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B onaire has lots of new and up-
graded webcams. The new
Bonaire Pier ReefCam is under the
pier at Bonaire's Eden Beach Resort in
only about 1.6 meters/5 feet of water,
while the original ReefCam has been
remounted and upgraded and now
shows views across the hull of the Baka
di Laman, a sunken boat located ap-
proximately 19 meters/60 feet deep and
renamed the Bonaire Wreck ReefCam.
Additionally, the three land-based Bon-
aire WebCams located at the Eden
Beach Resort have also been upgraded.
They join three other land-based Web-
Cams on Bonaire: the DonkeyCam, the
WindsurfCam, and the Downtown-
Cam. Go to http://
www.BonaireWebCams.com to view.
And on Bonaire, the parrots have a
Nestcam. Sponsors of the http://
www.Parrotwatch.com website can see
Bonaire's endangered Amazon parrot,
the Lora, in its nest. Go to the website
to view and join. It's ridiculously inex-
pensive so go for an upgraded member-
ship. And finally for some crisp out-


door Bonaire views go to the Breathe
IT website at http://
bwww.reathebonaire.com. They offer a
system that can allow almost anyone
with a little money and an Internet con-
nection to operate their own webcam.

Dutch Finance Minister Wouter
Bos has allocated 410 million Euros,
almost a billion guilders, for the first
part of the debt restructuring of the
Antilles. The item is included in the
draft-interim budget report that must be
submitted to the Lower House before
June 1st.

) The Antillean Council of Minis-
ters at the request of Telecommunica-
tions Minister Omayra Leeflang de-
cided to put a moratorium on issu-
ance of new radio and television
broadcasting licenses until a media
law is enacted. There are 50 radio sta-
tions in the Netherlands Antilles, 28
operating in Curaqao.
The Minister said she has been re-
ceiving complaints that the enormous
number of radio and television stations
in the Antilles has saturated the market
making it very difficult for all of them
to survive.

) The Antillean Co-Financing Of-
fice, AMFO, will host a session on
Friday, June 1 for non-governmental
organizations, NGOs, operating in
Bonaire. During these sessions AMFO
representatives will explain the differ-


ences between the old organizational
structure and the new one and will dis-
cuss the new procedures and rules to
apply for funding. The session will be
at the Amboina Sentro di Bario begin-
ning at 4 pm. Currently AMFO says it
is putting the finishing touches on its
reorganization before it starts to pro-
vide poverty and other social assis-
tance. A first step is to update the
NGOs, they say.

) There is a big chance cafes will

smoking areas
in the Dutch
Antilles. Public i
HealthMinister
Ersilia Lannooy
has signed a
proclamation to
prohibit smoking in all public places,
including hotels, restaurants and bars.

) Bonaire will continue to play an
important part as a technical stop for
the KLM flights to South America,
said KLM CEO Peter Hartman to
Luchtvaartnieuws.nl. A study is under-
way to consider three new routes to the
Americas, using Bonaire as a refueling
stop. According to Hartman there was
an agreement several years ago that
KLM planes would land at Flamingo
Airport three times a day for three
years. "We've already been flying to
Flamingo Airport for four years," Hart-
man said. Bonaire spent millions to


The REPORTER
Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Open House at LW
Promising Future DCNA
Parrot Watch
Ask Olivia
Bonaire on Wheels -Wlys Jeep CJ 3B
"Adrift" Exhibition by Wlna Groenenboom
Washington Slagbaai Nat Park Celebrates
City Cafe 10th Anniversary Sked
Fire Demo at SGB
Dive daily / Live longer? (coverstory)
Jong Bonaire Song Fest
New Tack for Jibe City
New Website for Stinapa
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam
Coral Glimpses (brain coral)
Pets of the Week ("Rudy & Rebecca)
Picture Yourself With the Reporter
(Asuncion-Paraguay)
Classifieds
Tide Table
Reporter Masthead
What's Happening
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Sky Park
(A tale of two planets & two stars)
The Stars Have It
Bubbles (Ostracods)
Born on Bonaire
(Amelie Therese Saleh)

lengthen the runway and the apron im-
proved the facilities at the airport espe-
cially for the arrival of the KLM MD-
Continued on page 4


Bonaire Reporter June 1 8, 2007


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L ast Saturday, LW, the govern-
ment's agricultural department,
together with Kriabon, the farmers' coop-
erative, held an open house for anyone
interested in farm life and growing things.
Kunukeros (farmers) and wanna' be
kunukeros came to be informed on plant-
ing crops, livestock and their care.
Farming has always been a challenge on
Bonaire with its poor soil, high salt laden
winds and scant rain. LW throughout the
years has been a teaching agency, coming
up with new concepts to help the farmer,
for example, how to build inexpensive
types of shade houses, practical ways to
enrich the soil, what natural plant foods to
feed your livestock, what kinds of animals
to raise, pesticides, etc. They've had ad-


vice from the US Department of Agricul-
ture who have sent down samples of plant
seeds that can take the rough growing
conditions and they've tried them out.
They've experi-
mented with dif-
ferent types of
animals for meat
and for milk.
They've learned
that cows are not
practical on the
island as they
easily become
sick. However,
goats and sheep Bonaire policeman
thrive, and LVV Junior Delanooy ad-
now has a breed- dressed the visitors


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ing program for black bellied and dorp
sheep as well as boar goats, all known
their meat.
LW and Kriabon's aim is to stimuk
the people to cultivate a garden them-
selves, to try new ways of growing thi
"Right now," says Kriabon head, Sidn
Manuel, "farming is a very expensive
hobby, but we want to encourage peop
to try new ways so it can be profitable
At the moment cultivating is done onl
just before the rainy season, but they'r
looking for ways, and machinery, that
make it possible to cultivate all year
round. Manuel has travelled to Hollanm
where farming is "very modem" and t<
Venezuela where conditions can be mi
the same as here but where they are
very successful with their crops and
animals. Consultants from Ecuador
will be coming soon to share their
ideas. Livestock theft is a big problem
on the island. We know of many
kunukeros who've been forced to
give up raising goats or sheep be-
cause of having so many stolen. A
representative of the Police Depart-
ment explained how a new division
will actively deal with animal
theft. The Governor has ordered
the police to re-emphasize solv-
ing crimes against kunukeros.
Guests at the open house were
treated to a hot and delicious goat
soup and cold drinks. Thanks to
LVV head Rocky Emers, An-
thony Emerenciana and Sidney
Manuel for an educative and
kunuku experience. OL.D.


