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visit helped to smooth over the state-
ments of Defense Minister Henk
Kamp who called Venezuelan presi-
dent Hugo Chavez "an intolerant
populist who leers with big eyes at the
islands offshore the Venezuelan
New long-range DHC-8s for the CG
T he Ministry of Defense an-
nounced that two De Havil-
land DHC-8 aircraft will provide
coast guard coverage in the Carib-
bean area beginning late 2007. A Ca-
nadian company, Provincial Airlines,
will supply the airplanes and pilots.
The Dutch Royal Navy and the Coast
Guard will supply the tactical crew.
The aircraft will also be available for
emergency situations. The contract is
valued at more than $100 million and
is paid for from the budget of the
Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and
Kingdom Relations. They will replace
the present Fokker military aircraft.
A Bonaire will soon have its own
airline again. EZ Air expects to begin
service before the October Bonaire
Regatta, flying between Bonaire,
Aruba and Curaqao as well as north-
ern Venezuela. It will begin service
with two 10-passenger Piper Navajo
Chieftains and plans to acquire an 18-
passenger Chinese-built Harbin. Air-
worthiness certificates have already
EZAir will fly Piper Navajos
been granted for the Pipers. EZ Air, as
reported by extra, will be run by
Rene Winkel, a former DCA pilot
who operates the Medicair Air Ambu-
lance. EZ Airjoins a growing list of
Curaqao-based inter-island carriers
that includes DAE (Dutch Antilles
Express), E-Liner (see last week's
Reporter) Tiara and the preferred
Divi Divi airline which was granted
"scheduled airline" status last week.
Another company, Curaqao-based In-
sul Air, plans to begin operation soon.
A Foreign Affairs-Minister Ben
Bot (CDA) made it clear to the Vene-
zuelan government last week that the
Antilles and Aruba will not be used
as steppingstone for US hostile ac-
tions against Venezuela, reported the
Venezuelan media. Bot also was
quoted as saying that American nu-
clear aircraft carriers will no longer
call in at Curaqao. Bot emphasized
that the Antilles and Aruba will con-
tinue to be part of the Dutch territory
and that the Netherlands respects the
territorial integrity of Venezuela. The
Chairman of the UNA Student
Council, Clark Abraham, with his
father Jopie, in Cuba press release photo
A Students going University of the
Netherlands Antilles (UNA) have to
pay NAf2.250 for the coming college
year, including a registration fee of
NAf500. Last year the cost was
NAf1.000. Education Minister
Omayra Leeflang said the increase
was necessary because the cost for
every student had increased to
NAf11.000 a year. However, Chair-
man of the Student Council, Clark
Abraham, said the Council demanded
that the quality of education go up
simultaneously with the increase of
the tuition. The tuition will jump to
NAf3.000 for the 2007-2008 school
Bonaire Talkers Donate to Shelter 4
Deza Report (6. Gross Domestic
Opinion (Billboard Island) 5
Letter (World Cup Leaders) 5
Kas di Arte calls artists 7
Bonaire to Caribbean Games 8
Bonaire at Aruba Highwinds 8
Yachties Meet Thursdays 9
Two Stories of a Turtle Rescue 10
2006 STCB Turtle Tracking 2006 11
In Honor of Heit 11
New Cellphone Provider 13
Kiteboarders Cross Bay 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Biologist's Bubbles (Feather Duster) 3
Pet of the Week ("Puppies") 4
Snack Detectives (Donde Papi-
Kushina Krioyo) 9
Picture Yourself, (Rhodes, Greece) 12
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Tide Table 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Eduard Santaris) 17
Sky Park (Mars, Leo, Regulus) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Continued on page 3.
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
AEnjoy these views of Sunset Beach that haven't been seen in 40 years. You
can get a good view of the sea and Klein Bonaire from the road now that the rub-
ble is being cleared. Soon a 250-room hotel (plus 60 condos) will be built here.
P From the people (Caribbean Web
Cams) who brought you the first reef-
cam... It's the WindsurfCam at The
Windsurfing Place at Sorobon, Lac
Bay. View it at www.bonairewind
update every minute, and, as with all
views from Caribbean Web Cams, the
current image is free. Archive images
are also available for members at
With Bonaire's healthy coral
reefs, our mooring blocks were bound
to be colonized by stony corals. O Dee
(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued on page 6)
D id You Know...
Feather Duster Worms
can regenerate their feather dust-
ers? These small polychaete worms
come in all different colors and are
common in Bonaire reefs. The part
of the worm that is in plain view to
divers and snorkelers resembles an
upside-down umbrella and is called a tentacular crown. The main body of the worm
is inside a tube just below the crown. These worms are suspension feeders and use their
net-like feather dusters to collect drifting particles (sediment and plankton). Feather
Duster worms have an ingenious system with which they separate out different particle
sizes that they capture in their crowns. The large particles are usually discarded, the
smallest particles are ingested, and the medium sized particles are used in the making
of their tubes. When a butterflyfish (or a delighted diver or snorkeler) approaches, the
worm quickly retracts its crown (the feather duster) into its parchment-like tube. If it is
not fast enough and its crown is eaten, the poor little sucker slowly regenerates this
appendage. O Story & photo by Carin Eckrich
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
Bonaire Talkers Donate to Shelter
In May the Bonaire
needed veterinary pre-
scription medicines not
available on the island.
Shelter Director Jurrie
Mellema asked Shelter
Volunteer Jane Madden if
she knew of some way to
get the medicine from the
US. Jane posted a mes-
sage on Bonaire Talk (a
chat room on the Inter-
net), saying that the Shel-
ter needed the meds.
Becky Hauser, a veteri-
narian in Wisconsin and
frequent Bonaire visitor,
responded and offered to
obtain the meds and bring BT members Cynde Lee and Jane Madden present
them to Bonaire on her next money to Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema
trip in June. However, the
meds are extremely expensive costing almost $800. On May 30, Jane again
posted a message on Bonaire Talk, asking BT'ers to help with the cost.
The response was overwhelming. By June 3, BT'ers had contributed a little over
$1,100 to purchase the much needed medicine. Cynde Lee, one of the BT modera-
tors, offered to be the "point (wo)man" and help gather the funds from all the dif-
ferent contributors from all over the world and bring the funds to Bonaire on her
scheduled trip in July.
Each Bonaire Talker who contributed is enormously appreciated. Special thanks
must be given to BTCI (Bonaire Talk Community, Inc.) for contributing $200 from
the sale of BT'er flags and to Sue Steiner and John Drew who asked Jane how
much was still needed to reach the goal (at that time, $400) and then immediately
sending $400 via Pay Pal.
