September 15 to 22, 2006
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Volume 13, Issue 36
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Last week we reported that Dutch
Antilles Express (DAE) would
stop flying to St Maarten if Insel Air
was given permission to do the same.
However, DAE changed its mind
about stopping the flights between
Curacao and St. Maarten and an-
nounced last Tuesday that it would con-
tinue its regular services. "The schedule
remains as it is," said DAE's Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer Floris van Pallandt. By
stopping service between the two is-
lands, DAE would "dig its own grave,"
he said Tuesday afternoon. Stopping
service would have given the Central
Government the right to censure the
airline. "Our faithful passengers will be
able to enjoy 14 flights per week versus > Caribbean Airlines is the new
the four that Insel Air will provide," he regional car-
added. The DAE ticket price will be rier to be res-
cheaper than the other airline, which urrected from
charges NAf30 to 120 more per round government-
trip. owned, cash-
> Now, everybody wants to get into ish West In-
the act. Winair, the other Antilles gov- dies Airways
ernment-owned airline that services (BWIA). The
St. Maarten and the windward Dutch Trinidad and Tobago government, prime
islands, is seeking ways to operate its shareholder of BWIA, approved a sub-
own airplane on the Curacao-St.
Maarten route and other destinations in
the region as well.
> DAE's flight schedule info is now
online at www.flydae.com as is infor-
mation on how to book flights. Phone:
011-599-717-0808, Email: reserva-
tions @flydae.com, Website:
> Air Jamaica's safety record has
earned it a place among 34 airlines in
the world that have been accident-free
since 1980, a performance which Trans-
port Minister Robert Pickersgill this
week hailed as outstanding. In fact, it
is only one of four national airlines in
the Latin American and Caribbean
region with that perfect safety record.
Pickersgill said there have been 1,004
airline crashes over the last five years,
including 106 this year. Air Jamaica
flies to nine US cities and London
through its Montego Bay hub.
stantial capital injection for the creation
of the airline Friday.
The changeover from BWIA to Carib-
bean Airlines early next year is not ex-
pected to inconvenience passengers in
any way. Caribbean Airlines will be
based in Trinidad.
b This week the TCB (Tourism
Corp. Bonaire) is holding its Annual
Marketing Conference to evaluate its
performance and hopefully increase the
number of arriving tourists. Bonaire had
5.9% fewer visitors in the first six
months of 2006 than it did last year in
the same period. In the first six months
of this year, 32,266 tourists visited Bon-
aire. According to the TCB the primary
reason was because of the loss of air-
plane seat capacity. According to
CHATA (the Curagao tourism associa-
tion) Cura9ao had a 4.9% increase for
the first six months of 2006 and a June
2005-June 2006 increase of 5.3%
TCB Director Ronella Croes antici-
pates an upturn in the latter part of this
year because of the introduction of a
second Continental flight and a few
ArkeFly flights at the end of the year.
Compared to same period last year,
about 14 % fewer American tourists
visited the island in the first six months
of this year. The European market lost
10%. Higher ticket fares and fewer
available seats on the Quito and Lima
flights are considered the main reason
for the European drop.
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter- September 15 to 22, 2006
Dine & Support Culinary Team 6
Student Chef Poppie Back 6
Shelter Dog Wash 7
ArkeFly to Back Rock'n'Roll 8
Astronaut to "Land" on Bonaire
(Charles Bolden) 9
Join Swim to Klein Bonaire 9
Bonaire Day 2006 10
Artists Selected 12
(Margarita Reina Winklaar) 13
Sunfish Sailors Need Funding 18
Turtle Track Update 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
(Brittle Stars) 3
Pet of the Week (Samantha) 7
Snack Detectives (Enping Bar) 7
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Tide Table 12
(Eagle River, Alaska) 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Norca
Aurora Guadalupe Loff-Hernandez) 17
Sky Park (Moon as Finder) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Flotsam and Jetsam. (Continued from page 2.)
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
Hans Voreman abseilen
D ~id You
Brittle Stars push-
up when they
Most brittle stars
are either male or
female and some spe-
cies spawn in syn-
chrony along with the
corals. Some spawn-
ing brittle stars push
up onto the tips of
their arms to release sperm or eggs into the water. The eggs of spawning species are
fertilized in the water column, while other species brood their eggs (internal fertiliza-
tion). The larvae are planktonic and very odd-looking with long, spiny projections.
They eventually settle out onto the bottom and develop into juvenile brittle stars.
If you missed seeing them in this month's spawn, try again from the 9th to the 15th
of October between 7:30 and 8:30pm. If you're
out during the spawn, you might also see greedy Biologist Car
brittle stars munching on the coral's egg/sperm e iscoveBoaire'a-
packets. Be careful with your lights though, since n ucao
bright lights will send them racing for cover. Try
to shine the main beam of your light to the side ofa adve po
the brittle star so that the brittle star is just barely
his star coral head is near a mooring on a popular shore diving site off Bon-
aire. The green color of this formation comes from the single-celled algae
hich live within the tissue of the living coral polyps. All the white marks are
p es where the coral tissue has been damaged or torn away, revealing the white
skel n beneath.
The pir of solid white marks on the right hand side could have been made by a
parrotfish, but the curved line along the bottom right of this coral colony is very
likely the result of a fin being dragged lightly along the coral. A simple misjudg-
ment of distance that stresses the colony at best -- or that could be responsible for
the death of a few dozen polyps. D
Bonaire Reporter September 15 to 22, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
The Dutch Government set aside its
intentions to introduce admittance and
expulsion regulations for youngsters
from the Netherlands Antilles. The Coun-
cil of State (Raad), a government advisory
body, added that to force young offenders
from the Netherlands Antilles to return to
the Caribbean even though they are Dutch
citizens would be against European human
The Netherlands Antilles argued from the
formulation of the idea that as its citizens
have the Dutch nationality, a separate ad-
mittance and expulsion regulation for them
would be discriminatory.
b The new Dutch passport that incorpo-
rates a "biometrics data" (photo and physi-
cal data of the passport chip) has jumped
the cost of a passport here on Bonaire
from NAf125 to NAf140. An announce-
ment from the Executive Council empha-
sized that the passport picture of the appli-
cant had to comply with a series of require-
ments, like a neutral expression (no
smiles), good resolution of the eyes and a
closed mouth. Personnel of the Registrar's
Office are trained in the evaluation of these
photos and can refuse ones that do not
comply with the requirements.
