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Last week, Lars de Brabander,
Country Manager- Caribbean
Area for KLM, announced the airline
had signed an agreement with Dutch
Antillean Express guaranteeing that
BonairExpress would serve as a feeder
to KLM flights to the region, to take
care of the flights between the ABC
islands and Sint Maarten. Just what
that guarantee means was not ex-
plained. But it seems to be good news
for Bonaire.

A BonairExpress is short of air-
crews and pilots. That's the most fre-
quent cause of recent delays. Some pi-
lots have been announcing that fact to
the passengers when apologizing for
late takeoffs. According to one report,
there are only five pilots remaining on
the payroll.

A A former Caribbean diplomat
(from Barbados) is urging the region's
governments and tourism organizations
to mount an aggressive marketing
campaign to cushion the negative im-
pact expected to result from US citi-
zens having to be holders of a passport
for all overseas travel.


In accordance with a new US law,
from January 1, 2006, all American citi-
zens re-entering their homeland from
this and other regions must be in pos-
session of a valid US passport. Cur-
rently a birth certificate and valid Gov-
ernment ID are sufficient for travel to
most Caribbean destinations.

A It has been reported on a Dutch
airline affairs website that at times the
air traffic control of Bonaire's Fla-
mingo Airport is insufficient. As a
result, some flights have had to land
without local ground control when staff
is not available due to sickness or vaca-
tion. Recently appointed Airport Direc-
tor, Marco van der Kreeke, said that
when a Bonaire air traffic controller
called in sick last week a controller
from Curacao filled in. More controllers
for Bonaire are to be recruited.

Sebastiaan Houthuijzen, who fol-
lows fuel prices for RNWO (Radio
Netherlands), reports that effective
April 28th the island government
dropped all fuel prices. The changes
were made to smooth the drastic in-
creases announced early last month.
While market costs haven't changed,
the new prices modify the correction
factor. This is an adjustment to the
prices to correct for energy price
changes in a previous three-month pe-
riod. The government is supposed to
adjust prices every three months if the
cost of fuel changed during a prior pe-
riod. Since the government-set prices


weren't changed for a year and market
prices have gone up, the year's worth of
correction was to be paid over the next
three months. To ease the burden on
users of diesel fuel (gasoil) the increase
will be averaged over 12 months in-
stead of three. Another correction
downward was made for the gasoline,
octane 92 and 95.
Even with the new adjustment for die-
sel, the electricity prices will still rise
significantly but not as steeply as be-
fore. The new fuel surcharge
(brandstofclausule) on WEB electric
bills is to be 24,73 cents per kilowatt
hour. It was set at 39,4 before this
"reduction." It was just nine cents last
month. This is still an increase of about
37% on our energy bills for the next 12
months.
For other fuels the current prices are:
92 octane gasoline NAf 1,8975 per
liter
95 octane gasoline- NAf 1,9325 per


IN THIS ISSUE


Letters (More Isn't Better)
Announcements
(Elena Pazquazzo, Alfio Calovi)
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Pt. 2, How Many Beds
Jazz Festival Schedule
Italians Were Here
Visit to Virgin's Cave
Preview of PWA Schedule
Rincon Day Festival Photos
Invitation to Chefs' Dinner
Action Capital
Where to Find the Reporter
Divi Dock Before, After, Now
Wannadive Digs Own Cave


Kerosene- NAf 1,3903 per liter
Diesel- NAf 1,1257 per liter
(Diesel users "prepay" road tax with
their license fee annually)
LPG 100 lb cylinder- NAf 66,19
Non-commercial price
LPG 20 lb cylinder- NAf 15,24
Non-commercial price.


A Holland's newly ap-
pointed Kingdom Rela-
tions Minister, Alexan-
der Pechtold, does not
see debt restructuring
for the Antilles as a near
term objective. Pechtold
said he regarded putting
order to the islands' fi-
nancial affairs a much
more important issue
than constitutional re-
form.
He made the statement


Continued on page 3


WEEKLY FEATURES


5 Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
5 Picture Yourself (Easter Island) 12
Pets of the Week (Audrey) 14
6 Classifieds 14
,7 Reporter Masthead 18
8 What's Happening 18,19
8 Micro-Movie Review (Hitch) 19
9 Shopping & Dining Guides 20
10 Born on Bonaire
13 (Margarita Djojopawiro-Winklaar) 21
13 Bonaire Sky Park (Arcturus) 23
14 The Stars Have It 23


Bonaire Reporter May 6 to May 13, 2005


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
in the Upper House of the Dutch Par-
liament during the discussion of the
2005 budget of Antillean and Aruban
Affairs last week. It is either
"Kingdom Island" or "Status Apart6"
for the islands of the Netherlands An-
tilles, he added.
He said he was not keen on discuss-
ing the constitutional future separately
with the individual islands. "We cannot
have a Kingdom with seven different
(constitutional) flavors," he said.
Dive resorts in the tiny Central
American nation of Belize, rich in
jungles and coral reefs, are being af-
fected by the country's worst crisis
since independence from Britain in
1981, with riots, looting and strikes
testing the government. Belize has
been thrown into turmoil by a tele-
phone workers' strike, bomb threats,
power outages and opposition calls for
the government to step down. Army
troops and police are patrolling the
streets following looting last week.

A The Netherlands Antilles, the
present union of five Dutch Carib-
bean islands that has lasted for 50
years, should cease to exist by 2007,
an inter-island constitutional summit
meeting in Sint Maarten proposed last
week. The Kingdom of the Nether-
lands consists of three parts: the Euro-
pean Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba.
The delegations from Curaqao
(192,000 population), Sint Maarten
(35,000), Bonaire (11,000) and Saba
(1,500) agreed that Curaqao and Sint


Maarten will be granted a status apart
(as is Aruba), home rule, by 2007.
Bonaire and Saba want to become
royal islands, although that term is un-
defined. The delegation from Sint
Eustatius, whose voters opted to pre-
serve the current Netherlands Antilles
structure, refused to sign the final
document and staged a walkout.
The public on each of the four islands
opted for either Statue Apart6 or direct
ties with Holland in recent referen-
dums. The present Antillean govern-
ment is based on Curaqao. The Nether-
lands is responsible for defense and
foreign relations. Despite the fact the
conference has concluded, all key is-
sues are yet to be resolved by agree-
ment between parts of the kingdom.

A If the objectives of the Antilles
inter-island constitutional summit to
restructure the Antilles held last week
are to be met, a timely approach is
needed. Intermediate steps towards an
October Round Table Conference
between the islands and Holland
were defined and are to be accom-
plished by 11 work groups in the com-
ing months. If the October target is
missed, the island governments will
have the right to start bilateral talks
with the Netherlands for achieving the
desired status. However, Bonaire,
Saba, and Statia have already stated
that they want to confer with the Neth-
erlands no later than next month and
want the Central Government to coop-
erate in making it happen.