The excess funds raised will be used to purchase a variety of other things the
Shelter needs on a regular basis.
You may check out the thread with all the wonderful posts from the generous
contributors and the photos of the Shelter residents saying "Thank You," at http://
www.bonairetalk.com/newsgroup/messages/27/269065.html? 1149387240. O
Pets of the Week
B onaire Animal
Tiepel, at right,
checks in a basketful
of seven puppies
who've just been
brought in. The fam-
ily that brought them
in agreed to have the
mother dog sterilized
now that the puppies
have been weaned.
All the pups will be
checked out by the
vet, tested for any
diseases, and if
they're in good health
they'll be given their
shots, wormed and
put in quarantine for
a few days to make Marlis Tiepel receives new pups
sure they're free
from ticks, fleas and
that they're social and can qualify to be put up for adoption. This is the most hu-
mane way to make sure "too many puppies" can have a chance for a good life. And
when each of these puppies is chosen to be adopted, the fee includes all this care
plus sterilization when the dog is old enough.
Some good figures from the Shelter: as of July 13 there have been 72 adoptions
so far this year. And since the first of the year there have been 50 sterilizations
that were done thanks to the Sterilization Program, which has been funded by peo-
ple like you. Contributions are accepted through "Sterilization Fund," Maduro Cu-
riels Bank Bonaire Account #10616410. You may also contribute, US tax free, for
on-line credit card donations at Support Bonaire, Inc. website: www.
supportbonaire.org. O L.D.
i Bonaire Economic Report
DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic and Labor Part 6
Affairs, has issued its comprehensive report for 2005.
It describes al aspects of the economy. In the next weeks The
Reporter will continue to pass on information from this report.
Gross Domestic Product
n 2004, Bonaire's real GDP grew by 2.1%. The real growth of the GDP is the in-
crease in the quantity of goods and services produced. The growth took place pri-
marily in the HORECA (Hospitality) sector and in the group of companies providing
financial services. The nominal growth of the GDP was 3.8%, from NAf281.5 million
in 2003 to NAf 292.3 million in 2004. The nominal growth concerns the growth in the
value of the goods and services produced. This nominal value is includes inflation.
The financial and the non-financial sectors of the Bonaire economy grew by almost
4%, from NAf155.4 million in 2003 to NAf160.9 million in 2004. The non-financial
sectors of Bonaire's economy include the HORECA sector, trade, transport-storage,
communication, and real estate renting and business activities. All registered an in-
crease: 8% for HORECA, almost 2% for trade, 3% for transport-storage and communi-
cation and 0.3% for real estate, renting and business activities. The gross added value
of the financial sector increased by 8% from NAf16 million in 2003 to NAf17.3 mil-
lion in 2004. Following this same trend of positive growth, the predicted GDP for 2005
is 4% of real growth compared to 2004. O Source: Central Bureau of Statistics
Contributors to Bonaire's GDP by sector
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Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
BONAIRE- ARE WE THE BtLLBOARD ISLANDaDuris oto
][ onair is geting`a Out-Bonaireans, residents
J onaire is getting a Out- and tourists we got some very
new look; but it's
not the look tourists come to the island
to see. Erupting like mushrooms in the
barnyard after a rain, house-sized bill-
boards are sprouting up on an almost
daily basis. Just about every organiza-
tion is feeling that bigger is better:
government, environmental NGOs,
resorts and businesses. No area, no
matter how urban or rural, is immune.
The latest offender is Bonaire's newest
cellular service provider. That's sur-
prising considering how tuned-in they
are to local sensitivities and how pro-
fessional their marketing is otherwise.
Their 10-meter-long banners didn't
last long in Bonaire's breezes and are
now festooning the cactus at the road-
clutter A better road sign
landscape and natural island views.
If the island's businesses and agen-
cies can't police themselves wouldn't
it be reasonable for the island govern-
ment to create an outdoor signage pol-
icy dealing with size, location, ban-
ners, limits on locations, etc...? 11
"There is no place on Bonaire
"Unhurried, unspoiled? How
SPOILED can you get?"
"It's a shame to lose one our distin-
guishing trademarks. Why should it
look like every other place in the
"I hate them. They're totally out of
character in keeping with the island."
"Bonaire was a quiet, stress-free
place then all of a sudden there are
"It's so artificial; it takes away from
the island. We used to see nature, now
we see billboards."
"They detract from the beauty of our
island." 0 L.D.
Better than a billboard?
Tell us your opinion, email:
aet ea o ae dit r*
WORLD CUP TIMES 4
SI need to make a clarification-not about a mistake, but certainly a huge,
I mean HUGE, omission in the July 7 to 14 issue of The Reporter.
On page 6 The Reporter mentions: "Do you know that 15 out of 17 World Cham-
pionship have been won by only 6 countries......" And then lists Argentina, Brazil,
Italy, Germany, France and England.
Why not state: "Do you know that ALL World Championships have been won by
only 7 countries" and include in the list Uruguay, who won the very first World
Cup organized by FIFA in 1930 in Montevideo. After that, Uruguay won the World
Cup in 1950 in an epic final in Rio de Janeiro against Brazil, the absolute favorite
to win the championship. Before 1930, when FIFA start organizing the Football
World Cup, the International Olympic Committee (an organization way older than
FIFA) was in charge of the organization of the World Cup. In those old times Uru-
guay won two additional World Cups: 1924 in Colombes, France, and 1928 in Am-
sterdam, Holland. This fact is recognized by FIFA, allowing Uruguay to wear 4
stars in the national jersey instead 2. That fact makes Uruguay the first tetra-
champion. In other words, Uruguay not only won two FIFA World Championships
but also two world competitions before FIFA came to life.
Just a point of clarification in honor of the three million people living in Uruguay
and the three living on Bonaire.
Our apologies to all 3,000,003 Uruguayans. Editor
bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, ZUUb
Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3.
A The Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center
and Youthcare Bon-
aire reported that
their first sexual
education class L
was a success. The
young people a vari-
ety of information
on the subject and
raised their aware-
ness of the respon-
sibilities involved in
sexual activity. In
the photo are the graduates from the 13- to 18-year-old group.
Parents wanting to enroll their children in the next class should call Jong Bon-
aire. For 13- to 18-year-olds) call 717-4303. For six to 13-year-olds, call Youthcare
Bonaire (Bonairiaanse Jeugdzorg) at 717-7316. Presenting the course for the
younger group are Mariselle Chirino and Suitberta Romero. The course for the 13
to 18 year olds is led by Crisanta Martha and Bilha Thomas- Evertsz.
