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Things are continuing to heat up in
the effort to restructure the An-
tilles. Bonaire elected officials are push-
ing hard for bilateral talks with The Neth-
erlands to define the direct-tie mandate
from last year's Referendum. The oppo-
sition is emphasizing that those types of
activities are premature and that all the
other islands and Aruba must be in-
volved. Curagao will ask for its own judi-
ciary and monetary system during the
constitutional summit in St. Maarten this
week. The target for reorganization of the
Netherlands Antilles is July 2007. That
date was proposed at the Summit Meet-
ing of the islands that started this Tues-
A The US State Department recently
reported that more than two million
American citizens visit the Antilles and
Aruba every year and that almost 6,000
American citizens live here. The US is
the biggest export trading partner of the
Antilles with 21.3%, followed by Vene-
zuela with 16%.
A Forty of the 220 pilots employed
by Air Jamaica are set to lose their jobs
over the next two months as the national
airline continues to trim its staff as part of
a cost-cutting plan at the debt-strapped
company. At the same time, the airline
announced last Tuesday that its board
was in the process of completing its as-
sessment and restructuring planning and
expects to recommend a "new overall
structure and strategy" to the government
According to the airline, Tuesday's job
cuts were a result of the cutting of some
of its routes and the reduction on the fre-
quency of flights on others. Bonaire
routes were not mentioned in the an-
Tuesday's announcement by Air Ja-
maica came three months after the airline
slashed 200 staff members, including 100
of its 500 flight attendants, in January as
part of broad-based cost-cutting measures
to return to profitability. Aside from the
trimming of the number of its pilots and
flight attendants, several management
positions were also made redundant,
while the salaries of top managers were
cut. The airline eliminated flights to sev-
eral destinations and returned at least
three of its leased aircraft. (Jamaica Ob-
n Wednesday, April 20th The Bonaire Reporter celebrated its 11th birthday
with a party at Pasa Bon Pizza for its staff, writers and colleagues from the
Papiamentu language daily newspaper, Extra. Big thanks go to the readers over
the years and especially the advertisers. It's they who support The Reporter and
keep it free! O L./G.D.
A Divi Divi Airlines provides daily,
daylight hour connections between
Bonaire and Curagao. They recently ac-
quired an additional plane, a Norman Is-
lander. There was speculation that Divi
would expand operations to Aruba, but a
spokesman for the airline said that that
was not an immediate goal. Some details
on Divi Divi air follow:
Fleet: Two Norman Islanders, One
(Continued on page 8)
IN THIS ISSUE
11 Years of Reporting
Letters (Animal Tsar Debate;
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Changes at Special Olympics
Jazz Festival Schedule
PWA on its Way
Fisherman's Dock Repaired
Rincon Day Event & Schedule
Rincon Day Book Sale
2005 Jazz Festival
BBC on Bonaire
Sponges (Diving with Dee)
Dietitian (Cut down Saturated Fat)
Yoga (Good Practice)
Art (Mother's Day Flowers)
Trip to Islas Yuana and Pedro
Mairi Bhan Mystery Clipper Ship
Flotsam & Jetsam
Vessel List & Tide Table
Picture Yourself (Micronesia)
Pets of the Week (kittens)
Micro-Movie Review (Pacifier)
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
Bonaire Sky Park (Little Dipper)
The Stars Have It
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OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW#1-animal care on Bonaire
"Bonaire Does Not Need an Animal Tsar,
(The Bonaire Reporter, April 22-29 2005)
In the last issue of the Reporter there was a letter
to the editor written by Mr. Don Ricks stating his
concerns about a new foundation that we are in the
process of establishing, Foundation Animal Welfare
Bonaire (FAWB). We had intended to introduce our-
selves to the public next month after we registered.- a
the foundation. As it is, we are in the unfortunate H U M A N E
position of having to begin our mission by correcting
misinformation about the foundation. We would like SO C I E "T Y
to introduce ourselves now and give the public an
accurate picture of the purpose and goals of this
Our purpose is to further the welfare of all animals on Bonaire, domestic, wild
The founders of FAWB are indeed recent arrivals (less than 2 years on Bonaire,
although 2 of the members have lived in the Netherlands Antilles for a total of 8
years). We are also highly knowledgeable about, and dedicated to, the issues of ani-
mal welfare. Sometimes a new perspective is needed to identify, and address, the
kinds of needs we are focused on. Yes, our scope is extremely ambitious, and abso-
lutely necessary. We feel Bonaire should have the kind of umbrella organization
which exists in many countries in the world, including Holland and other islands in
the Netherlands Antilles.
FAWB's objectives include education, legislation, the sharing of information with
the public, providing support for existing agencies, and the creation of new projects
and resources to address needs which are not currently being met. Meeting these
objectives will necessarily involve the monitoring of all existing agencies as well as
island activities which affect animal welfare.
"Monitoring" is very different from "overseeing", and FAWB will have no au-
thority to oversee or "interfere" with any agency, nor is it our intention to do so. It
is our hope to work with and provide support and resources to any and all existing
agencies concerned with animal care and welfare. We have already consulted with
the island's veterinarians for their advice and input, and count on their active in-
volvement in FAWB. We certainly have no intention of "supervising" them.
It is not our intention to divert funds from existing agencies. On the contrary, we
hope to provide more funding and resources to these agencies. Neither is it our in-
tention to "duplicate the efforts of existing organizations" which "would channel
capital into redundant facilities--including a second animal shelter--and could divert
funding from established NGOs of proven competence and known motives" (Mr.
We have no intention of duplicating existing facilities or programs. Specifi-
cally, we have no intention of starting a second shelter. We do intend to address
needs which are not currently being met. One among many of these is the need to
have "someone who investigates and intervenes when dogs and cats are neglected
or abused" (Mr. Ricks). Accomplishing this would absolutely require more than a
phone, a car and an office, hence our desire to someday build a facility for the care
and rehabilitation of rescued animals. This would not be a redundant facility.
Above all, we need education, legislation, and the exchange of information, and
these will be our initial primary goals.
As to our "motives": very simply, we love animals. We want to work to do
what we can to improve the lives of all animals on Bonaire. Once the foundation is
registered and we have a Board, our founding group will dissolve. Board members
will serve limited terms. We are volunteers and will remain so. We will
never be paid salaries by this foundation. We already have a wide base of support
for our foundation. We have received a grant for our start up costs (from SBA in
Holland) as well as a promise of funding for educational programs and an offer of
land on which to someday house rescued animals.
We welcome your questions and your input. We are still in the process of
forming our Board, which we hope will consist of local educators, veterinarians,
community leaders and others concerned with animal welfare. Please feel free to
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Dutch) or email@example.com
Ronald Tetteroo, Petra Tetteroo, Alexandra Brown, Susan Brown,
Jane Madden-(Founders of Foundation Animal Welfare Bonaire)
'Animal Welfare' on Bonaire
Response to FAWB letter (above):
The founders of FAWB say that, in my letter to the editor last week, I disseminated
misinformation about their intentions. Now that I have read their response, I see
that I did misinterpret some of their objectives (also printed in The Reporter). I did
not realize that 'monitoring is very different from overseeing,' and that other ani-
mal care organizations on the Island need a group-perhaps more expert and lov-
ing?-to monitor their operations. Apparently I was incorrect in thinking that
someone who said they intend to 'build a facility for the care and rehabilitation of
rescued animals' meant they were going to build an animal shelter. And I was
clearly in error when I assumed some of the founders of the FAWB would become
salaried employees of the foundation. It is reassuring to know than all five of the
people who signed the letter intend to serve as unpaid volunteers.
But as to the basic issue, I still disagree that Bonaire has a general 'animal welfare'
problem that has been awaiting enlightened intervention. Established organizations
are already looking after the donkeys, the goats, the loras, the bats, the turtles and
the conch. The Animal Shelter takes in homeless cats and dogs. The flamingos are
protected from over-flying aircraft. The fish do not have to worry about spear guns.
The slaughter house is operated humanely. The 'protocols' for inoculating and
euthanizing animals followed by both veterinary clinics seem professional and ade-
quate. I suppose we might need new animal protection legislation, but perhaps it
can wait until the crime protection legislation starts working more effectively.
On the other hand, we do have cases of abuse, neglect, and careless management of
pets on the island. Which brings us to the need for a humane society-one with
clearly conceived goals and a practical agenda-that could intervene where needed
and could help nurture a better informed, more responsible and more loving animal-
Don M. Ricks
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Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW#2- diving the Windjammer
In your issue of April 15 we had again a possi-
bility to experience the writing talents of Mr.
