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I Kaya Gob. De 2 6E I:O 6 onw s 8 81

Juan Marino who windsurfed
from Venezuela is surrounded by
his friends and well wishers


= NA 30. for all shows
Tickets for the Harbourtown Bonaire
Jazz Festival main concerts on sale
at City Caf6, TCB, Kon Tiki Restaurant, Bon-
gos Beach, Plaza Resort, Bonaire Boekhan-
del and at the gates of the main concert



T he end of this week marks the greatest jazz event in the history of Bonaire.
If you have the stamina you can enjoy nine great sessions of great Latin &
Caribbean Jazz in the next three days, beginning Friday through Sunday. You
might need some musical Viagra to make all the concerts every day from sunset
time, the main event and the late night sessions. And the best news is that you
need only one NAf30 ticket to see and
hear the main event concerts... all the
others are free.

Caribbean and Latin Jazz is the
main course served by:

Denise Jannah: "This woman can
make you dream, cry, and fall in love.
What more could you desire...."
-The Music Advocate
Jannah's voice is fine-rich, certain
and teeming with a candor undiminished
by the artifice of record making"
-Down Beat
She is almost everywhere in the land-
scape of jazz. At the international jazz
festivals, touring around in the US ,
Europe and recently Israel. She started
with the general repertoire of jazz and is
now concentrating on her own composi-
tions. Listen to the voice of a great lady
singer, born in Surinam, living in the
Netherlands and with her heart in the
world of jazz.

Ced Ride: Ced Ride is a phenomenon,
a multi artist: painting, singing, writing
and acting. His musical interest is broad,
from Tumba to jazz, but always con-
nected to the place where his heart,
home and his cultural identity is the
Antilles. Everybody knows and loves
Ced Ride.

Cedric Dandar6: We are lucky that
Cedric is back in Curaqao after 25 years
of being abroad. He is really the first
man who composed jazz with a splendid
mix of Antillean music. Playing almost everywhere, including the North Sea Festi-
(Continued on page 3)

_seat Super ATR. The Bonaire govern-
ment said it will continue to negotiate
for improved airlift to the US.

On May 12, Air Jamaica an-
nounced that it will cut
Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday
flights to/from Bonaire, effective
June 27, and the remaining Saturday
flight as of August 28. Air Jamaica
also recently cut other routes as part of
a restructuring, including Manchester,
England; St. John's, Antigua; Houston,
Texas; and London to Havana. The Ja-
maican government regained control of
Air Jamaica in December 2004 and ap-
pointed a new board. It originally
planned to sell the airline but later said
restructuring would keep it in govern-
ment hands for several years.
Air Jamaica's Bonaire service began in
June 1999. The carrier will continue
with service via Curacao. Flying Air
Jamaica was a pleasure in this low-
frills era because of its friendly staff,
full service and big cargo capacity that
could accommodate windsurf and dive
A On July 2nd, American Eagle
Airlines will begin daily flights to
Bonaire through September 2005, up
from its four-day-a-week schedule
now. They will continue to use the 64-

A Continental Airlines said they
are ready to begin flights from New-
ark Airport to Curacao on December
17, 2005, provided Curaqao guarantees
revenue equivalent to 40% of the seats.
They will use a 124-seat Boeing 737.
The Curaqao government hasn't yet
decided whether to go for it or not. Is
this type of deal an option for Bonaire?
Past TCB statistics show that the north-
east US holds the largest base of Bon-
aire visitors in America.
Continental is one of the companies
of AMR which also own American
Airlines. It is the world's sixth-largest
airline. It reported a first quarter 2005
net loss of $184 million.
A The situation at BonairExpress
looks grimmer every day. The irregu-
lar flight schedule and frequent cancel-
lation of BonairExpress flights are hin-
dering the functioning of Parliament,
according to Member of Parliament
Chairman, Dudley Lucia. Because of
"maintenance" sometimes only one
plane can fly. BonairExpress was char-
tering a 106-passenger Boeing 737-200
jet for the Curacao-St. Maarten route
from the Venezuelan airline, Rutaca,
but flying only once a day. Lack of
available seats provoked a major dis-
turbance from passengers at the St.
Maarten airport ticket counter.
(Continued on page 3)

Jazz Festival Now
Opinion (New Apartheid)
Opinion (Overcharged for Fuel)
Culinary Team Invitation
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Pt. 4, Aruba
Windsurf Championships Begin
PWA is Here
PWA Schedule
Mystery Ship Revealed
Wind & Surf Beach Bar
Cultimara Murals Completed
Five Towers Saga
Art Show, Wilna Groenenboom
Jazz Schedule
Dietitian (3 Recipes)
Kristu Hesus Berdad new CD
Jawfish Flats


6, 7
14, 16

Flotsam & Jetsam
Vessel List & Tide Table
Picture Yourself
(Costa Rica)
Pet of the Week (Ria)
Reporter Masthead
What's Happening
Micro-Movie Review
(The Ring Two)
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Ramon De Leon, Sylvia de Boer)
Bonaire Sky Park (Bootes)
The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 2

(Jazz 2005. Continued from page 2)
val, with Paquito Derivera and Roy Hargrove, he made CDs with Izaline Calister,
Randal Corsen and many others. He will perform special compositions of his own
and a surprising duet with Denise Jannah.

Avila Blues House Band: Already for more then 10 years they've been the
jazz nucleus at the Avila Blues Caf6 in Curaqao, as well as being the experienced
sidemen to many stars at the cafe and at festivals. This time they are in the com-
pany of Denise Jannah and Ced Ride.Ronchi Matthews, keyboard; Hershel
Rosario, bass; Marlon Conradus, drums; with special guest, Pierre Dunker on bass.

Cuban Express: The memories of the Buena Social Vista Club of Cuba will
never be exceeded, but Cuban Express does take you back to that atmosphere: Cu-
ban and Latin music mixed with all those jazzy elements which made that music a
hype. Cuban Express, musicians from Curamao and some Cubans, do remind us of
an important event in iazz.

Delbert Bernabela Band: The band is a collective which has blossomed over
years of performing and composing together in different settings. They've pro-
duced several fine recordings. Although everyone has individually performed in-
ternationally, this will be the first international outing for the band.
The band includes Delbert Bernabela, saxophones and flute; Franklin Granadillo;
trumpet. Johnny Scharbaaij; keyboard; Ivan Quandus, bass and Carlos Bislip,

X- Hale: Four young guys, born in Germany and living in the Netherlands for
years, connected through theirjazz study in the 90s at Conservatorium in Arnhem,
(Continued on page 16)

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Managing Director of BonairExpress'
parent company, Raymundo Saleh, said
on Tuesday that the airline is planning
to increase the fuel charge to NAf20-
25 each way on the St. Maarten route.
The current charge of NAf7 isn't suffi-
cient to cover the additional cost of
higher fuel prices, he explained. When
asked about complaints from passen-
gers about BonairExpress' poor ser-
vice, Saleh said the airline was work-
ing on getting larger jet aircraft to
use the longer routes, including St.
Maarten, the Dominican Republic,
Haiti and Miami. The airline is await-
ing permits for the international routes.
It's possible that the international
flights could begin in three or four
BonairExpress office staff is shrink-
ing as well, with staff departures being
noted in the local daily newspapers.
The low employee morale, mentioned
in the aviation press, is said to be due
to the disintegration of the Exel Avia-
tion Group which supported Bonaire-
Exel (now Express) activities.
Sadly, the diminished air service to
Curacao has affected student and sports
groups. Last week, a class from the
SGB, which had conducted fund raisers
for a trip to Curaqao, was due to leave
at 10 am. However, the group wasn't
able to leave until 6 pm that afternoon,
missing a day's worth of tours in Cura-
gao. Another group of youngsters on a
swim team in Bonaire haven't been
able to book their flight to and from
Curaqao where they hoped to partici-
pate in a swim meet at the end of May.