A Jan Art donated
and awarded prizes
for children at Art
Day last Sunday in
the following catego-
ries: animals, people,
scapes, and flowers.
The prizes were
sketch books with
pencils and water-
color paint sets. Win-
ners were: (L to R)
Valerie Winklaar, Katie West, Julia Martines, Engela Emerenciana, Roxanne
West. Winners not present for the photo were Dayeda Bomba, Meralney Bomba,
Michael Santaris, Andrea Simal and Kaile Finies. Janice Huckaby
A In a special meeting last week the
Curacao Executive Council (BC) ap-
proved an increase in the Curacao
airport tax from $23 to $25 and per-
haps to $27.50. This increase was
agreed upon in the contract between
the airport operator, Curaqao Airport
Partners (CAP), and the government.
It's less than the increase to $33.75 that
CAP wanted. CAP plans to open the
new airport terminal at the end of July.
In connection with the official opening
CAP created an original invitation.
Each invitee will get a "boarding pass"
to show up at the "gate" of the old ter-
minal building on Saturday, July 29, at
7 pm. "Departure" to the new
"Curaqao International Airport" is at
b The Four-Day
March at Ni-
jmegen is the
walking event and
is also one of the
Every year the
walk starts on the
third Tuesday in
July. The 90th edi-
tion of "Four
Days" goes from Nazario Alberto
July 18 to 21,
Bonaire has four walkers this year:
twin brothers, Rl6i and R6i Martines,
N6li Wilsoe and Nazario Alberto. To
"warm-up" for the event, Bonaire's
most experienced walker, Nazario Al-
berto, participated in a 15-km. walk
that his Swiss friends organized for
him in the mountains of Utliberg, Swit-
zerland. Reportedly he went from the
airport to the walk.
A The first Pelicans flew the coop
when Bonaire's private basic education
Pelikaan School produced its first
graduates. The three students in Group
8, Jason Oleana, Sarah-Ann Maartense
(in photo) and Desiree Baaleman, are
moving from the Pelikaan to high
school. All of them received the rec-
ommendation of HAVO/VWO for a
100% score! Many thanks to teachers
Femke van Ommen and Wilma Bohm.
(Continued on page 7)
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 6)
A Last Friday a group of 30 kids
from the Kreche Bon Kuido and
their chaperons visited the Buddy
Dive Resort as part of their vacation
plan. Their activities included a visit to
the dive shop to get to know a little bit
more about the dive industry. At the
resort, Dive Instructor Martin Cicilia
and Dive Master Fredlyn Jansen
showed the kids around. They watched
a video, saw how the dive equipment
operates and watched some of the
Buddy Dive guests jump into the wa-
ter with their equipment on. After the
tour they had fruit punch in the pool
Bowker of the
Carib Inn was
featured in the
edition of Sport
zine. The arti-
cluded Bonaire and Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn. Bruce is quoted as saying
the shore diving is great but so is the
boat diving which can be easier, and
there are many places shore diving is-
n't possible such as Klein Bonaire. 1
A To celebrate the completion of their management training course, group lead-
ers from Divi Flamingo gathered for a social evening at the home of Ruud Ver-
muelen and Divi General Manger Sara Matera. The course was given by Michael
Goldberg of Building Blocks Consulting. Graduates pose with their certificates.
Photo by extra
Attention: All Artists
Working andlor Living
Kas di Arte invites all artists and
sculptors working and/or living
on Bonaire to participate in an exposi-
tion, "Homage to the Bonairean Art-
ist," to be held from November 8 to
30. This is an opportunity for the art-
ists to display their work to the public,
and an opportunity for the public to
see their works. There is no admission
Due to the limited amount of space
at Kas di Arte a seven-person jury will
select those pieces to be shown. Artists
are invited to submit up to three
pieces of art on Saturday, August 5,
between 9 am and noon. The pieces
will be returned to the artists on Mon-
day, August 14, between 5 and 9 pm,
and the selected artists informed.
To give the public the opportunity to
see all the work that has been submit-
ted, there will be held a Pre-
exposition on Friday, August 11,
between 5 and 9 pm at Kas di Arte.
Artists who wish to sign up can do so
at the Bonaire Museum, Kaya J.C. van
der Ree, telephone 717-8868. Ques-
tions? Call Jackie Bernabela of SKAL
(same address as the Museum), 786-
6333. Wilna Groenenboom
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
Win as surfing R ep o rts
moe are A OH
Last week the Bonaire Sailing Team Patun Saragoza, Jaeger Sint Jago and
Juvannie Agostien flew to Cartagena, Colombia, for the Caribbean Sports
Games 2006 being held from July 15 to 31. The Games go back to the early
1920s, when, during the eighth Olympic Games in Paris, a group met and planned
the incarnation of the Central American and Caribbean Games.
Thirty-four countries are expected to participate in the 20th edition of the Central
American and Caribbean Sports Games. Bonaire's Olympian windsurfer, Patun
Saragoza, who helps run Bonaire's Windsurfing Place, took a pair of Olympic
class sailors to compete in the RSX races. Instead of competing, this year Patun
will be serving as head coach for Team Bonaire. Each rider trained hard for this
The board used, an RSX design by Neil Pryde, USA, is the only board all com-
petitors will be using. The board is a race board but shorter than traditional
boards. It allows the Olympic racer to sail backwards at the start line, a crucial ele-
ment for strategy. A good start makes all the difference. Good luck, Juvannie and
Jaeger. O Ann Phelan
T he 20th anniversary of
Aruba Hi Winds, held
June 26- July 3, is over and
once again Team Bonaire
dominated the event. They put
on a stunning display of talent
Over 70 Bonaireans flew to
Aruba to compete in slalom
(Racing) and freestyle compe-
titions. This monumental ef-
fort, led by Super Mom, Jessy
Sint Jago, and many others
too numerous to mention,
proves this team is serious
about competition. The plan- enr
ning involved a fund raiser
where each person sold raffle
tickets to raise money to de-
fray the high costs of travel, accommo-
dations, food, gear transport and more. A
container was filled with gear and sent
by ship to Aruba. Parents took off work,
kids packed and off they went to Aruba.