(Continued on page 4)


B A;ounftdown
Only NAf30 for the
FULL 3-DAY PROGRAM.
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.

ne of the headline performers at the Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz Festival,
May 20, 21 and 22, is Ced Ride. One could write an entire book about him.
He is a phenomenon, a multi-talented artist painting, singing, writing and he's
also a theatrical performer. His musical interest is broad- from tumba to jazz- but
always connected to the place where his heart, home and his cultural identity is:
the Antilles. Ced Ride is just one of the more than 25 musicians who will be on
hand for the Festival. The Festival organizers will give away 20 tickets for the
main concerts to SGB high school students with musical talents and interests. In
addition they will donate 25% of the profits of the Festival to SGB and Centro di
Barios for music education.
At each of the events a stand will be set up to sell commemorative, very stylish
tee shirts, caps and posters all at reasonable prices. BonFM and Digital (91.1
FM) will broadcast all the events live. Commercial spots, created by Hershel
Rosario, will be aired. Posters are now on sale in Curaqao and Aruba.
TV Channel 11 and Kiko ta Kiko star Trevor, will be videotaping the event.
Omni Electronics will provide wide screens. Don't miss your chance to be a part
of Bonaire history. O Guus Gerritsen/G.D.


Bonaire Reporter May 6 to May 13, 2005


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
A Since late March a group of
prominent currently elected and retired
officials have already been working on
a framework for direct relations be-
tween Bonaire and the Netherlands:
Joop van Kessel, who will look into the
fiscal and financial consequences;
George Curiel, for public health and
education matters; and Miro Croes for
constitutional and administrative law.
Former Prime Minister Miguel
Pourier, former Antilles Government
Jaime Saleh, and former Bonaire Gov-
ernor Richard Hart assist them. Johan
Afman, previously Bonaire Island Sec-
retary, is the coordinator of the work
group. A counseling committee made
up of Ramonsito Booi, Arthur Doma-
cass6 and Ibi Martis, follows and tests
the process. Finally, a sounding board
group made up of representatives of
business, unions and the social sector
will examine the proposals of the
group. Finally the proposals will be
presented to the Island Council.

A The official government Econom-
ics Department (DEZA) website lists
the maximum permitted heights of
buildings as follows: "The government
of Bonaire has an established guideline
to limit the height of improvements
constructed in Bonaire. The following
height restrictions apply. The height of
the improvements is measured from the
surrounding average ground height and
shall not exceed 12 meters (40 ft. or
three useable levels) in the case of
buildings." You can find the complete
document at http: /www.
bonaireeconomy. org/investment guide/
Bonaire%20Invest%20Guide.pdf
Many people have been asking why
several seaside buildings under con-
struction exceed that height signifi-
cantly.
A As a result of a great deal of com-
plaints about the treatment of corpses,
the Executive Council (BC) of Bonaire
has asked the Ministry of Public Health
to investigate the operations of the
undertaker and give suggestions for
permanent solutions to the problems.
Families of the deceased have com-
plained about the procedures with the
treatment of their loved ones. El
Sefiorial, the Curaqao-based sole under-
taker on the island, admitted in a news-
paper interview that the low volume of
deaths on Bonaire (about 100 a year)
makes it difficult for them to provide a


high level of service.


SQueen Beatrix
of The Netherlands,
House of Orange,
celebrated her Silver Jubilee, 25 years
as monarch, this past Saturday, April
30. Her son, Crown Prince Wilem
Alexander, was 13 years old at the time.
Opinion polls show that the monarchy
is still enormously popular with the
Dutch, and some including royalty
expert Harry van Wijnen attribute this
in no small part to the way in which
Queen Beatrix has fulfilled her role as
monarch. "She has done a very solid
job. She has been able to strengthen her
position and the royal household in the
past quarter century, and there is no
doubt her son when he becomes her
successor will be able to exploit her
capital in this area. I think she has done
a very good job in her lifetime."
Bonaire celebrated by festivities all
day, including some vivid displays of
orange at the Rincon Day Celebration.
A short, magnificent fireworks display,
perhaps the best ever seen on Bonaire,
put on Bonaire's Orange Club, capped
the holiday. Congratulations!

k During the month of May the
Bonaire Culinary Team will be serv-
ing three-course "Competition Din-
ners" on two Wednesday evenings -
May 11 and May 25. Your contribu-
tion will help send the Bonaire Team to
the "Taste of the Caribbean" in June in
Miami. Enjoy a haute cuisine meal with
wine and sample the competition cock-
tails. Both dinners will be at Blue Moon
restaurant at 7 pm. Donation is NAf50.
Call Laura at 717-8988 or 791-7252 or
Sara at 786-9299 for reservations.
Please note that during the month of
May due to the dinners being served
there will be no Sunday lunches served
by the team as previously announced.

CHATA (the Curacao Hotel As-
sociation) wants to host the annual
regional hotel conference, CHIC.
This conference, which coincided with
the culinary event, "Taste of the Carib-
bean." in the Dast years. reauires about


A STINAPA Director Elsmarie Beukenboom reported that an attempt to re-
move an anchor from Marine Park waters was thwarted last week. Two
Dutchmen were accused of the action and charged by the police. The anchor was
returned to its resting place by Chief Marine Park Ranger Din Domacass6 and his
Rangers. It is forbidden to remove anything from the Bonaire National Marine
Park without permission. OElsmarie Beukenboom


1,000 hotel rooms and has always been
held in either Miami or Puerto Rico.

A Outdated Bonaire license plates
have proved to be a fun and simple-to-
pack souvenier of the island for many
tourists. Why not donate yours to a
good cause. Take them down to the
Carib Inn where they're selling them
for $5 each and all the proceeds go to
the Bonaire Animal Shelter.
P Congratulations to Cinnamon Art
Gallery on its first birthday. The Gal-
lery has brought us monthly exhibitions
of talented Bonaire artists in residence.
It's a non-profit project and has en-
riched our lives. Keep up the good
work! The Gallery is on Kaya A.P.L.
Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi behind
Banco di Caribe.

t Healing Touch classes are about
to begin again on Bonaire. If you
missed the orientation class on Thurs-
day, May 5th, from 7-8 pm at the Bon-
aire Caribbean Club at Hilltop, you can
still show up for the first Level 1
training class on Saturday, May 7th at
8 am. See the notice on page 2 for more
details and contact numbers.


P Buddy Dive's Bella Vista Res-
taurant has discontinued its Wednes-
day Mexican Night. It's been replaced
with a Caribbean Night with live mu-
sic on Mondays starting at 7 pm. Stop
by and meet the resort's new General
Manager Jan Willem 't Hooft, shown
above, right, with Managing Director
Ruud van Baal.

A The children in the Benetton ad
this week are Jonathan and Crestely
Cranston. The ad is on page 12. 1
L./G.D.