A Fifty-three Dutch detectives and
police officers will come to the Antil-
les, which is 13 more than was agreed
upon in December. They will also stay
longer, namely three years instead on
one. The Dutch Minister of Kingdom
relations, Alexander Pechtold, made
the announcement in Curaqao last
The Antilles' Minister of Eco-
nomic Affairs, Errol Cova, has made
two statements that undermine the
foreign policies of the Dutch and An-
tillean governments. The first, made
this past February to a Venezuelan
newspaper, was that the American FOL
base in Curamao was unwelcome, while
the latest accused the Dutch of colonial
arrogance. The country's Council of
Ministers last Wednesday dissociated
itself from Cova's statement, in effect
censuring the controversial politician.
Prime Minister Ys stated, "The state-
ments that Minister Errol Cova made in
Falc6n (state of Venezuela) are not ac-
ceptable. Discussing geopolitical sub-
jects and giving comments about them
is very dangerous. If this happens a
third time, then both of us cannot be
together in the same cabinet." The rul-
ing coalition would still have a major-
ity if Cova were removed, but other
factors could destabilize the Central
Government and require a new coali-
tion to be formed or elections held.

t Since April 1st everyone using
the waters of the Bonaire National
Marine Park (BNMP) must pay a
(Continued on page 16)

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

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T he following is from the BBC
"There is anger over Dutch plans to
expel non-productive Antillean young-
sters from The Netherlands. Under the
plan, Antilleans aged 16 to 24 who do
not start work or study within three
months of entering Holland will be sent
home. Up until now Antilleans, who
hold the same passports as European
Dutch, had the same rights.
Dutch Integration and Immigration There are 131,000 people from the
Minister Rita Verdonk says the cabinet Dutch Antilles in the Netherlands-
has agreed to her policy of expelling 35% are under 20 years old.
jobless immigrants from the Nether-
lands Antilles. Mrs. Verdonk said the Netherlands was not a land of milk
and honey for those who couldn't make a living elsewhere. According to
her lawyers, the regulation does not violate the Constitution nor European
legislation and she does not need the cooperation of the Antillean and
Aruban governments.
Netherlands Antilles' Prime Minister Etienne Ys has complained that he
was not consulted. He described the proposal as "a restriction of freedom,"
adding that Antilleans were entitled to freedom of movement within the
Kingdom because they carry Dutch passports.
The Dutch center-right cabinet says the policy is aimed at weeding out the
criminal element among youths from the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
Mrs. Verdonk said the harsh measures were directed at "youngsters that
think that when they get off the plane scooters and mobile phones will be
waiting for them." "For people who have a job or want to study here there
will be no problems," the government news service quotes her as saying.
Earlier this week, Roy Pieters, President of the consultative body of Carib-
bean Dutch nationals, told the Dutch daily Trouw, "I thought the Antilleans
were also Dutch nationals, but apparently that is not the case." Opposition
parties have accused the government of colonialism and argue that the
move is illegal as all Dutch passport holders are to be treated equally. They
agree with Mr. Ys that the government should have opted for training pro-
grams instead for unemployed Antillean youths both in the Netherlands
and in the Caribbean."

What is behind this action that sounds like Apartheid?
Minister Verdonk, in her brief to the Council of Ministers, presented figures to
prove that Antillean youngsters come in contact with the law more often than others in
Dutch society: One in nine Antillean youngsters between ages 12 and 24 is involved
in a crime. In general only one person in 40 in the Nether-
lands comes in contact with the law.
In the vast majority of Antilleans/Arubans taking up
residence in the Netherlands in 2003, 62%, were below the
age of 25. In the 15 to 24-year age group 42.5% are un-
employed. In Curagao 46% of the school age population
does not graduate.
It is an Antillean urban legend that in years past young
thugs in Curagao were offered a choice: face legal prose-
cution or accept a free one-way ticket to Amsterdam.
The newly appointed Dutch Minister of Administrative
Reform and Kingdom Relations Alexander Pechtold said
the new entry policy for Antillean youngsters affects "only
a small group that has no future."
In short the Dutch are sick of the way some Antilleans
behave and are going to do something about it. The Ver-
donk measure has been okayed by the Cabinet and now
goes to Parliament to become law. Dutch Integration and

Antillean and Aruban officials threatened to not cooperate with the law and urged
Antilleans and Arubans living in Holland to attend the May 17-18 Parliament meet-
ings where it will be voted on.
Last Thursday the Antillean Parliament, in a unanimously passed resolution, sent a
letter to Holland expressing their opposition. Senator Ramonsito Booi of Bonaire said
to The Reporter that the right way to handle the problem was to make it a joint Dutch
Antillean venture to help and prepare young people to be more responsible citizens.
"It's not the way to do things... on their (Holland's) own. We have to find a solution
on both sides," he said.
Bonaire Opposition leader Senator Jopie Abraham said that perhaps restrictions on
European Dutch wanting to live in the Antilles were in order.
Prime Minister Nelson Oduber of Aruba does not agree at all with the decision of
the Dutch government. Oduber says he can understand that the Netherlands is looking
for ways to combat the crime. But according to him, it is not right to choose for meas-
ures that single out a population group within the Dutch Realm.
A Curagao political party (MAN) wants to file a complaint with the Decolonization
Committee of the United Nations.
Member of the Dutch Parliament Vos said the measure was comparable to a regula-
tion whereby criminal youngsters wouldn't be allowed to get off Texel, one of the is-
lands off Holland's coast.
Minister Pechtold's predecessor, Thom de Graaf, of the same political party, ob-
jected to restrictions on admittance of Antilleans, which he contended was against the
non-discriminatory principle.
This law is especially divisive and inappropriate, especially coming at a time when
Bonaire voted to seek closer ties with The Netherlands. If the Dutch Antilles islands
had the same level of social services, schools, wages, benefits and pensions as Holland
then the problems might be at the same lev-
els as the Dutch: perhaps only 1 in 40
youngsters would be in trouble with the po-
lice instead of 1 in 9. And what of those *
other eight youngsters? Must they travel
with two-way tickets to Holland to start
their life or move in with their family and
friends or risk getting sent back to their is-
It's been proven that apartheid will under-
mine a society and be a cause of trouble, not Bonaire's Senator Abraham and
a lasting solution. Dialogue must continue Dutch Minister Pechtold hold
until an equitable solution is found. 1 G.D different views

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

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s Bonaire getting overcharged for
the petroleum products it must buy
from the Curacao-owned company,
Curoil? If you read the recent report
provided to The Bonaire Reporter by
Senator Jopie Abraham, the answer is
an emphatic "yes." And it's not a pid-
dling amount, but almost twice the
world price.

According to a letter from Norman
Perry of COPEDA (The Curaqao Oil
Products Distribution Corporation),

apart from all the taxes, correction fac-
tors, tax, government and Curoil share,
etc... the prices Curoil charges Bonaire
is way above the highest world market
price. And they've been too high since
the 90s. It was a fundamental concern
of the now retired government econo-
mist, Theo Thiessen.

The COPEDA report makes several
major points:
* Venezuelan crude is priced much
lower than other world oil. That's
what Curoil delivers.
Bonaire is invoiced at NAf947,15
per 1,000 liters ($1.9698 per US gal-
lon) for fuel oil. The highest world
price in the petroleum cost database,
paid in Los Angeles, CA, is


NAf511.33 per 1,000 liters
($1.0634 per US gallon).
That's a difference ofX
NAf435,82 per 1000 liters or
NAf43.58 cents per liter.
*Aqualectra, the Curaqao
power company, pays
NAf214,64 per 1,000 liters
for its fuel.

Everyone understands that the
cost of fuel is basic to an econ-
omy. Experts say that a 1% rise in
fuel prices can cause a 5% rise in
the general costs. We see it first
in the price of gasoline, diesel and
cooking gas. Victor Fonseca, the
owner of the Tropical Flamingo
Supermarket, says that when
things become expensive people
start buying the cheapest possible
food products. Instead of buying
chicken they buy corned beef,
sardines; pasta instead of rice, etc.
So fuel prices can even affect the
health of the population.
The island is tied by contracts
and agreements to Curoil. The ques-
tion now is how can we negotiate better
prices or get a new supplier? 1 G.D.

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

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Replacing the troublesome Cat Cracker
at PD VSA's Curacao island refinery

Page 5

A Closer Look at the
Aruba Model

A ruba has been held up
as the model for Bon-
aire to follow because of its
growth in tourism and positive
airlift situation. But if Bonaire
is to consider this model, it
must do it by looking at the full
picture. The increases in
rooms, tourists and airlift are
only a small fraction of the
Several years ago Tobago
took a look at the Aruba model
to learn some lessons for its
own tourism development.
The Tobago research was done
so that island could follow the
positive steps of Aruba, pre-
vent some of Aruba's mistakes Traffic
and try to do it better. Let's
hope Bonaire can do the same.
One of the key lessons that Tobago took
from the Aruba model was that it is not
necessary to give away land and provide
extreme tax holidays. The researchers for
Tobago stated: "From hindsight, the tax
and other incentives to attract tourist
investment in Aruba appear to have
been excessive-particularly in terms
of combined tax holidays and govern-
ment guarantees of loans."
Excessive concessions, like giving away
the Sunset Beach site, worth 10 to 18 mil-
lion US dollars, or guaranteeing loans as
was done for the Parker (now Plaza) pro-
ject, are not in an island's long-term inter-
est, the researchers found.