In Aruba the team set up camps and
trained until it was their chance to com-
pete. By day the winds were gusting to
over 30 mph. It was the first Hi Winds in
the last few years where this mega wind
blew through the island, making for
Bonaire placed in the top three spots
for most events. Patun Saragoza showed
age does not impact his performance,
and he placed numero uno in the Masters
Slalom races. Angulo riders, Jaeger Sint
Jago and Payo Soleano, showed their
stuff, placing 1st and 2nd in the Junior
Division. Juvannie Agostien has taken
ck Balentien, Sara Quita Offringa, Jaeger
Sint Jago, Payo Soleano in Aruba
o by Robert Sanchez Courtesy of Aruba Hi Winds
on a career in diving but proved he is
still a wiz above water, placing 3rd in the
Men's Overall. Whitney Rudolf pumps
out the charm and comedy relief at any
time but also shows he is a force to be
reckoned with, placing 1st in the Sports
Bonaire completely dominated the Su-
per Kids Fleet, providing a glimpse of
what's to come at Pro Kids being held in
Bonaire August 3-6. In the Big Kids
fleet it was mostly Bonaire who got the
prizes. What else can we expect when
we have an entire nation supporting,
sponsoring and cheering on its national
windsurf team? Be proud, Bonaire, and
look out, windsurf kids. When Bonaire
hits the water nothing can stop them. 1
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
The Snack Bar Detectives <
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks
A fter sampling so many
snackies with an Oriental
flavor it was time to go local.
With so many recent scares as to
our covers being blown we fig-
ured that this was the way for-
ward. We learned the phrase;
Unda mi por kome kuminda
krioyo? (Where can I eat local
food?) and were told by some-
one that Donde Papi in down-
town Kralendijk was serving up
some excellent Krioyo (or local)
food. We decided to judge for
We entered through the colorful entrance into a
surprisingly large restaurant and bar area. To the
right were some tables and to the left was a dance
and pointed out that this was the place to dance Fri-
day and Saturday nights away until 3 am.
As we moved into the bar, we saw more tables,
and, as always the ubiquitous TV. The first thing that struck us was how clean and bright
everywhere was. The walls were adorned with pictures, flags of all nations and Bonairean
After ordering a few cold ones, we caught a glimpse of the menu behind us. Our Papia-
mentu is not all it could be, but, with a little help from our friendly host, we got by. Stoba
(or stew) featured high on the menu with a choice of Piska (fish), Kabritu (Goat), and Ga-
linja (Chicken). Big D, being a little more cosmopolitan in such matters, went for Galinja
Stoba. After a little deliberation, I went for the Galinja Hasa (Roasted or fried chicken with
We didn't need to wait too long and our meals were ready. We sat outside and watched
the world go by while we tucked into the local fare. Both meals were served with rice and
beans, but fried potatoes or plain rice was also on offer. The portions were enough for most
although, Big D, true to his name, had an extra portion of rice and beans. The meal was very
tasty and just what I needed to introduce me to Bonairean food.
As the night drew in, we chatted over a few more Polars. We felt at ease here after the
events of previous weeks. The place started to fill out a little as the locals started to cele-
brate the weekend. As always here on the island, everyone who walked past greeted us with
"Bon Nochi." A new experience had been enjoyed. O Story & photos by SBD
B onaire's visiting yachtsmen and yachtswomen are
starting a new tradition. They've arranged an event
every Thursday at Vespucci's Restaurant in the Harbour
Village Marina, an "Admiral's Hour, from 5-7 pm and
everyone is welcome.
All drinks are at Happy Hour prices and gratis tapas!
Owner Alberto is giving visiting yachties and others inter-
ested in yachting a chance to meet up in convivial sur-
roundings. For yachts there's safe and easy dinghy access
and a chance to meet local sailors and compare tall stories,
more likely, dive tales here!!
The yachties, as always keen to help out Bonaire, have designated this
week's charity as the Sister Maria Hoppner Home for children. So please bring
any clothes, bedding or items surplus to requirements. Susie Stanhope, of the
yacht Wishful Thinking, will be taking them to the Home on Friday. 1
Guy" we tried to
identify in last
(page 8) remained
a mystery due to
young man who
appeared in the
photo in The Reporter, July 7, page 10, in the article, "Graduation Day," is Julian-
dro Soree, who was best in economics in the SGB's (high school) TKL section.
Sorry we missed you (twice), Juliandro.
The gremlins also removed some of the
text in Announcements: Noel and Mar-
jolein Hayden celebrated their 25th wed-
ding anniversary on July 14. They were
married on that date in 1981 in Breda, The
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
Turtle Rescue Team Report Green Turtles Trapped In Net -
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire Report
T tourists visiting Wash-
ington Slagbaai Na-
tional Park found a large fish-
ing net on the shore at Playa
Chikitu. Upon closer examina-
tion they discovered that two
sea turtles were entangled in it.
Unfortunately, one of the tur-
tles was dead, but they man-
aged to release the other un-
harmed. An earlier visitor to
Playa Chikitu had informed
the Park management about
the net and Park rangers were
already on route to the site.
The dead animal was turned
over to them and they in turn The dead turtle
contacted Sea Turtle Conserva-
angling the turtle. Both turtles were Green turtles and the rescuers estimated that they were ap-
proximately the same size. The dead Green turtle had a 38.8 cm. carapace,
weighed 6.8 kg, and from all appearances seemed to be in very good health prior
le a trip to the Washing- to his entanglement and subsequent drowning. The estimated age of the turtle was
lagbaai Nationaal Park. approximately 12 years old and it was not tagged. O Story & photo by Mabel Nava
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
te Turtle Tracking
The Sponsors Write:
"In Honor of Heit"
To adequately protect sea turtles in all their habitats we must learn more about
their migratory patterns, their behavior at sea and where their marine habi-
tats are located. This is where the technology of satellite telemetry becomes useful
and important in protecting sea turtles. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB)
plans to place as many as two transmitters on turtles in 2006. On July 13, the first of
these transmitters was attached on a large adult female hawksbill turtle. This animal
was found resting on the reef in the area of Ebo's Special, close to the nesting beach
at Klein Bonaire. She was caught by STCB staff and lifted on board the research
boat, Nancy Too, for transmitter attachment. Assisting the STCB staff and other
volunteers was Ramon de Leon, Manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park
The female hawksbill had a shell length of 83.8 cm and weighed 72 kg. This turtle
was initially tagged on Klein Bonaire in 2004. Female sea turtles do not reproduce
every year. They usually take between two to four years before returning to nest.
The turtle remained calm throughout the transmitter application procedures. After
having the transmitter fitted to her shell the turtle was released back where she had
Tracking of this female hawksbill is made possible by a full sponsorship provided
by Ria and Jeannette Heitkonig of Bonaire. The sponsors named the turtle "Heit"
after their father. (See the accompanying story provided by Ria and Jeannette.)
