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Bleached mountainous star coral
A major bleaching event hit
most of the Caribbean during
the fourth quarter of 2005. The re-
ports came from such widely separated
areas as Florida, Panama and Colombia
and were soon followed by reports from
Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and
Trinidad & Tobago. The northern Antil-
lean islands were also affected, but
Bonaire was almost unaffected, re-
ported Paul Hoetjes of NACRI
(Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Initia-
Bleaching lasted well into November
on all the northern islands, but recovery
began in Saba in early November with
the bleached surface area of corals de-
creased to 67% and additional recovery
in the second half of November. St.
Maarten also reported color returning to
corals by November 20. These islands
reported significant coral mortality. In
St. Maarten, 30% of the smaller corals
are reported to have died.
The ABC islands and the northern
Venezuelan coast in general were
spared the worst impact of this 2005
bleaching event. Bleaching did not start
until around mid-October and never
became total. Coral colonies mostly
only paled and did not become com-
pletely white. In Bonaire bleaching ap-
peared to be much less than in Curaqao,
though this impression from Curaqao-
based monitors is not based on quantita-
tive data. By mid-December water tem-
peratures had dropped to 270 C, and
corals should recuperate quickly. No
mortality attributable to bleaching was
A Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) is
eliminating the commission it pays to
travel agents, effective February 1,
2006. In the near future reservations
will be made through the Internet and
the "paper" ticket will disappear, said
DAE Managing Director Floris van Pal-
landt on Thursday. Currently travel
agents receive a 5% commission, while
the reservation systems generally cost
$4 per booking and the paper ticket
costs some $3.50, Van Pallandt ex-
plained. He said an Internet booking
tool for the airline was in progress and
should be ready by mid-January. Cur-
rently a round-trip flight to Curacao on
DAE is NAf234 (about $134) for the
12-minute flight plus NAf22,50 in de-
(Continued on page 6)
IN T7HS ISSUE:
(Juan Pablo Boekhoudt) 3
Predictions/Results 2005/2006 4
Letter (Fireworks mess) 7
Minimum Wage 7
2005 Turtle Tracks 8
Piracy in Venezuela 9
Holiday Traditions: ( Papa Pasku, Bo
Toko Tradition) 10
Biggest Pizza Oven 11
(Vicki Miller) 11
Where to Find the Reporter 12
SEBIKI Reading Project 13
Parable -Four Dolls 14
Karnaval Schedule 15
Pier Sponges (Dee Scarr) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam
(Angkor Wat, Cambodia)
Mega FM Schedule
Vessel List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Helen)
Special Olympic Spotlight
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Michiel van Bokhorst)
(The Sun faster and closer)
The Stars Have It
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
SFrom now on all baggage for international flights will be inspected by
hand at Flamingo Airport before being permitted to be loaded on aircraft. This is
in accordance with International regulations (IACO in Annex 17). For more infor-
mation consult your airline. Domestic flights are exempt from the regulation.
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Juan Pablo Boekoudt Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
by Wilna Groenenboom
This is the sixth bi-monthly publica-
tion of Antique Living Houses of
Bonaire. I've just started my search to find
the pearls of Bonaire's living houses. Per-
haps some of these houses are already on a
list of monuments to be preserved. I don't
know if this house is one of them, but if it's
not, it should be for sure.
The house is in Tera Kora and was built
in 1914 by Juan Pablo Boekhoudt and his
wife Maria Tomasia Cicilia Boekhoudt-
Beukenboom (in the above photos). Today,
Alicia Plasida, Pablo's daughter, is living in
the house with her nephew, German.
I was attracted to this house because of
the garage The garage has a half round roof
and looks old to me. It is on the left side of
the house. The garage is indeed 91 years
old, the same age as the house. Perhaps the
first Bonaire auto, a model T-Ford, was
stored in it. Few people owned cars in
those days so most houses didn't have a
garage. Having a car 91 years ago must
have been a great status symbol.
Juan Pablo earned his money by buying
and selling. He had a boat on Bonaire to
transport cargo between Bonaire and Cura-
cao or Aruba. The cargo could be rum,
food, fruit, donkey bones or dung. The
bones were made into buttons for clothing
The ship's crew slept behind the house in
a separate building because they had to get
up early. It was built of sticks (bara) and
covered with mud and grass. The north side
was planked with wood. Since the planks ofBonairean things of historical and cul-
did not provide enough protection against tural value. They range from beautiful tiles,
heavy rains the wood was covered with cut with or without color, to old photos of the
open oil cans. family. Story andphoto col-
This house is a real living museum, full lage by Wilna Groenboom
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who teaches art at the SGB
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
STHE BONAIRE REPORTER ANNUAL PREDICTIONS and RESULTS
F or the last 11 years we've been trying to determine how the coming year will work out. This year we continue with our views in four important
areas. And so you can see how accurate we were, you can refer to our HITS & MISSES.
Sr How did we do? Prediction for 2005 Results of 2005 predictions
Prediction for 2006 Published January 2005
Structural: Structural: Bonaire's island government has had a Hit: Several roads reopened after major repairs and many
The journey to establish "Direct Ties" with the Nether- sleepy year. This year its road rebuilding program should streets have had problem areas resolved temporarily.
lands will be painless for Bonaire and the small Antillean progress faster and social projects advance.
islands during the year. Round Table negotiations for Cura-
cao and Aruba will be more difficult. More and more payments, normally funneled through the Hit: Until suspended for inadequate reporting and follow-
We think that agreement conflicts between Holland and Central Government will be made directly to Bonaire up, AMFO awarded millions of guilders to Bonaire charita-
Bonaire won't arise until 2007 as the July 2007 deadline from Holland. ble foundations that might have otherwise "got stuck" in
for the new order nears. Curacao.
Agreements and protocols for direct Dutch rule will be Hit: The referenda in all islands except Statia showed that
The election for Bonaire's three seats in Parliament at the developed as the remaining islands conduct their Referenda. Antilleans want out from under the yoke of the Curacao
end of January will be the closest in years. The UPB, dominated Central Government.
buoyed by a stronger economy, could win two of the seats. Progress towards a direct tie with Holland will be evo- Hit: Two major conferences have put the islands on
But the PDB move that consolidated candidates from the lutionary rather than revolutionary, course to a dissolution of the Antilles in July 2007. A new
Socialist and Labor parties into itself may swing enough order with the large islands acquiring an "Aruba-like" status
votes to win two of the three seats. The election is too close and the small islands becoming a "part" of Holland was
to call. committed.
