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First photographs of
A sequence of mating octopi is rarely observed in
the wild. It was painstakingly photographed by au-
thor Albert Bianculli. See story on page 8.
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Continental Airlines flabbergasted the
experts with superb third-quarter Continental
financial numbers. Despite record-high
costs of jet fuel and hurricanes, Continental Airlines
Airlines earned $61 million in the third
quarter of the ongoing year at a time when other major airlines were seeking bank-
ruptcy protection. Continental said that the record high cost of jet fuel continues to
adversely affect the company's financial results. Also, hurricanes Katrina and Rita
adversely impacted Continental's operations. The airline said that improvements
in revenue were largely the result of continued expansion into international
markets and higher fares, as the company tries to recoup increased jet fuel costs.
A Spirit Airlines Vice President of
Sales and Distribution Marc Cavaliere, in
declaring, "We are the low-fare airline of
the Caribbean and the fastest-growing air-
line in the region," announced his air-
line's plans to serve 11 Caribbean destinations within the year. The announce-
ment of the low cost carrier's expanded itinerary, without specific references to
destinations, was made during the just concluded 28th Caribbean Tourism Confer-
ence (CTC-28). What do you think would happen if visitors could fly from Ft.
Lauderdale, Spirit HQ, to Bonaire for $99, a typical Spirit fare?
A Bonaire hoteliers plans to fly a weekly charter from Ft. Lauderdale has run
into some snags. The charter is still a go, but flights will originate in Miami in-
stead. We will keep you posted.
A Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) Chief Executive Floris van Pallandt an-
nounced on Monday that DAE's Bonaire call center would open Wednesday.
He said "dedicated" reservation personnel would be working daily from 9 am to 5
pm. The telephone number is 717-0808, fax 717-0880, or e-mail reserva-
Passengers can buy an e-ticket through the call center, Van Pallandt said, adding
that the airline would also be launching its Website shortly that will accept book-
DAE is reported to be considering becoming a regional airline, may expand
flights to other destinations in the Caribbean and fly larger aircraft.
A The income tax on
interest earned in the
Netherlands Antilles was
reduced from 10 to 5%
(only for interest over
NAf1.000) in the Income
Tax Ordinance passed by Parliament last
Thursday. It was part of an overall tax
reform which reduced the income tax on
lump-sum payments and back pay from
between 15 and 30% to between 13 and
26%, as well as making interest pay-
ments from government bonds tax free
and reducing the income tax on divi-
dends from 25 to 15%. This was com-
bined with a wage tax reduction of
12.5% in two phases 6% this year and
6.5% next year.
The premiums for fire and disaster in-
surance have been made tax deductible
again. This is in addition to the standard
deduction of up to NAf3,000. This ap-
plies to all the houses a person owns
unless they are rented properties.
A The Coast Guard intercepted a ship-
ment of 150 kilos of cocaine and some
heroin between Bonaire and the eastern
tip of Curaqao. When the cutter Panther
approached a suspect boat, it headed full
speed for the shore on Curaqao and was
beached. The two men aboard then ran
off, leaving the drugs behind.
A Bonaire hopes to attract more
tourists via an online game. The online
nl) is an addictive simple mind game
that shows the features and beauty of
Bonaire and is challenging. The more
you play, the more chances you have to
win the first prize a trip to the island or
one of the many other prizes. Although
it is a Dutch language site English read-
ers should have no problems playing the
C" Onwn --tgrn rtiI-JJr li l
SMusician Henk Roozendaal writes,
"Guus, Pieter, Lando and I came back
from Paramaribo last week, where we've
been playing at the Surinam Jazz Festi-
val. We've had a great time, made con-
(Continued on page 4)
Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
IN THIS ISSUE
Self Defense-part 1 5
All about Antriol- part 1 6
Foks Exhibit at Cinnamon 7
5th Annual Deep Blue Swim 7
Octopus-Fatal Mating 8
Antique Living Houses
(Dios Coe Nos) 10
Big Rincon Marsh6 11
MCB History Book 12
STCB Turtle Tracking 13
Dietitian (Kids move, eat healthy) 13
Ghouls' Night Out 14
Where to find The Reporter 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
(The Louvre, Paris) 11
Pet of the Week ("Cheryl") 18
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire (Marie Cranne) 17
Special Olympic Spotlight 18
Sky Park (Mars -Syrtis Major) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
tact with other musicians from Surinam
and the Netherlands. And we've
learned quite some things that will
benefit the organization of our next
jazz festival in Bonaire both positive
(things we still can improve) and nega-
tive (stupid things that we'll never let
happen). The visit and performances of
the Bonaire Jazz Group were covered
in newspapers, tv- and radio stations!"
A An American woman, Grendel
Hardie, 60, was swept from the
"iron shore" on Bonaire's east side
last Wednesday. Despite attempts to
save her by her husband and two Bon-
aire National Marine Park Rangers she
drowned. The rough seas prevented
her rescue, but the rangers were able to
get a rope to her. Her body was finally
recovered by the Coast Guard helicop-
In addition to the Marine Park and
Coast Guard the Bonaire fire depart-
ment responded to the accident near
Boka Spafi6. Preliminary information
indicates that the woman was involved
in picture-taking when a large wave
swept her into the rough surf. Mrs.
Hardie was on vacation from her Ari-
zona home and a guest at the Flamingo
Leon (left) and Din Domacass3 (right)
were recognized for their exceptional
heroism during the rescue attempt by
A The "Projekto pa Pueblo" (PPP-
Project for People) was inaugurated
last week with the start of construc-
tion of 34 homes in Nikiboko North.
It's a joint project of the government, a
private developer and the Postal Sav-
ings Bank. It's aimed at providing af-
fordable housing. Additional PPP
homes are planned near Wanapa and
A The provisional lists for the ses-
sions of the Justice Court for the 7
and 8 November, 5 and 6 December
and 19 December have been issued by
the Public Prosecutor's office. The No-
vember docket includes prosecutions
for purse snatching, parole violation,
break-ins, burglaries, firearm importa-
tion, drug dealing, drug use, bolita
(swallowed drug balls) smuggling and
spousal abuse. The case against the
suspects in the double murder of two
young Bonaireans will be conducted in
a special session on 19 December.
