I O y o oMy 20 Vu 1
L'^ -' ."a f *
Funding for poverty-easing
NGOs (non-government foun-
dations) is once again available from
AMFO (AntilleanCo-Financing Or-
ganization -Antilliaanse Medefinanci-
erings Organisatie). G.E.A. van Craai-
kamp, the Dutch Director of Kingdom
Relations, issued a press release last
week outlining its current policy. Full
details in next week's Reporter.
A On June 2 the second round of
(seawater) Nutrient Monitoring for
Bonaire and Curamao will start. Volun-
teers are needed to help out in this
study which checks for nutrients in
the water (These substances, a by-
product of sewage, are harmful to coral
because they encourage algal growth.)
If you want to do something that will
make Bonaire better for everyone, vol-
unteer. The work is not difficult but
requires lots of time. Ten sites are sur-
veyed and the samples are processed in
the next five to seven days. The Bon-
aire Marine Park needs a lot of help
with the diving and processing of the
sampling. The work is a joint project of
the Park and the environmental depart-
ments of the local and central govern-
ments. Contact Park Manager Ramon
deLeon at 717-8444 or email Ramon at
A If the Netherlands Antilles is dis-
mantled by July 1, 2007, as planned, a
solution for the national debt must
IN THIS ISSE:
Cleaner Staton Interacions -Dee Scarr 3
Letter: Bike Tour Mystery Solved 4
Guest Editorial: CURO-BNMP fee
from cruise ships 4
Clarification: Scarr on Cleaners 4
Boka Onima Restoration 5
Carel Steensma Obituary 5
7th Dutch Caribbean Swim Meet 9
Dive into Adventure 28 Day
Top Health Bonaire Open House 9
Antique Houses (Kas di Kaha) 10
Bondy on the Ball 12
Get Ready for Jazz 13
Mythology of Bonaire-Dania, Booi 18
FKPD Visits Dania Exhibit 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 7
Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week ("Enrico") 12
(Saba & St. Eustatius) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Marjolein van Dam) 17
Sky Park (Horse on Big Dipper handle)
For all you moms- have a
be found before that. Interest in the
most recent Central Government bond
issue was down because the bonds ma-
ture in 10 years and there is some con-
cern as to their status once the Antilles
ceases to exist.
The Central Government's deficit for
this year has grown to NAf235 mil-
lion, while the Netherlands Antilles
total debt is NAf3.3 billion. The Neth-
erlands, to which a considerable part of
the debt is owed, has offered to help
seek a solution.
The cr&che kids say "Thank you."
A Recently, the Creche Bon Kuido
received a welcome donation from
Ms. Kristin Green of the US. Ms.
Green purchased much-needed items
and shipped them to Bonaire. The Chat
'n' Browse shop in the Sand Dollar
Mall paid for the shipping, duty, and
OB taxes. With the donations the
crlche is now well supplied with new
toys, linens and other necessary ob-
The entire staff of the Creche Bon
Kuido, as well as the children who at-
tend the cr&che while their parents are
working, wish to thank both Ms. Kris-
tin Green and Mr. Michael Gaynor of
Chat 'n' Browse. Without their gener-
osity, the creche would still be hoping
for a way to procure their supplies. For
information on how you can help,
please email agnes2101 @hotmail.com.
A Education Minister Omayra Leef-
lang wants Dutch, English, Spanish,
and Papiamentu to be a mandatory
part of the subjects chosen for aca-
demic high school track (HAVO and
VWO). The school boards, school
management, and the Ministry of Edu-
cation and Culture will meet on May
4th and 5th for discussion.
A Queen Beatrix will visit all the
islands of the Antilles and Aruba this
fall. "I am very pleased to announce
that Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix, will
spend two weeks visiting all the islands
of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
I see that as an exquisite chance to
show once more how strong and per-
manent the relations within the King-
dom are," said the governor of the
Netherlands Antilles, Frits
Goedgedrag, in a speech last week.
The precise dates and program are not
known yet, but it will be between No-
vember 6 and 18. The last time Queen
Beatrix visited the Antilles was in the
middle of last year when she attended
the closing ceremonies of the Kingdom
Games in Curaqao. She didn't visit the
other islands at that time.
A In the latest of a series of effec-
tive anti-drug actions, nine suspects
were arrested on drug charges during a
raid by the Bonaire police in coopera-
tion with Curacao detectives. The raid
on a total of six houses in Bonaire net-
ted nine persons, four vehicles, drugs,
at least one firearm and other evidence.
Raids hit the Makambaplein in Kral-
endijk, Kaya Roma and Kaya Gristl-
chi in Antriol. Another suspect was
arrested in the Netherlands. Nationali-
ties of those arrested included Vene-
zuelan, Dutch, Curaqaoans and Bo-
A TCB-NYC recently completed
the largest consumer survey ever
conducted for Bonaire in the US
market. A total of 2,190 consumers
were surveyed. The majority of the
survey was conducted on-line, with
over 2,000 persons completing the sur-
vey. Additionally, face-to-face surveys
were conducted at Flamingo Airport in
early January this year with 175 fami-
lies (or groups) as they left the island.
All groups completed a similar ques-
tionnaire covering topics such as:
source of information about Bonaire,
booking procedures, web site aware-
ness, internet usage, activities partici-
pated in on island, average amount
spent on island, frequency of travel,
travel to competitive destinations, Bon-
aire's image, likelihood to return to
Bonaire, and demographics. A survey
was one of the suggestions made in the
(Continued on page 6)
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
DIVING with DEE
Cleaner Station Interactions
without making any contact whatsoever
with coral), and can you guess what hap-
pened? Absolutely nothing.
The shrimp and I had participated in an
activity I found highly rewarding, and they
didn't even remember me!
Time to move on, I guess. There are
plenty of other cleaner stations and cleaner
animals on Bonaire's reefs.
This little spotted moray under a ledge
is being cleaned by several ghost
(Pederson) cleaner shrimp, one of
which is visible on its under-
side. Cleaner animals seem to really
like to clean morays.
O ne of the words we hear a lot lately
is "interactive." We can purchase
all sorts of "interactive" DVDs, computer
games, etc. -interactive in the sense that
it's a "give and take" situation. That's
modern life people "interacting" with
I prefer to do my interacting with living
One of the most challenging interactions
a diver can have is to be cleaned at a
cleaner station. In fact, in my last article I
told you how thrilled I was to be cleaned
by a banded cleaner shrimp for the first
time ever. (I received some encouraging
feedback from that article, and also some
corrective feedback. (See "Clarification,
page 4) Since then I've visited those same
banded coral shrimp only once. I held my
hand in the same position, held my body in
the same position (just like the first time,
Two gobies clean my hand while a
spotted moray keeps an eye on us.
A cleaner is a fish or invertebrate
(generally a shrimp) who earns all or part
of its living by removing parasites, dead
skin, and other unnecessary and edible
things from other marine animals who are
called (even by scientists) the "clients" of
the cleaner. A cleaner station is an area
where one or more cleaners do business
and can be in a variety of places on the
Most clients are fish. They pull into the
cleaner station like a race car into a pit
stop (but in a much more leisurely fash-
vice. Creole wrasses hover at cleaner sta-
tions head down; parrotfish will hover
head up. Yellowtail snappers get mottled
and pinkish in color when they're being
cleaned. Groupers often make themselves
very pale to be cleaned.
The fact that fishes use different meth-
ods to request cleaning makes it much
more difficult for a creature such as a
scuba diver, who's not programmed in the
cleaner's instincts, to be cleaned. Things
become even trickier when you learn the
One Absolute Truth to being cleaned: The
cleaners must come to the client.
That's not only true for divers, it's true
for fish. I've seen blue tangs, bar jacks,
and other individuals hover unsuccessfully
at a cleaner station for a while, then swim
back around into position, three or four
times! This is the human equivalent of
Hel-lo-o-o- doesn't anyone see me here?
Human or fish, if you want to be cleaned
you've got to be patient.
Begin by learning about cleaner stations
as much as possible by watching them
(one of the glories of being on Bonaire!).
One way to find cleaner stations is by
finding the cleaners. Scientists identify the
guild signs of the cleaners: shrimp clean-
ers have white antennae; fish cleaners
have stripes or bars.
