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frThe first of the wind turbines
destined to help make Bonaire
independent of fossil fuels has arrived.
Photographer Wilna Groenenboom
spotted them in the port on Rincon day.
Incredibly, it appears that Anthony
Godett's FOL party will form a coali-
tion with Emily de Jong's PAR and
the PNP party to form a Curaqao Island
Government. If it happens it would help
Curaqao as well as the other islands.
FOL leader Anthony Godett was still in
jail when his party's faction in the Is-
land Council repudiated the Final State-
ment (Slotverkaring) that outlines the
restructuring of The Antilles, However,
he indicated then that he did not have a
big problem with the agreement.
Island builders periodically run out
of cement to make concrete and mortar
for block construction. It seems the
cement shortage is endemic in the
ABC islands since Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez recently issued an
export ban for all the cement factories
in Venezuela. "This will be a mega-
problem," predicts Ronald Philipse,
director of Curacao contractor Janssen
de Jong. Kurt Kooijman, who is in
charge of purchasing for Kooijman
Caribbean, said, "We received a new
batch of 2,400 tons last Monday. Be-
cause Bonaire was totally out, Kooi-
jman gave us preference." Curaqao has
some local sources. Construction pro-
jects are at an all-time high on Bonaire.
Kooijman has stopped purchasing
cement from Venezuela. Formerly the
majority of island cement supplies
came from Cumarebo and Maracaibo.
Kooijman now buys cement from the
Dominican Republic. The wholesale
cost of cement has increased by $10/
ton. A house recently completed by
Bonaire's Josan Builders had to use
cement from Venezuela, Puerto Rico,
the Dominican Republic and Denmark.
The house was delivered on time de-
spite the shortages.
) The Netherlands Antilles, along
with 33 other islands/countries, ap-
pears on a recent bill proposed by
three American senators who want to
activate the Levin-Coleman-Obama
Stop Tax Haven Abuses Act.
Antillean Secretary of State Alex Ro-
saria says that the government in Wil-
lemstad is doing everything possible
via diplomatic channels to get the An-
tilles removed from this list. "The law
is not enacted yet, but we also do not
want this to assume a life of its own."
He points out that the US has recently
ratified the treaty in connection with
exchanging tax information. Mean-
while, Rosaria has contact with the
American Consulate-General in Cura-
gao, Robert Sorenson, about this and
says that Finance and Foreign Affairs in
The Hague are aware of it and that
Minister Plenipotentiary Norberto
Ribeiro at the Dutch embassy in Wash-
ington has gotten involved.
The Antilles have been changing laws
so as not to be labeled as a tax haven.
For example, the New Fiscal Outline
(NFR) for the entire tax system, espe-
cially in regard to the international fi-
nancial service, has been revised.
Aruba also appears on the challenged
list. The 34 jurisdictions mentioned in
the bill were provided by the IRS which
identified these countries as possible
locations for evasion of American
0 Curacao's Insel Air wants to
start flying non-stop to the US before
summer. The decision whether to fly
to Miami or Fort Lauderdale has not yet
been made. The process to obtain land-
ing rights in the US is underway but it
takes three months, says Insel Air Di-
rector Albert Kluyver.
1 Continental Airlines posted a
profit helped by fuller planes, higher
fares and a slight decline in fuel prices.
It was the first time the airline reported
a profit in the seasonally weak first
quarter since 2001, marking another
milestone in the recovery of long-
suffering US airlines, which began in
earnest last summer.
Aggressive cost cutting and resurgent
demand for air travel have helped air-
lines post profits, in many cases for the
first time in years. AMR, the parent of
American Airlines, reported a similar
earnings turnaround last week. Conti-
nental reported a net income of $22
million, compared with a year-earlier
net loss of $66 million. The two major
carriers made a profit despite the sea-
sonally sluggish period for air travel.
Both Continental and American fly
between Bonaire and US destina-
Table of Contents
Life & Death in Blue Water (Scarr) 3
Guest Editorial (Unicollege, Environment) 5
Bartender Competition (Jane Coffie) 6
Quality Jazz Display (Randal Corsen) 7
Letters (Creche thanks, Bianculli praise) 7
Royal Honors 7
Bonaire Brims with Talented Young Musi-
cians (Boy Janga)) 8
Culinary Team Gears Up 9
Rincon Day (Cover story) 10
Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival 15
Bonaire Smile Winners 16
STCB Annual Report 16
Bonaire on Wheels (Screaming Skoda) 17
A Shrink Looks SCUBA (hydration) 17
Disappointing Tai Chi Day 17
Parrot Watch 22
ViEL Y F4 T ES
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Straight Talk 5
Bubbles (Global Warming) 6
Picture Yourself (Cusco,Peru) 9
Pet of the Week ("Bessie" & Edith Fox) 16
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
Sudoku answer 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since (Ronella Croes) 21
Sky Park (Uranus, Mars) 23
The Stars Have It 23
D KLM will cancel some flights to
Bonaire this summer. Besides Bon-
aire, flights to Aruba and India will be
cancelled. The reason for the cancella-
tion is a shortage of cockpit crew. Since
the introduction of the Airbus A330
and the Boeing 777 many pilots need
training on the new aircraft. Passengers
will be rerouted to other flights.
1 Four employees of WEB,
(Continued on page 4)
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
DIVING with DEE
Life and Death in the Blue Water
f you haven't been in the sea with a
mask on for the last couple of weeks,
grab that mask (and your snorkel, or your
scuba gear, or whatever, but make sure
you can see), bop out beyond the dropoff,
and look around. If conditions are as
Trying to photograph the beauty of these tu
like trying to photograph a sunset Nothing c
seeing them in person.
they've been lately, you'll be surrounded
by chains of transparent creatures.
I have never seen pelagic tunicates in
the numbers that have been drifting by
Bonaire these days. I've spent most of my
time looking down at them from the sur-
face, but the scuba dive I did with them
was magical. I hovered at about 45' in the
blue water, but it felt like hovering in
outer space. Except that instead of planets
and stars millions of miles away, I was
seeing tunicates moving through the three
-dimensional blue like ghostly snakes.
Knowing that these creatures are "pelagic
tunicates" isn't especially
useful, so let's deal with
that. "Pelagic" means
"living in the open
ocean." Tunicates are a
little trickier to explain.
They're considered the
most advanced of the
invertebrates because, in
their larval stages, they
possess a primitive spinal
In its solitary, attached
form, a tunicate looks
like a small two-tubed
sponge. If you move
closer to it, though, the
at cai tubes will pucker up and
but a tunicate hains a single organism with
Well, unless the tunclose, a defense mecha-
colonial type. Thenism not available to
sponges. A small two-
tubed sponge would be a colony of hun-
dreds of cells capable of individual life,
but a tunicate is a single organism with
one intake tube and one exhaust tube.
Well, unless the tunicate itself is of the
colonial type. Then it might have a single
exhaust with multiple intakes, or a single
intake with multiple exhausts, or be at-
tached in a cluster. The stuff that smoth-
ered coral like dripping candle wax a few
years ago, that we called "devil's vomit,"
is the Overgrowing Mat tunicate. One of
the most beautiful underwater creatures is
also a tunicate, the Painted Tunicate,
whose clusters contain translucent indi-
viduals with delicate color accents.
There's one practical reason it's useful
to know that a jelly creature is a tunicate
rather than a true jellyfish: tunicates
don't sting. We can observe these grace-
fully-moving sea snake-like tunicate
chains without worrying about becoming
entangled in invisible stinging tentacles -
while being respectful of their space, of
course, and not handling them.
A circular pelagic tunicate colony (the anA
A close look shows us that these crea-
tures inhale water from one end and ex-
hale it from the other, which also jet pro-
pels them through the water; as the at-
tached members of the chain pump water,
the chain moves through the water just
The areas where the polyps are open
show the shape of the almost invisible
tunicate they're holding.
like a swimming snake. Unlike a swim-
ming snake, however, tunicate
chains don't react to the pres-
ence of a diver, so they move
unconcernedly all around us.
If they get too close to the
reef, though, the situation
changes dramatically. A
surprising variety of fishes
munch eagerly on pelagic
tunicates: I've watched ser-
geant-majors, wrasses, trunk-
fish, and surgeonfish -
among others surrounding
the chains. All these diners
go for the reddish/greenish
elfoo ball, about the size of a roller
skate ball bearing, within
every transparent tunicate.
