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Airlines I

Continental Airlines began sched-
uled service from Houston,
Texas, non-stop to Bonaire, an historic
event. See the story on page 7 for details.

S After a year of down-sizing and job
cuts in a bid to squeeze itself into profit-
ability, Air Jamaica is facing a loss of
over US$99 million this year, and the
airline has signaled a review of the busi-
ness model it crafted only months ago.
Air Jamaica's recently-appointed chair-
man, O.K. Melhado, will unveil a revised
business plan in the first quarter of 2006
following a review of its business strate-
gies. Key to the strategy will be upping
the average flying time of its planes from
eight to 12 hours a day. (Jamaica Ob-
server) Air Jamaica flies weekly to Bon-
aire on Saturdays.

A Following a five-year-long study,
new driving regulations for Bonaire are
scheduled to come into effect next
March. The new rules mandate seat belts,
helmets for motorcycle riders and hands-
free cell phones while driving, among
other specifics. Authorities promise to
inform the public about the new regula-
tions prior to their enforcement.

b The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) advised the Central Government to
cut back on the health care expenses
now. The IMF also says that privatiza-
tion is the best option for most of the pub-
lic enterprises of the Central and Curagao
governments, including UTS, Curoil,
CDM, and Isla.

A The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Mat-
ters is preparing numerous treaties with
other countries. Twenty of the 293 trea-
ties are for the benefit of the Antilles
and/or Aruba, including: eliminating
the visa requirement for Barbados. The
shipping treaty with South Africa will be
extended. Aviation treaties are in the
making with Antigua/Barbuda, Belgium,
the Dominican Republic, Germany, and
Haiti. There will be a treaty concerning
economic border traffic with Venezuela; a
trade agreement with Colombia. Tax trea-
ties on exchanging data with Australia,
France, New Zealand, Chile, Austria and
Venezuela will be made to prevent dou-
ble taxation. There will also be a treaty
with the US concerning collaboration for
the civil aviation safety.

A Last Thursday, December 15, was
Kingdom Charter Day. Except for some
activities in Holland, which had more to
do with Queen Beatrix's 25th anniver-
sary, the day went by largely unnoticed in
Bonaire. Last year it received some atten-
tion because it had been 50 years since
the charter called Statuut, granting the
Netherlands Antilles autonomy within the
Dutch Kingdom, was signed.
It was once an official holiday but not
anymore. Instead, following the first con-
stitutional referendum a decade ago in
which a majority on all the islands chose
to keep the Netherlands Antilles together,
October 21 was proclaimed as Antilles
Day, to promote a sense of togetherness
and Antillean identity. In 2007, if present
goals are met, the Antilles will cease to
exist as a "country."

Orphaline Saleh of the Bonaire
Banker's Association wrote: "Just
thought you and your readers might like
to know that the island's banks will be
open normal hours all this week,
closed on Monday Dec 26h (bank and
religious holiday), while on December
30h we will be open from 8 am till 12
noon for the public. On Monday, Janu-
ary 2nd we will open as usual normal
hours. This is for all three local banks -
Banco di Caribe, Maduro & Curiel's
Bank-Bonaire N.V. and RBTT."

A "Fish with chips"--hi-tech im-
plants that enable either satellite or
seabed tracking--were one of the break-
throughs to uncover ocean migration
paths, scientists in the 73-nation Census
of Marine Life (COML) said.
One bluefin tuna swam the Pacific three
times in 600 days according to satellite
records-an enormous 40,000 km (24,850
miles) or the distance around the world.
That indicated that Japanese and Ameri-
can tuna stocks were one and the same.

A Need a permanent way to mark your
dive equipment? Carib Inn just got in a
supply of ID MY GEAR. This perma-
nent vinyl paint will stick to most any-
thing and comes in nine great colors.
Easy to use with the special applicator
bottle. Stop in the Carib Inn. Any ques-
tions call 717-8819.

Welcome to The Reporter's newest
advertiser, Plantation, a dream of a store
carrying solid teak furniture, antiques,
accessories, paintings, bedspreads and

Continued on page 4


Papiamentu Phrase Book 3
Envirowatch (Rangers Confiscate
Conch) 4
MCB Honors Press 5
MCB Yearly Award (Youth
Outreach Program) 5
Croccantino Dinner for
Ka'l Mimina Elders 6
Buddy Dive Celebrates 25 Years 6
Plaza Celebrates 10 Years 6
Welcome Continental 7
Olympian Trained Swimmers 8
End of Year Regatta, results 9
Adventist Youth Group Cleans Up 10
Miss & Mr. Jong Bonaire 11
Stichting Project Celebrates 11
Antique Living Houses (Salsbach
Home) 12
UniCollege Students Say Thanks 13
Announcement Linkels 50th 14
Trunkfish (Dee Scarr) 15
Protect Pets, Part 2 17
Whale of a Story 22
Reef's Golden Hamlet Club 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 8
Picture Yourself (Above Artic
Circle, Greenland.) 14
Classifieds 14
Pet of the Week (Rhonda) 17
Reporter Masthead 18
Special Olympic Spotlight
(Egon Augusta) 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
December Cruise Ship Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Carlos Lopez) 21
Sky Park (Planets ) 23
The Stars Have It 23

b The Isla oil refinery in Curaqao
spewed an unexpected, unacceptable
amount of extra pollution following the
start up of the catalytic cracker unit after
a major fire early in December. The Envi-
ronmental Affairs Department said it had
ordered a halt to the process. However, it
did not stop. Isla management said it had
not refused to obey any order but had
failed to receive it.
One third of the refinery was still not
operational due to the fire. According to
Isla, 400,000 cubic meters per hour of
additional sulphurous gases have been
emitted since then, of which 100,000
were hydrogen sulphide. No gasoline can
be produced when the cat cracker is
stopped. Manager Pedro Jimenez said that
the fire damage and loss of production
totaled about US$25 million. He expected
the refinery to be up and running again
within four to five days. Bonaire and
Curagao get all their gasoline from Isla.

A Manager Marcel Nicolina of the
Curoil fuel distribution company will re-
tire next year and will get a "golden
handshake" of NAf900.000 in addition
to his considerable pension. This has up-
set some people. Curoil provides Bonaire
with virtually all its fuel needs except for
the airport jet fuel.

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005

Page 2

Getting Around the Islands in PAPIAMENTU:
A Phrasebook for Travelers and Newcomers

Senior Author, Terry Dovale.

Just in time for Christmas-
Getting Around the Islands in
PAPIAMENTU: a Phrasebook for
Travelers and Newcomers.

"Impress Your Friends. Amaze the Is-
landers. Startle Yourself." Those words
announce a fascinating and useful little
book just published on Bonaire. While
ostensibly a phrase book, and an excel-
lent one too, this slender volume is also a
cornucopia of interesting facts about the
language, the culture, and the day-to-day
practices of the people living in the Neth-
erlands Antilles. Did you know, for in-
stance, that if someone sends you home
with food in a dish, good manners re-
quire that you return the dish with food
in it? Or that, according to local custom,
a woman should not put her purse on the
floor, or she will never have any money?

