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Publication Date: June 2, 2006
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It's not yet June but the 2006 Hur-
ricane Season began in the East-
ern Pacific as Tropical Depression
One-E intensified into Tropical Storm
Aletta. Sitting south-southwest of Aca-
pulco, Mexico, Aletta should maintain
tropical storm strength as the westerly
shear over it continues to lessen. Thun-
derstorm activity remains strong on the
eastern side of the organizing circula-
tion. The tropical storm will slowly
head northward for a time and then
possibly turn westward paralleling the
coast. Coastal residents and meteorolo-
gists are gearing up for the kickoff of
the Atlantic hurricane season on June
1, and experts say the 2006 season
could be another very active one.
The latest forecast from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra-
tion (NOAA) calls for 13-16 total
storms, 8-10 hurricanes, and 4-6 ma-
jor hurricanes (Category 3 or


Opinion: Are Our Whales
in Danger ? 4
Letters: Flamingo First Aid 4
Corrections 4
DEZA Bonaire Economic Report 5
Youth Tennis 5
Dive into Adventure 15 Day
Countdown-Wednesday-Fun Day 6
Snack Bar Detectives: Spanhoek 7
Dine with Dream team 7
World Cup Soccer Schedule 9
Bondy on the Ball (4) 9
Where to Watch the World Cup 9
Jazz Festival 2006 10
Washington Park Extravaganza 13
Where to Get the Reporter 14
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Tide Table 7
Coral Glimpses 8
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Pets of the Week "Laila" & "Ronald" 12
Classifieds 12
Sudoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Huub Groot) 17
Picture Yourself, Egypt 18
Bubbles from Biologist (Squat Urchin
Shrimp) 18
Sky Park (Mars, Saturn, Mercury) 19
The Stars Have It 19

A The Joint Caribbean Lion war
games began last week in the south-
ern Caribbean. Participating, among
other vessels, are the Dutch station
ship Van Nes, the supply ship
Zuiderkruisthe, the Belgian Westdiep,
the American attack aircraft carrier
USS Bataan, the transport ship FS
Francis Gamier, the Dutch submarine
Zeeleeuw and the Dutch frigate De
Ruyter. Other ships expected to get
involved next week include the USS
Taylor, the USS Fort McHenry and the
Canadian ships Montreal and Pre-
server. Eventually a total of 12 naval
vessels will take part. The Dutch
transport Rotterdam, which was to take
part, is on a humanitarian mission in
flood-ravaged Surinam. Additionally,
six F-16 fighter planes are stationed at
Curaqao's Hato field.

A A Chinese oil refiner has shown
interest in exploring and exploiting
oil and gas in the territorial waters
around the ABC islands, reported
Prime Minister Nelson Oduber follow-
ing his visit to China on a trade mis-
sion. The Chinese join American, Cu-
ban and Venezuelan companies who
have also expressed interest.
A The Colombian airline company,
Avianca, will make daily flights from
Bogota to Aruba starting July 1st.
Starting June 18th, Avianca will fly
twice a week from Aruba to Medellin

A DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic and Labor
Affairs, has issued its comprehensive report for 2005. It
paints a bleak picture of the beginning of a negative trend in
almost all aspects of the economy except for tax collections,
shipping, construction and automobile imports. In the next
weeks The Reporter will be passing on information from this report. The first,
summarizing tourism figures, is on page 5.

via Baranquilla. SAM, part of Avianca,
will fly Fokker 100s. With non-stop
and one-stop flights available from
Bonaire to Aruba, flights to Colombia
are more convenient.


A A former secretary of the Interna-
tional Whaling Commission has
slammed the body as dysfunctional as
some Caribbean nations continue to
push for a lifting of the ban on com-
mercial whaling as the organization
gears for a meeting in St. Kitts next
month. Some Caribbean island nations
receive financial support from Japa-
nese interests.
"Originally people and nations were

trying to regulate a high seas fishery,
but in more recent times the attitude in
the world has been not too much to the
utilization of a natural resource but the
preservation of it," he complained. "So,
they are using a piece of fisheries leg-
islation to prohibit capture of stocks of
whales, some of which are capable of
being utilized on a sustainable basis."
The commissioners from Caribbean
member-states of Antigua, Belize, Do-
minica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, St.
Lucia and St. Vincent support killing
whales, in a sustainable way, for food -
not necessarily food for their people,
but for export. They charge strong
"environmental" NGOs had wrong-
fully changed the use of international
fisheries legislation "from regulating
and catching to prohibition of catch-
The IWC's annual plenary meeting is
to be held in Basseterre, St. Kitts-
Nevis, June 15-20. A ban on commer-
cial whaling was agreed on by the IWC
in 1982. The Caribbean nations named
above are hoping to revisit the issue
(Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

Page 2

A Gerard van Erp sent us this good news for yacht visitors: "For many years
Karel's Pier has been the favorite spot for cruisers to tie up their valuable dinghies.
Unfortunately, over the last years almost all cleats at this dock were broken or just
disappeared and tying up a dinghy wasn't easy. Visiting cruisers Chris from Colo-
nel's Lady; Bob from Sapphire; Jim from Deribille; Walt from Centime and Fred
from Mistrial came up with the idea to mount new stainless steel cleats on the pier.
Budget Marine gave a very good discount on the parts too, and Johan Visser, the
owner of Karel's bar provided the cold beer. Thank you very much!!"
Text & photo by Gerard van Erp

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2) sample the same 10 sites that they did
and get an okay to hunt whales again, in March. If you are interested in help-
ing please let him know and he will
A The Bonaire National Marine
Park together with the Environ- e forward a sampling protocol that Paul
Park together with the Environ- central Gov-
Hoetjes from VOMIL, Central Gov-
mental Department of the Govern- erment, had prepared. A meeting is
ment is looking for volunteers to help set for June 7h at 4 pm at the Park HQ
with the second round of the Nutrients i Barkadera (across from the Bonaire
in Barkadera (across from the Bonaire
Monitoring Program. The sampling Caribbean Club) for volunteers
will start Monday June 12. BNMP
Maar amon d n nee e to discuss the protocol and set up the
Manager Ramon deLeon needs help to logistics. Contact Ramon at 717-8444