I Some of the four-legged residents ofL


Three big guys at stud Boar goat with huge
horns, Dorpar sheep


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Anthony Emerenciana demon-
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(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)
11. The airport's handling of the KLM
flights were among the most efficient in
the world according to KLM internal re-
ports. "We are very happy with Bonaire,"
Hartman said. "The attitude on the island
is good, better than on Curaqao. That the
Bonaire population wants to become part
of Holland says enough." KLM currently
uses the Bonaire airport on the Guayaquil
and Quito route to refuel. Bonaire also
shares an MD-11 flight with Aruba.

> Compared to 2005, 1.6% more
people visited Bonaire in 2006, an
increase from 62,550 to 63,552 visitors,
according to TCB figures. Increases in
most markets were just able to offset the
6.2% drop of European travellers. A drop
in Dutch visitors of 6.9% was the main
contributing factor. In 2006 the US market
enjoyed a 5.6% year-over-year growth as
compared to 2005 and North America (US
and Canada combined) achieved a growth
of 6.7%. Major influence of this increase
was additional airlift.

With just a few days before the offi-
cial start of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane
season the tropical wave train over Af-
rica has begun to run. The second tropi-
cal wave, which formed Sunday, is mov-
ing west and will approach the Caribbean
later this week. Much of the shower activ-
ity associated with the wave has dimin-
ished. It is over cool waters and unlikely
to develop into a storm. At this time of
year, storms tend to form in the Gulf of
Mexico or the northern Caribbean due to
the warmer waters. Another area worth
watching is a low pressure system which


formed over the south-western Caribbean
Sea. Bonaire is usually immune to direct
hurricane hits.

) Bonaire's waters are crabby. Un-
told millions of tiny crabs were every-
where along the reef this week. This con-
centration of oceanic plankton is a famil-
iar but irregular event, some locals say
every seven years. Divers can expect to
see a significant increase in plankton
predators like whale sharks in the days to
come before the crabs move on to deeper
waters.


tainment, a jump up and a jump off, a big
outdoor market, receptions and more and
more. Check out the schedule on page 9.
) Jong Bonaire, in cooperation with
City Cafe (as part of their 10th Anniver-
sary 10 Days of Events), will hold its 5th
annual "Jong Bonaire Mini Fun Triath-
lon" fundraiser this weekend. The Mini
Fun Triathlon consists of three different
sport activities and is open to all ages for
swimming, running and biking. The entry
fee is NAf25 per person or NAf55 per
team. Each participant gets a meal, juice,
fruit and a T-shirt. Tickets are available at
Jong Bonaire, City Caf6, Bon-
L Fysio and De Freewieler. All
Bonaire is invited to take part
1k, in this activity.


City Cafe 's Huub deGroot shows the 1 -year An-
niversary Activity Program to Elsmarie and her
mom, two members of the Beukenboom family who


Claire Sealy with JCI World President
Scott Greenlee JCI Photo


) This year 15 JCI members from
Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba and St.
Maarten attended the JCI Conference
of the Americas held in Asuncion, Para-
guay. And they left with some significant
awards. Prizes included winnings of the
World Debating Competition, winning of
1st Timer Competition and a 2nd prize in
the World Speech Competition.
President Claire Sealy of the JCI Bon-
aire would like to express a BIG thank
you to the following organizations for the
cooperation received that made her trip to
Paraguay possible: Captain Don's Habitat,
MCB Bank, Littman's Jewelers, Rocargo
N.V., Center Body Car Polo, Bonaire Ac-
cess and her colleagues at Captain Don's


are the owners of the City Cafe-Hotel Rocheline A good friend of Bonaire, Habitat.
building owners. (City Cafe photo) Nancy Wiatt, took back two
full bags of old batteries that ) World Ocean Day is celebrated
) Get ready for City Cafe's Big 10- the Carib Inn collects so Bonaire's landfill across the globe on June 8th, and Dive
Day Celebration to commemorate their does not get more poison. Anyone who Friends Bonaire is announcing an event
10 year anniversary. It starts Friday, June has a little room in their luggage can on Bonaire to assist divers with the
1, with free cake, live entertainment and take back a handful of batteries to the awareness and importance of the
continues with the Jong Bonaire Triatha- US or anyplace that has recycling, world's oceans. Any divers who are on
lon, free lunch for elders, more live enter- Please help Bonaire! (Carib Inn release) (Continued on page 7)


Bonaire Reporter June 1 8, 2007


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I Future For DCNA 9@oal


T he future of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance seems very promising,
according to Lee van Driel, financial management expert and vice president
of DCNA, after the three-day board meeting held last week. The meeting was
mainly to provide information about the project to some very important overseas
partners who have been visiting Bonaire. One of them was Frans Kerkoff, represen-
tative of Queen Beatrix. The meeting was to demonstrate what the future plans are
for the foundation and to show the visitors where the money will be spent and how
it will be collected.
DCNA, set up in February 2005, is a foundation representing the park manage-
ment organizations on each of the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean. According to
its head, Kalli DeMeyer, "Its mission is to protect the biodiversity of the islands
whilst promoting the sustainable management of the islands' natural resources by
working with the island management organizations."
"The plan," Van Driel said, "is to create a 10-year fund plan that will create 25
million Euros by 2016. The interest from this money will go to all nature parks and
will probably provide enough money for the basic needs for the biodiversity and
conservation of nature in the Dutch Caribbean."
In an unexpected move last December Queen Beatrix, decided to become a patron
of DCNA. Because the Queen has become a patron, it helped the foundation a lot.
Van Driel explained, "The support of Queen Beatrix is exceptional; she doesn't do
this very often. Because of her support we are immediately added to the world
chart. She has a fondness for the Antilles and is very involved in the protection of
the environment. Her support means that our foundation is in order and of course
that makes fundraising a lot easier."
Van Driel thinks it's very important that DCNA exists. "The Dutch Caribbean is a
hotspot for biodiversity, especially in the marine parks. On these islands there can
be a lot of research done, for instance on turtles and birds. And our foundation will
help to map the entire animal population on the islands. By having an alliance be-
tween all the islands, it will be a lot easier to work together. All the islands are rep-
resented."
The board meeting held last week consisted of field trips to Washington Slagbaai
and Klein Bonaire to show the visitors why the money is crucial for preserving the
environment in Bonaire. The rest of the meeting was about financial plans, their
strategies and budgeting.
"Kalli De Meyer, executive director of DCNA," said Van Driel, has put a tremen-
dous amount of energy into setting up the organization in a professional way. The
main question asked was how are we going to finance the trust fund? We try to do
this by convincing governments to help us and we even applied for funding from
the National Postcode Lottery in Holland. We are still waiting for their approval.
Their conditions are though, that a foundation has to exist at least three years. So
we'll have to wait another year for their approval."
"Another good thing about our organization is that we can't be involved in the
management of national parks and marine parks. In other words, we don't have any
control over them. But the management of the parks does have control over the
foundation, simply because all the park managers have a seat on the governing
board."
Van Driel thinks the outcome of the meeting was extremely positive. "The
Queen's representative said he will help us with lobbying to get the money we need
for the trust fund and also the other overseas partners will probably keep supporting
us with our work."
The next Board Meeting will be held in November on Aruba, to discuss the foun-
dation's progress. O David Radomisli


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This photo was taken
from just above the wa-
ter line on the seaside of
the concrete pier off
where Dr. Welvaart's
office used to be. In the
center, almost com-
pletely out of the wa-
ter, is a brain coral
head about 6"
across! I've never seen
a living stony coralfor-
mation so exposed to air
for so long.


Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.


Bonaire Reporter June 1 8, 2007


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Ask Olivia
Dear Olivia,
It has been so inter-
esting to see you on
Parrotwatch and we
really love it. My
wife and I were won-
dering how many
eggs you lay each
year and whether you
lay them all on the same day? The other
thing we'd like to ask is do you breed more
than once a year?
Lars Gundersen, Kralendijk.
Dear Lars,
Thank you so much for your nice words
and your interesting questions. This year, I
personally have laid four eggs and I think
that will be quite enough! Lady Loras pre-
fer to lay between three and four eggs. Five
are possible, but it can be a bit of a strain.
Our breeding season usually begins in
April but it depends on the weather. This
year has been rather dry so we are all run-
ning behind schedule by a couple of weeks
and some have only just started. We man-
age to lay one egg every two days as its
rather hard work for a small parrot and we
have to eat lots during this time to keep our
strength up.
It's a lot of work trying to raise four
youngsters, as you may know if you have
children yourself, Lars, so we only manage
once a year. I hope I have answered your
questions. Keep watching and stay in
touch.


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t's been another busy week for the
Sparrot team. We've found some more
nests, which is always good news for an
endangered species. These are in the hills
in the far north of island, so we are really
covering all the mondi from Kralendijk
(Playa) to Malmok now! Despite the fact
eggs continue to appear in new nests, two
of the parrotwatch pairs still haven't got


started and may not breed this year. That
will make it interesting, as we'll have to
try and follow another couple of nests on
parrotwatch.
Olivia, our reliable superstar, is doing
well, and Oswald has been the ever-
attentive husband. We think she has fin-
ished laying eggs as she is currently sit-
ting on four. So now there will be a win-
dow of calm at overhang. The eggs are
incubated for 28 days before the chicks
(hopefully) hatch out. At first the chicks
are tiny and totally dependent on their
mother for warmth and food. This is
something to look forward to as they
grow so quickly during this period.
In case you haven't already realized,
Olivia is an incredible parrot! This week
she asked if she could become the star of
parrotwatch and of course we had to say
yes. So as well as attending to her home
and family she has been occupying her-
self will all manner of things.


She already has put together a
myspace.com and a facebookcom pro-
file (search for Olivia Parrot). A pre-
view movie from her overhang nest last
year is now on youtube.com too. If she
continues like this she may one day be in
a celebrity magazine! While Olivia is
clearly aiming high she hasn't forgotten
her roots and as of this week she will be
starting a questions and answers article
right here in The Bonaire Reporter!
Don't forget: you can see all Olivia's
movies and at the same time support
Olivia and the other Loras by checking
out www.parrotwatch.org
If you have an eco-conscious business,
the parrot team can provide great adver-
tising in return for spon-
sorship of the parrot- r ,l4
watch website, their T-
shirts, Reporter articles ( .
and even a radio show!
O Sam Williams ai#


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(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 4)
the island on June 8th are invited to join
Dive Friends Bonaire for a free Buoy-
ancy Clinic in the afternoon starting at
1:30 pm at their Dive Friends Yellow
Submarine facility on the ocean prome-
nade in Kralendijk. The clinic will be-
gin with a talk by manager Gerrie about
how divers can contribute to the ocean's
health, followed by an in-water work-
shop on how all participants can im-
prove their buoyancy in the water to
help from touching reefs.
Following the workshop, a social
happy hour with free rum punch will be
available to all the clinic's participants
to end the day's events. For more infor-
mation or to register for the clinic, email
info(idive-friends-bonaire.com. For
additional information about diving on
Bonaire, visit their web site at http://
www.dive-friends-bonaire.com.

) Last Saturday eight students from
Peter Silberie's BonKarate class par-
ticipated in the Antilles/Curacao ka-
rate competition, NAKB i CuKarBo.
They brought home three medals: Jeuri
Gonzalez and Kia-San Silberie, a silver
each, and Wintley Raven, a bronze.
Congratulations!

I Bonaire's talented culinary and
bartender team have been practicing
and refining their final menu, prepar-
ing for the Taste of the Caribbean Culi-
nary Olympics on June 17, 18 and 19 in
Miami. They'll be competing against 13
other top teams from islands all over the
Caribbean. Although the team has a
menu it is a tentative one as they must
prepare a three-course meal from a


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"mystery basket" of ingredients in an
allotted amount of time. The public has
an opportunity to support the team and
also give their input at the two final din-
ners: Sunday, June 3 and Sunday,
June 10. Only 30 seats are available so
book now. It starts at 7 pm at the SGB
high school Chez Nous Restaurant. The
donation is only NAf50 ($29) and it
includes competition cocktails, the three
course meal, and plenty of wine. For
tickets call Margreth Kloos at 717-2897
or email mar-
grethkibonairevellowsubmarine.com

) Think you are a big eater? Then
take the Big Lion Challenge this Satur-
day. The Lion's Den, on the waterfront
at Buddy Dive, started a new promo
called "The Big Lion Challenge." You
get to eat a chargrilled one pound bur-
ger (with cheese if desired) served on a
soft jumbo bun with lettuce, tomato,
onion and pickles. Included are hefty
portions of fries and slaw. Eat it all
yourself and receive a Lions Den Base-
(Continued on page 13)


