Finding A Balance
Page 8 & 9
by Dee Scarr Page 15
W ill the Bonaire economy soon
benefit from the return of non-
stop flights from America? The Bonaire
Island Government announced Sunday,
June 12, that it has completed an agree-
ment with Continental Airlines to fly
daily from Houston to Bonaire begin-
ning Saturday, December 16. Booking
via the airline reservation systems should
be available July 1. Negotiations with
Delta Airlines for direct Bonaire flights
also are being pursued. Meanwhile, ef-
forts to organize weekly charters from
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to Bonaire are
proceeding well and a public announce-
ment is expected by the end of this month.
Holland failed to convince the Dutch
Government to reconsider the planned
admittance restrictions for Antillean
and Aruban youngsters. Reportedly,
work goes on to achieve a behind-the-
scenes compromise. Ys, Antillean Parlia-
ment President Dudley Lucia and King-
dom Affairs Committee chairman Pedro
Atacho met with members of the Dutch
Parliament Second Chamber's commit-
tees on Antillean/Aruban Affairs and Inte-
gration. Sympathy was won, but little
P Moroccan and Yugoslavian young
people in Holland are much more
criminal than Antilleans, argued Prime
Minister Ys in a meeting with Dutch Pre-
mier Balkenende, so why single out Antil-
leans and Arubans for entry restrictions,
especially when they are part of our own
kingdom? Ys presented him with figures
which show that Moroccans and Yugo-
slavians from 12 to 17 are in trouble 3.5
times as much as European Dutch kids;
Antilleans just twice as much. And in the
group between 18 and 24 years, Moroc-
cans commit 4.5 times as many indictable
offences as their Dutch contemporaries.
ing one level of government, that it does-
n't get stuck with contracts that exceed
the life of that level of government. The
measure is aimed at eventual elimination
of the Antilles Central Government.
A Do you want to invest in the future
of our sister island of Curacao? There
will be two bond issues on behalf of the
Island Territory of Curagao by the Central
Bank of the Netherlands Antilles on
Wednesday, June 22. The issues are for a
5.25% loan with a maturity of four years
and a 7.25% loan with a maturity of nine
years, both with a semi-annual coupon.
The general public can subscribe to this
bond issue at all commercial banks up
until June 17 at 10 am.
A Someone who has had the experience
of renewing her Bonaire driver's license
advises: Check the expiration date on
your driver's license. Expect it to take
at least a month to get it renewed.
A The Bonaire Consumer Price In-
dex rose by 0.4% in April. Compared to
April 2004, the increase is 1.8%. This
price hike is mainly due to the increase of
A Commissioner Reginald "Jonchi"
Dortalina explained last week that the
island doesn't collect enough road tax
to put the roads in Bonaire back in
good shape right away. To do that, the
government needs about NAf50 million.
Therefore the repairs will be done in
stages, first focusing on the main arteries.
Road repair was neglected in past years,
and combined with a bad rainy season,
lots of work is now needed. The island
government did release some money for
the repair of some of the worst side roads
like Kaya Soeur Bartola and Kaya Karpi-
tan and some roads in the direct vicinity
of Kaya Korona. There are plans to fix
roads in the residential areas, one block at
A Correction to the Parke Publico
Bonairiano article that appeared last
week: Vicky D. Bissessar, James Finies,
Stanley Janga and Rudy Sint Jago are the
board members of the We Dare To Care
Foundation, please note that Stanley
Janga and Rudy Sint Jago were not mem-
bers in 2002 when the foundation was
the electricity linked to higher fuel prices.
In the food category, the index increased A The Jong Bonaire model in this
by 1.1%. Fish and meat rose by 2.9% and week's Benetton ad on page 22 is Farley
potatoes, vegetables and fruit by 2.4%. A Mercera.
decrease of 0.3% was registered for alco-
holic beverages and tobacco. The index A Be sure to remember your dad this
for clothing and shoes remained the same. Sunday, June 19. It's Father's Day.
Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
2004 Art Day Awards
Art and Culture Winners: L to R: Rosalba Figaroa, Manuela Winklaar, Carmen
Thode, Linda Richter, Jake Richter, Avy Benhamron (front), Thelma DePalm,
On Saturday, June 11, the Foun-
dation for Art & Culture pre-
sented the awards for the 2004 Dia di
Arte (Day of Art). First, second, and
third place were given in categories
which included painting and handi-
crafts. The presentation, given in both
Papiamentu and English, was presented
at the Cinnamon Art Gallery (http://
Emma Sint Jago and Peter Silberie,
both board members of the foundation.
In the painting category, Linda Rich-
ter (http://www.lindarichter.com), Jake
and Avy Benhamron of the Cinnamon
Art Gallery got first place, Manuela
Winklaar received second, and Rosalba
Figaroa received third.
In the handicrafts category, Carmen
Thode received first place, Dianer
Winklaar received second and Thelma
De Palm received third.
To view some of the works of art
which won the 2004 awards, visit the
This year, the 13th Annual Dia di
Arte will take place on Sunday, July 3,
from 10 am until 10 pm in Wilhelmina
Park and will feature the youth of Bon-
aire. Children will have the opportu-
nity to come and paint, make handi-
crafts, sing, or dance together with
Bonaire's unique artists. Reserve July 3
to come and enjoy the festivities with
the people and visitors of Bonaire.
For a small island, Bonaire can boast
of having an active artist community
with many diverse and distinctive
styles. Wander among the various
booths to see one-of-a-kind handicrafts
and paintings which will be available
for sale. Enjoy kuminda krioyo (local
food) and beverages. In the evening,
enjoy "Showtime" with winners of the
Caribbean Gospel Festival: Tio Roly,
Pamela, Raul, and many other art-
ists. This truly will be a day dedicated
to Bonaire's art and culture!
To sign up to exhibit at Dia di Arte,
contact Treasurer Daisy Silberie at 790-
2807, Mary Tjin A Sjoe at 791-6285,
Eduard Santaris at 786-2678, Edwin
Martijn at 786-8400, or the founda-
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
Satellite Trackina Continues
Volunteer Isaiah J. Pardo and STCB's Gielmon "Funchi" Egbreghts releasing
the adult male hawksbill fitted with a transmitter.
ea turtles have started to breed the reefs of Klein Bonaire and along
on Bonaire again, which means Bonaire's southwest coast. Adult tur-
that the hiP adult turtles are hack on .-..- -
Den Laman Reborn
F or a small
aire has more than
its fair share of
room for one
more if it's as
charming and de-
licious as the new
Den Laman. A
joint project be-
tween Sietse de
Jong and Leo de
Bakker, this new
addition to our
seems to be on its
Chefs Tico and Otto in the super
modern induction cooking kitchen
way to having it
all. Set on the land which housed the
old restaurant of the same name, this
new incarnation is located on the
ground floor of the new condo develop-
ment near the round-about. Opening
onto a gorgeous sea view accented with
unusual lighting fixtures and the most
incredible kitchen on the island you
just have to love the place.
Co-owner and longtime chef de Jong
has brought with him Otto, the top chef
from his former restaurant in Amster-
dam, and has paired him with Chef
Tico of Bonaire. Working together the
three have assembled a tantalizing and
creative menu. Two examples:
Funchi Croquettes with mozzarella ac-
companied by a red pesto of sun dried
tomatoes for an appetizer, and Pineap-
ple Soup with a big scoop of vanilla ice
cream, a dessert 'must try'. But let's
not get ahead of ourselves; there are
lots of goodies coming.
As you're shown to your table by Leo
de Bakker, the ambience of the interior
combined with the sheer beauty of the
sea view sets the mood for a dining ad-
venture. As the sun goes down you
will definitely want to begin your eve-
ning with something from the bar. A
Pifia Colada or Banana Daiquiri sounds
just about right and goes perfectly with
the complimentary warm, crusty
French bread and ripe olive tapenade.
As you peruse the menu you realize
some hard decisions are going to have
to be made. Which appetizer will suit
your palate? The tangy Tuscan Tomato
Soup made with fresh, ripe tomatoes?
The Thai Beef Salad (which is dyna-
mite)? Or perhaps the delicately-
herbed Ceviche? And it becomes even
more difficult with the main course.
The 'catch of the day' can be pre-
pared in one of four ways, the crusty
Parmesan presentation being a personal
favorite. The tenderloin steak is superb
and is accompanied with a red wine
sauce and mushrooms. Lasagna with
fresh veggies is a treat for vegetarians
as well as carnivores, and the Fettuccini
and Salmon creation is a delight.