A One of Bonaire's
most active naturalists,
Jerry Ligon reports:
"With a newly pur-
chased Leica spotting
scope, I was able to
find and identify two
birds that were new
to Bonaire's bird list.
They are Southern
Lapwings and are usu-
ally found in South
America but may be
extending their breed-
ing range. I conferred
with Tineke Prins, who is the Curator of Birds, University of Amsterdam, to con-
firm the rarity of this species here on Bonaire. She informed me that a few records
existed for Aruba, all adjacent to their sewage lagoon. The species is unique in that
it has a spur along the curve of the wing which is used to deter predators or rivals
in courtship."

if you want to help.
A Scarlet, a long distance and
Internet access provider, launched the
first high speed Broadband Wireless
network in Curacao. The non-line-of-
sight, portable wireless broadband net-
work equipment is a sort of long range
"wi-fi." "Scarlet's broadband service
does not require a phone line, can be
installed in less than five minutes, and
is portable," commented Eric E. Stak-
land, CEO of Scarlet's Netherlands An-
tilles operations. There has been
groundwork on putting in a similar
system on Bonaire later in the year.
Scarlet N.V. is part of the Scarlet
group of companies based in the Neth-
erlands where the parent company has

been providing long distance and data
services in Europe since 1992. Scarlet,
formerly Antillean Network Manage-
ment N.V., has been operating in the
Netherlands Antilles since 1995 on the
island of St. Maarten, since 1999 in
Curaqao, and since 2001 in Bonaire.

A Bonaire Travel Solutions, the
Tour Operator which specializes in
promoting and booking Bonaire's
smaller accommodations, is offering
an airfare-only package that ranges
from $371 per person RT from Mi-
ami (not including US taxes and sur-
charges) to Coral Spawning Packages
from Newark or Atlanta from $999 for
a 7-night Stay, Dive and Drive Pack-
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Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

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T he publication
in extra, Bon-
aire's Papiamentu
language newspaper,
of a fisherman stand-
ing over the corpse of
a dead beaked whale
brought a feeling of
d6j vu. Dead ma-
rine animals washing
ashore are a fact of
life on Bonaire, but
what gave me the
feeling was that 12
warships, including
at least one subma-
rine. were in the area getting ready for
the start of the Joint Caribbean Lion
exercise (see details in Flotsam and
Jetsam, page 2).
"The possible connection between
naval sonar and the deaths of whales
and other marine mammals has be-
come an increasingly controversial is-
sue since the Navy acknowledged that
the loud blasts of its sonar helped
cause a mass stranding of whales in the
Bahamas in 2000. Since then, critics
have accused the Navy of involvement
in numerous mass strandings in US
and international waters, and federal
environmental officials have concluded
in some instances that the loud pulses
from active sonar cannot be ruled out
as a cause," said a story from the Asso-
ciated Press.
It was reporting on whale standings
around the Oregon Inlet of the Outer
Banks of North Carolina, US, on Janu-
ary 15. One newborn minke whale
was found dead that day, and two
dwarf sperm whales came ashore on
January 16, locations about 60 miles
north and south of the inlet. Six of the
pilot whales were pregnant when they
died. National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration (NOAA) scien-
tists "are looking at all the possible
causes of this stranding, which was a


We found this flamingo on our way back
home at 10:20pm from the Jazz Festival at Kon-
Tiki. He had a broken leg and was lying on the
middle of the road. Was he hit by a car?
The vet at Nikiboko South, Jan Laarakker,
was willing to help the bird. He made a
splint for the bird's leg from a syringe tube. The
flamingo will have to stay at the vets for more
than three weeks, but then maybe it can be put
back into its natural environment.
Wilna Groenenboom

Vet Jan Laarakker with
injured flamingo

significant one," spokeswoman Connie
Barclay said.
In the past 10 years all over the
world, there have been numerous re-
ports of dead whales and stranded
whales following naval maneuvers
where powerful sonar devices were
Pilot and dwarf sperm whales are
deep-diving animals that feed off the
ocean floor and continental slopes.
Other whale strandings linked to sonar
use have also involved deep-diving
species, such as the type of beaked
whale found dead here. Researchers
have theorized that the loud sounds of
sonar can damage the whales' sensitive
hearing system and cause them to sur-
face too quickly from fright. After an-
other stranding off the Canary Islands

Jeannette Nolan-Heitk6nig sends some corrections and additions to last week's
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire "Kas di Kabez:"
Family name is Heitkdnig
Actually there are three houses, not two.
My father was never referred to as Monsieur Heitkdnig
but as "Heit."
Where it says "Herman" it should say "Jules" (that is
what he went by) lived there with his wife Rose Marie
Anne Heitkonig-Rigaud. (They were married, not as it
implies that he just lived with her! My mother would have I -
a fit. Heit passed away in 1987. They had two daughters. We are both still alive.
My name is spelled "Jeannette" with double n and double t.
La Guernica restaurant is located in the old souvenir shop. (It was never a family
home) In the souvenir shop my father sold jewelry, photographic articles and pic-
tures (from his Fotolab, where now Hair Affair is), souvenirs (also handmade in his
workshop now accommodating Little Havana), snorkel and dive equipment (he
was an experienced diving spear fisherman in the old days).
He used to take his turtle (Max, a loggerhead) out for a swim. He was one of the
first to stop selling spear fishing gear when the law was passed to prohibit spear
fishing in Bonaire.

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

Page 4

Bonaire Economic Report
From DEZA -Part 1

Overall tourist arrivals, the en-
gine that powers Bonaire's
economy, dropped 1% last year. In
2004 Americans and Europeans had an
equal share of the tourism market
(44% each), but in 2005 the European

market exceeded the North American
market in numbers of tourists mainly
because of fewer Air Jamaica flights to
Bonaire (48% of European tourists
versus 42% of American tourists). It is
expected that the North American mar-

ket will improve as more airlift is se-
cured. Continental Airlines, started
flying in December 2005.