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I 0. U P A


MORE Is NOT BETTER


Dear Editor:
It is a very sad time for Bonaire and the
Bonairean people who live here (that does
NOT include anyone not born here). A
handful of people will make some money, L
one or two politicians will probably make
a lot of money, but for the average Bonaire-
ans, they will lose.
More hotels? It is strange how definitions
change and how soon we all forget. At one time the cry was for more rooms, oth-
erwise we could not get the airlines we need. It was simply more rooms. Then
it changed to more hotel rooms. And hotel now has changed to a major name. So
we have gone from needing just more rooms to needing one or two major hotel
names.
According to the way you want to persuade people, Bonaire has only 400
rooms, while others count closer to 2,000. And what will more large hotels do for
Bonaire? Chase away all those people who like Bonaire the way it is. Small and
unique. Now it will slowly become an Aruba, and for those who like Aruba, then
go there. Bonaire will also see an ever increasing number of foreigners, another
definition that has changed to fit some peoples' needs. And it is guaranteed, even
though the claims are otherwise, that these big hotels will be mainly staffed with
foreigners, or better said, non-Bonaireans. These non-Bonaireans bring with them
their own social desires and make Bonaire change to fit their needs.
More and more non-Bonaireans are opening businesses, hiring foreigners and
quite simply pushing the Bonaire people out. Are the people here happier than they
were 15 years ago? It is doubtful. Is the quality of life greatly improved? Doubtful.
More traffic, more social conflicts, more pollution, more economic problems,
more taxes. And why? Because someone thinks that getting bigger and having
more is better. With an increase in foreigners Bonaire will need more housing,
more schools, more infrastructure, bigger roads, more water, more electricity-
which will cost a lot more money, which will mean higher taxes. It is a vicious
circle that needs to be stopped.
Leave Bonaire alone and it will work fine just as it did years ago. Or will that
hurt a few pockets????
BA


Elena and Alflo at Bonaire's Rose Inn


ood friends of Bonaire and its culinary crowd, Elena Pazquazzo and Alfio
Calovi, were married in Trento, Italy, on March 28. The couple was here
in Bonaire for the first SGB Hotel School Student Competition in 2002, when
Elena was a judge, and Bonaire continues to be their favorite place to be. They
both work for the Mezza Corona winery in Trento. Alfio is the Purchasing Man-
ager; Elena is the Export Manager. While they were on the island they served a lot
of MezzaCorona wines to a lot of appreciative people, and introduced the popular
Rotari sparking wine which has become the wine of choice for those sailing on the
sea. LL.D.

Readers are invited to send their photos of their
anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.


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Even if the
average stay is
increased to 9.5
days, a level reached in


A combination mid and high rise
550-room hotel Is it a designfor Bonaire?


How Many Beds Does Bonaire
Need?

C laims have been made recently
that Bonaire needs more and
bigger hotels. This claim naturally
raises questions. For instance:
1. How many hotel rooms are
there now?
2. How many tourists will the
current inventory support?
3. What is the current occupancy
rate?
4. When is a room increase
needed?
5. Can the island's infrastructure
support a major increase?
This article will try to address these
issues in the hope of helping our politi-
cians and voters make sane, sustainable
decisions on Bonaire's tourism
growth-both short-term and long-
term.

Existing Market Reality
According to TCB (Tourist Corpora-
tion of Bonaire) records there are only


1,175 'units' available to tourists since
almost 100 have been taken out of in-
ventory because of KLM contracts at
Divi and Plaza Resort. In addition,
Buddy Dive went from 68 units in 2000
down to only 46, reasons unknown.
But more important than 'units' is the
number of beds, since about one third
of our units have two or more bed-
rooms. The total TCB bed count is
3,258, but a quick search on the Internet
uncovered another almost 150 'units,'
or 300 more beds, available from indi-
vidual owners who do not appear in the
TCB list. Thus, the current 'bed count'
for Bonaire is closer to 3,500 beds
available for tourists, or over 1.2 mil-
lion bed-nights available each year
(365 x 3,500).

Below acceptable occupancy
rates
With just under 63,000 visitors to
Bonaire in 2004 and an average stay of
8.9 days, (from the available data) this
means that the 2004 occupancy rate of
existing bed nights was only 46.5%.


past years, the 2004 bed occupancy rate
is only about 55% overall.
Naturally, some hotels and apartments
do better than others, and the high sea-
son is better than low. But the question
must still be asked: Does an island with
an average occupancy rate of only 55%
(or less) really need more beds or does
it need to increase occupancy of current
beds?

Given the arrival figures, an estimated
US $3.3 million should have been
raised by the government via the $6.50
room tax in 2004, assuming 85% of
visitors stayed in paid accommodations.
It is estimated that only about 1/3 of
this was put toward efforts to bring peo-
ple to Bonaire. Perhaps more effort and
money should be used to bring more
tourists to raise the current occupancy
rate.

When to add rooms?
An ideal average occupancy rate for a
city or destination seems to be in the 70
to 75% range, with 65% barely accept-
able. When rates fall below the 65%
level (as they did after 9/11), there is
reason for concern. Rates at 85% and
above for destination areas are rare to-
day, and Hawaii seems to enjoy one of
the highest rates in the US right now at
about 84%. (Hawaii also has the high-
est average room rate of $161 because
of a room shortage.) Florida's occu-
pancy rate is 75% and is second best in
the US.
To achieve a 75% occupancy rate for
the existing beds on Bonaire, we would
need 95,000 tourists a year-that's
30,000 more tourists, or a 50% increase
over the 2004 level. This is a tremen-
dous stretch, but should be well under-
way before new beds are added.
Provision must also be made to add
the KLM reserved rooms back into in-
ventory when the airline reduces their
Bonaire flights. One source expects the


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A nine-story 550- room hotel. Is this a design for Bonaire?


Bonaire Reporter May 6 to May 13, 2005


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Lima
fflights to be
t gone by October, adding
50 more rooms or about 100
beds before the end of the year.
The government and TCB have
two key responsibilities: they must fill
existing beds to acceptable rates and
they must prevent a glut of too many
rooms that will depress current room
rates and harm existing businesses.
Bringing new hotels to the island only
to see the people who have worked for
years to build our economy hurt is self-
defeating.


What can the infrastructure
support?
Water and electricity are key issues
here, along with sewage collection and
security. Right now WEB has diffi-
culty providing uninterrupted service
for the existing residents and tourists.
One new, luxury 570-room hotel, with
its many shops, restaurants and other air
conditioned indoor facilities is likely to
double the current hotel demand for
electricity.
Until WEB has the capacity to deliver
water and electricity to 20,000 people
Continued on page 7


each month (residents and current tour-
ists), new rooms should be added very
cautiously. Once that goal is achieved,
large blocks of rooms should be added
only as increased capacity at WEB is
funded. It is possible that land sales
could fund the needed increases, but it
must be planned.
The same standard should be applied
to other infrastructure services. Can
SELIBON handle increased sewage
loads? Can the police handle increased
numbers of tourists, cars and the secu-
rity issues involved? Until current lev-
els are under control, adding large num-
bers of new rooms will only make the
problems worse. Funding for these ser-
vices should be planned in synch with
long-range capacity growth.
(Continued on page 7)




































A 550-room hotel at night. Can WEB handle it?