Aruba's Growth Model
The tremendous tourism growth for
Aruba started around 1985. The island
was desperate for jobs that were lost when
the Lago Refinery closed. There were
severe problems of recession and declin-
ing government revenue in addition to the
high levels of unemployment. Growing
tourism seemed to be their most promis-
ing opportunity for recovery.
Tourism was not new to Aruba and, in
fact, had started in 1947. By 1986 they
already had 180,000 visitors a year.
That's almost three times Bonaire's cur-
rent level of tourism. There were almost
60,000 people living on Aruba at the
time five times Bonaire's current popu-

Aruba's Assets
Aruba had other assets as well. The
most obvious asset, and the one that still
lures visitors, is its miles and miles of
wide, white sandy beaches. The high-rise
hotel strip alone has seven miles of per-
fect beach. For the Caribbean it is often
said that tourism relies on the three S's -
sun, sea and SAND.
Aruba also had a functioning sewer sys-
tem, installed in 1972, to which ALL ex-
isting hotels were linked. Their water
production was inadequate at the time,
necessitating water imports from Vene-
zuela, Dominica and the US. But they
had adequate electricity for their existing
situation at 25,000 megawatts per month,
or about .33 megawatts per month per
person, which includes residents and tour-
A comparison to Bonaire's current elec-
tricity capacity shows that Bonaire pro-
duces 324 megawatts per month or only
about .02 megawatts per person per
month. Aruba's electricity capacity at
that time was 16 times what Bonaire's is
today even though they had only five

inding Balance

for Bonaire

t Part 4

n existing establishments
an Social could increase their income
with higher room rates. "The

and roads are just two of the infrastructure
issues Aruba has had to face.

times our population and three times the
number of tourists.

Aruba Had a Plan
Most important in the model is that
Aruba developed a concrete, Physical De-
velopment Plan in 1981 and then updated
it in 1983. This plan had clear steps out-
lined (and estimated) for island growth,
designation of two separate hotel
'zones' one for high-rise and an-
other for low-rise
planned investment to upgrade elec-
tricity, water, sewage, roads, fire and
police protection and the airport
increased room capacity
increased advertising and marketing
budgets to fill rooms and compete in
the mass tourism market.
Aruba's hotel rooms increased from
1,303 rooms and 13 hotels in 1975 to
7,629 rooms in 29 hotels 25 years later in
2000. However, increasing hotel rooms
was only one element in Aruba's growth
plan. The others must be considered in
the model.

The Plan Was Not Enough
Even with its plan, Aruba miscalculated
its capacity and had to declare two build-
ing moratoria for tourist hotels. One
moratorium was in 1988, just after they
started their effort, and the other in 1996.
Both times Aruba realized that its expan-
sion was faster than the island's ability to
absorb the increases in tourists and immi-
grants. Thus the island's planning be-
came reactionary and very expensive.
Demand on water and electricity DOU-
BLED on Aruba between 1990 and 1997,
creating the need for major infrastructure
investment. From 1992 to 1996 Aruba
spent 230 million US Dollars to increase
its water and electrical capacity. And
then in 2004 yet another upgrade was re-
quired, adding a new power generator.
Aruba also had to spend 30 million
guilders to upgrade its sewage plant in
1997 with the funding coming from Hol-
land. Then, in the mid 1990s the island
and businesses on Aruba also had to start
investing in recycling efforts when they
realized they had to deal with 10 to 16
million beer bottles a year. Island
"maintenance" was also seriously under-
estimated. In 1990 Aruba had budgeted
half a million guilders for road and tree
maintenance and beautification. By 1996
the budget was 415 million guilders just
for beautification and maintenance of the

While hotel rooms and
tourists numbers were growing Aruba's
economy, rapidly increasing numbers of
immigrants were also raising the social
costs. Aruba's population has grown
by almost 70% in the last 20 years to
about 100,000 residents today. Most of
this population growth has been from
In a 2002 PAHO study it was reported
that 50% of the registered Aruba residents
were not Aruba born. This study is re-
porting on only 'registered' residents and
does not include any illegals living on the
island. Between 1991 and 2000, fully
75% of new jobs created on Aruba were
filled by immigrants. (Central Bureau of
Statistics Aruba) Massive immigration
has put pressure on housing, education,
healthcare and other social services, in
addition to adding to the infrastructure
On Bonaire in 2004, 67% of the work-
force was from Bonaire or the Nether-
lands Antilles-Aruba. If you add in the
341 people from the Netherlands, you see
that 75% of workers have a Dutch pass-
port. Thus only about 25% of all workers
are not Dutch speaking. And of this
group of non-Dutch workers on Bonaire,
20% of them are business owners or self-
"From the perspective of the Aruban
society, increased immigration has caused
a certain degree of resentment by local
people toward the immigrant workers
from Latin American countries," accord-
ing to a 2003 article by Robertico Croes
and Manuel Vanegas titled "Growth, De-
velopment and Tourism in a Small Econ-
omy: Evidence from Aruba."

Summary of Lessons Learned
From the same article the authors listed
the following, which are important les-
sons for Bonaire:
Aruba's positive tourism growth was
the result of a deliberate strategy
with a clear Physical Development
Aruba's rapid tourism expansion en-
tailed substantial financial outlays,
including expenditures to improve
and maintain the infrastructure with
additional roads, water, energy and
sanitation. The authors state that,
"Often, the building of roads and the
expansion of hotels can alter signifi-
cantly the physical environment be-
cause of problems of lighting, beach
maintenance, sewage treatment and
garbage control."
According to the article, "The gov-
ernment also resisted the temptation
of going too far in promoting the do-
mestic tourism economy. It knew
when to slow down and shift gears to
achieve greater quality in the indus-
try in terms of higher tourism yield."
In 1995, Aruba limited the number of
hotel rooms in a deliberate effort to
increase income from existing tour-
ists and existing hotels. In other
words, by limiting the supply the

strategy to accomplish higher
tourist yields was based upon quality
and the existence of a critical mass of
facilities and attractions," wrote
Vanegas and Croes.
Also, in 1995, the government sus-
pended the tax holiday packages
available to hotel and resort owners
and developers. They had already
stopped giving guaranteed loans be-
cause most of the projects with
loan guarantees failed, just as Bon-
aire's Parker (now Plaza) project did.
These failed projects with their loan
guarantees became huge liabilities
and some turned into lawsuits.
The authors also admit that little is
known about the social, physical,
cultural and environmental impacts
and that research in these areas is
urgently needed.
Finally, they say that: "The close
coordination between public and pri-
vate sector was essential in enabling
the design and implementation of
effective policies.
From the Aruba Model we see that in-
creased tourism does not happen by acci-
dent, and it does not happen by just add-
Continued on page 7

ing big name hotels and more rooms. It
requires careful planning, based on analy-
sis of existing resources and the nerve to
slow down, evaluate and make sure the
resources are in place.
The current, widely published and
accepted development plans from Bon-
aire do not have provision for major,
mass tourism expansion with 500+
room hotels. The published documents
all feature low-rise (maximum three-
story), eco-friendly development.
Where will the money come for ex-
panded water and power plants, new
roads? And how much immigration
can the island absorb? How much for-
eign labor does it want?

If the course is going to be changed and
a new path taken, shouldn't the island
invest in a carefully drafted and more
carefully estimated plan? And shouldn't
the planning process involve the popula-
tion, the island's NGOs and local busi-
nesses so all are working together?
Bonaire should also include a careful
polling of its current, extremely loyal
tourist market. If we drive away our
current economic base by changing the
tourism product in ways they won't
accept, we may kill the golden goose.
A new direction should START with a
clearer understanding and perhaps agree-
ment on where the entire Bonaire commu-
nity wants to go in the areas of using its
cultural and ecological resources. It is the
community that owns the resources and
the community that should take an active
role in determining their use. It is also the
Bonaire community that will pay the price
for not getting it right. O The authors of
this article are market research profes-

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 6


Statement by Accion Ambiental, an environmental NGO on Aruba:



"There are two Arubas. One is a shining island jewel of white
sand and blue-green surf on the Dutch Caribbean, a casino-driven
magnet for American tourists, American hotel chains and every
conceivable fast-food restaurant from McDonalds to Dunkin'

t"The other Aruba . is a delicate and mostly flat cactus-strewn
s _ desert landscape where goats graze on the sparse vegetation peek-
ing up from a hard surface of coral rock, and ancient Indian cave
_-r k paintings still inviting interpretation, look as fresh as the day they
Just how much bigger will WEB have to get? were made. It's this Aruba that Accion Ambiental (AA) wants to
protect from the other one...."

Quoted from www.sidsnet.org "Lessons of Tourism Development in
Aruba for Sustainable Tourism Development in Tobago." 1
Copies of this article and the prior articles are available FREE on The Bonaire
Reporter Website: WWW.bonairereporter.com/Bonaire balance.htm

Culinary Team lnites You to Dinner '(

Special Invitation
The Bonaire Culinary and Bartender Team
invites you to a
Tasting of their competition skills & masterpieces;
Seating available 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 (donated by the Bonaire Gift Shop)
All proceeds go to the Bonaire Culinary Team
call Laura at 717-8988 or 791-7252
or Sara at 786-9299 for reservations OL.D.

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 7

Juan Marino (left) was greeted by Tati Frans and they sailed in together

uan Marino Windsurfed from Venezuela to Bonaire to mark the start of
events for the 2005 MCB-Bonaire PWA Championship and King of the Car-
ibbean Freestyle Windsurfing Championship on Sunday, May 15.
In fact Juan did it so quickly that he arrived at the slipway in front of Regatta
House before the press could get there! Juan spent eight hours on a Floatability
One Design Type Board complete with GPS, sailing from Morrocoy (Tucacas),
Venezuela, to Bonaire last Saturday. He arrived even earlier than planned, in fit
condition and ready for action and a hero's welcome. Greeting Juan were Race Di-
rector Elvis Martinus, Byron Tromp from the Bonaire Sailing Foundation, wind-
surf champ Tati Frans and a
host of press and well wish-
ers. Flags of Bonaire and
Venezuela flew together.

