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ring passenger for all passengers trans-
ferring to flights to non-US destina-
tions will also be introduced as of
The AAA press release said that
"passengers who departed from other
airports (including Bonaire) and are
traveling via Aruba to US destinations
are considered to be departing from
Aruba and are subject to the full stan-
dard check-in procedures and therefore
all regular passenger charges are appli-
State Secretary for Kingdom
Relations, Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten, will be in the Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba from March 19
for 10 days on an official work visit.
She will be visiting all the islands of
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
Besides getting acquainted with the
governors, the prime ministers and
other dignitaries, the State Secretary
will visit several projects and organiza-
tions that do work on combating pov-
erty, providing education, conserving
the environment, maintaining law, pro-
moting economic development, offer-
ing health care and benefiting youth.
She will be in Bonaire from Friday,
March 23, until Sunday, March 25.
> In negotiations for Bonaire's new
status with The Netherlands, Hans Hil-
len, advisor of Bonaire, former parlia-
mentary journalist and Christian De-
mocratic party member, thinks that it is
not wise to demand guarantees from
the Netherlands up front. He says
that the island is better off negotiating
well. If Bonaire plays its cards right in
these negotiations, for one thing, it can
easily refuse to perform gay marriages
(currently an overblown election is-
sue), Hillen told Radio Netherlands.
"Only five countries accept gay mar-
riage, so you can't say that Bonaire is
objecting to something that is normal
worldwide. It is also not a European
The European Union is going to
help Bonaire with infrastructure and
social developments in Antriol, Rin-
con. and Nikiboko via the Euronean
Development Fund. The purpose is to
create better living conditions for local
people, said Parliamentarian Anthony
Nicolaas. Specific target areas are
Antriol Pariba, Antriol Pabou, Rincon,
Bario Mamparia Kutu (where road
paving is already underway-see
photo) and northeast Antriol. The
costs of these projects total NAf7 mil-
> One result of the mayors' meet-
ings in Bonaire two weeks ago will be
discreet collaboration between the
two Frisian islands and Bonaire,
Statia, and Saba. The intention is to
create state paid trainee posts for civil
servants, according to a story in the
newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad.
This was announced by the mayors
of Texel and Vlieland, Joke Geldorp
and Baukje Galama, who visited Bon-
aire. The collaboration should take
shape via the "Vliebes (Vlieland, Bon-
aire, Statia and Saba) Foundation."
The two mayors as well as executives
of Dutch and Antillean businesses will
form a board to oversee the Founda-
tion. Reportedly, Kees Storm
(Chairman of the Board of KLM) will
head the Vliebes board.
> The Aruba Airport Authority
N.V. has announced new departure
tax fees, a new transfer charge and
parking rates effective April 1. US-
bound departure tax remains $37 per
passenger and $33.50 (a 50-cent in-
crease) for other international flights.
Children under two years are exempt.
A Transfer Charge of $3 ner transfer-
> Last Thursday Aruba's Avia-
tion Administration grounded both
Tiara Air Short aircraft because ir-
regularities were found during an ad-
ministrative investigation of the com-
pany. One of the planes was already
grounded for routine inspection. When
this paper went to press, the director of
Tiara Air, Alejandro Muyale, was still
in discussion with the Aviation Ad-
ministration. Tiara Air is Aruba's only
airline and conducts ABC island and
> The 100% drug check at Schi-
phol Amsterdam Airport was not
affected by the Dutch Customs strike
last week, a spokesperson for Customs
They struck for a better collective
labor agreement. Ten of the 120 Schi-
phol Customs officials did not strike.
They did the checks of high risk
Flights from Surinam, the Nether-
lands Antilles, Aruba and Venezuela
have been subject to 100% checks for
drug smuggling since 2003. Not only
passengers and freight are checked, but
cabin personnel on these flights are
D According to a recent report.
Table of Contents
End of an Era 4
Stichting Kids-Hands on Experience 4
Where to find The Reporter 4
Capt. Don's Reef Windows (Hands Off) 5
Reef Rights Declaration 8
Letters (Dammers Family Cleanup,
No Sharks) 7
SGB Students Aboard Ship 10
Spotlight on Turtle Conservation 12
Bonaire on Wheels (A Fisherman & a
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Panic) 15
Krusa Laman -Literature Festival 17
Gear Doc (Dive Lights) 17
148EiY FF4 T:UES
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Parrotfish & reef) 3
Coral Glimpses 3
Picture Yourself (Polish Border) 6
Straight Talk 6
Sudoku Puzzle 18
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since (Martina Gerling) 21
Pet of the Week (Volunteer Zahid,
"Lola" & Fundraiser) 22
Sky Park (Vernal Equinox) 23
The Stars Have It 23
Sudoku Answer 23
"Investigation on Investments for Bon-
aire Airport," sent to the press by the
opposition PDB Democratic Party, the
Antillen (Audit Office of the Nether-
lands Antilles, ARNA) criticized the
airport expansion project that was
done on behalf of KLM. In 1999 the
airline brought up the weekly flight
between the Netherlands and Bonaire
for discussion. KLM said flights
would only be profitable with 3 to 4
flights per week, but for this, the air-
port needed additional facilities. Be-
tween 2000 and 2004, a total of ap-
proximately NAf 24.9 million was
invested in the airport according to the
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
Ank Bijleveld-Schouten DROB head Mingel Martis and
Internet photo Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina in-
svect the work. BVO photo
coral glim s (a bit of information about corals presented each week
coral glim pses by naturalist Dee Scarr)
These two blennies are barely an inch long, and their weight would be insig-
nificant to us. Yet all the coral polyps the blennies have touched, and some of
the nearby ones, have withdrawn their tentacles as a result of the blennies' contact.
SCaption & photos by Dee Scarr.
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
D id You
make or break a
coral reef? Evi-
by Dr. Peter
Mumby, a world-
reef scientist, and
others suggest that
tions can regulate
the success of
coral reefs. There is a constant battle Stoplight Parrot Jim Brandon photo
among corals and algae for space on the
reef. If given the chance, fast-growing algal species will overgrow corals. Luckily,
on a healthy reef there are urchins, parrotfish and other grazers that act as lawn-
mowers, grazing algae down on a daily basis.
Dr. Mumby gave a public lecture recently here on Bonaire and presented a con-
vincing argument that if parrotfish are overfished, coral reefs suffer. We're lucky in
Bonaire since there isn't a history of intense parrotfish fishing and the local fisher-
men don't use traps (parrotfish are especially prone to be caught accidentally). An-
other reason parrotfish are extremely important is that long-spined black sea urchin
populations plummeted in the early 80s due to a Caribbean-wide disease. These
urchins were responsible for much of the grazing of algae before their die-off.
There is often this type of redundancy (where different animals serve the same func-
tion) in coral reefs due to their high biodiversity. Since the urchins are still under-
populated, the parrotfish are extremely important.
So when someone asks why biodiversity is important, one of the reasons is this
scheme of redundancy, so that if one animal suffers from a disease or dies off in a
storm, others are there to carry out the same function. When you see (or hear) a
parrotfish chomping the algae, remember that it's more than just a pretty face! n CE
the second apron; NAf 1.9 million for
Of the NAf24.9 million, 5.3 million the new departure hall; and NAf 9.4
went to the enlargement of the runway; million to the fuel depot. According to
NAf 5.5 million to the prime apron for the auditors, NAf 1.7 million was spent
wide body airplanes; NAf 2.7 million for (Continued on page 8)
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
The REPORTER Secretly Sold
Th REPORTER Secretly Sold
The Bonaire Reporter has
been sold to a mystery
buyer, rumored to be a well-
known physiotherapist on the
island. He granted the following
interview on the condition that he
not be identified, pending official
announcement of the sale.
"No, I don't have any journalis-
tic experience," he admitted, "but
for years I've been unhappy with
some of the publication policies
of The Reporter. I feel someone
should step in and set matters right." "First off,
and most importantly," he continued, "I don't
think the paper should print a person's photo
without his permission. The current editors do
that to me often, especially in the April Fool's
"They don't give enough coverage to turtles,
either. They publish 48 issues a year, but proba-
bly no more than 20 include a turtle article. I am
going to change the Born on Bonaire page to
Hatched on Bonaire. Every week we will report
on the whereabouts of a turtle as it travels
through the Caribbean. I'm also suspicious of
that parrot who keeps turning up in the paper. He
doesn't look like a real lora to me."
George DeSalvo, photographed while
spending 24 hours in piedru Bonaire
becoming a true Bonairean.
"Everyone knows," the mys-
tery buyer continued, "that eating
is the number one cause of obe-
sity. Yet The Reporter shills for
food all the time. I'm going to
put a stop to all those restaurant re-
views, cooking school stories, and reports of
Bonaireans going off to chef competitions.
We're not going to have stories about bartending
"I am unhappy about the total lack of sports
coverage too. The U.S. papers wrote about the
Super Bowl for weeks before and after the game
was played, but The Reporter didn't have a sin-
gle story. Now March Madness is going on.