Finding Balance (Continued from page 6)



Why the rush?
So why is Bonaire in such a rush to
add hotel rooms? One force seems to
be coming from the airlines, which say
they won't add direct flights until there
is a big name resort on island. Aruba
was faced with a similar demand in the
past and, after providing the new rooms
still found itself required to guarantee
seats to the airline. Certainly, Bonaire
would benefit from direct flights to the
US, but it will be easier and less expen-
sive to encourage more people to come
here on the existing airlift than to build
grand hotels that could change our is-
land forever.
Bonaire today has more rooms than
its occupancy can support. There is no
reason to believe that tourists are not
coming to Bonaire because they can't
find hotel accommodations. If they are
not coming, there are other reasons.
These reasons should be identified and
addressed so that we can make our ex-
isting hotels more profitable and,
hence, more able to train and expand
their staffs.


for new rooms and its ability to gener-
ate and absorb the tourist load that the
new rooms would require. It seems
essential to pause and carefully evalu-
ate before running ahead. There are
enough acknowledged experts in the
hospitality and financing fields living
on the island (not all of whom have a
vested interest to protect), that it should
take little time to assemble a group to
provide guidance on sustainable devel-
opment goals, measuring standards, and
plan for infrastructure improvement.
Bonaire already possesses a long-
range vision for sustainable develop-
ment that was put together and accepted
in 1997. And DEZA has sent out de-
velopment guides in 2003. The current
rush to add more and larger hotels flies
in the face of both these documents.
The economy is growing and the con-
struction industry is already short of
workers. Is it time to abandon the vi-
sion of a safe, peaceful, eco-oriented
and flourishing economy? Or is it time
to think, to plan and to do it right? 1
Special to the Bonaire Reporter

Contributors to this series are market
research professionals.


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The Italians Were Here ....and Loved It.


Italians in the Kitchen of SGB's Chez Nous
Governor Domacassd and Coordinator of the Stage Program, Sara Matera,
join the Italian delegation in the kitchen of the SGB hotel school, Chez Nous
after a sensational lunch.
(L to R) Lt. Governor Hubert Domacasse, Sara Matera, Morena Sartori,
Natalia Bedeschi, Emanuele, Andrea Biondi, Debora Pezzi


B onaire has had a close relation-
ship with the Emilia Romagna
region of Italy since 2002 when a group
of SGB hotel school students went
there for a month to study cuisine, Ital-
ian style.
Our students made such a grand im-
pression on the school officials that
another invitation was extended for the
following year. However, due to time
and money constraints the Bonaire stu-
dents weren't able to go. But last year,
students from Bonaire, Curaqao and
Aruba were all invited for the month-
long training program, a very generous
offer: The Vocational and Educational
Department of the Emilia Romagna
region hosts the students for a month,
which includes private teachers, materi-
als, shoes and room and board, as well
as all weekend excursions expenses,
including hotels, tours, food, etc. This
costs the department approximately
Euro 75,000/per year for the students
from the ABC islands.


Last fall representatives from the
ABC islands were invited to be their
guests in Italy.
To reciprocate, the Italian delegation
of Emilia Romagna was invited by the
ABC islands to come visit. Each island
hosted the group and looked forward to
continuing the ABC Island "Stage"
program for the next three years. The
group especially fell in love with Bon-
aire where the people and the underwa-
ter life are so beautiful. They snorkeled
in the sea, ate iguana soup and kabritu
and chicken stoba at Rose Inn, and had
an elegant luncheon at Chez Nous that
was cooked by the students.
The delegation included: Debora
Pezzi, President of AECA; Morena
Sartori, Manager of the project depart-
ment in AECA; Natalia Bedeschi, Co-
ordinator of the ABC project in AECA
and liaison with regional schools. Di-
rector of AECA, Andrea Biondi, is a
long time visitor to Bonaire and the
initiator for their office to start this ex-
change program. L Sara Matera/L.D.


A Visit to the Virgin's Cave


Twenty-one of us met
at 6:30 in the morn-
ing to be guided to a cave
recently re-discovered after
an exhaustive search. We
were to be led by B6i An-
toin, the most ardent preser-
vationist of Bonaire's cul-
tural past and the chief edi-
tor of the Papiamentu lan-
guage daily newspaper, Ex-
tra. Fortified by steaming
coffee and pan dushi (sweet
bread) we began a relatively
rugged 45-minute uphill
hike to the cave. We fol-
lowed B6i on the trail from
Puerto Spafio that wound
through valleys and steep
inclines that were invisible
to my eyes except for some
widely spaced markers. We
had to watch our footing
very carefully, and in fact
one of the group had a nasty
fall but recovered OK.
The first view of the cave
was breathtaking. A cavern
five times the height of a


Some of the group gaze up at amazing formations


man, carved into the hillside,
framed with colored rocks and
filled with stalactites and sta-
lagmites, led deeper into the
earth. The home of the Virgin
was just inside. After we paid
her our respects we squeezed
into the subterranean opening.
Probably fairly unique to Bon-
aire, almost everyone was us-
ing dive lights to find their
way although the cave was dry
had no bats in residence. We
lingered at the entrance to en-
joy its shade before returning
to Puerto Spafio. We had eye-
expanding views of the south-
east coast as we wound our
way down.
At the bottom we exchanged
It doesn't take much imagination to see an im- memories and filled up on
age of the Virgin Mary kneeling with her back to watermelon and chicken
the cave entrance c soup. The cost for the trip
organized by Bonaire's
Friends of Nature was only NAf20, which benefited Bonaire's walking team for
the famous Dutch Four Days of Nijmegen Walk held every July. We'll tell you of
future Friends of Nature walks via The Bonaire Reporter. O G.D.


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Preview of the Schedule

for the King of The Caribbean

Windsurf Freestyle Competition


T his year Bonaire Sailing Foundation and PWA thanks to Maduro & Curiels
Bank and many other sponsors are holding the 3rd King of The Caribbean
Windsurf Freestyle competition and for the first time ever there's going to be a jun-
ior championship for professional kids; Pro Kids.

The event will take over the island starting from Saturday May 14th when
Juan Marino will be crossing over the Caribbean from Venezuela to Bonaire.
Our own heroes, Taty and Tonky, will exchange flags with Juan Marino as he
enters Bonairian waters. The celebration continues as the whole crowd moves
to The Great Escape at 18:00 where the public can treat itself on a deluxe
$15 BBQ.
Sunday May 15th all interested can register for the competition from 10:00 -
15:00 at Sorobon. On the same day the press and all who are interested can
enjoy happy hour at Kontiki while we wait for the press conference to start
at 17:00. We then quickly rush to Wilhelmina park where the official opening
ceremony will take place, followed up by Taste of Bonaire from 19:00 to
21:00. Taste of Bonaire is an open air food market where you can indulge
yourself with some of some of Bonaire's most succulent dishes by local res-
taurateurs for only NAf5 ($3) a plate.



KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides


DATE TIME HEIGHT
5-06 7:46 1.OFT. 12:33
5-07 0:03 1.9FT. 9:05
5-08 0:44 2.0FT. 10:19
5-09 1:24 2.0FT. 11:23
5-10 2:05 2.0FT. 12:13
5-11 2:48 2.0FT. 12:54
5-12 3:32 1.9FT. 13:34
5-13 4:12 1.9FT. 14:04


COEF
1.2FT. 15:04 1.1FT. 23:33 1.8FT. 82
0.9FT. 87
0.8FT. 90
0.7FT. 89
0.7FT. 85
0.7FT. 78
0.7FT. 70
0.7FT. 60


* The windsurf freestyle competition blows off on Monday May 16th at
10:00 and will go on all week until Sunday May 22"d depending on the
weather conditions. If there is good wind the competition might finish earlier.
The award ceremony for the professionals will take place as soon as the races
are over.

