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O ne of our readers told us that
BonairExpress is being listed on
Internet booking web sites as "Ecoair"
airlines. On visiting the Travelocity website
we found it's true. Our requests to
BonairExpress management for an explanation
have so far gone unanswered. Is another name
change on the way? Return Travelocity fares
are $50 higher than buying direct.

Ecoair 6:I0ppm 7:30p{n
Flight 2995 Aruba, Aruba Bonaire, Netherlands
(AUA) Ant lies (BON)

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(AUA) Bonaire, Netherlands
Ant iles(BON)

Ecoair 6:DOpm 11:15pm
Flight 2996 Aruba, Aruba Bonaire, Netherlands
129B3 (AUA) Antilles (BON)

American Airlines
and Continental
Airlines posted better-
than-forecast earnings
Wednesday, but
Continental said it
expected to post a full-
year loss, underscoring

Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006

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Stop in Curacao, Netherlands
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The Games consisted of four days of
sports competitions among Aruba, The
Antilles and The Netherlands. Queen
Beatrix visited the event as part of
her 25th Jubilee Celebration, and her
presence proved as popular as ever. At
the conclusion of the Games she offered
words of gratitude that were not part of
the planned program. She thanked the
Aruban and Antillean population in
general, and especially everybody who
had contributed to the success of the
day. "It was wonderful being one of
you, even though it was for a short
time. But I couldn't imagine a jubilee
without having Aruba and the Antilles
being a part of it." She continued say-
ing that in her 25 years as queen, she
always felt much attached to the is-
lands. Every time she's visited she was
warmly welcomed and that makes her
feel at home. "I feel privileged being
allowed to be your Queen. Masha,
masha danki." There was great ap-
plause when she spoke in Papiamentu.
She apologized for not having the
time to visit the islands other than
Curaqao but promised to return next

the industry's ongoing Mar 2006 57 61 48 Aruba tourism increased 14.68%
challenges. Apr 2006 71 53 46 during the first quarter of 2005. There
The figures for seats are no figures available for a Bonaire
already booked or comparison. According to the Aruba
blocked to Bonaire from America for December 2004 April 2005, as of July Tourism Authority (ATA), close to
15th according to the Sabre reservation data, are very encouraging. Available 20,000 American tourists per month
less than a month, Continental flights are already more than half full visited Aruba during the first three
months of this year. Based on previous
SAir Jamaica, with its major 786-9444. Caracas is an alternative years' figures, Bonaire receives about
maintenance issues behind it, is very gateway to Europe and South America. 2,000 American tourists per month.

SOn Monday and
Tuesday, August 8
and 9, Criminal
Court proceedings
will be held in the
Judicial Complex at
Ft. Oranje. Once a

Continued on page 3

Four-Day Walkers Return 4
Letters (Cruise Ship Debate) 5
Opinion (Departure Tax) 5
Xavier Health Fair 7
Stifler Bar and Grill Opens 8
Harbor Cleanup Works 9
Kids Windsurf Camp 9
Breeding Lora in Captivity (Pt. 3) 10
Chef Team Victory Dinner 13
Children's Career Day at MCB 13
Here Lies the MAIRI BHAN 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
What are NGOs All About? 6
Picture Yourself (extra in Miami) 8
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Sandra) 14
Micro Movie Review
(Madagascar) 15
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Amina and Galil Kartodikromo) 17
Sky Park
(Moon Pairings,
Perseid Meteor Shower) 19
The Stars Have It 19

Bonaire Reporter- August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 2

I travlocity

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
month judge(s) from Curaqao visit
Bonaire to handle local cases. This
month, following a recess for the month
of July, the court lists 26 cases on its
docket to be presided over by Judge L.
A.J. de Lannoy. Charges include: shoot-
ings, thefts, robberies, defamation of
character, seven cases of drug
smuggling and much more. Proceedings
begin at 9 am and end around 5 pm
with a lunch break.

A Bonaire residents should be on
the lookout for suspicious looking
faxes. A local businesswoman received
one and told us about a US government
website that alerted her to the fraud. In
this particular scam, an altered IRS
Form W-8BEN, "Certificate of Foreign
Status of Beneficial Owner for United
States Tax Withholding," is sent pur-
portedly from the IRS to non-US resi-
dent aliens who may have invested in
US assets. You are asked to fill in the
form and fax it to the phone number
contained in the correspondence. Ear-
lier this year, the scheme appeared in
South America and Europe.
The scheme uses fictitious IRS corre-
spondence and an altered IRS form in
an attempt to trick the foreign persons
into disclosing their personal and finan-
cial data. The information fraudulently
obtained is then used to steal the tax-
payer's identity and financial assets.
The practice is called "phishing" for
Anyone who has received a fraudulent
letter and form should report this by
calling the toll-free fraud referral hot-
line at 1-800-366-4484, faxing a com-

A Last Saturday the Goodhearted Youngsters Group (H6bennan di Bon Ku-
rason), part of the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation, spent a part of their vaca-
tion working to give a facelift to the plaza across from the St. Bemardus Church in
Kralendijk. In past years they helped paint the Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador
School and the Ka'i Mimina senior citizens center. Positive actions by Bonaire's
youngsters don't get nearly the press coverage of negative actions, so one of the
directors of the group felt it a good idea to spruce up a really public site. The work
should be completed next weekend. Permission to do the work was given by Com-
missioner Yonchi Dortalina, and the paint by Krioyo Paint Bonaire. Thanks also to
Felix Castillo who spontaneously provided refreshments and to Boeboei Martijn,
who offered his pickup. For more information contact Sheloutska Martinus, at 786-
5566 or Edward Bemabela at 786-4851.

plaint to 202-927-7018, or writing to The cruise ship Freewinds will
the TIGTA Hotline, P.O. Box 589, Ben once again resume its series of Cool
Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. Sunday Night Concerts in the Wilhel-
20044-0589. For more information, see mina Park. The first was held last Sun-
the website http://www.irs.gov/ day. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. The
newsroom/article/0,,id=127914,00.html Freewinds band along with special
guests will perform at the gazebo in

downtown Kralendijk for an open-air
free show for all to come and enjoy.