> On Sunday, Telecommunications
Services of Trinidad and Tobago said
damage was sustained by one of its sub-
marine fiber optic cables between Cara-
cas and Curacao, which is affecting Inter-
net service on its island as well as other
parts of the region. TSTT said customers
may experience periodic interruptions
while uploading or downloading informa-
tion from overseas websites resulting in
their having to re-initiate the process. Ac-
cording to TSTT, the cause of the damage
to the cable is not yet known as this can
range from ships dragging their anchors to
underwater seismic activity. The interna-
tional carriers that make up the consortium
of owners are investigating the location and
cause of the problem and coordinating the
> Barbados and the Netherlands An-
tilles have agreed to start negotiations
regarding a Double Tax Agreement
(DTA) and Mutual Customs Assistance
Treaty. The Netherlands Antilles' State
Secretary of Finance, Alex Rosaria, was
recently in Bridgetown, Barbados, where
he was received by the Barbadian Deputy
Prime Minister, Mia Mottley.
"After years of behaving somewhat as
indifferent onlookers, the Netherlands An-
tilles is pursuing a policy of being a com-
mitted neighbor," said Rosaria.
Late last year the Netherlands Antilles
formally requested CARICOM to admit
them as an associate member. Barbados is
one of the most important CARICOM trad-
ing partners of the Netherlands Antilles.
Trade and investment between the two Car-
ibbean countries have been increasing in
size and scope.
The towers you see going up around the
island are part of a radar system able to
follow suspicious movements at sea, so a
base is actually indispensable.
> Due to Central Government-admitted
bureaucratic failures the law to increase
the old age pension by NAf100 a month
> Bonaire's Police Chief Jan van der has been delayed. Minister of Health San-
Straten wants a coast guard base in Bon- dra Smith has promised that now that she
aire, as there are in Curagao, Aruba, and knows what errors have been made she will
St. Maarten. He says that he has indica- see to it that it will be handled diligently.
tions that the island is becoming an alterna-
tive to those islands for the import and ex- > Imprisoned (for corruption and
port of drugs. Van der Straten travels to the money laundering) Curacao politician
Netherlands this week to talk to the depart- Anthony Godett wanted to attend the
ment of Home Affairs about the base. official closing of the parliamentary year
parliamen- I r
tary year sa
on Tues- Godett Internet photo
The requests were denied. "Of all Members
of Parliament, I received the most votes,"
> Cellular phones in local jails and
prisons are forbidden, yet they seem to
turn up every time a lock-up facility is
searched. Perhaps prison officials might
consider X-raying prisoners. Cellular tele-
phones were found in the innards of four
prisoners in El Salvador's maximum-
security prison, authorities said last
Wednesday. The director of the prison,
Capt. Juan Ramon Arevalo, said the of-
fenders had introduced the cell phones,
wrapped in plastic bags, into their bodies
through their anuses. Authorities also found
nine cell phone chips and one charger.
(Continued on page 5)
Bonaire Reporter- September 15 to 22, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
> Last Saturday Bonaire police, aided
by Customs officers, intercepted two
women at Flamingo Airport headed for
Curacao with goods stolen from shops
along Kaya Grandi. The two women were
identified as initials M., 21 years old, and
T., 22 years old. After documenting the
suspected stolen goods (shown above) the
police returned them to the shop owners.
The two women are in jail pending a court
> Some of Bonaire's more offensive
billboards are coming down. According
to a report in a the Papiamentu language
newspaper, extra, three of the five Digicel
billboards will be removed in accordance
with an agreement reached with the gov-
ernment's Public Works Department,
DROB. Several Bonaire newspapers, be-
ginning with The Bonaire Reporter, ran
articles last month condemning the bill-
board proliferation as unsightly and not in
keeping with Bonaire's environmentalist
character. Although the anti-billboard sen-
timent was focused on Digicel, other busi-
nesses are guilty of billboard pollution as
well. You can't miss them.
> An American tourist drowned while
snnrkllinot in the nren between Oil Slick
Dr. van der Vaart attends the
Leap and Thousand steps last Tuesday. The
victim, Robin Wadsworth, 42, disappeared
while his two companions were SCUBA
diving. Volunteers and two Marine Park
Rangers dove to try to locate the missing
man. His body was found on the bottom in
a relatively short time. A fast boat rushed
him to the Buddy Dive pier where was
pronounced dead by Dr. Dick van der
Vaart. Our condolences go out to his fam-
ily and friends. Although the cause of this
accident is unknown, warnings have been
published that repetitive deep free diving
can result in a diver suddenly becoming
> According to health guru and dietitian
Angelique Salsbach, there's a lot of action
on the Boulevard in the early mornings
these days. Starting around 5 to 5:30 am
there are a number of health conscious
people walking, jogging and cycling along
the Boulevard. It's invigorating because the
temperatures are cool and they even have
the added bonus of watching the sun come
up. It's free, it's fun and it's great for your
health! You're welcome to join!
Environmental Commission membersfollowing their installation
by Police Commissioner van der Stratten.
An umbrella Environmental Agency for Bonaire was officially installed last
week. Its aim is to protect the island's environment and enforce environmental regula-
tions. Examples of violations might include discarding trash into the countryside,
spear fishing, illegal construction practices, soil mining, etc. Members of the Agency
come from STINAPA (National Parks-NGO), Police, Security Police, SELIBON
(Waste Management) and DROB (Environmental, Land and Roads Department).
b Habitat Dive Resorts is commemo-
rating its 30th anniversary in Bonaire and
its 10th anniversary in Cura9ao during this
month. The resort was founded in 1976 by
Capt. Don Stewart, who is recognized
worldwide as a leader in the movement to
protect our underwater environment. This
year Habitat is making major upgrades to
its Bonaire property.