The event's organizers meet the press: Elvis Martinus, Ann Phelan, Gabrielle
Nahr, Elsmarie Beukenboom, Erik Troostheide (PWA event manager), Axel van
Weel (PWA press officer)

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 8


Team Italia, Andrea Rossati and Vittorio Mazzocca


Bistro di Paris owner Patrice (right) and Chef Fred served onion soup in a
bread bowl and Crcme Brulee.

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

5-20 7:14 1.1FT. 10:12
5-21 8:15 1.OFT. 12:04
5-22 9:17 0.9FT. 23:40
5-23 0:15 2.1FT. 10:10
5-24 0:59 2.1FT. 10:59
5-25 1:46 2.1FT. 11:48
5-26 2:38 2.1FT. 12:27
5-27 3:35 2.0FT. 13:08
5-28 4:31 1.9FT. 13:44
5-29 5:37 1.8FT. 14:10
5-30 0:48 1.4FT. 6:36
5-31 3:16 1.3FT. 7:46
6-01 4:45 1.2FT. 8:51
6-02 6:09 1.OFT. 10:11
6-02 6:09 1.OFT. 10:11
6-03 7:25 0.9FT. 22:40


14:08 1.OFT. 22:38 1.8FT.
13:31 1.OFT. 23:03 1.9FT.


0.9FT. 22:21
0.9FT. 21:42
1.OFT. 21:53
1.1FT. 22:14
1.1FT. 22:14



r he 3rd Maduro and Curiel's Bank-Bonaire PWA King of the Car-
ibbean kicked off with the biggest international representation
ever seen in Bonaire. As far back as April windsurf pros started
coming to the island to train for the biggest World Cup Competi-
tion ever held. Competitors registered Sunday for the event, the first
stop on the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. The island is swarming with the ath-
letes and their followers. As expected, all major players have shown up to get
themselves in a top slot at the start of the season,
Among the 37 men already registered are some of the biggest names in freestyle,
including reigning world champion, Ricardo Campbello from Brazil. His female
counterpart, Daida Moreno, is back to defend her title as Queen as the Caribbean.
Bad luck plagued her last time when in training she suffered a fin injury resulting
in a wide gash requiring many stitches. Clearly this injury didn't stop her as she
(Continued on page 10)

Adventure Quest
Another World
Beauty and the Beast
Bright Sea
Brown Lady
Casse Tete
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Endangered Species

Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Happy Ours
Honalee, USA
Jan Gerardus
L'Quila, BVI
Luna C. USA
Moon Rise
Natural Selection
Pishi Poko
Rusty Bucket

Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Starlight Dancer
Sylvia K
Take It Easy
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005



Page 9


(P WA. Tt's Here! Continued
from page 9)
went on to win the cov-
eted women's title. This
year the fin curse returned
when her talented twin
sister Iballa also sus-
tained a fin injury requir-
ing medical attention.
Whether there is a fin
curse, it doesn't matter as
these two women are the
biggest talent in the
women's division and
will provide some tough
competition to the other
16 women competing.
Hot on their heels is no
stranger to Bonaire,
Karin Jaggi from Swit-
zerland. Karin came early
to Bonaire to train and
hone her freestyle reper-
toire. Returning Aruba
sailor, Sara Quita Of-
fringa, is hoping to place
in the top 5. Her wild red
Afro, her silly wit and
her tough demeanor The
make her a crowd favor-
ite. No doubt local star,
and Bonaire Reporter
correspondent, Femke van der Valk
will try her hardest to keep the 2005
Bonaire freestyle crown right here on
the island.
Other countries represented in the
Women's Division include France,
Sweden, Venezuela and Germany.

SSaragoza brothers andAmado Vrieswijk
Kid Competitors

Two young talents came as far as
New Zealand and the French Island of
New Caledonia. Team Italia is in the
house bringing a new talent, 13 year-
old Vittorio Mazzocca and his talented
chaperone, Andrea Rossati. This
young freestyle kid is the one to watch

for the 1st Annual Pro
Kids World Champi-
onships which start
Friday. Both represent
RRD, an Italian Wind-
surf Company. Local
hero Tonky Frans
unveiled a new secret
move yesterday he
calls the Caia Brava.
It is a Flaka /Diablo
move turned into a
backwards pirouette.
This move is going to
stun the judges and wow the windsurf
world. When asked what the name
means, Tonky explained it's the name
for sugar cane.
There are parties galore all week long
and some surprise guests at week's end
so hit the beach each day to watch the

Here's the remaining
No wind Monday and Tuesday
Thursday 19th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Place: Sorobon
13:00-15:00 Pro Kids and
Amateurs registration
Place: Sorobon
19:00 Opening ceremony Pro Kids
Place: Coco's restaurant

Friday 20th May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Pro Kids and Amateurs
Place: Sorobon
17:00 18:00 Happy hour
Place: Bongo's Eden Beach Hotel

best in freestyle talent. It's a rainbow of
sails and a talent pool never seen on
island. The stakes are high as the top
international talent battle it out for cash
prizes at the King of the Caribbean. 1
Ann Phelan

Saturday 21st May
10:00 Windsurf competition
Pro Kids and Amateurs
Place: Sorobon
19:00 22:00 Rincon open air market
Place: Rincon (ride the
Paradanda Bus)

Sunday 22nd May
10:00 Windsurf competition finals
Pro Kids finals
18:00 19:00 Pro Kids & Amateurs
Place: Sorobon
19:00 Beach Bash
Place: Bonaire Windsurf

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 10


Mystery Ship Revealed

i.... - I*

B onaireans were mystified by a
huge military looking catamaran
that appeared off the coast and seemed
to be launching and retrieving Zodiac-
style boats for two days last week. The
ship was cooperating injoint maneu-
vers with the Dutch marines. The huge
vessel looked quite out of place among
the small yachts and sailboats. The
HSV-2 (which stands for high-speed
vessel) Swift, may pave the way for the
future of naval operations.
Two companies were involved in
building the vessel. Australian ship-
builder Incat builds some of the world's
fastest vehicle and passenger ferries,
and Louisiana-based Bollinger Ship-
yards, Inc., builds military patrol boats,
offshore oil field support vessels, tugs,
rigs and lifeboats. It was launched in

Navy officials say what also makes
the Swift unique is the vessel's high
speed, shallow draft, versatility and ma-
neuverability. It is said that the ship can
"turn on a dime," and when it comes to
speed, no other Navy ship is faster. The
ship can reach up to 42 knots or 85-plus
kilometers per hour-"warp speed"- con-
sidering the average Navy ship cruises
at about 12 knots.
Since its maiden voyage from Austra-
lia, the Swift, which was delivered to
the Navy on August 15, 2003, has al-
ready proven its versatility. The ship
served in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom as a logistics base and a stag-
ing platform for Navy-Marine SEAL
teams operating off of Umm Qasr, Iraq.
There the ship also tested its mine-
warfare capabilities. The HSV-2, home

Wind and Surf
Beach Bar

ven if you're not a windsurfer
yourself, you'll love the ambi-
ance of the Wind and Surf Beach Bar at
the Windsurf Place on Lac Bai. Over-
seen by Norca, the rustic hut offers a
place to get out of the sun, stretch out,
relax and have a drink or a meal.
They're open from 10 to 6, serving light
lunches of sandwiches and salads every
day. On Wednesdays, join them for
video clips of the week's windsurfing
action and a freshly prepared-in-front-
of-your-eyes barbeque. Stop by for a
bite or a drink; enjoy the cool breezes
that make Lac so attractive to the surf-
ers. For more information call them at
717-5091. L.D.

ported in Ingleside, Texas, is a modi-
fied commercial high-speed ferry, with
a flight deck and hanger for two H-60
helicopters, a stern vehicle ramp capa-
ble of supporting a 60-ton M-1 Abrams
tank, berthing space for more than 40
crew members, communications for a
wide range of missions and a load com-
pensating crane capable of launch and
recovery of small boats and unmanned
vehicles up to 26,000 lbs.
Technical Specs:
Length 319'
Beam 87'
Displacement 940 t.(lt) 1668 t.(fl)
Draft 11' 3" loaded

lvorca ana barmaia at Wina ana Surf

Speed 35 kts/500 ton load, 42 kts/300
ton load
Range 4000nm/20 kts, 1100nm/35
Complement 40-45 / 107 total berths
Propulsion 4 Caterpiller diesels, 4
Wartsilla waterjets.

