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Publication Date: December 22, 2006
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Sonaire continues
to progress to-
wards its separation
from the Netherlands Antil-
les to become a quasi-
municipality of Holland. The
scheduled February 2007 Round Table
Conference (RTC) to further prepare for
the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles
and Bonaire's closer ties with Holland
can take place if needs be without Cura-
gao, said Dutch Caretaker Minister of
Administrative Reform and Kingdom
Relations, Atzo Nicolai, during the de-
bate with the Dutch Second Chamber
committee for Antillean and Aruban
The Minister plans to officially for-
malize the accords on the future consti-
tutional changes for the Netherlands
Antilles. Because the Curagao Island
Council rejected the accord, the planned
meeting in February was in question.

> Interestingly, December 15 was
Kingdom Charter Day, when the
document granting the Netherlands An-
tilles and Suriname autonomy within the
Dutch Kingdom was signed in 1954.

> Our new tourists will have to pay
more to leave Bonaire beginning next
year. Officialdom wasn't able to raise
the Airport Departure Tax, but it seems
they were able to up the fee for all in-
ternational departures to $32
(NAf57). The fee applies to all, resi-
dents and visitors to Bonaire. Accord-

> Non-stop
flights from the US
to Bonaire were
doubled on Sunday
with the arrival of
the first weekly r
flight of Continen-
tal Airlines from
Newark. On Decem-
ber 17, Continental
Airlines launched
its service from
Newark's Liberty
Airport to Bonaire.
The "red eye" flight
arrives early Sunday
morning which
gives vacationers TCB welcomes Continental at dawn
time for a full day
on Bonaire. It has been 15 years since a non-stop flight has been available from the
northeast of the US, Bonaire's largest single source of American visitors.
Continental also is using an aircraft with more seats to accommodate the demand
on its Houston-Bonaire Saturday flight.

ing to reports it has been okayed by the
Island Government. In Curagao at least
passengers get jetways and air condi-
tioning for their $32.

> Insel Air, the latest Curacao air-
line startup, is acquiring an MD-83
jet, formerly used by Air Adriatic from
Croatia. The plane will arrive soon in
the Netherlands Antilles, according to
director Albert Kluyver. The MD-83 is
already in France awaiting an Antillean
registration. Insel Air will use the 167-
passenger plane to fly regional routes
from Curagao.

> The Antilles Parliament agreed
to the 2007 draft budget last week. A
resolution was also passed stating that
Parliament supports St. Maarten, Saba.
St. Eustatius and Bonaire in their proc-
ess to leave the Netherlands Antilles
constellation. The resolution on the ac-
cord on future constitutional change was
the main topic of confused discussions
during four days of debates on the

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Table of Contents
Coral Glimpses 3
Bio Concern 4
Bad Rap 4
Life in the USA 4-5
Guest Editorial
SOS for Conservation 5
Pet Project 2006
Remedy for Firecrackers 9
Antique Houses (San Bernardus) 10&11
MCB Press Day & Appreciation of
Prins Wilhelmina Fonds Fdn. 12
Mangazina di Rei Celebrates
10th Anniversary 13
Bonaire on Wheels (Fiat Barchetta) 14
Stingray Secrets 14
SGB Stars (Nanouk de Jong) 15
Mr. and Miss Jong Bonaire 17
Bonaire Excels in Antilles Swim
Championships 18
Swim School Graduation 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Kissing) 3
Picture Yourself (Nice, France) 8
Pet of the Week (Sasha) 9
Classifieds 16
Straight Talk 17
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Marlis Seelos-Schmid) 21
Sky Park (Planet Meeting) 23
The Stars Have It 23
Cover photo by Wilna

Bonaire Reporter December 22 to December 29, 2006

Page 2

(a bit of information about corals pre-
coral glim pses sented each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)

Thousands of divers explore the
world's coral reef ecosystems
every year. Unfortunately, many make
careless contact with living coral be-
cause they don't understand the signifi-
cance of their contact Now everyone can
get an up-close and personal view of ex-
actly why living coral is fragile, in a
sticker being provided to dive operators
by the Action in Behalf of Coral Project.
"Divers are taught that coral is fragile,"
says ABC Project founder Dee Scarr,
"And then they see boulder-like forma-
tions. The sticker shows how damage is
done by a simple light brushing along
even boulder-like coral."

The ABC Project sticker just made its
debut recently on dive boats and in dive
equipment areas in the Bonaire National
Marine Park and is available elsewhere in
the Caribbean and around the world.

Dive operators can contact the ABC Pro-
ject about getting stickers by e-mailing
Scarr at dee(@touchthesea.com.
The mission of the Action in Behalf of
Coral Project is to protect corals by pro-
viding education. In addition to the
sticker, the ABC Project has created a
series of short pieces about coral, each
illustrated by a photo, called Coral
Glimpses. The Bonaire Reporter has
published Coral Glimpses weekly since
January this year.
Artwork for the Action in Behalf of
Coral Project sticker was done by profes-
sional Biological/Medical Illustrator
Gary Carlson, whose work can be seen at
More information about Action in Be-
half of Coral and a list of supporters of
the Project, can be found at
www.touchthesea.com/abcproiect. Scarr
can also be reached at 954-246-3536
(North American number), or at 599-717-
8529 (Bonaire number). Dee Scarr

D id You Know...Fish kiss?
Have you ever been swim-
ming along, minding your own
business, when a couple of grunts
started kissing right in front of you?!
Again and again? Some think this be-
havior is terribly cute, but scientists
believe this kissing display is anything
but amorous. Grunts and seabass are
territorial and when there is a dispute
over who reigns what, lip-locking takes
place. Whoever has the largest mouth
is victorious and is 'king of the rock.'

This behavior is likened to the horn-
bashing contests of rams and is an easy
way to establish dominance without
injury. Can you imagine men compet-
ing in this fashion for a lady's atten-
tion? Caren Eckrich

Bonaire Reporter December 22 to December 29, 2006

Page 3

To The Editor:
We have been concerned for some months about the WEB plans to contract a Ger-
man company to grow fast growing algae on Bonaire for Bio-diesel. We have only to
look at the problems that the Mediterranean and Hawaii are having with fast growing
invasive algae in their ecosystems. Hawaii is spending millions and millions to "super
suck" the algae that are destroying their coral reefs and the Mediterranean might be
too late to save.
When we have asked about the possibility of these algae leaping the barriers and
going into the ocean reefs we were told that it could not happen. Age old story of
things that "Could Not Happen." Bonaire has seven terraces with extensive cave sys-
tems that cover the island. All of these caves have water which runs through them to
the sea. Everything on Bonaire eventually reaches the sea. There is no escaping this
fact. If this algae reaches even one cave..............
Bonaire is a small island with limited resources and the sea is almost everything we
have for our tourist industry. We believe that our reefs could be in danger from this
What is the environmental impact of this algae bio-diesel project? Has there been
an Environmental Impact Study or is our search for cheaper energy blinding us to
the threat of disaster down the road?
Maggie and Frans Booi

*********** ******* ******* ****
Editor's note: Using natural or geneti-
cally-altered algae to produce bio-diesel is
expected to be cost competitive with fossil
fuel by 2010, according to published uni-
versity studies. Extracting the oil can be as
simple as pressing the algae and treating it
with alcohol and some common chemicals.
Carbon dioxide exhaust from the generators
can be piped to the algae ponds to enhance
About 50,000 gallons (190,000 liters) of
bio-diesel a year can be supplied by one
hectare of saltwater pond in a sun-rich envi-
ronment like Bonaire's. Algae Studies
Just by way of history, petroleum is internet photo

widely believed to have had its origins in kerogen, which is easily converted to an oily
substance under conditions of high pressure and temperature. Kerogen (the naturally
occurring, solid, insoluble organic matter that occurs in rocks) is formed from algae,
biodegraded organic compounds, plankton, bacteria, plant material, etc., by biochemi-
cal and/or chemical reactions. On the basis of several studies it can be inferred that
algae grown in C02-enriched air can be converted to oily substances. Such an ap-
proach can contribute to solving two major problems: air pollution/global warming
resulting from CO2, and future crises due to a shortage of energy sources.
We were unable to find any studies on the effects/dangers of the algae escaping into
the sea. The great enthusiasm for algae-produced fuel seems to have left no time to
consider the possibility of this super-algae escaping into the sea. The world's oceans
produce most of the planet's oxygen. G.D.