For someone searching for the right
words to speak, the phrasebook is
thoughtfully planned. It is organized into
sections-conveniently marked with
tabs-on such Basics as greetings and
politeness, time, money, and numbers.
Other sections include Shopping, Direc-
tions, Hotels, Activities, Accidents,
Chatting, as well as Living Here, which
presents phrases useful to cruisers and
residents who, for instance, might need
to talk with someone about getting work
done. Each set of phrases is accompanied
by easy pronunciation guides. The book
includes short dialogues that help the
reader imagine in advance how both
sides of typical two-way conversation
might go.

Getting Around the Islands in PAPIA-
MENTU was co-written and illustrated

by the late Terry Dovale. She, as artist
and Papiamentu expert, teamed up with
Barbara Lockwood, as book designer and
desktop publisher, to conceive and create
the initial draft. Following Terry's death,
Geraldine Dammers stepped in to assure
the book's Papiamentu accuracy, and her
mother, the artist Elena, added to the il-
lustrations. More than a score of other
people generously helped Lockwood
bring the book to publication, and the
production costs were underwritten by
BONHATA, the Tourism Corporation of
Bonaire (TCB), Maduro and Curiel's
Bank (Bonaire and Curacao) and Cargill

Getting Around the Islands in PAPIA-
MENTUis for sale for $10 at Chat n
Browse, Sand Dollar Grocery, Val-
erie's Airport Gift Shop, Captain
Don's Habitat, and Tourist Corpora-
tion of Bonaire (TCB), and will be
available in other stores soon. It will be
distributed on Curagao as well. O D.R..

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
more. You may have visited Plantation in
Curagao, but now you can find every-
thing here in Bonaire; no need to travel.
It's in the building that once housed
Criollo Paint (ex-Global), behind the rice
mill. Look for the big Plantation sign.
Take the dirt road by Warehouse Bon-
aire. They'll be open this Thursday, non-
stop until 9 pm, and will offer a wine
tasting of new South African wines from
noon to 9. Their ad is on page 22.

Also welcome The Windsurfing
Place to The Reporter family of adver-
tisers. This Thursday they will celebrate
their 10th anniversary. They have helped
make Bonaire the windsurfing Mecca it
is today and have inspired several Bon-
aire youngsters to achieve world-ranking
and professional windsurfer status. Pa-
bien Elvis, Patun and Roger. Ad is on
page 13.

b The Buddy Dive Resort cele-
brated its 25th anniversary with a big
party last Friday night (see photos on
page 6). Music, food and shows were
great. For the entire Christmas weekend
(Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Box-
ing Day) they will feature outstanding
dinners at the hotel and the Lions Den
Restaurant. See their ad on page 12 for

A Other restaurants offering Christ-
mas dinner include Den Laman, Divi
Flamingo and Rum Runners.

Governor Domacassi with the
captain of the Sea Princess

A Last week Governor Herbert Doma-
cass6, Harbormaster Rob Sint Jago and
representatives of the Bonairean travel
world welcomed the captain of the cruise
ship Sea Princess during its first port
call on Bonaire. More new cruise ships
will call in at Bonaire next year, like Ar-
cadia, Rijndam, and Prinsendam.

A All of us at the Reporter wish all
our readers a very merry holiday time.
It has been a good year for Bonaire and
the future for the island appears brighter
than it has in a long time. Stay with us
for an even better 2006. 1
G./L. D.


Rangers Confiscate Conchs

S TINAPA/Bonaire National
Marine Park Rangers re-
ceived a tip that there might be
some men harvesting conch in
Lac Bay. The rangers went to the
place mentioned to take a look at
the situation. Arriving at the
scene they saw five men who said
that they were looking for lob-
sters. The rangers stayed on
guard and shortly after they c
caught three men with three bags b c
which contained a total of 65
conchs. Only five of those were adults and the rest were between 10 and 15 centi-
meters long.
Taking conch is illegal since they are on the brink of extinction. STINAPA is
calling for the cooperation of everybody. Do not buy fresh conch; you are commit-
ting a illegality. If you spot somebody taking conch call STINAPA/Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park at 786 8444 or 786 9603. 1
Elsmarie Beukenboom for STINAPA Bonaire

The Bonaire Reporter is getting the final details and photo evidence of a mas-
sive slaughter of conch on the west side of Bonaire. The exclusive story will be
in our next issue.

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005

Page 4

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MCB Honors Members of
Bonaire's Press Corps

Bank had as an internal slogan, "Ban
Uni Mar I Ser Positivio," which
means, "Let us Unify More and Be
Positive." It is exactly more unity and
attention for the positive things in our
community that we wish to achieve
with activities like these. .. We also
want to give recognition for all the ef-
forts and accomplishments of our
friends of the Press who work tirelessly
to fulfill their tasks. We cannot empha-
size enough the enormous responsibil-
ity of the Press, a responsibility which
in today's complex world, with in-

creasingly rapid developments, ought
to be exercised with objectivity, seri-
ousness and high integrity. It is not an
easy task, and we thank you very much
for your dedication to this charge, that
is so important for our Society."
In appreciation the Bank gave each
of the press members an embroidered
polo shirt with their company logo and
cap. A number of these shirts and caps
were seen being worn by the press
corps the following morning at the air-
port during the Continental flight greet-
ing. O L.D.

The MCB Yearly award this year goes to Bonaire Youth Outreach Founda-
tion, which for the last six years has organized "Pasku Briante," Brilliant
Christmas, where they give Christmas gifts to needy youngsters between two and
12 years. The foundation, begun in 1995, offers spiritual, social, educational and
physical activities to 40 young people from the age of 13. More on this founda-
tion next week

MCB's top staff with Bonaire's Press Corps
representing newspaper, radio and TV

F or the fourth year in a row Youth Outreach Foundation.
Maduro Curiel's Bank Bonaire As MCB-Bonaire Managing Direc- Gabrielle Nahr (L), Orphaline Saleh (R) and Managing Director Evert Piar
honored the press of Bonaire at a re- tor, Mr. Evert Piar, said regarding the (2nd from L) give the award to members of the Outreach Foundation: Timothy
ception last Friday night at Salsa. At press corps, "....the Bank's show of Bissessar, Board members Richandro Emerenciana and Willem Piar, Ronald
the same time they gave an annual appreciation for the important job you Coffy (who conducts the Saturday radio program) and Sheloutska Martinus. In
monetary prize to a local volunteer or- fulfill every day of educating and in- the rear (R) is Alejandro Martinus, President and Founder of Outreach.
organization this year it is the Bonaire forming our community. This year, our

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Page 5

Buddy Dive Remembers 25 years

Croccantino Dinner for Seniors from Ka'i Mimina
s~hi1~i --ipwsa ---;

Happy elders from Ka'IMimina after a delicious four-course holiday dinner at
Croccantino Restaurant. Croccantino owner Elisabeth Wigny and Organizer
Delno Tromp in front
Thanks to generous donations from members of the community, a total of 50
elderly people were able to enjoy a festive Christmas dinner at Croccantino
Restaurant.. Members of the Ka 'IMinina feasted on Thursday; and Friday it was
the turn of 25 seniors from the 60 Plus Club of Flor di Orkidia. Everyone went
home with a special gift. Thanks to Delno Tromp and Elisabeth Wigny for organiz-
ing the event and raising the funds. O L.D.