A This coming Sunday, November
6th, The Divi Flamingo Resort will
aoain hold their sunPr-nnnolar Car-
ibbean Night. This week featured are
the internationally famous Tutti Frutti
music group and The Ginies Dance
Troupe. The price is only $20 per per-
son and includes a welcome drink.
Kids up to 12 pay their age in dollars.
For Thanksgiving there will be a
Marine Park officers, Ramon De special as well as a regular menu.
A The BONAI youth and science
stimulation program needs your
help. BONAI youth group and Sea &
Discover are documenting and map-
ping historical artifacts in the calm wa-
ters of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.
They are interested in the locations and
histories of items such as old anchors,
canons, and shipwrecks located in
depths shallower than 120 feet (we are
especially interested in snorkel sites).
Artifacts such as the tugboat in front of
Sunset Beach, the anchor in front of
the Divi Flamingo, the water barge in
front of the WEB are all included. If
you have any information concerning
these artifacts or other artifacts that
you might know of please contact
Caren Eckrich at 717-5322.
A Two party-giver girls, Sharon and
Roosje, invite "girls" of all ages to a
"Girls' Night Out" on Saturday, No-
vember 12, at Kon Tiki from 9 pm un-
til midnight. Come "as you are" and
enjoy cocktails, music, tapas and watch
Liz Rijna, winner of the Taste of the
Caribbean "Bartender of the Carib-
bean," make simple but great cocktails
with easy-to-find ingredients on Bon-
aire. Her demonstration starts at 9:30
pm. Cost is NAf35 and includes three
cocktail tastings, two large cocktails,
four different tapas and a handy book-
let with the featured cocktail recipes....
and of course all the fun of a "Girl's
Night Out!" (Other drinks are available
at the bar and are not included.)
For tickets, call Sharon at 786-5581
or Roosje at 786-7984.
A Put it on your calendar now: Spe-
cial Olympics Bonaire's big fund-
raising event-a jazzy evening on the
Freewinds on Monday, November 14
starting at 7 pm. Special musical guests
including Julius Andre. Tickets $10 at
Croccantino Restaurant. More details
A The Public Health Administration
in Aruba has sounded the alarm be-
cause there were 12 cases of dengue
fever in one district. While no official
notice has been posted in Bonaire, peo-
ple should take care to eliminate mos-
quito breeding sites whenever possible
to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne
diseases. Recent rains have left lots of
standing water and that's the environ-
ment mosquito larvae thrive in.
A It's getting even more pleasant to
visit the Cinnamon Art Gallery.
There's a small wood patio at the en-
trance, and thanks to some nice do-
nated furniture, you can now enjoy a
complimentary cup of coffee there.
Soon there will be an awning.. While
you are there pick up a copy of the Of-
ficial 2006 Bonaire Calendar. It's a per-
fect gift. Another affordable gift idea is
a reproduction of Linda Richter's latest
A The Jong Bonaire model flexing
his muscles in the Benetton ad this
week is Michael Trenidad. He's
shown on the steps to the La Terraza
Mall on Kaya Grandi. The Benetton ad
is on page 20. O G./L. D.
Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
and more benefits
H EEYAAH! That karate-kind -of-
kick looked cool in the mirror!
Now let's go for the real thing I thought,
while heading to myfirst class of self-
defense. Top Health, the 'overall health
company', once again organized a
course according to the philosophy of
the company. Well, I didn't know this
last part until I attended what I thought
would be a how- to-kick-behinds-of-
mean-wicked-perverted-men kind of
class. It turned out to be a greater in-
ner-journey experience than I thought. I
was even more surprised when I was
informed by Angelique Salsbach, one of
the founders and manager of Top Health
that I should come to this extra course
of general physical condition training.
"What! I don't think so! I'm really not
eager to spend my little free time doing
those boring and silly jumping jacks, I
already walk regularly! was my instant
reply. I'm happy she had enough pa-
tience to explain that this was a com-
pletely different thing, absolutely neces-
sary and complementary to the self-
defense class. Follow me on this journey
of emotional intelligence, long-time
health, oriental philosophy and ... of
course, self-defense techniques.
Bigalda Demarchena "attacks" instructor
Peter Silberie, a longtime martial arts
expert (see interview), is in charge of
the self defense course. Although you
would think that only female partici-
pants would attend, this course is defi-
nitely intended for everyone. The warm-
ing-up part includes stretch exercises
and different abdominal and (upper) leg
firming training. Silberie doesn't just do
martial arts, he lives and breathes the
whole philosophy behind it.
We get different exercises to build self
confidence and relax the muscles in case
of an attack. This is necessary, as most
people tend to be too constrained by
stress when defending themselves. If
you're too tense, it will wear you out,
causing your opponent win.
"Observation and anticipation of the
behavior of the aggres-
sor is very important,"
Silberie keeps reminding
Every class we get three
or four new moves. It
surprises us each time
how simple it is to over-
power the heaviest and
strongest person even if
we're petite. We've
learned how to block
different kinds of blows
from different direc-
tions. Attack from be-
your hair? A strangle
attempt? Think of any
kind of attack and voili:
Peter Silberie flexibly and quickly a
move to counter it.
Every week we repeat
the different techniques before moving
on to some new ones. Real life case
demonstrations are also common during
the class: for example, two men attack-
ing you while you're standing alone in a
corner. Silberie just doesn't talk about it
but has hired two men to attack us.