To The Editor:

I was initially very excited about the new radio station, 97.1 FM. They were play-
ing a nice mix of 60's, '70's and 80's music with some light jazz put into the
mix. However, I have noticed that Rap music with totally unacceptable lyrics are
making their way into the programming. The last thing the young people on this is-
land need is more obscene 'music'. 97.1 needs to decide on a musical style and stick
with it. Hopefully it will be the type of music they played when they first went on the
air. I would ask them to please not drive a large segment of potential audience away
by playing that nasty Rap 'music'.
Dabney Lassiter


To The Editor:

My name is Lars and I've lived on Bonaire for three years. I graduated high school
there and now I have my HAVO diploma. But because I didn't want to go to the Neth-
erlands right away to continue my study I was looking for an alternative. And that's
how I decided to join an exchange program. I got involved with YFU International
Exchange and chose the USA as country because you hear a lot of different statements
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Bonaire Reporter December 22 to December 29, 2006


Page 4

Letters (Continued from page 4)

and prejudgments about the US nowadays and I wanted to experience this diverse
country by myself so I can develop my own honest opinion.
And here I am in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The place I live is
called Audubon and I go to Methacton High school.
I'm in 12th grade (senior) and it's really nice and especially interesting to see how
an American high school is. It took me some adjustment when I just came here and
of course everything was new and totally different but now I'm pretty much used to
it and I'm enjoying it very much. School here is very big; it's almost like its own
village! We have an indoor pool, cafeteria, nurse's office, theatre and a lot of sports
facilities in our school. I'm doing Winter Track as extra-curricular activity and that is
basically running and sprinting. I made a lot of friends already and I can say that
Americans are very hospitable and interested. People ask me all kinds of questions
and love to hear everything about my culture and home country.
Sometimes when I talk to people it's funny to hear how little some people know
about things outside America and this can lead to funny misconceptions and situa-
tions. Compared to the Dutch and other European school systems American high
school is not hard at all and easy to manage. It's nice how I can compose my own
curriculum here and there are so many more classes to chose from. It can go from
acting to ceramics, musical instrument classes, journalism, TV production, cooking,
oceanography, psychology, mythology, food, life guarding etc. just to mention a
Sports also play a big role in school and are very competitive and challenging. We
have our own teams, including cheerleaders, and special colors (ours are white and
green) to show the school spirit. Every morning we do the 'pledge of alle-
giance' (show your loyalty to the flag) and I take the famous yellow bus every day.
I live with a great host family. I have a host brother who'sl7 and a host sister, 19,
and I get along with them very well. They show me around a lot and take me to a lot
of places.
I've done a lot of trips already to places like Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York
City and Washington D.C., and we're going snowboarding in Canada in December.
The houses here are very big and everybody has a lot of space, which also means
you have to do everything by car. This can be annoying sometimes because you're
not very free to go wherever you want.
I'm very close to the city (Philly) which is very nice because when you're a teen-
ager the suburbs can become a little bit boring sometimes. Nightlife and bars are not
really common here because it's not allowed. Sometimes I go to clubs, but it's usu-
ally house parties. We're close to a very big mall (one of the biggest in the US!) and
to a movie theatre so there's enough time you can spend there.
The Christmas atmosphere is everywhere right now. A lot of houses are decorated
and some people get really into it. The stores are full of sales especially on Black
Friday right after Thanksgiving. This day all the stores are open from early in the
morning and there are sales and bargains everywhere! Everybody went shopping and
waited in line in the cold just to get that great deal they're after. It was very crowded
everywhere and kind of crazy to see how much some people do just to get stuff on
sale. You hear Christmas songs everywhere and from now on it looks like every-
body is constantly shopping.

Well I hope I gave you all an impression of how I'm living life like an American.
Of course I also have my moments when it's hard and that you're a little down and
sad because you miss your family, friends, language, and culture etc., but those mo-
ments are very seldom and for the most I'm having an unforgettable time of my life.
Lars Heeringa


M any people think that what is,
will always be. Younger people
think the way it is now is the way it will
always be. But many who have been
around quite a bit longer know that
things have changed and in many cases
not for the good.
Even when scientists, backed with a
book full of factual information, warn
us, many just reject it or simply don't
care. It has now been published that by
the year 2048, 90% of the fish stocks of
the world will be decimated. Take a few
seconds to think about that. Perhaps
some people don't care, saying they
won't be here anyhow, but many will,
and our children will certainly see this.
2048 really isn't that far away. And that
is 90% gone. Each year a percentage of
the fish disappear and there is certainly
proof of that on Bonaire.
In the early 1970s one could see Nas-
sau grouper on every dive. Also marbled
grouper, literally tons of yellow tail
snappers along with lobsters and conch,
to mention only a few. It is 2006 and
most of them are gone or at the very
best, rarely seen. Those who have come
to live on Bonaire recently, perhaps in
the last 10 or 15 years, don't always
realize this, thinking it has always been
this way; nothing has changed. It has
changed and the fish are being deci-
There has been talk, and at this point
just talk, to install no-take zones so fish

have a minimal chance to reproduce.
Those for it know this can only help
while those against it say it hurts the
fishermen and therefore becomes a po-
litical issue. Politics should not enter
into this at all. What will hurt fishing is
no fish left at all, just like the conch and
lobster are now, and it will happen. Any-
one needing proof has to just see other
islands and fishing areas around the
world. Or ask someone who has been on
Bonaire a long time.
The time will not come when fish dis-
appear. It is already here and has been
here. The big question is will 2048 ar-
rive sooner than anyone thinks? Do not
argue the no-take zones. Allow them and
install them soon. Yesterday if at all
possible. It will only help in the long
run. Too late is just around the corer if
not already here.
Bruce Bowker

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
> The Central Bank of Aruba recom-
mended that postponing the introduc-
tion of the Turnover (Sales) Tax is the
safest option because its economic effects
are too uncertain. There have been wide-
spread demonstrations by Aruban citizens
in opposition to the measure. Bonaire's
economy took a nosedive when the sales
tax was introduced here in the 1990s.

> The new
penal code of
the Nether-
lands Antilles
is finished
(just in time
for the dissolu-
tion of the
Antilles, when
it may become DavidDick
moot for Bon-
aire) and was officially offered to Justice
Minister David Dick. It took three years
for a special committee to rewrite the new
penal code.
President of the common Court of Jus-
tice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba,
Luis de Lannoy, said that the Netherlands
Antilles has laws that are over 100 years

St. Elisabeth Hospital. After experiencing
chest pain for some time Godett visited his
doctor on Thursday for the results of some
blood tests he had taken on Monday. After
examining the results, his doctor sent him
to the hospital for more tests. He was later
admitted to the ICU.
The medical condition of imprisoned
political leader Anthony Godett improved,
but, as of press-time he still remains for
observation in Room 56 at St. Elisabeth
Hospital in Curagao. Normally the prison
pays third class for all prisoners. However,
Godett is still a Member of Parliament and
the Curagao Island Council, and via his
medical insurance he can expect to receive
at least second class medical care at the

b The Island Government of Curacao
is still dissolved but may soon be active
in a coalition of three political parties
including that of imprisoned FOL party
leader, Anthony Godett. The PAR party,
the centerpiece of the past coalition gov-
ernment, refused to join because they de-
manded that Godett give up his seats in the
Island Council and Parliament. Godett is
scheduled to be released from prison on
March 12, 2007, just before the April
Curagao Island Government elections. He
was convicted of fraud and money laun-

> Continental Airlines Inc. and
United Airlines parent UAL Corp. are
in preliminary talks about a merger
that would create the largest airline in
the world, sources familiar with the situa-
tion said last week. The talks come amid
heightened merger activity in the frag-
mented and highly competitive airline
sector. Continental began flying to Bon-
aire from the New York area this past
week and has a weekly flight from Hous-

ton to Bonaire as well.
> Michael Conway, chief executive
officer of Air Jamaica, has sought to allay
security concerns raised by pilots re-
garding a proposal to replace the air-
line's current Airbus fleet with Boeing
737s. Conway dismissed the concerns
raised by the pilots. He said that based on
accident rates from 1959 through 2005, the
two aircraft series being acquired had the
lowest accident rate per million depar-
tures. According to Conway, of the 14 in
the new fleet, six were 5% less fuel-
efficient and eight had a fuel efficiency of
more than 15%.

The pilots had also expressed reserva-
tions about the company's decision to pur-
chase older planes than it was currently
using, but, Conway said, not all the planes

iAP icel


would be older aircraft. Air Jamaica flies
to Bonaire every Saturday.
> Bonaire's cell phone scene was
thrown into turmoil when, after a hasty
announcement, Digicel acquired mobile
business from Bonaire's island-owned
telecom provid-er, Telbo. Under the
terms of the deal, Digicel took Telbo's
existing mobile subscriber base, spectrum
and base station. Digicel entered the Bon-
aire market six months ago.
According to Hans Lute, CEO of Digicel
Dutch Caribbean, "We are delighted to
welcome Telbo's mobile customers into
our family and we are putting the neces-
sary processes in place to ensure a smooth
transition with former Telbo mobile cus-
tomers being able to keep their mobile
phone, telephone number as well as their
current benefits."
Telbo cellular customers may choose to
remain with UTS or switch to Digicel.
There is no cost, no phone number change,
and a bonus of NAf30 is offered to switch,
when exchanging Sim Cards (a must as

Bonaire Reporter December 22 to December 29, 2006

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 6)
otherwise the phone won't work after De-
cember 31) at a Digicel store or at special
facilities set up in Antriol and Rincon.
Any money still left in the subscriber's
Telbo account, however, is lost.
Telbo severed its partnership with UTS,
the Curagao government-owned telecom
provider, to join Digicel. As we go to
press the legality of the merger is being
decided in court.
Concurrent with the partnership it was
announced that Digicel will subsidize the
Government of Bonaire and the Bonaire
Football Association for a total of
$240,000 in the development of sports on
Bonaire over the next 10 years. The in-
vestment will also go towards further
development of Bonaire's national sports
stadium, renamed the Digicel Kralendijk