It is interesting to note that as tour-
ism faltered in 2005 there was an in-
crease of 36% in construction permit
requests for private homes compared
to 2004, and a jump of 300% (from 7
to 21) for apartment houses. In 2006,

the upward trend is expected to con-
tinue with considerably more apart-
ments being built.

New and used cars are pouring in.
For 2005 almost 130% more cars
were imported than in 2004. Many
are second hand vehicles imported
from the Netherlands. DEZA

Yo uth Te nnis

Last week the young tennis players of Bonaire continued their
monthly competition. Sponsored by the RBTT bank Bonaire
and Tennis Sport School of Bonaire it allows young players to test
their abilities and strengths against other youngsters. Beginning from
5 years up to and including 18 years they play against each other in
several classes

A few of the voung tennis players Elizabeth Vos photo

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

Estimated Total Arrivals per Month

3.000 E2004
2.000 *2005

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Page 5

Countdown to Dive Into Adventure


Days To Go ro

June 17 to 24
tively and been giving his underwater
ach day of Dive Into Adven- and nature photography his undivided
ture Bonaire 2006. which runs attention.

from June 17 to 24, will offer adven-
ture-filled diving and on-land activi-
ties, educational opportunities and eve-
ning entertainment. Participants are
free to selectively participate in the ac-
tivities, spend their entire day diving or
following the program as offered.
We've been covering details of the
planned activity and continue this

Wednesday, June 21st, the day
of fun for Dive Into Adventure (DIAB)
2006, will begin with a workshop and
guided dive led by Dos Winkel
(Underwater Photo Skills) and a work-
shop led by Mabel Nava from Sea Tur-
tle Conservation Bonaire (STCB). Eve-
ning presenters include Ramon de
Leon and Fernando Simal, the manag-
ers, respectively of the Marine and
Washington-Slagbaai National Parks
and the (So You Want to Take Under-
water Photos) Millers. This evening
will also feature the Fun Team
Event It's a Knockout, with fun
games and prizes, and BBQ at Bon-
aire's National Stadium plus a guided
night florescence dive led by Dr.

From off-island come three

Dos Winkel

"stars" of the event:
Dos Winkel needs little introduction
to Bonaireans. His first career was in
orthopedic medicine. He established
and led the Dutch Academy for Ortho-
pedic Medicine. A course in underwa-
ter photography in Aruba hooked him
on the subject. Subsequently he and his
wife, Bertie, moved to Bonaire and
were based here for eight years. In ad-
dition to diving the Caribbean he's
photographed in the Indian Ocean, the
Pacific, Africa, Peru's Lake Titicaca
and around the Galapagos Islands. He's
won numerous prizes, published many
books and produced and starred in sev-
eral TV shows. While still president of
the International Academy of Orthope-
dic Medicine, however, since March
2005 Dos has been doing this less ac-

Dr. Charlie Mazel is a research sci-
entist at Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), a
small, private research and develop-
ment firm in Andover, Massachu-
setts. PSI is a collection of over a
hundred people carrying out a wide
variety of research topics, generally in
some branch of the physical sci-
ences. He is also the President of
NightSea LLC, a small spin-off of PSI
that develops specialized lights and
filters so that sport and science divers
can see and photograph fluorescence.

Bill and Alice Miller began diving in
1995 and have traveled extensively in
the Caribbean and Indonesia. Bill is a
former wildlife photographer and biol-
ogy teacher, and his love for the envi-
ronment and photography is evident in
the quality of his macro images. As
active members of The Coral Reef Al-
liance (REEF) and Oceans for Youth,
they actively promote reef conservation
and preservation in their slide shows.
Bill and Alice have appeared on the
Canadian Television Network program
"Undersea Explorers," are spokesper-
sons for REEF in their film "CORAL-
Working Together To Keep the Coral
Reef Alive."
They have attended all the previous
Dive Festivals on Bonaire.

Local experts Mabel Nava from Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB), Ramon de Leon, Manager
of the Bonaire National Marine Park
and Fernando Simal, Manager of
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
provide the "local knowledge" that
compliments the expertise of the visit-
ing experts.
Lightening things up will be the eve-
ning's It's a Knockout games with
locals and DIAB participants organized
into teams. Not much has been re-
vealed so far but the games will be
uniquely Bonairean. The Department
of Culture was consulted and fishing
and cooking are on the agenda.
For more information on Dive Into
Adventure Bonaire 2006 visit www.
DiveIntoAdventureBonaire.com, the
official event website. If you haven't
done so sign up now at the TCB Office

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

Page 6

A new series ...

The Snack Bar Detectives <
Our Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the doors
ofBonaire's Snacks

Spanhoek outside

Spanhoek bar inside


Bonaire's Dream Team at Chibi Chibi: (front) Bartender Jane Coffie (Divi Fla-
mingo), Egbert deVries (Le Flamboyant), Isidoor van Riemsdijk (Rum Runners),
Coach Nonchi Martijn (SGB hotel school), (back) Floris van Loo (Rum Run-
ners), Waldi Gijsbertha (City Cafd)

Have a fabulous three-course "competition" dinner and support Bonaire's
star chef-bartender team at practices Sundays at 7 pm at SGB's Chez
Nous. The team will compete in the "Taste of the Caribbean" culinary Olympics at
the end of June in Miami. Donation: $25. Call Floris at 786-1508 or Sara at 786-
9299 to reserve. Great food, cocktails and abundant fine wines. L.D.

t's a balmy Bonairean night. My trusted companion "Big D" and I are on the
lookout for refreshment and food. We have but only two requirements: the
beer has to be cold, and, the prices have to be right.
We stumble across a likely place at the top of Kaya LD Gerharts. Above the door
is the name: SPANHOEK.
The bar looks inviting enough and the menu tempting. We order our beers. A
glance at the pricelist tells us what we need to know. Polar, Amstel and Heineken,
NAf2, Balashi NAf 1,75. Our beer is served immediately by Erna who, with her
husband, De Guang, run Spanhoek together. Trickles of condensation run down
the bottle as it hits the warm evening air. Yes, just as we had hoped, ice cold!
Several cold ones later and we are ready to try some food. Big D eyes the snacks,
starting at NAf 1.75; it looks good value, Loempia, Satd and Frikandel are all
tempting but we decide to go for the main menu.
The choice is wide and varied with meals starting at NAf7.50: Chop Suey, Fried
Rice, Sweet & Sour etc. Big D spies Moksie Metie on the menu. His choice is
made. I go for the beef curry, I like my curry like I like my women, hot! I am not
We are served our meals. The portions are ample and the taste is superb. If you
decide to take away, you will be eating for days! We leave before our identities are
revealed, our bellies full but our pockets only a little lighter. Spanhoek will take
some beating.
So, all you snacky owners, be on your guard as our mission continues. Next time
it could be you! Story & photos by the Snack Bar Detectives

