Institution of Miami, and the results are
expected at the end of this month.
Special thanks go to all the participat-
ing volunteers, interns, as well as Capt.
Don's Habitat, Toucan Dive and Wan-
nadive, who helped tremendously with
the logistics and provided the necessary
air supplies. K. v.Dijk, STINAPA
Do Critters Cry? 5
Where is Tonky Frans? 6
Get Ready for Freestyle 7
Dietitian (Put Love in Your Cooking
Couscous & Pasta Salads) 11
Politics on the Reef 13
Lora Project Update (chicks) 13
Antique Houses (Kas di Porchi) 18
T he second round of the long-term
sea water nutrient monitoring
program for Bonaire was completed
earlier this month. The previous moni-
toring in March showed that the waters
around Bonaire are generally in good
condition. However, there were clear
signs of nutrient enrichment (from waste
water). Nutrient enrichment can cause
serious damage to coral reefs. Fortu-
nately, the European Union recently
approved the addition of a tertiary treat-
ment step to the planned sewage treat-
ment plant which should soon be in-
stalled in Bonaire. The study was done
by a group of STINAPA/Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park (BNMP) volunteers.
The BNMP, departments of nature and
environment protection from the Island
Government and Central Government
and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institute (Florida) are all participating.
The volunteers and BNMP interns
collected water and algae samples, esti-
mated fish population composition/
abundance and made coral reef video
transects. The survey was carried out at
10 sites along the west coast of Bonaire
and Klein Bonaire. The samples were
sent to Harbor Branch Oceanographic
4 On December 16, 2006, Continen-
tal Airlines will begin flying to Bon-
aire from Newark (N.J.) Airport.
(Currently the Continental website still
shows only a flight via Houston.) Last
week the Tourism Cooperation Bonaire
(TCB) and Continental Airlines signed
the contract. Continental started flying
to Bonaire last December and has had
mostly full flights.
ALast week Jamaica formally
signed a modification of its arrange-
ment with Venezuela's agreement for
21,000 barrels of oil a day to provide
an additional 2,500 barrels per day for
Air Jamaica. Under the "PetroCaribe"
agreement, Venezuela sells oil to Carib-
bean and Latin American nations at
world market prices but converts 40%
of the payments to long-term debt at 1%
interest. Fuel accounts for approxi-
(Continued on page 3)
Flotsam & Jetsam
Biologist's Bubbles (Conch)
On the Island Since
(Nelson Croft & Naomi Slotema)
(Cover story, Everest, Tibet,
Vietnam, Turkey, Holland)
Snack Detectives (E Teras)
Pet of the Week ("Dorothy")
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Sky Park (Moon, Jupiter)
The Stars Have It
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
mately 17% of the costs of the airline,
which, prior to the deal, was projecting
to lose about US$75 million this year,
against US$136 million in 2005. Air
Jamaica flies to Bonaire every Satur-
A A proposal to increase the wage
tax for retirement by 1.5% and simul-
taneously raise the retirement pension
by NAf100/month will be sent to Par-
liament next week. The wage limit will
be increased from NAf48.000 to 72.000
per year. The maximum old age pension
will rise to NAf654 a month. In total the
employee pays 4.5% of his or her salary,
the employer pays 5.5%. The bill was
introduced by Senator Ramonsito Booi
of Bonaire and two Curagao senators.
Recently, Bonaire lawmakers salaries
were boosted 25% (Bonaire Reporter 16
sito Booi said in
a press release
that the Bo-
no intention of Ramonsito Booi
long-lease land from the community.
However, if people do not have the
means to build a house they will have to
return the long-lease land to the Governm-
ment. According to Booi, they will get
another piece of land once they have the
money to build a house. Booi says that
there is plenty of land available, but peo-
ple have to follow the rules. Recently,
the government sent letters out to long-
lease land holders of vacant land who
have held the lease for years but did not
build on it as required. Usually a person
has to start building within one or two
years. It has to do with the distribution of
water and energy. It costs money to keep
a lot of land undeveloped.
"It's not about the taking away of the
land, but the complying with existing
rules," said Booi. A person has to sign
an agreement when he/she received the
land, and in this agreement it is stated
that construction should start within one
or two years.
the Neth- .
that coun- 't '
NAf 100 .
tion. The 2003 series bills have been
copied. The bills are of reasonably good
quality but can be well distinguished
from the real ones in bright light. Some
of the counterfeits also have the gold foil
but do not have the gold colored shiny
ink cartridge that can be clearly seen on
the real bills once they are turned. A
clear difference can be seen in the seal
(see photo above) of the Central Bank
that does not appear on the counterfeit
co ral g I gi pses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr) P Coral rock (a dead starlet coral)
washed up on shore can give us a view we
can't get when the coral animals are
alive. The living coral would have been on
the top right of this piece of skeleton, where
all the little circles are. Each circle was the
cup which the individual polyp secreted and
upon which it rested. What we see along the
sides, where the rock has been broken or
worn, is a record of the growth of each cup
as the coral head as a whole grew. I
id You Know... Conch
Queen Conch, Strombus gigas, are
very large snails with gorgeous
shells. They should be a common
sight in the seagrass meadows of
Lac Bay because that's where their if
favorite algae thrives, but they have .
been overfished and it's rare that I
see one while guiding snorkelers in Lac. Strangely enough, I see them more often on
the calm side of Bonaire while snorkeling over the reef. From above, conch resemble
the substrate because sand and algae collect on their shells. If you pick one up and look
underneath, you'll see the most beautiful swirl of shiny pink and two brown eyes star-
ing at you from long eyestalks. You may even be swiped by the conch's strong and
pointy operculum. The conch uses its operculum to jump along the bottom and can
make considerable headway (for a snail). Conch are protected in Bonaire, so if you see
someone collecting them, you should report it to the Bonaire Marine Park 717-8444.
1 Caren Eckrich
(Continued on page 8)
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
S was busy in Aruba setting up the
1 Blokart land-sailing, but the pa-
perwork was going to take at least 13 to 17
months. Then a Bonairean politician in-
vited me to come over and have a look be-
cause Bonaire urgently needed new tourist
activities that would fit the non-polluting,
ecological island's policy. So I came here
for the first time in 2003. I thought this was
a fantastic island, far more beautiful and
greener than Aruba and the people were
very friendly and sincerely helpful. The
island's good-natured atmosphere attracted
I come from the Information Technology
business. I worked for 15 years as a sales
manager and I traveled a lot for my work:
Central America, the US, Asia I worked
one year in Taiwan Japan, Singapore. I
was in Beirut during the civil war. I went
to Cuba, and before all that I finished the
Higher Navigation School in Amsterdam,
and I sailed one year with Greenpeace on
the Sirius as a radio officer. I was part of
the Dutch hang-gliding team for 12 years
and also I did gliding.