Where are the basketball scores? The paper
doesn't even cover local sports, except for swim-
ming now and then. As an avid sports fan, I'm
going to correct that problem too."
At press time, George DeSalvo, publisher of
The Reporter, and Laura DeSalvo, its editor had
not seen this April 1st story, so no comment was
available from them. They are sure to have
something to say after they read it. DR/BL/
t-ands on Experience at_ Plaza and
Te REPORTER has moved!
The Bonaire Reporter has moved its headquarters to the
Bolivia plantation area of Bonaire.
The new address is Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407,
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles.
The telephone numbers are: 786-6518 and 786-6125.
Backup numbers are: 796-6125, 790-6518 and 790-8988
Email and website remain the same:
Ponaire Keporter ivarcn z2 to April o, zuu0
The secret buyer of
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IANIDS Orr 1977
Reef Windows: A series of stories about
Bonaire's Dive Sites by Captain Don Stewart
This story is about Hands Off It is from Captain Don's
S upcoming book, Reef Windows.
Captain Don his story begins around 1965 at the Flamingo Beach Club
When we were just getting into this diving thing. Although
holding the title of manager, I was far more a diver than a resort manager. Perhaps
this was a fortunate thing, as that positioned me to cater to our new diving fad that
was just beginning to catch on.
Unknowingly, we were on the threshold of the future. Whatever doctrines we
developed at that time would soon become history, though at the time I did not
think of it that way. I was, however, fully aware that I was standing on the shores
of a very magical place, where a watery field of gold lay before me. But to be
quite honest, I didn't entirely realize that what I did in those
early days would set the standards of today.
I had been called a conservationist by some, but I felt I was
not. However, I did see myself as a staunch environmentalist. I
had come to know the word "conservationist" in the 1950s when
it applied to tree huggers in California, always finding fault, but
never a solution. I, on the other hand, believe that forests are
meant to be cut, just as carrots are meant to be pulled and eaten. I
am a builder and, like Frank Lloyd Wright, would prefer to build
a house around a tree rather than cut it down. However, if I
needed timber to build the house, then I would cut down the tree
but would re-plant twice what I had taken. I have a strong dislike
for anybody who willfully destroys.
I knew that when I placed divers into our reefs there would be
some damage and corals were going to be hurt. I was not doing
this diving thing for fun, but for hard revenue, for myself and for
In those days Bonaire was considered a deprived island with
only goats, charcoal and a little bit of salt to market. It was an
island struggling to exist. International tourism was non-existent.
However, I envisioned Bonaire's magnificent bay as a field of
gold, still an untapped resource.
The coral reefs became the tools of our trade, and we fought
with a vengeance to maintain their health, not only to protect
nature, or because they were beautiful, but again because they
were the tools of our trade. We were using our only resource, as
West Virginia its coal, or California its gold, to promote revenue.
However, we were fully aware that when humans enter any un-
spoiled environment, there would be a degree of impact.
Of course, our reefs were never used indiscriminately. When a
damaged area was discovered, the site was closed for a "healing
time." Later, when I launched the mooring program, it was my
intention to have the moorings as close together as piano keys.
When CURO (Council of Underwater Resort Operators) became
a reality, it became their obligation to choose how to play the
chords. Every quarter a new chord was to be struck, others
rested, regardless of divers' laments. We were playing hardball.
I saw us using our reefs as a careful pimp uses his whores.
They are his to sell, to watch over, and to care for. When they
are sick, it is his duty to get them off the street and give them a
rest, not to pine over, mollycoddle, or boohoo every temperature
change. If you dislike the comparison here, give me a break!
Those reefs were more alive than many humans I have known.
Give me your money and go down to see and visit, but never
disturb a polyp on the coral heads. Our industry cares about the
reefs, and we busted our butts to maintain the ongoing health of
the corals and to guarantee that our trespass had left no mark.
By the mid-1970s, the first of the bleeding heart conservation-
ists began to descend on us. Most of them lived off fat grants,
never understanding or wishing to understand the enormity of
our industry or its needs. Several marine biologists suggested
that we curtail further diving tourism. Some even suggested that
(Continued on page 16)
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
Picture Yourself With The Reporter
Ivo Hauer from Boxmeer in The Netherlands writes, "This photograph was
taken on the border between Poland and Belarus. You see the border post of
Poland and of course myself. I was in Lublin, Poland, which was the site for the
Rivercross meeting about the use of European rivers with participants from Greece,
Poland, Germany and the Netherlands in attendance." 1
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t's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) your relationship questions
to my attention.
Question from: He likes me...he likes me not...
If a guy winks at you a lot and tends to give you attention
each time you see him in a club, does that mean he digs you or
is "Into you" even though he is dating someone else? Betty Wills
ANSWER: Perhaps the cigarette smoke in the club bothers his eyes, or it could
be he's holding a drink in one hand and his date's hand in the other, so all he can
do is wink to say "hi." Now then, if he's winking at you AND licking his lips, it
could mean he hasn't had dinner, and wants you to buy, or it could mean he wants
you for dinner. Regardless, it's a form of flirtation and rather harmless at this
point. When a guy is really "into you," you'll know it. He'll be sitting at your
table asking for your phone number, or leading you into a conversation that ends
with an exchange of phone numbers unless he's planning to follow you home.
Quick suggestion...go to the drugstore, buy a small bottle of Clear Eyes, and give
it to him the next time he winks at you.
Facts To Know
Gamophobia is the fear of marriage. '
On average, a woman will speak 7,000
words over the course of a day while a man )
will only speak 2,000 words in the same pe- ,
riod of time.
35% of the people who use personal ads for
dating are already married. 1
In a poll, American men and women were
asked if they would mary the same person if
they had it to do all over again. / -
80% of the men responded that they
would mary the same woman.
-50% of the women responded that they would mary the same man.
Approximately 40% of weddings today are second marriages for one or
Statistics show that 75% of couples marrying today already share a home.n
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
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DAMMERS FAMILY CLEANUP AT
Each year the Dammersfamily gets
together to do something as a group.
This year the 35 family members de-
cided to do a massive cleanup of the
Parke Publico. One member ofthe fam-
ily, Geraldine Dammers, is also the IN
island's Commissioner of Education so
they were joined by some ofBonaire's Family members
top officials, including UPB Party
leader Ramonsito Booi, Commissioner
Jonchi Dortalina and Senator Anthony
To capture the spirit here is part of a
letter Juliette de Grijze, one of the
family day organizers, wrote about the pM ul
About our family:
We usually organize family days to
get together and talk about what is go- A trailer load oftrash
ing on in each other's lives, and basi-
cally have some fun. We have gone
camping for Easter in the past, gone 1,-
to Isla di Yuana with Boy Antoin as
our guide, have had Christmas dinners 0
as a BIG family and we are also plan-
ning a cruise with the whole family
(coming soon). There are a lot of
things we do together. This time we
chose to get together and clean up the
yard at the Parke Publico where all
our kids play. It was a very nice day, Officials Dammers, Booi and Dortalina
and because we were so many it was
easy for all and we were done before noon!
Thanks to Goddard Catering group we had sandwiches, fruits and a lot of water
and juice to lessen the thirst. As soon as I approached Goddard with the idea they
were ready to help out in any way they could. The family was also quick to e-mail
me back with positive feedback. I am happy that again they showed that having a big
family is great when it comes to helping each other out. Besides family I also had
some friends who volunteered to help out. One of my cousins who lives in Curaqao
was also present. The brother of my aunt's husband also showed up to help without
being asked or notified. I had an uncle who did not receive the e-mail, but was called
the same morning and still showed up! Whoever said that goodwill in men is dead
has to read this story in The Bonaire Reporter.
Juliette E. de Grijze
No SHARKS HERE?
Visiting diving friends often ask
why they see no sharks on Bonaire.
This question is reminiscent of an-
other question, "Why does war favor
sharks?" that was posed to Vito
Volterra, Italy's leading physicist of
the time after World War I. That
question was asked because after the
war it was observed that the number
of sharks in the Adriatic Sea had
increased. Mr. Volterra wrote down
some equations, modeling
the dynamics between prey and
predator fish, and came up with the
answer. The key to the answer was:
Without going into the math, here is the intuitive explanation. Even if we assume
that fishermen take fish indiscriminately, the prey and predator fish suffer differ-
ent pressures. The prey fish get decimated by fishing directly, but this pressure is
partially relaxed because of decrease in amount of their predators. On the other
hand, the predator fish get decimated by fishing directly AND suffer addition-
ally from a decrease in amount of their prey. So, fishing hits predators harder than
it hits prey fish. Moreover, the higher on the food chain a predator, the harder the
hit. Sharks, a top predator, suffer most.
So, what happened after World War I? The hostilities between the Austrian and
Italian navies during the war disrupted fishing in the Adriatic Sea. The fishing
pressure was released, and the fish started to come back to their natural balances.
Sharks reappeared. 1 Genady Filkovsky.
