beach in front of
Kon Tiki Restaurant. If you want to see the
part of Bonaire off the beaten path, this is
for you. Cost is NAf25 per person. More
details in the next issue, but reserve now.
Call 717- 8482 (Extra newspaper)
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
May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL-(see pages 2 and 6 )
May 19: Welcome Concert at Wilhelmina
Park. Happy hour and late night jazz in
cafes and restaurants
May 20: Main concert at Plaza Resort.
Happy hour and late night jazz jam sessions
at City Caf6 and other places
May 21: Main concert at Bongos Beach.
Happy hour and late night jazz jam sessions
at City Caf6 and other places
May 22: Main concert at Kon Tiki Beach
Club. Brunch concert on location not yet
decided. Jazz all over the place plus three
main concerts for only NAf30! Website:
The International Bonaire Sailing Regatta
October 9 15, 2005, a slip of one week.
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 enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar.
Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-Bingo with
great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
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.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's Cock-
tail 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
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 residents).
Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
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 Cen-
ter, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening
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 Kooy-
man's. All levels invited.NAf5 entryfee. Call
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda
Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Every-
one is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6
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 Thurs-
day 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 wel-
come. Tel. 717-8454
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy theview from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marsh6- every Saturday 6 am to 3
pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area.
Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at 6:30
am. Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour
at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.
International Bible Church of Bonaire- Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at
7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. 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
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in Eng-
lish. 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. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
"Caroline," her black and white taller
friend on the right, is about two years old "Audrey" and "Caroline"
and was found wandering on her own in
the area between Subi Rincon and Sabadeco. She is a very nice and affectionate dog.
Both of these female dogs are social with people; they're intelligent and will be easy to
train. They seem to have respect and true affection for each other. Both have been
checked out by the vet, wormed and given their shots and will be sterilized.
You may meet Audrey and Caroline and the other healthy and social pets up for adop-
tion at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday,
10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. O L.D.
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / 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
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 Moderate-Expensive Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
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 of town center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
C Op I N M 3 C3 U I I iE See adverfisements in this isue
APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
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
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
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.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
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.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
Mother's Day is only two weeks away, Sunday 8 May. Take advantage of the advertising power of The Bonaire Reporter to tell sons and daugh-
ters of the special items that you carry that would make perfect gifts. Restaurateurs can use the pages of The Reporter to let families know of the special meals
they will offer on Mother's Day. There is space in the next two editions of The Reporter for your message. Call 717-8988 or 791-7252 or 786-6125
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
Born on Bonaire...
4LT was born July 29" 1950, at
I home in Rincon, the youngest
of 11 children and therefore very
spoiled. My father was Cornelis Cres-
tian, who together with Jopie Abra-
ham's father, Julio, founded the De-
mocratic Party. He was the key factor
when they won the elections in 1955.
The Democratic Party was the first
party after slavery that really did some-
thing to help the common people and to
change the system in their favor. My
dad was a self-made man. First he had a
bar, then a mini-market and a cinema.
He was also a great car mechanic, a
genius. He could do things nobody else
could do! He was progressive and posi-
tive. Whenever a new gadget came on
the market he would buy it. And he was
a fabulous electrician. In the old days
we didn't have electricity in Rincon, so
my dad put an engine in a building,
made all the connections, and after that
all of Rincon had power from 6 pm un-
til midnight. At home we had our own
engine that provided us with electricity
24 hours a day. He just loved new
things and challenges; that's what I in-
herited from him.
My parents owned two kunukus
where they grew maishi chikitu and all
the fruits and vegetables you could
grow in the tropics. My dad was a real
entrepreneur. At home it was always
open house. Everyone could come and
eat with us and they also took other
people's children into their home. He
and my mother, Maria Molina, did eve-
rything together. They had a wonderful
marriage that lasted until they died. My
mother's parents were of Indian and
African origin; my dad's, Jewish and
Dutch. So I am a mixture of four differ-
ent cultures; I think it's a good thing.
I went to elementary school in Rin-
con until I was 12, then to school in
Curamao. At 16 I went to Holland to
study to become a pharmaceutical assis-
tant. It wasn't my first choice. I'd I al-
ways wanted to be a midwife, but I was
too young at the time, so I asked the
governor what other profession in the
care sector would always provide me
with work. He said, 'pharmaceutical
assistant,' and I followed his advice.
I'll always remember the first 11
years of my life; I think it was the most
wonderful time I ever had. There was
nothing to do; it was a peaceful time
and filled with love. From the time I
was very little I've always thought that
I'd never become a homemaker; that's
not for me! Of course I knew I had my
duties, but I also felt very strongly that I
had to stand up for my rights!
I stayed in Holland for three and a
half years. It was a challenge and I love
challenges. I felt lucky. After I'd com-
pleted my studies I did medical re-
search and wanted to continue, but my
sister wrote that my mom was termi-
nally ill. So I left Holland and found a
job on Curaqao to be closer to my fam-
ily. Then my mom asked me if I could
come home to take care of her. To-
gether with my big sister, Ilvia Molina,
I stayed with her day and night for six
months until she passed away."