Although I was making a lot of money in
the IT business I was never a materialistic
man, so after 15 years it was enough. I did-
n't like what I was doing anymore and I
felt the urgent need to take off to a tropical
island and to show people how to do things
that are great fun. Land sailing comes
originally from New Zealand, but it has
become very popular in Holland, all over
Europe and also in the States, Australia and
At one of the biggest sports fairs in the
world in Munich, Germany, I met the peo-
ple from Blokart who were looking for a
distributor in the Caribbean. I was very
enthusiastic about the product, and a sur-
vey I did showed that Aruba had the high-
est household income of all the Caribbean
islands and more than a million tourists per
year, so I thought it would be best to start
there. But, as the paperwork was taking so
long and I'd been invited to come to Bon-
aire in the meantime, I saw opportunities
here. In consultation with several politi-
cians we decided the track should be some-
where near Rincon to stimulate the social
and economical activities in and around
Rincon. Way too little is happening there
as everything is centralized on the west
coast. I applied for the permits and went
back to Holland to prepare everything. In
2005 I met Naomi here on Bonaire at Little
Havana and I thought she was very cute"
he smiles "it might have been love at first
"I was living on Bonaire since August
1999. Before that, in April and May of that
year I'd been working as an intern at Eric
Hagens' dental practice," Naomi says.
"After I graduated I decided to go back to
Bonaire as I had fallen head over heels in
love with the island, so I packed my suit-
case and came here. I was 21 and the first
certified dental hygienist on the island and
it was a challenge! For six years I worked
with Hagens, and the clients, especially,
made it an unforgettable time for me. Even
now, when I go out shopping, people still
ask me, 'When are you going back to work
again?' And for sure, I don't preclude the
I was going through a very difficult pe-
riod in my life when I met Nelson. We be-
came very good friends almost instantly,
but for me that was all. I went to Holland,
never with the intention of staying away
for good, but I needed some time off.
When Nelson came to Holland to bring me
back to Bonaire I realized how much I
cared for him and when he flew back I fol-
lowed a month later.
"I thought this was a
fantastic island, far more
beautiful and greener than
Aruba and the people were
very friendly and sincerely
helpful. The island's good-
attracted me immediately."
Then we started frantically with the land
sailing. With the help of Cargill and the
Damascus family we were able to build the
track. Cargill donated the natural material
for the track. It's environmentally neutral
so we're not polluting the soil or the reefs.
The Damascus Company did all the con-
struction work. We had a lot of problems
with the weather because when we were
ready to open the wind dropped and then
the rainy season lasted for a very long time
last year. In mid December 2005 we got
our first two clients, two American nurses
who ended up completely covered with
mud, but they had a great time! Then Clay
Owens 83 years old who came with his
whole family from California to Bonaire
was not allowed by his children to partici-
pate. He was watching his family having a
great time and then he said, 'I'd rather die
in a Blokart than sit here on a bench!' and
he got up and raced the whole afternoon
with his children and grandchildren." "It's
a real eco-sport," Nelson says. "Without
polluting, without destroying anything,
we're offering a fun activity.
The tourist bureau is also proud and
happy with the fact that Bonaire is offering
a complete package with top-side ecologi-
cal activities it's really unique. Also Bon-
aire is the first place in the Caribbean
where you can go land sailing, and the
track we have is the largest built-for-the-
purpose land sailing track in the world.
Already we've seen a lot of SGB students.
The sport is exciting. It's about speed and
it's competitive. It's not just for tourists;
it's also for the people who live here. Land
sailing has been around for over a hundred
years, and Blokarting is now a recognized
sport with competitions all over the world.
So we're planning on putting a Bonairean
team together to participate in the first
world championships next year. I think
Bonaire can finish very high because we
have fantastic surfers and sailors and we
have unique circumstances because we can
practice almost all year around.
Monday, July 17th, marked the first land
sailing competition between the various
islands in the Caribbean. It was held on
Bonaire as part of the UTS-Chippie Chal-
lenge. Competing were 'sailors' from St.
Kitts, Aruba, Curagao, St. Martin, Statia
and Bonaire... and Bonaire was the overall
winner, not only in land sailing, but also in
mountain biking, kayaking and swim-
ming." Nelson Croft (44) and Naomi
Slotema (28) are both easy going; she 's
very sweet and considerate and he's a nice
fellow who knows how to tell a story. They
are two people who have a lot in common-
they make a great couple.
"The way I see it," Nelson says, "it all
went a bit slower than I thought it would
go. As an entrepreneur you always want
things to go faster, but we manage to live
off it and both of us are still very happy
that we did it." "Not only is it a beautiful
place to be every day," Naomi says, "but
for me this is something entirely new and I
am someone who needs change. I am
learning something new: advertising, pro-
motion, negotiating with sponsors, suppli-
ers and dealers, and I am also organizing
all the events, like the business competition
on Bonaire. Nelson is the sales person and
I am the organizer and we're a good team.
He gives me peace and adventure at the
same time and he's full of stories and I
I've always been very restless and in
spite of all the stress that comes with start-
ing a new business, Nelson gives me stabil-
ity and that's very important to me. For me
it's all about friendships and challenges
and no problems. Nelson always says,
'There are no problems there are only
challenges!' And I think that is a beautiful
way of putting it. I want to be happy and I
want other people to be happy too, and if
that's not the case it can make me very sad.
That's something Nelson and I share."
"Naomi is a very sweet person and she's
spontaneous and we laugh a lot. That's
what I want to say for The Reporter, and
all the rest I'd like to keep to myself!" Nel-
son smiles. "We're very good together and
both of us love to travel but that has to wait
for a while. I think it's very important to
experience new things in life and to meet
new people and to help people.
Plans for the future? As soon as possible
I want to promote land sailing on the other
Caribbean islands so that we can have
competitions in the region. On Bonaire I'm
thinking of developing other eco-sports, for
instance in case there's no wind, but those
plans are not ready to publish yet. My idea
was to set up a showcase somewhere in the
Caribbean to show that it was possible and
that's how it went. Now I want to expand
the activities on the other islands, but one
thing is for sure; we'll
stay here. Bonaire is just
great; there are a lot of
countries we still would
like to see, but Bonaire
will always be home...
1 Story & photo by
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
Naomi Slotema and Nelson Croft
,Ne-lsonCrof.and Na o- m i!
BILLBOARDS -WHAT OTHERS THINK
Billboards have three levels of ap-
It is interesting that as many commu-
nities around the world have, years
ago, even decades ago, banned these
eyesores, that Bonaire in 2006 is just
starting to allow them.
Nothing wrong with a sign in front of
your own business, but when they get
plastered everywhere... this just isn't
The government, who should not al-
low these things at all, should at least
charge a monthly fee of NAf100 for all
these signs that are not in front of a
business. Either Bonaire would make
some money or the signs would disap-
BILLBOARD LEGISLATION NEEDED
It is not possible to stop development
on Bonaire and billboards are part of
it. Any profit or non profit organiza-
tion on Bonaire needs to promote
themselves in order to communicate
their messages or their products. It nec-
essary doesn't mean we must allow any
kind or size of billboard and sacrifice
our distinguishing trademark, this
means the government, entrepre-
neurs, TCB, etc... / Msore Ai
about the fea-
tures a bill-
board must fill
to be use on
Bonaire (size, frame kind, etc...) and
must do it soon.
Remember even the billboards com-
panies on Bonaire generate work
places and pay taxes that Bonaire
needs. Luis Gorrin, Gaia Productions
Thanks for bringing up the billboards
issue. This is just one of the many ar-
eas where legislation is needed. When
are the politicians going to wake up?
