1 WEB's planned wind farm project doesn't benefit its workers or the Bon-
aire public, according to FEDEBON, WEB's labor union. WEB didn't do their
homework, they imply. FEDEBON made its point by showing prices paid for elec-
tricity on the other islands:
Client 1 (220KWH), Client 2 (380KWH) Client 3 (650KWH)
DAE will beginflying Fokker-lOOs like
this one next year
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE)
announced Thursday that it
would start jet service between
Curacao and St. Maarten as of Feb-
ruary 1, 2007, as well as expand its
schedule to other destinations. DAE
Managing Director Floris van Pallandt
said that on January 15 he would be
receiving the first of the two Fokker-
100 aircraft the company is leasing
from a company in Western Europe for
a period of five years. His announce-
ment came a day after the inaugural/
test flight by competitor Insel Air.
DAE's lawsuit to block Insel Air from
flying their foreign-owned 168 passen-
ger MD-83 on the same route as DAE
was rejected by the court.
After the aircraft is entered into the
Netherlands Antilles aviation register,
the plane will fly to our islands on
January 25. Van Pallandt plans to be-
gin jet flights to St. Maarten with the
100-seat aircraft February 1. DAE will
continue with its daily St. Maarten
They point out that Aruba doesn't have windmills but Curaqao does. Aruba also
has the Valero refinery, Curaqao has Isla.
On the busiest three days, around the
weekend, DAE will fly once per day
with the jet and once per day with the
current ATR propeller aircraft. The jet
will increase capacity on the busier
days. Flying time on the Fokker-100
between the two islands is 112 hours.
The next Fokker-100 should be avail-
able for service during the first week of
The Dutch-manufactured Fokker-100
with its 100 seats is superior for the
Curacao-St. Maarten market, said Van
Pallandt. It is an excellent plane for
regional routes on which DAE will be
venturing in the very near future, he
He said the aircraft had 'considerably
more' cargo space than the 48-seat
ATR aircraft. With the acquiring of
two Fokker-100s, DAE is creating
more capacity in its ATR fleet. As a
result, the airline is increasing service
to several destinations.
Flights between Curacao and Aruba
will go up by 20%, between Curacao
and Bonaire by 5%. DAE will also
increase flights between Curacao and
Caracas to 12 times per week.
Van Pallandt said the company had
waited a while to introduce jet service
because it wanted to acquire only Fok-
ker-100s. The aircraft are very fuel
efficient and when they were manufac-
tured in the early 1990s the technology
was considered to be advanced beyond
the MD-83 used by its competitor.
> While the international departure
tax has jumped from $12 to $32, de-
parture tax for ABC island and St.
Maarten flights remains NAf10 except
for children under 12 and seniors over
60 years old who get 50% off- NAf5.
l DAE Director Floris van Pallandt
said Friday that time would tell if com-
petition on the Curaqao-St. Maarten
route would benefit passengers. Van
(Continued on page 3)
Table of Contents
Coral Glimpses 3
Divers affect reef positively 4
Bio-fuel may cause harm 4
Don't go near town 4
No Catch Zones 4
Police Priorities 5
Snorkler's Notebook, Eroticism 6
Rocargo Anniversaries 6
A Shrink Studies SCUBA
(Equalizing Pressure, Cancelled
Antique Houses (Slagbaai) 8&9
New Years Bonaire Style 11
MCB Bankomatico opens 12
Bonaire on Wheels (Blokarts) 13
Where to Find the Reporter 14
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Butterflyfish) 3
Pet of the Week (Teen Volunteers) 11
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Straight Talk 13
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Orpha Saleh-Craane) 17
(Papua, New Guinea) 18
Sky Park (Moon,
Saturn, Regulus) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SuDoku Answer 19
Bonaire Reporter- January 5 to January 12, 2007
(a bit of information about corals presented each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
D id You Know...
T he fishing line lying across this star coral has tension on it, so it didn't move
over the years, enabling the coral animals it had injured to heal. You can see
that the circles -- each the top of a single coral polyp -- grow in a less-organized pat-
tern around the path of the line.
The little bare spot in the middle, showing the uncovered fishing line, also shows
the extreme thinness of the living coral tissue that covers a coral head. Captions &
photos by Dee Scarr. Dee's Photos restored by Jack Drafahl of the Oregon Coastal
Bks fh thDo gBODOgB
Butterflyfish don'tfool around?
coral reef fish,
there are a vari-
ety of mating
Some fish mate
others only mate
once a year.
Some fish have
are one sex their
into the oppo-
site sex Butterflyfish photo by Albert Bianculli
(sequential hermaphrodites), and others are both (simultaneous hermaphrodites)!
Looking back at what I've just wrote, some humans could fit into each of the cate-
gories I just mentioned! Well, butterflyfish are thought to stay the same sex
throughout their life and are monogamous, sometimes mating for life. So in case
you haven't noticed before, you'll almost always see those charming butterflyfish in
happily mated pairs. Caren Eckrich ..
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance
your diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch
the Sea" at Capt. Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.
Bonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2007
DIVERS AFFECT THE REEF POSITIVELY
We often hear and read about negative
impacts of divers on reefs. While it is an
important issue, I think it is not
less important to emphasize the other
side of the equation the positive ways
divers affect the reef. Here is one of
It is shown in various research stud-
ies that fundamental functions of corals,
including nutrient uptake, gas exchange,
and feeding depend upon the flow of
water over the coral and through its
branches. Studies have also shown that
enhanced water flow over the
coral facilitates both prevention of and
rapid recovery from bleaching. As Dee
Scarr wrote previously in her articles,
water flow also helps sponges by clearing
their pores. We know that Damselfish
regularly aerate their eggs by creating
water flow over them. Shortly, water
flow is good for reef and its inhabitants.