To celebrate, on September 29th from 10
pm to 1 am at Habitat's Rum Runners Res-
taurant the eclectic Sugaro Band will pre-
sent a live performance. Sugaro is well
known on Bonaire, having performed at
Habitat for several years, always drawing
> According to Solar Managing Director,
Ruud van Baal, Martijn van der Valk's
holding company, Solar, will be taking
over the management of the Caribbean
Club Bonaire, known better locally as
"Hilltop," as of October 1 or November 1.
Solar owns and manages Buddy Dive,
Palm Trading and Bel/Tech and manages
Belmar Apartments. At the moment the
Caribbean Club has 26 units as well as
apartments in the "tower" and a bar-
restaurant. Under construction is a
"Wedding Village" of eight two-bedroom
cottages and a special bridal cottage. Their
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tonaire Reporter september 15 to 22, 200o
Dine Like a King and Support Bonaire's Culinary Team FridaySeptember15
W pMain a lnuiMn
B onaire's "
level has been
raised to a high
level of quality
and one of the
reasons is due to
the hard work
and devotion of
the members of
teams that have
competed in the
"Taste of the
sponsored by the
Every year an
petition is held
and our team
against much Team Manage
larger and Coach Vernon "
"richer" islands Bartender
like St. Martin, ChefEgb
Curaqao or ChefW
Puerto Rico. But Pastry Cheflsiu
because of all the
effort and time and great attitude on the
part of "Little Bonaire's" team, it's shown
it's something to be reckoned with.
But it takes money to send a team to the
ing their award winning three-course
meal and Gold Medal Winner Bartender
Jane Coffie will be serving the drinks
that won her a Gold in all three catego-
ries: Rum, Vodka and Non-Alcoholic.
Complementary wine will also be
So pick up your phone and call for res-
ervations now. They're NAf70 ($40).
Tickets must be purchased in advance
before the dinner. Call 785-6135 or 785-
r Floris van Loo (Rum Runners),
Nonch" Martijn (SGB hotel school),
Jane Coffie (Divi Flamingo),
ert de Vries (LeFlamboyant),
faldi Gijsbertha (City Caf,),
door van Riemsdijk (Rum Runners)
"Taste" so this Friday, September 15,
there will be a fund raising dinner at
the Plaza to help send the 2007 team to
the event. This year's team will be cook-
Award Wiumn: C(okliMa ad n ae
3 (otur MPn iL lauding winr
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Sast Thursday, Sep-
tember 7, Miguel
"Poppie" Saragoza, re-
turned home from his two-
month training ("stage")
session in Italy. After
working in a 1 Michelin
star restaurant in Riccione,
"I1 Girasole," the ever
popular Poppie returns to
go to SGB-SBO for his
advanced theory education
in cooking. With the sup-
port of Notary Maarten Poppie flanked by Maarten Maartense
Maartense for his ticket and Ann Leong
and SGB's Vernon Mar-
tijn and Ann Leong and stage coordinator Sara Matera, Poppie had a life time ex-
perience. This has made him more dedicated to the Horeca (food and beverage)
career as well as learning about himself.
Welcome home, Poppie! O Sara Matera
Bonaire Reporter- September 15 to 22, 2006
The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks
This week: Enping Bar Restaurant
Kaya Libertador S Bolivar
After several weeks of abstinence
from Chinese food, Big D and I
reckoned that the time had come to in-
dulge ourselves a little. The "Enping
Bar Rest." sits in the heart of Kral-
endijk. We pass its doors most days, but
for whatever reason we have not ven-
As the sun began to set on Bonaire
Day, we left one of our regular watering
holes and walked the short distance to
Enping. Once inside, one sees that it has
a cozy feeling. A few tables, a bar and
the kitchen all fit compactly inside the
small building. Looking around, it was
comforting to see how clean our sur-
roundings were. The kitchen is just be-
hind the bar, partitioned by a wall, which
too looked spotless.
We took up our preferred position at
the bar and ordered a few cold ones.
As we have come to expect, the walls
were covered by a menu that offered us
more choices than we could cope with. I
was adding to my Polar tally with in-
creasing zest. I blamed the relentless
heat, but D suggested that I had hollow
legs. Maybe he's right!
A creature of habit and on something
of a mission concerning Bonaire's de-
finitive curry (my finding will be made
public in the future), I decided on Mixed
Curry with Rice. Big D, ever the bon
viveur, went for a dish that even our host
had not served before, Fu Dip Har. That
of course spurred my intrepid associate
to act on his instincts.
As we (ok, I) enjoyed a few more Po-
lars, we were entertained by the ever
present TV. Jaws 2 kept us suitably en-
tertained while we waited for our meals.
Mine arrived first. A huge plate of Curry
complete with Chicken, Beef, Pork,
Shrimp etc. etc. Next to it, another din-
ner plate full of rice. Then came the Fu
Dip Har a large omelet filled with meat,
seafood and vegetables, again accompa-
nied with rice. Although not the hottest
curry that I have had, it could definitely
be described as piquant and very tasty.
Big D made agreeable grunts between
mouthfuls, another success.
The Enping is easily missed so keep a
lookout. Good food, nice atmosphere and
friendly staff. Go on, try it, you know it
makes sense! Watch out next week for a
Snack Bar Detective first. OStory &
photo by SBD
Pet of the Week
4 S amantha" is a real show stopper
L. with her beautiful blue eyes
that look right at you. She and her sib-
lings were dropped off in a bag at the
Shelter recently to be greeted by the
staff as they came to work in the morn-
ing. It's a very good thing that they were
brought to the Shelter rather than
dumped in the mondi where they most
likely would have died slowly and pain-
fully from malnutrition. Samantha is
about three months old, has a soft, cara-
mel colored short haired coat, and the
prettiest face. She shouldn't last long as
an adoptee. She should grow up to be a
medium sized dog, and because she
shows alertness and intelligence she
should be easy to train. You may see her
at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the "Samantha"
Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Telephone 717-4989.
Attention: All you dog owners.
D on't pass up the Shelter
Dog Wash, Saturday, Sep-
tember 30, at Warehouse Bon-
aire's parking lot from 9 am to 2
Come one, come all. If you don't
have a dog, just come and see the fun.