Genady Filkovsky, a frequent contributor to The Reporter letters column, is a
retired TelAviv Universityprofessor living on Bonaire He taughtAnalytical
Methodology and applied it for systems development in US. He holds a Master's
Degree in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Philosophy ofScience.
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The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must
include the writer's name and telephone number or e-mail address. Letters without
that information will not be published. If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or
just use initials we will honor the request. Letters should not be more than 400
words in length and may be edited at the Editor's discretion. E-mail: let-
tonaire Reporter- Marcn 23 to April b, 2UU
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
on unnecessary extra expenses. Besides,
the UPB/PABOSO-controlled Executive
Council at that time did not sufficiently
justify it or get competitive bids for the
> Despite the criticism of the airport
improvement project it was completed
on schedule and KLM has been using
the airport since completion of the im-
provements, one of its most efficient
stations, for its usual four-times daily
landings/takeoffs. This has meant hun-
dreds of new jobs, higher hotel room oc-
cupancy by air crews and the unparalleled
convenience of daily connections to
Europe and South America. Reportedly,
despite the increase in departure taxes, the
airport is losing millions of guilders a
year. The Democrat faction on the Island
Council has called for KLM to continue
the Peru stopover and requested meetings
to investigate how to attract new airport
business and keep the jobs of support
personnel at Goddard catering.
on mail orders via Internet delivered to
the post office or a post office box in the
US, said Director Sidney Poulina and
Corporate Affairs Director George Licht-
"The fact that postal rates in the Antilles
are higher than in Europe and the US has
nothing to do with this," said Lichtveld,
Canada Post International Limited, which
owns all of the shares, has still not com-
plied with the investment requirements of
its initial agreement. But a lot still has to
be done within the company. "At this
moment, there won't be any layoffs," said
Poulina. "We had to consider some op-
tions and decided to lower the operational
costs by economizing in the fleet. That
won't have impact on the mail delivery
> Based on this report in the Jamaica
Observer, Air Jamaica is in trouble:
"Two years and three months after
the government took over from Gordon
'Butch' Stewart's Air Jamaica Acquisi-
tion Group (AJAG), service is no bet-
ter. The airline's loyal passenger base is
evaporating due to its poor on-time per-
formance. It has a reduced fleet with no
significant reduction of its staff. The
many value-added benefits that passen-
gers enjoyed have been abandoned. For a
year and a half Air Jamaica has been
without a Chief Financial Officer. As a
consequence the credibility of financial
information coming out of Air Jamaica is
Maintenance has steadily deteriorated
and has not registered any improvement
since December 2004. Air Jamaica's mar-
keting efforts are practically non-existent.
From 1994-2004, during 10 years of
private ownership, Air Jamaica lost
US$700 million but contributed billions
to the Jamaican economy, according to a
non-partisan MIT report. In two years and
three months since returning to govern-
ment control, Air Jamaica is estimated to
have lost approximately US$350 million.
"All this talk about re-fleeting the air-
line with old Boeing planes will take Air
Jamaica back to the dark ages." said a
former senior Air Jamaica pilot. "It is
madness. Any pilot will tell you that it is
better and safer to fly modern aircraft
with state-of-the-art features, not planes
that are 20years out of date." The month
of March is traditionally one of the best
for Air Jamaica. According to Air Ja-
maica sources the airline's load factor for
the month is hovering around 50%.
> If you noticed a reduction in Bon-
aire's postal services you are not alone.
The amount of mail dispatched by New
Post Netherlands Antilles (NPNA) de-
creased by 15% last year. One reason
for this is that much more mail is being
sent electronically. NPNA is now said to
be focusing on developing new services
like express mail and parcel post, and also
Dutch emigration information both
> Many Dutchmen and women want
to resettle in foreign countries. More
than half of people questioned say that
they are thinking about exchanging the
Netherlands for a cheaper, sunnier, or just
another living place.
For the first time the Netherlands Antil-
les had an information booth at the 10th
annual Emigration Fair that took place in
Utrecht last week. It offered reading ma-
terial about the requirements the Europe-
ans have to comply with if they want to
move to the Antilles.
One of the questions most asked by fair-
goers was what exactly would the politi-
cal changes mean for emigration to the
islands. They ask whether they can move
from Amsterdam to Bonaire as easy as
they can move from Amsterdam to Rot-
"Well, the answer to that is actually
very difficult," said a spokesman for An-
tillean House, "because there is still very
little clarity on the details. The outline of
the new political structure is already clear,
but specific issues are not. So, our advice
to the people is to wait awhile and follow
the developments, before they decide to
Christie Dovale, President of Ami-
goe di Tera, an environmental NGO af-
filiated with Friends of the Earth Interna-
tional (FOEI), wants to revitalize the
organization. Dormant for a few years it
is restarting. A new board needs to be
elected in order to start up the process.
A general meeting will be held at a
Community Center (Sentro di barrio) in
the near future for elections. "If you love
Bonaire and have time on your hands, be
at that meeting!" says Christie. "We will
pass on more information as it becomes
> MCB is the first Dutch Caribbean
bank that made its results public this year.
After taxes and before the transferring to
In honor of the International Year of the Reef in 2008, Reef Check Foun-
dation has issued an URGENT CALL TO ACTION represented in the Interna-
tional Declaration of Reef Rights pictured here. Please go to http://
www.reefcheck.org/petition/petition.php and sign the document today if you agree.
reserves, the MCB-
Group in the Neth-
and Aruba made a
profit of NAf 93.3
million guilders, an
increase of 10.1%
compared to 2005.
Curaqao's net grew
by 7%; 2% in
Aruba; 3% in Bon- Lionel 'Chicu'
aire; and 47% in St. Capriles
Maarten. The result MCB photo
before taxes was
NAf118.1 million, 10 million more than
the year before. After transferring to the
reserve for general bank risks, the profit
was 84 million after taxes in 2006. That's
an increase of 10.5% compared to 2005.
The figures were approved by KPMG
"It was satisfying once more that all the
territories where we operate have contrib-
uted to the increase of the profit," stated
President-Director Lionel "Chicu" Ca-
priles in the report. Net loans and ad-
vances to customers increased by 11.9% to
almost 2.6 billion at the end of last year,
275 million more than at the end of 2005.
The number of commercial loans went up
byl3.4 %, and private ones by11.9 %.
Customer deposits increased with more
than 332 million to more than NAf3.8
billion or 9.4% more than in 2005.
MCB-Bonaire is the island's largest
non-government local supporter of
charitable and social support organiza-
tions according to Bonaire Reporter
figures. MCB currently employs 1,362
people in the Antilles, 18 more than in
D One of Bonaire's sources in the
legal community has said that the
"Sunset Divi Resort is moving for-
ward," despite rumors to the contrary.
Some necessary papers were signed ear-
lier this month.
> Look for the defunct wind turbine
at Sorobon to come down within 30
days if the promises made by WEB are to
be fulfilled. It is set to be replaced by a
more powerful modern unit and con-
nected to Bonaire's electrical network.
> The Antilles General Pension
Fund, APNA, sold 75% of its ASKA
Insurance shares to the Multinational
Seguros de Venezuela. If approved by
the Central Bank, Boy Bakmeijer (55),
who has been working for Fatum Insur-
ance since 1969, and current Director
Eelke Stins (63), will become directors of
the Antillean insurance company. ASKA
has 20 employees.
The Fundashon Kuidopa Bista i
Oido (FKBO), which is the Foundation
for the Blind and Deaf, will be opening
an office for the public soon and needs
volunteers. This Foundation, one of the
most effective on Bonaire, has always
remained low profile, but it now needs
help as it goes forward to help even more
Since it generates no income on its own
(money comes from donations or charita-
ble organizations) it cannot afford to pay
the volunteers to man its office. Most of
its board members are employed else-
where, so community help is needed. If
you can spare a few hours a week call
Roxanne Timp, FKBO Secretary, at 715-
5552 or 785-0518, email: rox-
email@example.com; or fax 717-
The Bonaire Reporter would like to
make a special plea for our readers to
help this worthy all-volunteer organiza-
tion that does so much good.
(Continued on page 9)
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 8)
> Ramon de Leon, Bonaire National
Marine Park Manager, announced that
starting Monday, March 26, the Park will
begin conducting the 5th round of the
nutrient monitoring program (just one
to go). As usual, they will need help in
collecting algae, water samples, fish count
and laboratory work. If you are interested
in participating please let him know by e-
mail, marinepark @stinapa.org.
The next and last round will be held in
the first week of July and then there will
be a presentation of the findings.
Snow snorkler anxious for Bonaire
The snowstorms early this month
delayed a Reporter reader's arrival at
Bonaire's Sorobon Beach Resort. We
believe he was so disappointed he had to
begin in his North American backyard
and sent us this snorkeling photo.