Here come the divers. When swimming
along the reef they create an enhanced
water flow over it and by doing so, help
the reef. Less experienced divers using
inefficient fin kick, "pedaling", and wav-
ing their arms create even more water
flow than more experienced ones. Fast
swimming divers, while usually seeing
less, do better at creating a good water
flow than slowly "gliding" ones. As long
as divers don't directly crash onto the
reef, their presence there is good for the
Here is some circumstantial evidence:
67% of dives on Bonaire occur in the
range of 40'-80' (12m-24m) and that's
where the reef is generally in the best
shape. Many dive sites on Bonaire
are popular for night diving; studies have
shown that increased water flow is espe-
cially helpful at night.
Isn't a high density of Bonaire diving -
some sites almost never stay "diverless" -
at least partially responsible for
the relatively good shape of Bonaire
BlO-DIESEL FUEL MAY CAUSE HARM
I read in The Reporter of WEB's
plans considering the introduction and
cultivation of specialized algae with
rapid and aggressive growth aspects for
production of bio-diesel fuel. This could
prove to be pennywise and pound foolish
if implemented on Bonaire due to the
potential for their escaping to the reefs if
the variety chosen is able to adapt to the
marine environment. If this should hap-
pen and the organisms thrive there they
could potentially wreck the reef ecology
and could be impossible to eradicate.
There is more than one way these organ-
isms could escape and get into the wrong
place in addition to ground water flows
as mentioned in an earlier letter to the
editor. Among these would include direct
runoff from the ground surface and grow-
ing facilities during storms, and by being
carried on the feet of birds. The latter
happens all the time; and it is one way
that even amphibians get around from
one water body to another when their
eggs get stuck to the feet of water fowl
and other birds.
Before such venture is implemented,
a thorough study of this organism should
be done, and other alternatives safer for
an island so dependent on the ecology of
its coastal waters as Bonaire should be
Here is a web site that cites a newsletter
devoted to the topic of harmful algae
blooms and the problems that they can
Eldon Gemmill, B.A., M.S.
(Plant Physiology) Baltimore County
DON'T Go NEAR TOWN!
supposed to listen
to and do what a
majority of its
Isn't it interesting that Bonaire's govern-
ment is run by cruise ships and what they
want. Not only has the government of
Bonaire changed laws overnight to ac-
commodate them so they can save $2
(yes, just $2) per passenger and have all
of Kaya Grandi for their passengers, but
that has diminished the quality of life for
everyone living on Bonaire.
Doesn't anyone in the government care
about its own people and Bonaire's envi-
SUPPORT FISH CONSERVATION
-No CATCH ZONES
where fish con-
gregate to make
more fish is fast
becoming a ma-
jor issue in coral
tion. Some of
the most threat-
found on coral
reefs use this
method of repro-
duction. This may well be why species
such as the Nassau grouper are in such
trouble. The reason is simple: When fish
congregate for whatever reason -
they become much easier to catch. And
once fishermen know where to find these
aggregations, entire local populations of
targeted species become extremely vul-
nerable to overfishing. So, it should be
obvious why spawning areas must be
managed if species like grouper and
snapper are to have any chance of sur-
Clearly, protecting these vulnerable
fish-making sites is important to every-
one, not just fishermen. Healthy fish
(Continued on page 5)
Bonaire Reporter- January 5 to January 12, 2007
Aggregations, of the 140 sites studied so
far, 15% have been wiped out, and 60%
are decreasing. BB-adaptedfrom
Establishing no fishing zones to al-
low growth in Bonaire's fish popula-
tions is being debated on Bonaire. Ed.
POLICE PRIORITIES being mugged in the street and violent
gangs are threatening householders with
It is true to say that in many ways, firearms and machetes. The innocent and
Bonaire is going through a time of law abiding tax payers are being driven to
change and transition. Development is pro- sitting inside the house behind bars instead
lific, closer ties with Holland are on the of enjoying the night air on their porch.
horizon and as always with swift Bearing in mind that our Police
transition, some social problems Force are at "Full Capacity" as
are rapidly emerging. they struggle to get on top of
One of the biggest problems this crime, it was with open
facing the residents and visitors to mouth that I witnessed where
our island at this moment in time the Chief of Police believes his
is the sharp rise in crime, the most priorities lie. Around eight in
disturbing aspect of which is the the morning Police Officers
accompanying violence which is were stopping vehicles at ran-
becoming more common as the perpetra- dom as people traveled to work. Their aim?
tors throw caution to the wind as they go To check documentation, lights etc. At a
about their business, time when some people are disenchanted
With a small population comes the prob- with the ability of the Police Force to main-
lem of limited resources, to wit, a small tain law and order, insult was added to
police force. Locals are constantly told that injury by seeing valuable resources being
the police have insufficient means with wasted in the name of "Road Safety."
which to tackle the rising crime. The out- Some areas are being targeted nightly by
come is that tourists are being robbed in thieves, areas that are not policed because
their hotels as they sleep, as well as having of lack of resources. However, when it
to contend with having their rental vehicles comes to making a quick buck out of the
looted or stolen. motorists, there are Police aplenty. Drug
The picture for locals is even less rosy. dealers freely ply their trade outside bars
Theft is endemic from houses, people are and on street comers in full view of every-
(Guest Editorial, No Catch Zones.
Continued from page 4)
populations are essential for a healthy
marine ecosystem for Bonaire. The
problem is that many spawning aggrega-
tions are already in trouble, while others
are already gone. According to the Soci-
ety for the Conservation of Reef Fish
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Pallandt said that ultimately the custom-
ers would decide on which airline he/she
preferred to fly. The Curaqao-St.
Maarten route doesn't have much growth
> Insel Air plans to start jet service
to St Maarten on January 5, flying
four times a week. DAE has already
proven itself by being dependable and
punctual. DAE flies an ATR propeller
aircraft twice a day but as of February 1
also with a Fokker-100.