Plaza Celebrates 10 years

Founders ofBuddy Dive, Joop and Yvonne Rauwers, and their daughter Deb-
bie with current owners, Martijn and Ingrid van der Valk.

Last Friday evening Buddy Dive's new pool bar was the scene of a rendez-
vous of people from Buddy Dive's past and present. Joop and Yvonne Rau-
wers, original founders of the resort came to reminisce with old friends and em-
ployees. Their daughter, Debbie, who ran the resort for a number of years before it
was sold to the current owners, Martijn and Ingrid van der Valk, was there too.
Moogie (Ralph Stewart), who's been performing at the Buddy Dive manager's par-
ties for eons, was in his spot, serenading the crowd as always. (Some things never
change!) Two slide shows were presented: Bart Snelder, WannaDive owner and
former Manager of the Buddy Dive Shop, narrated one on the "old days." Corinna
Wegerer, present Dive Shop Manager, presented another of more recent photos.
Top members of both political parties spoke, a special buffet followed O L.D.

The Plaza Resort celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a gala reception at
the Tipsy Seagull last Saturday night. The Samara Band from Venezuela
entertained. Shown in the photo are some of the honored guests and their hosts.

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005

Page 6

Welcome Continental

So many people turned out or the 0 am arrival of the continental fligt that
parked cars overflowed into the main road

The first flight of a scheduled US
airline, Continental Airlines, non-
stop from the US, arrived with much
fanfare on Saturday, December 17t, at 6
am. Many Bonaire residents turned out
at the early hour to help greet the flight.
Following a brief official ceremony
there was music, coffee and orange juice
for all. Continental flies more than 3,000
flights per day to 150 US domestic and
130 international destinations which
make it a prime source of US travelers to
Bonaire. O G.D.

TCB's Eveline Marchena and
Robert Everts greeted the passengers
from the first ContinentalAir lines
non-stop flight from Houston, Texas.

Celebrating their wed-
ding anniversary the
same day the Continental
flight arrived are Com-
missioner of Tourism
Burney el Hage, his wife
Genia and their chil-
dren Eugene, Denzel
andJianni They're
shown in front of the
Christmas tree at the
newly opened airport res-
taurant. Burney was one
of the Bonaire dignitar-
ies who traveled on the
first flight.

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Page 7


Olympian Trained

More boats than Bonaire has seen for a long while are now in port.
If we've forgotten you, please let us know. Contact info on front

Always Saturday
Blue Moon
Blue Star
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Celtic Avenger
Double Bogy
Flying Cloud, USA

Go Bucks
Goril Two
Great Sensation
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Invictus IV
Island of Corn
Jan Gerardus
Karminda II
La Baronne
Longo Mai
Natural Selection
Octopus -the world's
private largest yacht
One Way Wind

Sandpiper, USA
Summer Breeze
Sunny Side
Sylvia K
Tatoosh, Cayman Is,
Three Ships
Ti Amo
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Von Voyase
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zee Vock

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
12-24 0:39 1.OFT. 9:19 1.7FT. 35
12-25 0:13 1.OFT. 9:26 1.8FT. 35
12-26 0:05 1.OFT. 9:43 1.9FT. 19:42 1.OFT. 22:06 1.OFT. 41
12-27 10:07 2.0FT. 20:08 0.9FT. 52
12-2810:39 2.1FT. 20:37 0.8FT. 65
12-2911:20 2.2FT. 21:18 0.7FT. 77

The children: Wouter Vriesma, Diana Werdath, Artuur de Jong, Stella
Winklaar, Adriaan Arends, Koen Jansen, Finn van Bekkum, Emma de Vries,
Almar van Leeuwen, Laure van der Eijk, Jay Ottens. Examiner Jennefer Peter-
sen and swim teacher Enith Brigitha behind the children.

Every Friday afternoon at Sorobon these children practice their water skills
like swimming fully clothed, trying different strokes, swimming though a
circle under water, jumping or diving from the pier and treading water (you have to
be vertical in the water with your head and two fingers on each hand above the wa-
ter). Their swim teacher is Enith Brighitha from Curaqao, an Olympic medal win-
ner in the 1976 games in Montreal. Every two or three months the exam takes
place under the supervision of the examiner, Jennefer Petersen. The children who
swam for the exam had to show their different water skills to the best of their abil-
ity. Everybody did a very good job because everybody received a diploma! 1
Yvonne de Vries

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005

Page 8

End of Year Regatta

T he Aqua Speed Foundation,
which organized the End of Year
Regatta, thanks everyone who partici-
pated and especially the volunteers in-
cluding Director of Sailing Karel de
Regt, Liesje Saragoza, Cynthia
Schreiner, Jessica Sint Jago, Elvis Mar-
tinus, Jendell Birginia, Geerlof van der
Wol, and Irma Nadorp.

Special thanks go to Dineke and Ste-
ven Verbiest for allowing us to take pho-
tos from their beautiful sportfisherman,
Pishi Porko.

Commercial sponsors included:
Aaron Construction, Balentien Con-
Casa Bon-
aire, Bonaire
Jose Bar,
Chirino, Pue
The Island
(TIS), Tropi-
cal Flamingo
and the Yua
Apologies to
those we
may have
Their in-
ensured a
perfect end
to a most
2005 racing
season. To
everyone a
and hopes
for a new
year filled
with peace
and joy.
L.D. &J.SJ.

Mom Agnes helps the kids rig the Optimists The Classic Etienne

Microboat Masters Sandro Joosten & Farid Ayubi

December 2005
Optimist A
1. Urs Schuiheiss
2. Robin Jansen
3. Arnd Chirino
4. Boy Ottens
Optimist B
1. Ruben van Eldik
2. Dominique Meijer
3. Merel Houthuijzen
4. Bas Richter
Sunfish Junior
1. Kevin Dijkhoff
2. Shernic Winklaar
3. Victor Brouwer
4. Jamal Trinidad
Sunfish A
1. Sipke Stapert
2. Franklin Soliano

3. Fred Corporal
4. Dick de Jong
5. Arjan Schipper
Windsurf Super kids
1. Erzi Heymans
2. Amado Vrieswijk
3. Hendrick Balentien
Windsurf Big kids
1. Archeundro Finies
2. Bjom Saragoza
3. Hendrick Piar
Windsurf Juniors
1. Evertson "Choko"
2. Jaeger Sint Jago
3. Harvey Piar
4. Demenson "Kiri"
5. Arthuro" Payo" Soliano
Windsurf Men
1. Elton "Taty" Frans