> One of the reason foreigners invest
in Bonaire real estate is the even handed
way land and property sales are han-
dled: essentially it makes no difference
whether the buyer is a local or not. That's
not the case elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Take the situation in Anguilla, an ex-
British island often compared with Bon-
aire. The Chief Minister's Office recently
announced a 12-week moratorium on the
issuing of Alien Land Holding Licenses
for virtually all real estate. If you are not
Anguillan you must have a government
issued permit to own real estate.
ground with information on history, flora
and fauna. Bring your own water; there
will be snacks along the way and hot soup
at the end. The price is NAf7,50. Tickets
are available at Top Health Fitness, open
Monday through Friday, 5-9 pm. Satur-
days 9-12noon. More information 567-
1055 or 786-8908.
> The Rotary Club of Bonaire has
announced that their popular Ro-
taRally will be
held this Sunday,
March 25. Pro- .
ceeds will go to
support the many C
charitable works of
Rotary like the
greenhouse at the
Center (FKPD), School Breakfast Pro-
gram and many other activities for chil-
dren and the elderly.
The Rally will begin at 11 am at Seru
Largu and end at the Mangazina di Rei
where the Diaz family will prepare a deli-
cious BBQ and have a bar.
The cost of Rally participation is
NAf25; the BBQ is NAfl5. Tickets are
available from Rotary members or call
Orphaline Saleh at 715-5506 or Jules van
Dongen at 786-5877. All are invited to
participate and have fun for a worthy
> Last Bite Bakery, now known for
their delicious NAfl0 take-out lunches,
has a new luncheon menu schedule.
Tuesdays, it's Lasagna. Wednesday is
Chicken and Dumplings; Thursday,
Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes; and
Friday, Chili con Carne. To avoid disap-
pointment call ahead to reserve a plate.
They go fast! Tel. 717-3293. Last Bite is
across from Bon Fysio and next to Obersi
> Hagen and
right) of Cactus S
Blue are now offer- -
ing Caribbean .....
that emerge from
their brand new
Blodgett pizza oven.
"Each pizza begins
with our fresh dough
that is made daily,
explains Hagen. "We
then add only the
highest quality ingre-
dients, including our
cheeses, ocean fresh fish, lean meats and fresh vegetables. We bake our thin crust
Pizzas on special stones that give us the specialflavors we are looking for. Some
examples: "Jambalaya" shrimp, spicy Chorizo sausage and chicken; "Jerk" Jerk
rubbed chicken breast, pineapple, mozzarella and cheddar cheese; "Bacon Double
Cheese Burger" -seasoned beef, smoked bacon, onion, cheddar and mozzarella
cheese. There is a nice selection of Vegetarian combos too. Pick from 26 toppings,
three different sizes: 8", 12" or 16."
Prices start at only $6.50 (NAf11,70). Order a large 16" take away pizza and get
FREE 8" garlic bread! Saturday night is Pizza Night: order one 12" pizza and get
the 2nd 12" pizza for only $9.99 (NA1f8). Cactus Blue is open Monday to Saturday
5 pm to 10 pm.
The new owner is Lee van Leeuwen, a
recent arrival on Bonaire, who will open a
music-oriented bar at the location in about
Crew ofMambo Jambo
Wilna Gronenboom photo
> There will be no issue of The Bon-
aire Reporter next week in keeping with
our policy of four issues a month (March
has five Fridays). The next issue, dated
April 6-13, maybe available as early as
April 4th, will begin The Reporter's pre-
island council election coverage. This
year Feature Editor Greta Kooistra will
not interview the party leaders as usual;
instead she will interview their wives. O
> More and more people are helping
Bonaire keep free of pollution. Here Scott
and Sally Simons take more batteries col-
lected by Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn back
to the US. Locals, give your used batter-
ies to people returning to developed
countries where they can dispose of the
batteries properly. Bonaire's landfill can-
not process the toxic metals in the batter-
ies. Tourists, take them back home.
> Sunday, April 1, join the Walk
through Plantation Bolivia area with
historian-journalist-archivist Bbi An-
toin, sponsored by Top Health & Fitness.
Meet at the site of the old airport on the
Rincon Road, across from the license
plate-flag display, at 6 am. The two to
two and a half hour walk will be on flat
> After serving the most delectable
Swiss food since April 2000, Susie and
Noldi of Swiss Chalet are closing their
doors. Last Thursday they had a gather-
ing for friends at the venerable "Chalet"
to say thank you and auf Wiedersehen for
awhile. Susie says, "We have been very,
very happy serving our customers over
the years, many of whom have been re-
peat customers and who've also become
After their month sojourn in Switzer-
land many of us hope there is some way
they will be able to make those wonderful
> Wilfried and Jolanda who ran the
restaurant at Yacht Club Apartments took
over the former Mazani (nee Rendez-
Vous) restaurant last Friday night. It's
called Mambo Jambo and will serve an
international menu, featuring Indonesian
dishes and Rijstaffel.
> Due to great interest FORMA, the
Bonaire Institute for adult education, will
start, on April 3rd, a second course in
Papiamentu for beginners with English
and Dutch as the instruction language
from April 3rd to June 28", twice a week
on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6:30-8 pm
in comfortable air conditioned class-
rooms. You may sign up for this class at
FORMA, Kaya Korona 13 (between
RBTT and Kooyman) during office hours.
For more information call 717-6949 and
ask for Margie Thod6 or email: margieth-
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
SGB Students Aboard Ship
On March 13, the Dutch naval ves-
sel, Hr. Ms. Zuiderkruis
(Southern Cross), captained by Com-
mander van Lent, began her Bonaire port
call. The 169-meter-long supply ship
stayed until Saturday, March 17, to give
the crew a little time off after a very busy
For example on Friday February 23, she
intercepted a "go-fast" boat with 530 ki-
los of drugs aboard, of which 123 kilos
was cocaine. Finding cocaine on a go-fast
boat is very unusual and the amount was
a record for this area. The go-fast was
apprehended by a coordinated action of
the Dutch Marines and American and
French forces. The five-month cruise of
the Hr. Ms. Zuiderkruis started in the
beginning of February and they will re-
turn to Holland around
the beginning of July.
The boat is 32 years
"old," but she's
equipped with modem
high tech instruments
to fit her for the present
duty. The function and
the crew of the ship
have changed in the last
years. She initially was
to supply other navy
ships on the open sea.
The supplies could be
kerosene, diesel or wa-
ter, but also fresh and
dry food, clothes, spare
parts and of course
But her role has
changed. Rescue pa-
trols with her Westland
Lynx Helicopter are
one of her present
tasks, in addition to
drug and immigration
Interestingly, in the
80s, she was the first
Dutch navy ship to
have female crew on
board. This was possi-
ble because the ship has
a lot of space so they
could arrange separate SGB stude
sleep and bathing
(shower and toilets) facilities. Currently
ent Jean-Carlos Mena in the engine room.
(Continued on page 11)
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
Thanks to a suggestion by a reporter from this
newspaper, SGB mechanical-vocational education
students got a chance to closely inspect a Dutch navy ship.
(SGB Students Aboard Ship Continued from page 10)
they have a total of 175 crewmembers on
board of whom 38 are women, including
Even when the crew is having time off
some work went on -specifically visits by
Bonaire's officials and the public. On the
14th Governor Domacass6 visited the ship
twice in the morning for the official pres-
entations and later in the evening for a re-
laxing drink together with visitors from
Last Friday, the 16th, the SGB (high
school) motor vehicle vocational education
students had the chance to look inside the
ship the heart of the Hr. Ms. Zuiderkruis -
the engine room. They encountered two big
Stork diesel engines, totaling 21,000 HP,
that give this ship the power to "move" at
21 knots. Besides all the other engines for
making drinking water, cooling, heating etc.
the SGB students had a close inspection of
the Lynx helicopter.
This helicopter has two Rolls Royce GEM
42 motors, which gives it the ability to fly
220 km/hour. Its main task is to find subma-
rines. For this job they use a dipping sonar
which can go 100 meters underwater, radar
and FLIR (forward-looking infrared) sys-
tem. The helicopter can also carry two tor-
pedoes or a light machine gun. However,
these days rescuing people is her most usual
Later that day, the Hr. Ms. Zuiderkruis was open to the public. Many children with
teachers and parents had a look. The helicopter got the most attention.
Hopefully, such a visit can inspire the youngsters to think about a job for the future.
The ship's crew with SGB students
On Saturday the 17th the Hr. Ms. Zuiderkruis left Bonaire at 9 am, going back to work,
patrolling the Caribbean Sea. O Story, photo & inspiration by Wilna Gronenboom
P4B5 loteptto Fdn
These kids didn't get aboard... but enjoyed themselves anyway
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
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.... EL 7LVh.. Q ....
I Gielmon "Funchi" Egbrechts, Bonaire's "turtle man,"
taps a sea turtle
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
BONAIRE ON WHEELS
The Fisherman and the Wheelbarrow
A series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n
Brower, featuring some ofBonaire's interesting
vehicles that are "on wheels."
Kad6f building a new boat
Two Bonairean fishermen: Benjamin "Kad6f" Soleana and
Manuel "Walala" Portugues with afresh caught barracuda
and the hand-made wheelbarrow
He is a fisherman, has always been a fisherman
and will be a fisherman all his life, "ku Dios
ke" (Deo volente-God willing). His name is Benjamin
Soleana and it is his wheelbarrow parked along the
sea every day that intrigued me.