DAE has been the sole airline flying
the Curaqao-St. Maarten route since
April 30, 2005. Before that Exel Avia-
tion and Dutch Eagle Express (DEE)
flew the route.
While DAE prevailed with an in-
junction against Curaqao's Insel Air ear-
lier this year when Insel Air planned to
start flying with a Suriname Airways
MD-82 jet it lost its latest bid to block its
competitor. Last Friday Judge P. de
Kort of the Court of First Instance
ruled that Insel Air had operational
control of its aircraft and that its busi-
ness permit allowed for St. Maarten
flights. Now Insel Air wants to start
flights soon to the Dominican Repub-
lic, Haiti and Miami. The company
wants to take over all the regional routes
ALM and DCA used to fly before DCA
one, yet we are led to believe that it is more land. Why worry about petty matters such
important to have fully functional tail as theft and armed robbery when somebody
lights. I, like so many other Bonairean may be displaying only one brake light. My
residents, will sleep soundly in my bed hat goes off to the Chief of Police for his
tonight knowing that there are no tail lights sensitivity and prioritizing at this time.
unlit or turn signals inoperative on the is- A.B.
Bonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2007
went bankrupt in 2004.
> The Papiamentu newspaper, Extra,
every year produces a Christmas sup-
plement edition which has many very
interesting historical articles and pho-
tos. A limited number of free copies of
the edition are still available at the Extra
office on Kaya Gilberto F. Croes. Call
717-8482 for more information.
> Get ready for the colored flags. The
last date for voter registration to par-
ticipate in the Island Council (Konseho
Insular) election is January 29. The
election date is on April 20. This may be
the last Island Council election due to
Bonaire's having closer ties with Hol-
land as a municipality. As of now parties
running in the election are UPB, PRO
and the PDB (Democrats). However,
the Socialist (PABOSO) and Labor party
may offer candidates as well.
To make it even more convenient
for their banking customers Maduro &
Curiel's Bank Bonaire (MCB) has just
opened its 8th Bankomatiko at the
Progreso Supermarket on Kaya
Korona. Among other places Banko-
matikos are at the MCB offices at Playa
and Hato, at Cultimara, Divi and at the
Airport. See page 12 .
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As snorkelers, without dive suits,
tanks, and gauges, we have the
perfect opportunity to discover on the
reef the true nature of eroticism, the kind
defined by the god of Eros and all those
who follow him: full sensual pleasure
that is not necessarily sexual.
First, the skin reveling in the warm
liquid velvet water streaming across each
pore. Then, the muscles being rocked
and floated by waves sometimes gentle,
sometimes rough. In song and literature,
the sea has often been compared to a
lover. Why not also a masseuse or mas-
seur (depending on your preference),
kneading and soothing our bodies to re-
lease stress and fatigue? As we all know,
taste and smell are inextricably linked,
and the sea impresses those senses by
burning noses and lips with a salty pas-
sion that awakens us from complacency.
Perhaps the acrid sensation even takes us
back to the womb where we also floated
innocently in our mother's life force.
If we pay attention, we can especially
notice our ears taking in the sounds of
the reef (shrimp popping, fish clicking,
shells tinkling) which melt our senses
together in a somnolence that removes us
further from the mind. Without a doubt,
sight dominates the interest of a snor-
keler; after all, we enter the sea to see.
But sensuality is found in more than rip-
pling light and luminescent color. It is
also experienced in images collected and
memorized for every visual detail: the
glistening, mottled shell of a Hawksbill
turtle who breathes deep at the boundary
of water and air before diving deep; an
octopus shifting colors and patterns with
flirtatious finesse; rainbow parrotfish
tails waving seductively between the two
worlds of sea and sky. Such is the stuff
of erotic poetry available to the snorkeler
at every turn of the head.
What other word can be used to de-
scribe the full-body experience of snor-
keling besides "eroticism"? Perhaps this
enveloping series of sensations is why
we do it again and again so that our men-
tal baggage can disappear and our true
selves can break free into the realm of
the erotic that is the boon of being hu-
man. Pauline E. Kayes
Rocargo Services celebrated eight employee anniversaries last year. They
were honored at lively Christmas party at the Flamingo Beach Hotel with
music of the 4Bs and dancing.
Mariella Goeloe celebrated her 21st anniversary at Rocargo,
Patricia Dhaukal, Albert Sint Jago and Anneline Adoptie all celebrated their
Cheryll Panhuyzen, Janiro Frans, Marjorie Frans and Ana Martinez their
Also Rocargo itself celebrated renewal of their ISO 9001:2000 certification with
a perfect score. Rocargo Services, the island's leading ship and cargo handling
agent, was established in 1982 and was the first Bonairean company to obtain an
ISO 9002 quality certification in the year 2000. Press release
Bonaire Reporter- January 5 to January 12, 2007
A Shrink Studies SCUBA
How Do Divers Equalize?
Usual Methods for Equalizing Pressure in Middle Ears when Diving
Male (n=300) Female (n=100) Total*
Close Mouth, Pinch Nose & Blow 88% 87% 88%
Nothing 86% 85% 86%
Swallow, Yawn, or Thrust Jaw 59% 64% 61%
Very Slow Descent/Ascent 51% 76% 59%
Decongestant by Mouth 55% 63% 58%
Decongestant Spray or Drops 21% 35% 26%
Other Not Listed 14% 15% 14%
Hum or Buzz 7% 6% 7%
T he above data came from online surveys com-
pleted by 400 volunteer divers last year as
part of a study of middle ear equalization among
divers who had reported difficulty equalizing pres-
sure in their middle ear and/or use of decongestants
when diving. The most striking difference between
male and female divers was the use of "Slow De-
scent/Ascent" with the males (51%) using that ap-
proach significantly less often than females
(76 %). Females were also more likely than males to
use decongestant sprays or drops. The anatomical
differences between the Eustachian tubes of adult
males and females, which may account for the differ-
ences, will be discussed by an ENT specialist in a
pending issue of Scuba Diving magazine. In the
meantime, viva le difference. The accompanying
chart shows these figures graphically. Intemet photo
David Colvard, M.D.