J. Abraham R. Booi
Economic: Economic: Better and more frequent connections, and Hit: We almost missed it but Continental began flying non-
The rosy economic outlook for Bonaire will continue. we hope, finally a direct flight to the US, will show how stop from Houston in mid-December. Until then American
Rental apartments will continue to be the strong sector. important the US market is to Bonaire. visitors were down because of Air Jamaica cutbacks.
There will be at least one more non-stop flight a week
from the US, motivated by the Continental non-stop's high Housing prices, especially along the shorefront, will con- Hit: The market is so good houses are being bought solely
load factor. tinue to rise. The possibility of Bonaire soon having a di- for resale since the more desirable properties enjoyed a 10%+
Housing starts, especially for Bonairean workers will be a rect Dutch link form of government combined with a strong appreciation. However, there has been a price inflation in all
growth area. euro will make Bonaire an attractive real estate investment housing price categories.
Real estate values will soar in anticipation of the 2007 for many Europeans.
conversion to the euro, especially if it remains significantly If direct US flights are begun there will be a significant Hit: Restaurants seemed to be the turn over champion this
higher than the US dollar. rise in American visitors. year with one place changing its name three times in four
Ground will be broken for at least one, maybe three new Businesses will continue to turn over as failing busi- months.
hotels. nesses are snapped up by euro-strong investors. The Houston-based Parman Group of developer Hushang
Ansary is leading new American investment in the islands
Which shows confidence by some "experts" about the future.
However, the prosperity did not appear to trickle down to
the working man who was hit by high utility bills and more.
Environmental: Environmental: We believe a compromise will be Miss: There was no compromise. Government interests
The Bonaire government will get behind a real alter- reached on the sewage treatment plant that will permit it steamrolled the sewage project ahead despite environmental
native power project this year. to continue towards deployment by 2008. concerns. At times, the government seemed to be ignoring
The sewage plant will continue to creep toward com- The Marine Park will institute some significant pro- its own environmental ordinances.
pletion without be- grams and regain top billing on the world environmental Hit: Both parks had banner years and were given Dutch
ing halted by envi- stage. recognition having completed new projects and expanded
ronmentalist inter- Washington Park should receive international recogni- the involvement of dedicated volunteers. The Marine Park
ests despite its ac- tion for its new projects and innovations. regained its ecological leadership in the Caribbean region.
knowledged short- The STCB, now under on-island operation, will continue The STCB's turtle preservation and tracking projects con-
comgs Parks to get headlines for its tracking projects. tinued now under local leadership and plans some new ini-
will continue to im- tiatives this year in conjunction with the Marine Park.
prove under their
two strong manag- i S N A
Social: Social: People will be disappointed with the reorganiza- Hit-: Just about all the people who committed serious
Under the moral leadership of the Governor and funda- tion of the police department's crime fighting ability. More crimes were brought to justice, but "petty crime" is a seri-
mental reinforcement from the Central Government, Bon- than police will be required to solve the deep-seated prob- ous problem because of its negative impact on tourism.
aire's police will have more presence which will bring lems that cause drug abuse related offenses. Radar designed to detect drug smuggling is just being in-
about a reduction in crime. stalled which hopefully will cut the amount of drugs landing
The charitable grant-giving powers of AMFO will be re- AMFO will bring even more funds to Bonaire's NGOs. on Bonaire and the crime it brings.
fined and systemized. Grants to worthy causes will resume Hit: Charitable foundations on all Antillean islands, espe-
early in 2006. cially Bonaire, were hurt when Dutch authorities withdrew
AMFO's authority to give grants to worthy causes. Fraud
r, ^ was NOT an issue, but record keeping and follow-up were,
leading some to believe the withdrawal move was politi-
However, until they were cut-off, An
AMFO funds made a huge differ-
ence and made Bonaire a better
place especially for the less affluent.
SG.D. F O
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
Picture Yourse If
In The Repo rter
Arngkor WVat, Cambodia
R eporter subscriber Bob Tseng writes, "We look forward to every issue of
The Reporter. It certainly seems like Bonaire generates a lot of news! I
thought that you might enjoy this photo of my wife Cynthia Tseng. Cynthia is also
a Gold Ambassador for Bonaire. She is at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, where they
filmed Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. It is the ancient Hindu temple built in the
early part of the 12th century by the Angkor ruler."
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST
PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob.
Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (All
2006 photos are eligible.)
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
A On Thursday, December 22, the
Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association
(BONHATA) held its elections for
the 2006 Board of Directors. The
meeting was held in the Conference
Room of Capt. Don's Habitat. 63% of
the total membership was present ei-
ther in attendance or by proxy. Elected
From the associated members-
Captain Don's Habitat, represented
by Jack Chalk; Den Laman Condo-
miniums, represented by Marcel Olij;
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino,
represented by Maarten van Wijk;
Plaza Resort Bonaire, represented by
Boudewijn "Bous" Scholts; Port Bon-
aire, represented by Irene Dingjan.
From the allied members
Bonaire Affair, represented by Max
van Dortmunt; Bonaire Tours & Vaca-
tions, represented by Corine Gerharts;
Budget Car Rental, represented by
Dirk Jan Methorst; Divi Dive, repre-
sented by Serge de Groote.
The new Board of Directors con-
vened a special
session in order to
elect the new offi-
cers for 2006. The
results of the offi-
cer elections are as
"Bous" Scholts 2006BONHATA
Plaza Resort Bon- President
aire (pictured) Boudewijn
Vice-president "Bous" Scholts
Corine Gerharts Bonaire Tours &
Secretary-Treasurer Dirk Jan
Methorst Budget Rental Car
To find out more about BONHATA
go to www.ilovebonaire.com.
A The Harbour Village resort must
be doing exceptionally well because
last Wednesday we and a friend were
turned away at the iron gate at the
resort's entrance. We had been plan-
ning to meet Co de Koning, the author
of a new "island" book, a Harbour Vil-
lage condominium resident, for lunch
at La Balandra, a public restaurant,
(Harbour Village does NOT have a
private club license) to receive a signed
copy of the book.