2. Christiaan Keke"
3. Ethienne Soliano
Beach Cats
1. Peter Zweers and
Edwin Vingerhoets
2. Rob and Edwin Vri-
1. Paranda- Broersma
2. Ella Rosa- Enrique
3. Bugalu- Simone
Fishing Boats
1. Laurita- Captain
George De Salvo
2. Volendamer VD 17-
Captain Fred Ros
3. Ethienne Captain
Ismael Soliano

Micro Boats "A"
1. Novio Magnum- Sandro
2. Flying Dutchman
Pondo Benneth
3. Mr. Big Trouble- Roy
Micro Boats B"
1. Gladiotor Sandro Joos-
2. Gepi Constantino
3. Jerry Domacasse
Micro Boats "C"
1. Matador Constatino
2. Sea Bird Jerry Doma-
3. Puma Roy Winklaar
Micro Boats-Remote Control
1. Benjamin Robles 1

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Jopie Soliano and microboat friends
Page 9


Adventist Church Youth Group Cleans Up

The Adventist clean-up group

As a gift to the Bonaire Community the youth group of the Adventist Church,
under the guidance of Pastor Elbert Presenachon, beautifully cleaned up the
traffic circle just north of Kralendijk last Sunday, December 18. They were moti-
vated by the rhythms of the Drum Band. Thanks to AMFO and the NGO platform
for supporting this activity. DG.D.

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005



Page 10


Miss and Mr. Jong Bonaire.

Results for 2005 are:
Miss Popular 2005:
Jomaira Rosario
Miss Photogenic 2005:
Jomaria Rosario
Miss Personality 2005:
Susanne SeketS
Miss Congeniality 2005:
Rashirah Hanson T
Miss Dynamic 2005:
Nadinelia Chirino
The fourth runner-up Miss
J.B. 2005: Janey Alberto
The third runner-up Miss J.
B. 2005: Johaimy Ribardo
The second runner-up Miss
J.B. 2005: Alciane Char-
mant Miss Jong Bonaire 2005, Julissa Stroop, and
The first runner-up Miss J. Mister Jong Bonaire 2005, Jomar Vlijt
B. 2005: Jomaria Rosario
The winner:
Miss Jong Bonaire 2005 is Julissa Stroop.
Mister J.B. 2005 results:
Mister Popular: Jomar Vlijt
Second runner-up Mr. Jong Bonaire: Jermaine Stroop
First runner-up Mr. Jong Bonaire: Javis Reyes Grande
The winner:
Mister Jong Bonaire 2005 is Jomar Vlijt.
Jong Bonaire thanks all who helped and participated in this event. O

Stichting Project Celebration

North Salifia girls dish up some good food

At the North Salifia Neighborhood Center, teens Joanne and Santa serve at
the Christmas party celebrating the success of the Stichting Project, a non-
profit program for youths from 8-18 who discover a sense of purpose, learn to be
responsible and make meaningful choices about their future
About 30 children are now involved in a variety of learning activities. The origi-
nal group of six boys and girls worked hard to learn their swimming and first aid
skills. They recently passed their Open Water exam for SCUBA diving. Keep up
the good work, kids!
Please contact Mick Schmit at 786-6816 for more information or to provide
needed support. O Story and photo by Barbara Bianculli

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Page 11

Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Salsbach Home ._ Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage

This is the house of Maria Gomez Salsbach (above). She is now 81 years old and has been living here for more than 50 years. Her husband, who passed away a year ago, told the family
that the house must be more than 100 years old. For me it is a special house because it still has its original wooden shutters on two sides and two 100-year-old walls. The other two
wooden walls had to be replaced by concrete because a little extension was added (left photo on top).
On Christmas the family traditionally makes the house more special than it already is by adding little lights on the outside (upper right photo).. Every year it takes three weeks of hard labor
before Christmas. This year perhaps it will not be done because of the high cost of electricity. O Wilna Groenboom

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005

Page 12



Say "Thank

Students Rocca Chin-On and Derek
Aranguren at the
learning computer
T he students ofUniCollege, a
private junior high and high
school for college or university-bound
youth, hosted a "thank you" gathering
for their volunteers and interested
friends who provided the financial,
material and personal support that
helped the school get off to such a dy-
namic beginning. O
Barbara Bianculli

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Page 13

Picture Yourself

In The iRep orter

Above the Arctic Circle. Greenland

Linkels Golden Anniversary

Linkels Golden Anniversary

Hubert and Pauline Linkels today

Masja de Koning sent us this photo of her parents, part-time Bonaire resi-
dents, Co and HanneVibeke de Koning, with The Bonaire Reporter last
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Hubert and Pauline Linkels on their
wedding day in December 1955

ongratulations to Hubert Linkels and Pauline Linkels-Gruber who married
on December 15, 1955, 50 years ago. They met in Austria, near Salzburg,
Pauline's home, when Hubert was on holiday. In 1971, the couple with their sons,
Hans and Harald, first moved to Curaqao, then a year later to Bonaire where
Hubert became Headmaster of the St. Bernardusschool, a position he held until his
retirement in 1992. They and their sons continue to live on Bonaire. Pabien! O

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The photo and text will be printed free of charge.

Boat for
Why import a sail boat when you
can own a fast Regatta winner built
right here? Classic 21' Bonaire Sail
Fishing boat recently refurbished is for
sale for NAfl4,000 ($8,000)
Call George 786-6518/717-8988.

Space For
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Need a low priced centrally located
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Wanted: Big 4-Wheel Drive JEEP or
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For Sale
FOR SALE/ tel: 786-5209. To col-
lect by Jan 5/6.
Large Refrigerator, NAF. 650,00
Small Stove, NAF. 50,00
Microwave 110v., NAF. 80,00
Toaster Oven, NAF. 35,00
Deep Fryer 220v, NAF. 75,00
Dining Room Set (4 chairs) NEW, NAF.
Living Room Set, NAF. 450.00
Book Shelves (wicker), NAF. 250.00
Mahogany Table, NAF 200.00
High Chair, NAF. 50,00
Folding Table, NAF. 15,00
TV (LG, no remote), NAF. 150,00
DVD home theatre, NAF. 400,00
Bunk Bed, NAF. 450,00
3 High Quality Standing Fans,
NAF 75,00 ea.
Double Bed with matching table,
NAF 650,00
2 plastic tables, NAF. 25,00
Sharp TV with VHS, NAF. 100,00
Children's training potty, Ea. NAF. 5,00
Set child potty/diaper pail, NAF. 15,00
Ab Lounge training machine, NAF. 300,00
Washing Machine (old, but works great),
NAF. 350,00
Partial double bed (missing platform/
mattress), NAF. 50,00
Baby Gate, NAF 35,00
Telephone w. clock, NAF. 30,00
Telephone, NAF 20,00
Voltage Regulator, NAF. 75,00
Set dumb bells, NAF. 10,00. O

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

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Maybe Puckering Up Shouldn't Always Lead to Kissing:

An Introduction to Trunkfish

im was a handsome
young man in his
early 20s who'd been a
dive guide for less than a
year when he had his
most memorable encoun-
ter with a smooth trunk-
fish. After a usual two-
dive day, Jim was guid-
ing a single photographer
on a night dive. The pho-
tographer wasn't any-
where nearby when Jim
saw the trunkfish, so Jim
simply captured the
sleeping trunkfish be-
tween his thumb and fin-
gers and swam it to the
photographer. Then, to
add just a bit more
oomph to the photo, Jim
held the trunkfish, with
its puckered lips forward,
up to his own puckered

Unfortunately for Jim, he had never
thought about how trunkfish use their
cute little puckered mouths.

