Ihe P TER
t's been agreed that the Round
Table Conference, a required
step toward the reorganization of
The Netherlands Antilles, can take
place at the beginning of July, pro-
vided two weeks before the start of the
conference The Netherlands and the
Antilles reach consensus on how to
handle financial issues and the mainte-
nance of law and order. Agreement
was reached last Thursday when Prime
Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage met
with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter
Balkenende in The Hague.
A The American low-cost airline,
JetBlue, said it plans to start daily
flights from JFK airport in New
York to Aruba, effective September
15, using the Airbus A320 with about
150 seats. Local authorities hope the
competitive pricing of JetBlue will re-
duce airfare from the US to the island
A In the 2006/2007 winter season
onward, Martinair will be introduc-
ing a regular service twice a week
between Curacao and Amsterdam.
The first flight will leave on Sunday,
October 29. This weekly Sunday flight
will leave Amsterdam and make a stop-
over in Barbados. The weekly non-stop
flight on Wednesday will be taking off
from December 13 onward. With the
difficulty of obtaining a seat on the
IN THS ISSUE:
Letters: More Babies 3
Whales, Soccer 5
DEZA Bonaire Economic Report 4
AMFO Aid Money Available 4
Opinions: Hurricanes 5
Tourism Perspective 5
Dive into Adventure 8 Days 7
Dirty Diving 9
Lady of the Night Blooms 10
World Cup Soccer-Schedule 11
Bondy on the Ball (5) 11
Where to Watch the World Cup 11
Gardner (Planting in Holes & Pots) 12
Curaire Swimmers Wow St Maarten 14
Chat'n'Browse More than a Shop 15
Portraits: Jella van Berkum 16
MCB Fest 17
Dine with Dream team 19
Antique Houses- Rooi Lamoenchil 22
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
SuDoku Puzzle 6
Pet of the Week "Rosa" 6
Tide Table 7
Picture Yourself, Argentina 7
Bubbles from Biologist (Brittle star) 13
Sudoku Answer 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Born on Bonaire
(Shirley Martis) 21
Sky Park (June Sky) 23
The Stars Have It 23
KLM flights to Bonaire, Martinair of-
fers a low cost alternative. Flights can
be booked through Martinair reserva-
tions, telephone number: +31-(0)-20-
A Dutch Minister Rita Verdonk,
champion of the tough Antillean Ad-
mission Law, lost her bid to lead the
VD liberal party and possibly the
country on Wednesday as support
seemed to fade over her handling of
Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The
hardliner, dubbed "Iron Rita" for her
tough stance on foreigners in The
Netherlands, has also introduced tough
new citizenship tests, demanded the
expulsion of 26,000 unsuccessful asy-
lum seekers and recently rejected fast-
track Dutch citizenship for Ivorian
footballer Salomon Kalou to allow him
to play in the soccer World Cup.
A The Central Government's Secu-
rity Corps is providing the Consul-
General of Venezuela in Curacao,
Lorenzo Angiolillo, with personal
protection after a shooting incident
at his official residence. The Intelli-
gence Agency of the Netherlands An-
tilles has started an investigation into
the possible motives, while police are
looking for the perpetrators and con-
ducting additional patrols.
A When representatives
from TCB New York, TCB
South America, TCB Bon-
aire and local businessmen
met, on their final evening
they enjoyed a casual din-
ner at Cactus Blue. The
Cactus Blue restaurant is
doing its part to promote
Bonaire. This month they
are mentioned in the US '
Sport Diver magazine in a
six-page article on Bonaire
and have a small write up in the June issue of the UK Sport Diver magazine.
A Alan Gar-
cia, a former
dent, beat a
day, staging a
political comeback after his 1980s gov-
ernment ended in economic ruin, rebel
violence and accusations of rights
abuses. The result is a blow for Hugo
Chavez, the president of Venezuela,
who sparked a diplomatic spat with
Peru after trying to take advantage of a
populist anti-US tide in Latin America
by supporting Ollanta Humala, a for-
mer army commander who promised to
redistribute the country's wealth.
Many Peruvians voted for Garcia -
dubbed "Latin America's Kennedy"
when he was first elected at the age of
35 seeing him as the lesser of two
evils and less hostile to business. Mr.
Garcia, now 57, sounded a note of con-
trition during a spellbinding victory
speech before a throng of supporters.
A The legendary blind Bonaire
singer, Nemencio Winklaar, many
years ago composed a song imploring
Queen Wilhelmina to give him sight to
use a gun to defend against Venezuelan
incursions. Operation Caribbean
Lion, the military exercise now under-
way, is presenting a similar message.
A The Mounties will try to get
their man even in the Caribbean. A
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP) officer visited the islands of
St. Kitts and Nevis last month to look
at the programs and services that its
Police Force provides and to make rec-
ommendations to enhance the service.
Jamaica enlisted Scotland Yard detec-
tives two years ago, while St Lucia and
Trinidad & Tobago recently announced
(Continued on page 3)
Ponaire Reporter June y to June lo, zuuo
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
that it will hire seven and 39 British
The Antilles regularly use expertise
from Holland to assist in criminal mat-
A The traditional yearly event
"Dia Di Arte" will take place for the
14th year at Wilhelmina Park on
Sunday, July 9, from 10 am to 10
pm. Artists from all walks of life will
be there to share their talents. They
include painters, writers, musicians,
dancers, cooks and more. Every year a
new type of art is introduced in some
form or another. One of the exhibitors,
JanArt, will be accepting works of art
for the yearly "JanArt Contest." You
may stop at her booth and make a pic-
ture for the contest or bring one that
you have made at home. Art supplies
will be available at no charge at her
booth. There will be five different
categories for prizes Best Picture,
Best Animal, Best Flower, Best Under-
water Scene, and Best Landscape. Dif-
ferent age categories will also receive
Artists who are interested in getting
a booth should contact Edwin Mar-
tijn at 786-8400 or Desiree Silberie
at 790-2807 by June 15. (Janice
Huckaby, JanArt) G./L.D.
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
I loved the article in your latest issue by Dee Scarr about baby fish. During my
recent visit to Bonaire I was pleased to find the reef very full of baby fish. That is a
great indicator of a healthy fish population. Particularly important to me was the
presence of several baby Tiger Groupers. These little fish look very different as
juveniles, more like intermediate Bluehead Wrasse, and were present on almost
every dive. Tiger Groupers only spawn in the winter, unlike most fish that spawn
regularly, so finding the juveniles is a rare treat. Also Grouper is a valuable com-
mercial fish whose presence on the reef is highly desirable by both fishermen and
divers. Presence of baby Tiger Groupers means Bonaire has spawning action
somewhere nearby in the winter. Since Groupers are particularly vulnerable when
they are spawning this is a good reason why this species should be protected dur-
ing that time of year.
I was able to get a picture of a baby Tiger Grouper with a Bluehead Wrasse. The
Tiger Grouper is the lower little yellow fish. The upper little yellow fish is a Blue-
Viewing from above we're looking
straight down on a colony of lobed
Look at the shoe-shaped lobe on the
lower left. The bright white marks on
its upper left and on its "sole" (and on
the lobe to the upper right) are fresh
scrapes, probably parrotfish
bites. They may be a clue as to what
killed the deeper dead spot on this
lobe since there's no visible texture.
The rest of the lobe has grown up
around this area so it died long ago.
The dead spot next to the white
marks on the sole of the boot has been
dead long enough to support flourish-
ing algae. Above it, on the dead spot
in the shoelace area of the boot, the
little circles (remnants of the "cups"
the individual coral polyps sit in) are
still visible, so whatever killed those
coral polyps did not affect the skeleton
The threats to coral aren't new, and
there sure are plenty of them. D.S.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
S Bonaire Economic Report
DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic Part2
and Labor Affairs, has issued its comprehensive
report for 2005. It describes all aspects of the
In the next weeks The Reporter will be passing on informa-
tion from this report. This week the data for Flamingo Airport,
the gateway for Bonaire's tourist economy, is described.