A If you want to experience all the
diving Bonaire has to offer you should
dive the east (wild) side of the island.
Golden Reef Inn has announced
"Wild Side" dive packages to make it
an easy experience. In addition to seven
nights accommodation in one of their
well equipped, updated apartments you
get six days of unlimited shore diving
with all the gear you need typically,
from three to six days of two-tank dives
with Larry's Wild Side Diving, conti-
nental breakfast, room tax, a 4-door
pickup truck and a variety of amenities.
Prices range from $779 pp to $1,175
pp. For more information, visit www.
goldenreefinn.com or email

Prepare for the next regatta to be held
on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-
14 organized by the Canti Awa Snack
and sponsored by Budget Marine and
Hilltop. Sailing will be micro boats,
Optimist, Sunfish, cats, fishing boats.
To participate the cost is NAf20 per
boat and you get entry, T-shirt, lunch, 2
drinks daily. Pass by Budget Marine to
sign up. To watch from shore is free,

A Come get free tests at Xavier's
Health Fair Saturday August 6th 10
am to 2 pm. See page 7.

A This week's very pretty Benetton
model from Jong Bonaire is Genesis
St. Jago. The Benetton ad is on page 11.

Bonaire Reporter August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 3

Four-Day Walkers Return I

At the airport to welcome Nazario -friends and family

Bonaire Reporter- August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 4

I E T0 .:T E U d A GI

Anchorage, Alaska. "Touring by cruise
ship," he says, "means less hassle and
is less expensive than flying and paying
for hotels. You stay onboard and enjoy
your vacation."
Increasingly, this is the Caribbean trav-
eler. And in the cash-strapped US Virgin
Islands, there is a growing concern
about dwindling numbers of tourists who
stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, rent
cars and ride in cabs. The number of
overnight visitors to the US territory has
fallen from 555,000 to 410,000 last year.
During the same period, the number of
arrivals by cruise ship shot up to 1.6


A reader, who is concerned that
cruise ships do not support Bon-
aire as well as conventional "stay-
over" tourism and, in some situations,
the over emphasis on cruise ships may
cause economic problems, sent us this

lands ... St. Thomas is a major port
stop for the gleaming floating cities that
leave each week from Miami, Fort
Lauderdale and San Juan.
The ships are teaming with moneyed
tourists out for fun and frolic. But where
do passengers spend their vacation
money, on the ship or on the shore?
Most vacationers leave their cruise
ships for at least a short visit to the
ports. Some
choose shore
tours. Others pro-
ceed to the shops
and cafes. A dai-
quiri, a T-shirt
and maybe a
cheap watch.
Later, it's back to
the ship to dine
and dance and
gamble and wake
up the next morn-
ing in another
"It's a home away
from home," says
Mark Fiske, a
computer analyst
in his 40s from

million. The problem is that even though
cruise ship passengers now account for
80% of all visitors, they provide only
25% of tourism revenue, which is falling.
For instance, Mark Fiske and his wife
Deborah, a kindergarten teacher,
bought nothing during the ship's 10-hour
stay in port, and they seemed unim-
pressed. "The island needs more attrac-
tions," Deborah said.

What do you have to say about cruise
ships visiting Bonaire? Write or e-mail
The Reporter. (editor@ bonairereporter.

on't like Bonaire's departure tax? Well Bonaire is not alone in the area for
charging a fee to leave. In fact it's about average. Here's a summary of fees
in the region:


Anguilla $20
Antigua & Barbuda $14
Aruba $37
Bahamas -0-
Barbados $12.50
Belize $15
Bonaire $20
British Virgin Is. $15
Cayman Islands $25
Curaqao $22
Dominica $20
Dominican Republic $10
Grenada $20
French Caribbean -0-

Puerto Rico
St. Kitts/Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten/Saba/
St. Eustatius
St. Martin
St. Vincent
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
US Virgin Islands

Two cruise shins in nort

Bonaire Reporter August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 5

What Are


All About?

Activities of lS
AMFO and the
NGO Platform 00ouM

When I first heard people mention the term "NGO" I had no idea what they
were talking about. That was about five years ago. I gathered NGOs
were usually small groups of people dedicated to specific significant goals that re-
ceive little if any government funds. Bonaire had several such NGOs at the time
and the number is growing. It is now officially tallied at 90 (see table below). NGO
funding usually comes through donations, sometimes government assistance or
other sources.

What is an NGO?
An NGO, I learned, can be many things.
While NGOs vary greatly in size and ori-
entation, most share the common goal of
helping people and benefiting society.
International and national NGOs support
larger scale activities ranging from social
welfare to environmental and political ad-
vocacy. NGOs in Bonaire provide services
that include community organization,
health, education, welfare and environ-
mental protection.

NGOs also help improve people's lives
through skills training and other livelihood

programs. INUUS can prepare ana carry
out development projects and work to strengthen local institutions and promote
community self-reliance.
NGOs make significant contributions to social and economic development.

Often they enjoy advantages over larger
government and private sector institutions
and can deliver services to hard-to-reach
communities in a more efficient, cost-
effective manner.

Factors for Success
Much of the success of an NGO comes
from dynamic leadership and commit-
ted staff. NGOs can be more flexible,
innovative and are affected less by bu-
reaucratic constraints.

NGOs also have limitations. Many NGOs are small in both size and scope of
operations and their impact is limited. NGOs can suffer from financial and techni-
cal limitations. Often focused on a specific concern or a specific location, NGOs
may lack a broad economic and social perspective. Many smaller NGOs are
loosely structured and may have limited accountability. Management and plan-
ning may be weak or too flexible.

