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The first daily 156-seat JetBlue
flight from New York landed
in Aruba last Friday afternoon. The
Airbus of the low cost carrier-high
service was welcomed by the airport
fire department with spray from their
crash trucks. Flying JetBlue to Aruba
with a Divi-Divi or DAE connection to
Bonaire is an alternative for American
travelers to our island. A non-stop con-
nection would be preferable.
> Last week's debate on aviation in
the Antillean Parliament lasted nine
hours, but it didn't cause a crisis de-
spite the fact that Bonaire's Senator
Ramonsito Booi announced that he
was ready to play hardball. He didn't
fold but "agreed to disagree" with his
coalition partner, Transport Minister
Senator Booi believes that the Minis-
ter's position to allow Surinam's SLM
Airline to fly as a wet lease for the
newly founded Curaqao airline, Insel
Air is wrong. Bonaire-based airline
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) and
Booi's supporters in Parliament called
it "unfair competition" and "allowing
foreign companies to fly on domestic
Booi stated that "It is now up to DAE
to decide whether to take legal action."
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) subse-
quently filed a court request for an
administrative procedure ruling based
on the existing transportation laws. The
intention is to block Insel Air from
flying the Curaqao-St. Maarten route
using a leased Surinam Airways MD-
82 airplane. Insel Air announced it
would change its inaugural flight from
September 19 to September 21 as a
court ruling is to be made after we go
to press. Transport Minister Gijsbertha
said DAE had been given a permit to
lease the same SLM plane but had not
made use of the permit.
During a qualification of the aircraft
early this week a defective part was
discovered and the aircraft was
grounded until it could be replaced.
> Last Thursday, in an introductory
ad, Insel Air announced a special
fare from Curacao to St. Maarten
for the next six weeks. The cost is
NAf199 for a one-way ticket (plus tax)
and NAf398 for a round-trip ticket
from September 21, the day of the first
flight, to October 31. This is considera-
bly lower than the DAE fare.
> We noted
that in the 2007
stration" consumes 40% of the total,
up from 36.2 % in 2006. This is an
increase of more than NA 15.4 million
- from NAf157.1 million this year to
NAf172.5 million next year. The
higher law enforcement cost is to a
large extent necessitated by the rise in
Almost the same proportion of the
budget is spent on "Debt Service,"
about NAf171.2 million for next year.
This figure is based on anticipated
revenues of NAf881 million and ex-
penses of NAf848.6 million in 2007.
That means the Central Govern-
ment has only 20% of its budget re-
maining to spend on ALL other gov-
ernment services, including support to
islands other than Curaqao.
> Bonaire and Saba along with
the Central Government are going to
approach the Netherlands for extra
financial aid for the "smaller is-
lands" of the Antilles. Bonaire Senator
Ramonsito Booi said the necessity for
a short-term solution should be pro-
vided until Bonaire is given new politi-
The Senator pointed out that the
smaller islands of the Antilles could no
longer cope with the current situation
where the Central Government is
broke. "The Central Government has to
take care of the smaller islands, but
when we appeal to Willemstad for
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Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
Table of Contents
IN THIS ISSUE:
TCB Brand Development Meeting 4
Letters to the Editor 5
Mangrove Village Outrage 6
Underwater Cleanup 6
Visiting Nurses (Sharks) 8
Dietician-Weight Balance (BMI) 9
Island Chef Fundraiser 10
Ruben Wows the Turks
Go Back in History 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
(Buoyancy control) 3
Pet of the Week (Rebecca) 7
Snack Detectives (Sisys Bar) 7
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Tide Table 12
(Cordova, Alaska) 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Reverend Fr.
Ranulfo Gonida) 17
Sky Park (Moon as Finder) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
help, they tell us that we need to stick to
our budgets and that they do not have
sufficient financial means," Booi said.
"As an island, we are coping with another
reality. We cannot even think in terms of
a budget, but in terms of liquidity. The
money that comes in is immediately
> The General Pension Fund of the
Netherlands Antilles (APNA) an-
nounced a few months ago that the
WEB and Telbo shares will be sold on
October 30th as compensation for the
government debts. Now APNA has said it
will delay the sale provided the Island
Government makes regular payments so
the Island Council can negotiate the debt
satisfaction as part of the restructuring of
the Netherlands Antilles.
The Dutch Government announced
it has increased Acute Poverty Reduc-
tion Funds to the Antilles by about
NAf4.7 million. In May, the Dutch gov-
ernment made NAf8 million available,
but the large number of funding requests
prompted the increase. The funds are ad-
ministered by the Implementation Organi-
zation Netherlands Antilles Development
Foundation (USONA- Uitvoeringsorgani-
satie Stichting Ontwikkeling Nederlandse
Last week Curaqao received 39 project
grants worth more than NAf3.2 million;
Bonaire got 28, worth more than NAf2
million; St. Maarten, 17 projects for
NAf3,5 million; and Saba and St. Eusta-
tiiuas each got seven projects valued at
NA 1 million.
There will be a meeting, Thursday, Sep-
tember 21, in the Habitat Conference
Room to present the Bonaire project
> The Social Insurance Bank (SVB)
will change the month for SVB-insured
persons who want to change their
family doctors. This year requests to
change one's family doctor will be
accepted during September and will go
into effect in October 1. Previously, June
and December were the change months.
The decision to alter the date was taken
after SVB received several requests from
insured members and family doctors. The
associations of family doctors in
Curaqao, St. Maarten and Bonaire were
also consulted on the issue.
> Wages in the Netherlands are in-
creasing more than anticipated with
average increases running at 3.8%, rather
than the 2% forecast. The increase is up to
3.6% for operational staff and up to 4.1%
for people at the managerial level, accord-
ing to the Beloningsindex 2006, the wages
index published annually by ADP Neder-
land and Mercer Human Resource Con-
sulting. A random sample indicated a di-
rector gets the highest wage (110,200 eu-
ros), while a cleaner gets the lowest
O'nDes E3 5OcD<~a5
id You Know...