2005 2004 2003 2002 2005
ARR ARR ARR ARR DEP
43,49% 42,60% 44,41% 51,12% 44,46%
56,51% 57,40% 55,59% 48,88% 55,54%
n 2005, Bonaire's only airport registered a small growth in passenger transport
of about 3% because transit passengers increased by 13%. Transit passengers
for the most part are traveling between Ecuador/Peru and The Netherlands and spend
about an hour at the airport waiting for their plane to refuel. The more transit passen-
gers translates into fewer seats available for Bonaire-destination passengers.
Total international traffic as well as domestic traffic showed a decrease of respec-
tively around 2.5% and 6.5%. Financial problems at Air Jamaica caused a cut in
flights to Bonaire to once a week. American Eagle added flights but uses smaller air-
craft. KLM reduced its frequency to five flights per week in 2005.
Domestic air traffic decreased since DCA stopped flying in the summer of 2004.
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE, formerly BonairExel), stabilizing after some internal
reorganization, offers the most seats between the ABC islands. Divi Divi Airlines,
registered as an Air Taxi (9 seats), increased its frequency to eight flights per day. As
a result, the total commercial air transport in 2005 remains more or less the same
compared to 2004. There are a bit fewer total passengers because smaller aircraft are
Airfreight volume is low. Only high value goods and perishables arrive by air. In
any case, there is very little cargo space available on KLM flights to and from South
The year 2006 presents itself as stable with some positive perspectives. Continental
Airlines, currently flying to Bonaire once a week since December 17, 2005, may add
another flight by the end of 2006. On the domestic market, small carriers like Tiara
Air are beginning to extend their inter-insular routes to Bonaire.
A possible plus for Bonaire is that JetBlue has announced that it will be offering
low-cost flights between JFK in New York and Aruba. Divi-Divi, which provides
the most reliable service between Curaqao and Bonaire, has recently extended its
service to Aruba. DEZA and G.D.
AM Aid Money Again Available
F 0 _
Youngsters involved in the Stichting Project, an AMFO approved NGO,
succeeded in their exams for an Open Water Dive certificate.
A fter a nine-month freeze, AMFO (Antillean Co-Financing Organization),
the organization that provided Dutch funds for needy projects, last week
released a list of projects deemed eligible for funding. It will soon transfer funds to
those NGOs for projects that have already been approved.
The Dutch government stopped the funding of AMFO in October 2005 when ac-
countants' reports of 2004 showed that the financial management of AMFO as well
as of the NGO Platforms appeared to be
deficient. Approved NGOs
The plan is to have a new framework
and basic conditions for the organiza- Bor re Jldi B
tion ready by the end of this month.
Afterwards, AMFO will be internally FESB0
organized. AMFO estimates that will
take the remainder of 2006. F Seim di I K
In order to support island needs, the B
Dutch government decided to make Ffkon FIr d ia
some funding available for AMFO im- 0
mediately. These funds are intended Futn .O.NA
only for projects that have already N
been approved by AMFO and that FUs Kvdo I Bienetar Grardrn
comply with the definition of acute E
poverty reduction. Fur E SBIKI
In the table at right are the Bonaire Fundast an chitu p Hess
NGOs entitled to receive further fi- R
nancing between June 1st and July lst. 0, Flmi Y s a Sod Ad
NGOs with projects that will be fi- U
nanced may contact AMFO, telephone 4Mctiig B airfli e Jedzrg
number 717-7776, fax number 717-
7779 or email address info- htf dU Of Bonark e
firstname.lastname@example.org. AMFO release
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tonaire Keporter June y to June lo, zuuo
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EVEN IN BONAIRE -BE PREPARED
n the words of the late great actress Bette Davis, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's
going to be a bumpy night." Or a bumpy few months for the Caribbean, if
2006 hurricane predictions are accurate. The Atlantic hurricane season started on
June 1, and American Hurricane Center meteorologists are predicting up to 16
named storms four to six of them major hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico
and Atlantic Ocean.
While Bonaire is south of the hurricane belt it can be affected, primarily by large
sea swells generated by the storms.
The 2005 storm season shattered long-standing records, chief among them the
record number of named storms, 27, which obliterated the old record of 21 in
Fifteen of the named storms were hurricanes, breaking the old record of 12 set in
The three Category 5 hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma set a record.
Wilma became the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin with a pres-
sure of 882 millibars. That broke the old record set by Gilbert (888 mb) in 1988.
Five 2005 names were retired because of their severity: Dennis, Rita, Katrina, Stan
The 2005 season began early with Tropical Storm Arlene forming June 9 from a
tropical depression in the southwest Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Bret also
formed in June, making it only the 13th time since 1851 that two tropical storms
are known to have formed in June.
A record July followed, with five named storms (Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin
and Gert). The previous record for the number of named storms in July was four.
Another five named storms formed in August, two of them hurricanes (including
Katrina), bringing the seasonal total to 12 named storms and four hurricanes
In September, five more hurricanes formed (including Category 5 Rita), leading
to a seasonal total nearly double the June-September average number of named
storms. In only one other year (1933) had this many storms (17) formed by the end
Six named storms formed during October, leading to an extension of the naming
system to include the Greek alphabet.
Hurricane Vince made landfall in Spain as a tropical depression. It is the first
known instance of a tropical cyclone making landfall in Spain.
Epsilon survived into December, becoming the 14th hurricane of the 2005 Atlan-
tic season. Epsilon became the longest lasting December hurricane in the Atlantic.
It is rare to have a hurricane in December, with only six hurricanes on record since
1851. Zeta, the 27th named tropical storm, formed in the Atlantic on December 30.
It tied Alice #2 (1954) as the latest tropical storm to form in December in the At-
lantic Basin and beat Alice #2 as the longest-lived cyclone to develop in December
and continue into the next year. Also, it became the longest-lasting January tropical
cyclone. (Statistics source: Reuters)
F ollowing last week's story on the lackluster
figures on tourist visits to Bonaire, I've
gathered some statistics on overall Caribbean tour-
ism to give perspective. Data for the winter season
from the Caribbean Tourism Organization is show-
ing an early forecast of a 5% or greater increase
over 2005. And, in 2005, the 22.5 million over-
night tourists was a 3.6% increase over 2004.
Tourism in the Dutch Caribbean Islands in 2005,
including Aruba and Curaqao, grew by nearly 2%
while Bonaire showed a 1% loss. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands had gains
of about 3%.
The increase in January 2006 arrivals ranged from a 3.8% jump in Barbados to a
110% increase in the Cayman Islands. Anguilla, Aruba, the Dominican Republic,
Jamaica and Puerto Rico also registered increases in January. The Dominican Re-
public received 3.7 million visitors for a 7% increase in tourists, while Cuba,
which is officially off-limits to most US citizens, had 2.3 million tourists a 13%
The number of tourists visiting the Caribbean rose last year, but the pace of growth
was half that of the previous two years, a trade group said. Caribbean tourism
dropped following the September 11, 2001, attacks in the US but has steadily re-
covered with the number of tourists growing by about 7% in 2004 and 2003.
Last year, the region received nearly 20 million cruise ship passengers and 22.5
million other visitors. The cruise ship total is 2% lower than the previous year be-
cause of route changes and other factors, the organization said.
WHALES AND SOCCER
In reference to last week's article about whales: this is a somewhat uncertain sort
of thing. It is good to see your concern for naval sonar threats to whales (though
the actual levels of danger or injury *from that source* are yet to be *proven*) but
I almost get a feeling of approval for resumed whaling. Maybe that is my own re-
solve against it combined with your relaying a seemingly sympathetic news re-
lease verbatim. I guess I would have liked to see overt disapproval of resumed
whaling, especially because of the buying of votes by the whaling countries.
Now, about the enthusiastic young soccer fan on page 9. His enthusiasm is won-
derful to see until a close look at his hand reveals that he is giving 'the finger' to
someone. I am too old and conservative (with a lower case 'c') to enjoy seeing that
at his age. Or in The Bonaire Reporter at any age.
Keep up your good work.
n Be an Angel -
Pass on The Reporter to a Friend
bonaire Reporter June 9 to June lb, ZUUb
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 (who has to solve the puzzles)
Solution on page 18.
Pet of the Week.
S ee "Rosa" climb. This sweet black kitten is
full of energy and insisted on showing her
gymnastic ability when she saw the camera.