The dogs get a special wash, and at the
end the pet and the owner get a special
surprise. It's only NAf7,50 and all the
proceeds go to the Shelter. Warehouse
Bonaire is the sponsor. Don't miss it.
Last year it was a hoot! O L.D.
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(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 5)
The Butterfly Greenhouse, plus
visitor center and botanical gardens, is
now scheduled to open this month. But-
terfly Farm Bonaire is located at Kaminda
Lac 101, on the road to Lac Cai, Email:
> Cactus Blue res- 1
taurant continues to
get raves in the travel
press. In this month's 1
Caribbean Travel & Kil t
Life magazine it's men-
tioned along with another complementary
article about Bonaire!
b Bonaire's BonAeroClub flying club-
has a Cessna 172, the world's most popular
training plane. If you want to become a
pilot, Bonaire has the ideal conditions
for learning to fly. US FAA-licensed
instructors do the instruction. To see Bon-
aire from a new perspective, the AeroClub
offers sightseeing trips along the coastline
of the island for about $200/hour. Their
Tish Dace photo
F undashon Bonaire Entertainment
(FBE) is pleased to announce that
they now have a main sponsor in place
for the forthcoming Rock 'n' Roll con-
cert which is to be held at Plaza on No-
vember 10th. ArkeFly, the Dutch charter
airline, is starting its weekly service to
Bonaire in November and were keen to
be involved. The FBE would also like to
welcome on board the following spon-
sors: Plaza Resort, Rent-o-Fun, RE/
MAX, Notary Marten Maartense, The
Grand Palace Casino, Jody's Fashions,
Duty General Construction and The Bon-
aire Reporter. Without their support,
such events would not be possible.
Over the coming weeks, the FBE will
actively be contacting businesses and
individuals to offer them the chance to
join the growing list above. The sponsor
packages are surprisingly affordable and
will offer great returns. As well as adver-
tising your company, sponsors will re-
ceive V.I.P. tickets for the concert, a buf-
fet and after-show party. It is also a great
way to get together with friends and
business associates. If you want to get in
early, you can call Bert or Jo on 717-
2749 or email: fbeTgrupello.nl.
The night will offer something differ-
ent for Bonaire. Rene Shuman and Angel
Eye will be performing live with their
band a selection of Rock 'n' Roll hits
from the biggest names in the business.
The songs of Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry
Lee Lewis (and many more) will be
guaranteed to get everyone's feet tap-
ping. Years of experience and loads of
enthusiasm ensures that everyone will
have a great time.
So, support the Fundashon and Bon-
aire, brush off your blue suede shoes and
Rock 'n' Roll yourselves down to Plaza
on November 10th.
> Although they're supposed to be
rare, there have been more sightings of
the stinging Bonairean Banded Box Jel-
lyfish. Their sting is very toxic to some
people so it's recommended that the vic-
tims seek immediate medical attention.
b The TCB and Caribbean Travel and
Life magazine recently launched a six-
month contest, "Topside Treasures of
Bonaire," on the magazine's website
treasuresofbonaire). Surf to the website to
enter. The contest will highlight Bonaire's
many above-water attractions including
restaurants, shops, historical sites and ac-
tivities. People participating in the contest
can win stays at the Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort & Casino, and two other Bonaire
resorts. The prizes will be awarded in Feb-
> Telerin Car Rental is offering a $43
all-inclusive-per-day special for the next
three months on all passenger cars and
double cabin pick-up trucks with power
steering and air-conditioning. Phone: 717-
4108, Email: email@example.com.
b Want to know what flights are
scheduled to fly in and out of Bonaire
plus lots more airport info? Then go to:
> When you visit a shop or restaurant,
tell them, "The Reporter sent me." Their
ads keep The Reporter free. O G./L. D.
Bonaire Reporter- September 15 to 22, 2006
Be there or be square!
Astronaut To "Land" On Bonaire
O n November 25,
Bolden will visit Bon-
aire to speak to local
school children and the
Bolden, who is a re-
tired Marine Corps
General, has com-
manded two space mis-
sions, including the
first Space Laboratory
mission dedicated to
the study of Earth's
atmosphere, and the
first US-Russian mis-
sion with a Russian
cosmonaut as a crew-
member. In addition,
Astronaut Bolden flew
two other missions, one
of them as pilot orbit-
ing almost 650 kilome-
ters (400 miles) above
the Earth. In May 2006
he was inducted into
the US Astronauts Hall
The astronaut is especially interested in
meeting school children while on Bonaire
and talking with them about his experi-
ences and his belief in setting and meet-
ing personal goals. He will answer any
questions the children want to ask him.
Just before the visit from the astronaut
there will be essay and poster contests for
all age school children.
Times and locations of Astronaut
Bolden's meetings with the school chil-
dren, the media and the public will be
announced in October. It is planned for
the astronaut to meet with all sixth class
students, many SGB students as well as
separate presentations at Jong Bonaire,
UniCollege and the Pelikaan School.
There will also be an evening presenta-
tion for the entire community. Parents are
invited to bring any students who did not
have a chance to see the astronaut in
school to the community session.
The visit of the former astronaut has
been arranged by Bonaire residents Ben
and Laura Buchbinder. Ben Buchbinder
worked for NASA for many years before
retiring to Bonaire. It was during his
NASA work that he became friends with
Bolden. Buchbinder has also been a con-
sultant to the Hubble Space Telescope
project. During his volunteer work at
Pelikaan School, Buchbinder realized that
a number of young people were very in-
terested in space so he decided to invite
the astronaut to talk with Bonaire's youth.
General Bolden is also a scuba diver
and he will be visiting Bonaire for the
first time. It is hoped that he will do
some scuba diving and also try the local
Astronaut Charles Bolden
windsurfing since he loves to 'fly.'
In 1992, Bolden was Commander of the
Space Shuttle Atlantis for the A TLAS-1
Spacelab mission, when 12 scientific ex-
periments were performed. The experi-
ments were designed to learn about the
Earth's climate and provided scientists
with significant information about the
atmosphere. Bolden was also Commander
of his last flight, Space Shuttle Discovery
in 1994, during which a Russian Cosmo-
naut flew with NASA for the first time.