There are tricks that
help divers get close to
the coral without damaging it?
There are divers who effortlessly glide
around the reef without ever contacting
it; there are divers who stay well off the
reef but never see the small details; and
there are divers who bump, bump,
bump. If you are in this last category,
take a buoyancy control course or find a
new pastime. If you're in the second
category, perhaps I can give you a tip that may help you to get close enough to see
the small treasures of the reef without worrying about crashing into it.
It's all about going head first. Let's say you're hovering above an anemone and
want to see if there's a cleaner shrimp in residence. Assuming you're neutrally
buoyant, inflate your BCD until you're a bit positively buoyant and tilt your head
down until your feet are above your head. Slowly kick your fins until you're just
above the anemone (we're talking inches). After you've had your fill, rise up above
the reef, release some air from your iwlgis arenEckri hfu ru S
BCD until you're neutral again and iscover, Bonaire
continue your dive. The beauty of this mrin educaon center
'head down' technique is that if you specializing guide
stop kicking, you'll rise up slowly. Try divesandsnorkelsfor
this skill a few times above a sandy adlts tenure
bottom until you have it down and then a u .ou
try it out on the coral reef. O C.E. 5322
> Iranian President Mahmoud Minister Tzipi Livni said that the world inst, next month will start several inter-
Ahmadinejad shored up opposition to a may have as little as "a few months" to esting language courses. On October 2
US drive to curb Iran's nuclear pro- avoid a nuclear Iran and called for sanc- they will start with different groups of
gram on a visit to neighboring Vene- tions. Livni's country is the only Middle Papiamentu classes: Papiamentu for be-
zuela on Sunday that cemented an anti- East power that has nuclear weapons, ginners for English speakers, Papiamentu
American front with President Hugo for beginners for Spanish speakers as
Chavez. On the same day Israel's Foreign > FORMA, Bonaire adult education (Continued on page 5)
Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
TCB Brand Development Meeti
he Brand Develop- tor was a prosperous "baby Qmt
ment Meeting organ- boomer." He/she spent an
ized by the Tourism Corpo- average of $135/day < I' i i
ration Bonaire (TCB) last (excluding airfare) and their
weeK, September 13-13, was
meant to turn Bonaire's mar-
keting in a new direction.
The format of the three-day
meeting itself was a depar-
ture from the past annual
marketing meetings where
TCB representatives from
the different geographic
areas reported their past ac-
tivities and plans for the next
year against a background of
annualized figures. Begin-
ning on Day 1, that activity
became a miniscule part of
this year's total event.
This time the results from
over 3,000 individual sur-
veys of island visitors and
on-island "focus groups"
were the backdrop. Bonaire-
ans from different walks of
life were included in the
meeting and contributed
significantly to the outcome.
The surveys were meant to
answer questions like: Who
are our customers? How do
they find us? Why do they
come? What do they think
about Bonaire? Who is Bon-
aire's competition? And
finally, what actions can we
take? The surveys indicated
that Bonaire's "typical" visi-
top three activities were div-
ing, relaxing and snorkeling.
The thrust of Day 2 was to
generate ideas and concepts
to serve that market. Hun-
dreds of ideas were brought
forward in a brainstorming
exercise conducted by for-
mer marketers Jane Town-
send and Alan Gross, long-
time Bonaire residents.
Words cannot capture the
enthusiasm and positivism
of that day. The ideas gener-
ated were recorded and will
be ranked and specific im-
portant concepts developed,
including an exciting World-
wide Web program.
On Day 3 the TCB groups
met in a closed session.
If successful, the impact of
the Brand Development
Meeting will be to present
Bonaire to the world as a
destination that many peo-
ple, hopefully more than do
today, will choose to visit
and take a break from their
daily routine and return
home with memories to last
a lifetime... and maybe even
make them want to return
again. O G.D.
Mass Tourism? No Way!
An interesting closing to the
three-day tourism partners
meeting last week was a unanimous vote
against mass tourism for the island. All
the participants, even some hotels who
dearly need an increase in occupancy,
voted 'no' when asked if mass tourism
was right for Bonaire.
In her presentation on the first day,
Tourism Director Ronella Croes men-
tioned a goal of 80,000 tourists to sup-
port necessary airlift. There seemed to be
universal agreement that a critical mass
of 70,000 to 75,000 annually will be
necessary to fill existing airlift and give
the existing and planned hotels a satisfac-
tory occupancy. rate. During the voting
on the final day, the group all agreed that
a maximum of 100,000 visitors should be
the five-year goal, and some said perhaps
a 'lifetime' maximum.
Another universal theme of the group
was the need for more Bonaireans to be
active in the tourism sector, both as em-
ployees and as business owners. To this
point many said a serious training pro-
gram and even a professional hospitality
school will be necessary to make it a
reality. According to one partici-
pant: "Bonaire does not need more ho-
tels so Bonaireans can share in the tour-
ism. What we need is a training program
to prepare young people for the business
and a training program so they can ad-
vance in the industry. If we just keep
adding hotels we will just keep adding
foreign workers." J.T.
Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
(Continued from page 3)
well as Papiamentu conversation classes.
In that same week FORMA will also
begin English classes for beginners and
English conversation classes. All classes
will be from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in comfort-
able classrooms with air conditioning.
You can sign up for classes at FORMA,
Kaya Korona 13 (between RBTT and
Kooijman) during office hours. When
you sign up you will be asked to take a
short test so FORMA can determine in
which course or group you will benefit
most. For more information you can pass
by during office hours or call 717-6949
and ask for Monique Karsowidjojo.