* Thursday May 19th at 19:00 Coco's restaurant will be hosting the opening
ceremony for the Pro Kids championships which will start Friday May 20th
at 10:00 all through last event day Sunday May 22nd.

* Saturday May 21st all competitors will join Bonaire's cultural Marsh6 in
Rincon at night.

* Sunday May 22nd at 18:00 the award ceremony for Pro Kids and Ama-
teurs will take place and we'll be closing the event with a Beach Bash at
Bonaire Windsurf Place.

* The Paranda
bus will be driv-
ing from hotels
(10 am) to the
event site and
back (4 pm)
through the
whole week, so
if you want to
be there


GET
ON THE BUS!


I VESEL MAKNG POR CAL:S


Andiamo
Adventure Quest
Angelos
Argo
Baby President, Curacao
Bernard
Bright Sea
Calacanto
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Clemencia
Felicity
Flying Cloud, USA
Gabrielle
Galandriel
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Honalee, USA
Infinity
Jan Gerardus


Justine, Curacao
Klsey
Lava
LaVida,Curagao
L'Quila, BVI
Lucky Lobster, Curacao
Luna C. USA
Lusistra
Maki, France
Maianita, Curacao
MU III, Curacao
Nails
Natural Selection
Ouf
Pelo, Curacao
Paranda, Curacao
Pyewacket
Rusty Bucket
Sabbatical


Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Sirius
Sylvia K
Take It Easy
Ti Amo, USA
Tish
Tomorrow
Ulu Ulu, USA
Ulysses
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zipper, Curacao


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T his year's Rincon Day was one of the best ever with
crowds that seemed to get bigger and bigger as the after-
noon slipped into early evening. There were groups from Cura-
cao and Aruba as well as South and North Americans and Euro-
peans. The stands selling food, drinks, gifts, sweets, snacks were
beautifully crafted of sorghum stalks and seeds, agave flowers
and stalks and driftwood. As the afternoon cooled and in expec-
tation of the final Simadan Parade, more and more people in tra-
ditional dress joined the crowds.
The traditional Simadan song and dance is always a very heart-
felt experience. People of all colors and backgrounds link arms .
and dance and sing together. Congratulations to the organizers ..
for a great 17th Annual Rincon Day.. LD






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Some of ourfavorite parade girls


At the Rose Inn Vernon "Nonchi" and
his mom, Malvina, fed the crowds


Charley Anthony has the
best time


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Sounding the Rincon trumpet


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Pc-tare Yonrs elf
witih the eReporter

Easter Island
Easter Island is considered the most remote spot on Earth. It is 3,700km
(2,294mi) west of the Chilean mainland-a five-hour flight and over 2,000
miles from the nearest inhabited island.. A triangle of volcanic rock in the South
Pacific it is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot
the coastline. The early settlers called the island Te Pito 0 Te Henua (Navel of
The World). Today its mostly Polynesian people call it Rapa Nui. The Dutch
Admiral Roggeveen, onboard the Arena, was the first European to visit the is-
land on Easter Sunday, 1722, and gave it its present name.
So who else would visit it, and remember to get photographed holding The
Bonaire Reporter, than Bonaire's most intrepid traveler, Marlis Seelos-Schmid
of Marlis Sail & Canvas. She told us it was a dream come true. O G.D.
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 PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter,
Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: pic-
ture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) D


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Special Invitation

Bonaire Culinary and Bartender Team invite you to a
Tasting of their competition skills & masterpieces;

Seating available May 11 or May 25, 2005
Place : Blue Moon Restaurant
Time: 7 pm
Donation is only NAf 50/pp
Includes a 3-course meal plus samples of
Competition Cocktails
and, of course, wine

All proceeds go to the Bonaire Culinary Team
call Laura at 717-8988 or 791-7252
or Sara at 786-9299 for reservations
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Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm
Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for
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BONAIRENET
tThe leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire.
Telephone (599) 717-7160. For on-
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tion go to http://www.
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PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision, Hypnother-
apy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-
6919


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
786-0956 or 787-0956


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


Big porch sale: Saturday, 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
more.


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

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


Lora with ID ring lost
near Vos di Bonaire. Says
"Hola, Mami,"
"Sabroso."
Call Marlis, 717-7741.


For Sale: Ocean going, live aboard,
steel SAILBOAT (38 ft). Located
Plaza Resort, good condition. Asking
$17.500,- Call 786-4666

Ex-rental SCUBA equipment from
Cressi Sub and Tusa for sale at Buddy
Dive Resort Dive Shop. Prices start as
low as US$20. Opening hours 8 am -
5 pm 7 days a week.



Scuba Vision is preparing for a new
film production and is looking for
adult male actors able to perform in
front of a camera with a good voice to
express emotions. It will be a short
film, subject is still a secret, the acting
will be very easy and the best per-
formance will be used. For more in-
formation e-mail info @scubavision.
info or call 786-2844

WANTED: Volunteers to index
back issues of the Bonaire Reporter
(English) and Extra (Papiamentu).
Call George at 717-8988 or 786-6125.



CARIBBEAN COURT APART-
MENT FOR RENT- Large 118m2 1-
bedroom apartment. Penthouse, fully
furnished, large bedroom, loft style
dining/living room area, fully
equipped, 2 balconies, Air condition-
ing throughout, very breezy. NAf1100
per month, cable TV (with TV set)
included, utilities extra.. Contact Anja
at Sunbelt 717-6560 or Catherine at
791-6777. Available June 1.

For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in
Valencia, Venezuela, in private zone.
1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq.
meters green zone. Chalet is 215 sq.
meters. Built in 1999. Downstairs: liv-
ing area with open, built-in kitchen,
office, guest toilet, laundry. Upstairs:
master bedroom with bath, terrace; 2
additional bedrooms, 1 bath. Many
trees. Documents in order. 717-4111

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security-May 1st
until Dec. 15th. Brochure available.
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US)
(570) 586 0098. May 20 until Jan.
8th. info @pelicanreefbonaire.com or
www.pelicanreefbonaire.com -


$I


I D TAICA


I e t _eW k


ooking for a sweet, gentle dog that's
smart and easy to train? "Audrey,"
our featured pet is the one. She's easy go-
ing, social and tuned into everything going
on around her. She's about eight months
old and was found wandering the streets of
Nikiboko, looking for a place to call home.
Since she's been to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter she's impressed the staff with her
good character and how well she gets
along with everyone. She's short, sturdy
and has the sweetest face. The vet has
given her a clean bill of health; she's had
her shots and tests and is ready for adop-
tion by a loving owner. Visit the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Telephone 717-4989.
If you'd like to learn more about the
Shelter and its activities, log onto the web-
site: www.bonaireanimalshelter.org. It's a
totally up-to-date, well organized site
hosted by two very valuable Shelter volun-
teers, Bea and Marvin Jones of Colorado.
We can thank them for getting the Shelter
message out to the world! L L.D.