After the flight in 1994, Bolden re-
turned to the Marine Corps where he
served as Deputy Commandant of Mid-
shipmen at the US Naval Academy. He
retired from the Marines as a Major Gen-
eral and now serves as a consultant to
NASA and other organizations.
Astronaut Charlie Bolden was born in
South Carolina (US) and graduated from
the US Naval Academy. He then became
a Marine pilot and, in 1981, was named
as a NASA astronaut. His first space
flight was as a crewmember aboard Space
Shuttle Columbia in 1986. This mission
launched a communications satellite and
also performed many scientific experi-
ments. In 1990, Bolden was the pilot on
Space Shuttle Discovery when the Hubble
Space Telescope was launched into space.
Sponsors for the astronaut's visit are
ReMax Real Estate, Support Bonaire
Foundation, Divi Flamingo Hotel, Jake &
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n the maternity ward of the regional hos-
pital in Raamsdonkveer, the Netherlands,
a woman was brought in. Everything was
rushed for the delivery; no complications
were expected but things might go quickly -
it was a second child- so the gynecologist
was called from Breda immediately.
Twenty-one-year-old Marieta, a young
woman from Bonaire, was in her third year as
a nurse. She was keeping vigil with the
woman and her husband. But all of a sudden,
the time had come: the woman went into la-
bour, with the gynecologist nowhere in sight.
Marieta was startled at first but immediately
sprang into action, even forgetting to notify a
colleague. The baby was coming, and she
knew instinctively what to do. With the child
delivered, she cleaned its face and mouth, cut
the umbilical cord and put it on its mother's
breast. The tension was relieved, there was
joy and there were shared tears. In Bonaire
they say, Duna lus, a man has been given the
Margarita Reina Winklaar, born in Rincon,
was the second child in a family of 12. She
came from a truly Bonairean family; her fore-
fathers were inhabitants of the island since the
times of slavery.
"I went to school in Rincon, and then to
secondary school in Kralendijk, the school
house SGB is in now. I took the bus every
day. I had a pleasant upbringing, but for the
fact that I was, physically, a small child; eve-
ryone always towered above me. I didn't like
that very much. There obviously wasn't any
Internet or television back then, so I started
collecting stamps. I had a couple of pen pals,
from all over: Europe, South America, Suri-
nam, and the Caribbean. In the last year of
Margarita Reina Winklaar
secondary school, I decided to become a doc-
tor. There were teachers trying to urge me to
become a teacher, but I had no mind for that. I
lack the patience to work with children -
maybe because, as the eldest daughter, I often
had to take care of my baby brothers and
sisters. My father was away a lot; he was a
fisherman and used to spend whole weeks at
sea, and of course my mother had her hands
full with 12 children."
Marieta finished school in Bonaire and left
for the Netherlands as an 18-year-old. In the
end, she decided not to study to be a doctor or
teacher, but she entered a course to become a
She received a traineeship in Raamsdonk-
veer, through Maria Hoppner, a practicing
midwife who used to be a well-known bene-
factor in Bonaire. Marieta lived and worked at
the regional hospital for three and a half years
before she could wear her insignia: a cross for
nursing, and a little stork for delivering. She
"Shortly before, this life-defining moment
occurred: the delivery I did on my own when
I was 21. That made a big impression on me;
I can still feel the excitement to this day. A
birth, giving life, that is the most beautiful
thing. There is nothing that compares to being
able to help people with that."
She finished her education and managed to
land a job as midwife-in-training in Rotter-
dam. But before she started, she went on holi-
day to Bonaire, with a stopover in Surinam. "I
met one of my pen pals there, for the first
time, after having corresponded with him
since my teens. I had a recent picture of him
when I arrived at Zanderij Airport, and he had
one of me. I quickly felt that everything he
had written was true. I felt at ease. After a
week I continued to Bonaire to visit my par-
ents. A few days after, he suddenly turned up
at Flamingo Airport. He met my family and
said he would be coming back to the Nether-
lands with me, to study to become an ac-
countant. Well, I guess you understand this
was the beginning of our lifelong relation-
Marieta and her husband Soeramin lived in
the Netherlands for four years. In 1972, she
became a registered midwife; that's when
they decided to go back to Bonaire. December
1973 brought Marieta three big changes: a
wedding, a new house and a new job; all ma-
jor celebrations in one month making them
easy to remember. "Now I work as a midwife
for the Island Government, a situation which
stems from the fact that a lot of women didn't
used to be insured for medical costs in case of
a delivery even though the husband was.
They automatically came to me, a social
worker, instead of to a doctor. It often made
for some difficult encounters, with people in
dire circumstances. Now, everyone is prop-
erly insured, and people can choose freely
between a doctor or a midwife." In 30 years
of practice, Marieta was involved in some
strange and interesting deliveries. Once she
did two simultaneously, running from one
house to another; or the unexpected twins, in
the days before scanning equipment, requir-
ing a second bed to be assembled at the last
moment; a delivery with severe complica-
tions, with emergency transport by plane to
Curacao; or socially difficult people, 15-year-
old mothers with wanted or unwanted first-
borns, with either an unknown father or one
who didn't want to be involved... "When
they come to me, they're usually pregnant for
some time, and they wrestle with the thought
of having and raising a child. If they are
physically healthy and able to deliver nor-
mally, I say: I'm here to bring life, not the
other option. If you don't want to keep the
baby, you can always put it up for adoption. I
bring them into contact with a psychologist,
the child welfare board or social service; they
can help them further. After the delivery, I
usually talk about contraceptives, although
personally I'm not a big fan of them. But
sometimes contraceptives are the lesser of
two evils. We spend a lot of time educating
schools and local social centers, creating
awareness among young people. Unfortu-
nately, the information we give them often is
not in line with what happens in the home, in
the family. There is a problem there! You
never see the parents at meetings, and the kids
see and hear a different reality at home from
what we teach them. But we continue: if our
education helps in only one case, it has been
worth the effort."