> This year continues to be on track
to be the warmest in the Netherlands
since temperatures were first measured in
1706, the Dutch meteorological institute
KNMI said on Tuesday, linking the re-
cord with global warming. The average
temperature in 2006
is likely to exceed 11
degrees Celsius beat-
ing a previous record
of 10.9 degrees in

> Natalee Hollo-
way may be gone Natalee Holloway
but the lawsuits
surrounding her disappearance persist.
The parents of the Alabama teen who
disappeared last year while on a trip to
Aruba with classmates filed a wrongful-
death suit Thursday against two broth-
ers who were once suspects in the case --
a day after the brothers sued the "Dr.
Phil" show.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Beth
Twitty and Dave Holloway, claims that
Deepak and Satish Kalpoe "intentionally,
negligently, wantonly" caused fatal inju-
ries to their daughter.
"There is no doubt in my mind that
Deepak and Satish played a role in my

daughter's death and should be held ac-
countable," Twitty said in a statement.
"It's unconscionable that they have not
been punished so far."
The wrongful-death lawsuit came a day
after the Kalpoes, both residents of
Aruba, filed suit in Los Angeles against
television's "Dr. Phil" show alleging libel
and slander.
The brothers alleged that a private in-
vestigator secretly recorded a conversa-
tion with Deepak Kalpoe and aired it on
the nationally syndicated show. The show
altered portions of the recording to
"create false, incriminating, and defama-
tory statements that the plaintiffs engaged
in criminal activity against Natalee Hollo-
way," the lawsuit said.
Natalee Holloway was 18 when she
disappeared May 30, 2005, while on a trip
to Aruba with fellow high school gradu-
ates. She was last seen getting into a car
with the Kalpoes and their friend, Joran
van der Sloot.
Police spent months searching for the
missing teen, but she has not been found
and there was insufficient evidence to file
criminal charges.
A similar lawsuit filed by Natalee Hol-
loway's family in a New York court

against van der Sloot was thrown out by a
judge this summer. (The Associated
> The Outlet Mol opened on Thurs-
day December 14, with a wide assortment
of first quality women's fashions at af-
fordable prices. The selection includes
swim wear, sleep wear, blouses, slacks,
bras, panties PLUS the "chickie-la-la"
fashions that you have come to expect.
The store is located upstairs in the La
Terraza, in the space directly above
Botica Bonaire and just across the street
from the Tambu Shop and the Best Bud-
dies Shop.

> The Bonaire Flag celebrated it 25th
(Continued on page 8)

1 Artist Christel
Cosijn, an artist who
presented a portrait
to the Queen during
her recent visit, had
her art work that
was on display in
the Harbourside
Mall stolen. Some
thief must surely
appreciate good art
because in addition
to Christel's Bob
Marley portrait he or
she also stole, among
others, a lovely
painting of the art-
ist's daughter, Nikita,
It would be a fine thing if the thief could just
bring the paintings into Littman Jewelers and
leave them. If nothing else, they took a long time to paint, and the artist depends
on income from the sale of her work for a living. If the paintings aren't returned
voluntarily, Christel will paint a portrait of the person who provides information
leading to their return as a reward. If you can help, call Christel at 717-3542.

Parrot Research Help

am Williams, one of the two
parrot researchers working
with Bonaire's endangered Lora,
will be visiting Bonaire in January
to help with our annual Lora
count. He will also be making
some preparations for the coming
breeding season, and there are a
couple of things he needs help
with. Loras don't say "ouch."

Do you have a cordless drill capable of drilling masonry? Sam would like to
borrow a strong portable drill for one or two days in mid January.
Are there any bee keepers on the island? If so please get in touch with Sam as
he needs some advice so he can help the parrots without getting stung!
If you have parrots near your house after 1800hrs can you let Sam know. He is in-
terested to find any new areas where they are roosting.

Contact Sam by email at sam.williams@shef.ac.uk, or leave your phone number
with the Reporter (786-6125/786-6518) so they can call you when Sam lands on the
island. (Flotsam is continued on page 8)

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 7)
Anniversary last
week. Commis-
sioner of Culture
Geraldine Dam-
mers, in the name
of the government,
sent greetings to all citizens of the island
and said she hoped that our flag would
continue to be a symbol of Bonaire's cul-
tural identity on its course to a new gov-
erning structure. The flag was designed
by a committee headed by Frans Booi.

> The Tourist Corporation of Bonaire
(TCB) announced that Kaya Grandi,
Bonaire's main street, will be closed
from 12:30-5 pm on Wednesdays when
the cruise ship Crown Princess is in port
from now through May 2007. Motorists
are also advised to be especially aware of
congestion at the waterfront piers on
Mondays and Wednesdays.

> In connection with Continental Air-
lines expanded service to Bonaire, two
resorts are offering high value Dive
Vacation packages: Buddy Dive Resort
offers 8 days, 7 nights from $1522 p/p
quad (four in a room), and Divi Flamingo
Beach Resort- 8 days, 7 nights from
$1566 p/p for a double occupancy room.
Restrictions apply. Tours are operated by
Caradonna Dive Adventures.

> Effective January 1, 2007, Air Ja-
maica introduces Executive Business
Class, which replaces First Class on all
routes, including the Saturday flight to
Bonaire. Executive Business Class cus-
tomers will have more comfortable seats
with extra legroom, gourmet cuisine,

champagne, fine wines, premium liquors,
exclusive check-in areas, three pieces of
checked luggage, priority luggage han-
dling and the use of Lovebird Executive

> Ka'i Minima the 60 plus club of
Tera Cora, will celebrate its 25 years of
serving the elders of the community on
January 25. Lots of exciting events and
entertainment are planned for the day.
Watch The Reporter for more information
as the date nears.

> Dee Scarr is back on the island
with an all new "Touch the Sea" slide
show on Monday nights at Capt. Don's
Habitat. The show is free, and author-
diver Dee's personality and her wealth of
information about the undersea world
makes the show super special. The slide
show will be outdoors at the hotel, under
the stars as it always was in the past. It's
at 8:30 pm. Don't miss it!

> Plantation, the amazing store fea-
turing Indonesian furniture and acces-
sories, has extended their opening
hours for the rest of the month of De-
cember: Monday through Saturday, 9 am
to 6 pm, non-stop. The shop is located on
Kaya Industria South, on the dirt road
behind Warehouse. For
more information call
717-5449. See their ad on
page 22.

> The Staff of The
Bonaire Reporter wishes
everyone a very Merry
Christmas and a New
Year full of love and

Picture Yourself with The Reporter

INice, France

nother couple who make Bonaire their home is
Renata Sanders and Edwin Wuyts. They vaca-
tioned in Nice, France, earlier this year and sent us this
photo. That's Renata's car featured in "Bonaire on
Wheels" in this week's issue. Edwin recently completed
the IDC course and is now qualified as a PADI SCUBA instructor.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST
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To Benefit the Animal Shelter

S"ur New Year's
celebration is
festive. We ring in the
year with fireworks
that we traditionally
set off for a while, but
our pets react with
confusion. A couple of years ago, my pets
were suffering to the extreme. I decided
to give them a rem-
edy that has
helped me
effectively for a
variety of stresses.
It's named
"Rescue Remedy."

At 11 o'clock on New Years
Eve, my pets were terrified at the
noise. I placed a drop of the liquid
Rescue Remedy on the pads of their feet.
I didn't see any effect, so I repeated this
treatment again in 10 minutes. The fire-
works were loud, but the pets seemed less
frightened. I put one drop into their water
dish. This helped them to sleep.
Rescue Remedy is a natural medicine
made from flowers. It was invented in
England by a physician named Dr. Ed-
ward Bach, who intended to relieve psy-
chological suffering of people. That was
in 1935. Since those years, people have
used Bach remedies and shared it with
I intended to find a way to bring Rescue
Remedy for pet owners to help their ani-
mal companions through the New Year

2007. I call this my Pet Project. I'm pre-
paring pet remedies now.
The holiday season is here! On Decem-
ber 31st we will welcome 2007 with a
fanfare of fireworks which will help us
celebrate. Most of our pets show their
dislike for fireworks by disappearing. I
intend here to suggest a way to help your
pets through the celebration.
Rescue Remedy is homeopathic style
medicine made from five flowers. Each
of the flowers has a calming effect. The
ingredients are:
Cherry Plum: promotes rational
Clematis: promotes enjoyment of
Impatiens: promotes ability to
think of the present moment
rather than to worry.
Rock Rose: builds courage.
Star ofBethlehem: soothes pain.

The ability of certain flowers to treat
mental stress was uncovered in 1930 by
Dr. Edward Bach, a noted British immu-
nologist. He designed a system of healing
for the layperson. The flowers above are
gathered, heated for a time and diluted
homeopathically. We are left with the
"soul" of the plant. Perhaps due to the
dilution it has no side effects.
The solutions are preserved by trace
amounts of alcohol and vinegar and the
mixture tastes like water.
Giving your pet this stress reliving rem-
edy is easy. Simply drop one drop into the
pet's water dish, early on December 31st.