When it's time for the dessert card to
be played, diners must be aware that it
is legally required to save room for
something sweet. The already men-
tioned Pineapple Soup and the Deep
Fried Pancake with ice cream and
chocolate sauce are quite special, but so
are the Chunky Chocolate Mousse and
the Tompouce of Apple Crumbles. Top
it off with a Cappuccino or an after-
dinner drink and your evening is com-
Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
Ia 0 U T E p- d AGI
LET THE ISLAND STAY UNHURRIED
First would I like to say thanks for the
very informative "Finding a Balance for
Bonaire" stories and for allowing me to
express my point of view. I might repeat
some items, but these things cannot be
I would like to write about a very posi-
tive development which I have noticed
on Bonaire over the last three to four
years. It has always existed, but I feel the
events of today show the way it should
be. I am talking about the increase in all
the "private" guest rooms and small ho-
I would like to explain my impression
and hope to inspire even greater progress
in this matter. I think this is one very
important and possible way to improve
the earnings of island people who often
have limited opportunities. Instead of
class this or class that, can we just say a
family who can have a chance to grow
economically with a profession, and in
not too stressful a way.
The mix of a few big hotels and a large
number of smaller guest rooms creates
choices for tourists, both in the price
they want to pay and in what ambience
they chose to have.
Economically I think it's much better
to increase the number of small hotels/
guest rooms rather than big resorts, espe-
cially if we are talking about new con-
struction. Why? Because income from a
guest room goes directly to individuals
on Bonaire. Local people will use mate-
rials on hand
bought from r
reinvest on Unspoiled Bonaire
big resort on Bonaire would probably
require a staff of 60% or more foreign
workers, which would burden the is-
land's social services (school, hospital
etc.) With a focus on guest rooms and
small hotels, it can grow naturally with
fewer people. This would discourage
people from leaving and get young peo-
Bonaireans in The Netherlands could
actually find it interesting to open a
small hotel or guest house here, if there
was some support and promotion for it.
Many already own houses in the Nether-
lands and could come up with money
more easily to start up a business.
The growth of guest house businesses
could be guided and supported by the
government and perhaps even by Hol-
land. (It encourages native Bonaireans to
move back to their island and start up a
Construction loans, not necessarily
subsidized, could be guaranteed, so the
interest rates don't kill the business in a
year's time. There could be courses in
how to run the business and how to fill
the tourist needs for luxury and stan-
Most of all should there be a financial
guide for every new business to help set
things straight if things goes wrong, as is
very normal for young businesses. Slow
is good! Let the island stay unhurried!
ALL ABOUT REEF
REEF was created for the active, edu-
cation-minded individuals who make up
the majority of the recreational dive mar-
ket: those divers seeking to make a per-
sonal commitment to our environment
that goes beyond the daily task of recy-
cling waste and turning down thermo-
stats. The mission of Reef Environ-
mental Education Foundation, a non-
profit corporation chartered in 1991, is to
provide the opportunity for a generation
of concerned divers to become involved
in the systematic monitoring of our un-
The Foundation was conceived by ma-
rine life photographers Paul Humann and
Ned DeLoach. During their 25 years of
underwater photography and research for
their comprehensive three-volume identi-
fication guides to marine life of Florida,
the Caribbean and Bahamas, both divers
were surprised at how little is known
about marine life. Mammals, birds, rep-
have been stud-
ied for hundreds
of years. The
world had been
view until the
SCUBA just 60
years ago. Now
the marine envi-
ronment remains one of the last natural
environments to be extensively explored.
For decades North American bird watch-
ers have experienced marked success in
accumulating population and diversity
statistics of bird life. Their enjoyable
pastime has produced an invaluable re-
source for environmental, scientific and
management concerns. Comparable data
about reef's inhabitants had never been
collected, even in areas visited by thou-
sands of divers. There were not enough
marine biologists or projected funding to
compile the extensive amount of infor-
mation necessary. Now through REEF,
divers with basic ID skills can gather
sufficient data to effectively monitor ma-
jor reef areas.
REEF volunteers have contributed to a
data base for Bonaire of over 10,000 sur-
veys. If you are interested in joining
REEF or attending the Basic Fish ID
classes, please contact Yellow Subma-
rine at 717-2929 or one of the local
REEF Representatives at 791-4262 or
go online to www.Reef.org.
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
Free Love On Bonaire
Just pay t4e adoption oee
Josie Estill back home with Bonairean cats Sunshine and Moonbeam
T he notice in The Bonaire Re-
porter said that the Animal Shel-
ter needed volunteers to "socialize"
their animals: handle them and pet
them and get them used to people han-
dling them. As a cat lover, I knew I
could do that, and I still had four weeks
left of my 2005 trip to my favorite is-
land. So, I took myself off to the Ani-
mal Shelter, met the manager there, Jur-
rie Mellema, and told him I would
spend an hour or so there three or four
times a week. Little did I know what I
was getting into....
On my first visit, I met the cats cur-
rently in residence and awaiting
(hoping for) adoption: several large
cage rooms with about 20 adult cats and
a large cage containing three just-
brought-in kittens, about six weeks old,
I guessed. The kittens were scared and
didn't want to be handled, except for
one, a little ginger male, who I instinc-
tively named to myself, "Sunshine." I
spent some time with him, and from the
first moment he eased his way into my
heart. I then visited with all the other
cats: I held them, talked to them,
played with them and had a great time.
When I left, I promised them I'd come
back tomorrow, which I did.
It's funny, I really love Bonaire, and
I'd seen a lot of it in my previous seven
trips since 1999, but I'd never visited
the Animal Shelter. What a shame. It's
a wonderful operation, well run, with
caring staff and volunteers and provides
a wonderful service for the people of
Bonaire and their animals. It was a joy
to be there. This is a great resource for
the island, but they struggle constantly
for support and funds. Jurrie, the man-
ager, and the volunteers were so excited
when a cat or dog was adopted, but so
many more people were needed to
adopt the great animals they take care
It broke my heart to see all the kittens
and puppies abandoned because the
adult animals hadn't been sterilized.
There are so many unwanted animals
on Bonaire, and most of them aren't
lucky enough to end up at the Animal
Shelter and get adopted. Donations to
the Shelter's fund sterilization fund
would be a great way for visitors to
give back to the island -- many of us
have said, "there are too many dogs on
this island." As someone who loves
Bonaire, I'd love to see more vacation-
ers visit the Animal Shelter, help out
with their work and support them finan-
Anyway, for me, it was a wonderful
time. I visited six days a week for the
rest of my trip. Then, it hit me: I
couldn't leave little Sunshine behind!
He was such a sweetheart and affection-
ate and playful. We've always had mul-
tiple cats but were down to just 16-year
old Rainbow, so surely we could find
room for such a small one! First, I de-
termined that, yes, it was possible to
take him back with me to Rochester,
New York. The airline would allow it
(if I gave them money, of course), my
husband (who was already home)
thought it was a great idea, and all I
needed was a health certificate (no
problem, said the vet who served the
Shelter he even met me on Easter Sun-
day to provide it!). So, the plan was
made, and I was all set for my return to
Rochester the following week.
Then I realized I was also very fond
of Sunshine's sister -- who I'd just been
calling "Little One." She was very shy,
but when I was able to pick her up, very
affectionate, just not nearly as trusting
and outgoing as her brother. Another
call to my husband: "How about I bring
home two kitties?" (Actually, I was just
being polite there -- I'd already made up
my mind.) So, it was decided ... I'd
take two of them home. I couldn't have
done it without help from Bonaire resi-
dents, in particular Ann, Linda, Tish,
Benny and Michael (you know who you
are -- thanks!)
The arrangements and trip home
should probably be the basis for a
whole other story. Suffice to say that it
wasn't possible for me to take them
both together, so I recruited Janet and
Gary Gibbs from Rochester to take
Sunshine with them. I brought Little
One home with me -- a two-day trip due
to bad weather in Chicago and an over-
night in Indianapolis. Throughout it all,
she was a trooper. Alan, my husband,
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Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
Bonaire Windsurfers Take Off Pasa Bon Pizza Sponsors Windsurfer
T he windsurf summer migration is on as many of the members of the Bonaire
Sailing Team head to foreign waters to represent our island in many windsurf
competitions. Last week we read about the travels of Tonky Frans as he makes his
name known in the Greek Isles (http://www.efpt.net). His fellow team mate Ruben
Petrisie didn't do too bad, placing 9th in the event held in Greece. Windsurf Super
Hero, Taty Frans, heads east to compete in the continuation of the PWA tour, this stop
in Lanzerote, Spain. His cousin, Gecko Flaka Star, Kiri Thode joins him as they com-
pete is this freestyle event with a prize purse of 100,000 Euros (www.pwaworldtour.
com) The event is slated for July 9th. Let's hope the wind returns. The last two PWA
events, King of the Caribbean and Costa Brava, never happened due to lack of wind.