For me it's easier to keep my eyes open
for cleaner clients than the cleaners them-
selves. Once you've learned a bit about
fishes and how they normally look, your
attention will be caught when they look
different -and they do when they're being
cleaned. You may hover, as motionlessly
and as far away as possible, and watch the
Fish cleaners swim alongside each cli-
ent, plucking off the occasional goody.
onto the body of their client, but they're
tougher to see because they're smaller.
Cleaners will often boldly enter the mouth
of a client a tiger grouper, for example -
and emerge from the gills! I've never per-
sonally seen one not emerge, and the the-
ory is that if too many clients ate the
cleaners, that'd be the end of the cleaning
Watch cleaner stations until a voice in
your head says, "Hey, I could do that!"
There are two kinds of cleaner stations
that are excellent for human clients to try.
Both types can be found in shallow water
(where we don't have to worry about time
or air) surrounded by sand or sand and
rubble. Both types can also be surrounded
by beautiful live coral. Ignore those, and
find cleaner stations on large sand or sand
and rubble patches. (If you can't tell the
difference between live and dead coral,
please learn to recognize living coral
before you even think about doing any-
thing else on a dive!) No matter how good
your buoyancy control is, you're going to
be concentrating hard on being cleaned -
why put yourself in a position to even hurt
One type of cleaner station is around an
anemone, either a ringed anemone or a
giant Caribbean anemone. Find one with
an appropriate dead zone around it, and
examine the anemone for either ghost
cleaner shrimp (which are usually found
around the ringed anemones) or spotted
cleaner shrimp (around giant Caribbean
anemones). Sometimes you'll find a sta-
tion where the shrimp are "advertising" by
waving their whiskers and swaying back
and forth. That's a good cleaner station to
try! Extend your hand near the anemone,
but be careful not to make contact with it -
ion), then take a position that requests ser- Shrimp cleaners are likely to actually walk (Continued on page 11)
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
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BIKE TOUR MYSTERY SOLVED
We were two German passengers on the Cruise Ship
Aida Vita (P&O Lines, Germany) which visited Bonaire
recently. We told the activities personnel that we were in-
terested in doing a bicycle tour of Bonaire and was told by them that we should not use
any company on Bonaire because they have no insurance and they would be far too
expensive. We were told we should use the ship's bicycles and services at a cost of e45
We later found out that we could have done a guided tour with a Bonaire company for
$55 (which is about the same price and not "far too expensive," as we were told) or just
rent a bicycle for $15 a day. Obviously we were not happy with how the ship more or
less forced us to pay them and not someone on Bonaire.
Names withheld on request
Last month we reported that groups of bicycle riders were disrupting traffic by riding
the wrong way along the one way coast "tourist road. The organizer of this "tour"
could not be located on Bonaire. The above letter gives the answer. Ed.
GetE .r .
SERIOUS DISCRIMINATION. UNFAIR PRACTICES.
Loss OF INCOME.
Since 1992, divers had been paying a Bonaire Marine
Park fee of $10 to enjoy the waters around Bonaire.
All other users of those same waters had been paying noth-
ing, even though the Council of Underwater Resort Opera-
tors (CURO) of Bonaire appealed to the Government, ask-
ing that everyone using the Marine Park pay the same. This request had been denied
each time. Finally after 13 years the Government decided to extend the fee of $10 to
include all users of the Bonaire Marine Park starting April 2005. It was decided at the
same time that the diver's fee would be raised to $25 (up by 250%).
Since cruise ship passengers are users of BNMP, they were to be included with the
same fees and starting date. But they are here for a day only, so the fee for non-divers
was lowered to $2. Believing that this was not enough notice for the cruise ship indus-
try, the government decided that they would not have to start paying this new fee until
November 2005. This would give the cruise ships about 11 months to get organized.
However, the letter was not sent to them until August of 2005. Why this was sent so late
is not known. (Even at a May 2005 meeting in Florida with the Florida-Caribbean
Cruise Association this topic was not brought up at all.)
The dive operators reluctantly accepted this delay. However, the cruise ships then re-
plied that they still did not have enough time, so they were given another year the fee
would start in November 2006 23 months after the decision to charge everyone else.
Now the cruise ships once again have delayed and stalled. The dive operators have
been informed that the fee for cruise ships will not start until at least 2007 34 months
When the decision about the User's Fee was first made, dive operators were given
about 3 months to comply. Cruise ships get 34 months? Or maybe will never pay? Is it
fair that cruise ships can argue they need so much time? After all, other businesses on
Bonaire have been given only 5 months to prepare our clients for the new departure tax,
which is set to be installed June 1.
Something is very wrong here. The people who pay the most to come to Bonaire
through airline tickets, hotel reservations, meals, sports activities, car rentals and room
or departure tax are paying the most to enjoy the Park. Those who pay virtually nothing
to get here and contribute very little to Bonaire in terms of hotel nights, car rental,
meals, sports activities, or departure tax are also not paying anything to enjoy our wa-
An example of how this affects hotel guests (and their perception of Bonaire which
determines whether or not they return): a guest will be standing in a store, just having
paid their user's fee, and while they stand there listening, we tell a cruise ship passenger
that they do not have to pay anything! This does not go over well at all with our regular
The income from the User's Fee, which is valid and legitimate, should without ques-
tion be paid by these cruise ship passengers. It is being taken away from STINAPA
which needs the income to maintain the various parks which these people are using.
Divers coming to Bonaire pay $25 for the User's Fee and will soon have to pay $75
for departure tax. This amounts to $100 per person. Non-divers who use the waters pay
$10 plus the $75 departure tax. Non-diving cruise ship passengers who use the waters
pay nothing. Is this fair?
All members of CURO think not and have sent a letter to the government saying if
cruise ships still do not have to pay, then they will be forced to do likewise and stop col-
lecting the $10 fee for non-divers.
CURO (Council of Underwater Dive Operators)
Clarification (refer article "Are You A Marine Animal or an Underwater Tour-
ist" page 18 in the April 21-28 issue of The Bonaire Reporter)
A friend at PADI once dubbed me their unofficial "gadfly" for relentlessly point-
ing out how certain of their published images could result in harm to marine
animals by those who misunderstood the images.
Many years ago the late Jim Church used a photo of a puffed-up porcupinefish in an
ad with a caption like, "Puff up your vacation with a photo course..." I wrote Jim, re-
minding him that a porcupinefish puffs when it's frightened for its life and did he want
people to think they'd be frightened for their lives in his photo course? He replied gra-
ciously of course that wasn't what he'd intended and pulled the ad immediately.
Now the tables have turned, and it's been pointed out to me that the photos of my hand
being cleaned by a banded coral shrimp could have consequences I'd not considered. I
hope I can be as gracious as Jim, and I'm thankful to The Bonaire Reporter for giving
me space to reply.
Here's what should have been in the article and the photo captions:
The main reason being accepted as a client by a cleaner animal is so special is that the
decision is purely the cleaner's. If we're too assertive, the cleaners retreat from us. If
we follow their retreat, they simply retreat farther away. They'll never clean us if we
don't approach them appropriately.
The trick is to offer your hand in the way that best triggers the cleaner's instincts. The
reason it's tricky is because the best approach varies with the species of cleaner (and
other characteristics I'm still learning). One thing is for sure, though: the cleaners
must come to you.
Here's the second clarification I should have made: Before approaching the crevice, I
made sure I could offer my hand to the banded coral shrimp without making contact
with any coral. This was easy, since in front of the shrimp's ledge was a big sand patch.
I balanced on the sand with my fin tips and used my left hand as a client while my right
hand took the photos. With one fingertip the client hand balanced on algae-covered
A diver's knowledge and skills must be appropriate for the location of cleaner station
he or she approaches. The most important knowledge a coral reef diver must possess
is the ability to distinguish living coral from everything else; the most critical skill
for divers is the buoyancy control to stay off the reef. (The Bonaire Reporter is pub-
lishing Coral Glimpses in every issue to help readers learn about coral, including the
appearances of living corals.)
There are cleaner stations in places where, without risking injury to any marine ani-
mal, even a diver with only basic skills can be cleaned.