> A Florida diver shot a large grou-
per with a spear gun then apparently
drowned when the fish sped into a hole,
entangling the man in the line attached to
the spear, investigators said on Monday.
The 42-year-old man, whose name was
withheld, was free-diving in about 25
feet (7.5 meters) of water off the lower
Florida Keys and speared a Goliath
> Aruba recently lowered the price
of fuel. One liter of regular gasoline now
costs AJ181.9 fl cents, which is 12.3
cents cheaper than before. One liter of
diesel fuel now costs 161.5 cents at Va-
lero gas stations and 153.5 cents at Tex-
aco stations. Kerosene also dropped by
0.7 cent, to 148.8 cents. The price de-
crease is attributed to the changed prices
for oil on the world market. The price of
fuel in St. Maarten also dropped; Bon-
aire is still waiting.
P D I
> Jody's (Fashion, Music, Trends)
Bonaire is pleased to announce the
launching of their new website,
www.iodvsbonaire.com, highlighting the
variety of fashion, music and trends
available at their shop on Lagoen Hill
#18. It's unique on Bonaire.
at 6:30 pm
at the Top
Fitness center (Kaya Nikiboko North
44, next to Mi Banana Restaurant road
to More 4 Less) there will be an informa-
tion night about an upcoming three-
month weight loss program starting in
October under the guidance of a certified
dietitian, for more information call 717-
5662 or 786-8909.
to have a centrally located public beach
that everyone could enjoy, especially
the Bonaire people themselves, will be
given away to an "All Inclusive Re-
sort" a euphemism for "we will do
everything possible to keep every
penny spent within our walled, gated
and sealed up hotel."
Will this All Inclusive Resort use the
local taxi services? Doubtful most
likely their own airport transport. Will
they allow Bonaireans, as in the past,
the use the beach? Highly doubtful.
Will they be given a huge tax break?
Will Bonaire see any income from this
All Inclusive Resort? Doubtful.
Will a few politicians make a lot or
personal money? Highly likely.
SMIO, the smallest cell phone service
provider of the three on Bonaire, is offer-
ing a low cost plan especially attractive
to its clients. Simply put, MIO clients
can place an unlimited number of calls
and speak at any time, for an unlim-
ited time, with other MIO clients on
Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten for
NAf40/month. Visit MIO in the Royal
Palm Mall off Kaya Grandi for more
D The current ruling party, the Green,
UPB, Bonaire Patriotic Union Party, is
planning a series of meetings, presenta-
tions and a website to clarify what the
implications of a new status -Boneiru
Nobo would mean to the people of the
island. Next year, if the schedule holds,
Bonaire will separate from the rest of the
Netherlands Antilles and look to Holland
rather than Curaqao for support and ser-
vices it can't provide for itself. The first
of those meetings were held last week.
Aimed primarily at UPB members the
sessions are informative for all.
For the past 25 years I have been vaca-
tioning on Bonaire and was first capti-
vated by the Bonairean people and then
Sthe island. I have watched as hard work-
ing young people have grown and started
their own families. The friendships I have
developed on Bonaire are closer than any
I know. Last year I made the decision to
buy a home on Bonaire. It is the first and
only home I have ever owned, as I live in
a small apartment. Lately I have been
hearing from local Bonaireans and divers
alike that crime and drug use are on the
rise. Cars and homes are being broken
into at an alarming rate, and the police
force is under-staffed and overwhelmed.
There is crime all over the world no mat-
ter where you go, but to hear that it's get-
ting so bad in a place I hold so close to
my heart saddens me to the core.
I would hope that these things are being
looked at closely and that steps are being
taken to address these issues before it's
too late and Bonaire's reputation as one of
the safest and most beautiful places in the
Caribbean is lost to a small criminal ele-
ment. Stinapa does a great job of protect-
ing the reefs and shore line, which are the
life blood of the island for dive tourism.
Hopefully the government will see how
serious the 'above water crime pollution'
is, give the police more support and be
more aggressive on crime before it's too
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late and the
of Bonaire are
left with the
crime to deal
with as the
powers that be
do nothing. The time of leaving your
window open, day or night, while you try
to relax or sleep and feel safe after a hard
day is coming to an end. Bars must now
be put on every door and window (if you
can afford it) and the local, hard working
Bonairean population may now feel like
they are living in a jail cell while crimi-
nals, delinquent youths, and petty
thieves roam free to prey upon the honest
Recently I heard that Stinapa's building
was broken into These are the people
who have the endless job of trying to
protect the island's richest natural re-
source for the future of the Bonairean
people. It makes me wonder who will be
next, the police station, Governor's home,
or worst of all our church? What do we
need to do to increase the resources and
capacity of the law enforcement on the
island to protect its citizens, their homes
and Bonaire's reputation within the tourist
Not everyone agrees with Mr. Ryan's
sentiments. The vast majority of Bo-
nairean homes have no bars and statisti-
cally crime is down-Ed.
> If you haven't done it before, do
it this year. Swim to Klein Bonaire
(and back if you wish) on Sunday,
October 8. All proceeds go to Jong
Bonaire. O G./L. D.
Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
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Many people who are concerned about the protection of the environment and na-
ture on the island are disturbed by the fact that the island government has given a
developer a construction permit to build 44 villas and a 50-room hotel on the man-
grove shores of Lac Bai. This area has been decreed a "Ramsar site," whereby the
area is protected from rampant development. The concern is that the land was
granted to the developer without any environmental impact study being done, as is
required by law. The following excerpts are a translation from a message from Els-
marie Beukenboom ofAliansa, Bonaire's nature alliance.
n 1971 in the city of Ramsar in Iraq
there was a unique world conven-
tion to protect the world's environment
and ecology. There were 153 countries
that attended, Holland being one of them.