Bonairean ferry fans will be glad to
know that it can give a smooth ride be-
tween Bonaire and Curaqao in just un-
der an hour, harbor-to-harbor. It's ex-
pensive though. It's on lease to the US
Government for $21.7 million a year. 1

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

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Miahtv Murals at Cultimara Completed

The subjects for the paintings, Henk
said, "were picked by intuition and ex-
perience." It was ajob that was at the
whim of nature. The final finishing had
to wait until the sun moved north in the
sky behind the side of Cultimara, be-
cause, as Henk said, "Not that I would
mind so much to work in the sun and
boil my brain, but the surface became
so hot that the acrylic paint dried in-
stantly and my brushes stuck to the
What's next for Bonaire's new
Michelangelo? "Maybe more murals
inside, maybe on another Bonaire land-
mark? One thing is pretty sure: a sequel
to the almost sold-out "coffee table"
book, Portraits ofBonaire, done in col-
laboration with writer Guus Gerritsen.
Look for it in the autumn of 2006. O

Captain Don and Henk
at s

t's taken two years for Henk Rooz-
endaal to cover the outside walls
of the Cultimara Supermarket with the
faces of some of the shoppers who visit
the market. The paintings are in vivid
acrylic colors and will last a long time.
At a small party at the posh Shanghai

Bar across the street from the supermar-
ket Henk explained his motivation,
"Whenever I passed this building, and
that was about every day, I envied the
artist who got the opportunity to fill
such a large object right in the middle
of Kralendijk! My fingers were itching,

so to say." In the spring of 2003 he was
approached by Martin Binnendijk, Cul-
timara's manager at the time, and asked
to repaint the whole supermarket. "I
was stunned. I think at the time I was
on the brink of approaching him with
the same question."

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 12

A RlT P RlfLI&ll

Wilna Groenenboom, an enthu-
siastic and caring art teacher
at the SGB high school, will have an
exhibit at the Cinnamon Art Gallery.
Opening night will be Saturday, May
28. Wilna has distinguished herself by
unearthing artistic talent in the high
school. "I want them to take something
from their imagination and turn it into
reality," she declares. The kids have
made construction scale models, de-
signs with broken mirrors, paper bags
and other cast offs their teacher found.
At her own exhibit Wilna will be
showing her very unusual art decora-
tions of driftwood and dried cactus.
Come meet the artist herself and enjoy
local food and music. Saturday, May
28, 7 to 9 pm at the Cinnamon Art
Gallery, on Kaya A.P.L. Brion #2, off
Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
The exhibit will be there until June 28.


UP The Five
In June 2003
and 2004 The
Bonaire Reporter
published some articles on
the remarkable, talented
Nazario Alberto, a 56-
year-old civil servant who
walks long distances in the
nick of time. His natural
talent is amazing consider-
ing that up until six years
ago he was a fervent
smoker and coffee drinker.
Nicknamed the Bo-
nairean Deer or Roadrun-
ner (remember the Warner
Brothers' cartoon?), this
father of three has estab-
lished his fame during dif-
ferent national and interna-
tional walking events. His
amazing speed was also
noticed by the Dutch me-
dia, which published some
articles on him in 2003
and 2004.
After establishing to-
gether with Felipe Melaan
a new record on the
Tower to Tower Back and Felipe Melaan an
Forth Challenge last year, Tower Back
Nazario was tempted to
come up with something
to push his limits. And he got it: the five hc
Bonairean lighthouses around the island he
in less than 13 hours. hi

Twice was wise, so why not five??
His family and friends did not doubt his
capacity but were still concerned. After
all, you don't walk 71.5 km within 13



Towers Saga

'd Nazario at the end of the Tower to
k and Forth Challenge in 2004

ours every day! After months of training
e proved himself to be capable. Despite
is usual high average of 10 km per hour,
'r this event he will lower his speed to a
constant 7 to 8 km per hour.
As the idea developed he got more and
lore moral support and ideas from his
environment. And what seemed in the

beginning like a risky adventure has now
crystallized into a nation-wide excitement
looking forward to May 20th
With the full moon that weekend he
will be facing a challenge, as far as is
known, never before done on our island.
He will start at the Malmok Lighthouse
in Washington Park, then continue on to
the Spelonk Lighthouse (25,8km). The
distance from this second lighthouse to
the Willemstoren Lighthouse is 25,9km.
From here he will continue to Punt Vier-
kant (13,3 km). The last 'stroll' of 6,5 km
will be from this lighthouse to the last
one located in Kralendijk: the Waf/Fortie
Lighthouse at the harbor side.
An official ceremony will be held at the
entrance of Washington Park with offi-
cials and friends at 2 pm. His journey
will start at exactly 3 pm. Everybody is
invited to join Nazario at this ceremony
to wish him good luck.
Nazario wishes to see this event also as
a sponsoring event for representing Bon-
aire at the upcoming Nijmeegse Vier-
daagse (the largest international annual
walking event of The Netherlands, July
19-22, 2005).

As a native Norteho (born and raised in
Nort di Salifia), Nazario also wants to
make a serious statement with this great
achievement. His town has been in the
spotlight very often lately due to the seri-
ous problems involving some of its
youngsters. Positive and healthy achieve-
ments like Nazario's show the opposite
side to all the negative stories. Nazario
strongly believes in the talented Bo-
nairean youth and its hopeful future.
His arrival time at the WafFortie Light-
house in Kralendijk will be around 3 am
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Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 13

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm
Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or

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

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9013.

Visit Gallery "My Art" Sculpture
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef. Call 785-

For Sale

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 8am-
5pm, 7 days a week. Tel. 717-5080

The following itemsFOR SALE:
e-mail alexanderl37@flamingotv.net or
Call 717-7977 or 528-3014
*Almost new stroller NAf 100 (was
175 Naf)
*Prof. photo camera Pentax
K2DMD with many extra's NAf 700
(was 7000 Naf !!)
*Mitsubishi Colt '94 car. Low mile-
age, great condition NAf5000
*Dell Laptop C-610 (year 2004),
256MB Ram, 20 GB, CD/DVD-
combo, case, XP Prof, Office 2003

Pro, wireless G card, Adobe Photo-
shop, Streets, NAf1400 (Bargain!)
*Desktop (year 2003) Intel Celeron 1.2
GHz, 512 Mb Ram, 40 GB, CD, DVD,
17"monitor, X.P. home (sp2), office
2003 pro, printer, scanner, ink, paper
NA 1.300
*Sony MHC-GN800 Prof. Hi-Fi com-
ponent system almost new with war-
ranty: surround with 5 speakerboxes,
MP3, mic, c.d. (3), double tape deck
etc... NAf700 (was 1.100Naf)
*Toshiba HD projection t.v-61A62,
almost new (biggest on Bonaire!)
(1,3mx1,5mx0,65m) (4ftx5ftx2ft) with
warranty: 2.700Naf(was 3.200Naf)

Sales & Rentals

For rent: Downtown 2 bedroom fur-
nished/swimming pool services
NAf1200 excl. utilities/short term pos-
sibilities For info e-mail alexan-
derl37@flamingotv.net or call 717-
7977 or 528-3014

MENT FOR RENT- Large 118m2 1-
bedroom apartment. Penthouse, fully
furnished, large bedroom, loft style din-
ing/living room area, fully equipped, 2
balconies, Air conditioning throughout,
very breezy. NAf1.100 per month, ca-
ble TV (with TV set) included, utilities
extra.. Contact Anja at Sunbelt 717-
6560 or Catherine at 791-6777. Avail-
able 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, of-
fice, 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 -


Along the coast, keys connected to a
swimming belt. Info. 561-1101

Help Wanted

Wait staff: general restaurant duties.
Approximately 35 hours per week

Got something to buy or sell?

by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER

Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):


Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week.
Free adds run for 2 weeks.
Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com

(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
Monday). Will train. Must have excel-
lent English. Other languages a plus.
Position available immediately. Phone
717-8003 for an appointment or apply
in person between 4 and 6 pm. The Lost
Penguin Bar and Restaurant

Wait person. Morning shift 8am-
3pm, Evening shift 3 pm -10 pm. Must
be fluent in English and Spanish. Great
Escape, 717-7488

Actor Wanted

Scuba Vision is preparing for a new
film production and is looking for adult
mal actors able to perform in front of a
camera with a good voice to express

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 14

emotions. It will be a short film, subject
still a secret, the acting will be very
easy and the best performance will be
used. Call 786-2844 or email
info @subavision.info.

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

Saturday, and Sunday MAY 28-29
2005. KAYA LUNA 650, BELNEM,
from 9AM-5PM. Furniture, Boat, and
more. For more info call 786-9563.

Ask the Dietitian

Some Great Cooking Ideas !

People often tell me that they see some products on the supermarket shelves
like tofu or couscous and don't know what to do with them or how to pre-
pare them.
So especially for those people here are some ideas about how to prepare these
products. Of course there are several ways to prepare them; these are just some
simple ideas.

Couscous salad
250 ml water
185g couscous
1 carrot, finely
1 red pepper,
finely diced
1 tomato, finely diced
1 small cucumber, finely diced
3-4 lettuce leaves, finely chopped
60 ml mustard dressing
handful of fresh basil, chopped

Boil the water. Put the couscous in a
bowl and pour the water over. Set aside
to stand for 10 minutes, then drain.
Combine couscous with all the salad
ingredients and toss together. Pour the
salad dressing over the top and toss
again. Garnish with basil.
You can also use couscous as a side
dish instead of rice or potato. It is better
to use whole wheat couscous.