"Heit" is expected to remain near Klein Bonaire as it is thought she will possibly
lay one or two more nests before departing for her feeding grounds.
Satellite tracking works through signals sent out by the transmitter which switches
on whenever the turtle comes to the surface to breathe. These transmissions are then
collected by Argos system receivers onboard weather satellites that circle the globe,
yielding each turtle's location data which is e-mailed daily to STCB. Turtle loca-
tions are mapped frequently and available on our website at www.bonaireturtles.
STCB exists to ensure the protection and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle popula-
tions throughout their range. 1
Mabel Nava, STCB
Founded in 1992, STCB is a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and non-profit organiza-
n honor of our late father, Jules
Heitkonig, known on Bonaire as
"Heit," we decided to sponsor a sea tur-
From the 50s on Heit made a living by
selling souvenirs. Because he was a
goldsmith he designed jewelry for in-
stance, golden flamingos on pieces of
the shell of the Caret (Hawksbill tur-
tle) in rings, pendants, earrings etc. In
1955, he was approached by the Gov-
ernment to design special Caret jewelry
to be given to Queen Juliana during her
visit and later he made different designs
for the Dutch princesses.
Heit was one of the first protectors of
nature on Bonaire because he did not
want people to catch very young and
little turtles, and he was the first one to
stop the Caret business when the turtles
became scarce. He once created a natu-
ral environment for the Kawama
(Loggerhead turtle) eggs in our garden.
He installed a large sand heap from
where a wooden duckboard led to a wa-
ter basin. One night there was great
commotion. The turtles had hatched,
and instead of heading to the basin, they
strolled through the yard and tried to
make it to the sea. The whole event was
filmed and we hope to see that movie
Heit kept four of these Loggerhead
hatchlings, and when they grew big
enough, he introduced them to his pet
Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles,
which swam in another, larger basin.
Among these Loggerheads was Heit's
swim. Jeannette Heitkiinig
ing around 75 kg, was transported in the
back of the car to different locations. He
swam freely with our father and always
came back. Once he warned my father
about the presence of a shark. Max
swam close to him and kept looking in a
certain direction.. When Heit looked in
that direction he saw a huge shark cir-
cling around. Heit also used to tell that
once Max saved his life when, during a
swim, he had a heart attack and the tur-
tle brought him ashore.
Heit usually bought fish from the local
children to feed the turtles and he let
them watch and enjoy the beautiful ani-
mals, which daily gobbled down a lot of
fish. Many grownups on Bonaire still
have nice memories of the turtles in our
garden and even mention it nowadays!
In the early 50s there was an article on
our father and his turtles in LIFE Maga-
zine. Because he was a real turtle lover,
we decided to adopt a turtle and to name
it after him: Heit.
Let's hope, that Heit makes a nice,
long journey in the Caribbean Sea!" 1
Jeannette and Ria Heitkonig
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
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with my family who live in the Netherlands, because they really needed the
sun. I did two dives there. They weren't as good as Bonaire, but the caves were
nice. We went to the beautiful old city of Rhodos which is really well preserved
with old aqueducts and old houses. We also went to Lindos to see the Acropolis.
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For sale: Mercury 25 Hp outboard mo-
tor. Has fire damage, and some parts are
missing. Includes cables and steering
house. NAf 500. Tel. 786-5591.
For Sale: Wooden Five-Drawer Desk,
pecan finish, very good condition,
NAf225.00; Top-quality Wooden Two-
Drawer Filing Cabinet, very good condi-
tion, NAf 100; Chest of Drawers with five
drawers, wood, good condition, great for
storing spare parts, etc. NAf85; Outdoor
furniture, round table, four captain's
chairs, umbrella stand, all in good condi-
tion, NAf 100. If you are interested in any
of these items, please call 717-2848.
2003 Jeep Wrangler "Sahara Edition".
21,000 miles. Automatic. AC and CD.
Soft top. Seat covers and spare tire. Great
condition $15,000 or best offer. Call 786-
6113 or email brucez(@hughes.net
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
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Linda and Chile Ridley need help in
getting their cat to Houston, TX. Last
weekend they flew to Houston. Their cat
was supposed to travel with them but the
cat missed the plane and is still in Bonaire.
They tried to have him shipped by Air
Cargo but there is no service. They are
looking for someone flying Continental
Flight 1899 leaving Bonaire Saturday,
July 22 to Houston to bring the cat in the
cabin with them. Can you help? Email
Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a Drummer with own set
of drums for existing band. 786-2201
UNICOLLEGE, Bonaire's non-
government high school is adding the sec-
ond year of HAVO-VVO classes for the
next school year and needs the following
furniture and teaching aids: Sofas & arm-
chairs, Digital projector (beamer), TV
set; DVD player. If you have an extra one
or haven't been able to sell yours, please
think of donating them to the school.
Please call 786-3666. Thank you.
US based Windward Islands national
seeking to return to the warmth of the Car-
ibbean earnestly desires an accounting
position in Bonaire or neighboring is-
lands. Qualifications: MBA, CPA. Contact
Dre at (718) 919 -0396 or e-mail
WANTED: VHS video recorder/player
for use in Lora (parrot) research. Call 09-
Re n ta I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
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. Con-
P re p-e rty
House for Sale Nicest and prettiest
house in Antriol, good neighborhood,
swimming pool, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms
+/- 3.000 sq. meters. Place for another
house. Was $450,000, now $375,000. Call
717-7362 or 717-6605
F= o u r d
Dive light found on the ground at Oil
Slick Leap. At Chat 'n' Browse. To claim,
describe the dive light. Phone 717-2281
Free: 1. Canon printer cartridge: BC-
29F 4 colors; 2. Brother Replacement Car-
tridge Model PC-201; 1. FAX/Copier/
Scanner Brother 1850MC + one Printing
Cartridge (the fax sending option works
for sure!) Call: Diana 717-5225 or 717-
FOR SALE- X box with 2 control-
lers and 2 games FIFA 06 & FIFA
Street 2 for NAf450 Call 790-0407
Porch Sale Saturday and Sunday
July 29 & 30. Kaya Mandolin 2.
Everything must go! 8.30 am to 4 pm.
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
SuDoku means "the digits must remain single" in
DIlO OU' Japanese. To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tuto-
SUDOKU? rial visit the web site www.sudokushack.com. O Molly
Kearney (who has to solve the puzzles)
Complete solution on page 14.