When will they realize how we are
spoiling our assets, of which we do not
have all that many of, in the first place?
Keep up the good work!
I completely agree with the vision
that Bonaire is being poisoned by bill-
boards. A few months ago I wrote an
article about it in the Amigoe. When I
was working for the government I was
involved in legislation on limiting bill-
boards on the island, using the laws on
Bermuda on this subject as an example.
In my opinion we should get as much
pressure on the island government as
possible to set clear limits for bill-
Do CRITTERS CRY?
r She plodded her way
through the swells. She knew she was
close; home. A long time gone now and
many, many miles traveled.
Now, on this last leg of her journey, she
was desperately tired and weak from hard
days at sea, with nowhere to rest or eat,
she'd pressed on, driven by instinct to de-
liver her precious burden to her secret
place, Thelma pressed on east, from the
Closer now, she could hear the faint
sounds of the waves dancing along the
At the reef line, and desperate for food,
Thelma munched on a variety of sponge,
long her favorite. While not nearly as
sweet as she remembered, the small meal
gave her much needed energy to push on.
She scanned the shoreline, as best she
could (she was quite near sighted), for
familiar landmarks but found none.
Thelma couldn't see any of the bright,
cheery, pastel colored places where the
land people lived. In earlier times, how
she had enjoyed floating along just off the
shore as the sun, setting behind her,
painted the little island in colors of gold
Now and then, she'd been able to hear
the happy, melodious, sounds of the land
people as they went about doing whatever
it was that land people do. This was a
happy place, an easy place to be.
frustrated with it all. Summoning her wan-
ing strength she worked her way through
the surf line and crawled, dazed, onto the
No warm, caressing sand met Thelma as
she left the sea and after many painful
minutes, dragging herself along broken
rubble and stone she stopped to survey the
spot she knew now had once been her
home. Yes, the small hill just beyond
where the sand used to be was still there,
but the trees, oh, the shade trees were all
gone now and the fragrant flowers she
loved so much weren't blooming anymore.
There, on a litter strewn rock, she saw
an old iguana gazing back at her. He nod-
ded up and down in recognition and un-
derstanding. He had seen it all, the brutal-
ity wrought upon his friends and relatives,
victims of the unconcerned land people in
their metal things rushing along the roads,
not slowing, not caring, emerald green
testimonials of loss. Or worse, captured,
skinned and cooked for the pleasure of the
land people. The iguana, from his vantage
point, felt very sorry for Thelma, for he
could see that she shared his fate yet he
had no means to console her.
A bottomless, empty feeling engulfed
her as she realized this was no longer her
place. As she slowly turned back to the
surf line behind her Thelma saw yet an-
other huge board on sticks, broken by the
wind, the torn and faded picture bore the
image of yet another big ugly box.
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
It's been quite awhile since we have
heard from Tonky Frans, Bonaire's very
own professional windsurfer. Is he lost in
space? Or is he out there ripping in the
windsurfing world? We started an Inter-
net search and found him in Fuerteven-
tura. And this is what he told us.
jT left Bonaire on April 25th 2006 to
I attend the Professional Wind-
surfer's Association (PWA) tour. It was
my intention to attend both the PWA tour
and EFPT tour whenever possible. After
I'd made up my planned schedule I found
the dates of the events had been changed.
I do not know what happened between
EFPT and PWA, but once I was in Aus-
tria, my first stop, I found out that all
events had been rescheduled. All PWA
events and EFPT events were on the same
date. I got the impression that these two
organizations were competing with each
other and preventing the windsurfers from
attending both tours like I did success-
fully in 2005. Therefore I had to make a
choice. It was either PWA or EFPT. I
Tonky's schedule changed, and for 2006
he would be attending events in the fol-
lowing countries: Austria, Costa Brava,
Lanzarote, Gran Canaria andFuerteven-
"The first stop was in Austria and fea-
tured the Freestyle discipline (the disci-
pline that I am really good at). We stayed
there from April 26th until May 6th. It
was the same situation as at the King of
the Caribbean event in Bonaire in 2005:
NO WIND. We sat and sat, waited, and
sat again, and in the meantime the days
were passing. On May 6th we had to con-
clude that this event was over with no
competition having happened whatsoever.
This was a great pity for me. Earlier this
year a Freestyle qualifier event in Bonaire
had already been cancelled. Now here I
was in Austria, a nice place to visit in-
deed, to attend a Freestyle event, and it
also did not take place. When such an
event doesn't happen, the prize money is
divided between all the windsurfers who
would have been competing. But the
money you get is nothing compared to all
the expenses you had during your stay -
like accommodations, excess baggage
and not to forget FOOD. It was very
disappointing to me that this event did not
happen because I was sure that I could
Win ds urfisn FreP o rts
Heeerss Tonky ......
have achieved a lot.
The Amstelmeer event was a great suc-
cess with many young windsurfers from
Belgium and Germany. On the profes-
sional level it was me and Remco de
Weerd who assisted during the event, and
the windsurfers were clearly delighted to
get tips and tricks from us.
was in full spirit. I also noticed that the
events in Costa Brava and Lanzarote were
being overshadowed by the FIFA World
Cup. Both windsurfing events were for
the Super-X discipline. Although I trained
hard for this class, it seems that it was not
hard enough because it did not go too well
for me. In Gran Canaria it was another
story in Wave. I was never an excellent
Wave rider at the professional level. I de-
cided to participate anyway, and I was
astonished by my performance. Even my
sponsor was pleasantly surprised and they
emailed me about my performance in
Gran Canaria, telling me that maybe I
should opt for Freestyle and Wave instead
of Freestyle and Super-X. I've got to
make a decision now....
Now I am in Fuerteventura, the last
PWA event in Freestyle. I truly hope that
Bonaire will get the title. Of course the
ideal scenario for me would be if I, Tonky
Frans, get the title (Ha ha ha). But if one
of the other Bonairean riders gets it, I will
also be very happy.
People ask whether I'll be attending the
Pro Kids Freestyle event (see next story)
in Bonaire in August. It is a pity, but I
cannot be there to show my support to all
the windsurfing kids, especially the Bo-
nairean kids. I have an assignment from
my sponsor, an event that I have to host
for them and therefore cannot come home
I wish Ann Phelan and Elvis and the rest
of the team who are organizing this com-
petition lots of strength and all the best for
the event. In spite of the fact that I cannot
be there personally I will be with you and
especially with all the participating kids in
spirit. As for the remainder of the tour I'll
be keeping you informed. Stay tuned." 1
Tonky Frans & Sapphira Coffie
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
Winds urfing Reports
-= r e - -
T here's lots of windsurf news to
report. July has been a stellar
month for wind. The trades have been
blowing since May, providing the best
conditions for freestyle training. The
Bonaire team has been globetrotting to
Aruba, Spain, Italy and Germany, to
name just a few locations. Soon many
return for what is expected to be the
hottest freestyle event in the Carib-
Currently Jibe City is hosting two
summer ABK Windsurf Clinic run by
Andy Brandt, the owner of the US-
based schools. Jibe City is now an offi-
cial ABK Site since January which at-
tracts US visitors who want to feel the
breeze and perfect their moves. Local
pro and instructor Ronald Mayer is
teaching the clinics along with Andy's
On the other side of the fence The
Bonaire Windsurf Place is hosting
Kids Camps. Last week a slew of local
and visiting tourist kids took to the wa-
ter to learn to windsurf. It was awe in-
spiring to watch these windsurf fledg-
lings hit the water and eventually
windsurf. Local teacher Elvis Martinus
along with Rene Van De Zande were
the watchful eyes and instructors to
these young newbies. Each day they
met on land to have breakfast and their
land instruction. Then off to the water
to learn technique and strategy. Some-
how the magic waters of Bonaire allow
the beginner to advance at record
reaches, and this past week was noth-
ing short of wow. Elvis and Rene had
their kids tacking and jibing like it was
second nature. By week's end another
breed of windsurfers left the water,
proudly displaying their certificates.