Rightfully upset at the rejection, our
friend spoke directly with the resort's
manager, Andre Fermin, on the house
phone and he confirmed that none of us
were welcome. The next day the Papia-
mentu language newspaper, Extra,
condemned his action as discrimina-
tory and racist. The newspaper re-
ported that the hotel's management
denied the charge, saying it was "not
true" and only the hotel's guests were
allowed to enter because of the holiday
Further investigation revealed that
several non-guests had been admitted
to the resort and had credit card re-
ceipts showing they had paid the ad-
mission fee and patronized the restau-
rant. In addition other people indicated
the restaurant had numerous empty ta-
Beta Gamma Delta Epsilon
(bay-tan) (garm-nalt (del-ta) (ep-sl-Ni )}
A It's hard to believe, but last week another, the 27th and last, tropical storm
of the hurricane season formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Zeta storm advisory
number 1 said:
1 PM AST FRI DEC 30 2005 AT 1 PM AST... 1700Z...THE CENTER OF
TROPICAL STORM ZETA FORMED NEAR LATITUDE 25.0 NORTH...
LONGITUDE 36.9 WEST OR ABOUT 1070 MILES...1720 KM... SOUTHWEST
OF THE AZORES.
At press time: THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ZETA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 24.5 NORTH... LONGITUDE 39.7 WEST OR ABOUT 1300
MILES...2520 EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD IS-
LANDS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 7 MPH.
The storm is expected to have dissipated by the time you read this... but with
tropical systems who really knows?
A The Houston-based
Parman Group led by
developer Hushang An-
sary, who we reported
last week has taken over
the Banco di Caribe, has
also taken a majority
interest in Ennia, an
A Artists from the Netherlands An-
tilles and Aruba have once againjoined
together to produce the Dutch Carib-
bean Art Diary 2006, the fifth edition
of the agenda book. Bonaire is richly
represented with six individual artists:
Linda Richter, Jake Richter, Avy Ben-
hamron, Jackie Bemabela (poetry and
a photo), Nochi Coffee, and Ronald
Beautifully bound in a rich velour
hard cover, the new diary will help or-
ganize your new year while presenting
you with pages of whimsical Caribbean
art. Available for sale at the Cinnamon
(Continued on page 7)
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
As of January 1 st, 2006 the hourly minimum wages on all Islands have
been adapted as a consequence of indexing to developments in consumer
prices. Per island the following gross hourly minimum wages will apply as
of January 1 st, 2006. Employees should receive at least these wages.
per hour per week In case of per month In case of
40-hour working week 40-hour working week
All categories 5.98 23920 1,035.74
All categories 6.08 24320 1,053.06
All categories 6.54 261.60 1,132,73
All categories 5.65 226.00 97858
IO P E D A EE
Most people enjoy fireworks. There are some who
do not, but generally most people find them exciting
and pretty. But shouldn't those who use them be re-
sponsible for cleaning up afterward? This photo
shows less than 50% of the mess created on a public
road on Bonaire.
Editor's note: SELIBON wasn 't as fast with their
fireworks cleanup as in past years, perhaps because
New Year's Day was a Sunday. But there was lots of
debris along the waterfrontjust waiting for a breeze
to blow it into the sea. Give itfirst priority next
Further Information can be obtained at our offices:
* Kaya Korona 30. Bonalre. Phone: 717-8491, fax 717-8144
On our webslte: www.dlraz.an under: folders labour legislation, minimum
wages, you can find information about minimum wages for youths below
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
0 SEA TURTLE
2005 Turtle Tracks
S TCB prepared an overview
of the year's satellite track-
ing activity showing the paths of
our four 2005 radio tagged sea
Signals from 'Mariposita,' al-
though weak, have her off the
Rosalind Bank and back on the
bank where 'Jenni' spent so much
time. It is quite possible that she is
home and simply spends time between
the two banks the banks are only 20
We'll continue to track her move-
ments and let you know. Andy Uhr
& Mabel Nava
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
IYACHTIN AND *WATERSPORTS AGE
Piracy in Venezuela
F or Steve McVicar, the worst part
of lying in the cockpit of his
sailboat with a sawed-off shotgun
pressed to his head by a Venezuelan
pirate was how casually his life could
"It's just a horrible feeling that your
life is so frail, hanging by a thread,
when somebody has a gun on you," the
50-year-old orthopedic surgeon said in
a telephone interview. "You could be
McVicar and his companions, an-
other British Columbia doctor and his
wife, had just set off on a two-week
Caribbean cruise off the coast of Vene-
zuela early last November when pirates
turned their holiday into 30 minutes of
helplessness and terror.
The attack came the first evening out
of Puerto la Cruz on the coast of Vene-
zuela. McVicar had just spent two
weeks working on the boat, and when
his friends arrived, they headed 11
kilometers offshore to Isla Borracha
and anchored for the night.
There was no reason to expect trou-
ble. McVicar has keptAlioth, his 13-
meter French-built steel-hulled ketch,
in the Caribbean since 1999 and knows
its waters well, heading down for two-
week trips three or four times a year.
Both the Venezuelan coast guard and
the National Guard patrol the waters
around Puerto la Cruz, and the bay
they anchored in was reputed to be
Early in the evening, the three were
lounging in the cockpit, watching a
DVD. McVicar, drowsy from a cold
remedy, was not keeping a watch, and
the sound of the movie muffled the
noise of the outboard as a six-meter
open fishing boat approached.
"All of a sudden, five armed men
came on board and one put a shotgun
right to my head," he recalled. "The
others had pistols and a machete, and
they ended up tying us up and pro-
ceeded to loot the boat."
The Canadians lay on the deck,
bound hand and foot, with one pirate
holding the shotgun on them while his
companions ransacked the main cabin.
Nearby in the darkened aft cabin,
McVicar's own shotgun and a handful
of shells -- a potential defense now
turned appalling danger -- lay in plain
sight on his bunk. Mercifully, the pi-
rates never looked there.
"I shudder to think if they'd seen it,"
He remembered all too well the fate
of world-class yachtsman, Sir Peter
Blake, who grabbed his gun to chal-
lenge pirates who boarded his boat in
the Amazon River in 2001 and was
shot dead on the spot.
"You think, if only I had my gun up
on deck, I could have loaded it, which I
usually do, but what if I fired? What if
they had a machine gun and fired
back? You'd wind up having a fire-
"That's what was going through my
brain, so I offered no resistance, so it's
just as well
pirates were pawing through his gear
and taking what they fancied -- satellite
phone, VHF radio, expensive sailing
clothing, electronic instruments and
"The sad part was, I had an empty
knapsack, and I had about $10,000 in a
zipped pocket," he said.
"I usually hide that on the boat some-
where, but I never got around to it and
they used the knapsack to put stuff in,
not knowing the cash was there, so it
was really disheartening to see them
take the knapsack."
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
Camissa, Chan Is.