Avocado and
tomato spread
This spread can be
used as an alterna-
tive spread as a

healthy snack on toast
1 avocado, peeled
1 large tomato, peeled
a little lemon juice
salt and pepper
Mash ingredients together and beat
until smooth. Keep in an airtight con-
Serve this with whole wheat crackers
or whole wheat bread

Pasta with tofu and
500g pasta, cooked '
and drained
Boiling water, with a
pinch of salt I
4 tbs oil
125g frozen corn
125g frozen peas
440g canned tomatoes
2-3 tbs tomato puree
250ml water
Salt and pepper to taste
315g tofu
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Fill a large saucepan 3/4 full with wa-
ter, bring to boil, then add pasta and

picture Yourself
with the Reporter

Costa Rica

T C Pannecaldo
was part of the
Bonaire Bikers Tour
that recently returned
from a ride through
Costa Rica and Pa-
nama. Here TC shares
her copy of The Bon-
aire Reporter with her
escort of four Costa
Rican traffic police-
men, all of whom
guided the bikers on
their journey.
Take a copy of The Bon-
aire 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 PHO-
TOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. De-
brot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004
photos are eligible.) D

cook until just tender. Drain well. Heat
the oil in a pan. Fry the corn and peas
for 5-10 minutes. Add the blended to-
matoes and puree. The consistency
should not be runny, but if it gets too
thick, add a little water and cook for 10
more minutes. Add salt and pepper. Cut
the tofu into small chunks and fry for 3-
4 minutes.

Mix the pasta with the tomato sauce
and tofu, adding extra water if neces-
sary. Sprinkle with parsley. 1
Angelique 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-
tan(abonairenews. corn

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 15

(Jazz 2005. Continued from page 3)
and launched X-Hale in 2004: modernjazz, with no aversion to funk and drum 'n
bass elements. Powerful, swinging jazz, straightforward with their refreshing own
versatile sound in jazz. A promising quartet! Clemens Horn, keyboard; Jan
Flubacher, bass; Eike Druck, saxophones and Christoph Krieger, drums.
Freewinds Band featuring Stacey Francis: The Freewinds Band, since 1988, is
a very special group. They played with many great stars in jazz like Chick Corea
and John Novello. They are a well known guest in the harbor of Bonaire and per-
formed in Bonaire's jazz club with local artists. Stacey Francis will be their fea-
tured vocalist. The band includes Steven Schlussel (bass and vocals), John Poli-
takis (drums) and Patrick Zagury (guitar and vocals) and some additional guests
from Curaqao and Bonaire.
Latin Quartet: Robbie Swinkels, guitar; Andreina Marcano;
vocals. Carlos Jimenez, congas and percussion; Pepe on tenor
sax. .
Stingrays: Douwe Stingray, guitar; Steve Stingray, vocals;
Orlando Stingray, bass; and Dick Stingray, drums.
Bonaire Jazz Trio: Guus Gerritsen, tenor sax; Benji, guitar;
Lando Tjin Asjoe, bass; Guests: Linda Anthony, vocals; Henk
Roozendaal, harmonica; Pieter Gerritsen, keyboard; Chris
Morkos, drums.

Henk Roozendaal
The Harbourtown Jazz Festival Main Events:

May 20: 5:00pm
7:30 pm

11:00 pm
May 21: 5:00 pm
7:30 pm
11:00 pm
11:00 pm
May22: 11:30 am

5:00 pm

Sunset jazz at City Caf. Bonaire Jazz Trio with guests
Main concert at Plaza Resort. Denise Jannah, Ced
Ride, Cedric Dandare and Avila Blues House band
Late night Jazz at City Caf. X Hale and jammers.
Sunset Jazz City Cafe. Ced Ride, AvilaBluesHouse band
Main concert at Bongos Beach. Cuban Express, X-Hale
Late night session at City Cafe. Cuban Express
Late night session at Karel's Bar. Stingrays
Jazz brunch. Festival musicians at Rum Runners.
Serving a special jazz menu: reservations 717-8290 / 2390
Main concert at Kon Tiki Beach Club with Freewinds
Band featuring Stacey Francis, Delbert Bemabela Band

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
Nature Fee of $10 per year (S25 for
scuba divers). Payment of the fee not
only enables people to use the waters
around Bonaire but it also provides a
complimentary admission (regularly
$10) to Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, which now offers a Visitors Cen-
ter, museum with an archeology exhibit
and a small library with information
about the Park and Bonaire, all at the
Park's entrance. Funds collected from
the Nature Fee are used for research,
monitoring, education, information dis-
tribution and maintenance of the Na-
tional Parks and other natural re-

4A 11. A

& The Bonaire Barracudas Swim
Club was honored to have Greg Long
as a guest coach during his Bonaire
vacation. Greg was a collegiate All-
American at Stanford University in
California, swimming freestyle and
individual medley events. Greg was
ranked No. 1 nationally in the 400 Indi-
vidual Medley when he swam in the
15-16 age group. He can be seen pool-

side during the team's workout and
demonstrating streamline technique for
Barracuda swimmers in preparation for
their upcoming meet in Curacao at the
end of May.

A Roi Lamoenchi is a plantation
that has been restored to near original
condition by Ellen Cochrane-Herrera.
If you want a glimpse of "old Bonaire"
you should visit. It's near the east coast
between Bakuna and Punta Blanku.
Roi Lamoenchi was a small plantation
run by the Herrera family who origi-
nally came from the Dominican Repub-
lic. Next week Ellen Cochrane-
Herrera will be a featured guest on
Bbi Antoin's TV program Herensia,
which every Saturday at 7:30 pm
brings to life the heritage of Bonaire.

A To commemorate that Washing-
ton Park's conversion from a planta-
tion to a national park STINAPA
will hold its festival at the Park en-
trance next weekend. On the 29th of
May a day filled with activities has
been organized. As early as 8 in the
morning guided activities will start;
following the Kasicunda climbing trail
to climb the 270-foot-high Kasicunda
hill and continue on to the Lagadishi
walking trail. If this activity sounds too
exhausting there will be activities of
lesser physical impact like strolling
along the Lagadishi walking trail or a
guided tour through the museum.
The children can participate also in
the activities but must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian. At the Visi-
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 16)
tor's Center at the entrance of the Park,
there will be a treasure hunt, face paint-
ing, story telling and presentation of
rhythmic poetry, painting and coloring
projects and many other games for
From 8 am the people of the Rincon
Market will delight the visitors with
local food, cakes, homemade candies
and cookies, arts and crafts at the Visi-
tor's Center at the entrance of the Park.
In the afternoon Kafia Brabu will play
live music from 1-5.
E.Beukenboom report

SThe two youngsters in the Benet-
ton ad this week are brother and sister
Jonathan and Ristely Cranston. The ad
is on page 12.

A On May 3rd the first
nest of the season was dis-
covered and confirmed at
No Name Beach on Klein
Bonaire. Since then two
other nests have been con-
firmed by Sea Turtle Con-
servation Bonaire (STCB)
The staff mem-
bers happened to be work-
ing on Klein Bonaire on the
afternoon of May 4th and
were surprised when
they saw a hawksbill laying
her eggs. Normally sea tur-
tles nest at night, so the staff
members were thrilled to
witness this rare daytime

A We had some incorrect terminol-
ogy in last week's Eagle Ray article
due to an editorial error. The correct
text should read, "The Eagle Ray
arches its back and, for leverage, ex-
tends downward into the sand, the two
side-by-side pelvic fins at the base of
the tail. They excavate the sand by
flapping their powerful wings and, in
unison, vigorously move the snout and
head up and down, creating suction, to
uncover the prey."

A There will be no Bonaire Re-
porter published next week. Daughter
Donna is getting married in the church
in Antriol. The next issue will be avail-
able on June 3. O L./G.D.

Hawksbill and STCB's Mabel Nava

Stefan Evertsz, Sharitde Rosalia, Gov. Hubert Domacassd and William Evertsz
at the presentation of the new CD, Kristu Hesus Berdad

ast Saturday a new CD, Kristu Hesus Berdad, of rap music made its premier
at Wil's Tropical Grill. The young people from the Rock of Restoration
Church who wrote and sang the songs are from Bonaire and want to demonstrate
their faith in Jesus by way of some pretty cool rap music. Brothers Stefan and
William Evertsz teamed with songstress Sarit6e Rosalia to come up with a great
blend of voices and messages. The group spoke in Papiamentu with a more than
simultaneous English translation by the boys' mom, Elia Rosa Fischer. The CD is
dedicated to the late Kenneth Charles Fischer, the boys' stepfather (tata di kri-
ansa). The CD, at NAf25, is sold at Morayma's (next to Botika Korona) or call
790-9400. OL.D.