The stony corals make up more than 90% of the reef, despite coral being the most
slowly-growing creature on the reef (a coral head three feet in diameter is more than 200
years old, for example). Corals are susceptible to many changes in the oceans including
high temperatures and the spread of coral diseases. We must prevent the inclusion of
"divers" in the list of stresses to our coral reefs. For now, let's remember that there is
no excuse for a diver to make any contact with living coral. Even ignorance isn't an
excuse, since we all have the buoyancy control skills to hover out of contact with every-
thing until we learn more.
I hope you've taken a closer look at banded coral shrimp. Now keep an eye (but no
other part of your anatomy or gear) on any cleaner stations and see if your observa-
tions and conclusions are the same as mine. If not, let me know.
More on cleaning stations in this issue starting on page 3.
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
Boca Onima Restoration
.-. .. ...
A loader removes sand from the beach at Onima in August 2005. STCB photo
On May 3, after months of delay and inaction, the Department of Environ-
ment and Natural Resources (DROB) finally agreed to a restoration plan
for Boka Onima. Present at the meeting were: Miguel Martis, Frank van Slobbe
and Joselito Statia from DROB and Mabel Nava and Gielmon "Funchi" Egbreghts
from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB). If you remember, last August all
the sand was removed from Onima and two sea turtle nests were destroyed. With
the sand gone and nothing but stones and rubble left behind, there was absolutely
no way that sea turtles would ever nest again at Boka Onima. Now, because of the
efforts of STCB, STINAPA and local press, radio and community members, the
prospects are good that we will once again see nesting activity there.
Specifically, DROB will work according to a remediation plan developed by
STCB and restore the beach with enough sand so that turtles can nest at the site.
The work will be done under the supervision of STCB staff members with the goal
to leave Onima in optimal condition for the upcoming nesting season. Per the
agreement, DROB was to start working on the restoration on Monday, May 8 and
complete the work by the following Friday.. As of press time it had not begun.
Andy Uhr and Mabel Nava
n an attempt to bring additional local attention to the lack of progress on the
work at Boka Onima, STCB organized a clean-up of Boca Onima on May 4.
With the agreement in place,
the clean-up went on as
scheduled in an atmosphere
of optimism and joy rather
than protest. A group of teen-
agers representing SGB (the
local high school), Jong Bon-
aire, and the Junior Ranger
and "Working by Experi-
ence" programs of Sentro di
Bario Noord di Salina spent
the afternoon cleaning the
area in preparation for the
restoration. As always, SELI-
BON pitched in to make the
clean-up a success. Andy Onima cleanup volunteers STCB photo
Uhr and Mabel Nava
Perhaps the sandfor the beach replenishment will comefrom the mammoth
portable crusher which was set up in mid-March just south ofBoca Onima.
The machine, whose operation has irritated the residents ofRincon, sends up
clouds of dust that drift across the main road to Rincon.
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
onaire lost a great friend when
Carel Steensma passed away last
week at the age of 92 in Holland. In the
1970s, when he was a KLM Director
based in Curaqao, Carel took a great per-
sonal interest in Bonaire. Working
closely with Captain Don they came up
with a plan to preserve Bonaire's reefs
while allowing visitors to snorkel and
dive. Their efforts ultimately resulted in
grants from the Prince Bernhard Fund
and the World Wildlife Fund that estab-
lished the Bonaire Marine Park in 1979.
Carel was honored as a WWII hero for
his clandestine activities against Ger-
many. Captured while on a mission he ~
was condemned to the Dachau concen-
tration camp. Always a colorful charac- Carel Steensma
ter, he was a personal friend of Queen
Juliana and Prince Bernhard. He last vis-
ited Bonaire in June 2004 for the 25th Anniversary of the Marine Park, placed a
memorial on the grave of his friend, L.D. Gerharts, and was honored by having
the north coast "Carels Vision" dive site named after him. STINAPA, the parent
organization of the Bonaire National Marine Park, and The Reporter lead his
many Bonaire friends in saying farewell and offering condolences to his family.
Elsmarie Beukenboom Jan Kloss
(Flotsam and Jetsam., Continued from page 2)
"Balance for Bonaire" articles pub-
lished in The Reporter in the middle of
Result summary: 85% of the past
visitors are divers, with another 3%
indicating they were accompanying
divers. Among the inquirers, 44% are
divers with another 9% indicating that
they typically travel with a diver.
TCB-Bonaire has set the third week in
May for the presentation of the reports.
A The accompanying photo illus-
trates a web advertisement by one of
Bonaire's realtors. The ad reads,
"Green Village Golf and Dive Re-
sort, Bonaire's latest project. This
luxury resort will be realized around a
9 hole golf course and will also have a
full service dive station... Prices are
not fixed yet but will be approx. US
$85,000 for a 900m2 lot; US$195,000
for a 500m2 lot with Golf cottage; and
US$275,000 for a 900 m2 lot with a
Golf Villa... Owners of property at
Green Village Golf and Dive Resort
will have a lifetime membership of the
We've been told it will be across
from the Habitat/Buddy Dive resorts.
SOn Monday a strongly worded
letter from the influential IATA
(International Air Transport Asso-
ciation) to the island's Governor
struck a serious blow against the pro-
posed $75 departure tax. Motivated
by objections from Continental Air-
lines (which flies a profitable non-stop
from Houston once a week) it blasts
the proposed new "tourist tax" as dis-
criminatory and sure to have a nega-
tive effect on tourist visits.
famed royal decorations. This year four
Bonaire residents were honored
(featured in last week's Reporter). May
30 is the last day to submit nomina-
tions for persons to be honored by the
Queen. Give the name and supporting
information to one of the members of
the Komishon di Kondekorashon Real:
Farina Thode-de Palm, Jeanne Emers,
Roxanne Timp, Henry Tore or Lodu-
vico Nicolaas. For more information
about Royal Decorations visit the web-
A Every last Saturday of the month,
the Foundation We Dare To Care or-
ganizes a Flea Market in the Park
Publiko Bonairiano. It's a monthly
event with fund raising activities for
the Foundation as well as for the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter. Anyone who
wishes can reserve a spot to sell porch
sale items: new products, art, jewelry,
candy etc. The event starts at 3pm and
goes until about 8 pm. With BBQ, a
stocked bar and music it's a perfect set-
ting for a nice family outing. The next
Flea market will be held Saturday,
May 27. Contact Vicky Bissessar (786-
1592) for general info or Elisabeth
(717-6907 / 565-5225) for booth info.
r< C ^i
A Ronella Croes, Director
of Bonaire's tourism corpora-
tion (TCB), announced that
the effort to create a united
Public Relations and Mar-
keting approach for Bon-
aire was successful. Last
week the Island Government,
TCB, BONHATA (Bonaire
Hotel and Tourism Associa-
tion) and BHG (the Bonaire
Hospitality Group) signed a
Memorandum of Understand-
ing to that effect. In the docu- Croes, Scholts, el Hage, v.d Valk, Emerenciana
ment the parties committed to
work together as soon as possible. A special vote of thanks is in order, she added,
to Senator Ramoncito Booi, Minister Burney el Hage, Commissioner Onnie Emer-
enciana, Martien Van der Valk and Boudewijn Scholts for their efforts.
totally clean. One could never have
guessed that a big (and trash making)
fiesta had taken place the day before!
Rudsel Leito and his staff are to be
commended for such a fine job.
Happy Diners at last week's Culinary
S Accolades to SELIBON, our Team Dinner
waste management company; the day
following the last activities for Rin- A Bonaire's Culinary Team is
con Day, the village of Rincon was busy practicing at SGB's Chez Nous
to win the Gold Medal in Miami next
month at the "Taste of the Caribbean"
culinary Olympics and you're in-
vited. Last week's sell out crowd en-
joyed a three-course meal and wines
for only $25/pp. Please join us every
Sunday at 7pm Chez Nous. Reserva-
tions: call Sar 786-9299 or Floris at
A Want to know
a lot more about
how the Hilma
Hooker came to
rest on the bot-
tom in Bonaire?