After cooling down, Silberie always
wraps up with a quote from a real life
lesson or an Oriental expression, phi-
losophy etc. His standard closing golden
advice: "Practice every day. If you don't
have time, just imagine in your mind
doing all the moves. They will become
General Physical Conditioning
Still a bit skeptical, I attended the first
class of general physical condition train-
ing given by Glenn Albertina. No
The author assisting Rosaida Rosaria
stranger to the Antilles or the interna-
tional field track sport, Albertina is con-
sidered a skilled and experienced physi-
cal condition trainer (see interview). The
first sign of his professionalism already
showed at the door. There were forms to
fill in: weight, pulse/heartbeat at the be-
ginning of the session, at the end of the
session etc. questions that later on ap-
peared to be more important than I
Every class begins with taking your
pulse and weighing in. Just as in Silber-
ies' class, Albertina continues with the
rituals of warming-up exercises, walk-
ing and stretching. He brings variations
to the training by incorporating different
accessories: weight balls, mini-stairs etc.
And don't forget his impressive volumi-
nous voice coaching, shouting, and
even singing to us to achieve that last
hard couple of seconds of an intensive
exercise. Albertina always explains the
reason behind each exercise and the
long time effect. Furthermore, he
teaches how to know and understand
your body's reaction during certain
(Continued on page 9)
Bonaire Reporter NovemDer 4-11, zuuD
All About Antriol
The First Commercial Center of Bonaire
The Spanish Occupation
An influential Spaniard, Juan de
Ampues, established the first
European-influenced settlement on
Bonaire in 1527 for the officially stated
purpose of harvesting timber. Instead,
some say, he captured Caiquetio Indians
in Venezuela to sell as slaves. This may
be true and explains the selection of the
geographic site for Rincon, hidden in a
valley, giving it passive protection from
marauding pirates and other passing
ships. During this time of exploration
and conquest, the Spanish monarchy
needed vast amounts of gold and silver
to finance and support its great fleet, the
Armada, and the army of Conquista-
dors. The Spanish colonial possessions
provided the trade goods, supplies and
bases for further conquest and exploita-
tion of the South American Continent.
The inevitable conflicts at sea and dis-
putes over sovereignty led to war with
the other European seafaring powers,
principally England and Holland.
The Dutch Colonial Period
Almost 100 years of Spanish occupa-
tion and neglect passed until a Dutch
ship visited Bonaire in 1623. When
Spain, already at war with the Nether-
lands, annexed Portugal, the Dutch mer-
chants needed an alternative source of
salt for their European trade. These
events may have started the exploitation
of Bonaire and her natural resources of
ILI I I' -
Brazil trees (dyewood) and salt pans,
further fueling the slave trade from Af-
rica because of the need of a cheap la-
bor force to work on the isolated island.
On April 10, 1626, a group of Portu-
guese and Spanish prisoners were re-
leased on Bonaire by Boudewjin
Hendricksz, a Dutch burgomaster from
Edam, and founded a settlement in the
"interior," Antriol, also called "Den
Tera." The outlying plantations that de-
veloped from this meager group of en-
trepreneurs came to be known as Guate-
mala, Washikemba and Bolivia stretch-
ing to the East coast, with Columbia
and Montana on the north toward Rin-
In these very early days there was lit-
tle organization of trade, and most of
the food production was shipped to the
Dutch naval base at Curaqao or con-
sumed by the plantation workers and
military forces on Bonaire that were
here to protect the east flank of Cura-
qao That all changed in 1639 when Jan
Claeszoon van Campen, from the Dutch
West India Company, with the support
and authority of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands, began the development of
Bonaire and Aruba to "serve the inter-
ests of Curaqao" under the control of
Peter Stuyvesant. Additional settlers
were not permitted on Bonaire and the
population was limited to slaves, a pe-
nal colony for convicts and soldiers be-
ing punished, the overseers and their
families and the military forces needed
to guard them. This situation continued
and grew to supply the demand of the
Kingdom, until the demise of the DWIC
in 1791, when all the slaves then be-
came the property of the government
called "king's slaves" or "katibu di rei".
From 1799 to 1816, during the
"period of confusion," ending with the
departure of the British, many trades-
men began to establish themselves clan-
destinely on Bonaire. Until 1863, with
of slavery, all of Bonaire was exploited
as a government plantation. There were
151 privately held slaves and 607 king's
slaves freed at this time. The govern-
ment sold all of the "crown land" to two
men, J.F. Newman and E.B.F. Hell-
mund, who, in turn, started to sell par-
cels and plantations to others. Some of
these original Antriol settlers had exten-
sive families Statie, Hellmund, Boom,
Hart, de Jongh, Hermanos, Anastasio,
Booi, Winklaar, Thielman, Marten, Zjil
and others-that still live in the many
barios of Bonaire.
Antriol Trade and Businesses
Antriol is in the central part or "belly
of Bonaire." The Antriol Pabou (below)
streets, or southwest of Kaya Korona,
are named for fish like Kaya Barakuda
and Kaya Gatu. This area was the center
of early reli-
some of these
not to many,
The streets in
named for a
from which people obtained whitish soil
(possibly chalk for plaster), good for
making walls. Unfortunately, some of
the people who lived here drank as hard
as they worked and a small police build-
ing was needed to control the trouble.
Some people worked outside of An-
triol in Tra'i Montana, on the way to
Rincon. Maria Angela, for
example, worked as the su-
pervisor of kunuku Leeu-
warden, a job normally
filled only by men. It was in
Tra'i Montana that KLM's
plane Oriol landed in 1936
on Bonaire's first air strip.
During WWII, Dewachi
Thielman of Antriol
opened a successful
store in Tra'I Montana,
150 American soldiers
stationed there on watch
for enemy ships.
The tradesmen of An-
triol began to expand
their stores, buy land
and open additional shops in the pros-
pering port of Kralendijk, called
"Playa" by the local people. One shop-
keeper, Pemigio Anastasio Booi, sold
charcoal at his Antriol store Dios con
Nos ("God with Us") which still stands
today on Kaya Dr. Hernandez. Another
shopkeeper, Nene George, was famous
for his imported "pure" rum that his
wife combined with well water and sold
in small bottles. Today, when we need
shoes, we pick them off the store rack.