*Percents total more than 100% because some divers use more than one method.
David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clini-
cal investigator in Raleigh NC, and a divemaster, He
hosts the website www.DivePsvch.com which provides
evidence-based information for divers on psychological
and stress factors in scuba divers.
Methods for Equalizing Pressure in the Middle Ear
Humm or Buzz
Other- Not Listed
Decongestant Spray or Drops
Decongestant by Mouth
Swallow (or Yawn) & Thrust
Pinch Nose & Blow
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Detailed Follow-up from last week.
Why Divers Cancel Dives (Based on 383 responses)
Cancelled dives or dive days because of injury or illness in 2003
Marine animal/life injury (bites-cuts-scrapes-stings) 0.3%
Food poisoning 0.5%
Medication Side Effects 1.6%
DCI-DCS symptoms 1.8%
Cuts/Lacerations-No Stitches 1.8%
Dental Pain 2.1%
Motion sickness 2.3%
Traveler's Diarrhea 2.9%
Broken Bone(s) 5.2%
Sinus Squeeze 6.5%
Back Pain 8.6%
Ear Squeeze (unable equalize middle ear) 10.2%
Recent Surgery 10.4%
Other Not Listed 14.1%
Ear/Sinus Infection 20.9%
Bonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2007
/ 3 Total (n=400)
- 14% Female(n=100)
15% EMale (n=300)
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Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
Bonaire Reporter- January 5 to January 12, 2007
Antiqtne tivting flonsees of Son aire
S lagbaai Plantation
is in the Washing-
Park, on Boka Slagbaai.
The Park, consisting
of 6,000 hectares, was
opened to the public by
Governor Dr. Nicolaas
Debrot, son of a former
owner, on May 9, 1969.
It was the first National
Park in the Antilles. In
the beginning the Park
consisted of the Wash-
ington and Slagbaai
plantations. Later the former plantations
of Brasil and Gotomeer (Gotolake) be-
came part of the Park.
The old photo in the center of the photo
on page 8 shows the old Customs office
(left front). The building in the center was
the caretaker's house; the largest building
on the right was the warehouse or
"mangasina." The old warehouse is the
oldest of three building and dates from
1869. Nowadays people can rent the man-
gasina space and the caretaker house. So
from time to time it is a very active and
lively place, especially during the holiday
The plantation produced goats, divi divi
trees, aloe and charcoal. The bay and
buildings got their name by the fact that in
the past goats were slaughtered there -
slag the old Dutch word for slaughter
and baai bay.
In the hills, there were thousands of
wild goats, the number once estimated at
15,000. During the good years more than
3,000 goats per year were caught, killed,
salted and exported. Mostly only the male
goats were slaughtered or exported. Most
were shipped alive to Curaqao from Playa
Funchi. The customs office was at Slag-
baai, so the ships going to Playa Funchi to
load had to go first to Slagbaai to prepare
In 1960 there was a total of 4,618 live
goats exported from Bonaire; in 1965,
3,978 goats; then in 1970 the number
dropped to 1,099 goats. In 1975 it ended
with only six exported animals.
During 1960, 3,004 goat skins were
exported but after that exportation of the
skins ceased. When goat skins were ex-
ported there also had to be meat which
had to be salted for longer use. So salt
was an imported product for the slaugh-
Although Bonaire has been a salt ex-
porting island since 1635, the Peekelmeer
in the south was the only place where it
was gathered. It was not until 1868 when
large parts of the island were sold to pri-
vate persons that salt gathering also took
place at Slagbaai and other salifias. Flat-
bottomed vessels were used to take it to
the small harbor to be stored in the man-
gasina. Occasionally the salt was brought
on board ocean-going vessels for export.
At Slagbaai we see two different styles
of buildings. In the front of this photo we
see the old Customs office, two Cas di
Halas (house with "wings) built next to
each other. Now they have roof tiles but
in the past they had an ordinary tin roof.
The middle building, the former
owner's residence, is a strange combina-
tion. It looks like it was built also as a Cas
di Hala, like the old Custom office. But
the Hadrey (big porch) has something
strange. Normally the roof slopes from
high on the house side to low on the street
side (see the Custom office). In the past
there was probably a wooden porch built
around the east and south sides of the
house. We can clearly see the holes for
the beams high on the outside of the wall.
Because it is on the windward side it had
to be sturdily constructed. And it had to
be low on the outside of the building, to
provide more shade. I can imagine that
they used the outside walls for the con-
struction of this porch. When this photo
was made there was no extension and
there still is not one.
The last unusual thing is that the had-
ray, as far as I know, never goes all
around a building. But to make extra use
of the fresh wind to cool down the house,
the plan of this house was well thought
out. Maybe that explains the unusual ar-
chitectural style of this building.
The kitchen with its chimney is as usual
on the west side of the house (photo, top
right) so the smoke from the fire and the
smell of food don't go through the house.
To provide this nec-
essary fresh breeze
inside the house
"windows" in the
inner walls The
window is "closed"
with a diagonal
wooden slat con-
struction. It gives
privacy and allows --
fresh air into every
room of the house.
Before the wind Cur,
enters the house it's
cooled as it passes
over the salifia. So
it's always very
fresh and airy here.