Casa del Mar
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
One Way Wind
Ulu Ulu, USA
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
1-06 1:02 1.OFT. 8:11 1.6FT. 15:03 1.2FT. 18:40 1.4FT. 66
1-07 0:46 1.1FT. 8:34 1.8FT. 16:28 1.1FT. 20:18 1.2FT. 57
1-08 9:07 1.9FT. 17:43 0.9FT. 23:18 1.1FT. 23:50 1.1FT. 53
1-09 9:43 2.0FT. 18:37 0.8FT. 54
1-10 10:15 2.1FT. 19:36 0.7FT. 60
1-11 10:51 2.2FT. 20:22 0.7FT. 68
1-12 11:29 2.2FT. 21:07 0.7FT. 75
1-13 12:02 2.1FT. 21:54 0.7FT. 79
1-14 12:34 2.1FT. 22:30 0.7FT. 81
1-15 13:10 2.0FT. 23:00 0.8FT. 81
There was worse to come. The pi-
rates then took the woman down into
the boat and molested her, taking her
McVicar and the woman's husband
were afraid she might be taken ashore
and raped, but she was left on the boat.
After 30 minutes, the pirates left, and
after 10 minutes of twisting and
squirming, the captives freed them-
selves. They contacted a French yacht
lying at anchor about 300 meters away,
which came to see if they were alright.
Assured that they were, it left the bay
immediately, as did McVicar, who
took the yacht straight back to Puerto
la Cruz. mbridge(ipng.canwest.com
from the Canadian Broadcasting Com-
A Bo Toko Tradition
Papa Pasku .
S anikolas (Sint Nico-
laas) went back to
Spain at the end of the first
week of December, but
Papa Pasku (Santa Claus)
showed up around Decem-
ber 25 to continue to
spread his message of
good will to all.
One of his appearances
was on December 25 at the
Lac Bay Windsurfing cen-. t
ter on a motorcycle where
he handed out gift bags to At Lac
young and old alike do-
nated by the Hang Out Bar at Jibe City.
Ludo Nicholaas restarts theparty with the Foyan Boys after a rainshower
T he night before New Years Eve, every December 30, there's a big musical
party in front of Bo Toko (Your Store) in Nort di Salina from 7 to midnight.
It's now become a tradition. For the last six years the members of Glenn I Su Geng
get together to play for free to show their appreciation to the owners of Bo Toko,
Sula and Sjaki Melaan, and the residents of Nort di Salinja and Bonaire who've
supported them since they started. This year the Foyan Boyz from Rincon played
too. "Every year it's gotten bigger and bigger," says Glenn I Su Geng member,
Ludo Nicolaas. "Everyone celebrates all together. There's no fighting; everyone is
happy. It's a very good celebration. We enjoy doing this for the people." The inter-
mittent rain attempted to dampen some spirits, but people just ran for cover and
then came back to continue the party. L.D.
Then he and his clones distributed over 150 gift bags of food and essential items
to needy residents of Nort di Salina on December 26. The Nort di Salina Commu-
nity Centro di Bario sponsored the all-day, united neighborhood event. Each year,
donations are accepted and money is raised to provide this Christmas spirit and
cheer. Every person is visited at their home by Papa Pasku and his helpers who
delivered warm holiday
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
Blanca, Lisa and Joe with the new one-ton pizza oven
W e didn't think their pizzas could get any better but......
Pasa Bon Pizza got a new pizza oven 2,100 pounds worth. And it took
nearly a whole "community" to put it in. "This could never have happened in the
States," says Lisa, co-owner of Pasa Bon. "We got so much help from everyone! Dif-
ferent people loaned us a fork lift, a power jack and a trailer. And it took six very big
and strong guys, who took time off from their jobs in the afternoon, to get it in!"
Why is this oven so much better than the last one, we wondered. This one, because
of the way it's designed, gives much better even heat. It has marble stones, each
weighing 75 pounds, at 2 /2 to 3 inches thick. Most other ovens are made with their
burner tubes perpendicular to the stones, but in this one the tubes run the length of the
oven. It's been proven, as of last Wednesday when it was put into action for the first
time for customers, that it cooks better the crusts are improved and more fully and
evenly cooked, and there are no burned spots. And it can bake up to eight large pizzas
at once! The Bonaire Reporter bought the first "large sausage" to take away.
Stop in and try a pizza from the new oven yourself. The only problem you'll have is
making a decision as to what toppings you want. There are 15 different ones from
which to choose! Pasa Bon Pizza is on Kaya Gob. Debrot, just south of the Harbour
Village Marina. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 11 pm. Tel. 780-1111. Look for the
(Bonaire's only) stop light out front. L.D.
n December 1989 Vicki
Miller read a Bonaire tourism
brochure sent to a US dive opera-
tor. Beautiful pictures and the in-
formation about friendly, courteous
Bonaireans charmed her. She was
attracted by the promise of a quiet
atmosphere in harmony with na-
ture. Her first visit was September
1990. Her friend in the states said,
"Now you have found your favor-
ite place in the world," when she'd
tell them about Bonaire. Vicky has
visited other Caribbean Islands,
Honduras, the Atlantic coast and
Gulf of Mexico, but she always
returned to Bonaire. She made two
trips in 2005. She has the Bonaire
flag in her home in Seneca, South
In 2000 she met Al Catalfumo, A/
owner of the Black Durgon hotel.
His motto, "Come as a vacationer
and leave as a friend," is very appro-
priate and says it all. Now many times
she is greeted, "Bon Bini, Vicki," even
at the Flamingo Airport. Her experi-
ence on Bonaire is not just diving. She
celebrates the customs and history and
looks forward to sharing in the plans
and promise of the future.
Now as a Bonaire ambassador she
will promote this island as an eco-
tourist site to children in the US. Her
dream is to start student exchange pro-
grams that would arrange trips for US
students to Bonaire to study the is-
land's nature management and chal-
1 Catalfumo, Ambassador Vicki Miller and
TCB's Eveline Marchena
lenge them to share their experiences
with others. She is a licensed counselor
and specializes in children, teens and
their family relations. She hopes this
will allow her to work with Bonairean
foundations like Jong Bonaire, Maria
Hoppner Foundation and the youth
with special needs and disabled. Like
Capt. Don Stewart says, "There is
more to life than diving." When people
ask, "What do you plan to do while on
vacation?" she answers, "The 4D's:
Diving, Dancing, Dining and Dream-
ing-always about the beauty of Bon-
aire." Photo & story by TCB
C ats often have the reputation of
being "stand offish," but in
"Helen's" case, it couldn't be further
from the truth. She even prefers people
to eating! During mealtimes at the cat
cage at the Bonaire Animal Shelter if a
person walks in Helen will stop eating
and go over to greet the visitor. She's
totally tuned into her environment.