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The 14th of a series ofBonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower,
featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Thirteen yellow and red Willys
jeeps are on the island! At the
beginning of 2007 some members of
the well known Bonairean Misier/
Karam family shipped 13 Colombian-
made Willys jeeps from Aruba to Bon- b
aire. The Jeeps were transported on
deck by the Don Andres. They had all
been sprayed red or yellow, which
resulted in a view full of color in the
harbor of Bonaire. During some
months the Willys Jeeps were slightly
modified and thoroughly maintained.
Now they are ready to hit the road,
doing a good job for the Top Drive Car
Rental. A yellow "Willys" Jeep CJ-3B, built in
At that time of their arrival we were 2000, with the looks of a 1953 model,
in St. Kitts for a holiday. I was sur- parked at Flamingo Airport
prised by the green Land Rover pickup (Picture: J@n Brouwer)
from the sugar cane factory. The car
seemed to be everywhere. Then I found out the factory owned dozens of more or less
similar Land Rovers, driving on the paved and unpaved roads. The same thing happened
on Bonaire. I followed a yellow Willys. I had never seen that classic before. Behind the
steering wheel was Leo Laurens who told me about the Jeep. They were preparing the
cars for renting. And now there are red and yellow Willys all over the place!
According The Jeep Bible it all started with the immortal "flat fender" in 1941. The
88" wheelbase car was fitted with a rural chassis, an old L-head four banger engine, a
three-speed transmission, four-wheel drive, a split windshield and an ax and a shovel.
The World War II model was made until the end of 1945, at which time the production
swung over to the CJ-2A. Differences? Not a bunch. (C stands for "civilian.") In 1953
The Willys CJ-3B was introduced, you can't miss with its 4.5 inch lifted hood.
The Colombian-made Willys are still inspired by the 1952 model, fitted with an all-
American Hercules engine. The cast iron straight four measures 2.7 liters and is attached
to a sturdy four -peed gearbox. Four high, four low, two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive.
Impressive rims and rubbers. The cars were manufactured in 2000. The leaf-sprung
chassis and the body are Colombian made. The rental company also has a special fleet of
13 Willys CJ -3B's, all painted red or yellow. The look of the front of the high hooded
Jeep is impressive, especially seen from your rear view mirror! The vinyl topped cars
are open so it is easy to get an impression of the interior of this very spacious car. I
wanna ride! I hope my blue Land Rover can cope with my one-day stand with a red or
yellow CJ-3B! O J@n Brouwer


Wilna Groenenboom photos


Artist-writer-photographer-teacher, Wilna Groenenboom, will have an
exhibition "Adrift" of her tables, frames and sculptures on Satur-
day, June 9 starting at 5 pm. Wilna, well known for her series, "Antique Living
Houses of Bonaire," featured in The Bonaire Reporter, is also a craftsperson who
can turn "found" objects into works of art, not just rough and rustic things that
look like they were picked up on the beach and slapped together. These pieces are
elegant, sometimes whimsical but all beautifully crafted. Don't miss this exhibi-
tion. It's a one-time only event as Wilna returns to Holland next month.
The exposition is in Nikiboko at her traditional Bonaire home on Kaya Macario
St. Jago 39. For more information call 717-6832 or 700-2378.0 L.D.


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PROGRAM
Tur Aktividatnan ta kuminsa 8.00 bou dl gula di Rangernan
* "LagldishtI Walking Trail" (tmrnpu ostim 2 or)
. "Kasikunda Climbing Trail (tenpu emlmA 1 ore.)
. Subi Branderia (tempu estimi 2 ora)
SKorementu di 'mountainbik'e (35 km)
. Landa Mn Slagbaai. Tranporte toa sal 9;:30, 11:30 1:-30

BAR I KUSHINA BON SURTI
E bar Iao a organism pa 'Stichting Kunst on Kultuur'.

MUSIKA
LO tin pregntashon dl
Grupo Tutti Frutti. grupo dl bafie afro karibense Shakinahl,
Grupo SEBARI I Proyekto 2000.
Tambe io tin Bon Kuna
MUSEO TA HABRI DI 8'OR PA 5'OR

TUR KOS TA GRATIS
Entrada pa tur outo. (Kamindanan ta den un estado
sublimr.) Tambe tur aktvludt. Probb*hAll

FECHA: Djadumlngu 3 di yUnl
LUGA: Parke Nashonal Washington SIagbaal
ORA: 8'Or di mainta pa 5 'or di atardi
NOTA: No ta permit mucha sin adulto.
STINAPA lonai Tel: 7174-4444163. LFa: x717-731
E-mail: Info@QtlMnpa.org www.rlinspa.org


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o commemorate Wash-
ington Park's conver-
sion from a plantation to a
national park we will have an
Annual Day of Festivities.
A day filled with activities
will be organized in the Park
this Sunday, the 3rd of June.
As early as eight o' clock in
the morning we will start with .
guided activities. We will do
the Kasikunda climbing trail
to climb the 270-foot Kasi-
kunda hill and continue on to
the Lagadishi walking trail or
the 784-foot Brandaris. One
can also form a group and go
mountain biking (bring your
own bike). If these activities
sound too exhausting there
will be activities of lesser
physical impact like strolling
along the Lagadishi walking Get afresh fruit drink at Washington Park
trail or a taking a guided tour
through the Museum. All ex-
cursions will have a guide.
All of the roads of the Park have received a face lift so you don't need to worry
about doing any damage to your car. It will be an open house and the entrance is
free for all cars, visitors and all activities. There will be local food. The bar will
be organized by the foundation, Kunst en Kultuur (art and culture), and all the
proceeds will be used to contribute to their activities.
There will be live music from Grupo Tuti Fruti, Grupo SEBARI, the group of
Afro-Caribbean dance Shekinahl and DJ proyekto 2000. All children need to be
accompanied by an adult to participate in the activities. 1
Elsmarie Beukenboom, STINAPA


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Pets o. th week
ister andg
S brother,
"Rebecca" and
"Rudy," came into the
Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter with their mom
and two siblings,
"Roxanne" and
"Ronnie." They're at ..e ..
still too young to
leave their mom right o
now, but they'll be d
ready to go out on
their own by mid
June. But of course,
someone can put a
"reserve" on them and .
take them home later.
These are four beauti-
ful pups, and to judge
by their mother
they'll be sweet, mel- i
low, quiet and self,
assured. They'll be
medium sized dogs and all four have short, easy-to-care-for fur. They're roly poly
cuties who are in the best of health. They've been checked out by the vet, tested,
wormed and given their shots. And sterilization is included in the NAf 105 adoption
fee. You may see them at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 7127-4989.
Thanks to the generous donations to the Shelter Sterilization Fund, there have
been 52 sterilizations done since the beginning of the year. Consider just how many
unwanted puppies, possibly dumped by the side of the road, which this has avoided.
The aim is to help those pet owners who love their pets but who have economic
restraints fund the operation. You can help by giving what you can to the MCB
Account #10616410, "Sterilization Fund." All monies will be used strictly for ster-
ilizations. You may also contribute via WWW.SupportBonaire.org. Thanks to
those Good Samaritans who've already contributed. You've made a difference! 1
L.D.