Some might call her a showoff, but we think she
just wanted to get her personality across to that
certain someone who would be a perfect owner.
Rosa is just three months old and already she's
demonstrating her abilities. See the intelligence
in those sparkling golden eyes! And what ears!
She's in robust good health, has had her tests,
worming and shots. When she's old enough
she'll be sterilized. All this is included in the
NAf75 adoption fee. Now that's a bargain!
You can always be assured of a healthy and
social animal when you adopt from the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. These pets have all been
screened and tested and proven to get along
with people. Stop by and see for yourself.
You'll find a lot of really happy animals. Black climing cat "Rosa"
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open
Monday through Friday. 10 am to 2 om. Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
Countdown to Dive Into Adventure Picture Yourself with
Days To Go "
June 17 to 24
It's almost time for DIAB-
Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire 2006- to begin. One thing
that's on everyone's mind hap-
pens on Wednesday night June
21st. "It's a Knockout" event will
pit teams of Bonaireans com-
bined with DIAB participants
against each other in traditional
Bonairean games. Show up at
6:30 pm at the Stadium in Playa
to watch or take part. Sponsors,
STINAPA, Ennia, Kooyman,
RBTT, MIO, Playa Trading and
Balashi, have agreed to sponsor
the various groups For more in-
formation call the TCB at 717-
The week-long event is open to Land sailing is one ofBonaire's
divers, snorkelers, nature lovers newest activitiesfor DIAB
and adventurers from on island
and around the world. Building on the suc-
cesses of the past seven Bonaire Dive Fes-
tivals it showcases Bonaire not only as a
dive destination but also as an eco-
adventure destination. The event focuses
on Bonaire's natural treasures above and
below the sea and will be enhanced with a
number of adventure events.
Bonaire's top local "stars" and intema-
tional celebrities like Philippe Cousteau
will lead specialized dive, dive-related
adventure and land and water-based ad-
venture activities throughout the week.
Philippe Cousteau and his sister Alexandra
are the third generation of Cousteaus to
dedicate their lives to exploring and ex-
plaining the natural world. Philippe con-
tinues the work of his late father, Philippe
Sr., and grandfather, Jacques-Yves, by
working to unite the pursuit of science, the
conservation of nature, and the education
of a public eager to learn about the world
around us. He founded EarthEcho Intema-
tional with his sister and his mother, Jan
Cousteau, to work towards these goals,
with a particular focus on young people as
the future caretakers of the planet. He Philippe Cousteau at the Bonaire
serves as President of EarthEcho and is exhibit at lastyear's DEMA show
responsible for directing and managing its
extensive worldwide operations.
Philippe has performed scholarly field research in Papua New Guinea with Dr.
Eugenie Clark and in Bonaire in the Antilles with Dr. George Buckley. He has au-
thored articles for numerous magazines, including National Geographic, Sport Diver
Magazine, Dive Trade International, Capture Life, and Caribbean Adventure, among
others. He has lectured at Harvard University, Miami Dade College, Truckee College
and numerous other institutions, and has appeared on television and radio programs.
But most of all he is a true friend of Bonaire.
The DIAB schedule, in addition to daily diving, includes land and water based ad-
venture activities like kayaking, windsurfing, kite-boarding, land sailing and mountain
biking. Every morning and afternoon participants will also have the option of partici-
pating in a host of dive-related adventure activities like digital photography workshops,
technical diving, underwater videography and free diving.
Each evening of the Dive Into Adventure Bonaire event participants will come to-
gether for parties and presentations by featured speakers. The week-long event kicks
off with a "Taste of Bonaire," open to the entire island, and featuring great food by
Bonaire's best restaurants, drinks and music and presentations by local dignitaries.
Local people wishing to fully participate can sign up at the TCB office for $100.
Only those booking via an official DIAB tour operator and staying at an official
DIAB hotel are eligible to take part in the event and benefit from all special deals, lec-
tures, parties, dives etc. Visit www.diveintoadventurebonaire.com for more informa-
tion on official hotels, US and European Tour Operators and lots more.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
Peter Benekendorf, the man
with the healing hands at the
Pedisa Spa, gave us this photo of
himself with the Bonaire Reporter
taken in Formosa, Argentina. Peter
last lived in Paraguay but comes
from Germany where he acquired
the skills he uses on Bonaire.
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Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
Scuba divers could inadver-
tently be carrying coral disease
from one reef to another, say scien-
tists who have shown that bugs stick
to wetsuits like glue. But a quick rinse
in disinfectant can stop the spread.
Around 60% of the world's corals are
thought to be under threat from warm-
ing seas, overfishing, pollution and
coral diseases. Researchers have won-
dered whether ocean-hopping divers o
are playing a part by shipping disease- s
causing bacteria from an infected spot n
to a pristine one. a
Diver and microbiologist Kay Ma- li
rano-Briggs of George Mason Univer-
sity in Fairfax, Virginia, decided to
investigate. She and her colleagues
snipped swatches of material from wet-
suits and bathed them in dilute solu-
tions of bacteria for 30 minutes, the
length of a typical dive. They then
looked to see how many bugs had
The bacteria latch onto the wetsuits,
the researchers found. This was true
for Serratia marcescens and Vibrio
carchariae, which are both thought to
cause types of coral disease. The hu-
man pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus,
proved equally tenacious. The re-
searchers studied it because of reports
that surfers were passing around the
bugs from shared wetsuits. "I wouldn't
want it on me," Marano-Briggs says.
The team then tested whether divers
were likely to transport these bacteria
from one dive to the next. After a dive
most divers leave their gear to dry out
or give it a brief rinse in fresh water, so
Marano-Briggs and colleagues mim-
Vibrio carchariae actually multiplied
after one hour's drying the time it
might take to travel by boat between
dive sites. Drying for 18 hours or
washing in tap water removed some,
but not all of the bugs: rinsing cut the
levels of S. marcescens, for example,
by about 75%.
The good news is that the researchers
found simple disinfection as is done
by some diving equipment rental
shops did kill the stubborn bacteria.
A 5% solution of bleach wiped out al-
most all of them, as did a 7% solution
of the household cleaner Lysol. The
researchers presented their results at
the meeting of the American Society
for Microbiology in Orlando, Florida.
Marano-Briggs and her colleagues
say that they still need to carry out
more tests. They want to determine
whether wetsuits really do pick up bac-
teria in the sea, for example, and
whether the amount they collect is
enough to cause a coral infection.
The results might make the case that
areas infected with coral disease
should be closed to divers, the re-
searchers say. Perhaps "it would be
reasonable to quarantine the area," Ma-
rano-Briggs suggests. At the very least
the scientists plan to come up with
some guidelines for cleaning wetsuits.
These could be promoted as best prac-
tice to divers, who are already taught
not to touch or damage coral. Helen
Pearson-Thanks to David Colvard, M.
D. and Genady Filkovskyfor bringing
this story to our attention.
E: ivi IN g
This scanning electron micrograph
f Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
shows them at about 9,500 times their
ormal size. These are a bit special Vj
nd known by scientists as methicil- However stylish,
n-resistant (antibiotic resistant). wetsuits can be trouble
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
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O n May 15, Itook some night time photos
of this beautiful cactus flower locally
called, "La Dama de la Noche", The Lady of the
She started to open up around 7 pm, was com-
pletely open by midnight, then she closed slowly
by 9 the next morning.
It was very exiting to watch for the first time in
my life this wonder of nature.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
o Bondy On The Ball
Hl U | ere we are again withjust one day to go to the kick off of
football's greatest competition, World Cup 2006. This
week we will look at all the group tables, check out kick off times and
catch up with the last minute team news. So have a look at these tables:
Now for some trivia:
Did you know that South American and European countries
have won the World Cup nine times and eight times respec-
tively? There has been no other continent which has produced a
World Cup Champion.
Shirt swapping was once officially prohibited in 1986 because
FIFA did not want players to 'bare their chests' on the field.
Who says there is no such thing as home advantage? Out of the 17
World Cups so far, six have been won by the host country.
The most common score in a World Cup finals match is 1-0.