Some of the team is staying in the Americas. Shining star, Clay Finies is heading
north to Michigan to attend a competition and show in the Great Lakes. He is foregoing
his annual trip to Cape Cod to make his name in a new surf venue. A new event on
Cape Cod unfolds. The "Cape Cod Freestyle Frenzy" (http://inlandsea.com/windfest.
htm) is slated for June 17-19th. Jose Fajardo Rivera is heading to Cape Cod to train
and compete in this well known regional event and will represent his sponsors, RRD
Italia and Gunsails International. He is also hooking up with his sponsors at Caribbean
Wind & Sun Vacations (Cape Cod and Bonaire) and Island Sports, which is based in
Newport, Rhode Island.
The rest of the team, a contingent of over 40 chaperones and sailors, heads to the 19'
Annual Aruba Hi Winds (http://www.aruba-hiwinds.org/) June 29- July 3. This popular
windsurf and kite event is always well attended by team Bonaire. We wish them a lot
of luck and hope a Bonairean is crowned "King of the Huts."
Good luck to Team Bonaire! O Story & photo by Ann Phelan
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
6-17 7:15 1.1FT. 8:29 1.1FT. 12:30 1.OFT. 21:45 1.8FT. 43
T hanks to
Pizza's Joe and
Isebia (sail #NB
29) will get a
round trip ticket
to the Aruba Hi
place at the end
of June for a
who's 13 years
old, has made a
name for himself
first place in the
"New Kids" in
Aruba last year.
This year he's
entered in the
"Big Kids" divi-
sion. During the
last October he Pasa Bon Pizza's Joe and Lisa present Linomar
was first in "Lino" Isebia a check for his airfare to Aruba.
The affable young man started windsurfing only two years ago. "It's a great sport,"
he says. "It's fast and I love the freestyle."
We wish all the best to Lino in the Aruba High Winds. And the staff at Pasa Bon
Pizza for sure will be cheering him on from Bonaire. DL.D.
10:38 1.OFT. 11:33 1.OFT. 22:09 2.0FT.
I V E SE L M AK NG P O R C A L:S
Camissa, Chan Is.
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Luna C. USA
Push the Tempo
Spice Island Lady
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
Improving Demand Finding Balance
n the last article we dealt with the 'airlift myth' that has been used as a scape-
goat for Bonaire's weak tourism numbers. Airlift has not held back other is-
lands in the Caribbean, which have equal or worse air access. They all enjoyed
solid growth in 2004 while Bonaire's growth remained flat. r R n n
Certainly, seat availability, price and convenience are issues in the decision to
visit a particular destination. But they are secondary to the basic decision of
"where do I really want to go?" (Remember 'demand'?) So, if airlift is not the
fundamental problem, why did we have a low 55% occupancy rate in hotels and
empty airline seats in 2004?
A Matter of Investment
Usually low demand is a result of poor
product performance or low promotional
investment. For the purpose of this arti-
cle we will assume that the Bonaire
product is a good one and performs well,
although we all know there is room for
The other traditional cause of low de-
mand is low awareness, or too little
product promotion. Here we can clearly
point a finger. The island has no com-
petitive presence in the market place in
which 28 different islands are all trying
to lure divers to their part of the Carib-
bean. In short, we have not answered
the most basic questions in the cus-
tomer's mind: "Where should I go on
vacation and why?"
The best estimate is that the island
government currently spends about
US$1 million for promotion, or only
about 1/3 of the room tax it collects
for this purpose. To be even somewhat
competitive today, the World Tourism
Organization (WTO) estimates that an
island the size of Bonaire should
spend about 5% of its overall tourist
revenue to promote the destination.
At the suggested WTO level, Bon-
aire should be spending no less than
$3 million but more likely $5 million
US dollars to create demand for its
product since our tourist revenue is
estimated as somewhere between $60
to 105 million. If Bonaire just spent all
the $3 million tourist tax it should have
collected in 2004, the 'demand' problem
would probably not have occurred. At
the 5% level, we could probably justify
regular direct flights without paying for
Destination promotion should not be
viewed as a budget expense but is an
As a dive pioneer Bonaire might
better promote its diving history and
investment which returns multiple times
its value every year. Effective advertis-
ing at the 5% level will return $20 into
the island economy for every $1 in-
Evidence of Low 'Voice'
are some ex-
terms this is Bonaire has
called low slowed its
'share of diving promotion
are not being seen or heard by poten-
tial customers because we are not
spending at a competitive level com-
pared to other destinations.
Pretend you are a tourist who has de-
cided to take a scuba diving vacation.
How do you make the decision about
where to go? For many tourists today
the first stop will be the Internet where
people not only plan but also book their
vacations. Search engines are involved
in over 80% on-line hotel sales, and on-
line sales are almost half of the total
bookings. To get an idea of just how
low Bonaire's presence is in the search
engines today, take the "Google Test" at
Some travelers still consult the dive
magazines to make their destination de-
cisions. If Bonaire is lucky, a reader
might happen to open an issue with an
article about Bonaire, but the chances
are better than 10 to 1 that you won't
find one this month in this magazine,
even though the island has three of the
most productive PR agencies in the in-
dustry working overtime for the island.
Getting a story each month in each
magazine is not a reality.
Next, you might look at the magazine
advertisements. If you do, you might
notice some ads for Bonaire hotels. But
there are no ads designed lure you to the
island of Bonaire. Most of the current
co-op ads simply have the line
'Bonaire where diving is easy' fol-
lowed photos and descriptions of four
While the Bonaire ads might help you
select a hotel on the island, they do noth-
ing to convince you to come to Bonaire
in the first place. The ads are speaking
only to current Bonaire customers. If
the reader has not already decided to go
to Bonaire, the ad is mostly wasted. For
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I fyou Google the following key words, how high do you think Bonaire
will rank on the list of links? Keep in mind that most "googlers" are
unlikely to go beyond the first 20 links.
a) "scuba vacation"
b) "scuba vacation" + Caribbean
c) "scuba diving" + vacation
d) "scuba diving" + vacation + Caribbean
e) "snorkel, vacation, Caribbean"
f) "Caribbean vacation"
g) "windsurfing, vacation, Caribbean"
Think about this for a second before you read the answers. Our potential visi-
tors are trying to decide which destination to travel to.
Answers (based on Google searches 02 June 2005) The numbers (#) are the
ranking in the first 200 links listed by Google.
a) #9 Harbour Village, #114 a personal website about a trip to Bonaire,
#118 Harbour Village
b) #3 a non-exclusive travel agency that offers Bonaire among 30 other des-
tinations, #26 Harbour Village, #54 Sorobon Beach
c) #1 a non-exclusive travel agency with Bonaire among many destinations,
#60 Bonaire Pros
d) #40 Diver's paradise
e) #9 WannaDive (several mentions), #24 a very old travel agency page
listing Air Aruba and American Airlines as serving Bonaire, #48 a cruise site
f) #10 Harbour Village and then again at about #250
With the exception of Harbour Village, none of our major hotels and
none of the Bonaire websites appeared in the first 100 hits for any of
the first five searches. The TCB website www.infobonaire.com is
found at about 240 or later in most of these searches. Since few
travelers will search at the 200 level, it is fair to say that Bonaire
has no presence in the first six search categories.
But what about the final search for "windsurfing, vacation, Carib-
bean"? Get this:
g) #3, #5, #6, #7, #13, #17 with 12 hits in the top 50
Now ask yourself why Bonaire does so poorly in dive and Caribbean vacation
searches and so well as a windsurfing destination. The answer to this is visibil-
ity, consistency and investment.
Since 2002, Bonaire has invested about half a million dollars to promote itself
as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world. There have been three
major international competitions plus innumerable minor events, advertising,
Public Relations, inclusion in a syndicated TV show, plus several active and
constantly changing websites.
All of these have carried one consistent message that is important to the target
audience. Also, there are fewer islands competing in the smaller windsurfing
market. The result? Bonaire windsurfing tourism ranks high with the Internet
search engines and is up far more than the 1% for the island as a whole. D
Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
Continued from page 8)
many of the other islands there are full or
half-page ads scattered throughout the
magazines giving divers a reason to
choose that destination instead of an-
Know the Customer
Who are these
who are trying to
decide where to
go? If they are
then we know
from PADI sta-
tistics that they
are mostly young
(70% of newly
are 18-34), edu-
cated and afflu-
ent. One third Cliff ro
of them are Cliff Waasfrom
women and a Utica NY, at 80,
women, and a d
dove and biked
significant num- Bonaire.
ber are diving oaie
enty-five percent of divers try snorkeling
before they decide to get certified, often
in a Caribbean location.