Picture Yourself

With The Reporter
ua


Fire Demo at SGB

n Friday, May 11 t, the Kralendijk fire department paid a second visit to
the SGB this year with an indoor slide show by Kenneth dePalm and an
exciting fire demonstration outdoors. DePalm explained brought some equipment
they use for the
students to see
close up and ex-
plained that their
job was more than
putting out fires;
they give informa-
tion on fire pre-
vention, check
buildings for fire
safety and assist
the police and
ambulance during
car accidents.
Outside a four-
man team, simu-
lating a car acci-
dent, gave a dem- .
onstration of ex-
tracting a victim
dummy from an
old car using
heavy crowbar
type equipment to
remove the car
door. As well
there were dem-
onstrations of
extinguishing
different kinds of
fires, and because
it was "break
time" it attracted
a much bigger audience! Ol William Pot


B onaire JCI (Junior Chamber International) President, Claire Sealy, sent us this pic-
ture taken with many issues of The Bonaire Reporter during one of the traditional
special events during the JCI convention's Night of Nations. That's when all national
chapters of the areas describe their culture and promote their country. Junior Chamber
International Dutch Caribbean (JCI Dutch Caribbean) is a non-profit organization affili-
ated with Junior Chambers International, the world's largest leadership training organi-
zation for young men and women, with chapters all around the world. The objective of
the organization is to contribute to the advancement of global community by providing
the opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills, social responsibility,
entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create positive change. D Claire Sealy


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trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in
hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to
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JANART GALLERY
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.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


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 &
Janet). 786-0956


Bonaire Images
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
CALL JRA
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

OUTDOOR SPORTS


Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651

1/acat i o r
Flenta I
Cozy
guest cot-
tage avail-
able
Studio
with kitchen,
airco, cable
TV, two sin-
gle 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: bonairecottage@aol.com

Bonaire Reporter June 1 8, 2007


FOR RENT- 2 bedroom fully fur-
nished apartment available at the end
of June, Kaya Mandolin 2. Call after
6pm 795-3456


For rent: Nice apartment for rent
in Hato. Rent per month: NAf 1.500,.
All included. 796-3637, digital-
isl956@flamingotv.net



SUPPORT BONAIRE
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-
tion visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!

For ale
For Sale Mares high dive boots,
hard sole, size 6, used once. $50.00.
email:
bubblheads@tmac.com or leave mes-
sage for Corky Halberg at Carib Inn
(717-8819). available until June 9th.


MARES, H.U.B. fully integrated
medium, BCD, 3-yrs,old,100 dives,
includes: Ist Stage, 2nd stage octopus,
inflation/deflation control, all hoses,
Gauges, console and weight system,
black & gray. New $1,999, E-Bay
$1,124. Bonaire $500. Phone, 791-
2214

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- Cam-
era and Macro tube Set.
Still the best UW camera
for macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been I
flooded. Ideal back-up
camera. Complete NAf200. Call George
786-6215.


Porch Sale, Sunday, 3 June from
9 am to 12 noon.
Car: Toyota Starlet, fridge, airco
split unit, stove, TV, ceiling fan,
beds, bookcases, blankets, clothes,
household items, glasses, cups, plates,
lots of books in English and Dutch and
Spanish, dictionaries etc. Kaya
Paloma, 4 Sabana- Or call 717-6585

Porch Sale: Saturday June 9th-
Sunday June 10th; 9 am-5 pm at Kaya
Proud 26 (Playa), follow the signs:
household (appliances), furniture,
beds, closets, chairs, motorboat, art,


books...you name it! Contact: 717
4884 / 786 2206 / 786 0436

Crs &
Scoote rs

Chevy Blazer, 1993, techn. good con-
dition, body double anti-rust protection,
NAf 6.500. Tel. 796-5582

Te koop/for Sale: Suzuki Samurai-
NAf 1500 2nd hand motor, rijdt goed,
kleine gebreken. Tel: 780-9760

1960 Morris Minor for sale.
NAf30.000
($17,145). Great
condition, origi-
nal style motor,
authentic 1960
supercharger.
Call 717-7488,
ask for Kevin.


Pro 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 traffic. Full
kitchen
and laun-
dry, tons of
storage
space,
large patio
with walkout to marina dock. Private
owner sale. www.luxurybonaire.

Historic 4-
bedroom 3-
bath mod-
ernized
home close
to the sea and
all conveniences, see: thecraane-
house.com.contact:reservations(@the
craanehouse.com

-ouses itti ng

Missionary couple of Jehovah's Wit-
nesses looking to rent or house-sit
long term a 1-2 bedroom house or
apartment. Please contact: Ron or Cris
Adams at 700-7855, 691-1169 or email
at roncrisadams@ihotmail.com.

Bonaire experienced house sitters
with references available 3-8 July &
22-27 July. Contact roben@dds.nl

Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
7536, email=
dradomisli@hotmail. com.






Caribbean C( Ins lhtn ai r

Bonaire's coziest resort is looking
for full time colleagues in the restau-
rant/bar & kitchen- Preferably speak-
ing Dutch/ English/ German. Experi-


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 ads@bonairereporter.com


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ence is required! Do you want to be
part of our team? Call 717-7901 or
send an email to:
info@caribbeanclubbonaire.com.


Looking for: Looking for a work-
shop manual and/or other information
for a Jeep Cherokee. J@n Brouwer,
796-3637, digital-
isl956@flamingotv.net

SLooking for a small, fluffy
puppy or dog no larger than
18-20 inches and weigh
no more than 8 pounds or
so. I want to be able to take
the dog with me where I go
and will give it a loving home. Please
call me at 786-7072 and ask for "TC".
(Remember my dog that rode on my
motorcycle with me-she went to Dog-
gie Heaven and I would love to have a
motorcycle buddy to ride with me
again.)

FOUND
-in Sabadeco Shores, a
kitten about 3 or 4
months old, brindle in
color. Very social so I
know it belongs to some-
one. Call the Shelter at 717-4989.


Lost
Lost: our black mid sized dog. J&@n
Brouwer, Hato, 796-3637, digital-
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New Bginnngs and Nos Time


It almost seemed like a pop concert
last Friday at the Jong Bonaire
Song Festival. There was ear-deafening
screaming by friends and family and it
even looked like some of the perform-
ers had brought their own groupies with
them.
Admirable were the guts the contest-
ants had that night. All alone, they
stood in front of a big crowd to per-
form, and nervousness wasn't detect-
able at all. The relaxed atmosphere in
the music hall was probably the cause
of this. "My Heart Must Go On," from
Celine Dion passed by, Whitney Hous-
ton as well, and some Caribbean songs
were performed by the young locals.
The jury consisted of some well
known Bonaireans such as politician
Lucky Popp and percussionist, Boy
Janga. They were judging on three dif-
ferent points; namely who had the best
action, who had the best voice and who
had the best timing that night.
The Jong Bonaire Song Festival is an
annual event. Every year Jong Bonaire
motivates the youth to give a perform-
ance and to show their talents. Winner
this year was Jonathan Clarenda who
also got the prize for being the most
popular singer. Clarenda is probably
getting used to winning by now, as it is
the second time he's won the first prize.
He also won the festival in 2005. With
his song, Serka Bo, he clearly con-
vinced the jury of his talent this year
again. The "Most Stimulating" prize
was won by Ruthvianca Josephia who
sang the song, Amor Prohebido. O
David Radomisli


ast week the new owners of Jibe City gave a party for the
founder, Ernst VanVliet, who started it all in January
1989. Lots of "old timers" were there to pay homage to the first
windsurf operator in Bonaire. Great food and drink by Hangout
Bar owners Robert and Monique. Ernst is still on the island but
going on to new ventures. The pictures tell the story. O L.D.