Then get a copy of
B6i Antoin's (the
editor of the Papia-
(Continued on page 7)
A During the last call of the Hol-
land America Line ship, Prinsendam,
one of the young officers, third mate,
Casper Neuman, who is Bonairean
born, was greeted by Governor Doma-
cass6. The 22-year old comes from a
Bonaire family of sailors who for gen-
erations have been working on com-
A If you know someone with out-
standing sustained service to the com-
munity, you can submit his or her
name for consideration as a candi-
date to become a Knight or Member
of the Order of Oranje-Nassau, the
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
A Bonaire received an unprece- an innovative promotion for the island.
dented eight pages of coverage in In addition to advertisements, the paper
The Washington Times (daily circula- covered Bonaire's economy, airport,
tion 103,017 a publication of Sun towns, history and a myriad of activi-
Myung Moon's Unification Church) in ties. It's hoped it will attract both visi-
Royal Recognition (Continued from page 6)
newspaper, extra) latest book, "The
Case of the Hilma Hooker (Kaso do
Hilma Hooker)." The 100+ page
book, filled with illustrations, details
what happened in 1984 when the ship,
loaded with 12,000 kilos of marihuana,
arrived in Bonaire.
The cost of the book (in Papiamentu,
printed on Bonaire) is NAf28, plus tax
and is available at the extra newspaper
tors and investors.
The photo is a composite showing
many Bonaire personalities. How
many can you identify?
All you have to do to enter is to shop
at Warehouse, get your entry blank
from the cashier and put it in the box.
Verbeek says the market will also be
giving away free bags of groceries to
needy families, the names to be desig-
nated by the government.
SJust before Mothers day, on Friday
4 Just before Mothers day, on Friday,
This Sunday, May 14, is Mother's
Day. Don't forget Mom! Give her a
special treat and take her out to dine.
At the Calabas Restaurant at Divi
Flamingo there will be a sumptuous
Brunch Buffet starting at 11 am to 2
pm (see ad on page 11). The Great
Escape is offering two special
Mother's Day meal events on Sunday:
A Champagne Brunch from 10 am to
noon and a Three-Course Dinner from
6 to 9 pm (see their ad on page 10.)
(a bit of information about corals presented
-each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
office. If you don't know where the May 12, take Mom out to a Big Some polyps of this flower coral
office is (it's not far from the Divi Fla- Party and Show at Don Paranda, colony have died and been en-
mingo) call 717-4295 for directions. Warehouse winners Basilio Cicilia (r) 8:30 pm to 2 am. Featured are Melania crusted with fire coral. The white
and Laura DeSalvo with Warehouse van der Ven, Boy Thode, Romeo marks on the fire coral indicate that
A To celebrate their 10th anniversary Manager Roland Verbeek Heye, Denis Cicilia, Wilbert Pentro- a fish has munched there. After tak-
Warehouse Bonaire is giving away nella and DJ HB Disco. It's all to ing the photo I was able to remove
lots of prizes this month. Each day benefit the FKPD (handicapped foun- the fishing line without damaging
for 25 days they're giving away 20 names go into another drawing once a dation).NAf35. Call 717-6210 for tick- the coral. The perfect little coral
bags filled with NA50 worth of prod- week, for four weeks, where the win ets head in the background (circled) is
ucts to lucky winners. Thosener gets one minute of fre shopping starlet coral.
ucts to lucky winners. Those winning s a e cora .
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
Countdown to the Dive Into Adventure Festival
Days To Go I) -
40 n eA e ntu re
We continue counting down to the pre-
mier Bonaire event open to divers, snorkelers, nature lovers and adventur-
ers around the world. Building on the successes of the past seven Bonaire Dive Fes-
tivals, June's Dive Into Adventure week-long extravaganza of activity will take Bon-
aire visitors to a new level of eco-experience diving, kayaking, windsurfing, kite-
boarding, land sailing and mountain biking. Scuba divers are offered a host of dive-
related adventure activities like digital photography workshops, technical diving,
underwater videography and free diving.
For non-divers there is a large menu of topside activity both on the water and on
land cave exploration, kayaking, bird watching, sailing (both land and ocean) and
Every evening Dive Into Adventure Bonaire participants come together for parties,
beach BBQs and presentations by featured speakers. As in years past, the week-long
event will kick off with a "Taste of Bonaire, featuring cuisine from great Bonairean
restaurants at bargain prices, music and presentations by local dignitaries. Keep
checking The Reporter right up until the start date for new activities. For additional
information check the event's official website at www.DiveIntoAdventureBonaire.
The Day of Photography, June 20th, will begin with a daytime workshop and
guided dive led by Philippe Cousteau. Evening presentations will be given by Dr.
Charlie Mazel (The Psychedelic Art of U/W Florescence) and videographer and
filmmaker Hendrik Wuyts (The Power of Visible Impression). On this evening a
special guided night florescence dive led by Dr. Mazel will be offered in addition to
a party with music and drinks. TCB Photos
Tuesday, 20 June: DAY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
9:00 12:00 General island Diving
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activities
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure
14:00 15:00 Dive Exploration with Philippe Cousteau at Capt. Don's Habitat
16:00 17:00 Charles Mazel, Ph. D, Marine Biology- The Psychedelic Art of
U/W Fluorescence at Capt. Don's Habitat
17:30 18:00 Hendrik Wuyts, Videographer- The Power of Visible Impres-
sion at Port Bonaire
18:30 19:15 TBA at Port Bonaire
19:30 21:00 Charles Mazel, Ph. D Guided Night Fluorescence Dive at Capt.
Don's Habitat (maximum 6)
19:15 20:15 Evening Party-Caribbean Minstrels Drinks at Port Bonaire
20:15 22:15 Taste of the World Buffet at Port Bonaire $25
20:00 22:00 Dine Around Options: Island-Wide Dinner Plaza, Habitat, Sand
Dollar from $20
Hendrik Wuyts, Videographer Dr. Charlie Mazel, Biologist
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
Seventh Dutch Caribbean Invitational Swim Meet
What A Difference A Year Makes!
T he Bonaire Bar- LV
racudas Swim e
Team participated in the
Dutch Caribbean Invita-
tional Swim Meet for
the second year in a
row. This international
meet, organized by the
of the Netherlands An-
tilles (NAZB), took
place 28 April 1 May
in Curagao at Sentro
(SDK). Twelve teams
The Barracudas in Curagao
from Aruba, Bonaire,
Curagao, St. Maarten
and Surinam competed.
The Barracudas exceeded all goals and expectations their coaches had for this meet.
A comparison of results from the 2005 and the 2006 Dutch Caribbean Meets shows
how much progress Bonaire swimmers have made after only one year of competitive
DUTCH CARIBBEAN Swim Meet
Number of Bonaire Swimmers
Total Events Swum by Bonaire
Total Events Swum by Bonaire Boys
Total Events Swum by Bonaire Girls
Scratches (Did not swim scheduled event)
Did not finish event started
A" Time (fastest category) achieved
Total Team Points
Final Team Placement 14th out of 1
4 10th out of 12
Preliminary races were held in the morning hours with the top eight swimmers in
each category qualifying for finals in the evening. Samson V. Evertsz qualified for fi-
nals in Boys 9 10 years 50 meter freestyle (5th in preliminary/7th in final), 50 meter
backstroke (8th in preliminary/8th in final) and 200 meter individual medley (8th in pre-
liminary/8th in final). Samson finished in a tie for 9th place in individual points for
Boys 9 10 years. Alternate finalists were Rooske Wagemakers (Girls 11 12 years
100 meter butterfly), Enrique Vasquez Meza (Boys 11 12 years 50 meter backstroke)
and Andrea Simal (Girls 15 years and over 200 meter individual medley). The Boys
9 10 years relay team (Samson V. Evertsz, Alejandro de Lima, Asdrubal Marcano
and Olivier Wagemakers) finished 6th in both 200 meter medley relay and 4 x 50 free-
"A" times were swum by Churmer Bomba (Boys 11 12 years 50 meter breast-
stroke), Ryda-Luz Emer (Girls 9 10 years 50 meter freestyle), Samson V. Evertsz
(Boys 9 10 years 50 meter butterfly, 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter breaststroke, 50
meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley), and Asdrubal
Marcano (Boys 9 10 years 50 meter backstroke).
Results and photos from the 7th Dutch Caribbean Invitational can be viewed on the
internet at www.sovasiento.com, home of the Curagao Bulado Swim Team.