(Continued on paee 14)
Bonaire Reporter September 15 to 22, 2006
(Portraits. Midwife. Continued from page 13)
She looks determined and picks her words
carefully, almost gravely. But a smile softens
her statements. Her conviction, founded on
religious beliefs, is plain, but she will not
force them upon young women. They have
to make their own choices. But can they?
"The time when Bonairean women were
duped by men is over; these men would act
the macho and dump a girl as soon as she
was pregnant. Nowadays, the women are
quite independent and emancipated and are
well equipped to make their own choices.
Don't forget women on this island have a
long history of independence. In the times of
slavery, they were separated from the men so
they had full responsibility for their children.
And later, when a lot of men went to work at
sea or in the oil refineries in Curacao and
Aruba, there was a surplus of women in
Bonaire. Again, they had to take care of
themselves and the children. This generation
has had the time to look around; that helps
too! In Bonaire, macho behavior is looked
down upon. If you feel like fooling around,
you can leave. The women aren't afraid to
live alone or raise their children by them-
Bonaire's 12,000 inhabitants are joined
each year by the approximately 150 babies
born, of which 80 are boys and 70 are girls.
Picture Yourelf with Tl
S y and Corky
time Bonaire visitors
and Bonaire Reporter
subscribers, sent us
another photo of
themselves, this time
in Eagle River, Alaska, where some Bon-
aire folks might want to be right now to
escape the heat in Bonaire. The mountains
are part of the Chugatch range. 1
In December, the deliveries are at their peak
- twice as many as in other months. It's a
good month to have a child (the coolest of
the year) and... there's Mardi Gras
(Karaval) in March. Marieta handles
about 90 deliveries per year, or two-thirds of
the island's total. After 30 faithful years of
midwife service, she can lay claim to a little
over 3,000 births. There's quite a few
'grandma-births' among them, meaning she
delivered the children of women she herself
"I can look back on a beautiful time. I
have done, and still do, what apparently I
was born to do. I still love my work, and I
have no intention of stopping. The only
thing I sometimes long for is a long vaca-
tion, because that is hard to get in this pro-
fession. You just have to be there when it's
time, and it's difficult to put in a replace-
ment nurse if you have monitored the entire
Marieta's niece has arrived. She raises her
seven-week-old grandchild into the air with
a proud laugh, just as she did seven weeks
ago: Duna lus, proud and happy with a new
life. She cuddles the little one when it starts
to cry because of the bright sunlight. Like a
real grandmother; with tender love and
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Sunday, September 17-Pelikan
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Saturday, September 30 Bonaire
Animal Shelter Dog Wash, at Ware-
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Wednesday, October 4-Animal Day
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Everyone welcome. Bring your animals.
Vet will be there. Prizes for best cared for
pets. Wilhelmina Park, 4:30-7 pm.
Saturday, October 7-Big Rincon
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Stands selling gifts, plants, produce, mu-
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discussions "bou di ramada" Not to be
Sunday, October 8 Jong Bonaire
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October 8-16-Bonaire Regatta. For
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Sunday, October 15 Rotary Club
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October 20-23-Mountain Bike
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* Parke Publico children's play-
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* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
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Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
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across from Warehouse Bonaire. Great
wines NAf2,50 a glass.
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Caribbean Night live local music-
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
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* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
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* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
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* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
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* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
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* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
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* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
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* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
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Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo
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* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* Manager's Rum Punch Party,
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by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
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Wildside Diving. New original paintings
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FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Sunday "Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-
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Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
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Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family has
just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the
story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-4.
Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. 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,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
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AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
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Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
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Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the FORMA Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 enty fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
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Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
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The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter September 15 to 22, 2006
Sewea vrtsement shwas
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 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday -Saturday 6-10pm 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
Chibi i Restaurantd Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Flamino Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flam 17-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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
Dow ntown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinnerate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a
Closed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Br asts OnlBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
OnPasa Bon rot Low-Moderate PizzaBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate dients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
12 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm 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 10am-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all.
S 1- P I N G G LU I D E Seeadvertisementsin thisissue E
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.
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, wax-
ing 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 Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet
Oasis. Join their monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, 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 chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.
Island Generators has diesel powered generators for
all your electrical needs. Order now and feel secure.
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 Bel-
nem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing forprints, slides, items and ser-
vices. Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, 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.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
TOURIST SERVICES / INTERNET
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, girfts, Brunotti and Reef
featured... In the Sand Dollar Mall.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. 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
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Bonaire Reporter- September 15 to 22, 2006
On the Island Since
Norca Auora Guadape Lff-Hrnandez
4 4 /y father is from Surinam. He
V was a pilot in WW II and then
a pilot with KLM after he went on vaca-
tion to Venezuela. I don't know how he
ended up all the way in this very small
village called Santa Barbara del Zulia, but
it was there that he saw my mother, sitting
on a bag of rice. He was 26 and she was
16. Three months later they got married
and they're still together, living in Cara-
My mother was 17 when I was born and
two years later my brother came. When I
was nine we moved to Surinam, at the
time a Dutch colony, and that's why I
speak Dutch so well. We lived there until I
was 14, then we moved to Caracas where
my father bought his own business. After
high school there I went to an in-between
university degree school for market re-
search. In the meantime I was working for
Gerber Baby Food in the credit depart-
ment. When I finished my studies I was
promoted to the market research depart-
ment. After a while I went to the manager
to ask him why my colleague, a man, was
making more money than I. The manager
answered: 'Because he's a man and you're
a woman, that's it!' So, I went to look for
I like challenges I don't like things the
easy way. I had an aunt in Montreal, Can-
ada, who got me all the information about
what kind of papers I needed. So I ar-
ranged everything and even got a scholar-
ship. When everything was ready I quit my
job. Gerber threw me a great goodbye
party with all the honors and a Cartier
watch! I went to study at Concordia Uni-
versity in Montreal. I was the vice-
president of the Latin-American student
association, helping the students in every
way I could and I was organizing Latin
parties and those were the best! Also I was
elected Miss Latin American Music! So, in
other words, not a worry in the world!
I stayed in Montreal for two and a half
years, and by the end of my last six
months I met Pierre. He was Swiss-
Canadian, born in Switzerland. I thought
he was out of this world gentle and hand-
some. His company was sending him to
Caracas to be the sales manager for Cen-
tral and South America. When my father
heard I was dating someone he sent my
mother to see what kind of a person his
daughter was seeing. Pierre was so charm-
ing that my mother fell in love with him.