Reef Creatures identifies that
ball as the tunicate's cerebral ganglion,
essentially the tunicate's brain. I wonder
if its color is a result of commensal algae;
a little photosynthesis would help provide
food for the host tunicates, which other-
(Continued on page 14)
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 2)
Theodora, Patrick Spong, Jurgen
Boezem and Alvin Hellburg, are on the
way to Dubai for"upgrading" for the
maintenance and operation of the
generating gear supplied by Agrekko,
which has contracted with WEB to run the
electric power plant. They are shown
above with Roy Silberie and Ibi de Palm
of WEB management.
D According to the European Parlia-
ment in Strasburg there won't be any
practical problems when Bonaire, Sint
Eustatius, and Saba become new mem-
bers of the European Union. The Parlia-
ment demands that the islands decide for
themselves whether to become part of the
Union and that they have made sure they
really want to become a member. The
Dutch government is investigating what
the consequences will be when the islands
join the EU. After that Holland will make
a decision in cooperation with the islands
whether a new membership of the Union
will be possible. Minister Plenipotentiary
Paul Clemenencia has already pointed out
the advantages of this new status and
hopes a positive decision will be made.
D According to CBS (Central Bureau of
Statistics) in December last year, prices
for consumers rose 0.2% in Bonaire.
The largest price rise were in the areas of
house supplies, transport and communica-
tion where prices have risen 0.4%. Rea-
sons for the rise are, for one, that the price
for oil has risen, and the tariff for mail has
D The Coast Guard of the Dutch An-
tilles and Aruba confiscated 23 kilos of
marihuana near the coast of Sint
Maarten. On April 24th the Coast Guard
discovered the stack of marihuana during
a check on the ship The Ocean Princess.
The marihuana was hidden between con-
tainers of bananas. The marihuana has
been handed to customs.
D Bonaire is the first island to offi-
cially open a Victims Help Unit in The
Antilles and Aruba. Last Friday the
opening ceremony took place in front of
the new police station in Amboina. Nine
volunteers were introduced, who will help
victims of crimes and car accidents. The
project has help from experts from Hol-
land in this area. During the presentation
of the new office, Bonaire Public Prosecu-
tor Van Delft explained why it is so im-
portant to have a victims unit on the is-
land: "It's a great step towards emancipa-
tion. The problem we had in Holland as
well was that when a crime was commit-
ted all the attention is focused on the sus-
pect. He is the one who has rights and can
defend himself and has the right to a law-
yer. But the victim always stands alone
and doesn't have any rights. Of course
this isn't correct. This new victims unit
will help the victims and take care of
During the opening also the new symbol
of the unit was presented the so-called
comforting teddy bear (troostbeertje) that
is given to all the victims as a token of
comfort to them.
Minister of Justice David Dick said dur-
ing his opening speech he hopes other
islands will follow with a similar project.
Bonaire Chief of Police Van der Straten
used the occasion of the opening of the
victims unit to introduce five new barrio
detectives. He hopes that this will im-
prove the safety in the barrios and will
give more understanding and a feeling of
safety to the citizens in Bonaire.
> Senator Ramonsito Booi, leader of
the UPB party, said on Bon FM that the
functions in his party will be reas-
signed. Some members of the party re-
signed because they didn't agree with its
leaders. Booi: "We have to look at every
position and who will have what func-
tions. There will be positions in the party
from Minister and Secretary of State to
Commissioners who operate on the island
level. Appointing the commissioners who
work on the island level is especially im-
portant when we become a part of Hol-
land." With a plurality of 51.5% of the
ballots, Booi says he feels a great respon-
sibility to run the island.
1 Dutch police continue to search for
a solution to the Natalee Holloway dis-
appearance. About 20 forensic experts
from the Netherlands began searching the
family home last week of Joran van der
Sloot, who remains the lead suspect.
About 20 forensic-technical experts from
the Netherlands are conducting the search.
The investigation of the disappearance of
Holloway, which has been ongoing since
May 30, 2005, received new impetus on
April 16th, said the Public Prosecutor.
The national police service (KLPD) in the
Netherlands has investigated the file and
came up with additional findings. Experts
of the Dutch Forensic Institute, among
others, are combing the house and the
grounds around it and dogs are being
used. The local authorities, the FBI, and
officials of the Dutch Forensic Institute
have already searched the house on nu-
merous occasions before and have confis-
cated several items and the two cars be-
longing to the Van der Sloots.
1 Princess MAxima is the most popu-
lar member of the Dutch royal family,
with 26% of the population voting for her,
a full 10% ahead of Queen Beatrix.
Crown Prince Willem Alexander comes in
third place with 15% of the votes.
The survey was carried out among
24,000 people for the TV show, "Een
> The Bonaire Reporter celebrated its 13th year of publication last week at a
rousing party at Pasa Bon Pizza with staff, friends and colleagues. Starting as
Port Call in 1994, the paper changed its name to The Bonaire Reporter and grew
into a tabloid format in 2000. And "It's Still Free!"
Vandaag." Some 73% of the Dutch sup-
port the continuation of the monarchy.
The survey also showed that six out of 10
people believe MAxima should surrender
her Argentine passport if she becomes
queen. Maxima currently holds both Ar-
gentine and Dutch nationality. Crown
Prince Willem Alexander celebrated his
birthday last Friday. He's 40.
> Several Bonaire-based readers wrote
that they have received a "phishing fax"
from the US tax service. The false form
is "IRS Form W-8BEN" and asks to
fax back a copy of your passport, bank
account numbers, and other personal
information, Readers are advised that
there is no such form for US citizens liv-
ing overseas. Do not respond to the fax.
> On Sunday, 22nd of April, the world
celebrated Earth Day. On this special
occasion Buddy Dive opened its own
underwater park. The park features two
routes under water on Buddy's Reef. The
first route is shallow for the less experi-
enced divers, and the deep route takes you
down to 80 feet. The underwater park
guides you over the reef and shows you
the different types of corals that make
Bonaire's reefs special. Underwater signs
show a picture of the coral, the common
name and the scientific name. "With this
underwater park we try to combine fun
with education," says Augusto Montbrun,
Buddy Dive's Dive Operation Manager.
"People coming out of the water telling us
they saw a beautiful yellow rock made us
aware of the necessity of teaching our
guests a little more about the importance
of our corals to the reef," Augusto adds.
) Rock n Roll is on the menu at the
Sunrise Sports and Pool Bar, at Sand
Dollar this Sunday when the popular
band Flamingo Rockers will be joined by
local talent Bert Poyck, Rhonda Bennet,
Rollin Petresie, and a band of local
youngsters called Monkey Suit for an eve-
ning of pure enjoyment. There's no admis-
sion charge, smacks and special prices on
beer. The great evening begins at 6 pm
and will be repeated monthly.
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> Recently Plaza Resort Bonaire
started an awareness campaign re-
questing its guests take home their used
batteries to be recycled properly be-
cause Bonaire does not recycle batter-
ies. In the photo Plaza's Christie Dovale
is with former Bonaire resident, Enit
Scholtens and her daughter, Ava, who
were the first to take used batteries back
with to Holland with them. 1 G. D./
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
UNICOLLEGE BONAIRE STUDENTS CONCERNED
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
O n the 23rd of April 2007 UniCollege began another
"UniCollege week." Our theme for the week was the envi-
ronment. We came up with the idea because it was Earth Day last
Sunday and we thought it was important to know what is going on
with our planet we call 'home'.
Our task was to inform other classmates about global warming by
making and presenting something unusual, like making a play or a
miniature wind mill. We got to do a lot of fun things, like on Mon-
day we went to see "An Inconvenient Truth" at Movieland; on
Thursday we had a debate about global warming and the environ-
ment, and we had a drama workshop on Friday by Jules Croiset.
Here are the comments about "An Inconvenient Truth":
Nathan Croes: "I think it's true what Al Gore says and I think
we should do something about it."E
Rocca Chin-On: "The movie really made an impact on me and I
think global warming is really happening fast. I think we
should all do little things to help the environment."