The last building is the mangasina
warehouse in a Cas di Cabez (two he
style. As usual the doors and window
have wooden shutters, but here they'
made very beautiful decorations with
round top of each door and window.
mangasina and the former owner's r
dence have big water cisterns. On the
north side of the building we can cle;
see an outside gutter which connects
east roof with the west side roof, so a
rainwater can be collected in the big
terns to use during the dry season.
In November 1999 Hurricane Lenn
Slagbaai very hard, not only under w
but on the land as well. One third of
seaside wall and roof of the mangasin
were destroyed. A few years later rec
struction and renovation of all three 1
ings began. A wall was built (photo 1
left) to give the buildings extra protect
against future storms and hurricanes.
- .... .' .: -
ing goat skin s--reb o 5' *-
(old photos courtesy of Fernando Simal,
STINAPA Washington Park Manager)
ground around the buildings has a floor of
or sawed coral (shown behind photos). Al-
ads) though it's not a traditional floor con-
Xs struction, it's very much in style with its
Sthe The Park is open daily from 8 am till 5
The pm except on certain holidays It's also
esi- possible to sleep over there. For informa-
e tion contact STINAPA: 599 788 9051 /
early 786 5229/ 717 844 Story & currentpho-
the tos by Wilna Groenenboom
ill the Sources: Field Guide National Park
cis- Washington-Slagbaai Bonaire (STINAPA
No. 23 1982), Excursions-Guide to the
y hit Washington-Slagbaai National Park Bon-
ater aire (STINAPA No. 29 van Peer Reijns
Wilna Groenenboom is an
artist and photographer
who teaches art at the
SGB high school
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N4 a s V arada
W ho are those mysterious, silent, masked people who appear every .
January 1 in the morning in Bonaire? It's the "Maskarada" a t t
group of children and adults in colorful costumes and masks who show up
to dance and perform short skits. They arrive, quietly and mysteriously...
They don't speak and only communicate through their actions. No one
knows who they are; even the members themselves may not know who i
else is among them.
They enter silently, following a group of musicians an accordion, a
tambu, (drum), a rapa (file) and a quarto (large ukulele) and the skits
and the dancing begin.
Certain characters are the same every year: the policeman who directs
the group, the donkey, the shark, the fisherman in the boat, an old
kunukero (farmnner), the matador and the bull, each one personifying his or
her character. During one of the dances the matador, waving a red flag,
r Close-up details of a mask
attempts to entice the bull and to
rope him. Finally the bull is roped;
he tries to escape but finally suc-
cumbs and is thrown to the ground.
All the dancers gather around. Dur-
ing another dance the fisherman in
the boat, after a number of unsuc-
cessful tries, reels in the shark
which flops around in its death
throes then lies dead on the ground.
Live music accompanies the Maskaradane knows for sure how the
tradition got to Bonaire. Some say
Africa; others say it's Indian. Still others say it's South American or even European.
Culture guru Papi Cicilia suggests Spain: the "crowns" worn by the company repre-
sent the Spanish monarchy which ruled Bonaire for a time. That's also where the
bull and the matador come from, he says. But of course, the donkey, the kunukero
and the fisherman in his boat are completly Bonairean. So, considering the polyglot
makeup of the island, although the concept may have come from all those other
places, it's turned into something totally Bonairean that's not found anywhere else
The "fisherman" brings in the "shark." in the world.
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t's a Dutch and Antillean tradition to welcome the New Year with fireworks.
Perhaps they have borrowed it from the Chinese tradition to scare off the evil
spirits. These photos by resident photographer Wilna Groenenboom show the view
from the Buddy Dive Resort. Notice the divers' underwater lights. G.D.
HPets of the Week
sn't this the happiest picture to wish you a Happy New Year girl volunteers at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter with four happy pups. Having a wonderful time last
Saturday at the Shelter were Iris Jasperse with "John," Suley-Mae Pourier with
"Jack," Amber Jasperse with "Josephine," and Lisa Schut with "Jordan." It's volun-
teers like these girls who donate their time to play and spend time with the animals
that help to make the Shelter such a success. It's been proven that how a pet is
treated in its early weeks and months determines how it will act whether it will be
Bonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2007
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solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
repeating a num-
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am 5 pm
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BONAIRE ON WHEELS
The fourth of a new series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J(n Brower,
featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
] .... ....
Blasting Around With Blokarts
F or almost a year now it is possible
really sail ON Bonaire. To sail on
wheels on the surface of the island Bonaire
instead of sailing on the surrounding Car-
ibbean Sea! Alongside the road from Kral-
endijk to Rincon an eight minute drive -
near Piedra Cruz and Boka Onema an oval
race track suddenly appears. It is the larg-
est artificial landsailing track in the world,
paved with calcium sulphate, donated by
Cargill Salt on Bonaire.
Blokarting or landsailing is a new way of
eco-adventure or eco-sport. It is a kind of
mixture of karting and sailing, using the
free energy of the always present trade
Nelson and Naomi are the owners of the
new enterprise. They both live on the is-
land and they are the importers of Blokarts
for the Caribbean area. Blokarts are high-
tech three wheelers made of high strength
St's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
.talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
Question from: "Dealing with a jealous girlfriend" Betty Wills
Dear Betty, My girlfriend is very jealous of my friends, especially female friends.
I'm not the least bit jealous of her male friends, and I've never done anything to
make her not trust me. My relationships with females other than her have always
been platonic, but I'm now thinking if I'm going to be accused anyway, I might as
well do what I'm accused of doing, and at least get some enjoyment, right?
ANSWER: Brilliant! Treat insecurity with infidelity. It works every time! Why
didn't I think of that? Sorry, but it sounds to me like you need to be a little more
considerate of your girlfriend's feelings and invest a little more time into under-
standing why she feels the way she does. The fact you even considered doing what
you've been accused of doing speaks volumes. It's obviously on your mind, there-
fore your girlfriend may have good cause for concern. Your remark to at least get
some enjoyment tells me you're a borderline infidel waiting for the perfect excuse.