These are the new divers the ones
Bonaire needs to attract to turn them into
loyal, returning fans of the island. More
than 700,000 US divers went abroad
for a diving vacation last year -- but
fewer than 3% came to Bonaire.
Customer loyalty has always been
strong for Bonaire although, as noted in
the previous article, we need to be care-
ful that we do not alienate our best cus-
tomers. However, this loyalty has be-
come a two-edged sword. On the one
hand, it brings thousands of old friends
back to Bonaire on a regular basis. But
on the other hand, it has led to the as-
sumption that Bonaire doesn't have to do
much to attract tourists.
Bonaire's failure to promote the island
has led to the aging of our customer base
and the constant deterioration of the
numbers. We have to get back to the
basics of Marketing and convince new
divers and Bonaire "virgins" to try the
island and experience the beauty and
tranquility that we offer.
Furthermore, Bonaire needs to deter-
mine how these new divers, whom we
know very little about, are making their
decisions. What are their needs? De-
sires? Methods of shopping? These
data are available but must be sought out
and perhaps purchased. And Bonaire
must do its own research on a regular
basis. Without this knowledge of the
customer and his needs, any message
that is developed is a shot in the dark.
Understand the Product
What is the "look of Bonaire?" What
is the "feel of Bonaire?" What is the
reason a new tourist should come here?
What will motivate them to visit? How
are we different from other dive destina-
tions? These are basic marketing ques-
tions that need to be asked and answered.
Is it simply because "diving is easy"?
PADI found that it is the "quality of div-
ing" that has the greatest influence on the
selection of diving destinations.
We must understand current visitors
and also those who do not choose the
Bonaire product and find out why
they don't visit. Bonaire may have a
wealth of data about our current tourists,
although it seems to be locked up in
TCB computers and isn't readily avail-
able for study. When was the last time a
simple count of monthly visitors was
shared with the press and businesses?
Are we even asking the right questions
on the entry form and if so, are the an-
swers being shared in a timely way and
Consistency and Frequency
It really should not be a surprise that
demand for Bonaire as a diving destina-
tion has declined since focused, tar-
geted advertising giving a reason to
come to Bonaire is non-existent. While
the three public relations firms do a tre-
mendous job getting news stories about
the island placed, there is no clearly de-
fined demand-creating campaign to bring
In the past, Bonaire was a leader in this
field. We had fewer competitors and,
thus, could command a strong "share of
voice." That no longer is the case. With
28 "dive destinations" in the Carib-
bean alone, some of which have large
advertising budgets, Bonaire has be-
come an appendage rather than a cen-
tral player in the market.
Bonaire was also a leader in use of the
Internet many years ago, but has not
moved forward in its use to creatively
promote the island and to interact with
The island needs to get back in the
game, not necessarily by trying to out-
spend other locations but at least by
spending competitively so we are seen
and heard. And by being smarter than
the other destinations! There are com-
munications methods available today
that are less expensive than magazine
and TV advertising and often more per-
sonal and more effective. The resources
are available if the island will admit to
the problem and take the necessary steps.
So what needs to be done?
We need to identify the best targets
that can be reached affordably with
enough frequency to get action. We
must identify the single most important
benefit that we offer the new visitor if
it meets an important customer need --
and we must then deliver that message to
them in every medium possible over a
long period of time.
Unless we project a consistent con-
sumer based message, to the right target,
multiple times, we are wasting our
money. Advertising research has
shown over and over that a customer
needs to see a message at least 13 times
before it really sinks in. This means
getting the promotional level at least to
$3 million and eventually to $5 million if
we want to attract direct flights.
Bonaire can improve its tourism num-
bers if it acts decisively and as one voice.
There needs to be a Public-Private Part-
nership (PPP) that really functions and
that has the resources to get the job done.
Groups on the island that, until now,
have refused to work together must join
forces and work to the benefit of the en-
tire island. Or they will continue to di-
lute their effectiveness.
Marketing professionals need to be
involved in the efforts and politics must
be excluded. Personal issues must be put
aside and the PPP must be given several
years and several million dollars just for
promotion each year to prove its value.
Changing staff and direction before a
campaign has had a chance to have an
When the Windjammer site was
closed another dive market niche for
impact on the target audience is a total
waste of money and valuable time.
The PPP must have whole-hearted sup-
port from the Island Government, BON-
HATA, BHG, CURO, AKIB, the Bon-
aire Restaurant Association, the Bonaire
Bankers Association, every retail estab-
lishment, the press and, most of all, the
people of Bonaire.
Creating and executing a strong, smart
promotional campaign will fill the empty
airline seats and the empty hotel beds
and the empty restaurant chairs much
faster, more efficiently, more affordably,
and much more effectively than adding
new hotels. It will create new jobs for
Bonaireans and increase business for the
entire business sector. The island will
bring in more tourist revenue and thus
grow the economy in a sustainable way.
If we are smart enough and determined
to succeed we can grow our tourism mar-
ket without destroying the island's cul-
ture or environment.
Someone Is Trying
There is one hotel that is doing some
serious consumer research. From Feb-
rary through May, Bellafonte Prop-
erty Management interviewed approxi-
mately 1% of exiting tourists (670) to
learn more about the island's custom-
ers. Results of the survey will be
available in two to three weeks. For
more information contact Sjoerd
Vandebrug, info @bellafontebonaire.
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
A Force for Good
AMFO and the NGO Platform
There are NGOs all over the world dedicated to helping society. This week The
Reporter takes a look at afew in the US.
We all have the same hopes for our children. Wherever we live in the world,
we want healthy children who appreciate life. We value self respect and self
discipline. We want our children to grow into physically, spiritually and emotion-
ally fit adults who will be able to support themselves and their children. Bonaire's
families and community organizations encourage this growth. Are we doing all we
can? In this article, we will look at some of the non-profit organizations in the US.
They were started by people like you who saw a child's need and filled it. Maybe
YOU have an idea that will aid Bonaire's youth.
Helping the Children -
It All Starts with an Idea
"The radio show gives us an opportunity to help young people who can't come to
the Omega Boys Club." Their core value? "The more you know, the more you owe.
As you progress in life, you must, therefore, help others do the same."
Jana Napoli, an artist in New Orleans, also envisioned a solution to the
problems facing low-income, inner-city teenagers. The teens hung around the busi-
nesses outside their school near her studio; something the store merchants did not
like. "When I looked at the kids, I saw an enormous amount of creative energy. I
thought, 'I bet there are some artists out there. I bet if they had a studio, they could
do some great things,'" says Jana. So she opened her studio doors to the local teen-
agers. That's how she started "YA/YA" (Young Aspirations/Young Artists). The
students started by painting on what was affordable, not canvases, but old wooden
furniture! Now their creations are made for businesses and celebrities. But doing
well in school still comes first. They must keep good grades to stay in "YA/YA"
and 50% of the sale of their artwork is set aside for their college tuition.
Another art program for children, "Kid Serve Youth Murals," empowers
students aged 6-19 to beautify their community. The project integrates school cur-
riculum, social values, creativity and community service. The children research and
create a design for a chosen location. Next, they develop and present their proposal,
with a detailed budget and timeline, to neighborhood groups to secure permission
for their mural. This project has created over 20 public murals in San Francisco.
A different kind of art the art of dancing gave Fabian Barnes strength.
"If I hadn't had dance, I would have ended up like so many of my peers on
drugs, injail or dead." Instead, at age 18, he was performing with the famous Dance
Theatre of Harlem in New York City. "I have experienced life in a way that would
have never happened for me without dance. Now, as a result of that, I have a re-
sponsibility to give something back." In 1987 Fabian started the "Dance Institute
of Washington" giving inner-city children the chance to get off the streets. "We
happen to use dance as our vehicle, but the philosophy of what we do here is bigger
than just a dance class, it's about the whole child. There's a need for these children
to learn fitness, discipline, work ethics, tenacity all of the things a dance pro-
gram can give them."
With childhood obesity on the rise, health officials say it is especially im-
portant for young people to develop healthy habits. They say girls tend to be less
active than boys as they get older. That is bad news because studies also show that
girls who are less active are more likely to be depressed or to get involved with
drugs and alcohol. Also, according to the Women's Sports Foundation, if girls are
not active by age 10 there is only a 10% chance they will be active at age 25. One
mom, Molly Barker from North Carolina, US, decided to do something about it.