Sarah Ann Maartense: "I think Al Gore is telling something that
makes people feel guilty and he wants to make them see
We learned that global warming is going really fast and that we
must try to stop polluting the environment. Here are some tips that
you can use to help:
1. Turn the light(s) off when you leave a room.
3. Use less warm water.
4. Plant a tree.
5. Turn electronics off when you leave the room.
And remember: 'Think globally, act locally'.
Sarah Ann Maartense and Rocca Chin-On
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Question from: A concerned widow...
Life has been pretty difficult for me since my husband passed
away over a year ago. I only recently started getting out of the
house again and going to church functions. About a month ago
I met a really nice man who invited me out to dinner, and I ac-
cepted. It was wonderful. He made me feel alive and beautiful
We've been out a couple more times, and each time we really
enjoyed our time together. I want to invite him to my house for
dinner, but I'm afraid if I do, he might want to have sex. We
live in a very small community where everyone knows every-
one, and I don't want to people to get the wrong impression ol
me. Besides, I haven't been with anyone but my late husband
for the past 25 years, and to be honest, I'm scared to death
What should I do?
ANSWER: To quote Dr. Phil you wouldn 't be as con-
cerned about what other people thought ofyou ifyou knew
how little they did. Besides, people already know you won't
be wearing the symbolic white dress to your wedding. In
fact, there may never be another
wedding, so relax and enjoy life.
Inviting a gentleman caller to your
home doesn't obligate you in any
way. There's nothing wrong with
feeling alive and beautiful, so if he
does that for you, indulge yourself. I
do think it's better to go slow, but
not so slow cobwebs grow on your
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A nd the Winner is ..............
Two years in a row..............Past Caribbean Hotel Association
Gold Medal winner................Divi Flamingo's Jane Coffie from Rin-
con! Runner Up for a close second place was Cynthia Winklaar also
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino.
As winner of the Balashi Beer Bartender Competition Jane Coffie
will be part of Bonaire's Culinary/Bartender Team who will attend the
"Taste of the Caribbean" competition in Miami in June. The team will
be competing for the Gold against teams from all over the Caribbean.
Last year at the "Taste," competing against many more experienced
bartenders Jane won a Gold Medal for Bartender of the Caribbean.
Impressing the judges with her skills she was awarded, by unanimous
consent, "The Most Creative Overall Drinks" for her three drinks:
"Caribbean Breeze," (non-alcoholic), "Calabas Reef' (vodka) and
Divi Melon Coconut Cocktail (rum).
Although Jane has been a bartender for only three years she shows
great poise, talent and charisma. Taste her drinks at the Culinary
Team's Fund Raising Dinners. See page 9 for more information. O
D id You Know...Global warming
could spell the end for coral
reefs as we know them?
As many of you know, the burning of
fossil fuels is causing a dramatic increase
in the level of C02 in the atmosphere.
This, in turn, is absorbed by the world's
oceans and is affecting the pH of the
oceans. Scientists are worried that the
decrease in pH (sometimes termed oce-
anic acidification) will make it more diffi-
cult for corals to form their calcium car-
bonate skeletons. Any organisms that
builds its own shell or skeleton, espe-
cially small planktonic organisms, will
also have a difficult time of it. Presently,
carbonate ions are supersaturated in the
oceans, but as the concentration of Hy-
drogen ions increase and pH decreases,
carbonate ions may become under satu-
rated, making it much more difficult, if
not impossible, for some calcifying or-
ganisms to create their shell or skeleton.
In fact, some structures made of calcium
carbonate start dissolving. Scientists have
demonstrated that corals experience re-
duced calcification or enhanced dissolu-
tion with elevated levels of C02. It's one
more impact that our lifestyle is going to
have on this gorgeous ecosystem. If you
hnven't -ee n the. film "4" 1"rnAvo)h,"t
Truth", it's high time you did so that you
understand the science and predicted im-
pacts of Global Warming and decide to
make a difference in your impact on our
future. I'm trying and so can you!
WEBSITES ON GLOBAL WARMING:
scientific explanations and references
about global warming
http://epa. gov/climatechange/index.html -
has info on science, emissions, heath and
environment, US climate policy, what
you can do (at home, office, school, etc),
and other re-
sources.www.climatecrisis.net home site
for An Inconvenient Truth http://
globalwarming/overview global warm-
ing explained http://www. sierraclub.org/
globalwarming/tenthings/ ten things you
can do to help curb global warminghttp://
cha-cast.com sustainable tourisms site
AWARD Program for Bonaire:
Harvard University Marine Ecology
Project (George Buckley, Director) is
awarding $50 to the best student essay
or presentation titled, "Change the World,
Start with Yourself What I Can Do to
Stop Global Warming". Students are
encouraged to think locally to give ex-
amples consistent with living in Bonaire.
TWOTHINGS YOU CAN DO TO
HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING:
Change a Light replacing one regular
bulb with a compact fluorescent light
bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon di-
oxide a year.
Check your tires Keeping your tires
inflated properly can improve gas mile-
age by more than 3%. O C.E.
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
L ast year they were admired at the
Jazz Festival on Bonaire. This year
they are not on the performers' list, but
Randal Corsen and his band made up for
it by playing two weeks ahead of the fes-
tival in the small setting of the Tipsy Sea-
gull at the Plaza Resort last Saturday.
Their performance could be seen as a
perfect warming up to the festival. If the
bands during the Jazz Festival are as good
as this one, we can expect a lot.
Some band members had a hard time Randal Corsen playspiano like no-
getting to Bonaire. They all traveled by body can
boat from Curaqao to Bonaire, but be-
cause of the big waves some band members weren't feeling so well when they arrived
on the island. Band leader Randal Corsen wasn't one of them and made some jokes
about it during the concert. The band members didn't seem to find it very funny
though, as they were still looking a little sick. Luckily this couldn't be noticed in their
magnificent way of playing. The music is influenced by Latinjazz.
That evening Corsen was celebrating his new album named Armonia. Randal was
accompanied by Scott Colley on bass, Antonio Sanchez on drums and Pernell Saturn-
ino on percussion All the band members have a long history in the jazz scene. Ac-
cording to Corsen, Scott Colley can be seen as the biggest promoter of jazz in Hol-
land. Saturnini has been nominated for a Grammy Award in New York for his per-
cussion talents, and Sanchez is the most frequently asked for performer by jazz
groups in Holland. As the setting was small for the band, the audience wasn't very
big as well. About 50 jazz lovers didn't seem to mind the small set-up and clearly
enjoyed the show Corsen and his crew gave. O David Radomisli
LETTERS To THE EDITOR
THANKS FROM THE
Recently we put an
advertisement in The
Bonaire Reporter for
the need of toys for our
new after school pro-
We had some won-
derful reactions and
people passing by
bringing donations. In
the picture you see
some of the donations.
We would like to
thank all the people that have been giving us donations for our new after-school pro-
gram. The new class will be ready by the end of May.
Thank you very much.
Kresh Bon Kwido
PRAISE FOR AUTHOR BIANCULLI:
I have now sub-
scribed to The "Bonaire
Reporter. I look for-
ward to seeing your
fabulous photos and
articles...you are so
talented. Ted and I are
having a struggle to re-
acclimate to Canada.
We would love to live a
stressful life in Bonaire
and we hope to return
as soon as possible. As
promised, I have in-
cluded some pictures.
One is a photo of Ted
Lisa Rogers, Toronto.
We are including this letter especially because, in the next edition of The Re-
porter, Albert Bianculli will begin a new undersea series, with a quite different
slant from his past efforts. 1
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
even Bonaire citizens were honored on April 27 with royal decorations from the
queen. The honors recognized their contribution to the Bonaire community.
Miriam Celsa Frans Member in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Minhela Dolores Helmyr Member in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Felicia Henriette Provence Member in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Patricio Mariano Thomas Member in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Evert Lucas Piar Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau -
Bartolomeo Rolando Pourier Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Raymundo Pedro Saleh Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. D
During the upcoming Jazz Festival
starting on the 17th of May it's
become a tradition to give a student band
from Bonaire the opportunity to show
what they can do in front of a large audi-
ence. Also this year students from the lo-
cal Music School and the local high
school SGB in Bonaire will give perform-
ances at the festival. All this is coordi-
nated by two professionals; one of them is
James 'Boy' Janga.