NGOs can play many roles, for example:

Development and Operation of Infrastructure:
Community-based organizations and cooperatives can acquire, subdivide and
develop land, construct housing, provide infrastructure and operate and maintain
infrastructure such as wells or public toilets and solid waste collection services.
They can also develop building material supply centers and other community-
based economic enterprises. In many cases, they will need technical assistance or
advice from governmental agencies or higher-level NGOs. An example in Bonaire
is the FKPD facilities in Rincon and the Parke Publico project.

Supporting Innovation, Demonstration and Pilot Projects:
NGOs have the advantage of selecting particular places for innovative projects
and specify in advance the length of time which they will be supporting the pro-
ject overcoming some of the shortcomings that governments face in this respect.
NGOs can also be pilots for larger government projects by virtue of their ability to
act more quickly than the government bureaucracy. Bonaire's CKB (Small Busi-
ness Development) teaches people approaches to doing business, including starting
new businesses.
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter- August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 6

Bonaire Number
NGO Category
Sports and Leisure 16
Socio-Economic 4
Nature and The Environment 9
Education and Training 10
Community Development 11
Art/Culture 13
Care and Welfare 15
Youth and Family 12
Total 90

Small NGO makes... (Continuedfrom page 6) iWuarnln
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Facilitating Communication: V
NGOs use interpersonal methods of -:
communication and study the right entry
points to gain the trust of the community
they seek to benefit. They would also have
a good idea of the feasibility of the pro-
jects they take up. The significance of this
role to the government is that NGOs can 2..i........ ,i .
communicate to the policy-making levels14 0 M
of government information about the
lives, capabilities, attitudes and cultural characteristics of people at the local level.
Some of Bonaire's environmental NGOs, like the Sea Turtle Conservation (STCB)
work to change ingrained attitudes.
NGOs are also in a unique position to share information horizontally, networking
between other organizations doing similar work. Bonaire's Aliansa Naturalesa
brings together the island's conservation-minded groups to share ideas and lobby
for environmental protection.

Technical Assistance and Training:
Training institutions and NGOs can develop a technical assistance and training
capacity. SEBIKI teaches many Bonaireans about the care of young children.

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation:
Innovative activities need to be carefully documented and shared. Effective par-
ticipatory monitoring would permit the sharing of results with the people them-
selves as well as with the project staff. AMFO and the NGO Platform, the
"parents" of various Bonaire NGO groups, has staff to accomplish these objectives.

Source: How the World Bank works with Non-Governmental Organizations.
The World Bank, 1990 and Workshop notes: "NGO Workshop" organized at
the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, October 17-21, 1988.
If you see a need in Bonaire that is not being filled by Government or exist-
ing NGOs you can start your own NGO. Next time we'll tell you how to do it.

What defines an NGO?
Now that we are closer to understanding what an NGO can be, what exactly is the
"formal" definition of an NGO? Unfortunately the diversity of NGOs strains any
simple definition. Usually it's groups and institutions that are entirely or largely
independent of government and that have primarily humanitarian or cooperative
rather than commercial objectives. A World Bank study came up with these nine

A non-profit making, voluntary, service-oriented/development oriented organi-
zation, either for the benefit of members (a grassroots organization) or of other
members of the population (an agency).
It is an organization of private individuals who believe in certain basic social
principles and who structure their activities to bring about development to com-
munities that they are servicing.
A social development organization assisting in empowerment of people.
An organization or group of people working independently of any external con-
trol with specific objectives and aims to fulfill tasks that are oriented to bring
about desirable change in a given community or area or situation.
An independent, democratic, non-sectarian people's organization working for
the empowerment of economic and/or socially marginalized groups.
An organization not affiliated with political parties, generally engaged in work-
ing for aid, development and welfare of the community.
An organization committed to the root causes of the problems trying to better
the quality of life especially for the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized in
urban and rural areas.
An organization established by and for the community without or with little
intervention from the government; they are not only a charity organization, but
work on socio-economic-cultural activities.
An organization that is flexible and democratic in its organization and attempts
to serve the people without profit for itself. G.D.

A Ml AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-7779, website:
www.samfo.org, email: info-bonfssamfo.org
S NGO Platforma Bonaire: New address as of August 1: Plaza Terras, Kaya
Grandi 23, Rooms E,F,G. Tel. 717-2366, Fax 717-2367, website: www.
.... -ngobonaire.org,

Two Xavier students check a woman's blood pressure at last year's health day.

E veryone is welcome! Come to Xavier Medical
School's health fair this Saturday, August 6th from 10
am to 2 pm.
Do you need a quick checkup? Xavier medical students
will check your blood pressure and glucose level. You can ISIL
have an eye exam and learn your body mass index. s
Do you have a health question? Medical students will ex- v
plain diabetes, hypertension, BMI (body mass index, glau-
coma and cataracts.
The school is on Kaya Prinses Marie, across from Boomerang Hardware.

There's food and entertainment for the children.

Bring the family

Kids- -Parents- -Grandparents!

Bonaire Reporter August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 7

Picture Vourself
witih the Reporter

Miami Florida

Last month B6i Antoin (L) and Ivan Wilson went to Miami to film some
segments for the popular Papiamentu language TV show HERENSIA
(Heritage). They filmed three shows featuring Hugo Gerharts who's lived in Mi-
ami for the last six years. Mr. Gerharts was a pioneer in Bonaire's tourism and
aviation for 30 years. During their visit the HERENSIA crew visited the famous
Bayside at night where they took a picture holding The Bonaire Reporter.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next
trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail
to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2005 photos are eligible.)