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather
can further influence the local tides
6-02 5:04 1.6FT. 14:04 0.8FT. 50
6-03 2:47 1.5FT. 5:40 1.5FT. 14:15 0.9FT. 23:19 1.5FT. 40
6-04 4:35 1.4FT. 6:12 1.4FT. 14:14 1.0FT. 22:16 1.6FT. 33
6-05 6:19 1.3FT. 7:15 1.3FT. 13:53 1.0FT. 22:02 1.6FT. 30
6-06 7:13 1.1FT. 7:50 1.1FT. 13:19 1.0FT. 22:07 1.8FT. 34
6-07 8:10 1.0FT. 9:50 1.0FT. 12:38 1.0FT. 22:21 1.9FT. 43
6-08 8:39 0.9FT. 22:41 2.0FT. 53
6-09 9:21 0.8FT. 23:09 2.0FT. 65

Page 7

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
age including RT airfare! For example
a 7-night/8-day accommodation in a
one-bedroom condo or studio apart-
ment at the Golden Reef Inn includes
room tax, daily continental breakfast,
unlimited shore diving package with
Wannadive Dive. If you are inter-
ested, book soon as dates and airline
seats are limited. Check out their web-
site at www.bonairetravelsolutions.
com, phone 877-DIVE-Bon or email
them at info(iZbonairetravelsolutions.

A De Freewieler Bike Shop (ad on
page 9) just got in some Giant moun-
tain bikes: the Boulder model costs
NAf950 and the Rincon is NAf1045.

coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)

The living coral on this coral head
is the crisp clean tan area. It's sur-
rounded by the skeleton of areas of
its colony whose polyps (individual
coral animals) have perished. Usu-
ally stony corals are able to grow
over the tubes of the Christmas tree
worms on their colonies, but these
polyps have not done so. This may
be a sign that the colony is under
some stress. [

A Women of Bonaire: put it on
your calendar a conference for
women only: "The Four Faces of
Woman," on Saturday, June 24 at
the Sport Hall from 9 am to 4:30
pm. The four faces of women are:
Eternal, Traditional, Modem and
Shakti. There will be a main speaker
followed by a panel. Later the audi-
ence will be broken down into discus-
sion subgroups of eight women each
with a moderator. For more informa-
tion call 786-3702 or Neery Gonzalez
786-6777. No entrance fee; in Eng-
lish with Papiamentu translation.

A Welcome to two new Reporter
advertisers: Jody's Fashions (page
6) and Zambezi Lodge (page 4).
Jody's offers brand-name European
fashions. Zambezi Lodge is inviting
readers to explore investing in an Afri-
can themed, upscale, all-inclusive re-
sort on Bonaire.

A Snack reports are back by popu-
lar demand, see page 7. The Snack
Detectives are on the case. O G./L.D.

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

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Let's kick off with France. Winners on
their home turf in '98 saw scenes of jubila-
tion. Four years later, a miserable display
saw them crash out without a single goal
being scored. France has some awesome
players but, maybe they are just a little
over the hill. Djibril Cisse is scoring for
fun as is Thierry Henry. The linchpin will
be the mighty Zinedine Zidane. If the
experienced players perform well they will
be difficult to beat.
Switzerland next. They literally fought
for their place in the finals resulting in a
fracas with Turkey. A series of sanctions
on the team and individual bans on players
resulted, nevertheless they got through.
Their Swiss coach, Jakob 'Kobi' Kuhn,
has put together a young skillful team. Ex-
cept for veteran, Johaan Vogel, there is a
lack of experience to see them through to
the latter stages.
South Korea is third in the group. Now I
like South Korea, I like their tenacity and
that is exactly what dragged them through
the qualifiers. Dick Advocaat bowed out
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Sn't gripped you by now,
then you need to check
your pulse! It's the penultimate week to
the games, and we will be checking out the
final two groups, Week 4 of our coverage.

sults, maybe just as well. Park Ji-Sung,
currently playing at Manchester United, is
the player to watch.
Onto Togo, Who? I hear you ask! This
former German colony finished top of
their group with plenty of help from their
highly rated keeper, Kossi (Magic Hands)
Agassa. They are a 500/1 shot if you fancy
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as a team and play their football with a
passion. Hatem Trabelsi, who plays his
football with Ajax, is a tough cookie in
defense. I think that they have a good
chance of making the next rounds this
Finally, Saudi Arabia. With big money
to throw around, people expect a little
more from them. Maybe this is the year.
They finished top of their group and con-
ceded only one goal along the way. At the
time of going to press their Manager is
Marcos Paqueta but that could change.
The Saudis change their Managers more
often than their underwear! Although lack-
ing in internationally experienced players,
they have one of the toughest defenses
around. 750/1 odds against seems a little
unkind but hey, the Saudi won't mind.
Well, that's all of the groups done. Next
week we will have a recap and see the
group tables in detail. I will give everyone
the opportunity to see me proven wrong as
I pick my favourites to progress. Until
then, let's keep the game beautiful.
Antony Bond

Tony Bond was born and
raised in England, happy to
leave the cold ofEurope
behind but stillfollows
his passion for Manchester
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The eighth and final group is headed by
Spain. Manager Luis Aragones is some-
thing of an enigma, but his record speaks
for itself 18 games in a row unbeaten is
pretty good going. Big man on campus is
Raul. If he is fighting fit he will make all
the difference.
Ukraine will be playing in the champi-
onships for the first time. Former USSR
player, Oleg Blokhin, earned 109 caps in
his playing days before taking the reigns as
Manager. Not the biggest squad as far as
talent is concerned but with Shevchenko
up front, anything can happen.
Let's look at Tunisia. Having been
knocked out in the first round of every
previous championship, they will be hop-
ing to progress further. Tunisia works well

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Where to watch*

wo Reporter advertisers have
announced they have facilities to
see all the great World Cup action that
starts on Friday, June 9.
At City Cafe there will be eight (8!)
TVs set up including a huge 50-inch
flat screen. In the mornings City will
offer a breakfast buffet for NAf10,50.
In the afternoons they have a special
lunch buffet for NAf12,50.
At The Great Escape you can watch
in the comfort of the thatched roof bar
by the pool and sample their huge se-
lection of beers. L.D.