Percussionist and music teacher Boy
Janga could be seen as the perfect role
model and example for these young musi-
cians that it's actually possible to reach
the top for a musician with his roots in
Bonaire. Boy started playing at a very
young age, and soon he toured as a band
member of some world famous artists, for
example Janet Jackson. He'd probably still
be doing that, but the Bonairean way of
life attracted him more. Another reason he
came back to the island was that some
people asked him to start giving music
lessons to young musicians at the music
school and he wanted to give something
back to the island that had given him so
At the upcoming festival students from
this music school have the opportunity to
show what they have learned from Janga
and what they can do. A band consisting
of six musicians (two conga players, a
bongo player, a timbales player, drummer,
a piano/ bass-player) have been put to-
gether to give a show at the festival. The
band will be joined by two professional
s w Talt ted
brass men: Franklin Grana-
dillo on trumpet and Scott
Katzev on saxophone. After
that also a less advanced stu-
dent band will perform. Dur-
ing the break one of the stu-
dents of the music school,
Rolin Petresie, will perform a
solo on the drums. Petresie is
one of the talented musicians
who really looks forward to a
future in music. His plan is to
go to Holland and apply at the
When the question is asked
if there are actually any tal-
ented young musicians on the
island, Boy Janga is very
resolute: "Absolutely! The
island is bubbling with young
talented musicians." To have
the feeling for music is of
course very important, ac-
cording to Janga. But what
brings talented kids to the top
is to be able to read music as
well. That's where the music
school comes in. "We have a kid now
who's seven years old who is amazing
with instruments, but he also reads music
now and that really makes he difference."
The problem that Boy finds is that many
talents go to waste because of lack of dis-
cipline and he blames especially the par-
ents of the children for this. Janga: "If a
kid says he wants to learn how to play an
instrument, many parents don't react and
DO YOU SUDOKU?
6 8 9
1 5 7 2
3 4 6 8 1
7 2 5 3
9 4 1 7
8 3 5 1
2 6 918 7
8 7 6 9
1 3 4
S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www. Su-
doku shack. com.
Supplied by Molly Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first)
Complete solution on page 16.
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
'sm Gear u for te a mPicture Yourself With The Reporter
M sMI Ja A-- M
Setting up the main course
W onder why Bonaire has so many fine restaurants? One of the reasons is that
many of her chefs are top notch and have competed against the best chef
teams throughout the Caribbean every year since the last century in the "Taste of the
Caribbean" culinary Olympics, this year being held in Miami. This high standard of
culinary artistry, manifested by our team, has filtered down to many of the restaurants
on the island where pride of profession is high when creating menus for the diners.
This year's team has been gearing up and practicing and will be tweaking their final
three-course meal entry, going for the Gold, during five Sunday evenings. You will
have an opportunity to help support the team and to have an award-winning three
course meal with wine on Sundays at the SGB high school restaurant, Chez Nous at 7
pm. These practice evenings are always fun. The team will be happy to hear your
comments and suggestions to incorporate into their final menu. The donation, which
will go towards sending our team to Miami for the competition, is NAf50 ($29).
The Sundays are May 6, 13 and 27, June 3 and 10.
There are only 30 seats available each evening, so reserve now. Call Margreth
Kloos, tel: 717-2897 or email MargrethLibonairevellowsubmarine.com D L.D.
Namthip Paine writes, "My husband Mark and I went to Peru to see the lost city of
Inca named Machu Picchu. We were in Peru for a week. We flew (from Bonaire) to
Lima, then Cusco, and then took a train to Aguas Calientes. This picture of Mark
was taken in Cusco. So far, Cusco is the favorite city that I've traveled to. It's small
hut uninm- n with inter~ctino arrhitPrctlir andl oLnrA fnndr "
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R incon Day just gets better and better. When the powers that be think about ways to increase tourism they should take a good long look at what the people of Rincon have
been doing for the last 19 years. They offer a deep human experience of people meeting people. This is what people from other stress-loaded countries yearn for a
place to relax and just be a real person, accepted by the community that opens its doors to them.
Rincon Day's atmosphere is festive, warm and so friendly. It's so much fun that fellow Antilleans come from other islands, costumed and ready to perform and join the pa-
rade. Everyone strolls the streets, stopping for a drink, a snack or a chat. Music is everywhere. All ages feel part of the action and there are smiles all over, even from the hard-
working stand holders who always have time to stop and visit.
This year the members of the Kanta Orkidia created a wonderful exhibit "Rinconcito" little Rincon complete with church, houses, demonstrations of kalki (lime), aloe
and karbon processing. They created a trip back in time for us. As the afternoon cooled the annual Simidan (harvest) parade began with people of all nationalities linking
arms, singing and dancing to the traditional Simidan song.
Congratulations and thank you to the tireless members of the Rincon Day Committee. You should all be very proud of yourselves for putting on another people-to-people
event, one that comes from your hearts! L.D.
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday
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 Lagoen
103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don &
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 / 785-6272
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651
s/acat i o r
Cozy guest cottage available
king) pull-out sofa, porch, yard and private
entrance. Five minute walk to seaside
promenade; 10 minute walk to town. $50/
night. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 a
Last chance sale: Dining table, 5.0
surround sound system, DVD multi
system, radio receiver, dive set, Tuni-
sian carpets-top quality, Portuguese
blanket, African, L- Am, Maltese,
French, CR, Argentinean & Russian
paintings (original and prints), Vodka
collection, Bikes, dive set, sportsbox,
tent, many books (Ludlum, Puzo,
chronicle of WW 2 etc), diff. bags,
iron board.......Simply call for ap-
MOVING SALE The following
items are for sale due to leaving the
island; Power Tools Exercise Equip-
ment Dive Wear Scooter Hi -Fi
Equipment TV Etc Etc. Too many
items to list, please ring for details.
For Sale 3 only 80 cubic ft alu-
minum tanks. Only NAF 100 each
Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm or visit
26' CENTURY (Eduardono) Boat &
26'GalvanizedTrailer Year Manufacture:
1999/2000 Open Bow/center console,
Twin 200 HP Yamaha engines/Under 500
hours on engines, Anti foul painting, Porta-
potti, Fresh water sink and shower, strong
Bimini top, Stainless Steel ladder, Live-
well, Well maintained $60,000. 717-8876.
Looking for a 1st stage regulator to
fill flat tires? Carib Inn has 2 now avail-
able at only $65 each. These are used but
rebuilt and include LP hose. These are not
to be used for diving. Call 717-8819 or
stop by the Carib Inn.
For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
widescreen, 3 Mega pixel still camera,
Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, in-
cludes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift
$720, Call: 717-2675
Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf100-. Call 786-3117.
NIKONOS III Camera and Macro
tube Set. Still the best UW camera for
macro shots. Original owner. NEVER
been flooded. Ideal back-up camera.
Complete NAf200. Call
FIAT BARCHETTA Cab-
rio, 1997, yellow, with hard-
top and windstop. Make an
offer... Tel. 796-5591.
Fro pe rty
Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2
bath apartment located in a secluded all
condo building away from the hotel traf-
fic. Full kitchen and laundry, tons of stor-
age space, large patio with walkout to
marina dock. Private owner sale.
Luxurious apartment for two per-
sons for rent. NA1f.500 per month,
all including clean linen. Phone: 717 -
2529 or 796 2529.
Experienced Pet/House Sitter avail-
able- Experienced Bonaire visitor (20
years) available to take care of your
pets and watch your house water
plants etc. In exchange for place to
stay and use of vehicle for shore div-
ing. I will pay my own air-food-diving
etc. References upon request. 845-676-
Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
Evrie n ts
Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda,
involving yoga, massage & diet. Direct
questions to email fhumming-
Bed for sale NAf400.00, phone after
6 pm please 717 2791
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.
Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email email@example.com
for Beginners (Level 1)
Evening Classes start on May 14th, 2007 from Monday to Thursday.
For more information, please contact us.