The Barracudas would like to thank Fundashon Wega di Number, Maduro & Cu-
riel's Bank (Bonaire), Bon Fysiotherapie, City Shop, Rocargo, Barbara and Gerry
Clow and club parents for the financial assistance and general support that made par-
ticipate in the 7t Dutch Caribbean Invitational possible. Special thanks to Meralney
Vacation Village for the donation of additional pool time for Sunday morning work-
outs starting 7 May.
The Barracudas' next scheduled competition is in mid-May at the Curagao "A"
Championships. In 2005 one swimmer qualified for this meet. Six Bonaire swimmers
are eligible to compete in the "A" Championship this year. In June a team of 15 or
more novice Bonaire swimmers will go to Curagao for the Curagao Swimming Federa-
tion "C" Championship/Upcoming Talent Meet. Story by Valarie Stimpson; Photo
by Ana de Lima
Top Health Bonaire's OpenHouse
S op Health Bonaire, the island's
newest fitness and health cen-
ter, had an open house last Saturday
for the public to view their facilities
and enjoy some demonstrations in
aerobics, zumba, salsa and step aero-
bics. They offer special programs like
weight loss, personal training, detox
programs and self defense, circuit
training, group classes and more. The
facility has a full complement of
weight training machines, and it's the
headquarters for the Ma-Jochi shop,
the place for aroma therapy, wind
chimes, stones, Feng Shui items. Top
Health is at Kaya Nikiboko Noord 44,
in the new hacienda like building. For
more information call 717-5662 or Steven (Salspuedes Salsa School, Cura-
email tophealthbonairell 717-5662 yahoo.com ao) and Undine Pourier demonstrate
LDemail tophealthboaire ahoo.com hot Salsa at Top Health Bonaire's Open
House. Photo: Angeliaue Salsbach
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
.Aattiqgue Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas di Kaha < box house Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
O n the cover is
the Vis house
at Mentor with the
wheel of the machine
used to crush stones
in the foreground.
The Vis house, which
appeared in The Re-
porter in the February
3, 10 and 17 issues,
is part of the "Antique
Living Houses of Bon-
aire" series, written
by Wilna Groenen-
The bi-monthly se-
ries showcases the
unsung heroes of the
island- the unique ar-
chitecture with its very
These are not ruins
but buildings that are
still in use. L. D.
This Kas ki Kaha (box house) above stands on the Nikiboko South Road and was built in 1936 by
the family Jan and Anna Luisa Ellis-Boekhoudt (photo left). They had two children: Eddy on the
left and Hilda on the right. Daughter Hilda Pauletta Ellis is know living in the house with her son Dolfi. In
the photo on the right we see Hilda again, but now as a woman with her
husband Juan Luis Pauletta, who passed away a few years ago, and
three of her four children before receiving their First Holy Communion.
The shape of the house is not very spectacular; it is a Kas di Kaha with
only one storey. On Kaya Grandi we can see bigger ones with two sto-
reys. But the decorative details on the roof s rain gutters are amazing.
You don't see any like this even on Kaya Grandi. They start with a flat
decoration on the wall, then continue further into the gutter in a more
three dimensional form (photo on the left for example). You can see
them at their best in their full glory in the morning until around 9 am
because then there is no shadow on the lower wall. Wilna Groenenboom
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
(Cleaner Stations. Continued from page 3)
if the anemone shrinks back the shrimp
will close shop until the anemone relaxes,
which takes a while.
This anemone is surrounded by sand
and rubble; I can rest my fingers on the
sand while the spotted cleaner shrimp
deals with my fingernaiL To the right is
a little creature with the unappealing
common name of Squat Anemone
shrimp. The late Jim Brandon, a Bon-
aire photo pro,, called them Popcorn
shrimp because of the way they jump
Experiment with one hand as a "client"
held about an inch away from the anem-
one. Begin by holding your hand thumb-
up, which best imitates the common shape
and position of a fish. Sometimes, though,
the shrimp clean me more readily when I
hold just my fingers up to them, with my
hand curved and the fingers loosely ex-
tended they seem to respond to the look
of my fingernails.
The other type of cleaner station most
likely to accept divers as clients is usually
a healthy, living coral head, protruding
two or three feet off the bottom in shallow
water, surrounded by sand or sand and
rubble. The cleaners are gobies orjuve-
nile French angelfish. Sometimes the cli-
ents of these stations hover above the
coral head, sometimes alongside it. Bar
jacks frequently come inshore for cleaning
at such stations, and recently I saw a huge
snapper being cleaned at one in about nine
feet of water!
Young French angels almost never clean
people, but the gobies can be wonderful!
I'm rarely successful in being cleaned
above the coral head but succeed much of
the time when my hand is along the side
of the coral. Sometimes eight or more
gobies will flow right up onto your arm.
That is what I call an interaction. The
diver poses, maybe in a few different
ways. The creature chooses to approach
the diver. Ultimately, the cleaner gets a
snack and the diver gets to be treated like
a marine animal by a marine animal.
It's a lot more fun than "interacting"
with a computer. Story & photos by Dee
Along the underside of the coral head
cleaner gobies examine my hand.
Ed. Note: See also Clarification on
Cleaning page 4, this issue.
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.
tonaire Ieporter May 12 to May 1 ZUUB
Bondy On The Ball
Sell, with just
S V four weeks to
go before the biggest
football (soccer) tournament in the
world kicks off The Bonaire Reporter
begins to follow the action.
Germany is the stage for the biggest
stars in football to show off and for the
hardly known to make a name for him-
In the run up to June 9th, I will be ana-
lyzing the groups, checking out the
teams and profiling the top players.
Let's start by looking at the first two
German team Manager, Jurgen
In Group A, we have the host nation
and group favorite, GERMANY. How-
ever, with a world ranking of 19th, they
have a lot to prove.
Manager Jurgen Klinsmann was a
World Cup winner with West Germany
as a player in 1990; however, his mana-
gerial experience is limited. He will be
hoping to lead through his reputation.
Michael Ballack, team Captain and in-
spiration, a good performance by him
would confirm a move to Chelsea next
season. Jens Lehmann, Goalkeeper,
now playing in the English Premiership,
he has taken the gloves from Oliver
Kahn through his performance with Ar-
senal. Lehmann can be quick tempered
and unpredictable. Watch out for silly
COSTA RICA next. A struggling na-
tional team saw the reappointment of
Manager Alexandre Guimaraes who
led them to qualification. The nation's
top scorer is Paulo Wanchope who has
scored 43 goals in just 67 games.
Ranked 26th in the world, they may
struggle to progress.
ECUADOR is the third team in this
group. With victories over Argentina
and Brazil in the qualifiers, their ranking
of 39 belies their ability. Their Man-
ager Luis Fernando Suarez has
brought new players into the team who
are keen to impress. Their key player
has to be Edison Mendez, a top mid-
field player with a kick like a Bonairean
POLAND completes the group.
Strong qualifiers saw them as one of the
best second placed sides. Manager
Pawal Janas is a quiet man who lets his
tactics on the field do the talking. De-
fender Tomasz Klos, a veteran from the
2002 World Cup, should lead by exam-
Group B, my favorite of course.
ENGLAND first, top of their group
despite a dodgy start. Manager Sven-
Goran Eriksson has kept things to-
gether despite personal problems; this
will be his last campaign with England.
Top player has to be Steven Gerrard;
he is the glue that will hold the team
together. A recent injury to Wayne
Rooney is a massive blow.
PARAGUAY provides the Latin flare
in this group. Managed by Anibal
"Mano" Ruiz, their qualification was
comfortable. They will be hoping that
Roque Santa Cruz has recovered from
his many injuries. Ranked 33.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO next, al-
ways entertaining. Dutch Manager,
SWEDEN is a hot contender to steal
the group from England. Rated 16 they
have a good pedigree. Lars Lagerback
has managed the team well over the last
6 years. Sweden has a lot of good play-
ers, none better than striker Zlatan
Ibrahimovic; he's a big strong lad with
skill to go with it.
So, that's A & B sorted. Another two
groups to look at next week. Until then,
keep the game beautiful! Tony Bond
English Team members
Leo Beenhakker has done well bring-
ing together an inexperienced team. Ex
Man Utd striker, Dwight Yorke, is top
dog in the team.