Mr. Soleana, nicknamed Kad6f (nobody knows
why, not even Mr. Soleana himself), lives in a small
wooden house along Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk. His
age is 63 and when I ask him in what year he was
born it takes some time to remember the right year...
Every day of every year Kad6f wakes up at around
five o'clock in the early morning. Kad6f is an uncom-
plicated man. He does not posses a watch. That's not
necessary for him; he just looks out of the window
and watches the stars. His day starts.
(Continued on page 17)
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
& Janet). 786-0956
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com
Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-6272 /
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651
Re n ta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen,
airco, cable TV, two
single beds (or king)
pull-out sofa, porch,
yard and private entrance. Five minute
walk to seaside promenade; 10 minute
walk to town. $50/night. Contact: bo-
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support
to Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more
about making a US tax deductible dona-
www.supportbonaire.org and help make
For sale Bambou style Bed NAf
400,00 Phone:717-2791 after 6pm
Selling dive gear, printer/scanner, pots
& pans, bed/bath linen, Benetton clothes,
tables & chairs and much more. Call 717-
Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf100-. Call 786-3117.
Two windsurf custom built Protec
boards with covers, calbert race sails,
2 booms and miscellaneous parts
please call 791-1211 Asking price NAf
750,00 will negotiate! All must go!
Tae Kwondo suits belts/ helmet/leg,
body and arm shields. Call 791-1211
asking price NAf 300- will negotiate- all
Sailing Yacht for sale-41 Ft. Hans
Christian, blue-water ready. Immaculate
condition. Completely refit rigging, in-
strumentation, etc. 2005-too much to list
here. Located in Bonaire. Serious In-
quires only please. Contact Ron at cap-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include "BOAT"
in the subject line.
NIKONOS III Cam-
era and Macro tube
Set. Still the best UW
camera for macro shots.
Original owner. NEVER
been flooded. Ideal back-up camera. .
Complete NAf200. Call George 786-
For Sale: Toyota Corolla 1995, 8 valves,
Insurance paid till December 2007. Engine
in good condition; can be used as holiday
car, and can be sold afterwards. Possibility
to lease. 25 euro a day; minimum 7 days.
Asking price; NAf 1.900, or 850 euro or
$1000. Contact: 529-0119
Cabrio, 1997, yellow,
with hard-top and
windstop. Make an
offer... Tel. 786-
For Sale: Kia Spectra 2002, A/C, Ra-
dio, 4 doors. In very good condition.
Price: NAf 9500,00. Call: 786-1230\
Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
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Pro pe rty
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Sale- Large one
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cated in a se-
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from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen and
laundry, tons of storage space, large
patio with walkout to marina dock.
Private owner sale.
Lost a& Founcd
Lost: Chanel sunglasses, brown with
black, left hanging on a tree near by the oil
tanker pier. It was given to me by a dearest
friend! Call Marion 701-0505 email
Wa n to d
J o bs
AND PERFECT A sincere Bonairean
expert is offering you his services in
maintenance, house, roof and framework
painting. Just call 560-6287. We are at
Cleaning lady (speaking Spanish and
Papiamentu) is looking for part-time
work. Please call J(n Brouwer: 796 -
3637 or mail: digital-
Wa n to d
Part-time Administrator wanted.
Must be multilingual-English, Papia-
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Wa n te d
Rental Wanted: SGB teacher looking to
rent as of the 1st of August or the 1st of
July an unfurnished or furnished APART-
MENT for one person, one or two rooms.
Rent will be paid automatically through the
bank. Please call 529-0118. No problem
paying a month guarantee.
Cricket Buddy Needed Do you have
Direct TV / Satellite TV and will watch
ICC World Cup Cricket (March 30-
April)? I seek a cricket buddy as I do not
have Direct TV I can watch any games
but am really keen on the Windies, India,
Ireland and Bermuda. Please email
Found in Santa Barbara:
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Commercial advertises pay
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
Looking forAstarians in Bonaire to
start a study group. Phone: 512-6375
Sr v o n ts
Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda,
involving yoga, massage & diet. Direct
questions to email fhumming-
FOR BEGINNERS ( Level 1)
Evening Classes start on
May 14th 2007 From Monday to
For more information, please contact
us. Tel: 717-3966 Fax: 717-3970
A Shrink StUdIO SCUBA
VW i sc
Next September I will be the
"ringmaster" of a workshop on
diver panic in Johannesburg, South Af-
rica, along with several experts at the
invitation of DAN South Africa. Dr.
Frans Cronje expects well over 120 in-
structors and divemasters to attend and
one of the topics will be "Identifying
anxiety and panic risk in divers." As
Frans and I discussed the workshop re-
cently, I told him about a student diver.
We are a sponsor of
A % --I- 0
Ron, a local Raleigh dive shop owner
and very experienced PADI instructor,
asked me to help out with open water
check out dives at our local spring-fed
quarry one weekend. He already had an
excellent divemaster intern lined up to
assist him with a large class, but he was
concerned about one young woman in
particular. "Susan" (not her real name)
had struggled with extreme anxiety dur-
ing the pool sessions and had required
lots of extra attention which had slowed
down the rest of the class. He thought
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
&% 1 l00 A
she could complete the OW check out
dives but wanted some extra backup
just in case.
When I arrived that Saturday morn-
ing at the quarry I was introduced to
the class and was assigned to stay
very close to this young woman who
seemed somewhat nervous. Susan
explained she just needed her ciga-
rettes and coffee. We let the rest of the
class wade in ahead of us and then she
and I followed closely behind. After
being underwater for a few minutes at
less than 6 meters depth, she indicated
she needed to surface immediately.
We ascended with my holding her BC
strap firmly to prevent a panicked
rapid ascent. We inflated our BCs
and I helped her calm herself with
(Continued on paee 17)
Today's tagging team
(Spotlight on Turtle Conservation.
Continued from page 12)
Bonaire with their donations.
Dr.Esmeijer got some first hand experience in turtle
research when Bonaire's turtle researcher, Gielmon
"Funchi" Egbrechts, took her on a tagging and explora-
tion expedition in Lac Bay. It was part of STCB's
two-week study to observe and catch sea turtles, meas-
ure and weigh them, take DNA samples and tag them
with an ID. They get two tags one metal and one plas-
tic. If they lose one they'll still have one left, to show
which one is the more practical to use. This time Dr.
Esmeijer did more than donate; she helped haul turtles
out of the sea so they could be measured and tagged. 1
Story & photos by Wilna Gronenboom
(Hands Off Continued from page 5)
we should immediately abolish 50% of
our diving because they thought it was
the only solution to save the reefs. Sev-
eral Ph.D's actually implied it would be
far better if the
government were to
outlaw diving alto-
gether. Their rea-
soning, of course,
was to save the Our reefs,
reefs for their fu- around the
Do you know that When the r
I never have under-
stood the phrase, cumb, Mot
"Bleeding Heart pe
Liberal?" Bleeding ls sick, per
Heart, yes, a term I Struggling
throw about like
rice at a wedding. save the rec
However, treating the
another thing. It's a but not the
word I like because
it is really "me." It
baffles me how
sound and meaningful words ever got
together. "Bleeding heart" means pity,
remorse, soft heart and lament.
"Liberal" to me means free birth, not
restricted, not bound by orthodox tenets
or established forms. Our fledgling dive
industry for some strange reason was
attracting these "bleeding hearts." It was
a stanch liberal attitude that held them at
Biologists say, and I agree, that our
oceans are in peril. Every thinking per-
son must know this. However, the reefs
of Bonaire, as lovely as they are, are
part of the grand total. Our reefs, like
others around the world, are the canaries
of the sea. When the reefs succumb,
Mother Ocean is sick, perhaps dying.
Struggling only to save the reefs is like
treating the symptoms
but not the cause.
In answer to the de-
bate over what dam-
ike others age, if any, our indus-
vorld, are try was causing we
needed a control. For
of the sea. this I chose to open,
efs suc- r on the south side of
Klein Bonaire, a new
er Ocean window that I named
ap dying. Hands Off a new site
aps ng that had never seen a
rnly to diver, where we
would not allow new,
fs is like unskilled divers or
symptoms those with a camera to
enter. I was out to
;ause." prove a point, and it
wasn't long before that
point was clearly
made. The truth of it
all: Yes, some divers
are like bulls in a china shop. Some
photographers would lie on the coral
just to get a desired shot. Nine good
divers and one clumsy beast. To the
polyps, it was all the same. Ayo!
The Marine Park, in its formation, had
set aside two Forbidden Zones. How-
ever, these totally closed areas were of
no use in observing the controlled di-
vers whom we allowed to enter Hands
Hands Off proved that our responsi-
bility was more than just running a good
dive shop, and our industry shifted
gears. We dedicated ourselves to pro-
viding more training and really teaching
people how to dive. The bicycle kick
and flailing arms had to go. Buoyancy
control became paramount. Actually,
almost every diver was run through the
hoops, so to speak, then turned loose.