Pet of the Week
n the last edition of The Reporter you saw the little
newborn "piggy pups. Now here's their very
young mom, Sasha, who's only a year old herself -
much too young to be saddled with three boisterous
puppies. But Sasha rose to the challenge and raised
three adorable little pups, all of whom have been
adopted already. It was a Good Samaritan who brought
pregnant Sasha into the Bonaire Animal Shelter where
she was given loving care, both pre and post natal! Now
Sasha herself has been sterilized and she has a chance at
a new life, off the streets, without wondering where her
next meal is coming from. All she needs now is an ap-
preciative and loving owner. Sasha is ready to go -
healthy, certainly very social and a dog with a fine char-
acter. You may meet Sasha at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm.
Tel. 717-4989.
So far this year there have been 130 pet adoptions.
There were more than 100 sterilizations, many of which
were thanks to the Shelter's Sterilization Program.
Want to give a gift that keeps on giving? Consider a gift
certificate, in your giftee's name to the Sterilization
Fund, MCB Account #10616410. Or contact Support
Bonaire: website: www.supportbonaire.org/ It's your
way of showing that you care about preventing so many
unwanted and abandoned puppies on the island. LD

This will allow it to work all day, as your
pet drinks. During the firework's loudest
noise, if you are able to get near the pet
you may give it on the pad of his foot.
Place one or two drops on the palm of
your hand, then apply to the pet's foot
pads. It may be added to food as well.
I wish a happy 2007 for you and your
The cost is NAf2. The proceeds will be
donated to the Bonaire Animal Shelter.


works. Florence Ditlow
References: Bach Center, Bach Flower Essences for
the Family, May 1996, bachcenter.com

If you have more questions about Res-
cue Remedy, email fhumming-
Florence Ditlow is a Registered Nurse
and certified in the use of Bach Remedies
through the Bach Center.

Editorial Note: You mayfind this prod-
Next week: how to give the remedy and uct at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
your questions about the remedy for fire- Lagoen Road. Tel 717-4989.

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An tiqcLu e Lving Houses of srg Bonae Ar.iret
Saxn Bernardus Rectory by Wilna Groenenboom Preserving Bonaire's Archtectural Heritage

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-Antq cnu e ILIiriXn flons e sH e

San Bernardus Rectory

If we look at the old photo of the Rec-
tory of San Bernardus (top center
photo) we see a Kas di Hala or a
"Winghouse" model, built in 1852. The
roof is a Dak di hefel or "saddle roof, like
that of the restaurant, Papaya Moon Can-
tina. But this house has "wings" on its
right and left sides. The house and church
property were surrounded by a pillared
fence, with a pillar cap or pilaarpet on
each of the pillars, again like that of Pa-
paya Moon's). So both houses have
many similarities. Between the gate and
the house is a small tree. The young tree,
seen in the old photo has probably be-
come a big tree, so big in fact that it made
it very difficult to take a good architec-
tural photo.
Pastor Basilus was the first who lived in
this house until 1863.
The old water cistern at the back of the
house (photo right below) was built as a
little Kas di Hala with a saddle roof. Big
buttresses were built on the outside to
accommodate the stored water inside.
Now days it is used as an activity room.

The basic style of the house is still the
same. When any changes did take place,
whether they were big or small, is diffi-
cult to say.
The front entrance of the house had a
great facelift which changed its appear-
ance completely. On the old house we see
five windows on the second floor. The
present house has seven windows on top.
The "new" first two windows are con-

nected with the open porch at the street
side. So the wall we see behind the pillars
on the facade of the porch (right above) is
probably the original one from 1852. It is
almost certain that with this extension
they decided to change the design of the
roof too. It has now a woldak or "hipped
roof' (photo left below) which we see
mostly on a traditional Kas di Kaha. On
top we see the roof doll or dakpop. In the
old photo we don't see the ridge beam
connecting the wall with the roof. This
was probably constructed when the shape
of the roof was changed. And looking
well at the old photo, it looks like the an-
gle of the "lean to roof' or Dak skeins has
been remodeled. It looks like they have
raised the outside walls of the side wings.
The open small porches on the left side
and a big one on the back haven't
changed the house much. The double
thick shutters have cathedral relief glass
on top, to provide more daylight.
Wilna Gronenboom

The history about the
different religious orders

S ince 1989 till 2003 the parish is
k under guidance of the congrega-
tion ofSaint Michael the Archangel
(Michaelites) coming from Poland and is
represented by father Daniel Wieslaw
On June 8th 2003, another Polish Priest
took the guidance of the Parish: P.
Andrds Makowiec coming from the same
origin of the congregation ofSaint Mi-

chael the Archangel. After his ordination,
which tookplace in this same Parish on
August 15th of 1991, he was admitted to
the Diocese of Willemstad.

Everything started with the discovery of
Bonaire byAlonso de Ojeda in 1499. The
spiritual life of the Christians was in the
hands of monks who would visit the island
now and then from neighboring Vene-
zuela, to baptize. These missionaries be-
longed to the order ofJesiuts or Francis-
can order. The first residentpriest was
Jacob Bernardus Eisenbelfrom Holland,
who came from Aruba where he had
served for many years. The 24th ofJuly
1827 is the date when the parish of Saint
Bernard became official. Pastor Bernar-
dus couldn 't stay very long on Bonaire. In
the year 1829 he returned to Holland and
his place was filled by other clergyman
and Capuchin Friars. Among the first was
also Father Basilio who served as pastor
of the parish in Kralendijk as well as later
in Rincon for 21 years.
Beginning in 1870 the spiritual guid-
ance of the Antilles was trusted to the
Dominican Friars. First to arrive was
father Reginaldus van der Venne in 1882.
The last Dominican friar was father An-
toon Boks who left Bonaire in 1987. All in
all the Dominican friars served in the
parish of Saint Bernard for more than 105

Wilna Groenenboom is an
artist and photographer
who teaches art at the
SGB high school

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MCB Congratulates the Press and

he Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds Foundation

The Award Memento

It's become a very welcome tradition.
For the last five years the Bonaire
branch of Maduro Curiel's Bank has
hosted a warm and congenial celebration
of the work the press of Bonaire has per-
formed during the last year and an Annual
Merit Award to a deserving organization.
This year the occasion was held at the

Bambu restaurant.

MCB Managing Director Evert Piar
said, "On behalf of all of us at Your
Friendly Bank I would like to thank you
again this year, not only for your impor-
tant work, keeping our community in-
formed, but also for the support that you
have given our Bank through your various
media. The roll that you play in our com-
munity is very important and the responsi-
bility associated with it increases as our
island enters a new era and we need to be
informed more quickly and accurately.
We sincerely hope that you can continue
to do this difficult work which is so im-
portant to our society."
He continues, concerning the chosen
organization this year: "It is an organiza-
tion which many times works in silence,
without publicity, with the noble objective
of helping those less fortunate who are
suffering from illness and require assis-
tance to continue. I would like to con-
gratulate the Board and members of
Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds." (Cancer
Members of the press were awarded
hand made and hand painted ceramic rep-
licas of a traditional Bonairean house. But,
these Bonairean houses, unlike the KLM
replica houses filled with Geneever, con-
tain "a real Bonairean liquor."
Thanks for the Thanks, MCB, from all
the press of Bonaire. L.D.

MCB's Rudy Gomez, Gabrielle Nahr and Evert Piar present the award to Astrid
Francircam ndnl .Sfin ThPnrlnrn nfthe Prinrce Wilhplrninn Fnndr

Astrid gets a very special hug from Gabrielle

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linguineLEn @eliliti lD Annfrrew.

M angazina di Rei (Storehouse of the
King) celebrated its 10th anniver-
sary last weekend, an example of what can
be reached with vision, passion and perse-
verance. Edith Strauss and her many
friends have worked for 10 years to make
the Mangazina a cultural center where eve-
ryone, young and old, locals and tourists,
can come enjoy the cultural inheritance of
Bonaire and in particular, Rincon. The vil-
lage of Rincon is a unique spot, rich in Samples of old time houses

Inside the Mangazina is a museum dh

The foundation wants to have more edu-
cational programs and cultural activities in
the schools, particularly for the study of
durable energy, making the students aware
of their environment so they can continue
to live with nature.
The foundation wants to work with young
people who've dropped out of school,
teaching them agrarian skills and helping
them to reinforce their personal and social
development. They want to show how Bon-
aire can cultivate its own vegetables.
They say, "We start small with a large
The foundation hopes to purchase Onima,
Youngsters show us how it used to be with costumes, musical instruments and an important natural area that is part of the
songs larger, "landscape park Rincon: the "Tanki
(dam) di Onima," and "Roi Onima," which
history and host to beautiful nature. Man- tion has accomplished during the last 10 hold water all year round, places that are
gazina is on the edge of the village itself. years. important for regionally endemic and
It's the second oldest stone building on The main attractions of the Mangazina threatened Caribbean birds, particularly
Bonaire. Built in 1820 it was primarily are an interior museum, a patio museum Loras, and cactus. The value of this area,
used for the slaves to store the sorghum and with walking trails featuring small houses with its bio-diversity and the possibilities
corn harvests. of stone and wood, and furnaces for char- for ecotourism and educational aims,
Since 1996 the Foundation Mangazina di coal, limestone and aloe. makes it indispensable and unique, and
Rei, with its volunteers, have done the hard It's open every Tuesday, Wednesday and within the total natural wealth of Bonaire.
work to make it what it is today an open Thursday to the public. During the week- Moreover this area contains some unique
air museum with examples of historical end there are tours given by appointment. geological formations and rich cultural
buildings and botanic gardens. They also rent the area for family days and history as seen in the old country house
Last weekend this supreme effort was special occasions. itself and the double aloe furnace. The total
celebrated with the volunteers and their As of November 1 a project manager has price is NAfl .2. Foundation Mangazina
sponsors. It was an open house with a fes- been appointed to professionally manage has an option on the land and as soon as the
tive program where everyone was able to the Mangazina in the coming years. There money is collected the buy can continue.
see with their own eyes what the founda- are many plans and ideas for 2007. A special program has been set up

displaying household and clothing articles
the past

A stroll back in time

whereby you can become a sponsor or do-
nator. The aim of the Foundation is to pro-
long the rich historical-cultural history and
nature for everyone now and for the com-
ing generations. For further information or
a newsletter contact Ilo Christiaan, project
manager, tel. 786-2101. Ilo Christiaan

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The second of a new series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower,
featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Where on Bonaire
does this vivid Ital-
ian live?