If you truly love and care about your girlfriend, invest a little more time and effort
into making her feel loved and secure. You're obviously not jealous of her male
friends because she's done a good job of making you feel loved and secure. Return
the confidence, and if it still doesn't work, by all means....do what you've been
accused of doing, and at least get some enjoyment!
JOKE OF THE DAY
Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
A: Rename the mail folder, "Relationship Manuals."
steel or stainless steel, equipped with a sail The Blokart track is open six days a
of four square meters. week, closed on Monday. Just recently
"Blokarting is easy to learn," says Nelson and Naomi set up a clubhouse. In
Naomi. "Our oldest student was 86! The the near future the track will be extended
youngsters are about eight. We offer spe- to an Olympic triangle.
cial introductory lessons. It is really very Call for reservations: 786-8122 or 717-
easy: one steering wheel and one line to 8122. There is also an email address and a
cope with. That's all! It's real fun to blast web site: infokilandsailingbonaire.com and
around with your friends and other enthusi- www.landsailingbonaire.com. Story &
asts. photo by J(an Brower
tonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2UI
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Car Rental Agencies:
At the Airport
SAboard Divi Divi Air
* MCB (Playa & Hato
* Bistro de Paris
* Cactus Blue
" City Cafe
" Lover's Ice Cream
" Papaya Moon
" Pasa Bon Pizza
SBest Buddies & Pearls
SBonaire Gift Shop
Last Bite Bakery
Photo Tours, Playa
Capt. Don's Habitat
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Sand Dollar Resort
Consales Cash & Carry
Sand Dollar Grocery
Fit 4 Life Plaza
Harbour Village Marina
San Francisco Hospital
SGB (High School)
Joi Fruit Store
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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
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WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES
Cal to make sure (Usualy9 pm)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
(Carice van Houten)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
January: Happy Feet
Until March 30-Guest Artist Mar-
kus Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
January 10 Crown Princess
Saturday, January 6-Big Monthly
Rincon Marsh6-Now a Bonairean
tradition stands selling gifts, fruits and
vegetables, candles, drinks, BBQ, local
foods and sweets, music, friendly peo-
ple, 6 am to 2 pm. In the center of Rin-
Saturday, Janury 13-Underwater
Cleanup sponsored by Yellow Subma-
rine and NetTech. Meet at Yellow Sub at
1 pm. Potluck BBQ at 5:30 pm. Call
January Arts and Crafts Markets
at Wilhelmina Park during cruise
ship visits 10 am to early afternoon:
Wednesday, Tuesday, January 16-
Sea Princess, Tuesday, January 23 -
Veendam, Wednesday, January 24 -
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, Cac-
* 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 open everyday into the evening
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort,
kitchen open 6:00 pm 10:00 pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy 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 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 44.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7
to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines.
NAf20 per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke
Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
* 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
* 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
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi
* 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.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open from
6:00 pm 10:00 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
* 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 per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Soro-
bon from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* 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
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings 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,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the
Sea" Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old homethat has been re-
stored and fumished so it appears the family
hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thm Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Lear 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-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening 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 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, 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 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
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
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
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sun-
days 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
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
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 Papia-
mentu, 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 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. 717-2194
Send event info to:
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 10:00 am. Lunch daily 11:30 17:30 am. orMeat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6:00 pm 10 pm. Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7:00 10:00 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate 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 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant &ModerateExensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breaatunc and Dinner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire everySaturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront n nd nn from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7: 30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Super beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 lunch every day
Kaya Grandi 70
717-3293 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
Papagayo Moderate Breakfasts featuring Eggs Benedict
Downtown, Kaya L.DGerharts, opposite MCB Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Burgers andSaTads
717-8003 Closed Monday Open at 8 am
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaa Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-SundayCall ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
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APPLIANCES lIV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice 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 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
Cafe 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.
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 Caf6, 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
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Bonaire Reporter- January 5 to January 12, 2007
S T 1was born during the dark winter
I of 1941. We had to have black
out curtains, but my dad was very in-
ventive and he made a closet like a
nursery so my mom could take care of
me at night. I was their first child. My
father was John Philip Frederic 'Buchi'
Craane and he was the captain of the
ships his father, the famous shipbuilder
Jan Nicolaas Erasmus 'Katchi' Craane,
built. My mother was Raquel Gregoria
de Jongh and she was a homemaker.
After me 12 more children were born,
a pair of twins, stillborn, and then I had
seven brothers and three sisters. My
father travelled around, but when I was
about 11 he moved to St. Martin to
work for the government as a harbour
pilot. My mom said: 'I'm not going to
move to that island!' And so she stayed
on Bonaire where her family was.
We lived by the sea and it was a very
close-knit community. When for in-
stance a big shark was spotted in the
bay, people who were living on the
shore would team up they loved to eat
shark meat. They'd get big hooks and
strong lines and they'd tie the lines to
the lampposts on the boulevard five,
six lines along the whole waterfront -
and they'd take the bait out with a boat
and sit and watch all night until they
caught the thing and then they would
divide it between them.
There was no children's bedtime in
those days; it was lots of fun! We also
used to have storytellers. My grandma
was a very good one and so was my
mom and my dad had a niece... she was
fantastic! Everybody used to have story-
tellers their family it was an art! When
my mom would tell her stories she
would whip some eggs with brown
sugar and add a few drops of brandy
and when it was very creamy she would
give all the children a little bit on a sau-
cer. Then we would sit the whole eve-
ning, listening to her stories, eating
slowly because it wasn't much, and at
the end of the evening all the children
would go to bed and sleep very well!