In Antriol's earlier days, customers had
their feet measured by Dochi de Jongh
and then returned to his store for their
custom made shoes, a luxury in this
time when most people wore simple
sandals. Besides selling shoes, Dochi
had a permit to sell liquor and his wife
sold "beer." It wasn't beer for drinking,
however, it was beer for making bread
In 1866, workers from Antriol started
making roof tiles at the Aruba-Amboina
plantation. The next year, hard, strong
bricks were produced in southwestern
Antriol from that area's red clay. Lo-
cally, the bricks were used to construct
ovens for processing aloe and baking
bread, and later they were exported for
the construction of Curamao's oil refin-
Many men from Antriol made their
livings from the sea. The Soliana family
of Antriol Pabou was well-known for
their fishing skills, even in Curaqao,
where they taught Bonaire's advanced
fishing techniques to the people of Boka
Sami. Bonaireans fished locally as well
as at the islands of Los Roques, Orchila
and Tortuga. Fransisco Mercelina of
Antriol, who became a ship's captain,
studied in Boston, an opportunity usu-
ally reserved only for men from Kral-
endijk. Others from Antriol worked on
oil tankers and served on ships during
World War II. O Photos & Story by
Barbara Mason Bianculli
Next week: The religious influence
and present-day Antriol
Old milk barn made of lodo (mud)
and bara (sticks).
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1 at Cii
Scuiptress-pamner taun ro s-
Ferrageau de Saint Amand at
her exhibit opening last Satur-
day evening at the Cinnamon
Art Gallery. The prolific artist
showed sculptures in stone and
wood and paintings, many of
which are inspired by Bonaire.
The show continues until De-
Bonaire's popular artist,
Nochi Coffie, at the Foks ex-
hibit last Saturday at Cinna-
5th Annual Deep Blue Swim. Nov. 5th
The 5th Annual Deep Blue 5K Swim and Ocean
Festival including three open water-swimming
races will be held next Saturday November 5th. The
swims include, as in previous years, a long distance 5K
Race, a 1500-meter "Metric Mile" Race, a 200-meter
"Kids Fun" Race and a 10k race starting at Capt.
Don's Habitat, swimming along the coast to Plaza Re-
sort Bonaire and back to Capt. Don's Habitat.
The races are open to men and women of all ages
and abilities. Masks and snorkels can be used without
penalty. Fins may also be used, but then you will be
placed in a different prize category.
While there will be "elite" swimmers competing at
top speeds, the race is really for FUN and designed for
all who wish to swim at their own pace, simply for the
joy of swimming in the pristine waters of Bonaire.
The registration fee for all local participants is
NAf35 or US$20. This includes the registration fee, a
pasta dinner, T-shirt, swim cap and other goodies that
you will find in a goody bag. For entry forms, drop by
the BONHATA office next to the lighthouse at the
Harbour Village Marina and talk to Diana Sint Jago.
Remember this need not be a competition! Join in
and have some fun in this 5th annual swim event! O
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SelfDefense (Continued from page 5)
training. He's not afraid to incorporate
newly acquired knowledge. During an
international workshop a couple of
weeks ago in the Dominican Republic
he got the latest theory and training
from someone considered to be the best
track and field trainer in the world. This
new method proves to be at least 10%
more effective than traditional methods.
Albertina put this immediately into
practice with us during our training at
the waterfront promenade.
The link with the self defense class be-
comes clear after the first class. Alber-
tina and Silberie clearly work as a team
to complement each other for our maxi-
mum benefit. Albertina treats us at the
end, just as Silberie, to some wise
quotes, life experience stories or health
advice. My skepticism at the beginning
just burnt away with some of the fat
during the exercises! OPhotos & story
by Natalie A.C. Wanga
Next week: interviews with the instruc-
tors, in-depth explanations ofdifferent
theories, techniques, philosophies.
I V E S E L M A K N G P O R C A L:
Camissa, Chan Is.
C'est la Vie
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
To join this health journey
and learn self defense tech-
niques, contact Top Health
Manager Ms. Angelique
Salsbach at 790-9450. Classes
are every Tuesday and
Thursday from 8 to 9 pm.
Please register before attend-
I YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE I
AVntique Living Houses of Bonaire
Dios Coe Nos
(God With Us)
T his house is a beautiful
example of a simple old
building with a lot of
character. It's located in
Antriol at Kaya Dr. J. G. Hemades 22.
The house is owned by the Bemabela
family who live on Aruba.
Mr. E.L. Balentien, known as Rieki,
has been working in this shop for al-
most 30 years. He is 75 years old and
drives twice every day between Antriol
and Rincon where he lives.
Originally it was a "Romshop."
According to Rieki a "romshop" is a
place for "drinking rum, playing domi-
noes and then fighting!" It was a men's
social place for the neighborhood."
Now it is more of a toko (store) -
without the rum.
As you enter the toko you will step
over "luck" because, in the doorway,
lying on the ground, is a horseshoe,
and of course doesn't that always bring
good luck? 0
Photo collage and story by
This bi-monthly series is by artist-
photographer Wilna Groenenboom
who noticed that on Bonaire there are
some simple old buildings the un-
sung heroes of the unique architec-
ture with very attractive details.
These are not ruins but buildings that
are still in use.
At the rate that so many of our old
buildings and houses are being torn
down we felt some sort ofphotographic
record should be made. Wilna will be
capturing them in her photography.
Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
Big Marshe in Rincon
This Saturday, Nov. 5th
Shis Saturday, the Rincon
Marsh6 (Market) in the
center of town opens at 6 am for
the early birds who enjoy the cool
of the day. They will be serving
local breakfasts with selections
such as meat soup, cactus soup,
corn pancakes, pumpkin pan-
cakes, corn porridge, coffee tea,
peanut flavored hot chocolate and
more. Stands sell fresh fruits and
vegetables, candles, arts and
handicrafts, home made juices
jewelry, local sweets and snacks.
At lunchtime they fire up the
grills and you can get ribs,
chicken, fish accompanied by
funchi or fries. Action goes until
about 2 pm.
It began nearly six years ago as
a once-a-month outdoor market,
then progressed to one large and
three weekly smaller markets
monthly. The super successful Rincon Marsh6 began with the help of Rincon Uni
and Rinfa, a Rincon women's club.