One proud parent told me her son was
signed up for a second week. "He is
completely addicted". What better ad-
diction for a kid?
Instructor Rene Van de Zande from
Bonaire WindsurfPlace shows how it's
done Ann Phelan photo
It was a family fest while the moms
and visiting tourists also had their
chance to learn to sail. The second an-
nual Diva Women's Week was held at
Bonaire Windsurf Place. Organized by
Ann Phelan, two guest instructors,
Beth Powell and Petra
Kanz, volunteered their time to teach
over 10 local and tourist women.
And on to more windsurf news. Bon-
aire was proud to host the first Pro
Kids Event in 2005 and now prepares
for the finals to be held in Lac Bay.
The Pro Kids World's website's regis-
tration page is up and running. Go to
At press time we have riders arriving
from Germany, France, Italy, Holland,
Belgium and Canada. Team Curacao is
sending over 15 competitors. Word is
film producer Dasher will be on site
covering this exciting event.
.Local kids are training with visiting
Pro Kids who have arrived early to
train for the Freestyle Championship
being hosted by Bonaire August 3 to 6.
Fourteen-year-old Dieter Van de Ey-
cken arrived last week with
his family in tow. Dieter
was greeted at the airport
Bonairean style: Coach El-
vis Martinus brought a van-
load of sandy and salty kids
right off the water to meet
their new friend Dieter. The
team was scrambling all
over Dieter's gear, excited
to see the Belgian winner's
"toys." His family took their
savings and flew to Bonaire
for three weeks of training
and competition. Good
luck, Dieter. More young
pros head to our windy wa-
ters in the week to come.
There are several exciting parties
planned. August 3 is registration day
for press and competitors at Lac Bay
from 2-5. A grand opening ceremony
will he held at Bonaire Windsurf Place
from 7 to 9 pm. See the tentative
schedule below for additional details.
Thursday August 3rd
14:00 17:00 Registration for press
and competitors at Event Site
18:00 19:00 Captains Meeting with
19:00 Opening Ceremony
19:00 21:00 BBQ at Wind & Surf
Beach Bar, Sorobon. Public welcome
to buy BBQ tickets
Bonaire kid's welcoming committee
Ann Phelan photo
Sunday August 6th
10:00 12:00 Freestyle Competition
12:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 17:00 Finals Freestyle
17:00 19:00 Award Ceremony
Sponsors: Maduro and Curiels
Bank-Bonaire, Starboard, TCB Inc.,
KLM, Caribbean Wind and Sun Vaca-
tions, Coco Palm Garden, Ocean View
Villas, Golden Reef Inn, Dakine, Jibe
City, Aquaspeed, Rocargo, Bonaire
Partners, Capt. Don's Habitat, Eden
Beach, Hot Sails Maui, Bonaire
Windsurf Place, Plaza Resort, Budget
Bonaire, Windguru and Nettech NV.
1 Ann Phelan
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
Following the completion of the first
day's route the event was cancelled.
A The Vierdaagse (Four Days
Walk) in Holland was cancelled be-
cause the heat caused health problems
for many walkers, but not our Bonaire
team. Approximately 300 participants
fainted and two died after temperatures
rose to more than 30 degrees Celsius (86
degrees Fahrenheit). The website:
www.4daage.nl has more info in Dutch
and English. The organizers cancelled
the walk, which dates back to 1909 and
attracts some 44,000 participants from
around the world. The "Bonaire Road-
runner," Nazario Alberto, had a great
first day. He started at 6 am and arrived
at 11:45am. The other Bonaire walkers -
the Martines twins and Customs Officer
Nolly Wilsoe also made it. Most par-
ticipants were very disappointed
(including Nazario) and thought that the
organizers should have taken other
measures like changing routes. -N.W.
A Last Wednesday Marlon Bermudez,
representing the Bonaire Lions Club, and
Marisela Croes, President of the Ro-
tary Club of Bonaire, made
a joint donation to FKPD, the Foundation
that helps Bonaire's handicapped.
The funds were raised during the celebra-
tion of Littman Jeweler's 25th anniver-
sary party at Wilhelmina Park on July 2nd. A
group of visitors, leaders and Mrs. Lupe
Uranie of the FKPD received this donation
which will be used for their vacation activi-
ties during July. The Lions Club and Ro-
tary Club were happy to be able to contrib-
ute to this vacation of FKPD.
A On Saturday, July 8th, a group of di-
vers and non-divers met at Bonaire Yel-
low Submarine for the third Clean- up
Dive of the year. After a comprehensive
briefing by Susan Davis the group headed
out to an area of coastline between Yellow
Submarine and Town Pier. Although this
area was cleaned in the July 2005 cleanup,
there were new signs of dumping, as the
cleanup crew brought up the following trash
and removed it all for proper disposal: 6
plastic beverage bottles, 64 other bottles, 30
caps or lids, 18 pieces of clothing, 32 pieces
of monofilament fishing line, 30 pieces of
food service items, 9 wrappers or containers,
1 pull tab, 1 toy, 3 light bulbs, 6 pieces of
plastic sheeting, 18 pieces of rope, 1 strap-
ping band, 18 pieces of building materials, 5
automotive parts, and 7 tires.
The next quarterly underwater cleanup will
be conducted on Saturday, September 16.
All are welcome, divers and non-divers
alike. Meet at Yellow Submarine at 1 pm.
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 8)
Godett and supporters
A Curagao opposition leader Anthony
Godett finally went to prison last week
to serve the remaining nine months of his
15-month sentence for accepting a bribe
and forging an IOU. His imprisonment
was a media event because he was ac-
companied by family and party mem-
bers, all proclaiming Godett's innocence.
He made the request so he can be out in
time to campaign for the May 2007 elec-
tions. He did not go to prison when he
was first convicted two years ago be-
cause of appeals and because of the wait-
ing list for non-violent offenders' jail
sentences due to a shortage of cell space
The Antillean Constitution does not
block a person convicted of a crime from
being elected to Parliament, even while
in prison, although oddly enough it does
for begging, vagrancy or being drunk in
public, which were once considered ma-
jor issues for elected officials.