The Ramsar treaty was concerned particu-
larly about the salt water areas which are
so important to the world.-wetlands
Aliansa Naturalesa Boneiru (Bonaire
Nature Alliance) sent a petition to the
Governor of the Netherlands Antilles,
asking that he revoke the construction
permit and the erfpagt (long lease) for the
Mangrove Village on the shores of Lac
Bai, since the area is a Ramsar Site to be
protected from development.
During the 1980s the government of
Bonaire petitioned the Dutch Government
to apply for five areas of the island to be
protected as Ramsar sites: Salifia Slag-
baai, Pekelmeer, Klein Bonaire, Go-
tomeer and Lac. All of these five areas
are where sea birds live and nest. Protec-
tion of these seabirds is a high priority of
the Ramsar convention.
It is the obligation and responsibility of
those governments in which the Ramsar
sites lie to monitor any projects in the area
for "wise use." The plan must take into
account the seabirds and other animals
that live and feed in the area.
The Central Government of the Nether-
lands Antilles passed a law,
'Landsverordening grondslagen natuur-
beheer' (PB 1998 no. 49), in 1999 which
assigned the responsibilities for the Ram-
sar regulations to the Antilles islands. The
Bonaire government, the
'Eilandsraad' (island council), assuming
its responsibility to make a plan for na-
ture, approved the law unanimously on
June 29, 1999. In the plan the government
named Lac, including Cai and Sorobon, as
a natural park from the high water mark to
more than 500 meters on to the land, from
the coast around the bay. Also the plan
said that there was to be no use other than
traditional use and recreation during the
day. Lac is part of the Bonaire National
In April this year the government of the
Antilles and Bonaire invited Dr. Peter
Bridgewater, Secretary General of the
Ramsar Convention, to visit Bonaire.
He was invited to investigate the possi-
bility of problems arising from tourist
development around the Ramsar areas on
the island, particularly around Lac.
Dr. Bridgewater's conclusion after visit-
ing the sites: 'Up until now development
around Lac is at a low level, but you must
keep an eye on that development to make
sure there is no long term effect in using
the area. I don't recommend any more
development around the area of Lac.
But in case a developer does request a
site there should be a complete investi-
gation beforehand to determine what
the impact would be on the environ-
ment. (I have attached the method of this
procedure to this report.)
Allowing development in a Ramsar
site without doing an environmental
impact assessment is a violation of the
principles of the Ramsar Conference.
One of the important points about the
investigation on the impact to the environ-
ment is that it should be open to the pub-
lic, so that everyone can make comments
If the government of Bonaire faults and
gives land (erfpacht) and permits a project
to be constructed at Sorobon without
those environmental impact studies being
done, means that this government is
breaking the international law, the law of
the Central Government and also it
Elsmarie Beukenboom /L.D.
As we go to press, Beukenboom reports
that Aliansa petitioned Governor of the
Antilles, Frits Goedgedrag (appointed by
the Queen), to rescind the approval of the
project. Goedgedrag turned it over to
Antilles Prime Minister Emily de Jong El
Hage (elected position) who has asked her
(Continued on page 12)
Last Saturday, 32 diver
over 200 kilos of garbage
from the Kralendijk water-
front. The quarterly clean-up
dive was organised by Yel-
low Submarine-Photo Tours
(a division of Dive Friends
Bonaire), NetTech N.V. and
PSI/Sherwood Scuba.. Yel-
low Submarine supplied full
air tanks free.
Equipped with bags, scis-
sors and lifting gear the di-
vers managed to collect
bottles and cans, cups and
plates, pieces of fibreglass,
lost parts of an outboard
engine, a brand new towel
and nine car tires. An up-
remained in the sea; the
ocean life had already partly
taken possession of it.
A pot luck barbecue fol-
lowed with drinks and
chicken legs supplied by the
organizers, and soups, salads
and tuna from the volun-
teers. A special treat was an
Akona gear bag, donated by
PSI/Sherwood, awarded to
Marjolein van Schaik Marti-
net for having found the
most unusual piece of gar-
bage during the cleanup
dive--a working bicycle bell.
1 (Story by Jan Brower,
photo by Susan Davis and
Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors of Bonaire's snacks
This week: Sisy's Bar
This week we decided to go where
no Snack Bar Detective has gone
before, Rincon. In order to keep our
identities covert, we have some trusted
acquaintances on the island who travel
with us occasionally to keep people off
the scent. This week we were a group of
four: myself, Tricky Dicky, Big D and
JJ. We set off to Rincon with some en-
thusiasm after a minor disagreement on
which route to take. Big D and I don't
like to travel too far to eat; in fact, I have
been known to get a nose bleed if I go
further north than the traffic circle!
food on the premises, excellent news as
we were just getting comfortable. The
choice was "from the grill" Chicken,
Pork and Beef etc. Steak for JJ and me,
Chicken for Tricky Dicky. Big D? Well,
he had everything!
Pet of the Week
Looking for a big dog
who's smart? Rebecca,"
our featured "Pet," fits the bill
although she's only about two
and a half months old right
now. But she will grow and be
a fine large dog. After wander-
ing into someone's yard Re-
becca's mom had 11 pups.
They were all beautiful and so
precious that six were adopted
right away. That left five
which were brought into the
Shelter. Two of them have
already been adopted. All
these pups are social and just
great dogs, according to the
Shelter staff. Rebecca espe-
cially is a darling. She looks "Rebecca"
like she's wearing a girl's ver-
sion of a tuxedo with what looks like a white "shirt" on her chest. You may meet
Rebecca and her siblings at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. O
Attna o AllBeegO* nea
Don't miss the Shelter Dog Wash, Satur-
day, September 30, at Warehouse Bon-
aire's parking lot, from 9 am to 2 pm. Come
one, come all. The dogs get a luxurious wash
and the pet and the owner get a special surprise
at the end. It's only NAf7,50. Warehouse Bon-
aire is the sponsor. Don't miss it! Last year it
was a hoot! Even if you don't have a dog, just
come and see the fun and throw in a donation.