She started "Girls on the Run," an intervention program that encourages pre-teen
girls to develop self respect and healthy lifestyles through running. It also educates
girls about the unrealistic body image portrayed in the media. Each girl is encour-
aged to run at least one mile although Barker says she allows them to "run, walk,
skip, hop or cartwheel around the track, just so long as they are moving!" Girls on
the Run started in 1996 and is now in over 100 cities throughout the US and Can-
Another program that strives to increase physical activity, as well as
improve emotional health, and reduce the display of at-risk behaviors, especially
teen pregnancies and substance abuse problems, is "Cool Girls." This organization,
in a poor area of Georgia, US, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of teen pregnancy
and poverty by helping girls achieve academic success and a healthier lifestyle.
Members of "Cool Girls" learn decision making and leadership skills, basic finan-
cial and economic concepts, money management, and how to set up a small busi-
Violence in their homes, on the streets of their neighborhoods, in their rela-
tionships with other young adults, in the movies they watch and the music they lis-
ten to was the daily reality of the young men that educators Joe Marshall and Joe
Jacqua hoped to help when they created the "Omega Boys Club" in San Francisco,
California, in 1987. Dr. Marshall says, "Our goal is to keep young people alive and
free. That's it. That's the bottom line." They also want to keep the boys in school,
out of the drug trade, and onto more productive lives. Besides the Club, they run a
weekly call-in radio show, "Street Soldiers." According to Joe, "Street Soldiers"
are people who want to eliminate violence in their own lives and in the community.
(Continued on page 11)
Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
Helping the Children(Continued from
"A dance program teaches more than
dance, and a bicycle riding program
teaches more than bike riding."
B.I.K.E." (Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment) also works with
inner-city kids and trains the children for races, helps with schoolwork, and more.
"In the process of teaching them to be bicycle racers we try to give them standards
of hard work, high self-esteem and discipline," says creator John Benenate. "We
address the whole child mind, body and spirit. For example, the children learn
yoga because it increases their strength and teaches them how to breathe. They
keep journals. When team members share their entries, it helps them interact and
learn to care about each other."
The idea for "Cop-N-Kids" came from police offi-
Scer Julia Burney in Wisconsin, US. "A lot of parents in
this neighborhood can't afford to buy books for their chil-
I dren. Buying books is a luxury," says Julia. "But I also
know that in order for these children to have any chance
at life, they have to know how to read. I thought, we can
give them out from our squad cars... we can just put them
in a bag and give them out! Usually when children see the police come into the
community it's for something bad. Now when they see the police, it's books for
Do you have an idea that would benefit Bonaire's children and families? Talk
about it with your friends and neighbors and, if it requires funding, bring your idea
to NGO Platform Bonaire, 717-2366. Let's make Bonaire's youth the best ever. It
starts with your idea! O Barbara Mason Bianculli
AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776,
Fax 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: info-
NGO Platforma Bonaire: Kaya Korona 5-C. Tel. 717-
2366, Fax 7172367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email:
Divi Emplovee and Supervisor of the Year
ast week Divi Flamingo Resort
awarded the Divi Employee of
the Year to waiter Ostrid Cicilia and
the Supervisor of the Year to Virginia
Pietersz of Housekeeping.
Both winners were judged along with
their colleagues on a number of catego-
ries and came out tops: work perform-
ance, attitude, attendance, promptness,
personal appearance, volunteering for
extra hours and duties, and what their
colleagues and guests think of them.
Cicilia and Pietersz each won a round
trip ticket to Aruba, four nights for two
at the Divi Mega All Inclusive resort in
Aruba and a cash prize.
Employee of the year first runner up
was Rosalba Boekhoudt who works in
the kitchen. Second runner up was En-
rique Molina of the dive shop. Super-
visor of the Year 1st Runner Up was
Simon Arias Dipre of the kitchen.
Congratulations to all and a note of
thanks to the management of Divi Fla-
mingo for recognizing the accomplish-
ments of these fine employees. OL.D.
Winner ofDivi Flamingo's
Supervisor of the Year is Virginia
Piertersz of Housekeeping (right)
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
Jong Bonaire Mini Fun
the 100 and one other items necessary
to make it run smoothly. And special
thanks are due to the following spon-
sors: City Cafe, Gatorade, Budget Ma-
Juliandro Clarenda (1)
Marino Leonicia (2)
Josue Morillo (3)
Individual Adult Male
Diederik Scheltinga (1)
Individual Adult Female
Simone Sweers (1) 1:12:15
Pieter Zweers- Richard Barens- Fabian
Simone Sweers Ben Roy Montero
rine Bonaire and Cactus Accounting,
who provided the support needed. 1
(Photos continue on page 13)
Erika Sanders Henk Sanders Theo
Knevel (3) 1:08:25
Adult Group with Youngster
Hendrick Balentien Bjom Saragoza -
Patoen Saragoza (1) 1:05:45
Geada Binelli- Antje Gunther Andrea
Magnie (2) 1:08:13
Enrique Vasquez- Hendrik Wyuts-
George DeSalvo (3) 1:13:55
Daniela Simal- Meriann Urdaneta -
Aneudys Albertina (1) 1:14:25
Farley Marcera Charels Janzen
Imka Thomas Rhoda Celestijn -
Daniuska Craane (3) 1:33:17
Most Motivated Family
Imre, Laszlo, Tomas, Yasmin Esser,
Aida Jaber (1) 1:28:13
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winner of the
was five min-
utes ahead of
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ties visit Klein Bonaire for only a few months every two to three years, coming
from their feeding grounds far away. To adequately protect sea turtles in all their
habitats, we must learn more about their migratory patterns, their behavior at sea,
and where their marine habitats are located. This is where the technology of satel-
lite telemetry becomes useful and important in protecting sea turtles.
Building on the success of the last two years of tracking turtles from Bonaire, Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) plans to place up to four transmitters on tur-
tles in 2005. On June 8, the first of these transmitters was attached on a large adult
male hawksbill turtle. This animal was found swimming just off the nesting beach
at Klein Bonaire, then caught by STCB staff and lifted on board the research boat
Nancy Too for transmitter attachment.
This male hawksbill had a shell length of 83 cm and is estimated to weigh about
70 kg. The turtle remained calm throughout the tagging, meas-
urement and transmitter application procedures. After
fitting the transmit- ter, the turtle was released
where he was found near Klein Bonaire's "No
Name" beach. _
Tracking of this l male hawksbill is made
possible by a full sponsorship provided by
the cruise ship Freewinds. The turtle
will be given a name by the sponsor
soon. STCB staff expects that this hawks-
bill will remain near Klein Bonaire to
breed for possibly one or two months and
then depart to return to his feeding grounds.
Turtle tracking works B r through signals sent out by the
transmitter, which is N A switched on whenever the turtle
comes to the surface to breathe. These transmissions are then collected by Argos
system receivers onboard weather satellites that circle the globe, yielding location
data for each turtle, which are then e-mailed daily to STCB. Turtle locations are
mapped frequently and available on the website www.bonaireturtles.org.
STCB exists to ensure the protection and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle popula-
tions throughout their range. Founded in 1992, the organization is a Bonaire-based,
non-governmental and non-profit organization, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea
Turtle Conservation Network. O Mabel Nava, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire,
e-mail stcb@bonaireturtles. org
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DIVING with DEE
Trumpetfish: Unlikely Predators?
A trumpetfish in typical
Q uick! Name a sea creature that's
long and thin and eats fish.
If there hadn't been a photo of a trum-
petfish right here, I'll bet your first
thought would have been moray. But
trumpetfish fit the description too.
They're just so low key and so non-
threatening, it doesn't cross our minds
that they may also be predators.
But they're predators, all right, and for
us fish watchers, they have one huge ad-
vantage over morays: trumpetfish do
their hunting where and when -- we
On my first Bonaire dives I was flab-
bergasted to see trumpetfish hanging out
in mid-water, 'way away from the reef,
within the clouds of plankton-picking
chromis. I was pretty sure that trumpet-
fish weren't plankton-pickers, but it took
me a while to believe that a trumpetfish in
a cloud of chromis was there in search of
a snack a snack of chromis. I guess we
could call this the "Familiarity breeds
contempt" style of hunting: the trum-
petfish boldly hangs out with all those
chromis, until the chromis or at least,
one individual chromis gets so used to
the trumpetfish that it becomes careless
One reason the chromis are so casual
about the presence of the trumpetfish is
because they're more aware than we
might be about this predator's limitations.
A supple creature like a moray can turn
its head suddenly to grab a fish right next
to it, but a trumpetfish has no such flexi-
bility. The trumpetfish's elongated, tubu-
lar jaw makes such maneuvers impossi-
ble. Also, the trumpetfish has no grasp-
ing teeth -- like the moray does -- to hold
and position its prey. The trumpetfish's
only option is to suck in its prey headfirst.