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At the wind-up of the Festival you couldn't keep from moving yourfeet.

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

Page 10

Jazz Festival 2006 (Continued from page 10)
Latin Quartet and the Bonaire Jazz Group, all from Bonaire, the Question Mark
Band from Surinam, Konkie Halmeyer on the steel pans, the Dave Ronchi Mat-
thew band, The Randal Corsen Quartet and Eric Calmes, all from Curaqao, as well
as others. At KonTiki during the final performances, the SGB (high school) band
jammed with members of the Cu-
pob Band who gave them point-
We hope the accompanying pho-
tos help to capture that special
jazz feeling of the long weekend.
G. L.D. Additional photos by Wilna
Gronenboom, Maarten Maartense and
Roosie V. d. Hoek-Goeloe

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htephanie Ha-
sham and Nicole
Chirino at the
irst Annual
utch Carib-
ean Art Exhibi-
during the Jazz
Festival Paint-
ing by Nochi

Leader of the Cubop Big Band,
Lucas van Merwijk at Plaza

The sole CuBop girl on bass fiddle at
Little Havana

The Cubop Big Band arrives

Moogie with his friends at City Cafd

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Pets of the Week

wo roommates "Laila" and
"Ronald" what a comical
pair! Laila, the black and white
character dog on the left, is full of
enthusiasm and you can't help but
laugh when you see her antics.
She's enthusiastic and smart and as
you can see, she's no prima donna;
she gets along beautifully with
Ronald. Laila is about two years old
and is sterilized.
Sweet faced Ronald on the right is
a darling. He was adopted originally
from the Shelter as a pup, but his
owners had to leave him behind
when they returned to Holland. He's
about three years old, is very social
and has a lot of the good attributes
of the Labrador he resembles in-
telligence, gentleness and good
looks. The staff says he's a nice
quiet dog who'd be a great compan-
ion for someone. You may meet this
pair at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm. Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989.

Want to make a difference and help
keep the number of unwanted pets
down on the island? You can help by
contributing to the Shelter's Steriliza-

"Laila" and "Ronald"

tion Fund which subsidizes steriliza-
tions on pets whose owners can't
pay the full fee: "Sterilization Fund"
MCB Bonaire Account# 10616410. Or
donate on line via Support Bonaire,
Inc. WWW.supportbonaire.org. The
funds go only for sterilizations.
So far this year there have been 60
pet adoptions, all of which have been
or will be sterilized. L.D.

Do You SuDoku?

S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. It was created
and published in 1979, although the puzzles didn't really gain popularity
until The Times in Britain began printing SuDoku in 2005, and the craze spread
like wildfire across the world.
Solving The Puzzles
To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puz-
zle, without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region.
What makes these puzzles fun is that the rules are simple but require logical
reasoning skills to solve. Some find it easier to pencil in the possible numeric
candidates or write them along the outside of the puzzle. Others find this dis-
tracting. Different levels of difficulty exist. The Reporter will start out with Easy
level, and gradually move on the Tricky and Tough. For more details visit the
web site www.sudokushack.com. They have a tutorial that's a bit easier to un-
derstand. Good luck! Molly Kearney

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Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art,
Art Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am-
5 pm 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 yel-
low pages directory information go to

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
www.bonairenet. com/jellastone/

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.

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

For Sale
For Sale- 20 years of National Geo-
graphic Magazine. All issues 1985-
2005 complete. Make a reasonable
offer. Call 717-8989.

Large all metal office desk with
drawers. Good condition. Only
NAf295. Will deliver. Call Carib Inn
717-8819, 8 am to 5 pm.

For Sale: 18 arms ceiling chande-
lier; New Cherry wood dining table, 4
chairs; Cherry wood saloon table, 1 x
1 meter; 2 fauteuils (arm chairs) with
round wood antique table. Come and
see, make an offer. Tel. 717-6605

Steering wheel/gearbox with con-
sole for outboard boat. Boston Whaler
or similar. NAf25. Call George at
717-8988 or 786-6125

For sale: Sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAf300, tel.

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

1/7 n te d

Seeking a Pen Pal: Mr Renis
Morian; Address; 263 Blue Berry Hill,
Wismar Linden, Guyana; profession;
Disaster Management Consultant;
email; moriman53 @yahoo.com;
friends between ages 35 and 60. All
friends accepted

Wanted: 16 inch tires and all kind
of parts for my Land-Rover Series
III Seven-Seater Station Wagon.
J@n Brouwer, email: digi-
talis@flamingotv.net, 786-3637.

Wanted: small fishing boat, out-
board motor (8 to 10 hp), trailer.
Victor Brouwer, email: digi-
talis @flamingotv.net, 786-3637.

Pro pe rty
For rent: Furnished house with one
bedroom, NAf 900 per month includ-
ing cable TV. For more information
contact Amanda at Harbourtown Real
Estate, 717-5539.

House for Sale- Nicest and prettiest
house in Antriol, good neighborhood,
swimming pool, 2 bathrooms, 3 bed-
rooms, +/- 3.000 square meters.
Owned property. Was $450,000. Now
$375,000. Call 717-7362 or 717-6605

Apartment for Rent as of June 10-
2 bedrooms, fully furnished, Nikiboko.