Tel: 717-3966; Fax 717-3970
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
CARIBBEAN ENDEMIC BIR1) FESTIVAL
me1n amisnnanel a !lkkB 0l TM1/
T he Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival
is taking place on Bonaire from April
22 to May 22 with loads of activities hap-
pening during this time. It's going to be a
celebration of the beautiful birds that live
here on the island with us and throughout
the Caribbean. There will be guided bird
walks, talks and competitions for everyone
to join. One of the events taking place is the
30 years ago the troupial was
introduced to Bonaire and ever
since it has flourished. The yel-
low oriole has always lived on
this island and is quite a difficult
one to spot because there aren't
that many of them. The bird
count is a way for us to gain an
idea of the numbers of these two
The troupial and oriole are cous-
ins and so look quite similar and
both fill a similar niche on Bon-
aire. It is possible that because
they are so similar, and the
troupial is an introduced species,
the oriole has declined in num-
bers because of the competition.
This is the main reason we want
to have the count, but we need
lots of participants to make this
Appearance and Voice
The troupial and oriole are defi-
nitely two of the most colourful
birds on the island. The troupial
is a neon bright orange bird with
black wings and a black head and
a flash of white on the wings. It
can often be heard calling early
in the morning and has a loud melodic song.
The oriole is more subtle in colour than the
troupial but is still striking with its bright
yellow body and head. It has a black tail
and wings and a black throat patch. Some
people have suggested that the orioles call is
similar to the sound of rusty door hinges but
I have only heard a pleasant melodious song
from an oriole! It is soft in volume and is
yellow oriole and troupial count. Around often structured in a pattern of trios, like
'chit chit chit'. However, it is not common
to hear the oriole's song at all in Bonaire.
The troupial is seen all over Bonaire, fre-
quently visiting urban areas and gardens. It
is also seen in the cacti forests and thorny
scrub around Bonaire.
The oriole is generally found in open habi-
tat such as the cacti scrub and arid thorny
forests. It has been spotted in the mangroves
of Bonaire but is not common there. It is
often seen along roadsides and in urban ar-
eas but because of its shy nature it stays well
hidden. The nests of the oriole are very
distinctive. It is a delicately weaved hang-
ing basket in the tops of trees. The hard
work of building a new nest each year is
shared between both sexes and is made from
grasses, palm fibers and sometimes paper or
cloth! The troupial often takes over these
The troupial eats all kind of fruits found on
Bonaire and is often attracted to a bowl of
fruit suitably placed in a garden. It also eats
insects and sometimes eggs of other birds.
The staple diet of an oriole consists primar-
ily of insects. Because of its shy nature it is
difficult to entice the oriole to a feeding
station in a garden.
So, now you know the differences between
these two colourful birds and, hopefully,
will be able to spot them easily around Bon-
aire. It would be great if you would like to
take part in the count and join us at the
Washington-Slagbaai National Park en-
trance at 06:00 on the 13th of May. We
are also interested in how frequent orioles
visit people's gardens and so if you spot
one around your house let us know by e-
Come join us and enjoy the beautiful birds
of Bonaire! O Sophie Williams
tonaire Reporter- May 4-11, 2UU0
Pet of the Week
Here's little "Bessie" getting herself all cleaned up and checked over by volun-
Fox. She got her fur a
brushed, her ears
cleaned and lots of
love and attention
from Edith who vol-
unteers at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter every
Monday. It's people
like Edith who take
the time to spend with
the pets not only to ....
keep them clean but
to keep them "social'
and friendly with us
Little Bessie cer-
tainly was enjoying "
her "beauty treat-
ment!" This adorable
black and white pup
is about 10 weeks
old. She's a little shy 7w
but she's a fine dog
and not aggressive.
You might say she is
a little lover type. As
are the other adoptees
at the Shelter, Bessie
is in top health, hav-
ing been given her
tests, worming and
shots. She'll be sterilized when she's old enough. You may see her at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
More good news! Last week's Pet, "Jessica," was adopted after her new mistress
saw her photo in this column. We hear Jessica is totally at home in her new place and
gets along wonderfully with her "brother" pup who was happy to greet her as he'd
become very lonesome after his other "sister" passed away recently. Congratulations
to all the family!
Want the most "In" tee shirt on the island and support the Animal Shelter at the
same time? Get yours or one or more for gifts at Carib Inn, Dive Inn, Coco Palm Gar-
dens and the Shelter. They're also for sale at the Manager's Cocktail Parties: Capt.
Don's Habitat Monday, 6 to 7, and Buddy Dive, Friday, 5:30 to 7. They're only $12
for adults; $8 for children. OL.D.
Life and Death in the Blue Water (Continued from page 3)
wise must survive on the plankton they filter from the water as they breathe.
If the ganglion is filled with algae it might be especially desirable to herbivores
such as blue tangs, which might be why that's the part of the tunicate the fishes bite.
As I snorkel at the surface, I'm passed by dozens of barely-pumping, ragged tuni-
cates who all have one thing in common: their ganglion has been bitten away. I
wondered if fishes ate the sphere because it was the part of the tunicate that they
could see! But they make no effort to eat the rest of it.
I've seen one animal eating the ganglion-less (or intact) tunicates: coral! When
the tunicates drift up against stony coral, the polyps feast.
Another type of pelagic tunicate I've seen this week is the one that looks like an
angel food cake. Since the individuals are attached in a circle, the colony moves
more like a jellyfish.
And, speaking of jellyfish, they're around these days too. Jellyfish are members of
the same group as the corals, and they all possess stingers. This week I saw several
siphonophores (I think they should be called "fiery siphonophores," for the feel of
their sting!). The bell is clear and lobed, about one to two inches high. It drifts
through midwater followed by thin tentacles up to two feet long. Even though the
tentacles have red dots, they're not easily visible.
While snorkeling in the blue water looking at tunicates, I've seen two moon jellies.
The pelagic tunicate "bloom" has also been accompanied by warty jellyfish, another
creature with a painful sting. These true jellyfish may be feeding on the tunicates -
there was a cerebral ganglion sphere along the tentacles of one of the moonjellies.
Usually the blue water is just that: blue water, empty of anything to focus on. At
other times the "empty" water fills. Now is one of those times. Don't let this oppor-
tunity to see unusual marine animals drift past you. O Story & photos by Dee Scarr
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea dives. They will enhance your diving for-
ever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.
First Winners I
B onaire's new Tourism Awareness
Program held its first Smile
Contest on April 24 at City Cafe. The
living symbol of the campaign, Mama
Smile (Poppy Rodriguez), was on hand
to invite people to have their smiling
photo snapped. She also visited the
Kristu Bon Warador school to begin to
get the children involved.
Helen Thode of the TCB had the difficult task of chosing the winners but named
Sra. Raquel Mercera the winner of two nights at Captain Don's Habitat.
Second place went to Francesca Arra who won a dinner for two at the Patagonia
Restaurant. O Press release
Turtle Conervation loaree ualM
ea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is-
sued its annual report last week.
Quoting from the report, "Building upon
prior years' accomplishments, 2006 was
another successful year for Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire. With an ever in-
creasing core of dedicated volunteers,
STCB's small staff continued moving us
forward in all project areas
In the area of research, we observed sea
turtle nesting in 2006 at lower levels than
during 2005, with a total of 74 nests re-
corded for all the beaches of Bonaire and
Klein Bonaire. The in-water surveys on
the turtle foraging grounds yielded a total
of 181 turtles handled, of which 22 were
recaptures from previous years. Satellite
tracking of breeding turtles was not as
successful as in prior years. Plans called
for us to track two turtles, but we eventu-
ally only tracked one. Tracking maps and
information regarding the tracked turtle
were regularly generated and sent out via
our news e-letter to the public, creating
awareness about the situation of the sea
turtles around the globe. The turtle ended
up at the Los Roques archipelago and
provided STCB with our first chance to
collaborate with our conservation coun-
terparts in Los Roques, Venezuela.