Roosje Vinck has an overwhelming
personality; she's extremely bright,
spiritual and strong, has a great sense
ofhumor and tremendous energy.
"After my mom had gone, I stayed at
home, watched TV, drove around and
was lazy. Losing my mother had been a
great shock. After three months my fa-
ther said, 'I understand you've had to
rest. It was a big blow for you and also
for me, but I think you should go find a
job.' I felt kind of hurt but I knew he
"If those people (higher
would return, it would
stimulate the economy and
that means more work for
everyone. I know it can be
hard, but let me tell you:
It's worth it, really!"
Over the years I worked at six differ-
ent pharmacies on Curaqao. Whenever I
was fed up with one, I went to work for
another one. I got married and my
daughters were born Gisela, who's 25,
pregnant and living on Bonaire, and
Nereina, 22, living on Curaqao and who
has a son, Jurswin Jr.
In 1990 I came back to Bonaire with
my family. It was what I'd hoped for all
my life not only because of the won-
derful childhood I'd had but I feel
there's more. This island has something
that's very unique. I call it 'a positive
spirit.' But it was a great disappoint-
ment. After all these years of longing to
be finally at home, I found out that my
own people didn't accept me. I am a
very social person. I love to sit with
people and talk. I love discussions. I
enjoy being in other people's company,
but it came out completely differently.
Some people would speak to me in
Dutch because they thought I was Suri-
namese, or in Spanish because they
thought I was a Do-
minican, and I felt hurt;
I felt like a complete
After one year I
wanted to go back to
Curaqao, but then Jopie
Abraham asked me if
he could put me on the
election list for the De-
mocratic Party. After
I'd introduced myself I
was suddenly accepted
100%! They put me on
the list as number four.
They'd found out who I
was the daughter of
Cornelis 'Nechi' Cres-
tian! Everything was
suddenly all right. Later
on I learned why people
were confused about my identity. I
hadn't really been here since I was a
child; I had my married name, and they
didn't recognize me as my looks are
different from the rest of my family.
But seriously, I'm telling you all this
because people should know what's
happening. When you've been away for
a long time and then you come back
you're a stranger to your own people. I
think this happens everywhere, espe-
cially in small communities.
Well, I worked for Botica Bonaire
and then I became a senator. Later I
started to reorganize the pharmacy at
the hospital. Now I'm working full time
for the health care service department
where people can file their complaints
about health care. I always need new
stimulation. Whenever something gets
routine, I'm gone. I need the adrenaline.
I've always been involved in other
things besides my job. I like to help
people. I'm working for Rincon ban pe
solushon (Let's find a solution for Rin-
con). We're creating a platform to rep-
resent all different groups and interests
of Rincon's society. We're trying to
work on everything together, so that we
can work more efficiently. I also work
with drug addicts. I wish we could have
a clinic here like they have in Santo
Domingo where the results of their pro-
gram are really good. For some years
now I've been a volunteer with FKPD
at the homes where people live under
guidance. I'm available if a problem
occurs during weekends or holidays.
Once a week I distribute their medica-
tions and do the administration that
comes with it. I do it for the people; I
don't expect anything back; but I found
out that working with the handicapped
has enriched me in a spiritual way.
To do something different with my
pharmaceutical background I started
my own hair cosmetic line. It's going
very well. At the same time it's inspired
people around me in Rincon to also
start their own small businesses. So far
five people have succeeded in doing so.
We have to keep motivating. There's
such a lot of talent, especially in Rin-
con, and they know how to organize.
Now they have to learn about leader-
ship. I also hope that higher educated
Bonaireans will come back to the is-
land. Although they won't get paid here
what they'd make somewhere else, they
don't need so much here and they'll
learn to improvise. If those people
would return it would stimulate the
economy and that means more work for
everyone. I know it can be hard, but let
me tell you: It's worth it, really!
I will always keep on motivating
other people. It takes a lot of energy,
but I've got plenty! I've worked a lot
and very hard; I've traveled all over the
world and I've gotten to know all dif-
ferent cultures, but now I've come
home, and even if I weren't born here,
I'd stay on Bonaire.
I've lived half my life and now I
know who I am. I'm not like every-
body. I take life the way it comes, but I
am prepared. When things turn out dif-
ferently and sadness comes around I let
my wounds heal and I go on. You al-
ways have to talk though, to speak out
and express what
you feel. We were
brought up that
way, but it's also a
matter of character.
Everyone is differ-
ent, but each person
has his own value."
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005
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*to find it, just look up
Jupiter is at its
Closest to Earth
From the Sun this
Y es, indeed,
this April is a
very special month
for the planet Jupiter
brightest and best for
viewing from Earth
for the entire year.
And just coinciden-
tally it is also at its Jupiter, up close and personal
farthest from the Sun
in almost 12 years.
Plus you can watch the Moon travel across the sky all night long with Jupiter two
nights in a row this week.