Bianculli. Clearly, Mr. Bianculli's ethics do not
match his writing talents. First of, his show at
Habitat contains pictures of marine life in dis-
tress and the handling of marine life, violating
the long time, no touching, no handling spirit of the diving community on Bonaire.
Second he clearly did not get the gentle hint that was written by Roger Haug, some is-
sues back and directed at him, to be extremely selective, about publication and executions
of dives that are way beyond the recreational diving limits, such as the Windjammer dive.
Mr. Bianculli was part of the group that was diving the Windjammer recently in which a
diver tragically died. Did it occur to Mr. Bianculli that his enticing words might have
been part of the reason that this diver participated that day? We had the displeasure to
hear Mr. Bianculli's story about that fatal dive, as well as from two other participants and
a picture of exceptional bad organization emerges.
But it gets even worse. The Mairi Bahn started to disintegrate after the entrance to the
site was closed by BOPEC. In other words while diving for this story as well as during
that fatal dive Mr. Bianculli was violating the law. In the light of what happened, the very
least Mr. Bianculli could do was to withdraw the story and apologize deeply for his mis-
takes. He did not and that makes him an affront to the diving community and an ordinary
trespasser to me.
IT IS A DUTY AND IMPORTANT TO WRITE ABOUT WINDJAMMER DIVES
Response to Mr. Snelder's letter (above):
My presence at the Windjammer dive site on the day of the incident that Mr. Snelder
mentions was totally independent of the four-person dive expedition that preceded my
dive partner and me to the wreck. My observations of their procedures, preparation,
equipment and dive execution can add valuable information to the diving community here
on Bonaire and worldwide.
IT IS NOT PRUDENT TO DESCRIBE
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
The discussion about the activity that I witnessed, in answer to a question presented by
a member of the audience at my Sunday slide show at Habitat, is a clear indication of the
desire by interested people to know the true facts surrounding this tragic event. My will-
ingness to participate in an open, public forum to present that information is in support of
all the principles of safe diving practices and procedures of the Dive Industry Certifying
Agencies and DAN policy. A complete and factual debriefing of all parties following any
abnormal incident, no matter how insignificant or unpleasant, is the usual process recom-
mended by these same agencies.
Suppression of those facts, by any authorities, self interest groups or participants, is
contrary to the very nature and spirit of the educational process within the diving commu-
nity mentioned in your letter.
Experienced divers are a special breed of individuals. By nature, they are active, in-
quisitive, serious and passionate about the pursuit of diving freedom and the right of free
access to the sea for ALL people. Many are also scrupulous protectors of the environment
and everything within the marine world.
As a member of this group, with over 5,335 marine logged dives since 1968, I am an
enthusiastic protector of these rights. As a self educated naturalist, any of my personal
encounters and interactions with the creatures in the marine environment is handled with
the utmost care and respect. I communicate with educated, professional experts in marine
biology and the dive community to further my own education and experience. I freely
share all my personal knowledge and field observations with them and any interested in-
dividuals by my writing and photo documentation.
Your suggestion that my adventure series about the Mairi Bhan was a contributing fac-
tor in the incident is absurd. The victim, in this case, was a frequent and longtime visitor
to the wreck. His passionate pursuit of diving and photography is well documented. His
interest and desire to personally visit the site fueled his ambition. The facts surrounding
his fate must be presented to the public as a testament to his dedication and respect for his
There are many dive sites on Bonaire that are more dangerous and challenge the experi-
ence of all divers more than the Windjammer. At this site the location of the wreck itself,
on the lower sandy reef shelf, as the intended dive target, provides a limit to the depth and
dive duration. At Karpata, for example, the slope and shape of the underwater terrain,
with the presence of numerous large colonial Admiralty styled anchors with attached
massive chains, lead and lure the unsuspecting or inexperienced diver down to depths far
beyond their personal abilities or competence.
I wish to point out that my entrance to the sea at the site did not require passage over
the BOPEC property and was within the accepted legal right of public access to the sea,
as understood by all residents of the Antilles.
Like everywhere else in the world,
our little island is faced with a
constant balancing act. How do we pre-
serve the idyllic, peaceful nature of the
island while providing improved living
standards for its population? The ques-
tions often boil down to: Developing
Tourism vs. Protecting the Environ-
ment. Short-term Growth vs. Long-
term Sustainability. Jobs Now vs.
Children's Future. Local Rights vs.
Right now the issue is centered on
whether the old Sunset Beach Hotel site
needs a 570-room hotel. This article is
the start of a series that will look at the
issue of finding the right balance for
Bonaire. We'll raise the question of
whether we can find a balance that will
fuel the tourist economy while protect-
ing the environment, which brings the
tourists in the first place. We'll also
look at whether fueling the tourist econ-
omy will benefit or damage other local
businesses. Too many new rooms at
one time can have the opposite effect
and create reduced occupancy rates at
existing hotels. And we'll look at how
to balance the rights and needs of the
local population against the needs of
potential developers will the new jobs
created be filled with Bonaireans or will
we see an influx of foreign workers
with no real benefit to the local commu-
Looking for Win-Win
The goal of this series is to help our
government and our voters make good
decisions so that the result is a win for
all sides. What we don't want to hap-
pen is to stifle growth that will reduce
airlift to the island. But we also don't
want to see uncontrolled growth that
will create the need for more foreign
workers as happened in Aruba; or
poorly planned growth that ruins the
reef that lures the tourists. Examples of
this can be seen around the world.
Let's start with the current questions:
Does the island need a large, 570-room
hotel, and is the best location for such
a large hotel the old Sunset Beach Ho-
tel site? If the answer to either the site
or size question is 'yes,' then we must
ask the very important question of
'How can Bonaire get the most value
from such a deal?'
the very best site
is made available,
then the island must get
a number of things in re-
turn-not just vague promises.
What would be equal value for such a
prime location? Here are just a few
suggestions which are discussed below:
1) permanently designed free (and easy)
public access, 2) a guaranteed share of
the jobs, 3) ongoing program forjob
training, 4) bond posted to prevent a
half-completed job and the resulting
"skeleton," 5) specific system to keep
sewage completely off the reef and out
of the ocean.
Free Public Access
Historically Sunset Beach was a fa-
vorite place for local families as well as
tourists. The public had free and easy
access to the site and made frequent use
of it. This free access must be pre-
served, regardless of whatever else is
done with the site. And this free access
cannot just be a vague promise in a con-
tract, but must be clearly spelled out
and designed into any plans that are
Free access must
mean clear and easy pub-
lic passage for local residents
to reach the beach without hav-
- ing to pass through security
guards, a fancy hotel lobby and restau-
rants or even appearing to enter a hotel
property. Take a look at Harbour Vil-
lage for an example of how NOT to do
it. Who would want to go to and from
the beach with their gear, food, wet
swimsuits and crying children if they
Contract Point One
So point one in any contract for
the Sunset Beach site must be a
separate public entrance, open 24
hours, which does not require
walking through a new hotel.
There must also be adequate park-
ing for families who want to use the
have to pass through a fancy hotel?
Guaranteed Share of the Jobs
The main reason for the island to ac-
cept a large hotel to the island is for the
ontinued on page 7
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
Finding Balance (Continued from page 6)
jobs it will provide. A 570-room hotel
should create 300 to 400 jobs. But if
the bulk of the jobs go to foreigners, it
does not do the local population much
good. And the jobs must be at all lev-
els, not just the low and entry level po-
But one problem with creating 300 to
400 new jobs is the fact that we do not
currently have the workers from Bon-
aire to fill those jobs. Will we then
have to import workers from South
America, as Aruba has done? Or will
the developer bring its own staff from
Perhaps a way to turn the problem
into an opportunity is to put into the
agreement with any developer the re-
quirement for annual job training for
our young people and re-training pro-
grams for older workers to move up the
ladder. The job training should start
while the hotel is still in construction so
that when it opens there are local peo-
ple in the jobs. Provision must also be
made for a phase-out of a certain per-
cent of foreign workers in case they are
needed only at startup.
Two and Three
In any land deal our government
must require a guaranteed mini-
mum percent of Bonaire workers
at the start and have that portion
increase over time. The agreement
must also include formal training
and re-training programs for Bon-
aire workers at all levels.
History provides some good lessons
here. Remember the number of years
looking at the half-complete projects
like Caribbean Court and Eden Beach.
The years that the Parker project sat
and depreciated until bought for a song
by the van der Valk family. And there
is the still incomplete Esmeralda Pro-
ject and the Dutch Rooster Apartment
complex that is once again stopped.
The damage to the island of such failed
projects goes far beyond the visual.