Tony Bond was bor
and raised in England,
happy to leave the cold
ofEurope behind but
still follows his passion
for Manchester United
(Man Utd) FC.
Pet of the VVWeek
H e's sleek, he's shiny, and most of all, he's smart. That's "Enrico," our hand-
some pet of the week. Enrico is such a nice dog, but he's so alert that he'd
make a great watch dog. He's about a year old, is very social and well adjusted. As are
all the other pets up for adoption Enrico is in perfect health and ready to go to a fine
mistress or master. Even though Enrico has been at the Bonaire Animal Shelter for
nearly a year (he came in with his mother last year when he was just a puppy) it's be-
cause he's such a fine dog that he's been allowed to stay on until the right person
comes along to fall in love with him. You may meet Enrico at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
Wonder how you can help control the number of unwanted puppies being born on
the island? Give a donation to the Sterilization Fund
that has been set up by the Shelter. It's to help subsi-
dize animal sterilizations for those owners who cannot
afford it. You may donate directly to the
"Sterilization Fund," Maduro Curiels Bank Bon-
aire Account #10616410. You may also donate via
Support Bonaire website: SupportBonaire.org for
on-line credit card donations. The money goes only
If you know someone who has dogs but who cannot
afford to have them sterilized, tell them to call the
Shelter at 717-4989. They are there to help.
Thanks to all the volunteers and contributors who
made the Shelter stand at Rincon Day such a success.
All the money that was made that day goes towards
keeping the Bonaire Animal Shelter open. L.D.
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 in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956
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
MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
For sale: sky kennel for large dog, KLM-
approved, size F, NAf300, tel. 786-5582.
Refills! Do you have an empty 1.25 oz
container of SeaGold, SeaDrops or a 2-oz.
container of PSI 500 defog? Bring it in
and the Carib Inn will fill for half the
price of a new bottle!! You must have an
original bottle though.
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
Boats fo r
Why expensively 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
NAf 14,000 ($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.
rVE 4-*: *-. U- -
Like a beautiful flower your presence
lightens up my day.
Like a nice passing breeze you make me
always feel at ease.
You are the most important woman in my
life. Your care, love, support and strength
are true and will always be appreciated.
And I am sure you will be a great grand-
Lots of love,
Your daughter, Fleurtje
Even though so far away,
You are in my thoughts every day.
Happy mother's day Nana,
From your loving daughter,
Dear Beth. Happy Mother's Day from
your far-away child. I send all my love and
appreciation, and I'll be home soon. Marg.
F re e
Black & White Dark room Equipment,
enlarger, safe lights, timers, light safe vent
fan and more FREE for anyone who will use
it! Call 717-5061.
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A top headliner is Antillean pianist
and vocalist, Anastacia Larmonie and
her band. Anastacia is St. Martin's most
enduring music educator, composer, pi-
anist and vocal arranger of Caribbean,
Jazz, R&B and European folk, classic
and popular music and song. Following
her music studies at the Netherlands'
Brabants Conservatory (1970s) and the
US's well respected Berklee College of
Music (1980s, 1990s), Larmonie made a
career of teaching and making music in
St. Martin for 25 years and is well
known for being a perfectionist in her
jazz performances and training of chil-
dren to master the piano and voice. "I see
my profession as a mission to create
value in society," said Larmonie.
She has founded or has been a princi-
pal founding member of the children's
choir, Lollipops, Anastacia Larmonie
Vocal Art & Music Foundation, Anbo-
jolettes choir, Anbojoli jazz quartet, A.L.
Jazz Quartet and Interlude, a singing
group. From the scores of children
trained by Larmonie have emerged cur-
rent stars such as dancer/choreographer
Clara Reyes, poet/painter Drisana Deb-
orah Jack, gospel singer Angie Panto-
phlet, bassist Alex Jack, Claudie Piper,
the lead female vocalist for the Youth
Waves, song diva La Vaune Henry, and
singer/choir director Joshua Bell. News-
day newspaper once dubbed Anastacia
Larmonie, "St. Martin's "First Lady of
Music." In a 1998-99 survey she was
selected as one of the nation's top 20 art-
ists at the turn of the century, earning her
a profile in the book St. Martin Massive!
Snapshot ofPopular Artists (House of
Nehesi Publishers, 2000) www.
The lady of song is much sought after
for performances at jazz clubs, book par-
ties, private recitals, government festi-
vals and ceremonies, and music festivals.
She has performed in St. Martin, An-
guilla, Aruba, Curagao, the US and the
Netherlands; and has accompanied Blue
Note jazz artist Denise Jannah and
Grammy winner Nestor Torres in their
The chief judge and member judge for
the Calypso monarch competitions of
Aruba and St. Martin carnivals and for
many song festivals, Anastacia Larmo-
nie's awards include "Ambassador of
Excellence in Music (1997-1998)," Gov-
ernment of the Island territory of St.
Maarten, 1997; "Award of Excellence
for Outstanding Contribution to the
Community of St. Martin in the field of
Arts/Music," St. Martin Educational &
Cultural Organization, 1992; "St.
Maarten Musical Recognition Award for
Outstanding Vocalist & Musical Direc-
tor," St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce
and St. Maarten Council on the Arts,
1988; "Dr. B.M. Leito Youth Cup" (for
community service). Curacao, 1985; and
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Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
May: The Wild
Friday, May 12 Big party and show for
mom' at Don Paranda, from 8:30 pm to 2
im, entrance F1.35- Featuring Melania van
ler Veen, Boy Thode, Romeo Heye, Denis
:icilia, Wilbert Petronella and DJ HB
Disco. To benefit the FKPD (Handicapped
oundation) Call 717-6210 for tickets.
'unday, May 14- Mother's Day-Treat
om: Mother's Day Brunch at Divi Fla-
ingo (see page 11). Great Escape has
other's day specials: Champagne Brunch
r 3-course Dinner (See page 10)
Sunday May 14 -Bonaire Culinary Team
Dinner. Support the team and have a gour-
met competition dinner. 7 pm, Chez Nous,
$25 for 3-course meal with wine. Call Sara
786-9299 or Floris 786-1508 for reserva-
Pelican students at work
Wilna Groenenboom photos
Thursday, May 18- Pelican school Expo-
sition and Auction of student art at the
Trans World Radio activities building on
Kaya Amsterdam just off Kaya Gob. De-
brot. Exposition starts 3 pm; auction 4 pm;
ends 4:30 pm. All proceeds go towards
buying art materials for the school.
Until May 14- Fer and Rob de Wit Photo
Exhibition at Plaza Resort. 5-8 pm, Sun-
day, Tuesday and Friday. 717-5398.
Until May 21-Winfred Dania Art Ex-
hibit, Kas di Arte, open daily 10 am-5
pm-see page 18
Saturday, May 20- 30 Km Mountain
Bike Tour- organized by Cycle Bonaire &
BWC. Meet at Cycle Bonaire at 4 pm. Call:
Cycle Bonaire 717-2229 or Bonaire Well-
ness Connexions 785-0767
Tuesday, May 23-Jazz at Croccantino
Restaurant-a prelude to upcoming Jazz
Festival with fine dining, Tuscan style. Call
Thursday, May 25 Ascension Day -
holiday banks and many shops closed
May 25 28 -Jazz Festival see page 13.
Saturday, May 27- End of the month Flea
Market at Parke Publico- 3 to 8 pm Gen-
ral info call Vicky 786-1592 Booth info
call Elisabeth 717-6907/565-5225
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every entree, Cac-
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot
slot machines, roulette and blackjack, Mon. to
Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marshe-6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks,
arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and
music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon Extra big
Marshe 1st Saturday of the month.
* Mountain Bike Ride Everyone wel-
come. It's free. Bring a bike and your own water.
Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the
pack. Tel. 785-0767 for information.
* Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 6
to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo
with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
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
* Caribbean Night, live local music-
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring Chef
Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden Reef
Inn. Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reservations
$20, walk ins $25. Drinks available for purchase.