In the area of education and public aware-
ness, STCB continued working with the
STINAPA NME (Nature and Education
Coordinator) developing and delivering
the elementary school nature program as
well as working with the high school and
other NGO's on the island on the educa-
tion front. News releases of important
events continued to be generated in our
effort to bring attention to sea turtle con-
servation and alert the public to vital is-
sues. Volunteer support and assistance
continued to grow and was a significant
why we were able to cover more territory
than ever before in our in-water survey
and tagging project. Our website and
electronic newsletters continued to be
important and effective tools
for us to share information about the en-
dangered sea turtles and inform about our
continuing efforts to protect these ani-
mals. They also proved to be effective in
our fund raising effort." 1 STCB Press
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
A OfI I'S ONfl WWAE S
Chris Ockeloen, aged (for sure) citi-
zen of Bonaire, is the very proud
owner of the one and only Skoda on the
island of Bonaire. In fact he is the one and
only owner of a screaming yellow-
sprayed Skoda Felicia Fun. The two-
seater/four-seater "convertible" pick up
truck was manufactured in Czechoslova-
kia in 1999. It's a Czechoslovakian de-
sign, fitted with a sturdy and lively Volks-
wagen Golf 1.61. engine, delivered by the
factories from Wolfsburg, Germany, with
an overhead camshaft, a single barrel car-
buretor and a five-speed gearbox, deliver-
ing the engine power to the leaf-sprung
Chris: "As a professional diver I love
the color of this car. The body is sprayed
yellow, the light alloy wheels are sprayed
yellow, as are the bull bar and the spoiler.
Everything on this car is yellow, except
the tires, the wheels and the exhaust emis-
sion, which is light grey. And, of course,
the license plate B 1671 is colored
And indeed, everything on this car is
colored "diving yellow:" the body, the
wheels, the leather steering wheel, the
gear shift, the gauges in the dashboard,
the crown on the frogs on the vinyl and
the carpet. It's yellow all over the place.
Chris lives in a yellow painted house in
the barrio of Hato, situated up north of
The Skoda Felicia Fun: Chris'
Yellow Devil in two views
Kralendijk. He loves his work as a rescue
diver at Yellow Submarine at Playa. Chris
came to the Dutch Antilles in 1995 for the
first time. Chris: "In those days we spent
our holiday on Curaqao, learning scuba
diving. They told us Bonaire was the
place to be, speaking of diving, so we
started visiting Bonaire during our next
holidays. At this moment Bonaire is my
home. I love my island, my privately
owned house and my work, and I intend
to stay here forever!
My Skoda Felicia Fun is perfectly
equipped for the life on our island. It's an
ordinary pick up which is not ordinary. I
can easily convert it from a two seater
into a four seater! The car is made of solid
European steel and high tech artificial
material and well protected against the
influences of the elements. In those days
there were only seven cars like this in the
Netherlands. Now, there are only six..."
Chris laughs. He is a spontaneous, seri-
ous and ludicrous man who loves life.
Chris has earned membership into the
Bonairean society. Please, stay on our
island! 1 J@n Brouwer
The 12th of a series of Bonaire Re-
porter articles by J(n Brower, featur-
ing some ofBonaire's interesting vehi-
cles that are "on wheels."
A Shrink Looks At SCUBA
L ooking For An-
other Reason To
Guest Shrink: Robert
Mankoff, PhD, Associ-
ate Professor of Medical Psychology,
Medical University of the Americas,
Nevis, West Indies
"Dr. Bob" has been diving since 1974
and has visited Bonaire several times.
Since your first dive, instructors, dive
masters, store owners, boat operators, and
your buddy have probably been nagging
you about staying hydrated. Drink water
between dives, avoid diuretics (things that
encourage urination like coffee or alco-
hol), and drink more water when you get
Dehydration is thought to increase the
likelihood of decompression sickness and
is a relatively easy condition to remedy.
Some divers (and I'll plead guilty to be-
lieving this in the past) think that if you
come to the boat well hydrated and sober,
then replacing fluid after a single dive is
not particularly important.
Other divers have a certain reluctance to
drinking fluids on the boat because it leads
to... well, a smelly wetsuit that you really
don't really want to pack with the rest of
your vacation clothing.
You know the old saying: There are two
kinds of divers. Those who pee in their
wetsuits and those who lie about it. On
the other hand, my dive buddy David says
it can speed things up at Flamingo Airport
when the pre-board officer gets a whiff
while inspecting your luggage.
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
Sometimes the case is made that you
need to drink because you are sweating in
the heat, loaded down with gear, but in
locations like Bonaire where boat rides are
short (which usually means smaller boats
without a head) and you aren't sitting
around sweating before your dive, it is
tempting to forego drinks of water be-
tween dives. You had water with break-
fast, you drink throughout the rest of the
day, and you don't really sweat a lot when
you're diving, right?
It turns out that you still need to drink
between dives. Finally, there is hard scien-
tific evidence that diving itself increases
dehydration. It's not just the sweating be-
fore you dive that causes dehydration.
Submersion itself causes increased urine
output and dehydration. So, that inter-dive
watering is more than just a good thought.
A recent piece of research by Williams,
Prior, and Bryson (Wilderness & Environ-
mental Medicine, 2007 Spring; 18 ; pp
48-53) reveals that the act of diving itself
appears to cause dehydration, even on
recreational dives in warm water (e.g.,
tropical Caribbean) destinations. Across
even a single dive in warm water, divers
showed signs of increased dehydration in
blood samples. They measured blood he-
matocrit from venous blood (a standard
and precise way of determining level of
hydration) following a single dive to less
than 14 meters. Blood samples were taken
12 minutes before entering the water and a
few minutes after leaving, so the loss was-
n't just caused by sweating as the divers
waited. Deeper dives appeared to increase
the level of dehydration. The amount of
loss did not appear to be dramatic. They
concluded that there is no reason to
change typical protocol, but it does lend
support to the notion that you SHOULD
have a drink of water between dives.
Obviously, all divers are concerned with
preventing decompression illness, and
many of our routines are designed to lower
Contributing author Bob Mankoff
What was planned as a relatively
large event to demonstrate the
practice of Tai Chi turned into a bit of a
disappointment for organizer Ron
Sewell because few people showed up.
Bonaire seemed clearly not ready to
embrace the health art that brings a bal-
ance between body and mind.
All over the world Tai Chi exercises
are done by thousands of people during
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. This is
a yearly event on the last Saturday of
April to emphasize on the positive ef-
fects that comes with the practice of Tai
Chi and Qigong. For the first time Bon-
aire held the event at Parke Publiko.
Tai Chi instructor Sewell was to pre-
sent Tai Chi to a broad Bonaire audience
by giving a Tai Chi demonstration with
his students and give the audience the
possibility to participate. It took the Eng-
lishman weeks to organize, network, and
to construct a fitting work-out program
for the event. A proclamation was even
signed by Commissioner James Kroon to
make it an official day. Sewell did all
this because he expected many people to
be interested in it and expected almost
100 spectators; but only 12 showed up.
The Park Publiko venue was a disap-
pointment for Sewell. Tai Chi should be
practiced in silence, and in relaxed cir-
cumstances. But Parke Publiko was very
noisy, as the playground next to it was
filled with playing children. Sewell:
If there will be another Tai Chi event
next year is not sure." For more informa-
tion about world Tai Chi Day visit
the chances of DCI I and II. Some are
superstition (I knew a fellow who ate a
lemon every morning to ward off DCI),
while some are backed up with good sci-
ence (such as controlled ascent rate and
precautionary decompress -safety stops),
and some are just common sense. I
Story & photo from David Colvard,
David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist
and clinical investigator in Raleigh NC, and a
divemaster. He hosts www.DivePsvch.com
which provides evidence-based
information for divers on psycho-
logical and stress factors in scuba
Sodoku Answer/Solution: Puzzle on page 4
7 2 6 8 1 4 3 9 5
1 8 9 3 5 7 2 6 4
3 5 4 6 9 2 7 8 1
6 7 1 9 2 8 5 4 3
5 9 2 4 3 1 6 7 8
8 4 3 5 7 6 9 1 2
2 6 5 1 4 9 8 3 7
4 3 8 7 6 5 1 2 9
9 1 7 2 8 3 4 5 6
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
5-04 1:47 1.9FT. 12:36 0.7FT. 79
5-05 2:27 1.9FT. 13:16 0.7FT. 78
5-06 3:15 1.9FT. 13:50 0.7FT. 75
5-07 4:02 1.9FT. 14:16 0.7FT. 70
5-08 5:03 1.8FT. 14:39 0.8FT. 63
5-09 5:59 1.8FT. 14:57 0.8FT. 56
5-10 7:04 1.7FT. 15:05 0.9FT. 23:08 1.3FT. 23:40 1.4FT. 51
5-11 2:31 1.3FT. 8:02 1.5FT. 15:03 1.0FT. 21:44 1.5FT. 51
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W T'A HAPPEPMIG
WEEL MOIE SHDWTIMES
Late Show (Usually 9pm)
Call to make sure
I Think I Love My Wife
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
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
May: A Night at the Museum
Saturday, May 5 Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe-Now a Bonairean tradi-
tion stands selling gifts, fruits and vege-
tables, candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods
and sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am
to 2 pm. In the center of Rincon.