We knew our people. If they got unruly,
mean with the reefs or with us when we
enforced the rules necessary to protect
the reefs, we pulled their tanks and sug-
gested they find another island. Their
flagrant violations meant blacklisting
everywhere on Bonaire, and no shop
would rent tanks to them.
More dive shops came to Bonaire, and
Diving Freedom was on the horizon.
While popular with divers and a hall-
mark of Bonaire, perhaps this was one
of my greatest blunders. As more and
more divers rent tanks and throw them
into pickup trucks to dive wherever and
whenever they please, the damage to the
coral worsens. There are no longer dive
guides dedicated to preserving the reefs
with each group to ensure that our tres-
pass shall leave no mark. Now, the care
of Bonaire's reefs is up to each diver
who enters her dive windows. The study
conducted at Hands Off showed us that
coral damage is lessened when only
experienced, non-camera carrying di-
vers are permitted to explore her reefs.
Thus, divers who do not have good
buoyancy control or who put the picture
ahead of preserving the reefs damage
Bonaire's "fields of gold" for us all. I
have told you about Bonaire's past; her
future is up to you.
o -79- Captain Don
Did you enjoy this story?
There are more at Captain
Don's story site: http//
Captain Don adds,
"This is the 40th and
last story of Reef
the book is com-
pleted. Every story
has been crafted and
edited by Linda Co-
Captain Don ber.
n Enjoy this one be-
cause it's the last
FREE reef story to be told. I expect
the book "Reef Windows" to close at
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Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
N ext week Tues-
day, March 27,
at 7:30pm will be the
4th year that Bonaire
will be organizing "The
In Papiamentu it is
called Krusa Laman.
This time it will be held
at Kas di Arte. We have
authors from Indonesia ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL FORW TIO
- Nukila Amal; South KAYA J--E CRAANE 3
Africa-Gabeba Bader- I1 R NA
oon; Surinam- Jit
Narian; Holland-Morocco- Ramsey Nasr; and from Curagao the popular Jazz,
Tumba singer of the moment, Ezaline Calister. From Bonaire we have as authors:
Frans Booi, Monica Clarinda and Annie Francees.
All these international authors of this festival will visit the S.G.B high school and
will offer some workshops with the local authors. With this Festival we want to
encourage The Art of Literature to read, write, and publish more books of Bonaire
on a international level, and of course, support all the future talented artists in this
field. The entrance is free! But there will be a box for donations to help organize
future events. o Jackie Bernabela, Kas diArte.
(A Shrink Studies SCUBA.
Continued from page 15)
diaphragmatic breathing while the rest of
the class presumably went on to the sub-
merged platforms to perform various
Susan talked about being worried about
multiple psychosocial stressors in her
life, including herjob and family and
personal finances and a conflicted rela-
tionship with her boyfriend. That was all
well and good, but then she explained
that she had decided to learn to scuba
dive to overcome her claustrophobia.
Unable to hold my tongue, I blurted out
something to the effect that she should
have come to somebody like me for
treatment of the claustrophobia before
taking up scuba diving! She admitted
that she had deliberately hidden this little
piece of medical information from her
instructor after being turned away from
another dive shop where she had filled in
the student application form honestly.
The Recreational Scuba Training
Council Medical Statement (2001) used
by PADI and most training agencies spe-
cifically asks, "Have you ever had or do
you currently have... Behavioral health,
mental or psychological problems (Panic
attack, fear of closed or open spaces)? A
positive response to a question does not
necessarily disqualify you from diving.
A positive response means that there is a
preexisting condition that may affect
your safety while diving and you must
seek the advice of your physician prior to
engaging in dive activities." Susan had
answered, "NO" at Ron's dive shop.
At that point I decided it was unlikely
Susan was going to be able to catch up
with the rest of the class and complete
her open water check out dive tasks that
weekend. So, I focused instead on just
helping her enjoy some casual diving
with very close divemaster support with
her instructor nearby. She made several
fun dives that morning, remaining sub-
merged up to 10 meters depth for over 20
minutes at a time. I later heard from one
of her friends that she decided she was
too busy to complete her scuba certifica-
Susan's case illustrates an all too com-
mon problem faced by dive shop owners
and instructors. Some scuba students
willfully withhold critical health infor-
mation for a variety of reasons, which
potentially endangers them and their in-
structors and other divers in the water
with them. In retrospect, Ron realized he
would have been wise to have asked
Susan more questions after he observed
how much anxiety she had during the
pool classes rather than just helping her
tough it out. Then, maybe she could
have been directed to professional help
before failing to complete her open water
certification. As it is, she is unlikely to
retry, which may or may not have been
for the best. 1 Story& photos by Dr.
David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clinical investi-
gator 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. D
Most photos supplied by author
Beware of Your Di
D ive lights and vide
lot brighter and the
much hotter than an avera
flashlight. Some manufac
lights even say they shoul
underwater, the reason be
water keeps them cooler.
dive lights get hot, real ho
The first time I saw how
be was when a diver was
onto an airplane. Halfway
the bag was smoldering! I
powerful European made
you have never seen one
look like something made
nium. When he opened hi
side of the bag was more
melted pile of plastics and
ognizable items. The light
on a few minutes! Imagin
been in the cargo space ai
after the plane took off wi
around to see it.
The other time was just
light that was in checked-
When the diver opened hi
next day, the little yellow
previously had a rather fla
now had a very domed pl
very dead batteries. The h
intense, and with the lowe
pressure, it caused the pla
A bi-monthlyfeature in The Reporter
devoted to helping you maintain your gear.
o lights are a
erefore can be
tures of dive out and discolor. Had something been
d be used only close by with a low flash point, a fire
ing that the could have easily started. One doesn't
In other words, need much imagination to think what the
it. I mean result of that could have been. Also the
light was packed with the switch in the
v hot this could locked position! So much for locks on
carrying a bag the switches.
to the steps, Don't ever travel with batteries in your
n it was a very lights. Don't trust the locks on the
dive light. If switches either. And if you feel you ab-
of these, they solutely need to keep the batteries in the
Sto carry pluto- light because of space (a poor excuse
s case the in- though), at least remove the bulb or one
or less a battery.
I other unrec- One last tip. There are a lot of makers
t had only been of lights and each manufacturer makes a
e if this had lot of different lights so that makes one
Id happened large amount of different bulbs. It is not
ith no one reasonable for a dive shop to carry every
light bulb for every light so bring one or
a small dive two spares with you on each dive trip.
on baggage Bruce Bowker
~ -- "00 0o-
s suitcase the
it plastic lens,
astic lens and
leat was so
stic to bulge
Since 1980 Bruce
Bowker has been the
owner-operator of the
Padi 5 Star Gold Palm
Carib Inn. Tel. 717-
(The Fisherman and the wheelbarrow.
Continued from page 13)
He pushes his handmade wheelbarrow to the
shore of Kralendijk. His wooden one-wheeler is
registered: "3009 B" and "B 1964." Every car
on the island has two license plates, so the wheel-
barrow has two license plates too. Kad6f built his
vehicle some 10 years ago. He bought an eight-
inch rim and fitted a massive tire on it: no tube, no
air, just solid rubber. Uncomplicated! He took
some wooden beams and a piece of marine ply-
wood and his carrier was ready.
So, every day he rolls to the coast, parks his vehi-
cle along the boulevard and jumps into the Trupial,
his handmade fishing boat, registered: NB 26. Then
he starts his brand new and reliable Mercury 15
horsepower outboard engine, heading for Punt
Vierkant and the Willemstoren (a lighthouse along the south coast of Bonaire),
eagerly searching for barracuda. He feels no fear of the big blue sea. He is com-
There are two impressive hooks on the fishing line. The hooks are connected
with an iron wire. Mr. Soleana dismantled old cables from the hand brakes of a
bike to connect the two hooks. Uncomplicated!
Every day the catch of the day is barracuda. Every day he catches fish from two
to three feet long. The total weight of his catch is about 15 kilos. Then, around 11
in the morning, he returns to Playa. He puts the two buckets with the fresh fish on
his wheelbarrow and rolls home. There he picks up his bicycle and pedals to
Louis, the fishmonger in Antriol. Around noon Kad6f returns to his little home.
The working day has come to an end. But, because of no hurry, no watch, no noth-
ing, no nonsense, Mr. Soleana gathers his tools and continues working on a new
fishing boat. He uses "saman," a very strong type of wood from Venezuela to con-
struct the frame of his boat. This will be his 14th hand made fishing boat.
Mister Soleana is a happy man: a bike, a boat and a barrow. No car, no com-
puter, no airco. Just the sea and some friends. Kad6f lives the right way of life that
is so easy to practice on our small Caribbean island. o Story & photos byJ@n
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
DO YOU SUDOKU?
digits must re-
main single" in
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
1 Supplied by
(who has to
solve all the
3 7 2
7 9 6
Complete solution on page 23.
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht.
3-23 4:52 1.9FT.
3-24 5:56 1.9FT.
3-25 6:54 2.OFT.