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(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 7)


Notice the guilder coin in the upper
left compared to the burger.


ball cap as your prize and be entered in
the Burger Hall of Fame. Or just split it
because it's truly delicious.

) They're not serving just pizza! Try
Pasa Bon Pizza's newest feature, "Hot
Crab Dip" served with sliced French
bread. What is that secret ingredient
that makes it so tasty? Pasa Bon Pizza is
on Kaya Gob. Debrot, just south of the
traffic circle and the marina.


Bonaire Reporter June 1 8, 2007


Bonaire Using Wind Power


) As we prepare this issue for pro-
duction comes word that the new wind
turbine at Sorobon is operational
and its electrical output is feeding
into WEB's power grid. This is a first
for Bonaire. The wind turbine will be
used for training as well as production.
The unit is producing about half
power in its initial test phase, about 75
kw. It will be followed by 11 even
larger units at Morotin on the east coast
near Rincon. O G.D./L.D./D.R.


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
6-01 0:46 2.1FT. 11:24 0.7FT. 79
6-02 1:20 2.0FT. 12:00 0.7FT. 83
6-03 1:58 2.0FT. 12:30 0.7FT. 84
6-04 2:41 2.0FT. 13:01 0.7FT. 83
6-05 3:30 1.9FT. 13:27 0.8FT. 79
6-06 4:21 1.7FT. 13:41 0.8FT. 72
6-07 5:26 1.6FT. 13:44 0.9FT. 64
6-08 2:24 1.3FT. 6:28 1.5FT. 13:38 1.0FT. 20:47 1.5FT. 57


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MOVIELAND


WEEKLY MVIE HOWTIME

Late Show (Usually 9pm)
Cal to make sure

Are We

Done Yet
(Ice Cube)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
To be announced


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (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
June: T.M.N.T.


THIS WEEK

June 1-10 City Caf6 goes all out
to celebrate its 10th anniversary with
10 days and nights of activities and
celebrations See page 9

Sunday, June 3-5th Annual Jong
Bonaire Mini Triathalon. See pages 4
&9
Sunday, June 3 38th Anniversary
of Washington-Slagbaai Park Cele-
bration at the entrance to the Park,
all day. Entertainment, games, music,
guided tours, mountain biking. More
on page 8.
Sundays, June 3 & 10 Bonaire
Culinary Team dinner 3-course meal
with cocktails and wine. At the SGB's
Chez Nous, 7 pm. All proceeds help to
send the team to the Taste of the Carib-
bean Culinary Olympics in Miami.
Tickets NAf50 ($29), Margreth Kloos,
Tel. 717-2897 or email mar-
greth( bonairevellowsubmarine.com.
Page 4 &.
Friday, June 8 -World Ocean
Day-Free Buoyancy Clinic, 1:30
pm, Dive Friends' Yellow Submarine.
Pages 4 & 7

COMING
Saturday, June 9-Art Exhibition
"Adrift" tables & sculptures by
Wilna Groenenboom, 5 pm, Kaya
Macario St. Jago #9. Info call 717-
6832, 7002378. See page 7
Sunday, July 1 15th Annual Dia di
Arte in Wilhelmina Park All day and
evening starting at 10 am. Artists, musi-
cians, craftsmen and top notch local foods
and drinks. Participants: sign by starting
May 31. Call Edwin Martijn 786-8400,
Mishuyla Sint Jago 786-2292

REGULAR EVENTS
Friday Weekly Market 9am- 2pm
at Wilhelmina Plein, with
Local Art, Local Food, Summer
Fashion, Jewelry, Glasswork, Bonaire
Pictures, Local Music, Driftwood Art,


Paintwork and all kinds of Bonaire
Souvenirs.

Daily
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30
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.
Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
- Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/
rincon. Extra big Marsh6 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
0466.
Sundays
* 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
Mondays
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for only
$10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30 pm
* 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 717-
6435
Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-
7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with DIR,"
6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-
5073.
Wednesdays
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, 6-10 pm

Thursdays
Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
Fridays
* 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
565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" 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 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
at the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817)
at 7pm.
Monday- "Land & Ocean Bonaire,"
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of their facility at
Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Tuesday "Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR" slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. 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-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Flamingo
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
Jaycees) 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette


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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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
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-
endijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meet-
ing at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day
Balashind Beach Service 8am- 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger.
At the Divi Flamingo 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)
Moderate
Bistro de Paris ModeReal 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

Calabas Restaurant &ModerateExensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Breakfast, Lunc and Dinner from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderatedgeo ee seaoodchic
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat--11:30-2:30 Indulge your whim--beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
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 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 oftown center. 780-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sday 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 10am-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights
a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
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.
BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
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.
DIVING
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.
FITNESS
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.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
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.

NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans@loutdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services. Full digital services.
PHOTO 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
management.
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-
surance.

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 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
exploration.


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RETAIL
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
and women.
Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
WINDSURFING
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.
WINES
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
noon.