No European team has won a World Cup played outside of
The only person to have played both World Cup Football showi
and World Cup Cricket is Viv Richards Antigua at foot-
ball and West Indies at cricket.
Well, there you have it, all the info that you need to indulge yourselfDate
in the biggest sporting event of the year. My must sees are of course,
the two England matches. Holland plays their first match on Sunday Fri 9
so there is no excuse to miss that. Brazil vs Croatia will be a cracker
and is going to be my match of the week. So if you see me crying in a Fri 9
comer this week, you will know that England has lost. Until next time,
let's keep the game beautiful! Tony Bond Sat 1
Tony Bond was born and raised in England, Sat 1(
happy to leave the cold of Europe behind but still
follows his passion for Manchester United (Man Sun 1
Utd) FC. Sun 1
T he World Cup is the world's biggest event for the world's Mon
most popular sport. When your team wins, you can feel
great; when your team loses, you can feel terrible. It's what makes Mon
soccer exciting -- some years your team does great, other years it
may be a real struggle. If soccer is your source of happiness, then
your life can go up and down. Tues
The Cup can even affect everyday life. A Bangladesh university
has postponed exams until after the World Cup finals after hun- ue
dreds of students laid siege to the vice-chancellor's office. Bangla- Tue 1
desh University of Engineering and Technology had earlier re-
jected students' calls to postpone exams scheduled for June 3-29. Wed
"The classes will remain suspended until July 14," an official at Wed
the university in the capital said Monday. Bangladesh failed to
qualify for the World Cup finals, which will be hosted by Ger- Wed
many from June 9 to July 9. Thu
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World Cup action that starts on Friday, June 9.
First Phase Groups
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Al Germany B1 England C1 Argentina D1 Mexico
A2 Costa Rica B2 Paraguay C2 Ivory Coast D2 Iran
B3 Pold 3 Trinidad & To- C3 Serbia & Mon- A
A3 Poland D3 Angola
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A4 Ecuador B4 Sweden C4 Netherlands D4 Portugal
Group E Group F Group G Group H
El Italy F1 Brazil G1 France H1 Spain
E2 Ghana F2 Croatia G2 Switzerland H2 Ukraine
E3 USA F3 Australia G3 South Korea H3 Tunisia
E4 Czech Republic F4 Japan G4 Togo H4 Saudi Arabia
those of you not wanting to miss a kick, check out the local bars and restaurants to see who is
ng what. Here is a list of kick off times for the coming week, all are local Bonaire time.
S2006 World Cup Schedule
Played Off ime Groups, Teams & Scheduled Match Match Venue
June 12:00 Group Al Germany v Group A2 Costa Rica Munich
June 15:00 Group A3 Poland v Group A4 Ecuador Gelsenkirchen
)June 09:00 Group B1 England v Group B2 Paraguay Frankfurt
) June 12:00 Group B3 Trinidad & Tobago v Group B4 Sweden Dortmund
SJune 18:00 Group C1 Argentina v Group C2 Cote de Ivore Hamburg
T June : Group C3 Serbia & Montenegro v Group C4 Neth-Leipzig
1 June 09:00 erlands Leipzig
1 June 12:00 Group D1 Mexico v Group D2 Iran Nuremberg
1 June 15:00 Group D3 Angola v Group D4 Portugal Cologne
12 June 15:00 Group El Italy v Group E2 Ghana Hanover
12 June 12:00 Group E3 USA v Group E4 Czech Rep. Gelsenkirchen
12 June 09:00 Group F3 Australia v Group F4 Japan Kaiserslautern
13 June 15:00 Group Fl Brazil v Group F2 Croatia Berlin
3 June 12:00 Group G1 France v Group G2 Switzerland Stuttgart
3 June 09:00 Group G3 Korea Rep. v Group G4 Togo Frankfurt
14 June 09:00 Group H1 Spain v Group H2 Ukraine Leipzig
14 June 12:00 Group H3 Tunisia v Group H4 Saudi Arabia Munich
14 June 15:00 Group Al Germany v Group A3 Poland Dortmund
5 June 09:00 Group A4 Ecuador v Group A2 Costa Rica Hamburg
5 June 12:00 Group B1 England v Group B3 Trinidad & Tobago Nuremberg
5 June 15:00 Group B4 Sweden v Group B2 Paraguay Berlin
At City Caf6 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 af-
ternoons they have a special lunch buffet
At The Great Escape you can watch in
the comfort of the thatched roof bar by the
pool and sample their huge selection ofbei
At the Plaza Resort an indoor
"stadium" has been set up near the Ca-
cique Conference Room. L.D.
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LPAZA it 0jS 0'H N1AIHI-
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
The Bonaire Gardner
Planting in Holes and Pots
n my last article I wrote about
planting plants in your garden or
in pots and what soils to use. We get
questions all the time about whether
you can plant trees or palms in big
holes drilled into the clip. Because on
Bonaire so many houses are built on
rock there's often no space or soil for
riched soils. Just make a good mix of
potting soil with some good diabaas
without too many stones. The more
delicate your plant is, the more potting
soil should be in the mix. It takes too
long to describe all those delicate
plants, but your gardener or garden
center can tell you what they are. Also
it is very important that after a few
months you start fertilizing every three
weeks with some good fertilizer like
Miracle Grow or Peters. Like I said, the
potting soil is the only soil they get, so
they use up their fertilizers much
quicker than do plants in the open
Next time I will write some more
about the quality of potting soils and
what is available on Bonaire. Ap van
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label
Landscaping which designs, con-
structs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries
and a garden shop in Kralendijk
carry terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410.
NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-
STOP 9 TO 4.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
D id You Know...Brittle Stars are
extremely fond of sponges?
Brittle stars are related to sea stars, but
instead of five fat arms, brittle stars have
five skinny arms. When a predator grabs
one of its arms, the brittle star breaks it
off and runs for cover. The brittle star
regenerates its arm over the next few
weeks. Have you ever seen a Spanish
Hogfish swimming around with a couple
of long legs hanging out of its mouth?
It's feasting on a crunchy brittle star.
Many species of brittle stars hide under
stones or coral heads during the day and
come out at night to feed on algae and
detritus. Other species live wrapped
around sponges during the day.
Sponges are animals that pump and fil-
ter water. They come in all shapes, sizes
and colors. Some species have nasty
toxins in their tissues while others have
glass spines throughout their bodies. If
a Spanish Hogfish or a Bluehead Wrasse
tried to take a bite out of a sponge-
hugging brittle star it would probably
get a mouthful of sponge at the same
time Blah! Caren Eckrich
Brittle star on sponge
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
"Curaire" Swimmers Wow St. Maarten
T he Carib Swim Team of St. Maarten hosted the 1st Sint Maarten/St. Martin SXM
Championship Open Swim Meet to promote its local swimmers on May 27 and
28 at the club's 25-meter pool in Cole Bay. Three swim clubs from the island partici-
pated as well as teams from St. Barths, Bonaire and Curagao. The Bonaire Barracudas
were represented by Samson V. Evertsz (Boys 10 years and under), Olivier Wagemak-
ers (Boys 10 years and under) and Rooske Wagemakers (Girls 13 and under).
The first challenge of the weekend was finding the right swimming pool on Saturday
morning, but after several false leads the Bonaire swimmers arrived just in time for the
opening ceremony. Once at the pool the Barracudas joined forces with the two swim-
mers from the Curagao SITHOC Swim Team, making this competition a real battle of
the Windward versus the Leeward Islands. Iwan Loth, President of the Netherlands An-
tilles Swimming Federation, was also on hand for the competition.
All events were "open" meaning that swimmers of any age could participate. Swim-
mers ranged in age from 7 to 40 years and were assigned to heats based on their seed
times. The Bonaire-Curagao coalition soon got accustomed to swimming next to ath-
letes many years their senior. Prizes were awarded based on age categories.
Bonaire dominated the Boys 10 years and younger category. Samson V. Evertsz par-
ticipated in 8 individual events and won gold in each and every one of them.