Enthusiasm by the organizers and stand operators was high from the beginning
and has continued so until today. Improvements have been made along the way
like new stands, programs with featured speakers and a shaded sitting area and fur-
niture provided by RBTT bank, but the essence of the Marsh6 remains the same: a
sharing of Rincon hospitality, foods, crafts and traditions. The stand holders are
local entrepreneurs who produce local products. Their customers are local resi-
dents, tourists, divers, eco-visitors all those who want to get a glimpse of the liv-
ing anthropologic museum called the Rincon community.
A visit to the Rincon Marsh6 is a real Bonairean experience. Admire the town
that actively strives to maintain its culture and traditions and appreciate the fact
that they want to share it with the rest of the world.
Check out their website: www.MarshediRincon.html. O L.D.
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onaire's biologist Caren Eckrich didn't know if we would print this
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Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
MCB's History Book-
A Labor of Love
ast Thursday, October 27 the
Managing Director of Maduro
& Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V., Evert
Piar, presented Governor Herbert Do-
macass6 a valuable historical reference
book commissioned by the Bank. The
book narrates the history of the
Maduro Bank in Bonaire, including
chapters about the island itself and the
community of Bonaire. The book com-
memorates the 10th anniversary of the
inauguration of MCB Bonaire's Hato
Branch. The book covers the history Evert Piarpresents the book "Our
and development of Maduro & Cu-
d dt of M o & C- Friendly Bank" to Governor Herbert Do-
riel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V. from its
founding in 1962 until the present day.
Editors and contributors include Henri
Tore, Frans Booi and B6i Antoin. Leonard Domacass6 of MCB Bonaire was in
charge of coordination. It's easy and informative to read and in both Papiamentu
and English. For a copy, contact MCB at 715-5520. O Press release
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CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
Is your computer slowing down, not re-
sponding the way it used to ? It might be a
virus or spyware. Let the professionals fix
it. Bonaire Automation (next to Hitess)
Outboards For Sale
Outboard engines; Yamaha 15 hp
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Aluminum sliding doors for sale. Blue
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2.3m high by 3.5m wide (4 doors), 2m
high by 4.8m wide (3 doors), 0.5m high by
1.lm wide (2 windows). Discount for buy-
ing all 5. firstname.lastname@example.org or 791-1886
3 single Ikea beds for sale. White
wooden head and base boards. 50Naf each
or a special price for all three. cath-
email@example.com or 791-1886
40' container in good condition with
window, door and air conditioning. Also a
sun roof that attaches on to the front for
shade. Asking 6000 guilders.
domiserafini(aaol.com or 786-3336
Beautiful special big yellow Chevrolet
pickup, Cowboy Conversions, 1992, auto-
matic, C-1500, V8, double cabin. Needs
repair. NAf7.000,= Call Ed 786-5544.
Brand New. Never Used. Scu-
bapro Classic Air BCD Size large
Only $399. Call or visit Carib Inn
For sale upright freezer. Tel: 717-
8603 / Belnem 84
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
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It breaks my heart to sell the
undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boat-class
A winner, Laurita. Would cost $20,000 to
replace but asking only NAf 15.000. Refit
at Blonk Boat works completed October,
2005. No reasonable offer refused.
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.
P ro pe rty,
For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice lo-
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Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
Turtle Tracking Reports
"Jenni," Bonaire's female hawksbill mother, continues to move to the west. Her
rate of travel is about 85 km per day and she is currently over 765 km from Klein
Bonaire. O Andy Uhr
Another Turtle to be
W orking into the early
hours of Thursday,
October 27, STCB staff mem-
bers and volunteers released the
fourth and last turtle that we
will be tracking this nesting sea-
son. "Mariposita" returned to
the sea at 2:45 am, after getting
a satellite transmitter glued to
her carapace. The turtle came
ashore at No Name Beach,
Klein Bonaire at approximately
9:15 pm the previous evening to
lay her eggs.
"Mariposita" is the smallest Bonaire's "Turtle Techn
adult female STCB has ob- brechts, discovers that Mi
served nesting and the staff rear flipper. That was the
think she is quite young. She as long as usual to dig he
measured only 80 cm (straight
carapace length) and her weight
is estimated to be only 60 kg. Typically
it takes anywhere from 15 to 30 years for
a Hawksbill to reach maturity and they
can live to be 60 years old or more.
Students from the local high school,
SGB, submitted names for this turtle as
part of the year-long STCB conservation
education campaign initiated by the
Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
(DCNA). The winning name was sub-
mitted by by freshman Angelina Maria
Julia Rodriguez. "Mariposita" is Span-
ish for Little Butterfly, an absolutely per-
fect name for our tiny Hawksbill. Ange-
lina will be presented with a STCB cus-
tom made tee shirt from Gia Produc-
tions. Mariposita's transmitter is spon-
sored by the Rotterdam Zoo which also
sponsored "Happy's" transmitter.
Earlier, this season, the female Logger-
head Happy was tracked from her nest-
ing beach at Klein Bonaire to her feeding
area off the Vieques passage, over 730
nician Funchi Eg-
ariposita has only one
reason she took twice
r nest, said Funchi.
km away. Male Hawksbill "Albert" is
currently around Klein Bonaire and we
expect him to leave any time. "Jenni,"
another female Hawksbill, currently trav-
eling in a northwesterly direction, is over
400 km away from Bonaire.
As this year's turtle nesting season
comes to an end, STCB will begin plan-
ning for next season. Potential sponsors
for next year's turtle tracking effort are
invited to contact Mabel Nava (599 717
2225, 780 0433, stcb@bonaireturtles.
org) for details.
STCB exists to ensure the protection
and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle
populations throughout their range.
Founded in 1992, the STCB is a Bonaire-
based, non-governmental and non-profit
organization, part of the Wider Carib-
bean Sea Turtle Conservation Network.
1 Story & photo by Mabel Nava
Ask the Dietitian
Eids:. "Kee movinguand e atii ng ~116* IIEI1healthy!"