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Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two sin-
gle beds (or king) and pull-out sofa,
bikes, kayak, porch, yard and private
entrance. Five minute walk to seaside
promenade and 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night. Contact:

Yard Sale Saturday, June 3,
Kaya Mandolin #8, 8:30 am to 4:30

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ast Sunday Washington Park threw open its gates for a day of fantastic
activities to celebrate its 37t birthday. Music, dancing, local food, cakes,
drinks, face painting, marsh stands from Rincon... .It was a day for families.
Rangers led guided tours through the museum and on hikes on the Kasikunda
and Lagadishi trails and up to the 792-foot Mount Brandaris. For the children
there were treasure hunts, face painting, art projects and more. Resting under the
spacious, cool terrace was a special treat. Thanks to the staff at STINAPA and
Washington Park for making the day such a memorable one. L.D.

Chrisanta Martis was the key organizerF J F
of the Anniversary Day

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* Car Rental Agencies:
" At the Airport

Aboard Divi Divi Air

. Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato

Bistro de Paris
. Cactus Blue
" Capriccio
" City Cafe
" Croccantino
Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza

. Dive Shops:
. Yellow Submarine
. WannaDive
= Carib Inn

" Benetton
Bonaire Gift Shop
Exito Bakery



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Photo Tours, Playa
Plantation Furniture

Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bon-
Caribbean Court
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Bo Toko, North Salina
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse Bonaire

Parliament Office

Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry
Fit 4 Life, Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
San Francisco Hospital

Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore

Realty Offices:

Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn


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Late Show
Cal tomakesure (Usually9pm)
Ice Age:
The Meltdown
(Ray Romano)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Take the Lead

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
May: The Wild


The Bonaire National Marine Park
together with the Environmental De-
partment of the Government is look-
ing for volunteers to help with the sec-
ond round of the Nutrients Monitoring
Program. A meeting is set for June 7th
at 4 pm at the Park HQ in Barkadera
(across from the Bonaire Caribbean
Club) for volunteers to discuss the pro-
tocol and set up the logistics. Contact
Ramon at 717-8444 if you want to help.

Saturday, June 3-Marshe di Buki
(book sale) for children & adults, 10-2,
patio of the Bonaire Library
Sunday, June 4-Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner. Support the team and
have a gourmet competition dinner. 7
pm, Chez Nous. $25 for a 3-course meal
with cocktails and wines. Call Sara 786-
9299 or Floris 786-1508 to reserve. See
page 12

World Cup Soccer Friday, June 9 to
Sunday, July 9 see pages 8 and 9


June 17-24-Dive Into Adventure
Bonaire (DIAB). See more on page 6

Sunday, June 18-Father's Day

Saturday, June 24-Women's Confer-
ence: The Four Faces of Woman. Free
entrance. 9 am-4:30 pm, Sport Hall. In
English with Papiamentu translation.

Sunday, July 9-Dia di Arte, Wilhel-
mina Park-art, music, food, entertain-
ment. Artists must sign up by June 15.
Call Emma 786-6420 or Edwin 786-

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 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every entree,
Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am 2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and mu-
sic. www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Ex-
tra big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
* Mountain Bike Ride- Everyone
welcome. 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 ware-
house, 7 to 9 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 enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5 to 10 pm

* Caribbean Night, live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featur-
ing 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 info @goldenreefinn.

* 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
* 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
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live mu-
sic by Flamingo Rockers -The Wind-

surf Place at Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" 5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. 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 Soro-
bon from 1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed
by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings of Bonaire and diver stories of the
East Coast every week

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
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 (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm. Tel. 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 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 musi-

AA meetings 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 Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093
for details

Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions 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
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson 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-
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 Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at
6 pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in An-
triol, in English. Mass in Papiamentu
on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

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

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Richter Art- By Jake and Linda Richter: Original oil
paintings, giclees on canvas, limited edition and open
prints. 717-4112

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.

De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.

Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a 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!

b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.

Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Full digital services.

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 to
sell fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.

Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, great clothes, footwear
and gifts. In the Sand Dollar Mall.
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.
Free delivery.

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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 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 Restaurant Moderate Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantno Italiand Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served i
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 4 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 m 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

"D efore I came here I'd been liv-
l ing in St. Croix, St. Martin and
Curaqao where I was building video tape
club interiors for a company that be-
longed to my brother. When he stopped
with the business I came to Bonaire and
started to work for Rum Runners as the
manager. I'd never been here. I thought it
was a bit small but also that it was an
adorable little village. My philosophy is
and always has been: wherever there's
work I'll go! After a year and a half I had
the opportunity to become the co-owner
of Rum Runners for a very small percent-
Then Rob v/d Berg and I opened The
Dome, a sports caf6 that sat where the
Lost Penguin is now. In the meantime we
were also asked to handle the restaurant
at Buddy Dive. In 2001 Rob and I went
our separate ways; we had different
The Dome had already been sold and I
was seriously thinking about leaving the
island. I'd been working too much; I'd
screwed up my relationship. It was en-
tirely my fault because I couldn't sepa-
rate work from private life. I'd come with
her from Holland and she'd been working
with me all the time at the office, wait-
ing tables, handling the floor. If we were-
n't there she did everything she was a
great girl! But privately it didn't work out
because for me work never stopped. I got
into a new relationship with Sigma, the
chef cook at Buddy Dive, a lady from
Curaqao, also a terrific person, precious
and special.
I sold my part of Rum Runners and
Buddy Dive's Dock of the Bay and
started with City Caf6. The place was
completely run down and practically
bankrupt. It belonged to some friends of
mine Nelson Apolinario and his brother
Andre who lived in Portugal. They also
owned Hotel Rochaline and the Oporto
construction company. Well, for me it
was like, either I'll put new life into this
business or I go back to Curaqao. But I
stayed and I brought City Caf6 back to
life. When Oporto went bankrupt Nelson
came into the company with me. The
company had a lot of financial problems,
especially during the first three months.
We had to turn each cent around 10 times
before spending it! I've shed a tear now
and then, thinking why in heaven's name
did I start with this!
First we had to pay off all the debts, but
at the same time we had to invest. Sure,
we'd made a business plan, but many
times there was a lack of finances. Our
goal was to turn this beautiful old and
historic building into a place full of life,
not only with a bar and restaurant, but we

wanted to fill up all the small spaces with
different little businesses. So, we built
Wattaburger, then Wannadive, the Inter-
net Caf6 and the crepe place and we
rented them out. We upgraded and mod-
ernized the whole hotel, and from June 1st
Sjoerd v/d Brug is going to do Hotel Ro-
chaline. We're the principal tenants of all
these places, but what we're really doing
is the food and beverage part. We had a
short-lived, two-year 'marriage' with Ed
and Joep, but it became too much for
them with the business they already had.
So now we're back to basics with Nelson,
Andre and me."