A This week the British newspaper,
The Independent, revealed the truth be-
hind Japanese vote buying at the In-
ternational Whaling Commission. All
it took was a query to the Japanese for-
eign affairs office to reveal that the Japa-
nese last year donated 617 million yen
($2.9m) to St. Kitts and Nevis, the Carib-
bean nation that hosted the IWC confer-
ence. Japan also gave $5.6m to Nicara-
gua, while the Pacific island nation of
Palau got $2.7m. All three countries
voted with Japan, Iceland and Norway at
the IWC conference in favor of the "St
Kitts and Nevis Declaration," calling for
the 20-year ban on commercial whaling
to be eventually scrapped. The pro-
whaling camp won the ballot by just one
A The multi-purpose frigate Van
Amstel (in foreground) will be deployed
in area waters for counter drug opera-
tions in cooperation with the Coast
Guard of the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba. The ship left the Dutch port of
Den Helder in the Netherlands on July 3.
En route it took part in a disaster exercise
near Great Britain. During the Atlantic
crossing the crew was trained in nuclear,
biological and chemical protection, dam-
age control, as well as in counter-drug
operation. It will stay in the Caribbean
region until December 8.
This fighting ship is 122 meters long
and 14.4 meters wide, and draws six me-
ters. Propulsion is provided by two aas
turbines and two diesel engines, giving
the ship a maximum speed of 29 knots.
The Van Amstel is equipped with NATO
Sea Sparrow air missiles, Harpoon anti-
ship launchers, systems to mislead radar,
torpedoes to fight submarines, a Goal-
keeper 30mm cannon and an Oto Melara
76mm cannon. The frigate also has a
Lynx helicopter on board. The 135-
member crew is under the leadership of
Commander Pim Croiset van Uchelen.
A Bonaire's fixed-line phone com-
pany, Telbo, has begun laying fiber
optic cables on the island. Fiber optic
cable is made of hair-thin strands of
glass. Light carrying signals are sent
through the glass fiber which get con-
verted back to electrical signals. The ca-
ble is being laid first in Antriol, Belnem,
Hato and Sabadeco, while the other
barios are to follow in a second phase.
The cable is intended to carry digital ca-
ble television service via Intemet, called
IPTV, which the company hopes to in-
troduce by the end of the year. It can of-
fer video on demand to the home along
with normal telephone services.
A Be careful to secure your belong-
ings at the Indian inscriptions at
Onima. Several visitors to the site found
their belongings had mysteriously disap-
peared. Last week one group returned,
realizing they had forgotten one of their
bags, and discovered in a nearby cave
two mattresses, some bags, their own
towel and more. It's speculated that
someone is hiding there waiting for peo-
ple to stop. The visitors feel very safe at
the inscriptions, "because there is no one
around." So they leave their car open,
have a look at the inscriptions and return
to their car. In the meantime it is robbed!
This has been going on at least since last
March. This time the police were in-
formed. So if you visit the inscriptions
lock-up... at least until the police nab the
For years STINAPA, the Bonaire
Parks' NGO, has organized activities for
children between four and 19 to teach
them about Bonaire's environment. Last
year, 1,643 children participated in
those activities. Eighty-two children
passed a snorkeling course and re-
ceived a certificate. STINAPA has been
working with schools since 1996 and has
many class materials available. There
are many more activities this year due to
the education innovations. Together with
the LVV (Agricultural Extension Ser-
vice), the students did re-forestation on
Klein Bonaire and in Washington Slag-
A On Wednesday, August 9, the po-
lice will begin impounding cars that do
not have up-to-date license plate tags.
If you haven't gotten your 6-month up-
date, go to the Ontvanger's office at J.A.
Abraham Boulevard 27. The fees are:
Diesel cars and trucks pay NAf754;
gasoline powered cars pay NAf174; mo-
torcycles and scooters pay NAf125;
taxis and buses pay NAf126,50 and
heavy vehicles (Z-plates) must pay
A Put it on your calendar: Dia di
Bonaire this year will be celebrated in
the bario of Amboina on Wednesday,
September 6. O G/L. D.
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
ne of The Bonaire Re-
Sporter's most popular fea-
tures is "Picture Yourself With The
Bonaire Reporter. Over the years
hundreds ofpeople have sent us photos
from every continent except Antarctica.
But perhaps the most spectacular
photo is the cover shot this week.
Here 's the story behind it:
Bonaire resident Jane Madden sent us
a photo for the Picture Yourself section
of The Reporter. She wrote, "To make
a long story short in November of
2005, friends of ours, Tamara Brown
and Dennis Kellner, a married couple
from the Florida Keys, came to visit
for a week. They fell in love with Bon-
aire, as we did, and before they left
bought a piece of property and are in
the process of building a home here
where, once finished, they will perma-
nently live. Dennis is a mountain
climber and in March, 2006, he began
the three-month round trip trek to
climb Mount Everest, the highest point
on planet Earth (29,028 ft- 8.847 m.).
On May 23, 2006, Dennis summited
Mount Everest. Attached is a photo of
him on the summit of Mount Everest...
with The Bonaire Reporter!
Most of the climbers who summit
Everest take their country's flag and
take a photo with it. Dennis took two
flags-the Conch Republic flag (the
Keys own banner, where he lives now)
and the Bonaire flag (soon to be his
home)! So Bonaire now has connec-
tions on the ends of the Earth! He was
lucky to get The Reporter photo as his
camera froze up several times on the
way up (it was about -15 F, that's -26
C!). Before he left on his trip, his wife,
Tamara, laminated The Reporter so it
wind on the
he took it out
From a Dennis Kellner at
story by home in the Keys
David Ball at
the Keynoter newspaper:
It's just one of many experiences
Kellner will take with him as he strives
to do what only 168 people in the
world have ever done climb to the
highest peaks on all seven continents.
"It's called the Seven Summits, and not
many people have done it," Kellner
said while relaxing at zero elevation in
his present Marathon, Florida Keys
home. "I knew that if I had any chance,
Unusual as it is, it s not the first time
that Mount. Everest (although not at
the summit) has been featured in The
Reporter. In January, 2002, Bonaire
residents Beverley Jimenez and Linda
Baker took a recent edition of The Bon-
aire Reporter along with them on a trip
to Tibet. Mt. Everest was in the back-
ground in their photo at the 5,800-
meter-high Everest base camp.
Many people who live on Bonaire
send photos of themselves holding The
Reporter at the
high spots of
sent us these
from his recent
holiday. The first
was shot in Troy
(yes, that one,
with Marcia and
Roger. The sec-
ond from that
spanning trip was taken in Sapa Viet-
nam (north, near the China border)
with four residents of Bonaire (L to R):
Roger, a Hmoung Woman, Susan
Burns, Ann Joseph, Marcia Leatham.
Opheusden, The Netherlands
And the opposite is true as well. Peo-
ple who vacation in Bonaire send us
photos of themselves when they return
home. Sascha van Eldik sent us this
picture of herself standing next to
a windmill in Opheusden, The Nether-
lands. The reason why she wants to be
pictured in The Reporter is, in her own
words: "I've done a traineeship for five
months. From February until last Sat-
urday! I lived with my aunt and uncle
(Agnes and Ap van Eldik- Green La-
bel) and I will thank them this way. It
means a lot to me. Masha danki!"