Call 717-5759 or email email@example.com
* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken
wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9
pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers The
(Jazz Festival. Continued from page 13)
the "Pers Prijs." (with Latin Touch quintet), The Netherlands, 1971
And from Bonaire the ever-popular Moogie ... We first met
Moogie (aka Ralph Stewart) on his way to Bonaire from Florida in
1990 for a two-week engagement. He got trapped in the Bonaire Trian-
gle and has been performing and living on Bonaire ever since. Through
the years he has become a part of this beau-
tiful island, its people and its music. Moogie
writes most of his own music which has
been described as "jazzy Caribbean soul"
and performs often at the local resorts as a
one-man act. When asked about performing
at the festival, Moogie replied, "I'm honored
to be invited to perform at this year's event
and have asked a few of my friends to join
and have fun with me." The festival will be
a special treat for the community of Bonaire
and all the participating musicians..........
Don't miss any of it. G.D./Guus Gerritsen
Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:30- 9:30 pm
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar -5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash
& snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive
Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by AlYou Can Eat
* 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
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 Bianculli, 8.30
pm, Capt. Don's Habitat. 717-8290 for info.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm Call
717-8290 for info.
Wednesday (2d and 4h) Turtle Conservation
(STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm. Tel. 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video Show
by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire'spast in this
venerable old home that has been restored and furnished
so it appears the family has just stepped out Local ladies
will tell you the story. Open Mondaythru Friday, 9 12,
2-4 Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoytheview fom'"The
King's Storehouse." Leam about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church intown. 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 holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
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 -every Wednesday; Phone 717-6105;
560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7
pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Center
2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call 717-
2482/566-6093 for details
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner
at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels invited.NAf5 eniyfee.
Call Calhy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.
717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday
of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-2
pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Res-
taurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
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)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Contact
Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
International Bible Church of Bonaire Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices 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.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30
am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and Eng-
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 pm.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518
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S -I- 0 P I IS G LI I DE See aderisementsi is sue 1
Richter Art- By Jake and Linda Richter: Original oil
paintings, giclees on canvas, limited edition and open
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.
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 an-
tiques 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
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.
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.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
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 Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners
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.
CesMar-Local company offers top quality, fast ser-
vice for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
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.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
for weekly advertisers?
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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
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii laig ea Resran an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restarant ModerateExpensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
oClosed Monday a garden settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
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 Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Now in Playa-next to Xerox Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. at or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
n 1987 I left Holland to live on St.
1 Martin for a year, but it turned into
nearly 14 years. I had a good life in Hol-
land, but I had a little son, Jerome, and his
father wanted to start a wine company on
St. Martin. His father and I weren't living
together anymore, but I thought it would be
better for Jerome if both of his parents were
in one place. At the time there were 280
restaurants and several big hotels on St.
Martin, so it was a great opportunity. We
did it, but three years later we were ready
for a change and opened up a restaurant,
'Grand Cafe L'Europe' in Maho. The res-
taurant did extremely well, but after three
years I left to help establish a Montessori
school. For three long years the foundation
worked very hard to make it a public
school, accessible to everyone. Then, when
the government finally gave their permis-
sion, it had to be a private school. I was
disappointed and I distanced myself from
I didn't know what I wanted to do, but
my biggest hobby is plants and I know a lot
about them, so I started a nursery. For a
year I worked very hard, preparing every-
thing, even a botanical garden and then
came the first hurricane, Luis, in 1995. No-
body knew what a Category 5 hurricane
was going to be like. We sat in the house
for four days no water no electricity.
And all the rats, mice, cockroaches and
mosquitoes came inside looking for shelter!
Miraculously the house was okay, but
when we opened the shutters after four days
and went outside it was beyond imagina-
tion. The whole neighborhood, the whole
island was completely destroyed. Many
boats had sunk with the people still on
board. All the colors had gone; everything
was brown, totally faded. We walked
around in utter disbelief for 14 days; then
everyone began to realize what the conse-
quences were. It was devastating... socially
and economically; everyone was ruined.
We had to wait for help. I felt guilty be-
cause I was one of the very few people who
didn't have a lot of damage.
From 1995 till 1999 we had 11 hurri-
canes three major ones. If you don't live
there you can't imagine what it's like. St.
Martin depends on tourism and the tourists
no longer came. Three years and seven hur-
ricanes later I realized there were no
chances the nursery could survive. Plants
had become a luxury. People had lost their
hope and trust." Marjolein van Dam (49) is
a lovely lady; she's so cool and has afull-
grown soul. She 'sjust one of these people
who make the world a better place.
"When he was 12 my son Jerome wanted
to go to high school in Holland. I didn't
agree. I thought he was too young, but after
talking to my sister-in-law I thought we
could give it a try. So he went to live with
my brother. As we were very close I really
thought Jerome couldn't live without me
and that he would be back in three months,
but he thought Holland was great! The first
year was terrible for me; he was gone and
so were his friends and I had to cook for
myself. I fell into a deep hole. But Jerome
came every vacation and somehow I
learned to live with it.
After I had to give up the nursery I started
working at the marina, doing the bar, the
restaurant, the little shop and laundry. For
three years I also worked on charter yachts.
It was a lot of fun and I got to know all the
At the marina I met Sean. He'd come
with his boat, Our Confidence, a Danish
cutter with a great history. Together we
worked very hard on the boat and in August
'99 it was almost ready for our plans we
had lots of plans!
"... when we opened
the shutters after four
days and went outside
it was beyond
imagination. The whole
whole island was
November 1999 Hurricane Lenny came.
The lagoon was filled with boats, yachts
and big ships who'd come to take shelter.
One of those ships was unmanned and an-
chored right in front of us and Sean said,
'I'm leaving.' It was 36 hours before the
hurricane was to arrive. Sean sailed off to-
wards Montserrat and got into this huge
tidal wave. The ship filled with water and
the engine died. They drifted for five days
in Hurricane Lenny but that's a story in
When you don't hear a single bird and
you don't see any lizards you know for sure
it's going to happen. I was in a house, and
the roof flew off. The house was flooding
so I decided to put the sofa, a love seat, on
the sink and I, my dogs and the neighbor's
dogs, sat there for four days. The dogs who
normally couldn't stand each other sat there
as if they were glued together.
I'd been very busy helping Sean provi-
sion the boat, but I myself had absolutely
nothing no food, no water, no cigarettes -
just a transistor radio. Lenny was a big
boy very violent and very scary. Deep
inside I knew Sean was in big trouble; in-
deed he'd sent out a 'Mayday.' The day
after the hurricane I left the house. There
was still a curfew, but I was hungry and
thirsty and I wanted to talk to someone. On
the way a friend picked me up. He'd heard
about Sean's 'Mayday' but didn't dare tell
me. At 7:30 am he dropped me at a bar that
Marjleinvan am 0
ffol- I '
was packed with people I knew. When I
came in you could hear a pin drop. I or-
dered a double whiskey and a pack of ciga-
rettes. I didn't get my order; someone
grabbed me and said, 'Come!' Without ask-
ing, I followed him. We got into a dinghy
and went to the bridge and there was Our
Confidence, completely trashed, but Sean
stood on deck.
The whole island was in ruins and the sea
was full of rubbish and dead animals. You
can't imagine. But I still had my job at the
marina. Then a friend of ours, Jaap (of the
aloe plantation) who'd bought a house on
Bonaire, asked Sean if he could sail his be-
longings to Bonaire. We had no money, and
the boat was in a bad shape, but we decided
to do it. We worked on the boat for three
months until she was seaworthy again. Sean
left for Bonaire and took the two youngest
dogs; I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay on St.
I went to visit Sean on Bonaire and we
both thought it was fabulous. We'd never
seen such a clean, sweet little island with
such friendly people. It was a village
though and I thought, what are we going to
do here? I went back to St. Martin where I
finished my work contract; then I left for
Holland with my old dog to see if I could
work there. It was chaotic; I'd lost all my
papers except for my passport. I couldn't
prove I came from St. Martin. Sean arrived
and we went to England to see if we wanted
to live there.
It turned out that he loved Holland and I
thought England was great, but as the boat
was still in Bonaire I applied for a job
through the Intemet and got a job at Plaza. I
worked there for a year and a half as a su-
pervisor in the garden and the nursery. I got
so fed up that when there was an opportu-
nity at the Caribbean Club Sean and I
started doing the management there. For a
year it was great fun. My son Jerome had
finished the hotel school and before he
went to the higher hotel school he came for
seven months to Bonaire as an intern. It
was so good to have him.