3-26 7:50 1.9FT.
3-27 8:37 1.9FT.
3-28 9:28 1.8FT.
3-29 2:43 1.2FT.
3-30 4:16 1.2FT.
3-31 5:37 1.2FT.
4-01 0:21 1.5FT.
4-02 0:52 1.6FT.
4-03 1:23 1.7FT.
4-04 1:57 1.7FT.
Time Ht. Time Ht.
Time Ht. COEF
1.8FT. 17:59 0.9FT.
1.0FT. 23:48 1.4FT.
1.4FT. 17:46 1.2FT.
1.3FT. 16:51 1.2FT.
1.1FT. 15:19 1.1FT.
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WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES
Callto makesure (Usually9pm)
22/03 The Good
Shepherd (R. De Niro)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
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
March: Charlotte's Web
Saturday, March 24 at 5 am Stations
of the Cross in Nature in Rincon.
Meet at the Church. Buses leave from
all barrios beginning at 4 am from Tera
Cora. After the walk there will be cof-
fee in the parish hall, "Tia Sani." Don't
forget a flashlight.
Sunday, March 25- Bonaire Rotary
Club RotaRally Seru Largu to Man-
gazina di Rei. NAf25, BBQ, NAfl5.
Orphaline Saleh at 715-5506 or Jules
van Dongen at 786-5877. More: page 9
Until March 26- Art Exhibit of works
of Eefje van Twillert van der Straten,
Kas di Arte, open 5-7:30 pm.
Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art
Tuesday, March 27- The Interna-
tional Literature Festival Crossing
Seas 2007 (Krusa Laman), 7:30pm,
Kas di Arte. More: page 17
Sunday, April 1-- The 29th Kontest di
Fli (Kite contest) in the field behind
Kooyman's. All day from 9 am. Sign up
at Flamingo Book Store. Entrance fee is
NAf3,50 for children; NAf7,50 for
Sunday April 1 Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 1 -Walk through Plan-
tation Bolivia area with Bbi Antoin,
sponsored by Top Health & Fitness.
Meet at site of old airport, Rincon
Road, across from license plate-flag
display, 6 am. The 2 to 2 1/2 hour walk
will be on flat ground with information
on history, flora and fauna. Bring your
own water; there will be snacks along
the way and hot soup at the end.
NAf7,50. Tickets at Top Health Fitness
open M-F, 5-9 pm. Saturdays 9-
12noon. More information 567-1055 or
Monday, April 2 Full moon
Tuesday, April 3rd Papiamentu Class
begins (until June 28), twice a week on
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6.30 8pm.
Sign up at FORMA, Kaya Korona 13
(in between RBTT and Kooyman) dur-
ing office hours. For more information
Tuesday, April 3 Passover
Friday, April 6- Good Friday
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Mar. 27 Lili Marleen, Veendam;
Wed. April 4-Crown Princess, Thurs.
Apr. 5-Queen Mary 2;
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Apr. 10-Lily Marlene, SeaPrin-
Sunday, April 8 Easter
Saturday, April 28 World Tai Chi
Qigong Day more information as date
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.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
* 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 $21 (includes
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 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
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets
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 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
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 pm
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am,
Buddy Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar, 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 -
* 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, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
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. (No show Feb 26 and March
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802)at7:00pm. Every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8817) at 7:00pm.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerble old home that has been restored and
furnished so it appears the family hasjust stepped
out. Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Mon-
day thu 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 717-4060/ 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-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping
Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10.
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 enry fee. CallCathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
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
#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 Claire 717-8290
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 pmin 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 of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger.
At the DiviFlamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Menu available daily from noon.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am -. Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-1 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 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 & M ratE niv
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breaa t, n an e inner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront s n and 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 take out lunch every day -
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown-- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
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. 780-1111 from 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the lighthouse, Harbour Village Marina Lunch Tuesday-Friday Owned and operated by the Pablo Palacios Family from Argentina
717-7725 Dinner Tuesday-Sunday The beef is here and more.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
Get away from it all.
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a
day between Bonaire and Curacao. Your first choice for in-
ter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selection
of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, com-
puters, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store fi-
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number of
services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also
offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and
professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs 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 computer H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Sub-
marine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Carib-
bean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their monthly cleanup
dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the
highest professional standards. In town at City Caf6 and at
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and antiques 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 maintain your
garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer
plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Incredible
selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts, souve-
nirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the
home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tran-
quil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. New! Spa!
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hiking,
biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations: 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast,
fine processing for prints, slides, items and services Full
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, camera
rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property manage-
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-International/
US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community.
List your house with them to sell fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
On the Island Since ... ctober 1995
W 4 e came to live here when I
V was three years old; we came
from Leiding, Saramakkapolder, in Suri-
nam. First my dad, Guno, came to look
for work and he found a job as an activity
leader at Pasadia in Rincon. He set up the
candle 'factory' at what now is the
FKPD. One year later, my mom, Carme-
lita Gerling, my sister Romy, my brother
Kevin and I came.
Fortunately, I've always been the
youngest, and most of the time I got eve-
rything I wanted! I lived in Rincon for
five years; I really loved it there, it was
very cozy and quiet, but when we moved
to Playa everything was completely dif-
ferent. It took me some months to get
used to all the new people and then it was
okay, until my sister and brother left ele-
mentary school and went to SGB high
school and I had to do without their sup-
port. That wasn't so great.
When I was eight they gave me a gui-
tar, a small one which belonged to my
brother, and my dad taught me the basics.
I liked it instantly, but only when I was
13 did I start playing for real. Now my
dad says 'The student excels the teacher!'
When I was eight I wasn't that interested;
I liked singing much better because we
also had a family band. Kevin played the
small guitar, Romy and I would sing, my
dad would play keyboards and my mom
was the director! We would sing Surinam
songs from the old days, pop songs from
John Denver and compositions from
Glenn van Windt, a very good friend of
my dad. We played just for ourselves, at
home in the evenings, to have a good
Then for a while I didn't do much with
music anymore, but I did a lot of sports,
especially judo, twice a week in Rincon.
I liked it very much and I got the green
belt, but when I was 12 I wanted to take a
break, and eventually I stopped alto-
gether. Then I started with keyboards.
Our keyboard has a program so you don't
need a teacher, and that's how I learned it
all by myself, while Romy was playing
the guitar. After a while I wanted to quit
the keyboard and start again with the
guitar, but my dad didn't think it was
such a clever thing to do, because I
would end up knowing only a little bit of
everything, but in the end," she laughs, "I
won the battle and then I started playing
the guitar! My dad taught me the cords
and from there on I went by myself.
After five months my dad finally found
me a good teacher, Jeroen Fortuin. He's a
real good guitar player and he taught me
for three months; it gave me a big boost.
He taught me new styles, new ways to
play and after three months I had my first
performance. I was 13 then. It was at a
Surinam party. A well-known singer
from Surinam, Maroef Amatstam, had
come to Bonaire and I had to do the
opening, I played two songs. About 75
people were there and they were all sur-
prised because I'd never played in front
of an audience and nobody knew I could
do it! Even Maroef Amatstam coached
me and told me to go on and whenever I
come to Surinam I can play with him...
that's just 'sick!"'
Martina Gerling (15) is an outstanding
personality; she 's a sparkling girl, bright
and talented with a beautiful disposition.
"Well, my second performance was in
2006 at the SGB high school graduation
night where I was invited to sing the na-
tional hymn together with Tracy Dimsey.
It was funny that both of us were invited
to sing the national hymn because neither
one of us is from Bonaire; Tracy is from
Trinidad! When people heard it on the
radio they could tell we weren't Bo-
nairean because of the accent. Oh! What
a shame! At school one of the teachers
approached me and told me, 'Hey, Mar-
tina, shall I teach you some Papiamentu!'
I was shocked because I hadn't noticed at
all that I was pronouncing certain words
the wrong way!
"Here I go around with
kids of all nationalities -
Dutch, Bonaireans and
Latinos. At school those
groups usually don't mix,
but there are always
exceptions people who
are at ease with everyone
and I am one of those
people because I think
it's much more exciting."
My next performance was again at a
Surinamese party. I sang two songs. I
always choose my own music. I like al-
ternative rock, soft rock and I am also
completely into the 60s, the Birds, the
Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
I know Jon Hilgers from SGB where
he's a sports teacher. We always talked
about playing the guitar because he plays
and sings too. Many times he'd invited
me to come to his band training and I
was always putting it off until I finally
went but... that turned out to be the right
moment, because it was just a couple of
weeks before the Duofest Song festival. I
didn't know about it at all; it was just a
coincidence. When I was at the band
training, singing and playing some songs,
Jon immediately said, 'February 26
we're going to compete at the Duofest!'
My first reaction was 'oh, okay' and I'm
afraid to say I didn't take it very seri-
ously in the beginning, but when Jon
started talking about the training I began
to realize that it was a serious thing. He
told me it would take place on the Free-
winds and that it had to be a gospel song
and our own composition. From the mo-
ment it was set that we would participate
we rehearsed about 10 times and we
played at the airport restaurant and Bistro
de Paris to make me feel comfortable
playing for an audience. That worked out
fine because I felt less nervous after-
wards. I felt confident; I felt, 'This is
about me!' And when I have my guitar I
am much more relaxed anyway.