It's not that easy
to find the
home of this Italian-
born Barchetta. Fol-
low the road to La-
gun, find the blue
stones on the left,
follow the dirt track,
follow the blue

marking stones, fol-
low the dirt, try to find the road and to
keep on it, try to cope with mud and even
more, more mud... and finally you are
there: the home of the Fiat Barchetta and
her owner. Somewhere in the middle of
nowhere; the outback of Washikemba.
Renata Sanders is the very proud owner
of the broom yellow dynamic Italian
two-seaterpur sang sports car. Renata
has lived on the island of Bonaire for
over a year now and she really loves it.
Renata: "I feel completely at home. We
bought our own house here. This island
is big enough for me. We really intend to
stay here!"

The Fiat Barchetta and her owner,
Renata Sanders

ways ice on the inside of the windows.
Finally, I decided to buy a hard top for
my lovely Barchetta. No more ice on the
inside and even an electric heated rear
window! I think the car even looks better
with the yellow hard-top.
I love driving fast. In The Netherlands
we lived in Arnhem and I liked to go
shopping in Oberhausen, Germany.
There is no speed limit on the German
highways and my Barchetta easily
reaches a speed of over two hundred
kilometers (approximately 130 miles) per
When we decided to go to Bonaire I
took my car with me. I personally drove
it into the container for shipment to Bon-
aire. My car is the only Barchetta on the
island. She is in a very good condition
and completely original. She has a 1.8-
liter, 16-valve engine with double over-
head camshaft and a five-speed gearbox.
The engine produces 130 horse power at
6300 revs per minute.
Very unfortunately we have to sell the
car with pain in the heart. She cannot
cope at all with the muddy trail to our
house. We tried everything: we changed
the tires for higher ones, we even tried to
improve the road, but my beloved is too
stubborn and headstrong: she just likes
the paved roads!" J@n Brower



ever have pre-
dicted that the
Crocodile Hunter,
Steve Irwin,
would be killed
by a stingray?
Granted, the most
unlikely part of
Irwin's death
wasn't that he
was spined by a
stingray, it was
that the spine
penetrated di-
rectly into Irwin's

Wayne Hasson of the Aggressor Fleet communes with sting-
rays and yellowtail snappers at Stingray City.

heart. If that
spine had entered his body just about any-
where else, the man would be telling us
exactly what happened himself. But why
did he get spined at all?
What made his experience different from
those of the thousands of people who visit
Cayman's Stingray City? Dozens of
Southern stingrays (Dasyatis americana)
compete with hundreds of yellowtail snap-
pers there for the bits of food that adven-
turous souls scatter for them.

There are injuries, of course, mostly
fingers nipped by yellowtails. The most
unexpected injuries I heard about were
bruises caused by stingrays sucking onto
divers' shoulders (more about this later).
There have been no issues with stingrays

using their venomous spines on divers,
snorkelers, other rays or anything else.
My personal interactions with stingrays
have been entirely peaceful. The island of
San Salvador has a wide sand shelf, 30 to
40 feet deep, between the inner reef and
the drop off. Southern stingrays could be
found there often, feeding or resting just
under the sand. I'd get low to the sand
and approach a resting ray slo-o-owly, at a
diagonal in front of the ray so it could see
me clearly. If the ray so much as flapped
a fin, I'd slo-o-owly back up at least a
meter, then rest on the sand and watch the
ray for a while, then back up a bit more
and go on to other things without further
disturbing the ray.

(Continued on page 15)

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(Stingray. Continued from page 14)
It was a great opportunity to study the
ray's large eyes, roughly oval in shape,
with the long axis parallel to the bottom.
Such an arrangement indicates this stingray
has a good view of what's to its sides, a
probable blind spot directly in front and in
back, and another blind spot above it.
I also saw the ray's breathing intakes,
called spiracles. They're just behind its
eyes, at the highest part of its body. This is
a sensible arrangement. Since the ray is
often resting on or digging in the sand, it
doesn't inhale through its mouth, but rather
from where the least stirred-up sand would
be. The exhaled water exits through gill
slits on the underside of the ray.
When you see a ray swimming past you,
or in the photo of the spotted eagle ray in
Humann and Deloach's ReefFish Identifi-
cation, or in lots of Stingray City photos
(including the one with this article, on the
ray in the background), the resemblance of
the ray's gill slits to those of sharks is ap-
parent. Rays and sharks are closely related,
being the main groups of cartilaginous fish
(those who have cartilage but no actual
Physiologically speaking, a ray is a sort
of shark whose pectoral fins have been
greatly enlarged into those wonderful
"wings." Have you ever tried to swim
along with a ray? Once I was already hov-
ering in the blue water when a spotted ea-
gle ray cruised past me, barely moving its
wings as it casually swam along. I swam
alongside it for maybe a minute and was
amazed at how effortlessly it moved. It
never increased its leisurely speed, and I
couldn't come close to matching it.

Once, off Grand Turk, I slid up to a
Southern stingray in the sand, curious

about the lump on one of its wings. The
lump turned out to be a triple hook, made
from tying three 2" fishing hooks back to
back. The ray allowed me to touch the
hook, but I couldn't wriggle the hook out.
I thought (not very logically), "I'll cut the
hook away so the ray's hydrodynamics will
work, and the point will work its way out."
I swam back to the boat and got the closest
thing to wirecutters: rusted wirecutters.
Again, the ray allowed me to approach, and
I closed the wirecutters on the hook. I
squeezed. Nothing. I squeezed harder. It
became clear that a more accurate name for
this tool would have been "pliers."
All this fussing disturbed the stingray,
who tried to swim away. I hung on, and
the hook began to loosen. The ray flapped
its wings harder, I hung on and the ray
turned me as it swam and the hook loos-
ened and came free! I hovered there, pliers
in hand, hook in pliers, and watched the ray
matter-of-factly bury itself in the sand
again only a few feet away. Sure, it's possi-
ble that my involvement was irrelevant and
that the hook would've soon worked its
way out of the ray after causing no harm.
But my behavior wasn't why I told this
story the reason for the story is the ray's
reaction to my behavior. Even though I
probably caused the ray some pain, it never
tried to use its spine on me and never ap-
peared particularly disturbed.

Slightly more than a decade ago, I was
swimming at the Jersey shore when
the body of a large stingray (the roughtail
stingray, Dasyatis centroura) was pushed
onto shore by the waves. The line pro-
truding from its mouth and other injuries
on the ray's body showed that it had been
hooked and fought until the line broke or
was cut, but the ray didn't survive the
experience. Before its body was towed
back out to sea, I was allowed to remove
Stingray spine the spine, which you see here.
Dr. Carl Edmonds, Irwin's countryman
and Australia's foremost authority on the effects of marine creatures' defense mecha-
nisms on people, writes in Dangerous Marine Creatures (1989):

"The stingray is not aggressive, but is capable of protecting itself against intruders... The
unwary wading victim may tread on its dorsal surface or the diver may descend onto it.
The stingray swings its tail upward and forward in a reflex action, either producing
sword-like lacerations or driving the spine into the limb ... or body of the victim. A
skin-like integument over the serrated spine is ruptured. Venom escapes and passes
along grooves in the spine into the perforated wound. Extraction of the saw-shaped spine
causes further tissue damage due to the serrations and retro-pointed barbs, and may leave
spine or sheath within the wound.
Damage from the spine may cause death from either physical trauma by penetration of
the body cavities ... or from the venom of the spine, or both. In Australia deaths tend to
be from the penetration of body cavities, whereas in the US deaths are more often from
the venom effects. Dee Scarr

This morning I was loading the washing
machine on my porch when there was a
sudden disturbance in the vines along the
edge of the porch. I jumped at the unex-

That might have been how Irwin's sting-
ray had felt some unknown thing dropped
down upon it, and it defended itself.
So remember: interaction means between

So why did Steve Irwin get stabbed? It pected noise and turned defensively, but the two, not solely from c
was said to have happened at the very be- the iguana who'd dropped from the roof so if you want to have an
ginning of his dive. My guess is that he saw stayed out of my way. If the iguana had an animal, it's definitely
the rays as he first descended. I imagine dropped onto me, though, I surely would mal knows what's going
him gently descending -- his buoyancy have flung it across the yard. on. Dee Scarr
control was probably very good and end-
ing up just above a stingray and a little way Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your diving
back on its body with his chest right forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea at Capt. Don's
above the spine, in fact. Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.