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New Cellohone Provider
Digicel presented a gift ofNAf20. 000 to Special Olympics Bonaire- Joanne
Albertsz, Roosje van der Hoek, Bert Schreuders (Digicel Bonaire GM),
Revelino Engelhart and David Hall (CEO Digicel Caribbean)
D igicel, the fastest growing mo-
bile phone company in the
world, according to one of its top ex-
ecutives, began operations in Bonaire
last Friday. It offers advanced cellular
phone options that other cell phone op-
erators promised but couldn't deliver.
Eventually, it plans to have three retail
stores and 110 top-up locations on the
island. During its inaugural press con-
ference Digicel donated NAf20.000 to
Bonaire's Special Olympics Foundation
with a promise of more to come when
the team travels to Shanghai next year
for the World Games. It followed up
with a huge opening night party at the
stadium complete with fireworks.
Founded by an Irish entrepreneur,
Digicel began Caribbean operations in
April 2001 against a long-established
service in Jamaica and quickly took
superiority in that market. As a conse-
quence of intense competition in Ja-
maica, that country boasts the same
level of cellular penetration as the US;
an amazing situation considering a Ja-
maican's average income is only 10%
that of a US resident. Digicel is cur-
rently expanding into the Pacific on Fiji
and Samoa as well as considering en-
tering the fixed line phone business.
Digicel is the first mobile operator to
connect the ABC islands (Aruba, Bon-
aire and Curaqao) with a GSM net-
It offers Bonaire's mobile customers
rates as low as NAf0.33/minute pre-
paid roaming, Call Me text-option,
multimedia messaging, international
roaming with 235 partners in 115 coun-
tries, Blackberry (e-mail/Internet) op-
eration, rollover minutes, and free acti-
vation. The latest handsets start as low
as NAf39. O G.D.
popular in large
now available on
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
Action at the Digicel Office on opening day
DO YOU 8 7 1 l 2 3 5
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(puzzle and direc-
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Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT TIME HEIGHT COEF
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7-22 8:20 0.7FT. 22:52 2.2FT. 70
7-23 9:02 0.7FT. 23:32 2.1FT. 77
7-24 0:06 2.1FT. 9:46 0.7FT. 82
7-25 0:43 2.0FT. 10:18 0.8FT. 84
7-26 1:17 1.9FT. 10:47 0.8FT. 83
7-27 1:47 1.8FT. 11:16 0.9FT. 80
7-28 2:13 1.6FT. 11:33 1.0FT. 75
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Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
WEII RIVlE IH lIES
Cal tomakesure (Usually9pm)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
X-Men: The Last Stand
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
R.V. / Cars
Saturday, July 22- Open House (model
home showing), Oude Lagoen Villas on
Kaminda Lagun 45; 10 am-5 pm. For info
call 717-4545 or visit Bonaire Partners on
Kaya L.D. Gerharts 13.
Saturday, July 22-Geni's Farewell &
Beursalen Party. Lots of DJs, New Gen-
eration Dancers & more. Jong Bonaire,
NAf 10, Call 700-9009
Saturday, July 29-End of the month
Flea Market at Parke Publico- 3 to 8
pm General info call Vicky 786-1592.
Booth info call Elisabeth 717-6907/565-
Sunday July 30-Bonairean Night at
Divi Flamingo's Calabash Restaurant
with all the local specialties and more.
Live Music. $20-total. Call for reservations
717-8285 ext. 444.
Tuesday, August 1- Match Consul-
tancy announces its "Hospitality Aware-
ness Program" for 2006-2007, Divi Fla-
mingo, 7 pm. Everybody invited.
Thursday, August 3- Opening ceremony
Pro Kids Event Windsurfing Champion-
ship at the Windsurf Place from 7-9 pm.
Thursday-Sunday, August 3-6 Pro
Kids Event Windsurfing Championship,
Saturday, August 5-Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe-Now a Bonairean tradi-
tion stands selling gifts, fruits and vegeta-
bles, candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and
sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am to 2
pm. In the center of Rincon. Info: www.
Saturday, August 5 Underwater
Cleanup Dive at Yellow Submarine.
Sponsored by Yellow Submarine & Net
Tech, 1 pm. Potluck BBQ at 5:30 pm. Call
Saturday, August 5 Artists are invited
to submit up to three pieces of art be-
tween 9 am and noon. For the "Homage to
the Bonairean Artist" to be held in No-
vember. Artists who wish to sign up can do
so at the Bonaire Museum, Kaya J.C. van
der Ree. Telephone 717-8868. Questions?
Call Jackie Bemabela of SKAL (same ad-
dress as the Museum), 786-6333. See pg. 7.
Sunday August 6-Bonairean Night at
Divi Flamingo's Calabash Restaurant
with all the local specialties and more. Live
Music. $20-total. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Friday, August 11- Pre-exposition at
Kas di Arte of all works submitted for the
November exposition, "Homage to the Bo-
nairean Artist" 5 to 9 pm at Kas di Arte.
See page 7
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 Sun.) 5 to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with 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
(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marshe-6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
Extra big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo 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. Res-
ervations $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available
for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email
* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
5-7 pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9
pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
* 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
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen and
others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5 7 pm..
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar- 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash free Flamingo Smash
& snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by All You Can
* 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
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 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 717-5080
Kas Kriyo Rinon-Step into Bonaire'spast in this
venerable old home that has beenrestored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. OpenMonday thru
Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
MangasinadiRei,Rinon. Enjoy the view fiom
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes fom the 17th century. Daily. Call
Bonaire Museum on KayaJ. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-
5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-
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
AA meetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at
7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Cen-
ter 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call
717-2482/566-6093 for details
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-
0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels invitedNAf5enty fee.
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 Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th 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
Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte In-
dustrialBonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact 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 Ser-
vices at9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at7:00
pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm.
Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30
am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and Eng-
Catholic San Bemardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
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:
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Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Larry's Bakery-Specialists in whole grain bakery
products-good taste and good for your health! Other
great pastries and breads.
The Last Bite Bakery-Now in town next to Xerox. Fresh
baked specials every day. Make it a regular stop.
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 monthly cleanup dives and
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 Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rappeling/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.
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, great clothes, footwear
and gifts. In the Sand Dollar Mall.
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.
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. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Tuesday-
Saturday 9 am-12 noon.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
for weekly advertisers?
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 538 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chi Restarant and arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flamingo ea717-8285 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
Croccantown a o Italian Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
Closed Mondaye a garden settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
ClosedMonTake out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfass OnlyBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 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 .