New Restaurant Opens in Playa


S tifler's
Bar and
Grill, a new res-
taurant, is now
open on the site
of the old Ren-
dez-Vous Res-
taurant, next to
the MCB Bank.
Owner-chef Ko-
ert Prins, who's
traveled the
world as an in-
dividual and a
chef, says,
"Bonaire is
where my soul
wants to live
right now."
Raised in Hol-
land, Koert
comes from an
international The Stifler Staff: Martin Rodenberg, Jolanda Prins-van der
family his fa- Schans, Koert Prins Aad Edenburg, Danielle Schmit
ther is Brazil-
ian, his mother is Chinese-Indonesian. Anthropology was his first field of study,
but the lure of the kitchen captured him. He spent two years at a master class in
Vienna and has been in the restaurant business since 1997.
He and his wife, singer and entertainer, Jolanda Prins-van der Schans, run Stiflers
and say, "Get stuffed at Stifler's!" The name, Stifler, comes from a character in the
film, "American Pie," and Koert picked it because "it's short and powerful."
The restaurant features grilled meats chicken and beef on skewers, ribs, wings,
Tex Mex all big portions at low prices. Koert says, "The US beef here is of ex-
cellent quality and it's a good price." They're open from 5 pm until midnight,
Monday through Saturday. Tel. 717-8454. It's a friendly place with personable
people. Stop in, meet, and eat. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter- August 5 to 12, 2005

Page 8


Harbor Cleanup Works

Cleanup Dive teamwork

The quarterly Cleanup Dive in Bonaire's anchorage yields less trash each
time it's done. It appears that education efforts about throwing trash in the
sea are successful.
On Sunday, July 10, an 11-person group, met at the Yellow Submarine dive
shop to prepare to clean the shallow shelf area used by visiting yachts to moor.
The group consisted of three non-divers, who assisted on shore, and eight divers
comprised of Yellow Submarine crew, visiting tourists, and Bonaireans. The
group received an in-depth dive briefing which included topics such as body posi-
tion while in the water, the type of trash to retrieve, how to deal with bulky and/or
heavy trash, and how to be sure that any marine creatures were protected. Logis-
tics as to making the dive were also included.
Within 30 minutes or so, the first bags of trash were brought to the surface, us-
ing lift bags, and removed from the ocean. They were immediately emptied, and
all trash was inspected to be sure no marine creatures had been inadvertently in-
cluded. After this, all trash was sorted and counted. During this cleanup, the fol-
lowing trash was collected and removed for proper disposal: 33 bottles, 31 pieces
of fishing line, 2 fishing nets, 70 pieces of rope, 6 pieces of foam plastic, 52 pieces
of other types of plastic, 24 pieces of glass, 11 pieces of rubber, 52 pieces of
metal, 21 pieces of paper, 5 pieces of wood, and 42 pieces of cloth.
When compared to prior cleanups of the same area, it can be easily seen that the
amount of trash being collected and removed is becoming less and less, a clear
indication that efforts to educate locals and tourists alike about keeping Bonaire
clean have been successful.
This cleanup was closed with a BBQ dinner for all participants at Yellow Sub-
marine. Cleanups are conducted on a quarterly basis, and are sponsored by Bon-
aire Yellow Submarine (a Dive Friends partner) and NetTech, N.V. The next
Cleanup will be conducted on Saturday, September 17th, in conjunction with In-
ternational Cleanup Day. Divers and non-divers alike are welcome-meet at 1 pm
Bonaire Yellow Submarine on the seaside in Kralendijk. Susan Davis

Kids Windsurfing Camp

The glistening waters of Lac Bay
were teeming with kids learning
what may become the national sport of
Bonaire windsurfing. Bonaire Wind-
surf Place hosted a Kids Camp this past
week for locals and tourists, providing
an opportunity for all to get on the wa-
ter and sail. Accompanied by youth
members of the Bonaire Sailing Team,
Patun Saragoza and Elvis Martinus had
17 windsurf newbies and some novices
out on rigs learning the tricks of the
sport. With shallow water, calm seas
and moderate winds the kids easily
picked up the basics as well as some
advanced sail tricks. Some windsurf
schools and instructors believe it's best
to teach in groups for support and in-
struction. It was clear the kids were
having a blast learning together. The
laughs and cheers were heard clear
across the water on the beach. And the
parents were equally thrilled to have a

perfect place for their kids to spend
their summer break. Children from the
US, Curacao, Holland and Bonaire at-
tended the week-long camp.
In between on-the-water instruction,
the kids met under the shade at the
beach bar for an informal classroom
instruction. Lunch was served and ice
cream was on hand. Bonaire Kids
Camp had all the fixings for the perfect
summer treat windsurf style. Story/
photo by Ann Phelan- www.

Alter Ego
Anything Goes
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Endangered Species

Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Jan Gerardus
Key Lara
Luna C. USA
La Baronne
La Serena

Natural Selection
Pamala Jean
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Sea of Time
Sea Witch
Sola 2

Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Triumphant Lady
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Yanti Paratzi

Bonaire Reporter August 5 to 12, 2005

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
8-05 0:39 1.9FT. 10:14 0.9FT. 76
8-06 1:08 1.8FT. 10:42 0.9FT. 77
8-07 1:36 1.7FT. 11:09 1.0FT. 77
8-08 1:56 1.5FT. 11:16 1.1FT. 76
8-09 10:43 1.1FT. 22:15 1.4FT. 72
8-10 9:22 1.1FT. 18:30 1.5FT. 67
8-11 4:51 1.1FT. 5:57 1.1FT. 8:03 1.1FT. 18:43 1.6FT. 61
8-12 4:58 1.0FT. 19:16 1.8FT. 54
8-13 5:33 0.9FT. 19:51 1.9FT. 49