)ne to the other.
interaction with
better if the ani-

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Animes and Mangas

B leach is an "Anime." Anime are
Japanese cartoons. And almost Nanouk de Jong
Anime series has a "Manga" A Manga is
a Japanese strip. Most of the
Anime are based on the Manga. Well, this Anime series is about an
orange haired guy named "Ichigo" (strawberry in English). And he
meets "Rukia," a Death God. Then when a "Hollow" (a bad spirit that feeds
himself with good spirits) appears and threatens to murder Ichogo's
family, the Death God helps him by giving him some of her Death God
powers. But suprisingly he takes all of her powers.
Now as a Death God he helps spirits move on and destroy the Hollows. And all of
this with Rukia. But later Rukia gets taken by the other Death Gods to the
spirit world. She has to be punished for what she did (giving her
powers to Ichogo, who is a human). She has to be eliminated. Ichogo
and his friends, "Orhime," "Chad," "Ishida" and a cat named "Yoruichi" go to
the spirit world to save Rukia. All have a special power. But
unexpectedly they get split up. They all fight their way through the
Death Gods that want to stop them from saving Rukia.
I really like this Anime. I just think it's awesome! If you start
watching Anime, I would say that it's one of the best Anime series
ever. Nanouk de Jong (VWO 2 B)
Series by Yvette van der Moolen -Van der Moolen is an English teacher at the
SGB High School. English is not the native tongue of these students.

Surfboard Mistral "Escape," all-
rounder 3.45 m, good condition and com-
plete with two sails- 5.4/4.4m2 for the best
offer! Tel 717-5038

2 Boogie Boards. NAf75 each or best
offer. Call Bruce 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

High quality Universal printer/copy
PAPER- Large format 11" x 17" (279mm
x 432mm). Two cases of 2500 sheets.
White (84 brightness) 20 lb. grain long
NAf60 per case., two for NAf100. Call
786-6125 or 717-8988.

For sale -Dive tanks 80 cu ft. alumi-
num. NAf125 Call 717-8819 8 am 5 pm

For Sale -Woman's
shorty ScubaPro wet suit
with long sleeves. As new-
worn twice. Black with ma-
genta trim. Size 13-14.
NAf70 ($40) OBO. Call
717-8988, 786-6518.

BMW 520i 4-
door sedan, 1991, white, excellent condi-
tion. Fast, beautiful. A CLASSIC! Call

For sale: FIAT BAR-
CHETTA Cabrio,
1997, yellow, with
hard-top and windstop.
Tel. 786-5591.

-W/a n-t ctd

Wanted starting January 07, 6
apartments for medical students. Call
Natalia, Xavier, 717-3966.

Wanted: 18" high Dog Kennel. Call

Professional American couple looking
for temporary rental of a 2- 3 bed-
room home beginning 1st week of Janu-
ary. Furnished or unfurnished ok. Will
need approximately 4-6 months. 717-
5759 or 780-0959

A screen door for a bedroom.
Call 786-3117

P ro pe rty,
Sales 8
Re n ta Is

Wanted starting January 07, 6 apart-
ments for medical students. Call
Natalia, Xavier, 717-3966.

Harbour Village Marina Front Condo
For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2 bath apart-
ment located in a secluded all condo build-
ing away from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen
and laundry, tons of storage space, large
patio with walkout to marina dock. Private
owner sale. www.luxurybonaire.com

FOR SALE: Kunuku (farm)- 949 sq.
meters. Modem house with 2 bedrooms, 1
bath inside, 1 outside. On water line, plus
sweet water well. Electricity via solar and
wind generator. Tras di Montana road.
NAf180.000. Call 785-6378.

Timeshare week in Dutch St. Maarten,
on Cupecoy Beach. Enjoy 7 nights at The
Ocean Club, any week that space is avail-
able, in a studio which can sleep up to four,
with privacy for two. Up to two weeks
available, FL 750.00 per week. Call 717-

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It's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
reporter(abonairenews. com.

Question from: "Marital Miss"

Dear Betty,
I've had four failed marriages, none of
which lasted very long. I doubt if even one
of my ex-wives ever really loved me. I was
very young when I married the first time.
She was 10 years older and wanted things I
couldn't afford as a teenager, so she left me
for a richer, older guy. I quickly learned
women like men with money, so I started
working two jobs and saved most of my
paycheck.I married a second time and di-
vorced a few years later when I found out
she was stealing money from me and stash-
ing it away in a private bank account. I
married my third wife on the rebound, and
she ended up doing the same thing, but was
much better at it. I later found out my sec-
ond and third wives were best friends long
before we met, and had been conspiring
against me the whole time. I eventually
married again, only this time I made sure
my fourth wife had plenty of money before
I married her. The marriage still didn't
work. She was used to the finer things in
life, and I simply couldn't keep up, so we
had the marriage annulled after three
weeks. I've decided to never marry again.
What I can't figure out is why I'm attracted
to money-hungry women?

ANSWER: This advice is going to cost
you, so deposit a thousand dollars in my
bank account. Women aren't the only ones
who are money hungry. It's a worldwide
dilemma and occurs in both sexes. Contrary

to what you may have Betty Wills
heard, money actually does buy happi-
ness. I can't begin to tell you how happy
it makes me feel when I have money to
spend because it means I can go shop-
ping. You've probably heard the phrase,
"shop to your heart's content." Well,
there's some scientific truth to it. Studies
have revealed that shopping, like eating
chocolate, actually triggers endorphins in
the brain. Endorphins are natural pain
killing substances, or neurotransmitters
that provide feelings of euphoria, so if
you want to make your woman happy,
feed her chocolate and send her shopping
with a wad of cash. I know, I know- it's
not what men want to hear, especially
when they believe their sexual prowess is
responsible for a woman's happiness.
Don't confuse satisfaction with happiness.
Take your loved one shopping and allow
yourself to experience the same release of
endorphins. What was that? Men hate to
shop? I almost forgot that beer and football
provide better results for men, perhaps be-
cause testosterone overpowers endorphins,
both of which are produced in the male
brain, except now we're talking about two
brains. When boys reach puberty, they de-
velop a second, smaller brain where testos-
terone is produced. The small brain often
controls the big brain, and we all know it
would much rather hunt "dear" than shop -
a non-critical fact of life, not science. What
men haven't quite figured out is that the
highest concentration of dear can be found


S ast Friday Jong Bonaire held its
6th Annual Miss and Mister Jong
Bonaire Contest. Under the direction of
Angelo Domacass6 the youngsters put
on a special show. Jong Bonaire would
like to thank all who helped make the
night a memorable success. Story &
photo by Rudsel Chirino

Results Miss Jong Bonaire: Results Mist
Miss Popular; Ruthgainy Frans Mister Popui
Miss Simpdtiko; Mariluz Melaan Di Tres Fina
Miss Dindmika; Ruthvianca Josephia Di Dos Fina,
Di Dos Finalista; Carina Chirino Di Prome Fi
Di Prome Finalista; Luisanne Cicilia Mister Jong
Miss Jong Bonaire; Ruthgainy Frans Story anm

ship before
Anyway....it appears the women you your partnt
married allowed money to control their and private
lives, which bled over onto yours, and
you're still bleeding from it. True love is JOKE O
one of the few things in life money can't
buy, so maybe you're putting too much
emphasis on money which could be the
reason you attract money hungry women.
The olfactory receptors on some women
can sniff out cash in a guy's wallet as easily
as K-9 security dogs sniff out drugs in a
suitcase. Try changing your focus from
money and finances to love and trust, and
remember, it's a two-way street. Don't be-
come too trusting too soon. It's better to
proceed slowly. Trust must be earned, and Betty Wills
should be well established in the relation-

ter Jong Bonaire:
lar; Luizinho Gomez
lista; Giovanni Priest
lista; Jonathan Clarenda
nalista; Esmith Orozco
Bonaire; Luizinho Gomez
d photo by Rudsel Chirino

Considering marriage, or giving
er access to your bank accounts
financial information.