And she can relate to people, as she
searches your face for your reaction.
Now that's special! This light gray
striped cat is two years old and very
affectionate. So if you're looking for a
real companion, not just a "trophy" cat,
Helen is for you. As are all the other
pets up for adoption at the Shelter,
Helen has been examined by the vet,
has been tested for feline leukemia,
had her shots and is sterilized. You
may see her at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Fri-
day, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
During the year 2005 there were 158
adoptions from the Shelter (40 of
which were cats). Another record was
set. In 2004 there were 150 adoptions;
in 2003 there were 110; in 2002 there
were 90. Interestingly, about half the
dog adoptions this past year were for
adult dogs. Usually, it's puppies that
are the more popular normally three
quarters of the adoptions.
Other great news is that in addition to
the 158 pets adopted, all of which were
sterilized, the Shelter had an additional
100 animals sterilized a total of 258
sterilizations! That was thanks to the
Sterilization Fund ("Sterilization Fund,
MCB Account #10616410). As well
the Shelter has been continuing its edu-
cation program, going into the
neighborhoods and explaining about
the benefits of animal sterilization.
This fine organization just keeps get-
ting better and better. It deserves our
wholehearted support. L.D.
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art,
Art Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10
am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone
717-5246 for appt.
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line
yellow pages directory information go
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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Need a low priced centrally located
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workshops, yoga or fitness classes,
Rent our spectacular "Oasis terrace" or
"Rock-garden area." We offer kitchen
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area and performance stage. Capacity
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"Mi Gusta Lesa"
"I Love to Read" Proiect
S EBIKI is al-
known as the pre-
school center that
assists in education
and the upbringing
of the 0 to six year
old group on the is-
land. It also encour--
ages the whole fam-
ily in the barios to be
involved in the all-
round education and
upbringing of this
fragile group. Because of the high de-
mand from parents to continue with
something after the Op Stap program
(for the toddlers between 4-6 years),
last January SEBIKI started the pro-
ject, Mi Gusta Lesa (I Love to Read).
Under the professional coordination,
production and supervision of the dy-
namic and creative duo of Roxianne
Goeloe and Marie Craane, the project
has proved to be highly popular.
Time for an interview with one part
of the duo, Marie Craane (see "Born on
the Island" in The Bonaire Reporter, 4
November 2005). In speaking about
'their baby,' Craane, a speech therapist
and an applied linguistics professional,
is extremely enthusiastic. The objec-
tives are multifaceted, she explains.
"Mi Gusta Lesa is aimed at children
from 4 to 8 and their parents. The first
goal is to make the parents aware of
their responsibility towards reading to
their children and also to experience
how dushi (sweet) reading can be. It
should be incorporated into their daily
Furthermore Craane says that lan-
guage development and reading skills
lead to more successful understanding
of material in all subjects later on dur-
ing their school years. The kits de-
signed for this project also concentrate
on developing and improving the com-
munication skills between parent and
Through tasks parents can identify at
what stage of development their child
is: able to recognize letters, pronounce
The material is divided into "theme
kits." These are varied: nature, health,
family, nature, art and music, rhymes,
fairy tales, leisure time, school, ani-
mals and emotions. Each kit includes
three to four books with instructions,
material and tasks to work with at dif-
ferent reading levels.
What strikes me immediately is that
all the material is in Papiamentu and
that there are so many 'cute' children's
books in Papiamentu, something
Craane and I discussed almost in an
emotional mood as we were brought
up with children's (fairy tale) books in
Dutch. Neither of us had ever seen a
Papiamentu children's book during our
"Yeah, and there are many more
beautiful Papiamentu books than you
can imagine!" Craane says proudly.
SEBIKI learning aids
"We buy the books separately and then
produce the kits. Roxianne is the crea-
tive brain behind it while I'm more in
the process of thinking and develop-
Opting to work with themes is not a
coincidence. "It's been proved by dif-
ferent studies that children study better
if they read within a certain context or
theme. The network in their brains be-
comes more solid. This is also the case
with children with dyslexic problems."
Right now SEBIKI has 12 kits, and
Craane and Goeloe are in the process
of producing 13 new ones. The sub-
scription per year is NAf 10 with a
NAf25 deposit, giving the parent the
opportunity to borrow a kit for one
month. An additional guilder (NAf 1)
is required for extra material: paint,
glitters, copy pages etc. This way SE-
BIKI wants to make it easier for the
parents to access all the material at
Supporting the reading kits is the
topic for the monthly gathering on a
Friday afternoon. Last January when
the first meeting was held it was in-
tended for parents only. Goeloe and
Craane provided information on read-
ing and game tips for parents and intro-
duced the kits. The parents responded
eagerly and exchanged valuable tips.
Later on, the get-togethers with both
parents and children proved more ef-
fective as the parents worked on both
communication and reading skills of
the child. The parents learn through
experience and see how they can use it
in their homes. It becomes more 'alive'
Taking a look at the very appealing
kit I wondered how much time it takes
to develop one. Craane smiles and an-
swers that it generally takes two weeks
for each kit. "Roxianne reads two
books while I do the same. Developing
the instructions takes the most time.
It's crucial as they have to be very
clear and understandable."
Is there a connection between the
reading project and the annual Siman
di Buki (Book Week)? There is no real
connection according to Craane. This
last year Goeloe coincidentally read at
one of the gatherings. SEBIKI also or-
ganized the closure at the International
Day of the Child. Goeloe and Craane
read stories with the theme 'magic'.
Afterwards the children performed a
story in costumes, guided by Craane.
that most parents
who attend the
most of the time
the fathers are ab- l -
What are the plans
for this year -
"First of all we
will continue with
the monthly gather-
ings. We'll deter-
mine the theme de-
pending on what's
needed. One month
it will be a parent
gathering, then the r
next with parent
and child." The
translation of books
from Dutch and
English to Papia-
mentu is also on Marie Craane with the kits
their to-do list this
year. Because of
copyright restrictions, they will have to
just paste the translations in the origi-
Craane concludes our journey
through fairytales and other beautiful
themes by telling us that the end of the
year closure on December 9 was more
fun and festive than ever. Photos
and story by Natalie A. C. Wanga
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
The Mi Gusta Lesa meetings are every third Friday of the month from 5:30 pm
to 7 pm at SEBIKI. Each month's theme will be announced in the media. Once
you attend you'll receive a sticker with all the dates and the general opening
hours of the library/mediateka. For further information contact SEBIKI at 717-
2436 during business hours.