Page 9

Breeding Lora in Captivity

In cooperation with the
STINAPA and DROB Lora prservation campaign


A lora blending in with the trees

Part Three

n the wild, Lora nest in tree and
rock cavities. The best way to rec-
reate this is to build a wooden nest box.
The box should be made of at least 2
cm. thick wood because they may chew
it. The size of the box needs to be
around 60cm deep and 27x27cm wide.
Near the top on the front you should
make a hole that's around 8cm wide. I
would suggest incorporating an inspec-

tion door two thirds down the box so
you can access the chicks should you
need to. Arrange this so you do not
have to enter the aviary to inspect the
box because otherwise it will be quite
stressful for both you and the birds. At-
tach the box securely to the side of the
aviary at head height or higher. The en-
trance should not face into the wind or
have strong direct sunlight on it.
Wild nest sites have coarse surfaces

ever, your manufactured box will not so
you need to fix two vertical pieces of
wood from the entrance hole to the
base. Over this put mesh to create a lad-
der which the bird can climb. On the
floor of the nest you should put some
material such as wood shavings. Be-
cause of Bonaire's climate I would sug-
gest this material be changed every so
often to prevent any fungal build up or
insect takeovers. If the pair shows no
interest in the box after several years
then something in their environment
may need changing.
The first thing to ex-
periment with is the
box. Reposition it,
make it bigger, hang it
at an angle, make it L
shaped, just experi-
It is unlikely that
Lora will naturally
breed until they are at
least three years old,
but this should not be a problem for
captive Bonairean Lora, as all legal and
banded birds will be older than this by
now anyway. When you have had the
birds together for five years without
success despite your efforts to experi-
ment with nest box shape, position and
availability, and even moved the birds
to a different aviary, then you must con-
sider that you may not have a male and
a female. Yes, you need to wait a num-
ber of years. This is a long-term pro-
posal, and remember, a healthy Lora
could live over 30 years. Alternatively,

girl but they just don't like each other
so really there's no way to know!
There is no point in having a nice big
house if there a no perches to move
around on. Giving your parrots an inter-
esting home can help keep them active
which has health benefits because as
with humans the more fit they are the
stronger their immune system. Provid-
ing fresh wood is an easy way to give
your Lora lots of enrichment for their
body and their mind. Parrots chew the
bark from wood and even eat it along
with sap. Chewing is also
important for keeping
their beaks in good condi-
tion. Your birds may also
eat the leaves on the
branches. Natural perch-
ing will give the parrots
feet a variety of sizes to
hold on to. This keeps
their feet mobile and
strong. Some perching
should be fixed in posi-
tion, but it is good if other perching can
move as that makes the bird balance.
Use natural rope or even chain to create
swings and swinging perches. Once the
wood is chewed, replace it.
Ultimately, if your parrots like each
other, then at the right time of year they
will start to show it. Courtship can in-
volve excited flashing of the eyes and
tail fanning. Amazon parrots are not
discrete, and you should definitely be
able to tell when they are excited. They
will be generally louder. You may see
the male regurgitate some food for his

on the inside the birds can grip, how- an inactive pair may still be a boy and a (Continued on page 11)

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Page 10

(Breeding Loras. Continued from page 10)
loved one which she will accept glee-
fully. Eventually, if he's in luck, all this
courtship will swiftly lead to mating.
For parrot sex it's important that there
be a solid perch. Typically the female
sits there, while the male places his foot
on her rump and the biological bits join.
They may mate several times before the
female lays her first egg. If you notice
your birds are courting then it is a good
idea to give them plenty of space so
they can get on with their thing. After
that the female will lay two to four eggs
over a period of days, and she will be-
gin incubating immediately. After ap-
proximately 24 days each egg will
hatch. The chicks are helpless and blind
at first, and they will develop quite
slowly. It will be around nine weeks

before they fledge from the nest box,
and even then they will remain depend-
ent on their parents for several more
weeks. During this period you must
continue to offer soft foods. The chicks
will gradually be weaned, and having a
variety of soft food to eat helps them
get started.

In reality if you are fortunate to have
a pair of birds that are happy together
and start to breed, then you really need
to get more information! From Bonaire
the Internet is probably the best place to
get information. Two good websites to
start with are: http://www3.sympatico.
If you would prefer to get a book then
I would recommend you look at any of

Rosemary Low's titles or the beautiful
book Genus Amazona by John and Pat
Stoodley Story & photos by Sam

Sam Williams is a graduate biologist
who has extensively studied Bonaire's
Lora. He will return next year to help
a Lora breeding project.

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Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 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

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
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 785-9332.

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

100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more infor-

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Are you having trouble collecting an
old debt from BonairExel?
Is BonairExpress claiming that they
don't owe you the money because of a
name change? Call 717-7488 or email:

European vogue for the modem woman.
Call for an appointment 717-5215.

Europese mode voor de modeme vrouw.
Bel voor een afspraak 717-5215.

For Sale

For sale Baby Macaw. Information
telephone/fax. 717-2006 fam. Jonk-

ph: 717-3640; 786-0816. peli-

Like new Samsung 13.1 cubic ft. re-
frigerator NAf500 786 4399

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Volkswagen VW VAN 1988
2 Liter engine- automatic
NAf6.900 717-2844 or 786-2844

P ro p e rtIry ,

House For Rent: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath,
1 kitchen, 1 sitting room, 2 porches.
Kaya Korona #103. Tel. 785-3835.

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

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Volunteers to index back issues of
The Bonaire Reporter (English) and
Extra (Papiamentu). Call 717-8988 or

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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

Bonaire Chef Team Victory Dinner

L ast Wednesday at the
SGB high school
Chez Nous Restaurant the
Bonaire Culinary and Bar-
tender Team made their
Bronze Award winning
three-course dinner and Sil-
ver Award winning cocktails.
It was a fun event without all
the pressures from judges,
press and 1,200 participants
as in the Miami "Taste of the
Caribbean" culinary Olym-
pics -just pure fun cooking.
Ludo Nicolaas was MC for
the evening and there was a
special appearance by Lt.
Governor Hubert Domacass6
who gave the team warm
nor was presented with a cu-
linary team cap which he
immediately put on.
The 60 guests were served
by a remarkable team of very
efficient waiters FORMA
students who are finishing
their theory part and prepar-
ing to move to practical Silver Medal Winner, Bartender Brad Conner,
stage (trainee) lessons this
stage (trainee) lessons this kept pumping out his winning vodka and rum
week. This was a trial run
for these students to work in
a private sector event, and
they did a fantastic job. Jobs well done too by teachers Angela Marsera (FORMA)
and Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn (SGB hotel school).
Cheers to our Culinary Team Members! You did a fine job! Sara Matera

Children's Career Day 2005 at

Maduro & Curiel's Bank-Bonaire

very year Maduro & Curiel's Bank holds a "Children's Career Day," where
the children of bank employees visit their parents' place of work to learn
about what they do.