Samson's events and times (Short Course Meters) were:
Event Time Boys 10 & Under Rank All Male Swimmers
50 meter Butterfly
200 meter Individual Medley
50 meter Backstroke
100 meter Freestyle
50 meter Freestyle
100 meter Individual Medley
50 meter Breaststroke
200 meter Freestyle
0:40.31 1st 14th
3:15.66 1st 12th
0:43.34 1st 13th
1:19.43 1st 18th
0:34.40 1st 18th
1:32.80 1st 15th
0:45.81 1st 12th
2:53.12 1st 12th
Samson Evertsz, wearing his 8 gold medals,
with teammates Olivier and Rooske Wagemakers
In the final event of the competition the Bonaire-Curagao combined team (nicknamed
"Curaire"), with an average age of 10.75 years, swam an exhibition 4 x 100 meter relay
event in which they finished a respectable 3rd against teams of much older swimmers.
At the end of the meet Carib Swim Team officials announced that they plan to make
their island championship an annual event to be held each May and a verbal invitation
was extended to Bonaire for 2007.
Following the Sunday afternoon session it was a quick island tour by car, highlighted
by the raising of the drawbridge, and then on to the airport for the late night flight back
home to Bonaire by way of Curagao. Story & Photo by Valarie Stimpson
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.
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. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line
yellow pages directory information go
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
For Sale- 20 years of National Geo-
graphic Magazine. All issues 1985-
2005 complete. Make a reasonable
offer. Call 717-8989.
For Sale: 18 arm ceiling chandelier;
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
Office Desk 5 drawers. Very good
condition NAF 195. Call 717-8819 8
am to 5 pm
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
W r-a n tcedl
Seeking a Pen Pal: Mr Renis
Morian; Address; 263 Blue Berry Hill,
Wismar Linden, Guyana; profession;
Disaster Management Consultant;
friends between ages 35 and 60. All
I am looking for a stay home job. I
have a computer. Bring your work to
my house and I will do it for you.
P ro p e rty
For rent: Furnished house with one
bedroom, NAf 900 per month includ-
ing cable TV. For more information
contact Amanda at Harbourtown Real
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.
Va cat i rn-
F-e n "ta I
Cozy guest cottage available. Stu-
dio with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two
single 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:
Fo= Lu rn d
Found: Air tank for scuba diving,
marked "DB" on the valve. Contact
Jan Brouwer, digitalis@flamingotv.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
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Chat 'n' Browse More than just a shop
At Chat 'n' Browse: Violette, Michael Gaynor and Shari at your service
You can't miss it. It's just north of the roundabout near the northern hotel
row at the Sand Dollar Shopping Center. Owned and operated by Michael
Gaynor, Chat 'n' Browse is a meeting spot, a place for service (Internet access,
email: keep-in-touch-with-home convenience) and where you may find nearly eve-
rything to enhance your lifestyle or if you're a tourist your visit to Bonaire.
There's nearly always someone sitting at the outside tables, communicating with
their laptops day or night or chatting with owner Michael Gaynor.
Inside the shop is crammed with fascinating items: local art, unique greeting
cards, Ecuadorian hammocks, backpacks and balsa wood animals, computers,
computer parts, hand made dolls, Reef sandals and shorts, cigars from all over the
world, finger covers, non-Bonairean tee shirts, telephone cards, cell phone rentals,
books, film, batteries, wireless internet 24 hours a day, clothes from Brunotti, va-
cation wear like men's and women's shirts and shorts, jewelry, copy center, laptop
rentals, coffee mugs, sunglasses, puzzles... and even more!
"If I get asked twice for something then I try to stock it," Michael declares. "This
shop keeps on changing; we're always adding new things. Every time you come in
you'll see a new look!"
Loquacious and helpful, Michael, who's been on the island for 20 years, is a
fountain of local information, and he doesn't mind sharing it with interested per-
sons. The man has never ending patience! Someone needs to make a quick call to
the US? Mike says, "Use my toll free phone." He's always doing little favors.
Laughing about going into business on the island to make a lot of money, Michael
advises, "Want to become a millionaire on Bonaire? Then start as a multimillion-
Drop in and check it out. We can honestly say there's something in there for eve-
ryone! And be sure to say hi to the owner and his friendly staff. They're open
seven days a week even holidays. Monday-Friday: 8:30 am to 8 pm, Saturday
and Sunday: 8:30 am to 6 pm. Holidays until 6 pm. 717-2281 fax 717-2258. email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chatnbrowse.com L.D.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
Jellastone Pet Park
t's only after a while that I notice
the garden around our new home in
Bonaire. It was carefully planted by the
previous owner but has since fallen into
a state of disrepair. Through the palm
trees and aloes offer a gorgeous view
over the ocean, but large shrubs that I
can't put a name to grow wildly around
the house, shading the porch and obscur-
ing our view more than we like. Since
we both probably lack the experience to
create something wonderful from the
wilderness, we run the risk of cutting
away some valuable plants. So we de-
cide to get in touch with a gardener
through the previous owner.
One day a pick-up truck pulls up in
front of our house. A powerful blonde
woman steps out, wearing dungarees and
gardening shears which hang from her
belt. A rake, pickaxe, machete, spade
and a couple of buckets in the back of
the truck complete the image of the pro-
fessional gardener. She looks impres-
sively determined. In a couple of hours,
she manages to do an initial foray across
the garden, taking away a large amount
of excess material -- some of it far too
beautiful in my eyes -- to the landfill.
We talk about the various shrubs and
plants, their names, how much water
they need and when they flower. Our
lady gardener knows it all, but I forget
the names and particulars instantly.
In leaving, she tells us about a dra-
matic accident a few years back, which
involved her small dog. She had left
home when the dog jumped the fence,
but unfortunately it got its collar stuck
on one of the spikes. Coming home, she
found the poor animal had choked and
hanged itself; but at least it turned out it
hadn't suffered long.
Our powerful gardener becomes quiet;
I see tears welling up in her eyes. Brave
Jella shows an intense sadness. We feel
sorry for her and wish her luck.
Graziella van Berkum grew up in a
'foster family' in the Netherlands. Her
father was a social worker, her mother a
nurse -- but that didn't guarantee a
happy childhood and successful educa-
tion, as you might suspect. On the con-
trary, there were years of upheaval, sad-
ness and strife, but peppered with occa-
sional bouts of joy.
When her parents filed for divorce, she
had trouble staying on the 'straight and
narrow' path as a teenager. After years
of straying off the line, she was appre-
hended for some actions which are
frowned upon in 'polite' society.
This situation caused a major turn-
around in her life. Graziella decided to
study horticulture and, following this,
began working with flower growers. Af-
ter having saved enough money, she
went on her first ever holiday; the desti-
"That was in 1990. I picked this island
out of an atlas. It looked like a big
enough tropical island, not too many
people, with the language even being
Dutch. That came in handy, because I
Graziella "Jella" van Berkum
wasn't too fluent in English at the time. I
arrived in torrential rains, though.
"I stayed at the Sunset Beach Hotel for
three weeks. Even though I made only
one trip across the island -- I didn't have
my driver's license then -- I really en-
joyed it. A year later, I returned to Bon-
aire to see if I could put my knowledge
of plants and trees to good use; that
Coming back to Holland from her sec-
ond trip, she fell in love. In due course,
she married a man who did have his
driver's license. The young couple went
on honeymoon to... Bonaire!
"I started working at a small horticul-
tural firm, he at a local supermarket. My
first job didn't work out well, however,
so I ended up at an optometrist's, selling
and repairing glasses. Well, you know
I'm really an outdoorsy person, so that
didn't last long. But our marriage also
came into some rough water. We spent
way too much time at the local boozer,
drinking more than a healthy person can,
and should. I found it troubling and one
day I quit completely. I didn't want to
continue, my life was empty like that.
But my husband didn't feel the same
way; he was perfectly happy with his
pint morning, noon and night. He didn't
want to quit, and so I was left with only
one choice: I left him and found a place
for myself. I hated it, but I knew it had
to be so. Shortly after that we divorced.
Those were tough times," she says
softly, under her breath.
This separation became the second
major turning point in Jella van
Berkum's life. She moved into a little
kunuku house, Mon Repos, at Lagoen.