All the proceeds go towards helping to keep
Bonaire's exceptional Animal Shelter open. Pre-
sale tickets from Dierenarts Jan Laarakker; Di-
erenasiel, Kaminda Lagoen; Lydia, 717-8721;
Hans,717-3207; Paul, 787-0466 OL.D.
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Ask the Dietitian
Keep The Balance
on the amount
you take in and the amount of calories
that your body uses. By breaking the
balance through eating too much or not
being physically active you will gain
weight. You can cheat one day and main-
tain the balance by eating light meals the
following day and exercising more so
your body uses/burs more calories. Re-
member, this is not a reason to take
cheating for granted!
The basis for a healthy weight will al-
ways remain -healthy eating and exercis-
ing. Is your weight balanced? Check it
out for yourself by measuring your waist
and calculating your Body Mass Index
BMI= actual weight (kg)/
Height(m) x height(m)
Is your BMI between 20-25? Then you
have a balanced weight.
You are overweight when your BMI is
higher than 25.
You can also measure your waist. Men
with a waist more than 95cm are over-
weight. Women with a waist more than
80cm are overweight.
If you scored a balanced weight, con-
You scored overweight? Let's start
working on getting your weight in bal-
ance and consequently your health. Your
health is one thing that certainly is im-
portant for you!
Two main things to start working on to
lose weight are:
1. Your diet
2. Your physical activities.
The combination of these two will give
you balanced results.
Your diet should be low in calories.
You can reduce calories simply by re-
ducing your sugar and fat intake. Start
consuming fewer high-sugar items such
as soft drinks, instant drinks and nectar/
drink juices on a regular basis. Also can-
dies, ice cream, cookies, etc. And avoid
adding sugar to beverages.
Eat less fat by reducing the consump-
tion of fatty snacks, fried and deep fried
products, full cream milk products,
cakes ice cream, etc.
Besides your diet, exercise at least
four times a week for one half to one
hour. So keep the balance between your
calorie intake and your calorie expendi-
ture for a balanced weight. 1
Angelique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of Health and
Hygiene, 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.
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Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
Isld Chef Tea
Last week we advertised the Bonaire
Culinary Team's Fundraising Din-
ner as "Dine Like a King and Support
Bonaire's Culinary Team." It did turn
out that way. To a sold out audience of
appreciative diners the team outdid itself.
In our opinion the three-course award
winning dinner served last Friday night at
the Plaza was even better than supposedly
the same one at the "Taste of the Carib-
bean" competition. Maybe it's because
the team was performing on its home
ground and for people they love.
Generous sponsors had bought tickets
(many a whole table's worth) and shared
them with their staffs. Enjoying them- tails. Later, wine flowed like water
selves immensely were staffs from Divi throughout the evening reds from AWC,
Flamingo, the Bonaire Gift Shop, BON- whites from Alcon.
HATA, Capt. Don's, Flamingo Communi- Emcees Jan Kloos and George DeSalvo
cations, Warehouse Bonaire, Antillean entertained us between courses and intro-
Wine Company, Alcon Liquors, to name duced the speakers who further regaled
just a few. us. Everyone was into it. One of the big-
Gold medal bartender winner Jane Cof- gest surprises of the evening came when
fie (Divi Flamingo) wowed the attendees Commissioner of Tourism, Onnie Emer-
with her rum and vodka winning cock- enciana, had the audience spellbound with
his hilarious story of his uncle who went
to New York City, claiming to speak Eng-
lish perfectly. As Senator Ramoncito Booi
said in his speech later, "It was a hard act
"Sparkplug" and "Godmother to Chefs,"
Sara Matera was everywhere, overseeing
the event she masterminded with the
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Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
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Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
The Second Annual House Cup
Visited Turkey for the first time dur-
ing the European Freestyle event in
July this year. During that event I found out
that the conditions there were almost similar
to Bonaire with a slightly gusty thermal
offshore wind that blows over the moun-
tains, flat to choppy waters, shallow on the
inside and deeper on the outside, a bit colder
than Bonaire at times. Temperatures around
25 and 40 C. The summers are from April
to November and afterwards it starts to get a
bit colder, but strong winds can come from
the reverse direction with waves up to two
But let's get to this recent episode, one of
the big events here in Turkey organized by
Sportworks. It was an open event that I had
never run across before; meaning that any-
body, from anywhere, at any level, can take
part. It sounds kind of funny that even the
local people encouraged me to join this
event. All I knew was that I had to put on a
nice show for all the fans.
There were many different disciplines and
categories in slalom. A lot of the local peo-
ple asked me to join the Freestyle part of the
There are seven windsurf centers in this
area called Alacati Surf Paradise. More and
more people from all over Europe are learn-
ing about this spot. There are groups coming
from all over Europe mostly Russia, Bul-
garia, Germany and Poland. The funny part
is the biggest customers are the Turkish
people themselves. Coming on holiday or
getting away from the busy big cities such
as Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya or Ankara are
people of all ages enjoying the sport of
windsurfing which is relatively new here in
Everywhere I went I got these big eyes or
big smiles. Kids I never met know my
name. I don't understand too much of the
language, but the word windsurfing sounds
pretty clear to my ear. I was signing auto-
graphs after almost every session; pictures
were being taken every day. Even after the
event there was still a paparazzi thing going
on. My pictures appeared in the rumor and
tourist magazines all over the country and in
local newspapers as well as in some amaz-
ing action shots on the biggest news channel
CNN Turk. So my being part of this event
was really cool for the people.
The Freestyle part of the event was noth-
ing like any of the other Freestyle events I
They were no judges and no elimina-
All the riders had to sail together, a
20-minute expression session.