Last Monday, July 26th, 29 youngsters took part in this year's event. In the photo
is Sr. Evert Piar, the Managing Director of MCB-Bonaire, with the kids, the
bank's future stars. MCB Press Release & Photo

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he's beautiful, she's
elegant and she's to-
tally relaxed. That's
"Sandra," the calico cat. As
you may know already,
nearly all calicos are female.
Sandra was found at Buddy
Dive and when she was first
brought into the Bonaire
Animal Shelter she acted
shy, but that was only tem-
porary. Now that she's in the
care of the Shelter's staff
and the devoted volunteers
she's blooming and every-
one agrees she's such a
sweet personality. The vet
has estimated her age at
about one and a half years.
She's healthy, has had her
shots and testing for feline
leukemia and is personable
and social. The adoption
fee Naf75 includes all that testing and shots and sterilization. You may meet
the lovely "Sandra" at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Fri-
day, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
It's kitten AND puppy season again at the Shelter. Now is the time to check it out
because there's such a large selection of healthy and social pets up for adoption. So
far this year, we were told by Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema, there have been 95
adoptions which proves again that this is the place to come for the best in pets.

V laseer One more note: If anyone has some time to spare
to give the Shelter a hand with some odd repair jobs it
Ond l would be most appreciated! Call Jurrie at 717-4989.
I IaIgflY1 L.D.

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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
The Longest Yard
(Adam Sandier)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)

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


Seen in
Movieland Cinema:
Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
Let's face it, it's hard to put out a
good animation movie that is
equal to Shrek, The Incredibles or
Finding Nemo. Those are hard
movies to follow because there
were so many original jokes in
those films, but Madagascar is by
no means a bad movie. In fact, I
will still rate this pretty high, as I
enjoyed it without watching the
clock. I think it as a moderately
funny movie. Decent lines, some
funny moments. But the good
news is that many kids will enjoy
this. There is plenty of light hu-
mor, especially with the penguins
who steal the show most of the
time. Dodo

Saturday, August 6-First Saturday of
the month Big Rincon Marshe--
Lively, open-air market-food, produce,
gifts, plants, music, friendliest people on
the island. In the town square. 6 am to 2
pm. www.infobonaire.com/rincon

Saturday, August 6-Health Fair at
Xavier 10 am to 2 pm. Free health
tests, see page 7.

Sunday, August 7-Fun Run spon-
sored by Comcabon, 2/4/5k. 7:30 am.
Call Richard Pietersz 717-8629, 780-

Sunday, August 7- Freewinds Con-
cert, 7:30 pm, Wilhelmina Park


Saturday, Sunday, August 13-14-
Sailing Regatta, sponsored by Canti
Awa Snack, Budget Marine, Hilltop
Caribbean Club -Micro boats, Opti-
mist, Sunfish, Cats, Fishing boats. Sign
up at Budget Marine. Cost is NAf20
per boat and you get entry, T-shirt,
lunch, 2 drinks daily. Email:



September 1-6-Annual Bonaire
Motocycle Tour.
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8
am, Bongo's Beach
October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta


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-great prizes, 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. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.


Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Thursday from June 16 to July 28,
Basic Fish ID Yellow Submarine Dive
Shop at 6:30 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.


Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
or 717-7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers

to help staff gallery during the day.
Call 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje
717-4685, 566-4685


AA meetings eveiy Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday -
6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next
to Kooyman's. All levels invited.NAf5
enty fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other 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 wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454


Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th centuy. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya 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 Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in historic
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.


New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English
Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
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 Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open llam-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner
Calabas i Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At the Chibi Restauras erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
717-8285 Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
717-5025 Closed Monday den setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
On the water t th traffic circle Braat er Creative cuisine on the seaside. Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open
On the water, just717-off4106he traffic circle BreakfastLunchdays modem kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty.

The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Caribbean cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Hilltop at 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, BBQ on Tuesdays
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
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 until 6 pm 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 pe fom -11 ededa da gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-1pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
Stiflers Bar & Grill Low-Moderate Get Stuffed at Stiflers!
Kaya L.D. Gerharts 3 (next to MCB Bank) Open from 5-midnight, closed Sunday Ribs, Burgers, Sandwiches and more
717-8584 The late night place for food Grilled meat a specialty

S H >- 0 P P I NE%. GI G U I D See advertisements in this issue

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local art-
ists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is
featured. Stop by. Free entry.
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.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Cafe and at Eden Beach.
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
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, slides, items and
services. Now-full digital services.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.

Mike Boom & Associates Broad assortment of
homes and properties. View on their website www.
bonairerealtv.com or office in town