T he children at
school hear this a lot
these days because of
their project theme,
"Eat healthy, Live
Healthy eating and
being physically active
improves health and
well-being and thus the
quality of life. By liv-
ing healthy you can
prevent obesity and
SStart your day with breakfast.
Breakfast fuels the body with energy
and nutrients for good concentration
during an active school day after a long
night without food. A child may not
make up the nutrients missed at break-
fast, so do not skip it. And, it is a fact
that having a healthy breakfast helps
keep a healthy body weight.
* Snack smart
Think of snacks like mini meals for
"in betweens" that help provide nutri-
ents and food energy your child needs
to grow, play and learn. Time snack
time at least two hours before meals so
your child will be hungry at meal time.
Choose smart. Choose snacks that are
low in fat and sugar. Smart snacks can
be for instance: fruit, fruit shakes, ce-
real bar, whole wheat crackers filled
with fruits, popcorn, low fat yoghurt,
* Balance your food choices.
Don't serve more than the quantity
a child from 4-12 needs. When buying
food and eating out think of kid's por-
tion sizes. So don't buy extra large
sizes of beverages, fries, etc. for a
child with his very small stomach.
Avoid food choices high in fat and
sugar. Make rules with your child for
eating candy and fast food, which
should be eaten only now and then.
* Eat enough fruits and vegetables
These foods gives you carbohydrates
for energy, plus vitamins, minerals and
* Choose whole-wheatproducts.
Teach your child to eat more whole
wheat bread, crackers, cereal and
pasta. From these your child gets more
fiber, iron and Vitamins B.
* Encourage your child in physical
A child should have at least 60 minutes
of moderate physical activity every
day. Encourage activity choices that
fit a child's life style-playful ways
for kid to move -jumping rope, bike
riding,, dancing, roller skating. Get
involved in active sports programs like
swimming- sports that the child likes.
So move it .....parents and kids!
Your body counts on you to be ac-
tive to help strengthen your bones
and heart and build muscles.
Tips to keep your child
SPEND LESS........ time sitting
around watching TV or using the com-
puter. TURN OFF THE TV FOR A
DO ENOUGH.......strengthening ac-
tivities to keep your muscles firm.
DO MORE.......more intense activi-
ties that warm you up and make you
DO PLENTY OF .......fun activities
like walking, wiggling, dancing, funny
games, and more. O A. S.
Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department
of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other
Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dieti-
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Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
t was dark, it was scary, it
was terrifying and a huge
"It" was the fantastic Haunted
House at Captain Don's Habi-
tat last weekend for Hallow-
een. Cars lined the road and
parking was nearly non-
existent as throngs descended
upon Habitat to visit the
touted "Bonaire's Original and
Creepiest Haunted House."
Nearly every teen from the
SGB was there as well as their
parents, tourists and friends.
The place was rockin'!
The ghouls and vampires who
put the place together deserve
a big bucket of blood for all
their creative energy! And the
weird thing is that they really
seemed to enjoy scaring us
out of our wits!
All the proceeds went to Spe-
cial Olympics Bonaire. Tick-
ets were only NAf5 but the attendance
was so good that Special Olympics got
boost for its many activities.
We loved it! 1
L.D. Photos by Marcel Nahr
W KLIr MOVIE S!NIUN
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
Into The Blue
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Saturday, November 5-Rincon Mar-
she--Big Monthly Version outdoor
market in Rincon, the soul of Bonaire.
Criollo food, drinks, gifts, music, fruits
& vegetables, plants, candles. Friendliest
people. Opens at 6 am until 2 pm.
(see page 11)
Sunday, November 6 The Divi Fla-
mingo Resort will again hold their su-
per-popular Caribbean Night with
Tutti Frutti music group and The Ginies
Dance Troupe. (see page 4)
Saturday, November 12-Girls Night
Out at Kontiki- 9 pm to midnight-
Cocktail demo, tapas, more (page 4)
Monday, November 14-Big Special
Olympics Bonaire Fundraiser Concert
on board the Freewinds. Begins at 7 pm,
$10. Tickets at Croccantino.
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-
Long Distance Walk-29/44 km &
29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-
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
Saturday and Sunday-Mountain Bike
Ride- Everyone is welcome, no matter
what your skill level. It's free. Just bring
a bike and your own water. Fitness
trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the
pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
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
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 Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet
artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of
Larry's Wildside Diving. New original
paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and black jack, 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
Slides 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
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar
Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.
Bonaire Reporter November 4-11, 2005
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 717-
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
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-
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 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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
9:30 pm. 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 Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-
Mangasina diRei,Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 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.
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-
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 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 Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988 or 786-6518
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Sees adesments... n tis ssue
APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists 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.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
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-
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 Caf6 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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
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-
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
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 11 am-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 Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii Resaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285eac Resort. Waterfront 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 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban 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.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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.
OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.
S H -F FP I N 3 3 U I D E Seeaedvefsementsintiissue
Born On Bonaire
4 0 ur house was a happy home
Sas my dad loves music. He
would play the guitar and sing and lots
of people were always visiting us. My
dad was, and still is, the captain of the
BOPEC tugboat. He'd meet many peo-
ple from abroad, like from the yachts,
and invite them for dinner, so the house
was always full and very cozy.
I was born in 1974, in the hospital here
on Bonaire, the second child of "Betty"
Craane-Eybrecht, a girl from Nikiboko,
and Johnny Craane from Playa Pabou,
the grandson of Kachi Craane. I have
one older brother, Jacques, and a sister
who's six years younger, Eliz6. My
childhood wasn't an easy one; because
of a traumatic experience many memo-
ries have been wiped out. I became re-
bellious, but I also developed a strong
sense of justice, especially concerning
children and women who are vulnerable.
I believe it's very important who you
meet in your life. I've met many won-
derful people and I believe that because
of them my life changed in a positive
way. Because of them I grew stronger
and I was able to develop myself and
become who I am now. Mr. Lepelaar,
the director of Reina Beatrix elementary
school at the time, was one of them.