Workers are laid off and suppliers are
left unpaid. The Central Government is
still paying off on the Parker Project
fiasco. Esmeralda is now in the hands
of a second developer who has profited
from his deal without finishing the pro-
The only way to prevent more failed
projects is to first perform adequate
'due diligence' on the potential devel-
oper and the potential project to insure
that the necessary funding is available.
There are several retired developers on
the island who estimate that a 570-room
hotel will cost at least $75 to $100 mil-
lion to build today. Even a mid-range
hotel of that size with food and bever-
age facilities would cost over $60 mil-
lion. These numbers are supported by
the 2004 International Hotel Develop-
ment Cost Survey.
The financing alone will cost perhaps
$400,000 to $500,000 a month at a
minimum. That's almost $1,000 a
month per room-just for the financing.
At an occupancy rate of 65%, it will
take about $35 to $45 dollars a day per
room, againjust to cover the loan fi-
nancing. That means a very high room
rate. Can Bonaire tourists (mostly di-
vers) support another luxury hotel? Are
the pockets of the potential developer
deep enough to
S charges until
pancy? Let's hope there are some de-
velopment and financing experts exam-
ining the proposals before a contract is
Beyond 'due diligence' there are
other ways to help insure completion.
The island should also require a bond to
be posted or an insurance policy pur-
chased to the benefit of Bonaire in case
the project fails. The size of the bond
must be enough to either tear down or
complete the skeleton and the owner-
ship of the project must revert to the
island and not some bank where it will
live in litigation for years.
Reef Protection Plan
With what is known in the world to-
day about the damage sewage does to a
reef, there is absolutely no reason to
allow new projects to put one drop of
used water into the ocean. If a project
is started before the proposed sewer
system is in place, an alternate plan
must be required that keeps all grey and
black water away from the reef.
In the table below we have outlined
the type of win-win deal that needs to
be struck if Bonaire is to give away its
Contract Point Six
A minimum four-stage tertiary
treatment water management
plant will be required as well as a
plan for sewage pickup and re-
moval from the site.
prime beach location for development.
In the next article we will look at the
question of size. How many new beds
does Bonaire really need? 1 Special to
The Bonaire Reporter
Ideas for a Win-Win Contract
Developer Wins Bonaire Wins
Prime location on island Guaranteed share of jobs at all levels
(including the construction phase)
Free or inexpensive land On-going job training by the developer
Tax Holiday Permanent free, easy public beach access
Profitable, on-going business Bond or insurance against incomplete job
Other incentives or concessions? Protection for the reef from sewage
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
The demolition of Sunset Beach to be replaced with what?
Four and Five
A bond must be posted or insurance
policy in place to protect the island in
the event of a failed project. All plans
(financial and construction) should be
screened by a board of experts who
deal in finance, construction and de-
velopment and know what to look for.
at S ecial Olympics
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Cessna 402B (twin engine aircraft)
Passengers: 100 up to 150 per day;
Freight: Average 2 freight flights per
Staff: 14 people; Internet site: www.
flydivi.com bookings can be requested
A Dutch-CaribbeanExel was de-
clared bankrupt Friday. Most of its
staff were hired by ArkeFly which will
continue the Amsterdam-Curaqao route
flying twice a week, expanding eventu-
ally to four flights a week. Tickets start
at NAf767 which is competitive with
KLM fares. Passengers holding
DCExel tickets can exchange them for
new ArkeFly tickets. The airline flies
The bankruptcy of DCExel was coor-
dinated with the takeover by ArkeFly
who also took over HollandExel routes.
ArkeFly is affiliated with the tour op-
erator TUI Netherlands.
b Two short circuits in the Bonaire
power grid caused outages last week
The most serious was last Monday when
there were two interruptions of service
for most customers. The first failure was
around 0715 and lasted about two hours.
The second failure was around 1530, due
to a short circuit in the cable between the
power plant south of Belnem (former
Trans World Radio site) and the central
power plant at Hato.
A bird that flew into an overhead
(Continued on page 11)
Roosje, Delno, Suzy
Last Saturday members of the
FKPD (handicapped center),
Special Olympics Bonaire and friends
and family of Delno Tromp celebrated
his birthday at Croccantino Restaurant.
It was a goodbye party too for Delno as
he's accepted a position with the UN-
UNEP (United Nations Educational
Program) in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa.
Delno has been the Caribbean Na-
tional Director of Special Olympics
and has worked diligently with Bon-
aire's teams for the last few years.
Delno has been Director of US market-
ing for the TCB and was the innovator
of the very success Bonaire Ambassa-
dors Program, among his many other
Ferina (Roosje) van der Hoek-Goeloe
will take over as National Director of
the Special Olympics Bonaire. Suzy
Bakker will take over Roosje's job as
the new PR Officer and Secretary of
the Special Olympics Bonaire.
The parting gift for Delno, put to-
gether by Roosje, was a collage of pho-
tos of Delno and his friends during his
life here in Bonaire.
All of us will miss you lots and lots,
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
IACHTINGA NDSS AB I3SSSSiSP AGES
PWA is On The Wav
Mosje Vingerhoets doing a one-handed Gecko Flaka
T he countdown is on for the 3rd Maduro and Curiel's Bank Bonaire PWA
King of the Caribbean set for May 15-22. This is the biggest event yet with
over 39 males from nations around the world registered at this early date for Bon-
aire's first Grand Prix / World Cup event. More are expected to register in the
weeks to come. The biggest news is in the Women's Division with over 14 women
set to compete for $15,000 in cash prizes.
Twin super stars, Iballa and Daida Moreno, are returning and bringing two top pro
women from their home in Gran Canaria, Spain. Women from Germany, France,
Venezuela and Sweden will be coming to make this year's women's division a not-
Pros are already on island training for this event. The popularity of Bonaire as a
near perfect training ground brings sailors here early to prep for this King of the
Caribbean. Attendance is important for all in the freestyle tour for 2005. Sailors at-
tending the event score points that are cumulative towards the final scores for the
top places. Naturally with its reputation as a well run event with great parties and
top name pros, this is the place to be in May. O Ann Phelan
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
4-29 5:02 2.0FT. 14:23 0.7FT. 79
4-30 6:02 1.9FT. 15:00 0.7FT. 69
5-01 7:06 1.8FT. 15:32 0.8FT. 60
5-02 1:11 1.3FT. 8:03 1.7FT. 15:53 0.9FT. 22:42 1.4FT. 56
5-03 3:23 1.2FT. 9:05 1.6FT. 16:07 1.0FT. 22:25 1.5FT. 58
5-04 4:55 1.1FT. 10:04 1.5FT. 16:11 1.1FT. 22:36 1.6FT. 65
5-05 6:18 1.1FT. 11:12 1.3FT. 15:55 1.1FT. 22:59 1.7FT. 74
5-06 7:46 1.OFT. 12:33 1.2FT. 15:04 1.1FT. 23:33 1.8FT. 82
Andiamo Honalee, USA Santa Maria
Adventure Quest Infinity Sandpiper, USA
Angelos Jan Gerardus Sirius
Argo Klsey Sylvia K
Bernard Lava Take It Easy
Bright Sea L'Quila, BVI Ti Amo, USA
Calacanto Luna C. USA Tish
Camissa, Chan Is. Lusistra Tomorrow
Cape Kathryn Maki, France Ulu Ulu, USA
Clemencia Nails Ulysses
Felicity Natural Selection Unicorn, Norway
Flying Cloud, USA Ouf Varedhuni, Germany
Gabrielle Pyewacket Ya-T, BVI
Galandriel Rusty Bucket Yanti Paratzi
Guaicamar I, Ven. Sabbatical Zahi, Malta
To Be Repaired
During Hurricane Ivan
in September last year
the wood and concrete dock
used by fishing boats in Kral- ... ;
endijk was badly damaged.
The situation is still danger-
ous as parts of the dock are
Although the Island Gov-
ernment applied to Holland
for disaster relief, it hasn't yet
arrived. Nevertheless the Is-
land Government has decided to
S, sing their own fnds. Re- Mingel Martis, head of DROB- Public Works
fix it, using their own funds. Re- Drai
pairs are expected to be completed Department, Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina
soon. a Press release and Mr. Ridderstaat look over the
S TINAPA Bonaire has
extended its contract
with Harbour Village Ma-
rina for the administration
and maintenance of the
Kralendijk yacht moorings.