Don't forget to picture YOURSELF
with The Bonaire Reporter wherever
you go. Each year prizes are given for
the best and most unusual photos. Of
course, this year it will be hard to top
the Everest photo, but we just saw a
press release that said the world's first
tourist space flights are planned for
2008. The commercial space line,
called Virgin Galactic, said in a news
conference at the Farnborough Interna-
tional Air Show near London, that it
had collected $15.6 million (8.6 mil-
lion) in deposits for the flights which
cost $200,000 per ticket. Among the 78
people who have reservations are for-
mer actress Victoria Principal, designer
Philippe Starck and a senior member of
an unidentified royal family who have
all bought tickets for the world's first
tourist space flights. O G.D.
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
I had to do Everest next."
Kellner had already successfully
climbed the 20,320-foot Denali (also
known as Mount McKinley) in Alaska,
the 22,841-foot Aconcagua in Argen-
tina, and the 16,067-foot Mount Vin-
son in Antarctica. Now all he needs to
climb are the three "easy ones," he
says, which include Kilimanjaro in
Tanzania, Elbrus in Russia and Kosci-
uszko in Australia (however, Kellner
said some still argue the Carstensz
Pyramid in Indonesia is the highest
peak of the Australian continent).
Some may consider Kellner's life
unique, as they ask the question: why
would a retired 55-year-old home
builder risk life and limb to climb a
mountain, just to turn around and come
back down? Kellner is the first to admit
that climbing is truly selfish, where
climbers don't do it for world peace, to
cure cancer or bring awareness to any
cause. They do it to challenge them-
selves and to push the limits of what
humans think is possible.
By the way, Jane Madden reports he
intends to climb Bonaire's Mount
Brandaris once they are moved in!
Picture Yourself with The Reporter
Ask the Dietitian
LKmem IUUO I
~WW hen we cook
forget or overlook one important factor: the
consciousness of the person cooking and the
effect that this will have upon the food, and
thus also on those who eat it. When food is
being prepared, not only should the place be
hygienic, clean and in order, but so should
the state of mind of the cook.
A simple and familiar example of this
concept at work can be seen in the way
that home cooking, especially that of one's
mother, holds a special place in our hearts.
The love and care with which it is prepared
more than makes up for the greater technical
skills that may perhaps be found in a restau-
rant setting where stress, arrogance and
greed may flavor the dish of the day.
Food cooked by a person who is angry,
depressed or full of arrogance or hatred will
have a different effect than food cooked
with feelings of love, peace and the pure
desire to serve.
So, before undertaking any food prepara-
tion, remind yourself that the project at hand
can and should be an enjoyable, creative
activity, rather than an unpleasant, time-
Below are two recipes for those wonder-
ing what to do with couscous. Both the
Couscous Salad and the Pasta Salad are very
250 ml water 185g couscous
1 carrot, 1 red pepper, 1 tomato, 1 small
cucumber, all finely diced
3-4 lettuce leaves, finely chopped
60 ml (2 fl. oz.) fat free or light dressing to
Handful of fresh basil, chopped
Boil the water. Put the couscous in a bowl
and pour the water over. Set aside to stand
for 10 minutes, then drain. Combine cous-
cous with all the salad ingredients and toss
together. Pour the salad dressing over the
top and toss again. Garnish with basil.
375 g pasta twist or shells
30 g olives, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 carrot, grated
60 g broccoli
1 pepper, thin strips
2-3 fresh tomatoes, finely cubed
3 tbs lemon juice
Boil the pasta in a large pan of boiling
water until just tender. Drain. Rinse with
cold water and drain thoroughly. Mix all the
other ingredients and add them to the pasta.
Serve with a salad dressing of your
And always remember to add the loving
ingredient. OAngdlique Salsbach
Anglique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of Health and Hy-
giene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her
patients have successfully won the "Battle of the Bulge" and become healthier.
Write her at dietitan(@bonairenews. com or call her at the Dept. of Health Care
717-3737Angelique is an owner of Top Health Fitness and Health Center,
Kaya Nikiboko Noord 44, Tel. 717-5662; email email@example.com
The Snack Bar Detectives r
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaires snacks
This week: E Teras
A s the days get hotter, our tastes
have changed a little. OK, the
beer has to be ice cold; that goes without
saying, but our appetites have jaded a
little. We are starting to find that some of
the more indigenous snack bars are a
little easier on our stomachs. Big D had
been given the wink that E Teras was
back in business. It has been closed for
some months due to a fire and the word
was that it had been nicely refurbished.
As we walked into the bright and airy
bar, we could see the work that had gone
into the rebuild. As you sit at the tiled
bar with everything looking like a new
pin, you feel immediately welcome. As
always, a round of Polar was ordered.
My teeth tingled as the ice cold beer
rushed into my mouth. Big D's didn't
even touch the sides and he was already
ordering the second! After several
rounds, we decided to eat. No menus
here, just ask the bar staff what is avail-
able and they have all the information in
their heads. We were attended to by a
friendly sefiorita with a big smile. Span-
ish was going to be helpful so we
enlisted the help of JJ, an old tar with
much traveling under his belt.
We ordered our fare: Beef Steaks in
garlic with fries/rice and salad and
Kabritu Stoba (goat stew) with rice. In
no time at all our hostess presented the
food, cooked to perfection and not too
overbearing. We normally leave after
eating but were somewhat enticed by this
hostelry. We drank some more, chatted
with the locals and heard tales from JJ
about the one that got away. We picked
up our cheque with some trepidation. We
needn't have worried; just NAf66 for
two meals and more Polar than I care to
I journeyed home thinking, "It's a
tough job, but someone has to do it."
We'll be back next week to do it all
again! O Story & Photo by SBD
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
Pet of the VWeek
S-T [ ere's looking at
Syou, says .
"Dorothy," as she peers out
from her very special sleep-
ing nook at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. How is it
that cats seem to be the
most relaxed of species?
The world may be coming
to an end, but if a cat is tak-
ing a snooze, nothing can .
make him or her respond. -"Dorothy"
It's nice to see Dorothy
like this because previously
she had a life on the streets the tennis courts at Harbour Village, actually where
she and her brother, "Donald," had to live the life of destitute vagrants. Lucky for
them someone found them and took them to the Shelter where they are "Livin' the
Life," turning into social and beautiful animals. They're about seven months old,
healthy and happy and ready to go to appreciative homes. The adoption fee for
cats, NAf75, includes all the medical exams and testing, shots and sterilization
when they're old enough. See Dorothy and Donald at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
The Shelter has a new dog catcher, Ventje, who's doing a fabulous job of edu-
cating people in the neighborhoods about sterilizing their animals. When people
call him to pick up their unwanted puppies or kittens he explains to them why the
mother should be sterilized.
Take a peek at the Shelter's own website, hosted and kept up to date by terrific
volunteer, Bea Jones of Colorado: www.BonaireAnimalShelter.org Among other
interesting information you'll see current Pets of the Week. Thanks a million, Bea!
SuDoku means "the digits must remain single" in
O YOU iT 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.