Once you're back down watching the
reef, you'll notice how trumpetfish take
advantage of the flexibility of flexible
eels: when a moray or snake eel is slith-
ering through crevices inaccessible to
most other fish, some of the creatures it
surprises escape. Sometimes they escape
out onto the reef. Sometimes they get a
second surprise on the reef, when they're
sucked down by a trumpetfish who was a
part of the eel's "hunting party." The
hunting party is likely to have, in addition
to a trumpetfish or two, a couple of small
groupers, a snapper, and a bar jack, all
alert for the possibility of snacking on an
eel-escapee. The members of the hunting
party hope to benefit from a "Your dis-
traction is my satisfaction" hunting
is my satisfaction"
Trumpetfish take advantage of an-
other reef distraction, too: foraging
herbivores. As schools of blue tangs and
surgeonfish descend on patches of algae,
the damselfish who farm that algae attack
the invaders. The damsels fail to repel
the surgeonfish because the schools are
too large. While damsels chase away one
or two grazers, dozens more harvest their
crops. Meanwhile, as they uselessly,
frantically, try to protect their algae
they're not thinking about protecting
themselves. Satisfaction for the trumpet-
fish can be just a slurp away.
What about when a trumpetfish hangs
around with a single fish? This behavior
is called shadow stalking, and it benefits
from both the "Familiarity breeds con-
tempt" and the "Distraction is satisfac-
This trumpetfish is in the process of sucking down a wrasse. The wrasse strug-
gles with his tail fin, which pushes him into the trumpetfish. In less than five
minutes the wrasse is a bump behind the trumpetfish's eyes.
tion" hunting styles, depending on what
type of fish the trumpetfish follows.
When a trumpetfish shadows a parrot-
fish who's no predator to any fishes --
the trumpetfish's potential prey only no-
tices the parrotfish and goes on about its
business. The trumpetfish hopes to scoot
across the parrotfish and suck down the
When the trumpetfish shadows a grou-
per or other fish-eater, the potential prey
fish see danger and take cover until the
grouper passes. Then they emerge, re-
lieved and possibly just in time to get
that "Distraction is satisfaction" surprise.
Trumpetfish hunt more directly, too.
Have you ever seen one at an angle, head
an inch or two from the bottom and prac-
tically underneath a ledge? There's usu-
ally a goby or other small fish under that
ledge, too, who may succumb to this sim-
plest of hunting styles, the "I Got You,
Sometimes, even though we don't see
the actual hunt, we get a big fat clue that a
trumpetfish has been successful because
there's a big, fat bulge in its body. So
don't worry that bulging trumpetfish is
probably full, not ill.
It can be rewarding and challenging -
to watch trumpetfish. I like to work on
my buoyancy control while watching a
trumpetfish in a cloud of chromis. I have
certainly learned to appreciate the
trumpetfish's perfect buoyancy con-
trol and I'm hoping one day to see that
sudden spurt of speed, the trumpet mouth
extended, and the disappearance within of
a carelessly-positioned fish. O Photos
and story by Dee Scarr
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your div-
ing forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt.
Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.
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Ask the Dietitian
Broccoli King of the Cabbage Clan
It's only 24 calories a cup, raw, and only 46 calories a
Broccoli is a very popular vegetable, and happily, it's usu-
ally available on Bonaire. Broccoli is linked to lower risk of
colon cancer, which has been confirmed in many recent stud-
ies. And it's rich in carotene and vitamin C.
A cup of fresh cooked broccoli tops the scales with 2 1/2
times the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Vitamin C.
It's also a very good source of calcium: a cup provides 140
When buying broccoli choose heads with small, closed,
compact buds and firm stems. Color is a clue also; the stems
should be dark, and the entire head should be free of yellow-
ing. A purplish tint on the buds is a sign of freshness in some
varieties. Reject broccoli that is limp, has buds that have be-
gun to open, or has any yellowing flowers.
Some kitchen tips:
Wrap broccoli in perforated plastic and refrigerate as soon
as possible. It will last about three days. If you want to keep
fresh broccoli longer, blanch it until it is bright green. You
can then refrigerate it for about five days.
To prepare, separate the head into spears and florets if de-
sired. The spears require more cooking time, so if preparing
both, you may prefer to start them before the florets. Peel
tough stalks and stab them with a knife so you can cook them
along with the leaves and buds.
Broccoli is excellent even when prepared simply. Steam it
until tender, about 7 minutes. It also can be:
added to soups, stews, fried rice and pasta dishes;
topped with just a sprinkling of a sharp herb such as
fresh thyme or freshly cracked pepper for a lower-
Broccoli Soup with Po-
tato and Cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
34 pound broccoli, chopped
1 large potato, chopped
1 leek, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tea spoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup milk low fat
1/3 cup shredded cheddar or gouda cheese
Heat oil in a large heavy-bottom pot. Add broccoli, potato,
leek, and shallots and saute, stirring frequently, over me-
dium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of stock, along with thyme, oregano, and curry,
then cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about
30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Let the soup cool, then pour it into a food processor or
blender along with mustard and process until it is a smooth
pure. Do not over process or the potato will become
gummy. Pour the puree back into the pot and add remaining
stock, cheese and milk and heat slowly, stirring to blend well.
When cheese has just about melted, it is ready. Serve hot. 1
Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bon-
aire'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(bonairenews. corn 1
(Free Love. Continued
from page 6)
met Sunshine and
the Gibbs at the air-
port, took Janet and
Gary to their home,
then took the new
kitty home. I ar-
rived three days later. Alan had nam-
ing rights on the girl, whom he de-
cided to name "Moonbeam."
It's now two months later, and we
are just so delighted with our new
family members. They are totally
bonded with each other: play and
sleep together and give us lots of af-
fection and laughter. Rainbow is start-
ing to accept them, too. This has been
such a great adventure for us all, and
we appreciate the Bonaire love we
have with us all the time now.
So, if you live on Bonaire, visit the
Animal Shelter, and see if there's some
love there for you. If you're visiting
the island, it IS possible to take a live
piece of Bonaire home with you. If
you can't adopt, you can still make a
big difference to the animals by finan-
cial support to the Shelter's steriliza-
tion fund, and/or the general fund to
help them continue in their mission to
help the animals on Bonaire. I truly
believe each one of us makes a differ-
ence, and we can choose to make that
a POSITIVE difference!!! O Story and
photo by Josie Estill
You may contribute to the Shelter's
Sterilization Fund: MCB Account
#10616410. General Donation Fund:
MCB #102.37800 or RBTT #23.10.139 or
via "Support Bonaire, Inc (www.
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
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he's elegance personified! This very unusually marked and beautiful mother cat,
"Natasha," was brought into the Bonaire Animal Shelter after she was found
wandering around Antriol with her two lion-colored kittens. Her pale markings are just
stunning and are offset by her intense blue eyes. And her long tail has darker rings.
Upon entering the Shelter she met up with a male all white cat, "Rafaello," who also
has very blue eyes and a pale ringed tail. The two have become inseparable ever since.
Perhaps it's the similarities in the eye and tail coloring? Both cats are very sociable
and sweet and are in perfect health.
So far this year there have been 75 adoptions. Last year a record was set with 150.
The primary reason for such successful adoption figures is that all the cats and dogs up
for adoption at the Shelter are not only healthy, having been examined by the vet and
given their shots, but sociable as well. And sterilization is included in the adoption fee.
The Shelter has become headquarters for lost dogs. Call them first if you've lost
your pet or if you've found one.
Right now the Shelter could use assistance from a handyman to take care of some
small repair jobs. If you have some extra time please give them a call at 717-4989. It
would be very much appreciated! The Bonaire Animal Shelter on Lagoen Road is open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. O L.D.
Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
WEI!Y I E IO IMES
Callto make sure Usually 9:00pm
State of the Union
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kung Fu Hustle
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Because of Winn-Dixie
Wednesday, June 22-Symposium: Is
teenage pregnancy a problem or some-
thing normal? ( Embaraso hubenil un
problema of algu normal?) Medical,
legal and emotional topics presented by
experts on the subject. At Scouting Cen-
tral, near the start of the Nikiboko North
road. 8 am-1 pm.Youngsters especially
invited. For more information contact:
Roxiana Goeloe, tel: 717-2436; Marisela
Flemming: tel: 717-8976; Polli
Winklaar: tel: 717-8839
Friday, June 24- Opening
"Cultural Growth" SGB art students
exhibit, free -ARTEBON, 7 pm, refresh-
ments. Continues Saturday, Sunday, June
25, 26, 9 am to 5 pm. See page 22
Until June 28 -Wilna Groenenboom
Art Exhibit, The Cinnamon Art Gallery
is at Kaya A.P. L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Open
weekdays 9 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm. Call
717-7103 or 786-9563.