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

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WL1n oil atntd B l ie I ar(i'ro]

e couldn't stay in Suri-
VV nam. Everything we did
failed from the time guerilla leader
Ronnie Brunswijk made his entrance
and the civil war broke out. Before we
had a very good life in Moengo, the
little village where we lived. We
worked hard, but we could afford eve-
rything we needed.
Ronnie Brunswijk is still living in
Moengo. He's one of the richest men in
Surinam, but he got rich by destroying
the country. Galil was working for his
brother, a contractor in Moengo. The
workshop was at Patamacca, a palm oil
plantation. In the daytime he worked in
the factory and drove a truck. After
work he went to pick up the palm pits
that people gathered with the help of
donkeys and had put alongside the road
and then Galil dumped the harvest at
the factory. In his spare time, as a
hobby, he had cleared a plot of land and
planted 2,000 banana trees and pump-
In 1986 the civil war broke out and
Brunswijk set Patamacca on fire. Galil
and I had known each other practically
all our lives as we are both from
Moengo, but the day when Brunswijk
and his guerillas closed the town and
blew up the roads and bridges with dy-
namite and we became completely iso-
lated for a whole month, we started to
talk. He was 19 and I was 20. I thought
he was a cute guy. I loved his hair, full
and with lots of curls, and he was into
motor cross."
"I thought Amina was a very nice
girl," Galil says. "She used to pass by
my house on her bicycle; that's how it
started!" "My parents loved Galil in-
stantly," Amina laughs. "Of course our
parents knew each other. We both have
Javanese ancestors and we're Muslim
and my parents were ever so happy
with my choice as he was a quiet boy!
As soon as it became possible we
moved to Paramaribo. We'd lost every-
thing because of the war. When Galil's
brother started a ranch at Leliedorp,
Galil became the foreman, handling the
construction and the cattle. Every day
he had to travel the dirt roads, horrible
roads, full of holes. When they're dry
they're like quicksand; when it's rainy
season they're just plain mud! Part of
his job was to deforest the jungle. One
day when he was working with his
chainsaw a heavy branch fell on his
head, destroyed his teeth and left him
unconscious. They took him to the hos-
pital. He recovered slowly, but after
that he didn't want to work there any-
more so he began as a salesman at
SAB, the Surinam Alcohol Company,
for the next five years.

We got married in 1988. I have four
brothers and one sister; Galil has three
brothers and six sisters, but we only
have two sons: Shaieb, 13, and Sharief,
11. They are good students; I can't
The road to Bonaire was easy. My
brother, Amin Darmaoen, had come
here in 1991. He worked for Den La-
man until he left for Holland three years
ago. When Galil came to visit him he
was offered ajob immediately." "I did-
n't go back for three years," Galil says,
"only to say goodbye to my family and
to tell them I was going to stay on Bon-
aire for good. It all happened fast.
Amina stayed with her parents for five
months until I was settled and had their
papers arranged and then they came.

"...the day when Brunswijk
and his guerillas closed the
town and blew up the roads
and bridges with dynamite
and we became completely
isolated for a whole

The first impression I got from Bon-
aire was, how empty! I only saw dry
trees and there was such a strong wind!
But the sea was wonderful. I could go
fishing anywhere, anytime! In Surinam
it rains every day with no wind at all.
The humidity is very high and it's very
hot. We fish in rivers and creeks, but
when you live in Paramaribo it takes a
lot of planning to go fishing for the
weekend. I'm a good fisherman. I used
to go in my boat, but the engine isn't
working anymore, now I'm fishing
from the shore and in the salifias. The
other day I caught a Karanja that
weighed 15 kilos!" He shows me the
jaw of the fish: It has the canine teeth of
a pit bull! He grins: "I always catch the
rarest fishes!" "We made a good soup
with the head and we had nice filets,"
Amina says, looking proudly at her hus-
band. They are a lovely, hardworking
couple: Amina and Galil Kartodikromo.
She's outgoing, spontaneous and al-
ways ready for a joke, and he's a nice
quiet guy.
"We are doing okay," Amina laughs.
"We never fight! You can't have a fight
with Galil. I talk and he doesn't say
anything back... what's the fun of that!
When I arrived in Bonaire there was so
much wind at the airport I thought I
was going to be blown away! I thought

it would be beautiful, with
skyscrapers, just like Hol-
land! But I found it's just
like Moengo; it's quiet and
I got used to it, I was never
a city girl anyway. Aside
from missing my family, it
has been easy here.
"Not for me!" Galil says.
"I was working with a girl
who spoke only Spanish, a
language I didn't know.
Papiamentu I had never
heard of! But I worked
with eight guys and learned
the bad words first! I took
a quick course for a week
and after that I picked it up
myself. I started working
for Kooyman's in 1996. I
applied and started the
same day. Three months
later I became the yard
chief, which I still am.
Amina works at Plaza, do-
ing the breakfast service.
It's funny. In Surinam I
had migraines all the time,
but here I've had them only once or
twice. Maybe it was because of the
situation, the stress. My father died of a
stroke because of the civil war. He had
just retired and worried so much about
what was happening. The country has
gone down tremendously and poor peo-
ple have become poorer. When I left
Surinam we got one dollar for 16 Suri-
nam Guilders. Now it's 2,500 Guilders
for one dollar!
I think we're doing so much better
here. We got our land and started clear-
ing it in January 2001. In March this
year (2004) we moved into our house.
We built it ourselves, but we've had
help from the guys from work and our
neighbor, Eddie Campos. The house
has turned out very solid. It was built
block by block. Hopefully it will be
finished in two more years, but now we
can live here and don't have to pay rent.
All our spare time goes into the house.
Sometimes I rest for half an hour but
then I think, No! I've got too much to
do. Before we started building I went
fishing a lot. Now I'm thinking only of
the house." "The fishes must be
happy," Amina laughs, "They are hav-
ing a holiday."
"We didn't participate in the kite con-
test this year either; it was the first time
we were not there since 1996! Over the
years we've won 32 trophies. The kites
Galil designs are always very different.
Once he made a Javanese with a skirt;
it was the strangest kite they had ever
seen." "I make them of bamboo," Galil
fills in, "but it's hard to get. I find it on
the beach, but most of the time it's too
old and doesn't bend. I wanted to par-
ticipate at Dia di Arte with kites, but I