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Page 17

(Continued from page 13)
Saturday morning. The night will still be
young at that time, considering all the
other events this coming weekend. So if
you are still enjoying the nightlife at that
time, don't hesitate to come, and let's
welcome him with cheers and flowers.
As sponsorship for representing Bon-
aire you can deposit your donations on
the following bank account: Maduro &
Curiels Bank-Bonaire, Mr.
Nazario I. Alberto.
For more information or sponsoring con-
tact Reina Alberto at 785-3435. O Story
and photo by Natalie A. C Wanga

--etofte eeB

P erky and inquisitive little "Ria"
was brought into the Bonaire
Animal Shelter recently by the dog-
catcher. The people who had her just
had too many dogs and wanted to
make sure Ria had an opportunity for a
good life. So they called to have her
picked up. Ria at first seems a little
shy, but after she gets to know you she
shows her very good character and
intelligence. She gets along beautifully
with the other dogs in her kennel too.
Ria, a medium sized dog, is about
eight months old, has soft, silky hair
and such a sweet face. She has been
examined by the vet, given her tests,
worming and shots and will be steril-
ized before she is adopted.
You can always be sure you're get-
ting a healthy and social pet from the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. Stop by and
see for yourself what a well run and
happy place it is. The Shelter is on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until
1. Tel. 717-4989.
Did you know that the Shelter offers
very fine boarding accommodations
for your dogs while you're away? The
runs are big and roomy and are par-
tially covered for shade and coolness.
There is an outdoor "run" where the
dogs get to frolic and play every day.
And of course, there's "room service"
for meals. It's safe, clean and your pet
gets attention. For larger dogs the cost
is NAf15 per day, smaller dogs cost
NAf10 to 12 per day. Prices per day
are lower for longer stays. You can go
on vacation in peace, knowing your
pets are well taken care of and safe.
Call the Shelter at 717-4989. OL.D.

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Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

Friday, 20 May
Time schedule:
Start: Malmok Lighthouse: 3 pm
Arrival Spelonk Light house: around 7
Spelonk -Willemstoren : around 11:30
pm (route description: From Spelonk,
Kaminda Lagun, through different
Kunukus near Yatu Baku, Maiky Snack,
Jan Janga's Kunuku, Kaminda Sorobon).
Willemstoren-Punt Vierkant: Saturday
morning 1:30 am
Punt Vierkant-Waf /Fortie: Saturday

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Late Show
Call to make sure Usually 9:00pm
Starts 20 May:
Guess Who
(Ashton Kutcher)

Starts 27 May:
Beauty Shop
(Queen Latifah)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Starts 20 May:
The Ring Two

Starts 27 May:
Guess Who

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


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 Free-
style Tour. For info, see www.
pwaworldtour.com or
www. bonaireworldfreestyle. corn
More on pages 8, 9 and 10.

All thatjazz See articles beginning on
page 2 and schedule page 14.

May 15-22 Bonaire Beach & Culture
Friday, May 20-5 Towers Walk by
Nazario begins -2 pm, Washington
Park Entrance
Saturday, May 21-5 Towers Walk by
Nazario ends, about 3 am, Fort Oranje,
Saturday, May 21-Cleanup Dive
(briefing 1 pm, dive 2-3:30 pm) with
potluck BBQ & live Latin Jazz (5-
6:30 pm), Photo Tours Divers, Yellow
Submarine. Register at 717-2929.

Saturday, May 21-Donna and
Hendrik get Married. Antriol R.C.
Church Our Lady ofCoromoto at 4:30
pm. All readers invited to church.

Sunday, May 22-C-Run 2/4/5 km.
7:30 am. Sponsored by COMCABON.
More information call 717-8629, 780-

Wednesday, May 25--Bonaire Culi-
nary team serves "Competition Din-
ner," Blue Moon Restaurant, 7 pm. Do-
nation: NAf50 includes 3-course meal,
wine, taste of competition cocktails.
Reservations: Laura at 717-8988, 791-
7252 or Sara 786-9299
Saturday, May 28-Opening of Wilna
Groenenboom Art Exhibit, 7-9 pm,
Cinnamon Art Gallery. Exhibit contin-
ues until June 28. Ad on page 12.

Sunday, May 29h -Anniversary Day
at Washington Park From 8 AM.


Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:

Nakata, starring Naomi
Watts. I would never have gone alone to
this kind of movie, but, lucky me, I was
accompanied by two lovely girls hold-
ing my hands. Thank you girls, you
were my true heroines. Although I was
scared witless and anticipating a sleep-
less night the girls thought the movie
was pretty lame. The parts which I did
see, when my hands or knees weren't
blocking my view, were not only quite
scary, but well done as well. The acting
and the dialogues were solid and devoid
of cliches. There were at least three
scenes which deserve to be remem-
bered. There is an instant classic scene
with the reindeer. Really extraordinary.
Next, Samara crawling out of the well.
Boy, does she look creepy. Finally one
of the girls noted that Sissy Spacek re-
sembles Michael Jackson. If fear is your
idea of entertainment I think you won't
be disappointed and it's an excellent
dating movie. You can squeeze her hand
all night! 1 Dodo

Live music from 1-5 pm. See story on
pages 16 and 17.
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.

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.
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, ext.
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 black jack, 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.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience (back on May 16th).
Aquarius Conference Center, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by Andy
Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.


AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 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 invited NAf5 entry
fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians
are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
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 holi-
days. 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 Marsh6- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour
at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at
717-6435 to reserve.


International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
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 Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 Dies),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
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
Attheii Chii Resaanst aarfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beac 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 Kaya Gob. Debrot en from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundgredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

C F13 HI p p I N S LUIE See adertisements in thisissue

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.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
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.
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.
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

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, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
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
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.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.


Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
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Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

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'T came to get some experience as
I a dive instructor," Sylvia de Boer
says. "I'd been in Australia for a year,
backpacking and working on the Great
Barrier Reef on a live-aboard boat that
stays at sea for about a week. I went back
to Holland, became a dive instructor,
then went to Aruba to work as a dive in-
structor for four months. While I was
there I got an offer to work at Toucan
Dive on Bonaire.
I wasn't planning to stay at all; I fig-
ured I'd work here for a year, then go
back to Australia. But it was so much fun
that I stayed. During my holidays I back-
packed through Peru and Ecuador, and
when I came back to Bonaire it became
very clear to me that this island had be-
come home and I didn't feel like leaving
anymore. I stayed with Toucan for four
years, then I started to sell dive equip-
ment, first for Plaza, then for other dive
shops, later for Curagao. It became a
wholesale business and I'm still working
for them.

I met Ramon at Toucan. He'd arrived
on Bonaire in April, I in September. We
worked together in this great group of
people of all nationalities, and slowly our
friendship grew into a relationship. He's
a very strong personality, very straight
and honest. That was very important to
me, but also we have a lot of fun to-
gether. A year ago we bought this great
house. We'd been living here for some
years and when the owner put it up for
sale, we bought it immediately.
Last September we got married on
Bonaire. Two weeks before the wedding
we thought it would be nice to give a bar-
becue party on our wedding day in our
garden. We printed a little invitation on
the computer and sent it out. Eighty peo-
ple of 15 different nationalities showed
up and it was a huge party. We had so
much fun! Two months later our daugh-
ter Maria Sylvia was born on November
22, and I just couldn't be happier!
There's nothing I miss here. My parents
come every year from Holland to stay for
six weeks and my mom was here when
Maria Sylvia was born.
Last year in January Ramon and I went
to Uruguay together for the first time. For
me it was very important; he talks a lot
about his family, his country and his past,
and to see the places of his childhood
with my own eyes and to meet his family
made all the stories come to life. Next
month his parents are coming for the sec-
ond time, but it's the first time they will
see the baby!"
Sylvia de Boer (35) and Ramon De
Leon (42) are a glowing couple, and the
center of their joy and happiness is obvi-
ously their very cute five-month-old baby
girl. "It's great to have a baby," Ramon
says. "When I started living with Sylvia I
thought, 'Wow... this something special!'

Then, when we got this beautiful house, I
thought, 'This is something special!' But
when the baby was born it was some-
thing really special... it's the best thing
that ever happened to me! I can look at
her face for hours and I almost cry. She's
such a happy, loving baby. We will pro-
tect her and teach her to think for herself.
I think those are the two most important
things you have to do as a parent. And
every birthday I will give her another
Rotweiler. We already have one, so by
the time she's 18 she'll be surrounded by
them and no guy will come close to her!
It's amazing the way life goes. Be-
tween 1986 and 1989 lived in Europe,
mostly in France and Italy, working in
jobs related to my studies. Before coming
to Bonaire I was living in Uruguay, Bra-
zil and Chile, working as a marine biolo-
gist for the university in Uruguay and
traveling a lot. I started diving for re-
search for the university, then went into
commercial diving and became a dive
instructor. I started my own dive school
in Uruguay and was traveling with
groups to Brazil during the summer sea-
son. I'd heard a lot about Bonaire, so
when a friend of mine organized a group
to come here I joined them. I had it in
mind to stay. It was an economic deci-
sion. We stayed at the Plaza, and when
the group left I went with my CV to the
dive shop and got the job right away! I
thought, 'This is too easy, it can't be

"In biology you have a
rule: 'When a certain popu-
lation consists of a mixture,
it makes the population
stronger.' That applies very
well to Bonaire; it's a mix-
ture of cultures and that
makes the culture itself
very strong and more inter-
esting as well.'