Then the organizers and the sponsors
selected the best riders to have a
three-minute, one-man show: a Best
My new friend, Fedrico La Croice from
Italy, was on vacation with his girlfriend. He
joined the event after hearing about the
prizes: 12,500 Turkish liras in prize money,
two Yamaha scooters, telephones from
Benq-Siemens, watches by Swatch and
some goodies from Oakley. The day was
nice with winds from 20 to 27 knots.
I took it easy in the super session by
showing simple and uncomplicated moves,
remembering that the level here is not as
high as in other events.
The crowd was very impressed by the
shows of all the riders. After the expression
session the best riders were selected. They
advanced to the best trick event. The riders
did a great job, showing moves such as
spocks, willy-skippers, loops, flakas and
more. When they told me I had three min-
utes, I managed some amazing switch-
While I was sailing, I thought, why not
impress the crowd....so I turned back
straight to the beach at full speed, having
already located my landing target next to the
rocks where all the people were standing,
trying to get as close as possible to the ac-
tion on the water. I managed some perfect
timing, making a huge forward loon conm-
pletely rotating in the air, and landing a few
centimeters from the rocks. A landing at
such speed and high rotation causes the
board to create a huge spray that blows off
with the wind which got all the people a
little bit closer to the action- they got com-
pletely soaked. All I did was smile at them
while they were screaming and cheering
extremely loudly- instead of being angry
because of the dousing. I knew that it was a
After all the riders got their 3-minute time
to show their best trick, some of us were just
free sailing, enjoying the wind and the at-
mosphere. In between the events the host
was speaking in Turkish. I did not pay much
attention until I heard the people cheering
after he pronounced my name. I thought I'd
go to the beach and find out what it was. I
found out that I was the winner of the Free-
style part of the event. It felt really cool to
win. Even the other riders were happy for
me and the organization was thrilled that I
took part in their event.
1. Ruben Petrisie
2. Yilmazer Ikinci
3. Federico la Croice
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THURS THRU SUN
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Saturday, September 23-Autumnal
Equinox, 12:03 am.
Monday, September 25-Information
night about 3-month weight loss pro-
grams, Top Health Fitness Center,
6:30 pm. See page 5
Friday, September 29 Famous
Sugaro Band, Rum Runners at Capt.
Don's Habitat, 10 pm 1 am. 717-8290.
September 4 29 Activities with
Ned & Anna DeLoach at Buddy Dive.
Call 717-5080 for schedule and more
September 7-October 15-Coral
Spawning in Bonaire. See September 'st
issue of The Bonaire Reporter for com-
Saturday, September 30 Bonaire
Animal Shelter Dog Wash, at Ware-
house Bonaire's parking lot, 9 am to 2
pm. Only NAf7,50. See page 7.
Wednesday, October 4-Animal Day
sponsored by the Bonaire Lions Club.
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
Marsh6 -a real Bonairean experience.
Stands selling gifts, plants, produce, mu-
sic, drinks, local foods, BBQ, community
discussions "bou di ramada" Not to be
Sunday, October 8 Jong Bonaire
Klein Bonaire Swim. See page 5
October 8-16-Bonaire Regatta. For
stands call/fax 717-8408
Sunday, October 15 Rotary Club
Bonaire Fundraising concert on the
October 20-23-Mountain Bike
events sponsored by "Offroad Valley
Bikers" from Curacao. Locals invited to
participate. October 20-race in Wash-
ington Park; October 21-island bike
tour. Call DeFreewieler, 717-8545, or
510-3790, 560-4055. WWW.orvb.org.
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5-
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cactus
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAfl2 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground has reopened
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marsh6 1st Saturday of the month, 6
* 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.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23,
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,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* 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,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed
by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paintings
of Bonaire and diver stories of the East
Coast every week
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Sunday "Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce
Brabec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
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 thnu 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.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
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
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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 538 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris 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 Restaurantd Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Flamino Beach Resrt. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Fla 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 Breaasts OnlBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
OnPasa n 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 m 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.
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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.
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 for prints, 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
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Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
On the Island Since ...[
-JT am from Cebu City, in the mid-
Sdie of the Philippines. The Philip-
pines have 7,100 islands. Cebu City is a
city of seven million people on a business
oriented island. The island is also a tour-
ist destination with a lot of white sandy
beaches and a natural reef. It's mountain-
ous, covered with forests, but there is
also agriculture land. I was born July
11th, 1960, in Pondohan, a barrio in Up-
per Beceril, Boljoon Town, on the island
Including my parents we are seven in
my family. My eldest sister died in 1984.
We are farmers. We used to grow just
enough for our own consumption because
at the time there was no access, no road
and no market to sell the products. I
worked the land with my father and
brothers and some days there wasn't even
enough to feed us.
After elementary school I stopped my
studies for seven years because I wanted
to experience life in the city I like ad-
venture. I was 12 and I went to work as a
house boy. Two years later I became a
sales person at a pharmacy. When I was
19, I started high school as a working
student because I didn't have the money.
I stayed in high school for four years but
then I had to stop for a year as there was
no money to buy school books. After a
year I started college as a working stu-
dent. I earned my Bachelor of Arts de-
gree with a major in mathematics. Then I
went to law school, again, working my
way through. I went for two years to the
College of Law in Manila, but then my
sister became ill and she was hoping that
I would help her. She had cancer and she
needed money for the operation. That's
why I stopped law school.
I came to Statia (St. Eustatius) to live
with my uncle who was a priest there at
the time. I came to help him; I was the
handyman, I did the cleaning and cook-
ing, but I also assisted him in church. My
uncle allowed me to work extra hours as
well so I went to work for an American
couple. The money I made there I sent to
my sister so she used it for her operation.