On this night the trunkfish had been
suddenly awakened from sleep, to find
itself being brought to the mouth of a
huge alien monster (Jim). The trunkfish
grabbed the opportunity to grab Jim's
lower lip in his cute puckered lips, and
sucked. Hard.

(At this point, the first time I heard the
story, I began laughing like crazy.
"That'll teach you, Jim!" I exclaimed,
without a shred of sympathy for him.
"Yeah, now I realize I was pretty rude to
the poor trunkfish," Jim replied. "My
problem at the time was that I'd taken
my regulator out of my mouth for the
kiss, and with the trunkfish sucked onto
my lip, I couldn't put my regulator back
in!" I knew it turned out okay because
Jim was telling me the story, but I
stopped laughing at this point anyway.
Poor Jim had been faced with too few
choices: pulling the trunkfish forcibly off
his lip would have been really painful,
but bolting to the surface from 60'
wouldn't have been such a good idea
either, especially considering his nitro-
gen content ...)

In desperation, Jim held his regulator
below his mouth and pushed the purge
button, hoping to gulp some air on its
way by. He wasn't able to breathe any
passing air, but the bubbles did cause the
trunkfish to release his lip and escape,
allowing Jim to put his regulator back in
and escape his own immediate problem.
He has a scar on his lip, and he has
never, ever disrespected a trunkfish since
then. In fact, his respect for other living
creatures in general is much greater.

The trunkfish presumably went on
about its life, which includes foraging
for invertebrates both by blowing a cur-
rent of water at the sand to expose crea-
tures living there, and by sucking at the
creatures to swallow them. Did the
trunkfish grab Jim for one last meal?
Probably not. Sucking onto Jim might

have been like grabbing a tree to keep
from being swept up in floodwaters. Or,
there's always the possibility that the
trunkfish was thinking, "I'll get you for
this, my pretty! Ah ha ha ha ha!"

We have three types of trunkfish in the
Caribbean: the biggest one has no adjec-
tive; it's just called the trunkfish
(Lactophrys trigonus, triangle") and is
rarely seen on Bonaire. The spotted
trunkfish (L. bicaudalis, "two tails") is
seen occasionally on our reefs and
around sand, rubble, rocks, or other habi-
tats. Bonaire's most common trunkfish is
the smooth trunkfish (L. triqueter,
"triangular") pictured here.

(Why oh why is one species of trunk-
fish called the spotted trunkfish when
two species of trunkfish have spots? Gee,
maybe that's one of the disadvantages of
common names. A REEF instructor gave
me a hint for remembering the two cor-
rectly: the smooth trunkfish has spots,
but also a blurry spot as if someone tried
to smooth it before the paint dried; the
spotted trunkfish is just spotted.)

Smooth trunkfish have large eyes and
puckered lips and are generally very ap-
pealing to humans.

Don't assume like Jim did -- that just
because these little fish are cute they
can't take care of themselves. They're
well-equipped for their lifestyle. For ex-
ample, their slow speed isn't a disadvan-
tage for feeding because their food does-
n't move rapidly. Smooth trunkfish eat
invertebrates, especially worms and little
crabs and shrimp. If you see one hanging
around on the sand, get down low, stay
still, and pat the sand with your hand a
few times. The trunkfish or other op-
portunists such as razorfish and maybe a
bar jack might well zip over to see
who's been uncovered. If you stop pat-
ting the sand, you might see them do
their own version of sand-patting: eject-
ing a current of water through their
pursed lips at the sand. They can put on a
short burst of speed to grab any critters
they uncover that way.

The burst of speed F
that enables trunkfish
to grab a newly-
uncovered worm from
the sand is not nearly
enough to get them
away from a deter-
mined chase predator,
such as a big grouper
or shark. Trunkfish
have other ways to
protect themselves
from predators. First of
all, when trunkfish live
on coral reefs, there
are lots of nooks and
crannies for a little fish to hide in that a
predator fish can't reach. Then, of
course, there's the trunkfish's armor plat-
ing, which would protect it from the par-
tial chomping of a predator. Only a
predator big enough to swallow the entire
trunkfish at once would be able to hurt a

And what's in store for that large, fear-
less creature that swallows a trunkfish?
Trunkfish have poison glands in their
skin, especially around their mouths,
which were discovered by scientists and
others who kept trunkfish in aquaria.
When a trunkfish was stressed, say by
being netted from a tank, it would secrete
the toxins and all the other fish in the
tank would die. If the trunkfish was re-
turned to the tank, it would die too. If the
water was changed, the fish who were
exposed to the toxin usually died any-
way. Jim's lucky he didn't learn about
this firsthand!

On the other hand, trunkfish have been
found in the stomachs of tiger sharks,
Nassau groupers, and other large preda-
tors that presumably lived long enough to
begin digestion. My own personal theo-
ries about this include:

Maybe some predators who eat trunk-
fish do die, just not all of them.
Maybe some predators gulp the
trunkfish down so unexpectedly
(groupers), or so quickly (sharks) that it's
swallowed before it can secrete any poi-
Maybe some predators chase the
trunkfish around so long it uses up all its
toxins and then they swallow it.

Luckily trunkfish aren't chased around
on Bonaire, so they can be remarkably
comfortable around divers. They allow
us to watch them forage and will even let
us help them forage in the sand. I
watched one being cleaned by ghost
shrimp and a snapping shrimp, from only
about three feet away. The trunkfish was
not disturbed at all by my presence. And
it really is cute.

Just don't try to kiss one. O Story &
Photos byDee Scarr

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.

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Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in
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Page 16

Pet of the Week ProtectYour Pet

E veryone who has seen her agrees:
"Rhonda," our pet of the week, is
one of the most striking looking calico cats.
She has lots of white fur; her black fur is
very black and the red is a dark, almost ma-
hogany color. Not only is she beautiful, but
she's very queenly and elegant. But the best
part is that she is so friendly with people
and just loves being petted and stroked.
Who wouldn't want to pet that soft furry
creature! Rhonda is about one and a half
years old and is ready for adoption. She's
been thoroughly checked by the veterinar-
ian; she's had her tests and shots and is neu-
tered. All this, as well as the neutering, is
eluded in the adoption fee of NAf75. You
may see Rhonda at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays
until 1. Tel. 717-4989. 1 L.D.