"I've done many things in
life, ...I've been a juggler, did
street theatre, I was a clown
and a fire-eater, I walked the
high stilts and I rode a unicy-
cle.... I studied for three years
to work with problem chil-
dren and mentally disabled

Huub Groot (33) is a spontaneous,
open-hearted, open-minded, hard work-
ing, fast living, unique person- one of a
kind. "All these years we never closed the
business for even one day. We've reno-
vated and fixed things little by little, and
every cent we made has been invested
again in the business, and what we saved
in the last couple of years we've invested
in 'Salsa,' which belongs to the three of
us and to a group in Curaqao, the owners
of Mambo and Zanzibar.

Nelson's father bought the property
where Salsa is now and the property next
to it 20 years ago with the idea of build-
ing a big city hotel. It never came to that,
but now he's given us the opportunity
through a very attractive financial plan to
build a city hotel. The whole lot next to
Salsa is ours, and the property with the
music school will be given to us on a
long-lease basis the moment we actually
start with the construction. All the plans
are ready; the feasibility study is almost
done; and our goal is to start with the
construction on January 1, 2007, together
with the group from Curaqao on a 50-50
basis. We got into this partnership not
only to share the costs but also to share
the know how.
I am aware of the fact that there is re-
sistance when it comes to demolishing
the music school. Although the building
is not a monument it is a typical building

and part of the
'face' of
Playa, but the
music school
left the build-
ing a long
time ago, and
since then it's
been nothing
but a run
down place on
a decrepit
parking lot.
we offered to
rebuild it else-
where and
that offer is
still valid.

Huub Groot at City

But, our
'baby' is still City Caf6. It might not be
the best and most beautiful bar on the
island and the same for the restaurant -
but there's a lot of diversity here and I
think that's why people feel at home.
When I took over I thought there's very
little that can go wrong because this is a
top location! The other important thing
was and is: We have a very good contact
and contract with the owners, the Beu-
kenboom family, so, the rest is up to us!
We don't aim for a specific public; eve-
ryone is welcome and every guest counts
because this is a small island and you
can't be selective. We're also trying to be
diverse in our choice of events and mu-
I prefer to work with Antillean people
simply because these are the Antilles. I
am very much pro-Antillean. Sigma, my
ex-girlfriend, is our chef-cook. Her sister,
Corina, is the supervisor here, and their
brother, Elfried, is the head of security
with us. They are the only family I have
on this island and I owe these three peo-
ple a lot. They stood beside me in busi-
ness and in private life and they are my
right and, 2005, I married Merietza Ha-
akmat, a girl from St. Martin. She is head
of the accounting department of the Mar-
riot Casino in Curacao, and she has her
own band, 'Rhydd'm.' The first time I
saw her performing I thought: that's the
girl I'm going to marry! She's a very
beautiful, very intelligent and especially a
very independent woman. She's living in
Curacao and I am living here. We both
love our jobs and it would certainly make
one of us very unhappy to move, so we
stay where we are. Nobody understands
it but we're happy! When I am free I
fly to Curacao or I do something with my
family. Sigma has three children, Corina
has five, and I live with Elfried and with
our bartender for four years, Natalia. It's
great to live together in one house. When

we're free we barbecue on our doorstep
right on the boulevard in Playa Pabou, or
we go camping in Washington Park -
great fun too and last Mother's Day we
all went together to Aruba for the week-
end. We also have five dogs...It's funny.
Now that I'm telling you all this I realize
how special it is!
Another passion of mine is that I am a
soccer fanatic! We're sponsoring Juven-
tus. Last year it was the first time and
they became the champions right away!
But my biggest soccer love is Feyenoord.
All year long I make the strangest bets
involving Feyenoord.
I've done many things in life. I started
with technical school, but I also went to
circus school. I've been a juggler, did
street theatre, I was a clown and a fire-
eater, I walked the high stilts and I rode a
unicycle. I studied for three years to work
with problem children and mentally dis-
abled children and I graduated and got
my diploma. After that I did a two-year
course in commercial economics, then I
left Holland to come to the islands, 23
years old.
I've decided that I will never let it hap-
pen again that I will make myself un-
happy. I will always work hard, but
sometimes I have to temper my passion a
bit and share little things with the people
around me. Life can change from one
minute to the next, but I don't live from
day to day. I do everything with my
heart, and I don't forget
my duties. I am a very
passionate and fiery per-
son and I live to work -
work is the greatest fun -
so I think that in a way
business and juggling are
the same thing!"
Story and photo by Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter June 2 to June 9, 2006

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Picture Yourself with The Reporter

Sailing on a felucca
in Egypt
I.lly.. 1 1

R achel and Joe McAllister, Sand Dollar owners since 1992, from Nash-
ville, Tennessee write: "We left home on March 1, 2006, and returned
on May 17. We went west New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Cambodia,
India, Turkey, Egypt (the photo shows us sailing there in a felucca) and in Italy.
Our daughter joined us in Istanbul and left when we got to Rome. It was quite an
experience. Amazingly everything went as planned."

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
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2005 photos are eligible.)