7 3 9
1 2 6
5 6 8
9 17 2 5
3 7 2
8 9 1
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 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. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
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
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
To learn more about making a US tax de-
ductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
Carib Inn has new dive tanks available
once again. Contact Carib Inn at 717-8819
or stop by, 8 am to 5 pm.
For Sale: 2 Olympus C-5050Z digital
cameras. Recommended for land use only.
Buy both for $200 or separately for $150 &
$50. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sale: very nice decorative ceiling
fan 110V, with lamp max 60W, NAf50,
For sale: large modern mirror, square
Plexiglas ( you can look through it) with a
triangle-shaped mirror in the middle,
NAf50, tel. 786-5591
FOR SALE: Boat, Container, bottle
cooler and freezer. Tel 786-0730
FOR SALE- X box with 2 controllers
and 2 games FIFA 06 & FIFA Street 2 for
NAf450 Call 790-0407
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.
1998 Toyota Camry, Black, Fully
equipped. In good condition. NAf 12.500.
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
For Sale: 2000 Nissan Sentra, 4 door,
auto/ac, NAf7.000 email- LadyLar-
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
Wf-a n ted
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.
WANTED: VHS video recorder/player
for use in Lora (parrot) research. Call 09-
Re n tsa 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-
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
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-
Porch Sale: August 5, 9 am to 4 pm,
#7 Lighthouse Beach Resort, Portable
gas barbeque, 16ft. ladder, tools, stereo,
HP color printer, household goods, Chi-
nese bicycles email- LadyLar-
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
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A s I snorkel 01' Blue, enraptured
by clarity and color, I can't let go
of a nagging thought recently put in my
mind by former US Vice President Al
Gore: "We have only 10 years to 'fix'
global warming." Without concerted hu-
man intervention to halt climate change,
diverse reef ecosystems like this one will
disintegrate into a heap of rubble. At 01'
Blue today, however, all the reefs resi- Tarpon : "Areyou living an
environmentally accountable and
dents seem unconcerned with my pangs of enirnentall a notable a
sustainable life?" Albert Bianculli photo
conscience. Yet, it's hard to escape envi-
ronmental politics while floating in the
midst of teeming life that may no longer exist in the near future.
And then it begins: an interrogation by the citizens of the reef. First, a plate-
sized Queen Angelfish beckons me to follow her while inquiring, "Who did you
vote for in the last presidential election? Was it a candidate who would support
serious action on global warming?" Just as I am about to answer, a duo of Rock
Beauties butt in, "Yeah, what kind of car do you drive? A gas guzzler or a hy-
brid?" No sooner are the bubbles out of my mouth to reply when one morose tar-
pon rolls into view and puts it quite bluntly: "Are you living an environmentally
accountable and sustainable life?"
I start wondering if too many spicy wings from Wil's Grill are causing me to
hallucinate my own personal version of Walt Disney's Finding Nemo at 01' Blue.
Just as I am about to leave, I bump into a large barracuda in the shallows. You
know the kind, the one with the menacing jaw and sharp teeth. She doesn't mince
words, "Listen lady, 70% of the world's reefs could be gone in the next 50 years.
So don't just float in here looking for us to provide you with a few moments of
rapture. Think about what you have done for us lately!" Surprisingly, it was the
flounder--who articulates most succinctly while eying me most suspiciously: "If
every snorkeler and diver who visited the underwater world was compelled to act
on our behalf after he/she removed those fins, well, that would be a force to be
reckoned with." The final word, though, comes from a school of silversides chat-
tering in unison, "Bonairean people can't do it alone. Remember to pay your Na-
ture Fee!" As I remove my fins, a pooping parrotfish swims by yelling, "Tell
George W. Bush, this is what we think of him!"
I silently promise to do everything they have asked. Does anyone want to help
me send President Bush a message? 1 Pauline Kayes
Lora Project Update
Exciting Times for the Loras
he Lora chicks are almost done
growing and they are getting
ready to go! Even inside their rock
nests the chicks are stretching their
wings and flapping like crazy to get
their flight muscles ready for the big
day! Some of the older chicks now
look almost like grown up parrots, but
for a bit of filling out, and they all
have real characters. There are a few
who are placid, but many of them are
kicking, screaming and biting when
it's time to get weighed and measured.
I think in the next week there will be
some chicks leaving their nests.
Whilst this time is extremely excit-
ing it is also worrying because this is
the time poachers may strike. Did you
know there are more parrots in captiv-
ity on Bonaire that there are in the
wild? Taking a Lora chick from its
nest is illegal and poaching is the pri-
mary reason this parrot is endangered.
In the past very few chicks have
fledged from their nests and now there
is a desperate need for young individu-
als ("fresh blood") in the wild popula-
tion. I have heard a few people say
"there are many Lora" but in fact even
when there are several hundred birds
the population is still quite small and
so vulnerable to catastrophes, such as
disease or drought, and the population
Almost ready tofly in the wild...
unless he gets poached!
can also become weakened by inbreed-
We can all do our bit to help this
year's baby parrots fledge into the
wild. Do not buy a Lora chick! If you
are offered a Lora chick please get as
many of the person's details as possi-
ble and report it to STINAPA or the
police. You could even take a trip out
into the mondi and if you see any sus-
picious activity report it! Future gen-
erations may not have the opportunity
to see Loras on Bonaire if poaching
continues. O Story & photo by Sam
Sam Williams and his colleague, Rowan Martin, are on the islandfor six months as part
of their doctoral research, studying the Bonaire Lora. Both of them hope that their re-
search, which will extend over a three-year period, will benefit the Loras' conservation.
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
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DATE Time Height Time Height Time Height Time Height COEF
7-28 2:13 1.6FT. 11:33 1.OFT. 75
7-29 2:16 1.5FT. 2:20 1.5FT. 11:37 1.OFT. 23:41 1.5FT. 68
7-3011:15 1.1FT. 20:10 1.5FT. 61
7-31 10:10 1.1FT. 19:39 1.6FT. 53
8-01 9:05 1.1FT. 19:48 1.7FT. 45
8-02 6:10 1.OFT. 20:05 1.8FT. 39
8-03 6:26 0.9FT. 20:30 1.9FT. 37
8-04 6:50 0.8FT. 21:05 2.0FT. 40
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
WEIIL RIE1 IH EIT IE
Cal tomakesure (Usual9ly9pm)
Over The Hedge
(Voice of: Bruce Willis)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
R.V. / Cars
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,
Sorobon Beach. Schedule on page 7
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 may sign up at the Bonaire
Museum, Kaya J.C. van der Ree. Tele-
phone 717-8868. Questions? Call Jackie
Bernabela of SKAL (same address as the
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.
Wednesday, September 6 Bonaire Day
will be celebrated in the bario of Amboina
Saturday, September 16 -Quarterly un-
derwater cleanup. All welcome-divers
and non-divers alike. Meet at Yellow Sub-
marine at 1 pm.
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 AllYou 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 Rincon-Step into Bonaire'spast in this
venerable old home that has been restored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru
Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, Rinon. Enjoy the view from
'"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes fom the 17th centuy. 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
AAmeetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-
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 invitedNAf5entiyfee.
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)-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. 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:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006
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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.
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 inprofessional 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.