ATTENTION PET OWNERS: It's fireworks time again on the islan
until New Years. It may be fun for people, but it
Shell for pets. The Shelter staff says this is the wo
Time of year for runaway dogs and cats who are
terrified of the noise. As it has in the past, the Sh
ter will act as headquarters for lost pets. If you fi
a lost animal or are missing one, call them at 71'
Please be cautious when setting off fireworks, making sure that children and p
are at a safe distance. A live firework could be a disastrous "toy" that a dog mig
try to retrieve. Plan ahead so that your pet will have a safe refuge from all that
noise. If you have a particularly nervous animal you might check the accompany
ing article on "The Pet Project." Another suggestion is to make sure there are
enough chew toys on hand rubber, rawhide or other bones of pigs' ears. The
chewing will help them release their fears and nervousness. O L.D.

More about Remedies for Your
Pet during the Fireworks
The second in a series.

T he holiday season is here!.) On
December 31st we will welcome
2006 with a fanfare of fireworks which
will help us celebrate. Most of our pets
show their dislike for fireworks by run-
ning away if they can. I intend here to
suggest a way to help your pets through
the celebration.
There is a liquid remedy for stress
which has been used by millions of peo-
ple and their pets since 1930. It's called
in- Rescue Remedy. This homeopathic
medicine is made from five flowers.
Each of the flowers has a calming ef-
fect. Here are the ingredients:
Cherry Plum: promotes rational think-
Clematis: promotes enjoyment of life.
Impatience: promotes ability to think of
id the present moment rather than to
s worry.
'rst Rock Rose: builds courage.
Star of Bethlehem: soothes pain.
ind The ability of certain flowers to treat
7- mental stress was uncovered in 1930 by
Edward Bach, a noted British immu-
ets nologist. He designed a system of heal-

SThe Pet Project

ing for the layperson. The flowers above
are gathered, heated for a time and di-
luted homeopathically. We are left with
the "soul" of the plant. Perhaps due to
the dilution it has no side effects.
The solutions are preserved by trace
amounts of alcohol and vinegar and the
mixture tastes like water.
Giving your pet this stress reliving
remedy is easy. Simply drop one drop
into the pet's water dish, early on De-
cember 31st. This will allow it to work
all day, as your pet drinks. During the
firework's loudest noise, if you are able
to get near the pet you may give it on
the pad of his foot. Place one or two
drops on the palm of your hand, then
apply to the pet's foot pads. It may be
added to food as well.
I wish a happy 2006 for you and your
The cost is one guilder. Next week:
how to give the remedy and your ques-
tions about the remedy for fireworks. 1
Florence Ditlow

(Editor's Note:
Fireworks on the
island have started
already-albeit ille-



Author Florence Ditlow and her dogs.

Are you a shopkeeper who cares about animals and the effects
that the fireworks celebration will have on them?
If so you may want to help distribute Rescue Remedy. The cost to the pet owner
will be one guilder which is earmarked for donation to the Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter. If so contact fhummingbird(@yahoo.com or The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988.

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Late Show
Cal to make sure (Lsually9 pm)
The Legend of Zorro
(Anthonio Banderas)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Two For The Money
(Al Pacino)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
: The Curse Of The
Were-Rabbit / Goal
(Holiday Matinee Extra)

Saturday, Sunday, December 24, 25-
Traditional Christmas Gourmet
Dinner at Rum Runners, Capt. Don's
Habitat. See page 10-Tel. 717-8290

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Decem-
ber 24, 25, 26-Christmas Dinner at
Den Laman. See page 12- Tel. 717-

Sunday, December 25 Bonairean
Christmas Buffet at Divi Flamingo -
Music by Kriollo Kids (Gaitas). The
buffet will consist of all-Bonairean
Christmas dishes. There will be a cozy
Bonairean Christmas ambiance with
decorations, Christmas tree, etc. Price
to be announced. Information 717-

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
days, starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Dec.26 Braemar; Dec.27
Aida Vita


Saturday, December 31-Comcabon
Fun Run 2/4/5 km -5:30 pm. Tel. 717-
8629 or 780-7225-Richard Pietersz
Saturday, December 31 Divi Fla-
mingo New Years Party


Karnaval 2006 Jan. 7 to Feb. 28
January 14, 2006 next quarterly
clean-up dive. All are welcome, divers
and non-divers alike. Contact sponsors
Yellow Submarine (http://www.
bonaireyellowsubmarine.com) or Net-
Tech (http://www.nettech.an).

Saturday Rincon Marshe 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.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride-
Everyone is welcome. It's free. Bring
a bike and your own water. Fitness
trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the
pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for
more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
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, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Yoga 5 pm, Beginner; 6.30
pm, Intermediate, Harbour Village Spa
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.
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, & search for "Gibi."
Wednesday -Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed
Level, Plaza Resort, 786-6416
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday -Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level,
Buddy Dive Resort, 786-6416
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, 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 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide Show at Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30pm Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation 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

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
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 eny 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, formerly known
as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the
ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco
36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6
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 welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451; Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery. 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
7174685, 566-4685

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. 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

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 event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule
Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line
Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen

Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

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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.
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 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 For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
THE PLANTATION Has lots of classy furniture and
antiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see
great teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

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.
Nature Exploration
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.
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: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
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.
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Per-
fect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get
discounts and more. Free gift for learning how.
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.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too.
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 786-6518

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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

Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chi Restarant and arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flam goea717-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. 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.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally aheadtos, desserat- in or take cutaway. Nice bar too.790-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

mn ) l aS oe Spm r2200

Carlos Lopez1~I

ST was born in La Victoria, near
1 Marcay, Venezuela. My father
is an accountant, my mom a homemaker,
and that's hard work too. I have one sis-
ter who is 42 years old and she has two
children, Dubraska and Carlos. They are
like my sun and my moon as I have no
children of my own. They are my two
eyes, and they are very, very important to
me. My family doesn't have much
money; it's a small family, but we are
very happy.
At first I studied electric engineering,
but I didn't like it. I prefer doing some-
thing with people, so I studied industrial
relationships how to improve relation-
ships within a company. I studied for
only three years as the finances were not
good in the family and I needed to start
I was 20 years old when I began work-
ing for a big company in Venezuela,
Condoven, which makes steel tubing for
the oil industry. I was doing PR and hu-
man resources. After I'd been working
for a year, my boss, who was very good,
asked me if I could work as a' recruit-
ment and selection assistant' interview-
ing all the applicants who wanted to work
for the company and doing psychological
testing and salary analysis. It was very,
very important for me, and for two years
I worked with the people.
Then two years later I met the human
resources manager of the company,
Venceramica, who offered me a job. It
was a better position with more money.
The idea was to create a new image for
the recruitment and selection department
within the company. It was hard work
because the company had 2,500 employ-
ees and we had to change all their minds
and ways of thinking, so they could work
together in a better way. It took two years
but... we did it!
Then I thought I needed a change. So I
moved to the capital, to Caracas. At the
time it was very hard to get a job in my
field, but one star a good friend told
me, 'I have a job for you.' I became the
manager of one of the PPM Records
Concresa CD shops. I thought, 'Oh my
God, this is very different.' I never
worked in a shop all the sales all the
people all the different types of music!
But it was a lot of fun for me!
I worked in a part of town called Prados
del Este and lived in a very small room. I
didn't have much money and some days I
ate only a piece of bread with ham and
cheese, but at the time I thought, 'Thank
you, Lord, for the food, for the big oppor-
tunity, for being alive!' I met a lot of
people: performers, singers, important
show business people. Then my boss said