D id You Know... there
are tiny shrimp living
among the spines of the sea egg
sea urchin? In the shallow reefs
of Bonaire, you will sometimes
see aggregations of softball-
sized urchins with short white
spines called sea egg urchins
(Tripneustes ventricosus). Like
other urchins, sea eggs have a
small mouth on the underside
with which they scrape off and
eat algae that grow on rocks.
Living among their short spines
are extremely small 'squat ur- Squat urchin shrimp :
chin shrimp' (Gnathophvlloides Godfried van Moorsel ecosub
mineri) that exhibit the exact
coloration of the sea egg. Even when staring straight at one, you may easily miss
These shrimp are obligate symbionts, meaning that they must find and live among
the spines of a sea egg if they are to survive. The rela-
tionship between the shrimp and the urchin is believed
to be mutualistic the urchin is constantly cleaned and
the shrimp has a safe place to reside where he is well
camouflaged. The reef is so diverse and has many ex-
amples of symbiosis, some of which we will explore in
future Did You Knows. Caren Eckrich

Biologist Caren Eckrich founded and runs Sea and
Discover, Bonaire's marine education center specializ-
ing in guided dives and snorkels for adults and adven-
ture programs for kids.

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*to find it, just look up

Watch Mars and Saturn Approach Each Other
For A Super Close Meeting. Plus
Mercury Prepares For Its Own Summer Show!

Over the next two
and a half weeks,
from now until June 17th"
you'll be able to watch the
red planet Mars and the
ringed planet Saturn
slowly approach each
other in anticipation of a
super close meeting on
June 17th. And all the
while the planet closest to
the Sun, Mercury, will
likewise become more
prominent each night in
preparation for its best
summer showing on June

Saturn, Mars and, low in the photo, Mercury

This Thursday, the first
day of June, at dusk before
it's completely dark out face west. There you have a clear flat horizon over the sea
so you'll see Planet #1, 3,000-mile-wide Mercury, extremely close to the horizon.
Then if you draw an imaginary line from Mercury up to its left it will pass through
two planets: Planet #4, 4,000-mile-wide Mars, and Planet #6, 75,000-mile-wide
Saturn. And if you have a pair of binoculars and wait until it's completely dark out
you'll notice that just above Saturn is the famous cluster of stars called The Bee-
hive because that's what it looks like. And you'll be able to watch Saturn and Mars
change their positions in relation to it night after night.
Now on Thursday the 1st Mars and Saturn are only 8 degrees apart. That's easier
to understand if we put it in terms of full Moon widths because a full Moon is only
1/2 a degree wide, which means this Thursday we could line up 16 full Moons end
to end between Mars and Saturn. Now although Mars and Saturn will move a little
bit closer every single night we're going to skip to Sunday June 4th when they'll be
only 6 and 3% degrees apart or roughly 12 and /2 full Moons. And then on Thurs-
day June 8th a little less than 5 degrees or 10 full Moons apart, on Sunday June 11th
a dramatic change, little more than 3 degrees or 6 full Moons apart. But by the fol-
lowing Thursday the 13th they'll be slightly more than 1 degree or 2 full Moons
apart and Friday about 11/2 full Moons apart. But then if you go out the next night
they will be at their absolute closest, barely more than half a degree apart, which
means that less than one full Moon could fit between them. Wow!
And if you've been paying close attention you'll have noticed that Mercury has
been rising steadily higher night after night getting ready for its highest point on
the 20th. But for some real fun if you've got binoculars take a look on Tuesday the
13th at The Beehive and you'll notice that Mars and Saturn are on either side of it.
On Wednesday the 14t Mars will be approaching it. But ta da! On Thursday the
15th Mars will be smack dab in front of it or embedded in it as we say. On Friday
the 16th it will have drifted just past The Beehive and on Saturday when Mars and
Saturn are at their absolute closest The Beehive stands by itself once again. So
start your Mercury-Mars-Beehive watch now. What a difference from June 1st to
June 17th! Jack Horkheimer

May 28 to June 3, 2006

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may want to pull out some of those unfinished pro-
jects you've got tucked away. Inharmonious situations at home may be extremely
upsetting for you this week. Emotional disputes will only end in sorrow. Be very
careful while in transit or while traveling in foreign countries. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't let your family put demands on you. You will
feel compelled to do some traveling. Your knowledge and good sense will help more
than you think. You may be frazzled this week. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be discreet about any information you uncover. Ro-
mantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Pursue outdoor
activities or any physical exertion. You may want to sign up for courses that will
encourage you to have more confidence in yourself. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should sign up for creative courses. Concentrate
on your work. Empty promises are evident and deception probable. You can make
money if you concentrate on producing services that will make domestic chores eas-
ier. Don't trust a deal that looks too good, or a lover who appears to have it all. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Get on with business. You may have problems with skin,
bones, or teeth if you haven't been taking proper care of yourself. You need to min-
gle with people who can spark enthusiasm and confidence in you. You will attract
potential lovers, but be sure that they're unattached. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Adventure will result in added knowledge. Your lover
probably won't put up with your behavior. Family members may want you at home,
when your heart is telling you to spend time with someone you recently met. Ad-
vancement can be yours if you are assertive in your approach. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Dig deep to find out how costly a new venture will be
before you sign on the dotted line. Use your intellectual approach to get the best re-
sults. You could be cornered, so be prepared to tell the truth. Opportunities to travel
will be favorable in terms of moneymaking connections. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your emotional state will vacillate. If you can get
away for a vacation, do. Get involved in activities that will bring you knowledge
about foreign lands, philosophies, or cultures. You should raise your self esteem and
confidence in order to promote your work. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't say things that could be damaging later
on. Cut loose. You may find your mate somewhat perturbed. Be careful that you
aren't saddled with the responsibilities of others. Money problems will be difficult to
deal with if you have a partner. Your lucky day this week is Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Do a little shopping. You're likely to find a real
bargain. Do not invest in ventures that only appear to be lucrative. Organization will
be the key to avoiding discord and family feuds. You may find that doing odd jobs
around the house will be successful and appreciated by loved ones. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Take advantage of moneymaking ventures. You can
offer your mate a commitment or promise that will help stabilize your personal life.
Get busy doing all those things at home that you have been putting off for so long.
Pleasure trips will be a form of healing for your emotional state of mind. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Double check your work and be sure that your boss is
in a good mood before you do your presentation. Get on with business. Try to be
there for someone if they need assistance. Plan your day thoughtfully, but try not to
rely on others. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

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