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
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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas diT Porchi by Wilna Groenenboom Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
l ann Thelmn a Pdal
T his house belongs to Leon
Thelmo Paula (81) and his wife
Adelaida Paula-Janga (78) still living
here together. They had three daughters,
one of whom has passed away.
Leon's first job was on a ship going
from Curagao, then later from Aruba, to
Maracaibo for oil. At first he was a ser-
vant to the ship's officers; later he
worked in the engine room, first as a fire-
man, then as an oilman. His responsibil-
ity was to make sure the engines per-
In 1953 he moved with his family to
Bonaire and needed a house. So Juan
Lorenzo and Julio were assigned to de-
sign and build one. Leon then worked for
the Bonaire government until he retired.
In my research for Cas di Porchi
houses, I found that there are basically
two types of this style house. I will call
them the low and the high model. This
one is a real low one.
In the low model the way the tin roof is
placed (middle photo) makes the walls
look lower. You can clearly see the
beams under the tin roof. The low ver-
sion of this type house has nearly no gut-
ters to catch rain water. But there are ex-
ceptions. For instance the neighbors on
the right side have gutters and a cistern,
but this is not usual.
This extra extension of the roof gives
extra shade at noon. And because there is
less sun coming directly through the win-
dows they can have clear rather than col-
This house still has its original wooden
shutters for wind protection in combina-
tion with glass for the light. This shutter-
window combination we can also see in
the tiny bathroom window (photo middle
A Cas di Porchi can have from one to
four porches around the house: in a cor-
ner, in the middle, or more or less around
the house. Furthermore, there are
"inside" models and "half in- and outside
models." With this house we can see that
the porch is built inside the house, in the
front. (Next time we shall see a "half in-
and outside model")
The original building had a cement
floor, but the family changed it a few
years ago to tiles.
In the left photo we see a traditional
Thonet chair. The first Thonet chair ever
made was in 1830 by the Austrian chair
maker, Michael Thonet. He discovered a
method to make many chairs easily. He
first wet the wood, then it was steamed,
making it easy to bend it into the form he
wanted. When it dries it keeps its shape.
The model we see in the photo was one
of 50 million pieces made between 1859
and 1910. He made 60 different styles of
chairs, benches, tables etc. On Bonaire
we often see this chair, in different
forms, in a number of houses. This one is
a simple model with a perfect seat, with
an open "structure," so fitting in this cli-
mate still after nearly 150 years. 1
Story and photo by W.G.
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who
teaches art at the SGB high school
Bonaire Reporter July L to AugusI 4, zUUo
*to find it...just look up
Use the Moon to Find the Largest Planet and
A Super Large Star
A ugust will begin with
a cosmic bang be-
cause during the first week
of August a waxing Moon
will pay a visit to both the
king of the planets and a gi-
ant star, which means you'll
be able to use the Moon as a
finder to locate two wonder-
ful celestial objects. On
Tuesday, the first night of
August 2006, face southwest
an hour after sunset while
there's still a bit of twilight.
And the brightest thing you'll
see will be a lovely first
quarter Moon. And directly
above it, the second brightest
thing in the sky, looking
very much like a bright star,
will be the king of the plan-
So right off the bat on the
first night of August you can
use the Moon to find the
largest of our solar system's
planets. Now we all know Jupiter over the quarter Moon
that when the Moon is wax-
ing it is growing because that
is what waxing means in astronomical terms. And it always moves from west to
east. In 24 hours time it moves approximately 13 degrees or 26 times its own
width toward the east. So 24 hours later, on Wednesday, August 2nd, we can expect
the Moon to be well past Jupiter and a little bit fatter. So on Tuesday night look up
to the left of the Moon to find Jupiter. On Wednesday look up to its right. On
Thursday night, August 3rd, 24 hours later, an even fatter Moon will be parked
next to the j-shaped pattern of stars we call Scorpius the scorpion and to the right
of the bright star which marks the scorpion's heart. It is called Antares and it is
one of the biggest stars we can see with the naked eye.
So you can use the Moon to find Antares on Thursday night. And 24 hours later
you can use it again as a finder when it will be just past Antares. Once again: the
Moon below and to Jupiter's right on Tuesday the 1st; the Moon below and to
Jupiter's left on Wednesday the 2nd. Thursday, the 3rd, the Moon is parked to the
right of Antares, and on Friday it's to the left of Antares.
But now comes the fun part: comparing the Moon, Jupiter and Antares. You see,
our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be less than a quarter million miles away on the
first four nights of August whereas 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, which is so huge we
could line up 44 Moons across its middle, will be 490 million miles away. But the
mind blower is Antares, which is 700 times as wide as our almost one-million-
mile-wide Sun and is so far away that it takes 604 years for its light to reach us.
Isn't it easy to find planets and stars if you use the Moon as a finder? 1 Jack Hork-
Sunday, July 23 to
Saturday, July 29, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may have to take a short trip to visit someone
who hasn't been well. Don't overreact if your partner has a poor attitude. Short trips
will prove to be more fruitful than you imagined. Don't avoid situations that may
deteriorate; try to mend them. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your ability to put things together will be appre-
ciated by your comrades. You may have difficulties with foreigners. Don't take
your frustrations out on loved ones. Your temper may get the better of you if a col-
league has tried to ruin your reputation. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Patience will be of utmost importance. Try to con-
trol your irritability if you're experiencing emotional problems with your partner.
Help children complete projects they're having difficulty with. New romantic part-
ners may attend a function that puts you in the limelight. Your lucky day this week
will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You are ready to blow up and your stress level has
gone into over drive. You can utilize your versatile mind and dazzle others with
your speed and accuracy. Get involved in groups that will help you meet estab-
lished individuals. Try to include the one you love in your plans this week. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can meet new friends who will let you know just
how valuable you are. Physical work or exercise should be part of your schedule.
You will enjoy interacting with those who come from different backgrounds. Ro-
mantic opportunities will develop through friends or relatives. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will lead you in new directions. Make
changes to your living quarters that will please the whole family. Minor fevers or
infections will develop if you're over-stressed. Put your thoughts into action.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your partner may make you feel jealous and
unloved. Generosity will put you in the poorhouse. Travel and entertaining conver-
sation will be informative and uplifting. You will have the ability to capture the
interest of others. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You should get out and meet some of those cli-
ents that you only speak to on the phone. You can accomplish the most if you
travel for business purposes. You are best to work behind the scenes on projects
that require detail or precision. You can't live your life for others. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let other people meddle in your pri-
vate affairs. If you act with anger you may blow the relationship. Be discreet about
any information you uncover. Your fickle nature may cause jealousy.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Renovations to your domestic scene will pay
high rewards. Cultural activities open your eyes to new ways of doing things. De-
ception regarding joint finances or investments will cause upsets between family
members. Matters pertaining to work must be completed before you leave. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't overspend on items for your home. Don't
be too quick to judge. Move into a leadership position if you are determined to do
so. Travel will be favorable. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Get busy trying to make more money. You need to
focus on yourself, not on others. Wait and get all the information before consulting
your boss. Moves or the possibility of having someone different living with you
may be difficult at first. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1
Bonaire Reporter July 28 to August 4, 2006