Also, I always say I have had several
'mothers'- of course my own mom who
is the most important one but next to
her there have been others.
When I was 13, my brother Jacques
and I moved to Curaqao to live with a
foster family and go to school. A year
later Jacques moved in with an uncle and
I went to live with a girlfriend and her
parents, Franklin Crestian and his wife.
He was the Minister of Education, and
he and his wife played a very important
role in my teenage development. An-
other lady who has given me so much
love and who has been of great impor-
tance to me is Daniella Bernabela. The
beauty of it is that I think she doesn't
even know how great her influence has
been on my life!
Although I was living with the Cres-
tian family in Curaqao, I'd pack up my
bags and leave for Bonaire the moment I
had vacation, and immediately I'd go to
the sea! I am a real sea woman! I re-
member my first sailing experience. My
brother had told me I wasn't allowed to
sail because I was a girl. When I was
about 12 he had a Sunfish on a buoy in
the harbor in front of Daniella's house.
After he left, I got on the boat with Vale-
ska, Daniella's youngest daughter, and
we took off. Further and further the Sun-
fish drifted away from the shore, and
when we saw dolphins Valeska started
to cry because we were so far out. But a
friend of my dad, Cliff, had been watch-
ing us all the time, and when he thought
it had been long enough he came with
the dinghy with Ethienne Soliano who
was on a surfboard. They gave me in-
structions on how to sail back. That's
how I learned sailing and after that I
went as often as I could!
Vacation on Bonaire meant freedom
and happiness. In the daytime I went
fishing and when I was 16 I started
working at Croccantino in the evenings.
After work I'd go partying at Karel's.
My parents didn't approve and won-
dered where this lifestyle was leading to!
But when I finished HAVO I went to
study in Groningen, Holland, to become
a speech therapist.
Both my parents always told us how
important education was in life. Espe-
cially my mom made it very clear to me
that a woman should always be inde-
pendent and capable of taking care of
herself. So, when I was 17 I left. I'd
never been in Holland. I finished my
schooling in four years. It was the great-
est time! Groningen is a wonderful uni-
versity city and I partied a lot! But I'd be
"As a child I learned to
read in Dutch and I didn't
like it because I didn't un-
derstand it well enough. I
thought it was a pity that I
didn't have the chance to
learn to read in Papia-
homesick too. Sometimes I'd feel like a
little girl, very lonely, especially during
the first three years. But my teachers
were very supportive.
However, after you've lived some-
where for a certain length of time you
get to know the people and the culture
and slowly you yourself become part of
it. It has enriched my life. As a child on
Bonaire I had been super free, unlimited,
impulsive and very emotional. Because
of living in Holland I became more ra-
tional. There was a time when I went too
far in that, and I found that that wasn't
right either. It's an ongoing process; I'm
still trying to find a balance between
emotion and rationale."
Marie Craane (31) is sincere and
thoughtful. Her looks are deceiving be-
cause she looks extremely young, but
she 's somebody who doesn 't take life so
lightly. She's a searcher, deeply involved
in her work and in her role as a mother.
"I met Franklin 'Paco' Veeris at
HAVO in Curamao. I liked him, but he job. After a very stressful life in Holland
didn't think I was very interesting. But
just before I left for Holland in July '91,
we'd gotten into a relationship. I went
and he stayed to study Advanced Tech-
nology at the UNA (University of Neth-
erlands Antilles). About a year later I
told him, 'Either you come my way or
we're through!' She laughs: "You know,
you're young and there is too much
temptation! So, he came to Groningen.
When I was 21 and graduated I felt I
was too young to return to Bonaire. I
wanted to study more. I studied
'linguistics' for one year. It was too ab-
stract for me so I studied 'applied lin-
guistics.' That was very interesting. As a
child I'd learned to read in Dutch and I
didn't like it because I didn't understand
it well enough. I thought it was a pity
that I didn't have the chance to learn to
read in Papiamentu because it would
have given me so much more pleasure
and it also would have stimulated me
more in my development. The study
gave me proof that I was right, and that
has been very important to me. During
my second study I was already working
as a speech therapist in a rehabilitation
center and it was a very good opportu-
nity for more experience.
In 2000 Paco and I got married in Hol-
land and Bonaire because we felt con-
nected to both places. In 2001, our
daughter B'lana was born in Groningen.
I was working, studying and I had a
baby, but luckily my sister Eliz6 was
also living in Groningen and she became
B'lana's second mom. When B'lana was
a year and a half she became very ill and
had to be hospitalized. I was so scared;
in a way that was the turning point. I
felt, I want to go home. It was funny
because Groningen was also my home.
Then Paco got a job on Bonaire and I
thought, I'll find a job, it's going to be
okay... but NO!
After Christmas 2002 we came back
and two months later I still didn't have a
I was sitting at home doing 'nothing.' I
didn't like it at all, so I started my own
practice in March. I'm working with
BZV clients and private patients adults
and children with all kinds of problems:
development problems, voice problems,
stroke patients from the hospital, people
who stutter and some who are deaf. My
practice is doing well, and if BZV would
pay me on time it would be easier! They
want quality care and that costs money! I
also have to take my courses, go to
workshops and keep up my instruction
material. I'm also involved in several
small projects like 'I like to read,' a
reading stimulation project from SE-
BIKI, which I'm doing with my col-
league, Roxiana Goeloe.
In August 2003 our son Yuma was
born on Bonaire. I feel it has been a very
good decision to come back and I'm sat-
isfied. I feel I made the right choice for
me and my family. I do miss Groningen
and the friends I have there, but in the
meantime I've made friends here too,
and for me that has been very important
because I want to share.
At this moment I am an independent,
but sweet woman who has faith in her-
self, and most of the time I am positive.