Jon composed the song, 'Silent Place,'
and we won 'Best Performance' and with
the composition we won second place. It
was a great experience. We never, ever
expected to be the winners because we
went with the intention of doing it for
pleasure, for the experience. You see, Jon
had also taught me that when you stand
there and you have rehearsed and you're
performing, giving a show... then you
are a winner... But when we really won
we were totally speechless! Jon and I
won two tickets to participate at the
Duofest in Cura9ao, an international gos-
pel festival for all of the Caribbean on
May 26th and it will also be on TV in
Curagao. Friday, two weeks ago, I per-
formed at Coco's together with Jon for
half an hour at the International
Women's Day celebration.
Until now I play because I am totally in
love with my guitar, but I never thought
of doing it professionally. I still think I
prefer to do it as a hobby, but I would
like to make some money with it
What I really would like to become is a
pediatrician. I think biology is fun and I
love to be with children and also I like to
study. To tell you the truth, now I'm in
doubt because I am also thinking of go-
ing to the conservatory, but that's a risk
because they are so exacting and they
expect you to read music and I can't be-
cause I am just doing it for fun. I think
it's risky to definitely choose music, but
maybe I am thinking that way because
many people tell me so... But, if I want
something, I go for it and I am willing to
I love to live on Bonaire, it's so re-
laxed and I am allowed to do many
things because it's quite safe here. Every-
thing is near and that's good for a lazy-
bones like me, because I can always get
somewhere on time.
My dad works at SGB now. He's a
geography teacher (so he knows every-
thing I am doing at school) and my mom
works at CKB, a center where they help
people set up their own company. On
Bonaire I feel completely Surinamese,
but put me in Surinam and I don't feel
Surinamese at all maybe because I've
been there only four times since we
moved to Bonaire. Here I go around with
kids of all nationalities Dutch, Bonaire-
ans and Latinos. At school those groups
usually don't mix, but there are always
exceptions people who are at ease with
everyone and I am one of those people
because I think it's much more exciting.
My sister and brother are studying in
Holland and when I am ready with
HAVO I hope to go there too. They can't
wait for me to join them. However, Mom
and Dad would love to have me here a bit
longer and they would like me to go to
VWO after HAVO."
She smiles "We've
talked about everything
and I really enjoyed it.
Is there anything else?
Let me think... yeah...
'boyology,' but let's
keep that a secret!" 1
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007
Pet of the VWeek
T his smiling, happy dog pos-
ing with young Shelter vol-
unteer Zahid is "Lola."
She was brought into the Shelter
with her sister who has already
been adopted. Both dogs were
given up by their previous owners
because they said they didn't have
enough time to spend with them.
And that was probably a wise deci-
sion on the owners' part because
spending and enjoying time with
your pet is extremely important,
and there is a terrific side effect. It
not only benefits the pet but bene-
fits you as well. Ask anyone who
has a close relationship with his or
her dog or cat. It's something that
money can't buy.
Lola is a dog with a fine charac-
ter and as you can see from the
look on her face in this photo, she
is very appreciative of attention.
She's about a year and a half and
of course, as are all the other pets
up for adoption, in perfect health. Shelter volunteer Zahid with "Lola"
You may see her at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
It's puppy season now and people are still dumping their unwanted dogs (and
cats) by the side of the road. It's cruel especially when you know it will be a
long, lingering death for the pet, but perhaps it's igno-
S rance on the part of the dumper. It is so much better to
bring the pets to the Shelter where they can have a chance
for a decent life. The Shelter accepts all pets; there are no
questions asked; and it costs nothing. If you know some-
one who needs to get rid of their pets, give them this infor-
"Duo Dulsera" Wesley St. Jago
I and Dynaida Figaroa Paul Wichers
Very Good News: The Fundraiser show
on the Freewinds last Sunday evening brought in NAf5.450 to benefit the Shel-
ter's Sterilization Fund! Thanks especially to Dabney Lassiter who sold the major-
ity of the tickets. It's volunteers like Dabney who make the Shelter a place than can
still exist, and in this case a place where people with little financial means can bring
their pets to be sterilized.
Shelter Board Director Paul Wichers said the show was great and that special guests
were Duo Fest third runners up: "Duo Dulsera" Dynaida Figaroa and Wesley St.
Bonaire Reporter March 23 to April 6, 2007
*to find it... just look up
H appy spring of the
leaf and happy
spring of the year! Because
this Tuesday March 20th !
was the official spring of
the leaf day and this Sunday ""--
March 25th is the old offi- -
cial spring of the year day. ....-....--
Know what I'm talking
about? Well, they're both
related to the Vernal Equi-
nox which occurred this
week on Tuesday March 20th
at 8:07 pm Sky Park Time,
which is more commonly
known as the very first mo-
ment of spring. But have you
ever wondered why we call spring, spring? Well, that word spring is simply short
for the phrases, "spring of the leaf' and "spring of the year." Now spring of the leaf
is pretty obvious because at this time of the year leaves, at least up north, literally
do spring up out of branches, and grass springs up out of the ground, and that's why
we call spring, spring.
But what does spring of the year mean? Well, believe it or not, before 1752 in
England and America the new year officially began when spring began on March
25th. Or to put it quite simply the new year sprang up at the same time the leaves
and grass did.
But lest we forget, the first day of spring is strictly speaking an astronomical
event, which celebrates one of the two days when our sun is smack dab on the ce-
lestial equator, the other day being the first day of autumn. When this happens in
September we call it the Autumnal Equinox, and when it happens in March we
call it the Vernal Equinox. And these are the only two days of the year when the
Sun rises exactly due east and sets due west.
Now although most people today don't keep track of the Sun and its movements
throughout the seasons like our ancestors did, nevertheless it's a lot of fun to watch
the Sun change its place on the horizon every day from equinox to equinox. In fact,
starting this week, if you make note of where the Sun rises and sets on the horizon
each day using landmarks like trees or buildings for guides you will notice that the
Sun will rise just a little bit farther north of east each successive day and will set a
little bit farther north of west each successive day and that it will continue moving
northward week after week until June 21st, the first day of summer, the day of the
Summer Solstice when it will rise its farthest north of east and set its farthest north
of west after which it will start to move southward week after week until once again
it will rise due east and set due west on the autumnal equinox, the first day of Au-
tumn in September.
Coming up in April: Venus passes south of the Pleiades, and the star cluster's
diminutive sparkles make quite a sight in binoculars. Not far off, Comet 2P/Encke
makes a month-long hook through Aries and Cetus. Once Venus sets, Saturn rules
the night until Jupiter rises in the hours before dawn. 1
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h Sunday, March 18 to Saturday, March 24
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Stand up and propose your ideas, and you'll be sur-
prised how many people will follow you. You will enjoy events that lean toward
theater, art, or music this week. Purchases will be well worth it and they will last a
long time. Channel your energy into decorating or household chores. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may find that depression is causing you to feel
lonely and insecure. Take the time to close deals that have been up in the air. Enter-
tain those who can provide you with valuable information and knowledge. Your
energy will be high. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try to get others to stand behind your good judgment.
Don't rely on others to do your work. This is a great day to mingle with people you
would like to impress. Try not to argue about trivial matters. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will learn valuable skills if you sign up for semi-
nars this week. Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. Pamper your-
self this week. Do things because you want to, not because someone else thinks you
should. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to keep your opinions to yourself. Emotional disputes
will only end in sorrow. Take a long look at your present direction and consider
your professional options. Accept the inevitable and continue to do yourjob. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Need some adventure in your life? Exotic destina-
tions beckon you. Put your efforts into physical fitness programs or competitive
sports. You can convince others to follow suit. Be diplomatic when dealing with in-
law. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Everything is moving quickly, just the way you like it.
Look into making changes to your personal papers and don't neglect those bills that
have been piling up. Be careful not to lead someone on if you truly have no interest.
You may overspend if you travel this week; however, the trip will be one to remem-
ber. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) If you go shopping, only take what you can afford
to part with. You won't be able to keep a secret. Depression may be likely if you're
away from home. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your ability to talk circles around your col-
leagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. Trips should be your choice.
Pleasure trips will bring you into contact with new and interesting people. In-laws or
older individuals may give you a bit of a hard time this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may want to invest in something that will
grow in value. Don't back down but don't ignite the situation. Your ideas are right
on the mark and your work commendable. You will be too quick to point your fin-
ger at your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Make sure that you have all the pertinent informa-
tion before any reprisals or making any moves. Focus on your domestic scene. Get
together with friends or relatives. Get thinking about prolonging longevity. Try not
to spend too much on children or entertainment. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You should be putting in some overtime. You will
have a tendency to put on pounds. You can make progress if you deal with the right
individuals. Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about romance. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday. O
Bonaire Reporter- March 23 to April 6, 2007