But then Sean got sick and had to go to
England. After four months he came back;
then a year later he had to leave again for
medical treatment in England. I started
working for the Antillean Wine Company
with Marjolein and Noel and I'm still work-
ing for them, with great pleasure. Now
Sean is back and we'll see what's going to
If I have an opportunity to work some-
where else in another place, I'll pack my
things and go. But if I stay here it's also
fine with me. I've never made any plans for
the future. I did what came my way, but I
always did it with great pleasure and inter-
It's not so important where you live, but
the Caribbean is a lovely place; it's more
positive. On Bonaire you won't get rich;
here you work to survive, but it's not a big
deal because you are rich in freedom, space
and colors. The local people here are super
friendly and they mean it. They have a
good sense of humor and they love their
island. I always think: the world is mine
and I'm going to do it all differently now.
You can make it all positive or all negative.
It's up to you. Everything you go through is
because of yourself. And with every change
you become more
and more conscious.
But, all in all, I
think I am privi-
leged to be here in-
stead of being in
Europe. That's how
I see it."
Story & photo by
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
Marjolein van Dam
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S o many mysteries of life so many questions. Perhaps, ac-
cording to Frans Booi, many of these questions can be an-
swered through understanding mythology, those stories that have
been handed down through time not by scientific or religious
means but by people relating them to people. Last Thursday eve-
ning at Kas di Arte Booi spoke to an enraptured audience about
such myths of Bonaire and how they're depicted in the paintings of
Winfred Dania. Dania's paintings and his sculpture are full of sym-
bolic meaning the cross, the turtle, "Boynay," considered the first
Bonairean, the faces, the eyes, "Baranka Mama" and more.
Dania, born deaf, began painting these mystical works before
he'd been exposed to any stories or met mythologist Frans Booi.
All the visions had come from his imagination and dreams. The
meeting and subsequent long-time friendship between Booi and
Dania gave birth to a beautiful gift for all of us: we can hear the
tales from Booi and see them in the paintings of Dania.
The Winfred Dania artwork exhibition will continue until May 21
at the Kas di Arte, the blue building on the waterfront, Kaya J.N.E.
Craane 34. It's open every day, 10 am to 5 pm. L.D.
Dania we homes FPD
L ast Friday some
members of Spe-
cial Olympics Bon-
aire and FKPD
(handicapped center) vis-
They were very im-
pressed with his work
and they got a lot of in-
spiration for their
own art. FKPD Visitors to Dania Exhibit
It was a beautiful
sight to see the energy between these persons with disabilities together with Winfred,
who gave them explanations of most of his work.
Our gratitude goes to Winfred Dania, Maggie and Frans Booi and the crew at FKPD.
Story & photo by Roosje v.d. Hoek-Goeloe
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Dania and Storyteller Frans Booi
"- WINFRED DANIA
discover Tor yourseiT wny
Dutch art critics call him the
van gogh of BBonaire
Kaya J. N.E Craan 34
Daily 10:00 to 5:00 thru May 21
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006
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*to find it, just look up
The Horse on the Handle of the Big Dipper
Have you ever
heard the story
about the horse on the
handle of the Big Dip-
per? Well, it's a good
one. Face due north any
spring evening before
midnight. And, depend-
ing on the exact hour
and whether it's March,
April, May or early
June, the Big Dipper
will be high up off the
horizon, either to the
east of the North Star
or west of the North The two stars together in the Dipper
Star or directly above it.
Four stars trace out its cup and three stars make up its handle.
But we're going to pay attention to what looks like to most people the one star at
the bend of the handle, a star named Mizar. Now although you have undoubtedly
seen this star many times, have you ever looked at it really close? Because if you
do look at it really close you will see that it is not just one star but two. Indeed,
right next to Mizar you can see a slightly dimmer star, a star named Alcor, which
in Arabic means "the lost or friendless one." Now centuries ago it was said that
these two stars, bright Mizar and dimmer Alcor, were used as a kind of ancient eye
exam for a famous sultan's army. If a recruit could see both stars he was in, but if
he couldn't he was out.
I kind of question the validity of that story, however, because most people can
see both stars. Although admittedly nowadays I have to use my glasses, so maybe
the test was for older recruits. At any rate, long ago these two stars became popu-
larly known as "the horse and the rider," bright Mizar being the horse and dimmer
Alcor being the friendless rider. And you can see them for yourself any night you
can see the Big Dipper.
And there our ancient eye test ends. But it doesn't end for modem eyes of a dif-
ferent kind, the eyes of telescopes and spectroscopes, because if we aim a spectro-
scope at Alcor, the rider, you would see that this so-called friendless one is not so
friendless after all. In fact Alcor has a companion rider, another star invisible to
the naked eye, thus making Alcor two riders on Mizar the horse. But that's not ex-
actly true either because if we look really close at Mizar we discover that Mizar is
also not just one star, not even two stars or three stars or four stars but is in fact a
rare quintuple star.
In other words when we look at this ancient Arab representation of a solitary
horse with a solitary rider we are in reality looking at two horsemen driving a team
of five horses across the night sky on the bend of the handle of the big dipper.
Seven stars all told! Two double stars and one triple, six of which are twice as big
as our own million-mile-wide Sun and at least 50% brighter. Incredible isn't it
what modem astronomy reveals about objects that generations of mankind have
seen for thousands of years.
So get outside some spring night, and gallop across the heavens with the horse
and his rider, Mizar and Alcor, two visible stars which are in reality seven! Jack
For the week: May 7 to 13, to 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will be a real chatterbox this week. There could
be opposition or temper tantrums on the home front. You are best to concentrate on
your professional endeavors. Secret enemies may be holding a grudge that you're
not even aware of. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Unexpected events may be upsetting. You may find
that children are not as accepting as you have been. Any intimate relationships
with colleagues will lead to gossip that could easily affect your position. Unex-
pected visitors are likely. Be prepared to do your chores early. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI.(May 22-June 21) Older members of your family may try to take advan-
tage of you. Take a close look at any contracts you've signed in order to be sure
exactly where you stand. You need to look into some private matters before you
can proceed with your plans. Renovations to your domestic scene will pay high
rewards. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be honest in your communication and don't lose
your cool. Your hard work will pay off; advancement looks positive. Opportunities
to travel will develop through peers. Don't spend too much on products that prom-
ise amazing cosmetic results. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Help if you can, but more than likely it will be sufficient
just to listen. Someone you live with will be quite unreasonable this week. You can
make adjustments in your domestic scene this week. You may be in love this week,
but who knows what tomorrow may bring. Your lucky day this week is Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You could experience unusual circumstances and
meet eccentric individuals. After all, they may have valuable information to pass
on. Plans to make physical improvements may lead to psychological changes, too.
Dig deep to find out how costly a new venture will be before you sign on the dot-
ted line. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your mind will be wandering to exotic destinations.
Praise will be yours if you have been pursuing your goals. Find out if they have
other commitments. Travel should be on your mind. Your lucky day this week will
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be cautious of making any residential changes this
week. You'll have great insight. You must try to lay your cards on the table. Talk
to your mate and tell them how you feel. It might be best to work on your own; if
possible, do your job out of your home this week. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Jealous colleagues may try to undermine you.
You can ask for favors and get sound advice from close friends or relatives. People
who try to persuade you to do things their way will annoy you. Don't believe eve-
rything you hear. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Take time to deal with authority figures or gov-
ernment agencies. Deal with the needs of children. You will gain new friends if
you get involved in environmental issues. Your concern with older family mem-
bers and those less fortunate than yourself will only add to your attractiveness.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't start a dispute unless you're prepared to ac-
cept irreversible results. Pleasure trips should be on your agenda. Opportunities to
show your worth will enhance your reputation and bring possible advancement.
Take some time out. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your mate may want to pick a fight, but if you're per-
sistent with your affections their anger should dissipate. Take time to reevaluate
your motives regarding friendships. Sudden changes concerning coworkers may
surprise you. Matters pertaining to your home environment will be favorable if you
are direct. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
Bonaire Reporter May 12 to May 19, 2006