A PARABTEh Fer Ps
A sage presented a prince with a set of three dolls.
The prince was not amused. "Am I a girl that
you give me dolls?" he asked.
"This is a gift for the future King," said the man. If
you look carefully, you'll see a hole in the ear of each
So the sage handed him a piece of string. "Pass it
through each doll," he said.
Intrigued, the prince picked up the first doll and put
the string into the ear.
It came out from the other ear. "This is one type of person," said the man
"Whatever you tell him goes in one ear and comes out the other.
He doesn't retain anything."
The prince put the string into the second doll's ear. It came out from the mouth.
"This is the second type of person," said the man.
"Whatever you tell him, he tells everybody else."
The prince picked up the third doll and repeated the process. The string did not reappear
from anywhere else.
"This is the third type of person," said the man. "What ever you tell him is locked up
within him. It never comes out."
What is the best type of person?" asked the prince.
To answer, the man handed him a fourth doll.
When the prince put the string into the doll's ear, it came out the other ear.
"Do it again," said the sage.
The prince repeated the process. This time the string came from the mouth.
When he put the string in a third time, it did not come out at all.
"This is the best type of person, said the sage.
"To be trustworthy, a man must know when not to listen, when to remain silent and when
to speak out!" Marie
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Calto make sure (Usually9pm)
Get Rich or Die
Tryin' (50 Cent)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf 2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
:Chicken Little/ Zathura
Saturday, January 7-Opening of Salis-
bury exhibit, 7-9 pm. All invited. Cinna-
mon Art Gallery
Saturday, January 7-Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe--Outdoor market with local
food, drink, music, gifts, plants, more. 6
am to 2 pm, in the center of Rincon
Saturday, January 7-Karneval 2006
opens (see schedule this page)
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days,
starting around 10 am to early afternoon:
Jan. 10 -Sea Princess, Aida Vita; Jan.
24 -Aida Vita; Jan. 31 Rijndam
Saturday, January 14- quarterly Clean-
up Dive. All welcome, divers and non-
divers. Contact sponsors Yellow Subma-
com) or NetTech (http://www.nettech.an).
Sunday, January 29 Bonairean Night
Buffet with typical Bonairean dishes, live
"kriollo" music and folkloric dance per-
formances. Come and enjoy authentic Bo-
nairean dishes in a typical Bonairean at-
mosphere at the Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort & Casino! 6 to 9 p.m., NAf35, in-
cluding a welcome drink. Kids up to 12
years, pay their age in dollars. For reserva-
tions call 717 8285, ext. 444.
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-Mountain Bike Ride- Eve-
ryone 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 en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
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, & 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
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -Yoga
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.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku.
$12 (NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
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 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
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the
music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AAmeetings -everyWednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening
at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner 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 elry
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, 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 516-
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day 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. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451;
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje
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. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm.
Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch &
Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednes-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
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Email reporter@bonairenews. cor
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January 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule
Day Date Ship name Time Location PAX Line
Tue Jan.10 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess Cruises
Tue Jan.10 AidaVita 1300-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Germany
Tue Jan.24 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Germany
Tue Jan. 31 Rijndam 0900-1800 S.Pier 1258 HAL First Call
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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
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 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.
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: 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
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-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
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 and other
places. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover
ow you can get discounts and more.
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. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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.
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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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. 538 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. 780-1111 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
S'T 've been coming here since 1979.
SI grew up in Curaqao. I'm the
only Dutch person in the family. My sis-
ter was born in Willemstad, Curaqao, and
both my parents are from Indonesia. I
was born in Holland in 1965 and I cele-
brated my first birthday on a ship to the
Antilles. I lived in Curamao for six years.
My father was a harbor pilot. He'd been
in the ocean going trade, but after I was
born he wanted to spend more time with
his children. He couldn't find anything
suitable in Holland so we left for Cura-
qao. By the time I was seven and my sis-
ter five my parents thought it would be
better to return to Holland because of our
education and also because Europoort
Rotterdam was developing. Of course my
sister and I protested, but it didn't do
much. We went to live in Hellevoetsluis,
At school the children would badger me
a lot because my Dutch was very
'civilized,' and they spoke a broad Rot-
terdam dialect, but when I changed
schools I became very popular. I became
the singer of the KGB Band. We played a
lot and I would really freak out on stage.
Our repertoire was mostly what others
had written; we only had two songs we'd
written, but funnily enough, those were
the most popular ones.
I wanted to go to the film and TV acad-
emy, but I was 'drawn out.' (In the Dutch
system you can register for a certain field
of study, but when there are too many
candidates for that particular study you
get 'drawn out'. You try again the fol-
lowing year or choose another subject.)
I started to study Dutch, not a good
choice because it wasn't practical. I was
taking it slow. I was a member of the stu-
dent union and one night I wrote this
piece of music and a pledge told me,
'Let's sit together for a weekend and see
what comes out of it.' We recorded three
numbers, then he said, 'Now we're going
to the record company!' A little later we
were back on the street with 10.000
guilders and a contract and I thought, 'I
can do this for a living!' The money went
into a studio and we did it for 12 years!
We made good money, especially with
TV commercials. One is still running and
I still have the copyrights. My partner
and I decided to split up and I left. I
wanted to go to Bonaire.
While he was still working for Euro-
poort, my dad took over for someone on
Bonaire for three months and brought the
whole family with him. It was in 1979, so
I know Bonaire from that time. My father
was also one of the people who helped
sink the Hilma Hooker. In those days I
was diving here with a tank, uncertified,
14 years old."
Michiel van Bokhorst is a big guy and
he 'sfriendly, enthusiastic, to the point
"After my dad retired he went to work
in Saudi Arabia. He went by himself and
when the Gulf War broke out he stayed
put dangerous but he made good
money. Then he worked for three years in
the Bahamas; that's where I got my dive
certificate. From then on I came to Bon-
aire three times a year. Bonaire wasn't
the only place I visited; I traveled the
whole northern hemisphere all of
Europe and Eastern Europe, Malaysia,
Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan
and China. So when I left my company I
thought, 'I don't know what I'm going to
do, but I do know where I'm going to do
it... Bonaire!' And when I was here look-
ing for a house, mid 2004, I ran into this
girl. She came from the city of Utrecht,
just like me!"