to me one day, 'Carlos, I need your help.
I want you to train all the people who
will be the managers in the stores.' So, I
began the training and I received some
very good feedback.
At the same time I had this dream of
going to Europe. I'd never been outside
my country. I planned a vacation to Spain
for one month. It was very different when
I arrived at the airport; it was the first
time my foot touched foreign ground! I
did it! I was very happy. I had two
friends in Spain who told me where to go
and what to see. In my first week I met
someone who worked for Manzana Re-
cords who said, 'Carlos, you have experi-
ence, you're a very good boy and you are
very active. Would you like to work with
us?' My first reaction was, 'Oh my God,
this is a dream... am I asleep? But think-
ing it over my answer was 'No, I have
my responsibility in Venezuela... my
family... it's my country.'
Right now I think it was a good deci-

"In Bonaire you

have very beautiful

people and maybe in

two years we can

send Miss Bonaire

to the Miss World


sion. I was very young for that type of
work. All in all I stayed two months in
When I went back to Venezuela PPM
Records was planning to open a branch in
Curaqao. My boss asked me, 'Carlos, are
you still hot? Go to Curamao!' I met Mr.
Ostos, the partner of my boss in Vene-
zuela. We thought it would be only for
two weeks, but two months later I was
living in Curamao. A tourist sees Curaqao
as the beaches, the parties, the nightlife
and the Amstel beer, but as a citizen, life
is different. I felt some people were jeal-
ous that I, a Latin guy, had gotten the job.
But after I started papia Papiamentu un
tiki, speaking a little bit of Papiamentu
and learning about the culture and the
food, I changed, and the attitude of the
people changed towards me too. I made
lots of friends and I liked it so much. I
was the general manager of the shops in
Zeelandia and Hato International Airport.
But as time passed by I started feeling

very much alone. I
don't know why. I
had my friends
and I was travel-
ing to Venezuela
every two or three
months. After I
had been in Cura-
qao for two years
my father got very
sick and my mom
needed my help so
I decided to return
to Venezuela to
do I don't know
what but my
family needed
Carlos Lopez
(34) is a sleek
looking man and a
very relaxed and a
hospitable person.
He continues, "I
was in Venezuela for six months with my
family they were the most important
thing to me. My father recovered I
think he needed his son! I contacted my
boss in Curacao, who'd moved to Bon-
aire in the meantime, and told him I
needed a job. He answered, 'I need you
here.' So, on September 2, 2003, I came
to Bonaire. I had been here two or three
times before and I liked this island. It's
quiet and secure and the people are very
friendly, but the thing I like best about
these islands is the mixture of cultures.
I started to work as a manager of the
CD store, and 20 days later I met the
most important person right now in my
life, apart from my mother. So, I feel sta-
bility, love, sincerity and everything has
changed. I worked with the CD shop for
one year and one year ago I established
my own shop called Second Hand Store.
It was a dream; everybody wants to have
his own business. But the economy was
no good in Bonaire, so in May this year I
decided to close. At that moment the
Venezuelan consul told me that she
needed a secretary to work with her. I
started to work the 1st of July and now I
am so happy. I like to organize and also I
like fashion shows. I've been working
with a famous Venezuelan designer, Edu-
ardo Kano, who lives in New York now.
Here in Bonaire I helped the Lion's Club
with a fashion show in Plaza last Decem-
ber; I organized a fashion show this year
in June at the Lighthouse; and this month
I organized the 15-year anniversary fash-
ion show for Benetton Bonaire.
I like it here. In Bonaire you have very
beautiful people and maybe in two years
we can send Miss Bonaire to the Miss
World Pageant! There is a lot of work to

Carlos Lopez

be done and we need a sponsor! The
young people can have a very good fu-
ture, but we have to help, to motivate and
to push them! I feel I can do everything
as long as I have my health.
I think I am going to stay here for a
long time. I feel I've got my life here in
all aspects. I live here, and I am Bo-
nairean now, and I want the local people
to feel the same with me, please! My
English is not so good, but my Papia-
mentu is good! I have some plans to build
my own home with a Venezuelan design
to feel my country near me. In the future
I would like to start a foundation for peo-
ple who need help. I am a person who
likes people; there's always chemistry. I
can see whether a person is good or bad
when I look in their eyes. It's in my
blood. My mother and I are very similar;
we like to interact with people. I have
made different steps in my life; I came
from a small village, I went to a big city,
but right now I prefer this place. It's my
piece of paradise. Here I have a beautiful
house, a good job, very good friends and
these things are very hard to get in an-
other place. I yearn for my family, but
it's only one
hour of trav-
eling. I sin-
cerely hope I
will be able
to enjoy this
moment for a
very long
time." OStory
& photo by
Greta Koois-

Bonaire Reporter December 23-30, 2005

Page 21

Whale of a Story
From the pages of the *aj gm b Qermoidt

One of our readers,
part time resident
Gerry Clow, sent us
this item that appeared
in the San Francisco
Chronicle as a follow-
up to our photo and
story about a hump-
back whale in the last issue:

n Sunday morning near the Farallones Islands, which are off the coast
Sof San Francisco, a crab fisherman happened upon a female humpback
whale ensnared in about 20 weighted, nylon crab-pot ropes. Attached to the ropes
were a dozen 90-pound crab traps. The whole tangled mess was wrapped tightly
around the whale and dragging her downward, while she struggled to keep her
blowhole above the water. The fisherman alerted the marine mammal rescue peo-
ple, who called around and assembled a team of divers, who motored out to the
It took the divers an hour to free the whale, which "floated passively in the wa-
ter" while they painstakingly cut through the ropes with curved knives. When the
whale was finally liberated, she did not immediately dive beneath the surface and
get the hell out of Dodge, like any sensible whale -- or other wild creature -- might
do after such an ordeal. Instead, the whale began swimming in circles, approaching
each diver and bumping him gently before swimming to the next diver.