Audrey


Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more atyourfavorite spot

Airport: DeFreewieler Others:
Car Rental INPO Bonfysio
Agencies, Paradise Photo Botika Korona
Airport Arri- Photo Tours, Playa Bestuurscollege
vals Area Exito Bakery Caribbean Laundry


Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),
RBTT
Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Brasserie Bonaire
Capriccio
Chez Lucille
City Cafe
Croccantino
Wil's Tropical Grill
Garden Cafe
Kentucky Fried
Chicken
Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza
Seahorse Cyber Cafe
Subway
Shops:
Bonaire Gift Shop
City Shop


Bonaire Super Store
(old 7-7)
Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bon-
aire
Dive Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Park Hotel
Harbour Village
Plaza
Sand Dollar
Supermarkets:
Cultimara
Consales
More for Less
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse


Customs
Fit 4 Life
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Ma-
rina
Parliament
Rocargo
San Francisco Hospi-
tal
TCB
Telbo
Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore
Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt
RINCON:
Chinese Store,
Joi Fruit Store,
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery.


Still can't find a conv? Visit our office at Kava Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988


Dog training classes by
Elly Albers will begin
soon. Sign up before
May 15. 786-5161


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Divi Before, After and Now














The Divi Flamingo resort dive dock #2
before Hurricane Ivan

ast week during a celebratory party for guests and staff
of the Divi Flamingo, the Divi Dive Dock #2 was offi-
cially open. This new structure, with lighting, rinse tanks,
lockers and boat docking, replaced the old one that was de-
stroyed from the swells of Hurricane Ivan's high seas on Sep-
tember 7, 2004. In addition to what's seen in the photo there Divi Flamingo resort dock
will be tables, benches and sunroofs. The completion of the
dock was delayed due to so much bad weather in November
and the seas coming all the way up to the walls of the dive Currently,Divihas thelargestfleetofdiveboatsinBonaire,
shop onto the shore.
Serge DeGroot, head of Divi Dive Operations, is proud to The Divi Flamingo resort dock #2 five boats, carrying up to 90 people.
say that the work was done totally by the Divi maintenance after Hurricane Ivan Next on the hotel's remodeling agenda is the large meeting
staff, many of whom got their open water certification before
working on the project. So not only is there a new building,
but the resort now has a team of underwater maintenance men:
Philip, Nilo, Rupert and Elmer. ,-


Dive Manager Serge DeGroot cuts the ribbon,
officially opening the new dive dock


Serge with some of the Divi staff that rebuilt the dive dock #2. Four of them are
now open water divers.


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2005 The Bonaire Reporter


Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Edi-
tor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. An-
tilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Bartman, Elsmarie Beukenboom, Albert Bianculli,
Dodo, Guus Gerritsen, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Sara
Matera, Ann Phelan, Michael Thiessen
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
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Wannadive Bonaire


Digs Its Own Cave!


Bart Snelder at the controls of the cave digger


A fter the huge success of pro- Based on our past explorations we
grams such as fresh water snor- knew that Bonaire has a huge fresh wa-
keling and fresh water kayaking ter reservoir that floats on salt water in
(reported in the April 1, 2004, edition natural caves under most of the island.
of The Bonaire Reporter) Wannadive The problem was that most of these
knew: Fresh water activities are here to caves are justly protected for their natu-
stay. The problem is that fresh water is ral beauty and the preservation of our
only available during the short rainy fragile bat population, and entering is
season, restrictive or difficult. So we at Wan-
nadive decided to dig one ourselves
Enter our own fresh water cave! next to our hotel, the Wannadive Hut!


The advantages are numerous. We can
create it at our own specifications, re-
garding depth, size and accessibility.
Says Wanna Dive co-owner, Roeland
Labots: "It is awesome. We can now
offer fresh water activities year round
in stable conditions. We plan to give
cave diving courses as well as snorkel-
ing tours." Adds his partner, Bart
Snelder: "We do not have to go to Yu-
catan or Florida anymore to dive in
caves. We now have our own, right
next door."


The problem was the prohibitive cost,
but Wannadive found a remarkable ma-
chine that is able to do the job at rea-
sonable rates. (The machine was on
display at the corer of Kaya Niagara,
off Kaya Gob. Debrot at press time.) In
the picture at left you see some eager
divers ready to have a first glance at the
result.
For more information
Please call 1- 800-caveman
Or contact your activity desk. 1
Text and photos -Bartman


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WHAT'S HAPPENING
Mother's Day Dinner
At Croccantino
Sunday, May 8

E njoy a sumptuous 4-course Spe-
cial Mother's Day Dinner at
Croccantino Restaurant, prepared by
Tuscan Chef David. Includes a free
glass of Spumante.

Appetizer-Choice of Tuscan soup or
Mixed Fresh Salad

Pasta Course -Pasta Putanescsa

Entree-Choice of Fish or Meat W

Dessert-Tiramisu |

Price is $25 (NAf42,50) Call for
reservations 717-5025.




and what's contag . .

Saturday, 21 May- Clean-up Dive
with BBQ and Latin Jazz at Yellow Submarine
S everal times a year Yellow Submarine and
Photo Tours, together with Nettech, organize
a clean-up dive. This dive always includes a free
tank for the dive. Afterwards there is a free BBQ
at Yellow Submarine. Yellow Submarine and
Photo Tours are official sponsors of the Jazz
Festival. The clean-up dive will take place dur-
ing the Festival. That is why there will be live m um
Latin jazz during the BBQ. Briefing will start at 1 Of
pm at Yellow Submarine. The clean up will proba-
bly be at the town pier from 2 until 3:30 pm. Music and
BBQ start at 5pm. 1


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WHAiJT


HAPPfNING


Call to make sure: Usually 9:00pm
Miss Congeniality 2:
Armed and Fabulous
(Sandra Bullock)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Hitch

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Robots

THIS WEEK
Saturday, May 7-Rincon Marsh6 in
the center of Rincon-food, drinks,
gifts, crafts, music, friendliest people
on the island 6 am to 4 pm

Sunday, May 8-Mother's Day -
Special 4-course meal at Croc-
cantino Restaurant 717-5025.

Wednesday, May 11-Bonaire Culi-
nary team serves "Competition"
dinner, Blue Moon Restaurant, 7 pm.
Donation: NAf50 includes 3-course
meal, wine, taste of competition cock-
tails. Reservations: Laura at 717-8988,
791-7252 or Sara 786-9299.