Their responsibilities under
this contract include check-
ing in boats after they clear
Customs and collecting the
$10 daily mooring fee. Harbour Village Marina keeps 25% of that fee in return for
their work. They can also provide STINAPA brochures containing information on the
Bonaire National Marine Park, Washington Slagbaai National Park and water sport
rules and regulations. Harbor Village Marina will provide access to the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park orientations and sell the STINAPA Nature Fee Tags. In addition
they perform twice daily tours of the mooring field for a yacht count and mooring in-
spection as well as provide maintenance for the floats and lines. STINAPA can be
reached at 717-8444 if you want further information. O Press release
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
Rincon Day -A Real Bonairean Event The Schedule
Francisco "Bubuchi" Janga, son
of the late "Mr. Rincon," Bro-
etje Janga, is following in his father's
footsteps and heading up the organiz-
ing committee for the 17th annual
Rincon Day (Dia di Rincon) this Sat-
urday, April 30. Those people who
are on the committee are those who, as
Bubuchi explains, "people who know
the traditions, what Rincon Day is sup-
posed to be. It's for everyone, not just
for the people with money. Those peo-
ple who have a lot of knowledge of
our culture don't have a lot of money."
The excitement actually begins the
night before with a "pep rally" of cars,
flying Rincon flags, which will gather
at the Stadium in Playa at 6 pm and
parade through the different barios
(neighborhoods), arriving in Rincon
around 7 pm. Stands selling food and
drinks will have been set up in the
streets of Rincon and it's Ban Topa
(let's all meet) time where there's
dancing in the streets.
Saturday the camaraderie continues.
There will be music everywhere, with
three main stages set up for entertain-
ment and several smaller ones nearby.
There will be parades, games, bands,
fun. Bring your camera for great photo
Stands will be selling all that good
Rincon traditional comida (food) like
kabrito stoba (goat stew), boka dushi
(sweet things), bachi bach i(a stew
made from many parts of the goat -
said to be delicious). The stands them-
selves are works of art, the creators us-
ing the native materials growing on the
island. This year there will be a compe-
Rincon flag at the 2004 Rincon Day
tition for the best ones.
If you really want to be "in," get
yourself 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 Nico-
laas' store in the village.
Groups from Bonaire, Curaqao and
Aruba will be on hand to entertain. Due
to the lack of airline capacity 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! O L.D.
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 Rincon
at 7 pm. In Rincon, stands set up for food
and drink and music in all the bars and res-
taurants 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 years 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 di Bario 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-
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 peo-
ple in old time Rincon dress. (Route: Kaya
Marino, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya Commerce, Kaya C. D. Crestian,
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.
Hubentut pa Cristu
Selling Books for Rincon Day
uring the Rincon Day festivities this Saturday stop by the stand
next to the Protestant church where there will be lots of second-
hand books for sale including children's books and books in English.
All of you who love to read are welcome! The stand is run by the Huben-
tutpa Cristu (young people for Christ).
Elly Oudshoorn writes that about 40 years ago there was a successful
youth group at the Protestant Church in Rincon. As the members left the
island the club declined. But two years ago, members of the church who
were once members of the Hubentut themselves, wanted to revive the
club where the youth of Rincon could come for activities. With the support of many
people they started to rebuild the old building connected to the kerki (church) of Rin-
con. With the financial help of "Wings of Support," KLM personnel, new inventory
will be purchased. New furniture was delivered two weeks ago, thanks to them!
But they need material to keep the youngsters busy with handicrafts like painting,
sewing, woodworking, playing ping pong, etc. so they need to raise money. They're
also looking for second hand computers.
This year at the stand they have plenty of good books and all the profit goes towards
getting everything they need for the club.
For more information or if you can help, call Elly Oudshoor, tel. 717-3227 or 786-
0870. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 1
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 8)
power line most likely caused the first
short circuit. This has happened several
times in the past. To avoid this, warning
balls were placed on the cables. The sec-
ond power failure was fixed around 1700.
t According to the Bonaire Econom-
ics Department there has been more con-
struction of houses, more extensions and
more other small construction and reno-
vations in 2004 than in 2003. The total
construction value was 78% more than in
P On March 1st, the cost of a first re-
quest for a work permit increased from
NAf350 to NAf550 per year. A renewal
will now cost NAf375. Work permits for
short term projects are NAf250 for three
months. These fees will increase again in
March 2006, from NAf550 to NAf750
for first permit requests and from
NAf375 to NAf500 for renewals. Work
permits for short term projects will go to
NAf350. Requests for changes in work
permits for foreign employees will be
considered as first requests and will be
charged with the new applicable rates. In
2004, 520 work permit requests were ap-
proved, 17 (2.44%) were denied; 148
business licenses were granted, an in-
crease of 47 over 2003.
P The free Spanish classes sponsored
by the Consulado General de la Repub-
lica Bolivariana (ak.a.Venezuela) are
filled until October-November. For
more information call 717-8275 between
9 am and 3 pm.
A New on Bonaire Pedisa Day Spa
is offering a "White Peel" for the face.
The concept of using acids for a vigorous
renewal of the skin is very old. Cleopatra
wrote a book in which she described the
use of fruit acids to renew and beautify
the skin, and it was an ancient "best
seller" for 200 years Today's acids speed
skin turnover, remove skin lesions and
restore the firmness, elasticity and inter-
nal moisture-holding properties. Pedisa's
treatment is totally comfortable and
leaves your skin young looking and silky
smooth. Call them at 717-4111 for more
information. Pedisa Day Spa is located
across from the post office, next to the
parliament members' building. See their
ad on page 4.
Day is only a
8th. You can
send a short
ing Mom your
her with a
free advertisement in the Classified
section of The Bonaire Reporter. Fax
717-8988 or e-mail
Looking for some great deals?
Check out The Great Escape. For ex-
ample, how about an Amstel or Polar
beer for NAf ? That's what they cost on
Friday from 7 to 8 pm, which follows the
two-hour Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm.
Perhaps you might like to take Mom to
their Sunday Brunch, which begins at 10
am, or rent one of their new DVDs. See
their advertisement on page 24.
Healing Touch classes are about to
begin again on Bonaire. If you want to
learn more about this proven technique to
help heal yourself and others join the free
orientation class on Thursday, May 5th,
from 7-8 pm at the Caribbean Club
Bonaire at Hilltop. See the notice on
page 6 for more details and contact num-
This week's Benetton model is
nine-year-old Ore Cristely Cranston.
The Benetton ad is on page 12. O L./G.D.
I N1 LtI
Tickets for the main concerts are
now on sale at City Cafe, TCB, Kon Tiki
Restaurant, Bongos Beach, Plaza Re-
sort and the Bonaire Boekhandel.
Only NAf30 for the
FULL 3-DAY PROGRAM.
Jazz Group -sketch by Harry Henson
During the Festival Week 25+ musicians will perform. They include: Denise
Jannah, Ced Ride, Avila Blues House band, Cuban Express, X-Hale, Bern-
abela Bislip Project, Freewinds Band with special guests, Stacey Francis, Latin
Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio, Stingway and many others.
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation provides support to the SGB High School and the
Centro di Barios with funds that broaden musical education. They gave a fundrais-
ing concert aboard the Freewinds just for that purpose When SGB students serve
drinks and food at Wilhelmina Plaza on the 19th of May, the revenues from that
will go to the school and sentro di barios.
Not only will the Festival organizers give away 20 tickets for the main concerts
to SGB students with musical talents and interests, they will donate 25% of the
Festival profits to the same groups. So get your tickets now. What's the delay? 1
Kaya Korona just before blacktopping
P The first section of the rebuilt Kaya Korona was opened last weekend.
Due to the heavy rain, there was a significant delay in the reconstruction.
Now, another section, up to North Salifia, will be rebuilt at a cost of NAf5.5 mil-
lion. This road was totally reconstructed, including the foundation, and will serve
as model road for the other roads of Bonaire such as Kaya Betico Croes. The road
building budget for 2005 is NAf12 million.
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
S" lue Planet" Assistant Pro-
U ducer Jo Ruxton and
Camerman Michael Pitts were on the
island for the last three weeks, film-
ing Bonaire topside and under the
sea. Six years ago BBC was here do-
ing extensive filming of the flamin-
goes and the salt pyramids. This year
Jo and Mike spent a lot of time at
Washington-Slagbaai National Park
and other wilderness areas. They
filmed the iguanas in the water at Pos
Mangel, the blowhole, the salt works.
At Fontein they built a hide (blind)
25 feet high from which to observe
the Bonairean Lora. "I had to climb
over razor blade rocks to do it,"
According to Series Producer
Karen Bass of the BBC Natural His-
tory Unit, they're doing the natural
history of the whole Caribbean the
islands, reefs, hurricanes, the coast
from Panama to the Yucatan. They'll
be covering the different ecologies:
in Cuba the caves and the bats, in Do-
minica and St. Lucia, the volcanoes;
in Bonaire and Aruba they'll zero in
on the desert the geological and topog-
raphical points, with an emphasis on cac-
The filming is for a four-part, one-hour-
each, series on the Caribbean: Firstly, an
overview of the whole Caribbean, includ-
ing its geology. The second covers
"treasure islands," their corals, man made
artificial reefs, and piracy. The third is
about Hurricane Hell how animals cope.