Friday, June 24-St. John's Day
Wednesday, June 29-St. Peter's Day
Saturday, July 2-Rincon Marshe
Sunday, July 3-13th Annual Bonaire
Arts Day (Dia di Art), Wilhelmina
Plaza 10 am-10 pm, arts, crafts, music,
dancing, food, drink
Monday, July 4-US holiday. Fire-
works at some resorts
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.
17-24th July Diva's Women Wind-
surf Week- Learn to windsurf clinic
Contact Ann Phelan 786-3134 or email
3 local scholarships still available for
teen or local women. To apply contact
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
KUNG FU HUSTLE by
Stephen Chow, starring
Stephen Chow. Don't let the title fool
you and expect another Hong Kong
fight movie. This is a must see! The
film is one of the most visually imagina-
tive and unique movies I have seen in a
long time. It's so full of original ideas
you can hardly keep up with all the
jokes, script wise and visually. The film
is drenched in special effects, but that
doesn't matter because they are used for
laughs and effectively so. Some of the
effects not only will have you in
stitches, but also in shock and awe at the
sheer incredibility of some of the
scenes. One scene that sticks out is a
terrific spoof of the Road Runner. It's
not only hilarious but also a visual feast.
My compliments to the programmer
of Movieland Cinema for picking this
film. Take an evening off, invite all
your friends and go and see it!
See you soon! 1 Dodo
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisa-
beth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8
pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
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. Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 enty
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
hey're back and they're
even more accomplished
in the kitchen than they were
when they left. Bonaire's SGB
team of hotel school students
who won the Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Competition in
January and their teacher, Liz
Rijna, arrived back on the island
last Monday. As a special award, Wendy and Samantha create pastry flamingo
the winning team was invited to in Florida
spend a week at well known chef
Klaus Friedenreich's Culinary Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. They observed pro-
fessional chefs at work, took field trips to the Holiday Food Manufacturing,
watched ice carving demonstrations, did "site inspections" at the Harbor Beach
Resort and enjoyed a cultural food exchange with the other students. And, accord-
ing to them, they learned a lot of professional culinary tricks.
To continue their passion for cuisine, Bram and Andres will be going to the
Emilia Romagna region in Italy in July for a two-month work-study program. O
Andres Cicilia, Wendy Heredia, Teacher Liz Rijna,
Samantha Statie and Bram Schmit at Flamingo Airport Monday night
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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, 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
Mangasinadi Rei,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 / 790-
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.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
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 inEnglish. 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. Jonkman.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in Engliish. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@t onairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Want your restaurant listed here? It's easy and not expensive Call The Reporterat 717-8988 or 791-7252 for info
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 Early Dinner Kitchen Open non-stop llam-6 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Open 11 am -6 pm Closed Sunday 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 i Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
A thii Chi Restarant and B arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamgoea717-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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. Takeouttoo.
On th e waste traffic circle Brn Moderate-E ensive Creative cuisine on the seaside. Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open
On the water, just off the traffic circle Breakfast, Lunch Dinner modem kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty.
717-4106 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaa Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 m Wdnesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 pen rom 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
SH- 0 P P I N G G UI D E See advertisements in this issue
APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest Green Label has everything you need to start or main- Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
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ART GALLERY GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR RETAIL
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local art- The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
ists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
featured. Stop by. Free entry. things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices, men, women and children.
BANKS HOTELS SECURITY
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with Special Security Services will provide that extra
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon- fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance, neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the able.
BEAUTY PARLOR e SHIPPING
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, Thement iet and trail setting Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
waxing and professional nail care. Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
waxing and prossional nail care. with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. FedEx agent.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
Dalle reewp i rens almost s ann to weesroSells top METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP LIST YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Call 717-8988 or
brand bikes. Have your keys made here. b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers 791-7252 for more information. It's easy and not ex-
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ- pensive.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also secialize in creating patios PHOTO FINISHING Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem,
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of- efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
concrete pavement. fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and cated behind NAPA.
services for your picture-taking pleasure. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
DIVING supermarket. You'll find American and European
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS brand products. THE market for provisioning.
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com- estate agent. They specialize in professional cus- VILLAS
puterH.Q. tomer services and topnotch properties. Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine -low kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Mike Boom & Associates Broad assortment of
Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join homes and properties. View on their website www. WATER TAXI
their cleanup dives and BBQ. bonairerealtv.com or office in town Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain- Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
ing the highest professional standards. In town at Re/Max Paradise Homes: Inteational/US connec-
City Cafe and at Eden Beach. tions. 5% of profits donated to local community. WINES
SAntillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
FITNESS Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in- now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to surance services. If you want a home or to invest in from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or Bonaire, stop in and see them. Free delivery.
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi- Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train- or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec- Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345 Private lessons too. Closed during June.
Bonaire Reporter- June 17 to June 25, 2005
ON THE ISLAND SINCE .. .
It's a long and dusty road that
leads to the kunuku where he 's
living, but as always, it's worth it.
There's something very beautiful in a
place that has no structure, that 's not
developed. It is as if life has become a
matter of sky and earth and just a roof
to separate them and to hold on to.
Hans Voerman (39) lives there.
"The quality of life is high here," he
smiles. "I don't miss a thing and I
wouldn't want it any other way. You
need to be a little bit adventurous. I
don't have electricity; I don't need it.
The light of a kerosene lamp is just
beautiful at night and so is the darkness.
I don't have TV or a radio, but I hear
the sound of the wind in the trees; I
hear the dogs, the birds, and when the
rain comes I hear the frogs and the cica-
das. And there's silence. The light of
the kerosene lamp is enough to read
by I couldn't live without books but
I don't have a refrigerator and it doesn't
matter to me. This kunuku belongs to
the DeJong family. When they said I
could live here it was like everything
fell into place. It must have been for a
The first time I came to Bonaire was
in 1990. I was a diver with the military.
My sergeant, Rene Faro, came to Bon-
aire for a vacation. I decided to visit
him for a week. It became a month. I
arrived at night; I'd been to the tropics
a lot and expected to be chased by taxi
drivers, but on the contrary nobody
showed up. Great! The customs officer
asked where I was going to sleep. I
wondered why he'd ask me such a
thing. I told him, and it appeared he
knew the person. That was impressive!
Back in Holland after I got out of the
service I arranged everything to move
The easiest thing was to become a
dive instructor and Buddy Dive hired
me. At the time the business was small:
10 apartments and a container as an of-
fice. I was 25 and having a good time.
Before I went into the military I'd been
a helmsman on a tramp freighter with
Rederij Spliethoff in Amsterdam for
five years, and now I felt I was getting
restless again. Maybe I was too young
to settle down. My girlfriend and I
planned to travel aboard the Trans-
Siberia Express to the Far East and
from there to Australia and New Zea-
Soon after World War II my parents
had immigrated to New Zealand where
my two brothers and sister were born.
They stayed for 15 years, and I was
'made in New Zealand,', but I was the
only one born in Holland after they'd
returned because my mom was so
homesick. The only one who was born
in Holland! Can you believe that! How
terrible! I still feel bad when I think
about it! I could have had two pass-
ports! They have!
My girlfriend and I split up and I went
to Australia by myself. I traveled
through the northern part in the rainy
season flooded roads and bridges and
I had to sleep in a bus or roadhouse. I
met a helicopter pilot and some aborigi-
nals and we traveled with two trucks
through the outback. It was the trip of
my life! The aborigines caught a reptile
one night and we ate it. I still don't
know what it was. The trip ended when
we got stuck in a river. I ended up on a
cattle station half the size of Holland-
no money, no transport, so I did the
dirty work. Once they went 'hunting'
with the helicopter to find a suitable
cow. They shot it, tied it to the helicop-
ter, then flew back and landed the cow
next to the barbecue! Unbelievable!
"It's about going out
in a dingy in high seas
and bad weather to
and escapes, fire
fighting on ships and
oil platforms-just a
But my heart was still in Bonaire.
Buddy Dive said I could have my job
back. Three months later I was back on
the island. I thought I'd find some
peace of mind this time but I didn't.
Still, I didn't want to leave the island. I
started working on a two-masted ship,
the Insulinde from Curaqao for six
months. Then I helped friends of mine,
Henk and Sylvia Rotteveel, to build an
apartment on their kunuku 'Dos Igua-
nas.' At the same time I was the opera-
tor of the recompression chamber.
However, the rules were different then.
I didn't have an official job so I was
'illegal' on the island. I didn't like it
and I thought it was absolutely unfair,
as Antilleans could go and live in Hol-
Together with a friend, Marielle Sen-
gers, I left for South America. The first
day in Caracas we were robbed in broad
daylight and it annoyed me terribly.
From there we went to Merida, Colom-
bia, Quito and Peru
wanted to stay longer.