COMING
May 15th to the 22nd 3rd Annual
King of the Caribbean at Lac Bay.
Freestyle Windsurfing Competition
Pro and amateur races in Lac Bay. The
event will kick off the 2005 PWA
Freestyle Tour. For info, see www.
pwaworldtour.com or
www. bonaireworldfreestyle. corn
More on page 9.
May 15-22 Bonaire Beach & Culture
Week
Sunday, May 22-C-Run 2/4/5
km.7:30 am. Sponsored by COM-
CABON. More information call 717-
8629, 780-7225.
Wednesday, May 25-Bonaire Culi-
nary team serves "Competition"
dinner, Blue Moon Restaurant, 7 pm.
Donation: NAf50 includes 3-course
meal, wine, taste of competition cock-
tails. Reservations: Laura at 717-8988,
791-7252 or Sara 786-9299
OCTOBER 2005
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 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.
infobonaire.com/rincon
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


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
Hitch

"VERY FUNNY!"D Dodo

Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon.
$20-Call Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
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
pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience (no show May (-
back on the 16th). Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) 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 5664056.
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,


May 19 to 22
Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL
(more on page 7 )

May 19: Welcome Concert at Wilhelmina
Park. Happy hour and late night jazz in cafes
and restaurants


May 20: Main concert at Plaza Resort. Happy hour and late night jazz jam ses-
sions at City Caf6 and other places

May 21: Main concert at Bongos Beach. Happy hour and late night jazz jam
sessions at City Caf6 and other places

May 22: Main concert at Kon Tiki Beach Club. Brunch concert on location
not yet decided. Jazz all over the place plus three main concerts for only NAf30!
Website: www.bonairejazz.com


Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
come.
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

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit typical
homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 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
musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking
tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call
Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.

CHURCH SERVICES
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-
man. 717-2006
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
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE


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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.
BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
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
concrete pavement.
DIVING
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-
puter H.Q.
Yellow Submarine-low prices on the seaside at
Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and
the Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
FITNESS
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
chemicals.
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.
HOTELS
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
sea.
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.
PHOTO FINISHING
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
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For


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men, women and children.

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SPA-DAY SPA
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


Mother's Day is THIS Sunday 8 May.


BE GOOD TO MOM!


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Born on Bonaire...


Margari~ta J oiLL.jkJJpla'4IroInfl'a'i11:


W hen the parents get impa-
VV tient and ask me, 'When is
the baby going to come?' I always an-
swer, 'A mango doesn't fall from the
tree until it's ripe. The child will come
on its own time. Have patience!'" She
laughs. A big beautiful smile. Margarita
Djojopawiro-Winklaar is Bonaire's sole
midwife, the one and only for 30 years.
She has delivered 3,000 babies on the
island and still she finds: "The moment
I hold the baby in my hands is the most
beautiful feeling of it all. If someone
had told me that I would be doing this
for 30 years I would have said, 'That
long! I'll never make it!' But looking
back I feel that the time has flown. It's
been worth it, without any doubt I can
say now that I've been doing what I like
best.
I was born June 10th 1948, in the old
hospital in Playa, where the Cas di
Sosiego is now. I grew up in Rincon,
went to Lourdes MULO in Playa and
when I was 18 I left for Holland to com-
plete my studies. Except for a friend
who knew the director of a hospital in
the South of Holland, I didn't know any-
body there, and I had never been in Hol-
land before. It was November 11th and it
was raining when I arrived. I thought:
'How nice, rain!' But when it didn't stop
raining for days I found out that things
were not the same as on Bonaire. I was
terribly homesick, cried my eyes out for
one whole day! After that I was okay; it
never bothered me again.
In the hospital I started working and
studying to become a nurse. It wasn't
what I had dreamt about when I was
still at MULO on Bonaire. My dream
had always been to become a doctor,
but as it was impossible to get a scholar-
ship, I settled for things as they were.
During the training it appeared that the
lessons were in fact too easy for me.
The director of the hospital told our mu-
tual friend: 'That girl doesn't belong
here! She's far too smart. She should be
in a university!' They wanted me to be-
come a professor, but there was no pos-
sibility at the time to teach in the Antil-
les and I never planned on staying in
Holland. I wanted to go back to Bonaire
as soon as I could.
After three years I returned to Bonaire
to visit my parents for their 25" wed-
ding anniversary. But first I went to Su-
rinam to meet my pen friend, Soeramin
Djojopawiro, whom I'd been corre-
sponding with since I was at MULO. He
came to Bonaire to meet my parents and
together we left for Holland. September
5th 1970 I graduated as a nurse and Sep-
tember 10th I started at the training col-
lege for midwives. As it had proven to
be financially impossible to become a


doctor, I had decided to become a mid-
wife, to be independent but work for the
people."
The bright eyes behind the glasses
smile. "Now, after so many years, I
know I did the right thing. In my work I
am very close to my clients, I go to their
houses, I witness their deepest emotions
and I listen to their doubts, their worries
and their hopes. I think that when you're
a doctor the relationship between you
and your patients is much more formal
in many cases. The training to become a
midwife was as easy for me as the one
to become a nurse.
The week I was supposed to graduate I
heard from the doctor in Bonaire that
my father had been operated on and that



"In my work I am very close
to my clients, I go to their
houses, I witness their deepest
emotions and I listen to their
doubts, their worries and
their hopes. I think that when
you're a doctor the relation-
ship between you and your
patients is much more formal
in many cases."

there was nothing they could do for him
any more. Two days before my exams I
got the message that he was dying and I
left for Bonaire. I didn't make it. My
father died July 28", 1972. I stayed for
six weeks, then I went back. I graduated
December 15" that year, Soeramin and I
got married December 19", we drove
around Holland for a week, and then I
thought, 'Let's get out of here!' On De-
cember 26h we left Holland for good.
That's how I am. I do everything: One,
two, three, Ready!" She roars with
laughter. "Well... before I even passed
my exams I'd received a letter from the
Bonairean government in which they
invited me to come and work for them.
So I started working- 50% for the gov-
ernment and 50% for myself. That first
year I delivered 50 babies, in people's
homes and in the hospital. Only the
ones who were referred to the gynecolo-
gist in Curagao I didn't help. At the time
I worked together with Dr. Welvaart.
Now there are several doctors who do
deliveries, so when I am not on the is-
land Dr. Lont takes my place, but she
only does deliveries at the hospital. We
are re-organizing the obstetric care on
the island so that everybody knows
which doctors are available. In the end
we want to have a team of obstetricians
that everyone can count on.


My whole personal
life has always been
planned around the
deliveries. You know,
more or less, the time
the baby is supposed
to come, but pregnant
women have a mind
of their own. Many
times I told a client,
'I'm going off the is-
land for a couple of
days, but everything
is arranged with the
doctor and the hospi-
tal.' The night before
I leave I get their
call, 'Margarita, it has started!' Or th
hold on until the very moment that I
come back! This odd behavior has b
proven to be a fact over the years! B
is a natural thing and the one who is
guiding it should keep it normal. In 1
old days there was a lot more to exp
now everyone can see it all on TV.
I have never had an expectant father
who fainted. When the moment is th
and the child is about to come I see
those fathers so amazed, so inspired
the birth that their mind is completel
with the mother and the baby and nc
with themselves. The most difficult
thing, the worst that can happen, is
when you have to tell a mother that 1
baby has died. There's nothing to be
done about that. It happens. We've b
taught that statistically a certain perch
age won't make it. There are defects
diseases and cases you can't do anyt]
about. Not all babies live." She puts
small, strong hands on the table ana
says quietly, "Although it's very diff
cult, one has to be realistic. If you re
ize what can happen, you won't lose
your head if it happens to you. For n
as a Catholic there is always hope. Ii
can be that bad, but in the end every
thing will turn out right. My faith is
life, my motive and my joy. It's all I
for.
We have three children ourselves, th
boys. Igemar, who is 24 years old, sl
ies informatics, mathematics. Daryl,
who's 20, is studying to become a ch
ist and Kamal, who's 19, studies at I
(Secondary Technical School). The
eldest are living in Holland, Kamal i
Curagao. When you live on this islai
you know from the beginning that at
certain time your children have to g(
away to complete their education. If
keep on realizing that it is not so har
when the time comes. I find that mo:
parents should take that into conside
tion so it won't come to them as a bl.
when the moment is there.
During the years I've been working