Plaza was a great place in the begin-
ning. We had a small group, two boats
and lots of fun. First I was an instructor,
then I became the assistant manager, then
manager. I loved working there. By the
end we had more than 20 people, all na-
tionalities, all friends. It was just a great
time and a very, very good job! But when
you work for people and they show you
the limits of what you can achieve I lose
motivation and I can't work anymore.
This kind of limitation the ceiling not
any higher is awkward. So, I quit in
November 2003. We had our tickets for
the trip to Uruguay, we had an option on

Sylvia De Leon de Boer, Maria Sylvia and Ramon De Leon

the house and I didn't have a job any-
more. I called Sylvia, 'Were going on a
holiday, and we will buy the house, but I
just quit my job!' She thought I was jok-
I started freelancing. I worked for An-
dre Nahr, Photo Tours, WannaDive and
Divi Flamingo. A lot of people offered
me a job and they made me feel really
good. I knew I had friends. Then, many
friends started to push me to apply for the
job as manager of the Marine Park. I'd
never thought about it, honestly. But I
thought it would be a great opportunity.
I'm a diver, I know the dive industry and
I'm a marine biologist. I completed my
application at Caracas Airport on our
way to Uruguay. When we returned I
decided to apply. It was February 2004
and a very long selection process started.
While I was waiting I worked for Pascal
at Photo Tours till July 2004. It was a
special time: I did a lot of painting, build-
ing and moving things around, I was
really having fun. And when they told me
I was going to be the new Marine Park
manager, I got scared! I'm always very
confident and I always prepare myself
very well, but how can you be sure? I
saw it as a really big thing!
As a Marine Park manager your job has
many different faces. You interact with
many different people and users of the
Park, like fishermen, tourists, dive opera-
tors and people living on the shoreline,
and everybody has different interests.
The part I like most about my job is solv-
ing conflicts between all those users, and
I think I'm good at that. At the same time
I learn a lot about other people's way of
thinking. We do a lot of maintenance;
there are about 60 public buoy systems
from Boca Bartol to Red Slave and about
30 around Klein Bonaire. We do law en-
forcement. The Marine Park has many

rules and we're out patrolling every day.
And we educate the local people and the
tourists. It's the only way to preserve the
natural resources of Bonaire. I was al-
ways very lucky in my life, but this job is
by far the best! It has so many different
aspects and there are so many things to
do. If I'm lucky enough to keep this job
for the next 100 years, I will have 50% of
the projects I have in my head done by
the time I retire!
I am not a Bonairean and I never will
be, but I have great relationships with
Bonairean people and foreigners. I miss
my country and my family and friends a
lot, but in a good way. I'm not homesick.
There are only two people from Uruguay
on the island: Jose Maciel, the shoe-
maker, and I. That's not enough to have a
consulate! This island has a lot of South
American influences, but it's not South
America, and that makes it so special. In
biology you have a rule: 'When a certain
population consists of a mixture, it makes
the population stronger.' That applies
very well to Bonaire; it's a mixture of
cultures and that makes the culture itself
very strong and more interesting as well.
I'm not thinking of going anywhere in
the near future. I am a very simple per-
son. When I look at my daughter I can't
see her growing
up in any better
place. There's
clean air to
breathe, clean
water, lots of
space and very
friendly people.
We have been
very lucky..." 0
Greta Kooistra

Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

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Three Wonderful Planets
and Several Bright Stars for
the End of the Month

G etting started star gazing is
easy. All you need are clear
starry nights, your naked eye and a little
information. Mother Nature will pro-
vide the starry nights, you have the na-
ked eye and The Sky Park can provide
ideal conditions. As for the information,
it's right here. And before you know it
you'll know an awful lot-from the ori-
gins, history and mythology of the stars
to the super duper science behind them.
Plus best of all, you'll learn how to find
The Sky Park at the end of this month
is a wonderful place to begin. We have
three wonderful planets that are super
easy to find, plus several bright stars
just begging to be seen.
Next weekend, beginning Friday,
May 28th and Saturday, Sunday and
Monday nights about an hour after sun-
set, face due west where you'll see sev-
eral bright stars. Directly above due
west will be the star Procyon which
marks the eye of Orion's little dog but
alas, since Orion is a winter constella- Use this chart to find the Constellation of
tion, he has almost set for the season Bootes the Herdsman
along with his big dog.
Almost directly north-
west you'll see another
bright star, Capella,
the brightest star of
Auriga the Chario-
teer. And above and
directly between
Capella and Procyon,
you'll see Pollux and
Castor, the two bright-
est stars of Gemini the
Twins, which stand
upright on the western
horizon every May
30th just after sunset.
And this year to the
left and below Pollux
you'll see the planet that has made all the news this past year because we've been vis-
iting it with our Cassini spacecraft, the wonderful ringed planet, 75,000-mile-wide
Saturn. If you or a friend have a small telescope please look at Saturn now before it
disappears below the horizon because its rings are in one of the best positions possi-
ble for viewing. And as an extra added attraction, up to Saturn's, Procyon's, and Pol-
lux and Castor's left, forming a great triangle with them, you'll see the brightest star
of Leo the Lion, Regulus, which marks Leo's heart.
Then if you simply face 90 degrees to their left, due south, the brilliant king of the
planets 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter will be staring you in the face. It's just begging
you to get out your telescope which will show you the biggest four of Jupiter's sev-
eral dozen moons. Plus if that's not enough, to Jupiter's left you'll see Spica, the
brightest star of Virgo, and way up to Jupiter's left, the brightest star of Bootes, the
Herdsman, Arcturus. And do you remember how easy it is to find Arcturus and
Spica by using the Big Dipper? Simply turn around and face north, find the Big Dip-
per, then shoot a curved arrow through its handle and that arrow will arc you to Arc-
turus and then speed you on to Spica. Of course this weekend, as a bonus attraction in
their vicinity, is super bright Jupiter.
And now for those of you who like to do your viewing in early, early morning, es-
pecially if you're out to watch a glorious Sky Park sunrise, face east about 4 am. Just
above the horizon you'll see reddish orange 4,000-mile-wide Mars which is racing
toward us every day and will become brighter than any star in the heavens during the
first week of this November. And if you need some help finding it, on Monday morn-
ing the 30th a last quarter Moon will be parked just to its right, and on Tuesday morn-
ing the 31st will be parked directly underneath it. How easy to find Mars is that? So
get ready next weekend for three wonderful planets and several wonderful stars. O

For the week:
May 20 to May 27, 2005

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take precautions while traveling; you don't have to
get anywhere that fast. Don't take offense at comments made by coworkers. Ex-
pand your knowledge and sign up for courses and seminars. An older loved one
may be having problems. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Pamper yourself; the self esteem it brings you
will be most gratifying. Your relationship appears to be stressed out and depleted.
Don't be too eager to dismiss someone who works under you. Plan your week
thoughtfully, but try not to rely on others. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Uncertainty about your relationship is prevalent.
Don't let an incident at work play on your mind. Travel and creative hobbies will
be your best outlet. You need to take a good look at all sides of an issue before
making a decision. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should get out and meet new people this
week. Travel for business or pleasure will be enlightening. Hidden matters are
likely to surface. You will enjoy physical activities more than you think. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) A new relationship can be yours if you get out with
friends. You need to keep the peace and you will have to bend in order to do so.
Get involved in fitness programs that will bring you in contact with new friends.
Your attitudes at work will open new avenues for you. Your lucky day this week
will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have a hidden adversary who would love
to prove you wrong. If you join intellectual or cultural groups, you should meet
individuals who stimulate you. Plan a trip to the country or take a drive to the
beach. Real estate investments could be prosperous. Your lucky day this week will
be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Seminars will provide you with knowledge and
amusement. You will attract new love interests. Your attitudes at work will open
new avenues for you. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be careful. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can make money if you put your mind to it.
You will need to work diligently in order to accomplish even the smallest amount.
You may want to stay in the background this week. You won't get the reaction you
want from your mate this week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Romantic encounters will develop through
group activity. You may be offered opportunities that will result in a higher earn-
ing potential. You can make financial gains through investments and dealing with
other people's money. Don't be shy; show your abilities! Your lucky day this week
will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your best efforts will come through hard
work. Trips should be your choice. A day at the beach may satisfy the whole fam-
ily. A passionate encounter with your mate should help alleviate that pent-up en-
ergy. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Enlist coworkers in order to get the job done on
time. Your diplomatic approach and rather outgoing nature will enhance your
reputation and bring you the support you need. You can gain valuable cultural
knowledge through dealing with foreigners. Confusion regarding other people's
money and joint ventures will come to a head. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Offer consolation, but don't give them any direc-
tion. Help elders get their personal papers in order. You will have to check your
cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that may be
beyond your budget. You might find that a coworker has been two faced. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday. 1

Jack Horkheimer

Bonaire Reporter May 20 to June 3, 2005

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