Esther joins in, "I was here alone on
vacation because my buddy couldn't
"A little later we were
back on the street with
10.000 guilders and a
contract and I thought, 'I
can do this for a living! "'
make it. I thought I'd meet someone.
Bonaire is a 'Diver's Island' so it won't
be so hard! I went to Wannadive to ask
for a buddy and they told me Michiel was
looking for one.' I stayed two weeks and
I really liked Michiel more and more.
Back in Holland we went on seeing each
other, but he told me, 'Look, the only
thing I can offer you are four months of
fun and then I'll be gone, because I am
going to live on Bonaire.' I answered,
"By the time I was leaving," Michiel
says, "I was burned out, mostly because
my business partner and I were fighting
all the time during the last three months.
Esther stood by me and helped me in
every way during those months, so by the
time I was leaving I realized she was the
best thing that could have happened to
me and I asked her to come with me."
Esther says, "I had been thinking... If
he asks me to come I'll go with him...
We have such a unique thing going on
and I love him so much. Michiel also
said, 'Besides coming with me because
of me, you also have to come for Bon-
aire!' For me the hardest part was not
quitting my job, not selling my house, It
was leaving my
friends. But my
parents told me,
'When you make
don't think of us,
only think of
decide.' So, Mi-
chiel went in De-
cember 2004 and
I came mid July
2005 It was the
months of my
"She was a
mess when she
says, "so, as I
had some money
left and Esther
had sold her
house, we de-
cided to take a Esther Beentj
"I'd applied for a job at the Pelikaan
School," Esther says, "but that was when
I was still in Holland. They wanted me to
start in August. I thought it would be way
too much starting a new life with Mi-
chiel, a new country and a new job right
away. So I told them it was too soon for
me. But later on when I met Wilma from
the Pelikaan School here in the street she
asked me, 'Can't you come in January
because we're starting a new group?' So,
next week I start work!
But my advice is: get used to the new
place first! I slept a lot; I unpacked the
container; and my parents visited and had
a wonderful time. They've already
bought three sets of tickets for this year!
In my wildest dreams I didn't think
they'd like it here that much!"
"I'm doing the dive master training at
Wannadive," Michiel says. "I've known
those guys from the very first, when they
started at Buddy Dive. For their fifth an-
niversary a couple of months ago Dirk
Jan Durieux came up with the idea of
writing a song and recording it. I thought
it would be nice to do it professionally
and to invite everyone working at Wan-
nadive to sing a line. Nearly all of Bon-
aire was there at the party and now every-
one knows where to find me because
there is no other producer living on the
Now I'm doing commercials again and
it's fun! I played as DJ Shrek at City
Caf6, I did the sound for Scuba Vision
and I'm going to do a tune for Wowo riba
jes and Michiel van Bokhorst
Boneiru, a series of six episodes about
Bonaire, produced by Scuba Vision for
TV 11. I am a sound producer; I can do
anything with sound, anything with mu-
sic. I am a big fan of synthesizer music
and I was very proud when 'Human
League' (remember the song, 'Don't you
want me baby?') asked me to remix their
latest CD. In Holland I was among the
first to get new things I had the very
first i-pod, things like that, but I found
out I don't miss that type of luxury at all!
The only thing that bothers me is that the
Internet is slow!
I still don't know what I am going to do
here. Life is what happens when you
make other plans. I feel when you have
the privilege of living on Bonaire you
should be willing to take any job. I feel I
belong here and I am not leaving, ever.
Today Esther and I have known each
other for 17 months. We bought a great
house in Lima and signed our 'living to-
gether-contract.'" He smiles and bursts
doing nothing -
we're busy the
to find lots of
things not to
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Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
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DIVING with DEE
Ex-Pier-iences with Sponges
A chain moray views the world from a large sponge that has been tied to thepiling.
n 1988, Bonaire's Old Pier (aka
North Pier, Town Pier, and now
officially "Waf Francisco (Chico) Mer-
celina") was scheduled for renovation.
In order for surveys of the pilings to be
done, one out of every four pilings was
scraped bare of the living creatures
which had grown upon it over the last
30+ years, including orange cup corals,
sea squirts and other tunicates, oysters,
Christmas tree worms, and sponges,
Except for the Christmas tree worms,
these creatures were not killed outright
by being detached from their pilings.
The trouble was that on the bottom
they had more trouble filtering the wa-
ter for food, and were likely to be cov-
ered in silt. I was delighted to remem-
ber that Cathy Church had once told
me that if the sponges were tied onto
the pilings they would reattach them-
selves; none of the other animals is ca-
pable of reattaching. Between 1988
and 1990, divers participating in Touch
the Sea's Sponge Reattachment Project
tied more than 600 sponges onto Old
Pier pilings. Most of the sponges reat-
tached to their new pilings and flour-
In 2004, storm surge from Hurricane
Ivan barreled along our shoreline and
under the piers. Divers were distressed
to note that many sponges had been
torn from their pilings beneath the Old
Pier; detached sponges were jumbled
against the Pier's big pilings. It was
natural for proactive divers to want to
tie the sponges back onto the pilings.
Susan Porter led groups of divers in the
Sponge Reattachment Project: 2004,
tying more than 100 sponges onto pil-
ings. As the accompanying photos tes-
tify, many of those sponges are flour-
I first saw their work, and had a
chance to wander around under the
Pier after Ivan, about six weeks later. I
found chaotic piles of sponges. When
I looked closely at the individual
The good news: this tied-in-place sponge has four new tubes extending from
one side and three new tubes extending from the other. The bad news: the
guarding damselfish, and the algae on the lower part of the sponge, mean the
damsel is cultivating algae there. Is it the presence of the garden that has caused
the growth of new tubes? Or will the damselfish include the new tubes in its
farm? We can only wait and see.
sponges, I discovered that many of
them were dying, either at the base
where they'd been attached before the
storm surge, or from the inside of the
tube. Then I looked at the pilings, and
realized there were still many long tube
sponges extending from the pilings,
unaffected by Ivan. Not all the tube
sponges had broken off, it turned out -
just the ones who were dying or weak
at their bases.
So the first difference between
Sponge Reattaching in 1988 and 2004
is: in 1988 the sponges were removed
artificially and most of them were
healthy. In 2004 the sponges were bro-
ken by a natural occurrence, and many
of them were not healthy.
Some of the tied up sponges turned
out to be dying from the outside in, and
eventually slipped from their fishing
line and fell from their pilings.