After a year my sister died and that was
hard, because I loved her she was like a
mother to me. After she died I decided to
go back to the Philippines to study for the
Father Ranulfo Gonida is a vivid and
frank person, someone who has both feet
on the ground. He is gentle, very clear
and open and easy to talk to and flexible
"When I was 14," he proceeds, "I was
attracted to the priesthood because I
loved the way the old priest was dressed
in his long gown, the alb, going on horse-
back or walking through the fields. I
know it sounds silly now, but then, as a
young adolescent boy, I loved to see him.
I asked my mother if I could go to the
seminary, but she said: 'No, it's only for
the rich people; we don't have money.
When I was 19, I approached a priest
in my town and I asked him how I could
enter the seminary. The priest explained
to me about the life of the priesthood and
again I asked my mother if I could go to
the seminary, but she said we were too
poor. I didn't have a sponsor and I didn't
know how to go about it. When I was in
the second year of law school I told my
uncle the priest, who was in the Philip-
pines at the time, that I would like to be-
come a priest, but he told me to finish
law school. Well, for the reason I men-
tioned, my sister, I dropped the idea.
However, when I was in Statia I met
Monsignor Willem Michel Ellis, D.D. the
Bishop of Willemstad, in 1993 for the
first time. He looked at me and said: 'Ah!
you will become a priest!' I said 'Why?'
and he answered: 'I can see it in your
forehead!' He said it jokingly, but I al-
ready had a plan.
"....I worked the
land with my fa-
ther and brothers
and some days it
enough to feed
The following year Monsignor Ellis
came to Statia for a confirmation and I
met him again. I had told my uncle for
the second time that I wanted to become
a priest, so my uncle told the bishop:
'Monsignor, he has something to tell
you.' The bishop and I talked personally
and I told him that I wanted to go back to
the Philippines to study to become a
priest. The bishop said: 'Why are you
going back to the Philippines? Don't you
want to study under my diocese?' I said:
'Monsignor, I have to think it over, be-
cause this is a strange place for me...'
After a year we met again and I told
him that I would like to study under his
diocese, but only if he could take care of
my expenses. He said: 'No problem; you
can study under my diocese and you can
choose your school in the US or in
Europe, but not in the Philippines, other-
wise you won't come back here!' He
liked to joke you know!
So, I applied to a seminary in Washing-
ton DC and one in Rome, Italy. I was
accepted in the States and they offered
me a one-year scholarship. In Rome they
also accepted me. I was confused as to
where to go because in Rome there was
no scholarship. My bishop told me that I
had to decide, and I said: 'I'll go to
Rome!' Let me tell you this: I was a boy
from a very poor family and I had an
inferiority complex. When I was in high
school I used to read this newspaper that
had a column for counseling. Once I read
about a very rich businessman who also
suffered from an inferiority complex and
I thought: 'How come? This man is rich.
Why would he feel so low?'
I took the phrase, 'No guts, no glory,'
and from that time on I've used that
phrase. It guides me, it gives me encour-
agement and sometimes it is a consola-
tion. So, I went to Rome and I stayed
there from 1995 till 2001. I received a
full scholarship grant for six years by
foundations from Germany, Austria and
Italy. I studied three years for a Bache-
lor's in Philosophy and three years for a
Bachelor in Theology. It was very nice
because all my life I'd had to struggle so
hard because of our poverty and because
I wanted to escape from the hardships of
life, but it gives you guts to struggle...
Saint Peter says: 'If you don't work,
you don't eat,' and I think that's very
good preaching. For me it's not pride the
way you reach your goal. For me, the fact
that I got a scholarship grant was a bless-
ing, a gift from God that I had not ex-
pected. In 2001 I came back to my dio-
cese in Curaqao and in April 2002 I was
ordained as a deacon in Rincon. Decem-
ber 6th 2002 I was ordained as a priest in
Manila in the Philippines, just for my
parents and relatives to attend the cele-
bration because it was too expensive for
them to come here. In June 2003 I was
assigned as a parish priest at the Parokia
La Birgen Maria di Coromoto in Antriol.
So, my first assignment was on Bonaire. I
like it here; I've adapted to the customs,
the traditions and the culture, and the
people treat me like their son or a mem-
ber of their family.
I feel being a priest is a great responsi-
bility; you are handling the sacraments
and you have to be prudent in dealing
with people. Also you have to be honest
in everything because as a priest they see
you as an ideal person to follow and you
have to set a good example.
I like to interact with people, especially
the old people because I feel they are my
mother and my father, but of course you
have to be there for everybody. If you
love the work you are open to all the
spiritual needs of a person. For me per-
sonally, there is no attachment at all any-
more. My family is in my heart, but in
reality I cannot be with them. Being a
priest you have to be self-disciplined and
you have to sacrifice yourself for the peo-
ple because we're doing it for the love of
God, but also for others. For me as a
priest, the important thing is to save the
spiritual and moral life of a person.
That's my goal and to reach that goal we
need to evangelize and give spiritual for-
mation for every
If you love God
you have to love
others also, because
they are the image of
Story and photo
by Greta Kooistra
Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
Reverend Father Ranulfo Gonida
Let's Go Back Into Bonaire's History
The second of a series about
Bonaire 's past that has been
appearing in Bonaire's Papia-
mentu daily, extra.
The Dutch did not come to
the Caribbean before
1580 because they had no need
to do so. Besides that, they were
involved in the 80-Year War
with Spain (1560-1640), trying
to obtain their independence.
Due to this struggle which re-
quired a large amount of money,
ships, and soldiers, they could
not participate in the discovery
of the islands.
This changed in 1580 when
Spain conquered Portugal and
this union (1580-1640) became a
reality. With this union the
Spanish Crown prohibited the
Portuguese from doing business
with the Dutch, whom they con-
sidered to be rebellious and infi-
The Dutch, up until that time,
had gotten their salt from Portu-
gal. They needed it for their
herring industry and also for
business with the Baltic States.