A woman was telling
her friend, "It is I
who made my hus-
band a millionaire."
"And what was he
before you married
him?" asked the
The woman replied,
"A billionaire."

tonaire Reporter uecemDer 22 to uecemDer 29, 200u

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Bonaire Excels at the 2006 Netherlands

Antilles National Swimming Championships

T he Swimming Federation of
the Netherlands Antilles
(NAZB) held the 2006 National
Swimming Championships on 8 10
December at Sentro Deportivo Kor-
sou in Curaqao. Swimmers from Bon-
aire, Curaqao and St. Maarten com-
peted in this annual championship
event. Swimmers 11 years and older
had to meet qualification time stan-
dards to participate while the top 16
swimmers in each event aged 10
years and under were invited. Swim-
mers must hold a Dutch passport to
be eligible for prizes. Swimmers of
other nationalities swimming in the
Netherlands Antilles are allowed to
participate with exhibition status.
Bonaire had seven swimmers qual-
ify for Nationals this year compared
to three in 2005. Swimmers who
participated were Giada Binelli,
Churmer Bomba, Ryda-Luz Emer,
Samson V. Evertsz, Asdrubal Mar-
cano, Olivier Wagemakers and Philip
Winkel. The swimmers were accom-
(Continued on page 22) Samson Evertsz gold medal(s) winner

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
12-22 13:40 2.1FT. 23:49 0.7FT. 92
12-23 0:16 0.7FT. 14:25 2.0FT. 92
12-23 0:16 0.7FT. 14:25 2.0FT. 92
12-24 0:44 0.8FT. 15:20 1.8FT. 88
12-25 1:00 0.9FT. 16:12 1.7FT. 82
12-26 1:06 1.0FT. 8:30 1.4FT. 12:29 1.4FT. 17:25 1.5FT. 73
12-27 0:59 1.0FT. 8:17 1.6FT. 15:13 1.3FT. 18:34 1.4FT. 63
12-28 0:40 1.0FT. 8:36 1.8FT. 16:35 1.1FT. 20:05 1.2FT. 57

Bonaire Reporter December 22 to December 29, 2006

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Late Show
Cal to makesure (Usually9pm)
Deck The Halls
(Danny De Vito)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
A Good Year
(Russell Crowe)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

December: December:
The Santa Claus 3: The
Escape Claus


Saturday, December 23 -Motorcycle
Santa with his frolicking elves will be mak-
ing a personal appearance at Rose Inn in
Rincon. Good little boys and girls will be
receiving gifts from him. Then on Christ-
mas Day itself Motorcycle Santa and entou-
rage will be at Jibe City.

Monday, December 25. Dee Scarr is back
on the island with an all new "Touch the
Sea" slide show on Monday nights at Capt.
Don's Habitat. The show is free.

Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon: Sun-
day, Dec. 24 -Amsterdam; Wednesday,
December 27 Crown Princess, Silver
Shadow; Thursday, Dec. 29 Prinsendam

Sunday, December 31-COMCABON
Run, 2-4-5 km. Start 1730. Different shops
will sponsor

Sunday, December 31-Disco Heaven at
Buddy Dive, 10 pm until late. Free en-
trance. See page 20

Monday, January 1-Maskarada-
colorfully costumed, masked, silent charac-
ters dance and pantomime-Wilhelmina
Park area, morning hours. Uniquely Bon-

Saturday, January 6-Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe-Now a Bonairean tradition -
stands selling gifts, fruits and vegetables,
candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and
sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am to 2
pm. In the center of Rincon.

Daily (more or less)

* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-7
* 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 (NAf12 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open everyday into the evening hours.

* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
- Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open 6:00
pm 10:00 pm
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/
rincon. Extra big Marshe 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* 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, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi
Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for only
$10,-. Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open
from 6:00 pm- 21:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* 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 786-
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place
at Sorobon-Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091,
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, kitchen open from 6:00 pm -
10:00 pm

* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-

ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8:00 pm 9:30 pm
* 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 Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
* 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 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ (7:00 pm -
22:00 pm) Buddy Dive Resort
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, 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

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Bra-
bec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm, 717-

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has beenrestored and
funished so it appears the family has just stepped
out Local ladies will tell youthe story. OpenMon-
day thru Friday, 9-12,2-4. Weekends by appoint-
ment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-

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 Majestic
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
NA5 entry fee. Call Cahy5664056.
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 Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana

*' his is the time of the year peo-
Sple send greeting cards to one
another. Snorklers Joan & Alan Zale
sent this to The Reporter.

#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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meet-
ing 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, Span-
ish 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 ofCoromoto 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.
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews. com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125

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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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Page 20


We sailed from the Canary Is-
lands to Senegal and Gambia.
We did part of the Gambia River then
crossed the Atlantic to Trinidad and
Tobago. Carnival in Trinidad hun-
dreds of thousands of people me danc-
ing soca soca. You couldn't walk nor-
mally, hearing the music from the steel
bands. The idea was to go in steps
around the world. This was the first
step. We had to go back to Germany
and make money. Curaqao was a safe
place to leave the boat for eight months.
The first time I saw Bonaire I'd sailed
over from Curaqao. It looked so peace-
ful. I thought I'd like to live in one of
those old houses. I found a house like
that in 1990 and opened up a boat busi-
ness, even offering laundry services
because there was nothing for the sail-
ors. I did all kinds of stuff. I was honor-
ary port officer from the Trans Ocean
StiJtzpunkt! I built up my business and I
survived. I didn't go to Germany any-
more, just once 10 years ago shortly
before my mother died.
I'd lived in Germany, traveled all
over Europe, Peru, for six months, to
Chile, then back to Europe on a cargo
ship. Bonaire was the first place outside
my country where I've lived, and from
the first moment I felt very much at
home. At first I saved my money to put
it into the business, but then I started to
travel. I am a typical Cancer. I had to
learn to open my mouth and not to
swallow everything or behave like a
crab at the shore that hides under a
I've always wanted to travel, once I
was there I didn't want to go home.
Now, when I travel, I say after a few
weeks, 'It's time to go home.' I never
felt that way before. There are still
quite a few places left that I want to
see: Easter Island, the south of Chile,
Patagonia. As long as I can afford it
I'll give myself a ticket for my birthday
and for Christmas. I like places with
very strange cultures like Mexico, Peru
and Ecuador the Indians and the
small islands in the Pacific. I never get
enough of islands. I don't know why.
It's just wonderful to explore an island
where the people still live like a hun-
dred years ago.
I love marketplaces where I sit and
watch the people for hours, talk to
them. I want to be outside, sleep in a
hammock and wash myself and my
clothes in the river together with the
local women. I think, on the other hand,
Bonaire is enough, but I wouldn't have
known that if I didn't have the opportu-
nity to travel."
Marlis Seelos-Schmid (60+) is an
extraordinary, extravagant woman with
a big heart, a beautiful soul and a tre-

mendous lust for life. "I was a little
devil as a child- more like a boy than a
girl. We were four children and my
father died when I was eight. It wasn't
easy for my mom, but she managed.
She was a great person. We lived in a
small village. At 14 you dropped out of
school because it was a waste to let a
girl learn a profession as she would
mary anyway. At 15 I worked in a
photo business. I worked there for three
years and went to school once a week.
Then I passed my exam and became a

"I've always

wanted to travel,

once I was there I

didn't want to go

home. Now, when I

travel, I say after a

few weeks, 'It's

time to go home.' I

never felt that way


professional photographer. My mother
pushed me to do it. She taught me sew-
ing too; now I make my living from it!
My mom and I were always singing.
When she heard a waltz on the radio
she would push the table aside and we
danced. A real waltz is gorgeous! I love
to dance and I love music every kind -
as long as you can hear the instruments
clearly. My parents had a gramophone -
a piece of furniture it was. My favorite
music was the Overture to the Barber of
Seville from Rossini. I sat there in my
nightgown, singing and playing the
harmonium like a diva!" She laughs:
"Now I'm 60+ and I feel free to do
whatever I like. I can be crazy as can
be. I have an excuse I am an old
woman! The things that keep me going
in life are the small things. If you can
appreciate them there'll be something
good about every day. It goes up and
down, up and down. You sit on cloud
nine and you fall down very hard -the
big bang! Never boring! One has
dreams, but reality is a little bit differ-
Life has so many compromises. You
could or should learn from your mis-
takes, but you don't listen to yourself.

That's the way you
are. Everybody gets
hurt in life and it's
like with a wound:
some people heal fast;
others take forever.
But don't tell me,
'Life goes on.'
It was hard to learn
to be alone, but now I
can spend a whole
Sunday in my ham-
mock, relaxing and
reading. I couldn't do
that a few years ago. I
have mountains of
books. I need books,
books, books. I think
just in my bedroom I
have more than 200
books. If I don't have
three or four books to
choose from I'm very
unhappy. I don't have
TV. I read every day,
at lunchtime, even when I come home
at 3 o'clock in the morning.
Since I was a child I've had animals.
When somebody said, 'This animal will
die,' I said, 'No! It won't!' I took what
people brought me. I'm still doing that.
I can't say no, but I learned that I can't
take everything. Now I show people
how to do it, but if it goes wrong I'll
still do it myself. My house is full of
animals. I think I have 22 cats. I have
chickens whose eggs I see when they're
already walking around. I have a mon-
key, three prikitchis, eight Loras, a big
Macaw, three dogs and three flamin-
She closes her eyes and says: "Listen
to that song: the melody, the words -
very touching the way they fit. It's the
perfect match!" She smiles:
"Always happy, always cheerful -
what is on the inside is nobody's busi-
ness. You know what I also like? Ed-
vard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, beautiful
with the sunset! The last time I went to
see my brother in New Zealand I came
back with 110 CDs, all classical music!
Twice a year I go to Panama, to Kuna
Yala, Kuna Land 365 tiny little islands
on the Caribbean side of Panama. There
I buy the handcrafts I sell in my shop.
The Kuna women are quite powerful.
This is something I like; they have a lot
to say. They handle their own business
and the husband has nothing to say
about the handcrafts or the selling. If
they mary the husband goes to her
family and he has to help them. There
are about 40 islands big enough for a
small village. You can't just go there.
Boat people are allowed, but that does-
n't mean you can walk around all day.
They have very strict rules. You must