The Kartodikromo Family

didn't have time. Amina's biggest
hobby is to sing and to laugh. She does
karaoke nights and song festivals."
"I go out to sing and sometimes after
karaoke I go to City Caf6. Galil doesn't
like to go out so I go by myself or with
friends and I love to dance. We also
like to cook, especially fish soup with
corn, the way they make it here, abso-
lutely delicious. But nofunchi for us. It
has no taste. We like spicy food with
lots of pepper. Once, when Galil's
brother was here and saw so many
doves he invented a trap that worked
very well and we made dove stoba. It
was good.
As we are Muslims we go to the
mosque, but mostly when it's Ramadan.
It's open every day, but we're working
hard, so there isn't always time to go.
But I'm sure God will forgive us! We
have to live too. Antilleans don't know
what it means to be a Muslim. When
you explain you have to tell them it's
the 'Arab faith,' then they understand.
It's good to be here; there's time to
live, to see the sunrise and to get home
five minutes after work. Now we think
we'll stay here and that's what we hope
for. We don't know what the future will
bring in Holland or in Surinam, but if
it's up to us we
prefer to stay
here. That's our
Greta Kooistra
Reprint of the
story that first
appeared in
The Bonaire
Reporter in
May 2004

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This time-lapse photo (you can see the stars rotated)from 2004 captured two
meteor trails in about 5 minutes

The Moon Visits the Two Brightest Planets
and the Perseid Meteor Shower Visits Earth

Next Sunday the Moon visits the brightest planet, Venus, and on Tuesday the
second brightest planet, Jupiter. And early Friday morning the Sky Park gets a
visit from the Perseid Meteor Shower.
This Sunday, August 7th' 45 minutes after sunset, face due west where you'll be
greeted with a sight that will take your breath away, a sight that has been depicted in art
since artists began drawing. The pairing of the two goddesses of the night the beautiful
planet Venus and our sister satellite, the Moon in the shape of a wonderful crescent
complete with Earthshine, which looks like a black full Moon nestled within the cres-
cent. Up and to Venus' left is the second brightest planet, Jupiter, and on Monday night,
the 8th, the crescent Moon will be right between them. But then on Tuesday the 9th a
slightly fatter crescent will be parked just alongside and beneath it. Don't miss these two
close pairings because they are among the most beautiful cosmic sights you'll ever see.
Remember, Sunday, the 7th, the Moon visits Venus, and Tuesday, the 9th, it visits Jupi-
And if that's not enough to hold you for one week, on Friday morning, the 12th, from 2
am to dawn, the annual Perseid Meteor Shower will pay a visit to Earth, and this year
should be wonderful because there'll be no bright moonlight to wipe out the dimmer
meteors. To see this meteor shower plan to go outside around 2 am, Bonaire Sky Park
time, and stay outside until twilight begins. But if you've got only an hour to spare, go
out an hour before it gets light out because that's when you'll see the most meteors. Face
northeast and you'll see our old friends, the Seven Sisters, and just to their left the dim
constellation Perseus, which is where the Perseid Meteor Shower gets its name because
all the meteors appear to originate from this part of the heavens. To see any meteor
shower properly you need several things: dark skies far away from lights, a lawn chair,
a blanket, plenty of patience and your trusty old naked eye. If you're far from downtown
you may see 20 to 40 meteors per hour, most very faint but a few very bright.

But just what are meteors anyway? Well, although they look like shooting stars they
are in fact simply specks of comet debris slamming into our Earth's atmosphere at
speeds so fast that they cause the atmospheric gasses surrounding them to heat up and
glow, making streaks of light. And every August our Earth plows directly into a cosmic
river of comet debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, and this is what causes the Perseid
meteor shower. So every time you see a Perseid meteor streak across the sky Friday
morning remind yourself that what you are actually seeing is a tiny piece of comet litter
plunging to its fiery death. Wow! JackHorkheimer


For the week:
August 1 August 7, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will do well if you mingle with the brass this
week. You will have a problem sorting out your true feelings when it comes to
your relationship. Put your emotional energy into passion, not anxiety Money can
be made if you use your ingenuity. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Put your thoughts into action. If everyone wants
to do their own thing, let them. You can make changes to your living quarters that
should please family members. You will attract members of the opposite sex read-
ily. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Talk to an older family member you have helped in
the past. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable information and
knowledge. Don't be shy to promote your own interests. You will have the getup
and go to contribute a great deal to groups of interest. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can discuss your findings behind closed doors
with your boss. New relationships will surface through work related events. You
may be able to impart knowledge that's innovative to those searching for a new
angle. Your lover may feel rejected. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Friends from your past may come back into your life.
Travel may change your attitudes with regard to your philosophy. Don't reveal
anything about your personal life that could be used adversely. You can expect to
have some problems with skin, bones, or teeth if you haven't taken proper care of
them. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't expect romantic encounters to be lasting.
Your partner could make you angry if they steal your thunder or embarrass you in
front of others. Your lack of interest in your partner is a problem. Financial limita-
tions are likely if you take risks. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional
or governmental agencies. Your ideas can be put into action. You will have a prob-
lem dealing with groups. You can learn valuable information if you listen and ob-
serve what others are doing and saying. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to calm down and listen to your partner's
complaints. Compromise may be necessary. When the work is done, they may
serve you for a change. Problems with skin, bones, or teeth may mess up your
schedule. Your ability to put a deal together will surprise others. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Instant romance could be yours if you go
out with friends. Romantic encounters are evident through travel or educational
pursuits. Put your plans into motion by presenting your intentions to those who
should be able to give you financial support. You're best to channel your energy
into work. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't be critical or overly opinionated with
dislikes; it could cause disapproval and unwanted opposition. Focus your efforts
on details, and keep to yourself in order to finish your work. Do not let them in on
your plans if you want things to run smoothly. You may win favors if you present
your ideas and include your family. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Spend time with friends or family. Your roman-
tic inclination should lead to a committed relation ship. It may be a disappointing
time emotionally. You need to make your lover feel wanted, not like a piece of the
furniture. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your mate will be pushing you to do things that you
really don't want to do. It might be time to shake a leg and do a personal make-
over. Don't get involved in joint ventures. There could be opposition or temper
tantrums on the home front. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.

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