Margarita Djojopawiro-Winklaar
ey have had an average of 90 to 100 births
a year and that was just enough to keep
een the balance between my private life and
irth my profession. I never stopped working.
For a long time I've been a mother, a
the wife and a midwife at the same time.
lain; I've got patience. The baby comes
whenever it wants to come and I got
used to that.
ere For 30 years my life has been this
way. One time I was at a party during
by carnival, all dressed up, with make-up
y and full of glitters when I got a call. The
it woman who gave birth that night talked
for a long time about the way I looked
when I arrived! They've called me when
her I was swimming and another time I de-
livered a baby of an American tourist at
een Capt. Don's Habitat. I delivered one on
cent- a yacht in the marina and once, when I
was having guests for Christmas, we all
hing went to church for the midnight mass. I
her got the call the moment the priest
I walked to the altar. After the baby was
i- born, a boy, I went back to church, just
:al- in time to receive the last blessing. That
Christmas I won't forget. To me it was a
ie beautiful experience to bring a child
t into the world on Christmas night.
Sometimes I think the time has come to
my stop working, but we'll see. To help a
live woman give birth can be very tiresome,
especially the waiting, but when the cru-
.ree cial moment is there, I always feel this
tud- tremendous energy. Life is always beau-
tiful. It hasn't been easy through all
iem- these years, but you have to be realistic
vITS and honest. When you know what
two you're living for, there is no fear of
n death. My faith in
nd God keeps me go-
t a ing. Without His
o help, I would not
you have continued. He
rd is my support and
re my trust." / Greta
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The Reporter in
I December 2002
Greta Kooistra


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Arc to Arcturus, Then Speed on to Spica,
An Easy Way to Find
Two Wonderful Stars by Using the Big Dipper


Y ou know spring
time is always
a good time to play the
old "Big Dipper, fol-
low the arc to Arctu-
rus, then speed on to
Spica" game which is
simply the easiest way
to find two of the most
wonderful stars of
spring. Let me show
you.
During the first two
weeks of May, around
9 to 10 pm Sky Park
Time face due north where you'll see the Big Dipper almost directly above the
North Star, its cup pointed down in such a way that if it were filled full of water
the water would be pouring out directly on to the ground below. And, as always, if
we shoot an arrow through the two end stars in the cup about five and a half times
the distance between them, we always land smack dab on the North Star. About
the easiest way to find it I can imagine.
But aside from using the cup as an easy way to find the North Star, we can use
its handle to find two even more wonderful stars. Simply draw an imaginary line
through the handle of the Big Dipper and extend it in the same curve or arc and
you'll are to the bright star Arcturus. Then, if you extend that arc from Arcturus,
you can speed on to Spica, the brightest star of Virgo the Virgin. Once again, us-
ing the handle and its curve, arc to Arcturus then speed on to Spica. Now brighter
Arcturus is relatively close, only 35 light years away, which means we actually
see the light that left it 35 years ago, whereas Spica is almost eight times farther
away than Arcturus, 260 light years away, which means we see the light that left it
260 years ago.
And while Spica is a whopping eight times as wide as our Sun, Arcturus is a
staggering 21 times as wide. But size isn't everything because even though Arctu-
rus is much, much larger than Spica, it is a much, much cooler star with a surface
temperature of only 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Spica, on the other hand, has a sur-
face temperature of 46,000 degrees, which actually makes Spica 20 times intrinsi-
cally brighter than much bigger Arcturus. The reason Spica doesn't look as bright
is because it is so much farther away.
But the really mind boggling thing about these two stars is their incredible speed
in relation to our Earth. You see, while more distant Spica is flying away from us
at a speed of 2,000 miles per hour, Arcturus is actually racing toward us at the in-
credible speed of 12,000 miles per hour, so fast that Arcturus will eventually pass
us in several thousand years. In fact in a few hundred thousand years Arcturus will
no longer be visible to the naked eye.
So before it's too late, see it now. Remember, find the Big Dipper first, arc to
Arcturus then speed on to Spica. And by the way, as an added treat this year you'll
see the super bright, biggest planet Jupiter parked right above Spica. Wow! What
could be easier and more fun? 1
Jack Horkheimer


For the week:
May 6 to May 13, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your tendency to vacillate will drive everyone crazy.
You must not make unnecessary changes this week. Don't let your partner goad you
into wearing your heart on your sleeve. You're in the mood to party. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Enjoy taking courses or lecturing others. Try to
deal with it quickly; don't dwell on past regrets. Spend time with youngsters this
week. If you are in the midst of a financial deal, this is your lucky time. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your involvement in sports or entertainment will
lead to new romances. Be professional, and you will advance much more quickly.
Your personal life is going through a state of confusion. You will be emotional
about money matters. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can spend a passionate evening with someone
you cherish if you make your plans early. If it can make you extra cash, it will be
even better. You are best to do something energetic with friends instead. Take the
whole family and make it an enjoyable outing. Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Changes in your home will be positive. Property invest-
ments should pay off. Make sure that you have covered yourself legally and try not
to let your temper get out of hand. Try not to hesitate; act on your initial instincts.
Your ability to organize and get everyone together will enhance your popularity and
bring interest from potential mates. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Digestive disorders will be a result of family squab-
bles. Time is money and you must be ready to take action in order to reach your
highest potential. Problems with fire, gas or oil may cause disruptions and annoy-
ances. Your ability to ferret out secret information will lead you to an inside scoop
on an amazing financial deal. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't start any arguments unless you're prepared to
accept irrevocable results. Listen to the complaints of others. Plan a nice evening for
two. Overindulgence will be a problem if you are out in a social setting. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Make a point of working on yourself. Do things
because you want to, not because someone else thinks you should. Attend to things
that you should have done yesterday. Your mate will be pushing you to do things
that you really don't want to do. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Tempers will mount if you are too pushy at
work. You can win points with children if you take the time to show interest in their
accomplishments. Go out with friends. You must make them stand on their own two
feet regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will be a real chatterbox this week. Your
best efforts will come through hard work. You would be best to work late in order to
avoid such disharmony. Your nerves are frazzled. Your lucky day this week will be
Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try not to donate to organizations if you can
hardly afford to take care of yourself. Visitors may relieve the tension. Your own
small business on the side sounds pretty lucrative. You will be viewed as a sensi-
tive, compassionate individual and others will ask you for advice.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your courage and willpower will enable you to get
rid of destructive habits as well. Enjoy the company of relatives this week. Try to
visit a country that excites you. Listen to a good friend who is truly looking out for
your best interests. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. O


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