The fourth and last is on the mainland
Caribbean: Panama, Nicaragua.
The BBC Team: Michael Pitts and Jo
Ruxton with Lora
ally they discovered four new species of
fish in the river. "We divers, going down
to 40 meters to film, saw what we thought
were interesting fish," says Mike. "It
turned out that they had never been seen
before! Going down to 90 meters our
ROV filmed two more!" Mike continues,
"The Amazon is amazing; at some point
near Manaus (Brazil) it's 18 miles wide."
Mike also has fun relating how he set
out to film the Siberian tiger, in the times
when the country was still under Commu-
nism. "For six weeks I was in the forest in
Siberia, searching and waiting. One night
we heard one, but we never did see one."
Jo was 14 years in Hong Kong working
with World Wildlife in conservation is-
sues, especially trying to curtail the build-
ing of the new Hong Kong airport as it
was endangering the environment of the
of the pink dolphin. She now operates out
of England for the BBC. She and the
"Blue Planet" team worked for five years
in 200 different locations to film the epic
eight-hour series. "We had 2,500 hours
of footage," she recalls.
Will film be replaced some day by
video? At this point film still offers more
latitude in exposure than video. However,
a future BBC series, "Planet Earth," will
be done in high definition video, the cut-
ting edge technology in video today.
Hampered by overcast skies, the team
nonetheless got great footage, they re-
ported. On their final day they filmed the
island from a helicopter. OL.D.
Vicky Bissessar, President of The Dare To Care Foundation, keynotes the
festivities surrounding the inauguration of the Playground Project.
L ast Sunday hundreds of people as
well as top island officials
showed up to witness the placing of the
first stone for the Parke Publiko Boneri-
ano, a public park for all Bonaireans but
especially for the children and elderly.
Davika, Vicky to her friends, Bissessar
founded the We Dare to Care Founda-
tion to meet her goal in 2002. Now in
April 2005, realization of the project is
Vicky, a mother of four, decided to
commit her time, energy and fundraising
efforts to get a public playground and
park in a central spot in Bonaire. Armed
with an idea, she set out to convince and
bring together a group of people to fur-
ther develop this project. Last Sunday
she saw the first concrete step of her
dream come true.
"I feel we urgently need to focus on
our kids from ages one to 12 years," she
said. "Our kids are the future leaders of
this island and we owe it to them to pre-
pare them as best we can. They need a
basic playground where they can inter-
act, play and develop their abilities
Based on its comprehensive plan, the
island government granted the founda-
tion an option on a 3.480 m2 piece of
land of behind the hospital, and AMFO,
the Antillean co-funding Foundation
provided a grant of NAf419.399,00 to
supplement private donations. O G.D.
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
DIVING with DEE
What Can We Learn from Sponges?
t was 1982. We were finally able
to get back into the water after the
first wind reversal I'd seen on Bonaire.
Although I'd expected to find devas-
tated reefs, the coral heads I saw were
mostly unaffected. Later, when Cap-
tain Don asked me how the reef looked,
I told him the sponges had some silt on
them but the coral looked fine. Don
informed me that I should dust the
sponges. "Dust the sponges?" I re-
peated, incredulously, "Do you think
I'm crazy? Why in the world would I
If you know Don at all, it should be
no surprise to you that I did dust
sponges. If you know me at all, it
should be no surprise that it only took
about 10 years for the reason to register
Remember that sponges pull seawater
in, filter out oxygen and food, and push
the filtered water back into the sea.
Sponges don't reverse their current, so
any silt that lands on a sponge is actu-
ally held there to some extent by the
sponge's intake current. The more silt
there is on the sponge, the more diffi-
cult it is for the cells of the sponge to
suck water in; the less seawater the
sponge can filter, the less oxygen and
food the sponge can acquire.
But that's not the only consequence
of silt on a sponge.
Once there's silt on the sponge, algae
will sooner or later begin growing on
the silt. Where there are algae there
will be, eventually, a damselfish to
farm. Damsels are ambitious farmers
who are always ready to extend their
holdings. Under normal circumstances
algae is prevented from growing on
sponges by the sponge's outer surface.
The damsels nibble away at this sur-
face, and algae begin to grow on the
The sponge on which I watched this
process take place disintegrated in less
than 10 years.
Don was right, as usual. Fanning the
silt from sponges does help.
fins, which defeats the purpose of
* If a great glob of silt falls onto
coral or another sponge, fan that
one, too. More usually the silt dis-
sipates in the water.
* Be very careful around sand bot-
toms! Fanning silt off a sponge
around sand can stir up more silt;
move extra slowly until you see the
* Be very careful around photogra-
phers! Once the fanning begins,
the silt in the water won't help un-
derwater photos. Try to be consid-
erate of the photographers' needs
as well as those of the sponges.
* Check the sponge for other animals
before fanning it. I prefer not to
disturb the arrow crabs, soapfish,
and balloonfish I occasionally see
on silty sponges. Once in a while I
see a frogfish on a sponge I'm
about to fan, which is wonderful -
but more often the frogfish's cam-
ouflage works and I only notice it
because it sways differently from
the sponge when I dust.
* Dusting sponges is an especially
useful activity when you're cold:
the vigorous movements will not
only help the sponge, they'll warm
One very nice consequence of
sponge-dusting is that you pay more
attention to sponges. You're more
likely to notice the delicate pattern of
waterways that encrusting sponges
have, or the compartmentalized exterior
of an azure vase sponge.
You may also notice clues to the
past of a sponge:
Look for scooped out sections of
tube sponges where a sponge crab
There are a few things to keep in has clipped away a piece of
mind before fanning sponges: sponge.
Notice the way those scooped-out
You don't want to actually touch sections g
sections grow back, often with a
the sponge at all, just fan the water new tube.
near it with your hand.
(Occasionally someone asks me if
(Occasionally someone asks me if Look around multiple tube sponge
it wouldn't clear more silt if they formations for other tubes that may
used their fins instead of their have broken off the main one and
have broken off the main one and
hands. The answer is NO; fins are attached nearby. Where did they
attached nearby. Where did they
too big, our hands give us just the attach? What new growth is occur-
control we need. Also, we're ring
likely to kick the sponge with our
A sponge with a history. In thepast, a sponge crab clipped apiece of sponge
for itself diagonally, from the end of this purple tube sponge tube. The tube
healed itself at the end of the crab's cut closest to the sponge's base. The exten-
sion beyond the healed tube end is the part of the original tube end that the crab
did not take; its edges are rounding, and new tubes are emerging from it.
Always consider the relationship
between a sponge's shape and its
location. The shape of a human be-
ing, or a scorpionfish, or a butterfly is
pretty much determined by its species.
Sponges like plants grow in re-
sponse to their environments.
One of my favorite adaptations I've
only seen once. I was snorkeling in an
area where strong currents move in and
out of Lac Bay. This sponge was grow-
ing from a rock in such a way that the
current -- no matter how strong it was -
could push the sponge to the ground.
When the current lessened, the rock
rolled back and the sponge was vertical
again! The sponge and rock functioned
together like that inflatable toy clown
with sand in its base: no matter how
much you push it down, it always re-
turns to a vertical position.
One of the best places to look at
sponge growth is beneath Bon-
aire's Old Pier. First of all, because
of the heavy shade the pilings are not
hospitable to most corals, which com-
pete with sponges for space on the reef.
With only orange cup coral to compete
with, sponges grow in great profusion
and great variety.
Second, because during a Pier renova-
tion from 1988 to 1991, 50 of the Pier's
pilings were scraped bare of growth.
The Sponge Reattachment Project tied
more than 555 sponges back onto the
reinforced and the denuded pilings.
These sponges were tied to the pilings
vertically, for maximum contact with
the piling. Their growth patterns vary
Third, because after Hurricane Ivan's
surge broke many sponges free of Old
Pier pilings, volunteer divers tied an-
other hundred or so sponges to the pil-
ings. These sponges were attached in
various ways, depending on the individ-
ual teams who were tying, so they give
us even more chances to watch sponge
Another wonderful thing about
sponges and Bonaire: we can
watch sponges grow. Whether
you're an off-island subscriber to The
Reporter or a resident of Bonaire;
whether a snorkeler or scuba diver, you
can select a few sponges in one or more
of the underwater places you especially
like, and keep an eye on them. You
could photograph them, or log a com-
plete description every month or every
visit, including what other creatures are
living around them. Our own Adopt-A-
Sponge Project what great informa-
tion we'd get from that! O Story and
Photo by Dee Scarr
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, 8:30pm.