On Thursday, the day this issue comes out, April 21st, around 8 pm, face east
where the brightest objects you'll see will be a 12-day-old nearly full Moon di-
rectly above the king of the planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And because Jupi-
ter officially came into opposition on April 3rd it is still almost directly opposite
the Sun as seen from Earth. It's thus visible almost all the hours that the Sun is
not, which means that it is visible almost all night long. This further means that
not only can you see it just after the Sun sets in the east, but you can watch it
travel across the sky from east to west almost all night long and, on this Thursday,
in the company of an almost full Moon.
At 8 pm you'll see Jupiter in the east, and about two hours before sunrise Friday
morning the 22nd you'll see Jupiter and the Moon in the west. But you'll also no-
tice that the Moon will be much closer to Jupiter Friday morning than on Thurs-
day night. That's because the Moon travels its own diameter, about 1/2 degree,
across the sky every single hour. At 8 o'clock Thursday night, the Moon is about 8
degrees away from Jupiter, but by Friday morning it will have moved six Moon
diameters closer to Jupiter and will be only 5 degrees away.
Similarly if you go out at 8 pm Friday night you'll see that the Moon, instead of
being above Jupiter like it was Thursday night, is now 5 1/2 degrees below Jupi-
ter. And if you watch it all night you'll be able to see the Moon move away from
Jupiter so that two hours before sunrise Saturday it will be well past it, a full 9 de-
grees or 18 Moon widths away. So here's your chance to see how fast the Moon
really travels each night in relation to other celestial objects.
Which leaves us with just one item: if Jupiter is at is closest to Earth this month
why is it at its farthest from the Sun? Well, if we could go out into space we
would see that it takes our Earth one Earth year to travel around the Sun. And be-
cause all planet orbits are not perfect circles but ellipses, once a year our Earth is
at its closet point to the Sun, and once a year it is at its farthest. The same is true
of Jupiter, only it takes Jupiter 12 Earth years to orbit the Sun. So once every 12
years Jupiter is at its farthest from the Sun and once every 12 years at its closest to
the Sun. And last week, April 14th, Jupiter was at its farthest point from the Sun
since 1993 507,238, 000 miles. But fret not because in only six years on St. Pat-
rick's Day, March 17th, 2011, Jupiter will be at its closest to the Sun only
460,002,000 miles away. Happy Jupiter watching! OJack Horkheimer
For the week:
April 22 to April 29, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your emotions will be touched off concerning recent en-
counters with your lover. Don't do something silly just to get back at your mate. Travel
opportunities must be taken advantage of. You may find yourself interested in more
than one person. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your involvement in groups will be favorable for
meeting new and exciting individuals. Your ability to deal with others will help you in
getting the support you need. Elders may get you going this week. Your best gains will
come through helping others emotionally. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Stay calm and focus on things that will help you under-
stand the situation better. Expect temper tantrums on the home front if you haven't been
letting someone have their way. Jealousy may get in the way of a good relationship.
You're in the mood to do things such as competitive sports, or perhaps a night on the
town. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can be sure that any dealing with large institutions
should go well. Efforts made to improve yourself will turn out to your satisfaction. You
can look into new jobs, but don't count on getting help from someone who may have
promised you assistance. Lovers may not be truthful. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't donate more than you can afford in order to impress
others. Be prepared to counteract the damage that adversaries are about to create. Busi-
ness conducted in your own office will proceed smoothly. Don't expect new acquaint-
ances to be completely honest about themselves. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Talk to peers who you trust in order to get sound advice.
You will be accident prone if you aren't careful this week. You can make money if you
concentrate on producing services that will make domestic chores easier. You can pick
up information that will give you an edge. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash into a
safe, long-term investment. Intellectual stimulation is what you are looking for. You
may find yourself in a heated dispute with a friend if you try to change your mind. You
could meet potential new mates if you go out with friends or take pleasure trips.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Socializing will be more than just entertaining. Eve-
rything is moving quickly, just the way you like it. Hassles with in-laws could put a
damper on your day. Don't get involved in other people's private doings.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't make promises you can't keep. Don't be
too pushy or demanding or you may find yourself all alone. Disappointments are likely
if your mate embarrasses you in front of friends. Opportunities for travel and socializ-
ing are evident. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Trying to deal with your mate will be unproductive
and possibly hurtful. Opportunities to meet new lovers will come through pleasure trips
or social events. Don't sign up for too many extra activities or you'll have trouble fulfill-
ing your obligations. Be sure to pay attention to your bank account. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't beat around the bush; state your case in plain
and simple terms. You will be able to make changes regarding your living arrange-
ments. Focus your efforts on details, and keep to yourself in order to finish your work.
You mustn't give too much to your children. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Minor health problems will cause setbacks if you haven't
taken proper care of yourself. Physical work or exercise should be part of your sched-
ule. You are in a high cycle where travel, education, and creative endeavors are con-
cerned. Put your energy into moneymaking ventures. Your lucky day this week will be
Bonaire Reporter- April 22 to 29, 2005