I've got so many stories to tell! Some
years ago I was planning to write a book
and took a creative writing course by
correspondence, but somehow I wasn't
satisfied with what I wrote, so I asked
my teacher if he thought I could become
as good as Hemingway or Couperus,
but he never answered, and then I
thought, 'If I can't be as good as those
writers I quit and leave it up to them!'
When I was 13 I went to a convent in
Holland to study. I wanted to become a
nun. I really liked the convent life, you
could read all you wanted, you could
study all you wanted and your life was
planned out for you. Beautiful gardens,
beautiful life you didn't have to worry
about anything. One day the mother
superior told me I couldn't become a
nun. I didn't understand, I was really
hurt, I was behaving so well. But many,
many years later, about 10 years ago
when I went to Holland and visited the
convent, I got the chance to talk to her
again, and she explained that it had not
been them but the Antillean government
who had made the decision. They'd
wanted me to come back to Bonaire and
live there for a while before I was going
to commit myself. Well, I lived in two
different convents for eight years and
when I was 21 moved to a rented room
with a family in The Hague. For two
years I kept on studying at a nun school
to become a teacher. After I'd graduated
I came back to Bonaire. For all those
years I'd never come home because I'd
been afraid once I would come back I'd
never return to Holland again.
"I wanted to become a nun.
I really liked the convent life,
you could read all you
wanted, you could study all
you wanted and your life was
planned out for you. Beautiful
gardens, beautiful life you
didn't have to worry about
When I came here everything looked
so small and it was so hot! I went to
work as a school teacher at the St. Ber-
nardus School. I was never interested in
boys and I'd always told everybody that
I was never going to marry, but when I
saw my husband it was love at first
sight! Believe me! I was hooked! He is
a very good husband and a very nice
man. We've been married for 42 years
now and if I ever get married again, it
would be with him again! We had three
beautiful children, Orphaline, Michel
My husband, Raymundo Saleh, had
become a deputy just before we got
married and for a long time he was in
the government. In 1969 he became the
governor and we went to live in the
governor's house where Amdlie was
bor. It wasn't a house for children to
grow up in because every official occa-
sion took place in that house and you
can't lock your children in the bedroom.
The former governor's name was
Morkos and so
would ask me:
'When is Uncle
back so we can
go back home?'
After some time
my husband re-
signed and we
went back to live
in our own
house and every-
body was very
cially the chil-
here and our son lives in Holland. We
have two beautiful grandchildren; they
are very intelligent, just like their par-
ents! I love my children, they never
gave me a problem; they behaved very
well. I knew they had to leave early as
it's not possible to continue studying
here on the island, so I started to make
them independent at a young age and it
worked very well for them. I quit work-
ing a hundred times! I would tell the
principal of the school who was a friend
of mine: 'I invest eight hours per day in
other people's children and not even
three hours in my own,' and then I
would stay home again for a year. My
children were great fun to be with! We
would invent all kinds of occasions to
organize a party; we even organized a
big wedding party for Barbie and Ken!
And I would take the children to the
sea. There were reefs everywhere and at
ebb tide we would look in all the pud-
dles behind the rocks that were filled
with all kinds of sea creatures unlike
now. Now they're empty, what a
shame... too many people in this world
I stopped working definitely in 1991;
my children were in Holland and I
wanted to see them more often and I
didn't want them to grow up with other
people's ideas, so I travelled back and
forth for long periods of time."
Orpha Saleh is a character; a lady
with great personality and a sharp
mind. She's very well-read, very enter-
taining and she has a great sense of
"I am not an easy person, I am exact-
ing, not only for myself but also for
others. I am only satisfied with perfec-
tion. One of my pupils told my son
once: 'I don't like your mother, she's
too strict and she gets angry too quick!'
And... that's true! You know what my
son answered? He told the other boy:
'You're the lucky one; you get to go
home after school. I have to go home
with her!' Ha, ha, ha! I always expect
too much of people. Now I've come to
an age when I say: 'I don't mind, it's
not my problem.' But I know I can
work together with other people only
when they put in as much effort as I do;
the moment they put in less effort, I
quit. I think it's probably my family's
style. We have patience with plants,
needle work and animals, but when it
comes to people we expect them to be
the same as we are and that's sometimes
not so easy.
I've always been looking forward to
living my old age. From the time I was
very little I always loved to talk to old
people. Some people grow old so beau-
tifully, their hands, the lines in their
face... I see them as very, very special,
and I hope I will grow very old, very
How do I feel about Bonaire? Well,
let me tell you something: Peter Ustinov
was a scout for a big tourist organiza-
tion and he used to go around the world,
looking for beautiful places. One day
they had a huge meeting in London to
discuss the new places to travel to and I
saw it on TV. Someone stopped him
and asked him: 'Did you find a nice
place this time?' and he answered: 'I
found a beautiful little island.' Then the
man asked him 'Where is it?' And Peter
Ustinov answered: 'I am not going to
tell you, because you will spoil it.'
That's how I feel about it; Bonaire has
changed so much al-
ready and I don't want
people to spoil my is-
land too much..."
Story & photo by Greta
Bonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2007
Andy Uhr, a past multiple winner of the Picture Yourself annual competition
writes, "On October 7, Mt. Tavurvur at Rabaul, New Britain, in Papua New
Guinea, erupted forcing the inhabitants of the town to evacuate. On October 21,
Lee Bray and I cruised past the volcano which was still bellowing smoke and ash.
We had a copy of The Bonaire Reporter aboard the dive live-aboard FeBrina,
completing a 12-night trip that started from Walindi Plantation, in Kimbe Bay, New
Britain, and terminated in Rabaul.
Okay, so it's not the top of Mount Everest, but a volcanic eruption was the
best we could arrange on short notice!"