When Pierre met my father in Venezuela
he told my dad 'When Norca comes, we're
going to live together!' 'No way!' my dad
answered, 'You have to get married first!'
I graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor's
Degree in Commerce, Major Marketing.
Then I flew back to Venezuela. I'd always
been very independent, very busy, very
social and out-going and I didn't take
things too seriously. But nevertheless I got
married. My mother told me that Pierre
was a very good man and it was true be-
cause he spoiled me tremendously. But I
was always very spoiled, you know, espe-
cially by my parents and by me! Well, we
went to get married in Barbados because I
couldn't come home without being mar-
ried, and from that moment on everything
went wrong. The official came two hours
late, I lost my good luck charm, my wed-
ding present from my husband fell to
pieces and we started quarreling and we
never really made up again, but anyway...
it's another experience in life. When we
arrived in Venezuela we were confronted
with many problems, mostly cultural. He
didn't want me to work I had to stay at
home, but I had learned so much and I
wanted a career.
"....one night in Cara-
cas, my niece, her boy-
friend and I... were kid-
napped by three armed
men. We drove around
for two and a half hours.
It was a very scary situa-
tion. They took every-
thing we had plus the car
and we were dumped in a
very bad neighborhood.
When I saw a taxi I
screamed at the top of my
lungs and the car came to
a stop, screeching just
like in a movie..."
In 1983 I had a painting exposition in
Maracaibo where I exhibited my pastels.
When Pierre told me I would never get a
job, I got one at the Embassy of the Fed-
eral Republic of Nigeria in 1984 as the
social secretary of H.E. the ambassador,
and I stayed there till 1987. I was happy
again! Then I worked for a year with
'Marubeni de Venezuela' as assistant to
the director Light Metals and Petroleum
where I was, amongst others, responsible
for the administration of aluminum exports
to Japan. That was great! Japanese people
are the best people to work with!
The marriage wasn't doing too well, but
we had two children, Michel, 24 now, and
Chantal, 22. When Michel was nine and
Chantal seven, the marriage ended and
Pierre went back to Switzerland. When
they were 13 years old, my children left to
live with their daddy. It was a big sacrifice
for me, but I understood they needed their
father too, and you always want the best
for your children, and Switzerland had
very good opportunities. Now Michel is an
electrician and he's planning on coming in
January to Bonaire to live because he feels
he's lost a lot of time with his mother. My
daughter is office coordinator with the
Olympic Committee in Lausanne. I am
very, very proud of my children."
Norca Loff-Hemandez (55) is an ex-
tremely vibrant lady with lots ofpersonal-
ity, good vibrations and very entertaining.
"When Pierre left, my life began again. I
took over the family business, 'Matex', a
manufacturer of doormats and car mats for
Chrysler and Mitsubishi. I did that for six
years, doing good business. Then I sold
the company because I felt it was time for
something different. For three months I
didn't do anything. Then a friend called
me asking if I wanted to go to Boston to
help his 17-year-old son who was going to
study there, to settle down. And so I ended
up in Boston. When the boy was all set I
went to study myself: Restaurant and Ca-
tering Business at Harvard University. It
was something I'd always wanted to do.
When I'd finished my study I went back to
Caracas where I got offered a job by the
boy's father who owned a chain of 40
fashion shops and I became their purchas-
I was always traveling and I loved it; I
had lots of lovely friends and delicious
dinners everywhere! Then, one night in
Caracas, my niece, her boyfriend and I,
who'd gone out to look for gasoline for the
car, were kidnapped by three armed men.
We drove around for two and a half hours.
It was a very scary situation. They took
everything we had plus the car and we
were dumped in a very bad neighborhood.
When I saw a taxi I screamed at the top of
my lungs and the car came to a stop,
screeching -just like in a movie and
that's how we got home.
At that point I decided to leave Caracas
and start a new life. I have friends in Cura-
gao, my daughter's godmother, who is like
Bonaire Reporter September 15 to 22, 2006
family to me and there I stayed. I didn't
have a job, was traveling a lot and only
doing fun things. In 2001 I was offered a
job as a manager for Select, a manpower
agency on Bonaire. It was a very good
package, so I thought 'Why not!' My
friends in Curagao said: 'You're crazy!
What are you going to do on Bonaire?
There are no men there only fishermen!'
Well, I am still here! From Select I went
to work for the De Antillen N.V. as the
office manager, and when they closed their
doors on Bonaire I started working as the
manager of the Wind- and Surf- Beach Bar
at the Bonaire Windsurf Place at Sorobon.
And so one of my dreams came true be-
cause I always wanted to have a restaurant
to spoil my guests with my cooking and
desserts. It has been a very good decision
and it's still a challenge because you have
to make sure that your guests are coming
back and... that's what they do! It's the
most beautiful location on Bonaire and the
island is a beautiful island, clean and it
smells nice. It gives a good energy; it's
still safe; it has no protocol considering the
way you dress; and the people are sweet.
They wish you a good day and a good
week and a nice weekend; something you
never experience anywhere else in the
Life is great, but you have to make it
yourself; it's a matter of action and reac-
tion. I speak four, five languages and
sometimes I don't even know with what
switch I got up! I love to help people and
everything I do, I do with love. I am strict
and responsible in
my work, but I am
also easy going and I
love to laugh and I
am never angry. I
can't complain about
my life. I have al-
ways done what I
wanted to do and that's
what I am still doing."
1 Story & photo by Greta Kooistra
Norca Aurora Guadalupe Loff-Hernandez
L ast Sunday, September 10th, the as six Sunfishes competed in two classes.
BSSA (Bonaire Sailing Associa- The Sunfish racing class consisted of the
tion) organized belated sailing races for three sailors who will be representing
the Dia di Boneiru. Five Optimists as well Bonaire in the coming Sunfish World
Championships 2006 in Charleston, South
Carolina, US: Sipke Stapert, Vianco
Serberie and Victor Brouwer. These
men are really looking forward to the
upcoming event. If you have wondered
who those guys in the little sailing boats
with the white sails are, training between
Bonaire and Klein Bonaire nearly every
day ... well, now you know. They might
be the future sailing world champions.