Marlis Seelos-Schmid

go to the island chief and he'll tell you
what you're allowed to do. I am a
friend of one of the women, so I can
stay. I hang my hammock outside the
'house' one big room made out of
sugarcane stalks because inside it's
too crowded. I see the stars and I hear
the sea two meters away. I eat whatever
they cook and I learn about their cul-
ture. But it's not easy; they don't want
to tell you. It takes a long time. We're
both in a hammock; we smoke a ciga-
rette, then little by little my friend, one
of the men, tells me about the rituals of
the burials, the carved little persons that
are your personal protector and the way
they see religion until his wife tells
him to shut up! It's always very quiet
there no music and they don't sing -
very strange. These things I like to ex-
But all in all, somehow, I found my
place here. I kiss the ground like the
Pope! I like the
mixture of the
different cultures:
we are so many.
A tourist asked
me once, 'Don't
you miss culture
or nice conver-
sations?' I got
really annoyed, and I said very seri-
ously, 'If I want intelligent conversa-
tion I just talk to myself!' Here I can
live in personal peace nobody is cut-
ting my wings I feel free to do things
my way. It seems long ago that I ar-
rived. Many things happened in be-
tween. It was another world."
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter December 22 to December 29, 2006


Page 21

Swim School Graduation

A level swimming graduation of Enith Brigitha's Swim School at Sorobon on
Friday the 15 of December. Photos by Wilna Groenenboom

The graduates are: Michael Statie, David Pijpers, Juliette Houthuijzen, Amy
Schrader, Mikki de Man, Lars van Bekkum, Hendrik Pot, April Hazeveld, Chris
Wijngaarden, Cezar van Esveld, Joshua Statie, Jedidja van Twillert, EduardAr-
ends, Almar van Leeuwen, Kasper Pot, Max Witten, Olivier Wagemakers, Alegan-
dro De Lima, Rosa Wagemakers

(Bonaire Swimmers. Continued from page 18)
panied by Coach Simone Sweers, event
officials Luisa Marcano and Valarie
Stimpson, and various family members
and fans.
Samson V. Evertsz became the first
Bonaire swimmer to win gold (3) at a
National Championship and came home
with 7 medals in total. Samson qualified
for all 9 events open to Boys 10 & under
but was only allowed to swim 8 under
tournament rules. Unofficially Sam-
son's 50 meter freestyle time in the com-
petition was the fastest for this event in
his age category swum in the Nether-
lands Antilles during the year 2006.
Ryda-Luz Emer, who started swimming
with the Bonaire Barracudas in January
2006, qualified for 6 events in the Girls

10 & under category and proved that she
is an up and coming talent. Ryda-Luz
finished 4th in three of her events and 5th
in two others.
While the National Championships
bring 2006 to a close, Bonaire swimmers
have a full schedule for 2007. Many of
these swimmers and their teammates
from the Bonaire Barracudas Swim
Team will participate in Curaqao at the
4th Curaqao Swimming Federation Open
Swim Meet on 20 January. On Sunday,
28 January, the Barracudas and Sedrebo
will hold the 3rd Annual Bonaire School
Swimming Competition at the Meralney
Sports Complex. Story & photo by
Valarie Stimpson

Boys 10 & Under Event Time Place Medal
Evertsz, Samson V. 50 meter butterfly 0:36.82 1s (J) Gold
50 meter freestyle 0:32.97 1st Gold
100 meter backstroke 1:26.31 1st Gold
50 meter backstroke 0:39.84 2nd Silver
100 meter breaststroke 1:40.29 3rd Bronze
100 meter butterfly 1:27.78 3rd Bronze
200 meter IM 3:05.60 3rd Bronze
50 meter breaststroke 0:46.86 5th
Marcano, Asdrubal 50 meter backstroke 0:45.09 8th
Wagemakers, Olivier 200 meter IM 3:44.79 14th
Boys 10 & Under Event Time Place Medal
Ryda-Luz Emer 50 meter butterfly 0:43.15 5th
200 meter IM 3:20.40 4th
50 meter freestyle 0:34.98 4th
50 meter backstroke 0:43.77 5th
100 meter freestyle 1:17.88 4th
50 meter breaststroke DFS
Boys 11 14 Event Time Place Medal
Bomba, Churmer 50 meter breaststroke 0:43.82 12th
Winkel, Philip 50 meter breaststroke 0:39.75 8th
50 meter backstroke 0:37.34 7th
Girls 11 14 Event Time Place Medal
Binelli, Giada 50 meter backstroke 0:41.14 X

J = Judges' decision, tie for 1st place DFS = Disqualified false start
X = Exhibition

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*to find it... just look up

What Do The Stars and Planets Have To Do
With Santa Claus This Christmas Eve?

If you don't
believe in
Santa Claus then
this story is not for
you. Because I'm
going to show you
how Santa will be
able to find his
way around the
northern hemi-
sphere this Sunday
night, Christmas
Eve, if his GPS
global positioning
satellite system
goes on the blink.
Because he'll be At the North Pole the stars appear to revolve around
able to use the stars Polaris, as this time-lapse photo shows
and planets as di- Photo: Copyright (c) 1986 Hiram Clawson
and planets as di-
rection finders just
the way he did when I was a kid before anyone even thought of GPS. So let's get
started right from where Santa will start, from his home at the North Pole.
At the North Pole, and as you may recall from elementary school, in December at
the North Pole there is 24 hours of night, which means 24 hours of starlight. So if
Santa looks straight up he will see directly overhead a star called the North Star or
Polaris because it is located directly above the Earth's North Pole and axis of rota-
tion. That means that all the stars in the heavens slowly revolve around the North
Star while the North Star remains stationary. It only changes its position in the sky
depending on a person's latitude. That means that as Santa travels southward the
North Star will always be due north, but it will also descend lower and lower the
farther south he travels. And it will always be the same number of degrees above
the horizon as the latitude from which Santa is observing.
For instance at the North Pole, which is 90 degrees latitude above the Equator,
the North Star is 90 degrees above the horizon directly overhead. But by the time he
gets to Fairbanks, Alaska, which is 65 degrees above the Equator, the North Star
will have descended and will be 65 degrees above the horizon. As Santa heads far-
ther south the North Star will continue to dip, and by the time he hits the latitudes of
San Francisco, Chicago and New York the North Star will be only 40 degrees above
the horizon, the same as the latitude of each of those cities. And by the time he gets
to Bonaire it's only 12 degrees above the horizon.
So using the North Star Santa can not only find where north is but also how many
degrees above the Equator he happens to be. Plus this Christmas Eve, 2006, he'll
also be able to use some planets for direction finding which you yourself can see. In
fact, 30 minutes after sunset look southwest and you'll see an exquisite four-day-old
crescent Moon and below it, at the horizon, the brightest planet of them all Venus,
which is often mistaken for the Christmas Star. Around midnight as you and Santa
look eastward you'll see the ringed planet Saturn and then an hour before sunrise
Christmas morning as Santa heads home, look southeast and you'll see the king of
the planets Jupiter.
So don't fret if Santa's GPS goes on the fritz this Christmas eve. He'll find his way
around the old fashioned way, which is a lot more fun in my opinion. Merry Christ-
mas! Jack Horkheimer

'Sunday, December 17 to
Saturday, December 23

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can make extra cash if you act on a hunch. You
will be quite excitable this week. Traffic will be busier than you anticipated, so try
to get a head start if you have made plans to travel. Don't let someone take the credit
for a job you did. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You need a break from your daily routine. Work qui-
etly at your own goals and forget about situations that you can do little about. You
can get your point across if you don't beat around the bush. You mustn't be so trust-
ing. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Work on legitimate financial deals that may enable
you to bring in some extra cash. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to oc-
cur. You may find that others do not do things the way you want; however, if the job
gets done, let it pass. Try not to lend or borrow money this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Social events held in your home will be successful
and entertaining for all. You may be experiencing emotional turmoil in regard to
your mate. Plan your days carefully. You can't always have your own way. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't bang your head against a wall. Secret affairs can only
lead to devastating circumstances. Partnerships with creative people could lead to
financial gains. Minor health problems will flare up if you don't take care of your-
self. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You must take care not to over exert yourself if in-
volved in sports. Opportunities to make money may interfere with your personal
plans. Don't forget to read the fine print. Get out and, about. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Make sure that you have all the pertinent facts before
taking action. You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh with you this week.
Avoid boredom by being creative in your endeavors. Avoid any hassles. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Romantic opportunities will develop through
friends or relatives. Try not to use emotional blackmail; it will only make matters
worse. Take time to look at any outdated papers or possible investments. In-laws
may cause difficulties. Travel should be considered. Your lucky day this week will
be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your mind will be on matters that deal with
secret affairs. Jealous attitudes may lead you astray. Don't let your emotions inter-
fere with your efficiency. Your intuition will be right on. Follow your feelings in
matters pertaining to financial investments. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't get involved injoint ventures. Do not ex-
pect others to do your work. You will find that joint ventures could easily turn out to
be dead end projects. Be very careful while in transit or while traveling in foreign
countries. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your position may be in question if you haven't
been pulling your weight. Don't be too eager to dismiss someone who works under
you. Don't blow situations out of proportion or you could find that others will misin-
terpret what really happened. Opportunities to make financial gains will develop
through your connections with other people. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can elaborate on your creative ideas and get in-
volved in groups that relate to the arts. Be precise in your communications to avoid
any misunderstandings and arguments. Don't let situations get out of hand. Your
ability to deal with humanitarian groups will enhance your reputation. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.

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