With six months of financial backing
from her mother, she set up as a small
business owner. It doesn't take her long,
with help of friends and acquaintances,
among whom is our/her neighbor, Cap-
tain Don, to secure maintenance of many
of the gardens in Bonaire.
"After a little under a year, I received
so many requests, I couldn't handle them
all myself, so Milton Gordillo became
my first employee. But even for the two
of us things got out of hand. I was totally
stressed out, running around. I decided
to quit doing the gardens and handed all
of them to Milton.
"At that point, I was living in my little
kunuku house and I rented a small plot
of land, a little way to the sea. That
seemed like a good place to grow plants
and trees. I installed a large container
and drew up a plan with a friend of mine
to turn it into a nice little home, expand-
ing it with a little kitchen and shower, a
large porch running along it... The con-
tainer is now surrounded by greenhouses
and plots for over a hundred plants and
shrubs. I've lived there for almost eight
The road through the entrance gates to
Jellastone Park has become difficult due
to the torrential rainfall of the last few
weeks. Between the hills small lakes
have formed that force us to zigzag our
way to our destination, as if in an Afri-
Jella's 'resort' is situated in between
the hills of Guatemala; there is electric-
ity thanks to solar panels, and there is
water in large containers, filled in win-
tertime by rainfall and in the summer by
tankers from the local energy company,
WEB. The furniture is simple but effi-
cient; the closets are painted in bright
colours. The porch overlooks the valley
where Jella wants to grow tropical fruit
trees. The silence is only punctuated by
the sound of birds and the whistling
wind; no telephones or car noises disrupt
this pocket of peace.
"I'm never afraid here. There isn't
anything worth stealing here; I don't
have much anyway, which makes my
life simple and clear. Lonely? Yes,
sometimes. It's a strange feeling, you
want to talk to someone but no one is
there. I usually pat one of the dogs,
speak my doggie gibberish to them and
then I feel better. If that doesn't take, I
crawl into my hammock and think,
'Why am I doing this anyway?'
"Not a lot of friends visit me, this is
kind of an out-of-the-way place... or
maybe there's another reason why they
won't come. I, myself, hardly go out in
the evenings; I've lost interest because
it's always bars and booze, and I'm done
with that. I feel at ease, balanced out,
stress-free when I'm alone -- that's OK
"Sleeping until you wake up and sell-
ing some plants when your wallet gets
too thin... It's a simple life, but it makes
me feel good. If somebody comes to stay
for awhile, like you have now, I usually
stop working altogether. Customers also
suddenly stop appearing, that's funny
isn't it? Apparently it disrupts my sys-
tem -- but that's over as soon as I'm
alone again. I sometimes wish I had TV,
but I listen to the radio four times a day,
so I keep up with the news."
She speaks softly, in low tones, look-
ing far less like the powerful gardener
she was when I first met her. The pa-
nache has faded, she seems more mel-
low, philosophical, and also less sure of
"I've decided to put a little less time
into the growing. I have to work too hard
for it, but also the water supply limits the
size of business you can make here. I
want to expand, without having to leave
this place here. So then I came up with
the idea of opening a pet hotel, the Jel-
lastone Park Pet Hotel! I've always
wanted to become a vet, and you know I
love cats and dogs... I own seven dogs
and five cats already, so I think I can
Between the plots of shrubs and plants
are comfortable kennels with lots of
space to move in. This is where the ani-
mals that come to stay with Jella live.
The pet hotel seems like a good idea be-
cause the average Bonairean family has
three dogs. And even Bonaireans want to
go on holiday without having to take
their dogs with them!
"That's true, but what it means is that
I, myself, haven't had a vacation in
years. Where are my pets supposed to go
to, who will keep my business running?
I haven't even been to Curagao in 10
years; I just take life as it is given to me
here on Bonaire: simple, with limited
choice in the shops -- but it's OK for
"And Holland has lost its appeal for
me, that's a thing of the past now. Five
years ago I was there to visit my mother,
and when I returned I was exhausted
with all the stress and fuss. This is where
I belong, this island and its lifestyle give
me peace and quiet. I'm trouble-free,
because I've made my life so simple."
There's a good atmosphere at Jella's;
we're enjoying a cup of coffee, the dogs
lie around us. Jella exudes an air of
warmth and peace. Not a bad place to
stay! Maybe she could be a host to
stressed-out managers, setting up a cou-
ple of shacks around the container,
where they could find their inner peace
again. A retreat in Bonaire, surrounded
by the luscious woods of the kunuku and
the quiet of Lagoen -- rather than the
obligatory Tuscany retreats that well-to-
do business types always fawn over. In
the background Frank Boeyen, her fa-
vorite pop singer, sings about The
Shadow of Love. The song seems to suit
her, although I can't say why exactly.
The time comes to do the photo shoot
that Henk needs to paint a portrait. Fol-
lowed by the dogs, we walk towards a
nice, sunny spot between the plants.
Jella puts a leash on her favorite dog,
leaving the others to roam free. She seats
herself in a chair, with the dog on her
lap, smiling and looking relaxed and sat-
isfied. I notice the leash on the dog and
think back to the accident with her other
dog, a couple of years back. It shook her
so badly then.
But Jella is smiling now, no sign of
tears; she's a powerful woman, and all
the hardship has only made her stronger.
From Portraits of Bonaire, Vol II.
Story by Guus Gerritsen; illustration by
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
MCB head Lionel (Chicu) Capriles (right) and Evert Piar (center), Managing
Director of MCB Bonaire, present a NAf25.000 check to Dr. Giovanni Frans,
head of the Mariadal Foundation responsible for
Bonaire's San Francisco Hospital
Members of the international MCB Board on handfor the event: From left to right standing: Eduardo de Veer (Aruba), Bill Fabro, Anthony (Tony) Allen
(Bahamas), Frank Kunneman, Minna Israel (Bahamas), Lionel (Lio) Capriles, Nicole Henriquez, Claude Norfolk (Toronto, Canada), Jaime Saleh, Evert Piar
(managing director MCBBonaire, not board member) Lionel (Chicu) Capriles. From left to right (kneeling in front): Eugene Holiday (Sint Maarten), Jose Alvares
Correa (New York, US), Pat Minicucci (Toronto, Canada) and Ron Gomes Casseres. Other Board Members are from Curacao. caption credit: Roxanne Timp
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WEULI ERIHVIE IT Ii
Cal to makesure (Usually9pm)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Take the Lead
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
World Cup Soccer Friday, June 9 to
Sunday, July 9 see page 11
Friday, June 9 & Saturday, June 10 DJ
Dance Nights, DJ Paco from Mambo
Beach, Curacao, 10:30 pm, City Cafe
Sunday, June 11-Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner. Support the team and enjoy
a gourmet competition dinner, 7 pm Chez
Nous. $25 donation for a 3-course meal
with cocktails and wine. Call Floris 786-
1508 or Sara 786-9299 or to reserve. See
more above right.
June 17-24-Dive Into Adventure Bon-
aire (DIAB). See more on page 7
Friday, June 16 DJ Dance Night, 10:30
pm, City Cafe
Saturday, June 17 DJ Dance Night
10:30 pm, City Cafe
Sunday, June 18-Father's Day
Sunday, June 18 "Taste of Bonaire" at
Wilhelmina Park Official opening of
Dive Into Adventure stands selling food
from Bonaire's best restaurants, music,
entertainment, from 7:30 pm
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. 717-
8855 or 09-515-0804 See page 6
Sunday, July 9-Dia di Arte, Wilhelmina
Park-art, music, food, entertainment.
Artists must sign up by June 15. Call
Emma 786-6420 or Edwin 786-8400. See
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, Cactus
* 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 $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts,
handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, 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, 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 enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi Fla-
mingo. Open daily 5 to 10 pm
* 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,
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at
* 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 byAll You 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.