What I found so compelling about this story, aside from the fact that it's extraor-
dinary, was its moral clarity and sense of wonder. You rarely find something so
effortless in the news biz, which is characterized by more shades of gray than
you'll find in a tombstone factory. Not to mention the horror, the cynicism, the atti-
tude, the world-weariness ....the whole schmagirggle that makes up so much jour-

One diver was eye to eye with the whale the whole time he was cutting her free.
A single casual flip of a 50-ton whale's tale can kill a man, but the diver said he
never felt he was in danger. The whale just kept looking him in the eye, and he
kept looking her in the eye. 'It was an epic moment of my life,' he said. O Tai

R eefs Golden
Hamlet Club
now has a membership
of two. Linda Baker (of
Carib Inn) is the inau-
gural member and Peter
Leahy has followed
suit. Linda and Peter
are both volunteers for
REEF, the Reef Envi-
ronmental Education
The Golden Hamlet
Club was not created to
honor Shakespearean
literature. Experienced
REEF members know
that the hamlet is a Golden
small oval fish in the (HypopI
sea bass family. The
Golden Hamlet Club was established to
honor REEF volunteers who have con-
tributed 1,000 fish surveys.
Since 2000, Linda has logged 1,149
surveys in the REEF database, all in the
water surrounding Bonaire. Bonaire is
not the only place to conduct surveys.
REEF's project areas are divided into
four zones: The Tropical Western Atlan-
tic, the Pacific Coast, the Tropical East-
ern Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands.
REEF has developed the Roving Diver
Technique, which allows surveyors like
Linda freedom as they explore the reef.
They are not restricted to a transect line.
In her surveys, Linda has documented
more than 300 fish species in Bonaire,
including some unusual ones. On one
dive, a mola mola, or ocean sunfish, de-
cided to pay a visit. "It came up from the

Hamlet Hypoplectrus gummigutta
lectrus unicolor) courtesy Reef Series CD.

deep and stayed with us for about five
minutes before it left," Linda says. At the
Something Special site Linda encoun-
tered a broadbanded moray eel about six
feet long. It was also at Something Spe-
cial that she recorded 114 fish species in
one dive-her personal best.
As a PADI master instructor at Bruce
Bowker's Carib Inn, Linda teaches PADI
Fish Identification specialty and enjoys
introducing students to some of her fa-
vorites: frog fish and sea horses.
Linda and Peter will be honored by
REEF at the end of the year in a cere-
mony recognizing all its volunteers who
have conducted 1,000 fish surveys. Will
you be the Club's third member? If you
are interested, call the local REEF repre-
sentative at 791-4262. O Valerie Gast

Bonaire Reporter- December 23-30, 2005

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*to find it, just look up

Four Fabulous Planets for the Holidays

T his year the cosmos is very happy to bring you, free of charge, four fabu-
lous planets for your Sky Park holiday viewing pleasure. In early evening
you can see dazzling Venus, rouge-gold Mars, and an exquisite ringed Saturn,
and in early morning before sunrise the king of the planets itself, Jupiter. And if
you're one of the lucky ones to get a telescope as a holiday gift the viewing will
be absolutely super, although as always, this foursome will look great to just the
naked eye. Let me show you.
During the last two weeks of December, about 45 minutes after Sky Park sun-
set, face west where, close to the horizon, you'll see the planet which many peo-
ple have mistaken for the Christmas star all month because it's been so daz-
zlingly bright, Venus, the planet often called Earth's twin sister because it's al-
most the same size, 8,000 miles wide. Like our Moon it goes through various
phases, and through a telescope it always looks rounder and closer to full when
it's farther away from us. If you had watched it through a small telescope for the
past several months you would have seen it grow in size as it steadily came
closer to us. But even though it got bigger and bigger as it got closer its phases
got smaller. It was only 25% lit on December 10th but by New Year's Eve it will
be a skinny 6% lit crescent. And if you start watching this week with a small
telescope you'll actually be able to watch it shrink like a waning Moon.
Around 6 pm look southeast and Mars will be still gleaming a bright rouge-
gold and is still almost as bright as Sirius, the brightest star, but it is steadily los-
ing its brightness. So catch it now while it still dazzles the eye. Only 4,000 miles
wide its features will become more difficult to see as it zooms away from us.
Around 9 pm face slightly northeast and exquisite ringed Saturn, which looks
good in even the cheapest department store telescope, will be getting ready to
take over planet viewing. And you'll be able to watch it steadily brighten week
after week. At 75,000 miles wide it is not as bright as Venus and Mars because it
is so incredibly much farther away.
And now for our last planet face southeast about an hour before sunrise and
88,000-mile-wide Jupiter will be the brightest thing in the sky. Through even the
smallest telescope you can see its four largest moons, which look like pinpoints
of light which constantly change their position as they orbit the king. And on
Monday December 26th an exquisite waning crescent Moon will be parked just
above it, making a wonderful sky duo. Likewise the next morning, Tuesday, De-
cember 27th, an even skinnier crescent Moon will be parked just below it, making
yet another exquisite twosome.
So there you have it: the king of the planets in the morning and Venus, Mars
and Saturn at night. Four planets gift wrapped for the holidays courtesy of the
cosmos. 1
Jack Horkheimer

23tLA Lo

For the week: December 18 to 24 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Do not let lovers cost you money or take advantage of
you. You can expect changes in your living arrangements. You can meet potential
new mates if you socialize with friends. Take the time to sort out your personal pa-
pers and double-check your financial investments. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try not to allow your partner to lead you astray or
upset your routine. Not everything you hear will be legitimate. You should consider
submitting some of your written work for publication. Self-deception is likely. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Health problems may prevail if you don't take care of
them immediately. Take a break; you can finally mend any disputes on the home
front. If you put your energy into physical outlets you will avoid confrontations. Al-
though it does look promising, be careful not to overextend yourself or you will lose
in the long run. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Children may be less than honest with you. Get in-
volved in volunteer work that will bring you satisfaction, not an empty wallet. Sud-
den changes regarding work and colleagues are apparent. Heed the advice given by
family or old reliable friends. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may have a hard time relating to children this week.
Large organizations may try to talk you out of your hard-earned cash. You could
make extra cash through creative hobbies. Home improvement projects will run
smoothly. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your ability to converse with charm will entice
someone you may have had an interest in for some time now. Try to think things
through. Your disciplined attention to jobs will enhance your position. Make plans to
mix business with pleasure. Dinner with clients or business associates should be suc-
cessful. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Go to the top if you're being harassed or held back.
Don't make accusations unless you are completely sure that you are correct. You may
need to make a choice. Visit those less fortunate than your self; be sure to help them
with their personal problems. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may find yourself interested in more than one
person. Don't let your partner get you going. You are best to travel or attend lectures
or seminars. You'll be an emotional basket case this week. Don't take any comments
too seriously. If you can work at home, do so. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You might have some problems balancing
your books. Business and emotional partnerships will run smoothly. Accommodate
others but not before you do your own thing. Do the proper safety checks before you
go out. Do not lend money to friends, or contribute more than necessary to groups
unworthy of your cash. our lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Talk to an older family member you have helped
in the past. Your charm will be captivating. Your dramatic approach to life has proba-
bly gotten to your mate. Do something special for them. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't be afraid to pursue unfamiliar grounds. Up-
heavals may occupy your day. Put your money into a safe place that will ensure a
profit if you let it sit long enough. Set aside any decisions regarding your personal life
this week. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Children might be on your mind. Don't hesitate to
make special plans just for two. Don't hesitate to voice your opinions at a group meet-
ing; however, keep your thoughts to yourself at home. Be considerate and avoid be-
ing overly opinionated, or arguments will ensue. Your ideas will be well received.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

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