The pilings the Project had to work
with in 2004 had one huge difference
from the 1988 pilings: growth. The
1988 pilings had been scraped free of
all growth. Nothing that would com-
pete with a sponge for space was left
on the pilings. We could tie our
sponges on any piling that had been
scraped, and they'd have a perfect sur-
face to grow onto.
But in 2004 it was water action that
broke the high profile sponges from the
pilings. Low-profile animals, unlike
long sponge tubes, are built to with-
stand water action so encrusting
sponges, stony corals, orange cup cor-
als, tunicates, Christmas tree worms,
and oysters survived Ivan's storm
surge just fine. The biggest challenge
to the divers who tied sponges in 2004
wasn't the actual tying of the sponges,
it was finding places where they could
tie sponges without covering other
creatures, either with the sponges
themselves or with the line used to tie
They met the challenges. The photos
show sponges who would likely have
smothered if they hadn't been tied onto
the pilings. Story & photos by Dee
Ifyou'd like to participate in projects
to help marine animals directly, such
as the Sponge Reattachment Project:
2004, and/or to help collect data about
coral and other marine life, why not
join the Bonaire National Marine Park
Volunteers? Call 717-8444for more
information a -
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her free slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt.
Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.
Several sponges were placed under this spiral of fishing line. Along the side of
the second sponge tube from the left (the only tube which extends out of the
frame), new growth is visible, attaching the tube to the piling. New growth is
also visible on the twin tubes on the right side. About 3-4" above the top ring of
fishing line, these two tubes narrow, then grow thicker and more yellow. That's
the growth that took place after the sponge was tied.
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006
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Fasten Your Seat Belts Because Earth Is Closest to the Sun
and at its Fastest This Week!
Kepers 'st Law
B elieve it or "
week our planet
Earth will not only "
hit its highest speed
for the entire year
but will also be at .
its closest to our I-,,'
local star, the Sun.
"But hold on a min-
ute," you say. "How.
can that be? If our
Earth is closer to the
Sun this week than ",
it will be for the en-
tire year, why is it
cooler?" To which I reply, "Ah sweet mystery of life." Let me explain.
Let's get right down to basics starting with our Earth's yearly path around the
Sun. Now we all know, of course, that our Earth makes one trip around the Sun
once a year. In fact that's what our definition of a year is, one trip around the Sun,
and not for just our Earth, but for any planet. Now it just so happens that it takes
our Earth 3651/4 Earth days to make one complete trip around our local star. So
3651/4 Earth days equals one Earth year. If, however, we could journey to the
planet closest to the Sun Mercury we would find that Mercury makes one trip
around the Sun once every 88 Earth days, so a year on Mercury is 88 Earth days
Contrast this with the king of the planets, Jupiter, which takes 12 Earth years to
make one trip around the Sun, which makes one Jupiter year 12 Earth years long.
In other words if you're 24 years old on Earth you'd be only two years old on Jupi-
Now most of the time you hear me or other astronomy types say that our Earth is
93 million miles away from the Sun, but that's actually hardly ever true; 93 million
miles is Earth's average distance away from the Sun. You see because our Earth's
path is not a circle but a kind of squashed out circle called an ellipse our Earth can
move as far away from the Sun as 94 1/2 million miles and as close as 91 1/2 mil-
lion miles. And this week at 9 am Sky Park Time, January 4th, Earth was at its
closest to the Sun for the entire year 91,405,952 miles. Conversely, on July 3rd
this year at 7 pm Eastern Daylight Time the Earth will be at its farthest point from
the Sun 94, 507,914 miles away.
And now here's the fun part, according to Kepler's Second Law of Planetary
Motion, whenever an object is closest to the Sun it travels at its fastest. And when
it's at its farthest from the Sun it travels at its slowest with constantly varying
speeds between closest and farthest.
This week on January 4th our Earth is highballing at a speed of 68,000 miles per
hour, but by July 3rd it will have slowed down by about half a mile a second and
will be moving only 65,499 miles per hour. Which leaves us with one unanswered
question. If our Earth is closest to the Sun in January and farthest from the Sun in
July why isn't it colder in July than it is now? Well, I want you to think about that
for the next six months and I'll give you the answer the first week of this July. One
clue, however, until then I hope this doesn't put a 'tilt' in the year for you.
For the week: January 1 to 7, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Raise your self esteem and your confidence if you
want to get back into the mainstream again. Your need to get away could lead you
into greater debt. You will find yourself tied to the phone. Involvement in groups
of interest will bring you in touch with important individuals. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Property investments will pay off. Your fun loving
approach will be admired and appreciated by others. New relationships could
evolve through group activities. You will have to put those you live with in their
place if they try to interfere with your work. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You could be misinterpreted if you're not careful.
Secret affairs will only lead to heartache. Be careful not to overexert yourself.
Spend time with your lover this week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Use your ingenuity to manipulate things to get
what you want. Someone you live with will be impossible. Concentrate on getting
ahead financially and let your personal life settle down for a while. This may not
be the time to lend or borrow. Think about taking the time to complete unfinished
domestic chores. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Opportunities to upgrade your living standards will come
through your lover or through joint financial investments. Problems with females
you live or work with will try your patience and cause temper flare ups. You
should look into a healthier diet. Look into real estate. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't beat around the bush; state your case in plain
and simple terms. Be careful disclosing information. Your magnetic, outgoing per-
sonality will capture hearts. Social activity should be on your agenda this week.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Changes in your home environment are likely. Try
to keep your cool; you may be a tad frazzled by all the rushing around. If it can
make you extra cash, it will be even better. You have the ability to motivate others.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Travel will be in your best interest. Some of
your new friends may not be that trustworthy. Involvement in fitness clubs will be
conducive to engaging romantic connections. You may need to make a choice.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Some relatives will be extremely perplex-
ing. Opportunities for new friendships are apparent. Ferret out information that will
hold them responsible. You might get behind if you spend too much time debating
senseless issues. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) A romantic dinner, followed by a quiet eve-
ning with the one who is enticing you, should be most satisfying. Don't try to deal
with important issues or make changes that will upset the apple cart. Resist secret
affairs that could be detrimental to your reputation. Your reputation may be at
stake if you partake in gossip. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try to spend more time with children and rela-
tives. You can make major accomplishments while on short trips. Focus your ef-
forts on details, and keep to yourself in order to finish your work. Your emotional
state could leave you vulnerable and confused. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will feel the limitations if you have been over-
doing it. Travel will be fun and entertaining. You are best not to discuss your per-
sonal life with others. You will be able to contribute a great deal to organizations
that you join. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
Bonaire Reporter January 6 to 13, 2006