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A few weeks later Mary Gessner sent us this photo and write-up, "Attached,
please find a picture of Mary Gessner, Cindi LaRaia and Lee Bray with a
copy of The Bonaire Reporter in front of Mt. Tavurvur, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
Mt. Tavurvur initially erupted on October 7, 2006, and was still spewing ash when
we disembarked from the M/V FeBrina (in the background) on October 21, 2006,
after a 12-night dive trip from Hoskins to Rabaul. Since this shows two plumes, it
is obviously way better than the picture submitted earlier by Andy Uhr."
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Bonaire Reporter- January 5 to January 12, 2007
This week it's the Ba f4
Photos. Both show the same
event, and one of the submitters
is even a subject in both photos.
Picture Yourself with The Reporter
Mt. Tavurvur, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
*to find it... just look up
Use the Moon to find Saturn and Regulus
Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers and Happy New Year! And to start the
New Year right we have a special Sky Park show for you this weekend because
this Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will be able to use the Moon to find the most
beautiful ringed planet in our solar system and the magnificent blue white star which
marks the heart of Leo the Lion. Let me show you.
This Friday at 10 pm, Sky Park Time, face east where the brightest thing you'll see
will be a just-after-full gibbous Moon. And in case you've forgotten what a gibbous
Moon is it comes from the word humped and is the name given to the hump-shaped
Moon on the nights after first quarter until just before full, plus the nights after full
until last quarter. This gives us a monthly sequence of waxing crescent Moon (waxing
means growing bigger each night), then first quarter Moon, and then waxing gibbous
Moon, which means a growing hump-shaped Moon until full Moon. Then after full
Moon to last quarter Moon we have a waning gibbous Moon, which means a shrink-
ing hump-shaped Moon. Then finally we have waning or shrinking crescents. So the
Moon you'll be seeing this Friday January 5th will be a waning gibbous Moon because
it is shrinking each night and on its way to become last quarter Moon next week.
And this Friday if you look directly below the waning hump-shaped gibbous Moon
you'll see planet #6 out from the sun, my favorite planet of them all, 75,000-mile-wide
ringed Saturn. And even the cheapest telescope at 50 power will show you its rings. In
fact you'll even be able to see its biggest moon, Titan, which will look like a tiny pin-
point of light. Now my favorite night for sky gazing this weekend will be Saturday the
6th when a slightly smaller waning gibbous Moon will be parked right next to the
brightest star of Leo the Lion, the hot blue white star named Regulus. It marks the
heart of Leo if we picture the stars of Leo as a reclining lion, kind of like the great
Sphinx of Egypt. So this Friday the gibbous Moon is parked directly above Saturn and
on Saturday below it but right next to wonderful Regulus.
And in case you're wondering how different each of these objects is let me just say
that whereas our Moon is a 2,000-mile-wide natural satellite of Earth, Saturn is the
second biggest planet in our solar system, so big we could fit 42,000 Moons inside it.
Regulus, however, is a different story because it is a very hot blue white star with a
surface temperature of 24,000 degrees Fahrenheit and so huge, about 4 1/2 million
miles wide, we could fit 192,000 Satums inside it! And if you want to see just how fast
the Moon travels and watch it shrink some more, 24 hours later on Sunday night the
7th at 10 pm you'll see an even skinnier gibbous Moon just above the eastern horizon
on a straight line with Regulus and Saturn. So this weekend use a waning gibbous
Moon to find both Saturn and the heart of Leo. Friday night, Saturday night and Sun-
day night. JackHorkheimer
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Sunday, December 31 to
Saturday, January 6
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You are best not to retaliate if members of your house-
hold are trying to pick a fight. Try to curb your habits, or you could find yourself in
an awkward financial position. Don't argue with family. Curb your mood swings;
they could result in loneliness. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Misunderstandings could cause confusion and upset.
Your financial situation may be draining and it's time to make some serious
changes. You have to feel free to come and go as you please to achieve happiness.
This will not be the time to start new business ventures or make drastic changes in
your career. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) If you have treated them equitably, you might be able
to count on their loyalty. Your relationship appears to be stressed out and depleted.
This is not the best day to visit relatives who get on your nerves. Don't bother com-
plaining, do the work yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish. It
would be in your best interest to stay away from any intimate involvement with a
client or coworker. You will be a real chatterbox this week. It is time to clear your
decks. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Delve a little deeper if you really want to know the score.
Someone left a real mess for you to sift through. Travel for business or pleasure.
Overindulgence may cause conflicts. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Avoid letting family get involved in your personal life.
You can travel for business or pleasure. Organize social events or family gatherings.
Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she backs you into an emotional corer
or puts restrictions on your time. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can handle situations that require contact with in-
stitutions or large corporations. Traffic will be busier than you anticipated, so try to
get a head start if you have made plans to travel. Insurance pay outs, tax rebates, or
just plain luck. Be careful that you aren't saddled with the responsibilities of others.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Avoid getting too close to coworkers or employers.
Socializing or travel will lead to partnerships. Try to be a bit more understanding or
you may end up spending the evening alone. You will have a great day if you just
say what you feel. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will find that uncertain individuals will
want to draw you into joint ventures. You will not impress others by being foolishly
generous. Get involved in creative groups. The emotional state of peers may cause a
problem for you. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You could lose a good friend because of it. Crea-
tive pursuits should pay off. Be careful while traveling. Get motivated and follow up
on some self-improvement resolutions. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Make plans to attend group discussions or get to-
gether with friends who like to talk as much as you do. You can develop your crea-
tive talents if you take the time to practice your art. New romantic ties can be made;
however, you must make sure that your motives are not selfish before you make
your move. Try to keep a low profile. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) If you can't get ahead in the company you're with, per-
haps it's time to move on. Dealing with foreigners will be most enlightening. You
need some help this week. Opportunities will come through behind the scenes ac-
tivities. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
Bonaire Reporter January 5 to January 12, 2007