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*to find it... just look up




A TaleofTwo Plaets and Two Stars

O n June 2nd the ,e
first planet fromCas
the Sun, Mercury, will
be at what astronomers
call greatest elongation n a "0 -
from the Sun. And seven *'
days later, on the 9h, the M3a
second planet from the Gemini
Sun, Venus, will also be .
at greatest elongation E iaro .i ..
from the Sun. On top of v
which the two brightest
stars of Gemini will be *. .
perched right alongside
lovely Venus. What does
this all mean? Let me -
explain.
This weekend, Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at dusk while there's still
some light out, face west where the brightest thing you'll see will be the brightest
planet of them all, dazzling 8,000-mile-wide Venus. And down below it to its right
a much dimmer although still bright pinkish light, 3,000-mile-wide planet Mercury.
Now if you look at both these planets through a small telescope you will notice that
they both look like different phases of tiny Moons. Indeed Mercury will look like a
tiny slender crescent Moon whereas Venus will look like a first quarter Moon. And
while they both share the distinction of being the only two planets closer to the Sun
than Earth, they also just coincidentally this June are at similar places in their re-
spective orbits as seen from Earth.
In fact if we could see them from outer space their positions in relation to the Sun
and Earth would be remarkably similar because they will both be at greatest elonga-
tion from the Sun: Mercury on the 2nd and Venus on the 9" Now greatest elonga-
tion sounds complicated but it simply means that both planets will be at their far-
thest visual distance from the Sun on those dates as seen from Earth, which usually
makes them appear much higher above the horizon and thus visible for viewing
longer after sunset. Even so Mercury never gets very high above the horizon even
when it's at greatest elongation, so make sure you start looking for it while there is
still some light out and have a clear, flat, unobstructed horizon.
And as a bonus, right now these two planets share the early evening sky with two
wonderful stars, the two brightest stars of Gemini the twins, Pollux and Castor.
And ta da! A recent discovery about Pollux blows Venus and Mercury away planet
wise because it is now known that Pollux, which is almost 10 times as wide as our
million-mile-wide Sun, has at least one planet moving around it. But that planet is
unlike any other planet in our solar system. Indeed, while our king of the planets,
Jupiter, is 88,000 miles wide, Pollux's planet is three times as massive as Jupiter.
Wow! Plus Pollux enjoys the distinction of being the brightest star we can see that
we now know has a planet in orbit about it.
So get out this weekend and look for Venus, Pollux and Castor lined up in a row
and tiny pinkish Mercury huddled near the horizon. Jack Horkheimer


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S Sunday, May 27 to Saturday, June 2 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your mate will appreciate your honesty. You have so
much to offer; open up and let your thoughts be known. If you've taken on a lot of
work, be sure to leave some time for yourself and family. Social events will be plenti-
ful. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will not impress others by being foolishly gener-
ous. Opportunities to get ahead are evident. Look for professional guidance if it will
help unite the family. Changes in your domestic scene are evident. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will have splendid suggestions for fund raising
events. Your boss may not be in the best of moods this week. Don't let the erratic be-
havior of someone you live with interfere with your professional performance. You
need to distance yourself from the situation for a little while first. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Avoid friction with your mate. Try to avoid serious
discussions with loved ones. Travel for business or pleasure will be enlightening. In-
volvement in groups will be favorable and lead to valuable information. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You are likely to be left alone if you aren't willing to bend
just a little. Real estate investments will be profitable. You need to spend some time
getting to know this person all over again. Expect some flak. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Opportunities for new partnerships will develop
through the organizations you encounter. Get busy putting your place in order. You
may be upset if someone has borrowed something that belongs to you. There may be
opportunities to attend social functions that are linked to work. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Travel could bring you the adventure and excitement
you require. Don't let relatives stand in the way of your personal plans. The existing
problems must be dealt with one way or another. Be firm when dealing with matters
pertaining to your environment. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You should avoid getting involved in the personal
problems of colleagues. Promote your ideas now. A need to be in love may fool you.
Social get-together will bring you in contact with intelligent new friends. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may find yourself in an uncomfortable
situation if you have overloaded your plate unintentionally. Be prepared to have rela-
tives or close friends introduce you to new and exciting individuals. Realize that you
don't have to do everything yourself. Ferret out information that will hold them re-
sponsible. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Self-deception about relationships is a problem.
Keep your feet on the ground, if you can. You will be in the mood for competition,
and your ability to lead a group will bring you popularity. Your creative ideas must be
put to good use. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You are best not to confront situations that deal with
in-laws or relatives. Your emotional partner will push the right buttons this week.
Check your personal papers and make sure everything is in order. You can accomplish
a lot if you deal with other people's money or possessions this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't sign up for too many extra activities or you'll
have trouble fulfilling your obligations. Take time to deal with authority figures or
government agencies. Be considerate and avoid being overly opinionated, or argu-
ments will ensue. Chances are you could get stuck with a colleague's job unexpect-
edly. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.


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44 t took a very long time
to design it and I have
been surfing and have been
copying the best things from
many other websites, with the
result that it's looking pretty
good now," says the STINAPA
Director, Elsmarie Beuken-
boom. The new STINAPA
website, launched last Thurs-
day, is meant for people who
are looking for information
about the Bonaire National Ma-
rine Park, Washington-Slagbaai
National Park and the flora and
fauna on the island. The team who helped create the new site
Beukenboom's goal was to
make the website as user friendly as possible so the general public can look around the
website easily. "While I was making the website," Beukenboom said, "I had the visitor
in mind, especially divers, and people who want to come and live on the island. But
it's also a handy tool for the locals, such as students. They can use the information to
write an essay for school for instance." The website consists of five links: The founda-
tion, Bonaire National Marine Park, Washington Slagbaai National Park, Education
and News, Fun and Activities. According to Beukenboom, there's is still a lot of work
to complete before the website will be finished. Beukenboom: "Our next goal is to
make the website international." To have a look at the new website, visit
www.stinapa.org. O Story & photo by DavidRadomisli


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PARKS N A I H N
NATIONAL PARKS FOUNDATION


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id You Know...Bonaire is
home to one of the most
beautiful bioluminescent dis-
plays in the ocean?


Five nights after the full moon,
around 45 minutes after sunset,
tiny animals called ostracods
decide it's time to mate. The
males begin blinking like fire-
flies and rise up towards the
surface where they meet up with
females and release biolumines-
cent gametes. Thousands of
these microscopic animals syn-
chronize this mating display and
it's as if the entire reef is lit up like a Christmas tree. If you're diving or snorkeling
during the five or 10 minutes of this remarkable phenomenon, it's an experience
you'll never forget. Even if you're on a dark dock looking over shallow corals, it's
an awesome experience. If you're observing from above, from a dock, you may
even see 'satellite' males race towards a mating male to add their gametes to the mix
in hopes of fertilizing a few of the female's eggs. Sneaky little buggers! You have to
time it just right and be in an area that is not lit up. There must also be shallow cor-
als in the vicinity. You won't see it if you're shining a dive light or a flash light.
Once the mating has started, however, you may shine your light for a few seconds
and then turn it off, and the animals light up all at once in a breathtaking display. O
Caren Eckrich-photo from Microscope on-line