DINE WITH THE
team takes a break at Fort
Oranje: Team Manager Floris
van Loo (Rum Runners),
Coach Vernon "Nonchi"
Martijn (SGB hotel school),
Bartender Jane Coffie (Divi
Flamingo), Egbert deVries (Le
Flamboyant), Waldi Gijsber-
tha (City Cafd), Isidoor van
Riemsdijk (Rum Runners)
nly two more opportu-
nities to enjoy a fabu-
"competition" dinner and sup-
port Bonaire's star chef-
bartender team at practices on
Sundays at 7 pm at SGB's
Chez Nous. Bonaire's team
will compete in the "Taste of the Caribbean" Culinary Olympics at the end of June
For their competition practices the team must come up with a three-course menu
for 35 persons from a mystery basket of ingredients. In Miami they'll compete
against top chef-bartender teams from all over the Caribbean in a "live kitchen" en-
High level competitions such as this, which has raised the bar on quality and per-
formance on the part of our chefs, has resulted in Bonaire's position as one of gas-
Be a part of it and support Bonaire's team. The next dinner is on Sunday, June
10, at 7 pm at Chez Nous. For a donation of $25 you'll enjoy a three-course meal,
cocktails and wines. For reservations call Floris at 786-1508 or Sara at 786-9299.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) 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 youthe story. Open Mondaythu Friday, 9 12,
2-4. Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoytheviewfrom'"The
King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes fiomthe 7th 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
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 enryfee.
Call Cathy 5664056.
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 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 Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
Zambezi Lodge, Bonaire a Nick Davies Project, is
looking for investors. "A little piece of Africa in the
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 to
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.
TOURIST SERVICES/ INTERNET
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.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 538 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
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
Croccantino Italian 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 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
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S grew up in Antriol Pabou, then
I we moved to Playa Pariba. Later
on my parents built their house on Kaya
Playa Lechi in Playa Pabou. We were
seven children and I was the eldest. My
dad was very strict, especially with me
because I was his first child, and they had
to figure out how it worked. Later on I
heard from my siblings that it hadn't
been too bad for them.
Nevertheless I am very grateful for the
good upbringing they gave me, and I fol-
lowed their teachings when I had my own
children. My dad, Piet Martis, worked
with the government as the head of fi-
nance and also as the deputy secretary of
the island territory. He passed away 20
years ago. My mother, Ines Thode, was a
homemaker. She's still alive and 71 years
When I was young I spent a lot of time
babysitting for many Dutch families and
also for the hotels. I was crazy about chil-
dren and I still am! After I got my
MAVO diploma I was planning to go to
Holland to study to become a pediatric
nurse. Everything was prepared and ar-
ranged; my father, mother and a couple
of my brothers and sisters came with me
to Holland to see me off. The plan was
that I'd move into a boarding school, but
just before my family was to leave for
Bonaire I started to cry and said, 'I'm not
going to stay behind all by myself! '" She
grins: "I was a little bit spoiled, espe-
cially by my dad. My mother got very
angry and said, 'You already said good-
bye to everyone and now you want to
come back again?' But my father told
me, 'If you want to come back, you come
back.' He stayed on my side and I loved
him even more. So, we all came back!
My friends were very happy to see me
again, but mom said, 'You go look for a
job because you're not going to stay at
home!' I began to work for Moon Era, a
souvenir shop next to the Maduro Bank
in Playa. It belonged to Frans Booi's par-
ents who owned the Bata shop too. But
the urge, the desire, to become a nurse
never left me.
I became more and more independent
and when I was 19 I went back to Hol-
land. I stayed three months, but I was so
homesick I had to come back to Bonaire!
I went on with my studies by correspon-
dence this time until I had to work as an
intern at the hospital in Curacao. Every-
thing went well. I worked in all the dif-
ferent wards, except for the old people's
ward. I didn't like that at all; it was some-
thing I absolutely didn't want to do! I
loved babies; I wanted to be a pediatric
nurse! Well, the grand finale came for me
when they transferred me to the morgue.
I fainted and immediately after I went
home, and that was the end of my career!
In Bonaire I took an administrative
course and started to work at Inpo NV in
the office and I stayed there for 20 years.
Meanwhile on December 26th 1977, B6i
Antoin and I got married. He was hand-
some, had a very nice voice and worked
for Radio Netherlands World broadcast-
ing, but he also worked for the govern-
ment in the press release department and
he'd just started as an enthusiastic volun-
teer with extra newspaper. We were both
Well, the grand
finale came for me
when they transferred
me to the morgue. I
fainted and immedi-
ately after I went home,
and that was the end of
Shirley Martis (51) is a thoughtful lady,
strong but not carefree. She's a responsi-
ble, reliable person with a lot of energy.
"At the beginning of the marriage before
the children were born I was constantly
busy helping the 60 Plus clubs, the scouts
and being an emcee for shows, events
and ceremonies, and I organized public
events for the government and for the
Volunteer Corps Bonaire. They still ask
me to be their emcee, but I don't do it as
often anymore; I've become selective. I
did it spontaneously and voluntarily; it
was a hobby of mine and it was a lot of
fun. I also had radio shows Monday,
Wednesday and Friday nights, from 7 to
9 pm at Voz di Boneiru and Sundays
from 2 to 6. I picked up everything from
foreign TV and radio stations, translated
it in my own way for the people here and
they liked it a lot! When the children
came I slowed down quite a bit. I kept on
doing the radio show, but only on Sun-
We have two sons, Franklin, 27, and
Danielson, 14. When Franklin was six,
two foster children, sisters Jasmin and
Maria, came to live with us. They were
six and eight years old. Seven years later
when Danielson was born they mothered
him; he was their own little brother. Jas-
min, now 30, and Maria, 28, both live in
Boston where they work and study.
We're still in touch and the beautiful
thing is that they still call us mama and
papa. I'm very proud of that. I'm happy
and grateful that we were able to give
them a good life because they lived
through some real hard times before they
came to us.
By the time the children arrived B6i
had taken over extra, and in 1996 he
asked me to come and work for him. I
was already helping him out, so the work
wasn't new for me. I did the reception,
telephone, the cleaning, the advertise-
ments, was invoice clerk and I also ar-
ranged his appointments. In the begin-
ning I was the only one working there.
Papi, B6i's brother, would come after his
work at the harbor master's office and we
had some volunteers, but that was it. B6i
did the paper and I did everything else.
Our son Franklin also started writing,
doing the press releases, and he has his
own column every Wednesday, Kos pa
awe (Things for Today).
At the end of 1996 B6i and I separated.
It was tough, very, very tough, but I kept
on working; I had to. Nobody can imag-
ine how hard it was, but I prayed a lot
and that's how I managed. I started read-
ing the Bible and went to church more
often and that was a big comfort to me.
It took me five years and then I started
to live again. I was still young and sud-
denly I saw everything in perspective.
For five years I hadn't done much, but
then I started my own radio show again,
all about gospel music this time. Now I
also organize 'Alabansa,' religious
groups from Curacao and Bonaire that
play music and talk about God, also for
the radio, Voz di Bonaire, Monday
through Friday from 5-7 am.
When our son Franklin was 14 he
started taking flying lessons after school.
After finishing high school in Curacao he
got his license in the States. Then he took
police training in Curaqao and came back
to Bonaire to work as a police officer and
also to fly the air ambulance. Since this
January he's been a pilot with DAE. I've
always told my children, 'ask God to
stand by you to give you courage to go
on, and it worked out very well. Daniel-
son is in MAVO, 2d grade and he would
like to be a pilot but only part time be-
cause what he really wants is to become a
lawyer. Both my sons are still living with
me; we do a lot of things together. I even
fly the flight simulator on the computer
with them! It's great fun!
A couple of months ago I started work-
ing for Divi Divi on Sunday afternoons,
checking in the passengers and boarding
them. It's a volunteer job and I like it be-
cause Sundays it can be very lonely. I
still work at extra, but now I have an as-
sistant. We had to hire more people be-
cause we couldn't do it by ourselves any
I see life very bright; it's beautiful. I've
become a different person. I wasn't pa-
tient, but now I am, and nowadays I like
it quiet. I'm no longer afraid of dying
because I think we'll have a better life
than we have now. I've already written
my obituary, and it made my mother an-
gry, but... if you can make a list for a
birthday party why not for something like
that? Another thing is that many people
come to me for advice on many different
matters and somehow
I always find a word
to help them. It makes
me feel special and
I'm grateful. I feel
I'm lucky; I'm a
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Most people have heard about it, but not everybody has visited it Rooi
Lamoenchi lying on the rough east side of Bonaire between Washikemba and
It was the plantation kunuku house of the Herrera family. Here they raised cows, goats
and sheep, and they grew sorghum (maishi chikitu), many different kinds of melons and
aloe. When the animals were big and fat enough they were brought to the main house of
the Herrera family in Kralendijk. They stayed there over night in a stable behind the
house, from where they were either put live on a boat to Curagao or were slaughtered for
the local market of Bonaire.