They were now forced to get
their salt from other places.
They began their quest for salt
in the Caribbean in 1585. At first
they got their salt from the coast
of Venezuela in the salt ponds of
Punta de Araya, but, on a regular
basis, they were chased away
from that place.
Not too much was heard about
the islands of Aruba, Curagao
and Bonaire between 1585 and
1633. It wasn't until the Dutch
were chased from St. Maarten,
after being there a short time,
that the Heren XIX, the 19 gov-
erning men of the Dutch West
Indies Company, began looking
for a good defendable base in the
Curagao was chosen after a
certain Jan Janszoon Otzen gave
a description of the island, hav-
ing been a prisoner there. Cura-
9ao was chosen because it had a
defendable harbor, was geo-
graphically in front of the coast
of Venezuela and because it was
near the commercial routes of
that time. O Bdi Antoin,
Translated by Sue Ellen Felix
Bonaire Reporter September 22 to 29, 2006
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How To Find The Only Planet Visible In Evening Skies
Using The Crescent Moon
L ike that old
or famine, right
now instead of
having a feast of
planets in evening
skies as we did a
few months ago,
it's now a famine
because there is
only one planet
left for you to see
in early evening.
But it's a good one
because it's the
biggest and very
bright. And next
Tuesday an exqui-
site Moon will
neath, it providing Jupiter andfour of its moons
us with two eve-
nings of a lovely celestial duo.
Next Monday, September 25th, about 45 minutes after sunset, face west and if you
have a really clear flat horizon you will see an exquisite 3-day-old waxing, which
means growing, crescent Moon complete with Earthshine, which looks like a black
full Moon nestled within the crescent. And just up and a little to the left of this slen-
der sliver of a Moon will be the brilliant king of the planets itself, Jupiter. But in
case it's cloudy on Monday or you don't have a clear flat horizon, then go out 24
hours later on Tuesday, the 26th, and a slightly fatter crescent will be on the other
side of Jupiter, down to its left, and will make an even more beautiful duo in my
estimation. Once again Monday, the 25th, and Tuesday, the 26th.
Now even though all you need to see this beautiful sight is just your naked eye
you'll be amazed at what a pair of binoculars will show you. Even the Moon
through the cheapest pair of binoculars is very dramatic, especially when it's just a
crescent. And Jupiter will take your breath away because you'll see some tiny pin-
points of light on either side of it which in reality are the four largest of Jupiter's 63
known moons. Plus if you go out night after night you will notice that these four
moons constantly change their position relative to Jupiter and each other. And that's
because they're in orbit about the king. These four largest moons, in order out from
Jupiter, are lo, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. And lo, Ganymede and Callisto
are each larger than our own Moon and Ganymede is actually larger than the planet
Now through even the cheapest small telescope you'll be able to see a lot of fea-
tures on Jupiter, many of which will look like bands which encircle it. These bands
are different zones of storms in Jupiter's atmosphere, and with a really good tele-
scope you'll be able to see the giant Red Spot, which is a humongous hurricane-like
storm which we've seen on Jupiter for over 300 years and which is much larger than
our planet Earth. In fact Earth is a mere 8,000 miles wide compared to Jupiter's
88,000-mile-wide diameter. Which means we could line 11 Earths up, side by side
across its middle, and we could fit over 1,300 Earths inside of it. So get out next
Monday and Tuesday for two exquisite views of a waxing Moon and the king of the
planets. Jack Horkheimer
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Sunday, September 17 to
Saturday, September 23, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You are best to work at home, clearing up overdue
projects. Relationships have not been the best for you lately and it's left you some-
what gun shy. You will be extremely receptive to new and progressive methods at
work. You have a tendency to think that no one else will do things properly. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Insincere gestures of friendliness may be mislead-
ing. Be careful not to consume too many spicy foods or minor health problems
could put you out of commission for the day. Don't evade issues or twist the truth
around. Be careful of the groups you join or the people you associate with. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Things aren't as they appear. You may want to get a
little extra rest. Don't overspend or give too freely to others. Don't let your friends
talk you into taking time off. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Things are looking good for you, so open your eyes
and get to it. Try to ease any disappointment by making amends. Organize all the
responsibilities that have to be attended to and make sure everyone knows what to
do. Look closely at motives and honesty in your personal encounters. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You must take care of health problems that have been
lingering. There'll be difficulties if you spend too much. Avoid being intimately
involved with clients or colleagues. You might find that coworkers will support your
endeavors. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Take time to listen to children and help them with
projects that seem impossible to them. Your involvement in organizational events
could open doors to new and exciting opportunities. You will be able to make finan-
cial gains. Minor accidents are likely if you take risks. Your lucky day is Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can make progress professionally. You can sell
your ideas to those who have the money to back them. Make sure that you have all
the pertinent information before any reprisals or making any moves. Get help setting
up a reasonable budget. Your lucky day will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try not to discuss important matters with col-
leagues. Plan your time thoughtfully, but try not to rely on others. You should get
involved with activities that can be enjoyed by both young and old alike. Personal
alterations will be in your best interest. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Some relatives will be extremely perplexing.
Your self esteem will come back if you take part in organizational functions that
allow you to be in the lime light. Keep calm. Someone around you is bouncing off
the walls. You need a day to rest and relax with the ones you love. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Delve into your work if you can't make amends
at home. Your input into their activities will help bring you closer together. Unreli-
able people will be negative about your ideas. Update and review your personal in-
vestments. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Partnerships could prove to be lucrative. Hidden
assets can be doubled if you play your cards correctly. You can enhance your repu-
tation by making contributions to worthwhile causes. Networking will be a neces-
sity. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't be too quick to let friends and relatives know
what you're up to. You can get a great deal accomplished if you bring work home.
Don't hold back. You will feel tired and rundown if you have allowed yourself to get
into a financial mess. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. 1
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