I went on to Chile and
to Easter Island. That
was impressive, very
remote, at the back of
beyond, and the Poly-
nesian culture mixed
with the South Ameri-
can culture-very spe-
cial! And-an island!
(Ever since I was a
little boy of five I
wanted to live like
From Easter Island I
went to Tahiti and fi-
nally I ended up in
New Zealand and...
was arrested immediately at the airport.
The drug dogs had gone out of their
minds the moment they'd smelled me
and I was also the only passenger who
looked somewhat shabby. No more
kindness. They read me my rights and I
was arrested. 'Why?' I asked. 'You've
got cocaine somewhere,' the officer
said, and he kept on searching my back-
pack. Then I remembered. I had this
Bonairean goatskin that I'd prepared
myself three months before. That was
it! They let me go with compliments for
the preparation. After they'd disinfected
the skin I got it back.
I traveled through New Zealand, back
to Australia, to Indonesia, Malaysia,
Thailand and Hong Kong where I sailed
along with a friend on a ship. He told
me about this job, 'naval survival in-
structor,' so I went to Holland to see
about it. A naval training center trains
everyone who works offshore and on
ships and who's obliged to follow this
training. It's about going out in a dingy
in high seas and bad weather to rescue
people, ditching helicopters and es-
capes, fire fighting on ships and oil-
platforms-just a goldenjob! Every
year three to four months off because of
the overtime, so I could go traveling. I
did it for seven years, then it became
more and more about theory and about
course members who were not willing
to do the course because they were
afraid. After seven years, it was
enough! I also wanted to leave Hol-
He strokes his blue-eyed Siamese kitty
and says: "All my life I've been look-
ing for a place to live. When I was a
child I used to say I didn't want to stay
in Holland. Then I heard that regula-
tions in Bonaire had softened up for the
Dutch, so in 2002 I was back with the
idea of becoming a dive guide. The no-
tary told me it wasn't allowed anymore
as there were so many already. That
was really disappointing and I didn't
know what to do. For a while I worked
for Yellow Submarine as a dive instruc-
tor. But then I heard they needed some-
one at the Caribbean Club to do eco
tours. This was what I'd done all my
life: caving, hiking, biking, climbing,
rappelling-the only thing I hadn't
done regularly was kayaking in the
mangroves. So, for a year I've been do-
ing the eco tours. I founded my own
business, 'Outdoor Bonaire-Do Some-
thing Different.' It takes times to get a
steady clientele, but I'm prepared, I can
live very cheap! When for a while abso-
lutely nothing came in, I went into re-
treat and I fasted for 12 days. Can't be
bad! And if I'm really hungry, there's
always the roosters!"
He smiles: "I've been very, very
lucky in my life with my jobs, but I
don't believe in security. I think it's a
shame not to do what you want to do
because you might lose your pension. I
don't think that's the meaning of life. I
see it as a very big challenge to live in a
way that you have to do everything
yourself with nobody taking care of
you. I think it builds up character.
Many people on Bonaire live like this.
I still want to see Antarctica though. I
know how to get there. Bonaire is beau-
tiful but it isn't the most beautiful is-
land I've ever seen, however, I think
it's the best place to live. I've been
back and forth so many times and I've
seen so much of the world, but still, I
came back to
live here." 1
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Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005
Cultural Growth GBArt Slu
W ant to get a glimpse at the
exciting work that's being
done in the art department of the high
school? Then don't miss this premier
show, "Cultural Growth," which
opens at Artebon on Friday, June
24, at 7 pm. Everyone is invited to
come and cheer on these creative and
The students have let their imagi-
nations run free and the exhibits will
surprise, entertain and even make you l
chuckle. It all started with the idea of
a re-design project, conceived by bi-
ology teacher Mary Ann Koops. The
idea was for the students to improve
on an existing product or create a
whole new one. Under the direction
of art teacher Wilna Groenenboom,
the students were to look at the prod-
uct that might already be on the mar-
ket from a new and different stand-
point. Later, after making numerous
sketches they were to come up with a
new, more innovative product. Fi-
nally they were to make a two or
three-dimensional version to show to A robot designed by
the public. administr
The exhibit will be formally opened by The show will
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Are Stars Our sun compared with smaller stars. Proxima Centauri is a
r red dwarf being also the closest star to Sun (read more below).
Anyway White dwarf stars such as Sirius B are even smaller. Earth is
And How presented for comparison in the left-side of the figure.
Have you ever wondered just what a star is anyway and how far away they are?
Well let me "unwonder" you. If we could go out any clear night and look up at
the stars could you point out the closest one? Some people think it's the North Star,
but nothing could be farther from the truth because you can't see the closest star at
night at all. You can see it only in the daytime. It's our Sun.
Yes indeed our Sun is a star and it's the closest star to Earth. The only reason it does-
n't look like the other stars at night is because it is so close. And the reason the other
stars don't look like our Sun is because they are so incredibly farther away. Now all the
stars make their own light similar to the way our Sun does. You see, our Sun and all
the stars are gigantic balls of hot glowing gas. And most of them make their light by
thermonuclear processes. Or think of it this way: our Sun produces more energy every
single second than several million hydrogen bombs detonating at the same time.
But when it comes to measuring the distance to other stars, astronomers don't like to
use the word miles because they'd have to use too many numbers. Instead we measure
the distance to the other stars using the fastest known thing in the universe the speed
of light. Light travels an incredible 186,000 miles a second so we never actually see
our Sun and the other stars as they actually exist at the moment. We always see them as
they existed some time in the past depending on how far away they are. We see our
Sun as it existed 8 1/3 minutes ago because it takes light that long to travel from the
Sun to reach us. But the other stars are much farther away. So we use a term called the
"light year" to measure distances to them. A light year is simply the amount of miles
light travels in one year. Multiply all the seconds in one year times 186,000 miles per
second and you'll see there are roughly 6 trillion miles in one light year and the closest
star to Earth other than our Sun is Proxima Centauri, 4.2 light years away. So we see
it as it existed 4.2 years ago!
What about our old friend, the North Star, who many people think is the closest?
Well it's a whopping 431 light years away, which means we see it as it existed 431
years ago. And although it doesn't look very bright, it is actually 1,600 times brighter
and 67 times wider than our Sun! Wow! Star light, star bright, now we know what you
are tonight. D
For the week:
June 17 to June 24, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't turn down an invitation or a challenge that
could enhance your chances of meeting someone special. Things may not be as
harmonious as you would like with colleagues or employers this week. Get down
to business and do the work yourself. Be stubborn about making changes around
your home. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) There's lots to be done and if you meet your dead-
line you'll be in your boss's good books. Don't make any unreasonable promises.
Romance will develop through work related activities. You will have a little more
energy than usual. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21)
You can make excellent career moves if you are open to the opportunities that
exist. Put your energy into behind the scenes activities. Don't let your personal di-
lemmas interfere with your goals. Don't let others make you feel guilty or insecure.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may divulge private information without real-
izing it this week. You will have a great deal of insight when dealing with others.
Don't bang your head against a wall. Use your intellectual approach to get the best
results. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You are best to stick to basics. Work on getting ahead
by picking up added skills. You can make money if you are wise in your choices.
Be extra careful with your valuables; loss and theft are evident this week. Your
family needs to spend some time with you, too. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You should expect to have changes in your home.
Don't hold back; go with the flow and take a bit of a chance. Self-improvement
projects will payoff in more ways than one. Romance will be yours if you get out
and do things in large groups. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Escapist tendencies will result in a poor reputation
and a lack of confidence. You will be overly sensitive this week. Be sure not to
burn any bridges. Deep discussions may only lead to friction. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be sure to think twice before you say something
that might hurt your partner's feelings. Based on your excitement, serious-minded
individuals will be more than interested in backing your ideas. You can ask for
favors but don't take them for granted. Don't try to deal with important issues or
make changes that will upset the apple cart. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't play on your partner's emotions. You
may not be too pleased with the actions of those you live with. You can expect to
have some problems with skin, bones, or teeth if you haven't taken proper care of
them. Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you work with may get
jealous. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Someone you live with will be quite unrea-
sonable this week. New love connections can be made through group associations.
Get together with people who stimulate you mentally. Helping children may be
rewarding and challenging. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Relatives may not be telling you the whole truth
about a family situation. Health problems may prevail if you don't take care of
them immediately. Accept the inevitable. Someone may not be thinking of your
best interests. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't let your work and your personal life interfere
with each other. Your mate may be distressed if you refuse to make a commitment.
You may want to take a look at the personal papers of elders in your family. You
can find out important information if you listen to friends and relatives. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday. 1
Bonaire Reporter June 17 to June 24, 2005