On the right side of the house is the base from the old aloe cooking place. After the
aloe syrup was brought in from the land in metal cans to the house, it was cooked. They
cooked it so long that it became a kind of black rock which was easy to transport in
boxes to America and England, where it was used for medicine. It was a very important
The first Herrera was Jose Altagracia Rosa Herrera of Spanish descent and who came
to Bonaire via the Dominican Republic and Curagao. It was he who built the Rooi
Lamoenchi house in 1890. The family itself never lived here. It was the house for the
vito, the caretaker, who lived there without his family. Today, Ellen Cochrane-Herrera,
the great granddaughter, is taking care of the plantation.
But the Herreras were not the first to live here. In the middle right photo we can see
the foundation of a house that has to be more than 200 years old. It was probably a Kas
di Bara (house of mud and wood) with a stone founda-
tion. It was probably here the vito lived, taking care of
the agriculture, plowing and dairy farming slaves.
These slaves helped to produce the food for those
slaves harvesting the salt.
Because there are no documents to give us the correct
date we must look for objects that can give us clues.
The bottom of this cup (photo at right), which was
found near the house, shows that it was made in 1836
in Maastricht. Also discovered are pieces of bottles
(shards) which date back to more than 200 years ago.
The Rooi Lamoenchi house has had two Hadreys in front, one behind the other. The
first is now open and has become a kind of open porch where in the past visitors were
received. From there they could enter the sala (living room). The doors and windows
are all in straight line so that the wind can flow freely through the house. In the old
days the bedrooms were on the east side so as to give natural ventilation at night.
The kitchen was always on the west side. And, like the house of Rose Marie Anne
Heitkonig-Rigaud (from two weeks ago) it has its complete oven on the outside so the
smell of cooking and smoke from the fire went straight up the chimney or out the win-
dows and didn't go through the house. The house is made of big thick stones found in
Houses of Bonaire
the area. This thickness keeps the house cool.
Originally the house had wooden shutters (photo above left), but because nature is
very hard on this windward coast, making it very difficult to keep the house in good con-
dition, it was decided to replace them with aluminum windows and doors.
Ellen Herrera is putting a lot of time and energy in this kunuku house and the planta-
tion, and only for one reason. She wants to give us, the youth, locals, and tourists, the
opportunity to go back in time, to show us the real old cultural and traditional Bonaire
way of life. This life was hard and difficult. Even today it is very difficult to maintain
and improve the plantation.
Recently The Foundation Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku-Park has been helped by the Prins
Bernard Culture Foundation which made it possible to repair some old roads on the
plantation. So in the future Ellen will show us more of this beautiful area with a third
tour. If you not only want to see but also feel the special atmosphere of the Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park, Ellen Herrera would be happy to guide you. For more infor-
mation and reservation please call 540-9800 or 717-8489.
An artist and photographer, Wilna Groenenboom teaches art at
the SGB high school
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006
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The June Skv
Look for the Moon and Jupiter close to the constellation Scorpiusjust after the
H ere's a summary of Sky Park activity remaining this month:
The Moon Lunar phases: New Moon on the 13th at 3:03 pm; First Quar-
ter at 2:13 pm on the 20th; Full Moon at 5:37 pm on the 28th.
Mercury Mercury makes an appearance in our western evening skies this
month. The tiny planet will just peek above the horizon right at sunset. On the eve-
ning of June 17th, you should be able to see it right at sunset.
Venus Venus continues to shine brightly in the east all during June. Just look
to the east just before sunrise and the planet's bright light will be very easy to spot.
In the morning of June 22nd, Venus will be very close to a slim old Moon just be-
Mars Mars pairs with Saturn in the western evening skies for an interesting
"dance" during June. The two planets begin the month some distance apart and
then move closer together until, on the evening of June 17th, they are just a degree
or so apart just after sunset.
Jupiter Jupiter is visible in the southeastern skies right after sunset every eve-
ning during June. On the evening of June 8th, Jupiter and the Moon make a very
nice pair just after sunset.
Saturn Saturn begins June somewhat above Mars in the western sky at dusk.
As the month goes on the ringed planet moves closer and closer to Mars until the
evening of June 17th, when the two planets will be extremely close together right
after sunset. After that, Saturn begins to drop below Mars for the rest of the month.
Uranus Uranus is not very well positioned for us to see it this month.
Neptune Neptune is not very well positioned for us to see it this month.
Pluto Pluto is very dim and is a target for large telescopes in very dark skies.
Looking overhead at 9:30 pm at mid-month you may see the Milky Way just
above the eastern horizon. Not quite at zenith is the bright star Arcturus in
Bootes. To the south, near Mars, is Spica in Virgo, and to the west we see
Regulus in Leo. Another triangle of bright stars runs from Arcturus to the south-
east, where we find the bright red Antares in the constellation Scorpio, then to the
northeast to blue-white Vega in Lyra. M51 (the Whirlpool) is a face-on spiral
galaxy near the end of the handle of the Big Dipper. It's high to the north
and a good binocular target for the first half of the month before competition
from moonlight makes it harder to see. Another good binocular event is avail-
able on the 12th, when Venus passes just north of the Beehive Cluster
(M44). The cluster is hard to pick out this close to the horizon, but Venus will
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Sunday June 4 to Saturday June 10, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You are best to work at home if you can. You should
sit down with someone you trust and work out a budget that will enable you to
save a little extra. Don't let your personal dilemmas interfere with your goals. Now
is a good time to ask for favors. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may find yourself in the midst of a pretty good
deal. Organize your days well if you wish to accomplish all you set out to do. En-
tertainment should include sports events or physical activities. Attend trade shows
that will allow you to look at new products. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Disharmony in your relationship may cause minor
ailments. Do not get involved injoint financial ventures. Your disciplined attention
to jobs will enhance your position. Don't be afraid to pursue unfamiliar grounds.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Career changes may not be your choice right now,
but in the long run they will be to your advantage. Be prepared to overcome frus-
trations and obstacles at work. Curb the impulse to make lavish purchases and
maybe spend some time with good friends. Family get-togethers will be interest-
ing. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try not to use emotional blackmail; it will only make mat-
ters worse. You will be relentless when it comes to getting yourself back into
shape. Stress coupled with diet will add to stomach problems. Enjoy a quiet dinner
for two and discuss some of the plans you have for the future. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Money problems will get worse if your partner hasn't
been playing by the rules. Take time to catch up on overdue correspondence. You
may have the opportunity to get involved in some interesting conversations. Your
ideas will be well received. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can develop your creative talents if you take the
time to practice your art. You need to be active and spend time with friends you
enjoy. Your dynamic, determined approach will win favors as well as a helping
hand. Your lover may not under stand your needs so you must figure out a way to
communicate them. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can accomplish a lot if you direct your
thoughts toward starting your own small business on the side. Keep your mind on
your work and stay away from situations that could ruin your reputation. Your per-
suasive nature will win the heart of someone you've had your eye on. Be sure that
you have all the facts before you take action. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
Relatives may not be telling you the whole truth about a family situation. Don't put
your professional reputation on the line. You should channel your efforts into get-
ting rid of bad habits. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) An older member of the family may need assis-
tance. Be careful when dealing with female members of your family. Don't get inti-
mately involved with a coworker. Help elders get their personal papers in order.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Underhandedness regarding legal matters or con-
tracts must be counteracted. Difficulties with your mate may lead to estrangement.
Use your energy wisely. You can pick up some overtime this week. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may want to take a serious look at your goals and
objectives. Don't let your health suffer because of worry. Talk to someone you
trust. Make sure to arrange in advance to spend quality time together. Older family
members may try to make demands that are impossible for you to handle. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
Bonaire Reporter June 9 to June 16, 2006