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Amelie Therese Saleh


T was born when my father was
I the governor on Bonaire. He
was the first Bonaire-born governor as
well as the youngest, at 32, until now.
My father is Raymundo Saleh and my
mother is Orpha Saleh-Craane. I have
one sister, Orphaline, and one brother,
Michel; they're older than I. I'm the
only child who grew up from baby to
toddler in the governor's house.
When I had my first birthday my dad
promised me that he would be at my
party, but he got stuck on Curacao -
there was a problem with the flight. Be-
cause he'd made me a promise he went
to talk to one of the pilots and the pilot
decided to take my dad with a two-
seater plane to Bonaire. On their way a
very dark cloud showed up and the tiny
plane began to rattle and the pilot told
my dad, 'We can't fly through it; we
have to go below it! It took them 50
minutes to get to Bonaire. My dad got
home at six o'clock, just before the
party. He was right on time!
I was very little when we lived in the
governor's house, but I do remember the
nanny we had, Lygia Seraus, whom we
were very attached to. When I was 18
months old my parents made a trip
around the world for four and a half
months, and when they came back," she
laughs, "I called Lygia 'mama' and my
mother 'mevrouw' (Mrs.)! Besides Ly-
gia my parents had a lineup of 11 local
girls whom they could ask to baby sit
whenever they had to go out or when
there was a reception at the house. On
Sundays, when we went to the Hotel
Bonaire beach, my parents would take
two girls to swim with us so they could
sit quietly and talk to people. And as my
grandmother, Raquel Craane-de Jongh,
couldn't trust us to anyone she would be
there too, to see if the babysitters were
paying attention.
After my father resigned as governor
we moved to Kaya Nikiboko Nort,
where my parents still live.
We had a fantastic childhood; my par-
ents were always there for us; they were
very loving and helpful and they cared
very much for us in every possible way.
I am oh so proud of my parents and I
always will be.
In 1982 we moved to Aruba where I
finished elementary school at Reina
Beatrix School. Then I went to MAVO
at Mon Plaisir College. My dad stayed
for his work on Bonaire. My sister and
brother were doing VWO at Kolegio
Arubano, and for that reason my mom
had taken us to Aruba; at the time there
was no VWO high school on Bonaire.
Aruba was still part of the Dutch Antil-
les and it was very different from now.
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The community was much smaller and
most of the people knew each other and
as a result we felt at home.
When my sister finished VWO and
went to study at Penn State University
in the US, my mom, my brother and I
went to Holland. It was absolutely great!
I loved the cold weather. We lived in an
uptown neighborhood in Rotterdam and
I went on with MAVO and my brother
did VWO at the 'Openbare Scholenge-
meenschap Olden Barneveld.' When he
graduated from the Technological Uni-
versity in Delft and became an engineer
I was studying to become a doctor's
assistant, but in the long run I didn't like
it and started to concentrate on the
beauty and cosmetic industry. I studied
at MDGO, the beauty school, at ROC
Zadkine College in Rotterdam. I chose
that direction because I think it's very
important to look good and to be healthy
and I love to take care of other people in
that sense. I studied for three years and
I'm very happy I chose this profession


"On their way (from
Curacao) a very dark
cloud showed up and the
tiny plane began to rattle
and the pilot told my dad,
'We can't fly through it;
we have to go below it! It
took them 50 minutes to
get to Bonaire."


for there are always new innovations,
new techniques and you're learning con-
tinuously. I also got certified to start my
own business and when I finished my
studies and became an aesthetician, I
returned to Bonaire after living in Hol-
land for 11 years. I'd never been home-
sick, but during my last vacation on
Bonaire I'd felt a longing to be back.
However, still today I'm in touch with
my old school friends from Holland."
Amelie Saleh (36) is a very thorough
and structuredperson and she's also
very cute, very sweet and you get the
feeling there's much more to her than
she shows.
"I was almost 26 when I came back in
1996 and it was a huge change. Holland
is big compared to Bonaire and although
life there is very tough, society is better
organized and everything goes much
smoother. There are so many possibili-
ties in Holland while Bonaire is very
limited in that sense. Another reason
why I came back is that I wanted to con-


tribute to the
Bonairean com-
munity. So-
cially, I felt at
home right
away, but pro-
fessionally it
was a disap-
pointment to
find out that the
market here was
very small. I
started working
at the Spa at
Harbor Village
and I got a lot of
experience
working with
colleagues and
clients on an
international
level. I had a
European educa-
tion and my
colleagues had studied in South Amer-
ica and the US. It was very interesting,
but I have to say that the European edu-
cation was of a much higher level.
In February 2000 I moved to Curaqao
where I was offered a very good job at a
highly qualified and well-established
skin care institute called 'Leading
Lady.' I have to admit it was one of the
best times in my professional life. Our
clientele consisted of high society and
very well-known people from Curaqao. I
always loved the name 'Leading Lady'
because it's the perfect terminology to
suit my profession; I love my work, you
meet people from all over the world and
you can travel all over to fairs and...
you can earn a fortune maybe not on
Bonaire yet but in general!
I loved and still love Curacao very
much; it's a more upscale lifestyle than
we have here. There are many more
people and many more social events.
And even though I am now living on
Bonaire with my parents I bought a
house in Curaqao, a beautiful house with
a swimming pool in a secured area,
which I am renting out.
After almost four years in Curacao I
decided to come back to Bonaire for
some time, especially to be with my
mom. Also I don't like to work in one
place for many years because after so
long I feel there aren't any more chal-
lenges and I love challenges! I took a six
-month vacation, but during that time I
gave presentations at people's homes for
Jafra Cosmetics International; I am the
Jafra consultant for Bonaire. In January
2005 I started working at The Touch
Spa at Divi Flamingo. I worked with
Alda Dirksz; we worked very hard and
we got a long very well and it was an-
other good experience. Now I am work-
ing as a therapist at Intermezzo Day Spa
at Captain Don's Habitat, to me the


most beautiful spa on Bonaire. But I
also travel frequently to Aruba for fur-
ther training.
When I am not working I'm reading; I
love interior decorating; I go to the
beach to relax my mind and I love to go
out. I love the happy hours! I am a so-
cial person and certainly ambitious and I
have lots of confidence because my fa-
ther has always supported me. I said I
loved Curaqao, but Bonaire will always
be my island. It may be small, but it's
peaceful and loving and very relaxed.
It's the most beautiful place in the Car-
ibbean and now that the Green Party has
won the elections I see Bonaire's future
as very prosperous. To work and con-
tribute to the development of Bonaire I
am now participating in the social and
mid-year committee of JCI Bonaire as a
guest and that's a challenge for me as
well.
I will stay here for sure for a couple of
years, but I know I can be a professional
in any part of the world and I would
love to work sometime in a spa in LA or
South Beach. Yes, I've lived in many
different places and I still would like to
live in many more, to get to know the
people and the way they live. Life is a
challenge and even when you stumble
you have to go on. I know what I want
and I strive to realize my goals and to
become better every day as a person
and as a professional." Laughing: "I am
still young, beautiful and single... No,
really, the most important thing for me
is that everybody is happy with what
they're doing and with what they are,
that people respect one another and that
they can communicate well
and that they will be
happy..." o
Story & photo by Greta
Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter June 1 8, 2007


cBorn con Bon air ve::k.


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