Saturday, May 5 Monthly Flea
Market at Parke Publico 3 8 pm.
Special this week will be food from
around the world. For only NAf5 you
may purchase a "Worldly Plate" which
includes samples of foods from Mex-
ico, India, Bonaire and Italy. There will
be stands selling clothes, books, bric-a-
brac and more. Two NGOs, the Blind
Foundation and the Bonaire Animal
Shelter, have stands there as well and
all proceeds go to the foundations.
More information 787-0466.
Sunday, May 6-First Bonaire Culinary
Team Fundraising Dinner, Chez Nous
at the high school-more information on
page 9. Get tickets early.
Sunday, May 6- Rock n Roll Party at
Sunrise Sports and Pool Bar, 4pm -
7:30pm. Flamingo Rockers plus special
guest musicians, Bert Poyck, Rhonda
Bennet, Rollin Petresie, and a band of
local youngsters called Monkey
Suit. There will be special price beers
and snacks. Repeated on the first Sun-
day of every month.
Wednesday, May 9 -"The Sex Lives of
Parrots" talk by Rowan Martin, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 7 pm
Wednesday, May 9 -"Lora di Boneiru" -
talk by Odette Doest (in Papiamentu),
Rose Inn, 7 pm
Friday, May 11 -Mother's Day fund
raising party at Don Paranda for the
FKPD (foundation that assists persons
with disabilities) 8 pm. Three musical
groups and a dance group will entertain.
Bar, snacks and salad are included in the
NAf50 price. Tickets available from
FKPD staff, at Angelo's and the Bonaire
Bookstore in downtown Kralendijk.
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
Sunday, May 13-Island wide Oriole
Count -details on page 19 & MegaFM
Sunday, May 13 4th BWC Mountain
Bike Tour Program: 3:45 pm Registra-
tion Starts, 4:10 Discussion of the
Route, 4:15 Tour Starts at the Eden
Beach Resort NAf15 per person
(includes drink + fruits). Helmets are
May 17-20-3rd Annual Bonaire Hei-
neken Jazz Festival. More information:
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 playground
open every day into the evening hours.
* 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
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets man-
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 informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
or 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-
7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue... usually a real blast
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* 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, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
* 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 Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5
* 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,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st
& 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Re-
sort (717-3802) at 7:00pm. 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 venerable old home that has been restored
and furnished so it appears the family has just
stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-4. Week-
ends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717
-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts
# 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Fla-
mingo Airport (Technobar), airco, all
levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903,
or be there in time (7.15 p.m.)
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: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
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. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
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
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125
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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 &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront a s n and nn from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf10 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 everday 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 1Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
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APPLIANCES fTV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-
store financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber 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
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at
Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, 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 furni-
ture 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. In-
credible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for
the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans @outdoorbonaire. com
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services .
Full digital services.
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners in-
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
Interational/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 insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
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Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now
in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men,
women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruc-
tion, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks
too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday nights.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around
the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery.
Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12
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Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
4 4 was bor on Aruba, October
114th 1977. I am the eldest child.
My dad was working at the department
of labor affairs until he retired last Febru-
ary. As well as his regular job he always
had his own business. Now he's the
owner of a party boat, a catamaran called
Tattoo. My mom has always been a
teacher: Dutch, history and Spanish at
high school. My brother and sister are
I had a very active childhood; I played
basketball and tennis, I did gymnastics,
athletics and scouting, I swam, I did bal-
let, I sang in a choir and I had piano les-
sons. Hats off for my mom! She always
took me everywhere. I have a very big
family, lots of cousins, and we see each
other frequently at every birthday party,
and every Sunday we're all at my grand-
mother's. That's the kind of family I
have, really cozy. As a family we also
organize all kinds of activities. We
stayed for a weekend on a boat at a reef,
we organized a game night and kiting
competitions, things like that.
I had a great childhood. In my teenage
years I was allowed to do a lot, but on
one condition, that everything went well
at school. I went out with my cousins
who were my age and sometimes even
with my dad! My parents trusted me;
they weren't strict at all; but if you blew
it, you got yourself a real problem!
At school all went well and at 17 I was
ready with HAVO and then, oh! I had to
leave for Holland. I lived in a student
apartment building in Rotterdam all by
myself. I did HES (Higher Economy
School), studying management, econom-
ics and law. I liked Holland instantly and
wasn't homesick. I'm someone who can
live alone; I'm a go-getter. I finished my
Higher Professional Education in five
years, then started my MBA (Master's in
After the first year in Rotterdam I
moved to the east part of Holland, to a
town called Amhem. Rotterdam was too
hectic for me; I like to ride my bicycle
and that was easy to do in Arnhem. Life
was less complicated there. I attended the
same type of school as in Rotterdam. For
my Masters I traveled every day from
Arnhem to Enschede, three hours by
train. MBA is a tough study, everybody
knows that, but I did it in two years, in-
cluding the the dissertation.
While I was studying I often had to
work as a trainee in the tourist industry
on Aruba and for Aruba's Hotel Associa-
tion, AHATA, where I worked for my
Master's as a trainee on a higher level.
The title of my dissertation was 'An Ex-
piration and Examination of the Tourism
Industry of Aruba,' focusing on how to
attract affluent tourists.
I also studied tourism and obtained my
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
IATA diploma as well. I always wanted
to work in the tourist industry; it has di-
versity, it's never standard; it's a dy-
namic industry and also you realize that
it's the most important source of income
for your island.
After my studies I first started working
in communications for Digicel Aruba. I
was the first one to be hired because
they'd just started. It was a great experi-
ence and a speed-course in everything. I
traveled to many of the Caribbean is-
lands, and during that time I felt I would-
n't mind building up a career in one of
those places. I set up a project on Barba-
dos where I worked for three months.
During that time I heard that Bonaire was
looking for a director for TCB, the tourist
office. I'd done practically everything
regarding marketing for Digicel, and
there was a possibility they'd send me to
other islands to set up projects like I'd
done on Barbados, but there was the va-
cancy on Bonaire and I still wanted to do
something in tourism. So, I applied and
spoke to Deputy Bumey Elhage on
"But there's also another
side to it, Bonaire has to de-
velop economically and not
always all the decisions
should be taken 100% in fa-
vor of nature and culture, be-
cause there has to be employ-
ment, people have to eat and
there have to be more facili-
ties for the people of Bon-
Aruba, where he was to interview several
candidates. After a few months they
called me. All the finalists came to Bon-
aire for interviews. I got the job and
started working here January 3rd, 2005, as
the Director of TCB. I was and still am
very motivated and completely focused
on the job.
I work more than eight hours a day and
on the weekends. That's the person I am.
I keep myself busy. I'm not homesick
here because I met my fiancee, Elvis Tjin
Asjoe, on Bonaire, and we're going to
get married this year on December 15.
I found my life. I need dynamic work
with a lot of things going on, that's how
it stays fun for me! I'm associated with
several organizations: Bonaire Jazz
Foundation and as a member of the board
of STINAPA and Mangazina di Rei.
Every day I ride my bicycle for 30 min-
utes before work; what I started in Hol-
land is still working for me! I am com-
pletely used to how it is here. When I am
in Aruba I think it's too busy! I've
learned to appreciate life on Bonaire and
when I don't have it, I miss it! I also need
my social life. Friday night happy hour
creates the balance, and the next day I
can take it easy, I can choose.
I've got all the components for a well-
balanced life. The island fits me and I
think it's beautiful. I feel Bonaire has
great potential; it's a very attractive desti-
nation and professionally, I think it's
time for a master plan. The Pourier Re-
port gave an indication of the number of
tourists Bonaire can tolerate without af-
fecting its flora and fauna in a negative
way. I think such an approach is the right
one. We should take into consideration
all the time what the consequences of our
actions will be. However, I think it would
be ideal if there would be a master plan
in which all the parties involved would
make it clear as from now on, how far we
can and will go in the years to come. For
instance STINAPA, BONHATA, BHG
(hotel association), the Chamber of Com-
merce, DEZA, DROB, CKB, the Taxi
Union, BIA (the airport), WEB and
Telbo. Each one of those parties should
think now about what the consequences
would be for his company. I also think
that it's important for everyone to know
where we're heading. Luckily I think all
that will happen soon because Holland
also wants to know what Bonaire's plans
for the future are.