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
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Ask the Dietitian
Some Tips to Cut Down Saturated
Fat in Your Low-Cholesterol Diet!
he amount and the type of fat (saturated fat) that you eat has a great ef-
fect on blood cholesterol levels. Here are some tips to cut down fat, espe-
cially saturated fat from your diet:
* Do not exceed 2 egg yolks a week
* Consider a serving size 100 grams of meat, poultry or fish. This is the size of a
deck of playing cards. For example 1 chicken breast, 1 chicken thigh or 1
* Trim all visible fat from meat, and remove skin before cooking poultry.
* For milk, use a serving size of 2 glasses for adults. If you drink whole milk, try
2% fat milk and progress to 1% and /2% fat milk, and then, possibly to skim
* Select cheeses marked with 40+, 30+ or 20+. Low fat cheese contains as much
calcium as high fat cheese.
* Choose frozen desserts with no more than 3 grams of fat per serving.
* Regular yoghurt has more than twice the amount of calcium as frozen yoghurt.
* Oils are good choices for cooking. Select canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame,
sunflower, soybean, etc.
* Select a margarine containing no more than 2 grams of saturated fat per table-
* Macadamia nuts and coconuts are high in saturated fat.
* A serving size of oil or margarine is 1 teaspoon.
* Most desserts are rich in calories. Choose desserts that are low fat or fat free.
* Select desserts with no more than 3 grams of fat per serving.
* For special occasions, prepare cakes, pies, and cookies with margarine or oil,
milk with no more than 1% fat, and egg whites or egg substitutes.
Foods that must be included in any diet are fruits and vegetables. They con-
tain little or no fat and are low in calories (except coconut and avocado). They
are good sources of fiber and vitamins. Your menu should include 3-4 servings
of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits every day:
* For cooking use a non-stick cooking spray to prepare pans for cooking.
* Do not forget that fat-free products are not calorie free. Some fat free desserts
have so much sugar or other sweetener added that they are only slightly lower in
calories than the original food.
* Read the label for the amount of food listed as one
serving. Remember, if you eat more than a serving,
you get more of everything calories, fat, saturated
fat, and cholesterol. OAngelique Salsbach
Angilique 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 dieti-
oI. LOS TLORA-
Lora with ID ring lost
near Vos di Bonaire.
Says "Hola, Mami,"
Call Marlis, 717-
Big porch sale: Sat. May 7,
2005 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at Kaya Hu-
landa 16. Various households together:
furniture, baby crib, clothes, toys,
books, household items and much
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
THE BONAIRE GARDNER
This week I will
write about the
strength of tropical
plants. I thought
about that this week
driving on the
some strange tourists
found it necessary to
break off the branches
of several Coconut
Palm trees. I felt
that they would die
because a palm
should always have a Truurutu (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
branch at the heart to
stay alive. But last
week, after maybe two months, I was very pleased to see that they all had new
sprouts again, and with a little help from good watering and maybe some strong
Nitrogen-fertilizer they will be okay. This again proved to me that especially Co-
conut Palms are really tough creatures. We knew this from the periods after Hurri-
canes Lenny and Ivan, where a lot of palms were really beaten up but came back
very nicely. This also goes for a lot of other types of tropical plants, so don't give
up too quickly on them if for some reason they are not looking well. The only ex-
ception to that is maybe the recent outburst of the mealy bug that seems to kill
some varieties. If the infected plants are looking dead, please don't hesitate to take
them out and get rid of them.
In my last articles I wrote about hedging plants, and I ended my last story with
some flowering types of hedge plants. I've already written a lot about Oleanders,
as they are used so much on Bonaire and are really strong and colorful. Just a small
reminder there are a lot different types available, even on our small island. We
grow and plant 12 different types, and they all vary in height and thickness, so if
you plan on planting some Oleanders as a hedge, make sure you use the right vari-
ety. They come in white, salmon, yellow, peach red pink and everything in be-
The Tuturutu, or Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is well known on Bonaire too, but
not used so much as a hedge. They grow very easily without a lot of water and
bloom all year round. They can stand wind, salty areas and just require a little bit
of good organic soil. They come in yellow, orange and red, and all have really
nicely shaped flowers. The orange and yellow types grow the strongest and high-
est, but the red one makes a thicker hedge. The only problem is that if you want
them to grow as a hedge, you have to prune them regularly. After they bloom the
top part dies and they sprout out again underneath, but all those dead parts look a
bit ugly. But after blooming they get a lot of brown seed pods that the parrots
really like, so if you don't mind the dry parts, please leave the pods on and enjoy
the birds, and prune them afterwards.
Another good quality of this plant is that when they are growing thickly, they get
a little spiny and make excellent covers against walls, if you don't want unexpected
visitors entering your property.
The security situation is, unfortunately, becoming more and more important and
brings me to my next article, Plants and Safety. It's too bad to have to write an arti-
cle about this topic, but we do get a lot of questions about it.
So I hope to meet you again in two weeks. In the meantime, keep watching out
for the drought and water your plants because the wind is still dry and strong! 1
Ap van Eldik
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains resi-
dential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra
cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.
with the Reporter
Truk Lagoon, Chuuk,
,Federated States of Micronesia
A ccording to John and Sue Ciurczak from Haledon, NJ, USA, they never go
anywhere without The Bonaire Reporter! They sent us three pictures of
themselves in Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia with it. They
wrote, "We spent several days on land at the Blue Lagoon Resort on the island of
Chuuk, then spent a week on the live-aboard dive boat TrukAgressor II."
Our favorite photo was the one of them on the Heian Maru, taken by Alan Law-
lor, (a crew member on the TrukAggressor).
Maybe they should sell their underwater newspaper housing for the use of very
busy Bonaire divers who don't want to miss a single issue of The Reporter. 1
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST
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Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
Flowers for Mother's Day
H ow about drawing Mom a flower for Mother's Day?
I chose one of our island flowers, the hibiscus, to demonstrate how easy it can be
to draw flowers. After choosing and picking the flower off my neighbor's bush, I
took many photographs before peeling it apart to check out each section thoroughly.
To start your drawing, follow these five easy steps:
3. Now that you have mastered
the parts of the flower separately, it
is time to put them all together.
Lightly draw a dotted line in the
shape of an oval. (fig.3) Draw in
five guide line marks for each of
the five petals. Draw in the base of
the pistil about 1/3 of the way from
1. Draw the flower one petal at a
time. (fig.1) The hibiscus has five
petals. Practice drawing each petal
separately. When I draw this flower,
I mentally think of the texture, feel
and look of each section. Think of
words like soft, fluffy, smooth, light,
and curly as you work your way
around the edges. It even helps to say
Those words out loud to get the mo-
tions of your fingers to respond.
2. Draw the pistil, which is the stalk-like part in the center.
(fig.2) Notice how it is larger at the base and gets slender to-
wards the top. The base is the area of the ovary. At the end
of the pistil you will have five little straight lines with oval
dots on the ends of each one. These dots are the stigmas.
They receive the pollen during fertilization. Then add all the
little dots midway. These are the anthers that contain pollen
and are usually yellow. (Please excuse me if all the scientific
information isn't exactly correct. I went to www. enchanted
learning. com to get help with the biological names and their
example flower was not a hibiscus!)
4. It is now time to connect the
dots. (fig. 4) Remember to go
softly, lightly and curly around
the flower edges. Talking out
loud is allowed and is actually a
sign of a good dedicated artist.
5. Use a colored marker or paint to
make it bright and cheerful.
Happy Mother's Day.
JanArt; Janice HuckabyO
This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby of
lanArt. Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246for information
on art lessons or to view her artworks
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
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ust to show you that we weren't kidding about it being "kitten season" at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter, here's a photo showing five kittens from two or maybe three
different mothers having lunch from one of the moms. Right now at the Shelter there
are about 20 kittens ready for adoption. And their moms, who are also social, well ad-
justed and healthy cats, are looking for homes too.
Kittens are adorable, but there are never enough homes to take them all in. The Shel-
ter has a Sterilization Program that can help. If you have a pet that is constantly going
into heat or always running away looking for a mate, call Shelter Director Jurrie
Mellema at 717-4989. He can make arrangements with the veterinarians to have your
animals sterilized. It makes for a much better life for them and a better companion for
So far this year there have been 55 adoptions, cats and dogs, and all these animals
have been sterilized or will be when they are old enough.
Interestingly, there are fewer puppies being brought in to the Shelter since the
very successful Massive Sterilization Program last October. For two weeks veteri-
narians from Holland, the US and Canada and volunteers, working nearly non-stop,
helped sterilize 222 dogs!
Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road and see for yourself what a
fine job they're doing with the healthy and social cats and dogs they have for adoption.
They're open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Telephone
YOGA FOR YOU
Tte Priw^ o
The most important guideline to bear in mind in yoga is always to coordi-
nate your breathing with your movements. Listen to your breath, as it will
let you know how far you can go into a pose. Breathe slowly and deeply through
your nose throughout the practice.
The whole idea is to regulate your breathing but not to strain it. You'll soon find
that this comes naturally and that you can learn to use your breathing gently to in-
crease a stretch safely. Listen to your body and relax if you feel the overwhelming
need to do so between postures.
The Child's Pose is absolutely wonderful to totally relax yourself.
Take it easy; always release a big stretch slowly, again keeping your breathing
slow and steady. Pull your spine upwards in all positions, creating lightness in your
Don't attempt the full pose until you are sure you can master it in proper align-
ment without discomfort. It is so important to listen to your body and not push it
beyond its limits.
Be aware of your alignment at all times, and never force your body to stretch fur-
ther than it is able.
Finally, stay relaxed! The aim is to remain mentally relaxed while stretching and
strengthening your body physically. The more relaxed you are, the easier you will
find it to perform the asanas (poses), and the greater the benefits. Above all, keep
smiling while you are practicing, this will stretch your facial muscles as well, and
enjoy the experience of a deeper knowledge of your body, mind, breath and heart.
Be the change you wish to see in yourself. O Desirde
Don andDesir&e of
"Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to ad-
Call 717-2727 or
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
Take a trip to
Isla di Yuana
Isla di Pedro
R eserve Sun-
day, May 1st
(Labor Day) to take a
Bonaire trip of discov-
ery to the mysterious
islands of Lac Bay.
That's when The Bon-
aire Friends of Nature (Amigunan di Naturalesa) are planning an excursion to
Iguana Island (Isla di Yuana) and Pedro Island (Isla di Pedro). "The Friends" are
Bonaire-born people who cherish the natural environment of their island. Only
with the guidance of B6i Antoin, Nolly Oleana and a few others can you discover
where the islands are.
To join them, take the road from Kralendijk toward Sorobon. Pass the well with
the windmill, and opposite the next big land survey marker look for parked cars. If
you get to Kon Tiki you've gone a bit too far.
A boat will leave the shore near the road to visit the Isla di Yuana when there is a
group of 8-10 people waiting. The trip takes about 10 minutes.
In earlier times the island served as a source of limestone. Once there was a road
connecting it to the main island, making it easy for fishermen 60 years ago to come
out and set their nets and traps. It's an island of miniature plants and trees. The
Kadushi and the Yatu cactus grow tall, but the trees like the Saddle tree and the
Palu di Sia (gum tree) are short and stunted like bonsai because of the wind and
About the same distance away is Isla di Pedro, the southernmost island of Lac.
You may have to wade through a channel about 80 cm. deep to get there, so bring
shoes and clothes that don't mind getting soaked. On arrival all will receive a glass
of natural lemonade and a sorghum pancake.
Pass by the Extra newspaper office to sign up. Call 717-8482 for directions if
you don't know where it is. The cost is NAf25 per person which includes a deli-
cious BBQ with fish soup on the Kon Tiki beach from 12 to 4 pm. If you don't
take the tours you can still have the BBQ for NAflO. O G./L.D./Boi Antoin
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
Callto make sure Usually 9:00p
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Saturday, April 30 World Tai Chi
Day. Ron Sewell is hoping to organ-
ize an open meeting for anyone inter-
ested in talking about what Tai Chi
may have to offer them. Anyone al-
ready practicing Tai Chi will be espe-
cially welcome. Call Ron at 717-2458
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day,
Queen's Birthday-See page 10 for
schedule and information. Washing-
ton-Slagbaai Park will be closed for
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON
MCB 5 km / 17.5 km run with
prizes. 7 am. Call Richard Pietersz at
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing
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 de-
tails on page 18. Call 717- 8482
(Extra newspaper). (page 18)
Thursday, May 5-Healing Touch
Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm,
Caribbean Club Bonaire (page 6)
Monday, May 2- Labor Day Holiday
Thursday, May 5- Holiday: Ascen-
May 15" to the 22nd King of the
Caribbean at Lac Bay. The event
will kick off the 2005 PWA Freestyle
Tour. For info, see www.
www. bonaireworldfreestyle. corn
May 19 to 22-Bonaire-
Harbourtown JAZZ FESTIVAL-
(see pages 8 and 11 )
May 19: Welcome Concert at Wil-
helmina 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 Caf6 and other
May 21: Main concert at Bongos
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
THE PACIFIER by
Adam Shankman, starring
Vin Diesel. This movie is great for
what it is meant to be, a family
friendly comedy. It has funny mo-
ments, touching moments, it gives
you chuckles and even a few laughs.
It isn't trying to win awards or stun
the audience with special effects. You
sit down, watch it, laugh a little, think
about how cute the kids are, then go
on with the rest of your day. I think it
is a decent, light movie worth at least
a matinee viewing. I'm sure the kids
will love it and I guess some grown
ups will do too. Vin Diesel is a big
muscular guy who walks around in
tight t-shirts so if you're attracted by
that you'll have a jolly good time.
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.
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.
Saturday Rincon Marsh3 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying 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 Flamingo
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,
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
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, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Wednesday (2nd and 4t) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation 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 Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day 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,
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit typical
homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
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 Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
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, 717-4321 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, Lunch 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 the Dii min Beahesrt Wa Berfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
17-At the D8285 Flamgoeac 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 out too.
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 Happy hours 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 Kaa Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundgredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
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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 / RENTAL AGENTS
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Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
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Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..
SrT he first time I came was in
1 1977, because my family had
repeatedly asked me to join in some pro-
jects they had on Bonaire. Bon Villas at
Sorobon was one of those projects. My
family owned 80 hectares of land there
which had to be developed. At the time I
wasn't so eager to come; I was 35, had
my own architect office in Holland, and I
was certainly not planning to stay. Never-
theless, I developed all the plans for Bon
Villas, and we started constructing the
first 10 apartments and a restaurant, the
one that's now called Kon Tiki.
I'd been traveling back and forth to
Holland, but when I realized how much
my love for the island was growing I de-
cided to stay.
It was 1981. I came with my wife Ria,
my son Mark who was 11, and Vronie,
my 13-year-old daughter. Mark went to
Papa Comes elementary school and Vro-
nie to SGB. The children found the island
very special and odd at the same time, but
they liked it and adapted rapidly. In the
beginning Ria enjoyed it too, but after a
while, because of all the years I'd been
traveling, she and I had grown apart. She
decided to return to Holland and we di-
vorced. Vronie stayed with me and Mark
went with Ria, but he came back and then
Vronie went to Holland to complete her
Bonaire in those days was paradise -
hardly any crime and very quiet a cozy
little island you fell in love with immedi-
ately. In the beginning I was mainly occu-
pied with the project at Sorobon, but once
I'd decided to stay, it went wrong. The
project seemed too comprehensive, and
Bonaire wasn't ready for it. I only had a
couple of hundred guilders left, and I
thought of jumping on the plane, back to
Holland where I had everything, but in-
stead I started a construction company
together with Marcel Busman: Busi Con-
struction N.V. I thought there would be a
need for something new as the prices of
the established construction companies
like Albo were very high.
Our first big project was the post office.
We had a wheel barrow and some spades
and no money at all, so we contracted the
job out to Comelis Jansen. Soon after
though, we partnered with Monument
Repair Curagao and Albo Aruba. To-
gether we did some real big projects like
the complete renovation of Flamingo
Beach Hotel; we built the rice mill; and
we started with the construction of Sand
Then Aruba got its 'status apart,' and
the partnership with Albo Aruba became
a problem as now taxes had to be paid on
all the materials and goods. It became too
expensive, so we dissolved the partner-
ship in a friendly way and I went on by
myself. We did a real big concrete job at
BOPEC and started with Buddy Dive.
Then the penshionados (retired persons)
came... and suddenly lots of mansions
had to be built.
But with the penshionados the era of
negativity began. The construction sector
suddenly had to deal with all kinds of
people who smelled money. Everybody
whose quality and schooling were at least
doubtful started his own construction
company. The government hardly
checked on social security obligations or
taxes that had to be paid, so a situation
was created in which these new people
could build for 30% less than the estab-
lished construction companies. For me
there was no need whatsoever to play this
game any longer, so I decided to hand
over all construction activities to my part-
ner and to occupy myself solely with con-
crete and cement. I started Concrete and
Cement Industry (BCI). We supplied all
the construction companies with every-
thing you could name in concrete. For
years we were very successful and partici-
pated in the construction of real big con-
crete works like the sea promenade, a
magnificent project of which I am very
proud, and that I carried out together with
De Antillen N.V. and BWM.