Of all the things I am, I am a mom first
of all a mother who wants to give a
child structure, love and quality atten-
tion. For me that's the way to raise a
child. I am a born mother and even if I
didn't have children of my own, I'd al-
ways have children because other chil-
dren are my children too. I believe this is
my essence. And as for goals in life, this
is my overall goal, and
my personal goal I will
tell you sometime
when I am old and
have reached it..." a
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Pet of the Week
D id you know that the dog actor,
"Sandy," in "Annie" was found in an
animal shelter? And Sandy wasn't the only
one who was "discovered" and put into the
movies. The "Our Gang" dog was too.
We think "Cheryl," our featured pet, looks
like she could find a starring role too, maybe
not in films or on the stage but in a home
where the people appreciate a real character
dog. Just see her funny, fuzzy face and woe-
begone expression! She's definitely playing a
Cheryl was in heat when she wandered into
someone's yard, and chances are that she was
already pregnant. She was brought into the e..
Shelter where she has private accommodations
until her heat is over. Then she'll be sterilized so she can get on with her life and
not be burdened with unwanted puppies. Already she's been examined by the vet,
dewormed and vaccinated. Cheryl is a medium sized dog, only about eight months
old and she's eager to please. You may see her at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Are you a pet lover and have a little extra time? Consider volunteering at the
Shelter, helping to keep the pets "socialized." You may pick your own hours. It's
one of the most satisfying jobs you'll ever have, and you will be very much appre-
ciated by the dog and cat residents! Call Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema at 717 -
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ject is in the night sky
just after sunset in the
east, it's Mars, still at its
closest and brightest un-
til 2018. And if that's not
enough, also in early
evening you can see the
two planets closest to the Mars
Sun Mercury and Ve-
nus which the Moon
visits this week. Plus right around midnight when Mars reaches its highest point
almost overhead, the ringed planet Saturn will have risenjust above the horizon.
This Saturday night, November 5th, 40 minutes after sunset the brightest thing
you'll see in the night sky is beautiful Venus, and parked right next to it will be an
exquisite crescent Moon complete with Earthshine -which will look like a dark full
Moon nestled within the crescent. Don't miss this because it is the kind of naked
eye celestial sight that has made people ooh and aah for thousands of years.
Next if you've got a really flat horizon, look just above it down to Venus' right
and you'll see the first planet out from the Sun, the tiny pink planet Mercury, al-
ways difficult to see because it never gets very high above the horizon. But give it
your best shot anyway. Then if you turn around and face east an hour after sunset,
super brilliant Mars shining an incredible ruby-gold will have just risen and will
travel across the night sky all night long, which planets always do when they are at
You see Mars officially comes into opposition on Monday the 7th, which simply
means that it is directly opposite the Sun. So common deduction would tell you
that if it's directly opposite the Sun that we'll be able to see Mars in the sky all the
hours that the Sun is not in the sky. This means that it will rise in the east as the
Sun sets in the west, travel across the sky all night long, reach its highest point
around midnight and slowly descend the southwestern sky until it sets in the west
at dawn as the Sun rises in the east. And if you have a small telescope and use a
high powered eyepiece you'll notice that Mars' south polar ice cap is tilted towards
us but that it will appear very small because it is late summer in Mars' southern
hemisphere. The most prominent dark marking you'll see on Mars is called Syrtis
Major. It looks like a broad triangle, and up close with our robot space craft we
see that it is actually a huge plateau on Mars. Amateur astro photographers have
been photographing Mars as it's been approaching for the last several months. And
some of the pictures will absolutely knock your socks off.
But if Mars isn't enough for you, another planet will have just risen in the east
when Mars is overhead at midnight my favorite planet of them all ringed Sat-
urn. And even the cheapest department store telescope will show you its rings.
Wow! What a way to begin November: Venus and the Moon and Mercury, Mars
up all night and Saturn reappearing before midnight. Double wow! 11
For the week: October 29- November 4, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your tendency to overreact could get you into trou-
ble. You may have a rather hectic day due to events that children are involved in.
You will find good buys and you will lift your spirits. You may find that doing odd
jobs around the house will be successful and appreciated by loved ones. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
TA URUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You need to be sure that you aren't in your pre-
sent relationship because it is convenient. Get into some activities that will help you
in making new friends. Travel will be exciting. Residential moves should be con-
sidered carefully. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Sudden good fortune will help you cover your
debts. You will not be able to contain your emotions this week. Your emotions may
get the better of you. Don't ignore any emotional issues that could be causing prob-
lems. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't let your emotions interfere with your profes-
sional integrity. Try not to overspend on friends or family. Do things that involve
children. Put your energy into your work or moneymaking ventures rather than into
your emotional life this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may be in love this week, but who knows what to-
morrow may bring. You can learn valuable information if you listen and observe
what others are doing and saying. Chances are you could get stuck with a col-
league's job unexpectedly. Try to include the one you love in your plans this week.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can get the attention of important individuals,
but it might not be the time to get them to help or to back your ideas. Now is the
time for completing hobbies. Art investment will pay big dividends in the long
term. You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative financial
prospect that is presented to you. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You could meet an interesting individual you'll want
to get to know better. You can make money if you concentrate on producing ser-
vices or goods that will make domestic chores easier. You will find their philoso-
phies worth exploring. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) If you're uncertain of your feelings, keep your
opinions to yourself. Make sure any presentation you have is ready. You may find
that doing odd jobs around the house will be successful and appreciated by loved
ones. You may have difficulties with someone who lives with you. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel
restricted. Minor fevers or infections will develop if you're over-stressed. Do what
you can but don't jeopardize your health trying to please everyone. You can easily
wrap up overdue personal legal matters that have caused problems for you.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) New relationships could evolve through group
activities. Too much work and no play will not only result in fatigue and frustration
but also loneliness, too. Avoid confrontations with colleagues. False information is
likely if you listen to idle chatter or gossip. Your lucky day will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be extremely sensual; take precautions
and don't take any risks. Be prepared for an active but rewarding time. You will be
on the rampage this week. Opportunities will unfold; however, you must be willing
to pay the price. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't let them blame you. Get involved in jobs that
require creative input. You can win points with both peers and superiors. Your sen-
sitivity toward those you love will capture their hearts. You can make money
through real estate or by using your head when it comes to personal investments.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. O
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