In these last weeks before the World
Championships (September 30 to October
7) they will be training as much as possi-
ble. In the meantime the BSSA World
Championship Committee is still raising
funds, because taking part in this event is
very costly. The amount needed for
three people is more than NAf11.000.
Thanks to a number of sponsors part of
this amount has already been received.
But they are not there yet!
In Charleston the sailors will be able to
promote their country and their sponsors.
Be proud of the sailing history of Bonaire
and support our young Bonairean talents.
If you are interested in sponsoring, please
contact one of the members of the BSSA
World Championship Committee:
Artie de Vries tel 717-7972
Sipke Stapert tel 717-2019
Elisabeth Vos tel 565-5225
Jan Brouwer tel 786-3637
You can also transfer money to the Sun-
fish World Championship account:
MCB account nr# 114-026-04
attn E.Finies-Vos / WK Sunfish. O Jo-
& jp tcf
Bonaire Reporter- September 15 to 22, 2006
r arI I Fi
*to find it... just look up
Using the Moon as a Finder
A t least
to an impor-
tant planet or
a famous star
so that you
can use it as a
planet and W"
And such is
the case next .
week when -
you'll be able
to use the
Moon four Regulus marks the heart ofLeo the Lion
days in a row
to find not just one planet but two of them plus a very famous bright star.
Next Monday, September 18 about 40 minutes before sunrise when it's starting
to get light out face due east. And if you have a clear flat horizon you'll see a super
bright light which is planet #2, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. Then if you draw an imagi-
nary line up and leaning to the right it will pass very close to two medium bright
lights. The first one is Regulus, the star which marks the heart of the ancient con-
stellation, Leo the Lion. And directly above it planet #6 from the Sun, 75,000-
mile-wide ringed planet Saturn, which we've been visiting for the past two years
with the Cassini space craft which just a few weeks ago discovered a chain of
about a dozen lakes. The lakes range in size from six to 62 miles wide and they're
filled not with water like on Earth but contain a mixture of liquid methane and
Now although Saturn and Titan, its largest moon, are almost a billion miles away,
nevertheless you can actually see Titan through a small telescope because it is so
huge. In fact it is over 400 miles wider than the planet Mercury.
Next look directly above Saturn and you'll see an exquisite waning, which means
shrinking, crescent Moon complete with Earthshine, which looks like a black full
Moon nestled within the crescent. It's one of my personal favorite kind of Moons.
Now in case you're not sure you've found Saturn or Regulus, the next day on Tues-
day the 19f an even skinnier crescent with Earthshine will be parked directly be-
tween Saturn and Regulus, which will make them super easy to find.
Then 24 hours later on Wednesday the 20th an even skinnier crescent will be
parked not quite half way between Regulus and Venus. But one of the niftiest days
for viewing and most challenging to see will be on Thursday the 21st when a slim-
as-it-ever-gets crescent Moon will be almost visually on top of Venus. To see it
you'll have to have a super clear, super flat horizon and you should look about 30 to
35 minutes before sunrise, not 40 minutes.
So, once again, using the Moon as a finder, on Monday the 18th the Moon is
parked right above Saturn, on Tuesday the 19"t it's parked between Saturn and
Regulus. On Wednesday the 20f a much skinnier Moon is parked almost half way
between Regulus and brilliant Venus and on Thursday the 21st Venus and the Moon
make an exquisite duo that will take your breath away. And in fact if you have a
pair of binoculars handy the two of them together will be absolutely magnificent!
So next week get up with the chickens and find two wonderful planets and a lovely
star. [Jack Horkheimer
if EWAZ7E l
Sunday, September 10 to
Saturday, September 16, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) If you go shopping, only take what you can afford to part
with. Your sensitive nature will allow others to read you well. Partnerships could
prove to be lucrative. Your talents are likely to be discovered. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can help them more than they can help you. Tem-
pers will mount if you're too pushy at work or at home. Your mind will be on matters
that deal with secret affairs. You will be quite excitable this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Resist any idle chatter. Your involvement in organiza-
tional events could open doors to new and exciting opportunities. Social events will
lead to a strong and stable relationship. You can make major accomplishments while
on short trips. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Ask those in key positions to help you overcome the
delays and to support your concerns in order to move on. You are best to keep hard
feelings to yourself. Don't be taken advantage of by any fast talking salesperson trying
to part you from your cash. If you go shopping, only take what you can afford to part
with. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Be sure to get involved with those who can introduce you to
unusual forms of entertainment. You can make money but not through harebrained
schemes or gambling. Positive changes regarding your personal status are evident.
Your contributions will be valued and helpful. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not blow situations out of proportion. Listen to a
good friend who is truly looking out for your best interests. Get back into the swing of
things. Social events may lead to a romantic interlude. Your lucky day this week will
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may find yourself changing plans for some form of
entertainment. You can expect to have some problems with skin, bones, or teeth if
you haven't taken proper care of them. Stay away from social unpleasantness. Travel
will be favorable. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can accomplish a great deal. You will have to
check your cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that
may be beyond your budget. The experience will be good. Help if you can, but more
than likely it will be sufficient just to listen. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Get together with friends who like to participate
in indoor sports. You must not let others talk you into doing things that will probably
limit you financially at a later date. Be sure to spend time helping children with pro-
jects that are too difficult for them to accomplish alone. Investments that deal with
property will be lucrative; however, upsets with family members may be likely. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Discuss your objectives with peers or lovers. Dis-
putes on the home front may be hard to avoid. Listen, but don't make any rash deci-
sions. You may find your mate somewhat perturbed. Your lucky day this week will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) It's a good time to make changes to your living quar-
ters that will give you more space. Mingle with those who can further your goals. You
can make money through solid investment plans. Travel is evident, but be cautious
while in transit. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Take some time out. Your ability to take hold of a situa-
tion will surely bring you popularity and leadership. Don't draw too much attention to
yourself at work. You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday. O
Bonaire Reporter September 15 to 22, 2006