Of course we should stick to Bonaire's
philosophy, 'Growth while maintaining
nature and culture,' meaning that we
don't want mass tourism but quality tour-
ism; so we can make the same income or
more with fewer tourists. I think we can
do it. We still can shape the future."
Ronella Croes is a professional, she's
young and she's the boss and therefore
she has to be tough, but underneath all
that there 's a very cute young lady who's
open to whatever life may bring.
"Since I arrived on Bonaire I've
learned a lot about environment and it
touched me, and I do think that people
should be more educated when it comes
to nature, because, indeed, one day there
will be little left. I really think Bonaire
did a great job in the past, and the other
islands could take it as an example. But
there's also another side to it, Bonaire
has to develop economically and not
always all the decisions should be taken a
100% in favor of nature and culture, be-
cause there has to be employment, people
have to eat and there have to be more
facilities for the people of Bonaire. Sus-
tainable tourism is the key. There has to
be a balance. It's going well and it's go-
ing fast and we're going with the flow,
but we have to steer well and make sure
in the end there won't be any negative
effects on Bonaire's philosophy.
I can see my future here, although you
never know, but we're going to build a
house now and... yes, I'm thinking of
children. I want to start a family, and 30
is a good age to begin. I am a super or-
ganized perfectionist, a go-getter, a hard
worker and a very social person. I am
tough, but I am also soft-hearted. I am
not someone who makes decisions easily.
I always have to think things over for
quite a while. I am a Libra,
but when I met Elvis, my
fiancee, it felt right immedi-
ately and I am proud of
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra
On The Island Since January 2005
Rats, hunters, feathers for ceremonial dresses, crop pests, trapping these haz-
ards are just a few of the examples parrots have to go through nowadays. Some
parrot species couldn't handle this as a result that they are already extinct. Luckily not
all, as there are some parrot species left in some countries. The Lora in Bonaire, for
instance, is one of them. But also the Lora is on the verge of extinction. Members of
the Parrot Watch, consisting of 10 volunteers at the moment, used the Caribbean Bird
Festival (which started April 22nd), to address people on the problems of life and death
for this beautiful and intelligent bird.
With their hope for a better understanding of these birds, the volunteers spoke about
the parrot crisis in the Caribbean last Wednesday and they will do so again over the
next few weeks. In English, but also in Papiamentu, they hope to reach the entire
population of the island.
To become a parrot watcher you need
to have devotion and a lot of patience SA
The usual time the watchers will search S L
for new nests and check on chicks is '
5:30 am, with a chance of not finding
any the entire morning. But if they find
one they keep track of them and study 0
and take care of the parrots until the
chicks leave the nests. They also re- U
search the parrots to have a better under-
standing and what's the cause of con-
flicts that sometimes occur between a
male and female.
It's already made some positiveNA
changes in the population for the parrots,
but what they tried to make clear during
the presentation was that it is impossible to do it all by themselves. They need island-
ers to help them with it, for example by planting fruit trees in their gardens so parrots
can feed themselves.
The conference is not the only way the Parrot Watch is using to make citizens of
Bonaire become aware of the problem. They have also been on the radio at Mega and
Bon FM and have ads going on BoTV. They also take out school children to interest
them in the subject and they write articles for several newspapers, The Bonaire Re-
porter one of them.
They will also launch a new website (www.parrotwatch.org) where people can spon-
sor by donating an amount of $8. As some sort of compensation sponsors have the
opportunity to see the development of the parrot eggs and chicks on video. D
Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007
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Spring's Royal Sphinx Dominates Early Evening Skies
f d like to sug-
this lovely month of
May you go out and
get a look at the
most famous con-
stellation of spring
which for thousands
of years has almost
associated with roy-
alty and regal maj-
esty. I'm talking
about Leo the Lion.
On any clear night
an hour or two after Leo
sunset face south
where approximately two thirds of the way up from the horizon to the zenith you
will see the stars which make up the very ancient star pattern we call Leo. He is
frequently depicted as a reclining sphinx with his two paws out in front of him, and
I'm sure that many an ancient Egyptian drew a correlation between this heavenly
sphinx and their earthly monumental statue. A very bright backward question mark
or sickle shaped group of stars marks his head, mane and forepaws, and a bright
triangle of stars marks his rear. Leo's brightest star Regulus, which means the little
king, marks the place where his heart should be. In fact Regulus' second, though
lesser known, name in Latin is Cor Leonis, which means the heart of the lion. The
Roman Pliny referred to it as the royal one, and in ancient Greece it was called the
king's star. And in ancient Mesopotamia it represented Amil-gal-ur, a legendary
king of the celestial sphere who in mythology ruled before the Great Flood.
But what our ancestors couldn't know about this royal heart of the king of the
beasts and what modem astronomy tells us is that it is a star two times the size of
our million-mile-wide Sun but so much hotter than our yellow Sun that it shines
blue white hot and 140 times brighter! And whereas it takes only 8 1/3 minutes for
the light from our Sun to reach Earth, Regulus is so far away that it takes its light
77 years to reach us. How's that for royal grandeur?
The second brightest star of Leo is the end star of his rear end triangle. It marks
Leo's tail and is appropriately named Denebola, which means the lion's tail. It too is
a great star although not as great as Regulus, being only 1 1/2 times the size of our
Sun and 14 times brighter. But it is twice as close to us as Regulus as it takes Dene-
bola's light only 36 years to reach us.
So there you have it: one of the most ancient constellations, always associated
with royalty and as regal looking as the Sphinx itself. In fact as important as the
Sphinx was to the early Egyptians this cosmic Sphinx was even more important and
was actually worshipped by them because the annual rise of the Nile River occurred
every year when the Sun moved into Leo.
So get outside to see this ancient lion king and ponder how many hundreds of
generations have gazed up at these very same stars over the millennia. O Jack
EW AVE E
Sunday, April 29 to Saturday, May 5 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) If you're in the mood, go out and socialize, or get in-
volved in sports activities. Look into attending seminars that can expand your per-
ception. Visit friends you don't get to see that often. Get involved in a competitive
sport that will bring the challenges you thrive on. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Avoid lovers who already have a relation ship, even
if it is a bad one. Risky ventures may turn in your favor. Minor accidents could
cause trauma and major setbacks. You may find that your mate is well aware of the
circumstances. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Dead end projects could plague you. You may have
problems with those you live with. Your ability to talk circles around your col-
leagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. You may have been too nice to a
friend who just wanted to take advantage of you. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Consider applying for a job in another part of the
world. You can get ahead if you play your cards right. If you are not already, think
about going into business for yourself. You can help them more than they can help
you. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 2) Entertainment should include the whole family or a lot of
your friends. Question your mate if you must. Your obviously unique way of doing
things has caught the eye of someone in a higher position. You might find added
popularity with those around you this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be careful that you don't spend too much time with a
person belonging to someone else. Your talents might just be discovered. Tell them
to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting together with them.
Be cautious while traveling to foreign countries. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Abrupt action will cause difficulties with relatives.
Professionalism will be of utmost importance. Be sure to take care of the needs of
your immediate loved ones first. Expect your workload to be heavy. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be careful when dealing with loved ones. You can
learn from those who have had similar experiences. Do not let the reactions of oth-
ers get you going. Your ideas are right on the mark and your work commendable.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Deception and confusion regarding your
status in society is likely. For now just do the best you can. Younger relatives may
seek your advice. Be inquisitive about unfamiliar circumstances. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Anger could lead to problems. You must try to
help. You have a tendency to think that no one else will do things properly. Do not
invest in ventures that only appear to be lucrative. Your lucky day this week will be
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Work quietly on your own. You should be in busi-
ness for yourself. You have a real need to be vocal. Social activities that involve the
whole family will be enjoyable. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will need a little competition this week. Get in-
volved in activities that will stretch your stamina. Be willing to listen, but don't be
fooled. Don't forget to let your mate know how much you care. Your charm will be
captivating. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. 1
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