"But with the (coming of
the) penshionados the era of
negativity began. The
construction sector suddenly
had to deal with all kinds of
people who smelled money.
Everybody whose quality and
schooling were at least
doubtful started his own con-
Anton Sieverding (62) is a no-nonsense
man; self-confident, straight and to the
point. Although he 's retired, he's sitting
at his office accompanied by his son
Mark. "Mark studied motor vehicle tech-
niques and MEAO in Holland. When he
came back to Bonaire he started with me
as the second man. Eight years ago he
wanted to do something for himself and
we bought Island Rentals and expanded
the business. We combined it with the
rentals of the apartments we have and
made packages. The apartments we still
own, but Island Rentals and BCI have
Now I'm 'playing penshionado. 'I don't
know what it means exactly, but it's fun!
The only activity I'm still involved in to
keep myself busy is the rental of the
apartments and consulting in construc-
tional engineering... only if I really like
it! Now that I'm not working anymore I
spend my time fishing and it gives me
peace. Once in a while I go to a bar to
chat with people, but I never stay out late.
About 10 years ago I met my second
wife, Feli, here on Bonaire. She's Do-
minican, but when we met she'd been
living in the Antilles for many years. The
moment our relationship got serious I told
her to have her children come to live with
us as I knew they'd have much better op-
portunities here. So, we raised her daugh-
ter Nancy and son Juan. Now Juan is in
Holland with the Air force and doing
really well. Nancy lives and works here
and she has two children, Johnny, 5, and
It's great to be a grandfather, an enrich-
ment to my life! I'm spending a lot of
time with those two little guys, and the
good thing about being a grandparent is
that when you get tired you can bring
them back to their parents! When my
children were young it was different as I
was working, but we had always open
house, lots of friends and we did a lot of
fun things together with other families.
Seven years ago my daughter Vronie
came back to Bonaire when she was of-
fered a real nice job at the hospital. I
don't think Mark and Vronie intended to
come back, and I never asked them to
because I feel you can't ask your children
such a thing. But having them here has
added so much to my life. I'm very happy
to have my complete family with me.
When I look back at my life, I often think
about the choice I made to stay here.
When I see my old friends in Holland I
know I would have been better off mate-
rial wise if I'd stayed there, but here I
found far more ways to have a nicer life.
There have been real good times. I've
always worked very hard and at the top I
had 71 people working for me, but I al-
ways knew how to combine work with
free time and traveling. For 16 years I've
been doing business with Venezuela, and
I know Caracas better than Curacao, and
I've got my friends there too. On Bonaire
I've seen many people coming and going,
but it has always been easy to make
friends people of all ages and social
status that's so easy here, unlike in
Europe where society is much more com-
One of the negative things I experi-
enced here personally, when crime was at
its peak about four years ago, was that
people attacked me in my home and I was
shot. I can only say that I was happy to
survive, but it has been a difficult time. I
went to the south of Spain to see if we
could live there, but I didn't like it. No
culture, just a mixture of Dutch, British
and German shops and restaurants.
Bonaire is small, but at the same time
very big, it's not an empty village be-
cause so many people from all different
cultures and nationalities live and visit
here and there's always time to talk and
exchange opinions. I hope for the island
that we've reached the lowest point, that
we can let go of Curagao and that Bonaire
will get the chance to develop. Curagao
has never showed any respect for us, and
it has prevented us from growing. I hope
our government will also see to that eve-
ryone in all sectors will pay their taxes so
that Bonaire will finally have some re-
sources and we can offer our children a
future on the island and well educated
Bonaireans can come back.
As for my future, when I retired people
said, 'And now
you're going back to
Holland, I suppose!'
Well, after so many
years I feel more An-
tillean than Dutch
and I have no plan
whatsoever to leave."
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An Update on One of
the Most Beloved Star
Patterns in the
The Big Dipper
E very year in early
evening in May the
star pattern known to North
Americans as the Big Dipper
(Ursa Major-The Great
Bear to Europeans) reaches
its highest point in the heav-
ens. And although every year
we tell you how to find it and
give you some fascinating
facts about it, this year we've
got some nifty updates. So if
you think you really know With a large telescope you canfind the "Pinwheel
the Big Dipper you may be in Galaxy" deep within Ursa Major, the "Big
for a surprise. Dipper," about 27 million light-years away.
On any night during the
first two weeks of May,
about an hour after sunset Sky Park time, face due north. High above the horizon
you'll see four stars which, if we connect with lines, form a cup, and three stars to
the east which, if connected by lines, form a handle. And a cup with a handle like
this in early rural North America was called a dipper, which people used to dip
water out of a bucket.
According to some early American natives, however, the four stars which make
the Dipper's cup represented the body of a bear, and the three handle stars were
three Indian braves tracking the bear across the northern heavens. In England the
Big Dipper is known as "the plow" or "King Charles' wagon." And indeed the
Big Dipper can look like either a plow or a wagon, although it's upside down at
this time of year.
Now one of the most interesting features about the Big Dipper is that you can
always use the two stars in the end of the cup to find the North Star, which is the
end star of the handle of the Little Dipper.
To find it yourself simply shoot an arrow through these two stars, and measuring
five and a half times the distance between them you'll land smack dab on the
North Star, which is not as bright as many people suspect. Another interesting
point about the Big Dipper is that if you look closely at Mizar, the middle star of
the handle, you'll see that it is not one but two stars. The second star is named
Alcor, and together they're called the horse and the rider. But even more inter-
esting is that things are always changing in the field of astronomy because as we
develop more sophisticated astronomical tools we can more accurately measure
things in the cosmos. So some of the distances we gave you to the stars in the Big
Dipper in the past have been refined.
Mizar is 78 light years away, which means that the light we see from Mizar left
it 78 years ago. Alcor is 81 light years away, as is the star next to it, Alioth. And
the star next to it, Megrez. Phecda, above Megrez, is 3 light years farther away,
84 light years. Merak is just 79 light years away which further means that all of
these stars belong to a group approximately 80 light years away and that they're all
moving together in the same direction through space. That leaves the end star in
the handle, Alkaid, at a distance of 101 light years, and Dubhe, the star at the end
of the cup, at a distance of 124 light years. So there you have it: our old friend, the
Big Dipper, with new refined distances to each star. Reacquaint yourself! O
For the week:
April 29 to May 6, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Entertainment should include sports events or physical
activities. Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the doghouse.
Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she backs you into an emotional comer
or puts restrictions on your time. Don't try to get even without having all the facts.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you
must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. It might be best to spend time
fixing up your premises and making changes that will be appreciated. Help those in-
capable of taking care of their personal affairs. Voice your opinions and contribute to
the debate. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be careful that you don't spend too much time with a
person belonging to someone else. Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to
friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. Be willing to listen, but don't be
fooled. Past partners are likely to reappear. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Older members of your family may try to take ad-
vantage of you. There'll be difficulties if you spend too much. Your emotional stabil-
ity may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Avoid overloading
your plate. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Think before you act. Unforeseen circumstances will dis-
rupt your daily routine. You will attract members of the opposite sex readily. Try to
keep your opinions to yourself. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can do
well in group endeavors. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will stimulate your need to experience excit-
ing new things. You might find group functions tiring. Romance may be likely if you
travel. You can come up with solutions to the problems responsible for inefficiencies
at work. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be careful not to confuse issues when discussing the
matters at hand. Try to visit friends or relatives you don't get to see often. You
should make special plans for you and your lover. It might be best not to spend your
money on luxuries this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Look into family outings or projects. Children may
be less than honest with you. This could be a serious relationship. You may have a
problem at work with a female co-worker. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need more time to think this whole
situation through. You will find that unfinished projects at home will be most satisfy-
ing. You can get ready to celebrate your new direction. Romantic encounters are evi-
dent through travel or educational pursuits. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You could find yourself having problems with
co-workers and employers. You will find that superiors may not see situations as you
do. Try to find another time to present work or ideas this week. You can meet some-
one who will become very dear to you if you get out and socialize. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Equilibrium in your romantic life is likely if you
treat your partner well. Travel and communication will be lucrative for you. Hidden
assets can be doubled if you play your cards correctly. Be sure to question any detail
that you feel could leave you in a precarious position at a later date. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be prepared to neutralize any threats. Avoid getting
too close to co-workers or employers. Try not to overspend on luxury items. Don't let
your emotions interfere with your professional integrity. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday. 1
Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005