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 Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundagredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north oftown center. 780-1111Open from 5-1pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all. Wednesday night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty
*T always had a dream to go and
I live abroad and to my great sur-
prise my dream came true when I was 18.
In Surinam I was working at a warehouse,
I. Femandes & Son, in Paramaribo. One
day I was asked if I wanted to work as an
all-round person at the house of my boss,
Jack Femandes, in Miami because his
family was a family of only women and
they needed a man around the house. I
flew to Georgetown, then to Trinidad. The
third landing was at Flamingo Airport,
Bonaire, then to Curagao and Aruba. Then
off we took, destination Miami. At the
airport I found a taxi driver and gave him
my suitcase. But I had to go to the rest-
room first so I asked him to wait for me. I
went inside and when I tried to go out the
doors didn't open; there was no way I
could get out! I became very nervous
thinking of the cab driver and I didn't
know what to do. Finally I saw this arrow
on the floor. I stepped on it and the doors
opened as if by magic! I'd never seen any-
thing like that in my life!
I worked with the family for one year.
Then in December it became very, very
cold. My lips were purple and started to
crack. I had to put on this kind of lipstick.
It was unbearable. I wanted to go home!
The lady of the house said, 'We'll let you
go, but you're always welcome to come
back!' And Jack, my boss, told me, 'Come
back, but bring a girlfriend!'
I went to Surinam and started looking
for the right girl. I selected 16 girls, but no
one wanted to come with me. In those
days girls didn't want to go without
mommy and pappy! Then I met Anneke.
She was number 17. I started thinking. I
went to see her parents, but I didn't tell
them anything about my plans, and I did-
n't tell her anything either. My proposal
had never been accepted; this time I didn't
want to lose the girl. So, we got engaged,
and then we married, and when everything
was said and done I asked her if she
wanted to come with me and start a new
life abroad. I gave her a week to think it
over, as the tickets were already booked
and we had to leave soon."
"I thought," Anneke says, "what is he
talking about? I hardly know this man and
now he wants to kidnap me and take me to
some place I've never been and where I
am supposed to go out working. I never
worked. And what about my mommy and
pappy, and what about their delicious
food? My answer was NO!" "So, she
made up her mind," Eduard laughs, "and I
thought, maybe it's for a good reason. I
told her, 'Listen, dear little wife of mine
(she was only 18 years old), I'm going to
cancel all my dreams...'
Eduard Santaris is a passionate man.
He knows so much about so many differ-
ent things... it seems as if one life is not
enough to accomplish all this although his
ideas are very simple and realistic and the
intention is always to help others.
"I went to back to work for Femandes &
Son," he continues. "Then Anneke's
great-great-grandfather asked us to take
over a store he owned in a place called De
Hulp, district Commewijne, about 30 kilo-
meters from Paramaribo. It was a big
store, something like Bo Toko on Bonaire,
but we also sold hardware like zinc roofs
and nails. I stayed with Femandes, but
every night I went by bus to Anneke who
was running the store with her great-great-
grandfather. For miles and miles around
we were the only store. There was no
electricity, but we had a generator. The
refrigerator ran on kerosene and there was
just rain water. The local people were very
pleased that we'd taken over the shop be-
cause now they had fresh bread and cold
drinks every day. Every weekend the men
would gather, and as I love to sing and
play the guitar we would sit together, jam-
ming. It was fun! We lived there for two
years and in the meantime our daughter
Estien was born. For her second birthday
we wanted to celebrate with family in
Paramaribo. While we were there we got
the message the store had caught fire. We
We went to live with Anneke's sister in
"During that time the war
between Bouterse and the
rebel leader Brunswijk
broke out .... It went on for
six long years; salaries
were frozen and nothing
was imported anymore -
there was a shortage of
Paramaribo. During that time the war be-
tween Bouterse and rebel leader
Brunswijk broke out and life became tre-
mendously tough. It went on for six long
years; salaries were frozen and nothing
was imported anymore. There was a short-
age of everything. I was still working with
Femandes, but also I was a cab driver, a
food salesman, a painter and a photogra-
pher. I got paid in 'valuta,' French money
from Guyana, where I went to sell my art.
It was enough to live off for six months.
That's how we lived through wartime.
Our daughter Elys was born in 1987.
After the war we moved to Flamingo
Street. While I was working at a photo
studio I took several photo courses, spe-
cializing in art photography. I had an exhi-
bition; everyone, including the press, was
impressed with my work. A lady said,
'You should go to the Antilles because
your work reminds me of the islands.' My
brother Stanley had lived on Bonaire for
10 years so I asked him to send me some
information. He sent me a book; I read
about Photo Tours and the owners, Jerry
Schnabel and Suzy Swygert. I sent them a
letter of application and they gave me a
contract for three years.
At the same time I was offered a four-
year scholarship by the Indonesian Em-
bassy to study photography and camera-
work and also I was offered a job in
French Guyana as a manager in the agri-
culture sector. Accepting the scholarship
would mean four years without my wife
and children. My mother-in-law told me it
wasn't an option because that would be
the end of the marriage and French Guy-
ana would be difficult because I didn't
speak French. So Bonaire was the option.
I flew from Flamingo Street to Flamingo
Airport and when I arrived they told me
Photo Tours was bankrupt.
I wanted to go back immediately but my
brother stopped me. He was setting up a
little restaurant; he knew I liked that be-
cause as a little boy I'd worked in my
aunt's restaurant. So I became the supervi-
sor, the waiter and the chef, and all the
time I was telling my brother, I am a pho-
tographer! I had to save money to bring
Anneke and the kids over. They still had-
n't heard the bad news because I didn't
want to shock them. I started meditating
and fasting because I was looking for an
answer as to why I was here. Through
Frans Booi and Winfred Dania and a
dream I had before I came here I finally
understood that I was sent by a spiritual
master to help and support the people on
Bonaire. Then I had Anneke and the chil-
dren come over.
It was hard. There was so much I
wanted to do. I wanted to create progress
through better jobs and studies. I wanted
the people to live in harmony and be sup-
portive of each other. The means I found
to reach the people was through spiritual
massage. Both Anneke and I are from
families of Javanese priests and we've
been taught to help people. Meanwhile I
worked at General Store, later Kooyman,
as a store room supervisor and at Goddard
Catering as coordinator and food handler.
I am the owner of The Surinam and Indo-
nesian Delicious; I trained children at
Jong Bonaire; I am a fire dancer, some-
thing I learned when I was little from a
great master in martial arts, Pah Sulio; and
I always was an art photographer. This
year I photographed the students at
graduation night at SGB for Ivan Geer-
lings who's selling the pictures now.
Our son Michael was born here while
we lived at Tras di Montana, and accord-
ing to Buchi Frans, he's a real kunuku
boy! Lately I'm involved with Faizul and
Alex Semeleer in a project, Fitness in Na-
ture, and we're working on several plans
for the future. However, my main interest
lies with spiritual massage; that's what
I'm doing nowadays.
I've got my family, my wife and my
every day food. I've seen people who
have problems bigger than mine. I've
been through the posi-
tive and negative sides
of life, and I've learned
that I can help people,
and that's what I am
doing here, until today."
] Story & photo by
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
Eduard and Anneke Santaris,
Estien, Elys and Michael
Eduard Santaris Y =~L
ast Saturday Kralendijk bay was Beach where they were picked up by the At noon the official departure sign was due to equipment failure were quickly
filled with 21 colorful kites. Kite- kite bus. given and all the kiters left, heading for picked up by the safety boat and brought
boarding Bonaire had organized the first At 10:45, the kite beach was filled with Klein Bonaire, followed by three safety to Klein where a team was waiting with a
downwinder from kite beach (Atlantis people rigging their kites. At 11 am the boats provided by Kiteboarding Bonaire. fantastic BBQ and a glass of champagne.
site) to No Name Beach on Klein Bon- first kites were airborne and soon every- All except two of the kiters made a safe A great thanks to the organization and
aire. body was on the water and ready to make crossing to No Name beach. The two all the participants for this colorful event!
At 10 am all the kiters met at Bongo's the crossing. who didn't make it all the way to Klein D Story & photo by Roan Jaspars
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006
*to find it, just look up
The Red Planet Mars and the Blue Heart Star of Leo
Pair Up This Weekend!
Mars and Regulus join up
f you want to see something really nifty this weekend, the tiny red planet Mars
will pair up with the humongous blue heart star of Leo the lion just after sunset
this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
At the beginning of this week, Monday July 17th, about 30 to 40 minutes after sunset,
if you faced west with a clear unobstructed horizon you would have seen two fairly
bright, but not brilliant, star-like objects. The one closest to the horizon was the reddish
orange planet Mars and directly above it only 23/4 degrees or 5 full Moons away was
the bluish star Regulus.
But the fun part about watching these two, night after night this week, is that they
will come closer and closer together each night until they reach their absolute closest
this Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday they were only 2 degrees apart, which means
that 4 full Moons would fit between them; on Wednesday, 1% degrees or 3 full Moon
widths apart; on Thursday only 1 degree or 2 full Moons apart and then ta da! This Fri-
day and Saturday night the 21st and 22nd they will be only 2/3 of one degree apart,
which means that less than 12 full Moons could fit between them.
Or if you'd like to think of it this way, if you hold a finger out at arm's length, less
than 2 of the width of your finger would separate them. Which means your finger will
completely cover them and that's close! Plus they'll still be pretty close on Sunday
when they'll be just slightly over 1 degree or 2 full Moons apart.
Now although this will look like a super close meeting between a planet and a star, it
is all an optical illusion. They look close only because of our perspective here on
Earth, which is constantly moving in its orbit night after night along with the other
planets, thus causing the stars and planets to change position night after night. Indeed
this weekend Mars will actually be only 20 light minutes away, which means that it
will take the light from Mars only 20 minutes to reach us. However, Regulus is so in-
credibly far away that it takes its light 77 years to reach us, which must mean that in
order for Regulus to look so bright when it is so far away it must be huge and very
bright. Indeed while Mars is only 4,000 miles wide, Regulus is so huge we could line
up 500 Mars' side by side across its middle. In fact Regulus is over twice the width of
our own Sun, 2 million miles wide. And its blue color means that it bums much hotter
than our yellow Sun.
So start this weekend right with a cosmic sight with just your naked eye, or better yet
a pair of binoculars, and see if you can tell the difference in color between reddish
Mars and bluish Regulus. OJack Horkheimer
Sunday, July 16 to
Saturday, July 22, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Opportunities to get together with friends will be
enlightening and entertaining. You will find that joint ventures could easily turn
out to be dead end projects. Be very careful while in transit or while traveling in
foreign countries. Don't expect anything for nothing and you won't be disap-
pointed. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) This will not be the time to start new business ven-
tures or make drastic changes in your career. Try not to make waves. You can
make financial deals that will bring you extra cash. You may find that depression is
causing you to feel lonely and insecure. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't be alarmed. Over spending or unexpected bills
could set you back. You must make them stand on their own two feet regardless of
how much you want to make things better for them. Limitation could set in if
you've been spending too much. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will have difficulties spreading yourself be-
tween your work and your home. Don't get involved in secret affairs or under-
handed involvements. Residential changes, renovations, or moves are likely to dis-
rupt your routine. Problems with gas, oil, or water in your home may disrupt your
routine. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can get a promotion if you put in a little extra detail.
Be confident in your endeavors and others will believe in your efforts. You will be
able to make financial gains. Don't let your personal dilemmas interfere with your
goals. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Rewards for past good deeds will be yours. Stick to
travel or do things in conjunction with groups. Your lover may disappoint you in
such a way that estrangement will follow. You will be accident prone if you aren't
careful this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can offer your help to others but back off if they
appear to be offended by your persistence. You may not be able to help, but your
support will be favorable. You may have the energy to clear up that mound of pa-
perwork facing you. There might be one who is quite willing to take the credit for
your work. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Rewards for past good deeds will be yours. Don't
let the erratic behavior of someone you live with interfere with your professional
performance. Don't push your luck with authority. Do a little extra work at home.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may
try to block your attempts at implementing them. Get involved in activities that
will bring you knowledge about foreign lands, philosophies, or cultures. Don't trust
coworkers with important or personal information. Get domestic chores out of the
way early. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy spend-
ing time with. Be careful if a friend asks you for advice. You can avoid hassles by
sticking to your work and refusing to get involved in gossip or idle chatter. You
may want to have a heart-to-heart talk with a close and trusted friend.Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) A quiet restful day just staying in bed or catching
up on reading will be your best bet. Your partner may be somewhat irritable this
week. The answers can only come from within. Resist any idle chatter. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You need to spend less time daydreaming and more
time accomplishing. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been
going through a change of heart. You can find solutions if you are willing to com-
municate. You can accomplish a lot if you direct your thoughts toward starting
your own small business on the side. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. 1
Bonaire Reporter July 21 to July 28, 2006